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Curious Tamariki

Another wonderful Curious Tamariki course was run by Ella Rose Shnapp teaching roughly 25 tamariki about environmental film making. It took place at Te Uru Art Gallery and Huia Farm during the July school holidays. The tamariki came together from around the greater Titirangi area to learn how to produce environmental films.

STNN was invited to speak to the tamariki about what is happening in the STNN neighbourhood. We talked about STNN’s goal of becoming a pest and weed free peninsula and how we are going about achieving this goal. We talked weeding, planting, grey faced petrels and trapping animal pests. We then took the group down to the ZigZag track to see where and how we set traps. One of the groups was delighted with a catch of a “flat rat”. One more pest removed; more opportunity to protect our amazing taonga.

The programme included a day out at Huia Farm with the wonderful Riki Bennett and Kelly King teaching the group about weaving, traditional fire making, bush skills, learning about native plants and bush skills. This was definitely one of the many highlights.

Due to covid-19 lockdown, the film night to be held at Lopdell was not able to occur. The films are now available for everyone to view at the Curious Tamariki website. Great to see local resident Tony Dunn featured in a documentary by one of the groups.

STNN was delighted to be involved, it’s inspiring and encouraging to see tamariki in our neighbourhood to engaged with their environment, great mahi on the films, ka pai Ella Rose and Curious Tamariki team!

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