Central Leader : March 9th 2011
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She recently took part in the 2011 NZ Junior Swimming Champs becoming the 12yr old 100m backstroke champion of NZ. She also won two relay gold medals, as well as four silver and bronze individual medals. Green efforts inspire Students at Owairaka District School have taken action against waste and inspired local board members with their efforts. Albert-Eden Local Board chairman Peter Haynes and deputy chairwoman Margi Wat- son visited the school last month for the official Green Day where sus- tainability efforts were announced. Ms Watson presented the school with a sign to mark its status as a WasteWise School. Owairaka School shows us what can be achieved with some com- mitment and thinking,'' Ms Watson says. Since joining the council-run WasteWise Schools programme the school has reduced its waste that goes to the landfill by 44 percent. Dr Haynes and Ms Watson were shown the things the school is doing to reduce its ecological footprint. These include a worm farm, bokashi compost system, special lunch- boxes to reduce waste, and bins to separate compostable and re- cyclable items. Sustainability seems to be hard-wired into everything they do here,'' Dr Haynes says. Students settle in Their school books and stationery may have been left behind in the February 22 earthquake but many Christchurch students are grateful to hear a schoolbell ring and get back to work. The latest figures show that 3759 students from Christchurch have been enrolled at schools around the country in- cluding 273 in Auckland. There have been generous offers of sup- port from schools around New Zealand,'' Edu- cation Minister Anne Tolley says. We are doing every- thing we can to make sure that Christchurch schools are up and run- ning as quickly as we can.'' Epsom Girls Grammar School has already taken on a number pupils in wake of the disaster and is extending its resources to take on more. Deputy principal Sarah Stenson says the school enrolled five students who came to stay with family and friends in its zone and 10 more are expected. Staff and students at Epsom Girls are doing their best to ensure that our Christchurch visitors have all the support and care that we can pro- vide,'' she says. Concerns over landfill By HANNAH SPYKSMA There are fears that one of Auckland's under- ground emergency water supplies could be subject to contamination from a dirty landfill. An Environment Court hearing is under way to determine what consti- tutes cleanfill in the Three Kings Quarry on Mt Eden Rd. Operator Winstone Aggregates wants to rehabilitate the scoria mine by filling it with 3 million cubic metres of mixed material. However, concerns have been raised about possible contaminants in the material. The site sits above of one of Auckland's main aquifers which emerges at Western Springs and flows into Meola Creek and the Waitemata Har- bour. The aquifer would be used as an emergency drinking water supply if a disaster hits. If material used to backfill is not appropri- ate, chemicals could potentially pollute the aquifer. Resident Joel Cayford and organisations Three Kings United, South Epsom Planning Group and St Lukes Environ- mental Protection Group are taking on Winstone, a division of Fletcher Building, in an attempt to find an amicable sol- ution to the restoration of the area. We are working on behalf of residents to ask if we can please have some sanity with this project,'' Three Kings United spokeswoman Diane Hill says. These groups would prefer if the quarry was turned in to a lake instead of being filled in to create a public park. The former Auckland Regional Council ap- proved resource consent for cleanfill in 2009. But an appeal against this decision claims the original application was flawed because proposed backfill material did not meet the definition of cleanfill in the council's air, land and water plan. Winstone general manager Bernie Chote was not available for comment, though a statement on the com- pany's website says: Winstone, and through their pre- hearing report to the ARC's officers, disagree that the incorrect rule was used. However, to eliminate any uncertainty, and to avoid lengthy and expensive legal debate, Winstone has made a supplementary appli- cationtoARC. ..to authorise the same dis- charges as proposed in the 2009 applications.'' An independent in- quiry late last year established a mathemat- ical error in Winstone's cleanfill figures. The error is major, leading to concentrations of contaminants about 500 times in the wrong direction and the mis- take raises serious doubts about the re- liability of the company's evidence,'' a report in the South Epsom Planning Group's newsletter says. The mistake has delayed an Environment Court hearing which was scheduled for last December while the research is corrected. As well as dealing with cleanfill, the hearing will address other concerns relating to the quarry restoration, including noise pollution and increased traffic in the suburban area.
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