Abel Tasman Youth Ambassadors
Twelve students and support staff from Motupipi School, Motueka High School and Golden Bay High School went on an over-night trip to Totaranui and Arawoa. Their aim, as part of the Janszoon and School’s connection, was to revisit some of the School’s planting areas, check photo points to see plant growth and set fish traps and tracking tunnels.They also discussed other ideas of what they wanted to accomplish this year such as signs for identification and fire warnings.
Highlights for the Motupipi students were:
Aonghus - I joined because I like getting out into nature and I enjoy experiencing nature. I wanted the chance to have some leadership. ATYA is exactly what I expected. If is lots of fun, learning with other ATYA's.
Louis - I wanted to be part of releasing birds and I did that. I helped release four Whio at Wainui Hut and Pateke at Awaroa. I liked speaking about our site to other schools when we hosted an ATYA field trip at Wainui Bay I love all the games we play and the fun activities we have to help us learn.
Malika - I love working outside in nature. I love the retreats where we work and have fun with other kids. It is really fun. I love releasing birds and planting trees and plants. I feel really privileged to have all these opportunities.
Lochie - We feel really lucky that we get to do a lot of special activities that other kids across New Zealand don't get to do. We take part in Native bird releases and have leadership opportunities. We get to mix and work with other kids who have the same interest in conservation as us. It is always fun.