Waimanu Lagoons volunteer care group being formed

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This was announced on today’s GWRC-organised Waikanae River walkover.

Separate care groups have existed for several years for the Waikanae River and the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve.  Their main tasks are planting new or replacement native shrubs/trees and weeding.  We assume that cleaning up rubbish and dog droppings is (unfortunately) needed, too.

Those interested in doing practical things to enhance the lagoons experience were told to show up at the Barrett Drive bus stop next Sunday at 2 pm.

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Big Tech snuffing Free Speech; Google’s poisonous ‘Dragonfly’, by Judith Bergman

The “Do No Evil” company is doing a lot of evil for various governments. From Judith Bergman at gatestoneinstitute.org: If the big social media companies choose what to publish and what not to publish, they should be subject to the same licensing and requirements as media organizations. Google has decided it will not renew a […]

via Big Tech Snuffing Free Speech; Google’s Poisonous ‘Dragonfly’, by Judith Bergman — STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

another successful Rotary art show

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Those who visited the exhibition in Southward’s Museum over the weekend should have felt they got their $5 worth from the excellent paintings on show, grouped by theme, and within these were a variety of styles.

In addition to the judges’ awards, visitors get to vote for the best painting in show.

According to the Paraparaumu Rotary club:


Each year 300 to 400 paintings enter this prestigious show. A range of valuable prizes are awarded by a well qualified judge for various categories.

All paintings on display are for sale and the commission retained by Rotary is lower than that charged by most art galleries.

The beneficiary of the 2018 Art Show is the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre building fund which was given a $10,000 cheque at the Friday night function.

The Beneficiary of the 2017 Art show was a $10,000 pledge to the New Mahara Gallery Building Fund to enable the Field Collection of paintings to remain in Kapiti.

The beneficiary of the 2016 show was the Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre. A $30,000  donation was made to KPAC on the opening night of the 2016 Art Show and a subsequent donation of $10,000.

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Post 1080-drop water monitoring: a former Greens MP says there is gross misrepresentation around the official figures presented by DoC

Former Greens MP Steffan Browning, interviewed recently by Raglan Community Radio, discusses his preference for exploring alternative methods in culling pests. He also believes the information supplied to Eugenie Sage regarding the frequency of finding 1080 in water samples is at odds with independent testing. Official figures say 1080 is detected only 3% of the […]

via Post 1080-drop water monitoring: a former Greens MP says there is gross misrepresentation around the official figures presented by DoC — Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

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UK’s plastics recycling industry accused of widespread fraud & pollution

Originally posted on peoples trust toronto: https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The Environment Agency (EA) is investigating suspected widespread abuse and fraud within Britain’s plastics recycling industry. It will deal with complaints that firms and organized crime are abusing the system. Data from the EA showed that six UK exporters of plastic waste have had their licenses suspended or…

via UK’s plastics recycling industry accused of widespread fraud & pollution — Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

When heritage becomes a dirty word, even in Ku-ring-gai (Sydney)

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What to preserve, and how to preserve it?

Questions of this sort have long animated residents and politicians around Ku-ring-gai in Sydney’s north – the council does, after all, host an annual St Ives Medieval Faire.

But Ku-ring-gai councillors may not have expected the political joust that has taken place over the past year, after the council started to push for greater heritage protections for hundreds of houses in the area.

Development controversies in Sydney often take the form of community resistance to the willingness of authorities to push communities toward developers and development.

full article in the Sydney Morning Herald