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ELF Reporting

Crab trap success

Ngunguru School was awarded over $500 through Northland Regional Council’s Environmental Leaders Fund. This has gone towards traps to catch Asian paddle crabs, a marine invasive found in the Ngunguru Estuary.

With some experimentation and brainstorming, the school’s EarthEd focus class added weights to help with the set up of the traps and to prevent losing them due to strong tides.

They have had great success so far, and they will continue their excellent biosecurity marine work when the summer months come back. Wading right now is a cold task indeed!

Trapping paddlecrabs. Hand holding a paddlecrab.


Environmentally conscious global citizens

Mangonui school was awarded $1,250 through Northland Regional Council’s Environmental Leaders Fund and have put it to good use with pest trapping, tree planting and propagation.

They have also used the funds to complete their shade house and prepare 200 potted seedlings for the planting season in 2021. Mangonui School are confident they are raising environmentally conscious global citizens – just what the future needs!

Man and children with rat in trap. Children pointing at the ground. Garden shed.


Stream health monitoring - Field trip findings

Te Kura O Hato Hohepa te Kamura was awarded $800 through Northland Regional Council’s Environmental Leaders Fund for stream health monitoring kits. The kits allow the students to monitor the water quality of the stream near them at the bottom of the Whangaroa catchment.
On a recent field trip, there were lots of great scientific observations of the local stream, including the colour, flow, smell, plant material, and fish life found. The children then enthusiastically presented their ‘Field Trip Story’ to their parents at a whānau hui held on 4 March.