Reconnect

Andrew Boyd will explain the exciting changes underway at Selwyn’s Resource Recovery Park.

The Reconnect Project is an innovative and ambitious project aimed at getting people thinking differently about waste materials, showcasing recovery of materials from the waste stream, and alternative options to landfill.

Andrew Boyd is the Solid Waste Manager at Selwyn District Council.

This will be followed by the Lincoln Envirotown Trust AGM.

Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

We extend our sincere appreciation to all our sponsors, Rata Foundation, Selwyn District Council, COGS, Lottery Community and Lincoln University.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful – Liffey Water Testing

Lincoln Envirotown are lucky enough to be joined every year by Waterwatch, Wai Kaitiaki to test the water in the Liffey Stream in Lincoln.  The event, is organised with three school levels (Pre-school, Primary School, and High School) and each group had its own set of activities all aimed at maintaining an awareness of keeping our environment as pristine as possible.

Kidsfirst Lincoln set about picking up as much rubbish as can be found on the domain surrounding the upper Liffey River. The rubbish collected is then carefully sorted into yellow, green or red buckets.

The Enviro Group from the Primary Schools assess the water quality by collecting water from the river and seeing what tiny living creatures are there (indicator invertebrates).  They are also shown how to test water health by measuring oxygen levels with the equipment and expertise provided by Waterwatch. The High School arrive last and complete the more elaborate testing on the river water, the results of which are shown below.

Whilst all the activities are pursued with enthusiasm and interest, it is fair to say that the most interest and enthusiasm is reserved for the sausages that Lincoln New World traditionally provide and cook for us. These are very much enjoyed after everyone has endeavored, in their own small way, to keep a part of New Zealand beautiful.

 

Explore Our Wetlands – KidsFest

Ticket sales start on Tuesday 2 June at 9am.

– Come on a journey into our exciting wetlands.

– Discover which animals live in them and what grows around them.

– Find out where our wetlands are and why they are important.

– Make all these discoveries, through a variety of craft and science activities.

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Liffey Springs Water Testing and Clean Up

During Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean Up Week in September we headed along to the Liffey River for a variety of activities.

We joined the many groups and organisations around New Zealand who during this one week in September hold events to remind us that New Zealand must be kept beautiful by us all.

The event, as usual, was organised with three school levels (Pre-school, Primary School, and High School) and each group had its own set of activities all aimed at maintaining an awareness of keeping our environment as pristine as possible.

The pre-school set about picking up as much rubbish as could be found. Gloves and bags were provided by the Keep New Zealand Beautiful organisers and the rubbish collected was carefully sorted. Many items were in fact recyclable or able to be upcycled and did not have to add to any landfill.

A small group from the primary school were shown by Waterwatch how to collect water from the stream and look for tiny creatures that live in the water and how they can be an indicator of water quality. The High School arrived later and did more elaborate testing on the river water finding, as is too usual these days, a high level of nitrates. Click to see the full results.

Whilst all the activities were pursued with enthusiasm and interest, it is fair to say that the most interest and enthusiasm were reserved for the sausages that Lincoln New World traditionally provide and cook for us. These were very much enjoyed after everyone had endeavoured, in their own small way, to keep a part of New Zealand beautiful.