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THE WELLINGTONIAN, JUNE 9, 2011
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED
water for an
Do it as soon
6 Store three litres of water per person per day
for at least three days
6 You'll need more for cooking, hygiene and any pets
6 Store water in plastic soft drink or juice bottles or
plastic water containers (don't use milk bottles as
traces of leftover milk will contaminate the water)
Emergency toilet tips
6 Use a large rubbish bag placed in a toilet bowl
or bucket to contain sewage
6 Keep the toilet or buckets securely covered
when not in use
6 Store the sewage bags in a secure place,
such as a lined, covered bin
Household meeting places
6 Identify a meeting place outside your
neighbourhood where you can stay
6 If members of your household work or study
a long way from home, organise another
meeting place in that area
6 Have an out-of-town primary contact. If your
household is separated, they can call the
primary contact person to check in. Make sure
everyone in your household has the phone number
Digging in for our region
desk for a dig
Great for team building and great for
the environment -- take the office
to the great outdoors for a corporate
planting day. Call 04 830 4282 or
Join a planting day this winter.
They're a great to way to
get exercise and fresh air,
they're fun for all the family
(the kids can join in!)...
And even better, you're making an important contribution
towards improving the region's environment.
This winter hundreds of dedicated volunteers will spend
their weekends planting native trees, managing nurseries,
clearing weeds and controlling pests to do their bit for the
region's riverbanks, dunes, wetlands and estuaries.
But they would love your help. "Our volunteers need
the support of their local communities to be able to do
their work," says Robyn Smith, Greater Wellington's
Biodiversity Restoration Advisor.
"Even if it's just one day this winter, I urge people to
give a planting day a go. Young or old -- you'll be
welcome. And the payoff is well worth it -- you'll be
making some of the region's most beautiful locations
even more amazing."
Help out at these (and other) beautiful places :
Queen Elizabeth Park is the last area of natural dunes
on Kapiti's coastline. Once part of a duneland stretching
from Paekakariki to Foxton, the park reminds us how the
coastal landforms appeared before large-scale human
settlement. The Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park and
the Raumati South Residents Association are restoring
several areas of the park and aim to put 19,000 plants
into the ground this year.
Onehunga Bay (at the northern end of Whitireia Park)
is a favourite spot for picnickers, runners, windsurfers
and swimmers. Whitireia Park Restoration Group is
restoring the sand dunes behind the beach, and planting
in wetlands and stream edges in the hills and gullies
of Whitiriea Park. This year the group aims to plant
Hull's Creek, Silverstream, has undergone a dramatic
transformation since the Silverstream Care Group started
planting the edges of the creek. The group aims to
improve the habitat of the stream for fish and aquatic
insects, and create a corridor of native plants for birds.
Karori Stream. Near the southern end of South Karori
Road, the Friends and Residents of Karori Stream (FROKS)
has transformed the stream from a barely accessible,
weed-infested area into a beautiful family-friendly
community asset with steps down to a picnic area.
Makoura Stream, Masterton. As an urban stream,
the Makoura Stream has to deal with considerable
environmental pressures. But its urban path is
what makes it so important. The Makoura Stream
Restoration Group wants to create a beautiful
waterway flowing through the heart of Masterton.
The community lends a helping hand at
a planting day in Whitireia Park's Onehunga Bay
Emergency items are essential, and if you haven't stored
three days or more of water for each member of your
household you should as soon as possible, says Rian
Van Schalkwyk, Greater Wellington's Manager,
Rian was one of five Greater Wellington staff who went
down to Christchurch following the February earthquake.
"The breakdown of sewage systems was another big issue
-- many Christchurch households were without functioning
toilets for days until portaloos and chemical toilets were
available. And digging long drops wasn't always an option
as the water table was often too high... this could also be a
problem in a big quake in the Wellington region."
Rian says that Christchurch has also reinforced the importance
of having a good household plan for where to meet.
"Many people in Christchurch couldn't return home
or were asked to evacuate their house if it was red
stickered. To prepare for this, your household should
identify a meeting place outside your neighbourhood
where you can stay. It's also a good idea to have an
out-of-town primary contact.
"We've also learned from Christchurch that you should
get to know your neighbours -- they're the people most
likely to provide immediate help in a disaster because
they're on the spot," says Rian.
yourself to your
For a list of planting
days around the
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