Auckland's Recycling Shame
By John Subritzky
We all feel good when we do the right thing and recycle responsibly. By carefully sorting what can and can’t be recycled we are doing our bit for the environment, right?
Sadly, Aucklanders are being let down by Auckland Council exporting ‘mixed plastics’ to Asian countries, predominantly Malaysia and Indonesia, where they have to be properly sorted.
There, the only plastics that can be recycled - types 1, 2, and sometimes 5 - are separated. The unusable types 3, 4, 6, and 7 are dumped or incinerated. It is estimated that only 15 per cent can be recycled. In short, Auckland is exporting waste to other countries.
Greenpeace Aotearoa plastics campaigner Juressa Lee says that a Greenpeace investigation a few years back showed that significant amounts of that 'recycled' plastic was being dumped, buried, or burned at illegal sites in Malaysia with little concern for the health impacts on the surrounding communities.
The government is taking steps to remove problem plastics over the next few years. Until then, will Auckland Council make changes that recover a valuable resource for plastic recycling industries, or continue to take the cheapest, easiest option?
BirdCare Aotearoa Baby Shower 2021
Coming soon to Facebook Live!
BirdCare Aotearoa is delighted to invite you to our inaugural Baby Shower.
BirdCare Aotearoa cares for all birds – native and non-native. Based in Green Bay, we are the largest bird rescue centre in Aotearoa by the sheer volume of birds who come through our doors. Last year, we admitted over 6,000 patients! We receive no government funding and rely entirely on community support.
Join us live on Facebook for our first ever Baby Shower, where we will show you around our newly revamped avian nurseries and introduce you to some of our youngest patients. You will have the opportunity to learn more about our centre and how you can support us to care for our precious feathered patients.
This event will be held October/November 2021, date TBC (dependent on lockdowns).
Follow our Facebook page for updates: www.facebook.com/BirdCareAotearoa
Avcol musicians shine at KBB
The quality of Avondale College's musicians shone at the Auckland-wide KBB Music Festival, held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral and St Mary's Chapel in mid-August, with their four groups receiving multiple awards.
The Avondale College Chamber Orchestra were one of just four chamber groups invited to perform at Saturday afternoon's Gala Concert. The group received not only a Gold Award at the conclusion of the event, but also the award for the Best Work in an 'Other' Style for their performance of Bosse Nordin's Scottis. The group is led by itinerant teacher Mr Dave Snelling, but are self-directed in performance, with Year 13 student Chelsea Hong (violin) and soloist Irene Kim in Year 12 on viola giving strong leadership.
Also receiving a Gold Award in the jazz section of the competition was the Avondale College Big Band, led by Mr Mike Robinson. They, too, were invited to perform in the Gala Concert, where they gave a high-energy performance of Sing Sang Sung featuring Year 10 soprano saxophonist Ben Ridsdale and trombonist Jakob Elijas.
The Avondale College Symphony Orchestra, led by Avondale's Director of Music, Dr Julie Garner, received a Silver Award. Their repertoire included a breath-taking performance of The Prayer, featuring soloists Delores Lesatele and Dom Tupou, which was very well received by the audience. Also receiving a Silver Award was the Avondale College Stage Band, led by itinerant music teacher, Mr David Edmundson.
Congratulations to each student who performed in the KBB performances; the high standard attained reflects many, many hours of individual and group work in the months leading up to the competition, and the awards are well deserved!
Despite being in lockdown, our Glenavon community celebrated Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week – online.
This year’s theme was Fakakoloa 'o Aotearoa 'aki 'a e Ako Lelei, which means ‘enriching Aotearoa with holistic education’. It was so great to see the kids show pride in their own culture; they got dressed up in their traditional Tongan outfits, sung their Tongan national anthem, shared information about Tonga, and shared a warm message about staying safe while in lockdown.
Photos supplied by Glenavon Hub
Meanwhile, in times like these there are always people and families doing it extra tough. Kai Connect is a Glenavon Hub project, run in partnership with Blockhouse Bay Baptist church. They worked behind the scenes to prepare kai parcels for our families in need. The food was supplied by Fair Food, with some donated by locals. Photos below supplied by Glenavon Hub
Big Mac memorialised
The felling of a historic Macrocarpa tree in Avondale at the start of 2021 saw heated protest action, which got nationwide media coverage. It felt like a step forward had been taken in tree protection, despite the felling of Big Mac. Elivra Twowbridge decided to make this the subject of her art project.
She writes: “I was a first-year student at Unitec when I created The People of Big Mac. I wanted to memorialise the existence of Big Mac while also celebrating the people who came together to protect him for as long as they could. Big Mac is still part of the conversation about the importance of mature tree cover in Auckland, even if he is no longer with us. One of these days, there will be legislation to protect them, and I really look forward to when that happens”.