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Upper Hutt Leader : June 8th 2011
25 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 8, 2011 WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED FROM CHRISTCHURCH? Haven't stored water for an emergency? Do it as soon as possible Water tips 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 www.getprepared.co.nz Digging in for our region Ditch the 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 email email@example.com 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 6,000 trees. 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. Before After The community lends a helping hand at a planting day in Whitireia Park's Onehunga Bay Restoration plantings have transformed this wetland in Kapiti's Queen Elizabeth Park 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, Emergency Management. 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. Introduce yourself to your neighbours For a list of planting days around the region, see www.gw.govt.nz/events
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