Insect HotelDargaville High School students received $1,400 from the Kaipara District Council Biodiversity Fund to build the hotels for insects. The aim of this to increase the biodiversity in the Gordon Street Reserve area.
On Friday 21 September 2012 the group of Year 10 students were involved with building a range of insect hotels, or wildlife havens, on the Reserve. The students researched and came up with the Ponga and Totara log designs, hollowing them out, drilling holes and bolting a perspex glass viewing area on top.
Next term the students plan to add rocks to the bottom of the stream that runs through the reserve and plant natives along the banks.
This project started two years ago with an application to the Ministry of Justice for funding for anti graffiti in communities. $27,500 was pledged to Dargaville to work with young people and we hired a local artist as the project manager. The project is now in its final stages and will come to an end in December 2011.
This was a project for young people to come up with alternatives to combat graffiti in our community and how to update the area. This was a combined project with the Department of Justice, the High School and the Council.
One side of the walkway has been completed with an iron sculpture of 30 metres. The sculpture wall was designed by the students and produced by Newman’s Engineering. The next phase was to do some planting against the next fence and to make it pleasant to look at. The final stage will be a mural on the concrete wall that faces the reserve.