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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Budding photographers are
being asked to capture in
photographs their favourite
view in a Billboard Challenge.
Love it Here! is the theme.
The challenge is part of a
long-term plan to raise the
profile of Whangarei as a great
place to live, work and play.
It is the second in a series of
grassroots initiatives, actively
engaging the community to
take a lead role and show com-
The challenge is about
inspiring people with photos
that are focused on why
they love it here in
Whangarei, council economic
development manager Pete
All submitted designs will
contribute to a photographic
exhibition during the Endless
The 12 top images will be
transformed into mobile
billboards in an open-air exhi-
bition set to take place in
Mr Gleeson says summer is
the perfect time to launch the
campaign because most people
are out and about, enjoying all
attractions the Whangarei dis-
trict has to offer.
This is a beautiful place to
live all year round, he says.
But summer is the time we
truly get out and experience
the Whangarei area s many
amazing beaches and coastal
It s also the time we set up
sprinklers in the backyard, get
drippy icecreams from the local
dairy and are involved in com-
munity events with the kids on
We re asking people to
record what makes this place
special to them, Mr Gleeson
Entries for the challenge
close on February 14.
for more information about the
Billboard Challenge photography
Green goodness: Kitchen Waste survey co-ordinator Vivienne Shepherd, left, and researcher Laura Newman show off their
bucket gardens made with compost for small spaces.
By DENISE PIPER
EDUCATION and handy hints
could help more households compost
their kitchen waste, according to
Nearly half of the area s rubbish
put out for kerbside collection is
organic, like kitchen scraps and
Cbec EcoSolutions project man-
ager Vivienne Shepherd says this
has a huge toll on the environment,
firstly because it has to be
transported to landfill by trucks
using fossil fuels.
Secondly, organic material in a
landfill will slowly rot, producing
methane and foul odours.
Organic material in a compost bin
goes through an aerobic composting
process because it has enough oxy-
gen and heat to break down into
Ms Shepherd says transporting
organic waste to the landfill also
costs ratepayers and that money
could be better spent elsewhere.
EcoSolutions decided to find out
why Whangarei people don t com-
post and what would help encour-
age them to do so.
A door-to-door survey found most
residents do some form of compos-
ting at home but admit they throw
out organic materials.
The reasons people do not com-
post include a lack of resources (22
percent), lack of space (22 percent),
can t be bothered (22 percent), no
use for compost or no garden (19
percent), don t have time (11 per-
cent) or don t know how to (4
Researcher Laura Newman says
education about the little effort and
space needed for composting could
help turn attitudes around.
Factors that would encourage
people to compost include council-
collected compost bins (35 percent),
awareness of composting benefits
(19 percent), information and edu-
cation (15 percent), council
incentives (15 percent) and being
fined for not composting (8 percent).
Just 8 percent said nothing would
encourage them to compost.
Ms Newman says these responses
are positive because most people are
saying they could be encouraged to
Ms Shepherd says council-
collected compost would at least be
a start, even though it would still
involve using fossil fuels for trans-
EcoSolutions is happy to help
with compost advice and infor-
mation, such as showing people
with no space how to make bucket
gardens to use their compost, she
A composting bin, sponsored by
Palmers Garden World as a prize
for survey participants, was won by
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