Primary says farewell to recycling pig
Hettie may be a total porker but she's a model student.
Her favourite part of the school day is reading time - she could sit on the mat and listen to stories for hours.
She's also a valued member of Dawson Primary School's Enviroschools team and is a whizz at recycling food scraps.
So the kids at the Otara school are sad to see her go.
The kunekune pig has outgrown her living quarters at their school and has been adopted by another local primary.
She'll be living in the lap of luxury there - her specially-built enclosure is full of shady trees and she'll be able to wallow in her own private mud bath.
Dawson Primary environmental co-ordinator Debbie Davies, who brought Hettie to the school as a tiny piglet, says she's "devastated" to bid farewell to the kunekune.
But she knows her new home is the best place for her.
"I had so many calls from people wanting her. I could have given her away a dozen times but it was important she went to the right home," Ms Davies says.
Dawson Primary students gave the little pig her nickname, Miss Piggy, after she destroyed the box Ms Davies put her in for the drive to the school from her birthplace of Ngaruawahia.
"She karate chopped her way out of the box just like Miss Piggy in The Muppets - hi-ya!"
The porker's full of personality and thinks of herself as just another school kid, Ms Davies says.
She walks happily on a lead, sits and even kicks a soccer ball on command.
She's also a dab hand in the garden.
Dawson Primary student Dellah-Rose Thompson, 11, says the little pig has quite the green thumb.
"She helps us with digging and with pulling up weeds."
While the kids will miss Hettie, they won't forget the lessons she taught them - including some important ones about car safety.
The little pig could often be seen sitting proudly in her special seatbelt harness when being driven.
"All the children know that even Miss Piggy wears her seatbelt in the back seat of the car," Ms Davies says.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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