YELF students focus on the environment in Nelson

YELF students Vienna Trainor,  founder and Chair of Canterbury's student army, Sam Johnson and student Anna Spring at ...
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YELF students Vienna Trainor, founder and Chair of Canterbury's student army, Sam Johnson and student Anna Spring at Brook Waimarma Sanctuary with tracking stations

A group of student leaders have hit Nelson to learn about the environment over a week long programme.

The 54 Kiwi high school students were chosen by the Sir Peter Blake Trust for its annual Youth EnviroLeaders Forum (YELF) and this year, they are focusing on pest eradication, biodiversity and ocean health. 

One of the speakers during the forum at the weekend was founder and chair of University Canterbury's Student Volunteer Army, Sam Johnson.

Johnson told the students about The Student Volunteer Army's new initiative Serve for New Zealand:Anzac Day. The initiative fits with the forum's looking-forward theme. 

The scheme encourages members of the public to take up some form of volunteering  or neighbourly service is being piloted in the lead up to and on Anzac day.

As part of that project YELF students spent time volunteering at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, Habitat for Humanity shop and at Wakefield Apple Fair.

Sir Peter Blake Trust CEO Shelly Campbell said the students had a "passion" for the environment.

They would be encouraged to "lead change in the environment" and "collaboration" would be part of the solution. 

The budding environmental leaders range from year 11 to 13, coming from every region in the country, also including Pacific students for the first time. 

Developing their leadership skills over the week long forum, the YELF group will learn about environment issues and opportunities in the Nelson region. 

The students will visit various areas of Nelson including the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, Abel Tasman National Park, Port of Nelson and SPAT NZ mussel farm.

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