Pupils revel in island mission

SARAH DUNN
Last updated 13:00 21/03/2014
Moturoa Mission on Rabbit Island
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LENDING THE CHARGE: Nelson College for Girls Preparatory School pupils, Livinia Tregidga, 11, Genevieve Bone, 12, Francesca Austin, 11, and Zoe Sharp, 12, during the Moturoa Mission on Rabbit Island.

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More than 100 children charged over Rabbit Island on an environmental mission.

Organised by Enviroschools with the Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council, yesterday's Moturoa Mission had teams of four racing around a course of challenges to win points.

Older students from Nelson College for Girls helped keep an eye on the year 5 to 8 pupils enjoying the activities. Katelyn McManus and Chloe Rumsey, both 16, were responsible for a fishing game put on by Cawthron Institute community education assistant Cristina Armstrong.

Each mission game or challenge had an environmental theme.

Conservation Department Motueka partnerships ranger Rebecca Martin was part of a group which "stranded" life-sized inflatable whales on the foreshore. This challenge aimed to teach children what to do if they were first on the scene at a stranding.

"Obviously there's been a lot of whale strandings over the summer and a lot of these kids would have been involved. We wanted all of them to have that experience."

Other organisations which contributed to the challenge included the Nelson Provincial Museum and the Nelson Environment Centre. A team from Nelson College for Girls Preparatory School named The Pythons won the competition.

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- The Nelson Mail

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