Thursday, May 25, 2017

current events week 5 Turtle Recovery at Kelly Tarlton

Turtle washes up on 90 mile beac

May 23, 2017
A critically endangered hawksbill turtle is being nursed back to health after being found washed up on Northland’s 90 Mile Beach earlier this month.
It was exhausted, dehydrated, not eating and missing a flipper. While the cause of the amputated flipper was not known, it appeared to be an older wound that had healed well.
Auckland Zoo provided initial urgent medical attention before the turtle was taken to the Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life rehabilitation centre.
Auckland Zoo resident vet Lydia Uddstrom said the turtle had eaten at least one piece of plastic, and it was unclear how much more it might have inside it.
Plastic was an ongoing concern for marine animals, she said.
“We’re getting more and more plastic out there and we’re going to be getting more and more effects from it, and from animals that shouldn’t be eating it, eating it.”
The turtle was showing encouraging signs of improvement after its check-up today.
Once the turtle’s strength had improved, it would be moved to a larger oceanarium to exercise and go about its natural behaviour with the goal of releasing it back into the wild.
Yesterday was World Turtle Day, which aims to increase attention and public support for their survival.

Who: Hawksbill Turtle, Auckland Zoo resident vet Lydia Uddstrom,  Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life rehabilitation centre.

Where: Northland’s 90 Mile Beach

When: Earlier this month

Why: It was found washed up on the shore. 
What happened: A critically endangered hawksbill turtle is being nursed back to health after being found washed up on Northland’s 90 Mile Beach earlier this month. It was exhausted, dehydrated, not eating and missing a flipper. The turtle had eaten at least one piece of plastic, and it was unclear how much more it might have inside it.

My opinion: 
I think it will eat more plastic- Micah.
I think it is sad that people throw plastic into the sea- Makayla
I think a fisherman cut off its flipper- Drew

I think it's good that they are making him healthier and stronger- Charlotte
I wonder how old it is? Caleb
I wonder if it will go back to the wild? Drew


Monday, May 22, 2017

Current Events

Current Events

Pacific Island covered in plastic

May 18, 2017
Scientists have discovered what they say is the worst case of plastic pollution in the world.
They found nearly 38 million items of plastic debris on Henderson Island in the South Pacific – carried there on ocean currents.
The uninhabited island, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the largest of the four Pitcairn Islands.
Australian researcher Jennifer Lavers said the island had the highest density of plastic rubbish anywhere in the world.
The team calculated there were 671.6 items per square metre on the surface of the beaches, with approximately 68 percent of debris buried less than 10 centimetres in the sand.
Each day, 17 to 268 new items washed up on a 10-metre section of North Beach.
She said the finding was a wake-up call to the world that plastic pollution was as grave a threat to humanity as climate change.
Annual production of plastic has increased from 1.7m tonnes in 1954 to 311m tonnes in 2014.
This has resulted in an estimated five trillion plastic items – mostly less than five millimetres in size – circulating in the surface layer of the world’s oceans.
1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article? Australian researcher Jennifer Lavers 

2. What was the key event from the news article? Scientists have discovered what they say is the worst case of plastic pollution in the world. They found nearly 38 million items of plastic debris on Henderson Island in the South Pacific – carried there on ocean currents.

3. Where did this event take place? Henderson Island in the South Pacific

4. When did this event take place? May 2017
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Auckland could get schools without fields

May 14, 2017
Education Minister, Nikki Kaye, announced a new model of school for urban areas such as Auckland.
These inner city schools would lease (rent) land and rely on council parks rather than their own green spaces.
The ‘metro schools’ idea has come about as the large areas of land associated with a traditional school could be hard or expensive to acquire.
They could be located on compact site and use council parks and gyms rather than owning their own, Nikki Kaye said.
The schools could make full use of the extra opportunities available in the middle of cities, such as access to museums and libraries, she said.

Friday, May 05, 2017

current events week 2

Plastic eating caterpillar could eat through waste

May 2, 2017
A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic pollution, scientists say.
Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic.
Experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of plastic in a similar way to digesting beeswax.
Each year, about 80 million tonnes of the plastic polyethylene are produced around the world.
The plastic is used to make shopping bags and food packaging, among other things, but it can take hundreds of years to decompose completely.
However, caterpillars of the moth (Galleria mellonella) can make holes in a plastic bag in under an hour.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

anzac day current events week one term 2

New Zealand remembers ANZACs

April 26, 2017
Thousands of New Zealanders have gathered at dawn parades around the country to attend ANZAC commemoration services.
The 25th April is a special day in New Zealand’s calendar. A day when we remember those that fought for our country.
The National Anzac commemorations took place at Pukeahu War Memorial Park in Wellington, while the country’s largest dawn service crowd was in Auckland, at the city’s War Memorial Museum.
In Gallipoli, Justice Minister Amy Adams paid tribute to New Zealand soldiers at the Gallipoli Dawn Service on Anzac Day.
The number of attendees this year was significantly lower than in previous years, after the Government warned people to stay away due to terrorist threats in Turkey.
Only around 750 people attended, compared to more than 12,000 in the 2015 centenary commemoration.

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article?
NZ people gathering at AZVAC parades
2. What was the key event from the news article?
Celebration of ANZAC Day
3. Where did this event take place?
All around NZ and in Turkey at Gallipoli
4. When did this event take place?
25 April 2017
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Monday, April 03, 2017

CURRENT EVENTS WEEK 11 - OPENING OF THE TRAFALGAR CENTRE

Family day to mark official opening of Nelson's Trafalgar Centre video


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Richard Kirby Nelson City Council Project Manager at the new Northern Building of the Trafalgar Centre.
Following a $16.6m upgrade, the Trafalgar Centre's is ready for its official opening.
On Saturday, the centre will play host to a day of bouncy castles, face painting, and live music, as families are invited to come and explore the new facility.

Richard Kirby Nelson City Council Project Manager at the newly refurbished Trafalgar Centre, which will have its ribbon ...
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Richard Kirby Nelson City Council Project Manager at the newly refurbished Trafalgar Centre, which will have its ribbon cutting celebration this Saturday.
"It is wonderful to have the Trafalgar Centre fully open once more. We have a stronger, safer venue and that has been brought up to date and is significantly more functional and appealing for events of all sizes," Reese said.
The centre seats up to 2900 people, has a refurbished kitchen, and new cedar panelling in the northern extension. 
The family day runs from 2pm until 7pm, and a screening of Disney's Finding Dory will be shown on the centre's big screen at 5:30pm.
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The musical line up for Saturday includes the Nelson Brass Band, Nelson Pipe Band, Te Pouahi Kapa Haka Group from Nelson Central School and the Plinkers Ukelele Orchestra.
The Nelson Giants have already played a number of games in the new facility, while the Northern Building has been used for a building industry meeting, an awards ceremony for a local car dealership, and a Business After 5 event for the Chamber of Commerce.
The main auditorium will be used by Dave Dobbyn in April, Dr Hook in May, and Tommy Emmanuel in September.



Who: Nelson City Council
Where: Trafalgar Centre
When:Saturday
Why: upgrade to strengthen the building and to make it earthquake proof 
What happened:The Trafalgar Centre strengthening has been finished and it is now safe in case of earthquakes.  It cost $16.6 million.  It can now be used for a lot more different purposes. The main centre can now seat 2900 people.  The Giants have already played and will be at the opening on Saturday.  The opening will be from 2-7pm.  There will be bouncy castles, face painting and live music.   People can walk around and look at the changes.
My Opinion
I think that in an earthquake most people who live near could use it as a shelter.- Caleb

I think it was better they built it up to be safe so no one will get hurt if there is another earthquake- Katie & Millie

I think it would be dangerous if they didn't build it up. It won't collapse if people are watching a game.- Micah

I think it is great so lots of people can come to different events to make money to keep making it better and safer.- Niall

I think if there is a rock concert on the walls might shake! Casey

I  think it's good they have upgraded it so people can feel safe if there is another earthquake. Oliver

I wonder 
I wonder if Rock the House will do another show in the Trafalgar Centre.

I wonder if there is a fire next door will it burn down.

I wonder if there is another earthquake, will it damage the building again.

I wonder what sort of materials they used,

I wonder how many people can fit in.

I wonder if they have made the stadium bigger in size that what it was.

I wonder what they have done to change the inside.