Tasman Leader : August 1st 2013
5 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 1, 2013 NEWS PAN1011950 ® SUPPORTING ASTH THM MA CARE CHOICE GUARANTEED BEST VALUE FOR MONEY IN NELSON · Engineered Rib Raft slabs · Tested Zog framing to Magnitude 9 · Thermally broken double glazed windows · Ultra line Gib board to all internal walls · Stone kitchen bench tops · L.E.D downlights CALL ERIC, CHRIS OR MIKE 03 543 8100 3 MAKO STREET, RICHMOND, NELSON SHOWHOME NOW OPEN NEW SHOWHOME NOW OPEN! E i dRibRf lb Ul Standard features include FIND OUT FROM THE EXPERTS WHY MORE PEOPLE ARE BUILDING A STRONGER, SAFER, HEALTHIER GOLDEN HOME. School misses out on more funding School will stick to its knitting: Peter Garlick, development manager at the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School with teacher Erica Vink in the handwork class. Photo: JAMES GREENLAND By ALASTAIR PAULIN AMotueka independent school has had its hopes of becoming one of the country s first charter schools dashed. The Motueka Rudolf Steiner School was told last week that its application to become what the Government terms a partnership school was unsuccessful. The school s development man- ager, Peter Garlick, said the school was disappointed and that it represented a loss to the Motu- eka community of several hun- dred thousand dollars in Govern- ment funding that would have flowed into the town. The 60-pupil school currently requests a donation of $5000 a year to attend and receives about $1200 per pupil from the Govern- ment. Had its application been approved, the school would have received funding equivalent to a 60-pupil decile four state school. Using tables provided by the Min- istry of Education, the school s application had shown that had it been approved, the school would have received $537,252 in 2014, compared to the $75,000 it is expecting from the Government. The school offers financial assistance to parents who struggle to pay the donation, said Peter. He said the news was not unex- pected even though the school s application had emphasised our 11 year successful track record, that all teachers are registered, that we are community owned and offer a proven alternative curricu- lum . We knew that there were about 35 applicants and indications were that about four or five schools will be approved, so the odds were not good. He said the first partnership schools were expected to be announced this week. Becoming a charter school would have fast-tracked the school s plans to expand and develop a new campus. The school would also have had to attract more Maori, Pasifika, low-income and special needs pupils, whose better achievement the Government has said are the targets of partnership schools. Peter said we already have those groups and they have achieved well so far. The reason we don t have so many low socio- economic families is because we ask for the donation; it was a pretty simple formula . He said the UK had just approved its fourth Steiner char- ter school and 43 Steiner schools in the US had charter status. The school is to celebrate its eleventh birthday next week and has its major fundraiser, the annual Spring Fair, on September 22. Sheer curiosity kills the most-wanted predators By HELEN MURDOCH Bait-less: Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project team member Nik Joice looks down one of the baitless run-through traps being trialled in the Rainbow Valley. Photo: GRANT HARPER/DOC An unbaited tunnel trap designed to excite the inquisitive nature of wildlife pests is being trialled at Nelson Lakes in a joint two-year partnership project between the Department of Conservation and the Friends of Rotoiti. Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project team leader Grant Harper said 77 of the run-through traps were laid along an existing Rainbow Valley line managed by the Friends of Rotoiti earlier this month. The trial stemmed from the incidental use of unbaited traps during the 2011 hunt for stray stoats on Kapiti Island, now an important wildlife reserve. This is the large trial and one of the reasons why the RNRP was set up -- to develop easier, more efficient and better pest control systems, Grant said. The run-through trap consists of a boxed tunnel with a DOC 200 trap in the centre. Not having to check and replenish baits also saved some time and money, he said. Traps on the Wairau Valley line alternate with traditional baited DOC 200 traps. They will be swa- pped around in a year to ensure there is no line bias, he said. Friends of Rotoiti volunteer Warwick Ward, who manages the Rainbow Valley trap line, said the run-through traps were put in place at the start of last month. A check last week revealed they had caught almost twice as many pests as the baited traps on the line, he said. The trap s design catered for the curiosity of animals. A lot of them like running through small tight places. You can see the tracks they run on in the bush and often they run along the side of logs. Warwick said winter pest cap- tures were low and the real test would be from November, when they would see if stoats, rats and weasels took to the tunnels. The group had caught about 22,000 pests in the 11 years since it was formed, he said. But I am looking forward with anticipation to the final result, said Warwick. Three strands of No 8 wire across each end prevented weka from entering the trap, he said. Warwick said the Friends of Rotoiti was lucky to work with DOC on such trial projects, which also helped sustain the pest-free buffer around lake s mainland island sanctuary.
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