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Written by Whangarei Leader   
Tuesday, 16 September 2008

DRAINING MESSAGE: Ngunguru Primary School students Oisin Simperingham, Saxon Trow, Zal Dixon, Carlene Nimmo, Tamara Wilson-Angell, Kyra Templey, Tyla Job, Nova Jenner and Ebony Fairclough use stencils to remind people stormwater drains are for water only.

Some of Ngunguru’s youngest environmental campaigners are helping to spread the word about stormwater pollution.

Ngunguru Primary School students have learnt about keeping drains clean with the Drains to Harbour programme led by co-ordinator Kim Boyle.

The students studied the Ngunguru catchment and its stormwater, says Ms Boyle, learning about the relationship between the stormwater drains and the estuary.

"If we litter it's going to come straight back to us because our water will be polluted," says one student, Nova Jenner.

The students also stencilled messages on Ngunguru stormwater drains as a reminder to keep them clear.

"We hope the stencils will stop people from littering, because it goes straight through to the estuary," says student Oisin Simperingham.

You shouldn't chuck bad things in the water, because the fish might eat it and then we eat the fish!

The students will monitor what is going down their school's drain over the next few weeks and plan to plant trees along the sides of streams.

Drains to Harbour is run by the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust and supported by the Whangarei District Council.

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