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Children Growing Awareness of Biodiversity: One Speech at a Time

The Hillmac Electrical Speech Contests’ new topic for 2018 has got Bay students talking! 

‘Biodiversity in your backyard’ is the topic for both Junior and Intermediate contests, and has encouraged 16 Hawke’s Bay schools to take part, with other schools still to confirm. 

The speech contests will be held at the National Aquarium of New Zealand for Juniors (Years five and six) on Thursday 30 August from 6 to 8pm, and for Intermediate (Years seven and eight) on Thursday 6 September.  The contest is open to all Hawke’s Bay schools and to the public.

“We have partnered with Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay, a brand-new initiative, which changes the focus of the children’s speeches from natural disasters to biodiversity this year,” says speech contest organiser, Anna Coleman of the Confidence Company.  

Ms Coleman says there is a current groundswell of interest in biodiversity locally. “Kids are fascinated about what is in their backyard, from harakeke (flax) to kereru, eels and kowhai.”

Genevieve Bennett from Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay says “We are thrilled to be involved with the Hillmac Electrical Speech Contests this year, to engage with schools and raise awareness of biodiversity throughout Hawke’s Bay”.

Biodiversity Hawkes Bay combines a wide range of conservation and environmental enhancement groups who are committed to working together so that Hawke's Bay's biodiversity is enhanced, healthy and functioning.

Hastings schools taking part are - Mahora, Frimley, Heretaunga Intermediate, Hastings Intermediate, Parkvale, Sherenden and Districts, Te Mata, Tūtira.  Napier schools – Bledisloe, Greenmeadows, Nelson Park, Reignier, Tamatea, Napier and Taradale Intermediates. Wairoa schools – Nuhaka School and Wairoa College.

Kiwibank has come on board as a sponsor this year. Hastings Kiwibank Manager, Mairin Gallagher, says:  “We see real value in supporting a cause which promotes confidence in children and gives them the tools to stand up and talk about a topic that is dear to our hearts - biodiversity and how to protect our kiwi, flax, seeds, wildlife and waterways.”

Anna Coleman says she is grateful for the ongoing support of chief sponsor Hillmac Electrical Limited, and with the regional economic development brand ‘Great Things Grow Here™’, the National Aquarium of New Zealand and Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay.

For further information:

Anna Coleman – Organiser of the Hillmac Electrical Junior and Intermediate School Speech Contests, Confidence Coach and owner of the Confidence Company

021 150 3517 confidencecompanynz@gmail.com

13 August 2018

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