By SHELLEY TOPP
A butterfly garden is planned for Waimakariri’s Tuhaitara Coastal Park.
The project is the idea of brother and sister Eloise and Loic Reynolds, of Woodend Beach, winners of the Te Kohaka O Tuhaitara Trust’s 2019 Bruce Banks Environmental Education Award.
The award was presented to the siblings by last year’s winner, Aaliyah Raja, aged 12, at a recent function at the park.
The award is offered annually to any primary or secondary school student or school with an aim to further native biodiversity in the Waimakariri District.
“The purpose of the award is to support a new initiative rather than reward a project that has been completed,” trust general manager Greg Byrnes says.
Eloise, aged 12, and Loic, aged 9, are home-schooled by their father, Stuart.
The children will use the $500 in prize money they received as winners to fund the butterfly garden.
Their project has attracted the interest of New Zealand’s leading butterfly authority, Brian Patrick, a senior ecologist and entomologist with Wildland Consultants, and co-author, with his son Hamish, of Butterflies of the South Pacific. He intends meeting the children at the park to discuss how he can help with their project.