Enquiring minds (from left): Kirsten Jones, Hannah Muchena, Thomas Steven and Mikayla Erskine

Students show how it’s done

by Mike Isle

A group of Rolleston Christian School students with enquiring minds and a thirst to find answers has come up with innovative ways to improve Selwyn’s water quality.

Kirsten Jones, Hannah Muchena, Thomas Steven and Mikayla Erskine presented their project-based findings on water management at the Selwyn Waihora Zone Youth Committee Event earlier this month earning the praise of scientists and water management experts.

The group started the project by investigating what was currently being done to improve water quality and management. They then considered alternatives and came up with an eclectic mix of solutions and projects, including beeswax wraps to help lessen plastic wraps polluting waterways, riparian planting to help combat sediment, nitrogen and phosphorous run-off, and hydroponics as a way of growing food with less water wastage.

Their supervising teacher Mandy Cleave said that the students initially thought they were out of their comfort zone presenting to Department of Conservation scientists, Mayor Sam Broughton and district councillors.

“However, everybody was impressed with the sense of legacy, creative thinking and passion that the students showed.”

A clearly chuffed Hannah Muchena said, “The thing I will tell my family about today is that I taught experts and scientists about science.”