Minister opens new school room
1st December 2014
MINISTER OF CONSERVATION OPENS NEW SCHOOL ROOM
Rotoroa Island has a new purpose-built school house. It was
officially opened by the Minister of Conservation, the Hon. Maggie
Barry on Friday 28 November.
The facility, which has been named the Salisbury Room in honour
of Rotoroa's island managers, Phil and Ginnene Salisbury, will
serve several purposes but has been designed primarily to support
and further the Trust's aim to have the island busy year round with
RIT Chairman, Barrie Brown said: "The name is to recognise
the hard work and dedication that our island managers Phil and
Ginnene Salisbury have put into the Rotoroa Island project over
many years. The Trustees really appreciate this and would like to
honour the family with this gesture."
The Salisbury Room will be the new home of
the environmental education programme for schools developed by
Auckland Zoo. Now in its third term of delivery, the programme was
launched in October 2013 and has seen over 850 students and 28
schools participate to date. The programme focuses on
providing students with practical hands-on wildlife management
experiences, including radio telemetry, bird banding and reptile
surveying. One school, Long Bay College, has played a key role in
building over 500 nesting and roosting boxes for the 40 tieke
(saddleback) translocated to the island in May.
The Salisbury Room will provide a dedicated space for school
groups and Zoo staff, enabling more children to visit the island
and participate in the programme.
The size and flexible layout of the room means that it will also
work well for community groups, organisations and corporates.