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THE TRIBUNE, MARCH 7, 2012
Tertiary students have long been a
feature of Palmerston North.
Massey Agricultural College, estab-
lished in 1928, started the town-gown
relationship, and Capping Day
(graduation) processions began in
A week of celebration took place,
including a parade with floats.
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an award for
It's wonderful seeing how many
people are volunteering... (to)
tackle weed issues and protecting
natural areas that mean something
special to them.
National Weedbusters co-ordinator
Weedbusters is calling for groups,
organisations, schools and individuals
tackling weed issues in their com-
munities to be nominated for the 2012
Regional Weedbusters Awards.
The awards recognise volunteers
who get stuck in and deal with weeds
in their communities.
Nominations are open until March
31.To make a nomination visit the
organisation's website at weed-
Every time we have run these
awards, we have been amazed at the
number of worthy weedbusters nomi-
nated,'' says national weedbusters co-
ordinator Carolyn Lewis.
It's wonderful seeing how many
people are volunteering . . . [to] tackle
weed issues and protecting natural
areas that mean something special to
Most weeds are ornamental garden
plants that have escaped and are
established in natural areas,
crowding out native species and
Weedbusting is often part of a big-
ger restoration project being under-
taken in areas such as bushland, sand
dunes or wetlands, and it is often
viewed as the least glamorous part of
the work,'' Ms Lewis says.
Weedbusting efforts around New
Zealand over the last few years have
ranged from individuals working on
their own properties to remove weedy
species, to groups adopting natural
areas such as bush remnants or
wetlands and removing all weed
species in that area.
There are five categories for the
Weedbusters awards, all recognising
weedbusting efforts: public land, pri-
vate land, industry/organisation, edu-
cation, and overall excellence.
The awards were launched nation-
wide in 2006, and were run again in
2008 and 2010, with more than 50
nominations each time.
Foodies will get
This year Central Districts Field
Days has found a new way to
engage with people -- through their
Event organiser Cheryl Riddell
said from March 15 to 17 there will
be a large marquee presenting a
Taste of the Central Districts.
This year, we thought it was
time to bring out the foodies in our
visitors with a selection of our dis-
trict's finest offerings.
We wanted products that are
upmarket and that people are
either already familiar with or will
find once tasted, they will want
more of,'' Ms Riddell said.
Beverages will include fruit
wines, ports, spirits and beer.
Yummy Mummy's Cheesecakes
of Woodville will be selling one of
the company's top sellers -- the
Gorge Slip cheesecake, which is
chocolate, and decorated with
rubble consisting of crumbled
hokey pokey, crushed lollies and
chocolate peanuts, plus white and
Owners Trish and Alastair Rod-
well plan to talk to people about
how the slip is affecting Woodville.
Entertainment will be provided
by the Navy Dixie Band.
Central Districts Field Days is at
Manfeild, in Feilding. Gates open at
8.30am each day until 4.30pm on
Thursday and Friday. Gates will close
at 4pm on Saturday. Admission is
$12 per adult.
Seniors can get in for $9 on
Thursday and Friday only. Children
under 16 years, accompanied by an
adult get in for free.
UCOL year climaxes next week
UCOL holds its annual graduation
ceremonies on March 13 and 14 at the
Regent on Broadway from 1pm.
Tuesday sees certificates awarded
for the Faculty of Humanities and
Business, Faculty of Health Science,
Faculty of Education Delivery and
Innovation, and the Faculty of Trades
On Wednesday, diplomas and
degrees will be conferred for the Fac-
ulty of Humanities and Business, the
Faculty of Health Science and the
Faculty of Trades and Technology.
At the conclusion of each ceremony,
graduates, their families and
members of the official UCOL party
will form a procession along
Broadway Avenue and Princess St
heading to the Atrium at the UCOL
People interested in improving
health and wellbeing for older
people are invited to work with a
new MidCentral District Health
Board group that's being set up
later this year.
The Older Persons' District
Group will have about 12
members, who meet for two
hours each month.
Its focus will be improving the
quality of services for older
Nominations should be sent to
the MidCentral District Health
Board by March 23, and more
information is available from
Katherine Gibbs on 06 350 4552.
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