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"TV Bugman" entomologist Ruud
Kleinpaste made an impromptu
visit to Te Anau schools this week
to reinforce the message that we
must learn to live sustainably.
Mr Kleinpaste, from Auckland,
was in town briefly in his role as
a trustee of the Air New Zealand
Environment Trust and its off-
shoot Kids Restore New Zealand.
He met with members of the
Fiordland Conservation Trust for
an update on their projects and
decided late on Monday night to
seek an audience with the area's
He was delighted with the
reception he got, both from
the schools who were happy to
receive him at short notice and
the students themselves who
he said were some of the most
environmentally aware he had
"Their environmental education
must be 10 out of 10."
It was vitally important that
children learned about the way
the world worked and to engage
them in conservation projects --
"because they need the tools to
clean up the mess we've created",
At Fiordland College he had a
philosophical discussion with
students about how the value of
the world's biodiversity is so much
greater than that of its economy.
"You can mine anything you like
but if you don't go to the toilet for
a week you'll know all about why
we live in a biological world," he
Te Anau Primary School's talk
was on a similar theme but
pitched at a younger audience
around the good that bugs can
do. And there was plenty, he said.
As an entomologist he found
it "unbelievable what we don't
know". New bugs and the role
they played in the ecosystem
were being discovered all the
time -- in fact there were so many
undiscovered creatures that it
was impossible to even guess the
magnitude, he said.
"So who runs the world?"
Mr Kleinpaste said he was looking
forward to returning to Fiordland in
the future and hoped that would
involve teaming up with the local
kids again, encouraging them to
take an active role in restoring the
Further information about the
organisations Mr Kleinpaste is
involved with can be found at www.
kidsrestorenz.org.nz and www.
Bugs better than big bucks
Entomologist Ruud Kleinpaste, better known as TV's "bugman", gives an
animated explanation of the role of bugs to a receptive young audience at Te
Anau Primary School on Tuesday.
numbers decreased in the March
quarter, possibly posing future
recruitment problems for local
Southland enjoyed one of the
most significant decreases in
unemployment in New Zealand,
according the Statistics New
Zealand latest Household Labour
The province experienced
a 1 percent decrease in its
unemployment rate, with Gisborne
and the Hawkes Bay the only other
region in the country to record
a larger drop of 2.2 percent.
Taranaki was third in line at 0.9
While the news has been greeted
with enthusiasm around the south,
there is some suggestion that if
the trend continues in the months
to come, the province could face
another skills shortage.
Southland Chamber of Commerce
chief executive officer Richard Hay
said while the numbers looked
good for Southland, there was a
"When we do start to get to
unemployment at these levels it
creates its own set of problems
because it means that there are
less people available to fill any
new jobs that come on stream."
For the economy to grow we
needed to work at sustaining
those numbers by encouraging
people to live and work in the
Southland province, he said.
Nationally businesses reported
that the market for skills had
tightened and that many were
having difficulties recruiting staff.
"It's showing that we're really
coming out of the recession... and
employers are starting to rehire
again. We're certainly getting
indications that things are more
positive," Mr Hay said.
"It's been very slow coming and
it's pretty conservative... but it is
He said it would appear that the
new jobs were coming from within
existing businesses that were
possibly just getting back to the
staffing levels they had enjoyed
prior to the recession.
"Unfortunately, at this stage,
we're not seeing too many
new businesses starting up in
Some of the new jobs of late had
come about through changes in
"Particularly in the legislation
wrapping around employment
relating to the 90-day trial period
for workers, which I think has
encouraged some to take on extra
In the three months to March
55,300 people were in work in
Southland -- up from 53,600
in the December quarter. The
number of unemployed fell from
2400 in the December quarter to
1900 in the March quarter.
Clutha-Southland MP Bill English
said Southland's encouraging
job growth statistics for the
March quarter were positive and
reinforced his belief that the
economic recovery would be led
from the provinces.
"This is exciting for our region,
it's great for our economy and it's
wonderful for all of those people
who've been looking for work," he
"The latest figures defy the normal
seasonal trend, which is for the
March quarter to feature a drop in
the number of people in seasonal
agricultural work," Mr English said.
By Mary Witsey
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