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Published: 2001-12-18 00:00:00

Environment Waikato is to provide $10,588 in funding towards production of an educational CD-Rom on the Waikato River ecosystem.

The Totara Nations Charitable Trust had applied for $29,400 to produce the disk as part of a larger initiative aimed at strengthening youth communities. The application was considered by the Environment Committee in September and further discussions held with the group to discuss other contributions the Council could make.

The Trust, formed in 1999, aims to create resources and tools to help Maori women and youth to create healthy lifestyles and businesses that are socially and environmentally responsible. It also provides education on a range of issues and a forum for Maori on responsible development options.

It has developed a Sustainable Youth Communities Programme for all Hamilton youth to promote environmental education, awareness and leadership. the Trust intends to open a Youth Environment Education Centre as a central location for environmental information, training and resources.

The CD-Rom is designed for 9-12 year olds and will provide basic bilingual education on the river ecosystem and highlight the impact of pollution.