Summer Update

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    Jacqui
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    This has just been sent out to all those who have email…

    Hi there – hope your summer is going well… Here?s an update on what?s happening with the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust

    *** TOO MANY CATERPILLARS? NOT ENOUGH CATERPILLARS?

    It?s the time of year when we have many inquiries on our website for people wanting others to adopt their starving Monarch caterpillars. If you haven?t checked the forum recently, do take a look… People in Wellington (Tawa) and Rangiora need help as I write this newsletter…

    *** UPDATE ON OUR CHRISTCHURCH PROJECTS

    Plans are going well. A grant from the Telecom Foundation and another from Bayer Pharmaceuticals (bannerstands) have helped ? but we are still fundraising. There are two fun auctions on TradeMe to raise funds ? even if YOU aren’t interested please tell other people, one of them may be keen!

    TRADEME AUCTIONS ? UNIQUE and CLOSING SATURDAY!

    —Naming Rights – a very special butterfly

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=439925583

    For the one that you love this is absolutely unique: the naming rights to our star butterfly, a beautiful, big, orange and black Monarch. This butterfly will take the lead role in displays and our butterfly release in Christchurch in February. Yes! You can name her or him whatever you like… so long as the name is socially acceptable.

    —The tie Paul Henry rejected ? Unwanted birthday gift

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=439950850

    This beautiful tie was a gift to Paul Henry (former TV1 Breakfast Host) from news reader Peter Williams on Paul’s birthday, 4 August 2009. Paul donated it to the MBNZT ? take a look, it?s a beauty!

    You can buy many items in our shop on our website, or there are more auctions here, please help with our fundraising:

    http://trade.me/butterflytrust

    But please feel free to retweet or tell your friends about our projects.

    *** FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS, CHRISTCHURCH

    Our bannerstand displays are being renewed, thanks to a donation from Bayer. Bayer is a global company focused on the areas of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials.

    ?Our products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time we are committed to the principles of sustainability and to supporting environmental education and restoration in New Zealand," said William Malpass from Bayer New Zealand Ltd.

    ?We wish the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust every success in its endeavours to preserve the Monarch butterfly in New Zealand and in particular Christchurch.?

    *** BUTTERFLY RELEASE ? 182 MONARCHS

    The Telecom Foundation has made a generous donation towards our Christchurch projects and we have agreed that children of Christchurch Telecom staff will release the 182 Monarch butterflies at the the earthquake tribute (22 February). We appreciate the support of the Telecom Foundation.

    We are keen to hear from you if you would like to contribute butterflies for this release. We will be asking people to send us green pupae on or about 13 February. More information in the next bulletin, or watch our website (the forum).

    *** ELLERSLIE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER SHOW

    From 7 to 11 March we will have an interactive display at the Ellerslie International Flower Show, North Hagley Park, especially of interest to children.

    *** VOLUNTEERS ? CHRISTCHURCH

    We would love to have more of our members (or other interested people) helping at our two displays. Are you interested? Please email us trust@monarch.org.nz, and let us know what day (half a day or a full day) and your full contact details.

    For those who live outside Christchurch there may well be accommodation available, and we may be able to help with airfares. Mention that you could be interested in sharing our apartment, right in central Christchurch, very handy to both the museum and North Hagley Park.

    *** VOLUNTEERS ? AUCKLAND

    We are having a few working bees in Auckland – folding, labelling – stuffing envelopes etc. If you would like to help, please contact me, Jacqui, on 551 3383. I live in Blockhouse Bay. Could you come for an hour or two? Some days planned so far are:

    Saturday, 21 January, 2pm

    Tuesday, 24 January 7pm

    Thursday, 26 January 7pm

    Saturday, 28 January, 11am

    Sunday, 29 January 2pm

    Come and meet some fellow members. You will be welcome to take cuttings from any plants in my garden, so bring a bucket!

    *** VIDEOGRAPHER

    We would like to find a videographer who could film our Christchurch events for a promotional video. Anyone interested? Please contact trust@monarch.org.nz.

    *** BUTTERFLY GARDENING COURSE

    Our ?Create a Butterfly Garden/Habitat? course has been very successful and the next one begins on 1 March. Why not book in now? For more details: https://www.monarch.org.nz/projects/butterfly-gardening-course/

    *** 2012 CALENDAR

    There are still some available. More information here:

    https://www.monarch.org.nz/items-for-sale/calendar-2012/

    *** NZ ASSOCIATION OF PRIMARY SCIENCE EDUCATORS

    This year we will be working on a project with the NZAPSE. More information in our March newsletter, but teachers: you might want to contact the NZAPSE now as it is looking very exciting. There will be activities planned throughout the first and second terms.

    http://www.nzase.org.nz/primaryscience/

    *** SAVING SEED

    You are welcome to send in surplus seed to the MBNZT. Please store it in paper so it stays dry and label it well. Could you also add your name/email/phone so we can contact you and say thanks – and also the date when collected… month/year is fine. Your local chemist throws away desiccants (little things that come with pills to keep them dry) tand will be happy to give you some to help keep the seed in the best condition. Every donation is appreciated. Send to MBNZT, PO Box 44100, Pt Chevalier, Auckland 1246.

    Happy Butterflying!

    The Trustees

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