Archive for April, 2013

5000 Mile Project


The 5000 Mile Project is auctioning two paintings by Katharine Lowrie in aid of ‘Birdlife International’ and ‘Armonia’ which are working on projects to conserve endangered macaws, critical ecosystem habitats and other wild species.  All proceeds to be donated to the charities’ work:

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5000 Mile Project – congratulations from Parliament

When Katharine and David Lowry reached the halfway point of their epic run, this achievement was marked in Parliament.

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All along the route, Katharine and David are working with local schools to make children aware of the vast array of wildlife everywhere around them and have an educational area of their website to engage children online:

Akaroa Marine Reserve – approved

In October 2010, the Foundation made a small grant to the Akaroa Harbour Marine Society to help inform community and visitors to Akaroa town of the need for a no-take marine reserve.  The Society had been, by that time, campaigning for nearly 15 years.

Today, Dr Nick Smith, New Zealand Minister of Conservation, finally approved the Akaroa marine reserve, after a sustained campaign lasting 17 years by the Akaroa Harbour Marine Society.  The no-take reserve has been reduced in size by about 55ha, which is a compromise that the Akaroa Marine Society says it can live with.  There is also a review clause for 10 years.


It has been a glorious day here in Akaroa and quite a crowd gathered on the Akaroa Wharf to hear Nick’s announcement.  It has been the support of people like yourselves which has encouraged us to keep going with this application which has been troublesome due to the opposition of the local runanga and of course recreational fishers who traditionally oppose marine reserves (until they see how good they are – which hopefully will happen in Akaroa too!)

We expect this will give a boost to all those stalwart conservationists who take on the difficult mantle of proposing marine reserves.  It is a difficult area to work in but well worth the effort.  KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON !!

Kathleen Reid  – Secretary  –   Akaroa Harbour Marine Protection Society Incorporated

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Akaroa Marine Reserve – decision imminent


Tomorrow, Sunday 14th April at 1pm, Dr Nick Smith, Minister of Conservation will announce his decision on the Akaroa Marine Reserve on the main wharf at Akaroa.  It has been 17 years since the application was made – we hope for a positive announcement.


See the Plastiki – inside and out

DALLAS – Something extraordinary is making waves in Fair Park! Anchored in the middle of the Esplanade Fountain near Centennial Hall is The Plastiki …  learn more at:

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Northern Ireland launches a 5p plastic bag charge

Customers in Northern Ireland will be charged for each single use carrier bag they take home.  Go to to read more.

Wales  introduced a 5p charge in 2011 and the number of single-use bags being taken home has fallen significantly.  The Guardian reports that, in July, supermarkets in Wales reported reductions of 70-96% in single-use plastic and paper bags since the charge – which goes to charities and is not a tax – was introduced in October 2011 (see:


David to receive Visionary Award – Engineering & Humanity Week, Dallas Texas

David de Rothschild, the Plastiki’s creator and captain, and Founder and Chairman of Sculpt the Future Foundation, is the recipient of the Engineering & Humanity Week 2013 Visionary Award.

Today David will be interviewed by Jeff Ball, Stanford University Scholar-In-Residence and former environment editor for the Wall Street Journal as part of ‘Engineering & Humanity Week’ (6-12 April 2013) at SMU (Southern Methodist University), Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.  The Week’s Theme is  Water: Ripple Effects

The Plastiki has been moved by road from San Francisco to the Hunt Institute in Dallas, where she will be on public view.  See ‘Plastiki on the road’ blog:

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5000 Mile Project

We have arrived into Bolivia and wanted to give you a quick update and link to a 4 min video to thank you for the grant – utterly indispensable:

We have now run over 3,300 miles whilst pulling our trailer from Cabo Froward, Chile. We’re shattered, but somehow our achy old bones are allowing us to keep going. Argentina was tough, not just because of the day-on-day 40 C temps in the north, but also due to anti-English sentiment rising high – necessitating a lot of shaky Spanish before the stony faces turned to smiles. So it’s amazing to be in Bolivia now.   We’ve clocked thousands of bird and mammal records and over three hundred species. The biodiversity is fantastic and we’re speaking to everyone about the wildlife that’s surrounding them, including schools, local radio stations, T.V. and newspapers.

Katharine and Davie Lowrie