Milton clean-up an O Week event

Having fun cleaning . . . University of Otago student Ella Westenberg (18) of Tauranga (left) gets close to her chosen speciality of botany as she helps Cate McIntosh (18) of Auckland to clear weeds in Milton as part of her O week activities. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE


University of Otago students from Arana College used their free time to tidy up Milton during their Orientation Week activities last week.
The students cleared waste and weeds from around the State Highway 1 bridge over the east branch of the Tokomairaro River, at the edge of the town.
Student co-ordinator Bill Peereboom said the students wanted to do some work in the wider Otago community, so instead of joining others working out on the Otago Peninsula, helping pregnant women or working at food security, they decided to go to Milton and help keep the place clean.
‘‘It’s all about community outreach and a little bit of volunteerism,’’ he said.

In the bag . . .
University of Otago
health science first year
student Olivia O’Neill
(19) of Dunedin loads up
her bag with weeds on the
bridge over the east
branch of the
Tokomairiro River at