Meet Laura! She’s a keen Walking School Bus member from Meadowbank School, which AMI is proud to support. We asked Laura about why she loves the Walking School Bus and why she has all those funky tags.
What is your name? "Laura Manning."
What school do you go to? "I go to Meadowbank School."
What is the name of your Walking School Bus crew? "The Walkie Talkies."
How many Walking School Bus tickets do you have? "Each Walking School Bus member gets a ticket that gets clipped each morning. Once you finish a ticket you receive a badge. I am on the highest badge which is the 600-trip walker but I have done more than 1000 walks. I have also got my winter walker badge, my road safety badge and the walking school bus week badge, and because I am a student leader I click everybody tickets each day."
Can you tell us a story of a memorable moment you’ve have on the Walking School Bus? "Recently we had a surf life guard and a fire fighter come to walk with us for super hero dress up day. I also liked the AMI people coming and giving us prizes!"
What is the best part about being part of the Walking School Bus? "On the walking school bus we always get people come and walk with us and there are lots of fun things that you can get involved with and you also get to walk with your friends."
Walking School Buses are great ways to get the kids active and to learn about road safety each day. Each group is accompanied by volunteer caregivers to ensure it’s a safe and fun trip. AMI supports Walking School Buses across Auckland and Tauranga by providing hi-vis vests to volunteers And we recently surprised Meadowbank school in Auckland with some bags and sunscreen for the students so they are prepared for the trip.
Maybe your school is keen to set up its own Walking School Bus? Get in touch with Auckland Transport or your local council to get involved. Save Lives, #SpeakUp this Road Safety Week.
Kia ora Auckland, it's time to dust off that old camera, get out and about and show the rest of your neighbours your favourite, treasured spots in your region. It could be an awesome view, the shy wildlife or even the old buildings that are wanting their stories to be told.
Go ahead, get snapping and illustrate what's beyond your backyard.
Post your photographs in the comments below ⬇️
A special day in our Advanced Cookery students preparing mouthwatering finger food treats. Starting with Celia’s ever-best, fresh out of the oven, Salmon & Spinach Roulade, crispy fried carrot, celery and ricotta wontons, Oleksii, from Ukraine, holds a plate of the bllini with smoked salmon mousse topped with paprika, Yorkshire puddings with rare beef & horseradish cream and finally filo tartlets with chervil & coriander mousse.
Did you know that Surfdale in Waiheke Island received its name via a competition? The winner was awarded a section of land near the beach...
At 8 pence a day on top of a small deposit, a Surfdale section was also promoted as a sound investment – so close to downtown Auckland that “values must go up and up and up”.
Well, they weren't wrong there.
Today, Waiheke Island brings to mind sunny vineyards and beachy weekend getaways. The image of Waiheke as an “island paradise” has its origins in 1920s marketing, but the island has long been desirable even as its character has changed over the past centuries.
As we go into the long weekend and begin to venture further afield again, why not have a read of how Waiheke came to be the place it is today, in this blog about its recent history by our Project Curator, Jane Groufsky.