Kapi-Mana News : October 18th 2011
36 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 18, 2011 NEWS Rubbish tracked by eco-geocachers Caching on: Geocachers aren't just GPS whizzes, they're tidy Kiwis too. GEOCACHING LINGO: Ground zero: Where the GPS device shows that you've reached the cache location. Event cache: A gathering of local geocachers. The Event Cache page provides a time and co-ordinates to the location. Participants receive a point for attending. Muggle: A non-geocacher who might stumble on a cache, or is confused after befriending a geocacher searching for a cache. Travelbug: Item containing a unique tracking number. The geocacher who hides it can create goals for the bug to achieve, such as travelling to 10 different countries. Progress can be followed online. Geocoin: Coins that can travel the world and contain a tracking number. A group of geocachers gave back to the community and environ- ment by cleaning up rubbish that had been discarded along the Middleton Rd section of Porirua Steam recently. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game where players (geocachers) try to locate hidden containers (caches) using GPS devices and then share their experiences online. In New Zealand there are more than 12,700 hidden caches. Around the world there are more than 1.5 million on all continents, from under water to the tops of mountains. As well as finding caches, geoca- chers also hold events. The Middleton Stream event is an example of a CITO event (Cache in, Trash Out). Event organiser Bryan Taylor, aka Fozzmiester'', chose the area because the great revegetation work done by various groups was being offset by people dumping rubbish in the area. More than 30 cachers from the wider Wellington area gathered for a couple of hours to clean-up and catch up. Support from Wel- lington City Council meant the large pile of rubbish collected was taken to the dump afterwards. A Tawa resident, Mr Taylor is one of more than five million active geocachers'' around the world on the Geocaching.com website, run by Groundspeak Inc. based in Seattle, USA. Celebration: St Francis Xavier School, in Tawa, held their production Welcome to Aotearoa New Zealand recently, themed around welcoming visitors during the Rugby World Cup. A highlight was a stirring rendition of the national anthem in both Maori and English, fittingly started with the blowing of a whistle. PC power: Bernadine Wall, left, celebrates graduating the Computers in Homes course with Microsoft New Zealand community affairs manager Berlinda Gorman. Bernadine was one of 19 people to complete the latest course this month. Ms Gorman presented certificates to the students in front of proud family and friends at a ceremony at Porirua RSA. One graduate spoke of attending the course thinking it was just going to be a way of getting a computer and internet access. He went ontosayitwassomuch more, that the course provided a doorway into choices and a new way of thinking. The next course starts tomorrow, October 19, at the RSA on McKillop St. Registration is at 9.30am.
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