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Day 7 of Level 4 is also Week 10 of "Weedbusters" Wednesday. If you have discovered this plant growing around your section now could be a good time to dig it out.

There is no green waste disposal available in Gisborne right now. Our recommendation is to place green waste that includes noxious weeds in a black sack style plastic bag, seal it, and leave it for a few weeks to allow it to break down. The goal is to let the plant break down enough so that it can't spread seeds or leaf nodes and keep spreading through your garden.

For more information, including control and disposal, check out the excellent website www.weedbusters.org.nz.

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Day 7 of Level 4 is also Week 10 of Weedbusters Wednesday. If you have discovered this plant growing around your section now could be a good time to dig it out. 

There is no green waste disposal available in Gisborne right now. Our recommendation is to place green waste that includes noxious weeds in a black sack style plastic bag, seal it, and leave it for a few weeks to allow it to break down. The goal is to let the plant break down enough so that it cant spread seeds or leaf nodes and keep spreading through your garden.

For more information, including control and disposal, check out the excellent website www.weedbusters.org.nz.

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Confused about what you can and can't do to remain active whilst in lockdown? 🤔

The government says that people are still able to go outside for a walk or exercise and enjoy nature. However, you MUST keep a two-metre distance from people who you aren't in isolation with such as friends or children who are not under your care.

All information in the resource below was gathered from the Ministry of Health guidelines. For more information click here ➡️ www.covid19.govt.nz/
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Stay home, look after each other, and wash your hands whanau!

Kia ora koutou,

Tairāwhiti Environment Centre (TEC) has closed until further notice.

We are following the Level 2 Alert directive on 21/03/20 to work in alternative ways to help support the effort to contain COVID-19. Thank you to all of our visitors, volunteers, and community groups that we work with for playing their part as we support each other through this.

TEC staff are working from home and you can contact us via FB messenger or email tairawhitienvcentre@gmail.com. We are working on different ways we can help support our community now that we are all getting used to a "new normal." While our day to day lives may look a little different we are still part of a community that cares and can remain connected, even if from a distance.

Take care, keep safe, keep your distance, wash your hands, and look after each other.

Nga mihi,

Rena Kohere
Tairāwhiti Environment Centre Manager

*Level 3 as of 1:30pm 23/03/04 and moving to Level 4 in 48 hrs.
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Stay safe guys. See u on the other sidexxxx

*now level 3

Our tuatara, kiwi, and bugs and critters have been hiding behind a wall of sunflowers all summer but they were back out on display this morning. Our volunteer gardening team was hard at work doing all the autumn tasks needed to get the garden ready for the winter.

Thank you to everyone who has played a part in making our garden the vibrant and flourishing space that it is. We know that many of you were looking forward to the Basic Gardening workshop that was to have been held this week. We will keep posting garden photos and gardening tips for anyone who is planning to set up their winter gardens in the coming weeks.
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Our tuatara, kiwi, and bugs and critters have been hiding behind a wall of sunflowers all summer but they were back out on display this morning. Our volunteer gardening team was hard at work doing all the autumn tasks needed to get the garden ready for the winter. 

Thank you to everyone who has played a part in making our garden the vibrant and flourishing space that it is. We know that many of you were looking forward to the Basic Gardening workshop that was to have been held this week. We will keep posting garden photos and gardening tips for anyone who is planning to set up their winter gardens in the coming weeks.

Welcome to week 8 of "Weedbusters" Wednesday! For more information, including control and disposal, check out the excellent website www.weedbusters.org.nz.
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Welcome to week 8 of Weedbusters Wednesday! For more information, including control and disposal, check out the excellent website www.weedbusters.org.nz.
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Kia ora koutou,

Workshops and environmental education are central to the work of Tairāwhiti Environment Centre but given the seriousness of the current situation with the COVID-19 we are assessing our education programme.

We will give as much notice as possible of any postponements and let you all know our plan as soon as possible.

Ngā mihi,

Rena Kohere

Tairāwhiti Environment Centre Manager
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Kia ora koutou, 

Workshops and environmental education are central to the work of Tairāwhiti Environment Centre but given the seriousness of the current situation with the COVID-19 we are assessing our education programme. 

We will give as much notice as possible of any postponements and let you all know our plan as soon as possible.

Ngā mihi,

Rena Kohere

Tairāwhiti Environment Centre Manager

Awesome turnout at our Bike Maintenance workshop yesterday! Great to see so many eager young learners too! A massive thank you to Chris for sharing his passion and wealth of knowledge with the TEC community! ... See MoreSee Less

As part of our COVID-19 preparedness planning we are following Ngati Kahungunu's lead and finding alternative ways to greet each other at TEC. What is your preferred way to greet people without the traditional handshake, hug, kiss, hongi, high 5?The ‘Kahungunu Wave’ kicks in to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) - March Edition – 2020

What is the Kahungunu Wave?

The Kahungunu wave is the raising of the eyebrows in greeting, in affirmation, in exasperation, or in seduction. The nickname for Ngāti Kahungunu descendants over the past 200 years was Ngā Tukemata o Kahungunu, meaning the bushy eyebrows of Kahungunu. In his time Kahungunu was renowned for traveling alone throughout the country while others travelled in groups of warriors. Such was his charisma. Everywhere he went, he would help build and strengthen communities as he revealed his hardworking ethics by gathering food, building houses, constructing and designing Pā. The symbol of his multi marriages, (some say 8, some say 13) was the raising of his eyebrows to attract or enact a romantic liaison. This raising of the eyebrows is what we refer to as the ‘Kahungunu Wave’. Everytime he did raise his eyebrows or did the ‘Kahungunu Wave’, a new hapū was formed.

In our history and tradition the ‘Kahungunu Wave’ was as common but more often used than the hongi. In this pandemic ‘Coronavirus’ atmosphere, we are urging all Ngāti Kahungunu to revert to our tikanga, the ‘Kahungunu Wave’ – Te Mihi ā-Tukemata a Kahungunu.

It is alright not to hongi, it is alright not to kiss, it is alright not to hug, it is alright to put a rāhui around yourself and around your whānau and friends.

A rāhui is a protective measure for a place, for things and for people. Kawa and tikanga are often a reason to dutifully follow custom and tradition currently practiced on the marae and other places. However tikanga demands that we do what’s tika or what’s right for any occasion. For example it may be kawa to have all your pōhiri outside, but if its pouring with rain, it is tika to have your pōhiri inside.

There’s the mexican wave and this is the ‘Kahungunu Wave’. Dont be naive, do the ‘Kahungunu Wave’.

Ngāti Kahungunu – Strong, vibrant, healthy whānau, hapū. The Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated mission is to enhance the mana and well being of Ngāti Kahungunu.

The attached release was written by iwi Chairman Ngāhiwi Tomoana and endorsed by our esteemed Taumata Dr. Sir Tīmoti Kāretu
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As part of our COVID-19 preparedness planning we are following Ngati Kahungunus lead and finding alternative ways to greet each other at TEC. What is your preferred way to greet people without the traditional handshake, hug, kiss, hongi, high 5?

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mine is this one!

Thank you Bunnings Warehouse New Zealand (Gisborne) for supplying some much needed garden tools for our sustainable garden so that all of our community can get their 'gloves' dirty! Today we had another visit from Anne-Marie with her IDEA services clients. All enjoyed the compost workshop and being the first to try on the new ware! Much appreciated! ... See MoreSee Less

Welcome to week 7 of "Weedbusters" Wednesday! For more information, including control and disposal, check out the excellent website www.weedbusters.org.nz.
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I cant understand why plant shops still sell hideous agapanthas!!!???

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Friday wrap up at TEC... important data collection mahi done this morning by our most glorious volunteer Glenda with Sandy Britain from Sustainable Coastlines, auditing the litter that was picked up during the Waikanae beach litter survey on Sunday... cigarette butts and plastic straws again took away the prize for most commonly found items on our precious beaches... for more data and insights and how data collection informs change, head to litterintelligence.org/ ... See MoreSee Less

And a busy day it has been! An enthusiastic group of 9 Idea service clients enjoyed learning about wormfarming as part of their tailor-made welness programme. We love having you here Anne-Marie and co! As one group left, in came filing 10 very eager-to-learn tamariki from Te Kura Kaupapa o Whatatutu with their koka. Rena took great joy in teaching them the Recycling game. Lots of fun!
Thursdays are also gardening day: yet again Katie worked her magic, helped by Susie and Te Ri, who joined us for the first time today. Kia mihi to all our visitors and tireless volunteers! What an awesome day!
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Ka pai Te Kura o Whatatutu ❤

Gisborne Montessori Preschool, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for donating your old printer to our centre just before Christmas! We have finally had a chance to set it up this week and resemble some very excited 3 year olds as we can now print off our volunteer job planning and educational resources in A3, to the benefit of all our community! ... See MoreSee Less

Gisborne Montessori Preschool, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for donating your old printer to our centre just before Christmas! We have finally had a chance to set it up this week and resemble some very excited 3 year olds as we can now print off our volunteer job planning and educational resources in A3, to the benefit of all our community!Image attachmentImage attachment

A terrific workshop was held this evening at the Tairawhiti Environment Centre. Charles (Chairperson of TEC), shared his extensive knowledge on composting as a lead into worm farming. Thank you Charles.

A warm thanks to Rena and Stephanie (staff at TEC) who make TEC run smoothly & efficiently (& joyfully).

And finally a big warm thank you to everyone that came along this evening. Please keep in touch to let us know how your worm farms are going. Happy worm farming everyone. 🙂
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Thank you all so much for an interesting and informative session. I learned so much. 😆

Ko koe te mēne Charles!

Yes very interesting evening. Thank you

Wonderful wednesdays at TEC! Radish and Basil Bonanza! Courtesy of our amazing volunteer John Hudson and the TEC sustainable garden! Drop by! Free! ... See MoreSee Less

Wonderful wednesdays at TEC! Radish and Basil Bonanza! Courtesy of our amazing volunteer John Hudson and the TEC sustainable garden! Drop by! Free!

Welcome to week 6 of "Weedbusters" Wednesday! For more information, including control and disposal, check out the excellent website www.weedbusters.org.nz.
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I just want to take a moment to thank you for "weedbuster Wednesdays". Each week I take a few moments to dig around in the database and learn more. Really appreciate your bringing this valuable resource to us. 🙂

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A delicious workshop was held this morning at the Tairawhiti Environment Centre. The kombucha-making workshop was facilitated by the lovely Ulrika and Natacha from the East Coast Organics Co-op (ECO Coop). A warm thanks for sharing your knowledge today with such warmth and humour.

Stephanie (from TEC): thank you for efficiently doing all the things you do. You are very appreciated for all you do, often behind the scenes.

Also a warm thanks to Melissa, the lovely volunteer who looks after the TEC shop on Saturday mornings. You are terrific Melissa! Thank you!

And finally a big thank you to everyone who came along this morning. Thank you for caring and for all the fantastic conversations this morning. It is so inspiring to be part of a caring community. Happy kombucha making everyone. 🙂
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Glenda, you forgot to thank yourself for the wonderful wahine you are!!! TEC is so blessed to have you! One of a kind!

Was really good. Great teachers! Thanks for my wooden pegs and scrubbing brush too

Our centre PROUDLY supports this awesome kaupapa! Say no to single use plastic water bottles, refill your water bottle instead! Keep your eye out for the Refill NZ sticker on participating businesses. ... See MoreSee Less

Our centre PROUDLY supports this awesome kaupapa! Say no to single use plastic water bottles, refill your water bottle instead! Keep your eye out for the Refill NZ  sticker on participating businesses.

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i wish more places did this! awesome guys!

If you'd like to sign up your workplace, school etc to be a refill station then check out refillnz.org.nz/be-a-refill-station/

Fantastic initiative!

What a wonderful place we live in❤️🌿tumeke

Kapai korua! Wonderful initiative ❤️

Woohoo team! Thanks for taking part in this awesome initiative TEC ❤️

Sarah-Jayne Iwikau how awesome!!!

Simple and fantastic ....nice one

Awesome work Tairawhiti Environmental Centre!!!!

Great idea!

Great to have you on board. Every refill is one less single use plastic bottle in landfill or in our sea.😍

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Timeline PhotosKererū. These "chunky birds" are the party animals of the bird kingdom (they love getting drunk on fermented berries) in our very own backyards. 🎉

The govt is proposing requirements for councils to identify, manage, protect & restore our native birds, plants and animals, so you can enjoy seeing these tipsy little visitors in your garden for years to come.

Take part in our indigenous biodiversity consultation or let us know what you think about this proposal here: www.mfe.govt.nz/consultations/nps-indigenous-biodiversity

#birdoftheyear2018 #vintage

📸 by @Maddox Photography NZ
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Week 5 of "Weedbusters" Wednesday! For more information, including control and disposal, check out the excellent website www.weedbusters.org.nz.
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The predator trap library at the Tairawhiti Environment Centre.

Photo: Ulrika (left) and Stephanie having a conversation about trapping rats.
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The predator trap library at the Tairawhiti Environment Centre.  

Photo: Ulrika (left) and Stephanie having a conversation about trapping rats.

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Heading out on the water this weekend?

If you're lucky enough to come across a pod of whales or dolphins, make sure you know what to do and remember - you are visiting their home.

Following these rules will ensure an enjoyable encounter for you and for them!
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Heading out on the water this weekend?

If youre lucky enough to come across a pod of whales or dolphins, make sure you know what to do and remember - you are visiting their home.

Following these rules will ensure an enjoyable encounter for you and for them!

Week 4 of "Weedbusters" Wednesday! For more information, including control and disposal, check out the excellent website www.weedbusters.org.nz.
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Timeline PhotosAre you ready to embark on your kākāriki journey? Find out more about what it means to take on a kākāriki journey for the Award when you sign up.
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#dukeofednz #mykakarikijourney #youthmakingchange

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Funding up to $10,000 is available for community-led initiatives that reduce waste in our district.
Application close Friday 28 February
We’re looking for projects that minimise, reuse, recycle, repurpose or compost waste, using resources wisely and without harm to the environment.
We encourage anyone with a new initiative that reduces waste to check the assessment criteria and apply now.
Here’s the form and all the information bit.ly/39uUYE1
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The Collective Suckies Brigade is one of the Terracycle recycling programs we run here at TEC, among other programs such as toothpaste tubes/plastic toothbrushes, pens and writing instruments, batteries, e-waste and more! Come and visit us. 386 Palmerston Rd, open 9 till 3pm Tue to Fri. 11 till 1pm Saturday.THANK YOU!! With your help, we've now saved half a million yoghurt pouches from landfill through The Collective Suckies Recycling Programme! 👏👏👏
Want to get involved? Sign up to collect for your community, or find your nearest drop-off point here: bit.ly/thecollectiverecycling
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The Collective Suckies Brigade is one of the Terracycle recycling programs we run here at TEC, among other programs such as toothpaste tubes/plastic toothbrushes,  pens and writing instruments, batteries, e-waste and more! Come and visit us. 386 Palmerston Rd, open 9 till 3pm Tue to Fri. 11 till 1pm Saturday.

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Tyler, Helayna, and the rest of our organisation's sustainability team, we could add to our action plan a mechanism to collect and take these items (pens, etc) to the Tairāwhiti Environment Centre for recycling.

Emma Dowden we could get the kids to collect all their pouches and then plan a trip to drop them off. Then we know they are being recycled and not going in the waste bin.

Week 3 of "Weedbusters" Wednesday! For more information, including control and disposal, check out the excellent website www.weedbusters.org.nz.
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Kia ora, TEC will be open tomorrow (Wednesday 12 Feb) from 1-5pm instead of our usual hours. Sorry for any inconvenience. ... See MoreSee Less

Kia ora, TEC will be open tomorrow (Wednesday 12 Feb) from 1-5pm instead of our usual hours. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Old stock zing bokashi is half price! $6 bag. We are open till 3pm.

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Can you keep one for me please?!

Do you sell the bins?

On my way!

What is this??

How many bags do you have left?

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Timeline PhotosThis week's #CritterOfTheWeek is the Tarāpuka or Black-billed gull.

These critters have long, thin black beaks, that are easily distinguished from the shorter and stouter bright red beak of the red-billed gull. They are a similar size to red-billed gulls, but have paler wings and a thinner black border on the wingtips.

The Tarāpuka are New Zealand's only endemic gull and are the most threatened gull species in the world with stronghold populations plummeting as much as 80% in recent years!

Kāhu / swamp harriers and karoro / black-backed gulls are natural predators of braided river birds. These avian predators have taken advantage of changes made by humans and their numbers have increased dramatically, putting an ever amounting pressure on our Tarāpuka critters.

Find out more with DOC Threatened Species Ambassador on RNZ here: bit.ly/2S3ppLA

📷: Paul Davey

#COTW #CritterOfTheWeek #BlackBilledGull #ThreatenedSpecies
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On Tuesday, TEC had the pleasure of hosting our first educational visitors for 2020: twenty two smiley faced tamariki from Te Kura Kaupapa o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti, along with Koka Ruby and Koka Vianney. A good hour was spent exploring the hub and sustainable garden. Rena shared her knowledge of waste minimisation and Katie extended her worm farming and exquisite gardening skills to the delight of all. Thank you so much for making the long trip down from Hicks Bay. We felt very privileged to have you here. Ngā mihi ... See MoreSee Less

Each week we share one page of the valuable East Coast & Hawke's Bay edition of "Plant me instead!". Welcome to week 2 of "Weedbusters" Wednesday! For more information, including control and disposal, check out the excellent website www.weedbusters.org.nz.
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Each week we share one page of the valuable East Coast & Hawkes Bay edition of Plant me instead!.   Welcome to week 2 of Weedbusters Wednesday! For more information, including control and disposal, check out the excellent website www.weedbusters.org.nz. 
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Natalie Knight

Get the creativity FLOWING!DrainWise Art Competition – be in to win $250 and see your artwork on a stormwater grate in town.
The competition’s open to anyone from Tairāwhiti Gisborne – all ages welcome.
Your creative design will help raise awareness of stormwater pollution with a message that anything we throw, tip or spill into a roadside gutter goes down a stormwater drain and ends up in our rivers and sea, affecting the wildlife that live in and around the water.
Check our website for all the details and the forms to enter the competition and submit your artwork.
The competition closes 12pm Friday 28 February, so check it out now bit.ly/2S7zwxG
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Get the creativity FLOWING!

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Cool idea

Great idea !

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE)


Registrations are now open for the Young Reporters for the Environment - Litter Less programme 2020.

Aimed at educating youth between the ages of 11-18 years, our Young Reporters for the Environment programme considers the environmental, economic and social impacts of littering and encourages students to reflect on this through the media of writing, photography or video. In 2020, students will be asked to investigate a local litter issue around the theme of 'Reducing Plastic Waste'.

To find out more and to register your school, university or youth group, go to our website and fill out the form here.Calling all teachers! Do you have a budding young journalist in your class with a passion for the environment and media studies? Our Young Reporters for the Environment programme gives students between the age of 11-25 the chance to develop a passion for environmental journalism through writing, photography or film. Register before 31 January and go in the draw to win a GoPro camera. Follow the link to find out more - bit.ly/35mlu0d
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Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) 
 

Registrations are now open for the Young Reporters for the Environment - Litter Less programme 2020.

Aimed at educating youth between the ages of 11-18 years, our Young Reporters for the Environment programme considers the environmental, economic and social impacts of littering and encourages students to reflect on this through the media of writing, photography or video. In 2020, students will be asked to investigate a local litter issue around the theme of Reducing Plastic Waste.

To find out more and to register your school, university or youth group, go to our website and fill out the form here.

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Emma Carlyle....for Lils?

Julia this would be great to be involved in

Timeline PhotosThis week’s #CritterOfTheWeek is the Rimurapa/ NZ Bull Kelp . A taonga species for Māori and an important life line to many rocky shore animals.

This giant seaweed is known as the ‘forest of the sea’, floating effortlessly on the oceans surface while anchored to rocks on the shoreline. Waves pound the kelp and at times can rip it free, it then floats on the ocean’s surface carrying hitchhiking shoreline animals. It is estimated that at any one time there are 70 million bull kelp rafts in the ocean!

At Risk – declining, the threats to this critter include climate change, by temperature changes moving its distribution south (with cooler water), and sedimentation from urbanization and forest clearances.

Find out more with DOC Threatened Species Ambassador on RNZ here: bit.ly/3bac7EC

📷: Velela Wikipedia Public Domain
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If you have an upcoming conservation/restoration project that is looking for volunteers, please get in touch and we will add you to the conservation experiences flyer. Nga mihi ... See MoreSee Less

One man's rubbish is another man's ...
TEC is looking for
3 metal poles up to 4 m high to use to hang a shade sail... anyone?
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