Eastern Courier : June 22nd 2011
5 EASTERN COURIER, JUNE 22, 2011 NEWS Join your new neighbourhood website and choose a local primary school that you'd like to help win iPads. Terms and conditions apply. YellowLocal.co.nz/Schools Where locals talk to locals Help win iPads for my school. COLENSO0193R_School Schools collect electronic waste Six eastern schools have col- lected more than 190 pieces of electronic waste as part of technology leasing specialists Equico's eco initiative. Cockle Bay School, Pak- uranga Heights, Mellons Bay, Somerville Intermediate, How- ick Primary and Macleans Pri- mary School all took part in the programme. Somerville Intermediate col- lected the most with about 60 pieces of equipment, followed by Pakuranga Heights School with about 50. Under the scheme Equico collected electronic waste directly from schools before recycling using the latest tech- nology to minimise the environmental impact. Electronic waste, such as old computers and mobile phones, often contains heavy metals like lead and mercury and needs to be disposed of cor- rectly. The response by Auckland schools to this year's Equico Eco initiative demonstrates the desire from our schools for a safe, inexpensive and sus- tainable way to dispose of old technology equipment,'' man- aging director Paul Beattie says. More than 60 schools participated in the en- vironmentally friendly and sustainable scheme across the Auckland region. Visit www.equico.co.nz. Whatever happened to ... Double take: Twins Eli, left, and Teegan Salter first appeared with their mum Dee Miles in the Eastern Courier 13 years ago. Photo: PIP BOURKE By PIP BOURKE Teegan and Eli Salter are complete opposites in every way but one, they have shared the same birthday for 14 years. The twins first featured in the Eastern Courier after celebrating their first birth- day. They were one of three sets of twins born in Maraetai around the same time to mothers all in the medical profession. A photo on the front page in 1998 showed the three mothers Audrey Clark, Dee Miles and Ann-Maree Voss with their infants. Teegan and Eli's Mum Dee Miles says she has kept in touch with Ms Voss. She lives down in Roto- rua now with her four chil- dren,'' she says. They were close friends with Teegan and Eli up until they moved a few years ago.'' Ms Miles says the last she heard the Clark twins, Tom and Ben, were living in Australia. Despite sharing a birthday, Teegan says she hasn't got much in common with her brother. I'm more outgoing and social, and Eli's good at maths,'' she says. Dee says the twins have had unique personalities since they were babies. Teegan's always been the bossy one,'' she says. Eli just went along with what his sister said.'' Dee has seen a lot of twins in her job as a midwife but says she didn't know much about them until she was pregnant herself. Teegan says having a twin is not that much differ- ent to having any other sib- ling. People assume we have a special bond or something because we're twins but it's not that much different. We still fight, then we give each other a bit of space and we're all right again,'' She says they each have their own groups of friends. I say hi to Eli's friends when they come around but I don't really hang out with them.''
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