Franklin County News : August 26th 2014
■TUESDAY AUGUST 26, 2014. • 217 KING STREET, PUKEKOHE DEER TO INDULGE Humble pie scores for humble pub 7 www.franklincountynews.co.nz DREW’S DOUBLE Kelly reigns supreme again 26 AUDITED NET CIRCULATION 31,150 COPIES JOIN US ON FACEBOOK Go to facebook.com/ FranklinCountyNews That’s a try ref GENTLE ENCOURAGEMENT: Augustine Pulu, left, Bundee Aki and Suliasi Taufalele make sure that referee Nick Briant hasn’t missed Jordan Taufua’s try during the Counties Manukau Steelers’ successful defence of the Ranfurly Shield against Otago on Saturday. Counties won the game 29-25 after leading 14-10 at halftime. Full report on P23. Photo: RICHARD SPRANGER Peeling away plastic bags By SHAUN EADE A Pukekohe High School student’s science fair project may have solved the the issue of plastic bags clogging landfills. Eurmika Penaflor, 14, won the NIWA Manukau Region Science and Technology Fair with her project which proved it was possible to make bioplastics from lemon and grapefruit peels. The project, A Fantastic ApPeel TOP SCIENCE: Pukekohe High School’s Eurmika Penaflor won the top prize at the NIWA Manukau Region Science and Technology Fair. of Bioplastics, was the result of two months of research and experiments. It took her four attempts but she was able to create a small amount of plastic from the fruits. She said her experiment made two things which usually end up in the rubbish bin, more useful. ‘‘This project is about converting waste into something very useful to save the environment,’’ she said. ‘‘What is appealing about this project is that just by peeling off fruits you can turn it into something different.’’ She got the idea after seeing that American scientists had created a bioplastic from oranges. ‘‘I was thinking, why not use another food to make bioplastics? ‘‘I used lemon and grapefruit because they are both in the same family.’’ Through a complicated five-step process and many hours in the school’s science labs, she created the bioplastics. ‘‘The results are that it is poss- ible to produce bioplastics from grapefruit and lemon peel as long as the conditions provided are strictly met,’’ she said. ‘‘Maybe people will use the bioplastics to make a plastic bag so if you throw them away in the rubbish bin, they will not last very long.’’ Pukekohe High School science and biology teacher Sharon Graham said it was an impressive project. ‘‘This is a very sophisticated An affordable, stylish design with the New Zealand family in mind Smarter Small Home 47-49 Great South Rd, Papakura. SHOWHOME OPEN HOURS Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm Sat 10.00am - 3.00pm | Sun 11.00am - 2.00pm PHONE: 0800 776 777 www.latitudehomes.co.nz www.facebook.com/smartersmallhome 5681084AK piece of work. She had a huge number of processes to carry out and she has been very diligent. ‘‘It has the potential to be applied out there [in the consumer market].’’ She said it was a huge achieve- ment for someone as young as Eurmika to win the top award at the NIWA Manukau Region Science and Technology Fair. ‘‘It is pretty major to win the top award and to be a year 10 student is just really outstanding because normally it does go to a senior student.’’ Eurmika plans a career in sci- ence hoping to study medical science when she leaves school.
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