Eastern Courier : December 29th 2010
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The call comes after reports of the contribution made by the Counties Manukau Pacific Trust that runs the Pacific Events Centre. But no money actually changed hands in the deal -- use of a prominent billboard at the site accounted for the sum. The charitable trust has been largely funded in the past by Manukau City ratepayers and still receives a $385,000 operat- ing grant each year. Mr Ross claims the donation is highly questionable and should not have been made. The Counties Manukau Pacific Trust has been very gen- erously funded by Manukau ratepayers, including my con- stituents in the Howick ward. That funding has always been intended to support the trust establishing and operating an events centre. Mr Ross says it should not be in the business of funding elec- tion campaigns for the local mayor. The call comes after the trust s chief executive Richard Jeffery and trustee John Robert- son were appointed to Auckland council controlled organisations after a recommendation from Mr Brown. The trust s connection to the ratepayers is too close for it to have engaged in supporting elec- tion campaigns, Mr Ross says. "There are strong arguments that the donation is in effect public money, if not by defi- nition, then by perception. The trust s own financial statements note that the trust is considered a council controlled entity. Public confidence in our council is paramount. Any questions around the funding of political campaigns that have such strong connections to ratepayer-funded sources should be addressed immediately. Coral the penguin finds friends Growing colony: Auckland Zoo keeper Michelle Whybrow interacts with blue penguin Coral and her new friends during feeding time. By SCOTT MORGAN Coral the penguin has plenty of new friends after spending much of last year alone. Five of Auckland Zoo s blue penguins died from unrelated causes during a six-month period between late 2008 and early 2009, leaving Coral as the sole survivor. But since then she s been joined by four new penguins to form a small colony. There s male penguin Mar- lin, who lost a flipper before coming to the zoo, and more recently females Moki, Dori and an unnamed penguin whose sex is yet to be deter- mined. The three most recent additions were rescued by members of the public after suffering various injuries on west coast beaches. The colony will grow by a further three penguins next year once Napier s Marineland closes. Keeper Michelle Whybrow says it s fantastic for Coral to finally have company again. From what I ve seen they seem a lot more secure and happier when there are other birds around. The increase in numbers could also see breeding take place, though that s unlikely until the two males from Mar- ineland join the colony. Ms Whybrow says Coral and Marlin produced one egg dur- ing the last breeding season, but it broke. The pair were also starting to build a nest during the past few months, but the introduction of the new females disrupted that process. A move to a redeveloped enclosure later next year also means it s unlikely there ll be any new penguin chicks this summer. The move will probably put them off, Ms Whybrow says. Until then the colony will remain in an enclosure away from the public. She says the zoo only keeps penguins that have been injured or sick after being res- cued by the public. They re ones that won t survive in the wild. But Ms Whybrow says it s important for people to realise that if they see a penguin that s lost plenty of feathers, it may just be molting rather than sick. At the moment the penguins are sharing an enclosure with a shag and New Zealand dot- terel. All the birds will move into their new area, currently known as the sea lion and pen- guin shores, during summer. You don t want to give them everything new all at one time. Then in September the exhibit will be renamed as the coast as part of the zoo s New Zealand development, Te Wao Nui.
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