Eastern Courier : February 16th 2011
6 EASTERN COURIER, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 Location: 267 Roscommon Rd, Wiri Telephone: 09 918 0500 • Viewingfrom9amondayofsale • Open to the public • All makes and models • Trade-Ins, Excess Stock, Repo's PASSENGER & COMMERCIAL manheim.co.nz Enter Here 267 Roscommon Rd, Wiri BUDGET C AR AUCTION Large range of vehicles every Thursday at 12noon. Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit www.hazmobile.govt.nz Drop off your household hazardous waste The HazMobile will operate between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 19 February 2011 at the public car park in Lloyd Elsmore Park (near the netball court on Sir Lloyd Drive). Commercial hazardous waste will not be accepted. The HazMobile is for household hazardous waste in household waste quantities. Businesses can find hazardous waste disposal agents in the Yellow Pages under 'waste'. For commercial agricultural chemicals, ring 0800 Agrecovery (0800 247326) for information on an industry pickup service. *Please contact Resene Colorshops for paint disposal. Household hazardous waste includes: household chemicals such as cleaners, disinfectants, polishes and pool chemicals garden chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers automotive products such as waste oil, petrol, diesel and brake fluid DIY products such as solvents, glues and wood preservatives fluorescent tubes and energy-saving light bulbs all gas cylinders all types of batteries mobile phones lead based paint and marine anti-fouling paint only* RW_AK8685_EC1 3479615AA Women's Health Action presents..... Managing Menopause Naturally A three hour workshop that provides: an understanding of menopause a discussion of the range of women's experiences at menopause in-depth information on how to manage the transition with simple lifestyle changes, nutrition and traditional therapies. Gill Sanson is a menopause educator and the author of 'Mid-Life Energy & Happiness' and 'The Myth of Osteoporosis' Tel: 520 5295, Fax 520 5731 email@example.com Book online at www.womens-health.org.nz Thursday 10th March 6pm - 9pm MAMA Inc, 1 Tayors Rd, Morningside, Auckland Cost $30 Bookings Essential Light meal provided MT WELLINGTON WITH PASTORS PETER & BEV MORTLOCK Mt Wellington Highway - Entrance, Aranui Rd, Opposite Sylvia Park 6am -TUESDAY & FRIDAY 9a m-SUNDAY TV3 PRIME .com Tough times for dotterels For the birds: Friends of Tamaki Strait Dotterel volunteer Ken McDonagh did all he could for the three breeding pairs at Pine Harbour Beach. Photo: MATT BOWEN Vulnerable: Newly-hatched dotterel chicks on the beach. Photo: FAIRFAX MEDIA By MATT BOWEN Birds to the slaughter. Sometimes that seems like an apt phrase for the dotterel breeding season on the Pohutukawa Coast. It has been a frustrat- ing few months for those souls who make it their business to help the rare shorebirds survive. Their eggs and chicks are highly vulnerable during the breeding season from September to January. Perhaps that's why they're rarer than the kiwi. Eggs are laid out in the open above the ocean debris on the foreshore. Wild animals devour the camouflaged eggs. Domestic pets prey on them. People crush them and high tides wash them away. Friends of Tamaki Strait Dotterel member Mags Ramsey says it's been a mixed season. Places where we've had success before like Pine Harbour have done worse this year but other places have done better.'' Fellow volunteer Ken McDonagh patrols and sets pest traps at Pine Harbour beach where three dotterel pairs nested but none of the 15 eggs survived. Several ferrets were snared nearby and Mr McDonagh says a busy spell over the New Year period may have dis- turbed the parents to the point of abandoning their final nest. It's difficult to say what took the eggs as there are so many con- tenders -- we are even starting to suspect pukeko.'' A different culprit is the prime suspect in the case of disappearing eggs at Te Puru. Last year a clutch dis- appeared in similar rainy conditions leaving Ms Ramsey pointing the finger at hedgehogs. Hedgehog droppings were found near the nest and a large hog was caught two days later -- so our theory is that when it rains they move on to the short grass where worms will be moving to the surface. Next year I will ring the immediate area with traps on the nights we know will be wet.'' On a brighter note, an egg laid on the Te Puru sportsfield was rescued and incubated and hatched at the zoo. Once raised it'll share the new coastal area space with the blue penguins. Email matt.bowen@ snl.co.nz to contact Friends of Tamaki Strait Dotterel. Agencies to share safety issues A series of public meet- ing aims to get residents actively engaged in what's going on in the community and to take responsibility for per- sonal safety. The first is in Howick tomorrow at Star of the Sea in Grange Rd. The general network meeting starts at 10am and gives agencies such as Age Concern, St John, Manukau East Council of Social Services and the Ministry of Social Development a chance to share a what they are doing in the com- munity. A safety forum follows when community con- stable Pat Hellier will discuss crime issues and crime prevention. The forum provides a chance to voice concerns about local safety issues, get an update on safety matters, share infor- mation and help develop responses to crime and safety matters. Residents can also learn more about the new Howick Local Board and how people can get involved in local issues. The Pakuranga meet- ing will be at the same time on February 24 at the Pakuranga Library complex. Call community adviser Bernadette Per- eira on 027-243-4398 for more information.
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