Whangarei Leader : November 18th 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER INSIDE Slow down: Artist and kiwi conservationist Heather Hunt says kiwi roadkill is a ‘‘high class problem’’. Public vote Money$ talk Referendum to decide Town Basin site’s fate – P4 Don’t fall into the Christmas overspending trap – P15 Smoke-free Award for tobacco ban – P17 E-EDITION Drivers urged to slow down at night By ALEXANDRA NEWLOVE KIWI are ending up as road kill at Whangarei Heads. Numbers in the area have ballooned from 80 to more than 700 over the past 10 years thanks to the work of community conservation group Backyard Kiwi. But the burgeoning popu- lation is also evident in the number of birds now being hit by cars. Backyard Kiwi spokes- woman Heather Hunt says the casualties are ‘‘a sign of Ask us about on all treatments $300 and over with Q Card!* UNTIL MAY 2016 SMILE BY DESIGN: Lead Dentist: Matt Ross First Floor, 120 Bank Street | Ph: 438 7300 DENT STREET DENTAL: Lead Dentist: Isobel Greensmith 129 Lower Dent Street, Town Basin | Ph: 430 0200 Whangarei the times’’. She says a stretch of road between Nook Rd and McLeod Bay has become a ‘‘hot spot’’. The group has recorded three kiwi deaths in the last three months and about six over the last year. ‘‘We like to promote a really positive message, so ours would be: ‘slow down and you might see a kiwi’, which is a really amazing thing,’’ Hunt says. Residents regularly hear kiwi calling. They also see them roaming the peninsula after dark, she says. Backyard Kiwi is respond- ing to the roadkill problem by installing more of the distinctive ‘‘free range kiwi’’ character signs designed by Hunt. DOC Kiwis for Kiwi execu- tive director Michelle Impey says she is aware of similar situations across the country wherever the birds’ numbers are becoming more prolific. ‘‘Once a kiwi reaches adult size, there are only three things that can kill them – FAMOUSINOURBACKYARD Backyard Kiwi is celebrating another bumper year with the release of two new prints by artist Heather Hunt. The prints have become well known over the past five years at the Heads where they are on kiwi crossing road signs. Hunt’s new ‘‘free range cars, dogs and ferrets,’’ she says. ‘‘So we urge drivers to keep their speed down and kiwi’’ is in the form of a miniature road sign, to be displayed on driveways or in the garden. The exhibition is at Newday Cafe, Parua Shopping Centre from November 24 until January 5. ❚ See backyardkiwi.org.nz for details. take special care in these areas, particularly at night.’’ ❚ Kiwi chicks’ coast home P5 Jubilee show Visit whangareileader. co.nz to see a video of the NZ Army Band which is performing in Whangarei next week (story P21) plus an extra page on the Living Waters open day (story P8). Click Latest Edition. *Q Card lending criteria, fees, terms and conditions apply. Visit lumino.co.nz for more details.
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