Home' Whangarei Leader : January 25th 2010 Contents 8 WHANGAREI LEADER, JANUARY 25, 2011
Happy New Year to all from the Recovery Centre
Team, this time last year we were over run with
Native Pigeons but this year so far has seen the
Pigeons fying around like they should be not at
To give you some idea, we receive about 40
Native Pigeons each year if its a busy year we
may get 50 Pigeons but by the end of 2010 we
had a total of 150 for the year.
So far we have had many calls about the Little
Blue Penguins landing on the shore, they are so
warn out they just collapse as soon as they get
clear of the water, I would like to thank everyone
who phoned us when they found a Penguin rather
than arrive at the Centre with it, placing them in a
safe warm dry place away from the water was the
best thing to do, we are still receiving a few calls
about them so remember, if you fnd a Penguin
in trouble at the beach it must be kept warm and
dry, never put them in something with water in it
as this will kill them.
So far we have had a run of baby Moreporks 6 in
total, they come to us as balls of grey fuff, one
was about 5 days old and still had his eyes shut,
he is now fying around the room when we clean
his cage and all ne wants to do is eat all our other
Birds or so he thinks.
We have two young ones in our outside pen that
are just about ready to set free again.
The other Birds that are turning up is the small
Storm Petrels and the Shearwaters all because
of the rough sea conditions, after 3-5 days resting
they are ready to go back to the sea, some only
need a couple of days rest.
Had two call over Xmas about mice getting into
outside Bird cages and eating the Tame Birds
seed, they will also try and eat any young chicks,
as you know traps or poisons can be bad news
around your tame Birds so here is a trick that
I use from time to time, get hold of a old 1 pint
glass milk bottle the old ones, put about a table
spoon of milk in the bottle and lay it on its side in
the cage, the mice will go in to drink the milk and
while walking in the milk their feet get wet and
when they try to get out of the bottle they cant
get any grip on the glass, sometimes you will get
2 or 3 at a time, this way you catch the mice and
nothing will happen to your Birds.
Like last year it was great to catch up with visitors
that had returned to see us and the Birds, 4
couples were from overseas, its nice to know
they make a trip from Auckland to us just to catch
up with what we are doing.
We will be getting started on our New Surgery
again very soon and once it is fnished we will be
able to help many more injured Birds.
I am sorry to say we only do work on Wild Birds
not domestic ones, you can phone us and we
may be able to offer some advice, like who to take
your Bird to in your area.
If you get a chance visit the Centre and have
a look at many other interesting things that the
other Clubs are doing as well as the Museum,
they have made many new changes and its
something we should all support and be proud of.
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Weather hits fairs
Organisers of a series
of artisans fairs in
Whangarei are hoping
they have seen the last of
the bad weather.
Six fairs were planned
between December 18
and Easter at the Cafler
Park Rose Gardens.
Kaari Schlebach says the
first three have been
dogged by the elements
with December 18 rained
out and the threat of bad
weather hampering the
next on January 8.
A rough forecast forced
the cancellation of last
It is the first cancel-
lation in the six years.
Ms Schlebach is hop-
ing for better luck for
fairs associated with the
Endless Summer Festi-
val on February 19 and
These are shaping up
to be wonderful events
with lots of stalls and
ready to showcase their
The fairs are a way for
Whangarei artists and
creators to sell their
products in a fun atmos-
Meanwhile, Ms Schle-
bach says the Whangarei
Mid Winter Arts Festival
planned for this year will
not happen because of a
lack of funding.
However, the Festival
of Light and Colour,
which she says has been
a highlight of previous
winter festivals, will be
held in September to
coincide with the Rugby
the Quarry Arts Centre for
Owners get back on the wave
Stoic: The Surf Emporium owners
Bex Moore and Sean Haggerty.
By DENISE PIPER
The theft of almost all their
stock will not stop the owners of
a new surf shop in Kamo.
The Surf Emporium opened
on Station Rd in December with
the aim of showcasing alterna-
tive surf equipment and pro-
moting surf culture.
But on January 4, the small
shop was broken into with
about $12,500 worth of gear
being stolen, including surf-
boards, wetsuits, clothes and
The police have recovered a
vast amount of the gear but the
stock still missing includes
three new surfboards made by
Ruakaka shaper Roger Hall,
worth nearly $1500 each.
However, the owners local
Bex Moore, 23, and Californian
Sean Haggerty, 25, are deter-
mined to see the theft as just a
minor bump in their plans.
We re not broken at all,
says Bex. We re just here for
the love of it really.
The aim with the shop is to
showcase interesting surf-
boards and accessories, as well
as provide a place where people
want to hang out, she says.
It s more about lifestyle and
culture than commercial.
Bex says the police have done
a good job and the items stolen
We re keeping on, we re here
There s a few bad eggs but I
think for the most part Kamo s
a really great place to set up
The Surf Emporium sells
mostly second-hand boards,
new wooden boards made by
local Craig Galley, New
Zealand-made wetsuits, clothes,
books and artwork.
Sean also turns his hand to
making traditional wooden
alaia boards while Bex makes
The plan now is to order more
stock, including surfboards
from California, as well as run-
ning film nights and compe-
The opening hours are based
around times for the owners to
go surfing -- 10am to 6pm
weekdays and 9am to 3pm
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