Home' Whangarei Leader : April 19th 2011 Contents 14 WHANGAREI LEADER, APRIL 19, 2011
Work on the new Surgery is well underway;
we should be able to start using it within the
next 3 weeks.
The timing will work in with well before the
start of winter, as many new birds facing
their frst winter can fnd it very hard going in
strong winds and heavy rain. As a result of
this we receive quite a few birds with broken
wing bones and the old surgery was not the
ideal place to carry out major repairs and
being right beside the Recovery room which
was very noisy at times.
We will put a viewing window in the door of
the new Surgery so at times visitors or School
groups will be able to see what happens
while we are working on some of the birds.
This will add another interesting dimension
to the education side of the Centre.
For some reason we have been getting quite
a few sea birds lately. They are grey in colour
and have black webbed feet with a touch of
pink. We think they are the Cooks Petrel
(Titi). Quite a few of these sea birds look
alike with only a small change to the colour.
They spend all of their time at sea only
landing on rocky areas at sea to breed.
They fy around at night and when they see
any bright lights they will land there. They
often look like they have trouble walking.
That is because they only use their legs for
swimming and diving for food.
If you fnd one just keep it quite in a box
without any food or water and contact the
Centre. Never take them back to the water
for release as they have no water proofng
on their feathers, so putting them back in the
water will see them drown or die of cold.
These little birds usually come ashore when
there are big storms around but as the
weather has been very good the only answer
I can think of is that the adults are moulting
and the young are fedging for their frst
migration north to the eastern Pacifc Region
at this time of the year.
We are still receiving letters from people who
have found out that Woof-Woof had passed
away. Its lovely to hear the stories people
tell about what Woof-Woof said or did the
last time they visited.
Sparky, our Kiwi, has settled in to his new
pen and I have made him a new house which
will be nice and dry over the winter months
- with more room to sleep in. When I frst
put his new home, he slept outside under a
hollow log even when it rained one night ...
what an insult!
However, Robyn put some dry leaves in his
bed and since then he has slept there every
night, so who said Birds have no brains.
A big thanks to Ian and the team at Barrells
100% for the great deal you gave the Centre
on a printer to replace the old one that
stopped working last week.
Robert and Robyn Webb
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Cheers as council steps
closer to a GMO ban
By DENISE PIPER
This has been eight years
in the making. At the end of
the day this is about managing
the risk that this council has
over genetic engineering -- it is
not about whether you agree
with GE or not.
-- Councillor Crichton Christie
Cheers and claps supported
Whangarei district councillors
as they made a move to ban
genetically modified organisms
in the district.
At an environment committee
meeting last Wednesday coun-
cillors unanimously voted to
investigate regulating GMOs
through the district plan.
The regulation is likely to
prohibit releases of GMOs to
the environment and requiring
resource consents for GE trials.
Whangarei is the first council
to agree to regulation but it
hopes it will be joined by other
councils in Northland and
Auckland who are part of the
Inter-council Working Party on
GMO Risk Evaluation and
That would mean the costs
can be shared. But councillor
Crichton Christie says the coun-
cil will go it alone if necessary.
This has been eight years in
the making. At the end of the
day this is about managing the
risk that this council has over
genetic engineering -- it is not
about whether you agree with
GE or not, he says.
It would be nice if the other
councils came with us but if not
we still have to manage the
Environment Minister Nick
Smith has confirmed the costs
of environmental damage from
a GMO release gone wrong
could rest with the council and
neighbouring property owners.
If the release is authorised by
the Environmental Risk Man-
agement Authority, the appli-
cant has no liability to pay for
Mr Christie says the com-
munity has told the council it
wants GMOs prohibited.
Seven thousand people put
in a petition in this chamber --
the biggest submission this
council has ever seen.
GE Free Northland secretary
Anna Murphy says the council
has shown great leadership.
Ms Murphy was one of the
people who helped organise the
7000-signature petition against
GMOs back in 2000.
She is not surprised at how
long it s taken to get this far,
with large enterprises being in
favour of field trials.
I m not surprised because of
the pressures from industry. I
had hoped that this day would
come but there are so many con-
flicting pressures you never
Councillor Sue Glen says
councillors will continue push-
ing the cause.
I won t back down and I
think you can hear the sense in
this room that we won t back
down -- and we will lead this
country in one sense or
Helping hands: Northland Red Cross area manager Nancy Kareroa
receives a donation of $1700 for the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal
from Whangarei Chinese Association secretary Tony Chen.
Delicious food together with
generous donations from
Whangarei s Chinese com-
munity have boosted the Red
Crosses efforts to help the
people of Christchurch.
A total of $1700 was raised
from cash donations and food
sales held on Race Unity Day
for the Red Cross Earthquake
Appeal. It has paid out more
than $35 million to more than
40,000 applications for the
emergency and hardship grant
since the devastating Febru-
ary 22 earthquake.
Whangarei Chinese Associ-
ation secretary Tony Chen
says $1460 came from
donations by 22 Chinese busi-
nesses and individuals with
the rest from sales of food at a
Chinese food stall in the Old
Library Arts Centre.
The Chinese community
was fully mobilised to donate
food, making snacks like baozi
(steam dumpling), jiaozi (fried
dumpling), wonton, sweet
sticky rice pan cakes, sushi,
chicken wings, pastry, avocado
and other delicacies.
The food was sold out within
one hour, Mr Chen says.
Chinese children dancing
and Taiji were performed to
entertain the guests.
The Race Relations Day
evening included a wide num-
ber of representatives from
international communities liv-
ing in Whangarei.
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