Home' Whangarei Leader : January 31st 2012 Contents 8 WHANGAREI LEADER, JANUARY 31, 2012
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Ph: (09) 438 8512 Mob: 021 438 854
Phone: 09 438 1457
P O Box 10187
Te Mai, Whangarei 0143
Happy New Year to everyone!
With the rain falling of late, so too have
the young birds.
We have had all sorts thrown at us -
from kiwi chicks and moreporks to tuis
and many others - and with the sea being
very rough we have also received plenty
of calls about sea birds.
Most of the sea dwellers were just
looking for a quiet, dry place to stay for a
There are big numbers of penguins
coming ashore and if you find one,
please remember, never put it back into
the water as it will have lost its water
protection and would drown if sent back
to sea. Place it in the grasses in the sand
dunes or somewhere safe so it can have a
good rest, stay warm and dry.
This year summer has been like most
years when we see the return of visitors
from overseas. It great to catch up and
let them see what new birds we have at
The big mollymawk we had for a few
days was a big attraction as it had a two
metre wing span and for many people,
it was the first time they had ever seen
one up close.
We recently received eight tui chicks
which had to be hand reared because
the wet weather came just as many had
started to leave the nest and at this age
they are not strong enough to fly so they
get wet and cold very quickly.
If you find a bird and want to find out
what it is you can email us at
email@example.com or look at www.nbr.org.nz
Sending a photo in can save you a lot of
time and we can also tell you what food it
should have as some small birds require a
special diet so the growth of their bones
does not stop. If they can't stand, it is
almost impossible to save them.
Therefore, the sooner we receive any
bird, the sooner we can help them.
When phoning the Centre feel free to
leave a message as we may be outside
feeding the birds and your call is very
important to us. You can often call again
an hour later and reach us!
-Robert and Robyn Webb
Proudly sponsored by Northpower
Call us on: 0800 10 40 40
Migrant needs surveyed
By DENISE PIPER
Settler survey: Whangarei Migrant Centre co-ordinator Sabrina
Saminaden hopes as many migrants as possible fill out the survey.
Whangarei Migrant Centre
wants to know what more it can
do to help newcomers in this
So the centre is hitting the
streets with a survey to ask
migrants what they think and
what they want.
Co-ordinator Sabrina Samin-
aden says the survey aims to be
easy to fill out, especially for
those who don t speak English
as their first language.
The aim is to find out what
help migrants need and what
else the centre can do to help
newcomers, she says.
We ve noticed that there s
quite a lot of change -- people
moving out of Whangarei and
people coming in. This is a way
for us to see what their needs
are and what they would like to
see being offered to them.
Any newcomer is welcome to
fill in the survey, from recent
immigrants to those who came
years ago, plus New Zealanders
who have moved into
Whangarei from another town.
The more survey responses
the better, Sabrina says.
Since the migrant centre
opened in 2009 it has noticed a
lot of changes in Whangarei.
Sabrina says she has noticed
people are moving for job
opportunities and coming to
Whangarei for work.
Mostly they are skilled
migrants who work for the hos-
pital or the refinery.
The Whangarei Migrant Cen-
tre already offers career
services, such as help with CVs
and mock interviews.
As a migrant you re used to
certain ways of applying for a
job and what questions people
ask in interviews but here it s
different. The idea is to give
people more confidence.
The centre also offers immi-
gration consultancy, infor-
mation clinics and a number of
social events, plus an open door
if people need help.
Sometimes clients just need
to chat with someone because
their family isn t here, Sabrina
People can get the survey by
email or post, contact Sabrina
on 430-0571 or whangarei
firstname.lastname@example.org for more infor-
Nation pays high price for deadly car crashes
The cold hard cost of each road
death is around $4.2 million for
every crash, Transport Ministry
The latest Social Cost of Road
Crashes and Injuries Report
shows that each fatal crash is
estimated to cost the country
$4,204,000, with $765,000 for
each reported serious crash and
$83,000 for a reported minor
Social cost measures the total
cost of road crashes to the
nation, including loss of life and
life quality, loss of productivity,
and medical, legal, court and
property damage costs. The
social cost estimates aim to put
a dollar value on the effects of
road safety on society.
Of the social cost for each
crash, 91 percent was
attributed to the value of the
loss of a life or life quality.
Property damage accounted for
around 5 percent, and the loss
of productivity, and medical,
legal and court costs made up
the remaining 4 percent. The
total social cost of motor vehicle
injury crashes in 2009, the last
time the report was updated,
was estimated at approximately
The value of the loss of a life
is estimated by the amount of
money the New Zealand popu-
lation would be willing to pay
for a safety improvement that
results in the expected avoid-
ance of one premature death,
the Transport Ministry says.
That value was established
through analysis of a willing-
ness to pay survey . In June
2010 prices, a life was worth
New council CEO named
Warm welcome: New Northland Regional Council CEO Malcolm
Nicolson is greeted by kaumatua Te Warihi Hetaraka.
Northland Regional Council s
new chief executive has been
formally welcomed to his new
position with a powhiri by
local kaumatua and kuia.
Former Far North Holdings
Limited chief executive and
Kawakawa resident Malcolm
Nicolson replaces former CEO
Ken Paterson, who left the
council in July last year to
head the Tauranga City Coun-
cil.Mr Nicolson, 54, says he is
looking forward to his new role
and working positively with
the many communities and
groups who make up North-
He was accompanied by his
wife Theresa and a delegation
from the Far North at the
powhiri in Whangarei on
Mr Nicolson originally hails
from South Africa.
For the past 12 years he has
headed Far North Holdings,
which was set up by the Far
North District Council in 1997
to handle its commercial
Regional council chairman
Craig Brown says Mr Nicol-
son s previous role will
stand in him in good stead to
lead the 140-plus staff at coun-
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