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WHANGAREI LEADER, JANUARY 29, 2013
Happy New Year and
welcome to 2013!
Phone: 09 438 1457
P O Box 10187
In my last column I thanked people that have
helped the Centre for many years, although
one I missed out was Shopenzed at Ngunguru.
At the start of December we only had a few
birds at the Centre but that has changed over
the past two weeks. Some of the more unusual
ones are a baby bittern, a young banded rail
and a very young dotterel chick, plus three
baby hawks and four young native pigeons.
One good thing having so many baby birds
is that we can share them with new visitors
from all over the world and some repeat
It was good to get phone calls about the little
blue penguins rather than people just taking
them off the beach. One person even kept and
eye on one after talking to me and after three
days resting he found a set of footprints in the
sand and discovered the penguin working its
way back to the beach late one night. Ironically,
when he first found it on the beach it was very
quiet but when he got close it growled at him
... I guess that was a way of saying thank you.
There are still quite a few penguins around so if
you find one please don't take them away from
the beach. If you feel they are really in trouble
then they must be kept warm and dry. Never
put them in water or try keeping them wet, this
will only result in them dying by getting too cold.
Also, never put a penguin back in the water
after you have touched it as your hand will
remove their water proofing and when they
swim away from you they will drown.
With any bird, give us a call and we can tell you
what to do. Some sea birds only need a rest for
two or three days and then can be released again.
It has been interesting to get many calls from
the South Island asking how to help wild birds.
The little morepork that we have been hand
rearing over the past five weeks is now in one of
the pens outside as he has started replacing his
fluffy coat with nice new feathers so he can now
fly. This is the next stage of getting him ready
for release and de-taming him. He has started
making a clicking noise when we go near him
which is a warning, "not to touch me anymore".
He should be ready to go back to where he
came from within the next two weeks. Seeing
this happen is the best reward you can ask for.
Free at last.
When anyone supports the Recovery Centre,
you are really helping many of the birds that I
have spoken about in this column. Now is a
good time to visit the Recovery Centre and
see some of these neat little birds we have.
-Robert and Robyn Webb
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Film night raises
$1000 for refuge
Tai Tokerau Wananga
members of Te Hautu
Kahurangi O Aotearoa
have donated Te Puna O
Te Aroha (Maori
Women s Refuge) $1000
raised during a film
evening at the Inter-
active Learning Centre
at NorthTec s Raumanga
members also donated
grocery and gift items.
Stacey Pepene of Te
Puna O Te Aroha says
there are other ways to
help families affected by
Listen out for your
neighbours and don t
wait for the shouting to
stop before you call the
police, she says.
Call 437 2127 or email
email@example.com for more
Signs warn dog owners
Important: This is the message on large road signs in place at Ngunguru, Parua Bay
and Hikurangi, letting communities know ''kiwi are here''.
Roadside reminders are
letting people know the
danger dogs can pose to
The locations in our
district at Ngunguru,
Parua Bay and Hiku-
rangi are just three of
many in Northland suf-
fering bird losses due to
Department of Conser-
vation kiwi ranger Rolf
Fuchs has spear-headed
the new signage work
and says they are in
place to educate com-
munities to look after
It s a simple message,
to control dogs at all
times, and hopefully dog
owners are getting it.
Mr Fuchs says dogs
are the number one kil-
ler of adult kiwi in
Northland as adult kiwi
can t hold their own
against dogs like they
can with a range of other
predators. This is why
dogs are such an import-
ant focus, he says. The
new road signs are a call
to communities that dog
control is vital.
Other bird species
such as pateke and our
shorebirds, fairy terns,
dotterels and oyster
catchers, also suffer dog
are most vulnerable over
the busy summer
months with dogs loose
on beaches they enter
bird nesting areas and
Keith Thompson of
land Limited (ENL)
encourages the public to
phone at the time of a
dog management prob-
lem rather than call to
report dog issues days
later. Both Far North
District Council and
ENL have staff available
to take calls 24 hours,
seven days a week.
Call 0800 105 895 for
ENL Kaipara and
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