Kapiti Observer : May 19th 2011
7 THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway Peat Trials The NZTA MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway Project Team is about to trial ground conditions and construction techniques for the expressway on rural Crown land at the northern end of Greenhill Road, north of Waikanae. Work is expected to start on May 23 and finish by June 17 on excavating peat soil and compacting sand and gravel fills. The work is not expected to impact on State Highway 1 tra c. Vegetation and soil stability trials on the excavated peat mixed with other organic materials will be assessed over two years, ending in May 2013, when the land will be reinstated. For inquiries, please contact the Alliance Project Team on 0508 M2PP INFO (0508 6277 4636) or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nzta.govt.nz/m2ppproject. Roads of national significance www.nzta.govt.nz INTERIOR DESIGN BATHROOM & KITCHEN DESIGN COLOUR CONSULTATION EVENT STYLING MICHELLE WEIR Interior Designer M 021 145 9294 E email@example.com W www.interiweir.blogspot.com 3596198AA "YES" I'm still selling real estate, sold these six in the last couple of months 3732006AA SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD Terry Smith 116 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu Ph: 04 904 5560 Always looking for work No gimmicks just results Someone asked me the other day if I was still SELLING real estate? School bells missing A bell thief may be on the prowl after a Wellington school and Paekakariki School both reported missing bells. Clifton Terrace Model School in Kelburn contacted the police after they noticed their bell had disap- peared on the last weekend of school holidays. Principal Jenny Austin said she contacted Paekakariki School after Clifton Terrace students living on the Kapiti Coast read about Paekakariki School's missing bell in the Kapiti Observer. We are very upset about ours,'' she said. It was very securely bolted to our verandah, so someone actually would have had to have used tools to remove it.'' The bell was donated from Longwood farm in Featherston in 1998 and had the school's name inscribed on it. It was very symbolic and we've just actually had recent renovations to the school so it was hanging in pride of place on our lovely new ver- andah. We would appreciate it being returned if they want to pop it back no questions asked.'' Meanwhile the whereabouts of Paekakariki School's bell remains a mystery. Healthy kiwi chick home at Nga Manu Kiwi chick: One-month-old Number One is held by Nga Manu staff member Pat Clarke. By MARGARET IRVINE Nga Manu's first kiwi chick is quickly adapting to its new habi- tat at the Waikanae nature res- erve. At just one month old, the chick, called Number One, is already foraging for food and finding its own burrow spaces in its enclosure. The chick is the result of the first successful breeding at Nga Manu and a step on the sanc- tuary's inclusion in the kiwi recovery programme, reserve manager Bruce Benseman said. It was third time lucky for kiwi parents Kowhai and Koru. On two previous occasions Koru had laid an egg and Kowhai, the male, was incubating it, when one or other of the parents put a foot through it. When the third egg was laid, the male and female birds were separated. To prevent another accidental footfall, the kiwi egg was removed from the male at 64 days and taken to Mt Bruce sanctuary's artificial incubator where the kiwi hatched on April 18, weighing 316 grams. Reserve supervisor Rhys Mills said the birds lost weight after hatching and Mt Bruce would not release it back to Nga Manu until it had attained its hatch weight and was feeding well and thriving. The chick was returned on Monday. The chick won't be on public display and we will limit hand- ling to avoid stressing it. For now we are weighing it on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to check progress and putting out food for it.'' Young kiwi in the wild would not be reared by the parents, Mr Bensemann said, but would be expected to learn how to find food from parents' example. Number One was being given a high protein mix of minced ox heart, rolled oats, science diet cat food and kiwi pre-mix'', a blend of vitamins and minerals. Worms and invertebrates were being introduced so it could also find its own food. It is not yet known whether the bird is male or female. The birds are notoriously difficult to sex and the only reliable way willbewithaDNAtestona feather at about three months. Number One will either be freed into the wild or become part of a kiwi breeding pro- gramme at Nga Manu. A North Island brown kiwi, its species is the least endangered of all kiwi, but is still under threat, Mr Benseman said.
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