Kapiti Observer : May 23rd 2011
8 KAPITI OBSERVER, MAY 23, 2011 37495 32AA Call or Fax: 04 298 1047 Mobile: 027 621 0110 Email: email@example.com ONE CALL DOES IT ALL... Carpentry - Plumbing - Electrical Painting and Decorating - Fencing - Decks - Tiling and all Property Maintenance ONE-STOP PROPERTY MAINTENANCE 37495 32AA 37495 32AA 3752033AA All Over Spouting Ltd Supply and install: Coloursteel Fascia and External Spouting System. . . . for any new home For a free quote contact Nigel or Penny Mob: 021 775 344 Ph/Fax: 06 363 6744 E: firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like to have your business featured please contact Russell 04 298 5019 3741130AA BIG T ICK THESE BUSINESSES GET THE Bellbirds' last push Breeding hopes: Bellbirds from Kapiti Island have found a new home at Zealandia. Cheeky: A kakariki tries to poke through a box during a transfer from Kapiti Island to Zealandia. By TASHA BLACK Dozens of birds hitched a ride from Kapiti Island to Karori s wildlife sanctuary in the biggest transfer of female bellbirds ever attempted in New Zealand. Thirty-five bellbirds and 25 kakariki were transferred to Zealandia on May 12 and 13, in an attempt to boost numbers at the sanctuary. Zealandia conservation man- ager Raewyn Empson said the birds were caught in fine mist nets which birds are unable to see. We also found that we got a good response from [kakariki] birds by using some taped [bird] calls and playing it back. They were naturally curious to see who was in their patch. The birds made the big trip in cardboard cat boxes, which were easy to carry, she said. The kakariki get put on a bed of soft vegetation so they kind of nestle into that, with some food. The female bellbirds are joining their feathered friends at the sanctuary in a bid to boost numbers and help the breeding population become self- sustainable. This is the last push to get bellbirds established, said Ms Empson. The sanctuary has six breed- ing pairs of kakariki. Twelve kakariki were released into the sanctuary as soon as they arrived in what is known as a hard release . They didn t spend any time in the aviary we just opened the boxes and away they flew. Thirteen kakariki had a soft release , spending a few days in an aviary first, and, along with the 35 bellbirds, left their nests last Tuesday. Ms Empson said staff would compare survival rates and dis- persal, in soft and hard releases, to improve techniques. If we don t have to put them in the aviary when they arrive it saves us and the birds quite a lot. Fingers crossed they all like it here enough to stay and breed, that s the goal. Farm gates open for cancer kids Lindale is going all out to treat 150 cancer kids to a day on the farm. The children, with parents and caregivers, will arrive in Parapara- umu on the TranzRail Midwinter Express on June 18, and spend about five hours on the farm and at the Lindale centre. Management and the Artel team are organising entertainment and lunch for the group and plan to make the day a magic one for the youngsters, said farm manager Virginia Wilton. Lindale businesses have banded to support the project, but help provid- ing entertainment and lunch supplies for the families is still needed. We d love to hear from clowns or musicians or children s entertainers who are prepared to give up some time on the Saturday to help. Every child will get a bag of donated animal feed to guarantee personal encounters with the animals. A raffle of goods and services is being held at Lindale to help fund the event, with $650 worth of prizes. We have been amazed at the gen- erosity of local people in supplying raffle prizes, she said. Tickets are available at Lindale shops. Mrs Wilton said the farm will also be open to the public, free entry. However, we would appreciate donations from the public to help cover our costs. We have 65 animals to feed and our four donkeys all need winter coats. She said the farm now had a focus on animal rescue. We have roosters rescued from Christchurch; four donkeys, which is more than we ever expected, some wonky goats and other birds and animals. Every couple of days we have animals dumped or brought in. To help contact Mrs Wilton on 027 443 2541 or email@example.com. Plants along trial roads FROM Page 3 The trial involves digging three 2.5-metre-deep pits -- two measuring 20m by 10m, the other 30m by 20m. Groundwater will be pumped out of the pits, which will be filled with the road materials and compacted. Excavated peat will be stockpiled, mixed with other materials such as sand, topsoil and compost, and used to create 3m-high sloping walls. These sloped walls will be used to trial plantings, including locally sourced woody vegetation , to test the suitability of different soils for establishing vegetation. The work, requiring heavy traffic on the road, will run between May 25 and June 17.
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