Kapiti Observer : May 30th 2011
2 KAPITI OBSERVER, MAY 30, 2011 CAFÉ Thursday Roast ONLY $13.50 KAPITI CANDIES Sherbet Dabs 50c DOG & DUCK JAZZ BAR Great Music, Wine & Food Local Art and Gifts AND MORE... LINDALE COMPLEX, PARAPARAUMU More Info www.lindale.co.nz NISSEN NINUS NONAS You maynot get our name right but be assured we’ll get yours right. 17 Kenepuru Drive | Porirua | Phone (04) 237 4174 18 Kapiti Road | Paraparaumu | Phone (04) 297 0207 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.ninness.co.nz DR CHRISTINE COULTER M.B, Ch.B, DipObs, Dip Paeds TEAM MEDICAL Coastlands Mall Phone (04) 297 3000 VASECTOMIES and GENERAL PRACTICE Self Referrals Accepted WHAT'S ON TUESDAY MAY 31 GUEST SPEAKER, Shaun Quincey on rowing from Australia to New Zealand, 7pm, Otaihanga Boating Club, tickets from Pak 'n Save service desk, boating club or 902 3421. FRIDAY JUNE 3 FLORAL DEMONSTRATION, dried leaves, 1.30pm, Ladies Floral Group, Senior Citizens Hall, Ocean Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, 298 2331. KAPITI FILM GROUP, Departures, Whisky, 7.15pm, 6 Michael Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, 904 2391. QUIZ EVENING, 7.30pm, Kapiti Horticultural Society, Senior Citizens Hall, Ocean Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, 905 7014. SATURDAY JUNE 4 ANTIQUE FAIR, 10am-5pm, Paraparaumu Memorial Hall, Aorangi St, adults $6, accompanied children free, 021 609 399, also Sunday,10am-4pm. BEANIE BABY ADOPTATHON, Kapiti SPCA event, 10am-3pm, by Coastlands Lotto outlet, 298 6156. NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP, 10am-4pm, $50-$80, The Hub, 6 Ngahina St, Paraparaumu, 027 299 2991. SUNDAY JUNE 5 SUNDAY WALKERS, Adrenaline Forest, Porirua, catch 9.30am train, 293 2567. WEDNESDAY JUNE 8 PLANTING, meet 9am, river administration depot, Riverbank Rd, Otaki, bring a spade, 364 8918. FRIDAY JUNE 10 KAPITI FILM GROUP, Babette's Feast, 7.15pm, 6 Michael Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, 904 2391. SATURDAY JUNE 11 GUEST SPEAKER, Lloyd Parker, 12pm, Camellia Society Kapiti, Plateau Centre, Woodlands, Waikanae, 904 0353. SUNDAY JUNE 12 HIGH TEA, Waikanae Cancer Auxiliary fundraiser, 2pm-5pm, Waikanae Bowling Club, Te Moana Rd, $20, 904 6598. Future on fragile wings Caterpillar food: St Patrick's School pupil Keane Gomez plants an African swan plant seed, watched by Dayna Richardson and Taylah O'Neill. By MARGARET IRVINE A new tourist and conservation attraction is being established at Lindale and Kapiti schoolchildren are helping to make it happen. The newly-formed Kapiti Monarch But- terfly Trust (KMBT) is establishing a butterfly farm to be set in the Parapara- umu tourist centre's natural environ- ment. Kapiti schoolchildren were told of the proposal in the Lindale auditorium on Friday and were invited to plant milk- weed seeds along with a name tag that will remain with the plant through its growing life. Spokesman Dave Christie said plants grown from the seed would be matured at Gus Evans' Nursery, and then transplanted at the attraction, to be called Butterfly World, in August and September. Representatives from each school were given more seeds to grow. Mayor Jenny Rowan, the patron, announced the formation of the trust and the move to develop Butterfly World. She said the communal initiative was an exciting and inspirational story''. Jacqui Knight, New Zealand's butter- fly lady'' came from Auckland to speak at the launch. She spoke of the need to provide habitats for the many species of New Zea- land butterflies and moths. Habitats were being affected by human development, pesticides and mostly because we just don't know about them'', she said. Lily Edwards, accompanied by her Kapiti musician father Ryan, sang a song written for the occasion, before the gath- ering moved outdoors to see the site, a large paddock. Incorporated into the development will be a walk-through butterfly house, and a bridal rotunda designed to accom- modate live butterfly releases for the taking of wedding photos,'' Mr Christie said. Relaxation areas will be set out amongst the grounds, and pathways that will allow the public total access.'' The trust will encourage schools to visit to learn about growing swan plants, vital for the reproduction and develop- ment of the monarch, conservation incentives, tagging of adult butterflies and raising butterflies through the stages of their development. Island stoat hunt gears up A dog will be sent to Kapiti Island to continue the search for stoats after more animal droppings were found on the island. Faeces was found under a hut on a ridge between Rangitira Point and the southern end of the island last month by special- ist mustelid detection dog Crete, who has recovered from a broken leg after she fell off a bluff in an earlier search. A stoat was first spotted by a Department of Conservation staff member in November, sparking a wide search and increased trapping. An adult male stoat was caught in Febru- ary in a long box trap nicknamed the potato masher'' after it was lured in by the scent of a female. Community relations pro- gramme manager for the Kapiti Wellington Area office Kerry Swadling said analysis had con- firmed the droppings from last month were from a stoat but they can't tell whether it's from the same stoat that was caught in February''. A mustelid tracking dog would be out in about a week, she said. There had been no other signs of a stoat, such as dead birds or prints on the ink pads used in 480 tracking tunnels. The island had full trapping coverage, but fresh cards were being placed in the traps and more bedding with female stoat scent would be used, she said. The hunt would continue for at least six months''. A look at your power bill, please? Otaki people are being asked to allow the council to peek at their power bills in an effort to gather information on the town's energy consumption. The request is part of a competition run by the Kapiti Coast District Council to bolster the town's plan to become a net exporter of clean energy. Information will only be used to estimate Ota- ki's energy use and no individuals will be ident- ified, the form states. The competition aims to select a name for Ota- ki's energy project, find out how much energy it uses and gather new ideas for the initiative. Entries go into the draw for a two-night, midwinter stay at an eco-lodge in Golden Bay, including return flights from Wellington.
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