Kapiti Observer : January 9th 2012
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Ph. 298 6228 www.helenryan.co.nz love your clothes 3837836AC New scooter stolen Why me?: Twelve-year-old Sharn Rohloff is ''upset and sad'' after a grinch stole her Christmas present from outside her house, leaving her with only an allen key and her owner's manual. Mother Leanne Rohloff said Sharn's scooter was stolen from her Raumati South home on January 2, between 3am and 4.30am. Ms Rohloff said she was informed by police after the theft that a person living in the neighbourhood was suspected of the crime, but no evidence has been found yet. ''Sharn just wants to get her $260 scooter back to ride and show her friends at school. She only had it [since Christmas].'' Ms Rohloff said she will be sure to lock everything inside from now on. She no longer feels as safe in her community following the theft. Shingle may destroy native birds' habitat By TASHA BLACK Habitat changing: Mik Peryer is concerned the buildup of shingle at the Waikanae Estuary could force native birds to leave the area. A claim urgent action is needed to prevent native birds disap- pearing from Waikanae Estuary has been downplayed by the regional council. Waikanae's bird man Mik Peryer wants the Greater Wel- lington Regional Council to act urgently to remove shingle built up in the nationally significant estuary. Mr Peryer, who runs Waikanae Estuary Bird Tours, said the buildup of shingle was a great threat'' for wading birds since they only have a limited area of mud in the lower reaches of the river to feed in. The only solution is to dig it out. And if they don't dig it out then the mud will become covered with shingle. One good flood could sweep the shingle into this area and if that happens then it's goodbye to the royal spoonbills, pied stilts, godwits and all the other native birds that make the river, part of the scientific reserve, their home. These birds can't feed in shingle. The royal spoonbills have already departed. Where we have had regularly around 20 birds visit, now we are lucky to have four.'' Mr Peryer said it was a natu- ral disaster waiting to happen'' and birds would be forced to go elsewhere. Regional council flood protec- tion operations team leader Colin Munn said the shingle was not a major priority'' at this stage. I would estimate over the next two to three years we would be looking to do some work in that area.'' Mr Munn said the council mostly removes gravel from dry beaches with no effect on water quality. Removing gravel from the wet can disturb the bed, upsetting marine life and sedimentation. Generally people would pre- fer us not to be extracting the gravel from that type of environ- ment. Generally we try as much as possible to let natural processes work rather than con- stantly disturbing them.'' In the next 18 months the council would apply for resource consents to remove shingle. Regional council actually applies to itself but because it's a coastal marine area the Minister of Conservation has to actually approve it.'' Other parties, such as Depart- ment of Conservation and Kapiti Coast District Council, would also have an interest in the work. We are working in both the wet as well as the coastal mar- ine area: it's quite a sensitive area.'' The regional council monitors river levels and over the past five years there has been little movement in the bed, said Mr Munn. But in the 15 years before that, with a number of floods, there was quite a lot of material that did come down.'' Safety is priority FROM Page 1 Chief executive Pat Dougherty had been in urgent talks with Wel- lington state highways manager Rod James about the highway, she said. Ms Rowan said Mr James hoped to brief the council in the not- too-distant future'' on what the permanent solution might look like. Councillor Tony Lester, who lives close to the dangerous'' sec- tion of road, welcomed NZTA's response. I accept that on many occasions driver error is at fault. How- ever, the reality is that this particular section of SH1 is dangerous and we must take whatever measures we can to make it less so.'' Changing the speed limit from 100kmh to 80kmh over this section would add less than 30 seconds to the average travel time, he said. NZTA says the planned expressway will be a much safer road. We can't, how- ever, wait for that to be built,'' Mr Lester said.
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