Nor West News : December 16th 2010
17 NOR-WEST NEWS, DECEMBER 16, 2010 Mike Nikolic Agricultural Contractor Phone 021 143 4800 ah (09) 810 9822 Hay Baling Rotary Hoeing Post and Pole Driving Rotary Slashing Ripping and Harrowing Fencing Disc Ploughing Levelling Bar IN912588 Town Advertising Feature & country BOLER CONSTRUCTION LTD • EXCAVATOR • DIGGER • TRUCK HIRE • TRAXCAVATOR • REG DRAINLAYER (lazer equipped) Specialists in Household, septic & farm drainage, drains, new house sites, (package deals), new roading, metal supply, retaining walls, horse arenas, dams, landscaping, road repairs ALL EARTHMOVING REQUIREMENTS 09 412 8628 Ph Steve 0274 971 154 2592720AA Livestock & Ag Services For all your cattle needs Ph: Paul or Leanne 021 894 578 / 810 9896 Æ ADVICE IS FREE Æ • Cartage of livestock to local Sales or Works • Can buy or sell on behalf • Carting from Wellsford to Pukekohe IN228316 Conventional CONTRACTING for all your agricultural requirements • Round hay/balege • Conventional hay/balege • Ground work • Grass seeding • Mulching • Slashing Plus a variety of other services Phone Allan 027 292 4914 3367009AA GMC GMC CONTRACTING • Metal • Sand • Scoria • Limerock Phone Malcolm or Suzy 412-9264 027 499 7304 Malcolm / 027 275 9157 Suzy • Excavator • Tip Truck • Bulldozers • Laser Equipment • Landscaping • Roading • Building Sites • Dams & Ponds • Land Clearing • Horse Arenas • Drains • Trenching FOR FRIENDLY HELP AND SERVICE BARTON BROS EARTHMOVING REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL YOUR Phone 412-7070 Bill 0274 955-215 or Colin 0274 955-291 For all your earthmoving requirements we have • Diggers 13, 12, 7.5, 5, 4 & 2.5 tonne • Bobcat • Truck Hire - (6 wheeler) • Footings, Post Hole Boring • Sand, Metals & Topsoil supplied • Dams, etc. 2584543AA For All Year Round CITY WATER DELIVERY McKean MOTORS & CONTRACTORS LTD Your local city water carrier for over 40 years For great personal service call 0800 2489 92 0800 CITY WATER or 416 8628 2592798AA Your septic tank should be cleaned every 3 years (average family of four) We service all areas Phone: 412 9210 or 0274 924 494 SEPTIC & WATER TANK CLEANING urnetts B 2584983AA Smallest dairy herds in Auckland Ironically, the Auckland region has the most populous urban area in New Zealand but is also home of the country's smallest dairy herds. There are 448 dairy herds, or 109,405 dairy cows in the region. Rod- ney has 163 herds or 41,487 cows. View: www.lic.co.nz/ news/publications or at www.dairynz.co.nz/dairy statistics for more infor- mation. Bethells spruced up Collecting rubbish: Every piece counts for Waitakere School students who helped clean up Bethells Beach with Westpac Henderson staff. The wild west's Bethells Beach is looking better thanks to some positive man-made intervention. A team from Westpac Henderson and Waita- kere Primary joined forces for a coastal clean- up as part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust's Care for our Coast pro- gramme. Neighbouring beach O'Neill's Bay also got their special attention. Westpac Henderson bank manager Eric Wil- liams says we can't treat the ocean as a giant rub- bish tip. Plastic and other inorganic waste is disas- trous for seabirds, seals and dolphins, which can get entangled and end up entangled or choking, as well as human health and some commercial industries,'' he says. On a personal note, who wants to go to the beach and find the sand full of cigarette butts or even nastier surprises?'' Westpac aims to pick up 800 pieces of rubbish per clean up to reach its tar- get of one million pieces in four years. In the past two years, it has had 665 clean-ups. Chick plans begin to hatch By VANITA PRASAD Before Christmas the chirps of rare kokako chicks may be heard in the Waitakere Ranges if everything goes well for a pair of nesting birds. The nest of Maurice and Kowhai, two North Island kokakos, was dis- covered in the ranges' Ark in the Park open sanctuary. It has been 80 years since the kokako have nested in the Waitakeres and if the incubation goes to plan for the pair their chicks should hatch this month. Forest and Bird North Island conservation manager Mark Belling- ham says news of the discovery was fantastic. When the Ark was first started in 2003 this event would only have been in our wildest dreams.'' The nesting pair were transferred to Waitakere from Pureora Forest in the the King Country in September last year. There is also hope that another pair are nesting because they have been together for a month and the female has been elusive. Volunteers are search- ing for more nests. The nesting pair are two of the 22 kokako that were introduced to the Waitakere Ranges in an effort to boost the popu- lation of the endangered species. Ark in the Park volunteers will be intensifying trapping efforts around the nesting area. Pest control is carried out throughout the 2300 hectares of the sanctu- ary. Stoats and cats are likely to be the biggest threats to the chicks after they have hatched and start to make noise. The birds can live for up to 40 years. There are hopes that Maurice and Kowhai's chicks will be the first of many. Dr Bellingham hopes the kokako population will start growing in a self-sustaining way within the next three to four years.
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