Nor West News : January 12th 2012
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Bring in this advert to receive a FREE Husqvarna Garden TRAILER with your purchase (only 4 available) • Explore the magnificent Kaipara Estuary • All calm sheltered waterways • View beautiful native bush & ancient pa sites • See the remains of early kauri mills & bush camps • Sight unique aquatic & bird life • Sand Dredging - commercial fishing & river activities • Proposed sites of nuclear and gas Power Stations • Informative commentary CRUISING THE KAIPARA $20 Departs Helensville daily 27 December until 15 January 3¼ HOUR • Historic • Nature • Riverboat Cruises PH 09 420 8466 • Adult $20 • Child $10 BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Now booking Pouto Beach trips. Bus & Boat Cruise to Dargaville Visit our website: www.kaiparacruises.co.nz Concerns raised over pesticides Toby Muir says the pub- lic should be given more notice of an Auckland Council pesticide spray- ing operation in the Bethells Beach area. He says council con- tractors have been spraying near the lagoon to eradicate alligator weed, Mexican water lily and grey willow. But he says tests have shown the water at the lagoon is contaminated with pesticides. The Bethells resident says one sign with a sheet of A4 paper was erected next to the beach carpark to warn the pub- lic about swimming in the lagoon. But that's hardly adequate,'' he says. Mr Muir saw people swimming in the lagoon, unaware of the sign. They were horrified. It's not something you want your kids to be swimming in,'' he says. Mr Muir is urging the council to do more to notify the public of its spraying programme. Auckland Council head of biosecurity Jack Craw says the spraying programme has finished for the year. Someone has been taking down and throwing away the signs we put up. They are put up before the spraying starts and remain there for a couple of days after- wards.'' Pesticides were detect- ed in the lagoon water after a spraying pro- gramme for alligator weed in October but it was well below the safe level for drinking water, he says. Mr Craw says the council only sprays in the area four or five days a year but says contrac- tors working for the authority do use pesticides in the area at other times also. He says the council isn't legally required to put up the signs because the spraying is on pri- vate property but the council is keen to ensure such chemicals don't effect the environment. I think the public should be more con- cerned about faecal con- tamination in the wetland area,'' he says. Green MP Steffan Browning says the signs put up by the council are inadequate. Mr Browning says residents have pre- viously raised their con- cerns about the lack of notice about spraying in the Bethells area. This should only take place if there is full com- munity consultation,'' he says. At least if the council did go ahead with it the community would be fully aware of it.'' Two years ago Mr Muir lodged a High Court injunction against an aerial spray operation at Bethells Beach being carried out by Waitakere city, Rodney district and the Auckland regional councils with the Conser- vation Department. He ran out of money to continue the legal fight. Danger lurks in rips and currents Take care: Swimmers to Muriwai Beach need to be wary of low tide conditions and learn to recognise rips and holes. Photo: RANI TIMOTI By CARYN WIGMORE Six stricken swimmers were hauled to safety by off-duty lifeguards walking along Muri- wai Beach during the festive season. Guards Rashidah Hudson, Emma Wilson and Jamilah Hudson spotted some people in trouble 50 metres offshore about 6.30pm on December 24. Rashidah borrowed a boogie board and raced out to two swimmers caught in the hole. She towed one man to shore and called on a nearby surfer to help the other swimmer. Rashidah then helped the surfer bring in the swimmer. Two others trying to help with the rescue needed assist- ance getting back to shore. Emma was carrying an inflat- able rescue boat to the beach when three surfers were sucked into another hole about 100 metres from the shore. Emma and Rashidah raced out in the boat to pull them to safety. A total of six people were res- cued in 45 minutes. Lifeguards urge swimmers at Muriwai to be wary of the con- ditions, especially at low tide, and learn to recognise rips and holes. More than 5000 people cel- ebrated Christmas Day on beaches around the northern region. Lifeguards performed three rescues, seven first aids, two searches and 405 prevent- ative actions in the area. Meanwhile, cars at Muriwai Beach are being targeted by thieves. Police urge drivers to park in well-lit areas, to lock their cars and remove all valuables. Fitting a car alarm or a simple cut-out switch to vehicles can act as deterrents. The carpark areas of Muriwai Beach and the western side are among the hardest hit areas in a rise of thefts in Auckland and Northland. Rodney areas being targeted include Whangaparaoa Penin- sula, Stanmore Bay and Red Beach, carparks at Goat Island, Leigh and Mangawhai. Police believe thieves are stealing cars for joy riding or for parts. Under the umbrella of Project Pearl, officers are visiting scrap metal dealers and auto dismantlers in a bid to thwart the trade in stolen vehicles. Subarus, Hondas, Nissans and Toyota Hi-Ace vans are popular targets. Go to www.police.govt.nz or report any information about stolen vehicles to your local police station or call Crimestop- pers on 0800-555-111.
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