Nor West News : January 24th 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013 Your online motoring guide View at www.dash-board.co.nz or at any of our newspapers online. Like us on facebook to have your say facebook.com/NZautocarDashboard ISSUE 8 NOW ONLINE NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of readers 15+ 808,000 Auckland's most powerful media Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011--Q2 2012 TODAY Water wonder Sweet treat Working oddity On a roll E-EDITION Jimi Hunt builds the world's biggest waterslide at Woodhill --P3 Mousse au chocolat is always in demand for every French cooking holiday programme at Taupaki School --P4 Visitors to the 19th Woodstock Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival at Kumeu never know what they'll find under the hood --P5 Guests and members celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Helensville Bowling Club. Go to nor- westnews.co.nz to see more photos. MONITORING PROGRAMME By RANI TIMOTI Breeding ground Peppered pancake: There seems to be more of the iconic species this breeding season. Fluffy favourites: It's easy access to see Muriwai gannets with their chicks. Email Gerry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help monitor the gannets or Marty at email@example.com to help with the trapping programme. Visit the trust's website muriwai-environment.org for more information. RATS and possums will be targeted in a new predator control programme around Maori Bay from next month. The project is spearheaded by the Muriwai Environ- mental Action Community Trust. It will also take in a tract of Conservation Department land south of the popular site. The project is designed to attract more birds to the area which is currently home to a thriving Muriwai gannet colony. It will also complement existing trapping that is con- ducted by the Auckland Council. Co-ordinators also hope to lure more little blue penguins back to the region. Dog owners will be urged to keep their animals at home as part of the exercise. Trust volunteers already keep a close eye on the gan- nets nesting at Maori Bay and are working to raise awareness of the area among neighbouring residents. They want people to take guardianship of the gannets and recognise the surround- ing country for its ecological values. Chairman Phelan Pirrie says he's noticed more gan- nets and white fronted terns this summer. The gannets in particular are a major tourist attrac- tion and pull in busloads of visitors every year, Mr Pirrie says. He is keen to see other birds thriving also and says the programme -- coupled with more education around dogs -- will assist. This will help the little blue penguins return -- another drawcard to the area.'' Trust volunteers help Albany-based researcher Gabriel Machovsky Capu- ska, Massey and Auckland university students and the council's Muriwai-based ran- gers to monitor the birds. Longtime resident Gerry Henly organises the roster and says collected data is often a good indicator of what's going on in the ocean. Iconic character: The gannet Morus serrator, a sleek yellow- throated seabird with blue- rimmed eyes, is found in 29 colonies around New Zealand's coast. Photo: JANICE DUNN It began following that fateful year of 2010 when there was a massive abandonment of gannet eggs at Maukatia -- Maori Bay -- and Otakamiro Point. La Nina storms were tough for seabirds, affecting the foodchain and therefore the breeding success of the colony. A community driven pilot study was born in 2011 to ensure the species could get a helping man-made hand determining the effects of climate change, fish stocks and disturbances on the colony.
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