Western Leader : November 30th 2010
10 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 30, 2010 NEWS LEARN TO SWIM AT INTENSIVE HOLIDAY SWIMMING LESSONS 2 week special $79!! Week 1: Monday 10th January – Friday 14th January Week 2: Monday 17th January – Friday 21st January Week 3: Monday 24th January – Friday 28th January Individual weeks: $56.50 Dedicated indoor heated pool Qualified/experienced staff Affordable prices Small classes West Wave Aquatic Centre, 20 Alderman Drive Henderson. Call 835 0767 NZSCAT OUTSTANDING SWIM SCHOOL OF THE YEAR 2010!! TERM 1 2011 February 1st – April 17th Receive a free family pass when you book and pay in full on or before January 31st 2011 (conditions apply) Hearing Direct Green Bay 64a Godley Rd, Green Bay (next to New World) www.hearingdirect.co.nz YOUR LOCAL HEARING EXPERTS Phone: 827 4457 Call Judy today at HEARING DIRECT Come in to Hearing Direct Green Bay for a FREE clean and check of your hearing aids. of your hearing aids before Christmas FREE CLEAN AND CHECK Enjoy every little moment of this festive season. 3269720AB Family Care Pharmacy f rom bab ytoadult Prescriptions Sunglasses Sun Care First Aid Supplies HENDERSON VALLEY PHARMACY 249 Henderson Valley Rd HENDERSON PH: 8370892 Easy Parking Family fun at races A free family fun day will be held at Alexandra Park on December 31. The event will be based around a premier race meeting starting at noon. There will be enter- tainment, mini sulky rides behind racing ponies, face painting and giveaways. ❚ Go to www.alexpark. co.nz for information. Cheeky trio of kittens My name is Julio and I am the wise grey kitten in this photo. My two friends here are McGyver – the cheeky black kitten – and Wallace – the sen- sible ginger kitten. We are available for adoption at Animal Management West. We are only three of a number of cats and kittens available. We are about 10 weeks old and are ready to go to our new homes. We will cost $120 each to adopt which includes desexing, first vaccination, microchip- ping, six weeks’ pet insurance and a Royal Canin food pack. We are also up-to-date with our flea and worming treatments. Please bring a cage with you if you think you will adopt us. Come along and meet us and our friends at Animal Manage- ment West at 48 The Concourse, Henderson. It’s open 10.30am to 4.15pm Monday to Fri- day and 11am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday or call 836-7777 . Kiwifruit v kauri disease fund ‘shame’ By VANITA PRASAD ‘ If we lose the kauri this time because we didn’t invest enough in fighting this disease the whole world will know our shame. ’ Society president John Edgar The different way two severe plant diseases have been dealt with concerns the Wai- takere Ranges Protection Society. The society says the gov- ernment has not addressed the kauri dieback disease with the same degree of urgency as the pseudomonas syringae pv actinidiae (PSA) disease affecting kiwifruit vines. The kiwifruit industry has been allocated $25 million from the government to tackle the bacterial disease. In comparison, the kauri dieback disease killing the native trees was allocated $4.7m, which is to be matched by local government bringing the total funding available for a five-year man- agement plan to $9.8m. According to the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s business case was based on its cost benefit analysis of the timber value of kauri rather than the con- tribution the trees made to tourism or the environment. Society president John Edgar says native kauri trees are more valuable to New Zealand than kiwifruit. ‘‘We need to prioritise our native treasures above an agricultural crop because they are unique and they can never be replaced. ‘‘We can always plant more kiwifruit vines,’’ Mr Edgar says. The protection society is calling on the government to provide more money for research into the kauri die- back threat. ‘‘If we lose the kauri this time because we didn’t invest enough in fighting this dis- ease the whole world will know our shame,’’ Mr Edgar says. Auckland Council manager of biosecurity Jack Crew says the agencies dealing with the dieback disease have received enough money and are satis- fied with the government’s response. ‘‘The funding came fast and the government has been extremely realistic about their contribution,’’ Mr Crew says. ‘‘For a while we were ner- vous that they might not have given anything,’’ he says. ‘‘We could have gone down two paths – decided the prob- lem is too far gone and the trees are gone burger or save them with aggressive con- tainment which is what we have gone for,’’ Mr Crew says. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry kauri dieback man- agement programme spokes- man John Sanson is pleased with the approach the gov- ernment has taken to stop the dieback disease as well as the funding received. ‘‘We are pleased that our recommended approach was approved and see it as a sign of the priority the govern- ment places on providing a response to a keystone species of significance to New Zealand,’’ Mr Sanson says.
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