Western Leader : February 15th 2011
8 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 NEWS IT'S EASY TO BE A HERO. JUST SIT BACK AND RELAX THE TRUSTS STADIUM HENDERSON TUE 15FEB1pm--7pm WED 16FEB 1pm--7pm THU 17FEB 1pm--7pm FRI 18FEB9am--2pm BRING YOUR ARM - WE'LL DO THE REST United Travel Westgate tel: 831 0250 FLY FREE* Just pay air taxes of $400 per person 13 DAYS FROM $5495* per person, twin share. Departing 10 June 2011 - New Departure. ANGKOR, MEKONG & HO CHI MINH CITY Includes: 5 nights accommodation in 5 star and first class hotels • 8 Day Luxury Mekong River Cruise • Freedom of Choice Touring and Dine Around Dinners in selected locations • Port charges and tipping • Airport transfers, excursions and entertainment • 32 meals including local beer and spirits at all times on your cruise *Conditions apply. See your United Travel consultant for full details. Australian Pacific Touring PTY Ltd ABN 44 004 684 619 Lic. No. 30112 MKT8713 Cartridge World Henderson 16 Railside Avenue, Ph: (09) 836 7246 Email: email@example.com Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm Saturday 9am to 12 noon Cartridge World New Lynn 3077 Great North Rd, Ph: (09) 826 1022 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm Saturday 9am to 1pm 3370326AF You can trust St John Only St John medical alarms connect directly to St John and are installed by uniformed St John staff. Call 0800 50 23 23 for more information. STJOHN0910 Chooks the latest victims of botulism By VANITA PRASAD Fowl survivor: Alice Worsley is delighted that Franky the chicken survived. Photo: VANITA PRASAD Bird owners are being warned to keep their feathered friends away from dead ducks because avian botulism can spread to other birds. Dozens of dead and dying ducks were found in west Auckland's stormwater ponds and streams last month. Bird Rescue Trust's Lynn Mac- donald says more than 200 ducks have been handed in to the trust in the past few weeks and other birds are succumbing to the disease. We've had blackbirds, thrushes and pet chickens die from botulism -- these are secondary birds that are getting sick because dead ducks are not being collected fast enough.'' Glen Eden resident Alice Worsley has lost two chickens to botulism. I live half a kilometre away from the Glendale pond. I found a dead duck in my orchard and two days later I lost two lovely brown chickens -- it's been heartbreaking.'' Ms Worsley says she was devas- tated by the death of Bonnie and Cinnamon. It's really sad for me.'' She says another chook, Franky, fell ill but pulled through thanks to treatment from the trust. Veterinary surgeon Berynd Westera says the chickens would probably have died after eating maggots that fed on the dead duck. It's not directly contagious but if the chickens ate the maggots they could have contracted it.'' Ms Worsley says the council needs to do more to monitor Waita- kere's waterways so the disease is contained. The council really needs to step up with its efforts to make the ponds clean.'' Auckland Council stormwater manager Grant Ockleston says Glendale Rd pond has been ident- ified as unsatisfactory and work is being done to fix it. Measures include aerating the pond, adding barley straw to neu- tralise botulism spores, clearing blockages and removing dead and sick ducks. Mr Ocklston says if dead ducks are found in any pond the remain- ing birds are inspected every day for five days so that any dead or dying ducks can be removed. Cautious approach to fire A small gas cylinder fire kept the Kumeu fire brigade at an Old Rail- way Rd commercial site for nearly four hours last week. Deputy chief Stephen Sparnon says extreme caution is needed when a cylinder is involved. That was a big one for us,'' Mr Sparnon says. The acetylene cylinder was being used to power steel cutting equipment. Acetylene is the worst thing you want to be dealing with. It's so volatile. Some will explode and head skywards.'' Mr Sparnon says an area of 100 metres had to be evacuated with nearby oxygen and LPG cylinders a concern. You want it to burn itself out.'' Water tankers from Silverdale and Shelly Beach brigades and Whenuapai airbase had to be called in. Building leadership skills Schools from west Auck- land are welcome to enter the ASB 2011 Stage Challenge and J Rock tour. Last year 181 schools performed across New Zealand. In its 19th year, the event provides students with the chance to present their unique stories and build leader- ship and teamwork skills. A new addition is a global online competition for New Zealand schools. The event is part of Glo- bal Rock. See www. stagechallenge.co.nz for information.
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