Western Leader : January 24th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 5 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 24, 2012 NEWS Auckland is turning 172. In city years we,re practically teenagers. So sharpen your party hat because Auckland Anniversary Weekend will be a non-stop celebration of our wonderful city. Visit aucklandnz.com/birthday for more information. ATE0001G WAITAKERE CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU We are running a training course commencing late February for volunteer interviewers at the 4 Citizens Advice Bureaux in Waitakere. Applicants will need good communication skills, good written and spoken English, basic computer knowledge and an empathy will people from all walks of life. Training takes place over 5 weeks 2 days per week and you would need to be available for the full 5 weeks. We offer free advice and referrals by local people for local people. If you are interested and feel that you have the time to commit to a duty at least 1 half day per week as well as on going training and you have the skills required please contact your local bureau manager. Glen Eden Citizens Advice Bureau 12-32 Glendale Rd Glen Eden Phone 818 8634 Monday to Friday 9am -- 4.30pm Massey Citizens Advice Bureau Cnr Don Buck Rd and Westgate Dr Massey Phone 833 5775 Monday to Friday 9am -- 4.30pm Henderson Citizens Advice Bureau 11 Trading Place Henderson Phone 836 4118 Monday to Friday 9am -- 4.30pm New Lynn Citizens Advice Bureau 3 Memorial Drive New Lynn Phone 827 4731 Monday to Friday 9am -- 4.30pm Saturday 10am -- 1pm CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE ww w.cab.org.nz FOR ONLINE INFORMATION 4316536AA Work begins on sinking motorway By STEPHEN FORBES The NZ Transport Agency has started preliminary work on a new north- western motorway causeway. It is part of a $270 million project which will eventually see the existing 4.2km stretch of highway between Pt Chevalier and Te Atatu widened and raised. It follows a geotechnical investi- gation that found the stretch of motorway, which was built in the 1960s, is slowly sinking. This causes surface flooding between the Great North Rd and Rosebank-Patiki Rd interchanges dur- ing high tides. The agency says the preliminary work involves building a 50-metre-long temporary causeway parallel to the existing motorway. This will allow it to measure the impact the project will have on the adjoining Motu Manawa Pollen Island Marine Reserve, NZTA spokesman Steve Mutton says. NZTA and its contractor Downer will focus on monitoring plants and wildlife in the marine area to minimise the impact of building the improved motorway. The $6 million trial is expected to be completed in July. NZTA is also seeking tenders for the wider causeway upgrade project. The project will include upgrading the Rosebank and Patiki interchanges, providing treatment to stormwater runoff, widening bridges and improv- ing the north-western cycleway. It is expected to be completed in 2017. Go to www.nzta.govt.nz for more information. Family fork out $2000 for lonely shag By VANITA PRASAD and AMY McGILLIVRAY Lonely Sandy: Bird Rescue volunteer Corina Hooper holds a shag rescued by the Davis family. They airlifted it back to Auckland for care. Trent, Narelle and Ellie Davis check out his progress. Photo: OLIVER LI Go to www.westernleader. co.nz to see Narelle, Trent and Ellie Davis tell their story. Lonely Sandy could be the most expensive shag in New Zealand thanks to a little love from a Titirangi couple. The injured bird was about to die in Sandy Bay, Port Charles before it was rescued by the Davis family who paid $2000 to fly the pied shag to Green Bay s NZ Bird Rescue Trust. Narelle and Gavin Davis first came across the bird after their chil- dren Ellie, 7, and Trent, 11, spotted it in front of their Sandy Bay bach three weeks ago. It was waddling up the road like a duck. He was just really really skinny and small, Mrs Davis says. The family took the bird in and called the Conservation Depart- ment and Bird Rescue Trust for advice on how to keep it alive. The nearest DOC office said it was inundated with birds after all the storms in the Coromandel and it was two and a half hours drive away but we were without a car so we couldn t take it there, Mrs Davis says. The Forest and Bird lady in the Bay said the shag would die but I could see that apart from being a bit shaken up and skinny it was all right. The family fed the shag sprats they caught and kept him sheltered from dogs and cats, determined to keep the bird safe and well. Despite the family s vigilance the bird escaped on the first night he stayed at their house leaving them to fear the worst. But that wasn t the last of him. He wandered back through the gates the next morning. I took that as a sign that he wanted to live, Mrs Davis says. The bird was named Lonely Sandy by the couple s children because of its lonesome predicament and where it came from. They kept him in their lounge for the next three days in the hope of nursing him back to health but decided to take drastic action when Lyn MacDonald at the Green Bay Bird Rescue Trust said the bird would die unless he was taken to a rescue centre. Fearing that Lonely Sandy wouldn t cope with the two-and-a- half-hour car trip to Thames or the three-hour boat ride home, Mrs Davis hired a helicopter. The biggest reason for making that decision was because I saw a cat that had been lurking around under our deck where the shag was and I could only guard him so much, she says. It was going to be a matter of time before the cat got him and we d actually fallen in love with him. Mrs Davis, the two children and the shag took a 25-minute flight to Albany where they were picked up and driven to the Green Bay Bird Rescue Trust. Ms MacDonald says it s the first bird to be airlifted back to the trust s bird hospital. It is now being cared for by Mt Wellington-based Bird Rescue vol- unteer Corina Hooper. In the wild Lonely Sandy would still be in the nest being fed by his parents so Ms Hooper is keeping him separate from the rest of the Tamaki Estuary colony for now. He s going to be in there for a couple of months.
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