Western Leader : April 26th 2016
Deliciously easy coconut chicken – P15 Sisters box to success – P19 Western Leader Tuesday, April 26, 2016 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER ‘Pretty clean’ bill of health for stream Primary school students have turned citizen scientists to test water quality. The kids from Peninsula Primary School in Te Atatu Peninsula have given Karamatura Stream a ‘‘pretty clean’’ bill of health. They were led by Watercare education coordinator Sally Smith to shed light on the Huia stream. The kids collected water samples and recorded the turbidity, pH and nitrate levels, as well as identifying bugs. Karamatura Stream had a balanced pH of 7 and the nitrate test came back between 0 and 5 milligrams per litre – but the students determined there were too many bugs living in it to drink. Sally Smith is pictured with Tinirau, left, and Aza, from Peninsula Primary School. Crackdownon menacing dogs Owners of unregistered dogs that are classified as menacing are being given an amnesty. But those who don’t come for- ward risk having their dogs seized in a crackdown afterwards and getting a fine. The idea is to prevent more dog attacks in Auckland. The council says it will waive the $300 fine and the registration fee for the coming year – as long as owners come forward by the end of June. It will also desex, microchip and provide muzzles for $25. Dogs classified as ‘‘menacing’’ under the Dog Control Act include pit bull terrier-type dogs, the Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa and Perro de Presa Canario. Dogs can also be classified as menacing if they have an aggressive nature or commit an aggression-related offence. Desexing a male dog usually costs about $180 and desexing a female dog about $250. Animal management teams will conduct a widespread enforcement campaign from July 1. ‘‘It breaks their hearts to see the injuries that we’ve seen in the media’’ Geoff Keber, Auckland Council manager of animal management The council plans to work with the police and Housing New Zealand to identify properties where these kinds of dogs are present. ‘‘We are going to be out in full force,’’ says councillor Callum Penrose, chairman of the coun- cil’s regulatory and bylaws committee. Geoff Keber, the council’s man- ager of animal management, says pitbulls and pitbull crosses are 20 times more likely than any other breed to be involved in a serious attack in Auckland. The majority of dogs that were reported for biting or attacking were not registered, he said. Dog attacks in the region were at an ‘‘all time high’’. Ninety bites and 113 attacks were recorded in January, compared to 55 bites and 58 attacks in November 2014. Keber says it is hard for his team to deal with the effects of dog attacks on children. ‘‘It breaks their hearts to see the injuries that we’ve seen in the media,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s becoming too frequent and we’re doing this to keep our children safe." The council has established an 0800 number dedicated solely to the issue. People can phone 0800 462 685 to take up the offer or for an emergency response following an attack.
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