Kapi-Mana News : June 14th 2011
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 14, 2011 NEWS 3706336A B Weve got the GOODS. . . Treadmills Exercycles Ellipticals Rowing machines + Heaps More 10 Norrie Street • Porirua • www.capitalcity.org.nz FUNERAL SERVICES & MEMORIALS With the economy the way it is, families are looking for lower prices... thankfully we've always had lower prices. PHONE 237 7515 3699623 3 minutes walk to Kenepuru Station • Spraypainting •panelbeating WE ARE APPROVED REPAIRERS FOR THE MAJORITY OF INSURANCE COMPANIES PHONE 237 5898 www.autocrash.co.nz 45 KENEPURU DRIVE,PORIRUA 3559923AA GLAUCOMA NZ MEETING FREE information meeting about glaucoma Speaker: Dr Reece Hall Southward Car Museum (Conference Room) Otaihanga Road Paraparaumu Saturday 18th June 10.00 -- 11.30am Question and answer time Tea and coffee will be provided www.glaucoma.org.nz Scientific voice of quakes honoured By KAROLINE TUCKEY Finding better ways to keep New Zealanders safe from natural hazards has earned a Porirua scien- tist a Queen's Birthday honour. Plimmerton resident and geologist Dr Kelvin Berryman has worked for more than 30 years towards under- standing natural hazards and reduc- ing their risks, and was named a companion of the Queen's Service Order. Dr Berryman is the manager of a national Lower Hutt-based consor- tium of scientists and experts, the Natural Hazards Research Platform, and has been a science spokesman on the Christchurch earthquakes. I'm honoured and pleased that science and scientists have been recognised at this time, especially with the earthquake period in par- ticular, but in principal it's recog- nition for the work scientists do, and I'm very honoured on behalf.'' The earthquakes highlighted the need for greater understanding of natural hazards for engineering, town planning, politics and by the people. There's a lot of uncertainty about what's happening, and future earthquakes and why they occur and where they are, and that's a lot to do with public confidence, and that's so important,'' Dr Berryman said. Since the February earthquake, Dr Berryman has spent half his time in Christchurch and been at the fore- front of science communicators, informing people about the disaster. That was the biggest national hazard event in New Zealand ever, so it has been important to demystify all of this science and tell people what we know and what we don't. There's an impression that the scientists know more than what they are telling the public, so we have to make sure we communicate it as soon as we know something.'' Dr Berryman says his career has been satisfying, exciting and chal- lenging. It's been frustrating, sometimes, for politicians and officials they are dealing with really short-term issues and what we are trying to do in haz- ard mitigation is often a very long- term effort. But it's . . . good for meeting people and going to places and broad- ening one's horizons.'' 2500 plants await volunteer planters By ANDREA O'NEIL Winter wonders: Winter is the best time to plant seedlings, say Take Care planting group members Angus Hulme-Moir and Robyn Smith. If you like the fun aspects of gardening -- digging, planting, having an excuse to wear gumboots -- but loathe weeding and maintenance, this is the event for you. Whitireia Park's annual pub- lic planting bee is taking place this Sunday morning. Winter is a time of enjoyment and activity in the park, says Take Care planting group mem- ber Angus Hulme-Moir. The soil is too dry in summer to do much except weeding. Nobody wants to do weeding,'' he laughs. Take Care has 2500 seedlings waiting to be planted, and want to match last year's effort, where 100 people attended. As an added incentive, there will be a barbecue lunch laid on for volunteers. Take Care has been planting native trees and grasses in the park since 2005, and is funded by community groups and Greater Wellington Regional Council. Rustling orange pingao and wiwi grasses on the seafront are helping to rebuild the dunes, and are a beautiful sight, says GWRC's biodiversity adviser Robyn Smith. You almost forget how yucky it was.'' All seedlings planted by the Take Care group are grown from seeds Ms Smith collects locally. Despite the presence of predators such as stoats and domestic cats and dogs, the council has made the park possum-free, and Ms Smith envisages it one day being a haven for native wildlife. You've got to have a vision like that, don't you?'' she says. Already wildlife is beginning to thrive in the replanted areas. Ms Smith has spotted lizards, geckos, skinks and even little blue penguins. Last year's fire, which burned 70 hectares of bush, was heart- breaking, she says. The burned bush will not be replanted until the council respray it to kill the remaining gorse. This year's planting will con- centrate on a paddock near the carpark in Onehunga Bay, and Ms Smith encourages locals to drop in with their families and pitch in. We love having lots of people,'' she says. We couldn't do without com- munity help.'' The planting bee will take place on Sunday, June 19 from 10am until 1.30pm. Meet at the Onehunga Bay carpark. In case of wet weather contact Robyn Smith on 027 466 0362.
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