Kapi-Mana News : January 10th 2012
12 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 10, 2012 NEWS 4271970AA 17 Parumoana Street Ph 237 1521 www.terauparaha-arena.co.nz "Summer Swimming "Summer Swimming • Hydroslide • Spa Pools • Steam Room • Sauna • Authentic flashing lighthouse with fountains • Safe area for toddlers • New Sauna • Bubbles galore • Inflatables HOURS • Monday to Friday 5.30am to 9pm • Saturday and Sunday 8am to 7pm • Public Holidays 8am to 7pm Joining forces on waste plan For the first time, Wellington local bodies have formally committed to working together to reduce environmental harm with the adoption of a joint Waste Manage- ment and Minimisation Plan. Kapiti, Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa district councils and Upper Hutt, Welling- ton, Hutt and Porirua city councils have all adopted the joint plan. The Waste Minimisation Act 2008 requires all councils to develop a WMMP and the eight councils are the first in the country to achieve this on a regional basis, says Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy, chairman of the Wellington Mayoral Forum. We have saved the region $500,000 by collaborating and producing the one joint plan instead of eight separate ones. This first plan is a key starting point for what we expect to be an enduring commitment. It builds on the considerable common ground between the councils on how to best address waste issues. Mr Guppy says the region s mayors agree that sustainability is vital, not only for social and environmental reasons but for economic success too. It s increasingly important to use the resources we have in a more co- ordinated fashion. The plan sets an ambitious work programme for managing and reducing waste, while recognising the need for financial prudence and to get bet- ter information upon which to base future decisions. Porirua City Council led devel- opment of the plan, which includes the strategy, a regional action plan and individual council action plans. PCC asset management and operations general manager Peter Bailey says the collaborative model used to develop the WMMP will continue in the roll-out of the Regional Action Plan. The Regional Action Plan includes: Development of a joint solid waste bylaw Explore shared service contracts/ agreements Development of a Regional Waste Education Strategy Development of a subsequent regional Waste Management and Minimisation Plan Investigate landfill pricing signal/disincentive Investigate a consistent policy approach to kerbside collection Examine options for special wastes and hazardous wastes, related to environmental harm. Shade of success: Porirua beauty student Illisapesi Sau, right, with her winning makeup on model Talafungani Sau. Making up with top students Beauty student Illisapesi Sau fin- ished 2011 as Porirua s top makeup student. Illisapesi -- a beauty and hair- dressing student at Whitireia Polytechnic s Porirua Campus -- was a finalist in the 2011 Wendy Hill Cosmetics National Student Award for Professional Photo- graphic Bridal Makeup and also won the local area section of the competition. Sau was one of 220 beauty ther- apy, cosmetology and beauty assistant students from through- out New Zealand who took part in the competition, which is run through the country s major beauty training institutions. The competition is staged by the New Zealand makeup house, Wendy Hill Cosmetics, in associ- ation with industry educators to assist in the support of student studies and the improvement of makeup skills in the beauty pro- fession generally. Wendy Hill said Sau s entry stood out because the makeup was of a high standard, reflecting a good understanding and know- ledge of makeup artistry and how to apply makeup for a good photo- graphic result. The winner of the national award for 2011 was Carla Brown, a beauty therapy student at the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill. DOC sure rat had fatal last meal The Department of Conservation (DOC) is confident it got its Mana Island rat after confirmation a lethal dose of poison was con- sumed. We were pretty happy when the bait blocks were checked and it was evident that the rat had nibbled on them. When the bait was weighed, it was confirmed that the rat had ingested a lethal dose, said DOC spokesperson Brent Tandy. DOC workers have yet to find a body but nor have there been any signs of one alive. A rat was first seen on Mana Island in November, sparking a monitoring and eradication pro- gramme to protect endangered wildlife which breed there includ- ing takahe, rare lizards, North Island robin and shore plover. The rat was photographed visit- ing the old shore plover nest site on several occasions and it was at this site that it consumed the bait. Although all signs to date point to there being only one rat, we will continue extensive monitoring until we can be sure that there are no other threats to our precious island wildlife. Keeping our island nature sanctuaries pest free is a constant battle and we will continue to use traps, tracking tunnels and rodent detection dogs to monitor the island.
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