Kapi-Mana News : December 11th 2012
30 KAPI-MANA NEWS, DECEMBER 11, 2012 FEATURE Tawa to Pukerua Bay Villa Real Estate Ltd - Licensed REAA 2008 MREINZ OPEN HOMES 16 DECEMBER 2012 TAWA BEO $339,000 31 Franklyn Road - 4 brms, 2 bathrooms, garage 12.00 - 12.40pm BEO $465,000 9 Allen Terrace - 4 brms, 2 living areas 1.00 - 1.40pm BEO $379,000 1/268 Main Road - 3 brms, garage 1.00 - 1.40pm TITAHI BAY / ELSDON BEO $263,000 10 Tau Grove - 4 brms, views 12.00 - 12.30pm $333,000 19 Gloaming Hill - 3 brms, single garage 1.00 - 1.30pm BEO $299,000 25a Paenui Street - 3 brms, carport 2.00 - 2.40pm BEO $199,000 14 Owhiti Street - 2 brms, garaging under 2.00 - 2.40pm PORIRUA/ ASCOT PARK Deadline Sale 13 Gear Terrace - 3 brms, open plan, carport 12.00 - 12.40pm BEO $220,000 13 Pukaki Grove - 3 brms, large double garage 12.00 - 12.40pm By Negotiation 37 Beauzami Crescent - 3-4 brms, fully fenced 12.00 - 12.30pm AOTEA/PAPAKOWHAI BEO $475,000 91 Te Puia Drive - 4 brms, double garage 1.00 - 1.30pm Deadline 12 Greenstone - 4 brms, double garage 2.00 - 2.40pm By Negotiation 18 Findhorn Place - 5 brms 3.00 - 3.30pm WHITBY $495,000 38 Samwell Drive - 3 brms 1.00 - 1.40pm Deadline sale 9 The Pier - 4 brms, award winning home 2.00 - 2.40pm BEO $398,000 202 Staithes Drive - 3 brms 2.00 - 2.30pm BEO $630,000 48 The Masthead - 4 brms 2.00 - 2.40pm By Negotiation 62 Ayton Drive - 3 brms, plus study 2.00 - 2.40pm BEO $750,000 14 Spinnaker Drive - 4 brms 3.00 - 3.40pm PAUATAHANUI Deadline Sale 580 Paekakariki Hill Road - 3 brm cottage, 6 car garage 12.00 - 12.40pm CAMBORNE BEO $585,000 50 Mo Street - 4brms 12.00 - 12.40pm BEO $550,000 73 St Ives Drive - 4 brms 2.00 - 2.40pm BEO $270,000 10a Penryn Drive - 2 brm townhouse 3.00 - 3.40pm PAREMATA By Negotiation 3 Kahu Road 4 brms 1.00 - 1.40pm PLIMMERTON By Negotiation 65 Motuhara Rd - 3 brms 12.00 - 12.40pm BEO $699,000 66-68 Cluny Road - 3 brms, 2454m2 section 1.00 - 1.40pm PUKERUA BAY BEO $480,000 15a Elizabeth Street - 4 brms 1.00 - 1.40pm By Negotiation 41 Haunui Road - 2 brm cottage, views 3.00 - 3.40pm Villa proud to be a charity partner of rwlowerhutt.co.nz From time to time, we have homes fully completed with immediate occupation available. This 3 bedroom master ensuite home of 151m2 including double garage will support your dream of buying quality at a remarkable price with keys available now for you and your family.. You'll enjoy this location where the home is positioned at the end of the street meaning little passing traffic ensures peace and quiet. Whitby Lot 93 Staithes Drive 3A2F2I For Sale $465,000 View Saturday/Sunday 12:00 - 3:00 rwlowerhutt.co.nz/LWH20056 Bob Bell 0274 428 188 (04) 212 4967 email@example.com Llew Kemeys 0272 408 828 (04) 212 6524 firstname.lastname@example.org LICENSED (REAA 2008) The real appeal of Zealandia Amy Jackman talks to Zealandia's conservation manager Raewyn Empson about birds, travel and the problem with cats. Raewyn Empson: ''For me it's definitely worth it. It's so different and it recharges the soul.'' Photo: AMY JACKMAN Did you always want to get into conservation? I've always loved animals. I grewuponafarminTeHoroand was very into horses. We had pet calves for the calf day and pet sheep. So I knew my career would focus around animals. When did you become involved in Zealandia? I became a wildlife worker in 1984 and got a job with DOC [Department of Conservation] when it was established. In 1998 I got seconded to the Karori Wild- life Sanctuary for two years. The project here at Karori was only just getting off the ground. There was no fence and it was still all up in the air, so I didn't want to resign my job at the department. After two years I decided there were so many challenges and so much fun here, it was the best place for me. Have you travelled with the job? When I worked for the depart- ment there was quite a bit of travel when we transferred ani- mals and birds and there has been some while I've been at Zealandia. Most of the transfers from Zealan- dia are to Kapiti Island for birds and Matiu/Somes and Mana for giant weta. Also to Tiritiri Matangi for stitchbirds and sad- dlebacks, Ward Island for frogs and Stephens Island for tuatara. Are the transfers your favourite part of the job? I love the transfers, but they can be challenging. You've got a whole lot of responsibility to keep the birds alive and make sure they are released. I love to observe the animals after the transfer. Watching them breed and nest . . . all the behaviour that goes on What was your favourite trip? One trip that stands out was a month I spent in the Cook Islands as a volunteer. I went with three other women and we were study- ing the kingfisher over there. We got around on bikes, worked with the locals, located nests, learnt about a new species and came back and wrote a paper on it. Has conservation changed? People have learnt a lot in the time I have been involved. In 1996 I co-ordinated the eradication of pests from Kapiti Island. Before that we did about five years' worth of studies to see if it was even possible. At the time it was 10 times bigger than any other island that had had rats removed. Now things have gone beyond that. Bigger islands are rat free and the technology we have now wasn't even thought of 10 years ago. Even Zealandia was a leap forward. It was the first fenced restoration project on the main- land designed to keep mammals out. What was a memorable proj- ect for you? Helping save the black robin stands out. It was a dream come true for me to go over to the Chatham Islands and be involved. When I joined, the department had pulled it back from just one mating black robin pair. However, we were still doing the cross- fostering programme. We mani- pulated nests so we could get as many robin chicks as possible each season. We took robin eggs and put them in tomtit nests, then put them back just before they hatched. It was very intense but we learnt some wonderful skills. What's your objection to domestic cats? Our birds go into people's back- yards and we have people who bring them back and tell us their cat got it. We have people who tell us they don't always bring the birds because they think we will get rid of their cat. But that's not true. I'm just keen to raise the awareness of the situation. If we want birds in our backyards and to spread out over the community, there can't be cats. We don't have to get rid of them, but I think cats will become indoor animals. I've had a cat myself and I have a dog. I didn't replace my cat because I'm a neighbour to Zealandia, so I had to practise what I preached. Zealandia's finances have been in the news lately. Why do you think it's worth a visit? It's definitely worth it. It's so different and it recharges the soul. We have such a lovely landscape here. You can see the lakes, the trees, the birds, listen to all the bird song. It's just wonderful. I come in on the weekend as a vol- unteer because I don't get enough of it during the week. For me, money just doesn't enter into it. When you compare it with similar projects around the world and New Zealand, it's not expensive. And there are more opportunities if people become members and that's even cheaper. What do you do in your spare time? I haven't got a lot of time for hobbies lately, if you put aside the voluntary work I do and my fam- ily. I'm looking forward to having a bit more leisure time and trying out more of the activities available in Wellington. I would love to get back into kayaking.
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