Kapi-Mana News : January 8th 2013
10 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 8, 2013 NEWS 3367710 Wednesday 16th January Andrew London Trio Thursday 17th January Shaun Preston Friday 18th January Shenanigans Saturday 19th January Supermodel Sunday 20th January The Satisfactions at the Rose Garden, Aotea Lagoon 6.30-8.30pm Bring the family, a cushion to sit on and something to nibble on. Sit back and enjoy a great summer night‛s entertainment o d n j o ya WET WEATHER ALTERNATIVE - TE RAUPARAHA ARENA 5077456AA Ph 238 2555 1d Mungavin Ave Porirua www.littleindia.co. LUNCH FROM $7.90 (lunch size, includes basmati rice and tandoori naan) • Monday-Friday 11.30am-2pm • Dinner 7 Days From 5pm • Food cooked to order • Table service • Eat fresh e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e, , , , , , , , nnn n n n n n n nz z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z We have been awarded Best Indian Restaurant and Takeaway in Wellington 2012 4492248AI New safety signs installed Porirua City Council has installed 10 new safety signs at Titahi Bay beach. Among the safety messages is the reminder that there are rips at either end of the beach and that swimmers should stay between the red and yellow flags to avoid getting into difficulty. Since the accidental drowning of Albert Alapati in January , the council has been working with Surf Life Saving New Zealand to agree approved signage for the beach ready for the summer season,'' Leisure Assets and Services manager Karyn Stillwell says. The council also increased its funding to SLSNZ through the Long Term Plan pro- cess earlier this year so additional lifesaver services can be provided at the beach.'' The service, which runs seven days a week, is operating until February, and the council and SLSNZ have worked to ensure the signage was ready for the summer. Titahi Bay beach is very popular, both with surfers and swimmers,'' Ms Stillwell says. People just need to remember to swim between the flags, which are patrolled, and if there's an emergency call 111.'' Shooting club hails council By ANDREA O'NEIL Porirua Shooting Association's future has been secured following a Porirua City Council decision to exclude its range from becoming part of Belmont Regional Park. In October the 270-member associ- ation appealed to the Porirua council to protect it during a transfer of Waitangi- rua Farm land to Greater Wellington Regional Council, which does not allow shooting in its parks. The 2.3 hectare shooting range is still in the path of Transmission Gully, but the NZ Trans- port Agency has promised to find the association another site when the motor- way is built. The council's decision is a huge relief, says Ian Murray, president of the Wel- lington Rifle and Gun Club. The association's lease runs until 2014, with an annual renewal thereafter until Transmission Gully work begins. Shelter from stoats Helping hand: Aotea College year 10 Outdoor Education students Bradley Johns, left, and Joshua Roughan, right, hammer together a penguin nesting box behind the dunes at Whitireia Park. Little Blue Penguins may begin breeding in Whitireia Park thanks to some ace carpentry skills by Aotea College students. Wellington Regional Council biodiver- sity adviser Janey Hilford said little blue penguins are sometimes seen in the water around Whitireia Park. Porirua Harbour and Whitireia Park are right on the edge of the city and are important areas for native biodiversity. The penguins certainly seem to think so.'' The Whiteria Park Restoration Group, with Wellington Regional Council sup- port, has been working with the com- munity for a decade to restore the park's native flora and fauna, said Ms Hilford. Part of the group's plan is to create safe nesting areas for the little blue penguins. The group has been improving the potential nesting habitat, while a dedicated bunch of locals trap the stoats that can kill penguins and eat their eggs and chicks. The regional council has been working with students from Aotea Col- lege to build nesting boxes.'' The boxes were placed in the scrub behind the beach, as that is where the penguins are likely to nest. The boxes provide them with shelter and are open at the bottom so the penguins can burrow into the ground. You might wonder how the penguins find the boxes but it's a proven technique that is working well on the Wellington South Coast. If the penguins are swim- ming around in Porirua Harbour, they will probably come ashore to breed at some stage,'' she said. Little blue penguins are the smallest penguin species in the world. Introduced predators such as stoats, cats and dogs major threats to the little blue penguin, as is loss of suitable nesting habitat.
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