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Upper Hutt Leader : October 26th 2011
22 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 26, 2011 NEWS Lifestyle Opportunity for over 50s Armstrong Avenue, Carterton Priced from $170,000 Villa Estate OPEN DAY Join us for Devonshire Tea at Armstrong Avenue Villa Estate, Carterton Saturday 29th October 10am-2pm. 2 show homes to view. Meet the developer It's all happening in Carterton this weekend *Every new purchaser receives a FREE Heat Pump *Special conditions apply with Jo & Kelly Leaders Real Estate 1987 Limited Licensed under the Real Estate Agent Act 2008 Call us today 0800 475 537 www.open2view.co.nz/245375 4080000AA • FREEHOLD UNIT TITLE - any Capital Gain is yours • Brand new, warm, double glazed 2 bedroom villas • Small pets are welcome • Full maintenance on grounds and Villa exterior • WAIRARAPA A & P SHOW • CARTERTON EVENTS CENTRE OPENING • VILLA ESTATE OPEN DAY Come along and make a weekend of it! OUTSTANDING VALUE, LUXURY THROUGHOUT 10 WH 3.3x3 .0 6.0 0x5.7 4.7x4.7 4.7x4.5 4.0x4.5 6.0x x6.2 TO T UGHENED D OBSC LOCK 810 KE E LOCK DOUBLE E GARA AG GE W/R MASTER BEDRO OM BED. 3 LOUNGE Y N N FLOOR AREA: 300 sqM ROVER SALESPERSON ON SITE ON WEEKENDS FROM 1-3PM UNTIL THE SHOW HOME IS COMPLETE NEW GOLDEN HOMES ROVER PLAN SHOWHOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION Corner of SH2 and Norana Road 0800 506 507 11 14 4 423 23 23 Native birds seen back in the trees Welcome home: This cheeky kaka was recently spotted by Barry and Sheryl Albury at their Cloustonville home. It is the first one they have seen in 17 years. By JIMMY NESS Residents say native birds are reappearing in the Akatarawa Valley due to the efforts of possum trappers. There have been several reports of kaka returning to the area after decades of no sightings. Graham Bond has lived in the area for 26 years and says he has not seen the native parrot for a long time. I used to see them up on the Maymorn Ridge many years ago, when I was hunting. This is the first one I've seen close up for many years. I first saw him a couple of weeks ago. I noticed the dogs started barking at some- thing in the tree.'' Mr Bond says kaka are not the only birds becoming more common in the area. There's a definite increase in bird life. We have probably got at any one time, 30 or 40 tui in the kowhai trees. It's marvellous actually. They have done a really good job of cleaning the possums out.'' Barry and Sheryl Albury have lived in Cloustonville, in the Akatarawa Valley, for 17 years and spotted two of the colourful birds within the past month. They have come right next to the house. It's not worried by kids or dogs and eats the kowhai nectar,'' Mr Albury said. I thought it might have been an escapee from Stag- lands, but their birds have bands on.'' Animal Health Board southern North Island pro- gramme manager Alan Innes works on pest control and says about 15,000 possum were killed during 2009 and 2010. Possums browse on forest vegetation which impacts on availability of food for native birds and also they prey on eggs and chicks particularly of those resident native birds. Where 1080 is used there is additional benefit because stoats and rats feed on the possum carcasses and die of secondary poisoning. These two species are also major predators of our native birds.'' Mr Innes says they are not cur- rently monitoring the native bird populations, but fighting possums is a constant task. Much of the valley is protected by aerial 1080 control work undertaken by Greater Welling- ton. However, there is about 4km of untreated boundary on the north- east corner adjoining the the Tararua Forest Park, where possum reinvasion is likely to occur more rapidly. Vast numbers of possums won't be moving in from GW lands because these areas receive possum control treatment as required. GW monitors the possum numbers and instigates control when necessary.'' Biodiversity monitoring team leader Phillipa Crisp says native bird numbers are remaining stable in the valley because work has not been done since 2010, but numbers are rising around Upper Hutt reserves due to constant trapping. The next round of pest control in the Akatarawa Valley is proposed for the 2014/15 year.
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