Thursday October 22, 2015
Campaign for Blue Penguins
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Nopera said this year’s convention was special because it was the first time the capital had played host since 1999. Around 150 magicians were expected to attend this weekend’s convention. “Our club has only been around for three years. Our intention is we want to make it regular in Wellington.” Local performer, Paul Bates, who goes by the stage name Zappo the Magician, is on the organising committee for this year’s convention. He is hosting a one-off family show at the Wellington Opera House, this Saturday afternoon, as part of the convention. Zappo has just been awarded New Zealand’s Best Children’s entertainer by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Incorporated. Saturday’s performance, Pure Magic, was sure to
offer a variety of different performers, he said. Also involved were Mike Bent from America and world leading magicians from Australia and Germany. The local magician, who has been performing for 19 years, said magic runs in his blood – his
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being entertaining.” Both men said the club, which has more than 30 members, was great because it allowed like-minded people to get together and share ideas and tricks once a fortnight.
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when the birds are at their most vulnerable. Wellington Zoo Visitor Ranger Rebecca Diederichsen said the zoo’s team visited veterinary centres, dog day care centres and cafes around Wellington’s south coast, speaking with vets and business owners about the campaign. Wellington Zoo cares for four rescued Little Blue Penguins. The feathered creatures will move into a custom-designed habitat in the zoo’s brand new precinct, Meet the Locals, which opens to visitors on Labour Weekend. Their new home has been designed to evoke Wellington’s south coast, and visitors are able to learn about what makes Little Blue Penguins unique.
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Wellington Zoo and Forest and Bird’s Wellington branch have joined forces on a targeted campaign to help protect the Little Blue Penguins. Wellington Zoo conservation manager Daniela Biaggio said hundreds of Little Blue Penguins, or Korora, call Wellington home. She said unfortunately dogs could sniff out the little birds and research had shown that dogs off leash are one of the major threats to their survival. This led the two organisations to start the Take the Lead campaign. “The Take the Lead campaign is about developing community awareness around Korora and the dangers they face, so that we can better protect them. “It’s really easy – all we ask is that people keep their dog on a lead around the coast.” The pilot campaign kicked off in May, ahead of the breeding season,
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