Wednesday February 1, 2017
1200 new traps for forest park By Emma McAuliffe
A local park’s ‘safe-zone’ for kiwis will soon be doubled in size thanks to funding from the Department of Conservation. It wa s a n nou nc e d la st Wednesday by minister of Conservation, Maggie Barry, the Rimutaka Forest Park would benefit from 1200 new stoat traps to increase the safe-zone for kiwi to 7000 hectares. The new, self-resetting traps were designed by Wellington company, Goodnature. The design is unique globally, with traps being humane and toxin free. Robbie van Dam, director and co-founder at Goodnature said it was exciting to be part of the project and to see the major extension to the safe-zone for kiwi happen in the park. “The Rimutaka Forest Park is a particularly special area for Goodnature as it is where we developed and tested our trapping technology. It is a particularly productive forest of mixed podocarp and beech. The wet climate and steep terrain represents the harsh New Zealand bush and we had to develop incredibly robust but lightweight technology for these conditions,” he said.
inbrief news Safe City Youth Movement Safe City Youth movement will be hosting some friendly competition for youth this weekend at the local basketball courts. The youth event, which will include a 3 x 3 basketball competition, a Juju on that Beat dance competition and a free style rap contest. Event will take place on Saturday, February 4 at the basketball courts on Fitzherbert Road between 12pm and5pm. For more information or to register interest head to the Safe City Youth Movement Facebook page.
Wellington region BMX champs The Wellington Region BMX Championships will be taking place this weekend at the Wainuiomata BMX track on The Strand. The event will take place from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, February 5. Spectators are welcome with free entry. For more information head to www.wainuiomatabmx.com/.
National list MP Chris Bishop, Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry and Rimutaka Forest Park Trust president Geoff Cameron at the Rimutaka Forest Park.
Ms Barry said she had taken interest in the Rimutaka Forest Park because of the hard work of its volunteers. “The great work of the volunteers has meant the work has already been done,” she said. “To achieve Predator Free New Zealand by 2050 we need people with vision. We
need people to think a long, long way ahead. Trust by trust, mountain by mountain we can reclaim this land from predators.” She said stoats were among the most “cunning” of the predators the park faces. “They cause many, many problems. It’s one thing to get a possum, it’s another thing to
get a rat, but it takes a cunning mind to get a stoat.” President of the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust Geoff Cameron said they felt “fortunate” to be receiving the traps. “Our trapping project started back in 2000 [and we now have] 140 volunteer trappers,” he said.
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Classes to help locals step up to learn computer basics By Emma McAuliffe
Registrations are now open for the first term of the Stepping Up computer classes at the Wainuiomata Community Library. The classes, run by 20/20 Trust in conjunction with the Hutt City Libraries, were designed as an accessible help
for people with basic or no computer skills. Each class covers a different computer basic including how to use Microsoft Word and Excel and how to set up an email and social media. While the first class of term has already been booked up there are still spaces available
for the other classes, which run every Wednesday until April 12. Community Hub Manager Annie Reilly said the teacher who led the classes at the Wainuiomata Community Library was “fabulous”. “We’ve been doing it for years and more and more people want
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WRIGHTS HILL FORTRESS WAITANGI DAY: MONDAY FEBRUARY 6TH 2017, 10AM – 4PM.
Visit the historic World War Two Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori. Self guided tours. Lots of fun for the family. Bush walks, panoramic views. From Karori Rd, turn left into Campbell St, to Wrights Hill Rd. Follow the signs. Plenty of free car parking. Bring a torch with you! Family Pass: $20 ( 2 adults+3 children under 15) Adults: $8, Children: $5 (Sorry, no EFTPOS) Enquiries: Mike Lee (04) 476 8593 www.wrightshillfortress.org.nz
Published on Jan 31, 2017