Wednesday May 3, 2017
Kiwi chicks returning to Rimutaka Forest Park
Light carnival to replace Petone festival
Nor t h Isla nd brown k iwi ch icks ret u r ned to the Rimutaka Forest Park on Saturday, as part of the Rimutaka Forest Park Tr ust’s commitment to building a self sust a in ing wild k iwi population in the region. There was a blessing at the Wainuiomata Marae late Saturday afternoon before the chicks’ return. The chicks have been gaining weight at the Wa r a k e i S a n c t u a r y predator free Kiwi Creche, nor th of Taupo, and are now at the 1200 grams necessary to protect themselves from stoats. “Since the first birds were released i n t he Rimutaka Forest Park in 2006 and 2009 the population has slowly increased to a n estimated 120 birds calling the southern Rimutakas home. We are very ex-
The HighLight Carnival of Lights is to replace the Petone Winter carnival for four days over Labour Weekend. HighLight will transform Riddiford Garden in central Lower Hutt into a wonderland of brilliant light installations and live performances, with a fireworks display each night. The free event will be open to all ages. Installations currently being planned for the carnival include a giant lightbulb suspended in mid-air, with an illuminated performer putting on a display inside. The Petone Winter Carnival has been plagued by poor weather, which resulted in lower than expected visitors to the event.
World Smokefree Day World Smokefree Day is on May 31 and the Hutt City Council is highlighting the need for the Hutt to be a smoke -free city – so it is doing Smoke-free May. The theme for the day is “It’s about whānau”. This means encouraging and supporting friends, families and whanau to quit, and creating environments where our children are free from exposure to second hand smoke. The council is exploring creating smokefree town centres, with work starting in Wainuiomata and Stokes Valley to gauge community views. Residents and business owners alike are encouraged to participate.
cited as these chicks are second generation r imuta ka birds, their parents having been born wild in the park,” Trust spokesperson Melody Mclaughlin said. The success of the project has been made possible through the support of volunteers, sponsor and donors. Dedicated suppor t of volu nte er trappers and trap maintenance crew ensures the pest trapping operation is successfully maintained and continues to provide a safe haven for the birds to return to. Sponsorship co-ordinator Rosemary Thompson said two of the young birds will be named by people sponsoring their release. “The support of sponsors and donors is invaluable ensuring we can continue to increase the population in the park.”
Business breakfast By Dave Crampton
A taxation compliance officer provided some tips on navigating business tax issues at Development Wainuiomata’s April business breakfast on Friday. Inland Revenue community compliance officer Bruce Peterson navigated local business people through the business tax system, including the availability of free seminars on GST
The Wainuiomata Shopping Centre is holding another pop-up market after it success last week. The market is to be on Friday from 4pm, with all stall spaces clearly named. There will be live music. Many local entrepreneurs will be selling their wares, including arts, crafts and food. Last week in excess of 200 people visited the market, one of the biggest crowds seen in the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre for some time.
Photo Credits : Kiwi Dad and chick: Jo Sim, DabChicks.co.nz Individual chick photo: Tara Swan
and PAYE. He also outlined requirements for tax returns and provisional tax requirements. But he said the process of submitting a tax return was simple. “You give us two things: a piece of paper and some money. The worst thing you can do is ignore the IRD – flipping us the bird,” he said. Bruce also took questions, and provides some stories on people who he advises in his
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the proposal is the biggest thing to happen to sport in Wainuiomata for nearly 40 years. Development Wainuiomata’s business breakfasts are held at the Louise Bilderbeck Hall in the Main Road on the last Friday of every month from 7am. Next month’s speaker is former president of the Hutt Chamber of Commerce, Helen Down, who owns Synthesis Marketing.
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Wainuiomata News 03-05-17