Thursday December 14, 2017
A thousand pests caught in Mt Victoria A group of Wellingtonians are making one of the city’s most-visited places a haven for wildlife. In just over a year the Mt Victoria Vermin Trappers have caught 1000 pests, including nine weasels and dozens of rats. The area is the most-visited part of Wellington’s town belt, with more people walking through the Southern Walkway each year than the famous Tongariro
Crossing. Now people are also noticing an increase in wildlife, with birds such kākā, ruru (morepork), tui, kārearea (NZ falcon), fantail, grey warbler, and shining cuckoo becoming more common. Mt Victoria Vermin Trappers come from suburbs surrounding Mt Victoria’s town belt. The group of around 30 trappers have over 250 traps set in the area. Regular monitoring
using chew cards by the group over the last two years has shown a sustained decrease in rats and mice. Mayor Justin Lester thanks the group for their work, calling the project a big success. “Projects and people like the Mount Victoria Vermin Trappers are the driving force behind a Predator Free Wellington,” says Lester. “It’s great to see our native
birds coming back to even the busiest parts of our Wellington forests.” The group has recently expanded into backyard trapping, with the launch of Predator Free Mt Vic, and encourages locals to get involved. It has been supported by Rotary Club of Wellington and Wellington City Council as well as the Thankyou Charitable Trust, Wellington
Long community stint finally ends for Beryl
As well as tasting great, the humble feijoa may also offer new treatments for life-threatening fungal infections according to a Victoria University of Wellington researcher. Mona Mokhtari will graduate with a PhD in Biomedical Science at a Victoria graduation ceremony next week, after conducting research into the antifungal properties of one of New Zealand’s favourite fruits. Researchers have been interested in the feijoa’s antibacterial and anti-cancer potential for some time but Mona’s research is one of only a handful of studies into its antifungal properties. Mona says a lot more work needs to be done before a drug can be developed and made available to doctors.
The Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre is losing a long-serving stalwart. Co-ordinator Beryl Smith is retiring, with her official last day being December 19. The Strathmore resident looks forward to putting her feet up after 17 years of continuous service at the centre. Beryl began working at the centre in October 2000, a job that involved organising activities for members of the public who use the centre, including daily morning tea sessions. “I’ve enjoyed interacting with the people. With the committee we put on a great health and safety activities such as preparing for earthquakes. I also enjoyed showing local films from the past.” Another highlight was helping to successfully lobby to keep the centre at its Bay Rd location in 2010 after the council proposed moving it to the aquatic centre. “We got a petition going and managed to convince them to keep it where it was.” She was also thrilled to be
Beryl Smyth is retiring after 17 years running the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay community centre. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
part of a programme that saw locals donating wool to create 2000 items that were then given to charities and distributed to impoverished people in Eastern Europe. Beryl was recognised for her
years of service at the centre’s Christmas Party on Saturday, receiving gifts, flowers and the honour of cutting the Christmas cake. Members of the committee say she will be missed.
The new co-ordinator Tracy Hurst-Porter takes over on January 8. The centre will close on December 22 and reopen on January 3.
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Feijoas promise antifungal treatments
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