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Wednesday April 18, 2018

inbrief news Closing in on feral cats

Young Scout flies high By Glenise Dreaver

Connovation Ltd, manufacturer of PredaSTOP, is proposing that owners and householders should be notified when baits are being laid as part of a cat control operation if their property is within 500 metres of any bait station. Currently, such advice must be given if the baits are within three kilometres of a property. That sometimes requires thousands of households to be notified, imposing significant costs. Connovation says that is unrealistic and that data from several studies suggests a 500 metre notification distance is sufficient to protect domestic cats.

COGS funding now open Applications for the 2018/2019 Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) are open from now until May 23. COGS is a government-funded kaupapa with the aim of building strong sustainable communities. This scheme will fund non-profit groups and organisations delivering community-based social services, projects and events. Last year, over $12 million was granted to voluntary and community groups nationwide.

Festival of Architecture curator The New Zealand Institute of Architects has announced that Jeremy Hansen, former editor of Paperboy and Home New Zealand, will curate the public programme of the 2018 Festival of Architecture. The nationwide festival, which will include presentations, exhibitions, tours and open studios and buildings, will take place from September 14-23. Christina van Bohemen, President of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, said that Hansen, who has 15 years’ experience writing about and commentating on architecture, design and social issues, is an ideal fit for the role of Festival curator.

Kieran Cassidy of the Khandallah Scouts receives his Scout Wings Brevet from Group Captain Tim Evans of the RNZAF. PHOTO: Supplied

Kieran Cassidy of the Khandallah Scouts is only 13 years old, but he has already developed a passion for flight. Last Tuesday evening, in the Khandallah Scout Hall, Group Captain Tim Evans of the RNZAF presented him with his ‘Scout Wings’ Brevet for a solo flight in a glider. Kieran’s Scout Leader Glenn Williams says this is an exceptional achievement, as most Scouts obtain their ‘Scout Wings’ when they are over 16 and in the Venturers. Kieran, who is year 9 at Onslow College, started down the pathway to this badge when he attended the National Scout Aviation School (NSAS) in Palmerston North in April 2017. This introduces scouts aged 12 and above to aviation. The syllabus was comprehensive – he had lessons on the theory of flight, the parts of an aircraft, aviation rules on air fields, fuelling aircraft, electrical, fuel and lubrications systems, navigation and metrological systems. He also had simulator time, being

tutored by a commercial aircraft instructor. Visits to RNZAF Ohakea, Palmerston North airport, Feilding and Wanganui airfield were also included. Kieran then had the experience of flying a Cessna, with additional flights in a helicopter, a glider and a microlight aircraft. The thing that most appealed to him, he says is gliding. “The canopy’s really big and it really gives you the sensation of flying,” So he then took up gliding with the Wellington Gliding Club, His course saw him pass an assessment flight in February, followed by a solo flight in a DG1000 glider, which he also passed. It’s no surprise to hear that his dream is to join the airforce, then retire to commercial flying. And there’s a secret ambition “though I know it’s not really realistic, but I’d like to join the US airforce and fly a fighter jet”. Kieran is one of 10 Khandallah Scouts who have attended flying school over the last five years.

Weather no deterrent for Onslow residents Nearly 50 people braved the rain, cold and thunderstorms to attend the Onslow Residents’ Community Association (ORCA) annual meeting last Wednesday April 11 at the Khandallah Town Hall. ORCA President Nicola McFaull said the big drawcard was Wellington City Chief Planner David Chick. He set out the issues facing Wellington including planning for earthquakes, dealing with population growth and housing choice as well as adapting and mitigating the impact of climate change. David told the audience that he believed the District Plan needed a review and he would like to see it made more accessible so that Wellingtonians

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could easily navigate what can be a fearsome document. Technology such as a 3D spatial online tool that could help people visualise the impact of planning and resource decisions would be one way that the plan could become more accessible. Questions from the audience ranged from cycleway issues to the water front. David pointed out that investment in the motor vehicle infrastructure in the last fifty years came at the expense of cycleways. The Council had made a decision to rebalance its investment in this area so that people could have transport choices. The meeting was also attended by local city councillors Diane Calvert and Simon Woolf

Wellington City Chief Planner David Chick, who addressed Onslow area residents at their annual meeting. PHOTO: Supplied

along with Ohariu Member of Parliament Greg O’Connor and local National List MP Brett Hudson. Nicola, in her annual report, covered the achievements of

ORCA since it was established in November 2017. “We are fortunate to have an engaged and civic-minded community in Khandallah, Broadmeadows and Kaiwharawhara,” she said. “We now have over 80 members and a committee of 14. “Already the committee is getting up to speed with local issues such as multiple unit housing developments on small pockets of land and the public transport issues such as the impact of the bus route and timetable changes that will occur in July.” Nicola also invited residents and community groups to join ORCA by emailing and to like the group on facebook.

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Independent Herald 18-04-18  

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