Thursday June 14, 2018
Savea commits to Lions campaign The Wellington Lions have kept one of their most experienced players for the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup after wing Julian Savea signed on for the campaign. Despite only being 27, the Oriental Rongotai club member has played more than 200 firstclass games for Wellington, the Hurricanes and the All Blacks. Wellington Lions head coach Chris Gibbes was delighted to again have the services of Julian
who played an important part in the side winning the Mitre 10 Cup Championship in 2017. “You can’t put a value on how much a player like Julian can bring to a squad in this competition,” Chris says. “We saw it last year with what he contributed on and off the field and we are delighted he has again put himself forward to be one of the squad’s key leaders.” Julian will join the likes of
veteran loose forward Thomas Waldrom who will shortly return to Wellington after a successful stint in the United Kingdom. “We know as a coaching group how much knowledge these guys will pass on to the younger guys and how much of an example they will be. “We also know they are really passionate about Wellington rugby and they want to to see the side succeed.”
Julian says he looks forward to Wellington returning to the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership and building on what they achieved last season. “I’m still really keen to be part of the set-up again and doing my best to contribute as much as I can to the squad,” he says. “The desire I have to play for Wellington is still really strong as is my determination to continue to play well in New Zealand.”
Miramar out of favour with native birds - for now While the halo effect of Zealandia may be responsible for the rising number and variety of native birds in many Wellington suburbs, they’ve been slow to wing their way to the Miramar Peninsula. A recent baseline survey of 84 stations by Greater Wellington Regional Council has found the peninsula remains dominated by introduced species such as house sparrows, blackbirds, starling, chaffinch and greenfinch. There are more house sparrows, for example, than the combined number of native bird species peninsula. The iconic tui is one native bird that is making its The survey found an average of 13.7 presence felt in Miramar. introduced birds were seen at each of
the 84 bird count stations, versus 2.5 native forest birds. Tui and silvereye were the most common native forest birds, being seen at 38 and 29 stations respectively. House sparrows were the most common introduced species, found at a rate of 7.3 birds per station, and blackbirds at three per station. Greater Wellington spokesperson Philippa Crisp says the high number of tui throughout the peninsula reflects the large number being seen across the city. “Citizen scientists on the peninsula have also reported shining cuckoos, bellbirds, kaka and karearea and we expect morepork are present, though
we didn’t survey at night. “There will be more and more birds on the peninsula in the future. It’s a waiting game as we rebuild a more secure habitat for native species through intensifying our efforts to eradicate predators such as rats, stoats and weasels. Create a safe space and the birds will come.” Philippa says the survey will provide one benchmark against which to measure the success of Predator Free Miramar, which aims to eliminate bird predators from the peninsula. “To encourage native birds back to Miramar it’d be great if residents would plant a native tree as well as have a trap in their backyard.”
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