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IN CINEMAS JULY 3 It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the centre of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognising that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 © 2014 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.



TUFFNUT Tuffnut is one

half of the bickering, scruffy brother-sister twins known as Ruff & Tuff. Though slow on the uptake, Tuffnut is brazen and fearless – making him a dangerous combination in any scenario.


FISHLEGS Resident dragon nerd and statistics guru, Fishlegs is a skittish and lovable oaf who seems to only get bigger with age. He’s a timid sort, reluctant to break or even bend rules, preferring instead to play it safe.


ASTRID Astrid is the

confident, competitive champion of the Dragon Races and Hiccup’s longtime girlfriend. She has a strong sense of duty and will always do what must be done without regard for herself.


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RUFFNUT Ruffnut is the cunning sister half of the notorious twin duo. Much like her brother, Tuffnut, she delights in all things dangerous and against the rules.

HICCUP Hiccup is the spirited

son of Stoick the Vast, chieftain of Berk. No longer a runt, but still lanky by comparison, Hiccup is the island’s ace flier and resident dragon expert.

and smug, Snotlout is a hero in his own mind. His showing off seems to fall flat on Ruffnut, who tends to ignore his carry on. Made worse is the fact that Snotlout must now compete with Fishlegs, the village nerd, for Ruffnut’s affection. How To Train Your Dragon 2 © 2014 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 © 2014 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.

Species: MONSTROUS NIGHTMARE Class: STOKER Hookfang and Snotlout have a complicated relationship. Whereas most dragons obey their riders’ commands, Hookfang often enjoys doing the opposite of what Snotlout says. However, despite their occasional disagreements, Snotlout and Hookfang are both warriors at heart and work very well together in combat or competition with the other dragon riders.


Species: HIDEOUS ZIPPLEBACK Class: MYSTERY Much like the twins who ride them, Barf & Belch spend more time bickering than working together. The only time they do see eye-to-eye, however, is when enjoying a nice display of destruction – usually caused by Ruffnut & Tuffnut!


TOOTHLESS Species: NIGHT FURY Class: STRIKE Once thought of as the ‘unholy offspring of lightening and death itself’, Toothless (20 in dragon years) has proven to be much more of a giant, winged pussycat than the stuff of nightmares. Playful, inquisitive, and intelligent, Toothless is more Hiccup’s best friend than his pet. He is extremely protective of his Viking soul mate, and will stop at nothing to guard him from all harm. As the last known specimen of the Night Fury species, Toothless is indisputably special. He commands respect from dragons and humans alike.

STORMFLY Species: DEADLY NADDER Class: Tracker Although she preens and grooms herself like the most fastidious of birds, Stormfly actually possesses a playful spirit. Whether it’s winning dragon races with Astrid or fetching shiny objects, Stormfly is as game for a fun time as she is deadly in battle!

CLOUDJUMPER Species: STORMCUTTER Class: SHARP The owl-like Cloudjumper has been Valka’s companion of choice for flying and rescuing other dragons over the last 20 years. Cloudjumper’s pride, confidence, and large size lead him to think of himself as the top dragon in Valka’s mountain fortress, second only to the Bewilderbeast, who is the king of all dragons in the nest.



Species: GRONCKLE Class: BOULDER Unlike other Gronckles, Meatlug is actually a very sweet and affectionate dragon, especially with her rider, Fishlegs. Meatlug and Fishlegs do everything together – fly, research dragon trivia and, of course, eat!



Imagine Dragons!


We’re pleased to announce the winners of our HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 competition from Upstart Magazine April/May 2014. We asked readers to create their own dragon, then photograph it and send it to us for judging. Imaginations went wild as literally hundreds of entries rolled in at Upstart HQ from kids all over the country! It took us a while to judge but eventually we decided on our two big winners! And here they are….

CONGRATULATIONS TO: Age group: 9 and under MYA PENDERGRAST, 9, of Weber School, Pongaroa

My dragon name: REFLECTIKO My dragon characteristics: He is called Reflectiko because he has a shiny silver body that can reflect the sun. When his body gets too hot from the reflections, he breathes fire. He hates fighting. When it looks like another dragon wants to fight, he reflects the sun into their eyes and takes off into the clouds. All his friends like him because of his fun personality. His favourite trick is to reflect the sun to a point where his friends can roast marshmallows. Age group: 10 to 13 years ALYSSA CAFE, 10, Hillsborough Primary School, Auckland My dragon name: Tsunami My dragon characteristics: Tsunami adores the outdoors and she has spirals on her body that glow when she is deep under the water. She has lots of friends that love her because of her glowing scales. When Tsunami is angry at another dragon, she smashes the water with her tail sending massive waves in every direction. She is 8 years (dragon years) old and can already fly and swim faster than the wind. Tsunami is a Seawing so she can breathe under water. She is also the missing princess to the Seawing kingdom. I think Tsunami’s coolest trick is when she makes waves big enough for her friends to have a surfing competition.


The prize! MYA and ALYSSA have each won a special How To Train Your Dragon 2 Toothless Sofa plus a goody bag filled with bouncy ball, foil cup, character pencil topper, tail pen, projector pen, and a double movie pass!


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Congratulations also to our FOUR consolation prizewinners who will each receive a How To Train Your Dragon 2 goody bag containing a bouncy ball, foil cup and a double movie pass! • DHAIRYA CHHAYA, 12, South Wellington Intermediate School, Wellington • JARED PRITCHARD, 7, Churton Park School, Wellington • LUCIA NIELSEN, 7, Gladstone Primary School, Auckland • ADAM MacMILLAN, 10, Fairfield School, Levin How To Train Your Dragon 2 © 2014 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.



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COMPLETE THE MAZE TO ENTER THE PRIZE DRAW! All correct entries will be entered into the prize draw to win a giant, roaring and ice missile shooting Bewilderbeast – the biggest of all dragon kinds known in Berk! Plus a Power Dragon, one of your many favourite Dragon characters with special racing stripes and power battle moves so you can create epic battle scenes of your own!

Isle of Berk

Can you find the way home? The inseparable Hiccup and Toothless are always journeying the skies together in search of adventure. However, when you’re flying as fast as they do, it’s easy to get lost. Can you help the pair find their way back to the Isle of Berk in this maze? Complete the maze, then cut it out and attach to your entry coupon from page 70, then send it in! OR if you don’t wish to cut up your Upstart Magazine, download the maze at the Upstart Friendship Club, Entries close 31 July 2014. How To Train Your Dragon 2 © 2014 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.


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Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove opens in New Zealand in July and will take audiences on a magical journey spanning 50 years of Disney’s famous well-loved animated films.

Disney characters and artwork © Disney, Disney/Pixar characters © Disney/Pixar.

Get lost with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favourite Disney princesses – Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, and Snow White. Set sail with Peter Pan, the always-playful Tinker Bell and the cunning Captain Hook and his crew as they head on an adventure beyond Never Land! Trek through the wilderness and wildlife of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Embark on a mischievous ride with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story and explore the mystical and marvellous Wonderland with Alice and the Mad Hatter. Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove will take kiwi audiences on the journey of a lifetime.

! TREASURE TROVE TRIVIA Test your Disney smarts! How many questions can you answer? 1. What is the name of Captain Hook’s assistant and only friend? 2. In the beginning of the movie, what is Snow White standing by when she wishes for her one true love? 3. According to Cinderella, what is one thing even her evil stepmother can’t order her to stop doing? 4. Who is Simba’s best friend as a cub? 5. What is the name of Jasmine’s tiger? 6. What object does the Little Mermaid, Ariel, call a “dinglehopper”? 7. What is Flynn Rider’s real name? 8. What do the fairies rename Aurora when they are raising her in the cottage in the woods? 9. What does the Beast give to Belle so that she can see her father? 10. What did Mulan’s grandmother give her for luck? Answers on page 71.


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1. Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove coming to New Zealand! We can’t wait to see all our favourite characters on stage! Pages 8-9.

2. J-Animals! Need we say more? Check out

our Editor Sue in her favourite unicorn J-Animal. We can’t get her out of it! Pages 30-31.

3. Kala, the gentle ape mother, who raises Tarzan

as a mountain gorilla in the upcoming movie, Tarzan! Awwww! (In cinemas June 26). Page 41.

4. Top NBA Kiwi basketballer Steven Adams, originally from Rotorua! Pages 66-67.

5. The release of 12 caged kakariki into the wild at

Abel Tasman National Park. We love all the people at Project Janszoon who are doing such a cool job of making our National Park safe for the native birds. Pages 22-23.

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My Day

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Don’t forget to facebook us at pstartmag One day I was in bed and I to tell us what you’ve been up to. We love to keep in touch! fell straight asleep because I was very tired. I woke excitedly the next morning because I was going to see the movie, Mr Peabody and Sherman. Save our trees At the movies I put on my 3D glasses. The movie was about a boy and liked really boy Hi Upstart, It’s not fair that every day trees are getting The . a dog. The dog had made a time travelling machine . machine the off cut down for paper and wood. this girl and was trying to impress her by showing One day in the future, if we are not careful, there are When I went home I built Lego for about half an hour. Then I came going to be none left. out of my room to have dinner. Why can’t we build out of something else, like Mum was away in Paihia so The Three Little Pigs did – bricks, mud, straw, twigs? she couldn’t make dinner from And why can’t we make recycled paper like that far. Dad made dinner and it was steak and salad. I gobbled compressed plastic? it up and watched another Trees are good for climbing and building tree movie called Monte Carlo. houses. You can always use the fallen branches for When the ads came on I had building, but please don’t chop down any more – LILY a bath and then watched the BUTLER, 10 East Taieri School, Dunedin rest of Monte Carlo afterwards. When the movie was My trip to Wellington finished, I went to bed and fell straight asleep because I was very tired. Hi Upstart, I recently visited And that was my day – LEO BROPHY, 8, St Francis Catholic Primary School, Wellington and it was awesome! Point Chevalier, Auckland

Why change the NZ flag? Hi Upstart, I don’t think we should change the NZ flag. Firstly, the flag is the symbol of our past. Secondly, our soldiers fought and died under it. And thirdly, I strongly believe that we shouldn’t waste taxpayers’ money fixing something that isn’t broken – AFFU SAYYED, 12, Mt Roskill, Auckland


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We went to the museum, Te Papa – it is the best museum ever! It had a rollercoaster ride and another ride where you visited a volcano. We also went on the cable car, which was lots of fun. You should definitely go to Wellington. It is so cool and there is lots of awesome stuff to look at so you’ll never get bored – REBECCA HANCOCK, 9, Ilam Primary School, Christchurch There are about 10,000 types of grass.

Why I love Upstart! Dear Upstart, I really like Upstart Magazine! I love entering the competitions and I really get excited when I win a prize. I look forward to waiting for my new magazine every two months because there is so much to read and do in Upstart. I never get bored. Upstart Magazine is the COOLEST! – NEVAEH HEMANA, 7, Helensville Primary School, Auckland

Hi Upstart, My name is Polly and I am 9 years-old. Your magazine is my one and only favourite magazine in the world! A lot of my friends and I went to The Lego Movie on the first day of the holidays recently. It was awesome. We’re going to see Rio 2 soon as well. I really can’t wait. Keep up the good work Upstart. I am looking forward to the next magazine – POLLYANNA COLQUHOUN, 9, Elsthorpe School, Otane

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Hey Upstart, Thank you very much for the tickets to see The Emperor’s New Clothes. I took my dad and my twin brother and sister, Jake and Felicity. It was really funny and we laughed heaps – RILEY WRIGHT, 7, Milford Primary School, Auckland

My adventures

Flamy the Dragon Zelf

Hi Upstart, My dad has just bought a new car and it is a Lotus 7. It is a blue and purple colour and it’s really cool. Lately my dad and I have been going down to the beach to go snorkeling for mussels and paua. We steam them open and make fritters. Last weekend, my family and I went for hike up to a place called Sawcut Gorge. It is a big rock wall that looks like a saw has chopped through it. To get to the rock you have to cross through a big river about 18 times and it runs through the gorge itself – ELI HARVEY, 11,

Pink and green in her hair, Flames are flying everywhere.

Riverlands School, Blenheim Grassed areas trap about 12 million tons of dust and dirt from the air each year.

Scaly body, tiny claws, Bats are what she adores. Flipper ears, sharp teeth, Green body; sparkles underneath. My family and I hiked to Sawcut Gorge

My name is Flamy the Dragon Zelf! Fire comes out of my mouth! – GABRIELLA STYRIS, 8, St Heliers School, Auckland


Sisterly love Hi Upstart, I really love your mag. It’s awesome. I have two older sisters and one younger sister. We love entering your competitions. I am 7 years old and my favourite singers right now are Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. It drives my sisters mad when I play their songs in my room really loud! – LUCIA NIELSEN,

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Our school marae visit

7, Gladstone Primary School, Auckland

MY HOLIDAY Our magical trip to Universal Studios, Singapore

Hi Upstart, We had an enjoyable long trip to Sentosa, Singapore. When we found a huge fake castle we decided to go there and have some fun. The unique place was called Universal Studios. The most exciting ride I’ve ever been on was Far Far Away from the movie, Shrek. We got very wet when the donkey sneezed. I heard lots of children laughing. I felt very dizzy after the Mini Rollercoaster ride. Another crazy place was the Sesame Street Space Chase. It had aliens that made loud sounds. I also rode the Madagascar Crate Adventure. And we found Water World, which was an attraction where people had a battle with water and fake guns. I got very frightened because I didn’t know where the bullets would land In Sci-Fi City, there was a Transformers Ride: The Ultimate 4D Battle. We picked up our own 4D glasses and quickly jumped into the car. Then we suddenly moved into different weird and noisy rooms while we were rotating. Lastly, there was Revenge of the Mummy, a motion ride that went backwards, fell and tilted fast. I really enjoyed our trip to Singapore and hope that other kids get an opportunity to visit too – JANINE ORJALO, 7, St Joseph’s Catholic School, Takapuna


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– ROBBIE POON, 9, Reignier Catholic School, Napier

Hi Upstart, I went on a school trip to Te Ao Marama. We went there on a bus. The hosts gave us a Māori greeting. We all went in the marae and the hosts spoke to us. When they finished talking we started our tour. They led us up a path, through a cave and into a village. All the houses were made out of flax. We came to place where, in the past, the Māori people would have talked about the war. We learned that they used to bang a log of wood to warn everybody about danger. We had our lunch and then we got back into the bus and drove back to school – KATE NYSSEN, 8, St Francis Xavier Catholic School, Whangarei

Te Tai Tokerau Festival ‘a blast’ Hi Upstart, Well, this will be my last time writing to you, as I am now 13 years of age and loving high school. My birthday was on April 8th and the prize you gave was very special because it arrived not long after my birthday, so thank you Upstart. Now, what I really want to talk about is high school. I have six friends I hang out with and we just went to Te Tai Tokerau Secondary Schools Cultural Festival to represent WGHS in kapa haka. It was great because we got a hāngī (if you don’t know what a hāngī is, it’s a traditional Māori feast cooked underground). It was delicious! You can find our video on YouTube. Just type tai tokerau festival. My friends had a blast. Finally, here is a picture I drew. This is just the start of my awesome art career – SUSAN RANGIWAI, 13, Whangarei Girls’ High School, Whangarei

Sue says: Hey Susan, Thanks for your letter! You can keep writing to us and entering our competitions until you turn 14 so we hope to hear from you a while longer! (All kids aged 13 and under can contribute to Upstart.) We love your drawing and thanks for telling us about the festival. Keep those reports coming in! No two horses are identical.


As red as blood in the millions like soldiers as green as their uniforms

We wear them on our hearts we know they are a part of the history they will be hopefully to you and me Poppies keep the day alive and they make the tradition thrive – ALIARNE MAY LOBB, 10, Uruti School, Urenui

9 Random Things About Me

nds. I can swallow three times in 10 seco I can put my foot on my head. I only eat noodles with a spoon. I fail at cartwheels. land and lived there until I turned 6. Auck in I was born look ugly. I’ve never tried a pumpkin because they at it. good no am I gh thou I like to body surf I am tall. ping I have always been really good at slee School, Thames – RENÉE LANG, 12, Ngatea Primary

Top leader Hi Upstart, Earlier this year, Ngatea Year 7 and 8 students found out their leadership roles. I was proudly awarded with Library leader (second year in a row), Road Patrol leader and ICT team. I was awarded with a badge to go along with my citizenship award and my academic award. Little kids from the younger classes look up to me and want to be like me when they grow up. I also participated in an ICT test where usually only one person can get high distinction and I got the only high distinction. I am really proud of myself and I hope to keep inspiring other people as I get older – ELLA COOPER-LEVIN, 12, Ngatea School, Thames Tell us about your achievement – something you’re proud of (no matter how big or small)! If it’s published, you’ll receive an Upstart prize! To enter, attach your entry coupon on page 70 and send it in OR enter at the Upstart Friendship Club,

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My Rave…. By GEMMA LOVEWELL, 8, Adventure School, Whitby, Porirua

The latest craze hitting the school playground is loom bands... and they are really cool! But for some reason most people think they are just for girls. I agree that they are great for making colourful bracelets and jewellery, and the sets you buy are definitely aimed at girls, with all the pinks and pictures of girls on the front.

Tricky to learn But why should they just be for girls? The looming process is actually quite tricky, and takes a lot of concentration and skills. When you work on the loom you learn how to control your hands and you learn to be patient. You must learn how to deal with frustration because sometimes the looping goes wrong; or you miss out a step; or one of the bands breaks – and it can drive you totally crazy. You must follow instructions, and use your imagination.

I think these things are really good for both boys and girls to learn.

We ALL love them!

In fact, at my school, it seems like the bands are more popular with the boys than the girls. Some boys just buy packets of bands in darker colours, like blacks, browns, blues, greens; and also camouflage, glow-in-the dark and spotted ones. Some boys admit they like bright colours anyway and wear the bands in rainbow colours, and that’s nice to see because there aren’t actually ‘boy colours’ and ‘girl colours’ anyway. When I went into the city and met Prince William, guess what he was wearing? You got it! Loom bands! He was actually wearing more than Princess Kate, so that must tell you something!

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Instead of just making jewellery, there are so many other things you can make with them. I have made snakes, light sabers, key rings, bag tags and more. If you want to, you can go to YouTube and learn how to make things from Star Wars and Minecraft, or watches... all sorts of stuff. There are even videos of boys teaching you how to make things on the loom. And it is nice to make stuff to give to other people. Boys and girls all make stuff to give to their friends and family. And it doesn’t really matter what they make. It’s just nice that they want to share the items they create. So I think it is time for everyone who is into it, to be proud of it, and get making!

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National LEGO Building Comp – WINNER! ®

‘LEGOLAND Ahoy’ – that’s what 12-year-old REBEKAH SMITH from Cambridge will soon be shouting, as the winner of the 2014 National LEGO® Building Competition. After wowing the judges with her six-foot long model of shipwrecked Gulliver on Lilliput Island, Rebekah and her family will be embarking on an expensespaid holiday to LEGOLAND® Florida theme park. “My grandma gave me the Gulliver’s Travels book and when I was thinking about entering, my dad suggested I think outside the box and try and use LEGO in different ways so I decided to do that,” says Rebekah.


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As a first time entrant to the competition, Rebekah’s brothers’ huge LEGO collection came in handy to build Gulliver across two weeks with over 15,000 bricks and 100 minifigures. Over 2,000 children around the country also got creative these April school holidays to enter the annual competition, now in its 11th year, run by LEGO New Zealand and Toyworld. The effort and detail children put into their entries is impressive and made judging very difficult, says Toyworld buyer Repeka Haurua. Rebekah’s prize includes return flights to Florida, USA, five nights accommodation and four days family admission to LEGOLAND Florida theme park and NZD$1,500 spending money.

How do you get a baby astronaut to sleep? Rocket – CODY JOHNSON, 9, St Patricks School, Bryndwr, Christchurch

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Bird watch Illustrations by our ACE cartoonist, GRANT BROWN

Lucky kids: Enzo Vivace (6), Zylah Vivace (8) and Mum Sally Frewin have an opportunity to meet a Kiwi.

Sparky with his kind friend Robert Webb. Robert runs the Native Bird Recovery Hospital.

d What do you do with birds that are injure permanently? Sadly, sometimes if a bird is badly injured and es, caus ral natu of wild the can never be released it may have to be Some end up dying in cool y reall a ’s put to sleep, as wild birds are born but fortunately for many there to be free, not kept in cages. ‘hospital’ where they can be healed. A special part of However occasionally we the National Bird Recovery It’s called the Whangarei Native Bird can keep birds on at the Centre is the Bayer Incubation Recovery Hospital and it’s run by a Bird Centre. For example, Unit and Kiwi recovery pens, which man called Robert Webb. Sparky is a Kiwi with are used to incubate Kiwi eggs found in one leg that couldn’t be Upstart Magazine got to catch the wild and also as a recovery area for released into the wild, so up with Robert when he visited injured Kiwi. Without sponsorship and now he lives at the Bird Auckland recently with his pet generous donations by organisations Centre and comes with me Kiwi, Sparky. like Bayer (a science company) and to educate people about individuals, the Centre … tions ques few a rt We asked Robe looking after Kiwi! not exist.

Have you ever wondered what happens to injured birds?

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What does the Native Bird Recovery Centre do? native, and The Recovery Centre looks after endemic, centre team or our by d injure wild birds when they’re found members of the public. rehabilitation What we do is provide help, treatment and to the wild – ned for injured or sick birds so they can be retur out into the wild in fact, we help thousands of birds get back every year! y protected The word endemic means a bird that is totall eas native is and can only be found in New Zealand, wher countries, for other in found be still a protected bird but can on little comm the are birds example maybe Australia. Wild sparrows. like cted, prote birds you see every day that are not


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What is your favourite bird? Although I like all types of wild birds I have a soft spot for the Morepork! How can kids make sure that fewer native birds are harmed in the wild? Kiwi kids can help native birds by talking to their families to make sure their pet dogs and . cats are under control and not harming birds that areas For instance, never take dogs into are known to be filled with Kiwi. You can also help by planting native trees, which provide food and shelter for the birds.

The Kiwi has tiny wings, but cannot fly. Its feathers feel like fur and it is the only bird in the world with nostrils at the end of its beak.

• If you find an injured bird, place it in a small box with something soft in the bottom so that it can be kept warm.

Q. I have found a bird in trouble, what do I do now?

• Then keep the box in a quiet area to try and prevent the bird getting too scared.

WANT TO READ THE REST OF • Never try and give a rescued injured bird food or water in the first 24 hours, as this can make them sick.


• Take it to the Native Bird Recovery Centre (if you live in Whangarei), for details OR phone your local SPCA.

Head to your local bookstore or ARKY MEET SP arket to pick up a copy rm pe su Sparky is a one-legged kiwi that lives at the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre. He arrived at the Centre as a young bird in 2002. His leg injury was caused by a “gin trap” that had been set on the ground to trap possums.


R or click here to purchase PSTA U Sparky is a Kiwi ambassador and travels around P schools and other public places to promote wildlife O one through the Ups tart H Sho p for S conservation. Has Sparky visited YOUR school? just $6 (free delivery)! z artma t s p .u www

Q. How do I know if a bird needs rescuing?

If you can catch a bird in the wild, then it is sick and it needs your help.

r just $30 for the whole year! fo be cri bs su Or Q. What should

I do if I find some young birds without their mum?

If you find some young birds, they may not actually be lost.

Mum and Dad birds might just have left them for a while to get them some food. You should leave them alone, and watch to see if the parent bird comes back to feed the chick. Help a young bird if you notice any of the following; • If the parents do not come back to feed the chick • If a nestling has fallen from the nest and you know for certain which nest it came from, try putting it back (without putting yourself at risk)

Rescue a bird if:

• An injury is obvious • The bird is having trouble standing or flying • One or both of its legs are dragging • The beak is damaged • A baby or fledgling is orphaned • It is trapped or entangled and cannot free itself • It is has some oil or chemical substance on it

• If you spot a fledgling on the ground watch from a distance as the parents may be close by. If you are worried about the safety of the fledglin g, then put it in the middle of a thick bush as high as possible, eg. a high hedge or a clump of bamboo.

• It has hit a window or been hit by a car • The bird has been caught by

If, after the above steps are taken, and you think the chick or fledglin g may be orphaned, or likely to get taken by cats and /or dogs in the area, you can take it to the Native Bird Recovery Centre (if you live in Whangarei), www.nb for details OR phone your local SPCA.

• The bird is unconscious or cannot move • The bird has difficulty breathing – gasping for air

Moreporks can turn their heads 270 degrees. They hunt at night for large invertebrates like beetles, weta, moths and spiders.

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