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The Sydney resident engaged in a range of traditional activities with more than a dozen of the his- torical village’s volunteers during filming. Scenes were shot in village loca- tions including the George Wag- staff general blacksmith workshop and Puhinui Homestead. Village volunteers showed Mr Roberts how to play traditional games from the 1800s, such as quoits, rolling the hoop and walk- ing on stilts, and he even had a go at riding a miniature penny-far- thing bicycle. Mr Roberts sampled pikelets made in the homestead’s working kitchen. He spoke to the Times when filming ended at 12.40pm last Fri- day about how the day went and its highlights. Mr Roberts says learning how to make a skipping rope the old-fash- ioned way was an eye-opener. “It was a breeze,” he says, of filming at the historical village. “Everyone was so friendly and the whole thing was a lot of fun. “Filming here really gives you a good sense of what life would have been like in the 1800s.” Mr Roberts says he enjoyed get- ting a first-hand look at how peo- ple would have lived in the past, and their everyday struggles. “I realise that I personally take so much for granted,” he says. “It would not have been easy for people back then and we have come a long way. “We have to be thankful for what we have nowadays.” Following filming at the village, Mr Roberts and his small film crew headed to the Spookers “haunted” attraction in Kingseat. “We’ve been in New Zealand for a week and I wish we could stay longer.” The historical village’s events and marketing team leader, Char- maine Chapman, says scenes filmed at the village will screen in New Zealand and Australia and on the Disney.com.au website. “It will be a nice segment for them,” she says. “I’m hoping it will bring more Australian visitors to the historical village. We believe we’re a hidden jewel and that what we have to offer is unique and special. “That needs to get out there and we hope through this more people will come and visit.” Ms Chapman says the film shoot would have been impossible with- out the participation of the histori- cal village’s dedicated volunteers. “We really appreciate them as they play a huge part in the village’s success and I’m hugely grateful to them all.” To view video from the Hanging with Adam and Naomi TV show, refer online to www.disney.com. au. Disney programmes air in New Zealand on Sky TV channel 100. Left, Disney Australia television host Adam Roberts was filmed in action at the Howick Historical Village last Friday; above, Mr Roberts interacted with more than a dozen of the volunteers, including Sue Popping, right. More photos at www.times.co.nz. Times photos Wayne Martin ENVIRONMENT Protecting Hunua from bush pests USE of the chemical 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) has been approved for a pest control programme in the Hunua Ranges. Super-city councillor George Wood, who chairs the Auckland Council’s regional strategy and policy committee, says the decision is a landmark for the future of the ranges “and not one that was taken lightly”. “We have drawn on the experience of other agencies and the expertise of scientists from across New Zealand to make a decision that confronts a real threat to the Hunua Ranges,” he says. The pest management proposal outlined the effect of significantly increased rat, possum and stoat numbers in the ranges parklands and the limitations of present pest control methodology in managing high pest numbers. Throughout the operation, Mr Wood says the council will look closely at the science and practical implications of the use of 1080. The decision is site specific, applying to the Hunua Ranges only. Work on the operational plan includes seeking approval from the Auckland region’s medical officer of health, obtaining independent peer reviews, and setting down a time frame for the operation which will be carried out in the middle of next year. The 17,000-hectare regional park includes the 1100-hectare Kokako Management Area, the last naturally-occurring kokako bird population on the mainland with 55 breeding pairs. The ranges are home to the native bat and Hochstetter’s frog populations and are free from kauri dieback disease. The four dams in the ranges catchment provide about 65 per cent of the region’s water supply. Tramping, mountain biking, recreational hunting and visits to the picturesque Hunua Falls are regular leisure activities in the area.
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