Howick and Pakuranga Times
Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday July 16 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, July 16, 2015 — 11 Howick Historical Village, Cnr Bells Rd & Lady Marie Dr, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga. Ph 576 9506. Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.fencible.org.nz Follow us on Facebook JH10156 The Howick Historical Village reserves the right to make changes to the programme without prior notice. Admission fee applies. Free parking. Cafe on site. Gifts & souvenir shop. Open 10am-4pm. am-4pm Toy-making – where the children have an opportunity to make their own toy, craft activities, games, nursery rhymes, story-telling, jam tarts with Mock Turtle soup, puppet shows, and plenty more to keep the children entertained and parents reminiscing. Toy-making – where the children have an opportunity to make their own toy, craft activities, games, nursery rhymes, story-telling, jam tarts with Lego lovers HERE’S your chance to test your Lego skills as we attempt to build a waka on Sunday, July 19 at the Botany library from 3pm-4.30pm. Suitable for tamariki kids big or small. All are welcome. New migrants FREE Job Search Workshop for new migrants (in New Zealand less than two years) is being held on Thursday, July 30, at Highland Park Community House, Aviemore Drive, Highland Park from 9am- 1pm. Learn all about personal tax, GST etc. To register contact CAB Pakuranga-Eastern Manukau, ph 576-8331 or email cab.pakuranga@ xtra.co.nz Polish Museum FRIDAY paper cutters wycinanki for adults is at 10am-12.15pm on July 17. Cost is $10 per person including a cuppa. The ‘Polish Street’ photography exhibition runs until 5pm on August 2; a series of photographs by Polish photographer Damian Chrobak, capturing decisive, surprising, often full of humour, places and people in contemporary Poland. Also, Sunday winter films will run from August until September. For more information email email@example.com or online at www.polishheritage.co.nz ME/CFS/FM EAST Auckland ME/CFS/FM support group announce the winners of the two $50 Botany vouchers for the ME/ CFS Awareness Story Writing Competition in May were Olivia Holt aged 16, under 19 years, and Jessica Brown, 19+ years. Congratulations to our winners. For more information please phone Wendy on 530-8291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Market Day COME along to the Flat Bush village market at Summerset by the Park at 7, Flat Bush School Road on Thursday, August 20 from 10am-2pm. There will be a variety of quality handmade goods on sale. Rainbow beads, craft and gifts, cross stitch kits, scarves, artwork, patchwork, silver jewellery, orchids, plants, engraved products, home- made baking, knitting and wall hanging ornaments and much more. Bring along your family and friends. Open to stall holders wanting to sell their products, particularly fresh fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers and good quality clothing. If interested, please contact activities coordinator or Trevor Penny on 272-3950. Email: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org Matariki event MANU Aute Kite Day. An invitation to all Aucklanders to come fly a kite and enjoy the stunning views of Rangitoto and Takaparawhau at Orakei Marae. Suitable for all ages. 9.30am (powhiri) to 4pm. Free, Orakei Marae, 59b Kitemoana Street, Orakei. July 18. Rain date July 19. Laudato Si ACQUAINT yourself with Pope Francis’ latest encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si. A presentation on this groundbreaking document anchoring the environmental dialogue in Christian faith will be held on Monday, August 3, from 7.30-9pm at St Marks Catholic Church, Pakuranga. All welcome. Support network LYMPHOEDEMA support meeting is at 7.30pm on July 27 at Domain Lodge, 1 Boyle Crescent (off Park Road), Grafton. Health benefits of smoothies and how to make them. All welcome and parking available. Phone Joy on 625-6463. ➤ Community notices This is a free community noticeboard for non-profit groups. Please email notices to email@example.com. While every effort is made to run the notices, volume and space restrictions may mean events may not run. By NATALIE BRITTAN ■ WHITFORD may have a bird garden but Beachlands has its own private bird sanctuary. Beachlands man Adrian du Plessis will be entering 30 of his feathered friends which will feature among the nation’s best birds at the New Zealand National Topflite Bird Show staged at the Howick Leisure Centre from July 31-August 2. Organised by the New Zealand Federation of Bird Clubs, the event showcases nearly 2000 avian specimens, many of which are rare, including budgies, canaries, finches, parakeets, parrots, quails, British birds, lovebirds and cockatiels. Some birds will be on sale and there will be a display by the Moths & Butterflies of NZ Trust. Mr du Plessis has been breeding finches for nearly 40 years. The native South African recalls a particularly chilling experience with an African cobra. “I was feeding the birds and up came the snake! It was between me and the door. I kept on shouting and eventually somebody heard me and asked what was going on. That was scary,” he told the Times. Since he moved to New Zealand 20 years ago with his family, the successful businessman has had to start afresh as birds cannot be brought into New Zealand. Gouldian finches are his true passion but Mr du Plessis has a variety of finches including siskins, cordon bleus, jacarinis, parrot finches and many others, totalling a 100 under his wing, doubling after the breeding season. A serious breeder, Mr du Plessis has built two aviaries, one general and one for breeding purposes. The general aviary stretches 15 metres across his lawn, is fully enclosed to protect the flock from wind, has its own ventilation system and a special waterproof floor. However, there are plans to relocate the enclosure. “ The wife says it’s got to go!” he says. The sheltered breeding aviary houses 15 pairs of birds separately, and has its own watering system which contains a harmless amount of disinfectant to curb bacteria. Mr du Plessis sprouts his own seed and bakes a bird cake that he crumbles adding chopped greens to the mix, a good source of vitamin D3 which helps calcium absorption. A member of the Auckland Metro Bird Club, Mr du Plessis hopes to showcase his prized collection to people. “I’m entering just for the fun of it and the camaraderie with fellow breeders. Mostly I want to show people and young children the beauty of birds.” The New Zealand National ➤ Topflite Bird Show is open to the public July 31, 2.45pm-5.30pm; August 1, 9am-5.30pm and August 2, 9am-1pm. Entry fee is $7 for adults, $3 for children and $17 for families. There will be a display of local schools colouring competition entries as well as a Design a Poster competition from local intermediate schools. NATIONAL DISPLAy Bird show to fly Breeder Adrian du Plessis with two Gouldian finches. Times photos Wayne Martin Gouldian finch with two green singing finches. 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