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JH10270-v3 For New Patients, if you bring in this advert before October 31, 2015 Real estate agents call it “prestigious”, but residents on the scenic Broomfields Peninsula between Howick and Whitford are up against a problem that is anything but prestigious as hordes of possums, rats and even stoats are on the march destroying native foliage and bird life in their path. These animal pests, which can cover miles at night, are also taking their toll in the treasured Mangemangeroa Reserve, managed by the Friends of Mangemangeroa (FOM) in partnership with Auckland Council. And while FOM is in discussion with the council’s Local & Sports Park (South) about what their programme for pest control in the reserve entails, the issue spreads wider to surrounding private properties and some Broomfields Peninsula residents are worried. Jenny Foster, who is also the Howick town centre manager, lives in Whites Road and says neighbouring residents are reporting increased numbers of possums and now stoats. “I have lived here for 11 years and saw a stoat at my back door for the first time a while ago. Now we have four feral cats on the property. “ There are possums, rabbits, stoats and rats and pukekos are running rife,” she says. “ We have lots of covenanted stands of native bush and the kereru and tui population is amazing. We’ve also got moreporks. But we are not seeing the same bird numbers over the last 12 months. “Even kaka come across to the peninsula in summer from Great Barrier Island and they are special.” Neighbouring residents in Whites Road, Wayne Kidd and Don Pye say they have experienced pest problems on their properties since they settled there, 20 years for Mr Pye and 40 years for Mr Kidd. Mr Kidd has established a bait station at the bottom of his property which he sets with poison as soon as spring arrives and he sees that fruit trees have been attacked. “I have phoned the council saying the possums are coming from the reserve. In the early days we had possum and rabbit boards which had people who went around keeping pests under control. But all that has stopped.” Mr Pye says he sometimes traps 13 possums in a row. “Once I start trapping and catch one, I just keep setting the traps. “ They eat the roses, the fruit trees and the pohutukawas. We used to have wood pigeons but they are gone because the possums eat the eggs. “ The tuis have come back because they have changed their diet. Now the camellias are out they are adapting to the new habitat.” Auckland Council spokesmen Biran Singh and Garrick McCarthy say the council is responsible for managing pests on public parks and reserves but not on neighbouring private property. “If there is a localised increase in pest densities in the area, then it could be possible to establish a community group to support the pest control programme on the public reserves. “ This would have to be aligned with our long-term planning and justification structures,” they say.” The council has to be realistic and economically sustainable with the resources and funds available.” The council, they say, carries out an awareness programme through the Biosecurity Unit as it relates to the Regional Pest Management Strategy. There are many education programmes throughout schools, events and the media providing a platform to inform and educate the public about pest control processes and methodology. “A member of the biosecurity team would be happy to come and meet with FOM or the community to provide this platform in person.” ➤➤ Part II will run next week. A Catholic church is to be built in Flat Bush. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland, Patrick Dunn, has confirmed the church will be built on Chapel Road, Flat Bush, on land owned by the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. The land is opposite Barry Curtis Park near the school campus shared by Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School and Sancta Maria Catholic College. The Bishop has asked the Catholic people of the Flat Bush area to raise funds for the church. They have been doing so for the past seven years, with the support of sponsors and supporters, and the Bishop is now at the stage of choosing a concept design for the church and its environs. He is hoping that the church will be built by Christmas 2016. At the same time, the Catholic people of the Flat Bush will fundraising. The current fundraiser is a “Bach to Bacharach” musical concert. An evolution of music from the 1600 (Baroque Period) to the 1980s ( Burt Bacharach’s time) will be performed by well known musicians including pianist Ya Ting Liou, accomplished concert guitarist Peter Doublinszki and one of Auckland’s premier jazz bands Viva Jazz Quartet. pest control Treasured valley under threat Broomfields residents are worried about the proliferation of pests. MARIANNE KELLY takes a look at the problem in this first of a two-part series fundraiser Bach to Bacharach concert for new church more info ➤➤ The concert is on October 10 at the Sancta Maria Auditorium at 7pm. ➤➤ Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for youth (18 years and under). ➤➤ Phone Marilou 021 381486 or email marilou.yu@ tmaauckland.com or Natasha 021 611 042 or email Natasha. Rodrigues@ServiceIQ.org.nz or Jasmin 265-2220 or office@ flatbushcatholic.org.nz. A Catholic church will be built on land shared by Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School and Sancta Maria Catholic College opposite Barry Curtis Park. Possums, rats, stoats and pukekos are threatening native foliage and bird life including kereru, tui and moreporks which are in decline.
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