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Botany and Ormiston Times : Howick and Botany Times Wednesday June 26 2013
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Because the opportunities o ered are many and varied today, the Times features inside a 16-page Education for All liftout showcasing many di erent faces of local learning. By Chris Harrowell MORE than 2000 people with a passion for all things feathered are expected to pass through the Auck- land Metro Bird Club’s annual bird show, sale and competition. The popular event is held at Ormiston Senior College in Flat Bush this weekend. It features the display of more than 500 of the North Island’s top show birds, ranging from fnches to canar- ies and budgies to parrots, some of which will be for sale. People keen to learn how to buy or breed their own birds, or construct an aviary, will be able to speak with the experts, as well as take in the results of a school colouring compe- tition and enter a raffe. Auckland Metro Bird Club presi- dent Dave Nicholson is helping to organise the big event. The Pakuranga resident says any- one with a passion for bird-life won’t want to miss it. “There will be a lot of birds for sale and a chance for people to meet bird breeders,” Mr Nicholson told the Times. “We will have an inquiries desk, so people starting out or wanting to get into it can ask questions. “Some of the top show birds in the North Island will be there. “They are judged on factors includ- ing their feather quality and stance.” Mr Nicholson says the smallest bird making an appearance at the show is a Cordon-bleu fnch. They come from Africa and are slightly larger than a hummingbird. The biggest may be a King par- rot, which can grow up to 40cm in length. One of the club’s members hoping to leave the competition with a prize or two is Vince Huston. “I’m not going there to come sec- ond,” says the Howickian. Mr Huston, who owns about 100 birds, is entering eight of his prize budgies into the show’s competition. He’s no stranger to success in the feld, as his Texas Clearbody bird won best budgie in last year’s annual competition. “We usually get about 200 budgies entered,” says Mr Huston, who adds that people get into bird breeding and showing for a variety of reasons. “I think it appeals because it’s a relaxing hobby and takes you away from the stress of day-to-day work- ing life,” he says. “A lot of people breed them for the camaraderie. There’s a lot of people contact and competition with other breeders, and we are quite support- ive of each other. “New Zealand is an agricultural country and this gives people the chance to be a small farmer in their own backyard.” The Auckland Metro Bird Club’s annual bird show, sale and competi- tion, is held at Ormiston Senior Col- lege, 275 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush. It’s open to the public from 1-5.30pm on June 29 and 9am-1pm on June 30. Entry costs $4 for adults and $1 for children. Bird fanciers flocking in Vince Huston plans to exhibit eight of his prize budgies at the Auckland Metro Bird Club's annual show in Flat Bush this weekend. Times photo Wayne Martin STRIKE ACTION Protesters take aim at Bill author By David McPherson AS BOTANY MP Jami-Lee Ross went back to work in Wellington yesterday, striking Rockgas workers were making a racket outside his Botany Road electorate o ce. Mr Ross was targeted after his Bill to amend the Employment Relations Act was drawn from the ballot on the nal day of the last sitting of Parliament. If successful, the Bill will allow employers to bring in other sta to keep their operations going when existing workers take strike action. About 45, noisy, picketing Contact Energy strikers protested potential changes that would further weaken their ability to negotiate employment conditions. The drivers are in their fourth week of strike action. "Contact Energy's Rockgas workers went on strike because the company claims to be a market leader, with nearly 50 per cent of market share, yet pays some of the lowest wages for the work of this nature," says First Union organiser Jared Abbott. "In bargaining, Rockgas made a wage o er that was lower than it now pays new employees." Mr Abbott says the present law is weak and employers get around it. "The new law will make it that much more di cult for workers to take industrial action. "Workers don't make a decision to take industrial action lightly," he says. "When they go on strike, it's usually because they've reached the end of bargaining and are unable to convince their employer to make a decent wage o er. "This Bill would mean employers could o er very low wages, knowing that if workers took industrial action in support of a pay claim, other workers could simply be brought in more easily than is currently the case." Mr Abbott says it comes on top of other amendments to the Employment Relations Act the National Government has introduced. "These include the removal of an obligation to complete negotiations; removal of the provision of new workers to bene t from union- negotiated conditions for the rst 30 days, while they consider joining the union; and removal of the requirement for adherence to meal and rest breaks and a number of others."
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