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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, October 16, 2013 --- 9 124428 This is the perfect time to adopt a pet. We've got hundreds of animals that've been vet checked, desexed, vaccinated and microchipped. So visit our website or call 09 256 7300, then come and meet the one for you. We're open 7 days, from 10am-4pm, at 50 Westney Road, Mangere. spca.org.nz Be a hero. Rescue a pet. By David McPherson THEY came from all over Auckland and the only thing on their minds was rubbish. Eighteen City Transformation staff used their annual Auckland Council volunteer day to clean up a stretch of the Tamaki Estuary shoreline at Highbrook on October 7. After gathering at Half Moon Bay, the volunteers travelled to High- brook on the Harbour Clean-Up Trust boat. After landing, it was gloves on as they hunted through mud, man- groves and weeds for anything man- made, flling 45 rubbish bags. Trudy Rankin of the New Zealand Landcare Trust, who co-ordinates the Volcano to Sea project in the Howick ward, organised the day. “It’s wonderful they’re prepared to give up their day to do this,” she says. As well as collecting litter along the riverbanks, the volunteers learned about biosecurity, did some weed control and started pulling up a big pile – more than a truck load – of tyres that were dumped down a bank near Otara Lake. Transformation team member Sara Dunn says there were lots of tired, muddy bodies by the end of the day. “But it was very satisfying. We got 45 bags of litter in just two hours.” Each bag holds about 50 litres, so a total of 2000 litres was collected on the day. “The whole crew agreed the day left a lasting impression,” she says. “Everyone was surprised at how much coastal litter there was in this relatively small area. “The day was a great reminder that everyone has a responsibility to make a positive difference in their local environment.” Transformation team members usually spend their time working towards creating “an outstanding, sustainable, liveable city that Auck- landers love”. “The unit is made up of three teams – Central, South and North-West,” says team leader Peter Beckerleg. It’s responsible for a number of projects that fall outside the Auckland Plan, including Flat Bush and Manu- kau City Centre, as well as town cen- tre and streetscape upgrades across the region. “The projects are diverse, for example, new residential, industrial, commercial and retail hubs that incorporate open space areas, pub- lic spaces, new community facilities, bus interchanges, road networks, and transport connections,” says Mr Beckerleg. The Harbour Clean-Up Trust was established in 2002 because of the increasing amounts of rubbish entering the sea from roadways and stormwater channels, often clogging up streams and estuaries. Rubbish is a signifcant hazard for birds and marine and freshwater fsh species, and damages the environ- ment through leaching and degrada- tion of habitats. Since the trust started, more than 3,135,000 litres of litter has been removed from Auckland’s harbours and waterways. For more information on the trust or how the public can help, visit www.seacleaners.com. Fact file: An estimated total of 25,080,002 ■ individual pieces of litter has been collected from Auckland waterways since the Harbour Clean-Up Trust’s inception in December 2002. The estimated total of 2,076,320 ■ individual pieces of litter has been picked out of Auckland waterways in the year July 2011-June 2012. A total of 16,342.5 volunteer hours ■ helped the Watercare Harbour Clean-Up Trust during the year to June 2012. Time worked by the Watercare ■ Harbour Clean-Up Trust during the year to June 2012 was 2923.5 hours. City Transformation sta members used their community volunteer day to collect garbage and waste from the Tamaki Estuary shoreline at Highbrook, including this large pile of used tyres. Photo supplied Rubbish quantity stuns workers Nurturing new dotterel chicks HOPES are high for another baby boom in one of New Zealand’s rarest native bird communities. The dotterel is found on sandy beaches and estu- aries across the Auckland region, including down the south-eastern coast- line to Miranda, on the Firth of Thames. Community dotterel wardens and Auckland Council parks and bio- diversity staff members are hoping to repeat the numbers of the 2012/2013 breeding season, when 82 chicks were successfully fedged from 92 breeding pairs. Gael Ogilvie, the coun- cil’s environmental serv- ices manager, says last year’s regional success was the result of collabo- rative efforts between the council and community groups who delivered a range of conservation restoration projects. The results were at the high end of the scale for managed breeding sites, with a 20 per cent increase on the previous year, when 51 new chicks were fedged from 74 breeding pairs. Dotterels lay two to three eggs in a scrape in the sand amongst sea- weed and driftwood just above the high tide mark. Threats to the survival of the dotterel include human disturbance of nests and predators such as dogs, cats, stoats and hedgehogs. Ms Ogilvie says Auck- land people can help the dotterels by keeping dogs on leashes and out of prohibited areas, not taking quad bikes or vehi- cles on to beaches where dotterels nest, and keep- ing away from taped-off areas on beaches. More information about the New Zealand dotterel is available by phoning 301-0101, or can be read online at www. aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.
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