55 days ago

Where's wallaby? Drone sweeps Long Bay Regional Park in search of pest

Caroline Williams Reporter from North Shore Times

Skippy, where the bloody hell are ya?

Not at Long Bay Regional Park, apparently.

A suspected wallaby has kept Auckland Council busy since a park volunteer claimed to have spotted it in April.

But trail cameras and a wallaby detector dog have been unsuccessful in detecting the wallaby, while scat samples collected for analysis ended up belonging to a possum.

As night fell on Wednesday, a team of forest survey specialists took to the sky with a thermal and night vision drone, in a final attempt to prove or rule out the wallaby’s existence entirely.

Click below to learn more about the technology used for the search and to see what was found. Video by Stuff visual journalist Chris McKeen.

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5 hours ago

Sign up for The Antidote: 5 happy things to read about each day

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

We live in unusual times. It all gets a bit much some days. So we're bringing you a much-needed dose of positivity to remind you that there's inspiration, kindness and quirkiness out there too.

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6 days ago

Free fitness in Auckland Domain...

Sarah Moore from Froot Camp

If getting fit is on your 2022 'to do' list, join Froot Camp!

Froot Camp is a completely free bootcamp running in Auckland Domain - a great bunch of people who love to have a laugh while they sweat. We train three times a week and every session is different (so you'll never get bored).

Here's what you need to know:
- it's FREE! (Froot Camp = Free Bootcamp!)
- we train at 6pm on Tuesday and Thursday and 9am Saturday
- we meet at the back of the Museum
- all fitness levels are welcome
- all you need to bring is a good attitude and your water bottle

Questions? Ask below!

1 hour ago


Peter from Devonport

Dear Neighbours,
I have been painting Devonport houses for the last quarter of a century and have successfully restored many old Kauri villas to their former glory and their owners satisfaction.
Having cleaned the boards and windows with sugar soap I remove any rot and epoxy the cavity before using ados builders filler to restore the surface . Any loose putty is removed and replaced with Selleys linseed based putty. Resene oil based primer is used to seal exposed wood and putty.
Typically the weather boards are given two coats of Resene Sonyx 101 semi gloss acrylic paint which is a resilient attractive paint and the windows and doors are given two coats of semi gloss lustacryl which has block resistance to resist wear from surface rubbing.

If you were trying to save money by doing some of the work yourself or employing a son or daughter to help I would be happy to supervise this. Please contact me on the cell phone number provided or email address and I will provide photos of recently completed work as well as references

Thank you


Ph 021 081 75037