On behalf of the Department of Conservation (DOC), I would like to thank all those who came together in an effort to refloat the pilot whales which stranded at Colville Bay earlier this month.
The stranding, which took place over two days and nights between October 17 and 19, demonstrated the great community spirit of the northern Coromandel, with local community members first on the scene in an immediate response which largely contributed to the successful re-floating of the pod that evening.
I would particularly like to thank Hauraki iwi, Dave Hamon, members of the Colville community and the area’s rural fire brigade, Colville Sailing Academy, MEG, Project Jonah, WRC Harbour Master, Massey University, James Drainage and the Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity for their collective efforts during the stranding.
Marine mammal strandings are difficult and emotional events. People have a strong connection to these animals, and whales in particular. Pilot whales are notorious for multiple strandings, and with both tide and time against our efforts it was a remarkable achievement to save the majority of this pod.
I am continually humbled by the passion, commitment and dedication shown by those who support these efforts. The events that unfolded over course of the stranding became a superb demonstration of co-operation, and a commitment to conservation of wildlife.
Thank you all.
Coromandel District Operations Manager
Department of Conservation
Come join us at our 2021 Open Day to see the school in action during a normal school morning, and get a REAL feel for the Dio Difference.
Students and staff are in class during the Open Day so you can ask questions about the curriculum or a subject.
No need to book – just come along! We'd love to see you.
Principal's Welcome in the All Saints Chapel at 10.00 am followed by tours of the school and finishing with refreshments on the Cherrington Lawn.
Thames Heritage Festival kicks off at Thames Museum this Friday, 12th March with 2 key events. The children of Thames South School Te Kura Tuatahi o te Kauaeranga have included the museum in their Heritage exploration this year. In the morning they will play traditional Māori games on the museum’s lawn from 10am, followed by waiata at midday. The museum will provide other old-time games so come along and join in this free fun day.
Inside the museum, Goldfields Women’s Institute has prepared a display to celebrate 100 years of WI around the country and as well, the museum has set up some small displays featuring Thamesites of bygone days. We will also be celebrating 100 years of the School Dental Service in NZ
Further events will take place throughout the festival on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th.
We're looking forward to welcoming you.
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