84 days ago

A thank you from DOC

Kelley Tantau Reporter from Hauraki Herald

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.

Nick Kelly
Coromandel District Operations Manager
Department of Conservation

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Keep up with the latest America's Cup action

The Team Reporter from Stuff

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4 days ago

We Say, You Say: Water Conservation

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Hauraki Herald

Hi there Coromandel,

What are some of your water conservation tips and tricks?

The Thames-Coromandel District Council is enforcing a sprinkler ban while water levels suffer as a result of the influx of domestic tourists visiting the region. Whitianga recorded its hottest temperature in January since records began in 1962 with high temperatures also recorded in the Firth of Thames.

The council's Emergency Management Unit Manager Garry Towler said that while there'd be some rain and moderate downpours forecast from now until February, it would not be enough to ease restrictions. "We also have the latest data from the Waikato Regional Council to indicate the summer dry period will have long legs and extend through March and into April."

Share your water conservation tips and hacks below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment featured in the conversations section of the Hauraki Herald.

Graphics credit - Niwa

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