A hungry kārearea played a part in a failed attempt to establish a colony of critically endangered shore birds on Mana Island.
In February the Department of Conservation translocated 29 juvenile tūturuatu, or shore plovers, to Mana, off Porirua, however in July it was reported all 29 birds had vanished. Some were discovered on the mainland, recaptured and placed back on the island with more captive-bred plovers.
Last month it was discovered some had ended up as lunch for a resident kārearea or New Zealand falcon. Others would have been susceptible to being gobbled up by cats, rats and stoats on the mainland.
It will be a return to home for Cory Jane.
The former All Black, who is a life member of the Upper Hutt Rams, is on the coaching staff for the Hurricanes.
Maidstone Park will host the Hurricanes pre-season clash against the Blues and the Chiefs on February 13, and Jane is looking forward to catching up with his old rugby mates.
"We're rugby mad in Upper Hutt, which is one of the many reasons I love it here so much," says Jane.
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Lost keys. Took dogs for walk today Sat 23/1 on both fields at Upper Hutt College and Fergusson Intermediate school and have lost a set of 4 keys. 1 car key, 1 orange marked key, 1 yellow marked key and 1 plain key.
Please call David on 02102397868 if you find them please.