Tikipunga, Whangarei

34 days ago

Koekoeā, the long-tailed cuckoo, makes long-awaited return to Rotorua forest

Branch Secretary from Forest & Bird - Northern Branch

Thanks to seven years of pest-control by Rotorua Canopy Tours, the koekoeā are returning to roost in the Dansey Scenic Reserve near Rotorua.

Rotorua Canopy Tours runs a zipline adventure tourism business at the reserve and has reported native long-tailed cuckoos, or koekoeā, were returning to … View more
Thanks to seven years of pest-control by Rotorua Canopy Tours, the koekoeā are returning to roost in the Dansey Scenic Reserve near Rotorua.

Rotorua Canopy Tours runs a zipline adventure tourism business at the reserve and has reported native long-tailed cuckoos, or koekoeā, were returning to roost in the forest.

General manager Paul Button told RNZ's Summer Report the bird was quite unique.

"A long-tailed cuckoo is quite large for our native birds, it's very similar to the New Zealand falcon - it's very predatory - and it's got a long tail that's kind of speckled brown.

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34 days ago

Join KCC - Kids Conservation Club

Branch Secretary from Forest & Bird - Northern Branch

Wild Things 145
Day/Light
Discover more about light-loving NZ animals and plants, and places.

Highlights include:
Fact or Fiction – Are all NZ moths nocturnal?
Introducing the Dawn Chorus + sound map
The story of returning kōkako to Mt Pirongia
How to bring native birdsong to your garden
How … View more
Wild Things 145
Day/Light
Discover more about light-loving NZ animals and plants, and places.

Highlights include:
Fact or Fiction – Are all NZ moths nocturnal?
Introducing the Dawn Chorus + sound map
The story of returning kōkako to Mt Pirongia
How to bring native birdsong to your garden
How light works in Antarctica
Extraordinary ectotherms
Make a plant light maze
How to estimate sun down using just your body.

Join KCC today kcc.org.nz...

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34 days ago

Better seabird protection now

Branch Secretary from Forest & Bird - Northern Branch

The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 is our opportunity to get serious about saving our majestic albatrosses, penguins, petrels and other seabirds. Your support for stronger action will make a difference.

Submission to Fisheries New Zealand

I support strong action to protect our … View more
The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 is our opportunity to get serious about saving our majestic albatrosses, penguins, petrels and other seabirds. Your support for stronger action will make a difference.

Submission to Fisheries New Zealand

I support strong action to protect our seabirds. New Zealand’s seabirds are in crisis, and Fisheries New Zealand estimates up to 14,400 could be killed unnecessarily in commercial fishing nets and on longlines every year. Many fishers are trying to do their best but others are letting them down.

Past voluntary action plans have failed to reduce the rate of seabird deaths. We need to act now or it may be too late for some of the 90% of our seabird species edging closer to extinction. The NPOA needs to include:

A Zero Bycatch Goal with year on year reductions to reach negligible bycatch by 2025

Binding actions and rules with with consequences for non-compliance.

Fishers must be required to use all available tools to deter seabirds from their fishing gear in line with international best practice.

There must be cameras or observers on all commercial fishing boats to ensure all fishers meet their obligations.

Set netting in the habitat of threatened species like hoiho (yellow-eyed penguins) must end. There is no seabird deterrent for set nets.

New Zealand is known as the seabird capital of the world and a stronger National Plan of Action is our chance to live up to the title and ensure our fishing industry is trusted to be doing the right thing.

Forest & Bird’s briefing on the NPOA – Seabirds.

Min Primary Industry’s consultation and information page

Please note: Submissions are public information and the OIA act applies. MPI may post all or parts of any written submission on its website. They will consider you have consented to its publication, unless clearly stated otherwise in your submission.

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34 days ago

Caring for precious balls of fairy tern fluff

Branch Secretary from Forest & Bird - Northern Branch

The fairy tern (tara iti) is our most endangered bird with less than 40 left and only nine breeding-age pairs. Bringing them back from extinction are a dedicated group of Department of Conservation rangers and volunteers. Here's a brief insight into what they've been doing and the … View moreThe fairy tern (tara iti) is our most endangered bird with less than 40 left and only nine breeding-age pairs. Bringing them back from extinction are a dedicated group of Department of Conservation rangers and volunteers. Here's a brief insight into what they've been doing and the challenges they face.

The most endangered bird in New Zealand doesn’t get the luxury of a pest and people free island sanctuary. Instead fairy terns jostle for space on beaches north of Auckland. This season, with the help of rangers and volunteers seven chicks have survived.


The hopes for New Zealand’s most endangered bird species are contained in seven little balls of fluff with toothpick-like legs closely watched over by six rangers and a group of volunteers.

There are fewer than 40 New Zealand fairy terns left and only nine breeding-age pairs.

Last year they experienced the worst breeding season in 27 years with only two chicks surviving. This year there’s cause for cautious optimism. So far those seven have survived into the fluff ball stage,

Department of Conservation biodiversity ranger Ayla Wiles is one of the six rangers keeping a close eye on the chicks.

When they’re small she calls them “bumblebees on legs.”

With their nests being nothing more than small scrapes in the sand just above the high tide mark, ensuring there’s a transition from egg to bird is no mean feat.

Storms, humans, dogs, vehicles, gulls and introduced predators all pose a risk. www.newsroom.co.nz...

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36 days ago

Wanted- ceramic topped stove in good condition

Fiona and Mark from Kensington

Looking for a stove in good working order preferably with ceramic cook top, can pick up.

35 days ago

Beautify your workspaces

The Team from Resene ColorShop Whangarei

Get organised with these handy storage ideas for the office or kids’ corner.

Create a colourful geometric-inspired space with your favourite Resene colours.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene.

Find out how to create this quick and easy project… View more
Get organised with these handy storage ideas for the office or kids’ corner.

Create a colourful geometric-inspired space with your favourite Resene colours.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene.

Find out how to create this quick and easy project yourself

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36 days ago

Poll: Teens' behaviour using the internet

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

Hi Neighbours, we are looking into teenagers' internet habits and keen to hear your experiences of your children's use of the interweb. We'd like to know, has your teenager skipped meals in order to spend time on the internet?

Teens' behaviour using the internet
  • 41.5% Yes
    41.5% Complete
  • 54.6% No
    54.6% Complete
  • 3.9% I'm not sure
    3.9% Complete
972 votes
36 days ago

Nice two bedroom unit in nice location

Glen from Central Whangarei

Something for the new year a renovated two-bedroom unit in a nice location.
www.trademe.co.nz...

Negotiable

37 days ago

Want to make your community safer, more resilient and better connected in 2020? Become a Neighbourhood Supporter today! 🏠🧡

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

When you join a Neighbourhood Support group you will:

• Have a great way to get to know the people that live around you.

• Receive emails and alerts that will keep you up-to-date with news from our community partners, including New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency NZ and NZ Civil Defence.

View more
When you join a Neighbourhood Support group you will:

• Have a great way to get to know the people that live around you.

• Receive emails and alerts that will keep you up-to-date with news from our community partners, including New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency NZ and NZ Civil Defence.

• Gain tips and resources to improve your household and neighbourhood safety.

• Learn how you can be better prepared for emergencies, and more.

Best of all - it’s FREE to join!

Click below to learn more and find your nearest group today...

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37 days ago

Can You Help?

Wendy Fulcher from Octagon Theatre

Like any voluntary non-profit organisation, our little theatre, "The Octagon" relies on the generosity of volunteers to can donate an hour or two to a community resource that is manned by the community for the community.
In between our productions, we carry out a variety of housekeeping … View more
Like any voluntary non-profit organisation, our little theatre, "The Octagon" relies on the generosity of volunteers to can donate an hour or two to a community resource that is manned by the community for the community.
In between our productions, we carry out a variety of housekeeping and maintenance tasks, as well as stocktaking for our annual accounts purposes for financial year end.
We are planning a Working Bee to paint, refurbish, declutter, uplift carpet for repairs, take stock counts, manhandle materials to a nearby skip or trailers (whichever we can organise) for removal to the tip and generally tidy up and prepare for our 2020 season.
If you have an hour or two, our Committee will gratefully welcome your offer of help, muscle, wheelbarrow or towed trailer.

Saturday, January 18 at 10.00am

Please phone 027 438 2736 or email octagon.member@gmail.com for further details or to offer assistance, particularly with any offers of use of towed trailer.

39 days ago

Did you see the plane make an emergency landing?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangarei Leader

A pilot had to make an emergency landing in a paddock on Saturday after his engine failed. Whangarei Flying Club says the experienced pilot regularly trained for such an event and was always looking for safe landing spots. Did you see what happened?

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51 days ago

Dog Expired in Car

Debbie from Onerahi

Hi All. Just a reminder to keep our dogs cool and safe as summer has arrived. Sadly a dog died in a vehicle in Northland yesterday from being accidentally shut in a vehicle. Remember also that if you cant stand the pavement/sand temperature on your bare feet then likely your dog can't either. … View moreHi All. Just a reminder to keep our dogs cool and safe as summer has arrived. Sadly a dog died in a vehicle in Northland yesterday from being accidentally shut in a vehicle. Remember also that if you cant stand the pavement/sand temperature on your bare feet then likely your dog can't either. Thanks in advance everyone.

38 days ago

Have you won in the final giveaway?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Our SIX60 Summer Sounds competition is coming to an end next week. We’ll be selecting a winning neighbourhood to have a private gig from one of the supporting acts of the SIX60 tour. But today is the final draw for the exclusive SIX60 tickets we are giving away to our members! Check to see if … View moreOur SIX60 Summer Sounds competition is coming to an end next week. We’ll be selecting a winning neighbourhood to have a private gig from one of the supporting acts of the SIX60 tour. But today is the final draw for the exclusive SIX60 tickets we are giving away to our members! Check to see if you’ve been drawn as a winner.

Thank you to all of the entrants so far for being more neighbourly! It’s been great to see communities thriving. To be eligible for the private convert, make sure you are a verified Neighbourly member (need a hand verifying your address? Click here). We’ll also need to see you being more Neighbourly, whether it’s posting to your neighbourhood, replying to questions or inviting your neighbour to join the site (we’ve put together a few ideas here).
Have you won?

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38 days ago

Drop-in Enrolment Sessions

NorthTec (Northland Polytechnic)

Ready to Start Your Future? COME AND SEE US at our EXTENDED ENROLMENT HOURS!

To make it easier, we have our enrolment advisors on campus every Saturday from 9am - 1pm AND every Wednesday from 4pm - 6pm before semester starts to help you figure out a study path that is best for you 🙌

This is a … View more
Ready to Start Your Future? COME AND SEE US at our EXTENDED ENROLMENT HOURS!

To make it easier, we have our enrolment advisors on campus every Saturday from 9am - 1pm AND every Wednesday from 4pm - 6pm before semester starts to help you figure out a study path that is best for you 🙌

This is a great chance to discuss the many opportunities available to you at NorthTec if you're a school leaver thinking about options, OR if you're thinking of a career change or upgrade - learn how NorthTec can fit in your busy schedule with short courses and online learning.

The first step for anyone thinking about tertiary study is to have a chat with one of our qualified and supportive enrolment advisors who can help you on your way to a bright future 🏅🤩

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38 days ago

Better Later Life Strategy

The Team from Office for Seniors

Our strategy, Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034, outlines five key areas for action to make New Zealand a great place to age.

To read the strategy and find out how we can make New Zealand a great place to age, click here ➡️ bit.ly...

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