Central Leader : March 16th 2011
24 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 16, 2011 NEWS rOunD THe BaYs PORTS OF AUCKLAND www.roundthebays.co.nz SUNDAY 13TH MARCH 2011 CONGRATULATIONS AUCKLAND! FOR SUPPORTING THESE GREAT CHARITIES THANKS! 201 Pt Chevalier Rd, Pt Chevalier. PH: 849 5359 magazine designer clothing outlet store MANUFACTURERS LIQUDATION SALE SIZES 10-26 Summer & Winter Garments Everything MUST Go! $50 Priced from magazine designer clothing outlet store 3575619AA PROMPT MAT REPAIR SERVICE Clarks Trampolines Balmoral Swings & Slides Trampoline & Swing Factory Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5pm, Sat 9am to 12 noon 890 Great South Rd, PENROSE Ph 579 5090 www.trampoline.co.nz Project heeds call of nature By HANNAH SPYKSMA Weed-free: Mary Dawson hopes to replant her property, which borders Meola Creek, with native flora. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Down a grassy bank where the pukeko play and native plants are slowly creeping back is Mary Dawson's piece of paradise. Verging on the Meola Creek, Ms Dawson's Pt Chevalier home is one of the first central city residences to receive a consultation from the Kaipatiki Project. The consultation gave me a real boost in deter- mination to get the right items for my garden,'' she says. First sponsored by the former North Shore City Council, the Kaipatiki Project secured funding to bring its Nature for Neighbourhoods pro- gramme south of the harbour bridge late last year. Now the organisation is offering free consul- tations to residents in the central city whose properties border a creek, river or reserve. For Ms Dawson meet- ing plant guru Jacqueline Knight was just the help she needed. My property is diffi- cult to look after because Meola Creek is half saline and half fresh water this far up. But Jackie came around and knew straight away what was needed.'' After the consultation she was given a report on her property, several free plants to get her under way and a bag to collect weeds. Auckland is the weediest city in the world so when we don't stop them our bush becomes consecutively taken over by weed species -- we will lose our native bush if we don't fight back,'' Ms Knight says. Helping people to understand this and sup- porting them to remove and replace plants with natives stops the spread of weeds into our green space and restores the area for native flora and fauna.'' The Kaipatiki office is based in a leafy corner of Birkenhead and extends to the back of a reserve where plants for the Nature for Neighbour- hoods programme are grown. The plants are nur- tured with care and the organisers are keen to share their passion for creating a healthy Auck- land. It's essentially about inspiring communities to live sustainably. At the end of the day clear streams and improved reserves are better for everyone,'' team man- ager Hamish Hopkinson says. The goal is to ulti- mately roll out Nature for Neighbourhoods citywide. But for now, the chari- table organisation is happy to show people like Ms Dawson how they can bring back pukeko, tui and other natives back to their urban havens. To check if your address qualifies for the project or to arrange a free consultation, email restoration@kaipatiki. org.nz or phone 482-1172. Joint bid to help homeless over cup Extra staff from the Auckland City Mission will be on hand to help homeless people during the Rugby World Cup. Auckland city mis- sioner Diane Robertson says her team will be out in force at events associ- ated with the tourna- ment. It's about making sure we are increasing the number of outreach activities and making sure people are safe.'' She says it's not just homeless people based in Auckland who they might have to help. There's going to be a lot of people here. Some could be made homeless by losing passports.'' Auckland Council's social and community development forum chairwoman Cathy Casey says it's great to have some certainty about what's happening. The knee-jerk reac- tion from the last council was to kick all the home- less out of the CBD. What we have provided I hope is to bring all the large agencies together.'' Other organisations involved with helping homeless people during the world cup include Lifewise, the police and government agencies.
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