Central Leader : January 18th 2012
www.centralleader.co.nz 5 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 18, 2012 NEWS Check before you chop! A number of general tree rules will continue to be enforced following a law change which took effect on 1 January 2012. You may still require a resource consent before you can carry out any tree work on your property. To check whether your trees are protected, contact Auckland Council before you remove, prune or undertake works near a tree on your property. Some trees can be cut or removed without council approval, but you need to check before you chop! More trees were proposed for scheduling under district plan changes publicly notified in December 2011. The Environment Court has granted these trees temporary protection from 1 January pending the outcome of hearings by independent commissioners later in the year. If you cut down or damage a protected tree, you may be liable for prosecution and a fine. For information on what trees you can and can't remove or prune call 09 301 0101. www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz OG_AC0593_SUB2 Ph 0220 986 296 We also do drives, fences, schools, farms, marine, tennis courts, Govt Depts, shops, etc Since 1985 MOSS KILL & WASH ROOF & OUTSIDE WALLS ALL FOR $250+GST Up to 4 Bedroom, Single story max All our products are safe, green and work GUARANTEED Book now and don't belong to the "Dirty Buggers Club". Be a proud home owner. ONEHUNGA HIGH SCHOOL UNIFORM SHOP Opening hours for Back to School 2012 For more information or to buy online, visit schooluniformcentre.co.nz Ph: 09 524 6270 January 2012 Mon 23rd 3pm -- 7pm Tue 24th 3pm -- 7pm Wed 25th 3pm -- 7pm Thu 26th 9am -- 2pm Fri 27th 10am -- 2pm Sat 28th 10am -- 2pm Sun 29th Closed Mon 30th Closed -- Anniversary Day Tues 31st 8am -- 2:30pm February 2012 Weds 1st 8am -- 2:30pm Thu 2nd 8am -- 2:30pm Fri 3rd 8am -- 12pm Snoopy is safe after big scare By STEPHEN FORBES Snoopy's adventure: Helen Wium with her dog Snoopy who went missing for seven days after being scared by fireworks. Photo: STEPHEN FORBES ' As soon as she saw me she came running towards me. It was such a relief. I ended up crying. ' Helen Wium Helen Wium had no idea if she'd see her beloved pet Snoopy again after the dog was missing for more than a week. Mrs Wium, who works at the SPCA's national office in New Lynn, went away on a week-long holiday to the Awhitu Peninsula with hus- band Noel on January 2. They left the fox terrier/ pointer cross with her friend Kim Thomas in Pakuranga. Snoopy would usually have been safe and secure at the house but fireworks set off by a neighbour that same night frightened the pup. Mrs Thomas and her part- ner went out for a couple of hours and left Snoopy in their fully fenced backyard. We came back and found Snoopy was gone,'' she says. I felt absolutely terrible. We'd looked after her before and with no problems.'' She called Mrs Wium the next morning to say Snoopy had disappeared. It meant we had to cut our holiday short,'' Mrs Wium says. We put flyers in letterboxes, contacted all the veterinary clinics in the area and put up flyers everywhere. We put up postings on Facebook, Pets On The Net and Trademe.'' The enthusiastic response from the public made the Lynfield couple hopeful. Even complete strangers contacted me and offered to help find her.'' On the afternoon of Janu- ary 9 the couple got the call they'd been waiting for. A Pakuranga man rang to say he thought his son had found Snoopy under their deck. It was awesome,'' she says. Mrs Wium says while Snoopy looked a little bit skinny and had lost her col- lar, it was great to finally get her back. As soon as she saw me she came running towards me. It was such a relief. I ended up crying.'' She says Snoopy was microchipped and did have a collar with council tags when she went missing. Last year the SPCA called for the government to ban the sale of fireworks for personal use. SPCA chief executive Robyn Kippenberger says Snoopy's story shows the stress fireworks can cause animals. She says every year the organisation sees an increase in the number of animals straying during Guy Fawkes. The only way to stop these tragedies is to ban fireworks for personal use entirely.'' Mrs Wium says she supports the SPCA's calls for a total ban on fireworks except at public displays. But for now she's just happy to have Snoopy back. I'd like to thank the family that found her and contacted us. She's a much loved mem- ber of our family.''
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