Central Leader : January 9th 2013
www.centralleader.co.nz 5 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 9, 2013 NEWS GET UP AND PORTS OF AUCKLAND ROUND THE BAYS 2013 SUNDAY 10TH MARCH GET A STEP AHEAD Download a training schedule from roundthebays.co.nz Best of Fresh for Less New L ynn -- Margan Ave Mon -- Sun 7.30am - 6.30pm Mt Roskill -- Frost Road Mon -- Sun 7.00am - 7.00pm Greenlane -- 1 Marewa Rd CL9/1 Mon -- Sun 7.30am - 6.30pm Mt Albert -- 955 New North Rd Mon -- Sun 7.30am - 7.00pm All specials available until closing time Sun 13 Jan or while stock lasts All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin 800g New Season Buttercup $1.69kg Fresh Round Beans $1.99bag Large Eggplants $1.69ea Portabella Mushrooms $8.99kg Telegraph Cucumbers $1.29ea Yellow & White Nectarines $2.99bag 300g Large Capsicums (All Colours) $1.49ea Little Sweeties Peppers $1.99tray Hawkes Bay Fresh Sweetcorn $2.49of 3 bag Cherry Tomatoes $3.49punnets for 2 Sanctuary for birds so close to city Prolific: Spur-winged plovers, foreground, and pied oystercatchers, background, roost here in their thousands. Sunday best: Brightly coloured finches perch on the rocks. By ANNA LOREN Cross hatch: Pukeko leave their mark in the mud. Photos: ANNA LOREN Mention the words bird sanctuary and most Auck- landers will think of either Tiritiri Matangi or Great Barrier Island, tossed in the far reaches of the Hauraki Gulf. Many have no idea about a world-class bird sanctuary right in their backyard. A short walk beyond the wooden gates of Mangere Bridge s council-owned working farm, Ambury Park, reveals thousands of birds -- around 20,000 during the peak season -- roosting by the rocky shore of the Manu- kau Harbour. The 7km stretch of coast- line which meanders from Ambury to the nearby Otuataua Stonefields is internationally recognised as a bird roosting and feeding area. It forms part of Te Araroa -- The Long Pathway -- a 3000km walking trail stretching the length of New Zealand, from Cape Reinga to Bluff. In a past life, the area was part of the Mangere waste- water treatment plant. It was officially reopened as a coastal walkway in 2005 after a $451 million upgrade to the plant by council- controlled organisation Watercare. At the time it was under- taken, it was New Zealand s biggest coastal marine resto- ration project. Five hundred hectares -- 714 football fields -- of sludge ponds were drained and more than 270,000 native trees were planted in an effort to restore the coast- line. Today local fowl are reap- ing the benefits of Watercare s work, spokes- man Daniel Wrigley says. About 80 species of birds make their home here at various times of the year. Many roost on artificial shell islands just off the coast which help to discourage them from flocking at nearby Auckland Airport. It s a solution to an expensive problem -- experts estimate the damage of bird strikes to planes is in the billions of dollars world- wide. Preventing bird strikes is important for conservation efforts too. There are just 5000 wrybills in the world and half of them use Mangere Bridge to roost, ornithologist Ray Clough says. A breeding flock of 12 northern New Zealand dot- terels, of which there are only 2000 in total, also make their home here. People disturbing the birds is our biggest problem because they ll quite often abandon their nests if they re scared, Mr Clough says. Watercare has a slightly more relaxed view. Plans are under way to open nearby Puketutu Island as a regional park. The whole area will hope- fully be a playground for the whole of Auckland, Mr Wrigley says.
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