Northern News : January 26th 2010
8 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 26, 2011 NEWS Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. NorthTec has campuses in Whangarei and Kerikeri, and Learning Centres in Kaitaia, Rawene, Silverdale and Kaikohe. Freephone 0800 162 100 For more detailed information visit: www.northtec.info Take your place@NorthTec Whakatangata ia koe@NorthTec Study close to home Do you want to study but need to combine your learning with working part-time or looking after children? Then study close to home at one of our friendly regional campuses or learning centres in Räwene, Kaikohe, Kerikeri or Kaitaia. Be near to whanau and get all the support you need to succeed. You can learn from tutors who are leaders in their fields and embark on a new career or create employment opportunities for yourself without leaving the north. Enrol now for 2011 PROFESSIONAL HUNTING AND PEST CONTROL Corei Meyer plans to start his own business with two of his classmates once he has finished the Professional Hunting and Pest Control programme. "Once I've got all my licenses I'll be able to work for myself." With a love of the outdoors and guns, Corei was interested in this course because he likes the idea of being a professional hunter. He enjoys any moment of the course spent outdoors. "Our trip to Tangihua was awesome, we got to shoot heaps of possums!" "There's not a day on the course that I don't have fun." Corei says he's looking forward to finishing and starting his new profession. "It's something I can see myself doing for a long time." Paihia celebrates summer's delights Sand sculpture: The Hawkesworth and Peale families created this work of art. There was a great turn- out at the Paihia Sum- mer Festival. The festival is free and many residents attend year after year. It also attracts many visitors. Organisers Business Paihia put on a new event -- flippa ball, run by Sport Northland at Haruru Falls Resort pool. About 50 kids battled it out in the pool, learning the game and honing their water skills. The sandcastle compe- tition judges faced a hard choice this year as famil- ies, kids, backpackers and grandparents dug with great enthusiasm. Failing to pick an overall winner, they handed out 14 major prizes. Other events were the mystery trail on the Wai- tangi Treaty Grounds, the Paihia Dive fishing competition, Cellini's pavement drawing, jud- ged as always by Frank Habicht. There was mural painting, wearable arts, storytelling, hip hopping, beach digging, Top Team games and the Bay Chronicle fun run on Ti Beach. Madame butterfly: Monarch NZ Trust secretary Jacqui Knight is on a mission to improve and protect the habitats of all New Zealand's moths and butterflies by raising their profile. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Monarch profile gets a lift By CARLY TAWHIAO The Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust and Jacqui Knight are out to ensure the future of the insect is in safe hands. Jacqui, formerly of Russell and now living in Auckland, is on a cru- sade to protect monarch habitats but help is needed. The trust is on the lookout for people to report monarch sightings across the country, after producing 20,000 num- bered stickers to place on the butterfly wings. In March people can start tagging and re- cording information on the computer,'' Jacqui says. Anyone can take part and everyone, schools included, is welcome to join the trust's annual project.'' It is hoped the data collected from the tagged wings will help track the insects' movements and map their annual mi- gration pattern. The butterflies typ- ically form large clusters, sometimes containing hundreds or thousands of butterflies, on trees in well-sheltered areas dur- ing the colder winter months.'' The trust was set up in 2005 to work alongside a building developer in the Bay of Islands. It ident- ified trees on the prop- erty where the insects stay during winter that should be protected. From there the devel- opment halted but the group took off. Until the trust start- ed tracking monarchs there was little research being done. We need to find out where the monarchs stay over winter because this late summer generation forms the breeding stock for the next year's mon- arch population,'' Jacqui says. Education is an im- portant aspect of the monarch trust which is always open to talking to schools, gardening groups or anyone interested in New Zealand's 17 species of moths and butterflies. It's not only mon- archs. Data is needed on other butterflies and moths too, such as the forest ringlet and red admirals.'' People are encouraged to report sightings of any tagged butterflies to the trust's website. Visit www.monarch. org.nz or write to the Monarch NZ Trust, PO Box 44100, Pt Chevalier, Auckland 1246, for information.
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