Northern News : January 26th 2010
13 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 26, 2011 NEWS For all your WOF and automotive servicing needs. Comprehensive vehicle repairs: Cars, Vans, Utes, 4 x 4s, Light Trucks. COURTESY CAR PROUD SPONSOR OF THE BOI SPCA Also available imported dirt bikes and quads. 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Or Buy 5 plants for $20 LEPTOSPERMUM -- (coloured Manuka) $3.00 Each ONLY WHILE STOCKS LAST KERIKERI PLANT PRODUCTION RIDDELL ROAD, KERIKERI 09 407 9448 MON-SAT 8am-5pm CLOSED SUNDAYS SUMMER PLANT SALE NZ kicks off worldwide celebration of wetlands Wet and wild: Wetlands sustain a massive variety of life This year s World Wet- lands Day on February 2 marks the 40th anniver- sary of the Ramsar Con- vention on Wetlands of International Import- ance, an international agreement to promote and protect the planet s wetlands. Since the agreement was signed in 1971, in the Iranian city of Ram- sar, more than 186 million hectares of wet- lands have been protected across the globe, becoming Ramsar sites of significance. This includes 55 thousand hectares in New Zea- land. New Zealand willmark the occasion with a dawn celebration on the shores of Lake Ngatu in the Far North. One of the organisers of the event, the Far North Environment Centre s Richard Rob- bins, says that as the first country to see the dawn, New Zealand s event will launch fest- ivities around the world. As the sun rises, a special ceremony in- corporating mihimihi, waiata and karakia will be conducted by mem- bers of Ngai Takoto, the iwi affiliated with the lake. A performance will be given by the Muri- whenua kapa haka group. The ceremony will also include a song written and performed especially for the occasion by local artist Brit Rolo, Mr Rob- bins says. Ngai Takoto elder, Mangu Awarau, says its good for the iwi to be involved because caring for the environment is more important than anything. When I was a boy growing up near the Waimanoni wetland the frogs were our dawn chorus. Now we can t hear them anymore. And the eels are becoming more scarce. If we look after our environment, we look after ourselves and our future, Mr Awarau says. A special guest will also make a surprise appearance, although organisers are keeping tight lipped on who that will be. Let s just say he s very flamboyant, and is a freshwater fanatic, says Mr Robbins. And to ensure the whole country is repres- ented at the Far North festival, a collection of whimsical wetland creatures, including a flax sculpture, created by children across the country, will frame the shoreline of Lake Ngatu. Mr Robbins says the chil- dren were invited to take part via the Oscar hol- iday programme. A special webpage featuring poems, photos and video clips by the children has been set up for the anniversary. People can view the children s work on the Department of Conserva- tion s website www.govt. nz/farnorthwwd2011. Lake Ngatu is a rec- reational reserve administered by the Department of Conser- vation. Since 1980, Bushland s Trust has worked to re-vegetate the area, transforming it into one of Kaitaia s most popular parks. Trustee and wetlands enthusiast Kevin Matt- hews also attributes its success to schools, in particular Paparore and Awanui, along with hun- dreds of people from the community. The result is an out- standing place to visit, as well as the protection of a pristine dune lake, says Mr Matthews. Don't leave dogs in cars Summer means jandals, holidays, barbecues and beach and and park weather. Unfortunately, summer also means hot dog weather for the SPCA. Every year too many dogs suffer needlessly in hot cars while their owners stop in at the shops. Onahotdaythe inside of a car heats up very quickly, a potent- ially life-threatening situation for any dog inside. Even with the win- dows slightly open a car parked in the shade in 30 degrees will heat up to 39 degrees in 10 min- utes. In 30 minutes the temperature will hit 49 degrees. Locked in a hot car a dog can only withstand temperatures of over 40 degrees for a short amount of time before suffering irreparable brain damage -- or even death. A dog cannot sweat like humans and is only able to cool itself down by panting. Dogs also need access to plenty of water and cool fresh air in order to fully moderate their body tem- perature. Already this summer, a number of dogs have died or suffered severe and debilitating heat stress through being left in hot cars. The SPCA is hopeful that by high- lighting the danger of hot cars this number does not continue to in- crease over the remain- ing summer months. Our summer temper- atures can be merciless and overheating causes appalling suffering and can lead to an equally appalling death, says Royal New Zealand SPCA national chief inspector, Charles Cad- wallader. There are many reasons why you might take your dog in the car with you -- you may think that you re doing him a favour by giving him company. But the moment you step out of that car, leaving your pet at the mercy of the elements you risk losing more than just your best mate. In such cases the SPCA will prosecute where appropriate and this may lead to impris- onment for a term not exceeding three years, a fine not exceeding $75,000 or both. Our message is clear -- leave him at home or take him with you when you get out, but don t leave him shut in the car even on a cloudy day and with the windows open. Ifyouseeadogindis- tress locked in a hot car, call your local SPCA immediately, or dial 111. First aid for a dog suffering from heat exhaustion is to immerse it in cold water until its body temperature is lowered. For details of your local SPCA visit www. rnzspca.org.nz. A Valentine's Day with SPCA Are you ready to feel loved up on Valen- tine s weekend? The SPCA and Hill s Pet Nutrition will be celebrating their an- nual Second Chance for Love adopt-a-thon on February 12 and 13 SPCA centres nation- wide. Hill s Pet Nutrition is the exclusive feed- ing sponsor to the SPCA, providing pre- mium nutrition for every animal in SPCA centres as they await adoption. Second Chance for Love is a great com- munity day out. Be in to win spot prizes and giveaways of Hill s pet food. If you re lucky enough to fall in love and adopt your new family mem- ber, enter the draw to win a year s supply of Hill s Science Diet pet food. Visit the website to make a donation, and vote for your favourite SPCA -- the centre with the most votes will win a $1000 donation from Hill s. The Bay of Islands SPCA will participate in the fun day. A venue will be announced shortly.
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