Northern News : April 13th 2011
9 NORTHERN NEWS, APRIL 13, 2011 NEWS Introducing Shayne Wyatt • Lawnmowing, • Hedge Trimming, • Section Tidies, • Gardening Specialist Mangonui, Kaitaia, Ahipara Mangamuka, Broadwood, Kohukohu HOME SERVICES For a no obligation free quote phone 0800 800 286 09 406 0683 It's the people that make a Vision village. OPEN DAY Thursday 14th April 10am -- 3pm 30 Oakridge Drive (off Cannon Drive), Kerikeri Craig White, Manager 09 407 8549 | 0800 221 800 | www.visionseniorliving.co.nz MEMBER It's not just the garden that's thriving. Hetty Vroegryk (84) has lived in a villa at Vision Bay of Islands with her cat Bluebell since September 2009. Those impatiens are doing well I love nature so I have always been a keen gardener. Background I came out from England when I was 22 after a newspaper advertisement caught my eye about New Zealand wanting young people. I met my future husband Jan here and we had 54 wonderful years together; living in New Zealand, South Africa, England, and even Canada for a time. Having no children, we followed our passion for adventure and experiencing how other people lived. Jan was a property developer, but also performed as a hypnotist around New Zealand for two years -- I was his stage assistant. We always had so much fun. Interests As well as my garden I have Bluebell my cat, whom I adore. And I paint, though I haven't for a while. I'll return to it when I can no longer garden. I have dear friends too. Reason for moving When Jan died I sold our home and had a cottage built. It was gorgeous but after six years of living there I said to myself "it's time". Why here? It was the location that first appealed to me, being just a short walk from the shops, Post Office, cinema and so on. I made the move and after three days thought "I could like it here". And I do. It doesn't feel like a retirement home at all. Everyone is always jolly, and you see grandchildren running around. Living at Vision Bay of Islands is one of the best chapters of my life. Advice to others Come while you're fit enough to enjoy it. There's no pressure to join in activities, like our happy hours, though very few don't want to. FIXED WEEKLY FEES Conditions apply BIG/VSL358/BOI2 Tom C Tyson Clinical Dental Technician No referral required All dentures crafted on our premises Repairs WINZ Quotes Insurance claims Eftpos & Visa Accepted REDWOODS DENTAL LABORATORY "where we make dentures" 1536 STATE HIGHWAY, 10 KERIKERI For appointment phone 09 4074251 Argentine ant army defeated in battle By CAROLYN SMITH The final solution: DJ Neho lays poison for Argentine ants at Taputaputa while volunteer Bryan Harris and DOC worker Kylie MacDowell look on The battle against Argentine ants at a campground near Cape Reinga may have been won by conservationists. DOC staff spent four hours on March 31 laying bait across a 2.5 hectare area of Taputa- puta campground in a final bid to eradicate ants found in February. Kaitaia threats man- ager DJ Neho hopes the campground in the Te Paki wildlife reserves is now free of the ants which are capable of smothering and eating chicks, lizards and insects. We needed to carry out the second hit to ensure any ants hatched since February are also destroyed,'' he says. Staff will monitor the area to ensure that col- onies of the ant species, which arrived in New Zealand in 1990, don't regain a foothold at the reserves. The Argentine ant has also been found at Te Rangi Aniwaniwa school next to Kaitaia airport. They are all over the place. The kids can't sit down outside without ants crawling into their shorts,'' property man- ager Otere Halkyard- Mare says. Otere spent time with DOC staff at Taputaputa learning how to kill the ants. It was a great oppor- tunity to see what's involved. It's quite a pro- cess to get rid of these ants. You need the right bait and it needs to be laid carefully.'' Argentine ants have also become a nuisance for some Kaitaia residents, according to the Northland Regional Council. They get into bedding and clothing. I've even heard of people having to put table legs on saucers to stop the ants climbing up the table,'' Kaitaia manager Peter Weissing says. However, some neigh- bours have banded together to control the ants and have achieved good results. It is possible to get rid of the ants. The regional council is happy to give people advice on how to do this, and also to help them identify ants.'' People who think they have Argentine ants should put some in a con- tainer and bring them to the council's office on Kaitaia's main street. The only poison that is effective against Argen- tine ants is Xtinguish. Phone Flybusters on 0800-83-70-70 or go to www.flybusters.co.nz for information about Xtinguish.
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