Northern News : January 9th 2013
5 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 9, 2013 NEWS Visit our Northland showhome and discover how we can build your new home for a fixed price, on time, guaranteed. 5 Kowi Lakes Drive, One Tree Point or call David Skudder on 027 295 5941 or 0508 639 496. Showhome open 10am - 4pm. Week 14of14 "After 14 weeks we now have the keys to our beautiful home. This may not be our first home, but we are just as excited. It feels like all our Christmases have come at once." -- Peter and Doreen Congratulations on your new home Peter and Doreen. Another happy family receiving their new home on time, just like every home we build. MY GENERATION IS ALL OURS! Communities buy into pest control Community protection: Making sure that little guys like this young kiwi are safe is why 13 community pest control areas have been established in the Far North. Community pest control in the Far North District is in its residents hands. Thirty-five people gathered last month at Oromahoe Saleyards to discuss the 13 Community Pest Control Areas (CPCAs) established through the Northland Regional Council (NRC) in the broader Bay of Islands. These pest control areas range in size from 60 to 3500 hectares, from Puketi Forest to Top Energy at Ngawha, to Rawhiti, and north to Whakaangi-Berghan Pt near Hihi. The pest control areas cover more than 15,000ha and have integrated predator control. Most pest control areas control possums, mustelids (weasels, stoats and ferrets), and feral cats. Pest control areas can also control rats, hares, rabbits, pigs and goats, as agreed by the landowners and the NRC. Don McKenzie, biosecurity man- ager for the regional council, describes pest control areas as a key tool in managing animal pests in Northland. CPCAs are based on communi- ties which want to control animal and/or weed pests for the benefits of local biodiversity,'' he says. All the pest control areas are con- trolling pests of kiwi. However, the benefits are much wider than kiwi. Possums have virtually disap- peared from the pest control areas and as a result, landowners can have successful orchards and gar- dens and generally better survival rates when planting. Possums eat a lot of pasture, so farmers support the control pro- gramme and are members of many pest control areas. Three of the pest control areas are on Maori land -- one is quite urbanised at Rawhiti (60ha), another at Oromahoe which is a commercial farm of more than 1000ha and the third at Whare- ngaere on Purerua Peninsula which includes the Te Pahi islands and constitutes roughly 70ha. Three pest control areas are dominated by dairy farms -- about 1800ha on both sides of the Puketotara River, about 600ha of Candyland at Puketi, and Landcorp Kapiro on State Highway 10 with 3500ha. Other pest control areas are drystock farming, lifestyle, resort properties, or a combination of sev- eral types: Rangihoua covers 3400ha and four large farms on Purerua Peninsula, Waiaua Bay Farms (3000ha at Kauri Cliffs), Wiroa Station and Stowell which is 516ha on Purerua Peninsula as well, Landcorp Puketotara and two neighbours on Mangakaretu Road (840ha), and 472ha at Clendon Cove-Manawaaora located at the neck of the Russell Peninsula. The northernmost pest control area covers more than 1500ha at Whakaangi-Berghan Point and con- tains more than 15 landowners of primary and regenerating coastal forest. Top Energy is the southernmost pest control area in this area, cover- ing more than 450ha surrounding the geothermal power stations at Ngawha. There are several critically endangered plants at Ngawha as well as kiwi and more than 135ha of this site are protected by covenants with the Queen Elizabeth II- National Trust. Community pest control areas involve a five-year agreement between regional council, the land- owner and commonly a community group such as NZ Kiwi Foundation. The regional council supplies all the equipment and toxins for the first three years and then half the amount for Years 4 and 5 of the agreement. The NZ Kiwi Foundation manages many of the community pest control areas and much of the land in between -- from Matauri Bay Rd in the north, east of State High- way 10, Purerua and Kerikeri peninsulas, a lot of Russell Penin- sula and as far east and south as Taupiri Bay, at Top Energy and Upper Kerikeri River. It also has a partial role in pest control areas at Puketotara and Kauri Cliffs. Whakaangi Landcare Group manage Whakaangi-Berghan Point, and Oromahoe Incorporation manage Oromahoe CPCA. Local hapu control the Rawhiti CPCA and Wharengaere CPCA. The key to these projects is that local people want to do something about their'' environment. If you want to know more contact Mike Knight at the regional council at 09 408 6600 or mikeK@nrc. govt.nz, or Greg Blunden from the NZ Kiwi Foundation at 021 710 441 or email nz.kiwi.foundation@gmail. com.
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