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16 July – Birds culled

Horizons Regional Council has been making steady progress in the culling of a breed of bird, targeted because of their destructive behaviour.


Rooks live in rookeries and gather food as far as 20 kilometres away from their nests.


Manager of biosecurity and habitat protection Bill Martyn says the council is looking for aerial control operators, as  it continues  its culling process.


He says there were 2942 nests recorded in 2005, while in 2014 it had dropped by 93 per cent, to just 207 nests.


And Massey University Professor Doug Armstrong says the birds were “diabolical”, because they ate the seeds from farmers’ crops as they were sown.

16 July – Chooks being killed

Several chickens have been found dead near Lake Horowhenua, and a woman says she saw teens chasing them with a knife.


The resident flock of about 30 wild hens and roosters are described as really friendly.


Reports on social media say the chooks have been terrorized by children, who ran off when approached, shouting obscenities.


Acting Horowhenua SPCA inspector Peter McCallum said there had been no reports relating to the Lake Horowhenua chooks, but any reported incidents of animal cruelty would be investigated.


Levin Police have also been made aware of the situation.


16 July – Highway upgrade on hold

A multi-million dollar upgrade of a major highway used by many local commuters has been put on hold.


New Zealand Transport Agency contractors have spent the first half of the year straightening a portion of the Hayward’s Hill road, but the cold and wet weather has finally gotten the better of them.


The agency says that colder temperatures and more rain expected over the winter months would prevent the final seal on the realigned section between Harris Rd and Mt Cecil Rd from binding properly.


NZTA says they’ll restart the road works as soon as the weather improves, hopefully from about September.

16 July – Biggest match for some tonight

One of the biggest games of some players’ lives…is how a few are describing a rugby game tonight.


Horowhenua-Kapiti challenges Hawke’s Bay for the Ranfurly Shield in Napier this evening, and coach Jared Tinera  says he was hoping for a better showing than the last challenge two years ago against Waikato, when they lost 85-0, but it would be tough given it’s the team’s first game of the season.


The TAB has installed Horowhenua-Kapiti as $36 outsiders to lift the log of wood.  The game is being televised live on Sky Sport.

16 July – Shareholders may get payout

Locals who hold shares in an iconic Wellington department store may be in for a windfall.


Shareholders of Kirkcaldie & Stains can expect a $19 million payout, pending the department store’s sale to Australian retailer David Jones.


They will vote on the payout and to approve the sale to David Jones at a special meeting on July 31.


The site is then expected to reopen in mid-2016 as the first New Zealand store of David Jones.

It’s reported that the new store intends to employ the majority of Kirks 270 staff.

16 July – New Waikanae residents

There are some new inhabitants in Waikanae, thanks to a new highway.


Some 56 lizards, of several varieties, are now safe and sound at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, as they were in the way of construction of Transmission Gully.


The Wellington Gateway Partnership, sent a team of six into bush to retrieve the wildlife to round up 46 copper skinks, six common geckos and four brown skinks.


They’re expected to spend about two years in their new home, before being returned to new habitat near the finished motorway.

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