Rodney Times : November 9th 2010
24 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS Large outside decks provide wonderful outdoor living and the striking design combine to give a sense of absolute space, with the lock & leave convenience. There are many options for your consideration in this new Apartment building, so why not pop in to see us. how Unit Open for Viewing, 7 days a week Mon-Fri9am to 4.30pm Sat-Sun 11am to 4.30pm 550 Albany Highway, Albany, Auckland Phone: 415-2617 Fax: 415-2618 email@example.com or www.settlersalbany.co.nz There are now a number of accommodation options available in Townhouses and apartments. Priced from $495,000. • 2 bed, 1 bathroom & separate toilet Apartment From96sqminsize • 2 bed, 2 bathroom Apartment From 106 sq m in size • 3 bed, 2 bathroom Apartment From 129 sq m in size The Apartments have lovely views across through to the old Albany township, Albany Stadium and towards the Oteha Creek. Design & Lifestyle At Its Best Another Premiere Lifestyle village Development incorporating Fairview Lifestyle Village and Fairview Care Ltd advertisement Settlers Albany offers a lifestyle of convenience and uncompromising quality this is a brand new, luxurious, modern and inspired retirement village option incorporating the latest technology in a smart environment. Mill Lane, Warkworth Phone (09) 425-8169 STATIONERY Diaries & Calendars 2011 Now in Store Great Prices! Do you want an exciting career in fashion makeup? Full-time summer course starting 15 November ALSO..enrolling now for 2011 full and part-time courses Qualify with SRA Samala Robinson Academy NZQA registered Interest free student loans and allowances Unique fashion, TV and special effects makeup Phone 09 379 9230 www.sramakeup.com Shane's ladders give fish a leg up Helping hand: Shane Wright installed two fish ladders similar to this at Muriwai Beach to help restore native fish populations in the Okiritoto Stream. Trout traveller: A native trout was among many freshwater fish in greatly increased counts after the Muriwai fish ladders were placed. Culvert crossings: Fish ladders like the one at left help fish negotiate man- made obstacles like concrete pipes. Shane Wright makes and installs fibreglass fish ladders. That's right -- ladders to help fish get past culverts and other usually man-made obstacles to their upstream progress. He's just finished putting two in the Okiritoto Stream at Muriwai Beach as a contribution to the com- munity. They're expected to help restore native fish populations in the upper reaches. Being a local at Muriwai, I often walked my dogs near Okiritoto Stream where the culvert pipes are and could see the problem,'' he says. After talking to other locals and how they noticed the decrease in native fish since the pipes went in 20 years ago, I contacted the Auck- land Regional Council and it was agreed I could install my fish ladders there.'' Shane's work brought consider- able interest from passersby, one woman asking it he was installing a children's water slide. An information board may soon be placed by the fish ladders explaining how they work. The lightweight but robust fibreglass moulded ladders Shane has been perfecting during the past four years often include baffles to slow water flow. Pebbles inset in the resin and resting pools'' every 1.5 metres allow fish to recover for the next surge upstream. The Muriwai project was also an opportunity to do a fish survey backed by marine biologist Micheal Kearney from Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. The results speak for them- selves,'' Dr Kearney says. Prior to the installation of the fish ladders only a handful of fish were counted in the stream above the culvert. However, once the fish ladder was installed the number of fish climb- ing the ladder and migrating into habitat above the culvert barrier is nothing short of astounding.'' Thousands of freshwater shrimp, hundreds of whitebait and juvenile eels, and tens of common bully were counted. These results show that the installation of fish ladders are a very effective method for re- establishing upstream and down- stream migratory pathways for our freshwater fish species,'' Dr Kearney says. Shane says he set up his company Fish Ladder Solutions after realising old style ladders of con- crete and rock took more time to build and were costly. Lime from the concrete was getting into waterways and adding to fish deaths, he says. Concrete ladders also tend to crack and break away, water undermines them, and waterways have to be diverted for a long time while construction takes place, Shane says. That's not to mention resource consents. I came up with a much easier way and for the last four years been perfecting this fibreglass fish ladder. It is cost effective, environmentally friendly, easy to install, and only needs sand bagging of waterways for a short time for installations as these fish ladders are made off-site.'' Shane is also working on a bracket suitable for attaching his ladders to dam walls. A newly designed baffle was the next step as fish still needed assist- ance to make it through culvert pipes, he says. Baffles slow water flow and raise water levels in low flowing areas to allow fish to rest inside the baffle, which also protects them from predators His ladders fit all size culvert pipes and weirs through a simple change to the starter flange, and the ladders come in 1.5 metre lengths which bolt together for the required length, with corners able to be added to change direction. Normally, resource consent is not needed,'' he says. In New Zealand we have 40-plus species of native fish that are declining because of man-made obstacles,'' Shane says. He has also installed fish ladders on a Waipu private wetland, a Matakana dam and in the Albany Three Streams project. Visit www.fishladdersolutions. co.nz for more information.
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