Rodney Times : December 23rd 2010
5 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 23, 2010 NEWS South Island - May 2011 Experience the splendour of New Zealand The tour covers all of the South Island, and 4 nights in the North Island. It will be running from Auckland to Auckland -May 2-20, 2011 This is an all inclusive tour, and has Home Pick up and drop offs available. Relax and enjoy New Zealand with us, you will love it... 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Claire, 21, died in a car accident on Taylor Rd, Waimauku, in July. Her father Jon Perrett says the effort and gen- erosity of everyone involved in the fundraising concert at the Kumeu hall was amazing. Friends, family and the community including businesses, musicians and others rallied around. People have been so generous, Mr Perrett says. We want to say a big thank you to every- one who helped and donated. More than 40 items were donated including a television, saw bench and restaurant vouchers. Funds have been put into a family trust for Chase, who is being raised by Claire s part- ner Aaron Jessen. The concert also gave the family, including Claire s mum Debra and her older brothers Sam and Adam, something to focus on. It helped us with our grieving process, Mr Perrett says. Family friend Charlie Unwin, who is also Aaron s uncle, led the efforts with Karyn Davy organising the entertain- ment. A committee was also formed that included some of Claire s friends. Everyone was saying what could we do to help, Mr Perrett says. They know you re going through pain, they know you re hurting and they wanted to do something. Musicians performed, including the band that played at Claire s 21st birthday party. They wanted to play, Mr Perrett says. A nice bunch of boys. Hesaysitwasa special night with a range of emotions. It was a good feeling because everyone knew why they were there. There was a nice vibe. He says anyone who knew Claire will never forget her. The Perrett family has lived on Taylor Rd for about 25 years -- near the corner where Claire s accident happened. Mr Perrett says it helps to have his grand- son around. Without him it would be much harder. He really gives us a purpose -- he s our little gift from Claire. Warmer weather bad for seabirds Warmer settled wea- ther may be good for boaties but bad for seabirds with many dead birds washing up. There are some major oceanic changes going on this year which are affecting a range of seabirds. The overall driver is the La Nina climate pattern which is having its biggest event since 1975, Conservation Department seabird scientist Graeme Tay- lor says. Calmer seas are stopping the mix of deeper and surface water which drives pro- ductivity and food pro- duction in the ocean. So the warmer, calmer seas are making it harder for seabirds to find food, he says. The end result is lots of seabirds struggling to feed their chicks or getting into breeding condition. Problems I have seen so far are lots of very small, runty chicks in the grey-faced petrel nests at Bethells Beach, delayed breed- ing and partners being late to return to incu- bate in sooty and flesh- footed shearwaters, die-offs of blue penguin fledglings on northern beaches, and now gannets are struggling to feed their chicks, Mr Taylor says. La Nina brings cool water from the Humbolt current off South America up to the equator and pushes this relatively colder water along the equator, reversing the current which normally flows west to east. The warmer water is pushed ahead of it -- north, and also south in the western Pacific towards Australia. Warmer accompanying air can hold more moisture, and this is bringing rainfall and flooding in Queensland and New South Wales, and eventually more north-easterly winds, he says. This could well see tropical cyclones in northern New Zealand from January to May as the Coral Sea off Queensland heats up. The warmer seas north and west of New Zealand are affecting local weather patterns, Mr Taylor says. In early spring it meant storms in the north as anticyclones went south and settled east of the country. Now the anticyclones have moved into the central Tasman Sea and northern regions, bringing calmer wea- ther and seas but less ocean production. This will see a bad year for seabirds, although last year was very good, Mr Taylor says. A lot of chicks and adults will wash up dead or dying this sum- mer, and people will want to help them. In the end it s nature s way of weeding out the weak from the strong. Helping weak birds could be futile as they will still need to find food in the ocean once released, he says.
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