Rodney Times : January 13th 2011
3 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 13, 2011 NEWS WHANGAPARAOA Unit T1, Karepiro Korner, 15 Karepiro Drive Ph 09 428 5692 SILVERDALE Corner SH1 and East Coast Road Ph 09 426 8883 All goods while stocks last. We reserve the right to limit quantities. Specials valid until Sunday at 6.30pm. Normal Trading Hours: Monday to Sunday 7.30am-6.30pm Central Otago Sweet Cherries NZ Large Fortune Plums NZ Fresh Round Beans Korean Nashi Pears NZ Courgettes Hawke's Bay White Peaches $12.99 $1.99 $4.99 $2.99 $1.69 $3.99 kg 300g bag 1kg box $2.99 $1.99 800g bag bag ea NZ Red Capsicums NZ Large Watermelon 800g bag 800g bag Advocate for whales Saving Maui: Kerry O'Brien helps stranded pilot whale Maui at Spirits Bay. SAVING whales is a special- ity for marine mammal medic Kerry O'Brien of Red Beach. The registered nurse is in Japan this week helping draw world attention to the plight of dolphins hunted by a small number of fishermen at Taiji. I will stand with other peaceful activists in Taiji to let the world know we find the slaughter of whole pods of dolphins totally unaccept- able,'' the single mother of three children says. I also have a letter I have written to the Japanese people.'' Her letter asks for under- standing and to find common ground in helping end the tradition. She hopes to be in Japan for a fortnight, although the hunting season started in September and ends on March 31. Dolphins may be sold to museums or amusement- style parks as well, she says. Dolphin and whale hunting happens in several places glo- bally, but Mrs O'Brien says Taiji is a starting point. If a small group of us can somehow manage to convince Japanese fishermen to stop hunting dolphins, we could then move on to other places.'' Mercury levels are some- times high in dolphins so Japanese people may be at risk from eating them, she says. Research marine mammal scientist Diana Reiss has well documented scientific re- search showing dolphins are similar to humans intellectu- ally and emotionally -- they just live in the sea, Mrs O'Brien says. She says she is not a mem- ber of any organisation such as Sea Shepherd, but has worked alongside people like those in Project Jonah to help save stranded whales in New Zealand. IN BRIEF Confrontation A Kumeu man became so annoyed about his neighbour doing a burnout that he took a samurai sword and confronted him naked, police say. Last Saturday night police found the man naked in his house with his samurai sword. A power box to a neighbour's house had been smashed. Police found multiple swords and martial arts weapons, and took the man into custody. Emu chase An emu which escaped from a farm and was seen running down East Coast Rd led to an unusual police pursuit on foot. With the owners' help, an Orewa constable tackled the emu. It was placed in a bag and returned home. Caught in act Police had success when called to a Parakai home burglary at about 1am on Tuesday. Helensville police supported by Orewa staff and an Auckland dog handler found one person, and two others were quickly located by the police dog. All three are assisting police with their inquiries into another Parakai burglary. Two arrested Two men were arrested Monday night at Millwater Estate in Silverdale after entering a semi-completed house. Police chased a vehicle through the development which drove into wasteland and down a bank. Cannabis time Police want community help to locate cannabis crops, especially in late summer. ''It's the right time for cannabis crops to grow,'' Helensville community constable Brett Mann says. ''Indoor growing is tried by some people, places such as a wardrobe, a laundry, a basement. The lighting, and smell of the cannabis plants, can sometimes give the show away. Outdoor growing of the plant lends itself to larger volumes being sown.'' Mr Mann says the plants need a lot of sun, a good water supply and fertiliser. Call Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111. Big catch: Alvin Balanon finally hauled in this bronze whaler, caught in his net at Snells Beach. He is 1.78 metres tall while the shark is more than two metres long. Guest nets 2-metre whopper A two-metre plus bronze whaler shark was a larger than expected catch for a set netter at Snells Beach. Resident Ken Noble was called from a hospital appointment by guest visi- tor Alvin Balanon from the Philippines after Mr Balanon checked the net and quickly left the water when he saw the big fish''. It took him several hours going into the evening with Mr Noble's help to pull in the net, which included many stingrays. Mr Noble believes the shark was dead when found, probably tangled while trying to get at rays in the net, a favourite food. It had a whole stingray and a ray wing in it,'' he says. Although bronze whalers are not considered dangerous to swimmers or divers, Mr Balanon did the right thing in being cau- tious says Mr Noble, who runs a net making com- pany. The shark is thought to be an immature female. They can reach more than three metres in length.
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