Manukau Courier : December 30th 2010
9 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 30, 2010 NEWS OPEN THROUGH XMAS & NY'S! PLUS IN-STORE SPECIALS ON NAILS, HARDWARE FRAMING, RETAINING AND MUCH, MORE.. DECKING FENCING All prices exclude GST. Offers only valid while stocks last and if paid for in full by either: Cash, Eftpos, Visa or MasterCard. Only closed Sundays & Public Holidays. Hours: M-F 7.00am-5.00pm S 7.30am-12.00pm Manukau City Branch 32 Noel Burnside Road 09 277 7695 100X40 REGULAR H3.2 G/T$1.79/m 100X40 PREMIUM H3.2 G/T $3.35/m 100X25 PREMIUM H3.2 G/T $2.30/m Mt Roskill Branch 50 Frost Road 09 620 4069 75X50 H3.2 RAIL 4.8M $8.95 ea 150X19 M H3.2 PAILINGS 1.8M $2.10 ea 150X19 M H3.2 PAILINGS 1.5M $1.80 ea 150X19 M H3.2 PAILINGS 1.2M $1.42 ea www.wiritimber.co.nz Manukau Unit K2 57 Cavendish Dr 9.30am-4pm Wed-Sun • Ph 09 263 0050 See website for other locations www.yourfurniture.co.nz furniture Your Home yh solid wood bed frame made of solid pine. Rimu or Black. 3 yr guarantee. Quality at an unbeatable price. 5 locations see our web site. (Click what's on sale for more bed bargains) BED SALE Simon Queen Be Bed dSe Sett Bed set includes mattress and Single Set $369 King Single Set $389 NOW ONLY $399 Usually $699 Ph 09 268 9543 32A Dennis Ave, Manurewa www.hillparkdental.co.nz Fillings Gum Treatments Extractions Root Canal Crown & Bridge Dentures WINZ Quotes • ACC & Free Treatment For Under 18 Yrs EXTRACTIONS FROM $85 *COND APPLY Valid until March 2011 FULL UPPER & LOWER DENTURES $1000 Valid until December 31st, 2010 A plant not to forget Top plant: The Chatham Island forget-me-not. The innocent Chatham Island forget-me-not has beaten a deadly nettle to become New Zealand's favourite plant for 2010. In a national poll by the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network to find the country's pre- ferred plant, the poten- tially deadly tree nettle -- urtica ferox -- dominated voting until the Chatham Island forget- me-not overtook its rival in the final fortnight. The Chatham Island forget-me-not is an iconic megaherb, growing in patches up to 1m tall. It is endemic to the Chatham Island archi- pelago where it grows on wild coastal cliffs, rock outcrops, above the strand zone on beaches, and in coastal forest openings. With its large blue- flowered inflorescences, it is revered by gardeners nationwide but is threatened with extinction in the wild. Supporters of butterfly conservation -- the red admiral in particular -- placed their votes in favour of the tree nettle because it's a host plant for the butterfly. Others cited its home security value, saying that the killer plant was perfect for deterring bur- glars when planted below windows. More than 125 plant species were voted for via the website of the New Zealand Plant Con- servation Network, a national online reposi- tory of information about plants. The more traditional plant icons missed out again with the silver fern placing only 11th and the pohutukawa 23rd. Previous winners of the annual poll have included pohutukawa, Cook's scurvy grass and pingao (the golden sand sedge) in 2009. The top 10 native plants for 2010: Myosotidium horten- sium -- also known as Chatham Island forget- me-not, kopakopa, kopukapuka Urtica ferox -- ongaonga, tree nettle Sporadanthus fer- rugineus -- bamboo rush, giant wire rush Metrosideros bartlettii -- rata moehau, Bartlett's rata Rhabdothamnus solandri -- New Zealand gloxinia, kaikaiatua Clianthus maximus -- kakabeak, kowhai ngutu-kaka Cordyline australis -- cabbage tree, ti, ti kouka, palm lily Muehlenbeckia astonii -- shrubby tororaro, wig- gywig, mingimingi Dacrydium cupres- sinum -- rimu, red pine Metrosideros robusta -- northern rata Go to www.nzpcn. org.nz to view the top 100. City of dairy cows Herd of the concrete jungle? As well as being New Zealand's largest and most populous urban area the Auckland region is also home to the country's smallest dairy herds. Roaming somewhere between 1.3 million people, two harbours and about 50 volcanoes are 448 dairy herds. That's 109,405 dairy cows or 2.5 percent of the nation's bovine popu- lation, according to the 2009-10 New Zealand Dairy Statistics report released by Livestock Improvement and DairyNZ. Auckland herds contri- buted more than 30 million kilos of milk- solids to the 1.4 billion kilos of milksolids processed by dairy com- panies in the year. Herd numbers and sizes vary from district to district with just five herds -- 720 cows -- in Papakura and 15 herds -- 3912 cows -- in Manukau. The greatest concen- tration of dairy farms is in Franklin which has 265 herds or 63,286 cows. See www.lic.co.nz/ news/publications or www.dairynz.co.nz/ dairystatistics to read the New Zealand Dairy Statistics report.
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