Manukau Courier : January 25th 2011
16 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 25, 2011 NEWS 2900915AP SUNDAY 13TH MARCH 2011 START TIME 9.30AM rOunD THe BaYs PORTS OF AUCKLAND www.roundthebays.co.nz ENTER NOW! SUPPORTING THESE GREAT CHARITIES Learn to dance this summer Summer is the time to get up and shake your booty with dance classes. The Get Up and Dance series is back with free salsa, zumba and line dancing classes on offer in Manukau. Jorge (Coco) Sequei- ros is taking the zumba and salsa classes. Living in New Zealand for 17 years he describes his salsa style as a mix of South American and Kiwi. Kathy Pollock will lead the line dancing all ages. Get Up and Dance is presented by the Auckland Council and runs from February 8 to March 31 at Manu- kau Square, next to Stirling Sports, West- field Manukau. Class are 6pm-7pm: Tuesdays -- salsa Wednesdays -- line dancing Thursdays -- zumba. Mayor backs kokako project Power in numbers: A kokako is tagged as part of a Department of Conservation and Auckland Regional Council Hunua project in 2008. The long-term survival prospects of Auckland's only mainland kokako population are being boosted by an Auckland Council project in the Hunua Ranges. The project is part of mayor Len Brown's com- mitment to roll out 100 projects in the first 100 days of the Auckland Council. The council is estab- lishing a new area under intensive mammalian pest management to expand the current kokako safe zone by 100 hectares. The kokako is one of New Zealand's endan- gered native birds, with a total population of about 400 pairs. About 23 pairs live in the kokako management area in the Hunua Reg- ional Park. The area was estab- lished by the former Auckland Regional Council and Department of Conservation. These beautiful birds are part of Auckland's unique natural heritage and magnificent environ- ment. We must protect and improve it,'' Mr Brown says. A pair of birds has nested outside the 1200-hectare manage- ment area. The male of the pair is one of the last of the original Hunua population left and is genetically significant. We are increasing the area under pest manage- ment to cover the pair's nesting area and link it to the management area, increasing the overall size of the zone,'' Mr Brown says. Intensive pest control not only gives these birds the best chance to flourish, it also promotes the overall health and vitality of the forest.'' When the pest man- agement framework is in place, the council hopes to build a network of volunteers to help main- tain the project. Working in collabor- ation with the com- munity is vital to projects like this,'' he says. We can work to pro- tect our native bio- diversity and our glori- ous regional parks for Aucklanders and visitors to enjoy long into the future.'' The call for volunteers will be made later this year.
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