North Shore Times : December 2nd 2010
23 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 2, 2010 NEWS Phonics Rea ng Writing Maths Math Stepping Ahead Learning Centre Laura 478 8361 | 027 283 7799 or Glenda 415 5534 | 021 267 3627 gg Ph Readin & Free introductory lesson My Family Advertising Feature Robot advice from the US By SARAH CODDINGTON Mad science: VEX robotics world champion George Gillard,13, teaches United States ambassador David Huebner what it takes to be the mastermind behind a working robot. Photo: BEN WATSON United States ambassa- dor David Huebner is helping North Shore secondary students pre- pare for a regional robotics championship. Mr Huebner organised a meet and greet with VEX Robotics Challenge competitors at Massey University Albany. Robotics is an initiat- ive stemming from the US where NASA and other science and tech- nology forums looked at ideas to get stu- dents interested in these areas. Students at the event included members from Kristin K-Force team and the home school team Free Range Robotics who won the world championship in Dallas earlier this year. Other teams from Rangitoto College, Mas- sey University Albany and Lynfield College also attended. The competitions re- quire teams to build robots to their own specifications and then programme it and com- pete in set games. A team from a college in California will be joining teams here in the regional champs this month. Mr Huebner says he is not taking sides on who he wants to win the com- petition. Winning is not impor- tant, what is important is kids learning and having fun with people that have similar inter- ests, he says. A video conference was set up with the Califor- nia students who will be coming to New Zealand next month. The national compe- tition will be held in March. The winners will be guaranteed entry to the World Championship in Dallas next year. Information panels go in bush Environmentally friendly: Grant Gillon of Kaipatiki Local Board, left, and Northcote MP Jonathan Coleman and Le Roys Bush management committee chairwoman Carol Hosking with an environmental interpretation panel. Visitors to a popular bush reserve can now easily tell the difference between the area s good plants and its pests. Panels detailing the bush environment, the history of plants and animals and nearby Little Shoal Bay stream have been installed at Le Roys Bush in Birken- head. The four panels will help protect the area by providing information about invasive plants and pest fish and what people can do to protect the environment from them. They have been funded by the old North Shore City Council and Auck- land Regional Council s Coastal Enhancement Fund and foster the Le Roys Bush management committee s aim to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the area. The panels are comple- mented by a number of botanical plaques dotted along the track from Onewa Rd which help people identify native plants and trees. The panels have been unveiled by supporters and Kaipatiki local board member Grant Gillon, and Northcote MP Jonathan Coleman. The unveiling coincided with event vol- unteer planting in the wetland. It is North Shore s largest wetland which plays a key role in filtering contaminants from the water before the Little Shoal Bay stream flows out to the beach at Little Shoal Bay. FROM Page 22 Rothesay Bay Vet Clinic: Vet Tristan Davies and vet nurse Jo Kennedy outside the superb new clinic. Tristan is on call for emergencies 24 hours/day. children. They converted the quaint and iconic building that was for- merly doctors rooms into a superb vet clinic, and all the renovations were carefully and lovingly thought out to retain the character and flow of the building whilst incorp- orating the latest equip- ment and technology. The result is a clinic that s bright, inviting and modern with a friendly atmosphere that instils confidence in its clients -- pets and owners alike. Head vet nurse Jo Kennedy is highly experienced in her pro- fession and great with animals -- her friendly dog Tess is often at work with her waiting to greet you! Tristan and Carolyn s goal was to establish a vet clinic that provided high quality veterinary services, in a warm and caring environment. Tristan understands how significant your pet is to your life and he promotes preventative medicine and wellness as well as quality diagnos- tic, surgical and emerg- ency care, for pets of all ages. After completing his BVSc Tristan worked extensively as a vet here and in the UK, and especially enjoyed a period working in a small country practice and caring for the needs of the variety of animals that a rural veterinary practice brings. The full range of services at Rothesay Bay Vets includes consul- tation, annual health checks, vaccinations, surgery, x-rays, flea and worm products and advice and after hours emergency care. This last is a major point of difference for the clinic. On week nights Tristan does his own after hours emergency service, 24 hours a day. No matter what time of the day or night, Tristan will come straight up to meet you at the clinic if your pet needs urgent attention. The clinic stocks a full range of quality pet food including prescription diet food for pets with special requirements. It also offers holistic con- sultations with Dr Lyn Thomson, BVSc DipHom, by appoint- ment, on Tuesdays, and is a supplier of Raw Essentials pet food. Pet grooming with Eve Walker is also available by appointment. Rothesay Bay Vets is at 6 Knights Road Rothesay Bay, with plenty of free off- street parking out front. Clinic hours are 7.30am- 6.30pm weekdays and 9-12 Saturdays. For more information phone 479-7282.
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