North Shore Times : January 28th 2011
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 28, 2011 NEWS 3342964AJ Fun Family Fundraiser Outdoor movie night Fun Family Fundraiser Outdoor movie night Friday 4th Feb, Onewa Domain Akoranga Drive, Northcote Gates Open 5pm. Movie starts at DUSK ENTERTAINMENT & FOOD AVAILABLE ONLY $15 per family (2 adults, 2 children) or $5 per person. Under 5's FREE. CASH ONLY - NO EFTPOS Sorry! Rain date - Sunday 6th Feb Vertical Bungy! Bouncy Castles! Ride-on Mini Hot Rods! BRING A PICNIC! Draw a Dragon and WIN PRIZES! Bring your drawing or make one on the night! IN BRIEF Join U3A U3A Takapuna is a branch of a lively, international organisation of recently retired people who want to continue learning and pursuing their special interests. Prospective members are invited to attend the first meeting for 2011 at the Citizens Centre, College Rd, Northcote on February 2 at 9.45am. Contact the president Judy Hanna on 489-4425 or email email@example.com or secretary Margaret McLaren ph 410-0472 or email margaretcammclaren@ yahoo.com.au. Be quick because as there is no waiting list. Variety funding Children's Charity Variety is helping Kiwi kids reach their lifelong dreams with the opportunity to gain a Gold Heart scholarship. The scholarship programme provides mentoring and funding for children who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged. Children applying for the scholarship should be at a high level in education, the arts or sport. Applications open on February 1 and close on March 31. Visit www.variety.org.nz or phone Heather Stevens 520-4111 for more information. Ross Sea talk Cameraman Peter Young will speak on his experiences filming in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, on February 9 at 7pm at Voyager NZ Maritime Museum. The talk is part of the museum's speaker series and will feature film footage. Mr Young is speaking on behalf of The Last Ocean Charitable Trust in association with the NZ Antarctica Society. The Ross Sea, Antarctica is the last intact ocean ecosystem and is threatened by commercial fishing. The trust aims to promote the establishment of a Ross Sea marine protected area. Admission by koha. Phone Gina 373-0800 for more information. Slugs come under the microscope By SARAH CODDINGTON Up close: Waikato University student Serena Khor wants to find out more about the grey side-gilled slug that lives on North Shore beaches. WORK to determine how sea slugs produce the deadly toxin that plagued North Shore beaches last year is under way. Twenty sea slugs, that carry a poison known as tetrodotoxin, were discovered at Narrow Neck Beach last summer. Several dogs died and dozens became sick from eat- ing the slugs at Narrow Neck and other North Shore beaches in winter 2009. Warning signs were erected at beaches and health authorities said children and dogs could be at risk. Nga pae ote Maramatanga, a govern- ment-funded centre of research, is providing $250,000 over two years to investigate the sea slugs. The Cawthron Institute, in Nelson and the Hauraki Maori Trust Board has col- laborated for the project. Science and technology student Serena Khor is work- ing under a wider $750,000 Marsden-funded project at Cawthron Institute in Nel- son. The institute have car- ried out several inves- tigations and monitoring of the toxic slugs on North Shore beaches. Ms Khor, who is working with research scientist Dr Susie Wood, has been tending to a group of sea slugs that are being monitored to see if there s a link between toxicity and their diet. So far she has found tetrodotoxin in the slug in all the life stages from larvae to adult. If we can remove any bac- teria and the toxin also disap- pears, that would provide strong evidence that the toxin is produced by symbiotic bac- teria, Ms Khor says. Some of the toxic slugs found in Auckland s Hauraki Gulf and non-toxic slugs from Nelson have been put in the same tank. Ms Khor says the non-toxic slugs are surviving and this suggests all slugs can with- stand the effects of the toxin. Tests will be done to see if they have accumulated the toxins. The exact origin of the toxin is unknown, she says. It may be the slugs harbour toxin-producing bacteria or they may accumulate the toxin from a dietary source, she says. A third possibility is that the slugs make the toxin. New business association boss relishes challenge By JODEAL CADACIO Janine Brinsdon The North Harbour Business Association has a new general manager in Janine Brinsdon. Association chairman Gra- ham Boult says Ms Brinsdon s wealth of experience in busi- ness management and media makes her the top choice for the job. We are confident that Jan- ine will add depth to the NHBA s relationship with key stakeholders, media and the 1300 businesses which are core to our association, he says. Ms Brinsdon recently returned from the United Kingdom where she led the successful transition of expat newspaper New Zealand News into a website. Before this, she worked with a number of big and small companies in New Zea- land and overseas. The opportunity to create and support North Harbour business growth, either within the business district, greater Auckland or across inter- national markets, is exciting. Ms Brinsdon says her initial focus will be on enhancing the association s existing com- munication platform to create more opportunities and mile- stones for North Harbour. I have been encouraged by the level of support expressed for collaboration and co- operation within our current networks and look forward to leveraging real growth and economic benefit from these relationships for our busi- nesses. She will be working to pro- file opportunities around the Rugby World Cup for local business and build on the suc- cess of North Harbour initiatives dealing with crime prevention and transport.
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