North Shore Times : February 4th 2011
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 NEWS Become a positive influence in Early Childhood Education 7569 00091R Subs If you are excited at the prospect of teaching young children, are passionate about early childhood education, and have a sense of fun, a rewarding career in early childhood education may be just right for you! Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 4) Manukau Campus or Queen Street Campus Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) (Level 7) Contact us now for a complete list of programmes or more information. Faculty of Education and Social Sciences 0800 62 62 52 | www.manukau.ac.nz APPLY NOW FOR FEBRUARY 2011 Hampers help at Xmas By SARAH CODDINGTON About 450 needy North Shore families were provided with Christmas ham- pers this holiday season. Times were tougher this year because additional funding from the headquarters to cater for extra demand at Christmas was cut. Salvation Army community minis- tries centre Dee McColl says there are simply no resources to supply the ser- vice. More than 995 children were pro- vided with donated gifts on the North Shore. The North Shore Times gathered three truckloads of donated toys for the cause -- thanks to the generosity of readers. Westpac, Sovereign Insurance and the wishing well at Kmart also contri- buted gifts. Every year we are faced with the difficult process of not being able to give everybody help who asks for it,'' Ms McColl says. The demand for food parcels also grew quickly last season. We have clients who have had sev- eral years of receiving gifts and Christmas food hampers from the Sal- vation Army and we advise them early on that we have limited resources,'' Ms McColl says. Lock up cats after sunset Hurt and upset: Birkdale resident Anne was devastated after a neighbour's cat killed a bird and its five chicks that were nesting behind shrubbery in her garden. Photo: BEN WATSON By LISA HONEYBONE WOMAN PLEADS AFTER NESTING BIRDS KILLED A WOMAN who had six birds on her property killed by a neigbhour's cat wants a law that forces owners to lock their cats up at night. The Birkdale resident, who only wants to be identified as Anne, says a thrush had nested in an old crayfish pot in her back garden which was covered by shrubbery. Early one morning she came out to find the mum's head ripped off and the five babies mangled. There was a tuft of cat fur left behind that gave away the culprit, she says. I was absolutely devas- tated. I've never sobbed so much in my life,'' she says. Anne says she was honoured to have the thrush build a nest on her property and it was getting quite tame. She wrote a letter which she delivered to 26 of her neighbours asking them to keep their cats inside at night. She says if one person wakes up'' then her birds didn't die for nothing. If you still choose to close your eyes then you don't deserve to live near bush,'' she says. One of her neighbours told her about a proposed dom- estic cat control legislation in Western Australia which could see compulsory micro- chipping, registration and sterilisation of cats. Anne says she can't see compulsory registration being introduced in New Zealand but at the least they could be locked up overnight. Anne says she doesn't dis- like cats but she is doing this to save the birds. Night time is when cats get up to the most trouble, she says. They don't just curl up on your doorstep, they are out there in the dark hunting and killing our precious wildlife.'' Send your views on this issue to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and suburb.
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