North Shore Times : January 31st 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 10 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 31, 2013 NEWS Advertising Feature My family View our latest edition online at www.northshoretimes.co.nz Gannet chick is the real deal Real deal: Right, spot the real gannets amid the fakes. First chick: Left, Motuora's milestone, its first baby gannet. Kiwi release: Right, Richard Jakob-Hoff, a senior vet at Auckland Zoo, with a three-week- old brown kiwi chick for release on Motuora. Despite not being on speak- ing terms with their indiffer- ent neighbours, a gannet pair on Motuora Island has decided to start a family. The first real chick to hatch in a fake gannet colony on the island has been welcomed by Motuora Restoration Society (MRS) volunteers who set it up in June 2010 using 16 fibreglass decoys from the United States. It's hoped the chick, now four weeks old, will be the start of a real colony. Volunteers made the fake colony as realistic as possible, with seaweed nests and white paint splatters like real gan- net droppings. A solar powered audio sys- tem playing gannet colony sounds during the day and fluttering shearwater sounds at night, clearly appeals to a number of real gannets who have moved in. The birds like to breed in the colony where they were born. A similar fake gannet colony was established at Young Nick's Head near Gis- borne in 2008. That became a breeding site for gannets once the first chicks were hatched there,'' society spokesman John Stewart says. The 80-hectare island five kilometres off Mahurangi West is administered by DOC and the society. It is also a nursery for North Island brown kiwi. LIFE launches new campus on Shore LIFE leaders: Senior Pastors Paul and Maree de Jong. LIFE church's new North campus will officially open this Sunday at 25 Arrenway Drive, Albany, with services at 9 and 11am. LIFE is a church passionate about people living their lives con- nected and on purpose,'' Senior Pastor Paul de Jong says. The much anticipated opening of the North campus at Arrenway Drive, Albany, will bring together existing congregations who have been meeting on the Hibiscus Coast, as well as at West Auckland. We have over the past 12 months been planning to maximise our impact and reach by running three large worship services across the city. Additionally a signifi- cant number of North Shore residents have been travelling across the bridge to services at our Central campus at Mt Eden; many of these folk will now be part of new LIFE North cam- pus,'' Pastor Paul adds. At LIFE we have four major focuses: Church, Community, Business, and Kingdom which underpin all that we do to impact and change the generations with the reality of Christ. We meet with each other and the community in multiple locations on Sundays and in 11 regions across Auckland throughout the week, Pastor Paul says. LIFE has been active in Auckland for more than 20 years -- formerly known as Christian Life Centre Auckland. It has thriving campuses at LIFE South in Mangere, and LIFE Central in Mt Eden. There are also campuses at Warkworth, and Melbourne. LIFE TV, with Paul de Jong, has recently com- menced on Prime, at 6.30am and 9.30am on Sundays, offering a fresh style of Christian tele- vision. LIFE has fantastic programmes for kids, youth, and families, plus many ways for people to connect regionally, and within their local cam- pus. We're welcoming community members from across the North Shore, West Auckland, and Hibiscus Coast, look- ing for a great local church to call home, to come and visit us,'' Pas- tor Paul says. From this Sunday LIFE will offer multiple service times to suit everyone, with full facilities such as a cafe, LIFE Kids programme, Parents' Room, and excellent audio-visual facilities.
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