North Shore Times : February 14th 2013
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It's a matter of time before a dolphin or orca gets trapped in a setnet. That's the view of Tindalls Bay residents David and Glenys Ferguson who have already seen a six-metre shark caught in one and dragged to shore. They live in a home overlook- ing the eastern end of Manly Beach and can see the shallows where setnetters frequent. They support calls for setnet bans in popular areas. Glenys says they see people put nets straight from the shore, out to near the rocks. The nets aren't above the full tide line like they are sup- posed to be. They put them in really shallow and when the tide goes out they are left on the ground.'' David says nets are some- times left unmonitored over several days. The Fergusons are members of Whale Watch and make sev- eral calls a year reporting sigh- tings of orcas and dolphins in the bay. We have seen orcas come right in to shore, waist-deep water, in full tide to feed. Once we saw a mother bring her young right in,'' David says. We also get dolphins in the shallows regularly.'' David saw 20 dolphins jump- ing right in front of him just last year. If the nets were there they would have got trapped.'' They run a bed and breakfast from their home and say it is just a matter of time before mammals get caught if nets continue to be set. What upsets us is that we have couples from all over the world staying with us,'' Glenys says. We worry about the day when an animal gets caught and a tourist sees it struggling. They would be horrified. I don't know why they don't just ban setnets entirely.'' Common dolphins feed off beaches across the Whanga- paraoa Peninsula, chasing the same fish that setnetters hope to snag. Only Arkles Bay has a setnet ban. The Auckland Council is reviewing its bylaws and online submissions are open from tomorrow until March 15. Connect with Kiwis Newcomers to New Zea- land can connect with other Kiwis through friendship groups run at Raeburn House in Northcote. Learn about Kiwi cul- ture, find out about local services, try new food and enjoy a range of activities. Bring a small plate of finger food to share. The next group begins February 27, from 10am to noon at level 1, Nor- man King Building, Ernie Mays St, North- cote. Phone 486 8635 or email ssnznorthshore@ raeburn house.org.nz for information. ICH appeal has friendship focus The IHC Annual Appeal runs until the end of March promoting aware- ness and raising aware- ness to support people with intellectual disabili- ties in the community. This year the focus of the appeal is on the importance of friend- ships that are made through the IHC Volun- teer Programme. IHC national fundrais- ing development man- ager Adele Blackwood says genuine friendship is something that many of the people supported by IHC miss out on, and that real friendship has the potential to change lives. The money that is raised throughout the year by the IHC fundra- ising team is also spent on the non-Government funded areas of IHC's services. IHC chief executive Ralph Jones says it is crucial work that gives life to its philosophy of advocating for the rights, welfare and inclusion of all people with an intel- lectual disability, and supporting them to lead satisfying lives in the community. Donations can be made through the IHC website, at ihc.org.nz, and click on ''Donate online'', or post your donation to: IHC Fundraising, PO Box 1757, Wellington 6140. Spatial skills shortage boost Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and the Spatial Industries Busi- ness Association (SIBA) have welcomed the addition of the occu- pation Other Spatial Scientist' to the Govern- ment's Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL) -- used to help identify industries that suffer from a shortage of New Zealand workers. Research commiss- ioned through Victoria University into the capa- bility of the spatial industry in New Zealand has confirmed a skills shortage in this area,'' New Zealand Geospatial Office principal analyst Geoff O'Malley says. This is just one step towards addressing that. In the longer term we'll work with schools to raise awareness of spatial sciences as a career option, and with universities to increase the tertiary level quali- fications available in this area. This addition to the LTSSL reflects a col- laborative effort between government, academia and industry. We all sup- port the growth of the New Zealand spatial industry and, together, have put forward a strong and successful application.'' SIBA Geospatial capa- bility lead Scott Camp- bell says New Zealand business is increasingly recognising the value of spatial information -- but that, for the foreseeable future, demand out- weighs the supply of skil- led spatial scientists. This addition will help employers overcome the shortage of suitably qualified and experi- enced geospatial indus- try workers, and will help support the growth of the industry. By ensuring we attract skilled and tal- ented spatial profes- sionals to New Zealand, we can meet the demands of this growing industry,'' he says.
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