North Shore Times : January 31st 2014
4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 31, 2014 Warning to drivers Motorists are urged to take extra care on the roads as schools reopen for the year. Young pedestrians and cyclists are particularly vulnerable at this time when there is likely to be more congestion, road policing national manager Superintendent Carey Griffiths says. ‘‘Let’s do everything we can to safeguard our kids as they walk and cycle to school – some of them for the first time,’’ he says. New students are lack the ability to anticipate dangerous situations, Mr Griffiths says. ‘‘This means sticking to the speed limit, giving cyclists plenty of room and travelling at no more than 20kmh past a stationary school bus,’’ he says. A permanent reduced 4kmh speed threshold remains in force around schools. ‘‘Children can be unpredictable, so motorists need to be well prepared to stop safely in and around school zones.’’ Parents are encour- aged to remind their children of safe walking and biking habits even if it is a well-travelled route. Drivers should ensure their children are dropped in a safe area, away from yellow lines and buses. NEWS Pest vine can kill natives By JESS ETHERIDGE Native trees are being suffocated by a pest vine which should banned, a volunteer says. The moth plant is prolific on the North Shore and is flowering earlier this year, Northcote resident Adrienne Grace says. For the last four years she has removed as many moth plants, also known as kapok or cruel plant, as she can. Their vines suffocate any- thing they latch on to, Ms Grace says. But with the vines flowering earlier this year she wants to encourage residents to rid their properties of it. If the vines are not removed before April, the pods will burst and spread more than 500 seeds each, she says. Sap from the plants can also stain clothes and irritate skin. The best solution is wet the soil around the moth plant’s roots, dig all of it up and dispose of it. Alternatively, vine roots can be cut 6cm above ground, the bark scraped off and poison gel applied while wearing protective gear, Ms Grace says. Landlords and tenants should check their properties every three months, she says, to prevent moth plants from taking hold – they can cover fences and trees. Auckland Council biosecurity community coordinator Malcolm Harrison says moth plants are included in a surveillance category and are banned from sale, propagation and distribution. Cooper & Real Estate Browns Bay Ltd 15 Anzac Road, Browns Bay 09 477 0848 Nasty business: The moth plant flowers produce pods containing seeds, which are spread by wind when the ripe pods burst open. The vines of the moth plant suffocate native plants. But no-one legally enforces this, he says. The plants are bad for the environment and the council encourages people to remove them. Leen Auperle, who has helped Ms Grace remove moth plants for a couple years, says he sees a lot of the pest in Milford where he lives. Ms Grace says dozens of Northcote and Takapuna properties are also covered in moth plant. ❚ Volunteers to help remove the plants are needed. Call Adrienne on 480 0458 for more information. Killing it: Adrienne Grace says cutting the root6cmabove ground, scraping the bark off and applying poison gel will kill it. Photos: JESS ETHERIDGE www.northshoretimes.co.nz IN BRIEF Head1 Diabetes support Diabetes Auckland holds North Shore support group meetings on the first Tuesday and Thursday of the month. The next meeting is February 4, 10am to noon in the Takapuna War Memorial Hall, The Strand, near Takapuna Library. There is no February 6 evening meeting because of Waitangi Day. Phone Sue 449 2221 for more details. Korean seminar The Korean community is invited to a seminar on employment rights and work and employment standards. The seminar, delivered in English and Korean, includes facts on tips on contracts and what you should do if an employment problem arises. It’s on February 12 from 9.30am to noon in the Korean Community Cultural Centre, 5 Argus Place, Hillcrest. Careful in water As summer temperatures make marine activities popular, the Police National Dive Squad urge everyone to be safety conscious. Keep an eye on the weather and water conditions and if conditions look bad don’t go out, Senior Sergeant Bruce Adams of the dive squad says. Go to watersafety.org.nz, nzu.org.nz, or divenewzealand.com for information. Free concert Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Bremnes performs a free concert in Mairangi Bay on February 8. Dan will also share his experiences from a trip to the Dominican Republic where he met his TEAR Fund sponsor child. He performs at 9am and 11am at Windsor Park on 550 East Coast Rd. Call 0800 800 777 or go to tearfund.org.nz for more details. Knitting bee Browns Bay Tender Residential Land A unique offering by public tender of approximately 2.1ha residential 4 zoned land. This parcel of land has been declared surplus to requirements by The Ministry of Education. The property is in the heart of an established residential area and adjourning a primary and intermediate school. The release of this land is very timely, as there is a shortage of development land in the area. Enquire now for an information pack. Tender closes Thursday 13th Feb 4.00 pm John van Lierop P: 09 477 0848 | M: 0274 726 293 E:firstname.lastname@example.org Cooper & Co Real Estate Browns Bay Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008 www.brownsbay.harcourts.co.nz 5851788AE The knitting bee group members featured in the North Shore Times on January 24 are not rest home residents. The Norfolk Apartments in Mairangi Bay is a retirement village.
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