Wairarapa News : January 16th 2013
15 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 16, 2013 NEWS SUPPLIERS OF EXPORT QUALITY MEAT TRADITIONAL KIWI BUTCHERY LOCALLY OPERATED. TRAINED BUTCHERS ON SITE EVERYDAY -- SPECIALS WHILE STOCKS LAST 437b Queen Street, Masterton Ph: 377 7951 www.emw.co.nz OPEN Mon-Fri7am-6pm; Sat&Sun7am-4pm MARINATED BBQ STEAK GET $10 WORTH FREE BUY $10 WORTH BEEF OR PORK FLAVOURED SUASAGES HAM ON THE BONE TWIN PACK SEASONED FRESH CHICKENS $5.99 $7.99 $16.95 kilo kilo kilo Weekly Specials Best Meat Prices in Town Specials commencing 14 January 2013 4828990AT 5067765AA 5113484AA Proudly supported by Kaka on the rise Flourishing: The kaka population at Pukaha Mt Bruce is going from strength to strength. Kaka are flourishing at Pukaha Mount Bruce where official fig- ures have estimated more than 160 kaka live on the 940-hectare reserve. The last census in 2007 estimated 82 kaka were estab- lished at the Pukaha reserve -- meaning numbers have doubled in five years. The results of the census are very encouraging, Kathy Hou- kamau, centre manager, said. The Pukaha forest can sus- tain many more birds and we re looking forward to seeing the population continuing to grow . This dramatic increase is due to kaka breeding in the wild as kaka are not part of the captive breeding programme at Pukaha Mount Bruce. Pukaha s pest- control programme plays a significant role in keeping pred- ator numbers down, allowing kaka eggs and chicks to survive. More than $150,000 each year is required just to maintain the current level of pest control on the reserve. In addition to Puka- ha s pest-control programme inside the reserve, Greater Wel- lington Regional Council and Horizons Regional Council help to protect the buffer zone around Pukaha Mount Bruce to try to prevent predators from reaching the Pukaha reserve. The census was completed during several months in order to ensure an accurate figure. Kaka are known to fly to Kapiti Island and back in a day, so tracking them is no easy feat. Kaka engage in a highly entertaining kaka circus each day at 3pm when Conservation Department rangers give them a tasty afternoon snack to the delight of visitors to Pukaha. The snack is enough to pro- vide the kaka with an incentive to come in and provide a closeup look for visitors, but isn t enough to replace the need to hunt for their own food in the wild. The kaka population began in 1996 when just nine juvenile kaka were released into the Pu- kaha forest -- the first kaka at Pukaha in 50 years. Kaka are particularly intelli- gent birds. Their strong wings and feet allow them to jump through trees, tumble through the air and hang from branches to reach fruit and flowers.
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