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Re: Fight to stop bottle shop (East
& Bays Courier, April 18).
Ngati Whatua is against it and
in fact almost everyone is against
the proposed bottle store on the
corner of Kepa Rd and Kupe St --
arguably the poorest street in the
entire Orakei ward.
Sadly, the current liquor
legislation means the District
Licensing Authority has little
room to consider community
Like many others, I have voiced
my disgust and call on Parliament
to pass the former justice minister
Simon Power s Alcohol Reform
Bill sooner rather than later.
Among other things, the bill aims
to tighten the screws on such off-
licences and give communities
some real say.
In the meantime, these corner
bottlers keep falling through the
cracks. It has been two years since
the Law Commission released its
report on alcohol, so let s get
moving Wellington!Cameron Brewer
Councillor for Orakei
I m a volunteer worker at the
Citizens Advice Bureau in Glen
Innes and I was on duty on April
10 in the afternoon.
A teenage boy appeared with a
big bag of Easter eggs and told us
that although his little sister won
them in a raffle, she wished to
donate them to our food bank. She
wished that other children should
benefit from them.
This was a very unselfish act
and to acknowledge it I obtained
her name and address so I could
write and thank her personally on
behalf of the CAB. Her brother
said she would be thrilled to
receive such a letter.
Unfortunately I have lost that
piece of paper and I m very upset
for not keeping my promise and
writing to her.
Would big brother or a family
member please contact the
Citizens Advice Bureau at Glen
Innes with the postal details and
name, for the attention of Allan.
Please phone 528 3682.
Re Wild cats a menace (East &
Bays Courier, April 13).
With regard to the poor stray
cats at Wai O Taiki Reserve being
rescued by Lonely Miaow
(Letters, April 20), if at least 40
per cent of rescued strays are
killed, how many owned cats are
accidentally caught in the
trapping process, as many live on
park fringes and also chase birds?
The pukeko is a hardy bird and
a true survivor.
They will never be extinct and a
few stray cats and domestic cats
aren t going to make a dent in
There will always be stray cats
around the city. People abandon
their cats with no conscience.
It is of no benefit to just go and
catch and kill these stray cats.
More will move in.
As an SPCA Cat Coalition
volunteer, I am quite aware that
desexing and feeding the cats (out
of volunteers own pockets, not
SPCA) is a win-win situation.
This stops more cats moving in
and breeding and numbers
escalating. With the cats being fed
daily it will curtail the hunting of
those that do hunt.
All stray cats don t necessarily
hunt birds, many prefer mice and
rats. If you keep killing and
removing stray cats you then have
major rat problems.Carolyn Ravlich
Expedition's blog a
winner with readers
Fish folk: Tom Trnski, second from
left, and his team process their fishy
finds on the 2011 Kermadec Islands
trip, led by Auckland museum.
co.nz and click on Latest
Edition to see scientist Tom
Trnski preparing a fish to be
Marine enthusiasts all over the
world felt like they were a part of
the Auckland War Memorial
Museum-led research trip to
the Kermadec Islands last year
thanks to the team s daily
It is that interaction which has
seen the site win the social media
category in the Best of the Web
Awards at this year s Museums
and the Web conference in San
Museum publicist Melanie Coo-
per says she was thrilled with the
way people responded to the blog.
The award is the icing on the
cake, she says.
A satellite communications sys-
tem set up on the research vessel
allowed the scientists to com-
municate easily with staff at the
Photos, video and blog posts
were sent back and quickly
uploaded to the website to keep
readers up to date with the team s
Questions and comments from
readers were also relayed to those
on the boat to answer.
The scientists from Auckland
museum, the Department of Con-
servation, Te Papa and the Aust-
ralian museum made some
amazing discoveries and being
able to share videos and photos of
those in near real-time was a real
privilege, Ms Cooper says.
We like to think that for some
of the children following the blog
it might be the spark that gives
them a lifelong passion for sci-
The blog received more than
10,400 visits during the month of
May with more than 200
The museum team is now
putting together a marine exhi-
bition for 2013 to display the
Go to kermadec.auckland
museum.com to read the blog.
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