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Robins will be released
on Pomona Island in Lake
Manapouri this week in
the first step towards
returning native species
after the eradication of
secretary Viv Shaw said a
lot of volunteer work had
been put in on the island
during the past three
years to rid it of stoats,
rats, mice, possums and
deer. Ongoing monitoring
had shown the work to
be successful and it was
hoped to be officially
declared predator-free by
the middle of this year.
“At the moment we’re very
confident,” Dr Shaw said.
A group of volunteers joined
Department of Conservation
(DOC) staff earlier this week
to capture robins on Breaksea
Island. The aim was to relocate
40 robins from Breaksea Island
to Pomona Island. Some were
moved by helicopter midway
through the week, the rest were
due to be taken by boat and
The robins’ arrival coincides with
the third annual Art in the Park
event – a trust initiative run as
part of the DOC summer nature
programme where artistically-
Photo: Viv Shaw
Robins are being relocated to Pomona
Island in Lake Manapouri this week.
minded people can visit the island and
enjoying some art and photography
tips from Chris Wilkie and Graham
Dainty. Those just wanting to look
around will be looked after by trust
member Hunter Shaw who is very
knowledgeable about the flora and
fauna of the island and the work done
People visiting the island were asked
to follow a strict quarantine regime to
ensure no unwanted pests or weeds
were introduced unwittingly.
Pupils at Fiordland Kindergarten are enjoying a
more comfortable learning environment thanks to
new ergonomically-designed chairs and tables.
Committee secretary Len Cahill said the
equipment, which cost more than $4000, was
bought thanks to a grant from Pub Charity.
It funded 30 Postura chairs, which came in
subtly differing sizes to fit children of different
ages, and shaped Formica tables that could
be put together in a variety of different layouts,
depending on the activity.
Head teacher Claire Maley-Shaw said the kindy
now boasted a range of top equipment, including
a multi-media suite purchased 18 months ago
with a grant from Meridian Energy.
The children could now see DVD presentations
and chat with people in different locations using
Skype. They also kept an up to date blog at
There are 55 children enrolled at Fiordland
Kindergarten with another 30 on the waiting list.
George Prendergast, 4, and Sophie Willans, 3, using the new tables and chairs at Fiordland
Kindergarten for some art work.
New comfort for kindy littlies
Social service agencies and groups in Fiordland
have banded together to improve community
access to appropriate help when needed.
Facilitator of the Fiordland Interagency Network
Joanne McArthur said the various groups began
meeting at the beginning of last year and soon
realised that they did not know enough about
each other and the respective services on
offer. By working together and meeting every
third month there was now a much greater
level of understanding which meant people in
the community could be quickly and effectively
directed to the most appropriate assistance.
“This isn’t an ambulance at the top of the cliff
this is way, way back at the road stuff,” Ms
McArthur said. “It’s about promoting what’s here
and advocating for what should be here.”
Public Health South health promotion adviser
Karen Goffe has been assisting the network and
said one of the first gaps identified was a lack of
good information about suicide prevention. This
had been tragically highlighted last year when
the community suffered three apparent suicides
in the space of about eight days.
Each of the 20-odd groups in the network had
now been equipped with a comprehensive
resource box – “relevant, up to date, credible
information that they could use to deal with the
situation or refer on,” she said.
The next step was a pamphlet outlining where
people could get help if and when they needed it.
“It’s a good, all-round, easy to read pamphlet
that anyone can pick up,” Ms Goffe said.
Ms McArthur said that in the current global
financial crisis it was more important people had
easy access to reliable people and organisations
that could help them through difficult times.
“We’re talking about coping strategies,” she said.
“I want people accessing what they need to.”
The Fiordland Interagency Network now had
about 20 different groups represented. Most
were based in the Fiordland area but others
came from Invercargill but offered services
throughout the province. It was possible there
were still others working in the community that
the network was not yet aware of and they were
urged to get in touch, Mrs McArthur said.
The new pamphlet is due out in a few weeks.
Agencies offer help together
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