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Seven Fiordland College students,
accompanied by community
trappers John Carter and Ray
Willett, have been helping to
assess possum numbers in the
Kepler Track area being managed
as part of the Air New Zealand
Kids Restore programme.
The group spent their second day
in the bush this week, collecting
wax tags they had laid previously
to identify areas where possums
The wax tags were left out
for seven nights before being
collected. Possum bite marks will
be totalled and this data will be
used in determining the type of
possum control to be used in the
area. The monitoring will also be
used as a baseline to compare the
effectiveness of possum control.
The bite marks will be further
assessed by experts to determine
any rat presence as well.
Three areas were studied,
randomly selected by computer
which the students then used
GPS to locate. Once on site Arana
McLachlan was charged with
keeping the team on course.
“My job was to navigate the way
for everyone in the bush with a
compass. The hardest part was
climbing hills in the forest. The
best part was using a GPS,” he
Gregor Goble said the work
involved nailing orange, triangular-
shaped tags to trees.
“It had a little mountain of wax
in one corner of it. The possums
come along and bite the wax and
that leaves an impression of their
teeth,” he said.
“Above the wax was a little square
plate that glowed in the dark. This
was so the possums knew which
tree to go to! Then we put some
icing sugar and flour on the tree so
the possums could smell it.”
Kelvin Murdoch said he enjoyed
the chance to be part of the
“I liked being out, walking and
learning in the native bush with
huge ferns surrounding us,” he
Matiu Henry agreed: “The thing I
liked most was leading the team
off-track through the Kepler
The other participants were Kento
Frew, Tom Kitto-Thomas and
Mr Carter said each of the
students had shone during this
experience, although some had
found it very hard going at times.
“I think they all enjoyed exploring a
new place in their own ‘backyard’.”
Kids go bush to check possum numbers
Members of the Kids Restore the Kepler possum monitoring group, dwarfed by
ferns, as they work off-track.
By Kirsty Macnicol
Members of the Kids Restore the Kepler possum monitoring group with John
Carter (right) pictured while locating sites for placing wax tags to ascertain
possum density in the area.
The blustery day didn’t deter the
26 women and men who joined
the Rural Women New Zealand
“Walk the World” Challenge held
on the Winton Walkway on Sunday
Walkers from Waimatua, Dacre,
Hokonui, Drummond and Winton
contributed to the total of 130km
that was walked, raising money for
the “Pennies for Friendship Fund”.
The proceeds from this fund go to
helping women in communities
where there is a need, for example
to teach them how to grow their
This is the second year the event
has been held and Eunice Roberts
reported that they were very
pleased with the turnout.
Walking the world for good cause
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Te Anau Community Fund
Meridian recognises the special contribution local
communities make to our hydro and wind operations,
and to the country’s electricity sector.
The Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund gives your community
a say on what local initiatives are supported and funded by Meridian.
The Fund, managed by a panel of community members and Meridian staff,
is about working together to build strong communities.
The Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund is for the communities of
Te Anau, Manapouri, Clifden and Tuatapere, and will provide $500,000
to help community projects in this area over three years.
TO APPLY FOR FUNDING
The next closing date for Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund
applications is 22 May, 2013.
For more information on the Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund,
or for an application form, please visit meridian.co.nz or email
You can also call us on 03 357 9732.
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