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Whangārei Heads Newsletter – supplement to the Dec/Jan issue

In the Dec/Jan issue of the newsletter we accidently left out the articles from the Whangārei Heads Community Library and from DOC, and we also left out some important paragraphs from the Backyard Kiwi article. Our sincere apologies to those contributors – we have learned from these mistakes and improved our procedures!
Below are the missing paragraphs from the Backyard Kiwi report and also the Library report in full. The DOC article will be included in the next issue.
On behalf of the newsletter team, we wish you all the best for a safe and happy Christmas and New Year

WHLF Backyard Kiwi

(the following paragraphs should have been included)

Visitor’s dogs – with the holidays coming up please politely remind any visitors to control their dogs – keep them on a lead!! Our kiwi are very vulnerable to dogs and visitors often don’t realise that the kiwi are everywhere at the Heads – even in the roadside pampas.

Tutukaka Landcare Kiwi Release -On the Friday before Labour weekend we had a busy but very successful day transferring and releasing four kiwi in the Tutukaka Landcare area. They were Sarah, Kiaora, Prudence and Pikiake (the first kiwi to be named in sign language, who was named in a special ceremony by Freddy Tito) . The FOMLI naming ceremony got Maori TV coverage and 80 people attended. We then visited Glenbervie School before the TLC release event where once again locals got the strong message that if they want kiwi in their backyards their dogs must be kept away from kiwi, tied up and walked appropriately on a lead. Thanks for the big team effort.
Todd Hamilton

Whangarei Heads Community Library

The school holidays and Christmas are on their way, wow where has this year gone! The library will be open during the holidays from 10am to noon Monday to Saturday, thanks to our wonderful volunteers who give up their mornings so we can have new books to read. Please support them by using the library lots. We will be closed on the 25th and 26th of December, open on the 27th and 28th then closed for Gaidhealtach from 30th Dec to 9th Jan. The library will then be open for the rest of the holidays except for public holidays. You are able to borrow books and magazines for yourselves and your visitors.

If you have been into the library in the last 2 weeks you will have seen our new computer system. This will be logged on for you to use during school hours and if you have any problems please just enter your loans, returns and renewals in the book on the desk. There is also a systems manual on the desk if you are feeling brave. We are very grateful to have this wonderful new system which will give us all sorts of exciting options.

The new books have arrived and are being processed. Some titles to watch out for:
Thrillers– “Blue Moon“ by Lee Child, “Agent Running in the Field “ by John Le Carree, “The Killer Inside “ by Cass Green, “No Mercy” by Martina Cole, “The Lake Child” by Isobel Ashdown.
General Fiction– “Giver of Stars “ by Jo Jo Moyes, “The Absolute Book” by Elizabeth Knox ,”The Day We Meet Again” by Miranda Dickinson, “The Testaments” by Margret Atwood.
Non-fiction– “Webers’ Ultimate Barbecue” by Jamie Perviance, “Ma,am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margret” by Craig Brown, “First Map” by Tessa Duder, “The Body A Guide For Occupants”
This is just a small sample of new books to look forward to.

When we did our last stocktake the following 3 books were missing “Killer Slippers” by Nick Goldie, “An Iron Rose “by Peter Temple and “ Past Tense” by Lee Child. Please have a look around and if you find any of these titles just pop them through the slot on the library door.

I read two wonderful books recently, both taking a sideways look at old age. “The Carer” by Paula Daly and “The Great Unexpected” by Dan Mooney. Both these fiction books had wonderful characters who were funny and touching at the same time. Highly recommended.

On that note we wish you all a very merry Christmas and joyous new year. Sue Goldie