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Mulch warning for gardeners
Spending time in the garden is not as
carefree as some would like over these
warm summer months. A concerned caller
to The Guardian this week has highlighted
the need to take precautions when handling
or preparing compost mulch and potting
mix. The woman, who wished to be known
simply as Mrs Caldwell, noted symptoms
within 6-8 hours of using mulch product last
week which included fever, shaking and
difficulty in walking. “I couldn’t hold a glass
of water, put it that way,” she said. A visit
to her GP ruled out legionnaire’s disease,
however after a second identical bout of
sickness, Mrs Caldwell felt compelled to
warn others of the dangers that dust and
fungal spores present in outdoor horticultural activities. “I’m more scared for other
people- it’s something I wouldn’t wish on
anyone,” she said. While almost all commercial suppliers of gardening mix products
include advisory notices on packaging,
when using any compost mix or mulch matter it is recommended to wear gloves and to
moisten the soil sufficiently.
Godspeed, Godwit
An incredible annual migration will shortly be underway as the bar-tailed Godwit
or Kuaka leaves their habitat from estuaries around New Zealand to fly over
11,000km to Alaska for the winter months.
Locally, the main dwellings of the estimated
2000 Kuaka are Farewell Spit and the
Motueka sand spit, with smaller populations on the Waimea Estuary and Nelson
Haven. Farewell celebrations are taking
place around the country as the time draws
near for their departure in the next three
weeks. Spokesperson for the local ornithological society Pauline Samways says
the organisation is in the early stages of
planning a small blessing and send off on
March 8 at the old Motueka wharf. As the
second largest area in the top of the south,
the sand spit provides a handy meeting
place for the Godwit as they prepare to
leave. “As they’re about to leave some of
the other birds from the Waimea Estuary
and the Haven will gather together, so there
is a wee build up of numbers.” Research
into the route taken by these birds indicates that while the trip from here to their
northern destination is broken into stages
between Australia and the Yellow Sea, the
return journey in September is a non stop
affair and is believed to be the longest such
flight of any bird in terms of distance, taking
between 7-9 days. The Godwit is not alone
in it’s migration to Alaska. Approximately
300 Red Knots and a similar number of
Turnstones leave around March- April.
Free Business Seminar
The First Class team in Mapua are hosting a free business seminar on Wednesday
the 25th of March from 4.30pm at the
Mapua Hall. The focus of the event is to
provide a free business education opportunity to the local community of Mapua. The
key theme for the event is to share with new
and existing business owners the latest
business trends, challenges and solutions.
For the business forum they have secured
key people from XERO, BNZ Motueka and
The Angel Group. They are all nationally
known corporate brands who are at the
forefront of their respective industries. They
will present to the Tasman businesses identifying how you can enhance your very own
business entity. The event will be run from
4.30pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 25th
February. Refreshments and Nibbles will be
available and attendance is absolutely free.
To book your place call Mapua 03 5402751
or 021 402771 or email [email protected]
Toastmasters Club
to host open evening
A free open evening
event is being hosted
next Wednesday as
an opportunity for the
public to learn more
about the Motueka
Toastmasters Club.
Toastmasters Club
was founded in 2006,
and now includes
around 25 members
who meet on a fortnightly basis.
The club aims to
confidence through
public speaking with
the aim of completing
a series of speeches
in order to obtain a
high level of writing,
preparation and delivery skills.
Membership coordinator Dave Moloney
says members join
Toastmasters for a
number of reasons;
whether it be they
want to deliver a good
speech at a wedding or Motueka Toastmasters member Peter
other significant event, Canton with Catrin Jacksties of the Nelson
or if public speaking Toastmasters Club after winning the speech
is part of their job and competition.
they want to further
develop their skills.
This year’s winner was Peter
Dave joined the club
Canton with his speech “Whistle
two years ago and says it has
While you Work”.
greatly developed his speaking
Peter will compete against other
and presentation skills associated
finalists at the regional competition
with his work.
where the winner will go forward
Club members are a variety of
to compete in the South Islands
ages from early 20s up to 70s who
all offer support and camaraderie.
The Toastmasters open evening
Every year the club hosts an
will be next Wednesday, 4th March
International Speech Competition,
at 7.00pm, at the St John rooms
with the winner going forward to
on Courtney Street, Motueka.
represent Motueka in the Top of
Supper will be provided and all
the South Toastmasters competiare welcome.
One of the winning sandcastles at last Friday’s Flash Electrical
Beach Fun Day hosted by Sport Tasman. 250 people turned out
for the family event at Kaiteriteri lagoon where there was plenty
of games and spot prizes.