32 He aha tērā? What is that?

You may see this squat bird hunched on your washing line or on a power line. Or maybe it’ll suddenly dive down to the ground and come back up with a lizard or bug in its large black bill. Green above and creamy-beige below, you’ll know this bird when you see it. He aha tērā? What is that?

Squat bird, dark above and light below with distinctive stubby black beak, atop a washing line.
Photo by Miraz Jordan. Used with permission.

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31 He aha tērā? What is that?

This boisterous, medium-sized dark coloured bird chortles and squawks, cough, grunts and wheezes when it’s not singing prettily. Commonly seen feeding on flax flowers, it has an erratic whirring flight. It’s best known though for the white tufts at its throat. He aha tērā? What is that?

On a flax stem, medium sized dark bird with distinctive white wattles on its throat.
Photo by Kezna Cameron. Used with permission.

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Super Saturday Covid vaccination locations Mid-Central

We’ve been asked to share the attached information with our community. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated against Covid-19 please join in on this event to help us all keep safe.

MidCentral DHB Super Saturday 16 October 2021

Levin locations:

Clinic Location Time
Muaūpoko Tribal Authority and Raukawa Whānau Ora Drive-Through (Levin) Donnelly Park, Atkin Avenue, Levin 9am to 2.30pm
Berry’s Health Care Pharmacy (Levin) 62 Liverpool Street, Levin 9am to 5pm

Horowhenua clinics will be offering prizes and incentives to people who come and get vaccinated on Saturday 16th October [2021].

Up-to-date information for the vaccination clinics for Super Saturday can be found at: covid19.mdhb.health.nz/covid-19-vaccine/super-saturday/

Note: the above link gives a full list of vaccination sites for the event, including in Ōtaki.

Note: we were recently (08 October 2021) advised by Deborah Campbell, District Coordinator, Horowhenua Neighbourhood Support that in the Waikawa Beach area 70.5% of people have already had their first shot, and 44.4% have had their second shot.

Vaccinations by district.
Covid 19 vaccine header.

Horowhenua Regional Super Saturday Timetable. (260 KB PDF)

Be alert: suspicious maroon ute, 14-Oct-21

We’ve been alerted today of a maroon ute with covered back tray behaving suspiciously in the Strathnaver area, especially around the building sites. Police advise (PDF):

Police are always interested in suspicious activity. Don’t hesitate to contact them at 105 to report unusual activity. If you see a crime being committed, call 111 right away.

We have contacted our Neighbourhood Support Liaison person, Deborah Campbell, to advise her of this activity.

If you see a suspicious vehicle stay safe. Take a photo if possible. Note the number plate if possible.

Keep your eyes open; keep your tools and gear locked up.

29 He aha tērā? What is that?

This medium sized brown bird sings from treetops and forages for snails, worms, spiders and slugs. Its speckled chest is very distinctive. Most people will be familiar with this common bird. He aha tērā? What is that?

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Photo by Kezna Cameron. Used with permission.

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