Feilding Herald : November 17th 2011
6 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011 NEWS 35 Manchester Square, Feilding • 323 4058 Join Vicky & David Duncan for a very special evening to celebrate the Feilding launch of their book OTIWHITI STATION Wednesday 23 November 7pm 9pm At Bookmark Cafe instore at Paper Plus Feilding $5 at door, nibbles provided 4141395AA Davey Hughes the quintessential Kiwi outdoorsman Davey will be instore at PaperPlus Feilding Thursday 1 December, 7pm-9pm To share his ripping yarns Tickets $10 proceeds to Search & Rescue Includes refreshments & nibbles International Hunter, Traveller & Storyteller 71 Fergusson Street, Feilding Phone/Fax 06 323 3223 4189668AA Christmas gift ideas lightweight for posting Cardigans jackets scarves gloves socks hats PLUS Genuine pashminas merino scarves baby gift sets alpaca scarves knitting kits tapestry items alpaca & silk tops 10% OFF all possum and merino clothing WOOL SALE Manufacturer's Stock Clearance e.g. Aspire 8ply 100 gm balls 70% wool, 30% alpaca Were $19.50 per ball Now only $11 While stocks last Stock up or buy a garment lot for an overseas knitter for Christmas! great range of patterns available THINKING OF BUILDING? Date/Time: Tue 29 Nov, 5-6pm Where: BNZ Partners Centre, 1st Floor, BNZ Building, 31 Manchester Sq, FEILDING www.homebuildhomes.co.nz Keys to Successful New Home Building A FREE SEMINAR IN FEILDING: Tue 29 Nov • The building process: getting the right section, basic building steps, costs, expected timeframes, hidden traps. • Finance: the mortgage process, finance for building. • Selling your existing home: tips to maximize your return. 4189701AA RSVP: by Fri 25 Nov Ph: 357 1666 or email: email@example.com Sunday ride in memory of cyclist Sport Manawatu and local bike clubs are calling for cyclists to join them in a ride to raise awareness of cycle safety in the Manawatu. The ride will be along the Bridle Track on Sunday at noon and will be a tribute to Patricia Fraser, who was killed while out training for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge in November last year. All cyclists are welcome to come along -- whether they are commu- ters, recreational or competitive cyclists,'' Sport Manawatu iMove co- ordinator Felicity Masters says. Because the Bridle Track is off- road, it's great for any cyclist, but it's particularly good for families or younger children who want to go for a scenic bike ride without the worry of cars,'' she says. The ride will start at the Espla- nade railway station and be led by a white bicycle to remember Patricia and her love of cycling. Cyclists are encouraged to bring along a picnic to enjoy after the ride. There will also be a sausage sizzle, a children's bike obstacle course and a contest for the most visible cyclist and bike. We would like to see as many cyclists and bikes looking bright and colourful as possible,'' Ms Masters says. There is no need for cyclists to register, they just turn up on the day with a working bike and wear- ing a helmet. For more information visit sportmanawatu.org.nz. Head students: Rangitikei College Heads of School for 2012, from left, Holly Osten, deputy head girl, Daniel Lett, head boy, Lance Christiansen, principal, Renee Brady, head girl, Duncan Wing, deputy head boy. A world of colour fills their backyard By DENISE GUNN firstname.lastname@example.org Exotic: Awahuri couple Richard Dodunski and Kerry Fairless with their Electus parrots. The pair have more than 60 exotic birds housed in 27 aviaries on their property. Photo: DENISE GUNN Awahuri couple Richard Dodunski and Kerry Fairless have a passion for parrots. Their backyard is filled with an extensive variety of exotic, colourful birds housed in 27 aviaries. Although the couple have always held a strong interest in birds, it was after visiting a parrot enthusi- ast in Taranaki that they became totally hooked. Parrots are awesome,'' said Ms Fairless. You have a special relationship with them.'' Over a period of several years, Mr Dodunski and Ms Fairless set to work to construct aviaries in their backyard. The property is also security monitored. Each day starts at 5.20am in the couple's household when Mr Dodun- ski begins cutting fruit and vegetables to feed to the birds. Feeding is a really important part of keeping birds,'' said Ms Fair- less. They get more than their five- plus a day.'' Seed is also fed to the birds twice a week. They get a great variety of food,'' said Mr Dodunski. Young birds are often kept inside the house as the couple hand-raise them. Their parrots are in demand and sold all over New Zealand. Each bird is different. We get a lot of enjoyment out of them and there are all colours, shapes and size,'' said Mr Dodunski. Because they are caring for birds that originate from many countries around the world, the couple are always interested to gain more knowledge about them. Ms Fairless said she enjoys the continual learning aspect of keeping parrots and being able to pass that knowledge on to others. With birds, everyone is learning and sharing knowledge. And we love the people side of it,'' said Ms Fair- less. They are keen members of the Manawatu Avicultural Society and are registered contacts for the Par- rot Society of New Zealand. Within a club situation people have the same desire to see the birds prosper,'' she said. The Parrot Society of New Zea- land is holding a workshop on November 20 in the Awahuri Hall. A presentation by Dr Berend Westera, a veterinary surgeon with a special interest in birds, will dem- onstrate how to use a microscope to identify worms and stain gram testing for unwanted bacteria. The workshop, which starts at 10am, will also include present- ations on incubation and hand- rearing birds. Phone 323 8339 for details.
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