Marlborough Mid-Week : November 12th 2014
ENVIRONMENT Unique nature of Kermadec Islands New Zealand could be a world leader in marine protection, says marine scientist Anton van Helden. He will give a presentation, ‘‘Kerma- dec Ocean Sanctuary - An oasis in our ocean’’, in Blenheim tomorrow, outlining why New Zealand Forest & Bird, the Pew Environment Trust and WWF New Zealand want the Kermadec region to be given sanctuary status. Less than 1 per cent of the New Zea- land coastline is fully protected, van Helden says. That can be compared to mining permits for oil and gas allocated to 12.4 per cent of New Zealand’s marine environment, and nearly all of it open to fishing. Raoul Island is the largest in a group of volcanic islands that make up the Kermadecs, located halfway between the Bay of Plenty and Tonga. The area includes one of the most complex, deep-water environments on the planet, including the Kermadec Trench that is more than 10,000 metres deep. Van Helden says the Kermadecs is the only place near this country where tropical, subtropical and temperate species are found in the one place. It is a base for migratory birds, whales, turtles and large fishes like tuna and shark and new findings keep being made, he says. ‘‘We are only just beginning to dis- cover its secrets.’’ His talk about the Kermadec region and why it needs to be protected, is this month’s presentation for Marlborough Forest and Bird. The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Blenheim School hall in Henry St and is open to everyone. Spectacular: The Kermadec area, including Raoul Island, deserves sanctuary status according to New Zealand Forest and Bird, the Pew Environment Trust andWWF New Zealand. Photo: FILE Alyssums Gifts, Home & Kitchen CROSSWORD YOUR STARS TOP 10 Everything to m hing tomake your Chr st as Coo es available in store NOW e in s Layb Lby now ffor C Chriistmas Cookies, eN Christ tmas Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 THE TOP 10 1. Which world-changing event occurred on 4 August 1914? 2. What is the world’s biggest-selling car, with some 40 million sold since 1966? 3. What is the name given to a triangle where all sides are of different lengths? 4. How many stomach compartments does a cow have: none, three or four? 5. What insects did Mary Bumby introduce to New Zealand, in 1839? 6. Where in your body would you find the anvil and the stirrup? 7. Is carnophobia an irrational fear of teenage girls, meat or carnivals and similar events? 8. Which region is New Zealand’s largest, at 45,346 sq km? 9. The sea urchin is known by what name in Maori? 10. How many stars are there on Australia’s flag? SUDOKU MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, NOVEMBER 12, 2014 15 NZ CROSSWORD 6276937AK 4513063AO 1. Britain declared war on Germany, beginning WWI, 2. Toyota Corolla, 3. Scalene, 4. Four, 5. Honey bees, 6. In your ear, 7. Meat, 8. Canterbury, 9. Kina, 10. Six.
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