A walk in the park

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Passers-by could not help but take a sec­ond glance when they saw a par­tic­u­larly woolly walk­ing group in Bat­tle Hill Farm and For­est Park on Sun­day.

About 15 al­paca were taken for a stroll by their breed­ers as part of a new al­paca and llama walk­ing pro­gramme in the area.

‘‘We started the group to have some fun. Last year over Christ­mas we took our own al­paca out for a walk through the bush and thought it would be more fun if there were a group of us,’’ says or­gan­iser Stephen Mulholland.

The group meets ev­ery six to eight weeks to trek their pets through lo­cal bushes or have a day at the beach.

‘‘Al­paca love the ocean. They just jump straight through the waves and play around,’’ he says.

Years of ex­pe­ri­ence with the an­i­mals makes him the ‘‘go-to guy’’ for peo­ple seek­ing al­paca ad­vice.

‘‘I have about 60 at home so I guess you could call us the big play­ers in town. We’ve [he and wife Ta­mara] bred them for a while and sold them but, through the group, we get to see a lot of the al­paca we bred our­selves so it’s like a fam­ily re­union ev­ery few weeks.’’

Pau­ata­hanui breeder An­gela We­ston took two of her Suri al­paca, Olivia and Montezuma, on the out­ing to har­ness train them for the up­com­ing Hawke’s Bay A&P Show.

‘‘They were re­ally good. They have re­ally great per­son­al­i­ties and they love peo­ple so I en­joy hav­ing them,’’ she says.

Email ta­mara@al­pacas­ram­pant.co.nz.

May­oralty Nick Leggett 5930 votes, Litea Ah Hoi 2973, Gre­gory For­tuin 2432, Liz Kelly 1705, Rus­sell Mar­shall 1263, Mike Dun­can 1104, Brian Collins 454, Piripi Gray 164, Peter Windsor 151

North­ern ward Euon Mur­rell 1990, Sue Dow 1190, Tim Shep­pard 1160, Anita Baker 1031, Bronwyn Kropp 949, Pauline Morse 741.

Western ward ’ Ana Cof­fey 768, Ken Dou­glas 715, Liz Kelly 678, Henry Smith 609, Graeme Eb­bett 372, Toni Tana 267, Vic­to­ria Jakobs 169;

East­ern ward Litea Ah Hoi 1273, Faafoi Seiuli 668, Denys Latham 644, Wayne Poutoa 572, Robert Rangi 555, Hay­den Nash 526, Jude Bar­low 358, Tim Manu 305, Piripi Gay 161, Maria Salu-Burgess 138, Dave Cochran 131.

Porirua/Tawa seats Jenny Brash 10,893, Bar­bara Don­ald­son 6925, John Burke 6744, Pat Han­ley 3062.

May­oralty Kerry Pren­der­gast 24,468, Celia Wade-Brown 24,428, Jack Yan 7341, Bryan Pep­perell 5891, Bernard O’Shaugh­nessy 1161, Al Mansell 535

North­ern ward Justin Lester 3016, Helene Ritchie 2858, Ngaire Best 2752; Gareth Mor­gan 1595, Hay­ley Wain 1426, Camilla Chin 1051, Gary Roberts 522; Mal­colm Spar­row 918, Robert Tredger 646, Mar­garet Lu­cas 613, Graeme Hansen 598, Alis­tair Sut­ton 536, Christo­pher Read­ing 520, David Dor­roch 509, Richard Her­bert 359, Den­nis Shar­man 227.

Two lo­cal res­i­dents were elected to Cap­i­tal & Coast District Health Board – Mar­garet Faulkner and Bar­bara Don­ald­son.

For more in­for­ma­tion, elec­tionz. com, welling­ton.govt.nz.

Fleecy friends: Lo­cal breeder An­gela We­ston with one of her Suri al­paca.

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