Keep­ing the kiwi safe

Ruapehu Press - - Front Page - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

New road signs have been put up to try and stop New Zealand’s na­tional bird from be­com­ing road kill.

The death of a Kiwi in June has prompted the NZ Trans­port Agency to put more signs around Ton­gariro Na­tional Park.

Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion bio­di­ver­sity ser­vices ranger Jenny Hay­ward said it was cool to see more signs up around the area in­clud­ing Rau­rimu.

‘‘There have been re­ported sight­ings of Kiwi cross­ing down there.

‘‘It’s about us­ing your com­mon sense and putting your foot off the gas and be­ing a bit more wary, you don’t know, you might save a kiwi.’’

New bright yel­low kiwi signs with the mes­sage, ‘‘Kiwi’s cross­ing at night,’’ have been put back onto sig­nage af­ter be­ing re­moved sev­eral years ago.

Se­nior ranger Stacey Faire said signs have been placed on the road com­ing into Ton­gariro Na­tional Park and a stolen sign has been re­placed on Bruce Rd. Signs have been placed on ei­ther side of State High­way 47, where a kiwi is known to fre­quently cross in the Ton­gariro For­est and Na­tional Park.

‘‘What hap­pens is when they’re young, they bounce around and when they get older they set­tle in an area un­til then they are just con­stantly ping pong­ing across any area and of course, in their mind, the road isn’t there and they are roam­ing their ter­ri­tory and parts of it are tar­mac.

‘‘You’d be sur­prised how close they are to the road which we’d pre­fer they don’t.’’

Faire said it was a timely re­minder es­pe­cially as Oc­to­ber was Save Kiwi Month.

‘‘It’s a cool way of con­tribut­ing to ki­wis and mak­ing sure they’re there for the next gen­er­a­tion.’’

DOC staff would like to hear from any­one who sees a kiwi or finds signs have been re­moved or dam­aged.

Hay­ward said peo­ple don’t need to worry if they ac­ci­den­tally hit a kiwi but it was im­por­tant for DOC staff to be no­ti­fied.

NZ Trans­port Agency Me­dia man­ager Liz Banas said they would be work­ing closely with the Ruapehu Dis­trict Coun­cil and DOC in­stalling more signs if needed.

‘‘Mean­while our main­te­nance con­trac­tors are aware of the clean­li­ness of the Ton­gariro Na­tional Park signs and have pro­grammed the works to re­place them or have them cleaned.’’ charges are based on the amount of en­ergy used and time of day. It is used by other net­works in New Zealand. Prices fall into three pe­ri­ods; peak, shoul­der and off­peak.

The dif­fer­ent prices for the three pe­ri­ods pro­vides cus­tomers with the op­por­tu­nity to man­age their costs while sup­port­ing the ef­fi­cient use of net­work as­sets.

Hor­gan said the de­ci­sion al­lows TLC to move for­ward with the next stage of the pric­ing project.

This in­cludes pre­par­ing cus­tomer in­for­ma­tion, ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial, staff train­ing and con­tin­u­ing to test in­ter­nal sys­tems to sup­port the change to en­sure a suc­cess­ful out­come.

The cur­rent TOU trial with cus­tomers will con­tinue to test sys­tems.

TLC will de­cide when the new TOU pric­ing struc­ture will start, at its board meet­ing later this month.

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