Bat­tery hens teach lessons

South Taranaki Star - - STARS PAST -

They started life as egg fac­to­ries, but nearly three months after ar­riv­ing at O¯ pu¯ nake High School’s Chook Mo­tel, Gigi, Tib­bles and their ex-bat­tery friends are thriv­ing.

The school is do­ing a sus­tain­abil­ity academy pro­ject re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing bat­tery hens, eight of which they adopted from a res­cue cen­tre in Ma­maku, near Ro­torua, in Au­gust.

‘‘I just think it’s amaz­ing how much they’ve pro­gressed re­ally,’’ says stu­dent Brydee Hunt, 14, one of the lead­ers of the pro­ject. ‘‘I’m so glad we did it.’’

When the hens first ar­rived in Au­gust, they stayed in their hutch and run for about the first month un­til they got used to it, and now get their door opened each morn­ing be­fore be­ing put to bed later in the day, but with their open-air run still avail­able to them.

When peo­ple ar­rive, the hens all come out to wel­come them, cluck­ing all the way.

‘‘They’re so fluffy and in­quis­i­tive,’’ Hunt said. ‘‘I came over here one day dur­ing the hol­i­days and they were all in here and when they saw us they came run­ning out. They’re very happy.’’

The hens have made the kids more aware of what goes on be­hind the scenes in egg pro­duc­tion, she said.

‘‘Since get­ting the hens and mak­ing them free range we only buy free-range eggs now and we sup­port that. For us as a group, none of us knew what was hap­pen­ing. We didn’t re­ally know much about the dif­fer­ence be­tween caged hens and freerange hens.’’

They are still hop­ing to sell eggs but at the mo­ment they don’t quite lay enough - get­ting on av­er­age two eggs a day. But they are look­ing at car­ry­ing on, says teacher Peter Cle­ment - al­though the kids are very at­tached to their charges. World War 1: Mr R Hard­ley re­ceived ad­vice that his son Pri­vate GR Hard­ley was re­ported wounded.

Pales­tine – The New Zealand mounted troops drove back a Turk­ish at­tack by a bay­o­net charge, in­flict­ing heavy losses.

A farewell so­cial at O¯ pu¯nake was held for Pri­vates D O’Sullivan, Knof­flock, Cox, Mul­li­gan and J Fen­nell.

A wel­come home so­cial was held in the Man­ga­toki Hall for Pri­vates Raw­cliffe, R Par­son and A Paskell and a ‘‘send off’’ for Pri­vates OH Marx, A McCraken, D John­son, CW Carl­son and EH Whet­tam.

House Prices: Mil­moe St, four rooms £600; Ra­manui five rooms £700; Vic­to­ria Street six rooms

£500; Mil­moe Street five rooms £450; Wil­son Street six rooms £800; Dis­raeli Street eight rooms £1000. Agents James and Gill­man, House and Land Agents, Ha¯wera.

At the Movies: Opera House – The Love Thief and The Iron Claw.

Public No­tice: Look for the open­ing of new sta­bles and mo­tor car de­pot in Tat­ter­sall’s Horse Bazaar, en­trance from Princes and Re­gent Sts.

Mrs Surgenor, Ota¯keho, re­ceived word from her son Pri­vate W Surgenor who has been a pris­oner in Turkey since the Gal­lipoli days is presently work­ing at his trade as a baker for the prison camp. Show home fea­tured in The Star: 67 Waihi Rd, home op­po­site Pacey Av­enue, Ha¯wera.

At the Movies: The Re­gent – Fire­ball 500.

Cricket: Third grade: Ha¯wera High School 124 (J Deuart 36, C Bur­rows 55, D Bar­clay 3-32) drew with Strat­ford 95-7 (R Pow­ell 45, C Cumpitt 21, L Jor­dan 4-28).

Wed­ding Bells: Su­san Jor­dan (Patea) mar­ried Gra­ham Boot­ten (Ha¯wera); Moira Edith Couch (Manu­tahi) mar­ried Eric Lionel Trethe­way (Christchurch); He­len Mar­jorie Pacey (Ha¯wera) mar­ried Ross Ed­win Haughey (Whangarei); Ali­son Cochran (Manaia) mar­ried Jim Taha (Manaia).

Ge­orge Ed­wards (Ha¯wera High School pupil) won the fourth form sec­tion of the na­tional Ngarimu VC es­say com­pe­ti­tion.

Ohangai School Calf Day: Lead­ing calf se­nior Pauline Meuli; rear­ing se­nior Janet Robert­son; lamb rear­ing Wayne Bai­ley; cook­ing co­conut ice Carol Symes; art Robert Dickie.

The Eg­mont A & P As­so­ci­a­tion held its 84th Sum­mer Show with the fi­nal wind-up of the show start­ing at 7.45pm – North Is­land Tug-O-War;

FEI Olympic Jump; John Rogers and his trained pony; mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing.

RL Cameron (Patea) and HD Kennedy (Ha¯wera) qual­i­fied for the New Zealand open golf tour­na­ment.

Births: Lloyd, to Mar­garet and Arnold a son; Ap­p­le­yard, to Jan­ice and Dick a daugh­ter; Yate­man, to Lor­raine and Bill a daugh­ter.

Deanne Werder of Ha¯wera was se­lected for the New Zealand Women’s In­door Hockey Team to play Aus­tralia in Bris­bane.

Ha¯wera High School top schol­ars for 1992 was Si­mon Ni­cholas (dux) and Bron­wen Laird (run­ner-up).

Cyril and Re­nee Thomp­son cel­e­brated 60 years of mar­riage.

The new ex­ec­u­tive of the South Taranaki WDFF Provin­cial were: Anita Bourke (sec­re­tary), Betty Tar­rant (past pres­i­dent), Beryl Wil­lis (pres­i­dent) and Doris Bil­ton

ALEXAN­DER TURN­BULL LI­BRARY

New Zealand En­gi­neers rest­ing in a large shell hole.

Happy res­i­dents of O¯ pu¯ nake High School’s Chook Mo­tel.

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