Board­walks bring ‘not nice’ kids

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

The board­walk pre­ced­ing into the nest­ing area at the south­ern tip of Lake Moana-Nui was called into ques­tion last week by South Waikato For­est and Bird chair­per­son Anne Groos.

Mrs Groos spoke of the dan­gers sur­round­ing the board­walk dur­ing her ver­bal sub­mis­sion on the Lake MoanaNui Re­serve Man­age­ment Plan.

She said the board­walks need to be lim­ited in such a way that the birds were not dis­turbed.

‘‘It does not need fancy board­walks and things, birds need safe breed­ing homes.

‘‘The birds are breed­ing there and kids go in and kids are not nice.

‘‘Even adults in­ter­fere with the bird’s breed­ing.

‘‘I just think it needs to be an ex­clu­sive zone for birds.’’

Af­ter the meet­ing Mrs Groos re­it­er­ated her point, say­ing she is against the board walk be­cause the birds need pro­tec­tion par­tic­u­larly when they are breed­ing.

‘‘You can­not trust peo­ple and chil­dren that they won’t in­ves­ti­gate with sticks . . . pok­ing at nests and eggs.’’

QUES­TIONED: Pro­posed board­walks lead­ing into the nest­ing area at Lake Moana-Nui may al­low peo­ple to harm birds and their habi­tats.

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