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THE last Great Spotted Kiwi bred at the Otoro-
hanga Kiwi House was farewelled last night,
leaving both staff and the wider community
devastated according to manager Jo Russell.
Fourteen-year-old ‘Atu’ did not survive fol-
lowing an operation she underwent at Massey
University last week to remove her oviduct and
ovaries after suffering health issues related to her
egg production. (Waitomo News, July 26)
“While the removal of the oviduct was fine, as
was the removal of a follicle that had grown to
8cm in length, ‘Atu’ haemorrhaged during post-
operative care and all efforts to save her failed,”
says Mrs Russell.
Known as a character for her cranky ways,
which endeared her to the community and tour-
ists alike, Mrs Russell says ‘Atu’ made an amazing
contribution to the success of the kiwi house and
staff have been overwhelmed by the number of
condolence messages from the local community
WAITOMO mayor Brian Hanna is confident
the Waitomo District Council (WDC) is well-
aligned with Local Government New Zealand’s
(LGNZ) motto of ‘Creating places where people
love to live, work and play’.
That was the theme at last week’s LGNZ annual
conference held in Dunedin from July 24-26.
A strong focus was also placed on councils to
lead change and build places for tomorrow where
families and businesses can prosper.
More than 560 delegates attended including
Prime Minister John Key, mayors, chief execu-
tives and councillors, as well as representatives
from the private sector, business, government
and non-government agencies.
Mr Hanna spoke on day two of the conference
along with Waikato Regional Council’s chairper-
son Paula Southgate and chief executive Vaughan
Payne about collaboration and taking “a regional
approach to place making”.
“ The theme of the conference was around place
making and how councils can help attract people
to their districts and make them better places for
everyone to live,” says Mr Hanna.
“I spoke with Paula and Vaughan about how
we work together in the Waikato on roading and
“So there was a lot of discussion about col-
laborating across boundaries in terms of making
councils more efficient and taking those lines
off the maps so we can forge ahead with long-
term plans with the community’s best interests
At a local level, Mr Hanna says there are several
business, tourism and community developments
Although ‘Atu’ was never bred from, she pro-
duced about eight or nine eggs during her lifetime.
It was the last three that caused problems.
“We underestimated how much the com-
munity really valued her,” says Mrs Russell. That
was evident with last night’s emotional farewell
as ‘Atu’ was returned to the kiwi house for burial
greeted by a powhiri.
Atu’s mother ‘Tasman’, who is aged 20, is still
at the kiwi house.
in the Waitomo district that align with LGNZ’s
place making theme which he outlined at a Busi-
ness Legends Breakfast in Te Kuiti on July 20
(Waitomo News, July 21).
“While we’re in charge of roads and all that sort
of stuff, there is a real need for us to strive to make
things happen in our community and facilitate
more economic development which is our main
priority right now,” says Mr Hanna.
“So in regards to what was discussed at the con-
ference, it all aligns with exactly what we’re doing.”
Other issues discussed included support for
police and council amalgamation.
Kiwis win in Wales
NEW ZEALAND shearers John Kirkpat-
rick (Napier) and Rowland Smith (Hast-
ings) had a dramatic and triumphant end
to their CP Wool UK tour by winning the
final test against Wales on July 23. The
result was an important victory, pre-
venting a home team clean sweep after
Welsh duo Ian Jones and Gwion Lloyd
Evans won the first two of the three-
match series. NZ won by a comfortable
8.35pts, giving them an overall tour
record of three wins and two losses hav-
ing beaten Scotland and England in the
first two tests on the three-week tour.
Kirkpatrick and Smith then finished first
and second respectively in a fast-paced
Corwen Shears open final later that day.
HAERE ra ‘Atu’.
Great Spotted Kiwi
dies after operation
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