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The Department of Conservation
(DOC) is urging skippers to take
all necessary precautions when
mooring at pest-free sanctuaries
after a rat was discovered earlier
this month at Anchor Island in
DOC’s Biodiversity Manager
Lindsay Wilson said the rat was
caught in a trap at Luncheon Cove
but it was likely to have found
its way to the island from a boat
moored at this historic site. As
soon as the rat was discovered,
immediate steps were taken to
ensure any other pests that may
have got to the island are caught.
Existing traps were rebaited, the
trap network around Luncheon
Cove intensified and the frequency
of checks has increased.
Mr Wilson said said predator-
free islands such as Anchor
were extremely important to
New Zealand’s conservation
efforts. They provided a refuge for
many endangered species that
were vulnerable to attack from
introduced rats, stoats and other
predators. It was fantastic that
people could access and enjoy the
wild beauty of an intact ecosystem
such as Anchor Island but it was
essential that boaties took care
when mooring at these places.
Anchor Island is one of two island
homes to the critically endangered
kakapo and also provides a safe
haven for other endangered birds
such as saddleback and mohua.
Skippers planning to visit predator-
free islands are asked to:
• always have rodent poison baits
or traps laid on your boat.
• check all obvious hideaways
(like dinghies, kayak hatches,
coils of rope) for any unwanted
stowaways before you set off.
• when your vessel is moored on
the mainland keep doors, hatches
and screen vents closed.
Skippers urged to check for stowaways
Endangered saddlebacks and robins being released onto predator-free Anchor
Island in Dusky Sound.
PHOTO: Graham Dainty
President – Pete Turner
Secretary – Rachel Trusler
Treasurer – Brendon Duthie
Club Captain – Paul Mavor
The Mossburn Pirates rugby club has a committee of passionate
grassroots rugby supporters who work together to provide
our fantastic wee town with an excellent club.
We are extremely proud of our playing grounds, providing
3 rugby fields and 5 Rippa fields, all in the same location.
Committee member Bruce Taylor is extremely particular with the
marking and does an amazing job of keeping them looking perfect!
Our Senior Team The Mossburn Stags will be competing in
Division 2 this season, with some old and new faces training hard on
Tuesdays and Thursdays ready for their Season opener on
Thursday 5th April 7.30pm against Central Pirates at Home.
The Club is excited to welcome Jeff Manson as our head coach for the
season, with assistant coach Geoff Stevens, Manager Slimmy McMeeken
and team medic Sheryl Fugerlund. We are looking forward to watching
our team with great pride and believe this awesome coaching/
management team will guide our team of Mighty stags to an
Riverton Club was first
established in 1874 and is now
entering its 138th year
Last year our senior Division
Two Team placed second under
coach Corey Mennell
Teams fielded for the 2012
season are as follows
- Senior Division 2
- Under 18s
- School grades U13, U11, U9, U7.
Our Div 2s kick off the season
on the 5th of April, 7pm against
We look forward to an exciting
2012 Rugby Season.
With the Winter months looming, so too are late night
training sessions, Saturday afternoon matches, and those
all important post-match bus trips.
Grassroots rugby is something Southlanders hold dear to
their hearts and what better way to support the sport than
a weekly spot in the paper containing draws, results, and
who the man of the match was for your favourite team.
Whether you re getting your boots clean for that rst big
match or your thermos hot for a spot on the side line, get
in behind your team and show them some support.
he rst of this seasons remier, ivision and ivision b
games kick off this weekend
st , with the ivision
starting ust before aster and the residents starting on
the th of pril.
For a complete draw for all Southland Club Rugby games
go to www.rugbysouthland.co.nz.
Draw for the
31st March 2012
31/03/12 Waikiwi vs. Te Anau
(3pm Waikiwi 1)
31/03/12 Waikiwi vs. Te Anau
(2pm, Waikiwi 3)
31/03/12 Blues vs. Midlands
(3pm, Blues 1)
Welcome to Grant Mcfelin who will be
teaming up with Barry Taylor to coach the seniors
Midlands Rugby Club 2012
First of the Div 2 and Premier games
Division 2 - Marist vs. Midlands (Marist 1)
Premier - Blues vs. Midlands (Blues 1)
kick off this weekend
Division 1 kicks off the rugby season
Ohai Nightcaps Rugby Club
First game kicking off
on the 7th of April
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