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Craig Brown
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Today week we will be hearing from the Prime Minister the cabinets decision on moving to Level-2. It will be a big relief to many businesses when we can finally have a date that we can know about when we can get shops and restaurants back open and have business open back up.  Add to that the government Budget announcements that we will receive on Thursday, and we have a pretty momentus week ahead.
 
We are Zoom meeting again today and will be hearing from Alan McDonald, from EMA.   Alan is the Head of Advocacy and Strategy for the EMA.  Many of you will have been receiving the regular posts from EMA on how to run business during the Lock-downs.  It is a great opportunity as we prepare to go back to Level 2 to talk with Alan.
 
Here is the Zoom link to today’s meeting,  we will open up the Zoom call at 12:15 for a 12:30 start:
 
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Password: 556417
 
 
Hei kona mai
 
Craig Brown
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Abel Tasman National Park Update
This is a good environment story.  The Abel Tasman National Park (ATNP) is located at the top of the South Island and comprises 22,000 hectares.  It received 300,000 visitors in 2017, the highest of any NZ National Park.  Seven years ago a group of Trustees who were concerned about the environmental degradation of the parks flora and fauna, embarked on a 20 year restoration project called Project Janszoon, otherwise known as PJZ (Abel Tasman’s middle name was Janszoon), in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and multimillion dollar funding from Annette and Neal Plowman.
 
Did you know that introduced predators kill an estimated 68,000 native birds in NZ every day?
 
We set about to change that in the ATNP through a combination of bait drops, DoC traps, and  self-setting traps.  To date we have killed 37,000 rats, 1800 stoats, 300 weasels and counting.  We have introduced new birdlife to the park - 35 Kaka, 54 Kakariki, 230 Pateke/brown teal ducks, 1saddleback, (to name a few).  The birdlife has returned in abundance.  In the words of a senior Doc hut warden. “If you can see the birdlife that has come back in 5 years, can you imagine what it’ll be like in 30 years – you’ll be tripping over them”.  The park was also becoming infested with wilding pines. They have all been poisoned and we have planted 43,000 native trees including 500 rata.  For more information regarding this amazing project, go to  www.janszoon.org
 
The local schools have been fully engaged with each adopting a section of the park and using it for school projects.  Every time we have the release of native birds the children are asked to  set them free from their carrying cages. There is always great excitement.
 
We will know we have succeeded when we have:
  • Biodiversity values in the park are no longer threatened
  • Populations of key indicator species of birds, animals and plants show favourable trends
  • Strong community interest (which we have achieved)
  • Visitors to the Park applaud an outstanding conservation success
  • The model created by this project is being surpassed in other parts of NZ.
 
We aim to complete the restoration by 2042 – in time for the 400th Anniversary of Tasman’s visit to Golden Bay.
 
Barrie Brown
Trustee- Project Janszoon
Weekly Quiz – 1918 Flu Pandemic
In 1918/1919 it is estimated that up to 50 million may died people died from a flu virus, with half a billion people having been infected – at a time when global communication and travel was far less than it is today:
  1. Which was the most lethal wave of the 1918 flue pandemic?
  1. Initial Wave
  2. Second Wave
  3. Third Wave
 
  1. Why was the 1918 flu epidemic so devastating?
  1. It was an extremely lethal strain of the flu virus
  2. People were more focused on WW1 than on the pandemic
  3. Overcrowding, poor nutrition and poor sanitation
 
  1. How many people were estimated to have died in the first six months of this pandemic?
  1. 15 million
  2. 20 million
  3. 25 million
 
  1. When was the gene sequence for the 1918 flu epidemic finally determined?
  1. 2005
  2. 2010
  3. 2015
 
  1. How did the immune systems of the monkeys infected with the virus react?
  1. No reaction
  2. Mild reaction
  3. Extreme reaction
 
Answers:
  1. B – Second Wave (and the third wave was more deadly than the initial wave)
  2. C – overcrowding, poor nutrition and poor sanitation
  3. C – 25 million
  4. A – 2005 (recovered from a flu victim buried in the Alaskan permafrost and American soldiers)
  5. C – Extreme reaction (the immune systems of the monkeys who died had gone into overdrive (known as a cytokine storm), which may explain why so many healthy young adults died from this flu strain
 
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