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35 Manchester Square, Feilding • 323 4058
Join Vicky & David Duncan
for a very special evening to celebrate the
Feilding launch of their book
Wednesday 23 November 7pm 9pm
At Bookmark Cafe instore at Paper Plus Feilding
$5 at door, nibbles provided
the quintessential Kiwi outdoorsman
Davey will be instore at PaperPlus
Thursday 1 December, 7pm-9pm
To share his ripping yarns
proceeds to Search & Rescue
Includes refreshments & nibbles
International Hunter, Traveller & Storyteller
71 Fergusson Street, Feilding
Phone/Fax 06 323 3223
Christmas gift ideas
lightweight for posting
Cardigans jackets scarves
gloves socks hats
PLUS Genuine pashminas
merino scarves baby gift sets
alpaca scarves knitting kits
tapestry items alpaca & silk tops
all possum and
e.g. Aspire 8ply 100 gm balls
70% wool, 30% alpaca
Were $19.50 per ball
Now only $11
While stocks last
Stock up or buy a garment lot for
an overseas knitter for Christmas!
great range of patterns available
THINKING OF BUILDING?
Date/Time: Tue 29 Nov, 5-6pm
Where: BNZ Partners Centre,
1st Floor, BNZ Building,
31 Manchester Sq, FEILDING
Keys to Successful
New Home Building
A FREE SEMINAR IN FEILDING: Tue 29 Nov
• The building process: getting the right section,
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Sunday ride in memory of cyclist
Sport Manawatu and local bike
clubs are calling for cyclists to join
them in a ride to raise awareness of
cycle safety in the Manawatu.
The ride will be along the Bridle
Track on Sunday at noon and will be
a tribute to Patricia Fraser, who
was killed while out training for the
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge in
November last year.
All cyclists are welcome to come
along -- whether they are commu-
ters, recreational or competitive
cyclists,'' Sport Manawatu iMove co-
ordinator Felicity Masters says.
Because the Bridle Track is off-
road, it's great for any cyclist, but
it's particularly good for families or
younger children who want to go for
a scenic bike ride without the worry
of cars,'' she says.
The ride will start at the Espla-
nade railway station and be led by a
white bicycle to remember Patricia
and her love of cycling.
Cyclists are encouraged to bring
along a picnic to enjoy after the ride.
There will also be a sausage
sizzle, a children's bike obstacle
course and a contest for the most
visible cyclist and bike.
We would like to see as many
cyclists and bikes looking bright and
colourful as possible,'' Ms Masters
There is no need for cyclists to
register, they just turn up on the
day with a working bike and wear-
ing a helmet.
For more information visit
Head students: Rangitikei College Heads of School for 2012, from left, Holly
Osten, deputy head girl, Daniel Lett, head boy, Lance Christiansen, principal,
Renee Brady, head girl, Duncan Wing, deputy head boy.
A world of colour fills
By DENISE GUNN
Exotic: Awahuri couple Richard Dodunski and Kerry Fairless with their Electus
parrots. The pair have more than 60 exotic birds housed in 27 aviaries on their
Photo: DENISE GUNN
Awahuri couple Richard Dodunski
and Kerry Fairless have a passion
for parrots. Their backyard is filled
with an extensive variety of exotic,
colourful birds housed in 27
Although the couple have always
held a strong interest in birds, it
was after visiting a parrot enthusi-
ast in Taranaki that they became
Parrots are awesome,'' said Ms
You have a special relationship
Over a period of several years, Mr
Dodunski and Ms Fairless set to
work to construct aviaries in their
backyard. The property is also
Each day starts at 5.20am in the
couple's household when Mr Dodun-
ski begins cutting fruit and
vegetables to feed to the birds.
Feeding is a really important
part of keeping birds,'' said Ms Fair-
They get more than their five-
plus a day.''
Seed is also fed to the birds twice
They get a great variety of food,''
said Mr Dodunski.
Young birds are often kept inside
the house as the couple hand-raise
them. Their parrots are in demand
and sold all over New Zealand.
Each bird is different. We get a
lot of enjoyment out of them and
there are all colours, shapes and
size,'' said Mr Dodunski.
Because they are caring for birds
that originate from many countries
around the world, the couple are
always interested to gain more
knowledge about them.
Ms Fairless said she enjoys the
continual learning aspect of keeping
parrots and being able to pass that
knowledge on to others.
With birds, everyone is learning
and sharing knowledge. And we love
the people side of it,'' said Ms Fair-
They are keen members of the
Manawatu Avicultural Society and
are registered contacts for the Par-
rot Society of New Zealand.
Within a club situation people
have the same desire to see the
birds prosper,'' she said.
The Parrot Society of New Zea-
land is holding a workshop on
November 20 in the Awahuri Hall.
A presentation by Dr Berend
Westera, a veterinary surgeon with
a special interest in birds, will dem-
onstrate how to use a microscope to
identify worms and stain gram
testing for unwanted bacteria.
The workshop, which starts at
10am, will also include present-
ations on incubation and hand-
Phone 323 8339 for details.
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