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NAPIER MAIL, JUNE 8, 2011
YOUR CONTRIBUTION COUNTS.
Sam is a surf lifesaver on weekends, and he's involved with a couple of
ocean cleanup groups. Last summer he was called up for jury service.
It meant missing a couple of big wave days and reorganising his shifts
at work, but Sam believes it was worth it.
New Zealanders like Sam contribute to their communities because they know
what it takes to create the kind of country we all want to live in. When you're
called upon to serve your community through jury service, say yes.
Ways to beat those burglars
By WILLIE PAUL
Napier Neighbourhood Support
It is human nature that we all
like to feel safe and protected in
neighbourhoods, but how well
prepared are you for burglars?
During the past week or so,
police have been running a cam-
paign to inform Napier and
Hastings people how they can
help to Beat The Burglars.
We are entering the period
(May to July) where we tra-
ditionally see a spike in burglar-
ies, mainly because of shorter
days and longer nights.
People are making their way
home from work around dusk to
a house that might be in dark-
ness or shows little sign of
In turn, this makes your home
an ideal target for burglars who
will walk or drive neighbour-
hoods looking for houses without
lights at that time.
A determined burglar will
take on the most daunting of
locks and bolts, often by simply
breaking a window to make a
quick entrance and even quicker
They might only need two to
three minutes inside your home
to satisfy their needs.
The impact on the victims of
burglaries can be much greater
than just the loss of property.
The common burglar's main
concern is, obviously, being seen
or heard. They do not like
people, alarms or noisy dogs.
House alarms are effective and
if burglars see an alarm is on
the place, they will generally
If you can take measures to
help safeguard your home, you
will be helping the overall com-
munity become a safer place to
If you see anything suspicious
in your neighbourhood, please
do not hesitate to ring 111 and
ask for police.
Be sure: Unless you really know what you're about,
gathering up wild fungus for a tuck-in isn't a good
idea, however tasty they might look.
Not for the pot: The fly agaric is an attractive red colour, but leave it alone. It is
highly toxic if ingested.
Photos: KYLIE KLEIN-NIXON
In spore taste
By KYLIE KLEIN-NIXON
Beloved of fairies and hobgoblins, delicious in
stews and salads and stigmatised as poisonous,
mushrooms are the real fun guys of the plant
Puns aside, you might have noticed more fungi
and red-capped mushies popping under trees on
roadside verges or at the bottom of your garden
That is because it is mushroom season and our
damp summer -- and even damper start to autumn
-- create the perfect growing conditions for the
more than 3000 varieties of mushrooms and fungi
that thrive in the region.
The National Poisons Centre annual report says
unidentified mushrooms were the most common
plant poisoning enquiry they received from the
public in 2010.
Mushrooms and Other Fungi of New Zealand
author Geoff Ridley said mushrooms were nothing
to worry about as long as you don't eat them.
There's a lot of little brown [type] mushrooms
out there . . . a lot of them will be hallucinogenic,
some will be poisonous and some will be nothing.
The best thing to do is teach kids not to put
things in their mouths,'' he said.
With many of the varieties there is no way to
tell which is which without looking at the spores
-- the seeds'' they release from under the caps --
under a microscope.
Just steer clear of the little brown ones.''
Dr Ridley said he had never heard of dogs or
children being poisoned by wild mushrooms,
because they naturally avoid them.
You get a few poisonings each year, but it tends
to be adults who want to experiment with what
they eat . . . We have an innate fear of mushrooms.
We don't want to eat them.
We'll buy them from the supermarket, but we
don't want to eat [wild fungi].''
Dr Ridley recently led a central city fungal foray
in the Wilton bush to look for the natives like the
bright blue Entoloma hochstetteri, which he calls
the holy grail'' for fungi spotters.
They all want to see that one.''
However he said his favourites were the classic
red capped mushroom, fly agaric.
You know it's fungus season when you see
them start to pop up.''
For more information on which mushrooms to
avoid, see poisons.co.nz. For information about
wild mushrooms, see A Photographic Guide to
Mushrooms and Other Fungi of New Zealand by
Dr Geoff Ridley, from New Holland books.
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