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Applications now open for
environmental initiatives funding
Auckland Council invites individuals and groups working on projects that protect
and enhance the natural and cultural environment to apply for funding.
Projects previously supported by the Environmental Initiatives Fund (EIF) include:
The Environmental Initiatives Fund is an Auckland-wide fund for environmental and
heritage projects on private or public land. Applications open on 19 August 2013 and
close on 26 September 2013.
EIF funding workshops will be held during the funding round to help applicants complete
their application forms. Please visit our website for further information.
To register your interest in attending one of these workshops or receive further advice,
criteria and fund application forms, contact us today.
• restoration of heritage buildings
• edible garden projects
• native forest restoration
• plant and animal pest control.
Find out more: phone Liana Middeldorp or
Maria Hernandez on 09 301 0101,
or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/funding
Massey gearing up for
50th jubilee next year
Albany campus: Massey University is
preparing for next year's 50th jubilee.
Massey celebrates 50 years as a uni-
versity next year.
Graduates, staff, students and
friends will celebrate Massey Univer-
sity's 50th year of excellence in ter-
tiary education throughout 2014 with
a programme of events and activities.
Massey, which started as an agri-
cultural college in 1927, became a uni-
versity on January 1, 1964, under an
act of Parliament passed the previous
It opened its Albany campus in 1993
and established the Wellington cam-
pus in 1999.
Preparations for next year are well
under way, Massey Heritage Advisory
Group chairwoman Robyn Anderson
The jubilee celebrations will pro-
vide a new opportunity to tell the Mas-
sey story and allow us to showcase the
excellence of our academics in teach-
ing, research and engagement with
Activities begin in February, with
the launch of a pictorial history of the
university, and continue the following
month, with the Central Districts
Field Days. Graduation events in
April and May will include campus
tours, dinners and official tours of
Turitea House at the Manawatu cam-
pus, and a tour of the Massey gardens.
An alumni function will also be held
at the National Fieldays in June and
the launch of the history of Chaff
magazine will be the highlight for
activities in July. A public lecture
series and staff conference will be held
at the end of the year.
Robyn Anderson says a commemor-
ative logo has been created and will be
used at celebration events and a pro-
ject manager is being appointed to co-
ordinate the programme and the
development of a website and virtual
As part of preparation for the jubi-
lee, the University Archives has estab-
lished a page on the definingnz web-
site. You may view film footage of
Massey Agricultural College from the
1930s and 1950s and other archival
material here on definingnz.com/
category/archives/ or visit mas
Harbour juniors mix it with their cup heroes
Rugby fans: Young Harbour
rugby players got to line up with
their sporting heroes, the
North Harbour ITM Cup squad
after a practice.
Young rugby players got to
meet their sporting heroes
when they were introduced
to the North Harbour ITM
Cup squad after a training
session this week.
The J6 players from each
of Harbour's 11 clubs met
the ITM squad to celebrate
their enrolment in the Har-
bour Crew Junior Suppor-
Every junior registered
rugby player through school
or club can enrol for a free
Harbour Crew Pass which
will get them free season
tickets to all Harbour home
games, exclusive seating
area and giveaways.
The Harbour Crew was
launched last year to
acknowledge all the young
players for their commit-
ment to sport in the region.
We are very proud of our
junior base and wanted to
say thanks to the kids for
their support. The member-
ship card that has their
name, club, school and
grade they play. It makes
the kids feel really special,
North Harbour Rugby com-
mercial manager Callum
Like our Harbour Crew,
this years' ITM Cup team is
young and full of local tal-
The first home game is on
August 22 at 7.35pm
against Counties Manukau,
also featuring the college
first XV finals as the
To register for Harbour
Crew, or for any game
Driven to despair by the hum
By LIZ WILLIS
Go to northharbournews.co.nz
to hear Tom Moir's recording of
the hum in Glenfield seven
There's a kind of a hum all over the world.
Here are some of the other places around the globe where
hums have been reported.
Windsor hum, Ontario, Canada 2011: The Canadian
government has given funding this year to investigate its
Taos hum, New Mexico, from early 1990s: It even got a
mention on the TV show The X-Files.
Kokomo hum, Indiana, US, from 1999: The city of Kokomo
commissioned a study to find answers. Two industrial sites
were identified and abatement measures were taken but
some residents still hear it.
Bristol hum. First reported 1979
Durham hum, village of Woodland, UK, from 2011
Elusive hum: Stefanie Schaefer
is plagued by a strange hum
and wants to know its source.
Stefanie Schaefer just wants
the mysterious hum she
hears to stop.
The strange phenomenon,
known as the North Shore
hum and heard as far as
Whangaparaoa and Orewa,
has made headlines in Aust-
ralia and the UK and even
has a mention in Wikipedia.
But North Shore is not
alone in having a hum.
There's also the Bristol hum
and the Durham hum in the
UK and Kokomo hum in the
There have been a number
of scientific studies but no-
one can say why some people
can hear a steady drone.
Stories on North Shore's
hum first appeared in sister
paper the North Shore Times
about seven years ago and
were picked up by inter-
Ms Schaefer has now come
forward saying people still
suffer because no cause has
She says it's a low fre-
quency sound she can't
ignore and it's loudest in her
Murrays Bay home.
It's as if someone is blow-
ing into the neck of a glass
bottle. It's loud enough to
irritate me,'' she says.
It's stressful because it's
frustrating not being able to
identify the source.''
Hearing tests ruled out
tinnitus but did find she had
Turning off the mains elec-
tricity didn't make it go
away and the transformer
box outside has been ruled
Her gut feeling is that it
could be related to the
increased use of new tech-
nology and rising electro-
Ms Schaefer hears the
hum constantly in her house
or car and says the sound
vibrates through her.
I always have the urge to
get out of the house.
You're desperate to get
away from it. It just does
your head in.''
Ms Schaefer also hears it
in other parts of Auckland,
and has heard it in Welling-
It affects her sleep and
concentration and she just
wants answers so she's not
forced to move house.
The North Shore Times
reported on the investiga-
tions by Tom Moir into a
hum heard in Birkenhead,
Albany, Glenfield, Taka-
puna, Torbay, Orewa and
Whangaparaoa in 2006.
Dr Moir's research team
captured an audio recording
of the sound people heard
but it appears the source was
Ms Schaefer emailed Dr
Moir who told her Murrays
Bay was a hotspot for the
Ms Schaefer thinks there
are lots of other sufferers
who just don't talk about it.
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