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New Zealand's Aoraki Mackenzie Named World's Largest International Dark Sky Reserve
2012-06-10 03:00:04

Over 1,600 square miles of New Zealandʼs South Island have just been proclaimed as an International Dark Sky Reserve, making it the largest in the world. The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR), comprised of the Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin, is the fourth such dark sky reserve in the world. International Dark-Sky Associationʼs Executive Director Bob Parks remarks, “The new reserve is coming in at a...

2010-12-22 00:01:39

Christchurch Airport's new multimedia design experience provides travellers with a virtual South Island journey. The new virtual experience opens tomorrow, showcasing the South Island as it has never been seen before. (Vocus/PRWEB) December 22, 2010 Passengers arriving on international flights will, as of this week, be treated to an explosion of sensory experiences as they travel through the terminal from their air bridge to collect their luggage. Christchurch International Airport Ltd...

2008-10-07 15:00:20

The plan covering 8000 hectares of land in south-west Christchurch was released on September 3, 2008. So far it has attracted little publicity. The plan itself came complete with a generous collection of publicity material. It appears that only two public meetings are to be held, both at the same venue. There is no time frame as to when this work will be complete. Following this year's very wet winter, those people unfortunate enough to be the recipients of all the excess waters...

2008-10-06 15:00:25

By YARDLEY, Mike It's nearly as certain as death and taxes - law and order, being a top-tier election issue. With Christchurch experiencing a mini crimewave this week, and violent crime continuing to surge, law and order is a perennial concern. One of NZ First's key election planks in 2005 was to increase frontline police numbers by 1000. Labour embraced the pledge, and supposedly the Government is on track to honour it. But have you noticed any visible increase in our blue line? I've...

2008-10-01 15:00:27

By COMER, Rachael SOUTH CANTERBURY will serve as the backdrop for a romantic movie being produced by a Geraldine man. Peter Frahm will begin production on Monday of The China Cup, a screenplay he has written and will also star in. The movie, which will be filmed in Temuka, Orari, Woodbury and Te Moana Gorge, has been more than a year in the making and will fulfil a long-time dream for Frahm. "This is something I have always wanted to do," he said. The story follows an old...

2008-09-29 14:41:05

By WYLIE, Katie An estimated 2000 people gave love, and fashion, a bad name in central Christchurch last night. The crowd, sporting a dizzying collection of leotards, neon- coloured lycra, leopard skin, and bad '80s wigs, gathered in Cathedral Square to claim the world record for the most people dancing to a synchronised routine. The existing record was set by 1800 Wellingtonians last year. Wellington dance troupe the Real Hot Bitches led the "easy but cheesy" gyrations and air...

2008-09-26 15:00:24

By GORMAN, Paul Polluting farmers should be jailed, says Environment Minister Trevor Mallard. He told the Water and Wastes Association conference in Christchurch this week that he supported tougher sentences and even jail for serious water polluters. Exporters who continued to pollute or mismanage water and broke the rules were undermining their own products and the "valuable New Zealand brand". "Regional councils in particular need to be a lot tougher as far as the standards are...

2008-09-21 15:00:27

By CREAN, Mike Many health professionals remember Ross Fairgray with affection. As Medical Superintendent of Christchurch Hospital, Fairgray "went the extra mile" to make staff feel valued. When junior staff arrived from overseas, he met them at the airport, brought them home for dinner, helped them settle into their flats, ensuring they had everything they needed. His son, Dr Andrew Fairgray, says his father was considerate towards others and totally without pretension. The former...

2008-09-18 18:00:29

At this time a few years ago, the late Roland Clark (Nor-wester) and neighbours planned to host farm foresters from across the South Island. Then, the Canterbury Plains presented a model of innovative shelter- belt and tree-plot planting. They provided warmth for stock and beautification of the landscape. Now, the industrialisation of farming has reduced the Plains' appearance to a veritable wasteland - a treeless landscape strewn with construction debris and punctuated with earthworks...

2008-09-16 15:00:21

By BRISTOW, Robyn A small hydro scheme on the Rakaia River would boost Canterbury's ability to meet growing power demand in the farming industry, says an Auckland-based economist. John Small, who has 14 years experience in the electricity industry, gave evidence yesterday to a panel of four commissioners on a proposal by the Ashburton Community Water Trust (ACWT). Small said the ecological impact of hydro-electricity needed to be considered along with the benefits of reduced...


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