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2012-09-04 23:12:40

The prevalence of smoking in Christchurch, New Zealand, increased following the 2010 earthquake, according to a new study. The results of the study will be presented today (4 September 2012) at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Vienna. The 7.1-magnitude Christchurch earthquake, and subsequent aftershocks, have caused a huge amount of damage and dramatically changed the social, working and living conditions for residents in the city. To investigate the effects of...

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...

2008-08-28 15:01:01

By STEEMAN, Marta North Canterbury electricity lines company MainPower estimates it could cost $200 million to become 75 per cent self-sufficient in energy by developing a wind farm and a couple of small hydro plants. MainPower managing director Allan Berge said the company, whose network stretches south to north from Rangiora to Kaikoura and west to the Southern Alps, did not have the capacity to fund that investment alone and was looking for compatible partners with experience in the...

2008-08-25 15:00:36

WATER BATTLE SITES Central Plains Water scheme: involves taking water from the Rakaia and Waimakariri rivers and storing it in a reservoir in the dammed Waianiwaniwa Valley. The water will be used to irrigate 60,000ha bounded by the rivers, SH1 and the Malvern foothills. Red Zones: Environment Canterbury has labelled many blocks of land as red zones areas that have no more groundwater allocation to spare for irrigation. But farmers keep fighting for more water through legal challenges....

2008-08-24 15:00:27

By CREAN, Mike From primers to post-graduate students, George Knox taught at every level of formal education in New Zealand. But the University of Canterbury Emeritus Professor of Zoology was most acclaimed for his research. His books, articles and scientific papers contributed significantly to knowledge of marine biology. Friend and colleague Sir Martin Holdgate, a Cambridge University don and former Deputy Secretary in Britain's Department of the Environment, says Knox was "highly...

2008-08-24 15:00:21

By GORMAN, Paul When a fight over water breaks out, the battleground is usually the Resource Management Act. But can the act contain this rush for liquid gold? PAUL GORMAN reports. . CONSULTATION * The public of Canterbury will soon be able to have their say on the next phase of the Canterbury Strategic Water Study, the Canterbury Water Management Strategy. * The programme began in 2000 as a response to the severe 1998 drought and is now part of the work of the Canterbury...

2008-08-10 15:00:20

The Two Thumb Range Conservation Park in Mid-Canterbury should be open this year. Department of Conservation community relations manager Cheryl Colley told a Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board meeting in Ashburton yesterday that several submitters to the park proposal would be heard in Christchurch on Monday. The submitters did not oppose the proposal, and wanted to comment on management issues. The conservation board said it supported the establishment of the park, which would...

2008-07-31 15:00:00

Canterbury University's super- computer ran at a $660,000 loss in its first year but was still a sound investment, acting Vice- Chancellor Ian Town says. University council members voted to buy an IBM Blue Gene super- computer in July last year at a cost of more than $5 million over a five-year lease-to-own deal. Their decision was based on a business case from consulting firm Deloitte, which predicted the computer, dubbed Blue Fern, would bring in external revenue of $852,000 during...