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2009-11-23 15:35:00

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- For foodies, New Zealand is a veritable playground, renowned for its award-winning wines and farm-fresh cuisine. On March 30, from New Zealand to Australia, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is showcasing the epicurean appeal of the region on a 12-day Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery cruise. Master Sommeliers Robert Bath and Cameron Douglas - the first and only Master Sommelier from New Zealand - will guide guests through the nuances and...

2009-01-20 18:28:37

Residents of New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula said the government has mistakenly identified a dolphin that frequently visits the coast as a female. Locals said Moko, a dolphin that has long been visiting the Mahia coast, is consistently referred to as a female by the New Zealand Department of Conservation, but residents have known for months that the marine mammal is a male, The Dominion Post reported Tuesday. I noticed in the early stages that, when the dolphin was away from the crowds and a...

2008-10-10 15:00:15

By SHARPE, Marty FOUR hundred grass carp introduced to a Hawke's Bay lake have chewed their way through an aquatic weed called an "aggressive environmental cancer". The eradication of hydrilla from Lake Eland, 45 kilometres west of Napier, bodes well for Biosecurity New Zealand's plans to release hundreds more fish into nearby lakes that are also infested with the weed. The carp were put into the four hectare man-made Lake Eland in 1986 in the hope they would control hydrilla -- one...

2008-10-03 15:00:20

Hawke's Bay Airport making push for international status. ------- ------------- Hawke's Bay's push to develop an international airport is a timely reminder Palmerston North must get its act together, according to city airport boss Garry Goodman. "We need to get on with things here," he said. A company has been formed to run the Hawke's Bay Airport and there are plans to match Palmerston North's 1900-metre length runway before the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Hawke's Bay...

2008-09-23 15:00:22

HAWKE'S BAY may be used for scenes of biblical proportions in a new feature film. Shooting of Kingdom Come, a film about the life of Jesus, will begin in February in locations around New Zealand, including rural Falstone in central Otago, Oamaru and Motueka. Lake Benmore near Falstone will stand in for the Sea of Galilee. The film, to be produced by Wellington's South Vineyards, will be directed by Dean Wright, a visual effects supervisor on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch...

2008-09-04 15:00:31

By WEIR, James IT HAS been great to have an emergency backup power plant in Hawke's Bay this winter. But it is a shame that it was put in the wrong place with the wrong fuel, after the 2003 power crisis. And the real answer to New Zealand's power shortage is not in diesel-fired stations or wind farms, but in the geothermal steam fields around Taupo -- seen as the "bee's knees" by the electricity industry. Contact Energy chief executive David Baldwin suggested this week that it was...

2008-08-22 15:00:29

By CARPINTER, Bernard BIOSECURITY NEW ZEALAND is preparing to use poison and carp to fight a devastating lake weed. It plans to start on Lake Tutira, north of Napier, but fishermen are worried that the campaign could spoil the trout fishery on the lake and associated streams. The weed hydrilla has been found in Tutira and three other small lakes nearby. Hydrilla crowds out native plants and forms dense mats. "If it spread to some of our iconic lakes like Taupo or Waikaremoana the...

2008-07-03 15:00:41

By HILL, Ruth HEALTH Minister David Cunliffe has denied any "secret plan" to downgrade regional hospitals, but Hawke's Bay leaders fear that without an elected board they will be unable to fight for local services. The Dominion Post revealed yesterday that a draft report, prepared for the region's six district health boards, suggested moving from a system of three main acute hospitals to a "dual hub" by 2020. The report put forward Wellington Hospital and a hospital in either...

2008-06-26 15:02:43

By WEBB, Kathy HAWKE'S BAY airport is set to be corporatised by October, opening the way to development including a jet-capable runway and business park. The Hastings district and Napier city councils will retain ownership of nearly all the airport's land, valued at $12 million, but, as part of the corporatisation deal, are believed to have given the Crown first option to buy it if they decide to sell. The Government wants to use the airport in a Treaty settlement. The Crown owns...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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