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2008-09-06 15:00:16

By WEIR, James CONTACT ENERGY has filed a resource consent application with Tararua District Council for a 177-megawatt wind farm southeast of Dannevirke, and more wind farms may be built on the same hill range. The 65 turbines would each be 150 metres high -- 100 metres to the top of the hub and blades of 50 metres -- the standard size for modern wind turbines. The hub is about the height of Wellington's tallest office towers. Such turbines are visible 50 kilometres away, though they...

2008-09-05 15:00:30

The Hamilton jockey hurt in a steeplechase accident in Foxton last week was due to fly home from Palmerston North Hospital last night, on a flight paid for by New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing. Paul Boylan, who moved to New Zealand from Dublin two years ago, has spent six days in the hospital and couldn't get back to Waikato on Monday because the hospital there was too full. He spent his 27th birthday here, in a hospital that is also working over capacity. "It's been lonely here. The...

2008-09-04 15:00:21

By ASPLIN, Steve A wide variety of musical acts are set to visit Palmerston North during the next few months. -------------------- Live music as an art form seems to have increased in popularity over the past five years in Palmerston North. We now have shows regularly being put on by institutions like the City Library and Te Manawa, as well as touring and local acts playing at venues throughout the city. Midge Marsden and Hammond Gamble have announced they will be putting on a concert at...

2008-09-04 15:00:13

Five schools, two medical centres, Dannevirke businesses and both Horizons and Tararua councils stand to benefit from improved internet services once fibre-optic cabling is finished, Tararua District Council corporate services manager Peter Wimsett says. More than 168 kilometres of ducting has been laid, with the cable now being installed. Internet connections speeds will increase as new service providers, to rival Telecom, hook in, Mr Wimsett said. Though the council had to approve...

2008-09-01 15:00:21

A dying patient at Feilding's Ranfurly Manor Hospital and Rest Home lay gasping for breath off and on for several days because the oxygen ran out, and had to be taken to hospital. Two elderly residents with a history of falls weren't properly assessed and kept falling out of bed. One broke a hip, the other went to hospital with a suspected broken hip. Both had to cry out for help because they couldn't reach a call bell. There were times when the call bells didn't work anyway....

2008-09-01 15:00:16

By DUFF, Michelle It's taken a one-woman protest, but the fight to stop large chunks of metal from causing carnage on Tararua's roads is one step closer to being won. In May, Elizabeth Fraser-Davies lugged a large bag of metal fragments into a Tararua District Council annual plan hearing, shoving them in front of councillors. The incensed Ms Fraser-Davies said she had picked the large stones up from outside her Morgan Road home, south of Eketahuna. As the bemused councillors passed...

2008-09-01 15:00:11

By TORRIE, Bronwyn Horowhenua council put on notice by Horizons after contamination discovered. -------------------- Faecal contamination has been discovered where Levin's effluent ponds overflowed. Tests show high levels of ecoli, indicating contamination, Horizons Regional Council environmental protection manager Alison Russell said. "We are issuing Horowhenua District Council with an abatement notice . . . to cease the unauthorised discharge of contaminants onto land where it may enter...

2008-08-29 15:00:48

By STEEMAN, Marta Christchurch turbine-maker Windflow Technology is taking on more responsibility in the proposed Long Gully wind farm project in Wellington. Its shareholders have voted on the agreement between Windflow and state-owned Mighty River Power (MRP) in which Windflow will take on the project management in addition to supplying and commissioning around 20 turbines for MRP, one of the three big state power companies. Windflow will also be responsible for resource consent...

2008-08-25 15:00:36

By TORRIE, Bronwyn More unwanted water was expected to inundate the already swollen and overflowing sewage ponds at Levin's wastewater treatment plant this weekend. Rain is forecast to fall through to at least Monday in the Horowhenua. Horowhenua District Council will be monitoring the plant around the clock, chief executive David Ward said. "We will sleep with one eye open as we keep an eye on the rainfall and the impact that will have on ground water levels and, ultimately, the...

2008-08-22 15:00:51

By HOWE, Jonathon Crisis teams, counsellors are put in place for distressed students. -------------------- The sudden deaths of three teenagers in the past week in the region has seen school principals set up guidance and counselling services for distressed classmates. None of the deaths is being treated as suspicious. The body of a 14-year-old girl, from Awatapu College, was found in a playground area of Palmerston North's Victoria Esplanade on Tuesday morning. This incident...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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