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2008-07-24 15:01:02

By MILLER, Grant A steady flow of people wanting to know more about Mighty River Power's planned wind farm in the Turitea Reserve near Palmerston North showed up for the company's first information day about the project yesterday. Many of them were property owners in the vicinity of the planned development on a ridge 11 kilometres south-east of Palmerston North. If the project gets the green light, turbines will be visible on the skyline from Fitzherbert Avenue. Mighty River Power...

2008-07-23 15:00:52

The Feilding-based farm syndication company MyFarm says there has been strong interest in investing in an Australian dairy farm and support unit in western Victoria. MyFarm says it has a conditional offer in for the farm for $13.5million, but it is looking to raise the money before it buys the property. It is a 386ha dairy farm and 120ha support unit. The company says at this stage it looks like it will be over- subscribed. And at least a dozen prospective investors are going to...

2008-07-21 15:01:02

By RANKIN, Janine Some pregnant Wanganui women will have to travel further afield than Palmerston North for specialist birth care while their own obstetric and gynaecology service is closed. Palmerston North Hospital won't be able to take them all, says MidCentral Health acting general manager and group manager for women's health Nicholas Glubb. The Whanganui District Health Board decided on Thursday to suspend its service for the foreseeable future because the Medical Council won't...

2008-07-18 15:00:30

By MILLER, Grant Company is to seek consents for up to 131 turbines. ------------- ------- Mighty River Power plans to build up to 131 wind turbines in Palmerston North's Turitea Reserve and on neighbouring properties. The state-owned company confirmed yesterday it will seek resource consents for the wind farm, which could potentially generate up to 360 megawatts of electricity for the national grid, enough to power 150,000 houses. Consistent wind speeds at the northern end of the...

2008-07-17 09:00:36

Regarding: "It's restoration not vandalism'' (Letters, July 11). Dr Perrie has missed two points. The first problem has been inadequate communication, as was clearly explained in the original article (Row erupts over work at estuary, July 8). At no time has any Foxton Beach community group with an interest in the Manawatu Estuary ever been informed by way of a report as to the type of tree that would be felled, apart from the fact that they would be green. That report is held by the...

2008-07-04 15:00:16

Freyberg High School student Charles Annear-Henderson, 17, will be among more than 40 top New Zealand and Australian science high school students to attend the New Zealand International Science Festival in Dunedin, from July 5. They'll participate in the 2008 Youth Australia, New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science Forum. They beat out 500 other top students to get a place, and have demonstrated passion for science and intend to study it at tertiary level. Some of the festival...

2008-07-04 15:00:14

The Horowhenua Health Centre celebrated its first birthday yesterday with cake and afternoon tea, while MidCentral District Health Board's Murray Georgel predicted the centre's success would be measured by a healthier population in future. One year on from the first staff moving into the $16.1 million centre, Horowhenua Primary Health Organisation manager Dawn Wilson said both health professionals and patients are realising the benefits of so many services working under one roof. The...

2008-07-03 15:00:41

By RANKIN, Janine Palmerston North pathologist Cynric Temple-Camp has returned to the MidCentral District Health Board's table in a new role. An unsuccessful candidate at last year's local body elections, Dr Temple-Camp had served a three- year term as one of the Health Minister's appointments to the board, but was not re-appointed in December. He's now been appointed to be an external member of the board's hospital advisory committee. Two newcomers have also been appointed to...

2008-07-02 15:00:45

By PRESTON, Nikki Snow lovers filling up their cars at BP service station in Ohakune at the weekend were charged about 10 cents more for petrol than in the cities. Petrol at BP Ohakune Tyre and Energy Centre on Clyde St, the only station in the town, was $2.21 a litre for 91 octane. In comparison BP Te Rapa in Hamilton charged $2.12 a litre and Caltex on Avalon Dr $2.10 a litre for the same petrol. BP New Zealand comm- unications manager Diana Stretch said the Ohakune station was...

2008-07-01 15:00:48

By LAW, Tina STATE-OWNED electricity generator Mighty River Power will pay about $7 million for a 20 per cent stake in listed Christchurch's Windflow Technology, which plans to build a small wind farm at Long Gully in Wellington. The announcement pushed Windflow shares up 38.3 per cent, or $1.15, to close at $4.15. In May, Windflow Technology chairman Barrie Leay strongly criticised New Zealand's electricity generators, including Meridian Energy and Genesis Energy, for snubbing...


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