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2008-10-08 15:00:00

By GOODGER, Karen Nelson's Fresh Choice has gone from being the city's biggest supermarket in 1990 to the smallest in 2008 but that doesn't faze owner/ operator Mark A'Court in the slightest. He doesn't prescribe to the theory that big is better, and if his competitors are all heading in one direction, he'll go the other. "I wouldn't care if they opened a Pak 'N Save down the road. We're like different animals and we're not even competing in the same marketplace. We're at the very,...

2008-10-08 15:00:20

Nelson's recreational fishers will ask the public to help them raise funds for a legal challenge that has already cost about $1 million, following a Supreme Court decision to allow them to continue their battle over the allocation of kahawai quota. The long-running legal battle has so far been played out in the High Court and Appeal Court. The recreational sector is challenging the Ministry of Fisheries and the minister over how the kahawai allocation was set when the species was...

2008-10-08 15:00:18

By CHUG, Kiran People with cars full of old computers, cellphones and scanners queued up to drop off their obsolete equipment at collection points in Nelson and Takaka during the national eDay event. The free computer equipment recycling day on Saturday saw local organisers and volunteers overwhelmed by the response, collecting more than 4000 unwanted items from more than 1200 people. Organiser Karen Driver described the day as "rocking" as a steady stream of residents and small...

2008-10-06 15:00:15

By ANDERSON, Charles Some of New Zealand's 85,000 tonnes of electronic waste will find a safer home after a collection day in Nelson and Tasman tomorrow. eDay began in Wellington in 2006 in response to concerns that much of the electronic equipment which was thrown away could be safely recycled. The aim was to increase community awareness of the hazardous nature of electronic equipment and to make it clear that disposal in landfills was not a sustainable option. The collection will be...

2008-10-06 15:00:09

By HUNT, Tom LIGHT FANTASTIC Fibre-optic cables are strands of glass about the thickness of a human hair that light is sent through, rather than a metal cable that transmits electrical pulses. Central Nelson's fibre- optic cable is made up of 144 strands. While fibre-optic cable capacity is virtually limitless, in good conditions it offers data delivery about 20,000 times faster than the old dial-up service. --- ----------------- Golden Bay looks set to join the information super- highway...

2008-10-04 15:00:13

By MANNING, David David Manning takes in a good movie, an excellent one, and the latest Hollywood blockbuster in his week's viewing of new screenings in Nelson. -------------------- Eagle Eye Starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan. Directed by D J Caruso. M. * * After being spoiled with all the high- quality movies in the recent Nelson International Film Festival, this action thriller was a jolt back to Hollywood fantasy mentality. Whereas the festival provided an abundance...

2008-10-04 15:00:13

By WARD, Nick Nelson indie rock fans are in for a visit from lo-fi royalty next week, when American artist Azalia Snail comes to town. Nick Ward reports. -------------------- A zalia Snail isn't the first musician to be stuck with a tag they just can't shake, but she's learned to live with it. Dubbed the "Queen of Lo-Fi", Snail is considered one of the pioneers of a genre that has encompassed acts like Pavement, Liz Phair and plenty of Kiwi bands. She's also done plenty of...

2008-09-30 15:00:17

By GIBBS, Peter In the past few weeks I've had several emails about training for summer events, but two in particular were so similar I thought it was a conspiracy. It saved on the response time, though, because I was able to send them the same reply. Here's one of the letters: "My partner and I are thinking of doing the 10km Mahana run. We have been jogging for the last month or so and are jogging about 4km three times a week (unless pouring with rain) on the flat." And the other:...

2008-09-27 15:00:22

By MANNING, David Nelson Mail movie reviewer David Manning sees some magic at play in Pixar's latest. -------------------- Wall-E Starring Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard. Directed by Andrew Stanton. PG. * * * * * Despite the excellent pedigree of Disney-Pixar movies, this latest creation exceeds expectations, becoming a movie rarity that spurs reflection, stirs the heart and speaks to the future. It's a love story, a futuristic cautionary tale, a rollicking...

2008-09-24 15:00:30

By BASHAM, Laura The dairy industry says it needs smart self-starters who want to get into a rewarding and satisfying career. Reporter Laura Basham meets three who are giving dairying a go on a Matariki farm. ------- ------------- Take a forestry worker, a builder's labourer and a conservation worker and turn them into dairy farmers. That is the challenge at Phil and Jocelyn Riley's farm on Wangapeka Rd as the newcomers get to grips with their jobs. Jamie Mehrtens, 31, made a career...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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