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2009-05-26 16:43:27

A local official in New Zealand says it's time for Palmerston North to join other cities by allowing the number 13 for street addresses. It seems absurd to me in 2009 that we still should be deciding street numbering policy or anything else on superstition, Palmerston North City Councilor Chris Teo-Sherrell told the Dominion Post. It's one of those things that keeps getting turned over because nobody says `hey, that's stupid.' Teo-Sherrell noted that Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton and...

2008-10-10 15:00:15

By DYKES, Mervyn Winter still has a sting or two in its tail, warns the operations manager at Horizons Regional Council, Alan Cook. Strong winds and heavy rains earlier this week have left the region battered and in many areas extremely water-logged. With more rain forecast, a close watch is being kept on known trouble spots in the region. Yesterday morning, fields surrounding a section of highway near Opiki had become a lake so deep that only the top few centimetres of fence posts...

2008-10-09 15:00:33

The electricity supply company, Powerco, says there are just a handful of Manawatu people still without power, and it expects to get them back on-line today. "There are perhaps a dozen clients without power today. Yesterday there were 1200, but we have fixed the major faults and there are just a few left," company spokesman Neil Holdem said. There were 6000 customers left without power after severe weather lashed the North Island yesterday causing widespread damage to power lines from...

2008-10-09 15:00:33

As the Manawatu struggles with the cumulative effect of turbines spreading across our hills, balanced against the need for renewable energy, minds begin turning to other types of energy supply, such as off-shore wind farms and tidal turbines. Environment Minister Trevor Mallard says that these are being investigated all the time. This include the Government establishing the Marine Energy Deployment Fund, which is offering grants of up to $2 million a year over four years. "New...

2008-10-08 15:00:37

Te Manawa Trust's Lisa Foggin shows Emma Gerke from Kimbolton how to break out of an arm grip. They were at Girls' Day Out, organised by the Manawatu Rural Support Services for rural girls aged 13 to 15. The girls came from Manawatu and Rangitikei and most live in rural areas, but a few brought city-dwelling friends. Organiser Judy Jack said the day was about young women feeling good about themselves. As well as covering skin care, make-up, hair and clothing, the girls also had...

2008-10-08 15:00:29

By HOWE, Jonathon Metal pipes and cylinders taken from three empty rural houses. -- ------------------ Copper theft continues to plague the Manawatu, with a group of meticulous thieves stripping down three rural houses in the latest string of attacks. Two houses on State Highway 3, near Sanson, and one on Sandon Road, Mt Biggs, were targeted by thieves last week. Hot-water cylinders, copper pipes and pumps were stolen from inside and outside the empty houses. Feilding Acting...

2008-10-08 15:00:24

By SHAILER-KNIGHT Wendy REVIEW Hi-5 Circus Yesterday, Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North. Reviewed by Wendy Shailer-Knight. -------------------- There was so much saccharine sweetness and hyped-up happiness in this show, it was hard to avoid feeling good. Certainly the hordes of preschoolers and primary-aged children were drinking in the positive energy in an almost full Regent Theatre. It was mainly the girls who joined in with the singing and dancing routines as urged on by the...

2008-10-08 15:00:21

Foxton farmer Ian Easton said his involvement with the Ballance Farm Environment Awards as both an entrant and a judge helped him clarify his goals for the long term sustainability of his Manawatu farm. Mr Easton, wife Gayle and son Jason run a mixed cropping operation on 340ha of flat land between Shannon and Foxton. Their business finishes bought-in cattle and lambs and grows a diverse range of crops, including potatoes, onions, maize silage and broccoli. In 2005 the Eastons won the...

2008-10-07 15:00:36

By CHAPMAN, Katie While Palmerston North City Council has walked a tightrope between commercial imperatives and local loyalties over the past four years, Mighty River Power's stance has always been clear - they want to generate electricity and make money. Civic reporter Katie Chapman found out the State Owned Enterprise's views on the issues. - ------------------- We need electricity. Wind can create electricity. Mighty River Power (MRP) can harvest wind. Simple? That's the way it...

2008-10-07 15:00:32

EVERY airplane can now be accurately tracked, even if there isn't any radar coverage in the area they're in. Massey University mechatronics graduate James McCarthy has developed technology that has been turned into a product called Spidertracks. The palm-sized unit works by picking up a global positioning systems (GPS) signal giving the plane's position, transmits it to the Iridium satellite network and beams it to servers in Australia and Wellington. From there the signal travels via...


Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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