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2008-09-26 15:00:36

A retired Massey University associate professor in computer science who went back to school has won a top undergraduate prize as a student of the School of English and Media Studies. Ray Kemp, who worked in the former Institute of Information Sciences and Technology at Massey, has been awarded the RG Frean prize for critical or expository work. The prize is awarded each year to the two best undergraduate works, with one also given in creative writing. Dr Kemp's essay, Did Hedda Gabler and...

2008-09-26 15:00:25

By DUFF, Michelle A "dangerous" discussion that verged on perverting the course of justice was silenced by mayor Maureen Reynolds at a Tararua District council meeting yesterday. In a highly unusual move, Mrs Reynolds let two Waitahora wind farm opponents sitting at the back of the meeting ask questions during council discussion. But when the talk threatened to infringe on the future impartiality of councillors, she was forced to clamp down on the session. The impromptu debate...

2008-09-15 15:00:30

By DUFF, Michelle A protest to stop the proposed Contact Energy wind farm on the Puketoi ranges is fast gathering power. A group of locals dead-set against the $500 million wind farm on the ranges east of Pahiatua are demanding the Tararua District council take their objections seriously. They want an open forum held to discuss wind farms, and are challenging claims that farms will bring local benefits. Newly formed Waitahora-Puketoi guardians group deputy chairman Stuart Brown - a...

2008-09-15 15:00:21

By FISHER, Stephen REVIEW Shane Cortese: '50s Jukebox Tour. Regent on Broadway, Friday, September 12. Reviewed by Stephen Fisher. ------------------ -- I was fortunate enough to be involved with theatre here in Palmerston North when Shane Cortese was taking his first nervous steps onto the boards. Although he wasn't the best singer, or dancer for that matter, his work was characterised by an energy and a sense of joy infectious to everyone around him. Shane left Palmerston North...

2008-09-11 15:00:24

Your comments last week for Mrs Nicholas to "pull your head in'' (Editorial, September 2) when she said she intended to oppose Clint Rickards' application to be admitted to the bar were uncalled for. She, along with most women in New Zealand, would hardly think that he should be admitted to the bar with his obvious disrespect of womanhood - a position with some authority and (usually) some respect. Had the man "come clean'' or even showed some sort of repentance or regret for his...

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...

2008-08-22 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
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.