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2009-11-23 15:35:00

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- For foodies, New Zealand is a veritable playground, renowned for its award-winning wines and farm-fresh cuisine. On March 30, from New Zealand to Australia, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is showcasing the epicurean appeal of the region on a 12-day Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery cruise. Master Sommeliers Robert Bath and Cameron Douglas - the first and only Master Sommelier from New Zealand - will guide guests through the nuances and...

2008-10-07 15:00:28

The real threat to the city airport does not come from development of the Hawke's Bay airport or any other airport, as claimed by airport boss Garry Goodman last week. Instead, the threat which he does not seem to yet grasp comes from peak oil - the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline. While the price of oil may go down a bit for a while, it will increasingly trend upwards. We are in...

2008-10-01 15:00:21

Insufficient rain has delayed the swabbing of the water main from The Square to Fitzherbert Bridge. The Palmerston North City Council had planned to swab the plan tonight, but it will not take place until tomorrow night at the earliest. It could still be called off tomorrow night, depending on rainfall. Horizons Regional Council has approved the swabbing at night only if there are peak Manawatu River volumes and an abundance of rainfall to allow the water to flush into the river....

2008-09-10 15:00:30

I agree that equality of opportunity is an important value in our education system (Editorial, Sept 6). So it's reasonable to ask whether school zoning achieves this. Zoning for secondary schools was introduced in Christchurch in the 1970s. Some schools getting more applications than they had room for were selecting pupils on the basis of primary school reports. They would take only the pupils who suited their school. All schools are keen to get pupils who are well behaved, likely to...

2008-09-10 15:00:17

By JAMIESON, Debbie in Queenstown A$1.2 MILLION plan to redirect the Shotover River and help mitigate flooding in Queenstown came a step closer to reality this week. The Otago Regional Council agreed to prepare resource consent applications to allow the construction of a "training wall" to shift the flow of the river, extract large amounts of gravel and remove three willow islands. The plan involves the removal of up to 1 million cubic metres of gravel, sand and organic material from...

2008-09-05 15:00:14

By EVANS, Ryan FONTERRA has been told to improve the environmental performance of its Kapuni lactose factory by Taranaki's environmental watchdog. During the 2006-07 year, the Taranaki Regional Council investigated five incidents at the Kapuni plant where the company broke the conditions of its resource consents. The breaches related to treatment and discharge of waste water. In one instance Fonterra was fined $750 after an outbreak of sewage fungus in the Kaupokonui River caused by a...

2008-09-03 15:00:22

By POKONEY, Cassandra SHORT-SIGHTEDNESS by the Southland District Council was partly to blame for the region's water woes, Environment Southland chief executive Ciaran Keogh said yesterday. Southland's water came under the spotlight last week after the district council claimed rapid dairy expansion had put pressure on the council's ability to source domestic water supply and allocating water on a first-in, first-served basis was not appropriate. At the time, council chief executive Dave...

2008-08-28 15:00:42

FAIRLIE - The Mackenzie District Council has approved a water supply for Manuka Terrace, a recently developed area of lifestyle blocks near the Lake Ohau canal. (c) 2008 Press, The; Christchurch, New Zealand. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-26 15:00:39

By NEEMS, Jeff Yet more heavy rain has again raised the level of the Waikato River. Environment Waikato senior regional hazards officer Greg Ryan said the river was back up to 15m in Hamilton this morning, but staff did not believe it would reach the near-16m peak seen in the city earlier this month. The river dropped to as low as 14m in the middle of last week. "It's risen a little bit, but it's not too bad. Over the last couple of days it's risen steadily to 15m," said Mr Ryan. "I...

2008-08-21 15:00:33

A public meeting will be held tomorrow night to discuss the Waimea water augmentation project. Laura Basham reports on progress on the $25 million plan to supply more water to the Waimea Plains, Richmond and potentially Nelson. -------------------- The case for the Waimea water augmentation project is obvious. Just look at the rainfall over the past few weeks that has gone to waste. Then think back to the lack of water and the rationing for water users on the Waimea Plains last...


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2009-03-28 13:25:06

The Takahē or South Island Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) is a species of flightless bird native to New Zealand. It was thought to be extinct after the last four known specimens were taken in 1898. However, the bird was rediscovered by Geoffrey Orbell near Lake Te Anau in the Murchison Mountains, South Island, on November 20, 1948. The species is still present there today and small populations have been successfully relocated to four predator-free offshore islands (Tiritiri Matangi,...

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