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2009-04-06 16:37:10

District councilors in Wanganui, New Zealand, have voted to allow the citizens to decide whether the city's name should instead be spelled Whanganui. The councilors decided Monday to put the question to the voters after the local Geographic Board said 10 days earlier that the current spelling, which omits the h, was the result of a mistake 150 years ago, Radio New Zealand reported Monday. The district council said a historian will be hired to research the issue and help voters made an...

2008-09-26 15:00:25

By KIDSON, Sally A Motueka-based company's application to build a hydroelectric scheme on Lake Matiri near Murchison has attracted 255 submissions, most of which support the scheme, although kayakers and environmentalists remain critical of the proposal. New Zealand Energy Ltd has applied to the Tasman District Council to build a 4.6kw power scheme at the lake, which is on conservation land at the southern entrance to Kahurangi National Park. The scheme would generate enough...

2008-09-16 15:00:33

By WEIR, James The Raukumara basin off the North Island's East Coast is looking "very useful" and may encourage European oil giants to have a second look at New Zealand, according to associate Energy minster Harry Duynhoven. Duynhoven told the Energy Summit conference in Wellington yesterday that New Zealand would depend on oil for some time to come. There were significant opportunities for the oil sector, with the Raukumara basin the next to be opened for exploration, he said....

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 LAKE CONCERNS * Future water allocation from upstream areas, including Stratford's water supply. * Lower lake levels affecting the area's natural character and recreational activities on the lake. * Altered river flows below Patea Dam. * A negative impact on fish. * Cultural issue. -------------------- LAKE Rotorangi and Patea River users are upset over a proposal that will allow Trust Power to lower water levels in the lake. Trust Power is applying to...

2008-08-27 15:01:10

The Waikato will escape the worst of the week's wet weather, but forecasters say afternoon showers and thunderstorms may still linger. Other places have taken a hammering as wet weather continues to lash the country. Residents have been evacuated from two properties in Albany and others are on standby in Auckland's St Mary's Bay and Amberley Beach in North Canterbury, due to weather- related slips and flooding. Canterbury Civil Defence's emergency co- ordination centre opened this...

2008-08-27 15:00:43

By COLLETT, Geoff The plan to build a hydro power scheme on Marlborough's Wairau River might have prompted the longest resource consent hearing ever, but it's not over yet. Geoff Collett reports. -------------------- There are clear undercurrents of bluff, bluster and breast- beating swirling here, and hardly surprisingly. The will to win on both sides is unyielding, and the stakes high by any measure. But perhaps where the saga of the plan to harness Marlborough's Wairau River for...

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...

2008-08-22 15:00:29

A WATER Conservation Order on the Oreti River comes into effect on September 1. The order recognises the nationally outstanding brown trout fishery, black-billed gull populations and values for tikanga Maori. Southland Fish and Game Council manager Maurice Rodway said the order did not impinge on existing uses of the river while protecting the river from damming and a reduction in water quality. (c) 2008 Southland Times, The. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-22 15:00:29

Environment Waikato is prosecuting three parties over alleged illegal drainage in the Arapae Wetland south of Te Kuiti. The three parties, who cannot be identified at this stage because of the pending court proceedings, are due to appear in the Te Kuiti District Court next Thursday. EW complaints and enforcement manager Rob Dragten said the regional council was taking action after alleged unlawful activities relating to vegetation clearance, diversion of water, culverts and drainage...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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