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2008-10-02 15:00:30

After 10 weeks on dry land the fishing boat Gleaner was put back in the water at Port Taranaki marina in New Plymouth last night. The 15-metre boat suffered major hull damage in July when it broke its moorings in heavy swell and smashed into rocks before coming to rest on Ngamotu Beach. Initial plans to refloat it were scuppered amid pollution fears and two cranes lifted it out off the beach and on to a transporter. Although it is now back in the sea it will be close to Christmas...

2008-10-01 15:00:44

By WINDER, Virginia This article was written by a contributor. It is not to be reproduced without permission from the Taranaki Daily News and charges may be incurred. ------------------------------------------------------------ NEW Zealand is the land of plenty. The challenge now is to use what we've got, says GNS principal scientist Ian Graham. He is the editor of a just- released book called A Continent on the Move: New Zealand Geoscience into the 21st Century. The 387-page book...

2008-09-29 14:41:11

By MAETZIG, Rob This week, the Government awarded nine new petroleum exploration licence blocks covering half of Taranaki. Awarding these licences guarantees a big increase in seismic surveying and exploration activity. The permits have been taken up by a mixture of established energy companies and others new to New Zealand. Rob Maetzig profiles them. -------------------- TODD EXPLORATION: A privately-owned company that, together with its parent company Todd Energy, is involved in...

2008-09-24 15:00:56

T WO stories in yesterday's paper confirmed what many of us have been thinking for some time: that Taranaki is ideally placed to ride out the financial storm sweeping the globe. And maybe come out of it a little ahead. Taranaki is lucky to have in abundance two commodities that will become more and more important in the coming years of stretched energy resources and food crises: we are certainly the pulse of the nation when it comes to oil and gas exploration, and one of the major players...

2008-09-24 15:00:56

A BONANZA of oil and gas exploration activity is set to take place throughout Taranaki, with explorers poised to spend at least $100 million conducting seismic surveys and drilling wells. Associate Energy Minister Harry Duynhoven announced last night nine onshore exploration permits covering at least 50 per cent of Taranaki's land area. While some of the permits have been taken up by existing energy players, including Todd Exploration and Greymouth Petroleum, other permits involve...

2008-09-08 15:00:42

By PRICE, Vicki This article was written by a contributor. It is not to be reproduced without permission from the Taranaki Daily News and charges may be incurred. ------------------- TARANAKI'S young people used to dance. They used to dance a lot. Every weekend saw crowds swarm to the halls, where bands played old- time, Dixieland and rock and roll music for the largely clean- living young people of the 1950s and '60s. One of the most popular and successful big bands was Colin King...

2008-09-05 15:00:30

By HUMPHREYS, Lyn A BUREAUCRATIC loophole has meant about 1700 people in Taranaki are missing out on the Government's cut-price extension for all subsidised medicines. On Monday, the Government extended the $3 rate to all subsidised medications which would now include those from hospitals and after hours medical and emergency centres. But the Taranaki District Health Board says they have spotted a loophole in the new subsidy which means that the patients of GPs who are not members of...

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...

2008-09-04 15:00:17

MEET the Locals is the theme for this year's Conservation Week. It will celebrate local species, places and the Taranaki environmental groups protecting the region's wildlife. The New Plymouth Tramping Club and the Department of Conservation are kicking off the week with a Father's Day tramp along the Kaitake Ranges on Sunday. DOC community relations ranger Mike Tapp says the week's activities give people a chance to explore local terrain and meet the people doing the hard yards to...


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 'karpos', fruit.
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