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2008-08-27 15:01:00

By RILKOFF, Matt OAKURA'S Kaitake Kindergarten is facing a Ministry of Education investigation after three pupils went missing for almost two hours before their absence was noticed. The Taranaki Daily News understands the three girls used a ladder to scale a fence on Wednesday and make their way to one of the girls' homes, crossing busy State Highway 45 on the way. It appears their absence went unnoticed until parents came to pick them up and they could not be found. Police were...

2008-08-27 15:00:28

By HUMPHREYS, Lyn INCISOR INFORMATION Taranaki Community Oral Health Service $3m roll-out * Stage one: A four-chair clinic at Rangiatea, New Plymouth, and a two- chair bus for South Taranaki. * Stage two: Three-chair clinics in Hawera and north-east New Plymouth, a two-chair clinic in Stratford and a second two chair bus for North Taranaki. -------------------- THE country's top dentist has been called in to help resolve a squabble as to where Taranaki's first new dental hub...

2008-08-14 18:00:39

By WEIR, James METHANEX is restarting its Motunui methanol plant in Taranaki later this month, with revenues put at up to NZ$650 million, but it may hasten a predicted national gas supply gap, expected about 2015. The plant should produce about 900,000 tonnes of methanol, using 34 petajoules of gas a year, with supplies lined up till the end of next year. Methanex is hoping to get more gas to run the plant till mid- 2010 and could also reopen its Waitara Valley plant next year if it...

2008-08-14 18:00:39

By WEIR, James AUSTRIAN-BASED international oil and gas company OMV more than doubled its profits to $95 million in New Zealand last year as the Pohokura field came into full production. The $56.8 million leap in OMV's profits, disclosed in Companies Office documents, is indicative of Pohokura's profitability, with production starting in 2006 but increasing massively in 2007. Industry watchers say the Pohokura field, off Taranaki north of New Plymouth, is the unsung hero of the New...

2008-08-13 15:00:54

By WEIR, James OMV FACTS OMV NZ RESULTS * Earnings last year: $95.4m, up 147% * Turnover last year: $295.2m, up 130% OMV NZ INTERESTS: * 26% of Pohokura oil and gasfield. * 10% of Maui gasfield. * 69% of Maari oilfield, due to start production late 2008. * 36% stake in exploration in the Great South Basin, south of the South Island. GLOBAL OMV: * Austria's largest listed industrial company. * Leading oil and gas group in Central Europe. * Active in 20...

2008-08-07 15:00:49

TARANAKI'S Pohokura gasfield has just had its reserves massively upgraded, making it New Zealand's biggest oil producer as well as its second-biggest gas producer. Figures published in the Economic Development Ministry's latest energy data file show that Pohokura's total gas reserves have been upgraded 24 per cent, while oil reserves have gone up 38 per cent. Pohokura is operated by 48 per cent owner Shell, which said yesterday it did not publicly comment on reserves information. Todd...

2008-08-07 15:00:49

By MAETZIG, Rob TARANAKI'S Pohokura gasfield has had its reserves upgraded -- meaning it is now not only the country's second- biggest gas producer, but the biggest oil producer as well. Figures published in the Ministry of Economic Development's latest energy data file show that Pohokura's total gas reserves have been upgraded 24%, while oil reserves have gone up 38%. Such statistics are collected by the Ministry from the operators of various petroleum production permits in New...

2008-08-07 15:00:42

By HUMPHREYS, Lyn NP RETIREMENT DEVELOPMENTS * Jean Sandel Retirement Village on Barrett Rd. Accommodating 250 residents ranging from independent town houses to full hospital specialist care. $50 million. * Wanaka Bay Retirement Village on Wills Rd, Bell Block. 140 villas, $50m. * Bell Vista on Mangati Rd, Bell Block. 71 villas, community centre. $21 million. * Maida Vale planning another 20 villas on its Bell Block campus. -------------------- MULTIMILLION dollar...

2008-08-05 15:00:28

By PALMER, Harriet ANYONE itching to get on the airwaves will be pleased to know they now have the chance to be heard from Mokau to Patea. Access radio is set to hit Taranaki using 104.4FM, a frequency recently awarded to the Taranaki Community Trust. The trust was one of eight groups nationally to receive a non- commercial radio licence, which it plans to use for music and community-based radio shows. Trust manager Daniel Keighley said the trust had been in the hunt for a...

2008-08-05 15:00:25

By MAETZIG, Rob URENUI residents say their popular domain has been saved by extensions to the seawall along the domain's waterfront. In a first major test, the extensions -- which are yet to be completed -- have held out huge swells whipped up by the northerly storms of the past two weeks. In March, the New Plymouth District Council voted to spend more than $400,000 building a 100m extension to the existing 300m sea wall at Urenui Domain after locals pleaded that the work was...


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