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2008-10-02 15:00:30

By McKNIGHT Sam THE inaugural meeting of the Southland Regional Transport Committee was held at Environment Southland yesterday. All of Southland's councils are represented on the committee, as well as advocates for economic development, public health, access and mobility, environmental sustainability and cultural interests. One role of the committee is to prepare an annual report on the progress of the Regional Land Transport Strategy, due in September annually. Environment...

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...

2008-09-01 15:00:11

By MORGAN, Jared DOMESTIC water in Southland could run dry as rapid dairy expansion puts pressure on fresh-water resources, according to the Southland District Council. Demand in parts of the region, particularly northern Southland, exceeds supply and keeping water up to houses is high on the council's agenda as it makes a submission to a board of inquiry on a proposed national policy to manage fresh water today. The ministry has called for input into a proposed policy, known as the...

2008-08-29 15:00:48

By THORNE, Dylan ELECTRICITY INVERCARGILL LTD has announced a $6.7 million profit - - $1.15 million more than last year. Company chairman Neil Boniface said a corporate tax rate drop of 3 percent boosted the surplus, announced in the line company's 2008 annual report. The company anticipated an increased dividend of $3.9 million, with most of the money going back to the Invercargill City Council, Mr Boniface said. Other reasons for the profit were an increase in revenue coming from...

2008-08-27 15:00:43

By GILLESPIE, Sean CURIO BAY'S holiday house market could get a boost if the Southland District Council approves a resource consent application for a farm to be subdivided. At a resource management committee hearing, councillors were told the application by Rata and Sheila Smith sought approval for five homes to be built on their 108ha property. The council received six submissions about the proposed development: three from residents in support, one from Environment Southland and one...

2008-08-02 15:00:23

AN EASTERN Southland teenager charged with careless driving causing the death of Gore man Jeremy Cowan last year will appear at a disputed facts hearing this month. The girl, who has automatic name suppression, faces one charge of careless driving causing death and four of careless driving causing injury following the November 25 crash. The girl's lawyer, Bill Dawkins, said in the Invercargill Youth Court yesterday the sole issue was who had hold of the steering wheel of the vehicle...

2008-08-02 15:00:12

By McKNIGHT Sam A CREW of up to 10 community service offenders will comb the Makarewa River for any leftover debris from last week's rubbish truck crash. The Corrections Department will send the crew to the scene, near Browns, for three days next week to help Environment Southland staff recover as much of the remaining refuse as possible, Environment Southland compliance officer Steve Hainstock said. The crash, on Thursday last week, spilled up to 500kg of rubbish and 150L of diesel...

2008-07-30 15:01:07

By FEA, Sue SOARING electricity bills have horrified several Southland and Queenstown residents. Reports of Garston Gig Cafe owner Tony Corbett's whopping $1100 power bill in The Southland Times on Saturday sparked reports of similar horrendous power bill increases, two in Invercargill, another in northern Southland and at least one in the Queenstown area. Invercargill grandmother Gayle Nel said yesterday she and her husband were shocked to receive a $672 Contact Energy power bill for...

2008-07-30 15:00:40

BILL ENGLISH's comment on Wednesday (July 23) on the need for Environment Southland to better report all of the monitoring we do on the rivers of Southland says more about Bill's level of contact with Southland than the way we provide information to the region. We take our reporting far more seriously than any government department. It has taken 15 years for the Environment Ministry to come up with a "State of the Environment" report for the nation when we have been producing them for...

2008-07-20 15:00:31

By HEATHER, Ben in Queenstown ONE person died, another broke her pelvis and a third had a collapsed lung, but afterwards they were all smiles and laughs. Twenty GPs were thrown into a simulated accident scene outside Frankton yesterday, as part of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Annual Conference in Queenstown. With a bus supposedly colliding with a car, the visiting doctors were busy helping 10 actor-patients survive the aftermath. Organisers threw extra...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.