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2008-08-13 15:00:29

By BURGESS, Dave CAPITAL and Coast District Health Board may have to spend up to $4 million on a new reservoir. The cash-strapped board is compelled to find the money because Wellington Hospital's emergency water supply would run out after two days if a disaster struck. The board has agreed in principle to share the cost of a 4.5- million-litre reservoir at the Prince of Wales Park in Mt Cook -- estimated at $12 million -- with Greater Wellington regional council and Wellington City...

2008-07-01 15:00:32

By PATTERSON, Colin A GROUP of Upper Hutt intermediate school pupils are recreating on stage one of New Zealand's worst maritime tragedies. The interisland ferry Wahine hit rocks and sank near the entrance to Wellington Harbour on April 10, 1968. Fifty-three passengers and crew died. Four decades later, 75 Maidstone Intermediate School pupils will perform their version at this week's Mission-On Stage Challenge at Wellington's TSB Arena. Teacher and director Annette McRae came up...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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