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2008-09-07 15:00:17

By BRISTOW, Robyn The issue of the Rangiora airfield has again been raised - 10 years after it was buried under local opposition. ------------------ -- A report released this week on the potential for Rangiora's airfield to become a busy aviation hub for the South Island had a sense of deja vue about it. And there it was - April 15, 1998, a story in The Press about a Rangiora businessman's vision for the airfield. It began: "Ian Andrews thinks Rangiora airfield has huge potential....

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'