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Emergency Trust PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 July 2006
 

The recent annual meeting of the Mid Canterbury Emergency Relief Trust brought together a sizeable group of people, many of whom had been associated in a variety of ways in assisting in rural areas during the recent heavy snowfall.

Alan Baird, the trust's response co-ordinator, said the organisation's greatest strength was its independence, in that it did not have to ask anyone before it acted in such matters as hiring equipment or using volunteers, but in some ways that independence was also its greatest weakness.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 July 2006 )
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Blackout PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 July 2006

Just as everyone was beginning to recover from the effects of the big snowfall, a large part of Mid Canterbury experienced another blackout on Monday night when the electricity supply was cut to about 9000 households.

Electricity Ashburton operations manager Ken Stirling said a cable termination fault at the point of supply for the whole district, the Wakanui Road substation, took out the whole 33,000 volt part of the network. Areas supplied by the 66,000 volt network, such as Methven and Pendarves, were unaffected.

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New RNZN Ship PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 July 2006

An Ashburton man, Jeff Reddecliffe, is one of a team of 10 Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and Ministry of Defence (MoD) personnel who are in Holland this month for the sea trials of the navy's newest ship.

The team boarded the 8000 tonne multi-role vessel Canterbury at the Merwede shipyard, Holland for 48 hours of sea trials on July 3.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 July 2006 )
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Foam Insulation PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 July 2006

A row is blown up between the Ashburton District Council and the rural Canterbury franchise holder for a type of wall insulation used in older homes.

The district council recently issued a warning, based on information from the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) website, about what it called a new practice of injecting foam insulation into wall cavities of existing houses. It said the practice was causing concern among building authorities and had been banned by some, including the Christchurch City Council, which had banned its use in both brick veneer and monolithic clad plaster buildings.

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Dog Sale PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 July 2006

More than 100 working dogs were offered for sale at the 50th annual Ashburton sheep and cattle dog sale held at the Ashburton Airport on Thursday.

Buyers from throughout the South Island purchased 71 of the dogs on offer and about 20 were passed in. The remainder were, for various reasons, withdrawn from sale.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 July 2006 )
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Police Notices PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 July 2006

Ashburton Police would like to speak to the driver of a four-wheel-drive vehicle who picked up two people from the scene pf a crash involving two vehicles in Line Road, near Methven, in the early hours of Sunday morning and dropped them off at a farm. Police attended the scene at 1.30am Sunday and processed one driver for excess breath alcohol. He returned a reading of 837 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The second driver drove off, was stopped and tested, returning a reading of 621. Both were to appear in the Ashburton District Court yesterday.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 July 2006 )
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