Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pike River families deserted by authorities, bodies unlikely to be recovered...

GREYMOUTH, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 30: A general view of the Pike River Mine on November 30, 2010 in Greymouth, New Zealand. Rescue teams have been working around the clock to recover the bodies of the 29 New Zealand mine crew that lost their lives following two blasts at the Pike River Mine 50 kilometres north of Greymouth on New Zealand's west coast. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
GREYMOUTH, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 30: A drilling platform is seen at the Pike River Mine on November 30, 2010 in Greymouth, New Zealand. Rescue teams have been working around the clock to recover the bodies of the 29 New Zealand mine crew that lost their lives following two blasts at the Pike River Mine 50 kilometres north of Greymouth on New Zealand's west coast. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)


:no:Pike River mine families abandon hope of recovering bodies of their family members - this is so very, very sad!
A spokesperson for the families of the miners who died in Pike River mine said the families have abandoned all hope of recovering the bodies.
Bernie Monk confirmed to Radio New Zealand on Wednesday that the decision was made at a meeting on the West Coast on Tuesday night.
Twenty nine men died in an explosion in the mine on 19 December, 2010.
Neither the new owners of the mine,state owned Solid Energy, or the NZ Government are prepared to give the familes any assurance that the bodies will ever be recovered. Solid Energy said maybe access to the mine could be made by a new, at present unplanned, mine in the future. PM John Key promised the families the bodies would be recovered, money was no object, but did not force any conditions in the sale of the Pike River mine to Solid Energy.
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Thousands rallied for Christ Church Cathedral...

Jim Anderton, former Deputy Prime Minister of ...
Jim Anderton, former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thousands rally for Christ Church Cathedral

AGAINST DEMOLITION: Elisabeth and Vic Stent sign a banner of support.

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Several thousand people have gathered in Christchurch this afternoon to protest the demolition of the city's Anglican cathedral.
The protest rally began in Cranmer Square and saw past and present civic leaders, MPs and other high profile Christchurch residents calling on the Anglican Church to immediately halt demolition work on the quake-damaged Cathedral.
The rally came on the day an opinion poll showed the fate of the Anglican cathedral has divided the region, with 54 per cent of those polled favouring demolition and 42 per cent calling for it to be saved.
Former MP Jim Anderton told the crowd that 100 engineers had confirmed the Cathedral could be saved and restoration should go ahead regardless of the cost. If the city could afford to spend money on a new rugby stadium it could afford to restore the city's most iconic building.
Long-time heritage campaigner and former city councillor Anna Crighton said the Anglican Church should take heed of both the New Zealand Historic Places Trust's and the Christchurch City Council's call for a pause to demolition work.
"Pause, consult the experts and let the public ... have a say about their Cathedral,'' Crighton said.
After an hour of impassioned pleas for the cathedral to be saved the fired-up crowd marched from Cranmer Square to the central city cordon at Worcester Boulevard where the Wizard tolled a bell and called on the "evil'' Anglican bishop to bring an end to demolition work on the Cathedral.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Even the Colonel is getting into the act - supporting APP's illegal use of rainforest fibre...

PALEMBANG, SOUTH SUMATRA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 10: An aerial view of stacks of timber logging plant on a vast pulpwood concession on land owned by PT.Rimba Hutani Mas, part of the Sinar Mas Group that owns Asia Pulp & Paper Co., during an aerial tour of the Sumatran forest with Greenpeace and South Sumatra Governor, Alex Noerdin, on December 10, 2010 in District Musi Banyuasin, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia. Norway have agreed to support Indonesia's efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and the degradation of forests and peat lands, caused by pulp, palm oil and wood businesses. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

    Even the Colonel is into the act- supporting APP's illegal use of rainforest fibre...

    Even the Colonel is into the act - supporting APP's illegal usage of rainforest fibre...
    by Peter Petterson
    :no:KFC's secret recipe is out of the bucket. It turns out the Colonel has been wrapping his greasy chickens in packaging made from Indonesian rainforests that the endangered Sumatran tigers call home. I've never liked KFC anyway, but this would ensure I didn't buy the stuff in future.
    The Asian Pulp and Paper company(APP) the parent company of the New Zealand based Cottonsoft who were exposed last year for trashing rainforests to make toilet paper rolls, is one of the most notorious, or perhaps even nefarious rainforest destroyers. I have posted here at the Green Planet about this despicable company just a few weeks ago. Scroll back and have a read.
    You can read more here about evidence that has been released about the illegal usage of endangered rainforest timber, and the discovery that KFC in the UK, China and Indonesia has been using packaging containing rainforest fibre supplied by APP. A number of large international companies such as Mattel, Nestle and Adidas have dropped APP like hot coals - the pressure is now right on the Colonel to stop using APP products and help win a real victory for the Indonesian rainforests.
    Join the international revolt - people from Indonesia to China, New Zealand to America and Europe - are joining the revolt to go tell KFC and the Colonel that turning rainforests into trash is absolutely unacceptable.
    Source: http://worldofcae.blogspot.com The Green Planet blog
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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Christchurch trams may be back on track by Christmas...


Christchurch trams should be back on track by Christmas.Things are beginning to move a little in the earthquake devastated southern New Zealand city.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/6876795/Trams-back-on-track-by-Christmas Video of how things were!

Latest Christchurch land zoning decisions released

Latest Chch land zoning decisions released

Latest Chch land zoning decisions released

By: Newstalk ZB staff | Latest Christchurch News | Friday May 18 2012 11:15

The latest land zoning decisions for Christchurch have just been released.
198 properties on Southshore have been zoned red and another 203 have been green zoned, they will be TC3 or green blue.
421 white zone properties on the Port Hills have been rezoned as green.
Officials have also decided to leave Parklands as green zone after a review of that land.
So that leaves around 1600 properties in the white zone, the only ones in Christchurch still awaiting a decision their land.
Photo: NZ Herald

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A message to all Kiwis: Heed the call and save the Maui dolphin...

New Zealand
New Zealand (Photo credit: erjkprunczyk)

Save the Maui's Dolphin

The Maui dolphin is facing extinction...
New Zealand is home to the world's smallest and rarest marine dolphin. But Maui's dolphin is in very real danger of extinction with new reports putting its entire population at only 55.
The Government has responded by proposing two interim protection measures until it can complete a full review later this year. But they are not strong or urgent enough and will leave Maui’s dolphins at risk from being caught and killed in fishing nets.

The measures include extending the set net ban along the west coast of the North Island to include the Taranaki coast from Pariokariwa Point south to Hawera and out to 4 nautical miles, and extending the marine mammal sanctuary along the west coast south to Hawera and out to 12 nautical miles.

It's not enough. What's needed is a total ban on gillnets and trawling out to 100m depth throughout Maui's dolphin habitat. As things stand, the Maui's dolphin are likely to become extinct in our lifetime. The time to act is now.


When they have all gone it will be too late New Zealand. So act now and help save the Maui dolphin. Support Greenpeace and other conservationists!


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Monday, May 21, 2012

Why was Samoan captain Mahonri Swalger dropped from the team this year...

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Kiwi murder victim allegedly knew his killer - victim a journalist and former spy

Police say veteran journalist Derek round, who was found dead in his Wanganui home last week, may have known his killer. File photo / Stuart Munro


Police say veteran journalist Derek round, who was found dead in his Wanganui home last week, may have known his killer. File photo / Stuart Munro

Police believe veteran journalist Derek Round had been in recent contact with the person who killed him in a horrific attack at his Whanganui home.
Mr Round, 77, was found dead in his Whanganui house on Thursday.
He suffered a number of violent blows to the head after being attacked in his living room.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Kirby said investigators believed the person who carried out the attack had been in contact with Mr Round in the days leading up to his death - either by phone, text or in person.
"Because of this we want to hear from anyone who had dealings with Derek in the week before he was violently attacked."
Mr Round's distinctive 1996 blue Jaguar XJ6 was spotted on Thursday morning in the suburb of Aramoho.

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