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with a difference
Information Evening 2013
If you've been looking for a little spice in your upcoming
holidays, come and visit us at our Expo on Monday 4 February
at 6pm and be inspired about destinations with a difference.
Immerse yourself in the colourful cultures of South America,
India and Morocco along with much more!
House of Travel Rangiora
Upper Level, Gables Arcade,
96 High Street, Rangiora
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When: Monday 4 February 2013
Where: House of Travel Rangiora,
The Gables Arcade, 96 High Street, Rangiora
Oil spill drill set
to ready staff if
CLEANING UP: Ecan enforcement
team leader Tony Smith pulls a
skimmer out of the water as part
of a coastal oil response exercise.
North Cantabrians concerned for the health
and preservation of our extensive coastline
in the event of an environmental disaster
are encouraged to visit South Bay in Kai-
koura on Tuesday, February 5, where
Environment Canterbury (Ecan) will be
spearheading a comprehensive, multi-team
oil spill response exercise.
Jim Dilley, Ecan's regional harbourmas-
ter and on-scene commander says the aim
is to bring together all the agencies that
would usually be involved in a possible spill
-- as happened recently in Timaru -- and to
practice response systems and equipment
It is vital we undertake preplanning
work for any possible spill and exercise our
response team regularly,'' he said.
This exercise is also about involving the
community, so we are keen for people to
know what is happening and we hope to see
them coming along for a look.''
Oil recovery and containment gear will
be brought to Kaikoura for the exercise.
Oiled wildlife response equipment will also
be on the scene, with the the team includ-
ing wildlife assessors from Ecan, Massey
University and the Department of Conser-
The day will include wildlife assessments
as well, along with a review of possible sites
for treating oiled animals.
Ecan wildlife officer Mimouk Hannan
says the North Canterbury coastline has an
abundance of wildlife, much of which would
be vulnerable to oil spills.
The diverse range of ocean wildlife here
is a significant feature of the area's conser-
vation values and it is also important to the
community,'' she said.
It is vital we are aware of all the local
wildlife, and identify methods for protect-
ing it from ecological threat.''
The full multi-agency team will include
members from Ecan, Massey University,
the Department of Conservation, the Kai-
koura District Council and Maritime New
If you would like to see some of the
equipment, talk with responders, and find out
a little about the team, they will be at South
Bay Boat Harbour from around 3pm till
4.30pm on Tuesday, February 5.
BOOM CONTINUES: Building permits nearly doubled in Waimakariri last year and the trend is set to continue.
Building boom attracting
By PETER HIDE
WITH 77 building consent
applications so far this month,
the Waimakariri District Coun-
cil is expecting building activity
for new houses to last at least
for this year -- and probably
Over the last decade the dis-
trict council issued permits for
an average of 450 dwellings a
year; last year this jumped to
more than 800 dwelling permits
Building activity over the
next 3-5 years will be influenced
in the main by the rebuild of
damaged housing stock and the
decisions of Christchurch-based
citizens who choose to relocate
to Waimakariri District in
search of good ground and
affordable housing,'' said War-
ren Taylor of the Waimakariri
District's building unit.
A consequence of this is
expected to be a lift in new com-
mercial construction in both
Kaiapoi and Rangiora as service
industries and retailers move to
deliver services locally.''
He expected the availability of
land across Canterbury gener-
ally to be what influenced deci-
sions on where to build.
Building inspectors were con-
tinuing to work on Saturdays to
keep up with demand.
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