Nor West News : February 10th 2011
www.nor-westnews.co.nz Thursday, February 10, 2011 OPEN DAY MARCH 2 BOARDING AVAILABLE for Boys & Girls BR - j5765/02 Saint Kentigern College SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 APRIL Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com Tidal power on way Renewable options: Tidal power generation in the Kaipara Harbour would be a first in New Zealand. Inset: Environmental concerns around a tidal power plant include the impact on marine life like endangered Maui dolphins. By CAROLYN THOMAS CONTINUED Page 3 TIDAL power is a step closer to joining hydro, geothermal, wind and solar as a renew- able energy option in New Zealand. The Environmental Court recommended this week that the Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson approve a consent to develop a station in the Kaipara Harbour. Applicant Crest Energy's director Anthony Hopkins is delighted but says there is still a long process ahead. Conditions attached to the consent include environment monitoring and testing. It's not a done deal yet,'' Mr Hopkins says. She doesn't have to accept it.''It follows a year of mediation among four objectors including Environs Holdings -- a division of the north Kaipara Iwi-based Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust. Issues include ownership of the seabed and fish stocks. There are also environmental concerns like habitat destruc- tion, erosion and impacts to biodiversity and marine life. The station would be the first in New Zealand to use the tide to generate elec- tricity. There would be 200 sub- merged marine turbines laid near the harbour's entrance to supply power between Albany to Cape Reinga. Mr Hopkins is an environ- mental scientist and says the harbour was chosen for its size and volume. He has been involved since mid-2005 and says any com- mercial operation is still at least three years away. He says the station would create hundreds of jobs. It has a significant regional, local and national effect,'' he says. Round the Bays is the way to go says Olympian By JUSTIN LATIF Champion effort: Nick Willis celebrates Olympic success in Beijing. Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis is urging people to sign up for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run on March 13. The 1500-metre runner will be racing in Christ- church on February 26 and says registering for the event could be the first step towards a fitter lifestyle for many people. Having a race as a goal -- where you line up with thou- sands of others -- provides the daily motivation to get out there and put in the work on the roads, trails, or treadmill,'' he says. Willis says running is an easy sport to get into. It is the most simple form of exercise as it requires the least time, equipment, and you can run virtually any- where,'' he says. Willis will be presented with his silver Olympic medal at the Christchurch athletics event. He originally finished third in the 1500m at the 2008 Beijing Games but was awarded the silver after gold medallist Rashid Ramzi was disqualified for testing posi- tive to drugs. The Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is one of the world's largest events of its type with nearly 40,000 registered participants. The run is 8.4km, stretching from Quay St to the waterfront at St Heliers Bay. This year's event starts at 9.30am. Registered runners get a number and a personalised certificate recording their time. Go online to www. roundthebays.co.nz for entry details. Go to www.nor-west news.co.nz to see a video of Nick Willis claiming a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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