Nor West News : February 10th 2011
3 NOR-WEST NEWS, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 NEWS Experience Integrity Stephen Theobald Ph 027 4934 662 firstname.lastname@example.org Ph 412 7666 Kumeu Loyal Realty Ltd 2792509AA What have you got to lose? 156 Main Road Kumeu Phone: 412 8932 www.kumeugym.co.nz Your Gym Membership conditions apply. This month only... Join for 3 months + 4 weeks FREE Join for 6 months + 6 weeks FREE Join for 12 months + 8 weeks FREE Call us now! Call 0800 BLINDS 254637 www.homevisionblinds.co.nz Up to RRP OFF 60% BLINDS! BLINDS! BLINDS! Vertical • Venetian • Sunscreen • Wooden • Roller FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Know this man? Kumeu police would like to speak to this man in relation to the theft of cash and a com- puter from the staff area of Bees Online Cafe on January 7 about 3.30pm. Contact constable Melissa Haven on 412-5194 or call Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111. Dogs make a difference Winging raffle: Taupaki resident Erica Tiedemann with Casper the labrador, Andrea Hawkless of the New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust and Squadron 6 commanding officer James Tayler at RNZAF Base Auckland in Whenuapai. Photo: RANI TIMOTI By RANI TIMOTI A NAVAL squadron at the RNZAF base Auckland in Whenuapai is helping make a difference for people with severe epilepsy. Lieutenant Andy Dowling and his wife Claire fostered a labrador for the New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust. For nearly a year Marty has been a regular visitor and mascot to Squadron 6. Staff also held a raffle to raise $300 for the trust which says dogs can help people with severe epilepsy lead safer and more independent lives. The main prize in the raffle was a flight in a 1945 de Havilland aircraft. Marty has since gone to live in Nelson to help a young man who has had epilepsy since he was four years old. He has given his new com- panion confidence to live independently and for the first time, attend a work function by himself. He was so easy to look after but we keep in touch with the family who have got him now, says Andy, who is on exchange from the British Royal Navy with the squad- ron which flies Sea Sprite helicopters. Claire now also helps walk another dog for the trust. Squadron commanding officer James Tayler says Marty was popular at their social functions. You d be there having a meal and feel something at your feet. One of the trust s founders, Andrea Hawkless of Kumeu, says it s quite a process to apply to the trust because you have to show there s a real need and the dog must have a good living environment. A successful applicant is Erica Tiedemann of Taupaki who says she is also in train- ing with her new friend Casper. He provides comfort for herself and her family. They let me out without stressing. I ve been able to catch public transport and go for walks. It makes everyone around understand me. Erica says Casper gets a very protective look on his face whenever she is about to have a seizure. It takes away the fact they re all alone and people look at the dog rather than them, Andrea says. The dogs become aware of impending seizures and alert their owner, she says. We can train them to do anything that s necessary. We train them to get the tele- phone and fetch a towel. Registered epilepsy assist dogs have the legal status of working dogs, giving them access to public places and transport. New Zealand is only one of three countries in the world where the service is available. Work stolen Kumeu police seek infor- mation on two identical sculptures stolen from the entrance way of Twin Springs Drive in Woodhill. Phone constable Steve Nicoll on (09) 412-5194 or Crimestoppers on 0800- 555-111. Turbine power: Crest Energy plans to submerge 200 turbines near the harbour's entrance. Pros and cons of energy alternatives Non-renewable fossil fuels: Fossil fuels coal, pet- roleum and natural gas are often the cheapest and easiest resources to extract although accessing them is becoming harder and more dangerous. There are also air pollution issues. Nuclear power (not in New Zealand): Nuclear power does not produce as much pol- lution and is used in many countries. But it poses environment risks through nuclear waste and radioac- tive contamination. There are also nuclear weapons and ter- rorism issues. Biomass crops: Algae, corn and other vegetables are among natural produce used to generate electricity through the methane created when the matter decomposes. But a huge amount of land is required and fossil fuels are required to produce it, ie, farming equipment. Renewable alterna- tives: Geothermal uses underground heat and can be a relatively cost-effective option but is only available at specific locations. Hydroelectricity uses water-powered turbines and can produce relatively high yields. But the construction of a dam requires huge invest- ment and there are major impacts on the surrounding environment. Tidal power is reliable but can only produce at certain times of the day and at a lower capacity than some other sources. Infrastructure costs are generally high too. Solar power is converting sunlight into electricity. It is free, does not cause pollution and can be sourced anywhere there is sun. But the equip- ment to produce it can be expensive and it is weather- dependent. Wind-powered turbines do not pollute either and can be done in remote places. It is also weather-dependent and can be an eyesore on landscapes. Tidal power on way FROM Page 1 I think what New Zealand does need is a range of differ- ent options to reduce depen- dency on fossil fuels. Rod- ney s Labour MP and former Auckland Regional Councillor Christine Rose says she supports investment in renewable and sustainable power but there are many unknowns. The principle of using the tide to generate electricity is great. But largely the tech- nology is still unproved. She says effects on Maui dolphins and whales that swim in the harbour are a concern. The Kaipara Harbour is a breeding ground for all sorts, she says. There are only about 111 Maui dolphins left. Other interested parties are com- mercial and recreation users of the harbour. It s been far too long con- sidered an after thought by planners and those investing in infrastructure. Crest plans to spend $600 million on the project. Under the con- sent s conditions, just three turbines will be used for initial monitoring with a further 17 to be added later.
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