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of the Wairarapa Times-Age
A preliminary study has found more
than 1000 jobs could be created if the
Wairarapa Water Use Project goes
The Greater Wellington Regional
Council released its preliminary report
on the economic, social and recreational
impacts of the irrigation project
The report, which is part of the pre-
feasibility investigations being made to
determine the viability of the project,
found that if 30,000ha were converted
to irrigation, 1110 jobs could be created
and $146 million a year added to
Greater Wellington Regional Council
chair Fran Wilde said the study was
conser vative and did not take into
account any possible benefits from
processing products or construction.
“The economic study we had done
was very conser vative deliberately — so
the next phase will be the Wairarapa
community deciding what it wants to
The study also indicated irrigation will
affect the way farm land is used.
Existing unirrigated land use is 22%
dairy, 24% sheep/beef, and 40% mixed/
If irrigated, dairy land use is expected
to increase to 45% and orchards to 3%,
while sheep and beef and mixed/arable
will decline to 12% and 30% respectively.
Wairarapa Water Use Project director
Michael Bassett-Foss said there would
be an increase in migrant workers as
dairy farming grew.
“There’s definitely a boost in
employment and population depending
on the scale of irrigation.”
The report suggests farm size will
continue to increase, especially in
irrigated areas, with more employees and
fewer employers per hectare.
The economic study was not a cost-
benefit analysis and did not include
the cost of the schemes and therefore
the cost of the water, Mr Bassett-Foss
Several recreation opportunities such
as waka ama and dragon boating were
identified, however angling, particularly
at the Mangatarere site, was raised as an
area of possible concern.
So far none of the five preferred storage
sites in Tividale, Black Creek, Te Mara,
Mangatarere and White Rock Rd have
It was expected the list would be
narrowed down to one or two sites by
April or June next year, Mr Bassett-Foss
“ We don’t need five sites so we are
looking for the ones that are most cost
The next stage of the project will be a
full feasibility study, which is expected to
begin in 2015.
of the Bay of Plenty Times
A Papamoa couple say their house
and lawn was covered in mysterious
smelly sludge yesterday.
Jeremy Nisbett and his partner were
inside their Webb Place home when
the substance hit their house about
“ We heard this thud. We thought
it was a bird that had flown into the
window. Then there was this poo
all over the house and we thought
that is a huge bird poo,” Mr Nisbett
“ We could smell it from inside.”
The couple rushed outside to
investigate only to find a brown
sludge splattered across the house
and the yard.
“It was all over the house and my
son’s trampoline,” he said.
The couple suspected the muck had
come from a passing aeroplane.
Mr Nisbett grabbed the garden
hose and immediately washed it off
before it had a chance to set.
An Air New Zealand spokeswoman
said the waste could not have come
from one of the company’s aircraft.
“All waste from our aircraft is
vacuum pumped into onboard tanks.
On arrival it is then pumped off the
aircraft on to a truck and sent to a
sewerage plant for treatment.
“In our experience, flocks of
geese are generally thought to
be responsible for incidents such as
“A similar incident occurred in
the past where the material was then
tested and found to be from a large
of the Hawke’s Bay Today
A Mahia man is in a critical
condition in hospital after his car
mystery person tried to hide the
crash from police.
Nuhaka community constable
Craig Henneker said the crash
happened on Mahia East Coast
Road on Saturday night or Sunday
The 41-year-old local man’s
station wagon went off the left-
hand side of the road, was airborne
for about 10m then rolled “at
least once” and landed in a swamp
known as the Oraka Lagoon.
Following the crash, someone
unknown to police transported the
man back to his residence and also
tried to remove the man’s vehicle in
a bid to hide the crash from police.
Police were still trying to find the
person, whose attempt to remove
the vehicle from the swamp proved
“ It ’s disappointing members of
the community removed him from
the vehicle without any medical
expertise, and tried to hide a serious
motor vehicle (crash) from police.”
St John Heretaunga territory
manager Brendon Hutchinson
said a person at the man’s residence
called ambulance ser vices about
7am on Sunday.
He had received chest injuries
in the crash and was taken by
ambulance to a helicopter landing
site on Ormond Road.
The Lowe Corporation Rescue
Helicopter flew the man to Hawke’s
Bay Hospital in a critical condition,
where a hospital spokeswoman said
he remained critical in the intensive
care unit last night.
Meanwhile, a member of the
public alerted Mr Henneker to the
alcohol and fatigue were all
being investigated as possible
contributing factors to the crash.
Police were “disappointed” with a
trend of consistent drink driving in
Senior sergeant Nick Dobson said
all car crashes should be reported to
police as soon as possible.
“ It would be prudent if people
reported any motor vehicle (crash)
when it happened.
“I find it difficult to understand
why, if someone comes upon an
injured person, they would not call
An allegedly stolen puppy was
recovered when Mosgiel police
executed a search warrant at a
caravan park yesterday.
Constable Tim Coudret, of
Mosgiel, said he was armed
with a taser when he entered the
caravan at the Brighton Caravan
The eight-week-old chihuahua
and shih tzu-cross puppy, valued
at nearly $700, was taken from a
Dunedin pet shop on Friday.
Mr Coudret and two other
officers searched the caravan
and after they entered, the
puppy “poked its head out from
underneath the bed”.
A 36-year-old D unedin man
surrendered himself and the
puppy without resistance, Mr
The man was charged with theft
and would appear in the Dunedin
District Court on Friday.
Animal Attraction pet shop
owner Judi Johnson said she was
“over the moon” the puppy had
been returned safely and cried
when they were reunited at the
Dunedin Central Police Station
“I was so worried for her,” she
Ms Johnson said the puppy
appeared “tired” but healthy
and would be checked by a
After it had recovered, it would
be on sale again.
— Otago Daily Times
of the Rotorua Daily Post
A man is in hospital
with serious burns after a
house fire reduced a Bay
of Plenty home to ash.
Fire crews were called
to a property on Allen
Road in Broadlands,
between Rotorua and
Taupo, about 11.50pm
Fire Ser vice central-
lakes assistant area
Smith said fire trucks
from Rotorua, Taupo
and Lake Okareka found
the house and adjoining
carport “totally destroyed
One of the home’s
five occupants suffered
serious burns and
was taken to Rotorua
Hospital by helicopter,
before being transferred
to Waikato Hospital.
Mr Smith said it was
fortunate the family had
working smoke alarms,
which woke them.
“It most definitely
could have had a
different outcome if
there were no working
smoke alarms. The smoke
alarms definitely did
what they ’re designed to
do, alarm the occupants
so they can get to safety.
They save lives,” he said.
Fire crews did what
they could to contain
the fire, but most of the
damage had already been
done: “ We extinguished
what was left burning,
but it was pretty much
iron and ash on the
The family’s home,
carport, two cars,
caravans and boat had
“I think it’s quite a
substantial loss for the
“They would have lost
a lot of memories and
irreplaceable things in
that fire, though it ’s good
that they still have each
investigating how and
where the blaze started.
However, it was fair to
rule out any suspicious
circumstances, Mr Smith
More than 20
firefighters, five Fire
Ser vice trucks and two
fire investigators had
attended the scene.
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Pet shop owner Judi Johnson comforts her eight-week-old puppy outside the Dunedin Central Police Station yesterday,
with constable Tim Coudret.
1000 jobs in
Smelly sludge hits house from above
Stolen puppy back with pet shop owner Alarms
The moment when a performance jetskier’s
stunt went horribly wrong has been captured
on video — by the man who helped save his
Rodney Thomsen had been taking part in
the Tauranga Boat Expo, which was expected
to showcase a performance display by Gate
Patrick jetskier Adrian De Villiers on Friday.
Mr De Villiers, 43, is a freestyle jetskier who
is considered the only person in New Zealand
able to do a back flip from flat water.
Mr Thomsen had been at the expo handing
out copies of his hunting and fishing
newspaper The Adventurer when he saw Mr
De Villiers on his jetski in the water.
“I thought I’d get a Snapchat video and
tried to get him doing the flip,” he said.
“I’d managed to get the video and I was
looking at my phone when people were
yelling out that ’s he’s hurt. I looked up and
just saw him flat under the water with his
Tairua-based Mr Thomsen jumped in the
sea, still wearing his jeans, and swam the
40-50m to where Mr De Villiers floated face-
“I needed to get his head out of the water,
so I grabbed the back of his lifejacket to pull
his head up,” Mr Thomsen said.
“As soon as I lifted his head and I saw his
face, it didn’t look good. That ’s when I began
to panic. I’d realised he wasn’t in a very good
way — just the look on his face.
“He was sort of going blue and looked like
he was dying.”
Mr Thomsen said there was blood coming
from Mr De Villiers’ head but he could not
make out exactly where from.
Mr Thomsen said he struggled to keep the
jetskier and himself above water.
“He was quite hard to hold. Once he came
upright his body was going under.”
Scott Parry from the Fishing and Adventure
TV Show had also swum out and helped
hold the injured man and Mr Thomsen above
water until a Surf Lifesaving New Zealand
Mr Thomsen said his actions were what
anyone else would have done, “or at least I
hope it ’s what anyone else would have done if
they were in the same situation”.
Wife Debbie De Villiers said she very
grateful for the actions of Mr Thomsen and
Mr Parry, who she credits with saving her
husband ’s life. Mrs De Villiers said she was
also nursing two injured children — who
each happened to hurt themselves on the
same day as Mr De Villiers.
“Friday was Halloween ... and my eight-
year-old fell and hit his head at school and
has a banged up ear and my three-year-old
fell and broke his leg.
“Friday, I don’t know what happened,
whether the stars aligned and just went nuts
but now I have a three-year-old shuffling
around on his bum with a broken leg, an
eight-year-old hurting and a hubby in
Mr De Villiers remained stable in a ward
at Waikato Hospital. “He sounds like he’s
okay, still a bit groggy and sore head but that ’s
understandable. He’s very aware of what ’s
happened.” — NZME
Singapore is set to buy a stake in
Auckland’s waterfront with a half-
billion dollar deal.
The city-state’s sovereign wealth
fund GIC will become a partner in
developing Wynyard Quarter.
The Singaporean fund’s strategy
will focus on “high quality, campus
style office properties, leased to
major customers” on the waterfront.
The partnership would initially
own assets worth $313 million.
GIC would acquire a 49% share and
Goodman Property Trust would
keep a 51% share.
GIC and the trust said the joint
venture, which included Goodman’s
existing Viaduct property interests,
would grow to $NZ500m over time.
The deal remained subject to certain
conditions, including approval from
the O verseas Investment Office.
“ We are pleased to be partnering
with GIC, one of the world’s largest
investment funds, and look forward
to extending our involvement in
the regeneration of Auckland’s
Viaduct Quarter,” Greg Goodman,
Goodman Group chief executive
said. “As a long-term investor,
GIC looks to establish strategic
partnerships with leading market
players. Goodman has strong asset
management expertise and has a
good pulse on the New Zealand
market. We believe there will be
good investment opportunities that
allow the joint venture to grow
further, particularly in the Viaduct
Quarter,” Goh Kok Huat, GIC Real
Estate president said.
Goodman said it identified the
Viaduct Quarter as a strategic
investment location years ago,
buying the Air New Zealand
building and a 50% interest in the
Viaduct Corporate Centre in 2006.
“These initial investments were
extended with the purchase of the
new Fonterra building currently
being developed by Goodman
Group and Fletcher Building,” the
company said in a statement.
Driver injured in swamp crash
Jetski stunt goes horribly wrong
Singapore eyes Auckland waterfront deal
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