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Water Quality At Canterbury Swimming Sites Monitored For Summer

Environment Canterbury has begun weekly water quality monitoring at 54 freshwater (rivers and lakes) and 46 coastal popular swimming spots from Kaikoura to the Waitaki catchment. The results are updated weekly on the Environment Canterbury website (

Water Testing Gears Up For The South And Mid Canterbury Summer

As Cantabrians' thoughts turn to summers spent cooling off in local rivers and lakes, Environment Canterbury has started its annual programme of water testing at popular swimming and boating spots.

Gas Competition Case To Be Heard In High Court Next Year

A major gas competition case will commence in the High Court in February 2010. Todd Energy is alleging that its Pohokura joint venture parties, Shell and OMV, have conspired to hold gas production at the Pohokura gas field at a level below the field's production capacity.

Timaru Groundwater Research Project

Environment Canterbury has begun a project in the Timaru district to better understand the interaction between surface water and groundwater.

Save Our Arts Centre Inc Concerned About Vines Report

Save Our Arts Centre today challenged the City Council to be "even-handed and transparent" and the University of Canterbury to "come clean" on the matter of the Vines Report.

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Biodiesel Grant Scheme Is A Success

Following Labour's recent criticism of the Biodiesel Grant Scheme, Brian Cox, Executive Officer of the Bioenergy Association of New Zealand (BANZ) has maintained that the current biodiesel assistance scheme is producing benefits and giving confidence to the emerging biodiesel industry.

New Penguin Crche Opens At Kelly Tarlton's

Auckland's newest, and coolest, day-care centre has opened at Kelly Tarlton's. This crche isn't a time-out spot for younger visitors - it has been created especially for this seasons Gentoo penguin chicks and is designed to replicate the way they are raised in the wild.

Have You Added Your International Volunteer Day Activity To The Vnz Special Blog

If your community organisation or volunteer service has arranged a special event for International Volunteer Day, we would like to know about it and all New Zealand to know about it.

Chef Admits Burgling Restaurant 13 Times

Christchurch, Dec 1 NZPA - A 20-year-old chef has admitted burgling the Wanaka pizza restaurant where he worked at least 13 times.

Timothy James Andrews pleaded guilty in Christchurch District Court to 13 charges of burglary, one of theft, and unlawfully taking a car.

Judge To Hear Charges Against Traffic Cop

Blenheim, Dec 1 NZPA - A retired highway police patrol sergeant will stand trial next year for driving an unregistered vehicle while disqualified.