Mt Taranaki

In other words…pay the taniwha

Unsurprisingly Maori are upset over something that has the potential to fill their coffers with extortion payments…er…payments to the taniwha to appease the spirits.

Plans to drill for oil only 220 metres from the Egmont National Park boundary were described as desecration and a disgrace yesterday.

Commissioner Mick Lester was holding an independent hearing into Tag Oil’s application to drill up to eight wells at 1045 Rowan Rd, Mahoe.

If oil or gas is found, Tag Oil is proposing to use the site for production purposes, with associated pipelines, for up to 30 years.

However, several iwi are opposing the application to the Stratford District Council. Ngati Haua Whanui Inc, a subsidiary of Ngaruahine, said they were not properly consulted by Tag Oil over the proposed drillings.   Read more »

Auckland from space

Canadian Chris Hatfield is on the International Space Station and has been tweeting to his fans.  Yesterday he also posted this pic of Auckland

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Larger version here.

Commander Hatfield says    Read more »

Photo of the Day

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Thank you to my reader who emailed me this beautiful image:

Just wanted to share this photo taken at 0650 from the Maari oilfield looking back towards Mt Taranaki.