Water

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"During the 2010 Zhengkai marathon in Zhengzhou, China, Jacqueline Nyetipei Kiplimo of Kenya saw a Chinese elite disabled athlete struggling to drink water. She ran with him from the 10km to the 38km mark aiding him through all the water stations. This slowed her time — she came in second in the race — not only costing her the win but also the $10,000 cash prize."

“During the 2010 Zhengkai marathon in Zhengzhou, China, Jacqueline Nyetipei Kiplimo of Kenya saw a Chinese elite disabled athlete struggling to drink water. She ran with him from the 10km to the 38km mark aiding him through all the water stations. This slowed her time — she came in second in the race — not only costing her the win but also the $10,000 cash prize.”

Spirit of Marathon Running 

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The economics of Ruataniwha dam don’t stack up

As regular readers will know I have been opposed tot he dodgy socialist dam in the Hawkes Bay.

The high handed way the Hawkes Bay Regional Council has been pushing this dam through against all environmental advice and now it turns out economic advice is a travesty.

The other day I called for millionaire local MPs Craig Foss and Alistair Scott to put their considerable wealth where their mouths were and invest in Ruataniwha themselves.

I suspect I know why they won’t invest, and I will share that with you all now.

The dam is a dog.

Hi Cameron,

I see that you’ve picked up the FW article on the economics of the Ruataniwha dam.  Please find attached a copy of the original paper that the FW article was based on.  It was presented at the annual NZ Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (NZARES) conference in August.

I’ve also attached the PowerPoint slides that accompany the presentation.

You will see that unfortunately, the dam is an absolute loser for farmers too – so even at the knock down water price offered by HBRC farmers still can’t make it work.  As per the paper, here’s the maths:   Read more »

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Photo by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherché Archipelago, a group of about 105 islands and over 1,200 ‘obstacles to shipping’. The tiny lake only spans about 600 meters wide but its rose pink colour is unmistakable. However, the reason why it’s pink remains a mystery.

Photo by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News
Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherché Archipelago, a group of about 105 islands and over 1,200 ‘obstacles to shipping’. The tiny lake only spans about 600 meters wide but its rose pink colour is unmistakable. However, the reason why it’s pink remains a mystery.

Lake Hillier: Australian Natural Wonder

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Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor The Silent Evolution. MUSA Collection, 2010. Depth, 8 m. Manchones Reef, Mexico.

Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor
The Silent Evolution. MUSA Collection, 2010. Depth, 8 m. Manchones Reef, Mexico.

The Silent Evolution

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Len Brown’s contribution to affordable homes…increased connection charges for water

Council services just keep on rising under Len Brown’s ‘leadership’. The latest rise is for water charges up another 2.4% under this spendthrift mayor.

It will now cost $12,075 to connect the water up to a new home! Auckland City’s contribution to ‘affordable homes’.

Bernard Orsman reports:

Auckland households will pay 2.4 per cent more for water and wastewater charges from July.

Watercare Services has announced the price of water will increase from $1.343 to $1.375 per 1000 litres of water, and wastewater charges will rise from $2.281 per 1000 litres to $2.336.

The fixed charge will rise 2.6 per cent from $190 per year to $195.

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The deepest hole on earth (no, not the Green/Labour budget)

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CREDIT: Frans Lanting/National Geographic

CREDIT: Frans Lanting/National Geographic

Wilson Harbor, Falkland Islands, 1989

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Lifejackets for net fishing? Next thing the coronoer will insist on them for the bath

Do you have to be blessed with stupidity to be a coroner?

Coroner Tim Scott thinks people net fishing should wear life-jackets…what next requiring children paddling in the shallows to wear life jackets? In the bath?

Fishing enthusiasts keen to set nets at a popular, but dangerous, Auckland beach should be wearing lifejackets, a coroner says.

Coroner Tim Scott called for the practice after investigating the deaths of four fishermen at Karioitahi Beach in 2011.

The men, who were from two different fishing groups, died within four days of each other after running into trouble while trying to set fishing nets in the surf.

None of the four were wearing lifejackets. They all died from drowning, Coroner Scott’s findings showed.

Brothers Aisea Inoke, 40, and Makamapuhia Inoke, 38, and their friend Hohapi Pepa, 41, had two children with them when things went wrong on October 24, 2011.  Read more »

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