Monday, June 23, 2008

Arrest over missing Korean backpacker's murder...

Arrest over missing Korean backpacker's murder...

An arrest has been made over the murder of Korean backpacker Jae Hyeon Kim, who went missing in 2003.

Kim was visiting New Zealand for a year's travel and adventure when he disappeared. Earlier this month police re-opened the case after tip-off led police to resume a search for him in scrubland just south of Westport.

A 28-year-old Nelson fisherman will appear in the Nelson District Court on Tuesday afternoon.

Police are seeking other people and further charges could be laid. They are also speaking with a 31-year-old former Westport man in relation to the inquiry.

Inquiry Head, Detective Inspector John Winter says although Kim's body hasn't been found, further searches could be carried out to find it.

Police believe he died between September 29 and October 22, 2003.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Birthdays, birthdays...

Birthdays, birthdays...

When you get to my age birthdays come a little too quickly. One closer to the last, perhaps?

I used to go out and celebrate, then later it was a family occasion to be shared with my wife and children.

Now its usually my favourite dish and the anticipated visit from some of my grandchildren, though one of our grandchildren has lived with us for many years, himself.

Even birthdays celebrations for the grandchildren have had to be re-organised as they have continued to increase - eleven with another well on the way.

The Green Blog

Monday, June 16, 2008

The new ECO light bulbs contain mercury - they cannot be safe

Which are safer, the old or the new light bulbs? The Government wants to ban the old ones, but it has just been reported that the new ECO bulbs contain mercury and should be handled carefully if broken. Wear gloves and don't vacuum up the pieces - use cellotape or a damp cloth to collect the pieces and put them in a box and dispose of them at a recycling centre.

I have been down to the supermarket and bought more of the old bulbs and disposed of the new ECO bulbs. Safety comes before electricity savings!

International environmentalists cannot decide - there are new concerns over mercury hazards which have split green activists on the switch to CFL's.

There is now a battle mounting: "Fluorescent v Incadescent" - Who will be the winner?

Read story here

Friday, June 6, 2008

Matariki. What is Matariki in New Zealand...

Matariki. What is Matariki in New Zealand?

Matariki is a Maori (or originally East polynesian) name for a group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster of the Seven sisters; and what is referred to as the traditional Maori New Year.

When is the Maori New Year? It is marked by the rise of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon. The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last few days of May every year,and the new moon rising in early June - this year (2008) it falls on 5 June.This marked the time for traditional planting of food.

With the renaissance of Maori culture there is now added interest in traditional and historical events in Maori culture such as Matariki, which is after all the southern hemisphere new year.

Like to read more?

About Matariki

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Air New Zealand to have environmentally sustainable fuel in five years...

Air New Zealand aims to have at least 10 percent of its fleet running on environmentally sustainable fuels within five years.

A test flight of a Boeing 747-400 fuelled with second generation biofuel extracted from the jatropha plant will depart from Auckland in August or September.

Rob Fyfe, Air New Zealand CEO, says the airline is growing increasingly confident that commercial quantities of environmentally sustainable fuels that meet all the airline's stringent criteria will become available over the next few years. He says studies have already shown that sustainable fuels can lead to a significant reduction in carbon emissions with a 40-to-50 percent lower carbon footprint on a life-cycle basis.

Mr Fyfe says jatropha is unlikely to be the only fuel that Air New Zealand tests.

The jatropha oil Air New Zealand is sourcing comes from South Eastern Africa (Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania) and India and the airline says it was sourced from seeds grown on environmentally sustainable plantations.

Jatropha is a plant that grows to approximately three metres high and produces seeds that contain inedible lipid oil that is used to produce fuel. Each seed produces between 30 and 40 percent of its mass in oil and jatropha can be grown in a range of difficult conditions, including arid and non-arable areas.

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