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Feb 20, 2024
Local Business

Best time to invest in solar energy at home

To take advantage of this you need to supply a valid quote from your chosen solar specialist. Your solar installer can supply the documentation required to support your finance application provided they are a current SEANZ member. We recommend using a local provider who can offer you ongoing support and service. Choosing the right solar energy system This worthwhile investment does require understanding the differences between solar energy systems and what they offer is not only important, but essential. Here is some insight into the types of solar energy systems on offer and what they c…

Feb 20, 2024
Local Business

The Warehouse Whitianga turns on solar power

This marked the Warehouse Group’s first step in their transition to solar, following the announcement of their agreement with Lodestone Energy, that will see more than 250 sites across Aotearoa New Zealand switch to solar energy plans by the end of 2026. The Warehouse Group’s Chief Executive Nick Grayston says “Going solar has been an important ambition for us to achieve across our store network. We estimate that today’s switch will reduce our Scope 2 emissions by at least 808 tonnes of CO2e a year – the equivalent of taking 175 passenger vehicles off the road yearly and steers us towards…

Feb 20, 2024
ENVIRONMENT

EROSION AND FLOODING THREATEN BUT LITTLE ACTION

You can see circled the mouth of the stream and Taputapuatea Bridge, also circled is the Boating Club where it used to be, and the home of Warren Harris  and Suzie Fletcher’s home. Now there is no tidal action at the mouth of the stream; the flow has stopped and no flow under the  bridge. A large sand bank gave way during Hale and Gabriel and it has filled the mouth and added to it are a series of dumpings of debris from throughout the past winter rains. What was clear ground is now overgrown and the wetlands around the stream are clogged with undergrowth and the smell is foul. The flo…

Feb 13, 2024
Environment

Short comings of the RMA

Remember Tadpoles for Sale? I am going back in history to demonstrate that general conditions in the environment were not extremely disastrous fifty years ago. Now I am sure you will recall some of the happy days at school when children used to bring all sorts of objects and creatures to school to show the teacher. I am not talking about ‘The Law’, I am looking at The Environment, at some simple things in my primary school days. In the Spring, many children brought tadpoles to school, so many in fact that the teacher ran out of jars and had to plead, ‘no more tadpoles please.’ This scenari…

Feb 5, 2024
Environment

Lonely Planet reveals Cathedral Cove in its ‘BEST BEACHES’

Two New Zealand beaches have been named among the best beaches in the world in Lonely Planet’s new travel guide book – Best Beaches. This is what it says. “Te Whanganui-A-Hei/Cathedral Cove – The beach boasts a naturally formed rock archway, perfect for taking in the picturesque surrounds of the Coromandel Peninsula.” “The remote Awaroa Beach, tucked away in Abel Tasman National Park, also made the cut thanks to its captivating beauty which brings locals and tourists alike to its crystal clear waters. While its allure is undeniable, the beach is also full of community spirit. In 2016, more…

Feb 1, 2024
Environment

For The Love Of Trees

The importance and benefits of having trees in our gardens and private spaces is evident, and covered in my last column. However, the value that trees bring to the overall systems of nature, as well as human industry is very significant. Street trees vastly improve city landscapes as they bring nature into urban environments. They provide heat reduction, reduce noise pollution, and improve air quality in cities, which improves the lives of those in urban environments. Street trees bring wildlife, encouraging birds and insects to thrive. A leafy town centre is not only m desirable to the …

Feb 1, 2024
Motoring

EVs Unleashed: The Future Isn’t Coming, It’s Plugged In Already!

Despite legacy auto and oil industry misinformation campaigns, electric vehicles (EVs) made up 19% of 2023 NZ car registrations. (Source: https://evdb.nz/). The Tesla Model Y was the world’s best-selling car in 2023, regardless of category.  On this exponential growth trajectory, EVs will dominate global sales within five years, and sales of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars fuelled by petrol and diesel will be in the rearview mirror. Now imagine a scenario where a long-term EV owner with little knowledge of ICE cars ponders whether they might be better and is deciding whether to swi…

Jan 16, 2024
Motoring

2023 record year for low emission vehicles.

With the Clean Car Discount scheme on the chopping block, December was the last chance for consumers wanting to take advantage of the previous Government’s financial handout.  The end result was a staggering 72.5% market share of the total registrations for the month going to the LEV corner.    In comparison but once again unsurprisingly, the Light Commercial sector took something of a beating with December registrations plummeting to a grand total of just 624 units, 63.9% lower (2,131 units) than December 2022 and 73.5% lower than December 2021.  The obvious reason for the dr…