Kapiti Observer : January 16th 2012
Your community partner for more than 60 years MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012 IN BRIEF Great debate over Waikanae passing lanes, page 2 Thumbs up and down for PostShop trial, page 4 What to do on Anniversary Weekend, page 9 INSIDE Wahi tapu doubled A Historic Places Trust classification on the planned Kapiti expressway route in Waikanae has been expanded after an application by the Maori trust tasked with protecting the land. The Takamore Trust successfully doubled the area covered by a wahi tapu, or sacred land, classification near El Rancho. The trust applied last year for a review to extend the ''highly significant'' area across the camp, all the way to the Waikanae River. Previously trust chairman Ben Ngaia said the move formalises the importance of the land in the eyes of the Crown during negotiations with the NZ Transport Agency for the expressway. The Takamore Trust has 12 trustees and represents Te Ati Awa sub- tribes through to Taranaki, with the goal of protecting the wahi tapu area. In May the transport agency announced it would take the western option in Waikanae -- taking about 70 metres of wahi tapu land, and a significant amount of El Rancho. Editorial (04) 298 5019 -- Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- email@example.com -- www.kapitiobserver.co.nz Gutted: The remains of a Paraparaumu Beach house gutted by fire, leaving the tenant with nothing but the clothes on her back. Community helps after blaze By BEN STRANG The Kena Kena community is pulling together to help one of their own, whose house and belongings were destroyed in a house fire last week. Alison Hobcraft decided to help the woman, a well-known volun- teer in the community , left with- out a home and possessions. She has sought out clothes, furniture, a bed, and anything else she could to help out. She has been absolutely devas- tated, she said. Basically she got out of the fire with her life, but was left with just the clothes on her back and that s it. The blaze on the morning of Saturday, January 7, started behind a television in the lounge, a smoke alarm alerting the resi- dent to the growing flames. As firefighters prepared to enter the house at 8.15am, the concrete tile roof collapsed, send- ing debris exploding onto Te Kupe Rd.Station officer John Arthur said had firefighters been two minutes earlier, some of them could have been trapped in the house under the roof. Ms Hobcraft said the only thing that could be recovered from the fire was the woman s computer, minus the screen, keyboard, mouse and cables. A computer serviceman has since fixed the computer and pro- vided cables and a mouse, but a monitor and keyboard are still needed. She doesn t have a bed, Ms Hobcraft said. I talked to Big Save, and they have agreed to donate a $1000 bed when she finds a new place which they will deliver. Now Ms Hobcraft is hoping to find more goods to help the woman, and thinks any leftovers could form a council emergency kit for those in need. It would be a great idea so that when this does happen, we can pop over to a lockup or something and supply people with clothes and a bed. I m not saying no-one should get insurance now, but it would be a great idea for the community. The victim of the fire did not want to talk to the Kapiti Observer, but Ms Hobcraft said she was devastated by the fire. Hopefully people can come together and help her out. She is a well-known volunteer in the com- munity so it s the least we can do. Trial to cut fuel costs By JOEL MAXWELL CONTINUED Page 3 Council adds water to diesel Kapiti Coast District Council will water down its diesel as part of a trial that could see it save on fuel and cut toxic emissions. The trial will start with a mower and, if successful, could see the council use diluted diesel across its fleet. Traditionally, water contami- nation destroys engines -- but the trial will use additives, created by a company with a base at Otaki s Clean Technology Centre, allowing the blend. Alternative Petroleum Techno- logies Leigh Ramsey said blend- ing about 5 to 15 per cent water into diesel improves fuel combus- tion and cuts toxic emissions. We re not claiming to burn water, but what we are doing is improving the burn of the original calorific . . . in the diesel. Under the trial the company would take the council s diesel and create the blend, which could then be used to run the mower. If successful the council could then operate a blending machine from depots with staff mixing additives and watering diesel themselves. Alternative Petroleum, an international company with bases in the United States, Europe and Asia, will look to expand its oper- ation at the Otaki centre now the council has signed up for the trial. Mr Ramsey said he saw blended, or emulsified fuel for the first time five years ago and has been involved in developing the concept in New Zealand ever since. He could not put an exact figure on how much the blended fuel technology could be worth in New Zealand but said it would be a lot . We re talking about the existing fuel infrastructure and extending the life of it.
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