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  • #1676127
    Profile photo of lilith7lilith7
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    lilith7

    We have had walking buses here for schoolkids for some years now.

    The time to do nothing is long past;if we want our grandkids & their kids to live in a cleaner world then we need to start working towards that. And it needn’t be just one option – there are a variety of possibilities we could look at using in future.

     

    Hemp fuel

    “Hemp biodiesel can be made from domestically produced, renewable oilseed crops such as hemp. With over 30 million successful U.S. road miles hemp biodiesel could be the answer to our cry for renewable fuel sources.

    Why Hemp Biodiesel?

    Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel that runs in any conventional, unmodified diesel engine.

    It can be stored anywhere that petroleum diesel fuel is stored. Biodiesel is safe to handle and transport because it is as biodegradable as sugar, 10 times less toxic than table salt, and has a high flashpoint of about 300 F compared to petroleum diesel fuel, which has a flash point of 125 F.

    Biodiesel can be made from domestically produced, renewable oilseed crops such as hemp.

    Biodiesel is a proven fuel with over 30 million successful US road miles, and over 20 years of use in Europe.

    When burned in a diesel engine, biodiesel replaces the exhaust odor of petroleum diesel with the pleasant smell of hemp, popcorn or french fries.

    Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel in the US to complete EPA Tier I Health Effects Testing under section 211(b) of the Clean Air Act, which provide the most thorough inventory of environmental and human health effects attributes that current technology will allow.

    Biodiesel is 11% oxygen by weight and contains no sulfur.

    The use of biodiesel can extend the life of diesel engines because it is more lubricating than petroleum diesel fuel, while fuel consumption, auto ignition, power output, and engine torque are relatively unaffected by biodiesel.

    The Congressional Budget Office, Department of Defense, US Department of Agriculture, and others have determined that biodiesel is the low cost alternative fuel option for fleets to meet requirements of the Energy Policy Act.”

     

    These are a few alternatives – a bit long to post all but it gives both positives & negatives for each option.

    Top Eight Alternative Fuels

    “1. Ethanol

    2. Natural Gas

    3. Electricity

    4. Hydrogen

    5. Propane

    6. Biodiesel

    7. Methanol

    8. P-Series Fuels”

     

    #1676136
    Profile photo of halcyonhalcyon
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    halcyon

    Good food for thought, or should I say fuel for cars, lilith7. My concern with relying on electricity for our main source of power is the difficulty of sustaining supply. As you indicate, biodiesel from hemp  can be transferred and stored using the same distribution system as current petroleum fuel.

    And we have large areas of land that can grow hemp. The land use could be competitive with livestock farming given the proposed carbon and methane taxes.

    Hopefully we will see movement on this source of fuel.

    #1676214
    Profile photo of halcyonhalcyon
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    halcyon

    It appears that NZ has an over-stayer who has been here longer than 30 years. He came as a child at age 4 and has lived here ever since. He is under deportation orders at present and application has been made to the Minister of Immigration to allow him to stay. He has family here in NZ.

    Given Labour’s position on Australia returning criminals to NZ who have lived in Australia most of their lives and have families over there, they have little choice but to support his application.

    The decision the Government makes will define whether they are congratulated on their integrity or condemned as not being true to their position.

    I watch with interest.

    #1676216
    Profile photo of lilith7lilith7
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    lilith7

    If its Mark Middleton you mean Halycon,it sounds very like  a bureaucratic muck up. Which will hopefully be quickly sorted out.

     

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12032973

    “The lawyer for murder victim Karla Cardno’s stepfather is pleading for the Government to live up to its claim to be compassionate and overturn a deportation order.

    On Tuesday, immigration officers stormed the workplace of Middleton, accusing him of living here illegally, and put him in a cell at a Wellington police station until Wednesday afternoon.

    Jefferies says the Government should immediately intervene and call a halt to the “constitutionally perverse” attempts to kick Middleton out of the country. Middleton said the 1986 trip was a family holiday to Fiji.

    He said that when he returned to New Zealand, officials queried his passport but let him back in without further questions. He did not recall getting the letter.

    “And here we are [four] days ago and they turn up at my work and tell me I’m an overstayer,” he said.”

    #1676223
    Profile photo of halcyonhalcyon
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    halcyon

    That is the case lilith7. It is clear that both the last Labour Leader and current Labour Leader(and now PM)  should be supportive of his remaining in NZ. If they allow him to stay I will praise their actions.

    But if they fail to allow him to stay I will continually remind people on these pages that they are not a Party that practices what they preach. So forgive me if that is the case.

    #1676251
    Profile photo of Hero42Hero42
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    Hero42

    Halycon
    The reports can be found on the DHB’s websites.

    Here are the links:
    http://www.adhb.health.nz/about-us/planning-and-funding-2/planning-documents/
    http://www.countiesmanukau.health.nz/
    https://www.northlanddhb.org.nz/home
    http://www.waitematadhb.govt.nz/assets/Documents/health-plans/NRHP-2014.pdf

    Here are a couple of quotes I quickly found.
    Overall, our facilities are dated, with significant deferred and delayed maintenance being common across the region. We have many references that facilities are not ‘fit for purpose’ with regard to current models of care. 5.4% of building facilities and physical infrastructure are rated as being in ‘very poor’ condition. This increases to 18.4% if we add in assets in ‘poor’ as well as ‘very poor’ condition.

    Facilities issues – There are a number of facilities in our region that are not fit for purpose and require substantial investment. About 25% of our buildings are ranked ‘poor’, ‘very poor’ or as ‘moderate’ (largely with less than five years of life left). There are also buildings with seismic issues that will need to be addressed.

    Cheers 🙂

    #1676252
    Profile photo of mommabear70mommabear70
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    mommabear70

    halcyon “they are not a Party that practices what they preach”

    Where do we start?

    Labour on oil and gas exploration.
    This was not Labour Party policy before the election. Labour did not campaign on doing this. They kept it a secret as they knew they’d lose votes if they’d told people beforehand.

    More jobs in the regions? Nope, they’re destroying jobs in the Taranaki region.

    Teachers nurses and other public sector workers could be in line for a decent pay bump? Hah, 2% is a decent pay bump?

    Labour blagged National for years over cycle trails. Now they’ve just announced $3.4 million for Waikato’s Hauraki Cycle Trail.

    I’m sure you can come up with a few more.

     

    #1676256
    Profile photo of mommabear70mommabear70
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    mommabear70

    vague

    Sure to sell like hot cakes.

     

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    #1676263
    Profile photo of halcyonhalcyon
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    halcyon

    Hero thank you for the references. I note that only one of the four links you provided is for Counties Manukau DHB, the one the discussion is about. I have perused that link and can find no record of their Annual Reports or any reports to Government that support your claim that Coleman had been advised of the state of Counties Manukau DHB’s buildings. However I will continue to seek for the information.

    Secondly, you provide two quotes. Are they from documents prepared by Counties Manukau DHB and if so what are the dates of those publications

    Cheers

    🙂

    #1676291
    Profile photo of mommabear70mommabear70
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    mommabear70

    On the news tonight, a segment on road safety “the government is promising more traffic cops”.

    Interesting, I thought we didn’t  have traffic cops anymore.

    We do have police, some of whom are often seen with speed cameras, operating checkpoints, cleaning up after road incidents etc. But the sign on the back of their hi viz jackets clearly spells POLICE.

    So what I wonder is the government actually promising.? More new police on top of the 800 more new police already promised and these ones only doing traffic duties?

    More likely I imagine, given that this CoL govt overpromised at election time, is that some existing police officers will be transferred away from keeping us safe from the criminal element and into road speed camera operations.

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