Archive for September, 2012

The birds appear to be getting braver. Photo / Thinkstock

They are the scavengers of the sky, and now they are dining out at the expense of Mount Maunganui’s cafe scene.

Menacing seagulls are dive-bombing al fresco customers, knocking over coffees and defecating on cafe patrons.

Cafe Cabana barista Luke Edmond said staff at the Marine Parade eatery replaced coffees and meals about three times a week because of birds swooping in and causing chaos.

“Just the other day one of our regulars was sitting down here drinking a bowl latte.

“The bird actually landed in the bowl, flew up and pooed on her. And of course when it spread its wings to fly away, it flicked coffee on everyone else in the area,” he said.

The cafe replaced six coffees and four meals.

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The new bioreactor facility at the Wairakei Power Station near Taupo. Photo / Jeremy Bright

The new bioreactor facility at the Wairakei Power Station near Taupo. Photo / Jeremy Bright

 

A one-of-a-kind new water treatment facility near Taupo is using gas-gobbling bacteria and 378km of underground pipes to clean Waikato River water.

While it may make a fabulous water feature, Wairakei Power Station’s new bioreactor is a serious piece of industrial plant, and a world first.

It uses sulphur-oxidising bacteria to reduce the levels of hydrogen sulphide in the power station’s cooling water.

The $30 million bioreactor was commissioned in July and formally opened yesterday at Wairakei with a blessing from Rev Sonny Garmonsway of Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa (the Maori Anglican Church) and Ngati Tuwharetoa.

The bioreactor’s follows years of trials and a 12-month construction project.

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Spring

Posted: 3 September, 2012 in Seasons
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Yes there is no doubt about it… ┬áSpring has definately arrived! ┬áThe garden is starting to burst forth…

Camillia

 

Rosemary and Camillia

 

Manuka (Tea Tree)