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Bee Afraid

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Bee Afraid

By Mike Adams Cell phone towers may be ultimate cause of honeybee population collapse It’s one of the signs of the approaching food collapse our world will soon be facing: honeybees are disappearing at a truly alarming rate all around the world. Up to 30 percent of the honeybee population is collapsing in North America every year, and there’s no end in sight to “the silence of the bees.” Honeybees, of course, pollinate about a third of all the food consumed by first-world nations. Without them, the global food supply crashes and food prices...

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The Sustainable Way

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The Sustainable Way

By Bridget Gourlay They say travel changes you. That’s certainly true for Sustainable Business Network (SBN) founder and CEO, Rachel Brown. As a New Zealand-raised child, her schoolteacher parents encouraged her do sediment sampling in local mangrove swamps. The family went sailing around the top of the North Island, admiring its pristine environments. And she was hugely inspired by her lecturer Jeannette Fitzsimons at university. But on her OE, she saw real poverty and rivers black with pollution. When she returned to New Zealand, she was...

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Steady Progress

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Steady Progress

Property values continue to stabilise By Jonno Ingerson According to the QV indices for April, residential property values remain relatively stable at a national level. Nationwide, property values have now been relatively stable for several months after falling slightly throughout most of 2010. Values are now 1.9 percent lower than the same time last year, and 5.8 percent below the market peak of late 2007. The levelling of nationwide values was initially due to a flattening of values in the Auckland market, but there are now increasing signs...

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Employers And The New NZ Copyright Act

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Employers And The New NZ Copyright Act

By Ian Knott On September 1 this year the highly controversial Infringing File Sharing Act kicks into action. Despite its well documented shortcomings, discrepancies and punishments for repeat offenders, the law has the potential to have an impact on small and medium sized businesses. Of course, it will impact on large businesses too, but these are often the ones with dedicated IT personnel, detailed employee IT policies, solid firewalls and monitored traffic. For a smaller business however, having your internet service cut-off along with the...

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Taking The Shake Out of Quakes

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Taking The Shake Out of Quakes

By Bridget Gourlay One of the deadliest earthquakes of all time occurred in Portugal’s capital in 1755. Believed to be nearly a nine on the Richter scale, the Lisbon earthquake was followed by fires and a tsunami, killing up to 100,000 people in the surrounding countries it affected. The Portuguese empire never recovered. Three hundred years later, and our buildings are made of much stronger stuff, as we’ve witnessed in Christchurch. Other than the collapse of the CTV and PGG Wrightson buildings, most of our modern buildings held up extremely...

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Vamoosing Vermin

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Vamoosing Vermin

Prevention is better than cure. That’s the message from pest control product manufacturer Kiwicare. Now that its spring, Kiwicare’s David Brittain says now is the time to act. To cut down on the number of spiders and flies hanging around in summer, people should be ‘proofing’ their homes. The Christchurch business sells a range of products that gets rid of pests. “Some people get a professional to do this, but it’s quite easy to do it yourself. Spray the walls, windows, doorframes outside and inside your home. “That’s much easier than having...

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The Grand Plan

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The Grand Plan

By Bridget Gourlay There’s a silver lining to every cloud. With continuous aftershocks, red-zoned suburbs and a demolished city centre lying eerily bare — Christchurch really needs its silver lining. The central city draft plan was released in mid August. An expensive wish list from the council, it focuses on creating a ‘city within a garden’ — green spaces, pedestrian-friendly roads, lightrail joining the suburbs to the CBD. Largely, it has been met with delight from the public who look forward to having a thriving city centre once more. But...

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Desperate Endeavour

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Desperate Endeavour

Memories of the February 22 earthquake weigh heavily on the minds of us all; none more so than those who were there on the day dealing with the disaster. Keith Norton, a firefighter of 36 years and a USAR member for nine, was one of the first on the scene of the CTV site. A few weeks later he was sent to Japan to deal with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. He speaks to Bridget Gourlay about his experiences. Where were you on February 22? “I was at home, in between night shifts, waiting to take my son and his girlfriend...

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The Daily Grind

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The Daily Grind

By Bridget Gourlay Most employees in New Zealand spend their weekdays at work following set hours. How can the office — often a scene of drudgery — become a lively, vibrant, productive place that employees thrive in? Katie Robinson from workplace wellness company Vitality Works, says it has become abundantly clear that offices are happier places when the staff are healthy. “‘Presenteeism’ is a huge issue,” she says. “That’s being at work, but doing bugger all. It’s actually a lot worse than absenteeism. There is an absolute, clear...

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More Than Just A Day At The Races.

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More Than Just A Day At The Races.

Christchurch is looking forward to one of the major events on its social calendar — Cup and Show Week — following the worst year in the city’s history. While the September 4 and February 22 earthquakes and continuing run of aftershocks have left parts of Christchurch devastated, Cantabrians are gearing up for all the action, fashion and excitement at Addington Raceway. Cup Day at Addington is the biggest harness racing meeting in the southern hemisphere and traditionally attracts the very best harness horses from New Zealand and Australia to...

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