https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/110093/eight_col_200909_Winston-Southland_19.jpg?1601254134 Two big power companies are going to investigate the feasibility of producing green hydrogen in the South Island after the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter closes. (File image). Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon Meridian Energy, which supplies the smelter, will do the six-month, $2 million study with Contact Energy. Meridian chief executive Neal Barclay said renewable hydrogen production would offer potential exports and help manage power production at a low cost during dry years. “It could provide a large amount of New Zealand’s dry year reserve at a fraction of the cost of building new power stations. Having a large amount of demand with the flexibility to turn it down or turn off during a dry year could add a huge benefit to New Zealand in managing the security of our energy supply.” Meridian chief executive Neal Barclay. Photo: Supplied He said a large plant in Southland would help to ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands. Mark Brown have agreed an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel between the Cook Islands and New Zealand’. Both Prime Ministers and their Cabinets have instructed officials to continue working together to put in place all measures required to safely recommence two-way quarantine-free travel in the first quarter of 2021. “The Arrangement recognises the special ties between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. It will allow people to travel more easily between our two countries, while acknowledging that the priority remains to protect our populations from COVID-19,” Prime Minister Ardern said. Prime Minister Brown welcomed progress, noting that the free movement of people between New Zealand and the Cook Islands is central to our close relationship and integral to the Cook Islands’ recovery from COVID-19 impact. “This Arrangement is the next step towards resuming many aspects of life in the ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/christmas-tree-with-lights-3824892_640.png What is Christmas asked Jack from John-why does it make people happy-joyfully enthusiastic-with silver bells and stars in a Christmas tree-making it so much a mystique enthusiasm is-God within-so defined in the dictionary-said John and Jack continued to say that only turkey and wine could induce this happiness and enthusiasm in Christmas-John said-it is so for those not aware or made to believe that Jesus is no God why do you say Jesus is God asked Jack read the bible both old and new with the mind’s eye open-follow teachings of the ‘Jesus instituted church’-to know Jesus is God-while some others woefully attempt to deny this and insist, he is only man-but more of that later-just for now-why this Joy at Christmas-said John Yes-we sniff this enthusiasm at Christmas-may be a day fixed so appropriate to celebrate-so what-some do gorge themselves with fancy clothes and goodies to eat and ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/110129/eight_col_GoldCoast.jpg.jpg?1601279849 Queensland is opening its borders to New Zealand from tomorrow, the state’s premier says. Photo: 123rf New Zealanders will be able to travel into to the Australian state without having to quarantine from 1am local time on Saturday. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a tweet that more New Zealand citizens call Queensland home than any other Australian state. “With Kiwis able to travel to Queensland from tomorrow, families can finally be reunited in time for Christmas.” BREAKING: Queensland’s borders will open to New Zealand from 1am Saturday 12 December. More New Zealand citizens call Queensland home than any other Australian state. With Kiwis able to travel to Queensland from tomorrow, families can finally be reunited in time for Christmas. pic.twitter.com/c60q73OLNj — Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) December 10, 2020 “I was advised late last night by Dr Jeannette Young, our Chief Health Officer, that New Zealanders are welcome to come,” the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/185465/eight_col_Grant_Robertson_and_Adrian_Orr_1610.jpg?1550113503 The central bank has rejected the suggestion of adding a house price consideration to its monetary policy remit, saying the government should add it to its financial policy remit if it wanted to strengthen its role in the market. Photo: RNZ / Gyles Beckford Finance Minister Grant Robertson wrote to Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr last month suggesting the change – a move which Orr took to mean an offer for the RBNZ to offer its thoughts on ways to cool the housing market. In a detailed reply to Robertson released today, Orr said adding a house price consideration to the financial policy remit was its preferred option. “This could be achieved using the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bill (RBNZ Bill), which is due to have its first reading this week. The RBNZ Bill contains a provision for you to issue a Financial Policy Remit to which the ...

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Tributes have been paid to former cricketer Graham Cowdrey, who died aged 56 Lord Cowdrey’s son was wonderful company and a batsman of elegance  Cowdrey, who played for Kent, had personal struggles after his marriage ended Tributes have been paid to former Kent batsman Graham Cowdrey after he died aged 56 Source:Dailymail The tributes flowed freely for Graham Cowdrey after his death at the age of 56. They spoke of his warmth, wit and generosity of spirit as well as his passion for cricket, the sport in his blood. He was a much-loved player, an attacking batsman who scored more than 14,000 runs in 450 first-class appearances across 14 years at Kent after his debut in 1984. He was also wonderful company. Quick with a joke or an anecdote from his days in the dressing room, often at his own expense, such as the time Michael Holding removed his teeth ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png New Zealand’s game development sector continues to go from strength to strength despite COVID challenges. The Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, David Clark, welcomed news the game development sector’s exports grew by more than 59 per cent in the year to April 2020 to reach $324 million. “This is a fantastic result and shows the strength of the industry. This industry has a record of outstanding success, averaging 43 per cent growth over the last eight years – something that not even COVID-19 could slow down,” said David Clark.  The results were announced by the New Zealand Game Developers Association following their annual survey. The same survey indicates that the industry’s export value has risen a whopping 59 per cent over the year to April 2020, and that 96 per cent of that revenue was generated in the global market. “This sector has a goal of being a billion sector as ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sri-Lankan-Food-Take-Away-A-Great-Success1.jpg   Sri Lankan Food Take Away – A Great Success The Sinhalese Cultural Centre event “Sri Lankan Food Take Away with Limited Dinning In” held on 21st November was a great success! The Sinhalese Cultural Centre raised in excess of $8.5K (Net) including the donations towards the event. Our community purchased 965 food packets. Our community contributed $2130 as donations towards the event.Our volunteer team of Chefs, serving team and other support teams just made this happen. The event was lead by the Sinhalese Cultural Centre (SCC) and Sinhalese Cultural Forum (SCF) teams. We are very thankful and sincerely appreciate everyone who supported this event in numerous ways! Latest Status of the Sinhalese Cultural Centre Establishment We are currently planning the establishment of the Sinhalese Cultural Centre. The property is currently rented out. We are now planning to take the property out of the rental and renovate the property so ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114494/eight_col_043_dpa-pa_135767408.jpg?1607296186 There have been six new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand’s managed isolation and quarantine facilities today. Photo: Verwendung weltweit / AFP In a statement, the Ministry of Health said five of the cases reported since the last update on Wednesday were active and one was historical. The five cases are: One who arrived in New Zealand on 26 November, from South Africa via United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. One case arrived on 1 December, from Sweden via Qatar and Australia. One who arrived in New Zealand 3 December, from the United Kingdom via United Arab Emirates. One case arrived on 3 December from the United Kingdom via the United Arab Emirates. One case that arrived on 3 December from the United Arab Emirates. All but one of the active cases had been in travel bubbles with earlier confirmed cases. The historical case is someone who arrived in ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Transport Minister Michael Wood broke ground for Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway – the new road that will replace the former SH3 route through the Manawatū Gorge today.         Michael Wood was joined by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Woodville to mark the occasion along with Tararua District Mayor Tracey Collis, local MPs Tangi Utikere and Kieran McAnulty, iwi and community leaders. Michael Wood said the project is a great example of the Government’s focus on accelerating the economic recovery.                    “This project is creating hundreds of jobs and has a target to employ 60 per cent locals on the project, which will help upskill the region’s workforce. “The new road will reconnect Manawatū, Tararua, Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa, helping freight move quicker and assisting the region’s economic growth. “Safety is our top transport priority and the ...

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