Hutt News : May 17th 2011
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Ironically, it is possibly IRL's own submission to the High Value Manufacturing Review that has fuelled speculation about splitting up the company. Chief executive Shaun Coffey's submission to the review team said there needs to be a cham- pion'' at the highest level to drive development of advanced technology in the manufacturing sector. He said with more Crown funding, IRL could double in size within four years, with an expanded role in co-ordinating efforts across the whole science, engineering and commercialisation ecosystem related to manufacturing and services''. IRL would be renamed and would need expanded hubs in Auckland and Christchurch''. Speaking to Hutt News at the Scientist for a Day launch (see page 21), Mr Coffey said the pos- ition he'd put to the review team is that with our existing base in Auckland, Wellington and Christ- church, we have a configuration that can continue to grow and service industry''. He had not talked about winding down the Gracefield site but said growth needs to come in Auckland and Christchurch because that's where we are under-resourced at present''. There are 30 to 40 IRL staff in Auckland, and around 20 in Christchurch. Business New Zealand chief executive Phil O'Reilly, also at the Hutt launch last week, was not willing to comment on the High Value Manu- facturing report as he was on the review team. We asked, with today's communication tech- nology whether it's overly critical where science and research and development staff are based. What's clear is that business is increasingly saying, we'll go and find the world-class talent we need wherever it is'. It might be in Israel, Scandinavia, wherever,'' Mr O'Reilly replied. But it can also be very advantageous to have other people, people who understand their busi- ness, and those doing the work'' -- and that could include scientists -- right there''. Editor's View, page 13 IN BRIEF Have your say Hutt folk who want to put the Prime Minister on the hot spot over issues such as KiwiSaver changes and trimming back public service spending have a chance on Tuesday next week. John Key is the speaker at Hutt Grey Power's meeting, 2pm till 3pm in the large church on Marsden St, by Ewen Bridge. The event is open to the public for a gold coin donation. Alcohol sales Only one out of 10 Hutt Valley premises with an on-licence sold alcohol to a minor in a controlled purchase operation by police over the weekend. As part of the Trans-Tasman Operation Unite, nine Hutt Valley alcohol retailers with off-licences were also visited. All complied with the Sale of Liquor Act. However, results were not as good in Wellington city, where police are disappointed that all six on-licences visited sold liquor to a 16-year-old male volunteer, accompanied by a 17-year-old male volunteer. Of a dozen off-licences visited, one sold to a 16-year-old volunteer. There were 29 drunk drivers caught over the weekend and 93 breaches of the liquor ban. Hutt River support The recently-formed Friends of Hutt River group will hold a public meeting next Monday to adopt a statement of purpose, decide what issues to target in the next year and appoint groups to work on them. Before the meeting the group is calling for interested people to complete its survey at surveymonkey.com/s/N5YSP8Q. The Friends of the Hutt River will meet at at the Silverstream Bowling Club, 37 Dunn St, at 7pm on May 23. Native treasure for sale Reserve sale: Phil Waddington is best known for the pest control traps he has developed for the Department of Conservation. He also owns a spectacular patch of native bush in Stokes Valley, which he is hoping the city council will buy. By NICHOLAS BOYACK One of the best blocks of native bush in the city is for sale and the city council is looking at buying it. The council is seeking feedback on whether it should buy 22.7 hectares of land in Stokes Valley, known as Te Oranga Whenua. The property, at 17 Horoeka St, is owned by Phil and Joy Waddington and most of the site is protected by a Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenant. Mr Waddington has run a pest control programme there for more than a decade, and the result is that a number of plant species not normally found in Lower Hutt are flourishing. The Wellington Botanical Society (WBS) has taken a close interest in the site and has surveyed it to identify native species. WBS botanist Barbara Mitcalfe has written to the council noting the impressive'' number and range of natives plants on the site. [It is] significant because of its size, its diverse habitats, and the stature of the ecological health and diversity of its indi- genous vegetation.'' As well as an extensive wetland, there are 47 native tree species, 39 ferns, seven native orchids and a well-benched walk- ing track. She also noted the positive impact of the pest control work. The vine kieke, Freycinetia banksi, is both flowering and fruiting in this forest, a very rare phenomenon in Wellington, because it is palatable to rats and possums.'' Mr Waddington, who is a Petone-based artist and designer of pest control traps, says his marital status has changed and he has been forced'' to sell the land. The covenant excluded a small piece of flat land so he could develop a plant nur- sery on the site. He now regrets doing that, as that part could be built on -- something he would not like to see. The land was bought to stop a devel- oper destroying the bush and he hopes the council will honour that wish. Mr Waddington says the prototype traps he developed for pest control work that are now used around New Zealand were all tried out at Te Oranga Whenua. The land was purchased in 1995 and in the intervening years he has put in a lot of hard work to protect the bush. As well as trapping pests, he has dealt with gorse and blackberry, dope growers and neighbours who have used it as a refuse dumping area. He says the dope growers got his details from his number plate and rang him to warn him to keep off his land. They also visited him at home to reinforce their point, he says. Reserves manager Kelly Crandle says the council has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and officers support buying it.The land has significant recreational potential and can easily be linked to other council-owned reserves. The existing track is a good one and the coun- cil will continue to maintain it, she says. From an ecological point of view, the land is also of real significance. It is kind of like a land bank that could pay dividends for all our other reserves.'' Seeds from the area could be used for replanting in the region. The proposal to buy has been included in the draft annual plan and the council has signed a sale and purchase agree- ment which expires in July.
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