Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Baches to burn at Long Bay Regional Park

Baches to burn at Long Bay Regional Park

The community at large is set to benefit from the torching of two unwanted baches at Long Bay Regional Park tomorrow (Tuesday 4 February).

The Auckland Regional Council has provided the New Zealand Fire Service with the opportunity to conduct a live fire demonstration in the baches to provide a graphic illustration of the benefits of sprinkler systems to life and property protection.

ARC Parks and Heritage Committee Chairman Bill Burrill says the baches couldn’t be moved and would have been demolished anyway so he is delighted that the regional council has combined with the fire service to achieve considerable public good out of the situation.

“The fire service have told us that the demonstration and subsequent open day will be most beneficial to the community,” Cr Burrill says.

“The baches in the park will provide the fire service with the opportunity to gather experimental data on home sprinkler performance and raise public awareness of the benefits of home sprinkler systems.” Two identical units will be set alight, one with a sprinkler system installed and one without.

“The Long Bay situation is ideal because the fire service hardly ever gets the opportunity to use identical structures in sound condition for comparative fire tests,” Cr Burrill says.

Cr Burrill says the timing of the demonstration is ideal as it allows the fire service to conduct a public awareness campaign at the baches in the park two days later on Waitangi Day.

He says the ARC working in partnership with the fire service is even good news for Auckland ratepayers as this is the least expensive means of disposing of the unwanted baches.

“It’s a genuine win-win situation,” he says.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages