News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Northland fire-fighters battle fire - and snow!

Twelve Northland Department of Conservation fire-fighters who flew from Keri Keri last Tuesday to relieve tired Canterbury fire-fighters are experiencing the true spirit of the southern lands.

As the Northland team of 11 men and one woman were driven into the Southern Alps, they gazed in awe at the tinder-dry but beautiful landscape.

But since their arrival on the fire scene at Cora Lynn near Arthur's Pass the area has received the first significant rain for several months. This was good news for the fire, but the Northland team, used to more 'tropical' weather, has found the rain, wind and cold difficult conditions for working in.

Conditions on Thursday were even more extreme, with snow down to the bushline and temperatures of -2o. The harsh mountain environment has thrown extra challenges at the crews, now dampening down the last remaining hot spots.

The Northland crew have contributed to all aspects of the fire, from operations to fire-fighting. Some are expected to return home Saturday, while others will stay on until early next week.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news