Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Extended Paraparaumu Technical Facility Opened

Issued at 12:01pm 20-Dec-2006
MetService Opens Extended Paraparaumu Technical Facility

A wet morning failed to dampen the enthusiasm of MetService staff celebrating the opening of an extended and upgraded technical maintenance facility at Paraparaumu today.

Chief Executive John Lumsden told staff and guests at a ribbon cutting ceremony how important these improvements will be for the continuing success of MetService: "Our forecasters simply could not function without the high-performing network of weather radars, automatic weather stations and upper air sounding stations operated by the Paraparaumu engineers,while the equally large network of weather stations that serve our customers,from Invercargill to Kaitaia, across the Pacific, and from Uluru to Lahore and London, contribute strongly to our business."

MetService's Paraparaumu facility - prominent within the airport complex with its golf ball-like radar dome - was originally constructed as an upper air observatory in 1987. MetData Services manager Tony Quayle reflected on its transition to a sophisticated maintenance facility: "The same technology advances that have given us cell phones and the internet have also revolutionised the way we make weather observations. Twenty years ago, most observations were made by observers reading instruments and observing sky and weather conditions. Now, we have automatic weather stations measuring all these elements and sending in data every minute. Balloon soundings are now easily managed by one person and, at Paraparaumu, are made by a contractor, Kapiti Weather Consultants."

MetData Services operations manager Bob Taylor, who runs the Paraparaumu facility, went to on explain how the 14-strong maintenance team supports these networks. "Every one of the almost 200 MetService and customer sites, including several in the Pacific, is visited at least annually for maintenance and calibration. A duty engineer is constantly on standby to attend to any equipment faults. Our calibration laboratory ensures our measurements are traceable to international standards," said Mr. Taylor.

Mr. Lumsden, who retires in the New Year, told staff that he was pleased that MetData Services group had an up-to-date facility for handling increasing customer demand and a widening observation network.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

BusinessDesk: SkyCity Lifts Minimum Convention Centre Investment To $430M

SkyCity Entertainment Group, the casino operator, has lifted the minimum it will invest in the Auckland International Convention Centre to $430 million and said total costs including land may be $450 million to $470 million. More>>

Statistics: Drop In Dairy Prices Leads Fall In Exports

Total goods exports fell $240 million (5.5 percent) to $4.2 billion in April 2015 compared with April 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. More>>

BusinessDesk: APN's NZME Sees Future In Paywalls, Growth In Digital Sales

APN News & Media has touted a single newsroom concept for its NZME unit in New Zealand, similar to what Germany's Die Welt uses, saying an 'integrated sales proposition' is helping it win market share, including ... More>>

Labour Party: Global Milk Prices Now Lowest In 6 Years

The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices ... More>>

BusinessDesk: NZ Inflation Expectations Creep Higher In June Survey

May 19 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand businesses lifted their expectations for inflation over the next two years, sapping any immediate pressure on the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates, and prompting the kiwi dollar to jump higher. More>>

BusinessDesk: Lower Fuel Costs Drive Down NZ Producer Input, Output Prices

May 19 - Producer input and output prices fell in the first quarter, mainly reflecting lower fuel costs and weakness in prices of meat and dairy products. More>>


Media: Fairfax Media NZ Announces Senior Editorial Team

Fairfax Media New Zealand has today confirmed its new editorial leadership team, as part of a transformation of its newsrooms aimed at enhancing local and national journalism across digital and print. More>>

Science: Flavonoids Reduce Cold And Cough Risk

Flavonoids reduce cold and cough risk Research from the University of Auckland shows eating flavonoids – found in green tea, apples, blueberries, cocoa, red wine and onions – can significantly reduce the risk of catching colds and coughs. The research, ... More>>

BusinessDesk: RBNZ House Alert Speech The Catalyst For Government Action

Prime Minister John Key all but conceded that pressure from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand for concerted action on rampant Auckland house prices was one of the main catalysts for the government's weekend announcements about tightly ... More>>

BusinessDesk: How To Fall Foul Of The New Housing Tax Rules: Tips From IRD

Just because you rented out your investment property doesn't absolve you from paying tax, says the Inland Revenue Department in a summary of commonly made mistakes by non-professional property investors when it comes to their tax liability.More>>

Legal: Superdiversity Law, Policy And Business Stocktake Announced

Mai Chen, Managing Partner at Chen Palmer New Zealand Public and Employment Law Specialists and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, today announced the establishment ... More>>

Housing: More House Price Gains Expected

House price expectations remain high, with a net 56% of respondents expecting house prices will increase. Fears of higher interest rates are fading, consistent with the RBNZ’s signals this year. Affordability and a lack of houses for ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news