Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

New Project Aqua Office And Information Centre

New Project Aqua Office And Information Centre Open For Business

The open sign is up at the new Project Aqua Office and Information Centre in Kurow.

The new facility opened its doors for the first time this morning (Tuesday 16 December 2003) – in time for the Christmas influx of visitors and tourists to the Waitaki Valley.

The new building houses a wide selection of resources and material on Meridian Energy and Project Aqua. The Information Centre is also home to three new Information Officers with a wide range of skills, who have been trained to assist people to access the information they want about Project Aqua and Meridian Energy.

Project Aqua is a proposed hydro-electric scheme that would run along the south side of the lower Waitaki Valley. It would generate enough low-cost, renewable electricity to power the equivalent of about 375,000 households in an average year and about 250,000 households in a very dry year. A very dry year is a 1-in-20 year event.

“Some people want an overview of the project while others require detailed technical information. The new facility allows us to meet the needs of both groups. It also means there is more space for one-on-one meetings or briefings with groups as required,” says Meridian Energy spokesperson Alan Seay.

A new scroll (an aerial photograph showing the proposed canal alignment and key elements of the proposed scheme) is on display, newsletters, fact sheets and other background material is available along with updated information panels and a new high-tech digital simulation of the project.”

The digital drive-by simulation is the latest of Meridian Energy’s information resources. It shows how the Project Aqua scheme would look about 15 to 20 years after construction, and how it would integrate with the landscape and river in the lower Waitaki Valley.

“We can now deliver a better service to the public. The new information officers are dedicated to informing the general public about the scheme. That leaves Project Aqua Community Relationships Manager Pip Nicolson and Office Administrator Anna Greenslade more time to concentrate on consulting with the community,” says Alan Seay.

The three additional staff also mean the Information Centre is now open to the public seven days a week until Easter.

Project Aqua Office and Information Centre 12 Bledisloe Street, Kurow

Project Aqua Office Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm (not open public holidays)

Project Aqua Information Centre Summer hours (from Labour Weekend to the end of Easter): 9am – 4pm, seven days a week Winter hours (end of Easter to start of Labour Weekend): 9am – 4pm, six days a week The Information Centre is open on all public holidays except for Christmas Day and Good Friday.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Statistics New Zealand: COVID-19 Sees Record 12.2 Percent Fall In New Zealand’s Economy

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.2 percent in the June 2020 quarter, the largest quarterly fall recorded since the current series began in 1987, as the COVID-19 restrictions in place through the quarter impacted economic activity, Stats NZ said ... More>>

ALSO:

Climate: Scientists Release ‘Blueprint’ To Save Critical Ecosystems And Stabilize The Earth’s Climate

A group of scientists and experts produced the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, totaling 50.4% of the Earth's land. The report was published in Science Advances ... More>>

ALSO:

MPI: Independent Review Launched Into Assurances For Safe Transport Of Livestock By Sea

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has launched an independent review of the assurances it receives for the safe transport of livestock by sea. MPI Director-General Ray Smith says Mike Heron QC has been appointed to lead the review, which is expected ... More>>

ALSO:


Computers: New Zealand PC Market Grows Nearly 40% Due To Work From Home Demand

COVID-19 had large impacts on demand for PCs as businesses prepared for lockdowns by purchasing notebooks to mobilise their workforce. In the second quarter of 2020, New Zealand's Traditional PC market experienced a 39.7% year-on-year (YoY) growth ... More>>

ALSO:

Mediaworks: Reaches Agreement To Sell TV Operations To Discovery, Inc.

New Zealand’s largest independent commercial broadcaster MediaWorks and the global leader of real-life entertainment Discovery Inc. (“Discovery”) are pleased to announce they have reached a binding agreement regarding the sale of MediaWorks’ ... More>>

ALSO:

Ministry of Health: Public Transport Distancing Requirements Relaxed

Physical distancing requirements on public transport have been reviewed by the Ministry of Health to determine whether they are still required at Alert Level 2 (or below). The Ministry’s assessment is that mandatory face covering and individuals tracking ... More>>

ALSO:

NZHIA: New Zealand Hemp Industry Set To Generate $2 Billion Per Annum And Create 20,000 Jobs

A new report says a fully enabled hemp industry could generate $2 billion in income for New Zealand by 2030, while also creating thousands of new jobs. Written by industry strategist Dr Nick Marsh, the report has prompted calls from the New Zealand Hemp ... More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: One In 14 Employed People Report High Risk Of Losing Jobs

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, Stats NZ said today. A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or business ... More>>

ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast: NZ Economy Doing Better Than Expected, But Challenges Remain

August lockdown estimated to have shaved 8% off NZ’s weekly GDP, and 0.5% off annual GDP Economy now expected to shrink 5% (year-on-year) by end of 2020 Unemployment rate now expected to peak at 7.2% The latest ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast is less ... More>>

ALSO:

SAFE: Live Export Ship Carrying 5,800 New Zealand Cows Goes Missing In East China Sea

Livestock carrier Gulf Livestock 1 sent a distress signal at 4:45am NZT yesterday in the East China Sea. The area is affected by Typhoon Maysak. At 4pm a patrol plane spotted a lifeboat - with no people in it - and a man in lifejacket nearby. The ship ... More>>

ALSO:

FMA: Kiwisaver Fees Don't Match Performance

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) today published an independent report into the passive and active investment management styles [i] used by KiwiSaver providers. The FMA commissioned MyFiduciary to test the extent that KiwiSaver providers were ... More>>