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Switch to tidal power on way
Power producer: The tidal energy station would produce enough electricity for
250,000 homes or all of Northland's power needs.
Tidal power is a step closer to
joining hydro, geothermal, wind and
solar as renewable energy options
in New Zealand.
The Environmental Court has
recommended that the minister of
conservation Kate Wilkinson
approves a consent to develop a
tidal energy station in the Kaipara
Applicant Crest Energy's director
Anthony Hopkins is delighted but
says there is still a long process
ahead. Conditions attached to the
consent include environment moni-
toring and base line testing.
It's not a done deal yet, Mr Hop-
kins says. She doesn't have to
accept it.'' It follows a year of
mediation among four objectors
including Environs Holdings -- a
division of the north Kaipara Iwi-
based Te Uri o Hau Settlement
Issues include ownership of the
seabed and fish stocks. There are
also environmental concerns like
habitat destruction, erosion and
impacts to biodiversity and marine
The station would be the first in
New Zealand to use the tide to gen-
erate electricity. With 200 sub-
merged marine turbines to be laid
near the harbour's entrance to
supply power to an area from
Albany to Cape Reinga.
Mr Hopkins is an environmental
scientist and says the harbour was
chosen for its size and volume.
Pukekohe 18-year-old Rhiannon
Handcock has been awarded
Whangarei A&P Society's annual
The $7500 scholarship over three
years will help her with study costs
at Massey University.
She aims to serve the agricultural
industry through science and
Society executive director Malcolm
McKerrow says the scholarship
aims to help young people further
their education and training at any
Applications are available from the
A unique scholarship is being
offered to young Maori interested in
a career in the seafood industry.
The Global Fisheries Scholarship
offers a year in Japan for a
committed individual to spend time
working in an international fishing
company and be immersed in
The successful recipient will
undertake a rigorous nine-month
language and cultural programme
then spend almost a year in Japan
as a trainee at Nissui's
The scholarship includes air travel,
accommodation and a training
Maori who have studied or worked in
the industry are invited to apply
before 5pm, February 25. Call (04)
931-9500 for more information.
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Turbine power: Crest Energy plans to submerge 200 marine turbines near
the Kaipara Harbour entrance.
Non-renewable fossil fuels:
Coal, petroleum and natural gas
are often the cheapest and easiest
resources to extract. There are
air pollution issues.
Nuclear power: (Not in New
Zealand). Produces little air pol-
lution. Poses environment risks
through nuclear waste and radio-
active contamination. There are
also issues around nuclear
weapons and terrorism.
Biomass crops: Algae, corn
and other vegetables are used to
generate electricity through the
methane created when the mat-
ter decomposes. Requires a huge
amount of land and uses fossil
fuels for the farming equipment
required to produce it.
Renewable sources: Geo-
thermal can be a relatively cost-
effective option but is only avail-
able at specific locations.
-- Hydroelectricity uses water-
powered turbines and can pro-
duce relatively high yields. Dam
construction requires huge
investment with major impacts
on the surrounding environment.
-- Tidal power is reliable but can
only produce for about 10 hours a
day and at a lower capacity than
other sources. Infrastructure
costs are generally high too.
-- Solar power is free, non-
polluting and can be sourced any-
where there is sun. But the
equipment need to produce it can
be expensive with a long payback
and it is weather dependent.
-- Wind-powered turbines do not
pollute either and can sited in
remote places. But wind power is
also weather dependent and can
be an eyesore on landscapes.
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