Topical Issues

Office Relocation

After 20 years at 72 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt, we have now moved to No. 92 Queen Drive The street address is 2nd floor, 92 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt 5010.

There is no change to the postal address (P O Box 31531 Lower Hutt 5040) or email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


Temporary traffic management

New Zealand Transport Agency is progressively issuing the 4th edition of the Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management. Parts of the manual are now available on the NZTA website www.nzta.govt.nz. The new Manual will have legal force, with its proposed statutory status under the Traffic Control Devices rule. This is a change from the previous editions, which were essentially just resource documents available for use by NZTA and other road controlling authorities (councils). 

 

Global warming: is carbon sequestration the answer?

One suggested answer to the problem of global warming has been carbon sequestration, in which carbon dioxide is captured and stored instead of being released into the atmosphere. The technical problems however are immense. A typical large coal-fired power station in the United States will consume around 6 million tonnes of coal per year. On average it will produce something like 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hour, which will occupy in excess of one million cubic metres. That's equivalent to a cube 100 metres high by 100 metres wide by 100 metres long. The logistics of processing that volume of gas every hourcan be imagined. As well as dealing with the output of existing power stations, additional new stations must be allowed for. The two big coal consumers, the US and China, are both building new power stations on a huge scale. The US currently has approximately 90 new stations being planned, while China is commissioning a new power station every one to two weeks on average. While sequestration techniques have been successfully applied to pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide presents a challenge of an entirely different order.  It must be questioned whether sequestration will be a practical method of controlling emissions.

In a lighter vein...

Humour, trivia and items of useless information.

But what does it really mean?

Sometimes it pays to read between the lines - for example:

Statement

  Meaning

The company has an outstanding record in business

   It has a reputation of not paying its bills

The company's performance is consistently outstanding

   It owes money to everybody

We now see it as a long term investment

   In the short term it's a dog

Her input is critical

   She's a complainer

The athlete distinguished himself in the race

   He came last

This is an incredible result

   Completely unbelievable

He has a visionary outlook

   He's a dreamer