Green Light For GE Pines At Rotorua

New Zealand’s carefully cultivated Clean, Green, 100% Pure image has taken another hit with the announcement that genetically engineered pine trees at to be planted at Rotorua. Consent has been given to plant thousands of the trees over the next 25 years, despite the risk of contaminating the district with GE pine pollen. The plantings…

Level Of Criminal Assaults By Children In NZ “No Surprise”

Lost among the hype of New Zealand’s recently released 2010 crime figures were some shocking data about child violence. The stats make for grim reading as they come at a time when schoolyard bullying and violent  assaults are frequently in the New Zealand news. Police crime statistics showed the number of children under 9 apprehended…

Child Dies After Rotorua Hot Pool Plunge – updated

An eight year old child, visiting New Zealand with his family, died this evening (NZ time) after sustaining severe, 100% burns when he fell into a hot pool at the Kuirau thermal parkland in urban Rotorua. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the boy’s family, who are understandably devastated by his death. He was later…

North Island Eruption Threat “Real” Warns Expert

“An eruption is coming, warns GNS Science volcanologist Dr Graham Leonard, and anyone living pretty much north of Wellington should be prepared. Leonard is part of a group of volcano experts advising local bodies, emergency services, government agencies and district health boards at a conference in Taupo this week, on how they can best prepare…

No Crime In Gisborne, It’s Offical.

(for ongoing updates to this story click HERE) Remember how the Palmerston North Wikipedia page was censored to remove references to crime because it was making overseas investors and professionals shy away from moving to the town?;  and of how gangs are now euphemistically  called “groups” in some news reports?;  and how no police statistics…