Northern News : February 9th 2011
6 NORTHERN NEWS, FEBRUARY 9, 2011 NEWS Marine Chandlery Next Door to Gibson's Irrigation, S.H.10 Waipapa Mon--Fri9am--5pm•Sat9am--12.30pm Ph 401 6612 Fax 401 6613 SeaYouThere Boaties Haven CLOSING DOWN SALE Everything Must Go!!! 3475949AA THANK OUR SPONSORS KAIKOHE AGRICULTURAL, PASTORAL & HORTICULTURAL ASSOCIATION AVOCA LIME LTD HAYWARD M R LTD -- Accountant BALLANCE AGRI-NUTRIENTS MERIAL ANCARE NZ LTD E J REED & COMPANY OKAIHAU TRANSPORT Beaurepairs -- Kawakawa Otaenga Farms BOI Veterinary Services Palmer Macauley Lawyers Kaikohe Glass & Windscreens (2009) Ltd PG Smith Cartage Law North Lawyers Ltd RD1 Ltd A & D Automotive & Engineering Ltd, Adams Y, Alexander E, Ayrton W, Bank Bar, Betta Electrical -- Kaikohe, Birchall Automotive, BOI Computers, BOI Roofing, Bouquets on Broadway, Broadway Motors, Bunnings Ltd, Cadbury Confectionery Ltd, Clotworthy H, Craig Engeering, Dave Boyt Machinery Ltd, Export Meat Warehouse, Fox L, Hawken J & K, Henwood Builders, Hilder Dave, Hyland Motors, Kaikohe 2 Buck + Shop, Kaikohe CWI, Kaikohe Garden Club, Kaikohe New World, Kaikohe Rural Women's Group, Kawakawa Farm Centre, Killen R, Mataraua-Waimatenui Rural Women's Group, Mid North Real Estate, Nelder S, Nev Campbell Resene Colour Shop, Northland College, NZ Wool Board, Osborne M, Pinkney Contractors, Puketi Rural Women's Group, Renton Motors -- Kaikohe, Sloane Livestock, Stan Semenoff Transport, The National Bank of New Zealand, Tobin Plumbers, Tolich I, Top Energy, Tylden R, Whangarei Wool Company, Whitelaw Weber Accountants, Wilson Automotive. 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One of the the largest airborne geophysical surveys to be carried out in New Zealand will take place in Northland over the next two months. The survey will pro- duce scientific infor- mation on subsurface geology across the North- land region. It will start in the Far North District and work south progress- ively during February and March. The project originated from an economic devel- opment strategy com- pleted by the Far North District Council and comes three years after a resource assessment of the region was completed by GNS Science. A light aircraft of a type used for topdressing will carry out the survey using sensors in the tail. Geophysicist Paul Vidanovich explains: The survey instruments take measurements of the Earth's natural back- ground fields such as magnetism and hence are completely passive. These natural fields are quite weak so the air- craft needs to fly at an altitude of around 60 metres to make its measurements so there will be a noise nuisance as it flies overhead. It will cover the region by flying back and forth in straight lines which will be 200 metres apart.'' Paul has supervised several such surveys in New Zealand and notes only a small area around Kaeo has been surveyed in Northland to date. This is one of the biggest surveys of this type to have been carried out in NZ, although the whole of the Otago region was surveyed with support from the Otago Regional Council in 2007. This type of geophysi- cal data is now available for many resource-rich countries throughout the world, including nearly all of Australia, much of Africa and our Pacific neighbours. New Zea- land is one of few resource-rich countries to lack this information. We are now starting to catch up.'' The data has a wide range of applications including understanding the complex Northland geology, mapping faults, resource assessment (including water, aggre- gate, clays and other minerals), foundation conditions for infrastruc- ture, primary industry applications and land- use planning. The results will be made pub- lic later in the year fol- lowing an interpretation by GNS Science. The results will add value to the extensive geological and resource data on Northland that has been built up over the last century. Recent advances in technology have made these surveys very cost effective. This is why governments (and aid agencies working in dev- eloping countries) have carried them out exten- sively. The survey is being funded by the Ministry of Economic Development, the Far North District Council and the North- land Regional Council. The survey contractor is Aeroquest Airborne, a Western Australia-based company that specialises in surveys of this type. It will advertise details in local newspapers of where it is flying. PUBLICLY-FUNDED STUDY Why is the Northland survey being funded by government agencies? Surveys of this type have been funded by government agencies to improve the accuracy of geological mapping for a wide range of applications, for delineating subsurface resources and (in the case of ground water) monitoring changes. In general, publicly funded surveys: Cover large areas -- regions, states and entire countries. Use survey and data presentation methods that are aimed at the widest possible range of users. Make the data available cheaply (typically the cost of copying and distribution) and quickly, often using the internet. Actively promote the use of the scientific information by the private sector, government agencies and researchers. Privately funded surveys: Are designed to locate areas with potential for a particular mineral or deposit type, usually covering one selected geological environment Give companies a competitive advantage, and therefore they keep the information confidential for their exclusive use for as longasitmaybeof value to them. Where surveys are carried out under a Crown Minerals Act permit, the data can remain confidential for a period of up to 5 years Use data collection and presentation methods that suit their purposes, and may not necessarily be in a form that can be readily adapted for other purposes How will this benefit Northland? Primary industries Improve land capability assessment for agriculture, forestry, horticulture, viticulture Attract exploration investment Infrastructure Provide subsurface information for locating and designing buildings, wind farms, new roads, sewerage systems, electrical reticulation. Energy investigations Help assessment of geothermal energy resources and aid the search for new geothermal fields. Regional and district planning Provide state-of-the- art data for assessing geological hazards and subsurface resources The community Flow-on increases in household wealth, jobs, exports, and GDP.
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