Northern News : April 13th 2011
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He says ethanol can be made from fermented fruit in a home still in a matter of days and blended with petrol to reduce fuel costs. Everything is simple and easy. Mr Kurmann has run his 1990 Renault on a half etha- nol and half petrol fuel mix without any noticeable loss of engine performance. They say it could be a little more efficient, but I would say it s about the same. Newer flex-fuel cars can run on 85 percent ethanol allowing greater savings. You might get 10 litres of ethanol out of 100 litres of raw material. Mr Kurmann has made ethanol from kiwifruit and the waste products of avocado and olive oil processing, but he says any fruit or plant that contains at least 5 percent sugar is suitable. Ethanol can also be made from algae and aquatic plants that thrive in rivers rich with nutrient runoff from farms. If we harvest raupo, we clean up phosphates and nitrates at the same time. The waste that is left after fruit has been converted to ethanol can be dried and returned to the soil. You re not just producing ethanol. You re making a high-quality, organic ferti- liser. Mr Kurmann can see the potential for an ethanol industry in the district, especially when an enzyme that allows ethanol to be made from wood waste is released for commercial use. A 2008 report by State- owned forestry researcher Scion showed that New Zealand s entire vehicle fleet could be run on biofuels made from tree waste from the country s pine forests. The capital costs would be limited. It s more about cap- turing people s imagination and getting the support of the community. Mr Kurmann will hold a workshop at his soil and water testing business Far North Envirolab, 49 Taipa Heights Drive, Taipa on Friday at 2pm for people who want to know more about how to make ethanol. Net profit improves Net profit by Far North Holdings at the end of last year was 3 percent higher than in 2009. The Far North District Council subsidiary made a profit of $718,003 for the six months that ended December 31, compared with $696,135 for the same period the pre- vious year. Chairman Tony Norman says the net increase in oper- ating profit reflects a mixed performance by profit centre with improved profits (up by 14 percent) at Ashby s Boatyard. Profits were offset by increased debt servicing costs for Kerikeri Airport where they funded a 2009 runway overlay with debt. They were also offset by increased interest costs which rose by 12 percent. Profits at other profit/cost centres, including Paihia property and district council service centre rentals, were similar to the same period in 2009. Mr Norman says directors are confident the group is well-placed to maintain returns that exceed capital costs while operating with a sense of social and environ- mental responsibility. Supreme win for Vintage Railway Trust We won: Frank Leadley with the TrustPower National Supreme Award. We re celebrating on Saturday, Kawakawa s Vintage Railway Trust spokesman Frank Lead- ley says. That s because the trust has won the Trust- Power National Supreme Award. It s a huge accolade for the vintage railway and a great tribute to all the hard work put in by so many people over the past eight years. Celebrations start with a free ride on Gabriel at 4pm. Then the event moves into the large carriage shed at 5pm for live music and guest speakers will talk about the importance of the railway to the com- munity. Refreshments and a cash bar will be avail- able. A highlight of the evening will be a screening of the award presentation in Tau- ranga, achieved against 25 other contenders. TrustPower commu- nity relations manager Graeme Purches will re- present the trophy to railway trust chair- woman Alison Lemon who will receive it on behalf of the community and the many volun- teers. It s going to be a great night for the Far North, Mr Leadley says. Winning the supreme award recognises all our supporters and volun- teers, and we welcome anyone in the com- munity who has supported us in any way in the past or who would like to be supporters in the future. Numbers are needed for catering and seating purposes. Contact Mr Leadley at at firstname.lastname@example.org or (09) 402-7650. CALL US Contact us with your news stories on 405-2040.
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