Northern News : August 8th 2012
8 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 8, 2012 NEWS Project Suppor t From basic huts on the foreshore to a city of 1.5 million, New Zealand's super city has had a remarkable history of change and development over the past 170 years. This book shows the dramatic changes and puts the reader in the picture, showing the past and present with magnificent photographs taken over the decades. Beautifully printed in full colour with 144 glossy pages, measuring 250 mm wide by 246mm high, this book s a real collectors item. An ideal gift for Father's Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries and a great Christmas present. All profits from the sale of this book go to charities supported by the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust -- including Project Kidney. Let's do it for the Kids! by buying this superb book! 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LegaSea works with other groups that share the same vision. Imagine our children not having the same ex- periences and freedoms we have. Imagine the loss of our culture and national well-being. A growing population, over-fishing, fish dumping, poor man- agement, pollution and licensing all threaten fishing in New Zealand as we know it today. It is my sworn belief that LegaSea is the best chance we have of over- coming the threats to fishing in New Zealand. If we all contribute a little I believe we have a bright future.'' To find out more visit legasea.co.nz or call 0800 LEGASEA. Toilets not about to collapse says report Green roof: Engineers say Kawakawa's famous toilets are not in danger of collapse. The Hundertwasser building is not in danger of collapse. An independent engi- neering investigation into cracks in the inter- nationally famous toilets at Kawakawa has found the iconic building is not in any danger of immi- nent collapse. Concerns were raised recently by maintenance staff that the 13-year-old functioning artwork, designed and supervised during construction by Austrian artist Friedens- reich Hundertwasser, was showing increasing signs of cracking and slumping. Civil and structural consultants Haig Work- man have confirmed the building is settling on its foundations and pulling away from structures on either side. But the com- pany says the resulting cracks that continue to appear are not indicative of major structural fail- ure. The cracking in the walls and floor, while unsightly and (in the case of the floor) a poss- ible trip hazard, do not represent a structural failure mechanism for the supporting beams and columns,'' the con- sultants say in a report received by the Far North District Council last week. Cracks to the beams and columns in critical support areas were minor and were not rotating out-of-plane'' which would lead to a catastrophic failure. From the survey data, the settlement is not uni- form across the whole platform but neverthe- less this does not appear to be affecting the main support structures,'' the report says. The consultants have recommended an ongo- ing monitoring pro- gramme and work to pre- vent water infiltration under the building. If the council opted to relevel the building and repair the cracks, two options were available -- to inject pressure grout- ing under the floor or to place new mini-piles on either side of the strip footings. Pressure grouting was the cheapest long-term option but it should be left until monitoring showed settlement had ceased. Mini-piling was a bet- ter but very expensive'' engineering solution. A series of earlier engineering reports between 2006 and 2010 placed the cause of the slumping on a range of factors, including silt sub-soils, poorly com- pacted fill at one end of the building and the sheer physical weight of the building. Immediate recommen- dations will be imple- mented but the council has yet to decide which of the long-term options to adopt.
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