85 days ago

Noise from rock blasting alerts landowner to blaze

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Central Otago News

Hi neighbours, the awesome efforts of local firefighters saved a Cromwell couple's home after a blaze erupted nearby on Monday.

Shane Marsh says thought a plane had crashed into the hillside when he heard an "almighty explosion" before the blaze broke out about 1pm. Black scorch marks can now be seen just a short distance from their home, showing how "hellishly close" the fire came.

Deputy principal rural fire officer Mark Mawhinney says: "We had helicopters and stuck appliances by the house and they stayed there the whole time ... It is a credit to the volunteers. They did a very good job. It never ceases to amaze me the dedication and commitment they show."

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Female, 50, and looking for a job? Good luck

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

The Sunday Star-Times is investigating the difficulties of finding work when you're female and over 50. Anecdotally we are aware of women being shut out of the workforce around this time. If you can relate, and are willing to talk about your experience, please email kelly.dennett@stuff.co.nz

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