47 days ago

Houseplants looking sick? The plant doctor answers your questions

Mikaela Wilkes Reporter from Homed

Hi neighbours,
Thank you to everyone who submitted questions about their sickly plant babies. Houseplants might be fashionable, but they can be tricky to get right. Whether it’s the wrong light, too much or too little water, or a pesky draft, it doesn’t take much for your prize peace lily to turn yellow or an infestation of bugs to set in.

We put some of your houseplant questions to the plant doctors from Kings Plant Barn to diagnose. Find their answers here.

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4 days ago

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5 days ago

Reefton company pulls out of Ravensdown waste deal

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

From Local Democracy Reporter Lois Williams:

Rosco Contracting had applied to the West Coast Regional Council for resource consent to take up to 12,000 cubic metres of material stockpiled at the Ravensdown fertiliser plant in Hornby.

The waste – mainly contaminated soil and asbestos fines – was to have been buried in sealed pods at the private dump on the outskirts of Reefton.

The regional council confirmed on Friday that both parties had pulled out.


Compliance team leader Colin Helem said the council had received confirmation requesting that the consent application be withdrawn.

“The decision to withdraw the application was mutual between Mr Moore (Rosco owner) and Ravensdown – they have not provided a reason for the withdrawal.”

Rosco director Ross Moore was reluctant to comment, but said he had not set out to upset anyone.

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