252 days ago

We Say/You Say: Solar Farms

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Marlborough Midweek

Tēnā koutou Marlborough,

Would you support more solar panel farms in your area?

One of the largest solar power farms in New Zealand is nearing capacity and the managing director has expressed his desire to build further on the existing site.

Campbell McMath's company Kea Energy, is based in Christchurch and owns 14 sites around the South Island and the company's Wairau Valley farm is generating 1.85 megawatts for Marlborough Lines. McMath says an increase will mean they can further utilise the site.

"We have chosen a bifacial panel which has glass on both sides, which is a little more environmentally friendly than your traditional monofacial panel. Our intention is to keep the panels as long as economical and then sell on to hobbyists, for up-cycling," he said.

There are several solar panel sites currently in the Marlborough region, including the largest farm in New Zealand on the Peter Yealand's estate. In 2018, Stuff reported that it generated enough solar energy to power 86 homes.

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3 hours ago

Why it’s important to choose an executor for your will.

Public Trust

When it comes to choosing an executor for your will, it's vital that you choose someone who will protect your legacy. A person you trust to fulfil your final wishes set out in your will. Scott Errington, Principal Trustee at our Timaru Customer Centre had a chat with stuff.co.nz recently on the importance of an executor for your will.
Check out the article in the link below.

6 days ago

Blenheim is growing faster than expected

Jennifer Eder Reporter from Marlborough Express

The town has gained more than 5000 people since 2006, reaching 28,800 in June this year, and is expected to reach 34,000 by 2048. Town planners say we need a lot more housing built - but does that mean more subdivisions? What sort of housing would you like to see?

9 hours ago

Dust off that camera...

The Team from Stuff

Calling all avid photographers! Our annual Summer Snap competition has kicked off.

We’ve teamed up with Canon for another year to give away six EOS Canon cameras, valued up to $2,699, to the most deserving amateur photographers.

Snap your summer between now and 31 January, choose one of our six categories and head online to stuff.co.nz/summersnap to enter!

Our categories are:
- Great Outdoors
- People and Communities
- Kiwi Summer
- Thrill and Adventure
- Urban Life
- Bach and Backyard

Show us what your neighbourhood (and beyond) has to offer and and you could be taking your next photos with your very own Canon EOS.