The signing of an electricity deal with Meridian Energy and a
one-off injection of $30 million from the Government
guarantee the future of the Tiwai Point aluminum smelter for
at least two and a-half years and hopefully beyond, the
chairman of the company which operates the plant says.
In the next 12 months, Gerry Forde hopes to help rural
Southland communities raise at least $500,000 for worthy
local projects, and that is on top of the $120,000 he has
help raise in the past 12 months.
Invercargill City Council (ICC) building consent staff are
continuing to assist their Christchurch City Council
counterparts, despite the Christchurch council being stripped
of its right to issue consents and a Crown manager being