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Upper Hutt Leader : August 31st 2011
45 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 31, 2011 To order your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: pix.ccn.co.nz Models take to the catwalk for strays By JIM CHIPP Up on the catwalk: Amalia McLaren-Brown, right, and Hannah Clements practise their modelling looks for a fashion show with a difference. Photo: JIM CHIPP Models from all walks of life will strut their stuff in Welling- ton on Saturday, in aid of stray cats. Amalia McLaren-Brown, a professional model, and Hannah Clements, of Lyall Bay, will be among the models show- ing off second-hand clothing from Opportunity For Animals stores in support of the humane treatment of feral cat colonies in Stray Cat Strut. Organiser Debra Ashton, of Paremata, said proceeds from the show would support the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary in Otaki. Green MP and Animal Wel- fare spokeswoman Sue Kedgley will be a model, and Good Morning host Sarah Bradley, of Petone, will be the MC for the night. Ms Ashton said Wellington, like most cities, had a growing problem with homeless cats. Animal welfare centres struggle to cater for the number of cats and many face eutha- nasia because they are often harder to rehome. Desexing the cats, rehoming and managing colonies is part of a long-term strategy to reduce the numbers of unwanted cats. All clothing on show will be for sale on the night. Sometimes it is hard to see the potential of an outfit on a rack, especially in a charity store, but the show will give people a chance to see how they can still look fantastic on a very tight budget, Ms Ashton said. Where else can you get a whole outfit for around $10? Stray Cat Strut is on at 8pm on September 3 at the Whitireia Performance Centre, 25 Vivian St, Wellington. Tickets cost between $15 and $35. Visit straycatstrut.org.nz for more information. Wood burners are pollution culprits By KAROLINE TUCKEY Households are being asked to consider how they use their wood burners this winter to avoid caus- ing dangerous pollution to their neighbours. Niwa air quality scientist Jeff Bluett says during winter dom- estic wood burners are the largest source of hazardous pollution in our air, but operating them prop- erly can reduce the problem sig- nificantly. In New Zealand, wood burners are without a doubt the biggest cause of particulate pollution in our urban environment, and in a lot of places they produce amounts that risk exceeding air pollution standards, Mr Bluett says. Wainuiomata, enclosed by hills, has a known problem with disper- sal of wood-fire smoke and par- ticulates. New information is now available about Kapiti Coast. The Kapiti Coast has an advantage because you don t have a huge population and it s rela- tively windy, but you don t need a whole lot of burners before you get a problem, Mr Bluett says. However, results from a Greater Wellington Regional Council study in Raumati South earlier this year suggest domestic fires may be pushing air pollution above national standards. Pre- viously, air quality was not monitored in the district because coastal weather normally means a reduced risk. Particulates produced by wood burners have a health effect even at very small levels, Mr Bluett says, and are especially harmful for the young, elderly, and those who are already sick. On a very local scale they are putting out particulate or hazard- ous materials that people breathe in and can be harmful and people don t realise that they are harm- ful. Mr Bluett is leading a Niwa investigation into how much emissions are produced by dom- estic wood burners and how emissions can be minimised by regions and households. The results will be provided to regional councils to help them for- mulate regulations and guidelines for wood burners in homes. We are finding that when we look at the distribution of emissions, wood burners in par- ticular, houses are gross emitters, Mr Bluett says. If we manage to fix the top 10 or 20 per cent of houses, we ll more than halve the amount of pollution. Different types of wood burners are more appropriate for heating different spaces, and burning dif- ferent types of wood, so home- owners should learn how to use their own wood burner respon- sibly, he says. They should choose an appro- priate size for the room they are heating . . . and operate it accord- ing to the instructions and use good-quality fuel. While some wood burners burn soft woods like pine effectively, others are more suited to hardwoods like blue gum. Mr Bluett says wood should also be seasoned or dried out for use next season, otherwise much of the energy produced will be used evaporating moisture from the wood, requiring more fuel. If people do all those things they are minimising the amount of pollution that they put out, but they are still putting it out, and the question is do we, as a society, see that as an acceptable amount -- we are trying to educate people so they know they are polluting, and then to minimise the amount they are polluting, it s a value judgement. If we all do that it may mean that we can all keep our wood burners for their life -- maybe, Mr Bluett says.
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