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Upper Hutt Leader : June 13th 2012
38 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 13, 2012 NEWS 2514457ER • 4 Bedrooms • Chefs kitchen • Renovated to a high standard • Double garage • 2 Heat pumps • Situated for maximum sun Deadline Marketing: Vendors will consider all offers at 12.00 pm, 19 June 2012 at our office 5 Gibbons Street, Upper Hutt. OPEN HOME: Sunday 2.15-2.45 pm View at www.gilliesandmark.co.nz /UPP12992 CLASSIC VILLA 1920 - MEETS 2012 HOUSE OF THE WEEK GV $495,000 Steve Sadler P: 04 527 2824 M: 027 445 6376 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Gillies and Mark Realty Ltd MREINZ (Licensed REAA 2008) 30 Granville Street, Trentham, Upper Hutt Bill Lindsay 0274 456 992 4392595AH Alan Webb 0274 460 613 569 2095 Make your decision easier. Rely on the value of Upper Hutts most experienced valuing team REGISTERED PUBLIC VALUERS www.lindsaywebb.co.nz 4651664AA PRIVATE HOUSE SALE Open home Sunday 17 thJune 1.30pm - 2.30pm 100b Plateau Road, Te Marua, Upper Hutt Asking price 415k • 190sqm house, 1115sqm section • New Open Plan Kitchen, Dining and Living Room • 3 Bedrooms (+ other), 2 Toilets, 1 Bathroom • Double Garage, Large Attic • Positioned for all day sun • Exterior painted 2009, Interior in 2010 • 2 minute Drive from Tunnel Gully Recreation Area • Quiet Street, Private surrounds Contact Teresa on 021 173 9671 or 5268 447 View our listing on Trade Me, Proper ty ID: CLR049 Stone coating prevents erosion Test patch: Ian Sherwin, left, and Alan Bowmar are excited their trial of a new method to prevent erosion in wet environments on a corner of the Waiwhetu Stream is showing promising results. Permanent protection: the new embankment on the edge of Parkside Dr in Seaview is predicted to last at least 50 years. By KAROLINE TUCKEY A trial of a new method for protec- ting New Zealand streams from erosion is showing promising results in the Waiwhetu Stream. With permission from Greater Wellington Regional Council, an Upper Hutt company installed a test patch on the exposed outer edge of a wide bend in the stream's lower end in February. Alan Bowmar, director of Acma polyurethane manufacturers, the company driving the trial, says the system has been successful in a range of international settings, and could help protect against erosion in wet environments like beach fronts and streams in New Zealand too. The test (installation) has been unaffected by all sorts of weather conditions, so it works really well,'' Mr Bowmar says. The thing about it is that it looks so natural -- like the normal stones that you see on the edge of the river. The only unnatural thing about it is the stones are locked together.'' The test patch was built by forming an em- bankment from small stones that had been coated in Elastocoast, a special clear poly- urethane coating developed by German chemi- cals giant BASF. Once hardened the coating locks the stones in place permanently. It just blends perfectly because the same algae forms on them that grows else- where on the river bed,'' Mr Bowmar says. It's the same comparable cost as the concrete they have put down there for erosion control, but it lasts longer.'' Accelerated tests in Germany indicate the system should reliably last at least for the next 50 years. Ian Sherwin, director of Sherwin Construction who installed the test patch, is equally enthusiastic about the results, saying that much of the unprotec- ted stretch of the stream banks surrounding the patch was eroding swiftly, with a nearby pohutukawa likely to topple soon if not protected. This works because it's not a smooth surface, the tides and the waves are cushioned and absorbed by the uneven surface,' he says. The pair say GWRC have acknowledged the system has worked well, and now are hoping the council will soon adopt it here and in other areas, such as the Eastbourne sea front. Mr Bowmar says bringing the system back to New Zealand was an obvious choice. It has won awards overseas, and there is need for better erosion control methods here. The company is interested in local products that would be sold in New Zealand, instead of being exported. I would like to see it used throughout New Zealand. It's very appropriate for Wellington,'' Mr Bowmar says.
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