Hor­ror on the roads as four die in 24 hours

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A gi­ant waka-shaped fac­tory may soon be a bold new fea­ture on Huntly’s iconic sky­line.

The north­ern Waikato town is known for its power sta­tion with its twin smoke­stack and Deka sign, but the pro­posed fac­tory would have the added ben­e­fit of deal­ing with New Zealand’s grow­ing waste prob­lem by turn­ing land­fill waste into en­ergy.

The bold $650 mil­lion plan is the brain­child of Neil Lau­ren­son, a Cam­bridge-based con­cep­tual de­signer with a strong in­ter­est in waste man­age­ment.

Called ‘‘Kaitaki’’, the fac­tory would process items FOUR peo­ple have died on New Zealand roads in less than 24 hours.

One per­son died and an­other was air­lifted to hos­pi­tal when a van rolled on Mount Cook Rd, north of Twizel, about 2.10pm yes­ter­day.

It was the third fa­tal crash on Can­ter­bury roads in 24 hours af­ter a woman died when her car crashed off a bank on Bossu Rd, Banks Penin­sula, about 12pm and man died when his car crashed on the Christchurch that could not be re­cy­cled, reused, com­posted or re­paired and would­work within what Lau­ren­son de­scribed as ‘‘the cir­cu­lar econ­omy’’ of waste.

That econ­omy in­cluded towns and cities adopt­ing a waste-re­cy­cling sys­tem sim­i­lar to Raglan’s highly suc­cess­ful Xtreme Zero Waste, while on an in­di­vid­ual level, he wanted bar­code scan­ners in ev­ery New Zealand home to help con­sumers iden­tify which items were re­cy­clable and which were not. Rail and truck net­works could be used to trans­port waste and it could also ser­vice waste from the Pa­cific Is­lands, he said. South­ern Mo­tor­way about 9pm on Fri­day.

Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand and St John were called to help at the scene of the Banks Penin­sula ac­ci­dent, but the woman – who was the sole oc­cu­pant of the ve­hi­cle – died at the scene, a po­lice spokes­woman said.

A per­son in the car trav­el­ling be­hind the vic­tim called in the crash, she said.

One per­son died and an­other was crit­i­cally in­jured when their

The size of the fac­tory would be dic­tated by how in­te­grated this cir­cu­lar econ­omy be­came. The more ro­bust it was, the smaller the plant. As well as turn­ing waste to fuel, there would be a tyre py­rol­y­sis plant to con­vert old tyres to fuel, and a re­cy­cling cen­tre.

Lau­ren­son said the plant would han­dle all of the waste des­tined for land­fills for most of the coun­try and a large pro­por­tion from the Pa­cific Is­lands.

‘‘Thiswill cre­ate aw­hole lot of jobs for Huntly, and it will cre­ate aw­hole lot of jobs for a lot of other peo­ple.’’

He ap­proached Dan­ish en­gi­neer­ing com­pany Ram­boll, which con­structs waste-to-en­ergy plants and has drawn up a con­cep­tual de­sign of the fac­tory that would be, in his opin­ion, ‘‘the world’s big­gest waka’’. ve­hi­cle crashed on Te Puna Rd, near Tau­ranga, about 4.30am yes­ter­day.

Po­lice were yes­ter­day call­ing for wit­nesses to the crash, which fire and emer­gency north­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tions shift man­ager Car­ren Lark­ing said in­volved a car end­ing up in a road­side drain.

"We had a one-car mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent, a car turned over in a large drain," Lark­ing said.

Four fire crews from Greer­ton, Tau­ranga and Te Puke at­tended the scene.

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