GROWING WEST The shame of a cabinetmaker
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Buying and operating a cabinetry business for years has led the owner of Auckland Cabinets Ltd to investigate the panel products he works with and installs in and around the greater Auckland area. To his shame he has found most MDF and partical boards could be leeching carcinogenic formaldehyde gas.
Invented in the United States, MDF is a compound of wood dust and scrap bonded together by a resin containing formaldehyde - a recognised carcinogen. It seems that when MDF is cut, sanded, shaped or machined in any way, it releases clouds of dust particles coated with formaldehyde and these can be inhaled deep into the lungs.
All is opinion as nothing can be proven by the author – don’t sue me, those with in house lawyers. But more information is available at:
five_chemicals_alternatives_assessment_study/ final_report/chapter_4_formaldehyde and on Google.
Auckland Cabinets Ltd would like to talk to you about all types of cabinetry from kitchens to bedside tables
have an area where I am attempting to recreate a grass understory of Microlaena stipoides below a canopy of native trees. Having assiduously sprayed and hand-weeded the pest plants for several years I felt I was on top of them, even the convolvulus which reappeared in one spot last summer. Now it is spring and the birds have obviously been active importing weed seeds as I have recently pulled out 200 – 300 germinating ivy seedlings with their first leaves just developing. Still they come and it becomes increasingly difficult to see them among the thick grass sward. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom from weeds. Perhaps the most persistent weed I have encountered is the exquisitely beautiful wisteria vine that has defeated me for over 20 years. No matter how much herbicide I spray on it or how many times I dig it out, it reappears from the same root stock after an absence of a year or two. I guess I am not going to win the weed battle until all my neighbours
take up the same fight against the same weeds. Of course many people like ivy while others enjoy weeds such as ginger and Mexican daisy. It is unfortunate that plants so attractive in the home garden can become so destructive of our native vegetation over a period of time. Most home owners will have seen the booklets various organisations
have produced giving advice on which plants to avoid, and what to plant instead. If you need assistance, the Auckland Council web site has lots of information to help you avoid planting species you will one day regard as a weed and to eradicate those weeds you already have.
Geoff and Bev Davidson established the family-owned Oratia Native
Plant Nursery at 625 West Coast Road, Oratia, in the early 1970s. Since then it has become arguably New Zealand’s best native plant nursery, an achievement confirmed in 2005 when it won the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network’s inaugural award. www.oratianatives.co.nz
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Long-range forecaster Ken Ring’s predictions for October
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24 TITIRANGI TATLER OCTOBER 2011
October could see three rain phases, again with some heavy falls. Rain should be mostly in the first 10 days, with a wintry blast, before clearing about 11th, with large amounts 2nd-3rd. Rain returns about 21st and then continues off and on until the end of the month. Temperatures may overall be up a couple of degrees on last month,
with a few more days of northerly winds. The coldest period could be around 5th-10th and the sunniest spell may be 6th-13th. The last week may be the windiest. The barometer may be averagely lower this month. From a low point around 6th the needle may rise quickly within a few days to its highest around 10th, a situation that can bring snow to unusual locations, including the west, around the morning of the 9th. Seismic activity in the North Island can also be one outcome. The needle may stay high until around the 18th then quickly drop around the 22nd, creating the potential for a similar extreme event. There are about 11 cloudy days this month, but as for last month probably no more than two or three overcast days in a row. The highest tides at Cornwallis are around 1st and 28th. The Titirangi Village Market Day on the 30th may be clearing from overnight or early morning rain.
Allow 24 hour error for forecasts. www.predictweather.com
Ken’s book Predict Weather Almanac and Isobaric
Maps 2012 (Random House) is available from Titirangi Video Lotto and Post Centre © Ken Ring 2011
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