Nelson Leader : August 8th 2013
4 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 8, 2013 NEWS/OPINION 5530119AA MAXIMIZE YOUR PROFIT "Property required, many buyers waiting" Simon Collins 05 545 9182 firstname.lastname@example.org Picton NELSON CITY Stoke Richmond Wakefield Brightwater Nelson Lakes Murchison Karamea Westport Rai Valley Okiwi Bay French Pass D'Urville Island Mapua Collingwood Takaka Motueka Tapawera 5454562AA Having problems with your community paper delivery? email: email@example.com phone: 0800 800 515 and let us know. This means if you place your advert into both papers 56,000 people will be reading! No other local media can give you this sort of coverage! Nelson Leader Readership - 26,000 people per week Tasman Leader Readership - 30,000 people per week 56,000 Reach a whopping 74% of the Nelson Tasman Region! Abel Tasman National Park Atawhai Farewell Spit Contact us! Reporters: Nelson 03 546 2885 Richmond 03 543 9601 Motueka: 03 528-1263 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising: Nelson 03 546 2835 Richmond 03 543 9600 Motueka 03 528 1261 Classifieds 03 548 0119 fax 03 546 2705 email: email@example.com 5512023AA COME AND ENJOY A BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF NELSON! Come to our planting day on Saturday 10 August (10am/2pm or when the plants run out) Pipers Reserve (on Princes Drive -- just follow the signs) has some of the best views over our city • Children's quiz trail with prizes • Free sausage sizzle • Wear stout foot wear (some of the planting area is quite steep) • All tools provided -- all we need is your enthusiasm and a smile! • Postponement date if raining: Sunday 11 August www.nelsoncitycouncil.co.nz LETTER Thank you I just wanted to say thanks to reporter Matt Lawrey for all the coverage he gave The Victory Community Centre and all the good work being done in the community over the years . I remember the first story Matt did of my role here. Hegotmetoclimbawallin the playground and took a photo of me with the community centre in the background. It got lots of phone calls coming in from people wanting to use the centre. I definitely think The Leader is the best way to raise awareness of community based-activity in the region. Gareth Cashin Programme and Facilities Manager, Victory Community Centre Back from April flood SPECIAL REPORT Flashback: Viridian Glass staff Joel Collier, left and Malcolm Borgfeldt clear mud and water from the Wakatu Industrial Estate business after heavy rain caused flooding. Photo: MARTIN DE RUYTER By SALLY KIDSON Viridian Glass is getting back to some normality after suffering substan- tial damage in the range of $1.5 million to $2.5 million in the April floods. We ve got through the worst of it and operations are back up and running and we are just fin- ishing off our show room which is getting renovated, sales man- ager Steve Scott said. Steve said the major work had been done and it was now a case of putting the finishing touches to the showroom. At this stage it is basically business as usual. The business, which manufac- tures and installs glass, employs 40 people and was one of the worst-hit in Wakatu Estate in the April flood. The damage was caused by an almost unprecedented cloud- burst that dumped 100 millime- tres of rain in an hour -- a near- record rate for New Zealand since weather data was first col- lected. Orphanage Creek, which runs between Viridian Glass and Bunnings, overflowed through the factory. Damaged glass had to be thrown away, specialised machinery was damaged , and the offices and showroom were ruined. The force of the water was so great heavy shipping containers were moved on the showroom floor. About 80 centimetres of water went through the ground floor. The factory was also badly damaged in the July 2009 wind- storm. It took a month to get the fac- tory cleaned and up and running and the next two months to slowly build up production. It is just probably recently [in the last couple of weeks] that we ve actually been able to get the operation back to where it was, Steve said. The company is part of a national franchise and had to rely on Christchurch and Auck- land for supply of product. For the first three weeks the focus was on cleaning up the badly damaged factory and get- ting it running. The whole place was gone through. All our servers, all our show- room, all our offices, all the fur- niture all our displays, the equipment had be repaired or replaced -- just basically every- thing in the whole facility. It has required a new fit-out in the factory and offices, with walls re-done and new flooring. It s all starting to look good now. It s all pretty much there now. Steve says he watches heavy rain warnings now. It was a huge thing. It is not something you would want to happen again . . . It would be catastrophic for it to happen again. It was pretty catastrophic to begin with.
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