Daily Archives: December 10, 2010

“Snow on the roof was probably heavier than the design loads”

A visual examination suggested remedial welding was not up to standard.

### ODT Online Fri, 10 Dec 2010
Worksmanship blamed for stadium roof collapse
Inadequate workmanship, the low expectations of the old building code, and unusually heavy snow contributed to the collapse and ultimate destruction of Stadium Southland, the findings of an independent review committee say . . . They recommend plans for the new stadium be peer reviewed before construction and that it is accompanied by a quality control programme, but steer clear of apportioning blame or establishing the legal responsibility.

Insurer NZI and the Department of Building and Housing are also investigating the collapse, and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research is preparing a report on the snowfall.

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This argument I share, thanks Christine!

### ODT Online Thu, 9 Dec 2010
Opinion: Why not tackle real, useful work?
By Christine Fernyhough
We recently journeyed to see our high-country fine merino wool turned into yarn by the Austrian company Schoellers – a company which has done this value-adding work for more than 100 years: no rushing to join the IT revolution or looking for the next great trend, just converting our commodity wool into usable yarn. This is not a low-wage third-world producer, just a company that stuck to what it did and became very good at it.

Taking time to learn a trade is considered somehow inferior to accruing debt studying social sciences or communication at one of New Zealand’s many polytechs and universities, where everybody can be the boss, and nobody actually physically works hard on anything.

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• Christine Fernyhough is a farmer at Castle Hill Station in Canterbury.

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