TheStar Thursday May302019 10 NEWS Turanga on shortlist for global recognition TŪRANGA HAS been short-listed for a prestigious international award. The central city library is one of four from around the world selected as finalists for the 2019 International Federation of Library Associations/Systematic Public Library of the Year Award. The award is given annually to a library that has been newly-built or set up in premises not previously used for library purposes. Tūranga is up against the Green Square Library and Plaza in Sydney, Australia, Bibliotheek LocHal in Tilburg, Netherlands, and the Oodi Central Library in Helsinki, Finland. The four finalists were selected from an initial field of 16 and the winner will be announced during the IFLA Annual Congress, which will take place in Athens, Greece, in August. “We are thrilled that Tūranga is in the running for this prestigious award. We think Tūranga is a very special place and we’re delighted that an international jury think so too,’’ said city council head of libraries and information Carolyn Robertson. news online at www.star.kiwi Ships likely breach Akaroa regulations • By Louis Day CRUISE SHIPS in Akaroa could be operating in breach of harbour regulations – and with the knowledge of Environment Canterbury. Naval architect Harry Stronach has been investigating the issue for months and says cruise ships in Akaroa were likely to be in breach of regulations and disturbing the seabed. Harry Stronach The Regional Coastal Environment Plan for the Canterbury region limits seabed disturbance to a total of 50 m3 in any three-month period, for any coastal area outside an operational port. Akaroa Harbour is not classed as an operational port. Mr Stronach said any ship of over 40,000 gross tonnage, which is 90 per cent of cruise ships visiting Akaroa, was likely to cause a seabed disturbance at least 10 times the permitted level, per visit. This would be a breach of Section 338 of the Resource Management Act, said Mr Stronach. Environment Canterbury’s regional harbourmaster Jim Dilley acknowledged cruise ships were most likely in breach of the Coastal Plan but said there was not sufficient evidence to prove it. “Environment Canterbury has openly acknowledged that anchors of the large ships may disturb a larger volume of the seabed than permitted under the Coastal Plan, but without evidence of any adverse environmental impact, enforcement action is not warranted,” he said. “Environment Canterbury is mindful of the potential for any adverse environmental impact and has commissioned an environmental risk assessment for Akaroa Harbour, to be conducted by scientists with coastal marine environment expertise. “We have also initiated a code of practice with cruise ship operators. While voluntary, the code identifies the concerns CONCERNS: Cruise ships in Akaroa could be operating in breach of coastal regulations and damaging the seabed. raised and how these may be mitigated. 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