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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
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Diesel prices rising while petrol falls
ON THE UP: Diesel
prices rose through
DIESEL PRICES rose 7 cents through August, to finish at $1.60 a litre
at most service stations -- the highest diesel prices have been since
In contrast, petrol prices fell to their lowest level in 10 weeks during
August, but after several weeks of price cuts, they began an upward
climb again at the end of the month.
After beginning August on $2.21 a litre for 91 octane, petrol prices
fell another 3 cents, before rising 7 cents to end the month on $2.25
a litre in service stations in the main centres.
''Concerns about a possible US strike against the Syrian
government have led to a global increase in commodity prices,'' AA
PetrolWatch spokesman Mark Stockdale said.
''At the same time, the New Zealand dollar lost 3 cents against the
US currency during the month.
''Oil prices are now at their highest level since February. Back then,
motorists were paying $2.21 for a litre of petrol -- but the exchange
rate was worth 5 cents more, while taxes were 3 cents per litre less,''
Mr Stockdale said.
The AA's monitoring of commodity prices and exchange rates show
that the imported cost of fuel has risen 6 cents per litre since the last
drop in pump prices in mid-August.
Kiwi advocate given
A New Zealand advocate in the fight against
impaired driving has been recognised with a
prestigious global award for his efforts.
Gerald Waters has received an International
Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety
award in Brisbane.
It acknowledges individuals who have made
outstanding contributions to international co-
operation in alcohol and drug-related traffic
AA motoring affairs general manager Mike
Noon said that in just a few short years, Mr
Waters has become a leading voice in the fight
against impaired driving.
''His passion and commitment to keeping
our roads free from drunk or drugged drivers
is just inspiring.''
A 2010 crash where a repeat drunk driver
killed a close friend of Mr Waters was the
catalyst for him starting to question what
could be done to prevent more tragedies like
Since then, he has studied a huge amount
of international and local research on what
works and what doesn't, in terms of reducing
drink driving, as well as founding the
Researching Impaired Driving in New Zealand
''Gerald has helped point out many of the
current failings in the way New Zealand
deals with drunk drivers and that there are
changes we can make that will save lives,'' Mr
While saying his latest award was an
enormous honour, Mr Waters wanted to
acknowledge the hard work of all the other
organisations and individuals also trying to
reduce the incidence of drink driving in
''There have been some good steps
taken in the right direction in recent years,
with alcohol interlocks now a sentencing
option and an alcohol and drug court being
trialled in Auckland.
''Unless we are treating the underlying
issues and addiction that many offenders
have, all we are doing is catch and release.
About 100 people die each year in crashes
involving drunk drivers and we have to do
more to prevent these senseless tragedies.''
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