Dairy near Rotorua pledges to stop stocking Coca-Cola products

A Bay of Plenty dairy is taking a stand against Coca-Cola, banning the soft drink giant's drinks from its shelves on environmental and health grounds.

How can orange juice come out of a Coca-Cola can? Only the Band of Magicians know how.
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The Okere Falls Store, near Rotorua, has put up a sign for customers, which it has also posted online, saying "If you like fizzy drinks we want to leave a better taste in your mouth. From mid-October we will no longer be stocking Coca-Cola products".

The owner, Sarah Uhl, told ONE News the store has already stopped using plastic bags.

"We sat down with the staff and said what else can we do."

The sign informs customers that plastic bottles take centuries to decompose and are poisoning the environment.

The sign the Okere Falls Store has posted about banning Coca-Cola. Source: Facebook

It also says fizzy drinks should be "as good for you as much as a fizzy drink can be" and should not be loaded with preservatives or certain ingredients.

Ms Uhl says a stocktake of the store identified Coke as the company creating the most unsustainable products.

She says the store will continue to stock fizzy drinks in future, but she will try to provide products that are low in sugar and artificial ingredients.

And, drinks will only be sold in glass or biodegradable plastic.

Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand is tomorrow opening a new beverage manufacturing plant, which it says is the largest in New Zealand at 10,000 square metres, at the Landing Business Park near Auckland Airport.

The new plant will produce a range of products from the company's range including juice range, locally owned flavoured waters, cordial and sports drinks, including the zero sugar range launched last year.

Coca-Cola says the new plant houses state-of-the-art production technology and specialty manufacturing lines that also allow for world-leading innovations in design, packaging and sustainability, with improvements in efficiency and energy use.

Little boy, 3, hit by car while running across west Auckland road

A three-year-old has been rushed to Auckland's Starship Hospital after running across a road in west Auckland and being hit by a car.

The crash occurred on Jaemont Ave, Te Atatu around 1.30pm.

The child is in a serious condition, and the driver was not hurt.

"This is not a driveway incident," Inspector Shawn Rutene said at the scene. 

Police are supporting the driver and the family of the injured youngster.

Police are unsure exactly what happened in Te Atatu, but the incident has resulted in the youngster suffering serious injuries. Source: 1 NEWS


Historic Hokitika museum's future in doubt over quake risk

The future of Hokitika's historic museum building is uncertain after seismic testing found it to be high risk in an earthquake.

Engineers assessed the Carnegie Building on Hamilton Street as meeting just 12 per cent of the National Building Standard, which means it has to be closed for business.

"Museum staff have been relocated into the safer rear part of the facility, which meets the minimum standard for safety under the Building Act," Westland District Council's acting chief executive Vivek Goel said.

He said the council will be working with various stakeholders to decide how best to continue to store the museum's items, while options for repairing the building are considered.

The Hokitika Museum
The Hokitika Museum Source: 1 NEWS