Rodney Times : November 23rd 2010
3 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 23, 2010 NEWS IN BRIEF Christmas clips Thousands of people will be lining the streets to watch Christmas parades over the next few weeks. We're keen to run a selection of video highlights in our online editions. Email your clip -- no longer than two minutes please -- or youtube link to Oliver.Li@snl.co.nz and watch this paper for details on when to view them at www.rodney times.co.nz. Orewa Santa Parade pictures will be in the Rodney Times on Thursday. Mail deadlines Christmas mail deadlines for Australia and the South Pacific using the international economy service is November 29, while International economy mail to the rest of the world must be posted by November 22. International air, international economy courier and international express services are available for those who wish to send later or have missed the mailing dates for international economy. For Christmas mail around New Zealand the last recommended mailing dates are December 21 for standard post and December 23 for FastPost and CourierPost. Visit www.nzpost.co.nz/ christmas for information. 50 plus radio Maygrove Village has a radio station aimed at the 50 plus age group now on air through to Stanmore Bay. Holiday 106.8fm started broadcasting in Helensville at the Kaipara Cruising and Fishing Club. Now they have started broadcasting in Orewa from Maygrove Village. 150th anniversary It's all systems go this weekend when Kaukapakapa celebrates its 150th anniversary. Organiser Isla Willis says Saturday's lunceon is full but there are still tickets available for Friday's Mix and Mingle evening. On Sunday the combined church service starts at 10am at the Kaukapakapa Hall preceded by parades and a picnic lunch at noon at Sinclair Park. Pull up a chair for the mayor Mayor's chair: The first mayor in a chair session in Aotea Square will be repeated at Helensville tomorrow. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Len Brown invites residents to pull up a chair with him at the forecourt of the Helensville library and Shell service station at 12.30pm tomorrow. It is part of his Mayor in the Chair series -- a regular event allowing people to meet the mayor in person for a question and answer session. I'm going to get out into the villages of Auckland to get a good, first-hand feel for the people, and the issues of different communities.'' Mr Brown initiated the sessions in Manukau city and is keen to extend it. Ruling disappoints ' You are controlling 1100 horsepower and you can't make sudden changes of gear without stalling the engines. ' Jason Stewart Ady Gil: Formerly Earthrace, in better days. Inset: Jason Stewart: ''I had five or 10 seconds to react.'' Whaling protester Jason Stewart is disappointed no one will be held accountable for the collision between the Ady Gil and a Japanese whaler while he was at the protest boat's helm. Both the New Zealand protesters and the Japanese whaler Shonan Maru No 2 are to blame, according to a Maritime NZ report released last week. I really am very lucky to be alive and it is disappointing that no-one will be held accountable,'' Mr Stewart of Mahurangi West says. What is important for people to know is that we made the tactical decision to compromise our fuel supply in the hope that we could block the whaling operations. We had disengaged with low fuel and were planning to return home once the whaling fleet had passed. The rest of the crew were on the roof waving goodbye to our other ship while I took the helm,'' he says. So while we were sitting there at idle, they changed course toward us. Basically I was blind-sided as the visibility from the helm isn't great to the rear, from where the Shonan Maru 2 was approaching. When I became aware of their proximity I had five to 10 seconds to react, and unfortunately under that pressure I was unable to make a better decision which would have cleared us from danger.'' Mr Stewart says the Ady Gil was designed for top-end speed and it was not highly manoeuvrable with quick acceleration. You are con- trolling 1100 horsepower and you can't make sudden changes of gear without stalling the engines.'' While no blame was apportioned, the report also clarifies that the Ady Gil was the stand-on vessel and the Shonan Maru 2 was obligated to give way as the overtaking vessel. The Shonan Maru 2 made a late course change that created the close quarters situation, Mr Stewart says. I was very lucky the Ady Gil was so buoyant that it stayed afloat. If I had been plunged into the freezing water it could have been a very different outcome. I had visions of having to swim out of a sinking boat. The disposal of the Ady Gil and the way that we were treated after that is another story.'' The Maritime NZ investi- gation into the January 6 collision in the Southern Ocean, which resulted in the Ady Gil's eventual loss, con- cluded both parties departed from international collision regulations and engaged in conduct that resulted in the collision. The report says the Shonan Maru 2 failed to take early and substantial action'' to keep well clear of the Ady Gil. It also says the Ady Gil failed to maintain an effective lookout and to take similar action when a close quarters situation'' had arisen and a collision risk existed. Maritime NZ sought inter- views with the Shonan Maru 2 captain and crew but could not compel Japanese authorities to facilitate them.
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