Rodney Times : November 25th 2010
www.rodneytimes.co.nz Thursday, November 25, 2010 REGISTERED MASTER BUILDERS DESIGN AND BUILD SINCE 1989 Thought you couldnt afford a design and build dream home HSC 026 RT 6x7 Ellen McArthur | 027 331 6119 firstname.lastname@example.org Kathy Malcolm | 021 062 4361 email@example.com Suanne Jackson | 027 531 1571 firstname.lastname@example.org Ron Saxby | 021 614 948 email@example.com upgraded facade NewStart beams affordable excellence, while Bentley-Keane sparkles executively with the latest international trends. Your home from just $215,800 (two level from $276,200). Visit our website, or call toll free to speak with one of our helpful and experienced representatives. Warkworth Show Home, Cnr SH1 & Woodcocks Rd Warkworth Open 7 days 10 4 pm Omaha Display Home 12 Te Mauri Place Open Sat/Sun 10 4 pm Mayor urges all Aucklanders to help out Operation Heal is a great example of people working together to make a real dif- ference to the lives of New Zealanders. The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Com- munity Trust launched this project to raise money to buy a vital piece of equipment for the National Burn Centre at Middlemore Hospital. The high-tech microscope will be used for life-changing plastic and reconstructive surgery. It s great to see the Rod- ney Times working with its sister publications to get people around the region to pitch in and donate money for this crucial microscope. My dream for Auckland is to see organisations, busi- nesses and communities working together to make this the world s most liveable city. I m happy to support projects like Oper- ation Heal which embody a real community spirit. I encourage people to sup- port this cause. -- Len Brown A firefighter's story P3 See Len Brown at www.rodney times.co.nz. Simple act of a hero National hero: Warkworth driver Tom Mitchell has been honoured for saving a woman's life. TOM Mitchell is New Zealand s Highway Hero. The Warkworth driver and road constructor says he was just in the right place at the right time when he saved the life of a crash victim. His actions earned him the supreme Beaurepaires 2010 High- way Heroes Award on Tuesday. Tom was travelling on State Highway 1 near Warkworth with his manager Mark Logan when they saw a car cross the centre line and plough head on into a tree. Tom saw that the woman driver s injuries were obstructing her air- way and climbed into the car and supported her head so she could breathe until paramedics arrived. Auckland Hospital s trauma unit boss called later that day to tell Tom that his actions almost cer- tainly saved the woman s life. Transport Minister Steven Joyce presented Tom with the trophy, a cheque for $5000 and 5000 Fly Buys points. Tom had done what all of us hope we would do in a similar situ- ation, and I congratulate him on the actions he took, he says. Tom says: I honestly don t feel as though I am a hero. Being a paramedic for 16 years it just came naturally. When I did learn the extent of the lady s injuries, it hit me that if I wasn t there she would no longer be with us. I m just happy to have been there to help. Tom admits the ambulance ser- vice is his first love but was finding the shifts involved were becoming more difficult with time. Tom works for Transfield Services as a driver and foreman and was selected from eight nominees for this year s award which recognises acts of bravery, heroism or humanity performed by professional truck, bus and coach drivers in the course of their work. He featured in the Rodney Times July 27 issue after winning the monthly Highway Heroes Award. The award s four judges, rep- resentatives from programme supporters Goodyear and Dunlop NZ, the police, the Transport Auth- ority and Fairfax NZ, found the choice for this year s winner extremely difficult. Nominees included two highly publicised cases: Otaki s Amiria Maihi, who steered an 18-wheeler safely to a stop on busy State High- way 1 when her uncle was knocked unconscious by a passing unsecured load, and Rotorua s Shamos Hunter who was first on the scene at an accident between Rotorua and Taupo where 12 teenagers were strewn across the highway. This is the second time in five years a Rodney driver has won the supreme award. Warkworth truckie Colin Roberts won it in 2006.
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