Rodney Times : December 9th 2010
3 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS IN BRIEF Starving penguins Dead penguins have again been turning up on east coast beaches such as Waipu, Mangawhai and Orewa. Dozens have been reported to the Conservation Department which says it appears the deaths are cyclic with some juvenile birds starving. Resealing hold-up Traffic delays on State Highway 1 between Warkworth and Wellsford on Monday were caused by resealing work in the Dome Valley, the NZ Transport Agency state highways Auckland manager Tommy Parker says. Complaints were received about the delays, one driver saying it took an hour to get from Wellsford to Warkworth, normally a 20-minute drive. Job for liquidators Matakana Estate and sister company Goldridge Estate have been placed in the hands of liquidators RES Corporate Services. The winery was established 22 years ago by brothers Peter and Paul Vegar, although Paul had sold his share. Message troops People can send a Christmas message to Kiwi troops overseas. Visit www.nzdf.mil.nz to post a general or personal message. About 490 New Zealand Defence Force personnel are deployed on 16 operations, UN missions and defence exercises around the world. Line to Santa Santaline is open for wish lists on 0800-222-222. The nationwide toll free line, direct to Santa, has been running red hot since November 27. You can also submit your list online at santaline.co.nz. Police chase A motorcyclist reached speeds of 200kmh during a police pursuit on Saturday. The chase started in Weiti Rd, Orewa, and was abandoned in Silverdale. Police tracked the motorcycle to Wellsford and it crashed in Kaiwaka. A walk in the park White ribbon walk: Delta's Three Blind Mice, including Glenda Godfrey of Waimauku, front, with some Mouseketeers at Red Crater on the Tongariro crossing. Three Blind Mice led 49 Mou- seketeers over mountain ter- rain to raise nearly $70,000 for Kia Timata Ano Trust, an independent women s refuge in Rodney. All covered the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the Delta Mad Mouse Challenge on November 25-26 to coincide with White Ribbon Day, the international day where men wear a white ribbon to con- demn violence towards women. But Delta s Three Blind Mice -- Glenda Godfrey or Min Mouse of Waimauku, Rank Group chief infor- mation officer Pat O Connell aka Mick Mouse, and Carter Holt Harvey chief infor- mation officer Jonathan Iles, or Danger Mouse -- crossed an impressive four consecutive times in 29 hours. I m immensely proud of the team for not only completing the challenge but for raising such a substantial amount to support the women and families of the refuge, Tango Group account manager and Kia Timata Ano trustee Glenda Godfrey says. Covering over 77km of the country s harshest and moun- tainous terrain throughout the day and night and climb- ing more than 4000 metres really pushes your body to the limit, she says. However, it is nothing compared to what the brave women of the refuge have endured in their own homes. It was a privilege to take part and support them. The KTA Trust carries out important work in the com- munity, providing support and a safe environment for women and children affected by domestic violence. The Mouseketeers came from companies such as Delta Software, Oxygen, Gen-I, Brother and Equico, each of whom took on as many crossings as they were able. Six did all four crossings, one made three crossings and four did it twice. It was fantastic to see the industry get in behind the initiative, Glenda says. Pat and Johnathan have spent much of this year off- shore and had little time to train, however they really gave it their all. It was a difficult challenge but the industry as a whole was out in force and, despite a few losing toenails, busting their knees and getting blisters, they were all in good spirits after completing the gruelling challenge. The fundraiser followed on from the successful 2009 Four Peaks Challenge which saw the team conquer the four peaks in the North Island in under 36 hours, raising more than $22,000 in the process for Women s Refuge. Visit www.threeblind mice.co.nz for information. Why the Three Blind Mice theme? The group says there s three of them, they re blind to personal pain and discomfort, and that mice are undervalued in society. Participants work mainly in information technology, where a computer mouse plays an important part. Roundabout set to ease SH16 traffic A new roundabout at the State Highway 16 and Brigham Creek Rd intersec- tion opens on Monday. It s part of the SH16- Brigham Creek extension project and will smooth traffic flow for drivers joining the highway from Brigham Creek Rd. A 50kmh speed limit will apply. Some minor delays are expected as motorists adjust to the new layout, the NZ Transport Agency says. Final connections between the roundabout and sur- rounding roads will be com- pleted over the next three months. When the new motorway is completed in 2012, the round- about will serve as an entry point for the Kumeu and Helensville communities on to the three kilometre, four- lane extension of the north- western motorway. The $220 million project also includes the six- kilometre, four-lane SH18 Hobsonville deviation motorway which forms the northern link in the western ring route that will give drivers an alternative link to SH1. Phone 0800-520-202 or visit www.nzta.govt.nz/hobsonville for information.
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