Rodney Times : December 30th 2010
3 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 30, 2010 NEWS 159 Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay ( 09 ) 424 1914 www.theleisurecentre. co.nz 3327805AE $ $ HILLTOP & RED BEACH LIQUOR STORES ---Bringinthisadandget--- HILLTOP LIQUOR STORE 178 Hibiscus Coast Highway Hilltop Orewa Ph 09 427 8320 RED BEACH LIQUOR Shop 12 Red Beach Shopping Centre Red Beach Ph 09 426 3661 Many More Specials In Store Baileys 700ml 2 For $50 St Remy 1ltr 2 For $70 Maverick 12 Pack 8% alcohol $19.99 Gordon's 1ltr 2 For $60 Gilbeys 1ltr 2 For $60 159 Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay www.theleisurecentre.co.nz phone ( 09 ) 424 3718 End of an era for naval site Training facility: New facilities at the Tamaki Leadership Centre will help cater for naval basic training students. The new accommodation is shown behind the trainees. Photo: LAC GRANT ARMISHAW SENIOR AIR FORCE PHOTOGRAPHER By CARALISE MOORE REMOVAL of buildings at the Whangaparaoa Naval Base at the end of Whangaparaoa Peninsula marks the end of an historical era. Old buildings from 1942 are being dismantled and destroyed as they have been replaced by new facilities. The first of the old build- ings at the Tamaki Leader- ship Centre to go was the Tarapunga dorm rooms, fol- lowed by the Takapu dorms. Soon to follow was the dining hall and kitchen, classrooms and all buildings on the site, except the administration block which will be preserved by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Originally the Shakespear family owned and managed the area, including what is now Shakespear Regional Park. They ran livestock after arriving from England in the 1800s. But with the outbreak of World War Two in 1939 the New Zealand Army recognised the area would be of strategic importance in protecting the port of Auck- land. The old facilities being destroyed were used by the army to accommodate work- men who helped construct artillery batteries during World War Two. According to the Conser- vation Department, during 1942 to 1945 the most mod- ern and expensive artillery equipment ever emplaced in New Zealand was again allocated to coast artillery batteries. During 1942-1943 New Zealand was seen to be in great danger of invasion from the Japanese. A large programme of anti- invasion measures was urgently undertaken, with new coast artillery batteries forming a large part of it. The two six-inch gun bat- teries at North Head were moved to Whangaparaoa, along with the upgrading and repositioning of other guns around the Auckland region. Whangaparaoa was selec- ted as one of two main defence sites in Auckland. Two of the three gun 9.2-inch batteries were to be placed at Whangaparaoa near the 6-inch battery site. Even after the war, Whangaparaoa was still con- sidered operational by the Army, and between 1942 and 1945 a series of practice shoots was carried out. But by 1961 the batteries had been abandoned and most of the equipment scrapped, including the guns. The buildings had been condemned 10 years ago but the Navy had a licence to still use them. A new and modern facility has been built close by the old buildings. Now the forces can use new facilities, but the capacity of the centre has been down- sized. Originally we could accommodate 400 people. Now we have 120 and 44 staff maximum,'' Tamaki Leadership Centre assistant manager Brad Martin says. The base is the main train- ing facility for the Navy Basic Training course in the country. Brian's celebration of life on birthday Brian's life: Diagnosed with complications from melanoma, Brian Smith plans a celebration of his life on January 29 when he turns 67. Brian Smith has taken the unusual step of advertising his expected death. The former Auckland Regional Council Rodney representative thanked people who made my 62 years on the Hibiscus Coast the wonderful journey it has been'' in the Rodney Times public notices section on November 30. He later placed another advertising his successor at Hibiscus Coast Supply Services, trading as Hibiscus Tanks, again thanking people for their support. Mr Smith has been organising a celebration of life'' from his hospital bed after being diag- nosed with two brain tumours he says are caused by a melanoma. Recovering from treat- ment, Mr Smith is plan- ning a Life of Brian -- This is Your Life style gathering at the Whangaparaoa Hall for his 67th birthday on January 29, and he is inviting former Rodney District Council and ARC councillors and staff, friends and busi- ness contacts. Mr Smith says his melanoma should serve as a warning to young people to take care in the sun and have regular checks. He believes his may have stemmed from when he was severely sunburned as a very young child on board a ship in the Panama Canal coming to New Zealand with his parents, arriving on the Hibiscus Coast in 1948. The 66-year-old is uncertain how much time he has left. Dumped diesel a threat to wildlife By CARALISE MOORE Clever spotting by a Stanmore Bay resident prevented about 10 litres of diesel having a threat- ening impact on wildlife in a Stanmore Bay stream. Auckland Council senior pollution response adviser Matthew Harrex was called out to the spill in the stream on Decem- ber 17. There has been about 10 litres of diesel dumped, probably in a stormwater drain on the road, which leads to this stream,'' Mr Harrex says. This sort of chemical can have a damaging affect on wildlife like eels, ducks and native fish that swim in streams like this,'' he says. Mr Harrex says many people don't realise that stormwater drains all flow into streams, and those streams lead to the beach. If you see chemicals in streams contact the Auckland Council pol- lution response team on (09) 377-3107.
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