Rodney Times : January 13th 2011
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Families stay home Summer holiday: While many returned to work by Monday, students are on holiday until the end of the month and many families opted to have one parent stay home. Those like Te Atatu's Jo Taylor and sons Chase, 3, left, and Ethan, 7, travelled from around Auckland to enjoy Rodney beaches and regional parks such as Wenderholm. PETROL prices near $2 a litre, high food prices, and tough economic times swayed Aucklanders to stay near home during the Christmas- New Year holidays with many travelling around Rod- ney. Despite huge numbers at beaches the incident count was light. Police rural Rodney subarea manager senior sergeant Glenn Adkin says well planned strategies meant the area was well managed. Operation Plum saw police complete 5678 checkpoint breath tests and 220 mobile breath tests, with 12 charges resulting. Checkpoints included Whangaparaoa Rd on the Hibiscus Coast, Muriwai Beach, State Highway 16 and northern Rodney. That summary of figures is a success on the road poli- cing side. That is a good result -- we would prefer to check thousands and only have a few with charges, Mr Adkin says. Nearly 120 infringement notices were given for other matters. Lifeguards were kept on their toes as thousands hit the beaches. It s a very mixed season with all sorts of incidents from searches for lost chil- dren to first aid cases and several rescues, northern regional lifeguard supervisor Tom Burgess says. A man in his 60s pulled from the water by a member of the public died at Muriwai Beach near Rimmers Rd on Tuesday at about 5.30pm. Lifeguards advise people to swim between patrol flags. Two people were taken to hospital from the Leigh Mar- ine Reserve at Goat Island on January 2. A 14-year-old girl was taken to North Shore Hos- pital after swallowing water. The girl had been with a group of friends when she slipped and hit her head on rocks. She was taken ashore by a kayaker. The same day a 20-year-old woman was also taken to hos- pital after swallowing water while close to shore. The reserve was used mostly by experienced snor- kellers, and divers doing their sea tests, but now there are more inexperienced snor- kellers there. Snorkellers need to be more safety con- scious and look at wearing wetsuits for added buoyancy, says Thelma Wilson from the Conservation Department Warkworth office which oversees the reserve. A snorkeller died at the reserve before Christmas. The Westpac Rescue Heli- copter was busy. Before Christmas it attended a car crash near Port Albert and a paraglider crash near Wark- worth. On Christmas Day, the helicopter searched for an overdue diver, later located unharmed at Splash Pt. December 29 saw a rescue at Schoolhouse Bay, Mahu- rangi, after a man fell, hit his head on his dinghy then fell into the water. The same day, a 52-year- old man suffering spinal injuries after falling off his quad bike north of Muriwai Beach was taken to Auckland hospital. A few burglaries and thefts were reported around the area, with mainly baches broken into or campsites raided, police say. Operation Black Sand at Muriwai Beach had police patrolling carparks, the beach and beach accessways. Unfortunately, a number of tourists had bags stolen from vehicles, Mr Adkin says. That was mainly a matter of education, keeping valuables out of sight. In the past week an increase in burglaries has been reported, especially to vans and sheds, with items such as weedeaters and gardening tools being taken. Police also focused on New Year events, which generally went well. Mangawhai Tavern hosted capacity crowds of around 1500 people at some of its music events. We had extra police in the area for two weeks. The events were well managed and we had very little trouble, he says. This weekend s Kumeu hot rod show is expected to attract about 40,000 people to the showgrounds. Expect an Indian summer NIWA says 2010 was the fifth warmest year since 1900, with Whangaparaoa the warmest area ahead of Whangarei and Kaitaia. Warm conditions are likely to continue into early autumn, it says. A strong La Nina in the tropical Pacific should ease then. January to March temperatures are very likely to be above average for most districts. Seasonal rainfall is likely to be near normal. Tropical cyclone activity may be near or above normal this season through to May. The risk of a former tropical cyclone passing close to New Zealand is slightly above the long-term average. Visit www.niwa science.co.nz/ncc for information.
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