Rodney Times : January 23rd 2014
www.rodneytimes.co.nz NEWS RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 23, 2014 Chopper quick to help IN just seconds Barbara Van Meygaarden’s holiday descended into a nightmare. She was travelling back from a hol- iday in Kerikeri with husband Carlo driving. Barbara was enjoying the scenery in the Dome Valley when she noticed a car travelling in the opposite direction suddenly cross the centre line and head straight for them. It hit their vehicle, impacting the driver’s side at high speed. ‘‘It all happened so fast,’’ Barbara says. ‘‘One minute we’re enjoying our drive home from a lovely two-day break and the next, we’re involved in a major accident.’’ The Westpac rescue helicopter was called to the December 28 incident at 1.24pm and arrived to find her out of the vehicle and walking around traumatised. She needed to be flown to the near- est major trauma hospital to assess the extent of her injuries. Barbara was airlifted to Auckland Hospital in a serious condition. She was discharged after being cleared of internal injuries. Carlo suffered a back injury, with bruising, pulled muscles and suspected cracked ribs. Both are extremely grateful for the care and professionalism of the emergency services personnel who attended to them and are philosophical about the accident. ‘‘It’s still all a bit raw at the moment,’’ Barbara says. ‘‘But in hindsight it was probably a good thing the car hit us because there were two young kids in the car directly behind us and I would hate to think what could have happened if it had hit them.’’ Barbara’s family made a donation Plenty of action on offer If you’re not going away this Auckland Anniversary Weekend there’s plenty to do here. Good weather at least until Monday and a huge choice of events means there’s no excuse for sitting around home. Holiday weekend events: ❚ Martakana art exhibition and sale, January 23-27 at Matakana School hall. Visit warkworthwellsfordhospice.co.nz for more. ❚ Circus Aotearoa, January 24-27 at Goodall Reserve, Snells Beach. Go to circusaotearoa.co.nz or phone 021 481 519 for details. ❚ International Buskers Festival, January 24-27 at various Auckland CBD locations. Visit aucklandbuskersfestival.co.nz for details. ❚ Hibiscus Rodders Beach Festival, January 24-26, Orewa. Call 09 426 4469 or 021 408 035 for details. ❚ Auckland Folk Festival, January 24-27 at the Kumeu Showgrounds. Visit aucklandfolkfestival.co.nz for details. ❚ Jane Gifford excursions, January 24 and 26 from Warkworth and Scotts Landing. Reservations necessary, call 027 484 9935, 09 425 5006. ❚ Beach Party with the Chet O’Connell band, January 24 at Dairy Flat Community Hall. Visit stetson.co.nz, phone 09 476 4554. ❚ Classic Motorcycle Show, January 25-26 at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau. See classicmotorcycleshow.co.nz for details. ❚ ASB Auckland Seafood Festival, January 25-27 at Wynyard Quarter. Visit aucklandseafoodfestival.co.nz or email email@example.com for more. ❚ Create-A-Kitchen LunarFest, January 25, Trusts Arena, Henderson. See istars.co.nz for information. ❚ Monster Trucks and FMX Legends Unleashed Tour, January 25-26, Waikaraka Family Speedway, Onehunga. Visit monstertrucksnz.com for more. ❚ Hop aboard the Ted Ashby for a sail on the Waitemata Harbour, January 25-27. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 373 0800 to book. See maritime museum.co.nz for more holiday weekend activities. ❚ Anniversary Weekend Fishing Competition, January 25, Mangawhai. Tickets from Mangawhai Fishing and Tackle. ❚ Mahurangi Regatta, January 25. Visit mahurangi.org.nz for information. ❚ Warkworth A&P Lifestyle Show, January 25. January 26 equestrian only. Warkworth Showgrounds. Visit warkworthaandpshow.co.nz for the programme. ❚ Corona Summer Tour, January 25, Mangawhai Tavern. Visit mangawhaitavern.co.nz and click ‘events’. ❚ TradeZone Kids Gone Fishin’, January 26-27 at Wynyard Quarter. See aucklandseafoodfestival.co.nz to register. ❚ Stardome Auckland Anniversary open day, January 26, One Tree Hill. Visit stardome.org.nz for details. ❚ Whangateau Country Fair, January 26. Contact Lynette on 09 422 6057. ❚ Mangawhai Beach and Country Twilight Market, January 26 at the Mangawhai Domain, 3pm-7pm. ❚ Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, January 27. See regatta.org.nz for details. ❚ St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, January 27, Silo Park.Visit lanewayfestival.com for information. ❚ What’s On, P22 Tree bashing: Hibiscus and Bays Local Board member Greg Sayers checks vandalism damage to Arkles Bay pohutukawa trees. ‘Shocked at the carnage’ to tree Vandals have badly damaged seven pohututukawa trees at an Arkles Bay reserve. Branches were broken over- night on Monday and a number of those trees are now deformed, Hibiscus and Bays Local Board deputy chairman Greg Sayers says. It’s the second reported inci- dent this month involving vandalism to Hibiscus Coast pohutukawa. About 10 young trees were smashed on an Orewa reserve around New Year’s Day. ‘‘The Arkles Bay community was shocked at the carnage done,’’ Mr Sayers says. ‘‘Other bays have also been targeted over the Christmas period and these vandals should be brought to justice.’’ Police are investigating. Mr Sayers wants an end to such acts and asks the Auckland Council to continue to prosecute those responsible and to gain compensation for the damage. ‘‘Attacks like this intensify over summer when increased numbers of people visit the Hibiscus Coast or are on holiday,’’ he says. The council can issue a fine of up to $300, and this fine can compound by an additional $300 daily if it remains unpaid or until remedial work is carried out.. to the rescue service the following day and has pledged support in the future. ‘‘These things happen so suddenly so we are extremely grateful that the helicopter was there and want to make sure it keeps getting funded so it is there for our kids too,’’ she says. She is one of 89 rescues performed out of the Rodney and Hibiscus Coast area last year by Auckland Westpac rescue helicopters. The figure represents a 38 per cent increase in rescue missions since 2012 and makes the area the third most visited rescue area for the trust. ‘‘With 10 rescues already out of the Hibiscus Coast, Rodney, Kaipara and further north this year, we’re unfortunately off to an ominous start,’’ Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust spokesman John Hooper of the Hibiscus Coast says. ‘‘Not all of these are vehicle accidents. Some involve stingray attacks, builders falling from construction sites, heart attacks, boating incidents and the like.’’ To cover the increasing costs, the trust has fundraising events such as the Leigh Fishing Competition on March 8. There is $50,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. With Warehine Contractors spon- soring the kids competition there is something for everyone, Mr Hooper says. If you’d like to support the work of the rescue helicopters, you can purchase tickets by contacting Lynn and Keith at Leigh Fishing Lodge on 09 422 6780 and Hunting & Fishing in Warkworth or register online at leighfamilyfishing.co.nz. If you can’t make the event but would like to help towards funding the helicopters, text ‘chopper’ to 5339 to make a quick $3 donation. IN BRIEF Head1 3 Beach rescue Two off-duty Mangawhai lifeguards rescued a man and five children at Mangawhai Heads on Tuesday. Teenage sisters Lauren and Hannah Williams were checking out the storm surf conditions when they noticed the group in trouble at the beach’s southern end. One of the children was pinned against the rocks, being battered by large waves. The man trying to help also became pinned and both were exhausted and bleeding from cuts, Surf Life Saving New Zealand says. The sisters swam out and brought all back. Contact us If you have a news story contact us on 426 5024 or email geoff.dobson@ fairfaxmedia.co.nz.
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