Nor West News : January 20th 2011
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North Memorials rst 30 customers in raw to get money back emorials.co.nz 342 Great North Road, Henderson. Ph 838 3800 G G G Gr r GF F Fr F F Fr F F Fiii i d d dr r r dr w w w w ww w w w w ww w.n no o or rt th h h h hm m m tth h • Personal Service • Affordable Prices • Payment options available Senior ranks await Roaring ride: Kaukapakapa teenager Josh Jack won the Summercross at Whakatane in the 16 to 17 years 125cc on his Suzuki. The win is Josh's first since entering the competition the past few years. Photo: ANDY McGECHAN, BIKESPORTNZ.COM By MICHELE ONG Motocross teenager Josh Jack has a new challenge to face this year. The Kaukapakapa resident will train in the senior category and hopes to compete over- seas. He finished last year in style following victory in his class at the annual two-day Summercross in Whakatane. The win is his first since initially entering the competition in 2003 and Josh is really stoked to be able to end his last year as a junior on such a high note. I ve entered the com- petition every year but have always crashed out. It has only motivated me more to win though, he says. The 17-year-old was undeterred by the tem- peramental weather con- ditions in Whakatane, calling the tracks per- fectly groomed and everything well organised , as he rode his Suzuki to victory in the 16 to 17 years 125cc class. I made it hard for myself in the race, he says. I didn t really get a good start. There were about 15 people in front of me. My fitness was good and I managed to keep the same pace through- out the race. Josh says he rode aggressively trying to catch up with the field, and managed to come first in all three laps in the end. I just didn t want to make any mistakes. I knew I had the speed and just picked the riders off one at a time. By the third lap, I realised I was only a few seconds behind the leaders and that spurred me on even more. Josh, who has been riding since he was six, also competed in the youth motocross on the second day of the event, and was sixth overall. Netball registrations taken Western United Netball Club is gearing up for winter. Registrations for open college teams, years 9-13, are being accepted before January 28. View www.sportsground.co.nz/ westernunitednetball to download a registration form or register. Registrations for years 1-8 and senior women s are available through February. Registration nights are on February 22 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm or February 23 from 4pm to 5pm at the netball courts at Huapai Domain, Tapu Rd. Email forms to westernunitednetball@ yahoo.co.nz or register. Surf clubs seeking funds Bethells and Muriwai surf life saving clubs will get much-needed equip- ment if they are success- ful in applications for the inaugural DHL Summer Grant campaign. The grants are worth up to $3000 from the company which has been a long-time supporter of clubs since 2003. DHL Express Oceania Senior vice-president Gary Edstein says they can help clubs buy equip- ment they need to ensure their beach is the safest it can be throughout the patrol season. Surf Life Saving New Zealand chief executive Grant Florence, says the programme will provide valuable equipment to help make New Zealand s favourite play- ground safer this sum- mer. Applications close on February 11. IN BRIEF Quad bike safety The Motor Trade Association (MTA) says quad bike accidents resulting in more than 45 deaths and 17,000 injuries in the past decade - is far too many. MTA spokesperson Ana Zandi says one of the major issues surrounding quad bike accidents is that there is no requirement for a formal warrant of fitness (WoF) check; so a good way to reduce the likelihood of an accident is to ensure that bike owners undertake regular maintenance checks. In a study involving the inspection of quad bikes it was found that 60 percent failed at least one aspect of a basic bike condition check, and that the failure rate was as high as 73 percent for quad bikes over three years old. Tyres, wheels and steering were the most commonly noted faults. ''Ultimately, the care and maintenance of a quad bike should be treated no differently than a motor vehicle. Motor equipment that hasn't been properly maintained has a tendency to breakdown or be subject to wear and tear, and quad bikes are no exception,'' she says. ''Because quad bikes aren't subject to a mandatory WoF, riders need to ensure that their bike is periodically inspected by a qualified repairer, such as an MTA approved member, and as prescribed in the owner's handbook.'' ''While MTA is not advocating mandatory WoFs for quad bikes, riders should do a pre-ride check to test the operating condition of the bike.'' Ms Zandi adds that wearing a safety helmet is an effective low cost safety precaution and could mean the difference between life or death. ''It's difficult to understand why it's mandatory to wear a safety helmet while riding a bicycle or motorbike on the road, yet off- road, no head protection is required.'' Prius van Known as the Prius V (pictured) this is the minivan or people- mover hybrid that's been long awaited for the world market. News from the Detroit Show has it that the Prius V shares the same platform and hybrid drivetrain as the regular, five-door model, while featuring more than 50-percent more interior cargo space than the current Prius. Crushing the uninsured Uninsured cars in the UK will face being crushed and drivers will be fined under tough new rules which will make it an offence to keep an uninsured vehicle - even if it is not being driven. Owners will be told in writing that they face a $NZ210 fine if the vehicle is not insured by a certain date and if the vehicle remains uninsured, regardless of whether the fine is paid or not, it could then be seized and crushed.
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