Nor West News : February 24th 2011
www.nor-westnews.co.nz Thursday, February 24, 2011 3 OPEN DAY MARCH 2 BOARDING AVAILABLE for Boys & Girls BR - j5765/02 UCKPV MGPVKIGTP EQNNGIG SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 APRIL Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com Ready and willing to support rescue and relief efforts Emergency and military services are on stand-by in the nor-west to support res- cue and relief efforts in Christchurch. Waitemata assistant area manager Wayne Highett says some firefighters are already in Christchurch. We ve got two or three people who are members of the urban search and rescue, he says. Mr Highett flew to down south with area manager Denis O Donoghue the day after the September 4 earth- quake. Kumeu community con- stable Michael Collins says officers from the station are also on standby. Urban search and rescue staff and St John personnel flew down in an air force Boeing 757 from RNZAF Base Auckland in When- uapai. Commander James Tayler of the Royal New Zealand Navy says his number 6 squadron is ready to go from the airbase too, if needed. Like the rest of the mili- tary, we re ready and willing, but we ll see what happens as things unfold. The squadron is a special- ist maritime military helicop- ter which works with ships. Prime Minister John Key encourages New Zealand to help Cantabrians. No act of kindness is too small. Right now, you can help by offering support to friends and family who are hurting. Offer them a bed or a roof over their head if that is what they need. Make your donations to help those who have been hit hardest. As infrastructure recov- ers, your visits to Christ- church will be welcome. Above all, throughout this journey, offer those affected your love. Know that your humanity is more powerful than any act of nature. To assist Cantabrians, call the helpline on 0800-779997. Please donate to the New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal online at www.redcross.org.nz, by cheque to Freepost 232690, PO Box 12140, Thorndon, Wellington 6144, by bank transfer to Kiwibank account number 38-9009-0759479-00 (account name RED CROSS) or visit any branch of Post- Shop Kiwibank, ASB and ANZ bank. Go to www.nor-west news.co.nz to see a video about the earthquake. 'You feel helpless' PARENTS' ANGUISH WAITING FOR NEWS OF DAUGHTER By CAROLYN THOMAS Close to home: Fairfax Media, publisher of Nor-west News, suffered loss with the death of a staff member from The Press in Christchurch. The Press building is in the foreground and the Christchurch Cathedral at rear. Photo: DON SCOTT/THE PRESS CHRISTCHURCH QUAKE Study emergency: Kumeu volunteer fire brigade member Sue Burnside's 19-year-old daughter Tenille jumped under her desk at a lecture hall when the earthquake hit Canterbury University. Photo: KIRK HARGREAVES/THE PRESS WAITING more than four hours for news of his central Christchurch-based daughter was agonising for Helensville butcher Peter Collins. He was working when he heard about the magnitude 6.3 earthquake which devas- tated Canterbury just before 1pm on Tuesday. Mr Collins was unable to reach 20-year-old Alana by phone and says it was especially worrying as she lives in a central suburb. She goes into the city a lot, Peter says. We were hearing reports of fatalities. It was a huge relief to hear from his daughter about 5.30pm. He says Alana, who has just finished a hospitality course, was in shock but uninjured. They were at home when it hit and they got thrown around, Peter says. They really got the full effect of it. Peter says his daughter plans to stay on in Christ- church as she has lots of friends and support there. They ll stick it out -- she calls Christchurch home now, Peter says. Kumeu volunteer fire brig- ade member Sue Burnside also has a daughter who was caught up in the disaster. You feel quite helpless, Sue says. You don t know what to do. Her 19-year-old daughter Tenille is in her third year of a law and com- merce degree at Canterbury University. Sue says Tenille had sent a text around 1pm to say she okay but did not make contact again until after 4pm. She was in a lecture hall and they jumped under their desks. Sue says it is distressing to know that there could be another major quake. I hope she ll change university. She is trying to organise a flight back to Auckland for her daughter. Fairfax Media, publisher of Nor-west News, also suffered loss with the death of a staff member from The Press in Christchurch. Other staff are being treated in hospital for their injuries. Flags on all government and public buildings will be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake. Prime Minister John Key was scheduled to open the Riverhead Tavern today and visit the Helensville A&P Show on Saturday. The tragedy has taken pre- cedence.
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