Nor West News : March 31st 2011
3 NOR-WEST NEWS, MARCH 31, 2011 NEWS YOUR BUILDING SPECIALISTS Apply in -store or www.itm.co.nz TIMBER 150x50 COL H4 CCA Gauged double Arris $4.29/lm 200x50 TG&V H4 R/S $6.65/lm 150x19mm Paling H3 CCA R/S 1.2m $2.25ea 1.5m $2.50ea 1.8m $2.85ea HOUSE LOT SUPPLY Pre-cut Pre-nail Plan estimations Competitive quotes SUPERTUFF WHEELBARROW complete WHENUAPAI ITM 2 Airport Road Ph 416 8164 - Open 7 Days KUMEU ITM 154 Main Road Ph 412 8148 - Open 7 Days SWANSON ITM 2 O'Neills Road Ph 832 0209 - Open Mon -- Sat www.pinepac.co.nz OFFERS VALID UNTIL 13.4.11 15% OFF All pre-primed MOULDINGS 10% OFF MARLEY RANGE $179 Derby champs aim for victory Training consistency: The national final is now the goal for the Riverhead School soapbox derby team who won the west Auckland regionals. Driver Reece ''Hawk'' Cook, front, will be in the action again. Photo: RANI TIMOTI By RANI TIMOTI SLICK skills from a well- drilled Riverhead School team made a fraction of a difference to a speedy regional tradition. The crew won the eighth annual soapbox derby hosted by Waita- kere City Rotary at Westgate Drive in Massey. The school s two drivers, Reece Hawk Cook and John Ninja Tulloch, will now pre- pare for the national final in Whangaparaoa on April 8. The victor of the 24 cars competing will head to the United States for a prestigious derby. Coach Shawn Dyer says he wasn t expecting the win after watching the tough competition from other nor-west schools who will also head to the final. But victory for the sec- ond consecutive year was nail-biting for the school caretaker. If you put that time in you get the result, Mr Dyer says. A consistent training and having a well-drilled team is crucial, he says. Our technique is 75 percent driver and the rest car setup, Mr Dyer says. However the modest coach s running of the school teams for eight years could also be behind their success. He gleaned even more experience when he went to the US last year after his son Henry won the nationals and finished second in the inter- national category. It was such a life- building experience, he says. They treat them like champions. Henry also competed at the regionals in the masters section which is a demonstration cat- egory for the older com- petitors who lie back- wards like a luge racer. Mr Dyer says Henry will compete in all the regionals with other competitors to prepare for future events. As the Riverhead Scout leader, Mr Dyer also hopes to encourage other Scout vehicles to join up. At the regionals, he built and ran the Riverhead Scout vehicle which was in the lead before a crash. He praised their courageous driver for getting back on and continuing to drive. Now he s rebuilding it back to racing form to use at the nationals. Mr Dyer says the students thrive on the thrill of going downhill in a piece of plastic at speeds of up to 56kmh. Drivers nicknames like Hawk and Ninja add to the racing excitement and environment. He says the Rotarians also get into the spirit of the event with their com- mentating and support. West Auckland results: Riverhead 1, Waitakere 2, Riverhead and Waita- kere 3 equal, Taupaki 4 and 5. EMERGENCY INCIDENTS Fire crews and other emergency services in the nor-west have continued to keep a busy pace this month. On March 22, firefighters took three hours to secure a garage on fire on Taupaki Rd. The house was detached so there was no immediate danger and a nearby creek provided a handy water source. On March 23, a car and a trailer rolled on State Highway 16, Whenuapai. In a separate incident, someone was injured with a lacerated head after falling in Helensville. On March 24, there was a paddock fire in South Head Rd and a green waste fire on State Highway 16 which caused a smoke problem. In other incidents, a tanker came off the road in South Head and a motor vehicle hit a pole in Kaukapakapa. On March 25, emergency services helped a person who had their arm trapped in farm machinery. There was also a motor vehicle accident in Deacon/Riverhead roads. The car had hit a power pole but there was no serious injury. On March 26, there were two incidents in Helensville- someone struggling with chest pains and another vomiting blood. On March 27, there was a fire in a paddock in Helensville. The Kumeu Volunteer Fire Brigade hosts its hoedown at Kumeu Cellars on April 16. Up to 500 people are expected for a night of fun with dinner and entertainment. Tickets from Kumeu Cellars Liquor Centre. IN BRIEF Kayak found Have you lost a kayak? One has been handed into Kumeu police station after it was found on the Coatesville/ Riverhead Highway. Call in to describe the watercraft. Phone 412-5194. Careful driving Road users from the nor- west can expect unusually high tides of up to 3.6 metres in the Manukau and Waitemata harbours from April 17 to 21. ''The high tides do not pose a significant risk to the safe operation of Auckland's motorway, but we do ask people to drive with care, particularly on those low- lying sections of highway near the harbours,'' the NZ Transport Agency's state highways manager for Auckland and Northland Tommy Parker says. The most likely to be affected is the section of highway and cycleway on the northwestern motorway, State Highway 16, between the Patiki Rd interchange and Rosebank Rd bridges. The cycleway will have flooding when the tides peak. The section of the northwestern motorway which crosses the upper Waitemata Harbour will be widened and raised to prevent flooding as part of the western ring route. Loans offered for home retrofit Making your home a healthier place to live could become a lot easier thanks to a new Auck- land Council scheme. The Retrofit Your Home initiative allows homeowners to access up to $5000 to pay for insu- lation, clean heating, ventilation, drainage, and water efficiency measures. Under the scheme, homeowners repay the money through their rates bill. The programme is being launched in Whenuapai, Hobsonville, New Lynn, Kelston and Green Bay. The Auckland Council is encouraging people who are eligible to apply. An unhealthy home can have a real impact on people s well-being and inefficient systems can also add a lot to household bills, council- lor Wayne Walker says. Anyone who fits the cri- teria should look into the scheme and consider applying. Residents will be given an approved supplier list and can arrange for quotes. The programme fund is available until July. The Auckland Council adopted the Retrofit Your Home scheme from the now-defunct Waita- kere City Council. Visit www.auckland council.govt.nz/ ecodesign for more infor- mation. Visit www.nor-west news.co.nz to see a video of Riverhead School's soapbox derby team.
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