Nor West News : December 15th 2011
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 5 NOR-WEST NEWS, DECEMBER 15, 2011 NEWS Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz OG_AC0496_NWN Christmas and New Year rubbish and recycling collection changes During the Christmas and New Year holidays all Auckland Council rubbish, recycling and paper collection services will be one day later than usual. This will affect collections for two weeks starting Monday 26 December (Boxing Day). Please see the table below for your new collection day: Christmas 2011 Usual collection day New collection day Monday 26 December (Boxing Day) Tuesday 27 December Tuesday 27 December Wednesday 28 December Wednesday 28 December Thursday 29 December Thursday 29 December Friday 30 December Friday 30 December Saturday 31 December New Year 2012 Usual collection day New collection day Monday 2 January Tuesday 3 January Tuesday 3 January Wednesday 4 January Wednesday 4 January Thursday 5 January Thursday 5 January Friday 6 January Friday 6 January Saturday 7 January Normal collection schedule resumes on Monday 9 January 2012 WATER TANKS Ph: 09 415 9213 www.hakanewzealand.com 1000 Litre $249.95 2000 Litre $349.95 Easy to Assemble Attractive Durable Compact IN BRIEF Sing along Come and soak up community carols on December 18. The event is at St Chads in Huapai from 7pm to 8pm with music by Kumeu Brass Band. Come into the hall if it's wet. Christmas gifts Get your last minute presents for a good cause at Kaukapakapa School's Xmas shopping night on December 15 from 7pm to 9pm. The annual event is at the hall. For bookings, call Margo on (09) 420-5101. Tickets are at the school office or from Anna's Hair Studio. Sweet treat Santa will be the special guest at the Kaukapakapa Village Market on December 18. He will be in his grotto from 10am handing out lollies and balloons until 1pm. The market is from 8.30am. There is also the Helensville Lions sausage sizzle plus their Christmas cakes for sale. The first market of 2012 is on January 15. Contact Sarah on (09) 420-9175. Festive gathering Residents who used to live in the King Country are welcome to a Christmas luncheon on December 20. The event is at the Avondale RSA. Contact Jill on 835-1107. Hovercraft failure inevitable' finds court A coroner's investigation into the death of a hovercraft enthusiast has found the fail- ure of the craft was inevitable because of its flimsy nature, rushed construction and lack of testing. Alistair Senior, 40, died when he was struck in the head with the blade of his hovercraft while testing it at Muriwai Beach on July 31. The engineer with a PhD in mechanical engineering built the hovercraft at home over several years to his own design and specifications, without any formal training. In a report released this week, coroner JP Ryan said the structure of the hovercraft was light and that structural failures were inevitable''. Inspections by a marine engineer and ship surveyor found the construction lacked cohesion of rigidity and strength in areas where these attributes were required'', including where the propulsion unit was mounted to the hull, Mr Ryan said. The report also notes that the overall condition of the craft creates an impression of urgency by the owner to make the hovercraft func- tional, well before it was viable or safe to do so.'' Mr Ryan said the steering mechanism was not com- pleted before the accident, while there was no seat or seatbelt for the pilot or a safety grille for the lift fan. There should have been a static trial run before taking it to the beach that day, Mr Ryan said. If such a trial had been performed, then the struc- tural failure which occurred may not have had serious, let alone fatal, consequences.'' Mr Senior's partner and daughter were at the beach at the time of the accident. -- aucklandnow.co.nz Spanish plays top off year for after-school students Modern spin: After-school Spanish class students from Waimauku School present their own rendition of the Nativity. From left: Logan Ford, Chantelle Reilly, Callum Ford, Oliver Eadie, Cameron Dagger, George Ford and Laura Atkin. By RANI TIMOTI Students showed off their French and Spanish language skills. Waimauku resident Patsy Sacx of ABC Language Tuition has taught many through her after-school language classes for more than five years. I want to give the students a taste and hope- fully a passion for language.'' To wrap up the year, two Spanish plays were performed by after school classes at Waimauku School. The first by year 1 and 2 students was about Goldi- locks and the Three Bears. It was really cool and they looked great,'' Patsy says. The next, made up by year 6 to 8 pupils, was a nativity play set in today's culture, presented in both Spanish and English. The story fol- lowed Maria and Joseph staying in a luxury Auck- land Hotel where three famous All Blacks brought presents for their child who received a rugby ball, boots and an All Blacks jersey. I was really impressed about the language skills of those students. One of the girls was the narrator who guided us through the play. She did an excellent job,'' Patsy says. Huapai District School students from their French lunchtime class also performed a play. The fifth summer edition of the French cooking pro- gramme for young growing gourmets will run from January 16 to 19 at Taupaki School. Students will also learn French vocabulary of kitchen utensils and eti- quette. Call Patsy on 0274-904-321 or email info@abclanguage. co.nz for registration.
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