Nor West News : January 26th 2012
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 8 NOR-WEST NEWS, JANUARY 26, 2012 NEWS www.BowelScreeningWaitemata.co.nz 0800 924 432 » Bowel screening helps detect early signs of cancer. If you are aged between 50 and 74 years and live in the Waitemata DHB area, you will be invited to check yourself out with our free BowelScreening programme. WAI1824 Volunteer? Yes please! Want to meet new people, contribute to your community & indulge your love of shopping? Interested in a role as Retail Assistant, Sorter, Handyman or Cleaner? Have 3-4 hours to spare? Our Te Atatu, Helensville, New Lynn & Kumeu stores need you! Call Hospice West Auckland now on 834 9750 & press 3 www.hwa.org.nz Davis Funerals presents "Jazz in the Vines" for Hospice West Auckand "Jazz in the Vines" with Leza Corban will be held on the 12th February 2012 between 2-5pm, to raise funds for Hospice West Auckland. Tickets $20. Provided is a great venue, the Jazz, and free tea and coffee. BYO wine and food or alternatively food and wine can be purchased. For more information call us today 150 Central Park Drive, Henderson Henderson 09 835 3557 Mt Eden Pakuranga 09 638 9026 09 576 7108 Also at High-flying surprise Birthday boy: James Simpson organised an ingenious surprise for his guests. Inset: A helicopter lands at The Riverhead with James Simpson and family members. By CARYN WIGMORE At James Simpson's 70th birthday party the sur- prise was on the guests. The Riverhead resi- dent tricked family members by inviting them to his home. Partner Jane Jacobs and relatives were anticipating a simple celebration. They were given a meagre offering of nibbles for lunch. They're looking at the table thinking he's a bit mean -- there isn't a lot of food here,'' Mr Simpson says. I said, well guys, you think I'm miserable but now we're going some- where to eat'.'' He told them the vehicle could only take six at a time and the grandchildren were allowed to sit in the coveted front seat. They were saying, I bet he's got a double- decker bus or something weird.'' Then a huge helicopter hovered outside the win- dow and landed on the carpark. It blew them away. It was just unbelievable.'' The 24 passengers got a flying lift to neighbour- ing The Riverhead for lunch. Their flight across the Waitemata followed the sailing path of early pioneers from the viaduct to the 153-year- old pub, founded in 1857 on the bank of a Wai- temata Harbour inlet. Mr Simpson has been a regular customer at The Riverhead since it reopened in February last year. Owners Paula and Stephen Pepperell bought the place after it went into receivership and restored it to its for- mer glory. Mr Simpson dines there up to three times a week because it's close and it's romantic''. He gave each of his eight grandchildren a toy helicopter to remember the day and the guests flew back to his house at about 4pm. Mr Simpson is a seasoned traveller. His latest trip was on the trans-Siberian rail- road from Moscow to Bei- jing. He's already planning something elaborate for his 80th birthday. No one knows what it is,'' he says. But it's a good one.'' Meanwhile Mrs Pep- perell says The Riverhead is unique because people can travel from Auckland's downtown waterfront directly to the pub's dock. Or they can reach it by car in a 20-minute trip from the Viaduct. The tavern is organis- ing a package deal with Helitranz for a scenic trip from the North Shore to the Riverhead for lunch.
January 19th 2012
February 2nd 2012