Nor West News : January 24th 2013
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 3 NOR-WEST NEWS, JANUARY 24, 2013 NEWS CALL 0800-BLINDS 0800-254637 Need Blinds? Order Now! Refresh Your Home With New Blinds This Summer! Call us for Free Measure & Quote NOW www.homevisionblinds.com Sunscreen, Wooden, Holland, Roller, Vertical, Venetian, 25/50 mm 5046315AE 5035925AD Knowledge Experience Results Delivering a global network from the heart of the village. BOB HOWARD 021 709 555 IN BRIEF Swimmers beware Police are warning people to remove valuables from their car when they visit Muriwai Beach. Thieves stole a $1000 iPhone 4S and a Sony iPod docking station worth $450 from the backseat of a four wheel drive parked in Coast Rd. The two items were covered with a towel on the backseat. A man and his family returned from swimming to find the rear window smashed and the valuables stolen. Owners of Apple iDevices can install a tracking application called Find My iPod on their device in case it is stolen. Waterways Shellfish gatherers can now go back to Kaipara Harbour following a lifting of a shellfish public health warning to all Auckland areas. The Auckland Regional Public Health Service confirms toxin levels have now fallen to non- detectable levels so shellfish collection and consumption is again safe. Monitoring will continue and the public will be alerted if the risk returns. People were urged from late last year not to gather shellfish because of a risk from paralytic shellfishing poisoning. Meanwhile, Lake Wainamu and the Bethells Lagoon have come up clean in the latest round of water quality testing. Visit foodsmart.govt.nz/ food- safety/hunting- collecting- fishing/ seafood-gatherers. Busy flights Rescues are rising for the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The emergency service had its busiest Christmas and New Year on record over the 2012/2013 holiday period. The choppers completed 65 rescues between December 24 and January 6 this year. They raced to 44 missions during the same period 12 months ago. The busiest regions were the summer hot spots of Waiheke Island and Thames in the Coromandel. Thames saw an increase of more than triple the number of rescues to the previous year. Big slide makes a splash Water play: Live More Awesome charity founders Jimi Hunt, left, and Dan Drupsteen are behind the World's Biggest Waterslide event to raise awareness of depression. Fellow tubers: Centre bottom, Craig Hosking from Auckland and his crew get into their empty spa pool/makeshift boat to joining Jimi Hunt on his float for depression. Photos: BEN CURRAN Turning turtle: Jimi Hunt tubed the Waikato River in style. THE former land of dis- graced lawyer Barry Hart will host what is touted as the world s biggest water- slide. The 650-metre long slide will grace the Woodhill farm on SH16 for a special charity event next month. Former Rodney District councillor David Steele and his wife Joy bought the 40-hectare property at a mortgagee sale for $800,000 in August. Winding down a giant hill will be what is believed to be the world s biggest water- slide. The industrial plastic installation will smash the previous record held by a 350-metre long slide in Utah, says creative designer Jimi Hunt. Thrillseekers will ride the slopes in an event held to raise money and awareness for the charity Live More Awesome. The World s Biggest Waterslide will be open on February 23 and 24. Mr Hunt was in the grips of depression when he came up with a plan to lift his spi- rits. Live more awesomely , he says, and you can beat the blues. The Devonport-based cre- ative designer is the same man who last year journeyed the 425km length of the Wai- kato River on a $5 inflatable turtle to raise awareness of depression. Mr Hunt founded the registered charity Live More Awesome with business partner Dan Drupsteen after completing the crusade. They have both experi- enced depression and are determined to inspire others to come out the other side. Water slides are typically a child s domain but Mr Hunt insists this serpentine mammoth is for big kids only. The event is another on a list of outrageous endeav- ours for the 32-year-old. I think it s through the ho-hum monotony of day to day life that people slip into depression, he says. From there they can t find inspiration in them- selves. They need external inspiration and that s what Live More Awesome is aim- ing to provide. The waterslide event is a way of demonstrating how lifestyle factors can work wonders for those battling a mental illness. There are some key things to to beating depression, Mr Hunt says. Vitamin D from getting out in the sun, the support of a community, having goals and something to look for- ward to and being active. This event encompasses all of those. One of the most common misconceptions about dep- ressed people is that they look how they feel, he says. People with depression wear a mask. The gregarious and fun- loving man is the last person you would associate with depression. I used to go out and be the happy, crazy, fun guy but then I would get home and cry, Mr Hunt says. I met a doctor who thought about depression differently, rather than say- ing here s some drugs that ll fix you. Within a week of changing my lifestyle I went from being severely depressed to not at all. Limited waterslide tickets are available at indie gogo.com/worldsbiggest waterslide. Go to livemore awesome .com for more information.
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