Whangarei Leader : October 28th 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Donations enter draw for chopper flights Sixty free chopper rides and 20 simulator flights are up for grabs for those who donate to this year’s Northland Electricity Rescue Helicopter appeal. The service recorded its busiest month on record in September, clocking up 127.6 hours of flight time. Northland Emergency Services Trust general manager Vanessa Furze says crews took to the sky more than 80 times, transporting patients with liver failure, chest pain, preterm labour, bronchiolitis and broken bones. Pilot Steve Couchman says the cost is high and each chopper requires about four hours of engineering maintenance for every hour of flight time. Each individual blade is worth about $150,000 and the helicopters burn more than 300 litres of fuel an hour. Principal sponsors Northpower and Top Energy are challenging INSIDE New site Chapter closes on city war memorial – P7 The good rot Fliers: Pilots Josh Peacey,SamMurtagh, Steve Couchman and St John paramedic Rob Keating need donations to stay in the sky. Caring composters the key – P15 Northlanders to dig deep for the locally owned air ambulance service. Both will contribute a total of $150,000 to this year’s fundraising campaign which runs until late November. Ways to donate: ❚ At any Northland ASB ❚ Return your Freepost donation envelope sent out to all Northland homes ❚ Internet banking donation to ERH Appeal: ASB 12 3106 0046000 00 Those who donate $5 or more can be in to win one of 60 rides in an Electricity Rescue Helicopter, or one of 20 simulator rides. Devoted to theRSA By ALEXANDRA NEWLOVE THE son of a World War II navy soldier is stepping up as part of the next generation of RSA leaders. Chris Harold is the first associate member to hold Whangarei RSA’s presidency. He’ll focus on moving the organisation he’s passionate about forward into the future. It’s been a long-term love affair. Harold first started coming to the RSA with his father when he was 21. It’s the unique history, fascinating members and caring attitude that’s kept the fire burning, he says. ‘‘I really believe it will be around forever,’’ Harold Associate member: Newly elected RSA president Chris Harold is making history with his non-military background. says, adding that a high youth turnout at Anzac dawn parades has been heartening. ‘‘It’s giving the elders the sense they didn’t go away for nothing, that the young do have a heart and appreciate the sacrifice.’’ The number of ‘‘associate members’’ (non-service people) slightly exceeded the number of service and returned service members for the first time last year. This shows the organis- ation is still relevant, even as veterans from the ‘‘big wars’’ die, Harold says. The manager and sales- man once dreamed of filling his father’s navy boots but the old man wasn’t having a bar of it. ‘‘I wasn’t allowed to join any of the forces,’’ Harold says. ‘‘Dad said one member of the family serving was enough. He said: ‘I don’t want to see any more war; I don’t want to see any of you go and not come back’.’’ Harold knew little of his late father’s wartime experiences other than the fact he served on a boat in the Pacific. His dad used to shut down conversations about the war. ‘‘Every time I asked him about it he’d say that the war’s done, it’s over, and he’s home now.’’ It’s a feeling reflected by many other returned service people, Harold says. There is Get a smile you’ll be proud of! • No metal braces – 6 Month Smiles uses clear braces • Treatment may take as little as 6 months • Flexible payment options • Dr Simon Leith offers a range of corrective dental treatments FOR A FREE CONSULTATION* CALL 0800 6 MONTHS * Some conditions apply Dr Simon Leith www.kerikeridentalcentre.co.nz before after little talk of wartime experiences on site, despite the RSA’s origins. Harold has chosen a mass- ive year to take the reins – with a new war memorial at Laurie Hall Park, the centenary of Anzac Day in 2015 and a controversial flag debate brewing. He says everyone he’s talked to has been ‘‘rapt’’ with the new memorial design and he’s already honing his speech-making skills. It’s not that he’s shy, but he says he gets emotional easily and the day is likely to make him think of his own visit to Gallipoli, and of course his father. ❚ War memorial ceremony P7 Totara Grove School gala is all go – P16 E-EDITION Have you checked out the Whangarei Leader’s e-edition? It’s an electronic version of the paper, available via the internet. If for some reason your print version hasn’t been delivered, or if you are away from home on holiday or business, the e-edition is an easy way to stay in touch. It’s free of charge, visit whangareileader.co.nz and click on Latest Edition in the blue bar under the masthead.
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