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Enjoy a guided tour of Eastwood Hill Arboretum, Art Deco Guided Walk, Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony and much more. 8 days departs March 11, 2013 Tour is escorted and includes pick up from your home. “We’d catch them, take them to the ship’s bridge with a gun to their head, and the Americans and Singaporeans negotiated the release of hostages. “The best we could do for the hostages was to return them safely to the pirate camp on the coast where the authorities took over. “It was a horrible situation. We were on a big warship bris- tling with weapons and they were threatening to kill the hostages. But it was down to an interpreter negotiating. I came away from that much more aware.” With his promotion to captain Te Kaha, Commander McEwan can put all he’s learned into prac- tice and is looking forward to going overseas to represent New Zealand. “This ship went to the Pacifc Rim Exercise in Hawaii last year, the frst time since ANZUS fell apart 20 years ago. “We’re proud of our worth. It’s our Kiwi attitude that comes to the fore.” Kiwis’ diverse cultural back- grounds, he says, “prepare us well”. “We can join any group of peo- ple, give them a smile and listen to their problems. Our sailors are worldly. It’s like the big OE, which for-arms you with lots of skills. “Our sailors want to get out among the locals, it’s what we learn in New Zealand, and we’re well-respected for it by our coali- tion partners. We don’t have the fashiest equipment, but we have a good attitude.” Auckland is Te Kaha’s home port and Commander McEwan has moved his family from Wellington to the North Shore, close to base. He has fond memories of How- ick RSA, “and the ratbags around the bar-leaners”. “I’d like to regenerate some of those relationships and also go back to my old schools to talk. “Touching base at the RSA will reignite things I learned as a kid and will be a chance for me to give something back. “They’re the people who shape you.” Sailor back to home port F ➤ romPage1 "Touching base at the Howick RSA will reignite things I learned as a kid and will be a chance for me to give something back." -- Commander David McEwan PUTTING TO SEA: David McEwan has taken command of Royal New Zealand Navy frigate Te Kaha. Times photo Marianne Kelly By CHRIS HARROWELL POLICE say a motorist who caused a crash by failing to give way to another driver at a busy intersection should have paid more attention to the job at hand. Senior sergeant Laurie Culpan, response manager for Counties Manukau East Police, says two motor vehicles collided in Botany at the intersection of Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Road and Te Irirangi Drive at about 11.20am last Thursday. Neither of the female drivers, one of whom is believed to be a teenager and the other middle- aged, was injured. Their vehicles, a Nissan Wingroad station wagon and Mazda Demio, both sustained damage in the crash. The Nissan’s young driver was visibly upset after the collision and was comforted by family members at the roadside. “Both motorists are on their restricted driver’s licence,” Mr Culpan told the Times. “This crash was the result of one of them failing to give way at the intersection, which is due to not paying suffcient attention to the environment at the time. “It’s a particularly busy intersection and these types of accidents are relatively common. “They are usually down to impatience and simply not giving enough attention to the situation.” Mr Culpan says police have fnished their investigation into the cause of the crash in Botany. The older of the two motorists is found to be at fault and will soon be issued with a driving infringement notice. “Our preventative message is that some of the major road intersections in East Auckland frequently appear in lists of the top accident sites in Counties Manukau,” Mr Culpan says. “That’s due to the volume of traffc. “Drivers need to be aware, exercise patience and maturity, and expect the unexpected. “While we endeavour to police intersections, the biggest reduction in crashes will come from drivers taking responsibility for their own actions.” Two-vehicle collision at junction Councillors in the chair RATEPAYERS are encouraged to make submissions on the super-city’s draft annual plan. Howick councillors Sharon Stewart and Dick Quax say they’re available for one-to-one discussions with people who have concerns or questions about proposals in Auckland Council’s 2013/2014 draft annual plan. For example, the council is considering managing rates by reducing some services, such as stopping mowing berms in the former Auckland City area, which would save $3 million annually, and cutting the free digital music download service Freegal offered by libraries, saving $200,000 a year. Mrs Stewart says she and Mr Quax are receiving many emails and phone calls about “the flthy mess being left on our beaches, such as dirty disposable nappies, food and other rubbish”. “It’s a disgrace. We need to have park rangers doing the rounds in the summer, making sure our beaches are kept clean.” The council is also asking ratepayers whether they support its CCO, Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA), granting the net proceeds from the sale of adjacent land next to the TelstraClear Pacifc Events Centre in Manukau, to help fund the centre’s stage two, including a white-water rafting and kayak course and cultural and education facilities. Mrs Stewart and Mr Quax say they want to listen to residents and ratepayers’ concerns. The councillors will be at the Howick Local Board meeting room, next to Pakuranga Library, Aylesbury Street, from 10am-2pm on February 8. Public submissions on the draft plan must be received by 4pm on February 25. The draft annual plan for 2013/2014 is at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ annualplan. Mrs Stewart can be contacted by email at sharon.stewart@aucklandcouncil. govt.nz, and Mr Quax at dick.quax@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.
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