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The Westpac rescue helicopter, in the area at the time, was diverted to the scene as a precaution. Beachlands chief volunteer frefghter Shane Rutherford says the Mazda and Toyota motor vehicles collided when the driver of one turned to enter the driveway to Te Puru Park. “It was a nose to tail collision,” he told the Times. “One vehicle hit the other from behind when a motorist slowed down to turn into Te Puru and the driver behind didn’t see them. The impact pushed one of the motor vehicles across the road. “The road was closed for a short period and the Westpac rescue helicopter was called in case it turned out to be anything serious.” The motor vehicle struck from behind contained three occupants. Its 44-year-old male driver received moderate injuries. He was taken by ambulance to Middlemore Hospital, where he remained last Tuesday. The second vehicle contained only a 44-year-old woman, who was uninjured. Mr Rutherford says the safety airbags in the vehicle being driven by the woman were deployed, preventing serious injury. The road conditions were not a factor in the incident. “The car that hit the other one would have been going at a reasonable speed,” he says. “From what I could see everyone was wearing their seatbelts, which is good, as it could have been a lot worse otherwise.” By DAVID MCPHERSON TWO feld trips to Antarc- tica sparked a real interest in climate change for Howick 23-year-old Jacob Anderson. He’s studying the past behaviour and retreat of Antarctic ice sheets for his masters’ thesis at the Uni- versity of Otago. “Starting the masters is what really got me interested in climate change, especially the two feld seasons in Antarctica while doing my research,” he says. “Ever since I was young, I’ve always been very interested in environmental and social changes and their impacts on the world.” Mr Anderson has been selected as one of four ambassadors for the New Zealand youth delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change annual Conference of the Parties. “In November, we head to War- saw, Poland. We hope to add to the view of all negotiating par- ties, including the NZ government delegation, at these negotiations,” says Mr Anderson. “Our focus is the interests of youth, and generations to come, and we hope to play our part in raising global awareness of the important issue of climate change and its broader implications for all levels of community, business and government.” Mr Anderson started studying towards a masters of science in geology at the end of 2011, after completing a science degree at Massey University, Palmerston North. “I went to Antarctica in Novem- ber 2011 and again in November 2012,” he says. “Each feld season lasted a month. “In 2011, we camped on the top of the Skelton Glacier, around 1200m above sea level, at a place called Escalade Peak.” Rocks that have been deposited by fowing ice in the past show the extent of the ice when the East Antarctic Ice Sheet was thicker. “The rocks can be dated to show the timing of retreat for the East Antarctic Ice Sheet and will show how Antarctica has contributed to sea level rise since the last Ice Age,” says Mr Anderson. The second season was spent in southern McMurdo Sound on the fanks of Mt Discovery and edge of the Ross Ice Shelf. “We looked at the past extent of ice and timing of retreat, but for ice that was grounded [not foat- ing] in the Ross Sea. “This work is particularly impor- tant as the Ross Ice Shelf is the largest in Antarctica and acts as a buffer between the warm ocean and the marine-based West Ant- arctic Ice Sheet [which is grounded below sea level],” he says. “Loss of the Ross and accompa- nying ice shelves could force the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to col- lapse, as geological records show it has in the past. “The West Antarctic Ice Sheet has a volume equivalent to around a fve-seven metre sea level rise and could drop signifcant amounts of ice into the sea in the longer term. “Understanding how grounded ice in the Ross Sea retreated in the past is critical to being prepared for the future.” While the research was illu- minating, Mr Anderson says the worst part was being stuck in a tent in a blizzard for days, with just 5m visibility and 50-knot winds blowing. “Field work can be testing out there.” Mr Anderson attended Wakaaranga Primary School, Somerville Intermediate and Howick College. His parents Paul and Gael Anderson, and brother Joshua Warman, live in Howick. GLACIAL RESEARCHER: Howick's Jacob Anderson in Antarctica in November 2011. Photo supplied New project for 'iceman' "Field work can be testing out there."
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