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New park-and-ride relieves pressure
There will be additional temporary park-and-ride car parking at the
Papakura train station while the station is being upgraded.
Papakura Local Board Deputy Chair Brent Catchpole
outside Papakura Train station where additional
temporary park-and-ride car parking spaces
Papakura Local Board has been advocating
to Auckland Transport for the extra parking
spaces to relieve pressure on Ron Keat Drive
and surrounding streets.
Im pleased at the outcome the extra
spaces are a welcome addition, says Local
Board Deputy Chair Brent Catchpole.
The additional spaces are located on
Railway Street West adjacent to the station
entry and are planned to be available from
the beginning of May.
It is a temporary arrangement until
construction at the station including expansion
of the existing park-and-ride area is completed
by Easter 2013.
Security at the existing Ron Keat Drive park-
and-ride will also cover the temporary area.
I look forward to building on the
excellent work of my predecessor
John Robinson and working with
the rest of the board to promote
Papakura as a place for businesses
to locate and grow, engaging with
our youth to empower them to nd
their voice and working with you
to address the issues which affect
Recently the board held hearings
on the councils long-term plan
and Id like to thank everyone
who took part either by making a
written submission or coming along
to a hearing and telling us their
thoughts on the future of Auckland
Papakura has hundreds of volunteers
who do a fantastic job of making
Papakura a better place to live.
And to celebrate the huge effort they
put in, Papakura Local Board will hold
the rst annual Papakura Local Board
Community Awards in June.
Keep an eye out in the coming weeks
for how you can nominate someone
who belongs to a community
organisation that bene ts our whole
community, or perhaps a local hero
who helps out in their street.
Message from the chair
Hine Joyce-Tahere, the new Papakura Local Board Chair.
Your voice for Papakura
Its a privilege to have been recently elected as board chair and given
the opportunity to serve the people of Papakura.
Unprepared boaties put lives at risk
Hard work: Coastguard Papakura rescue team is having a busy time, from left: Lisa Laufale, Jim Livett, Dianne Gilroy, Chris
Laufale, Jarrod Mckenzie and Bruce Brownlee.
Go to papakuracourier.co.nz
and click on Latest Edition to see
Coastguard Papakura in action.
Coastguard rescues on the Manu-
kau Harbour have skyrocketed as
boaties take to the water in droves
to make the most of recent warm
People are still taking too many
risks out on the water, Coastguard
Papakura chairman Cedric Charl-
In the past three weeks his team
of volunteers experienced a huge
rush of rescues'' that required a
joint effort with other agencies to
rescue boaties and fishermen.
Coastguard Papakura has been
A helicopter evacuation of two
adults, two children and a dog from
rocks at Puponga Pt, West Auck-
land, after they got stranded by the
Had it not been for a passing
boatie who saw the family getting
smashed by incoming waves, the
operation would have easily become
a body retrieval rather than a res-
cue, Mr Charlton says.
The group had no life jackets and
clearly hadn't factored in the tides.
Towing a 16-metre catamaran
that broke down on its maiden voy-
age to Fiji and bringing it across the
Manukau Bar at night. The crew
were well prepared, safety conscious
and organised and were successfully
towed into the harbour with Coast-
guard Waiuku providing support.
Towing in a 6-metre aluminium
boat with three adults and two chil-
dren that broke down. The occu-
pants called the Coastguard by
cellphone and a vessel was sent out
across the Manukau bar at night to
bring them back into the harbour.
They found the crew were
inadequately prepared, had broken
life jackets and not enough proper
fitting life jackets for all on board.
Out of these three rescues, two of
them had crews or groups who
weren't properly prepared or
unaware of the conditions which put
their lives at risk and in both of
these cases children were involved,''
Mr Charlton says.
The rescue missions could have
become retrievals of up to nine
people. This is simply unaccept-
He says he can understand people
wanting to maximise the last of the
great weather but the Maritime NZ
rules for keeping safe remain the
Wear a lifejacket -- take the cor-
rect sized lifejacket for each person
and wear them
Check the marine weather fore-
cast and tides before you go out. If
in doubt don't go out
Carry emergency communications
-- have at least two types that will
work when wet. Keep them on you
Avoid alcohol -- it impairs reaction
times, your ability to cope if some-
thing goes wrong and survival time
if you end up in the water.
Boaties should also tell someone
when and where they are going and
when they are due back.
Combine these simple rules with
common sense and everyone can
safely enjoy our waterways and last
of the great weather,'' Mr Charlton
The message is simple and very
clear, be safe on the water.''
Coastguard is a charity that
depends on volunteers and
community donations to enable such
rescues. Donations allow it to train
its volunteers and to purchase and
maintain equipment. Go online to
papakuracoastguard.co.nz for more
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