Papakura Courier : October 3rd 2012
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Mr Schmidt says officers visited his home after he tried to retrieve documents and information from HNZ s Papakura office. He says his conversation with HNZ staff was heated and he promised to jump up and down and make lots of noise if the file he wanted wasn t available for collec- tion by the end of the day. The exchange may well have been perceived as threatening because police officers turned up at his house last Thursday. His special needs son, who was home alone when the police arrived, was frightened and Mr Schmidt, a single father, had to leave work. It was the final straw for Mr Schmidt who thought his luck had changed just one day earlier when he claims HNZ phoned to say it had found a new home for him. He says that call was fol- lowed by another less than an hour later saying more information about previous incidents he reported to police was needed before the transfer could go ahead. That s when he phoned HNZ to ask for copies of his documents. He says staff told him he d have to wait a week and that some of his files might have been lost. "Every time I speak to them it s something differ- ent, he says. Twice I ve supplied medi- cal certificates, twice I ve supplied confirmation of earnings and this will be the third time that the police information is wanted. There s an original medi- cal certificate which I need for Work and Income, and my employer earnings which I need to take to Work and Income because I don t think I can work any more. I m too sick. A HNZ spokeswoman says Mr Schmidt was not offered a transfer last week and can t confirm if staff called police. But police say they respon- ded to a dispute with Hous- ing New Zealand by going to Mr Schmidt s home on Thursday. Mr Schmidt was even more confused when police came again on Friday after- noon. I have no idea what they visited for. I m bewildered. It was really random. Mr Schmidt was surprised when the police officers apologised for not attending several calls he had made up to six months earlier. I think they ve only been here once out of four or five times. He still lives in fear for his and his son s safety and says nothing has changed in the neighbourhood. "I was up all night on Sat- urday night from the party- ing. My security light kept turning on and off. They were throwing empty cans at my car but there was no damage so I suppose I should be thankful for that." Meanwhile, emails received by the Papakura Courier yesterday confirm that Mr Schmidt s files are ready to be picked up. There were no files when I went there on Monday and nobody in the office knew anything about them, Mr Schmidt says. Mr Schmidt says HNZ con- tacted him soon after the Papakura Courier was emailed and said they would courier the files to him. Warbirds add to their collection Top flight: Warbirds members, from left, Paul McSweeny, president Frank Parker and Tony Miller take a look at the association's newest addition, the former RNZAF Aermacchi. Photo: ADRIAN EVANS By ADRIAN EVANS ' It looked good and handled well but it wasn't always easy from a maintenance perspective. ' Paul McSweeny sums up the Aermacchi A new recruit has landed at Ardmore airfield. A former Royal New Zea- land Air Force Aermacchi has joined a Skyhawk as a focal point at the Warbirds Visitor Centre. The Aermacchi served with the RNZAF from 1991 to 2001 as an advanced jet trainer, providing an ideal lead-in to the Skyhawks. Affectionately called the Macchi, the plane is one of a number gifted to aviation groups around the country after the air force s strike wing was disbanded. Warbirds president Frank Parker is delighted to add the aircraft to the cur- rent lineup which also includes a T28 Trojan and the smaller scale Isaacs Fury. It s a valuable and wel- come addition. It s been given to us in a fully serviceable condition and we hope in due course to once again give the Macchi its wings over Ardmore. But first it needs a new engine, which Mr Parker predicts will cost about $200,000. For some people that s a lot of money, for others it s play money. To me, it s a lot of money. But with former air force engineer Paul McSweeny on board the aircraft s assembly is secure. Mr McSweeny was managing the Aermacchi servicing teams when he retired in 2001. The fact that we have a Macchi, a Skyhawk and a privately owned Strikemas- ter together on the field is pretty significant because those are the three jets the air force has had in the last 40 years. With a top speed of 960kmh the Italian-made aircraft looked good and handled well but it wasn t always easy from a main- tenance perspective, Mr McSweeny says. It arrived at Ardmore in seven separate pieces and has been carefully reas- sembled by Warbirds mem- bers. It d be nice to be able to go out and make some noise with it, he says.
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