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Long run for a cause
Man on fire: Ultra-distance runner Dave Walker is gearing up for his next
challenge, a run from New Plymouth to East Cape.
Photo: BEN WATSON
By SARAH CODDINGTON
Text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3.00
The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust
Burns survivor Dave Walker got his
Badwater Buckle after making the
gruelling run through California s
But he is not stopping there.
He was the only Kiwi who quali-
fied for the Badwater Ultra-
marathon in July. He finished the
217km gutbuster in under 48 hours
and earned himself the coveted
buckle of honour.
Proceeds from his efforts went to
the National Burn Centre at
Now Dave s ready to raise some
more cash by running 716km from
New Plymouth to East Cape in
He s already got $20,000 in the
bag and the money will go towards
a specialised microscope needed for
intricate surgical work on burns
The East & Bays Courier is
fundraising for the same cause as a
key backer of Project Heal -- a cam-
paign initiated by the Mad Butcher
and Suburban Newspapers Com-
We are urging readers to help
raise the $200,000 needed to buy
the high-tech equipment.
Dave knows all too well how the
microscope will change lives.
He was just a year old when a
boiling jug spilled on him. The inci-
dent left him with scarring on his
chest, neck and one hand.
Sir William Manchester, who
helped set up the National Burn
Centre, treated him and Dave now
wants to give something back.
Living with the aftermath of a
burn injury can be difficult and
Dave is keen to support any move
that can aid a victim s recovery.
The intermediate school teacher
always found it difficult as a child to
take his shirt off for swimming days
because it exposed his scars.
Hear what he has to say about
the burn centre at www.eastand
Donations to Operation Heal can
be made at any Mad Butcher outlet.
You can also post a cheque direct to:
The East & Bays Courier/Project
Heal, Mad Butcher and Suburban
Newspapers Community Trust, Pri-
vate Bag 92815, Penrose, Auckland
Hobson Bay sewer pipe out
By AMY McGILLIVRAY
The eyesore that was the Hobson
Bay sewer pipe is gone but the elec-
trification of the railway line across
the bay may mean more unsightly
In 2007, the government decided
to fund the electrification of Auck-
land s rail network using an over-
head power system which is now
regarded internationally as the
This means 7-metre high masts
will be needed about 50 metres
apart to hold the wires above the
Orakei Basin Protection Society
committee member Roy Champ-
taloup is concerned the masts will
create more visual pollution .
He says providing better public
transport in Auckland is essential
and accepts that underground is not
an option. But he s questioning
whether there is a less intrusive
way of providing the electrification.
At worst you would think or hope
they could plan strategically to
plant an avenue of trees.
KiwiRail northern public affairs
manager Jenni Austin says
powering trains with a third rail at
ground level has been ruled out for
Auckland because of safety issues.
Planting trees along the cause-
way is also not an option as the area
is not wide enough to allow for the
necessary separation of trees from
the wires, she says.
KiwiRail has yet to finalise the
design for the masts along the
waterfront through Hobson Bay to
They are smaller in height than a
power pole and could be a single
track cantilever or a portal, a
u-shaped structure spanning the
Orakei Local Board chairwoman
Desley Simpson is hoping for the
cantilever because usually it has
less of an impact on the eye than
the portal .
An initial assessment suggested
portals may be necessary to cope
with the ground conditions. But Ms
Austin says a reassessment has
found single track cantilevers with
more robust mast foundations may
be sufficient for most of the stretch.
KiwiRail plans to let the masts
weather to a dull grey metal colour
to ensure they are the least intrus-
KiwiRail has an open day
tomorrow from 10am to 3pm at the
Newmarket Rail Station with infor-
mation about the electrification.
By AMY McGILLIVRAY
After more than a year of nego-
tiation Auckland Council has
signed a contract to buy a pri-
vately owned sports ground.
The council has offered the
Marist Brothers Old Boys
Rugby Football Union $10.3
million to buy Liston Park.
Members will vote on
whether to accept the offer at
the football club s AGM on
member Andy Evans says the
members are well aware of the
negotiations and unanimously
approved the option to sell at
last year s general meeting.
I wouldn t expect there to be
any opposition, he says.
The East & Bays Courier
covered the issue in February
when the Ellerslie Football
Club was pushing for the
Auckland City Council to buy
the land and retain it as sport
fields to address a chronic
shortage in the area.
The council said at the time
there was no money.
Mr Evans says the club is
happy with the offer.
We re happy because it was
sold, we re happy because it
went to the council, we re
happy it s still open space.
The club is amalgamating
with the Tamaki Rugby Foot-
ball Club so no longer needs
the grounds, although it will
finish off the 2011 season at
the Abbotts Way property.
The council has yet to decide
how to best use the 4.4
hectares of land which includes
clubrooms, amenities and
Regional development and
chairwoman councillor Ann
Hartley says the extra land is
Ellerslie, Remuera and
Meadowbank have a shortage
of sport fields, and like the
wider Auckland region, not
enough dedicated soccer
venues and winter training
fields, so to retain fields in this
location is ideal, she says.
There was some concern
among residents that the site
could have been sold on the
open market and developed so
we are delighted we ve been
able to retain Liston Park as
an active sports ground.
The Mad Butcher and
Community Trust will hold a
corporate charity dinner at the
TelstraClear Pacific Events
Centre on December 3 to raise
funds for the National Burn
Centre.Tickets cost $1850 +
GST for a table of 10 or $185
+ GST per person.
Call Shandall on 531-5910
for more information or email
her at shandall@madbutcher.
A suspicious envelope with white
powder was the centre of a lot of
excitement at an Ellerslie business
on Tuesday morning.
Fire services and police were
called to a building on Wilkinson Rd
at about 9.30am after it was dis-
covered an envelope enclosing a
cheque also contained an unknown
Part of the road was closed for
about two hours.
Mt Wellington acting senior
sergeant Matt Knowsley says the
situation was handled seriously.
The Glen Innes CIB is following
up the investigation with the
cheque s account holder.
It appears there wasn t a note or
anything accompanying the pow-
der, he says.
The white powder has been sent
to Environment Science and
Research to be tested and identified.
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