Kapi-Mana News : February 28th 2012
9 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 NEWS For further information please contact: Andrew Smith Ph: 04 894 5222 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.nzta.govt.nz/p2p Paremata to Plimmerton (P2P) clearways project New clearways on State Highway 1 between Paremata and Plimmerton will come into force on 1 March 2012. The new clearways will operate during peak tra c periods on weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Clearway signs (see right) will be installed showing clearway operating hours. In addition, electronic signs at both ends of the clearway will advise when the clearway is operating. When the clearways are operating there is to be no parking in the kerbside lanes -- except for emergency vehicles and passenger service vehicles at authorised bus stops and parking bays. When the clearway is not operating, all vehicles will be directed to use the centre lane. Vehicles turning o or onto the highway will be expected to use the kerbside lanes for the minimum distance necessary to complete the turning manoeuvre safely. Heavy vehicles will be asked to use the centre lane between the Paremata Bridge and Grays Road at all times. The clearway is being monitored. A new bylaw will be enacted on 1 March 2012 to allow enforcement. Cars parked in the kerbside lane when the clearway is operating will risk being towed. For more information visit www.nzta.govt.nz/p2p N MARINA VIEW ACHERON R OAD PASCOE AVEN UE Existing signalised intersection Existing signalised intersection MANA ESPLANADE MANA ESPLANADE New signalised intersection Existing signalised intersection MANA VIEW ROAD NEW SAWS NEW VMS SIGNAGE (Speed Activated Warning Signs) LEGEND Parking spaces to be removed Parking spaces Clearways No stopping lines 6.30--9.30am Mon--Fri Except Public Holidays 3.30--6.30pm Sunday and Public Holidays CLEARWAY Southbound clearway hours 3.30--6.30pm Mon--Fri Except Public Holidays 11.30am--2.30pm Saturday CLEARWAY Northbound clearway hours Resident catches shark at Otaki Beach By JOEL MAXWELL SHARK SCHOOL Schools of bronze whaler sharks occur in Kapiti especially in summer and early autumn, Te Papa collection manager: fishes Andrew Stewart said. ''It's a juvenile but I couldn't tell how old. Fully grown, they can get up to nearly three metres long...they can come into very shallow water chasing schools of baitfish, for example kahawai, pilchards, as well as hunting for crabs and the like. Large examples have been photographed close in- shore around Northland.'' However, it is impossible to tell ''for certain'' that the shark is a bronze whaler from the photographs provided. The museum has sufficient specimens and did not need the shark's body, he said. There have been 30 recorded attacks worldwide since 1962 by the species -- none have been fatal. Full length: The two-metre-long shark, likely a bronze whaler, dragged onto Otaki Beach in a tug of war with Kelly Sale. Right: Sale with the shark that nearly dragged him out to sea in his own fishing net. A former Porirua man landed a two metre shark with his bare hands as he fought the creature cruising Otaki Beach. After a weekend that saw families enjoying flat surf and warm weather, Kelly Sale set a net about 400m south of the Marine Pde surf club on February 13. The next day the shark, likely a bronze whaler, swam into the chest-deep net at about 4am while Mr Sale checked it for fish. As I got there, I was just turning up to my first buoy and the net just went boom'.'' Mr Sale said the shark was about 30m away, straining against the net, pulling it tight and tangling it round his leg. He had no idea what was at the other end until he saw the shark's thrashing tail, helping drag him further into the water. Mr Sale moved to Otaki Beach from Porirua six months but says he's still hard-out Porirua''. He loves nothing better than crossing the road and setting his net, then dragging in his quota of kahawai and mullet, and the occasional crab. On February 14 he started pulling back against the shark, knowing that if he didn't fight he could be drowned by his own net. He was astonished such a large shark could be so close to shore; a spot where he often swims with his daughter. I had to get him out of the water, because there's kids round there.'' Mr Sale was born in Wellington of Tokelauan parents; his father Mapu Sale was a real ocean man'', a great diver back in the islands. It was about 5am when a shocked Mr Sale dragged the last of the net close to shore -- close enough to reach the shark. He'd lost a lot of energy, so I just grabbed him. I wrapped him up from the side and carried him up most of the way. I didn't want him ripping my net.'' The shark was too heavy to lift when it was finally landed so Mr Sale wrapped it in a plas- tic sheet and towed it home across the road behind his ute. Mr Sale said he will have a break from net- ting, and was kind of in shock'' in the hours after his fight with the shark. He had no idea what to do with its body -- still wrapped in plastic on his back lawn beside the net -- but he didn't want to eat it and holds no grudge'' against it. He was a strong fighter. The poor guy, he fought a lot.''
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