Kapi-Mana News : April 30th 2013
3 KAPI-MANA NEWS, APRIL 30, 2013 NEWS Wheeler's Guardian FUNERAL HOME NORTH CITY Rescue masters: Four Coastguard Mana volunteers were presented with their masters' licences by president Peter Feely last week after a year of stressful and time-consuming training. From left are Trevor Burgess, Chris Darch, Peter Feely, Mark Presling and Trevor Farmer. Big commitment to become masters By ANDREA O'NEIL MAYDAY APPEAL Coastguard Mana is appealing to the public tomorrow for its annual Mayday fundraiser. The group is manned entirely by volunteers and is not government-funded. It relies on grants and public donations to exist. Last Mayday the crew raised $2000, enough to fill its boat with petrol once. To support them visit www.coastguard- mana.org.nz/membership. Solving maths problems and memorising word lists, all while navigating a ship on fire, is not how most of us spend our free time. But four Coastguard Mana volunteers have spent a year in stressful training simulations for the good of Pori- rua's boaties and received their masters' licences last week. A qualified master needs to be on board every time the Coast- guard takes a boat out, whether for training or a rescue. Masters need to complete drills and a written exam cover- ing seamanship, search and res- cue planning, towing, victim recovery, advanced first aid, boat maintenance and leading a crew. Simply to begin training, masters need to have clocked hundreds of hours on the water. Before this year, Mana Coast- guard had just four masters, who found it tough to go away for Christmas or drink at a bar- becue because of their responsi- bilities. Now the crew counts another four masters in its ranks -- Mark Presling, Chris Darch, Trevor Burgess and Trevor Farmer. It's brilliant, it's huge,'' Mr Farmer says. We have the capacity to go out and support people now. Before, it was awkward.'' Coastguard Mana president Peter Feely agrees. When we get a call from the police now we know without any doubt we'll have a master avail- able.'' Stress was a key component of exercises for the trainee masters, who were forced to prioritise between crises like boat fires and abandoned ships, and memorise maths problems and random words, says Paul Craven, Coastguard Mana's unit training officer. We try to overload them,'' he says. In a real situation they're out at night, there's nobody out there but them, they can't see three metres in front of their face and they've got to rescue someone.'' All four new masters joined Coastguard Mana to give back to the community, but all strug- gled with the time commitment required in masters' training -- they averaged 10 hours a week for a year, including regular Coastguard work and on top of their administration or com- mittee roles in the group. They all have about six jobs on top of masters,'' Mr Craven says. New master Mr Farmer says the pressure will be on them now they are in charge. It used to be you looked after the person beside you, but now everyone's looking to you.'' Karen's handmade beanies warming hearts at Nuanua Beaniemania: Ezekiel Va'ai was pretty happy to receive his new handmade beanie. By KRIS DANDO The kids at Nuanua Kindergarten will be able to keep their heads warm this winter, thanks to the generosity of a Karori knitter. Karen Simcox knitted 50 beanies over a mat- ter of weeks for the chil- dren at the Cannons Creek kindy. Sergeant Dennis Ngatai, from the nearby Neighbourhood Policing Team, was lin- ked to her through her son Nicholas, who is a CIB constable in Wel- lington. Mr Simcox says his mother was able to pro- duce one beanie each night she had the time to sit down and do it, and it was her way of helping those less fortunate. She likes helping people and had some time on her hands to do it. When we told the kids this morning, their eyes lit up.'' He and Mr Ngatai were on hand to hand the beanies out last Thursday. Head teacher Telesia Smith says the children were enjoying them, with the individual colours and styles making each one special. It was an honour to be picked to receive the beanies, we are so grate- ful to Nick's mum. The kids are very excited to have something they can call their own.''
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