Kapi-Mana News : June 11th 2013
16 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 11, 2013 NEWS supplying fresh produce for the city From Wednesday 20th February 2013 while stocks last NZ Large Yellow Flesh Peaches $3.98 Local New Season Onion 98c Most of our vegetables are grown on our farm in Levin and are picked fresh for your satisfaction •Wholesale Sales Welcome • City Green Ltd 2 Parumoana Street (next to Pete's Emporium) Phone: 04 237 5288 Open7days Mon - Fri 9am-6.30pm Sat 8am-6pm • Sun 10am- 5pm MANY MORE SPECIALS INSTORE New Season Pacific Beauty Apples 88c Each Local Sweetcorn 48c Kg Kg Kg 5166317AA Dedicated to saving lives on the water By ANDREA O'NEIL Old hand: Coastguard Mana's Peter Francis says comradeship and helping others keeps him going after 25 years. After 25 years with the Coast- guard, Peter Francis can con- firm one thing: 1am rescue cal- louts are always painful. It doesn't get easier. It's worth it though,'' Coastguard Mana's longest-standing volun- teer said. Mr Francis' lapel is fairly weighed down by a swag of coastguard medals for years served, 14 of them at Mana. Sometimes it doesn't feel like 25 years. But sometimes, bounc- ing around on the boat all day, it feels like 50 years,'' he says. He joined Coastguard Wel- lington aged 25, after being res- cued fishing off Seatoun when his dinghy motor broke down. His love of the water had star- ted young, in Sea Scouts and later he became an avid yachtie. Now 50, he still volunteers for Coastguard Wellington. Volunteering for both crews requires several hours a week of Mr Francis' time and he superv- ises at least two rescues a month. A lot of travel is involved -- he lived in Cannons Creek from 1999 until last year, when he moved to Lower Hutt. Mr Francis is well-known in the Mana crew for never going anywhere without a cup of tea in him and always carrying snacks on board. An electrical fitter by trade, he relied on his Creek neigh- bours to lock his house and turn off his blaring outdoor radios when he dropped tools and ran to rescues over the years. As a master, he takes charge of rescues and said, as in the fire brigade, having your crew's sup- port is vital to success. You rely on the guy in front of you and the guy behind you.'' His most memorable and longest rescue was that of Rob Hewitt, brother of former All Black Norm, who went missing in 2006 while diving off Mana Island. Coastguard Mana spent a whole night intensively trawl- ing the sea between Pukerua Bay and Makara. Hewitt was found alive, 72 hours later. Even in the roughest seas at night, Mr Francis said he never felt scared during rescues. You're so involved in doing the job, you're not thinking about the fear factor.'' The comradeship of coast- guard crews is one of the best parts of the job but Mr Francis' motivation has always been helping others. It's the satisfaction of return- ing people and property back from the sea.'' Single vote may hold key By JIM CHIPP One resident of northern Wairarapa may decide the region's future. If one tenth of the voters in any affected district petition for the Local Government Commission for a bind- ing referendum on any council reor- ganisation, one is held. In the Matai- kona river area, in the Tararua District but part of the Greater Wel- lington Regional Council, there were just three registered voters at the time of the 2010 local body elections. Perhaps just one signature is needed to force the referendum.
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