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Young people on a mission
the Porirua air
By ANDREA O'NEIL
While many teenagers sleep or
play video games all weekend, 40
of their peers are flying planes,
firing weapons and honing their
survival skills in the bush.
Lying in bed all morning is
unthinkable to cadets in the Pori-
rua Air Training Corps, who relish
opportunities such as spending a
week in Waiouru barracks, rising
at 5am and eating meals along-
side real soldiers.
Bishop Viard College student
Alex Ogilvie, 15, recently spent
his school holidays doing just that,
as part of a leadership training
course that resulted in his pro-
motion to corporal.
Alex wants to become an Air
Force medic and said being a
cadet had given him the skills and
confidence to pursue his goals.
It really teaches you to be
always prepared and have every-
thing to the standard it should be,
and how to lead people,'' he said.
You can just feel yourself
improve every year. You get more
organised, more self-disciplined.
You can get up at five in the morn-
ing and do all these jobs.''
The cadets meet every Monday
at 6.30pm for drill practice at
Drill was an essential part of
discipline and leadership because
experienced cadets taught
newbies the ropes, said officer
Chris Asbery, one of the squad-
ron's leaders. The whole ethos is
leadership,'' he said.
Most teens were attracted to air
cadets for the flying lessons,
which were held at Paraparaumu
airport every six weeks, Mr
That's our big draw. Sea cadets
have boats, army cadets have
mud, because they don't have
tanks, and we have planes.''
Every second weekend cadets
can get stuck into activities or
attend courses as diverse as plane
navigation, bushcraft and first
We'll be flying, camping, shoot-
ing. It's pretty full on,'' Mr Asbery
The confidence cadets gave to
some teenagers was remarkable,
Tawa College student Grace
O'Neill, 13, had come out of her
shell in the months since joining,
a change her teachers and family
had commented on, Mr Asbery
From a girl who wouldn't say
boo to a goose to someone who can
interact -- it was a pretty steep
Another new recruit, 13-year-
old Tawa College student Zac
Rose, said learning to fly with the
cadets had changed his whole life
plan. It was amazing. It's awe-
some. I took off wanting to be a
computer programmer, I landed
wanting to be an Air Force pilot.''
To inquire about the No. 41 City of
Porirua Air Training Corps, visit
New fire chief
Rachael Thorp is the new principal rural fire
officer for the Wellington Rural Fire Auth-
ority, which will come into force in October.
She began her role on July 29, and is
based at Porirua City Council's Emergency
Management Office until she takes up her
new role with the Rural Fire Authority on
Ms Thorp was deputy principal rural fire
officer at the Department of Conservation
and before that worked for Wellington City
The Wellington Rural Fire Authority will
cover Upper Hutt, Hutt, Wellington, Porirua
and Kapiti Coast, including private forests
and Wellington Regional Council and
Department of Conservation lands in those
Why raw food can
help your health
Annette Davidson will host a talk on the benefits of
eating raw food in Kenepuru on Friday.
Eating raw foods such as carrots, salads, smoothies
and fresh juices had helped many people recover from
illness and depression, she said.
Ms Davidson is a nutritional consultant and colon
therapist at Body Systems in Thorndon.
Ms Davidson struggled with her health before decid-
ing to go down the raw food path.
Her talk will cover the benefits of eating raw food and
how people can get the most nutrition and energy from
what they eat.
That's Better, August 16, 7pm, 1a 73 Kenepuru Dr, $10.
Go to thatsbetter.co.nz.
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