Upper Hutt Leader : November 19th 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 HONOURED BY THEIR CITY Civic awards for Owles, James 5 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 CANINES JOIN FITNESS CLASS When walks get boring 28 Road knights By SIMON EDWARDS Nearly two dozen firefighters, including Upper Hutt’s Greg Hayne, joined a motorcycle ride around the country last week to help cancer research. Fire Service workers Revved for cancer: The Red Knights are firefighters who dedicate some of their motorcycle riding activities to charitable causes. Below: Upper Hutt firefighter Greg Hayne, with wife Debbie on pillion, lead out the Wellington leg from Petone last week. know well the toll that cancer takes on those with the disease and their families. Data from around the world shows that firefighters are two or three times more likely to be hit by certain kinds of cancers, Aucklandbased station officer and New Zealand Firefighters Union vice-president Ian Wright said. Smoke inhalation can generally be avoided with breathing apparatus, but much of the gear firefighters wear is porous to allow sweat evaporation, Wright said. The downside is skin absorption of foreign material. During their careers firefighters have to deal with all sorts of blazes involving plastics, chemicals and ‘‘other toxic mixes ... who knows the effects when these are combined and ignited’’. Many of the firefighters had the emblem of the Red Knights on their jackets. This is the New Zealand chapter of an international motorcycle club for firefighters, who dedicate a proportion of their rides and activities to fundraising for charity. The ride was the third held, bringing the total raised for Cancer Society of New Zealand-funded research to $110,000. ❚ It’s not too late to donate - visit www.rideforcancer.org.nz CHASE FOR CRICKET CROWN Final could be HIBS v St Pat’s 72 Haywards to get $30m upgrade ❝ By JIM CHIPP Haywards Hill Road is in line for a $30 million safety upgrade aimed at reducing deaths and serious injuries – but not everybody is satisfied. Crashes on the road since Octo- ber last year have left two dead and two seriously injured. Last Thursday the New Zealand Transport Agency announced a range of immediate measures to make it safer, as well as more farreaching proposals for public comment. Planned measures include straightening tight bends, permanently lowering speed limits, installing wire rope barriers and building a new roundabout at Moonshine Rd. Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy said it was good news for the whole Hutt Valley, but he did not want to see a temporary, piecemeal fix. ‘‘State Highway 58, regardless of what other roads they are thinking about, from the Hutt Valley’s point of view it’s the lifeline to State Highway 1.’’ The route would become even more important when when Transmission Gully was complete. ‘‘We don’t want to find in five years time this is only nearly good CONTINUED Page 3 Letters 11 ❘ Car Giveaway 22-25 ❘ Arts 46-47 ❘ Crossword 46 ❘ Classifieds 67-69 ❘ Sport 70-72 YMCA UPPER HUTT FITNESS CENTRE YMCA Upper Hutt Fitness Centre Somme Road, Trentham, Upper Hutt 04 527 3380 email@example.com www.ymcawellington.org.nz Weare going to get one chance to do this properly for the next 50 years.’’ Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy UPGRADE INFO State Highway 58 upgrade information day this Saturday, November 22. ❚ Find out about safety improvements planned for the Haywards Hill route. ❚ Chance to have your say before final designs are confirmed. ❚ Displays and NZ Transport Agency personnel to talk to. ❚ 10am till 4pm at Pauatahanui School Hall, 12 Paekakariki Hill Rd.
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