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Upper Hutt Leader : March 14th 2012
26 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MARCH 14, 2012 NEWS 3959630AP For all your Pool & Spa Chemicals come to your local shop 122c Whakatiki St, Upper Hutt POOL & SPA SHOP Phone 528 8808 www.capitalpools.co.nz OPENING HOURS 8am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday 9am -- 1pm Saturday Free instore pool and spa water testing Servicing Pools, Spas, Pumps, Valet Service, Chemical Supplies, Colonial Hot Tub and Spa Pool Sales 3410711AA FREE It's easy to register and it's free at www.upperhuttleader.co.nz 4393665AA Read the latest complete • edition of the Upper Hutt Leader online Read past issues online • The best in local news information how ever you want to receive it Digital Edition Now On-line! 4393665AA 4393347AC If your business is connected with homes, either inside or out, then this is a great opportunity to increase your local branding and profits. This Easter, Central Community Newspapers will be publishing a special Easter Homes liftout in our papers throughout the greater Wellington region, with your region being covered by The Upper Hutt Leader on Wednesday the 19th of March. BOOKING DEADLINE: 3pm Wed 28th March COPY DEADLINE: 10am Fri 30th March This feature will cover all aspects of home renovations and building, outdoor landscaping, plus fashionable ideas for interior decor. If your business involves: • Building • Carpet • Curtains • Decorating • Drapes • Flooring • Furniture • Household Appliances • Gardening & Landscaping • Hardware • Interior Design • Kitchens • Painting • Renovation • Wallpaper Call us today to be a part of this fantastic Easter feature and make the most of the long weekend! Easter HOMES and GARDENS Easter Homes Your Com munity Newspaper: Phone: 528 9654 Fax: 528 3021 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Rena-type grounding unlikely In control: Wellington Harbourmaster Mike Pryce. Photo: JIM CHIPP How likely is a Rena-type disaster in Wellington? If it happened, could we cope? The Upper Hutt Leader's Jim Chipp asked Wellington Harbourmaster Mike Pryce. ENQUIRY'S INTERIM REPORT The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has released its interim report into the grounding of the container ship Rena and the resulting oil spill in the Bay of Plenty. The investigation, chaired by John Marshall, QC, detailed the sequence of events and officers' decisions leading to the Rena grounding on Astrolabe Reef. Though the report avoided apportioning blame, it showed the officers had changed course to shorten the trip into Tauranga Harbour leading to it to strike the reef. Wellington is a lot better protected than Tauranga was from a grounding similar to the Rena and the accompanying oil spill. Wellington Harbourmaster Captain Mike Pryce said for that to happen, a passing container ship would have to hit Karori Rock, or something similar. A ship such as the Rena entering Wellington Harbour would have to pick up a pilot in Cook Strait. However, Wellington has the Beacon Hill tracking station which follows shipping movement in Cook Strait by their automatic identification system. If any of them look as if they are having problems we could intervene early,'' he said. To navigate into Wellington Harbour, ships ought to follow the directions published in the Admir- alty Sailing Directions -- New Zea- land Pilot. Coastal ships and pilots carry those documents, but inter- national ships do not. This is one of the things we have been debating,'' Mr Pryce said. What could happen? Coastal tankers bring a number of fuel products and chemicals into the harbour, heading mostly to Seaview via Point Howard wharf. These include automotive diesel, petrol and caustic soda. Marine diesel oil is discharged to tanks at Ngaio, mainly to fuel the inter-island ferries, but it is MD80, a much lighter oil than the heavy fuel oil which was dis- charged by the Rena. What if when the worst happens? The most that is theoretically likely to be spilled into the harbour is the hold contents of a coastal tanker. How much damage a spill inflicted and how costly the cleanup wpuld be would depend on what was spilled and how much, Mr Pryce said. Many of the lighter pet- roleum products handled in Wellington are able to mix with water and would simply dissipate. There are three levels of spill response. The lowest, being a minor discharge at a terminal or other facility, would be cleaned up by the company's own staff. The second tier would be dealt with by the regional council, and it has various equipment including booms to do so. Inthecaseofathirdlevel--a tier-three incident of Rena proportions -- Maritime New Zea- land would take over manage- ment of the response, and also pick up the tab. A scenario where 5500 tonnes of oil is spilled from a large tanker has been considered by Maritime New Zealand. However, it would still be co-ordinating a local effort, Mr Pryce said. What is the most likely incident, and what is the worst case? The most likely incident would be a small spill during bunkering,'' Mr Pryce said. The biggest risk could be a ship casualty around the coast.'' SCOREBOARD CRICKET Junior Cricket Upper Hutt results from Saturday: Year2/3:TeamB83(PODAPrice&A Singh) beat Team F 57 (POD C Hume); TeamC119beatTeamE91(PODS Depuru); Team A 94 (POD B Rawson) beat Team D 26 (POD E Wilson). Year 4: UH Maroon 67/7 (POD J Walkington-Reid) lost to Hutt District Tornadoes 96/1; UH Gold 73/8 (POD Callum Wanden 24) lost to Petone Munro 127/1; UH Medic First Aid 66/4 (POD R Masseurs) lost to Eastbourne Green Caps 154/2. Year 5: UH J&R Garden Services 87/7 (K Modi 12, M Dalley 10 no) lost to Hutt Aces 92/6 (POD K Modi 4/4); UH Rijk 77/8 (POD S Lintern) beat Petone 76/8; UH Ruscoe 63/4 (POD Z Le Moray) lost to 113/6; UH Watt 55/7 (D Drummond 11, J Hansen 8 ret) lost to Stokes Valley 66/5 (POD B Tait 2/9 off 4, D Drummond 1/5 off 2). Year 6: UH Wilson 148/2 (POD R Vekony) beat Stokes Valley 25; UH Splish Splash Swim School 186/5 (POD H Ingerson) beat Petone Dalton 134/6. Year 7: UH Gold 128 (POD C Peirce) beat Wainui 73; UH Maroon 57 (POD T Meyrick) lost to Hutt Barlow's Freight 58. Premier: UH Mitre 10 Mega 175/5 (POD T Jones 51 ret, POD C Linton 50 ret, N Watt 22 N watt 22 no) beat Karori 96 (H Fraser 3/25 off 8, A Webster 2/19 off 8). PETANQUE The Upper Hutt Petanque Club held its annual Triples tournament on Sunday, March 11. Winners were: Ian Baine, Jean Baine and Doc Murray. Runners-up were: Jeanne Zee, Barry Sarney and Mike Kennedy. FOOTBALL Hilton Petone Cup: Division 1, Group 1: Miramar Rangers A 0, Pak n' Save Upper Hutt City A 2 (Javier Montalba 2). Division 2, Group 3: Pak n' Save Upper Hutt City B 6 (Pedro Garcias 2, Josh Moore, Matt Boyle, Brook Searle, Mike Sharp), Wainuiomata 3. SOFTBALL Totara Park Softball Club results, March 10 --Under-15: TP Gold v Giants, not played, TP Blue 3 v Wainui 2. Under-13: TP Gold Bye, TP Blue 0 v HCU 7 (by default). Under-11: TP Gold 20, Dodgers DKGM 5, POD Michael 'Mickey' Budge, TP Blue 7, Wainui 0 (by default), TP White 11, HV Marist Rookie 9, POD Ben Scrivener. Under-9 TP Gold 16, Stokes Valley 7 POD Nikita Haywood, TP Blu, v HV Marist Maroon, score unknown, TP White 20, Wainui Tornadoes 22 POD Sam Burrell. Under-7 TP Gold v Te Aroha POD Ardyn Humphrey, TP Blue v Stokes Valley Red POD Conner McHenry.
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