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Traditional scouting activities
in Westland and Buller will be
bolstered this year through the
William Pike Challenge Award.
Scouts will participate in eight
outdoor activities — including
sea kayaking, rock climbing,
tramping and orienteering
— a nd undertake 20 hours of
community ser vice to personally
develop a new sport or hobby in
order to gain the award.
Award director, author and
amputee William Pike formally
launched his initiative in aid
of West Coast scouting, in
Hokitika on Wednesday night.
The award is an outdoor
run over a year which aims to
promote a positive youth culture.
It also provides schools and
community groups with support,
resources and motivation to
facilitate youth development.
“As a past scout myself, I’m
really excited to be working with
the scouts from Westland Buller
region,” Mr Pike said.
The award would give scouts “a
huge range” of opportunities to
connect with people and places
and to grow and develop as
individuals, he said.
zone leader Wayne Noble said
the award challenge was “an
awesome” opportunity for West
“The William Pike Challenge
Award fits well with what we are
doing in scouts and we hope this
will help with the development
of scouting on the West Coast,”
Mr Noble said.
The challenge provided a tool
which not only strengthened
scouting communities but
enabled children to be
empowered through new
challenges for valuable life
lessons, he said.
Mr Pike set up the award
after facing the obstacle of
amputation in 2007. He was
one of two young climbers
caught in a volcanic eruption on
the slopes of Mount Ruapehu
in September 2007, suffering
numerous life threatening
injuries and had his right leg
amputated below the knee.
This life changing experience
spurred Mr Pike to develop
the award, which now bears his
In the past three years
engagement with the award
by primary and intermediate
school aged groups throughout
the country has grown rapidly,
with 48 schools and nearly 1100
students participating this year
William Pike, centre, with Greymouth and Hokitika scouts at the launch of the award, on Wednesday night.
Award to challenge scouts
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Runanga fireman Daryl Gibbens looks to beat the clock as he unrolls a fire hose in the two-man time trial section at the Recreation
Grounds this morning.
Wet star t to firefighting competition
The United Fire Brigades Association’s
2015 Water Ways Challenge got under
way to a wet start in Greymouth this
Greymouth fire chief Lee Swinburn said
the opening ceremony had to be cancelled
but other wise the fire hose challenge was
proceeding as planned, albeit in steady
“Unfortunately, things haven’t gone our
way but we are boxing on. The scheduled
format will run how originally planned. At
the end of the day it ’s only water. It ’s just a
bit more uncomfortable for the guys. ”
A deluge interrupted the morning events.
“The conditions up there are atrocious
but they are firemen and they are used to
running in water,” Mr Swinburn said.
The conditions would mean competitors
would be more reliant on skills than speed.
“The old hands will definitely have the
advantage over the next couple of days.
The advantage will be on the Greymouth
boys because we’re used to the rain,” Mr
Overnight the weather had damaged the
marquees which had been set up, but the
ground at the Greymouth High School
field was all right despite the wet.
“Considering the rain we have had, the
ground has held up pretty well. ”
to pay $19,000
Canterbury residents have been asked
to increase security after a man fled from
police into the bush.
The incident happened near Hanmer
Springs about 5pm yesterday, police
spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said.
The man, who was driving a Toyota
Platz vehicle reached speeds exceeding
100kph as he fled from police who were
waiting near the Maruia Falls.
The vehicle was stopped with road
spikes and the driver ran into dense
bush, Ms D unn said.
“ Police dogs from Nelson and
Greymouth were called to track the man
but he was not located last night.”
Police have advised residents in the
area to increase security until the person
involved was located, she said.
The man’s vehicle had been seized and
was being examined today. — NZ ME
Speedster flees into bush
A French tourist who drove on the
wrong side of the road, colliding with an
oncoming car, must pay $19,000 to his
victims before he can leave the country.
Stephane Yoan Mazerat was sentenced
in the Hamilton District Court yesterday
for the January 5 crash which seriously
injured his wife, himself and two women
in the other car.
The court heard the 29-year-old
research engineer drove on the right
hand side of the road out of habit
when he and wife Isabelle Mazerat left
a ser vice station at Awakino, an hour
north-east of New Plymouth.
The pair were on their honeymoon
and had been in New Zealand two
weeks when they smashed into Taranaki
woman Maria Tairawhiti and her friend
and two children on State highway 3.
Mazerat and his wife were flown to
Waikato Hospital with Mrs Mazerat
suffering life threatening internal, spinal
and ner ve injuries.
She has endured 11 operations since
and the couple were in hospital for
almost two months.
Ms Tairawhiti and her passengers were
taken to Taranaki Base Hospital where
she was treated for chest injuries and
Mazerat ’s lawyer Belinda Sellars said
he was extremely remorseful for the
accident which left him with numerous
fractures and amnesia from a head injury.
He could not remember the crash, and
appeared in court in a wheelchair.
However, she said the young couple
had mortgage commitments in France
and were months away from returning to
work because of the rehabilitation they
It meant that while Mazerat wanted to
“make amends” for the crash, the couple
would have to take a loan from his
parents to pay the “generous” reparation
costs agreed at a restorative justice
conference on Wednesday.
— NZ M E-New Zealand Herald
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