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A former metalwork teacher has
turned his skills and powers of patience
on creating remarkable scale models
of classic cars using old beer and coke
Sandy Sanderson came up with
the ultimate recycling project while
recovering from a nasty motorbike
accident nine years ago.
When his rst attempt at building
a 1959 Formula One car, a Cooper
Climax from eight Coruba and Cola
cans was a success, he has gone on to
make many more.
e vehicles are painstakingly
recreated using the colourful
branded aluminium cans to make the
bodywork, steering wheels, interiors,
headlights and tyres for hot rods,
roadsters, racers, and other classic cars.
e metal is glued on to a balsa wood
frame to keep the models sturdy.
Each one takes around 80 hours
to complete, but the 59-year-old
grandfather does not see it as a
"It's my passion and I absolutely love
Mr Sanderson, who lives in Hikutaia,
Waikato, with wife Jo, 54, is selling
them for up to $2387 each, as well as
detailed plans on how to build each
model to other potential enthusiasts.
e trained draughtsman and
technology teacher says he has always
had an interest in competition model
aircraft, classic cars, and bikes.
But it was not until he was recovering
from a nasty motorbike accident which
left him with a shattered left wrist
and o work for two years that he
a serious look
at the Coruba
and Cola cans"
that he had held
back from the
"I have seen
pictures of some
very ne model
from drinks cans
but they had the
from the inside
of the cans on
of the model.
is defeats the
purpose of using
the drinks can
looks to be
able to see instantly what your basic
resource was. Celebrate the fact, don't
hide it." e models, though for sale,
are kept in glass cabinets as pride of
place in the Sandersons' lounge.
His wife handles daily e-mail
inquiries from people all around the
world intrigued by the models.
" ey're just the most amazing
things. ey're more than just models
--- they're works of art," she said.
"My husband is a very clever man."
Mr Sanderson's extraordinary creations
have even been subject to an elaborate
Soon after he launched his website
(www.sandyscancars.com), a fake
e-mail started circulation on the web.
It claimed that Mr Sanderson's can
cars were actually the work of a well-
known homeless man from Broken
Hill, an Australian outback mining
e hoax made out that Albert
'Tapper' Torney, who collected bottles
and cans, was the one responsible for
the amazing can cars before he died.
"Everyone thought he was a bit
eccentric and kids would tease and
hassle him. But it was discovered he
was very talented and only sold the
empty bottles and some of the cans,"
the hoax e-mail said.
"After he died ... his large collection
of model cars he made from the
aluminium cans was discovered. is
goes to prove, 'You should not judge a
book by its cover', or a sculptor by his
sugar bag." Mr Sanderson was stunned
to learn of the hoax e-mail.
He was even contacted by Broken
Hill Museum sta who were seeking
con rmation of his story after being
inundated by people wanting to know
more about 'Tapper's cars'.
"I have no idea where or by whom it
was started," he says. --- APNZ
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 7
A police o cer has been suspended
from duty after he was charged alongside
a former All Black over a violent attack
on a taxi.
Former All Black loose forward Sione
Lauaki, 32, and constable Takao Cocker,
31, both appeared in the Auckland
District Court after the alleged incident
on December 13.
Police allege the pair intentionally
damaged a taxi about 3.30am at
Greenwoods Corner, Epsom. Court
documents reveal Lauaki allegedly
damaged the vehicle's CCTV camera
and Cocker damaged a wing mirror.
It is understood the alleged incident
may have been the result of a
disagreement over a fare. e driver, who
was not injured, could not be reached for
Police would not say if alcohol was a
factor in the alleged o ending.
Lauaki and Cocker were both
remanded on bail after their rst court
appearance last Wednesday.
Auckland police spokeswoman Noreen
Hegarty said Cocker was stood down
from police duties on full pay just hours
after the alleged incident. As the matter
was before the courts, police could not
When an o cer is charged with a
criminal o ence, such as wilful damage,
he or she is also subject to an internal
investigation and disciplinary action.
Cocker was not on duty at the time of
the alleged o ending, but his conduct
will still be scrutinised by police bosses
and a conviction could end his career in
When contacted yesterday Cocker said
he could not comment "at this stage"and
referred the Herald to his lawyer, who
said she had "no authority to comment
on his behalf ".
He is based in the Auckland City
district and works in the Mount
Wellington area, where he grew up.
He has played rugby for the New
Zealand Police tournament team and
is a well-known amateur boxer who has
competed in charity ghts.
Lauaki, who played 17 tests for the
All Blacks, scoring three tries, did not
respond to messages yesterday.
e Tongan-born loose for ward also
played Super Rugby for the Chiefs
before moving to France to play for
In January 2012 his health rather than
his rugby put him in the spotlight after a
routine biological assessment showed up
heart and kidney problems. It also ended
his playing career in France.
"What has happened to me is
disappointing. I've never had these types
of problems before but that's life, and it's
necessary for me to look after myself,"
Lauaki told French newspaper L'Equipe
at the time.
Former agent Bruce Sharrock said
he was unaware of the charge against
"Sione has not played professional
rugby for over 18 months. Given this
I no longer represent him," he said.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Sandy Sanderson with one of his cars, made from recycled drink cans.
Scale model classic cars made from old drink cans
Mamaku has a pest problem on its hands,
after it was revealed ferrets were behind the
attacks that killed more than 30 chickens and
On January 4 the Rotorua Daily Post
reported 17 of Mamaku couple Judy and
Terry Wilson's chickens were discovered
killed on their Rata Street property after they
came home from holiday.
Initially the couple had thought a person
or group of people were behind the attacks
because of the way the chickens had been
killed and because the door to the chicken
coop, which was usually kept closed, was
found wide open.
However, about a week after the attacks, a
neighbour spotted a group of ferrets eating
the remains of one of the chickens.
It was common for ferrets to kill and later
come back to eat the remains of their prey,
Rotorua Canopy Tours conservation manager
Gary Coker said.
He was sure ferrets were behind the killings
of 33 chickens and 11 ducks in the area,
including the 17 chickens that belonged to
Mr and Mrs Wilson.
" ese are the culprits, they may be cute but
they're dangerous," he said.
Mr Coker was rst alerted about the
killings by Environment Bay of Plenty, before
he decided to set traps in the area to catch
"I think it's a good way to help out Mamaku
locals and it helps protect the native birdlife
in the area too.
"If this is what they're doing on someone's
farm, imagine the damage they are doing out
in the forests, to our native birdlife." Since
setting ve traps just over a week ago, Mr
Coker has caught ve ferrets.
Mrs Wilson praised Mr Coker for his
e orts and said she was relieved to know
the attacks were not the result of something
"It's just such a relief, to know it was
caused by an animal and not someone
doing something silly and terrible. It's
good to know." Mrs Wilson said she will
now lock her chickens in the coop at night
to make sure ferrets cannot get inside.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Mamaku fowl killers ferreted out
Two foreign nationals appeared in court
today after Customs intercepted about 7.8kg
of methamphetamine in separate incidents at
Auckland airport over the weekend.
A 28-year-old United States man, who
arrived from Los Angeles on Friday, was
arrested after 4kg of methamphetamine was
located in his laptop bag.
Customs arrested a 32-year-old Mexican
woman the following morning after she
arrived from Chile carrying almost 3.8kg of
the drug similarly concealed.
Customs' spokesman Chris Howley said:
"Let the arrests be a warning --- these
methods are known to us and couriers can
expect a full Customs welcome if they try to
carry drugs into New Zealand.
"Severing the methamphetamine supply
chain at the border is Customs' top priority,
and we will do everything it takes to stop
illicit drugs from reaching the streets and
harming our communities." e drugs had an
estimated street value of up to $7.8m.
e maximum penalty for importing class
A controlled drugs into New Zealand is life
imprisonment. --- APNZ
Customs intercept drugs at Auckland airport
A family will have to rebuild their
lives after their Auckland home
burned down as a result of a child
playing with a cigarette lighter.
e single storey dwelling on
Clements Street in Mangere was
reduced to a shell when re ripped
through it about 1pm yesterday.
Four children and their mother
escaped largely uninjured.
Vaifoa Tuialii, a neighbour, said
the family, originally from Tonga,
had been living there for many
years and were struggling to come
to terms with the situation.
" e lady was so stressed, she
was in shock. We just told her to
... breathe and calm down. She was
very, very shocked. I don't know
how to describe it because this is
the rst time I saw something like
this happened to somebody." e
family were alerted when an eight-
year-old boy --- one of the four
children --- yelled " re, re, re"
and they ran outside.
e children's mother thought
her young daughter was still inside
so re-entered the burning building
but was called back when the girl
was found safe outside.
e woman su ered smoke
inhalation and was treated by
ambulance paramedics at the
" e re was so big, huge," Ms
Tuialii said. "I'm so happy they got
out because it was so bad, so much
smoke everywhere, everywhere. I
think if they didn't get out quick
it could have been very bad." e
family was too distraught to talk
to media as they walked around
the wreckage of their family home
Papatoetoe re station senior
station o cer Terry Jenner said
the re had been started by a child
playing with a lighter under a bed.
It was unclear whether there
were smoke alarms because "every
ceiling in the house is down on the
Police said the incident
highlighted the importance of
ensuring matches and lighters
were always kept out of reach of
children. --- APNZ
House fire caused by
child playing with lighter
e man taking a
Mayor Len Brown over
allegations of bribery
and corruption wants
the matter to become a
will drop o documents
and submissions at the
Auckland District Court
today, where he will
lay out why he says Mr
Brown should head to
e submissions were
to be led yesterday, but
the retired Wellington
the delay on computer
crashes, the volume of
documents to consider
and the number of pages
to be written, bound and
" is is an important
case requiring ... a high
standard of professional
and cannot and should
not be rushed," Mr
McCready said in a
He has asked the court
to accept the matter
as a test case, saying
in submissions seen by
APNZ: " e type of
alleged o ending goes to
the heart of the elected
democratic system of
government in New
Zealand in general and
that of the largest city
in particular." Accepting
the prosecution would
allow clari cation about
what was considered a
bribe and when a gift
became a bribe, and clear
up whether a spouse or
partner of an elected
o cial should have to
Mr McCready has
already laid charging
documents at the court,
alleging the mayor
accepted a bribe for
himself and his wife
in not disclosing
free hotel rooms and
upgrades from Sky City
2010 and November last
Over the weekend
Mr McCready found
out that under the
relevant section of the
Crimes Act he would
have to apply to the
for permission to take
A spokesman for
Mr Finlayson said
in practice, authority
for such a decision
was delegated to the
Mr McCready also
said last week he was
charges against Mr
Brown's wife Shan
Inglis, alleging she was
a party to her husband's
Instead Mr McCready
will, for now, only
pursue Mr Brown.
for Len Brown
become a 'test case'
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