North Shore Times : January 21st 2010
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Friday, January 21, 2011 17 Antares Place Mairangi Bay Ph: 477 2007 www.mish.org.nz LTA D Stone marks link to Korea By JODEAL CADACIO ' The veterans association is helping us bring the stone to New Zealand. ' -- Garden trust chairman Ben Lee A FOUR-METRE slab of stone extracted from the site of a major battle during the Korean War will be part of a memorial to be built in Taka- puna. The Gapyeong Stone will be a focal point of the war monument in the planned Korean Garden on Barry s Point Reserve. The Korean Garden Trust and the New Zealand Korea Veterans Association are leading the effort to build the monument in honour of Kiwi and Korean war veterans. Trust chairman Ben Lee says the big chunk of rock will be taken from a quarry in Gapyeong County east of the capital Seoul. Volunteers from both countries are work- ing on the project. Gapyeong was the scene of one of the major battles in the Korean War -- the Battle of Kapyong that took place on April 22-25, 1951. In a bloody encounter United Nations forces that included New Zealand troops thwarted the so-called First Spring Offensive launched by the communist Chinese and North Koreans to capture Seoul. Two Kiwi soldiers were killed and five were wounded during the battle. Mr Lee says the war monu- ment is a major component of the Korean garden and it would be fitting to make the Gapyeong Stone its focal point. The veterans association is helping us bring the stone to New Zealand, he says. Association president James Newman says it would be a challenge to transport the huge and heavy stone from Korea to New Zealand. Mr Lee says a suggestion is to have it airlifted by a Hercules C-130 cargo plane with the help of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. We re working on the details -- everything will be finalised within the coming weeks, he says. The $200,000 war monu- ment will occupy 300 square metres of the 15,000 square metre planned garden. Coffee junkie: Winter at Starbucks Takapuna. His next stop is Browns Bay. Photo: BEN WATSON Winter's caffeine wonderland By GRACE ACKLAND Drinking his 10,006th coffee and going strong American coffee fanatic Winter once drank 29 cups in a day. He doesn t recommend it: It is very unpleasant; I got anxiety, sleeplessness, jit- ters and headaches. Winter was on the Shore this week to continue his mission of drinking a coffee at every Starbucks on the planet. He consumed his 10,006th coffee at the Takapuna cafe before moving on to the Browns Bay one. Winter usually gets a brewed coffee sample but at his 10,000th coffee at a Karangahape Rd cafe ´itwas a flat white. We don t have those in America and I wanted to try something different, he says. The 38-year-old he started his journey in 1997 and has visited 23 countries with the goal of making it to every continent. His unusual name, which he says is legal, can raise questions from customs officers. He is travelling by car around the North Island and South Island with 10 days to complete his mission of 40 stores. His coffee escapades are put on hold when he is working as a computer pro- grammer. I fell in love with travel, and the sense of adventure you get when you have to figure everything out with limited resources, he says. But he admits drinking coffee is a bigger priority than sightseeing. Winter likes the attention he gets and documents his trip on his blog. His next stop after Aust- ralia is Indonesia and many more countries. He also has ideas for solv- ing global problems and passes that on as he drinks coffee. Visit http://www.starbucks everywhere.net/ for more information about Winter and his adventure.
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