North Shore Times : January 27th 2011
8 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 27, 2011 NEWS 3 Akoranga Drive Northcote Ph: (09) 419 6888 www.foxoutletcentre.co.nz Tommy Gun ...this week Suits Sale Out 09 419 9286 Hyco New arrival Clothes, Jewellery, Tiaras, Handbags, Wedding Dresses Upto70%off 09 419 7907 The Sunglass Outlet DESIGNER SUNGLASSES CLEAR ANCE! Guess Sunglasses Up to 70% off RRP All $99 Kate Sylvester Sunglasses Up to 80% off RRP All $50 09 480 8030 Fragrance Outlet ARMANI CODE WOMEN EDP 75mls for $105.00 which retails at $209.00 BEAUTIFUL EDP 75mls with deluxe automiser for $115.00 which retails at $199.00 09 480 4718 Edex Toys Munns The Man Store Selected 100% wool. Single & Two trouser suits at only $299.00 Short sleeve casual shirts ALL half price! Selected non-iron business shirts from $69.90 09 480 4871 $250.00 plus FREE Shirt 20% OFF Business Shirts 2 for $60 edex.co.nz 09 550 6968 Dolls Houses Outlet Books EXTRA 20% OFF ALL CHILDRENS BOOKS Offer ends 6 Feb 2011 Amazing Deals! 09 480 1475 Tulip Fashions Leading NZ and AUS Brand at huge discounted prices Up to 80% off RRP 09 480 8893 • Blueberry Fashions • Edex Toys • Fragrance Outlet • Hana Sushi • Hyco • Ice Cream Concerto • Jamaica Juice • Mecca Cafe • Mobilefone Direct • Munns Menswear Outlet • Outlet Books • Pharmacy Direct • Pumpkin Patch • Rebel Sport Outlet • Sunglass Outlet • Tommy Gun • Tulip Fashion 2810036AG NEW Look NEW Hours NEW VIBE NEW Evening Tapas Menu Cold Beer on tap 1/3 The Strand, Takapuna Phone 09 486 5550 Come in and enjoy a cold beverage in our new courtyard. GREAT FOOD • GREAT MUSIC Navy chief has 50 years service Staying power: Navy Chief Petty Officer Leonard Bilton has chalked up 50 years of continuous service, a first in the New Zealand Defence Force. Photo: BEN WATSON By JODEAL CADACIO Meet navy Chief Petty Officer Leonard Bilton, the first New Zealand Defence Force member to have completed 50 years continuous service. He was only 16 when he joined the navy as an artisan apprentice in 1961. Looking back at how it all started, Chief Petty Officer Bilton says he was in the right place at the right time. I was looking for a way out of school so when one day at assembly the navy recruiters came, I said to myself: Here's my ticket'.'' He spent the next 20 months training before doing a further two years with the Royal Navy in England. His first sea deploy- ment was with the Tara- naki in 1965, conducting patrols off the coast of Borneo. That was when the Borneo confrontation was happening. We picked up and arrested some people off a boat full of explosives and turned them over to local authorities,'' he says. In 1968 he was made sonar maintainer with the ship Waikato and later on the with Canter- bury. He was also put in charge of weapons elec- tricals on the former navy survey ship Mono- wai. Chief Petty Officer Bil- ton was part of the deliv- ery crew in 1983 of the Southland, one of the Royal Navy ships turned over to New Zealand. As a sailor he had been to Australia, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, the United States and Europe. He is currently in charge of ship manage- ment for the Manawanui and Resolution. Chief Petty Officer Bil- ton was candid when asked what kept him going with the navy. They pay me well. I didn't think I could get another job,'' he says. At 66, he is looking for- ward to retirement in April 2013 and by then he would have chalked up 52 years in the navy. Navy senior media adviser Lieutenant Sarah Campbell says Chief Petty Officer Bil- ton's 50 years of continu- ous service is a first in the defence force.
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