North Shore Times : January 15th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 10 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 15, 2013 NEWS Like us on facebook to have your say facebook.com/NZautocarDashboard View at www.dash-board.co.nz or at any of our newspapers online. Your online motoring guide issue 7 Sit back and relax with Dash-board this summer. ISSUE 8 ONLINE 22 JANUARY Drive for business results in complaint calls Auckland Transport's public transport ticketing service is off to a bumpy start. The AT HOP card was intro- duced to train and ferry users late last year. It replaced the Snapper card system which was dumped by Auckland Transport in August. But in its December business report, Auckland Transport admits AT HOP did not get off to a flying start. An increase in calls to its helpline were repor- ted after a letter-drop to residents which aimed for an increase in online registration. Commuters complained about the AT HOP website, card swap-outs, retailer location and cost, according to the report. Auckland Council's AT HOP call centre will be based in Auckland CBD, the report says. Quarry jump goes wrong Tree fall: A young man fell from the upper branches of this tree overhanging the Wilson Cement Works historic reserve quarry lake. Horrified holidaymakers watched a young man plummet down a cliff on to rocks at a popular pic- nic spot. A 20-year-old Coro- mandel man suffered multiple injuries at the old Wilson Cement Works in Warkworth on January 3, prompting warnings about jumping there. A witness says the man was going to jump outofatreeatthe quarry lake near the Mahurangi River but fell when a branch broke. He estimates the man fell about 30 metres on to rocks in front of about 150 picnickers. Mike'' says it seemed as if the man was sub- merged for up to three minutes before he was retrieved by two other onlookers who hauled him on to an airbed. I tw a su pt o1 0 minutes before the man regained consciousness, he says. It was horrific. I knew as soon as the tree branch broke it was going to be bad.'' Mike called emergency services and comforted the family of the young man's girlfriend who he was staying with in Auckland while on hol- iday from the Coroman- del. Mike says it was an accident waiting to hap- pen''. He often visits the popular cement works picnic spots and has spo- ken to others about jum- pers risking their safety. There was a rope swing at the spot but this was removed and trees trimmed. But Mike says a fit youngster like Saturday's victim was still able to make it to the top. The Westpac rescue helicopter landed at the quarry about 35 minutes after the fall. Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust manager Greg Brownson says the man was unre- sponsive but breathing and was confused when he came to. An ambulance arrived first at the scene and gave him pain relief. The man had a lacer- ation above his left eye, pain in the pelvis and right ankle and lacera- tions to his torso. He was taken to Auck- land Hospital. Jumping into quar- ries is very dangerous,'' Mr Brownson says. We've been to the quarry at Lake Pupuke several times over a few years and responded to many who have nearly drowned. Fresh water is so dif- ferent to salt water, it isn't as buoyant and peo- ple underestimate it,'' he says.
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