North Shore Times : February 22nd 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 22, 2013 NEWS 5012738AE 2013 Youth Scholarships at Academy New Zealand PHONE 0800 4 ACADEMY to find out more Limited Spaces available 0800 4 222 3369 www.academy.ac.nz Exciting new youth courses are now on offer for 2013. Full NCEA level 2 Certificates in: Salon Assistant, Fashion Retail, Hospitality, Sport and Pharmacy Assistant. 45 Weeks in duration and open to anyone aged 16 to under 18years of age. Tel: 09 443 7640 | Txt: 027 599 2666 Email: email@example.com | www.pharmacy.school.nz Right now, the pharmacy industry needs qualified pharmacy technicians and assistants. A School of Pharmacy qualification will make you instantly employable and prepare you for a lucrative career. Visit our website, phone or text us to find out about our range of course options. BH/6675/6x27/NST ENROL NOW!! 5012535AN Cop gives hook the chop Sticky kontiki: Browns Bay man Robin Gilchrist, 73, was snagged by a stray hook while operating his Kontiki off the beach. Browns Bay community constable Paul Donaldson removed it. Photo: MARYKE PENMAN By MARYKE PENMAN THE LAST thing fisherman Robin Gilchrist, 73, expected to catch with his brand-new Kontiki was himself. The Browns Bay man hoped to snag some decent snapper for tea, but his finger was pierced by a stray hook that threatened to drag him out to sea. It was going out a lot faster than normal and the bait flicked up into my finger. I had to race down the beach pretty quickly with the line while the other guy I was with stopped the motor. Browns Bay community con- stable Paul Donaldson is now being praised as the resident finger sur- geon after dealing to the hook with a pair of bolt-cutters more com- monly used to carry out search warrants. It was the first time Mr Gilchrist had launched the $4000 machine, on the morning of February 7. Initially I tried to push it [the hook] out myself with some pliers but it was stuck on the bone, he says. In need of more heavy duty cut- ters, Mr Gilchrist took himself to the medical centre where nurses tried in vain to remove the hook. Even side-cutters could not break the high tensile hook. They told me I was going to need an operation. I said just pull the bloody thing out , but they wouldn t do it. There was some squid bait hanging off it that freaked them out a bit. Mr Gilchrist was about to return to his fishing, with the hook still lodged in his finger, when he was told to try the police station. It was there that Mr Donaldson came to the rescue with a pair of 400-millimetre bolt cutters. We use them for carrying out search warrants, gaining access to locked gates, cutting padlocks, that sort of thing, Mr Donaldson says. With a bit of muscle the stainless steel long-line hook was cut free. When all else fails go and see Dr Paul Donaldson, Mr Gilchrist says. I did think at the time what a waste of a good hook , but I suppose it could ve been worse. Mr Gilchrist says he gathered a full haul of snapper with his Kontiki the next day. The incident has done little to deter him from using his new toy. Have a say on health and public safety bylaws Public views are being sought on new bylaws for health and hygiene and public safety and nuisance issues in public places. Both bylaws will replace the 11 different sets of rules inherited from legacy councils. Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are seeking feedback on draft public safety and nuisance bylaws aimed at minimising nuis- ance, obstructive or unsafe activi- ties in public places. Rules will apply to public places, including parks, beaches, roads and public transport infrastructure and come into effect in late 2013. Two bylaws are required to ensure that the same rules will apply in the areas controlled by Auckland Council, such as parks and beaches, and the roads and public transport looked after by Auckland Transport. The bylaws are intended to con- trol safety issues and inappropriate behaviour and cover obstructions and damage to public places. Auckland Council is also seeking feedback on a new health and hygiene bylaw and code of practice. This covers commercial services such as tattooing, body piercing, hair removal, indoor tanning and nail services. Auckland Council says the proposed rules will cover some types of businesses that are outside existing bylaws but fewer will need to be licensed in the future. Proposals include: Operators of services that pierce or risk breaking the skin, and poss- ibly drawing blood, will need to comply with the bylaw and the manager will need to obtain a Health Protection Licence. Minimum standards for services that risk burning skin such as sun beds and laser treatments. Submissions to the new bylaws close on March 15 at 4pm. Go to aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ bylaws for information and to make a submission on the proposed bylaw. A copy of the draft bylaw and submission form can also be found at libraries, service centres and local board offices or phone 301 0101.
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