North Shore Times : January 11th 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013 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 NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of readers 15+ 808,000 Auckland's most powerful media Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011--Q2 2012 Project makes waves By MICHAEL FIELD CONTINUED Page 2 A FAR-FETCHED World War II plan to generate tsunamis to attack Japan was tested on the Whanga- paraoa Peninsula, inter- national news sites reported last week. But the story first broke 14 years ago, when the New Zealand Government declassified 50-year-old documents. And the paperwork revealed that far from gene- rating the hoped-for 11-metre tidal waves, barely a ripple was produced. The United States and New Zealand secretly tested the tsunami bomb'', designed to destroy cities by using underwater explosions to trigger the waves. Codenamed Project Seal, much of the testing was just a few miles north of the Shore at Army Bay. One of the survivors of the covert group, Toby Laing of Nelson, said in 1999 that he was left with a lasting leg- acy. It was bang, bang, bang' all day long. That's why I'm so deaf now,'' Mr Laing, then 87, said at the time. Nearly 4000 bombs were exploded at Whangaparaoa and in New Caledonia in a bid to generate a tsunami. Seal proponents called it an awesome'' weapon of tremendous importance chosen to administer the coup de grace to Japan''. US Navy South Pacific commander Admiral Bull Halsey said at the time: Inundation in amphibious warfare has definite and far-reaching possibilities as an offensive weapon.'' This month New Zealand author Ray Waru told the London Daily Telegraph he discovered the files buried at the national archives. It was absolutely aston- ishing,'' Mr Waru said. First that anyone would come up with the idea of developing a weapon of mass destruction based on a tsunami ... and also that New Zealand seems to have successfully developed it to the degree that it might have worked.'' But it didn't come close. An Auckland University engineering professor in charge of the project, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Leech, predicted 11-metre high waves up to four kilo- metres from an explosion with 2000 tons of high explosive. I can definitely state that I could inundate the Hutt Valley, Wellington City and the suburbs adjacent to Lyall Bay,'' Colonel Leech said at the time. But Mr Laing said in 1999 the experiments at the dam were a failure, with few explosions producing more than a ripple. Surprise winners take the trophy By JESS ETHERIDGE Quick feet: Bayview's Olga Mayes and her dance partner Richard Peters compete in the New Zealand National Open Ballroom Championships professional standard section which they won. Olga Mayes and Richard Peters have only been dancing together for 10 months but are already wiping the floor with the competition. Mrs Mayes from Bayview and Mr Peters of Pakuranga won the New Zealand National Open Ballroom Championships professional standard section. The duo performed five dances -- waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, foxtrot and quickstep -- in just under 10 minutes, placing first in three. But a slip-up meant one judge's score had not been counted and more than two weeks later Mrs Mayes and Mr Peters were awarded first place. Mr Peters waited until Mrs Mayes turned up at the studio to tell her so he could witness her reaction. ''She kind of just jumped on me,'' he laughs. It was an awesome feeling, Mrs Mayes says, but she feels bad for the couple who were de- throned. ''I kind of feel sorry for the other couple. It's hard for them. It's easier to not win it, then win it than the other way around.'' They were awarded a trophy and prize money. Mrs Mayes has danced ballroom and latin since she was five years old and developed a love for it. ''It's probably my biggest passion, it's everything for me. It's my life.'' They train at Tempo Dance Studio in Birkenhead where studio principals Mike and Trish Whitsome paired them up. ''Olga hadn't done ballroom in years and I hadn't done latin in years,'' Mr Peters says. ''So we had to swap codes. ''It took a bit of time but it ended up being really good. We both like to work hard, we both have similar styles, same likes ...and both love what we do.''
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