North Shore Times : January 17th 2014
Auckland’s most powerful media NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of Friday, January 17, 2014 Sailors extra life savers BUILDING the National Ocean Water Sports Centre at Takapuna Beach may help save lives, Yachting NZ chief executive David Abercrombie says. His comments follow the rescue of three Auckland fishermen by members of the NZL sailing team on January 8. Olympic multihull Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders were around 3km from the Takapuna shoreline on a routine training session when they came across a man treading water. The man’s small fishing dinghy had sunk around two hours earlier. ‘‘We pulled him on board and found he had two other fishing companions who had separated from him.’’ It was then that two NZL sailing team coaches – Mark Howard and Dave Robertson – who were also on the water independently from the sailors, became involved. They came to investigate what appeared to be some unusual sailing from Ms Jones and Mr Saunders and happened across a second member of the party in distress. They found the third person soon after and took them on board their inflatable coach boat. ‘‘We transferred the person we had picked up on to Mark’s boat and he took the three back to Takapuna boat ramp to an awaiting ambulance,’’ Ms Jones says. The NZL Sailing Team is the country’s top Olympic campaigner and members spend a lot of time on the water, training regularly on the David Abercrombie Fashion forward: Little Black Frock founder Olivia Willard is based at Massey University. waters of the Hauraki Gulf. ‘‘This is the area in which the proposed National Ocean Water Sports Centre is to be located and demonstrates an added benefit to the public of having highly capable sailors and coaches regularly out on the water keeping a wary eye out for the public’s safety,’’ Mr Abercrombie says. ‘‘I’m sure the presence and actions of the NZL Sailing Team members along with the use of lifejackets helped save the lives of these very lucky boaties,’’ he says. Trust says new plans on way, while opponents put pressure on ShoreMPs–P3 Get the perfect look – online By KATASHA McCULLOUGH Finding the perfect outfit for a summer barbecue or trip to the beach is a breeze thanks to one young entrepreneur. Olivia Willard left her fulltime job in digital marketing to set up website Little Black Frock through Massey University’s business incubator, the ecentre. Ms Willard says it was a slightly scary but exciting learning curve. ‘‘When I started working with the ecentre all I had was an idea. I didn’t know how to validate my idea or build it into a business.’’ Little Black Frock lets users mix and match products to create lookbooks. They can then buy the whole outfit online. Ms Willard says the idea was borne out of frustration. ‘‘I’m a busy person who likes fashion but gets frustrated when shopping for clothes. It’s hard to find the time to visit multiple stores to find an entire outfit.’’ She says it also suits stylechallenged people who would love someone with a good eye to put an outfit together for them. The website’s library of products includes brands like Sass & Bide and Karen Walker Jewellery. 808,000 readers 15+ Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011–Q2 2012 Get training now for Round the Bays It’s time to dust off your running shoes and get training for this year’s Ports of Auckland Round the Bays Fun Run on March 9. The annual exercise is New Zealand’s largest mass participation sporting event and is proudly supported by Fairfax Media, owner of Suburban Newspapers and publisher of the North Shore Times. The 8.4km flat course follows the contours of the picturesque Waitemata Harbour, beginning in Quay St and finishing on the waterfront at St Heliers Bay. The first run was initiated by the Auckland Joggers Club in 1972 and attracted 1200 participants. Up to 40,000 registered runners and walkers now take part. Their fees will this year help support Cystic Fibrosis Auckland, Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand, Kidsline, Radio Lollipop, Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, The Hearing House and Fairfax First Books. Participants can also support the charities through Everyday Hero. Register online at roundthebays.co.nz. Get set: Tens of thousands of people turn out for Ports of Auckland Round the Bays.
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