Eastern Courier : January 5th 2011
5 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 5, 2011 NEWS * Off recommended retail price. Bikes may have been advertised and sold below retail from time to time. Models vary from store to store. BIKE BARN ALBANY 61C Paul Matthews Road, Albany Ph 09 414 5395 BIKE BARN TAKAPUNA 81 Barry's Point Road Ph 09 486 2065 BIKE BARN NEW LYNN 3119 Gt North Road Ph 09 827 6951 BIKE BARN NEWMARKET 48 Remuera Road Ph 09 524 5621 BIKE BARN BOTANY 287 Botany Road, Botany Downs Ph 09 271 4122 BIKE BARN OUTLET 9 Ronwood Ave, Manukau Ph 09 551 0963 BIKE BARN HAMILTON Cnr Ulster and Liverpool Street, Hamilton Ph 07 838 0575 PENNY FARTHING CYCLES AUCKLAND Cnr Symonds St & Khyber Pass Road, Grafton PHONE (09) 379 2524 HOURS Mon -- Fri 9:00am -- 5:30pm, Sat 9:00am -- 5:00pm Sun 10:00am -- 5:00pm 60 Hobson Street, Auckland PHONE (09) 307 0864 HOURS Mon -- Fri 8:00am -- 6:00pm Sat 10:00am -- 4:00pm Sun Closed ON NOW! HURRY INTO ONE OF THESE GREAT STORES OPENING HOURS Monday -- Friday 9:00am -- 5:30pm Saturday 9:00am -- 5:00pm Sunday 10:00am -- 5:00pm WERE UP TO $799 $699 NOW • 6061 Alloy Frame • Enigma X-90 Fork with alloy crown • Shimano EZ FIRE Gears, 24 Speed • Tektro Novela Mechanical Disc Brakes 2011 JAGUAR AND FREE SPIRIT MTB WERE UP TO $399 $299 NOW • Men's and ladie's oversized gusseted frame • Zoom suspension fork • 21 speed Shimano components • 36 hole alloy rims 2011 SUMMIT Local & Sports Parks Summer Programme Macleans Park: 10, 24 Jan The Esplanade, Pakuranga (southern end of Eastern Beach) Totara Park: 17 Jan Redoubt Road carpark, Manukau Heights Doggy Day Out Get your dog's tail wagging with some canine socialising, a good bit of exercise and a treat at the end for good behaviour! Kindly sponsored by Mondays 5:30pm - 6:30pm Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz Safety tips on the water Sticking to a safe speed, watching your wake and keeping a careful lookout are among the top boat- ing tips to ensure a safe summer on the water. Regional harbourmas- ters are working with Maritime New Zealand to remind boaties their safety lies in each other's hands. There is a maritime tradition that boaties help each other out when something goes wrong on the water, but this sup- port needs to carry into all behaviour on the water,'' recreational and small craft manager Jim Lott says. Mr Lott says high speeds create a wake which rolls other boats causing discomfort and potential injuries to those onboard. Always look behind to check whether your wake is causing a prob- lem to others.'' Other basic rules to follow are keeping to the right of oncoming boats, and wear your lifejacket. A walk in the park for sisterhood Hikers: Members of the Women's Outdoor Pursuits club on a tramp in the Hunua Ranges. Photo: JANIE SMITH By JANIE SMITH When it comes to crossing a flowing stream in the Hunua Ranges, the trampers from the Women's Outdoor Pursuits club don't go it alone. Instead, they pair up under the instruction of leader Linda Cole and learn a new technique -- putting their arms around each others' waists and moving together for extra stability. The pairs are able to make it slowly and surely to the other side even when the water reaches thigh height -- with much laughter. The teamwork and support is indicative of the club's phil- osophy of providing an environment where women of all skill levels can learn how to safely and confidently enjoy the outdoors. The club's members are scattered throughout Auck- land and come together for the various walks held each week. Ponsonby resident Marion Shadforth has been involved for about eight years and found out about the club through her neighbour. She was telling me about all these wonderful walks she went on.'' Marion did the introductory course and decided to sign up. It opened a new window in my life. It's a great stress buster and it keeps me fit.'' It's not all tramping through mud. The club also runs urban walks although Linda says people prefer to do bush walks during the sum- mer when it's too hot to hit the pavement. The walks are given a star rating from one to five, with five stars being the most challenging tramps. The introductory course gets people into the philos- ophy. Even experienced people have to do it,'' she says. Groups go at the speed of the slowest walker and there are groups to cater for differ- ent fitness levels. Linda says that while most women have spent time in the bush at some point in their lives, for some who have come from other countries it's a major mystery. The training course is about making people comfort- able in the bush, whatever their background is.'' The course covers every- thing from wearing the appropriate clothing to basic first aid. All the leaders carry extra gear to deal with potential emergencies -- although they are rare, Linda says. The course was formerly funded as part of the Adult Community Education pro- gramme but after funding was slashed the four leaders took a pay cut to keep it going rather than putting up the fees. Linda has been a member of Land Search and Rescue since 1993 and was a partici- pant in the first Women's Outdoor Pursuits introductory course in 1989. She went along on the tramping course out of inter- est and began helping out as a volunteer and covering for leaders when they were sick. Linda became a leader in 2000 and says the walks are about the journey, not the destination. Robyn Fond joined the club 16 years ago after moving to Auckland from the United States. I love it. I've made some of the best friends I've ever had in my life. We are all kindred spirits. It's an unconditional sisterhood.'' She says the training is common sense and provides survival skills that are rel- evant in all areas of life. See www.wops.co.nz for more information.
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