Eastern Courier : April 6th 2011
2 EASTERN COURIER, APRIL 6, 2011 NEWS Office Ph 272 7017 Fax 265 1285 Editor Janet Taylor email: email@example.com Sales Manager Stuart Palmer email: firstname.lastname@example.org Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: email@example.com Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 39,297 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Wednesday/Friday to Beachlands, Botany Downs, Bucklands Beach, Burswood, Cascades, Chapel Downs, Chapel Heights, Cockle Bay, Cumbria Downs, Dannemora, Donegal Park, East Tamaki, East Tamaki Heights, Eastern Beach, Edgewater, Farm Cove, Golflands, Half Moon Bay, Highland Park, Howick, Huntington Park, Maraetai, Mellons Bay, Northpark, Ormiston, Pakuranga, Pakuranga Heights, Point View Park, Sacramento, Shamrock Park, Shelly Park, Somerville, Sunnyhills, Whitford. Includes Rural Delivery area: Howick RD. 33 Birmingham Rd, East Tamaki. P.O. Box 76-400, Manukau City. www.easterncourier.co.nz Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971 www.madbutcher.co.nz Lean Diced Beef Offers valid from Mon 4th Apr - Sun 10th Apr. All Stores Open 7 Days Fresh Sliced Rump Steak only11 $ .89 kilo Rump Steak! Save $5.10kg o our everyday low price! 30% OFF Vodafone Warriors v Roosters Tickets available at the following Mad Butcher stores - Albany, Takanini, Mangere, Manukau and Glen Innes This Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium. Kick o 7.30pm 30% OFF 20 Mad Butcher Premium Beef Patties (Frozen) for only10 $ only10 $ kilo .49 Save $4.50kg o our everyday low price! Climbing wall of memories Walking through grief: Murray Burton with the climbing wall that will be officially opened next week on the three-year anniversary of the canyoning tragedy. Photo: KRISTINA RAPLEY By KRISTINA RAPLEY IT WAS a day that changed him forever. April 15, 2008, was Murray Burton's 50th birthday and the day he learnt six of his students and one teacher were killed on a canyoning trip in the Mangatepopo Gorge. The way the Elim Christian College principal publicly dealt with the aftermath con- tinues to inspire a community to live with its grief and has resulted in his appointment to the New Zealand Order of Merit. He says he has mixed emotions about the honour. It's nice to be acknowledged but it's for a cir- cumstance we'd rather not have happened.'' Mr Burton has become very close to the families of those who died and continues to offer support and guidance. He says a lot of what happened in the weeks after the tragedy was a blur but there are a some things he remembers very clearly. I'd been getting updates from the police throughout the evening and at about 8.30pm they said: Listen, you've defi- nitely lost four'. I'll never forget the con- stable, his voice, the fact that a theory had just become reality. These kids were never ever coming home.'' There are a number of memorials around the school and one of those is a climbing wall that will be officially opened next Friday on the three-year anniversary of the tragedy. There will be photos and inspirational quotes remembering those lost. It's not about prolonging the grief, it's about never for- getting,'' he says. Teacher's bravery remembered by award FROM Page 1 students to be strong and tell- ing jokes to try and keep them calm right up until his last moments. He had an effect on every- body he met,'' she says. He had a special charac- ter.'' The awards weren't able to be released until all court proceedings and coroners inquests had finished. The families say they are proud and honoured by the recognition, but it's still hard. It brings it all back up again,'' Mrs Mulder says. Mr McClean agrees it brings back all the memories, good and bad. Although it's very nice and very special, it's also quite painful.'' One of Tony's passions was working in poverty-stricken communities in Nepal. His family found a five-year plan on his laptop to work on health and education projects there. Tony's friends and fam- ily have set up a charity organisation called TNT (Tony's Nepal Trust) to carry out his vision. Visit www.tnt.org.nz. The three other students who died in the tragedy were Natasha Bray, Portia McPhail and Tara Gregory.
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