Eastern Courier : December 2nd 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz 5 EASTERN COURIER, DECEMBER 2, 2011 NEWS 3 NEED SURGERY BUT HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE? C7/ORM029/16x4_1 Are you looking to have your surgical procedure under taken privately but have no health insurance? Ormiston Hospital can help you achieve this through our new affiliation with Nova Medical Finance. Our special partnership affords patients the opportunity to receive discounted interest rates on private medical procedure loans. No matter what type of surgery you require, why not take advantage of this wonderful new nance opportunity*. Call us today on: 09 250 1157 Or visit our website at: www.ormistonhospital.co.nz 125 Ormiston Road, Botany Junction, Counties Manukau Phone (+649) 250 1157 Fax (+649) 926 5809 We can offer you assistance to meet the cost of this surgery with easy to set up payment plans through NOVA Medical Finance*. See our website for more details. *Lending criteria and conditions apply. Preston's Imports ART CLEARANCE Art Liquidation SALE New designs, Prototypes and end of line fabrics 2 weeks only! 25 Springs Rd, East Tamaki Friday 2nd December -- Friday the 16th December Mon-Thurs 7.30am-5pm, Friday 7.30am-4pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm Cash & credit card only P 09 271 0560 www.prestonsfurniture.co.nz Showroom Clearance of Preston Lounge Suites PLUS!! Crew back home after Rena job By AMY McGILLIVRAY Home again: The Awanuia moors in Auckland after spending nearly six weeks in Tauranga. Photo: LAWRENCE SMITH The MV Rena might yet break up but oil is no longer a threat thanks to a hard- working group of Auck- landers. Ports of Auckland and Seafuels sent two boats and their crews to help the sal- vage effort soon after the ship ran aground on October 5. The tanker Awanuia was sent to pump fuel off the stranded ship while tugboat Waka Kume helped hold the Rena steady. Awanuia master Rick Hunter spent more than a month at sea while the oil was slowly pumped from the stricken ship into the tanker. I was there from start to finish,'' the Walkworth resi- dent says. The Awanuia's role was to go and collect the fuel as it was pumped off by the sal- vage crew.'' Mr Hunter helped make preparations on October 6 and the next day the ship was on its way to the Astrolabe Reef. The weather deteriorated on October 9 and the ships were forced to return to port after the Awanuia was damaged slightly. It actually touched the Rena,'' Mr Hunter says. The Awanuia is not designed for that kind of operation. But it wasn't significant damage. It was pretty much like scratching a car when you park.'' At that stage things were not looking good and the Rena looked like it was going to fall apart, he says. Mr Hunter even told his wife he thought he would be home in a couple of days. Ports of Auckland tugboat the Waka Kume was the first vessel to get to the ship. Master Rahul Doshi says his boat was attached to the back of the Rena in an effort to stop it drifting further onto the reef. The weather was just absolutely disgusting -- four- metre swells, gale force winds, hail storms.,'' he says. The Bucklands Beach resi- dent says it was frightening to be left out there when the crew of the Rena abandoned ship. Everybody left and we were sitting there and look- ing at it turn to custard. You could just see her slowly but surely deteriorate. You could hear the containers clinking, very scary.'' Mr Doshi says there was certainly an element of danger but his experience and Mr Hunter's meant there was never any real risk to the crew. Both men say a seafarer watches with a heavy heart when a ship goes down. It's pretty horrifying when you look at it,'' Mr Hunter says. It's completely wrecked.'' But he is delighted with the outcome and would not hesitate to do it again. We saved the environ- ment. There was not really more thought involved than step- ping across the road to help an old lady. How can you give up? You just carry on.'' IN BRIEF HRISTMAS APPEAL Festive appeal The Eastern Courier Salvation Army Christmas Appeal is now in full swing with presents flowing in. Bins collecting presents for families in need are located in the Salvation Army foyer on Wellington St, Salvation Army family stores in Howick and Ti Rakau Drive, Botany and Pakuranga town centres and local libraries. The appeal runs until December 16. Remembrance Howick's All Saints church holds its annual service of remembrance this Sunday. It is open to anyone who has experienced a bereavement or loss and gives people a chance to remember their loved ones. ''Christmas can be quite scary when you know you'll be doing the family thing but someone important won't be there. The service is an opportunity for people to be with other people in a similar situation,'' All Saints co-vicar Reverend Bruce Keeley says. Mr Keeley says the service can be particularly helpful for those who have lost someone but have been unable to attend the funeral such as new settlers who have lost someone overseas. The Service of Remembrance is at All Saints Church in Howick on December 4 at 7pm.
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