Western Leader : January 25th 2011
7 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 25, 2011 NEWS Motorway Improvement Work Te Atatu to Rosebank NZTA_TR_2701 The NZ Transport Agency wishes to advise motorists there will be significant delays on State Highway 16 [SH16] between Te Atatu and Rosebank, on the evenings of Thursday 27th January, due to necessary maintenance. Loop cutting work is taking place on the eastbound lanes. The eastbound lanes between the Te Atatu Road off ramp and Rosebank Road on ramp are scheduled to be closed, and this includes the closure of both the Te Atatu Road eastbound on ramps, and the Patiki Rd eastbound off ramp. The work will be carried out between the hours of 9.00pm and 5.00am, due to reduced traffic volumes and to minimise disruption to road users. Detours will be in place via Te Atatu Rd and Great North Road. Eastbound traffic will be diverted from SH16 at Te Atatu Rd. NZTA advises motorists the detours could add up to 25 minutes to the journey, and allowance for additional travel times should be made. All work is weather dependant. If work can not be carried out on the date above, it will be carried out on the next available evening. These works are an important part of the maintenance programme to ensure the motorway is kept in a good and safe condition for all road users. For updates and information about these works, or any other motorway issues please call Auckland Motorways on 09 5200 200. • NZQA Accredited Programmes • Career Planning • Work Based Training • Supportive environment with strong leadership *Enrolment criteria applies. FIGHT 4 our youth Achieve qualifications, confidence, life skills, good jobs and careers with BEST Youth Academy CAMPUSES AT MANUKAU & WAITAKERE • Computing • Travel and Tourism • Freight Operations • Sport • Business Administration • Employment Skills • Performing Arts BEST YOUTH ACADEMY NO FEES Tertiary Education for 16 -- 18 year olds* NCEA RESULTS DISAPPOINTING? CALL US TODAY! Tribute to discovery Radio astronomers: From left: John Bolton and Gordon Stanley with astronomer Joe Pawsey in 1954. By VANITA PRASAD Sixty-three years ago high on the hills above Piha two men made a discovery that revolu- tionised astronomy. New Zealander Gor- don Stanley and Eng- lishman John Bolton came to Piha in search of radio stars -- stellar objects that release radio frequencies. Their discovery was revolutionary but few know about their suc- cess. On Friday a plaque will be unveiled in their honour on Te Ahuahu Rd in Piha to commemorate the historical find. The pair arrived on the west coast in May 1948 after their search for the stars in Pakiri near Warkworth proved unsuccessful. They based themselves at the World War Two radar station at the end of Log Race Rd. They chose the location because of its high west-facing cliffs. There they made a dis- covery that Professor Miller Goss, former director of the Very Large Array, National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico, says was monu- mental''. Bolton and Stanley's discovery revolutionised 20th century astronomy. This was massive -- the first discovery of a celestial object that was not the sun or the moon,'' he says. From Piha they man- aged to accurately pos- ition the sources of radio waves coming from the Crab Nebula, the most studied object in astron- omy. Auckland councillor and historian Sandra Coney says it's a shame that more locals don't know about the inter- nationally recognised find. We've got a New Zea- land discovery with a New Zealander involved and none of the locals, apart from those involved in astronomy, knows about it.'' She says there are only remnants of their base left at the site. There are concrete fragments and the base of the powerhouse still remains although the buildings have been removed. One of the structures is now used as the cook house at the Piha camp- ground,'' she says. The plaque will be unveiled on Friday at 3pm at Te Ahuahu Rd, Piha, at the carpark near the station where the discovery was made. Guest of honour Pro- fessor Goss will speak about Stanley and Bolton's Cosmic Noise Expedition at the Piha Surf Club at 8pm on Friday.
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