Western Leader : March 3rd 2011
Find out more: phone 09 355 3553 or visit www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz Proposed temporary road closure The following roads will be closed on Sunday, 13 March for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays event: Quay Street (from Lower Albert Street to Tangihua Street) from 7am to 11am Quay Street (from Tangihua Street to The Strand) from 5am to 11am Tamaki Drive (from The Strand to Ngapipi Road) from 7am to 11.30am Tamaki Drive (from Ngapipi Road to Goldie Street) from 7am to 12.30pm The Parade and Goldie Street from 7am to 12.30pm. Roads will open progressively as foot traffic clears. Access for residents and businesses in Tangihua Street and Tapora Street will be maintained from Beach Road only. This closure applies to all except authorised and emergency vehicles. For further information, phone Event and film operations on 09 301 0101. Public Notices Can't wait to read the paper? Have missed your delivery or just want to pick up another? 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Photo: JASON OXENHAM Pedalling for poverty with black armbands By HANNAH SPYKSMA ' The thought of pedalling for a purpose just makes me smile ' Puketapapa Local Board chairman Richard Barter Cyclists in a nationwide charity event are donning black armbands as a mark of respect for victims of the Christchurch earthquake. Puketapapa Local Board chairman Richard Barter and a team of 12 riders associated with the Mt Roskill organis- ation Tear Fund left Invercargill last Monday on a charity bike tour of the country called Poverty Cycle. They were deep in the heart of Southland when last Tuesday's 6.3 magnitude quake struck. We were in the Catlins -- we didn't feel it -- and had no idea until we talked to a local shop- keeper. It was such a shock,'' he says. It was a very difficult time when we found out, because one of our riders was from Christ- church and he didn't know how his family was.'' Mr Barter first had the idea for Poverty Cycle 10 years ago and says the quake hasn't changed tour plans too much. The keen rider organised the event to raise awareness and help break the cycle of poverty'' at a local and global level. The thought of pedalling for a purpose just makes me smile,'' says Mr Barter, who believes New Zealand's cycle culture is on the rise. Money raised from the tour, which is completed in stages across the country -- from Whangarei Heads in the north to Invercargill in the south -- goes to charities Brothers in Arms and 24-7 YouthWork. Funds will also be sent overseas to help vulnerable children under the age of five, with 70 percent going to the organis- ation Compassion. The team of riders stopped on the outskirts of Christchurch over the weekend and had a rest day in Halswell on Monday. Tear Fund spokesman Keith Ramsey says co-ordinators are working to see what the organ- isation can do to help in the devastated city. Mr Ramsey is unsure if funds can be directed to victims of the quake, with the charity ride's partners already decided. The initiative involves a nationwide community bike ride day on March 5 as well as the country tour. The Auckland part of the event starts at Onehunga Bay and finishes at Otuataua Stonefields in Mangere. Visit www.povertycycle. org.nz to find out more about how you can get involved. Crusaders made right decision Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM All credit to the Crusaders for deciding to not play the Hurricanes in last weekend's Super 15. The team felt it was inap- propriate to play because of the earthquake. They had just lost one of their board members and thought that their time would be better spent with family and friends. Some thought that if they had played it would have gone a long way to uplifting the spirit and morale of Christ- church people. That view was condemned by most, which was understandable, given the tragedy and because emotions were running high. However there have been numerous examples where a sports performance has up- lifted the morale of the people. There's probably no better example of that than what happened with the New Orleans Saints in 2009 when they won the NFL Superbowl. The lift that the victory gave to the community following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina was significant. In NZ sports history one of the best examples was when our cricket side played a test against South Africa in South Africa on Boxing Day in 1953. Just two days earlier the Tangiwai disaster had occurred where a train had plunged into a river killing 151 people. New Zealand fast bowler Bob Blair's fiance ´ died in the catastrophe and so no one expected that he would continue to play in the test match. But when New Zealand were nine down for 154 chasing South Africa's 271, incredibly Blair walked out to support his team. The whole crowd stood up stunned and silent, they were totally captured by Blair's bravery and courage. The great Bert Sutcliffe greeted him and he and Sut- cliffe added 33 for the last wicket hitting four sixes between them. This wasn't enough to win the game but it didn't matter, it was a wonder- ful display of courage from Bob Blair and he was saluted by the local press who hailed his spirit and said that glory was with the vanquished. This of course doesn't mean the Crusaders decision not to play the Hurricanes was wrong -- in fact it was 100 percent correct, however it is right to point out that sport sometimes can be a panacea for people when they are griev- ing. A great sports perform- ance can lift peoples' spirits as was the case in New Orleans and when Bob Blair showed amazing courage and lifted everyone's morale when the country was in mourning over the Tangiwai disaster. I have no doubt that another triumphant Crusaders cam- paign could have the same effect.
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