Western Leader : January 24th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 10 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 24, 2012 NEWS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Name Phone number Age WES/WL/2040 westfield.co.nz/westcity Find Papa Smurf in the windows of six stores and you could win one of five copies of The Smurfs on DVD. Just write down the names of the stores, fill in your details and bring your entry to Customer Service on Friday 27 or Saturday 28 January. PAPA SMURF S SKIPPING IN IT LL BE SMURF-TASTIC Fri27&Sat28Jan 10am -- 2pm Meet Papa Smurf and Monty at Westfield WestCity. Bring the whole family for face painting and fun. All entries will agree to the Terms and Conditions of this promotion (that can be found at westfield.co.nz/westcity). Stay safe on the wild west coast Safety comes first: West coast beach users are reminded to stay safe and avoid tragedy this summer. Photo: FIONA GOODALL Beach-goers are being reminded to stay safe at surf beaches this summer. 'The message comes from Dave Comp, president of Bethells Beach Surf Life Saving just days after a 15-year-old Henderson boy went missing while swim- ming at O'Neill's Bay near Bethells Beach. It's believed the teen was caught in a rip and is now presumed drowned. If the beach you are going to has a surf lifeguard patrol then the safest place to swim or enter the water is where they have set the flagged area. Now this might seem to be stating the obvious, however, it continues to amaze the lifeguards when people attempt to swim in other parts of the beach, sometimes only a couple of hundred metres away or even worse in the perceived calm spot,'' Mr Comp says. The red and yellow flags are set up and the nominated area has in most cases been tested for risk, that is a life- guard may have gone out for swim to see how the rip currents are travelling, he says. The flagged area is also the primary focus for the life- guards so if there are any issues somewhere else on the beach it can take longer to get help, Mr Comp says. A rip current is a narrow body of water moving out to sea. In other words as the surf comes into the beach that water has to go some- where so feeder channels develop looking for an area to make its way back out to sea to disperse behind the break zone.'' If you visit a beach that does not have a surf lifeguard patrol look out for the signs of a rip: Calm patches in surf with waves breaking each side Rippled or criss-crossed water. Discoloured or foamy water Adjacent sand bars Any of these can identify a rip and if you are swimming should be avoided at all costs. If you get caught in a rip: Try not to panic. This can be easier said than done but if you panic your energy levels will be quickly burned up Raise your hand Float on your back Wait until the rip stops moving before swimming If you are a strong swimmer then you could ride the cur- rent out from the beach until the current weakens, then swim parallel to the shore for 30 to 40 metres before returning slowly to shore. Boogie board users are strongly recommended to use fins, Mr Comp says. Not only will they help you catch more waves, there is a better chance of getting back to the shoreline or out of a rip. Watch the conditions, things can change throughout the day, the most important one is the tide. The risk that something could happen increases for an outgoing tide, especially on the west coast.'' Fishers are also urged to be mindful of the conditions. You are not bulletproof and a lifejacket is a must at all times. On Auckland's west coast, angel rings are fitted in key spots in the event that a fisherman is swept off the rocks. This does not mean that lifejackets are no longer required, in fact it is the opposite, and both could keep you alive. In short, if the surf is up please don't go out. We have had instances where people have gone rock fishing in two to three metre-plus surf and have either not gone home or had a very rough time. Remember the beach is a fantastic place but like all things please respect it. Lifeguards are there to help so if in doubt come and have a chat with them.'' Events celebrate Auckland birthday Toot toot: Tugboats will start the Anniversary Day Regatta with a race off North Head. Auckland will celebrate its 172nd birthday with citywide celebrations this weekend. Anniversary weekend will feature four signifi- cant events -- the Auck- land Seafood, the 12th Annual Auckland Inter- national Buskers, and the St Jerome's Laneway festivals and the Ocean- bridge Auckland Anni- versary Day Regatta. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development spokes- woman Jennah Wootten says the events celebrate everything Auckland represents. The Auckland Anni- versary weekend pro- gramme offers inter- national and local performers, great sea- food and wonderful har- bour activity.'' The seafood festival brings together leading chefs and a variety of seafood and ocean deli- cacies. There's no shortage of world-class entertain- ment with the diverse and talented musical acts at the St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Silo Park. Performers will take over downtown Auckland for the International Buskers Festival and it wouldn't be Anniversary Day without craft of all shapes, size and heritage breaking sail on Auck- land's harbours for the Oceanbridge regatta. It will feature a huge fleet of vessels including tall ships, gaff riggers, sloops, racing keelers, multi-hulls, sailing ding- hies, radio-controlled boats, waka ama, Sea Scout craft, restored classic yachts, an armada of more than 20 vintage tugboats and America's Cup proto- types. There will be action in the sky as well as on the water when the Red Checkers followed by the Warbirds perform two aerobatic displays over the city. The scene will be set on the Sunday at Viaduct Harbour when people will get the chance to see the fleet of heritage vessels up close as they berth from late afternoon. And the action starts at 10am on the Monday when tugboats young and old gather at the entrance to the Viaduct Harbour and parade up to the start line for the tugboat race off North Head. For full details go to: www.aucklandbuskers festival.co.nz www.regatta.org.nz/ Home.html http://auckland.lane wayfestival.com.au www.auckland seafoodfestival.co.nz.
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