Western Leader : February 14th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 4 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 14, 2012 NEWS Looking for a hands-on career? If you re looking for a healthcare job that s hands-on and a little di erent, osteopathy could be the career for you. With the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) you will be taking your rst step towards becoming an osteopath. You will nd out how to restore and maintain people s health, and observe senior osteopathy students and tutors in Unitec s on-campus Osteopathic Clinic. Programme starts 27 February. Enrol Now. » www.osteopathy.unitec.ac.nz » 0800 10 95 10 UNO01 Green Bay 64a Godley Rd (next to New World) www.hearingdirect.co.nz YOUR LOCAL HEARING EXPERTS Hearing Direct will listen! Is hearing loss a concern? Are every day sounds getting harder and harder to hear? Then talk to Ian at Hearing Direct, an independently owned clinic, offering professional, personal service and impartial advice. Working with you to find the best hearing solution for your lifestyle and budget. Call now for a FREE hearing check Ph: 827 4457 Come in for the month of February and sign up for your discount card which entitles you to trade prices on all our Industrial and Commercial Marine Products. This card can be used at all our NZ Depots. For the month of February only when you sign up for your card, we will also give you a 33% discount off the retail price of our extremely popular ISOTAL Marine and Industrial Enamel, a hard wearing, fully tintable Enamel suitable for use around the home, your business, or boat. Drop into our Factory Shop to collect your card, or phone us and we can send one out to you. Altex Shop 68 Patiki Road, Avondale Tel: 09 828 3425 First the train, then war By MATTHEW GRAY Horrible death: A tombstone over the grave of Thaddeus Petford tells a small part of a much bigger story. A strong wind muffled the sound of the train s whistle as William Carlton Hepworth drove his horse and bakery cart across the rail cross- ing at Onslow Rd in Kingsland. Surrounding foliage obscurred the 23-year- old s line of vision and he had no idea of the pend- ing danger until he was on the track and seconds away from an horrific collision. William just managed to jump clear of disaster and certain death -- escaping with a few bruises and abrasions. His horse was killed outright. The incident in May 1914 prompted much dis- cussion in the com- munity over the lack of safety around rail crossings and the need for more controls. Fulltime attendants were among suggestions put to authorities. Editorial writers climbed on board after learning the Kingsland site had been the scene of a fatality just five months before. The deceased, Thad- deus Petford, was also driving a horse and cart when tragedy struck. The 24-year-old was delivering goods for his employer Bond and Bell but had no time to leap from the driver s seat. He died instantly -- as did his horse. Thaddeus, better known as Ted, was buried at Waikumete Cemetery -- the third child of William and Elizabeth Petford to die at a young age. His death prompted a series of warnings from rail officials who issued instructions to travellers on the need for care. The railway line and its surrounds through Kingsland have under- gone many changes over the decades -- many no doubt in the name of safety. But early newspaper accounts are littered with references to near misses and at least one other fatality, Elizabeth Battley, was killed in 1897 after the buggy driven by her husband was hit by a goods train. Elizabeth, like Thad- deus, also lies at Waikumete. And what of William Hepworth? The Yorkshire-born immigrant joined the army on July 7, 1915, and served overseas for three years during World War One. His luck ran out on September 21, 1918, when he died of malaria and pneumonia in a mili- tary hospital in Cairo. William is buried with other fallen soldiers in the Ismailia War Mem- orial Cemetery. Get ready for Round the Bays It s time to dust off those trainers, stretch the legs and hit the streets in preparation for the 40th Anniversary Ports of Auckland Round the Bays on March 18. The event is partly sponsored by Fairfax Media, owner of the Western Leader and its parent company Sub- urban Newspapers. Entries are flooding in and we expect to sur- pass the 70,000 partici- pant record this year, Fairfax Media Group sales and marketing manager Sandra King says. We re really encour- aging more people to officially register and also make this a record year for charity. Ports of Auckland Round the Bays will donate more than $100,000 to children s charities with proceeds from this year s event. Projects will include a new play area for Kidz First Children s Hos- pital, 500 electric thermometers for the Child Cancer Foun- dation, plus donations to Make a Wish Foun- dation, Garden to Table Trust and Fairfax First Books. Corporates are again making Ports of Auck- land Round the Bays one of their biggest staff events of the year, with companies like ASB, Mainfreight, Barfoot & Thompson and Fletcher Construction entering big teams. ASB executive general manager culture and community Linley Wood says it s an important date on the bank s calen- dar. We ll be fielding a team of more than 1200. It is a fantastic way for our people to enjoy an event with family and friends, and fits with our goals to promote a healthy, active approach to life and work. The event at 9.30am. Entry is $10 for those aged 16 years and under and $15 for adults. Reporter Lisa Honeybone is training for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays. Follow her at www.western leader.co.nz. Like us on search: western leader Harold visits Children returning to Kelston and Rutherford primary schools for the start of term were greeted by Harold the Giraffe. The LIFE Education Trust mascot tours around schools in a mobile classroom and visited the two west Auckland schools. The organisation teaches children lessons about healthy eating, relationships, self- esteem and drugs and bullying.
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