Western Leader : February 24th 2011
www.westernleader.co.nz Thursday, February 24, 2011 Stock smashed in quake By CATHERINE HEALY PILES of smashed glass are all a Henderson businessman has in his new Christchurch showroom after Tuesday s earthquake. Bede Burgoyne owns a spa and sauna company based in Henderson and had just fin- ished stocking his new outlet in Woolston, Christchurch, when the quake hit. We had just finished unloading the truck. Mr Burgoyne spent Tuesday morning moving stock up from his Queens- town outlet with the help of his brother and sister, who are also from Henderson. They had just unpacked the last few items when the quake hit at 12.50pm. I was in our big concrete factory building and it was swaying like a cork in a bath. Everything was moving by about a metre -- the walls were going sideways, the roof was going. I was looking at the roof thinking, if that falls, I m dead. It was pretty damn scary. All the glass doors and panels were tossed around like matchsticks. I had $100,000 worth of stock smashed. It s all destroyed. But you look at the factory and the showroom and the state of everything and you realise, I m alive. If any of it had fallen on us, we d be in hospital or dead. You go from shock to sad- ness to joy and back to shock, he says. Mr Burgoyne and his siblings escaped the quake with bruising and cuts. The Western Leader spoke to him on Tuesday evening as he was driving back to Queenstown to collect his motorcycle. The roads in Christchurch were absolute chaos. I have a big four-wheel-drive so I was able to get out. The main roads were totally congested because everyone s been told to get out of the city. I ve got enough gas to get me to Queenstown so I m going to load my bike and head back. Mr Burgoyne s Christ- church factory includes accommodation but he wasn t going to stay there on Tuesday night. There are big cracks in the side of it. He and his family instead planned to stay with relatives nearby and hoped to fly out of the devastated city on Wednesday. Polluted waters force change of plan for Scouts Sea sick: Team leader Andrew Stevens with New Lynn Sea Scouts, from left: Linden Rose, Ana Canty, Freya Rose and Lily Firoa. The group is modifying its training programme this weekend because of pollution at French Bay. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY By NICOLA MURPHY RED ALERT The number of times west Auckland beaches have had unsafe bacteria levels since October 1. They are: Armour Bay 8 Titirangi 11 Fosters Bay 12 Laingholm 13 Green Bay 14 French Bay 15 Wood Bay 18 There s something in the water at many of west Auck- land s swimming spots and it s not healthy. Fosters Bay, French Bay and Titirangi are unsafe for swimming and other tidal activities. They have elevated bac- teria levels and warning signs have been put up. Armour Bay, Wood Bay and Laingholm beaches are all being retested because they have elevated bacteria levels and have tested unsafe three to four times in the last week. Bethells and Karekare lagoons have also been unsafe and are being retested. Guidelines dictate that a beach will be retested if the first sample is greater than 140 enterococci per 100ml for marine waters and 260 E.coli per 100ml for fresh waters. Fosters Bay and Titirangi were particularly high on February 19 with readings between 12,000 and 24,000. Warning signs will be put up and people are advised not to swim there or collect shell- fish if the retest results are still above the 140 per 100ml mark. The sites are tested every day until they return to normal. One group affected by the pollution is New Lynn Sea Scouts which is holding a training day at French Bay on Sunday. Team leader Andrew Ste- vens says they originally planned for part of the day to involve family boating but this has been postponed because of the health hazard. He says they will also avoid doing a kayak capsizing drill and will exclude the younger Scout members. The Waitakere Local Board area covers all of the beaches involved. Chairwoman Den- ise Yates says she is con- cerned about their state. The bacteria levels have been really high for the last couple of weeks, she says. The big question is why are they so polluted? There are several factors that influence bacteria levels, including stormwater run-off, wastewater or septic tank overflows and contamination from animals. Auckland Council licensing and compliance manager Carole Todd is not aware of any reason why so many west Auckland beaches have unsafe levels. She says the council tries to manage these incidents with Watercare and if a cause can be pinpointed it will be investigated. People risk nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea if they swim, go boating in or collect shellfish from a polluted area. Beaches are retested throughout the summer. Go to www.auckland council.govt.nz for the latest information.
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