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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday February 26 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, February 26, 2015 — 5 127309 New GPs join the team at Highland Park Medical Dr Tony Chang Dr Sherine Tobias ALL PRICES INCLUDE GST Open Saturday morning until noon E: email@example.com 115 Harris Road, East Tamaki. Phone 274 6357. BELGIUM PAVERS 200x100x50 80¢ each REGENCY COBBLESTONES 230 x 190 x 40 $1.50 each SLABS 400 x 400 x 50 $9.50 each Free quotes for laying Wide variety of other shapes and colours Wide variety of other shapes and colours See website for more info: www.cobblestone.co.nz 124579-v7 COBBLESTONE MANUFACTURERS OF PAVING FOR 30 YEARS UP TO 33% OFF END-OF-LINE STOCK AND 50% OFF SECONDS BY CHRIS HARROWELL ■ APOPULAR former East Auckland school pupil who lost her life in a tragic road crash last week is remembered as a girl who lived life to the full. Natasha Strydom featured in the Times in 2008 as a talented 13-year-old. The then pupil of Elim Christian College in Botany was named top junior horse- handler at the National Arabian Championships in Christchurch. She and her best friend, both aged 20, lost their lives in a tragic road crash on February 17 on State Highway 25 between Auckland and the Coromandel. Sergeant Dave Reid, of the Waikato Police district command centre, says emergency services were called to the scene at about 7.45am. “A head-on collision has occurred between a Thames- bound Mazda Demio car and a Volkswagen Passat vehicle heading north away from Thames.” Ms Strydom and her best friend Jani von Wielligh were travelling in the Mazda Demio car. The female driver of the Volkswagen vehicle was flown by helicopter to hospital for medical treatment. Ms Strydom was living in Waiuku at the time of her death. She was studying toward a science degree at Massey University in Palmerston North. Elim Christian College principal Murray Burton says he remembers his outgoing former pupil as a “beautiful and bubbly kid” who “lived life to the full”. “Natasha’s family was very involved in our school when she was a student here and made a huge contribution,” he told the Times. “She had an optimistic character and was the sort of pupil every school would like to have. Natasha went from strength to strength, was following her dreams, and was a wonderful girl who loved life.” Mr Burton says Ms Strydom’s passing will leave a large hole in both her immediate and extended family. “Like many of our school’s families she came here from South Africa,” he says. “Her loss will be so much more keenly felt in that the distance will be excruciating. “ Their comfort will come from drawing on each other’s strength, but it’s just devastating to lose one of your beautiful daughters. “It’s difficult for the rest of us to imagine what that’s like.” Former Times news reporter Amanda King spoke to Ms Strydom in 2008. She described her as a confident teenager who spent up to two hours daily training her Arabian horse, named Farli, to ensure they were both in competition form. The youngster was excited about beating seven other competitors to become top junior horse-handler. “I prayed for a first [placing],” she said. “I have been training really hard and I’m really proud of myself.” Despite having been bitten, kicked, stood on and fallen from a horse, she dreamed of studying to become an equine vet once she left secondary school. The young Ms Strydom said she had to balance her love of horses with her school work. “I have to finish all my homework and my chores before I can go and ride.” FATAL CRASH Optimistic pupil mourned A popular horsewoman is killed in a car crash COLUMNIST Got your number I HAVE received good feedback from my last column and Iaskanyof you who have memories of our area to please contact me. Many people remember the Ormiston area as the place where their horses were grazing and they regularly travelled this country area to ride. The new Ryman Village is on the site of the old Howick Country Lodge and it was really in the middle of the country. Back in 1995 we ran a story headed ‘We’ve got your number’. This is an extract from the story: ‘New home buyers in those parts of East Tamaki that border Howick have been seeking to have the first three digits of their phone numbers changed from Otara’s 274 to Howick’s 534. Telecom spokesperson Hugh Scott says residents in East Tamaki South vicinity have requested the change as they believe the 274 prefix has negative connotations. The short answer is we can’t change it for free because the way the exchange is configured there are a certain number of telephones coming off one exchange. But if they feel it necessary to change their number they can pay for an unlisted number which is a flat fee of $64.88, then a monthly fee of $2.80.’ The outcome was never resolved and now the area is mostly 271 and nobody gives it another thought. Talking to chairman of the Howick Local Board, David Collings, last weekend, he reminded me that the area I refer to as Ormiston is actually called Flat Bush. My email address for any old memories and/or photos is firstname.lastname@example.org. – Reay Neben is the CEO of the Times group number KNOW? With Reay Neben Did you Museum celebrating AN ARRAY of family activities is organised to celebrate Children’s Day. MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) is offering free entry for all children under 17 on March 1. Activities will include a petting zoo, horse and carriage rides, old-fashioned lolly-making demonstrations and face painting. The theme for National Children’s Day is ‘treasure our children’. MOTAT chief executive Michael Frawley says the museum highlights Kiwi ingenuity and New Zealand’s transport and technology heritage in a fun and interactive way. Visitors to the museum will also see an historic printing press in action, as well as a blacksmith hammering in the historic village forge. The event is from 10am-4pm on March 1 at MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs. Former Elim Christian College pupil Natasha Strydom, pictured above in a photo taken in 2008, died last week when a car in which she was travelling collided with another motor vehicle. Photo supplied CIVIL DEFENCE Disaster plan for pets launched People often refuse to evacuate without their pets A PLAN to help people save themselves and their animals in a disaster has been launched. World Animal Protection is urging Kiwi pet owners to plan for their pets with a new free online website. Using the website they can download their free ‘disaster planning pack’ with simple and practical advice to help them plan for their pet, whether they have dogs; cats; small animals such as rats, mice and guinea pigs; rabbits; fish; birds; horses; or assistance/guide dogs. For more than 50 years, World Animal Protection has been protecting animals from disasters. While working with communities, individuals and governments to help their animals, the charity has seen many people put themselves at risk by refusing to evacuate without their animals. Flood-trapped victims in the USA Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005 refused to leave their pets behind, risking both human and animal life on an enormous scale, the charity says. Bridget Vercoe, New Zealand country director for the charity, says pets are part of the family in New Zealand, just as they are around the world. “Disasters can and do happen in New Zealand,” she says. “But with a pet plan you will know what to do, saving time and saving the life of your entire family.” The free online resource has been developed by World Animal Protection with the Ministry for Civil Defence & Emergency Management, Ministry for Primary Industries, the RSPCA, New Zealand Veterinary Association and other agencies in the National Animal Welfare Emergency Management Advisory Group. The free online resource ➤ can be found at www. protectyourpet.org.nz.
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