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Senior students from the col- lege were on study leave, so the group was among the only boys on-board. “He was looking around, then he pulled the emergency exit and the alarm went off,” says Seri. “He was telling the driver to drive to Glen Innes, but the girls were telling him it was a school bus going to Edgewater.” Mr Tuipulotu tried to calm the man. “I had to stay there for another four minutes before I leave Panmure. I said to him, ‘sorry, I’m on a school run at the moment’, but he came over and grabbed me. It was a big shock, because I was talking nicely to him.” The man, who is described as rugged and in his late 30s, threw Mr Tuipulotu to the foor of the bus, injuring his elbow. “When I saw him on the ground, that’s when I knew we had to get in there,” says Gordon. The boys grabbed the offender and forced him out the door, when one of them was mistakenly punched in the face. “One of the public jumped in and right-hooked Schreider,” says Gordon. “He was thinking we were rushing the man on the ground.” Schreider says: “I turned around and then next minute I was on the ground looking at him. He had the wrong idea. It was a cheap shot. He apologised.” The mistaken member of the public helped another bystander prevent the offender from running away before police arrived and apprehended him. Mr Tuipulotu feels no animos- ity after the attack and was back at work the next day. “I’m a cool man. My family calls me iceman. “He might’ve partied all night, he smelled of alcohol. I went home and slept for fve hours, maybe it was the stress of everything. My heart got a big shock, because it’s never happened to me.” The father-of-seven’s emotion is apparent as he praises his guard- ian passengers. “They did a good job for the pub- lic and the bus company,” he says. “If the guy had released the hand- brake there may have been more damage, maybe someone would have died. “I work here so I can make sure I have milk and bread for my fam- ily. In my heart, me and my family say thanks to these guys.” Howick and Eastern Buses charter manager Colin Schofeld presented the boys with movie vouchers for their bravery. “It’s nice to know there are peo- ple out there that will look after our guys if they do get into strife,” he says. “I can’t thank you enough.” Some of the group had to put the incident behind them quickly, as they were sitting an English exam that morning. “My mind was blown,” says Gordon. “I was just thinking about the driver.” It’s the second time in three years Edgewater College students have come to the rescue of a How- ick and Eastern Buses driver. In 2009, two pupils brought an out- of-control bus to a halt after its driver collapsed. “I call Edgewater College the corner of hope,” says a grateful Mr Tuipulotu. Howick and Eastern Buses driver Fangubo Tuipulotu with the Edgewater College pupils who stepped in while he was being attacked. From left, Seri Jackman, Gordon Muavaa, Schreider Falefa and Kevin Tatana. Times photo Wayne Martin Boys put bodies on line HOWICK LOCAL BOARD Petition launched F ➤ rompage1 "People asked how they could help and some mentioned a petition, so I thought I would set up one online and give them an avenue to express their support for Adele." Almost 50 people have liked Mr Ross' post on Facebook, and 236 have signed the petition to retain Ms White as deputy-chair. The majority of Facebook contributors have written of their experiences of Ms White, a senior constable, in her role as Counties Manukau East Police's youth education o cer. "The support and response has been a lot stronger than I expected," says Mr Ross, who worked alongside Mr Williams as former Manukau City councillors, and Ms White on the former Howick Community Board. "Adele's dedication is beyond reproach," says Mr Ross. "I wouldn't see it as a con ict of interest. It's known my wife is on the local board and I'm the MP for Botany, but I'm also a ratepayer in the Howick ward, so I have an interest." To view the petition, go to www.tinyurl. com/HLBpetition. Show opens IT'S all hands on deck at a church about to unveil a revamped version of its popular Christmas display. Since its launch in 2005, thousands of people have been dazzled by Eastgate Christian Centre's annual Christmas lights show and time tunnel walk-through. This year the Pakuranga church is jazzing up its classic formula by showcasing Father Christmas' famous toy workshop. Visitors can line up at 5 Ben Lomond Crescent and be ushered through in groups of about 50. The Christmas lights display runs nightly from 7pm to midnight until December 24. The Christmas walk-through is open from December 18-23 from 7-10pm.
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