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Before leaving for East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste, in December, 2011, he underwent a series of medical examinations, including a blood test and multiple injections. Mr Curry also completed four- wheel drive and water safety courses, due to the number of fash foods the small nation has. During his year with the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste, he was put in charge of community policing for the national police of East Timor. “It was great and a real eye- opener,” Mr Curry told the Times, of his overseas deployment. “When you come from a place like New Zealand and then go over there it has a Third World feel. “The country has basic facilities and training, but it’s developing quickly and heading in the right direction.” Early last year, Timorese people voted in presidential elections and celebrated the 10th anniversary of their country’s independence from Indonesia. Mr Curry was then based in the capital Dili, and in Liquica district, and he and fellow UN police offc- ers mobilised for both events in case of trouble. While the presidential election ran smoothly, it wasn’t without nervous moments. “There were 1200 UN police offcers to support the peace and hold everything down,” Mr Curry says. “One Timorese fellow was shot by the local cops and several hun- dred people started rioting and throwing rocks. “We had 53 police cars damaged in one night and I was in the mid- dle of all that. “They can throw a rock as accu- rately as we can shoot a gun.” Mr Curry used his time in East Timor as a chance to improve a number of his policing skills, including in frearms handling and communication. Six months into his stint, he joined a special UN project team and spent three months travelling through the country and inter- viewing Timorese police district commanders. “Communication skills are eve- rything over there,” he says. “I learned to speak a bit of the main language, Tetum, but the Timorese also speak a number of different languages. “On the whole the people were very interested in us and engaged. Everyone was very receptive.” One of his low points came in October last year. An unknown species of spider laid its eggs, which turned toxic, underneath the skin on Mr Curry’s neck. He managed to fnd some strong medication to take which healed the infection. As a devoted family man, it was a struggle for Mr Curry to be away from his wife Amanda and chil- dren Charlotte, 19, and 15-year-old Adam. He was the last Kiwi cop to leave East Timor. “I only saw the kids a couple of times during the year,” he says. “It was very hard, especially when I’ve got to come home and essentially reinvent myself into the family. “I couldn’t have done it without Amanda, and the kids were fan- tastic. The hardest bit was leaving them behind. “It does make you appreciate everything you’ve got and realise how spoilt we are. “In some parts of Timor there are open sewers and people are living in mud huts. “You realise how lucky you are to live in New Zealand.” OE brings fresh outlook Counties Manukau East Police sergeant Tony Curry spent a year helping to improve East Timor's police force. Times photo Chris Harrowell MOTOR SPORT DRIFTING Aiming for debut title in series F ➤ rompage1 His RX7 is in Australia, where he's competing in the high pro le Formula Drift Asia series, held at Calder Park in Melbourne last weekend. Mad Mike is trying not to let his busy international schedule take his focus away from winning his rst ever D1NZ title. "Andrew Redward is on my tail, but I need to not focus on what's going on behind me," the father-of-one says. "IhavetofocusonwhatIcando,andI know I can do it. We have the best car and the best team." Mad Mike also drives a Mazda RX7 car for the Total Car Produce Magic team in the elite D1GP drifting series in Japan. He competed in the series' rst round and is thinking about the positives despite not doing as well as he'd hoped. "There just wasn't enough testing time in the car," he says. "We went straight from round ve of the D1NZ in Christchurch to an event for Red Bull in Queenstown and then to Japan. "There were a lot of changes to the RX7 in Japan and it was a black and white di erence from last year. "I learned so much watching and driving against the Japanese drifters. There's no doubt they're still the best in the world." Mad Mike has twice nished third and in second place once in the D1NZ title race. This year he wants to take it out. "We really want to win," he says. "It will be good to get this nal round and a national drifting title under my belt. "It's a privilege and an honour to travel the world and it's a dream I've always had. "Toni does all the paperwork, handles the sponsorship, and manages the team. "What makes our team successful is the passion and drive she and I have for it." The Cody's D1NZ National Drifting Championship grand nal is at Taupo Motorsport Park on June 22-23.
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