Howick and Pakuranga Times
Botany and Ormiston Times : Howick and Botany Times Wednesday February 19
www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, February 19, 2014 --- 3 124611 By Chris Harrowell PASSIONATE history buffs are polishing their boots and honing their aim in preparation for simu- lated military manoeuvres this Sunday. Jordan Hart, Michael Chong and Jon Stevens are helping to bring the past to life at the How- ick Lions in the Park and Military Tattoo, from 10am-4pm at Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga. The trio is among those taking part in a large-scale military re- enactment at the popular annual East Auckland event. The day is organised by Howick councillor Sharon Stewart with assistance from the Lions Club of Howick, and sponsored by a number of groups and businesses, including Times Newspapers. It features Scottish dancers and pipe bands, the singing Eno Sis- ters, marching girls, a traditional strongman competition, Celtic warriors and Norsemen. There will also be live music by The Smokin’ Bandits to open the day, as well as community stalls, food and more entertainment. Mr Hart, 52, is the founder of the Military Re-enactment Soci- ety, which has members through- out New Zealand. The Howickian estimates 40-50 military re-enactors will be on hand this Sunday to give the public a taste of battle. Involved also are members of the World War II Historical Re- enactment Society NZ. Mr Hart will be wearing an authentic historical New Zealand army uniform and carrying a Brit- ish Lee-Enfeld .303-calibre rife. “We’ll be displaying authentic World War II encampments and have soldiers dressed in New Zea- land, United States and German uniforms,” Mr Hart told the Times. “We’ll also be doing some periodic fring of a mortar, probably every 30 minutes or so. “All of us really love history. Going to a museum and letting people see the uniforms and equip- ment on display isn’t as interesting as seeing it in action. “It gives people the smell of bat- tle, rather than viewing it through glass.” Mr Chong is a member of the 21st Panzer Division re-enactment group, which role-plays battles involving the German army during World War II. The Howick resident will display on Sunday his unique left-hand drive 1942 Volkswagen Kubelwa- gen light military motor vehicle, and his 9mm German MP40 sub- machine pistol. “It’s about education for us,” says the 40-year-old. “We get younger kids involved and sometimes set up overnight camps. “We all hold frearms licences and love collecting the military equipment.” Playing the role of a World War II United States army soldier is Mr Stevens. The ex-Californian, who lives in Meadowbank, will be driving his distinctive 1943 Willys MB US army jeep, equipped with a 60-horsepower engine. He will be armed with an authen- tic US army M1 Garand rife. “These are getting quite rare,” says the 28-year-old, about the weapon. “It took me about seven months to fnd this one. “The most enjoyable part [of military re-enactments] for us is talking to people. “There’s always someone who comes over and shares a story about their parents or grandparents dur- ing the war, which is nice.” For more information on the Military Re-enactment Society, visit www.ww2reenactors.co.nz, or go to www.facebook.com, and search for 21st Panzer Division. The Howick Lions in the Park ■ and Military Tattoo is at Lloyd Els- more Park, Pakuranga, from 10am- 4pm this Sunday. Entry is free. Marching into war zone Among those staging an armed forces battle re-enactment at the Howick Lions in the Park and Military Tattoo, held at Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, this Sunday, are, from left, Jon Stevens, Michael Chong and Jordan Hart. Times photo Chris Harrowell Grass fire frustrates By Chris Harrowell FIREFIGHTERS called to extinguish a blazing East Auckland cli top were frustrated at having to make a return trip the next day to do it again. Howick re station o cer John Searle says two crews, including the Howick volunteer re brigade, responded to the Mellons Bay blaze at about 9.30am last Sunday. They returned to the scene in Bleakhouse Road at about 4.30pm the next day to douse another potentially deliberately-lit grass re. "We didn't nd the cause of the re on Sunday, but we assume it was kids," Mr Searle told the Times. "That's because of the stu that gets left in that spot, including bottles and other rubbish. "The re started at the end of the cli and spread quickly until it was about the size of a normal residential section. "There was no risk to homes in the area, but a fence on the cli was starting to burn." The a ected area is accessed via a walkway from Bleakhouse Road to the cli overlooking Eastern Beach. "Kids and other unsavoury people go there," says Mr Searle. "I don't mind them doing that, but I wish they would respect the place. "If there was a re somewhere else, we wouldn't have been able to attend it," he says. "Whether they were having a barbeque there or lit it intentionally is hard to determine." Mr Searle says the Bleakhouse Road cli top is well-known to East Auckland's re ghters. "We go there regularly at this time of year, up to half a dozen times over summer." People with information on the cause of grass res in Bleakhouse Road, Mellons Bay, lit at about 9.30am last Sunday and 4.30pm last Monday, can phone Counties Manukau East Police on 261-1300, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers tip-o line on 0800-555-111.
Howick and Botany Times Wednesday February 12
Howick and Botany Times Wednesday February 26