Kapiti Observer : November 7th 2011
9 KAPITI OBSERVER, NOVEMBER 7, 2011 4162901AA Phone 06 368 0130 174, Oxford Street, Levin. Levin@seehear.co.nz *Some conditions apply - Ask in store for details FREE Sunglasses with every complete pair purchased* Car cartwheels 90m down bank Wreckage: A man was saved by his own ''drunken'' state on Wednesday when his car left the road and tumbled down a bank in Otaki, police say. By BEN STRANG An Auckland man is lucky he won't be eating ghost chips'' for eternity after allegedly driving off a cliff in Otaki on Wednesday evening and tumbling 90 metres down a bank. The 24-year-old, driving on Rahui Rd at about 6pm, was heard doing possible handbrake turns and skids by nearby Wellington council staff, Con- stable Phil Johnson said. They saw the guy driving and hanging out the side of the vehicle, looking like he was yelling out for a dog to get back in the vehicle,'' Mr Johnson said. There was no dog, so he might have been playing with them.'' Minutes later the council workers heard a loud crash, and saw the car tumbling down a 90-metre bank. It looks like he got to the top of the hill and wanted to turn around, and when he did the three-point turn he went straight over the top of a cliff.'' The car landed on its windscreen, and cartwheeled down the bank before coming to a rest in a mangled heap. Witnesses ran to the scene and found the man standing next to his car, missing a shoe. He then walked back down Rahui Rd towards Otaki, where police stopped him. Mr Johnson said he denied being involved in the crash, but was positively identified. He was breath- tested and blew 796 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg. Mr Johnson said in this case alcohol appeared to have saved the man's life, causing him not to panic. I talked to the crash scene investigators and they basically said that because he was drunk, he was relaxed during the crash. If he was sober he'd probably be dead.'' However he warned people should not drink and drive. The man refused ambulance treat- ment after the crash, but appeared not to be injured. He was to appear in Levin District Court. Plenty to go around: Gloria Hakkens with some of the toys she will take to Fiji later this month. Family save to help Fijian kids By TASHA BLACK A Waikanae family who have visited Fiji 12 times in six years on goodwill missions are set to return again this month. Gloria and Marcel Hakkens have donated school resources and children's toys to two schools in Fiji each year. The couple went to Fiji in 2005 for a wedding and, after a suggestion from one of their daughters, Rochelle Adgo, went to see a squatters' village''. Mrs Hakkens, a former teacher, went to the impoverished village with a suitcase full of stationery for the local school. From there the family, including the Hakkens children and grandchildren, have gone to Fiji and brought material donations to both Mana Island School and Lautoka Primary School. The Hakkens' take over presents for the chil- dren, school resources, and one year, even Christmas trees. Big business and the community have got behind the project over the years, from Air New Zealand offering free cargo and Kapiti College donating old rugby jerseys to Netball New Zea- land giving away free netballs. Included in their work, the family have helped build a new classroom and hosted a Fijian student for a year who studied at Kapanui School. Mrs Hakkens said her grandchildren have been to Fiji a few times, but they don't get a free ride. We don't just say, Oh, we are paying for you to come'; they have to save.'' Although initially reluctant to talk, because she did not want to blow our trumpet'', Mrs Hakkens wanted readers to know they could help. Old laptops and small Matchbox-style toy cars, including secondhand ones, were being sought, she said. They can be donated via Kapiti College.
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