Kapiti Observer : January 12th 2012
Your community partner for more than 60 years THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012 IN BRIEF Putting a smile back on her face, page 5 Shaping up for festival, page 8 Kapiti's new international linesman, page 28 INSIDE Roof collapses Firefighters were lucky to escape injury inside a burning house on Saturday when the concrete tile roof collapsed as they were trying to gain entry. Paraparaumu Fire Brigade station officer John Arthur said a call came in from Te Kupe Rd in Paraparaumu Beach at about 8.15am. Firefighters arrived to find the front of the home engulfed in flames and smoke billowing out of two ranch sliders and a window. As firefighters attempted to get inside the house, the roof collapsed, sending debris exploding out onto the road. ''It was a bit of a blessing because the roof shouldn't have collapsed after that length of time. We were just in the process of sending a team inside when it happened,'' Mr Arthur said. As firefighters fought the flames, they kept an eye on a leaking LPG bottle in case of explosion. A woman in her 60s escaped the house safe after she was awoken by a smoke alarm. The fire started behind a television, but Mr Arthur said it was not clear what started it. Editorial (04) 298 5019 -- Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- www.kapitiobserver.co.nz Homecoming for little brown kiwi chick By BEN STRANG Home sweet home: Nga Manu's second kiwi chick in the past year, known as Number Two until gender testing is completed, is brought home to the nature reserve. Kiwi helpers: Levin's John Lewin and Pam Manning, from Waikanae, helped transport the kiwi from Battle Hill to Nga Manu on Tuesday. As a 26-day-old kiwi chick was returned to Nga Manu Nature Reserve on Tuesday afternoon its parents could be seen canoodling in their display nearby. The young kiwi, named Number Two until it is gender tested in March, was driven back to Nga Manu by volunteers on Tuesday, following an incubation period at Mt Bruce Reserve, where it hatched on December 20. Reserve supervisor Rhys Mills said the chick was fed and kept healthy over Christmas, before being returned to Nga Manu. The chick will be kept in a small enclosure at Nga Manu, and once grown will be moved into the wild. We will just rear him until he is required, and monitor his health as we go,'' Mr Mills said. He is a North Island brown. It is the second we have had in the last 12 months, so it is a pretty big deal.'' During incubation, an x-ray revealed the kiwi was malpo- sitioned inside the egg. Mr Mills said Mt Bruce had not hatched a malpositioned kiwi in the past, and were nervous as Number Two neared hatching day. It was a pretty big milestone for him to be OK.'' He said it was a learning experience having the kiwi hatch in difficult circumstances. Kiwis typically lose weight after hatching. Mr Mills said the birds are monitored, and readied for travel once they return to their hatching weight. On Tuesday, Number Two weighed 338 grams, about 5g less than its hatching weight, and will grow to more than 1.5kg as an adult. As Number Two was brought in to Nga Manu, Mr Mills said the chick's parents were seen by a tour group getting cosy with each other'' earlier in the day. It's good signs. There is an outside chance that we could see another egg before summer is through, but more likely that we will see one in March or April.'' Kiwi eggs take about three months to hatch, with the male carrying out the incubation. Mr Mills said it is likely the latest kiwi will be paired with another kiwi to increase the popu- lation. Fourth fatality on local roads since September By RANDALL WALKER A Waikanae man is dead after his motorcycle collided with a car on Paekakariki Hill Rd on Tuesday -- the fourth death on Kapiti roads in just over three months. The 58-year-old man, who police had not named at the time of pub- lication, was riding south at 3.25pm when he collided with a northbound car turning into a driveway, about one kilometre south of the road's summit. The motorcyclist hit the back of the car and was thrown from his bike, said Sergeant Ron Walker. The car crossed the centre-line to go into a driveway on the opposite side of the road and he's collided with the rear left mud- guard.'' The man died before emergency services arrived. The woman driving the car was from Porirua, he said. She had two children in the back, properly strapped in, nobody was injured in that vehicle.'' Mr Walker said it was on a windy section of road, with reasonable visibility''. The serious crash unit was investigating. He said it was another tragedy on the region's roads, following a fatality on September 30 and double fatality on December 30, on the same bend of State High- way 1 in Otaihanga. That's four bodies in three months, that is more than enough. We went 11 months without one and all of a sudden we're getting too many of them.'' Paekakariki Hill Rd was closed for about three hours while the scene was investigated. Mr Walker said a Fulton Hogan worker was driving home to Para- paraumu when he came across the accident and had to continue to the top of the hill to get cellphone coverage, calling him directly. Mr Walker said the motorcyclist was wearing all the right equip- ment and his motorbike was in good condition. Police want to speak to anyone travelling over the hill at the time of the crash who saw a yellow and black Suzuki GSX 1000 motor- cycle travelling south or a silver four-door Ford Mondeo travelling north. Contact Porirua Police on 04 238 1400 or Crimestoppers, 0800 555 111.
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