Logging accident - Rescue Helicopter - 16 January 2014
Today at 10:30am, the TrustPower TECT rescue helicopter was
dispatched to Ruatoki where a tree feller was hit by a punga
that was dislodged by a tree he was falling.
The 39 year
old male received shoulder, back and leg injuries, was
treated at the scene by St John paramedics before being
flown to Tauranga hospital for further
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On The Northland By-Election
Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the Northland seat at the next election, Peters’ hold on it could simply evaporate.
On Saturday, National’s electorate vote declined by 7,000 votes, as the 9,000 majority it won last September turned into a 4,000 vote deficit – mainly because Labour supporters followed the nod and wink given by Labour leader Andrew Little, and voted tactically for Peters. In the process, Labour’s vote went down from nearly 9,000 votes six months ago, to only 1,315 on Saturday. More>>