Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Accident prevention wins hero’s award

Media Release

Friday 2nd December 2005


Accident prevention wins hero’s award

Pat Ratu of Auckland has won this year’s Beaurepaires Highway Hero Award.

Pat, who works for Auckland transport company Carr & Haslam, made national headlines in October when he stopped a drunk woman at the wheel of a car containing a two-year-old child.

He is the first ever two-time nominee for the award. In 2003 he spent two hours immersed in offal comforting the trapped driver of a crashed truck in Taranaki.

This time Pat was driving his car transporter toward the Awakino Gorge when he noticed a car in the distance weaving backwards and forwards across the road. Pat thought perhaps the driver had suffered a heart attack or something similar and decided to do something to help.

As soon as he found space to pass, Pat overtook her, then turned in to cut her off, stood on the brakes and jack-knifed the truck.

He managed to stop the vehicle just before the Gorge, a particularly winding and twisty piece of road which would have been a death-trap for the drunk woman and her small child.

Pat was presented with his award and a cheque for $5,000 at Parliament Buildings on Friday 2 December by the Minister for Road Transport Safety Hon Harry Duynhoven.

The award is made annually to recognise brave, heroic or humanitarian deeds performed by professional truck, bus and coach drivers in the course of their work. Anyone can nominate a Highway Hero.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: NZSQ Conclude National Tour With ‘Release’ Programme

The NZSQ concluded their national tour in Wellington with a three-part programme, the triumphant final installment of which was entitled ‘Release.’ It included three pieces representing radical musical innovation... More>>

Howard Davis: The Show Must Go On - ‘La Traviata’ Opening Night Wobbles
Casting problems have beset ‘La Traviata’ since its first performance in March 1853 at Venice’s La Fenice opera house. Sadly, Saturday night’s premiere at Wellington’s newly-restored St James Theatre proved no different... More>>



Howard Davis: Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune - A Brief History

So many elements of Herbert’s novel have since become tropes of popular SciFi that Villeneuve’s film sometimes seems deceptively derivative. What makes all this nonsense essential viewing is his astonishing visual sensibility. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which has been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland