Early morning fire fighting mission
Lockhart, a winner in the 2011 citizenship awards, had gone on to be selected as deputy head girl at Tawa College next year.
‘‘In the meantime she has served two years on the Wellington City Council’s youth council. An outstanding young citizen,’’ he said.
Leaders recognised were Caroline Kaulave, Redwood School; George Harriss, St Francis Xavier School; Tukasi Paongo, Tawa Intermediate; Nathan Cornell, Tawa School; Te Akonga Crawford, Tawa Intermediate; Ben Farrand, Greenacres School; Fiona Rogge, Tawa School; Charlotte Perris, Linden School; and Melissa Latu, Hampton Hill School. Geoff Hartley faced a rude awakening when a car smashed into a tree and caught fire outside his house in Titahi Bay recently.
Hartley said he heard a massive bang at about 4am on Sunday, December 6, and went outside to see what had happened.
He found a car crunched against a pohutukawa tree in Owhiti St and the driver nowhere to be seen.
Running back inside, Hartley called the fire brigade then returned to the car carrying his own fire extinguisher.
He said he had just about put out the small blaze when his fire extinguisher ran out.
By then, the Titahi Bay Fire Brigade had turned up and put out the fire.
Hartley, a 71-year-old pensioner, recalled other notable happenings in Owhiti St, where he has lived since 1969.
He said there was a murder across the road in 1997 and that in 2007 someone drove up the street with no tyre on their car.
After Hartley’s brief efforts as a firefighter, he was disappointed to find out that his 14-year-old extinguisher could not be refilled.
However, Capital Fire Extinguishers has agreed to help him out.
Peter Donald, from Capital Fire Extinguishers, said Hartley did a great job and that he was willing to supply him with a replacement extinguisher at no cost.