New re­cruits’ chilly re­cep­tion

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

A heavy snow storm didn’t stop new army re­cruits from be­ing of­fi­cially wel­comed at the Waiouru Mil­i­tary Camp on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Ninety re­cruits braved the el­e­ments to mark the start of many chal­lenges they will face over 16 weeks.

Staff sergeant Sam Der­mody said the sol­diers would learn a va­ri­ety of skills be­fore grad­u­at­ing on Oc­to­ber 29.

‘‘It’s about train­ing them phys­i­cally and men­tally into the role. Heck no we weren’t go­ing to can­cel it.’’

An hour later other sol­diers were help­ing 60 stranded mo­torists into emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion on the base.

Most of the pas­sen­gers were from a stranded Manabus, sev­eral were mo­torists and one was a train driver.

The Ki­wirail em­ployee had to be picked up af­ter pow­er­lines came down forc­ing him to leave the south­bound freight train just out of Waiouru.

The stranded trav­ellers stayed two nights at the Malaya Bar­racks at the mil­i­tary camp.

Mil­i­tary Po­lice were also out door knock­ing check­ing on lo­cals and help­ing con­trac­tors clear roads.

All roads around Mt Ruapehu were closed for more than a day, trap­ping peo­ple in their homes, and in ski lodges and forc­ing oth­ers to book ac­com­mo­da­tion in towns in the re­gion.

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