New recruits’ chilly reception
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.