2012 IN REVIEW – JANUARY
January 11, 2012 Baby’s timing perfect One of New Zealand’s first babies of the new year was born at Waikato Hospital.
Louisa Tuaine was born at 12.35am on January 1 to parents Tuaine Tuaine and Aleisha Tangimetua of Tokoroa. When Tangimetua held her newborn, 3333 gram (7.3 pound) daughter for the first time, ‘‘It’s wicked,’’ she said. ‘‘This is life-changing.’’
Hospital staff believed Louisa was the first baby to be born in New Zealand in the new year and, because New Zealand was the first country to see the sun, she was potentially the first baby of 2012 in the world as well.
Tangimetua endured 26 hours of labour before Louisa decided she was ready to make her entrance into the world, 35 minutes into 2012.
‘‘It’s funny that she waited till new year,’’ she said. ‘‘She’s clever, she knew when to come.’’ January 18, 2012 Text crash causes women much pain After surviving a horrific crash days before Christmas two Tokoroa women want to push home the message that texting while driving is a deadly mix.
Sisters Jade, 24, and Renee Beale, 19, and friend Arianna Ashworth, 20, were all seriously injured when a vehicle crossed the centre line and crashed into their car sending it into a spin.
All three woman suffered horrendous injuries and the driver of the other vehicle, Paula Adele Jessep, died at the scene.
Police said initial investigations showed Ms Jessep was having a text conversation on her mobile phone when the accident happened on State Highway 1, north of Tirau near Pairere on December 22.
Speaking at their Grampian St address, Jade and Renee recalled the minutes leading up to the crash.
‘‘We were on our way back home from Christmas shopping in Hamilton,’’ Jade said. ‘‘Renee was driving and I had swapped seats with Ari. I was tired so she jumped in the front passenger seat and I hopped in the back, I dozed off and woke up just after the crash had happened.’’
Renee described what happened seconds before the impact.
‘‘It happened around 10pm, it was pouring down with rain, you could barely see. I considered stopping because it got so bad, then I saw the car in front of me swerve. I thought they were avoiding a pot hole so I began to swerve and then I saw the headlights directly in front of me. I don’t remember the crash but I remember waking up in the car and getting wet from the rain pouring in from the broken windows.’’
The girls credit a man only known as the ‘‘bread man’’ for helping them straight after the crash happened. ‘‘We were in the car and this man talked to us until help arrived. He spoke to our parents on the phone and genuinely put us at ease,’’ Jade said. January 25, 2012 Soaking up culture Forest View High School’s Polinetia Fa’atasi embarked on a whirlwind trip of the island of Oahu.
The group of 42, 25 of whom were students, left on December 3 for an 11-day tour.
Forest View High School teacher in charge and tutor Aaron Mutua said it was a ‘‘primo tour’’.
He described the trip as a performing arts and sightseeing tour. But the festivities began before the group had stepped on to the island.
‘‘On the plane there were three secondary schools including ourselves, Western Springs High School from Auckland (kapa haka) and a Hawaiian school returning from Hamilton Boys’ High School ... The captain announced that we were all going to have a competition,’’ Mr Mutua said.
After the air hostesses spoke to each teacher in charge, a cultural competition began.
‘‘The Hawaiian school pulled out so it was just us and the kapa haka group. We had a sing off. The entire cabin was full,’’ he said.
LIFE TIME TRIP: Forest View High School’s Polinetia Fa’atasi visited Hawaii.
PROUD PARENTS: Aleisha Tangimetua and Tuaine Tuaine welcomed baby Louisa Tuaine into the world on January 1, 2012.