2012 IN RE­VIEW – JAN­UARY

South Waikato News - - FEATURE -

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.

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