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10 years ago World class safety record Fe­bru­ary 12, 2002

If any­one knows about the im­por­tance of safety in the for­est it’s Danny McBride.

Four years ago, as the fore­man of the M&A Cross Har­vest­ing crew, he was paral­ysed on the job in a freak ac­ci­dent.

Since then, Mr McBride has worked with two M&A Cross gangs as their health and safety man­ager to achieve an out­stand­ing safety record – four years with­out a sin­gle lost time in­jury (LTI).

On Mon­day CHH CEO Peter Springford made a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion at a land­ing in the Kin­leith for­est, ac­knowl­edg­ing the ef­forts of Gangs 7 and 30, say­ing it was a sig­nif­i­cant and un­com­mon achieve­ment in the in­dus­try.

‘‘You have a very strong cul­ture of look­ing af­ter each other, work­ing as a team and iden­ti­fy­ing haz­ards,’’ he told the crews. ‘‘This is a world-class per­for­mance.’’ Mr Springford is a strong be­liever in zero in­jury rates and said he would use the two gangs as ex­am­ples of what can be achieved when he talks to other or­gan­i­sa­tions about health and safety. 25 years ago Se­lec­tion a birth­day sur­prise with strings at­tached July 7, 1988

Toko­roa Judo Club mem­ber Shan­non Gor­don has been given a pleas­ant and un­ex­pected sur­prise on the eve of her 18th birth­day.

The pop­u­lar sports­girl, who next Wed­nes­day cel­e­brates her 18th birth­day, has with fel­low club mem­ber Bev Fos­ter been cho­sen to rep­re­sent New Zealand at the Ocea­nia judo cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, next month.

But for Shan­non, at least, the cost of se­lec­tion may be a fi­nan­cial bur­den she can­not meet.

While the Aus­tralian tour will be Fos­ter’s third trip overseas with a New Zealand team, it will mark Gor­don’s de­but as a New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

The achieve­ment of the two young women fol­lows hard on the heels of that of an­other Toko­roa Judo Club mem­ber Aaron Mont­gomery who is cur­rently in Aus­tralia with the New Zealand in­ter­me­di­ate and ju­nior men’s team.

Fos­ter, who works with a Toko­roa ca­ter­ing firm, went on her first overseas trip to New Cale­do­nia in 1986 where she picked up a sil­ver medal in her weight, and trav­elled to Ire­land ear­lier this year for a pre- Com­mon­wealth Games Tour­na­ment. 50 years ago Serv­ing brother award for St John mem­ber May 2, 1963

The Pri­ory of the Or­der of St John of Jerusalem has con­ferred one of its most cov­eted and high­est awards on Mr Al­lan L Bate, Di­vi­sional Su­per­in­ten­dent of the St John Am­bu­lance Bri­gade at Toko­roa.

Mr Bate has been con­ferred with the hon­our of be­com­ing a Serv­ing Brother of the First Or­der of St John.

It is the high­est award next to a Knight­hood made within the or­der and is pos­sessed by only one other in the South Waikato.

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