FROM THE ARCHIVES
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.