Car vs cow

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a crash on the Kaitaia Awaroa Rd at Puke­poto be­lieved to have in­volved a car hit­ting a cow. No de­tails were avail­able yes­ter­day. They also at­tended a car vs power box on North Road Kaitaia, the driver say­ing he had lost con­trol when he tried to avoid a dog. Satur­day’s Awanui Day was an­other roar­ing suc­cess ac­cord­ing to spokesman Bill Subritzky, much of that roar be­ing pro­vided by close to 400 mo­tor­cy­cles that com­pleted the 21st Tre­ble T (To The Top) rally to Cape Reinga and back.

Rider num­bers were about the same as last year, he said, and the rally went al­most with­out a hitch. The only mishap was a fall, which did not dam­age ma­chine or rider, and the stag­gered start had made the rally safer for riders and other mo­torists alike.

“They were pretty well­be­haved on the road,” Mr Subritzky said, “and it helps when they are in small groups who know how each other rides.”

Pub­lic feed­back sug­gested that they had been con­sid­er­ate of other traf­fic.

Mr Subritzky said the day had been an­other ex­cel­lent cel­e­bra­tion of all things Awanui, thanks in no small mea­sure to the sup­port given once again by the Awanui busi­ness com­mu­nity, and the wider com­mu­nity in the town and fur­ther afield.

“We’re very grate­ful, again, to ev­ery­one who sup­ported the day, and the riders, some of whom trav­elled a very long way (in­clud­ing from the South Is­land) to take part in the rally,” he said.

Those who weren’t into chrome and leathers had plenty to see, eat and do too, the en­ter­tain­ers in­clud­ing hip hop, buskers, and the the ever-pop­u­lar Far North Foot Fid­dlers line danc­ing troupe. Top En­ergy is con­tin­u­ing to plan for a nine-hour power out­age in and around Kaitaia on Sun­day week (Novem­ber 18), so es­sen­tial main­te­nance can be un­der­taken on the main line, but there will be no in­con­ve­nience for some.

“The ex­tent of the out­age will be lim­ited through the use of back-up gen­er­a­tors in Kaitaia and Taipa,” a spokesper­son said. “That means that in Kaitaia cen­tral ap­prox­i­mately 2225 peo­ple will re­main on sup­ply, along with more than 4000 at Doubt­less Bay and O¯ ruru.

“With­out the gen­er­a­tors, as in the past, these peo­ple would have been with­out power.”

It was “ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial,” how­ever, that those who ben­e­fited from the gen­er­a­tors lim­ited their elec­tric­ity use dur­ing the out­age.

“If gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity is ex­ceeded they will lose power,” she added.

PIC­TURE / FRAN­CIS MAL­LEY

Dan ‘Pad­dles’ Hen­der­son, road cap­tain for the North­land Riders’ Tre­ble T mo­tor­cy­cle rally, pre­pares to roll out his Har­ley David­son trike.

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