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