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Good Samaritan found
Safe driver: Graham Hodge rushed an earthquake-injured Albany couple in his van to hospital under trying conditions on
Photo: CARYS MONTEATH
Quake survivors: Audrey Moss and husband Mark
Werman wanted to meet the man who helped them.
Photo: GRAEME COX
A mystery van driver who helped
save an Albany woman in the
Christchurch earthquake has been
revealed as a school board of
Graham Hodge, an electricity sec-
tor consultant and Cashmere High
School board chairman, was called a
hero by university tutor Mark Wer-
man after he raced Mr Werman's
injured wife, Audrey Moss, to hos-
pital through gridlocked streets on
The couple were on holiday in the
central city, near Victoria Square,
when they were hit by falling
Mr Werman suffered a blow to
the head and Mrs Moss suffered
Mr Hodge was waved down while
driving his van in Armagh St, but
he disappeared without giving his
name after driving over footpaths
and through cordons to get the
couple to Christchurch Hospital's
A friend of Mr Hodge contacted
The Press in Christchurch after Mr
Werman's plea to track down the
mystery driver was published. Mr
Hodge was in Australia at the time.
I'm certainly delighted that they
are all right and, likewise, I didn't
think I'd hear from them again
either,'' Mr Hodge says.
Mr Hodge, who was
Authority chief execu-
tive Roger Sutton's
boss at Southpower,
later Orion, did not
believe his actions
I'm sure anyone
flagged down would
have done the same. It
just happened to be
me that was passing
at that time,'' he says.
There was no ques-
tion in my mind that
was the most import-
ant thing to be doing.''
Mayor brings the 'town hall' to Orewa
Orewa meeting: Mayor Len Brown is looking forward to hearing about Orewa's
needs and expectations at a 'town hall meeting' on July 27.
Auckland mayor Len Brown is
inviting Orewa people to an infor-
mal community meeting on July 27.
The 6.30pm meeting at the Orewa
College Arts and Events Centre is
one in a series of regular town hall
meetings' Mr Brown holds around
Auckland to connect with communi-
It's very important to me to get
out into Auckland's different com-
munities and hear from locals first-
hand about their concerns, hopes,
and projects. There have been good
turnouts and interesting discus-
sions at my meetings each month.
I'm always impressed by how
engaged and involved people are in
I am looking forward to heading
up to Orewa, the gateway to the
Hibiscus Coast, to learn more about
their needs and expectations,'' Mr
There is no agenda. After a brief
introduction from the mayor
individuals and community groups
are welcome to share their thoughts
about their council and their com-
Local councillors and local board
members are also invited to
attend the informal meeting.
The Arts and Events Centre is at
80 Riverside Drive, Orewa. The
meeting will run from 6.30pm-8pm.
Hoax IRD email warning
Inland Revenue is warning
people about hoax emails suppos-
edly coming from Inland Rev-
The emails ask people to call a
telephone number to confirm
their billing address.
Other emails claim to offer a
tax refund. The link in the email
directs people to a fake webpage
with an Inland Revenue logo.
People are asked to enter per-
sonal details, including their
username and credit card details.
Inland Revenue group man-
ager service delivery Heather
Daly says anyone who provides
information risks having their
We know a number of these
emails are circulating and our
advice to people is to ignore
them,'' Ms Daly says.
The websites use the Inland
Revenue brand to try to access
credit card account details of
people visiting the sites. Our
advice is to never click on any
links within a suspicious email,
do not reply to the email and
delete it from your inbox,'' Ms
People must be very careful
about giving out their personal
details. However, if anyone has
replied to the people behind these
scams they should contact their
bank or credit card provider, Ms
Daly says. If they have clicked
the link and entered their bank
details they should change their
To report suspicious emails
that target Inland Revenue
customers send an email to
Ms Daly says these scams are
sourced from overseas so it is a
challenge to track down those
responsible. When they appear
we get them taken down as
quickly as possible.''
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