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NORTH HARBOUR NEWS, AUGUST 5, 2011
The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists there will be a full closure of the Northern Gateway
Toll Road in both directions -- SH1 between the Orewa interchange and Puhoi, on the evening of
Tuesday 16 August.
The work will be carried out at night between the hours of 10.30pm and 5.30am, due to reduced
traffic volumes and to minimise disruption to road users.
The following detours will be in place during this time:
Cars -- SH17 between Puhoi and the Orewa interchange
Trucks -- SH17 between Puhoi and the Silverdale interchange
Trucks must use the detour to/from Silverdale and use SH17 (the free route) as local bylaws
prohibit the use of Grand Drive for heavy vehicles during these hours.
This work is an important part of the maintenance programme to ensure the Johnstone Hill
Tunnels and the Motorway are kept in a good and safe condition for all road users. This work is
being carried out over one night, rather than over a two day period using partial closures.
For updates and information about these works, or any other motorway issues please call Auckland
Motorways on 09 5200 200.
Johnstone Hill Tunnels
Closed for Maintenance
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Orewa has a big tidy-up
tomorrow ready for the
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Insomnia is inventor's friend
By LES WATKINS
Life saver: Insomnia, says Dennis Linton, is an inventor's best friend.
ONE OF the most remarkable
rescues after the Christchurch
quake was successful largely
because of inventor Dennis Linton.
Dennis is happy to be an insom-
niac because, he says, many of his
finest innovative ideas come while
he lies awake after midnight.
That's what led to him designing
new types of hydraulic jacks which
helped save the life of a man in
February. The alloy jacks -- as
powerful as steel ones but half the
weight -- are made in his one-man
Albany factory, Hydraulic Force
Twelve of them -- six 50-tonners
and six 25-tonners -- were in the
package of specialist equipment
Dennis supplied to the Fire
Service's Urban Search and Rescue
organisation in Christchurch.
And they were invaluable in the
early rescues from destroyed big
buildings,'' Christchurch USAR
deputy task force leader Ralph
Without them rescuers couldn't
have reached many of the victims
trapped in the CTV building or the
Pyne Gould Corporation building.
The death toll would unques-
tionably have been higher.''
One of the most memorable
rescues was at the Pyne Gould
building. A woman medic used a
borrowed hacksaw and a carpen-
ter's knife to amputate a 52-year-
old man's legs above the knee -- the
only way he could be freed.
Our people had the jacks as tem-
porary supports so that when the
next after-shocks came -- and there
were plenty of them -- more stuff
didn't come down on them,'' Mr
They had to wriggle on their
bellies through tunnels only 300mm
or 400mm high to reach those
Doctors also risked their lives
Hastings-born urologist Dr Stuart
Philip, now based in Brisbane, was
in a team tending that particular
man. He and a female urologist
from Melbourne, both in Christ-
church for a conference, squirmed
their way with a local anesthetist to
the back of the building where the
man was trapped under a huge con-
There was no possible way of
lifting the beam, it was far too
heavy. The only hope of saving the
man's life was to cut away his legs.
The anesthetist sedated him with
morphine and ketamine and the
woman performed the 15-minute
She was the only one who could
because the space around his legs
was so tiny and she was the
smallest. Stuart Philip could never
have squeezed himself in.
The man had further surgery at
Christchurch Hospital before being
transferred to Waikato Hospital.
Dennis has specialised in produc-
ing hydraulic products for more
than 40 years.
But I've been designing and
making things nearly all my life. I
started when I was about eight by
building a dolls house for my sister.
My mother used to boast that
when I was a month old I was smart
enough to teach her the best way to
fix my nappy with a pin.''
He adds with a grin: I somehow
suspect she might have been
Dennis reckons he does every-
You see, I design things entirely
in my head -- not even putting them
down on paper. Very often that's
after I've woken in the early hours
and can't get back to sleep.
That's why, in my opinion,
insomnia is an inventor's best
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