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Round the Bays
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Nitro man: Luke Smith after busting his ankle late last year. He hadn't recovered
but performed at the Waitakere Lions Cracker Christmas show on December 22
and also performed in the Nitro Circus on Saturday after having his jaw broken
when attacked in Auckland on January 31.
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pictures from Nitro Circus.
I battled some horrible
demons and there were times
when I almost took my life. I shut
myself away from the world, gave
away all of my bike gear and lots
of stuff that reminded me of
bikes and tried to block it out.
STREET thugs almost cut short
motocross stunt star Luke Smith s
comeback to the big time at North
But that didn t stop him taking
part in the Nitro Circus Tour on
Saturday -- four years after a hor-
ror crash that nearly killed him.
The Stanmore Bay rider perfor-
med with a broken jaw after being
bashed on a night out with friends
Luke, once an international
drawcard with the Crusty Demons,
thrilled the big crowd with hair-
raising solo stunts despite the
attack which left him with a broken
His 2009 accident left him
unconscious for 25 minutes and
placed in an induced coma for eight
days, spending four and a half
months in hospital.
I battled some horrible demons
and there were times when I
almost took my life.
I shut myself away from the
world, gave away all of my bike
gear and lots of stuff that reminded
me of bikes and tried to block it
Luke astounded medical experts
one year later by competing in
high-speed racing and becoming a
champion drift-driver before being
tempted back to two wheels.
He hadn t fully recovered from
yet another injury -- a badly broken
ankle -- when he and another rider
performed stunts, including his
trademark backflips, at the Waita-
kere Lions Cracker Christmas
show at The Trusts Stadium in
All on board the new ferries
Future vision: An artist's impression of the Hobsonville Point Ferry Wharf.
By JESS ETHERIDGE
Mayor Len Brown may have mis-
sed the boat but that could not
stop the opening of two new ferry
Lucky for Mr Brown, the 360
Discovery vessel carrying Prime
Minister John Key, Auckland
Council members and other dig-
nitaries turned back to the new
Beach Haven Ferry Terminal
when he was marooned.
After a 10-minute delay Brown
and other VIPs were all on board
and bound for the new Hobson-
ville Point Ferry Terminal open-
ing ceremony after a 10-minute
Around 1000 people turned up
at Hobsonville Pt where Maori
welcomed the special guests to
the $3.2 million terminal.
Beach Haven s terminal cost
$1.2m and was the first project
completed using Auckland
Transport s discretionary trans-
port funding budget.
Mr Key paid tribute to the
three men who died in last year s
tornado in Hobsonville, which
left many homeless.
He said the Government is
spending $1 billion a year on
Auckland and he congratulated
the council on completing the
terminals at a low cost.
Monday saw the start of two
morning and three afternoon
sailings each week day.
The service will take 30
minutes from Hobsonville Pt to
Downtown and 40 minutes from
Lifeguards watch for tsunami
It was lucky Wednesday s tsunami
threat did not materialise here,
Orewa Surf Life Saving Club chair-
man John Chapman says.
It would have been a nightmare
because the beach was packed, he
Mr Chapman says Surf Life Sav-
ing Northern Region issued a
tsunami watch shortly after the 8
magnitude Solomon Islands quake
at 2.12pm triggered two 1.5 metre
waves near Santa Cruz Island,
damaging about 50 homes and
leading to at least six deaths. A
wave surge of up to a metre was
expected to hit New Zealand after
A warning by the Pacific
Tsunami Warning Centre was can-
celled just before 5pm.
The Orewa club was also in touch
with Civil Defence which expected
strong currents and possible
surges. Northern region lifeguards
were at the club and kept an eye
on things .
Mr Chapman says if the adv-
isories had been upgraded to an
alert, there were procedures to fol-
low. Lifeguards would have put
warning signs along the beach and
worked with police to help clear the
Hibiscus and Bays Local Board
member John Kirikiri, a former
Rodney Civil Defence controller,
says he was unaware of any warn-
ing sent to Hibiscus Coast
residents regarding the tsunami
It again illustrates the need for
beach warnings. Tsunami sirens
planned for the Hibiscus Coast
have been deferred, Mr Kirikiri
We are not sure when they will
be installed. The Auckland Council
is looking for a siren system for the
whole Auckland region and it s
more keen on shopping around for
a good price for the sirens.
Tsunami sirens are installed at
Leigh, Whangateau and Omaha
because these are high risk areas.
Mr Kirikiri learnt of the tsunami
watch from a kayaker while fishing
at Weiti wharf.
But there was no surge, no wave
at where I was, he says.
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