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The Mika Haka Dance Crew is
recruiting dancers to work in tele-
vision, music videos and inter-
national touring this year.
The team is looking for fit and
athletic people of all nationalities
who are available from February 1
With community and professional
performances planned to focus
around the Rugby World Cup
events during September and Octo-
ber, there are opportunities for pro-
fessional and amateur dancers.
No audition is required but
weekly rehearsals will take place
every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
at Mikaland studios in Mt Roskill.
If available and interested, send a
photo of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org
confirming your name, contact
email and phone numbers.
com for information.
A record nine million trips have
been made during the 12 months to
December by Aucklanders who
catch the train.
The impressive patronage figures
have been boosted by those who
travelled to the U2 concerts and the
city's Santa Parade.
Rail useage has increased 14
percent on the previous 12 months --
equivalent to an extra 20,000
journeys being made each week.
Auckland Transport chief execu-
tive David Warburton says the
number of people getting on trains
is increasing quickly.
A number of improvements have
been made to services and rail infra-
structure. For example in the past
year six new or upgraded stations
have opened, including major new
stations at Newmarket and New
The Onehunga line was also
reopened after 37 years and
Kingsland received an upgrade to
prepare it for Rugby World Cup
Mr Warburton says improved
timetables and more carriages has
Rail patronage is expected to
reach 10 million by the end of 2011.
All at sea without a skipper
Life-saver: Regan Grafton was shocked to learn that so few people take skippers' courses and even less would know what
to do in an emergency on a boat.
By HANNAH SPYKSMA
What would you do if something
happened to your skipper while you
were out on a boat trip this sum-
Mt Eden resident and keen boatie
Regan Grafton has self-published
the Emergency Crew Book -- a con-
cept given the thumbs up by Water
Safety New Zealand as a guide for
crew members put in a predicament
while out on the water.
I was really moved by a story of
a couple of mates who went out fish-
ing on a perfectly calm day only to
have a fishing line become
entangled around the prop of the
boat,'' Mr Grafton says.
The skipper leaned over to
untangle the line, lost his balance
and fell in. His friend tried desper-
ately to figure out how to turn the
boat on, but the strong current
quickly separated the skipper from
By the time his friend had fig-
ured out how to operate the engine,
the skipper had drowned.''
A creative director at an adver-
tisement agency, Mr Grafton says
he has lots of ideas for designing his
own products, none of which nor-
mally come to fruition.
But after hearing this story and
being a new boat owner himself, he
decided to finally act on one of his
In a water-tight cover, the practi-
cal guide deals with information for
how to approach different scenarios
if things go wrong.
Tabs separate sections and give
advice for crew members needing to
make mayday calls, deal with motor
problems, first aid issues and more.
It is designed to hang from a lan-
yard in the cabin section of a boat,
where everyone can see it.
The original idea came about
after Mr Grafton attended a one-
day course for skippers, held by
Coastguard at Mechanics Bay.
After the course, he realised it's
normally only the skipper who
knows what to do in a lot of these
It struck me -- what if something
happened to me.
Would my friends, wife, or work
colleagues know where the flares
were located or even how to start a
It's now been more than a year
since he first came up with the idea
for the book.
Mr Grafton says it is rewarding to
finally have it available for
members of the public.
Retailing at the Warehouse Extra
and several boating stores round
the city, the entrepreneur is hoping
sales for the book will go well.
But most importantly he says, is
that the book helps save lives.
book.com for more information, or
www.cbes.org.nz to find out more
about taking a one day skippers'
The Auckland City Harbour News
has a copy of the Emergency Crew
Book to give away. Send your name,
address and daytime phone number to
Emergency Crew Book Competition,
Private Bag 56910 Dominion Rd, Mt
Eden, by January 27. Or email your
details with Emergency Crew Book
Competition in the subject line to
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