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Work begins on sinking motorway
By STEPHEN FORBES
The NZ Transport Agency has
started preliminary work on a new
north-western motorway causeway.
It is part of a $270 million project
which will eventually see the 4.2km
stretch of highway between Pt
Chevalier and Te Atatu widened
and raised. It follows a geotechnical
investigation that found the stretch
of motorway, which was built in the
1960s, is slowly sinking.
This causes surface flooding
between the Great North Rd and
Rosebank-Patiki Rd interchanges
during high tides.
The agency says the preliminary
work involves building a 50-metre-
long temporary causeway parallel to
the existing motorway.
This will allow it to measure the
impact the project will have on the
adjoining Motu Manawa Pollen
Island Marine Reserve, NZTA
spokesman Steve Mutton says.
NZTA and its contractor Downer
will focus on monitoring plants and
wildlife in the marine area to mini-
mise the impact of building the
The $6 million trial is expected to
be completed in July.
NZTA is also seeking tenders for
the wider causeway upgrade proj-
ect. The project will include
upgrading the Rosebank and Patiki
interchanges, providing treatment
to stormwater runoff, widening
bridges and improving the north-
It is expected to be completed in
Go to www.nzta.govt.nz.
Angel in sky needs volunteers on the ground
Taking flight: Lance Weller flew his single-engine aircraft from Brisbane to Whangarei and is ready to take patients on Angel
Photo: DENISE PIPER
Small aircraft pilot Lance Weller
really is an angel in the sky.
The retired businessman is
single-handedly setting up charity
Angel Flight New Zealand which
will fly rural patients to hospital for
And now he is looking for Earth
Angels based in Auckland who will
help the patients complete their
journey by driving them from the
North Shore Aerodrome to hospital.
Mr Weller was a volunteer pilot
for Angel Flight Australia, which
has done more than 5000 flight
But when he moved back to New
Zealand after a 43-year hiatus he
was disappointed to find the charity
was not operating here.
I saw how wonderful it was to
help people in strife.
The last mission I did was for a
two-year-old boy with a brain
tumour and his father. They lived
about five hours drive from
Brisbane but because of the boy s
condition they took two days to
Lance now lives in Whangarei
district and hopes to start Angel
Flight NZ with Northland patients,
particularly those in places like Kai-
taia where it takes hours to drive to
hospitals in Auckland.
With Angel Flight we will pick
them up and fly to North Shore,
where an Earth Angel volunteer
will be waiting to drive them to hos-
pital. They can be there in an hour
and a half at no charge, he says.
Our motto is improving lives one
flight at a time.
The patients need to be recom-
mended by a health professional
and be in financial need.
Angel Flight is not an air ambu-
lance nor emergency helicopter and
does not have medical equipment on
board, so patients need to be fit
enough to fly.
The flights are complimentary to
the work of the rescue helicopters --
which do emergency flights, he says.
Mr Weller is searching for
sponsors to support Angel Flight,
volunteer Earth Angel drivers and
As the founder and chairman of
Angel Flight NZ, Mr Weller felt like
he had to lead by example and vol-
unteer his own plane, a Cirrus
But in order to use the plane he
had to fly the single-engine craft in
a daring transtasman flight from
Brisbane to Whangarei.
The journey went from Brisbane
to Lord Howe Island, to Norfolk
Island, to Kerikeri for customs then
on to Whangarei.
Lance admits the trip was men-
tally and physically challenging,
with the craft only just having
enough fuel for each leg of the
It is a daunting flight -- there s
lots of empty ocean out there.
He and co-pilot Garth Jensen
from Sydney took no risks taking
emergency beacons, a life raft, a
back-up GPS, a live tracking device
and wearing life jackets at all times.
The Cirrus is a modern computer-
ised plane with its own parachute in
case the engine dies over water,
which also gave peace of mind, he
Now the plane is in Whangarei
Mr Weller is hoping to do his first
mission in February and gather
momentum from there.
Call Lance on (09) 434-3271 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org if you
are interested in helping Angel
Flights with sponsorship or being a
volunteer pilot or Earth Angel
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