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Firefighters struggle with criticism
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managers were disorganised,
isolated, failed to support their
staff with basics such as food
and water, and communicated
poorly on February 22, 2011.
The service has also been cri-
ticised by witnesses giving evi-
dence at the coronial inquest for
eight people who died in the
CTV building collapse.
It's had a huge impact, in
terms of our firefighters, who
put in what I consider a hell of a
good effort on the day and I sup-
pose they are a bit confused
about why now their efforts are
being challenged,'' Mr Brown
I think it is a natural process
of the coroner's inquiry to just
find out how things can be
improved. I have come under
criticism myself, but I don't take
However, some within the ser-
vice were struggling, he said.
All of it is being analysed and
looked at, but it feels very criti-
cal to some of our people.
A lot of people have done
some things that I am very
unlikely ever to face -- and they
put themselves into extreme
personal risk to try and help.''
THE PROPOSED relocation of the Rangiora High
School Nursery School is on hold while heads of
the nursery school and the high school meet to
The two educational facilities have been locked
in a dispute about the location of the nursery
school since the high school board of trustees
decided to require the preschool to move from its
Wales St site at the end of next year.
In a joint statement the two boards say both
parties will be considering various options'' over
However nursery school trust board chairman
Richard Bullen said he could not say what options
were being considered.
The joint position came out of a meeting atten-
ded by the boards and their lawyers, Waimakariri
MP Kate Wilkinson and representatives of the
Ministry of Education at the end of last month.
The statement made it clear both parties were
anxious to reach a solution which was in the inter-
ests of the children, students and the families
they represent, as well as the wider Rangiora
In the statement the boards say both parties
are discussing matters with an open mind and in
The Rangiora High School nursery school trust
board has disputed the legal right of the high
school to require the relocation of the nursery
school, claiming the building was purchased with
funds raised by the community.
But Rangiora High School principal and board
of trustees member Peggy Burrows has said the
school has a legal right to take possession of the
preschool building because it is on land owned by
the high school.
Letters to the editor, page 4.
the window targeted
by a molotov
cocktail on the
By CATE BROUGHTON
RANGIORA POLICE Station
has been the target of a molotov
cocktail attack which left a front
window cracked and blackened.
Staff discovered the attack
when they arrived at work on
Monday morning, Senior Ser-
geant Mike McRandle said.
He described it as a brazen
attack on police and on the com-
It was just lucky'' the home-
made bomb did not go through
the window into the building,
Mr McRandle said.
Analysis of broken glass found
near the window was the focus
of an investigation into the inci-
dent but police were calling on
anyone who witnessed sus-
picious behaviour in the area.
You would expect there
would have been a big flash and
flame from it, and it's quite a
Somebody knows who it was
and we want them identified
quickly,'' Mr McRandle said.
Anyone with information on
the incident should contact Ran-
giora police on 03 313 6167.
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