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The Northern Outlook has been
credited with helping to flush three
Kaiapoi youths and an adult out of
the woodwork to face police
charges in relation to a spate of
vandalism at Kaiapoi Borough
School. The damage they are
alleged to have caused there in
early October included holes
kicked in walls and broken
windows. ''They're all local and
they've all been causing a lot of
trouble at the moment,'' Kaiapoi
constable Michael Kneebone said.
''We want to thank the public for
the feedback that's got us this
Firefighters battled a plantation
fire in Woodend Beach that
threatened a nearby house for six
hours on Wednesday night. The
fire service was alerted to the
blaze at a private property on Jelfs
Rd about 6pm. Waimakariri
principal rural fire officer Tim
Sheppard said the blaze burnt
close to a hectare of mature pines
on the Jelfs Rd property. The
source of the fire was unknown.
There had been reports of arson in
the area, as well as unsupervised
controlled burns. Mr Sheppard
reminded people they were not to
leave fires unattended. ''If people
are burning they must be in
attendance and ensure it's out
before they leave it. Ninety per
cent of our calls are from fire
ignitions from fires that people
think are out.''
The Ashgrove School Santa's
Grotto will be open from 10am till
8pm on Saturday, December 1,
and Sunday, December 2 -- not
from 10am till 4pm, as previously
reported. Make the most of the
weekend for a sneak peek at
Fernside School's annual Star for
a Night fundraiser for 2012 -- now
in its 14th year -- has proved to be
not only a great night of fun but
also raised $5400 for projects
around the school. The variety
show attracted a wide range of
talent with some performers
putting weeks of effort into their
acts. ''We had raffles and an
auction, and also got businesses
to sponsor acts for the first time,
and it just went off brilliantly,''
school parent Kane Hampton said.
SUPER STAFF: Current and former employees gather for the dual 50-year celebration.
Man, company share a
half century celebration
By MAT KERMEEN
QUALITY WORKER: Neville Wyatt.
THEY SAY a change is as good as
a holiday but one loyal Kaiapoi
worker is yet to be convinced.
Most people Neville Wyatt's age
would struggle to remember their
first job, but not only can the
Patience and Nicholson employee
remember it, he is still there 50
Last week, 120 staff came
together with more than 100
former employees to celebrate the
company's 50th birthday and their
only remaining staff member from
Neville was chosen to unveil a
50-year plaque to celebrate the
That was an honour, very
He said there were a lot of old
faces there and it was a wonderful
His 50 years at the Dale St
plant have involved many
changes. The company can now
produce 65,000 drill bits a day --
that number used to take three
Modern technology has made
the process faster, but Neville said
the old-fashioned quality has
Our jobber drills would beat
most in the world as far as
The loyal worker is passionate
about his job as a quality control
supervisor, and has no plans for
retirement, despite turning 65
Patience and Nicholson opera-
tions manager Rick Smith
described Neville as a true asset.
His job is tough.
It can be quite negative looking
for faults all day, but he is always
positive and enthusiastic.''
It all started back in August
1962 when 15-year-old Neville
spied an apprenticeship vacancy
with Patience and Nicholson in
the North Canterbury Gazette.
The then Rangiora High School
student posted his application off
to the town clerk as the company
had not yet set up in Kaiapoi.
Not sure of his chances, Neville
was certainly not thinking of
being there 50 years later.
He has shared great friendships
with his workmates over the
years, and seen workmates' chil-
dren rise through the ranks.
Third generation family
members are starting to appear at
Next year Neville and his
12-year-old son will take a well-
earned holiday in Hawaii, using a
travel voucher the company gifted
him for his 50 years of service.
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