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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, APRIL 20, 2013
Fire precautions stand reality test
WELL DRILLED: All Kaiapoi High
School students and staff were
evacuated and accounted for in
record time, thanks to the school's
risk management planning.
Photo: IAIN McGREGOR
KAIAPOI HIGH School's risk
management planning has been
praised by the Fire Service follow-
ing an incident at the school on
Fire engines from Kaiapoi and
Woodend were called to the school
at 10.28am to deal with a fire in a
toilet block. Firefighters wearing
breathing apparatus had it under
control within minutes, and two
students were treated by ambu-
lance crews at the scene, for
suspected smoke inhalation.
The Fire Service commended
the actions of principal Bruce
Kearney and executive officer
Vivienne Walkington for taking
the initiative to develop a fire risk
management plan in conjunction
with the Kaiapoi Fire Brigade.
Getting all occupants out of the
building is the primary goal dur-
ing any fire operation,'' Kaiapoi
senior station officer Tristan Rob-
erts said. Panic or chaos during a
school fire emergency can have
catastrophic results. To avoid this,
regular fire drills and a well-
designed fire risk management
plan are the best ways to prepare
students and staff as to how they
should react and proceed in the
event of a fire.
In this case, all students and
staff were evacuated and accoun-
ted for in record time.''
Mr Roberts said the school's fire
wardens also provided valuable
information to the fire service on
Football facilities get
artificial pitch boost
ALL SMILES: Waimak United Football Club chairman Blair Cutting is pleased Kendall Park will be home to North
Canterbury's first artificial playing surface.
KENDALL PARK at Kaiapoi was
given the go-ahead as the site of
Waimakariri's first artificial turf
at a council community and rec-
reation committee meeting this
The news has delighted Wai-
mak United Football Club chair-
man Blair Cutting, who considers
it a big boost for North Canter-
I'm very excited because every-
body will be coming to Kendall
Park from all over Canterbury. It
means we can use our field for 24
hours a day if we want to.''
Mr Cutting said with a hundred
teams and only half a dozen fields,
there was often a problem finding
pitches when it rained.
It would be good if Kendall Park
had the same sort of facilities as
the ASB football ground at Eng-
lish Park, which also had an arti-
ficial turf, he said.
He was happy too about football
sharing with rugby and possibly
with hockey and other codes at
The park currently has five
senior pitches, four intermediate
and eight junior fields in its four
hectare area. With this go-ahead,
it will have an extra senior pitch,
with lights, in front of the pav-
Mr Cutting said Kendall Park
was often lost under water later in
the winter as the water table
With the all-weather artificial
pitch in place, it would be possible
to play up to four senior matches
there, regardless of the weather.
He said the Waimakariri Dis-
trict Council was streets ahead''
of Christchurch City in providing
artificial playing surfaces.
First youth fest
goes well but
No 2 cancelled
SMOOTH OPERATION: WaiYouth
organisers Tayla Reece, Naema
Saened, Hannah Dunlop.
ABOUT 450 young people were
entertained in Victoria Park at
the first WaiYouth festival last
But organisers have cancelled
the second one scheduled for
today because bad weather is fore-
The Waimakariri District
Council's youth development co-
ordinator Hannah Dunlop said
the decision to cancel was difficult
but organisers wanted to do the
best event possible''.
Last Saturday's Rangiora event
was a credit to the young people
who organised it, she said.
They have put so much hard
work into the event so it was great
for them to have that success.''
The crowd enjoyed per-
formances from local band
Diversity, Chaos dance crew from
the Dale Hartley School of Speech
and Drama, the Other Directions,
Roxanne, Pania Hart, Mikayla
and Bruce, and a band of local
The Edge radio station gave out
400 sausages and a market with a
variety of stalls was well
The aim was to be an event for
youth by youth, promoting youth
talent,'' Ms Dunlop said.
We are really proud to have
Summit climb is test
for students' stamina
Top effort: Students celebrate after reaching the top of Mt Thomas.
More than 60 Loburn School
students of all ages recently trek-
ked to the summit of Mt Thomas
as part of the school's annual trip
to the foothills of North Canter-
bury. Others from the school
spent the day on the Red Pine and
Wooded Gully tracks around the
base of the mountain. The outing
served as the fourth challenge in
the William Pike Challenge
Award for the year 8 pupils.
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