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CULVERDEN FATHER of two, Nigel
Spackman, 34, was tragically killed in a
freak hedge-trimming accident on
Mr Spackman died from head injuries
after being struck by a blade while trim-
ming hedges in Leader Rd, between
Waiau and Cheviot, about 9.40am.
Police said Mr Spackman was using an
industrial hedge trimmer beside the road
when he stepped down from the machine
and walked in front of the blade while it
was still operating. His two very upset''
colleagues phoned emergency services,
but he died at the scene.
Mr Spackman's wife, Katie, said her
husband lived for his family''.
The couple had lived in Culverden
more than 10 years and had two sons --
Patton, born a month ago, and 21-month-
old Pearse, who was still expecting Da''
to come home.
He's an absolutely superb husband
and father,'' she said.
Mr Spackman's mother, Karen, who
had driven over from the West Coast,
said the family's focus was on supporting
Mr Spackman had previously worked
at Stockton Mine near Westport as a
diesel mechanic, but switched to hedge
trimming last October.
He was a great father'' and his toddler
son lives for him, just adores him''.
Mr Spackman's other passion was vin-
tage Hudson cars.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment is investigating. Police
have referred the death to the coroner.
Bridge closure raises ire
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Restriction mooted: If fixed, a limit on big trucks may benefit the bridge.
The closure of the Ashley bridge
is yet again causing
inconvenience, hardship and
distress to residents.
Would the council please
consider, should the bridge be
repaired, putting a weight
restriction on it. When the
bridge was first constructed, it
was probably not built to hold
50-tonne-plus logging trucks,
and many of those using the
bridge are going through the
centre of Rangiora. This is
unnecessary and dangerous.
Also, the removing of shingle
from the riverbed is dropping
the riverbed levels and this is
not helping matters.
Please hurry and fix the
With all our cash going on
petrol now, we won't have any
left to pay the rates.
The mere frustration of the
accumulated Rangiora events of
the past two or three years is
now becoming almost
unbearable -- not just because of
the events themselves, but the
apparent inability of the powers
that be to not only cope with
these events, but their inability
to remedy such events.
These events include: the
Farmers closure debacle, the
High St one-way traffic
shambles, the overdue Ashley
Bridge replacement, Red Lion
corner procrastination, tardy
repairs -- coupled with our
excessive rates demands, just to
name a few.
Personally I think the
Waimakariri District Council is
drifting along in a state of
The job of rectifying these
matters is too big for them.
Our small town mentality is
quite honestly inadequate.
With the approaching local
body elections looming, may I
suggest that the council shapes
up or ships out.
At the current pace I feel that
this letter could be written in
two year's time, with nothing
achieved in the interim.
We deserve a better deal than
On June 18, I was involved in a
car accident on the corner of
Carrs Rd and Leif Dr in Loburn.
As my first accident, I found the
experience hard to deal with,
but I would like to extend my
heartfelt thanks to Paula and all
the other wonderful people who
stopped to help and wait for the
ambulance with me.
With the situation as it was, I
can't imagine how I would have
coped had it not been for these
strangers' support and constant
reassurance, and I would like to
make sure I voice my great
appreciation so that it does not
People like this still give me
hope that the world is full of
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