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Man dies in accident
Michael James Earl, 36, of
Hawarden, was killed in a grader
accident on Monday. Mr Earl, a
self-employed contractor, was
grading tracks on a property in
Karaka Rd, near Waikari. Police
believe he had been struggling
with an ''out of control'' grader
prior to the accident. Occupational
safety and health investigators
from the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment have
attended the scene and will be
conducting an investigation into
Piling on the work
Piling work for the new Kaiapoi
Library, Service Centre, Museum
and Art Space will get under way
next week, having been
rescheduled from October as an
efficiency measure. The building
foundations will comprise 71
reinforced concrete piles, up to
600mm in diameter, and driven to
depths of up to 16 metres. An in-
ground piled wall of 22 reinforced
concrete piles will provide
additional protection for the
building foundation against
seismic activity. The contractor,
Hawkins Construction, will be
using the minimally disruptive
Continuous Flight Auger method of
piling, which offers reduced
vibration and noise.
Support local man
The North Canterbury Musical
Society and friends are presenting
a variety concert tonight to raise
funds for society member Eric
Owsley. Only in his 30s, he
suffered a stroke earlier this year.
Come along for a fun-filled evening
at the Rangiora High School
Auditorium, starting at 7.30pm.
The contact number for the
Rock'n'Wheels Girl Guides
fundraiser on September 8 at the
Amberley Domain was printed
inaccurately in Wednesday's
Northern Outlook. Anyone wanting
to book a trailer site for the swap
meet, or after more information,
can email: rocknwheelsmeet@
yahoo.com, or call Katrina or Les
on 03 314 8153.
Attack terrifies owners
PAINFUL ENCOUNTER: Gemma
the collie, recuperating with
owners Lesley and Amanda Bell
at home in Woodend.
AMANDA AND Lesley Bell's
10-year-old collie, Gemma, was
given a perfect bill of health from
the vet last week.
Now, she is seriously injured
after an encounter with a bull
terrier on Tuesday.
Lesley, 62, was walking Gemma
past Monty's Takeaways and Cafe
in Woodend at about 1.15pm on
Monday, when the bull terrier,
which had been tied to a window
latch, lunged for Gemma.
It attacked with such ferocity,
it tore the latch right out of the
The bull terrier dragged
Gemma to the ground and mauled
the bewildered animal, while
Lesley -- who is blind, like her
daughter -- tried in vain to get it to
let go. When the dog's owner, him-
self in a wheelchair, arrived on
the scene, his only advice was that
it will be alright'', Amanda said.
It was the actions of a passing
truck driver that probably saved
Gemma's life. He stopped, grab-
bed the bull terrier's chain and
wrestled it away from the collie.
The dog's owner left as Lesley
went into shock.
I thought I was going to have a
heart attack,'' she said.
Council animal control officers
took statements on Thursday from
the bull terrier's owner and the
Bells about the incident.
Waimakariri District Council
environmental services manager
Les Pester said it was most likely
the bull terrier would be classified
as menacing'' and be required to
wear a muzzle. It may also be
required to be neutered.
He said the owner had offered
to pay for Gemma's vet bills.
Gemma's injuries included sev-
eral puncture wounds, bruising
and swelling. When the Northern
Outlook visited on Wednesday,
she was whimpering in discomfort
on her bed, even though she had
been treated with pain control and
The Bells are both legally blind
and say they have relied on
Gemma for protection'' since
Lesley's husband died seven
Lesley has required medical
attention following the incident,
as her arthritis has flared up and
she is having trouble sleeping.
Mr Pester said the council had
received 170 complaints regarding
aggressive dogs in the last year
and each one was followed up with
Of the 10,800 registered dogs in
the Waimakariri District, 11 were
classified as dangerous'' and 56
The Bells say at the very least
the bull terrier should be listed
Kids dress festive pigs
From left: Aaliyah Tuuta with Fairy Pig, Rhys Severinsen with Harry Pigger from
Hogwarts, Heather Laing with Sparkly Pig and Samara Cox with Homeless Pig.
KAIAPOI NORTH School's year
5-6 class is embracing a novel
fundraiser to ensure the annual
Christmas Lunch can deliver its
festive cheer on December 25.
The class is asking businesses
to adopt a piggybank and put it in
a prominent place, so customers
can contribute their small change
towards making Christmas
special for others.
And these are special pig-
gybanks. When Wellbeing North
Canterbury volunteer Sahera
Laing came up with the idea --
having been given 25 pigs by the
BNZ -- her daughter, Heather,
was horrified at the thought let-
ting them go naked''.
So the class volunteered to
dress each one in a costume,''
Sahera says. And they are also
starting to ask if they can come
along on Christmas day to help
serve lunch, chat with guests and
entertain the children.''
Businesses happy to adopt a pig
can call Sahera on 027 207 7262.
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