Northern News : September 17th 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Wednesday, September 17, 201 Just trucking along ‘Same type of guys’ get on the road By SARAH HARRIS ABOUT 90 big classic trucks rumbled their way through the streets of Northland this month. They came as part of the fourth bi-annual North Island Long Lap, organised by the Northern Classic Commercial Club. And organisers say Northlanders were excited to see them. ‘‘They want the horns honked and thumbs up,’’ driver Neil Shayler says. Shayler comes from Maungatapere and made the trip with his wife, Carol, and their son, Cameron. They drove two Edwin Richard Foden trucks; a red stock model from 1980 and a blue log version from 1972 that they can sleep in. ‘‘They are a lot of fun,’’ he says. ‘‘You drive a truck five or six days a week, but it’s nice to give it a bit of a run. ‘‘It’s just a get-together for the same type of guys with the same interests, and we Trucker love, above: Neil and Carol Shayler stand in front of their red 1980 and blue 1972 trucks. Pup truck: Ray Reid and Ruby the dog peep out of their ruby-red 1975 truck on the North Island Long Lap. bring our wives – it’s a bit of a holiday,’’ he says. The truck, with about 130 passengers, started the long lap in Wellington on September 5. They hit Dargaville on September 7 and moved through Kaitaia via Kaikohe the next day. The fleet moved around Cape Reinga and back to Kaitaia by September 9; Paihia on September 10 and started the trek back to the capital on Friday. The event alternates between the North Island and South Island. Remains require forensic work By JENNY LING Experts are working to confirm the origins of bones and a skull discovered at two Far North beaches this month. Skeletal remains were found on the sand dunes at Mitimiti Beach, southwest of Kaitaia on September 10 and police are investigating. Northland Police communications manager Sarah Kennett says the bones were found by a farmer, removed the following day and taken to Auckland for forensic examination. ‘‘We had some disaster vic- tim identification staff there from Auckland and Northland who specialise in extracting human remains. ‘‘We’re thinking that the bones are quite old but we just need the pathologist to have a look before we can confirm any details.’’ A human skull was discovered in a separate incident washed up at Houhora Heads on September 5. Senior Constable Tracee Knowler posted a photo of the skull on the Houhora Police Facebook page with the caption ‘‘interesting job.’’ She says the skull was removed from the beach after a blessing by Maori elders and photographed. A forensic pathologist was not able to determine age or origin using the pictures so the skull is also being delivered to Auckland for further examination. Knowler says it is not uncommon to discover skulls in the area where there are many pre-European Maori burial sites. The Facebook photo drew concerns from some users who questioned the sensitivity of uploading a picture of the skull. ‘‘Kinda bad taste posting a pic though. Maybe it’s just me,’’ Angela Te Whata wrote. The skull was found by local iwi who reported it to police. Get a smile you’ll be proud of! • No metal braces – 6 Month Smiles uses clear braces • Treatment may take as little as 6 months • Flexible payment options • Dr Simon Leith offers a range of corrective dental treatments FOR A FREE CONSULTATION* CALL 0800 6 MONTHS * Some conditions apply Dr Simon Leith www.kerikeridentalcentre.co.nz before after 30MORELODGE SEX VICTIMS? Police have received calls and emails from around the world in relation to the sex assault charges against Kaitaia man Michael Harris, 56. The tourist lodge owner has appeared in Kaitaia District Court on charges of drugging, indecently assaulting and filming young male guests. The charges related to 16 adult male victims, mostly overseas tourists aged between 18 and 25, who stayed at the Main Street Lodge. Harris was remanded in custody and will appear in court again tomorrow. Detective Senior Sergeant Rhys Johnston said 30 potential victims had contacted him, from Germany, Britain, United States and New Zealand. Potential victims or anyone with information can call 0800 762 701 or email operationsnap@police. govt.nz. Line-up, below: Vibrantly coloured classic trucks from the Northern Classic Commercial Club get ready to rumble.
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