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Rare police award for brave boys
for stepping in
to prevent an
this site in
and they did
Three Hastings schoolboys who
saved a girl from being abducted
have received an award usually
given only to police officers.
Hastings Boys High School
pupils Liam Mataira and Benja-
min Hayllar were handed the
awards at a small ceremony
attended by the 12-year-old girl,
family and police officers at Hast-
The third boy, Tama McKenzie,
could not make it due to illness
but was represented by his
mother and four siblings.
The boys rescued the Hastings
Intermediate schoolgirl by threat-
ening to attack two men who were
trying to drag her away on May
25, from behind the city art gal-
lery at the corner of Karamu Rd
Hastings police area com-
mander Inspector Dean Clifford
said the boys actions exemplified
exactly what we want from pretty
much all members of our com-
They saw something and they
He presented the boys with the
district commander s commen-
dation, usually only given to staff
for exemplary work, bravery or
It s an award that s given out
rarely within police, he said.
Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule
presented an iPod to each of the
boys, whom he described as a cre-
dit to yourselves, your school and
your age group .
Liam s father, Renata Mataira,
attended the ceremony.
He gave me strict instructions
not to come. But I was always
going to. It s a huge achievement
for him. When you see your son do
something like that you think, I
must have done something right .
I m pretty proud. I ve had a few
phone calls from the school over
the years for my son s playing up.
This is one of the better calls that
I ve had, Mr Mataira said.
Liam said the presentation
meant a lot to him.
A 28-year-old Hastings man
charged with indecent assault is
to appear in court later this
month over the incident.
Bowler Tearle heads for Athens
Supportive team: Hawke's Bay Special Olympian, ten-pin bowler Chris Tearle left for the Athens this week.
He's pictured with (from left) Hastings District Masonic Trust chair John Gadsby; golf coach Margaret Baker;
Shayne Crabtree, assistant head of the NZ Special Olympic team; his bowling coach Ian Baldwin; Bryan
Baker, executive officer of the Hastings Masonic Trust; Phil Allport, president of the Hastings Host Lions
Club; and Les Mockford, vice-president of the Greenmeadows Rotary Club.
By CLINTON LLEWELLYN
Ten-pin bowler Chris Tearle might be
going for individual glory at the
Special Olympics in Athens later this
month, but it s taken a team effort to
get him there.
The 24-year-old from Havelock
North is the only Hawke s Bay athlete
competing at the 2011 Special
Olympics World Summer Games in
Athens, which start on June 25,
where he will be a member of New
Zealand s seven-member ten-pin
On Tuesday, Tearle left Auckland
bound for Athens with his personal
and national Special Olympics ten-pin
bowling coach, Hastings jeweller Ian
Baldwin; Special Olympics golf coach
Margaret Baker, also from Hastings;
and Napier s Shayne Crabtree, assist-
ant head of the New Zealand Special
It s Tearle s first trip overseas. But
such a special journey comes with a
special price tag, and each of the 35
Special Olympians and 18 officials
have had to come up with a spare
$10,000 for the trip. But thanks to
generous donations from three
Hawke s Bay groups -- the Hastings
District Masonic Trust ($7700), Hast-
ings Host Lions Club ($1200) and the
Greenmeadows Rotary Club ($500) --
Tearle has only had to save his spend-
Tearle and his coach Ian Baldwin
say they have been bowled over by
the generous support.
Tearle wants to repay the support
by scoring a medal at the games, and
after recently setting a new personal-
best score of 238 during training.
I want win a gold medal, says
Tearle, who will compete in not only
the singles, but also the doubles and
Baldwin said Tearle s high score
would give him a chance of a medal,
but it ll be different conditions, dif-
ferent lanes, and different pressures
over there , he said.
Aside from competing, Tearle was
excited about doing some sightseeing
on the trip prior to the games, includ-
ing four days in Rhodes and a planned
visit to the Acropolis.
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