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"The wonderful cycling
trails are the thing we love
most about Hawke's Bay."
Jenny of Taupo
Slow road for high beamers
Slow going: One of the vintage tractors towing a World War II searchlight over Saddle Rd in a convoy led by
Havelock North man Wayne Clark.
Havelock North man Wayne
Clark and his 19th-century trac-
tion steam engine are a familiar
sight at events like the Hastings
Blossom Parade but he sur-
prised many motorists across
the lower North Island when he
recently drove a vintage tractor
from Hastings to Whanganui.
Mr Clark led an unusual con-
voy of six vintage tractors
towing two World War II
generators to Whanganui s
International Vintage Car Rally
which runs until the end of this
After taking seven hours to
reach Woodville from Hastings
last Tuesday, Mr Clark and the
convoy left at dawn to avoid
traffic on the Saddle Rd, and
after driving through Feilding,
Halcombe, Marton and Tura-
kina, arrived in Whanganui on
Wednesday at 1pm.
The trip had been enjoyable
and the convoy was staggered so
as to not upset motorists, Mr
We didn t cop a single bit of
abuse, just lots of toots and
waves. It would have been
something different to see on
the roads, that s for sure. he
Mr Clark towed his search-
light behind his 1955 Fordson
tractor with a top speed of
He owns one of searchlights,
brought to New Zealand from
Australia for use on coastal and
air defence, which has a beam
visible for nearly 50 kilometres.
He looks after the other for
the Army Museum in Waiouru.
He had been fascinated by the
searchlights since he was a boy,
fostered by an interest in movie
A third searchlight was
brought down from New Ply-
We ve got two special
generators and also two
rectifiers which converts alter-
nating current to direct current,
which is what these searchlights
run on. You can t just plug them
into mains power, he said.
About 2000 people were
expected at the Whanganui
rally with 700 cars on show.
Men may still
lose their jobs
Two men in charge of six Hawke s Bay
prison inmates caught plundering shell-
fish from a marine reserve could still lose
their jobs, despite the Conservation
Department deciding not to press charges.
The prisoners were on temporary
release when they and two supervisors
were stopped by a conservation ranger and
police as they emerged from Te Angiangi
Marine Reserve, about 30 kilometres east
of Waipawa, on Saturday.
The group thought they were diving in
an area near Pourerere Beach, 10km out-
side the reserve. They had been collecting
paua and kina, which were returned to the
DOC Wellington-Hawke s Bay conser-
vator Alan McKenzie said the department
felt the leader of the party had made a
It is clear the members of the party did
not deliberately set out to breach the res-
erve, and all the seafood taken was
The department took protection of mar-
ine reserves seriously, and offenders faced
up to three months jail or $10,000 in fines
if convicted, Mr McKenzie said.
The diving trip was part of a rehabilita-
tion programme for prisoners nearing the
end of their sentences.
It is run by Hastings Choices Kahu-
ngunu Health Services, for the Corrections
Department. Both organisations welcomed
DOC s decision but investigations, which
could impact on their employment, are
still being held.
Love cycle trails
''The wonderful cycling trails are the thing we
love most about Hawke's Bay. Cycling along the
waterfront of Napier, stopping at Ahuriri for
lunch and then continuing over the boardwalks
through the wetlands is a must-do. In addition,
there are still kilometres of tracks continuing out
to Clifton and Havelock North, with visits to
wineries along the way.''
-- says Jenny Cole, Taupo.
Tip: Maps of the cycling routes are available
from the Napier i-SITE.
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