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Bay Harbour: July 20, 2016

Bay Harbour: July 20,

FREE Wednesday JULy 20 2016 379 7100 Bay Harbour News Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Black Billed Gull YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL Mark Gardner p: (03) 331 6757 m: 021 633 669 e: Prier Manson Real Estate Ltd (Licensed REAA 2008) Brookhaven, Heathcote, Ferrymead ,Redcliffs, Mt. Pleasant, Sumner, Lyttelton, Diamond Harbour, Governors Bay, Akaroa Cancer claims young rugby player A young Tongan rugby player who moved to Akaroa for a better education has tragically died from cancer. Uto Enosi Tuipulotu died on Thursday after a short battle with soft tissue sarcoma. The 19-yearold moved to Akaroa about four years ago, and became part of the community, joining the volunteer fire brigade (pictured right), and playing rugby for club and representative teams. Story, p5 Lifeboat siren sounds again • By Bridget Rutherford SUMNER Lifeboat Institution’s siren will sound again after more than five years, however, from a different spot. The siren was reinstated at its new home, on the Sumner Lifeboat building, below Whitewash Head, last week. It used to sit on top of the Sumner Community Centre building, on the corner of Wakefield Ave and Nayland St, until the February 2011 earthquake. But the building received earthquake damage, and was later demolished. The siren was put into storage. The siren, which sounds like an old air raid siren, signals every time the Sumner Lifeboat is called out, to let the crew, people in the water, and the community know. Sumner Lifeboat Institution coxwain Blair Quane said it was a piece of Sumner history. “It’s worked ever since I remember and I’m 38.” He said the organisation began looking for a new home for the siren about a year ago. “We always wanted to get it back operational.” They had looked at the possibility of installing the siren on the poles the city council’s tsunami sirens sit on, but dropped the idea because it may have caused confusion, he said. “It makes sense to have noise coming from the lifeboat station.” The relocation ties in with the 12m slipway extension, which will allow the Blue Arrow Rescue boat to launch at low tide. “It just means we can operate and respond to all offshore callouts. We’ve had calls that we have needed to respond to and we’ve had to wait until the tide comes in,” Mr Quane said. They hoped to have the extension completed within the next two months, he said. PIECE OF HISTORY: Sumner Lifeboat Institute coxwain Blair Quane said the lifeboat station was a good spot for the siren to be reinstated. PHOTO: ALEX PARSONS Heathcote Valley Come in for a visit and experience the difference Ph 03 384 9249 108 Port hills Rd, heathcote Valley inspiring young minds 20 Hours Free for 3 & 4 yrs old Three age specific rooms plus School prep Teaching room For full information please visit our website Lyttelton Tunnel Ferrymead Heritage Park Port Hills Rd Tunnel Rd We are here Bridle Path Rd Martindales Rd ALL NEW Take a look at our KITCHEN SHOWROOM in store next week! OPEN 7 DAYS 1005 Ferry Rd, Ferrymead | Ph 366 6306