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Bay Harbour: December 14, 2016

Bay Harbour: December 14,

FREE Wednesday deCeMBeR 14 2016 379 7100 Bay Harbour News Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Brookhaven, Heathcote, Ferrymead ,Redcliffs, Mt. Pleasant, Sumner, Lyttelton, Diamond Harbour, Governors Bay, Akaroa Black Billed Gull Deb Beesley Your local hills and Bayside specialist. You’ll be sold! M: 027 280 8837 E: deb.beesley @harcourts.co.nz LICENSED SALES CONSULTANT REAA 2008 GRENADIER Sumner runners take on the Kepler Sumner Running Club’s Lisa Brignull traverses the Fiordland National Park as part of the recent Kepler Challenge race. Ten club members took part in the sell-out mountain race. Brignull finished seventh woman overall and second in the 40-plus age group in spite of only having three days notice that she had gained entry into the prestigious three-day event. •Read more page 20 Groups meet over tsunami • By Annabelle Dick KEY ORGANISATIONS and residents have met to discuss the tsunami response debacle after last month’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake caused confusion over the evacuation. A community meeting was held on Monday for Civil Defence and emergency services to address confusion around what to do after an earthquake and the evacuation process. Darren Wright 20 Hours Free for 3 & 4 yrs old Three age specific rooms plus School prep Teaching room For full information please visit our website www.hvp.co.nz Come in for a visit and experience the difference Ph 03 384 9249 108 Port hills Rd, heathcote Valley Lyttelton Tunnel Ferrymead Heritage Park Port Hills Rd Tunnel Rd We are here Bridle Path Rd Martindales Rd 1013 The meeting was initiated by the Sumner Volunteer Fire Brigade after tsunami sirens were not activated until about two hours after the November 14 earthquake. Hundreds of residents did not evacuate their homes until sirens sounded and the fire brigade drove the streets telling people to go to higher ground. “Do not wait for sirens and do not wait for people to tell you to leave. A strong earthquake is the only information you need to get gone,” Sumner Volunteer Fire Brigade deputy chief fire officer Darren Wright said. A national review has been promised which will look into problems like the communication failure that meant national Civil Defence was telling people along the coast to evacuate while local Civil Defence was not. It will also look into why the tsunami sirens were only acti- Darrell Latham vated about two hours after the earthquake. About 200 people attended the meeting at Sumner School. Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board member Darrell Latham said it was a well-co-ordinated effort and the organisations showed a unified front. “I think as a result of the meeting people better understand and feel better prepared for any future event.” NEW FERRYMEAD SHOP de Spa Chocolatier are pleased to WELCOME you to our new shop and factory at our old site 1013 FERRY ROAD. We continue to specialize in making over 100 handmade preservative free chocolates. City council head of Civil Defence emergency management Alicia Palmer spoke about tsunami awareness, sirens, evacuation zones and how to be prepared. Residents were also advised to have a survival kit, check on neighbours and go to the highest ground possible. Said Mr Wright: “Go to your closest hill, don’t drive across the village. So if you’re closer to Scarborough, please go up Scarborough. If you’re closer to Clifton, go up to Clifton.” •Turn to page 5 NOW OPEN Ferry Rd, Ferrymead - Ph 384 5285 218 Riccarton Road, Riccarton - Ph 343 1467 www.despa.co.nz