Central Leader : April 6th 2011
4 CENTRAL LEADER, APRIL 6, 2011 NEWS Final Reminder Local boards are seeking community input into their local board plans, which will inform and influence the development of the council's Long Term Plan (2012 to 2022). We would like to hear what you think is important. You are invited to attend any of the following local public meetings. Be part of the plan Help shape your Local Boards' priorities and aspirations. RW_AK8935_WL2 Henderson-Massey Local Board 6 -- 8.30pm, April 14 Council Chamber, Henderson Service Centre, 6 Henderson Valley Road Waitakere Ranges Local Board 7--9pm,April5 Waiatarua Hall, 911 West Coast Rd, Waiatarua 7 -- 9pm, April 11 Local Board Office, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden Whau Local Board 6 -- 8.30pm, April 6, Whau Local Board Office, 31 Totara Avenue, New Lynn 6 -- 8.30pm, April 13 Avondale Primary School, Crayford Street West, Avondale Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/localboards Alternatively, you can provide us your feedback by visiting your local board online at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/localboards and fill in an easy online survey. Fulbright study awards Graduate students are invited to apply for Ful- bright New Zealand s international scholarship in science and tech- nology. The awards are valued at more than $350,000 and are for graduate students to complete a fully-funded PhD at top American universities in fields of science, tech- nology or engineering. The closing date for applications is May 2. Visit www.fulbright.org. nz/awards/nz-ifst.html, email email@example.com or phone (04) 494-1504 for more information. I was just doing my job says hero cop By NICOLA MURPHY Reluctant hero: New Zealand Bravery Medal winner Nicolas Corley doesn't think he did anything special. Photo: JASON OXENHAM ' The heat was pretty intense. But I knew if I didn't get him out he was going to die. ' Constable Nicolas Corley He rescued a man from a burning vehicle but constable Nicolas Corley says he s no hero. The modest police officer says he was just doing his job and reckons any of his colleagues would have done the same. He is one of 31 heroes named as recipients of the New Zealand Bravery Awards on the weekend. In 2008 Mr Corley and his partner Richard Siebert came across a car accident on Rockfield Rd, Penrose. A car was ablaze. The driver was still in the car and he was still con- scious, staring blankly, Mr Corley says. The heat was pretty intense. But I knew if I didn t get him out he was going to die horribly so I made the decision to move forward and get him out. Then this burst of fire hit the side of my face and I fell back onto the ground. The passenger of the car helped Mr Corley pull the driver to safety. He wasn t burned in the incident but had sustained brain injuries from the collision. Mr Corley received burns to his arms and the left side of his face but these have healed well and left few scars. The 35-year-old received a letter of thanks from the driver last year. Mr Corley s wife Collette, who is also a police officer, attended the blaze too. I couldn t believe the scene when I arrived, it was just carnage. Waitakere police senior sergeant Anthony Miller received the New Zealand Bravery Decoration for his actions at a Napier shooting two years ago. He is one of 10 officers who were acknowledged with bravery awards for their roles in this incident. Mr Miller was one of the first police officers on the scene after senior constable Len Snee had been fatally shot and three people wounded. He helped locate an officer who was lying wounded and shielded the man s body with his own to protect him while he was being moved. He displayed exceptional bravery and put his own life in danger to move senior con- stable Bruce Miller from his exposed position near the gunman s house. Waitakere area com- mander inspector Gary Davey says he is proud of Mr Miller for showing courage under fire with little thought for his own safety. While senior sergeant Mil- ler is modest about his brav- ery, I believe he really did exhibit behaviour that was in the finest traditions of the New Zealand police, he says. The bravery awards are coordinated by the consti- tutional and honours section of Cabinet. The honours are designed to recognise the actions of people who have saved or attempted to save the life of another person and in the course of doing so have put their own life or safety at risk, deputy secretary Michael Webster says.
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