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« Reply #25 on: October 02, 2010, 10:29:36 am »


Freight train hits landslide in Manawatu Gorge

NZPA | 8:11AM - Saturday, 25 September 2010

STOPPED: The aftermath of a freight train hitting a landslip in the Manawatu Gorge.

STOPPED: The aftermath of a freight train hitting a landslip in the Manawatu Gorge.

STOPPED: The aftermath of a freight train hitting a landslip in the Manawatu Gorge.

STOPPED: The aftermath of a freight train hitting a landslip in the Manawatu Gorge.

STOPPED: The aftermath of a freight train hitting a landslip in the Manawatu Gorge.

STOPPED: The aftermath of a freight train hitting a landslip in the Manawatu Gorge.

RAIL SERVICES through the Manawatu Gorge have been suspended after a freight train carrying milk hit a landslide early today.

The train, which was heading for Taranaki, hit a slip on the eastern side of the Manawatu Gorge about 5am, police central communications spokesman Inspector Marty Parker said.

There were no injuries and the slip was not blocking the road, he said.

OnTrack spokeswoman Jenni Austin said the milk tankers stayed upright and no milk was spilt.

"It's hit quite a massive slip in the gorge ... the first step is to move the wagons back and away so we can then begin recovering the locomotive," she said.

A crane was being brought in to move the locomotive but it was not clear how long it would take to clear the track, she said.

The line would remain closed until the track was clear.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4167759/Freight-train-hits-landslide-in-Manawatu-Gorge



Manawatu Gorge rail slip cleanup begins

NZPA | 9:40AM - Sunday, 26 September 2010

SLIP STOP: A freight train carrying milk to Taranaki hit a landslide in the Manawatu Gorge. — WARWICK SMITH/Manawatu Standard.

SLIP STOP: A freight train carrying milk to Taranaki hit a landslide in the Manawatu Gorge. — WARWICK SMITH/Manawatu Standard.

SLIP STOP: A freight train carrying milk to Taranaki hit a landslide in the Manawatu Gorge. — WARWICK SMITH/Manawatu Standard.

SLIP STOP: A freight train carrying milk to Taranaki hit a landslide in the Manawatu Gorge. — WARWICK SMITH/Manawatu Standard.

SLIP STOP: A freight train carrying milk to Taranaki hit a landslide in the Manawatu Gorge. — WARWICK SMITH/Manawatu Standard.

SLIP STOP: A freight train carrying milk to Taranaki hit a landslide in the Manawatu Gorge. — WARWICK SMITH/Manawatu Standard.

SLIP STOP: A freight train carrying milk to Taranaki hit a landslide in the Manawatu Gorge. — WARWICK SMITH/Manawatu Standard.

SLIP STOP: A freight train carrying milk to Taranaki hit a landslide in the Manawatu Gorge.
 — Photographs: WARWICK SMITH/Manawatu Standard.


KIWIRAIL will today begin to clear a slip that derailed a freight train carrying milk through the Manawatu Gorge.

The train, which was heading for Taranaki, hit a slip on the eastern side of the gorge about 5am yesterday.

KiwiRail spokeswoman Ruth Larson said the milk wagons had been cleared and work trains had be brought in to help shift the dirt.

"The focus today is on starting to clear the slip itself. It's a fairly big job and it's quite difficult access," she said.

"Then we'll be able to focus on rerailing the locomotive."

Ms Larson said the rail line was likely to be closed for several days.


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« Reply #26 on: October 02, 2010, 10:30:18 am »


Echoes of past tragedy

Train drivers live to tell the tale

By JONATHON HOWE - Manawatu Standard | 1:00PM - Tuesday, 28 September 2010

DEADLY CRASH: An archival shot of the 1946 train derailment in the Manawatu Gorge in which two railway workers died.
DEADLY CRASH: An archival shot of the 1946 train derailment
in the Manawatu Gorge in which two railway workers died.


THE TWO TRAIN DRIVERS who escaped unharmed after hitting a landslide in the Manawatu Gorge were lucky not to suffer the same fate as two 1940s rail workers, who died when their steam engine crashed at the same spot.

On Saturday, a train carrying eight milk tanker wagons derailed when it crashed into the massive slip near the Woodville end of the gorge.

Though the drivers were shaken, they fared better than engine driver Basil Craighead and fireman R Hoskins, who were killed when their 140-tonne steam engine hit a slip and crashed into the flooded Manawatu River in August 1946.

Mr Hoskins' body was found near the Ashhurst bridge 10 days later, while Mr Craighead was eventually found at the mouth of the Manawatu River at Foxton Beach.

The steam engine sank under the flood waters and reappeared when they receded four days later.

It took several days to recover the engine in pieces.

Three of the 24 wagons also fell down the 20m bank, and were winched out six days after the crash.

News of Saturday's train crash in the gorge sparked memories of the earlier tragedy for retired Feilding train driver Jimmy Oliver.

"These last guys were a very lucky pair," he said. "From what I can tell, it was literally just about on top of where the other one went down."

The wooden piles constructed at the bottom of the gorge to help recover the steam engine in 1946 could still be seen when river levels were low, he said. "But depending on where this new slip is, they'll probably be buried now."

Before Saturday, the last train to hit a slip in the gorge was a Hawera-bound milk tanker that derailed and slid 30m down the cliff in October 1998. Engineer Dave Bishop suffered only minor injuries in that crash.

Workers have begun recovering the train from Saturday's crash yesterday, but KiwiRail spokeswoman Ruth Larsen said the job could take several days to complete. Police have also asked for "rubberneckers" not to clog up the gorge as the sightseeing was causing traffic delays.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/4174510/Echoes-of-past-tragedy



Crashed train removed this weekend

By JIMMY ELLINGHAM - Manawatu Standard | 12 NOON - Thursday, 30 September 2010

CLEANING UP: Diggers working around the crashed locomotive on the slip in the Manawatu Gorge.

CLEANING UP: Diggers working around the crashed locomotive on the slip in the Manawatu Gorge.

CLEANING UP: Diggers working around the crashed locomotive on the slip in the Manawatu Gorge.

THE CRASHED train locomotive in the Manawatu Gorge will be removed this weekend, but it is still unknown when the line will be reopened.

The train has been stuck on the tracks since it crashed into a massive landslide last Saturday.

The slip caused 10,000 cubic metres of dirt to cover the train line, used to transport goods in and out of Hawke's Bay.

Work to clear the slip had been slower than expected because of "stability concerns", KiwiRail spokeswoman Ruth Larsen said.

It was "too soon to speculate" when the line would re-open, as thousands of cubic metres of earth had blocked the track, but the derailed locomotive was scheduled to be removed from the site at the weekend, weather permitting.

Between five and nine freight trains run through the gorge each day.

Up to four of these carry milk from a Fonterra collection point at Oringi to South Taranaki.

The crashed train was carrying eight tanker carriages loaded with 400,000 tonnes of milk when it collided with the slip.

Due to the closed railway line, Fonterra owned trucks have been taking milk from Southern Hawke's Bay to Longburn. However, the dairy co-operative will not say who's paying for the road transport.

Other freight was either being diverted to the Wairarapa line or travelling by road.

Fortunately, both drivers from Saturday's crash escaped unharmed.


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« Reply #27 on: October 28, 2010, 03:03:38 pm »


Districts see the benefits of cycleway

By WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News | 4:44PM - Wednesday, 27 October 2010

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A CYCLEWAY between Shannon and Eketahuna could inject $1.3 million into the local economies, according to the promoters of the proposal.

Projected potential traveller numbers overnighting on the "Missing Link" could be 16,000 per annum by 2014, each spending on average $86 per night, says David Clapperton, Horowhenua strategy and corporate services manager.

The "Missing Link" proposal was kick-started by last year's funding of cycleway projects throughout New Zealand by the National Government.

Although it was unsuccessful in winning government funding, Tararua and Horowhenua District Council have stumped up with $68,000 for a feasibility study of the proposal.

As the major stakeholder Horowhenua is contributing the bulk of the fund with Tararua putting $15,000 towards it.

Details of the project from Mr Clapperton won a unanimous vote of support for the proposed $15,000 grant.

It will be funded from the council's recreation reserve.

The decision was the next step towards council buy-in following a presentation to the Eketahuna Community Board, which had previously expressed keen interest in the cycleway.

The proposed route from Shannon covers some existing roads and tracks but would also require a new trail 14 kilometres from the high point of the Tararua Range dropping down into Eketahuna.

From town to town the distance would be about 40km including 24km of the trail through the natural environment of the Tararua Forest Park.

Both councils have recognised strategic benefit to their districts from the cycleway.

For Tararua it would connect with its "Explore the Elements" branding while linking with other significant tourist attractions such as Tui Brewery and Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Park.

The cycleway would also benefit accommodation and associated businesses.

For Horowhenua it would connect with the "Nature Coast" hinterland with links to the Foxton hub and beyond.


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« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2010, 02:52:39 pm »


Fonterra seeks to dump for 22 years

By KIRUN CHUG - The Dominion Post | 5:00AM - Friday, 29 October 2010

Fonterra's Dump!

FONTERRA is applying for a 22-year extension to dump waste into the polluted Mangatainoka River, leading critics of the plan to question the dairy giant's commitment to cleaning up waterways.

The co-operative has applied to Horizons Regional Council for consents to discharge milk powder condensates directly into the river, which is a tributary of the contaminated Manawatu.

In August, Fonterra signed the Manawatu River Accord, an agreement to work with other groups and the community to clean up the river.

Fish & Game's Wellington regional environmental officer, Corina Jordan, questioned Fonterra's commitment to the accord.

"They were happy to sign and look like they were doing things that were politically correct, but not making any changes on the ground."

Horizons senior consents planner Phillip Hindrup said the council had raised concerns with Fonterra about the "potential water quality impacts" of its application.

The council asked Fonterra to look for alternatives, and has now given it till February to do that.

In a written statement, Fonterra's general manager of sustainable production, John Hutchings, said the company was committed to the accord goals.

"We're constantly implementing new and innovative ways to minimise our environmental impact, and sustainability is a core driver for our business."

The Resource Management Act was there to assess and manage environmental effects and the consent application relating to the Pahiatua Dairy Factory was subject to that process. Mr Hutchings said that would provide for public submissions and open hearings on the application.

At present Fonterra discharges into a stream that flows into the Mangatainoka. It is now seeking to discharge 2250 cubic metres of condensate directly into the river for a further 22 years. Its resource consent to dump into the stream expired in March last year.

Ross Gillespie's parents built his house on the Mangatainoka 55 years ago, and the property is the first one below the current outfall pipe.

"The family always swam there. I was Huckleberry Finn in that river."

The change in water quality was obvious, as sediment built up in the river and algal blooms formed, and now the river had started to stink in the summer. "It's been destroyed."

Conservation Department director-general Al Morrison has opposed Fonterra's application in a written submission, saying it could result in harm to the river, in particular to indigenous fish, fish passage and their habitats.

Proposed monitoring of the discharge would be inadequate to ensure the negative effects were properly managed, he said.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said Fonterra was essentially asking for a 22-year extension to do what it was already doing, instead of looking at ways to improve water quality.

The river was already heavily polluted and highly degraded, but that was not an excuse for any industry to keep polluting it further.

"Part of the Manawatu Accord was that everyone would try to achieve certain values and a vision for the river. That can only happen if we improve the current situation."

Dr Norman urged the company to consider treating the waste so some could be used to irrigate land. "It would also show a bit of leadership to the industry and to the farmers.

"If things carry on like this, nothing will change. The Manawatu and the Land and Water Forum will come to nothing."

Water and Environmental Care Association secretary Christina Paton said discharging the condensates into the river could result in fish deaths. "The river is in a bad way now, don't put any more into it."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4284130/Fonterra-seeks-to-dump-for-22-years

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joseph cuthill-coutts  #1 — 11:42am, Oct 29, 2010

I cannot believe that The Clean Green New Zealand image is being tainted by this digraceful occurance.. is the clean green image just a load of cover ups..


Ian  #2 — 12:14pm, Oct 29, 2010

Fonterra should be denied this license to pollute. Continuing to pollute is not the behaviour of a socially and environmentally responsible organisation. Then again, Fonterra probably doesn't have much in the way of social or environmental credentials.
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« Reply #29 on: November 08, 2010, 09:50:29 am »


It’s Game On (Again) At Tui Brewery

Hurricanes to play Chiefs at pre-season Super Rugby match in Mangatainoka

Press Release: Tui Brewery | 3:39PM - Friday, 05 November 2010

NEXT YEAR Next year is New Zealand’s year of rugby and it will kick off in grassroots style in Mangatainoka before culminating with the 2011 Rugby World Cup final in Auckland.

Tui Brewery is bringing the big game to the small town for the second year in a row after securing the Hurricanes and the Chiefs in a Super Rugby pre-season game on Saturday, January 29th 2011. The game follows the success of this year’s Super 14 pre-season game between the Hurricanes and the Blues which sold out two weeks before kick off and attracted almost 10,000 spectators. Held on Neil Symonds’ farm, the home of the Mangatainoka RFC, next to Tui Brewery the game emphasized the theatre of going to see rugby and received the highest praise from some of New Zealand’s rugby greats including Sir Brian Lochore and Sir Colin Meads.

Tui Brewery commercial manager Nick Rogers, who championed this year’s game, says he is determined to continue his crusade of bringing about a ground swell of grassroots rugby. An initiative he believes is even more important in a Rugby World Cup year.

“What a great journey for our rugby nation in 2011 — from grass roots in Mangatainoka to the elite level at Eden Park,” says Mr Rogers.

“Tui Brewery is thrilled to be bringing the big game back again to our small town. Our match last January was the biggest attendance at any Hurricanes pre-season game ever, and the franchise’s only pre-season game that has ever sold out! This year we expect the tickets to sell out even faster — due to the positive feedback from those that attended last year’s event and also due to the fact we have reduced the grandstand capacity for this year’s game, because we have changed the grand stand configuration.”

“With New Zealand hosting the Rugby World Cup next year we want to show case how Mangatainoka, a small town community, can bring rugby to life in true No 8 wire style.”

Tui Brewery has teamed up with match day supporters to make the day possible including: Sharpes Stockfeed, PGG Wrightsons, K&M Print, Allflex, Summit Quinphos, Hunting & Fishing, Delmaine Fine Foods, Silver Fern Farms and Hirequip. Tui will also be offering transport deals to and from the game thanks to their strong relationship with Tranzit Coaches.

Tickets are available from www.Tui.co.nz, the Tui HQ, from Tranzit Coaches or from PGG Wrightson stores in the Hurricanes territory.

The day will start at midday at Mangatainoka Rugby Football Ground with general admission $35. The ticket price includes a free Tui beer up to 1 hour before kick-off for those 18 and over.

Corporates can also purchase tickets for $125 which includes great Kiwi Gourmet Lunch and beverage package, program, reserved seating, Tui Cap and calendar. Punters coming through the gates will also go in the draw to win a few cases of award-winning Tui East India Pale Ale and the highly sought after Tuimato Sauce, perfect for summer barbies.

Timeline for 29th January, 2011:

 • 12.30pm: Gates open MRFC.

 • 1pm: Curtain raiser.

 • 1pm: Tui Invitation XV vs Mangatainoka RFC Invitation XV.

 • 3pm: Hurricanes vs Chiefs.

 • 5pm-6.30pm: After- match speeches, live band.

 • 7pm: Close.


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« Reply #30 on: December 21, 2010, 08:43:25 pm »


Back paddock rugby match returns

By KATIE FARMAN - Wairarapa News | 3:14PM - Thursday, 09 December 2010

NEIL SYMONDS is up to his old tricks again.

For the second year in a row, the rugby-mad Mangatainoka farmer will transform one of his back paddocks into a top-notch field ahead of next month's Super Rugby pre-season game between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs.

His decision to be involved follows the success of this year's Super 14 pre-season game between the Hurricanes and the Blues which attracted almost 10,000 spectators.

"Following that game, I sat down and mulled over it and realised what a success it had been," said Symonds.

"The atmosphere and community involvement were incredible so I thought why not do it again to prove we can do it two years in a row."

Symonds, or Skin as he is widely know, owns the farm on which the Mangatainoka Rugby Football Club grounds are located. With the help of Tui Brewery and other local businesses and community groups he has spent the last few weeks irrigating the paddock following an unusually dry spell. These include McDougall's who is co-coordinating the water and power; Tararua Heliworks who flew in the irrigation system; Higgins who offered to roll the paddock; PGG Wrightson who supplied the grass seed and Fitzgerald Transport who is helping Symonds to prepare to field.

"We had the wettest month in October and now November has proved to be the driest month," said Symonds.

The Super Rugby game has also given the 64 year-old something positive to look forward to following a difficult year. In February, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer following a routine check up. He spent the following six months undergoing hormone treatment before completing 39 radiation sessions at Palmerston North Hospital.

"People never used to talk about prostate cancer but now they're more open to it and it's great," he said. "I've always had regular checks, am relatively fit and have been lucky to have experienced no side affects from the treatment, so things are looking positive."

"And being a Hurricanes man for the best part of 13 years  I will be willing them on all the way."

Tui Brewery commercial manager Nick Rogers, who championed this year's game, said with New Zealand hosting the Rugby World Cup next year he is determined to showcase how Mangatainoka, a small town community, can bring rugby to life in true No 8 wire style.

"We are converting one of Skin's prize paddocks into ‘Stadium Mangatainoka’ and our rugby-loving community has again responded accordingly."

Ticket sales are far exceeding last year's sales at Tui HQ for the 2011 game," said Rogers.

"We've only had tickets on sale for four weeks now and already over 50 per cent of the seats are sold.

"This is a great, indication of how strong rugby is both locally and in New Zealand during the countdown in this all-important World Cup year."

Tui has teamed up with match day supporters to make the day possible including: Sharpes Stockfeed, PGG Wrightsons, K&M Print, Allflex, Summit Quinphos, Hunting & Fishing, Delmaine Foods, Silver Fern Farms and Hirequip.

Tui will also be offering transport deals to and from the game thanks to Tranzit Coaches.

Tickets are available from Tui.co.nz, the Tui HQ, from Tranzit Coaches or from PGG Wrightson stores in the Hurricanes territory.

The day will start at midday at Mangatainoka Rugby Football Ground with general admission $35. The ticket price includes a free Tui beer up to one hour before kick-off for those 18 and over.

Corporates can also buy tickets for $125 which includes great Kiwi Gourmet Lunch and beverage package, programme, reserved seating, a Tui cap and calendar.

Punters coming through the gates will also go in the draw to win a few cases of Tui East India Pale Ale and Tuimato Sauce, perfect for summer barbecues.


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Minister to kick off Mangatainoka Super Rugby match

By KATIE FARMAN - Wairarapa News | 12:19PM - Wednesday, 26 January 2011

MINISTER for the Rugby World Cup, Murray McCully, will kickstart New Zealand's biggest year in sport grassroots style this weekend.

Mr McCully, who is also the Minister for Sport and Recreation and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will kick off the Super Rugby pre-season game between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs to be held in Mangatainoka on Saturday. The sold-out game follows the success of last year's Super 14 pre-season game between the Hurricanes and the Blues which was held on Neil Symonds' farm, the home of the Mangatainoka RFC, next to Tui Brewery.

"Games like the Mangatainoka initiative are a key part of our buildup to the World Cup, demonstrating an essential part of our rugby heritage," Mr McCully says.

This year will be a remarkable journey for rugby in New Zealand, beginning with Saturday's game in front of more than 7000 fans and culminating with the Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park which will be played in front of 50,000 rugby supporters on Sunday, October 23.

Mr McCully says it is critical that all New Zealanders are behind the game.

"It is essential for the future health of rugby that successful formats are found in the heartland as well as at Eden Park. The success of last year's match in Mangatainoka and the success of a number of similar initiatives in smaller centres, show the need for a properly balanced strategy for the future," Mr McCully says.

"It is particularly important to remember this in 2011  Rugby World Cup year. New Zealand cannot boast the glitz and glamour of Paris or London, but we offer a strong rugby heritage, especially in the heartland. This is a critical part of our brand and our identity."

New Zealand rugby great Sir Brian Lochore, who, along with Sir Colin Meads and renowned rugby photographer Peter Bush, will attend the game, is thrilled heartland New Zealand will take centre stage.

"I think it's really important that top level players can get to the hinterland. Last year's event [at Mangatainoka] went well, even if it was particularly wet, and I think this year will see passionate supporters watching a passionate game."

Tui Brewery commercial manager Nick Rogers, who championed this year's game, says with New Zealand in a Rugby World Cup year he's determined to showcase how Mangatainoka, a small town community, can bring rugby to life in true No 8 wire style.

"This will not only be a great game of footie between two of Super Rugby's most passionate franchises, but it will be another milestone event because we're taking New Zealand rugby back to the heartland again," says Mr Rogers.

Tui has teamed up with match day supporters to make the day possible including: Sharpes Stockfeed, PGG Wrightsons, K&M Print, Allflex, Summit Quinphos, Hunting & Fishing and Delmaine Foods, Silver Fern Farms and Hirequip.


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Back onto the paddock

Hurricanes ease into season with Chiefs clash

By DANIEL RICHARDSON - Manawatu Standard | 12 NOON - Friday, 28 January 2011

COUNTRY RUGGER: The bunting goes up at Mangatainoka for tomorrow's big match. — Photo: Wairarapa News.
COUNTRY RUGGER: The bunting goes up at Mangatainoka for tomorrow's big match. — Photo: Wairarapa News.

MANAWATU first five-eighth Aaron Cruden has been named on the bench for the Hurricanes in their first pre-season game, against the Chiefs in Mangatainoka tomorrow.

Instead, Hawke's Bay pivot, Daniel Kirkpatrick, will run the cutter in a starting side that includes former All Black Rodney So'oialo at No8, rising star Charlie Ngatai at fullback and the blockbusting Julian Savea on the wing.

Cruden, the team's No1 first-five, is expected to come onto the field in the second half.

Kirkpatrick played for the Blues at Mangatainoka last year.

Turbos prop Ma'afu Fia has also been included on a 15-strong reserve bench for the Hurricanes, along with a host of other young players such as Taranaki utility back Beauden Barrett.

Fia has been training with the Hurricanes on the fringe of the wider training group.

Fifty-seven players have been named to play on Neil Symonds' farm tomorrow, but Tana Umaga's name is missing.

The former All Black captain, who played in the Super 12 – as it was known then in 1996 – hasn't been picked for the Chiefs this weekend as Ian Foster looks to manage the 37-year-old's workload.

"I think we are stripping 27 players, so you can't strip everybody. It is a chance to give people significant game time," Foster said.

The Chiefs' mentor mentioned that "all going well", Umaga would play against the Highlanders in Taupo in the Waikato-based franchise's next warm-up game.

Foster said the first game of the year, to be played in quarters, was an important one to blow out the cobwebs.

"The focus is on performance this week, clearly.

"Pre-season – it sincerely is just about testing where we are at.

"I think both teams are going to be real keen to get out there. The first pre-season game in a lot of ways is an exciting one and a nervous one ... We want to get the guys in to the first contact hit-out."

Former Manawatu lock Hayden Triggs will start at blindside flanker for the Chiefs. It is the third Super rugby side he has played for, following stints with the Hurricanes and Highlanders.

Foster said it was important to develop depth in the No6 role and Triggs fitted the bill because he is a lock who can cover the loose forward spot.

"We haven't really had that option before, so I guess it's a good chance for him to play there," Foster said. "I think it's a real learning curve for him."

Foster's loose forward concerns are also heightened because Colin Bourke is out for up to six months with a shoulder injury.

Both sides are without their All Blacks for this weekend's game as they ease their way in to contact training.

A crowd of more than 7000 is expected for the game, after tickets sold out last week.

Rain has been forecast for tomorrow, although that might suit some players, who could take a few knocks on the hard ground.

"The boys would prefer a bit of rain," Foster said.

The game is set to kick off at 3pm following a curtainraiser between the New Zealand Musicians and a Mangatainoka XV.

Manawatu Turbos halfback Aaron Smith will start for the Highlanders in their pre-season clash with the Blues at Balclutha tomorrow, while David Te Moana will also begin the game, at tighthead prop.


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HOW THEY LINE UP

HURRICANES: 1. John Schwalger, 2. Laurence Corlett, 3. Michael Bent, 4. James Broadhurst, 5. Jason Eaton, 6. Faifili Levave, 7. Jack Lam, 8. Rodney So'oialo; 9. Tyson Keats, 10. Daniel Kirkpatrick, 11. Andre Taylor, 12. Jayden Hayward, 13. Alapati Leiua, 14. Julian Savea, 15. Charlie Ngatai. Reserves: Dane Coles, Ma'afu Fia, Jacob Ellison, Anthony Perenise, Reg Goodes, Jeremy Thrush, Bryn Evans, Victor Vito, Mike Coman, Scott Fuglistaller, Chris Eaton, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Beauden Barrett, Richard Buckman.

CHIEFS: 1. Ben May, 2. Aled de Malmanche, 3. Ben Afeaki, 4. Culum Retallick, 5. Romana Graham, 6. Hayden Triggs, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 8. Fritz Lee, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow; 10. Mike Delany, 11. Ahsee Tuala, 12. Dwayne Sweeney, 13. Jackson Willison, 14. Lelia Masaga, 15. Tim Nanai-Williams. Reserves: Daniel Perrin, Nathan White, Craig Clarke, Sam Cane, Alex Bradley, Phillip Burleigh, Sona Taumalolo, Brendon Leonard, Mark Selwyn, Trent Renata, Save Tokula, Simon Lemalu.


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Hurricanes reveal hidden depths

By TOBY ROBSON in Mangatainoka - The Dominion Post | 5:00AM - Monday, 31 January 2011

GO YOU GOOD THING: Hurricanes wing Julian Savea races up the sideline with Jacob Ellison in support as the crowd at Mangatainoka gets a closeup view of the Super 15 warmup match on Saturday. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.
GO YOU GOOD THING: Hurricanes wing Julian Savea races up the
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 — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.


MARK HAMMETT's reign as Hurricanes coach has started with a glimpse of new-found depth, a whiff of innovation and a win.

Most encouragingly the class of 2011 stuck at their task despite some early confusion in defence and a slick Chiefs' backline to chalk up a 35-31 result, despite the distractions of a colourful and boisterous crowd of about 7300.

If there was a standout in the Hurricanes ranks, it was lock James Broadhurst, who showed his athleticism to blast through the midfield for two fine tries, but it was mainly lesser-known players who caught the eye.

Many had come to see how Aaron Cruden would perform at first five-eighth but instead it was Taranaki five-eighth Beauden Barrett who shone in the No 10 jersey after replacing Dan Kirkpatrick after the opening quarter of the Super 15 warmup match on Saturday.

The 19-year-old spent the middle two quarters guiding the ship with aplomb, running the ball to the line and distributing well. When Cruden ran on in the third quarter he played at second-five.

"I think from Al [backs coach Alama Ieremia] and my perspective it's really important to have two first-fives who can control both sides of the field when we want to play a wide, wide game," Hammett explained.

"He [Aaron] can do that [at second-five]. While he's a bit small he's got the speed and when you have that agility and foot speed, you sometimes are as dangerous as a running midfielder."

Indeed, with Barrett and Cruden on the pitch the Hurricanes turned a 17-14 halftime deficit into a 28-17 lead going into the final quarter.

Barring injuries it's not a combination likely to be seen when the competition proper starts with Barrett in the wider training group and unable to be called up unless there are two injuries in a specialist position.

There's also the fact that a backline of All Blacks is set to return, probably starting with Ma'a Nonu against the Blues in Kerikeri this Friday.

However, it's an intriguing hint that the coaches are thinking outside a square that has traditionally seen the Hurricanes lump the playmaking duties on one player's shoulders.

"When those senior players got in those driver positions we started to play the game we wanted to play," Hammett said, referring to Cruden and halfback Tyson Keats' entry to the match in the third quarter.

The Hurricanes showed an improved ability to move the ball to space in the second half and were rewarded with three nice tries, to Broadhurst, wing Andre Taylor and centre Alapati Leiua.

That said, Wellington halfback TJ Perenara was another to impress despite playing during a difficult first half that saw the Chiefs backline sparkle under a mountain of possession.

Pleasingly the Hurricanes conceded only two first-half tries and the scrum survived a stiff examination on its line with squarely built tighthead prop Michael Bent and John Schwalger winning a points decision over Ben Afeaki and Ben May.

However, defence is sure to be a focal point this week after the Chiefs broke the line too easily with several of their five tries coming as a result of missed tackles.

The Hurricanes were also guilty of falling asleep after scoring, with the Chiefs twice scoring from their own kickoffs.

In other matches, the Crusaders lost 42-15 to the Reds in Cairns, while the Blues edged the Highlanders 31-29 in Balclutha.


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'Canes build depth in opener

By DANIEL RICHARDSON - Manawatu Standard | 12 NOON - Monday, 31 January 2011

AMONG all the positional and personnel changes, it was interesting to watch Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett play in the five-eighths spots for the Hurricanes against the Chiefs in Mangatainoka on Saturday.

The two youngsters didn't link up as you'd imagine they could, with Barrett at 10 and Cruden at 12, but that was to be forgiven due to the nature of pre-season rugby, which included regular turnovers.

After the game, the slightly-built Cruden said he didn't know if he would take the field with No.12 on his back this season.

"I haven't really talked to the coaches about it but I'll just be happy to be playing, to be honest," the Turbos five-eighth said.

"Just the way we were playing we were trying to shift the ball wide and play with two pivots and see how it went. But unfortunately we weren't able to sort of hold on to the ball for long periods. It's still a work in progress."

Hawke's Bay first-five Daniel Kirkpatrick started the game, but played only the first quarter before Cruden and Barrett were injected into the fray.

Taranaki's Barrett spent time at fullback too, as Cruden went to first receiver for the final quarter that was noted for dropped ball and mistimed passes.

Cruden had a hand in a few line breaks and when he and Barrett were in full flight, the backline ran at breakneck speed.

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett said it was important to give players like Barrett a run during the pre-season to build depth for this year.

"I think from my perspective it's really important that we can have two first-fives that can control both sides of the game when we want to play a wide game and [Cruden] can do that," Hammett said.

"While he is a wee bit small, he's got the speed and when you've got that agility and that foot speed, you are sometimes as dangerous as a really big man."

Taranaki lock James Broadhurst stood out for the Hurricanes in the forward pack, scoring two tries, and was given extended game time due to a calf injury to Jeremy Thrush that kept him out of the clash.

The second-row stocks look full with a fit Jason Eaton getting through plenty of work for the Hurricanes, who opened the scoring in the first quarter through midfielder Jayden Hayward.

Outside backs Andre Taylor and Julian Savea looked dangerous for the home side, while Charlie Ngatai was safe at fullback.

The third quarter was the money period for the Hurricanes, who scored two converted tries to overturn a halftime deficit and they took control from there.

Neither side played their All Blacks, who are working their way back in to training with their respective squads, while the Chiefs used 30 players and the Hurricanes suited up 27.


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THE SCORE

Hurricanes: 35 (James Broadhurst 2, Andre Taylor, Hayward, Alapati Leiua tries; Daniel Kirkpatrick, Taylor 2, Beauden Barrett 2, conversions).

Chiefs: 31 (Tim Nanai-Williams 2, Trent Renata, Ben May, Sam Cane tries; Mike Delany, Nanai-Williams conversions).

1st Quarter: 7-all.

Half-Time: 14-17.

3rd Quarter: 28-17.


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Fans flock to see Hurricanes

The colour and characters at Mangatainoka

By TOBY ROBSON - The Dominion Post | 5:00AM - Monday, 31 January 2011

Some fans try their hand at a Tui advert. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.
Some fans try their hand at a Tui advert. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.

Fans mingle with some of the Tui girls. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.
Fans mingle with some of the Tui girls. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.

IN THE SHADOWS of the famous Tui Brewery the primary motivation of the Hurricanes' now-annual pilgrimage to the backblocks isn't difficult to ascertain.

Dave Dobbyn's well-known ditty Bliss always gets a run and effectively sums up what has become a cash cow for one of Wellington rugby's most loyal sponsors.

Seventeen pallets, or 23,800 cans, of the sponsor's product — 3.2 cans for each for the 7300-strong crowd — were consumed in farmer Neil Symonds' back paddock on Saturday, but that wasn't the only reason most in attendance went home with a smile on their dial.

Aside from the ugly sight of the small number who over-indulged, well before the final whistle, this unique event had a lot more going for it in its second edition than it did in its first.

And it wasn't just that the rain mercifully stayed away.

Mangatainoka appears to have taken on a pilgrimage quality, akin to the Wellington sevens, and familiarity has bred organisation.

The event was sold out well in advance and most travelled from Wellington on a specially organised train, or from the Waikato in hired coaches.

They clearly made a day of it, rather than last year's ad-hoc decision by many to sink too many brews, too quickly.

Two blokes in the brown suits and horses' heads took the honours in a crowd of many in fancy dress and it's a safe bet that next year someone will try to outdo them.

The 3500 comfy plastic seats in the stands, a big improvement on the metal steps of a year before, and the 10 tries scored on the pitch helped too.

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett was won over on his first visit, even finding a positive for players. "It's fantastic and what I really like about it is it puts another pressure on the players.

"If you make a mistake you are going to hear about it, someone's going to give you a hard time, and that's part of dealing with it as a professional rugby player."


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Sir Colin Meads enjoys the game. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.
Sir Colin Meads enjoys the game. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.

Dylan McKee, left, from Wellington had his stag party at the game with Dan Morrah. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.
Dylan McKee, left, from Wellington had his stag party at the game with Dan Morrah. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.

A pitch invader was removed from the game. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.
A pitch invader was removed from the game. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.

A fan enjoys the game and a beer. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.
A fan enjoys the game and a beer. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.

Fans perform a haka at half-time. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.
Fans perform a haka at half-time. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.

Andre Taylor, left, celebrates with Jayden Hayward after scoring for the Hurricanes. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.
Andre Taylor, left, celebrates with Jayden Hayward after scoring for the Hurricanes. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.

Victor Vito signs autographs after the game. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.
Victor Vito signs autographs after the game. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.

Old teams mates Victor Vito, left, and Tana Umaga share a joke after the game. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.
Old teams mates Victor Vito, left, and Tana Umaga share a joke after the game. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.



'Canes fans leave happy

By DANIEL RICHARDSON - Manawatu Standard | 5:00AM - Monday, 31 January 2011

STANDING OUT: A sellout crowd of about 9000 attended the pre-season rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs in Mangatainoka on the weekend. — ANNA CAMPBELL/Manawatu Standard.
STANDING OUT: A sellout crowd of about 9000 attended the pre-season
rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs in Mangatainoka
on the weekend. — ANNA CAMPBELL/Manawatu Standard.


NICK ROGERS was a happy man on Saturday afternoon.

The Tui marketing whiz, who masterminded hosting a pre-season Super rugby game in the village of Mangatainoka, was walking around Neil Symonds' farm taking in the atmosphere following the Hurricanes' 35-31 win over the Chiefs.

Saturday marked the second time the Hurricanes had played in the place more known for its amber ale than rugby venues, but there was a difference this year, there was no rain.

Anybody who went to last year's clash would have recalled the mud and wet weather, but aside from a few gusts during the weekend, the conditions were perfect.

"I'm absolutely rapt," Mr Rogers said after the game. "Some people say it's either raining in Mangatainoka or about to rain, but the weather gods looked after us and look at the smiles on people's faces. It's great." Mr Rogers wasn't the only person to label the game a success.

Rugby legend Sir Colin Meads was in attendance and he was pleased to see rugby make it out of the big cities.

"It's unreal," he said. "It's just the greatest thing that's happened in New Zealand rugby for quite a long time."

Rugby World Cup minister Murray McCully said the event was timely with the global competition being hosted in New Zealand this year. "John Hayes, the local member of parliament, has given this quite a big billing and I've got to say it's lived up to it. It's a very good way to start the rugby World Cup year."

"The point I've made is people aren't coming to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup because we have the glitz and glamour of London or Paris."

"They're coming because we've got a genuine rugby heritage and this is what you are seeing here today."

Mr McCully ceremonially kicked off the match, which was played with the traditional errors of a pre-season game, but Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett said it was a great venue to come to with the crowd seated so close. "I shouldn't say I was surprised because I'd heard a lot about it — but it's just fantastic."

"What I really like about it is it also puts another pressure on the players."

"If you make a mistake you are going to hear about it. Someone's going to give you a hard time and that's part of dealing with it as a professional rugby player.

"It's just getting out here and getting out to rural New Zealand."


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AT A GLANCE:

  • 7354 official tickets sold.

  • 350,000 litres of water to drench the pitch.

  • 1600 cans of lemonade.

  • 23,800 cans of Tui.

  • Six of eight community groups sold out of food.

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Massive slip closes Manawatu Gorge

By MICHELLE COOKE - The Dominion Post with NZPA | 7:28AM - Friday, 19 August 2011

CLEARING THE WAY: Workers begin clearing a slip that closed the Manawatu Gorge. — WARWICK SMITH/Manawatu Standard.
CLEARING THE WAY: Workers begin clearing a slip that closed
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THE MANAWATU GORGE is likely to be closed for a week after a slip reported to be "bigger than Ben Hur" came down last night following heavy rain.

The massive landslip blocked the Manawatu Gorge, State Highway 3, between Palmerston North and debris was still coming down, regional state highways manager David McGonigal said.

"Early indications are that the slip could take a week to clear," he said.

The Pahiatua Track and the Saddle Road could be used as alternative routes.


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Slip may close Manawatu Gorge for a week

By MICHELLE COOKE - The Dominion Post with Manawatu Standard | 11:11AM - Friday, 19 August 2011

BLOCKED: The slip that caused the gorge closure.
BLOCKED: The slip that caused the gorge closure.

EXHAUST: Steam from the exhaust of a machine that is buried in the slip.
EXHAUST: Steam from the exhaust of a machine that is buried in the slip.

IT COULD BE a week before the Manawatu Gorge can reopen after a slip blocked the road last night.

The slip closed both lanes of State Highway 3 about 1km from the Ashhurst end of the gorge, just after 5pm.

New Zealand Transport Agency spokesman Anthony Frith said it could take contractors up to a week to clear the debris.

"It won't be opening in the near future. We currently have surveyors in a helicopter looking at the damage. It was a large slip."

Police believe a petrol tanker was stuck in the gorge due to the slip.


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I hate driving through the gorge slow so I go through it quick as I can.
The hills are so steep I was told by a friend a geologist told him that one day the whole lot will come crashing down maybe even block the river.

Its a lottery just going through it and worse in the winter.
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Meanwhile, the Pahiatua Track will get hammered to bits again by State Highway traffic.

Tararua District Council have been trying for years to persuade New Zealand Land Transport Agency to take over the road and designate it a State Highway, but NZLTA refuse to do so. Which means that every time NZLTA are unable to keep SH3 through the Manawatu Gorge open, both the Pahiatua Track and the Saddle Road get hammered by heavy vehicles and as NZLTA only pay a partial subsidy, Tararua District Council ratepayers are left with a huge percentage of the cost of repairing the damage.

I reckon Tararua District Council should put severe weight restrictions on both the Pahiatua Track and the Saddle Road, effectively blocking heavy vehicles from using them. This would result in two things....those roads would no longer be hammered to bits by heavy trucks every time SH5 through the Manawatu Gorge closes; and the resultant “squealing like stuck pigs” from the truckies would force NZLTA's hands, because things would start to become extremely political.
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No wonder my rates are so high  Roll Eyes
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Manawatu Gorge opening delayed

By MICHAEL FORBES - The Dominion Post | 1:54PM - Monday, 05 September 2011

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THE MANAWATU GORGE is likely to remain closed for the rest of the week as debris continues to fall from the unstable hillside.

State Highway 3 through the gorge has been closed most days since August 18 after heavy rain caused a series of slips about 1km from the Ashhurst end.

It is the longest closure since repeated slips kept the gorge closed for 70 days in 2004.

New Zealand Transport Authority regional state highways manager David McGonigal said it was necessary to keep the gorge closed to enable contractors to stabilise the hillside.

"There's still a sizeable amount of loose rock on the hillside and a number of large boulders that we need to shift before we can safely reopen the road."

The agency has commissioned a geological assessment of the hillside.

Mr McGonigal said the highway would remain closed until all remaining debris was removed and a geological assessment of the hillside had shown the hillside to be stable.

He appreciated the ongoing disruption the closure is causing to motorists.

"We share the frustrations of motorists and truckies, and we're very conscious of how this may impact on tourists that are travelling for the Rugby World Cup 2011."

"The safety of motorists comes first, so reopening the road comes down to stabilising the slope, which is proving to be a challenge with the hillside still holding a lot of loose material."

"This is the biggest slip we've had since 2004, and the team from Higgins have been working tirelessly in difficult and potentially dangerous conditions."

Mr McGonigal also thanked motorists for their ongoing patience, and the Tararua District Council for the use of the Pahiatua Track and the Saddle Road as alternative routes.

NZTA was mindful these roads were facing wear and tear from the increased use during the closure, and would work closely with council to fund and carry out repairs, he said.


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Another Gorge slip overnight

Road closure extended — again

Manawatu Standard | 9:25AM - Wednesday, 07 September 2011

VIEW FROM ABOVE: Aerial shot of Manawatu Gorge Road from a helicopter. — NZTA.
VIEW FROM ABOVE: Aerial shot of Manawatu Gorge Road from a helicopter. — NZTA.

ANOTHER SLIP in the Manawatu Gorge overnight means it is likely to be closed for at least another week.

The New Zealand Transport Agency said a slip came down overnight which was large enough for the gorge to be closed until at least the middle next week, if not the end of the week.

Motorists are advised to use the Saddle Road or Pahiatua Track as alternative routes.


VIEW FROM ABOVE: Aerial shot of Manawatu Gorge Road from a helicopter. — NZTA.

VIEW FROM ABOVE: Aerial shot of Manawatu Gorge Road from a helicopter. — NZTA.

VIEW FROM ABOVE: Aerial shot of Manawatu Gorge Road from a helicopter. — NZTA.

VIEW FROM ABOVE: Aerial shot of Manawatu Gorge Road from a helicopter. — NZTA.
VIEW FROM ABOVE: Aerial shots of Manawatu Gorge Road from a helicopter. — NZTA.

New photographs released by the New Zealand Transport Agency yesterday show the huge dents the latest slips in the Manawatu Gorge have made in the hillside.

Tonnes of dirt rained down upon State Highway 3 on August 18, and after 10 days of work to clear the slip, one lane was reopened for three days before another slip closed it again last Wednesday.

NZTA took these photographs from a helicopter yesterday morning. A geological assessment was still to be completed on the site to determine the stability of the hillside above the road.

NZTA said that when the assessment was done a better estimation could be made on when the gorge road might reopen.


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Fears of big losses spur report on closed gorge

By MICHAEL FORBES - The Dominion Post | 5:00AM - Saturday, 10 September 2011

A REPORT into the economic damage caused by the blocked Manawatu Gorge is to be prepared, amid fears the region is haemorrhaging tens of thousands of dollars each day it remains closed.

Vision Manawatu, the region's economic development agency, will begin the report on Monday and hopes to have it finished the following week.

Chief executive Elaine Reilly said it would examine the extra cost to commuters and manufacturers of having to travel an extra half-hour between Palmerston North and Woodville via Saddle Rd or the Pahiatua Track, as well as the loss of visitors to the region, the damage done to its reputation and business confidence in the future of the gorge.

"I'm sure it's going to be significant ... it could well be in the tens of thousands of dollars each day," she said.

A major slip about 1km from the Ashhurst end closed the gorge on August 18, soon after a polar blast ripped through the country. Further slips have kept it shut almost the entire time since.

New Zealand Transport Agency regional state highways manager David McGonigal has said the hillside needs stabilising before it can reopen, which will keep it shut until mid to late next week.

Each day, up to 480 trucks use the State Highway 3 passage through the gorge. About 6800 vehicles travel between southern Hawke's Bay and Manawatu in any given 24-hour period.

Logistics and supply management consultant Walter Glass said the gorge was vital to the functioning of Palmerston North.

"This area is a logistic centre of gravity, which relies upon the various ability for various modes of transport to come and go via this hub," he said. "A variety of companies ... rely on goods getting to and from Palmerston North. They will be suffering. There's no doubt about that."

Mainfreight Palmerston North branch manager John Graham said his firm was not suffering drastic losses, as Saddle Road or the Pahiatua Track could handle the 250 tonnes of freight it sent through the gorge each week.

But the delays had forced a re-working of driver schedules and put extra pressure on getting goods to suppliers.

Holly Kellerman, who works at Yummy Mummy Cheesecakes in Woodville, said local retailers had noticed a sharp decline in patrons since the hillside started slipping.

The town relies on people travelling between Hawke's Bay and Wellington for a lot of its business, and those people were being lost to Wairarapa, she said.

"Nobody's coming through Woodville — it sucks."


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Traffic bypass cuts cafe's hours

By VICKI WATERHOUSE - Manawatu Standard | 12:00 NOON - Saturday, 10 September 2011

THE OWNER of a cafe cut off from traffic since the Manawatu Gorge closed last month has had to close the business until the road is cleared, costing her thousands of dollars.

The gorge road has been shut for 18 days since a slip on August 18, with traffic instead diverted over the Saddle Road and Pahiatua Track.

The earliest State Highway3 could reopen was late next week, depending on when the New Zealand Transport Agency was able to stabilise the hillside.

Rebecca Algie, who owns Beyond the Bridge cafe at the eastern edge of the gorge, said she tried to remain open after the closure but after four days without business, she made the decision to shut down on weekdays.

"It's a bit of a kick in the guts," she said. "It's something that I have no control over so I've just got to accept it."Her eight staff were making do with the casual shifts they kept from Friday nights and weekends.

"It hasn't been busy at all, but it's helped," Miss Algie said. "I have fantastic staff and they understand what's going on."

Miss Algie, who was losing around $8000 in turnover a week, was dipping into her savings to survive and had made a claim through her insurance company which covered business interruption.

"A lot of my business is Palmy but they don't come over here while the gorge is closed," she said.

She said it had been hard to get information from NZTA and had been speaking to Higgins contractors working on the slip to keep updated.

"All they [NZTA] can give me is the information that's online. It's just ridiculous," she said.

Considering the high volume of traffic that passed through the gorge, it was disappointing that NZTA did not make the road a priority, she said.

"It's the craziest thing I've heard — there's thousands of people that travel that road every day."

The Saddle Road and Pahiatua Track were also taking a pounding from the weight of the heavy trucks that now traversed them.

When the Manawatu Standard visited, Saddle Road was crumbling at the sides and potholes were haphazardly patched with tar seal. NZTA has said it will cover the cost of repairs to the roads.


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Holly Kellerman, who works at Yummy Mummy Cheesecakes in Woodville, said local retailers had noticed a sharp decline in patrons since the hillside started slipping.

The town relies on people travelling between Hawke's Bay and Wellington for a lot of its business, and those people were being lost to Wairarapa, she said.

"Nobody's coming through Woodville — it sucks."




Errrrrrrrrr......if you travel between Hawke's Bay and Wellington via Wairarapa, you still go through Woodville.

That is, unless you turn off SH2 at Waipukurau and follow Route 52 to Masterton, but as that takes up to a couple of hours longer, the average punter isn't going to use that route, but will still go via Woodville.

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« Reply #43 on: September 11, 2011, 11:05:21 am »

It costs a lot more petrol to go over saddle rd and also those yummy mummy cheese cakes are way too expensive...
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« Reply #44 on: September 16, 2011, 09:39:19 pm »


‘Temperamental’ hill delays gorge reopening

By STACEY KIRK - Manawatu Standard | 12 NOON - Friday, 16 September 2011

STILL SHUT: Work continued last week on clearing the gorge road after it was closed by a big slip. — MURRAY WILSON/Manawatu Standard.
STILL SHUT: Work continued last week on clearing
the gorge road after it was closed by a big slip.
 — MURRAY WILSON/Manawatu Standard.


THE MANAWATU GORGE road will remain shut until at least next week in what is now its longest closure in seven years.

The New Zealand Transport Agency yesterday announced it would be several more days before the road would reopen, but was reluctant to be more specific because the closure could blow out even longer.

The gorge road has been closed since heavy rain caused a massive slip last month.

Significant extra traffic was expected between Wellington and Palmerston North to Napier for the Rugby World Cup match between Canada and France this weekend. Motorists were advised to add an extra 30 minutes to their trip.

NZTA Palmerston North state highways manager David McGonigal said the reopening of the gorge road would not be rushed if it wasn't deemed safe. "We've been working hard to get the gorge open, but the hillside has proven very temperamental. Providing safe passage for motorists is our most important concern even if it does mean trips will take a little longer."

Mr McGonigal said NZTA was focusing on securing the hillside until it was stable.

Though the NZTA was hopeful access could be restored next week, that would depend on how the hillside behaved in the coming days, he said.

"We need to do a very thorough job, and we need to do this safely, and with a slip of this magnitude, this will take time."

"The stuff that's come down is only part of the job; the biggest challenge is the material that needs to be brought down before the road is safe to reopen."

NZTA said it understood the importance of the route to the people and businesses of the region, and appreciated the patience shown by motorists and local communities over the 27 days the gorge had now been closed.

Mr McGonigal said it was important rugby fans took their time to drive safely home after the game.

"People will be returning home after dark, and while we've made extensive safety improvements to the highway network in recent years, it is still important that people drive to the conditions, keep a safe following distance and keep their speeds down," Mr McGonigal said.


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« Reply #45 on: October 04, 2011, 04:59:59 pm »


Gorge closure extended for two months

By MATHEW GROCOTT - Manawatu Standard | 3:19PM - Tuesday, 04 October 2011

THE MANAWATU GORGE looks set be closed for another two months.

The news comes as NZ Transport Agency announced is will be taking over control of The Saddle Road and Pahiatua Track.

State Highway 3 through the Gorge has been closed since August 18 due to a series of slips, except for three days that month where it reopened to one lane.

NZTA regional state highways manager David McGonigal says that after receiving the latest geological assessment the closure is expected to continue for up to two months longer.

This would mean the road was closed for longer than in 2004 when it was shut for 70 days throughout the year.

NZTA road crews have assumed responsibility for the maintenance of the detour routes. The detours had previously been maintained by local council contractors based on a funding agreement with the NZTA.

Mr McGonigal says by temporarily taking over the alternative routes, the NZTA's road crews will help to ensure the those routes remain safe and viable.

The decision follows a meeting last Friday between the NZTA and the Mayors and Chief Executives of Tararua District Council, Manawatu District Council, Palmerston North City Council and the Chairman and Chief Executive of Horizons Regional Council to discuss the issues that the closure is causing.

Mr McGonigal said the NZTA road crews were on call 24/7 and would be able to carry out repairs at off-peak times such as evenings to limit disruption to motorists. Repairs would be temporary to ensure roadworks would not significantly impede traffic flow, and permanent repairs would be made once the gorge reopens and traffic settles.

"We appreciate that the alternative routes have taken a lot of punishment, and given the length of the closure it's appropriate that we fully assume the costs and organisation of the upkeep of these roads. By taking over these routes we'll be in a good position to ensure they can handle the large volumes of traffic they're facing, and where possible to carry out repairs and upgrades during the night."

"We're hugely grateful to the councils for providing these detour routes, and it's only fair that we do what we can ensure these alternative routes are up to the task of carrying state highway traffic volumes while the gorge is closed."

Mr McGonigal says that while the scale of the slip looks set to surpass the slips of 2004, the gorge is expected to remain viable long-term. The NZTA has agreed the detour routes needed more care to help them handle the increase of traffic from around 700 vehicles per day to around 6000.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/5731122/Gorge-closure-extended-for-two-months



Manawatu Gorge to be closed for months

The Dominion Post | 4:00PM - Tuesday, 04 October 2011

THE MANAWATU GORGE may be closed for months yet as an unstable hillside continues to threaten the road.

As a result, the New Zealand Transport Agency has taken control of its two detour routes, Saddle Road and the Pahiatua Track, to ensure they are properly maintained in the wake of increased traffic flow.

Both roads have previously been maintained by council contractors based on a funding agreement with the agency.

NZTA regional state highways manager David McGonigal said the decision to temporarily take over the alternative routes was made following a meeting on Friday between NZTA and the Mayors and Chief Executives of Tararua District Council, Manawatu District Council, Palmerston North City Council and the Chairman and Chief Executive of Horizons Regional Council to discuss the issues that the closure is causing.

"We appreciate that the alternative routes have taken a lot of punishment, and given the length of the closure it's appropriate that we fully assume the costs and organisation of the upkeep of these roads," he said.

"By taking over these routes we'll be in a good position to ensure they can handle the large volumes of traffic they're facing, and where possible, to carry out repairs and upgrades during the night."

The gorge has been closed almost every day since a large slip about 1km from the Ashhurst end came down on August 18. Several more slips since then have added to the frustration of those who regularly use the gorge and those who have been trying to clear it.

A recent economic report estimated its closure was costing the Manawatu region about $62,000 a day.

Mr McGonigal said the ongoing slips have occurred at the location of a much bigger ancient landslide.

That area of the gorge was made up of silty, sandy gravel with large boulders, mixed with areas of greywacke rock, resulting in an unstable hillside that needs to shed more material before it stabilises.

Mr McGonigal said that while the scale of the slip looks set to surpass the slips of 2004, which kept the gorge closed for 70 days, that portion of State Highway 3 was expected to remain viable long-term.

The agency has agreed the detour routes needed more "TLC" to help them handle the increase of traffic from around 700 vehicles per day to around 6000, he said.

"Closures of this extent only happen around once in a decade."

"We appreciate that people are frustrated about the length of this closure. We need to bring much more unstable material down from high up on the slope and we'll be hoping for some more rain to help bring it down."

NZTA had employed five different companies, including geological specialists, to help the agency find solutions to stop the hillside moving. Until it does, there is no quick fix to the problem, Mr McGonigal said.


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« Reply #46 on: October 05, 2011, 04:58:51 pm »


Business pain of Manawatu Gorge closure

By MICHAEL FORBES - The Dominion Post | 11:39AM - Wednesday, 05 October 2011

THE MANAWATU GORGE's four-month closure may be the "final blow" for businesses that rely on its traffic, the region's economic development agency says.

The latest geological report by the New Zealand Transport Agency yesterday indicated the gorge would remain at the mercy of landslides and an unstable hillside until just before Christmas.

That would surpass the longest the gorge has been shut for previously, which was 70 days in 2004.

Some businesses in and around Woodville relied on people using the gorge to travel between Manawatu and Hawke's Bay, and this news would be devastating for them, Vision Manawatu chief executive Elaine Reilly said.

"At the end of a two-year hard time for local businesses, it's further cost and pain for them, and I suspect some will be unsustainable."

A recent economic report by Vision Manawatu estimated its closure was costing the Manawatu region about $62,000 a day.

State Highway 3 through the gorge has been closed almost every day since a large landslide, about 1km from the Ashhurst end, came down on August 18.

More slips since then have compounded the frustration of those who regularly use the gorge and those who have been trying to clear it.

On the back of its latest geological analysis, NZTA has taken over the cost and upkeep of the gorge's two alternative routes, Saddle Road and the Pahiatua Track, to ensure they can handle the increase in traffic from about 700 vehicles per day to roughly 6000.

NZTA regional state highways manager David McGonigal said the ongoing slips were happening at the location of a much bigger, ancient landslide, which needed to shed more material before it stabilised.

"We appreciate that people are frustrated about the length of this closure. We need to bring much more unstable material down from high up on the slope and we'll be hoping for some more rain to help bring it down."

Despite the length of the slip, the gorge was still considered a viable long-term option, Mr McGonigal said.

But Ms Reilly did not share his optimism.

"Over 20 years, the number of days it's been shut is probably in the single figures, percentage wise, but that doesn't change how people feel about it right now."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5736279/Business-pain-of-Manawatu-Gorge-closure



Jobs threatened as economic lifeline broken

By STACEY KIRK - Manawatu Standard | 12:00 NOON - Wednesday, 05 October 2011

JOBS ARE ON THE LINE as business owners in Woodville struggle to cope with the loss of income caused by the closure of the Manawatu Gorge road.

As news spread through the town yesterday that the gorge road could be closed for another two months, the fatigued looks on the faces of residents as they spoke to the Manawatu Standard said it all.

"The businesses here are suffering and we're helpless. There's nothing that can be done about it," said Kevin O'Connor, the owner of the New Central Motor Inn.

He has already laid off two part-time workers, and told a fulltime staff member to "take a two-week holiday".

Mr O'Connor said that while it was important for the gorge to be safe before it reopened to traffic, he questioned the level of urgency and information being passed on to residents by the NZ Transport Agency.

"I've called for updates ... and left messages and they haven't been returned. If this was in Auckland it would have been fixed within the week, but there's just nothing we can do about it."

Fish and chip shop Fishspot is also straining with the loss of business.

Owner John Gooding said a loss in turnover of about 40 per cent had him questioning whether the business — a finalist in the National Best Chip Competition three times in the past 10 years — was viable.

"We want to look after our staff because they have got commitments as well, and we do our best but there comes a time where we have to look at whether we can have staff here, otherwise we'll no longer be here."

He said the effect of the gorge road closure had been devastating.

Workers at Caltex said the number of cars coming through had noticeably dropped, but rumours flying around town about the closure being permanent had done nothing to help matters.

"And they start because NZTA aren't telling us anything."

A lucky few said the closure had not affected their business.

Former Whariti Meats owner John Shannon sold his business this week, but said people were still travelling to buy his meat.


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« Reply #47 on: October 05, 2011, 08:02:16 pm »

oh dear the gorge is closed til the end of the year ....

think i will write email the govt about it since they caused this inconvenience to myself and many more travellers

i bet if the Greens where the govt they would have sorted it out by now by having Barges plying the river to carry cars trucks and people ....

John Key has alot to answer to over this
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« Reply #48 on: October 08, 2011, 02:35:24 pm »

oh dear the gorge is closed til the end of the year ....


How do you work that out?

A time period of two months is mentioned.

It is now early October.

Two months from early October is early December.

That is hardly the end of the year! 

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« Reply #49 on: October 08, 2011, 02:42:42 pm »


Anyway, I wonder if the NZ Land Transport Agency should consider copying what the Southern Pacific Railroad did on the crossing of the Sierra Nevada at Donner Pass in California. They had a problem with HUGE amounts of snowfall in winter, which tended to completely bury the railway line (which was and still is a major transcontinental railway route in the USA) as well as the extreme avalanche danger following big snowstorms. So the Southern Pacific Railroad built snowsheds at all the worst spots. They weren't completely enclosed tunnels, but more in the nature of elongated sheds with ventilation slots in the downhill side which the trains travelled through. The heavy snowfall simply piled up over the snowsheds and avalanches passed right over them. The railway route over Donner Pass is now owned by the Union Pacific Railroad, and they still maintain snowsheds across the Sierra Nevada.

The idea could be adapted for SH3 through the Manawatu Gorge, with rockfall sheds built through the danger spots.

We'll probably have to wait until after the 5th Nats government though, because as Sir Bob Jones has written and said on many occasions, the Nats are too stupid to adopt new ideas or adapt ideas from somewhere else.

Perhaps the GREENs could promote the idea for when the current 5th Nats government has done their dash and been consigned to the dustbin of history.
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