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NAPIER MAIL, NOVEMBER 16, 2011
Waste Weka s all a utter...
Chu ed because recycling has become even easier
Working towards a sustainable future
Now you can add plastic
Grades 3 to 7 for kerbside
• detergent bottles, shampoo bottles
• bread bags
• yoghurt and margarine containers,
You've been recycling
grade 1 and 2 plastics.
• soft drink bottles, some shampoo and
• milk bottles, household cleaning containers
and supermarket bags.
Rinse food containers and bottles. Separate into plastics,
tin cans, glass and paper/cardboard. Check dates for
fortnightly recycling collection by typing 'recycle' in the
key word panel at the top of the
www.napier.govt.nz website page.
For further information, phone the Napier City
Council on 835 7595.
MP FOR NAPIER
Available for Appointments
96 Station Street, Napier
P: 834 0207
The water feature out-
side Napier i-SITE in
Marine Pde spins many
stories about Hawke's
Bay. Gannets tell of the
world's largest main-
land colony of the birds
at Cape Kidnappers.
A jagged motif out-
lines Te Mata Peak with the hills and ranges that
enclose the bay. Waves mark the sea. The heart
celebrates aroha, love and pride in the region. Take
a closer look and dream up your own interpretation
of the symbols and images.
The Heritage Fountain (Nga Puna Wai
Whakapapa) was designed and built by Napier
artist Para Matchitt in December 1996, funded by
a bequest from the estate of Mabel Lea Sanderson.
If you have a great Hawke's Bay experience like
this, share your in-SITE and you could win a fan-
tastic prize package.
To enter, visit the Napier i-SITE website
Top officer was local lad
Commander Glen Stokes
Original members: This August 1942 photo of the Napier ATC is one of the
earliest of the corps, which was formed in December, 1941. Back row: E E
Cowley, K M Wakelin, W M Plowman, T D Stewart, J N Carroll, E W Meyers,
D G Long, P S Barker, D K Hill. Second row: T G Sparling, G S Nation, R A
Lascelles, K F Blunsden, E I Ireland, B A Kingston, B J McSherry, M Gray, T
O'Dwyer, C P Pleasants, N J Halstead. Third row: R D Clark, D A Cobb, J L
Cumming, R M Spain, J H King, H N Unsworth, R S Wilson, I C Hagen, L
Nicholls, P D Barry. Fourth row: K J Trevor, D S Simpkin, C R Austin, D H Cox,
D F Sutton, R I Ansin, E A Gore, E D P McCarthy. Front: L F Hellyer, S Bryne,
L E McCarthy, A L Rieper, D M Mcreith, T A Stephenson, J C V Tait, A M
Hislop, W D Corbett, I Langdon, J A McBeath, R England, R White.
Guest of honour at Napier's Air
Training Corp Squadron's 70th
anniversary next month will be
Napier-born Commander Glen
Stokes, RNZN, now commandant
of the New Zealand Cadet Forces.
Brought up in Maraenui, Com-
mander Stokes' mother and two
siblings still live in Napier where
he joined the ATC in 1971, some
30 years after it was first formed
in December 1941.
Promoted to cadet warrant
officer on his last parade night in
1974, he joined the Royal New
Zealand Navy as a junior seaman
shortly afterwards, in 1975, fol-
lowing his father and four
brothers into that service. Had it
not been for the family seafaring
tradition, he would probably have
joined the RNZAF.
Maybe it's just as well I didn't,''
he says with a flash of humour,
because one thing I do remember
is that we had a Link Trainer -- a
flight simulator. They used to
black out the windows to simulate
night flying and I never could
master the damn thing.''
An illustrious career in the
navy ensued, from advancement
through the senior sailor levels
prior to being awarded the New
Zealand Meritorious Service
Medal in 1996 and selection for
commissioning from the ranks a
year later. Since completing his
officer training, Commander Sto-
kes has had a number of overseas
postings, including in East Timor
as a United Nations military
observer and in Afghanistan as a
RNZN member of a joint
More recently, he was involved
in training, defence and strategic
studies, before being appointed
operations officer on the new
amphibious support ship HMNZS
Canterbury on which he served
from January 2008 to June 2009,
on completion of which he was
posted back to HQ JFNZ as a staff
officer in the joint personnel
branch to manage personnel doc-
trine and policy.
This year, Commander Stokes
was promoted to his current rank,
only the second naval officer ever
to head the cadet forces organis-
ation, but he still recalls his early
days in the ATC with great affec-
I remember going on courses at
Ohakea and having to make bed
rolls every morning -- something
which stood me in very good stead
for my basic training in the navy
-- and also going tramping at Dip
Flat across a very steep, loose
shingle slope, the same area that
is still used for that purpose
today,'' he says.
As a youngster I would hang
around at the aero club out at the
airport doing small jobs or just
being a general nuisance in the
hope that those taking the club
Cessna up for a flight would allow
me to go along if there was a spare
These and other recollections
will doubtless be shared with for-
mer colleagues, family and friends
during the weekend of December
3 and 4 when a series of events
are being held to mark the 70th
anniversary -- to which anyone
who has been involved in No 13
(City of Napier) Squadron
throughout its history is warmly
invited to attend.
or ph 06 834 1389.
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