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Road may join RONS list
The Hawke's Bay expressway is in the running
to become one of the Government's RONS.
Major investment through the Roads of
National Significance project will see the
expressway become a four-lane road, says
Tukituki MP Craig Foss.
With the first seven RONS well on the way to
coming in on time and on budget, the list will be
extended, he says.
The Hastings to Napier road is one of four
being considered for major investment.
The work will include four-laning Prebensen
Dr, which carries traffic from the expressway to
Napier Port, and upgrading feeder roads to the
highway from Whakatu.
The other three roads up for consideration
are the Waikato to Tauranga highway and two
sections of State Highway 1, between Cam-
bridge and Tirau and North and South Canter-
bury. A decision on which roads will make the
significance list will be made over the next
Music helps in teen's recovery
By CLAIRE HAMLIN
after a car
Kimberly McNeill will sing at this
year's Christmas in the Park on
December 10. One of the songs
she will perform is called Here I
Am, co-written with James
McNeill, which leaves the
listener in no doubt as to her
courage and determination.
In May 2010, aspiring teenage
actress and singer Kimberly
McNeill played the lead role in the
Napier Girls' and Boys' High
Schools combined production of
Footloose. In late December she
sang at The Cabana. Just a few
days later she lay in a coma at
Hawke's Bay Hospital, after an
horrific car crash. Transferred to
Auckland Hospital, Ms McNeill's
injuries were so severe she was
not expected to live. After 15 days,
doctors went against her parents'
wishes and her life support was
But Ms McNeill
is made of sterner
Kiddle, began a
series of complem-
seeking advice on
the best way to
patients. As soon
as life support is
removed and the
the main concern
is fluid going
down the throat
into the lungs,
So for 72 hours
we kept turning
ing fluids, using
Chinese herbs. We also used a
homeopathic remedy specifically
for drowning, which worked really
quickly. Kimberly is very strong,
it was just incredible.''
Ms McNeill remembers nothing
of the crash, or the 24 hours
before it. I don't remember my
seven weeks in hospital either,''
Before the crash I was always
very busy and have spent the
last 11 months doing a
university paper, writing
music and going to the gym.
I now feel I am recovered,
able to go on with my life
and plan for the future.
I had intended to study
Communications at AUT
but now I've completely
changed my mind on what I want
Mr McNeill says an event like
this is every parent's worst night-
mare. So many people came to
the fore, especially family who
came long-distance to support us
and Kimberly's friends were
amazing. They sang to her and
told jokes while she was in the
coma, it really helped to get us
Ms McNeill also credits music
as part of her recovery and has
been writing songs as part of the
therapy process. I hear the music
in my head and I analyse the
notes and how they make me feel
in respect to what the song is
about. Once I have sorted the
music and the structure of the
song, the words just come in lieu
with the emotion behind the
song,'' she says.
Now Ms McNeill plans to leave
home and move to Auckland. The
accident has given me a huge
appreciation for what, and who, I
have in my life and I will keep
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