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Barriers still in place for women auto engineers Despite what you’d think was equal opportunity in employment in NZ, the road for women wanting to enter the world of auto engineering still has obstacles in place. Mainly, these are to do with the attitudes of some of the men who still dominate the automotive industry, and it has not been enough to keep Katie Harris from her dream of working with cars. The former Orewa College student says that initially she thought her keen interest in cars, which began at the age of 17 and enabled her to customise and maintain her Toyota Levin, should remain as a hobby “because it did not seem like a career for women”. She toyed with the idea of working as a beauty therapist, but soon realised this wasn’t for her and so took the plunge and is currently studying towards a Certificate of Auto Engineering at Unitec. There are 30 students in her intake and Katie is one of three girls – something she says the tutors have noted as a positive sign, as this is the largest number of girls in years to take the course. Before she started at Unitec, Katie rang around a few workshops to ask if they would hire female staff and was
shocked to find that three out of five said ‘no’. “One said he’d have to build another bathroom if he took on a woman, and another said simply that he didn’t want females in his workshop,” she says. “But one said hiring a female mechanic could be an advantage to his business.” Undeterred, Katie has thrived on the course and says she definitely made the right career decision. “It’s a really good course and my confidence has grown a lot,” she says. “Back in the day it was a very physical job, but now we have the tools that are easier to use regardless of strength. I enjoy the mental challenge of trouble shooting on different types of cars.” She was also surprised to discover an aptitude for welding. She says her experience on the course has demonstrated that women bring different skills to the job. “Women have a good eye for detail in this kind of work and make sure things are done right,” Katie says. She hopes that one day she can open her own workshop. “Sometimes women are not confident talking with professionals about cars, so being a woman could be a huge advantage there.”
Above, Katie Harris is determined to follow her heart and make auto engineering her career. Right, “Pimp my ride” – Katie has given her twin cam Toyota Levin a girlie touch on the inside panelling.
She has already completed her coursework for this term and is now looking for a placement anywhere on the Hibiscus Coast, or in Albany, so
that she can gain work experience. If you can offer Katie work experience, contact her by phoning 021 035 3377 or look for her on Facebook.
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Car insurance choices vary It’s important for all drivers to have some form of car insurance and it’s also important to find a policy that fits your budget. There are two main types of car insurance – comprehensive and third party. Comprehensive covers the cost of damage to your vehicle, plus the cost of damaging other people’s cars and property. Many drivers take out third party vehicle insurance, as it is more affordable than comprehensive. While it doesn’t cover damage to your vehicle, it does cover the cost of damaging other people’s cars and property. AA Insurance head of product Simon Hobbs says if price is an issue or your car isn’t worth much, then third party insurance can be an option. “It costs around $4 a week, which is less than a cup of coffee,” he says. “On the other hand, if you stick with comprehensive, you could choose to exclude benefits, such as rental car cover or glass cover, in exchange for a lower premium.” For those over 25-years-old, another way is to opt for a higher excess,
which is the amount required towards a claim for each event that occurs and is covered by the policy. The excess is only paid if a claim is made. “Another way to save is to make your car more secure,” Simon says. “You can usually save on your insurance by making it more difficult for thieves to break into or steal your car, such as having a NZ Standards Approved car alarm or an immobiliser professionally installed.” You should also be aware that the type of car you drive will affect your premium, he says. According to AA Insurance claims data, some cars are stolen or involved in accidents more often than others, which can be attributed to the driver as well as the type of vehicle they choose to drive. This information helps calculate an individual’s vehicle insurance premium. “However, you shouldn’t make your car insurance decision based purely on price. It’s important to look at the benefits of the policy, too, and choose the one that’s right for you.”
Mail may not get through
A freight van carrying mail and parcels collected from NZ Post outlets and post boxes throughout the Hibiscus Coast, caught fire on June 9 while travelling between Silverdale and Albany. The van driver was shaken but unharmed, however many postal items were not as lucky. A large number of items were burnt, water damaged or badly charred and some were completely destroyed. Most of the items had NZ addresses, but a few were for overseas destinations. NZ Post is advising customers to expect significant delays while it recovers as many items as possible. Info: email@example.com or phone 0800 501 501.
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History with Ruth Olsen, Silverdale & Districts Historical Society, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rugby to the rescue In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the road north from Auckland through Silverdale, Orewa and Waiwera to Warkworth was notoriously bad and even in the 1920s was almost impassable in wet weather. This report of a car journey in 1924 gives some idea of the prevailing conditions. On September 29, 1924, Mr H Holliday, the Auckland representative for Rugby Cars (an American-made car) was asked if he would drive Dr Sydney Allen from Devonport to Warkworth for a very serious operation that afternoon. Due to commitments in Auckland the doctor was unable to leave until 2pm, by which time the coastal steamer Hauti, which was the usual mode of transport from the main Auckland wharf and Devonport, to Warkworth, would have left. Rugby cars were very popular and, with 21 inch wheels, they were high off the ground so could cope with mud and small streams. They were made individually and, when Ford introduced mass production, they could not compete and went out of business. Mr Holliday’s Rugby car, with the doctor on board, left Devonport at 2.40pm but long before they reached Silverdale the rain had set in and the road was very bad. By the time they reached Hatfields Beach the tide was well in under the old bridge. Mr Hatfield measured the depth of the water at about 60cm. However, it was a case of getting through or not reaching their destination. When the car was in the deepest part, the water reached to the headlamps but despite this, the engine never faltered. The road to Waiwera was appalling but they ploughed on through the mud and arrived there ahead of the boat, eventually reaching Warkworth at 6pm. This motoring episode was considered quite a feat at the time, and was reported in the local paper on October 8, 1924. There was no mention of how the operation went, but the doctor was impressed by the car’s performance. He said he got in touch with Holliday’s Motors through an ad in the NZ Herald which stated that “the Rugby car was the first to drive up the coast this year”.
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Careers boosted by links to community groups Cornish Truck & Van of Silverdale is a fine example of how community involvement and business can work in harmony, resulting in greater local employment. Owner Kevin Cornish competes and coaches at Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. His four children are also members, and his business is one of the club’s sponsors and takes care of its trailers. Competing with the club has led to connections with Orewa Surf Lifesaving members. In winter, Kevin is assistant coach for his son’s J5 team at Silverdale United Rugby Football Club. This has not only been satisfying from a family and community perspective, but has also been helpful when Kevin is looking for big, strong lads to be apprenticed to his team of mechanics, or just to help out and gain work experience. Kevin’s team services and repairs everything from utes to the biggest truck and trailer units and he says that fitness and muscle are essential when working on vehicles of this size, however those are not the only things he is looking for in an apprentice. “Sports club involvement means you get to know the characters of the guys, as well as how strong and competitive
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they are,” he says. “They also know a bit about me, so there’s a connection there straight away.” Currently Cornish Truck & Van has eight MITO apprentices in various stages of their training – five are from surf clubs and the others are from Silverdale Rugby Club. Kevin says there is a big shortage of mechanics in NZ, so each is valued. He can’t find fault with any of those who have come to him through the sports clubs. “They are keen and have a good work ethic,” he says. “Punctuality is a way to see how much they really want to be there, and all ours are there, as part of the team, from first thing in the morning.” The system must be working, as Cornish Truck & Van is on track to open its third branch this month. The business began six years ago in Glenfield and opened a Silverdale branch in 2012. The third branch, also in Silverdale, is needed due to local demand. Kevin started the business after moving here from the UK, with a single van and within a year had a garage and employed five mechanics. He now employs 16 mechanics. “There is lots of work around for young guys who choose this career,” he says.
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There’s a new place on the Coast for motorbike enthusiasts to hang out, talk bikes and check out the latest motorbikes, jetskis and accessories – Adventure Power Sports of Silverdale. The store handles sales and service on a wide range of makes and models of bikes, jetskis and quad bikes, setting the tone with the placement of an original 1941 Indian motorbike at the entrance. The legendary Indian rubs shoulders with the latest Ducatis, Kawasakis, Harley Davidsons, BMWs and many other brands. Andrew Senn, left, and Luke Tornquist Andrew Senn and Luke Tornquist say the inspiration for starting their as well as racing, became a passion. Adventure Power Sports business in Starting with a CT110 “postie bike” as industrial Silverdale was their love of a teenager, Andrew says the cc rating all aspects of motorbikes – not only on his bikes increased considerably the bikes themselves, but also the over the years. opportunities they provide to race,Centre Along the way there have been plenty iagnostic Service cruise, explore or even commute to of thrills and spills, but the details work. of these are long forgotten – what gine diagnostic checks and the latest motor riders remember is the Andrewtechnology says commuting by motorbike hicle testing justy fit togethermotorbike at time spent on the open road, enjoying is becoming increasingly popular as ornish Autotech. Our experienced diagnostics a sense of freedom and exploring the a way of handling traffic snarl-ups am understand the importance of frequent countryside. and parking issues, as well as being gine checks, servicing and maintenance, to economical. Luke says Coasties are spoilt for tend the life of your vehicle parts. Both Andrew and Luke left the sea choice, whether they are into on, or behind to open the store – Luke was off-road riding, with areas around dvanced Engine Diagnostic a marine engineer and Andrew was Puhoi, the Dome Valley and Woodhill keep-up with technological advances in Forest the moon offer. formerly a super yacht captain, then r industry and the manufacturing techniques our an owner’s representative supervising It’s also a very social sport, which echanics fullyoftrained to check all the are building super yachts in NZ.and service is why Andrew says the store is fast odels and makes. The pair both rode motorbikes from becoming a hub for local riders since the age of 14 and recreational riding, it opened four months ago. omplex faults, advanced systems, delicate senrs and actuators aren’t a problem for our team, r sophisticated state of the art equipment, fully sts your car to detect faults and potential failes, allowing us to confidently re-set service lights all Japanese and European makes and models.
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Driving Miss Daisy certainly gets its passengers from A to B and back, but there the comparison with a taxi service ends. The level of personal attention, time and care devoted to passengers makes Driving Miss Daisy a true companion driving service. It’s a national franchise, with more than 80 vehicles operating around the country and specialises in offering safe, reliable transport and companionship for mature, disabled or young people who cannot drive and need extra care. Recently the local franchise has been taken up by long time Stanmore Bay residents Brenda and Ross Yeager. Brenda is well known to anyone who has visited the Council offices in Orewa, having worked there for 23 years, including 12 years at the front desk. Working with people is her forte, and so far Driving Miss Daisy clients are proving to be great company. They have included seniors going to appointments and children that need transport to and from school and after-school activities. “The best part is that you’re helping people to be more independent,” Brenda says. “Plus I really enjoy the company.” Each journey is tailored to the passenger’s needs, whether that be taking a pet to the vet, heading to the
airport or taking a scenic drive with a group of friends. Brenda can stay with people during medical appointments and provide updates to family who cannot be there. No need to worry about the meter ticking over, as each service is pre-quoted, based on time not kilometres. Brenda’s husband Ross is also involved with the business, taking care of all the admin. He says a bonus for the business is the fact that Driving Miss Daisy recently joined the list of Total Mobility Scheme providers – this is a Government funded initiative that provides subsidies for the transport costs of people with impairments. Brenda’s service area covers from Dairy Flat and Stillwater to Waiwera, so expect to see her distinctive vehicle out and about.
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A major fundraiser for the Tamaki Sports Academy is the free metal collection service it offers. We will pick up any old metal – whiteware such as fridges, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines – roofing iron, metal piping, venetion blinds, computers, batteries, car panels, cars, metal shelving, filing cabinets, machinery, lawnmowers, engines and so on. Tamaki Sports Academy offers mentoring, coaching, and work experience to South Auckland youth who have dropped out of the mainstream school system, but who show some sporting talent. Academy members are enrolled in the Correspondence School and work towards unit standard credits and national qualifications.
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