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Aviation interest in the blood Spanning nearly a century, four generations of the Stevenson family have followed a career in the NZ aviation industry. From the NZ Royal Air Force Special Service Squadron to flying the police Eagle helicopter, they have done it all and 19-year-old Greg Stevenson is the latest to continue the tradition. Greg recently completed his private pilot licence, following in the footsteps of his father Roger, grandfather Neville and greatgrandfather Richard. He says having grown up around helicopters, he couldn’t imagine pursuing any other career. “Flying is in our family’s blood,” he says. “I love the rush of adrenaline you get when you take off. I left Mahurangi College in 2010 to start my private pilot licence, which is the first step to learning to fly. As well as being taught by my father and grandfather, Rodney Aero Club chief flying instructor Rod Miller was a huge influence.” Greg, who can fly private fixed-wing aeroplanes and has a type rating for a Cessna 172R, is now studying for his commercial helicopter pilot licence, spending five days a week at the Ardmore Flying School and working for his father on weekends. “I study six subjects which includes law, human factors, principles of flight and navigation. It is pretty intense but will be worth it. I am lucky to be able to complete the required flying hours with my dad at home and to live so close to Kaipara Flats airfield, one of the last aero clubs in the country.” Roger says he could not wait to get into the pilot’s seat after growing up with a father who flew helicopters for 30 years. The Stevenson family name has been associated with helicopters since the 1960s. Representing three generations

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are, from left, Greg, Roger and Neville Stevenson.


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14-18 Queen Street • Phone 425 8408

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thanks dad Family’s flying tradition “I had two paper runs to finish before I could go flying with dad,” he says. “I would get up at 2am to be ready to go out by 5am.” Neville Stevenson started in the aviation industry in 1965, working for Barr Brothers in Kaipara Flats, as a loader driver. “It was an easy job but, with four kids to support, I wanted to earn a better living,” he says. “Barr Brothers, which was later bought by Marine Helicopters, had bases from Ardmore to the north cape. They stationed me all over the place and put me through my commercial helicopter licence. I worked for them from 1969 to 1996. “After I’d completed my commercial pilot’s licence, I found out my father Richard had been in the NZ Royal Air Force Special Service Squadron. He never spoke about his time in the squadron, but my mother showed me a photo of him when he was 17.” Roger got his commercial pilot helicopter licence in 1987. After

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working for Air Work NZ taking mail from Auckland to Wellington, he got a job with Vertical Flight Management flying the police Eagle helicopter. “They offered me the chance to purchase one of their helicopters which I did and, subsequently, started Skywork. It seems we were all born into the industry. If we aren’t up in the air, we are thinking about the next time we will be.” Neville says that while the qualifications and required flying hours have become stricter, the principles of flight are still the same. “You need to be committed, fit and confident – you fly the aeroplane, it doesn’t fly you.” Skywork undertake a wide range of work throughout the northern North Island, from jobs in forestry and agriculture to tourist flights, power line work and firefighting. They have been called in to help with track work for the Department of Conservation, relocate endangered fauna, boat salvage and to help with emergency service repairs.

New World Warkworth is holding a special Dad’s Day on Saturday December 1, from 10am to 6pm. Prices on lots of “Dad items” will be “rounded-up” and there will be tastings, a children’s colouring in competition, a special discount offer for children making a Dad’s Day purchase, free gift wrapping and hot in-store specials. Shoppers can also go into the draw to win a New World Fathers’ Day Hamper.



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thanks dad Rugby legend fronts river protection cause Get creative for Former All Blacks captain Anton Oliver is throwing his weight behind a new environmental cause – protection of the country’s outstanding wild and scenic rivers. Although now based in London, Oliver says on recent visits back to New Zealand he’s been staggered by the rate of decline of many of our country’s rivers and waterways. “I’m like many Kiwis who love and have a great affinity for our rivers – I grew up swimming, playing, and fishing in crystal clear water that you’d drink without any fear of sickness or pollution,” he says. “Living in the UK, I see the promotions aimed at luring tourists to New Zealand – the land of crystalclear waterways. In my opinion there is a large and growing discrepancy between the marketing ‘clean green’ rhetoric and the reality of what’s actually happening on the ground. “My concern is that we are fooling ourselves if we think New Zealand’s natural world is pristine and untouched – it’s a concept that is difficult for us to accept because it challenges a part of our national identity. “We’re not doing enough to protect these special natural features, and consequently the highly lucrative ‘100% Pure’ brand that relies so

Oliver has been outspoken on environmental issues – including the mismanagement of New Zealand’s freshwater resource – and his credentials include the completion of a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Oxford University, UK.

heavily on wild, scenic rivers and clean water.” Oliver is fronting efforts to preserve

and even strengthen the use of Water Conservation Orders (WCOs), which confer status akin to National Parkprotection over some of the country’s most iconic and pristine wild rivers. “WCOs are the highest level of protection that can be afforded to any freshwater body in New Zealand, yet lots of people have never heard of them. “We’ve only got a finite number of wild, free-flowing rivers left in this country and many are protected by WCO. It’s time to get WCOs to the fore and ensure the average Kiwi understands how precious they are.” There are currently 15 WCOprotected waterways throughout New Zealand (for a full list visit www. “When a WCO is granted it provides National Park-type status, protecting its outstanding natural values for all freshwater fish, wildlife, outdoor recreation and present and future generations,” Oliver says. So, when a WCO is put in place it protects a river from damming, altering its course, or other environmentally damaging in-stream impacts, he adds. Fish & Game NZ, through their efforts to preserve and enhance habitat for species such as trout, salmon and a variety of waterfowl, have led the majority of applications for WCOs.

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He’s one of a kind, a jack-of-alltrades, a provider and a protector, and on September 2 he deserves to be celebrated for all his efforts. Fathers’ Day is coming and while many men won’t want a big fuss, there are a number ways to show Dad how much he is loved and appreciated – without getting too mushy. Most dads have a sweet tooth so why not cook up some fudge, bake a cake, or whip up some man-sized cookies. For the handyman dad, take a plain photo frame and decorate it with nuts, bolts, nails, latches and odds and sods from his workshop, and pop in a nice family photo. If he is a sports nut, make a sports logbook so he can keep track of his favourite teams. Make headings on each page for the date, opposition, venue, and columns for points and penalties. Decorate the front cover by cutting out pictures of his favourite sport, team or players. For the petrol heads, the Fathers’ Day Drags are on at the Fram Autolite Dragway in Meremere featuring American and Aussie V8s, from 7am. Tickets are $20, children under 12 are free. Info:

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