"The helicopter pilot who died in a crash while fighting fires in the Port Hills yesterday was a decorated soldier who served with 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment in Afghanistan.
Corporal David Steven Askin was awarded the New Zealand Gallantry Star in 2014 for service in Afghanistan, including the incident at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul in 2011. During the incident at the Intercontinental Corporal Askin was wounded by grenade and rifle fire, yet carried on his mission and rescued guests from the hotel as fire broke out. He was also cited on a number of other occasions for exceptional bravery during operations in Afghanistan.
The Gallantry Star is New Zealand’s second-highest gallantry award, presented for acts of outstanding gallantry in situations of danger.
The Chief of Army, Major General Peter Kelly, said Corporal Askin had lived up to the finest traditions of New Zealand Army.
“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and comrades at this time,” Major General Kelly said. “He was an outstanding soldier who served his country with bravery and commitment – the same bravery and commitment he showed in helping his community fight these fires.
“His performance was of the highest order and was in keeping with the finest traditions of New Zealand’s military record.
“During his time in Afghanistan, Corporal Askin displayed great gallantry and leadership in the face of the enemy. He put himself in the line of fire, and put the objectives of the mission before his personal wellbeing.”"
It’s coming!! HALF PRICE Nursery Sale on Thursday 23rd February. Start browsing our range online and add items to your wishlist now. Plus, shop Nursery early online from 6pm on Wednesday 22nd February. http://farm.rs/2lTLvxN
Over the last few days my management and I have had to front up to my sponsors. Not surprisingly, Land Rover, who for good reason have zero tolerance towards drink driving, have ended their relationship with me. I understand this completely and am disappointed I put them in this position.
How do we celebrate Friday? With a freebie! We’re giving away 20 free Whoppers to add a little sunshine to your day. All you have to do is comment below and tell us what you’d add to your Whopper to have it your way! #BKNZ #Haveityourway #Giveaway. Winners drawn 10am Monday 20th Feb.
Agents selling Hunter Valley Station described it as “a living masterpiece with its grandeur and position overlooking Lake Hawea”. No wonder film scouts selected it for the filming of Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon in the Disney movie A Wrinkle in Time. But the Otago property, with 35 km of lake frontage, is now American owned - sold with the approval of the Overseas Investment Office. Another slice of New Zealand high country gone. Last year there were 87 sales of land to foreign interests, covering a gross land area of 362,132ha. New Zealand First wants the transfer of land to foreign ownership to stop.
Ahhh yes. As much as I love my crazy busy life, and spending time with my baby girls, there is something magical about this time of night. 7.30pm, all the girls are asleep in bed. Nathan is out painting the walls of the office (sorry would love to help but I'm watching the kids) and the entire house is silent. I have wine, the remote, chocolate and a stack of magazine. There is no 6 yr old asking me 9 million questions, no 5 yr old asking me to help dress her dolls and no 5 month old chewing on my necklace. It's just a few hours all to myself and bliss. It's the only time of day that I can do whatever I want and do it in silence. Yup it's the small things 💖💖 who can relate??
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Unicorns are special and so is our secret menu Cheesecake White Chocolate Chip Frappuccino. Layered with whipped cream, cookie crumble, white mocha, topped off with chocolate drizzle. Only available till 20/02.
We are FULL to the brim with felines for adoption! Spread the word to anyone looking for a new fluffy family member.
We have kittens and adults galore, who all so desperately want to move on to new homes. All of them are little characters and we have plenty with just the sweetest personality who would make all round family cats.
Are you able to be a hero and come and whisk one of our lovely cats away? Visit them today to see for yourself how puurfect they all are and make the feline team jump for joy!
Our Animal Village is at 50 Westney Road, Mangere, and we are open 10am-4pm, 7 days.