Debrief February 2011 The monthly newsletter of Far North Search and Rescue Team Tramp reaches peak Topping Tutamoe. The FNSAR Team Trampers second-highest peak earlier this month Eleven Far North Search and Rescue (FNSAR) members the summit of Tutamoe which, at 770m, defers only to -highest peak in February, Te Raupua at 781 m. undaunted by rain and low cloud. The ascent of Mt The first half of the walk was spent climbing up Tutamoe was part of the 2011 Team Tramp weekend. through the pine with occasional pit-stops. Then, crossing a style, the track disappeared into the native before piling into cars and heading down to lushness of Kaihu Forest. Tangowahine near Dargaville. After a spectacular drive Kaihu is of high ecological importance. It covers a through gorges recently scarred by Cyclone Wilma- distinctive high altitude plateau rising to Mount swollen rivers they emerged at family farm, where Tutamoe and is a dense swamp forest with emergent beer and the other essentials of an overnight stay were rimu, northern rata, pukatea and maire. offloaded. A short drive then took the party to the head of the DOC trail on Tangowahine Valley Road. the trampers began the 90-minute ascent. The track took the FNSAR group up through a pine plantation before entering Kaihu Forest and climbing steeply to their descent. On the lower slopes it contains regenerating shrub land and the relics of early kauri logging. The track took the FNSAR trampers up a ridge through a dense growth of tawa, towai, maire, miro and rimu native hardwoods. By now the rain was falling steadily through the canopy and the tree-roots exposed by the steeply-stepped path made for slippery and treacherous going. China bound. Jo Hay leaves FNSAR on a high - literally gonna turn into a big orange About 50 metres below the summit the track turned into a scramble and the team hauled themselves up Top team. And we caught Glenn (left) smiling just over rocks and roots, finally emerging at the trig point marking the summit. According to Ian and the DOC track guide, the views should have been spectacular. The group should have been able to see Dargaville and the Kai Iwi Lakes to the south, Maunganui Bluff to the west and all the way over to Whangarei Heads in the east. A veritable smorgasbord of Northland scenic splendour. What they saw, though, was cloud. Dense, white, rolling and moisture-laden. Needless to say, this di of the moment or the sense of achievement. At that moment Far North Search and Rescue was on top of the world. Or their own little part of it, anyway. The Tutamoe track can be reached from Dargaville or These images of Whangarei from SH14 at Tangowahine, following signs Tutamoe on a clear to Pakotai (26 km) and Kaikohe (66 km). Stay on this day show the peak road until you see a yellow sign indicating Tangowahine from the start of Valley Road, then follow this road up the valley. the track on You can also get there via Kaikohe from Mangakahia Valley Road, Opouteke Road, Murrays Road then onto Tangowahine Road Tangowahine Valley Road. (top) and the far- The track entrance is clearly marked next to a reaching vistas the concrete bridge near the end of the road. From the car team should have park the track follows up the fence line to the left and, enjoyed from the from there, orange marker posts and triangles. top Feedback LP with dementia please... climbs fence In early January far North Search and Rescue (FNSAR) Far North Search and Rescue (FNSAR) training co- was called down to Whangarei to assist with a ordinator Geran Brewer is looking for member Northland Search and Rescue (NSAR)-led operation to feedback on two proposed LandSAR initiatives; a find an elderly dementia sufferer, June Wickman, who new member induction process and a competency had been reported missing. standard for probationary team members. Fortunately the 90-year old was found alive and well, albeit by family and a day after the official search was New member induction process called off, very close to an area searched by NSAR members on the first night of her disappearance. According to LandSAR, many regional SAR groups not have indicated they would like a common behaviour normally associated with dementia induction process for an estimated 300 new members across the country each year. LandSAR has proposed a much more structured process than that available to date. It believes this will reduce significantly the level of work required Mystery of the of groups to get new members up to speed. It plans to run two different processes in missing yachtie parallel, depending on demand, with each option catering for people with different work or family Far North Search and Rescue (FNSAR) was called out in January to join the search for a missing 77 year-old circumstances. yachtie Malcolm Waddilove who was thought to have The initiative is a refinement of the previously fallen from his boat. The call-out was cancelled shortly -style induction and afterwards and the team stood down. incorporates feedback and concerns raised about His yacht, Boadicea, which still had a small sail up, that approach. was found on rocks near the North Cape. She had departed Opua, fully supplied for a long trip. Probationary Team Member Competency if Mr Waddilove had fallen overboard, when this might LandSAR has undertaken a process to develop a have happened. Probationary Team Member Competency Standard that includes assessment of basic outdoor skills, operational scope, progression time requirements Join the fray on Kaikohe Day and an assessment of attitude and aptitude. The competency standard is designed to ensure that new volunteers can operate safely and are not likely to compromise an operation. Kaikohe Volunteer Fire Brigade will be celebrating its When combined with the SAR-specific units of 75th Jubilee on Saturday 5 March and is inviting all the competency, the Probationary Team Member emergency services to share it with them. Competency Standard would qualify a candidate to cue become an operational team member. (FNSAR) would like to be involved in the day as we Details of both proposed initiatives can be obtained from Geran on 09-4041819 or children and adults ... to promote fire safety and firstname.lastname@example.org general safety ... and celebrate the fantastic job that member feedback by the end of February. Group president Ian Ruddell is proposing that the FNSAR team takes the trailer over to participate in the event and is looking for volunteers. Chrissy at Taps and Christmas seems a little Training Dates to talk about the Far North Search and Rescue (FNSAR) Christmas Party, so here goes: Saturday 12 /Sunday 13 March: Mini-SAREX Where: Trefoil Park (14kms south of Kaikohe on Mangakahia Road.) FNSAR members gathered at beautiful Tapuatahi When: 0800 Sat - 1200 Sun. s social Bring: Full gear as per overnight SAROP. Salad and in December. vegetables, or pudding, for pot-luck dinner on It was a baking hot Bay of Islands day - a typical Saturday night (FNSAR will provide meat). Own food Kiwi day of sun, surf and snags - and the team hung for the rest of the weekend. bach overlooking the gleaming white curve of the Hat-tip: beach. Everyone was in high spirits, with cold beer and a hot barbie contributing significantly to the party atmosphere. funded by a variety of organisations. Sponsorship plays a vital role in keeping our members fully trained and o generosity of our sponsors by mentioning them here: ______________________________________ not just for those trying to clamber into it through ______________________________________ the surf but also for those watching from the Published by: shore. Of to produce even a single cray for the barbie, despite some determined diving, so the proposed A great time was had by all and massive thanks must go to Pete and Tissi at REAL Property in Kerikeri for letting the team use their wonderful bach. PO Box 720, Kerikeri email@example.com / www.fnsar.org.nz Incidentally, Pete was particularly complementary about the work FNSAR does, Editor: Peter Heath 09-4074695 President: Ian Ruddell 09-4077932 plea Secretary: Marilyn Buckley 09-4074299 Membership: Mark Barratt 09-4075146 Thanks, Pete Training: Geran Brewer 09-4041819 generosity is much appreciated.
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