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WAIMAIRI HEROES: Sandy McDowell, left, and Ian Graham, at St Clair beach,
Dunedin, minutes after they brought in shark victim Les Jordan in 1964.
He looked back and saw the shark
and warned me to mind my hands
There began a terrifying paddle to
shore as the white pointer, over four
metres long, tracked them and cir-
cled them following the blood trail.
More than once the ominous form
-- dubbed white death'' -- swam
under their boards.
Sandy and I just encouraged each
other. Our big concern was that we
would be tipped off in the breakers.
Les lapsed into unconsciousness.
Nearer shore, they were tipped off
their boards into waist-deep water.
We just grabbed Les, one arm
each and ran up the beach.''
The young swimmer was pronoun-
ced dead on the beach.
The entire scenario was witnessed
by Les's distraught father, a promin-
ent surf lifesaving figure, from the
An ambulance was already on the
way thanks to another top surf life-
saving figure Duke Gillies, who
watched the scene unfold through
binoculars from his beach cliff home.
Mr Graham says the real praise
belongs to the Muriwai IRB team
who already knew what they were
Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Ser-
vice chairman Tim Jago said Mr
Strange came across sharks while he
was out for a swim.
The first to attack was a bronze
whaler and then a white pointer,
which took Mr Strange's body 300 to
400 metres towards Muriwai Beach.
His death from the second attack
would have been almost instant.
Additional reporting Fairfax
School 125th in
LET US STAY: Wayne Hawker wants to see Central New Brighton School see out 125 years on its site.
By ABBIE NAPIER
DEADLINE TOO SOON: Principal
Toni Burnside is calling for time
from the ministry.
CENTRAL NEW Brighton
School is preparing to meet its
maker but Principal Toni Burn-
side hopes the Government will
grant a stay of execution so the
school can celebrate 125 years.
The school was one of 12 ear-
marked for merger by the Minis-
try of Education.
However, the previously pro-
mised three-year window has
been ditched by the ministry,
leaving the school less than a
year to leave its current site.
The school officially turns 125
in February 2014 but the new
ministry merger timeline would
put the school on the South New
Brighton School site by January.
Hekia Parata promised us
three years. She said there
would be no merger before
2016,'' Ms Burnside said.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not
accepting of this merger. Accept-
ing means I think it's OK, which
it isn't. But I do see it as inevit-
So we are going to prepare
our school and our community
for this but we are asking the
ministry to support us in seeing
the 125-year jubilee celebrated
on our school grounds.''
Ms Burnside was preparing
an appeal submission to the
ministry. She was not asking for
a reconsideration of the merger
but she was asking that the
three-year deadline be rein-
We need time to prepare
these kids for the move. The
decision isn't finalised until May
and there is no way all the con-
struction will be done at South
New Brighton School by Janu-
Jubilee organiser Wayne
Hawker has a longstanding con-
nection to Central New Brighton
School. His great-grandfather, a
staunch New Brightoner,
donated the school's land in the
Hekia Parata has shifted the
goalpost on us,'' Mr Hawker
said. Hopefully the ministry
will see sense and let us cele-
brate on the site as planned.''
Ideally, the school would
remain until 2016, but if not,
they hoped to return to the site
for one weekend next February
to celebrate and say goodbye.
The school must wait until
May to hear the minister's final
decisions once their appeals
have been heard. However Mr
Hawker and Ms Burnside are
calling for anyone connected
with the school to come forward.
They will start planning the
celebration soon and anyone
who wishes to be involved would
be welcome to contribute. Mr
Hawker can be reached at haw-
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