VAL ADAMS, SILVER GREY VOLCANISM NEWS – TE MAARI LAND TAUPO – 7.8.12
A silver medal young Olympian we're proud of. A volcano saying hi.--is the vibe today of beautiful history.
6pm: Peter Williams -doing raincoat styles, is in Taupo at the Volcano. The Mountain (Tongariro) has been asleep for more than 100 years.
6.02pm. Kim Vennell reports from the site: The eruption burst out of the blue. Brad Scott, Volcanologist says that the “eruption was driven by steam.” Vennell adds that it could turn from hydrothermal to mangnamatic activity, or volcanic eruption.
Andrew Barnett (camera crew) says the ash gives off a distinctive sulphuric odour.
6.04pm: Nic Peet of Doc offers good commentary. Locals are interviewed. Priceless. Nic Cassidy says there were three distinct bangs. Minutes later there was ash on the ground. Ash was found as far away as Napier. Driving a car, resident Adrian Turner says we’re all on tender hooks. Just been to town to stock up. The uncertainty obvious on his face. Kim says it’s not known if there are more hydrothermal eruptions to come. The community and scientists are on standby with that.
[Source: Global Volcanism Program. Photo by Jim Cole, 1974 - University of Canterbury]
6.05pm Sarah Bradley looks at the photographic history of Tongariro. George Booth one of a team tramping in the area, say “they were the closest to anyone in the world to the events.” At 7pm there was an earthquake. Bob Mahuka, a truck driver says the dust on the roads makes it difficult. The ash is thick. It sticks to shoes and snow. There is no major damage or injuries, although the Ketetahi Hut incurred damages. Particularly to its water tank supply concrete-clay vessels. The noise at its busiest sounded like a train in motion and a roaring jet engine flying overhead.
Resident Malcolm Heinz defined the experience for him as “a jet engine full steam.” Local Joy Campbell, was more visual in her account, “it looked like Horoshima.” “Like opening a bottle of champagne.”
Kim Vennell is on the ground, “The local marae have been providing a safe haven.” Joy says she heard, “a sound like thunder and the house shook.” Ruth Winn-Williams is road side in the dust covered terrain. “This bottle is covered in a thick layer of [black-grey] dust. It’s so thick I can feel it burning in my throat,” says Ruth sincerely to cam. Community spirit is getting the community through. “Hope it’s a once in a lifetime event,” says a local.
6.09pm: At the center, Peter Williams now plays Judy Bailey acting as the nation’s advisory mum – the voice of needed concern - in such situations. He advises what to do: “Close windows. Wash ash off skin asap. Ensure water is safe. Wear a dust protection mask, or a hanky over nose and mouth.”
6.10pm: Aviation news. Flights cancelled. Wendy throws to ‘weather expert and pilot,’ Jim Hickey. MET Service volcanologists remain on watch. At 30,000 feet above ground, large planes are all good in flight. At 20,000 not so good.
6.11pm: Down to Christchurch for more CTV confessions of bad engineering. Alan Reay has apologized for the 115 lost lives caused in the CTV building collapse in the quake that changed a nation. “I apologize for all the failures, this building didn’t personally meet my standards.” David Hardy was not a confident enough engineer to have been charged with design of the building, in the first place, is the general discussion.
6.13pm: Crossing over to London, Simon standing by with the story of an Olympic upset of one of the shot puts champs in team. Garth Bray reports of Valerie Adams moving from gold medal Beijing to silver medal London. “Beaten first time in two years. Constantly out thrown by Belarusian XX. Garth interviews Vals fans. A kiwi bloke says, “For me, better than the 100m men’s finals,” watching Val live. “Couldn’t find the speed or the angle. That’s sport. I gave it all and left my heart on the field. That’s all I can ask for,” Val says live on telly.
“Brilliant. Val’s incredible. The woman’s superwoman,” says a Kiwi fan.
Val is 4 years younger than the woman who has beaten her.
We segue to the Adam’s family in Tonga. Karanita Tiupata speaks for the family. “The silver medal is an honour for Tonga.”
6.15pm: Zoom over to Weymouth, where Martin Tasker, reports of big celebrations from the Kiwi sailors and Aussie sailors in the men’s sailing events. The Royal Dorset Yacht Club has been party central. New Zealand is also nearing the 100 Olympic medals tally total of our sporting participation at the games.
6.18pm: Back in NZ: Wendy Petrie piloting solo tonight on the Kiwi shop’s front desk informs, 18 planes grounded due to cracked tails. 1900 D-Fleet eagle air.
6.19pm: Kim Dotcom’s police raids. Search warrants were ruled invalid. Bruce brutality also acting on the initial lie, of the invalid warrants is under grill by the courts. Police violence is the topic of Dotcom’s trials. He says he was pushed to floor. One man was standing on the back of his neck on his hand. Justice Helen Winkelmann will review the order. Resembles rape for a German chubby chops resident. Not good.
6.20pm: Tomb of the unknown warrior is Wellington’s story. A road will be re-routed SH1 to accommodate more for this landmark. At the tune of $70 million.
6.21pm: PM of Syria defects news. Fresh faced men who’ve joined the rebellion feature. Foreign fighters is their new mission. They say they want Assad to go and want Syria to be led by an Arab Coalition leader. Alex Marquardt of ABC News, USA is in the mix. The fear is, of who will take over after Assad, could be more dangerous.
6.22pm: Zooming over to Milaukee, USA for that sad racist attack on a peaceful group if Sikh temple goers. The gunman was linked to a white supremesist group. Wade Page was once in the Definite Hate and End Apathy punk bands. –the wounded and shot, a sad story of guns and community in US.
6.23pm: From bullets to Life on Mars space exploration from Pasadena, California. Curiosity rocket science. The craft has landed on Mars. One of the first jobs is to analyse the soil near its landing site, says Ms. Petrie to cam.
6.24pm: Jim Hickey has initial weather. In the North Island, Whangarei had the high at 18 degrees. Rotorua 13 cool.
6.31pm: Back to Peter at the Emergency Command Center. Around 2 dozen scientists are in Taupo. Daniel Faitaua is there with a story of what they say they’ve been doing. A scientist says, an elevated chance of eruption was observed. GPS antenna are equipment that work out where the rumbles have occurred sending the data back to a monitor.
Peter Lechner of the civil aviation authority predicts, that the ash cloud will drift further to the South Ocean if extra eruptions occur. The sleeping giant is just dozing for now.
6.32pm: Back to Sarah Bradley. A turbulent past has Mt Tongariro. Prof Colin Wilson says, at least 3,500 years old is the volcano. Mt Ruapehu and White Island are NZ’s most active volcanos. Wilson says, the sorts of eruptions in 1890’s, people were photographing them.
1890’s, remarkable footage in black and white appears. Te Maari craters old photos of 1890’s eruption, were the same as yesterday. However, Peter Lechner says: “We’re not going to change air space rules just yet. Wilson: There has to be much bigger eruptions before the older volcano is seen as a higher risk to the air space zone. In six months, the eruptions effects are expected to disappear.
6.34pm: Sailing. Val Adams bites on her silver medal. Val is still adjusting to being no.2 at the games. Simon Dallow is on damage repair duties with Val’s star brand management, we all love in NZ – a strong asset to our humble nation’s brand. Val says, “Being proud will happen in a couple of days time. In 2 days I’ll probably be feeling proud. Trained so hard, it wasn’t enough to win. I had so many people support. Thanks to the people and the people of NZ for supporting me in my journey and my career. Stress I didn’t need with the administration glitch. The first reaction was panic. Was stress that could have been avoided. People knew this wouldn’t happen right. You’d think this sh*t doesn’t happen right? Thanks, touch wood.” :)
Back to Peter whose interviewing some of the greats of the Olympics. An inventor, who changed the form of a sport at the high jump. Namely, with the Fosbury flop manoeuver. Lol! He thinks if Nick Willis wins the 1500 that he could be likened to Lovelock, Snell, Walker, if he wins. N-Dub speaks to cam: “The more prep I can do tonight to wake up not feeling stiff and sore so you wake up thinking you’re the man,” is his plan. Athlete Dick Fosbury says it’s 90% mental 10% physical. Craig Stanaway says that the three Kenyans have run faster times. It really doesn’t matter that Nick was was never the favourite. It’s a matter of if he is mentally tough. Fos says. He’s “been there before. Experienced.”
Willlis’ mindset is to maintain the art of energy-saving cool when he says, “You are a real mean athlete, really take on the world.” He’ll be doing just that. :)
6.37pm: Andrew Saville brings the day’s sports recap news: Val Adams still coming to terms with losing. Olympic shot put final. Val Adams and coach Jean-Pierre Egger are lost for words. “Um I expected more.”
Les Mills is segued in: “I thought she wasn’t finishing the last bit of explosive punch with her shot, very well.”
“Still half a metre shy of personal best,” offers Dave Norris, a former athlete. “She should have really thrown the first throw. She lost balance.”
Reporter Matthew Holland raises the obvious question, in the people mover games of:
“She’s Eastern European, drugs?” Mills. “No.”
“It’s humility in a way,” says Mills. “Put it back to Val Adams surprisingly struggling on the world’s biggest stage.”
Away from over-studying Val. We check out the hockey.
Toni Street: 6.45pm – Goalie, Bianca Russell does really well. 11 shots on goal. 6 penalty corners and Bianca Russell kept them all out. Tu touché! “They lost 5-1 four weeks ago,” former hockey keeper, Helen Clarke says noting the improvement.
Trevor Manning knows the pressure well too. “The whole atmosphere is so different. It takes a lot to absorb that. If they wasn’t to play for gold or silver.”
The world’s best drag flicker is Marcy Pulman, mean competition. The Black Sticks hockey team, already have reached their best finish. Now they’re through. Clarke says, “Now they have to take them. The defence did so well against Germany.”
6.47pm: Athlete drama: Fouhy fires up. Blames Sparc sports outfit. “Perception of a tall poppy syndrome,” are his words. On the water, Steven Ferguson and partner Darryl Fitzgerald of the K2 final are through.
Pritchard went down to Russia 22 points to 4. Debut of Kiwis.
Diver Stefan Feck, worst ever Olympic dive. A fat zero.
Medals table: China USA lead, NZ slightly ahead of Australia at 19th.
6.49pm. Robbie Deans – Aussie rugby coach on, adding the young blood. There’s an injection of players where historically, no debt. Open-side obviously, great for those two blokes added.
6.49pm. Kiwi Benji Marshall. Turns on a dazzling show, as he put players in space. West Tigers 51-26 victory. Now, 8th place on NRL ladder.
6.55pm. Jim gives the weather. “Grab your coat. Ferry and Duntrune, the rain is shifting house and heading to your house.” Queenstown, get up there and have a ski. Wesport has the high 15 in the south today. Thundery rain over north tonight. Light flurries in Arthur’s pass. That’s it for me. Gotta go. Goodnight.” :)
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Amazing teamwork. What a massive show! Thank you for the news. :)
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~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.8.12~