The past few weeks have seen the two Huey Beck Helicopter become well known to residents of Christchurch’s Port Hills after they came in to help battle the fire in the Port Hills.
Widely associated with the Vietnam War, the Beck helicopter choppers is currently being used by the duo of Alan Beck, owner of Eltham’s Beck Helicopters and Richie McCaw, former All Blacks Rugby player.
The fire went on to scorch no less than 2000 hectares before finally being contained. However, Beck believes that the area is still not yet totally out of danger. As such, the well-known Taranaki flying ace has been drafted to remain on standby in Christchurch, while Beck will loan out one of his company’s Hueys to the Christchurch Helicopters, until the fire season comes to an end.
The chopper, which adorns the white, red and black colours has been renamed “Excalibur” after the famous bat used by cricketer Lance Cairns. Continue reading
November 29 saw Richie McCaw and the police in a combined effort to give a belated birthday treat to an eleven year old girl displaced by the Nov. 14th earthquake.
Stevie Dineen, the 11 year old girl, was at the Christchurch helicopters and had no idea why she had been brought there.
However, a familiar face soon rounded the corner, thus lighting her face up.
“It’s Richie McCaw,” Jack, her 9-year-old brother said as he clapped his hands together.
The family had left their home in Hapuku, north of Kaikoura in order to escape the earthquake, and were unable to celebrate her birthday on November 25.
Penny Rusbatch, Police Senior Constable had earlier in the week visited the family while she was helping out during the Nov. 14 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
Stevie’s brother, Jack, had told Rusbatch that his sister was supposed to have celebrated her birthday on Nov. 25th and she was touched.
Stevie’s mother, Lisa had said they would have to postpone her birthday celebrations until later, considering all that was going on.
Rusbatch asked Stevie what she wanted and the little girl replied that she would love a ride in a helicopter. Continue reading
There are certain names that are legendary like Richie McCaw who was the former captain of the All Blacks team.
Last summer he was instrumental in helping his team win the World Cup. Sam Cane was seen to be following in his heels who are found to be a carbon copy of the captain in many ways. Now it seems that Sam Cane might just be right to take up Richie McCaw’s position in the team
There is a lot of fanfare that follows Richie wherever he goes. That is understandable as the captain of a legendary superpower rugby team is sure to command such an effect. Steve Hansen had a large duty at hand when he had to handle several retirements at one go. The most difficult one is to find a replacement for Richie McCaw. The captain of the All Blacks team is a position that is difficult to fill, especially when the role had been successfully carried out by Richie who has gained considerable fame for his skills and leadership on the field. McCaw has been with the team for 14 years, a feat that is rare when transfers are common and players look out for their careers individually than stay committed to a team. He was captain for the team for ten seasons. He even won Player of the Year award in World Rugby three times. He has been instrumental for the victories that All Blacks team has sustained in the world Rugby Cup tournaments.
Richie McCaw has been impressed by Bundee Aki’s performance and has invited him to come home and work for the home team.
Ma’a Nonu as well as Conrad Smith retired from what was considered a legendary partnership in the midfield position. Another legendary player is Bundee Aki, who plays for Connacht. Aki has been part of the historic rise that Connacht has witnessed over time. He has showcased his prowess as well as power and being able to interpret the game well. This season he has helped his team excel in their performance. As a result, it is being thought that Connacht will be able to overpower the Glasgow Warriors. Continue reading