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THE Otorohanga community is without its
well-respected police sergeant Andy Connors
who was seriously injured in a freak quad bike
accident last month.
On ANZAC Day afternoon – April 25 – Mr
Connors was attempting to rescue a calf from a
2m deep drain on his Trooper’s Rd farm when
he lost control of the bike and it crashed on
top of him.
In seconds the 54-year-old
was crushed against a rock
at the bottom of the drain
and left helpless in shal-
low running water.
“I made the mistake
of manoeuvring the
bike above the calf
without getting onto
the bike and doing it
properly,” Mr Connors
says from his Waikato
“I had released the hand-
brake and was moving it two or
three feet to my left when it shot back on
me. So I hit the accelerator to take it away from
me, but as soon as I did that I could no longer
reach the accelerator or the handbrake.
“ Then once the bike had stopped going for-
ward it came back and collected me, knocked me
into the drain and landed on top of me.
“It was my own fault and I have no-one else
to blame but myself.”
His wife Val, who was there when the accident
happened, immediately ran back to the couple’s
home and dialled 111.
Emergency services arrived within 45 minutes
including St John and volunteer firefighters who
carefully lifted Mr Connors out of the drain and
into the waiting rescue helicopter.
He was flown to Waikato Hospital to un-
dergo extensive surgery before being admitted
to the intensive care unit, followed by the high
dependency unit, a general ward and finally the
orthopaedics unit where he is currently.
Due to heavy sedation, it wasn’t until a day or
two later that Mr Connors learned the full extent
of his injuries.
He had major pelvic injuries, nearly com-
pletely severed his right leg, fractured
vertebrae, broken ribs and a dislo-
cated left elbow.
“They’ve pinned me all
back together and the good
news is I still have move-
ment in my toes,” says Mr
“ They’ve also had me
up standing in a special
rig which was quite pain-
ful so it’s a long road to
recovery from here, but at
least I’ve started it.”
Mr Connors can’t speak highly
enough of the emergency response
personnel who came to his rescue that fate-
“I was in a pretty horrible position in the drain
and needed plenty of help, but they did a bloody
good job,” he says.
“My blood pressure was something ridiculous
“My core temperature had also dropped be-
cause I was lying in the stream but staying cool
might have been a blessing with all my injuries.
But I’m not sure.”
As of May 4, Mr Connors has served 29 years
with the New Zealand Police.
Two weeks on from the accident, he says the
support from all sections of the community has
“ The prognosis is good so my main goal now
is simply to get walking again. It’s not going to
be easy, but it’s just something that I have to do.”
Waikato Police are currently looking at op-
tions to cover Mr Connor’s position.
THE Waitomo District Council has more than
$10,000 available to fund creative projects locally
and is keen to give it away.
The council’s community development co-
ordinator Donna Macdonald says: “There are
a lot of amazingly talented people in our com-
munity and we want to help them.”
Each year Creative New Zealand provides
Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) funding
to city and district councils to distribute.
Having allocated only $750 of round one fund-
ing in November, the council is calling for ap-
plications to distribute its remaining yearly total
of $10,984. Applications close at 5pm on May 20.
The criteria for funding is projects must:
l take place within the city or district where
the application is made;
l be completed within 12 months of funding
l benefit local communities;
l not have started or finished before CCS
funding is approved;
l not have already been funded through
Creative New Zealand’s other arts funding pro-
Money not allocated during each funding
year (July 1-June 30) is returned to Creative
Mrs Macdonald says past projects have either
encouraged community participation, supported
cultural diversity or enabled young people to
participate in the arts.
RECOVERING: Otorohanga Police Sergeant Andy Connors has begun a long road to recovery
after suffering serious hip and leg injuries during as freak quad bike accident last month.
goal now is
$10,000 up for grabs
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