Kids still have adventures

While a lot of mollycoddling of children happens these days some kids are still allowed to have adventures.

Two boys from Cromwell got into a spot bother on a cliff face but were rescued and will have learnt from the experience.

ODT: Budding business venture on slippery slope

The first business venture for two young entrepreneurs turned into more of an adventure when they had to be rescued from a 45m cliff at Bannockburn while gathering stock for their budding business.

Cromwell Volunteer Fire Brigade’s line rescue crew lowers Carter Pearson to safety.

Nine-year-old friends Carter Pearson and Harvey Brown cycled 7km into Bannockburn from their Cromwell homes yesterday morning on a mission to find quartz crystals to sell.

Their outing was successful when they unearthed many crystals, rocks and fossils but their day took an unexpected turn when Harvey slipped several metres down a clay bank and Carter went to his aid.

“I tried to be Superman and save him but I slipped as well,” Carter said.

Both boys ended up on a narrow ledge above a sheer drop.


“The boys were amazing really, very calm, which was good and they didn’t move at all,” she said.

Mr Pearson soon arrived.

“I climbed up above them, working out how to get to them with a rope but decided it was too risky, so rang the fire brigade,” he said.

The Cromwell Volunteer Fire Brigade responded with its eight-strong line rescue crew.

Chief Fire Officer Steve Shaw said it was a challenging rescue but all went well.

The clay bank was wet and soggy with loose soil.

“It is a free drop from the ledge down, more or less, so they were very lucky … extremely lucky,” Mr Shaw said.

“The kids stayed put and were nice and calm. They did really well, actually, because they could’ve been quite upset but they just sat there and hung in there, so it was good.”

The boys were lifted to safety, one at a time, watched by their families.

So it was a tricky situation that could have ended badly but they came out of it ok.

Carter’s mother, Theresa Pearson, said the boys were “real outdoors kids”.

The boys were excited about their expedition and carried small shovels and a container for the crystals.

“You want them to be out and about, exploring and that’s what they were doing.”

“You can’t just wrap them up in cotton wool,” Mrs Pearson said.

It’s good to see that some kids are allowed to do this sort of thing still.

It’s very similar to the childhood I had, and while Bannockburn was a bit out of my territory I have played on the clay cliffs out there, the remnants of gold sluicing. It was real cowboy-like territory.


We would walk usually, or rather roam, for hours at a time and played in some fairly precarious locations at times. And survived. And learnt from the experiences.

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  1. Conspiratoor

     /  21st July 2016

    …and some kids just keep immaturing with age. Here’s C junior and a mate being a bit naughty on a well known landmark a few years ago

    • Gezza

       /  21st July 2016

      Gutsy butt. Must be a boy. How come he gets a big C while you only get a little c?

      • Conspiratoor

         /  21st July 2016

        I’ll let you work that one out G. Here’s a clue. The ABs have two hakas. Have you ever wondered what it is that makes ’em roll with the Kapa O Pango over the Ka Mate?


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