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A new trans-Tasman ser vice
between the Gold Coast and
Queenstown will boost tourism
in the region, say industry
Low-cost carrier Jetstar will
begin flying the route three times
a week from December, and will
begin a similar ser vice between
Wellington and the Gold Coast
at the same time.
Corporation CEO Scott
Paterson said the flights would
“ boost capacity and connectivity”
to its key Australian market and
“Queensland in particular is a
real growth area for us and this
will also open up a long haul
opportunity for connections to
Japan on the Jetstar network.”
The ser vice would be attractive
to inbound and outbound
travellers, Mr Paterson said.
“This new route will provide
travellers with more choices
Queenstown, and give us the
ability to tap into the northern
New South Wales and south-
east Queensland catchment
area, which equates to about
1.5 million residents. ”
The airport recently reported
its busiest year on record, with
transtasman passenger growth
rising 28% to 308,000 passengers.
Destination Queenstown chief
executive Graham Budd said the
ser vice would open Queenstown
and the wider region to a new
market of more than a million
people on the Gold Coast and in
Coolangatta and northern New
However, people in Otago
and Southland would have to
embrace the new ser vice.
“It needs to be sustainable both
ways, so it ’s really important the
outbound ser vices are supported
locally as well. ”
Queenstown-Gold Coast route
between December 2010 and
Tourism Industry Association
Simon Wallace said yesterday’s
announcement would boost New
Zealand’s tourism industry.
“Australia is New Zealand’s
largest visitor market, but
one that still offers plenty of
opportunity for growth.”
The industry’s Tourism 2025
growth framework had identified
connectivity” as vital to boosting
the industry’s value from its
current $24 billion a year to
$41 billion by 2025.
operators in the Wellington and
Otago regions to do all they
can to support Jetstar to make a
success of the new ser vices.”
— Otago Daily Times
A review of how Northland police
responded to three 111 calls before a
dairy was robbed could change the way
police deal with emergency calls and
dispatch officers nationally.
Whangarei police have this week
apologised to a man who rang 111 three
times to report suspicious characters in a
car just before the dairy was robbed. They
have also apologised to the dairy owner.
Northland police District Commander
Superintendent Russell L e Prou said
police had reviewed their response to
calls made by Barry Lloyd regarding
suspicious behaviour prior to the
aggravated robbery of the Ye Korner
Dairy and Takeaways on Crawford Cres
Mr Le Prou said they had found a
police unit was not dispatched and police
were now reviewing processes to avoid
this happening in the future.
He confirmed the staff member
concerned, who was based at the police
in Auckland, had also undergone a
professional review of their handling of
Northland police spokeswoman Sarah
Kennett said the review of the processes
would take a further two weeks and if
there were improvements that could be
made they would be implemented on a
All 111 calls nationally are received by
the three police communication centres
in Auckland, Wellington and Christ-
church, which in turn contact and
dispatch local officers to jobs.
Kamo man Barry Lloyd was
disappointed his three calls to 111
were not acted upon promptly after he
spotted a suspicious vehicle with five men
wearing dark-coloured hoodies near the
Ye Korner Dairy.
He was unable to give police a car
Three masked robbers armed with a
metal bar and a knife ran into the dairy
about 1.50pm on Sunday, August 24. One
of the men, dressed in black, dived across
the counter and struck the dairy manager
on the head with an iron bar as he tried to
protect his wife and 4-year-old son.
It is the second time the business has
been robbed this year — no arrests have
yet been made over either robbery.
On Monday, Mr Lloyd and the dairy
owner were both visited by a senior police
detective working on the robbery, who
apologised for the way the incident was
dealt with by police.
Mr Lloyd said there was still no closure
and no one has been found yet for the
The dairy owner said he accepted the
police apology and had been reassured
police were “working hard on this case”.
Police receive almost 1.8 million 111
calls a year and strive to maintain a very
high level of service to the public.
Mr Le Prou said police were
disappointed their service did not meet
the high standards both police and the
“A police unit was not dispatched to
the event and we are now reviewing our
processes to avoid this happening in the
future,” Mr Le Prou said.
“ We have since met with the victim
and the person who made the 111 calls
to explain what happened and apologise
for our error.
“The clear intent of Northland police
is that suspicious behaviour such as this
has a high priority and whenever possible
we will deploy to these events. Therefore
we continue to encourage the public to
report suspicious activity, so we can act
Whangarei police are still seeking any
information from the public.
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
That tree Keith
Richards fell out
of and was almost
killed when he was
last down this way?
It is not long for
this world. Richards
is stopping over in
Fiji on his way to
Australia and New
Zealand and says
he is going to chop
it down while he is
But before the Stones
bring their postponed
tour to Auckland in
November, the guitarist
has a new release — his
second book, a children’s
to his best-selling
Entitled Gus and Me,
it is about Richards’s
Theodore D upree, who
introduced him to music.
sort of had plans for me I
wasn’t aware of,” Richards
said. “He turned me on
to the guitar and he did it
in a subtle way.”
“He was a saxophone
player. He got gassed in
World War One and he
couldn’t blow any more,
so he went to fiddle. He
was playing way into his
60s — so am I,” 70-year-
old Richards says,
Richards has four
children and five
— named after Gus
— worked on the
illustration for the book.
Here is Richards on
becoming an author
again and his revenge
plans for that tree . . .
Why did you decide to
write this book?
My publishers first
came up with this idea.
They said, “ There’s certain
chapters about your
grandfather that could
make a great children’s
This is not my line
(laughs). And just about
that same time my
eldest daughter ... she
said, “Guess what?” And
I know that look in a
woman’s eyes. ‘‘Don’t
tell me you’re pregnant,
which means fifth
grandchild’’. I thought,
‘Hey, there’s something
to be said for this’, and
I’ve always wanted to
give my ole grandfather
Gus, bless him, a little
more memorial than he’s
Your 2010 memoir,
Life, was a commercial
and critical success. Was
there any pressure to
match it with Gus and
The initial idea
did come from the
publishers, so you know,
‘Maybe Keith can sell a
few more books’. Nine
times out of 10 I would
have said forget about
it. I’m not going there.
But because of the
circumstances and having
everything was sort of
falling into place. I said,
‘Damn it. Go for it ’.
Do you want to write
I don’t know. There’s
been plenty of talk about
doing volume two (to
Life) because a lot of
stuff got left out. I may
save that for a little later.
I had no intention of
doing Life, but they kept
bugging me, ‘C ’mon,
you’ve got to tell the
story. Here’s a lot of
The Stones are heading
to New Zealand and
Australia next month.
The first thing is the
jetlag. I figured it out,
I’m going to go via Fiji,
where I’m going to chop
down the tree that I fell
out of the last time I
was there (he suffered
a serious head injury
requiring surgery in New
Zealand in 2006 after the
fall) and spend a few days
getting rid of the jetlag,
and then I can pop down
to Australia. Because the
jetlag is the hardest thing
around trips like that.
Everybody’s waking up
and tripping over each
other and falling asleep
Are you working on
I have a solo record
finished, but I don’t want
to put it out while the
Stones are working, so
I’m thinking next June.
How is recording music
today different compared
to years ago?
Technology — it’s
I find that some of
the technology is ver y
confusing, especially the
Speaking of technology,
are you a fan of social
I stay well away. I have
no computer at all. I
have a little tablet that I
knock around with. No
passwords. I mean, I don’t
want to be hacked to
Have you heard about
the recent leaking
of photos of nude
The more I hear about
it the more I’m sure I’m
— NZ Herald
Keith Richards with his
Keef to tree:
‘It’s all over
Jetstar adds Gold Coast to Queenstown service
A mystery illness associated with swede
crops is killing dairy cattle.
So far the problem has only been
reported in Southland and South
Otago, but experts fear it could be more
Yesterday Dairy NZ manager of
engagement and extension Craig McBeth
said it was possible it was occurring in
Canterbury, and even in the North Island
to a lesser extent.
“ We want to hear from anybody who
has evidence that it might be more
widespread,” he said.
“The trouble with these things is that
unless you get several instances, you don’t
make the linkages.”
He confirmed an investigation was
instigated midway through last week,
after Dairy NZ staff became aware of
reports of cows becoming ill, and dying
while grazing on swedes crops.
The yet-to-be identified fatal illness is
only associated with swede crops, and
post-mortems have implicated severe
liver and/or kidney damage as the cause
Blood tests on affected stock have shown
significantly elevated liver enzymes and
compromised kidney function.
Symptoms include weight loss, down-
cows that don’t respond, photosensitivity,
reddening of the udder and skin damage,
apparent on white areas.
Farmers with concerns should contact
At this point scientists haven’t narrowed
the problem down to a particular variety
“It’s very difficult to read too much into
it at this stage there appears to have been
cases with cattle of different varieties
of swede succumbing to the symptoms
and cattle on the same varieties not
succumbing to it.
“It’s a conundrum really there is no
consistency at this point.
“There are different amounts of swede
varieties planted throughout Southland,
which can influence the incidence of
a problem whether it ’s related to one
variety or not, we just don’t know yet.
“ We are working to find out those
answers.” Reports indicate the clinical
signs have reduced once the animals were
taken off the crop.
— APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
Two dogs which attacked and
killed a juvenile New Zealand fur
seal at Kakanui have left a Timaru
woman upset, wondering if she
could have saved it.
Irene Mitchell, at Kakanui
for whitebaiting, was asleep in
her camper van about 7.15am
yesterday at the All Day Bay
parking area when barking dogs
woke her up. She thought they
were just being exercised on
the beach. But when the noise
continued for about 20-30
minutes, she got up and went
outside to see two greyhound-
type dogs attacking what she
thought was a dead young seal in
the water in the lagoon.
She yelled at the dogs, which
started back to their owner
standing nearby with another four
greyhounds on leads.
When he saw Mrs Mitchell, he
started walking off south with the
other dogs, calling the two free
dogs which ran after him.
“It seemed to me he was having
trouble controlling the dogs,’’ she
The seal, as the dogs left, sat up
then rolled over. “I was amazed. I
thought it was already dead,’’ she
said. “I just wonder if I had got up
when I first heard the barking, I
could have saved it.’’ By the time
the seal was pulled from the
shallow water, it was dead.
Dog bites could be seen on its
body, head and fins, where one of
the dogs wearing a part muzzle
kept biting and lifting the seal up.
Less than a metre long, the seal
appeared to be a juvenile.
Footprints showed the man had
walked from the beach along the
lagoon towards where his dogs
were mauling the seal, but he
appeared to have done nothing.
Mrs Mitchell notified the
Department of Conservation,
which was going to send an
officer down to collect the seal.
DOC biodiversity manager
Jim Fyfe said action could be
taken under the Dog Control
Act, which provided a number of
infringement notice options, or
the Marine Mammals Protection
Act, which provided for a fine up
to $250,000 and/or six months’
imprisonment, against the person
responsible for the death of a seal.
“ We have had a few cases recently
(of seals being killed) which have
come close to imprisonment,’’ he
said. — APNZ
Cattle deaths linked to swedes
Dogs fatally maul young fur seal
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