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“ Private opinion creates public opinion. ... That
is why private opinion, and private behaviour,
and private conversation are so terrifyingly
important.” — Jan Struther (nee Joyce
Anstruther), English poet (1901-53).
“ If you love Me, you will obey what I
command.” — John 14:15.
It is impossible
to say with pride “I
am a Coaster” while
Saturday night dances
in Greymouth are conducted the way they are.
In a letter to the Greymouth Star, a young
woman who recently returned to Greymouth
after an absence of three years — “Fair Square
Coaster” — uncompromisingly flays the
conduct, the organisation and parental laxity
that she says is involved in dances held in
The correspondent says she has been away
from Greymouth for some time, and on return
was “amazed and shocked ” at almost every
aspect of dance organisation. “Ill-mannered ”,
“ ill-clad” and “uncouth” are some of the ways
she describes some of the young men who
attend these dances.
She urges authorities to run dances where
“future citizens may be assured of having an
enjoyable time without being molested.” She
also asks Greymouth mothers if they feel they
should allow 14 and 15-year-olds to attend
The value of Remembrance Sunday on
the West Coast and elsewhere in New
Zealand has been lost. Today, it is nothing
more than just a passing memory for the
majority of people. This is the view of the
Vicar of Greymouth, Canon K G Aubrey, a
view that indicates that the special memory
obser ved on the day might be better ser ved by
incorporation in some alternative form.
Remembrance Day — obser ved throughout
Britain and New Zealand with a special two-
minute silence — was becoming less
well attended. “ You have to be 65 to have
fought in World War One and be over 36
to have fought in the second. Memories are
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Anna King Shahab
Never buy what is not in season
(unless it is a few limes for a mojito —
that is an essential). If a recipe calls for
capsicums in the middle of winter, get
clever and substitute. Or pick another
Buy a chest freezer. The small
investment pays dividends, allowing you
stock up on meat when it is on special, as
well as freeze leftover portions of meals
which can be easily heated up on those
nights when you cannot be bothered
cooking — cutting pricey (and often
disappointing) takeaways out of the
Roasts give the most. It is a mystery
why some still view roasts as an expensive
treat. These days certain types of roasts are
the best value meat you can buy. A family
of four can enjoy a free range chicken for
as little as $12 which could also make
sandwiches for the next day’s lunch. On
that note, save chicken carcases and bones
in the freezer and when you have a few,
make stock. Homemade chicken stock is
the basis for so many cheap meals.
Shop on-line. It is a good way to
avoid impulse buys and instead get
only what you really need. Yes, there
are delivery costs but you are avoiding
frittering money away on whims, saving
on petrol, and on time (which is money, as
the saying goes). You can also shop
on-line and pick up in store for a lesser
Make hay while the sun shines.
Preser ve the season’s bounty, allowing
you a taste of summer in the winter with
treats like canned peaches and plums and
jams from those fleeting summer berries,
as well as making the most of vegetables
like tomatoes and eggplants when they
are super cheap by making relishes and
chutneys — expensive condiments to buy
but cheaply made if you have a little time
up your sleeve and a lot of jars to hand.
Because home preser ves make such lovely
gifts, you will also save money on that
Make your own snacks. Things like
crackers and biscuits add up when you
are throwing several packs a time into
the trolley. But they are so easy, and
so cheap, to make at home. Get in the
habit of baking a batch of biscuits and
crackers once a week and you will easily
shave money off the grocery bill. Plus you
will avoid all sorts of flavour enhancers,
preser vative and additives that you have no
need for at all.
Make your own dips. The aisle of dips,
which has a definite gravitational pull, is
ever-expanding and all because we are
buying so much of the stuff. Sure, picking
up a few dips is an easy way to entertain or
keep lunchboxes interesting, but once you
start making your own dips — hummus,
pesto, babaganoush, beetroot dip and more
— you can happily bypass that rather
expensive aisle on a regular basis.
Cheaper is not better. Simply going
for cheaper ingredients will not necessarily
save you money, because you may well
end up eating more to fill the void
created by lack of flavour. Many of the
most satisfying cheap meals are made by
making a little of something quality go
a long way — a frittata made with eggs
and seasonal or leftover veges with a small
amount of good chorizo, or an inexpensive
bolognaise pepped up with some really
good bacon. Ditto, you can enjoy endless
salads of cheap, seasonal produce laced
with something a little luxe like goat ’s
cheese, hot-smoked salmon or grilled lamb
fillet, safe in the knowledge that, if you
plan them well, they are a cheap, as well as
nutritious, eat. — New Zealand Herald
Eight ways to slice your food bill
hey have been the hub
of the town, the meeting
point for many, and a place
pressures are forcing more
and more pubs across rural Southland
to close or to sit on the market waiting
for a buyer, which means the traditional
community meeting place is disappearing.
Winton publican of 24 years John
McHugh said he had seen many
drastic changes in the industry and
rural publicans had needed to diversify.
Mr McHugh could recall a time as a
teenager travelling between Winton and
Queenstown when there were seven pubs
in rural towns in between the two centres.
“Now there is only one at Garston.”
It showed how the industry had
changed, with publicans either having to
change their focus or move on, he said.
Early afternoon patrons were no longer
retired farmers or agriculture workers
coming in for a beer. Instead, with the
introduction of pokie machines, they were
people coming in to gamble.
“They (retired farmers and agriculture
workers) are all long gone and they didn’t
train up any apprentices,” he joked.
More people were using rural hotels
for a place to grab a coffee or to sit down
and have a meal rather than as a place to
drink, which had seen pubs branch out
into food and accommodation.
“There was the need to diversify and
those who didn’t felt the pinch,” he said.
Job losses in parts of Southland had also
affected small-town hotels. Mr McHugh
used western Southland as an example
where the small community of Ohai-
Nightcaps once had four hotels operating
in a small radius at Ohai, Wreys Bush,
Wairio and Nightcaps.
With a decline in population as
businesses closed and a change in farming
over the years, the Ohai and Wreys
Bush pubs had shut. Earlier this month,
Wairio Hotel closed its doors, which
left Nightcaps as the only pub still in
It was not only western Southland
where farming had changed. There were
many dairy conversions throughout
Southland which meant people working
They had work to do in the morning and
evening and were working in between.
“ We do not see these people a lot or
their workers,” Mr McHugh said.
This was contrasted with the strength of
the shearing industry in central Southland
which saw many hotels used for their
accommodation and dining purposes.
Then there was the issue of drink
driving, he said.
The northern Southland town of
Lumsden had also lost its two pubs in the
As pubs closed and hotels got further
away, people were now choosing to drink
at home which had seen liquor sales
change, Mr McHugh said.
“Seventy-five per cent of alcohol sales in
New Zealand are take-home, with only
24% sold on premises. That is why we’ve
had to diversify.”
As laws had been tightened up and new
legislation introduced, publicans and duty
managers were now under more pressure.
Mr McHugh said some personal
accountability needed to be taken by
“If you were pulled up on the main
street speeding, you pay the fine, not the
Another issue was the use of illegal
substances by patrons as that was
something publicans had no control over
as they did not know what was happening
off their premises.
But it did not end there.
The Christchurch earthquake had now
seen rural pubs paying a 50% premium on
their insurance and the price of alcohol
had continued to increase. In addition,
smoking had been banned in bars and
supermarkets were selling alcohol at a
cheaper price, which all decreased on-
premises sales, he said.
He said a large number of small-town
pubs in Southland were for sale and
others had closed.
But it was not all doom and gloom, Mr
He hoped the new “Around the
Mountain” trail in northern Southland
could do for the small pubs there what
the Otago Central Rail Trail had done for
small pubs in central Otago.
Rural pubs might be seen as being on
the wane throughout Southland, but there
was no better place to go and enjoy a cold
beverage and have a laugh on a Friday
evening, and Mr McHugh believed they
were there to stay. — Otago Daily Times
One of the most well-known rural pubs in New Zealand, the Cardrona Hotel, near Queenstown.
For rural people throughout Southland the local hotel has always been a gathering point. In recent times the doors have been shut on many
of these pubs and in other cases put on the market. Southern Rural Life reporter NICOLE SHARP catches up with long-time publican and
Hospitality New Zealand national board member John McHugh to talk about what is happening with rural hotels.
Phillip John Smith’s criminal history is long and
it is violent.
He has terrified and tormented, abused and
And now he is on the loose in South America.
His victims here are in police protection as
authorities scramble to find him — and to find
out how it all went wrong.
Smith was born Phillip John Traynor in
Wellington in 1974 to parents John and Patricia
Traynor. The couple separated when their son was
three and his mother moved him to Carterton.
She remarried, and changed her son’s name to
John Traynor had little to do with his son
through his childhood and adolescence. But,
through the then-Social Welfare system, he was
kept up to date with Smith’s early offending and
Smith reached out to his father when he was
about 18 and the pair reconnected.
“The last time I saw him personally was when he
came up to Auckland about three months before
he committed the murder,” Mr Traynor said.
“After he was convicted he wrote to me. I never
replied. I’ve taken a stance that I don’t want
anything more to do with him.”
After her son was found guilty of the murder
and child sex offending, Mrs Smith spoke in his
defence. He was “just like any other boy ”, she said
in July 1996. He had his problems, but he had “a
heart of gold”.
Smith’s offending began in Carterton in the late
1980s. A couple and their young children moved
into Smith’s street and he befriended their son.
Smith and the boy played computer games, rode
motorbikes and did karate.
The boy ’s parents came to regard Smith as a “ big
brother” to their children. In September 1995 they
were “shattered” when their son revealed he had
been molested by Smith over a three-year period.
He was just 10 when Smith’s reign of terror began.
The boy was indecently assaulted, sexually
violated and sodomised under threat of his family
being killed if he told anyone.
The day the teenager broke his silence, his
parents went straight to police. They then packed
up and moved to Wellington in the middle of the
night to get away from Smith, who was charged
Smith, then 22 and a student, was charged and
initially refused bail. Police feared he would try
to contact the victim, after finding in Smith’s
bedroom a list of schools in the Wellington
suburb they had fled to.
He was granted bail after he appealed to
the High Court, despite having 20 previous
convictions including attempting to per vert the
course of justice by intimidating witnesses in a
previous case by threatening to firebomb them.
Two weeks later Smith was behind bars again,
charged with extortion. He had been blackmailing
a west Auckland man who later committed
suicide. Near his body police found a letter from
Smith, demanding $25,000 or he would publicly
disclose allegations of sexual offending involving
But after appearing in court on that charge,
Smith escaped police custody. He was recaptured
— a nd eventually bailed again.
A condition of his bail was that he not contact
the 13-year-old or even attempt to trace the
The warning fell on deaf ears.
On December 11, 1995 Smith was driven from
Carterton to the family’s new home. He crept
into their back yard, where he lay in wait for three
hours armed with a hunting knife and a rifle he
had hidden near the home a week earlier.
He got into the house and the 13-year-old woke
to find him standing over his bed. His screams
woke his parents, and his father ran to the room.
Smith stabbed him repeatedly.
The 13-year-old escaped and ran to the closest
police station for help. Smith then took the boy’s
mother and brother from the house at gunpoint,
refusing to let the woman tend to her dying
husband. He was arrested soon after for murder.
At his trial in the High Court at Wellington,
a jury heard that police found a “ blueprint for
murder” in Smith’s bedroom.
Dubbed “Operation Smith”, police described
it as a “Rambo-style plan” to kill his former
His conviction for the murder and prolonged
sexual abuse did not stop him tormenting the
family. Smith called their home phone four times
from prison, making threats.
A police search of his cell turned up a “hit list ” of
names from the 13-year-old ’s family.
— New Zealand Herald
Fleeing murderer’s disturbing history
1974 — Born Phillip John Traynor.
Circa 1986 — Met victim’s family in Carterton.
1992-95 — Sexually abused his neighbour’s son.
1995 — Murdered the father of the boy he was abusing
while on bail for extortion, and escaping police custody
while on bail for earlier offending.
April 15, 1996 — Sentenced to life, with a minimum
non-parole period of 13 years, for murder, sexual offences
against his victim’s son, aggravated burglary of the family’s
home and kidnapping of the victim’s wife and son.
April 14, 2009 — First time Smith is eligible for parole.
Parole Board addresses multiple frauds committed in
prison between 2006 and 2010. Investigation begins in to a
business he was running behind bars and other fraudulent
Februar y 4, 2011 — Appears before Board again. The
Board raises concerns about the “violent callous and
manipulative aspects of his offending”.
May 3, 2011 — Appears before the Parole Board, which
orders a Parole postponement of two years.
April 8, 2013 — Parole postponement lifted and parole
declined. Smith begins having 12 hour temporary releases.
March 31, 2014 — Smith is denied parole again. The
Parole Board identified his risk of reoffending as high, and
that if it were to occur it would likely be in the form of
fraud. Board recommends further temporary releases.
November 6, 2014 — Smith is collected from prison by
an approved “sponsor”, a family member. That same day
he leaves the country using a passport in the name Phillip
John Traynor and flies to Chile.
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