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Department of Conser vation ranger ser vices (visitor assets) Lizzie Coates
stands on the newly raised car park, which is now 3m higher than previously due
to sinking. The car park is sitting on a slab of melting dead ice that detached from
a historic glacial advance. Contractors recently finished raising the car park and
toilets by 3m. You can see the height difference from the old toilet pipes on the
ground to the new toilet location. Keep an eye on the changing glacier through
the webcam http://snowgrass.co.nz/cust/fox_glacier/
PICTURE: Department of Conser vation
Fox’s sinking car park
The mums and dads of children who attend the Pink Pulse Dance Studio strutted their stuff during the
end of year show, at the Regent Theatre last week. Dancers as young as two performed on the night and
the last dance of the night had all the students on stage, along with some dance mums and dads who had
been practising for their own big appearance. Pink Pulse has had a successful year, gaining top results in
competitions all around the South Island.
Mums take to the stage
After more than four years State highway 6 has been officially renamed. Tourism West Coast chief executive Jim Little debuted the
new signs at Kumara Junction yesterday, which names the road north as the Great Coast Road and heading south as the Glacier
Highway. There has been a small glitch though — the newly erected signs have the wrong activity icons.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
On September 19, 2014
Queensland. Ron lost his
10 year battle with MS.
Following Ron's wishes,
he will be welcomed
Rotomanu. At 12 noon,
Saturday December 20,
2014 Ron's friends and
family will gather to
remember and enjoy
Ron's life, at the
Crooked River No1
bridge, where he learned
to fish and swim in
happier days. Please feel
free to join us there,
followed by a light
luncheon. Messages to
Linda Mears, 20 Station
Road, Rotomau, phone
(03) 738 0282 or Jim
Webber, 29 Parklands
phone 027 227 7505.
(Babs) Elizabeth. —
Four weeks today,
We remembered Babs'
A Mother, a Nana,
But most of all Wife.
We can't speak enough,
Of the thanks owed to
When times got so
As Babs answered her
From hospital to home,
You were all there.
Words just can't thank
For your love and your
The flowers, the baking,
Your cards and support.
You held our Babs
Than any of us thought.
Our family in Wales,
Who cannot be near.
Thank you so much,
For holding Babs dear.
Please take this
As a personal thank you.
God bless you all,
Babs loved you all too.
Heartfelt gratitude that
will never be forgotten
With thanks from
Danny, Dean, Nigeal
and family, Sandy and
family, and family in
Wales (Diolch yn Fawr).
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MUIR, Leighton John.
October 15, 1986 -
August 23, 2014.
Leighton's family would
like to offer their thanks
and appreciation to
everyone who attended
the celebration of his
life, supported them
with meals, baking, food
parcels, flowers, cards,
messages, prayers and
visits. So many have
touched our lives with
unfortunately we can't
name you all, but please
know you are all appre-
ciated and forever in our
hearts. Special thanks to
Pastor Daryl Bay for
leading a wonderful
celebration of Leighton's
life, Hope Community
Church for a great venue
and lovely afternoon tea.
James Cameron for your
support and help with
Talleys for keeping us
well informed through
this difficult time, your
generosity and ongoing
support is appreciated.
Last but not least Peter
Goldsworthy and Janine
Nelson and taking so
much care of him.
Words cannot express
the comfort we felt
knowing you were with
him Goldie. Please
accept this as our sincere
and heartfelt thanks.
A warm-hearted Upper Hutt
mother died at her home protecting
her son from an axeman, her
The attack happened on Thursday
night in the quiet suburb of
Timberlea, just two weeks before
At the end of it a 55-year-old
woman was dead, her 20-year-old
son and another 24-year-old man
were taken to hospital with serious
injuries, and the woman’s friend
was also injured.
Retimana Te Korou Nicholls
appeared in the Hutt Valley
District Court yesterday charged
with murder, grievous bodily harm,
wounding and assault.
He was remanded in custody
until next month, when he is to
reappear in the High Court at
Judge Antony Walsh granted
interim suppression of the victims’
The Timberlea Community
House was opened up yesterday for
friends of the victims to support
One community member, who
organised the gathering, and did
not want to be named, said she
and others who knew the woman
believed she would have done
anything she could to protect her
son from the attack.
“S he was very protective of
her son. (The woman) was very
supportive of the community, and
the stuff she did in the community
were the acts of someone who
wanted to be a part of something
that would have a huge effect on
The deceased woman did home
care and looked after vulnerable
people — she would open her
home to anyone in need, the
community worker said.
“S he was always trying to
do things for people in the
A Timberlea man, who did not
want to be named, said he had
known the victim for between 10
to 15 years.
“ I always thought that she would
give her heart to anything — if you
asked her to do something she’d
be there to do it. That’s the sort of
person she was.”
He said they knew each other
from living in the Timberlea
community, and spending time at
the Timberlea Community House.
“She was working with people
who needed help, they might have
been people who needed help to
clean their houses and working
with people like that.”
Police spokesman Nick Bohm
said the two injured men
under went surgery yesterday and
police hoped to speak with them
later. — NZ ME
Axe mum died ‘trying to save son’
Follow the Great Coast Road
demonstrated how home detention
bracelets can potentially be fooled
into letting criminals roam free.
demonstrated his ability to defeat
electronic monitoring bracelets
relying on the cellular phone
network through a practice known
Mr Turner, known in the
industry as Ammon Ra, showed
Wellington’s Kiwicon conference
how a bracelet could be wrapped in
foil, preventing it from reporting its
location, then the signal mimicked
by a laptop using a $500 transmitter
and some custom software.
Mr Turner then instructed
the ‘spoof ’ transmitter to report
movements, despite the hacker and
his bracelet remaining on stage.
“And here it is now, it shows
tracking down the road,” he said,
to applause from the audience, as
the signal showed him apparently
moving down Courtenay Place.
Corrections last night said in a
written statement any offender
trying to circumvent home
detention could face criminal
demonstration using a bracelet
made by Taiwanese firm GWG
International. Corrections said
its bracelets were manufactured
by British firm Buddi, but
would next year transition to
United States company 3M.
— New Zealand Herald
Westport man’s life
‘fell apart ’, court told
Serial sex-offender Stewart Murray
Wilson has been granted parole.
Wilson appeared before the Parole
Board yesterday and was granted parole
from a date in late March.
The Board said he would be subject to
a number of conditions, including GPS
The conditions would be very similar
to those that Mr Wilson was subject to
when last on parole, the board said.
The full decision would be released on
Wilson pleaded guilty on November
12 to breaching his parole conditions in
2013. He had been previously released
on September 1, 2012, to live in the
house on prison grounds but recalled on
April 10, 2013.
He was sentenced to six months in
Wilson is ser ving 21 years after being
sentenced in 1996 for sex and violence
offences against women and girls, as
well as charges of stupefying and
He was paroled to a two-bedroom
house, which had been moved onto
the Wanganui Prison grounds for the
purpose in 2012, after ser ving 18 years.
His 21-year sentence was scheduled
to end on December 1 next year.
A man whose dog was chased by
police, pepper sprayed and unlawfully
shot dead has received an official
apology, but only after strong criticism
of the incident by a district court judge.
Robert Wellington wants more than
just the letter of apology he received
two years after burying his pet.
“ He was my best mate. I loved him
like you’d love any family member —
which is what he was to us.”
The “execution”, as Mr Wellington
refers to it, happened in March 2012,
as police were searching for a man who
had escaped from a patrol car.
The dog had been let outside just as
police walked past.
Seeing two officers walk past the
property, Buddy had approached,
barking and “rushing” at them.
Initially, the officers were able to shoo
Buddy away by waving their arms.
They continued on their search for
the escaper but, on their return, again
encountered Buddy and pepper-
The dog was “just barking at them
and running around”, Mr Wellington
He was being aggressive and
confrontational, he concedes, but had
never touched or bitten anyone.
“ I couldn’t get control of him. But he
didn’t touch anybody.”
A senior sergeant called in Dog
Control to come and contain Buddy.
When that failed, he drew his pistol
intending to shoot the dog.
Mr Wellington blocked his attempts
and the officer called for back-up.
The 46-year-old also tried to block
another officer from shooting Buddy
with a rifle, and was arrested.
Following a “full-on, out-of-control
situation” — where police chased his
dog around the Otara cul-de-sac — an
officer cornered Buddy and fired two
The first, through the chest, injured
Buddy. The second, from close range,
went through Buddy’s head, killing
Eight months later, defending a
charge in Manukau District Court of
obstructing police, Mr Wellington saw
the case thrown out.
In the published court decision,
Judge Anna Johns criticised the police
handling of the situation.
“The dog’s behaviour, in my view,
is properly characterised as rushing,
and on that basis I do not consider
that there was a basis on which to
have the dog destroyed, and on that
basis I do not consider therefore that
(the officer) was, in fact, acting in the
execution of a lawful duty.
“ I consider that the action of
the police in this case was like
killing an ant with a hammer.”
— New Zealand Herald
Police apologise for
pet dog shooting
A company has abandoned a High
Court appeal against a decision rejecting
its application to mine up to 50 million
tonnes of black sand off the West Coast
But despite the backdown, Trans
Tasman Resources (TTR) says it
remains committed to realising its
project off the South Taranaki Bight,
and is considering among its options a
The company had applied to the
Environmental Protection Agency to
mine 65 square kilometres of exclusive
economic zone seabed, extracting an
estimated $446 million worth of iron
each year and raising the level of New
Zealand’s exports by $147 million per
But after a lengthy round of hearings,
the EPA’s decision-making committee
refused consent, citing uncertainty
about potential negative environmental
effects and effects on existing fishing
industry and iwi interests.
The committee said it was not satisfied
that negative effects could be avoided,
remedied or mitigated.
It also said it was concerned at a “ lack
of clarity” about the project ’s wider
economic benefits, outside of royalties
TTR appealed the July decision, but
today advised the High Court it was
withdrawing the challenge.
A statement from chief executive Tim
Crossley said the company still believed
the grounds for appeal were strong,
However, it had been advised
that it was “ high improbable, if not
impossible” to reconvene within
a reasonable timeframe the EPA-
appointed decision making committee
(DMC) that heard the application.
— New Zealand Herald
Seabed miner abandons
High Court appeal
A Westport man turned to drugs
when his relationship ended, he left
his job at Stockton and his “ blameless
life” fell apart, according to his lawyer.
Richard Angus Douglas, 38,
pleaded guilty in Westport District
Court yesterday to conspiring to deal
methamphetamine and allowing his
premises to be used for an offence
under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer
said several texts were exchanged
between Douglas and an associate on
July 20 where Douglas was offered
methamphetamine at $700 a gram.
He agreed to purchase four grams.
On July 20, Douglas sent a text to
an unknown number offering to sell
methamphetamine at $800 a gram.
On July 23, six texts were exchanged
between Douglas and an unknown
number with Douglas agreeing to
Mr Greer said a photo was
uploaded to Facebook on June 9
showing Douglas and another person
surrounded by dried cannabis plants at
his property. Douglas said the photo
had been photo-shopped and the texts
were about tobacco.
Defending, Doug Taffs said Douglas
got into the mess when his “ blameless
life” fell apart. His partner of seven
years left him. He was lonely and lost
half of his jointly-owned property.
The stress got to him and he did not
perform in his work at Stockton. He
resigned, then got into the drug use.
Judge Noel Walsh said the maximum
penalty for the conspiring to deal
charge was 14 years in prison.
On the conspiring to supply a Class
A drug charge he was convicted and
sentenced to 280 hours of community
work and sentenced to nine months’
super vision. He would have to undergo
courses directed by probation.
On the charge of allowing his
premises to be used for an offence
under the Misuse of Drugs Act he was
convicted and ordered to come up if
called upon in the next six months.
— Westport News
Hacker shows home detention flaw
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