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6 - Wednesday, January 14, 2015
A seized vessel with a
chequered history of illegal
fishing practices and rodent
and lice infestations, is set to
leave its D unedin berth to be
dismantled in Asia.
The Korean-flagged Melilla
201 was seized in May 2013
by the Ministry for Primary
Industries, with three senior
officers found guilty last year of
illegal fish dumping.
The 73m factory stern
trawler has remained at the
Birch Street wharf, with the
ministry spending hundreds
of thousands of dollars on
berthing costs and to fumigate
the vessel after it was found to
be infested with rats and lice.
The vessel is now destined for
possibly India or Bangladesh,
where it will be scrapped.
Transport and Marine
managing director Dennis
Nisbet said his Napier company
successfully tendered for the
vessel, which was “still in pretty
good nick for its age’’.
Since last week, workers
had been busy on the vessel
removing some items that
could be resold, such as large
fishing nets, net mending
machinery and engineering
The vessel would then set off
under its own power to South-
east Asia, and be delivered to a
Before being seized, the
vessel had a charter agreement
with UFL Charters, of
Christchurch, and was crewed
by 12 officers, all Korean
nationals, and 42 Indonesian
crew. Its captain, vice-captain
and factory manager were each
charged under the Fisheries
Act (1996) with two charges
of unlawfully returning or
abandoning fish subject to the
quota management system. The
men were found guilty on all
The vessel’s sister ship,
Melilla 203, remains berthed in
— Otago Daily Times
Seized vessel set for scrapyard
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
Dennis Nisbet, managing director of Napier company Transport and Marine, takes a break from working on Melilla 201,which has
been berthed in Dunedin for almost two years.
The Melilla 201 tied up at Dunedin.
Big day as
Falling milk powder prices have hit consumers’
economic confidence in the key dairy regions of
Southland and Waikato, Westpac said.
Fonterra last year cut its farmage milk price
for 2014-1/5 to $4.70 a kg from $5.30 a
kg, reflecting a decline in market prices and
representing an estimated $6.1 billion reduction
in farm income since the boom season of 2013-
“ In New Zealand’s largest and third-largest
dairy exporting regions, economic confidence
has come crashing down as lower payout
forecasts have hit home,” Westpac said in its
latest regional economic confidence sur vey.
Consumers confidence in the Waikato and
Southland had fallen back into pessimism for
the first time since late-2012 and early-2013,
when the Waikato was in the grip of drought
and Southland was facing the possible closure
of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter.
In Waikato, other signs of economic
activity, such as electronic card spending, car
registrations and building consents, had also
lost their momentum in recent months. Given
the importance of dairying for Southland’s
economy, the decline came as no surprise, it said.
In contrast, economic confidence in
Canterbury — another major dairy region —
rose in the quarter.
“Clearly, this is thanks to ongoing
reconstruction activity, though Cantabrians’
economic confidence has moderated from the
dizzying heights of a year ago,” Westpac said.
“That said, economic confidence has come
off its peak at the start of the year, no doubt
influenced by the weaker dairy outlook,”
Over the last six months the gloss had come
off most regions, although optimists continued
to outnumber pessimists in the three main
centres, along with the Bay of Plenty, it said.
But in Canterbury — the second-biggest
dairying region — economic confidence rose
In most other regions, economic confidence
had also lost some of its lustre in the last six
months, when much of the country basked in
the prospects of a stellar dairy season.
Economic confidence in Northland improved
but remained very subdued, due in part to lower
Aucklanders remained optimistic, but notice-
ably less so than earlier this year.
Economic confidence in the Bay of Plenty
fell in the quarter but remained higher than in
many other regions.
Further south, confidence in the Gisborne-
Hawke’s Bay region rose slightly in the
December quarter, but remained well below
where it was earlier in the year.
Economic confidence in Taranaki-Manawatu-
Whanganui continued to slide but the fall was
less severe than many other dairying regions.
In Wellington confidence fell for the second
quarter in a row, but remained moderately
In the Nelson-Marlborough-West Coast,
economic confidence in the region plunged,
with optimists barely outnumbering pessimists.
In Otago economic confidence picked up a
little but remained subdued. — N ZM E
Today is a big day for Bethlehem
resident Ruth Mander, who is celebrating
her 100th birthday.
Her bedroom is filled with birthday
cards celebrating her centenary, including
one from Queen Elizabeth and another
from Prime Minister John Key.
Mrs Mander said she was proud to be
acknowledged with the cards.
She was born on January 14, 1915
in Ellerslie, Auckland to her parents
Vincent and Annie Prescott. Mr Prescott
fought in Gallipoli and after spending
time recovering from a bullet wound, the
family moved to Waikato and set up a
Three years after Mrs Mander finished
secondary school, the family moved
to a citrus orchard in Hinewa Road,
In 1938, Mrs Mander married
Raymond Mander and together they ran
a small dairy farm and orchard.
They had three sons and a daughter,
and later came 11 grandchildren and 10
Her son Graeme Mander said he and
his siblings were kept busy on the farm.
“ We worked at home in the orchard,
there was a cow to be milked every day and
meals to get ready in week-about turns.”
Throughout the years, the couple were
heavily involved in the community.
They were foundation members of the
Tauranga branch of the Forest and Bird
Protection Society and hosted meetings
of the Bay of Plenty Sub-Tropical Fruits
Mrs Mander was an enthusiastic
gardener and was a member of the
Otumoetai Garden Club. She was the
treasurer of the Otumoetai branch of the
women’s division of Federated Farmers
for 40 years.
She enjoyed photography and took
thousands of photos.
Mrs Mander and her husband liked to
tramp and would regularly take day-long
trips to local forests and mountains. They
were both members of the Tauranga
Tramping Club from 1965.
Raymond died in 1995.
In 2007, she was delighted when her
son Neil was made a Member of the
NZ Order of Merit and she attended his
investiture ceremony where she met the
Mrs Mander lived in Otumoetai for
more than 70 years until she had a stroke
about 18 months ago. She now lives in
Bethlehem Views. She can no longer
speak and has problems with her vision
— NZ ME -Bay of Plenty Times
The driver of a stolen car who led police on
a 28km chase at speeds of up to about 160kph
was remanded in custody in the D unedin
District Court yesterday.
Shaun Evans, 21, admitted unlawfully taking
the car, possessing an instrument for conversion
and three driving charges.
The pursuit began just north of Waikouaiti,
about 10.15am on December 23, and ended
at Waitati after the vehicle was driven over
road spikes, the D unedin District Court heard
Evans, unemployed, of Burnham, told police
he did not stop because he had no driving
licence and had been drinking and knew he
would be “over”, police prosecutor Stewart Sluis
On the unlawful taking, possessing
instruments and driving charges (disqualified,
reckless, and failing to stop for police), Evans
was remanded in custody by Judge Kevin
Phillips for sentence on February 24.
On two other charges (unlawfully taking a
$4000 vehicle, and driving while disqualified,
at Christchurch on December 10), he was
remanded without plea to February 10.
— Otago Daily Times
Fleeing driver hit 160kph
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