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Chocolate firm Whittaker’s
says it will not be following
Cadbury and reducing the size
of its bars.
Cadbury yesterday announced
its 220g family blocks will be
dropping by about 10% to 200g
the equivalent of a row of
“ We had a choice to make
about whether we increased the
price we recommended to our
retailers or reduced the size of
the block and we’ve taken the
choice to reduce the size of the
block to make sure it stays an
affordable treat,” chief executive
Jacqueline Evison said.
manager Holly Whittaker said
it had no current plans to reduce
the size of any of their products
as a cost saving mechanism, but
with increasing raw material
prices, a price increase at some
point this year was likely.
“ Whittaker’s strategy is to
maintain premium quality and
value to the consumer. We have
a policy of better before cheaper,”
“O ur focus on improving
product quality has proved
successful with our increasing
University of Auckland senior
marketing lecturer Dr Michael
Lee said only time would tell
what the impact of Cadbury’s
decision would be.
“It ’s really putting it in the
hands of the market.
“ Do you prefer to not spend
more and get less, or do you
prefer to spend more and get the
“ It ’s obviously a calculated
decision,” he said. “ Essentially
for every 10 bars they make now
they can sell another one. ”
Foodstuffs and Countdown
comment on whether they
believed the move would affect
sales. — NZ ME
Whittaker’s blocks to stay chocker
The Meat Workers’ Union fears
Silverstream’s future is “nailed ” (shut)
despite negotiations with Silver Fern
The union and co-operative will meet
next week in the hopes of coming to an
agreement about redundancy for 100 staff
of the lamb processing plant, New Zealand
Meat Workers’ Union Otago Southland
branch president Daryl Carran says.
The Employment Relations Authority
ruled last month that Silver Fern Farms
should pay out redundancy, which could
total $3 million, to more than 100
employees who were not offered work last
season, when no lambs were offered for
processing at Silverstream during its usual
working season, between about December
2013 and June last year.
The plant has not opened again this
season and Silver Fern Farms is keeping
tight-lipped on its future.
When asked about the future of the
Silverstream plant, a spokesman for Silver
Fern Farms said the co-operative and
union were “still in discussions” and he
could not comment further.
Mr Carran said he was doubtful the
plant would reopen.
“I think that China taking heavy carcases
and full carcases has probably, in my view,
nailed (a coffin lid on) the prospects of
Silverstream,” he said.
Silver Fern Farms still wanted to
maintain the right to open Silverstream
when it saw fit, “but it’s the type of thing
that has less and less credibility as time
goes on”, Mr Carran said.
The plant had not opened this season
and the union and co-operative could not
find common ground on the redundancy
of its workers, he said.
“ We are still discussing options,” he said.
“The aim (of next week’s meeting) is to
sort out the outstanding issues with the
About 70 of Silverstream’s 180 workers
had been redeployed to Silver Fern Farms’
Finegand plant and many of those were
still working there, he said.
“The majority (of the remainder) have
got employment elsewhere or are not
doing anything at this point in time.”
Silver Fern Farms employment relations
manager Gary Williams said discussions
about the redundancy
between the co-operative and the union
were ongoing and he was “hopeful of a
ANZ rural economist Con Williams said
decreasing lamb numbers, overcapacity
and decreasing profit margins had made
business more difficult for New Zealand
New Zealand processors were at a
crossroads, where they could choose
to produce specialty cuts or increase
carcass exports to China and become a
“commodity supply chain”.
“If you look at meat processing margins
they have come down quite a lot,” he said.
— Otago Daily Times
Schools’ latest stationery demands are making
some parents mad enough to cry — especially
the discovery that tissues are now listed among
their children’s essentials.
Parents opening packs or making last-minute
purchases this week have been unhappy to find
the health care basic included, sparking several
fiery on-line debates about whether it is a step
“Okay, so I just opened my son’s stationery
pack to name his items and to my horror there
was a box of tissues in it,” Paula D’Sylva, a
mum from east Auckland, said on a forum that
sparked more than 150 replies.
“Seriously, is the school kidding? I’m
wondering if next year I’ll have to supply him
with a desk and chair!”
A search found dozens of schools across the
country that now ask for one or two boxes of
tissues — alongside other much-complained
about items such as whiteboard markers, and
other “shared” resources such as coloured pencils
and photocopy paper.
“At our school, you have to buy whiteboard
markers and they can only be black or blue,”
Kidspot author Nikki Green, whose children
go to Gladstone School, said. “Since they only
sell them cheaply in mixed packs of four, it can
definitely add up.”
Porcelina Spring said her stationery list
included items such as six glue sticks each,
whiteboard markers, Sharpie permanent
markers, art line pens, highlighters and packets
of crayons. “It cost me $134.73 for two children.”
While some parents queried if the broader
requests should be covered by the school
donation, others were understanding, saying the
recent decile changes had affected their schools’
funding and they were trying to fill the gap.
“I find it annoying that we have to buy the lot
and it ’s put out for the whole class to use,” mum
Jess Devonshire said. “Schools clearly need
Liz Kelson, whose son is at Waiau Pa School,
does not mind paying for a few extra pencils
or a box of tissues to make teachers’ jobs
“The reality is that they ask for these things
because they use them — they use whiteboard
pens, Vivids and highlighters to enrich our
Principals said that the whiteboard markers
were for the children to use — not teachers.
Many schools had mini whiteboards for children
to practise printing on or work out maths.
Beachlands primary school principal Brian
Gower said most schools stuck to the rule that
all “tools of the trade” were school-provided, as
were more expensive craft supplies.
According to Consumer NZ, donations can be
used to cover “general costs” but state schools
cannot charge fees for teaching the curriculum.
Healthcare supplies appear to fall in a grey
Schools that asked for tissues yesterday
defended the choice, saying children used to
have handkerchiefs but now came to school
“ Tissues cost a lot for schools to provide but
one box is not too much to ask parents for,”
Howick Primary principal Leyette Callister
“Other wise in the past I’ve had a roll of toilet
paper. Not nice! It helps reduce the spread of
germs to have plenty of tissues for sure.”
Westmere Primary principal Caroline Marino
said at their school, the tissue donation was a
parent-led initiative. “In reality schools couldn’t
pay for 670 boxes of tissues,” she said. “So
parents suggested they could contribute.”
Principals’ Federation president Denise
Torrey, whose school also asks for tissues, said
the message was that parents needed to ask
what the items were for.
“It’s about transparency. Ask your school what
your donation is for.”
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
A surfer entangled around a bridge pylon
in the Hawea River was seconds away from
drowning before being rescued by two
The man was river surfing the standing
waves at the whitewater kayak park above the
Camp Hill Road Bridge about 5.30pm on
Monday when he became trapped with his
body on one side of a bridge pylon and his
board — still tied to his leg by a piece of rope
— on the other.
Alpine Kayak Guides owner Ben Yates, 40,
of Luggate, was waiting to enter the waves on
his kayak when he saw a distressed woman
on the bank looking in the direction of the
trapped man, who was being pushed “head
downstream, feet upstream” by the force of
the flow and was only occasionally breaking
the surface to snatch a breath.
Mr Yates — a regular at the park and
experienced in rescue situations — paddled
to the pylon where he fought to dislodge the
“ I had to forcefully pull it upstream. ”
During the rescue, his paddle and arm
became caught in the surfboard’s leash and he
too was briefly trapped under water where he
did some “fast untangling” before resurfacing.
Another kayaker, who Mr Yates recognised
as a Queenstown raft guide, had also tried
to release the surfboard but was washed
downstream where he waited and guided the
surfer safely to shore once Mr Yates freed
Fortunately for the surfer, the water flow
had just dropped from about 120 cumec to 75
“Had the river been higher, just 10 minutes
earlier, he would not have been able to get
any breaths and we would have had an
The man, an English tourist in his mid-
20s, was visibly shaken and had “sheepishly”
thanked his rescuers before leaving the
Inexperience in river currents, failure to have
a quick-release cord on the surfboard and not
wearing a lifejacket were contributing factors,
Mr Yates said.
“The predicament he was in, it ’s a case in
point of being absolutely ridiculous. He’s tied
the surfboard to his leg, not on releasable
Velcro, which is what everyone else uses.
“In a river you wear a lifejacket. But surfers
think of themselves as being on a wave they
don’t think of themselves in a river current.
“In the sea you don’t have river currents
the same, unless you’re in a rip, and never
anything as fierce as what you’d have in a
Although the park was a “world class
feature” which was teaching local children
“ indispensable” river awareness skills, people
needed to appreciate the risks involved.
Visiting tourists often borrowed or bought
cheap surfboards to use at the park and it was
“fairly regular that you find people there that
this is their first real river experience”.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Experienced Luggate kayaker Ben Yates came to the rescue of a surfer pinned against a
bridge pylon, at rear, just below the Hawea whitewater kayak park this week.
Trapped surfer pulled from river
Oil and gas company Greymouth
Petroleum Holdings wants more than
$830,000 in damages from a former
director who was ordered by the High
Court to sell his stake in his firm.
Greymouth Petroleum’s former chief
operating officer and director John
Sturgess fell out in 2010 with board
members and fellow shareholders, Peter
Masfen and Mark Dunphy.
In August 2011 the pair launched High
Court action against Sturgess which
made complaints about his conduct.
Dunphy and Masfen sought orders that
Sturgess’s interests sell their minority
stake in the Greymouth group and sought
damages for the now-former director’s
After a seven-week trial Sturgess — and
interests associated with him — were
ordered to sell their shares at fair market
value by Justice Murray Gilbert in 2013.
Although his colleagues on the board
complained about Sturgess’s actions
at a string of the company ’s wells and
exploration projects, Justice Gilbert found
him negligent in only two instances.
He ordered the former director and a
management company associated with
him to pay damages to Greymouth
Petroleum for some of the costs of these
two operations. The parties were back in
the High Court at Auckland yesterday
arguing over the damages.
The company ’s lawyer, Mark O’Brien,
said the company was seeking around
$830,000 in damages, plus interest.
A lawyer for Sturgess’s company, Marc
Corlett, indicated the director did not
believe he was liable for damages at all.
It is understood that any damages
payable would be offset by outstanding
management fees Sturgess won during
the original trial.
— N ZM E-New Zealand Herald
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