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Every Tuesday, while their children are
learning te reo Maori, a group of Grey
Main School parents are in another
classroom doing the exact same thing.
Grey Main launched its bilingual English
and Maori class last year, and the school
has offered parents the opportunity to also
Principal Mandy O’Sullivan said that last
year 10 parents, grandparents and friends
were taught at the school each week by
tutors from Tai Poutini Polytechnic, and
now they went to weekly lessons at the
“They are very enthused and that is
fantastic,” Mrs O’Sullivan said.
Shelley Dronfield, Krissie Billett and
Kate Hinkley all have children in the
bilingual class and so they opted to learn
the language themselves.
Their decision to head back to school
grew out of their involvement with the
“ We’ve got the opportunity to learn
a second language, it is one of the two
languages of New Zealand and it should
be encouraged,” Ms Dronfield said.
“ We are pretty lucky to be given an
opportunity like that.”
When at home, the parents and children
were able to help each other.
“ We go over the words they learn and the
words we learn,” Mrs Hinkley said.
The mothers enjoyed being able to learn
together as a group.
“ We are all moving together as a group,
it ’s really nice,” Mrs Hinkley said.
All three said they wanted to support
their children and to “connect ” with the
“ We hope that when they go off to high
school they carry it on,” Mrs Hinkley
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Shelley Dronfield, left, with son Llewellyn, Mace Robertson and mum Krissie Billett, Xalia and Rivir Crombie with mum Kate
Parents go back to school for te reo Maori
Solid Energy, the State-owned
coal miner whose chairwoman Pip
Dunphy stepped down this week,
will delay reporting its first-half
accounts, saying for ward pricing
for coal may impact on its ability to
meet debt repayments when they
come due next year.
Low coal prices are expected
to remain lower for longer than
previously forecast and will not
recover as quickly, prompting the
board to hold back the company’s
accounts after its monthly meeting
yesterday, it said in a statement.
Despite a favourable shift in the
exchange rate, current and expected
coal prices mean Solid Energy will
need to keep making structural
“ We can see an issue coming. It
is not about current performance
or any immediate difficulty in
meeting our commitments,” acting
chair Andy Coupe said. “It is about
the impact on our balance sheet
of future pricing for coal and our
consequent diminishing ability to
repay or refinance debt when it falls
due from September 2016. We are
A restructuring of Solid Energy
was announced in 2013, coinciding
with the publication of the annual
reports, after collapsing coking coal
prices on world markets exposed
the company ’s over-commitment
to a range of development
initiatives, including development
of options to turn lignite coal into
diesel and urea, and renewable
energy products such as pellets for
Last year, Solid Energy received
an extension of its $103 million
remediation indemnity with the
Crown to reimburse the cost of
rehabilitation expenses of the
company, Pike River (2012) and
Spring Creek Mining Co.
The company today said its
lenders and shareholder were aware
of the company’s view.
This week Ms D unphy stepped
down as chair before her term
expired in October, having taken
over from Mark Ford who fell ill
and later died in March last year.
Last year, the Christchurch-based
State-owned enterprise reported a
loss of $181.9m in the 12 months
ended June 30, 2014, and the
board did not anticipate a return
to profitability until the 2017
At the time of the annual
report’s release in October, the
company’s board forecast a gradual
improvement in coal prices with a
budget of $NZ153 per tonne this
Solid Energy debt worries
Police believe they have caught the man
responsible for a slew of sex attacks in a
South Auckland park.
The four incidents — which took place
in Kirks Bush, Papakura — spanned
nine months from February last year and
police said each was an “escalation” on its
Danny Taurae, 18, appeared in the
Papakura District Court yesterday facing
four charges of indecent assault and one of
Court documents allege that in each
instance the teenager grabbed the
complainants and threw them to the ground.
According to police, Taurae’s modus
operandi included asking for sex and groping
the women, as well as rubbing his crotch
against their back.
The bulk of the alleged offending took
place at the end of last year. In the final
incident on November 25, a 14-year-old
girl was grabbed and violated in what police
called a “ brazen” daylight attack.
Taurae’s mother said the first she knew of
police suspicions was when police raided her
Opaheke property on Tuesday.
“I had no idea what they were looking for.
I just let them come through the house,” she
said. “ They took two pairs of shorts, a couple
of t-shirts and some hoodies he had. ”
But the woman said the garments had all
been bought for him after December when
he returned home after a stint living with
She had not spoken to him since charges
were laid but was “sure he didn’t do it ”.
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HAISTY, John Patrick
Greymouth on February,
26, 2015, in his 83rd
year. Loved husband of
the late Marie, dearly
loved father and father-
in-law of Brent and
Linda, Craig and Nadja,
Janine and Steve, and
Allan (deceased) and
Shirley, loved grandad
of Darlee, Mathew,
Shannon, Lori, Jeban,
Kieran, and Siobhan,
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of Nataleigh, Harper,
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brother-in-law of Neil
(deceased) and Fran, and
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and Colleen Dunn, Jean
and Ray Neame, Tom
and Pat Dunn, and Irene
and Phil Roberts, and a
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friend. Messages to 365a
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On February 25,
2015, after a long and
tenacious fight Mandy
passed away peacefully
at home, surrounded by
her loved ones. Loving
wife of Andy, loving
and supportive mum of
Serena, loving step-
mum of Julia; Sam and
Tegan; grandmother of
Oscar and Alexa. Loved
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Wilkinsons and Johns
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Andrew. — Peacefully
on Friday, February 27,
2015, at Grey Base
Hospital. Aged 77
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of Lucy, loved father of
Jane, John, Patrick and
the late Catherine, loved
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and the late Anthony
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7842. A Requiem Mass
for John will be
celebrated in All Saints
Bealey and Stafford
Streets, Hokitika, on
Tuesday, March 3,
commencing at 1.30pm.
Private cremation to
follow. Recitation of the
Rosary will be held at
Chapel on Monday
Hokitika (03) 755 7993
Alleged serial sex attacker caught
Fake grass, once considered a bit tacky,
has been around for decades. But now
it is making a kitschy comeback —
popping up in backyards, apartment
patios, commercial buildings, bars,
schools and even inside some homes.
There are lots of reasons for the
rise in popularity of synthetic grass,
particularly for residential properties,
John Petrie of Urban Turf Solutions in
They include poor results with real
grass, an easy-to-maintain backyard,
it is child- and pet-friendly, it looks
immaculate all the time and because it
does not come cheap — $85 to $115
a square metre including installation
fake grass adds value to a property,
Mr Petrie said.
“There’s no maintenance, no
mowing, no watering, it’s not going
to get muddy, it’s not going to get
puddling, it’s not going to dry out, and
kids can play on it. ”
Lower grades of the grass sell for
about $40 a metre on a roll.
Mr Petrie said homeowners wanted
a product that would look better for
longer and exactly the same without
any maintenance for 365 days a year.
“ It tends to be an evolving aspiration
of particularly Aucklanders in high-
profile residential situations who
want something that looks absolutely
pristine every day of the year. ”
He said orders for the green turf,
which had improved in recent years to
look as much like real grass as possible,
had gone from one a week to one a day
in just a few years.
This week alone Mr Petrie had
given quotes to homeowners whose
backyards ranged from 200 to 700
square metres — between $20,000
and $80,000 worth of fake lawn.
One bar in Ponsonby even planned
to install it to get into the spirit of the
Cricket World Cup.
Families are the main drivers of the
market in Auckland, Mr Petrie said,
with many preferring fake grass for
“A lot of young mums want
something that the kids can play on
that they know is going to be safe.”
It is not as hard as it might seem and
animals can do their business on it
Time-poor professionals are also
opting for the perfectly manicured
lawns which can be bought from DIY
stores and garden centres.
Remuera’s Kings Plant Barn
manager Richard Lanigan said the
centre began stocking the turf six
months ago because of demand.
“ It ’s definitely a growing thing in
the domestic market due to hot, dry
summers and people not wanting to
spend too much on keeping a lawn.”
Fake grass was cost-effective because
it was a one-off outlay for a lawn that
could last 20 years, he said.
Sean Hilditch of Growing Gardens
said one client spent $40,000 on 400
square metres of fake grass for their
roof garden where a real lawn had cost
them $10,000 a year to maintain.
Landscape Designer Ltd director
Jules Moore said last year she had four
requests for artificial grass, including
for a home-based mini putt and a dog
Before that she had never been asked
about fake grass.
“In the past you’d wash your mouth
out with soap and water if you
mentioned artificial turf. ”
Ms Moore said smaller sections had
dictated some client requests as well as
practicality for others.
Mitre 10 Mega in Botany said the
product was “flying off the shelves”.
Yvonne Leonard and Paul Edge
had been struggling with their kikuyu
grass lawn when they decided they
had had enough.
Six months ago the Auckland couple
invested in fake grass as part of their
landscaping overhaul, and they have
never looked back.
“The kikuyu grass is very obtrusive
and aggressive and it’s not a very nice
grass and it ’s really hard to mow,”
Ms Leonard said. The time-poor
professionals, who both work in the
hospitality industry, did not bother
re-sowing it, but opted for artificial
“ In the long term we decided it
would be better to get the fake grass. ”
Ms Leonard said the new fake lawn
at their Mt Wellington home was
“ It looks amazing. It looks the same
all the time. It needs the minimum
maintenance. The colour is beautiful
and that ’s our time saved on the
weekend when we could be doing
other things that we enjoy. I really do
love the lawn.”
Even the couple’s Maltese-shih tzu
dog can not mess the lawn up.
“ We just pick up her do-do.”
The grass covers 74 square metres
and cost $91 per square metre to buy,
“ It’s a phenomenal product,” said Mr
Edge. Everyone who comes over says
how real it looks and they can’t believe
it. We’d never go back.”
New Zealand Herald
Aucklanders go gaga for artificial grass
The father who has lost his fight to keep
his nine-year-old son from being treated
for HIV says he dreads the moment he
has to tell his son he has been diagnosed
with the virus.
The man has spoken of his pain
at having to let doctors administer
medicine he believes will kill his boy
after a High Court decision which
means he must allow retroantiviral drugs
to be administered to the boy.
He said he was pained at the prospect of
telling his son that he was HIV-positive,
which doctors recommend happen in
about 18 months.
“Some people, they say it is a death
sentence. I don’t know how he is going
to react or how he will look at himself.
“It will affect him very much. He will
say ‘I didn’t know and my dad didn’t tell
The court decision — which came with
extensive identity suppression orders —
goes beyond the voluntary agreement
signed with the health board a month
ago, making his son a ward of the court.
But it also incorporates the father in a
shared guardianship role as the court ’s
agent to parent the boy — on condition
he allows treatment to go ahead.
The father told the court he reached
his views over years researching HIV
on the internet. The research came after
his wife died from an unusual infection
then tested positive for HIV. While the
man is not HIV-positive, tests on the
couple’s youngest child showed the boy
had picked up the virus from his mother.
The man had never accepted his wife
or son had been correctly diagnosed but
said, even if they were HIV-positive, the
accepted forms of treatment had side
effects which outweighed the benefits.
The health board — which accepts the
boy ’s father and stepmother are “highly
responsible parents” — took the case
to compel treatment after tests showed
the boy ’s resistance to an Aids-related
condition was growing.
Justice Patrick Keane took the expert
opinions of the clinicians over the
father’s views, saying there was no doubt
about the boy ’s diagnosis or that HIV
led to Aids. He also said he accepted the
c linicians’ evidence side-effects would
subside after a short period. Evidence
was also given the drugs would allow the
boy to live a virtually normal life.
Justice Keane said a lawyer would be
appointed for the boy in November 2016
ahead of a review of the case in March
2017. If the boy had been told he was
HIV-positive, his views would then be
He rejected a plea for an 18-month
order, saying the boy ’s “condition will
remain unchanged until he is 16 and,
indeed, for the rest of his life, as will his
need for medication”. The order granting
guardianship to the court was made for
seven years as anything else was “at odds
with that clinical reality”.
The father said the judgment was “hard
to accept ”. “ The fact I know what they
are giving him is not something that is
doing him good. ”
He said he had not held out great
hope of success but felt his strong beliefs
needed to be put in court.
“ I’m just a mere person. The applicants,
these are doctors. The judge would go
with the professionals.”
He said he would abide by the court
decision and a contract he had signed
with the health board allowing treatment.
“ I have come to New Zealand. I’ve
made New Zealand a home. (His son)
was born here. This is his home. I am
now a citizen of New Zealand. There
are laws here which I need to abide to.”
New Zealand Herald
telling son, 9,
he has HIV
A Frenchman who moved to New
Zealand to “make his dream come true”
swer ved to avoid hitting a portable
toilet that had fallen from a truck before
colliding head-on with another truck.
Nathan Luc Alain Boucher, 23, from
Reze in France, had been living in
Tauranga and was on his way home from
his last day at work before moving on to
explore a new part of New Zealand when
Mr Boucher was driving home on
State highway 2 when he crashed near
Whakamarama in the Western Bay of
Plenty at 5.35pm on Thursday.
He arrived in New Zealand late last
year with his friend Cleidson Rubens
Pakato, who had been posting videos of
their Kiwi adventures on You Tube.
Last night Mr Pakato posted a tribute
video. It featured Mr Boucher surfing
in New Zealand, having a Christmas
barbecue and enjoying other tourist
“Our Nathan friend had an accident
coming home from work. An object fell
from a truck . . . and (he tried) to divert
. . . a nd ran into another truck,” he said.
“Unfortunately Nathan died. It was
his last day of work on the farm and was
preparing to meet new places in New
Zealand after two and a half months in
Mr Pakato expressed condolences to
Mr Boucher’s family, saying “may God
comfort them in this difficult time for all
Man killed after swerving
to avoid portable toilet
Bathurst Resources, which last year
wrote off the value of assets covered by its
Buller coal project, posted a first-half loss
as it continues to wait for international
coal prices to improve.
The Wellington-based company reported
a pre-tax loss of $6.9 million in the six
months ended December 31, compared
to a pre-tax profit of $8.4 million a year
earlier. Revenue from several smaller
mines in Westland and Southland slipped
4.3% to $26.5 million.
In the past year, the company has laid
off staff, trimmed its board and written
off the entire value of its Buller mine
assets as it waits for coking coal prices to
improve. The company had a protracted
battle to mine the Denniston Plateau.
Bathurst Resources posts loss
A forensic scientist was
concerned about the possibility
that police footwear may have
contaminated the murder scene
where Christine and Amber
Lundy were bludgeoned to
death, a court has been told.
Mrs Lundy, 38, and seven-
year-old Amber, were both
killed after they were attacked
by a tomahawk-like weapon on
August 30, 2000.
Mark Lundy, 56, has been
accused of carrying out the
attacks on his wife and daughter
at the family’s Palmerston North
ESR scientist Bjorn Sutherland
has been giving evidence in
the High Court at Wellington,
regarding evidence collected and
tested at the crime scene.
As the trial concluded its third
week, defence lawyer David
Hislop continued his cross-
examination of Mr Sutherland,
and once again, Mr Hislop made
mention of the possibility that
the crime scene may have been
Mr Hislop referred Mr
Sutherland to his notes, in
which he had talked about a
discussion he had with another
police officer while examining
the crime scene.
In this conversation, Mr
Sutherland mentioned he was
concerned that police may have
transferred some blood while
luminol tests were being carried
out. Mr Sutherland told the court
that stepping plates, which were
used to avoid contamination,
were removed before luminol
testing was undertaken.
Lundy scene contamination possible
A Dunedin man took screen
shots of a woman exposing her
breasts during a Skype video
chat after she had told him not
to photograph her, the Dunedin
District Court heard yesterday.
Bradley Mark Stark, 22,
employed, admitted possessing
an intimate visual recording,
between December 10, 2013 and
September 21 last year.
Convicting him and imposing
a $500 fine, with court costs
$130, Judge Michael Crosbie
said he thought the court would
see “more and more offending
Prosecutor sergeant Paul Knox
said Stark and the victim, a
34-year-old woman living in the
United States, met in October
2013 and an on-line relationship
Otago Daily Tmes
Man admits taking Skype breast photos
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