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Palmerston Elim Church
members say they have not
managed to convert the
publican of the Waihemo
Lodge Hotel to their faith “at
the moment ”.
Publican Tom Lawless says
he has not managed to interest
church members in drinking
But despite the wide gap in
their vocations, the church
and the pub had an “absolutely
wonderful” relationship, ever
since church members started
using a room for Sunday
The unusual site — a
partitioned room next door to
the bar — was the only place
the church could find after its
lease ended on the upper story
of the Four Square store around
Pastor Lyn Meinders said the
pub was the “only door that was
open to us” after the church had
to move from its home of 26
The Elim Church has had a
presence in Palmerston since
“This was kind of a big thing,”
Mrs Meinders said of the end
of the lease.
“ It was interesting because
everything was full — there
were no doors open to us.
Some of our people made
the comment they had been
praying for years for everything
to be leased and the place
would flourish. ”
That had clearly happened,
leaving church members to ask,
“ What do we do now?”
Mrs Meinders decided to
talk to Mr Lawless about
the situation, and “the rest is
The pentecostal church did
not require infrastructure like
an altar. She said Jesus went out
and met the people where they
were, and the Elim Church was
doing the same.
Mr Lawless said when he first
took over the hotel 16 months
ago, his plan was for it to
support community events. That
included everything from line
dancers to charity fundraising
housie nights, the Lions and
the bridge club.
The church uses the room off
the dining area at a time when
the bar was closed.
Church Elder Andrew
Abernethy said despite
attempts to pay for its use, Mr
Lawless had said no.
Church members, of whom
there were about 26 “on a good
day ”, found the situation “a bit
strange at the start”. It was,
however, working very well.
“ We’ve got the whole
community talking,” he said.
— Otago Daily Times
Church finds room at the inn
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Palmerston Elim Church elder Andrew Abernethy, left, and members Margaret Puddy and David Abernethy outside the church’s
new home at the Waihemo Lodge Hotel.
Two people in a yellow Tiger Moth escaped
the plane without injury at Tauranga Airport
Witnesses waiting at Tauranga Airport
described a near-miss between two vintage
planes, one red and one yellow.
Tauranga local Tom Ross saw the whole
event unfold in front of him while sitting
outside the airport.
“The yellow one was trying to avoid the red
one that was already on the ground. There
was a squeal of tyres, smoke came off, the
yellow plane tipped on its portside wing, just
about slipped over, then came back again.
Then the propeller hit the ground and broke
a piece off, which made the engine roar.” Mr
Ross said the plane came to a stop balanced
on its nose, then both of the people inside
the plane ‘hopped out ’.
Tauranga local Jane Lawson said the two
planes landed close to one another. “ The
red one came in slowly and was turning
across the runway when the other one came
in, avoided the red one, did a twirl around,
touching the wing on the ground and
then nosedived.” A group of women from
Canterbury were waiting for a plane inside
the airport when the incident unfolded. The
women’s plane was delayed an hour.
Tauranga City Council communications
manager Aimee Driscoll said the aircraft
had “difficulty landing” just before 3pm and
suffered minor damage.
There were no injuries to the two people on
board and Air New Zealand ser vices were
only disrupted for five minutes, she said.
The aircraft suffered a broken propeller.
The Civil Aviation Authority would
determine whether an investigation needed
to be carried out.
Tauranga Fire Brigade senior station officer
Kevin Cowper, said the crew was called to a
light plane crash at Tauranga Airport.
“ When we arrived there, there was
a vintage plane that hadn’t necessarily
crash landed but was taxiing off the grass
runway and the front nosedived into the
“The people were able to get themselves
out of the plane and there was very little
damage to the plane. The people in the plane
were all right.”
— N Z ME -New Zealand Herald
A council flat tenant is believed to have
been dead in his Wellington home for some
time before a neighbour reported a “putrid”
smell which led to the discovery of his
It comes after another tenant ’s body
remained undiscovered for some time in
exactly the same flat — the third such
discovery at Wellington City Council-owned
flats to be reported in recent years.
The council confirmed yesterday that one of
its tenants was found dead in his home at the
Granville Flats in Berhampore on January
Dean Richard Stewart, 63, was discovered
after someone noticed a ‘fish’ smelling odour
coming from flat 45 where he lived. It was
understood that the man was known to
keep to himself and had no next of kin in
A police spokesman said they believed he
had been in his flat for ‘some time’ before
he was discovered, but have not been able to
establish exactly how long.
His death has been referred to the coroner.
The discovery comes after two previous case
in recent years in which Wellington council
flat tenants died but remained undiscovered
for some time.
In 2009 Wiremu Whakaue, 68, died in his
home at the Granville Flats. His body was
not discovered until March 2010.
Mr Whakaue also lived in flat 45 — the
same as Mr Stewart.
Michael Clark, 88, was found dead in his
council-owned flat in Newtown in August
2011 — where he had lived for 30 years.
His body is thought to have been there for
more than a year.
A woman, who wished to remain
anonymous, described the smell coming from
Mr Stewarts flat as ‘putrid’.
“I reported it because I felt so ill to the
stomach ... how can you ignore that smell, it’s
a bit hard to miss.” S he said the man’s death
has left her feeling uneasy, and believed the
council needed to do more for its vulnerable
“A person can lie in their flat for six months
before it gets discovered. That shouldn’t
be happening. It is seriously disturbing.” A
Wellington City Council spokesman said
the circumstances surrounding Mr Stewart’s
death were unfortunate.
“It is unfortunate with his young age, him
keeping to himself, and having no next of kin
here... that it sounds like there is a possibility
he could have been there for some time.”
However, the council was required to respect
tenant ’s privacy, he said.
“ We are talking about a guy who is in his
early 60s ... and if these people want to keep
to themselves ... there is not much that we
can do about it.
“ We have to weigh up their privacy.” He
said all council-owned flats were inspected as
part of the council’s annual inspection plan.
The council had also established a new
programme for its elderly tenants, he said.
“ We run a ‘prime time’ club and that
supports our oldest residents — that ’s tenants
over 80 — and that club meets monthly
where the members do different activities
and outings.” A community development
programme was also run at all council-owned
flats throughout Wellington.
The programme was a range of initiatives
that aimed to foster community and
neighbourly spirit, so tenants could get to
know their neighbours and look out for one
another. — N Z ME
been dead for
Three Ashburton College
students covered a student ’s head
and invoked the name of terror
group Isis as part of a larger
bullying incident on Friday.
An investigation into the
incident concluded on Monday,
and police, Child, Youth and
Family, and mental health
ser vices were all informed.
Ashburton College principal
Grant McMillan confirmed
yesterday that three students
had been stood down following
the incident, as he sent a
clear message to students and
caregivers that bullying is not
a game and would be treated
The incident occurred on
Friday, when six male year 9
and 10 students allegedly began
bullying a fellow male student.
Mr McMillan told the
Ashburton Guardian that
the bullies threw a cover over
the student ’s head during the
incident and claimed to belong
to notorious terror group Isis.
Mr McMillan said the three
“ring leaders” of the bullying
have been stood down for five
He said the other three
students involved were “hangers-
on”, and were being dealt with by
The school had communicated
very closely with all seven
families involved including the
victim’s, he said.
Mr McMillan said the school
dealt with bullying incidents
from time to time, and they were
always taken seriously.
“Bullying in itself is something
that we’re addressing and the
additional element, now that
we’ve fully investigated it, is
purely 13 or 14 year old boys
throwing words around that they
don’t understand,” he said.
“Just as in the past, earlier 13
or 14-year-old boys might have
pretended to be part of a patched
gang or part of something else
they didn’t fully understand.”
Mr McMillan said he had been
made aware that a community
member had contacted media
to complain about the college’s
handling of the matter.
“It appears that a story
community member, along the
lines of an Isis gang terrorising
students with an Isis game they
were playing,” he said.
Mr McMillan said that could
not be further from the truth.
“Bullying is not a game,” he
“I always prefer people to come
through the front door, because
an honest question will provide
an honest answer.” “I’m surprised
that this is what occurred, but
right now the word Isis is a very
hot emotional phrase and some
people like getting their moment
in the sun.” Mr McMillan said
the victim was back at school,
and the college’s primary
concern was ensuring he was
“ We also want the students
who have behaved so badly on
this occasion to learn from this
as quickly as possible, including
the appropriate consequences,
and then we move on so they
too can continue to learn,” he
The school would look at how
it addressed the issue, but Mr
McMillan did not want to put
too much emphasis on the Isis
“ What we don’t want to
do is over emphasise or over
glamourise something that
doesn’t deser ve it,” he said.
“It ’s just being measured and
“I’m confident that we’re
doing the right things here.”
— N ZM E-Ashburton Guardian
Isis name invoked in bullying incident
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