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Ittai Perchig, 12, with some of the creations from a 3D printing workshop being held during the school
holidays at the new Tech Centre, in Greymouth. Children and adults have been learning ever ything about
using a 3D printer, including how to set up a printer and prepare models. The new centre, named
Techspace, is being managed by the West Coast Technology Education Charitable Trust, and hopes to
advance technology skills throughout the West Coast.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Children get hands on 3D printing
Embattled broadcaster John
Campbell has engaged lawyer and
former journalist Linda Clark to
fight his corner, as the chairman
of TV3’s parent company, Media
Works, confirms the company is
looking for a homegrown soap to
replace Campbell’s current affairs
Ms Clark, a former TVNZ
political editor and host of Radio
New Zealand’s Nine to Noon
programme, is now a lawyer with
Kensington Swan who specialises
in damage control.
She did not return calls yesterday
to discuss her client, echoing a
chorus of official silence from most
parties involved in this saga.
Campbell Live is expected to be
replaced on TV3 by a daily soap
likely to be produced by Eyeworks,
a company built by Julie Christie,
now executive director of Media
Yesterday, a Media Works
spokeswoman said a “daily drama
series is not currently being
considered for 7pm”.
But chairman Rod McGeoch
contradicted this claim when
reached at the Gold Coast resort
town of Noosa. “ We’re going to
make our own soap. We’ve just
got to find, through that whole
period — 6pm till 8pm — a
mix of things that will improve our
Mr McGeoch said that while
he appreciated the 10-year
history of Campbell Live, he had
responsibilities to shareholders —
principally banks and vulture hedge
funds, who had lost hundreds of
millions — to improve the fir m’s
A source familiar with recent
developments at Campbell Live
said Campbell and producer Pip
Keane had “known for some time
their days are numbered”.
Other sources within TV3 said
more-junior staff were caught off-
guard by Thursday ’s announcement
and had been left shocked and
Campbell and Christie have
clashed previously over a 2006
Campbell Live story that said an
Eyeworks’ reality show, Treasure
Island, had left a Fijian island “not
so much treasured as trashed”.
complained to the Broadcasting
Standards Authority over a report
that included inter views with two
visitors to the island who claimed
the production company was
responsible for a large amount
of rubbish there, including wine
bottles and disposable razors.
A Campbell Live crew filmed Ms
Christie on the island and included
footage of that in its report.
The authority partially upheld the
complaint, concluding that there
was no reliable basis to conclude
the rubbish was left by the Treasure
Yesterday, a Media Works
spokeswoman said the dispute
between the pair was “ancient
We little knew that day,
God was going to call
In life we loved you
In death, we do the
It broke our hearts to
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with
The day God called you
You left us beautiful
Your love is still our
And although we cannot
You are always at our
Our family chain is
And nothing seems the
But as God calls us one
The chain will link
Love and miss you
Karen and Lyell.
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at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Reefton on
April 11, 1955.
Congratulations on your
60 years of marriage.
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Love and best wishes from
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James Bernard. —
June 17, 1935 - April
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Of a loved one gone to
And those who think of
Are those who loved him
All my love Lorraine
John. — Died April 11,
From Doris, Julie,
Bruce and family.
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Grandad, you are
always in our thoughts
We love and miss you
Daimon and Stevie.
James Bernard. —
June 17, 1935 - April
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The Cobden Volunteer Fire Brigade held an emergency service display and open day at the brigades headquarters this morning as
part of its 100 years celebration this weekend. West Coast-based fire crews and emergency ser vices staff, including fire officers from
Nelson, were taking part in the open day activities which included jaws of life and kitchen fire demonstrations. Station officer Kirk
Gillan said a large display and appliances were being showcased. “Appliances from Nelson, the prototype Fire Service and St John
combined appliance and ambulance from Little River is here,” he said. “ The first V8 operated pump is also on display, all as part of
the 100 year celebration.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Fire and other emergency services personnel gather outside the Cobden Volunteer Fire Brigade station in Newcastle Street this
Cobden Brigade’s 100th bir thday bash
Principals at poorer schools have
defended the huge drop-off in the
number of their students gaining
accusations they push students into
“soft” subjects to gain better results.
They have also hit out at the continued
focus on UE, saying it is outdated
when only 30% of leavers will go
on to university, and that orienting
the system towards a single academic
pathway undermines trades and
The response comes after the release
of NCEA results which showed a stark
difference between the number of low-
decile students gaining Level 3 but not
qualifying for university.
Recent changes to the UE system
mean students now need to pass three
Level 3 ‘approved’ subjects — usually
options like physics or biology —
instead of two, putting it further above
Critics say the increased gap, widest
in our poorest areas, shows low
- decile schools are guiding students into
‘softer’ subjects and therefore limiting
their careers to make pass-rates look
However, principals from the schools
in question say they try to ensure all
their students go on to meaningful
education or employment.
Papatoetoe High principal Peter Gall
said while they had about 50 teenagers
a year go on to university, their focus
was primarily on NCEA Level 2, which
would get students into good courses
but also built a platform for going on
to Level 3.
“A lot of our students in Year 13 are
not doing UE.
“ But what does university entrance
actually mean anyway?
“ To me it ’s almost a pointless exercise
He said some of the universities, like
Auckland, had higher thresholds, while
other institutions were struggling for
students and would allow people to
come in with lower marks.
“ When they can make their own rules,
you’ve got to ask, is it actually needed
John Heyes, from Mangere College
said it was “perplexing” that in 2015,
UE should still be seen as a desirable
target for all senior secondary school
“ It is well and truly time for this
perceived primacy of UE to be placed
in its proper perspective as the necessary
But at least two principals said it was
dangerous every time a student took a
course that was not UE-approved, as it
limited their future options.
“It’s not about university being good
or bad,” said one of the principals.
“It’s about if we are making the
decision that these kids aren’t capable of
going to university.”
“There’s a risk that assumptions are
made that because they ’re Pasifika and
other people have low expectations they
Ant Backhouse, national director of
the I Have A Dream programme, said
sometimes schools needed to take risks
on kids and put them in tougher subjects
despite it reflecting badly in final
New Zealand Herald
Poorer schools defend exam lull
A child is dead and and five others are
seriously injured — two critically —
following a crash between two vehicles
in Canterbury yesterday.
A man who pulled the dead child from
the vehicle wreckage has described the
horrifying scene near St Andrews.
Tim Nalley, whose cottage is on
State highway 1, south of the town,
described hearing a loud crash, before
adrenaline took over and he ran to the
scene of the fatal accident between a
car heading north with two children
and two adults, and an SUV heading
south carrying two passengers.
“I came flying out to see if anyone
needed help, and me and another
fellow actually ripped the car’s door
off to get this little one out but it must
“It was all blue. I checked to see if had
a pulse but it didn’t. The eyes were all
dilated,” he said.
“I’m trying not to cry here.”
Mr Nalley, who had trained with St
John, said he had been trying to get the
speed limit dropped on the road where
the crash occurred for the five years
he’d lived there.
Mr Nally and another man propped
up the head of the sur viving child, but
removed the dead child from the car.
“ We just had to put a blanket overtop. ”
He said a male driver and a female
passenger were also badly injured.
Two people were in a critical
One — believed to be the car’s
male driver — was transported to
Christchurch Hospital by helicopter,
and another to Timaru Hospital.
Three other people were taken to
Timaru Hospital with serious injuries,
In another incident, an 88-year-
old Mosgiel man was in critical
condition in D unedin Hospital last
night following a crash between a light
truck and mobility scooter yesterday
NZME and Otago Daily Times
to save crash child
MPs on a taxpayer-funded tour
of Europe will largely have the
coming weekend to themselves to
enjoy the sights of Dublin.
The French leg of the tour has
now ended, and after a short flight
from Paris to Dublin the group
has the weekend off except for a
dinner hosted by New Zealand
High Commissioner and former
Speaker Sir Lockwood Smith.
The trip, which has a budget of
$138,000, is led by Speaker David
Carter and has been criticised
by the Act Party and others as a
Also on the trip is first-term
Labour MP Adrian Rurawhe,
Green Party foreign affairs
spokesman Kennedy Graham,
and first-term New Zealand First
MP Fletcher Tabuteau and two
All the MPs except Mr Rurawhe
have taken their partners of the
trip. MPs can downgrade from
business class airfares and use
the savings to help pay for their
partners’ travel, and any extra cost
associated with partners must be
met by the politicians.
Mr Tabuteau and his wife Karen
have enjoyed their time in Europe
so far, with the politician posting
to social media a selfie taken on
top of the Eiffel Tower.
“Literally first ones to the top of
the Eiffel Tower this morning,” he
wrote. “ Just amazing.”
Mr Tabuteau’s Paris photographs
were taken earlier this week and
the day before the Speaker’s Tour
began, and his deputy-leader
Tracey Martin wrote a comment
alerting the MP to the media
attention the trip had received.
“ Just making sure that folks
know that this is your private
time with your own money.
Enjoy because once the official
business begins you won’t have an
unscripted moment to yourselves,”
Ms Martin wrote.
Once the tour began, Mr
Tabuteau and Mr Graham posted
photographs of a dawn ser vice in
the French town of Arras.
New Zealand Herald
‘Junket ’ MPs visit Paris
Fletcher Tabuteau and wife
Karen up the Eiffel Tower.
A Ngaruawahia couple with a
three-month-old baby face losing
their house because the dad has
been hit with an increase in child
support payments of $44 a week.
Daniel Moulden, 30, and his
wife Paige, 20, bought their house
for $280,000 four months ago, just
before their baby son Eli was born
They calculated that they could
just meet the house payments of
$420 a week out of their combined
net income of $1068 a week after
deducting $82.50 a week which
Mr Moulden was paying in
child support for his three other
children aged 11, 9 and 4.
Then the child support formula
changed. From April 1, Mr
Moulden must now pay $126.30
“At the moment, we are pushing
other bills away so that we can
keep the house,” he said.
“But if you push a bill away, it
just doubles the next week, so we
are pretty much looking at we
might have to give it up.”
Mr Moulden is one of 33,000
liable parents whose child support
payments have gone up under the
A further 46,000 will pay less
and 58,000 are unaffected.
applications for reviews of the new
payments were still waiting for
The main criticisms of the new
formula are that it no longer allows
for the costs of a liable parent ’s
new partner and any stepchildren,
and conversely does not count the
income of a custodial parent ’s new
New Zealand Herald
Couple stung by child support
A road-safety advocate says the government is not
doing enough to prevent tourist crashes.
Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of car review website
dogandlemon.com, is calling for a raft of changes.
“A New Zealand truck driver would be legally
prevented from driving his vehicle after a 28 hour
flight, but somehow it ’s okay if you’re an overseas
tourist,” he said. Matthew-Wilson also criticised
government claims that a competency test for tourists
would breach New Zealand’s obligations under the
international driver’s licence treaty.
“The government is terrified of testing foreign
drivers, because the evidence suggests many don’t have
the awareness or skills to drive safely in this country,”
“Of the drivers who’d fail a competency test when
they first arrived in the country, some would just be
tired and would be okay after a good night ’s sleep.
Some would be basically good drivers who needed
some retraining on certain issues — such as which
side of the road to drive on. Some drivers simply lack
either the awareness or skills to drive safely in this
Mr Matthew-Wilson has written a report titled
Driven to Distraction, which involves restrictions on
rentals to visitors within 24 hours of arrival.
It also calls for competency assessments, a register of
foreign drivers, major changes to road engineering and
road signs, improvements to the rental vehicle fleet,
and encouraging alternatives to self-driving.
Foreign visitors were involved in nearly 600 crashes
in 2013, and were found to be at fault in three-quarters
of the crashes.
A person has died after fleeing police
who were attending to reports about
an out-of-control party in Oropi last
En route to the scene, a police car
pulled up behind a car that had no tail
lights close to the scene of the party.
Police said the patrol car signalled
for the car to pull over, but the car
accelerated away and within a few
seconds disappeared over a bank.
The 18-year-old Tauranga man
driving the vehicle was thrown from the
car and died while being transported to
Man dead after fleeing police
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