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Audrey Dixon gave up sketching nine
years ago but she recently picked up the
artwork where she left off, enlivening the
walls of her home at the Greymouth rest
home, Dixon House.
In 1996, Audrey Dixon put down her
pen, but 19 years on and she has started
sketching again, livening up the walls of
Mrs Dixon began pen and ink sketches in
1996 but stopped after only a year. Now in
the rest home, she was encouraged by staff
to get back into her art so she picked up
the pen and quickly picked up where she
“ I do some from memory, most are from
pictures though I change them around a
bit,” Mrs Dixon said.
She takes inspiration from pictures she
sees or that people pass on to her.
“ I look through different books and
something will take my eye and I think ‘I’d
like to do that.’”
The artworks have proved a popular
addition with the other Dixon House
residents, with four pieces hung up in the
dining area. She sketched mostly West
Coast scenes and preferred landscapes.
“ I love doing the mountains and sea,
I’ve done a couple of nice ones of the
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Audrey Dixon with one her first pen and ink sketches. The rest home resident has restarted her artwork after a 19-year gap.
Dixon House ar tist
A Greymouth man who was
clocked by police speeding
at 165kph while driving on a
learner licence failed to turn
up in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday, but was fined
Toa Tokomaru Marino, 29,
was clocked by a police officer
on December 3, briefly hitting a
speed of 165kph.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Marino had not responded to
attempts to contact him.
Community Probation also
said that despite the fact that
on May 19 they had contacted
Marino to tell him he was about
to be charged with a breach of
his sentence, he had failed to get
in touch with them.
Sergeant Franco Horridge
confirmed in court that he had
clocked Marino at that speed,
and the infringements were
The judge ordered Mariono
to pay a $650 infringement fee
and $100 for driving on a learner
licence while unaccompanied.
Graeme Robert Mace, 56, of
Dobson, was convicted of assault
and remanded on bail to May 19
for the matter to be dealt with
through restorative justice.
A Hokitika man who bought
a stolen television and iPod was
convicted in the Greymouth
District Court of a representative
charge of receiving stolen goods.
On June 27 last year a 42-
inch Panasonic television and a
pink iPod Nano were stolen in a
Some time between June 27
and July 10, Marlon Douglas
Price, 21, bought the television
for $150. Then, between July 10
and September 4, he sold the
television for $400.
When police searched Price’s
address on November 6 they
found the iPod, valued at $81.
When questioned he told police
that he had “bought the tv off a
mate, and loaned the iPod off a
The television and the iPod
have since both been recovered
Price was remanded to May 19
for the offences to be dealt with
through restorative justice after
Price admitted the charges.
Tyran Robert Dixon, of
Hokitika, had a warrant issued
for his arrest after he failed to
turn up at court to be sentenced
on a charge of threatening
Speedster fails to appear in court
Hokitika man convicted of receiving stolen goods
A Karamea schoolteacher who crashed
a van while driving his students on a
field trip has had the charge against him
Patrick James Donovan, 43, was
charged with careless driving causing
injury after the van he was driving slid
off the road and into a bank near Glass
Eye Creek on June 3 last year.
He appeared for a judge-only trial
in the Westport District Court on
He and four 15-16-year-old students
from Karamea Area School were on their
way to a rafting field trip in Greymouth
when the crash happened about 7am.
The van veered off the road and hit a
bank near Glass Eye Creek, about 30km
south of Karamea.
The students were trapped inside for
around 45 minutes before firefighters
cut them free.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Donovan
accepted he had caused injury to one of
the students but did not believe it was
his fault. Donovan believed the van left
the road after hitting a patch of black ice.
He therefore maintained his not guilty
plea, Mr Bradley said.
The area of road was windy and it was
a particularly cold morning so Donovan
was travelling to the conditions, he said.
Four students gave evidence for the
prosecution. They said it was a cold day
and Donovan was driving normally.
Two students described the vehicle
sliding, as if on ice, as it went down the
Senior constable Alan Kees gave
evidence that he arrived at the scene
soon after 8am. The 1997 Toyota Hiace
had extensive damage to its front left-
hand side, he said. Its left windows were
He had attended two accidents on that
corner in his 20 years as a policeman in
Karamea, he said.
That stretch of road was very windy
and locals knew to take extreme caution
there, particularly when it was frosty.
Mr Kees said he noticed some patches
of frost on the sides of the road leading
up to Glass Eye Creek, but was not
convinced there had been black ice on
the corner when the crash happened.
Mr Bradley said he did not think the
police had proved their case. Judge Tony
He said the police evidence did not
satisfy him beyond reasonable doubt.
While the evidence suggested something
unusual had happened, it was far from
clear what had caused the crash.
“At this stage I would have to say there
is not case to answer for.” He dismissed
Schoolteacher has driving
The top police officer who provided
support to the families of those killed in
the Pike River tragedy was discovered
dead in an Auckland hotel room.
Inspector Brigitte Nimmo started her
career as a successful lawyer and held
a number of senior positions at police
national headquarters since joining the
organisation in 1999, most recently in
charge of all family violence cases and
The Wellington resident had also been
an adviser to the Police Commissioner
supporting the families of the 29 miners
killed in the explosions at Pike River in
The 44-year-old was found dead in
her room at the Copthorne Hotel near
Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour on Friday
afternoon last week.
Police initially told media that she
appeared to have died of natural causes,
but have since confirmed that the sudden
death has been referred to the Coroner.
Colleagues and others who worked
closely with Ms Nimmo have been left
She was described as a “heroine” in
one tribute posted online by anti-family
“ You stood for and championed
so many causes — so dedicated,
driven and determined to make our
world a better place. You gave all the
energy and expertise that you had to
“A true leader, your work ethic and
practice was inspirational but you
also conducted yourself with such
warmth and care and a bright smile for
those around you,” wrote Kristin
Dunne and Lesley Elliott, trustees of
the Sophie Elliott Foundation which
aims to prevent violence against women
by raising awareness about the signs of
abuse in dating relationships.
“New Zealand has lost an incredible
woman but heaven has gained a beautiful
angel. Give our love to Sophie. ”
Sophie Elliott was murdered by her
former boyfriend Clayton Weatherston
who is ser ving a minimum 18 years of a
Deputy Commissioner Glenn Dunbier
said police were deeply saddened at the
sudden death of Ms Nimmo, who was
awarded the Minister’s Prize for topping
her graduation wing.
“After spending the early part of her
police career as a legal adviser, Brigitte
focused on family violence and victim
liaison roles where she was a passionate
advocate for the vulnerable in our
communities,” he said.
“Brigitte had a sense of energy and
professionalism which was an inspiration
Her family said they were very
proud of Ms Nimmo’s career, particularly
her involvement in setting up the family
liaison response in the aftermath of the
Pike River mine disaster.
“This was an incredibly trying time
which saw her dealing with a tragedy
which had not led to that many
victims, and people affected, since the
Mount Erebus disaster,” according to a
The experience which Brigitte gained
from Pike River led to her involvement
in the Canterbury earthquake in
February 2011 and
secondment to the
of National family violence co-ordinator,
where she led several important
pieces of work like the introduction of
police safety orders.
A ser vice to celebrate Ms Nimmo’s life
will be held today but her family have
asked media to not attend.
New Zealand Herald
With a big smile and confident jump in her
step, the charity worker cheerfully calls out to a
young man who happens to make eye contact
with her as he walks past.
Like greeting an old friend, she says: “Hi!
How are you today?”
The young man looks a little taken aback, but
after a second or two, offers her a smile: “I’m
The charity worker knows this is her chance
and she begins her spiel; talking to the man
about the work her charity does and how he
can help them help others.
Chuggers — a mix of “charity” and
“muggers” — have been in the news this week
after Wellington City councillor Iona Pannett
called them out for mild harassment.
“There’s a bit of pressure that goes on to
support the organisation and it could be seen
as a form of mild harassment even if it is done
politely and with good intentions,” she told
This week, the Weekend Herald headed out
to the streets of Auckland to see how charity
workers approached people.
Of the five charity groups the newspaper
spoke to this week, all had workers who
were non-New Zealanders. They had strong
American, South American, Indian or British
None of the workers appeared to be overly
pushy or acted in a way that might be offensive.
If a member of the public refused to sign up,
they got a polite thank you and a cheery “have
a good day ”.
Workers never specifically asked anyone to
stop for a chat, but used other conversational
methods to get people’s attention — such as
mentioning the weather, asking how they were
or inquiring as to where they were headed.
One worker told the publication he had
worked in face-to-face fundraising for four
years with his organisation. He could easily
quote facts and figures, the countries they
were involved in and how many people they
had helped to feed, clothe and school.
He could also list — and act out — all
the tricks people used to side-step them:
Pretending to be on the phone, sticking
headphones in the ears at the last minute or
crossing the road.
Chief executive of the Public Fundraising
Regulatory Association, Karen Ward, said
they worked closely with groups to ensure
all workers were polite and friendly when
approaching the public.
“All PFRA members are committed to the
highest standards of professionalism.”
She acknowledged Ms Pannett ’s comments,
but stressed their continued work with
charities to maintain professionalism.
The Auckland Council controls how many
charity groups are out at any one time and
regularly grants around 24 licences for groups
to do so throughout the year.
This month, there are 13 charities in
Auckland suburbs and downtown. They are
given a list of locations they are allowed to
be throughout the day and have to adhere to
specific rules; including having no more than
four people at any one site.
The council’s team leader for bylaws and
compliance, Adrian Wilson, said this type
of fundraising was allowed under the Street
Trading Bylaws and acknowledged that
groups had the right to be there.
New Zealand Herald
City charity ‘muggers’
accused of harassment
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
Arthur (Tim) and
Married April 19, 1965
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Patrick. — Brent, Craig
and Janine along with
their families wish to
thank everyone for their
kind support, flowers,
baking and cards follow-
ing the sad loss of
Johnny. To those who
also attended the funeral
service for our Dad with
the best sense of
humour. He will be
missed! We especially
thank District Nursing,
Morice Ward and A&E
staff for their care over
the past months. Thanks
again to David at West-
land Funeral Services
and Jack Flood for
another lovely service
and also the RSA.
Please accept this as
a personal acknowledg-
ment of our gratitude
Jack. —Five years have
gone by since Jack left
He lived life for those he
And those he loved
Sadly missed by Jan,
Stephen and Lynlee,
Judith and Ken, Kathryn
and Mike and families.
April 18, 2013.
Those we love don't go
They walk beside us
Unseen, unheard, but
Still loved, still missed
and very dear.
Love always John,
Karen, Stu, Andy, Tony
Robert. — On April 16,
2015 at Chatswood
aged 87 years. Loved
husband of the late
Mary, dearly loved
brother and brother-in-
law of May and Jim
(deceased), Harry (de-
Patricia, Julie, and Barry
(deceased), much loved
uncle of his nieces and
nephews. Special thanks
to all who cared for
Albert over the last six
years. Messages can be
addressed to the family
of the late Albert
Weenink, C/- 19 London
Christchurch 8013. In
lieu of flowers donations
to the Cancer Society
would be appreciated
and may be made at the
Finally returning home
A funeral Mass for
Albert will be held in
Our Lady Of The
Woods Catholic Church,
7 Flat Road, Whataroa
on Tuesday April 21 at
1.30pm. John Rhind
FDANZ. Phone (03) 379
memory of our brother
who died on April 18,
Time slips away,
But memories of you
remembered every day.
Your sisters Alison
The Southern District Health Board wants
to cut 5% of spending in its own services, as
well as contracted providers, as it grapples with
an “awful reality ”, chairman Joe Butterfield
The board’s projected $42 million deficit
in 2015-16 was revealed this week in a
leaked document released by Labour health
spokeswoman Annette King, who said it
showed the board was in “serious freefall”.
The 5% cut demanded from community-
based providers has been highlighted recently
by affected rural hospitals, but yesterday Mr
Butterfield said the same was expected of the
“It is not realistic to accept a $42m deficit.
The Government has funded the health
board’s deficits for years despite protestations
it must start to break even.
“I don’t think this Government will accept a
$42m deficit, so you may have been hearing it
for years, but all of a sudden I suspect there’s
an awful reality.”
Mr Butterfield said the cost reduction could
mean ser vices were provided differently, but
declined to specify how this would happen.
The cut to community-based providers has
caused confusion because in its recent strategic
plan the board talked up the prospect of them
playing a more significant role.
Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
executive director Ian Powell said the board’s
approach was one of “incredible inconsistency ”.
“They put so much emphasis on the rural
hospitals in their strategic plan and then they
The board was “clutching at straws” by
applying short-term solutions to deep-seated
He said some Southland doctors were ruing
the merger of the old Otago and Southland
boards several years ago, as promised benefits
were not being realised.
Yesterday, Mr Powell addressed an
Australian Medical Association meeting, in
Canberra, where he told members the Otago
and Southland merger had not worked.
“This was not based on strengthened clinical
relationships and ignored the challenge of
providing health ser vices to such a huge
geographic mass with widely dispersed
“It is now considered by many to be an
embarrassment in need of regime change and
acting as two DHBs with one letterhead,” he
told the Australians.
SDHB wants 5% cuts across all services
Three men have been
arrested in relation to
a robbery at a dairy in
Whangarei last weekend.
Police said just before
5pm last Sunday, three
men wearing hooded
sweatshirts entered the
One Tree Point Store in
Whangarei and allegedly
threatened the owners.
They left with cigarettes,
tobacco products and
Three arrested for dairy burglary
A leak from an unused gas line in south
Dunedin resulted in two people being taken
to Dunedin Hospital yesterday afternoon.
A gas-like smell around ANZ’s South
Dunedin branch caused emergency ser vices
to flood on to King Edward Street about
2pm, as people began feeling nauseous from
the fumes. A St John spokeswoman said two
people, suffering from nausea, were taken to
Dunedin Hospital. D unedin city fire station
senior station officer Jason Hill said the street
was blocked for about an hour as firefighters
used gas detecting equipment to find the
“ What we found was no lpg leaking, but
what they call an odorant which they put in
lpg to make it smell.” The odorant came from
an old unused gas line which ran under the
street, which leaked out because of the rain
and lack of wind.
Gas leak sends two people to hospital
Anzac Day will be brought to life in Greymouth
next week with help from a performing storyteller.
Andy Wright, who is New Zealand born but performs
internationally, will be at the library from 4 to 5pm on
Wednesday. The event will start with a few words from
the RSA. Although it is aimed at children, adults should
also enjoy the performance as well. “It’s very interactive
and he will even get kids to come up and be part of it
all,” assistant librarian Anthony Hunter said.
Anzac story at library
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