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Three New Zealanders
still missing in Nepal
Three New Zealanders thought to have been
missing in Nepal have contacted their families to
let them know they are safe, as three still remain
Almost a week after the devastating 7.8
magnitude earthquake which ravaged the land-
locked Himalayan country, the number of dead
and injured continues to rise.
The death toll has now exceeded 5500, with the
number of injured totalling nearly 11,200.
Damaged infrastructure or lack of modern
technology in remote regions has made
contacting loved ones at home challenging for
some people travelling or trekking in Nepal.
A number of New Zealanders have been
missing since Saturday ’s tremor, and it is believed
three remain unaccounted for — Peter Curreen,
63 from Marlborough, Peter McLeod, 62, from
Taupo, and Doug Sealy, 31, from Wellington.
However, NZME news service has spoken to
three families who have now received good news
from the disaster zone.
Brad Robson, 32, from Taupo, was planning
to climb Ama Dablam, a 6858m peak in the
Khumbu region, when the quake struck. His
family has since heard from base camp that the
trekking group was safe and all accounted for.
It was “a huge relief ”, his father Quentin
Joshua Dane Kenyon, 34, from Christchurch,
was also confirmed safe yesterday. His father
Bruce Kenyon said he was “safe and sound”.
“ We are very happy that both he and his
Nepalese family and friends are also safe and
sound,” he said.
William Seymour-Jones, 25, who was born in
Wellington but now lives in Brisbane, was also
okay, his mother Cate said. Mr Seymour-Jones is
now an Australian citizen, and was travelling on
an Australian passport.
Meanwhile, a group of Christchurch schoolgirls
has returned to New Zealand after surviving the
The 26 students and four teachers from St
Margaret ’s College touched down in New
Zealand last night. They were met by parents
and executive principal Gilliam Simpson at
The pupils had been on a three- week expedition
with World Challenge, trekking and working to
build a school near Kathmandu.
The groups was forced to fly via Guangzhou
in China after their flight out of Kathmandu
Airport was delayed due to aid taking priority.
Gym gets towelling for mocking fat people
A gym has been scolded for running an ad
mocking fat people.
The Club Physical ad campaign, which
features aliens with a penchant for body-
shaming and abducting the corpulent, has
sparked a series of complaints over the years.
“Get the fat ones first,” the alien characters
said in ads on billboards, Facebook and the
The latest ad, for a 13-day gym promotion,
implied fat humans would be the first choice
for invading aliens keen on kidnapping people.
Club Physical used a picture of real people
in a fun run, edited with flying saucers and
To “avoid being chosen”, people were advised
to join the gym.
The campaign has a colourful history, and has
even been cited in a court dispute involving a
breakaway gym franchise.
Now, the Advertising Standards Authority
(ASA) has upheld numerousc complaints
about the latest ad. The ad alienated multiple
complainants, who called it humiliating, hurtful
Club Physical responded that “currently
Martians don’t exist ” so the ads were clearly
science fiction, intended to be funny. The
firm even compared the ads to Government-
run campaigns using shock tactics to deter
drink-driving. The company said a similar
aliens-and-fatties promotion a few years ago
generated mostly positive feedback.
But one complainant said the latest ad
used “vile tactics” and “shaming and bullying
techniques” to generate shock.
They said it was specious for the firm to
compare its ad to shock tactics targeting drunk
“I also hate that it ’s a photo taken from a fun
run where the community is just trying to enjoy
themselves,” one complainant said.
“It’s teasing and bullying on a large scale and
it ’s not appropriate,” said another.
“This advertisement is a disgusting exercise in
body-shaming and uses an image of real people
that likely would be embarrassed and upset to
see their pictures used in this kind of awful
advertisement,” said yet another complainant.
The ASA’s complaints board upheld the
complaints, saying the ad was “ likely to cause
offence to most people as it ridiculed people
who were over weigh”. Club Physical said it was
sorry for any offence caused — but inactivity
was deadly and needed to be addressed urgently.
“Club Physical’s ad was designed to encourage
people to exercise with the use of humour,” the
company said. “Boring advertisements elicit no
The firm said proceeds from the $13 “fat
ones” trial membership supported charity, and
it would donate $1000 to Kids Can thanks to
Facebook told the authority it investigated the
ad, which had not breached the social media
Club Physical said a Facebook header
was removed anyway, on receipt of the first
“All other references have now been removed,”
the company told the authority.
However, a Club Physical video on You Tube
with flying saucers above downtown Auckland
and an alien declaring “Q uick, get the fat ones
first ” was still online today. It has attracted only
122 views in four years.
Two years ago, the company ’s “fattist ” ads were
cited in court as a reason a businessman broke
three franchise agreements with Club Physical.
In 2013, the New Zealand Herald reported
Stuart Holder, who owned three Club Physical
franchises, suddenly rebranded the clubs as
Jolt Fitness. A court heard Mr Holder was
displeased about the ad showing aliens shooting
The impasse even sparked a protest, with
gym-goers gathering to wave placards such as
“protect franchise law ”.
After a High Court battle, an agreement
was reached for Club Physical owner Paul
Richards to take over the leases and reinstate
the gyms as Club Physical. Mr Richards did
not immediately return a message last night
seeking his comment on the Authority findings.
P dealer avoids jail
A Westport man has narrowly avoided
being sent to prison after he was convicted of
In the Westport District Court yesterday,
Judge Noel Walsh said Jason Michael
Hawes, 29, avoided a prison sentence by the
“narrowest of margins”.
Hawes’s saving grace was that he had made
a concerted effort to clean up his act and
break his P addiction, he said.
Hawes was also convicted of two other
charges — unlawfully possessing a firearm
and receiving stolen property.
According to the summary of facts, police
executed a warrant for Hawes’s cellphone in
October last year on the suspicion he was
using it to deal P. More than 22,000 text
messages were examined.
Between April 1 and September 20 last
year, a number of the messages sent to the
phone were requests for P. There were also
messages sent from the phone which offered
P to clients or potential clients.
On December 12, police executed a search
warrant at Hawes’s property. They found a
. 303 rifle and a locator beacon worth $675.
The beacon had been stolen from a fishing
boat earlier that year.
The rifle was dangerous as it could be broken
down into two pieces and easily concealed,
Judge Walsh said.
Hawes has already had a taste of life on the
inside. He was remanded in custody after
being charged in January. His lawyer, Marcus
Zintl successfully sought through the High
Court about six weeks later.
Since then Hawes had taken “significant
reintegration, Mr Zintl said.
Hawes could now see how evil and
destructive P was and his family felt they had
their son and brother back, he said.
At the time of his offending, Hawes was in
the throes of addiction. He dealt P to support
his own habit, not for significant financial
gain, Mr Zintl said.
Judge Walsh said P was “a blight on New
The aggravating features of the case were
that Hawes’ dealing was pre-meditated and
sustained over six months. He also had 10
previous convictions for drug-related offences
and six for dishonesty, burglary.
Hawes was “ boots and all” involved in the
drug scene, albeit at a low level, Judge Walsh
Mitigating factors were Hawes pleaded
guilty, was remorseful and had actively sought
rehabilitation, although it was still early days.
From a starting point of two and a half
years’ imprisonment, Judge Walsh calculated
Hawes could receive a two-year sentence,
but he decided home detention was more
He warned Hawes he would go to prison if
he relapsed and went back to dealing P.
“ Don’t let your support people down.”
He convicted Hawes and sentenced him to
nine months’ home detention with the special
condition that he attends a drug addiction
treatment programme. During that time he
is forbidden to consume alcohol or any drugs
not prescribed to him.
As a “deterrent to this sort of offending”,
Judge Walsh also sentenced Hawes to 300
hours’ community work. He also ordered the
forfeiture of the rifle.
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
Meryl (nee Gutberlet).
On April 30, 2015,
suddenly at Christchurch
Hospital. Aged 90 years.
Dearly loved wife of the
late Bruce, mother of the
late Brenda, and of
Graham, loved mother-
in-law of Linda, loved
and loving nana of
Brodie, and Harley;
partners, loved great-
grandmother of Stella,
and Chloe, and loved
sister of the late Ted
may be addressed to The
Family of the late Nola
Erikson, C/- PO Box
8140. In lieu of flowers
donations in memory of
Nola to St John would
be appreciated and
may be made at the
service. Nola's Funeral
Service will be held in
our Westpark Chapel,
467 Wairakei Road,
on Monday, May 4, at
10am, with interment
Karoro Lawn Cemetery,
Greymouth, at 3.30pm.
Lamb & Hayward Ltd,
Ph 768 0250
Why have your loved
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Ensuring you get Expertise
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peacefully after a short
illness at Grey Base
Hospital, Greymouth on
April 27, 2015, aged 74.
Cherished wife of John,
dearly loved mother and
mother-in-law of Glenn
and Lyn (Kalgoorlie,
WA), Mark and Trudy
(Rapahoe), Sandy and
Craig Ingram (Nelson),
Paul and Jackie (Too-
woomba), and the late
Jeanette, much loved
nana of Daniel and Jade,
Ben, Adam, Greg, Mark,
Scott, Thomas, Callan,
Kaylee, Tasia, Jaese,
Hunter, and Timothy,
loved sister and sister-
in-law of David and
Meaw Lawn, and the
late Greg Lawn, and a
aunty, cousin and friend.
Messages to 10 Morpeth
Street, Rapahoe 7803.
At Marjorie's request a
private service has been
held. Westland Funeral
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
LAWN, (nee Wicken)
(Betty). — Passed away
peacefully on Thursday
April 30, 2015, at
Reefton, dearly loved
wife of the late Bob,
mother-in-law of Liz,
Lewis (deceased) and
Peter, and Gary and
Philippa, dearly loved
grandma, and great-
great-grandma of all her
family in New Zealand,
Australia and Great
Britain, loved sister of
Harry and Natalie and
the late Margaret and
and Jessie and Ray
sister-in-law of all Bob's
family and loved eldest
daughter of the late
Doctor and Ivy Wicken.
In her 89th year. A
special thank you to her
nurses and staff at
Ziman House, Reefton,
for all their friendship
and loving care.
In our hearts you will
Loved and remembered
A wonderful mother
who set a great example
for us all.
Messages to 32 Buller
service to celebrate
Betty's life will be held
in St Stephens Anglican
Church, Reefton on
Tuesday at 1.30pm
followed by interment at
Burkes Creek Cemetery.
Anisy Funeral Home,
Born Wanganui January
18, 1933 - Died Master-
ton April 29, 2015.
Peacefully, at Kandahar
Home, surrounded by
his family. Dan is the
Michael, Sharon and
Jill. He is the much
cherished grandfather of
Tania, Tony, Brierlee,
Emma, and Daniel, and
Caleb, Ethan, Rex and
Sophie. Husband of
the late Patricia (Pat)
term partner of Joan
Dan's love for his family
was boundless and his
strong social convictions
involved him in many
community and volun-
teer services as varied as
the National Board of
Diabetes NZ, the Parole
Board, and night patrol
crime watch in Otaki.
Dan was also a member
of the Labour Land
tion (later known as
Land Corp). In 1989,
Dan was made a
member of the Order of
the British Empire for
his services to the trade
always a passionate
advocate for 'workers'
rights, he had worked
for 20 years within the
named 'workers' union,
at least half of that as
General Secretary of the
Union'. Dan was proud
to serve on the Labour
Dan's life will take place
at 10am on Wednesday
May 6, 2015 at Harbour
City Funeral Home, 674
Fergusson Drive, Upper
Hutt. Messages to Dan's
family may be left in
his tribute book at:
www.tributes.co .nz or
posted to PO Box
44-176, Lower Hutt. In
lieu of flowers, dona-
tions to Diabetes New
Zealand may be made,
by phoning them 0800
369 636, or via mail:
Freepost Diabetes NZ,
Diabetes New Zealand,
Wellington. The family
sincerely thank the
superb team at Kandahar
Hospital and Rest Home
who were supportive
and accommodating. A
memorial service, to be
held at Kandahar, will
take place at a date as
yet to be arranged.
Harbour City Funeral
The family of Phyl
Leitch wish to convey
heartfelt thanks for all
the kindness and support
given during the loss of
Putt, nee Mead) Jean
Dorothea. — Adele and
Gordon, and Aaron and
Markye would like to
express their heartfelt
thanks for your support,
cards, flowers, meals
and baking, it was so
appreciated. We felt
humbled by the kindness
shown. To all the staff in
the Greenwood section
of Granger House, your
love and kindness in
the care for her was
obvious, Mum loved
you all. Thank you. To
Marge and Robin and to
all those involved in her
service, she would have
enjoyed every part of it.
To the girls, Helen, KA,
Gen and Kayla who
made time to visit and
make her look beautiful,
the support you showed
to Gordon and I when
we needed to be with
Mum, grateful thanks.
Special thanks to Helen
for standing in my place
when we were away to
reassure Mum and I that
all was well with us
both, for the visits and
outings and all the
showed us both, you're
an amazing and special
person in our lives. To
Services, David and
Janette, our appreciation
also. Please accept this
as a personal and sincere
The years we had
The happy days we
Are lived again and
In loving thoughts of
Duck Dynasty meets
Think D uck Dynasty meets Grand
Merge the two television programmes,
set them in the Maniototo with John
Smith and Johnny Girvan in the leading
roles and time it for today ’s opening of
the duckshooting season.
Then you’ ll get some idea of the “mai
mai war” between the two in-laws.
In one corner is Mr Smith, known as
“Smithy”, in his tanalized post mai mai
at Wedderburn. Solid construction is
one of the features of this mai mai and
the interior contains an eclectic mix, for
the entertainment of the dozen or so
“ invited guests”. The contents include a
barbecue, bacon and chops, a notebook
to jot down the tallies and “any antics
of the day”, spare batteries for the robot
decoy ducks and clay bird targets.
“ We always have a clay bird shoot in
the afternoon of opening day. We like
to add in a bit of extra competition
between the boys,” Mr Smith says.
In the other corner is Mr Smith’s
brother-in-law Mr Girvan, known as
“Girv”, in a mai mai built from hay
bales on his Naseby farm. The basic
construction ser ves him and his six
fellow shooters well and the mai mai
can be easily disassembled after the
season is over.
He favours the minimalist style of
interior decoration, apart from a couple
of armchairs — “for when you sit here
and wait ... and wait ... “
Both mai mais have a new gadget
in common, a metal “breaster” for
removing the duck breasts. The rivalry
between the two groups is good-natured
and they have introduced a trophy this
year, for the pond that scores the most
ducks on opening day.
“We all meet up at the end of theday
and tell a lot of lies about the numbers
we’ve shot,” Mr Gir van says.
Mr Smith might already have the edge
over his rival. He estimated there were
about 300 ducks covering the pond on
Thursday — “ it was just black with
Otago Daily Times
Ekim Burgers has taken a jab at McDonald’s
Restaurant, by posting the larger company’s
phone number on its own website — thereby
directing angry customers to McDonald’s.
Ekim Burgers — a popular burger van in
Wellington — is facing a backlash from the
public after owner Mike D uffy took to social
media to vent his frustrations at a complaint
they had received this week. Yesterday,
McDonald’s called the burger joint out after its
contact centre started receiving calls from angry
Ekim customers calling in to complain.
On a public post on Facebook, McDonald’s
wrote: “ Well done with the old phone number
swap. You got us good. We’re telling people to
complain that you’re giving away free burgers
tonight — so let us know if that ’s not the
right message for your callers. (smiley face). ” In
turn, Ekim Burgers replied that they would let
customers have a decent burger and suggested
giving away free fries as well. A McDonald’s
spokeswoman confirmed the post was
Ekim Burgers takes a shot at McDonald’s on social media
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