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One year after a Facebook page of West Coast
history photos was launched, it has been backed up
on a modern, new website to protect the pictures
in future years.
Former Blaketown woman Heather Newby,
who works in the heritage preser vation sector in
Wellington, began uploading old photos on May
22, and her page now has close to 8000 members
and is growing daily. People Coastwide have been
uploading photos from their own collections,
covering every corner of the West Coast, and there
are now close to 11,000 photos.
But Ms Newby said so much wonderful stuff
was being added each day that it was just about
impossible to find items on Facebook.
“ We also had problems with items being
lost — possibly deleted — which was really
“ When we found that we were unable to create
any kind of an archive or back-up of the group’s
content — you can with your own Facebook
profile but not with a group profile — we realised
that all of this amazing history that we were
gathering together was very vulnerable.
“And if you can’t search through the content to
find all those amazing snippets, stories and photos
the usefulness of the resource long term is lost
so we quickly realised we needed some more
structure and security around this collection.”
Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, she was able
to engage professional website designers.
The Recollect website team found a way to
‘rescue’ the lost items so they are now available on
the new site, along with all of the comments that
were made by the community (with links back to
the original Facebook page).
A team of volunteers is working through them
all to add all of the extra tags, dates and menu
information to make them searchable.
The funding covered the initial set up of the site,
however it is a professional product so there are
some ongoing costs.
People can contribute their own photos and
stories — they can log in using their Facebook
account if they choose. Logged in members can also
‘ like’ or comment on other people’s contributions,
similar to the interaction offered on Facebook.
People can easily find and review their own
contributions and comments, and other visitors to
the site are able to search through the entire site to
find items of interest to them.
There is a full search facility: You can browse
through the latest contributions, you can use the
menu bar to browse by topic or date, and you can
even use an interactive map to browse by area.
Many contributions have subject tags and so
visitors can use the ‘tag cloud’ on the home page.
There is a big ‘donate’ button on the website, or
they can go directly to https://givealittle.co.nz/
To browse the site go to westcoast.recollect.co.nz
PICTURE: Tom Hartill collection
10,000 historic Coast photos go on-line
Ali Quinn, from the Drawing Room in Christchurch, creates a painting using a liquitex pouring
medium technique during a workshop at the Left Bank Art Gallery, on Thursday. Quinn showed a group
of local artists how to create a painting by pouring the paint blend on to a canvas and then proceeding to
tilt it to spread into an image.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
The process of painting
Free monthly cer vical screening
clinics for West Coast women are
set to continue after the closure
of the Well Women’s Centre
in Greymouth, due to a new
partnership between the West
Coast District Health Board and
the Cancer Society.
National Cer vical Screening
Programme regional programme
manager Janet Hogan said she
was delighted that free monthly
‘Saturday smear clinics’ could carry
“ It ’s fantastic news to be able to
continue to provide this ser vice to
West Coast women at the Cancer
Society Centre at 98 High Street,”
“ Especially following the closure
of the Greymouth Well Women’s
Centre, where we’ve run clinics for
last 20 years. ”
The first clinic at the Cancer
Society Centre will be held
today, with the West Coast DHB
Maori nurse taking smears for the
Cancer Society West Coast
Centre manager Jenny Kenning
said women who had booked for
the clinic were happy the ser vice
was continuing and having a
centrally located venue was a bonus.
“The Cancer Society is delighted
we can work in partnership with
the West Coast District Health
Board to ensure that the incidence
of cancer is continually reduced.”
To fi nd out when your next
smear is due, either call your GP or
freephone 0800 729 729.
Cancer Society hosts smear tests
A Blackball man was readmitted to
bail thanks to a receipt from the doctor
of his pregnant partner.
Michael James Bromby had been
arrested after he breached his bail
condition not to drive. He had previously
been remanded on bail on a charge of
driving while disqualified.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said that
Bromby had driven his partner to a
medical appointment in Greymouth.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said Bromby
needed to provide some evidence of his
partner’s doctor appointment.
A receipt from his partner’s doctor
was sourced, which showed that on the
date Bromby had driven, May 18, his
partner had had a doctor’s appointment
in Greymouth. Bromby was remanded
on bail to June 16.
Drugs charges relating to two cannabis
plants were also withdrawn by police.
Kevin John Mossley, 58, of Cobden,
had a charge of threatening behaviour,
using insulting language, and wilful
trespass dismissed due to police offering
no evidence. Police said Mossley had
since been trespassed from both premises
where the offences took place.
Brett James Dreake, of Christchurch,
was remanded in custody to June 2 to
make an application for bail after a
bail address he provided was rejected
by Community Probation in
Dreake had been charged with stealing
petrol on March 2, damaging a couch
and motor vehicle, and possession of
ecstasy and cannabis for supply on
March 18 and April 28.
Those charges will be heard on June 30.
Dreake had provided a bail address in
Hornby, however that was rejected by
probation. He will be kept in custody
to reappear on June 2 if he can find a
suitable bail address.
Ari Whatui Schwabe, 23, of Dobson,
had two counts of assault, and one
charge each of intentional damage and
threatening to injure withdrawn as
police offered no evidence.
Doctor’s receipt sees
Media Works management viewed
Campbell Live’s crusading journalism
as a liability that stretched audience
patience, company sources say.
The show ’s ongoing coverage of
Pike River, where 29 men died in
a 2010 explosion at a West Coast
coalmine, was specifically singled
out by management as having led to
The term “fatigue” struck a sour
note last night with Bernie Monk,
spokesman for families of the dead
“I can’t believe that would be one of
the aspects of getting rid of John,” he
“Sure Campbell Live covered a lot
too and they are still willing to do
“Campbell Live was a great ally in
getting the truth out and I felt he was
never over the top or on a crusade by
The review by management —
which concluded on Thursday
with host John Campbell leaving
the network — also considered
Campbell Live over-emphasised
charitable fundraising and coverage
of the aftermath of the Christchurch
earthquake, GCSB spying and child
New Zealand Herald
A mental health patient charged
with murder after a stabbing rampage
was released from a psychiatric unit
and was living back in the same
community for two years before his
victims or police found out.
One victim learned of his release
three weeks ago when he “bumped
into him” at his local west Auckland
A police officer involved in the
case found out in almost identical
circumstances and the children of the
murdered man found out only their
father’s killer had been freed this
In 2005, Martin Robert Lyall fatally
stabbed 65-year-old Kevan Newman
in central Henderson. He also stabbed
fishing shop owner Bob Norcross and
assaulted a police officer attempting
to arrest him. He was eventually shot
during a stand-off with armed police.
He was charged with murder,
attempted murder, wounding with
intent and aggravated assault but was
ruled mentally unfit to stand trial.
He was remanded to the Mason
Clinic, a forensic psychiatric facility,
as a special patient — meaning the
only person who could authorise his
release was the national director of
In May 2013 Lyall was approved for
unescorted ground leave. He is now
living in Henderson six days a week
at a house run by a mental health
ser vice, and returns to the clinic once
a week. O utside a daily curfew, he is
Aside from a letter sent to Mr
Newman’s son in 2013 — which was
sent to an incorrect address and never
reached him — none of his victims
or police were aware he was out.
That all changed this month when
Mr Norcross spotted him during a
routine trip to the supermarket.
Mr Norcross was “gutted” that he
was not told directly.
He believed the Waitemata District
Health Board, which runs the Mason
Clinic, had a duty to tell victims —
or at the very least, police.
“ It ’s a poor show that they didn’t
at least contact the authorities to say
‘this is what ’s happening’.
Mason Clinic clinical director Dr
Jeremy Skipworth said the health
board took its victim notification
responsibilities “ very seriously”.
When forensic mental health
patients are approved for unescorted
leave from hospital, registered victims
must be notified beforehand.
Mr Newman’s son was the only
formally registered victim.
“ We did not hear back from
the registered victim. This is not
unusual in such situations as existing
legislation only provides for the
mental health ser vice to inform the
registered victim of a decision already
made,” Dr Skipworth said.
Investigations revealed that the
address for Mr Newman’s son,
supplied by police, was incorrect,
listing the right street but the wrong
New Zealand Herald
Victim meets killer at supermarket
Campbell Live criticised over Pike River ‘fatigue’
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
ROSS, (nee Mackey)
September 16, 1954 -
May 24, 1998.
In loving memory
Although you can't be
here with us,
We are truly not apart.
Until the final break we
You'll be living in our
Mum, Cheryl, Peter
November 25, 1942 to
May 24, 2010.
Dearly loved sister
Neil and Sue.
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Arthur. — Members of
RSA are requested to
attend the funeral of
the late Leslie Arthur
Gilmore, 2nd NZEF Div
Cav., Medic. A service
for Les will be held at St
Street, Hokitika, on
Monday May 25 at 1pm.
Interment to follow at
the Hokitika Cemetery.
Margaret. — May 24,
2010. In memory of an
amazing wife, mother
and grandmother taken
from us way too soon.
A hug we cannot give
Your voice we cannot
But memories locked
Will always keep you
Love Rusty, Vicki,
Steph, Darren, Kyle and
Andrew. — Died May
To those who knew and
loved him, his memory
will never grow old.
Fred, Jan, Kerry,
Paul, Chloe, Grace and
Arthur. — Members of
the New Zealand Fire
Service, both serving
and retired, are reques-
ted to attend the funeral
of retired CFO and Gold
Gilmore, Ross Brigade.
The service will be held
at St Andrew's United
Street, Hokitika, on
Monday May 25 com-
mencing at 1pm.
Ernest. — Passed away
peacefully at Ernest
Rutherford, Stoke, on
Friday, May 22, 2015.
Aged 79 years. Beloved
husband of Mari, father
of Julie; Janet and Rick
Sanders; Elisabeth and
Graham Parker; Claire;
James and Lisa. Missed
by his 13 grandchildren
and seven great grand-
children. Beloved broth-
er and brother-in-law of
Allan and the late Val;
the late George and
Helen; Kay and the late
Neil, Trish and Rob
McTaggart. We would
like to express our
sincere gratitude to the
staff and friends of
Ernest Rutherford for
their excellent care and
friendship of Graham. In
lieu of flowers, dona-
tions to the St John
C/o 49 Covent Drive,
Stoke, Nelson, 7011. A
Requiem Mass will be
held for Graham at 12
noon on Monday, May
25, 2015, at St Francis
of Assisi, Songer Street,
Stoke. Resting in the
care of Anisy's Tasman
Funeral Home, Rich-
mond, Nelson. Phone
(03) 544 1129.
Margaret — (late of
of Greymouth). On May
22, 2015, peacefully at
Ngaio Marsh Retirement
Village, in her 99th year.
Dearly loved wife of the
late William, much
mother-in-law of Fay
Mitchell, Glenys and
Ken McNee, Joy and
Kevin Cowan, adored
Nan of Nicola, Jason,
Sarah; Catherine, and
Andrew, loving great
nan of her 12 great
may be addressed to The
Family of the late Inez
Mundy, c/o PO Box
8545. The service to
celebrate Inez's life will
be held in our Westpark
Chapel, 467 Wairakei
Road, Burnside, Christ-
church on Tuesday May
26, at 2pm. Private
Lamb & Hayward Ltd
FDANZ Phone (03) 359
MNZM - 2nd NZEF Div
Cav., Medic. On May
21, 2015 at Christchurch
Public Hospital, in his
93rd year. Dearly loved
husband of Elaine, last
surviving member of the
Gilmore Clan of seven
sisters and his three
brothers. A favourite
uncle of his many nieces
and nephews. Messages
to 5 Philip May Place,
Ross 7812. Flowers re-
but donations to the
Hokitika RSA Building
Fund would be appreci-
ated and may be made at
the service. A service to
celebrate Les's life will
be held at St Andrews
United Church, Fitzher-
bert Street, Hokitika, on
Monday May 25,
commencing at 1pm.
Following the service
Les will be laid to rest in
the RSA No 2 Section of
the Hokitika Cemetery.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
(formerly of Welling-
ton). On May 17, 2015,
age 47 years. Loving
son of Paul and the late
brother of Bianca. Be-
Lydia and loyal best
friend of Carter. RIP
Matt, you were a colour-
ful character. A celebra-
tion of Matt's life will be
held at Harvey's Chapel,
Levin, on Monday, May
25, at 1.30pm followed
by private cremation at
If you worry about the power your
cellphone uses when you leave it charging
all night, relax. A new Consumer sur vey
has found that it costs less than a cent
But if you run a large, hot, soothing
bath, it will cost you $1.54 a time, almost
double the 83c cost of a 10-minute
If you run a two-bar heater for five
hours in the evening, it will cost almost
$3, or more than $20 a week.
“Generally 30 to 35% of your power
bill is space heating,” Auckland Council
eco design adviser Adrian Feasey said.
“So if your home is not insulated, the
first thing to look at is to have good
insulation so that any heating is retained
The Consumer sur vey finds the power
costs of heat pumps are comparable with
traditional heaters — 30c an hour at
a heat pump’s minimum output up to
43c at maximum, compared with 29c
an hour for a one-bar electric heater or
a small oil-filled heater or 58c an hour
for a two-bar electric one or a large oil-
Another 30% of the typical home
power bill goes on hot water, chiefly for
showers and baths.
Fridges and freezers use about 11% of a
typical home’s power bill. Consumer says
a new energy-efficient fridge/freezer will
cost you only 32c a day against 51c a day
for a 15-year-old model.
New Zealand Herald
What your appliances cost to run
Two days shy of the anniversary of her
death the family of Blessie Gotingco
The 28-year-old man, who has been on
trial for the past four weeks, was found
guilty of her rape and murder yesterday
and though his face can be published his
name will remain under wraps for now.
After the jury returned its verdicts
within two hours of deliberation —
Justice Timothy Brewer said there was
no reason for the defendant ’s name to
remain a secret.
The applause from the public gallery
was soon quelled when defence lawyer
Chris Wilkinson-Smith indicated his
client wanted to appeal the ruling.
Undeterred, the Gotingco family,
speaking through spokeswoman Ruth
Money, said they were “extremely
relieved” the trial was over.
“ We wish to remember her for who she
was rather than the evil that happened,”
But the family saw the tragedy as
“preventable” and called for an “open
public inquiry” into the issue.
Mrs Gotingco was walking home
when she was deliberately run down by
the defendant driving his silver BMW.
He bundled her into the back of the
car and drove swiftly to his Birkdale
apartment. While inside his garage, he
raped Mrs Gotingco, strangled her and
subjected her to a frenzied knife attack,
which included slashing her throat.
Blessie murder ‘preventable’
Patient flown to Christchurch
after Springs Junction crash
An elderly man was flown to Christchurch after
being injured when his car ran off the road near
Springs Junction yesterday morning. NZCC Rescue
Helicopter pilot Angus Taylor said the man suffered
various injuries including to his chest and abdomen.
The accident happened about 2km on the Nelson
side of Springs Junction, about 11.30am. Mr Taylor
was not sure what had caused the man to crash, but
obser ved it was a straight stretch of road.
St Arnaud quake felt in
An earthquake at St Arnaud has been felt in
Nelson, Marlborough and Christchurch this morning.
The shake hit about 5.40am, 45km south-east of
St Arnaud village. The magnitude 4.5 quake had
a depth of 36km, and was described by Geonet as
being moderate in intensity. Almost 100 people have
registered felt reports with Geonet, some as far away
as the Banks Peninsula on the east coast of the South
Island, Kaiata near Greymouth, and Takaka to the
A woman is believed to have been
fatally stabbed after sitting an exam in
a central Auckland international school.
Manurewa man with murder last night
and he was due to appear in Auckland
District Court today.
Reports emerged yesterday that the
alleged offender had just flown into the
country from India and had waited at the
school for the victim to finish her exam.
Witnesses spoke of hearing screaming
and seeing the victims covered in blood,
one of whom had allegedly been stabbed
in the neck.
Detective Senior Sergeant Paul
Newman said the body had been
removed and a post-mortem examination
was scheduled today.
Murder accused just off plane
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