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A Greymouth man who quit
smoking almost six months ago
has so far saved $2253, and got
his puff back.
Matt Stephenson started
smoking when he was 16 and
estimates he has tried 30 times
Every time he had a beer, or
food, or when he got up in the
morning, he wanted a cigarette
and would give in to the urge.
This time, he was ready. With
the help of smoking cessation
ser vices, including Ann
McDonald, he has managed to
kick the habit. She helped him
realise that having one slip up
did not mean he should give up.
When he feels the urge to
smoke he takes a deep breath,
drinks some water, does
something else, and ‘takes five’
to reason it out. He also has
nicotine gum and spray.
His smartphone has a free app
recording his experience, and
so far he has gone 154 days,
saved $2255.37 and bought two
packets of cigarettes, when he
would normally have bought
180. The first to admit he is not
perfect, he none-the-less has
persevered. Those early weeks
were the hardest, but it has got
Now, the occupational therapy
assistant has enjoyed some
unexpected successes — he
goes up the stairs at work, when
once he took the lift.
He swam a length of the pool
under water the other day, and
has coached a soccer training
“ It ’s leaps and bounds better. ”
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Matt Stephenson with the app recording his smokefree experience. By yesterday he had been smokefree for 154 days, and had saved
$2255.37. He shared his stor y ahead of smokefree day tomorrow.
Quit smoking, save $2253
Tenders closed on Thursday for Pike River
Mine assets, and buyers have until the end of
June to clear the site.
Australian auction company Hassalls was
chosen to sell the mine’s remaining assets.
General manager Steve Wall said yesterday
they were currently sorting through the
“The interest was strong ... People were
genuinely interested as the condition was
exceptional with limited real use on most
plant compared to peer plants. ”
The size and capacity of the overall plant
did not suit most larger operations, however
there were a good numbers of parties through
the site for inspections, he said.
They were hopeful of selling blocks
or segments of the plant as a group, for
example the Ikamatua rail loadout as a single
Most of the sales would be finalised in the
next three of our days and they would look to
start the ‘demobilisation’ phase soon.
“Buyers are required to have the site cleared
by the end of June at the vary latest to enable
the final earthworks/clearance to occur prior
to returning the site to the Department of
The Ikamatua loadout, which cost
$12 million when it was built, may remain as
a loadout so may not get dismantled.
The coal preparation plant, at the mine site
on the opposite side of the Grey River, cost
$20m to build and will be relocated.
Pike mine cleared by end of June
DEAN AND KATIE
Love from all
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
Alan (Laurie). —
Passed away May 31,
Your love and memories
are with me every day.
You live forever in my
Your loving wife
Myra and her family.
OLIVER, Sue (Suey).
Suey, you have and
always will be my best
friend and only sister.
Your family are my
family. I will cherish
forever the time we
friendship, our conver-
sations and the love and
passion we share for our
furry friends. I will
continue to stand for the
rights of those creatures
big and small. Your
courage and integrity
will always be an inspi-
ration. I will never
forget you. With love
Simone. xxx .
Dearly loved daughter-
in-law of Ruth and the
late Jim, loved sister-in-
law of Jennie and Darcy
Hasson; Wendy and
Steve Mayes and loved
auntie of Tamara, Andy
and Zara; Meaghan,
Paterson; Michael and
Kahlier; Sally, Christian,
Giuliana and Rosabella.
Sue was a very special
lady and will be sadly
missed by us all.
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OLIVER, Susan. — It
is with great sadness that
we acknowledge the
passing of Sue, May 28,
2015. She has slipped
her mortal coil and
flown. She was a
wonderful loving and
understanding Mum to
Joe and Kate, a dearly
loved daughter and step
daughter of Maureen
and Gerry, Jeff and Jean,
and wife, friend, com-
panion and love of Ken.
Dearly loved sister of
Steve, Richard, Alex,
James and Jonathon and
a dearly loved sister-in-
law and aunt. In her 54th
year. “Too young, too
soon.” A celebration of
Sue's life will be held at
the Kahuna Boardriders
Club on the Cobden
tiphead at 1pm on
Monday, June 1, 2015.
Followed by burial at
Gladstone. No flowers
please, but a donation to
the SPCA desexing
programme would be
George. — Reg 130781
2nd Class. Passed away
peacefully on May 28,
2015, aged 85. Dearly
loved son of the late
William and Olive.
Heartfelt thanks to the
staff of the Kahurangi
unit and all those
involved with David's
care throughout the
years. A funeral service
for David will be held in
the William Sampson
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
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Security Intelligence Ser vice chief
Rebecca Kitteridge has apologised to
Kim Dotcom for the behaviour of her
spies, who swapped e-mails about the
internet entrepreneur’s weight and wife
while mocking his chances of getting New
An extraordinary cache of e-mails has
emerged from an Official Information Act
request by the Herald, including one in
which an SIS staff member sends a picture
of Dotcom to others, saying, “ What a fatty
Ms Kitteridge’s apology is the
second Dotcom has secured from the
intelligence agencies. The Government
Communications Security Bureau had
to say sorry in 2012 after it was caught
carrying out illegal sur veillance.
The Kitteridge apology refers to two
tranches of e-mails discussing Dotcom.
One group of e-mails is from 2010, when
the SIS was carrying out security checks
over Dotcom’s residency application.
Staff assigned to do the checks appeared
incredulous at the application. “ I love this
guy Dotcom,” writes one. “ He has a mega
mansion in Auckland with a lap pool and
a giraffe and rhinoceros sculptures and he
drives million-dollar cars with the number
plate GOD etc. He’s such a tool — but
the best PR (permanent residency) I’ve
had for quite a while. Just another nihilistic
crim by the sound of it.”
In another e-mail, an SIS staffer says: “I
love this guy. He is so dodgy.”
The e-mail conversation turned to the
possibility of a female SIS staff member
marrying Dotcom: “And why not, he could
live on his side of the mansion and I could
live on the other, our lap pools need never
to meet up.”
On discovering Dotcom was at the time
married to Mona Dotcom, the SIS staffer
wrote: “Oh God she’s 22 — I hadn’t even
looked at that. ”
When it was suggested the woman
fight Mrs Dotcom, she replied: “I’m fairly
confident the Rangiora Wrecking Crew
could take care of a little Filipino lady.”
One SIS staff member told another the
background check had been assigned as if
it were an “ordinary PR”. The other agent
responded saying the tasking was someone
“ just having a laugh at your expense”.
The SIS went on to raise a red flag
with Immigration New Zealand over the
FBI criminal investigation into Dotcom.
Despite the SIS concerns, Dotcom was
granted residency by officials after they
briefed their minister, Jonathan Coleman,
on his application.
The second group of e-mails is from
2012 after the FBI arrested the German-
born citizen on internet piracy-related
allegations relating to his Megaupload
One agent sent others an image of
Dotcom, saying: “ This picture of Dotcom
will forever crack me up — what a fatty
One reply stated: “He was never going
to get far from the cops on foot, was he?”
Another SIS staffer said Dotcom was like
the Daleks, the wheeled villains in Dr
Who, because “he could be defeated by a
small set of stairs”.
Dotcom said the SIS e-mails reflected
the attitude of all government departments
he had encountered since his arrest in
2012. “According to them we are the rich
fat po po German and his teenage Filipino
hooker wife living in New Zealand’s most
expensive home. Let ’s destroy them. Let ’s
have some fun.”
The OIA request to the SIS was
accompanied by a privacy waiver from
Dotcom. In a letter responding to the
request, Ms Kitteridge said: “As soon as I
read the papers I determined an apology
would be needed.
“ I acknowledge that the documents that
I am sending you do not reflect well on the
ser vice and my apology to Mr Dotcom was
Ms Kitteridge said said the e-mails “do
not reflect the level of professionalism that
I expect to see in this organisation”.
Former United States intelligence analyst
Paul Buchanan, who runs a New Zealand
consultancy, said the release of the e-mails
showed the greater transparency at the SIS
emerging under Ms Kitteridge.
New Zealand Herald
SIS sorr y for calling Dotcom ‘fat’
of the Otago Daily Times
Dunedin Railways hopes a new five-
night West Coast excursion will help
promote a “revival’’ of South Island rail
The company has announced
plans to run the trip in September,
taking up to 94 paying passengers on
its Silver Fern railcar over Arthur’s Pass
to Greymouth, Hokitika and
The initiative was part of the
company’s new growth strategy, and
came as it rode a wave of “spectacular
growth’’ in Chinese passenger numbers,
Dunedin Railways chief executive
Murray Bond said.
The number of Chinese tourists
taking trips on the company’s trains
was up 160%, to “well above’’ 2000
passengers, last summer, he said.
“There’s only one direction that will
go, and that will be up.’’
All going well, the West Coast trip
could become an annual or biannual
fixture, Mr Bond indicated.
“ We’ll see what happens, but we’re
confident there’s a market out there.
If this works, it will happen more than
Couples will pay $1749 each, and
individuals $2148, for the six-day
guided West Coast trip, including
meals and accommodation.
Passengers would depart Dunedin
on September 7, staying overnight
in Ashburton, then three nights in
Greymouth, while taking day trips to
Westport, Hokitika and via coach to
the Denniston Plateau.
The train would then cross back over
the Southern Alps, stopping for the
night in Ashburton before returning to
Dunedin on September 12.
Mr Bond said the trip would
capitalise on railway nostalgia and
interest in longer excursions.
The trip was part of a new growth
strategy introduced since the Dunedin
rebranded as Dunedin Railways last
The company leased the Silver Fern
railcar, which could be used on tracks
across the South Island, and was
looking for ways to fill quieter winter
months between cruise ship and
summer tourist seasons, he said.
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
On the right track ... Dunedin Railways chief
executive Murray Bond with the Silver Fern rail car that
will run a five-night excursion to the West Coast later
Tourist train headed for Greymouth
Green Party leadership hopeful James
Shaw has rejected criticism from his
main rival that he is a metrosexual,
non-driving MP who would be out of
place on a farm.
The new leader of the Green Party
was to be announced today.
As part of his campaign to replace
Russel Norman as male co-leader, Mr
Shaw has promoted his broad appeal
and his ability to grow the Green Party
vote, based on his performance in the
Wellington Central electorate.
The other top contender for the co-
leadership position, Kevin Hague, has
challenged him on these claims.
Mr Hague questioned whether Mr
Shaw would be at home speaking
on a marae, to trade unionists or to a
group of farmers. He also said voters
outside the capital might not relate to
a metrosexual, Wellington-based MP
who does not drive.
Responding to those comments this
morning, Mr Shaw said: “I don’t agree
that I can’t talk to farmers.
I actually come from a farming family
He would not “pretend to be a farmer”
himself, but he said he had good rapport
with the rural community because he
did not take a judgmental stance on
The first-term MP said he has been
urging his party to broaden its caucus to
include more Maori, Pacific islanders,
Mr Shaw was less concerned about
the “metrosexual” tag.
“A metrosexual is somebody who’s
comfortable in his own skin, a post-
modern guy,” he said. “I’ve probably
used it myself in a joking way in the
Aged 16, Mr Shaw decided he would
not learn to drive for environmental
reasons. Now that electric cars are
more readily available, the 42-year-old
is planning to change his policy, and
has gained his learner licence.
Mr Hague, a third-term MP, said he
had a track record of campaigning in
a provincial electorate (West Coast-
Tasman) and speaking face-to-face
“ with both Federated Farmers and
Forest and Bird”.
He started the leadership race as the
clear favourite. But with final votes
from local branches now being cast, Mr
Shaw has apparently drawn neck-and-
New Zealand Herald
Hague, Shaw do battle
for Green leadership
Banning lolly scrambles, reclassing a
farm that happened to be in the flight
path of rare birds and having to use a
harness on a step ladder are just some
of the ludicrous regulations people have
had to endure.
However, the red tape rules are
changing and the Government has
announced it has increased the length
of time by two weeks that people
can make submissions about easing
The closing date for submissions to
the Rules Reduction Taskforce (RRT)
is now June 15, Local Government
Minister Paula Bennett said.
“One example came from a man who
was told the gaps between his fence
palings were too small and had to be
25mm, even though he had three large
dogs and it would create a risk for small
children putting their fingers through.
Bureaucratic lunacy :-
Members heard of a planned
Santa Parade where the customary
lolly scramble and accompanying water
squirting was to be banned due to
A farmer said that his land was
going to be classified as a Significant
Natural Area. Council acknowledged
that the birds never landed, swam,
nested or mated there. Just that it was
a flight path. They also required him to
turn his vehicle lights off at night.
An architect told a previously
acceptable square profile handrail
was no longer acceptable, the reason
being that the example drawing in the
Building Code is different — it shows
a rounded profile. The rounded profile
handrail costs three times more.
Strange rules and
red tape scrutinised
The Greymouth Star will not be published on Monday,
Queen’s Birthday. Publication resumes on Tuesday. We
wish all our readers a safe and enjoyable long weekend.
achieved by New Zealand
children are sliding
dramatically between their
fourth and eighth years at
Too many of the older
children are failing to
grasp maths fundamentals
such as fractions and
decimals, according to
a report issued by the
Ministry of Education
late yesterday. The national
study of about 4000
students found only 41%
mostly aged 12 — met a
Level 4 or higher standard
of achievement. Yet about
81% of Year 4 students
met expectations within
the curriculum’s Level 2
band or higher.
Even so, the report
points to considerable
variation in performance
among children, and says
socio-economic factors are
strongly associated with
School maths ‘sliding’
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