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A Rapahoe woman got a surprise
while heading out the door late on
Thursday afternoon when she met
a young New Zealand seal pup
curled up at the front door.
Rose Ewen was heading to the
car when the unexpected visitor
was discovered. After lifting its
head, the seal seemed unconcerned
with the human and simply curled
up and went to back to sleep.
“I got a bit of a fright seeing it,
but not as much as our cats. They
scarpered and didn’t come back
for hours. How it ended up at our
door must have been a bit of a
mission for it. We’re as far from
the sea as any in the township. It
had to cross State highway 6 for
starters and get past several dogs
about to end up here.
“I think it may have been a bit
confused as to where home was,”
Mrs Ewen said.
The seal had no visible injuries
and it declined a bit of tinned tuna.
It seemed to just want a rest as
it may have had a hard time of it
with the rough sea conditions over
the past few days.
The Department of Conser vation
was soon called and two officers
came out with a capture net and
the seal was eventually returned to
the sea near the Rapahoe Hotel.
It was last seen heading out
effortlessly through the breakers in
the direction of Point Elizabeth,
presumably looking for its mum.
The seal at home in Rapahoe.
Seal crosses road, has a nap at Rapahoe
A five piece band from Buller High
School was named this year’s West Coast
winner of Smokefree Rockquest at the
Regent Theatre in Greymouth last night.
Bass player, Sam Worthington said they
had difficulty coming up with a name
so they called themselves ‘ The No Eyed
Three of the band came first at last
year’s regional final and this year they
pulled in a second guitarist, Remy Gallavin,
younger brother of lead guitarist Louie
Sam said they had been practicing hard
since the beginning of the year and had
great support from their school.
“Some of our supporters from Westport
came to the final. We jumped around the
stage but were pretty sharp — we had
good stage presence.”
The other members of The No Eyed
Deers are Calum Slee (drums) and Connor
Har vey-Cameron (vocals).
Second place in the band category was
Plethora from Greymouth High School
with Dean French (guitar), Ethan Wilson-
Bruce (bass), Gina Hopkinson (keyboard),
Brayden Emery (guitar), Stasha Beukes
(vocals), Becky Lomax (vocals) and Blake
First place in the solo/duo section went
to Year 10 student Meg Theron from
Westland High School. Last year Meg
entered as part of a band, but she said
this year, as a solo performer, it was more
“ I love being on stage and I love writing
songs, and every song means a lot and
showing it to others is really fun.”
Sal-Cherie Pretorius, Reefton Area
School placed second solo/duo.
These four acts win musical gear from
associate sponsors NZ Rockshops, and
the opportunity to gain selection for the
national final at Auckland’s Raye Freedman
Centre on September 11.
The full list of awards:-
Band 1st place: The No Eyed Deers,
Buller High School; Band 2nd place:
Plethora, Greymouth High School; Solo/
Duo 1st place: Meg Theron, Westland
High School; Solo/Duo 2nd place: Sal-
Cherie Pretorius, Reefton Area School;
Band 3rd place: Q4, John Paul II High
School; APRA Lyric Award: ‘You’re
worth it’ by Sal-Cherie Pretorius, Reefton
Area School; Lowdown Best Song: Meg
Theron, Westland High School; Smokefree
Award For Women’s Musicianship: Freya
Johnson from Q4, John Paul II High
School; People’s Choice voted by text:
Q4, John Paul II High School; MAINZ
musicianship award with the opportunity to
win a $4000 MAINZ scholarship: Calum
Slee from The No Eyed Deers, Buller High
Buller High band wins Rockquest
(John Andrew Joseph),
November 5, 1934 -
June 12, 2014.
It's been a year since
you left us Pa.
The pain is less but will
never truly cease.
Whether you simply
stopped being, or not,
we hope you found calm
seas, clear skies and
You were the master of
your fate: You are the
captain of your soul.
With love, Jo and
Wayne, Jack and Donna,
Wendy and Dick, Jan,
and all your grand-
children and great-
Jessie. — Of Chatsford,
Mosgiel, formerly of St
Andrews Hill, Christ-
church, and Greymouth.
Peacefully on Thursday
June 11, 2015 at
Mosgiel, in her 95th
year. Dearly loved wife
of John (Jack) for 66
mother and mother-in-
law of Andrew (Andy)
and Evelyn (Dunedin).
Loved Nana of Steven,
Kathryn, and Craig. A
service for Veta will be
held in The Uniting
Church in Augusta
Street, Redcliffs, Christ-
church on Tuesday June
16 at 1.30pm followed
by a private cremation.
Parking on James Street
please. Messages to 4
9024. Campbell and
Hoani, Shanea and
Nikaya would sincerely
like to thank family
and friends who have
supported us throughout
the last twelve months.
The support and help
you have shown will
never be forgotten. Spe-
cial thanks to Margaret
and Paula (Reefton
District Nurses), the
Taine and the Menzies
family, Reefton Area
School and staff, RSA
ladies, Reefton Golf
Club, Diane Griffin, and
Laurie Anisy. Please
accept this as a personal
acknowledgment of our
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
— Mari and family wish
to thank everyone for
prayers and attending
the Funeral Mass. Please
accept this as a personal
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Chris and Christine and
families would like to
sincerely thank everyone
for their kind wishes and
condolences on the
recent loss of their very
special mother, grand-
mother and special
friend. So many of you
have commented on
what an amazing lady
she was - we can only
agree with these senti-
ments. Her genuine
interest in everyone and
acceptance of everything
was legendary and is
something we all should
aspire to. Her passing
leaves a massive hole in
our lives. Please accept
this as a personal thank
you for all the kind
words and gifts we have
received over the past
A month has gone by,
and we miss your smile
STONE, (nee Phelan)
Betty. — Passed away
peacefully at Ngaio
Christchurch on June 11,
2015, in her 93rd year.
Dearly loved wife of the
late Jim, loving mother
of the late Garry,
of Rachael, Christopher,
and Donna Vieceli,
of Juniper, loved sister
and sister-in-law of
Keith (deceased) and
Josie Phelan, and Brian
and Mary Vieceli, and a
loved aunty, great-aunty,
and friend. Messages
to 5 Mayfly Lane,
church 8051. Flowers
Donations to the Cancer
Society would be appre-
ciated and can be made
at the service or posted
to PO Box 81, Grey-
mouth 7840. A service
to celebrate Betty's life
will be held in the
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth on Monday at
2pm, Betty will then be
laid to rest with her
husband Jim at the
Funeral Services Ltd.
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The NZ Transport Agency
confirmed it has awarded a new seven
year maintenance contract worth
$89.9 million for its West Coast
highway network to a partnership
led by Fulton Hogan.
The Greymouth Star revealed last
month 50 West Coast jobs would
go — 40 of them in Greymouth
when Sicon Ferguson closed its
West Coast operations after missing
out on the main State highway
It proposes closing the Greymouth
and Whataroa branches at the end of
When it lost the contract, the
board decided to withdraw from the
big Mingha Bluff realignment at
Arthur’s Pass — which had been
expected to keep the Greymouth
staff employed for two years — and
instead to close altogether.
NZTA manager Colin Knaggs
confirmed the contract change
He said it was new and exciting way
for ward in managing the highway
network and getting value for money.
“ Fulton Hogan has formed
a partnership with incumbent
professional engineering ser vices
provider Opus and local contracting
companies Westreef and Westroads,
and MBD Contracting to deliver
In the past, there had been a
number of contracts delivering
highway maintenance works.
With just one contract for the
whole area, the Transport Agency
said it was expecting savings across
Another important point of
difference was the new contract
was performance-based, with the
Mr Knaggs said Fulton Hogan
had strong links with the region
and had been working on the West
Coast highway network for the past
decade, carrying out the majority
of the resealing work and traffic
management ser vices.
The company had an established
network of depots throughout the
area and a good working knowledge
of the region. ”
The new contract will take effect
from September 1.
Mr Knaggs thanked all contractors
who had contributed to the
maintenance and management of the
West Coast State highway network.
Fulton Hogan gets $89.9m Coast contract
Six recent cases of
have been linked to an
industrial cooling tower
in the Canterbury area.
Dr Raymon Pink,
medical officer of health
for the Canterbury
region, said the first
cases were notified in
April. Two new cases
were notified in May.
There had been no more
cases since May 25.
All of the patients
were hospitalised, with
their time in hospital
averaging six days. None
of the patients needed
Symptoms of the
respiratory illness were
Two of the patients
did not live in the area
but had been visitors
there. For that reason it
took a while to identify
The cases were linked
to a cooling tower in
the Hillsborough area
which had since tested
positive for legionella.
The tower was treated
showed it was clear.
The District Health
Board had been working
to encourage the
industry to test and treat
cooling towers, Dr Pink
The two cases which
occurred in May
occurred after the
cooling tower had been
That raised the
question of whether the
original cooling tower
seeded other cooling
towers or vice versa.
“O ur working
hypothesis is that it
is most likely to be a
cooling tower or cooling
towers that have caused
Dr Pink said the risk
for people going into
the area was “absolutely
“I think there’d be
more danger driving
your car than there
would be of getting
legionella’s disease in
this situation. I can’t
say there is completely
no risk but I would say
that the risk is extremely
Those working in
the area had not been
informed about the
disease until yesterday.
That was because the
risk was low and the
cases were unseasonal.
“There’s always a
balance between trying
to inform the public but
also not to cause anxiety
that ’s unnecessary.”
An overseas sex predator tried to
blackmail an Auckland teenage girl
with sexually explicit photos and
videos, before launching an all-out
cyber attack on her family and school.
Cyber crime experts are now working
to stop the man, whose offending is
regarded as one of the most persistent
and aggressive cases seen in New
Using naked photos extorted during
their on-line relationship, the man
first tried to blackmail the teenager
three weeks ago into providing more
pictures by threatening to post the
original images to the web.
When his plan failed, the man
hacked her family’s home computers,
stole their information, and then
launched a denial-of-ser vice attack
on the ser vers of her high school on
Tuesday, rendering them useless.
He also uploaded the explicit images
and videos of the girl to pornography
websites and bombarded the school’s
Facebook page with links to the sites,
in an attempt to shame her.
“He is trying to punish the child or
the family. It ’s a jilted relationship. He
wants revenge,” the school principal
This newspaper has chosen not to
name the school, in order to prevent
further trauma for the girl.
“The pressure on the girl is
immense,” the principal said. “ But we
are very proud of how the community
has wrapped around her to support
her. We just want the whole of
New Zealand to realise that this is
serious and scary and we need to do
something about it. ”
The girl had been undergoing
counselling and the school held
assemblies for students this week
to warn them about the dangers of
sharing images on-line.
The principal also sent letters home
to parents to explain the situation. The
school’s website was still down last
He said the school had had huge
support from the cyber safety experts
and police as they worked to find the
man behind the cyber crime, and to
restore the school’s ser vers. Interpol
Netsafe executive director Martin
Cocker said that while cases of
teenagers sharing images unwisely
was not uncommon, the lengths the
perpetrator was going to were very
“It is a sustained attack.
“The vindictiveness is very unusual,”
he said. “He’s a very determined
“The majority wouldn’t continue to
harass and attack any party they can
find in the way that he has. ”
The girl’s relationship with the man
began through on-line gaming.
It progressed to sharing explicit
images, and then Skype calls where
the girl undressed in front of a camera.
Mr Cocker said he was extremely
concerned about the victim, but she
did not need to be ashamed.
“ I’m always concerned they are going
to feel like they are the first person
who has ever been in this situation
and feel isolated. That ’s not the case.”
Cases of sexual exploitation were a
growing challenge, he said.
A police spokesman said the
National Cyber Crime Centre was
investigating unauthorised access and
postings on the website and social
media pages of the school.
The investigation was in its early
stages. There were a number of
technical matters relating to the
Hacking or launching a denial-of-
ser vice attack carries a punishment of
up to seven years’ imprisonment.
New Zealand Herald
‘Jilted’ man’s cyber attack on schoolgirl
Police investigating the case of a
missing Southland schoolboy are
still hunting down leads that he is
alive and remains in New Zealand.
Possible public sightings of missing
pair John Beckenridge and his
11-year-old step-son Mike Zhao-
Beckenridge have come in from the
public over the last fortnight.
While police have sprung into
action and checked out the leads,
they are still no closer to finding the
“Everything we have received so
far has been looked into and ruled
out,” Southland area commander
Inspector Kelvin Lloyd said.
The potential sightings have been
“across New Zealand”, police say.
There have been no reported
sightings of the pair being overseas,
Mr Lloyd said.
Mr Beckenridge allegedly abducted
Mike from James Hargest College’s
junior school in Invercargill on
A week later, Mr Beckenridge’s
blue Volkswagen Touareg was found
at the bottom of an 88m cliff near
Their bodies have not been found.
Police are now treating it as a
missing persons case.
Mr Beckenridge’s friends from
Queenstown, where he lived, believe
he has faked their deaths and is
hiding out in either New Zealand or
Interpol is on high alert.
“Police have been in liaison with
the Interpol office in Wellington
since the beginning of the
investigation,” Mr Lloyd.
However, given that inquiries are
ongoing, Mr Lloyd refused to say
exactly which authorities police have
been liaising with.
Police said they had not received
“any confirmed information” that
suggested Mr Beckenridge and the
youngster had left the country or
even the Catlins area.
Swedish-born Mr Beckenridge,
64, is an experienced commercial
helicopter pilot who was also
variously known as John Robert
Lundh, Knut Goran Roland Lundh,
and John Bradford.
Up until last September, he had
been working as a full-time pilot for
Pacific Helicopters PNG in Papua
New Guinea Eastern Highlands
it would be
New Zealand by helicopter.
Criminologist and ex-con Greg
Newbold believes it is “definitely
possible” to disappear, in New
Zealand or abroad, especially by sea.
Mr Lloyd said a range of police
staff from different policing units
are currently involved in the case.
Missing boy: Possible public sightings
An Australian couple on holiday in
New Zealand will be taking home a
kiwi souvenir unlike any other.
Heidi Knight, 30, and Tony Pullman,
42, of Branxton, New South Wales,
came to New Zealand in April for an
eight-day camper van holiday around
the South Island.
While visiting Milford Sound on
April 29, Miss Knight went into labour,
despite being only six months pregnant.
“ In Milford Sound — of all places,”
“ My waters broke at six in the
morning. I told Tony and we pretty
much sat there for a few minutes
thinking ... what do we do. ”
The couple managed to contact
emergency ser vices and a helicopter
was sent to pick them up.
“ While we were waiting, the Milford
Sound emergency department came to
sit with us, which were two old firemen.
“ I think they were more ner vous than
The helicopter took them to
Southland Hospital in Invercargill, and
about 15 minutes after landing, baby
Riley was born.
“He was the size of my hand when he
was born,” Mr Pullman said.
Because Riley was three months
premature, the trio were transferred
to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
at Dunedin Hospital where the kiwi
battler is still receiving treatment.
“He’s been doing really well. We
haven’t had any dramas with him.
“The team here in D unedin are
“This is a special place. We haven’t had
to stress about anything.”
While Miss Knight praised the
Dunedin community and the staff
at NICU, she said she was starting
to get the feeling staff were “rubbing
in” the fact her son was legally a New
“A lot of older ladies knit and donate
things to the ward, and without fail,
everyone else will get coloured things
but we’ll get black and white. ”
Mr Pullman will return home to work
on June 22, and Miss Knight and Riley
are expected to fly home on July 7.
The family hope to return to New
Zealand when Riley is old enough to
walk, and complete their South Island
tour, Miss Knight said.
“ We’ve got to go and see Milford
Sound — we still haven’t seen it
Otago Daily Times
Visitors take special gift from NZ home
A seemingly “out of it ”
topless woman has been
spotted walking along State
highway 1 near Ohau Point
north of Kaikoura yesterday
A member of the public
called police about 2pm
to report they had seen
the partially nude woman,
who appeared to be “on
something”, police said.
“Wehavehad a report of a
single female without a top,”
“S he is walking down the
road topless and seems out
It is understood the woman’s
ordeal continued when she
found herself in trouble in a
local water way.
Local police later located
the woman who was taken to
said she was “okay at the
moment and not in a critical
Firefighters remain at the
scene of a fire that has left
a house “severely damaged”
Seven fire trucks were
called to the blaze on Ryans
Road in Yaldhurst, just
before 2am, Southern fire
Brent Dunn said.
He said no people were
injured in the fire, but the
house had been “severely
This morning, two fire
crews remained at the scene,
“The fire is out for the most
part, but there is still a small
amount of burning around
the chimney area ... they ’re
having to remove the roof
to get at it, and completely
“It is a difficult messy job
having to deconstruct the
house and get to unusual,
Mr Dunn said they were
unsure as to the cause of the
fire at this stage.
Topless woman ‘Severe’ Christchurch fire
Winning Westport band The No Eyed Deers.
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