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Tai Poutini Polytechnic carpentry students Sam McNamara, left, and Mattison Lord, busy on the early
stages of work on a house the students are building themselves as part of their studies. Tutor Rick King
said the house was normally sold in advance to people who applied through a ballot. However, the couple
who won the ballot to take this house had “pulled the pin”, therefore the finished house would be
auctioned, with all the money raised to be donated to the Coastguard.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Polytechnic house to be auctioned
Margaret. — The fami-
ly would like to thank
all those who attended
the funeral, sent flowers,
cards and gave so much
love and support after
the loss of their precious
thanks go to Ashwood
Park Retirement Village,
the caring staff at
Cloudy Bay Funeral
Services and Derek
Harding. A truly inspira-
tional woman now at
rest with her beloved
BROWN, Ian Ivan. —
would like to thank
everyone who supported
them during Ian's illness
and passing. Special
thanks to the staff
Hospital, Dr Jenny
Spring, Laurie Anisy
and staff for their
support. Rev Marg Tefft
for the lovely service,
our good friend Jean for
her lovely eulogy and
the tennis ladies for the
great afternoon tea.
Thanks also for all
the cards, phone calls,
flowers, baking, etc,
always be remembered.
Please accept this as a
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
Charles. — On June 23,
2015 at Kaikoura (sud-
denly). Aged 66 years.
Dearly loved husband of
46 years of Lyn. Loved
father and father-in-law
of Craig and Heather
(Pukekohe) and Antony
(Tony) and Lisa (Hoki-
tika). Much loved gran-
Precious, Lucas and
Ocearna. Loved brother,
and a good friend to all
his truckie mates. Mes-
sages to 5 Howitt Place,
Hokitika 7810 or email
A service to celebrate
Allan's life will be held
at The Chapel of the
Holy Spirit, Seaview
Estate, Hokitika, on
Monday June 29, 2015
commencing at 1pm.
Following the service
Allan will be laid to rest
in the Lawn Section of
the Hokitika Cemetery.
FDANZ. Phone 755
(Dot). — One year ago
Loving and kind in all
Upright and just to the
end of her days.
Sincere and true, in her
heart and mind,
Beautiful memories she
Miss you Mum
Louise, Gerard, David
and families, and the
family of the late
BUTCHER, John. —
Special thoughts still
bring a tear,
For someone we loved
Life moves on, we know
But not the same as
when we had you.
Much loved brother,
uncle and friend.
Kevin, Marie, Maria,
Bernard, Anna and
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David. — Passed away
peacefully at home on
June 19, 2015. Beloved
husband of Bev, loved
brother of Marie and
brother-in-law of Don
Fleming, loved brother-
in-law of John Acker
and his wife Ursula.
Thanks to all the nurses
and doctors. A private
graveside service has
been held at Kumara
cemetery. Anisy Funeral
away unexpectedly in
Greymouth on June 25,
2015, in her 83rd year.
Dearly loved mother and
mother-in-law of Sue
and Jeff Gage, Stuart
and Cheryl Thomson,
Thomson, Fiona and
Bronwyn and Lyall
Batchelor, much loved
nana of Kylie and John-
Paul, Andrew, Joel and
Sarah, Genna, Jess and
Andrew, Holly, Georgia,
Nicole, and Oliver,
loved great-nana of Kye,
Arly, Korban, and Zade,
loved sister and sister-
in-law of David and Joy
Bishell, beloved aunty
Rowena, and Cathy, and
a dear friend of many.
Messages to 402 Main
South Road, Paroa,
Greymouth 7805. A
service to celebrate
Allison's life will be
held in the William
Chapel, 134 Tainui
Street, Greymouth on
followed by cremation
in Greymouth at the
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Joseph. — February 22,
1948 to June 28, 2014.
God took him home, it
was His will,
But in our hearts, we
love him still.
His memory is as dear
today, as in the hour he
We often sit and think of
him, when we are all
For memory is the only
friend that grief can call
Loved husband, father
Rest in Peace
The High Commissioner for India,
Ravi Thapar, is preparing to leave
New Zealand after a member of his
domestic staff accused his wife of
The staff member, thought to be
a chef, was found by a member of
the public in a distressed state in
Wellington after walking from the
residence in Lower Hutt to the city.
The person who picked him up,
took him to the Wellington Police
Station out of concern for his welfare.
Victim Support became involved
and he was taken to the Wellington
night shelter where he stayed for a
The police spoke to the alleged
victim on May 9 through an
interpreter. He alleged he was
physically assaulted by Mrs Thapar at
the residence where he worked and
lived, and threatened with assault by
Mr Thapar. But he would not make
a formal complaint and wanted to
return to India.
The police sought the help of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Trade which alerted India’s Ministry
of External Affairs.
An official from the Indian
ministry came to New Zealand to
help sort out the situation, including
retrieving the chef ’s passport and
belongings from the residence.
The staff member left New Zealand
on May 28.
The police wanted to speak with Mr
Thapar but he would not agree to an
inter view or allow any other member
of the mission to be approached.
Because no one has been arrested
or charged, there has been no
question of invoking diplomatic
Mr Thapar is still in New Zealand.
He began his posting in December
2013. It is thought he has not been
formally recalled but he will be
leaving his post soon, much earlier
than would normally be the case.
Requests yesterday for a comment
from the High Commissioner went
The police last night did not say
who in the High Commission had
made a complaint against whom
but confirmed officers had recently
undertaken an investigation into
allegations of assault on a member
of staff at the High Commission of
The police said they spoke to
the alleged victim on May 9 and
confirmed he did not want to take
the matter further and wanted to go
“ He was provided with legal advice
and appropriate welfare support,
while police sought assistance from
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Trade to facilitate the matter. ”
The police said that a check on the
man’s welfare in India confirmed that
he was fine and happy to be home.
The treatment of domestic staff by
Indian diplomats is a highly sensitive
issue with India — it caused a rift
recently between India and the
Foreign Minister Murray McCully
referred all inquiries to the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
New Zealand Herald
Envoy exits after alleged assault
Flat fees, low rates and ‘zero
commission’ deals are being offered by
real estate firms to lure customers, as
the rampant property market breaks
The commission wars come as fixed
mortgage interest rates dip below 5%,
gifting anyone buying or selling tens
of thousands of dollars in potential
The deals will come as welcome
relief to Auckland homeowners
who pay the country’s highest
commissions based on property prices
and stand to benefit most by shopping
Professionals agent Ross Brader
launched a ‘zero commission’ deal this
week to promote the agency ’s new
Grey Lynn office.
Anyone signing up to sell their home
before August 17 would pay “zip,
zero, zilch” in commission fees —
saving them more than $40,000 on a
$1.5 million villa, he said.
Vendors would still have to pay
marketing and advertising costs.
Mr Brader said houses were attracting
“dream prices” but homeowners
often did not factor in commission
“People don’t usually think about
it at the outset because they’re not
writing a cheque.
“ It just comes out of the sale price
Start-up firm The Property Market
offers a stripped down model and
cheaper commission fees.
Director Antonia Baker said the
company had flagged expensive high
street offices and extra staff for a more
efficient ser vice and flat 2% fee.
“If your place is worth say
$1.5 million, why should you be paying
anything on the bulk of that sale
“Genuinely, I cannot understand
how (traditional) fees come to be
and how they can be warranted. ”
The industry has hit back,
warning that straight commission fees
do not factor in an agency ’s unique
ser vices or sweeteners like discounted
marketing campaigns and free air
The standard commission on an
average Auckland home has jumped
by about $6000 in the past three years
on the back of soaring house price
The median Auckland house price
is now $749,000, incurring a standard
fee of about $26,000.
But owners of many higher end
properties are paying double that after
realty firms take their cut.
The figures include GST but exclude
marketing costs which can lump an
additional $4000 to $10,000 on a
vendor’s final bill.
While most homeowners will fork
out for licensed agents, thousands of
others are opting for private sales to
cut out the middle man.
New Zealand Herald
Estate agents offer ‘zero fees’ in rampant Auckland market
Tyres are being dumped secretly
all over the country, poisoning the
environment and wasting economic
opportunities, recyclers say.
Dave Youngson of Ecoretainer and
Pacific Rubber Recycling said he knew
of tyres dumped in mangroves and off
Despite various attempts to improve
the ways New Zealanders dispose of
tyres, Mr Youngson said tyres that
could be recycled locally were still
being dumped or sent to unregulated
furnaces in Asia which spewed out filth.
Adele Rose, chief executive of product
stewardship and recycling company
3R Group, also said dumping was
still happening in environmentally
sensitive areas. Ms Rose said many in
the industry were upset a planned and
mandatory tyre recycling scheme had
She said the Tyrewise scheme would
thoroughly track how tyres were
Tyrewise had a business plan, was
ready to go, and just needed the
Government ’s rubber stamp, she said.
The dumping situation was as bad as
ever, she said, with used tyre stockpiles
collectors felt like dumping them.
“The real issue is it’s a bit of a hidden
problem,” she said. “ What we do know
is that very little go to legal landfill
or consented landfill ... somewhere
around 60% is being illegally dumped
Ms Rose said stockpiles totalling
hundreds of thousands of tyres were
well-known in the King Country and
Ms Rose said she could only presume
the Ministry for the Environment had
since the last general election put tyres
on the back burner as it focussed on
housing and water issues.
Frustration as old
A blunder by ACC bureaucrats is
denying about 15,000 motorists the
cheaper car registrations promised
by Prime Minister John Key.
Officials are scrambling to fix
the problem but last night did
not appear sure exactly how many
makes of car were affected.
The ‘data matching’ error cancels
out the savings which taxpayers
stood to get out of the reduction in
ACC levies, a contribution made
by every motorist through vehicle
The new system coming in on July
1 was meant to assign a ‘risk rating’
to each brand of car and charge
motorists less for driving safer cars.
When the Prime Minister
announced the levy cuts, he said it
would benefit businesses, workers
and motor vehicle owners.
“This is $2 billion that will stay in
the pockets of Kiwis. ”
ACC Minister Nikki Kaye said
it introduced transparency into the
levy-setting and made it “very clear
in the ways that levies are set ”.
The error has come about because
ACC’s computer system refused
to recognise safer ‘sub-species’ of
popular vehicles. For example, it
has classified the Toyota Corolla
Spacio — considered among the
safest vehicles — as the marginally
lower rated Toyota Corolla.
The difference would see the
owner of a 2007 Spacio charged
$103.46 for car registration when
they should be charged $68.46.
Other makes and models of
cars were also affected but ACC
spokeswoman Stephanie Melville
said last night the agency was not
able to provide details.
Ms Melville said it was estimated
the number of vehicles put in
wrong bands was about 15,000.
She said a few hundred motorists
were believed to have already paid
incorrect amounts for registrations
even though the new system is not
meant to come into force until
conjunction with NZ
Transport Agency, who collect
the motor vehicle levy on behalf
of ACC, we will be proactively
contacting customers to refund
She said those who had been
invoiced for less than they should
have to pay would not be required
to pay more.
New Zealand Herald
ACC blunder costs motorists Auckland
Lotto has been pumping up its
publicity machine to promote a huge
looming jackpot — but what can
$23 million really buy?
The big Powerball jackpot this
weekend would make its winners
rich enough to buy two Manhattan
apartments worthy of a New Zealand
If Colin Craig won, he would be able
to pay out or forgive loans to his former
press secretary Rachel MacGregor
about 410 times.
Or it could buy 92 Ferrari California
Powerball reaches $23m
disintegration continued yesterday as
two more board members resigned,
leaving the party rudderless and
possibly paving the way for founder
Colin Craig to make his comeback as
Chairman Brian Dobbs and Laurence
Day confirmed they would stand
down from the board, following in
the footsteps of seven other board
members who quit the party this week
in the wake of Mr Craig’s admission of
Those departures left the party in the
hands of Christchurch-based board
member John Stringer. Mr Stringer,
self-appointed chairman, was last night
attempting to recruit board members to
get the party back on track.
The board had been scheduled to
meet today, and one of the motions on
the agenda was to cancel Mr Craig’s
Mr Stringer said the meeting could
still take place.
New Zealand Herald
One Conservative board member left
LAST DAY! FINISHES TOMORROW!
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