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‘I did it for Greymouth’ — award winner
Eight of Greymouth’s hardest working
volunteers were true to form as they
humbly accepted recognition for their
contributions to the community.
The Grey District Council Civic Awards
were handed out yesterday, with eight
Peter McIntosh nominated Mer v Ashby
for his work with the Greymouth Aero
Club. Since joining the club in 1957, Mr
Ashby’s work had “flown under the radar”.
Mr Ashby would go to the airfield at any
hour of the day if the auto-lights failed
and turn them on manually so planes could
safely land or take off, Mr McIntosh said.
“I’m over whelmed by this,” Mr Ashby
said. “I did it for Greymouth. ”
Juliette Henry said Barry and Leonie
Uddstrom were the “heart and soul of the
SPCA for the last 30 years on the West
Coast ” in her nomination.
The couple housed dogs at their property
and for several years Mrs Uddstrom
donated half of her earnings from dog
boarding to the SPCA.
“The animals of Greymouth have been
much enriched by having these two on
board,” Ms Henry said.
Tony Gibson nominated Chips Robinson
for his efforts with the Greymouth
Harrier Club, Rotary Club of Greymouth,
Greymouth Jockey Club and West Coast
Mr Robinson had been president at the
Harriers for 10 of the last 25 years.
“ He put his hand up when no one else
did,” Mr Gibson said.
“ Without Chips there wouldn’t be a
Greymouth Harrier club,” Mr Gibson said.
Ken Smythe was recognised for his
contributions to bowls. Brian Rowlands
nominated Mr Smythe and described him
as “one of those rare breed of people you
have on committees”.
Mr Smythe had been treasurer on the
Cobden Bowling Club for 25 years and
had been involved with West Coast Lawn
Bowls as well.
Pam Sutherland nominated CARE
volunteer Judy Tutchen and spoke of her
“ No matter what happens Judy goes out
and does her volunteering. ”
Clients commented on Ms Tutchen’s
“ kind, caring and thoughtful attitude
toward them”, Mrs Sutherland said.
Ms Tutchen said she had shed a few tears
and was thankful for the recognition.
Carolyn Hayden nominated Jean
and Russell Adams, who she said were
instrumental in setting up the MS
Parkinson’s West Coast Society.
“They started with less than $100 in the
bank,” Ms Hayden said.
The pair had done years of fundraising
including starting the MS Craft Fair.
“ We’ve always been involved in
community work. The community has been
something we have cared about all our
lives,” Mrs Adams said.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Civic award recipients Merv Ashby, Ken Smythe, Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn, Judy Tutchen, Chips Robinson (back),
Jean Adams, Russell Adams (back), and Barry and Leonie Uddstrom.
Monkey picture proves banana skin for lawyer
A lawyer’s comparison of a judge to a
monkey is the subject of one of hundreds
of complaints made about legal aid
attorneys over the past four years.
Most are dismissed — and many are
vexatious The Ministry of Justice says.
Complaints probed by the Ministry
of Justice’s independent investigators
are to do with lawyers not preparing
properly for cases, not following clients’
instructions or not invoicing correctly.
Among an exhaustive list of the 161
complaints received last year, released
by the Ministry is a lawyer who “sent an
e-mail with a remark about a judge and
included a picture of a monkey ”.
A Legal Complaints Review Office
summary of the matter reveals more
about the banana skin that tripped the
lawyer, whose identity is not disclosed.
The lawyer was found to have been
“judge shopping” when he sent an email
to court staff and a prosecutor asking for
a matter to heard when a particular judge
wasn’t in town.
The lawyer attached a picture of a
monkey, which he said was “a light-
hearted attempt to bring some levity
to their work”. He claimed he’d shared
jokes over email with the prosecutor’s
predecessor and had no reason to
disrespect the judge.
The lawyers’ standard committee fined
the lawyer $2000, a decision upheld by
the complaints review office.
“On reflection,(the lawyer) accepts
that his email attaching the monkey
picture was open to more than one
possible interpretation and could be
misconstrued,” the office’s decision says.
The ministry’s legal aid services general
manager Michele McCreadie said since
improvements to the legal aid system early
this decade, the number of complaints
about legal aid lawyers had declined
and the proportion of substantiated
complaints had fallen slightly.
“The large majority are not substantiated
through an investigation. Sometimes our
investigation shows that the complaint
about a lawyer was vexatious,” Ms
“For example, last year there were 161
complaints made, of which 35 were
substantiated. This is in the context
of the approximately 80,000 legal aid
applications handled last year.”
The Law Society’s legal ser vices
committee convenor Liz Bulger said the
amount of complaints about legal aid
lawyers was decreasing as the number of
legal aid grants fell, and because of the
quality checks in place.
Legal aid lawyers have to gain approval
and re-approval to give publicly funded
legal aid ser vices to clients who otherwise
could not afford legal representation.
Complaints without substance could
sometimes come from clients in custody,
who had received advice from prison
“ bush lawyers” and thought their own
lawyer had acted wrongly, Miss Bulgar
Others did not appreciate the demands
on lawyers, particularly when they were
in time-consuming trials, and expected
constant focus on their case.
Tears, hugs, relief
at guilty verdict
They were the words Julie Morris
had waited a long time to hear —
Michael Thrift Murray was guilty
of the murder of her son Connor
Mrs Morris, who had been in
court every day for the trial of the
man who killed her son on August 3
last year, burst into tears and hugged
her daughter, Cymmion, tightly.
Murray, 34, pleaded not guilty to
Mr Morris’ murder, but yesterday
after a two-week trial in the
High Court at Auckland a jury of
eight men and four women were
unanimous in their verdict. He
was guilty. Soon after hearing of
the verdict by phone, Mr Morris’
girlfriend Millie Elder-Holmes
shared her thoughts on social media.
“ We all knew it, glad the justice
system came through for you baby
@cnnrmrris cant believe I’m happy
about something so sad, doesn’t
bring you back or change our reality
now, doesn’t change how much we
all miss you ... but you got justice
and for everyone who knew you
it means a little bit of closure.
Mrs Morris and her daughter
were supported in court by family
and friends, among them members
and associates of the Head Hunters
gang. Mr Morris was a member
and his father, Chris, a senior Head
Chris Morris had also attended
court every day but left after the
jury retired to deliberate, preferring
to hear the verdict by phone.
He posted a message on the
Facebook page RIP Connor Morris,
set up by the family as a tribute.
“Thank you everybody for the
good wishes. My son Connor can
now rest in peace,” it said. The gang
connection played a large part in the
trial, but yesterday Mrs Morris was
there as a mother seeking justice
for her child. None of the Morris
family were ready to speak about
the verdict yesterday.
But they stopped as they left the
court building to thank police who
had worked on the case.
In court, one of Mr Morris’
relatives shouted to the jury “thank
you from our family”.
He was then hushed by court staff
when he yelled across to the dock
“Murray your time is coming ”.
Murray, flanked by four security
guards, remained silent and still as
the verdict was read. His eyes welled
up but he did not cry.
Mr Morris died after a street
fight broke out on Don Buck Rd
in Massey last year. Murray saw
Mr Morris assaulting his younger
brother Stanley Popata-Murray.
He swung a sickle “full force” at Mr
Morris, hitting him in the side of the
head. The impact broke the 26-year-
old’s skull, the blade penetrated his
brain and he died almost instantly.
Murray claimed the strike was in
defence of his brother and was not
intended to injure, let alone kill, Mr
After hearing evidence from 46
Crown witnesses, and Murray and
his brother for the defence, the
jury found there was murderous
intent at the time. Murray, who was
defended by Marie Dyhrberg and
Kathryn Maxwell, will be sentenced
He was convicted of murder
yesterday and given a warning
under the three strikes law by
Justice Edwin Wylie.
Detective Senior Sergeant Stan
Brown, who led the investigation,
said he would not be commenting
until after Murray had been
New Zealand Herald
John (Ken). — Shirley
Evans, Diane, Debbie
and Mandy Little would
like to thank one and all
for all the support we
got on the passing of our
partner and father. The
baking and cards were
thanks to doctors and
staff of Morice Ward,
Julie Taggart and Chris
Cuff for their visits.
Lastly staff and courtesy
van driver at Daffodil
House for their care.
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A syphilis surge in Christchurch has
sparked a call for more awareness about safe
In the past 18 months, syphilis cases have
doubled in the city, according to the New
Zealand Aids Foundation.
The jump in syphilis cases was due to gay
and bisexual men having unprotected sex,
Aids Foundation executive director Shaun
He said gay and bisexual men were “far
more at risk” of contracting syphilis and
other sexually transmitted infections than
heterosexuals. “87% of all cases of syphilis in
New Zealand are amongst gay and bisexual
men,” he said.
“There is an easy way to stop this — use
Mr Robinson said syphilis spread quickly
and if left untreated, could cause serious
problems such as brain damage, nerve
damage and blindness.
He said heterosexual people were also
vulnerable to the contagious disease.
Mr Robinson said men might not know
they contracted the disease as syphilis did
not have obvious symptoms.
“It ’s really important to get tested and it ’s
relatively easy to get it treated these days.”
Mr Robinson said GPs can offer full
Alternatively, he said people could book a
free visit to the Christchurch Sexual Heath
In late June, Auckland District Health
Board issued an alert to health professionals
about a big jump in the number of cases of
syphilis in that city.
Rise is syphilis cases sparks
calls for safe sex awareness
Man stole almost $100,000 to gamble
A Dunedin man who stole almost
$100,000 from his employer to
fund a gambling problem is facing
potential jail time.
Daryl Owen Fraser (62) made
more than 200 unauthorised
payments from his employer’s
bank account into his Westpac
account while working as an office
administrator for Weathertight
Windows and Doors Ltd between
February 2013 and June this year.
He transferred a total of $99,054
over 219 separate transactions.
Fraser paid wages and debtors as
part of his role and had access to
the company ’s internet banking.
Public defender Andrew More
said at the D unedin District
Court yesterday Fraser’s gambling
problem had become so bad he
was unable to pay rent.
The defendant was trying
to unlock KiwiSaver funds of
$25,000 to pay back some of the
money, he said.
Mr More proposed a starting
point for a prison sentence of
between two to three years, based
hardship, a sentence of home
detention should be considered,
Judge Michael Crosbie said
Fraser’s ability to reimburse part
of the money before his sentencing
in October could be the difference
Weathertight Windows and
Doors Ltd is a D unedin company
founded by its three directors in
Fraser was employed by the
company in February 2013.
He pleaded guilty to the charge
of theft and was convicted and
remanded on bail by Judge
Otago Daily Times
New Zealand’s population is
growing at a faster rate than
Australia and at its fastest rate for
more than a decade, according to
Statistic New Zealand figures
released today show the country’s
population grew by 86,900 people,
or by 1.9%t, in the year to June 30.
The latest figures show Australia’s
population growing at 1.4% a year.
Net migration — arrivals minus
departures — was 58,300, and the
“natural increase” — births minus
deaths — was 28,700.
New Zealand ’s estimated resident
population was 4.6 million.
“The last time New Zealand’s
population grew at this rate was in
2003 when the increase was 2%,”
population statistics manager Vina
“The last time New Zealand’s
growth rate exceeded Australia’s
was 2004.” There are also changes in
the age structure with the younger
(15-39 years) and older (40-64
years) working-age populations now
similar in size (33.3 and 32.2% of
the total population, respectively).
In comparison, two decades
ago, those in the 15-39 age
bracket accounted for 38.7% of
the population while those aged
between 40-64 years comprised only
“The working-age population is
now equally split between younger
and older people,” Ms Cullum said.
“The population has aged over the
last 20 years with a larger proportion
of the population in the 40-64 age
group than there was in 1995.”
New Zealand’s population growing
faster than Australia’s
critical condition after
a fall in West Harbour,
Auckland last night
The incident happened
around 10.45pm, St John
Ambulance said. A man
was taken to hospital in
a critical condition, the
Fire Service said. One
person was treated at the
scene, and then taken to
Auckland Hospital. in a
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