Home' Greymouth Star : August 25th 2015 Contents Greymouth Star
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 3
Burns prove fatal
A woman badly burned in a
Christchurch blaze last week has
died. The woman, in her late 30s,
was critically injured in a house fire
in Aldwins Road, Linwood, last
Tuesday. On Wednesday she was
transferred to a specialist burns
unit at Middlemore Hospital in
Auckland. She passed away yesterday.
The death is not being treated as
suspicious. — NZ ME
SPCA puppies stolen
Tauranga SPCA staff are reeling
after raiders cut through the shelter’s
1.8m security fence and stole two
puppies. Manager Margaret Rawiri
said the break-in was believed to
have happened on Saturday evening
or early Sunday. Staff discovered the
break-in on Sunday morning. One of
the puppies was Boss, a six-month old
male tan labrador-cross, which had
been at the shelter for three or four
weeks. The second, believed to be six
to eight weeks old, was a stray found
in Papamoa, which had been dropped
off at the shelter only on Saturday.
— NZ ME -Bay of Plenty Times
ATM swiped in ram raid
Tauranga police are hunting two
masked thieves who ram raided
the Paengaroa Gull ser vice station
and snatched an ATM containing
an undisclosed amount of cash.
Gull Paengaroa’s co-owner, Katrina
Green, said the ram raid, which
happened about 1.30am yesterday,
caused major damage. Te Puke
detective sergeant Trevor Brown said
the Subaru Forester used in the raid
was stolen from Rotorua Hospital
car park about 9.45pm on Sunday.
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
Sugar sparks alert
A substance found outside the Work
and Income office in L evin yesterday
morning was sugar. Emergency
ser vices were called to the offices on
Durham Street, L evin about 8.15am,
after an amount of an unknown white
crystal type substance was discovered
spread across the ground near the
front doors to the building. The
building was evacuated and cordoned
off by police and the Fire Ser vice.
Police later said the substance was
sugar and the building was reopened.
Two hurt in collision
Two people have suffered moderate
injuries in a crash in Hamilton this
morning. The collision between a van
and people mover vehicle occurred
on Boundary Road, with the van
ending up on the footpath. The road
was blocked, closing a bridge for
nearly an hour.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Numbers in Keno draw No 11588:
34, 40, 46, 48, 49, 52, 67, 80. Draw No
11589: 1, 6, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 23, 26,
27, 31, 34, 45, 47, 50, 55, 63, 64, 65, 79.
Draw No 11590: 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14,
20, 23, 25, 27, 30, 32, 36, 37, 39, 62, 64,
65, 74. Draw No 11591: 14, 15, 16, 23,
25, 28, 34, 35, 37, 39, 43, 49, 52, 53, 59,
63, 65, 68, 70, 75.
New home from the same mould
making casseroles in a slow cooker that
was contaminated with the drug.
The two adults went to Middlemore
Hospital with symptoms of nausea,
heart palpitations, dizziness, swollen
tongues and facial flushing after eating a
homemade bean casserole.
The two went to hospital on other
occasions after eating the same bean
casserole and a beef casserole all made in
the slow cooker.
Samples of the left-over casseroles were
taken away by Auckland Regional Public
Health Ser vice to try to determine what
caused their symptoms.
The samples failed to show any
evidence of poisoning, and were screened
for drugs or medicines.
The tests revealed methamphetamine
was found in both casseroles and on the
inside of the slow cooker and the inside
and outside of the lid for the slow cooker.
The case from October 2013 was
included in this quarter’s Public Health
Sur veillance Report, produced by ESR
for the Ministry of Health. The case is
a mystery, and no plausible explanation
for the contaminated slow cooker and
casseroles was found. — NZ M E
An Auckland mother who says her
youngest son’s medical woes were
caused by mould at the State house
she and her family lives in has been
offered a new home — but it is also
Mother-of-two Te Ao Marama
Wensor’s youngest son, Iriah, seven,
suffered from strokes. She had been
told by specialists that Iriah had
holes in his lungs, and an enlarged
heart, all as a result of the mould at
her Glen Innes home.
Her story came to light on Friday,
and Housing New Zealand said last
week it had offered temporary motel
accommodation to Ms Wensor and
Ms Wensor instead chose to
temporarily move into her cousin’s
house while she waited for a Housing
However, this morning Ms
Wensor told Radio New Zealand
she had been offered a new house
in Avondale, but when she visited it,
she found it was mouldy as well.
Black mould was visible on the
inside of some windows, along
windowsills, curtains, and on the
walls, she told the broadcaster.
“It’s disgusting and there’s mould
up on the curtains and the window
ledges and everything. It’s a real big
Ms Wensor turned down the
She had been reassured she would
not lose her place on the priority list
by doing so, she said.
In a statement to Radio NZ,
Housing NZ said the property would
have undergone a full maintenance
and repair check before a new tenant
It would continue to look for a
house for Ms Wensor, it said.
On Friday, Ms Wensor described
how the Glen Innes house was so
mouldy there were holes in the walls,
and she feared she would wake up
one day and her son would not “be
there any more”.
“All the mould from the bathroom
is just coming through to the walls.
“ Because the water’s coming
straight down from the inside of the
wall, coming down to the bottom, it
has just rotted all the wood on the
side of it.”
Last year one of her sons fell against
the wall and went straight through
it, she said last week. — NZ ME
$NZ KIWI DOLLAR ($NZ1)
$$$$N$NZZ KIKIWIWI DDOLOLLLAARR ($NZ1)
OLOLOLONNN ODODODONNN (((UUUS$/S$/S$/S$/OOOOUNUNUNCCCCE)E)E)
PRPRPRPR CECECECEC OIOIOIOIO SUSUSUSUS MEMEMEMETTTTAAAATTTT LLLLSSSSS
source: interest conz
NEW YORK (US$/OUNCE)
mark tet move t
As at 4pm August 24, 2015
a2 Milk Company
65 –4 274.6
253 –14 147 .0
ANZ Banking Gr
2939 –52 83.13
– 2.5 614.8
Auckland Intl Airpt
485 –14 476.2
257 –5.5 71.66
505 –13 137.0
500 –20 4.70
DNZ Prop Fund
212 –3 204.1
1000 –20 12.10
701 –19 420.9
699 –24 1361
Fonterra Share Fund
482 –3 170.6
525 –11 18.93
– 2.5 125.2
Goodman Prop Tr
119 –3.5 1003
106 –6 327.9
308 –9 120.5
148 –4 78.36
Kiwi Property Gr
131 –2 727 .8
1425 –19 3.27
208 –7 706.4
440 –17 15.00
Metro Perf Glass
Mighty River Power
388 –18 60.60
Orion Health Gr
340 –10 13.00
55 –4 291.2
1660 –15 13.78
113 –2.5 212.3
Prop For Industry
150 –2 203.2
370 –9 20.99
762 –14 51.19
124 –2 260.2
Sky Network TV
507 –9 595 .2
387 –3 581.8
296 –7.5 2168
Steel & Tube
260 –8 31.07
Summerset Gr Hldgs
370 –16 55.83
200 –3.5 11.68
Trade Me Gr
340 –7 820.0
745 –5 0.33
308 –7 48.31
Vital Hlth Prop Tr
166 –1 71 .66
256 –2 25.51
3199 –71 183.6
1305 –75 85.70
560 –15 23.84
Trading to 10:30am,
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
DECLINERS: 98 TRADED: 118
Aluminium High Grade
0.6985 0 .6497
Councils to decide on opening
Councils will be able to
decide whether retailers
can open on Easter Sunday.
“The current rules around
shop trading over the
Easter period are complex
and relatively arbitrary. The
law allows certain shops
selling specific items to
remain open, while others
must close their doors,”
Workplace Relations and
Safety Minister Michael
“ It also includes several historical
exemptions which allow shops in areas
such as Queenstown and Taupo to
open on Easter Sunday, while those in
Wanaka and Rotorua cannot.”
Mr Woodhouse said that meant some
businesses and regions had an unfair
advantage, and there was demand from
people across the country to allow for
shop trading on Easter Sunday.
“The proposed law change will enable
communities to choose whether or not
to allow trading. It will mean regions,
especially tourist areas, can respond
where there is strong demand for Easter
Mr Woodhouse said the law change
would also give workers the opportunity
to decline to work, with no reason
The fact that changes to only Easter
Sunday would be proposed was
because there was added religious and
cultural significance attached to Good
Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas, Mr
The bill is expected to be introduced in
the coming weeks, and the effects of the
law change would be seen when councils
make bylaws to allow for trading,
probably from Easter 2017.
First Union retail and finance secretary
Maxine Gay said the proposed law
would strip workers of one of only three
and a half days they were currently not
compelled to work.
She said there was no way they could
refuse to work.
“The minister’s promise that the law
will give workers the choice to accept or
decline work without reason is hollow. ”
“The same promise was made when
Sunday trading was introduced, but it
never came to anything,” Ms Gay said.
“ Power relations in a workplace make
it impossible for a worker to refuse to
work. Has the minister forgotten that?
While he says workers may decline to
work on Easter Sunday for no reason,
those workers on a 90-day
trial who refuse to work
can be dismissed for no
The Green Party also said
the Government ’s promise
that workers could say
no to working on Easter
Sunday was hollow.
Mr Woodhouse said
employees would not have
to work if they did not not
However, Green Party
industrial relations spokeswoman Denise
Roche said it was an empty promise. She
said many workers were not in a position
to say no, Radio New Zealand said.
“That ’s all very well for him to say that
they can take a personal grievance.
“ But it’s unlikely that they will do that
and try to maintain their relationship
with their employer at the same time. ”
Ms Roche said the Government was
trying to divert attention away from its
health and safety laws.
“The Government knows New
Zealanders think their health and safety
laws are a joke. Changing Easter Sunday
trading laws is a cynical attempt to divert
attention away from this mess,” she said.
“This is a deeply undemocratic move.
There have been a number of attempts
to change Easter Sunday trading laws
in recent years and all have failed on a
“ National is now looking to ram
changes through as a Government vote
and force MPs, like Bill English, to
vote for Easter trading even though it is
against their conscience.”
Retailers and tourism hubs say
relaxing Easter Sunday trading laws
will boost local economies and remove
inconsistencies that allow some towns to
trade while preventing others.
Queenstown, as a designated tourism
area, already has a historical exemption
from the current Easter Sunday ban,
allowing shops in the lakeside town to
ser ve its constant flow of visitors.
But less than 70km away, in the tourist
town of Wanaka, shops are forbidden
to open. Deputy mayor of Queenstown
Lakes district council Lyal Cocks, who
is also a Wanaka councillor, said retailers
there had taken to flouting the ban in
“ Even though no one likes to trade
outside the law, they did it through sheer
demand from the visitors and also a
bit of frustration knowing that a short
distance away, shops are allowed to open
legally. ” — NZME
An 84-year-old woman
attempting to park her car outside
the Kurow Four Square yesterday,
instead crashed through the store
The Hakataramea woman
was parking her Toyota Corona
outside the supermarket in
Bledisloe Street about 11.45am
when she hit the accelerator
instead of the brake, mounted
the kerb and crashed through the
front of the building.
“S he’s pulled in slowly to stop
and then hit (the accelerator) at
low speed, but enough to put the
whole front end (of the vehicle)
up to the driver’s door inside the
shop,” constable Craig Bennett, of
The woman was not injured in
the crash and “luckily” no one
was in that area of the shop at the
time, Mr Bennett said.
“S he was a little bit shaken and
very upset obviously by the crash
occurring,” Mr Bennett said.
When the car was winched out,
the 84-year-old was checked over
by medical staff and taken home
to be looked after by her family.
“ We had two off-duty
ambulance members and a prime
nurse and the local medical centre
nurse all passing the area at the
time,” Mr Bennett said.
The Kurow Volunteer Fire
Ser vice was also called to the
scene as a precaution.
A Kurow Four Square employee
and a customer watched the scene
unfold, just metres away, and shop
owners Mike and Diana de Jong
were close by.
“ I didn’t see it. I was unloading
a truck along the side (of the
building),” Mr de Jong said.
poked my head around the corner
to have a look.”
A magazine shelf was knocked
over and items were thrown off
other rows of shelving upon
impact, but the main damage was
to the front wall of the building.
It was later boarded up as a
“It could’ve been a lot worse,”
Mr de Jong said.
“It’s just annoying (but) these
things happen,” he said.
Mr Bennett said the driver
would be referred to the Waitaki
Staying Safe older driver
— Otago Daily Times
Shopping trip ends in drive-through
Members of the public work to free an 84-year-old woman who crashed her car into the Kurow Four
Square yesterday morning.
The damage to the shop’s interior.
A South Otago farmer convicted
of animal cruelty after mistreating
300 sheep — a quarter of which
died — has brought the industry into
disrepute, a Dunedin District Court
judge said yesterday.
Angus Maclean Penrice, 63, was
fined $18,200 for his treatment of
the animals on a farm near Balclutha
between June 1 and August 31 last
Weak and star ving sheep grazed
on substandard hay bales in an
enclosed area of the farm, while
others lay dead around them or were
propped up against a wall, the court
Judge Kevin Phillips said the
offence left a stain on New Zealand’s
“O ur community depends on its
reputation in relation to agriculture.
“The expectation of the ‘Joe Bloggs’
farmer is that farm stock is cared
for to a level of excellence. You have
brought farming, generally, into
Penrice had moved the 300 sheep
into a yard about 300m from the
property’s homestead after noticing
they were in poor condition.
However, his solution of feeding
them hay from bale feeders fell well
short of the mark, Judge Phillips
“They were so badly fed, they were
“ For some reason, you just shut
your eyes to the obvious, because you
didn’t take steps that were available
“ You could have called your
neighbours or other people to help
you, or called for assistance.
“It’s alarming to me that any farmer
could allow stock to be in that
Many sheep lay dead around the
bale feeders, while two of three
propped against a wall were also
The third was in such bad condition
it had to be put down.
Counsel for Penrice, David
Robinson, said his client ’s ability to
feed stock was affected by heavy rain
in April and May last year.
He said Penrice had used baleage
which had transpired to be of poor
quality, and wet conditions meant
food was trampled into the ground
“ He didn’t simply turn his back to
the situation. He did respond, but his
response was inadequate.”
Penrice had received favourable
reports from the ministry recently
about the state of his stock. Numbers
had since been decreased from 1500
He had followed
instructions to feed sheep higher
quality “lucerne” hay and reduce
stock by outsourcing. He had lost no
stock this winter.
Judge Phillips said Penrice was an
experienced farmer who should have
reduced his stock numbers last year.
Prosecutor for the ministry, Leonie
Matehaere, said feeding sheep from
bales was an inappropriate response.
“The dead bodies lying round
showed this was not working.
“The sheep were showing clear signs
they needed urgent remedial action. ”
The ministry found food was not
maintained and bales were unsuitable
for the needs of the sheep.
Poor weather was not an excuse
as the offending happened after the
rainy spell, she said.
Penrice was ordered to pay $2118
reparation for veterinarian costs and
$130 court costs in addition to the
He pleaded guilty to one charge of
ill-treatment or cruelty of animals.
The offending was just below the
medium level, Judge Phillips said.
In sentencing, the judge took in to
account Penrice’s early guilty plea, his
good character and the steps taken to
improve the farm’s quality.
— Otago Daily Times
Farmer fined $18,000 over animal cruelty
A Waikato pig farmer who has been
fined more than $100,000 and banned
from certain farming roles has a long
history of environmental offending.
Kenneth McIntyre and Kaimai Pork
Ltd have been fined $128,000 for
unlawfully discharging effluent and
having excessive stock numbers at a
commercial pig farm near Te Aroha.
investigations manager Patrick Lynch
said his offending spanned more than
eight years. — N Z ME-Newstalk ZB
Piggery effluent costly
New 10-year passports will be
available from the end of November
in time for New Zealanders
heading overseas for the Christmas
and New Year break.
“The hard work by the
Department of Internal Affairs in
preparing to introduce the 10-year
validity period will mean travellers
will be able to enjoy a 10 year
adult passport sooner,” Internal
Affairs Minister Peter Dunne said
“Subject to legislation passing
in Parliament, adults planning for
their Christmas holidays will be
able to apply for a 10-year passport
at the end of November, one month
earlier than originally planned.”
In July, ministers voted in favour
of increasing passports’ lifespan
from five to 10 years — but the cost
will increase to $180.
Mr Dunne, speaking after the
release of a select committee
report on the passports, said that
would still deliver an average
saving of $90 over a 10-year
“ Because a child’s appearance can
change significantly over time, the
child passport will remain valid
for five years as is international
The action on the lifespan of
passports comes after a surprise
measure in this year’s budget to
introduce a border levy. Travellers
leaving and coming to New
Zealand will be forced to pay $22
for a return international trip under
The Government estimates it
could raise an extra $100 million a
year from the new charge which it
plans to introduce next January.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
10-year passports in November
A couple who walked away from a
light plane crash yesterday are both
“recovering well”, their son says, despite
some reports that his mother’s condition
Alan and Anne Warner, were reported
missing after their Zenith Zodiac CH
601-XL aircraft failed to reach Stratford
Aerodrome, after taking off from
Whitianga on Sunday afternoon.
The single engine plane crashed near
Whangamomona in poor weather that
night, and they were found in thick bush
near the upturned wreck of the plane by
rescue chopper late yesterday morning.
Mr Warner, 58, suffered moderate back
injuries, and was last night discharged
from Taranaki Base Hospital. He was
“doing well”, the couple’s eldest son
Adam Warner said.
“Mum is in a stable condition with
chest and back injuries,” he said in a
statement released by the hospital.
“Contrary to some media reports, her
condition has not deteriorated and she
is currently recovering at Taranaki Base
She was expected to make a full
recovery, he said. — NZ ME
One dead as
A man has died and other people have
been evacuated from a central Auckland
hotel after reports of a toxic smell
emanating from a bathroom.
The Fire Ser vice has been at the Hotel
Grand Chancellor on Hobson Street
Firefighters took a 58-year-old man
from the hotel room where the smell was
coming from, but he had died, St John
Police closed two lanes of Hobson
Street and advised motorists to stay away
from the area.
Fire Ser vice spokeswoman Dallas
Ramsay said she was unsure whether the
entire hotel had been evacuated or just
There were 12 Fire Ser vice vehicles at
the scene and a decontamination zone
had been set up.
“D ue to the nature of the scene and the
number of Fire Ser vice personnel there I
would ask people to avoid the area,” Ms
At the scene, Fire Ser vice spokesman
David Wood said the toxic smell was
confined to one room on the third
floor of the hotel where the person was
Mr Wood said everything was under
control and only rooms nearby were
Staff gathered outside the hotel said
they were not told what had happened,
but were just told to evacuate.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Solid Energy says the voluntary
administration process is on track. If it is
successful, it will give it several years to
sell its mines.
A first meeting of creditors and
associated companies was held today in
Christchurch — the first milestone in
the five-week voluntary administration
(VA) process. The creditors voted against
forming a creditors’ committee and voted
to retain the existing administrators,
Brendon Gibson and Grant Graham
of Korda Mentha. The second creditors’
meeting — known as the watershed
meeting — is being held on Thursday,
September 17, in Christchurch.
Process on track — Solid Energy
Links Archive August 24th 2015 August 26th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page