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35-year beard gets the chop for Great War commemorative march
Wairarapa farmer Bill Hallett had his wife Rosemary shave his beard for a World War One
Bill Hallett is taking
a World War One
so seriously he has
shaved off his distinctive,
It was his wife
Rosemary who had the
shaving honours before
seeing her husband clean
shaven for the first time.
His actions are so
that he can resemble
a clean-shaven World
War One soldier during
this Sunday ’s 21km
March — an official
“ I’ve been told that
soldiers weren’t allowed
facial hair and it was only
officers who were allowed
a moustache so to make
the re-enactment march
as authentic as possible
I decided it was finally
time to farewell my
beard,” Mr Hallett, a
former marine engineer
in the Royal New
Zealand Navy, said.
“Thankfully my wife
Rosemary was more
than happy to share my
enthusiasm and agreed
to shave it off. It will be
the first time in the 10
years we’ve known each
other, she’s seen me clean
Mr Hallett is one of 250
registered marchers set
to mark 100 years since
soldiers marched from
the Featherston Military
Camp in the Wairarapa,
over the Rimutaka Hill
to awaiting ships in
bound for war.
small platoon of marchers
wearing replica Great
War uniforms supplied
by Wingnut Films and
will march alongside
other direct descendants
of soldiers that trained
at Featherston Camp, a
group of cadets and New
Zealand Army personnel.
Mr Hallett is marching
in memory of his
great- grandfather on
his mother’s side, Percy
Blackburn, a lance
corporal in the 2nd
Battalion of the Otago
Mr Hallett has
military records and a
photo showing that Mr
Blackburn was part of
(September 29, 1917
to October 5, 1917) in
Belgium and that he
was awarded a Military
Medal for conspicuous
gallantry and devotion to
duty after volunteering to
obtain information under
March event organiser
Robert “Tweet ” Bird, a
former New Zealand
army chef, showed his
support for Mr Hallett
by obser ving the beard
shave-off at the weekend.
“I think it ’s great what
Bill has done — it shows
to the march and a sign
of respect to all those
soldiers we will walk in
memory of,” he said.
Mr Bird admitted he
also had a slight change
in appearance since
training for the march —
shedding 8kg of weight.
— NZ ME-New Zealand
Bill Hallett before.
Bill Hallett after.
Preliminary discussions in the Kim
Dotcom extradition hearing have been
dominated by finger pointing over
alleged dirty tactics from both sides.
The long-awaited hearing followed
Federal Bureau of Investigation charges
laid in January 2012 when the internet
entrepreneur and three others —
Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk
and Finn Batato — were arrested on
charges of criminal copyright violation.
Though the Auckland District Court
case began yesterday, the purpose of the
sitting was to structure the next four
weeks, with the extradition hearing
proper to begin on Thursday.
Christine Gordon, QC, on behalf of
the United States Government, said
starting with the extradition eligibility
hearing before hearing three different
applications for a stay of proceedings
was the “practical and rational” way
But lawyers for the four respondents
argued the stay applications should be
heard, and ruled upon, first.
Mr Dotcom’s lawyer Ron Mansfield
said even before that the key issue for
Judge Nevin Dawson to decide was
whether the defendant had breached
New Zealand law.
He said Megaupload was effectively
an internet ser vice provider and as such,
under the Copyright Act, was protected
It was the first time the issue had been
raised in reference to Mr Dotcom’s case.
Mr Mansfield expected the Crown -
on behalf of the US Government — to
for ward a “competing interpretation”
of the law but he said if the court saw
it from Mr Dotcom’s point of view it
would end extradition proceedings.
Ms Gordon was critical of the stay
applications filed by defence counsel
one of which contained “wide-ranging
allegations against various New Zealand
agencies and government departments
revealing an alleged abuse of process
warranting a stay of the extradition
proceedings”, according to Ms Gordon.
But she called them “mostly speculative
and lacking an air of reality”.
The application also contained a
suggestion the US directed the New
Zealand government to give Mr
Dotcom permanent residency so they
knew where he was.
“All supposition and drawing of links
without basis,” Ms Gordon said.
Illingworth, QC, debated that but
focused on the point that he and other
counsel had been deliberately restricted
from accessing US expertise by Crown
“This case is being touted as the biggest
copyright case in the history of the
United States,” Mr Illingworth said.
“It inevitably involves the need for
us to engage advisers in US law and
advisers concerning the way cloud
storage facilities operate. Those issues are
embedded in the US case.”
They had asked for clarification
regarding funding to retain the overseas
experts in April but only received a
response from the Crown in September.
He said the amount involved was
proportionately small compared to the
large sums the on which the case was
Mr Illingworth called it a “deliberate
tactical decision” to hinder their defence
and was an abuse of process.
Mr Mansfield was keen to point out
that Dotcom was not trying to avoid an
impending extradition hearing.
Judge Dawson will now decide the
order of proceedings to begin on
Thursday. — NZ ME
Oamaru police are appealing
for information after 24 ewes
were stolen from a North Otago
saleyards on Sunday night.
Gus Caldwell, of Rural Livestock
Ltd, helped unload 45 ewes,
belonging to Ross and Jo Hay, at
the Waiareka saleyards on Sunday,
leaving about 6.30pm.
He returned at 6am yesterday and
after finishing sorting cattle, went
to sort the ewes, about 7.30am.
“I said, ‘There should be more
there,’ and found 24 had gone
missing,” Mr Caldwell said.
It was unlikely the ewes could
have escaped and Mr Caldwell
believed at least two trailer-loads
or a “decent ” truck would have been
need to move the sheep.
“O bviously, someone has backed
in with a truck or trailer and helped
themselves,” he said.
Thefts of stock from the Waiareka
saleyards was not unheard of, but
only happened about once or twice
every 10 years and usually involved
smaller numbers, Mr Caldwell
The remaining 21 ewes sold
for $89 each yesterday and Mr
Caldwell estimated the loss to Mr
and Mrs Hay to be about $2136.
Mrs Hay said most of the stolen
ewes had electronic ID ear tags and
all had orange raddle down their
backs. She asked the public to keep
an eye out for the stolen stock.
Acting sergeant Anton Perham,
of Oamaru, said investigations were
under way. — Otago Daily Times
Rustlers take sheep from yards
Oceania Dairy, the South
Canterbury-based dairy company
controlled by China’s Inner
Mongolia Yili Industrial Group,
has set a guaranteed minimum milk
payout for its suppliers this season
at $4.50 a kilogram of milk solids,
or 65c more than Fonterra Co-
operative Group plans to pay.
“ With Fonterra reducing its
forecast payout for the season
to $3.85, we wanted to send an
important signal of support and
partnership to our supply farmers,”
Oceania’s general manager, Roger
“ By providing
minimum guarantee, we can
offer our supply farmers some
certainty to their cash flow and
operational planning for the
2015-16 season. ”
Yili acquired the fledgling
Oceania in 2012, gaining access
to 38ha of land at Glenavy with
existing resource consents to build
a dairy processing factory after
the previous owners failed to raise
enough funds to complete the
Yili officially opened its
$236 million plant in November
last year and said it would invest a
further $400 million over five years
at the site. — NZME
Oceania sets milk payout at $4.50
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