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With Greymouth experiencing a spell of fine, sunny weather for more than a week, Granger House staff took the
opportunity yesterday to get some of the residents out into the garden to enjoy a leisurely lunch to celebrate spring.
Pictured from the front are Claire Hansen, left, Jack White, Lena Malone, Barry Lepper, black, Gladys Frizzell, and Ross Turner
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Making lunch while the sun shines
Shots being fired on forestry land in
Notown are a nuisance to local residents with
the Greymouth Police warning they will be
cracking down on the shooters if it does not
Senior constable Mike Tinnelly said
Notown residents were being seriously
disturbed by the shooting and, “it ’s not on”.
The shooters were probably practising
sighting their rifles but this did not excuse
the nuisance they caused.
Mr Tinnelly said any shooter in the area
was only allowed to be there if they had a
permit from forest owner P F Olsen.
The noise nuisance had become pronounced
in the past couple of months and police would
consider prosecuting or confiscating firearms
licences if necessary. “ We are following up on
anything,” Mr Tinnelly said.
“A lot of those shots are being fired
in daylight hours and it ’s become a real
annoyance to the residents. This is becoming
a continuing problem in the Notown area
and we want to jump on it.”
The penalty for discharging a firearm
causing a nuisance was three months
imprisonment or a $3000 fine, but the police
would also consider revoking licences.
Notown shooting warning
Two young tourists died
yesterday after a sudden wind
gust caused waves to swamp
their kayaks and tipped them
into the icy water of Lake
Tekapo in South Canterbury.
The men, from overseas, were
part of an 11-member group
aged in their early 20s who were
travelling around New Zealand
in camper vans and had arranged
to meet at the lake for the day.
The other nine were rescued
by locals and emergency service
staff and treated for hypothermia.
Three were taken by ambulance
to Timaru Hospital, two in a
serious condition. Last night,
their condition had improved to
Inspector Dave Gaskin said
when the group first went out
on the lake, the weather was
calm. But they were hit by winds
gusting up to 40kph.
“The boats were swamped and
they were tipped into the water.
The air temperature when it
happened was about 3degC and
the water wasn’t much warmer
than that and they were in the
water for about an hour,” he said.
“I think all of them are very
lucky to be alive.
“ To spend that amount of
time in water that cold is pretty
The group, all wearing life-
jackets, were kayaking around
the lake unguided and had gone
too far from shore.
Mr Gaskin said emergency
services were alerted about
A local man who had hired out
the kayaks made the call after
seeing the change in weather.
“He tried to go out in the boat,
but the waves were too high.”
Mr Gaskin would not say
if the two deaths were due to
He said some of the group
were able to scramble ashore
on nearby Motuariki Island and
start a fire to keep warm.
Others made it ashore to the
banks of Lake McGregor.
picked up the nine kayakers and
retrieved the two bodies.
Mr Gaskin said the sur vivors
would stay the night in Timaru.
“They are obviously extremely
He said it was not unheard
of for the weather to change so
quickly. “Lake Tekapo is very
Godley Hotel duty manager
Rey Mendoza said he was
alerted to the tragedy by a flurry
Five ambulances were on the
lakeshore and a helicopter was
coming and going.
A local resident said the wind
was very strong in the afternoon
and the lake had been extremely
One News named the company
the kayakers were on the lake
with as Aqua Norts.
On its website, Aqua Norts
says it does not operate on
“severe windy and rainy days”. It
says: “If the status is closed due
to wind please understand that it
is for safety reasons as the wind
is a lot stronger on the lake and
the waves the wind create can
be deceiving when viewing from
the beach. Please understand
our decision. Thank you.”
An Aqua Norts representative
tearfully declined to comment.
Tourist reviews for the firm
are positive. On the website
Tripadvisor, a visitor from
Melbourne said: “Even if you
have gone kayaking before, this
is not to be missed. The clear
blue water and the amazing
atmosphere make it a must-do
In December, another visitor
said Aqua Norts offered “the
best way to see” the lake. “ The
instructor is a top bloke and
is more than happy to talk
you through each watercraft
on offer and give honest
The Lake Tekapo
about 245km south-west of
Christchurch, is famous for
recreation activities such as
tramping, mountain biking,
fishing, hunting, boating and
— New Zealand Herald
Two kayakers die
on Lake Tekapo
A driver who seriously injured three
people had ignored road warning
signs and was driving an unwarranted,
Ashley Owen McLeod, 30, of
Westport, appeared in the Westport
District Court yesterday.
He had admitted three charges of
dangerous driving causing injury.
The effects of the smash were so
catastrophic, a judge ordered police to
release a photograph to the media.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Michelle
Payne told the court McLeod was
driving his BMW towards Inangahua at
11am on June 16 when he lost control
on an ‘S’ bend on State highway 6, the
Lower Buller Gorge.
His car slid on the wrong side of the
road towards an oncoming landrover.
McLeod over-corrected and the
BMW ’s passenger side hit the front of
the landrover, which rolled into a drain.
McLeod had been travelling at over
82kph, ignoring a 55kph sign, Ms Payne
He had driven past three signs warning
of ice and grit on the road.
His car’s warrant had expired in April,
the springs in the wheels had been
cut down and were rubbing on the car
structure, and both rear tyres and a front
tyre were excessively worn.
The steering column was not properly
A couple in the other car were badly
The wife, 62, suffered a fractured back,
broken ribs, broken thumb, serious
chest bruising, blindness in one eye and
deafness in one ear.
Her husband, 65, suffered a broken
nose, broken rib and internal bruising.
McLeod’s passenger, an 18-year-old
man, suffered broken femurs in both
legs and a compound fracture of his shin
Judge Noel Walsh instructed police
to provide the media with a copy of a
photograph taken of the crash scene.
He said it showed what could happen
as a result of driving at speed in icy
He remanded McLeod at large to
November 26 for restorative justice and
a pre-sentence report.
He also directed that the injured couple
be given a letter McLeod had written to
The Westport News
The effects of the smash were so catastrophic, a judge ordered police to release a
photograph to the media.
Driver of unwarranted
More than $17,000 raised
for zoo keeper’s children
More than $17,000 has been raised
in an internet appeal for the children
of Hamilton Zoo curator Samantha
Kudeweh, who was killed by a Sumatran
tiger last weekend.
A Givealittle webpage has since the
appeal began on Wednesday attracted
$17,008.50 in donations from 138 people,
toward a trust set up for Ms Kudeweh
and her husband Richard’s children,
nine-year-old Billy and three-year-old
Sage. The Kudeweh Family Trust says all
proceeds are to go towards the children’s
education needs, and ensuring their
physical and emotional wellbeing.
“Sam’s passing will leave a huge hole
in many people’s lives, none more than
Richard, Billy and Sage’s,” the trust says
on the page. “Now is our opportunity to
say thanks to Sam and to help the family
worry a little less about their future.”
Ms Kudeweh, 43, was attacked by the
tiger, Oz, at about 11am on Sunday
and was dead by the time emergency
services arrived at the Rotokauri zoo
soon after wards. The zoo, where she was
second in charge, has decided not to
euthanise Oz or move him to another
The zoo will close again on Monday, for
Ms Kudeweh’s funeral.
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retired and serving are
respectfully requested to
attend the funeral of
former Station Officer
Ronald William Elston,
Runanga Brigade, Gold
Star Member on Mon-
day at 11am. G Gibbens,
— September 27, 2014.
It's a year today since
you've been gone.
Your folks looked down
and whispered low,
“Come with us Des, it's
time to go”.
Heaven's gates were
Angels lined up side by
Singing the Alleluia
chorus loud and clear.
You gave a sigh and we
A special man was on
his way and the angels
took you home to stay.
We miss you father that
But we all have special
memories of you.
Dearly loved husband,
father, grandad and
Ivy, Lyncia, Gary
and Molly, Tina and
Simon, Jasen and Tracy,
Sharn, Tineque, Amelia
and Corbin, Sophie,
Holly, and Tyler.
Passed away peacefully
on September 22, 2015,
in Christchurch, in his
86th year. Dearly loved
husband of the late
Dulcie, treasured father
and father-in-law of
Barbara (Timaru), Judith
and Matthew (Christ-
church), and Russell and
loved grandad of Jessica
and Danny, and Michael
and Daralee, loved
great-grandad of Sam,
Charlotte, Kyla, and
Blake, dearly loved
brother of Irwin, Ernie,
Merle, Barry, Yvonne,
and the late Kelvin, and
Edna, and a dearly loved
Messages to 5 South
Street, Runanga 7803. A
service to celebrate
Ron's life will be held in
the William Sampson
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth on Monday at
11am, Ron will then be
laid to rest at the Karoro
Lawn Cemetery. West-
land Funeral Services
Ltd. FDANZ. Phone
(03) 768 0250.
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Deep in our hearts a
memory is kept,
Of one we loved and will
Linda, Melissa, Jason
A child stuck up a
tree at the Barnardos
Early Learning Centre
on Alexander Street,
calls to both fire and
The child was snagged
in the tree had been
freed by the time
emergency ser vices
unpermitted fire on r ural
land on the outskirts of
afternoon is a reminder
of the obligations around
gaining the appropriate
fire permit, Greymouth
Volunteer Fire Brigade
deputy fire chief Graeme
O’Dea said this morning.
The brigade was called
to a scrub burn-off on
farmland near Ridgeway
Drive on the edge of
Boddytown at 4pm.
Mr O’Dea said the fire
was contained within
an hour, then the Grey
District Rural fire officer
took control of the scene.
The person who lit
the fire did not have a
permit and after virtually
no rain for the past seven
days the blaze could
have been far worse. Mr
“It doesn’t take much
for the Coast to become
dry with a few windy
“People should have
permits. There’s no
excuse,” Mr O’Dea said.
Youngster stuck up tree
Hoax bomb threat ‘no joke’
Police will today speak with a man who
made a hoax bomb threat overnight.
Shortly after midnight a caller phoned
in a bomb threat, saying there was a
device in a car outside Christchurch
central police station.
“ It turned out to be a hoax,” a police
The area around the car the bomb
was said to be in was evacuated. Police
believe they know who made the call
and would be speaking with a man
A man assaulted in west Auckland
overnight was rushed to hospital.
About 1.30am emergency ser vices
were called to Anich Road, Massey, after
“reports of disorder”, police say.
There they found a man who had been
assaulted. Anich Road was closed for a
time from the intersection of Zita Maria
Drive while officers completed a scene
Police say more information will be
Early morning assault
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