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Prime Minister John Key has
disappointed South Westland
residents planning celebrations to
mark 50 years since the Haast Pass
Highway was officially opened.
Organising committee chairman
Wayne Allanson, of Haast, said
an invitation was sent to Mr Key
18 months ago but it was declined
about a month ago.
“ We were pretty disappointed
by that,’’ Mr Allanson said and a
“polite’’ request had been made for
him to reconsider, or for another
Government minister to attend.
Mr Allanson said he had not yet
received a reply.
“ You can only put the invite there.
“ You can’t force someone to
come if they do not wish to,’’ Mr
A spokeswoman in the Prime
Minister’s office said Mr Key was
unable to attend because of “prior
For security reasons, she declined
to say what these commitments
were, but said some events in
the Prime Minister’s diary were
organised three years ahead.
The spokeswoman said Mr Key
wished organisers and the local
community “all the very best for
the event ’’.
Mr Allanson felt it would have
been appropriate to have Mr Key
at the celebrations because the
last 50km link in the highway
between Haast and Paringa —
was officially opened by National
Prime Minister Sir Keith Holyoake
on November 6, 1965.
Those who were at the opening
recall Sir Keith receiving a very wet
South Westland welcome.
Torrential rain was so heavy
the road had to be closed again,
temporarily, shortly after it was
Edward ‘Sos’ Watson, of Lake
Hawea, who died earlier this year,
worked on the road for many
years and recalled, with some glee,
one unofficial part of the opening
He was was one of the 1000
people standing in oilskin jackets
and gumboots, looking up at
Sir Keith and other dignitaries
through the rain.
“ We were actually soaked to the
hide. It was absolutely pouring.’’
The official party was on a
platform, where it remained dry
beneath a tarpaulin cover.
“And we were all standing there,
watching it getting lower and
lower and filling up with water —
probably had two or three hundred
gallons of water sitting on top of
“And the ropes broke and they
got the lot.
“ We just absolutely roared,
because we were all soaked to the
Otago Daily Times
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John Key can’t attend Haast Pass 50th
Ballooning numbers of preschool
children are being taught at home
by under-qualified grandparents
and nannies, prompting fresh
concerns about the quality of
taxpayer-funded early learning.
In just 10 years, the number of
children enrolled in at-home care
has doubled to 32,000.
Seventy percent of those are in
‘standard’ ser vices, meaning their
carers can be unqualified as long
as they are super vised by a teacher
who visits once a month.
Au pairs, grandparents and stay-
at-home mums are all among those
being paid from the $1.5 billion
early childhood education (ECE)
budget — which the architect of
the 20-hours-free policy, former
Labour Party education minister
Trevor Mallard, says was never its
The policy of 20 hours’ free
ECE for three and four-year-olds
was introduced by Helen Clark’s
Labour government in its final
National kept it, but cut
the move towards a 100% qualified
workforce, instead focusing on
getting 98% of all youngsters in
that age group in ECE by 2016.
This resulted in rapid sector
growth and a slew of reports about
the lack of quality, including a
study from this week that found
a quarter of ECE teachers would
not put their own children in the
centre where they worked.
Mr Mallard said the Labour
government “always worked on the
basis that we were heading towards
a fully qualified workforce, and
20-hours was part of an integrated
deal to have quality”.
“ I’m not saying that grandparents
can’t look after grandchildren but
they ’re not professionals or trained
and I don’t think it ’s the role of the
state to be paying people who don’t
have the training.”
Home-based care has been a
particular issue, with one taskforce
report calling it “deeply troubling”.
That led Education Minister
Hekia Parata to commission a
At the time, the Education
Ministry said some of its
concerns were that “housework
was increasingly becoming part
of home-based early childhood
were growing rapidly, and some
recruiting informal arrangements”.
However, the review was later
scrapped, with Ms Parata saying
it would be covered instead by
a funding review, a review of
information systems and a working
New Zealand Herald
Fears for home-taught
An acquaintance of the man
arrested during the search for
10-year-old Alex Fisher has told
how he convinced the accused to
walk out of the forest where police
were searching for the boy.
The arrested man has interim
name suppression after being
charged with possession of a knife.
The acquaintance, a Waitarere
Beach resident, said he was alerted
to Alex’s disappearance by a friend
early on Tuesday morning.
He immediately knew something
was wrong and decided to go
looking in Waitarere Forest.
“ I was the one who found (the
man) and convinced him to walk
out,” the resident said.
acquaintance was present when
they arrested the man but were still
trying to verify other details.
They have inter viewed him and
are expected to talk to him again.
The acquaintance said there was
“more to the story” but he could
not comment any further.
He did not want to “tread on the
family’s toes” or obstruct the court
He also said he had been
offered money by another media
organisation to tell his story.
The arrested man, who lives in
the region, appeared before Levin
District Court on Wednesday
charged with carrying a knife on
That is in the area where the
search for Alex was focused.
He was remanded in custody
by consent until next Wednesday.
The court heard he is likely to face
at least one further unspecified
The Korean Consulate is urging
the police and Immigration New
Zealand to investigate claims that
Korean sex workers were being
held against their will in a central
A man, who had visited a sex
worker as a client, c laimed a
note was allegedly written by the
prostitute and secretly handed to
him seeking help.
The note, written in Korean
ethnic script on a yellow post-it
sheet, translated as: “Help me! I
want to go back to Korea.”
But police said after inter viewing
the man that there was insufficient
investigation and felt confident
the situation disclosed “may not be
“ We have urged both New
Zealand Police and Immigration
to carry out immediate and
thorough investigations for this
matter. We have been working
closely with them,” Korean consul
Kyoung Ho Kim said.
“The consulate has been taking
this matter very seriously as it may
involve the safety and wellbeing of
our Korean nationals.”
He alleged the woman told him
that she and four others, also
from Korea, were held captive
in the apartment and could not
go anywhere without being
It is understood the man also said
he was told that more sex workers
are being brought in from Korea to
work at the address this week.
Immigration assistant general
manager Peter Devoy said it
needed names of the individuals
who are allegedly being held
captive before the agency could
proceed any further.
“ INZ does not condone any
illegal workers in any industry
but it does need full names of
any individuals working in the
industry and suspected of being
on a temporary visa so that it can
check their immigration status
and take appropriate action,”
Mr Devoy said in an e-mail
“ If you can supply the full details
in this case we can act on the
New Zealand Herald
Korean sex worker claims
Ph 768 0250
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Arthur (Bill). —
Tony, Barry, Ann-Marie
and Janie and families
wish to sincerely thank
support following the
loss of their father. To
everyone who attended
the funeral and rosary
service and also to those
who sent flowers, cards
and food. A special
thank you to all the staff
at Richard Seddon
Hospital for your care
over the last two years.
Also thank you to Jenny
Spring, the Greymouth
Oncology Nurses Marie
and Mary and also
Please accept this as a
ment of our apprecia-
Patrick (Jim). —
Passed away peacefully
at Stillwater Gardens.
Loving father of Teresa
and Mark. Estranged
husband of Daphne.
Loving Grandad to
Amanda and Jessica.
Brother to Peter, Brian,
Kevin and Patricia. A
funeral service for Jim
will be held on Wednes-
day October 14, 2015, at
Our Lady Of Perpetual
Help Church, William
Street, Richmond at
2pm. Messages to Shone
and Shirley Funeral
Directors, PO Box 9046,
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
Passed away peace-
fully surrounded by her
family at Granger House
Greymouth on October
9, 2015. Aged 85. Much
loved wife of the late
Frank, dearly loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Murray and Lyn,
Ann and Neil Smith, and
Jon and Fiona, loved
nana of Kylie, Sam,
Olivia, Conor, and Reef,
loved great nana of
Della, and Maleia, loved
sister and sister-in-law
of Charlie and Barbara
Nightingale, Allan and
June Nightingale, and
the late Skipper, and a
loved sister-in-law, aun-
ty, cousin, and friend.
Messages to 6 Devon
Street, Greymouth 7805.
Flowers respectfully de-
clined, donations to the
Cancer Society would
be appreciated and can
be made at the Church
or posted to PO Box 81,
Greymouth 7840. A
Service to celebrate
May's life will be held in
Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, Tainui Street,
Greymouth on Tuesday
at 2pm followed by
cremation in Greymouth
at the Westland Cre-
matorium. — Westland
FDANZ. Phone (03)
(nee Mills). —
Peacefully, with her
family around her, in
Dunedin Public Hospital
on Friday, October 9,
2015. Cherished wife of
the late Dr Alex Luke,
Janette and Jim Strang
and Joan (Mosgiel),
Shona and Fred Ross
(Mosgiel), Alastair and
much loved nana of
Andrew, Rebecca, and
Emma; Sarah, Hayden,
and Matthew; and Ben;
and special great grand-
nana of her seven great
was a resident of Mos-
giel for over 62 years.
We acknowledge a life
well lived. A service to
celebrate Daphne's life
will be held at the
Church, Church Street,
Mosgiel, at 2pm Wed-
nesday, October 14,
2015. Followed by a
private cremation. Mes-
sages to Luke Family,
C/- Campbell and Sons,
PO Box 183, Mosgiel
Campbell and Sons
Acquaintance of accused: ‘I
convinced him to walk out ’
A teenager is dead and two
others injured following a collision
between a car and a truck on
Omoto Road, on the outskirts of
Greymouth last evening.
morning confirmed a 17-year-
old Greymouth boy died at Grey
Base Hospital last night following
the crash, which occurred about
Two other young men in the
car at the time of the crash were
also taken to hospital and received
medical treatment, Greymouth
detective sergeant Gavin Nicholls
said this morning.
An occupant of the truck
involved in the collision was
treated at the scene and was able to
go home after wards, Mr Nicholls
Police were anticipating releasing
the dead teen’s name later today,
once all of his family had been
informed of his death.
State highway 7 between Omoto
and Kaiata was closed overnight.
the road would remain shut
for much of today while serious
crash investigators examined the
Brigade fire chief Lee Swinburn
said two fire appliances were called
to the scene with one remaining to
assist police for over two hours.
Mr Swinburn said both the
vehicles involved in the fatal crash
suffered extensive damage, with
the car cut in half from the impact
and debris strewn along the road
for a “considerable distance”.
The ongoing road closure this
morning, with diversion of traffic
across the Cobden Bridge and via
Taylor ville, meant the Greymouth
Harrier Club decided to cancel
their annual two or four person
Race organiser Chips Robinson
said with part of the course
anticipated to be closed for much
of today and more traffic flowing
along the Taylor ville Road, the
organisers decided to call off the
annual event in the interests of
It would not be rescheduled this
Teen dead in fatal
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