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Greymouth High School has named its team leaders for 2016 — Joe Lunn (sports), left, Emily Urban (arts), Ngawahine Feast-
Thompson (Pounamu House), Heather Evans (Tawa House), Luca Toal (Kahurangi House), Ginnia Latta (Rata House), Gina
Hopkinson (arts), Quintin Te Waiti (Pounamu House), Hannah Hill (head girl) and Kiwa Kahukura Denton (head boy). Absent:
Kyle Hunt (Pounamu House leader).
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Greymouth High leaders announced
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Ted and Kay
November 6, 1965
in St Patrick’s Church,
Congratulations on 50 years
Lots of love from all your
children and grandchildren
Leonie (nee Edwards).
On November 5,
2015, at West Eyerton.
Dearly loved daughter
of the late Arthur and
Lena Edwards, sister
and best friend of Jo
Keppel (Ahaura), loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Amanda and
Gerry Van Rooy, Jason
precious nana of Lilly
and Bella. A passionate
piper who was a coura-
geous fighter, now at
rest after a long battle
with cancer. On behalf
of mum a special thanks
to the West Coast Can-
cer Society, the nursing
staff of Ward 26, Christ-
church Hospital, the
Oxford district nursing
staff, and to Steve and
Mark, the two wonderful
specialists at Christ-
church Hospital for their
compassion in caring for
mum. A service will be
held in Hope and Sons
Chapel, corner Ander-
sons Bay Road and
Oxford Street, Dunedin
at 3pm, on Wednesday,
November 11, 2015,
followed by private
cremation. In lieu of
flowers donations to the
West Coast Cancer
Society would be appre-
ciated. Please donate at
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Guy Fawkes will be about more
than fireworks for one Nelson
and Hari Hari family with three
generations now celebrating
their birthdays on the same day.
Dave Rooney, his son Shayne and
the latest addition Cullen were all
born on November 5.
The coincidences do not stop
there though. Shayne’s wife
Krystal, their daughter Isabelle,
Krystal’s father and Shayne’s
grandfather also share the same
birthday, August 17. Shayne said
so many birthdays on the same
days was “weird but exciting”.
“ We’re a bit creeped out,” he said.
“It’s still sinking in. Not many
people have heard of so many
family birthdays on the same days
so they ’re a bit surprised when we
“Guy Fawkes has always been a
good day for me with it being my
birthday so now there’ll be even
more celebration. ”
He hoped all three generations
would be able to celebrate together
“ It will be my 30th and Cullen’s
first birthday so it will be a special
day. We had three cakes at the last
celebration with Krystal’s father so
we might have to do the same next
Guy Fawkes. ”
The family lives in Nelson, while
grandfather Dave lives in Hari
Hari. Dave said Cullen’s birth was
“ very special”.
“ My son now knows how I felt
when he was born,” he said. “People
seem to think it ’s a bit spooky that
we’re all born on the same day,
and that there’s four generations
with the same birthday through
Shayne’s wife, but we think it’s
“I ’m going to go up to Hokitika
and pick my other son up and then
go up to Nelson to see them as soon
as possible.” Dave also hoped the
three generations could celebrate
together next year.
Hari Hari man’s fireworks surprise
A devastated Rotorua woman claims
a hospital worker flushed her foetus
down the toilet after she miscarried
at Rotorua Hospital — denying her
the opportunity to bury it with other
Lakes District Health Board has
confirmed it has received a complaint
from the woman and is investigating
this week’s incident.
The woman’s midwife confirmed
she had been pregnant and had a
miscarriage at Rotorua Hospital, but
was not prepared to comment further.
The 21-year-old, who was 10 weeks
pregnant, told the newspaper she
was admitted to the hospital after
experiencing heavy bleeding and
stomach pain and was told she was
The woman, who did not want to be
named for privacy reasons, said she
was given pills to clear the foetus out
of her body and told if she wanted to
keep it she would need a pan in the
bottom of her toilet and that if the
tissue had not passed before night she
would need to stay.
At 1.30am the next day she used the
toilet and while doing so believed she
miscarried the baby.
The woman said she called a hospital
worker and asked them to check if it
was the foetus.
“She just looked in the toilet, turned
around and looked back at me and
then quickly flushed the toilet ...”
The woman said she watched what
she believed to be her baby get flushed
“ I said ‘Did you just flush my baby
down the toilet?”’
The woman said her partner of four
years had brought a box to the hospital
to put the foetus in.
“ We wanted to keep our baby and
take it to our marae and bury it,
because that ’s what we do. I wanted to
bury it with my nan,” she said.
“ I feel like something bad is going
to happen, like I’ve broken my
cultural protocol, without having my
baby buried. I feel like I’ve culturally
damaged myself,” she said.
“Is that what they do when they
have miscarriages? Do they just flush
whatever comes out down the toilet?”
The woman said she ran back to her
room and cried. She or her partner
would have been prepared to remove
the foetus from the toilet if necessary,
she said. She said she spoke to a senior
staff member the next day about what
“They said they had got an educator
up that morning specifically because
of what happened to me for them to
learn about miscarriages.”
The district health board had
acknowledged her complaint and told
her it was investigating, she said.
The woman’s mother was also upset.
“S he killed our joy, we wanted to
bury the baby with my mother ... so
they could be together. That was our
only little bit of joy and that ’s been
taken away from us,” her mother said.
The Rotorua Daily Post asked the
Lakes District Health Board about its
policies when women miscarry at the
hospital and whether they were given
the option to take foetuses home.
It did not answer this, or specific
questions about the woman’s claims.
Tapsell said: “Lakes DHB received
a complaint on Wednesday and an
investigation will be carried out as
part of our complaints process.”
NZME-Rotorua Daily Post
Woman claims hospital flushed her foetus down the toilet
Cancer student ’s rousing speech
One week before senior
prizegiving, 18-year-old Jake
Bailey was told he might not live
to see the day.
The Christchurch Boys’ High
School senior monitor, or head
boy, was diagnosed with one
of the world’s fastest growing
tumours — Burkitt lymphoma
He had written a speech for
prizegiving before his diagnosis
and managed to leave his
hospital bed to deliver it from a
wheelchair on Wednesday.
It has since been watched more
than 1500 times on You Tube.
“I wrote a speech. And then, a
week before I was due to deliver
that speech tonight, they said
‘ You’ve got cancer’, ” Jake said in
“They said ‘If you don’t get any
treatment within the next three
weeks you’re going to die. And
then they told me I wouldn’t
be here tonight to deliver that
Burkitt lymphoma is fatal if
left untreated but can be fought
with intensive chemotherapy.
Jake started his treatment last
He told his peers they had only
one life to live.
“I wrote this before I knew
I had cancer and now I have a
whole new spin on it,” he said.
At the end of the speech, Jake
struggled to hold back tears
alongside a large number of the
listeners. He will not be sitting
Year 13 exams alongside his
classmates this year.
A rousing haka and
of the school song met the end
of his speech.
Principal Nic Hill said the
boys’ response was spontaneous,
as the school was not sure
whether Jake would make it to
prizegiving from his hospital
Christchurch Boys’ High School head boy Jake Bailey
delivering his speech on Wednesday.
A police staff member spent more than
a year stealing lost property handed in
at the station by honest members of the
By the time a search warrant was
executed at the Henderson home of
27-year-old Hee Sung Choi in July, he
had pilfered more than 20 cellphones,
four laptops and two digital cameras.
Most of the phones had been sold
to a secondhand shop for a fraction of
their worth and some items had gone
through on-line auction site Trade Me,
but officers found enough to convince
them of the employee’s guilty.
The defendant later admitted charges
of theft and theft by a person in a
special relationship and was sentenced
in the Auckland District Court to two
months community detention this
Choi finally landed a job as a non-
sworn police officer at the start of 2014,
after volunteering for three years.
He was given the role of file
Auckland Central police station,
dealing with receiving, documenting
and storing property brought in by
members of the public.
But a couple of months into the job,
Choi began stealing that property.
His offending unravelled when a taxi
driver handed in a phone he had found
in his cab.
Choi took the Samsung phone home
with him and noted on the police
computer system that the item had
been claimed by the owner.
Days later, however, the real owner
went to the station and was puzzled
when counter staff told her the phone
appeared to have been returned.
Choi brought the phone back and
changed the database entry but it was
When officers reviewed CCTV
footage, it clearly depicted the
defendant putting several cellphones in
his pocket on multiple occasions.
The court heard how the offending
came against a background of financial
Choi had accrued debts of $20,000 on
his wife’s tertiary study and immigration
issues and when they broke up after a
few months of marriage he shouldered
He was now living with a pastor
and had recently found work as a
labourer, which meant he could pay the
reparation of $1507 at $50 a week.
Choi was also sentenced to six
months super vision, which will see him
undertake any counselling probation
Police have released the name of the man who died in a
work accident at a goldmine in Southland.
He was Mario Lelina, 30, from the Philippines.
He reportedly worked for the company Rosco.
Worksafe NZ would continue an ongoing investigation
into the incident, police said.
It was reported a man had been involved in an accident
while operating machinery at a goldmine.
He suffered critical injuries as a result and later died.
Police said the man’s next of kin had been told of his
Rosco worker named
Police staff member
stole lost property
A wreck of a yacht found on the sea
floor of Picton Harbour may be a 1970s
commercial vessel, police say.
The wreck was found by the
New Zealand Defence Force
(NZDF) during a training exercise last
It was initially thought the sunken
vessel could have been the Sioux — a
$150,000 yacht which went missing
five years ago. But divers have since
confirmed it is not the Sioux.
After another inspection yesterday,
police have a new “vessel of interest ”
a 1970s commercial fishing vessel
called Black Prince believed to have
been converted to a pleasure craft in the
Black Prince was also known as ‘Blue
Submarine’ during its fishing days due
to the way it moved through the water,
senior sergeant Peter Payne said.
Police would like to speak to
anyone who has any knowledge of
the Black Prince and anyone who has
photographs of it.
New lead in Picton
yacht wreck mystery
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