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PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Kumara School Year 2 pupil Rylee Costello, left, Year 5 pupil Dakota Henderson and Year 1 pupil
Samantha Wafer busy filling old gumboots with gravel and potting mix for the upcoming Kumara Gala,
nexy Saturday. The creatively recycled rubber boots will be sold as planters with different plants in them
for the school fundraising stall. The Kumara Gala has become a big occasion for the school and it takes
a major part in organising children’s games, the bouncy castle, and the best dressed bike competition.
Much of the activity for the gala will be focused on the Kumara Hall, the village green and the main
street, with live band music, choirs, bike races, and an auction, from 10am until about 2pm.
School gala preparations
A child who crashed a stolen car
down a bank in Waikato while
speeding away from police should
pay up, the vehicle’s owner says.
Auckland man Harry Gosselman
said it was “disturbing” that young
children had been driving around in
his Mazda Logo, which was stolen
from outside his Green Bay house
early on Wednesday morning.
The car crashed two days later,
almost 90km from his home,
injuring all three of its occupants
a 10-year-old boy and two
A witness said the car could have
been travelling as fast as 135kph
before it crashed just off State
highway 1 at Ohinewai, north of
Huntly, about 3pm yesterday.
The three occupants, who were
taken to Waikato Hospital, had
injuries ranging from moderate to
The car’s owner said he was
about leave for work at 5am on
Wednesday but discovered it was
not where he usually parked it.
Mr Gosselman said it was
“disturbing” young children were
“Early on today I got a call from
the police saying the car had been
sighted and was driving erratically
and they wanted to make sure I
wasn’t the driver.
“Then I got the call back just after
5 o’clock about the incident. ”
The car was worth about $2500
but Mr Gosselman had only third
party insurance.Seeing it on tv
confirmed it was a writeoff.
It also contained power tools Mr
Gosselman uses for one of his jobs,
petanque equipment and a pair of
Items were strewn over the scene
and police told him they were
recovering what they could.
“I’m really annoyed,” he said.
“ It ’s become highly inconvenient
A friend had since lent him a car.
“It ’s actually really disturbing that
people like that are actually out
at the time of night stealing cars.
I’d like to try to meet them or get
Mr Gosselman was not sure if
that would happen.
“ Why would parents let their
children out at the time of that
night being that age?”
The vehicle, reportedly driven by
one of the 13-year-old girls, was
travelling in a westerly direction
along Tahuna Road when the
driver appears to have clipped a
roundabout at the intersection of
It lost control, over-corrected and
crashed through a fence before
sliding down a 4m cliff bank,
flipping and rolling on to a second
Police said they had been alerted
to “poor driving behaviour” in the
Mangateparu area about 1.50pm.
“The vehicle was followed
for a considerable distance by
the member of the public who
continued to provide good
commentary around the driving
behaviour and the direction the
vehicle was travelling in until
police were in a position to stop the
vehicle,” a police statement said.
“The vehicle failed to stop for
a short time before failing to
negotiate a part of the road and
subsequently crashing and landing
at the bottom of a bank near the
intersection of Lumsden Road and
Tahuna Ohinewai Roads. ”
Police said the serious crash
unit attended the scene and was
now investigating. A woman who
lives down Lumsden Road, about
1km away from the crash, said she
looked outside and saw five police
cars at the intersection.
“I was close enough to see all the
cars and think what the Dickens is
happening now?” she said.
The woman could not see the up-
turned car but saw an ambulance,
a helicopter and a fire truck at the
She was later told it was believed
the car could have been travelling
as fast as 135kph.
The crumpled Honda was towed
from the scene about 6pm, and
the road was reopened about
40 minutes later.
All that remains of the crash scene
are skid marks where the driver had
slammed on the brakes and tried
to avoid going over the side, and
debris and contents of the vehicle,
which remain strewn at the bottom
of the bank. —
Tragedy hits family
twice in 12 months
Tragedy has hit a Buller family
twice in a year.
John Samuel Manshande, 27, a
Waimangaroa farm worker, died
when his motorbike and a truck
collided in Waimangaroa on
Mr Manshande was the father of
Anamiek Manshande, 22 months,
who died when she fell into a pond
and drowned on a Waimangaroa
farm on November 18 last year.
communications manager Barbara
Dunn said Thursday ’s crash
about 11.40am on
Newcastle Street. Mr Manshande
died at the scene.
An investigation into the crash
was continuing, Ms Dunn said.
The Manshande family had been
living in Waimangaroa for about
It is understood the truck
involved in the collision was owned
by Johnson Bros Transport, and
was operating as a rubbish truck for
Buller District Council contractor
Another motor vehicle accident
occurred in the same area within 24
hours of Mr Manshande’s death.
A 53-year-old man suffered minor
injuries after his car collided with
another car and rolled into a ditch
near the corner of Fairdown Road
(State highway 67) and Cawthorn
Road at 10.15 yesterday.
That the man suffered only minor
injuries may be due to the fact that
he was wearing a seatbelt, St John
Buller territory manager Robbie
A St John ambulance transported
the man to Buller Hospital.
Three cars were travelling along
the road when the accident
happened, Ms D unn said.
Two of the three were involved,
when one of the cars was about
to turn right, and was shunted
into a ditch. The third car avoided
the crash. Police inquiries were
continuing, Ms Dunn said.
Westport Fire Station fireman
Graham Heaphy said two fire
trucks attended, but were not
and Jamie are pleased to
announce their engage-
ment with best wishes
from their parents, Ken
and Jude, and Brian and
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express our sincere
thanks to everyone for
their support and kind-
ness, food, flowers,
cards, phone calls and
visits given to us during
the sad loss of our much
loved husband, father,
grandies. Thank you to
everyone who attended
Stewart's funeral service
and especially to those
who travelled great
distances to be there.
Please accept this as
a personal acknowledg-
ment of our heartfelt
gratitude to you all.
on November 11, 2015.
Aged 70 years. Dearly
loved wife of Robin
(Ted), cherished mother
of Nick and his partner
Muri and Basil, loved
sister of Val and the late
Brian and a loved aunty
and friend. Messages to
PO Box 13, Franz Josef
7856. At Lorraine's
cremation has been held.
A memorial service for
Lorraine will be held at
St James Anglican
Church, Franz Josef on
18, commencing at
FDANZ Phone (03)
Mary. — In memory of
our dearly loved Mother,
Granny, and Great-
Granny Harv Moore
who passed away a year
Not a day goes by when
you're not in our
thoughts, your little
quirks and Grannyisims
crop up all the time
reminding us that you
may be gone but never
We all miss you Mum
A year since you left us,
a year of remembering
you, missing you, and
wishing you were still
It just isn't the same
Greymouth. We think of
you with much love
Love Barry, Donna,
HUGHES, John Leslie
(Jack). — Passed away
peacefully on Thursday
November 12, 2015 at
his home, most dearly
loved husband and best
friend of Val, devoted
father and father-in-law
of Lindsay and Delwyn,
Gary and Gina (all
of Perth), Jan and
Chris (Sunshine Coast),
Loved Grandad of his
seven grandchildren and
Graham and Lorainne,
Howard and Bernice,
and Trevor and Sandra,
and a loved uncle and
friend. Aged 77 years.
Messages to 9 Main
South Road, Greymouth
7805. Flowers declined
but donations to the
West Coast Cancer
Support Group, PO Box
81, Greymouth 7840
would be appreciated or
could be made at the
church. Special thanks
to all his wonderful
carers. A celebration of
Jack's life will be held
in the Holy Trinity
Anglican Church, Tainui
Street, Greymouth on
Monday at 1.30pm
followed by cremation.
Anisy Funeral Home.
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
Police warn buyers on cheaper fake licence plates
Novelty licence plates might
seem like the perfect Christmas
gift — but buyers beware, they are
most likely illegal and can attract
fines and demerit points.
A recent increase in the number
of fake licence plates being seized
by police has prompted a pre-
Christmas warning about the
consequences of being caught.
People purchasing black plates,
and plates personalised with images
are among some taken by police
recently. They can be purchased on
websites and allow owners a cheap
way to make their plates stand out.
Auckland’s motorway police say
they have been seizing at least one
set of fake plates each week. In
Mission Bay, nine sets were taken
off cars in one day this month.
“The only number plates that
drivers can have on their cars are
plates that have been issued by
NZTA or Personalised Plates Ltd,”
Waitemata road policing manager
Inspector Trevor Beggs said.
“This is to stop criminals from
masking stolen cars or cars that
have been used to commit crimes
with a fake plate. A licence
plate is considered to be an
official document issued by the
government to identify a car, just
like a driver’s licence identifies a
Displaying a plate that has not
been legally issued can result in a
$100 fine, 25 demerit points and
confiscation of the plates.
New Zealand Herald
A driver lost control of his car this
morning, ploughing into a group of
five people and seriously injuring
two of them.
Two people in the car were also
“All the injured were taken to
hospital by ambulance,” police said
in a statement.
Police said the incident happened
about 3.20am on Dominion Road,
Inspector Cornell Klussein of
police northern communications
understood the car’s driver was one
of the injured occupants. The police
serious crash unit attended the scene
and conducted a scene examination.
Mr Klussein said an investigation
The road had since re-opened.
The crash comes after a person was
seriously injured when they were hit
by a car in Point Chevalier, last night.
Emergency ser vices were called
to the scene, near Point Chevalier
Road, just after 9pm.
A St John spokeswoman said a
pedestrian, had been struck by a
vehicle and had been taken to the
Auckland City Hospital emergency
Driver ploughs into five people
A mercury spill of between 200ml
and 500ml in a building near
Alexandra this week was believed to
be the second biggest such spill in
the country in a decade.
The mercury, stored in a bottle,
was spilled in an outbuilding,
Alexandra’s deputy chief fire officer
Mark Hutton said.
The chemical was at the rural
property in Waldron Road because
it was used for recreational gold
The house occupants moved
out and would stay away until a
specialised decontamination unit
had completely cleaned up the
spill, which happened on Thursday
The Alexandra brigade and the
Fire Service’s specialist hazardous
material unit with a pumping
appliance were at the site until
2am yesterday. There was a cordon
around the property and the spill
was contained, so it was safe.
Health authorities were involved
in the decisions about the cleanup
and the spill was “mopped up” by
specialist hazmat officers wearing
It was a “significant ” quantity and
believed to be the second biggest
mercury spill in the country in the
past decade, he said.
The house occupants had been
checked by medical staff and were
not displaying any adverse health
effects from any possible exposure to
Asked about the health risks from
liquid preparations of mercury,
National Poisons Centre poisons
Needham said the main concern
was chronic exposure to the vapour.
Otago Daily Times
Mercury spill one of worst in NZ in a decade
A legally blind woman says she
was “screaming” for someone to
help her and her guide dog after
they were attacked by a cross-bred
dog on the loose.
The 42-year-old woman, who
did not want her or her dog to be
named, said even after two men
came to her aid and forced the dog
off, the crossbreed kept “circling us”
and wanted to continue the attack.
“ I was swatting it away and
screaming ‘help, help’, ” she said.
“ It just kept coming in and
“ It just wouldn’t go away and it
felt like forever before anyone came
to help me. It was so scary.”
The woman and her six-year-
old female black Labrador were
walking their usual route in south
Dunedin on Wednesday and had
stopped at the intersection of Bay
View and Prince Albert roads when
the attack happened.
“I always know when there’s
(another) dog around. (My dog)
gets excited and starts wagging her
tail. I assumed it was with a person. ”
The woman described the
growling noise when the two dogs
engaged as “really scary”.
Her dog received seven stitches in
its right front leg and the woman
said it could have been worse had
she not put her dog between her
legs and keep its head facing the
The woman was unhurt.
“It was not interested in me at all. ”
She believes the 20kg tan-
coloured dog was not wearing a
collar. It was not the first time her
“placid” dog had been attacked.
Last year, a “ big bull mastiff sort of
thing” attacked it on her property.
A previous guide dog she had about
four years ago was also attacked.
“S he is so lovely. She loves
children (and is) great with people. ”
The woman did not blame the
crossbreed dog for the attack.
Since the attack, she has been
given a couple of days’ sick leave
from her job as a support worker
and her dog was on “ light duties”.
“We will be a bit wary.I have to
just carry on.”
Otago Daily Times
Blind woman’s dog attacked
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