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PICTURE: Paul McBride
Sisters Danica and Elaine Waters visited Dixon House this week to give residents some of their home
baking. As a special treat leading into Christmas, Helen Griffin, left, and Jean Mooney were the first to
receive the gifts.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Adrian Church helps ser vice a pre-Christmas dinner to residents at Granger House yesterday. Everyone
was treated to a full three-course festive meal. Kitchen staff had been busy preparing the meal with roast
pork and beef, a selection of vegetables including new potatoes, baby carrots, peas and broccoli, followed by
helpings of cheese cake, pavlova, ice-cream and berries. “ We were having the Christmas lunch today because
everyone is here to enjoy it,” Julie Howe said. “ We will have another one for the residents on Christmas Day,
but some of those here today will be away with their families over the Christmas period.”
Early Christmas at rest homes
ANISY FUNERAL HOME
(Nita). — Kevin, Maria,
Paul, David and families
wish to thank everyone
for the love and support
shown to us in the sad
loss of our dearly loved
Mum. Thank you for all
the cards, messages,
phone calls, flowers and
donations to Nurse
Maude. Also thanks to
those who attended the
Rosary and service to
remember Nita. She will
be remembered for her
smile and fun loving
ways. At peace now
with her beloved Joe.
Passed away peacefully
Thursday December 17,
2015. Aged 91. Dearly
loved wife of the late
Patrick. Dearly loved
mother of Anne and
Kees, Paul, Chris, the
late Aidan, Moira, and
their partners. Dearly
loved Granny to all
Special thanks to the
staff of Woodcote and
Messages for Audrey's
family may be posted to
the McLaughlin Family,
C/- Selwyn District
Funeral Services Limi-
ted, C/- PO Box 5659,
8542. The service to
celebrate Audrey's life
will be held at St
Church, corner of Fitz
Place, Edward Street
Lincoln on Tuesday
December 22 at 1pm.
Selwyn District Funeral
Phone (03) 347 7254.
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Ian (Ray Ray). — Died
suddenly as the result of
a tragic accident in
London on Saturday,
December 12, 2015,
aged 30. Cherished
Coleman, beloved son of
Ian and Kay (Grey-
mouth), dearly loved
brother of Lauren (Lon-
don), and a much loved
nephew, cousin and
adored and respected
Messages to Ian and
Kay Boustridge, 25
Coates Street, Grey-
mouth 7805. A service
for Clark will be held at
Trinity, 446 Parnell
Road, Parnell, Auck-
land, on Tuesday at 3pm
followed by cremation.
A memorial service for
Clark will take place in
Greymouth at a date to
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Tragically taken on
Friday, December 18,
2015, cherished eldest
son of Suzi, much loved
big brother of Max,
adored grandson of
nephew of Patrick, loved
cousin of Jack and
George, and treasured
and loyal friend to
many. Aged 23 years.
Messages to 71
7802. Memories of
Johnny will be shared at
his farewell at the Marist
Rugby League Rooms,
Greymouth on Tuesday
at 2pm, followed by
Anisy Funeral Home,
“The beautiful view is very
So said Ralph Feng, 35,
automotive company manager
from Shanghai yesterday, moments
after being charged with careless
use of a motor vehicle causing
Mr Feng was the driver of a
Toyota Highlander four-wheel-
drive rental car involved in a
crash with a motorcycle on State
highway 6 about 3.30pm.
The crash happened near the
Neck, between Lake Hawea and
Makarora, on the road next to a
scenic lookout and not far from a
sign warning motorcyclists to “take
care’’ because the winding stretch
of road had a high crash rate.
The motorcyclist, from the West
Coast, is understood to have
received a broken leg in the crash
and was flown from the scene by
a Lakes District Air Rescue Trust
commander senior sergeant Allan
Grindell, who was at the scene,
said the motorcyclist was travelling
north towards the Haast Pass
“at a moderate sort of speed, not
The rental car travelling south
“crossed the centre line’’ to head
into the Boundary Creek scenic
reser ve lookout, Mr Grindell said.
“ It hasn’t seen the oncoming
motorcyclist and the motorcyclist
had nowhere to go.
“He’s run into the side of the car.’’
Mr Feng and his wife were
six days into their 15-day New
Zealand honeymoon, and were
travelling from Fox Glacier to
Mr Feng said he had seen cars
stopped at the lookout and decided
to pull in to get another photo for
the couple’s wedding album.
His speed was “very slow’’ and he
had not seen the motorcycle until it
was too late.
“ I didn’t mean to hurt him.
“ I just wanted to get a nice photo. ’’
Mr Feng said he had been driving
since 2008 and was used to the
heavy traffic of Shanghai.
Otago Daily Times
Coaster hit by tourist driver
A 12-year-old boy is fighting for his life in Palmerston
North hospital after falling through a school’s skylight
The youngster was among a group of boys who were
seen on the roof of a primary school in Palmerston
North just before 8.30pm.
Police arrived to find that one of the boys had fallen
through a roof skylight.
Officers gave him first-aid care before he was taken to
Palmerston North Hospital in a critical condition.
The hospital confirmed this morning his condition
remains the same.
His family were with him in hospital and they were
being supported by police and Victim Support.
Boy fighting for
life after school
A man found guilty of sexually
abusing his neighbour’s granddaughter
when she was eight has been bailed to
live at home — up a shared driveway
and just 30m from where his victim
lives — until sentencing in June.
His sentencing has been delayed until
after a second trial next year in which he
will stand accused of offending against
The first victim, now 10, and her
family see the man most days and say
their Auckland home has become a
prison and “an absolute hell” because of
the judge’s decision.
The man, in his 70s, has name
suppression. That was granted because
he lives next door to the victim, who has
automatic and permanent name secrecy
due to the sexual nature of the charges.
The man was found guilty of two
representative charges of sexual conduct
with a child under 12 after a three-day
Despite the verdict, Judge Anna Johns
did not formally enter a conviction, and
granted the man bail until sentencing.
If he is found guilty at the second trial,
it is understood he will be sentenced on
all matters at the same time due to the
similarity of the charges.
The girl lives with her grandparents
and other family and they have all been
“It’s like a prison. She can’t have any
friends over, I won’t let her play outside
or go up and down the driveway,” her
“I won’t let her do anything. She hates
it, she hates us for doing it. But it’s for
her own good. ”
The girl’s aunt said knowing the abuser
was so close had caused the family a
lot of stress. “ It ’s torture. We are being
tormented. The pain is ongoing for us ...
It makes you feel sick,” she said.
The girl’s family want to know why the
judge did not bail the man to another
“It’s not like he had nowhere else to
go,” her grandmother said.
She and the family hated going up and
down the driveway or outside the home
as they never knew when they would see
He was often outside and the family
felt he was watching them.
“It’s mentally attacking us all of the
time,” the aunt said.
“It feels like we are trapped. He is just
able to roam free and he’s made it hell
“It’s torture. We are being tormented.
The pain is ongoing for us.
The grandmother said the delay in
sentencing was frustrating, but having
the man living next door until then was
adding insult to injury.
“ We took our granddaughter on
to give her a better life, and then this
happens to her,” the grandmother said.
“A victim shouldn’t feel like they have
The Weekend Herald requested
the man’s court file, in particular the
transcript of discussions relating to bail
and the reasoning behind the decision.
Judge Johns refused the request on
the basis that “I have not entered a
conviction for the ... offending”.
A Justice Ministry spokesman could
not release the information “as the judge
has made an order denying media access
to the court file”.
He said the office of the Chief District
Court Judge had advised that the man
had been on bail at the address since his
arrest in 2014 and there had been no
breaches of bail.
Justice Minister Amy Adams would
not answer questions.
“Decisions about bail are made
by judges based on the law and
the circumstances of each case,” a
“Judges are independent of the
Government and therefore it is not
appropriate for ministers to comment
on judicial decisions.” — NZ Herald
Sex abuser bailed to house 30m from victim
‘It’s torture. We are being tormented.’
After five years and $60 million
in repairs, the earthquake-damaged
Christchurch Art Gallery reopens
to the public today.
But following much fanfare
highlighting the reopening of the
much-missed cultural showpiece,
workers have endured a ner vous
and frantic week after the glass-
fronted gallery was granted
permission to open only at the
Gallery workers and contractors
have been working long hours
to bring the building — now
heralded as being one of the safest
and most quake-resilient galleries
in the world — up to standard
before its official reopening to the
public at 10am.
It was finally granted a
certificate of public use yesterday,
Christchurch City Council project
director Thomas Jones confirmed.
“In common with many large
complex buildings, the gallery will
open under the provisions of sec
363A of the Building Act. ”
The 12-year-old building became
the hub for the civil defence
response to the deadly February 22,
Seven months later, the true
extent of its damage — largely
known and it was shut down for
repairs and strengthening work.
Visitors will be able to enjoy
old favourites, including Michael
Chapman’s Homer, as well as a
selection of the 500 new pieces the
gallery has acquired over the past
Little Ayla Collins
will be surrounded by
family — and a new
Peppa Pig soft toy —
orphaned daughter of
All Black star Jerry
Collins and Alana
Madill will spend her
first Christmas with her
and her aunts, uncles
and cousins in Canada.
Darrell and Ruth
Madill have cared for
Ayla since Collins and
their daughter were
killed in a car crash
in France on June 5.
Ayla, then aged just 10
weeks, sur vived with
critical head injuries.
She returned to Canada
Baby Ayla will have
Christmas at her aunt
Nora’s home in the
Saskatchewan city of
Regina, Darrell Madill
said. The Collins family
will not be there, but
the families plan to one
day share Christmas
Ayla was getting a
Peppa Pig soft toy from
Santa and clothes and
toys from family, he
Doctors have warned
Ayla was likely to have
as a result of her head
trauma, but Mr Madill
said the youngest of his
four grandchildren was
improving every day.
“S he’s recovered from
a lot of her injuries. She
talks in the baby way
and plays with toys.
Just normal things. I
would say with time
we’ ll know if she will
overcome all of her
brain trauma, but we’re
optimistic. She’s very
alert. I think she’s gonna
Ayla weighed 11kg
at her last doctor’s
appointment and was
close to crawling, he
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