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Family’s black sheep headbutts car door
A pet black sheep has been
captured on camera ramming
his owner’s car door, a day after
the vehicle returned from the
Watson, which lives with his
family in Otaki, dented the
passenger-side door of the Toyota
at Shiree Palmer’s home.
The fluffy animal may have been
attacking its reflection in the
“I got my car back from the
panelbeaters yesterday after
having the right passenger door
repaired after someone drove into
it,” Ms Palmer said on Facebook
“ It hasn’t been used since, just
parked up in the front yard.
Today, Watson attacked the left
passenger door and has totally
trashed it! I can’t believe it! Here
is the video evidence.”
Viewers have jokingly
responded to the video.
One person wrote: “ Why have
you never thought of giving the
boy a mirror instead? Could be
Ms Palmer also sent the video
to her insurance company, which
sent her a funny reply.
“Thank you for your e-mail. I’m
sorry to see the damage Watson
has caused to your car and I’m
glad to see Watson has taken full
responsibility of his actions,” the
“ If you would like to lodge a
claim for this event please let me
know as I’m more than willing to
guide you through this claim and
exchange sheep stories.
“Again, thank you for your
e-mail, as it has made my week.”
Ms Palmer also uploaded a
picture of Watson with a sign
around its neck that read: “I head
butted my owner’s car door the
day after she got it back from the
panel beaters. I totally trashed it. ”
Black sheep Watson, which headbutted Shiree Palmer’s car door.
British Prime Minister
David Cameron’s Aust-
ralian election strategist
Lynton Crosby is in line
for a knighthood, sparking
a fresh row over cronyism
in the British honours
A Whitehall source has
revealed the 58-year-old
will receive the gong in the
New Year Honours list on Thursday.
The election guru, who has been
dubbed the “ Wizard of Oz”, also advised
the National Party — coming under fire
for his dirty tactics as an adviser for Don
Brash in his unsuccessful attempt to oust
Helen Clarke in 2005. He was also part
of the team who advised John Key in
his 2008 election victory, although his
involvement then was kept under wraps.
Helen Clark said at the time there were
suspicions about the strategists used
by the National Party because it wasn’t
honest about them.
Mr Crosby started working for Mr
Cameron in 2013 and is credited with
masterminding the Conser vative party’s
first outright win for more than 30 years
in May. Previously he had helped Boris
Johnson become mayor of London.
Mr Crosby’s supporters say he brought
focus and professionalism that had
been lacking in the Conser vative party
But he became embroiled in a row over
his links to the tobacco
industry. He was forced to
deny playing any part in
the Government ’s decision
to shelve plans for cigarette
plain packaging when
it emerged his lobbying
consultancy CTF had
been working for tobacco
Britain’s Labour Party
also highlighted his tax arrangements
after he was linked to a network of
Mr Cameron has been accused of using
the honours system to reward friends,
political allies and donors.
Labour MP John Mann condemned
the award for Mr Crosby, saying it
degraded the honours system and was
“an insult to the country’s heroes”.
Alexandra Runswick, the director of
Unlock Democracy, which campaigns
for political reform, said the honours
system was supposed to be about
rewarding dedicated public ser vice.
“David Cameron is using it to reward
a lobbyist and political consultant who
helped get him elected demeans the
honours system and undermines trust in
Since 2002 Mr Crosby and his business
partner Mark Textor have been advisers
for more than 250 political campaigns in
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
adviser set for
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Earnscleugh Station homestead.
Historic station changes hands
“castle” is about to
The Earnscleugh Station homestead
and 399ha of land has been sold
unconditionally and subdivided, and
new owners will take possession next
Tenders closed earlier this month and
Bayleys Queenstown salesman David
Gubb confirmed last Thursday it had
sold “slightly ahead” of its total rateable
valuation of $8.46 million.
Mintago Investments Ltd owned the
land 3km south of Clyde, bought as
part of the Earnscleugh flats goldmine
development. Mining began in 2009
and was expected to continue until
2017 but the mine closed in September
last year, the owner citing depressed
gold prices and the high New Zealand
dollar. The property was available as one
lot or divided and had sold as separate
The homestead and one of the bigger
blocks of land had been sold to a Central
Otago orchardist, who planned to grow
apples on the property, Mr Gubb said.
The homestead, complete with
ramparts, was built in the 1920s and is
often referred to as the “castle” . It was
designed by Edmund Anscombe and
has a Heritage New Zealand category 1
The other major block of land had been
bought by a person who owned farms in
Southland and Otago and wanted the
property to complement his Southland
dairy operation, Mr Gubb said.
Other portions of the property had
been bought by neighbours, other
Central Otago orchardists and a
Interest in the property was high. More
than 100 inquiries were received, from as
far afield as Auckland and Australia, and
there were “multiple” tenders.
“There was so much interest, we
could’ve sold it all over again.”
There are six other houses on the
property, as well as a century-old
woolshed, a 4ha organic apple orchard
and deer shed and yards.
About 120ha of the land was mined
The homestead property includes 87ha
of the original 24,600ha Earnscleugh
Station, bought in 1862 by Albert Strode
and farmed by his future son-in-law.
— Otago Daily Times
Shark puts on show of f Bay of Plenty beach
Beachgoers got a free shark show
on Saturday, spotting one of the
predators cruising and cavorting
in waters close to Papamoa in the
Bay of Plenty.
Gerardo Aguilera and his wife,
Kate Dewar, were on holiday, visiting
family in the district.
Mr Aguilera said he was among a
group who witnessed the shark in
shallow water near the beach.
“It was extremely close to shore,”
he said. “ There was a whole group of
people just getting out the water.”
He thought the creature was a
juvenile, but believed it was still “a
couple of metres” long.
“ It seemed like a baby one. It didn’t
seem that big, but obviously big
enough to scare anyone out the water.
It just seemed to be swimming back
and forth. ”
Mr Aguilera said the shark kept
swimming in the area for at least 15
to 20 minutes.
He said it was the first time he had
seen a shark at Papamoa.
Onlookers were thrilled, and not a
little scared, to see the shark so close
to the beach, Mr Aguilera said.
“O bviously it ’s exciting, but it’s
pretty shocking. In fact, Kate wanted
like, ‘No, I’m definitely not going in.’
Actually after that, once it went away,
we stayed for like half an hour, 45
minutes, and there was no one going
back into the water.”
Mr Aguilera said he would rather
not see the shark again.
“I hope not. We still want to go
for a swim without having to check
constantly if there’s a fin around.”
Although the fin piercing the sea’s
surface and reports of swimmers
running for safety may spark memories
of the movie Jaws, shark attacks in
New Zealand are rare. According to
Te Ara, the Encyclopaedia of New
Zealand, there has never been a shark
attack at Papamoa or in the western
Bay of Plenty.
The shark attack data website says
there have been only 24 fatal attacks
in New Zealand since 1850.
marine scientist Clinton Duffy said
Saturday ’s shark was a bronze whaler
He said “bronzies”, as they are
commonly known, were relatively
abundant in the Bay of Plenty and
there were sightings like the one at
Papamoa every summer.
Although local fishermen have
previously said bronze whalers are
the most common sharks hanging
around Papamoa, last week a blue
shark was caught there. — NZ ME
A man was stabbed in south Auckland
on Saturday afternoon.
He is in a serious condition after the
incident at a house in Balgowan Terrace,
Police were alerted to the incident at
The man’s condition was not available
today. — NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Man serious after stabbing
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