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Green) Eleanor Dawn
(Dawn). — On February
9, 2017. Passed away
peacefully at Ashburton
Hospital. Aged 72 years.
Dearly loved wife and
best mate of Robert.
Much loved mother and
mother-in-law of Kieren
and Lyn, Dylan and
Cath, and Tim and
Carol. Messages to the
Pellett family, PO Box
472, Ashburton 7740. A
service to celebrate
Dawn's life will be held
at our Chapel, corner
East and Cox Streets,
Ashburton on Tuesday
February 14, commenc-
ing at 1.30pm. Followed
by private cremation at
the Ashburton Cremato-
rium. Paterson's Funeral
Ashburton. Phone (03)
Love and Best wishes
from family and
February 11, 1967
BETMAN - TRUMAN.
Cheryl and Juriaan
Betman, together with
Maureen and Doug
Truman are thrilled to
announce the engage-
ment of Johannah and
Glenella. Passed away
peacefully on Wednes-
day February 8, 2017.
Aged 72 years. Much
loved wife of Peter
mother and mother-in-
law of Kim (deceased),
Michael, and Tracey and
Marcus. Loved nana
Charmaine, Bradley and
Shaun. Much loved
great-nana of Kayden,
Nyah, Harper and Indie.
A celebration of life
service is being held
in Mackay for Joc today
(Saturday). A service
will be held in Grey-
mouth at a later date to
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NODWELL, Roger. —
The Nodwell family
would like to thank
everyone for their cards,
kindness and support.
St John Ambulance,
doctors and nurses from
Morice Ward, also the
district nurses. Thank
Richard wishes to thank
all those who supported
me by letters, phone
calls and cards follow-
ing the loss of Bev and
those who attended the
memorial service in
Greymouth. Thanks to
those who signed the
sympathy card. Please
accept this as my
away peacefully in
Nelson on Wednesday
February 8, 2017, in her
91st year. Dearly loved
wife of the late Alan.
Dearly loved mother and
mother-in-law of Dennis
and Tracy; Brian; and
Colleen. Treasured Gran
of Carla and her
husband James; the late
Alister; and Andrew.
Great-gran of Iris and
Eddie. Loved daughter
of the late Hilda and
of the late Belle and
Norman Bolitho. Loved
sister and sister-in-law
of the late Betty and
Tim Krammer; the late
Hazel and Allen Hall;
Nancy (deceased) and
Maurice Ward; Frank
and Robin Waghorn;
(deceased) and Barry
Ensor; the late Joan and
Preston Smith; Iris and
Colin Churchill. Loved
aunty to her many nieces
and nephews and great-
nieces and nephews.
Gone to be with her
precious Lord God.
Friends and family are
that a celebration of
Molly's life will be held
at the Headingly Centre,
Street, Richmond, on
Monday February 13,
2017 commencing at
1.30pm. Messages to 43
Daelyn Drive 7020.
away peacefully on
February 8, 2017, at
Greymouth Hospital. In
his 74th year. Loved
husband of Pearl, loved
stepfather of Darryl and
Glenda, Kym and Eric,
and Steve and Cher, a
much loved granddad of
Kasie, Luke, Kyle,
Rhys, Matt, Brendan, a
'Bazz' to Braeden, Levi,
Isla Eve and Indy, loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Ola and Jim, Ina
and the late Alf, John
and the late Yvonne,
Maben and the late
Ross, Arthur and Veida,
Lachlan and Marg,
Margaret and David
Weir, Frances and Ron
Kendrick, George and
Joy Rutledge, Marie and
Beverly and the late
John Rutledge, and a
Messages to 63 Ward
Street, Cobden 7802.
Special thanks to the
wonderful care Barry
received in Palliative
Care, Morice Ward, and
by the Coast District
Nurses. Donations to the
Cancer Society may be
made at Barry's service
to be celebrated at St
Church, High Street,
Greymouth on Monday
at 2pm, followed by
interment at Gladstone
Memorial Park Ceme-
tery. Rest in Peace.
Cared for by Anisy
Funeral Home, 77
Greymouth. Phone (03)
Hardy) Karen Anne.
December 11, 1959
to February 12, 2016.
Dearly loved mother
of Kirby. Dearly loved
sister of Margaret and
Missing you Always
You never said I'm
Your never said good-
You were gone before
we knew it,
And only God knows
A million times I needed
A million times I cried.
If love alone could have
You never would have
In life I loved you
In death I love you still.
That only you can fill.
100 more whales beached
A hundred whales have been found beached
on Farewell Spit this morning following
yesterday’s mass stranding in which hundreds
more have already died.
Whale rescue organisation Project Jonah
said the discovery was made when volunteers
returned to the beach at first light today.
A spokeswoman told the Herald it was not
clear yet whether the whales had re-stranded
or if they were different whales to the more
than 400 which beached yesterday in one of the
country’s worst ever mass strandings.
“ We have a huge team here this morning
who will be keeping the whales cool, calm and
comfortable until a refloat at 11am,’’ a post on
the group’s Facebook page read.
The spokeswoman asked volunteers to come
by 10am, ideally in wetsuits, to help with the
refloat at high tide at 11am.
Yesterday 100 whales were refloated at high
tide, but 50 returned to the beach and restranded
Rescuers who tried desperately to refloat the
huge pod were due to return at first light today
to see how many sur vived the night.
The Department of Conser vation said
about 416 pilot whales stranded near the base
of Farewell Spit, Golden Bay overnight on
Some 250 to 300 were already dead when the
whales were discovered early yesterday morning,
sparking claims DOC should have acted sooner.
The mass stranding is the third largest
recorded in New Zealand since the 1800s.
Volunteers taking part in the mass rescue
mission tried to refloat the whales yesterday and
kept them cool with damp sheets and buckets
of water. Collingwood Area School students
also helped out, some singing a waiata to the
Takaka DoC operations manager Andrew
Lamason said yesterday the refloated sur vivors
swam in the wrong direction and headed back
into the bay.
“There are about 50 (refloated) whales
(remaining) offshore, but they’re not looking
great out there, just milling around,’’ he said last
“If you were going to design a geographical
trap for whales, Golden Bay is pretty much
perfect.’’ — NZME
Shelley Crooks has broken her silence
on her miracle, six-week survival in the
rugged West Coast bush — revealing
she kept herself alive by eating bugs and
plants for almost a month.
In the only interview Crooks said she
would do on her horrendous ordeal, the
36-year-old mother-of-four has detailed
a jaw-dropping account of grit and
resourcefulness in her bid to stay alive.
Injured and unable to walk after a
tramping trip gone horribly wrong,
Crooks was without food, shelter,
medical supplies, phone or radio
communication and lost in dense bush
for six weeks. Her situation was as
desperate as it gets and getting bleaker
by the hour.
Through sheer determination, she
battled on until a stroke of luck saw
another tramper cross her path — a
figure a disoriented Crooks mistook for
With only tinned beans among a
meagre batch of supplies — intended
for only four days — Crooks managed
to ration what little food she had over
The key to her survival was figuring
out how to avoid starving for another
four weeks. Remarkably, she managed it
by eating the forest floor.
“My pack had three tins of baked
beans with sausages, three packets of
dried noodles, a small tin of condensed
milk and 10 sachets of soup. It lasted
about two weeks. I then had to survive
off bugs and plants,” Crooks told the
“I was immobilised for weeks after I’d
run out of food and done damage to my
Crooks said her situation was caused
by a change in weather and not letting
friends know she’d changed her plans.
She said it saw her endure “the biggest
mistake of my life. ”
Apologetic and thankful to everyone
who took part in a major search
and rescue mission, Crooks said the
experience has been “a lesson I will
never forget ” as she explained how she
ended up missing.
“I decided to complete the Punakaiki
track before Christmas hoping to get to
Mount Bovis. I was allowing two days in
and two days out,” she said.
“I was dropped off by close friends
and made an arrangement with them to
contact them once I had completed the
trek. I had also discussed completing it
and possibly heading back north.
“Once dropped off, I walked two-and-
a-half hours in and set up my camp
for the night. I was approached by a
conser vation worker who informed me
that the weather forecast was for heavy
rain and river flooding.
“I decided to leave my tent set-up
and walked back out to the Punakaiki
Camping Ground where I booked in for
the night. I woke up early morning to
a clearer day. I left the camping ground
and walked back to the Punakaiki trek.
“I went for a few days and realised I
was going in a circle. It was then I had
to endure the biggest mistake of my life.
My mistake was I should have let my
friends know that I had come out and
was going back in.
“I apologise to everyone for the
problems I have caused for all concerned.
This will be a lesson I will never forget.”
In a statement issued to the Herald, the
Crooks family wanted to acknowledge
the help of a number of groups, including
Greymouth police, Victim Support,
rescue helicopter workers, doctors,
nurses, other West Coast District
Health Board staff, family friends and
members of the public.
The family also said having endured
a “life-changing experience that could
only be described as a test of faith
and strength” they want to publicly
acknowledge some individuals.
Top of that list is Alex Morley, the
conservation volunteer who came to
In a heartfelt bid to show their
appreciation for “answering our prayers”
the Crooks family met with the
Englishman this week. Presenting him
with a pounamu, they headed out with
Morley to the riverbank where he found
“The meeting for us can only be
described as emotional,” the family
“Thanks to what Shelley described as
what she thought was an angel. Alex is
the man who saved her life.
“A special thanks to nurse Dianne
Pollard from the intensive care unit
for allowing Shelley uninterrupted
recovery in these vital days of repair and
“Shelley has once again expressed
her aroha to all concerned and looks
forward to the road to recovery. She has
a special thanks to her mum Helen Fry
for being by her side and supporting her
through this time.
“ We as a whanau would like to have
time to allow us to come to terms with all
that has happened and allow us privacy.
Not only to heal Shelley, but ourselves as
well.” — New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Crooks family
Shelley Crooks is recovering
hospital after her six-week sur vival.
Tomorrow marks the 55th
anniversary of one of New
aviation mysteries, with a new
The De Havilland Dragonfly
ZK-AFB disappeared while on a
scenic flight from Christchurch to
Milford on February 12, 1962.
Despite a massive aerial search,
there has been no trace of the
aircraft, along with its pilot and
One suggestions is it could be
in the Jacobs (Makaawhio) River
Valley, near Bruce Bay.
The finding of a boot has
prompted a new search.
The initial hunt for the aircraft,
its pilot Brian Chadwick and four
tourist passengers — Louis Rowan,
Darrell Shiels and honeymooners
Elwyn and Valerie Saville — was
headline news in New Zealand
In spite of the largest aerial search
undertaken in New Zealand, and
one of the most extensive in the
South Pacific, nothing has ever
“The story is intriguing; an
entrepreneurial pilot, pioneering
air charter work, a veteran
biplane airliner, scenic flying over
mountainous terrain, overseas
tourist passengers including a
young honeymoon couple, and
ongoing search initiatives that
continue to this day,” aviation
author Rev Richard Waugh,
formerly of Hokitika, said.
Hastings man Gavin Grimmer
is currently working on advanced
technology in the hope he
can locate the wreckage in the
Jacobs River area. He has already
undertaken several searches in the
South Island for the Dragonfly.
Bobby Reeve and son Simon
will undertake another extended
Dragonfly search this month
in the Hopkins-Huxley valleys
on the Canterbury side of the
Southern Alps, following their
find of a woman’s dress boot from
a previous search.
They have had the shoe dated
from the late 1950s or 1960s.
PICTURE: Edna Bates
De Havilland Dragonfly ZK-AFB at Milford Sound shortly before its
mysterious disappearance on February 12, 1962.
Extensive new search for plane
Gloriavale through the lens
When photographer Cameron
McLaren visited the reclusive
Christian community of Gloriavale,
he expected to be told what he
could and could not photograph
and to have an ever-present guide.
McLaren, who spent two days at
the Haupiri site in May 2015, said
he was left to wander unescorted
around the isolated West Coast
community and made to feel
welcome by its 600 or so residents.
He ate with members of the
community, slept in communal
living quarters and witnessed how
daily life at Gloriavale is infused
“That could be intense at times
and I suppose intimidating for
someone who’s not lived or living
that religious lifestyle but I got no
sense that they were dangerous,” he
“I thought they were gracious and
McLaren, who is not religious,
with some 2000
photographs. Now he has chosen
around 14 black and white images
to display at Auckland’s Black
Asterisk Gallery while a number
of others appear in a photography
The photographs show scenes
from the everyday life of the
community, domestic interiors,
social activities and moments of
McLaren was fascinated by
places like the dining hall, where
there’s a model of a dinosaur, and
a workroom packed with props
for the stage shows put on by the
“I ’ve picked the photos which
show how people live at Gloriavale
and I hope they’re looked at as
offering a window into a different
way of life.”
The state-of-the-art facilities
and the community’s level of self-
sufficiency surprised him most.
He reckons the idea of living in
a community where everything is
built and maintained by the hands
of its members is attractive.
“Imagine living in a community
you built with your hands.
“ You spend each day with your
friends and family, you have
everything you need to sur vive.
No distractions. It’s some kind of
bubble fantasy that has become a
The photos came out of a bigger
project to document life in self-
sufficient communities. When
McLaren heard about Gloriavale,
he knew he had to visit and emailed
asking for permission.
Unexpectedly and several months
later, he received a reply inviting
him to stay.
spending time with
Christian, formerly Neville Cooper,
McLaren said he was left alone to
It is not the first time Gloriavale
has been caught on film.
It is featured in top-rating
television documentaries. McLaren
believes it shows people are
fascinated with what goes on in
communities where the way of life
seems alien to the modern world.
Gloriavale has long been the
subject of controversy after it was
founded in 1969 by Australian-
born evangelist Cooper who was
jailed in 1995 for a year on sexual
Concerns have been raised
children, especially girls, while those
who leave are ex-communicated
and former members claim access to
the outside world is heavily
restricted. In 2015, Prayer Ready,
a 14-year-old girl with Down
syndrome, died after choking on
McLaren said he is well aware
of the concerns and agrees
accusations of wrongdoing and
unlawful activity need investigation.
“I have been asked about the
accusations and I said, ‘ look around,
I bet there are people who have
done much the same things
but they’re not the victims of
Cam McLaren’s photos are on
display in at Black Asterisk Gallery
from February 17-28.
— New Zealand Herald
PICTURES: Cameron McLaren
The pictures reveal a new side of the religious community.
Misty mornings at Gloriavale
of my life”
Corrections launch investigation
Corrections have launched an
investigation into claims a guard
assaulted an inmate at one of New
Zealand’s toughest prisons.
Labour Corrections spokesman
Kelvin Davis was told a serious
incident happened at Unit 14 of
Spring Hill jail in north Waikato on
the morning of Friday, January 27.
He said if the allegations of an
unprovoked assault in the prisoner’s
cell were true, then the officer should
be disciplined, Fairfax reports. Davis
has asked for CCTV footage from
the Te Kauwhata jail to corroborate
or refute the allegations.
Davis said he was told CCTV
footage is kept for 14 days, which
could be problematic.
“It ’s only long enough if the
process works properly, and it doesn’t
said transparency is
important. “ We are not in a Third
Corrections said it has responded
to the complainant and started an
Acting prison director Christine
Faull said Corrections learned of the
allegations on Wednesday.
“ We encourage any prisoner
with concerns to raise them with
us so that they are investigated
appropriately,’’ Faull said.
“ We demand a high standard
of conduct and integrity from
all employees, and as such, staff are
expected to role model positive law-
She said the vast majority of
staff “fulfil their duties with integrity
and commitment in what is
often a pressured and challenging
environment.’’ The guard thought to
be involved could not immediately
be reached for comment. — NZ ME
Four people are injured, two seriously,
in a crash north of Auckland this
morning. Police were called to the scene
shortly before 8am and the Serious
Crash Unit has been contacted, a police
Five people were involved in the single
car crash in Dome Forest, between
Warkworth and Wellsford. Four people
were injured, two seriously. One person
has minor injuries and another moderate
North bound traffic was blocked in the
area, the spokeswoman said. — NZ ME
Two seriously injured in Auckland crash
Police investigating the homicide
of a man assaulted and left for dead
on a Hawke’s Bay beach are seeking
three men seen fishing nearby and
playing loud music.
On Monday morning police
found 45-year-old Mark Beale
badly injured on a Haumoana
beach. He was rushed to Hawke’s
Bay Hospital, but died of his
injuries that night.
Detective Inspector Mike Foster
said police were appealing to the
public for information so they
could find out why the assault
occurred, and provide closure to
“A week into the investigation,
we’re getting a good picture of
who was at the river mouth where
Mr Beale spent his final evening,’’
“As well as being a favoured
fishing spot — including for Mr
Beale — the reser ve is a popular
area for dog walking, cycling, and
other recreational activities.’’
Police had identified, or spoken
with about 20 people who had been
there that evening, however Foster
said they were now looking for
three Maori men seen fishing there.
“They ’re not suspects at this stage.
But we need to get an accurate idea
of who was down there.’’
The three men had been at the
scene playing loud music “into the
early hours of the morning’’.
Police were appealing for the men,
or anyone who had seen them, to
come for ward. — NZ ME
Police hunting for three men following death
Tramper found safe and well
A Nelson man reported missing last
night has been found safe and well this
The man, 82-year-old Leslie Martin,
was driving from Nelson and was due to
arrive at a relative’s house in Westport
yesterday morning but failed to show.
He was reported missing last evening
but police said this morning that Mr
Martin had now got in touch and was
safe and well.
The Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade extinguished an un-permitted
bonfire at the beach near the Karoro
Domain at about 9.45pm last night.
Deputy fire chief Graeme O’Dea
said the fire covered an area about 2m
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter was called out early
yesterday morning to locate a
missing Israeli woman who became
separated from her tramping party on
Thursday in the Arthur’s Pass National
The woman who was walking the
high alpine Otehaki-Edwards route got
separated on the way to Tarn Col.
She was located in the area about
7.30am yesterday safe and well.
Meanwhile the helicopter conducted
several routine medical transfers all
from Buller Hospital in Westport
Two were individual patients who
needed to go to Christchurch Hospital
and another to Grey Base.
The helicopter was called to Westport
again this morning to transfer a patient
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