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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has
received two submissions to change the
flight rules over the Holcim quarry at Cape
Foulwind and Strongman Mine, at Nine
CAA is currently reviewing air space over
the West Coast, with changes to be effective
from November 9.
It says it wants to de-c lutter, simplify and
clarify the air space, and change and reduce
confusion in some areas. It received 11
One submitter advised that blasting ceased
at the Holcim danger area at Cape Foulwind
in July 2016, and the area was now a lake.
That danger area will now be removed.
The New Zealand Hang Gliding and
Paragliding Association (NZHGPA) has
requested that another danger area around
the Strongman Mine is realigned behind the
A local paraglider pilot told CAA only
limited mining operations were taking place
and that no blasting was occurring at present
or planned for the future.
“CAA will clarify with Solid Energy NZ
Ltd the ongoing need for the danger area
and if the boundary can be amended without
there being a hazard to aviation. ”
Airways NZ submitted a petition to amend
the lower level of controlled airspace between
Fox Glacier and south of Barn Bay.
Air Nelson has proposed a common MBZ
(mandatory broadcast zone) encompassing
both Hokitika and Greymouth aerodromes
which would include the arrival, approach,
hold and departure procedures for both
aerodromes. While the aerodromes share a
common frequency of 119.1 MHz, Hokitika
is within the MBZ but Greymouth is not.
A West Coast airspace review user
consultation meeting will be held at the
Hokitika Airport terminal on Monday.
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Lauren, Brett, Chloe and
Ashleigh wish to extend
our sincere thanks and
gratitude to everyone for
their flowers, cards, bak-
ing, food, the visits,
time, phone calls and
donations to the Cancer
Society were very much
appreciated. To those
who travelled long dis-
tances and all who
attended the service for
appreciated your pres-
ence. Our thanks also to
Dr Sarah Marr, Anthony
Wilding Hospital Care
and Ward 28 Christ-
church Hospital for their
Dominic, David and the
staff at Lamb and Hay-
ward. Please accept this
as a personal and heart-
felt thank you from us
19, 1988 to April 1,
2005. Twelve years have
gone by but you left us
with precious memories
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The West Coast will be well represented
at the biggest tourism trade show in New
Zealand, in May.
Auckland will host TRENZ 2017 from
May 9 to 12 and will be attended by
377 trade and tourism buyers from 29
countries including Australia, the Pacific,
Asia, Europe, Scandinavia, and North and
Tourism West Coast will be updating
its stand to so it is better aligned with the
new brand, ‘Untamed Natural Wilderness’.
Many of the franchised West Coast
operators will be represented —
Monteith’s Brewing Company, West
Coast Travel, Tourism West Coast, Fox
Glacier Guiding, Haast River Safaris, Fox
and Franz Heliser vices and Shantytown
Heritage Park/West Coast Events.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa, which runs
the event, said it was at capacity.
“These are the most influential buyers in
terms of sending international visitors to
New Zealand,” Chris Roberts said.
“The buyers are travelling here to
negotiate contracts for the coming year
and meet with 300 of the country’s leading
tourism operators who will be showcasing
their products and ser vices at
The Trenz tourism trade show.
Coast tourism drive
Nelson motel owner
A Nelson motel owner’s clever
detective work has helped arrest
an alleged thief and recover stolen
property. The man had earlier stolen
a laptop, wallet and keys from the
motel owner’s business on Waimea
Road, but was caught on sur veillance
camera, police say. The motel owner
later that afternoon saw the man
catching a bus and followed it in his
car until the man got off at Franklyn
Village. He then called the police
where the man was arrested and
some stolen items recovered.
A person is critically injured after
a three-car crash in Pukekohe. The
accident happened on Mill Road
shortly before 7pm yesterday.
Actress Lucy Lawless is expected
to be at a naming ceremony in
Wellington for Greenpeace’s
new protest vessel Taitu. The
environmental lobby group raised
$100,000 via crowd funding to buy
the 15m long Wellington pilot boat
and has painted its famous rainbow
logo on the hull. Taitu is a verb
meaning to hinder, impede, deter,
and thwart an enemy. It references
the sea (Tai) and Tu means standing,
strength, warrior spirit. —
Coast flight danger area changes mooted
Two valuable paintings have been
stolen in an early-morning art heist at
a top Auckland gallery.
Police confirmed thieves struck in a
ram-raid attack on the Parnell gallery
between 3.30 and 4am.
Both paintings were done by
Gottfried Lindauer in 1884, known
as Chieftainess Ngatai — Raure and
Police say they do not know the exact
value of the work, but have recovered
the stolen vehicle used in the ram-raid.
On Parnell Road this morning,
people out jogging or getting their
morning coffee stopped amazed at
what was clearly a brazen and well
organised art heist.
A large window, about 2m by 2m, was
completely smashed, with shards of the
thick glass strewn across the pavement.
A large beam supporting the window
was bent and buckled while the plaster
board on the wall behind was badly
A large landscape painting was
leaning on the broken window frame
perhaps it was too big to fit in the
gap between the broken window and
the display wall behind.
Police are now looking for a
further vehicle that was seen leaving
the scene and have asked for any
information relating to the theft of
these two paintings to be reported
on 09 3026832, or Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
New Zealand Herald
art galler y
More people have come for ward
criticising plans to close the
Aramoana Relief Fund, but it
appears it has already been granted
a temporary reprieve.
The fund’s trustees had planned to
distribute the fund’s final $47,000 to
three recipients, including the trust
pushing to rebuild the Aramoana
wharf, after which the fund was to
be wound up.
The fund’s chairman, former
city councillor Paul Hudson, said
the money was to be paid out by
However, Dunedin City Council
executive Sue Bidrose
confirmed late yesterday the money
had not been transferred, and there
was no immediate plan to do so.
The money was held by Dunedin
City Treasury, a Dunedin City
Council-owned company, while
being administered by the fund’s
The company had not received any
instructions from the fund’s trustees
to transfer the money, which would
be required before it was distributed,
Asked if the delay was temporary,
or whether decisions on the final
payout had been revisited by the
fund’s trustees, she said that was
Mr Hudson could not be reached
for comment about the fund’s final
The fund was launched days after
gunman David Gray claimed the
lives of 13 people in Aramoana on
November 13, 1990
The appeal, which raised about
$300,000 in donations from across
New Zealand, was to provide direct
financial support to victims and their
families, and also to help rehabilitate
Mr Hudson, speaking last week,
said the fund’s sur viving trustees
were ageing and wanted out, and
with calls on the fund dwindling, it
was time to wind it up.
The trustees, after consulting the
community, decided to split the
money between the Aramoana
wharf project, the Aramoana League
and Victim Support.
The decision was criticised by
Chiquita Holden, a sur vivor of
the massacre, who said donors’
intentions, and the views of some
victims, were being overlooked.
Mr Hudson denied that, saying
“senior family members’’ among
victims and their families had since
been contacted, and had endorsed
the trustees’ plans.
Shane Morgan, whose sister Rewa
Bryson was among those killed,
said he did not agree with the final
“ I just disagree with what they ’re
planning on doing. It ’s all fine and
dandy closing it (the fund) up,
but don’t just throw the money
away just because someone wants
a jetty or wharf built,’’ he said.
Otago Daily Times
A real estate agent who sold two adjacent
homes is adamant he got “top dollar” for
his clients, despite a speculator flipping
both properties three days later for an extra
One of the families had no idea their old
home, which they spent years renovating,
had been sold again till approached.
“(An investor) making 300 grand on each
property in the space of three days, having
done nothing, makes you feel sick,” Hamish
East Auckland-based Harcourts agent
Liang Dai said he was equally shocked to
learn both properties had been flipped, but
believed the initial sales prices he helped
negotiate were fair.
“ We felt very let down,” Mr Dai said.
“ We’re very aware of all the speculation and
our duty to get the best for the vendor.”
Harcourts is standing by its agents, who it
says met all legal and professional standards,
and maintains the original vendors got a
Both cases have now been referred to the
Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA).
It is the latest in a string of cases.
Hamish and Emma Osborne had owned
their five-bedroom Pakuranga house at 21
Ayr Road since 2011.
Mrs Osborne said Mr Dai and his
Harcourts Eastzone colleague Cindy Miao
door-knocked the family last June, saying
they specialised in selling to developers and
could get a high price if the Osbornes put
their quarter-acre property on the market.
The agents were also negotiating with
neighbour Xin Chen at number 23, with
a view to selling both properties as a
The houses sit on a combined 1850 square
metre site which is zoned for terraced
housing. The Osbornes have three young
children and had recently purchased another
home, so decided to sell.
The agents told the couple $1.15 million
was a realistic price expectation based on
similar sales in the area, Osborne said. He is
now staggered that estimate was “essentially
$400,000 out ”.
Two potential buyers viewed the property
and two offers were presented.
The Osbornes signed a sale and purchase
agreement with investor Harpreet Singh for
$1.25m on July 5. Property records analysed
by Core Logic show the actual buyer was
“I was reasonably happy with the price,”
Osborne said. “My wife took a little more
Mr Dai and Ms Miao received more than
$40,000 in commission on the transaction.
However, the Osbornes’ house was on-
sold on July 8 for $1.55m, this time through
Barfoot and Thompson, to Nirmal, Ashish
and Ankit Sevta.
Chen’s four-bedroom property next door
was also sold to Kaur for $1.25 million on
July 5, then again sold to the Sevtas three
days later for an additional $300,000.
The two properties’ combined final sale price
is more than twice their capital valuations,
underlining what developers will pay for
large tracts of land, ripe for intensification
under the Unitary Plan.
All four sales effectively occurred on the
same day when the transactions settled
contemporaneously on September 30.
Both properties are currently rented.
New Zealand Herald
Properties flipped for an extra $300,000
New Zealand-bound Lions fans are
facing huge surges in accommodation
prices, including one motel seeking a
nightly rate of seven times its normal
An investigation has revealed
Wellington motel, Fernhill Motor
Lodge, is charging $1000 a night at
the time the city hosts the second test,
compared with a regular rate of $135.
The Quadrant in Auckland CBD is
seeking $1125 on the night of the first
test, more than three times its room
rate the following week.
According to online booking sites,
only 5% of hotel rooms in Auckland’s
CBD are still available for the first and
third All Blacks-Lions tests on June 24
and July 8.
AA general manager of travel and
tourism Grant Lilly said that while
accommodation rates are under
pressure as a result of strong demand
during the tour, these skyrocketing
prices were a cause for concern.
“It looks inherently overpriced. ”
Barclay Suites, a 4.5-star ser viced
apartment in the heart of Auckland
city, is charging $899 a night, on June
24, for a one bedroom deluxe suite on
Should you stay just two nights later
on June 26, the same room will cost
New Zealand Herald
Motel price surges to
$1000 a night
during Lions tour
Police have apologised to a man
who was left forgotten about in
the court cells in Masterton for a
weekend in January.
The man appeared in court on a
Saturday morning on a breach of
bail charge and was granted bail
by the sitting justice of the peace
but was left in the cells until
Monday morning, the Wairarapa
Wairarapa area commander,
Inspector Donna Howard, said
yesterday she had personally met
with the an and his wife earlier
this week to provide them with
the outcome of the investigation
and to formally apologise.
More robust measures were
now in place. —
Police apologise to
man left in cells
There is anger that workers
were not told of problems with
a modern Wellington waterfront
office building and relief they
were not there when it partially
collapsed in a quake.
The Government yesterday
signalled changes to two building
the Building Act after an
independent report said people
could have died in Statistics
House when the Kaikoura quake
struck last year.
The magnitude 7.8 quake on
November 14 happened in the
middle of the night and the
partial collapse of Statistics
House, built in 2005, surprised
Labour MP Grant Robertson
and the Public Ser vice
Association want to know
why workers were not told an
assessment in 2013 identified
critical issues with the building
and why only one floor was fixed
three years later.
Erin Polaczuk says a lack
landlord Centreport and its
tenants is deeply concerning.
New Zealand Society for
president Peter Smith says
because the earthquake was so
far away, only low-frequency
waves made it to Wellington.
that met or exceeded what they
were designed to withstand but
short and stiff buildings only
experienced shaking one-third of
Structural Engineering Society
spokesman Paul Campbell said
the Statistics House investigation
had revealed buildings with
flexible frames and precast floors
were vulnerable in a large and
Centre Port chief executive
Derek Nind said the investigators
found that Statistics House
complied with the building code
existing when it was built in
Changes after modern building damaged in quake
Pleas to keep Aramoana relief fund
There is an outbreak of typhoid in
Auckland and 10 people are in hospital
as a result.
The Auckland Regional Public Health
Ser vice is tracing people who have been
in contact with the confirmed cases and
is following protocols to control the
spread of the disease.
It can be a serious illness and is
potentially fatal but can be treated with
Medical Officer of Health Dr David
Sinclair says typhoid is spread primarily
through water and food but can be
spread person to person.
Dr Sinclair says good basic hand-
washing is one of the best ways people
can protect themselves.
Symptoms include a high fever
developing over several days, headaches,
general weakness and muscle aches.
Stomach pain and constipation are also
common but some people get diarrhoea.
ARPHS has alerted the health sector
to the outbreak.
Dr Sinclair urges anyone with those
symptoms and is feeling very unwell to
see their doctor or an after-hours clinic.
Ten hospitalised in typhoid outbreak
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