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uStaff kicked, punched, stabbed
Primary schoolteachers say they are
increasingly being kicked, punched and
stabbed by disturbed children suffering
the effects of their families’ drug use and
NZ Principals’ Federation president
Whetu Cormick said he was getting
increasing reports of “severe behaviour”
involving children who in some cases
were disturbed from birth because their
mothers used methamphetamine (P)
when they were pregnant.
“ We are hearing from some colleagues
that they have such children in their
schools, and it is of concern,” he said.
“It’s not widespread. I haven’t heard of
this in the South Island, but it’s in several
parts of the North Island. Increasingly
it’s becoming an issue.”
Mr Cormick said he raised the issue
in recent meetings with both Education
Minister Hekia Parata and the Secretary
of Education, Iona Holsted.
“I talked about colleagues being
physically attacked, kicked in the private
parts, punched, poked in the eye —
actually stabbed in the eye with a pencil,”
The teacher who was stabbed in the eye
“needed medical treatment ” but did not
He said children affected by parental
meth use did not respond to teachers’
“There is no behaviour modification
management you can put in place.
Giving stickers or sweets won’t work.
There’s nothing you can do,” he said.
“I remember a good friend in
Northland said to me there’s nothing
you can do but rub their backs. There
is no way to console all those children
other than to rub their backs.”
He was speaking after Te Tai Tokerau
Principals’ Association president Pat
Newman said meth use had been
endemic in Northland for more than
five years and primary schools were now
seeing the inevitable outcome.
“P babies are now in primary schools,”
A world-leading researcher on the
effects of prenatal methamphetamine
use on children, Auckland University
Associate Professor Trecia Wouldes,
said a study she did with Northland
midwives also pointed to endemic meth
use in the region.
“I was asking them, when they
booked their antenatal checks, whether
they asked them (pregnant women)
whether they were using drugs. She said,
‘Absolutely, because everybody is’,” Prof
Wouldes said. “ Here in Auckland a lot of
them said they didn’t ask the questions.
The Northland midwives were quite
open about doing a check.”
However her major study, which has
followed 107 children whose mothers
used meth in pregnancy since 2006, has
found that brain damage caused by using
meth during pregnancy may not be
irreversible in the way it is with alcohol.
“I’ve had mums in our study who used
meth in their pregnancy, and when they
realised they were pregnant they quit
and haven’t gone back to it. The child is
fine,” she said.
“It takes more than being exposed
prenatally to meth to make you violent.
It takes not just exposure to the drug, it
takes modelling domestic violence in the
home because you have a father maybe
who is violent, and maybe being exposed
to a mother who is mentally unwell and
still using drugs.”
She said many of the mothers who used
meth were also drinking alcohol “in large
amounts”, and 67% of the mothers were
also diagnosed with mental illnesses.
The combined effect of all these factors
was to weaken the children’s “executive
function” — the ability to control their
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
by P pupils
A 64-year-old man injured in a crash
near Greymouth on Thursday has died in
The accident happened on Taylor ville
Road shortly before 9am.
The man was taken to Christchurch
Hospital in a critical condition and he
died yesterday, police said.
The serious crash unit is investigating.
The official Easter road toll began at
4pm on Thursday and ends at 6am on
Holidaymakers hit the road after cyclone
People across the North Island
are busy cleaning up and getting
their Easter holidays back on track
now Cyclone Cook is sweeping
into the Southern Ocean.
The weather system will be
south of the country by midnight,
Metser vice said.
Surface flooding in Christchurch
is receding and the D unedin City
Council said rain was not expected
to cause major issues there.
While a local emergency remains
in the Whakatane District to deal
with overnight power cuts and
damage from Cyclone Debbie,
the Bay of Plenty lifted the
last remaining regional state of
emergency at midday yesterday.
Authorities are now working to
reopen roads and clear fallen trees
and slips, particularly in the Bay of
Plenty and Hawke’s Bay.
residents, meanwhile, have set out
for holiday destinations with the
NZ Transport Agency website
reporting roads right around the
cities are congested with traffic.
About 3000 homes in Hawke’s
Bay were without power last night
and about 350 homes may be
without power in the Gisborne
Tairawhiti region for one to two
Horizon Networks said Cook
had caused significant damage to
power infrastructure supplying the
Whakatane, Kawerau and Opotiki
About 5400 customers in areas
east of Ohiwa Harbour were
without power as were 2900
customers in Otawairere, Te
Teko, Awaiti, Awakeri, Tauranga
Road east of Matata, Matata,
Manawahe, Ruatoki, Herepuru
Road and Otakiri areas and 260
customers in Galatea north of
Local Development Minister
Anne Tolley had to evacuate from
her home and said she and her
husband and dog spent Thursday
night at the home of Whakatane
District mayor Tony Bonne.
“A candlelight supper was
prepared and we had a very
comfortable night,” she said.
Metser vice meteorologist Nick
Zacher said Cook overnight
brought surface flooding to most
of the Bay of Plenty and parts of
Hawke’s Bay and eastern Taupo in
the North Island.
The heaviest falls were reported
at a weather station north-west
of Gisborne, where more than
200mm fell in the last 12 hours.
The strongest wind gust was
209kph recorded at White Island
about 4pm on Thursday and winds
at Cape Kidnappers hit 154kph at
9pm. However, winds around the
Bay of Plenty were generally much
Earlier, forecasters were warning
Cook could be in the same league
as ex-Tropical Cyclone Giselle in
1968, which hit the whole country
and resulted in the Wahine ferry
disaster, which claimed 53 lives.
However, Cook was small and
compact, was not as deep as
previous lows and moved quickly
over the North Island, Metser vice
said. It also tracked further east
than expected so Auckland was
not badly hit. — NZ N
Poppy Day set to hit the road
Royal New Zealand Returned and Ser vices Association chief executive Jack Steer and Veterans’ Affairs Minister David Bennett
pose during the launch of the RSA car poppies programme at Parliament in Wellington.
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Port Hills fires
A fire at a rail yard in Palmerston North was
allowed to burn on because staff had inadequate
training and there were no standards in place
to fight the blaze, the Transport Accident
Investigation Commission has found.
The fire, at a Kiwirail yard on November 24,
2015, began when there was a failure in the
insulation of a high-voltage cable on a light
freight locomotive. No one was hurt but the fire
burned for nearly two hours before being put
out by the Fire Ser vice.
It was fueled by a constant supply of oil from
a 3000-litre reser voir that could not be shut off.
The commission’s report, released yesterday,
said it was an example of an accident in a sector
that had no fire detection and suppression
system standards adopted across the rail system.
“The operator of the locomotive (Kiwirail)
relied on its staff to apply best judgment when
dealing with fires, rather than providing specific
documentation and training,” the report found.
From the maintenance records, it was not
possible to determine if the failed cable was new
The commission recommended developing
a fire standard incorporating minimising
sources of fire ignition, having appropriate
firefighting equipment available and installing
fire protection systems. — NZ N
NZ woman jailed
in Bali for drugs
Fires that engulfed thousands of
hectares in Christchurch’s Port Hills
have left insurers with an $18 million
bill, the industry says.
The blazes in February prompted the
evacuations of hundreds of homes and
sent plumes of smoke across the city for
At the time Civil Defence said at least
nine homes had been destroyed and two
damaged along with farm buildings.
The Insurance Council has now
confirmed it has paid $17.7m in about
160 claims prompted by the fires.
The bill includes $10.2m in house and
contents insurance, $7.3m in business
insurance and $165,000 in vehicle
In February, Civil Defence Minister
Gerry Brownlee was critical of the time it
took to declare a local state of emergency
during the event. — NZ N
A complaint against a Wicked Campers
vehicle with the slogan “God is watching
you thieving c—” has been upheld by the
Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
The company, which last year was banned
from several camping grounds around New
Zealand thanks to its slogans, did not engage
with the ASA about the complaint.
The ASA noted Wicked had not responded
to a number of previous complaints about
its camper vans, expressing concern at the
company’s refusal to engage with or respect
the principles of self-regulation.
Wicked Campers is owned by John Webb,
a Queensland mechanic who started the
company more than a decade ago.
The rental company has been criticised
in the past for not responding to public
objection to its slogans, which have been
called offensive, misogynistic and making fun
of violence against women.
The most recent complaint dealt with a
camper van spotted outside the Te Anau
DOC centre on February 11 reading:
“Attention Thieves. Thou Shalt Not Steal.
God Is Watching You Thieving C—” .
In the right-hand corner of the sticker was
the Wicked Campers logo and the website
address, wickedcampers.com .
The second advertisement, which was
painted on the side of the van, was the
message: “Let ’s Throw a Cat on The Barbie”.
The complainant said the window sticker
advertisement used inappropriate language
and was offensive to Christians and women.
They also said the painted message gave the
impression that animal cruelty was acceptable
Taking into account the wide range of people
that could potentially view the advertisements,
the ASA complaints board said they had
not been prepared with a due sense of social
responsibility and were likely to cause serious
or widespread offence. — N ZME
Concern at Wicked Campers over complaint
A New Zealand woman has been sentenced
to two and a half years in prison after she was
discovered high on the drug methamphetamine
when she arrived in Bali last year.
Myra William, 28, appeared upset and
despondent after the sentence was handed
down at Denpasar Court yesterday, saying all
she was thinking about was her family.
She was found guilty of drug use rather than
the more serious offences of possession and
importation for which she had been charged.
“The defendant ’s actions caused unease among
the society and it’s against the government
programme to combat narcotics which is highly
promoted by the government,” Chief Judge Ni
Made Purnama said on Thursday. “ There’s no
justification or reason and with that, the defendant
must be punished equal to her mistake. ”
William was caught at Denpasar airport on
August 31 by custom officials after she was was
seen “ babbling” in the line at immigration.
During an inter view with customs officer,
prosecutors say a plastic pouch containing 0.43g
of methamphetamine fell out of William’s pants.
The 28-year-old has previously told the court
she had been using the drug for about a year
while living in Australia, consuming about one
William had been charged with possession of
less than 5g of drugs and importation, offences
which carry 12 to 15-year sentences respectively.
The lesser charge of drug use, of which she was
found guilty, carries a maximum of four years.
Her sentence will be backdated to when she
was arrested in August last year. — AAP
Better training needed
after locomotive fire
Assault victim critical
A man in his 20s was severely assaulted in
Ohakuri in the Waikato just before midnight.
Two St John ambulances attended and treated
the man, who was taken to Waikato Hospital
He was in a critical condition and was assessed
in the emergency department of the hospital.
His condition remains critical today.
A man with a gun tried to rob a south
Auckland 10-pin bowling complex
It is understood the man demanded
money from staff at the complex, located
on Great South Road, and when they
refused, he left.
Police were alerted at 11.15am.
They said a man armed with what
appeared to be a pistol pointed it at a
staff member at a 10-pin bowling alley
and demanded =money.
A police spokeswoman said that about
11.10am yesterday, a man entered the
Super Strike Manukau Ten Pin Bowling
Centre on Great South Road.
He demanded the staff member hand
over money from the cash register.
He was deterred by the staff member
and other patrons and ran from the
premises into an awaiting vehicle.
The vehicle was recovered a short
distance away but the man is still to be
located, the police spokeswoman said.
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on April 14, 2017, at his
home, Ziman House,
Reefton, with his family
by his side. In his 90th
year. Dearly loved father
and father-in-law of
Diane and Kevin Moore
and Roger Hampton
(Ikamatua), Jocelyn and
Rex Dobson (Rangiora),
David and Rosalie
and John Flutter
(Queensland), and the
late Graeme (Bim)
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and Fiona Beals (Well-
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brother-in-law of Gloria
and the late Max Ralph
(Nelson), the late Rita
and Norm Holley, Burt
and Rosalie Waghorn
(all of Reefton), and a
loved uncle, cousin and
friend of many. Messag-
es to PO Box 417,
Greymouth 7840. A
funeral service to cele-
brate David's life will be
held at the Reefton
Workingmens Club on
Tuesday at 10am fol-
lowed by burial at
Burkes Creek Cemetery,
Funeral Services Ltd.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Rory Kevin. — Died as
the result of a tragic
accident while working
in Hari Hari on April 12,
2017, aged 18. Deeply
loved and awesome son
of Alex and Rosie, a
protective great brother
of Harri, a 'one out of
the box' nephew and
cousin, and a shameless
loyal friend of many.
Messages to 49c Gran-
ville Road, Totara Flat,
RD 1, Blackball 7871. A
Funeral Service to cele-
brate Ruairidh's life will
be held in the William
Chapel, Tainui Street,
Greymouth on Tuesday
at 1pm followed by
burial at the Ahaura
Services Ltd. Phone
(03) 768 0250. FDANZ.
SMITH, Alma Betty.
— Passed away on April
13, 2017 at Grey Base
Hospital; in her 91st
year. Dearly loved wife
of the late Stewart
'Duke' Smith, a loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Rodney and
Norma Perrin-Smith and
Graham and Marion
Smith, a loved sister of
Aileen Martin and the
late Shirley Ireland,
Doreen Cowie, Don
loved Nana to Kurtis
and Emma, Janara and
Adrian, Lauren and
Peter, Katie and the late
Adam, and a much
loved great grandmoth-
er. A special friend of
Bill Blair (Rakaia).
Alma's family welcome
messages and friends to
Graham and Marion's
home at 55 Camerons
where Alma rests in the
care of her loving
family. Alma's family
wish to extend their
appreciation to Morice
Ward, PHO and Access
staff for the diligent,
professional care exten-
ded to Alma. In accord-
wishes, friends and
loved ones are invited to
attend her graveside
ashes interment at Glad-
stone Memorial Park
Cemetery, on Wednes-
day at 2pm, as we lay
Alma to rest with her
beloved Stewart. Anisy
Greymouth. Phone (03)
A 19-year-old man was flown to Auckland Hospital
after being hit by a car in Parakai, north-west Auckland.
St John was called to the scene at Springs Rd in
Parakai at 9.46pm yesterday with reports that a car had
hit a pedestrian.
A Westpac rescue helicopter flew the man to hospital
He was in a critical condition, a St John spokesman
said. — NZ ME
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