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Whitestone City welcomes
newcomers to Oamaru’s past,
but Oamaru’s newest tourism
attraction has also been designed
with residents in mind.
The $600,000 Victorian-themed
Tourism Waitaki and Oamaru
Whitestone Civic Trust project
opens on Monday, after a free
open day for the community
on Sunday — and Tourism
Waitaki communications co-
ordinator Lisa Smith says the
Harbour Street take on historic
Oamaru and North Otago is “an
experience, not an attraction”.
“ It isn’t something just for
people who aren’t from here. It
is about Oamaru, it ’s about our
district, it is (about) us, and we
hope to reflect that with what
we’ve done here,” she said.
“ It is authentic but usable,
because we didn’t want people
to feel like they had to stand
behind a roped-off area. The
whole purpose was people were
able to come along and be a part
of the display instead of seeing
a display . . . It’s supposed to be
Tourism Waitaki operations
manager Wendy Simpson
said the project team had
“transformed” the building
through “a whole nine months of
Visitors would enter from the
ser vice lane behind the historic
building and make their way
through the building, which
featured a slice of life from the
1860s up to the 1950s, before
exiting on to Harbour Street.
The general store, barber shop,
architect office, dispensary,
dressing area, penny-farthing
carousel and playground,
agricultural area, bar and
brothel, schoolroom and parlour
contained some items that were
donated or lent by residents.
Mrs Simpson lent a silver
cutlery set, a gift from her parents
on her 21st birthday, and a dinner
set which is now on display in the
“There’s been a lot of stuff that ’s
been donated or lent to us from
collectors right throughout the
district. It ’s amazing what people
have stored away over the years,”
“The original vision has really
transformed over time. As we
built stuff we came up with new
ideas and changed bits and pieces
and added stuff. I’m so proud of
what we’ve achieved.
“The idea here is to encourage
people to explore what we have
here, but also explore what we
have throughout the district and
“It’s not just like a museum —
you can come in and sit down,
take part and enjoy it. It’s making
history come to life. ”
The Victorian games, for
example, were not just on display,
and visitors would be encouraged
to play them.
Tourism Waitaki expected it to
become one of the “key ” visitor
attractions in Oamaru.
— Otago Daily Times
Oamaru’s latest tourist attraction set to open
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Tourism Waitaki communications co-ordinator Lisa Smith says Whitestone City, which opens this
Sunday, will be a key attraction in Oamaru.
Cardboard boxes which
double as beds for a newborn
baby and are full of baby
supplies are being distributed to
Northland families in need.
Baby Start boxes are packed
full of about 40 items of baby
necessities, from blankets,
clothing and nappies to a book
and toy. In addition, a fitted
mattress and sheets mean it can
be used as a bassinet.
Former Northland couple Phil
and Clare Horrobin founded
the Baby Start charity in 2015
along with police officer Bryan
Mr Horrobin said the
inspiration came from the
Finnish baby box which started
in 1938. Originally it was just
for disadvantaged families, but
now the Finnish government
provides 40,000 boxes a year.
He said in New Zealand they
were working in Northland,
Auckland and Porirua where
boxes were sent to midwives
and district health boards
distributed them to families
with newborns at risk of sudden
unexplained death in infancy
(SUDI) or were struggling to
get all the items they needed to
care for their baby.
“The midwives and DHBs
will actually assess each case
based on need.”
Mr Horrobin, who now lives
in Auckland with his family,
said Northland was part of
the pilot programme after the
Northland District Health
Board contacted them.
“ We had plans to work in
Northland just maybe not as
soon but because they were so
enthusiastic, we did.”
He said 26 Baby Start
boxes have been donated to
Northland families since June
“The demand is far higher
than the supply.”
Mr Horrobin said the goal for
Northland is to reach about 200
“Northland is a real priority
for us. It’s really exciting
because it’s home for us. The
more people we can help the
The box is 70cm long, 43cm
wide and 27.5cm high. The
cardboard has been tested to
ensure it is safe.
“If a baby is liking or chewing
or sucking on the cardboard it ’s
not going to be toxic.”
He said a pepi-pod or
wahakura is designed for co-
sleeping and designed to go in
the bed, while the Baby Start
box is not as suitable because
the sides are higher.
Te Puawai Ora team leader
Sam Harris said there was a
limited supply of boxes to give
to families with the greatest
“The baby box contains
everything a newborn requires
for the first 100 days of their
lives. The parents just need to
purchase extra nappies. ”
— N Z ME-Northern Advocate
Cardboard box beds for babies
PICTURE: Northern Advocate
Phil Horrobin with a Baby Start box which contains everything a newborn baby needs and can be
used as a bed.
New teacher education programmes
will be allowed from next year after the
Government agreed to lift a moratorium
which has been in place for almost two
In 2000 teacher education programmes
were frozen in an attempt to control the
quantity and quality of training courses.
Quality assurances is now in place
according to Education Minister
Nikki Kaye, who announced yesterday
the moratorium would be lifted from
January 1 next year.
“ We are open once again to applications
of good quality from innovative
providers,” she said.
In a speech at Auckland’s Onehunga
High School she also announced
$5.2 million to fund extra places in
Teach First NZ programmes over
four years and $2 million to create a
mentoring programme to provide up to
700 provisionally certified teachers with
Teach First NZ places will increase the
number of graduates from 60 to 90.
The mentoring programme will target
800 teachers with an aim of getting 700
a full practising certificate.
“ We will be prioritising those in
science, technology, maths and Te Reo so
it will help with some of those shortage
areas,” Ms Kaye said.
“ We’ ll also be prioritising at a
geographical level as well.”
It is also hoped removing the
moratorium on new training providers
will bring down the cost of teacher
refresher courses, currently about $4000,
which can sometimes be prohibitive for
relief teachers trying to upskill.
Ms Kaye said she believed the package
as a whole was enough, but Labour and
the Green Party disagree.
Green Party education spokeswoman
Catherine Delahunty said teachers were
getting older and leaving the profession
while younger teachers were burning
“This little bit of funding announced
today is a stopgap measure that won’t
address the root of the problem — not
enough teachers in our schools to teach
kids,” she said.
Labour’s Chris Hipkins said the
announcement did not address the
disconnection between the teachers
being trained and the jobs available, or
critical shortages in Auckland where the
cost of living is affecting new teachers.
“National’s decision to lift the
moratorium on initial teacher education
programmes suggests they’ve learned
nothing from their previous failed
experiment with a more-market
approach to teacher training,” he said.
“The bums on seats model has failed
and it’s time National woke up to that
reality.” — NZN
Speeding tourist charged
A Singaporean tourist driver clocked
at 151kph told police he thought he was
allowed to speed when overtaking other
Lin Wen Chew, 44, found out at the
Dunedin District Court yesterday he
He was charged with exceeding a
100kph speed limit — a fine-only offence
and Judge Michael Crosbie said his
plight could have been more serious.
“ Your speed was very high. It ’s
extremely dangerous. You could have
been charged with dangerous driving.
Why you weren’t is a matter for the
police. ” Dangerous driving can result in
a prison term.
Chew was seen by police on State
highway 1 between Titri Road and
Henley-Ber wick Road heading north
towards D unedin in a rental car
“Traffic was light and the road was
dry,” sergeant Paul Knox told the court.
Officers recorded the high speed and
pulled him over, after which Chew told
them he was unaware of that road rule.
“ It came as a surprise just how quickly
he was going,” duty lawyer Max Winders
He said the defendant was lucky the
conditions were good and the incident
had taken place in a passing lane.
Chew ’s licence had been suspended
for 28 days but the court heard he was
leaving the country today.
Mr Winders said the defendant ’s
friend would have to drive them to
Christchurch where they would board
their flight to Singapore.
Chew was fined $800, with court costs
of $130, and Judge Crosbie ordered
it must be paid by 5pm. If it was not,
Immigration would stop him leaving the
country and he would be jailed for 21
days, the judge said.
— Otago Daily Times
Underpayment proves costly
A Northland gas station has been hit with a
$28,500 bill for underpaying workers.
A Labour Inspectorate Investigation found
IXL Petroleum and Gas Limited on State
highway 1 in Ruakaka had committed serious
breaches of employment law and owed four
staff $14,500 arrears in wages.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment yesterday said the station had
breached obligations to pay at least the
minimum wage, correct holiday pay, and
made unlawful deductions.
One of the employees was paid for only 20
hours a week, despite records showing they
worked significantly longer, while another
was charged for customer drive-offs and for
having their visa supported, MBIE said.
An additional $14,000 penalty was issued to
the company by the Employment Relations
“ Every person employed in New Zealand
must be provided with their minimum
“Anything less is unacceptable,” Labour
Inspectorate regional manager Loua Ward
said. — NZN
$28,500 bill for fuel station breaking employment law
Armed hold-up at bar
Staff at a Point Chevalier bar were left shaken after being
robbed on Wednesday. About 10.55am, two men entered
the bar on Great North Road and threatened staff, before
stealing cash. One was armed with a double-barrelled
sawn-off shotgun. The men were Maori or Polynesian, 20
to 30, of solid build and about 170cm tall. — NZN
Reckless rider disqualified
Social media has been the downfall of a
man who rode a motorcycle in a reckless
manner twice through Blenheim’s streets.
The 23-year-old man has been
sentenced to 40 hours of community
work and disqualified from driving
for six months after his actions on
December 29 and February 10.
Police were alerted by a member of the
public to footage on social media, which
included the man pulling wheelies on
his off-road motocross-style bike on
McKendry Street in December and the
narrow Market Street in February.
In the latter incident, the man pulled
a wheelie for 90m on a popular market
day. — NZN
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