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An on-line star chose to have a
catnap instead of attending the
first reading of a book about it on
Bruce the cat shot to fame in a
blog written by its owner, Kathryn
van Beek, which detailed everything
from how it was found as a day-old
kitten abandoned on an Auckland
street to its move to Port Chalmers in
The one-year-old tom now has
31,000 Facebook followers and its
very own children’s book, Bruce Finds
Ms van Beek, who wrote and
illustrated the book, read it to a test
audience of Year 1-3 Port Chalmers
School pupils yesterday.
Many of the children were unaware
they shared their neighbourhood with
the famous feline.
The hand-drawn illustrations of Port
Chalmers streets drew comments of
recognition from pupils during the
Katiya Brassell-Jagger, seven,
said Bruce’s story was particularly
“cool” because he, too, lived in Port
Following the reading, Ms van Beek
was peppered with questions from the
Who was more famous, the author
or the subject, was the most simple to
“ Well I’ve got about 200 people on
Facebook and Bruce has 31,000 fans,”
Ms van Beek said, laughing.
Bruce could not be coaxed from a
spot on Ms van Beek’s bed for the
However, when the book was
officially launched, the school hoped
the elusive moggie would visit.
— Otago Daily Times
Book’s star prefers catnap to test-read
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Year 1-3 Port Chalmers School pupils surround author and illustrator
Kathryn van Beek during her visit to the school yesterday to read her book
about Bruce the cat and its life in Port Chalmers.
Bruce the cat, which has 31,000
followers on Facebook.
Loan company banned from lending
Napier loan company Cash to
You Loans Ltd has been banned
indefinitely from operating as a
The ban came after the company
charged borrowers unreasonable
fees and excess interest, and
failed to disclose
fees charged, the Commerce
Cash to You Loans was
sentenced in the Napier District
Court on eight charges under the
Credit Contracts and Consumer
Finance Act 2003.
It was also fined $28,000,
which was reduced on account
of its financial position. It has
credited more than $25,000 to
The company, of which Noel
Nicholls is sole director, provides
personal loans between $100 and
$3500, and the charges related to
a three-year period to March 31,
The commission began an
investigation after a complaint
from a budget adviser.
It said the lender’s contracts did
not give any details of a repayment
waiver fee which was charged at
up to 15% of the loan amount.
The company charged borrowers
default interest of 35% when the
loan agreement stated that no
interest would be charged on the
event of default.
It also charged borrowers a fee of
up to $60 for registering security
items on the personal property
security register when it did not
register any security items.
Northland doctor and 2014 New
Zealander of the year Lance O’Sullivan
says vaccinations should either be
compulsory or children who are not
vaccinated should be made to wear
His comments come after he made
national headlines for taking the stage to
protest anti-vaccination film Vaxxed at
a screening in his hometown of Kaitaia.
“This idea of anti-immunisation has
killed children around the world, and
actually will continue to kill children
whose parents are put off immunisation
misinformation based on lies,” he said
Dr O’Sullivan took the stage because
he was not prepared to let someone from
outside Kaitaia, which has significant
health issues, come in and spread false
information, he told Newshub’s AM
“This movement will cause children in
New Zealand to be harmed and to die,
and I won’t accept that,” he said.
“ We know that rates of disease, in
particular these infectious diseases that
are preventable, have dropped since
we’ve introduced immunisations.”
He said in an election year, the
community should be discussing
whether vaccinations should be made
“And if not compulsory, then maybe
(unvaccinated) children should be going
to early childhood centres and schools
with masks on,” he said.
Health Minister Johnathan Coleman
backed Dr O’Sullivan for speaking up in
support of vaccination.
“Good on Dr Lance O’Sullivan for
taking a stand on the Vaxxed movie,” he
“ I totally support Lance in what he’s
saying. Vaccination is a good thing.”
Dr O’Sullivan said the anti-vaccination
movement contained some “ vile” people.
“There’s people in their movement who
have said incredibly hurtful things to a
lot of people, including myself,” he said.
“One of them even went so far as
to start making comments about my
son, who has a serious, serious medical
condition, and making light of that.”
The film — based on a discredited
study from the 1990s linking vaccines
and autism — has been screened eight
times across New Zealand. — NZ N
Blind dog rescued after three weeks
Storm stood trembling on
a small patch of mud at the
bottom of the ravine.
Whining and barking the
terrified dog would not move
from its imaginary prison
after falling down a steep
15m cliff in a Wellington
park about three weeks ago.
As SPCA rescuers
navigated through rocks and
water they realised Storm
was completely blind.
Suffering from malnutrition
and dehydration, the
disoriented dog was too
scared to move from the mud.
The ordeal had frightened
Storm so badly it had
become too scared even to
drink the water around it.
The dog, in perfect health
three weeks ago, was now
10kg lighter and blind.
through a Porirua park
yesterday found the
distressed and injured dog
and called the SPCA.
The SPCA said the tumble
down the 15m cliff may have
caused the trauma that cost
the dog its sight.
Without vision it was
unable to find its way out
and spent three cold and wet
weeks in the bush.
Storm’s relieved owners had
been found and the pet is
now getting vet care.
Storm lost 10kg during its ordeal in the bush and is now in the care of a vet.
Fake alpaca wool claim costly
A company has been fined $194,000 for falsely
claiming that its duvets were “pure alpaca wool”
or “100% cashmere”.
Princess Wool Co Limited (Princess Wool)
earlier pleaded guilty to 14 charges and
was fined $159,000 when sentenced in the
Auckland District Court yesterday, according
to the Commerce Commission, which brought
Company manager Kevin Stocker was fined
$20,187 on six charges and director Koo Yoarn
Lee was fined $14,750 on six charges.
Commerce Commission general manager,
competition, Antonia Horrocks said the fake
claims were made on labelling and invoices.
Independent tests showed the “alpaca duvets”
in fact contained between 9 and 17% alpaca
wool with the remainder being sheep wool. The
“c ashmere duvets” were made entirely of sheep
wool, Ms Horrocks said.
Princess Wool had twice assured the
commission it would remove labels stating “pure
alpaca” and, with a number of other businesses,
had also received a compliance advice letter
about only making truthful “made in New
The latest case brings the total fines imposed for
such cases to over $1.5 million. Eleven companies
and individuals have been prosecuted under the
Fair Trading Act for selling imported alpaca rugs
as “made in New Zealand”, and, or for claiming
duvets were predominantly alpaca, merino wool
or cashmere when they were not. — NZM E
Pair suffer smoke inhalation
Two people have been treated for
smoke inhalation after a pair of house
fires in suburban Auckland last night.
Northern Fire Communications’ shift
manager Colin Underdown said the
two injured people were elderly and in
a home in Riverlea Road, Whenuapai,
which caught fire about 5.30pm.
No one from St John could be
contacted to confirm their conditions.
The second house fire began in
McCullough Avenue, Mount Roskill,
half an hour later.
In this fire a woman was lucky to
escape with her life after her home went
up in flames while she was in the shower.
The Fire Ser vice was first called to this
blaze with reports a person was trapped
Onehunga senior station officer Chris
Power said a working smoke alarm
“almost certainly” saved the woman’s life.
Six fire trucks were on their way to the
scene but two were stood down after a
search of the one-storey house found
no one inside. The fire appeared to have
started in the kitchen or laundry of the
home, Mr Power said.
The middle-aged woman’s partner was
out at the time, so she had no one to
warn her, Mr Power said.
“The reason the occupant got out is
that she was in the shower and heard
the smoke alarm going off. By the time
she heard that and got out the fire was
reasonably well developed.
“S he’s very lucky the smoke alarm was
there and that it was working,” he said.
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