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Buller District Council chief
executive Andy Gowland-
Douglas has a night job,
performing karaoke for her self-
made enterprise Rockalicious
It will be on stage publicly for
the first time next week.
“This event is my first public
one in Westport, up until now
I have only done private events
here,” Ms Gowland-Douglas
She was not ner vous and
hoped to see a good crowd turn
She said she had sung since
she was young and had also
performed publicly throughout
her high school years.
She founded Rockalicious
Entertainment at the
beginning of this year, but
had been providing karaoke
entertainment for about 15 to
20 years, she said.
The daughter of a well-known
New Zealand rock ‘n’ roll
performer, who she preferred
not to name, she said she had
“music in the blood”.
Songwriting had been a hobby
in the past, but she did not have
a lot of time for that any more.
admitted that she preferred
to play with a band, but said
she enjoyed the flexibility of
It was easier than rallying a
band together. “I just like to do
my own thing.”
She acknowledged that it was
a very different line of work to
her day job.
“It is a creative outlet. I just
go into a different world. (It ’s a)
completely different persona.”
Her song list was very eclectic.
“I like a lot of the old stuff
— Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee,
Frank Sinatra . . . More jazz and
blues stuff, but equally I’m quite
happy to sing Guns ‘n’ Roses.”
will play at Club Buller
on Friday, August 25. Ms
Gowland-Douglas will warm
up the stage with a solo show.
Buller CEO’s musical job
(Opposite Dixon Park)
Phone 768 0370
for 24 Hour Service.
Drs Laurence Cohen,
this weekend is
Phone 768 4075 (Shop)
768 4535 or 768 4930
Friday until 5.30pm
10am -12 .30pm
No Sunday Hours
Monica. — January 31,
1952 - August 18, 2004.
May the many souls she
cared for in life be with
Friday 6pm until
153 Tainui Street
Saturday and Sunday
Telephone: 769 9300
Our Great Guy
A year ago today our
hearts were broken
when you were taken
from us so suddenly.
You were a much loved
and treasured brother,
great-uncle and friend.
Not a day goes by Bob
that you are not thought
of many times. We
speak of you often and
miss you so very much.
What we would give for
one last cup of tea
together. Now with your
best mate Bernie. xxx .
Five years ago this day.
Music is the answer to
the mystery of life.
Music gives peace to the
restless and comforts the
We remember with love.
Shane and family would
sincerely like to thank
all those who sent cards,
flowers, baking, visited
or attended the funeral
of Rex. Your messages
of sympathy, care and
support have been much
Andy Gowland-Douglas, Buller District Council chief
executive by day, entertainer by night.
Winston Peters used his last speech in
Parliament last night, before it adjourned
for the election, to wind up Maureen
Pugh by suggesting she should make a
Mrs Pugh has risen from No 52 on the
National Party list three years ago to 44.
National must win 44% of the vote on
election night for Mrs Pugh to get back
The latest 1 News Colmar Brunton poll
has National on 44%, with Labour going
from 24% to 37% under new leader
Mr Peters predicted that New Zealand
First would claim a greater share of the
vote than the polls suggested.
He told Parliament, tongue in cheek: “I
also want to say to a number of people
— Brett Hudson, Matt Doocey, Barbara
Kuriger, Melissa Lee, Kanwaljit Singh
Bakshi, Jian Yang, Parmjeet Parmar,
Joanne Hayes, Chris Bishop, Nuk
Korako and Maureen Pugh — that I am
going to move a motion that we extend
the valedictory time for them to make
their last speech”.
“ I have seen the future in the polls, and
we, over here, have not started yet. We
know that whatever they say about us, you
can add on another 30 to 50%, and that
is why the cohesive, stable organisation
of New Zealand First is going to be so
important over the next five weeks.”
Mrs Pugh used the final sitting of
Parliament to ask Associate Minister
for the Environment about recent
announcements to better protect New
Zealand’s natural environment. He
responded that microbeads would be
banned from next May. She also asked
the minister about the Government ’s
minimisation fund plastic
Peters winds up
Pugh in speech
by Laura Mills
A child in Westland who contracted
meningococcal is on the mend.
The child was hospitalised with the
disease and those in contact with them
were treated with antibiotics, medical
officer of health Dr Cheryl Brunton said.
Further details were not released to
protect the family’s privacy.
Dr Brunton said a suspected case of
whooping cough, also in Westland,
had not been confirmed. However, they
were expecting to see cases on the West
Coast, with rates rising in Southland
A 2011 outbreak in Hokitika saw 152
confirmed cases over that winter.
Dr Brunton said whooping cough
was always around but usually in low
levels. Often clusters were around one
household — if someone got sick, and
the others were unvaccinated, they
generally caught it.
With outbreaks elsewhere in the South
Island, authorities were reminding
people the best protection was to have
children under age one vaccinated.
Pregnant women should be vaccinated
with each pregnancy, Dr Brunton said.
“The best protection is vaccination. It ’s
especially important for the little ones
and pregnant women.”
Women should talk to their GP or
lead maternity carer for further
Child who contracted
meningococcal on mend
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Costumes ready for Star for a Night
Star for a Night performers Sylvia Currie, left, and Sue Johnson check
out the range of costumes as they prepare for the big show at Shantytown
next Saturday night. Interest is building in the annual fun fundraiser and a
range of rock stars and worldwide chart toppers will perform on the evening.
Contestant Sue Johnson says tickets are selling fast. “ We have eight acts
this year in what is our 19th show.” All proceeds go to the Paroa Tennis
Club. Tickets are available from the Greymouth iSite. The doors open at
Shantytown next Saturday at 7pm, with the first act set to take the stage at
A woman arrested
following an alleged
hostage drama in L ower
Hutt has appeared in
who has interim name
in L ower Hutt District
Court today charged with
threatening to kill and
The woman was taken
into custody by the Armed
Offenders Squad yesterday
after they stormed a
Kings Crescent flat, using
stun grenades, to end the
incident which began the
She and another woman,
a 47-year-old, were
treated at Hutt Hospital
Justice of the Peace John
Larcomb remanded the
woman in custody.
Her lawyer, Michael
Bott, did not apply for
bail and said a report need
to be ordered into the
woman’s mental health.
Gorge Road has been
closed again after a
new slip came down
only days after
This morning’s slip
happened close to the
major slip that was
The road is closed in
The first big slip came
down on the road linking
central Wellington to the
suburbs of Ngaio and
Khandallah in late July
and the road was closed
which put pressure on
alternative roads into the
There have been more
than 460 slips across the
Wellington region this
winter, amid repeated
bouts of heavy rain.
New slip closes Wellington gorge
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