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PICTURE: Viv Logie
Costumes give Paroa School children goosebumps
Paroa Primary School pupils celebrated their favourite books yesterday when they arrived at school incognito — disguised as
their favourite book characters. Yazmin Haddock, back left, was the Grand High Witch from the Witches, Harrison Sweeney (The
Wimpy Kid), Harrison Lee (Fly Guy), Lotte Marshall (Matilda), Bennett Sweeney (Slappy from Goosebumps), front, with Phoebe
Coutts (Rey from Star Wars).
15 years have gone by
today John. Not a day
goes by without you in
We all miss you
Tracey and Vanessa.
Robert Joseph (Bob).
— September 9, 2014.
Time speeds on, three
years have passed,
Since death its gloom,
its shadow cast,
Within our home, where
all seemed bright,
And took from us a
We miss that light, and
His vacant place there is
none to fill.
Down here we mourn,
but not in vain,
For up in Heaven we
will meet again.
CATE, James Joseph
(Jim). — November 8,
1910 - September 9,
We won't immortalise
you in the stars,
Because they fade away.
We won't remember you
with a poem,
For it will be forgotten
We will just keep you
safe in our hearts,
So that you are with us
in every way.
We miss you
—Love your children,
Hugh, Kathleen, Jim,
Barbara and the late
Passed away September
6, 2017 after a short
husband of the late
Ruth. Dearly loved Dad
of Vicki and Chris
Calder, Stephanie and
Maurice, Darren, Kyle
and Neroli. Treasured
Julian, Tyler, Keyana,
Kody Jnr, Kyzah, Orion
and Ella. Dearly loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Glennis, Shona,
Marilyn and Paddy
Malone, John (deceased)
and Annette Messenger,
Allan and June, Max
and Vicki, Neil and Sue,
Graham and Paula.
Loved uncle to all his
nieces and nephews. The
service to celebrate
Rusty's life will be held
in The Living Well
Church, Biak Street,
Rotorua on Monday
September 11, at 11am.
Communications to the
Lemon Family, C/- PO
Box 926, Rotorua.
(Retired Judge) of
Auckland died suddenly
while on holiday in
Hawaii on August 25,
2017, aged 80 years.
Dearly beloved husband
of Diana, loved father of
David, and Helena and
grandfather of 10 grand-
children. A service for
John will be held on
Friday September 15,
2017 at St Aidans
Anglican Church, 5
Remuera, Auckland at
3pm. All communica-
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Ph 768 0250
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West Coast man charged with rape
A man has been charged with the rape
and attack of a Nelson woman following
an alleged home invasion.
Police say the 28-year-old has been
charged with aggravated wounding,
burglary, rape and unlawful sexual
connection, after an alleged attack in The
Brook on Thursday night.
The victim was said to have alerted
authorities by contacting her neighbours.
The West Coast man was captured by
police shortly after wards and appeared in
the Nelson District Court yesterday where
he was remanded in custody.
Police said the victim was being
supported by her friends and family.
A scene examination was underway and
police were working to trace the alleged
offender’s movements on Thursday.
He was believed to have been in Takaka
during the day, before making his way to
Nelson in the late afternoon, however it
was unknown how he had travelled.
Police wanted to hear from anyone that
may have given him a ride.
The man is described as European, 1.6-
1.7m tall, and small to medium build.
He has medium length, brown hair
and was believed to be wearing brown
trousers and a brown polar fleece top or
Police also wanted to hear from anyone
acting suspiciously, or who might have
been approached by a man matching his
description in the Nelson Hospital and
The Brook areas in the early evening.
Information can be provided to the
Operation Windlass team on 03 545
Christchurch politicians have urged
the Anglican Church to restore Christ
Church Cathedral as the church’s synod
prepares to vote on the earthquake-
crippled building’s future today.
Wagner and Christchurch Mayor
Lianne Dalziel both spoke to the
200-member synod yesterday at St
Christopher’s Church in Avonhead as
it discusses the cathedral’s fate.
Dalziel says the Gothic-style
136-year-old landmark building is
the heart and soul of the city and
the council unanimously backs its
Wagner told the synod that Cabinet
has already approved reinstatement
legislation so it is the fastest way
An offer of $35 million, along with
legislation to fast-track the restoration,
was made by the Government and
Christchurch City Council in July.
Arguments over whether the building
in the heart of Christchurch should
be restored to its former glory, partly
reinstated, or demolished and replaced
with a modern new building have
raged between the church, heritage
campaigners, and the wider public over
the past six-and-a -half years.
Head of the Canterbury Anglican
Church Bishop Victoria Matthews last
night said that the cathedral isn’t this
biggest concern for the church.
Matthews told the synod there
are much greater concerns facing the
church, including child poverty and
will debate the
cathedral’s future today and tomorrow
restoration, gifting the building to
the Government, or demolition and
replacing with a new cathedral will be
held early tomorrow afternoon.
Anglican Church urged to restore Christchurch Cathedral ahead of vote
Heke jailed for
Rollie Heke has been sentenced to five
years and five months jail, for importing
meth from prison.
Heke, formerly of Greymouth, was
arrested late last month following a
two-week manhunt after he allegedly
shot at police with a military-style semi-
automatic weapon in Morrinsville.
The 36-year-old is also facing three
charges of attempted murder of police.
Yesterday in the High Court at
Wellington he was sentenced on one
charge of importing methamphetamine,
and one of conspiracy to import
He had previously pleaded guilty.
Justice Karen Clark said Heke was
caught by an 18-month multi-agency
investigation that targeted an organised
criminal group that was importing
and distributing methamphetamine
throughout New Zealand in 2013 and
2014. At the time, Heke was in Rimutaka
prison. But he managed to coordinate
the importation of methamphetamine
One consignment got through but
police stopped the second.
“ You were in prison at the time and
without a mobile phone, so could not
contact (your co accused) Mr Ata directly.
You made indirect contact through Ms
Moka, your mother,” Justice Clark said.
Justice Clark said Heke had used his
mother as the intermediary for both
deliveries, and for payments.
Heke’s sentence started at five years for
the methamphetamine offending, and
Justice Clark noted there was aggravating
factors of premeditation and that Heke
was a ser ving prisoner.
Heke was granted a 20% discount
for pleading guilty, leading to the final
sentence of five years five months.
“Importation involves planning, that is
obvious. But your importation involved
a degree of planning and premeditation
beyond the planning that is inherent in
“ To arrange importation from prison
requires a level of commitment and
forethought and care, which elevates the
premeditation beyond the intrinsic of
“And you needed an intermediary. You
found your intermediary in your mother.”
Justice Clark said Heke was granted
electronically monitored bail in July
last year to allow him to attend a drug
rehabilitation programme, but he cut off
the bracelet and fled.
On August 13 this year in the Waikato
town of Morrinsville, Heke allegedly
shot at police officers with a military-
style semi-automatic weapon.
Officers spent two weeks looking for
him across the country, finding him at a
home in the Kaingaroa Forest township,
southeast of Rotorua, on August 25.
Police said he was taken into custody
without incident after armed officers
surrounded the property.
New Zealand Herald
Canterbury quake damage
raised heart attack risk
quake-damaged homes were put at higher
risk of heart attack, a new data-crunching
study has found.
The research, just published in international
journal The Lancet Planetary Health, offers
the latest insight into how quakes that rocked
Canterbury over 2010 and 2011 affected
peoples’ health in the months and years after.
Earlier studies have indicated a number
of negative effects, ranging from depression,
anxiety and a mental fog dubbed “quake
brain’’, to suicides linked to the disaster and
detailed in a Herald investigation.
Now, researchers have found how those
living in areas with more severely damaged
homes in the first year after a major earthquake
had elevated levels of cardiovascular disease
and heart attacks in particular.
“ We were interested in the long-term
impact of the earthquake given the prolonged
insurance settlement process, particularly
among those who were most impacted by
earthquake damage to their homes,’’ said
study author Professor Vicky Cameron, a
cardiology researcher based at the University
of Otago, Christchurch.
EQC residential building claims data were
linked to residential information at the time
of the magnitude 7.1 September 4, 2010
Researchers then followed up with adult
residents aged older than 45 to check
any new cases of hospital admission with
cardiovascular disease and related deaths.
The results were adjusted for the influence
of age, sex, ethnicity, small area deprivation
index and personal income.
In the first year, people who were living
in the most damaged areas in Christchurch
had around 10% more cardiovascular
hospitalisations compared with the least
damaged areas, 22% more hospitalisations
for heart attacks, and 25% more deaths from
Over the first 12 months of the Canterbury
earthquakes, in areas with the most damage
to homes, there were at least 66 related
hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease
and 29 for heart attacks, when compared to
the least-damaged areas.
The researchers failed to find any such
pattern over the following four years.
While cardiovascular disease rates are
known to increase immediately after a
severe earthquake, less was known about
the magnitude of this increase over a longer
time frame, and whether this was associated
with level of housing damage.
The new study offered proof that
people living in areas with more severely
damaged homes in the first year after a
major earthquake had elevated levels of
cardiovascular disease, and heart attacks in
The researchers suggested policy measures,
such as better access to ser vices and
inter ventions within the first year of a
disaster, could help.
“The cardiovascular impact of the
Canterbury earthquakes is a reminder of the
broader health impact of a natural disaster and
the importance of considering cardiovascular
prevention in natural disaster preparedness,
resilience and recovery,’’ Cameron said.
The study was undertaken as part of the
Healthier Lives National Science Challenge
and carried out by researchers from Otago
University, the University of Canterbury and
Security guard explains why he
dumped dying man at a bus stop
The security guard who dumped a dying
man at a bus stop says he believed it was the
best way to get him more help.
Nigel McFall was working in security for
Christchurch Public Hospital in 2013 when
he was asked to remove an alcoholic from
the hospital because a doctor believed he was
“faking ’’ symptoms.
A coroner’s report criticised the actions of
the Canterbury District Health Board for
discharging Neil David Jones from hospital
despite concerns being raised by nurses and
Mr McFall about the state of his health.
Mr McFall, who no longer works for the
same security company, said it was obvious
to him and his team that Jones was too sick
to leave hospital but their protests fell on
deaf ears and they were forced to remove the
47-year-old from hospital - despite the fact he
had recently become homeless.
“The bus shelter for us was a way to get him
out to the public,’’ he said.
“ We were hoping the public pressure would
have assisted him getting the help that he
needed. We were hoping that public pressure
coming in from the street or someone
phoning the ambulance would have been the
Mr McFall said Jones was almost fluoro
yellow, was muttering to himself and was
unsteady on his feet when they had to remove
him from the building.
Numerous members of the public voiced
concern about leaving Mr Jones lying beside
the bus shelter but each was told he had been
medically cleared and was fine, the coroner
Security staff relayed all the information
they got to the nurses’ station but “they just
weren’t interested in assisting this man’’, he
Hours later an orderly finally brought Jones
back to the emergency department but staff
still refused to reassess him.
Eventually the police were called to trespass
him and take him to the Christchurch City
The Mission reluctantly took him in but
soon after decided he needed to go back to
hospital. They called the police to take him
back but were forced to call an ambulance
more than an hour later because he had started
vomiting blood and police had not returned.
Two days later he was dead.
Canterbury District Health Board chief
executive David Meates admitted the system
failed Jones and said changes had been made
to make sure it never happened again.
But Mr McFall said he did not think it was
the system that failed Jones.
“I think people failed him,’’ he said.
He agreed with Jones’ mother Joan Jones
who said even dogs were treated better than
her son was.
The whole ordeal had taken its toll on Mr
“This just replays in my head just about
all the time. You do think about what you
could’ve done better. I think we did more
than anyone would have expected us to,’’ he
said of his security team who checked on
Jones throughout the day. “I remember it
like it was yesterday. It’s not something you
forget. For me, I’m wired to protect and when
you do everything you can to get help for
somebody you know is dying and nobody will
do anything,’’ he said. —
Artist guilty of
A well-known artist has been found
guilty of raping his teenage students at
his private Auckland studio, but he will
keep his identity hidden.
The man, who cannot be named due
to court suppression orders, was found
guilty by a jury in the Auckland District
Court on several sex charges.
The charges included six counts of
rape, five of indecent assault, five of
unlawful sexual connection, and two of
sexual connection with a young person.
He was also found guilty of assault
with a weapon, when he used a belt
against a student in what he described
as a game of “Medieval sex’’.
The artist violated four women, aged
14 to 18, during 2014 and 2015 at his
The Herald cannot name the studio or
mention the artist ’s career history.
He was also found not guilty of one
count of an indecent act and will be
sentenced on October 5.
He has interim name suppression
until that date.
The artist, who has had his work
displayed in well-known galleries
and offices, said he never forced any
of his students to enter into a sexual
relationship with him.
The court heard during the trial that
the teens simply gave in to the artist ’s
desires out of “fear or confusion’’.
Crown prosecutor Dale D ufty said
the artist would call his students, with
a tap on the shoulder, into his private
He would then lock the door, D ufty
During these lessons the artist would
tell “fantastical stories’’ to the students
about art and his achievements in the
“O ver time during these one-on-one
sessions he became physical,’’ D ufty
The artist “pushed and persisted ’’, he
“They said ‘no’, but he pushed on
anyway ... They simply gave in out of
fear or confusion.’’ The artist told one
of his students what he was doing
“was good for her’’ and would help her
become a better artist.
He also told one of the teens that oral
sex with him would enable her “to see
Describing “Greek goddess’’ artwork,
the artist claimed he could interpret the
emotions of another artist from what
colours and brush strokes they used.
He strenuously defended throughout
the police investigation and trial that
the affairs he had with the students
were all consensual.
During the trial, however, D ufty
asked the artist if he ever believed his
actions were inappropriate.
“ When you have a love for painting,
you never ask why,’’ the artist replied.
The artist also said he only learnt
one of the students he was having sex
with was underage after police charged
One of the students told the court her
friends had urged her to come for ward
“They said, `You have to tell him to
stop’. He was just doing it all the time,’’
she said in a police inter view.
“I didn’t know if they were going to
support me or if they were going to
look at me like, `You’re disgusting’,’’ she
said of her friends and family.
She added, the artist ’s actions “just
started getting worse’’ as he described
taking her on a “journey ’’.
“Every time you would go in the room
he would always lock the door.
“ You need this experience, it will make
you a better arts student,’’ the woman
said the artist would tell her.
“I believed him, I trusted him. He
knows everything. I had to obey him,
because I had no choice - I thought he
would help me.’’
The jury heard that the artist also
told the students to “pretend that
nothing had happened’’ when they left
the studio and “not to tell anyone or he
would go to jail’’.
“He told them these things to attempt
to earn their trust and to manipulate
them,’’ D ufty said. —
He ‘pushed and persisted’
Crews from the
Brighton Volunteer Fire
Brigade and Lookout
Point Station responded
to a car fire in Ocean
View yesterday. The
woman driver, who did
not want to be named,
said her son was in the
car with her. She had got
out of the car to check
her mailbox, when the
car caught on fire.She
and her son escaped
without injury, she
said. Neighbour Noel
Houliston contained the
blaze with a garden hose.
Dunedin car fire
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