Home' Greymouth Star : October 30th 2017 Contents Greymouth Star
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 3
A motorcyclist died after crashing
near Western Springs in Auckland.
The accident happened about 1.20pm
yesterday on the Great North Road
near the St Lukes Road off-ramp. The
rider died at the scene and no other
vehicles were involved. — N ZN
Smash claims life
One person has died in a two car
collision in Lower Kaimai, near
Tauranga. Police were called to the
crash just before 11pm on Saturday
night, on State highway 29. One
person died at the scene and two
others were injured. — NZ N
Police have found a body, believed
to be that of a missing 46-year-old
man, while searching farmland in
Waihi. Police believe it is Grant
Ridley, who has been missing for two
weeks, though formal identification
is yet to take place. Next-of-kin have
been informed and the matter will be
referred to the coroner. — NZ N
Car in cliff plunge
A woman has suffered suspected
neck and spinal injuries after a vehicle
has gone off a cliff in south Taranaki.
Emergency crews were called to
the scene on Waitotara Valley Road
at 4.20am yesterday. Police believe
the passenger was thrown from the
vehicle after it veered off the road
and down a steep bank. The female
passenger was flown by helicopter
to Wellington Hospital in a critical
condition, while the driver was taken
to Whanganui Hospital, a St John
spokeswoman said. — N ZN
Ferr y staff save man
Ferry staff have rescued a man
who fell into the water from Princes
Wharf in Auckland. Police were
called around 5am yesterday, after
reports a man was shouting from
the water and needed help. Senior
constable Martin Renouf of the
police maritime unit said ferry staff
were pulling the 22-year-old from
the water by the time police arrived,
the New Zealand Herald reported.
Police say the crew did an excellent
job of locating and rescuing the man,
who they believe is a tourist. The
man was taken to hospital. — NZ N
Four share Lotto
Four tickets, sold in Wellington,
New Plymouth, Napier and
Auckland, shared the division one
prize in Lotto draw No 1694 on
Saturday, each winning $250,000.
Successful numbers were 1, 9, 10, 12,
23, 37; bonus 13. Strike numbers were
37, 10, 12, 23. There was no Strike
Four winner. Powerball number 5.
There was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 14776: 3,
8, 21, 29, 30, 32, 43, 44, 46, 49, 52, 53,
54, 61, 69, 71, 72, 73, 75, 79. Draw No
14777: 2, 7, 11, 17, 18, 29, 36, 42, 46,
47, 52, 55, 57, 61, 62, 63, 73, 76, 77, 79.
Draw No 14778: 4, 7, 8, 12, 15, 18, 28,
31, 35, 36, 37, 41, 44, 45, 47, 50, 52, 58,
61, 71. Draw No 14779: 3, 10, 12, 13,
17, 21, 25, 27, 29, 40, 42, 51, 54, 56, 65,
67, 69, 70, 73, 80.
Education shake-up signalled
A woman has been injured after falling
into a hole in Mount Maunganui when
the ground gave way beneath her.
The incident occurred this morning
when the elderly woman was walking
behind a row of shops in Commerce
The soak hole is on private premises
and the ground probably corroded with
age and a car damaged the concrete, a
Tauranga City Council spokesman said.
The woman fell about 2m into a drain
and her cries for help led to Fire and
Emergency New Zealand being called.
About eight firefighters used shovels
and other tools to clear a space large
enough to allow her to climb out. She
was in the hole about an hour and
received minor injuries that were treated
at the scene.
The council would be contacting the
owner of the commercial premises
responsible for the drain. — NZ N
from soak hole
Primary school league tables will be
axed and high-school exams are in for
a big shake-up as the new Labour-
led Government moves to make
schools focus on learning rather than
New Education Minister Chris
Hipkins, in an inter view with
The New Zealand Herald, says
primary schools will still have to
report to parents on individual
children’s progress against the eight
levels of the curriculum, which most
children cover during their 13 years at
primary and secondary schools.
But National Standards, which set
out levels of literacy and numeracy
for years 1 to 8, will be abolished and
schools will be free to choose their
own ways of assessing pupils’ progress.
“There are a range of tools that
schools can use to do that already, but
what we won’t be doing is centrally
collecting that data and using it to
create league tables. That is a matter
between teachers and parents,” Mr
Hipkins said. He has also signalled a
review of the National Certificate of
Educational Achievement (NCEA)
in secondary schools aimed partly
at encouraging pupils not to enter
NCEA three years in a row.
“ You don’t have to do all three
levels but the culture is that all kids
do all three, so how do we encourage
people to use the flexibility that
NCEA provides? That is one of the
questions,” he said.
He plans to announce terms of
reference for the review before
Christmas and hopes it will free up
pupils to learn about each learning
area, rather than only what they need
to pass NCEA.
“I think there is a general concern,
which I share, that the culture around
NCEA has been that the only learning
is the learning that contributes
towards credits. That is not a culture
that I want to see continued,” he said.
Axing National Standards may be
unpopular with parents. A
Herald poll when the standards were
introduced in 2010 found that 73%
of parents with school-age children
Auckland chairwoman Ebony-Rose
Andrews said she was unsure how
she would know how well her two
primary school-age daughters were
doing without the standards.
“ For me, National Standards have
always been a good thing because
we understand where our kids are
tracking,” she said.
Only reporting against the eight
curriculum levels was not enough, she
“One of my daughters is at level 7 in
maths, and she’s 9, so how will they
extend those students who go above
the curriculum at school?” she asked.
At present, primary schools are
required to report to the Ministry of
Education by March 1 each year on
the numbers of pupils who are at,
above, below or well below National
Standards in each year level, gender
and ethnic group. The ministry
publishes the data for each school.
Mr Hipkins said he could not yet
say exactly when those requirements
“ I have to sit down with the ministry
and work out the timetable,” he said.
He plans to issue guidelines on what
schools must report to parents about
“ What we said is that National
Standards would be replaced with
a requirement for schools to report,
in plain language, a child’s progress
against the NZ curriculum,” Mr
The ministry would continue to fund
the University of Otago’s National
Monitoring Study of Student
Achievement, which reported on a
sample of schools in different subjects
each year across the whole curriculum,
as well as literacy and numeracy.
“Sampling exercises are more than
sufficient to identify where there are
problems,” he said.
He would also keep the “Progress
and Consistency Tool” (PaCT)
that had been opposed by the NZ
because it was aimed at achieving
nationally consistent judgements
on whether children were meeting
“ I think the anxiety of the NZEI is
the idea that PaCT would become a
compulsory national test. We won’t be
“ PaCT is a valuable tool. It should
be added to the range of tools that
are available. There are AsTTle
[Assessment Tools for Teaching and
Learning] tests and PAT [Progressive
Achievement Tests] tests; they can
use a range of tools,” Mr Hipkins said.
The Ministry of Education has long
planned a review of NCEA that was
due to start with a reference group
being appointed this month and
finish by the end of 2018.
“The review must, if nothing else,
produce solutions to reduce the
excessive assessment at the expense of
learning . . . endemic in our secondary
schools. ” - NZME
$NZ KIWI DOLLAR ($NZ1)
$$$$N$NZZ KIKIWIWI DDOLOLLLAARR ($NZ1)
OLOLOLONNN ODODODONNN (((UUUS$/S$/S$/S$/OOOOUNUNUNCCCCE)E)E)
PRPRPRPR CECECECEC OIOIOIOIO SUSUSUSUS MEMEMEMETTTTAAAATTTT LLLLSSSSS
source: interest conz
NEW YORK (US$/OUNCE)
mark tet move t
As at 4pm October 27, 2017
a2 Milk Company
861 +1 798.7
338 –0.5 3 .96
ANZ Banking Gr
3335 +5 27.14
116 +1 26.16
Auckland Intl Airpt
624 +1.5 146.6
880 +25 8.13
565 +1 13.54
1329 –6 198.8
730 +2 144.7
Fonterra Share Fund
629 +1 124.3
Goodman Prop Tr
– 0.5 42.00
188 –1 41 .83
316 +1 10.10
239 –1 150.8
Kiwi Property Gr
132.5 +0.5 101.1
2447 –8 2.53
– 2.5 23.79
– 0.5 48.97
Metro Perf Glass
99 +1 37.42
252 –1 15.74
Port of Tauranga
457 –2 15.95
Prop for Industry
668 +2 10.00
909 +3 10.35
790 –6 5.00
372 +1 6.50
Sky Network TV
259 –1 17 .18
381 –2 332.8
360 –1 551.1
Stride Prop & Inv
Summerset Gr Hldgs
495 +3 5.57
500 +8 66.42
Trade Me Gr
456 +1 199.2
Vital Hlth Prop Tr
222 –0.5 37.32
3380 +8 17.51
Trading to 10:30am,
Monday, October 30, 2017
DECLINERS: 27 TRADED: 105
Aluminium High Grade
A family trying to track down the
long-lost owner of World War Two
satchel finally has answers to a 70-year
Sergeant Walter Chissell, originally
of Whangarei, returned from the
war with a leather satchel containing
photographs, books and personal
letters which belonged to a German
soldier called Eddi Fickeis.
Little is known of how Mr Chissell
came into possession of the satchel,
but his family and descendants said he
spent decades trying to track down the
Mr Chissell’s daughter, Shirley
Witehira, said she had known about
the satchel since she was a little girl.
“ I don’t really know how got it. He
acquired it, I think, in Italy.”
The family enlisted a German
translator to look at the letters in the
satchel. However they were written
in a different dialect to what was
“ It was old German and (the
translator) couldn’t do it properly.”
The satchel was left in the possession
of Ms Witehira’s sister-in-law Elainee
Witehira as she has European ancestry
that might have provided use in
tracking down the family.
Despite searching “all his life”, Mr
Chissell died in 1991.
“ We carried on the legacy. And if I
died, my daughter was going to do it.
It was important to find the family,”
Elainee, who lives in Dunedin, said.
The satchel was special to Mr
would look at the pictures in it and the
pictures of the children and wonder
where they were.”
It was not until recently that
Elainee’s daughter, Xzenia, suggested
posting on Facebook.
Someone “accidentally” saw the post
before travelling to Germany and took
the information overseas.
One thing lead to another and
eventually the family was found.
“There were so many unexplained
things that happened,” Elainee said.
In fact, the story seemed so unlikely
the family in Germany initially
thought it was a scam.
It was not until they saw the photos
from the satchel they believed the story
“They are over the moon. They can’t
believe it,” Elainee said.
It was an emotional story of caring,
love, determination and “never ever
giving up” as well as the bringing
together people from “all walks of life”.
Mr Fickeis’s son Axel and his family
are travelling to New Zealand in
February next year to be presented
with the long-lost satchel and personal
It was initially believed by Mr
Chissell’s family that Mr Fickeis died
during the war. But they had since
found out he sur vived and died later in
Dunedin film-maker Wiebke Finkler,
who helped in the search, wants to
produce a documentary on the story.
“ Even she was blown away by what
happened,” Elainee said.
They were attempting to raise funds
for the documentary.
— Otago Daily Times
War mystery solved after 70-year search
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
Elainee Witehira holds the satchel her sister-in-law ’s father, Walter Chissell,
brought back from World War Two. Inset: German soldier Eddi Fickeis.
SPCA reveals worst abuse cases
A labrador-cross dog with a metal
chain embedded in its neck and a
cat with the tips of its ears cut off
are two of the worst cases of animal
abuse this year, the SPCA has
The List of Shame is released
annually by the SPCA to highlight
the worst of the 15,000 welfare
complaints its staff attended in
“The List of Shame will shock
people. It ’s very clear that with
such cruelty going on, the SPCA’s
work needs to continue — to
protect those who cannot speak for
themselves,” SPCA chief executive
Andrea Midgen said.
On the list of 10 is Pippi, a cat
which spurred global headlines
after being found with its ears cut
off on Auckland’s North Shore in
Other stories of abuse and
neglect feature on the list are the
beating of a labrador puppy which
suffered two fractures to its left
hind leg and a female dog which
was hit on the head with a hammer
and left to die.
The SPCA has launched the
list ahead of its annual appeal,
which runs from November 10 to
Ms Midgen said it costs the
SPCA $9 million a year to run its
inspectorate, for which it received
no government funding.
The SPCA inspectorate runs
prosecutions in cases of animal
cruelty and harm and is the only
charity in New Zealand that can
enforce the Animal Welfare Act. —
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
The sunbathing seal in DOC’s net.
A fur seal’s sunbathing
mission in the backyard of a
Massey property was cut short
The Department of
Conser vation was called to a
Huruhuru Road residence in
the suburb north of Auckland
to relocate the seal.
It is common for seals to
follow their noses and get
stuck into “places we think to
be a little unusual”, a DOC
“They ’re quite exploratory
creatures, they’re a little bit
nosey and like to check things
It is believed the seal found
its way to the property via the
nearby Henderson Creek.
“ Its common for them to be
found a reasonable distance
inland, anywhere up to 15km.
“ We always tell people to stay
around 20m away from a seal
and keep dogs and things away
“ People should not try to
move them themselves. It ’s a
good idea for people to give us
a call if they think they (seals)
are in danger.”
DOC staff captured the seal
in about 10 minutes. —NZ ME
Sunbather denied seal of approval
Baby did not
A Christchurch baby who sustained
fatal injuries did not fall off the couch
like her babysitter claims, prosecutors
Shayal Upashna Sami is on trial in
the High Court at Christchurch for
the alleged murder of one-year-old
Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand, who the
Crown says received fatal head injuries
on January 6, 2015, while Sami was
Opening the prosecution case today,
Crown lawyer Mark Zarifeh told the
court baby Aaliyah’s injuries, including
two skull fractures and bruising to
the face, did not line up with Sami’s
Mr Zarifeh said Sami, 18 at the time,
told hospital staff and police she put
Aaliyah on the couch where she went
to sleep, and was making dinner in the
kitchen when the baby fell off the couch
on to the carpeted floor.
“ How baby Aaliyah came to sustain
those (head) injuries is at the centre of
this trial,” he said.
The Crown said Sami’s explanation
to the hospital and police was not
“Aaliyah did not fall from the couch, her
injuries were inflicted by the defendant,”
Mr Zarifeh said.
“A fall from the couch would be
inconsistent with the severe head
Sami’s defence lawyer, Jonathan Eaton,
QC, said it was a tragic accident, and
baby Aaliyah had fallen from the couch
after waking up.
“ I want to make it very clear, there was
no crime committed here, there was no
murder, no manslaughter, no assault. It
was an accident, full stop,” he told the
Aaliyah was taken to hospital by Sami
and a neighbour, but died while in the
intensive care unit the next day.
The trial is expected to last two weeks.
Former National MP Todd
Barclay will not face any charges
after again refusing to speak
to detectives probing his secret
taping of a staff member.
Police have announced today
the results of a re-investigation
that had commenced into
allegations that the private
communications of an individual
were intercepted by Mr Barclay,
who was then MP for Clutha-
As a result of the re-
investigation Barclay would not
face charges, police said.
Mr Barclay had again declined
to be inter viewed by police, as
was his legal right.
“After a thorough review
of all information available
to us, including legal advice
both internal and from Crown
prosecution guidelines, police
has determined that there is no
change to the outcome of the
original investigation,” Assistant
Richard Chambers said.
Police had launched
10-month investigation after Mr
Barclay ’s electorate agent Glenys
Dickson claimed Barclay secretly
recorded her conversations.
Police declined to press charges,
saying there was insufficient
Former Prime Minister and
National Party leader Bill
English was among those
inter viewed. Mr Barclay did not
seek re-election for the National
Party at the general election. He
is believed to be living abroad.
No charges for Barclay
Defence Minister Ron Mark has visited
the army, navy and air force all in one day.
The New Zealand First MP visited
Exercise Southern Katipo, a New
Zealand Defence Force military exercise
He started the day at the main operating
base for the exercise’s combined joint task
force at Omaka airfield near Blenheim,
where he also visited a detachment
from No 3 Squadron of the Royal New
Zealand Air Force.
He then flew on an NH90 helicopter to
the HMNZS Canterbury at Picton.
The biennial exercise at the top of the
South Island began on October 20 and
runs until November 24, and more than
2000 personnel from 12 countries are
Mr Mark said he was impressed by
the professionalism of the units and
personnel he had seen. They were well-
trained and ready for deployments of all
Mr Mark left the army in 1985 as a
captain and then ser ved with the Sultan
of Oman’s land forces and the sultan’s
special force, according to a biography
on the NZ First website. He retired as a
major in 1990. — NZ N
Pink fairy tackles robber
A man dressed as a pink fairy, who had
recently taken part in a breast cancer
fundraiser, has helped catch a fleeing
robber in Napier.
A worker in a dairy in Hastings Street
was threatened by a man wearing
a balaclava after 2pm yesterday but
managed to chase him from the store,
The fleeing man was tackled by two
members of the public, including the
man wearing a pink crop top, pink
tutu, pink fishnets and fairy wings,
on Marine Parade, and an off-duty
policewoman helped until on-duty
“ While we encourage people to think
about the risks involved before stepping
in during an incident such as this, there
is no denying that the efforts of these
two good samaritans have assisted us in
preventing this person causing further
harm in our community,” senior sergeant
Kevin Stewart said.
“ We accept the pink uniform is
rather effective and was popular with
bystanders, but I think we’ ll be sticking
to the blue,” Mr Stewart said.
A 42-year-old man has been charged
with aggravated robbery and will appear
in the Hastings District Court today.
He has been treated for minor injuries.
Three people have been rescued near
the notorious Waikato River mouth
sand bar after a passing boatie followed
debris floating in the water, including a
It was understood the trio got into
difficulty about 10.30am on Saturday
when their vessel hit a wave and
capsized, leaving them in the water with
only one lifejacket between the three of
them, Coastguard New Zealand said.
They had not logged a report about
crossing the bar.
Shortly before midday Coastguard
Radio was notified that someone who
had just crossed the bar saw debris.
Surf Lifeguards from Sunset Beach
also reported a sighting on a capsized
A search was launched while the boatie
on the spot followed the debris trail and
found three people, who had been in the
water for about two hours.
One with a laceration to their hand
was transferred to a Waiuku rescue vessel
and taken to shore where an ambulance
was waiting. — NZ N
Defence marks battle centenary
A New Zealand Defence
Force contingent will mark
the centenary of the Battle of
Beersheba in Israel.
New Zealand’s Governor-
General Dame Patsy Reddy is
The Battle of Beersheba was
one of many examples of the
Anzac bond during the World
War One, Lieutenant General
Tim Keating said.
From 1916 to 1918, Australians
and New Zealanders formed the
Anzac mounted division, helping
to secure the Suez Canal and to
drive Ottoman forces from what
was then known as Palestine, the
Transjordan and Syria.
The New Zealand mounted
rifle brigade captured the heavily
fortified hill of Tel el Saba on
October 31, 1917, which cleared
the way for the now-famous
Australian light horse charge on
Beersheba, Mr Keating said.
contingent will head to Israel for
“The NZDF has contributed
personnel to missions in the
Middle East since 1948 and we
remain committed to working
with international partners in
the pursuit of global peace and
stability,” Mr Keating said.
Three rescued after boat capsizes
Links Archive October 28th 2017 October 31st 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page