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FISHER, Alec Francis.
December 8, 1970 -
December 20, 2018. Leo
and Coll, Chris and
Rochelle, Brent and
families would like to
thank everyone who has
supported us over the
last few weeks. To all
those who found the
time to attend Alec's
funeral service, those
friends who called in,
left baking and sent
flowers, we thank you.
We would especially
like to acknowledge
while he lived down
here, especially during
the last four years when
he lived in care. Thank
you to all the carers who
through the years when
he lived independently
or at McKenzie Health
Care. We hope you will
accept this as a personal
Lest we Forget
Robin Onslow. —
October 21, 1941 to
January 20, 2018.
The best Granddad and
Dad, missed dearly.
Will Love You Longer
Phone (03) 768 0250
Ziman House, Reefton
on January 16, 2019,
aged 73. Loved dad of
Sarah, cherished brother
of Kevin, Jan, the late
Bev, and Bill, a loved
granddad, uncle, cousin,
and friend of many.
Messages to PO Box
417, Greymouth 7840.
The family would like to
offer their heartfelt
thanks to the staff at
Ziman House for their
loving care of Graham
over the last 18 months.
At Graham's request a
private cremation has
ROSS, Angela and
taken from us 17 years
Forever in our hearts
Love Mum, Dad, and
When a Harry Potter quiz came to
the Greymouth library this week, it
was in the safe hands of quizmaster
Professor Jackie Farrelly — she has
read every book about 20
“ When the first one came out,
our kids were at the right age,” Mrs
“One is even nicknamed Dobby
because of it.”
The library was full with children
eager to show their knowledge of all
Team Hufflepuff (82pts) beat
Hagrid’s Misunderstood Monsters
(78) and West Coast Werewolves (77)
on the basis of their strong showing in
the bonus round.
Team Hufflepuff consisted of Kyra
Johnson, Billie-Jean Gully and Chassis
The winners took home the
Hogwards House Cup and a copy of
J K Rowling’s compendium novel The
Tales of Beedle the Bard.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Professor Quirrell (Billy-Jean Gully) and Hermione Granger (Kyra Johnson) with quizmaster Professor Farrelly, all set for the Harry Potter quiz at the
Potter-mania comes to town
The world’s largest cryptocurrency
exchange says it has frozen some
funds stolen from Christchurch
digital assets exchange Cryptopia.
New Zealand police were called into
Cryptopia late on Monday night to
investigate the theft of several million
dollars-worth of cryptocurrencies and
have done a scene examination and a
forensic digital investigation.
It is not clear exactly what happened,
but the cryptocurrency exchange went
into maintenance on Monday night,
followed by an automated alert that
showed a digital “wallet ” receiving
more than $3 million from Cryptopia.
Since then it has been possible to
see some transactions involving that
wallet, including money going to the
giant international cryptocurrency
Binance chief executive Changpeng
Zhao said on Twitter yesterday that
the hackers appeared to have sent his
company some of the stolen funds
from Cryptopia, and Binance had
“ I don’t understand why the hackers
keep sending to Binance,” Zhao,
known as CZ, said. “Social media will
be pretty fast to report it and we will
“ It ’s a high-risk manoeuvre for
Bell Gully senior associate Campbell
Pentney is a tax specialist with
expertise in cryptocurrencies.
He says he was not personally
affected by the theft, but like many
around the world has been watching
the digital wallet money is thought to
“ You can follow transactions
involving that wallet because the
transaction chains for some of the
types of affected currencies are public,”
Mr Pentney says.
“It’s not perfect; you can’t generally
link a wallet to a name. But you can
see where some of it is going ... and
you can comment on the address of
that wallet. ”
Social media feeds show people who
have lost money in the Cryptopia
theft begging for their money back
and wanting to know which currencies
are affected, Mr Pentney.
He says Cryptopia was not large
enough for the hack to have a
substantial effect on the broader
market for cryptocurrencies, but the
exchange provided support for a
number of niche cryptocurrencies,
which could struggle to trade,
particularly if Cryptopia held a large
portion of those assets.
Other implications of the hack
would depend on whether the funds
were permanently lost or whether
Cryptopia bounced back and was in
a position to refund customers, Mr
However, even reimbursement could
be tricky, as cryptocurrency prices may
have fluctuated since the time of the
“In some ways this is a more
complicated situation than previous
high-profile exchange hacks, as there
are indications dozens of different
cryptocurrencies may be involved. This
makes the tracking and reimbursement
process more difficult.”
New Zealanders who lost money
permanently through the theft might
be able to apply for tax relief, Mr
Meanwhile, the Cryptopia hack
could jeopardise plans the company
had to relaunch a New Zealand
dollar-backed ‘tether’ currency this
year. The Christchurch company
said in November it had backing
from an unnamed bank to bring
back the New Zealand Dollar
Token, or NZDT, the country’s first
cryptocurrency tethered to the New
The NZDT was launched under
the radar in May 2017, after several
speakers at the annual blockchain
conference raised problems they were
having without one.
However, it was pulled last year
after Cryptopia’s bank, ASB, raised
concerns about regulatory issues and
difficulties identifying customers and
Mr Pentney said the hack could raise
“reputational or liability concerns” for
a potential banking partner.
Police said on Wednesday the
Cryptopia theft is “a complex
situation”. They could not say how
long the investigation will take.
“ We are aware of speculation in the
on-line community about what might
“It is too early for us to draw any
conclusions and police will keep an
open mind on all possibilities while
we gather the information we need.
“A priority for police is to identify
and, if possible, recover missing funds
for Cryptopia customers. However,
there are likely to be many challenges
to achieving this. ”
This stor y first appeared on
co.nz) and is reproduced here with
Currency frozen in multi-million dollar Cryptopia theft
While experts struggle to pinpoint the
original source of the Mycoplasma bovis
outbreak, Agriculture Minister Damien
O’Connor says resources may be better
spent on biosecurity systems that prevent
Last May the Government announced it
would try to eradicate the disease, which
can cause mastitis and abortions in cows,
ordering a phased culling programme that
is expected to cost $886 million.
More than 80 farms have so far tested
positive for the disease.
Mr O’Connor said he has pushed hard
for officials to try and find out how M
bovis got into New Zealand.
He said it was believed it was a European
strain rather than an Australian one, but
the exact origin may never be known.
“I’m frustrated with that, that we can’t
perhaps find the source of the infection.
But I realise a number of years has moved
on and you could expend a huge amount of
resource and effort when perhaps it’s better
spent elsewhere, putting it into front-line
biosecurity systems,” Mr O’Connor said.
“That might be more valuable in
preventing any further infections.”
Latest figures show there are 36 farms
actively infected with M bovis, while more
than 50,000 cows have been culled from
51 farms that have now been cleared of the
“It’s been a hard time for the farmers
and their families but they ’re back up and
running again,” Mr O’Connor said.
While good progress had been made,
there was still work to do to make sure all
infected animals have been identified, he
“ You know (we’re) continuing tracking
and tracing and the testing of milk where
necessary and taking swabs from them at
“ We’re using every possible avenue to
back up any possible suspicious track or
trace we may have found. ”
The minister expected more herds to test
positive for M bovis. However, officials
had not provided him with a specific
prediction of how many.
“ We would hope that we don’t have to
have the same number of herds culled.
We would hope we can reduce the effort
required to track and trace and stop the
spread of it. We would hope things trend
downwards,” Mr O’Connor said.
However, any new source of infection
would need to be stamped out.
He had been advised it would take at
least another five years of testing before
it can be declared that M bovis has been
O’Connor ‘pushes hard’ on M bovis
The nation’s 180 RSA
clubs will not sur vive
unless they find a way to
be relevant to younger
people, a report in the
New Zealand Herald
Defence Minister Ron
Mark has endorsed the
urgent need for the
organisation to change
and says it has made
good moves towards
Yet Mr Mark and the
RSA concede more
needs to be done to
ensure the organisation
is meeting the needs for
which it was created —
support and welfare for
those who ser ve New
The internal report by
QC, was intended to
issues within the
organisation, the Herald
Instead, the report
shows Mr Hodson
found members were
the organisation could
actually continue to
He said even though
the concerns were
not part of his remit,
he was compelled to
report the comments
because of “universal
concern about the effect
of the ageing process
on the organisation,
coupled with the need
to increase younger
The RSA has struggled
to maintain the function
veterans while keeping
its traditional bricks-
Mr Hodson said a
project needed to be
developed to resolve the
issues and to include Mr
The RSA’s greatest
difficulty is considered
to be engaging with
who have ser ved in
Bosnia, Timor, the
the Middle East and
Mr Mark, who
committed $1 million
in taxpayer funding
to the RSA since
said he believed the
“turned a corner” and
was heading in the right
like the ‘Burnham
hub’, which put an
RSA presence inside
Burnham military camp,
had proved an effective
way of connecting with
ser ving personnel, he
told the Herald.
It was being repeated
at Linton camp.
Tractor tyre blaze at Karoro
The Greymouth Volunteer Fire Brigade sent two
appliances to a beach fire at Karoro last night. Fire
chief Lee Swinburn said the fire was confined to a large
tractor tyre which had been deliberately set alight. The
fire had not spread to vegetation but the brigade spent
30 minutes dousing the fire.
Two arrests overnight
West Coast police arrested two people overnight in
separate incidents. A 49-year-old Reefton woman was in
custody in Greymouth this morning after being arrested
in Reefton during the night for wilful damage, assaulting
police and resisting arrest. She was due to be released
today on police bail. Meanwhile a 44-year-old Hokitika
man was arrested for breach of bail overnight. He was
still in custody pending a court appearance.
More than 770 million e-mail
addresses and passwords, totalling
87 gigabytes of data, have been
posted on-line in a hackers’ forum.
Wired said they appear to have
been stolen from more than 2000
websites around the world.
The nine New Zealand websites
targetted predominantly belong to
No credit card information is
included in the leak.
One of the companies affected
by the breach, Auckland florist
Blooms On-line, said it had no
idea of the breach until contacted
by RNZ but would be changing all
passwords. The magazine believes
the data breach to be the third
largest in history, and the largest in
which the stolen information has
been made public. The data breach
file is named ‘Collection #1’ and
was first reported by Australian
security specialist Troy Hunt.
“There’s no obvious patterns, just
Other New Zealand websites
involved are: equestrianentries.
co.nz, shiftme.co.nz, socialise.
co.nz, taurangaknitting.co.nz and
maori.org.nz . — RN Z
Nine New Zealand businesses hacked in huge data breach
A loophole that allowed tour companies to
flout Department of Conser vation (DOC) rules
prohibiting heli-hiking into a remote part of
Fiordland has been closed.
Federated Mountain Clubs president Peter
Wilson said agreement had been reached with
DOC and tour operators that heli-hiking to
Mount Titiroa would no longer be allowed.
This followed a complaint lodged by the
mountain clubs with DOC last September.
Tourism companies had been granted separate
permits to land helicopters and to guide.
The companies holding the two permits
then dropped hikers on the mountain, but the
helicopter landing permits were intended to only
allow tourists quick access to view the scenery
from the mountains.
Mr Wilson said a new condition had been
added to all guiding concessions that only
permitted guiding tour companies to give their
clients access to the area by foot.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the concessionaire
must not use a helicopter to drop off at or pick
up its clients from the Mount Titiroa environs,
which includes the Garnock Burn-Snow White
DOC southern South Island operations director
Aaron Fleming, confirmed guided walking
concessionaires offering heli-hike experiences at
Mount Titiroa had been investigated.
“The outcome of these investigations is that all
three walking companies involved have agreed
in principle to change their practices relating to
access to Mount Titiroa, advertising heli-hiking,
and restrictions on weekends and public holidays.
“ With the concessionaires’ co-operation, DOC
formalised this by way of variation to their
“The companies were advised of this in
— Otago Daily Times
Fish and Game is investigating reports of
a 24.9kg brown trout being fished up in the
A brown trout, believed to be almost 25kg in
weight, was reportedly caught in the Pukaki-
Ohau A canal in the Mackenzie district.
Fish and Game is calling for any information
about the giant catch, which they say would be a
new world record.
Spokesman Richard Cosgrove said witnesses
saw the fish being caught in the Pukaki-Ohau
The witnesses said the fish was landed after a
two and a half-hour fight.
“Once he had the fish landed, the angler
wrapped it in his shirt to keep it cool before
getting ice from a nearby salmon farm and
rushing it to a taxidermist,” Mr Cosgrove said.
“He also got it weighed on certified scales to
confirm that this was the fish of a lifetime. We
have been told the whole story along with photos
will emerge once the trout has been mounted.”
He said the angler was thought to have
weighed the fish and taken it to a taxidermist,
but was staying quiet about the catch.
According to the International Game Fish
Association website, the present record is a
19.1kg brown trout caught in the same canals
Fish and Game field officer for the Central
South Island, Rhys Adams, hopes the new
record can be confirmed.
“The size of these trout just reinforces how
good New Zealand’s trout fishing is. If we can
confirm this brown trout record, then the next
thing is setting a new world record for rainbow
trout,” he said.
“The present record is 21.77kg for a rainbow
trout caught in Canada in 2009.
“It would be nice to challenge that but even if
we can’t, anglers will enjoy trying.” — RNZ
The infamous group of British
tourists who caused disruption across
the country have praised the Maori
culture and slammed “white Kiwis”
John Johnson and his father James
spoke exclusively to Newshub
yesterday about the outrage they
have faced since a video was posted
on Sunday showing the family at
Takapuna beach where they are
accused of littering and abusing
The family’s movements down New
Zealand’s North Island have been
carefully followed by the world’s
media, with accusations of the
group fleeing restaurants without
paying bills, causing issues at a
Hamilton Burger King, and one of
their members of the family being
convicted on charges of theft.
While Mr Johnson hit out at
people’s reactions, saying the family
are living in fear in the mountains
north of Wellington, desperate to get
home to England but scared to go
out in public.
He did praise Maori for being
welcoming and kind.
“The Maori culture is a beautiful
culture and they are the ones that
treated us in the right way,” he told
“The only people that treated us in
the right respect were the MÄ ori
Members of the family have now
been ser ved deportation notices by
Immigration New Zealand, and Mr
Johnson says the family have booked
flights out of Wellington next week,
Fish landed after two-hour fight
praise Maori culture
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