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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013
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miners ref lect
A year on from the closure of the
Spring Creek Mine, former workers
and their families will gather
tomorrow for a catch up. "We have
people coming back from Australia
and back over from Christchurch.
It's a social gathering to see what
we're all doing," organiser and
former miner Trevor Bolderson said.
At least 200 were expected to attend
the get-together, at the Greymouth
Workingmen's Club. Since the
mine closed, former miners have
gone to Australia to work in the
mines, joined the Christchurch
rebuild, found other jobs on the
West Coast or continue to search
for employment. Mr Bolderson, the
former union delegate, said about
80% of them had jobs of some sort,
though not necessarily the jobs they
Ghost Road beats
A 78-year-old man was winched
o the Old Ghost Road cycleway,
south of the Mokihinui River,
this morning. e NZCC Rescue
Helicopter was called after the man
and his 71-year-old companion, both
from Invercargill, set o a personal
locator beacon just before 9am. Pilot
Angus Taylor said the older man
was "totally exhausted" and was
taken to Westport for a check-up.
e men had started the ve-day
walk on Tuesday and were due out
on Sunday. A Rescue Co-ordination
Centre mission co-ordinator Conrad
Reynecke said the men were regular
trampers and were well-prepared and
well-equipped, but on this occasion
the terrain had got the better of
them. " ey found themselves unable
to continue the tramp and have done
the right thing in activating their
beacon before their condition got
Fine and mostly sunny
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service) Savage-dog owner fined
e owner of a bull masti
dog that was busted out of death
row at the Greymouth pound 10
days after it savagely attacked
an 82-year-old man, told the
Greymouth District Court
yesterday he did not know who
released his pet or where it was
Ahuriri John Harris, 21, of
Runanga, was ordered to pay
more than $1200 in nes,
reparation and pound fees after
he admitted being the owner of a
dog, Nui, that attacked Runanga
pensioner Jimmy Hambley,
tearing the esh on his right arm,
right down to the bone.
Mr Hambley was delivering
a letter to a friend when the
dog, which had strayed down
the driveway of the property,
suddenly pounced on him.
Mr Hambley told the court
that the dog had locked on to his
arm and tore at it for a long time
while he yelled and struggled
with it. He was bowled over
in the struggle to get free and
crawled to the safety of his truck.
His wounds were stitched in
hospital later that day but took a
long time to heal, requiring daily
visits from a nurse for about two
Mr Hambley told Judge
Alastair Garland that he was an
animal lover but the incident had
shattered his con dence in dogs.
Nui was seized by the Grey
District Council animal control
o cer and had been in the
pound 10 days when members
of Harris's family visited. One
person distracted the pound
keeper while others played with
the dog in the yard. Out of sight
of the keeper, a fourth person, a
man, was observed by witnesses
using bolt-cutters to cut a hole in
the fence, pile Nui into a car and
drive o . e dog has not been
Harris told a sceptical Judge
Garland that he had not freed
the dog. "Well, apart from you,
who would have had an interest
in the animal?" the judge asked.
"Don't know," said Harris.
Judge Garland: "Where do you
think the dog is at the moment?"
Harris: " at's what I'd really
like to nd out."
e judge ordered that the dog
be euthanised if it is located.
Harris was ned $600, ordered
to pay Mr Hambley $200 for
pain and su ering and $477
pound fees. He will pay in weekly
instalments of $25.
TVNZ spikes photo
TVNZ says it will delete a 2011
photo that depicts a body in the Pike
River Mine and is sorry to have upset
some families by asking if they could
make it public.
TVNZ received a copy of the image,
which shows a body lying on the oor
of the mine, on Wednesday --- the
day after the third anniversary of the
disaster in which 29 workers died.
During Wednesday night's
broadcast, One News said it would
not show the photo out of respect for
the families of the men.
One News editor of daily content
Graeme Muir said footage was
usually kept regardless of whether it
would ever be run, but an exception
was made for the Pike River photo.
"We don't feel there will ever
be public interest in showing this
image," Mr Muir said today.
He was sorry if families were upset
by being asked about the photo.
When the broadcaster was supplied
with the image, they were reluctant to
make a decision before speaking with
"We thought we would have to be
really careful before we put this out
there," he said.
Mr Muir said they knew some
families wanted the photo to be
made public because it showed that
the bodies were there to be brought
He said they had never imposed
a deadline on the families for an
e 4pm deadline yesterday had
been set by the families' lawyer
"We never set out to publish or play
that photo the next day at all, it was
always 'let's see what the families
say'. And if the families weren't
unanimous, the story stopped there."
Drug man keeps house
A Blackball drug dealer must pay
the Crown $16,500 before he can
regain ownership of his house, a
judge decided in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
e Crown had sought full, or
partial forfeiture, of Eric Peter
Vegneris's Blackball house after
a jury had found him guilty in
October of possessing cannabis for
Vegneris, 50, was found in
possession of about 2.5kg of
cannabis with an estimated street
value of $20,000 on May 8, 2012.
He was sentenced after the
forfeiture hearing yesterday.
Detectives executed a search
warrant on Vegneris's home while
other o cers simultaneously
searched another Blackball home
occupied by Bradley James Walker.
e raids were the culmination of
a four-month-long drugs operation
focused on the Dunedin Mongrel
Mob Notorious gang.
In total, 8kg of cannabis valued
at $98,000 was located in the
operation, and six Mongrel Mob
members from Dunedin were
arrested, along with the Blackball
Vegneris had a drying room next
to a double garage, where a sheet of
plywood on trestles held 2.1kg of
cannabis head drying under heaters.
Two small bags concealed in a wall
each had about 40g of dried head
and a basket inside the house held
a further 275g.
Vegneris alleged that he had found
the cannabis growing when he was
setting possum traps on the Croesus
Track and decided to steal it.
However, the jury did not believe
him and Judge Alastair Garland
said yesterday that jurors had good
cause not to believe the story.
"You only 'found' the cannabis
because you put it there in the rst
place. It was your cannabis, you
grew it," the judge said.
"You had high grade cannabis for
sale and that was consistent with
what led police to get the search
warrant in the rst place, although
the jury was not aware of that."
Judge Garland said it would place
too much hardship on the Vegneris
family if he took their home but he
said it was appropriate that Vegneris
be ordered to pay 20% of his share
in the equity (about $85,000) to the
He was also sentenced to nine
months' home detention and 200
hours' community work. Judge
Garland said the proceeds of crime
payment allowed him to step back
from a prison sentence.
During the home detention
period Vegneris must abstain from
If Vegneris does not come up with
the money the O cial Assignee has
been instructed to sell the property,
retain the $16,500 and pay him the
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Grey Main School pupils Max Walklin, top left, Piper Mahuika, Sansinee Mangkala, Jacob MacKinnon and Aimee
Ford dressed casual today for a nationwide mufti day to raise funds to help people in the Philippines a ected by
Typhoon Haiyan. e Greymouth school responded to a call from TV3's Campbell Live for schools around the
country to join in the fundraising e ort.
Grey Main School will launch a
bilingual unit next year for children
who want their children educated in
both te reo Maori and English.
Principal Mandy O'Sullivan this
week announced the appointment
of a bilingual teacher, Heneriata
Oneroa, from Waikouaiti, near
Dunedin. She will establish Te
Hiringa as a whanau class for Year
Mrs O'Sullivan said this would be
Ms Oneroa's rst position teaching
children, having previously been
involved with the Ministry of
Education, Corrections and other
agencies teaching te reo to adults.
"Heneriata has just completed her
post-graduate paper for primary
school teaching," Mrs O'Sullivan
e bilingual class was rst mooted
two years ago but was postponed
because the school was unable to
nd a suitable te reo Maori teacher.
It has since advertised nationally for
a teacher uent in Maori.
In the interim the school launched
its te reo Maori one-day class, which
was the rst step towards the goal of
establishing a full bilingual class.
Mrs O'Sullivan said the one-day
class would continue on Fridays for
"In 2015 we hope to provide
another whanau class for pupils from
Eleven families had already
expressed interest in sending their
children to the bilingual class.
Maori-English class confirmed
While the smell of fried chicken
can be enough to make your
mouth water, most people probably
would not want the scent wafting
through their home. But thanks
to a new line of scented candles
made by Kentucky for Kentucky,
homeowners can buy a candle
made from real fried chicken and
all-natural soy wax that smells just
like the famous fast food chain.
Kathy Werking, who collaborated
with Kentucky For Kentucky on the
collection, created the KFC candle
by frying actual chicken in soy wax
and adding a blend of 11 herbs and
spices. --- Daily Mail
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