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2 - Monday, December 30, 2013
irty minutes after posting a
message on Facebook about the
plight of two-tonne steer stuck
waist-deep in a mud hole, Princess
Jury's pet was freed from where it
had been stuck for almost a day.
A man with a truck appeared and
teamed up with a neighbour who
had a winch. ey managed to drag
the beast out in three stages, with
people watching and cheering all the
way. "It was just brilliant," Mrs Jury
said. --- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Russell residents and church
administrators have been devastated
by the "mindless" desecration
of graves at the oldest existing
church in New Zealand. e three
headstones at the historic cemetery
in Christ Church, were found
vandalised on Boxing Day. "One of
them has been pushed over, the other
was almost completely destroyed
with marble stone broken in three
or four places and bits and pieces
were taken from the third," church
administrator Roger Wyatt said.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Whangarei broadband ser vice
boxes have been transformed into
urban art pieces by local artists
instead of the gra ti they were
often targets for. Local artists were
invited to submit designs, based
them on local themes with selected
pieces including a tiki motif. Each
selected design earned the artist a
commission of between $750 and
$1500, depending on the cabinet
size. --- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Crash driver sought
Police were searching for the driver
involved in a high-speed car crash,
after a car ew more than 15m in the
air and slammed into a ditch near
Hastings. A resident said he came
outside to nd his dog and noticed
ve or six people casually walking up
the street away from the scene. " ey
were just walking down the road like
it was another day in the park."
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
A youth gang brawl on Boxing
Day has left business owners fed-up
after adults were seen encouraging
children to ght in central Rotorua.
Dollar Value co-owner and director
Michael Luke said the issue was
getting completely out of hand and
he was contemplating shutting up
shop. "About 2.55pm a st ght
broke out right in front of me. I
announced I was calling the police
--- then some of these kids started
hollering things like, 'Shoot him' and
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Faulty microchip fears
A Featherston dog owner has
complained about being lulled into
a false sense of security after his
dog's microchip malfunctioned.
He said dogs could be picked up
by the council dog control o cer,
impounded and then destroyed
because there would be no way of
identifying the owner because of a
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Two Greymouth
vessels. In port: Cook Canyon, Jay
Elaine, Galatea II, 15 other vessels.
Expected departures: Nil. Expected
Help for family after mean thefts
e West Coast District Health Board
says children need more super vision around
Paediatrician and local chairman of
the Child and Youth Mortality Review
Group John Garrett said that when it
was warm and children headed outdoors,
they needed more supervision, especially
"In the one to 14 year age group in New
Zealand, drowning is the second leading
cause of death after motor vehicle accidents,"
Dr Garrett said.
at could be a child falling into a
swimming pool, or a youth falling o a
bridge into a river.
"While the number of drownings is
decreasing by just over 4% a year, given
the enormous social and economic cost of
drowning and the preventable nature of
these deaths, we need to stay vigilant," he
Dr Garrett said there were some simple
precautions that can help prevent a holiday
Always swim between the ags on
Keep young children within arm's reach.
Children need sober caregivers to
When boating, always wear a lifejacket
and ensure all children are wearing
lifejackets suitable for their age.
Take care swimming in rivers and
always check the strength of the current
After heavy rain, people should avoid
rivers and lakes for three days, and if there
were livestock or large numbers of birds in
or near the water.
More supervision needed of
children around water: health board
Conservation Minister Nick Smith
has announced funding of $800,000
for the Old Ghost Road cycle trail, in
An 88m-long swingbridge and 8km
section of track are the most recent
additions to the trail, which is being
developed by the Mokihinui-Lyell
Backcountry Trust in partnership with
the Department of Conservation and
community and business groups.
"Once fully complete, Old Ghost Road
will o er a challenging multi-day ride or
walk through some of our more remote
backcountry, covering native forests,
open tussock tops and isolated valleys
with views of the spectacular Mokihinui
Gorge," Dr Smith said.
" ere has been a huge commitment by
volunteers to complete the 60km of track
so far from the northern and southern
ends. is additional funding from DOC
of $800,000 is needed to enable the full
track to be completed by March 2015."
e trail o ers a journey back in time
to the goldrush days of the 1860s and the
long-forgotten settlements of Zalatown,
Gibbstown, and remote farms that were
abandoned after the 1929 magnitude 7.8
Murchison earthquake reshaped the land
and limited access to the area.
It follows historic goldminers' tracks
from Lyell and down the Mokihinui
River to Seddonville.
e Old Ghost Road is part of the
New Zealand Cycle Trail.
Devastated parents whose one-year-old
son was diagnosed with cancer just days
before Christmas, had their car stolen and
their house burgled while away getting
emergency treatment for their little boy.
But just as the Williamsons were
losing hope in humanity, a big-hearted
Christchurch businessman came to their
When Nigel ompson heard the plight
of Lower Hutt couple Caroline and
Darren Williamson, whose son Daniel
was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic
leukaemia on December 22, he knew he
had to help.
"We've got a couple of young kids --- a
seven-month-old and a three-year-old ---
and I couldn't think of anything worse," he
He has o ered them a new car from his
car dealership in Christchurch where the
Williamsons are staying so their son can
receive chemotherapy treatment at the city
" ere's a few cars around that $5000-
$6000 mark so they can choose one that
suits their needs best.
"It was the time of year, having kids
ourselves, I just really felt sorry for them and
wanted to do the right thing --- more from
father to father, not as a business person.
"I just wanted to make their lives a bit
Daniel was diagnosed with cancer three
days before Christmas, and was immediately
transferred to Christchurch.
While the Williamsons were away, thieves
stole their car from outside their Alicetown
home. e next night, their house was
Incensed by the callous crimes, Mr
Williamson contacted ZM radio DJ Polly
Gillespie via Facebook to see if anyone
knew who the "scumbags" were.
Gillespie, who has 85,138 likes on her
Facebook page, shared the message and Mr
ompson soon got in touch.
"Almost instantly I got a message from
Nigel ompson, saying he'd like to give
these people a car," she said.
"He didn't ask for any publicity, he just
wanted to do it, as a father of young kids
himself, I guess. To act on that instinct is
just so lovely.
"I couldn't believe it. You know how often
you read something, and go, ' at's so sad.'
Well, he read it and went, ' at's so sad
--- but I can do something about that'. I
thought that was so cool."
e Williamsons are expected to choose a
car of their choice today.
When Mr ompson returns from his
Christmas holiday, he hopes to meet them
"It's nice to do something that can directly
help someone. It's the least I could do," he
said. --- APNZ
Monday December 30
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POKAIA, Bev. ---
December 29, 2013.
Rest peacefully now.
You will be dearly
Those we love don't ever
They are always with us
in our hearts.
Our love, prayers and
thoughts go to your
family from ours.
--- Trev and Sandy.
LUCAS, Greg (Luke).
--- December 20, 2007.
--- Luv family and
New Zealand formally
Reg. FD (FDANZ)
Ph 768 0250
Code of Conduct
Premises and facilities
away peacefully on
December 29, 2013,
aged 75. Dearly loved
wife of Bill, loved and
treasured mother and
mother-in-law of Tony
and Tessa, Sally and
Kev, Riki and Viv,
Susan and Paul, Simon
and Lisa-Marie, Bindy,
and the late Wayne, and
Rana, loved and cherish-
ed nana of all her
27 grandchildren and
loved sister of Carol,
and the late Roy, and
Lyndsay, and a loved
aunty, cousin and friend
of many. "A special
bond that's never broken
- Chelsea". Messages to
58B Shakespeare Street,
Greymouth 7805. A
Service for Bev will be
held in the William
Chapel, 134 Tainui
Street, Greymouth to-
morrow (Tuesday) at
2pm followed by
cremation at the West-
Services Ltd. Phone
(03) 768 0250. FDANZ.
Bryden (Lil). --- Peace-
fully at her home in
by family, on December
27, 2013; in her 91st
year. Dearly loved wife
of the late Doug, dearly
loved mother of Les and
Lillian and the late
Frank Glasson, and Pete
and Karen (Hokitika).
Much loved grand-
mother of Beth (Perth),
and Hannah (Mel-
bourne), sister of Tom
(deceased), and Shirley.
Messages to the Mason
family, C/- 49 Dunster
Street, Burnside, Christ-
church 8053. A Service
to celebrate Lillian's 91
years will be held in the
Chapel, corner Johns
and Wilkinsons Roads,
Christchurch, this day
(Monday) at 3.30pm.
Phone (03) 343 0919.
Born April 1, 1940 -
Died December 28,
2013. Son of the late
Forbes Smith and
Kathleen Muriel Smith.
Brother of the late
brother-in-law of Bob
Maloney (Kapiti), father
of the late Paul
Smith, father of
Grandfather of Williow
Oates, Sophia Oates
and Emilie Oates.
Greatly missed by the
community of Waitati. A
character whose passing
marks the end of an era.
We shall not look upon
his like again. Peter will
be at his home until
Friday for people who
would like to visit and
spend time with him. A
celebration of Pete's life
will be held in the
Waitati Hall on Wednes-
day January 1, at 1pm
followed by private
cremation on Friday.
Messages to PO Box 12,
Waitati 9085. Gillions
Funeral Services Ltd.
Max the cockatoo chattered and played with Greymouth SPCA employee Melody Neleman one last time as she prepared it for the
journey back to Westport. e SPCA had to say goodbye to its beloved uno cial mascot after the bird's owner reclaimed it. Max was
with the SPCA for about 12 months, as part of its ser vice to look after pets for extended periods until their owners are able to care for
them again. During its stay the bird became a local celebrity for its ability to learn words and phrases --- including 'Koko for Mayor'
during the local body elections --- and drew a steady stream of visitors. "He had ten visitors the other night,"Greymouth SPCA
chair woman Margaret Sadler said. " e children absolutely love him." She said they would all miss the bird very much, but she
planned to visit it when she travelled to Westport. e SPCA hosts about half a dozen pets for long-term stays each year. "He would
be our longest resident, and an unusual one at that."
Chirpy Max heading home PICTURE: Christine Linnell
e New Zealand Transport Agency says there is support to extend the 80kph speed limit at Ngahere to include
the Nelson Creek Road intersection, where a truck rolled in July. However, it is now reviewing the other end of the
township before making any changes. e speed limit currently returns to 100kph just before the turn o to Nelson
Creek. NZTA tra c and safety manager Tony Spowart said there was support for the 80kph speed limit also being
extended to the south to include Red Jacks Road. "We will now take the time to consult with the various groups and
community on the proposed extension of the speed limit to the south before making any nal decisions on speed limit
changes at Ngahere." It would be three to four months before that was complete, he said.
Ngahere speed limit change mooted
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
A strange, pink sunset rainbow was witnessed north over the Coast Road on
Saturday by many people. Nelson weather man John Mathieson said it was a
small area of 'virga contrail' at last rays of sun at dusk --- moisture falling into
a drier atmosphere, which may only just reach the ground as it evaporates on
transit. e ow was easterly over Greymouth at this time, so the small area
of precipitative cloud was enhanced by last rays of sunlight illuminating the
raindrops between cloud and ground.
Pink rainbow over Greymouth
PICTURE: Laura Mills
of the Hokitika Guardian
A drunk young man who fell at
the Arahura River bridge early
on Saturday was own to Grey
Base Hospital with back injuries.
Acting sergeant Nerida
Manson, of Hokitika police, said
the "intoxicated" man was alone
when he fell from the bridge in
the early hours.
Ms Manson said the injured
man --- in his 20s and from
Christchurch --- apparently
later told friends he was trying
to climb up the bridge when he
e NZCC Rescue Helicopter
was called at 1.30am to pick
up the man --- after he had
crawled several hundred metres
to get help, Greymouth St John
manager Andrew Ching said.
e injured man probably
su ered a blow to the head as a
result of the fall and was unable
to tell emergency services exactly
what he had been doing at the
He was admitted to hospital
su ering "moderate" spinal and
chest injuries, Mr Ching said.
A call-out for the rescue
helicopter to Bruce Bay at
lunchtime on Friday was aborted
when it was found that a man
with suspected cardiac problems
had pulled a muscle in his back.
Meanwhile, police reported
good behaviour over the
Christmas period. Ms Manson
said Hokitika had been "pretty
Man hurt in fall
A man su ered serious injuries after
he was pulled over by a rope on a boat
ramp next to Lake Benmore on Saturday
A St John spokeswoman said the man
was injured on a boat ramp at Ohau C
Camping Ground about 3.30pm.
e man was airlifted to Dunedin
Hospital, he said. --- Otago Daily Times
Boat ramp accident Napier
A Napier businessman who found
two of his company cars torched last
weekend is o ering a reward for anyone
with information about the o enders.
Aztech Panel Beaters owner Ross
Cocking was alerted to the inferno
enveloping his Pandora business about
3.40am last Saturday.
Fire crews and police were called to the
Mersey Street workshop to nd two cars
ablaze. --- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
beachfront holiday took a
terrifying turn after she was
washed o a stretch of rock at
Castlepoint on Saturday.
e woman, in her 40s, was
collected from Castlepoint Beach
by Life Flight Trust's Westpac
rescue helicopter about 1.45pm,
after family members raised the
She was own to Wellington
Hospital with moderate injuries.
Rescue helicopter crewman
Colin Larsen said the woman,
who was holidaying at
Castlepoint with family, had been
walking along a shelf of rock
separating Castlepoint Lagoon
from the sea, a spot often used by
She was caught by a wave and
swept into the sea, where she was
knocked several times against
the rock face by the surging
water. Eventually, she was able to
scramble on to the rocks and out
of the water, with assistance from
family and bystanders.
Given the force of the waves,
Mr Larsen said, she was lucky
not to have sustained more
serious injuries from being
bashed against the rocks.
Woman washed off rocks
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