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(Prescott). --- August 5,
Prescott. --- January 1,
Silent tears flow,
For what it has meant
to love and lose you,
No one will ever know.
--- Helen, Frank, Robyn,
Gary, Raymond and
Quali ed FD Since 1973
134 Tainui St
Ph 768 0250
Nisbet (Bell). --- Passed
away peacefully on
January 2, 2014, in her
88th year. Dearly loved
wife of the late Norm,
much loved mother and
mother-in-law of Brian
and Dorothy, and Carol
and Bob Thomson,
loved grandma of
Dionne, Shelley, Tori,
Wade, Stephen, and
Mark, loved sister of
Molly Airns, and the
late Bill, Jim, and Bert
Richmond, and a loved
and friend. Messages
to 14 Seddon Street,
Runanga 7803. Flowers
donations to St John
would be appreciated
and can be made at the
Chapel or posted to PO
Box 508, Greymouth
7840. A Service to
celebrate Bell's life will
be held in the William
Chapel, 134 Tainui
Street, Greymouth on
M onday at 2pm
followed by cremation
a t the Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Some models of Bugaboo Cameleon
baby strollers were recalled because of
a faulty handle that could break and
cause the infant to fall from its carrier.
Toys that can choke children,
blenders that leave blades in food,
make-up that causes bacterial
infections and ladders that fail safety
tests are just some of nearly 150
products recalled in New Zealand
Since June 2012, 146 products have
been voluntarily recalled from stores
by distributors and manufacturers,
according to data supplied to the by
the Ministry of Business, Innovation
ere had been 51 instances of
goods categorised as "tools, appliances
and machinery recalled", the most of
any products, followed by "toys, leisure
and sporting goods" with 35 recalls,
and "nursery products" with 16.
Among those recalled items was
a range of children's books with
an attached bar prone to breaking
and posing a choking hazard. Some
models of Bugaboo Cameleon baby
strollers were recalled because of a
faulty handle that could break and
cause the infant to fall from its carrier;
and a brand of rattles sold at Kmart
also posed a choking risk.
Also at Kmart, drinking glasses
prone to shattering and others with
rims that snapped o leaving a sharp,
jagged edge were recalled, as well as a
blender prone to breaking and leaving
blade fragments in food or drinks,
and an electric air pump that posed
a shock risk. A Kmart representative
said ensuring its products were of a
high quality was a priority.
" e moment we are made aware
of an issue relating to a product we
act immediately and investigate.
Keeping our customers informed
about any products which are recalled
is incredibly important to Kmart."
Australian makeup company Nude
by Nature recalled nine batches
of its Liquid Mineral Foundation
because of "high levels of microbial
activity that could lead to serious
infection", and three brands of ladders
that did not meet safety standards were
recalled last year. Bunnings recalled
147 Syneco ladders when it was told
by the Commerce Commission that
the products did not meet standards,
a representative said.
"We open up communication when
we discover an issue and ensure we
are transparent about our internal
processes," the representative said.
"Customer safety is paramount, we
want our customers to be able to trust
the products we sell, so do everything
we can to ensure we re ect this on our
MBIE trading standards principal
adviser Martin Rushton said that
although the Commerce Commission
could order compulsory recalls,
that power had been exercised only
once since the Fair Trading Act was
introduced in 1986. Mr Rushton said
in the late 1980s a bicycle company
was forced to recall a line of bikes.
All other recalls since have been on
companies' own accord.
Businesses did not need to notify
the commission they were recalling
a product, though the majority
opted to work with o cials, he said.
e Consumer Law Reform Bill, an
overhaul of consumer legislation,
was passed into law last month and
Mr Rushton said it would have
implications for future recalls.
"From here on in any supplier or
company in the supply chain who is
considering recall has to notify us so
that's a signi cant step forward, e
obligation is they have to do that
within 48 hours," he said
Research showed consumers did not
lose faith in a brand if it recalled an
item for safety reasons, he said. While
some may think the product's bad, it
also demonstrated that the company
had serious regard for consumer safety,
Mr Rushton said.
--- New Zealand Herald
Safety test failures lead to 150 recalls
Land sales to
at 7-year high
Sales of land to overseas investors
have hit a seven-year high, just as a
Herald-DigiPoll survey shows the
issue remains a worry for a majority
of New Zealanders.
Overseas Investment O ce
gures show a net 73,143ha --- an
area larger than Lake Taupo ---
had been sold to foreign investors
by October. Even with sales for the
nal two months of 2013 yet to be
counted, that is the highest annual
tally since Carter Holt Harvey sold
176,902ha of forests to United
States company Hancock in 2006,
which pushed the total that year to
Lake Taupo occupies about
A member's bill from Labour
MP and former Foreign Minister
Phil Go to limit rural land sales
to foreigners was recently drawn
from Parliament's ballot and will
be debated early this year. In a
December Herald-DigiPoll survey,
54.5% of 750 New Zealanders
agreed the bill was "sound and
should be supported".
at follows fears overseas buyers
have been in ating residential
property prices, particularly in
e bill is an updated version of
one David Shearer put forward early
in his term as Labour leader amid
public anxiety sparked by the sale
of the Crafar dairy farming empire
to Chinese company Shanghai
Pengxin. e purchase was dogged
by ultimately unsuccessful court
action to prevent it on the grounds it
did not meet economic bene t tests
under the Overseas Investment Act.
Just over a third of those polled
last month said Mr Go 's bill was
pandering to people's prejudices
and should be opposed.
Mr Go acknowledged that much
of the opposition to the Shanghai
Pengxin purchase appeared to be
because the company was Chinese.
" at's not what my bill is about
at all. My bill will apply as much
to Americans and Brits as it will
Chinese or any other investors.
"If there are signi cant net bene ts
in terms of jobs and growth and
exports and it helps New Zealand,
then of course we'd entertain an
application to purchase the land.
It's not an absolute prohibition. It
simply says the onus then rests on
the purchaser to show that it meets
the criteria that are set out clearly
in the bill."
Mr Go 's bill narrows the
discretion ministers have to approve
sales by setting out speci c criteria
they must follow. ey include the
test that the purchase must result in
greater economic bene ts such as
new jobs and exports than the same
investment by a New Zealander
Finance Minister Bill English has
said the bill does not do anything
not provided for in his 2010 changes
to overseas investment rules. He
said that while the poll result
con rmed that New Zealanders
expected rural land sales to foreign
investors to deliver bene ts to New
Zealand, "this is already captured in
existing legislation and the test of
the bene t was con rmed by the
Crafar Farms court case".
Duty Minister Chris Finlayson
defends the existing legislation
as adequately protecting New
Zealand's economic interests, and
he derided Mr Go 's bill yesterday
as "more shameless backbench
" e Overseas Investment Act
already requires that foreign
investors in strategically important
land demonstrate substantial
economic bene ts for the country,"
he said through a spokesman.
But Mr Go said National's
changes had not changed the
scale of rural land sales to foreign
Net annual land sales to foreigners
averaged 17,742ha before the
changes, and 58,238ha after wards.
He pointed to the purpose clause
of his bill which says it is "to
substantially limit the sale of rural
land to overseas interests".
" e minister must now
be convinced and be able to
demonstrate there is a net clear
bene t and the minister is directed
under the purpose clause to actually
limit land sales.
"It gives New Zealanders greater
con dence that the act is doing
what the National Government
pretended they wanted to do when
they saw the writing on the wall
in terms of public opinion in New
Spokesman for lobby group Save
Our Farms Tony Bouchier said
the DigiPoll sur vey re ected what
his group already knew, "that a
huge number of New Zealanders
are concerned about the sale of
our agricultural land to overseas
Mr English's comment that the
bill e ectively preserved the status
quo was untrue, he said.
Mr Bouchier added that the
strength of support for Mr Go 's
bill in the poll suggested at least
some National supporters backed it.
--- New Zealand Herald
Search resumes for man who jumped off jetty
A search has resumed today for an Auckland
man who went missing after jumping into
the sea to retrieve his shing rod in the Bay
of Plenty yesterday.
Peato Samele Ilalio, 40, disappeared after he
went into the sea from a jetty when a stingray
pulled his shing rod in at Kauri Point, north
of Katikati, about 2pm, police said.
Senior Constable Lindsay Freeman said the
man and his wife had been shing from the
end of the jetty.
"He's jumped o the wharf to retrieve his
shing rod and reel. He's got into di culty
in the channel because it's an outgoing tide,"
he said. "It was at that point when the current
really starts to pick up with the outgoing
tide," he said.
e Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter
was called to search the area by air but was
stood down after 40 minutes.
Local residents, the coastguard and surf
lifesavers also spent the afternoon searching
the murky water while police and volunteers
conducted a shoreline search.
e police national dive squad arrived early
yesterday evening to help.
e search was suspended late last night
and resumed, with police divers and Waihi
Beach coastguard, at 10am today.
e apparent tragedy would be the third
water related death in the Western Bay of
Plenty in as many days.
Palmerston North woman Catherine Hintz
died after being found lying at the bottom of
a Tauranga motel thermal pool on New Year's
Eve. A Tauranga man died during a diving
trip near Motiti Island on January 1. He has
been named as Blair Kiddle, 42. --- APNZ
Water safety warning over
holiday 'drowning' toll
Kiwis spending their summer on or the
near water are being urged to stay safe, after
ve suspected drownings over the Christmas
is year's "holiday drowning toll" features
only men, four of whom perished while
shing or gathering seafood.
"Yet again men especially those out
hunting and gathering dominate our
drowning statistics," Water Safety NZ chief
executive Matt Claridge said.
Two men died while shing o rocks
at Maunganui Blu near Dargaville last
ey were Patea Douglas Tane-Hohaia,
18, and his cousin Daryl Riki, 27.
Tauranga lawyer Blair Kiddle is suspected
of drowning when scuba diving near
Motiti Island on New Year's Day, and Peato
Samele Ilalio, of Auckland, is believed to
have died while shing o the wharf at
Kauri Point, near Katikati on ursday.
A fth man is thought to have drowned in
a "home bath", but no further details were
is year's toll is the same as last year but
below the ve-year average of nine for this
Mr Claridge said the toll could have been
higher, as throughout New Zealand there
were a number of close calls and rescues of
men in trouble.
He urged Kiwis to look after one
another around water and remind those
out boating or shing o rocks to wear
a lifejacket, watch the weather, stay o
the booze and tell others where you are
going. "I say this every year, anything more
than zero is too many deaths. New Zealand
as a nation needs to decide that the issue
of drowning must be addressed and water
safety needs to become a priority for all," Mr
e toll did not include Palmerston North
woman Catherine Hintz, who was found
dead in a Tauranga motel's thermal pool
on Tuesday. e cause of her death is being
e holiday period stretched from 4pm on
Christmas Eve to 6am yesterday. --- APNZ
Alcopops will come in smaller cans and
taste a little less potent this summer as the
liquor industry responds to Government
demands to set limits on the strength of
When alcohol reforms passed into law a
year ago, the industry was told to introduce
a voluntary code for selling the sugary,
spirit-based "ready to drink" products or the
Government would consider regulation.
Manufacturers have drawn up a set of
rules, which included a maximum strength
of 7 per cent alcohol or two standard drinks
per bottle or can.
Companies had to stop making drinks
stronger than this in September, which
means stocks are likely to be exhausted this
month or February.
e new limits a ected half of the
RTDs sold in New Zealand and required
manufacturers to change their containers
and the ingredients of their products.
" ere were some extensive costs," said
Distillers Association head Robert Brewer.
"But at the end of the day, it was agreed this
ere had been some debate among
members of the association about the limits,
but a consensus was soon reached.
e new code has been adopted by
liquor industry giants Bacardi, Diageo,
Independent Liquor and others, and the
changes will a ect popular products such as
Woodstock Bourbon and Jim Beam.
Under the new limits, a 440ml can of
Woodstock will shrink to 430ml and its
alcohol level go from 8% to 6%.
e code also sets limits on how much
ca eine can be added to a product, requires
labels to clearly display the number
of standard drinks in a can, and bans
advertising which appeals to minors.
e alcohol limits in the code were more
lenient than those originally suggested by
Alcohol law reforms initially gave the
Government power to ban RTDs stronger
than 5% or 1.5 standard drinks.
Justice Minister Judith Collins later
raised this limit to 6% before scrapping the
provision in favour of an industry-led code.
She said that if it became clear the new
measures were not strong enough, the
Government would act.
"At this stage, I want to give the voluntary
code a chance."
e debate occurred before last month's
controversy over alcohol sachets of a single
shot of a avoured alcopop with 20% or
more alcohol content. e sachets, branded
Cheeky and Sneaky, are the cheapest single
drink on sale, at $2.
Police, alcohol action groups and event
organisers have labelled the products
"disturbing" amid fears they would be used
to top up drinks in bars, be smuggled into
venues or used to spike drinks.
e voluntary code targeted RTDs
because they were believed to be associated
with harmful drinking, in particular among
e industry disputed this, and research
it commissioned showed men over 40 were
the biggest consumers of high-strength
e research also said that if high-strength
alcopops were banned, consumers would
move to even stronger, self-mixed drinks.
Industry representatives said the
consumption of RTDs, which once claimed
about 15% of the alcohol market share, was
Mr Brewer said cider sales were increasing
dramatically, in particular among the
demographic which consumed RTDs.
"Cider as a category is going gangbusters
--- it has outstripped any other category in
terms of growth."
--- New Zealand Herald
RTDs with less punch hit shelves
A private lodge in Coromandel
was badly damaged by a large re
early this morning.
A re service spokeswoman said
Wentworth Lodge on Wentworth
Valley Rd, about 7km from
Whangamata, was burning ercely
when re ghters arrived about
Guests at the two-storey private
lodge were evacuated but no-one
e building partially collapsed as
a result of the blaze.
Fire ghters remained at the scene
this morning dampening down hot
spots and re investigators were
working to establish the cause of
According to its website,
Wentworth Lodge has ve luxury
suites with and seven one and
two bedroom apartments adjoining
the main lodge structure.
"You can enjoy the meditation
room, huge guest lounge,
gymnasium, billiard room with
full size slate table and dart board
or simply absorb the natural
damaged in large fire
Ill-prepared families are dumping
elderly relatives at hospitals before going
on their holidays in a practice known as
e clinical director at Waikato
Hospital, Dr John Bonning, said the
problem increased at this time of year
when some families wanted a stress-free
He believes it could worsen as the
elderly population increases.
Advocates for the elderly have told the
Weekend Herald that they know of the
issue and believe it is getting worse.
Dr Bonning said elderly patients, most
frail but without physical disabilities,
were being abandoned at hospitals
because families had not properly
prepared for their care in their absence.
"You will get a small spike of it before a
long weekend ... and before and around
holidays which indicates the family is
trying to look after them during o ce
hours but then have their lives to get on
with," he said.
"It certainly is happening ... but I think
we have got a bit of a duty to look after
our elderly population."
Waitemata District Health Board
communications manager Errol Kiong
said "granny dumping" was "apparently a
phenomenon at every DHB around the
Dr Bonning blamed a lack of planning
for a problem that he said emergency
sta did not have resources to deal with.
But hospital sta had a duty of care to
look after the elderly and could not turn
them away, so many were staying for at
least 16 hours in observation units.
He said that because the elderly
population was expected to rise, the
problem would probably become worse.
"I do want to suggest that people plan
for these eventualities because we do
nd it very frustrating when people
come in and you look at them and you
think 'why wasn't this sorted out when
it could have been so much simpler'?"
"It's not in everyone's family
relationship to be able to be at the beck
and call of their elderly relatives, but
if you're not going to do that, think of
some alternatives when there's lots of
"Plan it, as opposed to being surprised
at the last minute when the straw does
break the camel's back."
Lawyer Roger Laybourn said the law
on dumping able-bodied elderly people
at hospitals was unclear and he could not
remember any cases in which someone
faced criminal charges for doing so.
He said most neglect cases related to
children under the age of 16, but the
incidence of cases involving the elderly
could be an issue that should be looked at
"You wouldn't establish there was
breaking of the law without knowing the
individual circumstances, and you would
have to know that there was a legal
obligation to care," he said.
" at would have to be the beginning
of any potential issue of breaking the law
and that would arise only from knowing
the relationships and the obligations
Aged Care Association chief executive
Martin Taylor said a lack of readily
available short-term respite care for the
elderly was a problem for some families
who were turning to hospitals when they
couldn't nd an alternative.
"What we more frequently have is
people ringing our o ce saying 'how do
I get respite care for mum and dad'?" he
" ey could get to the situation where
the lack of respite care means that they
then think the best place we can go is the
Mr Taylor said the daily rate respite
care facilities received for short-term
patients was not good and they preferred
to have long-term residents.
"What's been happening is facilities
are saying 'I can't a ord to keep two
beds aside for respite care and I will take
respite care only if I have an empty bed
because I am waiting for a long term
resident, e result of that is the supply
of respite care beds or planned beds is
He said he struggled with the notion
that families would abandontheir elderly
relatives during holiday periods.
"I know it happens but it is very
disappointing --- it's not the way to
treat the elderly. "On the other side of it,
if the health system isn't looking at the
causes of that problem and seeing if there
is a way of addressing them, then that's
equally poor." --- New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: NZ Herald
Most who are abandoned at hospitals are
frail but without physical disabilities.
Holidaymakers dump grannies
Canadian lm director James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis own
more than 1500ha of property in the Wairarapa.
Repeated reception blackouts
are frustrating cellphone users in
Wanaka, as the Telecom network
struggles to cope with an in ux
of holidaymakers texting, calling,
tweeting and sharing photos on
ere have been intermittent
outages in the Queenstown
Lakes area and Wanaka in
particular over the New Year
period, with network tra c there
six times greater than during the
same time last year, Telecom
spokeswoman Lucy Fullarton
said. "It's just obviously blown
out of the water what the usual
It was way above the usual
annual doubling of tra c in
the area, which the company
put down to increased smart
phone usage. People were no
longer just calling and texting,
but constantly chewing through
data by uploading photos when
at events and other social media
ere was also heavy network
congestion in other holiday
hotspots, with Waihi and Taupo
su ering some outages.
Mrs Fullarton said Telecom
had increased network capacity
in the Wanaka area. --- APNZ
Holidaymakers hit by reception outages
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