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2 - Monday, January 6, 2014
Weather forecast good
for Kumara Races
Hokitika weather man Mark
Crompton and Nelson Weather
Service forecaster John Mathieson
are agreed: the sun will shine on
the Kumara Races this Saturday.
e Metservice is also forecasting
sun, but at this stage expects cooler
temperatures of only 16degC.
path of destruction
Vandals left a path of destruction
along Weld Street, Hokitika, at the
weekend, walking along and damaging
young trees. Police said the o enders
also broke a house window by hurling
a bottle at it.
Hokitika police have recovered a
Honda CRF 450 motorcycle that was
stolen last year. So far no one has been
arrested for the theft but inquiries are
continuing. Meanwhile, two local men
were trespassed from two separate
hotels and will be appearing in court.
Lewis Pass vehicle theft
A hiker's vehicle was stolen from
outside the Lewis Pass service station
some time between New Year's Day
and yesterday. e owner returned
from his walk yesterday afternoon
to ndhis carhadgone.Itis a red
Toyota Hilux Surf stationwagon,
registration number BAL620. Police
say it is possible the vehicle could still
be somewhere on the West Coast and
urged anyone who had seen it or knew
about the theft to contact them.
Driver badly hurt in
Lewis Pass crash
A 21-year-old Christchurch man was
own to Christchurch Hospital in the
NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter
last night after crashing down a bank
on State highway 7, in the Lewis Pass
about 8.30pm. e man had to be cut
from the vehicle and su ered serious
Hunter injures hand
A Te Kaha man was airlifted to
hospital after seriously injuring his hand
with a machete while hunting. e
Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter
was dispatched to the Eastern Bay
of Plenty town at 7pm yesterday.
e 53-year-old was hunting in the
bush and while clearing a path with
his machete, slipped causing serious
damage to his hand.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
A tramper whose body was found on
a Coromandel walking track has been
named by police. e body of Allan
Roger Couchman, 50, of Rotorua, was
found on the track in Tairua last week.
Sergeant Damien O'Kane of Tairua
police said there were not believed to
be any suspicious circumstances.
In port: Galatea II, 18 other vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea II,
Wednesday. Expected arrivals:
Jay Elaine, Friday; Cook Canyon,
Tourists cry in Haast storm
A drunk man was lucky to escape
serious injury after jumping out
of a moving vehicle on the way to
Greymouth, on Saturday night.
Hokitika police and St John personnel
were called to attend to the man
about an hour after the incident, at
Acting sergeant Nerida Manson, of
Hokitika police, said the man, aged
in his 20s, sustained ankle injuries
and grazes along his back, but did not
require hospital treatment.
Torrential rain and strong winds closed the
Haast Pass for much of Friday.
New Zealand Transport Agency acting
performance manager Barry Stratton said
State highway 6, between Haast township
and Makarora, was closed until 2.30pm on
Friday after heavy rain on ursday night
brought down gravel and other debris on to
the road at the Diana Falls slip site, and two
other places in the Haast Pass area. More
than 130mm of rain was recorded in the area
on ursday night.
e heavy rain eased late Friday morning
and the road was then cleared and the
Diana Falls slip site checked for any further
movement before the highway was reopened.
Haast River Top 10 Holiday Park manager
Tania Frisby said the road closure was ''very
frustrating'' for holidaymakers.
A 3km line of tra c was waiting for the
road to reopen yesterday, she said.
e park was fully booked, with tourists
seeking accommodation in Haast rather
than waiting in the tra c bottleneck. She
turned away about 80 people wanting
accommodation yesterday, Mrs Frisby said.
However, tourists who had secured
accommodation in Haast but wanted to leave
once the road reopened had to forfeit the
money they had paid for accommodation.
She understood why the NZTA had closed
''It's all about safety. We can't have people
haven't seen winds like it. I thought the
windows were going to pop. We had
campers crying, thinking their campervans
were going to tip.''
Although the campervans were ''rocking''
in the wind, no vehicles at the park had been
All the crying campers were international
tourists, she said.
Some Australian tourists were too scared
to leave the park the next day and some
German tourists were ''panicking'' about the
prospect of driving on the pass.
Some people nished their holidays early
and travelled north rather than navigate the
Gordon Hunt, of Fair eld, said he and wife
Robyn had been at a funeral in Whataroa on
ursday and were returning to Dunedin via
Haast when the storm hit.
''It was real nasty,'' Mr Hunt said.
--- Otago Daily Times
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Francis QSM. --- On
January 5, 2014, after a
rapid illness, aged 88
years. Dearly loved
eldest son of the late
Mary and Thomas
Cherished and devoted
t win brother of
Rosemary and brother-
in-law of the late Hans
Knalmann. Much loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Vincent and
E lizabeth (Christ-
church), John (Grey-
mouth), and the late
Malcolm. Loved and
special uncle of the late
Rosina, Tina and the late
Robert, Paula and
Bruce, Rita and Ern,
Stephen, Peter and Siew
Lee. Great-uncle of
Marc, Callum, Todd,
Benjamin, Thomas, Lisa
and Steven. A loved
nephew and cousin. Sin-
cere thanks to the doc-
tors and staff of the
Nelson Regional Hos-
p ice. Tom was
extremely grateful and
appreciative of your out-
standing care and kind-
ness. He loved all the
nurses and doctors who
cared for him immense-
ly. Always a gentleman
even in his final journey.
A Requiem Mass for
Thomas will be celebra-
ted at Our Lady of
Perpetual Help Catholic
Church, 35 William
Street, Richmond, Nel-
son on Thursday morn-
ing January 9, 2014 at
10am followed by a
private interment. A
Rosary will be prayed in
the church on Wednes-
day evening at 7pm.
W aimea Richmond
F uneral Directors.
Elizabeth. --- For your
lovely cards, kind
words, beautiful flowers,
generous koha, tasty
food, visits and attend-
ance at Mum's funeral,
thank you. All your acts
of kindness and support
to Mum and us before
and after Mum's passing
have been so appreci-
ated and we thank you
from the bottom of our
New data reveals how many
holidaymakers headed o for a summer
break lugging an extra 1.1kg of reading.
Sales gures provided by Nielsen
Bookscan show a sharp surge in demand
for Eleanor Catton's Man Booker Prize-
winning tome e Luminaries --- the
longest winner ever --- as people rushed
to buy it as the perfect Christmas
In the commercially sensitive,
competitive world of selling books,
getting an accurate picture of sales is
tricky. Nielsen counts more than half of
retails sales but not those of Whitcoulls.
Nielsen said 7100 copies sold the week
before Christmas, a 260% increase on a
Whitcoulls is careful not to reveal exact
sales gures and could not respond in
time for this article, but e Luminaries
was the top-selling title in New Zealand
last year with 42,000 sales in New
Zealand alone, by Neilsen gures.
It carried its considerable weight
internationally, too. Nielsen tallied
200,000 worldwide, including 60,000
in the United Kingdom, 56,000 in the
United States and 38,000 in Australia.
But local publisher of the big read,
Victoria University Press' Fergus
Barrowman, said the true gures would
"We have sold more than 75,000 copies
in New Zealand."
E-book sales had exceeded 7000 by
late November and were still going
strong. "I've been totally thrilled. I knew
how good it was and had great belief in
it from early on, but so many things have
to fall into place for a book to have this
kind of success."
For those struggling with the prospect
of just getting started, Barrowman said
people who had read it on e-readers were
less daunted by its size. " ey could get
immersed in it and not be thinking of
how far through they were and just let
He expected another surge when
European language translations
appeared this year.
He said Catton was booked for fairs in
Brazil, Italy, Spain, France and Germany,
timed to promote translations in those
Barrowman said Catton was now
having a break from the limelight in the
United States. "It's all been enormous
for her, and she's ready for some quiet
private life to settle her head."
A murder mystery set in Hokitika
during the 1860s goldrush, with a
structure based on astrological signs,
e Luminaries was described by Man
Booker judges as "dazzling, luminous,
e novel was 22 on Amazon.com's
Best Books for 2013, was named as one
of the New York Times' top 100 notable
books of 2013, and is No 15 on e
Times' best sellers' list.
Labour MP for Wellington Central
Grant Robertson took to Twitter
yesterday to proudly announce he'd
nished e Luminaries, calling it
He told the Herald on Sunday it took
him about a week and he thoroughly
enjoyed it."It's a commitment,"Robertson
said. He'd bought the hard cover version
just before Christmas, undaunted by
its mass. "I perfected a model of lying
down with it balanced on my torso. I
knew that I had a substantial torso for
a reason, and now I've discovered it."
--- Herald on Sunday
top summer read
McLean's Pit land ll acting site manager Doug Daniel takes a look at this year's 'Bottle Mountain' from the New Year's Eve
celebrations in and around Greymouth. Mr Daniel said the piles of beer and liquor bottles dropped o for recycling were standard
for the rst full week of the year. "We get a big in ux of alcohol bottles." e recycling ser vice has been gaining steadily in popularity
since it was established in 2012. "People have been doing very very well on recycling," he said.
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
New Year 'bottle mountain'
e spectre of inter-generational
sexual abuse reared its head in a
Whangarei court when a Northland
man was jailed for six years for raping
his cousin while her younger sister slept
in the same room.
Whangarei District Court heard
last week the rape had devastated the
teenaged girl and split apart her family.
Her emotional victim impact
statement told how her father believed
the accused, and she had not seen her
dad since the incident, almost two years
e man, now in his early 20s, was
found guilty of rape, two counts of
indecent assault and one of unlawful
sexual connection by a jury earlier this
e girl, who was aged under 16 when
she was raped, told in the statement
how her ordeal had been made worse
by many people not believing her at
the time. She had self-harmed and
contemplated suicide over the incident,
and was now mistrustful of men.
e girl had changed from being
outgoing to insular and afraid.
"I have lost my brother and my father
still hasn't spoken to me. I hope he (the
o ender) is put away in prison for a
long time," the girl said.
Crown prosecutor Catherine Gisler
said it was a "mitigating factor" that
this type of behaviour was inter-
generational in the family. Ms
Gisler suggested a starting point
for imprisonment of six-and-a-half
She said the o ending had resulted
in signi cant e ects on the young girl
and had occurred while the girl and her
younger sister were alone in their home.
e o ending was also premeditated,
Defence lawyer David James said
inter-generational abuse, an issue in
the case, had yet to be addressed and
this case might be the start of that.
" e victim had the impression that
the adults around her were complicit
by knowing about this, but doing
nothing about it. She carried that for
six months," Mr James said.
He said the perpetrator was now
e o ending happened during a
family celebration. e girl and her
younger sister left the family gathering
to return to their nearby home. e
cousin followed them and sexually
violated then raped the girl in her bed
--- despite her telling him to stop ---
while her younger sister slept nearby in
the same bedroom.
Judge Phil Gittos said the man, who
cannot be named to protect the identity
of his victim, now fully acknowledged
his guilt and the family could be left in
no doubt the girl was indeed the victim.
" e e ects on this young girl have
been really quite devastating," Judge
Judge Gittos jailed the man for six
years. --- APNZ-Northern Advocate
A young New Zealand man
appears to have escaped permanent
injury after he was king hit as he
and his brother walked home from
a Sydney club early on Saturday, his
But Alex McEwen, 19, potentially
faces months of rehabilitation after
he su ered a a fractured skull, brain
bleeding and spinal damage during
the attack outside a McDonald's
restaurant in Penrith.
He and his brother Lance McEwen-
Henderson, 21, were standing on a
one-metre high wall when they were
approached by a man about 1.30am,
local media reported.
e man, Corey Beard, 21,
allegedly punched both brothers,
knocking Alexander over the wall,
causing him to hit his head and lose
As well as the assault, Beard is
charged with possession of steroids
found in his home.
Alex's father Rodney McEwen was
in Auckland when he heard the news.
"Initially we didn't know whether
there was going to be any brain
damage or not, because these head
injuries can go either way," he told
He ew to Sydney to be with his
son, who was put in an induced coma
in Nepean Hospital after the attack.
He was now awake and talking
and there did not appear to be any
"Yesterday they did a scan and the
bleed in the back of his head has
reduced in size so it's going in the
right direction, it's looking good.
"Now he's just on a strong med for a
Mr McEwen said his two sons
had met a group of girls at the
McDonald's as they made their way
" ey were basically talking to
these girls when these guys pulled
up and just started going ape s***
and screaming and attacked them,
" e guys sort made out as if they
were trying to steal their girlfriends
or something like that. It was just
stupid. It was just an excuse."
Alex moved to Sydney recently to
live with his older brother, who had
been there for three years, and both
were working in warehouses in the
"He's o work now and he's got no
pay, he's got no money from nowhere
now. He's going to be o work for
possibly a couple of months at least
now so he's lost I don't know how
many thousands of dollars because of
these mongrels," Mr McEwen said.
"It's bloody terrible. ese buggers
need to be dealt to, the penalties need
to be sti enough so that they think
twice before they do it. It destroys
families and it destroys lives."
Lance told the Seven Network the
attack came after a young woman in
the car park posed for a photograph
"I was just freaking out because you
never like to see your younger brother
on the ground," Lance said.
"I thought he was dead, to be
"Some guy was holding his head up
and I was just screaming, 'Call the
ambulance, call the ambulance'."
Beard was charged with o ences
including recklessly in icting
grievous bodily harm to the teenager
as well as assaulting his brother but
was bailed when he appeared in
Parramatta Local Court yesterday.
Beard's legal aid lawyer said his
client had told police he was acting
Beard was granted conditional bail,
with the magistrate saying that it was
a "regrettable incident ... involving
violence between young men", the
Daily Telegraph reported.
e attack comes just days after
Daniel Christie, 18, was punched
during a night out in Kings Cross,
leaving him in a coma, while his
brother Peter su ered facial injuries.
It prompted New South Wales
Police Minister Michael Gallacher
to give his support to re-labelling
of violent o ences so the wording
re ected the "gutlessness" of the so-
called king hit.
"King hit somehow suggests there
was some sort of fair ght and
something to be looked upon as a
signi cant victory," he told reporters
on Friday. " ere is nothing victorious
in this gutless act." --- APNZ
NZ man floored by king hit
Family at war
over rape of
A small jetboating community is
"shattered" by the death of a "lovely,
enthusiastic and friendly" colleague
killed when the boat he was driving
collided with a willow tree in the
Ngaruroro River near Hastings at
Dale Baker, 51, of New Plymouth,
was one of a party of three boats
taking part in a sanctioned excursion
on the river when the accident
occurred about midday on Saturday,
a statement released by Jet Boating
New Zealand said.
"He had boated with other
members on organised events
for the past two years. He had
previously boated the Ngaruroro
River, as had the other jetboaters on
the excursion, and was described by
a fellow veteran Jet Boating New
Zealand member as an extremely
competent jetboater," spokesman
Paul Mullan said.
Secretary of the Taranaki branch
of Jet Boating New Zealand Pam
Frederickson said other members
"We're a small branch, about 60 or
70 members. All of those who are
currently active would have known
Dale. He was such a lovely man. We
enjoyed being involved with him.
"He was always willing to be
involved in anything and everything.
And his partner, Julie, they both
were," she said.
"Anything that we were involved
in he was there, with bells on just
about. He really enjoyed the events
and camaraderie that we seem to
Ms Frederickson said Mr Baker
had been "so looking forward to
the weekend", to take part in the jet
Mr Baker was an oil rig worker
who would "participate in any of the
events that we had" during his time
He was among a small group from
the club that had spent the previous
weekend jetboating on the Mokau
River, and enjoyed sharing his love
of history with his friends.
"When we were up the Mokau
last week, we were looking at all the
history of the mining and things
that were on there, and he has been
in that area himself quite a lot and
he was very knowledgeable, taking
us all to show us the bits and pieces
of history that were available," she
Ms Frederickson said her husband
and son were in another of the
three boats when the accident
" ey're on their way home now.
We're all just so disappointed, but
these freak accidents happen."
She said in the 30 years she had
been involved with the organisation
there had been no other fatalities
that she was aware of.
"It's de nitely pretty rare. It's
a motor sport so it's always a
e father of two was driving the
tail boat, named Bang On, upstream
when it got into di culty in shallow
water and skidded across shingle
and colliding with a willow tree.
Crew members of the two other
upstream boats returned to the
crash site to assist but Mr Baker was
pinned in the boat and died at the
Emergency services waded
through the water to reach the
injured parties including 43-year-
old Leanne Lilly, also from
Taranaki, who was airlifted to
hospital by the Lowe Corp Rescue
She su ered neck and chest
injuries and was in a serious
but stable condition in the high
dependency unit at Hawke's Bay
Hospital yesterday afternoon.
ree other passengers, including
Mr Baker's partner, su ered minor
injuries and were treated at the scene.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Dead jetboater mourned
Four young people who appeared
in the Whangarei District Court on
Saturday charged with the aggravated
robbery of the Gull service station at
Raumanga were remanded in custody
to reappear in court today.
Whangarei police detective senior
sergeant Dene Begbie said the four
accused were aged 16, 17, 19 and 20.
It was reported last week that a Gull
ser vice station worker was knocked
to the ground and had a knife held
to his throat during the robbery on
December 30 involving three men
armed with knives and a female
accomplice. Demands were made for
sta to open the tills, and cash and
cigarettes were taken before the four
ed on foot. e maximum sentence
for aggravated robbery is 14 years' jail.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
A multi-million dollar property in
Whangamata's Wentworth Valley
was engulfed by "a huge reball"
and destroyed early on Saturday
morning, re investigators say.
e property is believed to have
been on the market for more than
a year with several real estate
companies, with a price tag of
$2.2 million although, according to
the real estate listings, the buildings-
only replacement insurance cover
is $3.5 million. It has previously
operated as the Wentworth Lodge.
Fire investigator Peter Hallett
said the main building had been
"What's left standing will be
pushed over by a digger," he said.
"It was just one huge reball
in the middle of the night --- the
entire building was engulfed in
re." Two other buildings on
the 2.2ha property were not
e blaze was not being treated as
Owner Denise McGregor said she
and her son, his ancee and their
daughter were asleep upstairs when
they were woken by the re alarm.
Luxury Whangamata property razed
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