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Coking coal dips
below iron ore price
Coking coal this week broke a
long-held industry rule of thumb
and dipped below the iron ore price,
the website mining.com reports.
e price of iron ore slumped to a
six-month low on Tuesday, breaking
below the $130 level for the rst
time since July. After hitting a high
of $172 a tonne in February 2013,
premium met coal prices have been
lower than the benchmark iron ore
index for four of the last six trading
days against "a long-held rule of
thumb that coking coal prices are
higher than those of iron ore," the
Steen Index said. Mining.com is
based in South America.
Forestry worker killed
A forestry worker died in an
accident in the Wairau Valley in
Marlborough this morning. e
incident was reported just before
10am, and the man was pronounced
dead about 30 minutes later by
ambulance sta . --- APNZ
Crash victim named
A man who died in a crash near
Whakatane on January 5 has been
formally identi ed as Tevita Vailala
Pasikala, aged 24. Mr Pasikala
was from Auckland but had spent
periods of time in Whakatane.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Woman jumps from
A woman reportedly received
abrasions to her limbs after exiting
a moving vehicle in Tauranga
yesterday afternoon. Former city
councillor Murray Guy and his
wife Marion found a woman lying
across the centre line on Route K
about 4.15pm. A Tauranga Hospital
anesthetist had also stopped and
helped the woman until St John
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Arrivals: Jay Elaine, Electra.
Departures: Cook Canyon. In
port: Jay Elaine, Electra, 16 other
vessels. Expected departures: Jay
Elaine, tomorrow. Expected arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey, Sunday; Galatea II,
Monday; Cook Canyon, Tuesday.
Stolen cider at drunk at races
Reefton residents have been asked
if the lights at the skatepark should
be turned back on, or if the park
should be left in the dark.
e park was oodlit, but then
became an 'after dark' hangout and
the scene of 'undesirable' behaviour.
After complaints from businesses
and residents, the lights were turned
o , Buller Deputy Mayor Graeme
A remote control timer was
installed, and the lights went o
at 10pm, but the reaction was
mixed and the lights were o again
Writing in the Clarion newsletter,
Mr Neylon said one solution might
be to install security cameras,
possibly linked directly to the police
"Do the increased economic
bene ts of more people attracted by
longer skating time, spending more
money in the town, outweigh any
noise and nuisance concerns that may
a ect other visitors or residents?"
e matter is now up to public
submissions, and the Inangahua
Community Board will hold a
special hearing in late February, with
a decision expected to be made by
April. Submissions close on February
Reefton skateboard park
lights questions asked
One of the 10,000 punters at the Kumara
Races on Saturday had stolen a supply
of liquor to see him through the day, the
Greymouth District Court heard yesterday.
Elton James Williams, 35, of Hokitika,
appeared for sentencing yesterday on two
previous charges of stealing alcohol when
Judge Stephen O'Driscoll discovered
that he had also committed a burglary on
Williams said it was a "very minor"
burglary but he admitted taking seven
bottles of Monteith's Cider from a Park
Street address at 10.50am.
Neighbours noticed Williams leaving
the house and then seeing an empty cider
carton on the lawn. ey reported him to
police but he denied visiting the address.
Later, at the racecourse, the owner of the
house saw him drinking Monteith's Cider
and contacted police on crowd control.
is time Williams said he had taken two
bottles of cider from a barbecue at the Park
Williams had also stolen packs of
Heineken ($92) and Steinlager ($55) from
Hokitika New World on November 25.
He took two boxes of Heineken about
1.30pm and left the store without paying.
He returned at 4pm to repeat the act with
Williams told police he was drunk at
the time and had been pressured into the
o ending by associates.
Judge O'Driscoll sentenced Williams to
four months' community detention, with
a curfew from 8pm on Friday to 6am on
Monday, and 12 months' super vision
including assessment for alcohol and drug
addictions. He also ordered him to pay $20
to the owner of the cider, and $148 to the
" e sentence is designed to restrict your
activities on the weekend," the judge said.
An eight-year-old Northland boy has caught
a monster marlin 10 times his own weight,
missing out on a new world record by a mere
Hunter Scott, of Kerikeri, caught the 250.8kg
black marlin near the Hole in the Rock on
Saturday. It took the 25kg boy three and a half
hours to haul it in.
"It felt good to get it to the boat. And I felt
happy the ght was over and I didn't give up.
In the last 15 minutes I felt like I was going to
die," he said.
Hunter said he hooked the marlin himself
and brought it in, with help only to ga it and
get it on the boat.
His catch was a clear winner of the juniors'
tournament staged by the Bay of Islands
Sword sh Club last weekend and contested by
about 100 young anglers from Tutukaka north.
It was his second marlin --- the rst was a
133.4kg striped marlin caught last year --- and
just 6kg o a world record in the small-fry
class, he said.
e Riverview School pupil, who had been
shing since he was two, caught the marlin
from his grandfather Keith Scott's boat
Proud dad Adam Scott said Saturday's shing
started slowly so at 2.30pm they decided to
make their way back towards Cape Brett.
" en just outside the area known as Queens
Buoy our plans changed. A swirl behind the
lure and it was gone, Hunter grabbed the rod,
hopped in the chair, pushed the drag up and
the sh took to the air," Mr Scott said. "At that
point we all felt a little hollow inside, we knew
it was a decent black and looking at the little
frame in the chair our chances were slim. We
agreed not to tell him what it was at rst, we
didn't want to freak him out."
After a three-hour battle the young angler hit
crisis point, exhausted and in tears. Running
out of ideas to keep him going Mr Scott got
Hunter's mum on the phone.
"I don't know what she said to him but he had
a new lease on life. Ten minutes after the call
the swivel broke the surface and at full reach I
could nally get a wrap," he said.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
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January 16, 2013.
I miss you in many ways.
I miss the things you
used to say.
And when old times I
That's when I miss you
most of all.
Gotta fly Mum the shoe
sale is on.
Always in my thoughts.
--- Yvonne (Sydney).
HATELEY, Ralph. ---
Passed away peacefully
at his home, Westport,
on Tuesday January 14,
2014, surrounded by his
loving family. In his
89th year. Dearly loved
husband of the late Joan,
special and dear friend
of Phyllis, loved father
and father-in-law of
Maureen and the late
Denis Archer, Paul
and Julie, Brian and
Lorraine, Gerald and
Alison, Stephen and
Janette, Gregory and
Lisa, and the late Kevin,
special friend of Julie,
and Lanie, a loved
grandad and great-
grandad Ralphie to his
many grandchildren and
a loved brother and
uncle. Messages to 92
Stephen Road, RD2,
Westport. The funeral
service for Ralph will be
held at the F W Hage-
dorn Memorial Chapel,
123 Derby Street, West-
port, on Saturday, Janu-
ary 18, 2014, at 11am,
followed by interment at
the Orowaiti Cemetery.
H agedorns Buller
F uneral Services.
Stella. --- Sadly passed
away January 16, 2013.
Remembering you is
I do it every day.
But it's the pain of
That never goes away.
So I sent a butterfly to
With a parcel on its
Be careful when you
It's full of beautiful
Inside are a million
To say how much I miss
you, and to send you all
--- Love you forever,
Hunter Scott with the monster marlin he landed.
Boy reels in 250kg marlin
Work to fully seal the ventilation
shaft at the former Pike River Mine
is nearing completion, with the bulk
ll expanding foam now being placed.
Sealing the shaft is an essential step
in the $7.2 million project to allow
exploration of the main entry tunnel,
which no one has seen since the
November 2010 explosion that killed
29 men trapped inside the mine.
e shaft needs to be sealed to fully
stabilise the mine environment.
e bottom 40m to 50m ---
originally about 100m deep --- is lled
with rock from an earlier collapse. e
remaining area being lled in this
phase of the project is about 700 cubic
metres in volume.
A tough resin layer has been placed
over the area of collapsed rock and
topped with a layer of concrete. An
expanding foam material is now being
placed, which will ll almost to the
surface. A reinforced-concrete cap is
the nal part of this stage.
Solid Energy, which now owns the
mine and is undertaking the work,
said today the early part of summer
had not been as favourable, which
meant fewer work days on the vent
shaft platform, an area which could
only be reached by helicopter.
As well, challenges with the materials
being used had made progress slower
than had been hoped.
However, preparation for the next
stage is well advanced.
ree drill holes will be cut, two
into the area of the tunnel where a
temporary expanding-foam seal will
be placed and another into the lowest
point of the former mine's main
workings to allow water to be pumped
is is a safety measure, aimed at
reducing the amount of water which
might enter the tunnel above the
e project does not include entry
into the actual mine workings beyond
Pike River Mine ventilation
shaft sealing near completion
One man's eight-year dispute with
the West Coast Regional Council has
had its day in court.
Al Brooker's ght has become
something of a personal crusade,
and he even turned up at one council
meeting bearing a cross on his back.
Mr Brooker's wife owns land at
Marsden, accessed by a formed right
of way o Noname Road.
In March 1992, a licence was granted
to mine about 302ha. e licence said
any buildings, fence, private roads or
other improvements a ected would
Mr Brooker argues that a right of
way was mined and not restored. A
culvert was replaced by a smaller one,
which was later washed out. A 20m
deep pond and steep embankment
now encroaches over part of the right
of way easement.
Mr Brooker claims that his 10m
easement is now 7m of eroded gravel
and 3m in a pond, with no alternative
access to his property.
In 2009, he went to the Disputes
Tribunal for compensation or a work
order, but because he did not provide
independent evidence substantiating
their claim that the right of way was
damaged, the case was dismissed.
In October 2012, at the request of
Mr Brooker, a report was done by
surveyors; he says it backs his claim.
More recently he went to the
Environment Court, asking the
regional council to restore the access
at its expense. He asked the council to
deposit a $40,000 bond until the work
Although the council did not mine
the land, he says it was an agent
of the Crown and therefore had a
responsibility to provide accurate
information to the Crown when
reporting on compliance with the
terms of the mining licence.
In turn, the council says that Mr
Brooker does not own the easement
land; it also notes the delay in bringing
the matter to court.
However, Judge Jane Borthwick, in
a newly released decision, said there
was no evidence of the standard of
the easement before mining, or its
She also said the proceeding had
been brought against the wrong
person. e onus was on Mr Brooker
to provide su cient evidence.
However, she said he may be able
to obtain redress --- if his case was
meritorious --- by enforcing the
Marsden access dispute heard
by Environment Court
e two West Coast books which
have won the Booker Prize are going
head to head in a new contest to nd
the 'Great Kiwi Classic'.
e Auckland Writers Festival and
the New Zealand Book Council are
asking readers throughout the country
to nominate their classic reads.
In their own press release, the
organisers suggest Eleanor Catton's
e Luminaries, which won the 2013
Booker Prize, and e Bone People,
which won in 1985.
e Luminaries is set in Hokitika,
and e Bone People author Keri
Hulme still lives in Okarito.
e organisers suggested other
contenders, including the twisted rural
gothic of Ronald Hugh Morrieson's
e Scarecrow or the wildly popular
detective ction of Ngaio Marsh.
"And is the Edmonds Cookery
Book a classic in the same way that
Margaret Mahy's e Man Whose
Mother Was a Pirate is?"
e contest covers all genres, from
ction to non- ction, children's books
To nominate and praise your
'Great Kiwi Classic', visit the 'Great
Kiwi Classic' Facebook page www.
e-mail your suggestions and why you
love the book to greatkiwiclassic@
Nominations close on February 14
and the winner will be unveiled at
the launch of the Auckland Writers
Festival programme, on March 18.
Two Coast books go head to head
in 'Great Kiwi Classic' contest
Eight pilot whales which have
re-stranded themselves at the top of
the South Island will be euthanised.
e whales were from a pod of
about 60 which swam into Golden
Bay on Tuesday.
irteen beached at Farewell
Spit that day, and despite e orts of
Department of Conser vation (DOC)
sta and Project Jonah volunteers to
keep them alive, ve have died.
While the surviving whales were
re oated twice, they were found on
the beach again this morning.
DOC Golden Bay conservation
services manager John Mason said
the whales were swimming along the
coastline yesterday afternoon but by
evening had not sought deeper water.
" e whales are in a worse condition
today and even if re oated are likely
to continue to try to restrand. Also
there is strong wind forecast for today
which makes conditions di cult for
re oating whales.
"We have done all we can to help
these whales but there is only so much
we can do for them. It also needs
them to help themselves in swimming
safely out to sea.
"Euthanising them humanely now
relieves their su ering," he said.
Re-stranded pilot whales euthanised
irty metres will be slashed o the
o cial height of New Zealand's tallest
peak, following new measurements
by Otago University researchers.
While Aoraki-Mount Cook is
o cially listed as 3754m above sea
level, analysis of high accuracy GPS
data obtained during an Otago-led
climbing expedition in November has
revealed that it is actually only 3724m
tall at its highest point.
e readings con rm new aerial
photography based calculations
performed by Otago National
School of Surveying researcher Dr
Pascal Sirguey and masters student
Dr Sirguey, the project leader for
the research, said the discrepancy
between the old height --- estimated
from aerial photography immediately
following a massive rock-ice collapse
in December 1991 --- and the new
height can be explained by a two-
decade reshaping process a ecting
the remnant of the originally thick
"By carefully studying photos taken
after the collapse, it appears that
there was still a relatively thick ice
cap, which was most likely out of
balance with the new shape of the
summit ridge," he said.
"As a result the ice cap has been
subject to erosion over the past 20
years. While the e ects of climate
change may spring to mind as an
explanation, it is probably a case of a
simple change in the geomorphology
of the mountain."
Despite being taken down a peg or
two, Aoraki-Mount Cook still towers
above its close neighbour Rarakiroa-
Mount Tasman, which with its
current o cial height of 3497m,
remains the second highest mountain
in New Zealand.
e new GPS measurement is only
the sixth non-aerial accurate sur vey
of the mountain's height to be taken,
with the previous trigonometric
measurements made in 1851, 1879,
1881, 1883 and 1889, Dr Sirguey
e four-man Otago expedition that
obtained the GPS data was led by Dr
Nicolas Cullen, a senior lecturer in the
Department of Geography at Otago.
Jim Anderson, a recent graduate from
the National School of Surveying, and
Dr Cullen were responsible for taking
the GPS measurements.
To observe Aoraki's tapu status, and
as agreed with Ngai Tahu and the three
Papatipu Runanga who have a shared
mana whenua interest in Aoraki, the
climbers did not step on the summit,
but instead took measurements with
recently acquired state-of-the art
receivers while at the top of the ice cap
a few metres away and below the true
An additional GPS point was
measured at the top of the Summit
Rocks for further validation of Dr
Sirguey's photogrammetric 3D model.
"It was very exciting to see that the
team's GPS data closely matched our
photogrammetric calculations from a
2008 aerial survey," he said.
"From early on in this work we
suspected that Aoraki was tens of
metres lower that the o cial height,
so it is very satisfying to have our
estimates validated by GPS."
Graeme Blick, chief geodesist of Land
Information New Zealand, among
several organisations that provided
nancial and scienti c support for
the project, said the expedition had
resulted in a "signi cant change".
" is means LINZ on-line data
will use this new height and it will be
incorporated when we next print hard
copy topographic maps for the region."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Aoraki-Mount Cook loses 30m after review
e family of a three-
month-old boy who died
after su ering injuries
at his Southland home
are nding it di cult to
cope with the "terrible
tragedy", police say.
e boy died in
Hospital early yesterday
after being transferred
from Southland Hospital
in a critical condition on
Police said the baby
su ered serious injuries
in a reported fall at his
home in Riverton.
examination was carried
Bowman said the
police investigation was
continuing with a "two-
pronged approach" --- on
behalf of the coroner
and to determine any
How the baby fell, and
what injuries he su ered,
formed part of the police
(examination) is being
completed today and this
will assist us in building
a picture of what has
occurred," Mr Bowman
Police extended their
sympathy to the boy's
" is is clearly a
terrible tragedy and a
very di cult time for
Six police sta
and a team from
and Research team were
continuing a forensic
examination at the boy's
were called to the
house at 7.35pm on
Monday after reports
that the boy had su ered
serious injuries and was
Baby dies after fall
A Middle Eastern refugee who
grabbed, groped and licked female
joggers on a popular running route in
Christchurch has avoided jail and been
granted permanent name suppression.
e man, 64, dubbed the "Port Hills
Groper", pleaded guilty last November
to eight charges of indecent assault.
He approached the women on the
running and biking trails and touched
seven on the breasts and one on the
buttocks. e youngest was aged 16.
Most of the o ences were in the second
half of 2012, but one dates to 2010.
He appeared in the Christchurch
District Court yesterday for sentencing
where the o ending was described
by Judge Jane Farish as "highly
opportunistic and brazen" but she said
the seriousness of the crimes did not
warrant a jail term.
"Cultural ambiguities", highlighted in
a psychologist's report before the courts,
may have led to the man's bizarre actions,
Judge Farish believed.
She sentenced him to 300 hours'
community work and 12 months'
Judge Farish also granted permanent
name suppression on the grounds that
his identi cation would have major
repercussions for him and his family and
place huge stresses on them.
She said the "misnomer of Port Hills
Groper" had vili ed him in relation to
his o ending.
His wife had been subjected to
"inappropriate conduct" by a member
of the public which forced the family to
e Probation Ser vice and Immigration
Service will work to help him reintegrate
into society. --- APNZ
A police prosecutor convicted
of using methamphetamine and
cannabis still faces an internal
Brent William omson, 49, was a
prosecutor in Auckland based at the
central police station.
In the Waitakere District Court
yesterday, he was convicted and ned
$450 after earlier pleading guilty to
three charges relating to possessing
and using methamphetamine and
An application to discharge
omson without conviction was
rejected by Judge Hemi Taumanu.
Inspector Mike Johnson,
operations manager for the police
prosecution service, told APNZ
omson remained suspended as an
employment investigation continued.
"Police take these matters extremely
seriously and where appropriate will
put any matters of a criminal nature
before the court," Mr Johnson said.
Outside court, omson told
Newstalk ZB his future in the legal
profession was up to the Law Society
and he would not practise at the
moment as he would be unable to do
the best for his clients.
He said his sentence was fair and
"Methamphetamine is a dangerous
drug, it's a powerful drug, and
recovering from it is better than living
with it." --- APNZ
'Port Hills groper' avoids jail Police prosecutor convicted
of using methamphetamine
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