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Clem and Beau Swinburn, seven and 10, cast their lines into the Grey River in a practice run for the King Kahawai shing competition
on February 2. Greymouth Fishing Club secretary-treasurer Sharron Wright said the annual event had become popular since it started
in 2006. Organisers were hoping for at least 150 entrants this year. Anglers from around the West Coast, and visitors from Christchurch,
will begin shing at daylight, trying to catch the kahawai that weighs in at the closest to the average weight of all sh in the anglers' age
group. e top prize for adults is $400 and for juniors $100, as well as consolation prizes and spot prizes including a kayak, rods and
reels, caps and drink bottles.
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
150 could compete in King Kahawai
A pair of 16-year-old boys took
turns having sex with an underage
girl who was "almost comatose"
from alcohol --- but still believe
they did not rape her because they
were not violent.
In a case with similarities to
the 'Roast Busters' scandal, the
15-year-old victim was heavily
intoxicated and the two teenagers
plotted to have sex with her.
After she was abused by each
boy separately and left naked
in a bedroom, she was further
humiliated by a group who came
in with their cellphones lit up and
Young Jin Bae and Hwaseop
Jeong, now 20, were convicted
of rape after a jury trial in the
Auckland District Court. Bae
was also found guilty of a sexual
Both maintain their innocence as
they did not act violently towards
their former friend --- an attitude
Judge Robert Ronayne described
as "very concerning".
"She was not able to consent and
she was not able to ask you to stop
because she was almost comatose
from alcohol," he said in sentencing
the pair to six years' imprisonment.
"Neither of you can have had
any belief that your victim was
consenting to what took place."
In February 2012, the youths were
initially jailed for three and a half
years. When they appealed, their
sentences were almost doubled.
Lawyers argued the pair did
not receive a fair trial because
of problems with interpretation
of evidence at the trial, and the
Court of Appeal ruled there was a
miscarriage of justice and ordered
a retrial. In the Auckland District
Court, they were again convicted
of rape and this time got six years.
Sexual violence and gender issue
experts said the youths' belief they
did not rape the girl was disturbing,
but not surprising.
Associate Professor Nicola Gavey,
of the University of Auckland,
said that while attitudes towards
women and sex were improving,
society still promoted mixed
messages and many people still
thought it was acceptable to think
of women as objects.
"I can believe that the young
men's own intoxication combined
with their lack of maturity may
have had a role in their making
very poor decisions," Professor
"And that the wider cultural
context provides them with ways of
thinking about their sexual desires,
about the girl's body and her rights,
that make the whole violation
What was very problematic,
though, was their ongoing refusal
to acknowledge the serious wrong
in what they had done. Dr Kim
McGregor, of Rape Prevention
Education, said there was a
lack of quality sexual education,
particularly around the issue
of consent and the in uence of
"Most men would be appalled
at these sorts of attitudes and
behaviour which show a total
disrespect towards girls and
women. But why do these young
men have these misogynistic beliefs
that girls are their playthings? And
why did those boys come into the
room with the cellphones, instead
of ... stopping what was going on?
"It's a wider culture which
makes them think these appalling
attitudes are acceptable," Dr
Judge Ronayne said in his
sentencing notes that the actions
of Bae and Jeong had had a
"devastating" e ect on the girl. "It
is my view of the evidence that you
clearly simply took a turn each to
rape her. She was left naked and
terri ed, lying on Mr Jeong's bed,
--- New Zealand Herald
Boys do not accept rape sentence
Scott Watson has led legal
proceedings against the Department
of Corrections in an attempt to force
it to allow a visit from the father of
one of the people he was convicted of
e father of Olivia Hope, Gerald,
had sought permission to visit Watson
in prison. He was planning the visit
with Watson's legal team and North
and South journalist Mike White.
Delays by the Department of
Corrections in making a decision on
the application to visit Watson led to
the legal case being led.
In the legal papers, Watson has asked
the High Court to require a decision
of the Department of Corrections
chief executive, Ray Smith.
Mr Smith, in his role, has the
responsibility to decide whether
media can visit prisoners.
According to the Watson statement
of claim, Mr Smith has refused to
make a decision on the visit because
work on an unrelated application by
media could a ect the way all media
requests to visit are handled.
Department of Corrections
corporate a airs manager Vince
Arbuckle said a similar legal claim
regarding media access to prisoners
was related to Watson's case.
e related case was in the process of
being appealed against, Mr Arbuckle
He refused to comment further.
Watson was convicted in 1999 of
the murder of Olivia Hope and Ben
Smart, who went missing after New
Year's Eve celebrations at Furneaux
Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds.
In a 2007 North and South article,
Mr Hope said he had doubts about
the conviction, which has been subject
to increasing criticism.
He told Mr White: "What we
got was a conviction but we never
got the truth. And that's the part
that still really rips me up. Nothing
ever was con rmed, it was all
circumstantial, there was no hard
evidence. And that's where my
greatest doubts lie. I'm not saying
(Scott Watson) is not guilty. What
I'm saying is let's clear up the doubt."
--- New Zealand Herald
goes back to
Every birth is special, but as Jared
Noel held his tiny daughter in his arms,
he knew the moment was especially
Dr Noel is dying. He was able to
survive until her birth only after an
outpouring of generosity enabled him to
buy an expensive drug that slowed the
growth of his cancer.
And as Elise Alexandra Grace Noel
was born on January 17, weighing
3.87kg, the proud 33-year-old dad was
able not only to meet her but to help
"I handed her to (wife) Hannah, cut
the cord and then I got to have time
with her," he said.
"It's a surreal experience. It's weird
just looking at her and thinking, ' at's
my daughter'. ere's so many mixed
emotions. ere's the joy of having a
child, against the backdrop of everything
else that's going on. It's just sinking in
how blessed we are to be where we are
given our circumstance."
Last year, after a scan in October
revealed the bowel cancer he had battled
for ve years was growing rampantly in
his liver, the Auckland City Hospital
doctor was told it was unlikely he would
live to see 2014.
It was a particularly cruel blow as Elise
was due in late January.
e couple appealed on the fundraising
website Givealittle for donations to help
them pay for the drug Avastin, which
can slow the growth of tumours, in the
hope it would extend Dr Noel's life long
enough for him to meet his daughter.
eir $60,000 target was met within
six hours --- a record for the fundraising
Dr Noel was able to immediately begin
a 10-round course of Avastin.
A scan taken after four rounds revealed
the lesions in his liver had either stopped
growing or signi cantly reduced in size.
Hannah, a doctor in paediatrics at
Waitakere Hospital, said she was "over
the moon" at being able to watch her
husband with Elise.
It would not have been possible
without the support of family, friends
and strangers around the world, she said.
"I knew he was going to be a great dad
and he is. And this is a really precious
Elise was conceived through IVF early
last year when Jared's cancer, while still
terminal, was not growing.
On Wednesday, Jared will begin his
80th round of chemotherapy and his
sixth of Avastin.
His greatest hope now is to survive
long enough for Elise to have a memory
--- New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Jared Noel and wife Hannah with their daughter, Elise Alexandra Grace Noel, at home in Te Atatu.
Doctor stays alive for birth
Lorde has revealed the Grammy
that would mean most to her is
for best album.
Speaking at an awards preview
in Los Angeles last night, the
breakout pop star --- who is
nominated for four awards ---
said she most wanted to win Best
Pop Vocal Album.
"It's about the album which is
this body of music which I've
" at's really important to me."
Lorde, who is also nominated
for Song of the Year, Record
of the Year and Best Pop Solo
Performance, added: " at being
said, I'm still going to be proud
of what I've done if I don't win a
e New Zealand chart-topper
--- her song Team has joined
global hit Royals on the Billboard
top 10 --- showed she was not
intimidated by the interest from
the world's music media.
As camera lights ashed, she was
asked how she was preparing for
the big event on Monday (2pm
NZ time, live on TV2), where she
"I've been waking up every
morning and eating a lot of
garlic," she joked.
e 17-year-old is keeping
everyone guessing over whether
she will wear a New Zealand
designer's creation on the red
Industry insiders say one thing is
for sure --- she has the pick of the
Murray Bevan, director of
fashion PR rm Showroom
22, said Lorde had been in the
r m's o ces over the past few
weeks assessing her wide range of
" e brutally honest answer is I
don't know and I don't think she
does either," he said.
"We were told she has a stylist in
America who will be making the
nal decision on everything.
"But as you can imagine, she
probably has got the pick of
every fashion label in the world
at the moment due to her value
as an artist and her incredible
"She's got very particular taste
and is very set in how she wants to
have her image portrayed, so she
also won't have her arm twisted
in what she has to wear, or wear
something from New Zealand
just because she is from New
"She will want to look her very
--- New Zealand Herald
Lorde braces for Grammy night
A private prosecution alleging
bribery against Auckland's
embattled Mayor Len Brown
has been stalled at the Auckland
Two charging documents sent
to the Auckland District court
by retired Wellington accountant
Graham McCready state that
between November 2010 and
November last year, Mr Brown
accepted for himself and his wife
Shan Inglis three complimentary
hotel rooms and ve free room
upgrades from Sky City and Sky
City Grand Hotels.
e gifts, worth about $4600
by Mr McCready's calculations,
led to "favourable consideration"
given by Mr Brown towards Sky
City and parent company Sky
City Casinos, say the documents.
However, in a decision from
Judge Emma Aitken released
yesterday, she said the private
prosecution could not proceed
until the Attorney General
consented to it.
Mr McCready said he will
now make an application to the
Attorney-General for the consent
and he does not receive it, the
private prosecution will be re led.
" is matter is not going to
go away any time soon," he said.
"We do not claim perfection,
only progress, but we are making
progress towards perfection one
day at a time." --- APNZ
Len Brown prosecution hurdle
(Opposite Dixon Park)
Phone 768 0370
for 24 Hour Service.
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6pm Friday until
135 High Street,
Saturday and Sunday
Telephone 768 5942 app 50t
Graham and Anita
Bone (nee Wright)
Lots of love from all
your family and friends
Quali ed FD Since 1973
Francis (Tom). ---
January 25, 1925 to
January 5, 2014.
Deeply sincere and
heartfelt thanks to
Tom's many friends and
relations. We can't thank
you enough for
attending his Requiem
Mass, for all the flowers,
sympathy cards, phone
calls, cakes, love and
the warm, wonderful
memories recapping our
dearest Tom's life.
With so many cards
received it may take
several weeks to reply,
so please accept this as a
personal thank you in
the meantime and if we
have mislaid any
Tom was a wonderful,
kind, humble man, a
very devoted twin,
loving brother and
uncle. He will always be
God bless you dear
Tom. RIP. We will
always miss you.
--- Rosemary, Vince,
John and families.
134 Tainui St
Ph 768 0250
Stanley (Fred). ---
Elizabeth, June, Helen,
Laurence and partners
would like to thank
those who sent cards and
attended the funeral of
our beloved Dad, gran-
dad, and great-grandad.
A big thank you to
Julian Donaldson from
Betts Funeral Services
and to the Reverend
Indrea Alexander for a
lovely service. Our
thanks to Margaret Wil-
son Hospital for their
care. Please accept this
as a personal thank you
from us all.
--- 1972 to 2001.
The heart can feel so
many things, words can
The sadness that this
day brings, will never go
--- Mum, Nigel, Shane
Trevlyn Keith (John).---
Passed away peacefully
in his 86th year after a
courageous battle with
cancer. Loved husband
of Laurel. Loved father
of Christopher and Sue-
Ellen. Grandfather of
Jenna and Jessica, Great
grandfather of Corbin
and Kaden. Stepfather of
Lynnette, Janice and
Alan. A service celebrat-
ing John's life will
be held at the Mahurangi
Hamatana Road, Snells
Beach on Wednesday
January 29, 2014 at
1.30pm followed by a
private cremation. In
lieu of flowers donations
directed to North Shore
Hospice, PO Box
Auckland 0740 would
be appreciated. Jason
Morrison Funeral Serv-
ices. FDANZ. Wark-
Advertise in the
Ice-cream makers are worried by
revelations that the Auckland Council
is negotiating a 10-year deal to give
Tip Top selling rights at public pools,
parks, the waterfront and events.
Rival rms fear being shut out of
places like the Auckland Domain and
the waterfront where ice-cream sales
do a roaring trade in summer.
"Tip Top are going to cream it and
take out the opposition in Auckland,"
one competitor said.
New Zealanders are among the
biggest eaters of ice-cream in the
world, getting through an average of
22 litres each every year.
Brett O'Riley, who heads the
council's economic arm, says there
are no plans to give Fonterra "blanket
exclusivity" to sell its Tip Top ice-
He said artisan producers would
still be able to sell their icecream at
council locations and events.
Commercial discussions were taking
place with other icecream makers, he
said, but would not name names.
Fonterra brands manager Peter
McClure said this week the company
was close to reaching a commercial
deal to "give us selling rights for 10
years" for Tip Top ice-cream.
James Crow and Tommy Holden,
who set up their Nice Blocks brand
in 2010, said council events were great
incubators for small businesses.
ey started selling iceblocks at the
Big Gay Out. After making $3500 in
the summer of 2010 their turnover
has grown to $750,000 this year.
" is is just a big business deal
done with our council stepping on
the throats of small businesses trying
to succeed in Auckland," Mr Holden
said. --- New Zealand Herald
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