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Greymouth Scenicland Preschool children and their teachers celebrated Jandal Day yesterday to raise
money for the Kotuku Surf Life Saving Club. Playing on the club's IRB are, clockwise from front, Lucas
Crooks, Nicole Duell, teacher Leon Campbell, Emma Richards, teacher Jasmine Grigg, Olli Durney
and Alexi Har vey. Ms Richards said the children also had their togs and towels at preschool for some fun
watersliding between the ags. ey also had a sausage sizzle, did some jandal painting and had a jandal
PICTURE: Viv Logie
total ban of
A Rotorua security expert wants
synthetic cannabis to be banned outright,
blaming the drug for a spiked increase in
assaults on his sta .
Brett Wilson, whose Watchdog
Security rm attends noise control
complaints and patrols in the CBD
at night, said before psychoactive
substances were around there was only
one assault every two years.
In the past year there have been four
and all have resulted in police arrests.
One involved a group of young women
and he said his sta member had to
"We've had nothing too major in terms
of injuries (to my sta ) but the assaults
were unprovoked," Mr Wilson said.
"One involved three girls and a guy
going nuts and attacking one member of
sta . ey were capable of looking after
themselves but he had to hit one of the
( ese drugs) have potential to cause
harm. e boys were able to deal with
the situation but they were unnecessarily
aggressive. I think synthetic cannabis
makes them more liable to lash out.
We've noticed increases in aggression,
particularly if they're mixing it with
He said police had told him those
who assaulted his sta had been using
psychoactive substances. Mr Wilson
wants council to ban the sale of the drug
in the city.
"In my opinion the law doesn't go far
enough. No positives come out from
the availability of synthetic cannabis.
ere are no natural substances in it
and your brain's not designed to cope
with synthetic chemicals. I don't want it
available in our city."
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick
said one of council's rst priorities
for the year would be to decide on its
local authority policy on the sale of
psychoactive substances. is policy can
determine where in the city shops are
able to sell these drugs.
"We hate this stu and if we have a
policy we're almost condoning it," she
"We're caught between a rock and a
hard place. We want to know what is the
strongest (wording) we can put into our
"One of the biggest feedback we've had
is don't call them legal highs. By saying
legal highs you're saying they're safe for
you and they're anything but."
Acting area commander of Rotorua
police, Inspector Tim Anderson, said
police would support any controls
the council could place on the sale of
synthetic cannabis if it would "reduce
consumption of it".
" e good thing is it's not allowed to be
sold out of your corner dairies anymore.
"We've already prosecuted a store for
supply to an underage customer --- just
like alcohol we run controlled purchase
"We're also noticing people who have
existing mental health conditions using
synthetic cannabis and it's aggravating
their condition." --- APNZ
SKEATS, Gladys May.
--- Allan, Pam, Kelvin,
Hayley and family
would like to thank
everyone who sent cards
and flowers in the recent
passing of a dearly loved
Mum, Nana, and old
Nan. Special thanks for
the love and care given
to Gladys by all the
wonderful staff at
Hospital. Please accept
this as a personal thank
you from us all.
Quali ed FD Since 1973
CLARKE, (nee Dwyer)
Kay, Anne, Jane, Sue,
Tony and their families
would like to sincerely
thank all our extended
family and friends for
their kindness and
support received since
the passing of our much
loved Mum, Kathleen
(Kath). We so appreci-
ated the calls, visits,
cards, flowers, baking
and your messages of
support. Thanks to all
who attended Kath's
funeral, especially those
who travelled from
away. Your support has
helped us during this sad
time. We would also
like to thank Kath's
doctors and the wonder-
ful nursing and support
staff at Anthony Wild-
ing hospitals. Please
accept this as a personal
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OLSEN, Dave. --- One
year ago tomorrow you
There are special people
in our lives who never
Even after they are
--- Love Gail and Steve.
Gladys (Rene). --- On
January 28, 2014, peace-
fully at Christchurch,
aged 94 years. Dearly
loved wife of the late
Don. Dearly loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Neville and
Ian and Sue. Dearly
loved nana, great-nana,
Sincere thanks to St
Allisa's for their care
and support. Messages
to the Campbell family,
C/- PO Box 111-01,
Christchurch 8443. A
private family service
has been held. Academy
F uneral Services.
FDANZ. Phone (03) 343
OLSEN, Dave. ---
August 28, 1941 -
February 2, 2013. One
year has passed.
We lost a father with a
heart of gold,
How much we miss him
can never be told.
He shared our troubles
and helped us along.
If we follow his foot-
We will never go wrong.
Missing you always
--- Love Brent and
Leonie, Kim, Keri and
Ces, and grandchildren
Ryan and Shanae.
Key will keep close eye on student
achievement in charter schools
e sky "will not fall" with the opening
of the rst charter school in New Zealand,
Education Minister Hekia Parata says.
Speaking at the o cial opening of the
rst so-called partnership school --- South
Auckland Middle School, in Manurewa
yesterday --- Ms Parata said giving parents
an extra choice among the schools they could
send their children to would not cause the
world to end.
"Having the opportunity of ve partnership
schools, Chicken Licken, the sky will not
fall," she said.
"Rather, in fact, we will have an outbreak of
e school is the rst of ve new
controversial charter, or partnership, schools
set to open this academic year, and will open
its doors next week.
It will teach years seven to 10, with an
emphasis on project-based learning and
Christian values, Ms Parata said.
In a bright pink dress and green jacket, a
beaming Ms Parata said she was delighted
by the ve charter schools, "as the permanent
smile on my face will indicate".
e school would exceed expectations and
would provide "something new, something
exciting", for children and young people.
e new charter schools would "improve
the life chances of children who have not
been successful in the current system", she
Also at the opening, Prime Minister John
Key said he would send his children to the
Speaking to a packed school hall, lled with
future students and their families, Mr Key
said he had high expectations for its teaching
sta , and promised they would "deliver".
"If I had the chance to send my child to
this school, I would do that in a heartbeat,"
Mr Key said he was convinced the school's
pupils would "do fabulously well", and in the
future "people will look back and say, 'what
was the fuss (around charter schools) all
But in a joking warning to the students
present, he said he would be "keeping a close
eye on you and the results you achieve", and
they would get "special attention from the
e school's expected roll of 90 pupils has
already risen to 110, Mr Key said, with some
years oversubscribed. --- APNZ
Girl's bike collision
happened on driveway
A 10-year-old girl who was critically
injured when she crashed into a car had
been riding her bike up and down a friend's
e collision happened on ursday
afternoon on Morrison Road in Pukekawa,
in northern Waikato, when the primary
school pupil overshot the end of the
driveway and ploughed into the path a car
on the 100kph road.
She was not wearing a helmet at the
time, which a neighbour said was "very
unusual"for the girl.
Sergeant Wayne Paxton, who had just
nished police training, was driving home
on ursday night when he came across the
crash, about 100m from his home.
"As I got there, I saw someone standing
in the middle of the road waving cars down
and there were people running into the
middle of the road.
"It was pretty chaotic. She was still on the
road, it had obviously only just happened.
She was in a pretty bad way," he said.
e o -duty policeman jumped straight
into action and began working on the
10-year-old, taking a cell phone o a woman
at the scene to describe the crash site and
the condition of the girl.
"She was status one, which is basically as
bad as you can be.
"It didn't take me long to gure out how
bad it was. I was just trying to control her. A
lot of her movement was involuntary, I was
trying to keep her still."
He bandaged the worst of the girl's injuries,
he said, while the her mother sat beside her
constantly talking to her.
"She was distraught, but she did a really
" e injuries she was looking at; no mother
or father wants to see."
It took about 10 minutes for the rst
emergency services to arrive, he said.
Volunteer re ghters from nearby Mercer
were rst on the scene, followed by a St John
About 5.45pm, she was airlifted to Starship
Hospital, where last night she remained in a
Mr Paxton said the response from
neighbours at the scene had been a great
team e ort to try and save the local girl, as
well as keeping her mother calm, talking to
the driver of the car and managing tra c.
"If you've ever been in those sorts of
situations, it feels like forever.
"It was nice that everyone did their part
and hopefully, she pulls through. When
people were trying to be calm and help, it all
makes a di erence."
A Herald Cycle Safe series recently
highlighted issues surrounding cycle safety
for cyclists and motorists, and generated
discussion over issues such as reduced speed
limits in residential and shopping areas,
cycle lanes, and other changes to make
Cycling advocacy group, Cycling
Advocates' Network, has been pushing for a
law change to make helmets optional, saying
there is no evidence that making them
compulsory leads to better safety outcomes.
--- New Zealand Herald
sent to jail for
An alcoholic man with what
Judge Kevin Phillips described
as "probably the worst record for
recidivist drink-driving" he had
seen in his eight years as a judge,
has been jailed for 37 months.
Gerald Peter Nelson, 59, had
already been to prison several times
for similar o ending but those
sentences had clearly had little or
no impact, the judge said in the
Dunedin District Court yesterday.
Nelson remained a danger to
the community by continuing to
o end. In the past 12 years he had
been convicted ve times for high
level drink-driving and recidivist
disquali ed driving.
One of the major reasons he was
getting a punitive sentence for
the latest o ences was to protect
the community, the judge told the
On his 18th drink-driving
conviction, involving a 935mg
breath-alcohol reading in Milton
on November 16, Nelson was
sentenced to 19 months' jail An
associated charge of disquali ed
driving --- his 26th such conviction
--- earned him an extra 18 months'
jail time, giving him an e ective
sentence of 37 months.
e legal limit is 400mg of alcohol
per litre of breath.
On each of the charges, he was
also given concurrent two-year
When police stopped him in
Milton, Nelson admitted having
had "a couple of beers".
He was also subject to two
inde nite driving bans which had
been in force since 2004.
Counsel Noel Rayner told the
court Nelson had acknowledged
he was an alcoholic and wanted to
make changes to his life.
Medically, Nelson knew his
health would be threatened if he
continued to drink alcohol, Mr
Judge Phillips described the
defendant's alcoholism as a disease
which had "totally blighted" his
life. He acknowledged Nelson
understood he would die of
alcohol poisoning if he continued
to drink. He was being sent to jail
as a deterrent and to denounce
his behaviour but mainly because
he remained "a huge risk" to the
community if he continued to drive.
Since 1972, he had been to jail
20 times and the sentences had not
had any impact on his continued
And while counsel had said
Nelson was remorseful, Judge
Phillips said he did not accept that.
"If you were, you wouldn't
continue to o end," he told the
Alcoholism has "totally blighted" defendant's life
Holloway su ered a
devastating blow in last
e quake not only
shook his Bideford
home, damaging it, it also
damaged his collection
of camera equipment
including projectors and
video cameras, some of
which are more than 60
Mr Holloway, 84, has
been in the lm-making
industry since he was
about 16 and has captured
some of the region's most
moments, including the
opening of the Masterton
Police Station and the
closure of the Featherston
workshop, where he has
spent much time over the
years editing footage, and
a 12-seater home cinema
were badly damaged, with
equipment strewn across
"My poor little cinema. I
walked in there after the
earthquake and walked
out and closed the door.
It was the worst quake
he'd ever felt. "It was just
mayhem, really violent."
Film veteran hit hard by quake jolt
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