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A dog remained by her dead
master's side for two weeks after
the reclusive man died at his
rural Eketahuna home.
Mike Blundell, 67, died of
natural causes around the end
of December but his body was
discovered only after a local
postie noticed his dog, Princess,
had stopped coming out of the
house to bark at her.
"One of the rural mail people
noticed the dog acting strangely,
usually it would come to the gate
and bark at her but it didn't,"
SPCA Wairarapa animal welfare
o cer Lesley Gibson said.
e postie's partner went in to
check on Mr Blundell and found
him dead on his bed, she said.
'It's very sad, the man was quite
reclusive so no one realised."
e postie, Doreen Gaskin, said
she sensed something was wrong
because Princess was acting "just
a bit di erent" and the mail was
"We really need to look out for
our older people that live on their
Mark Chapple, one of Mr
Blundell's few close friends, said
the former security guard and
wrestler was a bit of a recluse
and did not like getting close to
"He did have a son but the last
time he saw him was about 40
Mr Chapple said Princess, a fox
terrier-Jack Russell, stayed beside
her dead master until police went
to the house. When they arrived
she hid under the house.
"She wasn't used to any other
humans," Mr Chapple said.
Mrs Gibson said it took a
while to catch Princess, who was
terri ed but other wise healthy.
"She actually had plenty of
water, and we think she ate
Mr Chapple was not sure how
his friend died but knew he was
plagued by heart troubles.
He would often end up in
hospital but refused to stay there,
"One time he had a heart attack
and drove himself to Masterton
and had another one there and
then discharged himself."
Mr Blundell's neighbour Janine
Palmer said he lived a solitary life
and had some funny ways.
"He liked putting up fences."
She said he kept to himself but
did go out.
"He'd come into the Four
Square where I used to work
for his Lotto and to get his
He would give her surplus eggs
from his hens too, she said.
"He was a good guy."
Mr Chapple said he gave
Princess to the SPCA because he
was unable to take her.
She had adjusted to life without
her owner and had found a new
home, SPCA Wairarapa centre
manager Lloyd Warren said.
As there was no next of kin,
it was an unusual situation, Mr
"It was very sad for the dog."
He said that for the rst two
weeks at the centre volunteers
had to sit with her.
"She was absolutely terri ed, I
was really concerned."
Mrs Gibson said Princess had
come out of her shell and was
wagging her tail now.
Mr Blundell was born in
Wellington but had lived in
Eketahuna since 1999.
Mr Chapple said a service
would be held in the next
two weeks and Mr Blundell's
ashes would be scattered on his
Dog stays by dead owner
Greens cool on
Boy, 13, referred
to youth aid
A 13-year-old Ranfurly boy has been
referred to youth aid for allegedly starting
the re that signi cantly damaged one of
the town's historic buildings.
e Centennial Milk Bar, described
as the town's most signi cant Art Deco
building, was set alight on the evening of
January 22 but was saved by the town's
volunteer re brigade.
e Central Otago District Council-
owned building housed the Catholic
Women's League-run op-shop, two
beauty businesses and Rural Art Deco
Maniototo Inc's gallery.
While the gallery was una ected, the
beauty businesses and the op-shop had
to move to temporary premises.
Senior constable Gordy Pay said the
boy was also dealt with for lighting an
e teenager and another 13-year old
boy were also dealt with for the burglary,
the day before the re, of a Ranfurly
house in which a Playstation and some
games were taken, he said. e second
boy was also referred to youth aid.
Mr Pay said witnesses saw four boys in
the area at the time of the re. All four
had been spoken to by police and "we have
determined that one boy was responsible
for the re". --- Otago Daily Times
Internet entrepreneur Kim
Dotcom's extradition could be
decided by Labour or Greens, one
of which says it will not allow him
to be sent to the United States.
e Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) is seeking
Dotcom's extradition to the US
on charges of criminal copyright
But the Justice Minister has the
nal say on an extradition order,
and a new government could be
more likely to block Dotcom's
e extradition hearing is set
for July 31, and may not be resolved before the
Greens co-leader Russel Norman told 3 News
that a Greens government would probably ght
to keep Mr Dotcom in New Zealand.
He said that he did not support the extradition
"I just don't think it's fair. Look at the way
they have been acting illegally against him.
ey illegally raided his mansion, they illegally
obtained evidence, they illegally gave the
evidence to the US Government against the
directions of a judge. at is not a lawful or fair
Labour leader David Cunli e
yesterday rejected any suggestion
that Labour would block an
He said that the court process
so far appeared to show the
Government's actions were awed,
but he respected the separation
between the judicial process and
Prime Minister John Key said
opposition parties were "foolish"
for discussing an inter vention in
"We have an extradition treaty
with the United States. In my
view this is not a political issue.
is is an issue where the United States is
invoking the extradition treaty.
"Mr Dotcom is before the courts, and I
actually think it's very foolish of politicians to
personalise a particular issue."
Asked whether the Government was likely to
comply with the court's decision on Dotcom's
extradition, he said that the Justice Minister
Judith Collins had the nal say and she would
have to be satis ed with the process.
Mrs Collins said it was irresponsible to
comment on the outcome of an extradition
order before it had been referred to the minister
by the court. --- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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