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Becky Gane has good reason to
dread the third anniversary of the
deadly Christchurch earthquake that
turned her world upside down.
e Northwood mother of two has
She lost her partner of 10 years,
Adam Fisher, on February 22, 2011,
but gave birth 10 days later to their
second son, Ashton.
A nancial adviser for the
Perpetual Trust, Mr Fisher had
attended the birth of the couple's
rst child, Jack, now six, and was
looking forward to supporting Ms
Gane in the delivery room once
But as Ms Gane went into labour,
her partner's body was waiting to
be formally identi ed among 18
people who were killed when the
Pyne Gould Corporation building
"I think Adam had been recovered
from the rubble, but hadn't been
identi ed," Ms Gane said. "We had
no idea what had happened to him.
"I had mum and dad with me, but
it was pretty tough."
She had suspected the worst, but
clung to the hope her soul mate
might have miraculously sur vived
right up until the day Ashton was
ree days later, Ms Gane was
o cially informed of Mr Fisher's
Now three years on, she is focusing
on the positive, making sure Ashton's
birthday on March 4 is a happy
event for a typically boisterous little
boy who is starting to ask questions
about his dad.
"He's full of energy. He's a very
full-on active little boy, but he's very
caring as well, typical of Adam," she
said. "Adam's parents say he's a lot
like Adam when he was a boy. He
has the same sort of personality and
e approaching quake anniversary
brings painful memories, but Ms
Gane can also recall the many
wonderful times she shared with Mr
She said he idolised Jack and was
"euphoric" about the impending
birth of his second son.
"He knew we were having
another boy and we chose his name
together," she said.
"Ashton's birthday is just
around the corner straight after
the (earthquake) anniversary so
it's tough trying to be happy for
Ms Gane said Jack also has "a lot
of questions ... just why and how and
that it's not fair".
"He's at an age now where he's
aware that other children have dads
and he doesn't."
Jack has a "memory book" of
photographs of happy family
occasions he shared with his father.
"We made a special book quite
early on, just so he can carry it
around, keep it in his room and do
what he wants with it," Ms Gane
memories are attached to the photos
"He knows he had a dad who did
all these things with him and it helps
for us to have all the photos."
Ms Gane said she has enjoyed
tremendous family support over the
last three harrowing years.
"I have a big family and there's
Adam's family as well.
"My sister and her partner, Brian,
lived with us from straight after the
earthquake until October that year.
So they were there every day to help
and so was mum. I've got four sisters
and they all helped.
"Adam's mum lives in Wellington,
but she comes down quite a bit and
Adam's dad's in Rangiora.
"We're coping as best we can," she
"Life is very di erent to what
I'd ever imagined it would be. You
expect to grow old with someone
you love and both to be there for the
e couple had been together 10
years after rst meeting when they
worked at the Bishopdale New
"We bumped into each other a
couple of years later and started
seeing each other then," she said.
Recalling the day of the
earthquake, Ms Gane said she had
just left Chipmunks Playland with
Jack when the violent shaking began.
"I rang Adam from the car waiting
at the lights.
"I rang him straight away because
I knew he'd be worried about us. I
rang him to let him know we were
both okay, but I couldn't get through.
"I just kept trying and trying ..."
Ms Gane was unsure about
attending any memorial events, but
will probably mark the anniversary
quietly in her own way.
"It's sad to think that Adam hasn't
been around for three years --- half
of Jack's life and all of Ashton's. It
will be a tough day."
--- APNZ e Star
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
e destroyed Christchurch Catholic Catheral after the February 22, 2011, earthquake.
Shot hunter on mend
e young German man
seriously wounded in a shooting
accident on a farm near Gisborne
on Christmas Eve has recovered
and is now out of hospital.
Jonas Winkel was discharged
from Auckland City Hospital
e police inquiry into the
shooting continues and Mr
Winkel was inter viewed by
detectives last week in Auckland.
e 23-year-old was hunting
goats with two companions when
he was shot in the chest at close
range with a .30-30-calibre ri e.
He was own to Auckland
Hospital on Christmas Day and
had a series of operations on the
internal injuries the bullet caused.
Mr Winkel worked for the
last four months of 2013 as a
volunteer at Waiohika Estate,
helping with preparations for the
Feast wine and food festival and
the Rhythm and Vines music
Police have reconstructed
what the group were doing and
what led up to the rearm being
e accident occurred as the
three hunters walked together
across a paddock.
"It was fairly at terrain,"
detective senior sergeant Craig
Mr Winkel's companions were
interviewed the day after the
"We will be assessing the
information gathered as part of
"No decisions have been made
yet on whether or not any charges
will be laid."
Mr Winkel is now living in
another part of New Zealand
and his family has returned to
Germany. His parents arrived
to be with their son in the days
following the accident.
--- APNZ-Gisborne Herald
Tourism review caution
Tourism operators are being
warned against buying fake
reviews to improve their on-line
A number of tourism businesses
this week received an e-mail
of unknown origin o ering as
many as 20 false reviews on the
Tripadvisor website for $297.
Tourism Industry Association
New Zealand chief executive
Martin Snedden strongly advised
operators against purchasing fake
e association had reported
the e-mail to Netsafe and
Tripadvisor and the latter said it
would investigate, Mr Snedden
"Tripadvisor is an important
source of information for
travellers in New Zealand and
it's vital that users are able to
trust its reviews. We encourage
TIA members to provide such
excellent service and experiences
that visitors will want to post
great reviews about them."
Travellers should also be aware
that Tripadvisor reviews were
open to abuse.
"We suggest they should check
a range of reviews and websites,
as well as seeking advice from the
likes of i-Site visitor information
centres," Mr Snedden said.
Toyota Prius recall
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Rescued rafters Nicole Hamilton, back left, Danny Coward, Andrew Coombes, Nick
Paterson, Callum Chin, Jordon Boorer, Kellie Walton, Regan Aitkenhead, and Chris Gray,
all of Dunedin, with rescue volunteers Dermot Mayock, front, left, with dog Fin, Emma
Milburn, with dog Dart (obscured), Nick Sleeman (whose dog Gus was absent), senior
sergeant Brian Benn, and Barry Dougherty, with dog Yip.
Rescued rafters give $1200
A group of grateful rafters have thanked
Dunedin search and rescue volunteers
for rescuing three of their number after a
rafting trip down Lee Stream went awry last
e group, aged between 19 and 23, all of
Dunedin, gave about $1200, as well as dog
biscuits and treats, to Dunedin land and
marine search and rescue on Monday.
Search and rescue co-ordinator senior
sergeant Brian Benn led a short debrie ng of
the rescue, in which he suggested the group
should not have split in three.
Groups in trouble should always stick
together. Six members of the group had
eir main mistake was a lack of planning
and thinking ahead.
However, the debrie ng was good-natured
and jovial, Mr Benn encouraging the rafters
to sign up as search and rescue volunteers.
e donation was welcome, as funding had
become harder to secure from community
sources, he said.
e rafter who raised the alarm at 6pm on
ursday, Jordon Boorer, agreed to take part
in a marine rescue operation on Monday
night after the debrie ng, in which he was
plucked to safety from the sea by the Otago
regional rescue helicopter.
After the debrie ng, Mr Benn said he was
"blown away" by the group's generous gesture.
He joked that it was only fair Mr Boorer had
the chance to be rescued, since he had helped
save his friends.
e group had intended to oat down Lee
Stream and into the Taieri River, but struck
problems with the otation devices, which
included lilos and an in atable chair.
e marine rescue operation in which Mr
Boorer was a volunteer started at St Clair
Beach shortly after the debrie ng.
--- Otago Daily Times
Toyota has announced a
global recall of 1.9 million of
its signature Prius hybrid cars,
including 1000 in New Zealand,
dealing a blow to a brand
favoured by the eco-conscious
including Hollywood celebrities.
e company said it decided on
the recall --- its biggest for the
vehicle --- after the discovery of
problems with software used to
control a power converter that
posed a risk to drivers, Agence
"Because, in the worst case,
the car could stop while driving
we do consider this a potential
safety issue and that's the reason
why we are implementing this
recall," a Tokyo-based company
e recall a ects 1003 Prius
vehicles sold new in New
Zealand, manufactured between
March 2009 and February 2014.
In a statement on its website,
Toyota New Zealand said the
recalls were precautionary.
General manager of customer
ser vices Spencer Morris said
there had been no reported
instances of ECU failure in New
Zealand related to this condition.
"Instances in New Zealand
are extremely unlikely because
New Zealand conditions mean
engines don't generally reach
operating temperatures where
this could be an issue."
No accidents have been
reported as a result of the defect,
the world's biggest car maker
said. --- APNZ-AFP
New Zealand's largest secondary
school lost ve teachers after a
charter school was established
nearby which could o er better
e Labour Party says the
situation shows the Government
has created a playing eld that's
not level between the new schools
and state counterparts, to ensure
the controversial charter or
But Vanguard Military School,
which now employs the former
Rangitoto College sta , said its
challenging new environment
was the main drawcard --- not
more money. Both schools are on
Auckland's North Shore.
Rangitoto principal David Hodge
said ve teachers had chosen to
move to Vanguard at the end of last
ey took up top positions
including the partnership school's
principal, deputy principal, head of
science, head of mathematics and
head of English.
Mr Hodge said some of the
salaries at Vanguard, in Albany,
were about $16,000 more than his
school could o er.
However, he said movement of
sta between schools was normal
and not disappointing. Rangitoto
College employs more than 180
"It's good for (the teachers), isn't
it? If that's what they want, then
that's what they're getting. It's a
bonus for them."
Other charter schools have
employed experienced teachers
working in their area, but none as
many as ve from the one school.
Vanguard chief executive Nick
Hyde said opponents of the
partnership school model had
complained such schools would
be able to employ non-registered
e alternative was to recruit
teachers from existing schools.
Vanguard's principal, Rockley
Montgomery, had been granted
an early release from Rangitoto,
for which Mr Hyde said he was
"Rangitoto is a very big school,
decile 10. I don't think David Hodge
would have found any di culty in
replacing ve sta . ere would be
plenty of people who would want to
work at that school."
Mr Hyde did not know what his
sta were paid during their time at
Rangitoto, but said he believed the
appeal to change was not money.
Vanguard has nine sta .
"You're dealing with a unique
demographic of kids, and there are
a number of sta who wanted to be
involved with the school because
their whole reason for being
involved in teaching was to help
Labour's education spokesman
Chris Hipkins has gone on the
attack over charter schools this
week, vowing to scrap them should
his party return to power.
He said State and State-
integrated schools received average
funding per student of about $7000,
but Vanguard received funding of
$19,664 per student this year.
"Robbing good teachers out of
one school to put them into a
charter school isn't going to raise
the overall standard of education
for all children in New Zealand,"
Mr Hipkins said.
However, Education Minister
Hekia Parata said Labour's
comparison was awed as it
calculated the per student rate
on partnership schools' opening
rolls, not that projected over their
possible 18-year contract.
She said if that had been done
the funding would be comparable
for State schools with similar
characteristics such as size.
Partnership schools' funding
was based partly on their meeting
student achievement outcomes, and
they could be shut down if that did
accountability came with more
exibility about how to spend the
money. "In Vanguard, clearly they
have chosen sta at a particular
level of salary, because they expect
that to deliver achievement."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
offers big pay
Major cannabis bust
A sophisticated cannabis growing network in
Levin supplying the large Auckland market has
been busted by police.
After an eight-month probe into an Auckland
drug dealer, armed police o cers swooped on
a rural property in Levin on Tuesday morning
and found a large indoor growing cannabis
Forty-two plants in various stages of growth
were seized --- 36 were located inside and six
were located growing outside. Seven guns were
also seized, one of which was a loaded shotgun
found in a bedroom.
Police also seized almost $500,000 worth of
assets under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery)
Act 2009 at the rural property, a boat and
trailer, a four-wheel-drive vehicle, and a ride-on
" is operation sends a strong message to
those in the criminal fraternity that crime
does not pay. You can expect to be caught and
where appropriate assets seized for forfeiture
proceedings," Manawatu constable Jim
Dunlop, the Operation Octopus co-ordinator,
"We will take swift action against those who
spread harm through supplying and selling
Police believe the cannabis grown at the
property was being transported to Auckland for
A 47-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman
have been jointly charged with cultivating
cannabis, possession of cannabis for supply,
and selling cannabis. Further charges against
the two are likely. ey will both appear in the
Levin District Court on February 20. --- APNZ
international students to enroll
in New Zealand universities have
been given a $465,000 funding
e Government will fund 12
new growth initiatives in the
international higher education
sector, Tertiary Education, Skills
and Employment Minister Steven
e successful recipients of the
second round of the International
Education Growth Fund (IEGF)
grants include Massey University,
which is developing a new joint
degree programme in China, and a
group of Auckland schools working
together to pilot a recruitment
programme in several South
"New Zealand's future prosperity
depends on our ability to
successfully export our products
and services internationally, and
that includes the delivery of New
Zealand education o shore, as well
as recruiting more students to study
here," Mr Joyce said.
"International education is an
important part of our economy
and we're committed to doubling
the value of the industry to New
Zealand to $5 billion by 2025."
Applications for round three of
the IEGF open in March.
Education providers and business
can apply for matched funding
up to $50,000 but must invest a
minimum of $10,000 themselves.
Move to attract international students
FOOD RECALL NOTICE
Kiwi Ice Cream Company Limited
Kiwi, Mel-O-Rich and Much Moore Brands
A routine audit for Kiwi Ice Cream Company Limited has revealed that a supplied
ingredient used in some of their product was re-packed in an unlicensed food
premises. As a result the company has issued a precautionary recall of the following
Kiwi, Mel-O- Rich and Much Moore brand products.
Best Before: Batch Code:
Kiwi 2L Lite Vanilla low fat ice cream 18/12/2015
Kiwi 5L Chocolate frozen dessert
Kiwi 2L French Vanilla frozen dessert 23/01/2016
Kiwi 2L Neapolitan frozen dessert
Kiwi 2L Camouflage frozen dessert 28/01/2016
Kiwi 2L Chocolate Caramel Cream frozen dessert 28/01/2016
Kiwi 2L Strawberries & Cream ice cream 28/01/2016
Kiwi 2L French Vanilla frozen dessert 29/01/2016
Kiwi 2L Vanilla ice cream
Kiwi 2L French Vanilla frozen dessert 30/01/2016
Kiwi 2L Hokey Pokey ice cream
Kiwi 2L Neapolitan frozen dessert
Kiwi 2L Cappuccino Fudge frozen dessert 3/02/2016
Kiwi 2L Vanilla ice cream
Mel-O-Rich 2L Chocolate frozen dessert 28/01/2016
Mel-O-Rich 2L Lime frozen dessert 28/01/2016
Mel-O-Rich 2L Strawberry frozen dessert 28/01/2016
Mel-O-Rich 2L Hokey Pokey frozen dessert 3/02/2016
Mel-O-Rich 2L Vanilla frozen dessert 3/02/2016
Much Moore Girly Gum Drops ice cream cake 5/01/2016
Much Moore Captain Cookies & Cream ice cream cake 6/01/2016
Much Moore 2L Strawberry yoghurt
97% fat free ice cream
Much Moore 2L Hokey Pokey ice cream 3/02/2016
As a precautionary measure all products with the corresponding batch
information listed above should be returned to the point of purchase for a
These products are sold in retail outlets throughout New Zealand. Customers
should return the product to their retailer for a full refund or phone 09 441
8210 with any queries.
There have been no reports of illness; however any person concerned about
their health should seek medical advice.
This recall does not affect any other Kiwi, Mel-O- Rich and Much Moore
Kiwi Ice Cream Company Limited regret any inconvenience this product recall
may have caused.
Kiwi Ice Cream Company
232 Archers Rd, Glenfield 0627
Phone: 09 441 8210
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