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Pilot and aviation enthusiast Athol Murray, left, with his brother Dave and the nose of a former Royal New Zealand Air Force DC-3, which was
probably flown by their grandfather during World War Two.
When Athol Murray spotted an
old Douglas DC-3 for sale on the
internet, the chances of it being one
of the planes his grandfather flew
during World War Two were too
great to ignore.
So he bought it.
e Royal New Zealand Air
Force plane (registration ZK-APB)
was formerly an air ambulance
in No 41 Squadron, which flew
during the final months of World
" e important thing for me
was, my grandfather ( James
Murray) was the squadron leader
of 41 Squadron, so it s one of his
"He flew DC-3s all over the
world --- America, Japan, up
through the islands."
Before that, he was a bomber pilot
with the Royal Air Force and flew
45 missions over Germany and
"I want to restore it so I can make
it a tribute to him and what he did
as a pilot."
All that remains of the old plane
is the cockpit and nose cone.
But for Mr Murray, that was a
It meant he could drive all the
way to Masterton where it was in
storage, load it on to his trailer and
drive home again with no major
Now, after nearly 70 years, a little
piece of the Murray family history
takes pride of place on the front
lawn of one of the Queenstown
aviation enthusiast s properties in
Mr Murray said the plane played
a significant part in New Zealand s
Following the war, it was renamed
Popotea and used by the National
Airways Corporation (NAC) as a
By the mid-1960s, the plane
was retired from the NAC fleet
and spent the next 20 years as a
"She s been around the block a
few times," Mr Murray said.
It was withdrawn from ser vice in
the early 1980s and the nose of the
plane became a landmark when it
was mounted at the front of the
Aerodrome Tavern in Miramar.
When the tavern closed, it was
put on a scrap heap.
Mr Murray said the Sport and
Vintage Aviation Society in
Masterton heard about it and
preser ved the cockpit, storing it in a
hangar for the past 10 years.
Recently, the society decided it
needed the hangar space and listed
it for sale.
He said the plane got an
"unbelievable" amount of attention
as he crossed Cook Strait on the
ferry and drove south on State
"Every time we stopped for petrol
we had people coming up --- lots of
photos and lots of questions."
Ultimately, Mr Murray said he
would like to restore the cockpit
and use it as a mobile advertising
e cockpit had been stripped
of instruments and seating, and all
that remained were the throttle and
"Restoring it will all come down
to cost. But in the meantime,
it s going to be a lovely garden
ornament on my wee property in
Dipton," he said. e plane cost Mr
Murray about $5000 to purchase.
His grandfather died in 1965.
--- Otago Daily Times
'Garden ornament' in honour of grandfather
An Auckland biotech company
has suspended a human trial of an
experimental Parkinson s disease
treatment following the retraction of
previous animal research.
Living Cell Technologies (LCT)
had been running the trial at Auckland
City Hospital, which involved
injecting specially encapsulated pig-
derived cells (NTCELL) into human
One New Zealand woman had
already been treated before the
company halted the trial after it was
found that data from an original
study was incomplete.
e study, published in the journal
Regenerative Medicine, stated that
implanted cells were effective in
treating animal models of Parkinson s
disease in rats.
" e publication is being
withdrawn following an internal
quality assurance audit which showed
that the source data for the study held
on file at LCT are incomplete and
therefore the efficacy conclusions in
the publication cannot be confirmed,"
LCT said in a statement.
In the light of the retraction
LCT, which is a listed company
on the Australian stock exchange,
announced its early stage human trial
taking place at Auckland hospital
would not be recruiting further
But the company said none of the
pre-clinical studies supporting the
potential safety of NTCELL in
humans had been withdrawn and
the patient already taking part in the
trial would continue treatment as
e patient had not experienced
any adverse effects, the company said.
e company said this was a
"precautionary measure" to "allow
the company to work with the
New Zealand medicines regulator
(Medsafe) and the data safety
monitoring board to fully understand
the impact of the withdrawal of
the rat efficacy data on the Phase I
Professor Gareth Jones, of Otago
University s Bioethics Centre, said the
transplantation of neural grafts into
patients with Parkinson s Disease has
had a long and unsatisfactory history,
even though it was originally based
on well conducted and encouraging
studies in animals.
"In light of this it behoves any new
procedures to be exceedingly careful
and rigorous about the pre-clinical
work undertaken on animal models,"
" is is essential since the
transplantation is into patients with
a debilitating neurological disease,
and who expect to benefit from
these procedures, and are not simply
treated as experimental subjects."
In the case of the LCT study,
he said the procedures were
particularly complex, involving
xenotransplantation (from pigs), and
therefore if the procedures were to be
ethical there had to be no doubt that
the porcine tissue transplants worked
in the first place in animal models.
" e slightest doubt about this
should automatically exclude any
use of the porcine tissue in human
"If additional caution is not exercised
in a case like this one, its ethical
character has to be questioned."
But Dr George Slim, chief executive
of biotech industry group NZ Bio,
said the most important issue this
particular case highlighted is the
complete response of LCT.
"As soon as the issue was raised
in an internal audit the company
has taken a precautionary approach;
suspending the clinical trial, having
the paper retracted and more
importantly taking care of the patient
already enrolled in the trial," Dr Slim
" ey have been prepared to
communicate with investors and the
"I think this professional response
to something that did not in fact raise
safety issues is a lesson to companies
worldwide, not just in New Zealand."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Lianne Dalziel will reflect
on the city s resilience at
the February 22 earthquake
memorial ser vice at noon
in the Botanic Gardens
Her speech on the
garden s Archery Lawn
will honour the 185 people
who lost their lives in the
disaster, and look ahead to
the city s rejuvenation.
"We are aware that many
of our residents are still
managing in very trying
circumstances," she said.
"It s so important to
look with hope and
determination towards the
After her address, the
Mayor will lay a wreath
with the Japanese Vice-
Minister for Foreign
Affairs Norie Mitsuya.
e names of those who perished in
the earthquake will be read out followed
by a one minute s silence at 12.51pm.
Also in attendance will be Earthquake
Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee as
well members of the Diplomatic Corps,
family, and friends of those
who lost loved ones or who
ere will be an area
at the front of the service
available for family
members and seriously
injured survivors to occupy
if they wish.
ere will be no seating
provided. If you need to
sit, please bring your own
chair. Most people will be
standing as is normal in an
Anzac Day Service.
If wet, the service will
ere will be limited
parking available in the
Armagh parking area
(entry off Park Terrace)
and the Riccarton parking
area (entry off Riccarton
Avenue). In addition,
there is parking available
for $3 on the Bob Deans
fields (entry off Riccarton
After the service it will be possible
for people to walk to the Peace Bell
footbridge and let flowers fall into the
Avon as a symbol of letting go and
coming to terms with grief.
--- APNZ- e Star
Human trial of Parkinson s treatment suspended
e man found guilty of murdering
and kidnapping Hamilton woman
Rae Portman is appealing against the
Paraire Friday Te Awa, 33, is ser ving
a life sentence with a minimum non-
parole period of 21 years after a jury
found he killed Ms Portman.
e 32-year-old was four months
pregnant when she was strangled to
death at an industrial site in June 2012.
At Te Awa s sentencing this month,
defence lawyer Peter Kaye told the High
Court at Auckland his client maintained
Yesterday Mr Kaye confirmed to
APNZ an appeal against both conviction
and sentence had been filed to the Court
Previously he said: "At the age of 33 (Te
Awa s) got a 21-year non-parole period.
ere s no consideration until you re 53.
Most people are fairly institutionalised
"He was braced for what was going to
happen but still he s shocked."
A jury also found Dean Michael
Addison, 36, had ordered Ms Portman s
kidnapping to teach her a lesson after
the pair disagreed about the proposed
manufacture of methamphetamine from
pseudoephedrine she supplied him.
He was sentenced to 12 years prison
and must serve at least six years for
kidnapping and drug offending.
Addison s lawyer Mark Ryan said
an appeal against both conviction and
sentence was imminent.
" e appeal will be filed either Monday
or Tuesday next week." Both Mr Ryan
and Mr Kaye said it was too early to
elaborate on the grounds for the appeals.
After Te Awa was sentenced, his
upset mother Georgina Te Awa loudly
proclaimed her son s innocence.
"I m beyond hurt," she said outside
court. "I want justice for Rae but I want
the right p--- brought for ward for it. I
want the truth out."
Te Awa had a long list of criminal
offending and previously served time in
jail for sexual offending against a boy
aged under 12.
Addison had a history of only minor
A third man, Lee Rigby, is ser ving a
three-year, nine-month prison sentence
for his part in the kidnapping. At last
year s trial he gave evidence for the
When they were sentenced, the court
was told of the terrifying end to Ms
Portman s life. She was hog-tied, gagged
and covered with a sheet, squeezed
into the back of a car and driven from
Papakura to Waikato, where she was
killed. --- APNZ
A motorcyclist who was seriously
injured after crashing through a
barbed wire fence told people at the
scene he had been drinking before
the crash, police say.
Emergency ser vices were called
to the scene, near the intersection
of Bowler and Tautiti Roads, near
Morrinsville, about 11.45pm on
Wednesday, district road policing
manager Inspector Freda Grace
" e crash is still under
investigation by the serious crash
unit but initial indications are that
the 48-year-old male rider failed
to negotiate a bend and crashed
through a barbed wire fence.
"We are currently working to
establish, what if any part, alcohol
played in the incident as the injured
rider told people at the scene he had
been drinking before the crash. He
was taken to Waikato Hospital by
ambulance and is currently in the
high dependency unit in a serious
but stable condition."
While it was yet to be confirmed,
it would be disappointing if alcohol
had been a contributing factor in the
crash because that would have made
the incident all the more avoidable,
Ms Grace said.
"Road safety is no accident. It
is achieved by people making the
decision that they won t drink or
drive --- or in this case ride, that they
won t speed and that they will behave
responsibly on our roads." --- APNZ
Injured motorcyclist admitted drinking
New research indicating about one
in three New Zealanders struggle
with family members addicted to
alcohol or drugs fails to show how
bad the problem is, experts say.
e research, released yesterday,
was commissioned by the New
Zealand Drug Foundation as
part of its febfast fundraising
campaign and involved about 500
Many New Zealanders were
reluctant to speak out about issues
around addiction because "it creates
a lot of shame and stigma," the
foundation s executive director Ross
"It could quite feasibly be that the
results are conservative," he said.
Figures showing 15% of
participants had no idea where get
help with addiction problems was
concerning, he said.
"For every person with an alcohol
or drug problem, at least four others
Health Ministry research showed
50,000 people last year wanted help
with addiction problems but did
not get it, Mr Bell said.
Problems with access to help
would have been a major factor for
many of these people.
" is issue of alcohol and drug
addiction is often a hidden one.
Families are dealing with these
problems very quietly because it s
not something you put your hand
up about." "It should simply be
treated like any other health issue,"
Mr Bell said.
Captain Gerry Walker, national
director for the Salvation Army
addiction services, agreed with Mr
Bell --- and said in his experience, it
was not uncommon for up to eight
people to be affected by a loved
one s addiction problem.
For these family members, simply
raising the problem could put them
in a "vulnerable situation," he said.
"Also for agencies like the
Salvation Army, all we can do if it s
someone else that rings us is give
them advice, help and support. It
ultimately requires the person with
the addiction to put their hand up
and acknowledge they need help."
Other results showing men were
twice as likely as women not to
know where to find help for alcohol
and drug problems was also not
surprising, he said.
"We males are not good at going
to the doctor, let alone going to the
doctor and saying --- look I ve got
While the highest number of
participants said they would turn to
their family doctor or local hospital
for help with a family member
struggling with addiction, Mr
Walker said this was out of reach
for many New Zealanders.
" ere is a percentage of the
population that is not registered
with a general practitioner (and)
they can t afford to go to the
Both Mr Bell and Mr Walker
said increasing promotion around
addiction services, and making
this information easily available for
everyone was a key part in tackling
New Zealand s alcohol and drug
problems. --- APNZ
Research fails to reveal
extent of addiction
A Bay of Plenty man has escaped a
criminal conviction in part because it
could stop him travelling overseas with
his partner --- former Magic netball
coach Noelene Taurua.
Edward Goldsmith, 41, appeared in
the Tauranga District Court yesterday
after he was found guilty last month
of two Department of Conservation
charges --- knowingly and without
authority interfering with the natural
features of the Lake Okareka Marginal
Strip conservation area, and erecting a
deck on it without authority.
Goldsmith was discharged without
conviction by Judge Christopher
Harding. However, he will have to pay
$11,030 in reparation to cover the cost
of reinstating land he excavated, aerial
shots used to prosecute and surveying
Goldsmith and Ms Taurua own the
lakeside Black House on the Point lodge,
where the offending occurred.
Goldsmith s lawyer, Peter Wright,
cited the impact that a conviction would
have on Goldsmith s role on several
community trusts and his ability to travel
overseas should Taurua be successful in
her applications for overseas coaching
"A conviction may inhibit Mr
Goldsmith s ability to travel to Fiji or
South Africa with his partner, where
she hopes to work in a coaching role,"
" e consequences are more than what
is being dealt with here."
Judge Harding said the high-profile
case had raised public awareness of how
they should deal with marginal strips
and what changes they could make to
public land without consent.
It had also had a big effect on
Goldsmith s family, who were
considering moving from the property.
Judge Harding said in some ways
Goldsmith had made improvements to
the site, albeit without permission.
" is was not a pristine, natural
environment with a historical site, for
example, but that is not to say we should
not ingrain to the public that such
changes will go unnoticed," he said.
" e gravity of offending is largely
at the lower end of the scale and I am
satisfied that a conviction would impede
on Mr Goldsmith s future travel with his
partner and his ability to serve on one
trust where he has served for a number
of years, so I will discharge without
conviction but consider costs."
Earlier claims that the DOC was
picking on Goldsmith or making an
example of him because of his partner s
status were refuted by DOC prosecutor
"It has been hurtful to the prosecution
to say this case is a test case," he said.
"DOC is the fifth busiest prosecuting
agency in New Zealand, we have over
100 cases per year and we are concerned
about integrity and the quality of our
cases. ere has been no suggestion of
singling out. is case was in response to
a public complaint."
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Reparation order after
man avoids conviction
in DOC case
Conviction would impede travel
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