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Grey Main School pupils Riley Foster, left, Harrison Calder and Jessica Stenchman with one of the 18 scarecrows that are keeping all
birds at bay in the school's garden. e scarecrows were part of a competition, with the a guest judge to pick the best, and are the latest
addition to the ever expanding garden.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
New garden guard
BLAIR - FOSTER. ---
Rochelle and Keith
William Foster to their
family, born January 30,
2014 weighing 10lb
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Christina May (Elsie).
--- Passed away at
Village, Christchurch on
February 17, 2014.
Dearly loved mother and
m other-in-law of
Dorothy and Dave
Adams. Much loved
Gran to Wayne and
Kate, Andrea and Shane,
Lance and Denise
Harper, Alex and
Corrina, and Richard
Werne. A loved Gran of
her great, great-great,
On February 17, 2014,
peacefully at Woodcote
Christchurch, aged 96
years, loved wife of
the late Donald, loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Jeanette, Dorothy
and Dave Adams, Bruce
and Margaret, Stephen
and Sue, and the
late Alex, loved
grandmother of her
g randchildren, and
children. Special thanks
to Woodcote staff and a
special thanks to Shirley
for all their loving care
of Elsie over the last 10
years. Messages may be
addressed to the family
of the late Elsie
McArthur, C/- PO Box
8545. A Celebration of
Elsie's life will be held
in our Westpark Chapel,
467 Wairakei Road,
on Monday February 24,
at 10am, followed by
interment in the Karoro
L awn Cemetery,
Greymouth, on Tuesday
February 25, at 2pm.
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at home with family on
19, 2014, aged 72 years.
Break, break, break,
On thy cold gray stones,
And I would that my
tongue could utter,
The thoughts that arise
O, well for the fisher-
That he shouts with his
sister at play!
O, well for the sailor
That he sings in his boat
on the bay!
And the stately ships go
To their haven under the
And the sound of a voice
that is still!
Break, break, break
At the foot of thy crags,
But the tender grace of a
day that is dead
Will never come back to
A dearly loved husband
of June and a beloved
stepfather to Yodie,
Shane, Aaron and
Nicola-Zoe, and a much
loved grandfather and
and the family would
like to express their
gratitude to the Rural
Nurses, GPs and many
others at the WCDHB
for their kindness and
expertise in caring for
Ian. Thanks also to Ian's
many friends who
visited, phoned and gave
so much support during
his illness. Messages to
425 Jackson Bay Road,
Haast 7844. In lieu of
flowers, donations to the
West Coast Branch of
the Cancer Society
would be appreciated
and may be made at the
service. A Funeral
Service for Ian will be
held at Our Lady of
Lourdes Church, Okuru,
Haast on Tuesday
February 25, commenc-
ing at 2pm. Interment to
follow at the Okuru
Phone (03) 755 7993.
e promoter of a new highway
linking the Milford road with the
West Coast says he will go to court
if he must to get a section of road
reserve through the Fiordland
National Park reinstated on
But former Westland mayor
Durham Havill says he hopes to
convince the Solicitor-General
the 35km stretch was removed
from the maps because of an
administrative error which can be
simply recti ed.
''We believe the road reser ve was
taken o the maps illegally by
Lands and Survey in 1976, without
following the proper consultative
process with councils or the public.
One year it was on the maps and
the next year it wasn't.
''We are not expecting to seek a
court judicial review, but if we have
to, we will.''
Mr Havill has the backing of
company Blakely Construction,
Australian investor group JCP and
major Chinese company Xinjan
Bintuan Construction to build
98km of highway through the
national park and the Hollyford
Valley, mainly following the line
of a paper road dating back to the
Representatives of Xinjan visited
the Westland end of the proposed
highway last week.
Mr Havill said the road would
boost tourism at both ends and
slash the journey from Haast to
Milford Sound by 335km.
His backers have costed
construction at $220 million,
to be funded by user tolls and
handed back to the Westland and
Southland district councils after 30
Reinstating the paper road was
crucial to the project proceeding,
Mr Havill said.
'' at's our no 1 job. Once we
have that, we can start the resource
Until November, he was
promoting the highway through
Westland District Properties
Ltd (WDP), the property arm of
the Westland District Council.
However, he resigned from WDP
in November and announced he
was setting up a private company
with about six other New
Zealanders, whom he has not yet
New WDP chairman Graeme
Purches said in Invercargill
last week WDP supported the
highway and a private company
being established to take over the
WDP had agreed to hand over
the intellectual property rights
to the work already done on the
In return, the WDP would
receive a ''success fee'' of $1m
from the company successfully
tendering for the construction
project, which would o set
the $277,000 WDP had spent
on the project to date, he said.
--- Otago Daily Times
Hollyford Rd could go to court
Nick Walls knows the slow pace of
recovery better than anyone.
He was trapped in the rubble of
the PGC Building for 10 hours after
the killer February 22 earthquake in
Christchurch three years ago today.
e 33-year-old was eventually
dragged from the crumpled building
and spent many months learning to
Over the last three years, Mr Walls
has regained the strength in his left
foot to such an extent that he is back
to his favourite pastime of skiing.
is summer he has nally been
able to ip- op back into jandals, a
sensation that "makes me feel like a
true Kiwi again".
While he has faced his own
battles, and setbacks, his beloved
Christchurch has been going through
the same process.
Hundreds of inner city buildings
have been torn down, with only a few
going back up.
People are still ghting EQC and
insurers, while rents skyrocket and city
roads are dug up, leaving roadblocks at
But Mr Walls knows it is worth
sticking at in the long-run.
"Yes, it's been slow going, but if we
want a world class city in the future,
then we want to do it right," he said
from his Riccarton o ces of city
chartered accountants Leech and
Partners where he is now an associate.
He was getting ready to leave work
to walk to the nearby temporary
AMI Stadium to watch his beloved
Crusaders play the Chiefs in a Super
Rugby season opener.
"I understand how the time it's
taken must be very frustrating for
landlords, and the delays have seen
some potential tenants moving on,
and they may not come back.
"Out east, people are still battling,
which is unfortunate and a real bugger.
But hopefully they start getting nal
resolutions soon because after three
years they must have not a lot of hair
But Mr Walls said a large majority of
people have moved on, having rebuilt
or moved elsewhere. New areas like
Wigram and Pegasus have ourished.
e latest ASB/Main Report
Regional Economic Scoreboard
released yesterday saw Canterbury
knock Auckland o top spot.
Slow but sure recovery three years after quake
Telecom has revealed its plan to
become the Net ix of New Zealand
by providing movies and tv shows to
subscribers over the internet.
New Zealand's fourth largest
company by market capitalisation
yesterday announced its move to
become a tv provider, which will enable
it to capitalise on the introduction of
ultra-fast broadband throughout New
Subscribers will be able to watch
Telecom's Show Me TV service
on personal computers and tablets
through internet connections.
Users who want to watch the shows
on a tv set will have to connect it to
their computer, but Telecom hopes to
eventually beam the service directly to
smart tvs and smartphones.
Show Me TV will start within
months, positioning Telecom ---
which is changing its name to Spark
--- as a rival to Sky TV, Television
New Zealand and Media Works.
e plan is modelled on United
States-based Net ix, which has
changed the way people around the
world watch tv.
Net ix has 44 million members in 40
But analysts say Telecom's chances of
success in breaking into the internet
television market hinge on whether it
can secure high-quality programmes,
such as HBO's Game of rones
and AMC's Breaking Bad, for which
viewers will be willing to pay.
Net ix has grabbed the limelight in
America this year with the hit show
House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey
and Robin Wright, which starts
tomorrow night on TV3.
Telecom said it would spend
$20 million on the service in its next
nancial year, which begins on July 1,
and roughly $15 million of that would
be spent on buying shows.
--- New Zealand Herald
Telecom to launch
e wife of a man who fell to his death
at a high ropes adventure course believes
regulation of the outdoor adventure
industry may be needed.
Cli ord Paul Brabet, 57, fell almost
14m while taking part in a team-building
day at Tree Adventures in the Woodhill
Forest near Auckland in March last year.
Tree Adventures, the company
responsible for the course, was yesterday
ned $24,500 and ordered to pay Mr
Brabet's family $80,000 reparation.
A wire to which Mr Brabet was
connected became unattached and he
fell to his death just days before the
company was to change its procedures, a
move that would have saved him.
In the Waitakere District Court,
Tree Adventures was sentenced on one
charge of breaching the Health and
Safety in Employment Act by failing to
take all steps to ensure a hazard did not
harm Mr Brabet.
e company had pleaded guilty to the
Mr Brabet's wife Elizabeth Feyter was
also doing the course that day, and saw
what happened to her husband.
She said she would like to see steps put
in place so no other family su ered a
"We are a great outdoor pursuits nation
and we hear about hot air ballooning
and all these other outdoorsy accidents
happening, and I don't know what sorts
of things they've got in place," Ms Feyter
"I'd like some sort of regulation if that's
what it takes.
something good happens out of it,
something positive," she said.
"It can't happen again. I don't
understand why it hasn't happened
before because they weren't using the
equipment as per the manufacturer's
"Does a normal man in the street know
that when they go into the park?"
e company's lawyer, Peter Hunt,
said Tree Adventures regretted what
happened and had since taken a
"responsible approach" and invested in
safer systems. It closed the park for a
month after Mr Brabet's death and co-
operated with investigators.
However, the business was now
"It's trading in a de cit and it's really
just getting by."
e judge said that was understandable
following what happened, but it had now
reached the "gold standard" in safety.
Mr Brabet grew up in Auckland and
worked as a computer and IT network
administrator. His death came two days
before his 58th birthday. --- APNZ
Tree Adventures fined after death
e Green Party will seek public
donations to pay for a legal defence
if Conser vatives' leader Colin Craig
proceeds with a costly defamation
case against its co-leader Russel
e party had a leader's budget
of $1.3 million but did not think
it had enough spare during an
election year to cover the costs of
Dr Norman said if the defamation
case went ahead, he would seek
contributions from "other tolerant
and inclusive New Zealanders" to
pay his legal fees.
Mr Craig said yesterday he had
asked his lawyers to draft a claim
in relation to the Green MP's
comments at the Big Gay Out
festival two weeks ago. Dr Norman
was standing by his description of
Mr Craig as someone who "thinks
a woman's place is in the kitchen
and a gay man's place is in the
Mr Craig, a millionaire property
manager, was also considering
whether to take legal action against
separate comments made by Dr
Norman on TVNZ Breakfast on
He would seek a declaration
under the Defamation Act that the
statements were false and o ensive,
but only if the legal bills were not
too great and a case would not
disrupt the Conservative's election
Defamation experts said Mr Craig
was unlikely to win because of the
higher threshold for defaming a
politician or aspiring politician.
--- New Zealand Herald
Donations to fund Greens-
Conservatives defamation case
Winston Peters is standing by his
claims the world famous Huka Lodge
luxury resort has been sold to Chinese
buyers, despite a chorus of denials.
e New Zealand First leader made
the assertion during his state of the
nation address in Auckland yesterday,
and suggested Prime Minister John
Key had a hand in smoothing the
process over with the Overseas
Investment O ce (OIO).
e claims have been denied by Huka
Lodge management, the OIO and Mr
Key, who all released statements saying
no such sale had gone ahead.
But Mr Peters remained adamant
tonight that an agreement had been
made to transfer the luxury lodge
near Taupo --- which boasts a list of
famous guests over the years including
Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Dick
Cheney, Sir Edmund Hillary and
Queen Elizabeth II --- into Chinese
"If you're asking me, 'am I standing
by my statements?', yes I am," he said.
e OIO would not yet know
of any sale, and neither would the
management of Huka Lodge, Mr
"As to the OIO's knowledge of when
a contract is signed and what its details
are, it would be zero, so why they're
opening their mouths is beyond me."
Mr Peters said only the owner of the
lodge --- Dutch-born businessman
Alexander van Heeren --- knew of
the sale, and its manager and director
would not yet be aware of it.
Asked why it would matter if the
lodge was Chinese-owned, instead of
Dutch-owned, he rst said Mr van
Heeren had "been in New Zealand
for decades", before saying: "It
wouldn't matter if it was being sold
to Luxembourg, the United States or
anywhere else. e point is, it's just an
example of what's going on --- the
transfer of valuable assets into foreign
--- New Zealand Herald
Peters stands by
Huka Lodge claims
A man used chewing gum to block
poker machine cash slots before
returning to pinch other people's
Paramasiven Moodley, 51, went to
Auckland's Sky City casino on July 9.
According to police, Moodley placed
a "chewing gum type substance" over
the coin exit hole of a machine to stop
any winnings falling into the collection
tray. He then walked away and waited
for the next user to play and leave the
machine before returning, pulling the
chewing gum away and collecting the
coins that had been blocked behind it.
e coins were the winnings of the
person who had used the machine, not
knowing it had been tampered with.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of
cheating in a casino on Monday.
--- New Zealand Herald
Man uses casino 'gum' scam
South Canterbury re ghters
did not get much sleep last
night with six rural res around
Ashburton, four of which may be
linked and are being treated as
communications centre shift
manager Andrew Norris said
the rst of the suspicious res
occurred on Boundary Road in
Willowby, south of Ashburton,
at 4.18am where a large stack of
hay bales, some 30m long, and a
100m hedge were ablaze.
"When we're talking about
a hedge down there we're not
talking your garden hedge, we're
talking big macrocarpa trees and
things like that."
Fire crews were still in
attendance at 7.30am.
At 4.35am, re ghters were
called to nearby Fords Road
where a single tree was on re.
" at one wasn't too bad," Mr
At 4.40am another hay bales re
was reported on Stranges Road,
on the other side of Ashburton.
at was also dealt with quickly.
About an hour later on Tinwald
Wester eld May eld Road,
north-west of Ashburton, there
was a large barn re.
Crews were still in attendance
and arranging for a digger to
arrive so it could pull the hay
bales out so the ames could be
more easily extinguished.
"It's a fair distance between
some of the res so whether it's
one person or several people we
don't know. But they could have
been burning 15 minutes before
they were actually seen," Mr
"Or who knows, it could have
just been a freak of nature and
they were individual res."
Fires burn all around Ashburton
e family of a man cleared
of all charges in connection to
the death of his two-year-old
stepdaughter say they "always
knew he was innocent".
Michael Joseph Martin, 25,
was yesterday found not guilty
of murdering Leilani Mary-Jane
Lotonu'u after an eight day trial
at the High Court in Auckland.
He was also cleared of
manslaughter, and ill treatment
or neglect of a child for failing
to provide Leilani with medical
assistance, after she was struck
in the stomach with a blow so
severe it ruptured an internal
organ, causing a fatal infection.
e toddler died less than 24
hours later, in June 2012.
Mr Martin walked free from
court after almost two years in
custody, following a majority
verdict in which the jury found
11-to-one in favour of clearing
him of all charges.
He was met with tears and hugs
from his family, who had packed
into courtroom six to hear the
decision. Tears were also owing
on the other side of the public
gallery as Leilani's mother Amy
Lorigan and her family listened
in silence to the verdict.
A distraught Ms Lorigan left
the High Court in tears, saying
she was too upset to speak to the
media. However, a relative who
did not want to be named, said:
"We know the truth and that's
Outside court, Mr Martin's
uncle Tupou Pihema spoke on
his behalf, saying the family
were "relieved" by the not guilty
"We always knew Mike was
innocent," he said, adding the
family were "so happy to have
"It is a sad tragedy what
happened to Leilani, it's very
unfortunate and we hope that
someday maybe it can be revisited
and nd something there."
e Crown had alleged Mr
Martin struck Leilani when
Ms Lorigan was out shopping
between about noon and 1pm
on June 9, 2012. It was said his
conduct in a police inter view was
contrived and lacking emotion.
However, the defence pointed
the nger at Ms Lorigan as the
person who must be responsible
for the fatal injuries to her
child, with Mr Martin's ex-
partner saying she had seen the
mother physically discipline
Leilani on other occasions.
Stepfather cleared of toddler's death
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