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A Greymouth toddler with 'super powers'
will appear in a new book and a television
current a airs show.
Children with a range of chromosomal
and genetic conditions are referred to as
having super powers. e idea came from
a Timaru couple, who began referring to
their daughter's condition as her super
powers. It was a way to acknowledge she
was di erent, and would experience life
di erently from many other children. It
also focused on the qualities that made her
A book showing the children is being
made, with photographs by award winning
New Zealand photographer Rachel
Callander, who is also mother to a super
Greymouth 20-month-old Ruben Stewart
was diagnosed 10 days after he was born.
He is the only one in New Zealand with
the same diagnosis.
He is the 75th, and nal, child to be
photographed for the book project.
Ruben's mum, Katrina, was told they
did not know if he would walk or talk,
but Ruben crawls and stands, and after an
operation on his foot he should walk. He
also babbles away.
And his super powers?
"He's extremely chilled, and quietly
determined. He just keeps working (away)."
Another teen in Australia with the same
diagnosis is in a mainstream school, which
has also encouraged the Stewart family.
Being involved in the book has
encouraged Mrs Stewart to start telling
more people about Ruben. He is the only
one on the West Coast, and the condition is
generally under most people's radar.
e book and tv show are due out in June,
and all the while Ruben progresses.
"He's a chilled out, amazing little man."
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Katrina Stewart and her son Ruben are lmed in their Greymouth home by TVNZ cameraman Ken Dorman for an episode of
current a airs show Sunday.
Greymouth tot's tv appearance
A Greymouth man ended up in court after a
speed camera photographed him 'plain as day'
with a reading of 67kph in a 50kph zone ---
but it turned out the camera was measuring
the speed of a car in the next lane.
Liam Fay's case was dismissed in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday after
police prosecutor Steven Greer con rmed
the speeding vehicle in the photograph was
actually the one driving past Mr Fay in the
Confusion was caused by the o ending
vehicle being almost entirely obscured by
Mr Fay's in the photograph, and the police
misreading the "incoming" and "outgoing"
measurements from the camera.
A Westport man who yelled abuse at his
partner as she held their three-month-
old child in e Warehouse car park in
Greymouth, pleaded guilty yesterday to
disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence.
David Bain, 26, insisted he was getting
his anger issues under control. He attracted
attention from bystanders when he got into an
argument with his partner at e Warehouse
on September 7.
When she got out of the car with their
child, he drove after her and blocked the exit
to Mawhera Quay while shouting abusive
language at her.
Witnesses said the woman was upset and
crying as she and the child got back in the car.
e police were called and they pulled Bain
over in Reefton.
Lawyer George Linder told the court the
argument was "over as quickly as it started"
and Bain's partner remained supportive of
Bain had done many things to address issues
in their relationship since 2012, including
anger management and counselling.
Judge Stephen O'Driscoll convicted Bain
but suspended his sentence unless called upon
in the next nine months.
"It seems to me that you are making progress
and I want to encourage you to continue with
that progress." ººº
Feilding man Carl John Harrison was ned
$600 for speeding after driving 145kph in a
100kph zone. He had initially refused pay a
$510 ne and asked for a defended hearing,
but later changed his mind.
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Speed camera got wrong car
Shirley Logan and
Sydney Ivan. --- The
family would like to
invite you to the inter-
ment of Shirley and
Ivan's ashes which will
be held at the Memorial
Park Cemetery, Glad-
stone on Sunday March
16 at 11am. Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
Phone (03) 768 0250
Quali ed FD Since 1973
Marie. --- Our family
would like to thank
everyone for the support
and kindness shown to
us over the years and at
the time of Mum's
passing. Thank you to
who gave her own time
to provide care for
Stewart for the kindness
and friendship shown to
Mum, the Greymouth
District Nurses and staff
at the Greymouth
Medical Centre for their
care over the years. We
are very grateful for the
visits, chocolate and
both the Rosary and
Mass celebrated by
Father Peter. To Janette
and David at Westland
Funeral Services thank
you for the professional,
caring way in which you
looked after Mum and
supported us. To
Michael Curragh thank
you for the lovely sing-
ing at the Mass. To Peter
Low and Lynnette
Beirne thank you for
hosting us all after
Mum's funeral. Thank
you to Brenda and the
staff at Kahurangi for
the support you
provided to Dad. To the
many people who con-
tacted us, sent cards,
provided baking and
were there for us in so
many ways - thank you.
Mum will always have a
special place in our
hearts. Bernie, Pamela,
Philippa, Annie, Leonie,
Monica, Barry, Michael,
Lyndon, Graeme and
My life, my funeral
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--- 10 year
remembrance. March 8,
We thought of you
today, but that is
We thought of you
yesterday, and will
We think of you in
silence, and make no
For what it meant to
lose you, only those who
love you know.
Remembering you is
easy, we do it every day.
It's the heartache of
losing you, that will
never go away.
--- All our love Marie,
Aubyn and Cade.
--- March 8, 2006.
--- Your loving family.
OQUIST, Beth (Sarah
away peacefully at
Kowhai Manor Grey-
mouth, March 7, 2014,
in her 87th year. Loved
wife of the late Henry,
dearly loved mother and
mother in law of Anne-
Marie and Les Neilson,
Lisa Oquist and Glenda,
beloved grandma of
Linda, Kirk, Gilda,
Leah, Dane, Kate,
Daniel, Andy, Daniel,
S arah, Elizabeth,
Sophie, Elva and Jake,
special GG of Grace,
Bronah, Riley, and
Harlem. Messages to 4
Felix Campbell Street,
Greymouth 7805. A
funeral Service for Beth
will be held in the
W illiam Sampson
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth on Tuesday at
2pm followed by crema-
tion at the Westland
Funeral Services Ltd,
Phone (03) 768 0250
Thomas. --- On March
5, 2014, at Mt Hutt
(result of a tragic
accident). Dearly loved
husband of Margaret.
Loved father and friend
of Paul (Christchurch),
Jolene and Geoff, Jamie
and Laura, Laurie and
Paul, Brody, and Jesse
(all Ashburton). Dearly
loved Grandad of Nico,
and Vinnie Thompson;
and Indi, and Jax
Morrison. Loved son of
the late Patricia and
Doug Whitcombe, and
son-in-law of the late
Marie and Bill Manera.
Loved brother and
friend of Ken and Carol
(Nelson), and Lynette
and Guy Miller
(Nelson), and loved
AnneMarie and Barry
and Pauline and Derek
Loved uncle of all his
nieces and nephews, and
his late nephew Stacey,
and a good mate of
'Neo'. Aged 55 years.
Messages to 495 West
Street, Ashburton 7700.
A service for Barry will
be held at Church of the
Holy Name, Sealy
Street, Ashburton on
Monday March 10,
commencing at 11am.
away peacefully on
February 28, 2014, at
R ichard Seddon
Respected Member of
the Lodge St Augustine
No 99. Long serving
member of Rotary in
both Waimate and Grey-
mouth. Loved husband
of Daphne, loved father
and father-in-law of
Ross (USA), and
(deceased) and Janet
granddad of Rachel,
John, and Natalie, and a
loved brother, brother-
in-law, uncle, cousin,
and friend. As per
Graeme's wishes a
family graveside service
has been held. Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
National Party West Coast-
Tasman candidate Maureen Pugh
has welcomed the news Ngai Tahu
Forestry is buying the cutting rights
to former Timberlands West Coast
She said Ngai Tahu had run top
class businesses on the Coast and she
was con dent the new addition to
its existing suite of operations would
further cement job creation in the
Since 1990, government policy
has been for the Crown to exit from
commercial forestry activity, but on
commercial terms. Sale of plantations
to the iwi owner of the underlying
land was consistent with this policy.
Further, in the case of the West Coast
forests, Ngai Tahu had a rst right of
refusal over the forests as part of their
Treaty of Waitangi Settlement.
Crown Forestry currently supplies
logs to all four sawmills on the West
Coast, however they only have written
log supply agreements with three of
them. e rest were sold under a casual
arrangement. she said.
Over the rst seven months of the
2013-14 year more than 44% of the
har vested volume of a little under
120,000 cubic metres of logs was
supplied to the four West Coast mills
and there was the potential for supply
to increase to some of these mills.
" is move is good for the West
"It brings in a quality, professional
owner that will grow the business
providing improved employment
and investment opportunities in the
Pugh welcomes Ngai
Tahu forestry move
Local authorities have been
given the green light to uoridate
drinking water, in a judgment
released yesterday by a High Court
Anti- uoride group, New
Health New Zealand Inc, had
sought a judicial review of the
South Taranaki District Council's
December 2012 decision to add
uoride to Patea and Waverley's
It alleged the council had no legal
power to do so, and the decision
breached the right to refuse
But in a decision released
yesterday, Justice Rodney Hansen
rejected the group's claims.
He concluded that water
uoridation is not a medical
treatment, and does not di er
fundamentally from other public
health inter ventions aimed at
a wider population, such as
chlorination of water or the
addition of iodine to salt.
Lawyer Duncan Laing, who
acted for South Taranaki District
Council, says it could set a
precedent for other local authorities
considering uoridation, or
considering to stop uoridation.
"It will certainly be persuasive if
there is another High Court case,"
Mr Laing said.
"( e case) raised and clari ed
a number of issues, including the
council's power to uoridate water.
" ere has been really very little
case authority on some of these
issues, in terms of the Bill of Rights
Act, so it's quite an important case
in terms of what councils can do,
whether they've got the power to
do it, and what the implications to
the Bill of Rights are too.
"It's a very clear decision and
will be interesting to see how it's
e issue of uoridation of
council water supplies has been a
hotly-debated topic across New
Zealand in recent years.
Hamilton City Council decided
to stop adding uoride to the civic
water supply on June 21 last year.
e council made a poor decision
when it removed the health bene t
of water uoridation, the New
Zealand Dental Association said.
Dr Jonathan Broadbent, Public
Health Dentistry Specialist at the
University of Otago, welcomed
the High Court decision to reject
opposition to councils to uoridate
" is decision rea rms the legal
basis of the scienti cally sound
practice of community water
uoridation," he said.
" e people of New Zealand
have the right to bene t from this
e ective public health practice.
Community water uoridation
bene ts everyone, especially
those New Zealanders who are
Nearly 70 per cent of Hamilton
voters voted for uoride in last
year's Hamilton City Council
referendum, the Waikato District
Health Board said in a statement
DHB chief executive Craig
Climo said there were now no
excuses, and Hamilton City
Council should put uoride back
in the city's water supply. --- APNZ
High court 'yes' to fluoride
of the Westport News
Sixty-six cannabis plants were
found by police at a Hector
property, north of Westport,
Constable Greg Sherie said the
mature plants were each about
1.6m tall and ready for harvest.
It seemed they were being
grown for more than just personal
It was the biggest cannabis
haul he had seen from a private
Usually when police uncovered
cannabis plants at a property
there would be ve to 10 plants,
Mr Sherie said.
A fully grown cannabis plant
had a value of about $1000, so
the nd was worth upwards of
Police were speaking to the
occupant of the property who
had had been assisting them with
the search and was to be formally
interviewed this afternoon.
A small amount of dried
cannabis was also found at the
house, as well as a couple of pipes
e nd was the result of
information from the public, who
gave police an anonymous tip-o ,
At least 2000 cannabis plants
were uprooted on the West Coast
last week during the annual
Police said the Buller area had
contributed "substantially" to that
66 cannabis plants at Buller house
Auckland University is in danger
of slipping from a "storehouse of
knowledge to a foreign warehouse"
because it is increasingly catering
for international students from Asia
at the potential expense of New
Zealanders, Labour MP Shane Jones
Mr Jones said the focus on increasing
fee-paying students from China,
India and other Asian counties was
turning universities "into institutions
designed to educate international
populations rather than ourselves".
Mr Jones, a graduate of Harvard
in the United States, initially made
the comments at a political debate
at Auckland University on ursday
night. One of those at the debate
contacted the Weekend Herald to say
there were calls of "racist" after his
Mr Jones said he had not heard the
"racist" comment but somebody told
him that it was called out.
"If someone did say that, that would
bother me not one iota. I believe a
university should be a storehouse of
knowledge, not a foreign warehouse.
Universities have to serve Kiwis rst."
He said he was not being racist
and international students were
important, but a debate was needed
about the purpose of a university in
New Zealand. ere was a risk that
fewer places would be available for
New Zealanders because of the need
to cater for international students.
" ey (universities) tell us they
don't have enough dough so,
disproportionately, they are racing
into the crescent from India through
to China and bringing in more and
more international students. I don't
want to have a situation where there is
no room for Kiwis at the intellectual
e Auckland University website
shows international students make up
about 13% of its student population.
--- New Zealand Herald
e search for missing German
tourist Christian Prehn has been
scaled back after two more days of
His backpack, full of gear and
personal items, was found last
Saturday beside a track in the Nelson
Lakes National Park, but police
believe it may have been there since
Teams of experienced searchers and
a helicopter crew spent the past two
days scouring the area Mr Prehn was
believed to have been in, near Travers
Saddle. Searchers were working in the
same area earlier in the week but snow
and freezing conditions forced them
Search teams were completing their
nal tasks and all were expected out of
the area this evening, police said.
constable Dave Colville said the
operation would now go into a limited
continuous search phase, meaning
further ground searches would
activate only when new information
came to light.
He thanked the large team of search
and rescue volunteers who had given
their time in recent days.
Mr Prehn arrived in New Zealand
in October. --- APNZ
West Coast police are urging
everyone attending this year's
Wildfoods Festival in Hokitika
to look after their mates.
West Coast area commander
Inspector John Canning said
things could turn sour pretty
quickly when someone had too
much to drink.
"Wild food is great, but wild
behaviour won't be tolerated.
"I'd urge everyone to make
sure they look after their friends
and don't let anyone who has
been drinking get separated
from the group."
He said everyone travelling in
and out of the area could expect
to be breath tested.
"We know from past events
that many people fail a breath
screening test the morning
after drinking so people need
to remember that it takes more
than a couple of hours sleep for
alcohol to leave their system."
Extra police have been
brought in from throughout
Tasman Police District to assist
with the event.
Exra police for Wildfoods
A seven-year-old girl mauled by
dogs in Murupara on Monday now
faces years of reconstructive surgery
to repair extensive wounds to most
of her body.
Japanese girl Sakurako Uehara is
in a stable condition in the Intensive
Care Unit at Middlemore Hospital
following Monday's attack by four
Sta ordshire bull terrier-cross dogs.
Plastic surgeon Dr Zac Moaveni
said yesterday the little girl was
su ering from more than 100 bites
to her face, limbs, and almost "every
part of her body".
"I don't think any of us were
prepared for what we were going to
e priority in the rst week was
to stabilise Sakurako and clean her
"grossly contaminated" injuries to
avoid infection, Dr Moaveni said.
en doctors could move onto the
Middlemore Hospital intensivist
Dr David Galler said sta were
nding it hard to disassociate
themselves from the little girl's
plight. --- APNZ
Dog attack girl has 100 bites Auckland
Google has changed its predictive
search function to remove derogatory
terms associated with Maori.
e Weekend Herald contacted
the global internet search giant
on ursday after a New Zealand
academic found when typing "Maori
are" on the website, its Auto Complete
system o ered the adjectives "stupid,
lazy, scum and violent".
Auckland University of Technology
PhD scholar Steven Elers was using
Google to research the portrayal
of Maori in advertising when he
discovered the descriptions.
Google said it would look into
disabling the feature. By yesterday, it
had done so for Maori language.
e function appeared to have
already been cancelled for Australians
and Israelis as no adjectives appeared.
"We have a small set of removal
policies for things like pornography,
violence and hate speech," a spokesman
said on ursday.
New Zealanders are still described
as dumb, racist and stupid when using
the search function. English are boring
and rude, Irish drunk and thick, and
Chinese are "everywhere".
--- New Zealand Herald
Google alters derogatory Maori search
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