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e scar being left by the construction of the Old Ghost Road cycle trail in Buller --- repeatedly criticised by environmentalists --- is
clearly evident in this photograph. e trail o ers a journey back in time to the goldrush days of the 1860s and the long-forgotten settle-
ments of Zalatown, Gibbstown, and remote farms that were abandoned after the 1929 Murchison earthquake limited access to the area.
e high-level track --- part of the national cycle trails --- follows historic goldminers' tracks from Lyell and down the Mokihinui River
to Seddonville. Lauded by cyclists, others have been less welcoming. Last year, Federated Mountain Clubs said the high valleys and tops
of the Lyell Range were a largely an unspoiled wilderness area. "It is being changed by the construction of a substantial multi-user trail
and huts with the associated environmental damage (tree felling, spoil, degraded alpine landscapes) and impacts of increased numbers
of users". e trail through the tops was highly visible, often from afar, the group said. Forest and Bird has also expressed concerns.
Green questions over cycle trail 'scar'
Foodstu s South Island has con rmed it
has commenced consultation with its Trents
Greymouth sta about the future operation of
Trents Greymouth employs eight full-time,
one part-time and two xed term sta at its
Arney Road warehouse.
Foodstu s South Island chief executive o cer
Steve Anderson said sta had been personally
noti ed yesterday that a formal consultation
process had begun.
"We have spoken directly with our sta and
advised them that we will be consulting with
them over the coming weeks about the structure
of our Trents Greymouth business. One of the
options we are considering is closure.
"We appreciate it is an unsettling time and
we hope to complete the process as quickly
as possible, while acting in good faith and
allowing our sta time to provide feedback on
any proposed changes to their roles."
Trents confirms closure on cards
HAPPY 50TH WEDDING
One of them s from Ireland,
The other born in Wales.
They made a move to Kiwi
From UK they set their sails.
It s nearly 40 years ago,
That they ve been living here.
That s not the celebration
They ve been married 50 years.
He proposed on Leap Year,
An Irish thing to do!
A couple we hold very dear,
Mum and Dad we all love you
Love from family and
friends near and far
The families of Zena
and Charlie wish to
thank most sincerely the
numerous friends for
their support, messages,
baking and flowers in
our time of loss. Thank
you also to the staff at
Granger House during
Zena's illness for the
care and understanding
shown to Zena and the
family during this time.
--- Charlie Cotton.
GRIFFIN, Russell. ---
March 2, 2008.
--- Love Mum, Donna
--- March 1, 2013.
Miss and love you
--- Leonie, Martin,
David, Tracy, Jordan
A Stairway And
Memories Were A Lane.
I Would Walk
Right Up To Heaven
You Back Again.
Forever in my heart
--- Your loving husband,
Maria. --- On February
26, 2014, peacefully at
surrounded by her
family. Aged 56 years.
Dearly loved wife of
Graham Young and
mother of Amelia
(Milly) and Penelope.
Much loved daughter of
Honorah and the late
Keith Thwaites. Much
loved sister and sister-
in-law of Joanna and
Michael, Gerard and
Elaine, Genevieve and
Justin, John and Andrea,
Michael and Jane, and
Adrian and Mohua. A
much loved aunt of all
her nieces and nephews.
Messages to PO Box
472, Ashburton. A
special thank you to Dr
Bridget Robinson and
the Oncology staff at
Christchurch and Ash-
burton Hospitals. A
special thank you also to
all the staff at the
Care Service. A
Requiem Mass to cele-
brate the life of
Gabrielle will be held at
the Church of the Holy
Name, Sealy Street,
Ashburton on Monday
March 3, commencing at
11am, followed by inter-
ment at the Yaldhurst
Cemetery at 3.30pm. A
Recitation of the Rosary
will be held at the
Youngs' Farm, Seafield
on Sunday at 7pm.
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Passed away on Friday
February 21, 2014 at
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Families are all but certain to get more
paid parental leave in this year's Budget,
but not 26 weeks as proposed in a Labour
National rea rmed its opposition to
Labour MP Sue Moroney's proposal to
increase the entitlement from 14 to 26
weeks after a parliamentary committee
reported back on her legislation yesterday.
e three National MPs and three
Opposition MPs on the select committee
could not agree on whether it should
pass into law. e bill is likely to have the
numbers to pass but the Government plans
to veto it because it says giving parents 12
extra weeks of paid leave is una ordable.
Prime Minister John Key indicated there
will be an increase in the May Budget, but
it will not match the Labour proposal.
"We're working our way through it, in
terms of Budget bids. Twenty-six weeks
is not a ordable, but we do think some
extension might be."
New Zealand's paid parental leave is
among the lowest in the OECD, and is
similar to entitlements in nations such as
Algeria and Malta.
Australia gives mothers 18 weeks, and
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is planning
to expand the scheme next year to 26
Parent advocacy groups in New Zealand
urged MPs to support Ms Moroney's
bill yesterday. A coalition of health
organisations and lobby groups called
26 for Babies said new costings showed
extending paid leave was signi cantly more
a ordable than the Government believed.
Finance Minister Bill English contested
this, saying Labour had based estimates on
the initial cost of rolling out the scheme,
not the cost once it was fully implemented.
He said it would require the Government
to borrow $500 million over four years.
Treasury advice to the committee
showed once Ms Moroney's bill was fully
implemented, it would cost an additional
$138 million a year.
It would also make savings of at least
$28m because of reductions in tax, welfare
payments and childcare subsidies.
Mr English said a Government proposal
would be a ordable and fair, and would
keep in mind the fact that only 40% of
families who had babies took paid leave.
In December, National requested a
later deadline for the select committee's
report on the bill to give the party time to
reconsider its position.
But the committee came back with no
amendments yesterday, prompting Ms
Moroney to accuse National of delaying
"I agreed to that extension in good faith,
but National members introduced no
amendments and then voted down the
work the select committee had done," she
Of the 3809 submissions to the
committee, 99.6% wanted paid leave
extended to 26 weeks. If the bill was
accepted, parental leave would be extended
by four weeks each year over three years.
--- New Zealand Herald
Government to veteo
26 weeks paid parental leave
While some marriage celebrants
have stepped down in opposition to
same-sex marriage, they are being
outnumbered by those signing up to
marry gay couples.
New gures from Internal A airs
also show there are now hundreds
more independent marriage celebrants
--- and hundreds fewer celebrants
linked to churches and religious
organisations --- since a law creating
marriage equality came into force in
August last year.
e law change has prompted the
resignation of a small number of
celebrants, including Family First
national director Bob McCoskrie, who
has been a vocal opponent of same-sex
But it has also attracted new
celebrants keen to preside over same-
e Internal A airs gures, released
to APNZ, show the overall number
of celebrants dropped by about 300
between February and June last year
--- a period that included the law being
passed in April.
However, the number of celebrants
has since bounced back to near
February 2013 levels.
ere are now 303 fewer
organisational celebrants linked to a
church or religious organisation, but
272 more independent celebrants, who
are fewer in number but conduct more
Internal A airs does not keep
statistics on how many celebrants
support or oppose same-sex marriage.
However, Registrar-General of
Births, Deaths, Marriages and
Citizenship Je Montgomery, who
signs o on every new celebrant, said
some have chosen to state their stance.
"By far there's been more celebrants
joining up because of the same-sex
marriage changes than have been going
o the books," he said.
"I've approved a number of celebrants
who have applied speci cally stating
that they are keen to do same-sex
" ere's also been a small number
of organisational celebrants who
have chosen to become independent
celebrants so that they can do same-sex
weddings --- not large numbers, but
some have said that.
"And we're aware of also a small
number of celebrants who have chosen
not to continue being a celebrant
because they don't wish to do same-
sex marriages --- in very, very small
numbers, but there's a few people in
Celebrants Association president
Elizabeth Bennett, whose group
represents about 450 mainly
independent celebrants, said no
members had resigned over the issue.
" ere's been great support for it -
there was support at the time. A lot
of members are conducting same-sex
marriages as a result."
Mr McCoskrie, who did not renew
his registration as a celebrant because he
rejects the state de nition of marriage,
was not surprised by the gures.
"For some, there's a motivation to
want to be involved in something new.
For others they will be standing down
based on personal conviction."
He said the drop in organisational
celebrants could be due to people
making a stand. Others who opposed
same-sex marriage would still be
considering how to respond, he said.
Christchurch man Brent Mitchell
applied to become an independent
celebrant because he wanted to perform
A former civil union celebrant, he is
married to his same-sex partner but is
yet to conduct a gay wedding himself.
"I've done straight marriages, so the
irony is not lost on me."
None of the straight couples had
asked him whether he was gay, and it
was not a big deal, he said.
"It's actually more about your
personality and a nity with the people
and if you click, so you can ful l what
they're after as far as an ideal ceremony
Retired Presbyterian minister Rob
Yule, who has presided over hundreds
of weddings over four decades, resigned
as an organisational celebrant the day
after the law change.
In his letter to the church executive,
the Palmerston North resident said he
could no longer be a celebrant because
the State had ceased to recognise
marriage as the union of a man and
"I take this step with great sadness,
remembering not only the joy of
many weddings during my ministry
... but also facing the reality that my
oldest granddaughters will be reaching
marriageable age in the next decade."
e decision had come at some
personal cost but was a matter of
conscience, he said. --- APNZ
Kiwi Rail is carrying out
urgent testing after asbestos was
found in soundproo ng in some
Routine testing of a paint sample
indicated the possible presence of
Tests on a single locomotive
today con rmed that the asbestos,
in a soundproo ng compound, was
contained and was not a health
risk, Kiwi Rail chief executive
Peter Reidy said.
e rest of the locomotives would
be tested over the weekend and
would not be used until they were
con rmed as safe.
"We have tonight written to all
a ected sta to inform them of the
situation. Once testing is nished
and we have a clearer picture of
the situation, we will work with
the manufacturers to rectify the
situation," Mr Reidy said.
Testing was arranged in New
Zealand yesterday after the Chinese
manufacturers of the locomotives
con rmed the presence of asbestos
in the compound.
e inclusion of asbestos was in
breach of a contract speci cation
which clearly stated no asbestos.
Additionally, assurances had
been sought and given last year,
following reports of asbestos in
tives in Australia.
"We are clearly very disappointed
with this situation and working
closely with the manufacturers to
understand how this could possibly
have occurred. ey have taken full
responsibility for this and have
undertaken to do whatever is
necessary to rectify the situation
as quickly as possible for us," Mr
Reidy said. --- APNZ
Asbestos found in locomotive soundproofing
compensation after being
sexually harassed by a brothel
e Human Rights Review
Tribunal found the sex worker
was made to feel scared
and degraded by sexual and
From October 2009 to
June 2010 the woman, whose
name is suppressed, was a sex
worker at the Kensington Inn,
a Wellington brothel managed
by Aaron Montgomery, and
owned by his partner, Tara
e woman said while she
was at work, Mr Montgomery
made sexual comments about
her body, and told her he liked
to have sex with the other
Mr Montgomery said
weekends were his "play time",
when he liked to get stoned
and have sex with them in
his "special room" at the
He said he could do what he
liked with the girls, and that
"most girls will do anything
for me anyway".
e decision said Mr
Montgomery often yelled
at the woman for talking to
other sex workers about the
New Zealand Prostitutes'
He was also unhappy about
her sharing a rented house
with other sex workers, as he
did not want them to socialise
outside of work.
While driving her home on
one occasion, he told her he
would "take her out of her
comfort zone", which she
worried meant he would hurt
her or send someone else to
e woman said the
comments made her feel
scared and uncomfortable, and
she began to have di culty
sleeping and eating. Her
depression worsened and she
In his evidence, Mr
Montgomery denied making
the sexual comments or
raising his voice to her.
e tribunal found his
actions were a breach of the
Human Rights Act, and
awarded the plainti $25,000
for humiliation, loss of
dignity and injury to
e defendants were also
ordered to undergo training
with the Human Rights
Sex worker awarded $25,000 compensation
Prime Minister and Tourism
Minister John Key, in a pre-
budget announcement, said $8
million would be invested over
four years to help maintain the
quality of cycle trails.
"To ensure the cycle
trails continue to provide
economic bene t to their local
communities, this contestable
funding package will assist with
maintaining the quality of the
trails should they experience
signi cant weather damage or
need major enhancements," Mr
Key said. e contestable fund
will make $2m a year available
for the next four years.
Cycle trails funding announced
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