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e soft down hair of New Zealand red
deer is being used to make the world s most
expensive socks, costing a staggering $1600
Luxury shoemaker and accessories house
Harrys of London has just launched what
it is calling, e most exclusive sock in
the world . e Italian-made charcoal grey
knee-high high-end hosiery is 100% made
from Cervelt --- the down fibre of the New
Zealand red deer.
" e handwork, dying and weaving of
this very special material is highly unusual
and requires the highest attention to
craftsmanship," boasts Harrys of London,
which has stores in the UK, UAE, Kuwait,
Cervelt is known as the "diamond of
clothing fibres", the retailer says. Only 20
grams of fibre can be collected from each red
deer every year.
Its unique qualities and rarity make it
the most sought after and highest quality
natural fibre in the world. Harrys claim it
is lighter and softer than cashmere, as well
as being resilient to creasing. New Zealand
red deer were gifted to Otago by the Earl
of Dalhousie in 1870 from his estate of
" e animals of the Otago red deer herd
are perhaps the only surviving gene pool of
pure stock of this subspecies, cervus elaphus
scoticus in the world," the retailer says on its
" e New Zealand red deer roam across
acres of alpine scrub and tussock.
eir environment of lower dense rain
forests are subject to extreme temperatures.
"To protect them from the cold and
wet, the deer produce a soft layer of down
underneath their coarse outer coat." e
limited edition of 100 pairs are being sold
at Harrys of London stores and online at
US$1442 (NZ$1687) each. --- APNZ
World s most expensive socks made from NZ red deer down
e worst of ex tropical cyclone Lusi is
yet to hit as emergency services report a
quiet night at the top of the North Island
Emergency services said they were
called to just a few jobs overnight as a
result of high winds hitting the area.
A number of trees came down on State
Highway 14 between Whangarei and
Dargaville, which have now been cleared,
Debris is covering a number of roads and
police were urging drivers in the north, to
drive with care and to the conditions.
e fire service was also called to a
felled tree on the Hibiscus Coast, about
5.30am, northern fire communications
shift manager Nicole Bernard said.
Lusi was expected to travel south
today, bringing with it possible localised
flooding, slips, road closures and power
cuts, as it tracked south-west just off the
coast of the country, before hitting the
South Island on Sunday.
Severe weather warnings have been
issued for Northland, Auckland,
Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty,
Gisborne, Nelson and Marlborough.
Northland could expect 80mm-100mm
of rain by this afternoon, MetSer vice said.
e rain should spread quickly
southwards, totalling more than 100mm
in Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and
Gisborne by tomorrow morning.
Easterly gales will accompany the heavy
rain, with gusts of 120kph in Northland,
Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula,
and 130kph west of the Kaimai Range.
An extra 26 firefighters and five fire
engines were yesterday sent to Kerikeri
as an emergency back-up to support
local crews in the north in advance of the
Housing New Zealand also said it
would make extra staff available over
the weekend, with maintenance
contractors ready to deal with any urgent
However, residents in at-risk coastal
areas have been told it s a case of
"neighbour helping neighbour to ensure
A number of Auckland s eastern and
north-east beaches have been warned
of potential erosion and damage to
beachfront properties from high sea
swells, particularly around high tide.
Boaties have been advised to secure
their boats ahead of the encroaching
storm, and avoid going out to sea over the
Motorists have also been advised to take
extra care on the roads, or stay indoors. A
number of Auckland ferry services have
Elsewhere, electricity companies have
warned customers to be prepared for the
possibility of outages as a result of the
e brunt of Cyclone Lusi s force is
expected to strike the North Island
throughout today, before gradually
weakening as it moves into the South
e storm should be clear of New
Zealand by Monday, with only a few
showers and brisk winds remaining in the
south and east.
Canterbury was bracing itself for more
flooding, with the Christchurch City
Council saying it is preparing for the
worst case scenario following recent
damaging floods in the area.
Around 22,000 sandbags will be
filled and ready for collection in various
locations across the city by noon today,
with all emergency response teams on
Meanwhile, farmers are welcoming
the expected onslaught of rain for their
parched land, particularly the west coast
of the North Island, Waikato, Auckland
and Hauraki Coromandel.
"I know there ll be a fair number of
farmers in Waikato and Northland who ll
dance a jig at the first drops of rain, said
Katie Milne, Federated Farmers adverse
"Some on the North Island s west
coast haven t seen decent rain since last
However, she warned farmers to be
prepared for the storm conditions in
In Auckland preparations are continuing
for today s expected stormy weather.
Auckland harbourmaster Andrew
Hayton said all staff would be on call over
Boaties should check the moorings
of their boats before the worst of the
weather comes in, he said.
"We don t want people going out in a
small dinghy at the height of the storm to
check on their boats.
Organisers of the PolyFest confirmed
that the co-ordinators for the Maori
stage have moved today s performances to
e Trusts Stadium in Henderson, West
--- New Zealand Herald
Be prepared and
Cricket coach Vaughn Johnson has
resigned from Otago Cricket after
failing to repay a large amount of
e sum involved is understood to
be about $150,000.
Johnson, 53, took sick leave for a
stress-related illness early this month
and has been at Wakari psychiatric
hospital in Dunedin since around
Wednesday last week.
e New Zealand Herald
understands a large sum of money,
which formed a business deal between
a Dunedin businessman, loosely
connected to the Otago side, and
Johnson has not been repaid.
A misconduct hearing is likely to be
Otago Cricket chief executive Ross
Dykes last night said the nature of
the complaint represented a serious
breach of trust.
" e association was made aware of
an allegation involving Mr Johnson
and raised it with him.
It has since accepted his resignation,"
" is has been a very sad and
disappointing episode for all
Asked how Johnson was faring,
Dykes said: "It is a delicate subject
when it comes to health, but he has to
spend a bit of time recuperating and
Dunedin-born Johnson apologised
for his conduct.
"I have made some very bad
decisions around my personal finances
which have compounded to a point
where I have let down Otago Cricket
and myself. I sincerely regret my
actions and must now concentrate on
restoring my health so I can do my
best to make amends."
Johnson, a seam bowler who took
64 wickets in 27 first-class games for
Otago and played 20 one-day games
for the province, joined Otago as head
coach in June 2011. He replaced Mike
Hesson, who is now New Zealand
head coach. Last April, Johnson s
contract was extended by another two
It was Johnson s second stint as
Otago coach; he first had the job
between 1995 and 1997.
Johnson guided Otago to the HRV
Cup domestic T20 title in 2012-13,
and took them to the Champions
League tournament in India late last
He was Wellington s coach between
2000 and 2006, during which the
team won two first-class titles, a one-
day title and four of the now-defunct
Cricket Max competitions.
He was regarded warmly for his
work with the players at that time and
Johnson had become a well-regarded
bowling coach, and had positions
at New Zealand Cricket, including
that of a specialist fast bowling coach
from 2007 to 2010. In 2003, Johnson
was one of three provincial coaches
sent on New Zealand s tours of India
and Pakistan to gain experience at
Johnson s job as Otago head coach
has been filled temporarily by Nathan
King from early this month.
ere are four rounds of the 50-over
Ford Trophy and finals to round off
the domestic season.
New Zealand Cricket last night said
it did not want to comment on the
matter. --- New Zealand Herald
Top coach quits, apologises over missing money
Drunk abuses worshippers at mosque
A drunk man abused worshippers at a
Hamilton mosque before smashing a police
car s back window with a head butt.
Inspector Greg Nicholls, said police
were called to the mosque on the corner of
Heaphy Tce and Boundary Rd shortly before
"Members of the Islamic community were
at the mosque cleaning it in preparation for
morning prayers when they became subject
to a tirade of racial abuse."
While those at the mosque tried to ignore
the intoxicated the man, they decided to call
111 after he climbed a fence, entered the
mosque s grounds and allegedly assaulted
a man and spat and swore at others, Mr
Even after police arrived, the man s
aggressive behaviour continued.
"Despite being handcuffed the man hadn t
lost his will to resist and the attending patrol
car bore the brunt of his anger with the man
smashing the rear windscreen when he head
butted the car," Mr Nicholls said.
He was taken back to the station for medical
A 48-year-old man faces three assault
charges and two of intentional damage.
e crowd of supporters and crews gather at Repco Greymouth for the start of the Stadium Finance Westland Rally this morning.
Matt and Nicole Summerfield were the first car of 44 off the start to head out for a full day of driving at various stages around
Greymouth and Hokitika.
At $23 for a two-litre bottle of milk,
the Shanghai supermarket price of
Oravida s prize export is well beyond
what any Kiwi could expect to pay at
the local dairy.
But the high-price reflects a more
complicated supply chain --- and
the degree to which the high-quality
product is sought after in China.
It s just one of a string of products
which are or will be sold into China
by Oravida, the company to which
Cabinet minister Judith Collins has
such close personal connections is
also the embodiment of how New
Zealand s Free Trade Agreement is
meant to work.
e popularity is such that the
company is even considering getting
its own plane.
For Bruce Pulman, owner of
Oravida s milk producer Green Valley
Dairies, it is a wondrous happening.
"I want to add value to my milk by
exporting. at s been my dream for
His general manager Corrie
den Haring speaks highly of the
relationship with "honourable"
e company sells milk to Oravida
at the same rate it would domestically,
leaving its partner to carry the cost
involved with flying it to China.
e milk leaves the factory on
Monday mornings for Auckland
International Airport. "It s in Shanghai
on Tuesday night --- as quickly as I
can get milk into Wellington, I can get
it into Shanghai."
And it is popular, he said. An export
document on Oravida s Chinese-
language version of its website shows
1224 bottles (2.5 tons) flown in
Fresh local milk in Shanghai sells for
$2 to $3 a litre. e popularity is such
that now "it wouldn t be unusual to
have a five ton shipment".
"We re not sure the airlines can keep
up. I m serious --- the next discussion
we re having is to charter aircraft to
freight product to China."
Oravida s corporate network is a
spiderweb of companies which end
in a lawyer s trust. e names of the
companies --- and the company
website --- show an interest in
exporting products such as beef
and lamb, fruit, honey (it owns 5%
of Comvita), milk, seafood and
swamp kauri. Currently, its exports
are restricted to milk and Sanford s
seafood --- specifically salmon and
National Party president Peter
Goodfellow is among the National
Party people featured on Oravida s
website. He is a large shareholder in
Sanfords, which supplies salmon and
scampi to the company for export.
e scampi sells for $180 for 2kg in
Shanghai. He pointed to the FTA
when talking about Oravida. "What
National has done is to attempt to
use that free-trade agreement to really
drive jobs creation and exports and
imports from China."
--- New Zealand Herald
China likes our milk at $23 a bottle
Shirley Logan and
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 tomorrow (Sun-
day) at 11am. Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
Phone (03) 768 0250
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50 Years of Marriage
Corrinne Margaret Reid,
daughter of Mr and Mrs
Gordon Reid married
Murray Calver Mills
At Knox Presbyterian Church,
Reefton on March 14, 1964
Celebrated at Sydney this
weekend with wedding group,
family and friends
--- Peacefully at Christ-
church Hospital on
Thursday March 13,
aged 79 years. Dearly
loved wife of Ray.
Loved mother and
mother-in-law of Alison
and Grant Ayrton,
Robyn and Craig
McDowell, and Sharon
Gran to Nicole and Tim;
and Ben and Rose. A
loved sister and sister-
in-law to Margaret and
Ron, Bonnie and David,
Pauline and David, Bob
and Merilyn, and Val. A
loved aunty of her
nieces and nephews.
Messages to The Hen-
derson Family, C/- PO
Box 5659, Papanui,
Christchurch 8542. In
lieu of flowers, dona-
tions to the St John
Ambulance would be
appreciated and may be
made at the service. A
celebration of Nola's life
will be held at St
Church, 244 Avonhead
Road, Christchurch on
Tuesday March 18 at
2pm, followed by pri-
vate cremation. Palmer
FDANZ. Phone (03) 359
Raone, Daryl, Suzanne,
Brett, Eileen, Phillip and
Bill and families would
like to sincerely thank
those who have sup-
ported us at this difficult
time. We would also
like to express our
gratitude to all those
who could attend Peter's
final farewell to cele-
brate a life well lived.
We appreciate how so
many travelled a long
distance to share this
time with us. The recent
flowers, cards, food, and
visits and support over
these last months have
been much appreciated.
Please accept this as a
personal heartfelt thank
you to you all.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Ready for a star t
Two men were flown to Dunedin
Hospital after a car and a van collided
head-on near Lawrence yesterday
Emergency ser vices were called to
the crash on State Highway 8 at Evans
Flat, about 6km northwest of Lawrence
shortly after 3pm.
Senior Constable Murray Hewitson
of Owaka said a BMW driven by an
18-year-old Middlemarch man and
a van driven by a 62-year-old Central
Otago man, collided head-on.
Both men suffered moderate to serious
injuries and were flown to Dunedin
Hospital by the Otago Regional Rescue
Lawrence Volunteer Fire Brigade
Chief Fire Officer Rory Tisdall said
both were trapped when firefighters
e driver of the car was easily
extracted but the van driver was
"severely trapped" by the front chassis.
It was too early to state the cause of
the crash, Mr Hewitson said.
Tr a ffi c was diverted along nearby
gravel roads for several hours while the
scene was examined by a serious crash
investigator and cleared.
Two injured in head-on crash
Police are searching for an
intellectually disabled Christchurch
man who has been missing for a week.
Kurt Millan Green, 30, was last seen in
the suburb of Sydenham last Saturday,
Detective Sergeant Craig Farrant said.
"Mr Green has a diminished
mental capacity, there is a possibility
that he has travelled to the West Coast
of the South Island and in particular
the Greymouth area within this time
Police were appealing for any
sightings or knowledge of of Mr Green
movements during the past week to
be reported urgently to Christchurch
police on 03 363 7400. --- APNZ
Missing man could be in Greymouth
Tony Ryall says he has no
material on the mooted
sale of Solid Energy s
West Coast coalmines to
the Indian Government.
Solid Energy bosses told
a parliamentary select
committee last week it
had discussed the sale of
the mines with the Indian
Acting chief executive
Garry Dyack said the
company was not still
in discussions about
selling mines to Indian
interests, but the matter
was now a "government
to government" issue
which was being handled
by ministers. He did
not know whether
those discussions were
e Greymouth Star
asked Mr Ryall s office for
details, under the Official
Information Act, however
in response he said he
held no such information.
He also said he was aware
of "no such information
Finance Minister Bill
English last week did
not categorically rule out
the sale, but indicated
that nothing was in the
pipeline. Indian Steel
Minister Beni Prasad
Verma visited New
Zealand in late January.
on West Coast
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