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Surfers rescued two men who were
thrown from their boat while trying
to enter the Buller River o Carters
Beach, Westport. Police said the pair
had been in an 2.5m breglass shing
boat about 3.41pm yesterday when
the boat rolled trying to enter the
river. e occupants were thrown into
the water and swept out to sea by the
current. Surfers in the area who had
seen the incident went to assist and
brought the pair ashore. e Westport
rescue boat was also launched and
a rescue helicopter dispatched from
Greymouth. e two boaties, aged 59
and 23, were taken to hospital for a
check-up, police said. --- APNZ
Police are seeking information
about who smashed a letterbox
and destroyed a clothes line at an
Alexander Street house between 11pm
on Friday and 1am on Saturday. e
occupant of the house investigated
crashing noises outside and discovered
the damage, along with several bottles
on the front lawn. Anyone who can
assist in identifying those responsible
for the damage close to the Murray
Street intersection should contact the
A "potentially disastrous" re at
Whanganui local freezing works at
the weekend was quickly contained.
Station o cer Bryan Coskerie from
the Whanganui Fire Service said a
refrigeration unit in a ser vice room at
the cafeteria at A co Imlay caught
re just after 4am on Saturday. "It
started burning the room it was in.
Fortunately, Imlay has an automatic
warning system, which alerted us,
and we were able to be there in
two or three minutes. If we hadn't
been, it would have been potentially
dangerous for the plant," Mr Coskerie
said. --- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Foveaux Strait rescue
Four people were rescued after
their vessel su ered engine failure
in Foveaux Strait yesterday. About
10.15am Blu Fishermen's Radio
received a distress call from the
pleasure boat Kotare, near Ruapuke
Island, police said. e boat's skipper
and one crew member were in the
water diving, and the two crew
on board were unable to start the
Kotare's motors. Blu Coastguard
vessel NZAS Rescue was in Foveaux
Strait training and responded
immediately to Ruapuke Island, as
did the Stewart Island Experience
ferry Foveaux Express, which was on
its way to Half Moon Bay. NZAS
Rescue located the divers on shore
on Ruapuke Island, and another
ferry, the Southern Express, towed
the Kotare back to Blu . --- APNZ
Farm fetches $75m
A Mid Canterbury property has
changed ownership for just shy of
$75 million, smashing farm price
records. Ealing Pastures was sold by
no-reserve auction in the Ashburton
Trust Event Centre on Friday
afternoon for $64,940,000, in front
of a standing-room only gallery. e
purchaser was also required by order
of the High Court to buy the stock
and plant on the 1284ha property
at the market value of $10 million,
bringing the total to $74.94m.
--- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Galatea II. In Port: Galatea II,
Coaster, Expatriate, Happy V, June,
Latatude, Louisa, Moata, Okarito,
Quo Vadis, Sovereign, Tui, Tainui,
Trident, Strike Force, Jay Penelope,
Corsair, 24 other vessels. Expected
departures: Galatea II today. Expected
arrivals: Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow, Jay
Elaine, Wednesday, Moon Shadow II
ursday, Cook Canyon Friday.
Race on to recover boat
Green MP Julie Anne Genter
and up-and-coming Greens
candidate James Shaw are the
biggest winners in the party's
e party released its initial list
this morning, which was decided
by delegates and candidates at a
February conference. Members
would now vote on the nal list,
which would be released in May.
Ms Genter, the party's transport
spokeswoman, rose from 13th in
the 2011 general election list to
8th in the new list.
She will run for the Epsom seat
in this year's election.
Mr Shaw, a business strategist
based in Wellington, rose ve
places to 10th. He is seen as one
of the party's bright prospects
and narrowly missed out on
election in 2011 when 14 Green
candidates were elected.
Metiria Turei and Russel
Norman remain favourites to
lead the party.
Eugenie Sage, who speaks for
the party on conservation and
resource management issues, was
promoted from sixth place to
MPs David Clendon and
Ste an Browning fell the most
places on the draft list.
Mr Clendon, who is the party's
justice and commerce spokesman,
fell from 8th to 12th.
Mr Browning, who holds the
agriculture and GE portfolios,
fell from 10th to 16th and could
struggle to be re-elected this year.
New candidate Marama
Davidson, a former Human
Rights Commission adviser who
represented Greens at the Ikaroa-
Rawhiti by-election, entered the
list at 15.
Oxfam New Zealand executive
director Barry Coates entered the
list at 17.
e list has grown from
30 candidates in 2011 to 41
e list. ---
1 Turei, Metiria (same)
2 Norman, Russel (same)
3 Hague, Kevin (same)
4 Sage, Eugenie (up 2)
5 Delahunty, Catherine (down
1)6 Hughes, Gareth (up 1)
7 Graham, Kennedy (down 2)
8 Genter, Julie Anne (up 5)
9 Logie, Jan (same)
10 Shaw, James (up 5)
11 Walker, Holly (up 1)
12 Clendon, David (down 4)
13 Roche, Denise (down 2)
14 Mathers, Mojo (same)
15 Davidson, Marama (new)
16 Browning, Ste an (down 6)
17 Coates, Barry (new)
18 Hart, John (new)
19 McDonald, Jack (up 11)
20 Leckinger, Richard (down 3)
21 Rotmann, Sea (down 1)
22 Moorhouse, David (new)
23 Elley, Jeannette (down 4)
24 Ruthven, Susanne (new)
25 Perinpanayagam, Umesh
26 Perley, Chris (new)
27 Moore, Teresa (new)
28 Kennedy, David (down 5)
29 Langsbury, Dora (down 7)
30 Barlow, Aaryn (down 12)
31 Lawless, Jennifer (new)
32 Woodley, Tane (down 8)
33 Goldsmith, Rachael (new)
34 Rogers, Daniel (new)
35 Kelcher, John (new)
36 Smithson, Anne-Elise (new)
37 McAll, Malcolm (new)
38 Ferguson, Sam (new)
39 Ford, Chris (new)
40 Hunt, Reuben (new)
41 Wesley, Richard (new).
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
e family of missing Marlborough
man Kerry Blair face another agonising
wait today to see if authorities can
recover his boat after it was found o
the coast of Taranaki.
Attempts to secure the vessel and
bring it to shore were abandoned over
the weekend due to rough seas and
Mr Blair, 55, who lived in Greymouth
until 15 years ago, has been missing
since March 8 when he launched
his 9m aluminium boat Erie in the
His brother Peter said family hoped a
fresh attempt to recover the boat would
be made this morning but they had not
yet heard from authorities.
"We are no further ahead, as much as
I'd like to be," he said this morning.
"I'm going crazy here."
He said the Blair family "wanted
to know what's going on", but had
not heard from authorities since 9pm
ey had yesterday been assured a new
search would be launched today, he said.
However, it had not yet been con rmed
that a recovery attempt would take place
today, a police spokeswoman said.
A decision would be made this
morning between all agencies involved.
e air force and navy have both been
drafted in to help with the search.
A naval vessel is on its way from
Wellington to the area about 200km o
the coast from Port Taranaki where the
Erie was last seen.
e HMNZS Wellington is not
expected to reach the area before
midnight. Progress is being hampered by
very heavy seas. e vessel has a number
of police o cers aboard, and they will
endeavour to board and recover the Erie.
Mr Blair's boat was spotted 200km o
Taranaki by a Royal New Zealand Air
Force Orion on Friday evening.
It has not been possible to tell
conclusively whether Mr Blair is still on
board. --- APNZ
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e Cobden Anglican parish o cially celebrated 100 years of ser vice at the Church of Resurrection on the weekend. Morgan
Barrett, the youngest parishioner and and Dalma Nimmo, the oldest, cut the centenary cake on Saturday afternoon. Over 72 guests
attended the occasion and came from as far away as Auckland and Christchurch to join in the celebrations and shared many fond
memories of the past.
Anglicans celebrate church centenary
PICTURE: Stewart Nimmo
Suspicious fire probed
Police and the Fire Sservice
are investigating a suspicious re
that gutted a Rotorua home early
yesterday. Fire crews were called
to the Te Ngae Road house just
before 2am. Rotorua Fire Brigade
senior station o cer Colin Rolfe
said everyone who had been
in the house escaped before
emergency services arrived.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
While most of the Hawke's Bay population
were happy to see Cyclone Lusi make a
westward move away during the weekend,
the farming fraternity were left shaking their
Authorities spoken to yesterday all agreed
the region had dodged a bullet --- with the
predicted heavy rain and high winds failing
to emerge --- except for some areas of the
ranges, and expected high seas also failed to
However, several said they would have liked
to have been winged by the bullet a little.
"Hopes were high we were going to see
some signi cant rain," Federated Farmers'
Hawke's Bay president Will Foley said
yesterday as blue skies and easing winds took
"Not enough rain."
While falls were heavy in some high
country regions, the areas which needed it, to
get autumn growth kicking on for producing
winter feed, got barely a sprinkling.
Mr Foley said farmers across the Bay would
have been hoping for at least 30mm to "kick
things o " but the tail end of the cyclone
moved quickly away.
"It's not at the severe stage yet but it is
becoming a bit of a worry because we are
well into March and April is approaching
- we would like to build up a bank of feed
for the winter." e Takapau Plains received
18.8mm of rain on Saturday, while Hastings
had 8.4mm and Napier 6mm.
Wairoa recorded just 1.5mm over the 24
hours from 11am Saturday to 11am yesterday.
"We got a wee shower, that's all," Wairoa
District Council emergency manager Tim
Allan said. "We would have welcomed a mild
cyclone coming through because we need the
rain." Mr Allan said that while the hills in the
Wairoa region were green, it was little more
than surface colour. e soil underneath was
Central Hawke's Bay emergency manager
Bruce Kitto said he had received no reports
of major damage from the winds, which
gusted over 60km/h on Saturday.
" ere was a bit of strong overnight wind
but nothing too bad and I know a lot of
farmers were half-pie hoping we'd get maybe
30 to 40mm of rain because we desperately
need it." Mr Kitto said the TukiTuki and
Waipawa rivers were well up as "a fair bit" of
rain had come down across the high country
While no major incidents were reported,
council clean-up crews did have a bit of
work on yesterday, although it was largely
con ned to cleaning up fallen branches - like
in Kennedy Rd, Napier, where palm fronds
littered the stretch.
Fire Service Hastings senior station o cer
Bruno Saathof described the weekend
as "unexpectedly quiet" given the initial
forecasts. "We had one or two wind-related
calls and a few trees came down," he said.
A Fire Service spokesman in Napier said
crews there also had a quiet time.
"A couple of trees down but nothing major."
A Metservice spokesperson said Cyclone
Lusi's exact path had been di cult to forecast
as it approached the country on a path which
did initially line up Hawke's Bay.
It edged toward a more westerly path
however --- not exactly the path farmers
wanted. --- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Farmers left disappointed by Lusi
Alliance Group has
launched New Zealand's
rst comprehensive study
into whether shorn lambs
grow faster than woolly
Some farmers believe
that shearing lambs to be
slaughtered can result in
increased growth rates.
Alliance Group and
its research partner
AbacusBio are testing the
theory with lambs across
ve farms throughout
Four mobs of lambs
of the same breed will
be selected; one will be
shorn, another belly-
crutched, another bought
in but not shorn and one
mob will remain woolly
and on pasture.
Lambs will be weighed
prior to the trial starting
and weight changes
will be monitored on
a three-weekly basis,
until all lambs have been
e study will also track
such as temperature and
e lambs' carcase
weight at the time of
slaughter will be used to
assess the growth rate
and the study will also
look at the VIAscan yield
and GR measurements
for fat cover to evaluate
yield. A nancial analysis
will also be completed
to understand the costs
and bene ts of shearing
lambs. e results of the
research are expected to
be available later this year.
--- Otago Daily Times
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