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PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Guido Weppler, and embedded systems expert, explains how transmitters, sensors and circuitry can be used to create high-tech
solutions for the West Coast.
A German technology expert who
has pushed hard for a new approach to
innovation on the West Coast says he hopes
his e orts will not lose momentum after he
Guido Weppler, who worked with large
international technology companies for 15
years before coming to the Coast, has spent
the past four months running a workshop
with a group of 10 students at Greymouth
High School teaching about embedded
systems engineering --- electronic devices
with an embedded software system designed
to perform a speci c function.
Mr Weppler said that could have "more
impact than the internet" for entrepreneurs.
e technology was relatively cheap and
easy to learn, was uniquely suited to the
innovative mindset of the West Coast and
could contribute to sustainable economic
growth in industries such as agriculture and
" e kids are absolutely keen. ey've
already come up with the coolest ideas."
Practical uses for the technology include
automated milk equipment, such as the
dispensers used at Village Milk in Cobden,
or mobile devices that can measure soil
moisture for farmers. Mr Weppler is
preparing to return to Europe to start his
own company and is looking for a way to
keep the programme running on the Coast.
" e region could do with a bit more
ingenuity and innovative technology."
Keeping technology to the forefront
New Zealand aviators searching for
the missing Malaysian airliner are
expected to be "pumped up ready to
go" again this morning after earlier
Air Commodore Mike Yardley
acknowledged the Royal New Zealand
Air Force Orion crew involved with
Australian and United States military
aircraft in the hunt had returned
de ated from the rst day's search in
the Indian Ocean 2500km south-west
"But once again, as soon as you're out
there the next day, you're pumped up
ready to go," he said.
"You know it is so important, there
are people who are waiting on the
information from you, so you very
much have adrenaline going with the
search and it keeps you alert."
e 11-member New Zealand
air crew, who left Whenuapai with
seven ground support sta on March
10 for Malaysia and have since been
diverted to Perth, had a rest day after
returning to base early yesterday while
three Australian P-3 Orions and a US
P-8 Poseidon maritime sur veillance
aircraft kept up the search.
at followed three days of 10-
hour shifts and a 12-hour stint to the
search area and back on ursday for
the Kiwis. e air commodore, head of
the air component of New Zealand's
joint military forces, said the searchers
had begun looking over a sector of
ocean at the furthest point to which
it was considered possible a 24m piece
of debris spotted by satellite six days
ago could have drifted --- given the
strength of sea and wind currents.
ey were now working methodically
back from that area, closer to where it
" e aircraft and the sensors and
the people are excellent, so if there's
something oating out there and we
are in the area, we will nd it, that I
have no doubt about."
He expected the New Zealand
P-3K2 Orion, tooled up with new
radars and optics from a $352 million
upgrade of this country's six-strong
maritime surveillance eet, to be back
over the search area this morning and
e New Zealand aircraft is capable
of ying as low as 70m above the
waves, but kept to about 100m this
week because of the rough conditions.
But that allowed it to get under a
bank of low cloud over a part of the
ocean which is about 3000m deep.
Asked whether the debris could
have been a lost shipping container, he
said that was possible but the largest
shipping containers were only about
14m long. --- New Zealand Herald
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NZ crew 'pumped up' ahead of new search for Malaysian plane
A New Zealand woman has escaped a
militant attack in a Kabul hotel in which
nine people died.
e four gunmen, who were said to be
teenagers, broke into the ve-star Serena
Hotel in the Afghan capital with pistols
hidden in their socks.
ey attacked diners in one of the hotel
restaurants about 9pm local time on
Foreign media initially reported a New
Zealander was among the dead.
But the Ministry for Foreign A airs and
Trade (Mfat) con rmed that while a New
Zealand woman was in the hotel, she was
not one of the casualties.
She was the only New Zealander known
to be at the hotel, an Mfat spokesman said.
" e New Zealand Ambassador in
Kabul is in direct contact with her. e
ambassador continues to follow up with
the local authorities to con rm no other
New Zealanders were involved."
Four foreigners were among the dead,
with six others wounded.
Two children were among those killed.
All of the gunmen were eventually killed
by special forces.
Afghani authorities initially said only
two security guards had been wounded
in the brazen assault. Deputy Interior
Minister General Mohammad Ayub
Salangi later told the Associated Press
that the Afghani fatalities included two
men, two women and one child while the
foreigners included two women and two
e Serena had been considered one
of the safest places to stay in Kabul.
To enter the hotel, guests must pass
through an exterior gate and are
searched at a checkpoint with a metal
e Taliban claimed responsibility,
saying its ghters targeted foreigners and
dignitaries gathered at the hotel for a
celebration marking the Persian new year,
A hotel worker named Gulam Ali told
his brother by cellphone during the attack
that all the guests and sta members at
the Serena Hotel had taken refuge in the
--- New Zealand Herald
Woman escapes Kabul massacre
St John is investigating claims that
a woman stung dozens of times by
wasps was not able to get through to
111, despite ringing numerous times.
e victim claims the 111 service
initially told her an ambulance could
not reach her because her address did
St John has con rmed it is
investigating the matter.
Janet Kelland, 65, was own to
hospital on Monday after stepping into
a wasp nest on her rural Taumaranui
She was stung at least 50 times on
the head and right leg, and had to
walk 45 minutes for help after being
Federated Farmers has now raised
concerns that the 111 service failed
Ms Kelland when she needed it the
"Given the 111 service is a rural
lifeline, Federated Farmers was
troubled to learn Janet Kelland
struggled to get through for upwards
of 30 minutes," Federated Farmers'
rural Security spokeswoman Katie
After she managed to get away from
the swarm, Ms Kelland made for the
farmhouse --- a trek that took 45
minutes. On the walk home she said
she eventually managed to phone St
John which sent an ambulance and
also alerted the Waikato Westpac
She was airlifted in a stable condition
to Taumarunui Hospital, where she
spent the night.
"After getting clear, Janet rang 111
and sometimes it would ring she told
us and sometimes there was silence,"
Ms Milne said.
While she accepts cell reception can
be random in rural areas, Ms Kelland
says she has reception on her farm and
good reception from where she tried
to call from. e farmer told Federated
Farmers that it took 30-minutes
before she got through to an operator.
"Even then after asking for an
ambulance she was cut o ," Ms Milne
"She did get through but when she
gave her address the operator insisted
it did not exist.
"While Janet resorted to some
agricultural language, who could
blame her given she was in agony?"
Federated Farmers said Telecom-
Spark's Telecommunications Service
Obligation was relevant in this case
because it must answer 111 calls
within 15 seconds.
e farmers' group is now calling
on the telecommunications giant
to investigate what happened on
Monday. e mapping software being
used by the ambulance call centre also
needed reviewing, it said.
A spokeswoman for Telecom-
Spark said while it had not received
a complaint, or yet been able to speak
with Ms Kelland, it was something
they were taking "extremely seriously".
" e information we had initially
did seem to suggest she was out of
coverage," the spokeswoman said.
"But there has been con icting
reports on that, so we are very keen to
speak to her directly."
A couple of minor
incidents kept emergency
services busy on an
otherwise quiet Friday.
In Hokitika, re ghters
were called out to a Bealey
Street house to put out a
small kitchen re just after
3pm. Later, the NZCC
Rescue Helicopter was
called up to Punakaiki to
pick up a woman who fell
o her horse. She had no
Punakaiki horse fall
One of New Zealand's rst charter schools is
urgently searching for teachers and has turned
to outside help for lessons just over a month
after opening its doors.
e rocky start comes as the Government
starts to sort through who it will pick for
more charter schools next year, and after
o cial misgivings about the school's readiness
Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru, one of two
charter or 'partnership' schools in Northland, is
currently advertising three teaching positions.
e small school opened last month just
south of the Bay of Islands with about 70
students and a fulltime teaching sta of ve.
It now needs a full-time te reo Maori
teacher, a fulltime English teacher and a part-
time science teacher, after a teacher walked
away just weeks into the rst term.
e school's curriculum director, Natasha
Sadler, did not return calls this week and sta
members could not be contacted.
Katrina Casey, the Ministry of Education's
head of sector enablement and support, said
a full-time sta member had recently left the
" e school has arranged to supplement its
teaching by providing students with some
correspondence school lessons and teaching
through Northland Polytechnic," she said.
Last year the ministry appointed governance
facilitators to each partnership school to
support their establishment.
Ms Casey said the kura's facilitator, Chris
Saunders, had "advised us that the sponsor has
had some challenges during the establishment
phase of opening this school".
"All new schools experience challenges
through the establishment phase ... e
facilitator hasn't asked for any further
e Northland school is in a remote farm
setting and caters for Year 9 to 13 students,
some of whom had been out of school for
NZ First's education spokeswoman Tracey
Martin, who has previously raised concerns
about the readiness of the kura to open, said
the sta vacancies were very concerning.
--- New Zealand Herald
Charter school short staffed
Te Reo Maori is among the top 20 of
English's most borrowed-from languages in
between Russian and Hindi, a book reveals.
Borrowed Words: A History of Loanwords
in English examines how words borrowed
from other languages have in uenced English.
Author Philip Durkin said 280 words from
the Maori language are considered loanwords
in the Oxford English Dictionary while
Te Reo ranks at 14th in terms of languages
English has borrowed from.
Latin and French are the leading lenders to
English with at least 40,000 and 20,000 words
respectively ahead of Greek, German, Italian,
Spanish and Dutch.
Dr Durkin believed just one Maori word
--- kiwi --- was the closest the language had
to a Maori loanword used by many English
speakers with little or no consciousness of its
" e word had developed in meaning after
it was borrowed into English, as an emblem
of New Zealand, a nickname for any of
various national representatives and then as a
nickname for any New Zealander."
Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori interim chief
executive Pita Paraone added the word haka
as another used overseas.
"And I expect the use of kupu Maori
to increase internationally as more New
Zealanders, Maori and Pakeha, migrate to
Mr Paraone said non-Maori New Zealanders
were now unconsciously using Maori words
in their everyday vernacular. "Words such as
mana, whanau, hikoi and hapu are examples of
everyday use. We should also remember that
the use of Maori words is not con ned to New
Dr Dianne Bardsley of the New Zealand
Dictionary Centre said for every 1000 New
Zealand English words, six were of Maori
e Dictionary of New Zealand English
includes 746 words of Maori origin with
about 69% names of ora and fauna, 18%
are connected with social culture and 13%
Te Reo Maori had become more prominent
since colonial times when very few institutions
had Maori names and the country had moved
on from times when a tui was called a parson
bird and rimu red pine.
Maori and English blends and compounds
such as 'tiki tour' and 'couch kumara' were
increasing. --- New Zealand Herald
Maori one of the world's most
'borrowed from' languages
Debris and oil weighing 35kg
washed up on Bay of Plenty
beaches after last weekend's
e pollution happened after
Rena's stern changed position
on the Astrolabe Reef.
e revelation comes a day
after the Bay of Plenty Times
revealed that Mount Maunganui
Main Beach was voted one
of the top four beaches in the
South Paci c, and as activists
gathered at Mount Drury to
launch a petition calling for the
Bay of Plenty Regional Council
senior communications advisor
Linda ompson, revealed
yesterday that the council
received complaints from beach
walkers about oil on the beaches.
She said before tropical storm
Lusi the last time someone had
reported oil on Bay beaches was
October or November last year.
Regional council envir-
onmental management general
manager Eddie Grogan said
20kg of oil and debris was
picked up on Mount Main
Beach and another 15kg on
Papamoa Beach by Envirowaste.
Local resident Nevan
Lancaster said he had been
collecting pieces of container
insulation from the Rena along
the beaches for quite some time.
"You nd it washed up on the
beach every day, it's basically
dense polystyrene that lines the
containers on the Rena.
"On Sunday, there was also
quite a few plastic beads around
Tay Street and Omanu surf club,
Mr Lancaster, who also
spearheads the Rena Business
Oil washes up on beaches as
storm shifts Rena
Compensation Group, said it
showed the ongoing damage
the Rena was causing to the
Spokesman for Rena's owner
and insurer Hugo Shanahan
said: "Some debris and small
amounts of oil were recovered by
the onshore debris management
teams last Sunday and Monday."
Mr Shanahan said the "bulbous
bow" which had separated from
the main bow section had also
broken in several pieces.
Iwi said leaving the wreck on
the reef was a cultural o ence.
--- Bay of Plenty Times-APNZ
More Rena debris washes up
e New York Times has thrown its weight
behind a change to the New Zealand ag.
Yesterday's editorial, titled 'Maybe One
Less Union Jack', backs Prime Minister John
Key's stance for a di erent ag design.
"( e) ag proclaims New Zealand as a
South Paci c outpost of the British Empire,
which is precisely why Mr Key wants to
abandon it," the piece said.
"He thinks it shackles his country to its
colonial past and is unrepresentative of the
racial and cultural diversity of 21st-century
" ose on Mr Key's side argue, too, that
their ag is nondescript and derivative; it
looks very much like Australia's ag, for
which it is often mistaken."
Mr Key has said he favoured the design of
a silver fern on a black background.
According to a Herald-Digi Poll earlier
this week, a majority of New Zealanders
did not believe it was time to change the
But if a new ag was chosen in a public
referendum, the silver fern was by far the
most popular design. Asked if they felt the
time had come for New Zealand to design
a new ag for itself, 52.6% of those surveyed
said 'no' and 40.6% said 'yes'. --- APNZ
Methamphetamine with a street value of
up to $3.3 million and stashed in skincare
and shampoo bottles, has been intercepted
by Customs and police.
e 3.3kg of meth had been posted into
the country from Hong Kong, detective
senior sergeant Colin Parmenter said.
International Mail Centre intercepted nine
bottles of skincare product that contained
traces of methamphetamine, on March 5.
e drug had been cleverly concealed
but was not beyond Customs' detection
by it various operational techniques, Mr
"An individual or group of individuals
went to a lot of e ort to try and smuggle
the methamphetamine into New Zealand
without being detected."
Organised and Financial Crime Agency
of New Zealand and Customs o cers
launched a surveillance operation to track
the intended path of the shipment, he said.
A second consignment containing 1.9kg of
methamphetamine, also hidden in shampoo
bottles, was intercepted by Customs at the
ree men have been charged, including a
24-year-old Chinese national with a range
of o ences including Importing a class A
Methamphetamine stashed in shampoo bottles
Unlikely backing for NZ flag change
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