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James (Ginger). ---
Karen, Ken, Helen,
Adrienne, Lynlee, Ross
and families wish to
sincerely thank everyone
who phoned, baked,
visited, sent cards and
flowers and attended the
funeral of our dear Dad
and Grandad, Ginger.
Your kindness, thought-
fulness and support was
very much appreciated.
He had a wonderful
Kumara send-off. A
huge thank you to all
who cared for our Dad
after Betty died, and to
the staff of Kahurangi
Ward, special thanks for
loving our 'Ginger' as
much as we all did.
Please accept this
acknowledgment as a
personal thank you to
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BOOTE, (nee Jenkin)
Elva. --- Passed away
on Wednesday April 2,
2014. Loved sister of
Gwen. Loved aunty of
Wendy and Glenn, and
Annette and Lance.
Dobson). Passed away
suddenly at Grey Base
Hospital, Greymouth on
March 27, 2014, aged
74. Loved brother and
brother-in-law of Jenny
and Peter McConnell,
and Barbara (deceased)
and Owen Roberts.
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417, Greymouth 7840.
As per Geoffrey's
request a private service
has been held. Westland
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Grey Main School pupil Broc Toal was settling into a slightly di erent
room yesterday as he took the reins as the 'principal for the day'. 'Principal
Toal' had a busy day planned, with a meet and greet, school assembly, lunch
at Subway and the opening of the school garden.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
'Good morning, Mr Toal'
A fund has been set up to bene t the
two female hitchhikers injured in a South
Westland ordeal last Sunday after they
were picked up by a man accused of earlier
murdering a Christchurch woman.
Greymouth woman Colleen Eason said
everyone on the West Coast and New
Zealand would want them the women, who
were still recovering in Christchurch Hospital
yesterday, to leave the country with a positive
sense of their visit.
Ms Eason has set up a fundraising page
with help from others, and sta at Karoro
Learning made the rst donation. A bank
account has been set up at ANZ so people
can help cover the women's expenses while
e on-line account being set up yesterday
is at https://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/
westcoastbackpackers. A donation box has
also been placed at the Grey District Council.
" ese (women) have been through a lot,
and we need to show that we are thinking of
them, we support them and hopefully we can
help in their recovery," Ms Eason said.
At ANZ, the bank account number is:
06-0821-0714633-00. e account name is:
Donation Fund for Niki and Michaela.
West Coast women in their droves are
donating their old wedding dresses so
they can be transformed into gowns for
'angel babies' who do not survive.
Christchurch woman Linda Nicols has
a charitable trust called Little Souls, but
until now she has been buying material.
e babies are dressed in the gowns
before burial, giving their parents a
chance to change them. Some are
stillborn, others die soon after birth.
None make it home from hospital.
Mrs Nicols also photographs the babies
in the gowns if the parents want it, and
then personally delivers the photos.
She also wants to lift the taboo around
"People su er in silence, but these
babies are part of the family and should
be cherished," she said.
Westport mother Tonilee Page
contacted Ms Nicol after hearing about
the charity. She then put an advert on
Facebook. Expecting two dresses, she
is already up to 20 and has arranged a
collection point in Greymouth.
"Mine has been in a cupboard for I
don't know how long."
Ms Page will drive to Christchurch to
deliver the rst load of dresses next week.
Greymouth people can drops theirs
o to the iSite by 4.30pm on Tuesday.
Dresses dropped o after that date will
be delivered in about a fortnight.
Vague de Cirque acrobats Noemie Ger vais, top, and Alain Boudreau are in
Greymouth with their show Carousel and Clothesline for a one-o performance at
the Regent eatre tonight. Eight acrobats will perform in the show, which combines
comedy with high-level acrobatics. It starts at 8pm.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
One night only
Haast woman's despair as man flees
Trisha Nolan has made herself a
new pair of boots.
ey are parked in the porch of
her farm cottage next to the Okuru
Made from an old canvas horse
cover and 'binder twine', her new
boots are designed to keep the South
Westland mud o the hospital-issue
surgical boots she will be con ned to
for the next month or more.
All laced up, Mrs Nolan hobbles
out into the backyard to show her
It, along, with her broken feet,
her broken ribs, her broken reading
glasses, the ringing in her ears and
her medical bills, are the legacy
of a head-on crash she had near
Makarora on March 18.
e driver of the other car was
Danish tourist and resident of China
Kurt Joergensen, 57.
Ten days after the crash, he
admitted in the Dunedin District
Court he crossed the centre line on
a bend and hit Mrs Nolan's car head-
His own car, a rental, then plunged
over a steep bank.
Judge Kevin Phillips convicted
him on two charges of careless use
of a motor vehicle causing injury
and accepted Mrs Nolan had
su ered $7755.93 of nancial
He gave Joergensen four days to
return to the court with the money.
Joergensen did not show.
An arrest warrant was issued, but
Mrs Nolan: "( e police) rang me
up and they said we've got bad news
... and then they said he'd skipped the
"Obviously I was quite upset.
"I'm pretty devastated."
Joergensen's failure to pay has left
her with plenty to do --- working out
how she might replace the car she
had owned for just nine days.
She had third-party insurance but
not full cover.
Her e-mails and phone calls bore
fruit yesterday --- the rental car
company that owned Joergensen's
car emailing to say it would pay her
$4500 plus salvage costs.
But with having to pay the excess
on her glasses and the things not
covered by ACC --- the call-out of
a doctor in Wanaka, the use of her
'moon boots', her rst week of lost
wages and 20% of her wages for the
six to eight weeks when she cannot
work --- Mrs Nolan believes she is
still out of pocket $2500.
Joergensen's only liability was the
reparation, with the Government
paying for emergency crews at the
crash scene and the helicopter ight
to Dunedin Hospital for Joergensen
and his wife and passenger Sin Kam
Mrs Kong's treatment in hospital
for a broken arm, compression
fracture to her lower spine and a
fractured breastbone was also at no
cost to the couple.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman
said that like anyone --- tourist
or New Zealander --- there was
nothing to stop Joergensen leaving
the country while their case was
An option for the judge, if he
thought Joergensen was a ight risk,
would have been to have held his
--- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Trisha Nolan shows her damaged car.
e bad summer slowed the $7 million
re-entry at the Pike River mine, with
Solid Energy saying it expects to release
an updated timetable shortly.
Helicopters have made 1300 trips and
the the main ventilation shaft, pictured
belching ames after the 2010 disaster, is
ree drill holes have been done, two
into the main drift and one into pit
Although they have helped inform
workers, cameras lowered down have not
found any surprises.
A pump will be installed to take out
water, and stop it building up behind the
new seal that will go infront of the large
e next stages are to plug with foam,
pump in nitrogen, reventilate the tunnel,
then allow Mines Rescue sta to walk up
to the seal. Permanent seals will also be
installed, Solid Energy spokesman Bryn
e company hopes to update its
However, Mr Somer ville reiterated it
was important the work was done safely.
Although the summer weather was
poor, Westport has just experienced its
driest March on record.
Pike River re-entry delay
Just over two hours before a Chinese
national killed two motorcyclists, a
motorist reported her "erratic" driving
behaviour to police via a *555 call.
Designated Coroner Richard
McElrea, of Christchurch, resumed
the inquest into the deaths of Grant
John Roberts, 43, of Timaru, and
Dennis Michael Pederson, 54, of
Tauranga in the Queenstown District
He found Mr Roberts died as a
result of cervical spine and brain
injuries, while Mr Pederson died
from a transection of the aorta, both
on November 26, 2012, after their
motorcycles collided with Kejia
Zheng's rental car on State highway 8,
about 20km north of Tarras.
Forensic crash analyst senior
constable Alastair Crosland, of
Alexandra, said Zheng had "negligible
independent driving experience" prior
to the incident and "none at all" in the
preceding 10 months.
Zheng obtained her Chinese driver's
licence in December 2011 and within
six weeks had moved to Australia to
study, where she gained no driving
On November 24, Zheng ew from
Sydney to Christchurch, and the next
day she hired a rental car with her
Chinese licence and drove to Tekapo
for the night.
Zheng was travelling south from
Tekapo on November 26, was seen
driving erratically by Cheryl van
Opzeeland, who called police 20
Police southern communications
centre manager Inspector Kieren
Kortegast told Mr McElrea Ms
van Opzeeland called at 11.57am
describing Zheng's driving behaviour.
" e complainant informed the
call-taker that the vehicle was being
driven in an erratic manner; she was
using all of her side of the road, she
was over the centre line and then back
over the white line on the left of the
road, passing on double yellow lines
and was seen to be slowing down and
then speeding up."
Ms van Opzeeland informed police
she had pulled over near Lake Pukaki.
Mr Kortegast said despite the
dispatcher initially being unable to
contact the Twizel constable, he was
possibly on his way to the area four
minutes and 14 seconds after the
incident was reported --- faster than
the required time for a priority one
However, the o ce was unable to
locate Zheng's vehicle, likely because
she had diverted from the highway at
Mr Roberts and Mr Pederson were
part of a group of motorcyclists who
had attended the Burt Munro event in
A pillion passenger was seriously
injured and another motorcyclist
received minor injuries.
Zheng told police in a statement
"the car just crashed into them".
She said the road was "not very
straight" and she found her vehicle on
the left-side of the road so she "moved
it to the middle".
Mr Crosland said it was probable,
given Chinese driver regulations,
Zheng had never operated a right-
hand drive car, had never driven before
on the left side of the road and had
not travelled in excess of 40kph --- the
speed limit on a Chinese highway.
She was later convicted in the
Alexandra District Court after
admitting two charges of careless
driving causing death and two
of careless driving causing injury,
disquali ed from driving for two
years and ordered to pay $10,000 in
--- Otago Daily Times
Lindis Pass smash driver had barely driven before
Wellington detectives investigating
the murder of Chinese woman Mei
Fan in November want to learn more
about a witch costume that may have
signi cance to their investigation.
ey have released a photo, taken in
2011, and are appealing for information
to source identical costumes of the same
e hat and cape were most likely
bought in Wellington for Halloween,
October 2011, detective senior sergeant
John van den Heuvel said. Police would
like to hear from anyone who may still
have an identical costume that was
"I don't for
as part of
However, for reasons that I cannot
disclose, it's important that we locate
similar costumes," he said.
"We know, of course, these costumes
are massed produced, imported and sold
widely throughout New Zealand.
"As shown in the picture provided, the
particular costume we're interested has
black wispy hair strands attached to the
inner rim of the hat."
Anyone with a similar costume,
who remembers where and when it
was purchased, should call the team
investigating the murder on 0800 348
348 or by e-mail operationbrussels@
Information can also be provided
anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800
--- New Zealand Herald
Murder detectives want witch costume
Coasters donate wedding dresses for 'angel' babies
Funds set up for hitchhikers
A man has been charged
with murder after an
alleged homicide in east
Detective senior sergeant
Aaron Pascoe said a scene
examination would begin
"One male has been
charged with murder and
no one else is being sought
in relation to the o ence."
Two of the six panel members who
made the shock decision to stop
funding the Problem Gambling
Foundation had con icts of interest, a
review has found.
e review by accountant
Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC) also
found the panel rejected providers
who scored highest on the evaluation
criteria in eight out of 13 regions.
e review, dated March 13, was
trumpeted by Associate Health
Minister Peter Dunne last week
as showing the Health Ministry's
"rigorous commitment to probity" in
the process it followed to stop funding
the Problem Gambling Foundation
(PGF) for all except its Asian ser vices,
which employs 11 of its 63 sta .
An edited 15-page version of the
review was placed on the ministry's
website late yesterday in response
to requests under the O cial
It does not give any clue as to the
reasons for the decision to shift most
of the PGF's $4.7 million annual
funding to the Salvation Army,
focusing purely on the tender process.
Mr Dunne has already said the
evaluation panel comprised three
Health Ministry o cials plus one
from the Internal A airs Department,
one from the Health Funding
Agency and one Paci c health
PWC found that two of the three
non-Health Ministry panellists
declared potential con icts of interest.
"One declared a con ict with a
particular provider in one region and
he did not evaluate that provider's
proposal, but evaluated all other
proposals in that region," the review
" e other had previously worked
for one of the providers, but this was
not assessed by MOH (Ministry of
Health) as a su cient risk to eliminate
her from evaluating that provider's
proposal or other proposals.
"We compared both panel members'
scoring patterns relative to other panel
members to see whether there was any
signi cant deviation in their scoring,
which might indicate any bias in their
"We found no evidence to this e ect.
"Despite nding no evidence, the
MOH should remain aware that the
market could perceive that these two
panel members could have unduly
in uenced other panel members."
e Health Ministry manager in
charge of the tender, Rod Bartling,
said the panel members' potential
con icts of interest were "identi ed
and appropriately managed".
--- New Zealand Herald
Conflicts on gambling fund panel disclosed
A judge who ned Fonterra
$300,000 over the events leading
to last year's botulism scare says
New Zealand's reputation as
an exporter was "shaken" by the
e Ministry for Primary
Industries (MPI) laid four
charges against the dairy giant
after it recalled 38 tonnes of
whey protein concentrate last
e company had wrongly
suspected the concentrate
--- which is used in products
including infant formula ---
had been contaminated with a
Further testing revealed it was
a false alarm, but not before
baby formula manufacturers had
recalled thousands of cans of
Last month Fonterra admitted
all four charges, which related to
breaches of the Animal Products
e company was sentenced
by Judge Peter Hobbs in the
Wellington District Court
He imposed a ne of $300,000,
which is lower than the total
maximum penalty for all four
charges of $500,000.
e ne was reduced due to
mitigating factors including
Fonterra's guilty plea, its
admission of the o ending and
its co-operation with regulators.
But the ne also included an
increase to recognise Fonterra's
signi cant nancial resources.
Judge Hobbs said the o ending
followed from carelessness and
a failure to follow procedures,
rather than being deliberate and
But the sentence should
denounce the o ending and take
into account the harm it had
caused New Zealand's reputation
as a safe food exporter, he s
New Zealand's reputation as
an exporter was "shaken" by the
incident, and access to foreign
markets had been impacted,
Judge Hobbs said. --- APNZ
Fonterra fined $300,000
One person has died in
a serious truck crash in
Northland this morning.
Police said two vehicles
were involved in the crash
on State highway 1 north
of Ruakaka, 30km south of
Whangarei, about 7.30am.
One person died and
two others were seriously
injured. --- APNZ
Serious truck smash
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