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uLetters to the editor
1652 - Jan van Riebeeck, representing the
Dutch East India Company, arrives in Table
Bay to build the rst colonial settlement in
what became South Africa.
1739 - Dick Turpin, English highwayman, is
hanged for murder at York.
1927 - Audience in New York sees image of
Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover from
Washington in rst successful long-distance
demonstration of television.
1943 - Fascist leaders Adolf Hitler and
Benito Mussolini meet for an Axis conference
1945 - US navy aircraft sink Japan's largest
battleship, the Yamato, in World War Two.
1947 - Death of Henry Ford, automotive and
1966 - US hydrogen bomb lost from bomber
is recovered in Mediterranean Sea o coast of
1976 - After unprecedented riots in Beijing,
China's Deputy Prime Minister
Deng Xiaoping is deposed and Hua
Guofeng named prime minister.
1980 - US President Jimmy
Carter breaks o diplomatic relations
with Iran and orders out all Iranian
embassy sta because of the detention
of US embassy hostages in Tehran.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
St Francis Xavier, Jesuit missionary (1506-
1552); William Wordsworth, English poet
(1770-1850); Sir David Low, New Zealand
cartoonist (1891-1964); Billie Holiday, US
blues singer (1915-1959); Ravi Shankar,
Indian musician (1920-2012); James Garner,
US actor (1928-); Ian Richardson, British
actor (1934-2007); Brett Whiteley,
Australian artist (1939-1992);
Francis Ford Coppola, US lm
director (1939-); David Frost, British
television personality (1939-2013);
Gerhard Schroeder, former German
chancellor (1944-); John Oates, US
singer (1949-); Janis Ian, US singer
(1951-); Jackie Chan, Hong Kong movie star
(1954-); Russell Crowe, New Zealand-born
actor (1964-); Duncan Armstrong, Australian
"Real generosity toward the future consists of
giving all to what is present." --- Albert Camus,
Algerian-born French writer (1913-1960)
" rough him you have come to trust in God,
who raised him from the dead and gave him
glory, so that your faith and hope are set on
God." --- 1 Peter 1.21
have the attractions
and all you require
is the facilities. e
attractions are all here and it is now up to the
area to prepare to cash in on this tremendous
ow of visitors to the region." is was the
opinion of the president of the New Zealand
Travel and Holidays Association, Mr J L
Chapman, in Greymouth this morning, before
he and the remainder of a 22-man party left on
the second leg of a tour through the province
to survey tourist requirements.
Mr Chapman said that the group, which
includes representatives of government
departments, press, radio and television, was
looking for amenities without which tourists
could not be expected to come to the district.
He said the rst major job the district had to
face was the improvement of its roads.
A State highway concept which could
revolutionise the movement of tra c in
and around Greymouth is to be put before
this month's meeting of the National Roads
Board. " e department is investigating the
possibilities and advantages of a more direct
route from Greymouth to Stillwater up the
northern bank of the Grey River and crossing
back to the southern bank on the upstream
side of the Brunner gorge," said the district
engineer of the Ministry of Works, Mr H A
A number of bad spots in the present seven-
mile section of highway between Greymouth
and Stillwater would be eliminated by the
proposed new highway. Before the proposal can
be put into e ect, several years of investigation,
sur vey and planning will be necessary, Mr
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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Two weeks ago, tourists
Michaela Brandl and Niki
Honda arrived in Auckland,
excited and ready for the
trip of a lifetime around
At the same time, Christchurch woman
Amy Farrall was doing what she did best
in her role as a mental health support
worker --- helping people.
One of those people was a 38-year-old
man with a troubled past, new to the city
and needing a place to live.
Ms Farrall welcomed him into her home,
unwittingly setting o a series of terrifying
and tragic events that would forever
connect her with two complete strangers
sightseeing their way down the other side
of the country.
German national Ms Brandl, 28, arrived
in Auckland in mid-March and stayed
with Sina Sa ari, whom she befriended
while backpacking in Malaysia.
Ms Brandl soon headed for the South
Island with her travel companion Ms
Honda, a 27-year-old Japanese-Dutch
Last weekend, the lives of the three
women collided in a way no one could
ever have imagined.
On Saturday afternoon, Ms Farrall was
reported missing by a friend. She spoke to
that person early that morning but then
could not be reached again.
e next day, her white Toyota Corolla
was found in the carpark of her local New
World supermarket. It was early afternoon
when police found the 24-year-old's body
in the boot.
It is alleged that Ms Farrall's 38-year-old
lodger raped and killed her on Saturday
morning after she spoke with the friend,
and then abandoned her car at the
Woolston supermarket about 10.20am.
Police believe the alleged killer then
headed for the West Coast in a blue
He travelled via the Lewis Pass to
Greymouth, a 330km journey that takes
about four hours. He then carried on
143km south along the coast until he
reached the small town of Whataroa,
where Ms Brandl and Ms Honda were
He o ered the women a ride and they
accepted. ey were found at 4pm, just
21km away, in a traumatised state with
ey would later tell police that a
terri ed Ms Honda jumped from the
moving vehicle to escape the driver, and
was injured as he tried to run her over.
Ms Brandl also tried to escape but the
doors had been locked and she used a
small pocket knife to try to ght o her
She was stabbed three times in the
carotid artery on the side of her neck and
Ms Honda su ered serious pelvic injuries.
As police on the West Coast issued an
appeal for sightings of the Terrano, road
blocks were put in place on State highway
6 and a helicopter and a plane were sent to
try to locate the vehicle.
Police in Christchurch converged on the
area after learning the same vehicle they
were hunting was connected to the violent
At 8.30pm, the hunt intensi ed
dramatically. A police patrol spotted
the Terrano just south of Fox Glacier, a
further 23km from where the tourists
ey signalled for the driver to stop
but instead of pulling over, he ed. He
sped south for about 67km but when he
came to a road block at Paringa he turned
around and headed back up the coast.
About 40km later, he hit another road
block. is time, after trying to evade
police for 90 minutes, he nally stopped.
But the drama was far from over.
Armed police converged on the Terrano
but the alleged murderer refused to get out
of the vehicle.
A negotiator tried to convince the
38-year-old to give himself up as armed
o enders squad members from the West
Coast, Dunedin and Christchurch ---
many own in by helicopter --- stood by,
ready to take action if needed.
e stand-o lasted for ve hours,
during which the man at the centre of
the police hunt allegedly threw Molotov
cocktails at o cers, who red sponge
rounds in return.
e rounds, which have a range of about
30m, have a high-density aerodynamic
sponge nose with a large surface area so
they do not penetrate the body on impact.
ey cause pain, bruising and abrasions,
but the risk of serious or life-threatening
injury is extremely low.
At 3am, police dogs were unleashed and
the alleged o ender was overpowered and
taken into custody.
During his arrest, he was bitten a
number of times by police dogs, and was
taken to Grey Base Hospital --- where Ms
Brandl and Ms Honda were being treated.
e women were own to Christchurch
Hospital the next day, and their alleged
attacker was taken there by ambulance on
He under went surgery in the afternoon
for the dog bites and after speaking to
police that afternoon, he was charged
with the sexual violation and murder of
Ms Farrall, as well as aggravated robbery,
wounding with intent to cause grievous
bodily harm, failing to stop, and reckless
driving. Last Wednesday, a special District
Court hearing was held in a waiting room
at the hospital. e alleged o ender, still
heavily bandaged and recovering from
surgery, was wheeled in on a bed to which
he was handcu ed by the right wrist.
He spoke politely to Judge Noel Walsh
and thanked him at the end of the hearing.
Judge Walsh granted the accused interim
name suppression and remanded him in
custody until his next appearance in the
High Court on April 16.
e suppression order means the details
of the accused's past or what led him to
Christchurch cannot be published.
Ms Brandl and Ms Honda remain in
hospital and have not spoken publicly
about their ordeal. But Ms Brandl spoke
to Mr Sa ari by telephone from her bed
earlier in the week and he relayed the
"She was just traumatised. It sounded
like she was in tears. (But) she felt really
lucky to be alive," she said.
e two women say they are still keen
to continue their travels around New
Zealand eventually, and to experience
it the way all tourists should --- as a
"fantastic country with great people".
Amy Elizabeth Farrall was the daughter
of Ann and Neil, sister of Richard and
partner of Cory McKeown. She was born
and raised in Canterbury and attended
Lincoln High School before completing a
certi cate in mental health support work
at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of
In a statement, Ms Farrall's family said
she was a "kind and caring girl, much
loved by her many friends and close family.
Amy loved her animals and was always
helping people in need. As a family we are
devastated that her caring nature appears
to have been tragically taken advantage
ey said they were "shattered" by her
death and asked for privacy and "time to
grieve and to process what has happened".
Mr McKeown described Ms Farrall as
"my life, my rock, my soul mate".
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
48 hours of mayhem
Michaela Brandl, left, and Niki Honda, who are recovering after being attacked in South Westland.
Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler's long-term
lover who married the Nazi leader hours
before their joint suicide in his Berlin
bunker, may have had Jewish ancestry,
ground-breaking DNA testing has found.
DNA analysis of hair samples from
a hairbrush claimed to belong to
Braun suggests that the fascist dictator
responsible for the murder of millions
of Jews may have unwittingly married a
woman of Semitic descent, in one of his
nal acts as the ird Reich crumbled.
e revelation appears in a Channel
4 documentary, Dead Famous DNA,
in which leading scientists attempt to
extract DNA from relics and analyse their
genome to solve mysteries associated with
Forensic scientists sequenced the
hypervariable region of the mitochondrial
DNA from a sample of hairs extracted
from a monogrammed hairbrush found
at the end of World War Two in Braun's
apartment at Hitler's Alpine residence, the
Berghof in Bavaria, by an American army
intelligence o cer.
ey found a speci c sequence within
the mitochondrial DNA, a small genome
within the mitochondria of the cell that
is passed down the maternal line from
mother to daughter unchanged over the
generations, belonging to haplogroup
N1b1, which is associated with Ashkenazi
A haplogroup is a particular sequence
of mitochondrial DNA which is passed
down the maternal line and according to
traditional Jewish law, Judaism is passed
down through matrilineal descent.
Photography assistant Braun fell madly
in love with Hitler at just 17-years-old,
although he was 23 years her senior. Hitler
ordered his private secretary Martin
Bormann to investigate Braun's family,
who sent Eva to a Catholic school, to
ensure that they were "Aryan" and that
she had no Jewish ancestors. After being
assured there were none, the courtship
But Hitler, fearful that the relationship
would harm his public image, refused
to marry Eva and kept her a State
secret, hidden away at his mountain-top
residence, the Berghof.
Channel 4 used hair initially recovered
in the summer of 1945 by Paul Baer, a
US 7th Army captain, who was posted
to the Berghof and took personal items,
including the hairbrush, from Braun's
private apartment. ere are photographs
of Baer at the Berghof in 1945 and the
hairbrush has been authenticated by
Baer's son sold Braun's hairbrush to a
relic dealer who separated the hair and
sold it on to hair dealer John Rezniko .
Dead Famous DNA presenter Mark
Evans bought eight strands of the hair
from Rezniko for $2000. e hair was
then sent to an international team of
forensic scientists for analysis.
A Channel 4 spokesman said: "In the
19th century, many Ashkenazi Jews in
Germany converted to Catholicism, so
Eva Braun is highly unlikely to have
known her ancestry and --- despite
research he instigated into Braun's race ---
neither would Hitler."
Whilst the results will provide a talking
point, they are not de nitive. To prove
that the hair came from Eva Braun's head,
Mr Evans attempted to get a DNA swab
from one of Braun's two surviving female
descendants, but both refused.
An attempt by the producers to procure
Hitler's hair ended in embarrassment
when it emerged that clippings sold by
controversial historian David Irving to
Channel 4 for £3000 turned out to be
Mr Evans said: " is is a thought-
provoking outcome --- I never dreamed
that I would nd such a potentially
extraordinary and profound result.
Racism and fascism --- ideas that one
racial group is superior to another ---
made a mockery of by studying dead
Hitler and Braun became lovers in 1932
when Eva was 20, although Hitler insisted
that they never show the slightest a ection
in public. ey were married in a small
civil ceremony within the Fuhrerbunker
in the early hours of April 29, 1945,
witnessed by Bormann and Joseph
e following day, as the Soviet Army
advanced upon Berlin, Eva, 32, bit into a
cyanide capsule. Hitler took poison and
shot himself in the temple. Afterwards, the
two bodies were laid side by side, doused
with petrol and burned. --- AFP
Eva Braun may have had Jewish blood
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun.
e year since Je Bauman was rushed in
a wheelchair from the Boston Marathon,
his legs ravaged, has been marked by pain
but also by triumph: He has learned to
walk on new prosthetic legs, he's gotten
engaged and he's an expectant father.
Bauman became one of the most
powerful symbols of Boston's resilience
after the April 15 attacks, and became a
hero days later when he was able to help
authorities identify one of two brothers
accused of setting o pressure cooker
bombs, killing two women and an eight-
year-old boy and injuring more than 260
others. His memoir, Stronger, comes out
e past year has been a blur for
Bauman, and he cannot get used to the
idea that this is his new life.
"Right now, you know, it's kind of a
challenge to put my legs on every day. I'm
not used to it. It's something unnatural for
me. But I think over time it will become
more of a natural thing," Bauman, 28, told
AP in an interview at the home he shares
with his ancee, Erin Hurley.
"At rst I couldn't even wear them for 20
minutes. Now, I can wear them all day."
Bauman was standing near the nish
line with two friends, waiting to cheer on
Hurley as she completed the marathon.
He noticed a man who looked out of place
in a crowd of revelers, and they exchanged
a long stare. As Bauman describes him, he
was "all business."
Moments later, the two bombs exploded.
Bauman found himself on the ground,
his legs gone. He thought it was the end.
Suddenly, a man in a cowboy hat appeared:
Carlos Arredondo. He lifted Bauman into
a wheelchair pushed by Devin Wang, and
they rushed toward the medical tents.
ey were joined along the way by Paul
Mitchell, an emergency medical technician.
"When someone looks that way, they've
lost a lot of blood, and they're really close
to being dead," Mitchell said.
anks to his rescuers, Bauman lived. He
was in surgery within 20 minutes.
Soon after Bauman woke, he was able
to provide a description of the man who
was "all business". Authorities say it
was Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed
in a shoot- out with police days later.
Tsarnaev 's brother, Dzhokhar, has pleaded
not guilty and is awaiting trial.
Bauman calls the brothers "weak" and says
they wasted their lives. He said Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev must su er from knowing what
he did, especially killing a child.
"You can't tell me that that doesn't eat
away at that kid every single day. It has
to. It must haunt him," he said. "Or if it
doesn't, it eventually will."
Bauman has focused on healing. He lost
his legs above the knee, making it harder
to adjust to his prosthetics.
He has made steady progress, and by
March, he was walking with one crutch.
He hopes to someday be able to walk
without the crutches and to use the
prosthetics all day without his legs getting
Sleeping was tough for him the rst few
months, and he still has nights when his
mind is racing too fast to get any sleep.
"I have bad days, days when I just don't
want to do anything. Just kind of want to
lay in bed," he said. "I don't want to see
anybody today. ere's days like that."
Bauman is on leave from the Costco
store where he worked before the
bombing. He wants to learn how to drive
again before going back.
For now, Bauman and Hurley are
preparing for the baby, due on July
14. ey got engaged in February and
tentatively plan to get married next year,
Hurley said. --- AP
Boston bombing survivor walks tall
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