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Aucklanders turned out in their
thousands yesterday to catch a
glimpse of glamour royal couple the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
It is Catherine who claimed
bragging rights over her husband
Prince William, as she left him in
her wake during a spectacle race
around Waitemata Harbour aboard
two Team New Zealand boats.
As the royal couple arrived at
the Viaduct Basin, a few heavy
showers of rain poured down on
the thousands of people lining the
Some were resplendent in Union
Jack coloured clothing and others
wore Williams and Catherine face
Aimee Trist had been waiting at
the Viaduct for a chance to meet
the royal couple since 6.30am.
The crowd behind her surged
for ward as they approached and Ms
Trist was pushed against the barrier
“ I fell for ward and she (the
Duchess) said “you’re getting
They shook hands and the
Duchess said she had a top similar
to the one Ms Trist was wearing.
She said it had been worth the
“ Now we’re going home to watch
the royal wedding,” she laughed.
Faye Hayman and Heather Saint
said the D uchess of Cambridge
spent three or four minutes talking
“S he spotted us and made a beeline
towards us,” said Mrs Hayman.
“S he hung around and had a full
conversation with us. She asked if
we were from Auckland, told me
my hand was warm, said she had
a good flight up here and Heather
wished her a good sail.”
The friends are both keen sailors
and amateur photographers and
picked their spot in the crowd at
The women said their royal
experience was amazing.
“She was very open and a very
warm person. She was genuine, and
looks at you when she’s talking to
you,” said Mrs Saint.
Lily Ferguson wore an English
rugby jersey hoping she would
stand out in the crowd - and it
“ William said ‘nice rugby jersey’
and asked me where I was from. It
The student from Yorkshire had
waited four hours to meet the
But she wasn’t the first in line at
the waterside; Leeza Chan got up at
3am to mark her spot by the barrier
at Karanga Plaza about 4.30am.
Her pre-dawn effort paid off
when the D uke and D uchess made
a beeline for their most committed
After wards Ms Chan, shed tears
After their walkabout, the royal
couple boarded the superyacht
Imagine where they changed before
the yacht racing.
Catherine raced with Team New
Zealand skipper Dean Barker and
Prince William with team manager
Grant Dalton. Both royals spent
lengthy periods at the helm, but it
was Catherine who can take home
the bragging rights, winning the
mini series two nil.
She was gracious in victory: “I am
sorry”, she said, as she patted her
husband’s shoulder, back on dry
Rawiri Geddes, 21, a member
of the Royal New Zealand
Yacht Squadron youth training
programme, was on Catherine’s
boat and said it was an honour to
be so close to her.
Mr Geddes was a grinder for
much of the racing but still
managed to get a couple of photos
with the Duchess and said she was
determined to win.
“She was good, she was really
good — she took charge and won
Mr Geddes, who wore red socks,
was on the grinding pedestal
during much of the racing but still
managed to get a couple of photos
with the D uchess.
The Bachelor of Science student
said there were celebrations on the
boat as they made their way back
in to the Viaduct, and Kate came
over to the group to talk about their
Barker said Kate was very
knowledgeable about Team NZ,
and had followed the racing in San
Francisco. Kate had displayed her
competitive side, he added.
“S he definitely didn’t want to
come off the water being behind, I
Asked what went wrong, Dalton
hinted at conspiracy: “I was just
doing what I was told, really”.
He said William was not too
distraught at losing, either: “He was
pretty happy with that because he
was just doing what he was told as
The future king had displayed his
skills out on the water, Dalton said.
“ He was great, he had a really
good feel for it and got off the line
nicely in the second race, he was
going really well...he was into it.”
However, Team NZ will not
be tempted to sign the Duke of
Cambridge on as a member.
“ I’m not sure we can afford him,
he might be a bit expensive. The
insurance would definitely be a
After the excitement of racing,
the royal couple headed up to West
Park marina on the amphibious
The Duchess took the wheel of
the Sealegs for at least part of the
trip to the marina where people
lined the side of the ramp to shore
and called out to the couple.
The couple disembarked and
spoke to people at the marina.
Prince William shook hands with
Boston Newton who is celebrating
his seventh birthday. He said
meeting the Prince was the best
birthday gift — even better than
the BMX he got.
Earlier in the day, the royal couple
touched down at Whenuapai,
where they met Royal New Zealand
Today the couple will visit
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A Runanga woman who tried to
escape drugs convictions by getting
a friend to take the blame, admitted
cannabis cultivation charges in the
Greymouth District Court this
week — almost a year after she
first denied the charges.
Police found 204g of cannabis
leaf and a small (empty) cannabis
growing room in Shae Leonard’s
house on May 8, 2013. They
also found five well tended
plants growing outside.
then Leonard has had six court
appearances in regard to the charges,
most of which were adjourned
because she had claimed another
woman, now in Auckland, would
be owning up to the cultivation.
That woman ultimately sent a text
to Leonards’ lawyer stating that she
was responsible for the drugs but,
when she was later inter viewed by
an Auckland detective, she recanted
and said she had lied in the text
because Leonard had asked her to.
“Sounds to me like the court
is being manipulated,”
Alastair Garland said in court
this week, denying Leonard yet
spending some time in the cells
Leonard admitted the charges of
possessing and cultivating cannabis
and was sentenced to 40 hours of
“ Most of your offending has been
for dishonesty so it is no surprise
that the police don’t believe what
you say because of your propensity
for dishonesty,” Judge Garland said
Woman finally admits
Catholic seminarian Thanh Tran, of Vietnam, outside St Patrick’s Church. Mr Tran is continuing
his pastoral training with the Greymouth parish as part of his studies to become a priest. The mid-
Vietnamese has been on the West Coast for nearly six weeks and at the end of July he will move to
complete his studies. “My village in mid-Vietnam is Huong Phuong, which has 3000 people, all
Catholics,” he said. “ The faith is very active over there, the church bell rings at 4am and the whole village
attends Mass at 5am so as the children can attend before going to school.” Mr Tran is in his fifth year
of a six-year training programme. “I was asked to study in New Zealand and it wasn’t a hard decision.
Three others from my parish came across. I couldn’t speak English when I first came but did know a little
French. My village was very poor when I was young but it is a lot better now, tourism is a lot stronger. I
like Greymouth very much, it is a nice place and very good people. I visit the hospital nearly every day, it
is ver y touching.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
From Vietnam to Greymouth
Prince in her wake
in Solomon Islands
Living conditions continue to deteriorate in
Solomon Islands following severe flooding in
the country last week.
Infrastructure in the country’s capital
Honiara remains extremely damaged and
the city’s water system was running at only
40%, UNICEF NZ executive director Dennis
Almost 10,000 people remained in
evacuation centres. Clean water and adequate
sanitation were urgently needed to avoid the
spread of disease, he said.
A second New Zealand Air Force Hercules
carrying aid supplies was due to arrive
in the country this evening. It brings the
Government ’s financial contribution to the
flood relief effort to around $1.6 million.
The state of Solomon Islands is far removed
from the joyful island nation the D uke and
Duchess of Cambridge experienced two years
ago while on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
“Our staff on the ground tells us that
water and sanitation conditions in the 24
Honiara evacuation centres are continuing
to deteriorate, as they are just not equipped
for the numbers of people using them,” Mr
“Displaced people are mainly from the poor
parts of Honiara — areas that were deficient
in clean water and sanitation even before the
The death toll rose to 24 this week after
heavy rain from a tropical depression caused
severe flooding, washing away homes and
bridges last week. Unofficial estimates of
fatalities were far higher, with many families
retrieving and burying bodies themselves,
bypassing official processes, an O xfam
Cases of diarrhoea, acute respiratory
infection and conjunctivitis were increasing
and there had been reports of malaria cases,
Mr McKinlay said.
The flooding has affected 52,000 people —
12,000 in Honiara and 40,000 in Guadalcanal.
Little was known about the condition of
those in remote and hard to reach areas.
“Damaged roads and bridges mean that
water and sanitation assessments are still to
be carried out in areas outside the evacuation
centres in Honiara and other areas of
Guadacanal,” Mr McKinlay said.
Supplies of water containers, purification
tablets and soap had helped, however more
were needed and were being urgently shipped
to the country. As part of the response, child
protection staff have also been mobilized
from UNICEF in Fiji, Mr McKinlay said.
At least 12 schools had been utilised as
evacuation centres, while a further 23 schools
had suffered damage.
“Education may not seem like an essential
part of an emergency response, but in a
disaster like this it is essential to normalise
life for kids as soon as possible, as that will
help them get over the trauma of what they
have experienced.” — APNZ
Thousands turn out to see the Royal couple
James Bernard (Jim).—
To our Grandad
Thinking of you always
We miss you
Daimon, Stevie, Eli,
Cora, Rata and Hana.
Adam are proud to
announce the birth of
Jack Ronald Stephen
Hibbs, at Crowthorne
Berkshire, England. Jack
was born on Tuesday
March 25 at 8.36pm,
weighing 8lb 15ozs.
Jack is the long awaited
first grandchild of Ron
Hibbs (Greymouth) and
Diane Price (Blenheim).
Mum, Dad, and Jack are
all doing very well.
April 12, 2013.
Oh what I'd give to
clasp your hand,
Your dear kind face to
To hear your voice, to
see your smile,
That meant so much to
Your spirit has fled,
your suffering is done,
And one day, once more,
we will again become
Thank you for 56
In our hearts forever
missed every day
From all your loving
— April 13, 2009.
Five sad years since we
lost our beautiful girl.
Love all your loving
Qualified FD Since 1973
James Bernard (Jim).—
Dad, since you left us a
I have picked the golden
fruit of days gone by,
Found your dinkies from
under the tree,
And played in the
Grandad's ferried me
across the creek,
Before I had a beer with
Aunt Alice, but the
stench of the stewing
cabbage brought me
back to present time.
I still hear your stories
in my dreams and value
our trips together.
Thank you for being
Grandad and Grandpa.
of you and the memories
will last forever.
Karen and Lyell.
James Bernard. —
April 12, 2013.
It broke our hearts to
But you did not go
Part of us went with
The day you were called
Love Sheryl, Marni,
Lee and Riki.
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Two Hawke’s Bay men are facing
charges of unlawful hunting and are
likely to be among the first to face tough
new penalties which were introduced
The pair were charged by police under
the Wild Animal Control Act after an
incident on a Patoka property earlier this
year which involved the unlawful taking
of a stag.
Police Senior Constable Pete Gimblett
said the owner of the property wanted
to pursue the complaint to send out the
message to unlawful hunters that it was
Mr Gimblett said the inquiry had been
a long and involved one and the arrests
came at a time when Hawke’s Bay
rural property owners were effectively
preparing for an increase in hunting
incidents as the annual stag “roar” was
under way. What had pleased police
and property owners was a review
and changes to the Wild Animal
Control Act which came into force
last November. The penalties for illegal
hunting had been bumped up markedly
to a maximum $100,000 fine and up to
a year’s imprisonment. The arrested men
are expected to make a court appearance
in about two weeks.
Four Taiwanese people have been
arrested for allegedly importing more than
$11 million of crystal methamphetamine.
Customs officers found more than 11kg
of the drug hidden in heavy metal boxes
at Auckland Airport ’s cargo inspection
facility on March 25. The find prompted
an investigation, called Operation Gravel,
which involved Customs officers and
detectives from the Organised and
Financial Crime Agency (OFCANZ).
Three men and a woman from Taiwan
were arrested as part of the operation.
They appeared in Auckland District
Court yesterday charged with drug
importation and supply.
Four in court on drug offences
The search for a woman
tramper missing in South
Westland was called off
late yesterday after she
was located safe and well.
Gabriel Mabbs, 62, of
Wakefield failed to make
contact with anyone for
eight days prompting a
Residents at the Gorge
River south of Cascade
Point, spoke to Ms Mabbs
She said she was
continuing north on her
tramp back to her vehicle
at Cascade car park.
She is expected out later
today or tomorrow.
Tramper safe and well
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