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Spot the road. A week after the windstorm, the Kotuku Bell Hill Road, near Bell Hill, was photo-
graphed on Thursday, completely smothered in windblown trees. “ Trust me when I say there is actually a
road under there somewhere,” Grey District Council transport engineer Karl Jackson said. “ This actually
looks like the work of a tornado rather than just high wind.”
PICTURE: Karl Jackson
Spot the Kotuku Bell Hill road
Damage caused to Westport ’s water
supply infrastructure in last Thursday ’s
storm has led to silty water coming out of
The Buller District Council said a small
storage shed had blown into the covered
holding water reser voir containing treated
water, puncturing a hole in its lining.
A crane had removed the shed on
Thursday but to enable the reservoir to
be repaired it had been drained to around
25% of its capacity, which had stirred base
sediment in the reservoir.
This was leading to discoloured water
coming out of people’s taps.
The water was currently unfiltered.
However, it was still being chlorinated.
Council said repairs were well under way.
It hoped the work would be completed
today, as dry weather was needed for the
lining to be fixed.
A severe weather watch from MetService
yesterday is predicting significant heavy
rain across Buller tomorrow.
Council urged people to ensure all
drinking water was boiled until further
Meanwhile, Buller residents with clean
metal and green waste leftover from the
storm will be able to dump them for free
at the Westport and Karamea transfer
stations until 4pm tomorrow.
Nikki Roche of the Buller District
Council said kerbside collections of green
waste were currently underway, but only in
Once a street had been cleared of green
waste residents would have to transport
any further materials to their transfer
Westport ’s transfer station would be
open today from 9am until 4pm. Stations
in Reefton, Maruia and Karamea would be
Storm damages water tanks in Westport
Bruce Hamilton’s Westport
pine and lusitanica plantations,
which might have been worth
hundreds of thousands of
dollars, are a write-off following
Thursday ’s storm.
Mr Hamilton had a block of
pines at Alma Road and another
block made up of 85% pines
and 15% lusitanica at the Cross
At least 95% of the pines and
80% of the lusitanicas were
destroyed in last week’s gale
Mr Hamilton said the trees
had been about 20 years old
and were three years away from
He shuddered to think what
the 120 acres of plantations had
been worth and, ironically, had
been about to get them valued.
He estimated the value could
have been in the hundreds of
thousands of dollars.
At the weekend somebody
would come through and see if
any of the trees were salvageable
but Mr Hamilton doubted they
would be. That was because
rather than being blown over
they had snapped where the
most valuable timber was.
Even as firewood the trees
would not have much value
as there was “a bit of a surplus
of that ” around town at the
Mr Hamilton said he had
been shocked when he saw the
damage to the trees on returning
to Westport on Friday and he
had no intention of beginning
He believed the gusts that
brought the trees down had to
have been stronger than the
146kph recorded in town.
A farmer at the Landcorp
farms near Mr Hamilton’s Cross
Roads plantation measured
gusts above 300kph.
Mr Hamilton said others
in the area were in a similar
situation to him having lost
plantations although his might
have been some of the bigger
Plantations lost in gust
The sale of legal highs could be
effectively banned in Rotorua from
Rotorua district councillors will meet
next week to discuss submissions to
the council’s Local Approved Products
Policy aimed at restricting the sale of
A non-scientific poll conducted by
the Rotorua Daily Post of 300 people
showed strong community backing for
Of those polled, 273, or 91%, said
legal highs should be banned, with 27
people, or 9%, saying no or don’t know.
The majority of those who said they
should not be banned said prohibition
was not the answer and people
should be better educated about all
drugs, including alcohol, tobacco and
If the council adopts the policy, the
four premises in Rotorua with interim
licences to sell the products would have
them revoked on June 5.
Hearings begin at on Thursday in the
The Rotorua District Council received
541 submissions to its policy.
Of those, 484 were received from a
petition to allow retailers to sell the
products as a safer alternative.
The majority of the remainder of
the submissions opposed having the
products available in the community.
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick said
MPs responsible for the law would be
hearing from the council about the
issue in the near future.
She said she felt strongly about a
total ban on legal highs due to their
detrimental effect on the community.
The prevention manager of Rotorua
police, Inspector Ed Van Den Broek,
said officers regularly dealt with
incidents caused by synthetic cannabis.
New Zealand Herald
Tourist city eyes ban on legal highs
Man risks life to save
A father saw his daughters’ faces
flash before him as he risked his
life by diving into the surf to save
two teenage girls who were caught
in a rip at a Hawke’s Bay beach
Chris Solomon, on holiday from
Wellington, was walking along
Waimarama Beach just after 9am
when he saw the two girls struggling
to stay afloat and “waving their
arms in the air”.
“ When I noticed they were in
trouble I made a split second
decision,” the 54-year-old said.
“I just had to go out there and risk
The pair were beyond the sandbar
and fighting the dumping waves
just south of the Waimarama Surf
Life Saving Club.
“I swam out to get them, there
was no-one else in the water to help
... I was in my t-shirt and shorts but
I didn’t realise how deep it got. I
yelled back to shore ‘help, we need
He said the better swimmer of the
two girls, believed to be about 13,
managed to make her way back to
shore while he “ battled through the
waves” with the weaker teenager.
“ We tried to get back in but the
waves kept crashing on top of us.”
As the two came closer to the
beach, Mr Solomon said he was
“grabbed and pulled in” by a woman
before “I just collapsed”.
“ I was just about all in. I ’d taken
on a lot of water and was throwing
up coming onto the beach ... I was
very cold, I’d gone blue. ”
The two girls were safe but Mr
Solomon, originally from the
UK, was drifting in and out of
consciousness as local emergency
ser vices and the Lowe Corporation
Rescue Helicopter arrived.
“They put oxygen on me and were
talking to me, they were fantastic
and very calm which helped and
the doctor who was on the beach at
the time, Robyn, she was great.”
Having completed a life-saving
course “many years ago”, Mr
Solomon said following his ordeal
he had a greater appreciation for
the dangers of the sea and those
who risk their lives to save others
caught in the surf.
Mr Solomon’s daughters and
friends only learnt of his heroics
when a woman knocked on their
seaside house asking if they knew
the man who had just saved two
girls, before they saw the rescue
helicopter fly overhead.
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi made a speech in
Parliament that made a young woman in
the public gallery cry.
The backbench National MP had given
a poignant vote of support to Rowen
Sullivan, 21, who was the subject of a
law change which would allow both her
mothers’ names to be included on her birth
“The positive emotional impact that this
will have on Rowen and others may not be
defined in words,” he told MPs.
It was a significant moment because Mr
Bakshi, the first Sikh MP in New Zealand,
had last year spoken strongly against a law
change to legalise same-sex marriage.
Last week’s speech was also notable
because Mr Bakshi, after five years in
Parliament, is a contender for the title
of most invisible MP in the House. He
entered Parliament in 2008 quoting
Mark Twain — “Sail away from the safe
harbour” — and the speech was the one
of the first times the list MP had deviated
from the safety of National Party platitudes
to reveal some of his own character. Apart
from former Cabinet Minister Pansy
Wong, ethnic MPs have struggled to make
an impression in Parliament. National’s
Melissa Lee and Labour’s Raymond Huo
and Rajen Prasad have a low profile in the
House. “Getting noticed is not important
to me,” Mr Bakshi told the Herald last
— New Zealand Herald
Invisible MP’s speech reduces woman to tears
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Loophole for Nzers with long links to Oz
Some New Zealanders have discovered
a “ lifeline” in Australia’s Department of
Immigration rules which make it a lot harder
for Kiwis to get the rights of permanent
New Zealanders living in Australia now,
who lived for a period in Australia before
September 1, 1994, and maintained some
connection to Australia, have the right to a
permanent visa, Wellington academic and
historian Paul Hamer told the Maori Affairs
“That has been quite a breakthrough,” he
The Australian Government was not
publicising the loophole, but a lot of New
Zealanders were getting a resident return visa,
a permanent visa.
The September date was when all non-
citizens were required to hold a visa and the
“special category visa” was given freely to New
Zealanders on arrival giving them the rights of
The rules have changed since then and, since
February 27, 2001, New Zealanders had to
gain a permanent visa to access services they
previously got automatically, such as social
security and student loans.
Mr Hamer said he worked in Australia for
Te Puni Kokiri in 2006 and produced a report
for it on Maori in Australia.
He told a select committee that he had not
appreciated then how difficult it was to get a
permanent visa for people who arrived after
the new rules in 2001.
“If you arrived before that date you can just
apply for citizenship straight away, $150, sing
Advance Australia Fair and you’re there. If
you arrive after that date you have to first get
a permanent visa, ideally be under 45 and have
skills on a list required by the Department of
“ Your application process will cost you
thousands of dollars,” he said. A medical
examination was needed even though New
Zealanders were eligible for Medicare and
success was by no means certain.
“A lot of New Zealanders clearly don’t even
bother trying whereas they may well have the
skills to get (a permanent visa), they either
think they don’t need it because they are never
going to rely on welfare or they just can’t afford
As part of his current studies for a PhD at
Monash University, Melbourne, Mr Hamer
last year sur veyed 900 Maori living in
Of those, 538 had arrived after February 27,
2001, and only nine had become Australian
All but two had become citizens because
they had lived in Australia in earlier periods
of their lives.
Committee chairman Tau Henare said
he hoped the issue of diminished rights in
Australia would be taken up by the Maori
Affairs committee in the next Parliament.
New Zealand Herald
Communities came together at dawn
services around the country yesterday to
honour and remember Anzacs.
Thousands turned out at the Auckland War
Memorial Museum, including war veterans
who marched on to the Court of Honour.
The ser vice opened with the sounds of the
wooden Maori trumpet, the pukaea, and the
hymn Abide with Me.
Mayor Len Brown placed a wreath on the
cenotaph to remember “all who have fallen,
and all who have ser ved”.
In Christchurch, 2000 people gathered in
Cranmer Square for the dawn parade.
Among the readings was one delivered by
Bryan Shankland VRD (volunteer reser ve
decoration) of the Canterbury Malaya
He gave the Anzac remembrance where he
paid tribute to the relationship between Kiwi
and Australian soldiers.
Today, he said, was about remembering
“the sacrifices others have made so we can
enjoy the principles and freedoms we have
About 5000 paid their respects at the
Wellington Cenotaph, where soldiers wore
replica 1914 uniforms created by film-maker
Sir Peter Jackson.
It is the last Anzac ceremony to be held
there before moving to the new National
Memorial Precinct next year.
In Mt Maunganui, two vintage trainer
planes flew over the assembled crowd as the
Anzac Day parade left the Cenotaph.
Six thousand gathered in Whangarei, where
it was announced that an additional 110
names will be added to the Whangarei World
War I memorial after a search of records
revealed the previously un-named men.
The dawn ser vice in Rotorua at Muruika
urupa (cemetery) at Ohinemutu, finished with
a touching tribute as those assembled gave
veterans from World War II, Korea, Malaya,
Borneo, Vietnam and others, a round of
applause as they marched out of the cemetery.
In Wanganui, the ser vice was marred by the
death of an elderly man, who suffered a heart
attack and collapsed.
The crowd of about 4000 at the Hastings
dawn ser vice was bigger than last year’s, which
RSA Hastings president Trevor Hardie put
down to interest building in the lead-up to
the Gallipoli Centenary next year.
Veronique Tatoue, formerly of France,
became a New Zealand citizen five months
ago and decided to experience her first Anzac
dawn ser vice at Martinborough.
“It’s my first time, because I am a Kiwi now.
I was very touched to get the citizenship, so I
think it was my job to be here today,” she said.
Dawn salute to Anzacs unites Kiwis
Three men have died
following a fatal crash in
Southland late last night.
About midnight a Toyota
Hilux was travelling on
Road after having left the
rural township of Waikaia.
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Monday 5 May
6.30 – 8 .00pm
Question and answer time
Tea and coffee
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