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Youth offenders on the West
Coast are learning job and
cooking skills while ser ving their
community sentences as part of
the Department of Corrections’
work and living skills training.
The programme covers a range of
everyday skills that offenders need
to live an offence-free life, and
to help them to find and keep a
Currently, 296 youth offenders
are serving community sentences
in the West Coast, Nelson and
Marlborough district, with 186
of the offenders sentenced to
youth through employment and
offenders having better basic living
skills is a key strategy in improving
public safety and the lives of
individual offenders and their
families,” Community Probation
Greymouth ser vice manager Kelly
Hill said today.
Ms Hill said Corrections was
committed to reducing reoffending
by 25% by 2017, and the halfway
point has already been reached.
Six youth offenders completed
the careers awareness course
Twelve Greymouth youth
offenders have also been identified
for a 12-week cooking course
beginning in June. The course
teaches young offenders about
making good food choices and
basic cooking skills.
“ Youth offenders tend to have
a limited understanding about
healthy lifestyles. By attending
this course we hope they will be
better informed about the food
they eat and that this will have a
positive impact on them and on
their families,” she said.
Youth offenders learning new skills
Green Party list MP Kevin Hague
met with the public in Greymouth
last night to lay bare what the
Greens think is wrong with the
health system, and what they would
do about it.
Mr Hague, a former chief
executive of the West Coast District
Health Board, said that under the
National Government, more elective
(non-urgent) surgery was being
However, that money had been
come from illness prevention services
and primary care, Mr Hague said.
“They are reversing the direction
we have been trying to pursue for
Mr Hague said smoking rates
were declining because of the price,
availability and marketing. Obesity
rates were growing at a faster rate
than smoking was declining, but the
Government was leaving that down
to ‘personal choice’.
However, he said price, availability
and marketing restrictions were the
way for ward.
Hague puts Greens view on
healthcare at meeting
Senior Tasmanian health department
boss Jane Holden, a former chief
executive of the West Coast Health
Board, has been given 48 hours to show
why she should not be sacked, ABC says.
Tasmania’s Integrity Commission has
found Ms Holden and colleague Gavin
Austin used their positions to unfairly
employ family members.
Ms Holden defended the hiring of her
husband but denied she created a job for
him in the State’s south.
Health Minister Michael Ferguson
has told parliament it was the intent
of the new acting head of the
Southern Health Organisation to
terminate Ms Holden’s job.
In a statement, Ms Holden said she
completely rejected the allegations and
intended to vigorously defend them.
Ms Holden and colleague Gavin
Austin are accused of: paying for
consultancies with little or no
supporting documentation; paying for
skill accreditation and air fares to New
Zealand; employing a direct family
member through a hire company; and
paying for rental assistance and other
The Integrity Commission found Ms
Holden failed to declare a conflict of
interest when employing Mr Austin.
Former Coast DHB chief
faces sack in Tasmanian job
A midwinter murder mystery is
planned — all over Reefton.
Organiser Nikki Mason said without
giving too much away at this stage, it
was basically about having a bit of a
laugh one weekend in the winter “when
Reefton’s known to be cold, foggy and a
“ We are hoping the whole town will
get involved and we’ve approached a
few establishments to see if they’re
keen,” Ms Mason said.
The extravaganza will be held all over
town and run from Friday through to
Sunday. It is not for profit; Ms Mason
and a friend are doing it for fun.
“It’s based on Midsummer Murders
but will be condensed into a weekend
of ‘murder and mystery’ so lots
of dead people and clues to find,” she
Ms Mason is currently asking people
who are interested and want to be
involved to get in touch.
Reefton murder mystery planned
A former West Coast dairy farmer
has appeared on a national current
affairs tv show in Australia after
losing his leg in a freak car accident.
Rob Bliss, of Townsville, was a
full-time crime scene technician at
the time of the accident in April
2013, when he suffered horrific
injuries when a car slammed into him
at a self-storage facility at Garbutt, in
As a result of crush injuries he has
had one leg amputated and doctors
are still trying to save the other.
This week, his story featured on
national television A Current Affair,
titled ‘Tourist walks free over crash
that claimed man’s leg’.
Mr Bliss was born in Karamea,
farmed at the Taramakau Settlement
and then the Waitaha Valley before
moving to Australia with his wife and
children in 1999.
He was loading a trailer when the
Belgian driver behind him — who
he says was wearing shoes two sizes
too big — got his foot stuck on the
Tourist Quang Tuan Phan later
pleaded guilty to dangerous operation
of a motor vehicle causing grievous
bodily harm. He was sentenced to a
12-month good behaviour bond with
a bond of $200.
“He got off Scot-free,” Mr Bliss told
the Greymouth Star, recalling the
terrible day of the accident.
“I remember everything very
Both legs were shattered beneath
the knee. Seven and a half weeks after
the accident, he lost his right leg.
“They are still trying to save the
left,” the 57-year-old said.
It means he is, for now, wheelchair
“So far I’ve had 14 operations and
I’ve had the halo fixation in the bones
six months now and probably are
looking at another six months before
being able to weight bear,” Mr Bliss
“I’ve had many battles along the
way, first was finding somewhere
suitable wheelchair-friendly, this took
two months, and I was turned down
for the disability pension.”
His story appeared in the Townsville
newspaper when he was turned down
for the disability pension. After an
outcry, the decision was reversed.
The tv show about his plight aired
this week, and soon after a man
from Townsville got in touch with
Mr Bliss. It turned out he, too,
was originally from Karamea, and
there was only two years’ difference
“ We are going to meet up,” Mr Bliss
Former Coaster loses leg
as tourist walks free
Rob Bliss, pictured in hospital in September with his niece, Jess, who still
lives in Karamea.
Collision claims life
One person has died after a crash
on the Coromandel Peninsula last
night — the first fatality of the
Queen’s Birthday weekend holiday
road toll period. Motorists heading
towards Whitianga faced significant
delays following the head-on
collision at Whenuakite. Emergency
services were called to the scene
of the crash on State highway 25
about 6.30pm, Inspector Freda
Grace said. Initial indications were
that a campervan collided head on
with a four-wheel-drive vehicle,
resulting in one person travelling as
a passenger in the four-wheel-drive
losing their life, she said. The driver
of the four-wheel-drive vehicle
suffered serious injuries and was
flown to Auckland Hospital while
the two occupants of the campervan
were taken to Thames Hospital.
Body found in lake
The body of missing Queenstown
woman Renee Lisa Barrett, 42, was
found in Lake Wakatipu yesterday.
A statement released by acting
Detective Sergeant Matt Jones, of
Queenstown, said the body had
been formally identified. The body
was found at noon by searchers
conducting a shoreline search in
an area close to a boat ramp in the
Kelvin Heights area about 150m
from where Ms Barrett ’s vehicle
was found. The case has now been
referred to the coroner.
— Otago Daily Times
Fire destroys sleepout
Billows of smoke could be seen
from hundreds of metres away
down in High Street in Carterton
as a sleepout went up in flames
yesterday afternoon. Three fire crews
were called to the scene of the fire
on Moore Crescent at the south
end of Carterton. Carterton senior
station officer Richard Epplett said
two Carterton crews attended at
2.30pm and called for a third crew
from Greytown, realising the fire was
out of control. About 15 firefighters
attended the fire. Two crews had
to don breathing apparatus. Mr
Epplett said the sleepout had been
“completely gutted” by the fire but
he said the crews had done a good
job getting the fire out “very quickly”
and making sure it did not spread to
nearby houses. The cause of the fire is
yet to be determined.
— APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Numbers in Keno draw No 9958: 1,
8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 30, 46, 47,
56, 57, 59, 60, 66, 68, 73, 75. Draw No
9959: 2, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 37, 39,
41, 43, 50, 53, 65, 68, 74, 75, 77, 79.
The Internet Party leader, Laila Harre is
accusing the Prime Minister of crossing the
line over his repeated comments that Kim
Dotcom is supporting the party only to escape
The internet entrepeneur has so far funded the
Internet Party to the tune of about $4 million.
John Key has suggested Mr Dotcom is only
doing that so, if the party is included in the next
government, he can influence a potential future
Justice Minister to stop his extradition.
Ms Harre said the extradition hearing has not
been held yet, and Mr Key should stay out of
such a sensitive legal issue.
She said Mr Key’s comments are also
inappropriate because he could be perceived as
trying to influence the judiciary.
Ms Harre, a long-time unionist and former
Alliance Party politician, told Radio New
Zealand’s Morning Report programme
yesterday that it was refreshing to see a wealthy
donor backing a progressive party rather than
supporting the status quo.
“I feel very lucky to be in a position
where resources are available to take on the
establishment rather than the conventional
approach, which has been for big money to
support the status quo and to shut down change,
particularly for young people,” she said. — NZN
Key ‘crossing line’ on court case: Harre
of the Westport News
West Coast coal mines would not
be at risk from a Labour-Greens
government, Labour leader David
He was in Westport on Thursday,
accompanied by West Coast-
Tasman MP Damien O’Connor,
at the end of a day-long West
About 60 people turned up to
the informal Westport meeting.
“ We are not going to let the Green Party close
down the coal mines of the West Coast — it ’s
not going to happen,” Mr Cunliffe told them.
“ But to make sure it’s not going to happen
we’ve got to maximise the Labour Party vote. ”
He said Labour would back responsible
“ We were born in the mines of the West
Coast. There’s no way a Labour Government is
going to close them down.”
Mr O’Connor said West Coast mining
had undergone huge development under the
previous Labour government, when Labour had
relied on the Greens for support.
Greens’ co-leader Russel Norman was
pragmatic, Mr O’Connor said. The Greens did
not propose to close existing mines, but said
they wouldn’t support opening new ones.
“ I have no fear for our industry here,” Mr
O’Connor said, adding it was unrealistic to
oppose the opening of new coal mines.
Mr Cunliffe gave no guarantees a Labour
Government would support royalties for regions,
so more proceeds of extractive industries came
back to the areas where they operated, but said
Labour would look into it.
Labour would target regional development,
including on the West Coast, he said.
“ Whatever cheque book it comes out of, we
will be committed to the Coast.”
Mr O’Connor said the previous
considered royalties for regions,
but “officials won the day ”.
It was “simply not right ” that
Stockton mine had generated huge
wealth for New Zealand yet Buller
ratepayers were still struggling to
provide basic infrastructure for the
New mines must show real, long-
lasting benefits for their regions,
Conser vation Minister Nick Smith is
currently considering a proposal from National’s
West Coast-Tasman candidate, Maureen Pugh,
to allow logging of native timber felled on
conser vation estate by Cyclone Ita.
Mr Cunliffe said he could not see a problem
with logging the windfall timber if it could be
c leanly removed.
The issue was an economic one — “does it pay
and do we have capacity?” Much of the timber
was high grade and it would be a shame to let
it rot, he said.
Mr O’Connor said he had had mixed feedback
about the logging. Some people had told him
it would be a nightmare to get the logs out.
Also, sawmills no longer had the capacity to
process so much native timber because they had
converted to pinus radiata.
Mr Cunliffe said that in the last five years,
incomes in 14 of New Zealand’s 18 regions had
dropped after inflation was taken into account.
The West Coast, which had been charging
ahead under the previous Labour government,
was among those hardest hit.
Mr Cunliffe quipped that Mr O’Connor —
who once lost his driver’s licence following
repeat speeding offences — had driven the
Coast Road from Greymouth to Westport at
100kph “including the corners”.
“He thinks I went to sleep for part of it.
Actually, I had rigor mortis. ”
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GREEN, (nee Bond)
Passed away at Pohlen
Hospital Matamata, after
a short battle with
cancer on May 28, 2014.
Aged 76. Beloved wife
for 53 years of the late
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and mother-in-law of
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Michael and Nadia,
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and great-granny of
Hunter. Cherished sister
of Jimmy and Colleen,
Veneta, Graham and the
late Ray. A service is to
be held at the Saints
Anglican Church, corner
of Broadway and Ho-
haia Streets, Matamata
on Tuesday June 3, 2014
at 11am. Followed by
private cremation. In
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tions preferred to the
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communications to the
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Picken) Dulcie Vera.
Passed away peace-
fully on May 28, 2014
with family by her side.
In her 83rd year. Loved
wife of the late Robert
Walter (Bob), cherished
mum of Shirley and
Mark (Australia) and the
late Graeme, loved nana
of Scott, loved great-
grandmother of Robbie,
Declan and Hayden,
very much loved aunty
of Colleen and Don, and
a loved sister and sister-
in-law. Very much loved
by her Kowhai Manor
family and friends. A
special thank you from
Shirley and Colleen to
nurses and staff of
Kowhai Manor and to
the nurses and doctors of
looked after Dulcie, and
a very special thank you
to Robin Hill. May she
now rest in peace. At
Dulcie's request a pri-
vate farewell gathering
has been held and she
has now joined her
beloved Bob. Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
(Dean). — Passed away
on Thursday May 29,
2014, surrounded by his
sons and daughters,
much loved father and
father-in-law of Deanna
Dale and Leonie Lemon
(Hokitka), Ross and
Barbara Lemon and the
late Yvonne (Ikamatua),
Brent and the late Mary
Lemon (Cobden) and
Mary Rose Lemon
brother and brother-in-
law of Molly and the
late Joe Tucker, Doris
and Alf Bannan, and the
late Arthur and Edith
Lemon, Edward Lemon,
William and Joy Lemon,
Reginald and Hazel
Lemon, Gordon and
Elsie Lemon, and Alma
and Rodney Newman,
and a loved Pop, grand-
grandfather. In his 87th
year. Messages to Box 6
Ikamatua. Dean's funeral
service will be held in
the Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah's Witness, 13
Sturge Street, Cobden
on Tuesday at 1pm
followed by interment at
the Gladstone Memorial
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home,
Tranz Alpine passengers
were held up for two and
half hours on their way
to Greymouth yesterday
after the train suffered a
fault in Canterbury.
A Kiwi Rail spokesman
said yesterday ’s ser vice
was delayed due to a
fault with the train’s air
The fault was fixed
at Rolleston station
although the ser vice was
delayed by two and a half
“ We made every effort
to contact all affected
passengers and assist
them with their travel
plans,” the spokesman
A lawyer has argued a man accused
of trying to shut his ex-partner in a
shipping crate should not be remanded
in custody until his hearing as he was
looking after 900 chickens.
Douglas Rae Cook, 71, of Kaihinu,
yesterday had his bail application
declined in the Westport District Court,
where his case had been transferred from
Cook faced two charges of breaching
protection orders. Police alleged he had
also breached bail.
Judge Jane McMeeken said it was
alleged Cook’s ex-partner had returned
to sort out some property after their
relationship ended this month. He
allegedly tried to hit her, then tried to
lock her in a shipping container.
It was also alleged he took her to a
lawyer and to court, so she could have a
protection order withdrawn.
Defending, Rob Ord said Cook would
deny the breaches but there would be a
considerable delay before the case could
The relationship had been tempestuous
and Cook would apply for trespass and
harassment orders against the woman if
Mr Ord sought bail on Cook’s behalf
saying Cook had sole responsibility for
900 chickens, which would suffer if he
remained in custody.
Mr Ord also referred to Cook’s age
and said he may not have understood
the seriousness of the situation and the
Police opposed bail.
Judge McMeeken said that in
considering a bail application the court
had to consider the risk he would
interfere with the alleged victim, and the
risk he would offend while on bail.
Judge McMeeken said the complainant
still feared him. The judge said she could
not be satisfied the complainant would
be protected if he was on bail.
She remanded him in custody for a
case review hearing on July 29.
He could make an application for
electronic monitoring by audio video
link to the Christchurch District Court.
— Westport News
DOC’s Battle for the Birds plans to
spread a deadly inhumane poison
called 1080 over 700,000 hectares of
New Zealand’s wilderness over coming
months, in response to a possible
heavy beech seeding over most South
Island forests, which DOC believes will
lead to an increase in predators on
However DOC’s own Science and
Research Division paper published
March 2010 says “Predicting the
frequency of predation cycles based
on mast years may not be possible,
as the periodicity of full beech mast
appears to vary between beech
species, latitudes and altitudes, and in
different climatic conditions”.
DOC’s own November 2010 Forest
Bird mortality paper records 19 native
bird species have had corpses test
positive for 1080 after aerial operations,
11 of those native species have not had
the poisoning risk quantified.
Of 322 aerial 1080 operations in
ten years to 2008, only 15 involved
observations with banded or radio
carrying birds, only 25% of surveys
included an untreated control area and
none took advantage of latest Before/
After Control/Impact survey design.
DOC’s November 2013 Principles
Based Decision Tree advises DOC
planners to pause for reflection before
exposing Nationally Endangered bird
species to aerial 1080.
Vast areas of the planned 1080 drop
have never been assessed for what bird
species and populations are present,
some of these previosuly unpoisoned
areas have anecdotal accounts of
significant bird populations.
Add to this the indiscriminate nature
of the poison, the 8-24 hours for birds
and up to four days for mammals, to
die a terrifying, struggling, cruel death,
the potential risk to human health, and
the risks to our tourism and export
A political party is being formed in
response. Visit the website:
We need 500 members asap.
Authorised by Dave Hector Ban1080
Party Secretary, May 16, 2014, 106
Collingwood Street, Nelson 7040.
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