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Old gas bottles spark
Francis Kara with two of the
three old gas bottles that he found
beneath The Sharing Shed second-
hand shop in Bright Street, Cobden,
yesterday morning, sparking an
emergency call-out to the Cobden
Volunteer Fire Brigade. Mr Kara
found them while he was clearing
scrub with a chainsaw and said
he alerted the brigade because he
thought they were bombs and
might explode. Cobden chief fire
officer Gary Pollock said the three
rusty cylinders were carefully
removed and taken away to be
not to get too excited
Federated Mountain Clubs says
the backers of the Haast-Hollyford
road idea should carefully read the
decision to decline the Fiordland
monorail before getting too excited.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith
said he had to consider “whether a
development on public conservation
land — especially one involving
significant infrastructure — is
likely to succeed, is consistent with
the purpose of the Conser vation
Act, which is to promote the
conser vation of New Zealand’s
natural and historic resources”.
Federated Mountain Clubs said
yesterday that Hollyford road
promoter Durham Havill “needs
to carefully re-read the reasoning
before becoming optimistic about
his proposed Haast-Hollyford
Blunt force calf
euthanising ruled out
The use of blunt force to euthanise
calves will now be ruled out,
except in unforeseen emergency
cases, the Minister of Primary
Industries Nathan Guy said today.
In February, Mr Guy asked the
National Animal Welfare Advisory
Committee (Nawac) for advice
on the issue, generating 3578
submissions, most supporting
change. “ Nawac concluded that on
balance manual blunt force trauma
as a routine method for killing
calves is not acceptable, and should
be only reser ved for unforeseen
emergencies,” Mr Guy said. The code
of welfare for dairy cattle will be now
re-issued with amendments covering
the humane destruction of calves
on farms, and will come into effect
on June 13 — ahead of this year’s
Hokitika woman honoured for service to elderly
A Greymouth man who set fire to
a car and drove while suspended was
yesterday sentenced to eight months
in prison, ordered to pay reparation
of $4291 and disqualified from
driving for nine months.
Anthony Robert Moore, 45,
admitted in the Greymouth District
Court two charges of driving while
suspended, on April 19 and May 19.
Judge Robert Murfitt said Moore
also set a car alight, belonging
to someone who he thought had
shown predatory behaviour toward
his partner and other women in the
It was an example of “vigilante
However, two arson charges for
houses which had been scorched as
a result of the car fire, had since been
withdrawn. Judge Murfitt said those
charges had fallen by the wayside as
the homes had been incidentally
Moore had also since apologised to
the homeowners, as well as showing
remorse for his crimes.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Moore
was making “significant progress”
in his methadone treatment, and
was hoping to return to a job in
the fishing industry. Moore had
previously been involved in a gang
in Timaru and had also previously
assaulted his partner.
The judge said the arson offence
was a top level crime which had
a maximum penalty of 14 years.
Given the gravity of the offence,
prison was inevitable as it needed to
be denounced publicly.
A man facing charges of cannabis
possession and possessing a rifle
was sentenced to 221 hours of
community work, and forfeiture of
Lance Michael Wilson, 41, of
Blackball, was convicted on charges
possessing cannabis oil, cultivating
cannabis and possessing a rifle.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said
Wilson had swapped the cannabis
he had grown for firewood and use
of a friend’s shed, and he had shared
the drug with his friends.
The firearm was for hunting and
for pest control.
Mr Bodle said Wilson had been
defending the charge until the
police were satisfied the drug was
used for bartering.
Wilson’s partner had recently been
involved in a car accident, and had
suffered serious head injuries that
needed his 24-hour care.
Judge Murfitt said Wilson’s drug
growing had not been a commercial
operation, and had been grown for
Wilson and his wife’s medication.
The police also accepted the
firearm was not part of the
enforcement around his drug
growing operation, and was an
“ incidental charge”.
of the Hokitika Guardian
Hokitika’s Colleen Freitas has been
honoured with a Q ueen’s Service Medal
in recognition of her service to the elderly
As president of Hokitika Grey Power and
the RSA Women’s Section, Mrs Freitas was
honoured for her services to senior citizens.
She was one of only two West Coasters to
make the Q ueen’s Birthday honours list
this year. The other was Mavis White, of
Westport, for services to hockey and the
Mrs Freitas said yesterday the accolade
was still sinking in.
“I was really surprised because this is just
what I do. I like helping people. I’ve had
so many people call and say I deserved it. I
have had calls from all over New Zealand.
I didn’t realise just how big a deal it was.”
Until last year, Mrs Freitas had worked
in care roles for the elderly for 20 years —
beginning at Seaview Hospital and then,
when it closed, shifting to outpatient work.
For the past five years she has also led
the Grey Power and RSA groups — co -
ordinating both the social and regulatory
functions of each group. She is also
heavily involved in the wider Hokitika
As an avid card player the 76-year-old
leads the Hokitika Chartered Club card
section and is secretary of the Hokitika
She is also the Hokitika delegate for the
West Coast outdoor bowls organisation, a
member of the Safer Community Council
and was a representative on the West Coast
Restorative Justice management committee
until its functions were transferred to
Over many years Mrs Freitas has also been
a willing chauffeur, helping others who are
no longer able to drive get from A to B.
“I suppose anything I can do to help I
will,” she said. “I find it quite rewarding
because they really appreciate it, and while
I can help I will.”
Mrs Freitas will head either to
Auckland or Wellington later in the year
for the official investiture ceremony at
Government House alongside the other
recipients, whom she was humbled to be
“I would like to thank the person
or persons who thought it was worth
recommending me for the award. It was a
surprise, but I am thrilled.”
1. Market pressure
Clothing retailer Postie Plus,
which has 82 stores across New
Zealand, has struggled to find its
place in a rapidly changing retail
market and has been losing market
share as a result.
At the company ’s annual meeting
in December chief executive
Richard Binns said customer
numbers had been declining for the
last three years.
“ We have not been responding to
customers’ demands for product or
ser vice,” Binns said.
He also said Postie Plus was facing
increased on-line competition,
including from overseas web-based
2. Losses and debt
The retailer’s loss swelled to
$3.7 million in the six months to
February 2 from $1.8 million in the
same period a year earlier.
Chairman Richard Punter said
today that trading losses were
ongoing, despite a restructuring
of the business and recent
improvements to gross margins and
Postie Plus said in April that it was
in breach of its lending covenants
and expected to remain so “for the
The company’s debt reached
$18.m in early February but was
reduced to $12.1m later that month
after the company sold its School
Tex school uniform business to The
Postie Plus’ bank has now
withdrawn support after deciding
that it cannot extend its facilities to
cover ongoing losses.
3. Distribution challenges
A poorly executed outsourcing of
its distribution centre — part of the
company ’s head office relocation
from Christchurch to Auckland —
hit Postie Plus hard in 2013.
The retailer’s full-year loss blew
out to $11.6m last year.
Punter said the company had
been advised that it had “proper
grounds” to pursue a damages claim
in relation to those losses.
4. Exit strategy
Postie Plus has been on the hunt
for a new cornerstone shareholder
to recapitalise the company or an
However, a new investor or buyer
failed to materialise.
As a result, the company has
appointed David Bridgman and
Colin McCloy, of PwC, to run the
business under administration.
Postie Plus said the company will
continued to trade while negotiations
continue towards selling the retailer
as a going concern.
Employees had been told that
they will remain in their current
roles and continue to work agreed
hours unless other wise advised, the
First Union said.
The company has about 650 staff,
according to its website.
5. Shareholders’ pain
Postie Plus has been a very poor
performer for investors.
Its shares floated for $1.25 a piece
in September 2003 and never rose
above the listing price, according to
The retailer’s share price had
slumped to 7.3c by Thursday (when
the stock went into a trading
hold), giving the retailer a market
capitalisation of just $2.9m.
Trading in its shares has now been
Postie Plus was founded by the
Dellaca family and can trace its
origins back to 1909, when Thomas
Dellaca founded a boot repair shop
Kathmandu founder Jan Cameron
owns about 20% of Postie Plus.
Five reasons Postie Plus is in administration
Retail chain Postie Plus, announced yesterday it had called in the administrators
after its bankers decided to cut its losses. New Zealand Herald markets writer
CHRISTOPHER ADAMS looks at what has gone wrong.
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John. — June 4, 1998.
Taken tragically. 16
years gone by.
The memories of you are
still with us.
Our life would have
been so different if you
were still here with us.
Miss you so much, you
will never be forgotten.
Love Dad, Rene,
sisters Sharleen and
Brenda, twin brother
Jerrard and all the
nephews and nieces.
Victor (Tommy) MBE,
(NZ Police retired). At
Edith Cavell Rest Home,
Christchurch on Satur-
day May 31, 2014, aged
82 years. Much loved
husband of the late Joan.
Loved by Tom and
Dennise, Gaye and John,
Jan and Murray; Pop of
Olivia, Scott, and Alex;
Duane, Tracey, and
Angus and sadly missed
by Craig and the late
father of Finn, Leo and
Bennett English, Maya
and Cleo Brown, and
Travis Thomson. Loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Gilbert and
Ngaire Thomson, Muriel
and Tom Clarke, Shirley
and Artie Byers,
Johnson, Bruce and
Gloria and Karen Milne,
McDermid and all his
much loved nieces and
nephews. The family
wishes to especially
thank Dr David
Thomson of Sumner, Dr
Nicky Terpstra, Inver-
cargill, and the staff of
Rowena Jackson and
Edith Cavell Rest
Homes for the special
showed him. A service
to celebrate Tommy's
life will be held at J
Fraser & Sons' Chapel,
corner of Esk and Doon
Streets.l Invercargill, on
Monday June 9, 2014 at
1.30pm, followed by a
committal at the Eastern
Cemetery later that
afternoon. In lieu of
flowers a donation to St
John Ambulance would
be appreciated. Mess-
ages to PO Box 19577,
8241. Respectfully cared
for by J Fraser & Sons
Ltd, FDANZ www.fras
BECK, Zona Clarice
away peacefully one
year ago today.
Your life is not over,
But in a different place.
You tried your best to
I know you wanted to,
But it was not to be.
You were the only one
who cared for me.
“Rest In Peace”
Your fight is over, mine
Man set fire
to car and
Geographically challenged Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges — who just a month
ago admitted in Parliament that he had never heard of the 200,000ha Victoria Forest Park at Reefton,
the Department of Conservation’s largest forest park — headed back to the classroom yesterday to
sharpen his skills. Greymouth High School Year 13 geography students Kaylee Franklin, left, and
Alicia Wilson spent time in class chatting with the minister, who was on a quick visit to the West
Minister heads back to classroom
of the Hokitika Guardian
Building is set to begin as two of the
mainstay tourism businesses at Franz Josef
Glacier migrate away from the village
The $2.3 million Ngai Tahu venture will
combine a new office for the tribal-owned
Franz Josef Glacier Guides Ltd with a
Department of Conser vation visitor centre
and Westland National Park headquarters,
right in front of the Glacier Hot Pools
complex, also owned by Ngai Tahu.
Ngai Tahu Tourism West Coast acting
regional general manager Steve Lester
said the Cron Street site, north of the
village centre which is straddled by the
Alpine Fault, was blessed by Te Runanga o
Makaawhio members on Monday, clearing
the way for construction to begin.
Construction will start firstly on the new
base for the guiding company, with the
adjoining DOC building to follow.
The reception area for the hot pools will
be incorporated into the new glacier guides
building, with two intermediate top storeys
to be built for office space. The DOC and
i-Site building, which will replace the
current earthquake risk information centre,
is continuing through the consent process.
Both buildings are expected to be
completed by Christmas.
The new complex will join a host of other
businesses in the new development area,
which is being built up in a deliberate move
away from the Alpine Fault zone which
now covers much of the main street.
DOC Franz Josef and South Westland
area manager Wayne Costello has said the
new fit-for-purpose building, which DOC
will lease from Ngai Tahu, ensured the
department ’s longevity at Franz Josef and
would potentially provide momentum for
other businesses to follow to the growing
subdivision to the north of the existing
Mr Costello, who also heads the town’s
business development group Franz Inc, said
the Franz Josef Medical Centre and other
emergency services such the police and
volunteer fire brigade were likely to relocate
soon. New motels and restaurants were also
In a submission to the Westland District
Council annual plan hearing last week,
Mr Costello sought priority for council
infrastructure spending on roading and
footpaths in the developing area.
“P lanning and preparation for this
development in terms of the infrastructure,
for which the council has responsibility, we
believe is very important and essential for
good visitor experience, visitor flow,” he said.
“ We’d like to see footpath development,
traffic calming devices, public car parking,
road widening and pedestrian crossings
developed to ensure the experience of
visiting and getting around Franz Josef
township is seamless and easy.”
Three years ago the district council
declared a fault rupture avoidance zone over
much of the township, preventing property
owners from erecting new buildings,
extending existing properties or developing
new subdivisions within the quake zone.
The District Plan change formalising the
avoidance zone is still to be finalised and is
yet to go to a hearing.
If it goes ahead, two new zones along the
length of the Alpine Fault could be created
one for the entire Westland district and
a more specific one for Franz Josef Glacier
village. It would involve an area of land
between 20m and 200m either side of the
Tourism businesses migrate
away from Franz village centre
Greymouth firewood merchants
Garry and Frances Foster has
stepped up after his younger
brother was diagnosed with
lymphocytes predominate, a rare
form of Hodgkins lymphoma.
Yesterday, he had his second
round of chemotherapy, which
will keep him in Christchurch
for six months, with possible
radiation to follow.
In between hospital stays, Harry
and his mother will be staying at
Ronald McDonald House, while
his father commutes to and from
That leaves Jordan, 16, to run
the Dobson firewood business.
Mrs Foster said today they
wanted their customers to know
they were still open for business,
and to reassure if people left a
message on the answer machine,
it would be checked regularly
throughout the day.
“Sorry for any delays, but Jordan
and Garry are doing their best
under the circumstances,” she
Mrs Foster said Harry was
very ill after his second round of
chemotherapy and had a “huge
battle” on his hands.
She had found that once people
knew what was happening, they
had been very understanding.
“ We want to thank everyone for
their kind thoughts and support,
especially for Harry as he is going
through a really hard time at the
Cancer boy’s brother steps up
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