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attacked by dogs
A elderly Greymouth man
attacked by two dogs as he was out
walking yesterday needed hospital
treatment. Grey District Council
environmental ser vices manager
Steven May said the 75-year-old
suffered puncture bites to his leg.
He was first attacked by one dog
as he passed a house in Freyberg
Terrace. “ The owner came out of
their house and a second dog also
came out and unfortunately joined
the other dog that was attacking
the man,” Mr May said. Both dogs,
a blue healer and collie, were later
impounded by the council dog
control officer. Both were registered.
Council staff were today discussing
with the owner what might have
triggered the attack and what would
happen to the animals.
The 17-year-old Westport
boy seriously injured in an early
morning crash in Granity yesterday
remains in a critical but stable
condition in Dunedin Hospital. The
teen suffered serious head and facial
injuries when the stationwagon
he was driving crashed and rolled
about 4.30am. He was thrown from
mate, they just know. Such was the
case for a pair of love-struck pugs,
Betty and Albert, who recently tied
the knot in a ‘lavish’ £2000 wedding
ceremony. The pair met as puppies
and were soon inseparable. O wner
Christine Reynolds, a dog groomer
from Milton Keynes, describes the
couple as ‘so in love’ and will now
allow them to sleep in the same
bed in the hope they produce pug
puppies. The moving wedding
ceremony took place last weekend.
On the big day, the bride, who had
her nails done and her fur trimmed,
wore a £100 custom-made wedding
gown with a train and matching
white lingerie. Groom Albert and
Doodles opted for traditional
morning suits. Wedding rings were
exchanged and attached to the dogs’
collars. Christine and Doodles’
owner, Clive Phillips, then read out
the vows on the canine couple’s
behalf, presided over by vicar Ann
Clarke. — Metro
Fine, gusting winds dying out
The Grey District Council has
found itself stuck with over 300
old television sets that it cannot
get rid of, left to pile up at the
McLeans Pit landfill.
Council utilities engineer
Kurtis Perrin-Smith said the tv
mountain came about when the
Ministry for the Environment ’s
‘ Tv Takeback’ programme
ended last year after the digital
Tv Takeback encouraged people
to drop off their old sets to be
recycled instead of being dumped.
However, since the programme
ended the council had found
itself with hundreds of sets on its
hands, and nowhere to put them.
“ We have no recycling market
currently for tvs. However, as
they have been deemed to be a
recyclable product, we have been
unable to charge for them.
“Companies like RCN who
were involved in the Tv Takeback
scheme, will still take them for
recycling but there is now a
significant charge in the order of
not have a budget for this,” Mr
As a result, the stock of tvs sat
in “limbo” at the landfill until a
market could be identified.
Subloos Greymouth operations
manager Michael Dayberg said
they took away three truckloads,
estimated at 15-20 tonnes, when
the scheme was still in effect.
However, tvs were still coming
in, adding to the 300 already
“ We probably get about six or
seven a week,” he said.
Kingsgate Hotel offloaded 98
sets at the start of the year.
Mr Dayberg was unsure of what
to do next: “ We are stumped, we
can’t put them in the dump.”
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Subloos mechanised recycling facility super visor Wayne Peters stands among the more than 300 television sets that are piling up at the McLeans Pit landfill.
Paroa parents Cassie Brown and
Josh Sutherland have been told it is a
miracle their 10-month old son Luka,
who has a rare disorder, is alive.
Luka was diagnosed with severe
combined immunodeficiency disorder
(SCID) on May 23, and the family has
been at Starship Hospital in Auckland
ever since. Luka is currently in critical
He was born in July last year weighing
a healthy 8 pounds 2 ounces, but it soon
became clear things were not right.
After countless trips to the doctor and
hospital, his parents were told he had
colic, then reflux, then thrush, and a
virus. Some days he was hysterical day
At four months they thought Luka
had an allergy to cow ’s milk protein, and
soon after that he got sick with his first
virus. He first got pneumonia in January,
it cleared up, came back and after
months of sickness he was transferred to
Christchurch on May 22. A day later he
was diagnosed with SCID.
Luka now needs chemotherapy and
a bone marrow transplant, but first he
has to fight off a bad bug in his lungs
called pneumocystis pneumonia, and
some less serious bugs. He had been on
a ventilator for weeks — coming off only
yesterday — and doctors have told his
parents it was as though he was trying to
breathe “through concrete”.
In simple terms, Luka has no t-cells,
which means his immune system does
“They told us it ’s a miracle he’s made it
to 10 months,” Miss Brown said.
She wants to tell her story to raise
awareness of SCID, which is rare. She
has also been blogging on-line about
their own journey with Luka.
Miss Brown said she also wanted
mums to “trust their gut — mums know
their babies best ”.
The family is now living at Ronald
McDonald House, in Auckland, and dad
Josh has given up work in a goldmine to
be with his baby.
A potential bone marrow donor has
been found and if all goes well, they
could get out of hospital early next year.
Even then, it will take several years for
the tot ’s immune system to build back
Friends and family have launched a
fundraising drive to help support them.
The family also want people to know
the disease can be detected from the
simple heel prick test done on newborns,
something that happens in America, and
others are petitioning to have this made
Experts believe that many children
with SCID die from infections before
You can read Miss Brown’s blog at
donate to the family at http://www.
Information on the illness and support is
available at http://idfnz.org.nz/
Rare disorder leaves tot fighting for his life
Road worker cuts phone cable
A road contractor who accidentally
cut through a fibre-optic cable in
central Greymouth left hundreds of
people from Blaketown right up the
Grey Valley without phone or internet
Problems started at the weekend,
affecting some downtown businesses.
By mid-morning yesterday large areas
of the Greymouth hinterland was also
Michelle Macilquham, of Blaketown,
said she lost her connection about 10am.
“ It was nice and peaceful,” she laughed
today, looking on the bright side.
Rachel Mosman, of Ngahere, was
disconnected about the same time. She
said some telecommunications websites
pinpointed the problem to between
Greymouth and Taylor ville, but it
actually extended further. A friend in
Dobson was also affected. At Kotuku,
Joshua Golding was also off-line, and
was told it was a “massive fault ”.
The Greymouth Star has also seen
complaints from people disconnected in
Ahaura, Stillwater and Blackball.
“ unfortunately the cut to the fibre
cable was accidentally caused by road
contractors who were installing safety
rails at a site in Greymouth”. “ Hundreds
of customers may have experienced a
loss of broadband and phone ser vices as
a result of the outage,” the spokeswoman
She understood the fault yesterday
was connected to the one first noticed
in central Greymouth a few days earlier.
The underground cable was repaired
and ser vices restored at 7.10pm
Little Luka is now fighting for his life in an Auckland hospital.
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