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uLetters to the editor
1307 - King Edward I of England dies on his
way north to subdue a rebellion in Scotland. He
is succeeded by Edward II.
1865 - Four people are hanged in Washington
after being convicted of conspiring with John
Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham
1883 - Pinocchio, written by Carlo Lorenzini
under his pen name of Collodi, is
published for the first time.
1930 - Death of Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle, British novelist and creator of
1937 - In Britain, the Peel Report
recommends there should be separate
Arab and Jewish states.
1960 - In Sydney, Stephen Bradley kidnaps
and holds for ransom eight-year-old Graeme
Thorne, who later is found murdered.
1982 - Unemployed labourer Michael Fagan
makes his way to the Q ueen’s bedroom in
Buckingham Palace before being arrested.
1985 - Boris Becker, aged 17, becomes the
youngest player to win the Wimbledon men’s
1987 - Oliver North begins his long-awaited
testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Pierre Cardin, French fashion designer
(1922-); Ringo Starr, British musician (1940-);
Bill Oddie, British comedian-actor
(1941-); Michael Howard, English
politician (1941-); Carmen D uncan,
Australian actress (1942-); Tony
Jacklin, British golfer (1944-); Joe
Spano, US actor (1946-); Shelley
Duvall, US actress (1949-); Vonda
Shepard, US singer (1963-);
Michael Voss, AFL player (1975-);
Michelle Kwan, US figure skater (1980-) .
“Memory depends very much on the
perspicuity, regularity, and order of our thoughts.
Many complain of the want of memory, when
the defect is in their judgment; and others, by
grasping at all, retain nothing.” — Margaret
Fuller, American critic (1810-1850).
“ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins and purify us from
all unrighteousness.” — (1 John 1:9).
At least 30
received ner ve tingling
experiences from the
storm which raged here on Saturday night.
A Greymouth taxi driver and two passengers
were blinded momentarily on Saturday night
when the cab’s aerial struck a broken power
line at Pitt Street, Runanga.
The driver of the cab said a blinding blue
flash occurred when the aerial hit the line. “ I
realised what had happened and continued on,”
he added. The sign on the roof of the vehicle
was torn off as well as the aerial but other wise
little damage was done to the taxi.
Guitar playing at a Greymouth party was
brought to an abrupt halt when guests were
alarmed by a sudden crash. Upon investigation,
the remains of an aerial were found atrewn on
the footpath. The four by four inch aerial had
bowed down to the gale force wind.
About 1700 people will see the Vienna Boys’
Choir when it comes to Greymouth on July 20
and 21 — but that is all. The theatre capacity
of about 1700 for two nights has already
been fully booked by postal application this
“ I had 150 seats left and I’ve picked up about
60 letters today. It’s safe to say they are all
gone,” local theatre manager, Mr R A Kay, said
today. People who requested special seats have
sometimes missed out as the theatre rule of
first in first ser ved has been strictly adhered to.
The demand for seats has been unprecedented
and has precluded the usually available box
The seats already booked are roughly 700
to Buller, Reefton and Hokitika and 1000 to
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Jono Kenyon has never known life
without the effects of alcohol. The
24-year-old British-born star of the TV2
hit comedy Step Dave grew up with an
alcoholic father, who died last year in
Auckland because of his drinking.
This month, Kenyon is one of the
thousands of New Zealanders who will
abstain from alcohol for a month for Dry
July, a charity this year raising money for
people with cancer.
“Dad became an alcoholic before I was
born, so I know what it’s like to live with
the consequences of what addiction can
do to families,” said Kenyon, who lives in
Auckland but is in Christchurch rehearsing
for Ache, a romantic comedy play in which
he stars alongside actress and singer-
songwriter Amy Straker.
“Because Dad was an alcoholic, we had
a broken family for 20 years — then he
killed himself in May last year when he was
drunk. He passed out in bed, dropped a
cigarette on himself and burned to death.”
It is a shocking story for any son to
tell about his father but for Kenyon,
it meant the end of a traumatic and
often frightening childhood. His dad
Edward’s behaviour meant the family was
permanently on tenterhooks, waiting for
the family’s secret to be outed in public.
“For years, Mum and I would cover
for him when we went out, making sure
nothing happened. We’d always be ‘on’,
keeping one eye on him and watching for
the signs, then getting him home before
And, invariably, they managed to cover
“Dad was a nice guy — everyone liked
him. He was a functioning alcoholic who
held down a job. You’d never know he was
an addict. People didn’t see what went on
once we were behind closed doors.”
Kenyon is reluctant to go into detail
about what happened at home, but the
effect his father’s alcohol abuse had on
the family, especially his mum, Paula, is
“Mum took the worst of it and it was
often brutal. He would say really terrible
things, call her everything under the sun.
Dad was never honest about his drinking,
either to himself or anyone else but I
knew he was ashamed and embarrassed
— alcoholics usually are. He just couldn’t
“A couple of times, usually after a bad
bout, he went to a couple of Alcoholics
Anonymous meetings, but it never helped.
I remember him going to one meeting and
buying a bottle of vodka on his way home.
“Alcoholics need help. I tried asking him,
ignoring him, arguing but nothing ever
That is, until Kenyon turned 20. “Until
then I’d kept everything quiet, been
complicit in hiding Dad’s addiction. But I
got to a point that I realised I didn’t want
to pretend it wasn’t happening any more.”
The actor has accepted he had no say
in the choices his father made that led to
his death but he is also still angry at the
suffering he and his mother went through
— which is why Kenyon was the only
person to speak at his father’s funeral.
“I didn’t want some Disney-esque version
of Dad’s life to be told by people who
were looking at him through rose-tinted
glasses,” he says.
“Dad killed himself because he was drunk
and, as a family, we all suffered because
of his alcoholism. Alcohol addiction is an
incredibly selfish illness. I find it hard to
hear an alcoholic say proudly that they
haven’t had a drink for five months, or they
are 16 years sober.
“Of course that ’s good, but they don’t
think about the families who have had
to live with the pain and suffering that ’s
caused and don’t get any support. They are
Kenyon is acutely aware of the pitfalls
of drinking — his grandparents were also
alcoholics — but still enjoys a drink.
“It’s like sex — you can have safe sex
without choosing never to have sex at
all, and you can have a drink without it
being this terrible thing — an alcoholic
can never have a single drink, ever again
in their whole lives, but not everyone is
an alcoholic, and I don’t think everyone
should stop drinking if they enjoy it.
“Alcoholism is so much more than
just how much we drink. There is a big
difference between getting drunk at the
weekend and being an alcoholic.
“The reason I’m doing Dry July and
talking about my own experiences is
because I want to take the taboo out of
talking about alcohol. Alcohol is such a
huge part of our lives in New Zealand —
it ’s part of our culture.
“ When do we ever see mates, go to the
beach, go to each others’ houses and we
aren’t having a beer or a wine? It’s part of
our everyday lives.”
And despite his history, that is okay, says
Kenyon, as long as we are honest about
our drinking habits. Kenyon is enjoying
the novelty of going dry for July, but is also
looking for ward to a time he can enjoy a
beer again — especially after work.
“I have gone a month without drinking
before, when I was training for Step Dave,
but I’m not doing this with anyone, so it
won’t be easy,” he said. “Not going out for a
beer with the cast and crew after we finish
the play every night will be weird.”
Isolation or frequent absence from
work or commitments, or difficulty keeping
everything in order.
Someone who needs a drink will suffer
withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety,
nausea and sweating.
Alcoholics suffer from anger or
depression, and may become emotionally
Taking more risks, eg, driving
drunk. As their judgment becomes more
impaired, an alcoholic will increasingly
put themselves, and others, in dangerous
Where to get help
Alcohol Drug Helpline:
alcoholdrughelp.org.nz or 0800 787 797
Alcoholics Anonymous New Zealand:
aa.org.nz or 0800 229 6757
New Zealand star’s decision to abstain from the sauce
Actor Jono Kenyon reveals the painful family secret behind his decision to join thousands
around the country going without alcohol this month. CATHERINE MILFORD of the
New Zealand Herald reports.
t was shaping up as a quiet shift.
Suddenly, every 111 light lit up
near Dave Campbell’s desk.
“Never seen that before,’’ he said,
recalling the events of November
Harrowing calls about a man shooting
people in the seaside township of
Aramoana prompted the then senior
sergeant to call out the D unedin armed
offenders squad, which he commanded.
“Nothing can prepare you for something
that extreme, however the training ...
when the pressure is on ... you seem to go
into automatic mode.’’
Several members of the squad,
including sergeant Stewart Guthrie, of
Port Chalmers, went to the scene as first
“ While we were getting kitted up, Stew
was giving us commentary over the radio.
One thing I remember him saying as he
got an eyeball on the offender was ‘he has
got a semi-automatic rifle with an evil-
Sergeant Guthrie, who was armed with
a revolver, transmitted via his radio “stop,
David, stop, or I will shoot ’’.
“Then there were gunshots and that
obviously was when Stew was killed,’’ Mr
That evening, squad members were
within 100m of where sergeant Guthrie
was killed. A house burning nearby lit
up the night, but they did not know the
location of gunman David Gray.
“It was just unbelievable; with the
burning house it was like a wartime
“There were bodies everywhere. We
came across bodies as we moved into
position and the guys were checking
them for a pulse but it was quite evident
that people had been killed.’’
At an intersection, they heard wounded
resident Chris Cole calling ‘’help me,
The decision was made to evacuate him,
“an incredibly hard decision to make’’.
‘’It is all very well to be heroic, but
if you end up getting you or your staff
killed, you are no help to anybody.’’
A new police dog van was used to
evacuate Mr Cole ‘’and as they backed up,
the door was left open and it caught on a
flax bush and bent the door right back’’.
“It is funny what you remember.’’
More evacuations followed, including
children and the first police at the scene.
“One girl sur vived and that made it
really worthwhile,’’ he said.
“ We hunkered down because we did not
know where Gray was, but a few times
during the night some shots were fired.’’
At dawn, the squad was replaced.
“ We needed to be relieved, because
we weren’t capable of doing any more,
because we had done too much.’’
Squad members opted to stay at the
scene, as reinforcements including other
AOS squads and the anti-
terrorist squad (ATS) replaced
Fourteen people, including
Gray who was shot by ATS
members, died in the massacre.
Mr Campbell said he bore
no grudge or hatred towards
David Gray who ‘’was mad ...
he had just lost it’’.
The days following the
massacre were spent writing
debriefs and reports, and ‘’I felt
strung out ’’.
after wards, and I said I don’t
want to command this because
I wasn’t 100%.’’
Mr Campbell said in a
report he recommended AOS
equipment be better.
“David Gray with a semi-
automatic rifle could lay down
as much lead as the whole
AOS at any point in time. We
had single-shot weapons ... we
didn’t have the same firepower
ability and I thought that
needed to change.’’
For his role at Aramoana,
he received the Police
Commissioners’ merit award,
an award he was honoured to
receive but did not want to
Mr Campbell was involved
with the AOS for 18 years
before stepping aside in 2002.
That stint, when combined
with his later role as D unedin
area commander, meant he had
spent 25 years being on call
“The family came second many times,’’
he said in reference to wife Sue and their
That dedication during his four
decades of policing almost happened by
As a long-haired University of Otago
law student, he ‘’mucked around a bit
and decided I needed to do something to
A holiday job in 1974 delivering soft
drink for Lane Thomson took him to the
local police bar, when he began thinking
policing could be as a possible fill-in
career for a couple of years.
The recruiting officer told him they had
a job for him.
Sent to Wellington and put through a
week-long course on undercover policing,
he was told ‘’don’t cut your hair, don’t
change your appearance’’.
Soon he was sent to locate drug dealers
at hotels and rock concerts, and in one
memorable job was sent to Auckland to
buy a quantity of buddha sticks (cannabis
skewered on a stem).
Given $11,000 — more than three
times a constable’s salary — he was told
“don’t lose the money ’’.
Two drug dealers visited him in a flat
for the exchange but later returned with
a bikie enforcer and “I could see this was
going to be a rip-off ’’.
Things started getting very heated when
the drug squad burst in to arrest the men,
including the undercover officer.
Mr Campbell said being an undercover
officer was often scary, “with people
questioning you all the time if you were
an undercover cop because there was a lot
of paranoia in the drug scene’’.
He recalled being a uniformed officer
posted to Invercargill when his training
wing buddy and former flatmate,
Constable Peter William Murphy, 21,
was shot while attending a break-in at a
sports shop on September 25, 1976.
“That was a real wake-up call. It
brought home the realities of policing.’’
During his Invercargill stint, he trained
and qualified as a detective, and later
ser ved as a sergeant in Wellington for 18
“It was just so incredibly violent ... I was
present when two people died from stab
A desire to be closer to family saw him
and Sue return to D unedin in 1983.
That included time as a detective
sergeant with the drug squad, which
“meant you come back to work in the
evenings, crash out a warrant and kick in
In 1994, he became an inspector and
was officially appointed D unedin area
commander five years later.
That role involved working alongside
community partners, including the
Dunedin City Council and the University
He noted that while police now widely
used pre-charge warnings for first time
offenders ‘’in D unedin we have had that
for years, as we would just refer minor
offences to the Proctor’s Office’’.
“Those people never came again, as one
fright was more than enough.
Under his watch, he experienced
student unrest and Undie 500s, and when
the footage is replayed on television it
“still makes me cringe’’.
“It is so damaging to the city and the
Instances of mass disorder presented
police with “a no-win situation’’, he said.
“ We try to avoid our guys wearing the
protective gear, because it is like red
rag to a bull, but of course we have an
obligation to protect our staff.’’
He recalled getting a rock to the
kneecap after pulling students away from
the front of a police skirmish line moving
down Castle Street.
“I had made a cardinal mistake. I always
said commanders should stand back and
hold the clipboard.’’
He was also proud of an opinion piece
on the Undie 500 published in The Press
in Christchurch, which led to the event
And like the organisers of the Undie
500, he knew when his own time was up.
He is now taking on the role of
Dunedin North returning officer with the
“I have had people asking me why I am
leaving, but I would rather it was that
than ‘why is he still there?’’’
“It was a hard decision to make. I have
loved my time with the New Zealand
Inspector Dave Campbell, 61, last week retired after a 40-year police career. His career
included undercover drug work, facing student riots, being on call 24 hours, for 25 continuous
years, and as commander of the Dunedin armed offenders squad during the Aramoana
massacre. He spoke to Otago Daily Times reporter HAMISH McNEILLY before he finished.
Policeman remembers Aramoana
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Inspector Dave Campbell outside the then central police station, Lower High Street, Dunedin, in 1994.
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