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uLetters to the editor
1540 - Marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne
of Cleves annulled.
1791 - Third Fleet arrives in Australia from
1850 - The 12th president of the United
States, Zachary Taylor dies after ser ving only
16 months in office.
1877 - First Wimbledon tennis
1887 - The first paper napkins
are introduced at a dinner at a
British hotel by John Dickenson, a
1893 - Black physician Daniel
Hale Williams performs the world’s
first successful closure of a heart
wound in a Chicago hospital.
1922 - Johnny Weissmuller, swimmer and
later film actor playing Tarzan, becomes the
first man to swim 100m in under a minute
when he clocks 58.6 seconds.
1932 - King Camp Gillette, US inventor and
manufacturer of the safety razor, dies.
1947 - Engagement of England’s Princess
Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten is
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Elias Howe, US inventor of sewing machine
(1819-1867); Dame Barbara Cartland, British
writer (1901-2000); Sir Edward Heath, British
prime minister (1916-2005); Lee Hazlewood,
US singer (1929-2007); Morocco’s
King Hassan (1929-1999); Donald
Rumsfeld, former US Secretary of
Defence (1932-); David Hockney,
English painter (1937-); Orenthal
James (OJ) Simpson, US footballer-
actor (1947-); Jimmy Smits, US
actor (1955-); Tom Hanks, US actor
(1956-); Marc Almond, British singer (1956-);
Kelly McGillis, US actress (1957-); Courtney
Love, US singer (1964-).
“ Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the
transition that ’s troublesome.” — Isaac Asimov,
US Writer (1920-1992).
“ Do you not know that you are God’s temple
and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”
— (1 Corinthians 3:16).
Three hundred cars
daily — 1000 in the
holiday season —
will go through the
West Coast on the Haast Pass route when
it is opened. This prediction comes from
Greymouth sur veyor Mr Len Holmes, a man
who says average West Coasters have no
conception of what the pass link will mean to
Mr Holmes gave his figures to last night’s
meeting of the Westland District Progress
League. He said he had given thought to
the traffic tally and his figure of 300 was a
“minimum” one. He also said he thought the
traffic flow would not be seasonal and many
would come down from the north outside the
recognised tourist season.
There are eight combined road and rail
bridges in New Zealand — and the West
Coast has seven of them! Greymouth garage
man Mr L M Schaef dropped these interesting
statistics for members of the district progress
league last night. “At least we head something!”
commented Mr L F Anderson.
The secretary Mr G M Truman said he had
been talking to a traveller that day and the man
had said it had given him an “uncanny feeling”
to drive on to one.
The Blacks Point Prospector is a two-page
paper produced by the pupils of Black’s Point
School. It is direct, it has reporters “on the
spot ” for almost everything that is newsworthy
in Blacks Point. The reporting style is good.
Short sentences, snappy news briefs — even
cartoons. It is one year old this month and
proud of not ever missing a deadline.
The headmaster, Mr Dom O’Sullivan says the
work is entirely the work of the 15 children.
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rendon Diack remembers
crashing through the
Southland bush early one
spring morning in 1996,
keen to see the deer he
believed he had bagged.
He also remembers the over whelming
feelings when he discovered what he had
shot dead was a boy — 16 -year-old Mark
“It’s the worst thing that can happen to
a hunter. You feel utter disbelief. You feel
sick. You know what you have to do but
you don’t know what to do. These are not
feelings I would wish on anyone.”
Mr Diack, 47, has tried to move on. He
is a family man and deputy chief of the
local volunteer fire brigade. But he still
chokes up thinking about the moment
which caused Mark Whyte’s death and
changed his life.
“I will never forget what I did, don’t
worry about that. You learn to deal with it,
but you never forget. ”
He has not been hunting since, not only
because he does not wish to, but because
his firearms licence was revoked after his
conviction and he still has not been able to
get it back despite applying several times.
Like Wayne Edgerton, Mr Diack was
convicted of recklessly or carelessly using a
firearm causing death.
Like Wayne Edgerton, he endured abuse
and threats — and more — from those
distraught at losing their loved one.
Unlike Wayne Edgerton, he went to
jail for two months after appealing his
sentence, an appeal he now regrets.
He was not at the Invercargill District
Court to watch Edgerton being sentenced,
but his father Art was.
Mr Diack is conflicted about whether
Edgerton should have been sent to jail too.
“I don’t think jail is the place for a hunter
who accidentally shoots someone.
Maybe it is for a hunter who is boozed or
poaching or hunting where he shouldn’t be
. . . but no-one goes out for a day ’s hunting
with the intention of shooting anyone, do
they. If they want to shoot someone they
go to Afghanistan or Iraq.
“But home detention for someone who
works from home? That ’s not worth a cup
full of cold snow.”
Mr Diack had never been in jail before
and says it is one place he never wants to
“For the first two weeks you are in your
cell 23 hours a day out of 24. There is
nothing else to do but think about what
you have done.
“I didn’t want to be there and no doubt
Wayne didn’t want to be there either.
But if he had any balls he should have
said ‘send me to jail’. It would have given
the (Hill) family time to cool off and
they would have seen Wayne taking his
punishment like a man. Just man up. That ’s
what I think Wayne should have done. ”
Mr Diack thinks the appropriate
sentence for himself and Edgerton is
talking to other hunters about how their
mistakes happened and the impact they
had on everyone.
“I guarantee Wayne won’t be the last
hunter to make a mistake like this.
Talking about what happened is very
difficult. I know all about that. But you’ve
got to make sure other hunters learn from
it, don’t you.”
Threats have been made against
Edgerton by supporters of Mr Hill.
Mr Diack says he would not be
surprised if Edgerton is verbally abused
or physically harmed.
“I was beaten up four or five times by
people who didn’t like what I had done,
and one day someone tried to run me
“I reported it to the police, but it didn’t
do any good. They almost ran me out of
town, but not quite. I got to the point
where I thought ‘enough is enough’. I was
ready to go the next person who tried it
Even after all this time Mr Diack said
feelings against him still run deep in the
“ You can’t really relax. I have no doubt
there are still people who would like to
see me gone — who would run me down
today if they saw me walking down the
street. You are looking at every car which
goes past and wondering if it’s coming
Mr Diack is not friends with Edgerton
and does not like him.
That stems back to what happened after
Mark Whyte’s death, when Edgerton
led a campaign to reinforce the message
that hunters should clearly identify their
target before firing.
Mr Diack agrees with the message,
but not the way it was delivered, saying
Edgerton — whom he describes as a
“yapper” — “rubbished him”.
“He put up signs all over the place. His
exact words to my face were ‘there is no
such thing as an accident when you’re
hunting. There is no excuse for shooting
And now look what ’s happened.
“I made a mistake, no doubt about it,
but he has made one too.”
Despite his feelings Mr Diack rang
Edgerton’s daughter’s house offering
to go and visit her father to offer him
support knowing what he would be going
The offer was declined with the family
saying it was too soon.
However, Mr Diack says even if people
do not like Edgerton, what he did or the
sentence he received, they should not
vent their anger at his family.
“ Whatever you think about Wayne, his
family is not a bad sort of a family. They
don’t deser ve abuse.”
Tuatapere artist Wayne Edgerton’s sentence of home detention for mistaking Adam Hill for a deer and
fatally shooting him two months ago has angered many and divided the community. For Tuatapere contractor
Brendon Diack, the young hunter’s death has revived memories and emotions of his own dreadful mistake
in the bush 18 years ago. ALLISON BECKHAM, of the Otago Daily Times, reports.
Death revives memories
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Luke Graham, son of former Kiwis
captain Mark, is a Queensland-based
film-maker who is producing Broke, the
redemptive story of a former rugby league
great who has fallen on hard times because
of a gambling addiction.
Graham based the film’s main character,
played by Steve Le Marquard, partly on
his father, while also incorporating the
tragic stories of other former players, such
as Newcastle Knights star Owen Craigie,
and current Parramatta Eels halfback
Chris Sandow, whose lives and careers
have been affected by gambling.
Graham, with friend and Broke director
Heath Davis, wrote a script containing
topical and timely themes which confront,
not just league players, but people from
all walks of life. Broke also examines how
league players are affected by fame and
fortune during their often short playing
careers and how they deal with what can
be a difficult transition into retirement and
life after football.
“Both Heath and I came from rugby
league families and backgrounds and
played it our whole lives,” Graham
explains. “ The idea was to have someone
who falls from grace, goes through hard
times and comes out good the other end.
“I’ve heard a lot of stories about these
types of people and the journeys they had
to go through mentally to get past rugby
league to find who they are. They ’re born
and bred to do one thing and it only lasts
for a certain number of years and then
what do you do? What do you do after
that? That ’s the kind of question we like to
pose and like to delve into. ”
Film from Mark’s playing days is being
included in the movie, and his collection
of jerseys and newspaper clippings from
throughout his career help give the film
The thriving industrial town of
Gladstone provides the film’s setting, and
the story takes place in the 1980s.
“ When we found the location I said
‘ let’s do it on dad’. Dad’s a hard worker,
he likes getting out there and doing
something and he’s transitioned very
easily into life afterwards because he was
never interested in any limelight. He was
just interested in playing footy and being
the best he can.
“Dad is obviously a very well-structured
human being and would never gamble
but I really wanted to show my father,
my family, on the big screen. To be able
to base it on a player who was once one
of the best of all time and then his fall
from grace. That part of it, one of the best
players of all time, is obviously based on
dad and it’s great to be able to do that.”
As for the tragic side of the story,
Craigie is working with the filmmakers
and drawing on his own experiences
to promote awareness of the project
and encouraging education, within
rugby league circles and beyond, about
“This could be O wen Craigie’s story.
Look at Chris Sandow, he’s a young
man who it’s happening to right as we
speak and he’s fighting his demons. It is
a disease and you have to tread lightly
around people. O wen is someone who
has gone through the other end and he’s
happy to be here and help.
“For the first time in the history of the
NRL, they ’ve decided to stand by a film
with an obviously important
message for people. They’re very
supportive and we’re going to be doing
some educational videos and promotions
around the film and the NRL.”
Proud father Mark says his career as a
part-time footballer left little time for
outside or illicit distractions.
“ We were all workers. Sunday we played
footy and on Monday morning we got
up and went to work and that afternoon
we’d train. Tuesday we got up and did
the same thing, Wednesday was a free
day, Thursday we most probably trained.
This was all after work. We did our family
things on Saturday and mowed the
lawns and then on Sunday we’d go and
smash ourselves again,” he said. “ There
were some guys that it’s happened to but
there’s people in any line of sport that
you could apply this to.”
Luke hopes Broke will prompt people
to consider the place gambling has in
rugby league, and also Australian culture
“It ’s the culture of the Australian man.
What are you doing Saturday? You go to
the TAB and you have some beers, you
gamble with your mates and go to the
pub. It goes hand in hand like having a
cigarette with a beer. I certainly think
Australia has an addiction to gambling,
especially around rugby league.”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Dad’s legend inspires look at dark side of sport ’s bigtime
A dictionary has revealed how 13th
century nicknames denoting a person’s job,
appearance or religion have become the
family names many people use today.
The use of surnames was largely unheard
of in Europe prior to the 11th century, but
as people began to need to be identified
for reasons such as paying taxes they
became increasingly prevalent.
Lexicographers Patrick Hanks and
Flavia Hodges have revealed where many
European family names originated from in
their book A Dictionary Of Surnames.
For example, in a town or village where
many people shared the same first name,
individuals might have started to be
known by another characteristic.
According to the book, which examines
more than 100,000 last names, the
name Bass related to a short man,
Read - a person with red hair, or a
ruddy complexion, Swift - a fast person,
and Vaisey someone with a cheerful
Tom Cruise’s ancestors may have been
known for being bold or fierce, and Jar vis
Cocker’s surname denoted someone who
was bellicose, or inclined to fight. — Daily
What is in a name: The meanings behind
some well-known surnames
Bass — A short man
Belcher — Someone with a fair or lovely
Blunt — Someone with blond hair
Cannon — Someone living in a clergy
Cocker — A bellicose person
Cruise — Bold or fierce
Dolittle — A lazy man
Hart — A nickname meaning stag
Fairfax — Someone with beautiful, long
Foot — Someone with a foot deformity
Loach — A nickname from a small fish
Lovell - A nickname from lou, meaning
Newcombe, Newman - A new arrival in
Palmer — Someone who had been on a
pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Read — A person with red hair or a
Savage — A wild or uncouth person;
Swift — A fast runner
Thewlis — An ill mannered person
Twigg — A thin person
Vaisey — A cheerful person (from
enveisie, meaning playful, merry)
Wight — Strong-willed or brave
How 13th century nicknames became family names
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