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sets Twitter alight
The Gloriavale Christian
Community at Haupiri may strictly
limit access to computers, but a
TV2 documentary on the group last
night set Twitter alight. Labour MP
Clare Curran said “I hope there’s a
Pesky Rebel at #Gloriavale” while
Mike Thorpe said “#gloriavale is
dominating twitter because it ’s
God’s will”. Charlie Mitchell noted
dryly, “we name our kids after their
personalities. This is cheerful. *points
at girl with a furious scowl on her
The smoky Reefton air had
breached its limit seven times this
winter by July 4, the West Coast
Regional Council said this week. The
two most recent, in mid June, were
well over. Meanwhile, the council is
planning a public meeting to discuss
proposed ways of reducing air
pollution in the township.
New smartphone app
to help tourists
A new smartphone app will make
it easier for tourists to find toilets
and dump stations. Campermate
has just launched its popular free
travel app in Chinese, German and
French. The app pinpoints the user’s
location using the phone’s GPS,
then shows over 13,500 locations in
New Zealand such as public toilets,
dump stations, designated freedom
campsites, recycling stations, rubbish
bins, information centres and more.
easy to travel responsibly,” founder
Adam Hutchinson said. “ Twenty-
five per cent of the app’s user-base
are 18-40-year-old German speakers
who are hungry to get off the beaten
track and experience something
different. Campermate empowers
these travellers by providing nearby
facilities, wherever they go,” Mr
Two injured in crash
Six people have been taken to
hospital after two cars crashed in
the New Plymouth city centre about
2pm yesterday. Police, Fire Ser vice
and ambulance crews attended
the scene. It was initially believed
someone may have been trapped
inside their vehicle but they were
not, ambulance spokeswoman Anita
Halbert said. Six people were taken
to Taranaki Base Hospital in a
moderate condition, she said.
Three car crash at Te Puke
Four people have been injured in a
three-car crash in Te Puke, police say.
The crash occurred at 6pm yesterday
at the intersection of State highway
2 and Te Matai Road, Te Puke.
One person was seriously injured
and three people suffered minor to
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f lu cases
Laura Mills and
A mild June kept flu at bay but
it has now arrived on the West
Coast and doctors have warned
of a spike in cases.
Influenza A-H1N1, also known
as swine flu, has been confirmed
in Hokitika and Buller.
West Coast medical officer of
health Dr Cheryl Brunton said
the first case arose about two
weeks ago, confirmed by a swab.
However, the number of cases
was probably higher as people
may not go to their GP.
“F lu is now in the community.
We would expect to see, over the
period of time, more cases,” Dr
She encouraged people to get
vaccinated now, as the vaccine
could take two weeks to fully
The free vaccine for people
aged 65 years and over, pregnant
women, and those with long-term
health conditions was due to end
shortly, but the Government this
week extended it until the end of
August as sur veillance showed
flu cases were rising and not yet
The vaccine covers the A-H1N1
“ I wouldn’t recommend anyone
waiting,” Dr Brunton said.
She said a mild June appeared
to have kept flu numbers down,
but a colder July had sent people
indoors, spreading germs.
In Hokitika, Westland Medical
Centre GP Dr Anna Dyzel said
both the influenza A-H1N1
cases diagnosed last week were
linked to a patient who had
recently visited Wellington.
“ We are at the pre-disaster
stage,” Dr Dyzel said. “If people
get vaccinated they are going to
be protected and we can stop it
getting a hold in the community.
It hasn’t got hold enough yet for
it to be a major problem. ”
In 2009, when a global swine
flu pandemic was declared, 40
cases were dealt with on the West
Coast. Nationally, more than
3000 cases were confirmed and
19 people died.
200 people eligible for free flu
vaccines who have not as yet
come in. Because of the urgency
of the problem, we will fit people
in for the vaccine if they just
come round,” Dr Dyzel said.
“ With the cold you feel
miserable ... but you can keep
going. The flu lays you out, you
are seriously unwell. ”
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RSA renovations close to completion
Tony Wilkins Builders employees Mark Saunders, left, and Corey Grant were busy today finishing off the fire damaged interior of
the Greymouth RSA clubrooms, in Tainui Street. Renovations are close to completion. The damaged ceiling, walls and roof have all
been replaced, with final touches on electrical work, carpet laying and painting yet to be carried out. “ We probably have another two
days in regards to building repairs,” Mr Grant said. “ The building has pretty much had a complete makeover.”
of the Gorge Ensign
Solid Energy’s briquette plant
south of Mataura has been sold to
Australian-based company GTL
Solid Energy spokesman Bryn
Somer ville said construction of the
plant began in late 2011 and it took
about a year to complete, at a cost of
about $29 million.
Although the plant was
commissioned, it never produced
briquettes for the commercial market.
Only one staff member remained at
Mr Somer ville declined to say how
much the plant had sold for, saying
the information was confidential. The
sale was finalised last month.
An agreement was reached early last
year that GTLE Development Ltd, a
joint venture between Solid Energy
and GTL Energy, would operate the
The plant used GTL Energy’s coal
GTL director Blake Williams, who
is based in Australia, this week said
the plant was in standby mode while
the company reviewed its options.
Solid Energy’s briquette plant sold
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Solid Energy’s demonstration briquetting plant on Craig Road, south of
of the Otago Daily Times
Stabilisation work is con-
tinuing at two slip sites on State
highway 6, between Haast and
Access is still restricted to one
lane at the site where a large
rockfall came down on the
highway about 15km south of
Makarora three weeks ago.
New Zealand Transport
Agency senior network manager
John Jar vis said the slip —
which initially closed the road
for three days — was now stable
and “quite safe’’.
However, considerable “tidying
up’’ was still required at the site.
A large bund had been created
at the bottom of the slip to
prevent any debris falling on the
NZTA wanted to move the
highway out from the rock face
but needed to wait for the loose
material to settle and compact.
“At the moment, it’s likely
to remain single lane for a
few more weeks,’’ Mr Jar vis
It would be close to two months
before the road was sealed and
fully operational again.
Work at the Diana Falls slip
further west on State highway
6 in the Haast Pass is also
A NZTA spokesman said the
recent spell of good weather had
enabled drilling of the anchor
posts for the first of the rockfall
fences to be completed and for
work to begin on the anchor
posts for the second rockfall
Weather permitting, instal-
lation of the mesh for the first
of the fences should begin
from next week, the spokesman
on slip sites
National Party West Coast-
Tasman candidate Maureen Pugh
says she is gobsmacked the miners’
union made a donation to the Green
Party, a party which “threatens their
jobs and their livelihoods”.
The Engineering, Printing and
Manufacturing Union (EPMU)
has donated $60,000 to the Labour
Party, and $15,000 to the Green
The Greens have made it clear they
will not support new coalmines.
Mrs Pugh said the EPMU
claimed to represent workers in the
energy and mining sector.
“ I challenge the union leadership
to confirm that its fee paying
members working in our mining
sector supported donations to
the Green Party, when that party
threatens their jobs and their
livelihoods,” she said.
“This donation has gone to the
very party who continually say ‘no’
to any future mining activities,
without regard to the implications
for workers in the sector.”
Mrs Pugh said her own family
history included a strong mining
background and the minerals
industry was the reason many were
still here on the Coast.
A Labour government at the next
election would only be possible
with major concessions to the
Greens, she said.
Recent moves to block the
har vesting of wind-thrown timber
“give us some indication of what
that would mean”.
Union assistant national sec-
retary Ged O’Connell, said on
Wednesday that Labour needed
the support of the Greens for a
change of government, and the
Greens’ industrial policy was
“ very satisfactory” and good for
Pugh gobsmacked at union’s donation to Greens
The D utch businessman who ran a stop sign
and killed three people would “hurt for the rest
of his life”, a close friend said last night.
But he has not spoken publicly because he
cannot put into words how he feels.
Appelman, 52, avoided jail yesterday after
admitting he caused the deaths of Sally
Vanessa Summerfield, 49, her daughter Ella
Yasmin Summerfield, 12, and Ella’s friend Abi
Hone, 12, on Q ueen’s Birthday weekend.
Last night, Mr Buter said Appelman, known
as Jan, was “absolutely sorry for what he has
“He’s got kids the same age. We’ve got kids
the same age.
“It will hurt for the rest of his life.”
On May 30 he arrived in Christchurch and
rented a car, but just a few kilometres from the
airport, he was fiddling with his GPS when
he crashed it.
The next day, he hired a Subaru. He says he
did not see a stop sign at the Thompsons Track
and Somerton Road intersection near Rakaia.
At 3.55pm, he sped through the stop sign at
Appelman ploughed into the Summerfields’
Volvo on the passenger side, killing Mrs
Summerfield, and the two youngsters on
Mr Summerfield suffered broken ribs, a
ruptured diaphragm, lacerated spleen and
kidney, a left side hemothorax and torn aorta.
The 48-year old dentist, supported by his
devastated son Sam, read an emotional victim
impact statement in court yesterday.
He spoke of the “unbearable” pain, and that
he hoped Appelman’s guilt would “remain
with him forever”.
Judge Saunders sentenced Appelman on
three counts of careless use of a vehicle causing
death, one charge of careless use of a vehicle
causing injury, and one of careless use of a
He banned him from driving for 15 months
and ordered him to pay $25,000 of emotional
The court heard Appelman had already
paid an undisclosed sum to the Hone family.
Fatal crash driver will ‘hurt for the rest of his life’
Officers acted outside their training during
the 2011 fatal police shooting of a Hastings
teenager, a coroner has found.
Lachan Kelly-Tumarae, 19, was killed by a
14-shot volley from a police officer’s Glock
pistol at Omahu on March 28, 2011.
Coroner J P Ryan’s finding, released
yesterday, said the three officers involved in
Mr Kelly-Tumarae’s death “did not follow
police policy and training in the moments
prior to the shooting”.
The finding called for police to review
training protocol in relation to the verbal
warning issued by armed police officers
to armed offenders, and the frequency of
Mr Kelly-Tumarae was shot as he got out
of a vehicle near a State highway 50 marae
cemetery, following a 14km low-speed
pursuit from Napier where he had presented
a shotgun at an officer in a chance roadside
Moments before the shooting, Mr Kelly-
Tumarae pointed the shotgun at an officer
in the passenger’s seat of a patrol car parked
This prompted another officer to leave the
cover of a second vehicle 14m away.
The officer drew his pistol and issued the
warning “armed police,” to which Mr Kelly-
Tumarae responded by aiming the shotgun at
Fearing he was about to be shot, the officer
then fired a volley.
Mr Kelly-Tumarae remained standing and,
believing the man had not been struck, the
officer fired a second round of shots.
Mr Kelly-Tumarae fell to the ground and
was rushed by ambulance to Hawke’s Bay
Hospital in Hastings, where he died soon
In his finding, the coroner criticised the
officers who parked their patrol car alongside
Mr Kelly-Tumarae’s vehicle, saying if they
had acted in accordance with police policy
and training, they would have pulled up
behind or alongside the other patrol car.
“ If officers 11 and 12 had not positioned
themselves right beside Lachan’s car door, he
would not have been able to aim his weapon
at them and therefore the situation would not
have changed in the way it did.”
The coroner was also critical of the officer
who shot Mr Kelly-Tumarae, referencing
an Independent Police Conduct Authority
report into the shooting released last year,
which found he acted “on instinct rather than
training” when he moved out from behind
the cover of the door of his police vehicle.
“This raises the question as to the adequacy
of police training, as it seems to me that
training should override insinct in such a
He said there was “some merit ” in a
submission made by Mr Kelly-Tumarae’s
grandmother that the warning issued by the
officer, “armed police,” was not adequate.
He went on to recommend that police
review their training protocol in relation
to the warning issued by armed officers to
armed offenders, “to make it clear that failure
to comply with police instructions may result
in the offender being shot ”.
Despite this, the coroner said the “causative
factor” in the teenager’s death “ was his (Mr
Kelly-Tumarae’s) action in presenting a
In response to the Coroner’s findings,
police assistant commissioner response and
operations Mike Rusbatch said since Mr
Kelly-Tumarae’s death, police had introduced
an “enhanced tactical training programme”
Introduced nationally on July 1 this year,
the programme included improved training
in “all tactical options,” including firearms.
It would see about 5700 staff receive regular
training in the use of firearms and other
tactical options across a range of scenarios,
including high-risk vehicle stops.
Mr Rusbatch said police policy already
requires that armed officers must issue a
verbal challenge or warning to an offender
before using firearms, provided it does not
compromise staff or public safety.
“This (the verbal challenge) continues
to be emphasised in our tactical training.”
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
Coroner finds police acted outside
their training during fatal shooting
Two people have been
taken to hospital with
burns to their faces and
hands after a gas appliance
exploded in a caravan.
The Fire Ser vice was
called to the Colombo
Road property just before
7pm yesterday to find the
caravan well ablaze.
Masterton fire station
officer Doug Flowerday
said while they were
still investigating they
believed a gas appliance
was responsible. The
incident has prompted the
firefighter to warn people
of the dangers of using
gas appliances including
heaters, in enclosed space
He said there needed to
be good ventilation and
fresh air moving through
the space to keep the gas
Meanwhile, a man who
did not wish to be named
and lived nearby said the
explosion was rather loud.
“I’m not sure if it was the
caravan but it was a pretty
loud bang,” he said.
Three fire trucks, two
ambulances and four
police cars attended the
explosion. — APNZ-
A blaze engulfed
an electrical supply
warehouse in Hamilton
last night. The fire on
Mainstreet Place in Te
Rapa took about 40
minutes to contain. All
Hamilton fire stations,
with assistance from
A scene examination
will continue today as fire
investigators work out
what caused the blaze.
A war is brewing out Oturehua way, a
battle of wills between curlers and their
The disputed territory? The Idaburn
The problem? Curlers want the dam
iced over so they can stage a bonspiel.
The ducks, on the other hand, prefer
some open water on which to glide
“ I blame it all on the duckshooters,”
Ken Gillespie, whose farm surrounds
the dam, said.
“ If they were doing their job properly,
those feathered buggers wouldn’t be still
paddling away, keeping the ice from
forming properly on the dam. ”
Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Mr
Gillespie, a member of the Rough
Ridge Curling Club, suggests the ripples
caused by the ducks are the main barrier
to a national bonspiel being called any
A few more hard frosts would not go
amiss either, he admitted.
“ I haven’t switched the power off to the
canteen yet. When I do that, you’ll know
a bonspiel has been absolutely ruled out. ”
duck soup will be on the menu.
— Otago Daily Times
Curlers stirred over fowl play
Staff at Postie Plus have been offered a
conditional employment agreement by South
African investment group Pepkor, according
to a source.
Media reports have previously speculated
that the Cape Town-based firm — which
has business interests across Africa, Poland
and Australia — was looking to acquire
the New Zealand retailer, which went into
administration last month.
The source, who requested anonymity,
said Postie Plus staff had been offered a
conditional employment offer from Pepkor.
Pepkor owns Australian fashion chain Best
Postie Plus was operating 82 stores —
employing around 650 staff — before it went
However, the administrators, Colin McCloy
and David Bridgman, of PwC, announced
last month that 12 Postie Plus stores would
be closed, resulting in 64 jobs losses.
At that time the administrators indicated
that the remaining 70 stores would stay open,
but the source said four more stores were to
Staff at outlets scheduled for closure
had been offered a one week employment
agreement by Pepkor to wrap up those stores’
operations, the source said.
A PwC spokeswoman said the sale of Postie
Plus was yet to become unconditional and
more information would be announced when
She would not comment on the Pepkor
employment offers or the store closures.
NZX-listed Postie Plus’ board had
been trying to sell the business, or
attract a new cornerstone investor, before
— New Zealand Herald
Postie Plus given South African lifeline
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