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Bridge team takes on the world
A New Zealand youth contract
bridge team stacked with players
from Dunedin and Invercargill is
set to land in Turkey this Friday
for the world championships.
Member Nick Jacob, of
Auckland, said the team would
play against 21 countries
in the World Youth Teams
Championships at Koc University,
The 10 days of “high intensity”
competition would start on
August 13 and a week of
qualifying games would decide
the eight teams for the “knock-
out ” competition.
“ If we do qualify, it will be a real
big success — it ’s a very tough
The best countries playing
included Israel, the United States,
Nor way, Denmark, Poland and
The best past New Zealand
youth performance was a silver
medal in 1995.
The New Zealand Contract
Bridge Association was
funding the team’s air fares,
accommodation, meals and
entry fee — the first time it had
bankrolled a youth team in about
seven years, Mr Jacob said.
The funding was restarted
because the team was getting
good results, he said.
The team would tour Istanbul for
four days before the tournament
and travel for a week in Turkey
after wards, including Gallipoli.
The team members were good
mates, which was important
because the team had three
“The partnerships are a step
below marriage and step above a
long-term relationship,” Mr Jacob
A good bridge player needed
an even temperament, logic and
deduction, he said.
He urged more young people
to play bridge and be exposed to
a new social environment, which
placed no limitation on age.
“ If you play rugby or cricket
you’re socialising with guys your
age, but when you play bridge you
meet a bunch of guys, and girls,
of a similar age but also older
— it’s quite a nice mentoring
To qualify for the youth
team, participants needed to
be younger than 26 before the
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Members of the New Zealand contract bridge youth team practise in Dunedin yesterday. They are Sam
Bailey, 23, of Dunedin, left; Glenn Coutts, 22, of Dunedin; Vicki Bouton, 18, of Invercargill; Matthew
Brown, 18, of Auckland; Sam Coutts, 25, of Dunedin; and Nick Jacob, 24, of Auckland.
A woman was standing at a Tauranga
self-ser vice petrol pump when her car
was stolen from right in front of her,
The incident was one of many in a
spate of car thefts from Tauranga petrol
stations last week, provoking a police
warning to drivers.
Offenders were targeting vehicles left
briefly unattended, unlocked and with
keys in the ignition on petrol station
forecourts, police said.
“So far there have been four vehicles
taken, all of which have not been
recovered. Police would appreciate calls
from the public if they are sighted.”
In light of the thefts, police reminded
drivers to lock their cars and keep their
keys with them when leaving their cars.
The four vehicles stolen last week were
taken from Pak’n Save fuel on Cameron
Road, Mobil on Chapel Street, Mobil
on Otumoetai Road and BP Summit on
The theft from Pak’n Save fuel was the
most surprising, acting senior sergeant
Tristan Murray said.
“A lady was about to fill up her car
when a man approached, jumped in and
drove it away.
“ It shows you can’t presume anything
because it can happen anywhere. ”
Another woman had briefly left her car
at BP Summit on Waihi Road on Friday
night to pay when her car was stolen.
Manager Shannon Martin said it was a
shock to the woman and the staff.
It was the first theft Mr Martin had
heard of during his three years working
at the station. “ The lady had come inside
to pay and left her keys inside the car,”
“ You get opportunists that take
It was not uncommon for people to
leave their cars unlocked and keys in the
ignition while paying, he said.
“ It varies person to person. You would
like to think you could but in this
day and age you have to lock your car
wherever you are.”
Police were still investigating what
caused the spate of thefts last week.
Mr Murray said the central Tauranga
area was being targeted but the stations
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Car stolen in
front of owner
grandmother killed while trying to
remove barriers from a highway has
urged those responsible to “man up” and
come for ward.
Hawera woman Christine Anne
Fairweather, 57, was struck by a vehicle
in the southbound lane of State highway
3 at Normanby during atrocious weather
on Saturday night.
Police said she had stopped her car
and turned on the hazard lights when
she found metal fence frames had been
intentionally moved on to the road.
Mrs Fairweather was attempting to
move the frames when she was struck
by a northbound vehicle about 11.50pm.
She died at the scene.
Husband John Fairweather has urged
those responsible to “man up” and hand
“ You’ve given us a life sentence. Hope
you’re bloody proud of yourselves,” he
said on Radio New Zealand.
“If it’s a prank and a joke, it’s cost a lot
of people grief, and we’re devastated. I’ll
never be the same again.”
Mrs Fairweather had been out to
babysit her grandchildren in Kaponga
and was returning home when the
“The last I said to her was be careful.
The last thing my daughter said to her
on her way home was be careful. ”
Normanby when she came across the
“She got out of the car, trying to save
other people’s lives, went to remove it
and got struck. It was just her being
nice. She was like that, trying to help
some poor family that might have run
into it,” Mr Fairweather told Radio
“I don’t know how she didn’t see
or hear anything coming, but that ’s
how it happened. She just got hit, and
unfortunately it was the biggest mistake
she ever made.
“I’m gutted. I’ve lost the love of my
The driver who struck Mrs Fairweather
had a first aid certificate and tried to
resuscitate her, but was unable to.
Mr Fairweather said his wife would
have no animosity towards the driver:
“He tried to save her.”
Mrs Fairweather was always helping
others and was well-loved by family
and the community. She volunteered at
the local hospice shop and looked after
friends and family.
“S he was a diamond — you wouldn’t
have found a more generous lady in your
Police were seeking witnesses who may
have seen the barriers being moved from
the footpath on to the road.
Detective Guy Jackson of Taranaki
CIB told Radio NZ that pedestrians had
been seen in the area and there may have
been a party nearby.
Police were keeping an open mind as to
what had happened.
Mr Jackson said it was a “stupid
act ” with a tragic outcome. He hoped
whoever was responsible would come
for ward and let the family get on with
their grieving. — APNZ
Woman killed removing road obstacle
Prisoners at Auckland’s new
$300 million private men’s jail could
be building or fixing metal skip bins,
making wood and metal furniture,
building trailers, retractable attic
stairs or table lamps.
Serco listed those jobs in its latest
update on the 960-bed Auckland
South Corrections Facility, now
named Kohuora, which means
coming out of the mist into the new
world of the living.
Buildings on the Wiri site are
still under construction but Serco is
encouraging businesses to register
their interest in the new work
schemes starting when Kohuora
One of the main goals was that
prisoners would leave with skills
and work experience which could
lead to permanent employment,
“This is an important factor in
our work to reduce reoffending,
as we know that ex-prisoners who
are working are much less likely
to reoffend. Serco cannot deliver
this on our own, so we’re looking
for commercial partners to develop
and deliver suitable employment
“O ur business partners will co-
locate inside the facility, within
purpose-built buildings, and help us
offer meaningful work experience. ”
Some examples of successful
employment activities being run
in other prisons also included
fence panels and pre-cast concrete
products, operation of vehicle repair
garages and wheel balancing, house
refurbishment, building structures
such as classrooms, making edge
glue panels for solid door cores
and construction of agricultural
machinery, Serco said.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Serco calls for business help with building skills in prison
Full house at Dotcom show
cannabis, and billionaire
Kim Dotcom singing the
virtues of taxing the rich
pleased a packed house
roadshow hit Wellington
compared internet and cellphone
coverage in New Zealand to that of
Zimbabwe, in pitching the importance
of embracing widespread, high-speed
internet and how that could transform
“ Fifty per cent of the time we’ve been
on the road, I’ve had no cellphone
coverage. This is New Zealand, not
About 300 people turned up to Mac ’s
Brewery to listen to party representatives,
and to lob questions at them.
When questioned how the party
would pay for free tertiary education,
Mr Dotcom said they would “tax the
rich and the corporates”, and bring in a
capital gains tax.
“The only ones who are
going to be burdened by it
are the super rich. ”
He was also asked how
he could donate $50,000
to social conser vative John
Banks, and also share the
stage with Mana candidate
Georgina Beyer, the world’s
first openly transsexual MP.
Mr Dotcom addressed
only the first part, saying he was “flirted”
into the donation because Mr Banks told
him the economy needed to embrace
internet-based enterprises — which he
said turned out to be “ lip ser vice”.
Mana candidate Annette Sykes said
the party supported legalising cannabis
for medicinal purposes, and making
cannabis a health issue instead of a
criminal one. “If you have an addiction,
you’re channelled through a process into
the health system, rather than to jail.”
She took a strong swing at “Maori
corporates” who benefited from “slavery”
on fishing vessels, which was outlawed in
Parliament last week. “ That is absolutely
evil.” — APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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