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$5.6m of CBD land to be sold would be easier on freehold land. The council’s prime interest was in ensuring the town centre remained More than $5.6 million worth of viable and attractive, Mr Rooney said, land in Ashburton’s central business and that could best be done by ensurarea could move from public into ing property owners had the best private ownership as the town centre opportunity to rebuild or upgrade reshapes post-earthquake. their buildings. The land is currently spread over The council also owns many Glasgow 20 sections, owned by the Ashburton lease residential sections and these District Council as Glasgow leases, are regularly freeholded. but as part of its support for the postGlasgow leases were established earthquake, inner town rebuild, the early last century, on land that was council says it is willing to freehold either Crown endowment or land the that land to its tenants. council purchased, as a way to help Council property manager John people with limited finance build a new Rooney said that home. The scheme was doesn’t, however, open also established to prothe door to a wholevide local authorities sale inner town land with an income stream Glasgow leases grab, rather it puts a other than rates. new option in front of Revenue from secwere established property owners whose tion sales is retained early last century, by the council in its buildings have been constructed on leaseon land that was property account and hold land. can only be used for either Crown “We had one inquiry this purpose. Money and what that did was from section sales was endowment or raise the issue – do we used to fund the counneed to look at what’s land the council cil’s development on happening in the Geering Drive off purchased, as a Geoff CBD, because if you Albert Street. have a building you With the inner town way to help need to upgrade and rebuild, Mr Rooney people with that’s your only asset, said the council would it might be difficult to look at each applicalimited finance use this as leverage to tion to freehold on its raise money if it’s dam- build a new home merits, but that the aged,” Mr Rooney said. freeholding process By making freeholdwas relatively simple. ing commercial secPrice was established tions an option, he through a current said the council would be playing its market valuation. part in the inner town to rebuild and The commercial area is defined in ensuring the integrity of the town as running from the north side of centre was maintained, he said. Kermode Street to the north side of While owners of buildings on Walnut Avenue and from the west side Glasgow leases might not be involved of Cass Street to the west side of West in rebuilding, they might be look- Street. The 20 Glasgow lease sections ing at upgrading work over the next in this area generate an annual rental five years to meet new building code of about $157,000 for the council; standards. Borrowing money for this their capital value is $5.695 million. By Sue Newman

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Alford Forest Road residents Abby Woods (left) and her son Jesse, 16, reflect in satisfaction after flicking the switch on their Christmas light display on Saturday.

Getting into the Christmas spirit said. A week’s worth of work for Ms Woods and her 16-year-old twin sons James and Jesse led to one of the most jaw-dropping displays in Ashburton that can be found lit up on Alford Forest Road every night until Boxing Day. Thousands of glittering lights, with Christmas carols, Rudolf and a sleeping Santa all make up Ms Woods’ eighth display that has grown brighter over the years. The logistics to the display that’s worth “thousands of dollars” keeps Ms Woods busy, with systems in place to prevent damaging surges, more than

By Myles Hume When thousands of LED lights, miles of wire and 80 plugs lead to one switch, it was no surprise Abby Woods waited in anxious anticipation. But as the switch was flicked and her extravagant Christmas light display burst into life on Saturday night, all Ms Woods could do was smile in satisfaction. “It’s actually quite a buzz really, it makes it just feel like it is Christmas, it’s a tradition and it brings back all those memories as a kid,” Ms Woods

80 plugs used, thousands of zip ties and a security camera to keep an eye out for vandals come with the territory. “You’re always replacing everything, when something is broken it needs replacing so I buy things on special and people give me things I need.” But what about the power bill? “It’s actually not that bad, it’s mostly LED lights so it’s not a huge consumption. To me, an extra $10 a week is not a big deal and it’s only on for a few hours a night.” Ms Woods switches the display on between 7.30pm and 8.30pm and

switches it off about 10.30pm, with residents invited to visit the house and view the display. “When it gets closer to Christmas you can’t get a park on the road ... it is a bit annoying because sometimes I can’t get up my driveway,” she said. “It’s really satisfying to do something for the community. There’s a few bad things going on at the moment and it’s an opportunity to bring people together and enjoy the display.” Visitors can find the display at 7 Alford Forest Road, however Ms Woods is urging people to enjoy the display but not to touch any of the exhibits.

Wakatipu’s mail finally gets through By James Beech More than 16,000 letters and parcels allegedly hoarded by a former postal worker have been delivered by NZ Post to hundreds of Wakatipu residents. Queenstown police released 16,611 pieces of mail allegedly recovered unopened from a commercial storage facility and the home of a 32-yearold postal worker but several hundred items have been kept by police as part of the investigation. The woman will reappear in

Queenstown District Court today on charges of theft by a person in a special relationship. Contract postal worker Terri Oakden was one of 20 postal workers and 10 support workers who spent all day yesterday delivering mail, some of it overdue by 18 months. An apology letter from NZ Post was also delivered to affected residents. Arrowtown resident Peter Crum answered Ms Oakden’s knock on his door. He presented his identification for security and signed for the delivery

of his letter, the same procedure for all recipients. Mr Crum said he was “happy to have it” as he had a feeling post was not being delivered. NZ Post spokesman Michael Tull, who joined staff on rounds in the Wakatipu basin yesterday, said people felt “a sense of closing an unfortunate chapter and some are relieved they’re getting the mail where it belongs”. There was also an anti-climax for some as undelivered post was revealed as bills and junk mail. If occupants were not at home, postal workers left a card with NZ Post’s con-

tact details to arrange another time for delivery, in an operation which is expected to take weeks to complete. NZ Post said it would try to track down all intended mail recipients, including any who no longer lived in Queenstown, Lake Hayes Estate and Arrowtown. This will prove a logistical test for the 172-year-old organisation, especially with mail addresses to Fernhill residents, due to the suburb’s status as a virtual dormitory for Queenstown’s overseas and seasonal workers. - APNZ

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ANNOUNCEMENTS DEATHS CHAPPELL, Rona Margaret – On 02 December 2012, at Rosebank Hospital, Ashburton. Dearly loved daughter of the Late Henry and Maude Chappell. Loved sister and sister in law of the late Molly and John Marr, (Methven) and Ngaire and the late Trevor Chappell, (KeriKeri), and loved Aunt of all her nieces and nephews. Garden flowers preferred please or donations to the Ashburton Branch of the Foundation for the Blind would be appreciated and maybe left at the service. Messages to PO Box 472, Ashburton 7740. Funeral details later. Paterson’s Funeral Services, FDANZ, Ashburton

MCILWRICK, Dorothy Violet – On 1st December 2012 peacefully at McKenzie Healthcare Geraldine in her 80th year. Dearly loved wife of Albert John (Bert) for 48 years. Loved Mum of Yvonne and Harry Liemburg (Ashburton), Rex and Heather (Seadown) Brent and Kaye (Temuka), and loved Gran of Anja and Petrina; the late Shane; Sean, Anna, Hogan, and Lara. A loved sister and sister in law. A service for Dorothy will be held in Galbraith’s Lounge 26 King Street Temuka on Wednesday 5th December 2012 at 11am thereafter to the Temuka Cemetery. Special thanks to the fantastic team at McKenzie Healthcare for their care of Dorothy. In lieu of flowers, donations to Temuka St John Ambulance would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Messages c/of 116 Gartartan Road 4RD Ashburton. Galbraith Funeral Services FDANZ Please note all late death notices or notices sent outside ordinary office hours must be emailed to: deathnotices@theguardian.co.nz

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Shortage of competitors stumps organisers By Sam Morton A ghost crowd turned out for the annual Chertsey ¼ Mile Sprint on Saturday. The event, hosted by the Ashburton Car Club, attracted just seven competitors, which has left event organisers deflated and looking for answers. The annual fixture has featured in Mid Canterbury for decades, previously attracting hundreds of car enthusiasts from all over the South Island, including the legendary Burt Munro on one occasion. Over the years, the venue has altered, but the purpose of the event has remained much the same. Publicity officer Grant Gordon said it was disappointing to have so few numbers, but put the lack of numbers down to a recent change in competition licences. “We missed out on all our Central Otago and Otago competitors who usually make the trip up, because we only found out on Friday that we would have a licence steward present. “It’s quite disappointing really, but next year we will be getting more organised and hope to get things in place prior to the event,” he said. In previous years, many competitors have joined the Ashburton Car Club for the day in order to take part

– but without the knowledge a licence steward would be present, some car enthusiasts clearly didn’t feel confident making the trip. However, of those competitors that drove to Chertsey, an enjoyable day was had by all. Canterbury driver Lindsay Sarchet flew home with the victory in the ¼ Mile Flying Sprint Category, charging his Toyota Supra to a whopping 177.5 m/ph. And it was Ross Hurley, also of Canterbury, who sped away with the ¼ Mile Standing Sprint title in his 2010 Corvette, which clocked a lighting 13.08 seconds. Mr Gordon said the club committee would now be discussing ways to reactivate the high profile of the event and vowed, despite the poor turnout, the club would still host the event again next year. “We will definitely run this again next year, but we will be much more organised. “A number of things have probably contributed to the low attendance this year, but we can’t dwell on that – we need to go back to the drawing board and encourage car enthusiasts from all over the South Island back,” he said. Check out video coverage of the Ashburton Car Club’s ¼ Mile Sprints in 1970. http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=uhhIByRQbIc

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Race for women Female cyclists who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the men’s chocolate fish race can do so tomorrow night. The race, a 9km bike race that men, and some women, are invited to ride every second Tuesday, has captured the attention of women who called for their own race. In previous races, where every competitor earns a chocolate fish, women have grown tired of racing with men who rode aggressively. Their pleas were heard by the Mid Canterbury Mountain Bike Club which yesterday confirmed they will hold the first women’s chocolate fish race tomorrow night. Club events committee member Greg Lysaght said if they had 15 to 20 competitors turn out, the club would consider running the event monthly. The race will start at the dog park near the Ashburton Bridge, ride the river track to Melrose Road, cruise through to the ManiaO-Rota Park before returning back to the dog park. Competitors are to meet at the bridge at 6pm for registration before starting a half hour later.

By Myles Hume With the cobwebs blown off and engines revving, some of the district’s finest pieces of vintage farming machinery trekked to Methven on Saturday. The Mid Canterbury Vintage Machinery Club held its annual vintage tractor rally as they made the 70km round trip from Hotel Ashburton to the Hydes family farm in Methven. The dust was swept off the tractors which once ruled the Mid Canterbury farming landscape of the 1950s and 1960s but are now modern day showpieces, some costing up to $20,000.

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to enjoy it too, so I think there may have been about 40 people there,” Mr Hall said. “We didn’t hold up any traffic at all and when people went past us in their cars they mainly smiled and waved and a few farmers we went past waved too.” With a range of International harvesters, John Deere and Massey Ferguson tractors on the

road, the day ran as smoothly as the vintage motors in their heyday, with the only slight hiccup being a faulty starter motor that was fixed within minutes. “You’re going to get little things like that with this machinery, but overall it all went really well,” Mr Hall said. The tractor enthusiasts were treated to a barbecue lunch at the Hydes family farm in Methven where they admired about a dozen tractors, some harking back four generations. The group then made their way to the Rudge family farm in Lauriston to inspect his machinery and crops before returning to Ashburton at 5.30pm.

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Local hope: Ashburton Car Club driver Mark Love puts the pedal to the floor in his Ford Falcon GT on Chertsey Road. He finished sixth in the standing sprint with a time of 14.78 seconds.

An ambitious playground planned for Methven may be downsized after nearby residents have objected to it. Earlier this year Camrose Estates development manager Andrew Mason released a concept plan for the one-hectare playground in the new subdivision. It was to include a twin flying fox and grassed mounds up to two metres high. Contractors began pegging out the mounds over winter, but Mr Mason said this week he had since received phone calls

Killer up for parole By Russell Blackstock A terrified mum has written to the Parole Board demanding a convicted child sex killer be kept behind bars because she fears for the safety of her children. The woman, who asked not to be named, says Peter Holdem, jailed for the 1986 murder of Christchurch 6-year-old Louisa Damodran, is still a risk to youngsters. The woman was shocked to learn Holdem, now 55, has a parole hearing next April. She checked his custody status after watching a Beyond the Darklands TV special on him. She said Holdem bombarded her Coromandel home with disturbing phone calls and letters after getting their details from her former husband, who met the killer while serving time in Waikeria Prison. “My husband thought Holdem

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of Louisa Damodran’s murder, had only recently been freed from jail for the abduction of a 10-year-old girl. His last parole bid was turned down last year after a plea from Louisa’s family. Louisa’s mother, Aynsley Harwood, told the Herald on Sunday: “My son and I have opposed his bail applications every time and we will continue to do so because this man is still a real danger. “Police and psychologists have told us he has made no progress at all and they even suspect he has been plotting more crimes while in jail.” Kevin Smith, manager of Waikeria Prison, said calls made by inmates were recorded and closely monitored for abuse. “We encourage all members of the public to contact us or the police if they are being subjected to unwanted contact by a prisoner.” - APNZ by David Fletcher

and emails from a few residents who were worried about the area attracting drinking teenagers. “We did a playground concept as a conversation starter for the (Ashburton District) council and gave that to them, some of the neighbours thought that was a done deal and that was what council was going to build,” Mr Mason said. However, the fact was the plan was always going to be subject to council approval. He was not sure what equipment the playground would ultimately have, but believed it would be something. “You would be struggling to

find a reserve of that size that doesn’t have a playground in it,” he said. “I can imagine some might like to live next to a playground and some people might not, I would like to but I have six kids,” he said. For now the area was being landscaped as an open green space, and it would be up to the council and Methven Community Board to work towards what equipment would be in there. “We pay a reserve contribution and how they spend it is entirely up to them.” Methven Community Board chairperson Liz McMillan said

the board would be discussing the issue when it met up next week to undertake a tour of the town. She said there had been some residents surrounding the playground, in both Camrose Estates and at Lochhead Crescent, who had not been happy with how large the mounds were shaping up to be. “It will probably be downsized, at the moment the problem is the mounds being too high, that needs to be sorted out. They are too steep to be mown,” she said. Ultimately the Camrose Estates development will comprise more than 100 sections.

Wild winds wreak havoc in North Island By Nathan Crombie High winds lifted roofs and blew down a fence in Featherston as gales buffeted the region yesterday.

Mike Wanoa, Fire Service communications supervisor, said the the first wind-related call for volunteer Featherston firefighters involved a fence that was blown down in Farrier Grove about 6.45am yester-

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Life ripped to shreds By Myles Hume

Like many others, Sally and John’s humble life was ripped to shreds on February 22 last year. Clearing $1000 a week between them from Sally’s chef wage and from John’s cleaning job, the married couple were able to keep up with loan repayments while living comfortably in their Bexley home. But on February 22, 2011, the earthquake destroyed their home and with that went their jobs, belongings and livelihood. “There was sewage seeping up into the lounge and the house had been twisted ... we could fit our hands between the bricks,” John said. On March 10 last year, the pair sought refuge in Ashburton where they have remained jobless and facing a debt of $22,000 from loans and credit cards. Now, they are on $550 a week, $210 of that goes towards rent, and a large chunk to bills, leaving them to buy only the necessities. Yesterday, they had 62 cents to tide them through until Tuesday. However, the pair found reassurance at the Ashburton Budget Advisory Service. Although their $1000 car had been repossessed, they have security with a No Asset Procedure which means they have 12 months to find a job to pay Photo Tetsuro Mitomo 291112-TM-018 it off, or if that does not happen, the debt will be wiped. Christchurch earthquake refugees John, 69, (left) and his wife Sally, 60, have found themselves more than $20,000 in debt due to loans, credit cards and “It’s really hard because misfortune. we have always been able to pay bills and we can’t get loans out now,” Sally said. “People have put their trust in us and now we can’t pay them back, it’s terribly embarrassing.” They try not to look back but Sally, 60, and John, 69, thinking about next year and are skeptical about landing ‘It’s a timely reminder to be thinking about By Myles Hume putting money away each week a job because of their age. next year and putting money away each week towards Christmas, instead of The problem has been For each person in New Zealand, until now and using a exacerbated by a diagnosis towards Christmas, instead of waiting until now waiting private debt-ridden Ashburton credit card,” Ms Brown said. that Sally has leukemia. Money was an important aspect and using a credit card “It’s so hard because this residents owe more than one dolof life and the flow-on effects is all nature’s fault,” John lar. Extreme interest rates and botcould soon become a slippery - Carol Brown said. slope, she said. “I just don’t let it get me tomless credit card limits have “I think people are deeper in down, because if I did I left the Ashburton District owing said. their Kiwisaver to afford day-to- debt and when it involves home would need tranquilisers all more than $4 million in debt. Concern is mounting within the day living. According to figures obtained or the car to get to work, it may the time,” Sally joked. “In March we saw someone bor- mean someone is going to lose a Would they ever consider from the Ashburton Budget service where they have seen the Advisory Service, 198 new clients total debt reach $4,203,281 from row $200 and a month later in job and that debt just becomes so a loan again? “Knowing how quick it can have turned to the service in the clients in financial strife with April they had to pay $460, so much more of a problem.” within one month they paid an Prevention is better than cure all change I would never past 15 months with an average nowhere to turn. se think a slogan that says “For quality home audio and video installations Electraserve Custom for your home” “ Get in now for Christmas” Mscall Brown agreed the numberbuilt extra $260,” Ms Brown said. debt of $21,229. and Ms Brown encouraged locals about a loan with the “We strongly advise against to come forward if they were fac“And of course that is not of people who had turned to the situation we have been left a true indication either, there service was “concerning”, with that, when we see these things ing financial strife, or considering with. most falling victim to the soaring they have already done it ... they high interest loans or looking to “We just want people to are clients with a lot more debt rental prices in Mid Canterbury, have the best intention to pay it use credit cards. know that there is help out than that wanting advice. Some high interest rates and limitless off ... but they don’t.” of those will obviously not have “If you’re considering using a there and we were terribly, credit cards. She urged people to keep money credit card or taking out a loan, that much debt, but others will terribly embarrassed to go Under pressure, there had also on their mind with Christmas less come to us and we will see if you there but they have done have much more than that (aver- been an influx of people taking than a month away. age),” Ashburton Budget Advisory can afford it,” she said. such a great job for us,” “It’s a timely reminder to be Service co-ordinator Carol Brown out a contribution holiday from Sally said.

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All Black great Lomu becomes a Mormon By Kathryn Powley All Black great Jonah Lomu has become a Mormon – but don’t expect to see him don a suit and ride a bike going door-to-door spreading the gospel. Lomu, 37, who is fighting rejection of a transplanted kidney, was baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Wellington this year, the church has confirmed. Since then he and wife Nadene Lomu have addressed congregations at “come and see” or “fireside” gatherings at a Mormon church in Mangere. They have appeared in on-line Mormon newsletters. An article on the church’s website described a meeting Lomu and wife attended. “The Lomus spoke about how their faith in Jesus Christ and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are helping them personally and as a family. Lomu said that despite some of the choices of his youth, he always remembered what his mother had instilled in him, especially that he needed to pray to the Lord for guidance. He said that missionaries from the Church helped answer questions he had been asking for many years and that he and his wife felt that the gospel was right for them and their family.” Church spokesman Jared Viljoen said: “We welcome all visitors. Due to beliefs around family as a central focus to our beliefs and Christian values, lots of people are responding to that these days, which could have been what Jonah responded to.” Asked whether Lomu might pedal about Auckland spreading the church’s message, Viljoen laughed. “No, that’s probably not going to happen. That aspect of things is more for the young 18 to 35-year-olds, but later in life we also have senior couples going out.” Viljoen said another famous All Black great, Northland’s Sid Going, had recently returned from an 18-month mission in Australia – so the Lomus could very well go on a mission one day too, just not by bike. Lomu and his wife Nadene, whose maiden name was Quirk, were wed in Wellington last May by a “bishop from their church” according to an article in the Woman’s Weekly at the time. Ma’a Nonu, whose father was a bishop in the Mormon Church, was one of the wedding guests. It is not clear whether the family are giving any of their income to the church. Traditionally, members tithe 10 per cent of their income. A study by Reuters this year estimated that the church was pulling in US$7 billion ($8.5b) in tithes from its 14 million members each year.  - APNZ

• Mayfield fire The Mayfield Fire Brigade were called to a fire about 11.45pm on Saturday. The brigade was called to attend a minor fire on Anama Valetta Road after a vegetation patch caught fire. Earlier in the night, the Ashburton Fire Brigade attended to a false alarm on Nelson Street in Hampstead at 9.28pm.

• Kayakers rescued Two tired and hungry kayakers were rescued from a Hawke’s Bay river after failing to return from a trip on Saturday. The kayakers had been dropped near the top of Tutaekuri River and were due out at the Napier end on Saturday night, but failed to arrive. The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter found the men yesterday, safe and well, 5km downstream from their drop-off point. They were tired and hungry after carrying and dragging their kayaks over rocks due to low waters level. The men were flown back to Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital rescue helicopter - APNZ base. 

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midst an avalanche of news stories surrounding The Hobbit and Paul Bennett’s attempt to ‘zip it’, the passing of the highly controversial local government bill nearly slipped through unnoticed last week. For most people the words local government are an instant cure for insomnia, but the new legislation could potentially affect life in Ashburton more than any other bill passed this year. The bill got through with the smallest margin, 61-59, which indicates how contentious this new amendment really is. The new law will enable central government a much bigger influence on local councils and enable the community to challenge more council decisions in court. As usual, the rationale behind this law change is admirable, as former Local Government Minister Nick Smith’s proposal simply attempted to curb increased council spending in some parts of the country. Some councils, notably the Kaipara Council, have indeed shown little fiscal responsibility towards their ratepayers, loading them with enormous debts for future generations to deal with. The Ashburton District Council has also been accused of being too generous with its rates, but the increases in this district have been nowhere near other regions and reasonably prudent against the levels of debt. As so often, the new law was introduced to keep a tighter handle on local politicians who were out of control, but in the process may be punishing and hampering the majority of councils who have acted in a

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responsible manner. The Government has a strong argument to introduce new rules to regulate the spending at local level and contain the spending on non-core responsibilities but the critics warn the bill will put an end to any visionary projects. The new bill demands local councils stick to their basic knitting and focus on their core duties of water, sewage, roads and rubbish. Any community spending beyond that will now come under much greater scrutiny and can be challenged in the courts. The major problem with this new legislation is that any project could now get bogged down by time-consuming and expensive legal arguments. The new stadium in Dunedin, for example, would never been built, but since its opening it is now seen as the blueprint for any future venue. The difficulty with the new bill is that most community projects, like the Riverside Stadium or the Art Gallery/Museum in Ashburton, will appeal to some people but not to others. Under the new rules, a small number of opponents could now be able to stall any plans until they become unviable. As a result, new, bright, exciting ideas could die a slow death and places like Ashburton will struggle to get any project off the ground. The rates may stay down if the council is forced to stick to water and sewage, but the district will become a lot less attractive to live in.

Party pills may be tested on animals By Kieran Campbell Manufacturers of party pills face being prevented from testing their drugs on animals if they cannot prove it is worth the pain they could potentially cause. Last year 37 per cent of the 327,000 animals used in research, testing and teaching in New Zealand died or were euthanised during projects. Psychoactive drugs will join the group of products being tested on animals under proposed new regulations for producers to prove they are safe before they go on sale. Party pills are expected to be tested on dogs and rats, but the regulatory body for ethical animal treatment says strict criteria could restrict such tests. “That kind of research is only going to be allowed if there is a proven benefit and if that benefit

outweighs the cost to the animals,” National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee chairwoman Virginia Williams said. “Yes [it is a high standard to meet], and so it should be.” The 327,674 animals used in research, testing and teaching last year was a 35.3 per cent increase on the previous year, the most recent NAEAC report says. The most commonly used species were cattle, mice, sheep and chickens. The majority of the animals suffered no to little impact (85.5 per cent) although 5.4 per cent suffered high to very high impact, including 39 feral cats trapped, tagged and released to track how far the predators ranged. Ms Williams said the NAEAC set strict regulations for the different projects involving animals and all proposals were scrutinised to see where they could reduce the

number of animals used, refine an experiment to minimise or eliminate any suffering and replace animals at any opportunity. Ms Williams said all animals were ranked on a sentient scale. Those considered to feel less, such as fish, were preferred over those considered to feel more, such as dogs. More than 1000 dogs were used in projects last year and 12 per cent either died or were euthanised. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said the amount of testing of party pills on animals was still to be decided but that it was important because “human safety is the paramount consideration”. Mr Dunne said he had “a great deal of sympathy” for the view that it was sad to test legal highs on animals as opposed to testing necessary medicines. “I understand that but I think we should see very different questions if we do not test these products and

someone dies,” he said. SPCA president Bob Kerridge said there was “absolutely no justification” for party pills to be tested on animals. Detail of the Government’s proposed stricter regulations, which puts the onus on manufacturers to prove their party pills are safe, is expected to be released next year. There will be a period for public response before it is voted on. The majority of the animals used in projects last year were sourced from farms (47.1 per cent), followed by breeding units (23.7) and commercial sources (13.2) while public sources accounted for only 1.1 per cent of animals. Commercial organisations accounted for 46.7 per cent of animal usage, followed by universities (29.8) and crown research institutes (14.2). Animals under the microscope Animals that suffered “very high

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‘Stupid antics’ behind crash By Matthew Backhouse and Rebecca Quilliam A man was perched out of the window of a moving van just moments before two charity motorcycle riders were killed in a “sickening” crash, a fellow rider says. Gordon Thomas McKay, 68, of New Plymouth and Kelly Richard Reardon, 40, of Waitemata, died in a collision with a van at Normanby in South Taranaki shortly after midday on Saturday. Five others were taken to hospital after the crash during the Round the Mountain charity toy run. Charity rider Lyall Broadmore, who was in front of the motorcyclists who were hit, said he passed a van full of people up to “stupid antics” shortly before the crash. One of the passengers, a man, was sitting with his upper body leaning out of the window of the van as he waved to the motorcyclists. “They were encouraging the bikes, waving to the bikes ... I thought it was an accident waiting to happen,” Mr Broadmore said. “If they wanted to get involved in it, pull over and cheer from the roadside – what’s a couple of minutes out of your time while the bikes go by and you can wave to them, instead of doing stupid antics?” Mr Broadmore said he could not be certain if the same van was involved in the crash moments afterwards, but it was not far from the scene of the accident. He said the group of about 100 motorcyclists decided to continue with the charity run after the crash because they were “there for the kids who go without”. ���It’s always bad when somebody gets hurt, but it’s a charity run for people that miss out at

Christmas.” He said a number of riders were upset and some chose not to continue with the run. “It was quite a sickening feeling for a lot of the bike riders.” A 24-year-old Wanganui man, thought to have been driving the van, remains in a critical condition in Waikato Hospital, where he was flown from Taranaki Base Hospital. The man, who was reportedly badly trapped in the vehicle, suffered multiple fractures and chest injuries.

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The man’s brother said on Facebook that he was “doing better”, and was talking and asking how everyone was. Three other men injured in the crash remain in Taranaki Base Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said two, aged 22 and 27, were in a comfortable condition, and a 62-year-old was described as stable. Meanwhile, a 42-year-old man, who was also injured in the collision, had been transferred to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland in a serious but stable condition. Police said it was too early to say if charges would be laid. The Taranaki Motorcycle Club, of which Mr McKay was a mem-

ber, held a minute’s silence to remember the motorbike enthusiast yesterday. Club vice-president Mitch Rowe said Mr McKay was a passionate member of the club. “He greatly supported our motorcycle events. He’ll be missed in our club.” Mr Rowe said Mr McKay was a “great” person with a generous spirit, always wanting to help others. A relative of Mr Reardon, who did not want to be named, said he was “nice and caring person”. The men’s deaths were among six fatalities, including four motorcyclists, and more than a dozen injuries on North Island roads at the weekend. A total of 267 people had died on the roads in the year to Friday – up on 250 by the same Friday last year – with the weekend fatalities bringing the total road toll to 273 this year. On Saturday, two other motorcyclists and two people in cars were killed in separate accidents and 10 others were injured in crashes. Among those injured were three males, aged between 16 and 22 in a crash on State Highway 2 north of Wairoa about 6.30am yesterday. One patient with multiple serious injuries was taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital by the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter. The crew then flew to Wairoa Hospital to pick up a second seriously injured man and another man with a shoulder injury, who was taken to Wairoa by ambulance. Both were flown to Hawke’s Bay Hospital. A third seriously injured man with head injuries was airlifted to Hawke’s Bay Hospital by the Gisborne Rescue Helicopter. - APNZ

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Seven people feared trapped in tunnel At least seven people are feared trapped inside a collapsed motorway tunnel about 80 kilometres west of the Japanese capital. Kyodo News reported yesterday that firefighters had said there were “at least seven” people trapped in the tunnel. One woman who escaped had been in a vehicle with five others, none of whom she had seen since she fled, the report said. The accident occurred on Tokyo-bound lanes inside the Sasago tunnel on the Chuo Expressway, at about 8am local time yesterday, an official at the expressway traffic police unit told AFP. “We don’t know exactly how many vehicles are on fire.” Television footage from inside the tunnel showed a white ambulance and several firefighters wearing protective gear, working in an section shrouded in white smoke. A number of cars with lights flashing were also seen. A 28-year-old woman was taken to hospital by ambulance after she emerged from the 4.3km-long tunnel by herself, the traffic police official said. The NHK television network said two other women were rescued from inside the tunnel and that the extent of their injuries was unknown. A reporter for NHK said he happened to be driving through the tunnel on his way to Tokyo when it started to disintegrate.

“I managed to drive through the tunnel but vehicles nearby appeared to have been trapped,” he said. “Black smoke was coming and there seemed to be a fire inside the tunnel.” The thick smoke inside the tunnel was hampering rescuers’ attempts to reach the caved-in point, some 2km from the Tokyo-side exit, a local fire department official said. “The tunnel’s smoke ventilation system is malfunctioning and we can’t see anything one metre in front,” Kazuya Tezuka told AFP by telephone. Aerial footage on NHK showed several red trucks from the local fire department waiting outside the Tokyo side of the tunnel. Dozens of people were seen waiting at an expressway bus stop just outside the exit, and were believed to have emerged from the tunnel, NHK said. A man in his 30s, who was just 50 metres ahead of the caved-in spot when the accident happened, told NHK: “A concrete part of the ceiling fell off all of a sudden when I was driving inside. “I saw a fire coming from a crushed car. I was so frightened I got out my car right away and walked one hour to get outside.” A stream of people was seen coming out of the other exit after abandoning their vehicles in the tunnel, NHK said. - AFP

Avalanche kills 12 Pakistanis in Kashmir Rescuers have pulled out nine more corpses, including five belonging to soldiers, from a mass of mud and snow that struck a remote part of Pakistanadministered Kashmir, taking the overnight death toll to 12, a military statement says. Bodies of three soldiers were recovered just hours after the incident in the Kel area close to the de facto border dividing the disputed Himalayan region between India and Pakistan. A search continues for nine other people, three of them soldiers, buried in the rubble, according to the brief statement

to reporters. Details of the incident remain unavailable, but news reports initially said a landslide crashed into a border outpost. An 18-member team carrying out a search and rescue operation was then caught in a subsequent fall. In April, 140 people, nearly all of them soldiers, were buried under a wall of snow and boulders that struck a major Pakistani military base on the disputed Siachen Glacier. Military teams have so far dug out more than 120 bodies. Efforts to recover the remainder are ongoing. - DPA

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Police vehicles are parked at the entrance as smoke billows out of the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, yesterday.

Jennifer Lopez has wowed thousands of fans in Indonesia, but they didn’t see as much of her as concertgoers in other countries – the American pop star had toned down both her sexy outfits and her dance moves during her show in the world’s most populous Muslim country, promoters say. Lopez’s Dance Again World Tour was performed in the country’s capital, Jakarta, at the weekend in line with promises Lopez made to make her show more appropriate for the audience, said Chairi Ibrahim from Dyandra Entertainment, the concert promoter. “JLo was very co-operative ... she respected our culture,” Ibrahim said, adding that Lopez’s managers also asked whether she could perform her usual sexy dance moves, but were told that “making love” moves were not appropriate for Indonesia. “Yes, she dressed modestly ... she’s still sexy, attractive and tantalising, though,” said Ira Wibowo, an Indonesian actress who was among more than 7000 fans at the concert. Another fan, Doddy

Adityawarman, was a bit disappointed with the changes. “She should appear just the way she is,” he said, “Many local artists dress even much sexy, much worse.” Lopez changed several times during her 90-minute concert along with several dancers, who also dressed modestly without revealing their chests or cleavage. Most Muslims in Indonesia, a secular country of 240 million people, are moderate. But a small extremist fringe has become more vocal in recent years. They have pushed through controversial laws – including an anti-pornography bill – and have been known to attack anything perceived as blasphemous, from transvestites and bars to “deviant” religious sects. Lady Gaga was forced to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia in May following threats by Islamic hardliners, who called her a “devil worshipper”. “Thank you Jakarta for an amazing night,” the 43-year-old diva tweeted to her 13 million followers. - AP

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Whiskey is the Irish water of life There’s a big difference between whiskey and whisky and it’s not just the differing regions they both come from. The Irish are quick to point out their product (whiskey) is triple distilled and therefore much smoother. Mary Ann Anderson went to Ireland to put the claims and her taste-buds to the test True or false? Irish whiskey is practically the same as scotch whisky. Did you answer true? You lose. Their rich shades of amber are about the same, but in tradition and taste, the two couldn’t be more different. And I have to admit, I didn’t know that either, until I embarked on a journey to Ireland, a country I’ve had a romantic fascination with since I was a child. I didn’t visit just for the whiskey, of course, but for its legendary beauty, architecture and culture. Still, it was the whiskey that held the most intrigue. The tiny island is surrounded by the cold waters and salty mist of the North Atlantic and the Irish Sea. Rain is often and plentiful. This roundup of pure, sweet water is the base of Irish whiskey. And while it may be true that the Irish like their Guinness, it’s even truer they like their whiskey as well. Irish whiskey, relatively speaking, hasn’t been around long. The process of distilling dates back to about 500 AD, to the Arabs who extracted oils from plants to make perfume. Thus began the unique process of evaporation and condensation, the essential principles of whiskey-making today. Later on, Celtic Christian monks, who travelled throughout Europe spreading the gospel, used those same principles to creatively distill local ingredients into alcohol. In France, for example, grapes were distilled for eau de vie, the cognac and brandy of today. Scandinavian countries produced aqua vit, while in Ireland grains like barley yielded uisce beatha. These romantic-sounding words simply translate to “water of life”. In the late 1400s, the first accounts of grain distilling

appeared in Scotland, but Ireland was deemed so close geographically that historians generally agree that for both countries the era of whiskey- and whisky-making began. To distinguish themselves from their Irish cousins, the Scots left the “e” out of whiskey. The first official licence for distilling was granted in 1608. And here begins our journey. Our group began our whiskey education in Dublin, touring its narrow flower-lined streets resplendent with statues, churches, shops and pubs. Lots of pubs, where the whiskey pairs well with local specialty dishes like corned beef and fish pie. The first stop was Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, where we teamed up with Emer, our bubbly, happy guide. “We take whiskey making seriously here at Jameson,” she said before missing a significant beat, then adding with a wink, “but we also take drinking it seriously”. As we toured the distillery, which dates to 1780 but closed as a working distillery in the 1970s when operations were moved to Midleton Distillery in CoCork, Emer explained the biggest differences between Irish whiskey and scotch whisky is that the Irish version is triple distilled and doesn’t have the smokey, peaty taste that is the hallmark of scotch. She then took us through the complicated process of whiskeymaking, which begins with barley that’s malted in a kiln - the Gaelic word for oven - before it is milled to a flour-like coarseness. Next it is mixed with pure Irish water in the mash-tun to produce wort - it sounds nasty but is actually sweet - which is then fermented to convert the sugar into alcohol. From there it is distilled to separate the water from the alcohol before being placed into handcrafted barrels

The first stop was the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin. for maturation. With whiskey information overload, we finished our tour at the visitor’s centre, where a quartermillion visitors come each year, before heading south to Cork to

visit the Old Midleton Distillery at the Jameson Heritage Centre. While you can’t visit the actual working distillery, you can take an educational and historical tour of the superbly-preserved old distillery to learn more of

Northern Ireland plays host to the Old Bushmills Distillery - another whiskey producer steeped in history.

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TAURUS (Apr 21st May 21st) Someone may let you in on a personal secret today, but what you learn can actually make you smile. For however much you had formed a particular view of them, what they share can see you look at them in a whole new light. In general, this is a time when relationships can be stirred or shaken, but in a good way. Solo? A bold newcomer can intrigue.

GEMINI (May 22nd Jun 21st) The Moon is perfect for you today and you can dart into the new week more alert and switched on for it. You may also still be buzzing from some of the events that the weekend created. Yet it is probably the more earthy side of life that you can then start to focus on. Someone can prove to be a fantastic source of support around a domestic or health issue.

Jameson’s time-honed craft of producing whiskey, have lunch at the Malt House Restaurant, or browse the gift shop for distinctly Irish gifts. “What makes us so unique is that we hold on to the traditions of the past,” says Master Distiller Barry Crockett as he shows off the world’s largest pot still and a ye-olden-days waterwheel that once powered all of the machinery at the distillery. Crockett also reiterates Emer’s musings that Irish whiskey is triple distilled, declaring the final product is “cleaner, more pure, and sweeter in taste, like apples, pears, and peaches.” Following an afternoon stop at the famed Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork, our group, heads filled with a cornucopia of fruity images, travelled to Co Westmeath to the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience, a gorgeously restored working distillery. One of the things I most enjoyed about Kilbeggan, dating to 1757 and drawing about 45,000 visitors annually, was its amalgamation of unusual sounds, from the rhythmic ba-ba-boom-ba-baboom of some sort of mechanical gears grinding together to the flip-flipping of waterwheels to gurgling, bubbling streams. Andrina Fitzgerald, who at 24 years old is one of the youngest whiskey distillers in Ireland, showed us a 185-year-old pot still, said to be the oldest in the world. Funny. It didn’t look a day over a hundred. Northern Ireland was next in our sights, to the village of Bushmills in Co. Antrim. As we drove northward, I sighed contentedly at the emerald green and gorgeously lush scenery of Ireland’s pastures and craggy

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CANCER (Jun 22nd - Jul 23rd) Your views on worldly matters have been quite fluid in recent times. You may figure they have had to be due to the changing circumstances you have had to deal with. Yet don’t underestimate the influence your personality has on the things you face. People know that when they delegate something to you, it’ll be done conscientiously. This is a big plus.

LEO (Jul 24th - Aug 23rd) Bubbly Jupiter in opposition with the Sun, as well as the Moon in your sign today, suggests you can be in a really bright, up-beat frame of mind, and when you are really on form you can light up any room, office or workplace you pass through. People will enjoy being in the reflected glory of your presence. Go spellbind Leo.

VIRGO (Aug 24th Sep 23rd) Positive news can emanate from within the family. Someone can be a source of support or encouragement, or a youngster you have mentored can show great progress. You can find strength in your roots, and even if you are someone who tends to be very much your own person, a better connection with your folks can boost your self-identity.

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LIBRA (Sep 24th Oct 23rd) Stay conscious of the last posting dates for festive parcels and cards. Thoughts of those who live far away can give you the push to call them and arrangements can soon be made for a visit in either direction. If you have been working hard on your studies the burden can seem lighter today and information gathering more enjoyable.

SCORPIO (Oct 24th - Nov 22nd) Well, THE diet buster of the zodiac, the Sun’s opposition to Jupiter, continues, and with your feelings close to the surface too you may find it hard to resist telling anyone who will listen about all the scrummy goodies you have been home baking or... scoffing. However, this can also be a time when you decide to back your judgement on a business deal.

There’s history captured in every barrel of Irish Whiskey. cliffs. It’s not called the Emerald Isle for nothing, and the serene countryside is punctuated by the bones of ancient castles, pastoral stone fences, and masses of fat, happy sheep and cattle. Finally arriving in Bushmills after a stop at mythical Giants Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we found a quiet Old World village crammed with taverns, shops, and restaurants. From our accommodations at Bushmills Inn, the distillery, which brings in about 120,000 guests a year, was less than a half-mile walk. “Bushmills is the heart of the Irish whiskey industry,” said Robert Galbraith, our guide and Bushmills ambassador, before explaining the heritage of its distilling process really hasn’t changed in the more than 400 years since King James granted the first licence to distill in 1608. We had booked a premium tour, so Galbraith took us to a

comfortable tasting room. Before us sat glasses of whiskey, the liquid inside shimmering like gold from light pouring in through the windows. The whiskey went down smoothly as we sipped our way through several centuries of whiskey-making traditions. Quietly I raised a glass and silently cheered “slainte” to King James.

IF YOU GO: ACCOMODATION: Our group stayed at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, the Wineport Lodge in Glasson in Co. Athlone, and the Bushmills Inn in Bushmills. INFORMATION: For comprehensive information on Ireland, visit www.DiscoverIreland. com. To book distillery tours, visit www.Bushmills.com, www. Tours.JamesonWhiskey.com, and www.KilbegganWhiskey.com . - AAP

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23rd - Dec 21st) Many Sagittarius people have a rare gift of inspiring confidence in others and you can benefit particularly well from this energy today. If there are seasonal bashes to be organised, get-togethers to be got together or leadership needed around practical matters, you can be the go-to zodiac sign that others will seek out. Praise indeed!

CAPRICORN (Dec 22nd - Jan 20th) If you are someone with spiritual interests or instincts you may find yourself doing some serious reading, meditation or praying. For some Goats this may include arranging to head off to a retreat, or if your interests are more metaphysical you might seek a reading, guidance or consultation. You can also do something behind the scenes to help others.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21st - Feb 19th) You can be an idealistic soul and this can be a day when your vibe chimes well with those who share your ethos or can be stirred by it. The advantages of linking with others in cooperative situations, socially or in business are also underlined. You may also enjoy a really wonderful slice of fortune - even if you don’t believe in good luck!

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‘I want the gold before I retire’ By Patrick McKendry Hayden Roulston, an Olympic silver medallist and professional cyclist for 10 years, has revealed he has been hampered by self-doubt during his career and says only now is he ready to take the next step and fulfil his potential. The New Zealander’s most notable achievement came when finishing second to Bradley Wiggins in the individual pursuit on the track at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He switched his focus to the road after that success in China - much like Wiggins - and has figured prominently in the world’s biggest races. He finished third in a stage of the 2009 Tour de France and has often featured at the front of one of the hardest one-day classics races, the Paris-Roubaix - a gruelling 260km slog which includes 80km of cobbles. But Roulston says he has often suffered from self-doubt on the biggest stage and recently had an epiphany - at 31 years old it’s time to see what he can really do on a bike. With that in mind, he got on his road machine in Christchurch last week for the first time in more than a fortnight to begin training for what he hopes will be a breakthrough 2013 season. “It’s only really the last three or four months where I’ve said, ‘enough is enough’. “I’ve been going with the flow a little bit too long and now I actually want it,� he says. “It’s probably hard for people to understand. It’s not that I haven’t wanted it, it’s just that I’ve been content. But now I actually want to see what my body is capable of. “Mentally now I’m ready for the limelight, I guess you could say. It’s one thing to win, but to win and get all this attention around you, that’s another thing as well. “I think I’m ready on a whole number of levels.� Asked what has prompted his mental kickstart, he replies: “I’m 31 now, I’m pretty settled. What I’ve struggled with my whole career is balance. “Cycling itself isn’t the hardest thing for me, it’s fitting it into my life and finding time for things I don’t really call my passion. “Now I’ve come to a point where everything is balancing out. I’ve got my son and have great access to him, a lot of things are falling into place, and I can honestly say I’m in a great space and I’m ready to take the next step.� The race against Wiggins four years ago was significant - then and now. Roulston said he was physically ready to perform well at the Laoshan Velodrome, but elsewhere he was lacking. “It was a gold medal, I’m riding against Wiggins, he’s done it before... I had all these things going on in my head and it’s natural for someone who’s never been at that level to think that.� Although separated by just three seconds in Beijing, Roulston’s career path since has been vastly different, not altogether surprising given the differences in support and resources the pair have access to. Wiggins has gone on to become Tour de France champion - this year becoming the first Brit to do so - and played a starring role at the London Olympics when winning the individual time trial.

So far . . . Roulston’s international achievements to date: 2009 Tour de France - 3rd, stage 14 2008 Beijing Olympic Games - silver, 4000m individual pursuit; bronze, team pursuit 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games - silver, points race 2003 World championships - silver, madison (with Greg Henderson) 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games - bronze, team pursuit 2002 World Cup - gold medal, madison (with Greg Henderson); gold, team pursuit

But although Roulston has had health problems - his career was in the balance in 2006 due to a heart condition which has been resolved - that lack of sustained success is something he acknowledges. “I don’t think people have seen the best of me. I think there’s always been a setback, or mentally I haven’t quite been there, or something like that. “It’s quite overwhelming getting over there and being among the world’s biggest riders but, at the end of the day, it’s a bike race, especially with what I do. “I race the classics and any man can be beaten on any day there.� The furore over Lance Armstrong, which has seen the American stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and a host of others involved in cycling, including riders, leave the sport in disgrace, could be another reason for Roulston’s renewed enthusiasm. He recently wrote in a blog that Armstrong could one day be thanked for bringing cycling’s doping scandal to a head - at the very least Roulston will know that next year he will be in pelotons that will be cleaner than they have for some time. A rider with the Radioshack-NissanTrek team, which includes Fabian Cancellara and the Schleck brothers, Roulston says he is confident he will have the support to challenge for placings in the classics and major tours. The early part of next year will be crucial in seeding the riders in his team and, after missing selection for this year’s Tour de France, Roulston is eager to be involved in the world’s biggest bike race. Firstly there are the New Zealand road championships in Christchurch in early January and the chance to wear the silver fern in Europe and beyond next year. Roulston, a two-time national champion, won on the course last year. Although he missed selection for the London Olympics due to New Zealand cycling’s decision to pick Greg Henderson and Jack Bauer for the road race, a decision which angered him at the time, Roulston says he is now keen to represent New Zealand again. “I want the gold before I retire. That’s the big driving force. “The next couple of years are very important. The Olympic gold for me personally would be the icing on the cake.� After the ups and downs Roulston has endured during his career, that would be some finish. In the meantime he is back on his bike, hoping for a new start.- APNZ

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Today’s Waikato RC fields, form, riders Waikato RC Venue: Paeroa Meeting Date: 3 Dec 2012 NZ Meeting number: 2 Doubles : 2 and 3; 4 and 5; 6 and 7 Trebles: 1, 2 and 3; 5, 6 and 7 1 1.03pm (NZT) GREENE RACING 1670 RATING 65 $7000, Rating 65 Benchmark*, 1670m 1 29x52 Lozada (4) 59............................. M Cameron 2 94410 Istilane (7) 57............................. M D Plessis 3 x3344 Royal Sceptre m (1) 57................C Dell (a2) 4 00x58 Guess What (9) 56.5........................N Harris 5 76x82 Rockonby m (2) 56.5..................... R Norvall 6 24103 Tralee (6) 55.5................................J Waddell 7 46618 Society Ruler td (3) 55.............. K Joyce (a4) 8 907x9 Life’s In A Spin (5) 55......................R Jones 9 76351 The Darling One (8) 54.5.................. L Innes 10 97060 Skai Glen td (10) 54.5..................T Thornton 2 1.38pm RD1 NGATEA 1350 MAIDEN $8000, MDN, 1350m 1 0x72x Post Xcellence (18) 58.5 2 7. Johnny Bravo (10) 58.5..............M Coleman 3 La Hoya 58.5................................. Scratched 4 4 Chatter Cat (13) 57 5 0 Fast Profit (1) 57............................J Waddell 6 0 The Artful Dodger (9) 57................... L Innes 7 6x9 Hennessy Black 57....................... Scratched 8 80. Moonshine Hill (8) 57....................... S Spratt 9 73005 Dandylign (14) 56.5....................M Sweeney 10 8730x Luvlybubbly (17) 56.5....................... M Wenn 11 5x590 Secret Love (15) 56.5....................M Tanaka 12 546x Miss Indy (4) 56.5........................T Thornton 13 350x0 North Dakota (3) 56.5................ M Cameron 14 x7858 Big Bang Baby 56.5...................... Scratched 15 Rocket Queen h (7) 56.5.................S Collett 16 77x Waitoki Flower (11) 56.5............ M D Plessis 17 6x068 Resume (12) 56.5.............S Shirahama (a2) 18 0x70 Fats 57.......................................... Scratched 19 02000 Karaka Jack (6) 58.5 20 908 Miss Photogenic (5) 55...................... M Hills 21 25 Impel b (16) 57 22 49x Lady Eiko (2) 56.5 3 2.13pm VALLEY CONTRACTORS 1350 3YO MAIDEN

$7000, MDN 3YO, 1350m 1 74x43 Nordic Knight (4) 57.5......................N Harris 2 3. Piazzetta (13) 57.5.........................J Waddell 3 584 Airzin Grace (7) 57.5....................... D Nolan 4 50 Keep Rocking (8) 57.5............... M Cameron 5 Bachelor Zeel (15) 57.5.................M Tanaka 6 Nothing Trivial 57.5....................... Scratched 7 0x860 Solstar (1) 57.5........................ P Turner (a1) 8 x96x4 Mt Eden (9) 55.5 9 49309 Sky Hi Baby (3) 55.5.........S Shirahama (a2) 10 7x058 Anyx (12) 55.5................................ A Calder 11 58. Red Storm (5) 55.5 12 Dreamworld (2) 55.5........................S Collett 13 7x Evancho (11) 55.5.......................C Lammas 14 590 Revolutionary 55.5........................ Scratched 15 Silk Chardonnay (10) 55.5................ L Innes 16 9 Zulou 55.5..................................... Scratched 17 0x70 Fats (6) 57.5....................................... M Hills 18 8x0x9 Saveadance (14) 55.5 19 908 Miss Photogenic 55.5................... Scratched 20 6x9 Hennessy Black 57.5.................... Scratched 21 80 Moonshine Hill 57.5...................... Scratched 4 2.48pm RD1 PAEROA 1350 RATING 65 $7000, Rating 65 Benchmark*, 1350m 1 1000x The Captain (9) 59........................... M Wenn 2 0x01 He Sure Is (10) 58 3 64x47 Ebony Dream t (20) 57.5.... J Whiteside (a3) 4 120x5 Maranello (11) 57.5 5 301 Casino Park (5) 57..................... M Cameron 6 40282 Queen Of Rock tm (17) 56.5...........N Harris 7 14 Captain Scott (18) 56.5.............. M D Plessis 8 75x72 Ishimine (19) 56 9 12x87 Pretty To Watch (1) 55.5..............C Dell (a2) 10 3948x Sonoza t (6) 55.5..................... P Turner (a1) 11 63717 Mean Sleak (13) 55.5......................R Jones 12 80436 Springloaded 55.5......................... Scratched 13 x570x Commie Star (2) 54.5................. L Satherley 14 x4696 Lady Carolyn td (7) 54.5................. A Calder 15 29x06 O’Right Zen (14) 54.5 -

16 7050x Bijoux m (16) 54........................J Oliver (a4) 17 x3860 Wainui Prince m (3) 55.................... C Grylls 18 068x0 Cops ‘N’ Coyote (4) 55 19 8560x Little Chief (15) 54.5 20 48x91 Volkused (12) 56 21 471x5 Black Hennessy (8) 57.5 5 3.23pm BOESE LANDCARE CO LTD 1150 MAIDEN $7000, MDN, 1150m 1 23x2 Crush The Castle b (1) 58.5............. L Innes 2 0x Tolarno (9) 58.5............................... D Nolan 3 02 Little Wonder (10) 57....................... S Spratt 4 80L7x Abundantia (7) 56.5....................M Sweeney 5 6 Brisayus (6) 56.5.........................M Coleman 6 Elusive Song (5) 56.5..................C Lammas 7 0622x Top Star (4) 55........................... M Cameron 8 6x385 Pipedreams (2) 55........................... C Grylls 9 La Valeta (8) 55...........................C Dell (a2) 10 9. Shades Of Gold (3) 55 11 0 Wealth Lady 55............................. Scratched 12 8x960 Mumzagraduate (11) 55.........K Chiong (a4) 6 3.58pm VALLEY TRACTOR & MACHINERY LTD 1150 F&M MAIDEN $7000, MDN F&M, 1150m 1 6x353 Question (10) 57.5..................... M Cameron 2 345x9 Miss Zeta (1) 57.5............................ M Wenn 3 3459x El Felino (13) 57.5...................... L Satherley 4 Carnavalito 57.5............................ Scratched 5 Living The Dream (2) 57.5.............M Tanaka 6 x4229 Parvati b (5) 56..............................J Waddell 7 47652 Pacific Choice (11) 56.......S Shirahama (a2) 8 La Valeta (4) 56......................... M D Plessis 9 Our Pink Diamond (8) 56 10 Soltina (7) 56................................... S Spratt 11 0 Wealth Lady (6) 56.....................M Coleman 12 8. Cinzano Rose (3) 56.............. M McNab (a1) 13 0 Hermione (12) 56............................. C Grylls 14 Sacred Point (9) 56........................... L Innes 15 77x Waitoki Flower 57.5...................... Scratched Emergency: Waitoki Flower 7 4.33pm PAEROA RACING CLUB FAREWELL 1670 MAIDEN

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$7000, MDN, 1670m 1 58290 Callmelou (13) 58.5................. P Turner (a1) 2 Attaboy (2) 58.5 3 x2586 Celtic Star (10) 57....................... L Satherley 4 05 McMammal (6) 57............................. L Innes 5 0x57 Assassin (1) 57...........................M Coleman 6 Gamer Royale (3) 57................. M Cameron 7 07202 Samphire (14) 56.5........................J Waddell 8 09x63 Shipsterns 56.5............................. Scratched 9 4. New Horizons (8) 56.5..................... C Grylls 10 86. All Of The Lights (7) 56.5................. M Wenn 11 x55x6 I’ve Got Faith (15) 56.5.................... S Spratt 12 0x Smuckers 56.5.............................. Scratched 13 39046 Grace O’Malley (12) 55................T Thornton 14 69 That’llbgood (5) 55...........................N Harris 15 00 Granada 58.5................................ Scratched 16 00. Silver Minx (4) 56.5.....S Shirahama (a2) 17 x870x After Midnight (16) 56.5................. R Norvall 18 60x00 Borntobeking (9) 58.5 19 00x90 Ceremonials (11) 56.5 Em: Granada, Silver Minx, After Midnight, Borntobeking, Ceremonials

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Blinkers on : Life’s In A Spin, Skai Glen (R1), Fast Profit, Moonshine Hill, North Dakota (R2), Solstar, Evancho (R3), Brisayus (R5), Assassin, Ceremonials (R7) Blinkers off : Guess What (R1), Silver Minx, Borntobeking (R7) Winkers on : Airzin Grace (R3), Crush The Castle (R5), Borntobeking (R7) Winkers off : Tolarno (R5)

SELECTIONS Race 1: The Darling One, Lozada, Rockonby, Royal Sceptre, Guess What Race 2: Impel, Chatter Cat, Fast Profit, Johnny Bravo, Miss Indy Race 3: Piazzetta, Nordic Knight, Bachelor Zeel, Keep Rocking, Dreamworld Race 4: Black Hennessy, Maranello, Casino Park, Ishimine, He Sure Is Race 5: Crush The Castle, Pipedreams, Little Wonder, La Valeta, Brisayus Race 6: Pacific Choice, La Valeta, Question, Parvati, Soltina Race 7: Celtic Star, New Horizons, Grace O’Malley, That’llbgood

Palmerston North greyhound fields Palmerston North Greyhounds Venue : Manawatu Raceway Meeting Date: 03 Dec 2012 NZ Meeting number : 9 Doubles: 1 and 2; 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8; 9 and 10; 11 and 12 Trebles: 1, 2 and 3; 4, 5 and 6; 7, 8 and 9; 10, 11 and 12 1 12.16pm (NZT) AWAPUNI DASH C0 C0, 375m 1 36x7 Go Carter Go nwtd......................A Turnwald 2 6 Sheza Terror..........................................nwtd 3 3F76 Easy Silence nwtd.....................J McInerney 4 375 Brave Phoenix nwtd..................... J Chatfield 5 6 Bubble Ostee nwtd F &...................Turnwald 6 241 Miss Foxy Minx nwtd..................B Goldsack 7 43426 Kotumba nwtd L &.............................. Morris 8 36544 Yeah Nah nwtd.....................................L Udy 9 87Fx5 Rich List.................................................nwtd 10 74833 Gucci Rush nwtd L &.......................... Morris 2 12.36pm WOODVILLE DASH C1 C1, 375m 1 12112 Secret Sprite 22.26 J &....................D Fahey 2 22112 Time’s Up nwtd...........................B Goldsack 3 27143 Another Snazza 22.76...............J McInerney 4 31252 Phantom Haka nwtd..................J McInerney 5 25121 Go Fern Go nwtd.........................A Turnwald 6 34213 Call Me Ralph nwtd.......................J Harland 7 31434 Rebel Joe 22.41................................ A Clark 8 78673 Chelseas Babe 22.02................... T Downey 9 66532 Kezz 22.06...............................T McCracken 10 12867 Flayosc 22.37 F &...........................Turnwald 3 12.54pm J P PRINT PETONE C1 C1, 457m 1 14335 Mac Tan nwtd B &......................... G Atwood 2 45415 Hey You 27.18.....................................W Kite 3 31311 Jinja Jam nwtd J &...........................D Fahey 4 32122 Squeezer 26.83.................................G Quirk 5 41436 Bigtime Drifter nwtd..........................L Ahern 6 66313 Monkey Queen nwtd...........................W Kite 7 52156 Triple Aye 26.56......................... W Hodgson

8 62331 Talk It Over 27.10................................. L Bell 9 44465 Bigtime Jet nwtd...............................L Ahern 10 47817 Kiwi Ranger nwtd.................................F Kite 4 1.12pm SPARKY’S BAR AND RESTAURANT C2, 375m 1 26832 Floating Away 21.64........................S Maher 2 21757 Sand Buster 21.73.................... S Gommans 3 51516 Family’s Pride 21.72 F &.................Turnwald 4 21334 Fulla Torque 22.32 C &.................D Roberts 5 55215 Ron Baxter nwtd........................J McInerney 6 88368 Bob’s Your Uncle 21.68......................R Hunt 7 88644 What Where When 22.08...............J Harland 8 77835 Snap To It nwtd........................... T R Pilcher 9 47883 My Girl Marina 21.73.................J McInerney 10 78886 Thrilling Pippi nwtd B &................. G Atwood 5 1.30pm PETER SINCLAIR PHOTO FINISH C3 C3, 375m 1 65637 Pin Up Puppy 21.54.......................J Harland 2 47522 Chemically Free 21.66.....................M Olden 3 47252 Stat Me Up nwtd...............................G Quirk 4 125F4 Cawbourne Steffi 21.86 W &...............Brider 5 x8788 Krussian 21.59...................................D Edlin 6 13275 No Lane 21.91............................. M Roberts 7 25111 Lindop 22.12..............................J McInerney 8 77258 Ramessee 21.82............................M Gowan 9 33868 Dyna Frier nwtd C &.....................D Roberts 10 88557 Bimboo 21.85 6 1.47pm WWW.RACINGDOGS.CO.NZ C1/2 C1/2, 457m 1 18614 Hello Ello 26.39........................... B Johnston 2 46633 Opawa Gift nwtd..............................S Maher 3 64235 Deceiver 26.24.................................M Olden 4 26544 Call Illusion nwtd...............................L Ahern 5 71774 Sapphire Phoenix 26.43.............. J Chatfield 6 52144 Sammy James 26.68........................L Ahern 7 27251 Space Race nwtd J &......................D Fahey 8 57371 Go Boof 26.35 B &........................ G Atwood

9 44465 Bigtime Jet nwtd...............................L Ahern 10 18688 Flossy Haka nwtd.........................P Blanche 7 2.05pm FOXTON SPRINT C3 C3, 375m 1 32314 Decado 22.01 C &........................D Roberts 2 355F7 Sheeza Meesha nwtd.................B Goldsack 3 66476 Parra Sparra 21.70....................J McInerney 4 86x12 Trinity Boy nwtd F &........................Turnwald 5 88836 Sydenham Sam nwtd.....................J Harland 6 25647 Thrilling Buddy 21.78.....................M Gowan 7 78426 Bulet Tooth Tony 21.65......................R Waite 8 72111 Opawa Wild nwtd.............................S Maher 9 37828 Cawbourne Tobes nwtd.............J McInerney 10 88557 Bimboo 21.85 8 2.22pm CLOVERLEA STAKES C3 C3, 457m 1 66474 Thrilling Deal 26.31..................... B Hodgson 2 51738 Okuku Star 26.49.............................S Maher 3 16115 Thrilling Ava nwtd.............................B Marsh 4 31845 Boss Man Sloy nwtd.........................L Ahern 5 46855 Barnaby Bale nwtd C &................D Roberts 6 15485 Thrilling Tune 26.37..................... B Hodgson 7 87271 Backyard Bully 26.13..................G Hodgson 8 25657 Realon Rumba 26.37........................L Ahern 9 18666 Just Mac 26.35........................... B Hodgson 9 2.40pm MANAWATU RACEWAY SPRINT C4 C4, 375m 1 13233 Trendy Knocka’s 21.65......................L Ahern 2 48663 Glenaddis 21.91..........................B Goldsack 3 27456 Toi Shan nwtd.............................D Schofield 4 35545 Walk Da Torque nwtd................... M Roberts 5 52565 Opawa Thorn 21.50...........................D Edlin 6 84856 Tilt Your Glass 21.55..................D MacAuley 7 86464 Emma Marie 21.77....................... T Downey 8 13222 Sahara Rama 21.37..........................L Ahern 9 68356 Bigtime Allgo 21.45...........................L Ahern 10 71688 Wee Diger 21.72.........................G Hodgson

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1 35634 Moody Man 21.73..............................D Edlin 2 11312 Daddy Lowe 21.17............................L Ahern 3 62223 Bigtime Kinvara nwtd........................L Ahern 4 78265 Theodore West 21.19.......................L Ahern 5 44236 Mindariva 21.20................................L Ahern 6 14577 Chelsea’s Beauty 21.75................ T Downey 7 35821 Roqette 21.48 C &........................D Roberts 8 42456 Darlek Khan 21.49.........................J Harland 9 68356 Bigtime Allgo 21.45...........................L Ahern 10 74557 Dyna Brownlow nwtd C &.............D Roberts 11 3.15pm NORTH ISLAND CHALLENGE STAKES FINAL C5 GP 2 C5f, 457m 1 11271 Pretty Good 0.00 J &.......................D Fahey 2 33181 Jinjarango 26.39 J &........................D Fahey 3 31214 Koko Whiz 26.52.........................D Schofield 4 41112 Sam I Am 26.33...........................A Turnwald 5 48582 Dyna Groll 25.94 C &....................D Roberts 6 11262 Russell Hart nwtd......................J McInerney 7 11122 White Air nwtd J &...........................D Fahey 8 64531 Inishrush 26.28 J &..........................D Fahey 9 24563 Fancy Tip nwtd............................D Schofield 10 17163 Ate To Much nwtd F &....................Turnwald 12 3.33pm FIELDING STAKES C4/5 C4/5, 457m 1 24563 Fancy Tip nwtd............................D Schofield 2 81465 Necter 25.85.....................................L Ahern 3 46214 Chainsaw Pete 26.29.......................B Marsh 4 23848 Lochinvar Elle 26.44...................D Schofield 5 12377 Louie Machall 26.12 A &...................... J.Hall 6 12367 On Trey nwtd...............................D Schofield 7 83184 Mint Power 26.24........................D Schofield 8 51653 Rybenbrook Flash 25.80...................L Ahern 9 62725 Dyna Diego 25.95 C &..................D Roberts 10 25836 Bigtime Whizz nwtd...........................L Ahern

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6.00 Neighbours. (G, T) 6.30 Spin City. (G, R, T) 7.00 Shortland Street. (PGR, T) TK and Roimata join forces. 7.30 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. (G, T) 8.30 Grey’s Anatomy. (AO, T) Derek asks Meredith to work with him again, Catherine returns to Seattle Grace, and Cristina becomes increasingly suspicious of Owen. 9.30 Private Practice. (PGR,

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3 News: Firstline. Infomercials. (G) Top Chef. (G, R) Entertainment Tonight.

12.35 Infomercials. (G) 5.00 Joyce Meyer. 5.30 City Impact Church.

Street. (G, R) 2.55 Peppa Pig. (G, R) 3.00 Sticky TV. (G) 4.30 FOUR Live. (G) 6.00 That ‘70s Show. (G, R) 6.30 Futurama. (G, R) In the Forbidden Zone of the Galaxy of Terror, Fry’s mistake turns him into a planet’s emperor, a position with a notoriously short lifespan. 7.00 The Simpsons. (PGR, R)

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SOLUTIONS TO PUZZLE No 12,069

SOLUTIONS TO PUZZLE No 12,070

Across: 1 Incantation; 9 Prophet; 10 Title; 11 Niece; 12 Humerus; 13 Answer; 15 Shower; 18 Example; 20 Datum; 22 Taper; 23 Shorten; 24 Unnecessary. Down: 2 Noose; 3 Achieve; 4 Tetchy; 5 Totem; 6 Outgrow; 7 Spontaneity; 8 Measurement; 14 Sharpen; 16 Hideous; 17 Lessee; 19 Purge; 21 Tutor.

Across: 1 Vice; 3 Canister; 8 Real; 9 Wrapping; 1 Affectionate; 13 Career; 14 Strife; 17 Impertinence; 2 Take away; 21 Abut; 22 Horseman; 23 Bend. Down: 1 Variance; 2 Chamfer; 4 Afraid; 5 Impenitent; Twist; 7 Rage; 10 Accelerate; 12 Deserted; 15 Ignobl 16 Strata; 18 Maker; 19 Itch.

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Skipper deserves a break By Andrew Alderson The clamour from critics linking Ross Taylor’s captaincy to New Zealand’s cricketing woes needs to cease. Since Taylor led by example to make 142 and 74 in the test win in Sri Lanka, evidence is needed as to why he is supposedly ill-suited to the position. As captain, Taylor is an easy target considering the team’s poor previous results, but any innuendo about a lack of captaincy nous, the inability to think on his feet or articulate a plan has surely been countered by his actions with the bat. Two months ago during the World T20, the Herald on Sunday contacted three sources who have worked with, or are in regular contact with, the team. Each agreed Taylor had areas to work on as captain, such as how he articulated his messages to media and players, or making fielding decisions under pressure. None suggested his spot was under immediate threat. They said he was one of the most honest, humble individuals they had met in the sport and could be an outstanding captain long-term, provided he addressed those issues. A former New Zealand captain, however, suggested senior players needed to ensure they committed to Taylor to support him through a tough grooming period. He said if such players remained intimidating or fixed in their ways, it would put any fledgling captain in a “terrible position” because “it takes you years to develop those skills, it’s not something you just jump in and do”. One truth omitted from anti-Taylor dossiers is his stoic resistance. He’s shown more of that quality than others. TV coverage of the Colombo second innings produced a powerful image: the cameras drifted from Taylor in the middle to the grandstand players’ enclosure - where team-mates appeared to be sharing a joke, lifting their shirts over their noses as if someone had made a bad smell. Taylor went on building New Zealand’s lead so they wouldn’t have to suffer the ignominy of equalling the national record of six straight test losses. It wasn’t a rarity from Taylor. In September during the World T20, he made 62 off 40 balls to help New Zealand tie with the West Indies before losing in the eliminator over. Taylor then had to front the media, vouch for his teammates’ courage and try to deal with the pressure over the lack of success. He is unfortunate in having so many inexperienced personnel. Compare that to the last two Australian

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test captains Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting. Both are renowned for leading via their batting rather than inspirational words, yet each had the luxury of entering the role with veterans around them. Like coach Mike Hesson and manager Mike Sandle, Taylor will no doubt front the New Zealand Cricket board on his return. The board faces its own pressure as the sport slips through a public feedback cycle where reactions ranged from anger to pity to apathy. The board will be keen to exonerate itself by flexing its muscle and finding someone to blame. If Taylor is made a scapegoat, it would be a indirect slap to his tenacity and the board’s own decision-making processes. It oversaw a presidential-style campaign between Taylor and Brendon McCullum last year. Taylor was appointed, despite McCullum always rating highly in player leadership surveys. To McCullum’s credit, he has never publicly sulked. Surely the board’s logic behind the June 2011 decision has not wavered? Taylor’s form certainly hasn’t. Since becoming official captain in October, his batting record in all formats has improved. In 13 tests as skipper, he’s averaged 49.85 compared to 43.57 overall. He gets past 50 runs more than 30 per cent of the time, just as he did without the reins. In nine one-day internationals - albeit against Zimbabwe, West Indies and Sri Lanka - he’s averaged 50.42 compared to 37.86 in a 116-match career. In six T20 internationals as skipper, his average has spiked to 38.80 with a strike rate of 133, compared with 24.37 at 120. Patience is required. Taylor has proven the most consistent batsman in the team and one of the most reliable slip fielders in New Zealand’s history - at one stage last summer, he averaged a nonwicketkeeper world record of one catch per innings in tests. At 28, Taylor is not alone as a relatively young captain mastering his trade. Arguably the country’s best cricket skipper, Stephen Fleming, struggled as a newly-appointed 23-year-old. Likewise, Richie McCaw first became All Blacks skipper aged 23 in 2004 before taking the job permanently aged 25. He even survived his team being ousted from a World Cup in the quarter-finals before rising to national hero when the Webb Ellis Cup returned last year. Certainly the New Zealand team’s run of late has been poor, but such results are not unique to Taylor’s captaincy. Apart from a firsttime World Cup semifinal spot on the subcontinent last year and a first test victory over Australia in more than 18 years, the postFleming years remain bleak.  - NZHSUN

• Sitak claims ITF title It has been a good weekend for New Zealand men’s tennis with three titles in Asian ITF Futures events. Davis Cup player Artem Sitak won the singles title at the US$10,000 Futures in Cambodia, beating British fourth seed Alexander Ward 6-4 6-7(3) 7-6(4) for the title. It is Sitak’s first ITF singles title of the year and his fifth of his career. Earlier Marcus Daniell and British doubles partner, Richard Grabb won their second consecutive tournament in as many weeks as they defeated Wan Gao and Nedunchezhiyan 6-1 7-6(5) for the title at the same event. In Indonesia at the US$15,000 Jakarta Futures Michael Venus and German partner, Tim Puetz have won the doubles title. - APNZ

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Tech Sharks wicketkeeper Paul Morrison receives a throw from the outfield as Coldstream’s Andrew Czerski reaches for the crease in the final round robin match for the Pritchard Shield, a match eventually won by Tech Sharks.

Special hat-trick for Hurleys By Myles Hume Tech Sharks watered down all the hype surrounding their heavyweight clash with Coldstream when they lifted their third consecutive Pritchard Shield on Saturday. With talks of high scores and big run chases in the lead-up to the final round robin match at Coldstream, Tech Sharks put on a masterclass bowling display, dismissing their opponents for 79 and backing up with a studious batting performance to win by nine wickets. The win also meant they snapped up the Bevan Stroud Memorial Trophy, which is quickly becoming a highly sought after piece of silverware that is defended by the holders at their home ground. Tech Sharks’ club captain James Morrison paved the way for his team, taking four wickets and then capping off an all-round performance when he scored 33 not out with the bat. He said it was a huge achievement for his side to go through unbeaten so far this season and grasp the Pritchard Shield and take away the Bevan Stroud Memorial Trophy. “We didn’t expect that score against Coldstream, we thought

they would put 150 to 200 on the board at least,” Morrison said. “That was the best bowling team effort we have had compared with other weeks.” He put the success down to a team culture that has found the delicate balance of enjoyment and competitiveness. “Everyone turns up to training and we are all pretty keen cricketers. We have fun and we know when it is time to do the job and everyone seems to get along well.” He said it also marked a special occasion for Dan, Sam and Matt Hurley, who are the grandsons of Bevan Stroud, the man who the trophy is dedicated to. In other matches, Fairfield overcame cellar-dwellers Tech Stags in a one-sided affair, with a dominant performance with bat and ball. Lauriston posted 231 against Methven who were not able to match the all-round strong bowling attack, falling 120 runs short. All teams will move into the Muirhead Rosebowl competition starting next week, where Tech Sharks will look to carry through their unmatched form.

Tech Sharks v Coldstream Put into bat, Coldstream looked set for a long innings as the Tech

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Fairfield v Tech Stags Fairfield batters Rob Coyle and Ryan Cockburn supplied the foundation in their side’s 143 run drubbing of Tech Stags. Batting first, Fairfield saw the end of the innings to post a strong 213/8 at the Ashburton Domain. Fairfield’s Coyle pushed his way to 63 runs while Cockburn fell short of a half century with 47 runs next to his name.

In reply, the Tech Stags were dispatched within 22 overs by the Fairfield bowlers, who sent them packing after a 70 run all out effort, Hayden Sinclair accumulating the highest score for his side with 15 runs. The wickets were shared among the Fairfield bowlers who all chipped in, most notably Matt Hart who took two wickets for his side.

Methven v Lauriston It was always going to be a tough ask for the Methven top order to chase down the 231 total posted by Lauriston on Saturday. Put in to bat the first innings, Lauriston piled on the runs against a flat Methven side to string together a convincing win by 120 runs away from home. The Lauriston innings was orchestrated by batsmen Bevan Richen and Scott Morgan who contributed with 59 and 37 runs respectively. With a mountain to climb, Methven replied in spirit but they could only muster 111 runs with Richen following up his batting performance with three wickets and Morgan taking two. Both teams will move into the Muirhead Rosebowl competition next week.

Davison gets one back for Ford camp By Will Knight Ford driver Will Davison won the season-ending V8 Supercars race yesterday to ensure Holden didn’t claim all the bragging rights from the historic weekend. In the last head-to-head battle between the two manufacturers after a famed 20-year rivalry, the 30-year-old led for nearly the whole 250km race to take the chequered flag. Starting from second on the grid, Davison held his nerve to beat home Holden pair Craig Lowndes and James Courtney and notch his eighth victory in an impressive season. The triumph was a relief for Ford fans after Lowndes won Saturday’s opening race at the tight 3.42km Sydney Olympic Park street circuit as Holden grabbed six of the seven top spots. - AAP

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New Zealand No1 Danny Lee has fired a superb seven under par 65 at the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to bring himself back into contention for the fourth round of the final Final Stage of Qualifying for the PGA Tour in La Quinta, California. The 21-year-old Rotorua professional, a former US Amateur Champion, who opened with rounds of 72, 75 and 67 to be off the pace in a share of 108th place, rocketed up the leaderboard to be tied 46th and in touch of the qualifying mark. Lee made the turn in three under par and then went on a birdie blitz coming home - that included five birdies in six holes - to get to eight under par for the day before he dropped his only shot of his round to finish on a nine under par total. - APNZ

• Becks ends a winner A-League target David Beckham bowed out of the LA Galaxy triumphantly with a second MLS Cup winner’s medal, then said he’d no idea where his next destination would be. Beckham helped the Galaxy to a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo in his last game of a six-year stint in the US, with a cluster of clubs from around the world now lining up to capture the services of the former England captain. A-League sides Melbourne Heart, Central Coast Mariners, Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers have all set out to lure Beckham to Australia. “I have no idea,” said Beckham, when asked about his next move straight after the final in LA. - AFP

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell fired a bogey-free four-under par 68 yesterday to remain top of the leaderboard after three rounds of the World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods. McDowell, the 2010 US Open champion, had a 54-hole total of 13-under 203 at Sherwood Country Club. His three-stroke overnight lead slipped to two but he was still well placed to capture his first victory since winning this unofficial 18-man invitational event in 2010. Keegan Bradley had six birdies in his five-under 67 and was alone in second place on 205. Three shots further back was tournament host Woods, who carded his second straight 69 and Bo Van Pelt, who hit a 70 for 208.- AFP

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Sharks bowlers took seven overs to take their first wicket. However, it prompted a Coldstream collapse which saw them fall to a mere 79 runs all out to a dominant bowling attack, spearheaded by Jason Morrison and Dan Hurley. With a low total to chase, Tech Sharks came out with a positive approach not wanting to squander the gettable total. With the fall of only one wicket, Morrison (33no) came out and combined with Sam Hurley (10no) to chase down the total in 13.4 overs and take away the silverware. Morrison also stood out with the ball, taking 4/15 while Dan Hurley took 3/20. Coldstream’s Jacko Print provided the only highlight for his side, scoring 23 not out.

A try after just 10 seconds from Paul Perez inspired Samoa to a 26-15 victory over New Zealand in the cup final of the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens yesterday. New Zealand were beaten four tries to three, with Perez scoring a double. Some uncharacteristic errors from Gordon Tietjens’ men helped the Samoans. Samoa reached the final after beating last year’s runners-up France 12-5 in the first cup semi-final thanks to tries from Reupena Levasa and Robert Lilomaiava. New Zealand overcame Kenya 27-7 in the second semi-final, Scott Curry and Tim Mikkelson both crossing twice. New Zealand remain on top of the series leaderboard on 38 points, with Fiji, Kenya and Samoa tied for - APNZ second on 32.

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Close-quarter racing was the order of the day at the Ashburton speedway track yesterday.

Robertson dominates big day at speedway By Sam Morton Timaru driver Jason Robertson smashed and raced his way to a string of victories at the Ashburton Speedway Demolition Derby yesterday. About 50 drivers turned out for the preChristmas meet in ideal conditions at the Ashburton Speedway grounds on Seafield Road, but on the day there was only one man taking the limelight. In the final of the derby, Robertson was the last car standing and pocketed a cool $2000 for his efforts. He also came out firing in the two rounds

leading up to the final event – showing his class and winning all three events – rounding off a strong performance in Ashburton. Local driver Craig Butterick, of Ashburton, was the best performing local taking out the Adult Mini Stocks, aged just 17. Club vice-president Lance Maher said the day showcased some “bloody good racing” and was held in good spirit. “It was all on out there, everyone did their best and for Jason to come out and win all three events, that’s a pretty massive effort,” Mr Maher said. The club’s next meet up will be the Sprint Spectacular in January.

• Messi close to record Lionel Messi is just one goal off German Gerd Mueller’s record of 85 goals in a calendar year after scoring twice for Barcelona in a 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao yesterday. The Argentine maestro was again a key figure as Barcelona set a new record start to a La Liga season with 13 wins and a draw from their first 14 matches, surpassing the previous best by Real Madrid in the 1991-92 season. Messi’s 84 goals scored in the year has him on the verge of matching the record Muller set for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1972. Gerard Pique put Barcelona ahead after 22 minutes followed quickly by Messi’s first, which came off defender Fernando Amorebieta on the line, before Adriano Correia hit the third on the point of half-time. Cesc Fabregas then added to the deluge of goals and Ibai Gomez got a consolation before the inimitable Messi struck again. - AFP


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Unfamiliar feeling for skipper in waiting By Wynne Gray Five years of test rugby have honed Kieran Read into a top-notch All Black and perhaps, in Richie McCaw’s absence, the next captain. But Read has never wandered off into summer after a final test defeat and the sort of beating England delivered yesterday with their 38-21 victory at Twickenham. His 48th international was a blunt, savage reminder about the vagaries of test rugby if sides are not in the zone. All year Steve Hansen, Richie McCaw and others have spoken about the small margins in test rugby, statements which appeared unusual as the All Blacks belted through most of their games. There were wobbles when the words took on more depth. However, the end-of-year march through Europe and England’s issues suggested a clean-sweep even to most British journalists in a pre-match sweepstake. Assumptions are always open for attack. England adopted the same plan and dominated huge chunks of yesterday’s international. “They were very smart with the way they did things,” Read said. “They were not overly physical but they controlled things well and tactically they were on the money

with how they used their strengths there.” England had brought a varied plan of power and precision, they were intelligent about how they mixed their work more than other physical sides like the Springboks and Pumas. There were similar accolades from coach Steve Hansen who admired the breadth of skills and set-piece work England delivered, playing the sort of rugby the All Blacks would have been proud of. Hansen did not think the final game glitches were a sign of mental weakness but it had been a long season, a tough final week and perhaps they had not been as focused as they wanted. Defeat would be in the ‘sort-out’ dossier along with the struggles against Ireland and the Wallabies. “I look back at that and think it might be an awkward summer for a bit but that’s the way it goes,”Read said. It gave him a bit to ponder as he hadn’t experienced a test loss heading into his summer break. Defeat did not change the All Blacks year. It was one result which showed how tough test rugby was and would encourage other sides to try similar tactics. “This is where the big [World Cup] games will come in a few years time and it will also give England heart,” Read said. - NZH

England’s Joe Launchbury, left, jumps for the ball with New Zealand’s Kieran Read during their international rugby union match at Twickenham yesterday morning.

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• Gatland optimistic British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland will travel to Australia next summer buoyed by high Anglo-Irish hopes after watching his Wales side once again being edged by the Wallabies. At the same time as Kurtley Beale crossed for the last-gasp try that condemned Wales to a seventh consecutive defeat, and the third pool of IRB seeds for the 2015 World Cup draw, England were putting world champions New Zealand to the sword. The English team’s stunning 38-21 victory over the All Blacks, teamed with Ireland’s 46-22 thrashing of Argentina, were the stand-out results of the November international window, according to Gatland. “There’s no one pencilled in. There are some people we’ve been keeping an eye on,” Gatland said. “England winning was a great result for them. And I thought the Ireland performance against Argentina was excellent last week. A few players put their hands up from that.” - AFP

• Black Ferns swept

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Dominant display: Hampstead’s Tom Deeley was in sharp form helping his club deal to second placed Dorie in the Mid Canterbury A Grade tennis competition.

Injury-hit Dorie capitulates By Sam Morton Hampstead stretched their lead at the top with a dominating display against Dorie in the Mid Canterbury A grade tennis competition on Saturday. In clinical fashion, Hampstead’s Tom Deeley proved too strong for Dorie’s Don Lake securing a quick straight sets victory 6-0, 6-0. Dorie, who before Saturday sat second on the competition ladder,

struck ill fortune when three of their players Alastair Clemens, Todd Boag and Don Lake had to pull the pin and default due to niggling injuries. With the absence of their star charge Rhys Cromie, it proved a difficult day for Dorie, as A grade debutant Matt Bubb frustrated his opposition and racked up valuable points for Hampstead. In what proved to be the feature match of the day, Fairton’s Peter Leonard showed his class to

comfortably brush aside Tinwald’s Simon Jordan 6-0, 6-2. Leonard then teamed up with Phil Crozier to beat both Jordan and his doubles partner James Hastings, 6-2, 6-1. However, despite Leonard’s dominance - other fixtures in the clash proved far more even and at the end of Saturday’s play, the points were shared as the two teams produced a rare draw, 49 all. Meanwhile, bottom of the ladder Allenton turned their very average

form around and outplayed the steady Methven team five games to one. In Methven’s only win, Mid Canterbury junior rep James Watt outclassed Brentton Donaldson in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. On the Allenton side of the coin, recent ladies Gala Cup winner Ashleigh Leonard teamed up with Tony Brosnahan in the doubles to take out a comfortable 6-0, 6-3 victory against Willie Edgar and Ben Wright.

Black Jacks’ confidence high As the second qualifying week comes to a close at the Bowls World Championships in Adelaide, hopes are high the New Zealand team will be medal contenders in three further disciplines. With the women’s pairs, triples and men’s singles having gained playoff places after last week’s first qualifying phase, the women’s singles, fours and men’s triples are also well-placed to be visible at the business end of the champion-ships. The men’s pairs combination, however, will need a miracle to finish in the top three of their discipline. Unless they find that miracle, Auckland’s Richard Girvan, who has been the hero of so many Black Jack successes over recent times, will more than likely be the only team member not involved in the medals race.

Following a strong win over Jersey’s Karina Bisson in round eight of the competition, reigning gold medallist Val Smith heads the women’s singles table, while the men’s triple of Ali Forsyth, Matt Gallop and Tony Grantham remains one game clear of second-placed Australia with three rounds left to play. A single-shot loss to Malaysia in round eight has placed the women’s fours combination of Jo Edwards, Mandy Boyd, Jan Khan and Lisa White in a slightly precarious position with three rounds to be completed. The Black Jacks quartet is just one point out of third place, and will be relying on Scotland beating the Philippines in round 10 to have a chance of regaining a spot in the top three.  - APNZ

Wellington’s wind gave the Phoenix the extra edge they needed to pick up a crucial 1-0 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers at Westpac Stadium yesterday. The only goal of the game came in the 21st minute when Phoenix forward Jeremy Brockie swung in a speculative cross from distance but the stiff breeze altered the ball’s path and Wanderers goalkeeper Ante Covic stumbled to watch the ball drift past him and find the back of his net. Covic’s error did nothing to endear himself to the small but vocal - crowd of 5405 fans who braved the gusts to shout cries of ‘dodgy keeper’ at the veteran gloveman. They also egged the Phoenix players on to shoot from distance throughout the game. For an outing with only one goal there was still plenty of entertainment during the 90 minutes plus injury time, but both sides were guilty of not taking their opportunities.

To Covic’s credit he also made two fine saves to keep his side in the fixture. Shortly after his howler that let Brockie score, the 37-year-old tipped an Alex Smith free kick over the bar that appeared to be destined for the top corner and then got down well to block a Brockie header in the second spell. The Phoenix were winning the battle of the midfield which allowed them to enjoy plenty of possession and Manny Muscat was at his combative best for the Wellingtonians throughout the match. Stein Huysegems was reinstated to the starting XI for the Phoenix, in place of rookie Louis Fenton, in the o n l y change to the side that drew 1-1 with the Perth Stein Huysegems: energetic for the Phoenix

Glory in Western Australia last weekend. Huysegems was at his busy best up front for the Phoenix and seems a player to have an abundance of energy, but few chances fell the way of the former Belgian international in yesterday’s game. He eventually made way for 17-year-old Tyler Boyd with about five minutes left as Boyd made yet another speedy cameo for the Phoenix but he is still searching for his first goal this year. Western Sydney, who are in their inaugural season in the A-League, were without midfielder Aaron Mooy who was on international duty with the Australian side. The visitors lacked penetration in the midfield and Phoenix centre backs Andrew Durante and Ben Sigmund produced decent shifts in defence as they kept the Sydney side in check. The result means the Phoenix are unbeaten during the past three games and their form spike shows they are well and truly over their recent struggles where they lost three in a row between late October and early November. The three points also sees them sneak inside the top six. The Phoenix’s next game is on Sunday when they host Alessandro Del Piero and the inconsistent Sydney FC. Wellington Phoenix 1 (Jeremy Brockie 21) Western Sydney Wanderers 0 HT: 1-0. - APNZ

The New Zealand men are on a collision course with hockey’s heavyweights after a second straight loss at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne last night. A day after going down 3-2 to world No 1 Germany, the Black Sticks were beaten 4-2 by India to be consigned to the bottom of group A. With a different format from last year’s edition, the defeat wasn’t quite a death knell on New Zealand’s medal prospects but it leaves them facing a tough task. But for an unlikely series of results on Tuesday’s final pool matches, the Black Sticks will be left facing the one of the top two in group B for a spot in the semifinals - positions currently occupied

Matt Gallop is one of the Black Jacks’ men’s triple side in Adelaide

by Australia and the Netherlands. Stranger things have happened but those two sides are unlikely to be too concerned about the prospect of facing new coach Colin Batch’s youthful team. As it was against Germany, an underwhelming first half doomed the Black Sticks to defeat against India, with the world’s 11th-ranked side charging out to a 3-1 lead at the break. Nick Wilson’s second goal of the tournament pulled one back but that was as close as New Zealand got. The first half went all downhill from there for a flat-looking New Zealand side, with three Indian goals giving them a deserved lead and leaving the Black Sticks in need

of more magic in the second spell. New coach Colin Batch required a half-time rallying cry for the second day running. Whatever he said again paid immediate dividends, with Wilson collecting a clever pass and applying the reverse stick finish to pull one back shortly after the break. New Zealand were playing with a greater purpose than the first half, but India remained dangerous on the counter-attack and only a spectacular save from Manchester kept the deficit to one. But, with the game getting stretched, there was nothing Manchester could do to prevent India’s fourth and match-sealing goal from Danish Mujtaba.  - APNZ

Proteas set Australia mammoth total By Ben Horne Australia must chase a world record 632 if they’re to perform a miracle and send Ricky Ponting out a winner in the third Test in Perth. South Africa have virtually extinguished Australia’s hopes of stealing their No.1 Test ranking and clinching the series, with Hashim Amla (196 from 221) and AB de Villiers (169 from 184) the key protagonists on a brutal day three for the hosts.

The New Zealand women’s rugby side followed in the footsteps of the men yesterday morning, being beaten 32-23 by England as the hosts swept the three-match series. Having won the first two tests 16-13 and 18-7, England capped their second series win in as many years over the world champion Black Ferns with a testing triumph at Twickenham. Coming just three hours after the All Blacks were defeated on the same field, the Black Ferns quickly fell behind and couldn’t prevent the English women from completing a memorable double. New Zealand were given a lifeline when England flanker Heather Fisher was sent to the sin bin, and the Black Ferns made the most of their numerical edge when Selica Winiata crossed the line to leave her side trailing 24-15 at halftime. Then it was England’s turn to take advantage of a yellow card, with centre Jo Watmore scoring. It gave them a lead they wouldn’t cede, despite Black Ferns first five-eighth Kendra Cocksedge managing a - APNZ late consolation try.

• England worldbeaters? Early days but if England can reproduce Sunday’s Twickenham performance on a regular basis then they will be a serious threat at the next World Cup. But the “if” in this scenario is of significant magnitude. False dawns are a perennial hazard in English rugby - victory has often been intoxicating for them. One-off wins come, the nation believes, the players believe and all of a sudden they are already counting chickens that are nowhere near hatching. The English have every right to be proud of their stunning victory and see it as a watershed moment - an 80-minute reminder that they have rugby gold buried within them. But can they keep digging over the next three years and keep finding it? “They certainly have talent there is no doubt about that and they are going to get better and better with experience,” said - HOS Richie McCaw.

• Young cyclists shine

Windy Wellington aids Phoenix Second loss for Black Sticks By Daniel Richardson

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The Proteas were all out for 569 from 112 overs, meaning Australia would have to face the music from the likes of Dale Steyn in a dangerhour before stumps. Recalled fast bowlers Mitchell Starc (6-154) and Mitchell Johnson (4-110) were the shining lights for Australia, but it might just be too little too late. Starc finished with career best figures, with six second innings wickets, to make it eight for the match, while Johnson claimed the

other four. Johnson has been known for his erratic bowling in the past, but he was by far the most economical for Australia on what was otherwise a dominant performance from the Proteas. The sheer dominance of Amla - who stroked 21 boundaries pushed Australia to the brink. He was 99 overnight and brought up his second century of the series in the first over of the day. It was the 29-year-old run-machine’s 18th and quickest Test century. - AAP

New Zealand’s teenage cycling talent showed plenty of promise in the Oceania Track Cycling championships that finished in Adelaide on Saturday. While Australia dominated most of the silverware, there was plenty of young flair on display to give considerable encouragement as BikeNZ begins the cycle to the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In sprint events the Southland pair of Jeremy Presbury and Steph Mckenzie impressed, while in the endurance events Dylan Kennett (Waimate), Alysha Keith (Dunedin), Georgia Williams (Auckland), Hayden McCormick (Te Awamutu), Cameron Karwowski (Invercargill) and Pieter Bulling (Invercargill) all showed up. One of the most impressive was 19-year-old Bulling who finished second in his first omnium, the gruelling event comprising six disciplines. - APNZ

• Butler did it good A five-wicket bag from Ian Butler has helped his side skittle Auckland as Otago took opening day honours in their Plunket Shield clash at Eden Park’s outer oval yesterday. Otago and Auckland entered the encounter in second and third place respectively and separated by only three points, but the Volts grabbed the early initiative in the chase to haul in runaway leaders Central Districts. When bad light eventually stopped play, Otago trailed Auckland’s first innings total of 196 by just 110 runs with their full complement of wickets in hand. Aaron Redmond and Hamish Rutherford, particularly, seized their chances and saw their side through to 86-0 loss at stumps, with Rutherford’s unbeaten 60 coming from just 63 balls. The day’s other game, between ND and Canterbury, was limited to 50 overs due to rain. In that time the hosts, managed - APNZ to reach 125-2.


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ABs wilt under pressure ‘

By Wynne Gray England’s toolbox housed a tourniquet, sledgehammer, fitness and belief as yesterday morning they bashed the All Blacks into their summer recess. They never relented to deliver a victory which seemed possible but never by the 38-21 scoreline which dazzled out of the scoreboard in the Twickenham gloom. It was a limp end to a strong season for the All Blacks and while there was no murmur, the lack of sting from the start suggested illness which swept the team during the week had a severe impact. The All Blacks did not play well for much of the match nor were they allowed to by an England side, one which has not appeared as unremitting either in white or purple this season until yesterday. Something seemed wrong. Illness perhaps but there have been other signs this year at Christchurch and Brisbane, when the sleek engine misfired. Misdirected passes, strange and

We had our go, we had 80 minutes to do our best

sloppy kicks, missed tackles, indiscipline - they were all there in growing numbers to indicate trouble. For much of the test, England looked like they had not only grabbed the All Blacks’ manual they had adopted the plays as well. They were up-front, on the march, powerful and concerted. There were few hints of their torrid recent results. They were as relentless as the All Blacks were messy. Five eighths Owen Farrell nudged over the penalties and dropped goal for a 12-0 led at the break and even though the All Blacks got within a point, they were blown away in eight purple minutes of red rose rugby. Manu Tuilagi caused the damage with his support then crushing power to swat off three defenders before intercepting a Kieran Read pass and running 50m. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am.

England were 32-14 ahead going into the final quarter. They did not panic, they did not shut up shop and with a couple more penalties were threatening the All Blacks’ worst defeat in their rich rugby history. A converted second try for Julian Savea and conversion averted that. It would have been an injustice after the All Blacks’ production in coach Steve Hansen’s first year in charge. If the team wasn’t affected by illness it was some message from England. The formula to counter the All Blacks has always been apparent. Combat them up front, rough them up and disrupt their possession and those stutters will have a domino effect through the side. England did that with and without the ball. They had a hunger which has not

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been apparent since the World Cup winning group from 2003. The interest will be having found that venom, whether they can reproduce and sustain it through the Six Nations tournament. The All Blacks will wander off to sponsors’ commitments in Europe with a heavier tread. They were magnanimous but will be perplexed. As a travelling memory for Richie McCaw on his six-month sabbatical, the test will be a scar. He had no excuses about illness, pointing out there was no let-up from his side in the final quarter. Hansen was adamant Carter was fully fit until he was subbed after 65 minutes. “There are no excuses, we got beaten by a better side and we will take it on the chin. “This is a good England side,” the coach said. “I don’t know that we played well but were we allowed to? That’s the question. We had our go, we had 80 minutes to do our best and on this photo ap occasion we got beaten by a side No way through: Dan Carter looks for a hole in the England defence that was better than us.” - NZH there wasn’t any, and England thumped the All Blacks at Twickenham.

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Batting smart: Mid Canterbury opening batsmen Matt Winter, pictured, and Ben Ward started the scoring in style chalking up 50 and 42 runs respectively against North Otago at the Oval yesterday. In blistering heat, the Mid Canterbury men comfortably beat their opposition after amassing 215 for 7 after their 50 overs – dwarfing North Otago’s reply of 168 for 9. Mid Canterbury coach Richard Pithey said he was pleased with his team’s performance and said the rep fixtures are treated as good preparation games for next year’s Hawke Cup. “It was very encouraging out there, we’re pretty happy with the score and I was particularly impressed with how we batted today. Our top order and middle order took control and we batted smartly, which was great to see. “We still have some areas to work on, but all in all it was a solid performance and I’m very happy with the team’s efforts,” Pithey said. Mid Canterbury will take on Christchurch Suburban next Sunday, in another round of representative cricket.

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Canterbury Plains

Canterbury High Country

TODAY: Becoming fine. Cloudy easteries later.

TODAY

TODAY

Becoming fine in the morning with light winds. Northeasterlies developing towards evening with increasing cloud.

Fine weather. Wind at 1000m: W 50 km/h gradually easing to 30 km/h. Wind at 2000m: Gale W 80 km/h, easing to 50 km/h by afternoon.

MAX

20 OVERNIGHT MIN 7

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TOMORROW: Long sunny spells. Northeasterlies.

WEDNESDAY: Mainly fine. Northerlies, dying out later. THURSDAY: Mainly fine. Light winds. MAX

19 OVERNIGHT MIN 6

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Ashburton Forecast

30 to 59

Auckland Hamilton Napier Palmerston North Wellington Nelson Blenheim Greymouth Christchurch Timaru Queenstown Dunedin Invercargill

60 plus

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showers 13 21 clearing 8 22 fine 12 25 fine 9 20 fine 13 20 fine 9 22 fine 8 25 NZ Situation showers 9 17 A disturbed northwest flow spreads over New fine 9 20 Zealand tomorrow ahead of a large complex fine 7 20 trough over the Tasman Sea. A low is expected fine 6 20 to develop on the trough east of the South Island fine 9 17 later on Thursday leaving westerlies over the North showers 8 15 Island and cold southerlies over the South Island.

TOMORROW Long sunny spells. Northeasterlies.

WEDNESDAY Mainly fine. Northerlies, dying away later.

THURSDAY Mainly fine with light winds. Showers and southwesterlies developing overnight.

FZL: Gradually rising to 3000m

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FZL: 3000m

Mainly fine with increasing high cloud. Late rain about the Main Divide. Wind at 1000m: NW rising to 50 km/h. Wind at 2000m: NW rising to gale 80 km/h.

WEDNESDAY Heavy rain about the Main Divide easing. Mainly fine further east. Northwest gales easing.

THURSDAY Mainly fine. Showers about the Divide. Northwesterlies dying away later.

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Showers with snow down to 1200 metres. Cold southerlies.

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River Levels

cumecs

Rakaia Fighting Hill (NIWA) at 1:45 pm, yesterday Nth Ashburton at 1:00 pm, yesterday Sth Ashburton at 9:45 am, yesterday Rangitata Klondyke at 9:00 am, yesterday

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Canterbury Readings

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Timaru Airport

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7:53 2:06 8:13 2:22 8:38 2:53 9:01 3:09 9:25 3:42 The times shown are for the Ashburton River mouth. For the Rangitata river mouth subtract 16 minutes and for the Rakaia river mouth subtract 6 minutes.

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Fair fishing Set 9:32 am

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Good fishing Rise 12:03 am Set 10:33 am

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Rise 5:44 am Set 9:03 pm Fair

Fair fishing Rise 12:33 am Set 11:35 am

First quarter 20 Dec 6:20 pm

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