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Ashburton’s boom official By Sue Newman The Ashburton District has earned itself national recognition as having the second fastest growing economy in New Zealand. On the latest annual ranking table released by BERL, Ashburton scored highly on all indicators, climbing seven slots to position itself just behind fast growing Selwyn District. The BERL Regional Rankings Report provides a comparative measure of the economic per-

formance of 66 local authorities, 14 regions and 20 cities. The key performance indicators that make up rankings are population, employment, GDP and business units. For the district, that ranking was an invaluable marketing tool, said Ashburton District Council chief executive Brian Lester. “This is very helpful for people who are looking to invest because they want to make that investment in the parts of New Zealand that are going ahead. The good thing is that we’re in a

strong position, we’re continuing that growth,” he said. Through good planning, Ashburton’s infrastructure was in good shape to deal with growth, Mr Lester said. “It’s all positive, our infrastructure is planned and we’re well placed for growth so we’re not showing any pain - except on our roading network.” While the district’s roads were struggling to cope with increased heavy traffic use, the council’s share of the government’s subsidy for road maintenance has been reduced.

The BERL ranking would be a useful tool for the council when it made a pitch to have that subsidy increased, he said. While Ashburton did not rank number one for any single measure, its consistently high ranking across each category earned it second place ranking. Seven of the top 10 local authorities are based in the South Island, including the top four. Waimakariri completed the Canterbury trifecta, holding its previous ranking of third The district’s performance, its rate of employment and its busi-

ness unit growth were described as strong. This was supported by its rapidly increasing population, the report said. Having new facilities such as the art gallery/museum and EA Networks Centre were important in a district with rapid population growth, Mr Lester said. “A lot of people will use this report as part of their planning. The Government makes policies and decisions around this sort of stuff.” While much of Selwyn’s growth could be attributed to its proximity to Christchurch, Ashburton

was growing on its own terms, on what it was making and producing, he said. “And there is still so much potential out there for our growth to continue.” The district was rated as a hot spot (more than 3 per cent growth) for five year population change, for employment growth (over 2.5 per cent) and GDP change (over 3 per cent). The national average over that five year period is predicted to be 1 per cent population growth, 0.5 per cent employment growth, and 0.9 per cent GDP growth.

Ex-Shorty Street star promotes power of reading A recent Shortland Street star came back from the dead to encourage youngsters to read at Mid Canterbury schools yesterday. Actor Gerald Urquhart, or more commonly known as the late Luke Durville – a doctor off New Zealand’s hit TV series Shortland Street, visited Rakaia and Netherby sSchools yesterday as part of a South Island tour to promote Duffy Books. Rakaia was the first stop before heading to Netherby where he turned the heads of not only the pupils, but staff too, after recently being written out of the series with brain cancer. Shedding his glasses and quiet tentative voice, Mr Urquhart handed two free books to each pupil, promoting the importance of reading at school and at home. “The reason why I like books is because they can transport you into someone’s mind, when you see someone of TV that’s what you see, but when you read you know she is sad or happy or proud and get a real sense of the person, rather than just on a TV frame,” he told Netherby pupils in an unexpected confident and proud manner. Although the purpose of the 24-school-tour from Rakaia to Bluff was books, Mr Urquhart also took time to field questions about his stint on Shortland Street. One of the children asked if his character Luke carried out live surgery on the extras. “No, we use pig skins, the extras put it over top of them so it looks realistic, but it’s like pork crackling so I just think of it as dinner,” he said. Mr Urquhart went on to tell

his young fans about how he had to change his voice and look to suit his odd character, sending the school hall into an eruption of laughter when he sunk back into the role he held for five years on the show. Today, the former Shortland Street actor’s working life consists of “bits and pieces”, working as a DJ, with theatre companies and as a substitute teacher at an Auckland secondary school. “I definitely miss it (Shortland Street), but having said that I had such a good time, and I think it was time for me to move on, but it’s been a nice bridge,” he said. With a bit more spare time on his hands, Mr Urquhart said it was a no-brainer taking on the Duffy Books tour, and originally coming from Darfield, he had not been to the lower South Island for several years. “They approached me and I said, ‘yeah I’m definitely keen to do it’. “Reading is something I do at every moment that I can, whether it be the internet, science magazines or reading for my own personal engagement, it’s a huge part of who I am. “Having been a secondary school teacher you see these kids growing up reading at primary and intermediate, and they are really in a good position to make the most of their time at secondary school.”

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RIGHT: Star actor Gerald Urquhart (centre), better known as Luke Durville who was recently written out of hit TV series Shortland Street, visited Netherby School yesterday to promote the importance of reading. Pupils (from left) Gemma Taylor, 9, Sam Rakthong, 9, Verity Burgess, 8, and Zayvia Parata, 9 with their new books.

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dry off their herds. Whole milk powder has been leading gains in New Zealand commodity prices, which surged 7.4 per cent in March, the thirdbiggest gain since at least 1986, according to the ANZ Commodity Price Index. The price of anhydrous milk

fat rose 6.7 per cent to $US4695 a tonne and butter milk powder rose 0.8 per cent to $US4595 a tonne. Butter fell 2.7 per cent to $US4425 a tonne and cheddar gained 6.6 per cent to $US4622 a tonne. Lactose and milk protein concentrate weren’t offered. Rennet

casein rose 4.4 per cent to $US9489 a tonne and skim milk powder soared 27.8 per cent to $US5142 a tonne. There were 78 winning bidders over 18 rounds. There were 171 participating bidders out of a total number of qualified bidders of 793. - APNZ



Childcare providers swamped By Myles Hume Early childhood providers in Mid Canterbury are turning children away with some families facing six month waiting lists, while centres in other parts of the country have empty seats. Early childhood providers in Mid Canterbury have dodged a worrying trend revealed by an Early Childhood Council survey recently, which found 70 per cent of early childhood centres in New Zealand had vacancies. “The survey finds almost 60 per cent of centres expecting things to be tougher still in 12 months’ time, and less than five per cent expecting things to be better,” Early Childhood Council chief executive Peter Reynolds said. But that is not the case in Mid Canterbury, Methven Preschool manager Amanda McGinity said yesterday. “We are full here, and we have a waiting list for nearly all of our days, the next available spots aren’t until October and that’s a six month waiting list,” Ms McGinity said. “I’m really surprised to hear that (70 per cent had vacancies) especially because I know we are really busy, and I have spoken to centres in Ashburton who have year-long waiting lists.” Criticism has been aimed at the Government after it granted consents which allow private early childhood centres to establish in affluent areas, looking to cash in on working families who were willing to send their children to day care. Mr Reynolds said the increasing intensity of competition was “the biggest current threat”. Although Mid Canterbury is littered with at least 18 early childhood centres, Ashburton Baptist Learning Centre manager Lorraine Bennet said swelling numbers showed an abundance of options was not diluting rolls. “There are plenty but we have bucked the trend in Mid Canterbury, our population is growing, especially in preschools, so there is a need for early childhood education here, whereas other parts of the country haven’t grown,” she said. “But I think we are right here, we have the right amount.” Ms McGinity believed many centres were full because of working parents in the district. The unemployment rate in the Ashburton District is falling four times faster than the rest of New Zealand, with the latest figures showing just 145 people registered as looking for work and receiving the unemployment benefit. With families entitled to 20 free hours of childcare per week, Ms McGinity said the range of jobs available in the area meant many parents worked and sent their children to early childhood education. Dorie Community Preschool was seen as a necessity by people in its community with several families seeking early childhood education. Head teacher Jude Fitzgibbon said the roll was still full, highlighting the point that centres should only be established in places of need. “Primary schools don’t just pop up, unfortunately with early childhood centres if they get resource consent they can turn up anywhere,” she said.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS DEATHS BUTLER, Terence Maxwell (Terry) – Ann, Jo and Hayden together with their extended family are deeply saddened to announce his death on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the Mercy Hospice, Ponsonby, Auckland. Terry will be in our hearts and minds forever and we will always love and admire him for his dedication to his family and friends. A service for Terry was held at the Greenlane Christian Center, 17 Marewa Road, Greenlane, Auckland on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. No flowers by request but a donation to the Ponsonby Mercy Hospice who cared for him and our family with dedication and compassion would be appreciated. Communications to the Butler family at 9 Darwin Lane, Remuera, Auckland (

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Slow down, your speed is on show By Myles Hume A drive to pull the reins on speedy motorists at one of the town’s busiest pedestrian areas has been welcomed by the Ashburton College principal. The Ashburton District Council has installed a solar-powered Viasis 3 speed display near the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Creek Road, displaying the speeds of west-bound traffic in the 50km/h area. Ashburton District Council road safety co-ordinator Rachael Chapman said there were about 13 sites identified throughout the district where speed had been highlighted as an

issue, according to reported crash statistics from the New Zealand Transport Agency. The device would be moved around those specific sites to reduce speeding in those areas, she said. “As it is a school, it only makes sense to put a sign there. It is very important to not only keep your speed down around schools but to watch out for children particularly between 8 and 9am and after 3pm each week day,” Ms Chapman said. “Studies show that speed monitoring displays with radar reduces the average speed and percentage of drivers exceeding the speed limit.” Ashburton College principal Grant

McMillan said it was a pleasant surprise to see the digital speed sign when he came back to work after the Easter break. He said speed was always something that was closely watched around the congested area. “I was pleased to see when I drove in this morning to see the sign showing that I was doing 50 to 51km/h,” Mr McMillan said. “It’s a fantastic reminder for people in and around college, it’s a busy area with the old people’s home, students and with sport on in the domain. “I think it is a passive reminder, just a quiet prompt that reminds you to do the right thing.”

111 diary Incidents attended to by the Ashburton Police and Mid Canterbury volunteer fire brigades recently. Check out, for up-to-the-minute updates on every fire callout in the district during the week.

• No incidents The Ashburton Police reported no incidents yesterday and have not done so for seven days.

• Quiet on fire front The district’s fire appliances also laid idle yesterday, with no incidents reported as of 5pm.

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By Kieran Campbell and James Ihaka Two people have appeared in court over events that preceded the discovery of a body in Matamata yesterday. An 18-year-old woman was found dead outside Pohlen Hospital early yesterday morning. Police believe she was hit by a car on the Kaimai Range before the driver of that vehicle was abducted. A 30-year-old man and 23-year-old woman appeared briefly in Manukau District Court yesterday afternoon charged with abduction, theft of a vehicle, unlawful use of a vehicle and injuring with intent. The accused duo, wearing blue police-issued tracksuits, were remanded in custody and granted

interim name suppression until their next appearance in Tauranga on Friday. Police in Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Auckland regions are piecing together the series of events that led to the discovery of the woman’s body. A 32-year-old Tauranga man was driving his silver Toyota Prado on State Highway 29 in the Kaimai Range about 3am when he struck a person who was on the road, police said. He stopped immediately to check, about 5km from Tauranga on the lower Kaimai Range, before he was allegedly pulled from the vehicle and assaulted. He was then placed back into his Toyota and abducted, police said, but escaped from the vehicle a short

distance away. “At one point the Toyota stopped and the victim took the opportunity to escape and raise the alarm,” police said in a statement yesterday afternoon. The abducted man was treated at Tauranga Hospital for head injuries and later released. The couple in his vehicle are then believed to have dumped the woman outside the hospital in Matamata, police say. About 4am, a security officer discovered the 18-year-old woman outside Pohlen Hospital. About 30 minutes later police in Auckland contacted Bay of Plenty to report that the silver Toyota Prado had been recovered in the Papakura area, and a man and woman had been arrested for unlawfully being on a property.

At the scene of the abduction in the Kaimai Ranges, police found a silver Nissan Wingroad stationwagon, which was stolen from Tauranga Hospital on Tuesday and appears to have broken down on the highway. “There is still a fair bit of work to be done and there will need to be a post-mortem to establish exactly when and how the young woman found in Matamata died,” Detective Senior Sergeant Lew Warner said. “However at this stage we are working on the belief that a chain of events began when the stolen stationwagon broke down or ran out of petrol in the Kaimai Range, leaving the offenders stranded.” He said the 18-year-old woman had “a number of injuries” and a post-mortem examination would be necessary to “establish definitively

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Dunedin for a day Musician Paul Simon will only grace land for a day while in Dunedin for his concert on Saturday. The 12-time Grammy Award-winning artist will arrive at Dunedin Airport on Saturday morning and immediately after his Dunedin date will fly to Auckland for his Monday concert. “He’s got a very tight itinerary. He and the band arrive in Dunedin by private aircraft on the day of the concert and fly to Auckland afterwards,” Chugg Entertainment New Zealand representative Manolo Echave said. “He travels outside the normal tour routine and has the freedom to travel when and how he likes.” Simon (71) arrives in Dunedin for his debut New Zealand performance after completing his current, critically-acclaimed, Australia tour. Work started on constructing the concert stage at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Tuesday. -APNZ

whether she was the person who was struck by the Toyota”. Police have appealed for information from witnesses travelling between Tauranga, Matamata and Auckland yesterday morning who saw the Toyota Prado. Anyone who saw the stolen Nissan stationwagon in the central North Island since Tuesday afternoon should also contact police. The man abducted in the Kaimai Range told police two truck and trailer units passed by while they were still at the scene on the highway where the woman was struck. He said he had tried to wave them down. Anyone with information should call Tauranga Police on 07 577 4300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. - APNZ

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High country scenes such as this of the Harper River will feature at Norman Sinclair’s High Endeavour exhibition opening tonight.

Dunedin-based artist goes on show By Susan Sandys An exhibition of renowned New Zealand high country artist Norman Sinclair’s work opens at Ashburton’s Short Street Studio tonight. High Endeavour will open at 6.30pm, and feature paintings by the Dunedin-based artist. Mr Sinclair has visited many high country stations throughout the South Island to experi-

ence the scenery he paints first hand, and his paintings include local stations such as Arrowsmith and Glenthorne. His watercolour and egg tempera paintings capture musterers, horses, cattle, sheep and dogs at work. Mr Sinclair also presents large acrylic and water-based oil paintings on canvas of the country’s impressive southern mountainscapes. Mr Sinclair has hung out of helicopters, waded across icy

Stumped before tangi The Department of Conservation (DOC) has levelled the stump of a Buller kahikatea tree before this weekend’s tangi to mourn the ancient tree. Westport conservationist Pete Lusk is furious the stump has gone. It was to have been the focal point for the tangi - which will go ahead regardless, he said. “DOC has been aware for over a month that we were to hold a tangi or wake for this iconic tree and it’s a childish act for the department

to have done this.” DOC’s Buller manager Bob Dickson said DOC had removed the stump weeks ago when it remediated the site. “We weren’t going to leave a stump there, we never do.” When asked if DOC could have left the stump alone until after this weekend’s tangi, he said: “What for? We’re not really interested in Lusk or his grandstanding. Our objective was to keep the site clear and that’s what we’ve done.” -APNZ

rivers, accompanied many a farmer and musterer in their four-wheeldrive vehicle across all sorts of terrain, walked for miles, and run to and fro around herds to observe how they move. “Every station I visit is something new, it’s extremely exciting, I still leap out of bed in the morning,” he said yesterday. Mr Sinclair said many farmers had given him jobs over the years when he visited the stations, and


these had included driving musterers around, as well as cooking. “But I haven’t been asked to cook in the last 10 years, so maybe my cooking isn’t that good,” he said. He said there was no other way to be able to capture images from the high country than to actually participate in life on the stations. “I’m capturing a moment in time, time stands still in the painting.” High Endeavour will run until Sunday at 5.30pm.

Entries for the Zonta Youth Art Awards close tomorrow. Yesterday about 15 entries had so far trickled in to the Ashburton Art Gallery, but many more are expected today and tomorrow. Gallery staff reported a sculpture, bold large scale works, and intricate detailed smaller pieces had been received by early afternoon yesterday.

• Lanes finished The completion of new $1.1 million passing lanes will make the journey between Ashburton and Timaru safer. NZ Transport Agency work on the 1.4km northbound and southbound passing lanes 1km south of Orari was finished at the weekend. NZTA State Highway manager Colin Knaggs said while the 55km length of highway from Tinwald to Temuka was flat with long straights, opportunities for passing were restricted because of increasing traffic volumes and a significant proportion of slow vehicles. He said there had been a significant number of overtaking-related crashes in the area in recent years, often caused by frustrated drivers passing in unsafe conditions. It was last of six passing lanes on the stretch on State Highway 1, and concluded a programme of work identified 10 years ago.

• Recycling fire Christchurch fire crews had to battle a large fire at a recycling yard yesterday. Emergency services were called to the blaze at Hornby’s Southern Demolition Recycling Yard about 2am. Southern fire communications shift manager Andrew Norris said a “massive” pile of custom board was alight. No buildings were being threatened by the fire, Mr Norris said. -APNZ

• Motorcylist named Police have named a motorcyclist killed in Marlborough on Tuesday. Wellington man Kenneth Gordon Lilley, 54, died when he lost control and crossed the centreline on State Highway 6 at Okaramio, about 5.15pm. He was travelling behind another vehicle which slowed down, forcing him to brake heavily to avoid hitting it, As a result he has veered into the path of an oncoming vehicle. -APNZ


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English classes now under NZQA wing By Myles Hume Ashburton residents who possess English as a second language could be among the first students to gain new nationally accredited qualifications. Aoraki Polytechnic’s Timaru campus will be the first education provider in the country where students can study towards what will be six nationally recognised English qualifications. Aoraki Polytechnic English language programme co-ordinator Craig Courtis has worked for two years to set up the New Zealand Certificate in Language at the polytechnic. He said currently there are about 300 different qualifications available to English language students in New Zealand, which made it difficult for students and employers to compare the effectiveness of the programmes. Although cutting that back to six qualifications “had been a long process”, Mr Courtis said it would benefit Ashburton students who have English as a second language and employers in the future. “At this stage we are only planning to deliver the qualifications in Timaru,” Mr Courtis said. “However, Aoraki Polytechnic does offer a free bus service and we have had students from both Ashburton and Oamaru take these buses each day to attend English classes in Timaru and so this may

be an option for some people.” Mr Courtis said the qualifications would be available to both international students and those living in New Zealand as residents or who recently moved to the country, for whom English is not their first language. But with the qualifications being under the NZQA umbrella, students would be entitled to pay for the programme using student loans and allowances. “In the past our English Language programmes have been full cost recovery which meant students had to pay the entire fee without having access to student allowances or loans, and so the financial cost has been a barrier preventing some people being able to study English. “Because the new programmes are NZQA qualifications, domestic students may be able to access student allowances or loans, the same as any other programme meaning full-time study may be possible for more people.” Mr Courtis said Aoraki Polytechnic was aware of the NZQA review of existing qualifications, so he spent the past year preparing for the qualification and was first to send in their application. Mr Courtis was also asked by NZQA to work with other institutions across the country as a “consistency assessor”, meaning he will assess moderating materials and programmes to ensure it is the same across the board.

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By Susan Sandys Cooler temperatures in a southerly spell this week are not expected to last as NIWA forecasts above average temperatures through to June. The forecast for coastal Canterbury and the alps and foothills, from April to June, predicts “very likely above average” temperatures, while rainfall and soil moisture levels are expected to be near average, and river flows near or below average. The warm autumn is forecast

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Six-year-old Shellie Ermio puts in maximum effort as part of her church’s clean-up exercise at the Ashburton Skatepark.

Fresh, clean era for Skatepark By Sue Newman Ashburton’s skatepark is entering a new era where tidiness and good behaviour rule. Hot on the heals of a clean-up of the park by youth from the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints, a fundraising campaign has been mounted to raise money for shade sails, a drinking water fountain and improved CCTV cov-

erage of the area. Ashburton District Council regulatory manager Richard Wade is driving the skatepark improvement project and said he has been impressed by the early response from the business community. Mr Wade said he was talking to local businesses about ways to further promote the park and with business and community involvement it could become a good, safe environment for young people.

“The aim is to keep it looking tidy by encouraging the kids that use the facility to take pride in it. “We have had discussions with the local fast food outlets, located close to the park, and I am delighted that all have agreed to be involved with the community effort to make the park a super venue for the kids of Ashburton District.” By enhancing close circuit television coverage at the park crime

tures dropped as low as minus 0.4 degrees, minus 0.8 degrees, and minus one degree. Mid Canterbury’s hot and dry conditions were not as severe in many other locations of the country, some of which were declared drought zones. Just 20 per cent of normal March rainfall was recorded in parts of Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Hawke’s Bay, while under 60 per cent of March normal rainfall was recorded for most of the North Island, West Coast, South Island and Southland.

By Sue Newman Another small step has been taken in the Ashburton Golf Club’s hard fought battle to subdivide some of its land for housing. The club has been working on a subdivision project for more than five years and appeared to have hit a brick wall after it failed to convince the Ashburton District Council that its plan could run alongside its long term development plans for the Ashburton District. However, a mediation session with an Environment Court

commissioner has given the club a small glimmer of hope that a reworked plan could win the day, said club president Jeff Williamson. “We had positive discussions and we’re now looking at developing a different plan which might meet with council approval. That’s the strategy we’re now working with and we’re hopeful of a more positive outcome because the two parties were talking and the council was listening.” There was still a significant amount of work to be done around the fundamental issue of the size of lots the club planned to create

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and vandalism would be deterred and safety would be enhanced, Mr Wade said. “To make this work, we need help and we need donations of cash.” Cash donations would be recognised with sponsors’ names on plaques, he said. A Skate Skool has been organised for April 27 and Mr Wade said he hoped to have the drinking fountain in place by then.

Temperatures above average Glimmer of hope after mediation hot on the heels of a hot and dry March. AgResearch Winchmore data show the station, about 15 kilometres inland from Ashburton, received just 46 millimetres of rain for March, most of it, 24.2 millimetres, on just one day, March 17. On six days of the month temperatures rose above 25 degrees. The hottest day of the month was March 14, when the temperature was 29.8 degrees. There were however three nights verging on frost, when the grass minimum tempera-


for the subdivision, he said. The club’s land is zoned rural A while adjoining land is rural residential. The council believes the club’s plan is in conflict with the district plan. The subdivision was as a way of using surplus land to enable the golf club build up a fund that would help it in the future. This would mean it could continue investing in its asset and in machinery without having to rely solely on members’ subscriptions, Mr Williamson said. “In a couple of months we’ll have some idea whether we have something we can work with or not.”


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It’s up to us to keep crime levels down T

he Ashburton District is becoming a safer place according to police statistics released this week. The Mid and South Canterbury area has seen a staggering drop of 17.1 per cent in criminal acts. It is encouraging to see that crime has dropped throughout the country but few regions have seen a second consecutive drop of this magnitude as Mid and South Canterbury. While police bosses were

OUR VIEW toasting these positive figures the families and individuals affected by homicide, sexual assault and robberies will tell you they have little to celebrate. The past year may have seen a major drop in overall offences but the four murders in Timaru and Ashburton compared to none in 2011 have cast a dark shadow over these statistics. Add the fact that sexual

assaults increased by over 20 per cent and robberies and extortion by nearly 60 per cent, and we can all see that there is plenty of room for improvement. The violent acts claim the big headlines but we need to keep them in perspective as those incidents remain rare in this district. Thankfully those increased

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statistics are only in single or double digits within a total of over 5300 criminal events in 2012. Violence has a lasting

effect on those involved but it is petty crime that erodes a community’s sense of safety in their own backyard. The fact that theft, burglaries and public disorder offences have dropped significantly, will give the average citizen more comfort when walking their dogs at night. The police and the council have made massive inroads in these minor crime statistics and should be commended for their successful preventive

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Keeping an eye out for our neighbours, reporting suspicious behaviour or having the courage to speak up when you see vandals destroying the town, can have a tremendous impact. Turning the other way gives the scumbags carte blanche to rule the streets. Judging by the statistics the police and the community are claiming back those streets and protecting the wonderful safe lifestyle we all want to enjoy.

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campaigns. Police boss Dave Gaskin has credited the wider community for getting more involved and it will be this same community that will play a key role in making the district even safer. Every community will have a few bad apples and it is impossible to eradicate random major crime events, but we can make a big difference in stamping out a lot of the petty crime that really gets under our skin.

Time ‘right for Afghanistan withdrawal’ By Matthew Theunissen It is the right time for New Zealand troops to pull out of Afghanistan, the Governor General said yesterday ahead of his meeting with the president of the war-torn nation. Until now, media have been unable to report that Sir Jerry Mateparae, Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman, and a large group of New Zealand dignitaries have travelled to Afghanistan to be with the final contingent of Kiwi troops stationed in Bamiyan Province. The VIPs were to meet with

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General Joseph Dunford, and Afghan Defence Minister Bismillah Khan. Sir Jerry told media prior to the meeting that now was the right time for our troops to go home. Bamiyan was still one of the safest parts of Afghanistan, and New Zealand would be leaving it in a much better state than when our troops arrived more than 10 years ago. “This has always been the case with us - we’ve gone in, done our job and then left, and I think our job in Bamiyan is about in the

right state,” he said. Sir Jerry said he would be reinforcing to President Karzai the sacrifices that New Zealand had made during the war. “I think we have made a huge impact, particularly in Bamiyan. That’s not to say we haven’t had an impact in other places also. When our special forces were in Kabul they made a huge effort and contribution to providing some stability, some security,” he said. Speaking on an NZDF Hercules aircraft en-route to Afghanistan, Dr Coleman said this month’s withdrawal was in line with the ISAF timetable.

“It’s always been the plan,” he said. “In order for ISAF to complete its mission in 2014, this is when we had to leave.” Defence Force Chief Rhys Jones conceded the withdrawal was the most difficult part of the operation, and the future of the country was far from certain. “There’s not going to be a sudden collapse, the Afghan government is now pretty robust,” he said. “People have seen change and they don’t want to go back to where they were under the Taliban. But the reality is, Afghanistan is still a divided country.” - APNZ

Brownlee stands by Islands’ names flow red zoning decision Gerry Brownlee is standing by the Government’s red zoning of properties in spite of protests by residents who want it lifted. Angry Christchurch residents who want to stay in their homes are calling on the Government to lift the red zone status but the Earthquake Recovery Minister told Radio New Zealand yesterday the challenge was “wishful thinking” and the zoning was appropriate. “What we’re saying is the land has changed in its nature ... . It’s not a matter of just magically changing the geology of the area by lifting a designation. The designation is trying to acknowledge the changed geology of the area,” he said. More than 200 red zone property owners have refused the Government’s voluntary buyout offer, which expired on Tuesday. The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority has warned of several risks for those who refused the offer. The area had “considerable chal-

lenges” for rebuilding and maintaining basic services such as water and sewerage, Mr Brownlee said. “It’s not reasonable that the rate-paying base for the rest of Christchurch pays undue amounts to maintain services into areas where its known the ground is such that residential occupation is undesirable,” he told RNZ. “It’s inevitable that they are going to live with a lot less reliable sources of sewerage, water and waste water disposal.” The ground would move and further damage was likely, insurers might not renew policies, and banks might not be willing to lend in those areas, said Mr Brownlee. Other angry residents who own vacant land and uninsured properties in the red zone are launching a legal battle in an attempt to force Mr Brownlee to change his mind over a 50 per cent compensation offer. The group want the same compensation other red zone properties owners received. - APNZ

Kiwis have offered up a range of alternative names for the North and South islands - some serious and some not so serious. The Geographic Board is publicly consulting on proposals to assign official alternative names to the two islands - Te Ika a Maui for the North and Te Waipounamu for the South. On Twitter, users shared other alternative names for the our two largest islands, using the hashtag #nzislands. The Listener’s Toby Manhire had some of the sharpest suggestions, including “Cribs and Baches” and “Warner Bros’ Original Mordor” and “Sky City Presents Hobbiton”. Seven Sharp’s Jesse Mulligan pitched in with “Big Ted and Little Ted”, while fellow comedian Guy Williams suggested we call both islands the South Island “just to screw with people”. Jolisa Gracewood suggested the North Island should be renamed “Punching” and the South Island renamed as “Our Weight”. John Hart (@farmgeek) refered to a chart by James Cook in 1770 hanging above his desk, in which the islands were named “Aeheinomouwe” and “Tovypoenammu”, showing Maorisounding names have been used by

the British in the past to describe the islands. Suggestions: Cribs and Baches - Toby Manhire (@toby-etc) Warner Bros’ Original Mordor and Sky City Presents Hobbiton - Toby Manhire Stewart Island, Upper Stewart Island and Further Upper Stewart Island - Claire Robinson (@ Spinprofessor) For Humans and For Sheep Alexandra (@aftunnicliffe) Fred and Trev - Bill Blackstone (@ SirWB) Trev and Trevor - Toby Manhire Ken and Ken - Jolisa Gracewood (@nzdodo) Mainland and Pig Island - Paul Le Comte (@five15design) Pretty and Average - David Slack (@ DavidSlack) Treasure and Fantasy - Raybon Kan (@RaybonKan) Punching and Our Weight - (Jolisa Gracewood @nzdodo) Racist and Slightly Less Racist Jamaine Ross (@jamaine-ross) Big Ted and Little Ted - Jesse Mulligan (@JesseMulligan) Truck and Trailer - Jesse Mulligan Tahi and Rua - Alastair Jamieson (@AlastairJNZ). -APNZ

Prime Minister John Key says he forgot about his initial phone call to public servant Ian Fletcher when asked what role he played in Mr Fletcher’s appointment as New Zealand’s top spy. Opposition parties have said revelations Mr Key shoulder-tapped his childhood friend Mr Fletcher personally for the top job at the country’s spy agency pointed to a lack of transparency in the appointment process and created concerns over continuing accountability. Mr Key phoned Mr Fletcher, a longstanding friend, after a shortlist of candidates for the job as head of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) was rejected by State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie, Fairfax media reported today. Mr Fletcher, who had been working in Australia at the time, was the only candidate to be interviewed for the position and was appointed in late 2011. Mr Key has faced series of questions about what role he played in Mr Fletcher’s appointment since it emerged that Mr Key went to school with Mr Fletcher’s brother and the two men’s mothers were good friends. Asked today why he hadn’t mentioned his phone call to Mr Fletcher about the GCSB job Mr Key said: “I’d forgotten that at that particular time”. He said he had initially brought up Mr Rennie’s name during a “brainstorming” session with Mr Rennie after the initial shortlist was rejected. Mr Key said he also called another man whose name came up during that session. However, he said the phone call to Mr Fletcher “wouldn’t make any difference” to his answers about his role as he did not regard it as part of the appointment process. “In principle the decision to appoint someone to the GCSB is actually a matter for the minister but we ran it through the process because in the end we wanted someone good.” Mr Key referred to Mr Rennie’s statement last week in which he said Mr Fletcher’s candidacy “was considered in the rigorous process all chief executive candidates are required to undergo”. Mr Rennie had run “a thoroughly professional process” and recommended Mr Fletcher to Mr Key, and “there was nothing usual about that”, Mr Key said. “At the end of the day if Iain Rennie hadn’t recommended him and recommended someone else, that would have been great. I would have been more than happy. All I wanted was someone good for that job.” Mr Key said the panel that interviewed Mr Fletcher before he was recommended was aware that he had initially approached Mr Fletcher about the job and knew

Ian Fletcher of their relationship. However he did not accept that the panel would have been influenced by his involvement in soliciting Mr Fletcher’s application. Labour’s deputy leader Grant Robertson said today that Mr Key’s intervention in the appointment process reeked of cronyism and was further evidence of a disturbing lack of transparency. “This looks like a jack-up to get John Key’s mate appointed as our top spy. He was not even an applicant for the job, and ended up being the only person interviewed. The public of New Zealand deserve far better than this kind of cronyism, especially in a sensitive position such as this. “Are John Key and Iain Rennie really trying to suggest that Mr Fletcher was the only person who deserved to be interviewed? And why was the position not re-advertised if the shortlist of applicants was rejected? That’s certainly what would normally happen in those circumstances.” While Mr Key had told Parliament the appointment was made by the State Services Commissioner, it was very clear the Prime Minister’s role in the appointment was significantly greater than he was letting on, Mr Robertson said. Greens co-leader Russel Norman said there was no external scrutiny of the relationship between the head of the GCSB and the minister responsible, the Prime Minister, and that made it a particularly sensitive position. “Normally you can have a bit of a look at the relationship between a head of a department and a minister because you can OIA the communications. We can’t do any of that because it’s all secret so it does make it a particularly questionable approach when you really want everything to be above board,” he told TV3’s Firstline programme. “Of course it all became more complicated when all the illegal activities of the GCSB became known. Now that we know that the GCSB conducts illegal activities is it really the best situation to have someone so close to the minister as head of that department and that’s really where the question lies now I think.” - APNZ

Hermit evicted from his beachfront driftwood home A Taranaki beach hermit’s unlawful driftwood home is being dismantled after 16 years of occupation. Eric Brewer was given notice last month to take down his beachfront hut on Tapuae Beach near Oakura, southwest of New

Plymouth. The local hermit had reportedly lived in the ramshackle structure, which he built out of driftwood and tarpaulin, for 16 years. But the structure was on a public reserve, which breached both the Reserves Act 1977 and a New

Plymouth District Council bylaw, passed in 2008. Council staff served notice on Mr Brewer last month, giving him until 3pm last Wednesday to dismantle the structure and remove his belongings. Police were present as contrac-

tors began dismantling the structure yesterday. New Plymouth District Council chief executive Barbara McKerrow said it had been a difficult issue. “Mr Brewer has his supporters but his occupation of this reserve breached both the Reserves Act

and the council’s public places bylaw. “Our approach has been to ask Mr Brewer to remove his dwelling and belongings, not to ban him from using the beach like any other member of the public. “Mr Brewer ignored our requests

and so we have taken this action. To reiterate, we have not trespassed Mr Brewer from the beach.” The council gave Mr Brewer the contact details of Housing New Zealand and the Emergency Shelter Trust so he could arrange accommodation. - APNZ


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MP ignored advice on minimum wage By Kate Shuttleworth Labour Minister Simon Bridges ignored advice from Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment to raise the minimum wage to between $13.80 and $13.90 an hour. The new minimum wage of $13.75 came into effect this week. In the annual minimum wage review, the ministry advised Mr Bridges that raising the minimum wage to $13.80 was recommended, in line with this year’s forecast CPI changes. Modelling carried out by the ministry and released under the Official Information Act shows the minimum wage could be increased to $13.90 before it would noticeably constrain employment growth. The option was also in line with the annual increase in the median total hourly earnings, according to New Zealand Income Survey last year. The ministry’s policy manager Cherie Engelbrecht and general manager of labour environment Kirstie Hewlett compiled the report, which showed there are 84,000 people on minimum wage and a

further 221,000 low wage workers being paid between $13.50 and $15 an hour. The report found minimum wage workers are more likely to be female, Maori or Pacific Islander, without formal qualifications, and part-time employees or those working in the retail and hospitality industries. During the wage review the ministry consulted with Treasury, who recommended retaining the previous minimum wage rate of $13.50 an hour, or raising it to $13.60 an hour. The Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Women’s Affairs supported an increase to $13.80 an hour. The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs called for an increase to $15 an hour, and the Labour Partly said it would increase the minimum wage to $15. Te Puni Kokiri proposed that the adult minimum wage be raised in steps over four years to $18 an hour; with the first increase to $16 this year, then increases to $16.60 and $17.30 per hour over the ensuing years, subject to favourable economic recovery. The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions asked for an increase in the minimum wage to $18.44 an hour, with an

interim step of increasing the minimum wage to $15 from April 1. The ministry said increasing the minimum wage to $18.44 would constrain employment growth by 25,000 jobs, increase annual wage costs by $2.6 billion and increase inflation by 1.27 per cent. The impact of increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour would increase annual wage costs by $315m and cost the Government $67.87m. In February a coalition of community groups called for a national living wage of $18.40 an hour. The figure was based on the cost of Otago University’s University’s “basic” food diet for a couple with two children ($226 a week), the national lowerquartile rent for a three-bedroom house ($275 a week), and other costs totalling $537 a week based on the average spending by families earning below the median household income for couples with two children. The ministry has changed the way it carries out its annual minimum wage review. It will carry out a comprehensive review every four years and a streamlined review every other year. - APNZ

Ryder discharged from hospital By Morgan Tait Jesse Ryder will wake up in his own bed in Wellington today, a week after he was punched and kicked outside a Christchurch bar. The 28-year-old cricketer was discharged from hospital and was Jesse “thrilled” to return home last night, his manager Aaron Klee said. “He was thrilled to be back home, he just couldn’t wait. It’s been a hard week so he just wanted to get home.” Ryder spent two days in an induced coma in intensive care following an attack outside Aikmans Bar in Merivale early last Thursday.

He was brought out of the coma on Saturday. “He’s been doing well over the last couple of days so just needed to complete all the testing they wanted to do in hospital and then they were happy to let him go home,” said Klee. “He’s still very tired and still struggling energyRyder wise with the effects of the concussion, but he’s obviously well enough to be discharged from hospital and travel home, it’s great.” Ryder’s family were also relieved the ordeal was over. “The rest of his family is back. It’s been hard work for all of them. They’re very drained and tired as well, so it’s good for them to be able to get home so

they can get back to normal as well.” Despite his speedy recovery, there was still work to be done, said Klee. “It’s just amazing how quickly he’s got himself back on his feet and recovering, so hopefully the rest of the recovery is as speedy, but we’ll have to wait and see. “He needs to get lots of rest at the moment and I’m sure he’ll have some follow-up work to do with the medical professionals, but at the moment it’s just rest and that’s what he’s looking forward to now. “He can rest at home a lot better and sleep better and that’s what he’s going to do need to do for the foreseeable future.” Two men, aged 20 and 37, have been charged with assault, and will appear at the Christchurch District Court today. -APNZ



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New vehicle sales up 11.5% in March in March, an 11.5 per cent jump on 8528 last year. Commercial vehicle registrations of 2705 were 33.3 per cent up on 12 months ago and were the strongest March sales volumes since 1985. The number of passenger car registrations rose by 4.6 per cent to 6800, which was the third best monthly passenger car sales since

By Ben Chapman-Smith Car dealerships have continued their strong start to the year, with almost 1000 more new vehicles registered last month than a year ago. The latest Motor Industry Association (MIA) statistics show 9505 new vehicles were registered

1990. “This result shows the new vehicle market remains strong, consistent with levels of sales pre the global financial crisis,” said David Crawford, head of the MIA. “Commercial vehicle registrations continue to perform at levels last seen in the mid-1980s.” The figures are also a jump on February, when a total of 7946 new

vehicles were registered, 10.6 per cent more than the same month last year. Liam Keatley, new vehicle manager at Manukau Toyota, said retail sales were not particularly impressive right now. The majority of sales were probably being made by national-level dealerships to large fleet and rental

companies, he said. “Last year was a bit of a struggle and it’s slowly starting to come right. I’d say there might be a blast in fleet sales going on.” Keatley said the Christchurch rebuild would be contributing to the pick up in commercial vehicle sales as well and that would continue in the months ahead.

Toyota kept its spot as the market leader in March with 19.4 per cent of total registrations – 1202 passenger cars and 643 commercials – down from 18.4 per cent the previous month. Ford was next in line with 928 new vehicle registrations, and Holden third with 904 registrations. New Zealand’s best-selling passen-

ger car last month was the Toyota Corolla, with 429 registrations. It was followed by the Suzuki Swift with 312 and the Holden Captiva with 220. The Toyota Hilux was the top selling commercial vehicle with 389 registrations, ahead of the Ford Ranger with 368 and Nissan Navara with 300.  – APNZ

Ship terminal to European area unemployment at record 12% be lit up by sun By Grant Bradley Auckland’s refurbished cruise ship terminal will be lit up with New Zealand’s biggest solar installation. The $200,000 system has been installed on the roof of Shed 10, the century-old historic cargo shed on Queen’s Wharf which is being refurbished for use as an events space and as Auckland’s primary cruise ship terminal. Council body Waterfront Auckland has funded the solar installation which consists of 240 photovoltaic panels which cover an area of 400sqm. Supplier Vector said it is the largest grid-connected roof-mounted multi-crystalline PV system in the country The 60kW amount of energy generated is estimated to be 84,000kWh per year, equivalent to the average annual energy use of 10 households. The energy generated will be used to provide lighting in the building and any excess will be used elsewhere on Waterfront

Auckland sites or will go back into the national grid. Mayor Len Brown said Aucklanders spend $5 billion each year on electricity and this was likely to double by 2031 so it was essential to start looking to sustainable energy resource solution. “Renewable energy will increasingly have a part to play in this. With Shed 10, as a high profile public building in the heart of the city, we have an opportunity to showcase the best of what solar power has to offer.” Vector’s chief executive Simon MacKenzie said his company had been working on renewable energy projects for the past decade. “These kinds of renewable energy initiatives support the council’s vision for Auckland to be the world’s most liveable city. Of course, the right infrastructure elements have to be in place to support and enhance these solutions.” The Shed 10 project was hit by the Mainzeal collapse but another firm, MacRennie Commercial Construction, took over the job.  – APNZ

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part of a wider move to cut reliance on advertising revenue. The drive to find new revenue streams comes as the broadcaster is under greater pressure from the Government to maintain its return. In a December 20 letter, Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss told chairman Wayne Walden the government expects at least a 9 per cent return on average equity over the next three years and wants TVNZ to change its dividend policy to a proportion of cash flow rather than net profit. The broadcaster’s existing dividend policy is to pay 70 per cent of forecast net profit, and it’s targeting a $9.8 million return from the 2013 financial year. The broadcaster’s net profit dropped 26 per cent to $14.2 million in the final six months of 2012. TVNZ’s operating cash flow shrank to $13.7 million in the six months ended December 31 from $31.8 million, with much of that from reduced government funding. There was a net increase of $3.2 million in the six month period, leaving TVNZ with cash and equivalents of $8.5 million as at December 31. The broadcaster has scope to take on more debt with $10 million in borrowings amounting to a gearing ratio of just 6 per cent, well below its upper cap of 40 per cent flagged in its 2013 statement of intent.  – APNZ

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Television New Zealand and Sky Network Television may have to wait up to six years before their Igloo budget pay-TV service gets into the black, according to the state-owned broadcaster. The Auckland-based broadcaster doesn’t have any specific sales targets for the first 12 months, and Igloo will take “a number of years to build a subscriber base and to reach a break-even position,” TVNZ said in a written answer to Parliament’s commerce select committee. “We recognise it could (be) anywhere between 4-6 years for the business to break even,” TVNZ said. The state-owned broadcaster stumped up $12.3 million for a 49 per cent share in the joint venture with Sky TV in a bid to broaden its revenue streams, and has recognised losses of $2.2 million, according to its first half report. Igloo was slated for a July 2012 launch, though that was delayed until December. Before the delay, partner Sky TV was expecting to have 50,000 subscribers by June 30 this year, though that’s since been pared back with chief executive John Fellet telling NBR that Igloo could attract 30,000. TVNZ told the committee that pay-TV opens up the broadcaster to “consumer paid for content” and is

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The eurozone economy has passed another bleak milestone. Official figures yesterday showed that unemployment across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro has struck 12 per cent for the first time since the currency was launched in 1999. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, said the rate in February was unchanged at the record high after January’s figure was revised up to 12 per cent from 11.9 per cent. Spain and Greece have mass unemployment and many other countries are seeing their numbers swell to uncomfortably high levels as governments across the region enact tough austerity measures to get a handle on their debts. The eurozone, which is made up of a little more than 330 million people, is one of the world’s major economic pillars and the turmoil surrounding it has been one of the main reasons why the global recovery has been muted. A total of 19.07 million people were officially out of work in the eurozone in February, nearly two million more than the same month the year before. For the 27-country European Union, of which the eurozone is a large

The Wall Street Journal says Apple is set for a possible summer launch of the next iPhone, rather than a fall launch like the last two models. Apple is also working on a cheaper iPhone model that could win it some market share in developing countries, the paper says. It cited unnamed people “familiar with the device’s production”. The report is in line with the expectations of company watchers and Wall Street analysts. The iPhone 5 costs around $600, and while Apple maintains older iPhones in production, even those aren’t cheap enough to compete effectively against low-end smartphones running Google Inc’s Android software. Apple doesn’t comment on future products before its launch events.  – AP

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US vows to defend South Korea The United States has vowed to defend itself and its regional allies after North Korea again stepped up its warlike rhetoric and the UN warned that the crisis could spin out of control. Standing side-by-side with his counterpart, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday denounced “an extraordinary amount of unacceptable rhetoric from the North Korean government in the last days.

“Let me be perfectly clear here today. The United States will defend and protect ourselves and our treaty ally, the Republic of Korea,” Kerry said, also vowing to stand by Japan as the latest crisis with Pyongyang unfolds. Kerry was speaking after the North triggered renewed alarm by warning it would reopen the Yongbyon reactor – its source of weapons-grade plutonium – in the latest in a series of increasingly bellicose threats.

He said the recent posturing by new North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was provocative as well as “dangerous and reckless”. Yun, who is on his first visit to Washington since becoming foreign minister in the new government of President Park Geun-hye, renewed Seoul’s commitment to working with Washington. “We agree to further strengthen credible and robust deterrence vis-a-vis North Korea’s nuclear and conventional provocations,”

Yun said. But UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned the crisis could spiral out of control, stressing that “nuclear threats are not a game. “The current crisis has already gone too far ... Things must begin to calm down,” the former South Korean foreign minister told a press conference in Andorra, adding that negotiations were the only viable way forward. A Pyongyang government nuclear energy spokesman said the

plans for Yongbyon would involve “readjusting and restarting” all facilities at the complex, including a uranium enrichment plant and the five-megawatt reactor. The North shut down the Yongbyon reactor in July 2007 under a six-nation aid-for-disarmament accord and destroyed its cooling tower a year later. Experts say it would take six months to get the reactor back up and running, after which it would be able to produce one

bomb’s worth of weapons-grade plutonium a year. Kim Yong-hyun, a North Korea expert at Seoul’s Dongguk University, said yesterday’s nuclear initiative was different from the military bluster of recent weeks. “This goes beyond mere provocation. It’s a strong, tangible move and perhaps the one that will force the US into the direct dialogue Pyongyang wants,” Kim said.  – AFP

• $7.6m ‘payrise’ Queen Elizabeth II has received a 5 million-pound ($7.6 million) boost in annual funds the British monarch receives from taxpayers to carry out official duties, pay staff and maintain royal palaces. The Sovereign Grant has been set at 36.1 million pounds for the 2013/14 financial year, compared to 31 million pounds allocated during the past year. The new fund – which equals 15 per cent of the profits of the Crown Estate – came into effect Tuesday, replacing centuries-old royal funding systems.  – AP

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Bieber given month to pick up monkey German authorities have given Justin Bieber four weeks to pick up his pet monkey or else it will be placed in permanent care. The capuchin monkey was seized by German customs last week when the 19-year-old singer failed to produce the necessary customs documents after landing in Munich. Reporters from around the world have besieged the city animal shelter where ‘Mally’ the monkey is being kept in quarantine. The shelter said in a statement Tuesday that the 14-weekold animal shouldn’t have been taken away from its mother until it was a year old. German media report that several zoos have offered to give the monkey a home if the Canadian singer doesn’t reclaim it in time.  – AP

A tiny Samoa airline is giving a new reason to drop extra weight before your next trip: Tickets sold by the kilogram, not the seat. Samoa Air planned on Wednesday to start its first international flights with a pricing model that charges based on how much passengers and their bags weigh. There are no base fares – each kilogram costs 93 cents to $1.06, depending on the flight.  – AP

• Sexes segregated Starting with the new school year in September, Gaza boys and girls in middle and high school will be breaking the law if they study side by side. Gaza’s Islamic militant Hamas rulers argue that the new legislation, mandating gender separation in schools from age nine, enshrines common practice. But women’s activists warned yesterday that it’s another step in the Hamas agenda of imposing its fundamentalist world view on Gaza’s 1.7 million people.  – AP

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UN adopts global weapons treaty The United Nations General Assembly has passed the firstever treaty regulating the global conventional weapons trade in an attempt to bring transparency and protection of human rights to the often murky industry. Only Syria, North Korea and Iran – which had blocked the treaty last week – voted against. Russia, one of the world’s most prolific exporters of conventional weapons, was among the 23 countries abstaining. The first major arms accord since the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty would cover the estimated $80-billiona-year trade in tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large-calibre artillery, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, as well as small arms. The treaty has no automatic enforcement. However, it seeks to force the weapons industry within accepted boundaries. Countries abiding by the treaty would establish national controls on arms exports. They’d also have to be sure that weapons being exported would not be used in genocide, war crimes, or by terrorists or organised crime. The UN assembly voted by an overwhelming 154-3 margin for the resolution. Individual nations can start ratifying from

June and once the 50th country ratifies, the treaty takes effect. In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron called it a “landmark agreement that will save lives and ease the immense human suffering caused by armed conflict around the world”. The British leader said the treaty will “reduce the number of illegal arms and make it harder for these to reach the hands of criminals and terrorists”. However, the Conflict Awareness Project, a non-governmental research organisation, said the treaty left a huge loophole by not directly addressing the role of middlemen in arms dealing networks. “Since the broker is the central actor using the cover of legitimate business to divert weapons into the illicit trade, of all actors, this is the one requiring the strictest regulation,” CAP’s executive director Kathi Lynn Austin said. “States that are serious about impeding illicit arms trafficking and protecting the legitimate trade in arms should implement a mandatory licensing and registration regime for all arms brokers,” she said. “Until then, these middlemen remain comfortably assured of conducting their lethal business as usual.”  – AFP

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Mick Philpott (right) and wife Mairead react during a news conference following a fire at their home which claimed the lives of six of his children, in Derby, England. A jury found Mick and Mairead Philpott guilty of the killing of their six children, aged 5 to 13.

Parents convicted in fire that killed 6 kids The parents of six children who died in a fire at their home were convicted of manslaughter yesterday. A jury found Mick and Mairead Philpott guilty of the killing of the six siblings, aged 5 to 13, in a house fire in Derby, central England, in May 2012. Paul

Mosley, a friend of the couple, was also convicted of manslaughter. Prosecutors said the three hatched a plan to start the gasoline-fuelled fire to blame Mick Philpott’s former mistress and gain favour for him in family court proceedings.

The three were said to have planned to get all the children to sleep in one bedroom so that they could be rescued through a window when the fire started. But prosecutor Richard Latham said the plan went wrong within minutes, because the fire was far bigger than expected and the

father was unable to smash a window to get in. The children were asleep in their beds when the fire started. Five of them died that morning, and the sixth died three days later in the hospital. The defendants will be sentenced today.  – AP

Tourists kidnapped, raped in Rio de Janeiro A night out on the town turned into a nightmare after an American woman was gang raped and beaten aboard a public transport van while her French boyfriend was handcuffed, hit with a crowbar and forced to watch the attacks, police said. The incidents raise new questions about security in Rio, which has won kudos for its crackdown on once-endemic drug violence in preparation for hosting next year’s football World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The city also will be playing host

to World Youth Day, a Roman Catholic pilgrimage that will be attended by Pope Francis and is expected to draw some 2 million people in late July. Three men aged 20 to 22 have been taken into custody in connection to the crime, which took place over six hours at the weekend, police said. The suspects have been accused of at least one similar attack, with a young Brazilian woman having come forward to say that she too was raped by the same men in the van on

March 23, police said. “The victims described everything in great detail, mostly the sexual violence,” police officer Rodrigo Brant told the Globo TV network. “Just how they described the facts was shocking – the violence and brutality. It surprised even us, who work in security and are used to hearing such things.” The attack drew comparisons with the fatal December beating and gang rape of a young woman on a New Delhi bus in which six men beset a 23-year-old uni-

versity student and male friend after they boarded a private bus. That attack touched off a wave of protests across India demanding stronger protection for women. Officials there say tourism has dropped in the country following the attacks. Yesterday, Brazilian police were quick to emphasise to reporters the rarity of the attack. “These type of crimes committed against foreign tourists are very uncommon,” said Alexandre Braga, the police officer leading the investigation.  – AP

Lindsay Lohan isn’t going to be a mother just yet. The US actress confirmed yesterday that a cryptic late-night Twitter posting hours earlier that stated she was pregnant was an April Fools’ Day prank. The Liz & Dick star’s proclamation that she was expecting a child caused a frenzy on social media, and several entertainment news outlets reported the tweet while raising the possibility it was a prank. The next day Lohan deleted the tweet and wrote that she was having some fun. The actress wrote, “Where’s everyone’s sense of humour?”  – AP

• Hudson: Take risks Actress-producer Kate Hudson says the pressure of stepping out of the shadow of her movie star mother Goldie Hawn was discouraging and daunting. She advised girls to take a chance on their own talent and take risks as they choose a career path. Hudson spoke at the ANNpower Leadership Forum, a weeklong programme that unites teens from across the country with women leaders in business, entertainment and nonprofit.  – AP

• Grandad Hanks Tom Hanks is set to become a grandfather again. His son Colin’s wife, Samantha Bryant, is expecting their second child. Bryant showed off a large baby bump at the opening night of her father-in-law’s Broadway play Lucky Guy on Tuesday.  – WENN

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New Zealand Wool Services International reports that the 9100 bales of South Island wool at auction this week saw an 89 per cent clearance with a relatively strong showing, despite the substantially higher NZ dollar compared to the trading currencies. The weighted indicator for the main trading currencies compared to the last sale on March 21 was 2.02 per cent higher. The Euro was particularly affected with a 2.55 per cent change. NZWS general manager John Dawson said continued steady demand from Chinese manufacturers helped underpin the market, that combined with a fall-off in wool volumes as the effect of widespread drought conditions starts to take its toll. Some types came under pressure and lifted in value with others remaining firm or easing by the currency factor. In general prices will now be dearer to offshore customers.

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Mid micron fleece were 2 to 4 per cent dearer. Fine crossbred fleece were 1 to 2 per cent dearer with fine crossbred shears 3/5 inch and 3/4 inch 1 to 3 per cent dearer and 2/4 inch and shorter firm. Good colour crossbred fleece were firm to 2 per cent easier with poorer styles firm to 1.5 per cent dearer. Coarse crossbred 3/5 inch shears tended buyers favour with 3/4 inch and shorter were firm to 2 per cent cheaper. First lambs were generally firm to 2 per cent cheaper. Good colour long oddments were firm with the poor styles 2 to 3 per cent cheaper. Short oddments were firm to 3 per cent easier. Limited competition with China principal, supported by Australasia, Western Europe, India and the United Kingdom. The next sale today comprises approximately 8900 bales from the North Island which is 26 per cent less than anticipated.

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An eye for details: Prospective buyers (from left) Joy Hydes, Corina Hydes-Donnelly and Liam Donnelly check out stock at the Tinwald saleyards yesterday.

CMP working at full capacity CMP Canterbury’s Seafield site is in the midst of one of its busiest seasons for years. Site manager Chris Baird said the ongoing dry summer had resulted in farmers offloading stock. “We are still operating at maximum capacity and have been doing this for some time,” Mr Baird said. Day and night shifts are working on both the beef and lamb chains, with overtime and Saturday shifts

available. Mr Baird said the company was expecting the mutton kill will tail off later this month, then the cows start coming through keeping the chain open for another two months or so before it drops off. “We don’t shut down, but we drop back to one shift later in the season,” he said. The stock keeping the plant busy was mainly from local farms, with some trucked in from outside the district.

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We all know people who seem to eat a lot and stay thin, and other unlucky individuals who eat little, but weigh a bit too much. Well, after six years of research New Zealand and Australian dairy scientists have discovered the same thing happens in cows – and the results of their work could change how farmers breed and choose their cows. When it comes to cows and milk production, there would be a proportion of the herd that produces the same amount of milk as the rest but eats measurably less. DairyNZ scientists, in partnership with Australian research colleagues and genetics company Livestock Improvement (LIC), have just completed the Feed Conversion Efficiency Programme. It was carried out in a customised feeding facility at Hawera in Taranaki, with a similar one in Victoria, Australia. International collaboration is important because about 2000 animals were needed to generate sufficient data and to identify genetic markers, and the costs of the research were also able to be shared. The feeding facility in Hawera was specially designed to hold 224 calves for 50-60 days, with automatic recording of feed intake and frequent measurements of their weight. DairyNZ senior scientist Kevin Macdonald says it was a bit like Weight Watchers for calves. “We fed them and then kept measuring how efficient they were at turning that energy from the feed into body growth. Then through further studies we found that the most efficient calves in growth are also best at producing milk when cows,” says Kevin. DairyNZ scientists believe the knowledge

that this gives them, and the fact they have now collaborated with others and gone on to identify the gene markers for these animals, could potentially have a significant effect on how farmers choose their dairy cows in the future. “The results will effectively help farmers to breed animals that grow better and could give the farmer more milk but cost less to feed. That’s a win-win all round for the farmer,” he says. He says the results of their work have been validated in several studies. “We’ve identified a genetic trait that is heritable and the genetic markers make it easy to identify efficient and inefficient animals,” he says. “The ultimate benefit for the farmer in choosing animals with this trait results in lower feed costs for herds, without affecting growth and production.” DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says the project is a significant one for the industry. “One of the key objectives of our industry is to increase on-farm profit through greater efficiency and to research and develop innovative technologies and solutions to meet the future needs of dairy farms. “With this project, we’ve done both and delivered, in partnership with others, a really practical result for farmers. The ability to select for more feed conversion efficient dairy cows will be introduced as a breeding feature that farmers can choose from next breeding season,” he says. The latest information on the Feed Conversion Efficiency Programme is available in the April edition of DairyNZ’s Technical Series. To view a copy visit

Strong contenders for award Twenty exciting and innovative businesses are in the lineup for the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2013. The judges now face the challenging task of choosing finalists in the four entry categories: Love of the Land, Help I Need Somebody, Making it in Rural, and Stay, Play, Rural. The four category winners will go on to compete for the title of supreme winner, Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013.  “This is the fifth year we’ve run the Enterprising Rural Women Awards,” says RWNZ national president, Liz Evans. “Each year it’s rewarding to see the diversity of businesses successfully run by women in rural areas and the significant

inputs they make into the wider economy. Through these awards Rural Women NZ aims to celebrate their success and raise awareness of women’s entrepreneurship, which helps to grow dynamic rural communities.” Entries in this year’s Love of the Land category include a fresh produce and gourmet food business, a combined sheep and beef, orchard and farm forestry operation, a native tree nursery, a blueberry grower and product retailer, and a honey business. In the Help I Need Somebody section there is a butchery and deli, a hair and beauty salon, a skin and sun protection product company, a workplace health and safety service, and an online Kiwiana gift store. Competing in the Making it

in Rural is a merino fashion designer and retailer, a children’s book author and illustrator, an exporter of animal products for the medical, pharmaceutical and dietary supplements market, a glass artist, a business that makes soaps and massage oils, and a natural pet care products manufacturer. Stay, Play, Rural entrants have plenty to offer with farmstay and homestay businesses in the running, as well as an astronomy tourism venture and a luxury lake cruise enterprise. The Enterprising Rural Women Award winners will be announced at a special ceremony to be held on the opening night of the Rural Women NZ national conference in Christchurch on May 23.

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Russian ballet set to capture the imagination By Susan Sandys The Nutcracker is selling out fast at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre. Dubbed the jewel of classical ballets, The Nutcracker will be performed by Moscow Ballet La Classique on May 3. “It is due to the public support and quality venue that the ballet company keeps coming back,” said event centre manager Roger Farr. “The Russian ballet has been touring for many years and has justifiably earnt itself a reputation for high quality performances with magnifi-

cent sets and lighting.” Moscow Ballet La Classique will be touring New Zealand after tours in the United Kingdom and Australia. The company was founded in 1990 by its current artistic director Elik Melikov and is known for its artistic ballet skills, lavish costumes and magnificent stage sets. Promoter John Griffiths said the company captures the imagination, the passion, the humour and magic of The Nutcracker. “They promise to take you on a journey back in time to a frost-covered, gas-lit world to join Clara, her beloved

Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer in this traditional, festive tale for all the family.” The Nutcracker is based on the Hoffman literary classic The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and was commissioned in 1891 by the legendary choreographer Marius Petipa who appointed Tchaikovsky to write the score. In 1892 it made its debut at the Russian Mariinsky Theatre and has since travelled the world building its reputation as one of the premier ballets today. It features the famous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and The Waltz of the Flowers.


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Vibrant exhibition of glass, textiles A lively and colourful exhibition features at the Selwyn Gallery this month. Textile artist Ruth Walcoff has covered the walls with her quilts and glass artist Robyn Douglas is complementing them with striking plates and pendants. Ruth Walcoff’s fascination with textiles began with a year long course in colour theory and design in 2000. Her quilts are her own design, and themes range from flowers, portraits and mythological stories. Much of her inspiration comes from the surround-



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ing landscape including sea views, gardens and bird life, as well as the work of other artists such as Maira Kalman and Georgia O’Keefe. Walcoff’s work has been displayed in the Denver, Colorado State Capitol building, the Denver Hospital and the Renwick Museum in Washington DC. She sells her work in stores and by commission in America. Robyn Douglas has many interests in the art world including painting, stone and marble sculpture and currently glass. She creates colourful and contemporary plates and pendants using coloured glass

which comes from America in sheet form. After cutting and placing she fuses and slumps pieces together using intricate and slow processes to create something beautiful and unique. Douglas has studied extensively in New Zealand and has had many exhibitions during her life as an artist. She was involved in the creation of the inForm Marble Sculpture Symposium in Hamilton and a winner of the Molly Morpeth Still Life Award. Selwyn Gallery is open daily, except Mondays, from 10am to 4pm.

• April 4 – Terrace Downs art gallery exhibition A Piece of You And Me opening, featuring works from Tanya McCabe and Joanne Webber. • April 5 – Final entry Date for Mid and South Canterbury 16 to 19-year-old artists to enter the Zonta Youth Art Awards. Entry forms at the Ashburton Art Gallery. • April 6 – A Sentimental Journey in Song by Jon Doyle at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre at 2pm. Jon and Ken Bennett pianist/vocals take you on an extravagant musical song feast, featuring some of the most memorable, romantic and endearing songs of the 20th century. • To April 7 – A Micronaut in the Wide World – The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy at the Ashburton Art Gallery. • To April 9  – Mt Hutt artist Marilyn Meadows exhibiting at Methven Heritage Centre. • April 11 – Kings Of The Gym, outrageously funny new comedy, 7.30pm at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre. • April 12 – Zonta Youth Art Awards Exhibition prizegiving, 6pm. • April 13 – Zonta Youth Art Awards Exhibition opens and runs until May 5. • April 13 – Ashburton Musical Club recital by international artists, Rebecca Steel on flute, Bruce Greenfield on piano. Sinclair Centre, admission by programme at the door, adults $10, members $5 and students free. • April 13 – Fish Like A Drink, an evening with Joe Bennett. More


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Young artists to colour-up hallway Mid Canterbury seven- to 13-year-olds will be painting the hallway of the Ashburton Art Gallery in the coming school holidays. A two-day session on April 30 and May 1 will see those who enrol collaboratively designing the work, for which a theme has yet to be decided, and then get out their paint brushes. Publicity officer Lucy Sharp said a mural the gallery had organised in the gallery’s carpark over a year ago had been a success and the children who painted it had loved doing so. “We are following on from that,” she said. The mural in the hallway will be about four metres by two metres. It will be painted in the second session of school holiday activities at the gallery during the school holidays. On April 23 and 24 participants will be learning about Anzac Day in a fun and interactive way, undertaking creative writing, making their own poppies and doing Anzacinspired artwork. The school holiday programme is open to seven to 13-year-olds at a cost of $20 per session. Parents wanting to enrol their children can phone the gallery on 308-1133.

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ABOVE: Glass art by Robyn Douglas features at the Selwyn Gallery this month. RIGHT: Textile artist Ruth Walcoff has covered the walls with beauty at the gallery this month.



to follow soon. • April 14 – Sons of Sinatra, a high energy musical tribute to the young lions of jazz singing, who uphold the vocal traditions set down by the one and only Frank Sinatra. • April 15 – Artist talk 12pm with Michael Greaves, at his Ashburton Art Gallery exhibition I Am Brave Yet I Fear My Own Breath. • April 23 and 24 – Ashburton Art Gallery school holiday activity, learning about Anzac Day in a fun and interactive way. • April 24 – Regent Cinema screening for Ashburton Film Society. Intouchables, 5.45pm. • April 28 – Talking of Katherine Mansfield at the Ashburton College auditorium at 4pm. • To April 30 – Selwyn Gallery exhibition from glass artist Robyn Douglas and textile artist Ruth Walcoff. • April 30 and May 1 – Ashburton Art Gallery school holiday activity, painting on to gallery hallway. • May 3 – The Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet La Classique. Ballet skills, lavish costumes and magnificent sets, this show has it all. • May 5 – Roger Hall’s Taking Off. A sensitive comedy that trails four Kiwi girls on their big OE. At the Ashburton Trust Event Centre. • Ashburton Society of Arts weekly art and printmaking group Wednesdays 10am to 2pm, life drawing group first Monday of the month 10am to midday, mixed media art group Mondays 10am to 2pm, Saturday painting group 10am to 2pm.

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et in New Zealand in 1860, 13-year -old Scott Hunter goes in search of his father, a gold prospector, after his father’s personal belongings return home without him. Amidst the turmoil of the Otago Gold Rush, Scott sets off to Tucker’s Gully to find his father and en route becomes involved in some dangerous and tricky situations when he encounters thieves, a magician and a variety of other characters.

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VIRGO (Aug 24th Sep 23rd) You may not be able to totally count on support from a business partner or friend. Someone could even issue you with a challenge. However, they may have a point, especially if you’re sticking to the tried and trusted rather than branching out in a braver direction. Connect with your heart’s desire and you may have an easier journey to the kind of success you crave.

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SCORPIO (Oct 24th - Nov 22nd) Your plans and ideas seem to attract a positive and largely enthusiastic response. But at the same time, don’t try to fit too much into this day, or any day, and put too much strain on yourself. The current invigorating influences seem to have everyone on the move, and may speed up the pace of events. Impatience could be a problem at a crucial moment.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23rd - Dec 21st) There’s a chance that old and perhaps confusing or immobilizing problems may affect family discussions. It might help to review the past and revise your perspective. The present situation suggests this mightn’t be the best time to make a final decision. At the same time, pleasure calls and a friend may brighten your day with a suggestion.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22nd - Jan 20th) Confusing aspects may cause suspicions, pressures or cunning power plays in an office or work situation. These may be exacerbated by uncertainty and lack of clarity. It might help to remain calm in the face of embarrassing or disturbing revelations. Though you have the potential to achieve a lot, it may be best to aim lower and be sure of a prize.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21st - Feb 19th) An over-zealous boss or emotional confrontations with an authority figure may need careful handling. However, an upbeat outlook and generally happy state of mind means lunch time with friends could be enlivening. You may be in the mood to speak out enthusiastically about a recent project or plan. Feedback is likely to be mainly supportive.


PISCES (Feb 20th Mar 20th) You may want to shore up your credit and also be careful not to put personal information at risk. Clever moves may be necessary to keep your financial standing intact. Today, it may help to banish wishful thinking. No-one can mislead you with your co-operation, so stay alert and stay aware. Home and family matters benefit from a change in routine.


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DAILY DIARY TODAY - THURSDAY, APRIL 4 9.00am-4.00pm. ASHBURTON BUDGET ADVISORY SERVICE INC. For free budget advice and workshop enquiries. Phone 307-0496. 60 Cass Street Consultancy House. 9.30am. M.S.A. T’AI CHI CLUB. Beginners class, newcomers welcome. M.S.A. Social Hall, Havelock Street. 9.30am - 11.30pm. MID CANTERBURY BADMINTON CLUB. Daytime section, new players very welcome. Sports Hall, Tancred Street. 9.30am - 12.30pm. ASHBURTON TOY LIBRARY. Open today. Methodist Church Hall, Baring Square East. 9.30am - 1.00pm. ASHBURTON BAPTIST CHURCH. Second time round op shop. Ashburton Baptist Church, Cnr Cass and Havelock Street. 10.00am. ST DAVID’S UNION CHURCH. Fit Kidz, 48 Allens Rd. 10.45am. M.S.A. T’AI CHI CLUB. Qigong exercises, newcomers welcome. M.S.A. Social hall, Havelock Street.

1.00pm - 3.00pm. ASHBURTON AVIATION MUSEUM, Classic aircraft on display including DC 3. Ashburton Airport, Seafield Road. 1.30pm. ASHBURTON SENIOR NET. Guest speaker Coen Lammers, getting Ashburton Guardian online. Questions and answers. M.S.A. Lounge off Burnett Street. 7.30pm. GLENYS’ DANCE GROUP. Old time/sequence dancing. learn to dance. All welcome. Pipe band hall, creek Road.

TOMORROW FRIDAY APRIL 5 9.30am (report) 10am start. ASHBURTON COUNTY LADY VETERANS GOLF CLUB. Stableford, earlier day. Ashburton Golf Club. Golf Links Road. 10.00am. 50+ an interesting speaker. Senior Centre, 206 Cameron Street. 1.00pm - 3.00pm. ASHBURTON AVIATION MUSEUM. Classic aircraft on display. Ashburton Airport, Seafield Road. 1.30pm. R.S.A. Euchre. R.S.A. Cox Street, Ashburton. 2.00pm. CAVENDISH CLUB. Travel Circle. 31 Tancred Street. 6.00pm. ST DAVID’S UNION CHURCH. Real women circuit training in hall. 48 Allens Road, Allenton.

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Kobe leads Lakers to big win Shaquille O’Neal returned to Los Angeles to receive love and royalty while on the court the Lakers picked up a muchneeded NBA victory. Kobe Bryant collected his second triple-double of the season with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Lakers cruised to a 101-81 victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks. The victory yesterday moved the desperate Lakers (39-36) into a tie with idle Utah for the eighth spot in the Western Conference with seven games left. The Jazz, however, own the tie-breaker, should the teams finish the regular-season with identical records. Dwight Howard had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers. After having a 16-point cushion cut to seven in the fourth quarter, the Lakers closed on a 16-3 run to nail down their ninth win in the last 10 meetings in the series. Chris Kaman scored 14 points, but Dirk Nowitzki was

held to 11 for the Mavericks, who are in jeopardy of missing the post-season for first time in 12 years after dropping 2.5 games behind Utah and the Lakers. During a special halftime ceremony at Staples Center, O’Neal, who along with Bryant led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA titles and was named Finals MVP each time, had his jersey retired. O’Neal dedicated the night to late owner Jerry Buss and thanked many while singling out former general manager Jerry West, who brought the league’s most dominant big man over in 1996, and coach Phil Jackson for taking them to the next level. O’Neal’s No.34 purple and gold jersey was raised to the rafters, joining eight other Lakers icons, including Magic Johnson, Kareem AbdulJabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and West. Elsewhere, Carmelo Anthony matched a career-high with 50 points as the visiting Knicks extended their season-high

winning streak to nine games after beating the injury-depleted Heat 102-90. Anthony made 18-of-26 from the floor, including 7-of-10 from three-point range as the Knicks pulled away in the closing stages against a Heat team that was missing LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers for the second straight game. JR Smith scored 14 points for New York, who won their ninth straight, while Raymond Felton contributed 10 points and nine assists. The Washington Wizards edged out the Chicago Bulls 90-86 with John Wall collecting 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Emeka Okafor made the goahead dunk with 45 seconds remaining, helping the Wizards beat the Bulls for their eighth straight home win. Carlos Boozer had 19 points with 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who dropped two games behind the fourth-place Brooklyn in the East. - DPA

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Dallas Mavericks guard OJ Mayo (right) puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers centre Dwight Howard defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game yesterday.

Whakatane RC fields, form and riders Fields for Whakatane RC meeting at Te Teko today. NZ Meeting number: 2 Doubles: 1 and 2; 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8 Trebles: 2, 3 and 4; 6, 7 and 8 RACE 1 1.10pm (NZT) THE OFFICE BAR & GRILL MAIDEN 1200 $7000, MDN, 1200m 1 06x0x Castelnaudary (7) 58.5................T Thornton 2 Reeperbahn (5) 58............... R Hutchings (a) 3 06725 Our Supernova 56.5..................... Scratched 4 6 Idaho’s Halo (2) 56.5................. A Collett (a) 5 04087 Striking San (6) 56.5................... L Satherley 6 26x Epicurean (8) 56........................ M D Plessis 7 4x Posy b (1) 56.................................... L Innes 8 5 Luen Yat Diva 56........................... Scratched 9 7x6 Rich Billie Marsh (4) 56...................S Collett 10 Felicity Hall (3) 56...................... M Cameron RACE 2 1.45pm TEAM WEALLEANS 3YO MAIDEN 1200 $8000, MDN 3YO, 1200m 1 2 Kochanwong b (2) 57.5.............. M D Plessis

2 Absolutely Sacred (5) 57.5............... L Innes 3 Immense (4) 57.5.............................R Jones 4 Reeperbahn (3) 57.5............ R Hutchings (a) 5 26 Anakela b (6) 55.5...................... M Dee (a3) 6 0x4. Hughes That Girl (1) 55.5....D Johnson 7 5 Luen Yat Diva 55.5........................ Scratched RACE 3 2.20pm ALLIANZ NZ/SWEENEY TOWNSEND & ASSOCIATES F&M MDN $12,000, MDN F&M, 1400m 1 45357 Wai Iti (2) 57.5...........................J Oliver (a4) 2 228 La Spinetta (6) 57................ R Hutchings (a) 3 49x52 Carolina Island (3) 57................ M D Plessis 4 4 Malina (5) 57...................................... M Hills 5 849x4 Pantana (4) 57........................... M Cameron 6 465. Chintz (1) 57..................................... L Innes 7 Inarush 57..................................... Scratched RACE 4 2.55pm COQUETDALE TRUST MAIDEN 2100 $7000, MDN, 2100m 1 82293 Ryan John b (2) 58.5....................... M Wenn 2 P6053 Assertive (6) 58.5.........................D Johnson

3 5x5 Tutanekai (3) 58.5........................T Thornton 4 42265 Mutt Williams (5) 58.................... M Dee (a3) 5 080x0 Dixie Run (4) 56.5.................... P Turner (a1) 6 6 Candy Girl (1) 56....................... M Cameron RACE 5 3.30pm H R FISKEN & SONS PUKEKOHE RATING 65 2100 $7000, Rating 65 Benchmark*, 2100m 1 06215 Stirling Bridge t (10) 59.............. M Cameron 2 67149 Borntobeking td (4) 58.5..............T Thornton 3 38516 Shez Kapable (6) 58.................. M D Plessis 4 03715 Android 57.5................................. Scratched 5 44261 Madly Bentley (2) 57.5.................D Johnson 6 00x16 Key To Dance (1) 56.5................ M Dee (a3) 7 x0108 Evancho (9) 55.5.............................R Jones 8 22149 Genus 55.5................................... Scratched 9 70897 La Manzanilla m (8) 55.5..... R Hutchings (a) 10 22Fx0 Air Cadet 55.5............................... Scratched 11 988x6 Kiwi Chief m (7) 55.5........................ L Innes 12 909x3 Eh Wanda (5) 54..............................S Collett 13 05548 Commie Star (3) 54......................... M Wenn

RACE 6 4.05pm TIGER PRAWN RATING 75 1400 $8000, Rating 75 Benchmark, 1400m 1 x22x6 Cody Cat d (3) 59....................... M Dee (a3) 2 0x06x Magic Power d (4) 59...................D Johnson 3 34423 Torricella d (5) 58.5....................J Oliver (a4) 4 1911x High Roller d (2) 58................... M D Plessis 5 40977 Kindred d (1) 57.5...................... M Cameron 6 53468 Agent Ziva (6) 56............................. M Wenn 7 10392 Walsburgs Flight d (7) 54.5.....K Chiong (a4) RACE 7 4.40pm GARTSHORE CONSTRUCTION MAIDEN 1600 $7000, MDN, 1600m 1 229x7 Mr Nobody (4) 58.5.............. R Hutchings (a) 2 84234 Bagsagold (10) 58.......................T Thornton 3 82753 Rule Breaker (2) 58.......................... L Innes 4 39534 Satin Slipper (8) 56.5................. M Cameron 5 4277x Rosevale (7) 56.5....................... M D Plessis 6 52 So Elite (3) 56............................. M Dee (a3) 7 58434 Anyx (5) 56................................ A Collett (a) 8 48446 Rompers (6) 56............................D Johnson

9 6 Sugar Plum Fairy (9) 56..................S Collett 10 80 Mystery Gift (1) 56................... P Turner (a1) RACE 8 5.15pm NEW WORLD WHAKATANE RATING 65 1400 $7000, Rating 65 Benchmark*, 1400m 1 7144x Vitali (7) 59............................... P Turner (a1) 2 5215x Reka (2) 58.5.............................. L Satherley 3 44388 Big Rocket d (9) 57.................... M D Plessis 4 927x6 Molto Grato m (6) 57................. A Collett (a) 5 85321 Pipedreams d (8) 56.................. M Cameron 6 3610x Colombian Praise (3) 55.5................. M Hills 7 07554 Wainui Prince m (5) 55.5.............T Thornton 8 18096 Olivia Ann m (4) 54.................. K Leung (a3) 9 3900x C’mon (1) 54................................D Johnson Blinkers on : Dixie Run (R4), Agent Ziva (R6), Mystery Gift (R7) Winkers on : Kochanwong, Hughes That Girl (R2), Assertive (R4), Mr Nobody (R7)

Christchurch greyhound fields and form Fields for Christchurch Greyhound Racing Club meeting at Addington Raceway today. 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 RACE 1, 12.07pm (NZT) SUPER PETS SPRINT C3 C3, 295m 1 11325 Know Favours 17.37...................... G Cleeve 2 76688 Gotta Find Bubba 17.37................... M Flipp 3 47576 Another Jewel 17.32..................J McInerney 4 36887 Vitalize 17.65 J &....................................May 5 13734 Marmalade Skies 17.49.....................J Dunn 6 F7614 Smash Amy (c4) 17.30.................... M Grant 7 15444 Will Excite (c2) 17.57.................... L Waretini 8 47376 Waimak Dave 17.60...................J McInerney 9 65x6 Wunya nwtd W &............................... Nissen 10 26247 Knox 17.44........................................ B Dann RACE 2, 12.25pm (NZT) CHRIS & LISA EARL DASH C4 C4, 295m 1 45421 Nippa Mary (c5) 17.09...............J McInerney 2 21573 Radiator Springs 17.39 W &.............. Nissen 3 56828 Memphis Hotcakes 17.38................. M Flipp 4 86887 Iceberg Rapper (c3) 17.48............... M Grant 5 12563 Know Jealousy 17.29..................... G Cleeve 6 64232 Wandy Paul 17.47............................ M Grant 7 67346 Austin Wana nwtd W &...................... Nissen 8 63114 Georgie Wong 17.26..........................J Rush 9 14555 Jack’s First 17.63..............................B Shaw 10 62545 Theokoles 17.51........................R Blackburn RACE 3, 12.43pm (NZT) THURSDAY PLACE PICK DASH C3 C3, 295m

1 24117 Hello Ello nwtd.................................. B Dann 2 53757 Another Coffee 17.41.................J McInerney 3 77x76 Genista Lightnin 17.49 J &.....................May 4 45843 Decado 17.52 C &........................D Roberts 5 15172 Stirling Dann nwtd C &....................... Fagan 6 23268 Pure And Special 17.25................... M Grant 7 23515 Starburst Josh (c4) 17.16................ M Grant 8 37336 Cawbourne Flippa 17.35................... M Flipp 9 65x6 Wunya nwtd W &............................... Nissen 10 85582 Wandy Luck 17.51......................... G Cleeve RACE 4, 1.01pm (NZT) CAROL’S TAB STAKES C2 C2, 520m 1 23314 False Step (c3) 30.42........................J Dunn 2 12442 Mick and Paddy 30.34 W &............... Nissen 3 33424 Opawa Webby 30.74 L &.................... Wales 4 34615 Sahara Storm 30.41......................... M Flipp 5 7Fx75 Girl Racer 30.42 H &...........................Taylor 6 11121 Charlie’s Choice(c3) 30.45 A &..........Seque 7 64152 Cawbourne Kesha 30.74...........J McInerney 8 24244 Gone Awol 30.80.......................J McInerney 9 43742 Cawbourne Philip 30.34.............J McInerney 10 77346 Thrilling Sadie 30.70........................ M Grant RACE 5, 1.19pm (NZT) I PAVE CONCRETE SPRINT C3 C3, 295m 1 86117 Sea Spray Tich 17.50..................... R Casey 2 74F46 Smash Dora 17.53........................... M Grant 3 43387 Reddy Boy 17.43.............................. B Dann 4 52252 Wandy Grant 17.19........................ G Cleeve 5 65212 Pick The Tip 17.35........................... D Voyce 6 7F178 Make Your Point 17.42 W &............... Nissen 7 67546 Cawbourne Reeah 17.44...........J McInerney

8 41858 Aversion 17.66 H &..............................Taylor 9 46445 New York Affair 18.08 J &.......................May 10 74528 Homebush Coco 17.84..............J McInerney RACE 6, 1.37pm (NZT) CLARKSON SIGN STUDIO STAKES C4/5 C4/5, 520m 1 74x85 Adulterous (c4) nwtd C &..............D Roberts 2 11831 Raw Energy 30.04.....................J McInerney 3 18134 No Undies Sundy 30.39.............J McInerney 4 36563 Russell Hart 30.31.....................J McInerney 5 86227 Wot Price Curly 30.73................J McInerney 6 53132 Brooklyn Hope 30.29 J &.................D Fahey 7 11432 Wild Grove 30.41 J &.......................D Fahey 8 22445 Take No Prisoner 30.42................. G Cleeve 9 11186 Homebush Chopper(c4) 30.70..J McInerney 10 23131 Moulin Blue (c4) 30.42 J &..............D Fahey RACE 7, 1.54pm KOLORFUL KANVAS DASH C5 C5, 295m 1 83644 Attire 17.14 A &..................................Seque 2 76417 Know Thought 17.10...................... G Cleeve 3 63222 Drysdale 17.17.....................................A Lee 4 72826 Fireman’s Escort 17.28.................. G Cleeve 5 21112 Ocotillo 17.03 J &............................D Fahey 6 24755 Homebush Sarge 17.41.............J McInerney 7 21424 Callahan 17.26............................. M Roberts 8 17347 Life’s A Laugh 17.39..................R Blackburn 9 72665 Gazza’s Pride 17.24......................... M Flipp 10 15367 Cawbourne Moff 17.00..............J McInerney RACE 8, 2.12pm CHRISTCHURCHGREYHOUNDS.CO.NZ SPRINT C5 C5, 295m 1 28163 Jackson Cat 17.21............................ B Dann 2 23715 Another Gon 17.17....................J McInerney

3 53325 Know Escape 17.05....................... G Cleeve 4 56332 Princely Dollar 17.41..................J McInerney 5 75621 Tricky Harry nwtd J &..............................May 6 56136 Hot Mango 17.37 A &.........................Seque 7 32211 Zebidiah 17.02 J &...........................D Fahey 8 12111 Dixie Lee 17.00..........................R Blackburn 9 81558 Fireman’s Salute 17.14.................. G Cleeve 10 68861 Jumpin’ Julia 17.30....................J McInerney RACE 9, 2.29pm N.Z. RACING SERIES FINAL NZRSf, 520m 1 44312 Jinjarango (c5) 30.18 J &.................D Fahey 2 67843 Rodriguez (c5) nwtd.............................A Lee 3 16661 Know Chaos (c5) 30.52................. G Cleeve 4 61511 Opawa Jed (c4) 30.06 J &...............D Fahey 5 35473 Geoff The Ref (c5) 30.65 A &.............Seque 6 56122 Unshaken (c5) 30.48 J &.................D Fahey 7 72111 Opawa Swede (c4) 30.02 J &..........D Fahey 8 12422 Know Class (c5) 30.12................... G Cleeve 9 17183 Black Emily (c5) 30.16 L &................. Wales 10 67274 Know Which (c4) 30.25.................. G Cleeve RACE 10, 2.47pm BILL’S BAR & BISTRO DISTANCE FEATURE SPECd, 645m 1 3565P Sretror (c0) nwtd J &........................D Fahey 2 52336 Alisaray (c0) nwtd......................... L Waretini 3 17534 Opawa Peekay (c1) nwtd L &............. Wales 4 12523 Indi’s Grace (c0) nwtd...................... M Grant 5 24316 Axel Grinder (c1) nwtd..............A Botherway 6 67425 Know Peril (c1) 38.37.................... G Cleeve 7 54245 Know Honour (c0) nwtd................. G Cleeve 8 54311 Know Revenge (c1) 38.46............. G Cleeve 9 46484 Barnaby Bale (c0) nwtd C &.........D Roberts

10 14154 Jinja Power (c0) nwtd J &................D Fahey RACE 11, 3.05pm FLATPACK HOUSES PH. MURRAY 021480250 C5 C5, 295m 1 61114 Just A Mate 17.29......................J McInerney 2 32455 Wazza Freebie 17.30 H &....................Taylor 3 22133 Etched In Stone 17.25...............R Blackburn 4 12264 Go Housie 17.44............................ G Cleeve 5 43838 Elki 17.31..................................... M Roberts 6 61474 Butterbean 17.35 M &....................PT Binnie 7 35165 Homebush Helen 17.18.............J McInerney 8 12122 Know Advantage 17.13.................. G Cleeve 9 81558 Fireman’s Salute 17.14.................. G Cleeve 10 41771 Matti Oah 17.08.........................J McInerney RACE 12, 3.22pm SPEIGHT’S SPRINT C4 C4, 295m 1 62486 Enable 17.45 H &.................................Taylor 2 2116F Gitcha Easy 17.34 W &...................... Nissen 3 37231 Fair Movin (c5) 17.33........................ M Flipp 4 71218 Smash Amego nwtd......................... M Grant 5 44214 Okuku Ollie 17.29........................... R Casey 6 63757 Cawbourne Dusty 17.51.................. M Grant 7 45426 Know Attention 17.10..................... G Cleeve 8 72223 Dillmanstown 17.54............................J Dunn 9 35355 Blickling Bridge 17.54 J &.......................May 10 58417 Lynny Southcombe 17.45..........J McInerney LEGEND: fsdt - First Start Here nwd - No Win this Distance fstd - First Start This Distance 31 13 - Best Winning Time This Track

Wairarapa TC fields, form and riders Fields for Wairarapa HRC meeting at Manawatu Raceway today. NZ Meeting number: 7 Doubles: 2 and 3; 4 and 5; 6 and 7; 8 and 9 Trebles: 1, 2 and 3; 4, 5 and 6; 7, 8 and 9 RACE 1 6.15pm (NZT) LEVIN WOOL BUYERS HANDICAP TROT $5661, up to 1 win spechcp trot, stand, 2500m 1 68574 Foray (1) fr............................. A Poutama (J) 2 94036 Viking Girl (2) fr........................ Z Butcher (J) 3 9990 Sundonna (3) fr...............................S Phelan 4 65 Megs First (4) fr....................... K Chittenden 5 77900 Rich Earl (U1) fr............................. F Cossey 6 2370x Cool Tari (U2) fr............................ B Mangos 7 33567 Dancingwiththestars (1) 30.........P Ferguson 8 21090 Hector McFeckle (2) 30....................J Curtin 9 58007 John Joseph (3) 30............................K More 10 38609 Two Wishes (4) 30.........................N Chilcott 11 64680 Regal Image (U1) 30................ J I Dickie (J) 12 10093 Nia (U2) 30................................... D Butcher RACE 2 6.45pm PINFOLDS TRANSPORT MOBILE PACE $5500, 3yo+ non winners mob. pace, mobile, 2000m 1 76657 Brett James (1) fr................ J MacKinnon (J) 2 66722 Daily Delight (2) fr.......................P Ferguson 3 x0328 Classy Figure (3) fr....................... B Mangos 4 65x73 Aces N Eights (4) fr.......................N Chilcott 5 44562 Chanel Madamoiselle (5) fr..............B Taylor 6 4 Irisheyesasmiling (6) fr............. Z Butcher (J)

7 92955 Karitane Whisper (7) fr...................T Mitchell 8 78095 Kilkeel Lady (21) fr........................ D Butcher 9 23633 Harlow Franco (22) fr........................J Curtin 10 26262 Monets Daughter (23) fr........ A Poutama (J) 11 07 Tighnabruaich (24) fr......................S Phelan RACE 3 7.15pm LARNOCH STUD MOBILE PACE $5500, 2yo+ non winners mob. pace, mobile, 2000m 1 04847 Real Life Hero (1) fr..........................B Taylor 2 Lookbacknsmile (2) fr............ A Poutama (J) 3 95 Shantaram (3) fr....................... Z Butcher (J) 4 55367 Huckleberry Finn (4) fr.............. J I Dickie (J) 5 x3745 Triumphant Knight (5) fr..............P Ferguson 6 22482 Oncewerechristians (6) fr.............. D Butcher 7 5x3 Wyatt Earp (7) fr........................... S Dickson 8 82 Three Blind Mice (21) fr................B Mangos 9 Ideal Time (22) fr............................S Phelan 10 09006 Classic Vance (23) fr........... J MacKinnon (J) 11 58009 Bobby Brown (U1) fr......................N Chilcott RACE 4 7.45pm TRUST HOUSE MOBILE PACE $6000, 3yo+ 1 to 2 wins mob. pace, mobile, 2000m 1 10524 Winter Strike (1) fr........................B Mangos 2 32480 Alison’s Jet (2) fr.............................S Phelan 3 65780 Lively Eastburn (3) fr...................P Ferguson 4 71xP0 Major Hotty (4) fr...............................J Curtin 5 87715 Flyin Louie (5) fr..................... A Poutama (J) 6 34104 Kotare Kano (6) fr......................... D Butcher

7 42463 Garndor (7) fr........................... Z Butcher (J) 8 29463 Maloo (21) fr..................................T Mitchell 9 48085 Eagle Eyes (22) fr..............................K More 10 66560 Mia’s Dream (23) fr.................. K Chittenden 11 98909 Roxanne (24) fr..............................N Chilcott RACE 5 8.12pm WOODLANDS STUD MOBILE PACE $6000, 3yo+ 1 to 2 wins mob. pace, mobile, 2500m 1 23363 Donostia (1) fr.......................... Z Butcher (J) 2 16586 Escape The Fate (2) fr A Poutama (J,......Cl) 3 48085 Eagle Eyes (3) fr................................K More 4 44437 Rimutoto Prince (4) fr K Marshall (J,........Cl) 5 47916 Ride In A Porche (5) fr....................S Phelan 6 07090 Ryan’s Way fr................................ Scratched 7 14x20 Moncreiffe (6) fr S Stewart (J,...................Cl) 8 78675 Painted Black (21) fr S Abernethy (J,.......Cl) 9 44180 Eyre Hostess (22) fr..........................J Curtin 10 71 Bettavic (23) fr..............................B Mangos 11 76907 River Time (24) fr................ J MacKinnon (J) 12 670x5 Wings On Fire (25) fr...................... A Shand RACE 6 8.40pm OSBORNE READ CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS MOBILE PACE $6000, 3yo+ 2 to 3 wins mob. pace, mobile, 2500m 1 09980 Shewasashowgirl (1) fr S Stewart (J,.......Cl) 2 95475 Mahogany (2) fr S Abernethy (J,..............Cl) 3 58655 Prime Legal (3) fr...................... J I Dickie (J) 4 32406 Sierra Franco (4) fr...........................J Curtin

5 14362 Brooke Brad Carolina (5) fr...... Z Butcher (J) 6 25410 Christian Acropolis (6) fr............... D Butcher 7 76863 Beckinsale (7) fr..........................P Ferguson 8 81154 Rocknroll Lass (21) fr......................S Phelan 9 53348 Mister Dann fr............................... Scratched 10 96774 Will He Rule (22) fr........................N Chilcott 11 80890 Dashing Dane (23) fr..................... F Cossey RACE 7 9.08pm C STEWART BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE WAIRARAPA CUP PACE $14,999, 3yo+ 3 to 6 wins discrhcp pace, stand, 2500m 1 16784 Suu Kyi (1) fr.....................................J Curtin 2 73831 Estilo (2) fr.................................... D Butcher 3 53523 Vegas Delight (3) fr.......................B Mangos 4 46358 Copy My Past (4) fr........................N Chilcott 5 81522 Bagger Vance (1) 10................ S Lawson (J) 6 12100 Tyler Maguire (2) 10................K Marshall (J) 7 22799 Lifesofine (U1) 20.......................P Ferguson 8 40401 Delight Brigade (1) 30....................T Mitchell RACE 8 9.38pm NOEL LOCHHEAD MEMORIAL HANDICAP TROT $10,000, 3yo+ 2 or more wins discrhcp trot, stand, 2500m 1 08x00 Tumundal (1) fr......................... S Stewart (J) 2 81218 Miss Middleton (2) fr......................N Chilcott 3 33165 Thanks Charlie (3) fr..................... S Dickson 4 76008 Palais Royal (U1) fr.................. K Chittenden 5 30758 Mitchell (1) 10........................ A Poutama (J)

6 42329 Bon Ton Cherie (2) 10.......................J Curtin 7 56420 Rarangi Jewel (3) 10......................T Mitchell 8 1P000 Sweetcheeks (U1) 10..................... S Doody 9 59459 Meyer Lansky (1) 30.....................B Mangos 10 27822 KD Commando (2) 30.................P Ferguson RACE 9 10.08pm PGG WRIGHTSON MOBILE PACE $5500, claimers mob. pace, mobile, 2000m 1 966P0 County Down (1) fr.........................N Chilcott 2 4950x Helicon (2) fr...........................K Marshall (J) 3 36349 Jonny Wilkinson (3) fr.............. S Stewart (J) 4 31250 Broadway (4) fr...........................P Ferguson 5 54590 Kilarney Guy (5) fr.........................T Mitchell 6 45370 Thrill Factor (6) fr..................... Z Butcher (J) 7 81950 Thomas Hamilton (7) fr................. D Butcher 8 55767 Latte Lass (21) fr............................S Phelan Pacifiers off : Dashing Dane (R6) LEGEND: X - Spell from racing of at least 3 months P - Retired (or pulled up) from race L - Driver unseated U1 - Unruly beginner {C} - Concession driver {} - Claiming concession driver which allows horse to start one class down

3 71248 Magico 31.00................................... L Martin 4 66547 Makinen 30.98 W &.........................T Steele 5 32512 El Jarrah nwtd.........................D V Meeuwen 6 35543 Kilara’s Fancy 30.50....................D Schofield 7 58788 Rybenbrook Josh 30.33.............. R O’Regan 8 47662 Lochinvar Valero 30.36...............D Schofield 9 56764 Tummy Krunches 30.56.............. R O’Regan 10 47455 Lochinvar Onyx 30.70.................D Schofield RACE 9, 7.56pm JO’S TAB ONEHUNGA SPRINT C5, 318m 1 31724 Cosmic Pearl 18.39....................D Schofield 2 1F125 Calamity Free 18.68....................D Schofield 3 11323 Life’s A Dream 18.29.........................C Hore 4 56531 One Tough Cookie 18.29...................C Hore 5 13351 Cosmic Mack 18.48....................D Schofield 6 51663 Kiwi Girl 18.55....................................J Black 7 17513 Uno Lachlan 18.67......................D Schofield 8 8F618 Quick Cat 18.74..........................D Schofield 9 62F16 Corby nwtd.................................. R O’Regan 10 45815 Stellar Force 18.65........................P Cleaver RACE 10, 8.23pm REEL-FISHIN.COM SERIES HEATS 2 C4q, 318m 1 56818 Nathan’s Champ 18.70....................... R Udy 2 17738 Shari Jewel 18.70 G &.......................M Hunt 3 24128 Down The Back nwtd........................T Agent 4 53577 Jay Cee Hurt 18.70.....................G Calverley 5 68812 So Insignificant 18.68......................T Green 6 15435 Cherry Tree Lane 18.59.................... B Craik 7 56361 Thrilling Issues(c5) 18.68.................. S Clark

8 74275 Dolly Scramble 0.00........................G Parker 9 43777 Opawa Sacha nwtd..................... B Littlejohn 10 78788 Caruba Queen 0.00...........................J Black RACE 11, 8.53pm SEL’S TAB MANGERE STAKES C5, 527m 1 54154 Lochinvar Laredo 30.53..............D Schofield 2 72833 Kiki Rhode 30.37 W &......................T Steele 3 25231 Fancy Tip 30.34..........................D Schofield 4 16222 Thrilling Ella 30.81........................... K Walsh 5 16641 Indi Rhode 30.71 W &......................T Steele 6 33433 Mint Power 30.67........................D Schofield 7 63121 Lachlan’s Cash 30.45.................D Schofield 8 12711 Riley’s Mate 30.72............................ S Clark 9 51486 Jetsun Flame 30.44........................G Wilson RACE 12, 9.22pm GREYHOUND FUNCTION CENTRE SPRINT C2, 318m 1 65283 Bigtime Drifter 18.86................... R O’Regan 2 81221 Thrilling Abra (c3) 18.86.................... L Bliek 3 32333 Jackson Town 18.40.......................... S Clark 4 4136x Delusive nwtd.............................. R O’Regan 5 54736 Coleridge Ainsli 18.94....................... S Clark 6 12152 Spitfire Osti 18.75..............................C Hore 7 84835 Star Bound 18.93........................ G Pomeroy 8 57654 Mr. Reece 18.88.................................. R Udy 9 41878 Ila Gladys 19.01..............................G Parker 10 48275 Tess’ Boy 18.85................................P Green LEGEND: fsdt - First Start Here nwd - No Win this Distance fstd - First Start This Distance 31 13 - Best Winning Time This Track

Auckland greyhound fields and form Fields for Auckland Greyhound Racing Club meeting at Manukau Stadium today. NZ Meeting number: 10 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 RACE 1, 4.50pm (NZT) CLENDON INN SPRINT C3, 318m 1 374F6 Lachlan Valley (c2) 18.90............ R O’Regan 2 21634 Viohlay 18.77....................................T Agent 3 77813 Moving Debree nwtd..........................C Hore 4 34812 Agent Van Alden 18.64..................... B Craik 5 32224 Shalf nwtd................................... R O’Regan 6 35182 Path To Palmy 18.77....................... I George 7 12271 Versatility (c4) 18.57..........................C Hore 8 76337 Don’t Know 18.75................................J Udy 9 85166 Opawa Johnny nwtd............................J Udy 10 118x6 Bigtime Bender nwtd................... R O’Regan RACE 2, 5.07pm ALL SEW EMBROIDERY STAKES C0, 527m 1 34346 On The House nwtd....................H Laagland 2 6 Positivity nwtd................................... B Craik 3 232 Just Jordana nwtd............................. B Craik 4 335 Gainsford nwtd.................................. B Craik 5 625 Wheezy Appeal nwtd.......................P Green 6 67665 Go Carter Go nwtd.......................H Mullane 7 1 Thrilling Sonic (c1) nwtd.................. K Walsh 8 4 Harajuku Baby nwtd.......................... B Craik 9 67 King’s Legacy nwtd............................J Black RACE 3, 5.26pm AUCKLAND VENDING SERIES FINAL C1f,

318m 1 37322 Very Chilly nwtd..........................M Mathews 2 65627 Flyin’ Shifty 18.61 R M &.................. J Smith 3 64563 All In All 18.88......................................J Udy 4 121 Thrilling Daze 18.59......................... K Walsh 5 31532 Waiwhata Dream 19.00................M J Lozell 6 13736 Redsky nwtd R M &.......................... J Smith 7 F78x1 Tiger Tess 18.98..............................P Green 8 25311 Big Bolt (c2) 18.74...........................T Green 9 17743 Boss Lady Sloy nwtd.................. R O’Regan 10 58544 Sydilicious nwtd.................................. R Udy RACE 4, 5.46pm (NZT) REEL-FISHIN.COM SERIES HEATS C4q, 318m 1 78378 Picnic Time 18.66 W &....................T Steele 2 47233 Knock ‘Em nwtd...................................J Udy 3 56527 This Is Swip 18.79............................ S Clark 4 54374 Percentage Man 18.75................ L Laagland 5 42453 Matrix 18.77.......................................J Black 6 76664 Lochinvar Yasi 18.22...................D Schofield 7 23353 Family’s Pride nwtd..................... B Littlejohn 8 38536 Hot Lass 18.53...............................A Cleaver 9 77848 Jetsun Playboy 18.67......................G Wilson 10 68868 Moon Warrower 18.63 R M &........... J Smith RACE 5, 6.05pm TROPHIES PLUS STAKES C1, 527m 1 75888 Judge To Excel nwtd........................... R Udy 2 515 Katcha Fire 30.96............................. B Craik 3 84147 Bubble Ostee nwtd.......................... M Mann 4 56445 Sambucca nwtd.......................... R O’Regan

5 58526 Thrilling Ninja 31.18..................... J C Gifford 6 3138 Cocky Appeal nwtd..........................P Green 7 41111 Pink Bouquet 31.04....................D Schofield 8 54763 Crafty Graham 30.75.........................C Hore 9 766x4 Hit Boost nwtd..............................T M Patton 10 44885 Jetsun Coal nwtd............................G Wilson RACE 6, 6.26pm GREYHOUNDS NORTH DISTANCE C2d, 603m 1 12137 Thrilling Sprat 35.36......................... K Walsh 2 13566 Knocka Knows All nwtd................... K Walsh 3 11127 Thrilling Brat nwtd............................ K Walsh 4 26544 Diva Rhode (c1) nwtd W &..............T Steele 5 Box Vacant.................................... Scratched 6 35426 Platinum Playboy nwtd...................... S Clark 7 43442 Thrilling Charge(c1) 35.29........ M L O’Bryan 8 88867 Lektra Fantasy (c1) 36.24................. S Clark RACE 7, 6.56pm PLASTER BOARD LTD STAKES C3, 527m 1 55746 Lincoln Flyer 31.12........................... S Clark 2 6x528 Girl Rosey nwtd............................M J Lozell 3 77867 Munchin’ Krunch 31.59............... R O’Regan 4 21318 Only Kate 31.13.......................... R O’Regan 5 68683 Mahalo Rhode 30.46 W &................T Steele 6 75214 Beau Rivage nwtd W &....................T Steele 7 52748 Lil’ Miss Krunch 31.47................. R O’Regan 8 61288 Winsome Flash 30.49.................D Schofield 9 21458 Bublin Gold 30.93............................. S Clark RACE 8, 7.26pm CAROL’S TABS STAKES C4, 527m 1 43255 Lochinvar Elle nwtd.....................D Schofield 2 33271 Be Delicious 30.53............................ B Craik

ASHBURTON GUARDIAN, Thursday, April 4, 2013

CLUB NEWS Allenton Bowling Club Elmwood Visit 28th March (report by Zona) Twenty Four players went to Elmwood as it was our turn to visit. A great trip with plenty of noise from the party trumpets blowing out loud on the way. Great hospitality and a wonderful afternoon tea. Even though we had a loss we all had an enjoyable time. Tuesday April 2 saw (or didn’t see) the final of the ladies championship pairs between Sandra Keith & Annette Sargisson and Sandra Holdom & Cait Bassett. Having played each other twice on the road to the final and having one win a-piece it was always going to be a great match. I have never seen such a match and I mean never seen as it was quite dark when they finished and virtually no one could see! Sandra K and Annette appeared to have the most control over the game and when they were down on the head Sandra either killed or trailed the jack to take command. Leading 16-8 on the 16th end the tides fractionally turned and Sandra H and Cait fought their way back to level the score at 16 all on the 19th end. Truly it was by now a matter of who had eaten the most carrots or could bowl by instruction alone. Sandra K and Annette scored 2 on the 20th and Sabdra H and Cait scored 3 on the 21st and final end to become our 2013 pairs champions. Well done all of you and the best of luck Sandra H and Cait for your centre champs on 20/21st April. Also good luck to Sandra Keith, Sandra Holdom and Cait Bassett who will represent our club this weekend in the triples centre champs. Green renovations on number one green take place this week and don’t forget closing day and presentation of trophies Saturday 13th.

Ashburton County Lions The recent meeting of Ashburton County Lions opened with a time of remembrance for long-serving, hard-working member and former president Helen Lowe whose death had occurred since we had last met. There was a good attendance of members and one visitor, welcomed by President Christine Stewart who briefly reported on the recent Convention at which our member Fern Blake was elected 2nd Vice District Governor Elect; and also at which the club won the trophy for best project 2012; the trophy for best costume at the Convention dine and dance; and had entered the decorated cake competition, for funds for the District Child Mobility Fund. Immediate Past President Cecilia Whiting was presented with a Club Excellence Pin acknowledging her leadership during 2011-2012. Members intentions with regard to visiting Ashburton Lions Club; attending the combined meeting with Methven Lions Club; participating in “Guess who’s coming to dinner?”; and assisting with the Red Puppy Appeal were all noted. Speaker for the evening was Hannah Stocker, the cardiac rehabilitation specialist at Ashburton Hospital. With the aid of a power point presentation, Hannah described the various ‘heart events’ – angina, heart attack, heart failure – outlining symptoms associated with each event; speaking of treatment options; detailing rehabilitation procedures; and giving information regarding prevention measures. She also spoke about diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure levels in relation to heart disease. A very worthwhile talk. Business included an invitation to Ashburton Pakeke Lions Club bowls tournament; a letter of thanks from Camp Quality for the donation of $1000.00; a decision to present Women’s Refuge with $6000.00 from the recent Fashion with Flair project; ratification of the $800.00 donated to the District Child Mobility Fund (for our cake); planning for catering at Mayfield Dinner Club; information that sponsorship of students in the Lions Young Speechmaker competition is being offered; confirmation of help for the Red Puppy Appeal; the announcement of the proposed Board of Directors for 2013-2014; and encouragement and congratulations to Moyra Whiting for her music therapy programmes among seniors of the community. The evening concluded with a lively session of Tail Twisting; and the drawing of the monthly raffle.

Ashburton Ladies Probus Club

Ashburton Men’s Probus President Jim welcomed members to the AGM and had the pleasure of inducting two new members, Tony Blain and Alister Brown. At the AGM that followed Bevan Small was elected President. Rodger Herriott Vice President. Ron Wootton Secretary. David Turpie Treasurer. Committee: Gary Brinsdon, Joe Burchard, Richard Conway, Bill Grant, Dennis Lister, Evan Voyce, Jack Ward. In his Annual Report President Jim stressed that new members were vital to expand the Club. An excellent variety of speakers had been heard during the year. The Christmas Luncheon at the Hotel Ashburton had been a great success and the Bowls Tournament was excellent. Treasurer David presented the Financial Report and recommended that Subscriptions remain the same. New President Bevan received his President’s badge and Chain of Office from past President Jim and Bevan presented him with his Past President’s badge and congratulated him on his work for the Club. Our Guest Speaker was Alister Lilley, Chairman of the Trust, who gave us a run-down on the history of the Trust which was formed in 1949 He then described the present set-up: the Tinwald Tavern complex – Restaurant; Bottle Store, Motels - has been a success .Braided Rivers has been challenging but now very popular. The Speights franchise has been extremely successful .Somerset House now 100% occupied. The Grocer – wine-bar/café a success Devon one of the Trust’s best performing businesses. Hotel Ashburton really the jewel in the crown – rooms and restaurants relocated and Conference rooms updated – thirty-nine weddings held here this year. Ashburton Charitable Trust – three years ago Lions Foundation took over supervision and this is very cost effective and allows more funds to be returned to the community. Trust now in profit again – in the last two years revenue has grown by 30%. Alister answered many questions and was thanked by Bill Grant and presented with a basket of fruit on our behalf.

Ashburton St John Fellowship Report of the AGM of Ashburton St John Fellowship held on Sunday March 17th After the minutes, correspondence were attended to, the President gave her annual report that showed a variety of speakers including a refresher course on CPR. During the year we had a luncheon to which we invited members of other Fellowship groups. Election of officers resulted Patron Cip Sparrow, President Val Fleming, Vice president Val Farr, Secretary, Ruth Martin, Treasurer Maureen Randall. Committee, all active members. Members enjoyed a shared meal and a social time.

Ashvegas Country Club The club’s monthly premier day was held last Sunday at the Hagley course in Christchurch and for many this was their first time playing the course which was certainly more interesting than it looks from the road and in excellent condition. A stableford round was played with Clarkie clearly appreciating the wider than normal fairways to claim the top prize with 42 stableford points after an excellent round of 80. Brent Green finished a point back with 41 after his round of 83 while Michael Thomas also enjoyed the wide open spaces to finish with 40 points after his round of 81. Mitch with 38 points, Richy Watson with 37 and Legs with 36 points did best of the others. Terry Kingsbury won the putting prize with 27 putts and Cheyne Mapu had the only 2 for the day. With the majority of our golfers involved in the Tinwald 2 day tournament this weekend no club day will be held. Trying to pick a likely winner from our players is proving challenging although Richy and Trem could be the hardest to beat in the veterans section.

Hampstead Rugby & All Sports Club 1) Raffles every Friday at the Devon Tavern starting at 5pm. Great Meat prizes. Come on down and support your club and Rugby Sponsor. Rugby’s turn to sell tickets. 2) Housie every Tuesday night at the Hampstead Rugby Club Rooms on Bridge Street. Doors open 6.30pm, housie starts 7.30pm. 35 Houses. Great Prizes and Raffles. Rugby’s turn to do shop. 3) Hampstead Gym is opened and available FREE to any financial club member. Non club members, the cost is $100



Breakfast. Good Morning. Ellen. (R) Cowboy Builders. (G) ONE News. (T) Emmerdale. (PGR, T) Brenda’s intrigued, Edna and Turner are concerned, and Jai and Nikhil are horrified. 1.30 Come Dine With Me. (G) Five people compete to be named the ultimate dinner party host. 2.00 Cookery School. (G, R) 3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal. (G) 3.55 Te Karere. (T) 4.25 Ellen. 5.25 Millionaire Hot Seat. (G, T) Hosted by Eddie McGuire. 6.00 ONE News. (T) 7.00 Seven Sharp. (T) 7.30 Coronation Street. (G, T) Peter’s puzzled by Leanne’s suddenly upbeat mood. 8.30 Miranda. (PGR, R, T) Miranda books herself into a hotel, not telling her mother or her friends that she isn’t leaving the country. 9.05 Mrs Brown’s Boys. (AO, R, T) 9.45 The Catherine Tate Show. (AO, R, T) 10.20 ONE News Tonight. (T) 10.50 Tagata Pasifika. 11.25 Fatal Attractions. (AO, R, T) 12.30 Diplomatic Immunity. (PGR, R, T) 1.00 Te Karere. (R, T) 1.25 Infomercials. 5.05 Believer’s Voice Of Victory. (G) 5.35 Te Karere. (T)

6.00 Creflo Dollar. 6.30 Hi-5. (G, R, T) 7.00 Pinky And Perky. (G, R, T) 7.25 Back At The Barnyard. (G, R, T) 7.55 Beyblades Metal Masters. (G, R, T) 8.20 Dinosaur Train. (G, R, T) 8.35 Guess How Much I Love You. (G, T) 8.45 Fireman Sam. (G, R, T) 8.55 Bird Bath. (G, R, T) 9.00 Infomercials. 10.30 Neighbours. (G, R, T) 11.00 Shortland Street. (PGR, R, T) 11.30 Spin City. (G, R, T) 12.00 Desperate Housewives. (AO, R, T) 1.00 Jeremy Kyle. (PGR) 2.00 Anderson Live. 3.00 Buzzy Bee. (G, T) 3.05 Everything’s Rosie. (G) 3.15 Mike The Knight. (G, T) 3.30 Back At The Barnyard. (G, R, T) 4.00 H2o. (G, R, T) 4.30 The Erin Simpson Show. 5.00 Horace. (G, R) 5.01 Funniest Home Videos. (G, R, T) 5.30 8 Simple Rules. (G, R, T) 6.00 Friends. (G, R, T) 6.30 Neighbours. (G, T) 7.00 Shortland Street. (PGR, T) Boyd comes off second best, Kylie gives in to passion, and Josh gets the message he’s been waiting for. 7.30 Police Ten 7. (R, T) 8.00 Highway Patrol. (T) 8.30 Once Upon A Time. (PGR, T) Cora does everything in her power to steal the compass away from Mary Margaret and Emma. 9.30 20/20. (T) 10.30 Vampire Diaries. (AO, T) Stefan confronts Damon. 11.30 Police Ten 7. (T) 12.00 Chase. (AO, T) 1.00 Crash Course. (PGR, R, T) 1.25 Infomercials. 2.30 Greek. (PGR, R) 3.20 Make It Or Break It. (PGR, R) 4.05 Jeremy Kyle. (PGR, R) 5.05 The Erin Simpson Show. (R) 5.30 Infomercials.

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Report on Ashburton Ladies Probus Club, held in the Linton Lounge, RSA on 27th March. The general meeting was held with President Rona welcoming the members and area representative for NSIPA, Milner Jacob. After the singing of the National Anthem, apologies were taken, and member’s special celebrations reports were given by the Secretary. Almoner and trip organiser. Instead of a mini speaker, Milner Jacob informed members about the problems that New Zealand Probus Clubs have had with PSPLtd. He answered many questions, and members felt much better informed about the issue. He was thanked and given a fruit tray. The general meeting closed and we adjourned for morning tea. Annual General Meeting followed and Milner Jacob took the chair Apologies were taken as per general meeting. The minutes of the last AGM were read and confirmed, there was no business arising. The President’s report, given by Rona showed a year of varied speakers and outings. The Treasurer gave her Financial Review this showing a healthy balance

Election of officers followed President Sheila Hare; Past President Rona Hayward; Secretary Val Fleming; Treasurer Jackie Rollinson; Committee Ayleen Beatty, Gay Branthwaite, Bev Gregory, Roberta Hampton; Heather Murdoch; Margaret Taylor; Margaret Watson; Ronnie Whyte. The new President was presented with her collar of office by Rona, who received a Past President’s badge. After thanks all round, the meeting closed with some members going to Speights Ale House for lunch

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3 News: Firstline. Infomercials. (G) The Shopping Channel. Everybody Loves Raymond. (G, R, T) 3 News. Home And Away. (G, R, T) Dr Phil. (AO) The Dr Oz Show. (PGR) The Biggest Loser Australia. (G) Rachael Ray. (G) Entertainment Tonight. (G) Home And Away. (G, T) Maddy takes her frustrations out on the Roo, and Sasha finally convinces Rosie that Mullens is bad news.

6.00 3 News. 7.00 Campbell Live. 7.30 Grand Designs Revisited. (PGR, T) Kevin returns to the Isle of Wight and the conversion of a 70s bungalow amidst unspoilt ancient woodland. 8.30 Bones. (AO, T) 9.30 Project Runway. (PGR, T) The designers are taken to a grand location for inspiration to create avant-garde looks. 10.30 Nightline. 11.10 ANZ Golf World. 11.40 Saving Grace. (AO) 12.40 Infomercials. (G) 5.00 Joyce Meyer. 5.30 Infomercials. (G)

for the year, with a $20.00 Bond on card. All members will get a swipe card for entry at any time of the day and night. For details, please phone Chris McCloy on 308-9807. Hampstead Rugby Club: The Devon Tavern Hampstead started the season with a great win over Southern last week. It was a great team effort. With guy’s working nights, it was a struggle to put a front-row on the field. Thanks to Ben Frederickson the game went ahead. It was ten years ago since his last game. Devon Tavern Hampstead had the lead by 7-3 at the break. With a try to flanker Isoa Korowale under the posts set up by first-five Mafua Ula. Open-side flanker Tevita Ula kicked the conversion. Tevita scored Hampstead’s second try to make it 12-3. Southern came back with a good try and conversion. Game ended 12-10 Hampstead. Great start to the season. ‘Player Of The Day’ went to team captain Nathan Vaauli. He had a brilliant game at No.8. This week see’s the Devon Tavern Hampstead Seniors play Darfield at Darfield. Kick will be 2.45pm. Coulter Seeds Ltd Hampstead Senior. B’s have the bye on opening day. Anyone intend on playing, trainings are Tuesday and Thursdays at 6.30pm. Or phone Dave Waaka 0213519769 Senior and Senior. B Draws are now out. If you would like a copy. E-Mail, and I’ll e-mail you a copy.

6.30 Futurama. (G, R) 7.00 The Simpsons. (G, R) Cadets give Lisa the ‘silent treatment’ when she enrols in an all-male military academy. 7.30 Family Guy. (PGR, R) Brian goes back to college to get his degree, and Peter and his friends form their own version of The A-Team. 8.00 American Dad. (PGR) Roger pretends to be Jeff’s imaginary

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Tinwald Outdoor Bowling Club

Congratulations to R Herriott, G Eder, W Lee and W Herriott winners of the Rakaia half day fours. Ashbuton half day triples R Herriott, J Bell And W Herriott two wins. G Eder, R Wade and D Duff two wins. M Eder, S Maw and J Rooke one win. M.S.A. getaway, G Eder M Eder, W Lee and J Rooke three wins, second place on the Hampstead green, R Herriott, J Bell, R Diamond and W Herriott could only manage one draw. Oxford Bowling Club’s Less Murton memorial fours, the team of G Eder, M Eder, W Lee and W Herriott have played in this tournament three years running and have not lost a game, four wins each year, winners the first year, not enough points the second year, and third this year, a great record. Our thanks to the Guardian for publishing our club news over many years.

With the end of the season and the closing of our bowling club in site members have been getting in as much bowling as possible before their bowls are put into retirement. Members are saddened this week with the death of Nan Marsh who had many years of bowling with us; she enjoyed our afternoon for past members recently. A minutes silence was observed in her memory by our president Gavin and members. Our afternoon for past members was a great success with over thirty attending, those who were able had a short game of bowls to say farewell to the green that they had spent many years of enjoyment on, every one then retired to the pavilion for a meet and greet and remembering old times on the green. The afternoon finished with a lovely afternoon tea, smiling faces and lots of laughter indicated a happy and enjoyable get together.

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RSA Women’s Section President Colleen Hands welcomed members to the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 28th March 2013, with a special welcome to two visitors. Apologies were received. Lorraine Boud played the piano while we sang the R.S.A. song and Happy Birthday to members celebrating another year. Sympathy was extended to those who have lost loved ones. Sick members were wished a speedy recovery. Poppy Day – next month, please put names on roster with Ayleen Beatty. Friendship Day in Timaru was attended by 27 from Ashburton. Entertainment was presented only by Ashburton Women’s Section. Friendship Day 2014 will be held in Ashburton. A wreath will be placed on behalf of the Women’s Section, on Anzac Day by Patroness Ella Ferris and President Colleen Hands. There won’t be a meeting in April, as it coincides with Anzac Day. The minutes of the 2012 AGM were ready by Judy McKibbin and confirmed. Colleen Hands gave a very comprehensive President’s report of a busy year’s activities. Membership is 102 with 10 life members and 11 new members joined. The entertainment group was congratulated on the numbers they have. Colleen moved adoption of her report – accepted. Claire Wesley read the Treasurers report, which was accepted. No election of Officers this year – positions all the same: Patroness Ella Ferris; President Colleen Hands; Vice President Claire Wesley; Past President Ayleen Beatty; Secretary Judy McKibbin; Treasurer Claire Wesley; Committee: M. Coley, J. James, J. Peck and J. Tarbotton. The Rose bowl was presented to competition winner Judy Peck with 25 points; runner-up was Marilyn Coley with 24 points. Both ladies were presented with a personal gift. Raffles were won by Thelma Pratt and Connie Burgess. The “Round the World” selection of songs by the entertainment group was really enjoyed. Patroness Ella Ferris expressed her pleasure of the talents shared. The group of singers gave Joy three cheers. They really appreciate the time put in by Yvonne Cherry to play the piano for them. And this was acknowledged by all present. Afternoon tea was served to end a very busy and musical afternoon.


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Seniornet Ashburton Inc We have started classes and have had two beginners, a Windows 8 and an Introductory forum, which were both interesting morning’s with plenty of questions, which is exactly what we wanted to happen. The Windows 8 included questions on Ipads and Tablets as well, with members making their own decisions on what to buy Computers, Ipads or Tablets. There is to be an uploading photography workshop this Wednesday. We have our Mac/Apple computer now and need to install this and learn about the same. Any Mac/Apple experts out there, willing to help? An Ipad and Tablet morning was held for tutors and committee last Wednesday and I understand this was a great morning, with our tutors now being able to pass on information to all of us. Our Question and Answer afternoon will be held on Thursday, 4th April, 1.30pm at MSA Lounge. It was advertised in our Newsletter, we would have a demonstration on Windows 8, but this has been changed. The “Guardian” is going to demonstrate on: “How to negotiate their website” As many people have been having trouble with trying to log onto The Guardian’s website, they have offered to explain this and demonstrate it on our Q & A Day. This should be an interesting session and help most of us. Please sign in and a gold coin donation would be appreciated. Our new committee are being very helpful and it is a joy to have so many willing people. Thank you. Remember just ring “Jenny 308 8424” to register and ask for any workshops you are interested in. Noel Leeming is holding an evening in their shop on: Wednesday April 17th at 6pm. This will include: The Digital Switchover, Mac/Apple iMac’s, Macbooks, iPad’s, iPods, iPhones, as well as Tablets and Windows computers. These evenings are very informative, so please support this, if you can, as Seniornet has a great rapport with Noel Leeming’s.

PRIMe 6.00 Home Shopping. (G) 6.30 The Crowd Goes Wild. (G, R) 7.00 Deal Or No Deal. (G, R) 7.30 Home Shopping. (G) 12.00 The Doctors. (G) 1.00 The Jeff Probst Show. (G) 2.05 All Saints. (PGR, R) 3.00 Stargate Universe. (PGR, R) Blocked by Command Ships at every star and unable to gate for supplies without alerting the drones, Destiny must take a stand or be left adrift. 4.00 The Late Show With David Letterman. (G, R) 5.00 Deal Or No Deal. (G, R) 5.30 Prime News - First At 5.30. 6.00 Deal Or No Deal. (G) 6.30 Millionaire: Hot Seat. (G) 7.00 The Crowd Goes Wild. (G, R) 7.30 Marco’s Great British Feast. (G) From travelling to a small fishing village for his fish pie to the Sussex countryside for pigeons, pigs and deer Marco is on the hunt for his three starters. What will he choose to make? 8.30 Vegas. (PGR) 9.30 Strike Back. (AO) 10.30 The Crowd Goes Wild. (G, R) 11.00 The Late Show With David Letterman. (G, R) 12.00 Home Shopping. (G) 1.30 The Crowd Goes Wild. (G, R) 2.00 Home Shopping. (G)

FOUR 6.00 Sesame Street. (G, R) 6.55 Pingu. (G, R) 7.00 Sticky TV. (G, R) 7.30 Avatar: The Last Airbender. (G) 7.55 George Of The Jungle. (G) 8.20 Care Bears. (G) 8.45 HUMF. (G) 8.50 Bob The Builder. (G, R) 9.00 Thomas & Friends. (G, R) 9.10 Peppa Pig. (G, R) 9.20 Wonder Pets. (G, R) 9.45 Tickety Toc. (G) 9.55 Infomercials. (G) 2.00 Sesame Street. (G, R) 2.55 Peppa Pig. (G, R) 3.00 Sticky TV. (G) 4.30 FOUR Live. (G) 6.00 Everybody Hates Chris. (G, R)


friend, so he can freely roam naked around the house with no disguise. Cleveland Show. (PGR) Bob’s Burgers. (PGR) South Park. (AO) The town’s Easter-egg hunt may be cancelled due to rumours of a vicious beast that Cartman claims to have caught on film. Cops. (AO, R) Skins. (AO, R) Mini feels trapped. Entertainment Tonight. (G) Infomercials. (G)

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MOVIE GREATS, 8.30PM Barry Watson (below) plays Tim Jensen, who has been troubled since he was eight, caused by seeing his father inexplicably vanish after being pulled into his bedroom cupboard. Upon hearing that his mother (Lucy Lawless) has died, Tim attempts to put the past behind him, by spending a night in the old family home to exorcise his demons. Enhanced by the involvement of Sam Raimi as producer and filmed in New Zealand, this is an efficient fright flick. Also stars Emily Deschanel from Bones.

sky sPORt 1 6.00 Soccer. A-League. Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory. Replay. 8.00 ANZ Golf World. 8.30 Netball. ANZ Championship. West Coast Fever v Northern Mystics. From Challenge Stadium, Perth. Replay. 10.00 Netball. ANZ Championship. Melbourne Vixens v Adelaide Thunderbirds. Replay. 11.30 Netball. ANZ Championship. WBOP Magic v NSW Swifts. From TECT Arena, Tauranga. Replay. 1.00 Netball. ANZ Championship. Central Pulse v Queensland Firebirds. Replay. 2.30 Tenpin Bowling. Weber Cup. Europe v USA. Highlights. 3.30 Rugby League. NRL Telstra Premiership. Bulldogs v Rabbitohs. From ANZ Stadium, Sydney. Replay. 5.30 Rugby Zone. 6.00 Reunion. 7.00 Total Rugby. 7.30 Toyota Grassroots Rugby. 8.30 Rugby. Investec Super Rugby. Chiefs v Blues. Highlights. 9.30 The Ultimate Fighter. 10.30 Fight Night On SKY. 12.30 Deaker On Sport. 1.30 SKY ARENA Access. 2.00 Rugby. Investec Super Rugby. Highlanders v Reds. Replay. 4.00 Rugby. Investec Super Rugby. Chiefs v Blues. Replay.


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the bOx 6.00 NYPD Blue. (M) 6.50 The Simpsons. (PG) 7.15 Pawn Stars. (PG) 7.40 America’s Funniest Home Videos. (PG) 8.05 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (PG) 8.30 Cash Cab USA. (PG) 8.55 24. (M) 9.50 Law & Order. (M) 10.40 NCIS. (PG) 11.35 NCIS: LA. (M) 12.25 Terriers. (M) 1.15 NYPD Blue. (M) 2.10 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (PG) 2.35 Cash Cab. (PG) 3.05 24. (M) 4.00 Pawn Stars. (PG) 4.30 The Simpsons. (PG) 5.00 Law & Order. (M) 6.00 America’s Funniest Home Videos. (PG) 6.30 The Simpsons. (PG) 7.00 Pawn Stars. (PG) 7.30 NCIS. (PG) Gibbs and the team go into protective overdrive when Abby becomes the prey of a stalker. 8.30 Criminal Intent. (M) 9.30 Top 20 Countdown. (M) 10.30 Law & Order. (M) 11.30 NCIS. (PG) 12.30 24. (M) 1.20 America’s Funniest Home Videos. 1.45 Cash Cab USA. (PG) 2.10 NYPD Blue. (M) 3.05 Criminal Intent. (M) 3.55 Top 20 Countdown. (M) 4.45 24. (M) 5.35 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (PG)

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Crowd Goes Wild. A-League Highlights Show. Football League Show. Deaker On Sport. Rugby. Investec Super Rugby. Chiefs v Blues. Replay. Tenpin Bowling. Weber Cup. Europe v USA. Highlights. Reunion. Deaker On Sport. Rugby League. NRL Telstra Premiership. Warriors v Cowboys. Highlights. Golf. Chiangmai. Highlights. Rugby. Investec Super Rugby. Highlanders v Reds. Highlights. SKY Sport What’s On. ANZ Golf World. Inside The PGA Tour. Athletics. Mens Health Survival Of The Fittest. Highlights. Athletics. Queen Street Mile. Replay. Surfing. Quiksilver Pro. Highlights. Rugby League. NRL Telstra Premiership. Warriors v Cowboys. Highlights. Sterlo. NRL Footy Show. Crowd Goes Wild. ANZ Golf World. Inside The PGA Tour. Rugby League. NRL Telstra Premiership.


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6.45 Firelight. (2012, PG) Cuba Gooding Jr. 8.15 To The Mat. (2011, PG) Ricky Schroder. 9.50 Certain Prey. (2011, M) Mark Harmon, Lola Glaugini. 11.20 The Philly Kid. (2012, 16) Wes Chatham, Devon Sawa. 12.55 Jeff, Who Lives At Home. (2012, M) Jason Segel, Ed Helms. 2.20 Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer. (2011, G) Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham. 3.50 One Angry Juror. (2010, PG) Jessica Capshaw. 5.20 The Howling Reborn. (2011, M) Landon Liboiron, Lindsey Shaw. 6.55 Demoted. (2011, M) Michael Vartan, Sean Astin. Two tyre salesmen plot revenge against a brown-nosing colleague who has demoted them both to secretarial positions after becoming the new boss. 8.30 The Avengers. (2012, M) Robert Downey Jr. 10.55 Hall Pass. (2011, 16) Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis. 12.40 Daydream Nation. (2010, 16) Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson. 2.15 Hall Pass. (2011, 16) Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis. 4.00 And She Was. (2007, PG) Eric Olsen. 5.30 The Howling Reborn. (2011, M) Landon Liboiron, Lindsey Shaw.

6.20 Making Of Tower Heist. (2011, PG) 6.35 Interview With The Vampire. (1994, 16) Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise. 8.35 Edge Of Darkness. (2010, 16) Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone. 10.30 Pearl Harbor. (2001, M) Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale. 1.30 Ocean’s 13. (2007, PG) George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino. 3.35 Interview With The Vampire. (1994, 16) Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise. 5.35 Garfield A Tail Of Two Kitties. (2005, G) Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt. 6.55 Office Space. (1998, M) Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston. A software executive, on the verge of a breakdown, suddenly succeeds when hypnosis makes him stop trying. 8.30 Boogeyman. (2005, M) Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel. 10.05 Constantine. (2005, M) Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz. 12.05 Biography: Hugh Grant. (2007, PG). 12.55 Garfield A Tail Of Two Kitties. (2005, G) Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt. 2.15 Making Of Bridesmaids. (2011, M) 2.30 Office Space. (1998, M) Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston. 4.00 Boogeyman. (2005, M) Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel. 5.30 Biography: Hugh Grant. (2007, PG).

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Auction Hunters. (PG) Driven To Extremes. (PG) Yukon Men. (M) Deadliest Catch. (PG) Mythbusters. (PG) Dual Survival. (PG) Moonshiners. (M) Scorned: Love Kills. (M) Inside The Gangster’s Code. (M) Jungle Gold. (PG) Yukon Men. (M) Deadliest Catch. (PG) Mythbusters. (PG) Gold Rush: The Dirt. (PG) Bio Special. Executive Producer Christo Doyle digs deeper into the personal lives of the miners while their wives offer up secrets about their early years. Gold Rush. (PG) Leprechaun Gold. Todd has to rebuild his turbo trammel, Indian River faces a shutdown and the Dakota boys investigate whether the Glory Hole is truly an ancient waterfall. Amish Mafia. (M) Fall From Grace. Outlaw Empires. (M) American Bikers. Fatal Encounters. (M) Disappeared. (M) Gold Rush: The Dirt. (PG) Gold Rush. (PG) Amish Mafia. (M) Outlaw Empires. (M) Fatal Encounters. (M) Auction Kings. (PG)

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Adams to dominate for some time By Michael Brown The world of women’s shot putting has changed considerably over the past 12 months with the drugs ban handed to Nadzeya Ostapchuk, but Valerie Adams is determined one thing remains the same – she continues to dominate. It’s been virtually impossible to talk about Adams without also mentioning Ostapchuk given their fierce rivalry over the past decade and it took on an entirely different spectre at the Olympics. Ostapchuk is currently serving a one-year ban from the Belarus Athletics Federation for her positive drugs test from the London Games, although the 32-year-old is still to face sanction from the IAAF on that test, along with another positive result dating back to the 2005 world championships that was recently re-tested. If Adams had her way, she will never compete against Ostapchuk again. “Life ban,” she said when asked

Valerie Adams

‘It’s possible to do it clean and I work my butt off to be the best in the world and I’m not going to let anyone else ruin that for me’ - Valerie Adams what she wants to see happen. “Simple as that.” Does she expect to see Ostapchuk back on the shot put circuit one day? “Probably not. And I hope not.” Ostapchuk’s demise would appear to open the way for Adams to dominate women’s shot put at least until Rio in 2016. The Belarusian had been the only person to beat Adams since 2006 – when she won the 2010 world indoor championships in Doha – although suspicion must now be cast on that performance. A handful of promising Chinese throwers are emerging along with Russia’s Yevgeniya Kolodko but Adams’ personal best of 21.24m set in 2011 puts her in a different class among the current crop of competitors.

Adams knows it would be dangerous to make assumptions and it is her desire to remain undefeated for as long as possible that motivates her. Like many athletes, she’s found it difficult to find that extra drive in the year after the Olympics but she will soon leave New Zealand to relocate to Switzerland to team up with her coach Jean-Pierre Egger. Her season will open with June’s diamond league event in Eugene, USA, with the main focus on August’s world championships in Moscow. “I think I’m pretty good as motivating myself,” the two-time Olympic and three-time world champion said. “The world champs and staying unbeaten is great motivation for

me. I have to find something. “It won’t be any different [without Ostapchuk]. It makes me hungrier because I can do it clean. It’s possible to do it clean and I work my butt off to be the best in the world and I’m not going to let anyone else ruin that for me. She’s obviously tainted our event and what we do but there are a lot of other great shot putters coming up who will be just as competitive if not better than she was. “I have been doing it for 13 years so I’ve been around for such a long time. I am one of the oldies in the shot putting world. I have. There are some new girls coming up so I have my eye on them. I have my guard up every time I go out to compete so I can’t be complacent at any competition.” She will head to Europe with some decent form behind her. She threw 20.75m at the The Cloud in downtown Auckland last month and followed it up with 20.02m at the Sydney Track Classic and then 20.37m when she won her 12th national title. - APNZ

Tuiali’i called to replace injured Manu Adams declares for NBA draft By Steve Hepburn

Mose Tuiali’i is ready to get physical. Tuiali’i, 32, has been called into the Highlanders to fill the rather large hole left by injured No 8 Nasi Manu, who has damaged ligaments in his foot and is unlikely to be seen again this season. Tuiali’i, who played nine tests for the All Blacks, the last in 2006, was on holiday in Auckland when he got the call to come south, having just

New Zealand basketball player Steven Adams announced yesterday that he will declare for the NBA draft in June. After insisting he would return for his second year at the University of Pittsburgh, Adams has changed his mind and will sign with an agent, thereby forfeiting his final three seasons of college eligibility. The 7-foot centre announced his intentions yesterday in a statement released by Pitt’s athletic department. “In discussing options with my family and coach Dixon, I feel that it is in my best interest to declare for the NBA Draft,” Adams said. “I want to thank everyone at Pitt, including my team-mates, coaching staff, the administration and the fans who have all supported me over the last year.” Before his freshman college season, Adams was rated as a possible top 10 NBA draft pick, but has slipped down the rankings due to some indifferent form throughout the year. He is still expected to be drafted in the first round. Adams was named the Big East’s preseason Rookie of the Year and was selected to the conference’s All-Rookie team after averaging 7.2 points a game and leading the Panthers in blocked shots (65), rebounding (6.3) and field goal percentage (57 per cent) in 32 starts. The Panthers reached the NCAA basketball championships last month before losing to Wichita State 73-55 in the opening round. Adams led the side with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the defeat.

finished his fifth season in Japan for the Yamaha club. Japanese rugby is all about pace and quick ball. The Super 15 is more about confrontation and strength. Tuiali’i knows that and what sort of game he needs to bring to the table. “It is going to be a lot more physical. The speed of the game is going to be pretty similar [to Japan]. But I will have to bar up physically and see what happens,” he said. “I think I have been around the game quite a while now. So I understand what needs to be done to get

up for Super rugby games. “I’ve just got to ball-carry, get that go-forward for the side, and just try and replicate what Nasi Manu has been doing for the past couple of seasons. It’s going to be tough. I’ve got some big shoes to fill. Tuiali’i was a fine player in his prime, part of a successful Crusaders side, but whether he still has that talent will be put to the test tomorrow night, should he be selected to take on the Blues. The Kelston Boys’ High School product is confident in his ability

James ‘has Origin quality’ By Wayne Heming

Steven Adams “After talking with Steven and his family, we fully support him in this decision,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said in a statement. “We support him in choosing to pursue his dreams and in having the opportunity to provide for his family back in New Zealand. We will continue to stay involved in the process and he will always be a part of the Pitt Basketball family.” The 2013 NBA Draft is scheduled for June 27 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. If drafted, Adams – brother of Olympic gold medallist Valerie – would become just the third New Zealander to play in the NBA. Sean Marks was drafted by the New York Knicks in the 1998 second round and played for six NBA teams before retiring after the 2010-11 season, while Kirk Penney had two games for the Heat in 2003/04 and then four for the LA Clippers in the 2004/05 season. - APNZ

Kiwi international Alex Glenn rates rival NRL back-row giant Ryan James a NSW State of Origin player-in-waiting in a physical Gold Coast pack determined to smash through Brisbane at Skilled Park tomorrow night. James, a 194cm, 115kg Bilambil Jets junior, is attracting the attention of many as he continues building a powerhouse running game which first earned him All Star recognition in 2011. James, who scored his first try in his 24th NRL game against Manly last month, recently said in he wanted to play the game like Gorden Tallis. Glenn can see see a bit of Tallis in the raw-boned James who has already entered NSW State of Origin discussions on the back of some

big performances for the in-form Titans. “The size of him for a young man ... that’s something I’m jealous of,” said Glenn, whose back-row combination with Matt Gillett and Corey Parker has been Brisbane’s glue so far this season. “With Birdy (Greg Bird) and (Ashley) Harrison and the other Origin boys like Nate Myles, all he needs is some guidance and I’m sure he will play Origin at some stage. “He crashes a lot of lines and gets some quick play the balls, that’s his job and he’s doing it really well.” The Titans forwards have been providing new halves Albert Kelly and Aidan Sezer with time and space to bring their outside backs into the game and Glenn said the onus was on Brisbane’s pack to meet the challenge on Friday night. “It’s definitely going to be a very

physical battle up the middle,” he said. “They’ve got a massive forward pack. Our forwards really have to step up to the table. “It’s going to be aggressive and they get a lot of momentum off their big boys. “If we can shut them down it will take some of the strike out of them.” Both sides have players facing late fitness checks with Brisbane winger Josh Hoffman (achilles bruising), team-mate Justin Hodges (hamstring) and Titans lock Harrison (concussion) all expected to take part in the local derby. While the Titans will be chasing their fourth win on the trot, Brisbane are already under heavy pressure to halt a two-game losing streak before facing an equally desperate North Queensland next weekend. - AAP

Teen named in Otago Nuggets At the age of two, Sam Timmins could already reach the goodies on the top shelf of the fridge. By 13, he was taller than his father, former Highlanders lock Brendon Timmins. And at 15, the Year 11 Otago Boys’ High School pupil is a big lump of a lad at 2.04m and 104kg. And yesterday he was named in the Otago Nuggets squad. He is a centre, obviously. And from all

accounts the New Zealand under17 squad member has a bright future. He is hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Steve Adams and Rob Loe and play college basketball in the United States. Of course, Sam’s priority is NCEA exams at the end of the year. And with American Antoine Tisby the starting centre for the Nuggets, Sam will have to bide his time.

“I’m only 15 so it is pretty crazy,” Sam said when asked about his inclusion in the Nuggets squad. The teenager has a decent sporting pedigree, on both sides of his family. Brendon Timmins played 42 games for the Highlanders from 1996 to 2002, and 74 games for Otago from 1992-99. The durable lock also played for Southland, and is now the coach of the ZingariRichmond premier side.  - APNZ

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but no matter how he goes, Japan still beckons. He has signed on for another year at the Yamaha side, and said his family really enjoyed Japanese culture and society. He was back holidaying in Auckland when he received some contact from Highlanders management. “They heard I was in town, I was enjoying the off-season and they gave me a call and I was keen to come down here to help out where I could.”

He last played at the end of February, when his side was beaten by Panasonic in the Japan top league playoffs. He said despite the Highlanders’ poor start to the season, morale seemed good in the camp, where he knew many of the players. “The backs are against the wall. It’s been pretty tough, but the boys are pretty positive. Apart from results the boys are pretty up and it’s up to me to contribute as much as possible.” - APNZ

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he All Black Sevens (is that their current politically correct name?) went one step closer to clinching the world series title when they finished runners-up to the South Africans in Japan in the weekend, and that would surely bode well for the team as they keep a long-distance eye on Rio in a couple of years’ time. Just one small, nagging thought keeps popping up though; we’re winning the competition because its a premiershipstyle one where the team with the most points at the end wins, and being by far the most consistent team, almost always in the top two or three, which is great, but - we’ve been beaten up in the finals. In the last two rounds our representatives have blown good leads, in the semis against Fiji at Hong Kong, and the latest in the final against the South Africans (New Zealand led 12-0 at halftime, but eventually lost 24-19. And there’s the problem; the Olympics don’t care who was the best team throughout the competition, they only care who won the final. And in the last season or so, that quite often hasn’t been us, even though we’ve generally been recognised as the best team, with the most depth, but just unable to close the deal often enough in the biggest game. It will certainly not have escaped the eagle eye of coach Gordon Tietjens, who must surely be viewing the Rio Olympics as the pinnacle of his undoubtedly glittering career as the world’s best sevens coach, ever. Backing up that claim for the IRB Hall of Famer would be the ten titles (so far) in the IRB Sevens World Series, the Rugby World Cup Sevens title in 2001 and possibly his favourite, going by his reactions every four years, the four gold medals from consecutive Commonwealth Games. It was widely thought a few years back that his time was just about over; former on-field sevens supremo Eric Rush had been groomed to take over the mantle as the guiding force for one of New Zealand’s better sports teams, but the old guy just wouldn’t go away, still producing stellar results, still unearthing raw, young and not-so-young talent from anywhere and everywhere (such as our own Mark Jackman). But even the best coaches can’t go on forever, and if the AB7s do fall at the final hurdle, there will be a few critics coming out of the woodwork saying that Titch had gone a bridge too far, and a normal succession process should have taken place years ago. Sports history is littered with them; just from the last decade you could pick league supercoach

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Wayne Bennett, who started with the Raiders, but on moving to the brand new Brisbane Broncos outfit, turned them into the complete champion team, a team that collected six premierships under his reign. There was never doubt in anyone’s mind that he was simply the best in the game, but despite picking up one more title (with the Dragons) after leaving Brisbane, he has definitely slipped way down the rankings, with the Knights having a very forgettable season last year. The fact that they are at $10 to win the premiership this year speaks volumes for the mana their coach still carries. Robyn Broughton coached the Southern Sting netballers from 1998 to 2007, and in that time the stadium in Invercargill, previously not particularly known for its over-enthusiast fans (or any fans, really), became a true fortress, with a deafening cacophony of sound meeting all interlopers, and providing a superb backdrop for a team that she had firing on all cylinders for many seasons. Broughton is currently coaching the Central Pulse, a team not widely expected to be figuring at the sharp end of the competition. There’s another one that some might remember; Robbie Deans coached an outfit called the Crusaders, a team that did quite well in the Super rugby competitions. To go with his five Super titles, the five-test All Black also coached the winning Canterbury team in 1997’s National Provincial Championship. He is now coaching an overseas side somewhere, one with a nottoo-flash record against his home country. So no matter how good, all coaches come to the end of it sometime, and sevens aficianados will have fingers crossed that Titch will still have the magic for a couple of years yet. Hopefully Keith Quinn’s commentating will have come to the end of it by then; he’s busy giving us a travelogue about Hawke’s Bay, in slow and measured tones presumably for the benefit of viewers in Pretoria or Osaka, meanwhile Gillies Kaka (the reason for the Bay reference) is cutting some merry capers on the field, doing things viewers might actually like to hear about. His style is great for rugby 1960s style that is. The game has moved on just a little since then.

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Willison to start for Blues By Wynne Gray The Blues are on high alert about turncoat Ma’a Nonu but have not shied away from picking Jackson Willison for his first start against the All Black midfielder. Nonu and the Highlanders have lost all five of their Super 15 games this year as their coaches, staff and public puzzle over the lack of success for the talent-filled side. That anxiety also sits with the Blues who have not won for a month and are fearful of the damage the Highlanders can cause at Eden Park

tomorrow night. “They can’t win a trick and I don’t want them to win one this Friday either so that’s the nature of this tournament,” coach John Kirwan said. “Look at us, we’ve lost three in a row so we’re under the pump as well. It’s going to be a huge game with lots of fireworks and lots of emotion.” “Ma’a Nonu will bring his A-game and I think we’re seeing Hosea Gear on the wing having his best season. We’ve got a whole lot of good footballers against us that are hurting. They’re seriously dangerous, we’re going to have to have a great game

to beat them.” While the Blues have identified the visiting threats, Kirwan has picked Willison to make his first Blues start in midfield and has chosen Tim Perry for his second appearance at loosehead prop. Willison had 39 caps for the Chiefs and when he was squeezed out, he answered the call to replace Nonu at the Blues who upped and left after one season. After three appearances from the bench, Willison will suit up in the No 12 jersey instead of Francis Saili while Perry replaces Tom McCartney. “We think Francis has been play-

ing well but he’s been playing a lot so we want him to take some time out and reassess and then come off the bench for us,” Kirwan said. The Blues will be banking on the defensive accuracy Willison can bring to their line in a match they need to win to stay on the coat tails of the Chiefs, Crusaders and Hurricanes. The 24-year-old will not be overawed by the occasion as he has faced all of the topline players in New Zealand since he debuted for Waikato in 2007 then the Chiefs two years later. “Defence is something I do not shy

away from and I’m confident I have had enough experience to cope at this level,” he said. “I will try and bring some more talk to our game but this will be a big challenge in midfield for Rens (Rene Ranger) and me.” Nonu had been a benchmark player in midfield for some years and there would be no surprises in tomorrow’s confrontation. Willison would be working to a well-researched set of principles in trying to keep Nonu in check. “It is all about limiting his time on the ball,” Willison said. “You have got to drop him in the

tackle and if we do that then that will go towards our goals. He will look to get really involved. “Like all the All Blacks they are looking to get into places to create mismatches all the time.” Blues: Charles Piutau, Frank Halai, Rene Ranger, Jackson Willison, George Moala, Chris Noakes, Piri Weepu, Peter Saili, Luke Braid, Steven Luatua, Ali Williams (C), Culum Retallick, Angus Ta’avao, James Parsons, Tim Perry. Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Anthony Boric, Brendon O’Connor, Jamison Gibson-Park, Baden Kerr, Francis Saili. - APNZ

Palu contemplating Japan sabbatical By Darren Walton

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Serena Williams, of the United States, returns to Camila Giorgi, of Italy, at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston, South Carolina yesterday.

Erakovic sets up date with Stosur Marina Erakovic made a strong start at the Family Circle Cup tournament when she beat Daniela Hantuchova in the opening round to set up second-round showdown with 2011 US Open Winner Sam Stosur. The New Zealand No 1 went into the US$795,000 clay court event in Charleston, South Carolina, on the back of consecutive first-round defeats at Indian Wells and Miami but beat Hantuchova 7-6(2) 6-4 in one hour and 50 minutes. Stosur, the world No 9, is the third seed at the tournament behind Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki and easily beat Erakovic in their only meeting in Seoul five years ago 6-2 6-0. Meanwhile, world No.1 Serena Williams served nine aces during her first match

this season on clay, beating Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-3. Williams did not commit a double fault but took full advantage of 12 by her 85thranked rival to win after 82 minutes in her first match since capturing the Miami crown last Saturday with victory over world No.2 Maria Sharapova in the final. “It wasn’t great for me – I played well, but I wasn’t great, footing-wise,” Williams said of the switch from the hard courts of Miami to the clay courts of Charleston. “I was just trying to get my stability. I only had one or two days of practice. But I felt good. I’m glad I came here and hope I can get ready for what can hopefully be another good clay court season.” Next in the path of Williams, who was

among eight top seeds to receive a firstround bye, is a quarter-final against Germany’s 15th seed Sabine Lisicki, who routed US qualifier Mallory Burdette 6-0 6-0. Others reaching the quarter-finals included Swiss Stefanie Voegele, who ousted Spanish seventh seed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-4, and Romanian 11th seed Sorana Cirstea, who had a walkover against Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues. American wildcard Bethanie MattekSands rebounded from a marathon firstround victory yesterday over Australian Anastasia Rodionova to topple fourthseeded compatriot Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-0 and reach the third round. - AFP

Eyeing a third Rugby World Cup, battered Wallabies star Wycliff Palu is contemplating a George Smith-like sabbatical in Japan in the hope of prolonging his stop-start international career. Dogged by injuries in recent seasons, Palu will make his latest comeback for the NSW Waratahs in Saturday’s Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes in Wellington. The 30-year-old back-rower is returning from ankle syndesmosis and admits the frustration of being sidelined so much has had him thinking about having a season or two in Japan to reinvigorate. Watching the way 110-test flanker Smith and the likes of fellow former Wallabies forwards Hugh McMeniman and Mitchell Chapman have excelled since returning to Super Rugby this year after stints in the Japanese Top League has also encouraged Palu. “They’ve looked like they’ve come back really refreshed,” Palu told AAP yesterday. “I had a chat with George a while back and he said he’s feeling in really good nick. “They do a lot of training over there and play less games. “Your body has the time to recover so you’re going to come back fresher and the rugby’s also not as physical over there. “Chappo (Chapman) as well, he’s slotted straight back in and been one of our most consistent performers week in week out at the Tahs.” Chronicling his wretched run with injuries, Palu said, “I’ll go from my head to my toes”. “I had knee reco in 2010, broke my scapula – my shoulder blade – in 2011 before the World Cup,” he said. “I had nerve injuries in my shoulders and syndesmosis in my ankle, and all those hammy injuries.” It was a hamstring tear that forced Palu home prematurely from the last World Cup in New Zealand and the destructive No. 8 admits pulling on the gold jumper again is a powerful lure to getting his body right.


• New man at helm Cronulla have taken another step in their bid to move on from the drugs scandal gripping the club by installing former Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters CEO Steve Noyce as general manager of football. Sharks chairman Glenn Coleman said Noyce’s experience would be vital to the NRL club – whose future remains uncertain with as many as 14 players in the sights of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority. Coleman said the club was in a strong position to grow both on and off the field, and Noyce was the right man to oversee that development. Sharks chief financial officer Gy Wallace has been promoted to the role of chief operating officer.  - AAP

• Wife injured The rugby league community is rallying around former Warriors player Ben Lythe after his wife Mardie was seriously injured in a flying fox accident last week. Brother-in-law Nick Margison said Mardie had severed her spine in the fall. “Tragically, she is now a paraplegic and has zero chance of ever walking again,” he said. “Her next four months will be spent in a spinal unit before returning home in a wheelchair. A trust fund has been set up so Ben can take time off work to look after their four kids and to find a rental without stairs that will allow wheelchair access to be built.” Margison appealed to Lythe’s former team-mates at the Warriors, the Mount Albert Lions and the Glenora Bears to contribute to the fund. - APNZ

• Big test for Browne Wycliff Palu Tackling the British and Irish Lions this year and being in the reckoning for the 2015 World Cup in England remain big goals. “I definitely want to play in those big tournaments,” Palu said. “It’s always a goal to play at the highest level. “Depending on how I’m going physically and also how I’m going playingwise, if I feel I could still play rugby at that level, I’d definitely put my hand up. “First things first, though. I’ve got to play well for the Tahs and, if I do that, I think everything turns out the way you want it to.” The Waratahs head to New Zealand this week in eighth position and chasing their third successive win. “If we go down there and have a good win, we can go into the bye next week sitting in a pretty good position,” Palu said. “It’s going to be tough down there but we’ve done pretty well down there in the past so hopefully that continues.” - AAP

Unbeaten Perth heavyweight boxer Lucas Browne faces the biggest test of his blossoming career against multi-division world title winner James Toney in Melbourne on April 28. Impressive late blooming 33-year-old Browne (15-0, 14 KOs) only commenced his professional career in March 2009, but has already fought twice in England and once in Hong Kong. The 44-year-old American Toney (74-7-3, 45 KOs) started his professional career in 1988 when Browne was just nine years old and has boxed 646 professional rounds to the Australian’s 48. He won the IBF middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight titles. Toney beat WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz in 2005, only to later lose the title after testing positive for a banned substance. His impressive list of victims includes Michael Nunn, Mike McCallum and Iran Barkley. Toney’s last fight was in April 2012 and he has lost just one of his last six bouts. - AAP

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Savea to make debut for Hurricanes Flanker Ardie Savea will make his longawaited Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes on Saturday. Savea, an exciting prospect after impressing for Wellington in last season’s ITM Cup, saw his progress stall due to a suspension for a lifting tackle during Super Rugby pre-season, but the 19-year-old has been given the No 7 jersey to play the Waratahs. Savea, who will play alongside brother

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Julian, a wing, in Wellington, comes in for Karl Lowe, who the Hurricanes said was unavailable without detailing why. Savea’s suspension ended last weekend but he played for the Hurricanes development team rather than in the victory over the Southern Kings. Moto Matu’u replaces Dane Coles (thumb sprain) at hooker, with lock Mark Reddish in for Jeremy Thrush (ankle). Three players have been bracketed and will be assessed after

68, Marilyn Bennett 69. On C/ B from Marion Oakley 69 & Di Bell 69, Diane Lowe 70, Sally Cain 71 on C/b from Shona Vucetich 71, & Colleen Linney 71 Nearest The Pins: Sponsored by No. 6 – Stables Family Restaurant – Maree Moore: No. 12. Hair by Mac & Maggie – Anne Dwan: No. 2: 2nd Shot - Dairy Business Centre – Colleen Linney: No. 16 : 2nd Shot Outdoor Adventure – Phyl Ellis Two’s – Shona Vucetich 9 Hole Ladies 2nd Bell Trophy - Stroke Round Madge Sherriff net 33, Jocelyn Hill 34

training – No 8 Victor Vito (calf), hooker Ash Dixon (shoulder) and prop Jeffery ToomagaAllen (sternum). If loose forward Faifili Levave is required to start, Jack Lam will be on the reserves bench for the first time since returning from a knee injury. Reserve halfback Chris Smylie will make his 50th appearance at this level if he takes the field. The Hurricanes team to play the Waratahs at

A Hunt, M Watson No 10 Tee 9.00 R Fail, B Cameron, W Carter 9.06 J Montgomery, K Robb, C Ness, 9.12 A Hopwood, T Cates, H Ward 9.18 G Sloper, R Evans, H Benke Nine Hole Men and Women’s Section April 11 TBA Nine Hole Convenors – Carolyn King 308 7022 and Carol O’Reilly 308 8758 April 6 - report 8.20 a.m. for 8.45 a.m. start All women players welcome to join weekend ladies Club Captain – Alison Grant 302 4635

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Draws Golf Ashburton Golf Club Midweek Women April 9 Nancy MacCormick 36 Hole Foursome stroke play required to use Srixon ball on the first hole Stroke play for those not participating in the Nancy MacCormick 36 Hole Foursomes Draw Steward: Janice Dunlop – 3083910 Tuesday Starters: B. Blair, B. Watkins No 1 Tee 9.00 S Lemon and K McRae, H Robertson and K Green, 9.06 A Grant and J Williams, J Welch and K Shaw, 9.12 C Trott and F Matsinger, M Bean and J Dunlop, 9.18 M Urquhart, D Simmons, J Hetrick 9.24 H. Hawksby, R Bennett, J. Early 9.30 P. Bell, B Blair, B Watkins, J. McKeown No 7 Tee 9.18 J Mitchell, H. Argyle, G Lane 9.24 A Hewson,

3500 tournament April 6 4BBB Sundays draw will be at the clubhouse. Players are asked to report at least 15 minutes prior to their start time. No 1 Tee. 8.00, K Whiting, S Webster, B Rouse, C Mapu, 8.07, D Cockburn, T Johnson, W Scott, J Schofield, 8.14, P Hefford, D Green, D Horrell, G Hortin, 8.21, M Argyle, G Argyle, R Feutz, P Walker, 8.28, G Smith, S Kircher, M Hickman, B Rutter. No 7 Tee. 8.00, C Bell, P Bell, G Mills, G Soal, 8.07, R O’Neill, M Smith, P Gray, B Tawera, 8.14, P Trembath, R Watson, C Hart, A Rattray, 8.21, K Venmore, S McCloy, D King, C Geddes, 8.28, P Lane, C Davies, L Jackson, T Kittikote ,8.35, S Cain, J Smith, S Green, N Connelly. No 13 Tee. 8.00, B Haskett, D Glesson, D Welsh, P Johnstone, 8.07, W Anglem, E Tulip, D Young, J Rueben, 8.14, G Laurie, L McKenzie, A Dwan, B Cochrane, 8.21, M Carter, K Fox, E Pierce, P Ellis, 8.28, A Gray, N Gill, P Bell, J Senior No 1 Tee. 12.00, W Lloyd, B Hurley, W Eddington, T Clarke, 12.07, P Marshall, A Pierce, C Miller, K Bonnington, 12.14, D Lye, S Moore, B Green, B Ravenscroft, 12.21, N Rayner, R Wards, J Stara, J Hurst, 12.28, B Kirdy, R Kirdy, A Moore, J Smith, 12.35, S Kennedy, A Barrie, R Hewson, P Keir, 12.42, D Small, J Small, S Wilson, P Elliot, 12.49, B MacGregor, P Roulston, G Jansen, P Hunt, 12.56, G McCormick, M Banks, C Johnstone, W Ineson. No 7 Tee. 12.00, A Marshall, M Thomas, M Walker, B Peddie, 12.07, L McGee, J Smith, G Hubbard, S

Westpac Stadium on Saturday, kick-off 7.35pm, is: Andre Taylor, Alapati Leiua, Conrad Smith (c), Tim Bateman, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Parenara, Victor Vito/Faifili Levave, Ardie Savea, Brad Shields, Jason Eaton, Mark Reddish, Ben May, Motu Matu’u, Ben Franks. Reserves: Ash Dixon/Reggie Goodes, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen/ Reggie Goodes, James Broadhurst, Faifili Levave/ Jack Lam, Chris Smylie, Tusi Pisi, Reynold Lee-Lo. - APNZ

Ross, 12.14, J Naish, L McLeod, C Paulin, J McLaren, 12.21, B Collins, M Brocket, M Young, S Stratford, 12.28, E Pearce, D Allan, L Smeath, C Holders, 12.35, P Boon, M Williams, R Simms, S Cowie, 12.42, P K Ngutu, M Kamate, B Winter , C Allsop, 12.49, L Spence, J Woodham, N Heney, S Anderson, 12.56, J Beardsley, W Stevenson, W Bruce, B Chinn, 1.03, K Bishop, R Meiklejohn, B Henderson, S Calder. No 13 Tee. 12.00, G Rennie, A Anderson, D Gill, S King, 12.07, L Moore, R Bruce, P Hooper, N Mills, 12.14, W Mason, C Whiting, M Daniel, K Turner, 12.21, B MacGregor, H Niles, B Smith, K Greenaway, 12.28, S Newman, J Peacock, S Winter, G Robin, 12.35, E Collins, M Moore, D Bell, C Linney, 12.42, L Bell, M Jones, J Webb, N Webb, 12.49, B MacGregor, J Steenson, V Prendergast, B Harris, 12.56, M Kennedy, B Kirdy, J VanderHeide, T Clarke.

This is a Muddy Good Run in Rakaia, starting and finishing in the Rakaia Domain. You will have the choice of 1 lap being 5k or 2 laps being 10k. This event will cater for all: male, female, young, old, family, team, work mate or just mate.

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Tinwald Golf Club Tuesday Ladies April 9 Pat McLauchlan - All Irons Starters: D.Mitchell & S. Vucetich Cards: B. Cochrane & V. Prendergast Tea Duties: A.M B. McBride: P.M. P. Ellis & B. JacksonNo.1: 9.30am. B. Cochrane, B. O”Neill, J. Smith: 9.35am P. McLauchlan, E. Pierce, L. Bird: No. 4: 9.30am: M. Kennedy, M. Moore, T. O’Connell, V. Cartney No 7: 9.30am A. Dwan, M. Smith. M. Oakley: 9.35am: M. Reddecliffe, P. Ellis. S. Young No. 10: 9.30am: C. Linney, S. Cain, C. Shanks: 9.35am. D. Sharplin, J. VanderHeide, P. Templeton: 9.40am: D. Mitchell, S. Vucetich, V. Hampton, I. Divers No. 13: 9.30am: M. Colville, P. Bishop, S. Durry: 9.35am: D. Wellman, K. McAuliffe, B. Jackson 9 Holers: Sue Bunt Salver 20.2 Srixon Ball, or Stroke Round No. 1: 9.40am. P. Gibson, J. Johns (S.B), N. Burrowes. B. McBride(S.B); 9.45am: K. Young, G. Whipp (S.B), N. Costin, V. Johnston(S.B); 9.50am: M. Sherriff, J. Hill, R.O’Brien, J. Cartwright.

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By Myles Hume The Donaldson family carved the way in one of Ashburton’s most successful showings at the New Zealand National Water Ski Championships over the Easter break. Ten skiers from the district headed north to a flat Lake Karapiro, where the local skiers donned the Canterbury colours for six days full of personal bests and national titles. Karl, Lana and Rachel Donaldson were the standout performers, coming up against the best in the country to each gain a bronze medal in New Zealand open grades. That was closely followed by younger brothers Hugh and George Donaldson, who took first and second respectively in the overall New Zealand junior boys’ grade. Karl Donaldson’s prized open men’s slalom bronze medal came after an equal personal best score, with two buoys, with

- Karl Donaldson an 11 metre rope at 58km/h. Up against some of the same skiers in the men’s grade, the Canterbury team captain claimed another bronze in the slalom, and went home with the men’s silver overall. Lana Donaldson’s controversial second placing in the under 21 women’s slalom, after the eventual winner was granted a re-ride due to lake weed, was quickly downplayed after she took the bronze medal in the New Zealand open women’s slalom. She also skied a personal best in the tricks discipline and took overall bronze in the under 21 grade. Her sister Rachel Donaldson also contributed to the open medal haul – but in remarkable fashion.

Two seasons spent out of competition due to knee surgery, she made a stunning comeback to reach the benchmark for tricks in the open women’s grade, after a stellar performance in her under 21 prelim run. That took her to the New Zealand open women’s tricks, where she put together one of her top runs, scoring 3500 points and the bronze medal. “It was a pretty amazing effort, which was made better by the perfect weather. Everyone got a personal best in some sort of event,” Karl Donaldson said, reflecting on the team’s performance. Although he did not rate it as the team’s best outing at the champs, Donaldson said “it was definitely up there” and he

was looking forward to seeing the young talent develop over the next few years. Ashburton also filled the top three spots in the New Zealand junior boy’s championships. Hugh Donaldson was the overall New Zealand boy’s champion after a 26.1m effort in the jump, and gold in tricks, furthering his South Island record. His brother George claimed the runner-up position while Ashburton’s Lachlan Woodman took third place. Other stand-out performers from Ashburton were Gabriella Woodman, who was the overall winner of the junior girls, and Anna Doig who took gold in the junior girls’ slalom. Ben McFadden took silver in the boys’ grade overall, with a personal best in the tricks discipline and increasing his South Island boys’ tricks record. Hannah Wright took silvers, winning the slalom, tricks, jump and girls’ overall.

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developing towards that objective.” London Olympian Kurt Pickard (Tauranga) has retained his place in the team along with Matt Cameron (New Plymouth) and Daniel Franks (Christchurch). The newcomers include Kaiapoi’s Trent Jones, up from the junior ranks, and Trent Woodcock (Pukekohe), who was a double junior world championship medallist two years ago. Walker will be joined by New Plymouth’s Victoria Hill in the elite women’s team, with the Taranaki rider dominating the weekend competition. She also competed in last year’s world championships in Birmingham. The team members who are part of BikeNZ’s high performance unit will complete a training camp next week with combinations to compete at the Oceania championships in Brisbane next month and six weeks of racing in the US in June and early July. That group will complete a final training camp in Brisbane before the world championships. The Challenge (age group) team will be confirmed later this week. The BikeNZ elite team for the UCI BMX world championships in Auckland on July 24-28 is: Elite men: Marc Willers (Cambridge), Kurt Pickard (Tauranga), Matt Cameron (new Plymouth) Trent Jones (Kaiapoi), Daniel Franks (Christchurch), Trent Woodcock (Pukekohe). Reserves: Cody Stevens (Tauranga), Nick Fox (Gisborne). Elite women: Sarah Walker (Rotorua), Victoria Hill (New Plymouth). Reserve: Hayley Gedye (New Plymouth). Junior elite men: Cody Hobbs (Te Awamutu), Ryan Lewis (Te Awamutu), Todd Barry (Cambridge), Jarrod Browning (Cambridge), Donald Ross (Whangarei), Ryan Berney (North Harbour). Reserves: Luke Roguski (Tauranga), Stefan Gabel (Tauranga). Junior elite women: Hannah Sarten (New Plymouth). Reserve: Monique Smith (Gisborne). - APNZ

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Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker and world No 7 Marc Willers will lead a strong New Zealand team named yesterday for July’s BMX world championships in Auckland. A 15-strong team was named yesterday by BikeNZ for elite racing at the championships to be staged at Vector Arena on July 24-28. New regulations limiting the qualifying numbers for the New Zealand team resulted in some strong competition for places in the team named at the conclusion of the summer series selection events and national championships in Cambridge. The Californian-based Willers is the only rider to gain automatic entry based on his world ranking and Walker was selected on her 2012 performances that culminated in her silver medal in London. She had recovered from a dislocated shoulder to compete at the Olympics but has since undergone surgery to repair the shoulder, returning to her bike for the first time last week. “There is good depth in both elite men and junior men, while the team will be well led by the experience of Marc Willers and Sarah Walker,” BikeNZ coach Ryan Hollows said. “It will be interesting to watch our younger riders develop through to the championships and over the next couple years. “It is the first time that New Zealand has ever hosted the BMX world championships and that is going to be very exciting for our sport. With it being staged at the Vector Arena it is also a superb opportunity for us to profile the sport at the highest level to New Zealanders. “At the same time we are looking for riders that have the ability to contribute towards securing Olympic qualifying places for 2016 and the ability to win a medal in Rio. For some of the riders the next 18 months will be spent

From the sideline



Showers spreading from the south with a southerly change during the morning.

Showers developing this morning, snow down to 1200 metres, clearing later. Wind at 1000m: S 20 km/h developing. Wind at 2000m: S 30 km/h developing.

60 plus

morning min max

showers 13 21 showers 7 20 rain 9 23 showers 6 19 showers 9 18 fine 6 20 showers 2 17 NZ Situation fine 6 16 A cold front moves off the North Island this aftershowers 3 13 noon, and a narrow ridge of high pressure spreads fine 3 12 over the country in its wake. A trough moves fine 5 14 fine 6 12 northward over the South Island tomorrow and the showers 5 11 North Island on Saturday, followed by a high.

FZL: 1500m


FZL: Lowering to 1400m


A few morning showers, then becoming fine. Southerlies dying out. Morning cloud, then fine. Southerly dying out.

SUNDAY Mainly fine. Light winds.

SUNDAY Fine with light winds.



Partly cloudy. Winds mainly light.

Partly cloudy with light winds.

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River Levels


Rakaia Fighting Hill (NIWA) at 1:45 pm, yesterday Nth Ashburton at 2:00 pm, yesterday Sth Ashburton at 9:45 am, yesterday Rangitata Klondyke at 9:00 am, yesterday

120.3 2.82 5.57 50.2

Source: Environment Canterbury

Canterbury Readings

to 4pm yesterday


Ashburton Airport

Temperatures °C


Rainfall mm

Wind km/h

min grass 16 hour Apr 2013 min to date to date

max gust

22.6 13.6 12.8


0.0 135.6

S 52

Christchurch Airport 23.0 13.3 11.8


0.0 77.6

SW 57

Timaru Airport


0.8 107.0

S 52




















Tides, Sun, Moon and Fishing m am 3 3


Thursday 9 noon 3


9 pm am 3



9 noon 3


9 pm am 3


Saturday 9 noon 3


9 pm

2 1 0

5:29 11:44 5:53 12:14 6:30 12:43 6:51 1:13 7:25 1:38 7:47 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.

Rise 7:53 am Set 7:18 pm


Good fishing

Rise 12:48 am Set 3:36 pm

New moon

10 Apr

9:37 pm

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Rise 7:54 am Set 7:16 pm


Good fishing Rise 1:57 am Set 4:14 pm

First quarter

19 Apr 12:33 am

Rise 7:55 am Set 7:15 pm


Good fishing Rise 3:06 am Set 4:48 pm

Full moon

26 Apr

Maori Fishing Guide by Bill Hohepa

7:59 am


Ashburton Guardian, Thursday, April 4, 2013