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Homework under fire By Myles Hume Mountains of homework for primary school pupils is given only to satisfy parents and causes unnecessary stress, an education expert says. Rex Whiting, who served 27 years as a principal, said he had seen upset children and frustrated parents battling the homework war which he believes is still alive and well today. His comments are in line with a Central Queensland University study by professor Mike Horsley who claimed homework had little or no academic value for young children. Mr Whiting believed schools only issued homework because schools were worried about the perception from parents. “I believe really that a lot of schools put in homework because it is expected by parents and schools are then giving homework when they shouldn’t,” Mr Whiting said. “I think it’s a bit of a show. It should be all about just really doing the basics of encouraging children to read so they are practicing their skills.” But he believed schools were over-stepping the mark.

“I have seen too many tears and angry parents because the child can’t handle the homework particularly well.” Despite Mr Whiting’s wishes, it appears some Mid Canterbury schools have already got the message as homework has been stripped bare so pupils are not bogged down with hours of work to do, freeing them up for a wider range of activities. Spelling, reading and basic maths are the staples of homework. Tinwald School pushed for around 20 minutes of homework a night, but principal Peter Livingstone said it had more value than just piling on what they had already learned at school. “If the purpose of homework was to improve learning and test scores you wouldn’t choose it.” It is all about allowing that connection between children and their parents at home as well as giving them the experience of learning for themselves, he said. Longbeach School revamped their homework system three years ago when principal Neil Simons came in to head the school. Reading and basic facts are a part of the homework landscape at the school nowadays and optional homework challenges.

About 30 of his pupils have tackled the challenges which plant the children in real world situations such as visiting elderly, preparing a meal, raising money or work towards running 50km in a month. “If they get too much homework it can be a real battle. “It can be tough because families are trying to fit in homework around dinner and kids are absolutely stuffed by Friday.” Having two of his children at Longbeach School himself, Mr Simons said he had more “empathy” with families who were trying to balance homework with sport practices and music lessons. Ashburton Christian School principal Tim Kuipers said it was difficult for schools to gauge how much homework should be given to primary school pupils who had to make a huge step into high school. On the Guardian’s Facebook page, Diane Cuthbertson said the homework situation in her sixyear-old’s school was ideal. “A wee bit is good for them because they need to learn, but too much homework after a long day at school is overdue because kids still need to be kids and have rest time because they are not robots,” she said.

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Hamming it up at lip sync

A community lip sync fundraiser at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre on Saturday saw a wide range of acts, including Georgia Green (left) and Hayley Dickson performing as Spiced Up. The joint fundraising venture by Mid Canterbury badminton, basketball and netball saw about $3500 raised, all to go towards the stadium project, EA Networks Centre. Organising committee convenor Andre Bennett said it was great to see such talent and the audience enjoying themselves. The committee had managed to fill the centre to half its capacity, on a weekend when there was so many other events on. “The calibre of all the acts was just amazing, everyone had such a good time,” she said. The overall winner of the junior section was The Hinds Daggs with the gumboot song, and the best overall senior group was Stamphead with Time Warp.

Melville’s mustering memories By Susan Sandys

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Melville Ineson was head shepherd at Hakatere Station about 60 years ago, when its old stone cottage was a sitting room.

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It was a chance to catch up with old mustering buddies for 89-year-old Melville Ineson at the Ashburton Gorge Muster on Saturday. The event at the Hakatere stone cottage in the Ashburton Gorge was held to celebrate 150 years since the cottage was built. One of Mid Canterbury’s oldest buildings, the cottage is today a testimony to just how difficult life was for high country pioneers. Mr Ineson travelled from his home in Fairlie, and reminisced with other former shepherds and musterers. About 250 people attended the day’s commemorations, which had to be shortened due to bad weather in the morning. Mr Ineson was at Hakatere Station from 1944 to 1957, serving as a shepherd and head shepherd. He previously worked at Mt Potts and Erewhon.

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He said mustering today was probably not a lot different from all those years ago, when musterers covered dozens of kilometres in a day traversing hilly terrain up to the snowline. “Snowraking (rescuing snow-stranded sheep) was the hardest because you had to climb up the hill and make a track as you went. You didn’t have a helicopter to take you there,” he said. Mr Ineson suffered polio as a child which made one leg shorter than the other, something which enabled him to climb hills faster “if you were going the right way”. “The weather years ago was harder than what it is now, you got harder frosts in winter than you do now. “You never went out mustering without a wee pack on your back and your wet weather gear, because you never knew when the weather was going to change,” he said. Mr Ineson lived in single men’s quarters and said the old stone cottage

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nearby was still used, as a sitting room for the single men, and there was even the odd party held there. Hakatere Heritage Committee chairperson David Howden had a few months ago found Mr Ineson’s yard stick from 1944 under one of the buildings at the site. It was the stick he used while out mustering, and had on it “M Ineson 44”. It had 40 notches on it, used to help count sheep brought in from the hills as they went through to the yards. “When you got to 100 you put your finger on the first notch,” Mr Ineson said. The first residents of the Hakatere stone cottage were George and Elizabeth Lambie and their three children, according to an interpretive panel in an information centre which has been created in the former singlemen’s and shearer’s quarters near the stone cottage. The cottage was made from squared greywacke and rubble from bluffs in the area, held together with clay. The

interior walls were cob – a mixture of clay tussock and cow manure sealed over and coated with lime wash. The veranda poles, rafters and lintels were from beech in the Mt Somers bush. Opening the information centre on the day was mayor Angus McKay, while Upokorunanga O Arowhenua Tewera King, Inverary Station owner John Chapman, and acting Canterbury conservator for the Department of Conservation (DOC) Richard Suggate also spoke to the crowd. “The harsh weather this morning perhaps indicates a little bit of the history of this place,” Mr Suggate said, referring to the high country pioneers’ struggles. The occasion also celebrated five years of DOC’s O Tu Wharekai project, which had been granted funding for another five years. The project to conserve the Ashburton Lakes was a flagship project in a nationally significant area which was a gem in Canterbury.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS DEATHS AYERS, Raymond Charles, (Ray) (Reg. No 65879) – On 1st November 2012, peacefully at Ashburton Hospital. Aged 96 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Una. Dearly loved and respected father and fatherin-law of Wendy and Donald Greene and the late Carol, and Gavin Douglas. Loved and respected Pop of Cameron Greene, Tania and Karl Booth, Mark and Jayne Douglas, Tony and Erica Douglas, and great grandfather of Jaylen and Kody Booth, Taryn , Bradley, and Baxter Douglas. Messages to Ayers Family, PO Box 472 Ashburton. Flowers respectfully declined but donations to the Ashburton Branch of the Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Ray will be farewelled at St David’s Union Church, Allens Road, Ashburton on TUESDAY 6 November commencing at 1.30pm. Followed by private cremation. Paterson’s Funeral Service FDANZ Ashburton Please note all late death notices or notices sent outside ordinary office hours must be emailed to:

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Man’s body found By Rosie Manins A 27-year-old unemployed Dunedin man is believed to have died after inhaling from several gas canisters, which were found near his body in the Dunedin Botanic Garden early yesterday. Police could not confirm whether the man died as a result of huffing and have referred his death, which was not considered suspicious, to the coroner. It was likely a post-mortem examination would be conducted. A member of the public discovered the man’s body about 8.45am and alerted police. Officers completed a scene examination before the body was removed. Acting Senior Sergeant Dave Scott said the man’s body was found on a main thoroughfare through the gardens. He was a “recent” Dunedin resident

with links to the North Island, where his next of kin lived, he said. “We believe that he’s passed away during the hours of darkness and been found by a member of the public in the morning. “The exact time of death is unknown at this stage.” Recent huffing incidents have sparked nationwide concern. On July 1, Mosgiel teenagers Jamie Jury, 18, and Brendon McLeod, 17, were critically injured when LPG gas bottles they were inhaling from exploded. Both received extensive burns and Jamie remained in a Christchurch hospital, having come out of an induced coma while in the intensive care unit at Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital. His father, Steven Jury, said huffingrelated incidents seemed to be increasing. He said anyone tempted to inhale gas should seriously consider the con-

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Members are requested to attend the funeral service of their late comrade raymond charles ayers reg # 65879. Please assemble at St David’s Union Church, Allens Road, Ashburton at 1.15pm. Medals may be worn Malcolm Hanson President CARR, Graeme Mervyn – 5-11-1943 - 2-11-2012 It is with great sadness Anne, Aaron and Bex, Dean and Kylie announce the tragic loss of a dearly loved and treasured husband, father and father in law. An absolutely adored and devoted grandad of Oliva, Talia and Jayden; Izacc and Alex. Forever loved and will be greatly missed. A Service for Graeme will be held at the home of Dean and Kylie 49 Smithfield Road, Ashburton on Wednesday 7th November at 11am followed by private interment. All communications, please, to 13 Belt Street, Ashburton Aoraki Funeral Home, FDANZ CARR, Graeme Mervyn – On 2nd November 2012 dearly loved brother and brother-in-law of Vincent and Christine, loved uncle of Bridget, Theresa and Andrew Husband, and Steven. Special great uncle of Amy; Holly and Riley CARR, Graeme Mervyn – On 2nd November 2012 dearly loved son of the late Hector and Mary Carr and loved brother and brotherin-law of Joan and Chris McKeown, Brian and Christine, Philip and Karin, Andrew and Edna, Vincent and Christine and special Uncle and Great Uncle to all his neices and nephews. McLEOD, (McLeod – Hill): Patricia Louisa (Pat) – On 02 November 2012, peacefully at Rosebank Hospital, Ashburton. Loved wife of the late John. Much loved Mother of Alex and Mandy, and Patricia (Timaru). Loved Grandma of Izzack, and AYERS, Sapphire;Raymond and Teyla. Aged 86 Charles, (Ray) to P.O. Box Years. Messages (Reg. No 65879) 7740. – 472, Ashburton Pat’s On 1stservice November funeral will be 2012, held peacefully at Corner Ashburton in Our Chapel, East Hospital. Aged Ashburton 96 years. and Cox Streets, Dearly loved husband of the on Wednesday 07 November late Una. Dearly commencing at loved 2pm. and To respected fatherby andPrivate fatherbe followed in-law of Wendy and Donald Cremation. Greene andFuneral the late Carol, Paterson’s Services, and Gavin Douglas. Loved FDANZ, Ashburton and respected Pop of Cameron Greene, Tania and Karl Booth, Mark and Jayne Douglas, Tony and Erica SMITH, Douglas – Douglas, great On Thursday,and 1 November grandfather Jaylen and 2012, at ofChristchurch Kody Taryn Hospital,Booth, aged 75 years., Bradley, Baxter Doug was a and loved husband Douglas. Messages Ayers of the late Frances,tobrother Family, POstepfather, Box 472 of Bill Smith, and Ashburton. grandad of Josh and Flowers Hadlee, respectfully declined but and a good friend to Rona. donations Ashburton A Service to of the Celebration of Branch of the Doug’s life willCancer be heldSociety at the would be appreciated and Ashburton Baptist Church, may left at service. cornerbe Cass andtheHavelock Ray will beonfarewelled Streets, Tuesdayat St 6 David’s Unionat 2pm. Church, November 2012 Allens Road, Ashburton on Canterbury Christian TUESDAY 6 November Funeral Services, FDANZ commencing at 1.30pm. 358-8807 www.canterburyFollowed by private christianfunerals.co.nz cremation. Paterson’s Funeral Service FDANZ Ashburton Please note all late death notices or notices sent outside ordinary office hours must be emailed to: deathnotices@theguardian.co.nz

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sequences. “If they had seen what I’ve had to go through, they would think twice. I sat over Jamie for a month before he twitched a finger or batted an eyelid, while the doctors said he wouldn’t make it ... It was a miracle that he came out of it,” he said. Toxicologist Dr Leo Schep of the National Poisons Centre said if the man found yesterday had been inhaling a propellant such as butane, propane or LPG, his death would not be unexpected. “Assuming it was a butane product, we would be very concerned. It’s a very common cause of death, called sudden sniffing death syndrome, which is essentially heart failure,” he said. In September, Chief Coroner Judge Neil MacLean released a report on huffing-related deaths, having found that 63 people had died in butane inhalation-related incidents since 2000.  - APNZ

The Rakaia Lions Club annual fireworks night on Saturday was a roaring success. As ongoing drizzle cancelled other events, including at Rolleston, Rakaia club members marched on regardless and found the community appreciated their efforts. Club member Ken Cutforth said about 1500 people turned up, enjoying the fireworks and the many com-

munity fundraising stalls on offer. Fireworks were set off half an hour earlier than usual, at 8.45pm, as it got dark and people started to get cold in the bad weather. Mr Cutforth said the event was popular because it was free. It had been held by the Lions club for about 15 years. “It’s an investment in community spirit,” he said.

Fish crowned Ms Methven By Susan Sandys

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Ms Methven went off gangnam style in the town on Saturday night. About 300 people attended the Our Lady of the Schools fundraising beauty pageant, featuring eight local blokes dressed in drag, competing for the Ms Methven crown. Organiser Irene Duff said a highlight of the evening was when the contestants were led by former pupil Rachael Eddington, dressed as a man, and showed their best dance moves to Korean pop sensation Psy’s hit song Gangnam Style. “It absolutely went off, we had to have an encore,” Mrs Duff said. “We have had many people saying it was an awesome, awesome night.” Ms Our Lady of the Snows, Carl (Fish) McHugh, was crowned Ms Methven. Mrs Duff said he had the whole package. Judges were impressed with how his day wear showed off his midriff in a flattering manner, and how his evening gown was dramatically torn off to reveal a shimmering racy number underneath. Runnerup was Ms Methven Volunteer Fire Brigade Rob Markillie. “A lot of thought and effort had gone into it, it was just incredible,” Mrs Duff said of the newfound feminine dress sense and dancing skills of the contestants. She said people had come from as far as Timaru and Christchurch to see the show, at the Mount Hutt Memorial Hall, and many in the audience had commented how amazing it was to see a small school community pull off such an amazing night. Organisers were still counting how much had been raised, but it was estimated to be around $15,000.

Milking it at the Tinwald Tavern on Saturday night is Vanessa Shefford, as publican Trevor Whiting keeps an eye on proceedings.

Busty beauties star attraction at tavern By Susan Sandys In fetching animal print, two big-eyed busty beauties walked into the Tinwald Tavern on Saturday night. They were Cow 800 and Cow 918, not the most flattering names, but they were the star attractions in the New Zealand World Cow Milking Competition. Publican Trevor Whiting said the tavern held the competition every couple of years, and as far as he was aware it was the only pub in the world to host such an event. About 320 patrons viewed proceedings, as the 18 entrants tried to get as much milk as possible from hand milking one of the cows in 60 seconds. Harry took out the title, having achieved 1.5 litres, while Mark came second. Harry took home the trophy and both he and Mark also received $200 vouchers from RD1 and a pack

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Ms Methven Volunteer Fire Brigade, Rob Markillie, shows off his long legs as part of the Ms Methven event in the town on Saturday night.

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Suspicious fire keeps brigade busy By Susan Sandys Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade members did not get much sleep on Friday night, as they fought a suspicious fire and two fires caused by fireworks. Their first call-out came at 11pm, to Ashton Beach. Chief Alan Burgess said there were a couple of small fires burning on the beach with evidence of fireworks activity. It was then to another minor vegetation fire at Fairton, believed to be caused by fireworks, at around midnight. It was not a high number of fireworks call-outs, and Mr Burgess believed residents had generally been responsible and had heeded warnings to be careful. Shortly after midnight the bri-

gade was called to an arable farm on Seaside Road at Wakanui. About 600 hay bales were lost in the fire, which was next to some trees on an embankment. Wind and weather changes on the night presented a challenge, and the fire got into the trees. However, that was quickly under control. The wind changed in the brigade’s favour and the decision was made to let the hay bales burn and dampen them down from the outside. Approaching rain made the job easier. The fire was suspicious and the brigade intended to inform the police. Just to finish off their sleepless night, members had one other call-out, at 3.30am on Saturday, to a rubbish bin fire on Burnett Street.

of beer each. Mr Whiting said Cow 800 had been a particularly placid bovine, having been content to munch on grass and hay provided for the evening. Cow 918 had also been good, although at one point became a bit “fidgety” with one of her rear legs. “I rubbed her forehead and she was as good as gold,” Mr Whiting said. Admittedly her toileting behaviour also left a little to be desired, and she left some droppings behind. The cows were there for two hours and were not only placated by the food they were provided with, but also soft music in the background, reminding them of their milking shed at home. Mr Whiting said the event had been great for attracting a new group of patrons, with many being Mid Canterbury dairy farmers and contractors. Most of those entering the competition had had some experience with milking cows.

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Making in bulk today and freezing leftovers means pensioner Bev Adamson saves money and maintains a healthy diet. 

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ife on a pension’s a breeze for Bev Adamson. She certainly doesn’t live the high life, in fact she lives in a rented home but still manages to put $20 a week away in a savings account and at the end of each week she always has money left over. When Bev decided to move from the family home on James Street she wanted something small, warm and with little garden. Properties like that were hard to find and at her children’s urging she decided to invest proceeds from her house and become a renter. It’s a decision she’s never regretted. Well almost never. When her rent jumped from $250 to $290 a week this year that was a bit hard to swallow, but the interest from money she’d invested from her house sale made the extra rent doable. Her renting equated to a worry-free life as a senior, where home maintenance became someone else’s problem. She lives on a war veteran’s pension with a small income from the money she has invested. That’s more than enough to live a comfortable life when you are in your 80s, she said. Bev jokingly says her pension ‘has elastic on it’. She eats well and doesn’t compromise when it comes to buying the fruit that forms a big part of her diet. She does, however,

The Guardian’s series looking at living on a tight budget or a benefit continues today. During the six-part series, reporter Sue Newman test drives life on the pension – $348 a week – and talks to Ashburton people who know what it’s like to struggle every day to make ends meet. In a life where cash is tight, there are no luxuries. buy in bulk, buys specials and make double quantities of most meals. That saves, time, money and power, she said. Plenty of freezer space is key if you plan to save money and eat well, Bev said. One area where Bev doesn’t compromise is buying fruit. She usually has two or three pieces a day. Vegetables on special are bought in bulk and frozen, loaves of bread in multiples, toasties or bread case pies made and frozen. Rather than use extra power to heat her oven she splashed out and bought a small bench top oven. It’s perfect for one person and keeps a cap on power use. Yes she has the odd luxury, and when you have limited mobility, Sky TV is about as good as a luxury can get, Bev says. She has also maintained regular hair appointments as another treat and buys 3, $1 scratchies each week. They’ve paid her back with many cash windfalls. “I wouldn’t be without Sky and you need to

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have a bit of fun and a few treats,” she said. She uses a heat pump and yes, she gets the odd shock when she opens her bill – one topped $400 during the winter and that meant digging into the small amount she had stashed away in savings. But she got by. Bev no longer owns a car, swapping that for a mobility scooter and taxi rides. She ensures her personal safety by wearing a St John alarm, but that comes at the cost of $32 a fortnight. She looks at couples on a pension and

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believes the old adage – two can live as cheaply as one – definitely applies. The difference in married and living alone pension doesn’t really compensate, she said. (single living alone gross pension is $400.07; married, civil union or defacto is $604.80). Rates, rent, insurance, those amounts don’t change regardless of how many live in your home. “But I’d have to say, there’s nothing I really miss that I can’t afford. I always buy two of things on special and always think and plan ahead.”

The path to achieving their new headquarters has just been made a whole lot easier for the Ashburton Pottery Society. With its Nixon Street home on the demolition list because of earthquake damage, the club has plans under way to build its replacement. Earthquake cover, however, won’t meet all of the costs they are likely to incur and club president Raelene Hewitt said they had resigned themselves, initially, to compromising on floor coverings, painting and shelving. The Mid-South Canterbury Trust has stepped into the breech, granting the society $4000 towards the cost of painting the interior of the new clubrooms. Trust chair Peter O’Leary said the trust was happy to help out, recognising that the society was a small but energetic group doing a good job of fostering the craft of pottery in the Ashburton District. “We understand that this re-building situation is not of the society’s own making and they are worthy of support at this critical time,” he said. Receiving the grant was a huge relief for club members, Mrs Hewitt said. “This means that we will now be able to have the whole building completed before we move in – possibly March or April next year.” The club plans to replace the century-old villa it had used since 1969 with a modern, warmer building and while that building would be easier to heat and clean, there were many memories that would be lost with the old building, she said. A second Ashburton group, the Mid Canterbury Newcomers’ Network, was also successful in a bid for funding towards the 2013 Multicultural Bite Festival. The Community Trust has donated $2500 which will be used to subsidise the festival’s operational costs. Across Mid and South Canterbury, the trust has donated $34,734 to 14 community organisations. The remaining organisations are all in South Canterbury.

• Cash and Carry Methven Art Gallery will once again host a Christmas Cash and Carry mixed medium art exhibition over the December and January Christmas period. The Cash and Carry will be a chance for Mid Canterbury artists to exhibit and sell their work. Savvy Christmas shoppers will want to attend the opening night on December 14, as it will be an opportunity to purchase a special piece of authentic New Zealand art at an affordable price. The Methven Heritage Centre is inviting artists to contact them for an entry form and a copy of the terms of trade.

• Wild weather Mid Cantabrians suffered power outages in wild weather at the weekend. In heavy rain on Saturday night western Tinwald residents lost power. EA Networks operations manager Ken Stirling said the outage about 9.30pm was due to an unknown cause. “Obviously something went across the line somewhere. We will be doing a more thorough inspection tomorrow to check if there’s any damage,” he said yesterday. Most residents had power restored within half an hour, with the remainder within the hour. In high winds on Friday night a number of residents in the Braemer, Lauriston and Chertsey areas lost power, due to branches on lines.

• Lotto results Official Lotto results for draw number 1326 drawn on Saturday. Winning numbers (in ascending order): 1, 2, 15, 21, 35, 36. Bonus number: 20. Powerball winning number: 8. Strike: 36, 21, 35, 2.

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he eyes of the world will be on the United States tomorrow as Americans head for the polls to elect their president. The US presidential race may seem irrelevant on the other side of the globe in Ashburton but whatever happens in the White House will ultimately affect most of us in some way or another. Whether it comes down to economic or political developments in the United States, the rest of the Western world can not escape the impact. The most two obvious examples in recent times are the global financial crisis and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Five New Zealand soldiers have died this year as an indirect result of the American decision to go to war, while our current financial woes can also be traced back to the American real estate bubble and the failure of their banks. The way the man in the White House chooses to react to developments like this has a global ripple effect. Four years ago America, and the rest of the democratic world, rode a wave of hope and expectations after Barack Obama became the first AfroAmerican president in history. Unfortunately for Mr Obama, his election coincided with the onslaught of the global financial crisis and has dogged his administration ever since. Like most leaders around the globe, the president has been unable to come up with viable long-term answers to get his

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country out of the economic slump and Americans back to work. He has delivered on his promises to start pulling his troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan and has spent much of his term pushing through the controversial health care plans. From a New Zealand perspective it is intriguing to see how many Americans have been against these health reforms which we would consider a basic responsibility for any government. Americans clearly think differently than the average Kiwi which may explain why Mitt Romney is still neck and neck with Mr Obama despite a host of major gaffes in which he has virtually insulted every section of society. Joe Bloggs in the US does not really care about foreign policy but mainly cares about his job and his family. Mr Romney ‘s economic message is clearly getting support as the polls are indicating a race that will go the wire. The two candidates are currently scrambling across the swing states where every vote will be vital. On Wednesday we will find out if Mr Obama will get “four more years” or whether the world will have to get used to a new Republican president that may take his country on a whole new course.

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Pike River report today ‘It’s been an exhausting wait for the families’

By Abby Gillies and Isaac Davison An anxious wait for the families of the 29 men killed in the Pike River mining disaster will end today when the Royal Commission’s report on the tragedy is released. The report on what caused the explosions at the West Coast mine in November 2010 and what should be done to prevent similar tragedies in future will be presented to the families in Greymouth this afternoon by government ministers Gerry Brownlee and Christopher Finlayson. Above all else, it was hoped the report would bring the families some closure, mine families’ spokesman Bernie Monk said. “They only want the truth to come out and they know the truth before it even comes out and they’ll be upset if they don’t cover what they know in their hearts

- Bernie Monk what’s happened down there. They are expecting pretty hardhitting commission results coming out,” he said. He and the families were waiting anxiously to see what would be covered, he said. The report comes after an almost two-year inquiry, during which 51 witnesses gave evidence to the hearing in Greymouth. “It’s been an exhausting wait for the families,” Mr Monk said. “Hopefully it will give them a lot of closure on where things are at because I don’t think people realise what we’ve been through over the last nearly two years,” he said. While the report closed one chapter, it also signalled a new beginning, as the families start-

ed to focus getting changes in the industry that would improve health and safety, he said. “That’s going to be a legacy that the families want to be left for their men that are underground.” Among the changes the families wanted was having check inspectors back underground in mines and possibly unions having more say about safety regulations. The report coincides with the arrival in Greymouth of a team of mining experts organised by the families. Dr David Creedy and Bob Stevenson from the UK and Dave Feickert from Wanganui will spend five days in the town to go through the commission’s finding and to review a plan to recover the bod-

• Holmes stable Broadcaster Paul Holmes remains in a stable condition in hospital after returning there late last week. The 62-year-old underwent open-heart surgery in June. A Hawke’s Bay Hospital spokeswoman said he was in a stable condition yesterday. Holmes said from his ward on Saturday that he hoped to be discharged in the next few days.  - APNZ

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eration. We’ve cut personal tax rates across the board, tightened property By Jo Goodhew tax rules, and dropped the company tax rate to 28 per YOUR MP cent. Three in every four WORKING FOR YOU taxpayers now pay a top tax rate of no more than 17.5 per cent. These changes encourage people to work hard, save, and invest, and discourage spending and economic management is seeing the economy grow. New jobs housing speculation. We’ve reformed planning and are being created and public finances are improving so we labour laws. We’re investing can return to surplus and pay heavily in infrastructure, including state highways, ultra-fast off debt. Our plan is all about helping broadband, and the electricity grid. families get ahead. We’ve started a process to sell We’ve made the largest changes to the tax system in a gen- minority stakes in four state-

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ies of the 29 miners still trapped underground. Mr Feickert hoped the evidence in the commission’s report would help with the plan by providing detail about risks such as the extent of the rockfall inside the tunnel. He expected the report to mark a watershed in workplace safety generally in New Zealand, not just for coal mining. “You can see that the Government is sending two senior ministers to discuss the report’s findings with the families - that is a sure sign that the report is a very, very serious one,” he said. Mr Feickert, who advised the Chinese Government on mining safety, said it was crucial that

About 30 motorists in Dunedin and Oamaru had engine problems after filling their vehicles with contaminated petrol. The fuel was contaminated with water during routine pipeline testing at a terminal in Dunedin on Friday. The contaminated 91-octane petrol was delivered to three BP sites in Dunedin and Oamaru. The 91-octane fuel tanks at these stations were closed after the problem was discovered but all have since reopened. BP communications and exter-

nal affairs manager Jonty Mills said about 15 Oamaru customers and three in Dunedin had reported problems. Mobil Northgate owner Beven O’Callaghan said 12 customers had experienced problems. Mr Mills said BP had provided five rental cars to Oamaru customers, and four mechanics were brought in to repair affected vehicles. Mr O’Callaghan said it became apparent the fuel was contaminated when vehicles that had been filled up couldn’t leave the forecourt. “[The vehicles] that we organised to have repaired are all on

the road now, with new filters and fresh fuel.” A couple of customers had taken their vehicles to other workshops, which were closed for the weekend, and so were yet to get their cars back on the road. It was rare for petrol be contaminated, he said. Any other customers who believed they had been affected could contact any Dunedin Mobil outlet, he said. Mr Mills said the petrol was believed to have been contaminated on Friday afternoon during routine testing of a pipeline at the industry terminal in Dunedin.  - APNZ

Support for Shearer takes a battering Support for Labour leader David Shearer continues to take a battering as his party slumps in the polls in comparison to the Government. Labour’s hopes that it was gaining traction were watered down yesterday with the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll. The support for Labour has dropped two points to 32 per cent while National is holding strong at 45 per cent. And while John Key’s popularity has been slowly dropping since the election, 42 per cent still want him as Prime Minister. Comparatively, Mr Shearer is failing to rate. He had only 11 per cent support to be prime minister, dropping a point since the last poll six weeks ago, One News reported. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters crept up from 4 per cent to 6 per cent as preferred prime minister. The latest poll would reflect an election win for National, with enough votes to give it 58 seats in Parliament. The Green Party has 12 per cent support and New Zealand First is up to 4.9 per cent. The Maori Party, Act, the Conservative Party and Mana are all struggling to register. - APNZ

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A tramper has died in the Richmond Ranges near Nelson. The Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter was called about 10am yesterday to an area just below the Richmond lookout after the tramper collapsed and was found by a runner. An intensive care paramedic was winched in to the scene but the tramper had died. In a second incident, the helicopter was called about 1.30pm to a truck which had rolled, narrowly missing a culvert into a creek at Dr’s Creek Spooner Range on State Highway 6. The 48-yearold male driver managed to get himself out of the truck before emergency services arrived. He was treated at the scene before being flown to Nelson Hospital. - APNZ

• Men serious Two men remain in serious but stable condition in Wellington Hospital’s intensive care unit after being exposed to toxic gas at a Wanganui tannery on Friday. Another 21 people exposed to the gas at Tasman Tanning’s plant in Castlecliff were taken to Wanganui Hospital where they were treated and discharged that night. Fire Service Assistant Area Commander Manawatu Rodger Calder said hydrogen sulfide was used in the tanning process to remove some of the hair from animal hides, and when it was mixed with another chemical a gas was produced. - APNZ

• NZ ranked fifth New Zealand has the best education system in the world, according to a new study. The annual Legatum Prosperity Index has ranked New Zealand as the fifth most prosperous country in the world overall, and first in the education category. It was ranked second for its governance; second for personal freedom; fourth for social capital; 13th for entrepreneurship and opportunity, 13th for safety and security; 20th for health; and 27th for economy. Norway topped the rankings, followed by Denmark and Sweden. Australia just out-ranked New Zealand in fourth position. The United States dropped out of the top 10 for the first time to 12th position.  - APNZ

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a well-resourced, independent mines inspectorate was re-established in New Zealand. “We need a proper inspectorate for high-risk industries. If we’d had that, we wouldn’t have had Pike River, in my view.” A new mining watchdog would include check inspectors, who could report back on the safety standards in mines. There has to be a communicator from within the workforce, someone with special powers that works together in partnership with the other parties.” Since the disaster, the Government has created a high hazards unit and begun a review of occupational health and safety. The Green Party said it hoped the commission report would provide solutions for improving regulations around health and safety and enforcement to prevent further tragedies. - APNZ

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Police were called to the eastern Bay of Plenty township of Te Teko after reports of shots being fired and a patched gang member in the area with a firearm. Sergeant Denis Foster of the Whakatane police said police received the reports about 3.20pm yesterday. He said members of the public reported shots being fired and a patched gang member being seen with a firearm at a house in the town. - APNZ


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Country’s top criminal barrister remembered Distinguished criminal barrister Greg King has been remembered as “one of the country’s finest legal brains” following his sudden death on Saturday. Mr King, 43, was regarded as a brilliant defence barrister and was known publicly for representing defendants in some of the country’s highest profile trials. Politicians joined members of the legal fraternity yesterday in paying tribute to Mr King, who was found dead beside his car in suburban Wellington. His mentor, Dunedin lawyer Judith Ablett-Kerr, QC, was distraught on Saturday afternoon. “I’m absolutely devastated,” she said. “He was like a son to me.” Labour leader David Shearer said Mr King had “one of this country’s finest legal brains”. “There wouldn’t be many New Zealanders who hadn’t heard of

him,” Mr Shearer said of the barrister who most recently was in the spotlight defending Feilding farmer Ewen Macdonald. Attor ney-General Chris Finlayson said Mr King was “a fine advocate and a very nice guy”. “Although young in years, Greg King had already achieved a huge amount in his career,” Mr Finlayson said. “He was a lawyer in the finest traditions of the criminal bar, of the same stature as the likes of Mike Bungay, Kevin Ryan and Roy Stacey.” Mr King’s body was found on Dungarvan Road, a cul-desac in the Wellington suburb of Newlands. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Milnes-King, and daughters Pippa, 5, and Millie, 3. Family spokeswoman Frances Jones asked for the family’s pri-

vacy to be respected as they came to terms with the news. “This is a terrible tragedy for Greg’s family and children, who are devastated by his loss,” she said. Law Society president Jonathan Temm said lawyers faced enormous pressure and that Mr King had been affected by public condemnation of the not guilty verdicts against Macdonald, who was acquitted of killing his brother-in-law Scott Guy in July. Mr Temm said the case took its toll in the form of public condemnation of Mr King. “When you pick up a newspaper or turn on a radio and people are slagging off the outcome, that indirectly reflects on him too,” Mr Temm said. Mr King was a “brilliant lawyer” who accepted unpopular cases, which took courage. In 2009 he was on the defence

team for Clayton Weatherston, who murdered his ex-girlfriend Sophie Elliott; in 2008 he represented Daniel Moore, who was convicted at trial of the murder of Tony Stanlake; and Mr King also represented John Barlow who was convicted for the murders of Wellington businessmen Gene Thomas and his son Eugene Thomas. “He represented them with brilliance and determination. Greg had a rare skill. He was an orator from a kind of bygone age,” Mr Temm said. Mr King was born in Wanganui and raised in Turangi. Police have said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and have referred the matter to the coroner. A post-mortem examination was to be carried out yesterday. - APNZ

Dotcom’s free broadband plan By Bevan Hurley Kim Dotcom is proposing free broadband to all New Zealanders as he tries to resurrect the ill-fated Pacific Fibre cable connecting New Zealand to the United States. Dotcom on Saturday revealed his ambitious plans to build the $400m cable – which would double New Zealand’s bandwidth – set up his new Me.ga company, creating jobs and a data centre to service the rest of the world. He would provide New Zealand internet service providers such as Telecom and Vodafone with free access for individual customers and charge a fee to business and central government. Kiwis would still be charged a

fee by the internet companies, but it would be as low as one-fifth of current bandwidth plans and three to five times faster with no transfer limits. The $400m would be partly funded by Me.ga, raising additional funds from investors. He said he could fund the project by suing Hollywood studios and the US Government for their “unlawful and political destruction of my business”. Pacific Fibre, the company headed by Trade Me founder Sam Morgan, ceased operations in August after failing to raise enough capital for the project. Pacific Fibre hoped to build a 12,950km fibre cable between Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles.

Dotcom said Pacific Fibre was important for the future of New Zealand to ensure its competitiveness in the online world. “You have clean and cheap energy here. Power is becoming the biggest cost factor for data centres around the world. With its own cable, cheap power and connectivity New Zealand could attract foreign internet business. “Unfortunately the current Government wants to invest into more tarmac roads. In 10-15 years most people will work and shop from home. You don’t need tarmac, you need fibre!” Me.ga is the follow-up to Megaupload, which was shut down in January this year when police swooped on the Dotcoms’ Coatesville mansion outside

Auckland to seize computers and other evidence. Dotcom, a German national who holds New Zealand residency, faces an extradition hearing in March even though a New Zealand court ruled that the January raid and seizure were unlawful, while the nation’s spy agency was found to have illegally spied on Dotcom. Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand Paul Brislen said the proposal would be a huge boost for New Zealand. “If anyone can put together a deal like this, then it would be Kim Dotcom.” Brislen said Google executives had expressed an interest in setting up business in New Zealand. - APNZ

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Open weekend draws crowds Three-year-old Anna McFarlane was among 150 visitors to the Ashburton Aviation Museum yesterday. An open weekend was held on Saturday and yesterday, and vintage aircraft owners from throughout Canterbury took advantage of fine weather yesterday to fly in. “It was an excellent day,” committee member Bob Maxwell said. Throughout the whole weekend more than 200 people had visited. Among vintage aircraft flying in yesterday were a Piper Cub and two vintage Chipmunks.

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President Barack Obama and opponent Mitt Romney have darted across the US in an 11th-hour blitz for votes ahead of tomorrow’s election. Headed into the last two days of a historically close presidential race, the candidates kept up a feverish pace on Saturday, making a total of seven campaign stops in a bid to capture every vote they can. At one point, Obama and Romney appeared just a few kilometres from each other in Iowa, one of seven to 10 fiercely contested swing states that will decide who claims the White House tomorrow. While the candidates are nearly tied in national polling, Obama has a slight advantage in the battleground states. The US president is decided not by the national popular vote but rather by a system of electoral votes assigned to each state based on their representation in Congress. In all but two of the 50 US states, the winner of the presidential vote takes all of the electoral votes. To win, a candidate must secure at least 270 electoral votes. Obama is already assured of 243 votes in heavily Democratic states while Romney can claim 206, putting more pressure on

the Republican challenger to win more of the swing states. In Milwaukee, Obama had pop star Katy Perry – wearing a tight blue dress embossed with the Democrat incumbent’s “Forward” slogan – warm up a crowd estimated at 20,000. When the main act appeared, the tone was more like a bar fight than a pop concert. Obama hit out at what he said was Romney’s plan to let Wall Street return to the days when it had “free rein to do whatever” it liked, which he said had led to economic woes “we’re still cleaning our way out of”. “Governor Romney now is a very talented salesman,” Obama said. “So in this campaign, he is trying as hard as he can to repackage the same old ideas that didn’t work and offer them up as change.” The stakes in the 2012 presidential race are “a choice between two very different visions for America”, Obama, 51, told cheering supporters at Mentor in Ohio. “It’s a choice between going back to the top-down policies that crashed our economy, or a future that’s built on a strong and growing middle class.” Obama is planning to visit Ohio every

day until the election – a sign of just how crucial the midwestern state is. No candidate since 1960 has won the White House without capturing Ohio. A poll released on Saturday showed Obama with a six-point lead over Romney in Ohio. The poll by NBC News, the Wall Street Journal and Marist gave Obama 51 per cent support to Romney’s 46 per cent in the state. In Dubuque, Iowa, Romney charged that Obama had failed to work with Republicans and touted his election as a Republican governor in the heavily Democratic state of Massachusetts as evidence of his bipartisan approach. In New Hampshire earlier in the day, Romney told supporters: “The question of this election comes down to this: do you want more of the same or do you want real change? President Obama promised change, but he could not deliver it. I promise change, and I have a record of achieving it.” The 2012 presidential election is expected to cost about $US2.6 billion ($A2.51 billion), an actual decrease from the $US2.8 billion spent in 2008, according to the Centre for Responsive politics. - DPA

Death toll rises to 4 in Madrid stampede A 17-year-old girl has become the fourth person to die after earlier being crushed at a Halloween party in Madrid, Spanish hospital officials say. The stampede happened in the early hours of Thursday morning in a passageway within the venue leading to the central concert area at Madrid Arena, where the disco-style party with American DJ Steve Aoki was under way. The 17-year-old’s parents, who were on a trip to Brazil when the disaster happened, rushed to the hospital on Friday afternoon after landing landing Madrid, but she died on Saturday morning. The three other women killed in the stampede were all aged 18, while a 20-year-old woman remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital. Spanish police are investigating security camera footage in a corridor of the Madrid Arena to establish what sparked the crush.

It’s thought lighted firecrackers and a flare panicked the crowd when they were thrown among them. Madrid’s deputy mayor Miguel Angel Villanueva said the venue’s maximum capacity of 10600 people had not been exceeded and authorities decided not to evacuate the arena when the accident occurred. Most partygoers were not aware of the stampede because it was confined to the passage, he said. Aoki said he was “devastated” to hear about the deaths and cancelled a planned show in the northern city of Bilbao on Thursday night “out of respect for those who lost their lives and those who are injured”. He said: “The safety of my fans has always been my top priority and had I known that there was any distress putting people in jeopardy within the venue I would have ended my show immediately.” - EFE/AP ap photo

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Singer Delta Goodrem has assured fans she will be fit enough to perform at her scheduled Melbourne concerts next week, despite suffering nasty burns to her legs in a bizarre accident on Friday. Ms Goodrem was forced to abandon a concert at Sydney’s State Theatre on Friday night, after succumbing to the injuries suffered when she spilt boiling water from a humidifier onto herself. “Unfortunately the pain and effects from treating the burns got greater and greater as the night progressed and ultimately there came a point that I could not continue performing,” Ms Goodrem said in a statement. “I want everyone to know that I am recovering well and will be in fine form for my forthcoming Melbourne shows next week. Thank you again for your support

and understanding.” Promoter Paul Dainty said patrons at the Sydney concert would be entitled to a 50 per cent refund. “Delta showed incredible courage and dedication to her fans by soldiering on through the pain and dizziness to perform a brilliant first hour of her show to a full house at the Sydney State Theatre,” Mr Dainty said. “We are all just so proud of her trying to do the best for her fans and at least deliver half of her show under such difficult circumstances.” Ticketmaster will contact all patrons regarding the refund procedure. Ms Goodrem is due to play at the Hamer Hall at the Melbourne Arts Centre on Wednesday and Thursday. - AAP

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Some areas of life in New York were almost back to normal following one of the most damaging storms in US history. The city subway system was 80 per cent up and running, Cuomo said. The transit authority ended the suspension of fares that had allowed New Yorkers to ride free during the immediate aftermath of the calamity. However, the annual New York marathon was abruptly cancelled late on Friday after Mayor Michael Bloomberg reversed his earlier position and bowed to public pressure. Critics said the huge sporting event, to be attended by 47,000 runners from all over the world, would divert police and other resources when hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers were still without heat or light.  - AFP

Fear is gripping Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri with many men fleeing after the alleged execution style killings of around 40 young men, mostly teenagers, who residents say were rounded up and shot. “All male residents have left the neighbourhood ... Those that remain are women, children and elderly men,” said resident Fatima Mustapha. The city is the stronghold of an insurgency by Boko Haram Islamists, blamed for the death of hundreds of people in northern and central Nigeria since 2009. “The neighbourhood has been under siege since yesterday (Friday) with soldiers taking over the entire area,” said Mustapha, a resident of the Gwange area where a retired army general, Mohammed Shuwa, was shot dead on Friday. She said the men had fled fearing a heavy handed military response to the murder of the general who was being buried on Saturday. A military source on Friday declined to comment on Thursday’s killings saying only that if such shootings had taken place, they would have been “unjustified”. The killings came on the same day that Amnesty International accused Nigerian security forces of massive rights violations, including summary executions, in its campaign to crush the Islamists. Residents said troops conducting raids in areas of Maiduguri on Thursday separated males in their teens and twenties from older men and shot them. In the Kalari neighbourhood they told the young men “to lie face down on the ground,” then asked the rest to look away, one resident said. “All we heard were gunshots. They shot them on the spot,” said the elderly religious leader, who did not want to be named, adding that the troops did the same in three other neighbourhoods. Most Maiduguri residents were on Saturday shut up at home. Residents spoke of a heavy military presence in many areas of the city. Boko Haram’s insurgency in northern and central Nigeria and the state’s military response are believed to have left more than 2800 people dead since 2009. The group has claimed to be seeking an Islamic state in Nigeria, though its demands have repeatedly shifted. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer, is divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south. - AFP

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The lights have finally come back on in Manhattan, but a severe shortage of petrol continue to hamper efforts to get the New York area back on its feet after Hurricane Sandy. Power was restored to nearly all of Manhattan yesterday after flooding plunged the lower half of New York’s most densely populated borough into darkness. “By and large there is enough light and activity certainly to get a lot of people out into the street and get rid of that movie set look, as if we’re in some sort of ghost town or horror movie,” Bob McGee, a spokesman for utiliy company Con Edison, said. Crews were working to restore supplies both to schools that reo-

pen today and for polling places to be used in tomorrow’s presidential election. Much of the rest of New York, however, continued to experience widespread power outages that could last for as long as another week. As New Jersey police raised the state’s death toll to 22, increasing the overall US total to at least 103, the biggest hurdle to recovery continued to be a severe lack of petrol. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced rationing of fuel to curtail the long lines and growing frustration outside gas stations. Drivers with licence plates ending in an even number will be allowed to fill up on even-numbered dates and those with number plates ending in odd numbers plates on odd-number dates.

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Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have been confronted with a “war dance” on their arrival at a village on the outskirts of Papua New Guinea’s capital. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Boera village about 20 minutes from Port Moresby, where Charles planted a small mangrove tree on a pristine beach yesterday. Stepping out of their vehicle upon arriving at Boera, the pair was confronted by men in traditional dress performing an aggressive war dance to welcome them. They were “protected” from the men, armed with ceremonial weapons, by a group of young women waving grass skirts. “Men attack, women protect – that’s how the missionaries succeeded in making it onto our shores here,” said Sir Moi Avei,

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watches performers during a cultural display of traditional village dancers in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea yesterday. who escorted the royal couple into the village. “We’re greatly honoured that they are here. The first thing he

asked me ‘Can you do that war dance?’ and I said ‘Your highness, I used to do it all the time 40 years ago.’“ Charles and Camilla took a tour of the village, viewing an aid station and local craft market while chatting with residents. Hundreds of villagers turned out to see the heir to the British throne while a group of about 50 danced for him before a large wooden boat built for the occasion. Prince Charles then took to the beach to plant the tree at the water’s edge. Mangrove trees are important to the people of Boera because the water-borne roots provide a home for fish, a vital food source as well as providing materials for making boats. Vada Dogo, one of the women behind the planting of fresh trees on the site, said the prince wants updates on the tree’s progress. “He wants us to look after the

mangrove and take good photos and send them back to him,” she said. The Prince of Wales has a long record as a conservationist and mangroves are considered by some ecologists as a way of mitigating the effects of climate change. Earlier in the day, the prince garnered huge cheers from a crowd of several thousand at Sir John Guise Stadium when he began speaking in pidgin. Referring to himself by his pidgin name, nambawan pikinini bilong misis kwin (the number one child of the Queen), he paid tribute to “the extraordinary courage” of PNG’s Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, who aided Australian troops during World War Two. After giving the greetings on behalf of the Queen, the crowd of several thousand shouted a resounding “yes” when he asked in the native language “was my pidgin all right?” Later in the day, the duchess was presented with an orchid

named in her honour – the Dendrobium Camilla. This trip is Prince Charles’ fourth to PNG since, as a pikinini, he visited in 1966. “I have never forgotten the profound impact of that (first) visit,” the prince said. “The importance of Papua New Guinean culture has remained with me ever since.” The nation known as the “Land of the Unexpected” has pulled out all the stops for the royal visit, repairing Port Moresby’s roads, cleaning up the infrastructure-poor city and lining highways with banners celebrating the crown. Last night the pair were guests of honour at a state dinner, before touring a youth centre and women’s refuge today. The royal couple is scheduled to depart for Australia today, before heading to New Zealand where the Prince of Wales will celebrate his 64th birthday on November 14. - AAP


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In search of peace in Jordan Jordan - it’s surrounded by conflict and political unease, but Tori Mayo of the Associated Press managed to find peace in this jewel in the heart of the arid Middle East A jewel in the heart of the arid Middle East, Jordan is rich in sites of Biblical significance and monuments of antiquity. Given its position - bordering Saudi Arabia, Israel, Syria, Iraq and Egypt - it’s also surrounded by conflict and political unease, causing visitor numbers to drop off in recent months. But when I arrive in capital city Amman, with fellow passengers clutching Versace bags and prayer mats, this land of contrasts feels remarkably peaceful and safe. There’s not a hint of the unrest in Syria, and despite some westerners’ concerns, in reality this is a good time to visit: many of the key sights are less crowded than usual, and this year also marks the 200th anniversary of the rediscovery of that archaeological gem, Petra. Private drivers and coach tours are popular ways to explore the country, but my boyfriend and I take the more independent option of hiring a car. After leaving the city, we travel through desert to our first stop, the Dead Sea. Famous for being the Earth’s lowest land elevation - it’s 400 metres below sea level this region is home to a number of chic beach resorts, capitalising on the health-benefiting properties of this salt lake whose shores are shared with Israel. We spend the night at the Moevenpick Resort and Spa Dead Sea, located in Sweimeh on the northeast shore. The architect’s brief was to create a hotel based on the old city of Jerusalem - the Holy City is just 40km away - in a traditional Arabic style, with houses made of baked clay. He’s done a good job. Organised like a small town, the resort reminds me of houses pictured in the Bible stories I read as a child. Due to the high salt content, no life forms can survive in the Dead Sea. But the mineral-rich mud at the bottom of the lake has been used in health and beauty treatments for thousands of years. I’m itching to experience it first-hand, so don my swimsuit (although this is a Muslim country, it’s very liberal) and make my

way down to the rocky beach. I smear myself with mud and allow it to bake in the sun for 10 minutes until it begins to harden and crack. My boyfriend and I then wade back into the saline soup, bobbing weightlessly on the water’s surface. The high salt content makes it impossible to sink, and it feels as if we’re wearing life jackets. Guests are recommended to stay no longer than 20 minutes in the water, but we continue our pampering at the hotel’s award-winning Zara Spa. After a signature salt scrub and mud wrap treatment, we relax with cocktails by the infinity pool, watching the sun set over the Israeli border. From a sterile sea to one brimming with life, we travel three hours along the desert highway to the Red Sea. Aside from a few tricky road signs and minor sandstorm, the journey is relatively stress-free. A seven-minute drive from the border with Saudi Arabia, Moevenpick Tala Bay is set on a marina peppered with super yachts. Contemporary in style with chill-out bars and glossy furnishings, the resort also features lagoon-style pools and familyfriendly waterslides. Taking advantage of the clear, unspoilt waters of this protected coastline, we visit the hotel’s Sinai Dive Centre. Much of the marine life here is unique to the Red Sea, and while exploring this aquatic treasure trove we spot a turtle, beautiful coral and an array of multi-coloured tropical fish. Back on land, Mars-like desert plain Wadi Rum, where scenes from Star Wars were filmed, is only a 70-minute drive away. The sunset over the ‘valley of the moon’ is spectacular, with stars glistening like an open jewellery box. But the most precious moments of our trip are yet to come. The ancient Kingdom of Petra, hidden from the West until 1812, is an awe-inspiring testament to nature and human ingenuity. This year marks the 200th anniversary of its rediscovery by Swiss adventurer and scholar Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It’s now one of

Seeing Jordan the proper way - crossing the desert on the back of a camel . the world’s most popular ancient sites. Even if the number of visitors to Jordan has fallen recently, tourists are still flocking to Petra. Our hotel, Moevenpick Resort Petra, is a stone’s throw from the main entrance to the site, in the town of Wadi Musa. The location is perfect for early morning visits to the rose-pink city - the gates open at 7am. One of the settings for iconic Eighties cinema hit Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Petra is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ranked by some archaeologists as the Eighth

Jordan is a country filled with beautiful desert landscapes and friendly people.

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GEMINI (May 22nd Jun 21st) Your ruler begins to head backwards early this week in your sector of partnerships and relating. So the inference is clear: you need to work very hard at being totally clear in all you say and do during the next ten days. Yet with Venus and Uranus still prominent there can also be some pleasant surprises when it comes to messages that you hear.

CANCER (Jun 22nd - Jul 23rd) Your professional situation has thrown up both unexpected opportunities and changeable attitudes connected with a boss or your employment prospects. This may have delighted or alarmed you. With Mercury set to retreat this week, don’t give anyone, be it a grumpy colleague or a manager, any cause to criticise you. Be absolutely meticulous in all you do.

Wonder of the World. Built by Nabataean people, an ancient Arab tribe who made it their capital city, Petra was first established around the 6th century BC. A warren of temples, tombs and living spaces were carved into the red sandstone, with many occupied by local tribes until as recently as 30 years ago. Most are now permanently settled in a village on the edge of the main site but they still trade jewellery and souvenirs and offer horse, camel and donkey rides to tourists. As we prepare for the 800-step

climb up the mountain of Ad-Deir to the monastery, one of the key sights in Petra, we politely decline the Bedouin’s offers of a lift up from Shakira, Michael Jackson or ‘a Lamborghini’, aka Petra’s hardy donkeys. We walk quickly and make it to the top in a gruelling 45 minutes. Our reward is having the place almost to ourselves. A handful of locals are still milling about the site. Having finished work for the day, daring Bedouin lads, wearing thick black kohl eyeliner and long headscarves, are playfully leaping between rocks.

A Bedouin surveys the realm of the Nabataeans, beckoning from the sands of southern Jordan.

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LEO (Jul 24th - Aug 23rd) There are lots of social possibilities at this time of year but don’t expect every date to go exactly to plan in the next ten days as Mercury moves into rewind. Yet with Venus and Uranus bringing real sparkle to your situation it’s unlikely things will be flat for long. You may even decide that this is the perfect time to host a party or gathering.

VIRGO (Aug 24th Sep 23rd) Your ruler Mercury is set to move into retrograde this week but today makes a really strong tie to stern Saturn. If you have things you want to achieve domestically this would be a good time to push on and get them done. Why? Well, factors beyond your control could come into play in the next ten days, so do be proactive right now Virgo.

On our way down, we catch a breathtaking sunset over Wadi Araba, where the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty was signed in 1994. It’s a fitting end to our trip. The intriguing city of Petra, hidden from the outside world for so many years, is a reassuring haven of peace and calm. Sadly, wars may be raging elsewhere in the Middle East, but in Jordan life goes on as normal. For many years, the sandstone caves of Petra provided safe shelter for so many people, and two centuries later it doesn’t feel much different.

SCORPIO (Oct 24th - Nov 22nd) You might find yourself a bit restless. The Moon and the Sun in Scorpio conspire to see you look beyond your current tasks or situation and ponder what might be. Fortunately Saturn, also in your sign, helps you to see what is really important around the things you do need to do. The best way to approach this is to carefully prioritise.

- BEST FOR: Ancient wonders, geological spectacles and Jordanian hospitality. - TIME TO GO: It’s hot all year round but nights in the desert can be cold during winter. - DON’T MISS: Petra at sunrise or sunset. - NEED TO KNOW: To avoid being caught out, agree to a price or tip before taking part in any activities. - DON’T FORGET: Flat sturdy shoes and sunblock. - PA

Roman ruins abound throughout Jordan.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23rd - Dec 21st) A scheme that’s important to you may go through a period of annoying and frustrating stalls. Yet ironically today you might find that you can get things done and wonder what I mean. Well, if you can prove me wrong I’d be pleased, but do just anticipate that not everything may go as sweetly as you would like. If so, there is a reason for it.

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AQUARIUS (Jan 21st - Feb 19th) Your co-ruler Uranus forges a fab link with Mercury. This can help you to reach out to other like-minded friends or associates, and if you are interested in any causes you can espouse some imaginatively. You may also find yourself enjoying a spark of genius. I know, it’s not so uncommon for you, but it is what you do with this that counts!

PISCES (Feb 20th Mar 20th) If you have unusual or original money-making ideas, do run with them. If you follow the less trodden road you will do far better than following the pack. But there is a proviso, and that is that you cannot expect instant results. Getting others to take your ideas seriously may prove more challenging. If you need to cultivate a decision-making process, prepare well.


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All Blacks need a tour de force The All Blacks set off on Thursday on a tour of Europe. Gregor Paul looks at 10 goals they want to achieve. 1 Mind Mccaw Protecting Richie McCaw is the No 1 priority. The skipper has been subjected to too many cheap shots particularly this year - and there is no reason to believe he’ll be left alone in the Northern Hemisphere. The puzzling thing about the two incidents of note this year - the Dean Greyling ‘clean out’ and Scott Higginbotham’s head butt - was the lack of retribution sought by McCaw’s team-mates. It was strange in Dunedin to see McCaw attacked and for the rest of the All Blacks to stand back. Look through footage of any similar incidents in the past and within a millisecond Brad Thorn would have his big paws swinging on behalf of the skipper, closely followed by Jerome Kaino. The reluctance to sort out the cheats and cowards who have a go at McCaw needs to end - one in, all in.

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3 Clean Up The Clean-Out One of the few facets in which the All Blacks have been consistently disappointing in 2012 is the clean-out. In 2010 and 2011, they focused on their accuracy and technique perfecting the art of hitting in limited numbers and shifting opposition bodies to release quick ball. That hasn’t happened in 2012 and one area where all the northern sides are strong is the breakdown. With quick ball, the All Blacks could damage all four sides they meet, but they will get it only if the forwards improve their work at the clean-out and find the dynamism that has been missing.

4 Line Up Smith To Replace Smith Backs coach Ian Foster is convinced that Ben Smith, most regularly used by the Highlanders at fullback, is better suited to centre. Smith is much like his namesake Conrad, in that he ended Super Rugby as one of the tournament’s leading linebreakers and achieved that through timing, footwork and guile rather than brute

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5 Make A Statement Make an emphatic statement about their overall ability, class and skill levels. It won’t matter to the Northern Hemisphere media that the All Blacks have arrived unbeaten in 17 tests and as defending world champions. Respect will still have to be earned - the All Blacks will need to deliver high tempo, accurate, relentless rugby to convince everyone up north that they are as good as their world ranking says they are. England and Wales will both fancy they can get close and maybe even cause an upset. The British papers will be full of this and there is no better way to kill debate than with breathtaking rugby that destroys the opposition. It is one of the All Blacks’ stated goals this year to establish themselves as the world’s dominant side - only four ruthless performances will ensure that aim is achieved.

and given the chance - he probably could. The basic skills are in place and all Barrett needs is exposure to the higher demands and intensity of test football. Arguably, Barrett is the better prospect than Aaron Cruden - the former kicks longer, is bigger and less reliant on his ability to dance through the traffic. This tour will be about providing Barrett with a platform to establish how much ability he really has.

8 See Whether Dane Is Great The All Blacks are not convinced they have a genuine test-class third hooker and have picked Dane Coles more to fulfil a need rather than believing he’s the long-term answer. But they could be persuaded they have something worthwhile in Coles if they can see obvious improvements in his game. He’s mobile, aggressive and a handy ball carrier and tackler. Big ticks for that. Less certain is his scrummaging ability - he’ll be spending hours with forwards coach Mike Cron improving his technique. Coles will also need to sharpen his discipline and ease up on his desire to get involved off the ball. Any hint he’s more focused on snotting blokes to prove himself and he can kiss goodbye his test career.

9 Delivery Time Ali Williams and to a lesser extent Piri Weepu are not seen universally as merit selections. Both have relied on their previous

form, experience and established relationships with the coaching panel to make the tour. Williams in particular is under pressure to deliver convincing evidence he can still play at this level. Steve Hansen continually refers to Williams’ historic ability to deliver. That’s fine only up to a point: there must surely be a cut-off where history stops being a relevant guide to the present? This tour is maybe a line in the sand opportunity: tell them both that if they don’t deliver, their previous achievements in the test jersey will effectively be discounted when the side is selected in 2013. If they still want to be involved next year, it will be because they have earned their places outright.

10 Good Goalkicking Their goalkicking has not been awful, but nor has it been as accurate as the All Blacks want. They look to convert 80 per cent of their kicks but have been operating at around 70 per cent through the June tests and Rugby Championship. That’s okay - but it makes a huge difference when the goal-kickers are nailing four from five. Carter missed two penalties in Brisbane that he normally would have landed and which would have cranked the pressure on the Wallabies, forcing them into taking more risks and then making more mistakes. - NZHSUN

6 Experience Life Without Richie The influence of McCaw doesn’t have to be diluted but the squad does have to prove they can cope without him when he sits out one of the first two tests. McCaw’s reach across the team is incredible: he sets the standards on every front. He is the man who refuses to cut corners, instils calm, inspires and ensures that individuals have a handle on the expectations of being an All Black. He is helped by a core group of experienced leaders such as Keven Mealamu, Andrew Hore, Kieran Read and Conrad Smith. But while they are useful lieutenants, there is a sense that the whole team has got used to McCaw taking control at training and on the field and that a few players need to step up and take more responsibility and ownership. McCaw’s absence will demand that others do more with the point made that they can’t ease off when the skipper returns.

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Build the intensity of competition between blindsides Liam Messam and Victor Vito. The latter was the man who began 2012 in the No6 shirt but he had lost it by the third test to a player not originally in the squad. Messam has been a revelation - delivering the aggressive physical game the coaches want from their No 6. Is he the long-term answer, though? Possibly. But Vito, at 109kg and 1.93m, is that bit bigger, more explosive and the better athlete. To date, though, Vito hasn’t delivered the abrasive consistency required: he’s lacked the brutality and directness of Messam. The coaching panel feel that because he’s only 25, that side of his game is still a work in progress as it was with Messam and indeed his predecessor, Kaino. But the coaches want to see progress from Vito on this tour.

strength. One of the quickest players in the squad, an innately intelligent ball player and surprisingly robust defender, Smith, if he can improve his distribution, may become the obvious successor to Conrad Smith at centre. The injured Richard Kahui is another contender but he offers so much on the wing that there is reluctance to pick him elsewhere. Ben Smith’s half hour in Brisbane alluded to his promise and he’s expected to start against either Scotland or Italy in the midfield.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has been quick to pass on a message to his players on arrival in Edinburgh for the first of their four tests in Europe. McCaw’s team have arrived to a gloomy Scottish capital already gripped by the chill of winter and the skipper’s message to media eager to learn about the team’s new rotation policy and potential new captain was as short as the days are becoming in this part of the world. “We’ve got a four-week challenge but can’t go past [focusing on] each week,� he said. “Yes, there will be some changes but we’ve to to keep our focus on the week, that’s going to be the critical part.� Coach Steve Hansen has stated several times that every player in his 32-strong touring squad will play in the first two tests, against Scotland at Murrayfield next Monday (NZT)

and Italy in Rome six days later. He has wisely put it into the public domain early in order to get All Blacks supporters used to the idea - the “rotation� of players hasn’t done down well previously - but it would also have been done with his players in mind. They will know exactly what to expect over the next couple of weeks, and the fact that the match-day squad of 22 will be picked on merit for the next two tests, against Wales in Cardiff and England at Twickenham. McCaw has also taken the opportunity to focus his players’ minds in an early encounter with the press pack, but who will replace him as captain in either the Scotland or Italy test remains a mystery. It is highly likely to be McCaw’s Crusaders team-mate and fellow loose forward Kieran Read, but Hansen is keeping those particular cards close to his chest, suggesting it could also be playmaker and fellow red and black representative Dan Carter. After the team ran off the rustiness

Richie McCaw: one game at a time of their two long flights with a game of indoor football - the players split into north versus south, with Ma’a Nonu said to take great relish in playing for the south by virtue of his signing with the Highlanders - Hansen told media of his options at captain without committing to Read, as he is eventually likely to do. “DC has already been vice-captain, he was meant to play as captain against Canada in the World Cup [before injury], and Kieran has led the Crusaders in Richie’s absence, so it depends on what combination we put on the park,� Hansen said.

If Carter is issued with the captaincy it is likely to be a temporary burden Read is a much more likely candidate for the role in next June’s three tests against France when McCaw will be on his break from the game. Sam Cane will wear the No7 jersey in McCaw’s absence, with newcomers, hooker Dane Coles, and halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow, likely to earn their first caps over the next two weeks. Scotland coach Andy Robinson is likely to be pragmatic about his goals against the All Blacks, a team he has described as worthy world champions. “New Zealand are formidable opponents. “They do the basics exceptionally well and play with a pace and ruthlessness. It’s no coincidence that they are the best team in the world,� Robinson said. He has selected seven newcomers to his squad, of which 11 were unable to train due to injury when they assembled for a camp at St Andrews last week. - APNZ


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Today’s Egmont RC fields, form and riders Egmont RC Venue: Hawera Meeting Date: 05 Nov 2012 NZ Meeting number: 3 Doubles: 1 and 2; 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8 Trebles: 2, 3 and 4; 6, 7 and 8 1 1.03pm (NZT) GARY VILE RACING STABLES MAIDEN $7000, MDN, 2100m 1 0x73 Colby (2) 58.5................................. J Riddell 2 64x65 Self Evident (1) 58.5....................R Hannam 3 55 Ready Eddie (7) 58.5.................... L Allpress 4 Tizza Secret (9) 58.5...................... J Parkes 5 4x254 McKinsky (5) 56.5......................L Isherwood 6 66643 Good Risk h (3) 56.5.......................D Walsh 7 Fx020 Maurral (4) 56.5............................. H Tinsley 8 78364 Cloemmbai (10) 56.5........... R Hutchings (a) 9 8x864 Pheroz Tide (6) 56.5 10 6x7x7 Illuminating (8) 56.5......................... K Myers 2 1.38pm SUPER LIQUOR MAIDEN $7000, MDN, 1200m 1 3959x Betrayed (4) 58.5.........................R Hannam 2 7 Gunna Lovett b (9) 58.5.............. V Johnston 3 x0297 Russian Haze (7) 56.5......... R Hutchings (a) 4 8. Hi Yo Ko (2) 56.5............................ T Russell 5 Last Orders (1) 56.5.......................D Walker 6 Royal Hussy (5) 56.5........... M Dravitzki (a3) 7 Saint Martins (3) 56.5..................... J Riddell 8 Sam I Am h (10) 56.5............ A Morgan (a3) 9 723 Wild Rock (8) 55............................. J Parkes 10 74 Annieitiz (12) 55...................... A Forbes (a1) 11 37x66 Miss Daisy (6) 55.......................... L Allpress 12 Dancing Sapphire (11) 55.............. H Tinsley 3 2.13pm IN 2 FLOORING LTD 1200 RATING 75 $8000, Rating 75 Benchmark, 1200m 1 90x17 Glaizem (1) 59.............................R Hannam 2 404x1 Themoneyzmine d (3) 58.5.. M Dravitzki (a3) 3 40120 Pogue m (5) 58.5.............................D Walsh 4 x2176 Austin Road dbh (4) 58................... J Riddell 5 10075 Stand Up dmh (2) 57.5............... V Johnston 6 6333x We’ll Keeper d (8) 55.5................. L Allpress 7 7647x Marie’s Boy h (7) 54.5............. A Forbes (a1) 8 59575 Alkempo tdmh (6) 54............. A Morgan (a3)

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2.48pm ANDREW FAGE CATERING MAIDEN $7000, MDN, 1400m 1 08535 Torricella (15) 58.5............... R Hutchings (a) 2 x3304 Kashmir Kid (9) 58.5........................ K Myers 3 6426x Postman Pat h (11) 58.5.......... D Turner (a4) 4 95x Just The Tip (3) 58.5...................... T Russell 5 58x0 Brecon Grosve (8) 58.5.............. V Johnston 6 Kia Kaha (4) 58.5.............................S Collett 7 Our Comedian 58.5...................... Scratched 8 744 Landlord (6) 57............................... J Riddell

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9 8x4x Paddy Owen (14) 57..................... L Allpress 10 x447x Big Lucy (5) 56.5................. M Dravitzki (a3) 11 6875x Alation (16) 56.5..........................B Lammas 12 6 Keep In Tune (1) 56.5.................... H Tinsley 13 Shehad (7) 56.5.............................. J Parkes 14 The Duffster (10) 56.5....................D Walker 15 54228 Tartlet h (13) 55...............................D Walsh 16 60x Zetow (2) 55.................................R Hannam 17 50x78 Lion Man (12) 57.................... A Forbes (a1) Emergency: Lion Man 5 3.23pm GLOMA CARPET CLEANERS MAIDEN $7000, MDN, 1600m 1 Casino Jack (4) 58.5...................... H Tinsley 2 0x0x0 Ourblackisle (6) 58.5................. B Grylls (a3) 3 657 Lord Of The Stars (12) 58.5............. K Myers 4 Jachil (9) 58.5...................... M Dravitzki (a3) 5 Light Handed (5) 58.5..................R Hannam 6 0 Malachy Lad (2) 58.5..................... T Russell 7 79 Prohibition (8) 58.5..........................D Walsh 8 798x5 I’ve Got This (13) 57....................... J Parkes 9 8x6 Aria Prince (10) 57........................ L Allpress 10 23453 La Bella Sands b (14) 56.5......... V Johnston 11 28284 Ngawhini b (1) 56.5.............. R Hutchings (a) 12 468. D’Chaparral (11) 56.5................W Satherley 13 5 Set (3) 56.5..................................... J Riddell 14 50x Skytower (7) 56.5.........................B Lammas 15 Alotaranzau (17) 56.5............. A Forbes (a1) 16 Carinya (15) 55................................S Collett 17 000x Recherche (16) 56.5 18 56534 Streets Ahead 55.......................... Scratched Emergencies: Recherche, Streets Ahead 6 3.58pm UNKA’S JEWELLERS 1600 RATING 75 $8000, Rating 75 Benchmark, 1600m 1 0310x Kohi Road (6) 59.............................. K Myers 2 1x526 Vandenne mb (2) 58....................... J Riddell 3 50431 Jacksun m (3) 57.5................ A Morgan (a3) 4 9716x Post D’France (11) 57..................... J Parkes 5 50328 Storm Home (1) 57.................. D Turner (a4) 6 00x68 Celebration d (8) 56.5.......... R Hutchings (a)

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7 3528x Stanbyme d (4) 56............... M Dravitzki (a3) 8 8x974 Haere Mai (10) 55.5.........................S Collett 9 18x04 Hanami (12) 55.5.............................D Walsh 10 3451x Our Zeby (5) 55............................. H Tinsley 11 3199x Blissfilly (7) 54.............................. B Lammas 12 30x10 Canso d (9) 54.............................. L Allpress 7 4.33pm ALTUM FERTILISER 1400 RATING 65 $7000, Rating 65 Benchmark*, 1400m 1 5154x Sharki Brahma d (11) 59................ J Riddell 2 12303 Heapzacash m (1) 58.5...............R Hannam 3 2806x Down Town h (10) 58.5...................D Walker 4 6333x We’ll Keeper 58............................. Scratched 5 140x7 Lumiere Blue (8) 58....................... H Tinsley 6 3140x Lady Belle (5) 57.5......................... J Parkes 7 210x2 My Blossom Lady (4) 57.5...... A Forbes (a1) 8 714 Nena Greena (3) 57.5................... L Allpress 9 8640x Goldie Cantride m (2) 57....... A Morgan (a3) 10 1x50x Aint No Lollygagga d (7) 56........ V Johnston 11 480x8 Count de Loree d (6) 55.5...............D Walsh 12 859x3 Coatofmanycolours 54.5............... Scratched 13 x7890 His Pet 54..................................... Scratched 14 7625x Fair Script (9) 54.................. M Dravitzki (a3) 8 5.08pm PROGRESSIVE LIVESTOCK 2100 RATING 65 $7000, Rating 65 Benchmark*, 2100m 1 54626 Jakblak (9) 59................................. J Riddell 2 L4643 Torrado m (2) 59................... K Myers 3 447x0 Enzedda d (8) 58............................ J Parkes 4 42510 Little Benny mh (7) 58.................. L Allpress 5 x7589 Desert Gem m (5) 57...................B Lammas 6 18785 Lucky Nemo m (1) 56.......... M Dravitzki (a3) 7 8x856 End Of The Line td (6) 55.............. H Tinsley 8 83903 Jenny’s Okay tmh (3) 54.5...........R Hannam 9 74974 Seams Like Magic (4) 54..... R Hutchings (a) 10 66776 Quick March mh (10) 54........ A Morgan (a3) Blinkers on : Stand Up (R3), Prohibition (R5) Blinkers off : Alkempo (R3), Landlord (R4), Recherche (R5), Kohi Road (R6), Down Town (R7), Desert Gem (R8) Winkers on : Maurral (R1), Desert Gem (R8)

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9 66532 Kezz 22.06...............................T McCracken 10 68623 Homebush Fraser nwtd..............J McInerney 4 1.12pm FOXTON SPRINT C1 C1, 375m 1 11 Red Moova Hoova 22.11............B Goldsack 2 78531 That Is All nwtd S &...................C Blackburn 3 43223 Call Me Ralph nwtd.......................J Harland 4 7x543 Ignite The Light 22.16 M &................Jopson 5 63247 Double Tapp 22.03.........................M Gowan 6 21566 Go Ayla Go 22.20........................A Turnwald 7 84228 Phantom Haka nwtd..................J McInerney 8 63536 That’s King nwtd......................... B Hodgson 9 66532 Kezz 22.06...............................T McCracken 10 56655 Ron Baxter nwtd........................J McInerney 5 1.30pm SPARKY’S BAR AND RESTAURANT C1, 457m 1 12461 Sammy James 26.68........................L Ahern 2 65321 Bigtime Latte 26.65...........................L Ahern 3 31 Shaga Banga Bang nwtd............B Goldsack 4 35144 Flying Moe nwtd................................B Shaw 5 24143 Mac Tan nwtd B &......................... G Atwood 6 217 Bigtime Drifter nwtd..........................L Ahern 7 41332 Squeezer 26.83 F &........................Turnwald 8 53342 Hear Hare Here nwtd........................L Ahern 9 66442 Rollem Up Joany nwtd...............J McInerney 10 68623 Homebush Fraser nwtd..............J McInerney 6 1.47pm PETER SINCLAIR PHOTO FINISH C2 C2, 375m 1 77783 Snap To It...............................................nwtd 2 64121 Fire Boy Baxter nwtd.................J McInerney 3 53844 Ms. Tournamental nwtd..................J Harland 4 71112 Juke Box Boy 21.69................. L MacDonald 5 52352 Out By Five 21.78 M &......................Jopson 6 433F8 Wyndham nwtd M &...........................Jopson 7 42446 Ronray Cruiser nwtd.............. R M Bannister 8 55754 Turf Moor 21.73.................................I Moore 9 57447 Excited Royale (c1) nwtd............ B Johnston 10 72772 Cawbourne Steffi 21.86 J W &........... C Brid

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1 84127 Bolt Rama (c1) nwtd.........................L Ahern 2 22886 What Where When nwtd................J Harland 3 31568 Opawa Stu (c1) 27.32............... S Gommans 4 57266 Big Girl Welshy nwtd..................J McInerney 5 83738 Summerland King (c1) nwtd M &.......Jopson 6 41133 False Impression 26.66.....................L Ahern 7 62765 Petrol Voucher nwtd.......................A Speight 8 75246 Bigtime Kelina 27.04.........................B Shaw 9 66442 Rollem Up Joany (c1) nwtd.......J McInerney 10 78753 Kurohara (c1) nwtd J W &................... C Brid 8 2.22pm SHANNON STAKES C2 FINAL C2f, 457m 1 75553 Lindop (c1) nwtd........................J McInerney 2 66217 Sand Buster nwtd..................... S Gommans 3 75738 Cawbourne Heidi nwtd M &...............Jopson 4 47534 Ashvegas Value 26.46......................L Ahern 5 11754 Bigtime Jet nwtd...............................L Ahern 6 42642 Deceiver 26.24.................................M Olden 7 54252 Sambucca nwtd................................L Ahern 8 42811 Down The Back (c3) 26.65 F &......Turnwald 9 22886 What Where When nwtd................J Harland 10 85867 Should Be Carlos nwtd..............J McInerney 9 2.40pm MANAWATU RACEWAY DASH C3 C3, 375m 1 58673 Realon Rumba nwtd.........................L Ahern 2 75677 Kazillion (c2) 21.83............................D Edlin 3 86885 Bimboo 21.85 4 32221 George Baxter (c4) nwtd...........J McInerney 5 76735 Botany Matthew 22.01...............J McInerney 6 11585 Banbit nwtd.......................................B Shaw 7 84213 Opawa Prince nwtd..........................S Maher 8 37516 Dynamik Spirit nwtd...................J McInerney 9 77846 Nicki Haka (c2) nwtd..................J McInerney 10 56884 Jackie Shiraz 21.87..........................S Maher 10 2.58pm CLOVERLEA DASH C4 C4, 375m

1 78743 Chelsea’s Beauty 21.75................ T Downey 2 58154 Another Lady 21.84...................J McInerney 3 64331 Trendy Knocka’s 21.65......................L Ahern 4 63437 Pin Up Puppy 21.54.......................J Harland 5 37285 Cawbourne Emo nwtd...............J McInerney 6 62254 Thrilling Halo 21.80........................M Gowan 7 41521 Louielicious (c5) 21.92 F &.............Turnwald 8 43445 Opawa Thorn 21.50...........................D Edlin 9 46835 Bigtime Allgo 21.45...........................L Ahern 10 86x87 Krussian 21.59...................................D Edlin 11 3.16pm MARTON SPRINT C5 C5, 375m 1 31848 Tilt Your Glass 21.55..................D MacAuley 2 25162 Howlin Wind 21.84...........................M Olden 3 35638 Cawbourne Levi nwtd................J McInerney 4 23x11 Daddy Lowe 21.17............................L Ahern 5 43128 Emma Marie 21.77....................... T Downey 6 51354 Roadman’s Shack 21.42................J Harland 7 42463 Moody Man 21.73..............................D Edlin 8 73858 Donky Deep 21.69......................B Goldsack 9 45434 Mindariva 21.20................................L Ahern 10 74167 Freddie Baxter nwtd...................J McInerney 12 3.33pm FEILDING STAKES C2/3 C3/4, 457m 1 86754 Thanks Charlie nwtd..................J McInerney 2 77817 Rybenbrook Josh 25.67....................L Ahern 3 43775 Realon Rose 26.64...........................L Ahern 4 55535 Rybenbrook Flash 25.80...................L Ahern 5 45325 Freddy John 25.84 A &........................ J.Hall 6 21433 Bigtime Karen 26.86.........................L Ahern 7 78587 Asher 26.19......................................R Waite 8 63512 Bigtime Whizz nwtd...........................L Ahern 9 24123 Retaliate First (c3) 26.14 F &.........Turnwald 10 71231 Thrilling Tune 26.37..................... B Hodgson LEGEND: fsdt - First Start Here nwd - No Win this Distance fstd First Start This Distance 31 13 - Best Winning Time This Track

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Ifill now has some much-needed help By Daniel Richardson Since Paul Ifill arrived at the Wellington Phoenix in 2009 he has been their go-to guy. If the team were ever in need of a spark on attack it was often Ifill who delivered. Whether it was dancing past a defender to score or converting a clutch penalty in the playoffs against Sydney last summer, the 33-year-old was the man for the job. But things are different at the Phoenix this season following the arrival of Belgian Stein Huysegems, rookie Louis Fenton and All White Jeremy Brockie - now manager Ricki Herbert has a host of options at his disposal. The attacking four of Brockie and Huysegems up front, with Ifill on the left wing and Fenton operating down the right flank, has a sharp look to it while Solomon Islands international Benjamin Totori provides energy from the bench. There’s no longer the need for the cry of “pass the ball to Paul” when the Phoenix are after something special. That has been evident as Huysegems has scored three times in the first four games this season and Fenton’s diving header on opening night was impressive. The acquisition of Huysegems and Brockie has been good for the Phoenix who have been able to deploy Ifill on the wing this season where he has more space and time with the ball to create, where in the past he had been forced to play as a striker, which isn’t considered his best spot. Given the Phoenix’s savvy recruit-

• Premiership alive The ASB Premiership roared into life as a flood of goals fired Manawatu, Auckland, and Hawkes Bay to opening weekend wins while champions Waitakere beat Wellington 3-0. Auckland City lead the table by merit of goals scored in their 5-2 win over Canterbury, ahead of Manawatu and Waitakere who beat Otago and Wellington 3-0 respectively, while Hawke’s Bay, 2-0 winners over Waikato, round out the top four. - APNZ

• Sigmund takes a dive It seems that irony isn’t lost on Ben Sigmund. The Phoenix defender is unable to play for the Wellington-based A-League club against the Melbourne Victory tonight because of a onematch suspension he copped for being shown a red card in last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Adelaide United. Sigmund was given his marching orders when he was deemed to have fouled Jeronimo Neumann, although television replays appear to show the Argentine dived, and so he has the weekend off. Sigmund’s fellow Phoenix defender Michael Boxall tweeted that his team-mate would spend the weekend diving. “Guess what Siggy has planned to do with his time while he serves his suspension. He’s going diving. Oh, the irony,” Boxall tweeted. He added: “PS. I didn’t make that up. I couldn’t make that up.”- APNZ

• Sydney ‘shambolic’ Sydney FC are set for a week of soul searching as they attempt to rebound from a “shambolic” performance which has cast serious doubts over their A-League title credentials. The Blues endured one of their darkest moments on Saturday, conceding the second highest amount of goals in an A-League match in a 7-2 demolition by Central Coast. They were without star signing Alessandro Del Piero and a handful of other first-team players and the gulf in class was evident as Tom Rogic, Michael McGlinchey and Daniel - AAP McBreen ran riot.

• Referee congratulated Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo revealed he congratulated referee Kevin Friend on his display in Saturday’s draw at Swansea. All eyes were on the match official following the controversy involving ref Mark Clattenburg during Chelsea’s league defeat by Manchester United last weekend. The agenda continues to be dominated by last weekend’s events which led to the European champion Blues lodging a formal complaint over allegations Clattenburg used “inappropriate language” towards Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel. Di Matteo paid tribute to the performance of Friend, whose display was bound to come under scrutiny. - AFP

Stein Huysegems: has scored three times in four games to date ment drive during the off-season, Ifill said it was nice to have a bit of pressure lifted off his shoulders. “But it’s time for me to step up as well I think,” he said. “Stein’s been excellent coming and I think myself, Brockie and

Louie need to share the brunt of goals around a little bit. “Keep making chances for Stein, obviously, because he’s going to carry on putting the ball in the back of back of the net. “But I think we need to step up

and take the workload off him a bit.” Ifill’s next chance to offer something to the Phoenix will come tonight when the Wellingtonians meet the Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium in a rare Monday night clash. The Phoenix have opened the season with a win, two draws and a loss, which came in controversial circumstances last weekend at the hands of Adelaide United. The game was marred by poor officiating and a diving incident involving Adelaide midfielder Jeronimo Neumann and Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund, while Herbert and Phoenix skipper Andrew Durante could both be fined for comments they made in the aftermath. Ben Sigmund will miss the meeting with the Victory after receiving a red card when he was adjudged to have fouled Neumann. Michael Boxall will step in to fill Sigmund’s boots and Ifill said he expected a hard night against the Victory, who have won only one of their first four games. “It’ll be tough,” Ifill said. “They’ve been up and down but they normally produce their best against us so I doubt they will have too many worries about us coming over. But we’ve got to go over there with a positive mindset and try and get the points.” The Victory have struggled to gel under new coach Ange Postecoglou but they do boast All White Marco Rojas and the dangerous Archie Thompson on attack, while Argentine Marco Flores is due to fire. In 15 meetings between the clubs, the Phoenix have beaten Melbourne only twice. - APNZ

United hits the top as Chelsea held to draw By Julian Guyer Robin van Persie piled on the misery for his former club as Manchester United went top of the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford yesterday. Victory in this early kick-off match lifted United above Chelsea in first place and that is where they stayed after the European champions were held to a 1-1 draw at Swansea. Premier League title holders Manchester City could have drawn level at the summit with United but instead were left two points adrift of their local rivals following a goalless draw at West Ham in the day’s late kick-off. In Manchester, van Persie needed fewer than three minutes to put United in front before Patrice Evra doubled their lead in the 67th minute. Arsenal’s day got worse when midfielder Jack Wilshere, in only his second game back following a long injury lay-off, was sent off for a second bookable offence after he caught Evra on the ankle. “It was a special day, in the end it was about the game and I think we played well,” van Persie told Sky Sports. United manager Alex Ferguson praised van Persie’s goal and his all-round performance by saying: “It was an ideal start for the Manchester United cause and it was good for Robin. I thought he was fantastic today. His movement, his penetration was fantastic.” Van Persie, playing against Arsenal for the first time since his STG24 million ($A37m) pre-season move from the Gunners, wasted little time in giving United the lead. He struck in the third minute when, after Thomas Vermaelen failed to clear a Rafael cross, he shot into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area. It was the 29-year-old’s 10th goal in 13 United appearances. Nigeria winger Victor Moses gave Chelsea a 61st minute lead at the Liberty Stadium with a flick-on after Gary Cahill’s header from an Eden Hazard corner. But Pablo Hernandez equalised two minutes from time. “It is a disappointment we weren’t able to finish the game off,” said Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo. At Upton Park, Manchester City were fortunate to remain the only unbeaten side in English football’s top flight this term following a fourth draw in 10 league games. They nearly fell behind early when West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan lashed a volley into the net only for

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Ashburton’s Roger Gutberlet in action in the Lowry Cup qualifying at the Ashburton Bowling Club yesterday. Rain delayed the qualifying with the 38 bowlers cut to 14 for the finals day which will now be held on later date that can fit into the calendar. Defending champion Bruce White will be back to try and keep the trophy but a number of former winners, including Gutberlet, will be out to take it from him.

Vukona’s three-pointers unlikely but effective By Kris Shannon

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Robin van Persie celebrates scoring against his old club Arsenal yesterday his effort to be unluckily ruled out for offside. And the Londoners suffered more bad luck when another volley, this time from Israel’s Yossi Benayoun, hit the post before England striker Andy Carroll added to their frustrations by shooting wide. Still in the first half, City’s Mario Balotelli then wasted a chance to open the scoring by volleying over from eight yards out. This was the first goalless draw involving City in 42 matches. Roberto Mancini insists he has no concerns about Manchester City’s dip in form in front of goal ahead of their decisive European Champions League group game against Ajax. Italian manager Mancini will hope his forwards can improve on that return when they face Ajax at Eastlands on Tuesday in a game they must win to maintain a realistic chance of getting through to the knockout stages. A failure to advance from the group phase would increase the pressure on Mancini, who has already been forced to respond to speculation linking former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola with a move to City. But Mancini was adamant he was happy with the form of his English

champions, who are still the only unbeaten EPL side this season and are just two points behind leaders Manchester United. He highlighted the number of chances they created against West Ham as evidence of the level of the team’s performance. “When you have so much possession and so many shots you deserve to win and we missed four incredible chances to score,” he said. “When you don’t score, you can’t win.” Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini scored twice as Everton replaced Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place on goal difference with a 2-2 draw at Fulham. Spurs dropped out of the Champions League positions after Wigan’s Ben Watson scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for the visitors at White Hart Lane. Elsewhere, Gabriel Agbonlahor scored for the first time in 29 league games as Aston Villa pulled clear of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win against a Sunderland side managed by former boss Martin O’Neill. Meanwhile, Bradley Johnson headed in the only goal of the game a minute before half-time as strugglers Norwich beat Stoke 1-0 at Carrow Road. - AFP

It took 181 games for Mika Vukona to accumulate a dozen three-pointers but, after his bravado on Friday night, expect to see a few more. Vukona was the unlikely hero in the Breakers’ fourth straight win, a three-point triumph over a resolute Sydney Kings to remain near the top of the ANBL ladder. Often the Vukona’s contribution to the club can go unnoticed. On this occasion, however, he grabbed the headlines with a last gasp triple from the corner to win a game seemingly destined for overtime. And, if coach Andrej Lemanis has his way, Vukona will be taking many more attempts from the perimeter. “We want him to actually take more of them because we see the work that he puts in,” Lemanis said. “His form’s good and he makes a good percentage when he shoots them at practice. “He just needs to believe in it and shoot it.” Usually an impressive orator on any number of topics about the sport, Vukona seemed almost reluctant to discuss his defining shot following the game. He joked about how it felt good leaving his hands, but so did an earlier air-ball. “I had no other choice but to just put it up,” he said. “I had to set a back screen for the guard out there and, with Cedric (Jackson) penetrating all the time,

Mika Vukona: vital three-pointer everybody just sucked in.” Lemanis revealed Vukona more than holds his own against the guards in shooting drills at practice, and the player agreed with his coach about increasing his output from deep. “It’s something that Drej said to try to put up when I can, and it worked out for me tonight.” Vukona’s improbable role followed a familiar trend of the Breakers receiving contributions across their roster. When someone has an off-night like Tom Abercrombie’s zero-point, one-rebound effort against the Kings - the slack has been picked up by his team-mates. Jackson was electric in the first

half on Friday night, managing 16 points and three steals before the break, while Alex Pledger’s doubledouble and Darryl Corletto’s 12 points were also invaluable. “Every week we seem to have different people stepping up and helping us,” Lemanis said. “For us still to be able to win without [Abercrombie] giving us what he normally gives us was a good sign. “Different people carry us at different times. [Against Sydney] Ced really carried us at important moments and he did a great job attacking the zone.” Lemanis thought Jackson’s aggression in the lane was the chief reason Vukona was left wideopen to win the game as the clock ticked down. Kings coach Shane Heal confirmed Vukona’s shot was one he was satisfied to cede, describing drawing up defences for the Breakers as a pick-your-poison approach. “We had to try to do a job on their perimeter players - we succeeded at that,” Heal said. “We played more one-on-one against their big guys. “Pledger did a good job and got on a roll at stages but, obviously, Jackson going to the basket is a tough match-up as well. “Picking and choosing your defences is a tough one.” That offensive variety has been the key behind the Breakers reaching a 4-1 record without truly firing on all cylinders. If that happens, and if Vukona hits a few more threes, the victories will keep coming. - APNZ

Warriors face new fitness regime He had a big impact on Ruben Wiki’s career, almost brought Richie McCaw to his knees and from tomorrow will be dishing out the pain at the Warriors. New head strength and conditioning coach Carl Jennings clocks in for duty as pre-season training gets under way at the Auckland club this

week. Jennings, who has previously worked at Bradford, Canberra, Penrith and the Crusaders, is the man the players will love to hate. “I’ve got lots of psychotic routines,” laughs Jennings. “It will be hard work from day one but nothing worth achieving is achieved without hard work.

“When they run out on day one, they are going to look lean and mean and are going to be fit without question. “I’m not bagging what has come before me - I’m drawing a line in the sand with my vision about where these athletes need to be.”  - NZHSUN


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Allenton hunt down the Stags By Jonathan Leask Allenton remain unbeaten in Mid Canterbury senior cricket after notching up a five wicket win over the Tech Stags on Saturday. The match between Fairfield and Methven was abandoned, but at the Ashburton Domain both matches went ahead despite the damp start to the day. Allenton overcame the Tech Stags by five wickets with Matt Tait’s 58 the standout effort, while next door the Tech Sharks also won by five wickets. Fairfield and Methven split the six points but both remain without a win after three rounds in the Pritchard Shield.

Allenton v Tech Stags Allenton conceded over 100 hundred runs for the first time this season, but had no issues in chasing down the moderate total. Asked to bat first the Tech Stags made 125/9 off 42.5 overs. Opening batsman Callum Gallagher was the anchor scoring 37 but had little help from the other end as the Stags were in trouble at 76/6. Billy Stackhouse chimed in with 18 in the middle order where his partnership with S. Burgess pushed the Stags over the 100 mark. Burgess was out for 31 and the innings was wrapped up early with the Stags only having 10 batsmen. The wickets were shared around the Allenton bowlers with Dave McKimmie returning the best effort of 2/22 from his nine overs, and Matt Tait had 2/32. An 84-run third wicket partnership was the difference in the match as Jeff Naish and Matt Tait guided Allenton from 22/2 through to 104 before both batsman departed. Naish was run out for 40 and Tait caught on 58 for Allenton to be 104/4, but they would only lose one further wicket in hauling in the target in the 29th over.

For the Stags, Hayden Sinclair was economical in his nine overs with figures of 1/12 while Stackhouse added the run out of Naish to his 1/21.

Tech Sharks v Lauriston Looking to bounce back from a 180-run trouncing, Lauriston put up a much better batting display but still came up short against the Tech Sharks. The Sharks won the toss and, like anybody facing a team that was out for 18 in their last effort, sent Lauriston into bat on a damp pitch in a shortened 42 over game. This week Lauriston showed patience to post 98 being bowled out on the final ball of the last over. Bevan Richan top scored with 27 with Grant Goodwin 18 and Nick Gilbert 17. Will Veint finished with 4/5 off two overs bowling at the death while Matt Miller had 3/19. In reply the Sharks made it home in 30 overs with five wickets still in hand. Ben Mably top scored for the Sharks with 31 not out while Dan Thomas made 20 and Sam Hurley 18. For Lauriston Scott Morgan took 2/17 and Jeremy Duckmanton had 2/19. After last week’s embarrassing showing, Lauriston captain Gilbert said that despite the loss his team was pleased with the better performance. “It was great that we could bat out our time and put up a reasonable total after last week,” Gilbert said. “The Sharks are a top side and you really need to score over 100 to beat them, but we were probably happy enough with 70 more runs on the board.” Allenton’s Dean Harrison bowls against the Tech Stags at the Ashburton Domain on Saturday. Photo Kirsty Graham 031112-KG-036

Tons of work ahead for Ryder By Andrew Alderson

Jesse Ryder: wants to be New Zealand’s best-ever batsman

Jesse Ryder is not only resisting returning to the New Zealand cricket team too early - he is also batting off lucrative offers to go overseas and cautiously shaping his resurrection with key figures such as director of cricket John Buchanan and Black Caps captain Ross Taylor. Both have been in discussions with the batsman and his management team about the best way to return him to the international fold. In the meantime, Ryder is staying in New Zealand. “Jesse has been offered huge money to go offshore [over winter]; sums that’d make your eyes water - into Sri Lanka [for their new T20 league], English county cricket and the Australian Big Bash [T20] league,” says his manager, Aaron Klee. “Those offers would have been tempting for most cricketers but Jesse wanted to stay home and play for Wellington. “He’s more grounded than people probably think. “He definitely wants to play for New Zealand again and wants to be the country’s best ever batsman. “He just needs to re-find his passion.” That search has closely involved

Buchanan and Taylor, although Klee thinks Ryder’s presence in South Africa is “extremely unlikely”. Ryder is not expected to play for New Zealand until at least February when England arrive, provided he sustains his form. Klee, Players Association boss Heath Mills and psychologist Karen Nimmo have formulated and tweaked a plan since March to help Ryder have a consistent period in the domestic game. If he waits until England’s arrival to return to the international ranks, he will get a chance to play six Plunket Shield matches and the entire HRV Cup Twenty20 competition. Buchanan and Taylor have also been closely liaising. “I haven’t talked to [New Zealand coach] Mike Hesson yet but we’ve had regular conversations with John Buchanan,” Klee says. “He’s been awesome. Not one time has he tried to dictate what Jesse should be doing. “He’s very much a listener understanding and supportive. “We’ve gone to great lengths to keep NZC involved because we really want Jesse to have a future with them. “Ross has also been a key figure. “Jesse and Ross go back a long way to their days in the Wairarapa.

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“I know Jesse wants to support Ross as captain. “Ross has been in contact via text and I know he called Jesse between the recent tours [World T20 and Sri Lanka] to see how he was getting on.” Klee warns against expecting miracles from Ryder’s latest redemption project. “It is a work in progress. The recent centuries were instant gratification but he wants to do that week-in, week-out. He’s going to have ups and downs, good headlines followed by bad. Factions of the media need to accept that. “He’s going to disappoint and he’s going to thrill.” Ryder hasn’t played a test since December or a limited overs international since February, when he stood down from cricket indefinitely. He is now contracted to Wellington rather than NZC. Fans were reminded of his talent with twin centuries (117 not out and 174) in his first class return for Wellington this week. Ryder’s efforts helped Wellington to an improbable victory, chasing 343 to win in the fourth innings against Central Districts at Napier in the opening round of the Plunket Shield. However, he also demonstrated his abrasive streak.

Ryder faces a code of conduct hearing for bad language across several overs after being denied a leg-before-wicket decision against Kruger van Wyk. “Jesse is not your typical white collar, middle-class guy,” Klee says. “He’s different and the public need to accept that. It’s part of the battle moving him forward. There will always be rocky moments.” Buchanan says progress has been made: “Jesse is one of those people, like it or not, who will always attract attention for good and not-so-good reasons. He needs to settle himself so he is in a better position to deal with that public persona. “His return is not as definite as the England series either. It’s one step, one match, one day and one hour at a time. “He is a cricketer who has dealt with a huge range of issues in his career. Now with Aaron his manager, the Players Association and Wellington Cricket we are trying to map out his future as he takes more responsibility for his behaviour.” Nimmo has now worked as Ryder’s psychologist for four years. “I’m proud of Jess. His cricketing ability has never been in doubt but he faces so many other challenges trying to live his daily life. It’s a bit like cricket. Plenty of frustrations and disappointments.” - NZHSUN

Shield wickets tumble By Kris Shannon Ball dominated bat on the first day of Northern Districts’ Plunket Shield match with Otago yesterday, as 15 wickets fell in Hamilton to leave play evenly poised at stumps. The two teams combined for just 275 runs on a day that saw both sides’ batsmen struggle to assert themselves on a testing pitch at Seddon Park. The defending champions could manage only 204 in their first innings as Otago’s bowlers earned the maximum four bowling bonus points, but the visitors’ batsmen fared no better and ended the day on 71-5. Volts captain Derek de Boorder won the toss and elected to bowl, a decision which soon paid dividends. The Knights were inactive in the first round of matches, and the rust appeared to show when Brad Wilson nicked one behind from the bowling of Jacob Duffy to fall for 10. Fellow opener Joseph Yovich soon followed, with Ian Butler inducing an edge to reduce the home side to 55-2. Little did the Knights know, the secondwicket partnership of 37 was the best they would muster as Yovich’s dismissal triggered a collapse which saw five wickets fall for 47 runs. Indian-born Ish Sodhi top scored for ND on his debut, with the 20-year-old coming in at No 8 and falling just short of his half-century when he was the last man out for 48.

Butler was the best of the bowlers, picking up four wickets, while de Boorder snagged six catches behind the stumps to fall two short of his own provincial record. In reply, Otago lost their first wicket in just the third over when Brent Arnel removed Aaron Redmond for a duck. Arnel then proceeded to run through the Volts, first-round victors over Canterbury, striking three more times in the final session to reduce them to 42-5. It appeared as though the home side were set for a big first-innings lead but Jimmy Neesham joined de Boorder at the crease and struck a quick-fire 27 to see his side through to stumps on 71-5, leaving the match in the balance heading into today’s second day. Meanwhile, rain in Napier meant only 50 overs of play were possible in the day’s other game between Central Districts and Auckland. After Aces captain Gareth Hopkins won the toss and sent in the hosts at Nelson Park, ex-Auckland batsman Jeet Raval and Jamie How made a decent start before former Stags quick Mitchell McClenaghan snuck one through Raval’s defences with the score on 51. How was the next man to go, bowled by Colin Munro for 33, then New Zealand seamer Chris Martin removed first-round centurion Matt Sinclair for 22. The heavens opened midway through the middle session and the rain remained for the rest of the day. - APNZ

• Re-call for pink balls Day-night tests using pink balls could be part of New Zealand Cricket’s regular itinerary in just over a year. The International Cricket Council has agreed to allow series to be played in the evenings, provided both teams agree to the hours of play and type of ball used. Work is still required to perfect the new pink ball but once that is complete and trial matches are run at Plunket Shield level, a test could be hosted against the West Indies or India in early 2014. Hamilton’s Seddon Park appears the most - APNZ logical venue. 

• Watson racing clock Australia captain Michael Clarke is willing to play Shane Watson as a specialist batsman but he’s hopeful the allrounder will be fully fit for the first Test against South Africa on Friday. Watson failed to return to the field in the Sheffield Shield clash between NSW and Queensland in Brisbane after limping off with a sore calf during Saturday’s play, with preliminary scans showing the 31-year-old has suffered a minor strain. Clarke said it was possible Watson could play at the Gabba and not bowl but that wouldn’t be the Australian skipper’s preferred option.- AAP

• EVO fastest up the hill The winding uphill access road to the Coronet Peak skifield between Queenstown and Arrowtown often presents a challenge to motorists in any season, never mind drivers in supercharged vehicles racing against the clock after a snowstorm. However, 48 drivers in 46 cars thundered up the mountain on Saturday for the return, by popular demand, of the Fuchs Coronet Peak Hill Climb. Outram driver Glenn Frew, at the wheel of a red Mitsubishi EVO, clocked the fastest hill climb time of 88.72 within half a second of the record set by Dunedin’s Bruce Saxton in the 1990s. Tony Quinn, a Scotsman based in Australia, was second in a black Nissan GT-R at 89.50. - ODT

• Salary cap changes Changes to netball’s salary cap rules have complicated the player contracting process for New Zealand’s transtasman league teams. After five seasons, the ANZ Championship salary cap will be raised next year from $300,000 to $380,000, but the rules on third party payments and what teams need to declare under that cap have changed. The introduction of a “hard cap” was supposed to lead to a more equal distribution of talent throughout New Zealand’s five franchises. But the lengthy hold-up in getting the new collective contract signed off, and the extended international season, left little time for the Silver Fern stars to contemplate a shift to another team. - NZH


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Quartet sticking with the Magic By Michael Burgess The Magic look to have retained their ‘big four’ and will call on the services of another New Zealand representative to replace Julianna Naoupu. Despite interest from several other franchises and some difficulties in getting all of the financial details in place, the ANZ Championship title holders should take the court next year with Silver Ferns Laura Langman, Casey Williams, Irene van Dyk and Leana de Bruin back in Magic colours. At least three will be confirmed at a sponsors’ function early this week and any other outstanding signatures won’t be far away. The famed quartet are the Magic’s best paid players by some distance and are believed to take up more than half the total wage bill. Their pay packets are topped up by third-party deals but the Magic - despite their outstanding 2012 campaign - have yet to secure all of that external investment for the 2013 season, though they hope to do so in the coming weeks. In a further complication, the salary cap has increased from $350,000 this year to $380,000 but it has also become a ‘harder cap’, where some additional player payments must be included, unlike in previous years. It also means the thousands spent on flying Van Dyk to trainings and games from her home in Wellington will have to be included under the cap. The 2013 season will represent the 11th season in Waikato for Langman and Williams, who joined the Magic while at school in 2003. Van Dyk and De Bruin also joined the same year, though De Bruin has spent time with other franchises over her career. It is a coup for the Magic. Langman and Williams are ranked

• The mullet is gone Olympic cyclist Shane Archbold has finished the Tour of Southland about half a kilogram lighter than when he started it - and it had little to do with the racing. Archbold might not have crossed the line first in the final day’s racing, but he was certainly the centre of attention as his trademark mullet was cut off in front of a large crowd. In the process a campaign to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation netted more than $11,500. “I was stoked when we reached the $10,000 mark and I think we’re going to leave it open a while longer so hopefully it will fetch a bit more,” Archbold said. Archbold was motivated to support the Child Cancer Foundation through his association with cancer survivor Tim Leonard, 15, who hails from his home town, Timaru.- APNZ

• Beatson in top form The elder statesman of New Zealand showjumping has notched back to back victories in the Bayer World Cup New Zealand series with a win yesterday at the APL Showjumping Waikato Show. Maurice Beatson of Dannevirke and his 18-yearold home-bred horse My Gollywog headed off 13 other classy combinations to take the round and more importantly edge further up the leaderboard with valuable points. Five went clear in the first round of the prestigious class - Beatson, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) on Dunstan Kiwi Iron Mark, Luke Dee (Ocean Beach) on Ombudsman, Bernard Denton (Feilding) on Horsesports Suzuki and Ross Smith (Canterbury) on Quite Cassini II. Joining them for the second round over the Gerrit Beker-designed course were McVean with Dunstan Zimorena G on four faults, Susie Hayward (Canterbury) on Andretti on eight, as well as 12 faulters Sam-antha McIntosh (Cambridge) on Estina and Carissa McGregor (Auck- APNZ land) on Chatterton.

among the best in the world in their positions, Van Dyk gets better with age and De Bruin, who was the ANZ Championship Grand Final MVP, was one of Ferns’ best in the recent Quad Series and player of the match in last Thursday’s victory against Australia. Meanwhile, Tactix attacker Ellen Halpenny has been signed to replace Naoupu, with the latter returning to her native Christchurch despite a breakthrough season for the Magic where she was named best young player in the ANZ Championship. Halpenny was a foundation player at the Tactix but didn’t see much court time in the first two years of the ANZ Championship. The 22-year-old enjoyed her most consistent campaign last season, playing in every game for the Tactix, shooting 201 goals (at an accuracy rate of 74 per cent) and contributing 35 assists. But she has been squeezed out of the Tactix by the arrival of Naoupu, who will play alongside English import Joanne Harten while Silver Fern Anna Thompson has also resigned for the club. Halpenny represented the New Zealand under-21 team at the 2009 World Youth Championships and was part of the national Fastnet team in 2010 that Robyn Broughton coached to victory in Liverpool. Meanwhile, Netball New Zealand have completed interviews for the Magic’s CEO position, as well as the other four franchises in the ANZ Championship. An announcement is expected later this week. It might seem a tough call for the incumbent Sheryl Dawson if she misses out on the role. The Magic broke a New Zealand drought in the ANZ Championship and Dawson has secured her marquee players for another season - but Netball New Zealand has stressed there are no guarantees.  - NZHSUN

• Coach’s job may go As Swimming New Zealand readies for a high performance funding cut after no Olympic medals in the last 16 years, one of the governing body’s three top coaches could be axed as part of cost savings. Mark Regan, Scott Talbot and Gary Hurring are listed as “high performance coaches” on the SNZ website. However, next month, the sport is expected to be relegated to ‘contestable’ or annual high performance funding rather than ‘targeted’ funding over the four-year Olympic cycle. As a result, the coaching budget will be facing scrutiny, especially with SNZ’s intention to appoint an additional “performance director”, who would sit over the coaches. - APNZ

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Hampstead’s Rob Withers makes a forehand return against Methven’s Toby Thomas in A grade Tennis on Saturday.

Hampstead show their hand By Jonathan Leask

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Irene van Dyk in action for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic last season.

Hampstead has emerged as the early frontrunner after recording a second convincing win in Mid Canterbury Open A grade tennis on Saturday. Following on from a 5-1 win over Tinwald to open the season, Hampstead swept aside Methven 5-1 to be the only unbeaten team after three rounds, with the first round washed out. The junior grades were washed out but the senior took to the court where Hampstead made it back-toback wins, Dorie was toppled by Tinwald on count back and Fairton got the better of Allenton. Methven made a good start with Jayden Cromie and Ben Wright beating Tom Deeley and Peter Withers 6-2, 6-3, while Ben Deeley and Rob Withers levelled things up for Hampstead 6-3, 6-2 over James Watt and Toby Thomas. Hampstead then claimed a clean

sweep in the singles in convincing fashion. Tom Deeley accounted for Cromie 6-1, 6-2 while Peter Withers had to work hard to get past Wright 6-3, 7-5. In the battle of the two 12-yearolds Ben Deeley outclassed Watt 6-2, 6-0 and the wily Rob Withers was too strong for Thomas 6-1, 6-1. In a very tight contest Tinwald emerged the victors over Dorie on count back, 60-55 on games. The doubles were split with Dorie’s Rhys Cromie and Don Lake too good for Simon Jordan and Luke Glendining 6-2, 6-4. Tinwald’s Aiden Mitchell and Isaac Langley managed to hold off the challenge from Todd Boag and Jessica McCloy. Cromie’s unbeaten streak in singles matches, which stretches over more than a year, had a scare when he had to come back from 2-5 down to overcome Jordan in a tie break to claim the first set, before a more comfortable second set to

take the match 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. Don Lake had a tough time getting past Glendining 7-5, 7-5 to give Dorie a third win, but as they did in the doubles Tinwald’s number three and four came through. Mitchell got the better of Boag 6-2, 6-1 and on his A grade debut Langley was too strong for McCloy 6-0, 6-3 to level the scores at three matches apiece. The sets were even at six apiece so it went to games where, courtesy of their close losses, Tinwald came out on top 60-55. It wasn’t as close but Fairton had to fight off a strong challenge from Allenton to win 4-2. Fairton started by taking both doubles matches. Peter Leonard and Rebecca Robinson combined well for a 6-1, 6-2 win over Andrew Hunt and Jack Deeley, meanwhile Phil Crozier and Bradley Chisnall overpowered Ashleigh Leonard and Alice Keir 6-4, 6-2. The match of the day was between

Peter Leonard and Hunt, playing his last game as a single man before getting married next weekend. Peter Leonard made a strong start taking the first set 6-2 but Hunt returned fire in the second winning 6-3. It was a tight in the match tie break but Leonard finished off the stronger, edging out a 10-7 win to take the match. While the number ones fought out a close battle, in the number twos Deeley was too powerful for Robinson breezing to a 6-0, 6-0 win and Phil Crozier used his experience to overcome young gun Ashleigh Leonard 6-2, 6-0. The number fours also played out a long and intriguing battle. Chisnall took the first set comfortably 6-2 but Keir upped the ante in the second to hit back with a 7-6 (7-3) win. Keir, playing her second straight three-setter, had the momentum heading into the match tie break and went onto win it 10-3.

New impact, same old story for Anna Harrison By Michael Burgess Anna Harrison has proved herself as a 60-minute performer over the Quad Series but she will remain the Ferns’ “No1 impact player”. Across the recent series Harrison started (and finished) every one of the six matches, apart from the first half against South Africa last week. It was a significant achievement for her; she has played 73 times for the Ferns but before this year had never featured in consecutive full

games. Of those 73 matches, she has started 46 but completed only 12 games. Her time on the bench is not so much a reflection on her ability but an indication of her versatility. “Anna has done a great job for us but she is still a great impact player - I really value her impact in all three [defensive] positions,” says Ferns coach Wai Taumaunu. “I’ve often said to her, ‘Anna I’m really sorry but you are the No1 impact player across our defensive end’. We have to keep running her

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in all three because she can be so destructive when she comes on court.” “It’s been good to be a regular part of the team,” says Harrison, “and feel fully involved all of the time. I know I am often seen as a utility player and not a solid part of the team and it can be frustrating but, as you get older, you accept things. “Anyway, there are plenty of positives that go with it as well; I know I can add value to all three positions and I need to keep an open mind.” Harrison struggled at times during

the Quad Series at wing defence but that needs to be put in context. She has never played in the position at club or franchise level but has been used in the position in her last nine tests and in almost 40 per cent of her international games. She has always had potential on the wing - she first played there in 2003 and was a massive disruptive influence against Australia in the 2010 Commonwealth Games final. Harrison’s shift beyond the defensive circle this time was partly down to Casey Williams being injured, and

Taumaunu was reluctant to have too much inexperience at the back. “Without Casey, I felt that the three older hands [Katrina Grant, Leana de Bruin and Harrison] were the ones who would hold that defensive end together and that has proved to be the case. “During the training camps it became increasingly obvious that those three were the ones with the maturity and the game sense to do that.” A transition from the defensive circle to wing defence might pose

some physical questions but that was never an issue with the superbly conditioned Harrison. Taumaunu did have some worries over the attacking side of her game but they were quickly dispelled. “It’s been good for me,” says Harrison, “but there is still so much to improve on. “The hardest part [of being wing defence] was learning all the structures but all that time in the [defensive] circle is also an advantage, as I know what helps them back there.” - NZHSUN

Adam Scott admits a gut feeling that golf’s rule makers will act against long putters but he’s also adamant he could do well with a short one again. The Australian star has sensed resentment from some tour pros with traditional putters against players using long or belly putters as the issue of players anchoring putters against their body has become increasingly contentious. “I don’t believe it would be a hard thing for me to go back to the short putter,” said Scott in an interview appearing in Golf Magazine. “I could do it this week, and I think I would putt better than I did in 2010 and 2009. The long putter has taught me how to putt again.” - AAP

• Steyn sounds warning South African firebrand Dale Steyn produced an intimidating audition yesterday for Australia’s batting hopefuls - his hostile spell of fast bowling at the SCG an ominous warning ahead of this week’s Gabba Test. Described by teammate Jacques Rudolph as Steyn’s fastest spell in seven years, the world’s No.1 Test bowler terrorised the Australia A top order with a five-over salvo as the SCG clash petered out to a draw. Phil Hughes faced the lion’s share of Steyn’s 150km thunderbolts in the final hour of play, scoring one run off 27 balls in an innings captain Andrew McDonald described as “the best one not out I’ve ever seen”. “I hope that Phil Hughes grows a leg from that. He got tested by Dale,” McDonald said. - AAP

• Hawks hammer Perth Unheralded Wollongong are the only unbeaten team in the NBL after confirming themselves as legitimate title contenders with a 100-67 home blowout of Perth, the only other previously undefeated side. The Hawks (5-0) sprinted to a 34-10 lead inside the first ten minutes yesterday that included a stretch of 19 unanswered points and never led by less than 14 against a normally miserly Wildcats defence. Wollongong had six double-digit scorers, headed by Adris Deleon’s 26 points and Oscar Forman (21) while the team shot a sizzling 56 per cent from the field. - AAP


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a defendable total, but the bowlers were off the mark. The wickets were hard to come by as South Canterbury adopted a wait-and-see approach, with Mid Canterbury offering up a scoring opportunity every over. “South Canterbury required four runs an over and we bowled too many boundary balls,” Mid Can-terbury coach Richard Pithey said. “They knew they could just block out and wait for the four-ball opportunities. “The bowlers had an off day but it’s a rare thing. They have been consistent performers for us over the past few years, but sometimes you can have an off day. The best return was from Kruger who had 2/37 from eight but although his bowlers had a “rare off day”, Pithey wasn’t panicking. “It is early days. “It would have been nice to finally win the trophy back but the game was part of the building process. “Our focus is the Hawke Cup and our games are all in February, so we have a few games in the lead up to that as well as club games.” Mid Canterbury’s next assignment is North Otago in a 50-over game in Ashburton on December 2. Mid Canterbury’s Des Kruger gets onto the front foot against South Canterbury.

By Jonathan Leask The Ron Biggar Trophy remains in South Canterbury for another season after they maintained their winning streak over Mid Canterbury in 50 over cricket yesterday. Mid Canterbury put 215 on the board and South Canterbury matched it with five balls to spare to extend their winning streak out to seven years. Mid Canterbury hasn’t held the Ron Biggar Memorial trophy since 2005, after falling four runs short of retaining it in 2006. That sparked the streak of close matches that have always fallen in South Canterbury’s favour, and Sunday was no different. Mid Canterbury had to rely on its bottom order to get them through to 215 all out in the 47.4 overs but that bottom order may have confused themselves as batsman, delivering a sub-par bowling performance. Des Kruger made a well played 65 in the middle order, but the rest of the top order struggled. A responsible 54 from Richard Print got Mid Canterbury out of a hole and Bevan Ravenscroft’s 27 not out steered Mid Canterbury to

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Hayden Roulston and Mike Northey during the final stage of the Tour of Southland.

Ashburton cyclist Hayden Roulston claimed the win on the final stage of the Tour of Southland on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to claim a fifth tour title. The tour was won in dramatic circumstances as Aucklander Mike Northey overturned a 17-second deficit on the final 87km stage from Winton to Invercargill. Northey was in the decisive breakaway with Roulston and team-mate Michael Vink to leave American Carter Jones stranded. Starting the day in the leader’s yellow jersey, Jones ended up finishing more than three minutes behind, and even missed out on a place on the final podium. Roulston claimed the stage win ahead of Vink, who won the under-

23 category, but Northey was not far behind to claim his biggest career win to date. The final day had started with the individual time trail in Winton. Jones was able to stretch his four second lead out to 17, but it prove by the days end not to be enough. Vink clocked the fastest time trial of the morning, with a time of 17 min 28 sec while Roulston snatched fourth to be two minutes and two seconds adrift of Jones heading into the final stage The 25-year-old Northey had climbed his way into the yellow jersey earlier in the Tour, winning the stage finish at Bluff Hill on Tuesday and maintaining his hold on the lead throughout the two stages on Wednesday. Jones took over the lead after Thursday’s stage, which finished on the Crown Range, where Roulston

suffered a puncture and lost crucial time. The final stage was reduced from 87km to 79km, with the four laps of Queens Park reduced to one and Roulston tried his hardest to earn the fifth title but with Northey tagging along on his early breakaway it wasn’t to be. Roulston won the stage but was 1 min 45 behind Northey on the general classification in second, with Vink third and the under 23 winner. Joe Chapman defended the King of the Mountain jersey he won last year while Australian rider Sam Witmitz won the sprint ace classification. Roulston’s Calder Stewart teammate and fellow Ashburton rider Jason Christie was 39th overall out of the 95 riders to complete the tour. Known for being a demanding tour, this year 30 riders weren’t able to finish for various reasons.

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Guardian Weather

Monday, 5 November 2012

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11

RANGIORA

Wa i m a k a r i r i

LAKE COLERIDGE

Map for today

11

9

DARFIELD

11

METHVEN

LYTTELTON

Rakaia

ASHBURTON

9

Ash

Geraldine

Ran

burto

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gitata

TIMARU

9

Compiled by © Meteorological Service of NZ Limited 2012

Waimate

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TODAY

TODAY

A few showers, becoming confined to near the foothills in the afternoon, leaving cloudy periods elsewhere. Fresh cold southerlies.

Scattered showers, falling as snow above 600 metres. Wind at 1000m: Cold S. Wind at 2000m: SW 35 km/h.

NZ Today

9 OVERNIGHT MIN 3

MAX

11 OVERNIGHT MIN 2

MAX

16 OVERNIGHT MIN 4

MAX

21 OVERNIGHT MIN 6

Midnight Tonight

ia

Wind less than km/h 30

MAX

THURSDAY: Fine, some cloud morning and evening. Light winds.

AKAROA

Ra

Canterbury High Country

WEDNESDAY: Fine, some cloud morning and evening. Light winds.

10

LINCOLN

Canterbury Plains

TODAY: Few showers, clearing afternoon. Fresh cold southerly. TOMORROW: Partly cloudy. Southwesterlies dying away.

CHRISTCHURCH

9

Ashburton Forecast

30 to 59

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

60 plus

9 6 6 4 6 6 4 4 5 2 1 4 1

A few morning showers, then increasing fine spells. However, isolated afternoon and evening showers possible near the foothills. Cold southerlies dying away in the evening.

WEDNESDAY Cloudy morning and evening, afternoon long fine spells. Also isolated afternoon and evening showers near the foothills. Light winds.

morning min max

fine fine showers showers showers showers showers showers showers showers fine showers showers

TOMORROW

17 17 19 16 13 18 16 15 9 9 13 9 10

THURSDAY

NZ Situation

A high spreads over the South Island tomorrow, and over the remainder of New Zealand on Wednesday. A front moves onto southern Fiordland late Friday.

Fine spells, also isolated afternoon showers near the foothills. Northeast breezes.

TOMORROW

FZL: Lowering to 1000m

FZL: Rising to 1400m

Fine spells. Isolated afternoon and evening showers, falling as snow flurries above 1200 metres. Light winds. Wind at 1000m: Light. Wind at 2000m: Light.

WEDNESDAY Fine spells. Isolated afternoon and evening showers, falling as snow flurries above 1400 metres. Light winds.

THURSDAY Fine spells. Isolated afternoon showers, falling as snow flurries above 1800 metres. Light winds.

FRIDAY

FRIDAY

Fine spells, also isolated afternoon showers near the foothills. Northeast breezes.

Fine spells, chance of afternoon showers near the divide. Northwesterlies developing.

Amanda Mackenzie & Kiley Sparrow Customer Service Officers

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John Moore Branch Manager

River Levels

cumecs

Rakaia Fighting Hill (NIWA) at 9:45 am, yesterday Nth Ashburton at 12:00 pm, yesterday Sth Ashburton Rangitata Klondyke at 3:00 am, yesterday

368.6 13.8 no data 216.9

Source: Environment Canterbury

Canterbury Readings

to 4pm yesterday

max

Ashburton Airport

14.7 -0.1 -4.9

Temperatures °C

Average

19.3

Christchurch Airport 14.2 Average

7.9

5.8

8.0

5.4

2.5 -0.5

18.8

Timaru Airport

16.4 -0.7

Average

Rainfall mm

min grass 16 hour Nov 2012 min to date to date

17.6

6.0

6

Monday 9 noon 3

6

9 pm am 3

6

Tuesday 9 noon 3

max gust

0.6

23.8 670.1

N 28

0.0

6.8 586.4

NE 31

0.0

15.2 549.6

NE 39

10

582

7

544

9

433

Tides, Sun, Moon and Fishing m am 3 3

Wind km/h

6

9 pm am 3

Wednesday

6

9 noon 3

6

9 pm

2 1 0

2:56

9:13 3:28 9:38 3:45 10:02 4:20 10:29 4:35 10:52 5:11 11:19 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 6:09 am Set 8:25 pm

Bad

Bad fishing

Rise 12:53 am Set 10:40 am

Last quarter

7 Nov

1:37 pm

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Rise 6:07 am Set 8:26 pm

Bad

Bad fishing

Rise 1:29 am Set 11:40 am

New moon

14 Nov 11:09 am www.ofu.co.nz

Rise 6:06 am Set 8:28 pm

Bad

Bad fishing

Rise 2:01 am Set 12:42 pm

First quarter

21 Nov 3:33 am

Maori Fishing Guide by Bill Hohepa


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