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Bridge route debate behind closed doors By Sue Newman If Tinwald land owners were holding their breath hoping the route for the second bridge across the Ashburton River would be known on Thursday, they’re out of luck. The Ashburton District Council had signalled the final bridge route would be sent to council on Thursday, most likely to be rubber stamped, but debate on the route is on the in-committee section of the agenda, listed as further consultation. And that means more uncertainty for the seven or eight Tinwald families who have already been told their properties are in the line of the narrow corridor chosen as the final route. They’re being visited by council staff this week. Feedback from those visits, however, will be up for debate around the council table on Thursday before any final decisions are signed and sealed, said mayor Angus McKay. “Right now, as of today, the council has not made its final decision. We’ve narrowed it down and there is further consultation taking place. There will be a report to council on this further consultation and depending on how councillors see that report a decision could be made one way or the other.” Inside the narrow urban corridor the council had chosen there were still options and council wanted to see what the individual land owners had to say, Mr McKay said. Regardless of how the urban Tinwald route pans out, the Bridge Action Group, formed to fight the initial route option that took traffic down Grove Street, believes the council is basing its decision on incorrect information. They believe the council has not looked again at every one of the possible options. “Instead of going through an area in Tinwald where they wouldn’t touch anyone’s home they’ve chosen the path with the most resistance, not the path with the least resistance,” Diane Rawlinson said. In doing that they had destroyed the lives of several people and affected several more. When there were better options that didn’t disrupt so many lives they’ve shown a total lack of respect for the community, she said. Action group chair Alasdair Urquhart said the council’s route

choice was made on flawed information provided by consultant Opus. While the consultant’s analysis of feedback forms painted one picture, an analysis carried out by Mr Urquhart and his neighbour Dave Saunders gave a very different set of results. Mr Urquhart said he challenged each district councillor to take a hard look at the complete report, including the summary of feedback forms. If they did that they would see the Opus report was slanted to support the option council had chosen, the urban route through Tinwald. From the 514 feedback forms and 17 school responses received Opus showed 16.4 per cent (83 people) of respondents were in favour of a route that followed Chalmers Avenue in the north and an urban or rural Tinwald route in the south. The bridge group’s analysis put this support at 10 per cent (54). Opus showed opposition to run at 342 people or 66.5 per cent while the bridge group’s figures

were 468 or 88 per cent opposition. They believe opposition to the eastern Tinwald routes is being talked down and has been since the project first hit the drawing board. A comparison of the two interpretations of results has been sent to each councillor and to Mr McKay and they’re hoping it will encourage councillors to look beyond the first few pages of the Opus report. Support for the council’s preferred option is stronger in the earlier pages of feedback forms and dwindles to almost nothing in later pages, Mr Saunders said. “All we can do is talk to the councillors but I don’t think we’ll persuade many.” Bridge action group members believe their analysis speaks for itself and supports their longheld belief that the best route for a second bridge would be via a ring road that crossed the river off Grove Farm Road and exited about 500 metres east of Trevors Road.

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Lauriston School students Hayley Thomson (5), Shellie Ermio (6), Jack Butterick (6) and Rose Dargue (6) with their postcards to the future for Trade Me’s time capsule project.

Time capsule gets students thinking By Gabrielle Stuart Children at Lauriston School have big questions about the future as they take part in a time capsule project to commemorate new Trade Me headquarters being built in Wellington. The school was one of several across New Zealand chosen to take part in the project, and the five and six-year-old students have made postcards complete with pictures of themselves and questions about the future, to be read in 2113. Year ! teacher Judith McKendry organised the project, and said

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reyed classrooms and updated uniforms. Six-year-old Rose Dargue thought transport would be different in 100 years, and said jet boats were the way of the future. “There might be a big river so they can sail all the way to school.” Leah Naw, 6, worries the next generation won’t be wearing ‘dresses that twirl out’. “They might just wear pants and t-shirts.” Jack Butterick, also 6, was very practical, and included pictures of tractors and farming equipment with his card, with diagrams and descriptions

so children of the future would know how they worked. He had big dreams for the future, planning a potato-growing business making use of ‘hill land and flat land’. Trade Me spokesperson Rick Davies said the postcards were intended to paint a picture of the culture of New Zealand in 2012. “We thought it was a cool concept. They capture such a diverse span of Kiwis’ thoughts and ideas right across the range of Kiwi society.” The time capsule will be buried in early February in the new Trade Me offices being built in Wellington.

Methven hot pools ‘a win-win situation’ By Susan Sandys


that although some of them might not live to see their questions answered, the next generation certainly would. “It’s very important to these farming communities. We have been very careful to record the area that each child comes from, because in 100 years the community may not exist. Lauriston may be gone, you just don’t know.” Several of the students are fifthgeneration pupils at Lauriston School, and the class studied the history of the school and the area this year. The students were excited about the future of the school, imagining two-sto-

Hot pools in Methven would be a “win-win” situation for the town, said project experts at a public meeting last night. An investor funded and commercially operated complex, costing under $10 million, is being planned, with the site to be in either one of two places - the town centre or on a block of land on the outskirts of town. Grow Mid Canterbury is promoting the concept and released a draft business plan at the meeting last night, attended by 76 people. A series of hot pools catering to three niches, from cheapest to most expensive of family fun, adults exclusive and spa experience, are planned. They could be in an authentic Mid Canterbury setting with the complex covered in grassed slopes, and there may even be an

accompanying lake. A panel of experts included Horwarth HTL tourism consultant Stephen Hamilton, who gave projected visitor numbers to the combined pools of 106,000 in 2014 to 144,000 in 2018. Hanmer attracted up to 5000 visitors per day. Methven could cater to a smaller boutique market and offer a higher quality experience. Peninsula Hot Springs developer Charles Davidson said his complex near Melbourne today employed 171 people. He asked for a show of hands to see who had never dipped in hot pools, there was not a single one, but everyone in the room had visited Hanmer Springs. In Australia there would be 99 per cent of people in a similar sized group who had never visited hot springs, and the advantage of his complex was it could draw on a much higher population base.

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However, with a well designed and thought out complex “this can really turn this town on I think”, Mr Davidson said. Alan Hopping of The Lost Spring said such a complex for Methven was a “no-brainer” as the soothing effect of water combining with the vista and activities offfered by nearby Mt Hutt would offer a fantastic experience. Wayne Jones, who had had management roles at Glacier Hot Pools and Hanmer Thermal Resort, said with nearby Mt Hutt there was a huge potential to offer combination activity packages. “Methven’s got an open cheque book,” he said. Mt Hutt Ski Area manager James McKenzie told the meeting he would like to be able to say on the snow report on closed days “slip down to the pools and just chill out”, as alternative activities offered in Methven could be similarly hampered by weather.

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CTV report ‘grim, sobering’

ASHWORTH, Gary Donald – On 8 December 2012 at Ashburton Hospital, surrounded by his family. Gary played his final innings. Loved husband and friend of Deb. Much loved and treasured dad of Kelsey, Meg, and Cameron. Love and miss you so much you will always live on. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ashburton Branch of the Cancer Society would be appreciated and maybe left at the service. Messages to the Ashworth family can be left on line at, or be posted to P.O. Box 472, Ashburton, 7740. A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre, Wills Street, Ashburton on WEDNESDAY 12 December, commencing at 2pm. Thereafter private Interment Paterson’s Funeral Services, FDANZ, Ashburton

By Isaac Davison A series of engineering, contruction and council-related errors over 20 years led to the catastrophic collapse of the CTV building in the second major Christchurch earthquake, a Royal Commission has found. Prime Minister John Key said the commission’s report, released this afternoon, made for “grim and sobering reading”. He said the findings would be of little comfort to the friends and families of the 115 people who were

killed in the collapse of the six-storey office block - the biggest loss of life in the February 22, 2011 quake. The Royal Commission concluded that the engineering design of the CTV building was deficient in a number of ways. It should never have been issued with a building permit by the Christchurch City Council in 1986 because it was not built to the standards of the time. A number of defects occurred during the construction of the office block, which was poorly supervised by the construction manager. The Royal Commission also found that after the first major quake in

September 2010 the CTV building was “green-stickered”by a rapid assessment team and later by three council building officials, none of whom was an engineer. The report came after the intensive eight-week hearing which heard testimony from more than 80 witnesses, including collapse survivors, witnesses, building designers, architects, engineers, builders, and inspectors. The report said that principal engineer Alan Reay did not provide adequate supervision to David Harding, the structural engineer employed to work on the project.

Mr Harding was “working beyond his competence” because he had not designed a complex multi-storey structure before, and was inexperienced in the use of a computer modelling program relied on for the design. As a result, many of the building’s features were non-compliant. Despite the council’s buildings engineer Graeme Tapper holding concerns about the structural designs, he signed it off in September 1986. The commission found that Mr Tapper and his colleagues had been convinced by Dr Reay that their

concerns were unfounded. After the CTV building collapsed, a number of construction defects were found. While the foreman of the construction was found to be competent, his construction manager Gerald Shirtcliff did not carry out proper or regular inspections at the site. At one point the contruction was not supervised for five months. Stuctural weaknesses in the building were identified during its sale in 1990, but the remedies may have weakened the building’s ability to withstand seismic activity. The commission also found that

after the September 2010 quake, council assessments declared the building safe without expert advice from an engineer. Commissioners noted that even if an engineer had been present, there was no guarantee the building would have received a yellow sticker, instead of a green sticker. Government would not give an official response to the latest part of the Royal Commission’s investigation until next year. Mr Key said he wanted to release the report to give the families of the dead access to the information as soon as possible. - APNZ

Fonterra lifts payout forecast to $5.50

HYDE, Craig Reginald – On 8 December 2012 at Timaru (result of an accident). Aged 46 years. Dearly loved husband and best mate of Jo. Much loved and cherished dad of Caitlin, and Nikita, and a good friend of Kurt. Dearly loved son of Colleen and Kevin Cavanagh (Australia), and Reg and Paula Hyde (Geraldine), and special brother of Grant. Much loved son-in-law of Sally and John McDonald (Timaru), and a loved brother-in-law. And a loved uncle of all his nieces and nephews. Messages to P.O. Box 472, Ashburton, 7740. Donations to the St. Johns Ambulance, would be appreciated and maybe left at the service. Craig’s funeral service will be held at the Sinclair Centre, Park Street, Ashburton, on THURSDAY 13 December, commencing at 11am. To be followed by private cremation. Paterson’s Funeral Services, FDANZ, Ashburton

Ashburton’s dairy farmers have flow point of view the co-operative been given an early Christmas pre- was in a position to increase paysent with Fonterra announcing ments to farmers over the next a revised payout forecast for the few months without any significant 2012/2013 season. risk to its financial stability. The forecast payout is now $5.50 Mr Spierings said while the outper kilogram of milk solids, up 25 look for any movements in the cents. The Fonterra board also New Zealand dollar exchange rate announced a forecast net profit were neutral, the impact of weathafter tax range of 40-50 cents per er events in other markets were share, consistent with the recent likely to support the lift in forecast Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund Offer Farmgate Milk Price. prospectus; and a 40 cent increase “There has been a persistent, in advance rate payments to farm- serious drought in the United ers. States. That has pushed up the Fonterra Chairman Sir Henry van price of grain, which in turn affects der Heyden said that the immedi- dairy production. ate effect of this decision was that “There are also concerns about farmers would have more money drought in the Ukraine and Russia. flowing into their bank accounts “In South America, extreme from late January when they were wetness in parts of Brazil and Please note all late death paid for the previous month, and Argentina could also depress wheat notices or notices sent that would help them with their production,” Mr Spierings said. outside ordinary office hours cashflows. “Given current global conditions, must be emailed to: Chief Executive Theo Spierings our forecasting anticipates global said Fonterra’s strong balance dairy prices are likely to move to ensure publication. sheet meant that from a cash- higher in the first half of 2013.” During office hours notices Figure  6:  Alternative  site  –  Mt  Hutt  Springs  Block,  showing   proximity  to  the  preferred  site.       may also be sent to:

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Sharing a joke as they check out a replica of Timaru’s first motor car built by Cecil Walkden Wood in 1900, Timaru vintage car enthusiast Jim Geddes (left) and Ashburton’s Milner Jacob.

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By Sue Newman Some of the best examples of motoring’s past trundled their way around Tinwald roads on Sunday when the Ashburton Vintage Car Club’s members went on tour. About 20 vehicles, ranging from two replica Benz cars and a good line up of originals headed out for a drive and lunch, testing their owners’ restoration skills as the elderly cars pottered their way from Baring

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Square to rural Tinwald. Most made the distance, but for one, the trip was a test of both man and machine. The 1898 Benz stopped in its tracks but its driver Peter Lynn managed to make a road-side paddock. Undeterred he removed the offending part, headed home for a replacement, returning to repair the car and have it back on the road in time to complete the mini-rally. Event organiser David Oakley said the rally was short in distance in

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If you’re a vintage car fan like Donald Williamson and George Penney from the United Kingdom, there’s nothing better than a line up of elderly cars in a sunny garden. deference to the age of the vehicles involved. “Some of them were very fragile veterans that couldn’t travel too far with out the need to stop and cool down or be repaired.”

One vehicle, a replica of the first car built in Timaru by Cecil Walkden Wood was transported to Ashburton for the rally and proved a big talking point.

Large scale trans-Tasman alcohol blitz Hot pools project sites

A central Methven 2.6 hectare block is the preferred site for the ski town’s proposed hot pools project. Landowners include the Ashburton District Council and businesses which support the project. An alternative site is on the Mt Hutt Springs Block, however this does not offer a town centre profile and it would have more cumbersome resource consent issues.

Spruce up for Baring Square By Sue Newman While a total revamp of Ashburton’s town centre might be well down the Ashburton District Council’s priority list, it is making some cosmetic changes to tidy up Baring Square east. The council has a over arching plan for the redevelopment of the town centre, making Baring Square east its focal point and linking it with its sis-

ter square in the west. This plan has been developed to ensure any work carried out in the town centre matches the overall plan. At a meeting of the council’s town centre sub-committee last week a decision was made to include $100,000 in next year’s draft annual plan for preliminary and cyclic renewal work and for the removal of the concrete whalebone colonnades in Baring Square east. The work is designed to

Barlow pleads guilty The man accused of fleecing $16 million from Queensland Health will plead guilty, a court has heard. Joel Barlow, also known as Hohepa MorehuBarlow, was arrested last December. The 37-year-old is alleged to have defrauded the government department of millions of dollars while working there between 2007 and 2011. The matter was mentioned in the Brisbane District Court yesterday, where prosecutor Todd Fuller SC indicated the matter could be listed for sentencing early next year. The sentence was listed for March 20. Barlow was not in court yesterday. - AAP

improve the appearance and functionality of the square. Some trees and plants, including weeping cherries and15some of 38 brick work will also be removed. The sub-committee also looked at other work detailed in the town centre redevelopment plan and decided the council would have an opportunity to work on the enhancement of laneways as a result of demolitions in the CBD and to contribute towards beautification with developers.


By Sam Morton Police were out in force over the weekend in large scale transTasman alcohol blitz. Officers throughout New Zealand and Australia hit the streets in the search for drink drivers and irresponsible offences fuelled by intoxication, over a 48 hour stint.

In the Canterbury district, which includes Ashburton and Mid Canterbury, more than 50 officers were deployed on Saturday with more than 60 officers deployed on Sunday. The blitz turned out 33 arrests on Saturday, 56 arrests on Sunday and resulted in only nine assaults on Saturday compared to a significant 56 reported on Sunday.

Concerns held for missing Chch man Police say they are concerned for a Christchurch man who left for work and has not been seen since. Mark William Robinson, 37, has been missing since Friday morning. His car has been found near Tapawera, between Murchison and Nelson, and police believe he may be in the Tasman district. - apnz by David Fletcher

A total of 10 licensing breaches were also recorded, five on Saturday and five on Sunday. The operation accounted for three drink drivers on Saturday, compared to the seven caught on Sunday. Nationally, the blitz uncovered more than 360 drink-driving offences, slightly down on last year’s figure of 373.

However, arrests in general were up resulting in 448 this weekend, compared to 340 in 2011. During Operation Unite, staff across all 12 New Zealand police districts focused on alcohol related offending, including drink-driving, assaults and licensing breaches. The hyper blitz will be carried out again next year, for the seventh time.

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Future of rural halls under threat By Sue Newman For decades rural halls have been a gathering place that gave rural people a sense of community, but dwindling use and rising insurance costs might put the future of some of those halls in doubt. Halls in the Ashburton District fall into two groups – those owned by the Ashburton District Council and those built on council owned reserve land and owned by the community. And who owns those halls has everything to do with where the costs for their upkeep falls. The council foots the bills for the district’s memorial halls, of which there are about six, but for the approximately 25 community halls, the council’s only role is advisory. Hall committees can apply to the council through its grants system for funds to carry out maintenance work on those halls, however. But regardless of who owns the community halls, the changing insurance environment is having a major impact on their financial viability. Council property manager John Rooney said the memorial halls were currently insured for replacement, but with rising insurance costs and declining use, the council would be talking to their communities about each hall’s future. “The issue we want locals to think about is if the hall fell down, what would you want it replaced with like for like, or with something else? We need to assess now what we could replace them with.” For some communities, the hall that had served them well for decades might not meet today’s needs, he said and some other

form of community centre might be a better fit. The new insurance environment had provided an opportunity for the council to talk with communities about their hall’s future and what that future could be taking into account with the changing needs of rural communities, Mr Rooney said. A series of meetings will be held in the new year with rural communities. While the district’s memorial halls were in good condition, each was being assessed to determine where it was in relation to meeting building code standards, Mr Rooney said. The district’s rural community halls are mostly elderly and mostly under-utilised. Some have been sold and moved from their site, others no longer hold meetings or events and in the case of the Maronan hall, are used for storage. Efforts to sell this hall for relocation, failed. The Lauriston Hall is typical of those halls. Hall secretary Annette Moore said that the once busy hall is now used one day a week by a play group, for the odd meeting or school event. It gets by on donations and hireage fees but when insurance premiums are rocketing up and power and maintenance costs continue to rise, it’s always a struggle to find enough money to keep the hall in business, Mrs Moore said. She’s a firm believer in the importance of a community hall as the heart of the community. Lauriston is lucky, it still has its school, but for other communities where the school has longgone, its hall is the one thing that defines the district, she said. Like most rural halls, Lauriston is old. It’s well past its 80th birthday.


• Reading challenge Ashburton children are being challenged to join a summer reading programme that will earn them an opportunity to win $50. The Ashburton Public Library’s summer reading challenge starts on December 12 and for every book issued, children earn a reading penny. When they’ve accumulated 20 pennies they can claim a mystery prize. All prize winners go in the draw to win a $50 Whitcoulls voucher. The challenge runs until January 16 with the competition draw to take place at the library on January 17 at 10.30am.

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Hold still, this won’t hurt, 16 month old Skud being reassured by owner Kevin Moore while Ashburton District Council regulatory manager Richard Wade implants a micro-chip during the council’s dog warrant of fitness day.

Doggie WOF day a huge success By Sue Newman By turning up to a doggie warrant of fitness today, dog owners saved money and the dogs themselves went away with a free health check and for those who needed it a certificate to say they were legal residents of the district. The Ashburton District Council dog warrant of fitness day was aimed at all dog owners, but was held with the motivation of rounding up tardy dog owners who had neglected to register or micro-chip the family pooch. And the day was a huge, all

round success, said organiser council regulatory manager Richard Wade, with everything from pocket-sized pets to giant strictly outdoor dogs and their owners calling in. “We’ve had a steady stream of people in here all day, some just to see the vet for a free health check but we’re chuffed we got so many coming down to be registered or micro-chipped,” he said. For dog owners who’d neglected to register their dogs in July, the one day amnesty on fines for non-registration was a perfect way for dog owners to save money, Mr Wade said. Normally the fine for failure

to register a dog is $300 with a 50 per cent penalty on the registration fee. Yesterday that was waived and the tardy dog owner was faced with just the $65 fee for an urban dog registration. Add to that the $20 the council usually charges for micro-chipping and it had to be a good deal, he said. Once a dog is registered, the owner has one month to have it micro-chipped before a fine is imposed. All dogs who are microchipped become part of a national data base that can instantly identify a dog where ever it is in New Zealand. For dog owner Kelvin Moore,

the warrant of fitness day was the perfect opportunity to have his dog micro-chipped. Sixteen month old Skud had been registered but Mr Moore said he’d never quite got around to finishing the job. “I saw this and thought, sweet, I can take her down there in my lunch break.” Skud also had the benefit of a toe nail clip while she was undergoing her check up with dog manicurist Leigh Lyttle doing brisk business. The success of the day has prompted Mr Wade to consider holding a rural clinic early next year.

Pay and display parking coming Ashburton is about to enter the era of pay and display parking on East Street. For some time the Ashburton District Council has had the units on its radar and has signalled they’re likely to be installed in February.

Tenders have been called for the installation of 12 machines that will be sited along both sides of East Street from Havelock to Moore Streets. Council customer services manager Joe van Nord anticipates tenders for the work will be let

prior to Christmas In most blocks there will be two machines installed and they will be sited in a way that means motorists will have to walk no more than three parking spaces to insert their money and obtain a parking ticket to display on their

vehicle’s dashboard, he said. The $115,000 the new meters are anticipated to cost will come from the council’s parking account. There will be additional costs for installation and for removal of the existing parking meters.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested by Whanganui police and charged with the aggravated robbery of the Puriri St TAB yesterday morning. He will appear in the Whanganui District Court today. Police said that about 10.40 a man presented a pistol and demanded money from a female staff member. A quantity of cash was taken. Three members of the public were in the TAB at the time. No one was injured in the robbery. The TAB is about 100 metres from the Gonville Police Station, which is at the Harper St/Abbot St corner, opposite the Gonville Shopping Centre. - APNZ

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Disgraced lawyer Great turnout for Miss Saigon auditions tries to save career By Susan Sandys

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Trying out for one of the roles in Miss Saigon at the weekend is Jack Hanrahan.

Variety Theatre of Ashburton members are impressed with the talent, both new and old, which turned out for Miss Saigon auditions at the weekend. Director David Williams said auditions, which kicked off on Friday and were still underway yesterday, had gone well and it was hoped the cast would be announced within a week. “We’ve had an overwhelming response,” he said. “There’s lots of talent, and also new talent, lots of men, lots of dancers.” “Audiences can be assured of an action-packed show with talented actors, singers and dancers.” Miss Saigon featured beautiful solos and duets, and generally its music was “emotive and poign-

ant”. “It’s vocally challenging but Ashburton people are up to it,” Mr Williams said. He was confident the Variety Theatre would fill the role of Miss Saigon, ideally to be played by a young woman of Asian descent. Casters were still looking for three- to six-year-olds to fill nonspeaking and non-singing roles in the show. The theatre would be hiring its props and costumes from Wellington Musical Theatre. Miss Saigon, which will stage at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre from January 24 to 31, is from the writer of Les Miserables. Set during occupied Saigon and the Vietnam War in 1975, it is a tragic tale of love between a young and innocent Vietnamese girl and a handsome, sensitive American GI who are separated by circumstances.

Running on roads should be avoided By Sam Morton Running on rural roads should be avoided and is a dangerous option, day or night, a coroner says. Coroner Tim Scott, of Palmerston North, highlighted the dangers in his report released yesterday, following the death of a truck driver last year who swerved to avoid a runner in Marton. Macrae De Thierry, 52, was killed when his car hit a power pole on his way home from work on July 6. In his findings, Coroner Scott

ruled that Marton lawyer Mark Richardson, who was running without high visibility clothing in the dark along the unlit rural road, caused the driver to swerve and avoid him. “He swerved in a reflex action. He tried to correct by swerving again. He lost control of his vehicle, which struck a power pole,” Coroner Scott said. Experienced marathon runner and Mt Hutt College PE teacher Glen Currie disagrees, pointing out rural roads are as safe as the runner makes them. He often runs along rural roads early morning, training for a

number of events he takes part in, both in New Zealand and overseas. “Generally, drivers in Mid Canterbury are very courteous and give runners and cyclists quite a wide berth, if possible. “But, I do think it is up to the runner to take responsibility for their positioning and myself, I make every effort to get off the road completely when there is traffic. “The reality is during winter, you need to run somewhere and rural roads are as safe as anywhere if the right precautions are taken, such as visibility clothing

and high awareness of traffic,” Mr Currie said. Ashburton Harriers Club publicity officer Joe Ford said running on rural roads should be considered risky by runners although not off limits. “It is a risk in its own right, but if all precautions and care is taken, then it should be fine. “In saying that, I agree with the coroner that it is not ideal to run on rural roads and if possible, runners should choose formed footpaths or wide open areas, away from traffic, to complete their training. “This eliminates the risk alto-

gether,” Mr Ford said. However, Coroner Scott insisted running on rural roads was not a safe practice at any time, day or night. “The tragic and sad death has provided me with an opportunity to carefully consider the wisdom of running on rural roads,” he said. “I conclude that in most situations, it is simply inherently dangerous to do this. “The crash occurred because Richardson (runner) was running on an unlit rural road and he should not have been there,” Coroner Scott said.

By Edward Gay Disgraced lawyer Barry Hart had a blocked nose, a cough and was fatigued in the days leading up to his disciplinary tribunal hearing which he did not attend, a court has heard. Mr Hart sent in a medical certificate stating he was unable to work, and did not attend his Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal hearing in July. Instead, he sent a lawyer to ask for an adjournment, but the hearing went ahead and Hart was found guilty of three misconduct charges brought by the Law Society which included overcharging. He was struck off. Now the 71-year-old has taken his case to the High Court at Auckland where his lawyers are arguing that a substantial miscarriage of justice has occurred. Mr Hart watched proceedings from the public gallery yesterday as Law Society lawyer Paul Collins detailed the adjournments in the case that spanned more than a year. Mr Collins said many of the delays were the fault of Mr Hart who eventually “disengaged from the process” and culminated with Mr Hart’s medical certificate. The medical certificate was read to the court and said Mr Hart was suffering from a congested nose, a cough and was fatigued after waking in the night with problems breathing. During a discussion about illnesses, chief High Court judge, Justice Helen Winkelmann asked Mr Collins “So, it has to be something more than a cold?” Mr Collins said it did, and it had to be something more substantial than stress. “Any person appearing before a Tribunal or a court would have symptoms of stress, and it would

be a charter for endless delays to allow this sort of thing to meet the threshold of a miscarriage of justice.” Mr Collins will continue arguing the case for the Law Society today. Earlier the court heard from lawyers for Mr Hart who argued that a fee of $35,000, charged to a client, was based on the serious nature of his client’s charges. “It is a question of the seniority of the practitioner - their reputation, their track record in the field and the results obtained,” said lawyer Jeremy Bioletti. He said the Tribunal had failed to take that into account, but agreed with Justice Winkelmann that the “nature of the task” should also be considered. The court has previously heard that on one occasion Mr Hart waited several hours in the District Court for his client’s case to be called. His charge-out rate was $1000 an hour. Mr Bioletti accepted that Mr Hart could have communicated his fees “more clearly” to his client. “But it is not evidence of some systematic exploitation of vulnerable people.” A senior lawyer and QC told Mr Hart’s disciplinary hearing that the work could have been done for between $15,000 and $16,000. Mr Bioletti accepted that the work could have been done for between $5000 and $10,000 less but the outcome of another lawyer doing the work can never be known. He said Mr Hart had been “pilloried” in public for overcharging, and did not deserve to be struck off. Another of Mr Hart’s lawyers, Anthony Trenwith, said the Tribunal acted with “too much haste” when it decided to hear the case despite Mr Hart not being present. -APNZ


ASHBURTON GUARDIAN, Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Dunedin MP attacked online Run or cycle OUR VIEW

ears-clear for safety

By Dene MacKenzie

Dunedin South MP Clare Curran admitted she was the senior MP attacked online at the weekend and yesterday for complaining to Labour Party hierarchy about comments made by commentators and bloggers. The Otago Daily Times contacted Ms Curran after noting the increasing number of mentions the Labour Party MP and IT spokeswoman was receiving on Twitter. Among the allegations being made online was that Labour Party MPs identified anonymous

bloggers by their IP addresses on the party’s Red Alert blog. Ms Curran said the people she complained about were party members, some of whom were using pseudonyms and had contributed to other party members being attacked and the Labour Party being undermined. “There are questions about the conduct of anonymous bloggers who belong to the party but may be bringing it into disrepute, and it’s an issue the party needs to grapple with in the digital age.” While not saying who her complaints were against, several leftwing bloggers named the person

as “Colonial Viper”, from Dunedin, a member of the party. Blogger Eddie wrote on The Standard: “To be clear, a senior MP is attempting to change the membership rules of the party to punish a member for writing some things that the MP doesn’t agree with in the comments section of blogs, which everyone knows Labour MPs don’t read anyway. Talk about breaking a butterfly upon a wheel. Talk about abusing your institutional power in an attempt to insulate yourself from criticism, no matter the cost to the party itself. “Apparently, the letter also

included reference to bringing The Standard ‘back into line’. Which is funny, because I remember those conversations when we set up this site - and none of us talked about toeing any party’s line. We talked about countering the Right’s dominance of the blogosphere, providing a Left voice on issues . . . Ms Curran said she had sought discussion at the party council level about what was an “acceptable” standard of behaviour, particularly when a member was expressing views anonymously, in a way in which was intended to damage other party members and the party overall.

Dead boy fine when playing at carer’s

By Sue Newman senior reporter


here ever you look they’re out there, the fit and the wanna-be fit, biking and cycling their way around the Ashburton District. Whether they’re on gym shoed feet or on two wheels, they’re often sharing road space with motorists. And there-in lies a potential for disaster. Palmerston North coroner Tim Scott ruled on the case of a crash where a runner and a car almost collided on a Marton road, resulting in the death of the motorist when he swerved to avoid a runner who was on his side of the road, running in the dark without high-vis clothing. It’s a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened, one that could probably have been avoided if the runner had been running to face on-coming traffic and had been appropriately clad. Some would say runners have no place on the road-side and that they and cyclists are dicing with death should they choose to share the tarmac with cars and trucks. And yes, there’s some validity to that school of thought, but with a bit of care and consideration by both parties road sharing works. If you’ve run or ridden on rural roads you’ll know that not every problem is caused by runners and riders, however; many motorists have to shoulder some of the blame for accidents or near misses.

It’s common courtesy when you’re sharing the road with people using slower modes of transport, and that means taking a bit of extra care when over taking. It’s as simple as being aware and leaving a decent gap between you and the motorist or cyclist. Cyclists and runners also have a big part to play in their own safety by wearing high-vis clothing, particularly when the light is poor, being aware of their surroundings and being alert to traffic. That doesn’t always happen. Check out the next runners or cyclists you see around Ashburton’s roads and streets. There’s a pretty good chance many will be plugged in and logged out – headphones in ears and music players blasting. They might be getting fit but they’re generally blissfully unaware of anything that’s going on around them. If you’re running, your hearing blocked by headphones, chances are you won’t hear a car coming behind you, won’t be aware of anything other than the pounding of your feet, your heart and the beat of music in your ears. A motorist might see you, but chances are, if you don’t see them you definitely won’t hear them until it’s too late. Plugging in while you’re running or cycling might make the time spin by but it also increases your chances of becoming an accident victim.

Eight escape blazing inferno in Napier As fire tore through the house leaving her with nothing more than she was wearing, Maraenui woman Sharron Paramore collapsed to the ground in shock and tears. But she was consoled by her daughter who simply told her: “Mum, we all got out.” “That is the important thing,” Casey Mewburn said. “We are all here.” Ms Mewburn had been in a state of shock, she said yesterday as she looked over the gutted shell of what had been her mother’s well-kept Housing New Zealand home in McLaren Crescent where she’d lived for about 15 years. Her 8-month-old daughter Havvana had been in a room at

the other end of the house away from the kitchen she and her mother were sitting in. She lives across the road from the house her mother shared with Susan Hicks and often popped over for lunch or a coffee. Apart from the three adults there were five children and grandchildren inside when the fire broke out about 12.15pm on Saturday. Ms Mewburn heard a smoke detector begin to go off - then heard one of the children cry out “fire!” She said it all happened so suddenly and ferociously - the fire tearing through one room, up into the ceiling area and into the next room.

She dashed through the smoke-filled hall to the room where her baby was asleep, grabbing her and getting her out. Ms Paramore and Ms Hicks ran to get the other children out. There was panic for a few minutes when one of the little boys could not be found - but he was spotted outside hiding from the fire behind a tree. The fire spread rapidly through the house, but did not deter Ms Paramore who dashed to the wash-house at the rear to get her beloved dog out. Neighbour Robert Daley had been in his garage and saw smoke billowing across his section as he walked outside. “I could hear the kids screaming and saw them getting out - it

was going up so fast.” He ran through his house and out the front but said the smoke had become so thick he could not see the gate just 6m away. “I saw Sharron come out and she just collapsed. It was frightening to see it all just going up.” Other neighbours, and stunned guests at an 80th birthday party taking place at nearby Pukemokimoki Marae, could only watch as flames tore through the house which was well ablaze when firefighters arrived. It was those neighbours, and the extended families and friends of Ms Paramore and Ms Hicks, who began rallying around them yesterday. Offers of furniture, clothing,

Leak sidelines Kingston Flyer By Olivia Caldwell Kingston Flyer staff say they were not consulted before the steam train was pulled off the rails on Sunday but were told at a meeting at 3pm on Saturday the tourist train service was being suspended for a month due to safety concerns. A driver of the Flyer for over 40 years, Russell Glendinning yesterday labelled the decision by the train’s owner, David Bryce, a “total overreaction” and avoidable. With its main tourist attraction out of action for a month over Christmas, the Kingston business community was sent into limbo when Mr Bryce announced the end of services until mid January after leaks were found in the boiler of the Ab 778 locomotive. Mr Glendinning told the Otago Daily Times that had the problem of a faulty boiler been discussed “it could have been resolved on the spot.” “This could have been fixed in a couple of hours, it is a total overreaction by management.” Kingston Flyer owner of little more than 18 months, David Bryce confirmed to The Otago Daily Times on Sunday the train

The Kingston Flyer. was up for sale for an undisclosed price due to concerns with his health. Last night, he said staff were notified on Friday night of an emergency meeting the next day to advise them the service was being suspended. Before Mr Bryce purchased the train business in September last year, it had been in receivership

She also made suggestions about how the party could deal with the issue professionally. “Not at any point have I sought disciplinary action against any individual.” In her correspondence with the council, Ms Curran said she had not used any individual’s name, instead using an online pseudonym as an example of how the behaviours were being manifested. “That person had previously identified themselves as using that pseudonym to me in an email conversation, and in subsequent faceto-face conversations,” she said. - APNZ

for nearly two years. He said water leaks had the potential to extend cracks in the boiler and cause it to explode and he had to take this action. However Mr Glendinning said yesterday “there is absolutely no danger of explosion whatsoever”. The main Ab 795 locomotive has sat idle and in need of a 10-year overhaul throughout the winter

even though inspectors advised Mr Bryce it was due for the service as early as March. Mr Glendinning said had a decision been made to repair the main locomotive earlier, they would not be in the situation of not having a replacement locomotive. Mr Bryce says the main locomotive was sent for repair in June, but Invercargill’s Gough Bros Engineering owner Graham Gough said it arrived a week into October. The cost of the overhaul was understood to be between $100,000 and $150,000 for the two and half months’ work. The service suspension has left 11 Kingston Flyer employees without work and Mr Bryce admits most would not be paid while the train was off the tracks. Kingston bed and breakfast owner Margaret Gibson said the community was shocked that the train service would be closed for a month during the town’s busiest period. “It’s devastating actually, right on Christmas time. There were programmes organised and events that will all have to be cancelled.” The train was likely to be back on the tracks by mid January, but Mr Bryce was “not making any promises”. -APNZ

bedding and money to get by had started to come in. Toni Maunde, said she was so close to the families she felt like Ms Paramore was her own mother. “She is an awesome lady, and we will rally around and help them get back on their feet again. It’s a terrible thing to happen - especially right on Christmas.” The women had been able to save only three or four Christmas presents. “They lost pretty well everything else.” Ms Mewburn said she was unable to look across the road and see her mum’s destroyed house without breaking down. “I came out and sat on the front step and just cried. I cried

all night.” The tragedy was the second to hit Ms Paramore in the past five years. In March 2007 her grandson was knocked over by a car in the driveway and died. She and Ms Hicks had stayed with family since the fire and it is understood Housing New Zealand was arranging a unit for them to move into today. The fire was believed to have broken out in a room where the children had been playing but it was not known how it started. Her family said despite the shock of the fire and losing everything, Ms Paramore went off to her cleaning job yesterday not just to take her mind off it, but because she did not want to let her employer down. -APNZ

The after-school carer of the 9-year-old boy who died suddenly on Friday in Raetihi said he seemed fine while playing at her house the previous afternoon. The woman, who wanted to be known only as Aunty Ku, is a member of Antony HerewiniChristensen’s whanau. She told the Chronicle yesterday Antony went to her home every day from Raetihi School, with her two boys. She said there were no signs of anything wrong on Thursday afternoon. “I didn’t see anything wrong with him. He wasn’t sick, he was fine.” She said Antony he was a polite young boy. “I always have a lot of kids come in after school. You know how boys do - they all rush in go straight to the fridge then go and play. But Antony was always really good. He always waited to be invited in and he never helped himself to the fridge. He was always very polite and waited to be asked.” Aunty Ku said she never thought in her wildest dreams when the siren went off on Friday morning that she would be hearing such terrible news. “So I couldn’t believe it when I got a phone call about 7.30am to tell me little Antony was dead. It was very hard to tell my boys. They just didn’t believe me.” Antony was a member of Raetihi Primary School’s kapa haka group and kapa haka competitions were on Friday, she said. “Antony’s group were talked to by their tutor and told they needed to perform for their friend and still do their best ... you know.” They draped Antony’s kapa haka uniform across the front of the stage, she said. “It was so moving and so sad ... it was so hard to believe that he had died.” And even though she had told them not to, Aunty Ku’s oldest sons went up to the marae to see Antony, she said. “They really needed to see him. They understand that he is dead now they have seen him. They were very upset. It was horrible.” Raetihi School principal Kawana Wallace said it was a very sad time for the school and community. “At this stage there is no information regarding the cause of Antony’s death. I guess the police will let everyone know as soon as they can.” -APNZ

YOUR VIEW Second bridge It’s unfortunate the council has decided to continue the farce that is the second bridge in light of the recent Local Government Act 2012 because should dissent towards Ashburton District Council deepen within the community similar to that felt towards the gallery as well as rising rates, devaluing properties and blown budgets it is very likely ministerial intervention will occur. The track record ADC have towards insulting the citizens of Ashburton, dating back to 2000, has been truly monumental leaving little doubt that there are probably few councils in New Zealand who have subjected their ratepayers to such blatant abuse. Since 2009 there have been at least three formal complaints to the Auditor General’s Office and three to the Ombudsman’s Office with regards to the Art Gallery alone. One of those complaints resulted in an investigation of ADC with regards to the consultation process and letting of the contract. Just how bad the management of this project has been is well documented in the media and it should not be forgotten leading up to next year’s elections. To date the final cost of the project remains elusive. The reason I mention the above Act is because, as ECan discov-

ered, “government intervention” is the new buzzword thus any concerns regarding local government management, spending, debt, services and contracts will likely open the doors for either a ministerial appointed team, a manager or commissioner/s to become involved. Add to the mix a disillusioned community distrusting of decisions made contrary to public opinion and the flames of discontent will further attract the attention of Wellington. So given that over the past decade, the inability of council management as well as those so-called “experienced” councillors to show some maturity and halt excess spending on grandiose schemes, it should not come as a surprise that amalgamation with either Selwyn or Timaru, be a very real consideration. Ironically, the citizens of Mid Canterbury may end up fighting to keep the ADC from becoming


little more than a revenue collection office devoid of all current departments - but then again there may not be too much love lost. Currently, the ball lies in the councillors’ court and it’s 40-all in the deciding set. Edward Gates

Thank you The Mid Canterbury SPCA would like to thank all the donors, volunteers and supporters in the past and during 2012. We are a small establishment of dedicated workers who give love and companionship to the animals that come into our care. Without your help it would not be possible to care for the cats and their kittens and our dogs and puppies who are in need of shelter. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you all. Elaine Busby

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Phone use ‘no reason to sack MP’ people who had rung me in confidence,” he said. They included KiwiRail contacts Embattled former NZ First MP he spoke to while exposing alleged Brendan Horan’s use of his par- safety issues at the rail operator, liamentary mobile phone to place including thousands of rotting bets at the TAB is not suffi- sleepers. cient reason to sack him, Prime Mr Horan said he had Minister John Key says. approached both the police and Mr Horan yesterday said he the Privacy Commissioner about used his parliamentary-funded the leak of his phone records. cellphone to call the TAB about “I wasn’t at all concerned about 140 times during 10 months in the amount of TAB calls on my Parliament as he was entitled line. There’s an average of 14 to do, and the total a month, that’s cost to the taxpayer nothing. was only about $20. “The costs Mr Horan’s parwould have been liamentary cellabout $20 over 10 phone records months. There’s showing calls to the fringe benefit tax TAB were leaked to paid on our cell media last week, a phones for our few days after he personal calls and was expelled from it falls well within the NZ First caucus that. following allegations “I would just he had improperly say that whoever accessed his dying leaked them was mother’s bank politically irreaccount. sponsible in the Mr Horan’s brothextreme ... they er Mana Ormsby were used selecBrendan Horan has claimed the MP tively for political used the money to buy food, hire gain.” DVDs and fund a gambling habit. However, Mr Horan is under Mr Peters has said Mr Horan’s fresh pressure in the form of use of his parliamentary cell- media reports that forensic phone to place bets was one of the accountants examining his late reasons he sacked the MP. mother’s affairs have raised When asked about the possibil- issues with a number of cheques. ity of National using Mr Horan’s Meanwhile Mr Key yesterday proxy vote, Mr Key said the party morning said it was possible the would want to understand exact- Government may move to reinly what Mr Horan was accused state some form of “waka jumpof, before having that discussion ing” legislation that would prevent with him. list MPs, such as Mr Horan, from “Using his mobile phone - to the staying on if they no longer reprebest of my knowledge and I might sented the party which took them stand corrected - is not a reason into Parliament. to sack a member of parliament. Previous legislation dealing with “I use my mobile phone to ring the issue expired in 2005. my wife, I use my mobile phone to “Parliament might hold hands make restaurant bookings.” and look at this issue and decide Mr Key said he understood that once more to try and put somekind of personal use was permit- thing more permanent in place,” ted as a fringe benefit. Mr Key told TVNZ’s Breakfast He also questioned whether the programme. frequency of Mr Horan’s calls to In an interview with RadioLive’s the TAB indicated he had a gam- Duncan Garner yesterday afterbling problem. noon, Mr Horan said his lawyers “Ringing 14 times a month; is would be dealing with the allegathat an addiction? I reckon that tions later this week. would be a stretch.” That would make it clear that: Mr Horan, who says his name “I have never stolen a cent from will be cleared, is staying on in my mother”. Parliament as an independent MP However, Mr Horan did not but is expected to be kicked out of deny he had received money from the NZ First party when the board his mother. met last evening. “My relationship with my mothYesterday afternoon he said he er was such that if I ever required had asked for the return of his anything, all I needed to do was phone records which it is under- ask.” stood were originally supplied to Asked whether that included NZ First by the Parliamentary ser- money, Mr Horan said: “this is all vice with Mr Horan’s permission. going to be brought out in a few “I was very concerned for the days”. - APNZ


• Log falls on woman An 18-year-old woman was seriously injured when a halftonne log fell on her at the Marsden Pt wharf in Northland on Sunday. She was flown to Whangarei Hospital, where she was in a critical but stable condition. The woman is a waterside worker employed by stevedoring company ISO. - APNZ

• Body identified Police have identified the body of a 29-year-old tattooed man found in Tauranga Harbour on Saturday. Police were notifying next of kin before his name would be released. The body had likely been in the water for between one to two weeks, police said. -APNZ

By Adam Bennett

• Driver sought Rotorua police are looking for the driver of a car which may have done a u-turn and caused a serious crash on State Highway 5. A dark blue Holden sedan lost control while taking evasive action and crashed into a bank about 2pm Sunday south of Tamaki Tours Village. Four injured people in the Holden, including a child, were taken to Rotorua Hospital. -APNZ

• Guilty plea to incest

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Freshly shorn Suri alpaca Hakatere from Adara Farm Alpacas meets Maybelline, a Huacaya alpaca from Waikara Park.

Alpaca get a trim to keep summer cool By Gabrielle Stuart Prizewinning alpaca at Waikara Farm shed their coats as the sun came out on Saturday, and alpaca farmer Brendon Taylor abandoned his own coat to help with the shearing on his farm. With the help of alpaca shearing expert Mike Banks all 116 alpacas were shorn by the end of the day, a job that would take Mr Taylor about 10 days on his own. Fleeces have to be dry to be shorn and packed, and because of their size and strength alpaca usually needed to be restrained before they are shorn.

“Myself it would take 15 minutes to shear each but he was churning them out, one every five minutes or so. It went beautifully – we had great facilities and everything went without a hitch.” Mr Taylor’s alpaca have been winning awards in shows across Canterbury, and took the Supreme Champion awards for both Suri and Huacaya breeds at the Waimate show three weeks ago. “It’s been a very good year. We focus on breeding, improving the strength and quality of the fibres. We’ve bought stud males from Australia to improve the strain, and we’re focused on creating a

consistent wool character.” Most of their fleeces are processed locally and will be turned into clothing or crafts and sold in New Zealand, but the international market is growing. Mr Taylor recently sold four alpaca to a breeder in Germany. The journey for the alpaca was a long one, with 42 days spent in quarantine, a flight with around 60 other alpaca in crates to London and from there a long ride in trucks to breeders across Europe. Mr Taylor runs the farm with help from his partner Janette Matheson and their daughter Brenna, while also working as a

truckie. He said that alpaca are low maintenance compared with a lot of livestock, which was one of the reasons he began farming them 13 years ago. “They’re less work than sheep. The fleeces are strong and come in 22 natural colours, and they are hypo-allergenic so they don’t irritate allergies like other fibres do.” Alpaca farming is growing in popularity in the Canterbury region. Mr Taylor said weather and good breeding stock contribute to the success of alpaca farming in Canterbury, but the area’s greatest asset are its “mighty fine stud breeders”.

Car thief to spend Christmas in custody By Katie Holland The teenage girl who stole 82-year-old Gavin Hayes’ car will spend Christmas in custody after her sentencing was again deferred. Janaya Ashby, 17, appeared in Rotorua District Court before Judge Phil Gittos yesterday for sentencing on 14 charges to which she had previously pleaded guilty. They included unlawfully taking Mr Hayes’ car, failing to stop, driving dangerously and driving while forbidden, all on October 9. She also admitted taking another car,

burglary, trespass and a breach of bail. In October it was reported how Mr Hayes had been targeted by teenagers, who were stealing from him. It led to him being given a new car and more than $4000 was raised for him. Ashby’s sentencing had been set for October but was delayed to allow probation to prepare a home detention report. Ashby’s lawyer, Wiremu Te Are, said a Wanganui address included in that report was no longer available, as the family members had moved. The new address, also

in Wanganui, would need to be checked before sentencing, given home detention was a possible outcome. Given the next available sentencing date was not until 2013, Mr Te Are asked the judge to consider releasing Ashby on bail into the care of a family member, who was present in court. “That family support she did not have in the past and has now could be the changing point she needs to turn her life around,” Mr Te Are said. “12 months ago we’d never heard of this woman. She’s managed to dig a very deep hole for

herself in a very short time.” However bail was opposed by police, who said there had been no significant change in circumstances since bail was denied in October. Judge Gittos said he was reluctant to keep a young person in custody for a relatively lengthy remand but it appeared to be inevitable. “It might be you would not present a further risk to the community but that is by no means a given,” he told Ashby. Ashby was remanded in custody for sentencing on January 29. - APNZ

A Hutt Valley man has admitted having sex with his 21-yearold daughter, who is herself charged with the murder of her newborn girl, whose body was found wrapped in a towel at a Taita Drive property in Lower Hutt in September. The 58-year-old man pleaded guilty to a charge of incest when he appeared in Lower Hutt District Court yesterday. - APNZ

• Excused from hearing Three family members arrested in a migrant labour exploitation investigation have been excused from their next hearing in Wellington District Court so they can attend a 60th birthday party in China. They face a number of charges including supplying false information, aiding a breach of an immigration permit and obstructing justice. - APNZ

• Managers foreigners A former chief mines inspector has revealed that every single mine manager at the Pike River Mine was a foreigner. Harry Bell, who gave evidence to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the mine disaster, spoke out after reading a report which blamed the disaster on the “old Kiwi No 8 wire” mentality. -APNZ

• Off whitebait An elderly whitebaiter has sworn never to whitebait again after he had his gear seized and his bait tipped into a river when he was caught illegally setting his net. William Paul, 82, escaped conviction in the Greymouth District Court yesterday after admitting to illegally setting a net at a 45-degree angle in October last year. - APNZ


Curfew for Drink driver rejected blood test drink driver An Ashburton man caught drink driving three times in seven years was sentenced to four months community detention yesterday. Peter Maxwell Batchelor, 54, a builder, blew 652mcg/l after being stopped by police on his way home from the pub recently. He had organised a sober driver, but that plan fell apart and Batchelor decided to get behind the wheel. His community detention starts on Friday and for the next four months he will have to live by a 9pm to 6am curfew and under special conditions imposed by probation officers. He is also

disqualified from driving for 13 months. Batchelor is involved in the Christchurch rebuild and travels to the city six days a week to work on building sites. His previous drink drive convictions were in 2005 and 2006 and Ashburton District Court Judge John Strettell said yesterday three convictions in seven years warranted more than a fine as punishment. Batchelor and others needed to get the message that repeat drink drivers would not be dealt with softly.

Fraser Edward Sullivan, 26, a meat worker of Tinwald, admitted a charge of refusing to give a blood specimen after being suspected of drink driving. He was fined $750 and disqualified from driving for six months. He also had to pay $75 for a medical officer who ended up not drawing blood. Sullivan was driving on Moore Street on November 4 when he was stopped by police, who wanted to check his licence and vehicle. He showed signs of having consumed alcohol and failed a roadside breath screening test. He asked for an evidential blood test, but refused when faced with the needle. Andrew Wright, 43, was convicted of his third drink driving offence, after being stopped at Queenstown and found driving

with 575mcg/l of breath. He had previous drink driving offences in 1998 and 2001. He told Judge John Strettell he opted to drive after waiting for a taxi that didn’t arrive. He was fined $900 and disqualified from driving for 13 months. Spray painter Preston Gary Ruck, 23, was fined $1000, disqualified from driving for 10 months and ordered to pay for bloodwork costing $168. Ruck was stopped by police on Oak Grove, when he said he was driving so a friend would not drive home drunk. Blood tests revealed 211mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, more than twice the legal limit. Judge Strettell said it was ironic Ruck had been driving to stop someone else from drink-driving. Ruck’s own alcohol intake would

have had a significant impact on his ability to drive, especially when it came to fine motor skills like stopping suddenly.

Hemotu Bessie Clark, 45, of Ashburton, struck a sympathetic chord with the judge when her lawyer said she was out looking for her 15-year-old son when she was busted drunk driving. Clark had been drinking with friends, not intending to drive, but went looking for her youngest son when he did not come home by 2am. She had only driven a block when she was stopped. She blew 636mcg/l. Judge Strettell said Clark had been in a dilemma; “lots of people might have done the same as you”. He convicted her of drink driving, sentenced her to 40 hours

community work and disqualified her from driving for six months.

Margaret Burns, 55, of Rakaia, was stopped on Thompsons Track and found driving over the limit. She blew 565mcg/l. Burns, who has previous drink driving convictions, was on her way home from the pub. Judge Strettell fined her $900 and banned her from driving for 10 months. She must also abide by a zero alcohol tolerance for three years when she gets her licence back. Mark Leslie Winter, 46, of Ashburton, was trying to get to the dairy farm where he worked when police caught him drink driving. He blew 553mcg/l. Winter, who has previous drink drive convictions, was

fined $1100, disqualified for 13 months and banned from having an interest in a vehicle for a year. The three-year zero alcohol tolerance also applies to him. “The level was not high but it was over the limit and, having previous experience of drink driving, you should have been aware it might have been something you were at risk of doing.”

Ryan James Gorman, 33, a labourer of Ashburton, was fined $1250 after he admitted driving with more than twice the legal breath-alcohol limit on November 24. He was stopped on Middle Road, after driving off from his girlfriend’s place following an argument. He blew 949mcg/l. Judge Strettell also disqualified him from driving for 12 months.

Woman admits to careless use causing injury charge Qiu Ying Chai, 25, admitted careless use causing injury, a charge that arose when she caused an accident at a give way sign at the corner of Chertsey Road and Rules Road on November 27. The Malaysian woman did not see a car approaching from her right

and failed to properly give way. The driver of the other car could not avoid a collision. He ended up with a fractured tibia needing plates and pins, and a torn bicep. Qui Ying Chai was fined $300, disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to make repa-

ration of $200 to a farmer whose fence was damaged in the crash, and $566 to the driver of the other car. A young mother who beat up a 14-year-old girl in a drunken rage was sentenced to 160 hours com-

munity work and placed under supervision for six months. Natasha Christine Ranson had admitted two charges of assault. The charges stemmed from a party when she and the complainant argued. In two separate attacks, she

punched the girl in the head and kicked her. Judge Strettell said such acts of violence in the community were not acceptable and Ranson needed help for alcohol and anger issues. An Ashburton woman who owed

about $47,000 in unpaid taxes admitted five charges laid by the Inland Revenue Department. Yvonne Marie McLean will be sentenced next February, but told IRD officers she was overwhelmed by bookwork associated with her café in Nelson.

She did not pay PAYE and GST to the IRD, and spent the money instead on staff wages and keeping the business going. She was working six days a week in the shop and could not afford an accountant. McLean now lives in Ashburton.


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UK nurse ‘died of shame’ put them through to a colleague who divulged details of Catherine’s recovery from severe morning sickness. Indian-born Saldanha, 46, who was found dead on Friday, is believed to have taken her own life although British police have refused to confirm that ahead of an inquest. The death is not being treated as suspicious. A post-mortem examination is due to be held this week and an inquest opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner’s Court, Scotland Yard said. Her devastated family are being comforted by relatives and friends at their home in Bristol. A friend said Saldanha’s husband, Benedict Barboza, 49, and their teenage son and daughter, aged 14 and 16, were “very, very shocked and unhappy at the tragedy”. British Labour MP Keith Vaz, who met the family yesterday, said a memorial service was being planned for next week.

By Dominic Harris The family of the nurse who was the victim of a prank phone call by two Australian radio DJs believe she died because of overwhelming “shame”, British media report. She was a “proper and righteous person” who would have been devastated about what happened, Jacintha Saldanha’s brother Naveen told the UK’s Daily Mail. “She would have felt much shame about the incident,” he said. The prank call, with 2Day FM radio DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian posing as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, was taken by the mother-of-two at London’s King Edward VII Hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for severe morning sickness. With no receptionist on duty at 5.30am local time on Tuesday, she

“They are grief stricken and shocked at her death. No words of sympathy can console them,” Vaz said. He said the family was grateful to the King Edward VII’s Hospital for establishing a memorial fund in her name, and would make a further statement in due course. Saldanha is originally from Mangalore in southwest India. Her mother-in-law, Carmine Barboza, told London’s Sunday Telegraph of the moment she heard of Saldanha’s death from her son. “He was crying and couldn’t speak much,” she said. “More than that, we do not know, about what actually happened. She is dead, that’s all. Jacintha was a very caring woman. We just cannot believe what has happened.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have sent their condolences to Saldanha’s family. - PA Jacintha Saldanha

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risk – their databases, their websites, their online advertising,” said a digitally altered voice on the video. “We will not listen to any more excuses. We will not let you escape your responsibility... This is no laughing matter. This is your one and only chance to make amends. You have one week to do so.” Station management defended the prank in which the two hosts posed as the Queen and Prince Charles in a telephone call to London’s King Edward VII Hospital last week and obtained private information about the condition of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-yearold mother of two, is believed to have taken her own life on Friday, three days after transferring the call to another nurse who divulged news about the duchess. Rhys Holleran, CEO of Southern Cross

The Sydney radio station at the centre of a royal prank scandal faced a diving share price and threats from cyber activists yesterday as its two under-fire hosts prepared for a round of television interviews. Shares in 2Day FM owner Southern Cross fell almost 8 per cent to $1.02 in morning trade as all advertising remained suspended after Coles and Telstra pulled their ads. Online activist group Anonymous posted a YouTube video calling on the station to sack hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who have been in hiding since the suicide of a London nurse duped by their hoax but agreed to appear on all three free-to-air TV networks last night. “You have placed your advertisers at

Austereo, said the station tried at least five times to contact the hospital to discuss the pre-recorded prank before it went to air. Mr Holleran said the company was deeply saddened by what had happened and was committed to helping authorities wanting to investigate the matter. “It’s a tragic event and one that we could never have foreseen,” he said. Mr Holleran denied the station had a cultural problem, despite on-air incidents involving another 2Day host Kyle Sandilands in recent years. “I can only say the prank call is not unusual around the world,” Mr Holleran said. “That style of call, it happens every day in radio around the world. No one could have reasonably foreseen what has happened.” Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said it

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was a “terrible tragedy” for all involved. “It was a prank that went horribly wrong,” he told reporters in Sydney. “I think it is important to let the dust settle before we rush into demands for more media regulation.” NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said controversy surrounding the prank should not be used to attack press freedom. “We should have a free media, but of course with that free media comes responsibility,” he said. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the media regulator ACMA was considering whether to initiate its own inquiry, beyond the usual process of giving broadcasters the opportunity to respond to complainants. Mr Holleran said he did not believe any ACMA codes governing radio broadcasts had been breached or that the station’s licence was in jeopardy. - AAP

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Prince William abandoned an event yesterday to be with his wife Catherine, as the Australian radio station engulfed in the row over the hoax phone call death promised to review its practices. William pulled out of attending a military tournament in London to spend more time with Catherine, who was treated in a London hospital last week for acute morning sickness. In London, a St James’ Palace spokesman said William had changed his plans to spend time privately with the duchess instead given the possibility that the acute morning sickness she had suffered might recur. And he warned that to respect her privacy they would not routinely be issuing reports on Catherine’s condition. It was the St James’ Palace spokesman who announced William’s decision to cancel his engagement at the British Military Tournament in London’s Earls Court. “It is well known that hyperemesis gravidarum often recurs and, until further notice, to allow the duchess a degree of privacy during her pregnancy, we do not intend to offer regular condition checks or advise of routine developments associated with it,” said the spokesman. On Saturday, William told guests at a charity function that morning sickness should be renamed as 30-year-old Kate had been suffering night and day. - AFP


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Two gas cylinders used in the 1982 bombing of a Jewish club in Sydney were stolen from Central Station, police have revealed. Police say their 30-year investigation into the bombings of the Israeli consulate and the Hakoah Club is coming together, with forensic tests showing the gas cylinders used in the Hakoah Club car bombing were the property of the organisation now known as RailCorp. Terrorism Investigation Squad commander Wayne Gordon told reporters the cylinders came from Central railway station in Sydney. At the time, they were used to fuel motorised luggage trolleys that operated on the platform. “The investigation has progressed,” he told reporters in Sydney yesterday. “And the jigsaw and the pieces of it are starting to come together.” Yesterday, police released an image of a woman believed to be involved in buying the vehicle used in the attack on the Hakoah Club. Also released was a photo of a silver 1979 Chrysler station wagon, which police believe was the type of vehicle used to transport the suspected offenders, the woman and two men. Police also issued photos of a 1970 green Ford Falcon, the make, model and colour of the number plates attached to the car used in the Hakoah Club bombing. The number plate was attached to a 1970 green Valiant sedan, in which the bomb was placed. The bombings on December 23, 1982, at the Israeli consulate in William Street and a vehicle parked in the Hakoah Club car park at Bondi injured two people and caused significant damage. Only one of the two gas cylinders used in the the Hakoah Club bombing detonated, damaging only the underground carpark where the vehicle was located. - AAP

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By Jamie Gray The Warehouse’s takeover of electronics retailer Noel Leeming will strengthen the company’s position in the New Zealand retail market for whiteware and consumer electronics, University of Canterbury senior business lecturer Laura Meriluoto says. “As with any horizontal merger, this merger will result in further concentration in the market, which implies more market power to the Warehouse,” she said in a commentary. The takeover did not require Commerce Commission approval because of the high number of participants in that part of the retail sector. The Warehouse said it had bought Noel Leeming, which has had a patchy financial performance in recent years, from Australian private equity company Gresham for $65 million. Gresham bought the Noel Leeming Group, which also includes the Bond and Bond chain of stores, in 2004 for $138.5m. Analysts said the move appeared to be a mild positive one for The Warehouse but doubted it would become a game

The Warehouse has bought the Noel Leeming chain of 92 electronics and appliances stores for $65m. changer for the company, which has struggled to grow in recent years. Shane Solly, portfolio manager at Mint Asset Management, said it was a marginally positive outcome for The Warehouse. “It gives them control over a number of electrical brands in New Zealand that they previously did not have,” he said. “The Warehouse in New Zealand has previously struggled to secure some electrical brands for the Red Sheds, so maybe they can benefit from that,” he said.

Mark Lister, head of private wealth research at Craigs Investment Partners said the move would provide The Warehouse with a “small avenue” of growth. “But having said that, it is a pretty tough space,” he said. “Appliance retailing has been plagued by falling margins because a lot of retailers had to reduce prices to shift stock,” Lister said. “Sales are going up but profits are not following them.” Noel Leeming has 92 stores through-

out New Zealand and an online retail presence, offering a broad range of branded electronic goods. The Warehouse said the consumer electronics and home appliance sector had experienced substantial growth over the past five years. “As people continue to purchase technology and entertainment products in an increasingly ‘connected’ world, the sector will continue to grow,” the company said. Noel Leeming will operate as a separate trading division with its own retail brand positioning and personality. The additional retail brands will compliment The Warehouse Group’s current retail brands – The Warehouse – and Warehouse Stationery, it said. The Warehouse expects Noel Leeming to contribute $4m to $6m to its first half earnings. Lister said there was some synergy between the two companies and the Warehouse had managed to debt-fund the purchase at low interest rates. The sharemarket’s initial response was lukewarm, with Warehouse shares firming to $3.13 before dropping back to $3.09, unchanged from Friday’s close. - APNZ

Retailers ready for shopping bonanza By Amelia Wade Retailers are in a Christmas sale freefor-all with only 14 days left to the 25th. New Zealanders have been spending more this year – November spending was up 4.6 per cent on last year, according to figures from Paymark, which processes about 75 per cent of all electronic transactions in New Zealand. But the real rush is tipped to be still coming. Homeware, beds, linen, toys, holidays, cars, groceries, bikes, electronics, outdoor furniture, CDs and DVDs have all been advertised as on sale in festive offers. One furniture store is even touting that its Boxing Day sale “is on now”. New Zealand Retailers’ Association chief executive John Albertson said this time of year was vital to retailers as it was when most had their largest volume of sales. Mr Albertson said the national increase in spending this November compared with the same month last year was encouraging. He predicted December to be up 3 to 4 per cent.

“We’d be very happy with that.” During festive sales, retailers needed to be sure they had the stock, bargains and the staff to cope. “Consumers can be very stressed this time of year so it’s vital to have the right amount of staff on to cope,” Mr Albertson said. “It looks like it’s going to be a really great Christmas for consumers this year – there’s lots of sales and bargains to make the most of.”

And New Zealanders are taking advantage of the savings. Paymark head of sales and marketing Paul Whiston said the increase in preChristmas spending had followed the patterns of recent years. “Based on historic figures, we expect the real rush is yet to come,” he said. “Between 2007 and 2011 spending jumped an average of 27 per cent from November to December as Kiwis ramped up their card usage in anticipation of

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Christmas.” But it’s not just retailers who have seen the benefits of New Zealanders opening their wallets. As the festive season swings into gear, spending at shops selling alcohol (up 10 per cent) and cafes and restaurants (up 9.3 per cent) are among the other increases on last year. This is an improvement on the weak annual growth rate in these sectors in recent months, according to Mr Whiston. However, the sharp increase could be attributed in part to November 2012 having one more Friday than November 2011. “It’s great to see Kiwis getting into the Christmas spirit and spending across a diverse range of sectors,” said Mr Whiston. “We hope to see retailers reaping the benefits in the coming weeks.” Nationwide, during November, the number of card transactions was 5.1 per cent higher than it was a year ago, Mr Whiston said. Debit card use (up 5.2 per cent) increased faster than credit card use (up 4.9 per cent) for the second month in a row. - APNZ

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Telecom announces flat-rate data plans Telecom has announced flat-rate data plans for its customers travelling overseas and says the move will save some users almost 90 per cent. The company will charge $6 a day for customers on post-paid plans using data across the Tasman, though it says it will review this next year. Post-paid Telecom customers in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Macay, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia will pay $10 a day for data. A fair-use policy applies to the flat rate services and Telecom says customers who use significantly more data while roaming than they do at home could breach this. For customers roaming outside these markets, Telecom has cut data charges between 83 and 92 per cent for postpaid customers and by up to 88 per cent for prepaid customers. The telco also cut voice call roaming charges. Telecom’s chief executive Simon Moutter said yesterday the flat rate would be easier for customers to understand. “We know data roaming charges have been a pain point for customers. Personally, it was a real bugbear of mine as a customer before I joined Telecom earlier this year. A flat fee provides certainty and puts an end to concerns about nasty bill shocks on your return home. “It’s also much simpler to follow than any usage based system as most customers don’t really know how quickly their phone,” Moutter said. Telecommunications User Association chief executive Paul Brislen applauded the move. “Telecom has jumped into the roaming issue with both feet and I’m very pleased with the result,” Brislen wrote in a blog post. “This kind of offer goes a long way towards saving customers’ sanity when they’re roaming and is especially good for business users, whose usage doesn’t vary that much whether they’re working in New Zealand or working abroad. You’ll be able to do all the things you do locally without breaking the bank and that will go a long way towards making data roaming a viable business tool,” he said.  - APNZ

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900 missing in typhoon By Bullit Marquez The number of people missing after a typhoon devastated the Philippines jumped to nearly 900 after families and fishing companies reported losing contact with more than 300 fishermen at sea, officials said. The fishermen from southern General Santos city and nearby Sarangani province left a few days before Typhoon Bopha hit the main southern island of Mindanas, Civil Defense chief Benito Ramos said. The death toll has already surpassed 600, mostly from flash floods that wiped away precarious communities in the southern region unaccustomed to typhoons. Ramos said the fishermen were headed to the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea and to the Pacific Ocean. Coast guard, navy and fishing vessels are searching for them, and some may have sought shelter on the many small islands in the area. “Maybe they are still alive,” Ramos said yesterday. Bopha was dissipating finally in the South China Sea after briefly veering back toward the country’s northwest on

Saturday, prompting worries of more devastation. Rescuers were searching for bodies or signs of life under tons of fallen trees and boulders in the worst-hit town of New Bataan, where rocks, mud and other rubble destroyed landmarks, making it doubly difficult to search places where houses once stood. Hundreds of refugees, rescuers and aid workers took a break yesterday to watch the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight on a big TV screen, only to be dismayed by their hero’s sixth-round knock-out. Elementary school teacher Constancio Olivar said people fell silent when Pacquiao, a congressman who comes from the southern Philippines where the storm hit, fell heavily to the canvas and remained motionless for some time. “It was like a double blow for me — this disaster and this defeat,” said Olivar, whose house was destroyed in the storm. “We were all crestfallen. Everyone fell silent, stunned. It was like we saw a tsunami.” Nearly 400,000 people, mostly from Compostela Valley and nearby Davao Oriental province, have lost their homes and

are crowded inside evacuation centers or staying with relatives. President Benigno Aquino III has declared a national calamity, which allows for price controls on basic commodities in typhoon-affected areas and the quick release of emergency funds. Officials said yesterday that 316 people were killed in Compostela Valley, including 165 in New Bataan, and 301 in Davao Oriental. More than 45 people were killed elsewhere. Nearly 900 are missing, including the fishermen and 440 from New Bataan alone. Davao Oriental authorities imposed a curfew there and ordered police to guard stores and shops to prevent looting. The typhoon destroyed about 18 percent of the banana plantations in Mindanao, causing losses estimated at 12 billion pesos ($300 million), according to Stephen Antig, executive director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association. The Philippines is the world’s third-largest banana producer and exporter, supplying international brands such as Dole, ap photo Chiquita and Del Monte. Residents affected by typhoon Bopha crowd as relief goods are distributed at New Bataan township, Compostela - AP Valley in southern Philippines.

Bega schoolgirl killer murdered Prue Bird By Belinda Merhab After 20 years of heartache wondering what happened to her daughter, Jenny Bird wept as the notorious Bega schoolgirl killer admitted she had been another one of his victims. Ms Bird glared at Leslie Camilleri from the moment he entered the room in the Victorian Supreme Court on Monday. She broke down, trembling and sobbing, as he pleaded guilty

to murdering her 13-year-old daughter Prue Bird on or about February 2, 1992 – the day she disappeared from her home in Glenroy, in Melbourne’s north. Camilleri, 43, has admitted to committing the murder but disputes some of the facts put forward by prosecutors, the court heard. His lawyer Jacqui Kennedy said Camilleri denied the prosecution’s assertion that he had acted in concert with another, insisting he acted alone.

“It is still put that he acted in concert with another person. That is disputed,” Ms Kennedy told Justice Elizabeth Curtain. Prue disappeared from her home after her mother left her in the care of a friend. The friend left the house briefly to pack boxes in the garage. Police had previously alleged that Prue was murdered as payback for evidence given by her grandmother and step-grandfather over Melbourne’s 1986 Russell Street bombing, which

killed a police officer and injured 21 others. Prosecutor Michele Williams, SC, told the court the crown would no longer rely on material relating to the Russell Street bombing as a motive for the teenager’s murder. The matter will proceed to a contested plea hearing on February 4. Prue’s body has never been found. During past appeals for help from the public, Ms Bird had

described not knowing what happened to her daughter as the “cruellest” blow. Although she believed Prue was dead, she wanted her daughter’s body returned to her for closure. “I’ve bought an urn and I want to get her remains back and I want her to come where she belongs, with me,” she told reporters last year. Police conducted a three-day search for Prue’s remains near Flat Rock Creek, north of the town of Cann River in far East

Gippsland, in February. But the search was called off after officers found nothing. The site is near where the bodies of schoolgirls Lauren Barry and Nichole Collins were found in 1997. The girls were kidnapped by Camilleri and an accomplice in Bega, NSW, and driven across the border to the isolated region where they were repeatedly raped and killed. Camilleri is serving life without parole for those murders. - AAP

• Bus plunges 300m A tour bus has plunged 300 metres down a ravine deep inside Taiwan’s mountains in Hsinchu County, killing 13 passengers. Ten others were injured in the crash which occurred yesterday, according to the Hsinchu fire bureau. Authorities said the passengers were mostly alumni of a local elementary school, in their sixties, who had booked the bus to visit an indigenous mountain village. - DPA

• Eight die in crash Eight people have been killed when their vehicle collided with a tanker truck on the highway that links Oruro, a region in western Bolivia to the central Cochabamba region. The accident occurred near Confital, a town about 128km from the city of Cochabamba, police captain Jose Terceros told EFE. The crash happened when a public transit van collided head-on with the tanker truck, Terceros, who is overseeing the investigation, said. The eight people riding in the van were killed, Terceros said. - EFE

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• Singer killed The wreckage of a plane carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera has been found in northern Mexico and there are no survivors. The Lear Jet was flying from south from Monterrey to Toluca, in the centre of the country and was carrying six other people besides the singer, said Antonio Gonzalez, mayor of the town of Iturbide, near the crash site. Radio contact with the plane was lost shortly after take-off. Rivera, 43, was a Californian of Mexican origin, best known for her music in genres known as Banda and Norteno. Her records have sold 15 million copies. Her Facebook page has more than 2.4 million ‘likes’. - AFP

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The Dairy Women’s Network is helping local dairy farmers prepare for challenges this season. DWN board member Neal Shaw and Julie Pirie (left), talk to Debbie McLaren, Shannon Johnson and DWN chair Michelle Wilson.

Helping women cope with stress Milk price forecasts, global issues and trying weather are putting pressure on farm businesses, and the Dairy Women’s Network is reminding its members to plan well for the challenging milk season ahead. The network has been running a series of workshops around the country, encour-

aging women dairy farmers to understand what they can control and plan for the rest. Chairperson Michelle Wilson said many who had entered the industry in the last five years could struggle. “We wanted to prepare people, rather than be the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.”

Workshop presenter and consultant Julie Pirie said farmers should take control of their finances, and focus on the things they could control. “Are you living within your means,” she asked. Managing stress was also important, as was seeking help if needed.

Network members should also keep an eye out for those not coping. “If someone calls out for help, help them.” Mrs Wilson said challenges were different for dairy farmers depending on where they lived, but the network offered plenty of support and was only a phone call or email away.


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“Ours is a whole farm approach and it is driven by economics. “Having said that, listening to Arden opened my eyes to how complacent farming had become; it is amazing what the soils can do if they are treated right,” Mrs Watt said. John Kamp, a sheep, beef and dairy farmer in Hawke’s Bay, says attending the soils course not once but twice, has helped him totally change his farming approach for the 700 hectares he has direct control over. As a syndicate shareholder he has also influenced three South Island dairy farms to become biologically managed. “What Arden had to say struck a chord with me,” said Mr Kamp. “As farmers we have a responsibility to grow nutrient-dense healthy foods. “We are contributing to the welfare of the human race and there is huge pride in knowing that what we are doing is beneficial for the land, people and our environment.” Jeff Williams agrees. A dairy and chicken farmer on the outskirts of Palmerston North, whose farm recently featured on the Country Calendar television programme, Mr Williams attended Dr Andersen’s course four years ago and says he is far happier in his farming now. “Modern dairy farming is extremely stressful and I think many farmers have forgotten their job description,” says Mr Williams. “As farmers we produce food for

mothers using it.” Crystalyx works by feeding the microbial population in the animal’s rumen, improving digestibility and providing key nutrients. As a result stock process more food, eat more and absorb essential elements including selenium, copper, vitamins, calcium, phosphate and magnesium. “I like the science behind the licks,” said Peter. “It’s all common sense really and I also like that Altum are running New Zealand trials.” Forage Plus, which has a different formulation to the Dry Cow product, was the subject of a fertility trial in New Zealand that concluded early 2011. A herd of two-year-old dairy cross-bred heifers were provided with Crystalyx Forage Plus licks eight weeks prior to the introduction of bulls. At the end of the trial involving a total of 319 heifers, 100 per cent of the heifers were in calf compared to 95 per cent of the control herd.

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Mid Canterbury farmers are being encouraged to learn more about biological practices to grow healthier produce and improve their bottom line. World renowned expert Arden Andersen will be in Ashburton for two days in February to talk about biological growing practices that have helped many New Zealand farmers and growers “join the dots” to improve produce as well as profit. American Dr Andersen will present other seminars in Taupo, Havelock North and Auckland. Nicky Watt is an Ashburton dairy farm manager and farm consultant with a BAgSci degree. She and husband Andrew have gained positive economic returns from introducing biological agriculture practices after she attended an Andersen course four years ago. Profitability is up and the fact the couple were 2012 finalists in the New Zealand Dairy Business of the Year competition, taking out both the environmental and people management awards, attests to the fact they are in the elite of New Zealand farmers. The Watts have a peak of 3000 cows on the 810 hectares they run under a biological programme. Theirs is a very scientific approach with cut cage trials showing far better nutrient cycling. There is a far better response to the reduced amount of nitrogen fertiliser applied, and 20 to 25 per cent greater pasture growth rate from foliar sprays.

13.0kg YL SI 13.5kg YM SI 15.0kg YM SI 15.0kg YM NI 15.0kg YM Market Indicator 17.5kg YX SI 19.0kg YX SI 19.0kg YX NI 21.0kg YX SI 21.0kg YX NI 23.0kg YX SI

last 4 weeks 3 months week ago ago

38.38 39.87 43.54 58.34 59.89 64.04 76.17 77.89 82.46 75.32 76.71 83.95 58.78 59.98 60.39 88.13 90.14 95.42 94.93 97.11 102.81 95.55 97.30 106.48 103.99 106.41 112.67 105.66 107.60 117.74 104.96 38.38 107.61 38.38 116.37 38.38 6.72 6.72 6.82

1 Kg Shorn Pelt SI

1 year ago

47.88 68.43 85.01 83.20 62.57 98.41 106.07 105.52 116.29 116.68 120.34 38.38

74.18 95.54 115.96 114.43 79.79 134.47 141.31 142.53 154.90 157.25 166.87 38.38



2012/13 Low High 38.38 58.34 76.17 75.32 58.78 88.13 94.93 95.55 103.99 105.66 104.96

2011/12 ave

* * * * * * * * * * *

48.15 68.71 87.66 86.47 61.84 101.51 109.43 109.67 120.00 121.27 134.07

56.71 76.89 94.67 95.42 71.25 110.00 117.99 120.31 129.32 132.83 139.52

6.72 *





M U T T O N ($) Including 0.5kg pelt 21kg MX1







P2 Steer SI (296-320kg) NI P2 Steer Market Indicator M Cow SI (160-195kg) NI M Cow Market Indicator

391 394 377 280 304 317

391 394 383 280 304 321

389 392 387 277 306 307

386 409 393 275 315 318

411 426 388 303 311 345

Bull SI (296-320kg) NI Bull Market Indicator

386 401 396

386 401 400

379 392 392

374 400 401

406 432 407


B E E F (c/ kg) 386 390 376 * 275 304 * 289 * 379 392 372

394 409 390 * 280 * 315 325 * 386 * 401 * 401

383 399 386 277 294 324 373 400 400

Based on announced schedules with levies & charges deducted and published premiums included. For a valid comparison between the Islands, add $1.20 in Lamb and 7c/kg in Beef to the North Is values, because North Is Cos pay freight.

V E N I S O N ($/kg - gross) AP Hind 50kg AP Stag 60kg AP Stag 80kg

6.91 7.00 6.61

7.08 7.18 6.78

7.63 7.73 7.33

7.73 7.83 7.43

8.46 8.55 8.15

6.91 * 7.00 * 6.61 *

7.98 8.08 7.68

7.73 7.82 7.42

1420 1070 850 685 485 437 395 375 490

1420 1055 815 670 425 405 400 385 495

1570 1060 840 715 415 375 355 335 495

1766 1174 890 830 655 646 646 615 610

1280 985 815 670 395 345 340 315 485

1570 1100 900 735 485 * 437 * 435 385 506

1705 1170 895 797 606 594 591 564 571

458 422

469 425

470 433

335 463

331 346

517 468

417 433

4050 4170 4200 4970 11900

3930 4180 3990 4990 10980

4910 4490 4820 5300 13060

3490 3360 3420 4680 10220

4200 4300 4200 5180 12270

4812 4151 4290 5147 12382

W O O L Data: WSI

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Fine (21 microns) Medium (25 microns) Medium (27 microns) Medium (29 microns) Coarse (35 microns) Coarse (37 microns) Coarse (39 microns) 2nd Shear (37 microns-85mm) Lamb (31 micron-75mm)

W H E A T ($NZ/Tonne) ASW (Aus standard White) NZ Free (12.5% protein)

DAIRY PRODUCT PRICES Butter (NZ$/tonne) Skim Milk powder Whole Milk Powder Cheddar Cheese Casein

4150 4160 4020 4690 11850

Prices are indicative only. They are compiled from an assessment of sales made worldwide on one-off basis in US $. Quota market sales and contracts are excluded. The prices are then converted to $NZ/t FOB at current exchange rates.



UK PM Lamb (p/kg) CIF US Bull (USc/lb) CIF US Cow (USc/lb) CIF Venison Bone-in leg (E/Kg)

PRICES 325 225 212 6.40

315 216 201 6.40

0.831 0.518 0.641 2.68

0.815 0.510 0.640 2.62

315 215 202 6.80

485 206 198 6.90

315 206 193 6.40 *

325 * 225 * 212 * 6.80

405 210 198 6.72

FINANCE US Dollar UK Pound Euro 2 Year Wholesale Rate (%)


D A T A (000)

Lamb SI Mutton SI Beef SI Information provided by NZX Agrifax

160 44 10.4

0.802 0.774 0.503 0.495 0.635 0.580 2.70 2.74 (Estimates only) 169 50 164 12 10 34 11.3 3.9 10.2

0.753 0.481 0.596 2.40 93 6 4.4

0.839 0.528 0.665 3.12 169 44 * 11.3

Note: * denotes a new low/high for season.

0.791 0.494 0.568 3.32

LAMB The North Island mutton slaughter has spiked in the last few weeks, which is a reflection of the season many farmers are experiencing. Often when feed is tight at this time of year farmers will offload more ewes earlier in order to conserve as much feed as possible for fattening lambs. Warmer temperatures and reasonable rainfall have given pasture growth a boost in the past week but some eastern regions in particular will be hoping there is more to come. Lamb processing is now rising sharply as well, and space at meat plants is expected to be tight in the coming weeks as farmers look to get drafts done before the Christmas period. Meat companies are continuing to pull the schedule back every week, which is the typical trend seen at this time of year.

BEEF The latest data shows that the North Island cattle slaughter dropped away a little during the week ended December 1. This has lead meat companies to up schedule prices, particularly on bulls, in order to draw more stock into plants. Overseas, the manufacturing market has had a flat week as the US end of the supply chain absorbs the latest record price levels. Imported meat is now trading above the US domestic market because buyers are anticipating that domestic prices will lift as their peak autumn cow cull passes and supplies tighten. This should happen in the next few weeks but buyers want to see it eventuating before committing to purchasing more imported beef at such high price levels.

DAIRY Global markets for dairy commodities remain subdued. Buyers are generally well covered at the moment, therefore demand for immediate deliveries has eased. The Agrifax price series of Oceanic dairy commodities eased a little in the past week for most products, but the Agrifax whole milk powder (WMP) price remained steady this week at US$3340 per tonne. This is significantly higher than the prices achieved for WMP at the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, where prices eased back by 3.5%. The NZX Pasture Growth Index (PGI) has been tracking behind last season throughout November and early December. This was mainly due to a lack of soil moisture throughout much of New Zealand. However the PGI is forecast to improve in the next fortnight and rains have already fallen across much of New Zealand. There has been strong demand for units in the Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund (FSF). The units traded as high as $6.95 in the first days of trading but have now eased back and were trading around $6.70 at midday on Friday.

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Little shop was the centre of Hampstead life By Michael Hanrahan A small shop in Cambridge Street has had many uses over the years. In the 1990s it was known as Lilliput Nursery, operated by Bernie Kelliher, who lived in the adjacent house. From the late 1940s it was a shoe repair shop, operated first by Stephen Todd, and after he died by Bruce Wesley. Passers-by were able to stop at the large window, right on the street, and watch the work being carried out just inside the window. People of an earlier generation may remember a Mr Morton who ran a confectionary shop in an ideal place adjacent to the school. The lollies were kept under a glasstopped counter, with a ledge running along the front for the children to stand on so they could get a clear view of what they were ordering. While the shop at that time may have been a centre of village life, it was even more so in earlier times, when it was the Hampstead

Post Office. The first postmistress was Agnes Elizabeth Crosby, who opened the Post Office in October 1, 1885 although, as it was at that stage only an office for selling stamps and accepting mail, it is likely it also operated as a store. Whether the building dates from that time or earlier is not known, but it pre-dates the area being named Hampstead by almost a year. The Hampstead Town Board was set up in June 1886 to administer a town originally to be called Hakatere, although the newly elected board soon changed that to the more familiar sounding Hampstead. By the end of the following year the board was charging its residents rates, and Mrs Crosby’s premises became its office where people could pay their rates. A year later, in September 1888, Mrs Crosby was acting as returning officer for the election of five new commissioners to form a new board. The board agreed to rent her premises as an office for three months. As if her work for the town board

and her shop and post office work was not sufficient to keep her busy, Mrs Crosby became caretaker of Hampstead School when it opened in 1886, although it was not until June 1892 that she was formally appointed. She held the position until 1909. Her relationship with the Hampstead Town Board soured somewhat, with the board in 1892 refusing to pay back rent on the office they leased from her. However, they were back on track by the time new commissioners were elected in 1898 as she again acted as returning officer, with her house being the polling place. Throughout all this time there is no mention of a Mr Crosby, although there was a daughter, also called Agnes. At a Hampstead School Committee meeting in 1904 a Mr Crosby seconded a motion, but there is no indication that he was the husband of Agnes. Agnes Crosby died in February 1909. She was buried in the Ashburton Cemetery after a service at St Stephen’s Church, where she

had been a faithful parishioner. Her published obituary said her death was keenly felt by the residents of Hampstead, and by the children of Hampstead School “with whom she was a familiar figure and a firm favourite”. After her death the running of the Hampstead Post Office fell to her daughter Agnes. However, within days of her mother’s death Agnes junior was injured in an accident when her pony shied because someone started their car beside it. While she was awarded damages she was still out of pocket and conducted a newspaper campaign seeking donations. The case was later appealed and Agnes lost the damages she was supposed to have received, and disappeared from the Ashburton scene. In 1911 the Post Office was taken over by Arthur Botting, who leased Mrs Crosby’s shop. A year later, in 1912 it was taken over by Oscar Chivers, then in 1917 by Mrs Mary Tedford. She resigned after two months and the building was no longer a post office from July 1917.

The Hampstead Post Office and Mrs Crosby’s house today.

This bed has military origins FROM THE COLLECTION

By Kathleen Stringer


o it isn’t a form a torture rack, but it may not have been that comfortable none the less. This reclining chair (campaign bed) is modelled on the early campaign furniture. Made of metal with padded arms it would have been fitted with a canvas mattress – no doubt filled with horse hair. It may not compare well with the fold-up-and-go picnic and camping accessories of today, but it would certainly be an improvement on a lumpy ground sheet or unreliable Lillo. The original campaign furniture is much more elaborate than the model shown here.

As one might guess from its name its origins are military. It is essentially English and found popularity with officers who wanted the comforts of home while on location. The stable of furniture items included chairs and beds, but also cabinets and tables. There are even campaign showers which are wooden shower cubicles. Earlier pieces were designed to look elegant but still be practicable. To achieve this aim the items had to be transportable. This may mean being folded up like this chair, but also dismantled

and put together quickly without screws or nails. It also had to be light enough to be carried but sturdy enough not to break. The craftsmanship and ingenuity in designing and making these items makes them both collectable and often copied. Campaign furniture became most popular in the 1700s but its usefulness lives on in such high brow adventures as safaris. Adaptations such as the use of lighter woods, and canvas (instead of leather) were devised during the lengthy British occupation in India. This particular example, while not

as pretty as some earlier pieces, has an interesting history. The donor’s grandfather, Cyril White, once owned Hawke and Co, well known Saville Row tailors. Among his customers were British officers, who (like their New Zealand counterparts) were able to employ tailors to make their uniforms rather than suffering the bland sameness of issued uniforms. Given his military associations he may have easily obtained such a piece as a souvenir or in preparation for his own expedition. In 1880, Cyril and his wife Elizabeth came to North Canterbury. It is thought that they brought the bed out with them, as such chairs are relatively rare in New Zealand, although they were still popular until the 1900s in Britain.

The pasture renovator GUEST SPOT

By Gilmour Blee

Boxing tourneys at the Radiant In the late 1950s and early ’60s regular boxing tournaments were held in Ashburton, mainly in the Radiant Hall. Some very talented local boxers participated, along with visitors from Canterbury and South Canterbury. Brian Maunsell fought in Ashburton; he was a top New Zealand boxer in his division. I attended Xavier College in Christchurch with Brian, the school being run by the Marist brothers. Good crowds supported these events. John Lawler Rakaia



ARIES (Mar 21st Apr 20th) It’s a great time to validate yourself and your ideas. You may be successful in launching a new plan or project. Aside from this, razor-sharp thinking may be your best bet if you’re working on a business proposition today. It’s possible that friend may try to impose on you, but stand your ground and things should eventually go your way.


Among the many farm implements and other equipment produced by H. V. McKay/ Massey Harris in Australia, besides Sunshine headers, was the Sunprong Combined Pasture Renovater – seeder and fertiliser spreader. Produced in 1936/37, some were sold in Canterbury and possibly further afield with or without the small seed and fertiliser boxes and necessary change cogs. The mechanism operating these boxes was chain driven from a ground wheel. They had a working width of 5ft 6ins to 6ft 5ins. The two gangs of rotating prongs would make a good seed bed or they could be used simply for pasture renovation by applying fertiliser and/or seed, or simply aerating the soil while avoiding unnecessary damage to the existing turf. The implement required three horses to pull it or could be provided with a hitch for use behind a tractor. “For renovating and top dressing pasture land, there is no implement to equal the

Mid Canterbury Vintage Machinery Club Sunprong” – quote. This implement was chosen as “The greatest advance in its field” at the Melbourne Royal Show, 1937, and also won the Gold Medal at the Christchurch A&P Show. Australian farmers spoke highly of the machine’s capabilities. The Sunprong Pasture

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TAURUS (Apr 21st May 21st) You may need to be tactful with both business and personal relationships. Try to avoid an argument if you can. It is possible a worthwhile investment tip is in the air, so listen and watch out for it. Make plans to take a trip or study course. This can also be a good time to revise your investment strategy as well. Be totally open-minded.

GEMINI (May 22nd Jun 21st) Don’t be so caught up in your own thoughts that you fail to see the value in what another has to say. Your partner may have something important to share with you and paying attention could mean that an ongoing problem is easily resolved. Extra responsibilities may keep you busy. Why not unwind tonight with an activity that relaxes you?

Renovater in the photograph was located at Waikari in 2001 and is now in Ashburton. It still had new fertilizer and seed boxes, and the necessary change cogs and parts book. With some restoration work, carried out on it in 2002, it is now in top condition. Thanks to Allan Willetts for his help with this story.

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CANCER (Jun 22nd - Jul 23rd) Your passions may quicken, especially if your latest love interest seems more forthcoming. If single, you may meet someone new and exciting. Your intuition can put you on track so pay attention to those subtle hints. You can also count on it at work when a coincidence may enable you to take advantage of a truly golden opportunity Cancer.

LEO (Jul 24th - Aug 23rd) Friends you haven’t seen lately may be thinking about you so perhaps it’s time to pay a visit. Your social life continues to buzz and as Mercury zips into Sagittarius today you may find that romance is on the agenda as well. It’s a great time for travel and work of a creative nature. Later on you may enjoy entertaining at home.

VIRGO (Aug 24th Sep 23rd) You may find that neither you nor your partner wants to budge an inch in a certain matter. However, something has to give. Try to avoid arguments and do your best to find a workable solution. Your home zone is in focus so perhaps it’s time to get ready for the festivities. Think about de-cluttering and sprucing up.

The Sunprong Pasture Renovator before (above) and after restoration.

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LIBRA (Sep 24th Oct 23rd) You may feel keen to get your house in order with Mars egging you on. Clearing out clutter is one way to make space for the festive decorations. However, don’t let someone’s indifferent attitude get to you. Instead, get out and do some seasonal shopping. If your budget is already in place there’s less chance you’ll spend too much today.

SCORPIO (Oct 24th - Nov 22nd) It could be a banner time for you in business, especially as you are currently in vogue, so do put your mind to things. Though career matters may seem uncertain in some respects, current influences are on your side as far as cooking up new deals and snapping up lucrative contracts are concerned. All you need is the inner confidence.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23rd - Dec 21st) As Mercury re-establishes into your sign you may be in a chattier mood than usual. Your thinking may be deeper too and you may even be asked to take a leadership role in a group activity. It’s important for you to be able to express your ideas and thoughts and to get feedback. Others will encourage you to do what you have to do Archer.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22nd - Jan 20th) Mixed trends may be affecting your social picture. It’s possible that you’ll have a great time with one friend while another turns out to be dour and unexciting. Don’t take it too personally as they may have issues they are dealing with. However, you may have too much to do to be worrying about others. Progress can be made in your work hopes.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21st - Feb 19th) Today mixing business with pleasure may not be recommended, although as Mercury re-engages in your social zone it is a time to get into the networking habit once again. Festive parties bring the spirit of the season into the workplace. You may have a chance to enjoy mixing with those you rarely get the chance or time to speak to.


PISCES (Feb 20th Mar 20th) If you’re single you may be romantically drawn to a person from a different cultural background. There is still a powerful focus that encourages you to move out of your comfort zone. Today, as the Moon continues in Scorpio, it suggests that a conversation may attract you to someone who seems mysterious and magnetic. Will you take it further?


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cently today. The younger players coming in did their bit when they needed to but the core group of five experienced players - Cama, [DJ] Forbes, Mikkelson, [Lote] Raikabula, Baker, they were just outstanding,� Tietjens said. Captain Forbes added: “The boys needed this one - three finals, we needed to start winning. Obviously, looking ahead going into our home tourney, it’s good to have one in the bank.� The Wellington tournament will be held on February 1-2. Leaders New Zealand have the USA, England and Spain in their pool for the Wellington round. France, who are now second on the overall leaderboard, face matches against Argentina, Kenya and Tonga. South Africa were drawn against Wales, Samoa and Canada. Portugal, who won their pool in Port Elizabeth, face three tough matches against Fiji, Australia and Scotland. After three of the nine rounds, defending champions New Zealand lead the standings on 60 points, ahead of France (46), Fiji (44), South Africa (41) and Samoa (39). - APNZ



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New Zealand have continued their winning form in the South Africa Sevens tournament, thrashing France 47-12 in the Cup final for their fourth consecutive title in Port Elizabeth. It was New Zealand’s first victory of the season after falling short in their two other Cup finals against Samoa in Dubai and Fiji in Australia. “It was important,� coach Gordon Tietjens said of breaking their duck for the season. “We talked about it just briefly. “We had to work really hard. We were quite clinical today. “You never underestimate the French either coming into a final like this ... to win it convincingly in the end was awesome.� Series leaders New Zealand scored seven tries to one, with Kurt Baker scoring a hat-trick and Ben Lam, Sam Dickson, Tim Mikkelson and Milford Keresoma also dotting down. Tomasi Cama kicked six conversions from seven attempts. Tietjens’ side had edged South Africa 12-5 in the semi-finals after thrashing Wales 35-5 in the quarterfinals. “The players performed magnifi-

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By Tom Williams Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini reserved pointed criticism for Samir Nasri and Mario Balotelli after his side’s damaging derby defeat by Manchester United. City went down 3-2 in injury time at the Etihad Stadium yesterday, with Robin van Persie’s 92nd-minute freekick bringing United victory after Pablo Zabaleta looked to have claimed a share of the spoils with a late equaliser. Van Persie’s free-kick took a telling deflection off Nasri, who appeared to shy away as the ball arrowed towards him, while Balotelli stormed straight down the tunnel after being substituted in the 52nd minute. Carlos Tevez, Balotelli’s replacement, stepped out of the defensive wall as van Persie prepared to strike his decisive setpiece, but Mancini dismissed suggestions he had instructed the Argentine to move. “It was a dangerous free-kick,� said the Italian. “I don’t know why (Tevez left the wall), but we made a mistake there.� Tevez’s departure from the wall left City with only three players to face van Persie’s shot, but Mancini said Nasri’s behaviour was more baffling. “In the last free-kick, we put only three players there,� he said. “Were there three? We had two and a half. We didn’t cover very well.� He added: “We dominated the second half, but we can’t concede a goal like this. If it hits you in the face, it hits you in the face. In the history of football, there are teams who didn’t win championships for this reason. I’m really upset we didn’t win this game.� Mancini was also less than impressed with the display of Balotelli, who came back into the starting XI after starting City’s previous two games on the bench, only to leave the fray before the hour with little to show for his efforts. “I think it’s important for him to start to think about his job if he wants to play well,� said Mancini. - AFP

• Finch back at Storm Brett Finch didn’t mind bringing up the rear at his first training session back with Melbourne because it gave him a chance to learn some of his NRL teammates’ names written on their backs. The popular 31-year-old looked in good shape in his return to the Storm after a twoyear absence, which he spent playing for Wigan in the UK Super League. Finch was forced out of Melbourne in the wake of the salary cap cheating scandal, and has turned his back on around $400,000 to play with Melbourne again. - AAP

• Hughes up for tests A confident Phil Hughes hopes he can translate his sizzling domestic form into the Test arena when Australia’s threematch series against Sri Lanka begins in Hobart on Friday. Hughes cracked a match-winning 74 off 48 balls to help guide the Adelaide Strikers to a six-wicket victory over the Perth Scorchers at the WACA Ground on Sunday. Chasing 163 for victory, the Strikers reached 4-164 with four balls to spare. - AAP

• Ryder in the runs Jesse Ryder hit a run-a-ball century to put Wellington in a commanding position on the first day of their Plunket Shield clash with Central Districts yesterday. Ryder has been in a rich vein of form with the bat since returning from his self-imposed exile from cricket, and that continued as he finished the day unbeaten on 108 as Wellington amassed 176-2. After bowling out Central Districts for 260, Wellington now stand a great chance of toppling the Plunket Shield leaders and pulling themselves up from fifth position. Ryder and Michael Papps (58no) made the most of their opportunity and, by stumps, had put on an unbeaten 161-run stand for the third wicket. Ryder was the main aggressor as he smashed his 13th first class ton, hitting 10 fours and four sixes.

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Canterbury Racing-Nth Cant’y Venue: Riccarton Park Meeting Date: 11 Dec 2012 NZ Meeting number: 6 Doubles: 2 and 3; 4 and 5; 6 and 7; 8 and 9 Trebles: 1, 2 and 3; 4, 5 and 6; 7, 8 and 9 1 2.50pm (NZT) WAIMAKARIRI BUSINESSES MAIDEN $8000, MDN, 1800m 1 522 Dunroamin (9) 58.5................. S Wynne (a4) 2 37562 Major Decision (2) 58.5............... C Johnson 3 72 Red Bullet 58.5............................. Scratched 4 3 Upnover 58.5................................ Scratched 5 x8738 Contador (1) 58.5................K C Walters (a2) 6 x7746 Jack Romanov (5) 58.5................... J Bullard 7 050x The Drafter (7) 58.5.............. R Doherty (a2) 8 0 Itwasme (3) 58.5...........................T Moseley 9 05087 Jimmy The One (6) 58.5..............L Callaway 10 x6850 Harden Up Son (4) 57......... R Hutchings (a) 11 95202 What’s New (8) 56.5....................R Hannam 2 3.28pm BUSH INN 150TH ANNIVERSARY MAIDEN $8000, MDN, 1400m 1 422x9 Google Me (5) 58.5.............. R Hutchings (a) 2 26 Presley (7) 58.5...........................C Johnson 3 Victory Hero (3) 58.5...................... J Bullard 4 x7x00 Baltic (11) 58.5.........................L McKay (a3) 5 x8087 Pompei Cat (4) 58.5........................R Bishop 6 3800 Trundler (14) 58.5.........................T Moseley 7 64. Percy Possum (8) 57................. S Muniandy 8 Mr Wiz (2) 57...............................L Callaway 9 96480 Old Gold (6) 56.5.................... P Shaikh (a4)

Kumeu TC fields Kumeu District Trotting Club Meeting Date: 11 Dec 2012 NZ Meeting number: 5 Doubles: 1 and 2; 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8 Trebles: 2, 3 and 4; 6, 7 and 8 1 12.35pm (NZT) GLEN EDEN LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES MOBILE PACE $4000, 1 to 4 wins mob. pace, 2200m 1 3847P Curlys Cousin (1) fr........................ S Phillips 2 x5x36 Lady Willpower (2) fr....................... R Arnold 3 71838 Only Whisper (3) fr.......................... T Thorby 4 31152 JD’s Dream (4) fr..............................J Darby 5 0x114 Easy For Cullen (5) fr................ M Northcott 6 27276 Harry The Maori fr........................ Scratched 7 85441 Anvil Justice (6) fr....................... J Brownlee 8 68567 Burnaby Kan (7) fr...............J Kriechbaumer 2 1.05pm FEED DIRECT HANDICAP TROT $4161, 2yo+ up to 1 win spechcp trot, stand, 2200m 1 x5497 Wild Turkey (1) fr............................N Chilcott 2 Brookby Prince (2) fr.....................T Grayling 3 Spud Murphy (3) fr.......................J Stormont

Christchurch greyhounds Christchurch Greyhound Racing Club Venue: Addington Raceway Meeting Date: 11 Dec 2012 NZ Meeting number: 9 Doubles: 1 and 2; 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8; 9 and 10; 11 and 12 Trebles: 1, 2 and 3; 4, 5 and 6; 7, 8 and 9; 10, 11 and 12 1 12.03pm (NZT) SUPER PETS SPRINT C0, 295m 1 33 All For One nwtd J &........................D Fahey 2 45231 Wellywood (c1) 17.82 W &................ Nissen 3 4435 Cawbourne Brooke nwtd...........J McInerney 4 74575 Yes He Will nwtd............................... B Dann 5 23324 Teevee Garbo nwtd........................... M Flipp 6 5621 Make Your Point (c1) 17.75 W &........ Nissen 7 47 Red Eye Max nwtd..................... R Cockburn 8 22846 Harley Haka nwtd......................J McInerney 9 58262 Opawa Leighton nwtd L &.................. Wales 10 88665 Top Player nwtd P &...........................Doody 2 12.23pm CONTROLINSULATION.CO.NZ DASH C2, 295m 1 25577 El Maestro (c1) 17.53 H &...................Taylor 2 48325 Out By Five nwtd M &........................Jopson 3 62253 Reddy Boy 17.43.............................. B Dann 4 23641 Matti Oah (c3) 17.08..................J McInerney 5 11331 Jack’s First (c3) 17.63.......................B Shaw 6 61418 Nitro Mabel 17.49 H &.........................Taylor 7 43256 My Little Oah nwtd.....................J McInerney 8 56623 Foggy Storm 17.48 J &...........................May 9 58267 Renner’s Gift 17.61 P &......................Doody 10 66736 Tie My Tie 17.72 J &...............................May 3 12.42pm HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL SCOTT C1, 295m 1 11332 Pick The Tip 17.73........................... D Voyce 2 87786 Mum’s Prodigy nwtd...........................P Scott 3 716 Claremont Pizzaz 17.82................ L Waretini 4 14727 Campaigner 17.83 H &........................Taylor

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4 Montana Inspiration (4) fr........ T Macfarlane 5 x4580 Lucky Earl (5) fr........................ M McKendry 6 0 Mr Majestic (U1) fr............................ A Clark 7 95318 Immortal Beloved (1) 20..................M Wallis 8 09815 Great Barrier (U1) 20.................D Alexander 3 1.30pm DI’S PLANT WORLD MOBILE PACE $4000, 3yo+ non winners mob. pace, mobile, 2200m 1 07026 Joseph Perrier (1) fr.................. M McKendry 2 8808x Binky The Wondahorse (2) fr..... J Abernethy 3 Without Warning (3) fr.....................S Phelan 4 49573 Shipshape Steppa (4) fr................ D Butcher 5 48746 Shades Of Armbro (5) fr..............J Stormont 6 74x4 Ideal Prize (6) fr............................A Veint (J) 7 877x0 Gotta Go Deuce fr........................ Scratched 8 90x80 Presidential Style (7) fr..................N Chilcott 9 9 Rosetta Park (21) fr...................... B Mangos 4 2.00pm AUCKLAND ROOF MAINTENANCE HANDICAP TROT $4161, up to 2 wins spechcp trot, stand, 2200m 1 0x80x Viking Girl (1) fr...............................T Herlihy 2 03093 Celeris (2) fr...........................T Cameron (J) 3 xP660 Navaho (3) fr...............................P Ferguson 4 66406 Jessica (U1) fr..............................J Stormont 5 4090x A Special Dream (U2) fr.............. R Brosnan

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11.00 The Closer. (AO, T) 12.00 Coppers. (AO, R, T) 1.05 Te Karere. (R, T) 2.00 Impact. 3.30 World Business Report. 3.45 Sport Today. 4.00 BBC World News. 4.30 HARDtalk (r). 5.00 The Hub with Nik Gowing. (G) 5.05 The Believer’s Voice Of Victory. 5.35 Te Karere. (R, T)

tV2 6.00 Creflo Dollar. 6.30 Hi-5. (G, R, T) 7.00 Toon Disney. (G, R, T) 7.25 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. (G, R, T) 7.50 Ben 10: Alien Force. (G, R, T) 8.20 Tiki Tour. (G, T) 8.45 The Magic Roundabout. (G, R, T) 8.55 Fireman Sam. (G, T) 9.05 Chuggington. (G, R, T) 9.15 Pajanimals. (G, T) 9.25 Mr Men. (G, R) 9.30 Infomercial. 11.00 Sonny With A Chance. (G, R, T) 11.30 Neighbours. (G, R) 12.00 Shortland Street. (PGR, R, T) 12.30 Hope And Faith. (G, R, T) 1.00 My Kitchen Rules. (G, R, T) 2.05 Jeremy Kyle. (PGR) 3.10 Special Agent Oso. (G, R, T) 3.35 Spongebob Squarepants. (G, R, T) 4.00 Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. (Final, G, R, T) 4.30 Pair Of Kings. (G) 5.00 Horace In Slow Motion. (G, R) 5.01 America’s Funniest Home Videos. (G, R, T) 5.30 My Wife And Kids. (G, R, T)


3 News. Infomercials. (G) Top Chef. (PGR, R) Everybody Loves Raymond. (G, R, T) 12.00 3 News. 12.30 Missing Pieces. (PGR,

6.00 Home Shopping. (G) 6.30 Crowd Goes Wild. (R) 7.00 Millionaire: Hot Seat.

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Bronze, silver for Black Jacks It may not have been the colour they wanted, but New Zealand will return from the World Bowls Championships with a swag of medals. Gutsy performances were on show across the two weeks of competition in Adelaide, but the Black Jacks were narrowly out-played in all of their gold medal games. Val Smith’s final against Australian Karen Murphy was a game of single shots as the two kept each other in check, but the reigning world champion surrendered her title to Murphy 21-17. Smith and teammate Jo Edwards claimed the silver medal, the triples team of Mandy Boyd, Lisa White and Jan Khan made a fierce combination as they also made the gold medal playoff, but the Australian contingent secured a 21-9 win. The men’s triples of Ali Forsyth, Matt Gallop and Tony Grantham lost out in a nail-biting game against the Australians in the semis, leaving them with bronze. The final New Zealand medal came in the men’s singles semi between Shannon McIlroy and Australia’s Leif Selby. Selby took an early lead but McIlroy came back fighting before the Australian triumphed 21-19. - APNZ

Seeds secure singles By Jonathan Leask

Photo Joseph Johnson 091212-JJ-008

Charlie Stock shakes hands with Jack Taggart after their year 7/8 boys’ singles match on Sunday.

SCOREBOARD Results Athletics

Ashburton Junior Athletics Club results for Wednesday 5 December 2012 Long jump Girls 7 Years 1st Emma Becroft 2.91m, 2nd Rosaria Gibson  2.47m, 3rd  Georgia Gerard 2.34m. Girls 8 Years 1st  Ella Pearson 3.09m, 2nd Harmyn McLean  2.55m,  3rd Maddi Lowry 2.54m.  Girls 9 Years 1st Isabella Gibson 3.28, 2nd Jasmin Strawbridge 3.20m, 3rd  Hannah O’Reilly 3.19m. Girls 10 Years 1st Isabella Roulston  3.25m, 2nd  Sian Gerard  3.23m,  3rd  Ashlee Strawbridge 3.15m. Girls 11 Years 1st Natasha Waddell 3.41m, 2nd Amy Pearson  3.04m, 3rd Katie Dolan 3.00m. Boys 7 Years 1st  Aaron Jefferson 2.99m, 2nd Izak Derik-Westaway 2.83m, 3rd Michael Bradley 2.68m. Boys 9 Year 1st Hugh Cameron 3.72m, 2nd Jake Jackways 3.49m 3rd Luke Tanner3.46m. High Jump Girls 9 Years 1st Hannah O’Reilly 1.07m, 2nd Jasmin Strawbridge 1.01m, 3rd  Mia Pearson .98m. Boys 10 Years 1st Ben Nordqvist 1.14m, 2nd Kalen Tait 1.14m,  3rd  Kaleb Finn 1.0m Boys 11 Years 1st Harry Hood 1.25m, 2nd Zane Cockburn 1.17m, 3rd Hayden Jefferson 1.14m. Shot Put Boys 8 Years 1st  Sam Cuttle 6.44m, 2nd Harry Schmack  6.26m, 3rd  Jackson Ross 5.98m. Boys 12 Years 1st Matthew Clough 7.55m, 2nd Caleb Pierre 7.50m 3rd Logan McCorkindale 7.13m. Boys 13 Years 1st Alin Onicas  11.02m. Girls 7 Years 1st Emily Jane Pierce 6.02m, 2nd Felicity Pye 5.43m,  3rd Sindy Mathbisa 4.78m.. Girls 8 Years 1st Ella Pearson 4.35m, 2nd Kate Tanner 4.21m 3rd Harmyn McLean  3.50m   Discus Boys 7 Years 1st  Henry Thomas 10.05m,  2nd Aaron Jefferson 9.46m,  3rd Quaid Roche 9.45m. Boys 9 Years 1st  Todd Dolan 18.62 , 2nd  Matt Baker 15.15m, 3rd Ryan McNulty 12.47m. Girls 12 Years 1st Nataliya Stroganov 14.28m, 2nd Bailey Tait, 3rd Vikki Derik-Westaway 11.92m. Girls 13 Years 1st Sala Bueta 12.85m, 2nd Heidi Cuttle 11.12m Girls 14 Years 1st Hannah Roulston 19.68m, 2nd  Mikhayla-Rose Stroganov 15.98m 3rd Charlotte Waddell 13.69m. Track 100M Girls 7 Years 1st Emma Beecroft 17.07s, 2nd  Georgia Gerard 18.03s, 3rd  Rosaria Gibson 18.30s. Girls 8 Years 1st  Ella Pearson 17.78s, 2nd  Maddi Lowry 18.34, 3rd Harmyn McLean 18.60s. Girls 9 Years 1st Isabella Gibson 16.53s, 2nd Jasmin Strawbridge 16.69s, 3rd Mia Pearson 16.93s. Girls 10 Years 1st Ashlee Strawbridge  15.48s,  2nd Sian Gerard 15.66s, 3rd  Isabella Roulston  16.52m.. Girls 11 Years 1st  Olivia Bryning 17.08s, 2nd  Amy Pearson 17.74s 3rd  Katie Dolan  18.15s. Girls 12 Years 1st Nataliya Stroganov 15.23s  2nd Vikki Derik-Westaway 15.82s, 3rd Bailey Tait 16.64s. Girls 13 Years 1st  Heidi Cuttle 15.54s, 3rd  Kaycee Jones 16.36s. Girls 14 Years 1st Mikayla-Rose Stroganov 13.44s, 2nd Hannah Roulston 14.89s, 3rd Larissa Allen 15.44s. Boys 7 Years 1st Izak Derik-Westaway 16.13s, 2nd Henry Thomas 17.50 3rd Hamish O’Reilly 17.72s. Boys 8 Years 1st Jackson Ross 16.18s, 2nd Mattheson Colquhoun 16.34s, 3 Harry Schmack 16.83s. Boys 9 Years 1st Hugh Cameron 15.08s, 2nd Cade Whittaker 15.13s  3rd  Ryan McNulty  15.35s. Boys 10 Years 1st Ben Nordqvist 15.50s, 2nd Kaleb Tait 15.88s, 3rd KalebFinn 16.18s. Boys 11 Years 1st Harry Hood 15.15s, Sam Peek 15.60s, Zane Cockburn 16.23s Boys 12 Years 1st Laurie Carter 14.14s, 2nd Matthew Clough 3rd Caleb Pierre 15.47s. Boys 13 Years 1st Alin Onicas 14.14s, 2nd  Richard Bishop 14.44s Track 400M Girls 10 Years 1st Ashlee Strawbridge 1.22.83, 2nd Isabella Roulston  1.24.75, 3rd  Holly Allred  1.28.64. Girls 11 Years 1st Olivia Bryning 1.27.14  2nd Katie 1.39.91 1.29.36, 3rd  Abbey McCorkindale  1.45.34. Boys 10 Years 1st Ben Nordqvist 1.14.08,  2nd  Josh Sheridan 1.14.92, 3rd  Kalen Tait 1.17.86. Boys 11 Years 1st Sam Peek 1.23.07m 2nd Zane Cockburn 1.26.30,  3rd Hayden Jefferson 1.30.03. Track 1500M Girls 12 Years 1st  Bailey Tait 6.15.41, 2nd  Isabella

Seque 7.19.41, 3rd  Vikki Derik-Westaway 7.27.24. Girls 13 Years 1st Heidi Cuttle 7.54.74. Girls 14 Years 1st Mikayla-Rose Stroganov 5.36.00, 2nd Charlotte Waddell 6.11.11, 3rd  Larissa Allen 6.31.55. Boys 10 Years 1st George Seque 5.53.08 Boys 11 Years 1st Duncan Rollinson 6.03.91, Boys 12 Years 1st Logan McCorkindale  6.08.29,  2nd  Matthew Clough 6.09.65, 3rd Laurie Carter 6.40.83.

Cycling Mid Canterbury Social Wheelers 8th December and not too bad a day; 16 riders turned up for the 14km out and home race on Fords Road. The day was very good and there was a slight wind from the west. Times were very good overall, many thanks to Bruce Arnst on reg, Ruth Kirdy on turning duties and Lynn Scammell on clocking. Well done to all. The finish of the race was very close with Nigel Chatterton and Don Sutton crossing the line in the same time, along with Brent Hudson and Bruce Paterson who were close in the finish. Results 1st. Don Sutton (9.30m) 24m 14s. 2nd. Nigel Chatterton (9.30m) 24m 14s. 3rd. Brent Hudson (9.30m) 24m 18s. 4th. Bruce Paterson (9.30m) 24m 22s. 5th. Bruce Arnst (Go) 34m 37s. 6th. Sam Cullimore (14. 20m) F/T. 20m 48s. 7th. Scott Albon (14.20m) 2f/t. 20m 49s. 8th. Ross Templeton (14.20m) 3f/t. 20m 49s. 9th. Bob Scammell (13. 15m) 21m 55s. 10th Caroline Askin (13.15m) 21m 55s. 11th. Martin Hyde (12.30m) 22m 40s. 12th. Kathy Askin (12.30m) 22m 41s. 13th. Pam Harcourt (12.30m) 22m 41s. 14th. Shona Proctor (12.30m) 22m 42s. 15th. Ross Proctor (12.30m) 22m 47s. 16th. Alan Cox (4m) 30m 49s. A great result overall. Next week will be the last until after Christmas, so to all that we may not see between now and the New Year, a very happy Festive Season.

6pts. 3rd. Lily Davidson 4pts. 4th= Joel Moffett & Louis Hastie 2pts. E. Grade 1st.= Jacob Carr & Samanatha Nieman 8pts. 2nd.= Tegan Marriott & Sanatelle Hoskens 6pts.3rd. Maxton Rowlands 5pts. 4th Harrison Doak. Open & U17 1st. Craig Domigan 16pts. 2nd. Josh Donaldson 13pts. 3rd.Nathan Adams 11pts. 4th. Laurent Fifield 9pts. B. Grade 1st. India Domigan 15pts. 2nd. Shona Proctor 13pts. C. Grade 1st. James Skinner 15pts. 2nd. Josh Kershaw 12pts. 3rd. Chase Domigan 11pts. 4th. Luke Skinner 9pts. Well done to all, not too many more days to the festive season and the Friday nights are closing off with a 7th December, 14th December, & 21st December nights racing. On New Years Day there will be track racing on the 1st January (News Year Day) at Tinwald Velodrome. All are welcome.

Football English Premier League

English Premier League results and standings West Ham 2 (Noble 36 pen, Gerrard 43 og) Liverpool 3 (Johnson 11, J Cole 76, J Collins 79 og) Everton 2 (Pienaar 90, Jelavic 90+2) Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Dempsey 76) Manchester City 2 (Y Toure 60, Zabaleta 86) Manchester United 3 (Rooney 16, 29, van Persie 90+2) Wigan Athletic 2 (McCarthy 19, 74) QPR 2 (Nelsen 26, Cisse 71) Southampton 1 (Puncheon 61) Reading 0 Aston Villa 0 Stoke City 0 Swansea 3 (Michu 51, 90+3, de Guzman 59) Norwich City 4 (Whittaker 16, Bassong 40, Holt 44, Snodgrass 77) Arsenal 2 (Arteta 26 pen, 64pen) West Bromwich Albion 0 Sunderland 1 (Johnson 66) Chelsea 3 (Torres 11, 45+3pen, Mata 49) Standings P W D L F A Pts Manchester United 16 13 0 3 40 23 39 Mid Canterbury Social Wheelers Manchester City 16 9 6 1 30 14 33 Date 1st Dec weather fine with a northerly wind Chelsea 16 8 5 3 28 17 29 blowing. Everton 16 6 8 2 27 20 26 14 riders started the race with a distance of 14km Tottenham Hotspur 16 8 2 6 29 25 26 out and home being the distance. Many Thanks to West Brom Albion 16 8 2 6 24 21 26 the reg people race turning marshall and clocking Arsenal 16 6 6 4 26 16 24 steward, great job done. Swansea 16 6 5 5 26 21 23 Good to see the front markers getting home by Stoke City 16 5 8 3 14 12 23 the width of a few tyre lengths. Good win to the Liverpool 16 5 7 4 22 20 22 youngest rider Ethon Titheridge, with dad Dew West Ham 16 6 4 6 21 20 22 close by. Norwich City 16 5 7 4 17 24 22 Overall results 1st Ethon Titheridge (Go) 25m 02s. Fulham 15 4 5 6 25 26 17 2nd. Dew Titheridge (Go) 35m 03s. 3rd. Bruce Arnst Newcastle United 15 4 5 6 17 21 17 (G0) 35m 09s. 4th. Liz Wylie (8m) 27m 17s. 5th. Southampton 16 4 3 9 22 32 15 Bruce Paterson (8m) 27m 23s. 6th. Scott Albon Aston Villa 16 3 6 7 12 23 15 F/T. (13m 10s.)  22m 17s. 7th. Martin Hyde 2f/t Wigan Athletic 16 4 3 9 17 30 15 (12.45m) 22m 42s. 8th. Don Sunderland 15 2 7 6 14 21 13 Morrison  3f/t. (12.45m) 22m 43s. 9th Alan Cox Reading 15 1 6 8 19 28 9 (6.30m) 29m 06s. 10th Shona  Proctor (12.45m) QPR 16 0 7 9 13 29 7 23m 07s. 11th. Bruce Albon (12.45m) 23m 09s.  Leading Goalscorers 12th. Harry Chatterton (5m) 34m 10s. 13th. Sonya 12: Michu (Swansea) Hyde (6.30m) 32m 41s. 14th. Nigel Chatterton 11: Demba Ba (Newcastle United), Robin van (12.45m.) 26m 48s. Persie (Manchester United) Until next week bye for now. 10: Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 9: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) Friday Night Velodrome Racing 8: Marouane Fellaini (Everton) 30th November very good weather although the 7: Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Gareth Bale wind was a little Cool. 39 W/W turned out &10 (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester Open and U17s. United) Over the evening very good racing and very close 6: Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Fernando Torres finishes were the call of the evening. Many thanks (Chelsea), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Nikica Jelavic to our sponsors Calder Stewart and McDonalds. (Everton), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Steven Again the Older W/W raced over (1 Fletcher (Sunderland) lap and the Trainer W/W used the 50 mtre Straight for their races. Each grade raced three times and points were awarded giving the results over the evening. Tinwald Golf Club Overall results, Trainer Wheels W/W Group 1. Twilight results from December 6th Fionn Dineen 11pts. 2nd. Freddia Hastie 10pts. 3rd. A fine night brought the players back out in force Madeline Howden 7pts. Trainer Wheels Group 2. 1st Juliet Kingsbury15pts. 2nd. Isla Moffett 8pts. again on Thursday evening with 100 taking to the 3rd. Charlie Collins 6pts. 4th. Charlotte Doak 4pts. course for a par round. Leading scores were: Senior; Wayne Mellish 4 Trainer Wheels W/W Group 3. 1st. Oakley McKenzie 12pts. 2nd. Ben Dineen 10pts. 3rd. Fleur Kingsbury up, Wayne Lloyd 3 up, Mark Argyle 3 up, Graeme 8pts.4th. Lala Hastie 2pts. A. Grade W/W. 1st.= Mills 3 up, John Smitheram 3 up, Nigel Heney 3 up, Ryan Jackson, Simon Moore, Hik Taparau 10pts. Brock Peddie 3 up, Brent Smith 2 up, Miti Daniels B. Grade 1st. Maddie Lowry 10pts.2nd Madison 2 up b/l. Junior; Andrew Barrie 4 up, Kerry Whiting Clark 8pts. 3rd.Gemma Taparau 6pts. 4th. Jenna 3 up, Mata Kamati 2 up, Eddie Tulip 2 up, Tony Moore 5pts. 5th.= Layton Carr, & Mitchell Crushnie McAndrew 2 up. Women; Carol Shanks 4 up, Amanda Gray 3 up, 2pts. C. Grade. 1st. Emmett Rowlands12pts. 2nd= Emma Lowry & Tom Rosevear 8pts. 3rd. Nik Betty O’Neill 2 up, Joyce VanderHeide 2 up.


Kershaw 3pts. 4th= Callum Kingsbury & Charlie Howden 1pt. 5th. Briar Clark. D. Grade 1st= Luke Rhodes & Lydia Hosken 7pts. 2nd. Panny Marriott

Hong Kong Seniors Open Amateur Championship, Fanling

Results: 222 Michael Barltrop (NZ) 76 73 73 223 Joe Pethes (HK) 77 74 72, Rodney Barltrop (NZ) 76 74 73 225 Stefan Albinski (AUS) 78 74 73, Peter King (AUS) 76 75 74 228 Barry Downing (UK) 77 76 75, Stuart Pond (UK) 73 76 79 232 Kai Flint (GER) 80 74 78 233 Murray Martin (NZ) 75 75 83 234 Alex Ho (CH T) 76 78 80

PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit Top 10 players heading into final event at Coolum: Place Player No. of Events Money Earned (AUD) 1 Peter Senior (QLD) 2 $259,000.00 2 Michael Hendry (NZL) 8 $243,500.08 3 Adam Scott (QLD) 2 $199,750.00 4 Mark Brown (NZL) 6 $141,287.45 5 Jason Norris (SA) 10 $103,420.70 6 Peter Wilson (VIC) 11 $ 93,800.30 7 Gareth Paddison (NZL) 8 $ 87,979.68 8 Cameron Percy (VIC) 1 $ 84,375.00 9 Steven Jones (VIC) 9 $ 61,258.32 10 Kieran Pratt (VIC) 2 $ 60,987.55

Shooting Rifle Shooting Ashburton District Rifle Club had a convincing win in the annual competition for the O.A.T. Shield against Oamaru on their fullbore range on Boundary Creek Road, 9th December. A brisk wind from the rear with a little mirage did not prevent some very good scores being put up Ashburton team Brian Hawksby 98, hcp 6, 105, John Miller 102 hcp 2, 104, and Coby Snowden 93, hcp 6, 99, total 308, to Oamaru, Bruce Plant 99, hcp 6, 105, Hans Brienesse 90, hcp 6, 90, Steve Renton 103, hcp 0, 103, total 298. Shot as seven shot matches on the 300, 500 and 600 yard ranges, Ashburton individual scores were, John Snowden 35.5, 35.5, 35.2, 105.12, John Fleming 33.3, 35.2, 35.4, 103.9, John Miller 34.2, 34.5, 34.2, 102.8, Brian Hawksby 33.2, 34.5, 31.1, 98.8, Coby Snowden 29.0, 31.1, 33.2, 93.3, Murray Cook 31.2, 32.0, 25.1, 88.3, and Sandy Collett 28.2, 29.0, 26.0, 83.2. Oamaru Bruce Plant 33.3, 33.2, 33.3, 99.8, Hans Brienesse 33.1, 28.0, 23.0, 84.1, and F class, Steve Renton 34, 37, 37, 108.

Softball Mid Canterbury Softball Tball Longbeach Strikers 7-0 Tinwald Dolphins; Hampstead Blue 36-27 St Joseph Tigers; Allenton Diamonds 33-20 St Joseph Panthers; Rakaia Redsox 11-9 Allenton Gold; Netherby Nixons 20-19 Borough; Hinds Heroes 23-23 Tinwald Whitesox Slowpitch  Netherby Dodgers 14-6 Allenton Tigers; Metalcorp Hampstead Allstars 7-0 Hampstead; Tinwald 13-7 Rakaia Royals Little League Cardinals 13-4 Ashburton City Tigers; Methven Mad Dogs 19-9 Pirates Revival Series  AC Phoenix Flyers 19-16 Rusty Demons; Revival Rebels 16-6 AC Hellcats; Fairfield Marines 17-15 Nosh Cafe Hampstead Hawks; Rusty Demons 9-3 Revival Rebels

Tennis Mid Canterbury Tennis Results from Saturday 8 December 2012 Mixed Masters Green lost to Gold 6 matches to 0 B. Donaldson & G. Small lost to D. Taylor & R. Warring 4-9; J. Doig & I. Taylor lost to C. Christie & R. Donaldson 3-9; B. Donaldson & I. Taylor lost to D. Taylor & R. Donaldson 4-9; G. Small & J. Doig lost to R. Warring & C. Christie 1-9; B. Donaldson & J. Doig lost to D. Taylor & C. Christie 1-9; G. Small & I. Taylor lost to R. Warring & R. Donaldson 8-9. Blue lost to Orange 4 matches to 2 G. Wilson & M. Early lost to D. Fisher & B. Sivier 8-9; M. Thyne & T. Swain beat B. Danielson & P. Scott 9-4; G. Wilson & T. Swain lost to D. Fisher & P. Scott 5-9; C. Thomas & M. Thyne beat B. Sivier & B. Danielson 9-3; G. Wilson & M. Thyne lost to D. Fisher & B. Danielson 4-9; C. Thomas & T. Swain lost to B. Sivier & P. Scott 6-9. A Grade Fairton beat Hampstead 4 matches to 2 P. Leonard & R. Robinson beat T. Deeley & J. Langley 6-3, 6-3; P. Crozier & B. Chisnall beat A. Keir & M. Amyes 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8); P. Leonard beat T. Deeley 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8); R. Robinson lost to J. Langley 6-3, 3-6, 0-1 (9-11); P. Crozier

Summer sunshine baked the courts for the Mid Canterbury Primary and intermediate singles championships on Sunday. There was some great tennis played by the 63 players entered across the age-group grades, but more often than not the top seeds prevailed. Top seed James Watt took out the year 7/8 boys’ title overcoming fourth seed Connor Brosnahan 9-6 in the final. Watt had ousted third seed Flynn Ness 9-2 in the semi-finals while Brosnahan upset the second seeded Hayden McNulty 9-8 in hard fought semi-final. Ness then tipped up McNulty 9-4 for third. Bryn Looij claimed the plate beating Dallas Scott 9-1. Girls’ year 7/8 was a five player round robin in which Erin ConnellyWhyte went through unbeaten, with her biggest challenge coming from

beat M. Amyes 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4); B. Chisnall lost to A. Keir 4-6, 3-6. Dorie beat Methven 4 matches to 2 R. Cromie & D. Lake beat J. Cromie & B. Wright 6-2, 6-2; T. Boag & J. McCloy beat J. Edgington & J. Watt 6-1, 7-6, (7-4); R. Cromie beat J. Cromie 6-1, 6-2; D. Lake beat B. Wright 6-0, 7-6 (7-3); T. Boag lost to J. Watt 5-7, 0-6; J. McCloy lost to J. Edgington 1-6, 5-7. Allenton beat Tinwald 5 matches to 1 A. Hunt & J. Deeley beat S. Jordan & J. Gutsell 6-0, 5-7, 1-0 (10-5); A. Leonard & B. Donaldson lost to A. Mitchell & L. Glendining 2-6, 3-6; A. Hunt beat S. Jordan 6-1, 6-2; J. Deeley beat L. Glendining 6-0, 6-0; A. Leonard beat J. Gutsell 6-2, 6-1; B. Donaldson beat A. Mitchell 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4). A Reserve Allenton Gold lost to Methven White 5 matches to 1 B. Looij & R. McRae lost to S. Ishikawa & H. Hood 6-4, 4-6, 0-1 (5-10); S. Congdon & I. Read lost to I. Anderson & E. McKendry 1-6, 1-6; B. Looij beat S. Ishikawa 6-1, 6-1; R. McRae lost to I. Anderson 1-6, 2-6; S. Congdon lost to H. Hood 0-6, 1-6; I. Reid lost to E. McKendry 0-6, 1-6. Hinds/Mayfield beat Allenton Maroon 5 matches to 1 H. McNulty & H. Rollinson beat G. Woodman & J. Imai 6-0, 6-0; C. Murdoch & P. Murdoch beat K. Benny & H. Lloyd 6-4, 6-3; H. McNulty beat G. Woodman 6-0, 6-0; H. Rollinson beat J. Imai 6-0, 6-0; C. Murdoch lost to K. Benny 0-6, 4-6; P. Murdoch beat H. Lloyd 6-3, 6-0. Hinds/Longbeach beat Hampstead Gold 4 matches to 2 D. Rollinson & C. Stock beat B. Muir & A. Cuthbertson 6-2, 6-0; N. Jansen & W. Reith lost to S. Crequer & J. Burrows 3-6, 3-6; D. Rollinson beat B. Muir 6-1, 6-1; C. Stock beat S. Crequer 6-0, 6-0; N. Jansen beat A. Cuthbertson 6-3, 7-5; W. Reith lost to J. Burrows 0-6, 1-6. Methven Pink lost to Hampstead Blue 5 matches to 1 C. Kuyf & J. Marr lost to Christal Brosnahan & M. Young 2-6, 2-6; S. Stratton & M. Pedofsky lost to Connor Brosnahan & N. Purdom 3-6, 7-5, 0-1 (10-12); C. Kuyf lost to Christal Brosnahan 0-6, 0-6; S. Stratton lost to Connor Brosnahan 1-6, 6-2, 0-1 (9-11); J. Marr lost to M. Young 1-6, 0-6; M. Pedofsky beat N. Purdom 7-5, 6-1. B Grade Allenton beat Rakaia 53 games to 44 S. Bubb & E. Dargue beat G. Benny & J. Benny 9-7; R. Twamley & N. Thomassen lost to H. Wild & R. Bishop 7-9; S. Bubb beat G. Benny 6-1, 6-0; R. Twamley lost to J. Benny 3-6, 3-6; N. Thomassen lost to H. Wild 3-6, 4-6; E. Dargue beat R. Bishop 6-2, 6-1. Hampstead beat Tinwald Orange 5 matches to 1 E. Connelly-Whyte & R. Feutz beat E. Sinclair & S. Cunneen 9-4; P. Young & F. Connelly-Whyte beat A. Hefford & S. Stewart 9-5; E. Connelly-Whyte beat E. Sinclair 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-3); R. Feutz beat A. Hefford 6-1, 6-2; F. Connelly-White beat S. Cunneen 6-2, 6-3; P. Young lost to J. Stewart 1-6, 6-2, 0-1 (7-10). Methven Black beat Picnmix 6 sets to 5 P. Ahearn & R. Posa lost to K. Wild & J. Edwards 8-9 (4-7); L. Muckle & A. Todhunter beat T. Edwards & H. Stock 9-7; P. Ahearn beat K. Wild 6-2, 6-0; L. Muckle lost to J. Edwards 3-6, 4-6; R. Posa lost to T. Edwards 7-5, 4-6, 0-1 (8-10); A. Todhunter beat H. Stock 6-2, 6-2. Tinwald White lost to Methven Jade 7 sets to 5 O. McKeown & L. Schikker lost to Q. Pannett & J. Hill 6-9; J. Leslie & S. McAtamney beat S. Molloy & A. Holmes 9-8 (7-4); O. McKeown beat Q. Pannett 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7); J. Leslie lost to J. Hill 6-7 (4-7), 4-6; L,. Schikker lost to S. Molloy 0-6, 4-6; S. McAtamney beat A. Holmes 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7). Junior A Hampstead Crusaders beat Allenton Maroon 6 matches to 0 J. Brosnahan & Q. Ritchie beat M. Looij & C. Muir 6-1; L. Potts & J. Hastie beat T. Kelland & J. Kell 6-3; J. Brosnahan beat M. Looij 9-4; Q. Ritchie beat C. Muir 9-0; L. Potts beat T. Kelland 9-4; J. Hastie beat J. Kell 9-3. Hampstead Rackettes lost to Hinds 6 matches to 0 E. Radford & H. Rossellini lost to F. Lobb & R. McNulty 1-6; D. Rossellini & G. Canning lost to J. Busch & M. Yeatman 1-6; E. Radford lost to R. McNulty 0-9; H. Rossellini lost to F. Lobb 0-9; D. Rossellini lost to J. Busch 2-9; G. Canning lost to M. Yeatman 1-9. Allenton Green beat Methven Blue 5 matches to 1 L. Donnelly & S. Ness beat I. Talbot & J. Taggart 6-4; M. Ness & H. Dargue beat R. Taggart & C.

Holly Wild but the 9-6 win had her finish on top, with it being Wild’s only defeat to finish runner-up. The girls’ year 5/6 had top seed Georgia Benny march through the draw to the win. Sophie Ness beat third seed Harriet Stock 9-8 in the quarterfinals and then second seed Jade Brosnahan 9-2 in the semi-finals but couldn’t repeat the feat against the top seed, falling to Benny 9-3 in the final. Brosnahan claimed third with a 9-3 win over Tori Kelland, who lost to Benny 9-1 in the other semi-final while Isabelle Talbot won the plate. Duncan Rollinson only dropped one game on his way to the year 5/6 boys’ title. The top seeded Rollinson dropped one game in beating fourth seed Jake Benny in the semi-final before a convincing 9-0 win over Edwin Dargue in the final. Dargue had advanced after a strong 9-3 win over third seed Jarrad Hill but was no match for Rollinson.

Hollings 6-2; L. Donnelly lost to I. Talbot 4-9; S. Ness beat J. Taggart 9-3; M. Ness beat R. Taggart 9-5; H. Dargue beat C. Hollings 9-1. Wakanui beat Longbeach 6 matches to 0 J. Keenan & H. Davies beat D. Scott & E. McDowall 7-5; J. Settle & C. Paul beat A. Elvines & L. Wilson 7-5; J. Keenan beat D. Scott 9-5; H. Davies beat E. McDowall 9-7; J. Settle beat A. Elvines 9-5; C. Paul beat L. Wilson 9-4. Hampstead Hurricanes beat Dorie 5 matches to 1 H. Adams & V. Barbu lost to C. Stewart & T. Bassett 3-6; S. Prendergast & F. Dalzell beat M. Gilbert & T. Mones-Cazon 7-6 (7-4); H. Adams beat C. Stewart 9-4; V. Barbu beat T. Bassett 9-1; S. Prendergast beat M. Gilbert 9-7; F. Dalzell beat T. Mones-Cazon 9-5. Junior B Rakaia Pink beat Tinwald Red 28 games to 26 S. Moore & J. Bloomfield lost to J. Jones & S. Millar 4-6; S. O’Reilly & H. Beattie beat J. Henshilwood & S. Bell 6-2; S. Moore lost to J. Jones 3-6; J. Bloomfield lost to S. Millar 3-6; S. O’Reilly beat J. Henshilwood 6-2; H. Beattie beat S. Bell 6-4. Longbeach Tryhards beat Rakaia Black 4 matches to 2 A. Bagrie & L. Bagrie beat J. Dennett & J. Blakemore 6-0; K. Gane & A. Riley beat R. Langley & P. Docherty 6-4; A. Bagrie beat J. Dennett 6-1; L. Bagrie lost to R. Langley 4-6; K. Gane lost to J. Blakemore 1-6; A. Riley beat P. Docherty 6-0. Hinds beat Tinwald Blue 4 matches to 2 N. Wilson & L. Hyde beat G. Adams & M. Farr 6-5; C. Slee & J. Rollinson beat H. Hefford & A. Strawbridge 6-5; N. Wilson lost to G. Adams 3-6; L. Hyde beat M. Farr 6-2; C. Slee lost to H. Hefford 3-6; J. Rollinson beat A. Strawbridge 6-2. Hampstead beat Methven Green 5 matches to 1 T. Wilson & W. Wallis beat J. Sheridan & J. Todd 6-5; M. O’Brien & M. Burdett beat H. Pooler & A. Early 6-2; T. Wilson beat J. Sheridan 6-3; W. Wallis beat J. Todd 6-2; M. O’Brien lost to H. Pooler 3-6; M. Burdett beat A. Early 6-3. Junior C Hinds Silver lost to Hampstead 4 matches to 2 H. Yeatman & A. Watt lost to L. Deal & E. Stagg 2-6; E. Yeatman & R. Watt lost to L. Prendergast & T. Connelly-Whyte 3-6; H. Yeatman lost to L. Deal 1-6; A. Watt lost to E. Stagg 3-6; E. Yeatman beat L. Prendergast 6-4; R. Watt beat T. ConnellyWhyte 6-3. Allenton lost to Methven Orange 4 matches to 2 K. Chamberlain & T. McIntyre beat T. Lewthwaite & H. Faulks 6-2; K. Danielson & S. Judge lost to R. Duff & M. Evatt 5-6; K. Chamberlain beat T. Lewthwaite 6-0; T. McIntyre lost to H. Faulks 2-6; K. Danielson lost to R. Duff 2-6; S. Judge lost to M. Evatt 2-6. Methven Red beat Longbeach Aces 5 matches to 1 B. Farrell & J. Sheridan beat E. Keating & D. Bishop 6-1; K. Braidwood & S. Innes beat J. Keating & H. Bishop 6-2; B. Farrell beat E. Keating 6-0; J. Sheridan beat D. Bishop 6-0; K. Braidwood lost to J. Keating 5-6; S. Innes beat H. Bishop 6-0. Dorie beat Hampstead Flames 5 matches to 1 J. Jackways & C. Sloper lost to T. Lee & D. Barbu 4-6; J. Price & N. Mones-Cazon beat T. Douglas & L. Kingan 6-1; J. Jackways beat T. Lee 6-5; C. Sloper beat T. Douglas 6-1; J. Price beat D. Barbu 6-3; N. Mones-Cazon beat L. Kingan 6-0. Longbeach Spinners lost to Tinwald Green 5 matches to 1 S. Scott & H. Brook lost to A. Strawbridge & L. Hay 0-6; C. Brook & E. Bitmead lost to J. Strawbridge & S. Trumper 3-6; S. Scott lost to A. Strawbridge 0-6; H. Brook lost to L. Hay 0-6; C. Brook lost to J. Strawbridge 0-6; E. Bitmead beat S. Trumper 6-5. Methven Brown beat Methven Gold 4 matches to 2 L. Heaven & B. Allred lost to C. Taylor & F. Taylor 1-6; A. Allred & J. Ree beat A. Taylor & E. Connew 6-0; L. Heaven beat G. Taylor 6-2; B. Allred lost to F. Taylor 1-6; A. Allred beat A. Taylor 6-0; J. Ree beat E. Connew 6-1.

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On the other side of the draw Nicholas Wilson beat William Wallis 9-2 in the plate final. The year 3/4 boys’ draw started with three pools of three. In pool A Harry Dargue advanced with back-to-back 6-0 wins and Tyler Leonard only dropped on game in his two wins in pool B. Jock Rollinson had a tougher time in pool C with a 6-3 win over Aidan Watt and 6-4 over Cameron Slee to advance. The top three then clashed for the crown where Dargue edged out Leonard 6-5 and beat Jock Rollinson 6-3 to claim the title, with Leonard beating Rollinson 6-0 to finish runner-up. Slee emerged the winner of the pool runners up and Watt was the winner for pool 3. Olivia Bishop claimed the year 3/4 girls’ title winning all three matches in a closely fought round robin. Bishop beat Lydia Pye 6-4, Felicity Pye 6-3 and Jasmin Strawbridge 6-4.

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Ashburton Bowling Club P.G.G.Wrightson. Junior Engravers Triples, Saturday 15 December 2012. The following skips have entered teams: M Anderson, A Miller, D Kiddey, C Bird, D McKinnon, D Busby, Allenton 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, Methven 1, and 2, Hinds 1, and 2. Start time 9.30, Whites to be worn. Any enquiries please contact J Ryk 3087907.

Ashburton Bowling Club Toyota Friday Triples 14 December 2012. The following skips have entered teams:R.Anstiss, J Bennett, T Blain, B Brasell, R Cockburn, G Crack,J Dennis, J Dutton, G Eder, M Eder, L Connell, D Gutberlet, ,R Herriot, S Holdom,T Johnson, C Leech, A MacDonald, A MacKenzie, J McKibbon, J.Martin, E Maw, B Neilson, S Robinson, J Ryk, S Scott, N Sharplin, J Smart, A Smith, G Taylor, A Waddell. T Watson, B Williams.12:30pm Start (whites to be worn) Inquires to J Ryk Phone 3087907.

Softball Softball Draw 15 December12 Tball 9am T1 Hinds Hinds Heroes v Tinwald Dolphins; T2 Longbeach Strikers v St Joseph Tigers, T3 Allenton Diamonds v Rakaia Redsox; T4 Allenton Gold v Netherby Nixons; T5 Hampstead Blue v St Joseph Panthers; T6 Hampstead Yellow v Tinwald Whitesox; Borough BYE Slowpitch 9am D2 Allenton Tigers v Hampstead; D3 Metalcorp Hampstead Allstars v Rakaia Royals; D4 Tinwald Blacksox v Netherby Dodgers Little League 10.30am D1 Methven Mad Dogs v Cardinals; D2 Ashburton City Tigers v Pirates College Note 12pm start D1 AC Phoenix Flyers v AC Hellcats Revival Series 1pm D1 AC Phoenix Flyers v Revival Rebels 3pm D1 Revival Rebels v Fairfield Marines; D2 Rusty Demons v Nosh Cafe Hampstead Hawks Last Round before Christmas Break.

Tennis Mid Canterbury Junior Tennis Saturday Dec 15th 2012 B Grade – Duty Team – Methven Jade. All games played at ATTC - 9am sharp start: Allenton v Tinwald White; Methven Black v Rakaia; Hampstead v Methven Jade; Tinwald Orange v Lon/May/Rak picknmix.Junior A – Pool A – 9am start: Hampstead Racketts v Methven Blue at Methven Domain; Hinds v Wakanui at Wakanui. 10.30am start: Longbeach v Tinwald Trojans at Tinwald .BYE- Allenton Green.Junior A – Pool B – 9am start: Hampstead Crusaders v Dorie at Hampstead; Methven Silver v Hampstead Hurricanes at ATTC. 10.30am start : Rakaia v Allenton Maroon. Junior B – 9am start: Rakaia Black v Allenton at Rakaia; Methven Green v Tinwald Blue at Mt Hutt College; Rakaia Pink v Longbeach Tryhards at Rakaia; Tinwald Red v Hampstead at Hampstead. BYE – Hinds.Junior C – Pool A – 9am start: Rakaia v Methven Red at Mt Hutt College; Hampstead Flames v Methven Orange v at Hampstead; Dorie C v Hinds Black at ATTC; Allenton v Longbeach Aces at Allenton.Junior C – Pool B – 9 am start: Hampstead Sting v Tinwald Green at Tinwald; Methven Brown v hinds Silver at Hinds; Methven Gold v Longbeach Spinners at Longbeach. Please phone any defaults to ATTC on 3083020.

Touch Touch Draw for 13th December 6.30pm Give me 10 vs Laser Sparks Spraymark Sharks vs The Lemons 7pm Youngsters vs Maulaz Team Xtreme vs Kinvigs A 7.30 Farques vs High Raters Barbarians vs Cereal Business


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Bell, Knight leading out for Aorangi By Jonathan Leask The two Catherines will lead the charge for the Aorangi women team at the New Zealand Interprovincial at the St Clair Golf Cub in Dunedin today. Ashburton’s Catherine Bell will play at number one for Aorangi and Tinwald’s Catherine Knight at two both playing off scratch handicaps, while former Canterbury representative Nicole Nathan playing at number four is also out of Ashburton. Aorangi opens their tournament against hosts Otago before taking on favourites and defending champions Auckland in the afternoon round. Aorangi has just the one provincial title since 1949 but Auckland are rated to add to the record 20 wins. Auckland is without Cecilia Cho,

• Ali gets the Blues From comedian to elder statesman to name but two, Ali Williams has played many roles during his rugby career, but the Blues captaincy will test his patience like no other. Williams doesn’t do humdrum; he doesn’t like playing the media game and speaking in platitudes week in and week out, but that’s something he will have to quickly get used to as the player’s representative for Sir John Kirwan’s brave new world. “It’s an extremely tough job and I respect that. There have been many great leaders of this team before me and my job, along with the team, is to strengthen the strong traditions that the Blues have.” - APNZ

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who has returned home to Korea to begin her professional career, but boast a strong line-up spearheaded by the Keh sisters, Wenyung and Munchin, alongside Joanna Kim, Brittney Dryland and former New Zealand Amateur Champion Larissa Eruera at number five. Tomorrow Aorangi takes on Waikato and Hawkes Bay before clashes with Taranaki and Canterbury on Thursday. Aorangi has the bye on Friday with the playoff matches set down for Saturday. Last week it was the men’s turn at their Interprovincial in Dunedin with Aorangi, featuring Cameron Grant and Jordan Green, had wins over Waikato and Hawkes Bay but ultimately Bay of Plenty won the tournament for the seventh time in 11 years.

Dan Carter, the International Rugby Board’s player of the year, has failed to make the shortlist for the All Blacks’ top award. Captain Richie McCaw, No8 Kieran Read and centre Conrad Smith are the New Zealand Rugby Union’s nominees for the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial player of the year award, which will be announced in Auckland on Friday. All Blacks’ first-five Carter beat McCaw, Englishman Owen Farrell and Frenchman Freddie Michalak for the IRB player of the year award recently. It was the second time Carter had won the award. Israel Dagg, Liam Messam and Aaron Smith are contenders for the Tom French Memorial Maori player of the year, and Rawinia Everitt, Fiao’o Fa’amausili, Selica Winiata are vying for the NZRU women’s player of the year award.- APNZ

Stroganov streaks to bronze medal By Jonathan Leask Mikhayla Stroganov returned the best result at the New Zealand Secondary School Athletic championships in Dunedin at the weekend. Some 1350 athletes attend this year’s nationals across the two grades, junior and senior, with Ashburton College and Mount Hutt College both having three athletes claim top eight finishes. However, the top result went to Ashburton’s Stroganov as she ran home in third in the junior (under 16s) girls’ 400m, clocking in at 58.69 which was a personal best time by 1.5 seconds. Greer Hooper came seventh in the

“Not bad for a 16-year-old,” Gordon said. With temperatures of 42 and 34 Ashburton swimmer Grace Som- degrees at the Penrith Park, where merville continues to impress the rowing was held at the Sydney in the Open Water, Olympics, with the water showing up the Ausa balmy 26 degrees tralians in their home which is not quite what surf last week. she will get when she Sommerville was in defends her title at the the New Zealand team, Lake Hood open water with local coach Carl swim on Saturday. Gordon on staff that “The run of good attended the New South weather we are having Wales championships the water is at about which had a trans18 degrees and could be Tasman element. warmer if the sun stays Sommerville had the out all week”, Gordon 10km on Saturday said. where she came third After showing up her overall and won her age Australian counterparts Grace Sommerville group, before she back she then teamed up with up on Sunday for the 5km event, them for a week-long training camp coming second overall and winning before her and Gordon got back on her age group. Friday. By Jonathan Leask

Barltrop brothers take Hong Kong quinella New Zealand’s Michael Barltrop held off his older brother Rodney and Hong Kong golfer Joe Pethes by one shot to claim the Hong Kong Seniors Open Amateur Championship at Fanling. The Auckland 56-year-old fired a 73 in the final round to finish on a nine over par total from the three-round event to claim his first international victory on his debut appearance in the event. His older brother Rodney, widely regarded among the best senior amateur golfers New Zealand has produced, finished alongside Pethes in a share of second. “He’s had the wood over me for a long time now so to get one over him was very nice,” Michael Barltrop told the HK Golfer News Wire following his win. Barltrop last played in Hong Kong in 1984 when he was part of the New Zealand Eisenhower Cup side. “I haven’t won anything in about 30 years, so I’m very happy.” Barltrop, who held a share of the overnight lead, birdied two of his first six holes over the Old Course to boost his title hopes. He lost his momentum with a bogey

• Hudson improving The New Zealand Breakers will assess injured forward Will Hudson later this week in regards to his chances of playing in Thursday night’s game against Cairns. The American suffered a knock to the head in the loss to the Sydney Kings on Saturday night and did not train with the team yesterday. Breakers physiotherapist Anousith Bouaaphone said every precaution would be taken with Hudson. “Will suffered a mild concussion on Saturday and has not trained today as a precaution,” he said. “As always in situations such as this, the player’s health and wellbeing is always our priority.” - APNZ

discus with personal best effort of 31.86m, and Annie McDonald was eighth in the javelin also with a personal best effort of 23.72m. Out of Mount Hutt College Jesse Houston had the best result coming fourth in the junior boys’ 400m setting a new school record at 52.77s. Houston was also sixth in the high jump with a best of 1.7m, also a new school record, and was 12th in the long jump with a jump of 5.63m. Cameron McLeod was fifth in the junior boys’ shot put, throwing a new school record of 12.81m and was 14th in the discus with a throw of 33.86m. Assina Dalglish was fifth in the 4000m road race and 14th in the 1500m, clocking 5min 12.52s.

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at the ninth and a double bogey at the 10th. A further bogey at the 15th cut his lead to one, but he rallied and managed to par the remaining three holes to fend off his rivals. “I got off to a good start and established a decent lead but I almost gave it back to the rest of them around the turn,” admitted Barltrop, a member at Royal Auckland Golf Club. “But I played nicely after that and look forward to returning next year to try and defend my title.” Pethes was looking to become the first local player to win the championship since Terry Collins in 2004.  - APNZ

Manchester United may soon be lining up against members of the Wellington Phoenix, with the Premier League giants set to play a pre-season match in Sydney next July. Football Federation Australia yesterday announced the world’s most popular football club are heading down under to take on the A-League All Stars at ANZ Stadium on July 20. The team to face the Red Devils will be represent the best of the A-League and be selected by fans, meaning some of the world’s best players, including Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, could soon face the likes of Paul Ifill and - APNZ Jeremy Brockie.

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Skiers revel in more water time By Jonathan Leask Local waterskiers are lapping up the run of good weather at Lake Hood. New Zealand coach Will Coughey is back down for the annual ski school, happy that for once he hasn’t brought the bad weather with him.

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“The last few years the weather hasn’t been great so we have been forced to do a lot of tricking but last week was superb, bar Friday, and this week is shaping up to be great as well,” Coughey said. “We are getting in a lot of slalom and jump and the kids are getting a lot more time on the water.” With up to 11 skiers each day they have been running two boats

but with the weather holding fine throughout the day the second boat has been getting rested in the afternoon. “In previous years they have left frustrated without as much skiing that they would have liked but this time they are leaving tired from too much skiing.” The extra time for instruction and practice has seen noticeable

improvements from all the skiers which they will have a chance to put on show this weekend. As well as some fine tuning instruction from Coughey the skiers are gearing up for this weekend’s Lake Hood three-event tournament starting with slalom on Saturday morning and jump and trick in the afternoon, and they have Sunday in reserve if necessary.

• Hendry finishes 7th North Harbour professional Michael Hendry has finished in a share of seventh place at the Australian Open after carding a one under par 71 in gusting winds in the final round at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney. The 33-year-old, who chartered a plane from Brisbane to Sydney at a cost of $19,000 to get to his first round tee time with only minutes remaining, carded rounds of 72, 71, 74 and 71 for a one under par total, finishing four shots behind 53-year-old Australian Peter Senior - APNZ

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Tinwald Cycling Club’s cyclists knew summer has finally arrived when the mercury was in the high 20s for a 50km effort on the Swamp Road block on Sunday. A field of more than 50 riders took up the chance of a last serious hit-out before the Club Championships this Sunday. The decisive move came from a group of 11, made up from the three front markers that came together and worked hard to keep the chasing groups at bay. After battling the heat the leaders still produced a hotly contested sprint finish where Paul Hands hit the line strongest to claim the victory. Lucy Kirwan put in another strong performance to secure second by the barest of margins from Nigel Chatterton in third, after he played a major role in ensuring the group stayed on the front of the race. Liz Wylie and Brian Ellis came in fourth and fifth respectively. Back marker Craig Domigan led in a strong group to record the fastest time of 74.04 minutes from Tony Ward and Steve Hands. Julia Tarbotton had her best race of the season to claim the junior open spoils, with Josh Connor continuing his good form in second. The juniors and division 2 contested a 16km handicap event. Tony Tarbotton reversed the previous week’s result to secure the win with Nicole Herd picking up second spot. Oliver Davidson continued his good season, lifting the Ron Hartill Trophy in the juniors 18km race. Bailey O’Donnell rode a superb race to take second with Sam Cullimore taking third and recording the fastest time, with Photo Joseph Johnson 091212-jj-011 Kees Donaldson right on his tail Liz Wylie and Tony Gimblett head out into the heat for a 50km effort around the Swamp Road block, setting off the Tinwald Cycling Club’s new timing equipment as they go. in fourth place.

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Taylor launches a media blitz Ross Taylor has continued a media offensive against Mike Hesson and New Zealand Cricket, showing an aggression usually reserved for the batting crease. Riding a wave of public goodwill following his removal as captain in favour of Brendon McCullum, Taylor has launched a PR blitz a politician would be proud of. He kept his counsel as speculation swirled last week but, once Hesson and NZC chief executive David White had had their says, Taylor has told his side of the story and has even stated his belief someone within NZC has been bending the truth. About the only person who has kept quiet throughout this whole saga is NZC chairman Chris Moller, and several calls to him yesterday weren’t returned. But Taylor did enough talking for

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everyone, disputing NZC’s version of the events that led to him being replaced as Black Caps’ skipper. At the now-infamous meeting in Galle before the first test against Sri Lanka, Hesson has said he told Taylor his stewardship was being reviewed. But Taylor said on Radio Sport yesterday morning he was told he wasn’t up to scratch as a leader, and that message was confirmed in a one-onone meeting the next day with Hesson. “[Hesson] said ‘Ross, I am going to recommend to [NZC director of cricket] John Buchanan that we have a new captain for South Africa’. “There was nothing in there about anything to do with a split captaincy,” Taylor said. “He said I wasn’t a good enough leader, that this team needs a strong leader, and that I wasn’t a strong leader. “If I wasn’t a strong leader why would he give me the test captaincy?” Taylor said Hesson rang him with the offer of the test captaincy a week

ago. Asked by interviewer Brendan Telfer whether someone within NZC was lying, Taylor said: “Definitely.” But Taylor wasn’t done there, taking a couple more shots at Hesson in an interview with RadioLive. Having held the test captaincy for a year by the time Hesson was appointed as coach in July, Taylor thought the combination of such an inexperienced pair meant “it probably wasn’t a good relationship”. Regardless of that belief, Taylor said he did try. “I gave [Hesson] as much support as captain and I don’t think that was reciprocated.” While Taylor and Hesson enjoyed a prickly relationship, it was wellknown the former Otago coach was much more connected with Taylor’s replacement. But Taylor revealed Hesson’s fondness for McCullum’s leadership skills extended to the wicketkeeper’s older brother Nathan. In the second ODI

against Sri Lanka, with Brendon McCullum injured and Taylor laid low by a bug, captain and coach clashed over who would assume leadership duties should Taylor succumb to his illness. “I mentioned Kane Williamson should be captain if I wasn’t there and Mike Hesson said Nathan McCullum would be captain. I did my best to stay out on the field.” Taylor said he hadn’t been in contact with NZC since last week and, given his own communication skills as skipper were called into question, he thought the organisation’s efforts in that area were “interesting”. Taylor has been communicating rather well the last few days, and said getting his gripes of his chest was cathartic. “I’m cooling down. It’s nice to tell my side of the story and the events from my point of view. “As I’ve said, I still love playing for my country, and hopefully it’s not too long before I do that.” - APNZ

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012




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Patchy morning drizzle clearing, and fine spells developing, but isolated afternoon and evening showers about the foothills. Southerlies, gradually dying out.

Patchy morning rain about the foothills clearing, and becoming fine. But isolated afternoon and evening showers near the Divide. Wind at 1000m: Light winds. Wind at 2000m: W 30 km/h dying out.

NZ Today








Midnight Tonight


Wind less than km/h 30


FRIDAY: Cloudy periods. Winds turning southerly for a time.



Canterbury High Country

THURSDAY: Fine spells. Northeasterlies.



Canterbury Plains

TODAY: Morning drizzle, then fine spells. Light winds.

TOMORROW: Fine spells. Light winds.




Ashburton Forecast

30 to 59

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

Fine spells, isolated afternoon and evening showers about the foothills. Northeasterlies developing, tending northwest later.

morning min max

13 10 13 10 11 12 10 11 9 8 10 10 8

Fine spells. Light winds.


60 plus

fine fine fine fine fine fine fine clearing clearing clearing fine clearing showers


21 22 22 21 18 21 21 18 17 17 22 17 16


NZ Situation

A high pressure systen lies over the most of New Zealand through to Friday. A front is ex-

Cloudy periods. Winds turning southerly for a time, dying out later.


FZL: 2600m

FZL: About 2700m

Fine spells. Isolated afternoon and evening showers. Wind at 1000m: Light. Wind at 2000m: Light.

THURSDAY Mainly fine, isolated afternoon and evening showers. Northwesterlies developing.

FRIDAY Fine. Gusty northwesterlies, gale about the tops for a time, easing late.

pected to move onto the southern South Island



on Friday and weaken there on Saturday.

Fine spells. Light winds.

Fine. Northwesterlies dying out.

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fine 16 fine -2 showers 24 snow -7 showers 20 showers 23 fine 11 showers 14 fine 8 showers 23 thunder 26 fine 18 showers 0 fine -3 snow -1 snow -2 fine 11 fine 17 showers 22 showers 7 rain 24 rain 14 rain 24 fine 0 fine 10 fine -2 fine 13 snow -8 rain 24 showers 11 showers 7 fine -2 thunder 19 showers 22 fine 2 rain 10 fine -10 rain 24 snow -2 showers 17 rain 14 rain 13 fine 2 fine 4 snow -1

33 2 30 -1 28 32 19 28 22 31 35 29 6 2 4 4 22 20 25 21 33 20 32 4 19 10 29 -2 31 26 12 1 29 31 11 16 -2 32 0 23 17 18 10 10 4

River Levels


Rakaia Fighting Hill (NIWA) at 1:45 pm, yesterday Nth Ashburton at 2:00 pm, yesterday Sth Ashburton at 10:15 am, yesterday Rangitata Klondyke at 9:00 am, yesterday

224.0 8.38 10.1 117.7

Source: Environment Canterbury

Canterbury Readings

to 4pm yesterday


Ashburton Airport

min grass 16 hour Dec 2012 min to date to date



Temperatures °C

Rainfall mm


Wind km/h

max gust



25.0 769.1

SE 28

Christchurch Airport 26.0 13.7 12.8


27.2 651.2

E 31

Timaru Airport


5.8 601.0

SE 24











22.0 12.3








Tides, Sun, Moon and Fishing m am 3 3


Tuesday 9 noon 3


9 pm am 3



9 noon 3


9 pm am 3


Thursday 9 noon 3


9 pm

2 1 0


8:27 2:38 8:49 3:06 9:22 3:31 9:42 4:01 10:16 4:24 10:36 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 5:44 am Set 9:09 pm


Good fishing Rise 3:39 am Set 6:32 pm

New moon

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Rise 5:44 am Set 9:09 pm


Good fishing Rise 4:25 am Set 7:44 pm

First quarter

20 Dec 6:20 pm

Rise 5:44 am Set 9:10 pm


Fair fishing

Rise 5:21 am Set 8:51 pm

Full moon

28 Dec 11:23 pm

Maori Fishing Guide by Bill Hohepa


Ashburton Guardian, December 11, 2012

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