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Ashburton quad bike accidents on decline By Sam Morton Mid Canterbury quad bike users in 2012 have had one of the lowest accident rates in the country. Last week, the debate around quad bike safety erupted after the death of Rakaia dairy farmer Hamish Baxter, but newly released ACC figures reveal that the district has significantly improved its safety standards since 2010. According to the statistics obtained by the Guardian, the district has experienced a small, yet vital drop in ATV (involving quad bike, motorbike or three-wheeler) related injuries, caused both at work and otherwise. In 2010, the district racked up 52 claims, compared with 37 in 2011 and just 28 last year – totalling more than 100 paid injury claims over the three-year period. In South Canterbury, about 130 claims were accounted for over three years with a fluctuating accident rate. In the Timaru District, including Waimate, a total of 39 claims were recorded in 2010, compared to 32 in 2011 and 40 last year. Other parts of the country, however, appear to be going the opposite way – increasing their annual figures and constantly concerning authorities. ACC spokeswoman Stephanie Melville said although one quad bike injury was still one too many, Ashburton had plenty to smile about. “It’s progress and that’s the important thing to remember. I feel that the safety message is slowly getting through and looking at those figures, it would seem the level of awareness is also on the up. “However, the Ashburton District have almost halved the statistics from a couple of years ago and that’s a positive step forward,” Ms Melville said. Quad bike safety came back under the public spotlight following a recent spate of quad bike incidents

over the Christmas and New Year break, involving both farmers and recreational users. Since 2008, ACC paid almost $30 million across 11,084 claims for injuries and 26 death claims involving ATVs nationwide. However, figures show the country is dramatically reducing the number of claims, in turn resulting in a far less expensive dollar count. Alarmingly, the rate of non-work related claims, better known as recreational claims, was almost double the number of work-related injuries over the five-year period. “Perhaps the message needs to be targeted more at the recreational users, not so much the farmers who are using the bikes all the time and often have built up years of experience. “But although the recreational stats are nearly twice as many as the work related claims, looking at the cost of those claims, it suggests the accidents at work must have been far more serious injuries as there is little difference of cost between the two,” Ms Melville said. Federated Farmers’ health and safety spokesperson Jeanette Maxwell echoed Ms Melville’s comments, but pointed out it was not unusual for Mid Canterbury to experience low quad bike incidents annually. “All in all, we’re actually really good here. We (local farmers) know the terrains we are working on really well and the majority of us take every caution to limit risk. “With recreational riders though, they can just buy them, jump on them and really have no idea about the dangers - they want it to be all about the fun,” she said. “That has to change and Federated Farmers is working closely to do that.” * The ACC figures cover all work related and non-work related accidents and include those that occurred on farms, beaches, public roads and private property.

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Wait finally over for NCEA exam results

Ashburton College leaver Olivia Quinn, 17, logged on to view her NCEA results yesterday. By Myles Hume Many young Mid Cantabrians have their futures set in stone while others are taking stock after they logged on to view NCEA results yesterday. About 1000 teenagers from Ashburton and Mount Hutt College anxiously jumped online to see how they measured up against the national standards that were officially released yesterday. And despite technical difficulties, including a server overload and some pupils getting a sneak peak of their results early Monday morning, the signs are looking

positive for local teens. For many of the 163,000 students that sat the exams throughout the country, the results secured their place in courses for 2013, while for others the results had a bearing on where they were heading in life as many waited to see if they gained entry to university. Among those was Ashburton College dux Olivia Quinn, 17, who attempted to log on several times before finally viewing her results yesterday afternoon. “I passed with ‘E’ (Excellence) which is what I was aiming for,” she said. Gaining 62 Excellence credits and top endorsements in account-

ing and economics have assured her a spot at the University of Otago, where she plans to study health science. Counterpart Toni Wilson, who gained the top academic award at Mount Hutt College, also had her plans to attend Victoria University cemented. Battling an upset stomach throughout the exam period, the 17-year-old claimed Merit endorsement, catapulting her towards a Bachelor of Commerce which she will start in February. Mount Hutt College principal John Schreurs said it was still early days, but the early indications show his pupils had been

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reaching their expectations. “I’ve heard of a few students who have got what they wanted or a little bit more and I’ve spoken to someone who was endorsed with Excellence so it’s been good really,” he said. Ashburton College principal Grant McMillan said teachers were viewing individual results and would have a fair idea of how the college performed later in the month. He described NCEA as a vital rung on the ladder of success and said there would have been few surprises for students yesterday. “Most students should know how they were going before the results

were released. It’s much like a driver’s licence where you know where you are at and in NCEA the hurdle doesn’t change,” Mr McMillan said. With NCEA being one of the biggest measures of school performance, Mr McMillan said he was feeling optimistic and positive about the results after the college introduced new aspects to teaching in 2012. Students will receive their papers by mail later in the month and have until February 18 to send them back for review or reconsiderations. Results for scholarship students will not be released until mid February.

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sales of 547 made up 6 per cent of the 9678 houses sold in Canterbury and Westland last year. For the first time in many months, Ashburton lagged behind Canterbury trend where sales volumes roles by 1.5 per cent. Weaker sales were also registered in Timaru and South Canterbury. The greatest movement in median prices last year was from June,



This was better than the Canterbury average of 28 days. Ashburton’s slowest sales month was March when it took 63 days to sell. During 2012, 547 houses were sold, well up on the 2011 total of 469 and significantly above the big slow down of 308 recorded in 2010. The strongest sales year in the past decade was in 2003 when 707 properties changed hands. Ashburton’s



the year ending on a December slow down where just 28 houses changed hands. The strongest sales month for the year was March, when 63 houses were sold. The big positive for 2012 was that the number of days it took for a house to find a buyer dropped steadily, with the last quarter of the year on a steady average of 25 selling days, down from 44 in January.



Ashburton’s real estate market was on a roller-coaster ride last year, with median sale prices rising and falling by as much as 18 per cent from month to month. The year started out with REINZ showing a median price of $267,750 in January, rocketing up to $288,500 in October before settling again at $277,500 by the year’s end. It was also a case of up and down for the number of houses sold, with

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$233,750 to July, $276,500, a rise of 18.3 per cent. The most significant month to month fall was from May to June, down 16 per cent, $43,000. Quotable Value’s end of year wrap showed the average price of a house in the district had risen to $291,452. The rate of growth was the second fastest in New Zealand for the year at 11.4 per cent, with 3.5 per cent of that growth over the last quarter of the year. Since the market’s peak in 2007, Ashburton values have risen by 4 per cent.

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Mid Canterbury irrigation schemes are joining forces with the Ashburton District Council to ramp up water supplies for rural firefighters. About 30 hydrants have been installed in the Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation (BCI) system, according to BCI chairman John Wright. The project was carried out in conjunction with the ADC, which contributed 50 per cent of the $30,000 price tag, council CEO

Brian Lester said. “The aim was to lessen the fire risk and provide an alternative to stock water races – some of which have been closed,” Mr Wright said. “Where there are not a lot of irrigation ponds it is important to have an accessible source of water for fire fighting. “It’s not always stubble or scrub fires which cause problems, it’s important to have water sources to protect rural structures, farm buildings and homes – regardless of the ground conditions.” IrrigationNZ chief Andrew Curtis

said the growth of on-farm storage ponds, particularly in the Canterbury region, has benefited fire fighting crews. “These ponds hold thousands of litres of water and farmers and irrigation schemes are the first to make water available when a rural fire starts,” Mr Curtis said. He said the Valetta Irrigation scheme has plans to put in around 12 hydrants off the pipelines and officials from the AshburtonLyndhurst Irrigation System are also talking with ADC about installing hydrants.

“All of the schemes are keen to have them as a community service which will be at their cost,” Mr Curtis said. Tyronne Burrowes, from the Rakaia brigade, said the hydrant project was well worthwhile. “We can pump out of any open water - but quite a few water races have been closed; having roadside access to water will be a big advantage,” Mr Burrowes said. “We haven’t used the hydrants yet, because we haven’t had any major callouts but when we get into harvest it will be a different story.”

Ashburton fire chief Alan Burgess said situating fire hydrants in irrigation systems will certainly assist in fighting rural fires. “If we are assisting out there it will certainly be an advantage not having to set up secondary pumping stations,” Mr Burgess said. “We used to have to dam up creeks and streams – but the water storage lakes and dams are great provided we have access.” Irrigation has also helped provide a greenbelt around towns such as Ashburton, Rakaia and Hinds, creating a buffer less likely to ignite.

Driver hit with zero alcohol contraints by judge A young man convicted of his second drink driving offence in two years, has been hit with zero alcohol constraints. This will require Mark David Crichton, 22, of Netherby to have a breathalyser device installed in any vehicle he intends to drive – when he eventually gets his driver’s licence back. On Monday, in the Ashburton District Court, Crichton pleaded guilty to driving with 1133 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath on November 25. Judge Robert Murfitt disqualified Crichton from driving indefinitely and ordered him to complete 120 hours’ of community work and nine months’ supervision, with requirements to complete treatment and programmes as directed. Crichton was first convicted of drink driving with a level of 890mcg/l in 2010. In light of this, Judge Murfitt added the zero alcohol constraint, introduced in September to crack down on recidivist drink-drivers. “You will be disqualified until the Director of Land Transport removes this disqualification, after which you must have zero alcohol in your system to drive a motor vehicle,” he said.

• Crash victim named Police have released the name of a woman killed in a collision with a milk tanker north of Taupo on Sunday. Pamela Maree Pattie, 28, who lived locally, died when her car and the tanker collided on State Highway 5 just north of the Wairakei roundabout about 11.44pm. She was the sole occupant of the car. Police were still investigating the circumstances of the crash. - APNZ

• Another ATV crash A 40-year-old man on holiday in Taupo is in a stable condition in Rotorua Hospital after a quad bike accident yesterday. St John paramedics were called to the incident at Taupo Quad Adventures, about 23km north of Taupo, about 1pm. A St John Taupo spokesman said the man, a New Zealander, was taken to Taupo Hospital with a possible concussion before he was taken to Rotorua Hospital for further tests. -APNZ

• Arson charges Two teenagers have been arrested over a fire at an Invercargill school earlier this month. The January 3 fire at James Hargest High School destroyed two new classrooms and caused an estimated $700,000 worth of damage. The pair, aged 18 and 19, were also charged over an incident on October 7 when picnic tables at the school were set alight. -APNZ

• Body in harbour Police are appealing for information after the body of a man was found floating in Auckland Harbour. The man, thought to be in his 20s, was found by a group of wake boarders in the water near the Auckland Harbour Bridge about 10.50am on Saturday. He was described as being Asian and of thin build. The body is not believed to have been in the water for more than a few hours. -APNZ Splash: Yesterday’s downpour caused a flash flood on South Street.

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A week of weather extremes By Michelle Nelson From one extreme to the other, after hitting the mid-30s during the weekend, temperatures plummeted to just 13 degrees yesterday morning, and the skies opened up. The rain may have interfered with harvest plans but it did bring some relief to the district’s firefighters. Scorching weekend tempera-

tures coupled with a recent spate of nor’wester-fuelled scrub and grass fires, a number of which destroyed homes and property around Christchurch, prompted a series of false alarm callouts. “We always get a few false alarms but people may have been more nervous about the conditions,” Ashburton’s chief fire officer Alan Burgess said. “They see smoke and raise the

alarm, which is understandable, but there is sometimes a difference between what they think they are seeing and the reality of the situation. “The real issue this year has been the growing season leading to this point – which has been well up, in particular the roadside vegetation is a concern.” Tyrone Burrowes, from the Rakaia station said it had been a relatively quiet start to the week, after

the brigade was called in to assist Christchurch services last week. “This bit of rain has cooled things down, and the harvest is not underway yet, but that will all change once the big machines get into paddocks,” he said. Intermittent showers should continue until Friday, when temperatures are forecast to reach 20 degrees, climbing to the mid-20s in the weekend.

• Mopped up Authorities hope all the oil which spilled from a boat in Timaru Port on Monday has been mopped up. Between 40 and 50 litres of what is believed to be light fuel oil was discovered in the water about noon. Environment Canterbury Regional Harbourmaster Jim Dilley said there had been no reports of marine life affected. “There was tiny spots of sheen in a couple of locations and those were mopped up.” They would monitor the water for the next few days to ensure there was no oil that was missed, Mr Dilley said. Mr Dilley declined to name the vessel believed to have been involved. -APNZ

Tourists lucky to be alive after Thieving three-legged dog flood waters sweep away vans leaves dairy in an uproar By Hana Garrett-Walker

A group of young tourists were lucky to escape a raging Nelson river yesterday morning when a flash flood swept away two vans they were sleeping in. One of the tourists was reported missing when he went into the river to chase after lost possessions, but he made it to the other side of the river and was found a short time later. Police say the group were lucky to survive after waking to water flooding their van following a downpour of rain overnight. About 100mm of rain had fallen in Nelson, and about 150mm of rain had fallen in the higher ground around Nelson, MetService spokesman Daniel Corbett said. About 9.30am the group, in their late teens and early 20s, woke to find water entering the van where they had been sleeping under the bridge, Senior Constable Dave Colville said. They tried to push the van out of the river, which had risen dramatically overnight.

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“[But] unfortunately the two vans had been tied together to create a washing line and that prevented the group from pushing the first van out,” he said. As they started trying to empty the vans of their possessions, some items were washed away and one of the group swam after them. “He was washed away in the current and ended up making it to the bank on the opposite side of the river. “He then crossed back over the river and was located some way downstream,” Mr Colville said. The vans were last seen floating down the river. The rain put Nelson City Council on high alert, with the Maitai Valley Road at Sharlands Creek being closed for much of the day due to surface flooding. But council spokesman Shane Davies said the worst of it should now be over and the road had reopened. “We understand that the rain is easing, but often heavy rain in the river catchments can take a while to reach the lower parts of the river.


“We’ll be keeping a close watch on things until the river levels have subsided.” A Fire Service spokesman said there were about four callouts in Nelson about 6.30am, mainly for alarm activations due to weather, but since then they had been very quiet. Mr Corbett said Wellington had also had about 30mm of rain yesterday morning. “We still have some rain to come through Wellington for the next few hours but even here [in Wellington] it’s becoming a bit more patchy and should all start to clear away later today,” he said. A Fire Service spokeswoman said they had no major weather-related callouts for the Wellington region yesterday. Heavy rain in Christchurch caused surface flooding around the Avon River in New Brighton. “It’s just every time we get rain, it’s what happens where there’s low land levels following the earthquake. They get prone to surface flooding,” A Christchurch City Council spokeswoman said. Mr Corbett said that

after yesterday’s heavy rain around central New Zealand, today should be a much finer day for most areas. One of the tourists, Steve Harper, told Radio New Zealand that he and three others, Annie Roth, Jim Marshall and Sarah Isaacs, had parked under the bridge to shelter from a storm. The two couples, from America and Germany, were about 50 metres away from the water and had checked the river level before they went to bed on Monday night. Mr Harper said they then woke in the morning to chest-high water. “The van was starting to fill up, it was already to the seats. I immediately rolled down the passenger window and jumped out, tried to save whatever clothes I could and threw them on top of the van. “Jim just ran by bashing on the window trying to wake us up saying ‘evacuate, evacuate, evacuate’.” He swam after some belongings and was swept downstream before grabbing a branch and pulling himself to safety. - APNZ by David Fletcher

By Abby Gillies A three-legged dog has carried out a brazen robbery making off with a roll of dog food from a dairy chiller in front of startled shoppers. It’s not the first time Oscar has pulled off a dog food heist at the Invercargill shop but it could be his last after he was caught and impounded by council dog control staff. The german shorthaired pointer was caught last Wednesday by staff at the Alray Dairy caught him attempting to steal a dog roll from the chiller, his third such visit. Oscar’s wily ways had been

the talk of the town, dairy owner Esmay Hay said. Animal control staff had been unable to contact Oscar’s owners, who were registered at an address close to the dairy, officer Michael Murdoch said. “Oscar’s still in the pound as we’re still awaiting response from his owners,” he said. The dog was in good spirits. “He’s fine. He’s a good dog.” Oscar’s escapades started earlier this month when he evaded watchful staff and entered the dairy while there were several other shoppers inside. He headed straight to the chiller at the back of the

shop, quickly selected a dog roll and took off with it, to the surprise of shoppers who told Ms Hay what had happened. She couldn’t believe it, until she reviewed the security footage. “About 12 minutes past eight we caught him on the camera. All of a sudden he appears standing looking into the dog chiller, helps himself to a dog roll, drops it on the floor then picks it up and carts it out.” “I was in utter disbelief. The shop was in an uproar for about an hour afterwards,” she laughed. After escaping with the treat, the dog hit the dairy twice more last Wednesday

before finally being caught by staff members of Alray Dairy about 8pm. “The girls spotted him coming in and they went out and tried to get hold of him and he scarpered out the door in the morning and then he came back in the afternoon. “He was right down the back of the shop and one of the girls went down and tied him up,” said Ms Hay. They then called animal control to come and collect the dog. Oscar’s good luck hadn’t completely run out. Ms Hay’s grandson felt so sorry for the captured thief he gave him half a dog roll while he was tied up. -APNZ

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Called out of a funeral for another death By Samantha McPherson Hayley Soper went to farewell a friend on Monday who died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash. But 25 minutes into the funeral of David Stevens she was confronted with the terrible news her own father had just died of a heart attack. When her grandmother rushed

into the service in Christchurch and urged her outside, she knew something was wrong. “She said to me, ‘Your father’s dead. He’s had a heart attack. Get everyone together. We have to go’,” Ms Soper said. Her father, Regan Soper, 50, had had a fatal heart attack at New Brighton Health Care. He had not been feeling well on Friday and had made an appointment for Monday. Staff tried to

resuscitate him but were unable to. “I couldn’t believe it. I was in total shock. I was already upset from David’s funeral. I got in the car and we drove to my dad’s house. It hit me when I got out of the car. It was like a bad nightmare,” Ms Soper said. “I still didn’t believe he’d gone until I saw him that night. It still seems totally unreal. I never thought I would ever see my dad

like that,” she said. Ms Soper, 21, had been at the funeral for Mr Stevens, whose life support was turned off at Christchurch Hospital on January 7. He suffered severe head injuries when he came off his motorcycle in North New Brighton on January 5. In a cruel twist, his father Paul Stevens, found out about the crash only when he phoned his

son’s cellphone to find out where he was and a staff member from the intensive care unit answered and gave him the news. Ms Soper said she would miss everything about her dad. “Dad would text me every day to tell me he loved me. He couldn’t tell me enough. “He was my best friend. I am going to miss those texts and just asking him things. He seemed to know everything.

The last text message Ms Soper received from her dad was on Sunday night. “He thanked me for a wonderful day and said he hoped we could do that every Sunday. “He texted me Monday morning to let me know he had a doctor’s appointment but said he would be fine. “That’s the last I’d heard from him,” she said. - APNZ

Aoraki’s Ashburton future clearer By Myles Hume Ashburton’s Aoraki Polytechnic campus has been given the green light for 2013 despite questions hanging over its future last year. Acting chief executive Alex Cabrera has labelled enrolments for study this year as “encouraging” at the Ashburton campus, with 41 students set to start on February 18. Although there were 239 people enrolled at the campus last year, adding up to the equivalent of 69 full-time students, Mr Cabrera said the enrolments so far were on par with the same time last year and they were looking to attract more students. “This is about the same as this time in 2012 but we need to continue to monitor enrolment numbers and try our best to convert all enquiries,” Mr Cabrera said. It is good news for students at the Ashburton campus who were told only three months ago that “no decisions have been made about the future”. CEO at the time Kay Nelson said it was up to the community to keep the polytechnic afloat. “I can’t stress enough how important it is for our communities to make use of Aoraki Polytechnic. All of our funding is dependent on demand for our programmes,” she said in October. Ms Nelson’s pleas came amidst a tough time for the polytechnic which posted a $1.6 million loss in

2011 and projected a $2.1m loss last year. An independent advisor had been brought in to assess future options for the tertiary institution late last year and, most recently, Ms Nelson resigned from her CEO role saying she was proud of her achievements but it was time to move on. Although the outlook was now positive, the Ashburton campus still wanted to see more students sign up for the 10 courses and six short courses the institute offered. “We need to attract the students from our region to study at the polytechnic to ensure we reach our targets. As always, it is very important we get support from the community to enable us to achieve our targets,” Mr Cabrera said. The polytechnic expects to see an influx in enrolments in coming weeks as application deadlines loom along with NCEA results released yesterday. It was also confirmed the bus service that transports students from Ashburton to the Timaru campus each day will continue this year. Mr Cabrera said it was valuable for the 30-odd Ashburton based students who made the hour-long trip each day, saying it offered “better support to the training needs of our community”. He said he could not confirm how many people were registered to use the bus this year, but the bus service would be altered to suit the needs of students when numbers were clearer closer to the start date.

• Nowhere Trail ride Lake Heron Station’s first Nowhere Trail cycle journey will set off from Methven on January 23. Station owner Phil Todhunter said a number of bookings had been received but there were still places available on the trail. The fourday 180 kilometre cycle journey caters to those who wish to take in the amazing scenery of Mid Canterbury’s high country without the hard graft of carrying their luggage and food. Classy accommodation and cuisine in the Rakaia and Ashburton gorges is provided, as are experienced guides.

• Investiture One hundred guests and a large media contingent are expected to descend on Hawke’s Bay today to celebrate the investiture of broadcaster, journalist and author Sir Paul Holmes. An afternoon ceremony at his Poukawa home will begin at 1.30pm. The Haumoana-born, Karamu High School old boy was made a knight in the New Year’s honours for his services to broadcasting and the community. More than 30 years in the broadcasting industry saw him become one of the country’s most well-known personalities. Governor General Lieutenant-General Sir Jerry Mateparae will travel to Hawkes Bay for the ceremony that has secured the biggestever media presence for an investiture - despite only being for one person. - APNZ

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Demolition crews finishing what the Canterbury earthquakes started – the Ashburton Pottery Society’s headquarters at Nixon Street, Tinwald, becomes rubble.

Potters’ home turned into rubble By Sue Newman Tinwald’s Kirk House took more than one year to build and less than one hour to demolish. And yesterday on its way down, the elderly building that has been home to the Ashburton Pottery Society since 1969, provided great early morning entertainment for Nixon Street residents. In lightly falling rain they huddled under umbrellas watching as the Fulton Hogan crew made short work of the building. For some, that meant breakfast on the street so they wouldn’t miss the action. While the demolition provided

an hour’s worth of free entertainment for some, it was a sad moment in the club’s history said president Raelene Hewitt. “A lot of people had invested many hours of love and creativity into items created in that building.” But more than that, the club house had become a social gathering point for club members, many of whom took as much pleasure out of the company of fellow potters as they did out of potting itself, Mrs Hewitt said. “I think we’re all feeling pretty sad today. It’s half down already and they’ve only been going for 20 minutes. It’s had a life-time of more than 100 years and now

that’s almost gone.” Kirk House was built in 1901, beginning its life as a farm homestead in what was then a rural area on Ashburton’s outskirts. While club members were sad to see their old building demolished, Mrs Hewitt said they wouldn’t miss the need to wear extra layers of clothing when working there during the winter. Ashburton company Versatile will move on site in about two weeks to construct Kirk House, Mk II and this is anticipated to be ready for occupation in March. After months of uncertainty and negotiations, there was some relief in knowing where the

future lay, even if it wasn’t the one most members had hoped for, she said. The new building would have many benefits including being much warmer and having the ability to be fitted out to suit today’s potters’ needs, Mrs Hewitt said. Insurance payouts will meet most of the costs but the club has dug into its bank account to provide the extras that will mean it opens with some of the extras that would make it feel like home, she said. “For most of us now, as we’ve got older we love coming here for the social side as much as for potting.”


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New Zealand and the United Kingdom will work closely together to confront “growing threats” to cyber security, Foreign Minister Murray McCully and his British counterpart announced yesterday. Mr McCully and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who arrived in Auckland yesterday for bilateral talks, released a joint statement which says the two countries will work to develop a “vision for the future security of cyberspace” and to “advance this through positive international engagement”. It says both countries recognise the gap between supply and demand for cyber security and the business community will be



and with the private sector in both countries,” the statement said. Mr McCully also announced a cost-cutting measure whereby New Zealand would offer “hosting arrangements” to the UK’s High Commission in the Solomon Islands. Mr Hague, who has visited New Zealand before, said he was “absolutely delighted” to be back. “I attach enormous importance to this relationship. New Zealand and the UK have long and close and excellent relations but we can never afford to be complacent about such a relationship and we have to be clear why it matters; we have to ensure that it adapts effectively to the modern world, and that is the work that we’re engaged on together.” On another matter, Mr Hague

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tudents from Mt Hutt College and Ashburton College yesterday finally got their NCEA results. Or at least we hope the results were all there. On Monday, a few hundred eager beavers across the country had already logged on to check their results at 6.25am when the results site went live for five minutes before it was again removed. NCEA officials say they simply wanted to test the results were actually there before really going live today. No surprise the social media sphere, in which the teenage population communicates, went crazy with students demanding to get their results and wondering what had happened. The officials can be forgiven to think that no teenager in their right mind would be awake at 6.25am during their holidays, were obviously mistaken. It appears that once again, the bureaucrats in Wellington can simply not understand how important these matters are for the people that are affected and that many nervous kids would indeed log on as soon as the results could be available. It is also bizarre to have a major announcement like this, affecting tens of thousands of students and families, and say you will post it “some time this week”. It is hard to understand why the students could not be given a fixed time and date for this release but clearly the government’s struggling


Murray McCully engaged to “build awareness and to improve companies’ ability to take responsibility for protecting their intellectual property”. “We will collaborate on cyberrelated research and development activities, both within government

IT specialists wanted to give themselves a bit of leeway. If a small company like the Ashburton Guardian can launch a complex new website without having to do a sneaky live run in the middle of the night, it seems odd that a large, wellfunded government department is unable to do so. This free-wheeling approach around a launch time seems more appropriate in a disorganised, technologically disadvantaged Third World country, not in a modern society like New Zealand. Judging by recent Government bungles though, you could be forgiven for thinking this country is slowly becoming that banana republic. The long list of botch-ups in recent months initially triggered disbelief but now has become so common that we can only laugh. It started with the illegal release of thousands of ACC files, followed by the stuffup with the Winz information booths, while teachers are still dealing with the fallout of the failing Novopay software. The early release of the NCEA results may just be a glitch compared to the other incidents and will not actually hurt anyone, but it remains another example of carelessness, or potentially incompetence, among civil servants. Hopefully the Mid Canterbury students all got the results they wanted and congratulations to all of those who passed their exams.

Pressure is mounting on the Government to consider reopening the Gisborne to Napier rail line following an independent review criticising KiwiRail’s closure of the network last year. Hawkes Bay and Gisborne community and business leaders expect to meet Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee this month to push the case for a second look at how to make the rail line economically viable. They’ll use the independent review by Business Economic and Research Limited (Berl) released this week as a tool to show how the line can be profitable. KiwiRail has rejected the review while the Green Party said it showed the line could be run economically. The review holds up Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne’s future timber industry as the saviour of the East Coast rail line but KiwiRail insists there’s no promise or commercial agreement in site to make the freight route commercially viable. Large-scale forest owners mainly in northern Hawke’s Bay could produce a volume of 1.5 million square metres of radiata pine timber each year and half of this volume, about 750,000 tonnes, could be economically hauled on the Napier to Gisborne rail line, the review said. -APNZ

ance in Palmerston North District Court yesterday. In a statement, Mr Jones’s family said a piece of them had been taken from them and they were devastated. “He was part of the fabric of the Featherston community and lots of people looked out for him. We know that many people around town had a soft spot for ‘Jonsey’ and will sympathise with our grief. “The support we have received over the last few days has been

overwhelming and we sincerely want to thank you all for that,” the statement said. Kristofer Jones, 23, who is charged with aggravated burglary, was arrested by armed police on State Highway 1 near Hunterville about 2am and appeared in court yesterday. Wearing a police-issue white boiler suit and with his arms folded, Jones stared straight at Justice of the Peace Ray Bensemann and nodded his head when asked if he

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understood. He didn’t speak during the one-minute appearance. He was remanded without plea to reappear in Masterton District Court on Friday Police are still seeking another man, Hayden Ranson, 27. Two women, aged 32 and 22, and a man aged 28 appeared in Masterton District Court on Tuesday and did not enter pleas to a count each of entering a building while armed with intent to commit a crime. - APNZ

Federated Farmers’ spokesperson Jeanette Maxwell’s defence of the five quad bike fatalities in 2012 is very disappointing coming from a person in her position. Surely comparing it to the much higher road motorcycle deaths is academic, as a road where a lot of vehicles are sharing a narrow strip, is vastly different to the space afforded to most farms. It was only around 15 years ago that workers were riding on the forks and the bodies of forklifts, and where workers could be found standing on pallets, while being hoisted up to high heights. Safety standards have improved markedly in recent years in most industries but we still lag behind a lot of other countries. Five workplace deaths is five too many, and a more constructive attitude from Jeanette and her organisation would be welcome. Simon Blissett

Tourist impaled on fence batten in bus crash By Natalie Akoorie A 17-year-old tourist under went surgery last evening after being impaled in the chest by a fence post when the bus he was on crashed.

The teenager was sitting by a window at the rear of the 20-seater bus when it left the road in the Fitzgerald Glade near Rotorua and hit the wooden fence about midday yesterday. A batten smashed through the window on impact and impaled

the teenager under his armpit. Westpac Waikato Air Ambulance pilot Grant Bremner said the teenager remained conscious throughout the whole ordeal. “It entered through his chest under his arm, and it’s almost out through his back.


“He was still conscious and still aware of what was going on, obviously it was painful,” he said. He was coping “very well, considering”. The fence post remained in him while he was taken to hospital, Mr Bremner said. -APNZ

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to work in the UK and it’s dropped now to about 700 - 750, whereas about 6000 - 6500 come from the UK to New Zealand. It would be good if it could be opened up a bit more.” Mr Shearer said New Zealand had become more independent in its foreign policy and viewed the world differently to the UK in some instances. “We mentioned, for example, the issue of Palestinian recognition at the UN. We voted for it and the UK abstained. It’s an important distinction between the two of us. “This [meeting] gives us an opportunity to understand where each other’s coming from.” Today Mr Hague, who is in the country for two days, flies to Christchurch to see the quakedamaged city’s Red Zone. - APNZ

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Murdered man big part of community The family of a man slain in his Featherston bedsit have described him as part of the fabric of his community. Supermarket worker Glen Jones, 40 was the subject of a violent assault in his home early on Saturday morning and died in Wellington Hospital a few hours later. Three people were arrested and appeared in court earlier this week and a third man was arrested early yesterday and made a brief appear-

would not definitively say whether the UK would support New Zealand’s bid to get a seat on the UN Security Council, but gave a strong hint as to his country’s position “As a permanent member of the UN Security Council we’re in the position of never declaring our vote in the election so I’m not going to change that position. But, of course, in casting our vote we have always had a strong sense of who our friends are.’ Labour leader David Shearer, who met Mr Hague later today, said it was a “very positive” meeting and included talks about recently imposed restrictions on skilled worker visas for New Zealanders travelling to the UK. “We used to have 1500-odd people getting skilled visas and going

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Quake payouts coming By Cullen Smith Canterbury property owners with earthquake-damaged land are likely to share some $2 billion in payouts as the Earthquake Commission gears up to settle land claims. Christchurch-based loss adjusting firm Mainland Claims Management Ltd is currently hiring assessors and estimators to inspect some 70,000 prop-

erties to quantify the cost of repairing land. The commission has received more than 104,000 claims for land damage as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes. EQC general manager for customer services Bruce Emson said two-person teams would begin checking properties this month, working from east to west, with the aim of settling all claims by the end of next year. Properties would be assessed on a

case-by-case basis with owners likely to receive payouts from “a few hundred dollars to possibly tens of thousands” for land damage ranging from minor cracking and splitting to lateral spreading and ponding. EQC cover is limited to land within property boundaries and includes land under homes and outbuildings, within eight metres of homes and outbuildings and land under driveways up to 60 metres from homes. -APNZ

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Barbara Davidson was among a group of Ashburton women who spent yesterday learning to create works of art out of wire under the tutelage of metal artist and painter Rachel Hirabayashi.

Creating works of art from wire Take three coils of lacing wire and a pair of long-nose pliers and within a very short time, if you’re artist Rachel Hirabayashi, you’ll have created some impressive works of art. This week she’s sharing her skills with two groups of students in Ashburton in practical classes where flowers and animals are created from wire, beads and buttons.

For Ms Hirabayashi working with fine wire is a form of relaxation. “This is something you can just muddle around with. I saw figures woven out of willow in gardens and decided I’d try to do something similar with wire. This slowly evolved and I like the simplicity of it,” she said. While working with fine wire appears simple, most of her students said the

hardest part of learning the craft was mastering the pliers used to tie the end of the wire. During the day they created delicate, long stemmed flowers and using several gauges of wire, created a small mouse. “This is like any craft, once you become proficient, in this case with the pliers, then your individuality comes out,” Ms Hirabayashi said.



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Fears NSW fire may flare again By Lauren Farrow Firefighters are warning that one of the most ferocious and intense blazes seen in NSW in decades may still “get up and run again”. Acting Premier Andrew Stoner and Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons flew out yesterday to survey the damage at Warrumbungle National Park in the state’s northwest, where 40,000 hectares have been burnt. Mr Stoner said it was “absolutely amazing” there hadn’t been more property damage and that no lives had been lost. “The miraculous thing is that there has been no loss of life,” he told reporters. He said the area was one of six more declared eligible for disaster relief funding yesterday. At least 33 homes and 50 sheds have been destroyed by the fire – one of 122 fires burning across NSW after 11 days of blazes. Nearly 30 of the blazes still haven’t been contained and more than half a million hectares burnt. “We are expecting hot weather again at the end of the week and we continue to call upon our firefighters to maintain the front line against this seeming onslaught of fire,” Mr Stoner said. In preparation for hotter weather, he said firefighters are targeting strategic areas of the fire front near Coonabarabran and “throwing absolutely everything” at it. “The critical days are ahead ... It ain’t over yet,” he said. Mr Fitzsimmons said the fire was one of the worst the state has seen. “Undoubtedly you saw firefighters and the community through Coonabarabran here face one of the most, ferocious, intense, fastmoving bushfires that we have seen in decades,” he told report-

21 children die in Syria violence At least 21 children have been killed in violence in Syria, a watchdog says, fuelling international calls for a war crimes probe into the 22-month conflict. Reports of the child deaths came as Human Rights Watch accused President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of expanding its use of banned cluster bombs. Eight of the children were killed in an air strike on the town of Moadamiyat al-Sham, southwest of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Five women were also killed. “The children, all members of

the same clan, were aged between six months and nine years old,” said the head of the Britain-based Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman. State television blamed “terrorists” for the deaths. Also near the capital, two siblings aged six and seven were killed, the Observatory said. Six children were killed in the northern city of Aleppo – five of them in an air strike. Five more children died in other flashpoints in the strife-torn country yesterday. The Observatory says more than 3500 children have been killed

since the Syrian conflict erupted in March 2011. The United Nations says more than 60,000 people have died in all. On the diplomatic front, at least 55 governments prepared yesterday to demand that the UN Security Council refer the conflict to the International Criminal Court. The demand was to be made in a letter organised by Switzerland, which has spent seven months collecting signatures. Diplomatic sources said 55 countries had signed and others could still join. - AFP

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Firefighters are battling scores of wildfires in southeastern Australia as authorities warned that hot, dry and windy conditions were combining to raise the threat to its highest alert level. ers after surveying the site. “Whilst we need to absolutely take stock of the enormity of loss, what we will also need to do is look at ... just how much has been saved.” He warned that conditions were set to deteriorate again by Friday, with winds exceeding 40 to 50 km/h and higher temperatures pushing danger ratings across the state to very high and severe. “You would like to think the worst is over but ... we have got some more bad weather on the way,” he said. The fire near Coonabarabran would “at best” not be contained for days. “We need to be prepared for the very real potential that this fire ... will certainly get up and run again,” he said. Around 155 firefighters from greater Sydney, the Hunter region and other parts of the north coast


arrived on the scene yesterday so they could rotate crews to manage fatigue, with some firefighters reporting doing 36-hour shifts. Yesterday the Coonabarabran bowling club was open for breakfast, feeding up to 21 people who have been evacuated from the surrounding towns. Denis Shrimpton, from Community Services, said 185 people had registered at the evacuation centre since Sunday, but most had been staying with friends or family. More than 780 firefighters with 257 trucks were yesterday battling fires across the state, assisted by more than 75 aircraft. Fires in the Kybeyan Valley near Cooma and near the Sussex Inlet west of Jervis Bay remain uncontained but are not threatening homes and crews are taking advantage of the cooler weather to get on top of them. - AAP

Jodie Foster came out without really coming out, and suggested she was retiring from acting without exactly saying so, in a long, breathless and rambling speech at Monday night’s Golden Globe Awards. Foster was on stage as this year’s winner of the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, which had been announced previously. But her acceptance speech was anything but predictable as the veteran actress seized control of what is every year a noisy, boozy ballroom; the crowd of A-listers quickly quieted down as it became apparent that she had something serious and important to say. The 50-year-old Oscar-winner, who’s been protective of her private life and reluctant to discuss her sexual orientation, was coy at first, suggesting she had a big announcement that would make her publicist nervous. Then she stated: “I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud... I am, uh, single,” pausing for dramatic effect before that last word. “I hope you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big comingout speech tonight. I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago.” Foster joked that celebrities are now expected to reveal they’re gay “with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show... You just might be surprised but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child. Please don’t cry,

• India school rape A seven-year-old girl has been raped in a school toilet in the Indian holiday state of Goa, sparking mass protests and the arrest of her headmistress, police say. The incident was reported in the city of Vasco da Gama yesterday, sparking a massive manhunt to trace the accused, thought to be in his early 20s. “The girl was raped inside the school toilet during recess,” a police official said, requesting not to be named. He said the toilet was situated next to the headmistress’s office at Deepvihar High School, which has a primary section. Thousands of people surrounded the school yesterday demanding the arrest of headmistress and the perpetrator, who is yet to be found. - AFP

• Japan hit by snow Heavy snow that blanketed eastern Japan over the holiday weekend has left one man dead and injured 900 others, as Tokyo commuters took to the slippery streets. A lowpressure system, dubbed a “bomb cyclone” by local press, dumped eight centimetres of snow in nine hours, the heaviest snowfall in the region since January 2006, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It left 13 centimetres of snow in neighbouring Yokohama, while mountainous areas around Tokyo saw up to 30 centimetres. A 71-year-old man in Shiojiri city, Nagano prefecture, died after falling into an open drain as he cleared snow around his house, a fire service spokesman said. - AFP

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Jodie Foster during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel this week. because my reality show is so boring.” She added defiantly: “If you had been a public figure since you were a toddler, maybe you’d value privacy above all else, too.” Foster thanked Cydney Bernard, whom she identified as her former partner of 20 years and with whom she has two sons. She also made it sound as if she planned to retire from acting once and for all, something she’d toyed with previously. But backstage afterward, she clarified for

reporters: “No. Not really. I think it stands for itself and it’s an expression of who I am and what I’m thinking and feeling.” Her revelation, vague as it was, nonetheless set Twitter on fire with reactions. Some called her words moving and brave while others suggested that she should have done more to be a role model for lesbians. Ricky Martin, who came out himself in 2010, tweeted: “Jody Foster On your terms. It’s your time! Not before nor after. It’s when it feels right.” - AP

• Well over the limit An Adelaide woman has been taken to hospital after blowing an astonishing eight times over the legal alcohol limit. Police say the 56-year-old woman was stopped at suburban Blakeview on Monday afternoon because of the way she was driving. She blew 0.408, more than eight times the legal limit of 0.05. The woman immediately lost her licence for 12 months and had her car impounded for 28 days. She was taken to hospital for assessment and will appear in court at a later date. - AAP


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Armstrong interview ‘emotional’ By Jim Vertuno Lance Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey was “emotional at times,” according to a person familiar with the situation, and it followed an apology to the staff at the Livestrong Foundation that left some of them in tears. The person spoke on condition of anonymity and would neither confirm nor deny that the disgraced cyclist confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs during the taping, which is scheduled to be broadcast on Friday (NZ time) and is supposed to remain confidential until then. A group of about 10 close friends and advisers to Armstrong left a downtown Austin hotel about three hours after they arrived yesterday for the interview. Among them were Armstrong attorneys Tim Herman and Sean Breen, along with Bill Stapleton, Armstrong’s long-time agent, manager and business partner. All declined comment entering and exiting the session. Soon afterward, Winfrey tweeted: “Just wrapped with (at)lancearmstrong More than 2 1/2 hours. He came READY!” She is scheduled to appear on “CBS This Morning” today to discuss the interview. Armstrong stopped at the Livestrong Foundation, which he founded, on his way to the interview and said, “I’m sorry” to staff members, some of whom broke

down in tears. A person with knowledge of that session said Armstrong choked up and several employees cried during the session. The person also said Armstrong apologised for letting the staff down and putting Livestrong at risk but he did not make a direct confession to using banned drugs. He said he would try to restore the foundation’s reputation, and urged the group to continue fighting for the charity’s mission of helping cancer patients and their families. Armstrong spoke to a room full of about 100 staff members for about 20 minutes, expressing regret for everything the controversy has put them through, the person said. He told them how much the foundation means to him and that he considers the people who work there to be like members of his family. None of the people in the room challenged Armstrong over his long denials of doping. Winfrey and her crew had earlier said they would film the session at Armstrong’s home. As a result, local and international news crews were encamped near the cyclist’s Spanish-style villa before dawn. Armstrong still managed to slip away for a run despite the crowds outside his home. He returned by cutting through a neighbour’s yard and hopping a fence. Armstrong lost the Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005 following a voluminous US Anti-Doping Agency report that portrayed him

Lance Armstrong as a ruthless competitor, willing to go to any lengths to win the prestigious race. USADA chief executive Travis Tygart labeled the doping regimen allegedly carried out by the US Postal Service team that Armstrong once led, “The most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” The interview with Winfrey was Armstrong’s first public response to the USADA report. Armstrong was not expected to provide a detailed account about his involvement, nor

address in depth many of the specific allegations in the more than 1000-page USADA report. In a text to AP on Sunday, Armstrong said: “I told her (Winfrey) to go wherever she wants and I’ll answer the questions directly, honestly and candidly. That’s all I can say.” After a federal investigation of the cyclist was dropped without charges being brought last year, USADA stepped in with an investigation of its own. The agency deposed 11 former teammates and

accused Armstrong of masterminding a complex and brazen drug program that included steroids, blood boosters and a range of other performance-enhancers. Once all the information was out and his reputation shattered, Armstrong defiantly tweeted a picture of himself on a couch at home with all seven of the yellow leader’s jerseys on display in frames behind him. But the preponderance of evidence in the USADA report and pending legal challenges on several fronts apparently forced him to change tactics after more than a decade of denials. He still faces legal problems. Former teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for doping, has filed a federal whistle-blower lawsuit that accused Armstrong of defrauding the US Postal Service. The Justice Department has yet to decide whether it will join the suit as a plaintiff. The London-based Sunday Times also is suing Armstrong to recover about $500,000 it paid him to settle a libel lawsuit. On Monday, the newspaper took out a full-page ad in the Chicago Tribune, offering Winfrey suggestions for what questions to ask Armstrong. Dallasbased SCA Promotions, which tried to deny Armstrong a promised bonus for a Tour de France win, has threatened to bring yet another lawsuit seeking to recover more than $7.5 million an arbitration

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panel awarded the cyclist in that dispute. The lawsuit most likely to be influenced by a confession might be the Sunday Times case. Potential perjury charges stemming from Armstrong’s sworn testimony in the 2005 arbitration fight would not apply because of the statute of limitations. Armstrong was not deposed during the federal investigation that was closed last year. Many of his sponsors dropped Armstrong after the damning USADA report — at the cost of tens of millions of dollars — and soon after, he left the board of Livestrong, which he founded in 1997. Armstrong is still said to be worth about $100 million. Livestrong might be one reason Armstrong has decided to come forward with an apology and limited confession. The charity supports cancer patients and still faces an image problem because of its association with Armstrong. He also may be hoping a confession would allow him to return to competition in the elite triathlon or running events he participated in after his cycling career. World Anti-Doping Code rules state his lifetime ban cannot be reduced to less than eight years. WADA and US Anti-Doping officials could agree to reduce the ban further depending on what information Armstrong provides and his level of co-operation. - AP

William and Kate’s baby due in July By Laura Elston The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby is due in July, St James’ Palace has confirmed. Kate, who was treated in hospital last month for severe morning sickness, is continuing to feel better as she enters the second trimester of her pregnancy. The duchess is believed to be around 13 to 14 weeks pregnant and confirmation of the birth

month means it is likely she has now had her 12-week scan and the pregnancy is progressing well. Although St James’ Palace declined to confirm the exact due date, Kate looks set to give birth to the future king or queen in midJuly. “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July,” a St James’ Palace spokesman said. “The Duchess’ condition contin-

ues to improve since her stay in hospital last month.” If the royal baby arrives early, he or she could share a birthday with William’s mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who was born on July 1. The brief update comes at a time when William and Kate had most likely intended to announce the pregnancy. The news was revealed earlier than planned on December 3 after Kate was admitted to King

Edward VII’s Hospital suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes severe vomiting during pregnancy. St James’ Palace confirmed Kate is expecting just one baby. There had been speculation that she might be carrying twins as hyperemesis gravidarum is more often experienced by women expecting twins. The condition is also most common in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and often eases off in the

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By Ben Chapman-Smith New Zealand’s health and safety record has been labelled ‘woeful’ and a ‘national disgrace’ by a consultant with two decades’ experience in the sector. In the wake of the Pike River Mine disaster, the Government last year set up the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety to carry out the first wide-ranging review of the system in two decades. In a submission to the taskforce, Robyn Levinge says New Zealand has never prioritised health and safety like it has with road safety, domestic violence and drink driving. “The fact that there has been no legislative review of the Health and Safety in Employment Act since its introduction in 1992 is illustrative of why Kiwis con-



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tinue to be killed and injured at work,” says the owner of Auckland-based consultancy Optime. “As a country, we have simply not given health and safety the priority it deserves at any level.” Levinge worked overseas for 12 years as a health and safety specialist for global corporates before returning to New Zealand in 2004. She was shocked to find legislation here had failed to keep pace with international best practice and changes in kiwi work practices. “The health and safety sector and industry in New Zealand has suffered from too much talk and no action,” she says. “By contrast, in Australia and the UK, continual change and improvement in the framework and implementation is being lead from the industry sector.”

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• Thieves dig in Bank robbers broke into a Berlin bank through a 30-metre-long tunnel dug from a garage in a nearby underground carpark, German police say. Several safety deposit boxes inside the bank vault were forced open, a police spokesman said, but it was not immediately clear how much money or valuables they got away with. The robbers then set a fire, apparently to destroy any evidence that could identify them, before escaping through the tunnel beneath the capital’s western Steglitz district. A police spokeswoman told DPA a robber or group of robbers must have taken days, if not weeks, to dig the tunnel, labelling the operation “professional”.  - DPA

• Guilty of murder A California judge has convicted a 12-year-old boy of second degree murder for the killing of his abusive neo-Nazi father. The boy, whose name was not released under child privacy laws, was convicted of the killing of Jeff Hall, 32, by shooting him at point blank range with a .357 Magnum while he slept on the couch, local TV station KTLA reported. The incident took place two years ago in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles. Hall was a regional leader of the National Socialist Movement. Prosecutors argued the suspect hatched the plan when he learnt that his father was about to leave his devoted stepmother and gain sole custody of him. The child believed he was protecting his family and putting an end to the violence Hall inflicted upon them. - DPA

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He added Kate was likely to return to engagements “in the near future”. The Queen has already acted to ensure the new baby – a future monarch – will be entitled to be a princess if William and Kate have a daughter. Under past rules, a daughter would have been styled Lady instead and not known as Her Royal Highness – only a firstborn boy born to the Cambridges would automatically have become a prince. - PA

Five people have been killed and at least 43 injured when a train carrying military conscripts derailed southwest of Cairo, the health ministry says. The train carrying conscripts from south Egypt to Cairo derailed yesterday in the Giza neighbourhood of Badrasheen, state media reported. Giza governor Ali Abdelrahman said emergency services were at the scene and ambulances were ferrying the injured to hospital. - AFP


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middle trimester. Kate was last seen in public on Friday when she visited the National Portrait Gallery in London with William for the unveiling of her first official portrait. She looked well and smiled during the brief appearance. A spokesman for the couple said they were unlikely to undertake any engagements in the next few weeks as William would be concentrating on his flying with the RAF Search and Rescue Force.


By Grant Bradley and Matthew Theunissen The union representing call centre workers will challenge Air New Zealand’s plan to outsource its call centre work, which it says will mean cuts to pay and conditions. Under the proposal, about 70 temporary staff handling domestic and short-haul inquiries will be shifted to computer giant IBM’s “New Zealand Delivery Centre”, being established with Auckland’s Unitec Institute of Technology. The move would save the airline about $3 million a year. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) said it had entered into consultation with the airline and was challenging the proposal. “This is core Air New Zealand business so it’s hard to see what the case for contracting out could be other than to cut costs,” said EPMU assistant director of organising Strachan Crang. “Our fear is that any cost savings from this proposal will be paid for out of our members’ pay packets.” The union had 58 days, as set out in the workers’ employment agreement, to come up with alternatives which either better or match the cost savings of the IBM proposal. There was also concern about the future of the remaining 351 permanent positions not affected by the proposal.

“No one at this stage can give us a guarantee that the remaining permanent positions will stay within Air New Zealand in the future. “The EPMU will be scrutinising this proposal carefully and where necessary we will be challenging it and proposing alternatives.” IBM has a similar setup at the University of Ballarat near Melbourne, where students work as part of an “earn as you learn” programme. Air New Zealand said the partnership would boost its contact centre capability and enhance customers’ experience. As at Ballarat, IBM would use students at the call centre. “This would offer the benefit of a part-time workforce which can be called upon at short notice to ensure extra support is provided to customers and staff at times of high demand.” The airline is now in the midst of consultation with all its 431 contact centre staff on the proposal that could come into effect from March 31. One worker said although still a proposal, based on previous experience “the decision has pretty much already been made”. The worker, who did not want to be named, said more information would be made available to staff over the coming week but it was optional to view and anyone who did so would have to sign confidentiality agreements and be supervised while looking at the data. The deadline for feedback on the proposal is February 22.  - APNZ

More than 100 people die from workplaces accidents in New Zealand every year. As well as the emotional toll on families and communities, the economic and social cost of work related injuries is about $3.5 billion dollars. Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said in June that New Zealand’s workplace death and injury rates are not improving. “The Government is serious about taking action as it’s unacceptable that so many New Zealanders are being killed or seriously injured at work,” she said. Almost a decade since returning to her homeland, Levinge says the Pike River disaster showed there had been little progress in addressing issues that continue to result in injury and death in the workplace. One of the biggest problems is the lack

of focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), she says. There is no robust data showing how many accidents and injuries are occurring within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), partly because it is so hard to keep track of them all. “We are simply not aware of the extent of the problem. The data we do have is so bad ... what we don’t know is probably ten times scarier.” The need for change and for the various bodies to start “doing, not just talking” is urgent, she says. New Zealand’s health and safety framework needs to become easier and more streamlined for businesses to follow, with a simplified process for assessing hazards and risks. “The current process for SMEs in particular appears too complicated and is not globally aligned.”

Business leaders at every level must start taking ownership of health and safety in their workplaces, she adds. “Businesses must actively work on health and safety on a daily basis, not avoid it until the DOL or ACC pays a visit.” There needs to be proper guidance, support and advice available to help businesses implement and manage systems. The independent taskforce’s call for submissions last year was met with more than 400 responses, which are now being assessed. A final report will be presented to government by the end of April, which will provide recommendations on ways to reduce the rate of fatalities and serious injuries in the workplace by at least 25 percent by 2020. - APNZ

Workers stressed as targets rise, union says By Kieran Campbell Employees are being overworked to the point where they need counselling or take stress leave because bosses are ramping up performance targets to save hiring new staff, union officials say. The latest Employment Trends report says almost a third of all employers (30.8 per cent) consider enhancing existing staff performance and productivity as their top priorities this year. Almost two-thirds have no plans to hire new staff in the near future. FIRST Union general secretary Robert Reid said employees were facing official warnings for failing to meet unrealistic targets set by bosses demanding more work from fewer staff. “We’re finding a complete misunderstanding from employers about what productivity is and often [they] use the word as making a worker’s work harder,” Mr Reid said. “Over the last year and few months there has certainly been what we would term a huge increase in work

intensity. “The screws on [performance targets are] tightening so that last year’s [target] is not good enough, you have to do more.” Mr Reid, whose union represents 27,000 workers, said the intensifying work expectations were resulting in high levels of stress for many, who were taking sick leave and requiring counselling. Every month the union receives calls from members who are “absolutely overworked, stressed to the max” and “having to have discipline hearings because their work level is not at the level required for the new targets”. The Public Service Association (PSA) said there was “no doubt” that the loss of about 3000 jobs in the public sector over the past four years had put “immense pressure on workers who are being told to go the extra mile to meet ambitious public service targets with fewer resources”. PSA national secretary Richard Wagstaff said some government agencies had unfilled vacancies as high as 30 per cent. “That puts huge pressure on existing staff in terms of workload and we

know many of our members are putting in hundreds of hours of unpaid overtime to try and keep up and get the job done,” he said. “Simply demanding greater productivity from staff is not the answer. “Employers need to be exploring how they can improve the quality of their own management and leadership and foster co-operative, supportive workplaces if they want to get the most of their employees.” The Employment Trends report, by recruitment consultants Hudson, found more than half of employers (61.8 per cent) intend to keep staffing levels steady this quarter. Almost a third (30.4 per cent) intend to employ more people. Mr Reid said FIRST Union was treating the stress placed on staff facing growing performance targets as a priority this year. He said the welfare of staff was “very closely linked to health and safety” and union officials continued to negotiate with businesses better ways to manage staff expectations. “It’s going to be one of our key issues in our own strategic plan for this year,” he said.  - APNZ


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cones, they’re as quintessentially Kiwi country as you can get. At their most simple they’re nothing more than a combination of flour, butter, rising agent, salt and milk and yet in the wrong hands those ingredients can become a leaden, inedible mass. There’s an art to scone making, to turning out a light, fluffy product that begs to be eaten. The secret is in the lightness of the touch and getting the balance between dry and wet ingredients just right. Successful scones can come in many varieties, but it takes a lot to beat the original, served with butter and freshly made jam.

Man reunited with long-lost sister An man has been reunited with his sister 65 years after the siblings were separated in foster care thanks to a 7-year-old friend who searched Facebook. Clifford Boyson, of Davenport, Iowa, met his sister, Betty Billadeau, in person at the weekend. Billadeau drove up from her home in Florissant, Missouri, with her daughter and granddaughter for the reunion at a hotel in Davenport. Boyson, 66, and Billadeau, 70, both tried to find each other for years without success. They were placed in different foster homes in Chicago when they were children.

Then 7-year-old Eddie Hanzelin, who is the son of Boyson’s landlord, got involved. Eddie managed to find Billadeau by searching his mum’s Facebook account with Billadeau’s maiden name. He recognised the family resemblance when he saw her picture. “Oh, my God,” Boyson said when he saw and hugged Billadeau. “You do have a sister,” Billadeau said. “You’re about the same height mum was,” Boyson said. Billadeau’s daughter, Sarah Billadeau, 42, and granddaughter, Megan Billadeau, 27, both

wiped away tears and smiled during the reunion. Boyson said he was looking forward to visiting Billadeau near St Louis and meeting more family. “I’m hoping I can go and spend a week or two,” he said. “I want to meet the whole congregation. I never knew I had a big family.” Eddie, who enjoys messing around with his family’s iPad, said he’s glad he was able to assist in making the reunion happen and that he learned about helping others at school. “Clifford did not have any family, and family’s important,” the boy said.  - AP

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2 C self-raising flour 1 t sugar ¼ t salt 2 T butter 4 slices shortcut bacon, diced 1 C tasty cheese, grated • Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside. • In a bowl, sift the flour and add the salt and sugar. • Rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips. • Add the bacon and cheese and combine. • Using a blunt knife, stir in the milk until you have made a dough. • Lightly knead the dough on a floured surface. Pat dough out to 2cm thick. • Cut out using a scone cutter that has been dipped in flour • Place, touching together, on the baking tray. • Brush a little milk on the tops. • Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Pumpkin scones 1 T butter ½ C sugar ½ t mixed spice 1 egg 1 C cold mashed pumpkin 2 C self-raising flour

• Preheat oven to 225°C. • In a bowl, combine butter and sugar with electic beater. • Add egg, spice and pumpkin and beat until well combined. • With a spatula, stir through the flour, and turn out on bench. • Combine with your hands and flatten the dough to 3cm thickness • Add more flour if you need to. • Cut into shapes • Place on greased tray with 1cm space around each scone • Bake for 10-20 minutes depending

on the size of your scone.

Lemonade scones 1 C of lemonade (not flat) 1 C of cream 3 C self-raising flour Pinch of salt

• Preheat oven to 220°C. • Mix flour, a few sultanas if used, cream and lemonade. • Mixture will be soft • Turn onto a lightly floured board. Pat down, do not roll. • Use a round cookie cutter to cut scones. • Brush tops with milk or a lightly beaten egg. • Bake for about 10 minutes, or until tops are golden Best ever scones

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• Preheat oven to 200°C. • Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside. • Wrap the grated courgette in a paper towel and squeeze out all the liquid. • Place into a bowl with the flour, the tasty and parmesan cheese, spring onion and salt. • Mix together well so that all the cheese is well coated in the flour and the strands are separated. • Pour the buttermilk into the bowl and use a spatula to fold the mixture together. • Place on a surface that is dusted with flour and lightly knead. • Pat out into a 2cm thick circle. • Take a large scone cutter dipped into flour and cut 10 scones. • Fold the dough together and pat out again to cut another round of scones. • Place on the tray so that each scone is touching the next and they are all joined up. • Brush the tops with a little buttermilk and bake for 20-25 minutes.

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• Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. • Cut butter in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. • Add 1 cup milk and mix quickly with a knife to a soft dough, adding more milk if needed. • Knead a few times. • Lightly dust an oven tray with flour. • Press scone mix out on floured bench or tray, cut into 12 evensized pieces. • Place on oven tray, brush tops with milk and place in top half of oven to bake • Bake scones for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. • Once golden brown with crisp crusts, remove from the oven and allow to cool. • Cooling on a rack will give you crisp crusts, while covering them with a clean tea towel will give a soft scone.



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ARIES (Mar 21st Apr 20th) The Sun and Mercury are still travelling closely together through Capricorn. This can see a lot of activity in the way you link with the wider world, your thinking about yourself and your personal standing. You may get the chance to attend a course or seminar which will help you to assimilate new skills or meet life’s movers and shakers.


TAURUS (Apr 21st May 21st) Once more you are jolted by planetary influences asking you to go beyond your comfort zone. But that is often easier said than done, isn’t it? If you do spot yourself making excuses about why you can’t do this or pursue that, perhaps you need to consider those exciting experiences you are missing out on by taking a ‘stick’ rather than ‘twist’ approach.

GEMINI (May 22nd Jun 21st) Your quick take on situations is often one of your best assets but today this could be counterproductive. Something may look obvious but can benefit from taking a step back and thinking more carefully about what it all means. Don’t be fearful of probing beneath the surface. This is especially so around financial or shared asset situations.

CANCER (Jun 22nd - Jul 23rd) You could have a real meeting of minds with someone today but the trick to achieving this is not to take what anyone says to you too personally. Acknowledging that they see things differently makes it less of a case of who is right and more one of mutual respect. With this, all sorts of awesome things are possible. You can even mesh together complementary skills.

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LEO (Jul 24th - Aug 23rd) There might be a bit of a brittle vibe today. Things that wouldn’t ordinarily get to you could seem bigger and more vivid. If you are someone with a dislike of minutiae you may groan if you need to focus on dull facts. Then again, a picky or critical person can seem keen to criticise you or make a lot out of something which to you is trivial.

VIRGO (Aug 24th Sep 23rd) Your sense of fun may be bubbling away but what you see as a hilarious jape or joke may seem anything but to someone else. If you receive a round robin text or email which is risqué, think twice before you choose to press that send button. Your taste and that of the person you send it to may not dovetail very well and offence could be caused.

This image shows a frame grab taken from a new commercial from Coca-Cola. The Atlanta-based company has started airing a two-minute spot in the US in hopes of flexing its marketing muscle in the debate over sodas and their impact on public health. The ad lays out Coca-Cola’s record of providing drinks with fewer calories over the years and notes that weight gain is the result of consuming too many calories of any kind, not just soda.

Coca-Cola addresses obesity for first time By Candice Choi Coca-Cola became one of the world’s most powerful brands by equating its soft drinks with happiness. Now, for the first time, it’s addressing a growing cloud over the industry: obesity. The US-based company this week began airing a two-minute ad during the highest-rated shows on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC in hopes of becoming a stronger voice in the debate over sodas and their impact on public health. The ad lays out CocaCola’s record of providing drinks with fewer calories over the years and notes that weight gain is the result of consuming too many calories of any kind — not just soda. Coca-Cola says the campaign will kick off a variety of moves that help address obesity in the year ahead, such as providing more diet options at soda fountains. For the world’s No. 1 beverage company, the ads reflect the mounting pressures on the broader industry. Later this year, New York City is set to put into effect a first-in-the-nation cap on the size of soft drinks sold at restaurants, movie theatres, sports arenas and other venues. And when PepsiCo Inc, the No. 2 soda maker, recently signed a wide-ranging endorsement deal with pop singer Beyonce, critics called for the singer to drop the contract or donate the funds to

groups that fund health initiatives. Diana Garza Ciarlante, a spokeswoman for Coca-Cola Co, said the new ads aren’t a reaction to any negative public sentiment but that the company felt it needed to address “the issue of the times”. Recent studies have suggested that sugary drinks cause people to gain weight, independent of other unhealthy behaviour. A decades-long study involving more than 33,000 Americans suggested that drinking sugary beverages interacts with genes that affect weight, amplifying a person’s risk of obesity beyond what they would be from heredity alone. Mike Jacobson, executive director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, was skeptical about the intent behind CocaCola’s ads and said that if the company was serious about helping reduce obesity, it would stop fighting soda taxes. “It looks like a page out of damage control 101,” he said. “They’re trying to disarm the public.” In the Coca-Cola ad, a narrator notes that obesity is an issue that “concerns all of us” but that people can make a difference when they “come together.” Another ad, which will run this week during American Idol and before the Super Bowl football championship, is much more reminiscent of catchy, upbeat advertising people have come to expect from Coca-Cola. It features


LIBRA (Sep 24th Oct 23rd) Mercury continues its passage through a tender part of your solar horoscope but it has its upsides in Capricorn, helping you to focus intently. If you want to improve the organisation of a homebased office or start a small enterprise there, it’s great. Less helpful can be a tendency to let worries whirr around and around your mind.

SCORPIO (Oct 24th - Nov 22nd) Your mind could be crystal clear. If you need to write an application, compile a proposal or submit a hefty piece of study, your ability to structure and organise what you need to do can be truly awesome. There is one small caveat - it is important that you don’t rush what you need to do. It really can be a case of less haste, more speed.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23rd - Dec 21st) With Venus continuing alongside Pluto, issues around money can take on more intensity. More positively, you could transform your fortunes and use what you have constructively. Less helpfully, there may be some politics around cash. Someone may use dark tactics. In love, things can get steamy, more passionate, but potentially more argumentative.

a montage of activities that add up to burning off the “140 happy calories” in a can of Coke: walking a dog, dancing, laughing with friends and doing a victory dance after bowling a strike. Garza Ciarlante said the 30-second ad, a version of which ran in Brazil last month, is intended to address confusion about the number of calories in soda. She said the company’s consumer research showed people thought there were as many as 900 calories in one can. Coca-Cola notes it has already made several moves to help customers make smarter choices, such as putting calorie counts on the front of its cans and bottles in the US. Last year, it also started posting calorie information on its vending machines ahead of a regulation that will require soda companies to do so by 2014. Public concern over calories counts is apparent in Coca-Cola’s business. In North America, all the growth in its soda business over the past 15 years has come from low- and no-calorie drinks, such as Coke Zero. Diet sodas now account for nearly a third of its sales in the US and Canada. Other beverages, such as sports drinks and bottled water, are also fueling growth. Even with the growing popularity of diet sodas, however, overall soda consumption in the US has declined steadily since 1998, according to the industry tracker Beverage Digest. - AP

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CAPRICORN (Dec 22nd - Jan 20th) You can give out a very alluring vibe at this time. Your sex appeal can be high and this can see you get more attention and some heads can turn your way. This can also add to the power you have, so be conscious of anyone who likes you a lot because they may take what you say literally. Then again, a makeover can add to your magnetism.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21st - Feb 19th) This can be a time of ends or beginnings in all sorts of relationships and equally it can be a time when you reflect very deeply about what you want and need. The depth of feeling that lies between you and anyone you have been connected to can seem very powerful. There can also be thoughts of past involvements or even contact with an old flame.

PISCES (Feb 20th Mar 20th) This continues to be a time of potential change in your social world and friendships. Who holds the power in certain involvements can come to the fore and also you may find yourself becoming closer or moving away from associates. If you enjoy the friendship side of any relationship you can celebrate it now, but don’t feel obliged towards anyone.

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NOTICE OF CHANGE OF FIRE SEASON STATUS Pursuant to Section 19 of Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 notice is hereby given that a Restricted Fire Season has been declared from midnight Friday 21 December 2012 for the Rakaia Gorge and Ashburton Lakes areas to the Main Divide west of a line from the Rakaia River, up Hutt Stream and along the ridge to Mount Hutt thence a line to Mount Alford to Mount Somers to Mount Barrosa and the Rangitata River at Boundary Stream. This means that the lighting of all fires in the open air without permit in the above referenced part of the Ashburton District is forbidden, with the exception of gas fired barbecues and gas cookers. This restriction shall remain in force until further notice. An Open Fire Season currently remains in force for the Ashburton Plains. People should be advised however that there is still a duty of care when conducting any burning in the open air, and due attention should be given to weather conditions, adequacy of fire breaks, and the patrolling/supervision of fires until completely out, and it is requested that fires not be lit after dark. People should also be advised that the legal liability for suppression costs associated with uncontrolled fires lie with the person lighting the fire. Under Environment Canterbury’s Natural Resources Regional Plan rules, no outdoor burning is allowed at any time within all residential areas and industrial areas adjacent to residential areas without a resource consent from ECan. D GEDDES Principal Rural Fire Officer

STOCKWATER – RACE mAinTEnAnCE Council wishes to remind stockwater customers that races are to be kept clean with water flowing at all times. Throughout the year, Council water rangers closely monitor the standard of race maintenance in the network.

New Enrolments: Phone for Appointment, From Monday 21 January

If your student is not yet enrolled at the College please phone the College Office on 308 4193, from Monday 21 January, to make an appointment (evening times also available).

RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON – Ashburton Lakes and Rakaia Gorge

Enrolment Dates, phone to make an appointment: • Year 11 • Year 9 and Year 10 • Year 12 and 13

Year 12 and 13: Course Confirmation – 24 & 25 January, College Library Year 12 and Year 13 students are required to confirm their courses for 2013, based on NCEA results and pre-requisites for course entry.

Are you ready to make change? The Ashburton Youth Council is a diverse group of young leaders committed to making a difference for youth in the Ashburton District.

Students who have met all subject course requirements – can confirm by phone to the College Office: • From Monday 21 January, to confirm intended return to College and to advise retaining course subjects as selected at the end of 2012.

Otherwise please come into College to confirm/discuss/make any course changes. Please bring print-out of Results Document.

We are looking for young leaders aged 15 – 24 with energy and passion to be the voice for their peers in 2013. If you would like to represent Ashburton youth in the decision making process for youth issues, build your leadership skills and help improve your community, then Ashburton Youth Council needs you.

Course Confirmation as follows, in College Library.

Applications for the Youth Council close 15 February 2013.

• Thursday 24 January: • Friday 25 January:

Further information and application forms are available on the Council website or by contacting Council on 03 307 7700

DRAFT PLAN Draft Mayfield Village Plan: Our community, our future

Note times - attendance alphabetical by surname:

Year 9 Students

• Wednesday 30 January – all Year 9 students attend, in uniform (College year starts). • Please report to the Auditorium at 8:45am.

Year 10 Students

Two workshops were held with the Mayfield community to develop the plan. These workshops helped to confirm the goals Mayfield has for the future and the specific actions of how Mayfield will achieve those goals.

Year 11 Students

• Thursday 31 January – all Year 10 students attend, in uniform (College year starts). • All Year 10 students report to the Auditorium at 8:45am. • Course confirmation not required – course remains as selected at the end of 2012. • Thursday 31 January – all Year 11 students attend, in uniform (College year starts). • All Year 11 students report to Family Form at 8:45am.

Copies of the plan and submission forms are available at the Mayfield Udder Dairy, Ashburton District Council Offices, 5 Baring Square West and from council’s website

Year 12 Students

The responsibility for maintenance is as follows:

For any further information please contact the Community Planning Team on 03 307 7700 or email

Year 13 Students

Submissions on the Plan close at 5pm on 1 February 2013


• For “mainâ€? stockwater races and road crossings, these are the responsibility of Council. If in doubt as to the status of a race on your property please contact Council Customer Services on 307 7700.

between 12:30pm - 3:00pm: surnames I-P. between 12:30pm - 3:00pm: surnames W-Z.

• Students, of any year level, not yet enrolled are required to do so - refer to above information and please phone for an appointment. • Year 12 and 13 students: Course Confirmation required – refer to above information. • New Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students please report to the College Office at 8:30am on your first day at College.

The draft Mayfield Village Plan: Our community, our future is now available for community feedback and we want to hear from you.

We wish to invite you to give us feedback on the draft Mayfield Village Plan.

between 9:00am - 12 noon: surnames A-H; between 9:00am - 12 noon: surnames Q-V;

Year Level Information

Please attend to any requests from ranger staff to clean races in a timely way. Bylaw Enforcement Notices may be issued for races that do not comply with the maintenance requirements of the Stockwater Bylaw. • For “localâ€? stockwater races on private property or on the property’s road frontage, these are the responsibility of the relevant property owner.

– Tuesday 22 January – Wednesday 23 January (this will include testing for Year 9 students) – Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January

• Wednesday 30 January – all Year 12 students attend, in uniform (College year starts). • All Year 12 students report to the Big Gym at 8:45am. • Wednesday 30 January – Friday 01 February: Year 13 Leadership Camp at Living Springs, (not all students attend). • Leadership Camp students return to College in time for full-College Powhiri - to welcome new staff and students (Friday 01 February, period 5). • Thursday 31 January - Year 13 students who are not at Leadership Camp are required to be at College (College year starts).  Please attend in uniform and bring Phys Ed gear (or shorts/tee shirt) to change into during the day.  Report to the Big Gym at 8:45am. • Monday 04 February – all Year 13 students report to the Auditorium at 8:45am.

What Do Students Bring On Their First Day To College?

All year levels – on day one please just bring a refill pad and pens (there is no need to bring all books).

Stationery Requirements 2013

Plant This Not This Road Safety Campaign You may have heard through the grapevine about the “Plant This, Not This� Intersection Road Safety Campaign. This campaign is not designed to lead you down the garden path; it is aimed to encourage people to think about safety in their community, from the grass roots level.

5 Baring Square West P O Box 94, Ashburton 7740 Ph 307 7700 Fax 308 1836 ACCOMMODATION, RENTAL

AVAILABLE RENTALS 30 Oxford Street Three Bedrooms Web ID AS471 $320 per week 97 Belt Road Three Bedrooms Web ID AS477 $340 per week

Alana 0274-736-825


TWO bedroom townhouse with double garage. Netherby area. (No dogs). $270pw. Phone 03-323-9099.


landscape ALLENTON supplies NETBALL CLUB Be sure it is running smoothly with • Bark D&E Marine Servicing

153 Moore St 03 307 7620 FOR SALE


Ashburton | Timaru | Oamaru ACCOMMODATION, RENTAL

THREE bedroom near new town house, $340 per week, heat pump, double garage. ROOM available in fully No pets, available now. Ph furnished modern home. 027-742-1477. Close to town, must be working and have a high level of cleanliness. $200 p/w includes power, Sky TV, internet. Food extra. Ph 021-0828-5838.

Guardian Classifieds

Phone 307 7900


Students have been issued with a stationery list. A stationery list was included with Year 9 Reports posted at the end of 2012. Students will be advised by their subject teachers as to what stationery they are required to have as they attend each subject class.

Clothing Shop • The College Uniform Clothing Shop will be open on Tuesday 22 January and Thursday 24 January, 10.00am-1.00pm. Please come to the College Office. • Following these dates it will then be open on the first and third Thursday of each month.

International Students

New International Students – Enrolment by Appointment, Monday 28 January

• Homestay families will be contacted by the College to make an enrolment appointment time for Monday 28 January.

Monday 28 January • • • •

Report to the College Office at your allocated appointment time. Students please bring your passport and evidence of insurance. Host families please ensure a family member comes with the student. The Clothing Shop will be opened for International Students and host families.

Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30, Thursday 31 January – Orientation Days FOR SALE

Dusting off the boat?


Better in Blue



References required

Rachael Chapman Road Safety Coordinator

r! e yea of th sale on now!

2 / 14 Allens Road Two Bedrooms Web ID AS476 $230 per week

Visit This Not This or the road safety web page of the Ashburton District Council website for more details.


24B Grey Street Two Bedrooms Web ID AS478 $310 per week

Don’t be a wallflower, join the bunch. Get your own “Plant This, Not This� sunflower seeds see if you can beat the world record of 8.03m for the tallest sunflower! Pick up your seeds from the ADC reception or the public library!

• Year 8 students entering Year 9: • Year 9 students entering Year 10: • Years 10-12 entering Years 11-13:

• Oamaru stone • Rocks • Organic compost • Sand • Screened soil • Home deliveries available Plus much more FREE loan trailer available! From a shovel load to a trailer load. Dobson Street West Ph: 307 8302 Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30am - 5pm Sat: 7.30am - 12 noon


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD AT THE ALLENTON RUGBY CLUB ROOMS, MELROSE ROAD, ASHBURTON Monday 21 January 2013 AT 7.00 P.M. EXISTING CLUB AND NEW MEMBERS WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND We are still looking for interest from present and new coaches for the 2013 season. For further information: Tracy Maslin President 307 7363


TOUCH TOURNAMENT 8th & 9th February 2013 Mixed Teams (social/fun) $200 per team Phone Belinda 302-0118 Great preseason training or business group fun!


FRISKY Fillies. In/out calls. Sensual massages. New ladies welcome. Phone 021WANTED to rent. Three/ 565-126. four bedroom house, town or country. Family of four ENTERTAINMENT moving to Ashburton February. Working at local vet. Two cats and very well trained foxy. Phone David SOUTH Island sprint car 021-1345-385 or 03-312- series. Ashburton Speedway this Saturday. 4066.

for sale or hire, ex shipping: general and insulated. Sidelifter available for delivery. – Wilson Bulk Transport, Phone 308-7772. CONTAINERS

• Tuesday 29 January - report to the College Office at 11:00 am for Orientation until 2:00pm (bring lunch). • New International Students attend College from today. • Wednesday 30 January – students report to Family Form at 8:45am.

All International Students - Thursday 31 January

• Day Trip to Tekapo – team building day, with Peer Support students. • Students leave College at 8:00am and return by 6:00pm.

Returning International Students

• Report to your Year Level Family Form on the appropriate day (refer above).

Adult Students – Enrolment

• Friday 25 January between 12 noon – 3:00pm. • Please phone the College Office on 308 4193, from Monday 21 January, to make an appointment (evening times also available).

Buses – Mid Canterbury School Transport System (MCSTS) – • Schools’ bus runs commence on Wednesday 30 January.

From Monday 21 January and preferably completed by Monday 28 January

• Existing bus students - must notify MCSTS that they wish to continue using the bus service. This is to be done via email ( – [any time], or by phone: 307 2420 (on or after 21 January). • Enrolment of students new to the bus service - to be completed through the web-site New bus students must enrol with the bus service before they can use the buses. • Parents/caregivers will be notified by automatic email via the web-site (or by post where email is not available) when the reenrolment is complete and their student is able to use the bus.

College Office Hours

• Re-opens Monday 21 January. • From Monday 21 January – Friday 25 January, hours are 9:00am – 3:00pm. • From Monday 28 January onwards, hours are 8:30am – 4:30pm (Monday - Thursday); 8:30am – 3:30pm (Friday).

Other Dates

• Teaching Staff Only Days • Wednesday 06 February -

COLLEGE CONTACT DETAILS Phone: (03)308 4193, Fax: (03)308 2104, Email: Web-site:

DRY bluegum firewood for sale. $70 cubic metre. Free delivery to Ashburton. Phone 027-934-1700. GET in early. Dry firewood $170 per load. Ph 027-4399322. HOUSE demolition materials. Aluminium and wooden windows, doors, drapes, kitchen - including range hood, waste disposal etc. All in good condition. Ph 0274-346-269. LINDEN Leaves body oil to nourish dry sun kissed skin. Treat your body. The China shop in The Arcade.

Monday 28 January, Tuesday 29 January Waitangi Day (public holiday)

Individual Excellence in a Supportive Learning Environment



SWAROVSKI Stretch Bracelets are back in stock. Treat yourself only $20.00. The China Shop in the Arcade

MONSTER Garage Sale, Saturday, Jan 19. 2 house lots combined. Toys, clothes, kitchenware, bedding etc. 9am start, Saturday. 150 Rolleston St, Rakaia. Wet or fine.

GARAGE SALES CLEAN out your garage, by advertising your garage sale in the Ashburton Guardian . – Phone 307-7900.

Guardian Classifieds

Phone 307 7900

HIRE FUNCTION / party equipment available for hire. Marquees, tables, chairs, glasses, cutlery, cooking equipment, heaters and more. See U-Hire Ashburton. 588 East Street. Open MonFri 7.30am - 5.30pm; Sat 7.30am - 5.00pm; Sunday 8am - 12.30pm. Ph: 3088061, A/h: 308-7460,



LOST cat - grey short haired BUYER of unwanted tortoiseshell with white. animals. Cattle, bobby Allenton area. Please ph calves, horse and all farm 908-1208. animals. We also sell pet food. Call Nick’s Pet Food MEETINGS, EVENTS 0272-101-621 A/H 03-3227626. SOME of New Zealand’s YOUNG turkeys. $25 each. fastest sprint cars racing 302-6055. this Saturday.


ASHBURTON GUARDIAN, Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Guardian Classifieds the destination for

The destination for jobs Over 30 jobs every week

• Your next job • Your next house • Your next car • Your next event • Your next purchase •Your next sale

The meeting place for Ashburton District employers and employees

To place an ad, call 307-7900

To place an ad, call 307-7900 or




Mid Canterbury

ASHBURTON Hastings Hastings McLeod McLeod Ltd Ltd Licensed Licensed under under the the Real Real Estate Estate Agents Agents Act Act 2008 2008


217 217 West West Street Street Telephone Telephone 03 03 307 307 9176 9176

$275,000 JUST FOR YOU! BRanD SpanKing neW WEB ID AU27749


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TINWALD 128 Melcombe Street Wonderful family home. Updated bathroom and kitchen with spacious living areas is just the start. Heat pump, log burner and HRV will ensure this home creates a warm atmosphere for the kids.







$289,500 DREAM HOME WEB ID ID AU28283 AU28283 WEB

WEB ID AU28278 WESTSIDE 41 Galbraith Street This home has undergone an amazing transformation. Freshly painted inside, new carpet and drapes, upgraded bathroom and gorgeous new kitchen. This home is ideal as a first family home or investment property.

VIEW Saturday Saturday 22 22 Dec Dec 11.00 11.00 -- 11.30am 11.30am VIEW

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$225,000 WEB ID ID AU28249 AU28249 WEB

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WESTSIDE WESTSIDE 53 Elizabeth Elizabeth Street Street 53 WeB au27246 A sunny sunny and and warmiD: North facing front front A warm North facing unit with with easy easy care care grounds. grounds. This This two two unit bedroom unit has been well cared for bedroom unit has been well cared for since new new and and now now offered offered to to the the since market for for the the first first time. time. A A handy handy market Allenton location location close close to to the the Domain Domain Allenton and Hospital. Hospital. and

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14 Magnolia place open Home Wednesday 5.00pm - 6.00pm View By By Appointment Appointment View 33 open Home Saturday 11.00am - 11.45am 1

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Based in Methven, we provide our clients with a range of services in both the arable and pastoral sector/s.

We require the services of an Industrial Electrician/Technician to work at our

The successful candidate needs the following characteristics:

and development of our assets to meet the needs of our customers. This position



2 2 1 1 1 1

• Four double bedrooms View By Appointment By Appointment • Butlers walk-in pantry View • Lawns, patio, driveway, fences all complete

growing company, please apply online at Applications close 27 January 2013.

Receptionist / Front Of House - Retail (Full Time Position)

The successful applicant will also have the following qualities:

• Ability to differentiate between major and minor issues as they relate to the care of clients and patients. • Flexibility with regard to unexpected requests taking priority over planned duties. • Willingness to help out where required If the above describes you, then please apply with a hand written letter and enclose your Curriculum Vitae to:

Practice Manager Canterbury Vets Ltd 363 West Street ASHBURTON

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Based in Ashburton Mid Canterbury, we are the sole New Zealand Importers and Distributors of Reinke Centre Pivot and Lateral move irrigation systems and Snap-tite Irrigation hoses. We also manufacture & distribute the “TurboRain” fixed boom travelling irrigator. Due to continued growth in irrigation development, specifically in Canterbury, we have a position available for another sales person within our organisation. This position would suit a self motivated person who has experience in a sales related role in the agricultural industry – preferably based in the Canterbury area. This position involves promoting our complete range of irrigation products including Reinke irrigation systems (leaders in the field of GPS irrigation technology), TurboRain irrigators, Snap-tite irrigation hose, and other associated irrigation equipment including pumps and general irrigation service work. We require a person who: • can operate without supervision • has good communication skills with farmers • is honest and reliable • has a current drivers licence and • is able to work with all of our staff and specifically our design team (although design skills are not essential). Irrigation experience is not a pre-requisite however the ability to identify with farming and agricultural sales will be an advantage. If you have been involved in the agricultural industry then this may be the position for you. Previous work history and referees will be required. All applications should be made in writing before 26th January 2013 to: or Ray Mayne Ray Mayne Hose and Fittings Ltd P O Box 247 ASHBURTON 03 308 6022

We require a person that can relate to younger people that need your care and attention. This position requires a part time driver to drive a vehicle in the mornings and afternoons. To succeed in this role it is essential you have: * A clean driving record * The right to live and work in New Zealand * Great interpersonal and communication skills * A valid car or Class 2 licence. Ritchies will give full training to gain your P Endorsement if required and the required skills that is required of you to complete your duties in this position.


Opportunities will also exist for you to do charters and other such driving duties.



Investments – LendIng – WorkIng CapItaL LIvestoCk & seasonaL FInanCe – Home & veHICLe Loans – InsuranCe

We are currently looking for a part time driver for our Special Needs School Transport Services for our Ashburton business.

Alastair McIntosh Cell phone: 027 274 3469 Home phone: 03 307 0367

No eftpos available HOW LONG WILLYOU BE SINGLE?? Make 2013 your year for love and happiness. Bridges Matchmakers can put you in touch with the partner of your choosing as soon as tonight. There is no need to spend another day alone, call 0800-856-640.

Alastair McIntosh Cell phone: 027 274 3469 Home phone: 03 307 0367

Ritchies Transport Holdings Ltd is New Zealand’s largest privately owned bus company with over 900 buses New Zealand wide.

Please APPLY NOW Sending your CV to PO Box 19786 Christchurch 8241 Attention: Davld Gale Email:




SUN CONTROL WINDOW WANTED: used rifle. .270GRAIN silos wanted to rent. TINTING, UV, heat, privacy .308 and binoculars. Phone Prefer Rakaia area. Phone etc. Vehicles - Homes - 027-703-1547. Commercial. Phone your 302-7034. only local applicator Craig Rogers 307-6347, member of Master Tinters NZ. TRADES, SERVICES

BARLEY sell. 2012 harvest. Grown under irrigation, and HOME handyman available. excellent quality. Phone 027- Minor repairs, painting etc. 719-9089 Ph 027-677-1952.

Key Requirements of the role: • Contribute to the growth of the organisation through the accurate and timely processing of transactions • Provide high quality customer service • Promotion and sale of the products and services we offer • Daily balancing requirements You will be computer literate, possess excellent communication skills and enjoy dealing with customer service enquires – always willing to go the extra distance to make a difference for our customers. Previous banking experience would be a plus. If you are ready to play this very important part in our exciting journey ahead, please apply by forwarding your Cover Letter and CV to Edward Wotherspoon at – applications close 18 January 2013

Applications close Monday 21 January 2013, 5.30pm.


All applicants will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

Season coming to a close.

We are looking for a customer focused and motivated individual to join our team in Ashburton as a Senior Customer Service Officer. A friendly, outgoing and mature personality with an eye for detail and a high standard of personal presentation is required to assist the branch achieve it’s goals by acting as a role model for the rest of the team. We are offering the opportunity to join our organisation at a very exciting time, we are experiencing significant growth and have just become New Zealand’s newest Bank. Working in a great team environment, competitive remuneration as well as additional benefits, are all part of the package we offer. Honesty, integrity, and reliability are essential and will be our primary focus in assessing your application.

We seek an extraordinary person who is 100% customer focused to work in our busy Ashburton Clinic.

Excellent remuneration for the right candidates will be given.

Applicants will enjoy working in both residential and commercial construction as well as pre cast construction. You must be productive, reliable, have good work ethics and a can do attitude. Excellent remuneration packages will be given for the right candidates.

56 Tinwald Mayfield Westerfield Road Phone 308 1338

Senior CuStomer ServiCe offiCer

Canterbury Vets Ltd is a busy mixed animal veterinary practice with clinics in Ashburton and Methven.

We welcome all expressions of interest from all pre cast workers who have the relevant industry experience and are looking for a change.

· 1 x Quantity Surveyor · 2 x Apprentices · 1 x Labourer / Hammer hand


• Tidy workmanship. for a genuine career development opportunity in a

McIntosh Precast is a newly formed Pre-Cast concrete company; we are currently in the process of setting up our brand new production facility at the Ashburton Business Estate. We are looking for experienced pre cast workers who are looking for a change and want the opportunity to assist with the set-up of our new yard.

Due to an ever increasing workload we seek to fulfil the following four positions:

WHEEL Alignments at great prices. Maximise the life of your tyres with an alignment from Neumanns Tyre Services Ltd, 197 Wills Street. – Phone 308-6737.

• Good communication skills



Open 9am - 6pm daily

• Electronics knowledge

If you possess the above competencies and are looking


ASHBURTON Speedway this Saturday. V8 sprint cars at their best.

• Diagnostic and problem solving skills

Please apply to: David Molloy (03) 302-8098

John McIntosh Cell phone: 027 258 0668 Home phone: 03 307 2667


• Willing to learn and develop

Applications closing 2nd Feb 2013

All applications will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.


• Versatility and flexibility

Applicants for this position should have New Zealand Residency or a valid New Zealand work permit.

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To place an ad, call 307-7900 or

John McIntosh Cell phone: 027 258 0668 Home phone: 03 307 2667

• The ability to be a team player

In return we offer a competitive package including a company vehicle among other benefits.


The meeting place for Ashburton District employers and employees


You will be able to demonstrate the following:

• Highly organised with excellent communication skills.

The destination for jobs Over 30 jobs every week


requires New Zealand Electrical Registration and is permanant and salaried.

• Good knowledge of crop protection and fertiliser use • The ability to promote our services to existing clients • Work independently as well as in a team environment • Be outgoing with a good sense of humour

built in wardrobes.

View By Appointment View By Appointment

Ashburton facility. The Engineering function is charged with the maintenance


EASTSIDE Features: EASTSIDE 125 William William Street Street 125 • Granite bench tops • This Wallpaper feature wall This freshly redecorated redecorated three bedroom bedroom freshly three home isis close close in in on on the the eastside eastside of of home • Walk-in wardrobe and wet floor handy shower Ashburton, handy to to the the in postensuite office, Ashburton, post office, Countdown, park park and and central central • Hidden office • Countdown, A true double garage Ashburton. All three bedrooms are Ashburton. All three bedrooms are spacious and sunny and have large spacious and sunny and have large • Two living areas built in wardrobes.

close to Ashburton.

OFFERS OVER $265,000

WESTSIDE WESTSIDE Russell Avenue Avenue 22 Russell Packed with with wow wow factor factor in in the the bracket bracket Packed you can can afford, afford, this this inviting inviting permanent permanent you material home home is is well well positioned positioned on an material established 646m2 646m2 section. section. A A beautiful beautiful established new kitchen kitchen and and sunny sunny open open plan plan new living spaces spaces will will appeal appeal to to families. families. living



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VIEW Saturday 22 Dec 11.00 - 11.30am




CMP Canterbury Ltd is a modern meat processor of export lamb and beef, situated

We are seeking an Agronomist to join our company.

Guardian Classifieds

Phone 307 7900

Guardian Classifieds Phone 307 7900

To promote your business in any of the Ashburton Guardian products, call me now




03 307 7973 021 272 2399

To promote your business in any of the Ashburton Guardian products, call me now




03 307 7936 021 662 884

Guardian Classifieds Phone 307 7900

PLANT ROOM ASSISTANT Required for Ashburton oil seed processing business. Part-time, approx 16 hours per week, over 2/3 days. Immediate start available. Full drivers licence required. Forklift licence preferred but not essential. Applicants should be reliable, good communicators, flexible, able to work unsupervised, and be physically fit as some heavy lifting is involved.

To apply or for more details call Daryl 03 308 3305 / 027 433 5145

ASHBURTON GUARDIAN, Wednesday, January 16, 2013

LOOKING A Make Central PressFOR Features Ltd an informed

The destination for jobs - Over 30 jobs every week


The meeting place for Ashburton District employers and employees

To place an ad, call 307-7900 or


PICKING/PACKING/PROCESSING CM Trailer Equipment Ltd is a national distributor of light trailer parts throughout New Zealand. We require a fit, energetic and reliable person with a mechanical knowledge to work in our Ashburton warehouse. This position involves picking, packing and processing client orders, product assembly and some general warehouse duties.

System Control/Administration

Skills and experience you will need:

• Fixed-term Contract

• Be fit & strong as there is some heavy lifting required • A current full drivers license • Accuracy with figures and neat writing skills • Basic computer skills for data entry • Be a team player with a can-do attitude • Be able to work to daily deadlines

Five Star Beef is an export company producing high quality grain finished beef, operating at the Wakanui Feedlot, near Ashburton. The above position has become available on a fixed-term contract.

Sole charge relief milker for 250 cows. Lowcliffe-Hinds area Phone (03)-303-7680

Duties will include: • • • • •

Hours of work 8am to 5.00/5.30pm We offer an excellent salary, good working conditions, full training and advancement opportunities.

Quick Crossword

Phone 302-7034


Applications close 29 January 2013.

Full Time Position

Want to work for an award winning team?

Canterbury Long Run Roofing Ashburton are manufacturers and suppliers of Long Run Iron, Ridges, Flashings and all other associated roofing products.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Butchery Junior view to an apprenticeship.

We are looking for someone who is physically fit to primarily run our roll forming machines and do deliveries.

Full Time Position A full time position has become available in the canvas fabrication and motor trimming industry. Opportunity for possible apprenticeship.

If you have all of these qualities and you would like the opportunity to join our team, please apply in writing including your CV with two or more references to:

Please reply in own handwriting, with CV, to:

Must be punctual, reliable and motivated. The person we require must be able to work in a team environment.

Tinwald Canvas and Upholstery Ltd 115 Main South Road Tinwald 7700

Canterbury Long Run Roofing Ashburton P.O Box 5009 Tinwald, Ashburton Attention: Megan – Production Supervisor or Email: Applications close: Monday 21st of January 2013.

Kitchen Hand/ Cook

Immediate Start

Guardian Classifieds Phone 307 7900

No 12,10

Full time permanent/ part time semi retired person.

Applicants should apply via Apply Online at or send a CV with covering letter and references to:

• Customer focused • Always thinks in the best interest of the company • Outgoing personality and works well in a team environment • Excellent work ethic and the ability to use your initiative • Works well under pressure • Holds a current full drivers licence

Quick Crossword

Good with stock.

Training in the feedlot operating system will be provided.

You would need to have the following attributes:

No 12,102

Must have good machinery skills.

This position will suit an individual who enjoys variety and working as part of a small team, and likes the challenge of operating efficient and sophisticated operational systems.

Factory Team Member/ Delivery Person

69 Tancred Street, Ashburton• 03 308-9612 • 021-225-4355

Check out tomorrow’s classified pages...

Wanted experienced worker.

• Very good computer skills – including Microsoft Office and the ability to comprehend new systems. • Logical approach to problem solving. • Attention to detail. • Professional attitude and a friendly and outgoing personality. • Ability to work well with others, and provide support where required. • Good time management skills.

Applications close 5pm, 26th January 2013.

Call us today!



Operation and administration of the feedlot management systems. Reconciliation of feed contracts/cattle numbers. Reception duties/grain receivals. PA duties including typing and visitor arrangements. General Administration and office management.

Ideally the successful applicant will have the following attributes:

Applications should be sent to Alasdair Cleland, PO Box 124, Ashburton 7740 or emailed to


Temple Way Bristol BS99 7HD Tel: 0117 934 3621

If you want to work with a great team with great potential, you could be the next young butcher of the year!

Approximately 70 plus hours per fortnight. Saturday - Wednesday (afternoons and evenings).

Apply in writing with CV and cover letter: Paddy Kennedy 94 Harrison Street ASHBURTON

Must be interested in food and be physically fit. Handwritten letter of application, with CV, to:

Guardian Classifieds

Boston Burger 86 East Street Ashburton 7700 Applications close January 21

Phone 307 7900

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Across: 4 Ability; 8 Ocular; 9 Distend; 10 Treaty; 11 Hollow; 12 Flagrant; 18 Conflict; 20 Deface; 21 Ballad; 22 Variety; 23 Action; 24 Plenary. Down: 1 Fortify; 2 Numeral; 3 Matter; 5 Brighten; 6 Little; 7 Tendon; 13 Ancestor; 14 Villain; 15 Student; 16 Recall; 17 Malign; 19 Fiasco.

Across: 1 Inconclusive; 7 Fight; 8 Anger; 9 Lie; 1 Travelled; 11 Indian; 12 Dental; 15 Incessant; 17 Tic; 1 Llama; 19 Image; 21 Imperfection. Down: 1 Intelligible; 2 Nag; 3 Lethal; 4 Statement; Vigil; 6 Predilection; 7 Field; 10 Translate; 13 Title; 1 Tariff; 16 Chasm; 20 Arc.

Guardian Classifieds Phone 307 7900

Burn up to 2000 kilojoules with the Curves 30-minute circuit that gives you strength and cardio training.

Join Curves right now for just HALF the regular service fee! A coach to teach and motivate you!

Where women are strengthened

Curves Ashburton

222 Havelock Street - Telephone 308 4085

*Available only to new members. 50% off Curves gym membership initial service fee only. Offer based on first visit enrolment. Transaction fees may apply. Not valid with any other offer. Does not include Curves Complete. Valid only at participating locations from 01/01/13-31/03/13.

tV1 6.00 60 Minute Makeover.

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8.30 Infomercial. 9.00 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals. (G, R, T) 9.30 Weird Creatures. (Final,

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10.30 How To Look Good Naked. (PGR, R, T) 11.30 Infomercial. 12.00 Mucking In. (G, R, T) 12.30 Emmerdale. (PGR, T) 1.30 Come Dine With Me. (G,


2.00 Britain’s Best Dish. (G,


6.00 Creflo Dollar. 6.30 Hi-5. (G, R, T) 7.00 Grizzly Tales. (G, R, T)

6.00 Friends. (G, R, T) 6.30 Neighbours. (G, T) 7.00 Shortland Street.


8.00 Recruits Paramedics.

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8.30 Alcatraz. (Final, AO, T) Madsen and Hauser hunt down Johnny McKee, a former Alcatraz inmate and vicious killer with a background in chemistry. 9.30 Criminal Minds. (Final,

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10.30 ONE News Tonight. (T) 10.45 Kath And Kim. (G, R, T) 11.15 Prime Suspect. (AO, T) Duffy tries to pawn off a routine hit-and-run. 12.15 24 Hours In A&E. (Final, AO, R, T) 1.15 Te Karere. (R) 1.40 BBC World – GMT With George Alagiah.

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Husain. 3.30 HARDtalk. 4.00 BBC World News. 5.05 Believer’s Voice Of Victory. 5.35 Te Karere.




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5.30 Destroyed In Seconds.

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PRIMe 6.00 Home Shopping. (G) 6.30 The Crowd Goes Wild.

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7.00 Millionaire: Hot Seat.

(G, R)

7.30 Home Shopping. (G) 12.00 Antiques Roadshow. (G,


1.15 Man Vs Wild. (PGR, R) 2.10 America’s Got Talent.

(G, R)

3.05 Wife Swap USA. (PGR, R) A prim and proper family obsessed with etiquette and raising elegant young ladies swap with a racing family whose tomboy daughters love to get dirty. 4.00 The Late Show With David Letterman. (G, R) 5.00 Deal Or No Deal. (G, R) Game show hosted by Andrew O’Keefe. 5.30 Prime News.

11.10 Numb3rs. (AO, T) An undercover sting operation to capture a cyber crime lord is thwarted. 12.05 Infomercials. (G) 5.00 Joyce Meyer. 5.30 Bayless Conley. (G)

11.15 Secret Diary Of A Call Girl. (AO, R) 11.45 The Late Show With David Letterman. (G) 12.00 Home Shopping. (G) 1.30 The Crowd Goes Wild. (G, R) 2.00 Home Shopping. (G)

7.30 The Middle. (G, R, T) 8.00 Hot In Cleveland. (PGR,


8.30 The Big Bang Theory. (PGR, R, T) When it is revealed that Penny and Bernadette went wedding dress shopping without her, Amy becomes heartbroken and makes a move on Sheldon. 9.30 Hell’s Kitchen. (AO, T) 10.30 Revenge. (AO, R, T) 11.30 Gary Unmarried. (PGR,

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FOUR 6.00 Sesame Street. (G, R) 6.55 Pingu. (G, R) 7.00 The Angry Beavers. (G, R) 7.30 Hey Arnold! (G, R) 7.55 The Wild Thornberrys. (G, R) 8.20 Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Advent. (G, R) 8.45 Bananas In Pyjamas. (G, R) 9.00 Thomas & Friends. (G, R) 9.10 Bob The Builder. (G, R) 9.20 Peppa Pig. (G, R) 9.25 Peppa Pig. (G, R) 9.30 The Wiggles Show. (G, R) 9.40 Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom. (G, R) 9.50 Action Central. (G, R) 10.00 Infomercials.

(G) 2.00 Sesame Street. (G, R) 2.55 Peppa Pig. (G) 3.05 Dora The Explorer. (G, R) 3.30 Bob The Builder. (G, R) 3.40 Raa Raa The Noisy Lion. (G) 3.50 What’s Up Warthogs. (G, R) 4.15 Drake And Josh. (G, R) 4.40 Kenan & Kel. (G, R) 5.10 Sabrina The Teenage Witch. (G) 5.35 Clueless. (G, R) 6.00 That ‘70s Show. (G, R) 6.30 Futurama. (G, R) 7.00 The Simpsons. (G, R) 7.30 Glee. (PGR, R) Sue revives the

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TV3 8.30pm A futuristic thriller with some unique ideas, this full-throttle sci-fi flick concerns “repo man” Jude Law, who specialises in repossessing human organs, but must go on the run from his colleagues when he receives a new heart and realises he can’t pay for it. The fugitive premise is nothing new, but director Miguel Sapochnik’s audacious execution makes it a standout.

school newspaper and prints a few inflammatory items, snd April returns and tries to persuade Will to take off with her. The Biggest Loser. (G) A new batch of couples arrive at the ranch and are shocked to learn they’ll be split up to compete against each other in the Season 13 premiere. Life Unexpected. (AO, R) Bride-to-be Cate tries to sort out her feelings for Baze and Ryan. Meanwhile, Lux shares some big news that could impact all of their lives. Entertainment Tonight. (G) Infomercials. (G)

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6.00 NYPD Blue. (M) 6.50 Malcolm In The Middle. (PG) 7.15 Cash Cab USA. (PG) 7.40 Pawn Stars. (PG) 8.05 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (PG) 8.30 Top 20 Countdown. (M) 9.25 Law & Order. (M) 10.20 CSI: Miami. (M) 11.10 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. (M) 12.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. (M) 1.00 NYPD Blue. (M) 1.50 Top 20 Countdown. (M) 2.45 Malcolm In The Middle. (PG) 3.10 Pawn Stars. (PG) 3.35 Cash Cab USA. (PG) 4.00 The Simpsons. (PG) 4.30 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (PG) 5.00 Law & Order. (M) 6.00 America’s Funniest Home Videos.


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8.00 Drug Bust. (PGR, R, T) In Manurewa, the CIB set up a sting to take down a meth dealer, and the Papakura CIB raid a suspected cannabis growing operation. 8.30 FILM: Repo Men. (2010, AO, T) Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber. Set in the near future, repo men pursue customers who can no longer pay for their implanted organs. 10.40 Nightline.

(PGR, T)


Repo Men

6.30 Millionaire: Hot Seat. 7.00 The Crowd Goes Wild. 7.30 Man Vs Wild. (PGR, R) 8.30 The Great British Bake Off. (Final, G) In order to be crowned the victor the three remaining bakers need to bring together their skills to make a incredible selection of petit fours. 9.45 Ross Kemp Extreme World. (New, AO) UK documentary series in which Ross Kemp travels to Chicago, scene of America’s biggest heroin problem. 10.45 The Crowd Goes Wild.

(PGR, T)

12.00 Sensing Murder. (AO, R, T) 1.30 Infomercials. 2.30 Greek. (Final, PGR, R) 4.15 Emmerdale. (PGR, R, T) 5.00 The Erin Simpson Show. (G, R) 5.30 Infomercials.

Infomercials. (G) Downsize Me. (G, R, T) The Kitchen Job. (R, T) Infomercials. (G) The Dr Oz Show. (PGR,

11.30 Everybody Loves Raymond. (G, R, T) 12.00 The Deep End. (PGR,

(G, R)

6.00 One News. (T) 7.00 Border Patrol. (PGR, R,


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7.25 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. (G, T) 7.50 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. (G, R, T) 8.15 Tiki Tour. (G, T) 8.40 Fireman Sam. (G, R, T) 8.50 Bird Bath. (G, T) 9.00 Infomercials. 10.30 Neighbours. (G, R, T) 11.00 Shortland Street. (PGR, R, T) 11.30 Spin City. (G, R, T) 12.00 Celebrity Apprentice. (Final, PGR) 3.05 Pocoyo. (G, R, T) 3.10 Disney Special Agent Oso. (Final, G, R, T) 3.35 Spongebob Squarepants. (G, R, T) 4.05 Sonny With A Chance. 4.30 Kickin’ It. (G, T) 5.00 Horace In Slow Motion.

7.30 Unsung Heroes. (PGR,



2.55 To Build Or Not To Build. (G, T) 3.55 Te Karere. (T) 4.25 Ellen. (G, T) 5.25 Millionaire Hot Seat.

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The Simpsons. (PG) Pawn Stars. (PG) CSI: Miami. (M) Submerged. (16) Law & Order. (M) NYPD Blue. (M) Whose Line Is It Anyway? (PG) Malcolm In The Middle. (PG) America’s Funniest Home Videos.


Cash Cab USA. (PG) Top 20 Countdown. (M) CSI: Miami. (M) Submerged. (16) The Simpsons. (PG)

sky sPORt 2 sky sPORt 1 6.00 Tennis. Australian Open. Day Two Night Session. Highlights. 7.00 Cricket. NZ Tour Of South Africa. 2nd Test Day Five. From St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth. Highlights. 8.00 Cricket. KFC T20 Big Bash League. Semi-final 1. Replay. 11.30 Golf. European PGA Tour. Volvo Champions Round Four. Highlights. 12.30 Golf. US PGA Tour. Sony Open Round Three. Highlights. 1.30 Rugby Sevens. Pub Charity National Sevens. Event. Highlights. 3.00 Rugby Zone. 3.30 Cricket. HRV Cup. Replay. 7.00 Crowd Goes Wild. 7.30 Cricket. NZ Tour Of South Africa. 2nd Test Day Five. From St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth. Highlights. 8.30 Fight Night On SKY. 10.30 The Ultimate Fighter: Aussie v UK. 11.30 Sky ARENA Access. 12.00 Rugby Sevens. Pub Charity National Sevens. Event. Highlights. 1.30 Snooker. World Tour. Masters Day Four Session 1. Live. 4.00 Soccer. English Premier League. Everton v Swansea City. Replay.

6.00 A-League Highlights Show. 6.30 Soccer. A-League. Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney. From Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Highlights. 7.30 Rugby Zone. 8.00 Snooker. World Tour. Masters Day Three Session 2. Live. 10.30 Crowd Goes Wild. 11.00 Soccer. English Premier League. Sunderland v West Ham United. Replay. 1.00 The Cricket Show. 1.30 Premier League Review. 2.30 Sky Sport What’s On. 3.00 Basketball. NBL. Townsville Crocodiles v NZ Breakers. Replay. 5.00 Cricket. KFC T20 Big Bash League. Semi-final 1. Replay. 8.30 Cricket. KFC T20 Big Bash League. Semi-final 2. Live. 12.30 ICC Cricket 360. 1.00 Golf. European PGA Tour. Volvo Champions Round Four. Highlights. 2.00 Golf. US PGA Tour. Sony Open Round Four. Highlights. 3.00 The Dirt. 4.00 Fight Night On SKY.

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7.25 Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer. (2011, G) Jordana Beatty. 9.00 The Howling Reborn. (2011, M) Landon Liboiron, Lindsey Shaw. 10.35 Battle: Los Angeles. (2011, M) Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez. 12.30 127 Hours. (2010, 16) James Franco. 2.05 Flicka 3: Best Friends. (2012, G) Clint Black, Kacey Rohl. 3.40 Turn The Beat Around. (2010, PG) Romina D’Ugo, David Giuntoli. 5.10 I Am Number Four. (2011, M) Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant. 7.00 Queen Sized. (2008, PG) Nikki Blonsky. An overweight high school senior makes the best of a cruel prank when her classmates nominate her as Homecoming Queen. 8.30 Chronicle. (2012, M) Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell. Three high school students make an incredible discovery, and start to develop uncanny powers beyond their understanding. 10.00 The Hangover Part II. (2011, 16) Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms. 11.45 Final Destination 5. (2011, 16) Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell. 1.20 Dead And Deader. (2006, 16) Dean Cain, John Billingsley. 2.50 The Hangover Part II. (2011, 16) Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms. 4.35 Turn The Beat Around. (2010, PG) Romina D’Ugo, David Giuntoli.

7.10 Lethal Weapon 2. (1989, M) Danny Glover, Mel Gibson. 9.05 A Knight’s Tale. (2001, M) Heath Ledger. 11.15 Million Dollar Baby. (2004, M) Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank. 1.30 Crimson Tide. (1995, M) Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini. 3.25 Cheaper By The Dozen 2. (2005, G) Steve Martin, Eugene Levy. 5.00 Big Trouble In Little China. (1986, M) Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall. 6.40 Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason. (2004, M) Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth. Attacks of self-doubt and leggy threats upset our heroine in this sequel, and her womanising boss is also back on the scene. Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth. 2004. 8.30 Deja Vu. (2006, M) Denzel Washington. After a bomb explosion on a New Orleans ferry, a federal agent is led on a mind-bending race through time to save hundreds of innocent people. 10.40 Wedding Crashers. (2005, M) Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn. 12.40 Cheaper By The Dozen 2. (2005, G) Steve Martin, Eugene Levy. 2.15 Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason. (2004, M) Renee Zellweger. 4.00 Deja Vu. (2006, M) Denzel Washington.

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Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry? (M) Dirty Jobs. (PG) Swamp Loggers. (PG) Man Vs: Wild. (PG) Mythbusters. (PG) Secrets Of. (PG) Mighty Planes. (PG) First Week In. (M) Evil, I. (M) Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry? (M) River Monsters: Untold Stories. (PG) Swamp Loggers. (PG) Man Vs: Wild. (PG) Mythbusters. (PG) The Devil’s Triangle. (PG) After The Catch. (PG) Brainwashed. (PG) Are we truly in command of our own minds? Psychologists and doctors embark on a science experiment to see if ordinary people can be brainwashed and turned into assassins. American Guns. (M) I (Almost) Got Away With It. (M) Most Evil. (M) I Shouldn’t Be Alive. (PG) Swamp Loggers. (PG) The Devil’s Triangle. (PG) Brainwashed. (PG) American Guns. (M) I (Almost) Got Away With It. (M)

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Unconditional approval Mitsubishi’s new Outlander VRX has jumped the write-up queue because of it’s excellent on-road behaviour during last week’s norwesters. Gone is the “jet- fighter” nose and unique shape of the previous Outlanders and in its place are more mainstream, elegant looks. And while these are less shapely than before there’s better aerodynamics, which were certainly demonstrated, not only while heading into the gales but then side on at open road speeds as well. Even on the coarse chip the attention to making the interior as quiet as possible in such trying conditions became very obvious. I reckon Mitsi is close to achieving it’s aim of creating for those within, of a “calm, relaxing environment with minimum distractions”. They haven’t just done this by using thicker window glass, clever soundproofing

and changing the suspension settings and insulation, for the cabin is much more up-market with premium materials, and a new padded, soft-touch premium feel. The dash and controls look classy and also have a nice feel. While the exterior dimensions are the same there’s more passenger space. Great front seats and the second row which spilt 60/40 now quickly fold flat. As well they slide 250mm for access to, and to allow, as required, more legroom for the third-row seats. The latter are best for children but can accommodate adults briefly if needed. With both lots folded there’s

1.7m-long flat floor and easy access from the power tailgate, then with all seats occupied there’s still room for soft luggage. While the electric steering is light and doesn’t provide over much feedback this certainly wasn’t a problem either in those strong winds or when pressing on through tighter corners. Where, with the now slightly firmer suspension and 100kg less body weight the handling is predictable, there’s lots of grip and body roll is nicely restrained, the result being the VRX feels capable and safe. While there’s now the choice of both petrol and diesel power, and later this year a plug-in hybrid the test Outlander was the top of the range VRX with the 2.4-litre,

126kW/ 224Nm, petrol engine costing $54,990. The Outlander range kicks off with the 2-litre, 5 seat and only 2WD model, the LS at $39,990 and peaks with the 2.2 litre,112kW/366Nm VRX diesel at $56,990. All models have stability control, seven air-bags and a 5-star ANCAP safety rating. As well they have hill start assist, a wide-angle reversing camera and sensors, steering wheel controls for many functions, push-button start (except for LS), alloy wheels, full size spare, and dual zone air conditioning (but not LS) for the driver and front passenger but strangely no controls or additional vents for those behind. To which the VRX adds adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation, sat-nav, leather furnishings with heated front seats, a power tailgate and very bright xenon headlights. Mitsubishi say the 2.4-

Mitsubishi Outlander VRX


By Roger Hart


litre petrol engine, which has a new variable valve-lift system can, with the help of the revised 6-speed CVT, which ensures the engine is operating most efficiently, achieve an overall fuel consumption figure of 7.5L/100km. In calm conditions, with careful driving on the flat and staying in Eco mode (which reduces power slightly and provides visual encouragement to drive more frugally) it is possible to see a figure close to that on the trip computer. Part of the VRX’s appeal, of course, is its 4WD capability. This is electronically-controlled and for daily use, in Eco mode it shifts from driving the front wheels to all four when the system senses the road getting slippery. Loaded up or for hill driving or on shingle its best to put it into 4WD auto and for mud 4WD lock. The paddle shift is also handy in some situations.

Excitement machine Subaru’s first rear-wheel drive sports car, the BRZ is now on-sale, offering a whole new level of accessible excitement for sports coupe fans. The BRZ is available as one comprehensively equipped model, selling for $48,990 for the six speed manual and $49,990 for the six speed automatic with paddle shift. Despite offering a one-off departure from Subaru’s long-established Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, BRZ’s dynamics are pure Subaru, with the brand’s DNA clearly stamped all over the sports car – some components are developed from the WRX STI – and the floor pan and suspension is the same design as the latest model Impreza, tuned specifically for the BRZ. BRZ and its Toyota sibling are built exclusively at Subaru’s Gunma Main Plant in Japan – incredibly for such a small car, it maintains Subaru’s range-wide achievement of a five-star occupant safety rating from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The new generation Subaru FA 2.0 litre four-cylinder horizontally opposed Boxer engine is designed specifically for the model and is mounted as low as possible, producing agility and a thrilling, nimble drive. It produces 147 kW and 205 NM. Power is fed to the rear wheels via a Torsen limited slip diff. The front/rear weight distribution of 53:47 aids its dynamic excellence. At cruise BRZ has an overall fuel consumption of 7.8 litres/100 kms for the manual and 7.1 litres/100 kms for the auto. BRZ features new 17-inch alloy wheels, designed for light weight, rigidity and braking performance. Its suspension set-up is unique to the model - specifically tuned to provide handling excellence, inspiring driver confidence with high grip levels and stability.

Finale From the start the Outlander has been a popular vehicle in NZ, and one that suits our ever variable driving conditions. This impressive new model line up, with the addition of the diesel and hybrid models, should certainly see this continue.


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Colgate kids bring home the medals By Myles Hume Young Ashburton athletes have shown they can go toe-to-toe with some of the top budding athletes in the South Island. The team of 24 local youngsters threw, ran and jumped their way to success at the 35th South Island Colgate Games in Invercargill where the team returned home with a strong medal haul and valuable experience. Ashburton Junior Athletics manager Bridgitte Roulston said the team came back to Ashburton at the weekend with four golds, three silvers and two bronze medals, marking a successful campaign for the youngsters aged seven to 14. The team met the expectations of their

• Nelsen in demand Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is hoping New Zealand defender Ryan Nelsen will remain at the club until the end of February after signing on as Toronto FC’s new coach last week. QPR are fighting for survival in the English Premier League, languishing in bottom spot after a draw against Tottenham at the weekend in which Nelsen played a full 90 minutes. Redknapp said he is hoping to have Nelsen’s services for “another six or seven weeks”. Nelsen, the All Whites captain, is contracted with QPR to until June 30; Toronto begin their MLS campaign in early March.- HOL

coaches, most notably Alin Onicas who took gold medals in the shot put and discus and silver in the 100 metre sprint. Natasha Waddell backed up with a gold in the 1500m, silver in the 800m and bronze inn the 400m while Mikhayla-Rose Stroganov picked up a gold medal in the 400m in her respective grade. With the senior-aged athletes in medal contention, younger athletes aged from seven to nine competed for pennants and ribbons where seven-year-old Izak Derik-Westaway put himself above the rest. Roulston said it was one of the most successful Colgate Games the team had been to, with many posting personal best times in undesirable conditions.

• Wallabies’ tough draw

Westland RC fields, form and riders Westland RC Venue: Hokitika Meeting Date: 16 Jan 2013 NZ Meeting number: 6 Doubles : 1 and 2; 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8; 9 and 10 Trebles: 1, 2 and 3; 4, 5 and 6; 8, 9 and 10 1 12.35pm SIGNLINK GRAPHICS MAIDEN $8000, MDN, 2180m 1 22624 Dunroamin 58.5............................ Scratched 2 57241 Back Burner (5) 60.5....................T Moseley 3 9x827 Seeking Redemption (7) 58.5......... J Bullard 4 38266 Contador (3) 58.5..............................P Taylor 5 x6555 Tungata Zebiwe (4) 58.5.....K C Walters (a2) 6 950x3 Dusty Miller (6) 58.5........................D Walsh 7 090 Itwasme (1) 58.5..........................L Callaway 8 x8090 Seasoned Gem h (2) 58.5...........C Johnson 9 07088 St D’Ore 57................................... Scratched 10 x090P Hula Grace 56.5............................ Scratched 2 1.10pm FAT PIPI PIZZA RATING 65 $8500, Rating 65 Benchmark*, 2180m 1 76x12 Our Alchemist mb (2) 59..................D Walsh 2 6x946 Ask My Wife m (1) 58.5................T Moseley 3 30x67 Windswept m (5) 58.5 4 37x41 Edenbrae (6) 60........................ R Black (a3) 5 51P65 Emm Gee (3) 58........................ L McGregor 6 79006 Barbara Jennie (7) 57.5...............L Callaway 7 16964 Shaylee Wilde 57.......................... Scratched 8 85653 Lezani (4) 55.5.............................C Johnson 9 60077 Miss Biennale 54.......................... Scratched 10 25043 Peit Rox 54................................... Scratched 3 1.45pm HOKITIKA BUSINESSES CUP $12,000, Rat-ing 85 Benchmark, 2180m 1 0532x Titch m (6) 67.5........................ R Black (a3) 2 50035 Noble Warrior tm (2) 66.............. A Frye (a3) 3 8x467 Peyow Peyow m (1) 58............A Denby (a2) 4 00476 Kalgoorlie Bomber m (4) 57.5.... L McGregor 5 03563 Redfern t (8) 56.5................... B Pitman (a2) 6 31845 Conserves La Foi m (3) 54.5.......C Johnson 7 28x21 Electronic Motion m (5) 56.5.........K Williams 8 44x35 Malachite m (7) 54.5........................D Walsh

9 37899 Tristan’s Choice 54........................ Scratched 4 2.20pm MOTELS OF HOKITIKA 2YO+ MAIDEN $8000, MDN 2YO&UP, 1200m 1 60x59 You’re In Luck (6) 58.5..................T Moseley 2 84552 Individual (7) 58.5........................L Callaway 3 8 Mr Chou (3) 57.............................K Williams 4 3 Ruckus (2) 57........................... R Black (a3) 5 75527 Jazz After Dark (5) 56.5....................P Taylor 6 92062 Katriffic 56.5.................................. Scratched 7 64643 Princess Ana (9) 56.5..................... J Bullard 8 07494 ‘Er Indoors (1) 56.5..........................D Walsh 9 0x00x Sentence (8) 56.5........................C Johnson 10 Incontrol 55................................... Scratched 11 69x8x Slinkys Comet (4) 55.................. A Frye (a3) 5 2.55pm GOLD AND GREEN RESOURCES 2YO+ MAIDEN $8000, MDN 2YO&UP, 1200m 1 58x25 Homeland (1) 58.5...........................D Walsh 2 80x King’s Hawk (9) 58.5............... S Wynne (a3) 3 53689 Nicmajac (5) 58.5............................ J Bullard 4 6 Spurs Are On (6) 57 5 87 Anutha Hula (8) 57.................... L McGregor 6 47x66 Beyond Comparison (3) 56.5...... A Frye (a3) 7 0x5 Raggio Speranza (11) 56.5.........L Callaway 8 Tandiwe (2) 56.5....................... R Black (a3) 9 631 Rubysmyne (7) 57....................... C Johnson 10 50549 Perfection 55................................. Scratched 11 3x9 Sing Like Ella (4) 55.........................P Taylor 12 05904 Waitin Awhile (10) 55....................T Moseley 6 3.30pm VERNON & VAZEY RATING 65 $8500, Rating 65 Benchmark*, 1200m 1 5296x Global Partner 59.......................... Scratched 2 60994 Captain Bro dm (1) 58.5........... R Black (a3) 3 26x39 Black Berry Punch m (13) 58......L Callaway 4 88814 Tossed Again d (10) 57....................D Walsh 5 05478 Gold Terror (11) 57.......................K Williams 6 65345 Mary Burke (9) 56.5......................T Moseley 7 x2898 Miss Kate d (8) 56.5....................... J Bullard

8 56070 Tsingana tdm (6) 56.5................ A Frye (a3) 9 09025 Kitty Russell 56............................. Scratched 10 53054 I’m Maveric d (5) 56.....................C Johnson 11 0x521 Rustace (4) 55.5...............................P Taylor 12 13081 Glade m (3) 56.5......................A Denby (a2) 13 60708 Shes All Class d (7) 54 14 76900 Pretty To Watch d (14) 54 15 4500x Ms Courtenay Place 54................ Scratched 16 57738 Sir Luis 55.5.................................. Scratched 17 60x36 Cruiseonby (2) 54...........................R Bishop 18 00986 Desert Saboteur m (12) 55 Em: Shes All Class, Pretty To Watch, Ms Courtenay Place, Sir Luis, Cruiseonby, Desert Saboteur 7 4.05pm BIRCHFIELDS COAL & LANDSCAPING RATING 75 $10,000, Rating 75 Benchmark, 1200m 1 10403 Stormpatrol dm (3) 61.5............... C Johnson 2 78031 Venetian Raider m (7) 61........ B Pitman (a2) 3 75312 Moirai db (1) 57.5............................D Walsh 4 24x02 Madam Lincoln db (2) 56.5............. J Bullard 5 57x12 Fullavino dmb (5) 56.5......................P Taylor 6 62762 Orutan 56...................................... Scratched 7 75645 Bacio Francese d (4) 54......... S Wynne (a3) 8 00052 Lucky Break d (6) 54......................R Bishop 9 05166 Davone Code d (8) 54..................K Williams 10 62983 Bee Jean 54.................................. Scratched 8 4.40pm RAILWAY HOTEL HOKITIKA MAIDEN $8000, MDN, 1645m 1 80478 Short Black (9) 58.5................ S Wynne (a3) 2 089x9 Deny Deny (10) 58.5 3 2680 Presley (2) 58.5...........................C Johnson 4 9 Right Hand Man (1) 58.5..............T Moseley 5 7 Steel Battle (8) 58.5.........................D Walsh 6 46880 Red Leader 57.............................. Scratched 7 09x21 Coterie 56.5.................................. Scratched 8 00025 Skupina (7) 56.5...........................K Williams 9 40x73 Falena 56.5................................... Scratched 10 93087 Lidiaco 56.5.................................. Scratched

11 74342 Lady Privateer (4) 55........................P Taylor 12 06 Zurich (5) 55............................. R Black (a3) 13 38009 Trundler (6) 58.5........................ L McGregor 14 25043 Peit Rox (3) 56.5..........................L Callaway 15 84552 Individual 58.5............................... Scratched Emergencies: Trundler, Peit Rox, Individual 9 5.15pm WEST COAST SCRAP & STEEL MISS SCENICLAND STAKES $20,000, WFA F&M, 1645m 1 07154 Miss Maximuss tdm (6) 57...........C Johnson 2 00512 Josephine m (8) 57.......................K Williams 3 54110 Sheiswhatsheis m (5) 57........ B Pitman (a2) 4 31845 Conserves La Foi m (12) 57....A Denby (a2) 5 8x693 Kimberley Courtney (1) 57............T Moseley 6 37x41 Edenbrae (3) 57........................ R Black (a3) 7 08553 Miss Marbella (2) 57................... A Frye (a3) 8 x10x8 Hailes Abbey m (10) 57............. L McGregor 9 6x211 Negotiate m (4) 56.5........................D Walsh 10 14739 Zah Girl b (11) 56.5........................ J Bullard 11 03944 Slick Nickel m (7) 56.5.................L Callaway 12 76x12 Our Alchemist mb (9) 56.5 13 08x54 Tallyho Tui 57................................ Scratched Emergency: Tallyho Tui 10 5.50pm BANCORP TREASURY SERVICES RATING 75 $10,000, Rating 75 Benchmark, 1645m 1 569x7 Balaq b (9) 60........................... R Black (a3) 2 44x35 Malachite m (2) 58.......................C Johnson 3 09617 Werio mb (6) 58.......................... A Frye (a3) 4 6x745 Treat (4) 57............................. B Pitman (a2) 5 100x3 Ishipal (3) 55.5................................R Bishop 6 94x62 Asworthy tdm (8) 55.5......................D Walsh 7 56141 Big Energy m (7) 55......................K Williams 8 25637 Ekstra Special b (1) 54............A Denby (a2) 9 03944 Slick Nickel m (5) 54....................L Callaway 10 P5x42 Classic Kanga tdm (10) 54...............P Taylor 11 08x54 Tallyho Tui 54................................ Scratched Blinkers on : Homeland (R5), Miss Marbella (R9) Blinkers off : Seasoned Gem (R1), Jazz After Dark (R4), Deny Deny (R8)

Wanganui greyhound fields, form Wanganui Greyhound Racing Club Venue: Hatrick Raceway Meeting Date: 16 Jan 2013 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 12.04pm ABSOLUTELY ELECTRICAL C0 C0, 305m 1 657 Charlie’s Pal nwtd......................J McInerney 2 37638 Ruthless nwtd..............................J McArthur 3 75486 Dallas Haka nwtd.......................J McInerney 4 83736 Waimak Dave nwtd....................J McInerney 5 86724 Liquorice Whip nwtd..................J McInerney 6 4 Homebush Limbo nwtd..............J McInerney 7 Nonu Nonu Boom nwtd.....................L Ahern 8 43744 Knocka Off Time nwtd....................J Harland 9 856 Billy Holmes nwtd..........................J Harland 10 76686 Circle of Life nwtd.......................R N Maisey 2 12.24pm HARRISON HIRE MASTER C0 C0, 305m 1 82448 Gunpowder Gertie nwtd...............J McArthur 2 Sydenham Opal nwtd....................J Harland 3 Hilton Friday nwtd......................J McInerney 4 36 Get Off It nwtd...................................J Dunn 5 8x44 Winsome Extra nwtd..................J McInerney 6 66352 Homebush Violet nwtd...............J McInerney 7 376 Versatile Richie nwtd.......................... R Udy 8 7 Homebush Nos nwtd.................J McInerney 9 78 Cuts Deep nwtd.......................... B Johnston 10 5777 Puppet Master nwtd....................R N Maisey 3 12.44pm GUTHRIE BOWRON C0 C0, 305m 1 7 Supreme Shelleen nwtd.............J McInerney 2 42533 Cluain Meala nwtd...................... B Johnston 3 74222 Working Camarade nwtd............... D Donlon 4 87776 Another Stone nwtd...................J McInerney 5 54427 Intense Zoom nwtd......................J McArthur 6 Homebush Churro nwtd.............J McInerney 7 82862 Starla nwtd.................................J McInerney

8 782 Addis Mate nwtd........................A Blackburn 9 88828 Homebush Bedlam nwtd............J McInerney 10 877 Azure Dreams nwtd.......................J Harland 4 1.02pm J P PRINT, PETONE C0 C0, 520m 1 46356 Summertime Bobby nwtd.............B Goodwin 2 53655 Yeah Nah nwtd.....................................L Udy 3 37448 Gucci Rush nwtd L &.......................... Morris 4 66226 Alamein Jah nwtd K &.......................Phillips 5 6 Crystal Wave nwtd...................... B Hodgson 6 45 Alamein Dream nwtd K &..................Phillips 7 54743 Rich List.................................................nwtd 8 F387 Sydenham Jade nwtd....................J Harland 9 856 Billy Holmes nwtd..........................J Harland 10 8728 Big Job Jonesy nwtd K &...................Phillips 5 1.19pm CROMBIE LOCKWOOD LTD C1 C1, 305m 1 316 Alamein Rip 18.17 K &......................Phillips 2 52634 Stevie’s Magic 18.28...........................W Kite 3 68328 Lotus nwtd U &........................... McCracken 4 F2121 Tanybryn 18.05 L &............................. Morris 5 31875 That Is All 18.26 S &..................C Blackburn 6 32543 Easy Silence 18.00....................J McInerney 7 14388 Working Waikato 18.23.................. D Donlon 8 44176 Your On Fire 18.22...................... B Johnston 9 77885 Missy Macabre 17.99........................G Quirk 10 87865 Homebush Kelly 17.82...................... C Clark 6 1.37pm GARY ROSS DECORATOR C1 HT 1 C1q, 520m 1 61363 Sheza Terror..........................................nwtd 2 54826 Bullabakanka 30.54 U &............. McCracken 3 65562 Thrilling News nwtd..............................J Udy 4 32186 Five Too Many nwtd.....................B Goodwin 5 T7378 Opawa Chance nwtd......J McInerney 6 48254 Rijeka nwtd....................................M Gowan 7 35563 Criniti’s nwtd.......................................J Dunn 8 28612 Calm Brooke 30.86...........................G Quirk 9 67575 Sydilicious nwtd.................................. R Udy


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10 47868 Cawbourne Travis nwtd..............J McInerney 7 1.54pm WANGANUI SECURITY C1 HT 2 C1q, 520m 1 76575 Flayosc...................................................nwtd 2 88748 Motor Mouth nwtd..............................R Hunt 3 11131 False Step nwtd.................................J Dunn 4 61454 Wind Up Whitey nwtd..................B Goodwin 5 1586 My Lil Lucifer 31.45 K &.....................Phillips 6 34357 Opawa Patch nwtd.....................J McInerney 7 11 Red Crystal 30.67....................... B Hodgson 8 73554 Kiwi Ranger nwtd.................................F Kite Emergencies: 9 67575 Sydilicious nwtd.................................. R Udy 10 47868 Cawbourne Travis nwtd..............J McInerney 8 2.12pm PALAMOUNTAINS NUTRITION C1 HT 3 520m 1 66425 Petrol Voucher 30.34........................M Olden 2 74744 Homebush Wild 30.14....................... C Clark 3 3147 Pandemonium Paws 31.29 K &.........Phillips 4 42344 Opawa Crusher nwtd........................... J Udy 5 28111 Speed Legend 29.97.................. B Hodgson 6 33458 Rollem Up Joany 31.07.............J McInerney 7 64557 Heroism nwtd.................................... J Tapiki 8 87372 Kazillion 30.60...................................D Edlin 9 47687 Noisy Leo nwtd..........................J McInerney 10 87888 Girly Dreamz 30.77...............................I Cox 9 2.29pm MICKEY’S SUPER LIQUOR C1 C1, 305m 1 54455 Scarilicious nwtd L &.......................... Morris 2 35746 Homebush Alex 17.90................J McInerney 3 386x7 Wairere Miracle 18.25.................Paul Knight 4 11 Dillmanstown nwtd.............................J Dunn 5 52246 Sedgebrook Skite 18.19......................F Kite 6 65553 Home Brewer 17.86..........................G Quirk 7 82655 Back At Ya 17.75............................M Gowan 8 57462 Careless Talk 18.07............................. L Bell 9 77885 Missy Macabre 17.99........................G Quirk 10 28574 Excited Royale 17.90

10 2.47pm KEENAN CONCRETE C2 FINAL C2f, 520m

1 24178 Homebush Chopper nwtd..........J McInerney 2 24118 Mr. Reece (c3) nwtd............................ R Udy 3 17176 Another Colt nwtd......................J McInerney 4 14435 Sammy James 30.38........................L Ahern 5 11111 Seven Iron (c3) 30.20 F &..............Turnwald 6 16455 Flying Rebel 30.93 U &............... McCracken 7 56314 Shodsie (c3) 30.32 U &.............. McCracken 8 13862 Triple Aye 30.65......................... W Hodgson 9 55223 Ramessee 30.52............................M Gowan 10 55442 Smash Bang Win 30.28 K &..............Phillips 11 3.05pm BROAD ROOFING C1 C1, 305m 1 33451 Tenkay Down 18.08.................... S Drysdale 2 41362 Working Working 17.76.................. D Donlon 3 34646 Sedgebrook Lad 18.06........................F Kite 4 11 Bee Rabbit 17.79..............................L Ahern 5 33821 Marmalade Skies nwtd......................J Dunn 6 85642 Gina Mac 17.71...........................J McArthur 7 47263 Homebush Anabel 18.12.................. C Clark 8 48573 Single Sculler 17.87...................Peter Knight 9 78776 Homebush Layla 18.16 S &.......C Blackburn 10 37648 Saffron Flaherty 18.32...................J Harland 12 3.23pm THE ROCK 95.2FM C1 C1, 305m 1 42366 Fawn Allegro 18.08....................Peter Knight 2 55837 Mister Whisker 17.69...................J McArthur 3 76344 Random Act 17.80...................... S Drysdale 4 x676x Downey nwtd.................................J Harland 5 44456 James Arthur nwtd.............................J Dunn 6 66186 Gus The Muss 18.04........................... L Bell 7 22636 Chelseas Babe 18.07................... T Downey 8 73477 Rebel Joe nwtd................................. A Clark 9 78776 Homebush Layla 18.16 S &.......C Blackburn 10 46386 Jimmy The Buck 18.03................. P Denbee

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Federer, Murray breeze through Andy Murray and Roger Federer, the winners of the last two grand slam titles, dropped only seven games apiece in making short work of their first-round opponents at the Australian Open yesterday. Reigning US Open champion Murray downed Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3 6-1 6-3, while Federer was untroubled in ousting Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-2 6-4 6-1. Murray broke one of world sport’s most famous ducks when he won his first grand slam final in five attempts at Flushing Meadows last year, beating world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the decider. The third seed carried that form into the first major of 2013, belting Haase in just one hour and 37 minutes. “It (being a grand slam winner) didn’t feel much different to me,” said the 25-year-old Murray, who became Britain’s first male major winner in 76 years. I was still nervous before I went on to play the match. “I think when I would see the benefits of that is if I get myself deep into a slam this year and you’re playing against the top players - that’s when you’ll draw on that experience and use it in the right way. “But I don’t think it makes a huge amount of difference to how you feel at the beginning of events. “... I’m focused on this event and I trained really hard to get myself ready for it. So whether everyone else is thinking about the US Open or not makes no difference to me.” Murray, the runner-up at Melbourne Park in 2010 and 2011, will play Joao Sousa from Portugal in the second round. Sousa also advanced with a minimum of fuss, beating Australian wildcard entrant John-Patrick Smith 6-4 6-1 6-4. Federer extended his record haul of major titles to 17 at Wimbledon last year when he downed Murray in the final. The pair are seeded to meet in the semis at Melbourne Park.

Andy Murray: US Open champion Federer was happy with his effort against Paire in his first competitive match since last year’s world tour finals in London. “I’ve had a few busy years since having kids and I wanted to cool it down a bit,” said the Swiss superstar. “It’s nice to enjoy the off-season and have another two weeks off. “I’m confident in my play and I’m looking forward to my next match.” Federer will play either Russian Nikolay Davydenko or Israel’s Dudi Sela in the second round. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 Australian Open runner-up, won his all-French clash with Michael Llodra 6-4 7-5 6-2. - AAP

• ‘Don’t run away’ FIFA president Sepp Blatter has warned players that “running away” from racism is not the right way to deal with the issue. AC Milan midfielder KevinPrince Boateng and his teammates walked off the field after he was subjected to abuse during a recent friendly match with Pro Patria. Many players including Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira praised Boateng for standing up to the racists, but Blatter responded to the incident by insisting that players should not - AFP leave the pitch.

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The Monte Carlo Rally kicks off the 2013 season today which will see a new world champion crowned for the first time since 2003 as Frenchman Sebastien Loeb races a limited season after a record nine straight titles. Loeb will be present at the 81st and oldest rally on the circuit but he has already announced he will drive in only four races this season as he gradually moves away from the sport and onto - AFP other projects. .

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Australia face another daunting start to the Rugby Championship with back-to-back games against the world champion All Blacks to kick off their 2013 campaign. Governing body SANZAR released the draw for the second instalment of the four-nation tournament yesterday, with the order of matches the same as last year, but some different venues. The Wallabies open the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup series at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Saturday, August 17 and must recoup to face New Zealand again seven days later on their home soil. If there’s a silver lining for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans it’s that his men won’t have to play the All Blacks at their graveyard, Eden Park, with the match scheduled for Westpac Stadium.- AAP

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Melbourne opportunity beckons for rowers

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A team of three young Ashburton women who attend Timaru’s Craighead Diocesan School, will be packing their rowing gear and heading to Melbourne on Saturday for two intensive weeks of rowing. Along with Timaru’s Erica Taylor, Harriett Sutton, Alice Murdoch and Paige Cooke will spend their first week in a training camp before taking part in a regatta, competing in both the under 19 and open competitions. The opportunity to take part in both the camp and regatta camp after Melbourne’s Ryton College students travelled to New Zealand to take part in the Maadi Cup last year. Craighead’s coach Dean Milne was invited to coach at the Melbourne training camp, and four of the school’s top rowers were given an opportunity to attend. The regatta will be held on the Barron River and the young rowers will compete in fours, quads and doubles and will form a composite eight with rowers from Ryton College. The regatta will be held January 26-27.

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first round of play under way. However, play was called off at 3.30pm after players, volunteers and officials worked hard to sweep the surface flooding twice before the rain moved in again. Mid Canterbury Tennis president Cynthia Christie said tournament play was likely to resume today with shortened matches and

a rejig of the consolation draw. “Effectively, we will be trying to fit two days’ play into one to get through the draw,” Christie said. She said matches would start at 8.30am with play scheduled to go through until early evening. The forecast is for fine weather today with the possibility of showers later on.

Black Jack at last By Sam Morton Allenton bowler Sandra Keith can finally call herself a Black Jack. For a number of seasons, Keith has been drumming loudly on the selectors’ door, putting in some fine performances on the green and showing her class at every level. However, with the exception of representing New Zealand at the World Champion of Champion Singles in Cyprus after winning the national womens title last season, she has never received that all-important call. Perhaps her closest moment came when she was named a reserve for the World Bowls team last year. But, after winning the world title in Cyprus and bagging yet another national title in Taranaki over New Year and finishing runner-up in the fours, it seems her hard work has finally paid off. Yesterday, Keith was named in the New Zealand senior team to take on Australia in the Trans-Tasman fixture in

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March, in what will be her debut appearance as a New Zealand Black Jack. She will join the fiercely talented Mandy Boyd in the triples, bolstering the middle of the team, ahead of lead and world bowls silver medallist Lisa White. Keith will also line up with arguably the world’s best womens bowler Jo Edwards, and again with Boyd and White to form a powerful quartet for New Zealand. For the first time in a number of years, a development and junior team will also play side-by-side in the competition, which will bring together the heavyweights of the sport and produce a stunning spectacle of bowls. In her path to becoming a Black Jack, Keith won the national titles in singles, pairs and triples, a world title and skipped Leeston teams to win the Canterbury pairs, triples and fours.

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Heavy rain and on court flooding forced officials to abandon play on the first day of the New Zealand under 16 tennis tournament in Ashburton yesterday. New Zealand Tennis officials and players remained indoors for most of the day at the Ashburton Trust Tennis Centre, hoping for a break in the weather to get the

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Putting in the hard yards on the water before they head to Melbourne at the end of the week to take part in a rowing camp and regatta, Ashburton rowers Harriett Sutton and Alice Murdoch.

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Wind less than km/h 30


SATURDAY: High cloud, chance brief rain. Northwesterlies.



Canterbury High Country

FRIDAY: Early showers then fine. Northeasterlies developing.



Canterbury Plains

TODAY: Fine spells, late showers. Northwesterly developing.

TOMORROW: Morning rain then a few showers. Southerly developing.




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TOMORROW Rain developing in the morning, with heavy falls, then easing to showers and fine spells. Southwesterlies for a time.


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clearing clearing fine clearing clearing fine clearing rain fine showers showers showers showers

Fine with high cloud. Isolated afternoon and evening showers, some heavy and possibly thundery south of Ashburton. Northwesterlies inland, northeasterlies developing about the coast from afternoon.

A few early showers, then fine with increasing high cloud. Northeasterlies developing.


NZ Situation

High cloud, brief rain spreading from the west. Northwesterlies for a time, then light winds.

A trough over the South Island weakens as it moves over the rest of the country tomorrow followed by a southwest flow. A ridge moves onto northern SUNDAY New Zealand during Friday, while northwesterlies strengthen in the south ahead of an approaching front. Morning cloud, then fine with light winds.

FZL: Lowering to 2000m

Increasing high cloud. Rain developing about the Main Divide in the afternoon, falling as snow above 1800m. A few spots of rain about the foothills from evening. Wind at 1000m: NW 40 km/h developing. Wind at 2000m: NW 60 km/h developing.


FZL: Lowering to 1700m

Rain, with heavy falls, spreading to most places in the morning, then easing to showers and increasing fine spells. Snow lowering to 1300 metres. Wind at 1000m: Light. Wind at 2000m: W easing to 30 km/h.


A few early showers, then fine with increasing high cloud. NW developing at low levels, W strengthening about the tops.


Rain near the divide with brief rain spreading east. NW, strong or gale about the tops and exposed valleys, easing.


Becoming fine, with light winds at low levels. Winds tending lighter southwest about the tops.

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fine 17 fine -6 cloudy 22 snow -4 showers 21 showers 24 cloudy 8 fine 14 fine 12 showers 22 thunder 25 fine 19 sleet 0 fine -3 snow -3 snow -4 showers 14 fine 15 showers 18 showers 5 rain 24 rain 16 rain 24 fine -4 fine 6 rain 2 fine 14 snow -12 showers 25 rain 7 rain 3 fine -4 showers 22 rain 23 showers 5 fine 3 snow -4 rain 25 snow -2 fine 19 rain 9 showers 11 snow -2 rain 3 snow -4

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River Levels


Rakaia Fighting Hill (NIWA) at 1:45 pm, yesterday Nth Ashburton at 2:00 pm, yesterday Sth Ashburton at 9:30 am, yesterday Rangitata Klondyke at 1:30 pm, yesterday

371.1 13.8 14.8 241.7

Source: Environment Canterbury

Canterbury Readings

to 4pm yesterday


Ashburton Airport

15.2 11.7

Temperatures °C

Rainfall mm

min grass 16 hour Jan 2013 min to date to date

Wind km/h

max gust



34.0 34.0

SE 35

Christchurch Airport 15.5 12.9 12.7


26.6 26.6

S 39


34.6 34.6

S 37

Average Average

Timaru Airport









18.7 13.0








Tides, Sun, Moon and Fishing Wednesday

m am 3 3


9 noon 3


9 pm am 3


Thursday 9 noon 3


9 pm am 3



9 noon 3


9 pm

2 1 0


8:11 2:24 8:39 2:49 9:06 3:20 9:36 3:44 10:03 4:16 10:33 The times shown are for the Ashburton River mouth. For the Rangitata river mouth subtract 16 minutes and for the Rakaia river mouth subtract 6 minutes.

Rise 6:10 am Set 9:14 pm


Bad fishing

Rise 11:09 am Set 11:20 pm

First quarter

19 Jan 12:46 pm ©Copyright OceanFun Publishing Ltd.

Rise 6:11 am Set 9:14 pm


Bad fishing

Rise 12:15 pm Set 11:48 pm

Full moon

27 Jan

5:40 pm

Rise 6:13 am Set 9:13 pm


Good fishing Rise 1:19 pm

Last quarter

4 Feb

Maori Fishing Guide by Bill Hohepa

2:58 am


Ashburton Guardian, Wednesday, January 16, 2013