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Burn-off jumps fire breaks By Sam Morton and Myles Hume Mid Canterbury firefighters attended the biggest scrub fire of the season at a Chertsey Kyle Road farm yesterday, where sparks from a controlled burnoff were believed to have ignited a fire outside the fire break. Four fire engines and five tankers attended the blaze which spread down a 400 metre tree line, destroying a hay stack in the paddock. The fire has highlighted the real dangers of burn-offs, as the fire spread out of control in a farmer’s paddock, who thought he did everything right. And he hasn’t been alone. In the past 48 hours, the Ashburton, Rakaia and Methven volunteer fire brigades have attended nine scrub fires between them, following reports from the community that the fires have been out of control. The patience of Mid Canterbury firefighters is being tested, as a growing number of vegetation fires reported around the district are often false alarms. However, the brigade chiefs believe the dry summer has upped the level of caution around the community and recent large bush fires in Prebbleton and West Melton have added to the concern. “It’s a catch-22 really, you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” Ashburton chief fire officer Alan Burgess said. “We don’t want to be telling people not to ring the brigade if they see smoke, but I guess what we are saying is to err on the side of caution. If you have any doubt, then let us know, but if you think it’s innocent enough, then make that judgement.” The Ashburton District Council has imposed a restricted fire season, meaning strict criteria has to be met by farmers to light burn-offs and no fires are permitted to be lit in any urban areas at any time. The Chertsey farm owner told the Guardian he drove around and checked for hot-spots after the burn-off, but claimed a small twister carried sparks into the blue gum tree line. “I feel sick about it, wouldn’t you?” he said. “Not so much about the danger, but it just spoils your day.” Meanwhile. Methven chief fire officer Selwyn Allred said the brigade has been dealing with a handful of scrub fires this year, but believes the number of callouts is “no more than usual”. He praised the majority of the community for their understanding of correct burn-off practices, but encouraged others to familiarise themselves with the meaning of “restricted” fire season. “Some people do jump to conclusions very quickly and before you know it, a call has been made to the brigade without any further knowledge. “At this time of year, it’s almost expected to have these callouts coming through.” Mr Allred said. “It’s all part of the job, but I think in a lot of the cases, if people investigated a little closer, they would feel there is no need for the service of the brigade and time and resources would be saved. “It’s a case-by-case and I guess we would rather hear about a potential out of control fire early, before it’s too late. Ultimately though, it comes down to com-

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Firefighters battle a wild blaze at a Chertsey Kyle Road farm. The fire was sparked by a controlled burn-off in a nearby paddock.

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Mayfield fire crews attend to a callout at Shepherds Bush Road about 3.30pm. The fire was permitted. mon sense,” he said. Mr Allred insisted farmers should be setting down a fire break, surrounding the area of the burn-off. “Some farmers still see benefits in getting their new crop in the ground and that’s none of our business, that’s their decision. “However, we have seen a few burn-offs creep past their fire breaks and then that’s when it becomes our business. “Farmers should have water on hand and should be monitoring the situation at all times,” he said.

Permitted fire: A burn-off on Wakanui Road on Monday looks to be out of control, but it’s not. The farmer had adhered to all fire regulations and the brigade was not required.

A pupil who was recently stood down for taking a pouch of tobacco to school backs up Grant McMillan’s decision to take his concerns over the Education Amendment Bill to Parliament. The Ashburton College principal flew to Wellington last night and will present his 21-page submission to a select committee in opposition to the Education Amendment Bill this morning. The bill proposes to limit the search and seizure powers of school staff when they believe pupils hold drugs, alcohol, weapons and other prohibited paraphernalia in school grounds. Mr McMillan has been a strong opponent of the bill, which he believes could leave schools with no choice but to expel pupils who refused to co-operate with staff when they had a suspected banned item on them. He pointed to an incident last week when a pupil was stood down after college staff told the person to hand over their bag, suspecting there was the tobacco pouch inside. The pupil handed over their bag to college staff where the pouch was found. “But in a situation where we ask them to hand over their bag and they say ‘no I don’t have to’ we will turn around and say ‘right are you refusing to pass over your bag?’ and they say ‘yes’ then we will have no choice but to suspend them,” Mr McMillan said. “It removes a whole lot of options to keep the kid in school while they deal with their problems, options that parents would like to see used.” Under the proposed bill, schools would not have the power to search bags, but instead could only investigate school property such as lockers and desks. Mr McMillan made the decision to back his submission in Parliament to reinforce his six main concerns and to be on hand to answer questions. His main point will be built around what particular harm or effect prompted the Ministry of Education to make a change and if there was any particular issue at all. “I hope it makes an impact, this bill appears to be written by someone just on their desk top, I hope talking about what the effect could be day-to-day will make a difference.” He believed there were several principals opposing the amendment.

FIRE REGULATIONS Restricted fire season break. and the person lighting the fire time. - The prevailing wind at the time - A portable water supply sufficient must stay in attendance until the - It is recommended a cellphone be shall not exceed 15km per hour. to suppress any wildfire that may fire is completely out. on site for early warning should - Check weather forecast to show result from the controlled burn, and - Regular patrolling of the fire perimthe controlled burn escape or get settled weather for at least 24 a means of delivery for that water eter is to be conducted wherever out of control, requiring the fire hours. is to be on site for the duration of practical and safe. service. - The controlled burn shall be conthe burn, and must remain on site - No fires are to be lit or allowed to - The person lighting the fire should ducted during the hours of daylight until the fire is completely out. burn when the smoke is likely to have current insurances for public only. - In all cases constant supervision cause a nuisance to neighbours or liability and fire suppression in - The area to be burnt shall be fully is required. It is recommended a a hazard to traffic – no fires should place. surrounded by a continuous fire minimum of two adults be present be lit in any urban areas, at any Source: Ashburton District Council Grant McMillan



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Drink-drive charge dismissed The luck of the Irish was smiling on a Methven mechanic, when his drink driving charge was dismissed in the Ashburton District Court yesterday. Thomas Concannon contested driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 677 milligrams of alcohol per litre of breath at a fixtures hearing, in front of Judge Joanne Maze. Concannon, an Irish national, claimed he had briefly returned to his vehicle to collect his wallet; Methven police constable Aaron Tapp’s evidence pointed at Concannon driving the vehicle moments before he apprehended him. Giving evidence, Mr Tapp said he

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had observed a vehicle leaving the Brown Pub car park and turning onto Mckerrow Street about 2.20am on September 9. He said the same Ford Falcon stopped at the intersection of Mckerrow and Main Street, and he observed a single occupant in the driver’s seat. That driver pulled out behind Mr Tapp and followed him along Main Street for about a kilometre, before pulling into a lay-by. Mr Tapp performed a U-turn and saw the driver get out the driver’s door and walk across the lay-by. He said the weather was fine, the area was well lit and there were no other vehicles in the vicinity.

When spoken to Concannon identified himself and agreed to a passive breath test, which was positive. He then agreed to accompany Mr Tapp to the Methven Police Station, where an evidential test confirmed the EBA level. In the witness box, Concannon said he had worked the previous morning, and had spent the afternoon at the Brown Pub, leaving his car parked in the nearby lay-by. Later he walked home, but returned to meet friends at the pub about 9pm. By his own confession, he drank too much. Sometime after 2am, he ran out of money, so went back to

his car to get his wallet – and that’s when he met Mr Tapp. Concannon said he was “frozen” and complied with Mr Tapp’s requests out of respect and a fearfulness of police. Concannon’s lawyer, Michelle Barrell, put it to Mr Tapp that he didn’t see the vehicle leaving the carpark; that Concannon’s vehicle had been parked in the lay-by for hours and that it was a different vehicle which followed him up Main Street. Judge Maze pointed to the differing accounts between the evidence of Mr Tapp and the defendant, however she said it was reasonably possible that there were two dark coloured

Ford vehicles in the vicinity and that one had been parked in the lay-by, and the other had been driven out of the pub carpark onto Mckerrow Street, then down Main Street. “The police have to prove that he (Concannon) is a liar, and has given evidence under oath which he knows to be untrue,” Judge Maze said. “It is reasonably possible that he is being truthful, and reasonably possible the police officer observed the vehicle behind him intermittedly. “It is not necessarily what happened, but it is reasonably possible the officer made a mistake, therefore the case is not proved beyond reasonable doubt, and is dismissed.”

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A motorcyclist lay on downed power lines for about an hour after crashing on the Haast Pass yesterday. The 56-year-old Christchurch man was travelling on State Highway 6 from Haast to Wanaka with his brother, who was on another motorbike, when he lost control and skidded off the road about 5km south of Makarora, shortly after 10am. The man came off his motorbike after it crashed into a deer fence pole. The motorbike then hit a power pole, knocking it over and breaking it into several pieces, while its rider landed in a ditch beside the road lying across the downed power lines. Emergency workers at the scene could not move him until a crew from electricity company Delta arrived about an hour later and tested the cables to ensure they were not live. “We just didn’t want to put that person or anyone else at risk [of electrocution],” Senior Constable Mike Johnston, of Wanaka police said. The man was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital. However, other than suspected broken wrists and ribs, the man was “remarkably unscathed”, Mr Johnston said. “He should go and buy a year’s worth of Lotto tickets because he’s a very very lucky boy.” It appeared the man had lost concentration Mr Johnston said. “We don’t think it was a speed issue.” Fire crews from Makarora and Lake Hawea attended the accident, along with Haast and Wanaka police and Wanaka St John paramedics. The accident cut off power to the Makarora area for several hours while the damaged power pole was replaced. -APNZ

By Myles Hume The devastating news delivered to 19 Christchurch schools was the main talking point around Tinwald School’s staff room yesterday. In support of their colleagues, the school’s teachers and support staff dressed in red and black, as the news of seven closures and 12 mergers cut close to the bone. “I just finished training and a lot of the schools I did placement at are affected,” the school’s newest teacher Louise Schollum said. She said many of her close friends she trained with had made the move to affected schools and felt for those who would now have to look for new jobs. Fellow teacher Monica Genet sympathised with families and communities. “Schools are at the centre of communities and we know children who have to change schools are disadvantaged,” she said. The school’s red-and-black day was meant to coincide with a planned strike in Christchurch, however the teacher’s union abandoned it and held a more low-profile march yesterday afternoon. Teacher aide Christine Osborne was dressed from head to toe in red-and-black. She was gutted to see the seven schools listed for closures on the staff room whiteboard, but she believed the children would adapt. The affected schools have until March 28 to put forward any further information to try change their fate. Final decisions will be made in May.

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LEFT: Tinwald School staff (from left) Pip Gordon, Carolyn Hollings, Claire Tomkinson, Catherine Lambie, principal Peter Livingstone, Christine Osborne and Gillian Greenslade, dressed in red and black to show their support for Christchurch schools yesterday.

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A communication breakdown between police and Child Youth and Family meant a teen was on the run for three months before crashing and dying in a stolen car. Isaiah Elu Paora Nathan, 13, had been removed from his family and placed in foster care near Kaitaia in Northland but ran away in September 2010. Sergeant Alison Holdaway from Kaitaia police told the Coroner’s inquest at Auckland that she issued a missing persons report and followed it up with a message on a Child Youth and Family (CYF) social worker’s phone. Asked if she did anything else, Ms Holdaway said: “Unfortunately, I didn’t do anything”. Police suspected Isaiah was returning to his family in Auckland where there had been complaints of domestic violence and neglect but Ms Holdaway said she did not believe the case was “serious”. Auckland-based Sergeant Marko Radojkovich said he had no record of communications from CYF on file. Neither was there a record of Manukau police being notified by Northland police that the teenager could be in their area. “We deal with hundreds of young people. If we thought he was in our area, we would have made enquiries.” Sergeant Radojkovich said Isaiah’s case is one of many. Last year 54 children had run away while in CYF care. Police had 384 missing persons files for those 54 children, meaning some were likely to have run away up to 30 times. Isaiah’s social worker - who was given interim name suppression told the court that he phoned family members to try to find the missing teenager and suspected family members were hiding him. He was asked what formal contact he had with police.

“I didn’t have contact with police.” He said there are no records of informal chats with police officers but “it is possible we talked about it”. He was asked by counsel assisting the coroner, Lily Nunweek, who was responsible for finding Isaiah. “I would like to say we work together but it is very much the police responsibility. I guess we would have to work together.” A second social worker, also given interim name suppression, said he also could not recall “specific interactions” with police but said there were informal talks that were not recorded on the organisation’s records. At one point he was called to a family meeting and tried to get Isaiah to turn himself in but instead the teenager ran off. The social worker said that information was not passed to police. “We did not have a discussion with formal plans.” He said if he had specific information about where Isaiah was it would have been passed to police. The social worker was asked what could be done to improve communication with police. “I think we just need to ensure we are ticking some of the formal boxes rather than making assumptions about what the other one knows.” Isaiah was found dead about a month after the family meeting. Police found his body in the driver’s seat of a stolen Subaru Legacy. He had been doing up to 107km/h in a 50km/h zone and failed to take a corner. The car went through a fence and two of the posts shattered the windscreen. Four other teenagers aged between 12 and 15 were in the car. They ran from the scene and were later tracked down by police. Sergeant Sascha Huff said toxicology reports showed traces of THC in Isaiah’s bloodstream. There was also a trace of alcohol in his bloodstream. -APNZ

A bill to ‘Mondayise’ public holidays is set to pass its crucial second reading in Parliament today. Labour MP David Clark’s private member’s bill would mean New Zealanders get a Monday off when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend.

The bill looks to have enough support to get past tomorrow’s vote and, if so, would likely become law after political rubberstamping. It is expected that only the 59 National MPs and Act representative John Banks will oppose it. Anzac Day next falls on a Saturday in 2015, and Waitangi Day in 2016.

It is not until 2021 that both fall on a weekend in the same year. The Government previously rejected the bill, with Justice Minister Judith Collins saying Anzac Day is for remembering the dead: “To reduce it into a three-day weekend is, I think, very disrespectful.” -APNZ

Dally parole ‘a long way off’ The killer of Lower Hutt schoolgirl Karla Cardno is still “a long way off being eligible for release”, the Parole Board says. Paul Joseph Dally, 52, who has spent almost 24 years in jail for the 1989 murder of the 13-year-old, was denied parole last week. The board released its full decision yesterday. It said Dally was still a long way off being eligible for parole and it was “out of the question” at present. “Mr Dally remains a high risk offender and poses an undue risk to the safety of the community. Parole is declined and he will be seen again with-


in the statutory cycle.” The board referred to a previous decision which described Dally as having a “potentially sinister combination of psychopathy and possible sadistic sexual practices”. “Mr Dally must receive assessment and treatment in the form of the TePiriti Child Sex Offenders Program.” Dally claimed to be “motivated” to attend and complete the programme. “Time will tell whether such motivation is genuine,” the decision said. Karla’s stepfather, Mark Middleton, said last week it was a “farce” that Dally was entitled to parole applications

year after year. “All of the hundreds of thousands of decent Kiwi people out there ... I haven’t come across anybody who wants [Dally] in their neighbourhood. The man’s too dangerous,” he told RadioLive. Dally was sentenced to life in prison in 1990 after snatching Karla from her bike as she rode home from the local shops, dragged her to his house and repeatedly raped and tortured her for 22 hours. He later put her naked, bound and gagged in the boot of his car and buried her alive in a shallow grave at Pencarrow Head. - APNZ by David Fletcher

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

• The Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade was called to a tractor fire on Beach Road, in Ashburton, yesterday. The fire crews arrived at the scene and promptly put the flames out, before returning to the station where they were called out just 30 minutes later. • The crew headed to Shepherds Bush Road, in Mayfield, to assist the Mayfield Volunteer Fire Brigade with burning trees in a private paddock. The fire was quickly contained. • Ashburton mother Megan Christie phoned the Guardian to inform us her seven-yearold daughter’s highland dancing sword had been returned. “We don’t know how or why, but it’s back and my little girl is delighted,” Mrs Christie said. The sword was returned early yesterday.

• Crash victim dies A teenager involved in a three-car crash in Waikato last week died in hospital overnight Monday. Four people were injured when the cars collided on State Highway 23 near Whatawhata just before 10pm last Thursday. Police said a 17-year-old woman who was in one of the cars died in an Auckland hospital overnight. - APNZ

• Gisborne quake A strong earthquake struck east of Gisborne early yesterday morning. The magnitude 4.9 quake occurred 60km from the city at 1.23am, GeoNet said. It was about 9km deep. - APNZ

• Hitch-hiker attacked Police are looking for an elderly man after a hitchhiker was sexually assaulted near Nelson. The 21-year-old woman was hitch-hiking from Richmond to Nelson about 10am on Friday when she was picked up by a man in his 70s. Instead of dropping the woman near the hospital she alleges he sexually assaulted her. The woman escaped when the man got out of the car. - APNZ

• Man found A man who has been missing for almost a month has been found on the West Coast. Reginald Anthony Pitout, 26, had been missing from his home in Richmond, Christchurch, since January 24. -APNZ

• Home invasion Shots were fired during a home invasion at a North Shore house on Monday night. The occupants were left “extremely shaken” but unhurt in the incident at a property in Glenfield about 11pm, police said. At least two people arrived at the address, sparking an altercation with the occupants. Shots were then fired inside the house. The offenders then left in at least two vehicles. -APNZ

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Tech whiz kids of tomorrow, Mayfield students (from left) Maureen Crowley dodges the heat to paint her verandah in Mayfield. Ryan Greenslade, Mac Edwards and William Murdoch.

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Mechanics Richard Morten and Wayne Drake on the job at the Hinds Garage. There are plenty of cows and we caught up with Valda Swarbrich as she rattled up another dairy cockie’s drive for a load of milk. She loves what she does, celebrates driving Synlait’s 18 gear manual milk tankers, saying those are real trucks, none of the pussy autos for her. The road into Mayfield is long and we’re buffeted by truck after truck unit stacked high with straw. By the end of six kilometres we had straw in places we never dreamed it could stick. Mayfield School gave us a warm welcome and a cold orange drink. We chatted with the students and were invited to preview a newscast senior students William Murdoch, Mac Edwards and Ryan Greenslade had made. Good stuff. Three high-tech kids with an outstanding knowledge of movie making.

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www. Down the road we found Maureen Crowley painting her verandah. The Irish family works in Christchurch but have their rural fix in their holiday home in Mayfield. They fell in love with the district at the Methven Show, couldn’t afford a property there and fell in love with Mayfield instead. John Fleming’s nickname is

mower man. And when we spotted him in the Mayfield Domain, he was happily powering his way around the play area, that’s what you do when you love your community. The Udder Dairy is well known around New Zealand and that means owners Kevin and Gay Monson spend most of their day serving locals and entertaining

tourists who can’t drive past the shop with the crazy name. It’s a busy life, 350 days a year, seven days a week, but you have to work at something they say. Drain layers Callum Bartlett and Dan Cranfield were at the dairy filling their bellies. By midafternoon the gap between smoko and their missed lunch was just too much. They downed tools and headed into the village for food, and lots of it. Last stop for the day was the Mayfield Pub. Unlike Hinds it was open for business with mine host Colleen McKay and collie dog Sally happy to welcome us with a pint. Tomorrow we’ll be back in the saddle – early. We have a big day, planning to ride from Mayfield to Methven, but how far we actually get will depend on the people we meet along the way. It’s a day with no definite full stop.


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Another perfect day in the saddle. Sky so blue it hurts your eyes, air so still the dust floats and cannot settle and mountains in the distance that shimmer in the heat haze. Our route from Hinds to Mayfield was always going to be punishment for Monday’s easy downhill ride. Trust me, there’s a definite uphill gradient between the two rural towns and on long, straight roads that’s a bit of a psychological hiccough. Hard slog or not, nothing can take away the sheer joy of being out on the road, checking out rural scenes and talking to great people. Richard Morten and Wayne Drake at the Hinds Garage unlocked our bikes from overnight storage. The pair of mechanics spend their days working on trucks, tractors and a vague assortment of farm machinery. Richard tossed in life as a nurseryman to work as a mechanic and Wayne left his job in the UK as an aircraft engineer to be a Kiwi mechanic. We wound our way up Swamp Road and for several kilometres thought we were the only people alive. But a quick stop for a drink at the intersection of Swamp and Winslow Roads yielded gold. We flagged down Darrin Dudson and Lance Hill from Murray Smith Aluminium. They were racing round the district fixing windows. Today Ashburton, tomorrow Oxford. And then there was cherry

Guyon Cameron. He was eating, sleeping and breathing hay, carting it day after day from his dairy run-off block to his Hinds farm. Winter fodder for his 550 dairy cows. Crossing onto Maronan Road we decided to check out the roadies who were busy on a reseal. Rodger Harris was making a fine job of working his little roller up and down the chip and was happy to stop and chat about his job. Like the rest of his team he’s working 13 hour days and relishes any chance to stop for a cuppa. Over the fence we spotted Mervyn Chapman, happily hammering away in his backyard installing shade cloths to keep the chooks in and the dogs out. With Wayne Pascoe they’re earthquake refugees, opting to leave the city and relocate to rural Mid Canterbury with their team of poodles and their dog grooming business. Long roads, super heat and kilometres without a person in sight. Just hay. Contractors baling hay, contractors carting hay. No farmers. Rural depopulation is clearly not a myth. While everyone is sweltering in late summer heat, Tim Boyd is working round the clock building up his firewood stocks. Dairying has been his friend. As elderly pine trees make way for irrigators, Tim celebrates. Every tree he fells and clears means money in the bank. The demand for firewood is high; he can barely keep up. It’s not all hay bales out here.

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More broken promises in Chch shakeup By Coen Lammers



id Canterbury schools will be watching the current developments in Christchurch with interest. The teachers and principals will have genuine empathy and understanding for their Christchurch colleagues but also must be wondering what it all means for the future of their schools. The announcement by Education Minister Hekia Parata to close seven schools and merge 12 others has caused heartache and pain for thousands of children and parents throughout Canterbury. The way the initial plans were announced was traumatic for the 31 schools involved, so the reprieve for 12 schools has at least restored a smidgeon of trust in the ministry. Still, after the number of dramas caused by Ms Parata and her ministry over the past 12 months, it is hard for many in the industry to take any of her comments at face value. For starters, the minister has backtracked on several occasions and again on Monday reneged on her promise to Christchurch schools that the closures would not happen until 2016. Several schools enrolled pupils on the understanding that their environment would not change for another three years, but have now been put on notice that they have to find new schools and jobs by the end of this year. Ms Parata sugar-coated this betrayal with the parents’ need for certainty, but it is not the clarity these people had in mind. The fact that the ministry has yet again had to do a major U-turn demonstrates the lack of information its decisions were based on. For many conspiracy theorists it simply confirms

that Ms Parata has an ominous agenda and is not too worried about facts and figures getting in the way of her end goal of closures and mergers. In the meantime though it caused massive upheaval and stress for those who needed it the least, earthquake-affected children, parents and schools. Principals wasted hundreds of hours writing submissions and collating evidence that should have been considered by the ministry before it even made the initial decisions. That fact that Ms Parata thinks that the upcoming census is irrelevant for this process speaks volumes. Despite all the work from their principals, seven schools will still end up on the chopping block, while 12 others also face the uncertain future of mergers. Twelve others are allowed to carry on but most of them should never have been on this list in the first place. As the mergers and closures are rushed through by the end of the year, more poor displaced Christchurch children will end up in cold, soulless pre-fab classrooms thrown together to fit Ms Parata’s timetable. Not exactly “the most modern schooling network in the country’’ that her broken record keeps replaying. Critics within the industry are convinced that the National-led government took advantage of the earthquakes to rush through its big-picture plans in Christchurch and that it will be a blueprint for the rest of the nation. This may prove to be a conspiracy theory, but Mid Canterbury schools will need to remain on their toes as this Government has sent a clear signal that a school’s role in its community counts for little if Wellington bean counters can spot a few savings.


Plain packaging on its way The Government is expecting legal challenges over plain cigarette packaging and has warned they could cost taxpayers up to $6 million. Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia yesterday announced the Government would push ahead with plans to introduce unbranded, standardised packaging with large health warnings for all tobacco products. The plan would make New Zealand only the second country after Australia to introduce such packaging - but it would also make the Government vulnerable to legal challenges similar to those being fought across the Tasman. Ms Turia said Ministry of Health officials would begin policy work immediately, but any changes would not be implemented until the conclusion of a World Trade Organisation dispute over Australia’s introduction of plain packaging. Ms Turia expected that could be completed within 18 months. But the Government was likely to face legal challenges even if Australia won the WTO case - and Ms Turia said fighting off those challenges could cost taxpayers

$3-$6 million. Despite that, she was confident plain packs could be on shelves as soon as next year. “We know that we’ve got trade obligations and we take them seriously ... but we are confident that plain packaging can be introduced consistently with those obligations.” However, Auckland University trade law expert Professor Jane Kelsey said the packaging chang-

es might not go ahead at all. She said waiting for all of Australia’s legal cases to be concluded would push the Government’s plans well into the next parliamentary term - when National might not have to rely on the Maori Party for support and would be free to abandon the law if it wanted to. As well as the WTO case, Australia is being sued by tobacco giant Philip Morris on the grounds

its packaging regime breaches a free trade agreement with Hong Kong. Dr Kelsey said that process could take five years or more - by which time the tobacco companies would have “a whole new legal canvass on which to play” after the introduction of the TransTasman Partnership Agreement. Chapman Tripp partner Daniel Kalderimis said introducing plain packaging would result in big tobacco firms filing a slew of lawsuits - including potential administrative law challenges based on an alleged lack of consultation. He said any legal challenges would be pursued vigorously by the tobacco firms, but they would face a complex job proving a breach of trade treaties. British American Tobacco has already signalled it would not rule out legal action. Its New Zealand general manager, Steve Rush, said the Government had been pragmatic in deferring its final decision until all the international trade and legal issues had been resolved. “While we can’t rule out legal action at this stage, we can say that we will fully participate in the

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Dr Death to lay complaint Salmon anglers get greedy over Customs treatment By Andrew Ashton

“Greedy” anglers threatening to turn a salmon bonanza in South Island hydro canals into a free-for-all are being accused of ignoring catch limits and using illegal methods to catch easy prey. Following the release of 36,000 salmon smolt from the Mt Cook Alpine Salmon hatchery at Ohau 18 months ago, anglers have reported being able to hook a fish at every cast at some spots on the Tekapo and Ohau canals. However, Central South Island Fish and Game field officer Graeme Hughes said the easy fishing had resulted in more people fishing illegally and ignoring the two-salmon quota. Mr Hughes said since December, 18 offence notices had been handed out to anglers on the Pukaki and Tekapo canals.

By Kieran Campbell Euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke says he will make a formal complaint against Customs after being held at Auckland International Airport until 2am yesterday while officials scrutinised his and his wife’s luggage. The Australian activist, who is known by the nickname Dr Death, said he had been investigated by Customs officials coming into New Zealand before, but the inspection had never been as “severe” as it was on his current visit. Dr Nitschke said he arrived with his wife in Auckland at midnight on Sunday and their luggage were searched “in detail” for prohibited items. He said officials told him they also needed to search all of the couple’s digital property, which included examining all documents on computers and memory sticks. Dr Nitschke, who is in New Zealand for two workshops on how to source and use legal and illegal drugs for euthanasia, said nothing objectionable was found by Customs. “My wife is saying she’s never coming back to New Zealand again,” Dr Nitschke told APNZ. “I don’t like being singled out. It’s almost as if the policy is to make your entry into the country as miserable as possible. “Absolutely [I will think twice about flying to New Zealand again]. I think it will be a good idea to make a formal complaint. I will be talking to our Wellington lawyers later today.” Dr Nitschke said he was told by Customs officials that they were working “as fast as they could” but some of their equipment used to examine digital documents had not been working properly. “Our lawyers in Wellington made

Dr Philip Nitschke it clear that they have certain rights. The question is when is the inspection becoming unreasonable,” Dr Nitschke said. He spoke to a crowd of more than 100 in Auckland last night and will present in Wellington tomorrow where his key topic will be how to use nitrogen for a “reliable, peaceful, legal and totally undetectable death at the time of their choosing”. Dr Nitschke launched the company Max Dog Brewing last year, which he says can legally buy and sell nitrogen for brewing beer. Dr Nitschke said he had a lifelong passion for brewing beer but admitted the company also provided a loophole so the drug could be supplied to people who wanted to use it for euthanasia. He said his current trip to New Zealand would also include visiting the Christchurch Beer Festival on Saturday as part of Max Dog Brewing. “If you were just going to say

legislative process.” Labour leader David Shearer and health lobby groups are among those in support of the plan. Mr Shearer said it was the right thing to do. “ I think it’s a good idea, it will benefit New Zealanders, it will have health benefits, bring down health costs.” Cancer Society spokeswoman Skye Kimura said the main aim was to protect children and tobacco products would no longer be decorated with desirable colours and prominent branding. Smokefree Coalition director Prudence Stone said plain packaging would remove the tobacco industry’s last methods of making smoking appear “glamorous and sophisticated” to children. Action on Smoking and Health director Ben Youdan also praised the proposal, but said there was no need to delay its introduction until next year. Mental Health Foundation chief executive Judi Clements said plain packaging could significantly reduce smoking and save the health system almost $2 billion. - APNZ

that we’re marketing this product [nitrogen] only to help people die, there would be possible objections to that,” Dr Nitschke said. “Certainly in Australia it’s very clear the gas can be used for brewing. We make it very clear that you can use it for a peaceful death or you can use it for brewing. “I suppose you can do it for both if you wanted to - you can brew and then at some point you could use it to end your life.” He said he was expecting a large audience at his Wellington meeting and there were many New Zealand members of his pro-euthanasia group Exit International. A spokeswoman for Customs said no complaint had been received from Dr Nitschke. “If we do [receive a complaint] it will be treated in accordance with our standard complaints process and fully investigated. We are unable to make any further comment at this time,” she said. - APNZ

He said most of the notices were issued for fishing without a license, but there had also been a lot of instances of people using “the wrong bait and wrong methods”. Ohau A in particular, was a “hotspot” for landing fish, he said. “There appears to be one heck of a lot of fish being caught. People hear about these easy fish and they go up there with the wrong type of gear.” However, he added that the situation had resulted in shouting matches and “unpleasant situations”, when rule-breakers had been confronted by lawabiding anglers fishing on the same stretches of water. “Where you get a time of plenty you get a time of greed, and that’s what annoys people that are sticking to the rules and only taking two when they are looking at people taking more than two.”

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A stolen car used during three armed robberies around Auckland tourist spots at the weekend has been found partially burnt out in Onehunga. The 2010 blue Commodore SV6 used during robberies on Mt Eden and Auckland Domain within an hour on Sunday, was recovered by police just before 7am yesterday. It will be forensically examined and police are asking for any sightings of the car, with the registration GPH784, in Onehunga, Mangere or Hillsborough since Monday, particularly anyone who saw it being set alight yesterday morning. “Whoever dumped and burnt the car had to have been assisted to get out of the area, so we’re

keen to hear from anyone who saw this car travelling in tandem with any other vehicle and people,” said Detective Inspector Scott Beard. At least four people were confronted by a man who stole money, a cellphone and a bag containing valuables, including a Taiwanese passport, between 4pm and 5pm on Sunday. During one robbery, on the summit of Mt Eden, the man fired five shots into the ground when two of the victims challenged and chased him after he took their bag. Anyone with information is asked to call Auckland Central CIB on 0274 367 561 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. - APNZ

As a result, Fish and Game would have rangers patrolling the canals, midweek and at weekends, to ensure people were “playing the game”, he said. Mt Cook Alpine Salmon chief executive Geoff Matthews said the release of salmon was part of the fishery’s commitment to the local community and environment, and although regular releases to restock local lakes and rivers would continue, he urged anglers to obey the law. “There is beautiful fishing on the Ohau A canal, they’re not the big monsters that you get on the Ohau C, but there are beautiful fish out there. “There is enough for everyone to go round”, he said. “We release those fish in conjunction with Fish and Game and Meridian, and we released them for recreational fishing, but people have got to obey the recreational fishing laws - simple as that.” - APNZ

A 20-year-old Hutt Valley man has been ordered off the internet after allegedly inappropriately contacting young girls on a social networking website. The man, who has been granted interim name suppression, appeared in the Lower Hutt District Court yesterday facing two charges. Police say the man threatened to disclose naked pictures of an 11-year-old girl if she stopped communicating with him, as well as travelling to the girl with the intent of committing a crime. Judge Ian Mill bailed the man to his home, but ordered he stay away from the internet and not permit anyone else to use the internet on his behalf. He was also ordered not to contact the complainants. The man was arrested on Monday after allegedly using fake Facebook profiles to send inappropriate messages to at least two young girls. Police investigated after a girl in the Hutt Valley area laid a complaint last week. The man had allegedly created at least three fictitious profiles to send the messages, which Detective Kylee Cusin said had “a sexual undertone”. One of the profiles was under the false name of Nick Davis and featured a fake photo. Ms Cusin said two teenagers had laid complaints and it was more than likely the offender had contacted others. Police have called for any young women who have been inappropriately contacted by “Nick Davis” on Facebook to get in touch. Wellington police spokesman Nick Bohm said police had identified a number of profiles allegedly belonging to the man. “When you look at the number of people that those profiles are in contact with, there’s a potential pool there that is quite concerning.” - APNZ

YOUR VIEW Pool prices Since my retirement 18 years ago I have enjoyed swimming twice a week in our community pool. I was stunned this week when paying for a new card to find the price had gone from $21 to $35.50, the gold card subsidy has been stopped by the powers that be. I had hoped to keep swimming


till I reached my 80s, an age where, at the moment, you don’t have to pay to enjoy the swimming complex at the new stadium. That may be just wishful thinking as they (the powers that be) may stop that and push the price way up beyond the means of the many old age pensioners who enjoy their time at the pool same as I. I hope not. Roy Keeling

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SkyCity ‘treated very differently’ SkyCity got special treatment on talks about the international convention centre after the Prime Minister’s personal intervention. John Key wrote on a briefing paper “we should close off the SkyCity angle” before spending $170,000 on ways to fund the centre. He later told the Office of the AuditorGeneral his August 2009 instruction to officials referred to “his broad awareness that SkyCity had development plans at that time”. The auditor-general’s office investigated the deal after concerns were raised by the Green Party over the fairness of the process which led to the casino being selected to build the convention centre. The auditor-general’s report on the deal gave the green light for the convention centre deal but found SkyCity was treated “very differently” to others tendering for the contract. It was critical of problems around process - issues which began to arise from the point Mr Key personally penned his note on the briefing paper calling a halt to a wider business being prepared. The auditor-general’s report stated Mr Key’s understanding of the casino’s desire for development followed a personal meeting with SkyCity executives and a later meeting between the casino and his chief of staff Wayne Eagleson. The auditor-general said neither Mr Key or the casino could “recall the dis-

cussion” on May 14, 2009. However, the casino said it did canvas development plans with Mr Eagleson when they met on June 17, 2009, who invited them to put options in writing. Nothing was spelled out in detail until Mr Eagleson, his deputy chief of staff and the chief executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet met with casino executives in September 2009 to “go over” the plans. At that meeting, the casino told the PM’s staff they wanted the Gambling Act 2003 changed and an early renewal of the company’s exclusive casino licence. Mr Key was personally briefed on options for the convention centre at a dinner with SkyCity board members and executives on November 4, 2009. At the dinner, Mr Key told them he wanted a bigger and better facility than they were mooting - to “think outside the box”. Concerns were being raised at that stage about the process being followed. On the same day as Mr Key’s dinner with SkyCity, a Treasury official warned officials about “process and probity”. The same warning was conveyed to Mr Key in a briefing note on November 12, 2009. The auditor-general’s office said it was the only documented advice around process after the initial concerns from Treasury. Mr Key said the auditor-general’s report “utterly refuted” allegations

by the Greens and Labour that his Government had struck a “cosy deal” with SkyCity over the convention centre. “What they’ve said is that there were a few procedural matters that could have been handled a bit better by officials, nothing of substance that would have changed any of the outcomes.” But Greens co-leader Metiria Turei said the report showed SkyCity had received preferential treatment and the deal should be ditched. “The auditor-general’s report was hugely damning, finding the process that chose SkyCity was ‘flawed’ and revealing the relationship with SkyCity was so cosy that the other proposers didn’t stand a chance. This report does not vindicate John Key. She said Prime Minister John Key was clinging to one technical finding in the report while ignoring the vast majority of it. Labour leader David Shearer said Mr Key and his Government had given Sky City an unfair advantage in its bid for the contract to build a convention centre. “SkyCity had the worst tender of the five, this is ridiculous that he can claim that he was not losing any sleep on it; I would have been awake all night. This has had John Key’s fingerprints all over it and it was a shonky deal and John Key is donkey-deep in it.” - apnz

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Rally against school cuts By Kurt Bayer “She has to go,” said Sarah Blake, waving a placard outside the Ministry of Education offices in Christchurch. Her feelings on Education Minister Hekia Parata - prompted by the closure of her two children’s Central New Brighton School - were shared by about 1500 others who joined the public rally against school closures yesterday. They were protesting against proposals announced yesterday to close 12 schools and merge six in the greater Christchurch area. Seven will shut by next January. Hundreds of teachers declared a motion of no confidence in Ms Parata at a rally inside a packed CBS Canterbury Arena after the school bell yesterday afternoon. The teachers, joined by parents and pupils, then marched on the local Ministry of Education office to deliver the message. Trains were halted during the vocal 500m march where protesters waved placards and chanted, “Hek no, she must go”, and “Hekia Parata, hear

our voice, we want options, we want choice”. Emotions ran high as NZEI president Judith Nowotarski and John Leadbetter, a teacher at Parkview school which has escaped change, were greeted by a ministry official and taken inside to handdeliver the vote of no confidence. The glass doors were then locked as the crowd kept chanting and called for Ms Parata to resign. Mrs Blake said her two children, Ondreaz, 6, and new entrant, Navaeh, 5, were devastated by plans to merge with South New Brighton. The 24-year-old mother-of-three summed up the feelings of many at the rally. “Parata doesn’t understand this,” she said, looking around the crowd of people, waving banners and calling on the Government to listen. “We’ve gone through so much and this is just the last straw. “I’ve moved so many times because of the earthquakes, but the kids have always had their school, which is my old school, and their aunties’ and uncles’ old school, and now it’s been taken away

from us.” The motion of no confidence was put forward by local members of teaching union NZEI. They are demanding that Ms Parata commits “to moving forward in an engagement that is credible and respectful”. Ms Nowotarski said the Government has been “deaf” to Christchurch schools’ pleas. The closures were driven by “political expenditure” rather than what was best for pupils, she said. Southbridge School principal Peter Verstappen opened the rally by warning Ms Parata that “there’s a long way to go on this journey yet”, and that teachers would fight the closures. Some are considering legal action in the form of a Judicial Review to try and keep their gates open. Green Party education spokeswoman Catherine Delahunty attended the rally to support teachers, parents, and children who were being “dictated to”. “We’re looking in vain for a consistent logic. We can’t understand why small schools and intermediates can’t play a vital role to play in a rebuilding Christchurch.” - apnz


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Hone steps in on family dispute By David Fisher Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has offered to help settle a dispute between three of his nephews and a 12-year-old boy the trio allegedly assaulted. Mr Harawira issued a statement yesterday in which he said: “Family remains a cornerstone of my life, through both the good times and the bad times. The matter relating to my nephews is before the court at this time and I’d rather not comment on the allegations until the case is over. I have however, offered my help to settle this in the best interests of all parties concerned. That is all I have to say on the matter,” he said. The charges were hanging over the men on Waitangi Day when their mother, antiviolence campaigner Hinewhare Harawira, was acting in a leading role welcoming Sir Owen Glenn’s inquiry into violence onto

Waitangi Marae. The three sons facing charges of injuring with intent to injure in relation to the August 24 incident are Mau Toa Harawira, 30, Enesi Zane Brooks Taito, 25, and Tohora Harawira, 22. They are due back in court on April 9. Mau Harawira was separately charged with robbery. None have yet entered a plea. Hinewhare Harawira refused to comment. It alleged the trio had spent the early afternoon drinking at a relative’s home in Blockhouse Bay before heading to a nearby beach on Manukau Harbour. Also at the beach reserve was the 12-year-old boy, who was playing with a toy. The men claimed that as they were leaving, they saw the boy “mouthing some words at them”. According to the police summary, they pulled the car over and gave chase, following the boy to his home

before returning for the car and parking it in the driveway. The police statement alleged Mau Harawira opened a ranchslider door and walked into the house shouting for the boy, who was in his bedroom. Police alleged the boy was struck and thrown to the ground before Enesi Taito joined his brother and “punched and kicked the victim about the head and torso as he has lain on the ground”trying to cover his head with his arms. The two men then dragged the boy out of his bedroom “by his hair and arms”and onto the deck, where Tohora Harawira was waiting, the police claimed. Enesi Taito slapped the boy several more times while Mau Harawira went back inside the house and took a PlayStation3, games, two pairs of sport shoes and a baseball cap, the police summary claimed. The boy pleaded for the men not to take his belongings. - APNZ

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EU ministers Burger King’s Twitter feed hit by Big Mac reject arming Syrian rebels European Union foreign ministers announced yesterday that they were keeping current sanctions against Syria in place for three months, rejecting attempts to alter an embargo on the country so that arms could be funnelled to rebels fighting President Bashar Assad. However, in an apparent nod to the UK, which had argued that the rebels should be exempted from the embargo, the ministers adopted a non-specific amendment “so as to provide greater non-lethal support and technical assistance for the protection of civilians”. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said that the meaning of that would be defined in meetings among the representatives of member countries to the union. She denied to reporters that the wording was a political fudge. Still, British Foreign Secretary William Hague appeared to claim victory, saying many countries had not even wanted to discuss changing the embargo at a meeting in November. “Most states were opposed to any amendment of the embargo and today we have amended it in a very important way, in a couple of very important ways,” Hague said. He added that further amendments could be made three months from now, an indication that Britain might continue its push to arm the rebels. “We will have to have that debate at the time, and I think that will depend on whether any political progress is now made in Syria and depend on the continued loss of life which continues on an appalling and unacceptable scale,” Hague said. Several EU foreign ministers said, in strong terms, that they opposed sending any more arms into the ravaged country. That view was supported yesterday by a new report by

Burger King sustained a virtual Big Mac attack when its Twitter account was hacked then redesigned with a bogus claim of a corporate takeover by McDonald’s. Its @BurgerKing account briefly yesterday sported the McDonald’s golden arches logo, a curt statement that Burger King “just got sold to McDonald’s” and tweets promoting Chicago rapper Chief Keef before it was abruptly suspended. In a statement to AFP, Burger King’s director of global communications and culture Bryson Thornton said the feed would remain offline “until we are able to re-establish our legitimate site and authentic postings”. “We apologise to our fans and followers who have been receiving erroneous tweets about other members of our industry and additional inappropriate topics,” he added. On its own Twitter feed, McDonald’s said: “We empathise with our @BurgerKing counterparts. Rest assured, we had nothing to do with the hacking.” Meanwhile, a Twitter spokesman told AFP by email: “We don’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons.”  – AFP

William Hague a UN-appointed panel that said Syria’s civil war is becoming increasingly sectarian and the behaviour of both sides is growing more and more radicalised. The report urged the international community to curb the supply of weapons and anti-government forces to part with foreign fighters. A number of ministers said they were placing their hopes on the mediation efforts of Lakhdar Brahimi, the joint UN-Arab League envoy to Syria. “There is no shortage of arms in Syria,” Luxembourgish Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said. “With more arms, there are more killed, more atrocities.” The UN says nearly 70,000 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict since the revolt against Assad began in March 2011. Despite the appalling violence, diplomatic efforts continue. Mouaz al-Khatib, the president of the opposition coalition, has said he would negotiate with representatives of Syria’s governing party – though not with Assad or members of his security services. – AP

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Nestle finds horsemeat in meals Adopted Russian child murdered by US mum Swiss food giant Nestle has become the latest retailer hit by Europe’s horsemeat scandal, announcing it is removing pasta meals from supermarket shelves in Italy and Spain due to contamination. “Our tests have found traces of horse DNA in two products,” the world’s biggest food company said in its statement yesterday. “The mislabelling of products means they fail to meet the very high standards consumers expect from us,” it added. Therefore the company is “voluntarily removing” two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini from sale in Italy and Spain immediately. The tainted products breached the 1 per cent threshold the

British Food Safety Agency uses to indicate likely adulteration or gross negligence, Nestle said. A Nestle frozen meat product for catering businesses, produced in France, will also be withdrawn from sale. Nestle apologised to consumers while assuring that “actions being taken to deal with this issue will result in higher standards and enhanced traceability”. Concerns about horsemeat first emerged in mid-January when Irish authorities found traces of horse in beefburgers made by firms in Ireland and Britain and sold in supermarket chains including Tesco and Aldi. The scandal then intensified when French firm Comigel alerted Findus this month to the presence of horsemeat in the

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The facts behind food price scare Food prices are not becoming more expensive as the increase in cost tracks the rate of inflation, an economist says. The cost of a basket of fruit and vegetables has increased by 14.2 per cent in five years, according to Statistics New Zealand data requested by the Herald. The Consumers Price Index - a measure of inflation - has jumped 15.7 per cent over the same period. Shamubeel Eaqub, principal economist at the NZ Institute of Economic Research, said the rising cost of food often inspired emotive reactions. “When you look at these issues, you sort of need to step back a bit.” Mr Eaqub said food prices were not becoming more unaffordable. Since 2000, the average hourly wage had risen by about 50 per cent while food prices had risen about 30 per cent, he said. “Typically speaking wages will rise quicker than the cost of living. “But what happens when you have rising incomes is that as a household moves up an income bracket, it might choose to buy Wattie’s rather than Pams, more meat, it might choose to have more vegetables - all of those things are going on underneath.” Mr Eaqub said food price increases were more noticeable in poorer households. Statistics New Zealand’s prices manager, Chris Pike, said factors like the seasonal availability of fruits and vegetables and



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“He died before the arrival of the ambulance called by his adoptive mother. According to the autopsy report, the boy had many injuries.” Russia has long complained about the treatment of Russian orphans adopted by American parents and in December controversially passed a law banning adoptions of Russian children by Americans. In a co-ordinated move, both Russia’s foreign ministry and the Investigative Committee quickly put out statements regarding the case of Maxim Kuzmin, who died on January 21, according to the ministry’s human rights envoy.   – AFP

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the increase to GST by 2.2 per cent in 2010 should be taken into account. “And then you’ve got factors like the Queensland floods which impact the price of our win- ter produce, such as in 2011.” And the Herald’s shopping basket does not account for relative importance - that is how much New Zealanders are buying of each product at a certain time. However, over the period of January 2007 to December 2012, the Food Price Index - which measures relative importance - increased by 17.4 per cent, putting it in the same ballpark as the Herald’s shopping basket, Mr Pike said. The Herald’s shopping basket comprises 1kg each of oranges, bananas, apples, kiwifruit, lettuce, potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli. A online poll found 82 per cent of people would definitely buy more fruits and vegetables if they were cheaper – the cost is the major deterrent. Fourteen per cent said they would “maybe” buy more, but the goods would need to be significantly cheaper. And 4 per cent said cheaper fresh produce would not make them buy more because they don’t eat many fruits and vegetables anyway.   – APNZ

By Hamish Fletcher

Solid first half for Contact Energy By Pattrick Smellie


A woman in the US state of Texas has killed her adopted Russian son, the Kremlin’s envoy for children says, outlining the latest alleged abuse of an adopted Russian child by American parents. “A three-year-old Russian child has been murdered by his adoptive mother in the state of Texas,” ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said on his office’s Twitter feed. “Three-year-old Maxim was beaten (according to the investigators) by his adoptive mother, who fed him psychoactive drugs over a long period of time,” he said, expressing dismay that the US State Department kept silent about the case.


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meals it had made for the food giant and which were on sale in Britain. Since then, supermarket chains have removed millions of “beef” products as tests are carried out to detect horsemeat, which is eaten in many European countries but is considered taboo in Britain. Horsemeat in “beef” readyto-eat meals had already been confirmed in products found in Britain, Ireland, France, Austria, Finland, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden. Most of the mislabelled products were made by Comigel. With Italy and Spain now also tainted by the horsemeat scandal it appears that most of the continent has been affected.   – AFP

Contact Energy’s first-half profit rose 29 per cent to $88 million as the impact of low wholesale electricity prices offset flat demand and shrinking margins on retail electricity sales. Chief executive Dennis Barnes described the overall result as “solid”, but labelled the retail segment performance only as “acceptable” and reiterated the company is restructuring to reduce costs as it completes $2 billion of investments in new power stations and implements a companywide information technology upgrade. The result for the six months to Dec 31 was achieved on revenue of $1.213 billion, down 5 per cent on the same period a year earlier, with some off-

set from a 9 per cent fall in operating expenses to $960 million. That yielded earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and changes in the value of financial instruments of $253 million, up 10 per cent from the first six months of the previous financial year. Underlying profit, a measure that extracts one-off items and is used by the company to indicate ongoing performance, was up 21 per cent at $92 million, representing earnings per share of 12.7 cents, up 17 per cent from 10.9 cps in the previous comparable period. Investments in gas storage and faststart gas-fired peaker plants were proving themselves for their ability to allow the company to take advantage of low wholesale prices, said

Barnes. “In August, Contact was able to advantage of lower wholesale prices and generate less than it sold to customers. “The average wholesale spot price for 1H13 was $56 per Megawatt hour, compared with $79 per MWH for 1H12.’ However, volumes of electricity sold were 1 percent lower than in the prior period. “Margins decreased for electricity sales by $1 per MWh, reflecting the competition for customers in an oversupplied market,” Barnes said. Some 40 percent of the Contact customer base was now taking advantage of the company’s sector-leading 22 percent discount for bills paid on time and online - an offer created after Contact dropped its price-leading

strategy in the face of major customer losses between 2008 and 2010. Contact told its approximately 1,100 staff last week that it would be restructuring to cut around 10 percent of the workforce. “In an environment of flat electricity demand it is important that we continue to manage our cost base,” said Barnes in today’s statement. “We recognise that workforce changes are unsettling, particularly for any of our people who are affected and we will support them through this transition.” Other cost savings included reduced maintenance on the company’s combined cycle gas turbine plants, reflecting their reduced levels of use and the expiry of Contact’s “swaption” for electricity from Genesis Energy’s Huntly power station.  – APNZ

Telecom, Vodafone and Telstra have announced a deal to build a new undersea telecommunications cable between Auckland and Sydney which should dramatically increase the amount of internet data able to be sent to and from New Zealand. The companies said the new cable, tentatively called the “Tasman Global Access” cable, would “significantly improve New Zealand’s international telecommunications connectivity as well as strengthen links into fast-growing Asian markets”. The total cost of the cable is expected to be less than $US60 million ($NZ70.9m). A design is expected to be finalised within the next few months, with a likely completion date of mid to late next year. The cable will incorporate three fibre pairs with a current design capacity of 30 terabits per second – approximately 300 times the current internet data demand. Last month Southern Cross Cable, which counts Telecom as an owner, announced it would cut its capacity prices by a fifth. The cable runs in a figure-eight loop between New Zealand, Hawaii, Fiji and the US mainland, is nearing completion of its eight capacity upgrade, taking total lit capacity to two terabits a second. Telecom chief executive Simon Moutter and Vodafone New Zealand CEO Russell Stanners issued a joint statement yesterday morning. “The business case for a new cable between New Zealand and Australia is compelling, providing greater capacity and global redundancy capability. It also reflects the growing importance of transtasman internet traffic: for example, around 40 per cent of both Telecom and Vodafone’s international internet traffic is now Australia to New Zealand, versus just 10 per cent in 2000,” they said.  – APNZ


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Steenkamp’s mum: Why did he do this? The family of Oscar Pistorius’ slain girlfriend wants answers, her mother told a Johannesburg newspaper, as South Africans braced to hear why prosecutors believe a national hero murdered the model who was shot multiple times. June Steenkamp, Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, told The Times in a front page interview: “Why? Why my little girl? Why did this happen? Why did he do this?” “Just like that she is gone,” the newspaper quoted her as saying in what it described as an emotional telephone interview. “In the blink of an eye and a single

breath, the most beautiful person who ever lived is no longer here.” Pistorius, who remains in custody in a red-brick, one-story police station in Pretoria, is set to return to court today for the start of his bail hearing. It will be the first opportunity for the prosecution to describe evidence police gathered against the 26-year-old double-amputee runner and the reasons why he was charged with murder. Prosecutors allege the killing was premeditated. Pistorius’ family denies he committed murder though they have not addressed whether he shot her. When word first emerged about the killing there was spec-

ulation in the local media that Steenkamp had been mistaken for an intruder in Pistorius’ home. Police have said that was not something they were considering. In an email to The Associated Press, Pistorius’ longtime track coach – who was yet to comment – said he believes the killing was an accident. “I pray that we can all, in time, come through this challenging situation following the accident and I am looking forward to the day I can get my boy back on the track,” Ampie Louw wrote in his statement. “I am still in shock following the heart-breaking events that occurred last week and my

thoughts and prayers are with both of the families involved.” While Pistorius goes to court, Steenkamp’s funeral will also be held today in her hometown of Port Elizabeth on South Africa’s southern coast, her family said. It is to be a private ceremony at a local crematorium, closed to the public and media. “We’re just taking things one day at a time,” Reeva Steenkamp’s brother Adam Steenkamp said outside the family home. “But at the moment it’s family coming together and the one person who would be the strongest, who held us all together, is unfortunately not here anymore – and

that’s my sister.” A 29-year-old blonde model, law graduate and reality TV contestant, Reeva Steenkamp died last week of multiple gunshot wounds inside Pistorius’ upscale house in a gated community in the eastern suburbs of the capital, Pretoria. Police said they arrived on Valentine’s Day to find paramedics trying to revive Steenkamp and said that she had been shot four times. A 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene. Pistorius was arrested and charged with murder the same day. Prosecutors said in Pistorius’ first court appearance that they

would pursue a more serious premeditated murder charge against the Olympian and world’s most high-profile disabled athlete. In a statement initially given only to the AP and two South African reporters over the weekend, Arnold Pistorius, Oscar’s uncle, said the prosecution’s own case would show there was no murder. “We have no doubt there is no substance to the allegation,” he said, “and that the state’s own case, including its own forensic evidence, strongly refutes any possibility of a premeditated murder or indeed any murder at all.”  – AP

UK ‘national treasure’ has died British actor Richard Briers, loved by millions for his years in TV sitcom The Good Life, has been praised as a “national treasure” following his death at the age of 79. His co-star in the 1970s BBC show, Penelope Keith said his death was an “enormous loss” and called him “the most talented of actors”. Briers, who also played a number of Shakespearean roles on screen as well as starring in hit shows such as Ever Decreasing Circles and Monarch Of The Glen, had battled a serious lung condition for many years. He died “peacefully” at his London home on Sunday (UK time) only weeks after he told how years of smoking had left him with emphysema. Tributes to the star flooded. Sir Kenneth Branagh, who cast him in a number of productions on screen and stage, said: “He was a national treasure, a great actor and a wonderful man. He was greatly loved and he will be deeply missed.” And Prunella Scales, his costar from TV hit Marriage Lines, told BBC Radio: “He was just a wonderful colleague and a dear friend.” Briers will be best remembered for his performance as Tom Good, alongside Felicity Kendal, in the 1970s BBC sitcom The Good Life about a couple who drop out of the rat race in Surbiton, south

Richard Briers west London, to enjoy a life of simple self-sufficiency. But his varied career saw him narrating the 1970s children’s cartoon series Roobarb And Custard, as well as adding his voice to the animated version of Watership Down. Although long known for his comedy performances in film and TV, a new strand to his career unfolded when he joined Sir Kenneth’s Renaissance Theatre Company in 1987, and went on to work on a number of classical roles. They worked together on Henry V, Peter’s Friends, Much Ado

About Nothing and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein during their lengthy association. His most recent performances have included roles in last year’s Cockneys Versus Zombies, plus a small role in a newly released movie version of stage farce Run For Your Wife, despite his failing health. In an interview carried out only a matter of weeks ago, the actor told how his health had suffered after his emphysema diagnosis five years ago. He attributed his problems to smoking, although he gave up 10 years ago. “I was diagnosed five years ago and didn’t think it would go quite as badly as it has. It’s a bugger, but there it is. I used to love smoking. “It’s totally my fault. So, I get very breathless, which is a pain in the backside. Of course, when you’re bloody nearly 80 it’s depressing, because you’ve had it anyway.” His agent, Christopher Farrar, of Hamilton Hodell, said: “Richard was a wonderful man, a consummate professional and an absolute joy to work alongside. “Following his recent discussion of his battle with emphysema, I know he was incredibly touched by the strength of support expressed by friends and the public. “He has a unique and special place in the hearts of so many. He will be greatly missed.” – PA

and PM in the afternoon, and television’s BBC Breakfast, were replaced by pre-recorded shows. The NUJ claims the British Broadcasting Corporation has lost more than 7000 jobs since 2004 and it plans to cut a further 2000 jobs as it slashes its budget by 20 per cent. The budget cuts are being driven by a fall in the revenue the corporation gets from the licence fee, which is paid by everyone in Britain with a television. NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said her members were striking “to defend jobs and quality journalism at the corporation”, saying they want talks to resume over the redundancies as

self out, then unlocking stalls for other horses – just not her mother’s. As of yesterday, the YouTube video had more than 760,000 views. Bonem tells the Saginaw News that Mariska, “doesn’t like to be locked in”. Bonem says Mariska played

• First lady’s ‘crisis’ Michelle Obama jokingly says a midlife crisis is what inspired her new haircut. The US first lady revealed the new hairstyle last month on her 49th birthday, which came a few days before the festivities for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Mrs Obama was asked about the new haircut during an interview with talk-show host Rachael Ray. “This is my midlife crisis.” She said she got a fringe because she can’t get a sports car and won’t be allowed to bungee jump.  – AP

• Set alight Authorities say a Spanish woman walked into a bank branch in a small eastern city, doused herself with flammable liquid and set herself ablaze. A regional government statement citing police in Almassora says the woman was taken by helicopter to be treated in Valencia for burns that Spanish media reported covered nearly half of her body. Authorities did not give a reason for why the woman decided to set herself on fire yesterday. But Spain is in financial crisis, and banks are being blamed for a wave of mortgage foreclosures, homeowner evictions and at least five mortgage default-related suicides in recent months. – AP

well as a moratorium on job cuts until April. “They are angry and frustrated at the poor decisions being taken at the top of the BBC – decisions that are leading to journalists being forced out of their jobs and quality journalism and programming compromised,” she said. The strike comes as the BBC struggles to restore order in its ranks following the crisis over child sex abuse allegations against the late presenter Jimmy Savile, which exposed infighting and chaos at every level of the corporation. In a statement, the BBC apologised for yesterday’s disruption.  – AFP

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with things in her mouth when she was young, and “she just kind of progressed”.  – AP photo ap

French father Serge Charnay, who wants visiting rights with his young son and is spending a fourth day atop a crane in protest, flashes the V sign from the a crane. The man wants France to strengthen its law on shared custody. Inscription on crane reads: Save our children from Justice.

Dad’s custody fight on crane ends

Mariska, a nine-year-old friesian horse belonging to Sandy Bonem of Larkin Township in Midland County, Michigan, learned to open latches at Misty Meadow Farms and she’s been nicknamed “Houdini Horse”.

A French father demanding visiting rights with his son climbed down yesterday from his protest perch atop a crane, but said it will be a long time before divorced dads are seen as credible single parents and get the same rights in France as mothers. Serge Charnay halted his four-day protest on the crane in the western city of Nantes after Justice Minister Christiane Taubira met with SOS Papa, an activist group for divorced fathers. “It’s a start ... There’s lots of work to do,” he told TV cameras after reaching the ground. “These little ladies still think we can’t change the diapers of a kid and

take care of him ... This must stop.” Another father with a similar grievance briefly occupied a crane in the eastern city of Strasbourg over the weekend before police persuaded him to come down. Charnay wants France to strengthen its law on shared custody. He was convicted of taking his son on an unauthorised vacation for two months in 2011 but says he did not regret that because “if I hadn’t I wouldn’t have seen him”. He said he does not expect to see his young son on his next birthday but insisted that his unusual protest was “absolutely not” aimed at improving his own

lot. “I went up for the cause of fathers,” he said. The head of SOS Papa, Fabrice Mejias, said the meeting with the justice minister did not appear to advance the fathers’ cause. However, Family Minister Dominique Bertinotti, who was also at the meeting, said later it’s clear France needs to promote mediation between separating parents rather than systematically putting divorce cases before a judge. She rejected Charnay’s claim that fathers are seen as lacking in credibility. “I don’t think it’s in a pseudowar of the sexes that things will progress,” she said.  – AP

Australians score net hit with Jackass-type pranks Australia’s latest answer to America’s Jackass pranksters have announced themselves to the world – by jumping on to a cactus, supergluing their lips shut and setting each other on fire. The Children of Poseidon are three mates from Perth whose videos of their wince-inducing, eye-watering stunts have gained a huge following on the internet.

Their latest escapade, Cactus Bodyslam, features one of the group, Jeffabel, jumping seminaked on to a large cactus plant before his mates, Daniel and Michael, haul him off and reveal his bloodied back full of spines. Cactus Bodyslam, which gained more than 500,000 views on YouTube in two days, is a followup to the group’s Cactus Grab

video in which Jeffabel and Daniel each grab a cactus and see who can hold on the longest. Other Children of Poseidon videos have featured the group setting each other on fire, launching themselves from shopping trolleys, eating cat food and on one occasion, supergluing Daniel’s lips shut. Along the way there’s been plen-

A British couple’s round-theworld cycling odyssey ended in tragedy when both of them were killed in a road accident in Thailand. Peter Root and Mary Thompson, who had been chronicling their journey in a blog, died when they were hit by a pickup truck in a province east of Bangkok, Thai police said this week. The couple, both 34, and from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, left Britain in July 2011 and had cycled through Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and China.  – AP

The Islamist group Ansaru claimed the kidnapping of seven foreigners in a deadly raid on a construction site in northern Nigeria at the weekend. In an email statement distributed to several journalists, the group said it has “the custody of seven persons, which include Lebanese and their European counterparts working with Setraco”, the Lebanese-owned company targeted in the attack.  – AFP

‘Houdini Horse’ caught on video With her escape-artist antics now caught on video, a horse in Michigan is being dubbed the “Houdini Horse” thanks to her knack for opening stall doors. The nine-year-old horse named Mariska somehow learned to open latches at Misty Meadow Farms near Midland in central Michigan. The farm’s co-owner, Sandy Bonem, posted a video online of the horse opening numerous locks. It catches how Mariska lets her-

• UK cyclists killed

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Shows cancelled as strikes hit BBC journalists have staged a 24-hour strike in protest at job cuts, preventing the transmission of many television and radio programmes. Members of the National Union of Journalists walked out over compulsory redundancies expected to affect BBC Scotland, Radio 5 Live, the Asian Network and the World Service. The strike was called at the world’s biggest broadcaster after union leaders and managers failed to agree the redeployment of 30 staff facing the axe. Picket lines were set up outside studios across the country as Radio 4’s flagship news shows Today, World at One at lunchtime

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British couple Peter Root and Mary Thompson, both 34, who were killed in Thailand last week.

ty of injuries, a couple of arrests and just a little vomiting. “Our mates love it, local people love what we do and obviously at first our families were a little concerned but they realise now we aren’t giving it up anytime soon,” Michael, 18, said. The group, which always warns others not to copy their antics, are the latest answer to America’s

Jackass pranksters, whose crazy stunts launched them to worldwide fame and several featurelength movies. Melbourne’s Janoskians have also gained a cult following for their internet videos featuring pranks and mockumentaries. The Children of Poseidon are hoping their videos catapult them to similar fame.

“Our long-term goal is to definitely eventually have a TV show and get sponsors and some funding behind us,” Michael added. “We have come this far without any of that so imagine if we had the ability to do larger-scale stunts, we have been looking into a roll cage for our ‘stunt car’ but they cost a couple thousand dollars.”  – AAP

The European Union has agreed a raft of new sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for the country’s nuclear test last week, EU officials say. The measures range from financial measures to travel bans and asset freezes against individuals. The sanctions include the implementation of individual sanctions approved at UN level as well as EU restrictions on financial dealings and trade sanctions on items potentially linked to Pyonyang’s ballistic and nuclear programs, the source says.  – AP

• Miners attacked South African police say 13 people have been wounded in gunfire and machete attacks at an Anglo American Platinum mine, after security guards battled to disperse a 1000-strong mob that besieged a rival union’s office. The skirmishes broke out in the tinderbox north-west platinum belt, where labour violence killed more than 50 people last year. The violence at the mine was sparked by the return of four shop stewards from the National Union of Mineworkers.  – AFP

• JFK jacket sells A leather bomber jacket that belonged to US president John F Kennedy has been sold at auction for $US665,500 ($A650,000), far exceeding the initial estimate, a Massachusetts auction house says. The brown Air Force One jacket was one of 700 lots put on the auction block after the family of David Powers, a special assistant to Kennedy, discovered a treasure trove of JFK memorabilia in the Powers family home.  – AFP


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A healthy family meal in 20 minutes I

t’s an ongoing battle: A long day at work, then racing away to pick up a child from sports practice, grabbing a litre of milk and an onion from the supermarket before rushing home and trying to get something remotely healthy prepared for the children who are diving for museli bars and chips in their hunger. Finally make it home, stressed, hot and bothered and if it’s your turn to make dinner and you didn’t get yourself organised the morning or night before, what do you feed the family before they tear the kitchen apart? March’s issue of the New Zealand Healthy Food Guide may have the answer. It includes a special recipe feature on healthy meals in 20 minutes. The following are some of their quick and tasty ideas.

Beef in miso soup

½ c liquid salt-reduced beef stock 2t garlic paste 200g vermicelli noodles 4 spring onions, sliced 4C spinach 2 carrots, peeled in ribbons 2 courgettes, peeled in ribbons 400g lean roasted beef 2T miso paste 1T salt-reduced soy sauce 1T mirin 5 radishes, sliced

• Place stock in a pan with 5 cups of water and garlic paste. Bring to a gentle boil. • Add noodles with vegetables and cook for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time. • Meanwhile, shred or thickly slice beef. Add to pan with miso, soy sauce and mirin. Scatter over radish and serve garnished with fresh coriander if preferred.

Beef tortillas

400g lean beef, cut in cubes 1T Mexican seasoning 4T fresh mint, chopped oil spray 500g ready-made coleslaw 1 red onion, sliced 2C cherry tomatoes, halved 3 spring onions, chopped 1 small cucumber, sliced 8 soft taco shells 8T low-fat plain yoghurt

ABOVE: Beef tortillas RIGHT: Sticky honey and soy pork with sesame greens.

• Toss beef in seasoning and half the mint. Heat a non-stick pan with oil spray and add beef. Cook half at a time and until evenly browned. Remove and set aside. Keep warm. • Mix coleslaw with salad vegetables. Place taco shells in microwave. Heat for 1 minute. Separate each shell. • Place some coleslaw in each shell. Top with Mexican beef.

Serve with the remaining chopped mint and a dollop of yoghurt.

Sticky honey and soy pork with sesame greens

Easy choccy pudding F

ood and finance go hand-in-hand. Kim McCosker, wife, mother to three young boys and co-author of the 4 Ingredients books, comes to the rescue with easy and cheap recipes.

of 65. This reinforces that people are living longer and Age Concern wants to see that these years are spent in good health. We know that healthy active older people are well able to make positive contributions to our communities. This does not mean that older people have to make regular visits to a gym to keep fit if that is not for them. Exercise is a personal choice and not every activity is for everyone. Anything that improves and maintains good breathing and heart rates is beneficial and most of these can be achieved within normal home activities. Everyday activities such as light gardening, vacuuming, cleaning some windows, carrying shopping bags, all help to keep us living a much healthier lifestyle, provided we also maintain

• Preheat the oven to 180°C. Melt the dark chocolate and 110g of the butter in the microwave or in a saucepan over low heat. • Stir in the cake mix and eggs and mix well. Grease 4 cup-size ramekins well with the remaining butter. • Dividing evenly, pour the chocolate mixture into the ramekins. Bake until the tops of the puddings are set, 12 to 14 minutes. • Serve in the ramekins or turn out into individual dessert bowls. • Optional: Serve with double cream or vanilla ice cream. • Note: Store the rest of the cake mix in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag, ready for the next batch of puddings!!



ARIES (Mar 21st Apr 20th) The Sun is in an exact conjunction with Neptune. This is when two planets are side by side. Neptune has been a huge influence on the heavens this month and this may have seen you look for greater escapism from life’s harsh realities or seen you incredibly kindly and generous. A good cause can once again benefit from your altruism Aries.


TAURUS (Apr 21st May 21st) Idealistic friends can be particularly inspirational. People who are interested in social causes, the environment or co-operative activities can all be really encouraging to you. The trick is not to expect every situation to dovetail this. Also, be aware that some friends may seem to fall short of the higher standards that you would like to reach.

GEMINI (May 22nd Jun 21st) It is vital to stay totally clear-minded about any professional hopes. Yet what you can do is be tremendously creative. However, if you are looking for financial support on a small business, just having good ideas is not really the issue. You need to have compelling evidence that your idea will work practically. Try not to take any shortcuts.

CANCER (Jun 22nd - Jul 23rd) You can continue to find yourself thinking about ways to enliven your existence. Certainly, engaging with the arts, film, exhibitions and travel can all be marvellous ways to do this. Your senses can be transformed by such experiences simply because you absorb so much of what you see and hear: the more exotic, the better Cancer.

liking. Remove, cover loosely with tinfoil and set aside to rest for 2-3 minutes. • Meanwhile, blanch peas (or beans) and broccolini in a large saucepan of boiling water for about 2 minutes or until bright green and tender-crisp. (You can also microwave for about 1½ minutes). • Drain well then return to saucepan. Add sesame oil and sesame

seeds. Toss to combine. • Slice pork in 1cm-thick slices. Divide rice, pork and vegetables among four plates to serve. Variations: • Swap snow peas and sugar snap peas for 350g green beans and/ or Asian greens. • Instead of pork use the same amount of marinated tofu.

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100g dark chocolate 115g butter 2 eggs 1 cup (175g) chocolate cake mix


• Preheat oven to 180°C. In a shallow non-metallic bowl combine

soy sauce, tomato paste, honey and ginger. Add pork. Stir to coat and set aside. • Place a large frying pan over a high heat and spray with oil. Cook pork for 1 minute each side or until browned all over. • Transfer pork to a roasting pan with a wire rack. Roast for 15 minutes, brushing once or twice with the remaining marinade, or until golden and cooked to your

ew Zealand statistics show that there are at least 611,400 Kiwis over the age

Ooey-gooey chocolate puddings

1T salt-reduced soy sauce 1T tomato paste 1T liquid honey 1t finely grated fresh ginger oil spray 500g pork fillet, trimmed

200g snow peas, trimmed and 150g sugar snap peas, trimmed or 350g green beans 2 bunches broccolini (or broccoli) trimmed, cut in long florets 1t sesame oil 1t sesame seeds, lightly toasted 3C quick-cook microwave brown rice, to serve

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LEO (Jul 24th - Aug 23rd) If you find yourself talking to anyone about property, business, investment or savings, do seek second opinions. Someone may not intentionally mislead you but something may get said which is inaccurate. It may be a good idea to include an experienced friend. Their viewpoint can prove to be really helpful and bring a different perspective.

VIRGO (Aug 24th Sep 23rd) Some very subtle but potent influences can affect your relationships now. If you are lucky to have caring and sensitive people in your world there can be even greater sympathy between you. If this type of response is not the norm, you could yearn for it. Certainly if you meet anyone new, reserve judgement until you get to know them a little better.

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a good balanced diet. Ideally we should be undertaking activities that provide flexibility and balance with plenty of stretching. The key to all this of course is, everything in moderation. We don’t need to push ourselves to the limit when joints and bones become at risk. In Ashburton there are many opportunities – such as strolling, swimming and tai chi – available that are well suited to the older person and which also provide good social interaction.

Age Concern Ashburton provides exercises for the older person on Monday mornings. There are separate sessions for women and men and if you are interested please contact the office at the Seniors Centre. Keep mobile and healthy and enjoy your ‘golden years’. Jeanette Tarbotton is chairwoman of Age Concern Ashburton


LIBRA (Sep 24th Oct 23rd) You might find yourself doing someone a good turn now but you should do this if you feel it is appropriate. Someone you encounter may put something of a guilt trip on you in order to get you to do what they want. If a boss or colleague pours on the praise big-time, be wary. This is also a time when your body can be more sensitive to toxins.

SCORPIO (Oct 24th - Nov 22nd) You can be incredibly perceptive at this time, or incredibly confused. If you are someone with flair and artistic talent, this is certainly a time to shine. Yet if you are unsure as to how to raise your profile, any uncertainty can drain you. In love, a time of very special connections is possible but, sadly, equally someone may prove totally unreliable.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23rd - Dec 21st) If you are thinking about getting yourself a new abode, the traditional dream of ‘roses around the door’ could come up. Now, that might not be exactly what you want but it’s an idealised view for some people, and whether you aspire to this or something swankier or funkier, your hopes can rise. Just be clear about affordability on this or any DIY scheme.

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CAPRICORN (Dec 22nd - Jan 20th) People may be becoming more receptive to your musings, and this can be especially so if you like to write your own blog or help out with a local community newsletter. But as much as your mode of communicating can take on greater magic, the potential for selfdeception is also high. In short, don’t kid yourself about what is real. Be factual.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21st - Feb 19th) There is a unique duality to your sign. On one hand you can be progressive, whilst on the other you can adhere to traditional approaches too. This is a time when you can embrace the former, especially around any hopes of improving your income. Yet you don’t always feel comfortable meshing with the reality of this. Be careful if so as influences are currently foggy.

PISCES (Feb 20th Mar 20th) If you love to create, draw, paint, write or play music, this can be a time when you are especially productive. You can channel all sorts of ideas incredibly well. All this can be excellent for starting a new project which helps you to express the full range of your abilities. Yet the everyday grind may seem a whole lot less edifying than usual Pisces.

ASHBURTON GUARDIAN, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Guardian Classifieds the destination for...

Your next job • Your next house • Your next car • Your next event • Your next purchase • Your next sale To place an ad, call 307-7900 or 

Classes starting now Not too late to enrol


Aoraki Polytechnic’s programmes have awesome job outcomes, stack the odds in your favour - get the career you deserve!

Roa d saFet y c alendaR comPetition


13 february 2013

childRen’s day

Sunday 3 March 2013 10am-2pm

HEALTH AND EDuCATION HOSPITALITY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY We want your artwork in our road safety calendar!


Design a picture with a “safe speed� safety message and you have a chance of being in the road safety calendar for 2014!


Visit the Road Safety page of the Ashburton District Council website for more details or contact Rachael Chapman, Road Safety Coordinator at rachael.

Ashburton in s e m m a r rog 4) Upcoming p rship (Level e n w O ss e n Busi evel 2) Certificate in ills (Intro) (L k S ty u a e B hildren Certificate in d Care of C n a g n ti n re a P Certificate in (Level 2) l 1) e Skills (Leve if L in te a c fi Certi

stock wateR - low Flows / summeR months

For all of our programmes visit or phone 0800 426 725 All programmes *subject tosupporting approval and your sufficient numbers success

FREE BuS for 2013 to the Timaru Campus* *Conditions Apply


0800 426 725 EDUCATION


Making Magical Memories An Introduction to Photography One day workshop

Great bargains on your favourite quality clothing and FOOTWEAR! FROM ½ PRICE - Babywear, Children’s and Teenwear, Swimwear, Nightwear, FOOTWEAR incl CLARKS THE ARCADE, ASHBURTON

February 24 April 21 or October 20



landscape supplies

ž Grigg St, Allenton, three bedrooms, $320 per week ž Wills St, Allenton, two bedrooms, $270 per week ž Catherine St, Tinwald, three bedrooms, $280 per week ž George St, Tinwald, three bedrooms, $330 per week ž Eton St, Hampstead, one bedroom, $190 per week ž Pratley Cres, Hampstead, three bedrooms, $295 per week

Please call Penny at Property Brokers on 307 9194

• Bark • 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

Please see our TradeMe listings Property Brokers Hastings McLeod Limited Licensed Under the REAA 2008

ACCOMMODATION, RENTAL TO LET: modern flat, one bedroom. A look won’t disappoint. Suit professional, mature person. Available now. Phone 0274-250-429.

P: 307 0507


World Day Of Prayer St David’s Union Church Allens Road, Ashburton Friday, March 1, 2013 10am Prepared by the people of France

ACCOMMODATION, RENTAL RETIRED couple, no children, small dog, require two bedroom cottage or house to rent. Keen gardeners, long term. Up to $270p/w. Please phone 03-304-7707.


Under 5’s area

If you are or have experienced low flows or no water in your stockwater race, please contact the Council office on 307 7700 as soon as possible. In some cases, this will be the only notification Council receive and these issues cannot be actioned if staff are not aware of the problem.

Steam Train



Council would like to remind all stockwater customers that over the summer season, there is the possibility of lower flows in the stockwater system. This is due to lower water flows in the rivers and streams, and the unavailability of some spring sources that the stockwater network is reliant on.

AMAC Bungy Bouncy castles

Zorb water balls

Council endeavours to ensure customers have access to stockwater in their races at all times but due to the variability of the intake sources, Council cannot guarantee supply. Customers reliant on the stockwater network should consider and regularly review their stockwater requirements and ensure they have contingency plans in place in case the stockwater race supply is unavailable.

Pack a picnic lunch and drink bottle and come along and join in all the free activities on offer and Celebrate our Children.

supporting your success



Miniature Trains

Craft Activities

If you are experiencing low flows, have no water or require advice on contingency planning please contact Council on 307 7700 (24 HRS)


Face Painting

  ANGE, tall, busy, in/out calls. Phone 022-174-4102.

ASIAN, have lots of fun, with a warm, caring Thai beauty. Phone Fiona 021TWO bedroom sunny and 187-1559. spacious townhouse to let in Tinwald. $250p/w, non smokers. Available March 3. FIRST time in town, today Ph 0274 333 567 if this is for only, sexy, mature lady, you. versatile, 027-869-9959 no texts. WANTED to rent: three bedroom furnished home. Need for approximately HOT New Ladies. Frisky three months. April through Fillies. In/out calls. Sensual to June. Call Mike or Nancy massages. Phone 03-308-4695 or 021-516-442 021-565-126.

RestRic ted FiRe se a son – a shbuRton distRic t Pl ains and Foothills Notice is hereby given that the part of the Ashburton Plains for which the Ashburton District Council is the Rural Fire Authority, is imposed with a RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON for the period midnight Friday 25 January 2013 until further notice. This means that the lighting of fires in the open air in the Ashburton District is prohibited without permit except as below. A permit is required from the Department of Conservation for any fires on or within 1 km of any Crown land. A Restricted Fire Season remains in force for the Ashburton Lakes and Rakaia Gorge area. Exceptions during Restricted Fire Season: The following are approved activities allowed under special authority issued under Section 23 of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977: • • • •

Gas fuelled barbeques lit in properly constructed containers and gas cookers Hangis (subject to specific conditions) Fires lit in fully enclosed drums (subject to specific conditions) The burning of agricultural crop residues, stubble or straw (subject to specific conditions)

Maronan Rd, Tinwald, Ashburton

sPoRt new Ze al and RuR al tR aVel Fund Sport New Zealand provides funding to the Ashburton District Council for the Rural Travel Fund. This year just over $12,000 is available to distribute. The purpose of the Rural Travel Fund is to assist with travel expenses of junior sports teams in rural communities to participate in regular, local sporting competition. It is open to rural sports clubs and rural school teams with young people aged between 5-19 years. Sport New Zealand guidelines state funding shall not be provided:

Full information is available on the Ashburton District Council website at or by contacting Councils Customer Services on (03) 307 7700 (24 hours)

• • • •

D GeDDeS, Principal rural fire Officer

For the purpose of travel to regional or national events To individuals For training costs or one off events

Application forms and criteria are available from the Council’s website funding+grants and from the Council office.

uPcoming meetings FebRuaRy/maRch

For further information please contact Council on 307 7700 all meetings are open to the public unless specified and residents are welcome to attend.

aPPlications close thuRsday 28 FebRuaRy 2013

Thursday 21 february budget Workshop – 9am-4pm

Pl ant this, not this Roa d saFet y c amPaign

friday 22 february budget Workshop – 9am-4pm Tuesday 26 february ashburton Water Zone Committee – 9am – Methven Heritage Centre Thursday 28 february Council Meeting – 1.30 pm Monday 4 March Methven Community board – 1.30 pm Thursday 7 March budget Workshop – 9am-4pm Operations Committee – 1.30 pm

“Plant this, not this� is an intersection road safety campaign designed to get people to slow down at intersections, stop at stop signs and be more observant at give way signs.

friday 8 March annual Plan Workshop – 9am-4pm

Around 40% off all crashes occur at intersections in the Ashburton District with the main causes being poor observation and failing to give way or stop. It will cost you $150 and 20 demerit points if you plant your foot through an intersection, so plant sunflower seeds instead!

Thursday 14 March environmental Services Committee – 1.30 pm

If you have been taking part in the growing competition, don’t forget to either upload your photos to Facebook or email

Thursday 21 March finance & Community Services Committee – 1.30 pm

Make our roads safer and our lives brighter by planting this, not your foot.

Council and committee meetings are held in the Council Chamber, ashburton District Council offices, 5 baring Square West, ashburton.

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

Methven Community board meetings are held in the meeting room of the Methven Heritage Centre, Main Street, Methven. b LeSTer, Chief executive

Lions Club Of Ashburton Pakeke

Annual Auction

5 baring Square West, ashburton 7700

PO box 94, ashburton 7740

P (03) 307 7700


At The Racecourse

Friday, March 1, 2013 Proceeds To Cancer Support And Local Charities Viewing Friday. March 1, 1-5pm Auction Friday, March 1, commences at 5.30pm A large selection of goods on offer as well as a cake stall, produce stall and sausage sizzle If you have goods to donate and require collection please phone by the final date of Tuesday, February 26, one of the following: George Cartney 307 2243 Ray Harraway 308 0422 Graham Taylor 308 3450



CARAVAN for sale. Zephyr 380. Very tidy condition. MOBILITY scooter, 4 wheel, Century, excellent condition. $7,800. Phone 308-3830. Red, with shopping carry bag. Free delivery. Phone FOR SALE 021-868-108. for sale or hire, ex shipping: general and insulated. Sidelifter available for delivery. – Wilson Bulk Transport, Phone 308-7772.




SWAROVSKI Jewellery on Sale at Swarovski Boutique in The Arcade. Selected pieces 50% off. Two weeks only - finishing 23 February. Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm and Saturday 10.00am- 1.00pm.

WIND KNOCKING THOSE PLANTS AROUND???? Come see us for the largest/cheapest stake selection in town. Also made to order raised vegetable garden planter boxes ADAMS SAWMILLING, Malcolm McDowell Road, Ph 308-3595. Mon-Fri 7am5.30pm, Sat 8am-12noon. Eftpos available.

GRAZING available for horse or pony. Close to town, north east area. Use of Hay barn and loose box. Phone 308-6710.


ROYAL Doulton Annual Figures have arrived into The China Shop in The Arcade. Each figure shows the exquisite craftsmanship and detail that Royal Doutlon are renowned for. GET in early. Dry firewood - Come in and view these $170 per load. Ph 027-439- elegant ladies. 9322.


GRAZING CLEAN out your garage, by advertising your garage sale in the Ashburton Guardian . GRAZING wanted for 300– Phone 307-7900. 400 lambs. Ph 027-4889099/303-0919.


GENERAL hire. Lawnmowers, chainsaws, concrete breakers, trailers, and more. All your DIY / contracting work, Call and see U-Hire Ashburton. 588 East Street. To promote your Open Mon-Fri 7.30 - 5.30pm; Sat 7.30am - 5.00pm; Sunbusiness in any day 8am - 12.30pm. – Ph: of the Ashburton Guardian products, 308 8061 A/h: 308 7460 call me now




03 307 7907 021 836 543

Guardian Classifieds phone 307 7900

LIVESTOCK, PETS BUYER of unwanted animals. Cattle, bobby calves, horse and all farm animals. We also sell pet food. Call Nick’s Pet Food 0272-101-621 A/H 03-3227626.

MOTORING 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.


ASHBURTON GUARDIAN, Wednesday, February 20, 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 PUBLIC NOTICES




4 TINT-A-WINDOW solar protective films, UV block, fade, heat and glare control, privacy and safety films for glass. FREE quotes 20 years local service. Bill Breukelaar phone 0800-368-468

We currently have funds available to distribute in grants for the following purposes in the Canterbury area: • Research, treatment, provision of equipment in relation to, and the education and training of skilled persons relative to, the disease of cancer. • Research, development, education for, training and expansion of, the science and practice of agriculture. • The needs of young people who suffer physical or mental disabilities or have less chance in life than their peers. Applications close at 5pm, Friday, February 22, 2013. For further information and application forms, please contact: The Secretary Mackenzie Charitable Foundation C/- Croys Ltd Level 2 161 Burnett Street PO Box 582 Ashburton 7740 Phone 03 308 8353 Email

Friday, February 22 5pm Keenans Road clubrooms Enquiries/apologies Darion Gray 027 688 0667 307 1446 email

SUN CONTROL WINDOW TINTING, UV, heat, privacy etc. Vehicles - Homes Commercial. Phone your only local applicator Craig Rogers 307-6347, member of Master Tinters NZ.

Or visit

Subs appreciated on the night please.

More successful real estate people like Jill Quaid at First National Real Estate

Guardian Classifieds

Phone 307 7900

Senior, Senior B, Colts, Under 18’s Senior: Senior B: Colts: Under 18’s:

Dave McCrea Pete Gowans Paul Summerfield Don Summerfield

027 027 027 027

March 10 vs Timaru Celtic at home

March 17 vs McKenzie Country away (Mick Casey Memorial Trophy)



Darion Gray

027 688 0647


Mieke Brook

027 759 5782

Turn your unwanted items into cash with a advertisement in the Guardian classifieds*.


Have your building experience stress-free with G&D Russell Builders • New housing • Alterations • Additions & maintenance • Commercial and farm buildings • All types of building work

Call us today for all your building work.

G & D Russell Builders Ltd P/F: 03 308 5325 M: 0274 367 986 E:


RURAL TRADING POST 12 Yr old bitch, heading dog, suit smaller place, still working. $180. Phone Bruce 0274-889-099.

Ashburton Society of Performing Arts Inc.

Notice of AGM

HAYCOVERS made to order or off the shelf standard size. Morrison’s Saddlery and Feed, Racecourse Road. Phone 308-3422.

to be held February 27, 2013 8pm Sinclair Centre Hall.

SAWDUST-SAWDUSTSAWDUST. Beat the calf shed rush - summer special $10m3 plus GST ex yard PLANTS, PRODUCE ADAMS SAWMILLING, Malcolm McDowell Road, Ph 308-3595, Mon-Fri 7amASHBURTON Society of 5.30pm, Sat 8am-12 noon. Arts Summer Show. On now for nine weeks, at Short Street Studio. Hours Sat, Mon, Wed 10am-2pm or Guardian Classifieds appointment phone 308 4533 or 308 5460. All welcome.

Phone 307 7900

Birthday Greetings

Brought to you by Kitchen Kapers.

For all your cake decorating requirements.

The Arcade, Ashburton 03 308 8287

Dominic Kerr To Dominic on your 9th birthday. Have a wonderful day chief. Lots of love from Mum, Dad, Floyd and Sophie. xxxx

Oliver Bellew 3 years old today. Have a fantastic day Button. Love from Mum, Dad and Josh.

Happy Birthday


Birthday Greetings are free for those aged 12 and under only. Free birthday greetings must be received at least two working days before date of insertion otherwise there is no guarantee that it will appear on the day requested. Photos will be available at our ground floor office for collection after notice has appeared in the paper.

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


The voice of Mid Ca nterbu ry 24/7



021 272 2399 03 307 7973 03 307 7981 Level 3, 161 Burnett Street Ashburton

• Growing organisation in the agriculture sector

Your key responsibilities will include:

Clip this coupon and deliver to The Ashburton Guardian office the Friday prior to publication

• Ensuring that all plant and equipment is fully maintained • Developing and implementing a robust preventative maintenance program

Publication date: Classification:

• Planning systems and processes to ensure efficient and effective engineering and maintenance work is carried out and continuous improvement is achieved • Budgetting control and cost monitoring • Communicating effectively with all levels to ensure appropriate flow of information You will have:

Contact name:

• Qualifications in service/maintenance engineering and/or relevant trade is essential • Experience in delivering optimal service within a manufacturing/milling environment including the development of maintenance schedule palnning

161 Burnett St, Ashburton. Phone 307 7900

No photocopies accepted - Not to be used in conjunction with another promotion.

• Thorough understanding of relevant technology, plant and equipment • Willingness and flexibility to work out of hours where required to meet business needs We are willing to consider a permanent employment relationship or long term contracting arrangement, so if you want to make this role yours please apply to:


• Be part of the momentum

This role has predominantly been covered by external contractors and therefore needs you to take the reigns and make it yours. Your success in this dynamic role will lie in your ability to relate to others and quickly build rapport both within and outside of SealesWinslow. You will utilise your customer service orientation, initiative and attention to detail as you proactively work toward your goals.

March 24 vs West Melton at home JAB

• Make your mark!

As Site Engineer at our Ashburton operation you will lead the development of strategies to improve overall reliability of the mill, buildings and equipment and improve production. You will also work closely with the Engineering Team Leader to deisgn, plan and build plant and equipment to improve reliability and safety of plant and production processes.

475 3002 368 3999 434 6815 435 3231

Senior trial games


SealesWinslow recently joined forces with Ballance Agri-Nutrients Ltd creating new and exciting opportunities and synergies. You will get the best of both worlds! The strong team focus of a small and growing business, with the added support that comes from the well-established practices of Ballance.

WANTED to buy. Brick home, three bedrooms, prefer west side. Approx. ten years old. 302-5876.

Special conditions apply*. Up to 24 words, private parties only. Does not apply to Real Estate or Situation Vacant advertising. Offer valid until February 28, 2013

Training has started Tuesdays/Thursday 6.30pm, Celtic Grounds, Keenans Road


SealesWinslow Ltd is a leading New Zealand compound ruminant feed manufacturer, offering farmers the highest quality, unique, proven and reliable animal feed and nutrition products. With operations in regional areas: Morrinsville, Ashburton and soon to be open Wanganui, our sales and distribution teams reach well beyond these boundaries.



Ashburton Celtic Rugby Club

HOME handyman available. Minor repairs, painting etc. Ph 027-677-1952.



Applications close Monday 4 March 2013.

Finding it is easier when you place an ad in the Guardian! Phone: Classifieds 03 307 7900 Email:


9.00am-4.00pm. ASHBURTON BUDGET ADVISORY SERVICE INC. For free budget advice and workshop enquiries. Phone 307-0496. 60 Cass Street Consultancy House. 9.30am - 1.00pm. ASHBURTON BAPTIST CHURCH. Second time around op shop. Ashburton Baptist Church, Cnr Cass and Havelock Streets. 10.00am. ST STEPHENS ANGLICAN CHURCH. Holy Communion, Park Street. 10.00am. MID CANTERBURY LADIES PROBUS CLUB. Coffee morning at Cafe Central. Tancred Street. 10.00am. WAIREKA CROQUET CLUB. Tasmania doubles 10-12, assn doubles and golf croquet 1pm4pm. Waireka Croquet Club, the domain, Philip Street. 10.00am - 4.00pm. ASHBURTON DISTRICT FAMILY HISTORY GROUP. Open for research, non members welcome. Upstairs in the Old Polytech Building, 254 Cameron Street. 10.00am - 7.00pm. ASHBURTON ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM Open, Baring Square East. 10.00am - 3.00pm. ASHBURTON AVIATION MUSEUM, Classic aircraft on display in Heritage hanger RNZAF Aermacchi RAF Harrier GR3. Seafield Road. 10.45am. T’IA CHI CLUB. Exercises for people with limited mobility. M.S.A. Social hall, Havelock Street. 11.30pm. ST DAVID’S UNION CHURCH, Mid week service and lunch. 48 Allens Road. 1.30pm. ASHBURTON SENIOR NET. Grant Sideaway shares his extensive IT knowledge. M.S.A. Lounge, Havelock Street. 7.00pm. GLENYS’ DANCE GROUP. Sequence dancing. Pipe Band Hall, Creek Road. 7.00pm - 9.30pm. MID CANTERBURY LINE DANCERS. Learn to line dance 7pm, followed by beginner/intermediate (8pm - 9pm). Phone 307-7138 a/h. Tinwald Hall, Graham Street. 7.30pm. ST DAVID’S UNION CHURCH. Real women walking group. 48 Allens Road. 7.30pm. ASHBURTON TRAVEL CLUB. Diane Rawlinson speaking - Southern Chilean experiences/straits of Magelan. St David’s Church Lounge, 48 Allens Road.

TOMORROW - THURSDAY - FEBRUARY 21 9.00am-4.00pm. ASHBURTON BUDGET ADVISORY SERVICE INC. For free budget advice and workshop enquiries. Phone 307-0496. 60 Cass Street Consultancy House. 9.30am. M.S.A. T’AI CHI CLUB. Beginners class, newcomers welcome. M.S.A. Social Hall, Havelock Street. 9.30am - 11.30pm. MID CANTERBURY BADMINTON CLUB. Daytime section, new players very welcome. Sports Hall, Tancred Street. 9.30am - 1.00pm. ASHBURTON BAPTIST CHURCH. Second time round op shop. Ashburton Baptist Church, Cnr Cass and Havelock Street. 10.00am. ST DAVID’S UNION CHURCH. Fit Kidz, 48 Allens Rd.

10.00am - 3.00pm. ASHBURTON AVIATION MUSEUM, museum open. Seafield Road. 10.45am. M.S.A. T’AI CHI CLUB. Qigong exercises, newcomers welcome. M.S.A. Social hall, Havelock Street. 7.00pm. ASHBURTON BAPTIST CHURCH. Eduard Klassen, Paraguayan harp player in concert. Cnr Havelock and Cass Streets.

7.30pm. GLENYS’ DANCE GROUP. Old time/sequence dancing. learn to dance. All welcome. Pipe band hall, creek Road. 7.30am - 9.30pm. ASHBURTON EMBROIDERERS GUILD. Stitch and chat. Senior Centre, Cameron St.



Professional Real Estate Sales Career Opportunity We currently have two positions available in Rural and Urban to people interested in joining a highly successful and professional team at our high profile, modern office. Previous sales experience is not essential as we “Hire for Attitude and Train for Skills”. We are looking for people who want a career not a job, with a positive attitude and excellent communication skills. If you would like to join our team of highly motivated and dynamic sales people give me a call on 03 307 8317 ext 602 or mobile 0274 376 755 Jill Quaid

Mid Canterbury 90 Tancred Street, Ashburton

Licenced Agent REAA 2008

Pharmacy Position An opportunity has arisen for a full time position to look after our front of Pharmacy activities. Main duties are: q

Customer service with an emphasis on health.


Ordering and control of stock

Pharmacy appearance and display q Key attributes needed: q

Friendly disposition


Possess interpersonal skills that enables excellent customer service


To be able to work effectively alongside other staff members and suppliers.

Willingness to learn q

Apply with a brief resume including references by March 8 to: S M Wise Wises Pharmacy P O Box 25 Ashburton 7740 (All replies treated as confidential).

Guardian Classifieds Phone 307 7900

Part Time Bar Steward The Ashburton RSA is currently looking for a part time Bar Steward. This will involve week and weekend work. Bar experience and a current Managers License preferable though not necessary as full training to the right person will be given. Please apply by phone to the General Manager on 308 7175 or email

Part Time Merchandiser For Ashburton We are currently looking for a part time merchandiser in Ashburton. The shift is Sundays 2.5hrs split shift, within the dairy department. Start date is 24 Feb 2013 If this sounds like you please apply now! Email your application to

360 West Street, Ashburton Email

Head Chef (Full Time) Sous Chef/Cook (Maternity Cover) We are currently looking for a experienced Head Chef to take over responsibility of running our kitchen. You will be ultimately responsible for six chefs, day to day running of our kitchen, meeting targets, ordering, stock control and all other aspects of a busy kitchen. Also, a Sous Chef is required for maternity leave cover with the possibility of up to a year of employment opportunity. The person we are seeking would have had to have had experience in a busy kitchen. However, we are prepared to train the right person for this position with the possibility of a chefs apprenticeship if he/she has the passion and dedication for this industry. If you know you’ve got what it takes to become part of a hard working kitchen team and have fun in the process, then forward all your details to Amanda Joyce.

Building Supplies Customer Service 20 hrs week

Mitre 10 MEGA have a vacancy to join the busy team in building supplies. This position is for 20 hours per week and will include rostered weekends. The position would suit a retired person or a student with an interest in building or D.I.Y. If you think this is of interest to you, please send your covering letter and c.v. to: or post to: Human Resources, P.O. Box 35, Ashburton 7740.

Shop ASSiStAnt/ kitchen hAnd We have a position available for a Shop Assistant/Kitchen Hand in our busy 7 day a week dairy in Ashburton. This part time position demands a high standard of physical fitness. The successful applicant will be required to work flexible hours on a roster. If this sounds like you, please reply with a C.V. and physical address, or email for an application form, to: c/- Ashburton Guardian 782 p o Box 77 Ashburton 7740

Sawmill Labourers This position is suited to a person who is physically fit and prepared to do 45 hours per week. So, if this sounds like you, please apply in person, with CV, to:

Adams Sawmilling Co Ltd Malcolm McDowell Road Forklift Operators We are looking for a number of experienced Forklift Operators in Selwyn and Ashburton. Successful candidates will be:

Motivated Great team players Willing to learn Can do attitude Proven track record Experienced in forklift operations If this role sounds like you please call Blair today!

021 902 480

Tradesmen And Brush Hand Positions With the growth of our painting and decorating business, we require an additional Tradesmen and Brush Hand. The successful applicants need to have good work ethics and be able to work in a small team environment. To discuss this position, please phone Hamish on

027 633 1679 or on 307 7447 (A/H).

We are looking for an All Rounder for our busy licensed Cafe at Ashford’s Village.  Flexibility to work weekends.  Tidy, reliable team member with a keen attitude.  Experience is preferred. Please phone Vicki or Rangi on


ASHBURTON GUARDIAN, Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Temple Way Bristol BS99 7HD Tel: 0117 934 3621

LOOKING FOR A Counties RC fields, form andCentral ridersPress Features Ltd Fields for Counties RC meeting at Pukekohe Park today. NZ Meeting number: 2 Doubles: 1 and 2; 3 and 4; 5 and 6 Trebles: 1, 2 and 3; 4, 5 and 6 RACE 1 2.20pm (NZT) TWOMEY CONSTRUCTION 3YO MAIDEN 1600 $7000, MDN 3YO, 1600m 1 205. Serpent (1) 57.5............................ O Bosson 2 466 Bitethebullet (3) 57.5.................. M D Plessis 3 7 Glove Man (6) 57.5........................ M Walker 4 6359x The Last Shower (2) 55.5............T Thornton 5 9x006 Chardon (5) 55.5............................ R Norvall 6 97 Our Jesse Jane (4) 55.5................M Tanaka RACE 2 2.55pm COUNTIES GARDEN BAGS 3YO FILLIES MAIDEN 1400 $7000, MDN 3YOF, 1400m 1 38532 Pipedreams (4) 56.5........................ C Grylls 2 6359x The Last Shower (6) 56.5............T Thornton 3 x9565 Justtheanswer (7) 56.5....................... S Dye 4 6. Lady Hawk (5) 56.5.................... M D Plessis 5 Britannia (2) 56.5........................... M Walker 6 6x Duquesa (3) 56.5.......................... O Bosson 7 Posh (1) 56.5................................. V Colgan 8 8x Sheena O’Reilly 56.5.................... Scratched RACE 3 3.30pm SUNLINE LODGE MAIDEN 1400 $7000, MDN, 1400m 1 77335 Mahe (5) 58.5...........................B Grylls (a3)

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2 46x Flying Sound (3) 58.5................ M D Plessis 3 Ambitious Champion (1) 58....... M Cameron 4 69. Bowen Boy (8) 58..........................M McNab 5 Touch Ahead (2) 58....................... V Colgan 6 4503 Call Me Blondie (4) 56.5..............C Dell (a2) 7 6545x White Lace (7) 56.5....................... M Walker 8 6x46 Jealous Much (6) 56.5..................... C Grylls 9 6 Lady Scarlett 56............................ Scratched RACE 4 4.05pm TASMAN CARGO AIRLINES F&M MAIDEN 1200 $7000, MDN F&M, 1200m 1 35337 Question b (8) 57.5.................... M D Plessis 2 Brilliant Maid (7) 57.5...................D Johnson 3 70 Tempus Fugit (3) 57.5...............B Grylls (a3) 4 42322 Pacific Choice (4) 57...................... M Walker 5 Vogue (6) 57................................. O Bosson 6 Dreamy Jayda (2) 57................. M Cameron 7 0x El Cheapo (1) 57............................. C Grylls 8 Ellure (9) 57................................... V Colgan 9 Manacor (5) 57............................... A Calder RACE 5 4.40pm JIM DOWNER MEMORIAL MAIDEN 1200 $7000, MDN, 1200m 1 8x253 Homeland (10) 58.5....................... M Walker 2 406. Heartnsoul (2) 58.5............................ M Hills 3 58x24 Biggin Hill (4) 58............................. A Calder 4 6x953 Hennessy Black (8) 58............... M D Plessis

5 4 Hong Kong Pearl (3) 58................ O Bosson 6 05090 Alsukari (7) 58..................................S Collett 7 335x Born Happy b (6) 56.5................... V Colgan 8 20823 Going Places (9) 56......................... M Wenn 9 x9565 Justtheanswer 56.......................... Scratched 10 Ellure (1) 56............................... M Cameron 11 7x Kansas (5) 56.................................. C Grylls RACE 6 5.15pm PETER & JOAN RUSSELL MEMORIAL RATING 65 1600 $12,000, Rating 65 Benchmark Fillies and Mares*, 1600m 1 34712 Memory d (3) 59.5....................B Grylls (a3) 2 06482 Hassle Free (10) 59................... M D Plessis 3 5x422 Belorussiya (2) 58.5................... M Cameron 4 8x272 Sonoza (5) 58.5............................. M Walker 5 1728. Blanket Bay (4) 57.5...................M Coleman 6 0x633 Boomchuckalucka t (6) 57.5........ D Johnson 7 104x7 Quest (1) 57................................... V Colgan 8 16 Kendoka (8) 56.5.......................... O Bosson 9 00034 Pay Attention (9) 55.5...................... C Grylls 10 09x68 Paper Lace (7) 54.......................M Sweeney Blinkers on : Bowen Boy, Jealous Much (R3), El Cheapo (R4), Sonoza (R6) Blinkers off : Tempus Fugit (R4), Homeland (R5) Winkers on : Bitethebullet (R1) Winkers off : Bowen Boy (R3)

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Wanganui greyhound fields, form Fields for Wanganui Greyhound Racing Club meeting at Hatrick Raceway today. NZ Meeting number: 9 Doubles: 1 and 2; 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8; 9 and 10; 11 and 12 Trebles: 1, 2 and 3; 4, 5 and 6; 7, 8 and 9; 10, 11 and 12 1 12.02pm (NZT) ABSOLUTELY ELECTRICAL C0 C0, 305m 1 85385 Go Russel Go nwtd.....................J McArthur 2 555 Cawbourne Bree nwtd...............J McInerney 3 36443 Working Camarade nwtd............... D Donlon 4 5225 Another Pizza nwtd....................J McInerney 5 72733 Azure Dreams nwtd.......................J Harland 6 58 Sectioned nwtd........................... M Goodwin 7 x4776 Green Treats nwtd......................J McInerney 8 68388 Gerard Haka nwtd.........................P Blanche 9 888x Homebush Rick nwtd.................J McInerney 10 55847 Yeah Nah nwtd.....................................L Udy 2 12.21pm HARRISON HIRE MASTER C0 C0, 305m 1 25464 Knocka Off Time nwtd....................J Harland 2 75486 Brave Phoenix nwtd..................... J Chatfield 3 73666 Homebush Bedlam nwtd............J McInerney 4 43837 Blue Rush nwtd L &............................ Morris 5 32571 Hilton Friday (c1) nwtd...............J McInerney 6 F582 Ringa Ding nwtd........................J McInerney 7 84337 Gunpowder Gertie nwtd...............J McArthur 8 F3 Go Max nwtd............................... B Johnston 9 8 Car Wreck nwtd...........................B Goodwin 10 67x86 Jumpin’ Joseph nwtd.................J McInerney 3 12.40pm GUTHRIE BOWRON C0 C0, 520m 1 27486 Cawbourne Anna nwtd..............J McInerney 2 5 Alamein Gus nwtd K &.......................Phillips 3 35253 Tepirita Ruby nwtd.....................J McInerney 4 62 Summer Tension nwtd.......... E S Duganzich 5 Fair To Fine nwtd U &................. McCracken 6 64754 Summertime Bobby nwtd.............B Goodwin 7 2222 Paw No More nwtd F &...................Turnwald 8 53263 Cluain Meala nwtd...................... B Johnston 9 5F683 Fergie’s Belle nwtd...........................S Maher 10 45788 Alamein Dream nwtd K &..................Phillips 4 1.00pm J P PRINT, PETONE C0 C0, 305m 1 8 Speedy Feet nwtd...................... K B Benson 2 433P Homebush Churro nwtd.............J McInerney 3 35526 Prefontaine nwtd........................J McInerney 4 83345 Ruthless nwtd..............................J McArthur 5 67457 Billy Holmes nwtd..........................J Harland 6 Bumpa Sticker nwtd..........................L Ahern

7 8463 Cawbourne Zac nwtd.................J McInerney 8 44424 Sydenham Opal nwtd....................J Harland 9 888x Homebush Rick nwtd.................J McInerney 10 7865F Cuts Deep nwtd.......................... B Johnston 5 1.19pm CROMBIE LOCKWOOD (NZ) LTD C1 C1, 305m 1 52835 Seong Duk nwtd U &.................. McCracken 2 11 Boss Lady Sloy 17.89.......................L Ahern 3 24532 Kezz 17.97...............................T McCracken 4 75427 Flayosc...................................................nwtd 5 16582 Homebush Nos 18.09................J McInerney 6 13478 Cawbourne Barb nwtd...............J McInerney 7 65264 Another Street 17.67..................J McInerney 8 44444 Talk It Over nwtd.................................. L Bell 9 145x4 High Fly Hunter 18.08.......................G Quirk 10 55384 Home Brewer 17.86.......................A Speight 6 1.37pm GARY ROSS DECORATOR C1 FINAL C1f, 305m 1 44641 Aussie Haka (c2) 17.90 U &....... McCracken 2 27271 Working Working (c2) 17.76.......... D Donlon 3 12631 Stevie’s Magic (c2) 17.86....................W Kite 4 33322 Where’s Chicken 18.14 F &............Turnwald 5 33281 Scarilicious 18.03 L &......................... Morris 6 21261 Crystal Wave 17.87..................... B Hodgson 7 85882 Red Hot Dutch 18.26.................. S Drysdale 8 64562 Thrilling Squeal 18.01.......................G Quirk

9 57121 Waimak Dave 18.05...................J McInerney 8 64252 Red Moova Hoova 17.83 G &.............Denby 10 55783 Nicki Haka 17.84........................J McInerney 9 x68xP Opehu Tiger nwtd.............................R Waite 10 66574 Opawa Prince 17.91........................S Maher 7 1.54pm WANGANUI SECURITY C1 C1, 305m 11 3.05pm BROAD ROOFING C2 HEAT 2 C2q, 305m 1 74254 Excited Royale 17.90 1 11111 Bee Rabbit 17.70..............................L Ahern 2 57121 Waimak Dave 18.05...................J McInerney 2 21114 Lynny Southcombe 17.69..........J McInerney 3 6663x Tui Hotlips nwtd.................................G Quirk 3 27642 Scott No Money 18.05 U &......... McCracken 4 46354 Sedgebrook Lad 18.06........................F Kite 4 76677 Sheeza Meesha 17.90 G &................Denby 5 48685 Nelly Flaherty 17.98.......................J Harland 5 37F47 Sydenham Bubbles 17.51..............J Harland 6 32435 Homebush Cruden 17.70...........J McInerney 6 42134 Your On Fire 17.89...................... B Johnston 7 64184 Cawbourne Brooke 18.14..........J McInerney 7 86884 Asher 17.67......................................R Waite 8 12 Tawny Port 17.60 F &.....................Turnwald 8 78757 Opawa Gift 17.81.............................S Maher 9 14654 Kapai Max nwtd.......................T McCracken 9 6758x Run Alan 17.71...........................M Goodwin 10 35375 Lissadell Toby 18.06...................... D Donlon 8 2.12pm PALAMOUNTAINS NUTRITION C1 HEAT 1 10 x3857 Homebush Bazil 17.71.......................R Hunt 12 3.23pm THE ROCK 95.2FM C2 HEAT 3 C2q, 305m C1q, 520m 1 31416 Chelseas DOWN Babe (c3) 17.89............ T Downey ACROSS 1 24443 Eunuchs Luck nwtd....................A Blackburn 2 32767 My Little Oah 17.77...................J McInerney 2 22221 Red Crystal 30.53....................... B Hodgson 1. Bury Gowan (5) 1. Unsuitable 3 41416 Run Kayla Run 17.84 F &.(13) ..............Turnwald 3 25437 Rijeka nwtd....................................M 4 25335 Cool 2. Explorer 17.70 U &..(5) ........... McCracken 4. Admit (7) Poisonous 4 23335 Cawbourne Kesha nwtd.............J McInerney 5 45622 Jimmy3.Jurante 17.80..................J 5 11332 Alamein Jah 30.35 K &......................Phillips 8. Concerned (7) 6 46xP2 Miss Chamber (4) McInerney Foley nwtd.............................J Harland 6 12647 Calm Brooke 30.86...........................G Quirk 9. Damp (5) (6)..................... I George 7 88767 Boss 4. ManHabit Sloy 17.87. 7 43214 Rich List 30.77 10. Choose (4) 8 78818 Opawa5.Charlie Counted (8) 17.77.......................S Maher 8 88788 Wandy Kyle 30.08......................J McInerney 9 x68xP Opehu nwtd.............................R Waite 9 83x52 Eric’s Song 30.31........................ B Johnston (4-4) 11. Humiliation 6.Tiger Incident (7) 17.95 B &............... G Atwood 10 13675 Otewa Bella 30.99.......................B Goodwin(4) 10 67718 Thrilling 13. Attention 7. Pippi Be censorious (3,2,8) SELECTIONS 9 2.29pm KEENAN CONCRETE C1 2 C1q, 520m 14.HEAT Gala (4) Race1: Another12. Pizza,Blood-feud Azure Dreams, (8) Green Treats, Working 1 75656 Just Mac 29.92........................... B Hodgson 16. Stiffness 13. Cleanliness (7) 2 63783 Go Boof 30.46 B &........................ G Atwood(8) Camarade 3 121 Nonu Nonu Boom nwtd.....................L Ahern(4) Race 2: Hilton Friday 17. Suspend 15. (c1), HitRinga (6) Ding, Knocka Off Time, Go Max Race 3:Paw No More, Summer Tension, Cawbourne Anna, 4 56835 Opawa Stu nwtd...............................G Quirk 20. Vigilant (5) Cluain Meala 18. Analogous (5) 5 36327 Sheza Terror..........................................nwtd Race 4:Bumpa19. Sticker, 21. Fancy (7) FinalSydenham (4) Opal, Speedy Feet, 6 65527 Wind Up Whitey nwtd..................B Goodwin Cawbourne Zac 22. Lift up (7) 7 54167 Monkey Queen nwtd...........................W Kite 5:Boss Lady Sloy, Kezz, Talk It Over, Another Street 8 46732 Big Girl Welshy 30.23................J McInerney 23. Handle (5) Race Race 6:Working Working (c2), Aussie Haka (c2), Stevie’s Magic 9 83x52 Eric’s Song 30.31........................ B Johnston (c2), Crystal Wave 10 26455 Bullabakanka 30.54 U &............. McCracken SOLUTIONS TO PUZZLE 7:Tawny Port, WaimakNo Dave,12,125 Excited Royale, Tui Hotlips, 10 2.47pm MICKEY’S SUPER LIQUOR C2 HEAT 1 Race Race 8:Red Crystal, Alamein Jah, Eunuchs Luck, Rijeka Across: 3 Testimony; Earn;Nonu 9 Assistant; Income; 11Go Boof C2q, 305m Race89:Nonu Boom, Big Girl10 Welshy, Just Mac, 1 34754 Pin Up Puppy 17.60.......................J Henna; 14Harland Allot; 15 Sure; 16 Young; 18Pin Lend; 20Tanybryn, Abode;Another 21 Jewel Race 10:Red Moova Hoova, Up Puppy, 2 34623 Another Jewel 17.93..................J McInerney Race 11:Bee Rabbit, Lynny Southcombe, Scott No Money, Texas; 24 Hearse; 25 Hilarious; 26 Epic; 27 Unclouded. 3 12121 Tanybryn 18.02 L &............................. Morris Meesha 4 Ease; 5 Tribe; 6 Matins; 7 Down: McInerney 1 Desirable; 2Sheeza Truculent; 4 53144 Homebush Alex 17.90................J Race 12: Jimmy Jurante, Cool Explorer, My Little Oah, Chelseas Nuns; 9 Amity; 5 32813 Fawn Allegro 18.08..........................P Knight 11 Hours; Babe (c3)12 Autograph; 13 Reverence; 17 6 56157 James Arthur 18.22 U &............. Games;McCracken 19 Detail; 22LEGEND: Adieu; fsdt 23 Sign; 24 Huge. - First Start Here nwd - No Win this Distance 7 567x8 Thrilling Lyric 17.74........................... J Tapiki fstd - First Start This Distance 31 13 - Best Winning Time This Track

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ACROSS 7. Debris (6) 8. Dignified (6) 10. Invention (7) 11. Slink (5) 12. Hypocrisy (4) 13. Shore (5) 17. Irritable (5) 18. Release (4) 22. Core (5) 23. Practical (7) 24. Defame (6) 25. Droop (6)

DOWN 1. Opening (7) 2. Desert (7) 3. Liquid (5) 4. Dense (7) 5. Condescend (5) 6. Go by bike (5) 9. Abuse (9) 14. Attest (7) 15. Laden (7) 16. Regret (7) 19. Trim (5) 20. Defect (5) 21. Grill (5) SOLUTIONS TO PUZZLE No 12,126

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6.00 9.00 10.00 11.00

Breakfast. Good Morning. (G) Ellen. (R) 60 Minute Makeover.

(G, R)

12.00 One News. (T) 12.30 Emmerdale. (PGR, T) Carl confesses all, John tells Moira to stay away from the farm, and Amy tries to stop Eric and Val from arguing. 1.30 Come Dine With Me. (G,


2.00 Britain’s Best Dish. (G,


3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal. (G) David Dickinson proves that one man’s trash really is another man’s treasure. 3.55 Te Karere. (T) 4.25 Ellen. (G) 5.25 Millionaire Hot Seat.



6.00 One News. (T) 7.00 Seven Sharp. (T) 7.30 Unsung Heroes. (Final, G, T) The SPCA deal with a blind cat and try to re-home a surrendered dog. 8.00 Recruits Paramedics.

(PGR, T)

8.30 Winners And Losers. (PGR, T) Bec and Doug are reminded of the bond they once shared, Matt and Sophie get a shock. 9.25 Undercover Boss USA.

(PGR, T)

10.25 ONE News Tonight. (T) 10.55 Person Of Interest. (AO,

R, T)


11.55 Crash. (PGR, R) 12.30 Te Karere. (R, T) 12.55 BBC World – GMT With George Alagiah. (G) 2.00 Impact With Mishal Husain. 3.30 HARDtalk. 4.00 Global With Jon Sopel. 5.05 Believer’s Voice Of Victory. (G) 5.35 Te Karere. (T)



6.00 Creflo Dollar. 6.30 Hi-5. (G, R, T) 7.00 Grizzly Tales. (G, R, T) 7.25 Back At The Barnyard. (G, R, T) 7.50 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. (G, R, T) 8.20 Tiki Tour. (G, T) 8.45 Fireman Sam. (G, R, T) 8.55 Bird Bath. (G, R, T) 9.00 Infomercials. 10.30 Neighbours. (G, R, T) 11.00 Shortland Street. (PGR, R, T) 11.30 Spin City. (PGR, R, T) 12.00 Desperate Housewives. (AO, R, T) 1.00 Jeremy Kyle. (PGR) 2.00 Anderson Live. 3.00 Buzzy Bee. (G, R, T) 3.05 Everything’s Rosie. (T) 3.20 Mike The Knight. (G, T)

3 News: Firstline. Infomercials. (G) The Shopping Channel. Everybody Loves Raymond. (G, R, T) 12.00 3 News. 12.30 Home And Away. (G, R,

6.00 8.30 10.30 11.30


1.00 Dr Phil. (AO) 2.00 The Dr Oz Show. (PGR) 3.00 The Biggest Loser Australia. (G) Twelve overweight contestants battle the bulge to lose the most weight. 4.00 Rachael Ray. (G) 5.00 Entertainment Tonight.

3.30 Spongebob Squarepants. (G, T) 4.00 H2o. (G, R, T) 4.30 The Erin Simpson Show. 5.00 Horace In Slow Motion.

Movie Greats, 6.25pm (G, R) Closer co-stars Julia Roberts and 7.00 Deal Or No Deal. (G, R) Clive Owen (below) reunite for 7.30 Shopping . (G) Features ©Home Central Press Michael Clayton writer-director Tony 11.30 The Doctors. (G) Gilroy’s espionage thriller about two 12.30 The Jeff Probst Show. (G) corporate spies with mutual trust 1.30 Cricket. Second ODI, issues who hook up to spectacularly First Innings. New fleece their respective bosses of Zealand v England. From $40 million. This sexy spy sizzler McLean Park, Napier. 5.35 The Crowd Goes Wild. is the movie equivalent of a double agent, a racy romantic comedy working deep undercover as a clever caper film.


(G, R, T)

6.00 Friends. (G, R, T) 6.30 Neighbours. (G, T) 7.00 Shortland Street. (PGR, T) Kylie’s good intentions turn bad, Murray and Wendy kick start love, and Sarah is faced a big choice. 7.30 My Kitchen Rules. (T) The competition heads to the kitchen with dating hipsters Josh and Andi. 8.40 The Big Bang Theory.

6.00 3 News. 7.00 Campbell Live. 7.30 World’s Deadliest Roads. (PGR, T) 8.30 Wild Colombia (Part 3). (PGR, T) After enjoying the festivities of the Barranquilla Carnival, Nigel heads uphill to Santa Marta to find unique parakeets and hummingbirds. 9.30 Sons Of Anarchy. (AO, T) A desperate situation leads to internal strife within SAMCRO. 10.40 Nightline. 11.20 Media 3. (PGR) 11.55 Numb3rs. (AO, T)

6.05 Cricket. Second ODI, Second Innings. New Zealand v England. From McLean Park, Napier. 10.00 The Crowd Goes Wild.

12.55 Infomercials. (G) 5.00 Joyce Meyer. 5.30 Bayless Conley. (G)

12.05 Home Shopping. (G) 1.35 The Crowd Goes Wild. (G, R) 2.05 Home Shopping. (G)

(PGR, T)

2 Broke Girls. (AO, T) Hell’s Kitchen. (AO, T) The Walking Dead. (T) Gary Unmarried. (PGR,

R, T)

12.05 Rescue 1. (PGR, R, T) 12.40 20/20. (R, T) 1.40 Infomercials. 2.40 Party Wars. (Final, AO, R) 3.30 Secret Life Of The American Teenager. (PGR, R) 4.15 Emmerdale. (PGR, R, T) 5.05 The Erin Simpson Show. (R) 5.30 Infomercials.

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

FOUR 6.00 Sesame Street. (G, R) 6.55 Pingu. (G, R) 7.00 Sticky TV. (G, R) 7.30 Avatar: The Last Airbender. (G) 7.55 The Winx Club. (G) 8.20 Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Adventures. (G, R) 8.40 Bananas In Pyjamas. (G, R) 8.55 Bob The Builder. (G, R) 9.05 Thomas & Friends. (G, R) 9.15 Peppa Pig. (G, R) 9.20 Peppa Pig. (G, R) 9.25 Barney And Friends. (G, R) 9.50 Raa Raa The Noisy Lion. (G) 10.00 Infomercials. (G) 2.00 Sesame Street. (R)

2.55 Peppa Pig. (G, R) 3.00 Sticky TV. (G) 4.30 FOUR Live. (G) 6.00 Everybody Hates Chris. (PGR, R) 6.30 Futurama. (G, R) Nibbler enlists Fry in a mission to blow up evil brains, bent on destroying the universe. 7.00 The Simpsons. (G, R) Bart and Lisa come to the aid of a downand-out man who claims to have invented cartoon violence.

7.30 Glee. (PGR) Alumni and current members of New Directions join together in preparation for Will and Emma’s Valentine’s Day wedding. 8.30 The Biggest Loser. (G) One team must work out for a week without the guidance of their trainer, who secretly monitors his players to track their progress. 10.25 Life Unexpected. (PGR) Ryan hosts a music festival where Cate meets Haley James Scott, and the two women bond over their similar pasts. 11.20 Entertainment Tonight. (G) 11.45 Infomercials. (G)

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7.05 Season Of The Witch. (2010, M) Nicolas Cage, Ron Pearlman. 8.40 Yogi Bear. (2010, G) Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake. 10.00 Cowboys & Aliens. (2011, M) Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford. 12.00 The Change-Up. (2011, 16) Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman. 1.55 Jumping The Broom. (2011, M) Angela Bassett, Paula Patton. 3.45 Dolphin Tale. (2011, PG) Harry Connick, Jr. 5.35 The Roommate. (2011, M) Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly. 7.05 Glee The Concert. (2011, PG) Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Lea Michele. A documentary shot during the ‘Glee Live! In Concert!’ summer 2011 tour. 8.30 Like Crazy. (2011, M) Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin. When a British college student falls for her American classmate they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey. 10.00 Killer Elite. (2011, 16) Jason Statham, Clive Owen. 11.55 Cat Run. (2011, 18) Paz Vega, Janet McTeer. 1.40 I Sell The Dead. (2008, 16) 3.05 Biography: The Wahlberg Brothers.

6.20 Waterworld. (1995, M) Kevin Costner. 8.35 The Chronicles Of Riddick. (2004, M) Vin Diesel, Judi Dench. 10.35 Dead Calm. (1989, M) Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill. 12.15 Rain Man. (1988, M) Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise. 2.30 Underworld. (2003, 16) Kate Beckinsale. 4.30 Bad Company. (2002, 16) Chris Rock, Anthony Hopkins. 6.25 Duplicity. (2009, M) Julia Roberts. Two spies, in the midst of a love affair, find themselves in a war and discover the toughest part of the job is deciding how much to trust the one you love. 8.30 Braveheart. (1995, 16) Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau. The tale of William Wallace, a commoner who united the nation of Scotland in the battle to overthrow English rule in the 13th century. 11.30 A History Of Violence. (2005, 18) Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello. 1.05 Crank. (2006, 18) Jason Statham. 2.35 Duplicity. (2009, M) Julia Roberts. 4.40 Underworld. (2003, 16) Kate Beckinsale.


6.30 The Simpsons. (PG) 7.00 Pawn Stars. (PG) 7.30 NCIS. (PG) The team investigates when a petty officer commits suicide after being institutionalised for a nervous breakdown. 8.30 Ballistic: Ecks vs: Sever. (M) 10.30 Law & Order. (M) 11.30 NCIS. (PG) 12.30 24. (M) 1.20 America’s Funniest Home Videos.


1.45 2.10 3.00 4.45 5.35

(G, R)

10.30 The Late Show With David Letterman. (G) 11.30 Home Shopping. (G) Infomercials for your shop at home pleasure.

the bOx 6.00 NYPD Blue. (M) 6.50 The Simpsons. (PG) 7.15 Pawn Stars. (PG) 7.40 America’s Funniest Home Videos. (PG) 8.05 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (PG) 8.30 Cash Cab USA. (PG) 8.55 24. (M) 9.45 Law & Order. (M) 10.35 NCIS. (PG) 11.25 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. (M) 1.05 Showrunners. (M) 1.30 NYPD Blue. (M) 2.20 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (PG) 2.45 Cash Cab USA. (PG) 3.10 24. (M) 4.00 Pawn Stars. (PG) 4.30 The Simpsons. (PG) 5.00 Law & Order. (M) 6.00 America’s Funniest Home Videos.



5.30 Home And Away. (G, T) Spencer tells Maddy he think they should return home, Indi, Dex, April and Romeo stage a miniintervention for Sid.

5.01 America’s Funniest Home Videos. (G, R, T) 5.30 8 Simple Rules. (R, T)

9.10 9.40 10.40 11.40


sky sPORt 1 6.00 Soccer. A-League. Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix. Replay. 8.00 Rugby. Investec Super Rugby. Brumbies v Reds. Replay. 10.00 Re:Union. 11.00 Golf. Champions Tour. ACE Group Classic. Highlights. 12.00 Crowd Goes Wild. 12.30 Cricket. New Zealand v England 1st One-day. From Hamilton. Highlights. 1.30 Cricket. New Zealand v England 2nd One-day 1st Innings. From McLean Park, Napier. Live. 6.05 Cricket. New Zealand v England 2nd One-day 2nd Innings. From McLean Park, Napier. Live. 10.00 Crowd Goes Wild. 10.30 Golf. US PGA Tour. Northern Trust Open Round Four. Highlights. 11.30 Golf. European PGA Tour. Africa Open Round Four. Highlights. 12.30 Rugby Zone. 1.00 Dumbest Stuff On Wheels. 1.30 Sky Sport What’s On. 2.00 Motorsport. Toyota Racing Series. Round 5. From Manfeild, Feilding. 3.00 Motorsport. New Zealand V8 Series. From the Manfield Circuit. Highlights. 4.00 Soccer. A-League. Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners. From nib Stadium, Perth. Replay.

Cash Cab USA. (PG) NYPD Blue. (M) Ballistic: Ecks vs: Sever. (M) 24. (M) Whose Line Is It Anyway? (PG)

sky sPORt 2 6.00 Crowd Goes Wild. 6.30 Golf Central. 7.30 Athletics. Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Ironman & Ironwoman. Round 5. Replay. 10.30 Motorsport. New Zealand V8 Series. From the Manfield Circuit. Highlights. 11.30 Motorsport. Toyota Racing Series. Round 5. From Manfeild, Feilding. 12.30 Soccer. A-League. Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney. From AAMI Park, Melbourne. Replay. 2.30 The Dirt. 3.00 The Ultimate Fighter 17. 4.00 Cricket. New Zealand v England 1st One-day. From Hamilton. Highlights. 5.00 Golf. ISPS Handa NZ Womens Open. Highlights. 6.00 Sky Sport What’s On. 6.30 Challenge Wanaka. 7.30 Crowd Goes Wild. 8.00 Sky Sport What’s On. 8.30 Deaker On Sport. 9.30 The Ultimate Fighter 17. 10.30 Rugby. Investec Super Rugby. Rebels v Force. From AAMI Park. Replay. 12.30 UFC On Fuel 7. 2.30 BA-League Highlights Show. 3.00 Cricket. New Zealand v England 2nd One-day. From Napier. Highlights. 4.00 Rugby. Investec Super Rugby. Brumbies v Reds. From Canberra Stadium, Canberra. Replay.

(2008, PG).

3.55 Jumping The Broom. (2011, M) Angela Bassett, Paula Patton. 5.45 The Roommate. (2011, M)

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MOTORING Meet the riders and see their bikes Riders going on the Jokers Social Club Your Number’s Up run will assemble at 88 Alford Forest Road from around 11.30am on Saturday and head away about 12.30pm. Anyone interested is invited to have a look at the bikes and hear the sound of thunder as they take off.

Brent Aldwin and his beloved Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce.

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etting the nickname riding with them. The Sportster was Chucky and being known a good bike and Chucky liked having by it is part of a dream a Harley, but he yearned for a bigger By Bernard Egan come true for Brent Aldwin. one. The nickname was bestowed After riding the Sportster for five MOTORING AND upon him by his fellow Jokers years, Chucky was thinking more OTHER VITAL ISSUES when he became a member of the and more about a change and his Jokers Social Club. daughters Gina and Stacey knew It’s a bit of a tradition for each that. One day the girls saw a bike member to have a nickname, for advertised which they thought would Chucky it meant he had been suit their dad. able to join a group of brothers he had respected for a It was for sale in Fairlie; Chucky long time. knew the seller and made It was a dream come true for Chucky, one which he arrangements to look at it. wasn’t sure would ever eventuate. He took one look, liked But it did and Chucky says he couldn’t be happier. everything about the Obviously to become a Joker you need a bike and for a bike and only asked long while even though he always knew he wanted a bike, to listen to it, not preferably a Harley, Chucky wasn’t sure if he would ever to ride it. get one. But he has one. It didn’t happen overnight, and Chucky says in fact like many good things, it has taken time. it sounded aweChucky grew up in Ashburton. He was always intersome and that ested in motorbikes and some of his friends had bikes, was enough for but he didn’t. him. He bought Work took him to Auckland, and it soon became obviit there and then ous it would be far more convenient and cheaper to and arranged to go travel to work on a bike, so he bought a Honda 50 which back later to collect it. proved to be an ideal, economical and reliable form of The plan was for the trip home transport. to be his first ride, but it snowed Even when Chucky and his Honda became the victims so the bike was brought of an errant motorist, they both survived with a few back on a trailer. grazes and carried on. It was a little while Chucky enjoyed riding the Honda and it confirmed his before Chucky got to ride it liking for bikes and created a desire to get a bigger one. but when he did he couldn’t That opportunity came and he bought a Honda 650 have been more pleased. which was a big change but also a good way to get used The bike, which has a distinctive to riding a bigger, more powerful bike. paint finish, is a Softail Deuce. He also owned a Suzuki 2 stroke affectionately known It has fulfilled Chucky’s dream of ownas ‘Old Smokey” but in his heart of hearts Chucky knew ing a big block Harley and it’s provided what he really wanted was a Harley-Davidson. As is often nothing but pleasure. the case family priorities come first, but when the chilLike most Harley owners, Chucky has personalised his dren were older the chance came for Chucky to get his bike and because he just uses it for social riding it has first Harley – a Sportster 1200. only done moderate kilometres. Chucky moved back to Christchurch and rode with two Chucky describes his bike as a great machine which is clubs up there but often came to Ashburton to meet up comfortable to ride, making it a good cruiser. with old friends, some of whom are Jokers. This weekend Chucky will be on his Harley riding with He started travelling down here most weekends to go others going on the 15th running of the Jokers Your

Number’s Up run which is a bit like a mobile card game. Riders pick a card at each stop and the person with the best hand wins the prize. It’s a legendary and popular run; it will be the 12th time Chucky has taken part. He’s hoping the cards will be luckier this time, but it won’t matter because for

Chucky it’s all about the ride and what he describes as the awesome feeling of being with other bikers. Chucky became a member of the Jokers Social Club three years ago. He is proud to be a Joker; proud to be part of a group who look after one another, proud to tell people about his club, proud to be amongst brothers and proud to have the nickname given to him by them. Sometimes good things take time. Belonging to the Jokers Social Club and owning a Harley are two of the things Chucky had long hoped for. Both were a while coming but for Chucky they were well worth waiting for and are two dreams which have come true.

Your Number’s Up is a popular event on the Jokers Social Club calendar and this year’s 15th anniversary run is part of a special weekend for the club. It will include the Jokers presenting a donation to Child Cancer from the proceeds of their 2012 Ashburton Bike Show.

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errari is the world’s most powerful brand. And not simply in the opinion of millions of Prancing Horse enthusiasts the world over, indeed, the clients that continue to buy the cars built at Maranello year after year, but according to the annual list compiled by leading brand valuation experts, Brand Finance. Ferrari took the number one spot of the top five most powerful brands in 2013 ahead of the likes of Google, Coca-Cola, PwC and Hermes on a list that includes the 500 most famous companies in the world. Brand Finance says because of its size, the Maranello company cannot compete with the large multinational brands in terms of overall revenues. However, its brand rating takes into account other financial metrics, such as net margins, average revenue per customer, and advertising and marketing spend, as well as qualitative parameters, such as

brand affection and loyalty. “It is always a pleasure to top any list and still more so when the competition includes some of the world’s most famous companies,” said Ferrari chair-

man Luca di Montezemolo. “This achievement proves that even in very tough economic times, Italy can still offer the world businesses of excellence,” he said.

“Behind this acknowledgement are exceptional products made by equally exceptional men and women. They made it possible and for that I thank them.”

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Ropati to make Warriors return of the Hamilton hit-out after being named originally. Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott was especially pleased the way had been cleared for Ropati to make his comeback. “It has been another long battle back from injury for Jerome and we’ve all admired the way he has gone about it,” he said. “He knows better than anyone else what it’s like when you go through setbacks of the type he has endured. He’s a quality player and person, one who’s so important to our club and our team. “We’re all looking forward to having him back. He has done the work and there’s no doubt he deserves a change of luck.” With 2012 premiership winner Lowrie in the side, Feleti Mateo is named in the second row with captain Simon Mannering.


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February 16 Todd Cup:- 1st Tony Inwood, Robin Petrie, Bob Neilson, Jack Sclater 4 wins 24 ends 53 points. 2nd Graeme Bishop, Alex Crawford, Bruce White, Graham Clarke 4 wins 21 ends 38 points. 3rd Charlie Leech, Alistair McKenzie, Ian Blackwood, Noeline McKenzie 3 wins 20 ends 41 points. 4th Guilford Lane, Dave Muir, John Argyle, Larry Neal 2 wins 1 draw 24 ends 50 points. Results Progressive Pairs: (leads) 1st Ken McLaren 2 wins 1 loss +11. 2nd Des Thomas 2 wins 1 loss +8. (skips) 1st Neil Sharplin 3 wins +19. 2nd Annette Sargisson 3 wins +18.

Cycling Mid Canterbury Social Wheelers 1st. Alan Cox (38s) 28m 51s. 2nd.Jessie Banks (6.10m) 24m 14s. 3rd. Lucy Kirwan (5.35m) 24m 51s. 4th.Bruce Paterson (5.35m) 24m 52s. 5th. Ross Proctor (6.10m) 24m.17s. 6th. janette Hooper (5.35m) 24m 53s. 7th.Sam Cullimore F/T (10.30m) 20m 07s. 8th. Richard Kirwan 2f/t. (10.20m) 20m 17s. 9th. Ross Templeton 3f/t. (10.20m) 20m 18s. 10th Scott Albon (10.20m) 20m 18s. 11th. Catlin Titeridge (2m) 28m 41s. 12th.Ben Sutton (9.10m) 21m 31s. 13th. Don Sutton (8.10m) 22m 38s. 14th. Nigel Douglas (10.20m) 20m 37s. 15th. John Uden (10.20m) 20m 49s. 16th. Kevin Hurley (10.20m) 21m 19s. 17th.Brendan Tocher (8.10m) 23m 30s. 18th. Tonee Hurley (9.10m) 22m 30s. 19th. Martin Hyde (9.10m) 23m 39s. 20th.Steve Tocher (9.10m) 23m 41s. 21st. Harry Chatterton (Go) 34m 16s. 22nd. Bevan Brown (8.10m) 26m 28s. 23rd. Nigel Chatterton (9.10m) 26m 52s. John Cleary Memorial & Rakaia Tavern Race; 1st. Brent Kircher (6.45m) 80m 14s. 2nd. Matthew Ellis (2.15m) 84m 44s. 3rd. Geoff Skerten (6.45m) 80m 16s. 4th.Bruce Albon (2.15m) 84m 46s. 5th. Janis Crawford (4.45m) 82m 16s 6th.Dave Shurrock (6.45m) 80m 17s. 7th.Pam Harcourt (4.45m) 82m 17s. 8th. David Sullivan (2.25m) 84m 48s. 9th.Julie Tarbotton FUL. (2.15m) 84m 48s. 10th. Lucy Kirwan (4.45m) 82m 19s. 11th.Paul Houston (6.45m) 80m 19s. 12th. Kathy Askin (4.45m) 82m 20s. 13th. Brian Ellis (Go.) 87m 06s 14th. Liz Wylie (Go) 87m 07s. 15th. Tony Gimblett (Go) 87m 07s. 16th. Paul Douglas (8.30m) 79m 53s. 17th. Rachel Thow (10.30m) 77m 53s. 18th.Shane Gerken (10.30m) 77m 53s. 19th. Caroling Askin (10.30m) 77m 54s. 20th.Tonee Hurley (8.30m) 79m 54s. 21st. Michelle Davidson (8.30m) 79m 55s. 22nd. Bruce Blackburn (8.30m) 79m 55s. 23rd.Craig Roulston (10.30m) 77m 55s. 24th. Gary Weston (10.30m) 77m 55s. 25th. Brent Connor (10.30m) 77m 55s. 26th.Brendan Tocher (8.30m) 79m 57s. 27th.Robert Grice (8.30m) 79m 57s. 28th. Janette Hooper (Go) 88m 27s. 29th. Matt Marshall (15m) 74m 09s. 30th. Tony Ward (20.45m) F/T. 68m 24s. 31st. Nathan Thew (20.45m) 2f/t. 68m 24s. 32nd. Brad Hudson (20.45m) 3f/t.68m 25s. 33rd. Brent Harris (17.30m) 71m 40s. 34th.Johannes Kauz (20.45m) 68m 25s. 35th. Kristine Marriott (15m) 74m 11s. 36th. Glen Marshall (15m) 74m 11s. 37th.Scott Albon (13.15m) 75m 56s. 38th. John Moore (13.15m) 75m 56s. 39th. Richard Kirwan (13.15m.) 75m 56s. 40th. Kimberly Marshall (13.15m) 75m 57s. 41st. Marty Cuttle (15m) 74m 12s. 42nd. Brent Cowie (17.30m) 71m 43s. 43rd. Nigel Douglas (20.45m) 68m 28s. 44th. Josh Connor (17.30m) 71m 43s. 45th.Andrea Atkinson (15m) 74m 14s. 46th. Russell Ward (17.30m) 71m 44s. 47th. Micheal Templeton (20. 45m) 68m 40s. 48th. Wayne Clements (13.15m) 76m 07s. 49th. John Uden (13.15m) 76m 08s. 50th. Kevin Hurley (13.15m) 76m 08s. 51st. Ross Avis (17.30m) 71m 53s. 52nd. Micheal Gallagher (20.45m) 68m 40s. 53rd. Steve Hands (20.45m) 68m 40s. 54th. Andrew Shepherd (15m) 86m 05s. 55th Rob Hooper (20.45m) 80m 21s. 56th Alan Johns (Go.) 101m 07s. Neil Wylie Punctured. U17 .4 riders. 16km. 1st Ryan Jackson (Go) 33m 56s. 2nd. Ben Sutton F/T. (7.30m) 28m07s. 3rd. Jake Beeman 2f/t. (7.30m) 28m 07s. 4th Connie Davidson (Go.) 36m 46s. Div 2 16km 1st. John Harcourt (3m) 32m 40s. 2nd. Tony Tarbotton (3m) 32m 40s. Calder Stewart, McDonalds and Tinwald Super Value Racing Results: 1st.Carter Rose 15pts. 2nd. Madeline Howden 11pts. 3rd. Savannah Todd 10pts. 4th=.Sahith Bernardo & Oakley MacKenzie 9pts. 5th.Fleur Kingsbury 7pts. 6th.Zac Moore 4pts. 7th.Emma Wood 3pts. 8th.=Bena Wilson & Dennis Soshnicov 2pts. 9th.= Navadah Paese, & Oliver Bellow. A. Grade W/W. 1st. Ben Donaldson 10pts. 2nd. Liam Wilson 7pts. 3rd= Jenna Moore & Harry Fleming 5pts. 4th.Harry Rosevear 4pts. 5th.Blade Walker 2pts. 6th Simon Moore. B. Grade W/W. 1st.Jenna Tapurau 12pts. 2nd.Nick Kershaw 10pts. 3rd. Zac Evans 7pts. 4th.Layton Carr 4pts. C. Grade W/W. 1st.Tom Rosevear 12pts. 2nd=.Abbey Williams & Charlize MacKenzie 8pts. 3rd. Charlie Howden 4pts. D. Grade W/W. 1st.= Lily Williams & Fergus Wilson 10pts. 2nd.Zac Bartlett 5pts. 3rd.Theo Thomas-Hart 4pts. 4th. Penny Marriott 2pts. 5th.= Callum Kingsbury & Joel Moffett 1pt. 6th. Tyler Bartlett. E. Grade W/W. 1st. Phillip Soshnikov 8pts. 2nd.Saraha Wilson 7pts. 3rd= Maxton Rowlands & Josh Bellow 6pts. 4th.Isaiah Cuthen 4pts. 5th. Charlotte Doak 2pts. 6th. Breanna Rose & Jacob Carr. F. Grade W/W. 1st. Oliver Williams 8pts. 2nd.Chanie Wilson 7pts. 3rd. James Wood 5pts. 4th.=Tegan Marriott ,Juliet Kingsbury,& Isla Moffett 3pts. 5th.= Brendan  McCrea & Harrison Doak 2pts. 6th. Tyler Bartlett. Open and U17. 1st.= Bendan Whalley & Josh Connor 8pts. 2nd. Sam Cullimore 7pts. 3rd=Jessie Banks & Bailey Kershaw 5pts. 4th.=Ben Sutton &Kees Donaldson 3pts. 5th. Scott Albon 2pts. B.Grade U17. 1st. Ethon Titheridge 12pts. 2nd.Ryan Jackson 9pts. 3rd.Connie Davidson 7pts. 4th Oliver Davidson 5pts. 5th. Catlin Titheridge 4pts. 6th=James Skinner & Cole Beeman 3pts. 7th= Luke Skinner & Josh Kershaw 1pt.  

Golf Ashburton Golf Club Women’s Section Truman Trophy Fairlie Matsinger, Vicki Moore 27, Janet Holmes 28 Fiona Williamson, Heather Robertson, Bev Watkins 29, Brenda Fechney, Maryanne Urquhart, Catherine Trott 30 on c/b Nearest The Pins No. 4 Gabites: Alison Hewson; No. 8 House of Travel Ashburton: Wendy Parr; No.12 Lynn’s Small Salon: Jenny Mitchell; No. 14 Todds of Ashburton: Robyn Bennett 2nd Shot to Green: Gay Lane Twos: – Sharon Bradford No 8 Vicki Moore – No 12, Nine Hole Section played February 14 2013 – Heather Smith Troph Val Henderson 26 Gloria Stubbs 23 Wendy Suttie 20 George Henderson 19 Linda Baker 17 Carpet Court chip/putt off green to hole Gwen Webster Rnd 1 Longbeach Cup, Rnd 1 Tucker Trophy and Rnd 1 Mackay Trophy Brenda Fechney – 67, Rhonda Gallagher , Janice Ackerley – 68, Ellenor Sullivan, Jeannette Early – 70, Dee Simmons, Wenjy Parr, Fiona Williamson – 71. Nearest The Pins No. 4 Gabites: Jan Guilford; No. 8 House of Travel Ashburton: Jeannette Early; No.12 Lynn’s Small Salon: Betsy Martin; No. 14 Todds of Ashburton: Wendy Parr 2nd Shot to Green: Win Carter

Medal round February 16 Senior; Gordon Rennie net 67, Dave Gill 68, Wayne Lloyd 68.Intermediate; Gavin Smith 62, Ray Kirdy 65, Neil Rayner 68, Trevor Taylor 68, Brendan Hurley 70 b/l. Junior; Selwyn Munro 64, Colin Johnstone 65, Tony McAndrew 67, Graham McCall 67, Dave Horrell 69, Ben McOmish 69, Roger Bruce 69 b/l. Women; (Par) Maree Moore 9 up, Sonja Mee 3 up, Leen Bell 2 up.Nearest the pin: Tinwald Liquorland # 2; Justin Smith. Gluyas Ford # 6; John Smitheram. Stirling Sports # 12; Jo Peacock. Ideal Electrical supplies # 16; Dave Rush. Two’s; Dave Rush, Kevin Greenaway, Adam Marshall, Gordon Rennie, Amanda Gray. Net Eagle # 10. Tuesday Ladies February 19 Stroke round/Burrowes Cup, Maree Moore & Mildred Williams Pam Templeton Net 67, Joyce VanderHeide 70: Betty O’Neill 71: Pat McLauchlan 72: Barbara Harris 73: on C/B from Colleen Linney 73: Shona Vucetich 73: Val Cartney73: Nearest the Pins. No 6 Stables Family Restaurant - Val Prendergast: No 12 Hair by Mac & Maggie – Deb Ellery: No 2 Dairy Business Centre - Joyce VanderHeide: No. 16 2nd Shot – Outdoor Adventure – Colleen Linney; Two’s - Joyce VanderHeide 9 Hole Competition: Competition: 1st Bell Trophy (stroke) June Cartwright on C/ from Deb Ellery: Rosie O’Brien


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Waterski Lake Hood’s Josh Hood was one of several skiers who set personal best scores at the Canterbury Slalom Tournament at the weekend.

Skiers taste success at tournament The Waterski Lake Hood team has seen a string off success on the water at the Canterbury Slalom Tournament held at the weekend. Lana Donaldson carried her strong momentum into the meet on a flat Lake Hood, clinching a South Island record with a score of three buoys using a 12 metre line at 55km/h (3-12 at 55).


Hinds Bowling Club Friday Triples February 22 12-30 start Dress Mufti entries Skips:G Pagey, G Taylor, R Cockburn, B Marsh, B Hill, B Mayson, S Smith, B Wilkins, J Ryk, B Williams, T Watson, G Sparks, D Hastings, and 3 Hinds Teams Convenor Jock Moore 3037149 M 0274370686.

Methven Bowling Club Dave McLaughlin Open Fours February 23 at 12 30pm at the Methven green. Whites to be worn. Skips: G Clarke, M Smallridge, G Taylor, B Holdom, R Cockburn, T Taylor, J Moore, Tinwald, B Marsh, D Callaghan, R Smith, G Pagey, B Harper, R Thomas, J Martin. Plus one more to be added. Enquiries to B Harper 3087623 W Blackwell 3028834.

Golf Tinwald Golf Club February 23 1st round of the Doug Gray Trophy(stableford) The morning players will have a clubhouse draw for an 8 am start. Players are asked to report 15 minutes prior to tee off times. No 1 Tee. 12.30, G Rennie, C Miller, P Marshall, M Fechney.12.36, D Gill, B Collins, R Wards, D Green. 12.42, S Kennedy, P Hefford, No 10 Tee .12.30, W Mason, A Millar, R Bruce, T McAndrew. 12.36, T Clarke, N Rayner, B Shanks, A Moore. 12.42, A Pierce, A Barrie, R Goodman, No 13 Tee. 12.30, J VanderHeide, S Newman, E Collins, W Stevenson.12.36, J Beardsley, M Moore, S Lane, S Mee Starters; am, P Roulston, pm, P Hefford, S Kennedy. Cards; P MarshallHouse Duty: D Gill.

Softball Mid Canterbury Softball February 13 Tball 9am T1 Tinwald Whitesox v Netherby Nixons; T2 Hinds Heroes v Hampstead Blue; T3 Longbeach Strikers v Rakaia Redsox; T4 Allenton Gold v Allenton Diamonds; T5 Borough v Hampstead Yellow; T6 St Joseph Panthers v Tinwald Dolphins BYE St Joseph Tigers Slowpitch 9am D1 Netherby Dodgers v Metalcorp Hampstead Allstars (RF to umpire); D2 Rakaia Redsox v Hampstead (Rakaia to umpire); D3 Tinwald Blacksox v Allenton Tigers (HL to umpire) Little League 11am D1 Pirates v Methven Mad Dogs (replayed game); no game for Cardinals or Ashburton City Tigers Revival League 1pm D1 AC Phoenix Flyers v AC Hellcats (Rusty Demons to umpire); D4      Revival Rebels v Fairfield Marines (Nosh Café Hampstead Hawks to umpire) 3pm D1 Rusty Demons v Nosh Café Hampstead Hawks (Fairfield Marines to umpire) Please Note: No Smoking On Or Near Softball

Tennis Mid Canterbury Tennis Open Grade - Ashburton Trust Tennis Centre February 23 A Reserve 12.15pm Allenton Gold v Hinds/Mayfield; Methven White v Allenton Maroon; Tinwald v Hinds/Longbeach; Hampstead Gold v Hampstead Blue; Methven Purple bye A Grade 1.30pm Allenton v Tinwald; Fairton v Hampstead; Methven v Dorie

It is another addition to her growing list of achievements after claiming silver medals at the recent Oceania and Oz-Kiwi championships, the standout performer in her team that was up against clubs from Timaru to Christchurch. Gavin Green was also among the strong performers, top scoring in the senior grade, skiing 2-12 at 55,

By Daniel Richardson Less than 24 hours into his retirement Lou Vincent is already finding it hard to sit still. The livewire cricketer announced his retirement from the game via his Twitter account on Monday and said he had no immediate plans other than trying to relax. “I’m just going to perfect the art of doing nothing,” he said yesterday. “I’ve never done it before and I’m on day one and what’s the time? 12.30pm and I’m starting to feel bored. I don’t know how long I can do this for but I need to. I need to be bored, I need to stop.” Vincent’s career was anything but boring and after making his first-class debut for Auckland in the 1997-1998 season he experienced most of the highs and lows that the game has to offer. He made three test centuries, won trophies and entertained stadiums full of people but he’s also endured some dark days, including his battle with depression, which became public knowledge in 2008. The 34-year-old said his personal struggles made him the man he is today. “The journey I’ve been on, it’s taught me a lot about myself and once you get that understanding about how you tick as a human being you start to live by those rules. Five years ago I thought that was the end of the world. So I’m madly in love and I’ve got the most gorgeous woman in the world I’m going to be with soon and I’ve got two gorgeous little girls from a marriage that didn’t work out, so I’ve everything a man needs.”

Although he wants to relax Vincent has a project in mind for the future. He wouldn’t reveal details but said it would be about “making the world a better place”. “I get such pride and passion giving to the community and that’s something I haven’t done much of this summer so I want to give back.” One thing that doesn’t appear to be on the agenda is cricket. He said after sharing a few drinks with his flatmate following his retirement announcement he was presented with a makeshift contract to commit to a club game this weekend. “I woke up this morning just trying to recap and I saw this contract and I thought ‘there’s no way, mate’. This wouldn’t hold up in a court,” Vincent said. “The last thing I can think about now is holding a cricket bat.” Vincent’s international career left you wondering how good he could have been but with 23 test appearances and an average of 34.15, 102 one-day caps and nine Twenty20 international outings he doesn’t look back with regret. He scored 104 on test debut at the WACA in 2001 against a redhot Australian attack, while his 224 against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in 2005 was one of the finer test knocks by a New Zealander. Despite being contracted to Auckland for the rest of the season, Vincent, who recently spent a turbulent few weeks in the Bangladesh Premier League, said he knew the time was right to give the game away. “You hear other players talk about it and I can’t give 100 per cent and it kills you as a player when you look up and you can’t give 100 per cent.” - APNZ

her new personal best. Personal bests were also in abundance in the junior boys’ grade, brothers George and Hugh Donaldson recording their best ever scores along with fellow team member Lachie Woodman. The team will head to Lake Crichton for the CWSA 3 Event Tournament in two weeks.

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Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams will compete in a competition at The Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront on Saturday, March 2. The event, put on by the Auckland Council and Sport NZ, is called Shot In The City. The council is contributing $30,000 for the one-off event. The announcement was made yesterday at High Performance Sport NZ’s National Training Centre on Auckland’s North Shore. Mayor Len Brown said he was thrilled Aucklanders would have a chance to see Adams compete in the city.

“Valerie is a great ambassador for her sport, for Auckland and New Zealand,” said Mr Brown. “This event not only allows us to see an international athlete in her prime, but will also give people a chance to give shot put a go.” Adams said the event would be a first for New Zealand. “It is based on Zurich’s Big Shot event, but with a truly Pacific and Kiwi feel, set against the backdrop of the Pacific Showcase Markets in The Cloud. I’m pleased to be bringing our sports communities and Pacific communities together in a day that will be fun for everyone.” - APNZ

Clarke heading to Ireland Chiefs co-captain Craig Clarke will head offshore at the end of the Super 15 season to continue his rugby career in Ireland. The 29-year-old has signed with the Irish club Connacht for three seasons. He will link up with former Blues coach Pat Lam at the club. Clarke is the second Chiefs player in a matter of weeks to announce a move after All Black Richard Kahui signalled

his departure for Toshiba for Japan. Lock Clarke has played 57 games for the Chiefs including leading the side to their first Super 15 title last season. “I was planning on leaving a few years ago but under the new management I was really enjoying it so I decided to stay.” The Chiefs kick off their Super 15 campaign this Friday against the Highlanders in Dunedin.  - APNZ

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Mid Canterbury Junior Tennis February 23 B Grade – All games played at ATTC- 9am sharp start.Duty Team – Hampstead. Hampstead v Tinwald White; Rakaia v Allenton; Methven Jade v Tinwald Orange; Methven Black v Lon/May/Rak Picknmix. Junior A –Pool A – 9am start: Allenton Green v Wakanui at Wakanui; Hinds v Tinwald Trojans at ATTC; Longbeach v Hampstead Rackettes at Longbeach; BYE – Methven Blue.Junior A – Pool B – 9am start: Hampstead Crusaders v Methven Silver at Mt Hutt College; Rakaia v Dorie at Rakaia; Allenton v Hampstead Hurricanes at Allenton.Junior B -9am start: Hampstead v Rakaia Pink at Hampstead; Longbeach Tryhards v Methven Green at Mt Hutt College; Tinwald Blue v Rakaia Black at Tinwald; Allenton v Hinds at ATTC. Bye- Tinwald RedJunior C – Pool A – 9am start: Methven Orange v Methven Red at Methven Domain; Rakaia v Hinds Black at Rakaia; Hampstead Flames v Longbeach Aces at Hampstead. 10.30am start: Dorie C v Allenton at Allenton. Junior C –Pool B – 9am start: Hampstead Sting v Longbeach Spinners at Hampstead; Hinds Silver v Methven Gold at Hinds; 10.30am start: Tinwald Green v Methven Brown at Methven Domain.Please phone any defaults to 308-3020.

landing him just out of reach of a New Zealand record. However, top scorer of the day, Karl Donaldson, skied with a short 11m rope with an unmatched score of 2-11 at 58. In the junior grade, Gabriella Woodman qualified for three events for the upcoming national championships while Anna Doig claimed

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Lowrie’s inclusion is the only change to the starting combination Elliott used against the Panthers. The Warriors open their season against Parramatta on Saturday, March 9. A week later they stage their first home game of the season - against the Sydney Roosters at Eden Park. Warriors team to play Brisbane at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday, kick-off 7.30pm, is: Kevin Locke, Bill Tupou, Dane Nielsen, Konrad Hurrell, Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Elijah Taylor, Ben Matulino, Feleti Mateo, Simon Mannering (c), Todd Lowrie. Interchange: Glen Fisiiahi, Charlie Gubb, Sam Rapira, Carlos Tuimavave, Alehana Mara, Jerome Ropati, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Steve Rapira. - APNZ

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Jerome Ropati will play his first game in 10 months and Todd Lowrie his first for his new club when the New Zealand Warriors take on the Brisbane Broncos in Saturday night’s pre-season match in Dunedin. Ropati was last year sidelined by a knee injury in the club’s 10th-round match against the Sydney Roosters. The 28-year-old has been named on the bench for his planned return in the Warriors’ final trial. Lowrie missed last weekend’s trial against Hamilton when he returned home after the death of his grandfather but will line up at loose forward in his first outing for the Warriors after joining the club from Melbourne. Also returning are Sam and Steve Rapira who were ruled out

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Given Hampton’s discount for Savea’s youth and previously clean record, the suspension seems harsh when compared with the ban All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore received for a king hit on Welshman Bradley Davies during a test at the Millennium Stadium in November. Hore’s hit, in the opening minutes, knocked out the lock who was sent to hospital. For that he was given a ban of five weeks - three of which have been served by sitting out the Highlanders’ pre-season matches. Pulu, on the other hand, was uninjured. “Obviously I’m quite gutted, but I knew it was coming,” Savea said of the ban. “It was a bad tackle from the looks of it from the video and I’d just like to apologise again to Augustine but it is what it is and I’ve got to face the consequences.” Savea produced an eye-catching campaign for Wellington in last year’s ITM Cup and the Hurricanes have now been shorn of their most exciting prospect in recent years for the first four games of the season. “It is disappointing but I’ve just got to move on. I don’t want it to have a negative effect on the team so I’ve just got to stay positive,” Savea said. “[I will] use this as a learning curve, I guess and hopefully this makes me stronger and gives me time to work on what I need to work on for the Super season.” Veteran loose forward Karl Lowe is likely to pull on the No 7 jersey for the Hurricanes this weekend, while Victor Vito could be used there at a pinch. Manawatu Turbos flanker Callum Gibbins, who is a member of the Hurricanes’ wider training group, could also be summoned. - APNZ

By Daniel Richardson Ardie Savea knew as soon as he drove Augustine Pulu into the Mangatainoka turf with an illegal tackle on Saturday that he might be in trouble. The Hurricanes openside flanker yesterday received a four-week ban from judicial officer Nigel Hampton QC and will miss the first month of the Super Rugby season. “I made the tackle and I got up and the game was in play so I just played on but straight after I did the tackle was when I thought ‘something’s going to go down’ ... Obviously I did a dangerous tackle,” the 19-year-old said. The Hurricanes will now be without two openside flankers for Saturday night’s season-opening game against the Blues at Westpac Stadium because Jack Lam is injured. Savea said the Hurricanes wouldn’t appeal against the sanction. In his ruling, Hampton described the tackle as “clumsy with elements of recklessness”. He added: “Savea’s poor technique contributed to the dangerous nature of the tackle as he lost control, posing potential risk of injury to Pulu’s neck or head. “The player has acknowledged the tackle was poorly executed and I have considered his early admission of fault as being in his favour. “I deem the tackle to be in the midrange of seriousness. Taking into account all the mitigating factors, and this young man’s impressive character and conduct through this process, I have decided a sanction of no less than four weeks is appropriate,” Hampton said.

All Blacks coach Steven Hansen is disappointed that departing winger Richard Kahui didn’t talk to him before announcing his decision to play rugby in Japan at the end of the season. Kahui will head to Japan to play for the Toshiba club for two seasons at the end of this year’s Super 15 season. Hansen said yesterday that All Blacks management were left in the dark over Kahui’s plans. “We were very disappointed about that

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leave because there are other people here that have talent. “He’s obviously weighed that up and he believes he can come back so hopefully he does and hopefully he can come back and play at the level that gets him selected.” Kahui has played 17 tests for the All Blacks since making his debut in 2008 and has scored 10 tries. The 27-year-old missed the international season last year after undergoing his fourth shoulder reconstruction.  - APNZ

because he didn’t really speak to us, or his agent didn’t,” Hansen told LiveSport radio. “I always find that a bit frustrating.” The two-year Toshiba deal will enable Kahui to return to New Zealand to play in the Super 15 in 2015 and possibly push for a World Cup place. Hansen said he spoke to Kahui following his decision and said he’s taking a “big risk” if he wishes to wear the All Black jersey again. “He’s talked about coming back like everybody else but they take a big risk when they

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Connor McKinnon took out the overall Year 12 and 13 boys’ section at Mount Hutt College’s 2013 Swimming Sports yesterday, claiming the highly regarded Lachlan Cup along the way.

Long-standing swimming records fall By Myles Hume One of Mount Hutt College’s youngest pupils was the biggest star at the school’s 2013 Swimming Sports over the past two days. Year 7 pupil Josh Harkness broke two long-standing records on Monday, claiming the Year 7 boys’ 30 metre breaststroke (26.39secs) and the 30m freestyle (18.72secs) records in dominating fashion, while claiming the overall Year 7 boys’ grade. Josh’s masterclass was laid out in front

of more than 500 pupils who took part in the college’s two-day event, with consistent performers accumulating points to go towards winning the overall grade. Competitors could compete in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, medley and other events as many times as they liked to claim points towards a title and for their house group. Year 13 and deputy head boy Connor McKinnon was the strongest male swimmer, his efforts in the 120m freestyle landing him with the highly sort after Lachlan Cup to go with the overall winner of the Year 12 and 13 boys’ grade.

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Mid Canterbury’s star swimmer Grace Sommerville showed her class, dominating the girls’ Year 12 and 13 grade to oust runner-up Chanaide Fulton and third placegetter Hayley Tait. In the Year 10 and 11 grades, Assina Dalglish took the girls’ crown while Dallas McLeod won the boys’ section. Aimee Elliot was the overall champion of the Year 8 and 9 girls’ grade while Alex Blake claimed top spot in the boys’ grade. The Year 7 girls’ grade winner was Ellie Boekholt, while her counterpart Josh Harkness was the most successful competitor of the event.

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Guardian Weather

Wednesday, 20 February 2013




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Areas of low cloud or fog morning and evening, mainly about the coast. Afternoon fine spells. Southwest breezes.

Fine. Wind at 1000m: Light NW. Wind at 2000m: NW 25 km/h.



Often cloudy. A few light showers developing from afternoon with southerlies freshening. Winds easing at night.

Fine, apart from increasing cloud in the north and east. Wind at 1000m: SE developing. Wind at 2000m: NW turning SW.

NZ Today










Midnight Tonight


Wind less than km/h 30


SATURDAY: Cloudy periods. Light winds.



Canterbury High Country


FRIDAY: Cloudy periods. Light winds.



Canterbury Plains

TODAY: Morning low cloud or fog, then fine. Southerly breeze.

TOMORROW: Few showers developing afternoon. Southerlies.




Ashburton Forecast

30 to 59

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

60 plus

morning min max

fine fine fine fine fine fine fine fine fine fine fine fine fine

16 12 14 12 15 14 11 12 12 11 12 13 9

26 27 25 28 23 25 30 20 26 23 25 20 24

Cloudy periods. Light winds.

NZ Situation

A weakening front moves over the South Island tomorrow, followed by another ridge of high pressure. This should direct a southeast flow over the North Island into the weekend.

FZL: Above 3000m

FZL: Above 3000m

Mainly fine. Light winds.



Cloudy periods. Light winds.

Mainly fine. Light winds.

SUNDAY Cloudy periods. Light winds.

SUNDAY Mainly fine. Light winds.

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fine 16 fine -3 fine 25 snow -1 showers 22 showers 24 fine 10 fine 14 showers 15 rain 23 thunder 26 fine 15 fine 1 cloudy -1 cloudy -1 fine -3 drizzle 11 drizzle 15 fine 21 fine 7 rain 24 thunder 16 thunder 24 rain -2 fine 7 cloudy 6 fine 15 snow -13 thunder 24 fine 10 snow -1 cloudy 1 fine 21 rain 24 cloudy 3 fine 4 fine -8 thunder 24 fine -4 showers 21 drizzle 16 fine 7 fine 1 fine -3 snow -1

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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 9:15 am, yesterday Rangitata Klondyke at 9:00 am, yesterday

122.3 4.97 6.71 52.7

Source: Environment Canterbury

Canterbury Readings

to 4pm yesterday


Ashburton Airport


Temperatures °C


Timaru Airport Average


23.4 95.2

E 39




20.8 58.0

E 44



23.4 79.0

E 22













Tides, Sun, Moon and Fishing m am 3 3



9 noon 3


9 pm am 3

max gust




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min grass 16 hour Feb 2013 min to date to date



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9 pm am 3



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12:44 6:56 1:09 7:12 1:33 7:44 1:54 7:57 2:18 8:27 2:34 8:39 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 6:58 am Set 8:34 pm


Bad fishing

Set 1:22 am Rise 4:42 pm

Full moon

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Rise 7:00 am Set 8:32 pm


Bad fishing

Set 2:12 am Rise 5:25 pm

Last quarter

5 Mar 10:54 am

Rise 7:01 am Set 8:31 pm


Bad fishing

Set 3:07 am Rise 6:04 pm

New moon

12 Mar 8:53 am

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