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Have a Meowy Christmas, says Blacky BY TONI WILLIAMS


Blacky the Wheelchair Cat is “paying it forward” and donating gifts to children to spread some Christmas cheer. The winner of an online competition for Nilfisk – a video

montage set to the music of MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This - Blacky has donated his monetary winnings and brought presents for Birthright Ashburton. Owner Louise Hopkins said Blacky was the victim of a hit and run accident three years ago.

He suffered spinal nerve damage and can only drag his back legs. The gifts, for boys and girls of all ages, would be placed under the Birthright Ashburton tree at Heartland Bank. When Blacky had his accident, it was touch and go to his sur-

vival, she said. But in the end, so many people helped fund a wheelchair for the five-year-old feline, who then became Blacky the Wheelchair Cat. He now has his own facebook page and has more than 8000

friends. Ms Hopkins said in Blacky’s time of need people were there to help and now it was his time to repay the favour. “Blacky doesn’t care what he has got, as long as he has food and is loved.”


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In brief Snap, snap, snap Christmas has come early for some of the country’s well-known families, with the arrival of three bouncing baby boys. RadioLive breakfast host and train enthusiast Marcus Lush took to Facebook on Saturday to announce the muchanticipated arrival of newborn son Tracker. “Born in the pool! Vanessa and Tracker are going great guns,” posted the happy father. Last Saturday, Prime sports anchor Andrew Mulligan and wife Emma had their first child, a son. The Crowd Goes Wild presenter said Cooper was three weeks early. Warriors co-owner Eric Watson and partner Lisa Henrekson also announced the birth of a son, Aidan, last Sunday. Watson’s four children include a son from a previous relationship. - APNZ

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Remembering loved ones with special stars By Toni Williams

Nine-year-old Zoe Ritchie takes time to remember Grandad Jim as she hangs a message on a star on the Altrusa International of Ashburton Remembrance Tree. Her grandad died

six years ago. The tree, in the Arcade until tomorrow, gives people a chance to remember loved ones by writing a message on a star. Each star costs $2 and money raised will go to Palliative Care. People bought the stars for a

variety of reasons, often it was to remember people who had died, others remembered family or friends unable to share Christmas. It could be quite emotional for some and it was not unusual for people to buy their star and

take it away to write their message. The Remembrance stars will be sold until Christmas Eve between 10am to 4pm. Outside those hours people can still buy a star from clothing store Chicago Joes, in the Arcade.


Cash injection for local anti-bullying campaign By myles Hume

A district-wide project to crackdown on bullies has been given another 12-month cash injection. Think First project co-ordinator John Hobbs, who is leading an initiative to reduce bullying in Mid Canterbury, confirmed this week the Safer Ashburton initiative received funding to continue for another year. “I think the amount of support we have been shown with the funding and the community shows people acknowledge there is a big issue here in our district,” he said. Prior to Think First being established, Safer Ashburton conducted a scoping document, surveying 176 people between eight and 20, which found cyber bullying, brawling among teenage girls and Year nine bullying as major concerns.

Think First co-ordinator John Hobbs at the launch of the antibullying website earlier this year.

Mr Hobbs was then tasked with establishing a community action programme, dubbed Think First. Since then, he has established a youth executive board to as-

sist with projects, created a website, Facebook page, produced bullying scenario videos and worked with 650 teens on anti-bullying workshops, among others.

“This funding should take us through to 2015 which is pretty exciting because we still have a lot of things planned for next year, and obviously the funding providers feel we are reaching their goals and our own.” Mr Hobbs said for next year he was planning to produce a video “with a few famous faces”, a parents role model campaign and a free Facebook app. “I believe we are making a difference, obviously things don’t change overnight, it’s more about the short term,” he said. Ashburton College principal Grant McMillan said Mr Hobbs was really starting to get through to local teens. “I think the challenge we have is to equip young people to deal with stuff they have never had to deal with before, so people like John who understand how to communicate well and being local really helps,” he said.

A girl has been flown to hospital in Blenheim after falling off the back of a quad bike. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was sent to the incident in the Marlborough Sounds yesterday afternoon. The girl had been on the back of the quad bike when she fell off and suffered head injuries, the Life Flight Trust said. The helicopter was able to land nearby, and the injured girl was assessed and treated by the paramedic on board. She was then flown to the Wairau Hospital emergency department for further treatment.

Sleepless runner Ultra-distance runner Kim Allen has met her dual goals of breaking the world record for running without sleep and surpassing the 500 kilometre mark. She passed the previous women’s record of 486km shortly before 6pm yesterday at Auckland Domain, and reached the 500km goal just over two hours later. The 47-yearold started her quest at 6am on Thursday, and had slowed to a walk in the final laps. Supporter Michael Rodliffe said the 486km record passed with no fanfare, as they were saving celebration for the 500km mark. “We kept it quiet, we haven’t actually told her yet,” he said. “We didn’t want her to give her an excuse to stop. In two hours time when she’s finished the 500, we’ll celebrate.” - APNZ

Indecent exposure Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to two teenage girls as they walked through an Invercargill park yesterday. Between 3-4pm the girls were walking through Queens Park when a man, who they thought to be about 30, indecently exposed himself to them. He was described as Caucasian, short, of medium build with short shaved dark brown hair. He was wearing a white t shirt, faded blue jeans and carrying a bag across his chest. Police need information. - APNZ

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Ashburton man’s mystery injuries BY SUSAN SANDYS


Police are seeking information from members of the public after a man was found lying injured at Netherby in the early hours of yesterday morning. Sergeant Bryan Ennis said the 26-year-old had been on his way home from a private function, and it was a mystery as to how he came to be lying on the footpath. He was found by a passer-by about 2.30am, at the corner of Albert Street and Rapley Street.

He may have been lying there for about 45 minutes. He had a head injury and markings on his body. He was taken by ambulance to Ashburton Hospital. He was discharged later in the day but remained “sore” from his injuries. “There was definitely vehicles and people in the area at that time. Anybody who might be able to assist is asked to phone the police,” Mr Ennis said. Ashburton police can be contacted on 307-8400.


Investigation into worker’s death The family of a worker killed at the Port of Lyttelton on Saturday morning say he had only just begun work and was rebuilding his life after his marriage failed. Warren Ritchie, 49, died after being struck in the chest by machinery while in the hold of a vessel berthed at the port. His mother Helen Dungey, 68, said the family was struggling with the loss of a “caring and gentle man”. “He had been hit very hard by the break-up with his wife, it broke his heart, and he had spent a year wallowing, really,” Ms Dungey said. Unions have called for a review of health and safety at the Port of Lyttelton after Mr Ritchie’s death and another death last month of contractor Bill Frost. Mr Ritchie’s late father Barry was also a waterfront worker, and he came from a long line of

hard workers from the Lyttelton area, Ms Dungey said. “After he’d decided to get back to work, he went casual at the port for a while and he’d just been full time for a few months. He’d got himself a room in Lyttelton and he was just getting on with things really.” Ms Dungey said she had heard only a little of what had occurred in the accident. She said workmates were with him immediately afterwards and he hadn’t suffered. “There’ll be a big investigation. I believe it’s a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’ve been talking with the Maritime Union, the port’s people and the health and safety ones. They’ve been all very good with the family.” Mr Ritchie was a seaman for some years but gave up the ships to work in a bakery for a long time before returning. - APNZ

Donation of toys much appreciated Mitre 10 Mega’s Simon Lye hands over a stack of toys to Gerald Dolan from St Vincent de Paul. The toys donated by Mitre 10 Mega will be given to children by St Vincent de Paul when they hand out food parcels to needy families this Christmas. PHOTO DONNA WYLIE 201213-DW-007


Power cut points to ceiling fire BY SUSAN SANDYS


The lights went out in a Burnett Street household on Friday night, and then the occupants smelt smoke. Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Alan Burgess said the occupants then did the right thing, by dialling 111, shortly before 10.15pm.

Firefighters found flames in the ceiling, around a light fitting. Mr Burgess said there was damage to the ceiling in a half metre radius around the light fitting, and it was evident the fire had been burning for “some time”. He agreed it was fortunate the lights had gone out and the smoke was smelt prior

to the occupants going to bed. “It’s a bit of a ‘who knows’ one, not sure what the outcome may have been,” Mr Burgess said. He said it was unknown what had caused the fire, whether the light fitting had been faulty, installed incorrectly, or perhaps batts were holding in heat around it.

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Papal honour for pair By Toni Williams

Two Mid Canterbury women have been recognised for their service to the Catholic Church. Pat Duncan and Maree O’Neill were awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal. In Latin it means ‘For Church and Pope’. They received it for outstanding contribution to their parishes in Ashburton and Rakaia, in the diocese of Christchurch. Along with the medal they also received a diploma and insignia – a badge to wear on formal occasions. Between them they have given more than 70 years of service to their respective parishes – Miss Duncan at St Ita’s Church in Rakaia and Mrs O’Neill at Holy Name Church in Ashburton. They were nominated for the honour by Father Geoff Gray at Holy Name. And their nominations went through scrutiny at each level to

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ensure they deserved the papal medal. Both women were humble recipients. “It’s a huge honour, it is an honour. It’s also a humbling experience because a lot of people do a lot of good work,” said Mrs O’Neill. She said it was especially nice to be receiving it in this year of faith and under Pope Francis who was referred to as “the people’s Pope’. He understood modern issues

and people related to him. “I don’t know him, however I feel as though I do.” Mrs O’Neill worked as parish secretary for 35 years. In her time she ran the office for five parish priests. “They had different personalities but were all good to work for,” she said diplomatically. Miss Duncan was also parish secretary, albeit as a volunteer. She volunteered for more than 35 years at St Ita’s and was honoured, not only to be a recipient, but one from Rakaia. “I am very, very honoured. I have found it extremely humbling...but felt it was an honour for the parish (given its size).” The work both women did for their parishes was done with open heart and because of their faith, they never anticipated this sort of recognition. “You don’t expect these things,” said Miss Duncan. “What you do at the parish is part of your lifestyle,” said Mrs O’Neill.

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Skip royals, Brown urged By John Weekes Auckland councillor Dick Quax, an outspoken critic of Mayor Len Brown, has called on him to withdraw from hosting Prince William and wife Catherine early next year. The couple and their baby George will visit New Zealand in April. On Saturday, Quax said Brown should not be greeting the royals after his two-year extramarital affair with Bevan Chuang and a review that found he had accepted free hotel rooms and upgrades. “I’d be absolutely horrified if

Toxic algal bloom alert Holidaymakers are being reminded to be on alert for toxic algal (cyanobacteria) blooms this summer. Blooms of cyanobacteria are a health risk and can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and mouth on contact with water or inhaling droplets and are particularly harmful to dogs. Medical officer of health Ramon Pink said it is the time of year when toxic algal blooms can proliferate in recreational waterways. “Environment Canterbury frequently monitors popular swimming sites but not all recreational waterways can be observed, so people need to look out themselves for these blooms whenever they go near any waterway – whether that is a river or a lake,” Dr Pink said. If ingested toxins can create symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, cramps, nausea, muscle tremors, fast breathing, twitching, paralysis and convulsions. “Children and dogs are very susceptible to toxin exposure because they may ingest or play with the mats,” he says. Dr Pink urges anyone experiencing a serious reaction with any of these symptoms, who may have been in contact with cyanobacteria, to seek medical attention urgently. “If you, your child or your pet has come into contact with these mats, seek medical or veterinarian advice as soon as possible.” In rivers the cyanobacteria is usually in a ‘benthic’ form. It grows on rocks and stones on the bottom of the river, forming a dense brown, green, black or purple growth, which can become detached and accumulate along edges of rivers.

he was the face and the representative of Auckland meeting Prince William, his wife and their baby.” Quax and fellow councillors Chris Darby, Linda Cooper and Bill Cashmore said they did not expect Brown to be mayor a year from now. “Len will need a [Jimmy] Spithill-like recovery in 2014,” Darby said, referring to the Australian yachtsman’s comefrom-behind victory in the America’s Cup. Yet, he added, “he’s a nuggety character unlikely to throw in the towel”. Arthur Anae, one of Brown’s biggest backers on the council,

expected him to stay until 2016, but added: “As for the next term, I’m pretty sure in his own mind he realises it would be a dumb thing to try and restand.” Mayoral spokesman Dan Lambert said Brown was committed to seeing through his term. He said the mayor was still in Auckland on Saturday and had not yet decided where to spend his Christmas holiday. Some local politicians were convinced that Labour MP Phil Goff was considering a tilt at the mayoralty if Brown resigned but Goff dismissed the idea and blamed mischievous

right-wing councillors for the rumours. Meanwhile, Brown critic councillor Cameron Brewer lamented a “ratepayer-funded smear campaign” after he was criticised for failing to make a formal declaration to the council over his MediaWorks junket to Queensland. “This is all entirely predictable when you have a mayor fighting for his political survival and spin doctors out there running a strategy of interference and diversion on his behalf.” Lambert dismissed the claim. - APNZ


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Fire contained Firefighters have contained a large bush fire that came dangerously close to destroying the main power feed between the North and South Islands. A house and several out buildings were destroyed in the blaze at Port Underwood, 20km east of Picton, but fire crews managed to save a further five houses that were threatened by the 6 hectare blaze. Two firefighters also suffered minor injuries, one from the Koromiko Rural Fire Force who was overcome by smoke and a Fire Service member who bruised his ribs and a kidney when he slipped and fell. The fire started at 3pm on Saturday when a tree came down across powerlines. - APNZ

Vehicle crash A person was killed after the car they were driving crashed in Bay of Plenty on Saturday. Police said the vehicle rolled on Troutbeck Road, Galatea, south of Whakatane, shortly after 6pm. The sole occupant suffered serious injuries and was transported by rescue helicopter. They died from their injuries on their way to hospital. The police serious crash unit was investigating. - APNZ

Car dangles from cliff Two people had to be rescued from a vehicle that was left dangling off a cliff after it crashed off a rural Coromandel road on Saturday afternoon. Emergency services, including a Westpac rescue helicopter crew, were called to the crash on the gravel TapuCoroglen Road just before 5pm. A Northern Fire Communications spokesperson said they found the vehicle “dangling off a cliff” 10 metres below the road and but held up by a tree. Two people were inside the vehicle. - APNZ

Tamihere unrepentant East Street was much busier than usual for a Sunday yesterday as Christmas shoppers were out in force. Shops which do not usually open on a Sunday but did yesterday included Health 2000. Owner operator Bob McDonald said he thought trade might quieten down after lunch, but there were just as many people around and his turnover for the day was twice that of the Sunday leading up to Christmas Day last year. “There was certainly a lot more around than there has been on other years,” Mr McDonald said. Photo SuSan SandyS


Alarm at cheap booze in sachets By LynLey BiLBy Sachets of alcohol designed to be slipped discreetly into purses and pockets are being sold in liquor stores, alarming police and alcohol-watch groups. Branded as “Cheeky” and “Sneaky”, the shots are easily concealed, palm-sized alcopops promoted as drinks to carry all the time. Already banned by some retailers in Britain, they are the cheapest single drink on sale, at just $2. Each Cheeky plastic pouch contains 25ml of flavoured liquor with a 20 per cent alcohol content and claims to pack

“more punch than your average RTD [ready-to-drink]”. A rival Sneaky shot contains 21 per cent alcohol. The Cheeky website emphasises the convenience of concealing the condom-like sachets in wallets and pockets and teases about hiding them in comfortable crevasses. A social media campaign also pushes an “anytime, anywhere” message and says the shot may come in handy “while fishing at sea or a night out on the town”. Cheeky part-owner Lewis Gyde said the product was a new way to carry portion-controlled shots of alcohol.

“It means, if you are going to the beach or on a fishing trip, rather than carrying around a six-pack, you can take one small can of Coke and a couple of sachets to drink.” The sachets were intended to be diluted with mixers, he said. Police alcohol harm prevention manager Inspector Ben Offner said he was “dismayed, to be honest. We’re exploring our options on how we can influence their availability”. He said it was disturbing the product was clearly directed at young people and encouraging them to circumvent the law. - APNZ

John Tamihere says he would happily ask his daughter the questions he controversially put to a woman named Amy at the height of the Roast Busters saga. On November 11, six days after Amy’s call to RadioLive, after public condemnation and advertising withdrawals, Tamihere and co-host Willie Jackson were pulled off air for the rest of the year. On air, Tamihere had asked Amy, among other things, how old she was when she first had sex, and whether underage girls who had sex with “Roast Busters” members did so consensually. The Herald on Sunday has obtained a copy of MediaWorks Radio Standards Committee report which clears the pair of breaching broadcast standards. - APNZ

Record broken? A group of rocketry students will have to wait to know whether they have broken a New Zealand record with their latest launch. The team from the University of Canterbury are yet to find the small supersonic rocket they launched from Kaitorete Spit on Banks Peninsula about 6pm yesterday. They hope to break the New Zealand altitude record for the specific class of motor the rocket uses, which stands at 1117 metres. - APNZ

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Big boy’s toy from Santa By Russell Blackstock Luxury cars with eye-watering price tags are on Christmas shopping lists for New Zealand’s uber-rich. Well-heeled drivers have splashed out $1.5 million each for three “hypercars” at New Zealand’s first McLaren dealership since it opened this month. Auckland businessman Grant Baker this week went one better - ordering a top-of-the-range Ferrari costing $2.2m. Baker - director of investment firm Business Bakery and a former co-owner of 42 Below with Geoff Ross - won’t see his black LaFerrari model until next Christmas. “Only 500 are being made and you have to be invited to buy one,” he said. “It is a lot of money, but it will be worth even more straight after I get it - not that I’m buying it to sell. I have owned a few Ferraris but this is my dream car.” Luke Neuberger from McLaren’s Grey Lynn showroom in Auckland revealed the firm, led by Sir Colin Giltrap, had been swamped with inquiries about high-end vehicles. He confirmed that three of

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the top-end McLaren P1 models had already been sold and would be delivered to big-spending customers within weeks. Neuberger said several other MP4-12C coupe and spider models - costing between $380,000 and $500,000 - had also been ordered. “We have been overwhelmed with interest in the cars and McLaren’s New Zealand story,” he said. “This, combined with a competitive price structure, has resulted in several orders, including three sales of the P1 models, which cost around $1.5m each. “We are already well ahead of what was expected and are very pleased with the response.” About 3500 luxury McLaren cars are made each year. Countries are allocated limited numbers for sale, but Neuberger declined to say how many of the British-made vehicles will be imported for Kiwis. Just 375 of the flagship McLaren P1 will roll off the production line. The hypercar has a 903hp hybrid gas-electric engine and is capable of a top speed of 449km/h. It can rocket from 0-100km/h in under three seconds. - APNZ

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ew York City is constantly throwing up surprises for Simon Martin and wife Alex. Simon, who grew up in Ashburton, has been living in the city fondly known as the Big Apple in America, since earlier this year. Not surprisingly, he’s found that the town he grew up in and the city he now calls home, could not be any more different if they tried. Simon and Alex have had amazing experiences, from simply spending time in Central Park and going to the US Open tennis, to watching the Red Sox beat the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, and seeing the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. “The best part of New York however is just being part of the city itself, which consistently throws up surprises in different parts of the city, and there is always something interesting going on no matter where or when you head out for a walk,” Simon said. After finishing at Ashburton College Simon headed to Otago University and studied law and politics. It was there, at Carrington Hall, that he met his wife to be – Alex. Simon and Alex lived in Wellington for six years, after completing their studies. Simon was working as a senior solicitor, specialising in employment law for Quigg Partners – a boutique corporate employment law firm. Alex was working as the HR and travel manager at the Australian High Commission in Wellington when an opportunity in the Australian ConsulateGeneral in New York came up. She applied for the HR manager position for the Consulate-General and the (connected) Permanent Mission to the United Nations. “Within six weeks of her applying for the position we had packed up our house in Wellington and were on the way to the Big Apple,” Simon said. Due to visa and legal restrictions, Simon knew that it would be pretty much impossible for him to practise law there. “But it was too great an opportunity for Alex and an exciting adventure for us both to not take it up,” he said. “Accommodation is extremely expensive in Manhattan for the type of housing you get. It is of course almost exclusively apartment style, with one-bedroom places being the most common. “In-house laundry facilities are rare – we are lucky to have a laundromat just around the corner. You always get a pretty interesting cross section of society doing their laundry on the weekends and the conversations among locals folding their washing can be highly entertaining.” It wasn’t long that Simon got to be a house husband though

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because the Mission for the UN needed a protocol and liaison officer. Simon then became the office co-ordinator for the Mission. Being the protocol and liaison officer meant that he was responsible for all accreditation of Australian diplomats and visitors to the United Nations, as well as the status of each diplomat’s visa and work authorisation. “I’m essentially required to make sure that the mission keeps ticking over in an administrative sense while the diplomats do the important policy work. This includes managing

drivers, assisting with recruitment and training, regulatory compliance and monitoring workplace health and safety,” Simon said. The work has given him an insight into how a diplomatic mission operates, as well as exposure to the UN. “A particular highlight was being present in the Security Council when it passed the resolution requiring the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles,” Simon said. “Having access to the chamber to watch the business of the Security Council has been extremely interesting, especially

during Australia’s presidency of the council in September.” There have been plenty of highlights, but also a few lowlights, living in New York City. “The worst experiences I’ve had in New York have mostly related to dealing with some pretty aggressive and “direct” people. “New Yorkers are famous for telling you what they think and compared to us quiet and reserved Kiwis they can be pretty intimidating sometimes. “And there was the slightly scary moment when Alex and I were followed and yelled at by a rather upset individual with a

large stick for about four blocks. He just didn’t like the look of us obviously.” The couple live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, just off Broadway and about five minutes’ walk from Central Park. “I’m not sure if two places could possibly be any more different than New York and Ashburton,” Simon said. “Living in New York City can test your patience sometimes, with just so many people (around five million) in such a small area. But, the amazing thing about New York is the diversity; not just the diversity of people and cultures, but also a huge diversity of ways to pass your time. “There is just so much to see and the weekends are often quickly filled with adventures to different parts of Manhattan, such as Chelsea and the Meat Packing District, Soho, and the West Village.” It’s a totally different style of living to anywhere in New Zealand. “Most days, the subway is a pretty fantastic way to get around the city and reasonably pain free. We are lucky enough to be in an area that is pretty well serviced with trains coming by every four or so minutes. “Like most other things in New York, it is always pretty crowded but you do get used to it. The different lines are a little like a labyrinth under the city, but again with time you become better at figuring out where to go and which stations to switch at.” However, when summer hits, it can go really bad. “The summer was a struggle especially, with one week in particular being consistently over 35°C and extremely high humidity. As you can imagine, it gets pretty nasty in an underground system that’s filled with so many people and operating trains. “You do acquire a pretty good ‘subway face’, which is the blank expression you develop when you find yourself about 30cm from another person’s face, or armpit if you happen to be short.” They’ve done some travelling around America and are planning a trip to Mexico. The couple plan on returning to New Zealand, possibly late next year. “The chance to live in such an amazing and crazy city, in every sense of the word, was too great to pass up and I think we are better for it. “It has given us a chance to experience a totally different style of living and be exposed to different cultures. But there is only so long you can live without the open spaces we love in New Zealand, although Central Park does have its charms.”

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Former All Black Jock Ross and his grandsons Jonty, 7, and Jackson, 9, help with the third and final year of the Living Legends campaign near Ashburton. PHOTO JOSEPH JOHNSON 180813-JJ-001

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identified as Major-General Mohammed al-Karawi, the commander of the Iraqi army’s Seventh Division. The dead also included intelligence officers, police said. At least 35 soldiers were wounded in the attack, which prompted the authorities to put security forces on heightened alert in the mainly Sunni province, media reports said.

Military reinforcements have been sent to Anbar in preparation for the launch of a largescale campaign in the area, reports said. In the aftermath of the attack, Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki vowed an “iron-fist” policy to tackle the insurgents. “I call on personnel of our brave army to strike with an iron fist against the heads of

the evil minority, and pursue them everywhere until Iraq is purged of their wickedness,” he said. An increase in attacks by insurgents in recent months has raised the prospect of a return to the violence that pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007. According to UN estimates, 659 people were killed in Iraq attacks in November. - DPA

Gyrocopter crash A pilot and his passenger were checking fire damaged bushland when their gyrocopter crashed northeast of Melbourne, killing both. The bodies of the 51-yearold pilot from Melbourne, and a second unidentified man, were found in rugged terrain in Victoria’s Kinglake National Park about 7am yesterday. A police plane spotted the wreckage in dense bushland that has regenerated after bushfires. The men failed to return from what was to be a 15-minute flight from the Yarra Valley conference centre on the Melba Highway at Dixons Creek about 7.20pm. - AAP

Shooting victim dies A 17-year-old Colorado high school student who was shot in the face by a teenage gunman has died after eight days on life support, a local hospital said. Arapahoe High School student Karl Pierson, 18, shot Claire Davis point blank with a shotgun on December 13, before taking his own life, in a shocking rampage that officials said lasted 80 seconds. Officials said Pierson had been kicked-off the school’s debate team and apparently bore a grudge toward the team’s coach. - AFP


Chinese billionaire in crash A Chinese billionaire and a French vintner are missing, believed killed after their helicopter crashed into a river in southwest France. There’s little hope of finding alive Lam Kok, a 46-yearold Chinese tea-and-property tycoon, his interpreter and winemaker James Gregoire after police early on Saturday recovered the body of Lam’s 12-year-old son from the back of the wrecked helicopter lying in seven metres of water in the Dordogne river. The four had boarded the helicopter piloted by Gregoire on Friday to make a celebratory tour of a Bordeaux chateau and wine-growing estate that Lam had just bought from the Frenchman. Lam’s wife had pulled out of the flight at the last minute, saying she was “scared of helicopters,” said an AFP photographer who witnessed its take-off. The doomed flight took place after a lavish event marking Lam’s multi-million-euro purchase of the 65-hectare wine estate, Chateau de la Riviere. After searches involving police divers and sniffer dogs, authorities were today to use a sonar to try and find the missing bodies. Police reinforcements were also to add to the more than 100 officers already carrying out the search, a gendarme commander said. Mangled parts of the chopper’s fuselage and a camera were retrieved from the crash site, the AFP photographer saw. But police said strong currents were complicating the search for the three missing. - AFP


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Twenty-four Iraqi military personnel, including a senior commander, have been killed in an attack in western Iraq, according to police. A series of back-to-back bombings on Saturday occurred as troops were raiding a hideout of insurgents with suspected links to al-Qaeda in Anbar, west of Baghdad. The senior officer killed was

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Parcels contaminated A man was killed and seven others injured in China after receiving parcels that had become contaminated with toxic chemicals, local media has reported. The unnamed man, from China’s eastern Shandong province, died after taking delivery of a box of shoes in late November which were tainted with methyl fluoroacetate, a highly toxic chemical, the Xinhua news agency said yesterday, citing the local post bureau. Four parcels delivered by Shanghai YTO Express were found to be contaminated by the chemicals. - AFP

Crash intentional Lebanese Red Cross workers carry the coffin of British doctor Abbas Khan, 32, who was seized by Syrian government troops in November 2012, into the Hotel-Dieu de France hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, at the weekend. ap photo

Body of UK doctor returned The body of a British doctor who died in Syrian custody has been handed over to his family and British officials in Lebanon as relatives said the regime killed him. Human Rights Watch also piled the pressure on Syrian authorities yesterday, accusing the government of “wreaking disaster” in deadly air raids on second city Aleppo. On the diplomatic front, peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held talks with the foreign minister of Syria’s ally Iran, after negotiators failed to agree on a role for Tehran in a peace conference. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Doctor Abbas Khan’s body was brought out of Syr-

ia and given to his family and British officials in Beirut. “The British embassy in Lebanon is expected to rapidly fly the body to London,” a statement said. Khan’s mother, Fatima, was at a Beirut hospital morgue to receive his remains and accused Syrian authorities of killing him. Britain also holds Damascus responsible for the death of the 32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon. Khan, a volunteer with Human Aid UK, had travelled to Aleppo last year to help civilians when the regime arrested him. Syria said this week that Khan had been found “hanging” in his cell, where he was being held for “unauthorised

activities,” and that he had committed suicide. But his mother told the BBC that Syrian security authorities had killed him. “He was so good to humanity. How could they kill a humanitarian aid worker? He did not treat any terrorists, he treated only women and children, he told me.” While he was in detention, Syrian television had described Khan as a “terrorist,” the term it uses to brand its opponents. Syria’s 33-month war has killed an estimated 126,000 people, and Human Rights Watch says air force bombing raids on Aleppo have left hundreds more dead in the past month. - AFP

A Mozambican Airlines captain had the “clear intention” to crash a plane that went down in Namibia killing 33 last month, according to a preliminary investigation. Flight recorders showed flight TM470 went down on November 29 while Captain Herminio dos Santos Fernandes manipulated the Embraer 190’s autopilot in a way which “denotes a clear intention” to bring the plane down, said Mozambican Civil Aviation Institute (IACM) head Joao Abreu. The plane went down in torrential rains in the swamps of Namibia’s Bwabwata National Park on November 29, killing its six crew and 27 passengers. - AFP

Artificial heart implant A 75-year-old man who last week became the first person to receive an artificial heart developed by French biomedical firm Carmat was progressing well, doctors say. The patient was “progressing and recuperating”, said surgeon Christian Latremouille, who was among the 16-strong team of doctors who performed the operation at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris. Artificial hearts have already been in use for many years as a temporary fix for patients with chronic heart problems. - AFP

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Time to reflect Coen Lammers EDITOR


hen you read this, my family has just started their Christmas holiday. As the year comes to an end we instinctively look ahead at the coming year and at times forget to reflect on the 12 months behind us. The year 2013 has definitely been an eventful one for Mid Canterbury with plenty to celebrate, but just as many moments we’d rather forget. The first memory, or should I say memories, that come to mind are the incredible number of extreme weather events. It started with a bang when a twister ripped through Mayfield and continued with floods, devastating droughts, the big snow of June 20, until the surreal storm of September 10 literally blew the district away. The damage to property ran in the millions and sadly, subsequent storms in October and last week added more pain for rural folk and townies. There was also a lot of huffing and puffing before year’s mayoral election, but no-one could blow over incumbent Angus McKay. While the local elections have become a low-key affair and the campaign failed to capture the wider public, local politics continue to stir the emotions. The attempt by the new council to overturn the decision on the second bridge failed but triggered an extraordinary reaction. Sport again provided some of the brightest moments in the year as local athletes performed with merit around the country and the world. Mid Canterbury rugby had a stellar year, winning the Heartland Trophy, Methven man Braden Currie celebrated a Coast to Coast win, while Ricky May rewrote history, winning a seventh New Zealand Trotting Cup. Aside from all the big news stories, my lasting memories of 2013 are from the numerous public events that have demonstrated the wonderful community spirit and the changing multi-ethnic face of the district, which was confirmed in this year’s census. So wherever you were born, and whatever your Christmas traditions are, I wish you all a wonderful festive season and a terrific 2014.

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id PM Key really “drop the ball” and/ or “miss the bus”- as the late Neville Chamberlain once claimed Adolf Hitler to have done - over his choice of personnel to accompany him to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s funeral? His “failure” to invite antiapartheid activists John Minto and Trevor Richards to accompany him to the Republic flared quickly into the controversy of the hour. Now, with the Great Man safely returned to the land of his ancestors and the mourners equally safely repatriated to their countries of origin, a less febrile - albeit now purely academic - consideration of the issue can be thoughtfully debated. From the start, it seems to have been a question of whether the New Zealand delegation should have comprised the Prime Minister, current leaders and two former holders of High Office, all in a purely national representative role or should there have been a distinctly “political” element including some for whom it was claimed had greatly assisted Mr Mandela’s long fight for racial equality in South Africa leading finally and gloriously to his becoming the first black president of the “Rainbow Republic.” In that regard, the happenings at the Waikato/Springbok rugby match at Rugby Park, Hamilton in 1981 loom large. That the vehemence of the protesters led to the abandonment of the game is seen in some quarters as a “watershed” in the battle to end apartheid and as such marks “the beginning of the end” of that pernicious doctrine. Arrogant or realistic? However we assess the subsequent official demise of racial division in South Africa, it has to be said that despite the Herculean achievements of “Madiba”, as he was also known, that division remains wide in many parts of South Africa. The vi-


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sion is still incomplete. The opposition to the 1981 Springbok tour of this country may well have contributed to the world-wide feeling of repugnance towards the policy of apartheid - and Mr Mandela acknowledged his appreciation - but in reality it was but another step along the long road of New Zealand opposition to it. To have singled out so-called deserving individual opponents would have been both invidious and inappropriate and, in its way, open-ended. No, at such a sombre and mostly formal international gathering of mourning and recognition, a nation’s lead-



ers of the day should be the ones to represent their nation. Ours did just that, particularly Messrs Key, Cunliffe and Sharples. Len Brown. Elsewhere, it has not been a good week for Mayor Len Brown of “Super City” Auckland; “Super City” perhaps but not “Super Mayor”. His off course shenanigans and their financial ramifications, that a $100,000 investigation have now laid bare - if you’ll pardon the expression - have led inevitably to strident calls for his resignation. He cannot be sacked but the put-upon taxpayers of our largest city don’t fancy having

a laughing stock mayor for the next three years the butt of every kind of nod, nod, wink, wink and sly innuendo . . . and we can’t really blame them. After all, our comparable officials are models of probity and decorum. So ends 2013 with, as ever, controversy and contention and, I’m glad to say, the promise of much more to come in 2014! With an election in the offing, we political pundits are more or less drooling at the prospect. Before all that, Christmas and New Year. I wish you all very well for both.

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A warm welcome, ancient sites Amir Bibay headed to Jordan recently to get his Middle Eastern fix of ancient sites and specialty foods – he was not disappointed.


f you are keen on getting your Middle Eastern fix of ancient sites, sun, mint tea, and falafel, the Arab Spring may have challenged your travel plans. Although tourists have stayed largely safe in the Arab world in the past several years, the turmoil in Egypt, war in Syria and spill-over in Lebanon have kept some visitors away. But fear not. Jordan is a world removed from the instability that has engulfed the region and Jordanians warmly welcome tourists year-round. On a recent visit, my first to Jordan, I found myself falling in love with its tranquility and hospitality. Jordan’s sites are spread out, but there’s a good road and transportation system, and not an overwhelming number of things to see. It’s easy to meet and talk with locals, many of whom speak English. The serene capital, Amman, was originally built on seven hills on the ruins of ancient Philadelphia. The modern-day city has developed over a hundred years into a hip town full of young people and a regional hub for tech start-ups. The capital’s most prominent sight is a Roman amphitheatre that’s right in the middle of Amman. On the grounds of the amphitheatre, do not miss the Folklore and Popular Traditions Museum where you can see displays of traditional dress from Jordan and Palestine and learn more about the cuisine

and ways of life of the nomadic Bedouins. The Citadel on Amman’s highest hill is impressive, home to a Roman temple, Islamic palace, cistern and Byzantine church. From its vista you can get a full appreciation of the massive 2000-year-old amphitheatre a stone’s throw away. What the capital lacks in ancient sights, it makes up for in food. In a short span of several days, and accompanied by local friends, I was able to feast on the country’s famed kebabs and mezze — small dishes — and even had pretty good sushi. Whatever you do, do not miss a late-night meat fix from Reem on the 2nd Circle (roundabouts in old Amman are numbered). Find the line of hungry Jordanians waiting outside this takeout shack for sandwiches ($1), and you’re in good hands. The meat is marinated, grilled and topped with onions, tahini, tomatoes and salad for an unforgettable pita sandwich. The wait is long but worth it. Jafra, also in the old city, combines a radical intellectual ambiance with a robust menu of traditional favourites. Photos of pro-Palestinian activist Edward Said, Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwich and Western left-wing celebrities adorn the walls, but the crowd is split between decidedly hip young Ammanis and middle-class families. Sit on the terrace to soak up the street atmosphere below you.

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Outside Amman your travels could take you to ancient castles and Christian and Judaic sites or to wild natural reserves. But all paths will lead to Petra, an ancient city built in rose-red rock that remained largely undiscovered till the 19th century. Petra was built by the Nabataeans, Arabs who controlled the region’s trade routes over 2000 years ago. The structures they left behind are so fascinating they were voted as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in a global poll six years ago. This led to more visitors, so early morning is the best time to beat the crowds. To get to Petra, you can take a bus from Amman (three hours) or hire a car and a driver for about $120 a day. Entering from the official gate, you pass through a tourist market in a street that descends into a wide valley where Petra’s architectural gems begin. Walking through the winding Siq, a gorge formed when land movement split the massive rock mass, you come to appreciate the site’s enormity. You may even gasp out loud when you first glimpse the majestic “Treasury” building through the narrow gorge. The Treasury is actually a burial building and not, as myth had it, a place where treasures were hidden. The intricate facade of the building is Petra’s most famous image, made even more famous by appearing in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Continue along a wide and sunny route past the Theatre, High Place of Sacrifice, Royal Tombs and other structures. The site’s undiscovered gem, at its highest point, is the Monastery, a first century BC building. There’s good reason few people make it there: It’s at the end of a 45-minute climb of 800 rocky steps. But it’s worth it. Beyond the Monastery at that elevation is a spectacular view of the entire city of Petra and the colourful valley, Wadi Araba. I ventured also to Jordan’s well-preserved Judeo-Christian sites, including Mount Nebo,

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where Moses saw the promised land. A map there shows the distance to towns in Israel and the Palestinian Territories; Jerusalem is less than 48 kilometres away. Close to Mount Nebo is the historically Christian town of Madaba, whose St. George’s Church houses an unusual floor map of the Middle East, done in colorful mosaics almost 1500 years ago. Another unique mosaic is the large and almostintact floor piece at the Church of Saint Lot and Saint Procopius in the nearby town of Khirbet al-Mukhayyat. These mosaics were discovered in a family’s house when a cooking fire ruined the plaster hiding the original floor. The keeper of the church and son of that family holds the keys. He’ll let you in and proudly explain that the house belonged to his Muslim family before they donated it to the government, which in turn made it into a church. He earns very little as the guardian of the site, according to my guide, and

appreciates a tip of a dinar. Beyond all this, there’s the Dead Sea, along with more ancient Roman sites, Islamic castles and natural wonders — all beautiful and worth visiting. But if you are tempted to simply lounge about with a glass of Jordanian shiraz and a water pipes, staring at the stars in Amman’s clear skies, go ahead. Enjoy it.


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July 2013 Left: Mid Canterbury’s Alin Onicas goes for a layup during the Canterbury Country under 15 boys’ basketball practice, as the team prepared to head to Wellington for the national championships despite on-going seismic activity following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake centred near Seddon. PHOTO TETSURO MITOMO 210713-TM-132 Tinwald Cycling Club juniors (from left) Connie Davison, Luke Skinner and Caitlin Titheridge were winners in a team time trial round of the Winter Development Series.

Above: Mid Canterbury’s Jon Dampney gets caught round the bootlaces by an Ellesmere defender in their annual clash at Kirwee where Davey Maw landed a 40m shot on fulltime to hand Mid Canterbury their first win over Ellesmere in nine years with a 20-18 win. PHOTO JONATHAN LEASK 030713-JL-025 Below: College A’s Sophie Congdon competes for the ball with United A’s Hannah Blair during the sixth round match of Mid Canterbury senior A netball. PHOTO TETSURO MITOMO 060713-TM-066

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Deon makes the big time Ashburton College cricketer Deon Biggs has been selected into the Canterbury under 17s. After representing Mid Canterbury at the Canterbury regional under 17 tournament he was selected into one of the zonal teams for the tri-series where he was the highest wicket taker to gain selection to the Canterbury under 17s that will play in the National under 17 tournament in Napier on January 12-22. Biggs will be amongst familiar company with Mid Canterbury ex-pats Ryan Bell (captain) and James Southby also selected. Seven under 15 Mid Canterbury boys were also selected into a Southern Districts team to play against Metro and Canterbury Country teams in early January.

Liverpool goes top Liverpool took over at the top of the Premier League table yesterday, while Manchester City climbed to second place and Manchester United continued their revival. With Arsenal and Chelsea facing off at the Emirates Stadium overnight, Liverpool took advantage with a 3-1 win over Cardiff City that took them a point above Arsene Wenger’s side. Manchester City followed their lead by winning 4-2 at Fulham to move above Arsenal on goal difference. United, meanwhile, beat West Ham United 3-1 at Old Trafford to record a fourth consecutive victory in all competitions. - AFP

Sonny Bill to Counties? The Blues have been dealt a significant blow even before the season has begun - experienced lock Culum Retallick has been ruled out of action for six months - while Sonny Bill Williams is said to be joining Counties. Williams is thought to be joining Counties as part of their ITM Cup squad next year, though it is not clear how much he will actually play for them. The connection with the Tana Umaga-coached team may also help Williams play sevens for Counties as part of his goal to make the 2016 Olympics with the national sevens team. - HOS

Ivanovic set for Auckland Ana Ivanovic could end up in Hollywood in the future, having already turned down a film role - but for now she is focused on regenerating her tennis career, starting at the ASB Classic next week. The former world No1 will be a major drawcard for the Auckland tournament. Though her career has stagnated over the last few years, she remains one of the most marketable sportspeople on the planet. - HOS

Phoenix finally break their duck By Daniel RichaRDson

Wizards down Celtics Trevor Ariza scored 27 points to help the Washington Wizards to a thrilling comeback win over the Boston Celtics yesterday. The Wizards won 106-99 but did not lead until the final three minutes, but Washington ended the game with a 22-7 spurt to dump the host Celtics, who lead the Atlantic division despite a 12-16 record. Boston had defeated Washington in their past seven meetings, but could not stretch the streak as John Wall produced 20 points, nine assists and six steals for the Wizards. In New York, Zach Randolph scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to power Memphis over the Knicks 95-87.- AFP


Paddy Bradford tracks the progress of his iron shot from the fairway of the number one hole at the Ashburton Golf Course in the second round of the club’s summer stableford on Saturday.

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They’ve finally done it. After weeks of despair and frustration, the Wellington Phoenix have registered their first win of the A-League season with a 1-0 defeat of Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium last night. After six losses and four draws heading in to the game, Ernie Merrick’s side will have been given some much-needed confidence with the result. The win was tinged with some disappointment though as striker Paul Ifill was carted off in the second half with what looked like a serious leg injury. Wellington welcomed back midfielder Carlos Hernandez for the game after the Costa Rican international missed Thursday’s 1-0 loss to the Central Coast Mariners with a quadriceps injury. Hernandez has also

been the subject of recent speculation surrounding how happy he is at the club as he waits on his family to arrive from Costa Rica, but those concerns didn’t appear to be a factor as he suited up yesterday. Coach Ernie Merrick also made a tough call by dropping the out-of-form Jeremy Brockie for the veteran Ifill after the latter had displayed good energy from the bench in recent weeks. After enjoying a collection of decent chances during the first half an hour, the Phoenix finally broke the shackles via Stein Huysegems in the 33rd minute. The former Belgian international had spurned a couple of earlier opportunities but didn’t need any further invitations as he linked nicely with Hernandez to round Sydney goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic to collect his third goal of the season. - APNZ

Taranaki gallops Today at New Plymouth Raceway

Taranaki RC Venue: New Plymouth Meeting Date: 23 Dec 2013 NZ Meeting number: 4 Doubles: 2 and 3; 4 and 5; 6 and 7 Trebles: 1, 2 and 3; 5, 6 and 7 1 3.25pm (NZT) HERITAGE HOUSE/A+ DRIVEWAYS MAIDEN $7000, MDN, 1100m 1 8x040 Crack A Tui (7) 58.5..........................K Smith 2 050x6 Pins ‘N’ Arrow h (4) 58.5...... R Hutchings (a) 3 Danasonic h (1) 57.............. M Dravitzki (a2) 4 390. Over Itt h (6) 55 ........................ B Grylls (a2) 5 30. Waitino Biscuit h (5) 55 ............... R Hannam 6 No Acclamation h (3) 55 ............ V Johnston 7 Sports Illustrated (2) 55...................R Myers 2 4.00pm BOOF FLEMING MEMORIAL F&M MAIDEN $7000, MDN F&M, 1200m 1 x523x Pride And Passion b (2) 57.5 .....M Cameron 2 x5279 Zetow h (5) 57.5 .............................D Walker 3 x0000 Our Zulu Girl (3) 57.5 .............. D Turner (a2) 4 4x5. Twoznotenough h (4) 56 ..................S Doyle 5 530. Virginia (7) 56................................. J Parkes 6 Mrs Wong h (6) 56 .............. R Hutchings (a) 7 Silkysand (8) 56 .................. M Dravitzki (a2) 8 Zafrenzy h (1) 56........................ V Johnston 3 4.35pm BROUGHAM HEIGHTS MAIDEN $7000, MDN, 1400m

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No Magic Needed h (13) 58.5 .........J Riddell Willhe h (2) 58.5 ...............................S Doyle 3 I’m Fair Dinkum (7) 57................M Cameron Amadeus (8) 57 ..............................R Myers 602x4 Insanebolta h (9) 56.5 ................ V Johnston 3986x Mion Jay (3) 56.5 ....................... M Dee (a2) 09009 Kahui Lass h (12) 56.5 ........ M Dravitzki (a2) 490x8 Kirkinini h (6) 56.5 ....................... B Lammas La Cite h (4) 56.5 ................ R Hutchings (a) 4. Tihi Keepa h (11) 55 0x5. Outoftime (1) 55 .............. D Turner (a2) 58x Durham Rose h (5) 55 ...................D Walker Heapzagold h (10) 55 ................. R Hannam 4 5.10pm WAYNE BEGGS/MAXINE ROGERS TSB REALTY 3YO MAIDEN $7000, MDN 3YO, 1580m 1 52903 Sir Gonzales h (10) 57.5 ..... M Dravitzki (a2) 2 6. Stanley h (8) 57.5........................ R Hannam 3 Chatoyant (6) 57.5 ...................... B Lammas 4 F8. It’s A Monty h (5) 57.5 K Kalychurun (a3) 5 Rathgar h (11) 57.5 .........................J Riddell 6 608. Viaman h (1) 57.5 ..........................D Walker 7 9x322 Zvonareva 55.5 ............................ Scratched 8 56322 Question Mark h (12) 55.5 ............. J Parkes 9 67x05 All Night Delight (9) 55.5 ..... R Hutchings (a) 10 7. Chonney (2) 55.5 ..................... B Grylls (a2)

M10 Christchurch Greyhound Racing Club Venue: Addington Raceway Meeting Date: 23 Dec 2013 NZ Meeting number : 10 Doubles: 1 and 2; 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8; 9 and 10; 11 and 12 Trebles: 1, 2 and 3; 4, 5 and 6; 7, 8 and 9; 10, 11 and 12 1 12.02pm (NZT) SUPER PETS SPRINT C0, 295m 1 88 Homebush Pepper nwtd............J McInerney 2 Fifi Baxter nwtd .........................J McInerney 3 26433 Tepirita Enforce nwtd B & ................. T Shaw 4 x8634 Summer Love nwtd ..........................A Joyce 5 73x86 Hurricane Sandy nwtd................ D T Barnes 6 277 Ohoka Faith nwtd ......................... L Waretini 7 431 Macgyver Rama 17.81 P & ................Doody 8 722 Hermione Baxter nwtd ..............J McInerney 9 735 Ohoka Joka nwtd ......................... L Waretini 10 68 Opawa Lean Meat nwtd L & ............... Wales 2 12.20pm HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBYN HERBERT DASH C0, 295m 1 88 Homebush Pippi nwtd ...............J McInerney 2 37455 Archie’s Comet nwtd M & ..................Jopson 3 Ohoka Too Soon nwtd .................. L Waretini 4 85 Homebush Haven nwtd .............J McInerney 5 Wonkey Donkey nwtd................A Bradshaw 6 88647 Waldo Baxter nwtd ....................J McInerney 7 37423 Cedric Baxter nwtd....................J McInerney 8 Run For Sophie nwtd W &................. Nissen 9 735 Ohoka Joka nwtd ......................... L Waretini 10 4 Angel Noir nwtd................................ B Dann 3 12.40pm ADDINGTON EVENTS CENTRE C0, 520m 1 22385 Jasper Haka nwtd .....................J McInerney 2 68x7 Wigmore nwtd ............................ D T Barnes 3 4266 Archie’s Indy nwtd M &......................Jopson 4 54 Token Ray nwtd L & ........................... Wales 5 431 Girl Magic 30.65 H & ...........................Taylor 6 55566 Fantas Fiction nwtd C & ..................... Fagan

11 0x55 I’llbeyourplatinum (13) 55.5 4 04479 Our Alchemist dm (7) 55.5 .............D Walker 12 6766 Hayley Grace (4) 55.5 .....................R Myers 5 49x81 Stanica Star t (5) 55.5 ................ M Dee (a2) 13 Lady Kalimara 55.5 ...................... Scratched 6 43360 Secret Whisper m (2) 54 ............M Cameron 14 9x7. Phone Girl (3) 55.5.................. D Turner (a2) 7 20740 Jokraar th (6) 54......................T Kahlon (a4) 15 9x79 Tequila Sunrise h (7) 55.5 ................K Smith 7 6.51pm RETURN TO EARTH RATING 65 $7000, 16 Heapzagold 55.5 .......................... Scratched Rating 65 Benchmark*, 1800m Emergency: Heapzagold 1 350x6 Pillar To Post (11) 59 .......................R Myers 5 5.46pm HTL INSURANCE MAIDEN $7000, 1800m 2 x2185 Taipa Tiger (1) 58.5 .........................J Riddell 1 22 Peerage (2) 58.5 ........................M Cameron 3 12x05 Duchessofcambridge (8) 57.5 .... M Dee (a2) 2 34950 Finkbig h (3) 58.5 ...........................D Walker 4 589x4 Hyprofile tmh (3) 57.5 ......................S Doyle 3 x8949 Scarred (1) 58.5 ............................. J Parkes 5 1x960 Rock Express t (6) 57.5 .............M Cameron 4 279x0 Tinnakotu (5) 58.5 ................... D Turner (a2) 6 64064 Brave Kat h (4) 57 ....................... R Hannam 5 0x675 Hezanakilad h (4) 57 .......................R Myers 7 9x412 Celtic Woman th (12) 56.5 .. R Hutchings (a) 6 60305 Shezastunna h (8) 56.5....... M Dravitzki (a2) 8 x718x Just Like No Other h (10) 56.5 D Turner (a2) 7 4000 Duroyal (9) 56.5 .......................... B Lammas 9 6x640 Lucky Spur t (9) 56.5........... M Dravitzki (a2) 8 07090 I’m Bella (12) 56.5 ...........................J Riddell 10 58766 Trickjah m (7) 55 .............. J Shackleton (a2) 9 770x0 Irish Spring h (10) 56.5 ....................K Smith 11 67x78 Viking Chief (5) 55 ...................... B Lammas 10 77x08 Joyohjoy h (7) 56.5 ...........................S Doyle 12 68208 Slippery Mistake (2) 54 .............. V Johnston 11 06636 Alezan (11) 55..................... R Hutchings (a) 13 74560 Going Places 54........................... Scratched 12 77 High Esteem (6) 55 .................... M Dee (a2) Blinkers on: Over Itt (R1), Our Zulu Girl, Twoznote6 6.16pm REVITAL FERTILISERS RATING 85 $8000, nough, Virginia (R2), Tequila Sunrise (R4), Irish Spring (R5), Ballybit (R6), Viking Chief (R7) Rating 85 Benchmark, 1800m 1 4x259 Red Dragon d (3) 59.5 ............ D Turner (a2) Blinkers off : Waitino Biscuit (R1), Mion Jay (R3) Winkers on : Zetow (R2) 2 21382 Willy Duggan dm (4) 59.5 3 40x68 Ballybit th (1) 56.5 ...........................J Riddell Winkers off : Chonney (R4), Ballybit (R6)

Christchurch dogs Today at Addington raceway

7 84766 Finance Tommo nwtd L &................... Wales 8 64333 Rite Round Range 17.72 ..........A Bradshaw 10 18357 Cawbourne Onyx nwtd.................... M Grant 8 63546 Opawa Lauren nwtd L &..................... Wales 9 43844 Cawbourne Crazy nwtd................C Roberts 10 2.58pm SANTA’S DASH C2, 295m 9 7 Caesar Chance nwtd B &................. T Shaw 10 11656 Girl Pride 17.73 .............................R Adcock 1 2325F Glenn Is Goodesy 17.20 ................. M Grant 10 Miss Selfies nwtd ......................J McInerney 7 2.00pm KOLORFUL KANVAS STAKES C1, 520m 2 51868 Bank Roller 17.76 .............................M Flipp 4 1.00pm MERRY CHRISTMAS DASH C1, 295m 1 41142 McJopson 31.23 S & .......................B Evans 3 41381 Sprinkles 17.33 .........................J McInerney 1 211 Angelic Star 17.33.............................J Dunn 2 72461 Radical Rufus 30.62......................... B Dann 4 26155 Nitro Express 17.87 ..................... L Waretini 2 65676 Homebush Nos nwtd.................J McInerney 3 32245 Toddy’s A Flyer nwtd ....................C Roberts 5 11172 Gorilla On Drums 17.51 ...................A Joyce 3 52788 Payment Due nwtd .....................D Stapleton 4 x2463 Travelling Joe nwtd....................J McInerney 6 64274 Starburst Benny 17.55 .................... M Grant 4 58268 Gracy Racer 17.60 C & ...................... Fagan 5 63547 Homebush Coral 31.11 .............J McInerney 7 5F275 Opawa Albie nwtd ........................C Roberts 5 14233 Out Back Bill 17.69 ................M K Dempsey 6 58587 Candy Belle 31.34.....................J McInerney 8 77354 Que Tee Chicks 17.32 M & ...............Jopson 6 38564 Slingo 17.75 .............................. M Robinson 7 44768 Opawa Pearl 30.98 L & ...................... Wales 9 26462 Team Dream nwtd C & ....................... Fagan 7 88x16 Que Tee Pix 17.54 M & .....................Jopson 8 88358 Scotsome Power 30.99 M &..............Jopson 10 44754 Sarah’s Domain nwtd ................J McInerney 8 42312 Opawa Hog 17.86 L & ........................ Wales 9 12577 Mr. Johnny 31.13.............................J Goode 11 3.17pm I PAVE CONCRETE STAKES C2, 520m 9 22456 Wellywood 17.60 W & ....................... Nissen 10 84x57 Silvia Sue 30.93 ........................ A Bradshaw 1 44265 Girl Racer 30.42 H & ...........................Taylor 10 17154 Cawbourne Pilfer 17.38 W & ............. Nissen 8 2.20pm CTV SPRINT C1, 295m 2 36321 Rambunctious 30.63 .................A Bradshaw 5 1.20pm SHIRLEY VET CLINIC STAKES C0, 520m 1 86838 Opawa Romeo nwtd..................J McInerney 3 71216 Cawbourne War 30.22 .................C Roberts 1 67521 Magdalene 30.90 M & .......................Jopson 2 12234 Otto Baxter nwtd .......................J McInerney 4 52512 Joyville 30.58 ............................J McInerney 2 526 Sea Spray Boris nwtd..................B Freeman 3 32241 Son of Grace 17.61 ....................D Stapleton 5 64466 Ohoka Frenchi 30.69.................... L Waretini 3 7 Goldstar Bomber nwtd S & .............B Evans 4 56758 Smash Dora 17.53 .......................... M Grant 6 23178 Jinja Pop 30.47 .........................A Bradshaw 4 Opawa Tom nwtd L & ......................... Wales 5 84562 Cawbourne Tomcat 17.56 W &.......... Nissen 7 11123 Andrea 30.43 ................................R Adcock 5 42734 Trumped Up nwtd M & ......................Jopson 6 46135 Ellie Waves 17.85 C &........................ Fagan 8 48242 Mr. Jimmy 30.81 ............................R Adcock 6 23236 Cawbourne Tip nwtd ....................C Roberts 7 45738 Lachie’s Lad 17.44 M &.....................Jopson 9 51656 Opawa Cassidy 31.07 L &.................. Wales 7 63273 Flip Flippa nwtd L & ........................... Wales 8 34223 Fanta’s Fever 17.43 C &..................... Fagan 10 47331 Opawa Bro 30.38 L & ......................... Wales 8 55724 Speedy Swede nwtd L & .................... Wales 9 22456 Wellywood 17.60 W & ....................... Nissen 12 3.33pm SPEIGHT’S SPRINT C2, 295m 9 45558 Rose Bow nwtd ..........................D Stapleton 10 27133 Bad Week 17.56........................J McInerney 1 23532 Easy Silence 17.72 .......................... B Dann 10 67353 Homebush Titan nwtd ...............J McInerney 9 2.40pm RACINGDOGS.CO.NZ STAKES C1, 520m 2 65741 Cawbourne Porshe 17.44 W & .......... Nissen 6 1.40pm CHRISTCHURCHGREYHOUNDS.CO.NZ 1 F4614 Doleuze 30.36 ...................................J Dunn 3 32528 Starburst Hannah 17.56 .................. M Grant DASH C2, 295m 2 43324 Opawa Stella 31.13 L & ..................... Wales 4 64136 Yaldhurst Edward 17.38 ............J McInerney 1 54265 Rocky Baxter nwtd ....................J McInerney 3 34364 Chill Out Ralph 31.14 L & .................. Wales 5 57217 Smashin’ Time 17.52....................... M Grant 2 38536 Phat Pants 17.66 M & .......................Jopson 4 86787 Secret Sarah 31.03 ...................J McInerney 6 16761 Lamb Shank nwtd .....................J McInerney 3 636F3 Smash Rumour 17.42 ..................... M Grant 5 53232 Harlem Haka 30.71 ...................J McInerney 7 42421 Jack’s A Jewel 17.35 ....................C Roberts 4 85858 Blickling Bridge 17.53 ......................A Joyce 6 25843 Okuku Dreamer 30.77 C &................. Fagan 8 78x84 Avec Lamour 17.58 ...................A Bradshaw 5 24x53 Wandy Destiny 17.54 .....................G Cleeve 7 72888 Botany Comet 30.68 .................J McInerney Emergencies: 6 35164 Word For Word 17.58 .................D Stapleton 8 116 Jinja Ruby 30.57 J & .......................D Fahey 9 26462 Team Dream nwtd C & ....................... Fagan 7 17258 Gone Awol 17.24.......................J McInerney 9 22741 Nom De Plume 30.78................R Blackburn 10 6375F Hazza’s Got Swag nwtd .............D Stapleton



Swann adds to England woes England spinner Graeme Swann has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, saying it would be selfish for him to keep playing. Swann, 34, said it was the right time to step aside and let England bring in some new blood with the Ashes gone after Australia made it 3-0 in Perth last week. “Well, it’s quite simple. When I came out on this trip I half expected it to be my last tour for England,” said in Melbourne yesterday. “I was desperately hoping to win the Ashes out here again, like we did in 201011 but with the Ashes gone now in those three Test matches ... I think to selfishly play just to experience another Boxing Day Test match, a Sydney Test match, would be wrong. “It would be wrong for the team, it would be wrong for me.” The off-spinner has been under pressure to keep his place in the England team after taking just seven wickets at an average of 80 in three Ashes Tests. Swann exits the international arena having played 60 Tests since making his debut in 2008, taking 255 wickets at 29.96. “With two games to go in Australia and then a fiercely competitive summer against Sri Lanka and India, I feel that it is a great time for someone else to strap themselves in and hopefully enjoy the ride as much as I have,” Swann said. “I don’t regret a single day of my career. Every high has been celebrated with verve and vigor and every low painfully accepted as a chance to learn and improve.” England team director Andy Flower said Swann made an “outstanding contribution” to the team. “His commitment, competitive spirit and sense of humour have been recognised and admired by team-mates and supporters alike and he has played a big part in England’s success over the last five years,” Flower said. “The dressing room will be a very different place without Graeme’s unique personality.” - AAP

Christmas Church Services Monday, December 23, 2013

Lagmhor Community Church Service Tuesday December 24 Christmas Eve

7pm Lagmhor Church All Welcome Ph 302 5842

Rakaia Anglican Christmas Services Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Christmas Eve 6pm Christmas Messy Church

St John’s, Barrhill 9am

Sunday, December 29

9.30am Combined Church Service St Mark’s Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all

8pm Greenstreet Christmas Eve Service 11:15pm St David’s Candlelight Service Christmas Day 9:30am Everyone Welcome St David’s Union Church 48 Allens Road, Allenton. Ph 308 5174


Cnr Cass & Havelock Sts Phone 308 5409 Website

St David’s in Allenton

warmly welcome you to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus with us.

St Mark’s, Rakaia 8pm

Ashburton Guardian

10.00am Morning Service

St Stephens Anglican Church

on Park Street Christmas Eve 7pm Children’s Twilight Christmas Eve Service 11.15pm Carol Singing 11.30pm Midnight Holy Communion Service Christmas Day 10am Christmas Holy Communion Service Sunday Services through January 10am Holy Communion

Speaker: Pastor Rob Davison Creche Available Refreshments to follow 6pm House of Prayer

Christmas Day Service 9.30am “Jesus is the reason for the season” YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE VERY WELCOME

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church HAVELOCK STREET

Office: Ph 308 8042 Weekdays 9am - noon

Celebrate Christmas with Us!

Who is He?




God’s Gift to You

Find out more

9.30am Christmas morning

SUNDAY, December 29 10am


Wednesday, December 25

Cnr Cass & Cameron Sts

Evangelical Presbyterian Church

January 5

63 Princes Street All welcome

combined service at the Baptist Church - 10am

Rev David Brown

Mid Canterbury Catholic Churches Ashburton, Tinwald, Rakaia, Methven Tuesday, December 24

6:00pm – Ashburton - Family Mass - Carols from 5.45pm 6:30pm – Rakaia - Carols from 6.00pm 8:30pm – Methven - Carols from 8.00pm 9:00pm – Ashburton - Carols from 8.30pm

Wednesday, December 25 8:30am – Tinwald 9:00am – Methven 10:00am – Ashburton

We welcome you to our services. Graeme Swann - time to pull stumps

Classifieds 24 Ashburton Guardian

Monday, December 23, 2013

Advertising Deadlines



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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING DEADLINES For ALL display classified advertising Publication Date Deadline Monday Dec 23 Tuesday Dec 24 Wednesday Dec 25 Thursday Dec 26 Friday Dec 27 Saturday Dec 28 Monday Dec 30 Tuesday Dec 31 Wednesday Jan 1 Thursday Jan 2 Friday Jan 3 Saturday Jan 4 Monday Jan 6

Puppies are Forever

◊ Christchurch Rebuild Tour 5th January $40

◊ Rebuild Sumner/ New Brighton Tour 18th January $30

Friday Dec 21 2pm Monday Dec 23 2pm no publication Tuesday Dec 23 12noon Tuesday Dec 23 12noon Friday Dec 27 2pm Friday Dec 27 2pm Monday Dec 30 2pm no publication Tuesday Dec 30 12noon Tuesday Dec 30 12noon Friday Jan 3 2pm Normal deadlines resume

◊ Operatunity Glen Miller 30th January

◊ Ellerslie Flower Show 26th Feb. - 1st March


Theatre Royal, Timaru 21st March

For bookings phone

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We are open until 9pm tonight

NON DISPLAY CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Publication Date Deadline Monday Dec 23 Tuesday Dec 24 Wednesday Dec 25 Thursday Dec 26 Friday Dec 27 Saturday Dec 28 Monday Dec 30 Tuesday Dec 31 Wednesday Jan 1 Thursday Jan 2 Friday Jan 3 Saturday Jan 4 Monday Jan 6

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RUN OF PAPER To enquire about Run Of Paper advertising deadlines, please phone the Ashburton Guardian office to speak to an Advertising Sales Consultant. Phone 03 307 7900.

OFFICE HOURS Please note: Our ground floor office will be closed from 5pm, Friday, December 20, 2013. Re-opening Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8am. All advertising enquiries can be directed to our third floor office, phone 307 7900 or email Monday Dec 23 Tuesday Dec 24 Wednesday Dec 25 Thursday Dec 26 Friday Dec 27 Monday Dec 30 Tuesday Dec 31 Wednesday Jan 1 Thursday Jan 2 Friday Jan 3 Monday Jan 6

8am - 5.30pm 8am - 3.30pm CLOSED CLOSED 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 8am - 3.30pm CLOSED CLOSED 9am - 5pm Ground floor office reopens 8am - 5.30pm

Dogs make great companions and will be a life-long friend. This time of year many people look at bringing a dog into their life. Please remember that dog ownership comes with responsibilities. To find out more visit the Council website.



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. SUN CONTROL WINDOW TINTING. Professional window tinting of cars, homes & offices. Quality films for privacy, UV (fading), heat, safety & security. Phone Craig Rogers your ONLY local applicator 307 6347 or 0800TINTER. Member of Master Tinters NZ.


ACCOUNTS and office admin work wanted, part time. Experienced and efficient. Phone Karen 027 443 5722 or 307 7125.


REMINDER Members, please note that 2014 Subscriptions are now due and must be paid before December 31, 2013. Brenda Costello General Manager


FOR SALE - New potatoes Osprey Purple Passion. Phone 308 5972 delivery possible - A.F. Brown.


Real Esate 307 7900


Orders phone John 308 3669 (evenings) Plains Museum, Maronan Road.

021-022 36543. ASIAN, new sweet, spicy, busty 38DD, beautiful, feminine, good massage.

CALL Zoe. Available (no roadside sales) everyday. No texting. Discretion assured. Ph 021 Guardian Classifieds 0233 9259. 307 7900

Daily Events


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.


GENERAL hire. Lawnmowers, chainsaws, concrete breakers, trailers, and more. All your DIY / contracting work, Call and see U-Hire Ashburton. 588 East Street. Open Mon-Fri 7.30 - 5.30pm; Sat 7.30am - 5.00pm; Sunday 8am - 12.30pm. – Ph: 308 8061 A/h: 308 7460


WIND KNOCKING THOSE PLANTS AROUND?? Come see us for the largest/cheapest stake selection in town. Also made to order Vegetable Garden Planter boxes and wood mulch. Adams Sawmilling, Malcolm McDowell Rd, Ph 308-3595. Mon-Fri 7am5.30pm Sat 8am-12noon. EFTPOS available.

NEW potatoes (Frisia). Daily digging, spray free. $2.00 kilo. Delivered to pensioners within Borough. For orders, phone 308 7760. Available at GARAGE SALES 43 Carters Road, Allenton. SHIFTING sale Free Free Free Plenty of free things left, workshop to be empty soon. Daily from 10am. Clyde Cook AFM Ltd (just behind Placemakers) 117 Alford Forest Road, Ashburton.



NEW POTATOES, digging SINGLE bed, mattress and daily. $2 kg. Christmas orders base. Phone 308 8784. taken. Bennett, 22 Melrose Road, phone 308 4015. SMITHFIELD Flowers. Beautiful bouquets and Southberry other goodies for sale, come and see us at 211 Open 7 days Smithfield Road. Cash 9am - 6pm Only Fantastic value. Treat yourself or a loved Freshly picked Raspberries Ranui one. Tayberry and P.Y.O. No Eftpos. 56 Tinwald/ Westerfield/ Mayfield Road. Phone 03 308 1338.

New Potatoes Nadine 5kg $10.00

Monday 9.00am - 4.00pm ASHBURTON BUDGET ADVISORY SERVICE INC. For free budget advice and workshop enquiries. Phone 307-0496. 60 Cass Street. 10.00am METHVEN HERITAGE CENTRE. New Zealand and Agriculture Encounter, interactive fun for all ages. Main Street, Methven. 1.00pm - 3.00pm ASHBURTON AVIATION MUSEUM. Classic aircraft on display including DC3. Seafield Road. 3.30pm - 7.00pm TINWALD SWIMMING POOL. Outdoor pool open in the Tinwald Domain, Maronan Road.

Tuesday 9.30am ST DAVID’S UNION CHURCH. Walking group meets outside church, 48 Allens Street. 10.00am

WAIREKA CROQUET CLUB. Golf croquet singles, the domain, Philip Street, Ashburton. 10.00am METHVEN HERITAGE CENTRE. New Zealand and Agriculture Encounter, interactive fun for all ages. Main Street, Methven. 12noon - 3.00pm ASHBURTON JUSTICE OF THE PEACE ASSOCIATION (INC). Signing centre. Community house, rear of Westpac Bank, 122 Tancred Street. 12.50pm M.S.A. PETANQUE. Come and try Petanque, everyone welcome. Racecourse Road. 1.00pm - 3.00pm ASHBURTON AVIATION MUSEUM. Classic aircraft on display including DC 3. Ashburton airport, Seafield Road. 3.30pm - 7.00pm TINWALD SWIMMING POOL. Outdoor pool open in

the Tinwald Domain, Maronan Road. 6.00pm ST DAVID’S UNION CHURCH. Family Christmas Messy Church, stories, songs, crafts, fun. Everyone welcome. 48 Allens Road, Allenton. 7.00pm LAGMHOR COMMUNITY CHURCH SERVICE. Christmas Eve service at the Lagmhor church, all welcome. 8.00pm GREENSTREET COMMUNITY CHURCH. Greenstreet Country Christmas Service at the church Greenstreet Staveley Road. 8.30pm ST PAUL’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. Christmas Eve service, all welcome. 65 Oxford Street. 11.15pm ST DAVID’S UNION CHURCH. Christmas Eve candlelight service, come at 11.00pm for a Christmas supper.

Puzzles Monday, December 23, 2013 CRYPTIC


ACROSS 1. Minehead is captured? No: that’s the wrong view (8) 7. Hated change that might spell the end (5) 8. Annul the metamorphosis of Cinders (7) 9. Displays one French sable at Lourdes, first and last (7) 10. At any time he may lose head, being very short (4) 12. Carry out order to put one to 7 Across (7) 14. Alarmist loses a version of it created by wind (7) 17. Term of endearment may mean nothing to one serving (4) 18. Ruin act by ringing it down in tatters (7) 21. Those who use the roads as clubs (7) 22. Drive out as previous partner quietly goes to the Spanish (5) 23. Worshipped one at party when fifty changed side (8)









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11. Cut short suitable part of wretched dog (7) 13. Curves no different if one lays them bare (8) 14. Dock me for having treated it with derision (6) 15. Came down on this sort of gentry in the past (6) 16. Felt a variety of needs initiated by the South (6) 19. Fit for use as brief epitaph on grave finally (4) 20. Some old battleaxe, as presented by one who charges (4)

QUICK ACROSS 1. Endure (4) 8. Spent less (10) 9. Encouragement (8) 10. Goes wrong (4) 12. Truth (6) 14. Fake (6) 15. Headstrong (6) 17. Teeter (6) 18. Intend (4) 19. Angry (8) 21. Old car (colloq) (4,6) 22. Witnessed (4)

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ARIES (MAR 21 – APR 20) The days leading up to Christmas are the best time to reflect on the journey so far and ahead, as part of the same continuum. TAURUS (APR 20 – MAY 21) Just as a sense of adventure and the holiday spirit really digs in the Moon returns for his last visit to a fun and playful part of your chart for the year. GEMINI (MAY 21 – JUNE 22) To take your financial power back, not just in the short term but in the long term, focus on the things that you have to be grateful for. CANCER (JUNE 22 – JULY 24) An always important time of year for your relationships has just become a lot more important, with having the communication lines open essential. LEO (JULY 24 – AUG 23) In a few days you can put your work hat to the side, but today is all about getting things done before the Christmas fog descends. VIRGO (AUG 23 – SEP 23) For the first time since 1994 you have a chance to take your professional hat off over the holiday period and it’s a chance that needs to be seized. LIBRA (SEP 23 – OCT 23) While the Sun will always spend Christmas and the holiday period in your home and family sector, this year is bound to feel extra special. SCORPIO (OCT 23 – NOV 24) Whether it’s demands on your budget, last minute deadlines or just life, talk through any stress and don’t sweat the small stuff. SAGITTARIUS (NOV 24 – DEC 21) What you need is a game plan or set of intentions that give you something to aim for, looking beyond New Year resolutions to what really motivates you. CAPRICORN (DEC 21 – JAN 20) This is the first full day of your birthday month and solar year, with a reminder from today’s lunar vibes that it’s all about the journey. AQUARIUS (JAN 20 – FEB 19) Today marks the point where the go slow begins and whether your working year has ended yet or not, to start drifting more towards life’s slow lane. PISCES (FEB 19 – MAR 20) An auspicious time for networking and professional matters will become even more auspicious when you combine the two under one umbrella.

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BAYNE, Helen Elizabeth Peacefully passed away on December 20, 2013 at the Rowena Retirement Village, Invercargill. Devoted wife of the late Desmond Bayne (Maronan Road). Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Kathleen and Lloyd McCallum (Winton), and Ian and Glenys Bayne (Lower Hutt); and all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Loved sister and sister-in- law of William and Mary Francis (Ramaiti), the late Margaret and Owen McDowell (Ashburton), Marion and Jack Ross (Ashburton) Ivor and Roselyne Francis (Sydney) and John and Patricia Bayne (Ashburton) and loved aunt and great aunt of all her nieces and nephews. Messages to PO Box 472, Ashburton. A service to celebrate Helen’s life will be held at St James Presbyterian Church, Thompson Street, Tinwald on TUESDAY December 24, commencing at 10am, followed by private interment.

SMALL, Allan John (John) - on December 22, 2013. Peacefully at Coldstream House, Ashburton. Aged 78 years. Loved son of the late Harold and Rose Small. Loved brother and brotherin-law of Josie and the late Jack Taylor, Neville and Gill, the late Brian, and Pat Small, Hugh, Trish Small, Gerald and Lynn, and Jeff. Loved Uncle of all his nieces and nephews. Messages to PO Box 472, Ashburton. Donations to the Ashburton Cancer Society would be much appreciated and may be left at the service. A Requiem Mass to celebrate John’s life will be held at the Church of the Holy Name, Sealy Street, Ashburton on FRIDAY December 27, commencing at 11am. Followed by private interment.


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MOVIES PREMIERE 6:25 Seven Psychopaths 16VLS 2012 Comedy. Colin Farrell. 8:15 The Devil Inside 16VL 2012 Horror. Fernanda Andrade. 9:40 A Thousand Words ML 2012 Comedy. Eddie Murphy, Cliff Curtis. 11:15 Dark Shadows MVL 2012 Comedy. Johnny Depp. 1:10 Flight AO 2012 Drama. Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle. 3:30 Seven Psychopaths 16VLS 2012 Comedy. Colin Farrell. 5:20 Queen Sized PGL 2008 Drama. Nikki Blonsky. 6:50 Wanderlust 16LS 2012 Comedy. Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston. 8:30 The House At The End Of The Street AO 2012 Horror. Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue. 10:15 Nitro Circus – The Movie MC 2012 Action. Travis Pastrana. 11:50 The Night Before The Night Before Christmas PG 2010 Family Fantasy. Jennifer Beals, Rick Roberts.

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MOVIES GREATS 7:05 The Making Of It’s Complicated M 7:30 Mr Deeds MVL 2002 Comedy. Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder. 9:05 My Cousin Vinny PGL 1992 Comedy. Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio. 11:05 Enough 16V 2002 Thriller. Jennifer Lopez, Juliette Lewis. 1pm The Yards M 2000 Crime. Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg. 3pm Mr Deeds MVL 2002 Comedy. Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder. 4:35 O Brother, Where Art Thou? MV 2000 Comedy. George Clooney. 6:20 The Fugitive MV 1993 Action. Tommy Lee Jones, Harrison Ford. 8:30 Eastern Promises 18VS 2007 Drama. Viggo Mortensen. 10:15 Me, Myself And Irene MC 2000 Comedy. Jim Carrey, Renee Zellweger, Chris Cooper.


12:10 Biography – Jim Carrey PG Documentary. TUESDAY 1:20 Wanderlust 16LS 2012 Comedy. 1am O Brother, Where Art Thou? MV 2000 Comedy. George Clooney. Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston. 2:45 Eastern Promises 18VS 2007 3am The House At The End Of Drama. Viggo Mortensen. The Street AO 2012 Horror. 4:40 Nitro Circus – The Movie MC 4:25 The Fugitive MV 1993 Action. 2012 Action. Travis Pastrana. Tommy Lee Jones, Harrison Ford.

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6am Red Bull Chronicles A magazine style programme featuring extreme sport action. 6:30 Football – A-League (Highlights) Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC. From Westpac Stadium, Wellington. 7am Football – Spurs TV Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur. 10am Cricket – T20 Big Bash League (Replay) Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers. From Bellerive Oval in Hobart. 1:30 Cricket – International (Highlights) Pakistan v Sri Lanka – Third One-Day International. From Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. 2pm Darts – World Championships (Replay) Day 10, Session One. From Alexandra Palace in London, England. 6pm Darts – World Championships (Replay) Day 10, Session Two. From Alexandra Palace in London, England. 10pm Sky Sport – What’s On A look at what is coming up on the sports channels over the next week. 10:30 Cricket – International New Zealand v West Indies – Third Test, Day Five. Coverage of the last two hours of play from Seddon Park in Hamilton.


12:30 Bowls – New Zealand Open (Highlights) Women’s Singles. From Henderson Bowls Club in Auckland. 2am Cricket – T20 Big Bash League (Replay) Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers. From Brisbane Cricket Ground in Woolloongabba. 5:30 Cricket – International (Highlights) New Zealand v West Indies – Third Test, Day Five. From Seddon Park in Hamilton. | Compiled by

28 Ashburton Guardian

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sport Rain the winner on the day

Players waiting on the weather to clear at the Lauriston Oval, but their wait was in vain as rain washed out the start of the second round in Mid Canterbury Senior cricket’s Pritchard Shield on Saturday. Top-of-the table Lauriston were due to host Methven while in the Ashburton Domain Allenton and Coldstream were supposed to clash next door to the Tech derby. Senior cricket resumes on January 11 with the seventh of 10 rounds which sees the side on top at the end of the round robin claim the shield, currently held by the Tech Sharks. PHOTO JOSEPH JOHNSON 211213-JJ-03


Black Caps claim rare series win BY ANDREW ALDERSON Cricket has a way of creating appropriate quirks. Ross Taylor deserved to be at the wicket as Hamish Rutherford drove to the long off boundary to seal the victory in the third test against the West Indies at 1.45pm yesterday. New Zealand won by eight wickets to take their first threetest series in eight seasons. Rutherford finished 48 not

out and Taylor was unbeaten on two. Taylor finished on 866 runs for the calendar year at an average of 72.17, five runs short of equalling John R Reid’s record 871 runs across 24 innings in 1965. He finished with 495 runs for the series, second only to Andrew Jones’ 513 in a three-test series against Sri Lanka in 1991. Taylor, Trent Boult and Tim Southee will get deserved plaudits for their pivotal roles in the

series, but also spare a thought for Kane Williamson. The No.3 was bowled by Veerasammy Permaul slogging to the legside after anchoring the final innings; six runs short of New Zealand’s required total. Since a productive county period with Yorkshire, Williamson has had six innings for New Zealand against Bangladesh and the West Indies. The results: 114, 74, 62, 45, 58 and 56 - 409 runs at an average of 81.80.

Williamson anchored the hosts’ chase. He was supported by Rutherford who, while he didn’t look as comfortable, got valuable time at the crease. New Zealand were 89 for one off 32 overs at lunch before polishing off the 33 required runs 8.4 overs after the break. Some may argue the New Zealanders could have forced the pace earlier, especially during a patient period of 34 balls between the 13th and 18th

overs where they did not score. However, there was no need. It’s not Twenty20. Better to have a steady chase than a frenetic collapse - the 1993 shredding of the hosts for 93 chasing 127 to win against Pakistan’s Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis is an example. Fortunately for New Zealand the visitors don’t possess anyone of that calibre in their attack. - APNZ

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Ashburton Guardian December 23 2013

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Ashburton Guardian December 23 2013