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Kiwi caught up in a revolution BY ERIN TASKER


Jared Morgan knows that in the days to come it’s likely he’ll be forced to flee the country he now calls home. It will be for his own good. The former Ashburton Guardian reporter lives in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine; a country which is in the middle of a revolution. He’s seen protests, buildings set alight and bodies lining the

streets. He’s not scared but he knows the call for foreigners to leave the country is imminent, and when it comes, he’ll do just that. The drama has been slowly unfolding since November and with the country’s leadership now toppled and Russian troops having moved in yesterday and taken control of part of the country, the situation is getting more serious by the day. Yesterday, Russia wrested

control of the Ukrainian Black Sea region of Crimea from Kiev. Jared believes that will just be the start. “It’s happening. They were already coming but it was only late this afternoon that (Russian president Vladimir Putin) asked for permission to send troops in,” he said. Yesterday, the capital was quiet, but Jared said it was only a matter of time before Russian troops arrived.

He’s not scared, but he expects a call will soon come for all foreigners to get out of the Ukraine. Until that time he’ll continue to report to the world what he’s seeing. Already he’s been interviewed by some major media organisations. “It was scarier a week ago when people were dying on the

street and when there was fighting in the streets. So now it’s quiet, but now we’re bracing ourselves for what comes next,” he said. His family back in New Zealand has been concerned for his welfare but he has assured them he’s fine and keeping a safe distance from the action.



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Third son for Gwen Gwen Stefani (left) and Gavin Rossdale’s brood of boys has gotten bigger. A representative for Rossdale has confirmed that the musicians on Friday welcomed their third son, Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale. Rossdale tweeted news of the birth at the weekend and said Bowie and Flynn were their mothers’ maiden names. Apollo’s brothers are 5-year-old Zuma and 7-year-old Kingston. The 48-yearold Rossdale is a musician best known as the lead singer of the rock band Bush. The 44-year-old Stefani is the lead vocalist of the band No Doubt, and has released two hit solo albums. She’s also a fashion designer. The couple met in the mid1990s and were married in 2002.


$5m richer The holder of a lucky Lotto ticket purchased in Christchurch is $5 million richer. Lotto’s Powerball jackpot was struck for the second week in a row on Saturday night, with the winning ticket sold at the Redwood Mini Market outlet. The total Powerball prize of $5 million is made up of $4 million from Powerball first division and $1 million from Lotto first division. Strike was also won by a player in Te Kuiti. The winning ticket, worth $150,154, was sold at Paper Plus Te Kuiti, Lotto NZ said.


Will and Jaden Smith awarded Razzies Will and Jaden Smith have something they can bond over. They were both awarded Razzies for the film After Earth. Jaden was selected as worst actor for his role in the sci-fi flop about a father and son stranded on an untamed earth, while the elder Smith was chosen as worst supporting actor at the weekend’s Golden Raspberry Awards, which lampoons Hollywood’s awards season on the eve of the Oscars. Will and Jaden were also selected as the worst screen combo by online voters. After Earth tied with Movie 43 for the most prizes. The raunchy comedy earned Razzies for worst picture, screenplay and director. Tyler Perry as feisty alter-ego Madea was picked as worst actress for A Madea Christmas. Kim Kardashian was designated worst supporting actress for her role in Tyler Perry’s Temptation.


Royals gets seal of approval Lorde’s hit track Royals is making waves all over again - after one of the industry’s greats gave it his own seal of approval in Auckland on Saturday night. Bruce Springsteen opened his first concert at Mt Smart stadium with an acoustic cover of the song, complete with his harmonica. Footage of Springsteen performing the 17-year-old’s grammy-winning hit is attracting attention around the world, with a raft of websites - including NME, Rolling Stone and - featuring stories on the 64-yearold’s rendition. Locals are also applauding the tribute to the Kiwi songstress, who is currently in America. Edge radio host Dominic Harvey applauded Springsteen’s effort, tweeting a link to YouTube footage of Springsteen singing Royals. “Bruce doing Royals last night. I loved the effort, the personal NZ touch & how he did it his own way #Theboss” he said on twitter. The Warriors were also keen to show their support and welcome the singer to their homeground, tweeting: “#TheBoss @ springsteen is in the house @nzwarriors singing @ lordemusic #Royals #Gold.”

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Rider lucky to escape serious injury By Erin TaskEr

Motorcyclists riding the Ashburton River track are being warned to stay away, following a collision yesterday morning between a mountain bike and a motorbike. The mountain bike rider was lucky to escape serious injury after the head-on collision near where the track crosses Trevors Road. Motorbikes are banned from the track and those who maintain the popular biking, walking and horse riding track say anyone who breaks that rule could be prosecuted if they are identified and found. The mountain biker involved

in yesterday’s collision was not seriously hurt but his bike was damaged, just a week out from a race he’d spent months preparing for. The front wheel was mangled and he has to get it replaced and as he’d already had the pre-race check done on it, get that done again. The man doesn’t want to be named, but said he was riding east down the track and about to cross over Trevors Road when the motorbike turned off the road, into the walking and biking track, directly into his path. He had no time to react and avoid the collision. He ran into the motorbike and was “bumped off ”. The man is “pissed off ”. He

said there were signs all along the track advising that motorbikes were not allowed on it. But when he told the motorcyclist that, he simply replied that he was on his way to the Lake Hood track and used the river track all the time. The mountain bike rider knows the incident could have been much more serious. “If I had been 20 or 30 seconds later, he would have been on the track going quite fast and if I had met him on a blind corner it would have been a lot more serious,” he said. “And a bit further back I had just passed a man and a lady and a little girl on a bike.” If the motorbike had hit them

it could have been disaster, he said. Ashburton District Council parks and open spaces manager David Askin said motorbikes were banned from the track and descriptions – and registration numbers – should be taken and passed on to the police if people were seen breaking the rules. Prosecution was possible if they were caught. “It was a problem early on, that’s why we got the motorbike club on board and they have their own motorbike track,” Mr Askin said. He said signs advising motorcyclists not to use the track were in place but they were at times vandalised or ripped down.

Signs prohibiting motorcycles and vehicles are at entrances to the Ashburton River track. Photo Donna Wylie 020314-DW-478


Balloons part of an aerial wireless network By Erin TaskEr

Was it a bird, was it a plane or was it an alien invasion headed for Mid Canterbury? In fact, it was none of the above. Mysterious lights in the Mid Canterbury sky on Saturday afternoon have been explained. The lights – which looked like bright spots or stars in the blue sky – were in fact a series of balloons let off into the sky from Tekapo earlier in the day. According to the Facebook page, what we were seeing was internet giant Google playing around with balloons. Eleven of them were launched from Tekapo at various times on Saturday morning and they slowly drifted north as the day went on. The balloons spent much of the afternoon drifting across the Mid Canterbury skyline at about 65,000 feet. Exactly what they were doing in our skies will be welcome news for those in remote parts of the district. It’s understood the balloons form part of Project Loon - a research and development project being developed by Google with the mission of providing internet access to rural and remote areas. The project uses high-altitude balloons placed in the stratosphere to create an aerial wireless network with up to 3G-like speeds. Because of the project’s seemingly outlandish mission goals, Google dubbed it “Project

Google launches balloons as part of Project Loon at Tekapo on Saturday morning. The balloons were later spotted in Mid Canterbury skies. Photo Facebook (air saFaris)

Loon”. The high-flying balloons were the talk of Mid Canterbury as they floated over. The Guardian fielded calls from members of the public wondering what they were seeing and speculation was rife on social media as to what the bright spots in the Mid Canterbury sky were.

The view from the ground as the balloons sailed across Mid Canterbury.

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Schools adopt new approach By Myles HuMe

More Mid Canterbury principals are tackling problem behaviour in their schools. A Ministry of Education initiative dubbed Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) is being rolled out across at least another three Mid Canterbury schools, which have joined Mount Hutt College and Netherby in the crusade to improve behaviour in their schools. Tinwald School principal Peter Livingstone was one of the latest to take up the initiative, which allocates about $10,000 per year for the next three to five years.

“For us we want to improve conditions inside and outside the classroom,” Mr Livingstone said. “I wouldn’t rate our school as a place with severe behavioural problems but we have behaviour that at times hasn’t made it a positive place so I think we could do better, and the reason being is so there is a positive feeling in the school for all children.” Mr Livingstone said although it was in its infancy, he wanted to create consistency around the way staff dealt with good and bad behaviour, so pupils knew their boundaries and expectations.

The effect would also allow more time and energy put into learning, he said. Allenton School and Methven Primary have also recently adopted the initiative. Netherby School principal Andrew Leverton has been running it in his school for two years and he was seeing results. He said that was achieved through putting up signs about the school reminding pupils of the Netherby pride values, while outlining the expectations of pupils during assemblies and when they return from lunch. Some of the funding was also used to put a teacher aide on

duty during play time and covering relief teachers while the school’s own teachers attended (PB4L) conferences, among others. “It’s been really good for us because it allows you to look at your systems within the school and you’re not just focusing on children’s behaviour but also on how you can improve their learning,” he said. According to the ministry’s website, it has reprioritised $45 million funding for PB4L from 2010 to 2014. The Government provided further one-off additions of $15 million in the 2009 and 2012 Budgets and $63.6 million in the 2013 Budget.

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Speedway injury Firefighters were called to Ashburton Speedway yesterday to free an injured driver from his race car. Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade station officer Murray Cairns said firefighters cut the roof off the man’s car to free him after he complained of soreness. “He had been in a race and drove back into the pits and found he was pretty sore. So the first aid people decided not to take any chances,” Mr Cairns said. Unable to free him from the car without moving him too much, the fire brigade was called to cut the roof off his car to get him out. He was then taken to Ashburton Hospital by the St John Ambulance.

Burn-off alarm Smoke from a burn-off on the outskirts of town yesterday morning prompted a call-out for the Methven Volunteer Fire Brigade. The call came from a resident in the town who saw the smoke at about 11.40am, but firefighters determined it was a burn-off and were back at the station in no time.

Weather warning Summer is officially over. Although Friday’s forecast thunder storms and hail didn’t eventuate, according to the MetService, today could be the day. The MetService is forecasting showers, some heavy and with hail, with fresh cold southwesterlies for Ashburton today. It’s predicting a high of just 15 degrees. Hail has been troublesome in Mid Canterbury in recent months, causing damage to property and crops around the district. Thursday is set to be the warmest day this week with a high of just 19 degrees.

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Fishermen, women and children line the bank on a much sunnier and warmer day which dawned for day two of the Rakaia Salmon Fishing Competition. Photo JosePh Johnson 010314-JJ-106

Anglers deprived of trophy fish By erin Tasker

Low river levels meant the number of entrants and fish caught were down at the weekend’s annual Rakaia Salmon Fishing Competiton. But that didn’t stop the hundreds who still flocked to Rakaia for the big weekend of fishing from having a great time. The fishing competition started on Friday, with the first fishermen out at the crack of

dawn to find their spot on the banks of the Rakaia River on what turned out to be a freezing cold opening day. The last chance to weigh in any catch was at 11.30am yesterday. Saturday and Sunday’s fishing conditions were much more pleasant, with the sun making an appearance, though the fish didn’t. The competition attracted 672 senior fishers – down from the usual 750 - and 116 juniors, but between them they

only managed to catch a total of 87 fish. Rakaia River Fishing Promotions treasurer Nicky Kelly said 53 salmon were caught, and 34 trout in the senior category, and one salmon and six trout by the juniors. The heaviest salmon prize went to Kaiapoi’s Kevin Belcher for his 6.96kg catch, while the only salmon caught in the junior section weighed in at 0.32kg. That was caught by

youngster Byron O’Reilly. The prize draw for a Kawasaki motorbike, drawn at yesterday’s prizegiving at the Rakaia Community Hall, was won by Temuka’s Blue Rooney. It had been hoped a fresh would come through ahead of the competition to help with the river levels and fish numbers but that didn’t eventuate, contributing to the lower than usual numbers of competitors and fish caught.

Firefighters who dealt with a small fire at a Boundary Road property yesterday afternoon are reminding people that fire restrictions are still in place. Yesterday’s fire, shortly after 4pm, saw volunteer firefighters from Hinds and Willowby turn out. Hinds volunteer rural fire force’s Bryan Pitt said the fire would be investigated to see if restrictions had been breached. Mr Pitt said a number of fires were lit over the weekend and he urged people to remember fire restrictions were still in place. “Just because we’ve had an inch of rain it doesn’t mean people can go and light their rubbish pits on fire. Restrictions are still in place,” he said.

Body found on beach A man’s body has been found on a beach near the mouth of the Kahurangi River on the West Coast. The body was discovered at the high tide mark yesterday by two trampers walking along the beach.

Lotto results Official Lotto results for draw number 1395 drawn on Saturday. Winning numbers (in ascending order): 1, 9, 13, 20, 31, 33. Bonus number: 38. Powerball winning number: 5. Strike: 9, 13, 33, 31.

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Rakaia shearers cut path to top 5

Farm in flames

By Erin TaskEr

Firefighters were likely to work well into the night at the scene of a large fire at a Wakanui property last night. Photo Donna Wylie

By Erin TaskEr

Volunteer firefighters from around the district were last night fighting what they described as “a very large fire” near Wakanui. When the Guardian spoke to Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Alan Burgess at about 8.30pm last night a clear picture of the fire was yet to be built up, but early indications were it involved about 2500 hay bales, a hay shed, two headers and a tractor.

“Whatever it is, it’s a very substantial fire, that’s for sure,” he said. The fire was at a property on Le Bretons Road and Mr Burgess said firefighters would be at the scene for hours. The Salvation Army had been called to the scene to ensure firefighters were kept fed, with hours of hard work in front of them to get the fire under control. The Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade was alerted to the fire shortly after 6pm and back

up was called when the scale of the fire was discovered. The Methven and Rakaia volunteer fire brigades were called to help, along with rural fire appliances, and there were six tankers and three fire appliances at the scene. It’s understood firefighters were also trying to stop the fire from spreading into a nearby shearing shed. A southerly change came through the area at about 8pm but Mr Burgess said that had not assisted firefighters. The

only thing that would assist them was rain and that was not forecast to come through until after midnight. The fire comes just days after a series of fires in hay bales and a hay shed– in rural areas surrounding Tinwald - which had police on the hunt for an arsonists, after it was determined they were deliberately lit. They occurred eight days prior and Mr Burgess said it was too early to say whether there was any link between those fires, and last night’s.


Crews tested at Methven fire skills contest Ashburton volunteer firefighter Andrew Price (in green) lines up ready for the South Island Waterways Championships in Methven on Saturday. Fire brigades from around the South Island – from Blenheim to Bluff – sent crews to Methven to compete in the event at the Methven Domain, in two-man and four-man teams. More than 80 firefighters took part and the two-man competition was won by the Christchurch Airport Rescue squad and the four-man was won by firefighters from Rangiora.

Photo JosePh Johnson 010314-JJ-110

Two Rakaia shearers finished in the top five in the finals of the national shearing circuit held at Masterton at the weekend. Tony Coster placed second, while Grant Smith finished fourth, but both missed out on the finals for the weekend’s other big title – the Golden Shears. Coster made the Golden Shears semi-finals but failed to make the final – which ended up being a Hawke’s Bay trifecta, with Hastings’ Rowland Smith winning, Napier’s John Kirkpatrick second and Waipawa’s Cam Ferguson third. Also missing from the finals was 16-time Golden Shears winner David Fagan, who went into the weekend as a favourite to take out both titles, but came away with none. Fagan had to settle for ninth place in the national circuit semi-finals shear – which featured four Rakaia shearers – and seventh in the Golden Shears semi-final. Heading into the national circuit finals, incorporating McSkimming Memorial Triple Crown (15 sheep) - where the top 12 based on points for their placings at each stage squared off in the semi-finals - Coster was the more fancied of a number of local shearers competing. The TAB had him at $6 to win, compared to $2.50 for Fagan. Coster went into the finals in sixth place on earlier results. Meanwhile, a Welsh surprise was a feature of the event after two Welsh shearers beat their fancied opposition to win the first two titles on offer at the Golden Shears. First, 24-year-old Hefin Rowlands won the junior final, and then 19-year-old AlynLoyd Jones won the intermediate final. They were the first New Zealand Golden Shears titles won by Welsh shearers in 23 years.

Tony Coster in action.

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In brief Chemical spill Four people have been taken to Christchurch Hospital after a chemical spill in an industrial area of Wigram. A liquid had spilt from a drum in the yard of a freight forwarding company, Fire Service southern communications shift manager Andrew Norris said. The Fire Service had been alerted to the spill about 10am and a hazardous materials unit had been handling the incident. An ambulance spokesman said four workers were taken to Christchurch Hospital as a precaution. The workers were observed to ensure they were okay, he said. The liquid, which was yet to be identified, was not posing any risk to nearby properties or people, Mr Norris said. - APNZ

Tourist hurt on raft

Photo Donna Wylie 020314-DW-140

Fun aplenty for kids at Tinwald Domain Testing her balance in a water walker at Mid Canterbury’s Children’s Day celebrations yesterday was seven-year-old EmilyJane Elliot. Mid Canterbury’s international Children’s Day celebrations were held at the Tinwald Domain and the Plains Railway and included free rides, face painting, crafts and heaps of other activities. The sun came out for the day meaning it was a great day out for families, with many taking a picnic lunch and making a day of it.

Mum drowns trying to save son A 47-year-old mother, attempting to save her son, drowned on Saturday near Mahia in northern Hawke’s Bay. Detective Jason Thackeray, of Wairoa Police, said the local woman’s “motherly instincts” kicked in as she rushed to help her distressed boy, believed to be about 10, in the waves near the small town of Opoutama just after 1pm. “One of the woman’s children went and got mum to say her other young one was in trouble.

“She just jumped in and tried to do her best. We would all do the same for our kids, it’s a real tragedy.” He said, when police arrived at the scene, paramedics were already trying to revive her. St John Heretaunga territory manager Brendon Hutchinson said the boy was able to make his way back to shore, while two people nearby attempted to rescue the woman before performing CPR until emergency services arrived about 1.30pm. “Tragically, she had already

died when St John paramedics arrived at the beach despite their best efforts to revive her.” Detective Thackeray said conditions at the beach were unusually choppy on an otherwise calm and remote stretch of the coast. “It’s normally quite safe, there are no known rips - it really depends on which direction the wind is coming from.” Mahia Beach Motels and Holiday Park manager Melanie Isherwood said the two rescuers who attempted to save the

mother were staying at the camp site. “They are pretty shocked and upset by everything. We had a big southerly swell and when we get a southerly it can affect that side of the bay.” Mrs Isherwood said the 47-year-old had two young sons and expected the small community to be in “shock”for some time. “It’s usually such a safe swimming beach, but obviously [yesterday] the conditions turned a bit.” - APNZ

KiwiRail workers fear asbestos in trains Cost-cutting exercises by KiwiRail could end up costing workers their lives if tests on Chinese-made trains show positive results for asbestos, the train drivers’ union says. It comes after 40 of the stateowned company’s locomotives were taken out of action following the discovery of the potentially deadly material in a soundproofing compound inside one of the vehicles on Friday. Initial tests had confirmed

the asbestos was contained and not a health risk, KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy said. However, further testing will be carried out today to see if the material had leaked into the air or onto surfaces of any of the trains. Wayne Butson, general secretary of the Rail and Marine Transport Union (RMTU), said the situation had left many workers fearing for their health and that of their families. “There’s the likelihood that

they may either have breathed in asbestos fibres and be susceptible then to what is essentially a death sentence if it materialises in the lungs and triggers mesothelioma, or they may have taken it home in their clothing, put it into the washing machine and therefore any member of the family is at risk as well,” he said. “So members are extremely concerned about all of this.” Tests that were carried out last year on the locomotives,

following revelations that Chinese-manufactured vehicles in Australia contained the product, had given the locomotives the all clear, he said. “So clearly that’s not true, and unfortunately the same company that’s testing them now is the same one that tested them last year, and so there may be a wider discussion around that,” Mr Butson said, adding that it is not illegal to import asbestos into New Zealand, as it is in other countries. - APNZ

An Australian tourist has suffered spinal injuries in a whitewater rafting incident near Rotorua. The 26-year-old injured her back after going over a set of falls on the Kaituna River. The location of the incident was inaccessible by ambulance and the Rotorua-based Bay Trust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to nearby Okere Falls just after 11am yesterday. The woman was winched to safety and was flown to Rotorua Hospital for treatment and observation.

Shark ashore A shark, more than two metres long and believed to be a bronze whaler, washed ashore on Auckland’s Browns Bay beach just after midday yesterday. The shark was found by beach-goers with a recreational fishing net around its head, gills and tail, and attracted a crowd of curious onlookers. A group of local boys removed it from the beach by winching it onto the back of a ute, and told onlookers they were going to eat it and use it for burley. The shark was last seen at the back of a local fish and chip shop where the boys were planning to dissect it. A Ministry for Primary Industries’ spokesman said that as the bronze whaler was not a protected species, there was nothing illegal about removing the shark from the beach. - APNZ

Dawson’s finale Charlotte Dawson’s ashes will be scattered in the three countries that held special meaning to the glamorous model-turned-media personality who last weekend took her life in her Sydney apartment. Sister Vicky Dawson said the 47-year-old’s ashes would go to Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand. Dawson said close friends and family in each country would scatter the ashes. - APNZ

Missing tramper Searchers have found no sign of a 19-year-old tourist, whose tramping pack was found abandoned in Nelson Lakes National Park. Search teams spent yesterday in the Travers Saddle area, searching for missing German Christian Ulf Erik Prehn. The search has concentrated in the area his pack was found but searchers found no trace of Mr Prehn. A helicopter and a dog team have returned to base and would continue tomorrow. - APNZ

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Former Ashburton Guardian reporter Jared Morgan lives in a country which looks set to be the scene of the world’s latest war. He lives in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. He gives his take on events to Guardian reporter Erin Tasker.

Inside Kiev’s war zone J

ared Morgan is caught in the middle of a war zone. The people have revolted. They’ve partied, protested and some have been killed, and now, Russian troops have started moving in. Jared lives in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. He’s been there for three years and he knew when he moved there, there was a fair chance a revolution might happen. That’s part of the reason he went, and now the former Ashburton Guardian reporter is reporting for print, radio and television news agencies around the world, giving his thoughts on what’s an increasingly volatile situation with no end in sight at the moment. It began three months ago; November 21 or 22, Jared said. That was when Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, who is now on the run, indicated he would not sign an association agreement with the European Union. His people were unhappy. “At that point it was ‘oh, maybe he will change his mind so we will protest and we will have major parties and he will change his mind’,” Jared said. By November 29 he hadn’t changed his mind. November 30 saw the first clampdown on protests; people were beaten. “From that point on it became about toppling the regime, which was achieved last week, but all eyes were on Russia and what would happen following the end of Sochi (the Winter Olympics).” The revolution so far has unfolded very quickly but that will change from here on in, Jared predicts.

“I’m picking that it will be slow. I think a lot of people - especially in today’s day and age of internet – think a revolution should happen overnight and everything should happen quickly, but there are lessons to be learnt from places like Syria that it’s two or three years of fighting before anything changes,” he said. Jared’s daily commute to work – as a journalist for What’s On, an entertainment magazine which since the beginning of the revolution has become a news/entertainment magazine – involves passing by the protest zone twice a day. It has become normal; a part of daily life. “Thursday a couple of weeks ago I left the Metro station and people were dying. That was the only difference between the start of the protest and now – there were shots being fired,” he said. After years of working as a police reporter for New Zealand newspapers, including the Guardian, and covering the aftermath of the deadly Christchurch earthquake, Jared said seeing bodies lining the street wasn’t a huge shock to him. What was hard to deal with was that it wasn’t due to a crash or an event of nature; this was people killing people. Despite the death and fighting surrounding him, Jared feels safe. “I go as close as I know I should go. The cops I worked with in Southland said go within 100 metres and you’ll be ok and that’s true, and that’s where I was,” he said. He’s watched, he’s taken photographs and he’s told the world what he’s seen.

Jared has become a foreign correspondent, reporting for news agencies around the world, including America’s Fox News network and various European news agencies. He first travelled to the Ukraine at the time the presidential election was held in 2010, for a five-week holiday, but he got a job and returned to live in August 2011. He knew what was coming. “I think everyone knew that something had to change. Everybody knew that a revolution was coming and that’s part of the reason I came back here, to be a part of it,” he said. “It’s not unexpected, but how it has unfolded and how corrupt the actual authorities were is unexpected.” Despite the revolution and the fact Russian troops are on moving in, life is going on as per normal in Kiev, Jared said. “It’s pockets in the centre. You have this zone which as things got worse, got bigger and bigger. But you only have to go maybe 500 metres from the barricades and life is normal,” he said. People are still going out to the cinema and out for tea at restaurants. “It hasn’t changed life as such, it’s just become part of life.” Jared expects the time to come home isn’t far away. “I’m here until things get really, really bad, but I guess if things were to change drastically and if foreigners were told to leave, then of course I’ll leave,” he said. Despite the turmoil, Jared still describes the Ukraine as a fascinating country and Kiev was a beautiful city.

Jared Morgan, in Kiev.

Mourning the lives lost in Ukraine’s revolution violence.

Banana shortage expected as boat turned back A major grocery chain is unable to guarantee bananas will be available on shelves this week, as a nationwide shortage looms. New Zealand has the highest rate of banana consumption in the world per capita, but that was expected to take a hit with supplies expected to be down 30 per cent this week. Mechanical problems forced a shipment of New Zealandbound Dole bananas to return to the Philippines, sending grocery chains scrambling to source an

already weather-affected supply. Foodstuffs retail general manager Alan Malcolmson confirmed “we are expecting a shortage”. “I am anticipating a couple of weeks, maybe three weeks at the most.” The grocery giant, which operates New World, Pakn’Save and Four Square brands, had sourced Bonita bananas from South America, which normally make up only a small number of its banana stock, to alleviate the shortfall.

“We have people on the ground endeavouring to get as many bananas as we can but when a whole shipload gets turned back on top of a shortage through weather conditions it makes it very hard . . . but we will get through,” Mr Malcolmson said. He said bananas were not a big money earner for the New Zealand-owned company “it is a lead product and we like to have bananas on shelves 24/7”. But asked if customers could

expect bananas to be on shelves 24/7, he replied “I can’t guarantee that”. “It is depending on the logistics of how many bananas we can get though.” Peter Hendry, chief executive of MG Marketing, Foodstuffs’ main banana supplier, said the supply of bananas for this week would be down 30 per cent due to the vessel breaking down. A new shipment was expected to arrive in Auckland on Friday, with supply to retail expected

to be back to normal from next Wednesday. A spokeswoman for Australian-owned Progressive Enterprises, which operates Countdown, Fresh Choice and SuperValue brands, said “we’ll be doing our best to manage stock centrally to ensure any impact to customers is kept to a minimum”. Countdown sourced bananas from both the Philippines and Ecuador but was expecting some impact. - APNZ

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Above: The Rakaia countryside played host to hundreds of cyclists on Saturday. photo joseph johnson 010314-jj-008

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29 killed in China attack


was orchestrated by separatists from the northwest region of Xinjiang, a vast and distant area home to the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority, Xinhua reported. Xinjiang is periodically hit by violent clashes between locals and security forces but attacks targeting civilians are rare, and are unheard of in Yunnan, more than 1600km from Xinjiang and a popular tourist destination. The attack comes months after three members of the same family from Xinjiang crashed their car into crowds of tourists in Tiananmen Square in

Beijing, the symbolic heart of the Chinese state, killing two, before setting it on fire and dying themselves, according to authorities. A knife victim named Yang Haifei, who was wounded in the chest and back, told Xinhua that he had been buying a train ticket when the attackers approached. “I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone,” he said. Some who managed to escape were desperately looking for missing loved ones. “I can’t find my husband, and his phone went unanswered,”

Yang Ziqing was quoted as saying. She said she had been waiting for her train to Shanghai “when a knife-wielding man suddenly came at them”. Officers sealed off a wide area around the station, reports said, while police were questioning people at the site. The attackers were dressed in similar black clothing, the official China News Service said, citing witnesses. “A group of men carrying weapons burst into the train station plaza and the ticket hall, stabbing whoever they saw,” it said. - AFP


Demonstrators gather outside the White House in Washington. Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light at the weekend to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine. ap photo

US warns Putin over Crimea incursion US President Barack Obama has told Vladimir Putin that Russia has violated international law with its incursion into Ukraine, which put its army on high alert. Saturday’s 90-minute telephone call between the two leaders, whose relationship was already acrimonious at best, came after the Russian parliament gave Putin the green light to send troops into neighbouring Ukraine. Ukraine’s interim leaders immediately responded by both putting its army on heightened alert and voicing confidence that war will be averted because it would break the two neighbours’ historic relations for good. Obama told Putin that his actions were a “breach of international law, including

Son-in-law on trial A son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and former al Qaeda spokesman will go on trial in New York today, accused of conspiracy to Sulaiman kill Americans Abu Ghaith and supporting terrorists. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who spent time with bin Laden in Afghanistan, is best known for making incendiary threats in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks that killed 3000 people. The 48-year-old suspect from Kuwait is one of the most senior alleged al Qaeda members to face trial in the United States and faces life behind bars in an American prison if convicted. - AFP

Nabbed three times A NSW father on his p-plates who allegedly drove drunk to a police station to collect his daughter after she was caught boozed up behind the wheel has been nabbed for drink driving twice more in 24 hours. After his 19-year-old daughter blew 0.016 at Toronto police station on Friday night, the man arrived to collect her only to be breath tested himself. He was found to have a blood alcohol reading of 0.192. The 37-year-old was charged and his provisional licence was suspended. About 13 hours later the man was stopped at a random breath test. He was taken back to Toronto police station and blew 0.190. Police charged the man with another high-range drink driving offence. But about 10 hours later, he was caught for the third time after losing control of his car and driving down the wrong side of the road. This time he was caught with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.159. He was given his third highrange drink driving charge. - AAP

Four killed, 60 hurt at carnival Four people have been killed and more than 60 injured after a bridge collapsed onto spectators and marching musicians in the opening Carnival parade in Bolivia’s Oruro highlands. Interior Minister Carlos Romero said three of the dead were musicians from the Poopo band, while the other was walking on the temporary footbridge, which collapsed due to being overloaded. Bolivian President Evo Morales, a band musician in his youth, “has sent his condolences and sympathy, and expressed solidarity with the families of the victims and the people of Oruro as a whole”, Romero said. Despite the tragedy, the local folklore association vowed to keep the festival running. “Obviously, this is very painful ... So we have suggested to divert the parade” to a different route to keep the festivities going,” association president Jacinto Quispaya told reporters. Some dancers completed the 4km course without their traditional masks and holding a black banner to mark their mourning, according to local radio. Around 300,000 people usually attend the parade in the southwestern Andean mining town of Oruro, known as Bolivia’s capital of folklore, in honour of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of the tunnels. At least 35,000 dancers and 6000 musicians participate in this festival. - AFP


In brief


Knife-wielding assailants have killed 29 people and wounded more than 130 in an unprecedented attack at a Chinese train station, state media has reported, blaming separatists from Xinjiang. Victims described attackers dressed in black bursting into Kunming station in the southwestern province of Yunnan and slashing indiscriminately as people queued to buy tickets. Police shot dead at least four attackers and were hunting for the others, the official Xinhua news agency said. The Kunming city government said the weekend attack

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Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, and of its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine.” US officials have warned that Obama and other European leaders were unlikely to show up at the G8 summit in the showcase Black Sea resort of Sochi if the Ukraine crisis was not resolved. “Going forward, Russia’s continued violation of international law will lead to greater political and economic isolation,” the White House warned in a statement. A bloody three-month uprising in the former Soviet republic swept pro-EU leaders to power in Kiev, while also sparking a pro-Kremlin backlash on the Crimean peninsula. In a stark escalation of what threatens to become the

worst crisis in relations between Moscow and the West since the Cold War, Kalashnikov-wielding militia hoisted the Russian flag over Crimean government buildings and seized control of the peninsula’s airports. Pro-Kremlin rallies also swept several big eastern and southern Ukrainian cities whose cultural links to Moscow stretch back centuries and whose economic survival depends largely on Russian trade. Putin’s shock decision to seek authorisation from the upper house of parliament to use force in the ex-Soviet country of 46 million came less than a day after Obama warned that any such action would carry “costs” for Moscow. - AFP

Light plane crashes A light plane slammed into a transport depot and bounced over a fence in a horrific crash that killed a pilot in southeast Queensland. Firefighters say the man’s plane burst into flames before coming to rest on an embankment. Emergency services were alerted to the crash on Princes Road at Gatton, west of Ipswich, about 7.20am yesterday. - AAP

Boy shot by brother Authorities say an 8-year-old US boy has been shot in the chest and killed while one of his brothers was playing with a loaded handgun he thought was a pellet gun. Cincinnati Police Lt Don Luck said the three boys were visiting an uncle when one pulled the trigger of a handgun and hit Sammy Lorenzo in the chest. The boy was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and rushed into surgery, but later died. One of the brothers “kept telling the story of how it happened, over and over again,” Luck said. “It’s so sad.” Luck says no charges are expected against the children and that it’s too early to tell whether charges will be filed against any adults. - AP

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Punishing pass-time Coen Lammers EDITOR


he Guardian has covered the Ride the Rakaia for years, so instead of just writing about it, this novice rider decided to have a crack and actually join the race. It was a day of many firsts, the terrible nerves at the start, my first taste of riding in a bunch and the new level of accomplishment I had not experienced in years of playing team sports. My initial plan to save some energy for the gorge climb went out the window once the pack had crossed the Rakaia bridge and the pace came on. The competitive instincts kicked in but as early as Te Pirita I wondered whether I had fired all my bullets even before we got to the tough part. Things did not get easier on the nasty, yet stunningly beautiful ascent along Leaches Road and you could tell many were struggling as the banter disappeared. After safely descending to the gorge bridge, many riders quickly loaded up with drinks, bananas and energy bars to get ready for the climb. Most of the lesser gods had been dreading this part, because the 1.7km ascent is a test of the mind, as much as the body, which is screaming to stop. Once you get to the top - I was told by our sport reporter - it’s a 50km downhill breeze with the nor’wester in your back. That advice turned out to be a Tui billboard, as the weary bikers instead were faced with a howling southerly wind. Many of us at the back end were running on empty and I was fortunate that John, a former Rakaia farmer, took pity on me and allowed me to take shelter on his back wheel. This enabled me to regather my breath and take my turn up front until we passed the most wonderful sign: 1km to go, and finish 30min ahead of my goal. Organisers John and Carol Moore run a well-oiled machine and the race may be tough but I now understand why riders keep coming back for more punishment. For the record, Coen cycled the course in 3hrs, 30 mins, 33 seconds.

YOUR VIEW Photographs I am writing regarding my relatives who suffered a devasting blow this week when they had a call to say their house was on fire. Subsequently we have found that it was some senseless idiots who broke in and had deliberately set the fire. Not only did they lose a significant amount of their property but their beloved cat lost his life also. I am wild that an act of stupidity has totally changed the lives of my relatives and at a time when one of them is about to start cancer treatments. But what totally tipped the anger scale for me was when the next day I opened the paper to find a picture of their gorgeous cat lying dead on the ground. I was absolutely disgusted and unfortunately my relatives had also seen the paper which naturally has just added to their grief. Take a step back before deciding to publish these pictures and say how is publishing this picture going to affect the owners of this animal, not I wonder how many papers we’ll be able to sell with this picture. Really, who wants to see a picture of their much loved deceased pet splashed in the paper! Lisa Reply from editor: The picture showed St John staff trying to save the cat’s life

which we judged to be unusual, admirable and newsworthy, but we regret and apologise for any distress this picture has caused the family.

Council works It is of interest that council now allows ambitious councillors to make statements which purport to establish a concerned interest in the welfare of the residents who pay their bills. My last enquiry had the proposed blown up swimming pool proposal costing over $6 million. This being made all the sweeter by calling it the EA Networks Centre. It has to be remembered that Electricity Ashburton is a wholly owned ex-lines gang descended from the district retailer and allowed by the council to go alone with the blessing of that council. Yet another opportunity lost with this single commodity company enjoying the most overloaded, costly administration in the district, yet in this case we are expected to admire their generosity and in doing so forgetting that again it is our money. We now however are expected to view the the present coy and deceitful attitude as that of concern for those who will pay. Now we have the quandary of yet another carnival aspect to be added, a water slide.

With its appalling history of lack-lustre design of the art clubrooms and now the external paintwork highlighting the visually insulting structure, I have difficulty in attributing any ability to plan with foresight to anything other than cost rises in the area. It regularly cites other factors at fault that the district roads remain in a very, very poor state. Every one else to blame, yet a reluctance to apportion the true cost to the user and additionally, roading rates a very easy fund to manipulate to fund personal and non-approved projects, passing them off as beneficial to the district. M. N. Richards

Railway station Demolition. For God’s sake get over it, the station has gone and it looks tidier without it. If the supporter of historic buildings is so keen to see another one there, let him get the gorse out of his pocket, make a huge donation and build a replica. Failing that, get on with life, it’s 2014.

the rule of no burn-offs when wind direction is an issue. A low cloud of contaminants all over our town for much of the day fueled the ongoing debate against them. Foolish really... Just Jeans

Road works Can someone explain the reason for having 30km/h signs for over 2km on Grahams Road over the weekend when a patch only 10 metres long has been dug up?


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Election 2014: Story so far Nick Lindo



he longest honeymoon in New Zealand political history not only rumbles on but seems also to be gathering even further momentum as Election Year 2014 picks up pace of its own. For National to come in at 51 per cent in the latest Colmar Brunton poll after so long in office has brought gasps of incredulity to those of us who take a keen interest in such matters as well as to quite a few who don’t. Act. In the still unlikely event of such a figure being achieved on election night, Mr Key would not even need the perennial Act winner of the Epsom seat to see him back for another term. And talk of Act, leads to consideration of another unexpected upheaval in the political pool, the re-emergence of Mad Dog Richard Prebble to manage the Party’s campaign. Full of sound, fury and phenomenal confidence, the once-was Labour minister seems almost to be guaranteeing anything up to nine Act seats in the next parliament. More gasps of disbelief but also the sneakiest feeling that if anyone could possibly bring off what would be the coup of this or any other century it might just be R.P. He may still have the mad doggedness to inspire. Were he to do so, with Dr Jamie Whyte at the helm and

Richard Prebble is making a political comeback.

David Seymour safely installed in the said Epsom electorate, the Kiwi political mould would be shattered for years to come. A lip-licking scenario! In the same poll the Green machine shows signs of running out of fossil fuel, which makes the claim of one of its joint leaders, Russel Norman, that he or his co-colleague, Ms Turai, should appear with the two main leaders in the pending Leaders’ Debates, even more preposterous than it already is. However much out of its skin it may feel itself the

Greens remains a minor Party and should be treated as such. Elsewhere, Winston “Maori or Migrants” Peters has also lost weigh despite a surge in support last time round and instant fevered talk of his once more assuming the role of Kingmaker. His impromptu assertion that Huka Lodge had been secretly sold to the Chinese met only with a shrug of resignation that Winston’s at it again. However, his criticism of the Maori hierarchy benefiting far more than it should by com-

parison with those of their number far less well off seems to have been better received. Thus, Winston remains the enigma he has always been. Despite Mr Key now opining Mr Peters will go with Labour and the Greens after the election, should that be an option, who can really say? W.P. is the ultimate law unto himself. The insidious presence of the surreal K.Dotcom is still all around us though he has had a poor run lately. Apparently, he owes money in large dollops round the country, his erstwhile political Party has gone bung and he still faces the possibility of extradition to the USA on the strength of what are said to be his nefarious internet activities before he arrived in this country and began his singlehanded quest to take it over. Perhaps, though, he is not on his own in that endeavour. Amazingly, political names under cover of darkness - have nevertheless been sighted making the pilgrimage to his palace portal, Dr Norman and Mr Peters amongst them. I wonder what they had in mind. Could there be the makings of some deal there which would see a non-National incoming administration ensuring the lasting residency of the legendary entrepreneur. What might the quid pro quo be? And finally, the hero of the week . . . Mr David Hay, until recently a very big wig Green but now, in copybook, communist style, purged from the Party for having the temerity to challenge the leadership. Should the news ever reach him, it will doubtless bring a steely smile to the already steely lips of Vladimir “Sochi” Putin.

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Message from the Principal Kia ora and Greetings The last fortnight has continued apace. We have had several successful evenings meeting with parents and caregivers. These have included evenings for our Year 9 parents and caregivers to meet their child’s Family Form and other teachers, followed by an evening for parents and caregivers of Year 11 students to explain how NCEA works. We have had a great turnout from families and I would like to thank the very many parents, caregivers and staff members alike who have attended, assisted or led these events. Alongside this has been a raft of activities, sports events and introductory activities for our students. The Guardian and our Newsletter have covered these well, and I can reassure you all that the House Competition is well underway. Reports Coming out at the end of this week are the Interim Reports for our Year 9 and 10 students. These are essentially a quick report to let parents and caregivers know how well their son or daughter is settling into College. Naturally, if you have any questions or concerns I encourage you to make contact with your child’s teacher, or contact our office. We will do our best to help.

Information Thai Student Group Visit Host Families Required From 14 March - 13 May (nine weeks) Ashburton College will have a visit from twenty one Thai students and their teacher. This is a wonderful opportunity for not only the Thai students to learn about our culture and to speak English, but also for our students to interact with students from another culture.

We are looking for host families for the students. Some students will be placed in pairs and others on their own. A remuneration is paid to our host families. Last year enjoyable student and family friendships were made with host families, and we know this will be the same this time. If you would like to know more about the opportunity of hosting a Thai student, please contact our Homestay Co-ordinator, Mrs Joanne Wakelin, through the College (308 4193), or email:, or phone 0274 313 555. (Pictured below): 2013 Thai visitors with College students.

Last year we introduced a new report format, which has been well received. The key timeline for written College Reports on student progress for the year is:

Staff - Welcome

Teacher-in-Charge, Student Learning Support Unit

Information Brett Lee – Cyber Safety Workshops Embracing a Cyber World - Managing the Risk All Ashburton College year levels will have the opportunity to attend one hour workshops on Tuesday 18 March. “This is an opportunity for students to meet Brett again and see how the cyber world has changed since his previous visit.

The following visits are scheduled for the next few weeks: • Massey University – • Waikato University – • Otago Polytechnic – • Canterbury University – • CPIT – • Otago University –

Tuesday 25 March. Tuesday 25 March, during the lunch hour. Friday 28 March, during the lunch hour. Tuesday 01 April. Tuesday 08 April. Tuesday 15 April.

Careers Events that College will attend – Information and permission forms will be available closer to the time: Dunedin Tertiary Information Day (Year13 students) – Monday 12 May (Term 2). Careers Expo Christchurch (Year 12 & 13 students) – Thursday 22 May (Term 2). CPIT Have a Go Day (Year 12 & 13 students) – Friday 13 June (Term 2). An informative careers website for students and parents/ caregivers to visit is:


Scientific Calculators (Casio FX82AU)

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Graphic Calculators (Casio FX9750GII) - $90

Students wishing to purchase other calculators should check with their mathematics teacher to see whether such a calculator is suitable.

Teacher Only Day – Monday 17 March Normal classes will be suspended on this day and we do ask that you make alternative arrangements for your son or daughter if that is possible. Notices will be sent home with your student by Monday 10 March. Remaining Teacher Only Days for 2014: • Tuesday 20 May • Thursday 13 November (prior to Christchurch Show Weekend)

Year 9 and 10 Interim Reports and Parent/Caregiver Interviews

Interim Reports Please note that Interim Reports, designed to give an early indication of your student’s progress, are due to be posted on Friday 07 March. Parent/Caregiver Interviews – Year 9 and 10 These are scheduled, at the Hotel Ashburton, for ¾ Thursday 20 March for Year 10 and ¾ Tuesday 25 March for Year 9

Cheryl Hardy

Year 12 students are welcome to attend also, but need to register their names at the Transition Office before the visit.

These are available for purchase throughout the year at the College Office.

College Website Unfortunately, during the time we were redesigning our website the domain name was allowed to be secured by a fitness centre in Invercargill.

Cheers Grant McMillan Principal

Various liaison visitors from tertiary institutions and community groups come to College during Year 13 Forum on Tuesdays, to share information with students about courses and programmes they offer.


• Years 11, 12 and 13 - College reports sent home at the end of Terms 1 and 3

Thank you to all of the families and community members who let us know about the change in the domain name.

Liaison Visits

Mathematics Department

• Years 9 and 10 - Interim Report in March - College reports sent home at the end of Terms 2 and 4

Our new website can now be found at and some other variations of this will direct you to the website. The new website allows us to keep our students, families and community better informed and will be supported by a College Facebook page and other feeds.

Transition Department News

Change of Format for Year 9 Interviews – Student Attendance Requested As part of a process to increasingly involve students in the Parent/ Caregiver/Teacher interview process we are asking that all Year 9 students attend, and take part in, their interview on 25 March. More information will be given to students and families regarding this process, as will details regarding booking your interview time on-line. If you don’t have an on-line facility you can still book by contacting the College Office. On-line bookings for both Year 9 and Year 10 Interviews will open on Tuesday 11 March. Information on how to book will be enclosed with the Interim Reports.

Brett presents in a manner that reflects his previous experience in cyber-crime fighting and quickly catches the attention of students”.

Can You Help? College Canteen Volunteers Required

Through the support of MCFCS (Mid Canterbury Fibre Connected Schools) and EA networks Ashburton College is able to offer these worthwhile workshops, free of charge, to our students.

The College Canteen is looking for volunteers to help with some food preparation and wrapping for 1-2 hours in the mornings. If you are interested, or know of someone who may be interested and available to give some time on a rostered basis Please contact: Brenda Beach, Canteen Manageress, On 308 4193, ext 851; or 027 3784726; or email -

Mathematics Extension – Year 9 and 10 Students, Information Available Students wanting to do an extra-curricular extension course in Mathematics (done partly in class and partly at home) should ask their Mathematics teacher for the note about the Development Band Course. There is also a problem-solving course available, by correspondence, through the University of Auckland. This course is aimed at a very high level of ability. Mathematics Competitions Available University of Otago Junior Competition - Wednesday 02 April. For capable mathematicians enthusiastic about problem-solving. Long questions – for Years 9, 10 and 11 only. Students pay $4 at the College Office, by Friday 28 February. Casio Senior Maths Competition - May. For capable mathematicians enthusiastic about problem- solving. Long questions – for Years 12 and 13 only. Students $2 pay at the College Office, by Friday 28 February. Australian Maths Competition - Thursday 07 August. For all year levels. Mostly multi-choice questions, suitable for range of abilities. Students pay $6 at the College Office, by end of Term 1. ICAS Maths Competition - Tuesday 12 August . For all year levels. Mostly multi-choice questions, suitable for wider abilities. Students pay $8.50 at the College Office, by end of Term 1. AshCollMaths - This is an inter-class team Mathematics Competition held at lunchtime, mid June. ¾ Year 10 Wednesday 11 June ¾ Year 9 Thursday 12 June Aorakimath Competition – Timaru, August. College teams compete against other schools in the Aoraki Region. Maths Help: This is held every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime in the Library at 1.40pm, for students who want help with their Mathematics work. Address for the Maths Department Website is

Forthcoming Events Please refer to the College Extra e-newsletter for additional calendar dates of upcoming events.

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Congratulations College Swimming Sports New records (with previous records in brackets) An outstanding day of competition was held on Thursday 20 February, with eleven records broken, some of which were very long standing – as follows: Matthew Harford – Year 9 Boys: six new records by impressive margins » 1 length Backstroke 19.47 (2008 22.25), bettered by almost 3 seconds over one length! » 1 length Freestyle 17.22 set in heat, 17.20 set in final, (2008 18.21); » 1 length Butterfly 18.47 (2008 20.43); » 3 length Backstroke 1:05.31 (1989 1:14.47) bettered by 9 seconds in a time faster than the current Senior Boys’ Record which has stood since 1986. » 3 length Freestyle 57.69 (1989 1:01.45), bettered by four seconds.

Aoraki Secondary Schools’ Senior Volleyball Championships

Aoraki Secondary Schools’ Tennis Tournament – Division Winners

Held in Timaru on Thursday 20 February Ashburton College’s three teams finished with very good results.

Great results were achieved by both the Mixed and Girls’ Teams with their division-winning results having qualified them for the South Island Secondary Schools’ Tennis Tournament to be held in Timaru, 7-9 March.

Outright winners was the Girls’ A Team. In the semi-final they had 25-11 and 26-24 wins against Geraldine High School and emerged victors in the final against Timaru Girls’ High School, over three sets (19-25, 27-25, 25-12). Pictured: the winning team (back row, left to right): Lote Touli, Akane Masu, Diana Mauigoa, Tessa Puleaga, Sala Touli (Captain). (Front row, left to right): Shirley Uesele, Misaki Kinoshita, Losana Cakaunitabua. Misaki Kinoshita was named Most Valuable Player for the Tournament.

(Pictured right): Matthew Harford ‘snapped’ with his first placing tag.

The College Girls’ B Team - 2nd equal in 2nd Division. The College Boys’ Team - finished second in their pool and progressed to the semi-finals which they lost, over a three set match, to Timaru Boys’ High School 1. (Pictured left): Year 9 Girls’ Relay. Jake O’Grady – Senior Boys » 3 length Freestyle 57.44 (2013 57.84), bettering his own record set last year; » 1 length Freestyle 16.10 (1986 16.20), bettering this twenty eight year record previously held by his mother’s cousin! Matthew Clough – Year 9 Boys » 1 length Breaststroke 23.10 (1996 23.63)/ Green House Year 9 Boys’ Freestyle Relay Green House Year 9 Boys’ Medley Relay Grade Champions Year 9 Boys Matthew Harford Year 9 Girls Bailey Tait Year 10 Boys George Howden Year 10 Girls Sophie Beckley Year 11 Boys Jonathon Stevens Year 11 Girls Lucy Clough Senior Boys Jake O’Grady Senior Girls Caitlin Johnstone

Runner up: Runner up: Runner up: Runner up: Runner up: Runner up: Runner up: Runner up:

1:21.20 (1996 1:25.38) 1:29.67 (1999 1:35.50) Matthew Clough Maggie Tarry James Prendergast Tori Watson Jayden Reid Katelyn Grey Adam Tupper Brittney Davis

Year 9 and Year 10 Student Councils Two representatives from each Family Form at each year level are elected to positions on their year level Councils. The purpose of these Councils to enable Year 9 and 10 students to have a voice in the College regarding student matters. Each Council will meet every 2-3 weeks and, as part of their role, will also initiate activities for the Junior School and report to the Student Executive on behalf of the Junior School. The Year 9 representatives on the Junior School Council for 2014 are: (Back row, left to right): Rebecca Joseph, Suzie Leech, Annabel Spicer, Zoe Smith, Lauren Burton, Samantha Naui, Abby Coote, Lily Burdett, Caitlin Moore, Tessa Inwood, Hannah Wakelin, Georgia Naylor. (Front row, left to right): Marika Mellish, Kaitlyn Ross, Kate Tane, Tennyson Reid, Bailey O’Donnell, Miky Roberst, Joe Danielson, Michael Dorreen, Thomas Spark, Harrison Davies

Ashburton College Boys’ 1st XI Cricket Gillette Cup

(Front row, left to right): Nic Jansen, Erin Connelly-Whyte, Ashleigh Leonard, Tessa McCann, Ryan Hampton, Connor Brosnahan The Mixed Team was captained by Stacey Hopwood teamed up with Ashleigh Leonard, Aidan Mitchell and Connor Brosnahan and went into the Tournament with some confidence of qualifying. Pleasingly, for the first time in a number of years, the Girls’ team also became South Island qualifiers. Both teams achieved straight set victories.

This team continues its strong form with a win in the Aoraki District Final against Timaru Boys’ High School two weeks ago. Timaru Boy’s High School was all out for 104 with Ashburton College gaining 105 runs for one wicket.

For the Girls’ Team this was an exceptionally pleasing result as the team is still young. Under the guidance of Larissa Allan and Christal Brosnahan, younger players Rosie Twamley (Year 10), Tessa McCann and Fran Connelly-Whyte (both Year 9) showed that the future of tennis at AshColl is bright with their outstanding performances particularly impressive against older opposition.

Stand-out performances came from Captain Kieran Hunt who bowled 8 overs, 4 maidens, gained 11 runs and took 4 wickets; Tom Dudley bowled 6.4 overs, 0 maidens, gained 19 runs and took 4 wickets; while Jordan Scott-Wells gained 26 runs; Josh Gill 40 runs not out and Tom Dudley 21 runs not out.

The Boys’ Team placed 3rd following a local derby match win against Mt Hutt College. Special thanks goes to Year 13 player Ryan Hampton who put away his wicket-keeping gloves and joined the tennis team for the day. Ryan has been a stalwart of the team these past five years.

The team plays the Regional Quarter final, against Shirley Boys’ High School, in Christchurch today.

Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Open Water Swimming and Triathlon Championships

Chief Scout Awards Five Ashburton College students were presented last week, at the Founders’ Day Ceremony at Lake Camp, with their Chief Scout Award, the top award able to be achieved by a Scout. The students have been working towards this award for between three and six years each, completing a huge variety of competencies. (Pictured, left to right): Josh Ryan, Scott Prendergast, Jonathon Stevens, Duncan Hollings, Ben Wakelin.

Mainland Futsal Tournament Held at Pioneer Stadium, Christchurch, on 22 and 23 February Ashburton College Phoenix placed 5th in Pool A, the pool which hosted the eventual top three teams and Tournament Champions, Cashmere High School A. Futsal, or Indoor Football, originates in Portugal and is a game that lasts for two 15 minute halves with teams allowed to substitute as they deem necessary throughout this period. Due to squad members’ summer sports and work commitments College could only take five players, against most teams’ eleven players, thus limiting effective substitution options. With five games played during Saturday it was a real test of endurance for the team, especially given the very hot conditions. However, the team showed improvement from last year and started the day with a comfortable win against Greymouth High School. Fittingly, a solemn mood descended on the stadium as all of the teams of all grades and pools gathered in a circle for two minutes silence at 12:51pm to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the devastating Christchurch earthquake, a quiet reminder perhaps of the bigger picture.

The Year 10 Student Council members will be featured in our next newsletter.

Members of the College teams (pictured above - back row, left to right): Rosie Twamley, Christal Brosnahan, Larissa Allan, Stacey Hopwood, Nic Thomassen, Bryn Looij, Aaron Reid.

(Pictured, left to right): Stuart Kirkaldie, Adam Tupper, Andrew Hawthorne, Laurent Fifield (Captain) and Mehk Permsiri.

Individual entrants Lucy Clough and Matthew Clough had a very successful day on the Corsair Bay Course, Lyttelton, on Tuesday 18 February. It was reported that the weather was fabulous although, at 34o C, it was trying for the athletes. Intermediate Girls’ Open Water Swim – 1st placing Lucy was the convincing winner of the inaugural Intermediate (Under 16) Girls’ Open Water Swim in a time of 9:37. Junior Boys’ Triathlon - 2nd placing Matthew, contesting the Junior Boys’ section (Under 14), finished 2nd overall. 518 individuals participated overall, from twenty schools throughout Canterbury with the distances for the triathlon being a 350m swim, 15km bike and 2.4km run. The open water swim was 750m. Matthew is now working towards the New Zealand Schools’ Triathlon Championships being held in Gisborne next month where he will hope to build on his 6th placing from last year.

La Grande Swim, Akaroa Part of the southern leg of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series Lucy Clough and Matthew Clough were again to the fore, on Sunday 23 February. Lucy Clough competed in the 2.8km ocean swim where 518 swimmers finished within the time limit. Lucy finished in 33rd place overall and was 4th in the female 15 -19 year old section in a time of 35 minutes 39 seconds. This was a pretty solid effort from the 15 year old who is aiming to compete in the 5km swim at the NZ Open Water champs at Taupo in January (2015). Matthew Clough swam a clever tactical race in the 1km ocean swim, leading a breakaway group from the start and had a 10m lead coming out of the water. Unfortunately a trip on exiting the water and then just at the finish line meant a lost lead but a creditable 2nd placing overall out of 171 competitors - in 11 minutes 47 seconds, on the back of a very good learning experience! Despite the blazing mid-day sun no-one had any hesitation about taking off their hats and sitting silently at 12.51pm in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the tragedy of the Christchurch earthquake three years ago.

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In most corners of the world, an Ashburton person can be found. So the Guardian’s Erin Tasker decided to track some of them down. This week it’s Gregory Hughes who has spent the last 12 years living and working as a teacher in Japan.

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regory Hughes lives in a country where toilets come with remote controls, hot canned coffee can be purchased through a vending machine and you have to pay to park your bicycle. He lives in Japan. Gregory studied Japanese at Ashburton College, joining the school’s tour to Japan when he was 14, and went on to study Japanese at Canterbury University. From there he headed for Japan to find a job. “I had originally planned to stay only a year, but one thing led to another and I’ve been here ever since,” he said. He lives in an apartment in the suburbs of Tokyo, about 20km from downtown Tokyo, and teaches English at a high school. “I started off as an assistant English teacher (AET), but while working full-time I enrolled at university here and studied for five years part-time to get a teaching licence. “I now work as a registered full-time teacher of English. I teach at a private high school in the Tokyo metropolitan area. “Our school has over 1600 students and students have school six days a week - teachers only have to teach five of the six school days, fortunately.” Japanese students spend a lot of time at school and most have some kind of club activity after school, either sports or cultural. “It’s not uncommon for students to stay at school until about 7.30pm practicing their clubs. Most teachers usually stay until about 7pm or 8pm.” He learnt a lot of the language while studying Japanese, and while there as an exchange student, but living and working in the country meant learning Japanese all the time. “While all Japanese people learn English at school, they have few opportunities to use it and rather than communicative English, they learn English through the grammar translation method.” For an English speaking person it can be fun looking out for strange signs in English, such as ‘Chinese Needles’ rather than ‘Chinese Noodles’ and ‘Pack your favourite staff ’ rather than ‘Pack your favourite stuff ’. “Of course, I make quite a few mistakes in Japanese myself which produces a few laughs, but that’s all part of the language learning curve.” Japan has a quirky side. “Yes, there are some vending

Gregory Hughes teaching his class in Japan.

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with Gregory Hughes in Tokyo machines that sell some quirky stuff, but they are not that common. Drink vending machines are the norm, and they are everywhere. In the winter months you can buy hot drinks from them, such as hot canned coffee.” Japan is also famous for is its high-tech toilets.

“High end models come with a remote control with various buttons which when pressed will wash certain parts of the body. “The toilet seat is almost always heated. That for me was quite unnerving when I first got here; a hot toilet seat! Sometimes it feels like you are sitting in Captain Kirk’s chair, surrounded by all these buttons.” Some female toilets also come with a function called Oto-Hime, which translates to ‘sound princess’. “When pressed it will play a sound, such as water flushing, to cover up any toilet sounds you make, such as when you tinkle or do a splash. “Some Japanese toilets also incorporate a wash basin in the toilet tank, so when you flush the toilet, you can wash your hands in the water that fills up the tank. Very economical.” Japan also has a lot of rules. “I guess because there are just so many people these rules help to keep society running smoothly. “Some of the rules are unwritten ones, such as you must stand to the left on the escalator so that people who want to

walk up the escalator can do so on the right.” Having to pay to park his bicycle was unusual. “Bicycles are on meters here in the city and if you park your bicycle illegally for too long, you’ll get a warning, and then it will be impounded and you’ll have to pay the local city office to get it back.” He loves Japan and is happy living there with a partner and their cat. But there have been some not-so-pleasant moments. “The worst experience was the great Tohoku earthquake in 2011. It shook so hard and for so long that I wondered when it was going to stop. “Also, the problem at the nuclear power plants was, and is, very worrying.” But he’s in Japan to stay. “I’m pretty settled here in Japan now. I enjoy my job, have a car loan, property and credit cards and have good friends here, but I always consider New Zealand home.” He tries to get home at least once a year to see family and friends and keeps up with New Zealand news daily, but Japan is now home. “Tokyo is a big city and there is lots to see and do. There are

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also far too many people for my liking and after a full week at work I look forward to escaping the city and I head out into the country side. Japan has some wonderful and relaxing hot spring resorts, so that’s where I go. “When I first came to Tokyo, I was wowed by the bright lights and big city. There was just so much to see and do. And the shopping is great, too. You can get almost anything you want and the prices and pretty reasonable. “However, as most people know, Tokyo is a crowded and cramped city. The roads are narrow and there are people everywhere. “The glamour of the big city has worn off now and I find myself looking for ways to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.” There is always a hum of the city there, so when he gets home to Ashburton he’s surprised how quiet it is and how wide the roads are, and simply how much space New Zealand has. “Living in Japan certainly does make your appreciate the clean, green environment of New Zealand.”

Travel Monday, March 3, 2014

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trip sampling the diversity of south-east Asian destinations can take you from the sleek modernity of Singapore to the ancient temples of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. And then there are the beaches of Thailand: relaxing, beautiful. Thai beaches offer stretches of sand, water sports, outdoor activities and cheap food and drink. Off the Andaman Sea are Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, which rose to international fame after being featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach. But there are also renowned islands along the Gulf of Thailand - Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Each of these has its own charms and attractions, and regular boat services make it easy to travel to them. All three also have fantastic party scenes.

Thailand’s islands are tropical idylls by day - but as Mairead Flynn found out, make sure you put your dancing shoes on at night.

Koh Samui This is the main transport centre for the islands, with a fancy airport. Though the island boasts gorgeous beaches, head to Chaweng Beach for a great holiday vibe. The beach is dotted with hotels for all budgets, open-air massage parlours, and vendors peddling everything from corn on the cob and pineapple to beachwear and decorative wooden keepsakes. That’s by day. By night, the main road, a block away from the beach, buzzes with thumping music and busy restaurants. The laid-back daytime schedule means the venues don’t become crowded until about 10 or 11pm; in the interim, head to Walking St for cheap bottles of

Koh Samui boasts some amazing beaches with great holiday vibes. By night, just a block away from the beaches, it’s party central.

Chang beer, barbecued crocodile or fruit shakes, and affordable swimwear and sarongs. Places like Ark Bar on the beach keep the party going until the early hours with DJs and fire displays.

Koh Phangan This island is home to the legendary Full Moon Party, but locals have realised the potential of such events and every few metres you’ll find a sign advertising a Black Moon Party, a Waterfall Party or some other kind of party. Participants at these beach

raves adorn themselves with neon body paint, then dance until they drop. The Full Moon Party especially is notorious for drugs, but you’ll see signs as soon as you disembark at the ferry port warning that marijuana and mushrooms are illegal. Sunrise Beach is the cove where the Full Moon event takes place, but it is quiet and stunning during the day. There are eco-tours available that include elephant trekking (this is often only about 10 minutes atop an elephant), waterfall hiking and visits to

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water taxis, which can be hired for tours around the island’s different beaches and coves. Renting motorbikes or scooters on this island is slightly less fraught than on the previous two, as it is quieter with less traffic, and it’s a great way to explore the tropical paradise. At night many bars and restaurants along the sand offer fire shows, live music and late DJs. It’s easy to wander safely along the beach from one venue to another. A few blocks inland you can grab a banana and Nutella pancake. - AAP

Koh Tao This is the island more renowned for its underwater charms than its beach parties, though it has the latter sewn up as well. Many resorts on Koh Tao are also dive schools and offer lessons and dives as part of their packages. Snorkelling excursions can also be easily booked. The beaches are dotted with wooden long-tail boats and

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1 – Approximately what percentage of Ashburton children are enrolled in early childhood education this year? a. 80 b. 92 c. 98 2 – Which car company produces the Mini? a. Morris b. Ford c. BMW 3 – Lego is produced by a company from which country? a. Sweden b. Denmark c. France 4 – Who said: ‘I don’t fear computers. I fear lack of them’? a. Isaac Asimov b. Bill Clinton c. David Attenborough 5 – What is the capital of Venezuela? a. Lima b. Bogata c. Caracas 6 – Which person is not a Muslim? a. Shi’ite b. Shari c. Sunni 7 – Which character appears in the British ‘Midsomer Murders’ series? a. John Saxby b. Dan Scott c. Thomas Lynley 8 - Which of these countries was an ally of Germany in World War I? a. Turkey b. Holland c. Hungary

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McCaw ‘huge loss’ By GreGor Paul First Daniel Carter, now Richie McCaw - the Crusaders are going to have to claw their way back into Super Rugby without either of their star players featuring much before June. Confirmation is expected today or tomorrow that McCaw has broken his thumb and is likely to miss up to eight weeks of action as a result. His hand was already in a cast and the medics were fairly sure - almost as soon as McCaw left the field against the Blues at halftime - that the joint was fractured. Further test and x-rays either today or tomorrow were expected to confirm the extent of the damage, but the Crusaders had already resigned themselves to being without McCaw for the better part of the next two months. The loss of McCaw is a significant blow.

The Crusaders knew they would be without Carter for most of this season. Now they are likely to also be without McCaw for a significant period. Since 2009, the Crusaders have become used to not having one or the other around for much of the campaign. In 2009, Carter was on sabbatical; in 2011 and 2012, McCaw was hampered by a broken foot and he missed all but 28 minutes last year. But 2014 is shaping as the first time the Crusaders are going to be without either. The erstwhile Matt Todd is an excellent replacement in the No 7 jersey, but the Crusaders will miss the experience and leadership of McCaw. They fell apart without him at Eden Park and having lost two from two, the pressure is already on. There is ample time for the Crusaders to come right but, as

It’s early days and there are still flaws in their game, most notably their lineout which was put under severe pressure by the Crusaders, but the Blues showed in their demolition at Eden Park that they have the firepower to threaten anyone. The challenge for Sir John Kirwan and Co will be to keep finding that spark than enabled them to go from 17-3 down to 32-17 ahead against Todd Blackadder’s team. With Kirwan suggesting there will be selection changes during their South African trip in which they play the Bulls next Sunday morning NZT, and Lions a week later, he must strike a fine balance of altering the components of the machine without spoiling the end product. All Blacks’ front rowers Tony Woodcock and Keven Meala-

Results ■ Super Rugby Round 3 BLUES 35 (Frank Halai, Tevita Li, George Moala, Jackson Willison tries Simon Hickey 3 cons 3 pens) bt CRUSADERS 24 (Ryan Crotty, Corey Flynn, Colin Slade tries Tom Taylor 3 cons pen) at Eden Park. Referee: Mike Fraser. MELBOURNE REBELS 35 (Luke Burgess, Bryce Hegarty, Scott Higginbotham, Lachlan

In brief Leonard on winning roll Mid Canterbury tennis player Ashleigh Leonard helped her Hagley Park team advance to the Canterbury Women’s Premier Interclub final. Hagley Park beat Elmwood 4-2 on Saturday, with Leonard winning her singles match 6-1, 6-4 against Elmwood’s Sarah Allan, and her doubles match with partner Sally Moorfield 6-3, 6-4. They will meet Burnside Park in the final after Burnside Park beat Waimairi on a count-back, 7-6 on sets.

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Trouble in the camp: Coach Todd Blackadder with Richie McCaw.

they have found in the past two seasons, the key to winning the title is to first win the Conference. In 2012 and 2013, the Crusaders started slowly, dropping points in the first half of the season before hitting form. In both years they have left themselves too big a gap to

close on the Chiefs, been forced into playing semi-finals in Hamilton and have lost them both. Coach Todd Blackadder was determined to break that pattern in the current season, but two games in, they have not accumulated a solitary point. - NZH

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mu are obvious candidates for starting spots at Loftus Versfeld after providing a physical and mental boost to their team when taking the field after halftime against the Crusaders. Benji Marshall, not used against the Crusaders, should also expect game time. Kirwan, in fine form himself after signing a two-year extension to his contract during the week and watching his team perform the mother of all comebacks, spoke of the impending African challenge. There is no doubt that there is excitement in the camp, though, and that has the potential to manifest itself into another freewheeling display. “We just need to tough it out,” Kirwan said. “If we could get back to the Cheetahs [at Eden Park on March 22] with 10 or 12 points after our Africa trip then you’re in pretty good shape.

“This is one win, it’s week two, it’s a long competition. I need to have the courage to rest Braidy if I need to because it’s a high attrition rate. In Africa we need to keep making those changes - not a lot - but a couple of changes to keep the team fresh and always bubbling.” Kirwan’s youthful backline isn’t likely to have a problem coming to the boil. Wings Tevita Li and Frank Halai, midfield-

ers Jackson Willison and George Moala, fullback Charles Piutau, first-five Hickey - they played the final 46 minutes against the Crusaders with flair and freedom. Kirwan is keen on individuals expressing themselves and they certainly did that. Skipper Luke Braid, though, also preached caution, saying an African trip deserved respect. “You have to change your mindset when you play the Africans, it’s a completely different style,” he said. “Some of the boys, it’s their first year in Super Rugby and they’re going to go over to Africa and think ‘this is completely to different to playing two New Zealand teams’. “They need to go over there and adapt.” With Jerome Kaino and Ma’a Nonu preparing themselves to make their season’s start against the Cheetahs, the Blues and Kirwan have every right to be happy. - APNZ

Mitchell, Jason Woodward tries Hegarty 2 cons Angus Roberts pen drop goal) bt CHEETAHS 14 (Ryno Barnes, Jean Cook tries Johan Goosen 2 cons) at AAMI Park. Referee: Angus Gardner. STORMERS 19 (Deon Fourie try Demetri Catrakilis con 4 pens) bt HURRICANES 18 (Cory Jane, Julian Savea tries Beauden Barrett con 2 pens) at Newlands Rugby Stadium. Referee: Steve R. Walsh. CHIEFS 21 (Liam Messam, Tim Nanai-Williams, Charlie Ngatai tries Aaron Cruden 3 cons) bt HIGHLANDERS 19 (John Hardie try Lima Sopoaga con 4 pens) at Waikato Stadium. Referee: Rohan Hoffman. NSW WARATAHS 32 (Israel Folau 2, Kurtley

Beale, Peter Betham tries Bernard Foley 3 cons 2 pens) bt QUEENSLAND REDS 5 (Lachie Turner try) at ANZ Stadium. Referee: Glen Jackson. BRUMBIES 27 (Robbie Coleman, Scott Fardy, Jesse Mogg tries Nic White 3 cons 2 pens) bt WESTERN FORCE 14 (Jayden Hayward, Ben McCalman tries Sias Ebersohn 2 cons) at nib Stadium. Referee: Nick Briant. BULLS 25 (Jan Serfontein try Jacques-Louis Potgieter con 5 pens drop goal) bt LIONS 17 (Stefan Watermeyer, Willie Wepener tries Marnitz Boshoff 2 cons pen) at Loftus Versfeld. Referee: Chris Pollock. Bye - Sharks

Standings NSW Waratahs Sharks Chiefs Lions Highlanders Melb. Rebels Blues Bulls Cheetahs Brumbies Q’land Reds Stormers Hurricanes Crusaders Western Force

Blues’ skipper Luke Braid

P W D L PF PA 2 2 0 0 75 26 2 2 0 0 58 25 2 2 0 0 39 29 3 2 0 1 72 55 2 1 0 1 48 42 1 1 0 0 35 14 2 1 0 1 56 53 3 1 0 2 50 63 3 1 0 2 49 65 2 1 0 1 44 41 2 1 0 1 32 49 2 1 0 1 29 52 2 0 0 2 27 46 2 0 0 2 34 53 2 0 0 2 35 70

PD BP Pts 49 2 10 33 1 9 10 0 8 17 0 8 6 2 6 21 1 5 3 1 5 -13 1 5 -16 1 5 3 0 4 -17 0 4 -23 0 4 -19 1 1 -19 0 0 -35 0 0

Team Calder Stewart’s Brad Evans came home second in the opening round of the Benchmark Elite Cycling Series in Oxford on Saturday. Cameron Karwowski (H&J’s Outdoor World Team) won the elite men’s 159km race in a sprint finish in 3 hours and 46 minutes with Evans coming second to claim the Under 23 classification jersey and Scott Mullaly (TotalPOS Cycling Team) third. Elyse Fraser (Benchmark Homes Team) won the women’s 120 kilometre race in impressive fashion, getting away to hold on to win in 2hrs 25 minutes, 1.45mins ahead of Reta Trotman (Cycle World Fairweathers), Tracy Clark (Vidasana Thule) and Georgia Catterick (Cycle World Fairweathers) who won the Under 19 classification.

Stoke downs Gunners Arsene Wenger conceded Arsenal’s stuttering Premier League title bid had suffered a “major setback” after they lost ground at the top with a shock 1-0 defeat at Stoke. Jon Walters’ second-half penalty handed Stoke a famous win at the Britannia Stadium yesterday and left the Gunners four points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea in third place. The north Londoners have now won just once in their last eight trips to Stoke and Wenger admitted it was the worst possible start to what he had branded a season-defining month. “It is not slightly worrying, it is a big worry for us to lose a game like that. It’s a massive setback,” Wenger said. - AFP

Roosters eye dynasty The Sydney Roosters made the finals every one of the nine seasons Brad Fittler was at Bondi Junction but, in the end, had just one premiership to show for it. Ten years on and Roosters coach Trent Robinson has warned his defending premiers of the perils of squandering a rare chance to create a NRL dynasty. Not since Brisbane in 1992-93 has a side gone back-to-back in a unified rugby league competition, but critics are already crowing about the Roosters’ star-studded squad being primed to achieve, where even Melbourne and Manly have fallen short, and break that mould. Sonny Bill Williams is the Roosters’ best signing since Fittler, and his presence for one more season along with Michael Jennings, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves makes this another once-in-a-decade ensemble. - AAP

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Monday, March 3, 2014


Clarke cops a barrage View or purchase photos online

A captain looking to end a dry spell with the bat, a crucial Test series in the balance and a sixfoot-eight monster sending down bouncer after bouncer after brutal bouncer. The stage was set for Michael Clarke to shine on day one of the series-decider against South Africa in Cape Town and, even after David Warner’s hardto-follow knock of 135, he starred as Australia reached 3-331 at stumps. Unlike most of the many memorable innings in Clarke’s 105Test career, his unbeaten 92 was all about grunt instead of class. Clarke weathered blows to the jaw, arm and fingers as a sold-out Newlands bayed for blood. But by the end of play Clarke had formed a 114-run unbeaten stand with Steve Smith (50 not out) and put Australia on track to bat the Proteas out of the contest. - AAP

South Africa takes Cup South Africa’s junior cricketers have won their maiden Under-19 World Cup title, defeating twotime former champions Pakistan by six wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium yesterday. Fast bowler Corbin Bosch claimed four for 15 and wicketkeeper Clyde Fortuin collected six catches as Pakistan were bundled out for 131 in 44.3 overs after winning the toss. South Africa captain Aiden Markram then scored an unbeaten 66 to guide his team home in 42.1 overs. - AFP

Big win for Vixens A new-look Melbourne Vixens lineup has made an impressive start to the ANZ Championship, showing enough “mongrel” to please the coach and produce a 58-34 win over the Northern Mystics. The introduction of 37-year-old Cath Cox into the opening line-up changed the complexion of the Vixens’ offence. Goal shooter Maria Tutaia scored 16 goals from 27 attempts for the Mystics and Cathrine Latu had 15 from 20. Meanwhile, a striking debut from defender Sharni Layton and a vintage effort from shooter Susan Pratley helped the NSW Swifts overcome a nervous start yesterday to beat the West Coast Fever 54-51. The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic shrugged off the loss of Irene van Dyk as her successor helped produce a resounding victory 70-46 over the Mainland Tactix on Saturday. - AAP

More medals for Kiwis World championships bronze medallist Simon van Velthooven credits “self-policing” as the key reason behind BikeNZ’s success at the world track cycling championships in Colombia. The assessment comes after New Zealand secured two more medals to take their tally to five in Cali, a city 1000m above sea level. Van Velthooven became the country’s fourth medallist at the meet with bronze in the kilo time trial. He was followed by Tom Scully’s silver in the points race, the first time a New Zealand male has medalled in the discipline at a world championships. Kiwis Karen Holliday (gold, 1990), Sarah Ulmer (bronze, 1999), Cath Cheatley (bronze, 2007) and Lauren Ellis (silver, 2010) have medalled in the women’s event. - APNZ

Allenton centurion Matt Tait congratulates Jeremy Punselie on a wicket against the Tech Sharks in the Muirhead Rosebowl competition at the Ashburton Domain on Saturday. Photo Donna Wylie 010314-DW-185

Lauriston, Stags into semis By Jonathan Leask

Lauriston and the Tech Stags have sealed semi-final berths in senior cricket’s Muirhead Rosebowl after claiming wins in Saturday’s fourth round. Lauriston outclassed Coldstream and with the win they also locked away the Studholme Shield after Methven went down at home to the Tech Stags in a last-ball thriller. The Stags survived a big scare from Methven to scrape home with a five-run victory. The Stags made 223 and then had the hosts 87/8 but it came down to the last ball of the match, with Methven needing a

six to secure an unlikely victory. For the Stags Harry Jones made 76 not out with Robbie Polson 67 and Morgan Gallagher 40 in their 223/6. Craig Isherwood was the best of the Methven bowlers with 3/38. The Stags then had the match all but won at 87/8, but a 101 run stand between Dan Wheeler (48*) and Dallas McLeod (50) got the home side back into the match. It came down to the last ball with Methven needing a six to pull off an almighty comeback, but they only managed to get two to finish up 219/9. That was good news for Lauriston after they had claimed a

117-run win over Coldstream. Lauriston made 262 for 5 after being asked to bat first. Scott Morgan top scored with 76, Bevan Richan made 55 and Nick Gilbert 46. Bo Houston scored 41 at the top of the innings but from there Coldstream collapsed to be all out for 145, with Richan and Rob Hooper taking three wickets each. In the other match an unbeaten century from Matt Tait had Allenton claim back-to-back wins, beating the Tech Sharks by six wickets to move into the top four with one round to play. After being sent into bat the Sharks made 193/9 with Jason

Morrison scoring 45 at the top of the order and Matt Miller 32, Paul Morrison 34 and Jason Youngman 30. For Allenton Jeremy Punselie had 3/33 off eight overs and Jeff Naish took 3/42 from his nine overs. Tait then made 103 not out off 78 balls, with 13 fours and three sixes, to guide his side to the win. Josh Worsfold made 29 before his dismissal at 45/2 brought Tait to the crease. After a 76-run partnership Naish was next to go for 29, with Tait then taking command to chase down the target in the 37th over.


Tinwald takes over A grade top spot By Jonathan Leask

Tinwald moved into the lead in Open A grade tennis after Allenton upset Dorie on Saturday at the Ashburton Trust Tennis Centre. Coming off the bye after suffering their first defeat of the season, Dorie was again on the end of a defeat with Allenton winning 4-2.

The doubles were split after Dorie’s Rhys Cromie and James Wild were too good for Flynn Ness and James Watt, but Allenton’s Duncan Rollinson and Hayden McNulty outmatched Mary-Anne Thyne and Charlie Stock 7-5, 6-2. Cromie claimed a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 win for Dorie but Allenton came out on top in the other three ties. The key match had Ness over-

come Wild 6-1, 7-6, with McNulty 6-0, 6-1 against Thyne and Rollinson beat Stock 6-0, 6-2. In the other match Tinwald beat Hampstead 4-2 to leapfrog Dorie on the ladder. Hampstead’s Joe Langley and Connor Brosnahan took the top doubles 7-6, 5-7, 1-0 against Aidan Mitchell and Phil Crozier and Tinwald the bottom

doubles with Murray Amyes and Matt Bubb 6-3, 6-0 over Christal Brosnahan and Jane Brosnahan. Mitchell made light work of Langley 6-2, 6-0, Amyes had a tougher time, succumbing to Christal Brosnahan 7-6, 7-6 and Bubb beat Jane Brosnahan 6-1, 6-3 while Hampstead’s lone singles win went to Connor Brosnahan 5-7, 6-5, 1-0 over Crozier.


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Open drought continues By Daniel RichaRDson For the second time in as many tournaments, an Australian golfer has used the New Zealand Open to make a name for themselves. Amateur Jake Higginbottom won the Open at Clearwater in 2012 and Dimitrios Papadatos has blitzed the field to take this year’s crown by four strokes from Kiwi Mark Brown at The Hills near Queenstown yeserday. Papadatos fired a six-under 66 in his final round to fin-

ish the event at 18-under. The 22-year-old had never led a professional tournament heading in to the final round and you expected he would feel the pressure at some stage today but he never faltered. He collected five birdies down the back nine as he thrived being in the final group on the course. Rain struck on more than one occasion but it didn’t hurt Papadatos who banked $153,000 for his first win as a professional. It was another frustrating national open for Brown, who despite shooting a three-under 69

Beautide’s Interdom “If this is not the best than I don’t know what is . . . whatever it is, it’s going to be hard to top.” Those were the words of Barrie Rattray after he witnessed his son James drive their horse Beautide to victory in the Inter Dominion Grand Final at Menangle Park yesterday. Beautide defied all odds to take out the Grand circuit feature race after doing plenty of work outside the leader in world record time of 1:55.5. He is the first horse in 15 years to win the Miracle Mile and the Inter Dom in the same season. After settling mid-field early, James Rattray elected to angle Beautide three wide to the death seat at the mile mark as Kiwi star Smolda worked to the lead. With the quarters of the last mile clocked in 26.5, 30.0, 28.6 and 27.1, Beautide cruised to the line with more than five metres to spare over Seel N Print with For A Reason a close third.

on the final day, didn’t Papadatos’ victory hole enough putts on means the search the front nine to put for a Kiwi champion any serious pressure continues with Maon Papadatos. hal Pearce the last Te Anau’s David local to win the New Klein finished third Zealand Open when at 13-under for the he triumphed at tournament as Kiwi Middlemore in 2003. The revamped Richard Lee claimed New Zealand Open fourth place alongside Australian Ashley Dimitrios Papadatos had a pro-am format this year, and the Hall at 12-under. Aucklander Ryan Fox claimed best ball pro-am competition a share of sixth, alongside was won by Australian Brody Australian Terry Pilkadaris at Ninyette and amateur Sam Hamilton. - APNZ 11-under.


Stylish Ellerslie win

Van Gisbergen claims third in V8 feature Only something dramatic, it seemed, would deny reigning champion Jamie Whincup yet another victory in the 2014 V8 Supercars season-opening finale in Adelaide yesterday. But fans at the notorious street circuit have begun to expect the unexpected - and that again proved the case as Whincup spluttered out of contention in an absorbing race-three

finish. Whincup looked set to cap a dream start to his plan to claim an unprecedented sixth title when he emerged clear of an incident-packed race three. However, with 25 laps left in the 76-lap event finale, Whincup copped a drive-through penalty for a pit-lane infringement. Then as he tried to battle his way back through the field, a

desperate Whincup made contact with Michael Caruso and speared off the concrete track, ultimately finishing 15th. When the dust settled, it was Holden’s James Courtney taking line honours ahead of Craig Lowndes with pole sitter New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen third. While it was a heartbreaking moment for Whincup, it was

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A decision to follow the fortunes of their good stayer Surpass in last week’s Launceston Cup in Tasmania cost Matamata couple Paul and Shirley Ryan the opportunity to be on hand at Ellerslie on Saturday where their promising mare In Style scored a dashing win in the Brand Protocole 1200. After Surpass narrowly missed a placing on Wednesday when finishing fourth in the Group Three event, the Ryan’s decided to take a few days off to visit friends and family in Sydney so missed their charge making it two wins on end after leading all the way in the rating 65 event. - APNZ

a timely shot in the arm for Holden Racing Team’s Courtney, the 2007 V8 champion, in his first round since poaching Red Bull’s team principal Adrian Burgess. After the first round, Lowndes leads the series with 282 points ahead of Holden’s Fabian Coulthard (230), van Gisbergen (221) and Whincup (199). - AAP

Today at Manawatu Raceway

Manawatu H R C Venue: Manawatu Raceway Meeting Date: 03 Mar 2014 NZ Meeting number: 5 Doubles: 2 and 3; 4 and 5; 6 and 7; 8 and 9 Trebles: 1, 2 and 3; 4, 5 and 6; 7, 8 and 9 1 12.35pm SPECIAL PRIDE HANDICAP TROT $6000, 3yo+ c0, c1 with cond. spechcp trot, stand, 2500m 1 47868 Wywurri (1) fr ................................Z Butcher 2 44306 Mistress Castleton (2) fr ................B Weaver 3 9xP00 Innuendo (3) fr ..............................R Jenkins 4 x0050 Classy Chassis (U1) fr .....................J Curtin 5 76020 Tuinfro (U2) fr ................................T Mitchell 6 39xD3 Megs First (U3) fr .....................K Chittenden 7 04700 Rich Earl (1) 30 ............................. F Cossey 8 90x47 Tumundal (2) 30 .............................J I Dickie 9 20058 Two Wishes (3) 30..........................S Phelan 10 69090 Clifden Clowers (4) 30...................N Chilcott 2 1.05pm RIVER FIELD MOBILE PACE $7000, 4yo+ c2 to c4, c5 with cond. mob. pace, mobile, 2500m 1 11023 Chanelle Bromac (1) fr ...............P Ferguson 2 70389 Stormy Breeze (2) fr............... H McCabe (J) 3 15000 Classiebee (3) fr............................ K Butt (J) 4 43515 Monets Daughter (4) fr ..................T Mitchell 5 18952 Caesar’s Flame (5) fr .....................S Phelan 6 17551 Machie Mach (6) fr ........................Z Butcher

5 x6700 Fancy Delight (4) fr................. H McCabe (J) 7 63338 Beckinsale (7) fr ................... D Ferguson (J) 6 84243 Ashley H (5) fr ............................P Ferguson 8 15673 Shortys Desire (21) fr .....................J I Dickie 7 P8 Seymour (6) fr ............................... K Butt (J) 9 52294 Tijuana Bromac (22) fr ..................N Chilcott 3 1.35pm BRAIG HANDICAP TROT $6500, 4yo+ c1 & 8 2x454 Real Life Hero fr ........................... Scratched 9 60396 Yankee Brandy (21) fr .................. C Webber faster discrhcp trot, stand, 2500m 1 22469 Miss Middleton (1) fr ......................S Phelan 10 08273 Magic Daze (22) fr ........................T Mitchell 2 0P031 Cheeky Charlie (2) fr .....................B Weaver 5 2.35pm BLOSSOM LADY MOBILE PACE $6000, 3 32400 Hector McFeckle (3) fr......................J Curtin 3yo+ c1 mob. pace, mobile, 2000m 1 128P2 Princess Kate (1) fr .......................N Chilcott 4 59852 Pricilla P (4) fr ...............................Z Butcher 2 83380 Fifteen Six (2) fr ............................T Mitchell 5 41020 Showtime Lady (5) fr ......................J I Dickie 3 24198 Bhappy (3) fr .................................R Jenkins 6 80200 Desert Storm (U1) fr ........................B Taylor 4 75077 Bettabe Fast (4) fr ......................P Ferguson 7 78927 Sunbrite (1) 10 ..............................N Chilcott 5 98890 Mahogany (5) fr........................K Chittenden 8 25061 Palais Royal (2) 10 ...................K Chittenden 6 85500 Showmethemoneyhoney (6) fr .........J Curtin 9 82816 Quite Easy Damit (1) 20................T Mitchell 7 28536 Flyin Louie (7) fr .............................J I Dickie 10 06141 Thanks Charlie (2) 20 .................. S Dickson 8 73568 Kotare Kano (21) fr........................Z Butcher 11 12513 Foray (1) 40....................................M Hickey 9 12193 Big Ern (22) fr.................................S Phelan 12 6x880 Global Invasion (1) 50 ...................R Jenkins 13 63032 Damit Invasion (U1) 50 ..............P Ferguson 6 3.06pm MARY BRADLEY MEMORIAL MBL PACE 4 2.05pm WOODLANDS STUD MOBILE PACE $6000, $6000, 3yo+ c1 mob. pace, mobile, 2000m 3yo+ c0 mob. pace, mobile, 2000m 1 81600 Lola Jones (1) fr ................... D Ferguson (J) 1 41525 Righteous Royale (1) fr ..................B Towers 2 94331 Classic Bet (2) fr ...........................N Chilcott 2 x40x7 Magical Mario (2) fr .......................Z Butcher 3 25156 Raffaello (3) fr ...............................T Mitchell 3 Civoniceva (3) fr ...............................J Curtin 4 90044 Winsome Falcon (4) fr ................P Ferguson 4 2809P Lady Molly fr................................. Scratched 5 95973 Pilot Officer (5) fr ...........................B Weaver

6 61856 Darjeeling Bromac (6) fr ...................J Curtin 7 57598 Kilarney Guy (7) fr ..........................J I Dickie 8 17870 Sell A Bit (21) fr .............................Z Butcher 9 12143 Starry Delight (22) fr.......................S Phelan 7 3.41pm MISTER D G MOBILE PACE $6000, 4yo+ c1 to c2 mob. pace, mobile, 2500m 1 44689 Salvador (1) fr ...............................T Mitchell 2 38602 Cabo Wabo (2) fr ............................J I Dickie 3 64883 Mary Anastasia (3) fr.....................N Chilcott 4 67685 Jack Bates (4) fr ........................... S Dickson 5 37999 Gamblers Delight (5) fr ...................S Phelan 6 02234 Mister Dann (6) fr ..........................Z Butcher 7 5210x In Tandem (7) fr .............................B Weaver 8 56070 Majors Blue Jean (21) fr................ K Butt (J) 9 40402 No Liability (22) fr ................. D Ferguson (J) 10 05054 Megatron (23) fr ............................ F Cossey 11 70389 Stormy Breeze fr .......................... Scratched 12 05421 Eyre Hostess (24) fr .........................J Curtin 8 4.16pm YULESTAR MOBILE PACE $6000, 4yo+ c1 to c2 mob. pace, mobile, 2500m 1 30098 Falcon Crown (1) fr ........................J I Dickie 2 33675 Baileys Desire (2) fr....................... K Butt (J) 3 00108 Flyin Impact (3) fr .......................P Ferguson 4 6815P Courage Du Fair (4) fr .......... D Ferguson (J)

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68331 Mach Cullen (5) fr .........................Z Butcher 54507 Fiery Lustre (6) fr ...........................S Phelan 64002 Leroy Brogden (7) fr ......................N Chilcott 84899 Bad Dancer (21) fr ........................B Weaver 78986 Rimutoto Prince (22) fr ..................R Jenkins 13247 Aces N Eights (23) fr ........................J Curtin 04164 Sobek (24) fr ................................ S Dickson 47214 Immortal Me (25) fr .......................T Mitchell 9 4.39pm ‘SEE YOU WEDNESDAY’ MOBILE PACE $6000, 3yo+ c0 mob. pace, mobile, 2500m 1 59662 Bettor Backim (1) fr ..........................B Taylor 2 27846 Brooks Desire (2) fr .......................N Chilcott 3 08078 Washington Diva (3) fr ...................S Phelan 4 x7044 Living By Chance (4) fr ..............P Ferguson 5 79956 Tiger Tamer (5) fr ..........................Z Butcher 6 25575 Travelling Man (6) fr ............. D Ferguson (J) 7 53404 Wyatt Earp (7) fr........................... S Dickson 8 4809 Acton Town (21) fr ........................ C Webber 9 75078 Cavalli Woman (22) fr....................R Jenkins 10 4P485 Energizer (23) fr ............................B Weaver 11 05000 Golden Billion (U1) fr......................J I Dickie Pacifiers on : Classy Chassis, Tuinfro (R1), Desert Storm (R3) Pacifiers off : Innuendo (R1)

Today at Manawatu Raceway

Palmerston North Greyhounds Venue: Manawatu Raceway Meeting Date: 03 Mar 2014 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

3 12.50pm J P PRINT, PETONE C1 HEAT 2 C1q, 375m

6 76676 Coyote Caught Ya nwtd ............E Duganzich 7 23x11 Tina’s Dilema 26.15 .........................L Ahern 1 48856 Go Dolphin Power 21.67 .......... S Gommans 8 73462 Adda Boy Zeke 27.02 B & .............G Atwood 2 41216 Vinny Doon 21.93 B &...................G Atwood 9 18478 Belldeen 26.48 .........................A Duganzich 3 76234 Calm Brooke 22.36 ........................... B Hunt 4 22751 Nose White nwtd ......................A Duganzich 10 88488 Taikorea Lass nwtd ...................... T Downey 5 84257 Cawbourne Anna 22.21 ............J McInerney 6 2.20pm MARTON DASH C2 C2, 375m 12.02pm (NZT) AWAPUNI DASH C0, 375m 6 15527 Dogged Dan nwtd ............................. R Hunt 1 82568 Dasher Rum 21.78 ...........................R Waite 1 664F7 String Theory nwtd ...... S & C Blackburn 7 24663 Kezz 22.06 .............................. T McCracken 2 66463 Dolly Peg 21.85 F & .......................Turnwald 2 463 Shinzigzag nwtd .................G & Denby 8 76178 Goman Ninnie nwtd ........................ C Brider 3 22151 Smirnoff 21.80.......................... S Gommans 3 1 Wild As Angels nwtd ..................M Olden 9 88454 Homebush Titan nwtd ...............J McInerney 4 33547 Ramessee 21.82 ........................... M Gowan 4 78445 Dark Faerytales nwtd ................A Speight 5 11522 Cosmic Choice 22.09 ................J McInerney 5 43642 Behemoth nwtd ................A Speight 10 4688x Lavender Sal 22.30 ...................... P Denbee 6 84166 Wolf Marine nwtd ..................... S Gommans 6 1 Hofstadter nwtd .............. B Johnston 4 1.20pm MANAWATU RACEWAY HEAT 3 C1q, 375m 7 66443 Ten Eleven 21.97 ............................... N Udy 1 75263 Toxic Revenge 22.02 .....................A Speight 7 8 Wairere Mike nwtd ................. P Knight 8 53544 Tenkay Down 21.85...................J McInerney 2 52437 King’s Selection nwtd ............... S Gommans 8 472 Black Magic Rock nwtd ............G & Denby 9 86473 Mighty Baxter nwtd ...................J McInerney 3 33423 Rebel City 22.07 ................................ N Udy 9 46664 Seconds Good nwtd ............. M Gowan 10 11857 Ten Point One nwtd ..........................P Taylor 4 43238 Doll Parts nwtd ............................B Hodgson 10 636x7 Trojan Troy nwtd .......... F & Turnwald 5 43121 Waldo Baxter nwtd ....................J McInerney 7 2.50pm WWW.RACINGDOGS.CO.NZ C2 C2, 457m 2 12.20pm WOODVILLE DASH C1 HEAT 1 C1q, 375m 6 1 Magic Bolt 21.46 ...........................B Mitchell 1 13846 Thrilling Ava nwtd ............................B Marsh 1 48x73 Rijeka 21.76 .................................. M Gowan 7 24261 Flirt With Me 22.03 .................. T McCracken 2 63317 Kay Road 26.67 ..............................S Maher 2 35732 Boot The Cash nwtd................ T McCracken 8 12621 Homebush Alex 21.64 ...............J McInerney 3 64212 Sarah’s Domain 26.20...............J McInerney 3 63612 Kasim nwtd .......................................D Edlin 9 47535 Sunday Driver nwtd ..........................P Taylor 4 32225 Wallace Lad 26.73 ...........................L Ahern 4 14676 Kotumba 22.03 L & ............................ Morris 10 23747 Morning Light nwtd............................ D Hunt 5 22154 Paddy Baxter 26.55...................J McInerney 5 38884 Queen Rowdy nwtd..........................P Taylor 6 12416 Caesar Chance nwtd F & ...............Turnwald 5 1.50pm SINCLAIR PHOTO FINISH C1 C1, 457m 6 37111 Zipping Tay nwtd F & ......................Turnwald 7 21313 Varga Frost 26.33..........................A Speight 1 45747 Cawbourne Logan nwtd ........... S Gommans 7 66513 Another Drink nwtd ...................J McInerney 8 83265 Opawa Jay nwtd ............................... A Clark 2 25632 Miss Isabella nwtd G & .....................S Ross 8 35784 Missy Sloy 22.16 ..................... T McCracken 9 65581 Matisse 26.30..................................... N Udy 3 72324 Amy Wineglass 27.05 ..............A Duganzich 9 58F15 Hermione Baxter nwtd ..............J McInerney 10 46554 Bigtime Jet 26.24 .............................L Ahern 4 86374 Zamaddis Lass nwtd .................... T Downey 10 7x645 Homebush Anabel 22.49 ................. C Clark 5 87548 Sarah Campbell nwtd..................B Hodgson 8 3.21pm ASHHURST DASH C3 C3, 375m

1 18541 Homebush Hell’s 21.66 .................... C Clark 2 27165 Fire Boy Baxter 21.55 ...............J McInerney 3 13823 Uno Orange 21.81 ..........................S Maher 4 65337 Botany Dave 22.01....................J McInerney 5 77447 Crystal Wave 21.54 .....................B Hodgson 6 11622 Addicted 21.79 .................................L Ahern 7 75558 English Honey nwtd .........................T Agent 8 54544 Almost Got It 21.77 ............................ N Udy 9 37587 Decado 21.57...................................... L Bell 10 78824 Nonu Nonu Boom 21.59 ..................L Ahern 9 3.56pm CLOVERLEA STAKES C3/4 C3/4, 457m 1 14322 Phone Tap 26.18 F & .....................Turnwald 2 41587 Couger Alert 26.44...........................L Ahern 3 x1644 King Lumpy 26.39 F &....................Turnwald 4 57735 El Jetta 26.41 ...................................L Ahern 5 25x74 Thrilling Brave 26.29 ....................... K Walsh 6 86455 Hello Ello 26.12 .......................... B Johnston 7 25373 That’s King 26.60 ........................B Hodgson 8 35321 Johnny Ritza 26.27 ..........................L Ahern 9 17487 Backyard Bully 26.08 ................. G Hodgson 10 67878 Summer Tension 26.68 ............E Duganzich 10 4.31pm SHANNON DASH C4 C4, 375m 1 43332 Smidged 21.46 ..............................A Speight 2 88166 Opawa Sacha nwtd ........................R Murray 3 51764 All The Milk nwtd ..............................G Quirk 4 67166 Flying Blake 21.92 .............................. L Bell 5 12534 Queen Cobra 21.84 ......................... A Clark 6 42453 Stiff Drink 22.01 F & .......................Turnwald

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44681 Starla 21.64......................................G Quirk 66816 Enhancer 21.51...........................B Hodgson 47448 Eureka Izmir 21.58 F & ..................Turnwald 62482 Senorita Chang nwtd ....................... S Clark 11 4.53pm FEILDING DASH C5 C5, 375m 1 34611 Red Moova Hoova 21.50 G & ............Denby 2 51151 Tepirita Rita nwtd F & .....................Turnwald 3 12233 Sir Richie 21.57................................L Ahern 4 23426 Cosmic Fury 21.65 ...........................L Ahern 5 21111 Thrilling Edge 21.58 ........................ K Walsh 6 22172 Individual Lily 21.57 .........................L Ahern 7 73154 Ever So Hopeful 21.63 G & ................Denby 8 11837 Stellar Force 21.51 ................... S Gommans 9 63424 Stirling Dann nwtd .............................. N Udy 10 14568 Emma Marie 21.77....................... T Downey 12 5.16pm FOXTON STAKES C5 C5, 457m 1 53335 Mercenary 25.90 F & .....................Turnwald 2 55363 Winning Knocka nwtd ......................L Ahern 3 21616 Way Too Crude 26.09 F & ..............Turnwald 4 14781 Graduation 25.80 .............................L Ahern 5 51612 Rene Ranger 25.91..........................L Ahern 6 41144 Thrilling Glory nwtd ......................... K Walsh 7 67824 Lady Anabella 26.57 F &................Turnwald 8 31742 Thrilling Blitz 26.14........................... S Clark 9 47346 Bigtime Karen 26.86 ........................L Ahern 10 18268 Flying Moe nwtd ............................B Mitchell LEGEND: fsdt - First Start Here nwd - No Win this Distance fstd - First Start This Distance 31 13 - Best Winning Time This Track

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Champs on the green


Allenton’s Murray Smallridge rolls up during the Champion of Champions Pairs at the Ashburton Bowling Club yesterday. Smallridge and Michael Lawson won the senior men’s title beating Hampstead’s Peter Collins and Gordon Sparks 18-11 in the final. Rakaia’s Rosemary Bennett and Jill Harris beat Methven’s Melva Middleton and Wendy Suttie 17-5 for the senior women’s title. On Saturday the Champion of Champions Triples were played at Rakaia. The Hampstead trio of Collins, Sparks and Neville Bensdorp took the senior men’s title beating Ashburton’s Colin Dennis, John Smart and Bryan Williams 22-18. Methven’s Ruth Smith, Raiona Isherwood and Middleton won 17-12 against Ashburton’s Margaret Eder, Shirley Maw and Wendy Herriott. - Full results in Tuesday’s Guardian.


Now the Breakers are assured of finishing with a losing record, it’s time to assess what went wrong in their broken season. Saturday night’s defeat in Cairns was costly for those within the club who remained confident of sneaking into the playoffs, while it also left the Breakers facing a best possible position of 13-15. For a team whose last three records were 22-6, 21-7 and 24-4, it has been quite a slide. And it would be reductive to attribute such a dramatic drop to one or two reasons. Instead, the defending champions were rocked by a perfect storm of factors contributing to their decline, some beyond their control and others for which they can blame only themselves. First there were the offseason departures of a trio of personnel responsible for the Breakers’ lofty standing. Handing the reins from Andrej Lemanis to Dean Vickerman was a no-brainer while replacing a player of Dillon Boucher’s calibre was impossible. But the club could be forgiven for desiring a do-over when it came to selecting someone to fill Cedric Jackson’s considerable shoes. Kerron Johnson has shown flashes of his undoubted quality but, at 23 and in his first year of professional basketball, it was always asking a lot to expect him to consistently control games. The other import spot was also problematic, with the club wisely opting to jettison Darnell Lazare after only four games. As it turned out, with Jackson’s scoring load sorely missed, the Breakers needed more offence to remain competitive. Gary Wilkinson’s return provided that


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but it was still insufficient due to the seaAnd check out son-long struggles on the defensive end. our quality used Where the defence was once a point vehicles at: of pride, this year it was the opposite and the Breakers have been ranked last in points allowed for much of the camAUTOMOTIVE & paign. MARINE It meant no matter how many they 153 Moore St poured in - and they sit second in the 03 3077620 competition in that category - no lead was safe. While the Breakers last season won all 11 games in which the final margin was 10 points or fewer, this year that record has fallen to 6-10. That spoke of an inability to close out tight encounters which, in turn, could be explained by the disappearance of the lock-down defence they Monday 9.00am once exhibited. Considering Vickerman ST DAVID’S UNION CHURCH. was Lemanis’ defensive guru Real women circuit training in hall, 48 Allens and given the majority of the Road, Allenton. pieces were the same, there 9.00am - 4.00pm was one clear explanation for ASHBURTON BUDGET ADVISORY the reversal in fortunes. The SERVICE INC. Breakers were unable to ad- For free budget advice and workshop just to the rule changes imple- enquiries. Phone 307-0496. 60 Cass Street. mented in the offseason, leav- Tuesday ing them to lead the league in 9.30am both fouls committed and free ST DAVID’S WALKING GROUP. Meet outside church, 48 Allens Road, throw attempts allowed. Then there was the away Allenton. 9.30am form. For a team that generally M.S.A. TAI CHI. targeted at least a split of road Exercises for all abilities. Social hall, M.S.A. Street. games, a 3-11 record in Aus- Havelock 9.30am - 12.30pm tralia was unacceptable. ASHBURTON METHODIST PARISH. When combined, all of these Goodwill shop open for the sale of preloved elements produced the club’s clothing. Tinwald Methodist Church, Cnr first losing season since 2007 Archibald and Jane Streets, Tinwald. and left their final three games 10.00am as little more than a farewell METHVEN HERITAGE CENTRE. New Zealand and Agriculture Encounter, for CJ Bruton. - APNZ


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10.00am CARDIAC COMPANIONS. Exercises, social and occasional speakers. Buffalo Lodge Hall, Cox Street.

1.00pm - 3.00pm ASHBURTON AVIATION MUSEUM. Classic aircraft on display including DC3. Seafield Road.

10.00am METHVEN HERITAGE CENTRE. New Zealand and Agriculture Encounter, interactive fun for all ages. Main Street, Methven.

6.00pm ST DAVID’S UNION CHURCH. Real women circuit training in hall, 48 Allens Road, Allenton.

interactive fun for all ages. Main Street, Methven. 10.00am WAIREKA CROQUET CLUB. Golf Croquet singles. The Domain, Philip Street. 10.45am M.S.A. TAI CHI. Tai Chi maintenance class. Social hall, M.S.A. Havelock Street. 12.00noon - 3.00pm ASHBURTON JUSTICE OF THE PEACE ASSOCIATION (INC). Signing centre in Community House, at the rear of Westpac Bank, 122 Tancred Street. 12.50pm M.S.A. PETANQUE.

Come and try Petanque, everyone welcome. M.S.A. Sports, Racecourse Road. 1.00pm - 3.00pm ASHBURTON AVIATION MUSEUM. Classic aircraft on display including DC 3. Ashburton airport, Seafield Road. 1.30pm R.S.A. CARD SECTION. 500, Ashburton R.S.A. Cox Street. 6.00pm ASHBURTON ATHLETICS. 5km fun run/walk series (14 January - 1 April) $2 per entry, students free, Meet Walnut Avenue Pavilion. 7.30pm - 9.30pm MID CANTERBURY BADMINTON. Great fun, everyone welcome. Racquets can be hired. Sports hall, Tancred Street.

Puzzles Monday, March 3, 2014 CRYPTIC ACROSS 1. A song that is rotten about everything (6) 8. An award one will value highly (5) 9. Father wielding a cane he reckons to be a cure for everything (7) 11. In which one may be huffed by the cold currents of air (8) 12. The 14-pound rock (5) 15. Feature kept up by the bravely cheerful (4) 16. Image of oneself reflected in Limoges (3) 17. Simplicity with which one can enter leasehold property (4) 19. One may fall asleep on a collection of poetry (5) 21. The outlook for coppers turns on final arrest (8) 24. Oriental art seen as being different (7) 25. Fieldwork developed from Arden (5) 26. Have to have the French hypodermic (6)









DOWN 2. An enormous call for one to stop at sea (5) 3. Getting to hear of renal trouble brought about by gin (8) 4. Decided detectives were unnecessary for such an act (4) 5. Declaim like a bit of a teapot (5) 6. Desire wife, to his confusion (4) 7. It is not as much on being read in service (4) 10. Grace, or an awkward form of hauteur (9) 12. One may have it afoot, which is a blow (4)

13. Make one feel small, or be so (8) 14. Plant starts rotting in low marshy land (4) 18. Move briskly to administer chastisement (5) 20. Dinosaur always held about the ears (5) 21. It may be ruby that’s left to a yachtsman (4) 22. The probability of doing doubles seldom starts (4) 23. Thanks to the Navy there’s water on the mountain (4)












QUICK ACROSS 1. Mutilated (6) 5. Fragrances (6) 9. Shrewd (6) 10. Speak softly (6) 11. Carved (4) 12. Speckled (8) 14. Accustomed (4,2) 16. Tasks (6) 19. Roped off (8) 21. Carry (4) 22. Electorate (6) 23. Sex (colloq) (6) 24. Adjourn (6) 25. Method (6)


SATURDAY’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across 1. Escapee 6. Cedar 9. Smash 10. Blue tit 11. Ambit 12. Argon 13. Antonym 15. Senate 16. Synod 18. Motif 20. Carve 21. Their 22. Notion 25. Mishear 26. Ideal 27. Siren 28. Edition 29. Incus 30. Cadet 31. Sigmate Down 1. Embracement 2. Counts 3. Put one’s foot in it 4. Estaminet 5. Mango 6. Channel crossing 7. Debonair 8. Rut 14. Remembrance 17. Dreamless 19. Tethered 23. Hegira 24. Mercy 27. Sac QUICK Across 1. Peak 3. Agreeing 9. Cliques 10. Fasts 11. Faint-hearted 14. Err 16. Purge 17. Dun 18. Overreaching 21. Igloo 22. Densest 23. Precedes 24. Stud Down 1. Pacified 2. Alibi 4. Gas 5. Effervescent 6. Instead 7. Gust 8. Multipurpose 12. Eerie 13. Knighted 15. Revolve 19. Inert 20. Limp 22. Dye



DOWN 2. Replies (7) 3. Grieved (7) 4. Wear casual clothes (5,4) 6. Gullible person (5) 7. More agile (7) 8. Paces (7) 13. Occurrences (9) 14. Reveal (7) 15. Unpredictable (7) 17. Choices (7) 18. Interlace (7) 20. Man-eating giants (5)


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A deep low east of the South Island moves northeast tomorrow, with southwest gales affecting eastern coasts. The low moves away to the east on Wednesday, and a high over the Tasman Sea begins to spread eastwards, with the southwest flow over the country weakening. A weakening front moves over the south of the South Island on Thursday.

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POOKE, Norman Alfred John Passed peacefully in his sleep at South Canterbury Hospice on Friday February 28, 2014, aged 82 years. Loved husband of the late Joan, loved father and father-in-law of Barbara and Mark (Australia), Raymond and Dionne (Australia), Kevin and Christine (Ashburton), Stanley and Jill (Pareora), loved grandfather and great grandfather of all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. A service for Norman will be held in Betts Chapel, corner North and Butler Streets, Timaru on Wednesday March 5 at 2pm thereafter private cremation. Messages to 11 Tuarangi Road, Ashburton 7700.



Showers, clearing south of Rakaia. Southwesterlies, strong about the coast.

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THURSDAY Cloudy periods, with the odd shower at first. Light winds. A few showers. Light winds.

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12:30 Benny Hinn 1am Bath Crashers 1:30 Designer Travel 2am Simply Italian 2:30 Galleons Of Spice 3am Hidden Treasures Of African, Indian And Australian Art 4am Walking Through History With Tony Robinson 5am House Wreck Rescue

11:30 Are You There, Chelsea? AO 0 12:25 Shameless AO 3 0 1:25 Infomercials 2:30 Greek PGR 3 3:15 Gossip Girl PGR 3 0 3:55 Jeremy Kyle USA PGR 4:40 The 4:30 Show 3 5:05 Neighbours 3 0 5:30 Infomercials



6am 3 News – Firstline 8:30 Infomercials 10:30 The Shopping Channel 11:30 Entertainment Tonight 3 Noon 3 News 12:30 Dr Phil PGR Three years after a man’s body was found in a canal, his relatives make accusations against one another about the crime. 1:30 The Dr Oz Show PGR Dr Oz discusses chakras, or the seven energy centres throughout the body that are believed to hold the key to a long, healthy life. 2:30 Rachael Ray Co-host Regis Philbin and Inside Edition’s Deborah Norville join Rachael. 3:30 The Ridges PGR 3 0 4pm Grand Designs Australia 3 0 5:05 Big Brother Australia The latest housemate is evicted. 6pm 3 News 7pm Campbell Live 7:30 Road Cops PGR 0 8pm The GC PGR 0 8:30 M The Day the Earth Stood Still AO 3 2008 Sci-fi. When a scientist meets an alien who warns her of an impending global crisis, she must convince him mankind is worth saving before it is too late. Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith. 0 10:45 The Paul Henry Show

6am Sesame Street 3 6:55 Pingu 3 7am Sticky TV 3 7:30 The Wild Thornberrys 3 7:55 Rugrats 3 8:20 Chuggington 3 8:30 Strawberry Shortcake 3 8:55 Bananas In Pyjamas 3 9:05 Bob The Builder 3 9:15 Thomas And Friends 3 9:30 Peppa Pig 3 9:40 Barney And Friends 3 10:05 Infomercials 2pm Sesame Street 3 2:55 Peppa Pig 3 3pm Sticky TV 4:30 Four Live 6pm Malcolm In The Middle Hal leaves his job to become an artist. 0 6:30 Just Shoot Me! 0

11:25 The Borgias AO Paolo, the young stable hand from Pesaro, arrives in Rome hoping to reunite with Lucrezia and their child, whom he has never seen. 12:30 Infomercials 5am Joyce Meyer 5:30 City Impact Church

11:15 Entertainment Tonight 11:40 Infomercials



6:30 The Crowd Goes Wild 3 An irreverent daily sports and entertainment show. 7am Deal Or No Deal 3 Game show hosted by Andrew O’Keefe that gives contestants the opportunity to win up to $200,000. 7:30 Home Shopping Noon The Doctors PGR A talk show focusing on tough medical questions in an open forum. 1pm The Test PGR Celebrities and viewers answer moral questions. 2:05 America’s Got Talent 3 4pm The Late Show With David Letterman 3 5pm Deal Or No Deal 3 5:30 Prime News 6pm Deal Or No Deal 6:30 Millionaire – Hot Seat 3 Hosted by Eddie McGuire.

7pm The Crowd Goes Wild 7pm The Simpsons 3 0 7:30 Storage Wars Texas 7:30 How I Met Your Mother PGR 8pm Storage Wars New York PGR 3 8:30 Coastwatch Oz PGR 8pm The Goldbergs PGR When a 9pm Send in the Dogs Australia new family moves into the PGR Series looking at the work neighbourhood, Beverly gives of Australia’s largest State a barbecue in their honour, Police Dog units as they and insists that they attend. help track fugitives and hunt 8:30 New Girl PGR for drugs, explosives, and 9pm The Michael J Fox Show PGR weapons. 9:25 Raising Hope PGR 9:30 60 Minutes PGR 9:55 Parks and Recreation PGR 10:30 The Crowd Goes Wild 3 10:20 A Gifted Man PGR 11pm The Late Show With David Letterman A late-night comedy and talk show. Midnight Home Shopping 1:30 The Crowd Goes Wild 3 An irreverent daily sports and entertainment show. 2am Home Shopping

MAORI TV 10am Korero Mai 3 11am Toku Reo 3 Noon Korero Mai 3 1pm Toku Reo 3 3pm Joe’s World On A Plate (Starting Today) 3 3:30 The Backyardigans 3 2 4pm Miharo 3 2 4:30 Pukana 2 5pm Toi Whakaari 3 2 5:30 Te Kaea 2 6pm Nga Pari Karangaranga o te Motu 6:30 Ako 3 2

THE BOX 6am SVU MV 6:50 The Simpsons PG 7:15 Pawn Stars PG 7:40 America’s Funniest Home Videos PG 8:05 Monk PGV 8:55 CSI MV 9:45 Law And Order MV 10:35 CSI MV 11:25 SmackDown! MC 1:05 Whose Line Is It Anyway? PG 1:30 CSI MV 2:20 SVU MV 3:10 Monk PGV 4pm Pawn Stars PG 4:30 The Simpsons PG 5pm CSI MV 6pm America’s Funniest Home Videos PG 6:30 The Simpsons PG 7pm Pawn Stars PG 7:30 CSI – Miami MV 8:30 Ice Road Truckers PGS 9:30 CSI – New York MV 10:30 Law And Order MV 11:30 CSI – Miami MV


12:30 Monk PGV 1:20 Whose Line Is It Anyway? PG 1:45 SVU MV 2:35 Law And Order MV 3:25 Ice Road Truckers PGS 4:20 CSI – New York MV 5:10 Whose Line Is It Anyway? PG 5:35 America’s Funniest Home Videos PG

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6:30 Golf – LPGA Tour (Highlights) HSBC Women’s Champions – Round Four. 7am L Golf – US PGA Tour Honda Classic – Round Four. From PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Noon Golf – European Tour (Highlights) Tshwane Open – Round Four. 1pm Cricket – International (Highlights) South Africa v Australia – Third Test, Day Two. 1:30 Netball – ANZ Championship (Highlights) Canterbury Tactix v BOP Magic. 2pm Netball – ANZ Championship (Highlights) 2:30 Netball – ANZ Championship (Highlights) 3pm Football – Arsenal TV (Replay) 6pm Sky Sports News UK 6:30 College Netball (Delayed) 7:30 L Netball – ANZ Championship Central Pulse v Adelaide Thunderbirds. From Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua. 9:15 The Netball Zone 10pm College Netball (Replay) St Mary’s College v Wanganui High. From Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua.

11pm Netball – ANZ Championship (Replay) 12:30 Football – A-League (Replay) 2:30 Football – A-League Highlights Show 3am Football League Show 3:30 Football – A-League (Replay) 5:30 Sky Sport – What’s On

SKY SPORT 2 7pm Te Kaea 3 2 7:30 Joe’s World On A Plate 3 8pm Te Iti Kahurangi Featuring – Majic Paora, the South Auckland Poets Collective, and Acushla Dee O’Carroll. 8:30 Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta AO (Part 3) 9:30 Songs From The Inside AO 3 10pm F Te Ara Wairua – A New Hope AO 11pm Te Kaea 3 2 11:30 Closedown

DISCOVERY 6:30 Deadliest Catch PG 7:30 Abalone Wars PG 8:30 Deadliest Catch PG 9:30 River Monsters – Untold Stories PG 10:30 River Monsters With Jeremy Wade PG Phantom Assassin. 11:30 Blood, Lies And Alibis M 12:30 Disappeared M A Family’s Curse. 1:30 Scorned – Love Kills M 2:30 Gold Fever PG 3:30 Bering Sea Gold – Under The Ice PG Gold Stress. 4:30 Deadliest Catch PG 5:30 MythBusters PG 6:30 Alaska – The Last Frontier M 7:30 Auction Hunters PG 8pm Auction Hunters 8:30 MythBusters PG 9:30 Punkin Chunkin PG 10:30 What Happened Next? PG 11pm Deadly Affairs M


Midnight Dates From Hell M 12:30 Dates From Hell M 1am Fatal Encounters M 2am Factory Made PG 2:30 Bering Sea Gold PG 3:30 Deadliest Catch PG 4:30 Dealers PG 5:30 Bering Sea Gold PG

The Day the Earth Stood Still 8:30pm on TV3


Send in the Dogs Australia 9:00pm on Prime


7:20 Made… The Movie PG 2010 Comedy. Cyrina Fiallo, Rachel Skarsten. 8:45 Act Of Valour 16VL 2012 Action. Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez. 10:35 Parker 16VL 2013 Action. Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez. 12:30 Total Recall MVLS 2012 Action. Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel. 2:30 L The 86th Annual Academy Awards PG 2014 Coverage of this year’s award ceremony. 6pm Biography – Brad Pitt PG 6:45 Seeking Justice 16VLS 2011 Thriller. Nicolas Cage, January Jones. 8:30 Wrath Of The Titans MV 2012 Action. Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson. 10:15 Project X 18LS 2012 Comedy. Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper. 11:45 Seconds Apart 18V 2011 Horror. Orlando Jones.

8:15 Chicago MV 2002 Musical. Renee Zellweger, Catherine ZetaJones, Richard Gere. 10:05 The Invention Of Lying MS 2009 Comedy. Ricky Gervais. 11:45 The Wrestler 16VLS 2008 Drama. Mickey Rourke. 1:35 Independence Day MV 1996 Action Sci-fi. Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid. 3:55 Saving Private Ryan 16V 1998 Drama. Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Edward Burns. 6:40 The Astronaut’s Wife MS 1999 Sci-fi. Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron. 8:30 Michael Clayton MVL 2007 Crime Drama. George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson. 10:30 In Bruges 16VL 2008 Thriller. Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson.

1:15 Secrets In The Walls MC 2010 Drama. Jeri Ryan. 2:40 Project X 18LS 2012 Comedy. Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper. 4:05 Seconds Apart 18V 2011 Horror. Orlando Jones. 5:35 Seeking Justice 16VLS 2011 Thriller. Nicolas Cage, January Jones.

12:20 Saving Private Ryan 16V 1998 Drama. Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Edward Burns. 3:05 The Astronaut’s Wife MS 1999 Sci-fi. Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron. 4:50 In Bruges 16VL 2008 Thriller. Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson.



0 Closed captions; 3 Repeat; 2 Maori Language. RATINGS: 16 Approved for persons 16 years or over; 18 Approved for persons 18 years or over; AO Adults only; C Content may offend; L Language may offend; M Suitable for mature audiences; PG/PGR Parental guidance recommended for young viewers; S Sexual content may offend; V Contains violence. Local Radio: NewsTalk ZB 873AM/98.1FM FM Classic Hits ZEFM 92.5; Port FM Local 94.9, 98.9 and 106.1


6am Football – A-League (Replay) Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix. From Coopers Stadium in Adelaide. 8am The Fishing Show 8:50 Cycling – UCI Track World Championships (Highlights) Day Four. 9:20 L Cycling – UCI Track World Championships Day Five. From Velodrome Alcides Nieto Patino in Cali, Columbia. 1pm Football – Spurs TV Tottenham Hotspur v Cardiff City. From White Hart Lane in Tottenham, London. 4pm Motorsport – V8 Supercars Championship (Highlights) Clipsal 500 Adelaide – Race Two. 4:30 Motorsport – V8 Supercars Championship (Highlights) Clipsal 500 Adelaide – Race Three. 5pm Rugby – Super Rugby (Highlights) Blues v Crusaders. 5:30 Rugby – Super Rugby (Highlights) Stormers v Hurricanes. 6pm Rugby – Super Rugby (Highlights) Chiefs v Highlanders. 6:30 Football – Capital One Cup (Replay) Final – Manchester City v Sunderland. From Wembley Stadium, London. 8:30 #SKYRugby 9pm L Cricket – International South Africa v Australia – Third Test, Day Three. The morning session from Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town. 11:30 L Cricket – International South Africa v Australia – Third Test, Day Three. The afternoon session from Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town. 5am Golf – European Tour (Highlights) Tshwane Open – Round Four. | Compiled by

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Passing through the Rakaia Gorge, Ride the Rakaia cyclists cross the Rakaia River for the second time on Saturday. PHOTO JOSEPH JOHNSON 010314-JJ-003

Below: Conal Sloan slows down after coming through the finish line first, with Simon Acker and Jeremy Crestani hot on his heels. PHOTO JOSEPH JOHNSON 010314-JJ-017

Sprint finish to big ride BY JONATHAN LEASK


Christchurch’s Conal Sloan showed a strong burst of speed to take out the Ride the Rakaia on Saturday. After a 102km round trip, the race was decided in a bunch sprint which had Sloan find the front on the line to win by a second from Jeremy Crestani, in a time of 2 hours 43.40 minutes, and 2012 winner Simon Acker third.

Defending champion Jaron Stephens was a second back further in fourth with another second back to Mark Stringer in fifth. The women’s race was a similar story with Michelle Davidson coming home in 2 hours 58.52 minutes to be the first female, and top 45-54 female, and was only a second ahead of Maree Roberts, the top 35-44 female, and Anne Kerr, the top 55-64 female.

Earlier in the day there were also honours for the first man and woman to emerge from the Rakaia Gorge. The King of the Gorge was Matt Strange while the Queen of the Gorge was Kerr. In the 24km recreational ride that stopped off at Te Pirita, Dean Rattray was the fastest in 47.11 minutes, closely followed by first female Robyn Sewell in 47.14mins.

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