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The Ashburton District Court will be the focus of international celebrity media on Monday when Hollywood star Chris Pine appears on a drink-driving charge. Pine was nabbed by a routine drink-driving operation with an alleged excess blood alcohol limit in the early hours of March 1. He was caught after celebrating the end of filming his latest movie Z for Zachariah at a private function at the Blue Pub in Methven. The 33-year-old actor, who found fame after playing Captain James T Kirk in Star Trek, was celebrating with about 70 cast, crew and local volunteers on the night of February 28. Pub manager Casey Crawford was surprised Pine decided to drive when designated drivers were taking those at the party home until about 3am. “Chris Pine arrived here and had his supermodel girlfriend (Iris Bjork Johannesdottir) with him and he spent most of his time with her, someone told me she flew in that day,” Mr Crawford said.

He said Mr Pine and other cast and crew were “subdued” throughout the night, and he even took time to pose for photos with staff. “You can see the photos behind the bar with our staff and he looked fine, I only ever saw him drinking tap beer and his partner she was just drinking sauvignon blanc wine.” Pine was in Methven while filming the final stages of the film at Washpen Falls, near Windwhistle. The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie and Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of 12 Years A Slave, were also in the area. The court case had attracted media attention from across the world, including the Daily Mail website, while Methven locals have expressed shock at the news. Canterbury police confirmed a 33-year-old American man was stopped during a routine drinkdrive operation. Police said they would not comment further as the case was now before the court. Pine’s lawyer, Marilyn Gilchrist, refused to comment.

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Tilda Swinton transforms for new film Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton says she felt like she had half a butcher shop stuck to her face for her new film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The 53-year-old actress is transformed into the glamorous and elderly Madame D in Wes Anderson’s upcoming movie. Her drastic change in appearance took five hours in a make-up chair to create the realistic finish. Speaking about the experience on set Swinton said it was amusing to be in character. “Oh, it’s like going to the best fancy dress party in the world, and you get your costume provided for you. And in this case half a butcher shop of meat to stick on my face. Swinton’s normally flawless skin was given deep wrinkles and completed with the addition of liver spots.

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Keith Richards writing a children’s book Not content with writing a best-selling autobiography, Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards now is coming out with his first children’s book in September, publishing house Little, Brown says. Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar harks back to the rocker’s childhood when his grandfather, Theodore Augustus “Gus” Dupree, a big-band musician, introduced him to the instrument that would define his life. “I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I’m talking about,” said Richards. “The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured.”

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Pitt happy he’s no longer a commodity Hollywood star Brad Pitt is pleased he’s no longer viewed as a commodity. The US actor is considered one of the hottest stars in the industry and has played handsome, suave characters in films such as Ocean’s Eleven, Meet Joe Black and A River Run Through It. Pitt celebrated his 50th birthday in December, but rather than worry about ageing, he’s pleased that growing older could bring him more opportunities. “I feel that my life has reached a point where I can look back and see that I’ve accomplished a lot of my goals as an actor and I’m also not as much of a commodity anymore,” he has told the British edition of OK! magazine. “So I feel freer to be able to do pretty much anything I want as a producer and on occasion as an actor. I’m also able to spend as much time as I would like with my family, which is really my main concern. “I think when you get older, you just naturally think much less about yourself and you see everything in terms of what you can do to make your family happy. At least until they become wicked teenagers and don’t want anything to do with us,” Pitt said. Pitt and his fiancee Angelina Jolie raise six children together.

Cops called in to quell vicious cat Portland police had to be called in to subdue a 10-kilogram house cat that trapped its owners inside their bedroom after attacking their baby. The baby was not injured in the incident. Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman, said officers responded to an emergency call from a couple who had locked themselves in their bedroom with the baby and their dog after the cat attacked the child. Simpson said the operator could hear the cat screeching in the background as the couple awaited help. Officers used a dog snare to capture the cat and placed it in a crate. Simpson said the owners told the dispatcher the cat has a history of violence. He said the cat remained with its owners.

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Boy rides subway for five days An 11-year-old boy who went missing last week after a fight with his mother reportedly rode the New York City subway for five days before being found. After a search was launched for the missing Kareem Granton, including notifications posted around New York, a subway rider spotted the boy on Monday and notified a police officer. “It was a very big world,” Kareem said, according to The New York Times. “I didn’t think I would probably make it.” Kareem ran away from home with a friend last Wednesday after a fight with his mother, Precious Granton. On their way to a local mall, Kareem got lost on the subway after getting separated from his friend. His mother said: “I wanted to be jumping like I won a million dollars that my son was back.”

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Ashburton police claim the unprecedented spike in home burglaries has tapered off following the injection of officers from Christchurch. Ashburton police intelligence officer Mark Prendergast said the number of burglaries and thefts from cars was back to a tolerable level after police were faced with 50 home burglaries in three months. There were just as many thefts from cars. Mr Prendergast said eight staff from Christchurch were brought in for a fortnight,

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working in two groups to increase police presence, knock on the doors of suspects and speak with victims. “They set about doing good old fashioned policing and we achieved the desired result of driving down the particularly high level of burglaries and thefts we were experiencing,” Mr Prendergast said. Although it has not resulted in further arrests, Mr Prendergast said the crime level had dropped as a higher police presence and enforcement became a deterrent. Since Thursday, police had received reports of four car-

related incidents and three burglaries, including a Netherby family who had meat and their car stolen early Saturday morning while they were home. Although it was still seven incidents too many the current rate was “closer to the average Ashburton level”. But that did not mean the suspects were going to drop off Mr Prendergast’s radar. “Like they say, a leopard never changes its spots, they may be quiet for some time, but we expect we will be dealing with these guys again.” Mr Prendergast said the public should continue to ensure

crime prevention steps, and urged them to report suspicious behaviour so police could nab offenders in the act. “The perception is the Ashburton community is condoning too much crime, and they are doing this by not passing on useful information to police. “There are people out there who know these people are doing this, but find it easier and convenient to not get involved, but that doesn’t make it any better for the victim.” Ashburton police can be contacted on 307-8400 or anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

■ HOLLYWOOD STAR IN ASHBURTON COURT

Shock over Hollywood star’s court date BY SUSAN SANDYS

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Hunky Hollywood star Chris Pine developed a fan base in Methven last month, and they were shocked to learn of his drink driving charge yesterday. Methven’s Holly Clemett, 20, said she was among “heaps of people” who had unsuccessfully tried to get into the Blue Pub on the night of the movie wrap private function held there on the evening of February 28. Miss Clemett said she saw the Star Trek actor enjoying himself at the function, and he did not seem drunk. “He just seemed normal,” she said. She thought he was “good looking” with stunning blue eyes. She had developed a bit of a fascination for the actor prior, after serving him on her shift at Methven Supervalue earlier in the week as he bought a basket of groceries. She had also noticed him

around town driving a gold SUV. “He was really nice and friendly,” she said. She was shocked at the drink driving charge. Mr Pine stayed at Whitestone Cottages while in the town, with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Margot Robbie. Luenne Zielke at Abisko operates the cottages. She said the stars were “very respectful and polite”. “The production crew did send us an email to say they had a fabulous time there and really enjoyed their stay.” Jenny McElrea at Washpen Falls, where the actors went daily to film outdoors for the movie Z for Zachariah, said they would film sometimes until midnight, putting in “hugely big days”. She was also surprised at the charge. “I didn’t see any of them getting drunk or anything. They were all very pleasant,” she said.

Man dies after incident A man who was pulled unconscious from Lake Taupo on Tuesday has died. Sidhant Sharma, 21, was on a privately owned boat with three other people who were family and friends. Around 2.30pm during a swim in the lake he failed to resurface. Police said he was pulled from the water and the boat made a mayday call while an overseas tourist, who saw they were in need of assistance, swam to the boat and performed CPR. On Tuesday Mr Sharma was transferred to Waikato Hospital where he died yesterday morning. - APNZ

Meth netted More than a million dollars worth of methamphetamine and about $35,000 in cash has been netted after police raided four central Wellington properties. The raids included the apartment in Chews Lane, across the road from the Wellington Central police station, where a clan lab was discovered on Friday morning. Since then three other properties and vehicles were searched, which resulted in more than a kilo of crystal meth being seized along with the money, $1100 worth of Sky City casino chips and machines that counted money, Detective Inspector Darrin Thomson said. - APNZ

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Hollywood actor Chris Pine with Blue Pub Methven bar staff the night before he was caught drink driving by police near Methven early March 1. PHOTO BLUE PUB METHVEN

Severe weekend this weather from Tropical Cyclone Lusi could cause more trouble for Christchurch residents struggling with last week’s storm clean-up, weather forecasters say. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to hit the top of the North Island late tomorrow - with a severe weather watch from MetService already in place for Northland, Auckland and Coromandel for tomorrow night and Saturday. The ex-cyclone will then head south and likely reach eastern parts of the South Island, including Christchurch, on Saturday night, MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett said. Civil Defence officials and the Coastguard have already issued warnings for the rough weather, with people being reminded about an emergency survival kit and an emergency plan. - APNZ

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■ HATFIELD LEVEL CROSSING CRASH

■ EDUCATION

Ute collides with train

Tampering ‘a sad case’

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A young man whose ute collided with a train at a notorious railway crossing near Rakaia yesterday was “extremely lucky”, police say. Police and firefighters were called to a crash between the westbound ute and a northbound train at an uncontrolled railway crossing on HatfieldOverdale Road about 3pm. The man, who is in his 20s, alerted emergency services to the incident after he allegedly drove into the side of the train. He was taken to Ashburton Hospital with moderate injuries. The level crossing, which is controlled by give way signs, has been the scene of three fatal crashes in the past 20 years. “He is extremely lucky in this instance, he’s driven into the side of the train, how many other people have you heard bounce back from something like that,” Senior Sergeant Grant Russell said. He would not rule out charges yet as inquiries were ongoing, saying it was a clear indication of “driver inattention”. Rakaia Volunteer Firefighter Brigade firefighter Tyrone Burrowes said firefighters ar-

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Rural firefighter Dave O’Donnell at the notorious level crossing on Hatfield-Overdale Road yesterday where a ute collided with a train. Photo Donna Wylie 120314-DW-338

rived to remove the ute door before the man exited the vehicle with minimal assistance. Mr Burrowes said firefighters worked to contain farming chemicals on the deck of the ute before it was taken away.

“It was a solid impact, the front of the ute was severely damaged from the train but the cabin stayed intact, the air bags went off too. “Have you heard the history at that crossing? It just goes to

show you need to slow down at these crossings and look both ways.” Cordons were set up at the State Highway 1 end of the road and another at the Dromore-Hatfield Road end.

■ ASHBURTON BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Association ‘victim of booming district’ By sue NewMaN

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The Ashburton Business Association might be struggling to survive because the district was thriving rather than struggling, a business leader says. Canterbury Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend believes that sup-

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■ ASHBURTON PIGEON RACING

Pigeons almost ready to race BY SUSAN SANDYS

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Ashburton racing pigeon enthusiast Malcolm Davidson is preparing for the opening of the racing season in Ashburton tonight. The 64-year-old has been racing pigeons since the age of 14. But as much as he loves the intelligent and attractive birds, Mr Davidson said wild pigeons were a pest around Ashburton and gave racing pigeons a bad name. He said the Ashburton Racecourse occasionally conducted “shoot-ups” of the birds there, where they were a pest and could get on the track during races. However, he was not aware of the Ashburton District Council undertaking any control measures in the domain, where he believed about 1000 of the birds roosted at night and fouled the area. “I think they should shut the domain one day and get some of those duck shooters in there,” Mr Davidson said. However, the council yesterday admitted it did in fact cull pigeons in the domain.

Open spaces manager Dave Askin said the birds were “a particular problem around trees in the domain when they tend to nest as their excrement can present a health and safety risk to the public”. “From time to time, we do deal with pigeons on council property when numbers become a problem. We contract licensed pest controllers and this is done humanely – by shooting. It is done late at night and we inform our neighbours before doing so.” Mr Davidson is a member of the Ashburton Pigeon Club, based at rooms behind the Devon Tavern, where tonight members will bring young birds to be transported to Kaikoura. There they will be let go so they can fly home, and their time will be electronically recorded when they land on a landing board at their home. Mr Davidson is hoping for the right weather conditions which will help his birds breeze home to their Galbraith Street property. “If it’s a good easterly it favours us,” he said.

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Ashburton racing pigeon enthusiast Malcolm Davidson is preparing for the opening of the racing season tonight. PHOTO DONNA WYLIE 050314-DW-248

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■ SILVER FERN FARMS

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Celebrating 115 years The Fairfield Freezing Works at Fairton.

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By Toni Williams

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One hundred and 15 years ago today farmers, company directors, “better known residents and merchants” of Ashburton County were celebrating the opening of the Fairfield Freezing Works at Fairton - now called Silver Fern Farms. It was March 13, 1899. About 800 guests were present for a celebration luncheon set up in one of the “immense” freezing rooms on the newly built site. The other freezing room was for the caterer, P Burke, and his 40 waiters and waitresses. Later day employee, shareholder and supplier Murray Hyde found the original opening ceremony programme among his late father, Raymond (RG) Hyde’s, papers years ago. It had been in the family through a few generations. Mr Hyde believed it could have belonged to his grandmother’s brother, John Steele. The great uncle was known in the family as Uncle John. The opening ceremony of the works was as large an event as the building itself. And the event was extensively covered by the Ashburton Guardian with just over two full column spaces detailing toasts and speeches of the time. Ashburton pioneer settler John Grigg was the chairman of directors and was instrumental in pushing the development of the meatworks. He played a lead role setting up the export of frozen meat from Canterbury. The hundreds of guests were transported to the works by two special trains – one ran from Christchurch and the other from Timaru. The site was referred to in the newspaper as formerly the “waste of tussock in what is

A latter day employee, shareholder and supplier Murray Hyde found an original opening ceremony programme of the Fairfield Freezing Works from 1899 among his late father’s papers. After a number of name changes, the works is now called Silver Fern Farms. Photo Donna Wylie 050314-DW-117

known as the Dromore District”. At the time, 20,000 pounds was subscribed by 524 shareholders, which were added to the original shareholders The Belfast Company, but most were principally in Ashburton County. At the head table was chairman John Grigg. On his left was Ashburton Mayor Hugo Friedlander, and to his right was A&P association president Mr Reece. Although there was electric lighting, in the early stages of the luncheon kerosene lamps were used. Then in “a most theatrical

display” the lights were turned on to a round of applause. There were representatives from most of the industry except a number of directors from Islington Works due to a “lamentable railway accident” on the Saturday prior at a company picnic. Some of the Islington employees returning from the picnic in Ashburton, had been killed and injured in a train collision on the return leg to Christchurch. During the event they limited their toasts but had one toast of character to the Ashburton County Council who had “given them all sorts of facilities”.

And they had helped the directors “in every way” including the “excellent flow of water”. A reservoir for the site was cut out of the native shingle and fed by county races. Into the reservoir poured 800 gallons of water a minute. The processing plant was built to process 2000 sheep a day, with storage for 40,000 capacity. It was described as the best in Australasia. In 1897 the benefit of the frozen meat export to the colony was 1,566,286 pounds. Mr Griggs was praised in the speeches with some saying Fairfield Freezing Works would be a monument to his memory. As was his visionary belief to introduce long-woolled sheep which was different to the merino breeds of the time. The honourable W Rolleston said the frozen meat industry “depended for its success on the subdivision of the country and the creation of smaller farms”. Included in Mr Hyde’s programme was the delights eaten during the luncheon. And in wonderful detail from the Guardian the food was provided by “engaging one of the ablest caterers in Canterbury to look after the providing of the good things” Mr P Burke. Mr Burke was the “providore” of Addington Saleyards Restaurant and also caterer for the Christchurch Cattle Show. The food naturally had a range of meaty delights but included veal and ham pie, kidney pie, lamb tongues in aspic as entrees. The roasts were sirloin of beef, haunch mutton, shoulder of mutton, colonial goose, veal and lamb. There were boiled meats including ox tongue, ham and silverside.

Blokes keen to be involved in a Menz Shed in Ashburton turned out en masse for a public meeting yesterday. More than 20 men turned up to Presbyterian Support to show their support for the shed. The Menz Shed was a place for retired men, working men, or young men keen to share skills, learn skills or hang with other male members of society doing blokey trade skilled things. The concept was to bring men together in one community space to share skills, have a laugh, and work on practical tasks – individually or as a group. Presbyterian Support’s Menz Shed volunteer co-ordinator Dianne Smith said 26 men turned up to support the idea. And a committee of eight was formed to push the concept ahead. She said the committee would meet again in two weeks and look into funding options.

Alarm sparks search Hampstead community spirit was alive and well yesterday with two concerned residents on the hunt for the distant sound of an alarm. A woman walking past a residence heard a distant alarm and, with the help of a neighbour who had not heard it, went to find the source. After a door knock they found the house owner completely safe. But it was the fridge door open in the garage that was beeping.

Charges thrown out? ACT MP John Banks will apply to have electoral fraud charges against him thrown out because of a lack of evidence. Banks is to face trial in the High Court at Auckland over allegations he filed a false electoral return during his failed bid for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010. He was excused from appearing when the matter was called yesterday, where Justice Timothy Brewer said Bank’s lawyer David Jones, QC, had until the end of March to file an application to dismiss the charges. The Crown must file with the court and serve to Banks all the evidence it intended to call at the trial by March 21. - APNZ

Stores closed All of Hamilton’s legal high stores have been closed. The Ministry of Health has approved Hamilton City Council’s Psychoactive Substances Policy and issued suspension notices to six interim psychoactive substance retail licence holders in the city which means they have to cease trading immediately. Councillor Angela O’Leary, who’s headed up the council’s working group to shut legal highs stores in the city, is overjoyed at the development. - APNZ

Mauled girl stable The seven-year-old girl mauled by four dogs in Murupara on March 3 remains in a serious but stable condition in Middlemore Hospital’s intensive care unit. A hospital spokeswoman said $155,000 had now been donated to a fund to support Sakurako Uehara’s family, who are from Japan, during her recovery. The little girl was mauled by four dogs while her family was visiting friends in the Bay of Plenty town. - APNZ


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■ SECOND ASHBURTON BRIDGE

Message loud and clear By Sue NewmaN

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Hearing commissioners John Milligan and Andy Carr were left in little doubt yesterday that a large group of people believe the route for a second bridge across the Ashburton River is fatally flawed. As the third day of hearings on the Ashburton District Council’s application to have land designated for a second bridge across the Ashburton River wrapped up, members of the Bridge Action Group made the case for the application to be declined. The common theme in their submissions was that Chalmers Avenue and a route through Tinwald’s east was the wrong

location for the bridge and its approaches. Speakers also said the council had not consulted the community adequately on the project. Jo and Graeme Wilson, who own a property through which the new Tinwald route will pass, told the commissioners that very little, relevant information had been supplied by the council and that most meetings about the bridge route had been held behind closed doors. “Right from the beginning of the plan, we as landowners have been treated with utter contempt and secrecy by the Ashburton District Council and have been fed misinformation and half-truths all the way through,” Mr Wilson said.

In 2008, he said he was shown a map of the bridge route but was told that other options would be looked at. That route was the same one that was up for designation today, he said. Mrs Wilson said she and many other people believed the council had not given serious consideration to other options such as a ring road or by-pass. “Why was it all so secret that we the public couldn’t hear? It raises the question – what were they, the 2013 mayor, administrative staff and councillors trying to hide until it was a fait accompli? As it turned out, much,” she said. Other speakers who live on Chalmers Avenue and Bridge Street said the impact on their

Six landowners to lose their properties By Sue NewmaN

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Six private landowners will have their properties bought in part or in total when a new road is carved through land east of Tinwald to access a new bridge across the Ashburton River. Speaking on day three of a hearing on the Ashburton District Council’s application to have land designated for the bridge, senior resource management planner Stephen Baker said the project was one of a number of related transport projects for the Ashburton urban area identified in the Ashburton Transportation Study and was not being undertaken in isolation, he said. The total land needed for the project was 8.7 hectares. This involves 10 parcels of land, one of which it already owns. The new bridge is planned to connect Chalmers Avenue with a new road running through eastern Tinwald on rural/ residential land, connecting to Grahams

Road and the council needs to have the land designated for the project to protect it from further development. While the land designation is being sought today, construction is not expected to start on the bridge until 2026 when traffic congestion on the State Highway One bridge is expected to be significant. The council had undertaken extensive consultation on the project, Mr Baker said. “This is especially apparent from the way they took on board the feedback received during the first consultation open days in 2010 and were prepared to re-examine the community’s preferred route options alongside the council’s preferred route options.” He said adequate consideration had been given by the council to alternative sites, routes and methods of undertaking work and that the work and designation were necessary for the council to achieve its objectives with the project.

lives had been ignored during the bridge consultation process. It was inevitable heavy truck numbers would increase with the new bridge as truck drivers would take the shortest route to their destination, Polly Darryl said. “The residents of Bridge Street feel they’ve been neglected in the consultation process; that the road stops at the Netherby shops.” Others described the Chalmers Avenue bridge as nothing more than a stop-gap measure, with a by-pass or ring road likely to be needed further down the track. “The council is looking at a short-term fix for a long-term problem,” Jan Stonyer said.

Above - Senior resource management planner Stephen Barker (second right) prepares to give evidence in support of the Ashburton District Council’s application to acquire land for a second bridge across the Ashburton River. With him are council solicitors Anna Moore and Cedric Carranceja and council group manager service delivery Neil McCann. Photo Sue NewmaN 100314-001

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Ashburton’s second bridge project has been given a strong vote of support from the New Zealand Automobile Association (AA). Speaking during a hearing for the Ashburton District Council’s application to acquire land for the bridge, Ashburton’s AA representative John Skevington said his organisation was strongly in favour of the project and the roading connections needed to make it operational. “We see it as the council putting in place a mechanism for something that’s at least 10 years away. It’s forward thinking. It will aid in the rapid growth of our district and it will aid road safety,” he said. Mr Skevington believes that while the project had been widely debated, it had been misunderstood by the public. “The objective as we see it, is to provide a safe alternative route for predominantly local traffic over the Ashburton River from the rapidly growing and intensively farmed southwest area of our district and to address the transport and access needs of the very successful and fast growing Lake Hood project.” Arguments that the new bridge would increase heavy traffic volumes down Chalmers Avenue and Bridge Street were flawed, because it was well used by heavy vehicles already. The Netherby roundabout, however, would need further evaluation, as it was likely to struggle with an increase in traffic, he said. One of the most important issues around the new road and bridge would be ensuring there was adequate provision for cyclists and pedestrians, with lanes for both separated from traffic by barriers and grass berms, Mr Skevington said.

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Our flag, what’s the alternative? Coen Lammers EDITOR

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hat should our new flag look like? That will be the big question this country will have to answer, before we even decide to discard the old one. The Government this week announced a referendum on the future of the New Zealand flag during the next Parliamentary term and the debate is set to be hot and heavy. Prime Minister John Key made the right decision to move the referendum away from the election to ensure it receives the proper focus and does not become a political football. Mr Key feels the current flag represents our colonial and post-colonial past but does not represent modern New Zealand. Many will agree with the Prime Minister but it is easy to say what you don’t like but often it’s more difficult to visualise or verbalise a better alternative. Like many Kiwis Mr Key prefers the classic design of the silver fern on a black background, but it is questionable whether this sporting banner can be elevated to become our national standard. Opponents of dropping the current ensign argue that the flag itself has become part of history, waving in the wind as our troops charged the enemy in the World Wars or being hoisted during our proudest sporting moments. The veterans of the RSA have already stated their case and it will be intriguing to see how many New Zealanders will prefer to stick with the old design. Many will turn out to see Prince William and Kate next month, but that might have more to do with their celebrity status than our strong ties with mother England. To outsiders our flag looks far too much like a dozen other former British colonies and does not fully represent this unique nation. Mr Key has a natural instinct for sensing the mood of a nation and the decision for a referendum may prove textbook timing to cut one major tie with our imperial past. But even if we all agree to drop our current flag, the decision on our new flag may prove a tougher choice.

YOUR VIEW Second bridge Congratulations to Murray Anderson on his and the majority of other Ashburton people concerned for the new bridge our forefathers planned well in advance. A four-lane highway from the north boundary of our town to the far end of Melcombe Street in Tinwald. Why go past their foresight? Well done Murray – keep up the good work – don’t give in. We and the majority are supporting you all the way. J. S. Cornwall

Tourism funding I am surprised and worried that an Ashburton District councillor is of the opinion that the tourism funding should be drastically reduced for the coming financial year. Councillor Stuart Wilson has stated that the funding for the year ahead be 42 per cent of the amount that Experience Mid Canterbury general manager Nigel Burt considers

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necessary to fund the tourism organisation. Sixteen years ago my wife and I established a nature tour business at Staveley and received valuable support from the then Mid Canterbury tourism organisation, Tourism Mid Canterbury. We also supported this organisation’s work in a number of ways, principally by getting involved in our local Mt Somers & High Country Promotions Association. This organisation has within the past year been wound up, recognising that in this electronic age the work that we carried out was now more effectively being performed by Experience Mid Canterbury. The not insignificant balance of funds of the association was given to Experience Mid Canterbury to support them in the promotion of the assets of our part of the Ashburton District. Mid Canterbury has many features that make this one of the most pleasant and rewarding places to visit in New Zealand.

by David Fletcher

To most residents of our district this is a given. It is afterall the reason that we choose to live here. However obvious though this is to we locals, it may not be as apparent to those living beyond our boundaries, both within New Zealand and overseas. One of the things that one learns on travelling overseas is that we are not the only country in the world that is attractive to tourists. The fact that we do attract many tourists to our shores is very much due to the great work of organisations such as Tourism New Zealand and the regional tourism boards, Experience Mid Canterbury included. Among our many attractive tourism assets this district has three that are known on the world stage – Mt Hutt, Mt Somers and its tracks and the Hakatere Conservation Park. Their fame is in no small way enhanced by the hard work of the staff and board of Experience Mid Canterbury. I assume that councillor Wil-

son has looked closely at the impact of his suggested funding reduction on the work of Experience Mid Canterbury. For example, will they be able to maintain their excellent and effective website? Does he know that websites don’t look after themselves but to remain as an effective way of communicating with tourists need continual attention and work. Has councillor Wilson actually visited their website and does he have an opinion of it? It is the least that we can expect of our elected councillors that when they make statements proposing such drastic actions that they have the evidence to back up their position. We are well past the times when back-of-the-envelope calculations based on gut feelings is an acceptable way of setting budgets. I look forward to hearing of the evidence that councillor Wilson has to support his proposed cuts to Experience Mid Canterbury’s budget. Warren Jowett


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POLL RESULT Yesterday’s result Q: Do you support the council-proposed route for the new bridge? No 69%

Peter Livingstone OUT OF SCHOOL

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he reporting of a Northland teacher adjusting national standards for students is not a surprise. In case you missed it, a teacher altered data on the school’s student management system after it had been entered. This was done to show students had achieved better than what they had. Why would a teacher do that? What pressure are they under? Would a school or community actually blame and condemn a teacher if the achievement levels of students weren’t up to standard? One of the single largest issues of the national standards has been each school was given guidelines on what is expected, but left it up to themselves to decide where a child’s learning fits within those guidelines. This is known as an Overall Teacher Judgement – OTJ. Teachers don’t use a single test, or observation or piece of child’s work to judge how they are meeting these standards. Teachers put together a range of evidence from testing, children’s work and observations and conversations with children. This is known as triangulating your data. Then the teacher looks at the standards guidelines and decides where among the national standards a child is progressing and achieving. Imagine being asked to judge a sailing challenge across Lake Hood for home-made boats. At the end of the challenge you will write a report for each boat entered and tell everyone about their performance and how you judge it to be. The guidelines for the boat are it must be powered by sail, carry two people, be capable of being steered and made from recycled materials. It must also take no more than two hours to go from the ski lanes to the boat ramp. On the day you have 10 boats to judge. Sounds easy? When you arrive three of the boats have been made from old kayak hulls and have a clear advantage. Six of them use sails made from a

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One of the largest issues of the national standards is each school was given guidelines on what is expected, but left it to them to decide where a child’s learning fits within those guidelines.

I think I would rather go for a sail on Lake Hood in a boat built by Oompa Loompas from Novopay

large sail they found together and cut up. Two of the boats are made from plastic bottles and look like a raft from castaway. During the challenge the wind strengthens and wanes. The streamlined hulls surge forward in these conditions and finish within the allotted time. Then one of the other crews discover they go faster if they waggle their rudders back and forward like paddles and soon the rest of the fleet join in. Had two of them not done this, they wouldn’t have finished in the time allowed. At the end three boats remain close to the shore and one actually bumped into another, sending it across the line as the hooter goes. It would not have happened if they hadn’t collided.

So who met the guidelines? Who made the standard? What is your judgement of their performance? Does the bumped across boat count? Before you answer that, you should know you also helped them build the craft once they had the raw materials, and you gave them pointers on how to work them to their best advantage. The challenge was never fair was it? The boat builders all came with a range of materials that gave some of them an outright advantage from the start. The guidelines weren’t clear enough to judge if ‘bumping’ a boat across or ‘waggling a rudder’ is acceptable. The guidelines also never factored in changing conditions during the sailing. This is what teachers have

to do when they make judgements against the standards. The guidelines are not precise enough nor take into account the ‘materials’ our children arrive with, or understand that learning takes place in a range of conditions. So a teacher has decided that some children were so close to meeting a standard that they might as well be labelled as having met it. A regrettable and dishonest decision, but very understandable and no surprise. In the next three years government policies will turn up the heat on schools, teachers and principals to have more and more children make the ‘standard’. I think I would rather go for a sail on Lake Hood in a boat built by Oompa Loompas from Novopay.

Peter Livingstone is the principal of Tinwald School. The views expressed in this column are his and do not represent the views of his school, the Ashburton Guardian or the Mid Canterbury Principals’ Association.

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Search labelled ‘chaotic’ By Dan Martin Malaysia has faced a storm of criticism over contradictions and information gaps in the hunt for a missing airliner with 239 people on board, as the search zone dramatically veered far from the intended flight path. Efforts to locate Malaysia Airlines flight 370, involving the navies and air forces of multiple nations, had focused on Vietnam’s South China Sea coast where it last made contact Saturday on a journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. But Malaysian authorities said they were now expanding the search to the Andaman Sea north of Indonesia, hundreds of kilometres away, in a decision that added to a sense of a chaotic lack of co-ordination. “We are not going to leave any chance. We have to look at every possibility,” civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told AFP, confirming the new search but not specifying whether it was based on any firm sign the plane might be there. Authorities had earlier expanded the zone to the Malacca Strait off Malaysia’s west coast after citing radar data they said indicated a “possibility” the plane may have changed course from its intended flight path. The shifts have fuelled perceptions that Malaysian authorities are unable to handle a crisis on this scale, and infuriated relatives gathered in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur as they endure an unbearable wait for news of their loved ones. Malaysia’s ambassador to China, Iskandar Sarudin, reportedly told relatives of some of the 153 Chinese passengers on board the plane that “now is not the time” to reveal what information the military may have on its route. Singapore’s Straits Times

Members of the media scramble to photograph a picture of a 19-year old Iranian, identified as Pouria Nour Muhammad Mehrdad, who boarded the Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 with a stolen passport. ap photo

newspaper also said he revealed that the last radio transmission from the cockpit before it switched from Malaysian to Vietnamese airspace was “Alright, good night”. Frustrations boiled over in Malaysia, with the country’s active social media and some press outlets turning from sympathy for the families of relatives to anger over the fruitless search. “The mood among Malaysians now is moving from patience ... to embarrassment and anger over discrepancies about passengers, offloaded baggage and concealed information about its last known position,” Malaysian Insider, a leading news portal, said in a commentary. Twitter users took aim at the web of contradictory information that has fuelled conspiracy theories.

“If the Malaysian military did not see MH370 turn toward the Malacca Strait, then why the search? Who decided to look there and why?” one comment said. The anger was compounded by a report aired on Australian television of a past cockpit security breach involving the copilot of the missing jet. Malaysia Airlines said it was “shocked” over allegations that First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, along with a fellow pilot violated airline rules in 2011 by allowing two young South African women into their cockpit during a flight. Malaysia’s air force said it had not ruled out the possibility the Boeing inexplicably changed course, but denied a report in a Malaysian daily that it had been detected in the Malacca Strait,

far from its planned flight path. “For the time being, it would not be appropriate ... to issue any official conclusions as to the aircraft’s flight path until a high amount of certainty and verification is achieved,” Air Force chief General Rodzali Daud said in a statement. The search zone shift is the latest twist in the mystery surrounding the plane. On Tuesday, Malaysian authorities said two men travelling on stolen passports appeared to be Iranian illegal immigrants - easing fears of terrorism. Malaysia’s national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar has said his officers are not ruling anything out but were now focusing on a possible hijacking, sabotage, or psychological or personal problems among passengers or crew. - AFP

Russia massing ‘significant’ tank forces Ukraine’s acting president has said the country will not use its army to stop Crimea from seceding, the latest sign that a Russian annexation of the strategic peninsula may be imminent. Oleksandr Turchynov’s comments came after the Crimean

Michael Schumacher’s family is “confident” the Formula One legend will recover from a lifethreatening skiing accident that left him with severe brain injuries, a spokeswoman says. Doctors put him in a medically induced coma after the December 29 accident in which he hit his head on a rock while skiing at the French resort of Meribel with his son and a group of friends. “We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient,” read the family statement. Schumacher remains in hospital in the French Alpine city of Grenoble and little has filtered out about his condition. - AFP

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■ UKRAINE

By Olga neDBaeva

Family still confident

parliament voted for independence ahead of a referendum on joining Russia, while Washington and Moscow locked horns in one of their fiercest clashes since the Cold War. The interim leader said intervening on the southeastern Black Sea peninsula, where Kremlin-backed forces have seized de facto control, would

leave Ukraine exposed on its eastern border, where he said Russia has massed “significant tank units”. “We cannot launch a military operation in Crimea, as we would expose the eastern border and Ukraine would not be protected,” Turchynov told AFP. “They’re provoking us to have a pretext to intervene on

the Ukrainian mainland ... (but) we cannot follow the scenario written by the Kremlin.” Sunday’s referendum is being organised by Crimea’s self-appointed leaders, who are not recognised by the new pro-European government in Kiev, installed after three months of protests that resulted in 100 deaths. - AFP

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is making a rare trip outside the capital to meet people displaced by the country’s three-year-old civil war, state media has reported. “President Assad is inspecting conditions for the displaced in Damascus province,” state television said. “President Assad is touring shelters for the displaced ... and listening to their needs,” it added. “The state continues to secure basic necessities for the displaced until they can return to their homes in Adra and elsewhere,” state television quoted Assad as saying. Assad is expected to seek a new term, despite the raging conflict which has killed more than 140,000 people. - AFP

Don’t poison dingoes Many regard them as pests and one infamously killed a baby. But controlling Australia’s dingo population with poison may be doing more harm than good, according to a controversial new study. “Dingoes should not be poisoned if we want to halt the loss of mammal biodiversity in Australia,” said the study’s lead author Dr Mike Letnic. The University of NSW ecologist and researchers from two other universities examined conservation reserves across NSW and found that when dingoes were killed the local fox, kangaroo and wallaby populations shot up. Foxes ate large amounts of small mammals, while kangaroos and wallabies destroyed vegetation which smaller marsupials, mice, bandicoots and native rodents live in. - AAP

Great escape hailed Two survivors of the Great Escape prisoner-of-war camp have hailed the “audacious” and “moraleboosting” breakout ahead of its 70th anniversary. Jack Lyon, 96, and Charles Clarke, 90, were young RAF officers shot down in separate sorties and imprisoned in Stalag Luft III during the Second World War. Lyon kept surveillance on German guards during construction of escape tunnels and was waiting to make his getaway in the early hours of March 25, 1944 when the famous mission was discovered. Once they were recaptured, 50 Allied POWs were executed by the Nazis, but their daring bid for freedom was immortalised on the silver screen in the 1963 film The Great Escape. - PA


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By Paul McBeth Skellerup, the industrial rubber goods maker, has reached a $32.3 million settlement with insurers over claims from the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 which prompted the relocation of its Christchurch manufacturing facility. The Auckland-based company will receive some $22.3 million this month on top of the $10 million it’s already been paid to cover includes costs that have been incurred and future expenses to shift its agri business to the Wigram Business Park in Christchurch, it said in a statement. Most of the payment will

be treated as a capital item. Skellerup had cash and equivalents of $8.9 million as at December 31, and net debt of $3.4 million. “The earthquakes caused damage and ongoing inefficiency to our agri and industrial foam businesses located in Christchurch,” chief executive David Mair said. “We now have certainty of insurance proceeds and can focus energies and resources on progressing the relocation of these businesses for which planning is well advanced.” Last month Skellerup reported a 14 per cent lift in firsthalf profit to $10.8 million as it reaped the benefits of restruc-

turing measures put in place to cope with slowing demand for its industrial rubber products for sectors ranging from automotive through to distributer and end-user customers. The company is picking greater earnings growth from its industrial business, which it anticipates will help deliver annual profit of between $22 million and $24 million. The shares fell 1.6 per cent to $1.80 on Tuesday, and have gained 4.1 per cent this year. The stock is rated an average ‘hold’ based on three analyst recommendations with a median target price of $1.91. - BusinessDesk

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$50m pumped into Bloom Energy By taMsyn ParKer The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has pumped another US$50 million into an American clean energy company which helps provide power for Google, Walmart and Coca-Cola. The $25 billion fund, which was set up in 2003 to help prefund the retirement costs of the baby boomer generation, initially invested US$50m in Bloom Energy in May 2013. Matt Whineray, general manager investments for the fund,

said its second investment would support the growth of the business. He said the fund had invested in the company to help it take advantage of increasing demand for energy globally. “Alongside our traditional energy investments we’re actively diversifying into alternative and non-conventional energy.” Privately owned Bloom Energy was set up in 2001, and its servers currently produce power for several Fortune 500 companies including Google,

Walmart, AT&T, eBay, Staples and The Coca-Cola Company. Last year it completed its first international project at SoftBank’s M-Tower in Fukuoka, Japan. Bloom Energy has more than 100MW of Bloom Energy Servers installed in the United States. The super fund invests both locally and internationally and has returned 9.57 per cent per annum since it started investing in September 2003 up to the end of January 2014. - APNZ

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accountant Robert White, 70, deny a $1.6 billion fraud. They pleaded not guilty at the start of their High Court trial in Timaru, which is set down for three to four months. Long-time SCF chairman Timaru financier Allan Hubbard died in a September 2011 car crash, aged 83. In the Crown’s opening submissions, Colin Carruthers QC

with Hubbard’s accounts for one transaction, where he says: “I spent all afternoon trying to get rid of the smoke and mirrors in order to try and understand what the shape of the transaction was, and have now thrown in the towel.” In another email penned by White, he talked about an obvious “reluctance from the top to address the reality of an impaired loan in terms of accounting conventions”. All directors’ meetings minutes have been provided to the court by the Crown, which Mr Carruthers says amounts to the defendants having been, in a general sense, “kept up to date and were informed of all the issues”. The trial, before Justice Paul Heath alone, is a documentheavy case, with the Crown relying heavily on the evidence of paperwork. - APNZ

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Lachie McLeod

SCF failed to keep proper accounting records under its legal obligations and industry rules, Mr Carruthers said, claiming it amounted to serious and widespread offending. “There was a culture of obfuscation and dissembling at South Canterbury,” Mr Carruthers said. In emails between White and Sullivan, they talk about finance agreements with Mr Hubbard as “more about hiding a pea under a thimble than anything else” and “an act of pass the parcel”. In one email from White to Sullivan, he writes: “The auditors are on the war path re related party loans and are clearly unwilling to any longer put up with the half-truths re loan status that they have endured in the past.” During a long discussion in 2009 White recounts to Sullivan issues getting to grips

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A “culture of obfuscation” prevailed at South Canterbury Finance before its $1.6 billion Government bail-out, where directors talked about dealing with “smoke and mirrors” and “half truths”, a court heard yesterday. Three former heads of the South Island lending firm “went beyond cavalier” and contributed directly to its collapse, the Crown alleged on the opening day of what has been described as New Zealand’s biggest ever fraud case. South Canterbury Finance (SCF) took an “unusual ... improper” approach to relatedparty transactions, the Crown contests. Former SCF chief executive Lachie McLeod, 50, and two of the company’s former directors, lawyer Edward Sullivan, 72, and

outlined the case against the trio. He said the directors “evaded or ignored” controls of how the company should operate. “The hallmark was related party lending highly structured to hide it,” Mr Carruthers said. They “moved beyond cavalier and contributed directly” to the collapse on August 31, 2010. Because of the company’s participation in the Crown retail deposit guarantee scheme, 35,000 investors were bailed out by the taxpayer to the tune of $1.6 billion. The court was shown a February 2008 email chain between Mr McLeod and accountant Terry Hutton, which said: “Obviously trying to hide my loan as a related party and now need to flesh out fully ... [this] will avoid my name being directly on the prospectus which will be wise in this environment.”

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5,384.2

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Mid Canterbury farmer and dairy industry spokesman Willy Leferink wants people to visit dairy farms in action to see what really happens on the land. Mr Leferink, who is Federated Farmer’s dairy chairperson, was responding to Forest & Bird’s recently released report which takes a swipe at intensive farming methods. He suggests concerned members of the public take advantage of farm field days so they can form their own opinions. Events such as the open days on farms run by the finalists for the 2014 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming Award or the Dairy Industry Awards provide a good opportunity to see top performing farms in action, he said. “Given what’s been in the media over the past 24-hours, this is frankly the best antidote,” he said. “This is also a chance to talk to the trustees, the farm managers and above all, it’s a genuine opportunity to use

your Mark I eyeball and see for yourself what a modern dairy farm is and perhaps, what it isn’t. “It is clear from media coverage that more than the public ought to visit a field day. “I can think of one or two who need to get out of their loafers and into a pair of gumboots instead.” While the three Ahuwhenua Trophy award winning farms are all in the North Island, Federated Farmers will release details of more on-farm field days this week on its 2014 Farm Day website. “It’s a massive year in partnership with the NZ Dairy Industry Awards and the New Zealand Farm Environment Awards Trust,” Mr Leferink said. In the meantime field days have been scheduled on the property managed by Canterbury/North Otago NZ Dairy Industry’s Farm Manager of the Year Phillip Columbus, in Oxford on March 25, and Sharemilker/Equity Farmers’ of the Year Kevin and Sara O’Neill’s property in Waiau on April 1. For more information on these events visit www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz

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Ashburton Guardian

Thursday, March 13, 2014

www.guardianonline.co.nz

■ SPECIALIST SHEEP SALE

In brief Mackenzies on TV Methven farmers Craige and Roz Mackenzie will feature in Saturday’s edition of Rural Delivery on TV One. The programme will focus on the Mackenzies’ environmental award-winning property, where technology and precision agriculture is used to manage their dairy conversion and intensive agricultural operations. Together with their daughter Jemma, they also operated a company called AgriOptics which provides agronomic support and solutions for farmers. The Mackenzies hold the 2013 BFEA Gordon Stephenson Trophy and will travel to South America this year to represent New Zealand as ambassadors for agriculture and environmental sustainability. The programme will screen at 7am on Saturday, and will be repeated on TV One on Sunday at 7am, and again on Heartland at 6.30pm on Sunday.

Tinwald sale report

Graeme Matthews (left) and Ken Butterick examine specialist low maintenance sheep on sale in Tinwald yesterday. Photo Donna Wylie 120314-DW-044

All bar two of offering sell

By Michelle NelsoN michelle.n@theguardian.co.nz

Two breeds of low-maintenance sheep attracted buyers from across the country, when they went up before the auctioneer at the Tinwald saleyards yesterday. All bar two of the 350 sheep on offer sold, to buyers from as far afield as Raglan in the north, and Southland at the other end of the country. PGG Wrightson stud stock rep Callum Dunnett said it was an outstanding sale with

the sheep achieving $168 on average. “I had a good steady number of enquiries beforehand but the number of buyers who turned up exceeded expectations,” he said. Mr Dunnett understood it was the first time a large offering of the specialist sheep which produce little or no wool had occurred in Mid Canterbury. “We had a wiltshire sale down south last year, but this is the first we’ve had here to my knowledge,” he said.

The sheep were developed at the Winchmore Research Farm in a 13-year research project led by AgResearch scientist Dr David Scobie. The two objectives were to breed an easy-care sheep which shed its wool, and also a wool-less wiltshire sheep. In the trials both mobs performed exceptionally well, achieving good lambing percentages and weaning weights, while remaining maintenance free in terms of shearing, crutching and fly strike.

However, Dr Scobie said the project had now run its course, and it was time to get on with something new. Mr Dunnett said the sheep sold yesterday were in very good order. “To get the clearance we did was outstanding,” he said. “The sheep were a great reflection on the hard work of the scientists at AgResearch have put in. “It was good to see them get a good reward for the long project.”

Prime sheep held their value at this week’s Tinwald sale, due to a medium sized yarding. Top-weight shorn prime lambs made $115$126, medium weights $95-$114, and lighter lambs $84-$94. A line of woolly ewes fetched $110-$125 for heavy sheep, $90-$105 for medium weights and $70-$85 for lighter sheep. A small yarding of store lambs earned $56-$63 for top weights and mediums made $45-$55.

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■ METHVEN COLLIE CLUB

It’s a dog’s life Dog trial competition results

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March 2 & 3 Class 1 - Long Pull and Hold in Ring Open: 1st M Copland (Skip) 98.25; 2nd E. Herbert (Storm) 98; 3rd R. Jury (Ritchie) 97.75; 4th B. Thompson (Ben) 97.5; 5h R. Jury (Lyn) 97.25. Intermediate: 1st R. Jury (Ritchie) 97.75; 2nd B. Thompson (Ben) 97.5; 3rd R. Jury (Lyn) 97.25; 4th S. Millar (Jim) 96.5. Maiden: 1st G. Allison (Skip) 92; 2nd G. Dowling (Lass) 90; 3rd C. Calder (Bruce) 89.5; 4th P. Hanna (Sky) 89. District: 1st M. Copland (Skip) 98.25; 2nd M. Copland (Zoe) 97; 3rd P. Ross (Tess) 89.5; 4th T. Weir (Mitch) 87. District Maiden: 1st P. Ross (Ken) 86.5 2nd J. Bell (Spice) 83.5; 3rd W. Bell (Jack) 81. Class 2 - Short Pull Drive & Yard Open: 1st S. Millar (Rose) 99; 2nd A. Dickson (Lad) 96.5; E. Herbert (Haig) 95.5; R. Jury (Ritchie) 95.25; 5th D. Lysaght (Ace) 95.

Intermediate: 1st R. Jury (Ritchie) 95.25; 2nd E. Herbert (Pat) 94.5; 3rd S. Millar (Rain) 94; P. Kidd (Moss) 93.5. Maiden: D. Lysaght (Pearl) 89.5; P. Ross (Ken) 88.5; 3rd G. Allison (Luck) 81.5; 4th M. Brown (Hope) 85.5. District: 1st M. Copland (Zoe) 92.5; H. Weir (Matt) 91.5; F. Tasker (Snow) 89; P. Ross (Ken) 88.5. District Maiden: 1st P. Ross (Ken) 88.5; 2nd J. Bell (Spice) 57; 3rd J. Bell (Lad) 27. Class 3 - Zig Zag Huntaway Open: 1st T. Ashley (Pearl) 97.75; 2nd S. Kerr (Bully) 97.5; 3rd M. Mallinson (Fredo) 97.25; G. Fechney (Rose) 96.75; N. France (Coozer) 96.5. Intermediate: 1st T. Ashley (Pearl) 97.75; 2nd M. Mallinson (Fredo) 97.25; 3rd G. Fechney (Rose) 96.75; 4th J. Robourgh (Buck) 95.5. Maiden: T. Ashley (Pearl) 97.75; 2nd M. Mallinson (Fredo) 97.25; B. Oliver (Jake) 94; B. Kirk (Starch) 93.5.

District: 1st N. France (Coozer) 96.5; 2nd B. Oliver (Jake) 94; 3rd D. McLeod (Ruby) 93.73; D. McLeod (Bernie) 93. District Maiden: 1st P. Ross (Maude) 88; 2nd F. Tasker (Oak) 20; 3rd L. Jamison (Joy) 15. Class 4 - Straight Huntaway Open: J. Walls (Jake) 97; 2nd S. Kerr (Dodge) 96.5; 3rd G. Howden (Storm) 96; 4th S. Falconer (Duke) 95; 5th M. Simpson (Paul) 94.5. Intermediate: 1st J. Walls (Jake) 97; 2nd M. Simpson (Paul) 94.5; 3rd R. Orr (Tom) 94; 4th B. Oliver (Jake) 93.5. Maiden: 1st R. Orr (Tom) 94; 2nd P. Ross (Maude) 92.5; 3rd C. Douglas (Tahi) 92; 4th F. Tasker (Oak) 91.5. District: 1st B. Oliver (Jake) 93.5; 2nd P. Ross (Maude) 92.5; 3rd C. Drummond (Swag) 92; 4th F. Tasker (Oak) 91.5. District Maiden: 1st P. Ross (Maude) 92.5; 2nd F. Tasker (Oak) 91.5; 3rd L. Jamieson (Joy) 85.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE REPORTS Fairton Our February meeting was held on 6th, at the very pleasant surroundings at the Ashburton Domain. We each took our lunch etc. and spent several hours “Spreading Happiness” with each other. Seven members were present and one apology. Roll call: Gifts for birthday Box. Motto: Contentment is natural health. Minutes of our previous meeting were read and confirmed, as was the bank balance. Mrs B. Hanrahan read a letter from National Exec. Two members are to attend Netherby WI’s 50th Birthday. After a long chat it was time to head home but we were reminded that our next meeting was the Annual General Meeting!

Netherby The February meeting was held

at Jen’s Kitchen with a good attendance of members. Jen explained the history of Jen’s kitchen also demonstrated several dishes, which members were able to sample for afternoon tea. Secretary Patsy Huggins thanked members for doing meals on wheels and also a letter from Birthright for the many gifts for the children’s Christmas. The committee for the coming year was nominated. Two birthdays were celebrated this month. Denise Clark won the raffle. The meeting concluded with a cup of tea. February being the 50th Anniversary it was celebrated with a Jubilee Dinner at the Plains Railway Function Centre the following week with past and present members and members from sister WIs. Everyone enjoyed a lovely meal. Minutes from the first

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Netherby’s 50th Jubilee Dinner. Judy will be our delegate at the Annual Conference. A cool but pleasant afternoon was enjoyed by members.

Wakanui Our first meeting for 2014 was and outing to Hinds on January 22. First stopping at Macaroon Cafe for lunch and shopping at the Merino Shop. Many purchases were made and lunch enjoyed by all. Onto the very talented Tash Sim’s workshop Throwin Shapes Glass An impressive workshop, lots of interesting jewellery, mirrows and lamps. Then to our member Jeanette Cuthbertson’s garden, where our meeting and afternoon tea was held. After our meeting we had a look at her many colourful Dahlias, a great end to a great day.

Westpark The February meeting of Westpark was held at St Paul’s Church lounge. Mary Simpson welcomed 18 members. Motto: Read by Jeanette Vander-Nagel, “It is better to wear out than rust out”. Roll call: Tea and coffee for the Cancer Society and a grocery item for Federation travel fund raffle. Members were reminded about Founder’s Day service to be held on Friday February 21 at 11am at the Plains Museum. Yvonne Lister will be our delegate to conference in June. Birthday wishes were sent to Dot Font. Raffle was won by Margaret Thorpe. Our AGM was then held. President, Mary Simpson. Secretary, Yvonne Lister. Treasurer, Linda Voyce. Committee, Ellie Leak, Jeanettee VanderNagel, Margaret Thorpe. Next meeting to be held March 18 at 1.30pm.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

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■ OPINION

Finger-pointers need to keep up

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s farmers change, their environmental critics need to lift the conver-

sation. It’s a case of out with the old and in with the new. Part of progressing as an industry is making and adapting to change, that is why farming now requires a whole other level of infrastructure to meet the requirements of our environment and our economy. We have many critics in New Zealand, some fair and some misguided, but putting them aside and focusing on our farming future there is really only one option. Get on board or hand over the reins. With intensification comes responsibility, and farmers are upgrading their infrastructure to shoulder that burden. With nutrient budgets, new technology, and overseer programs to understand what impact our businesses are having on the environment – you can say we are taking every practical step to take care of our environment. Having these systems in d an e e t th m a n Co us hve ow e t h se Me P s & A

James Houghton, Federated Farmers Waikato provincial president, responds to a report released by Forest and Bird this week, criticising the environmental impact of intensive farming. place gives us control through a wealth of in-depth information, allowing us to modify our behaviour in a positive way, ensuring we are bettering the environment, not harming it. We have come a long way from the days when industrial and agricultural businesses operated without a conscience. The days when urban sewage was untreated, and factories and farmers put their waste directly into waterways need to go. All of the above are still happening in some places but the offenders are decreasing rapidly as they become ostracised by their peers. However, we were the last industry to intensify, so effectively we were the straw that broke the camel’s back, but we did not start from a clean slate. We started with pre-determined practices and infrastructure that had us dancing with a line that was yet to be drawn.

In the past several years we have made a start on a path of continual improvement – a community working together to make our environment better each and every year. Believe it or not we are making progress. So you can understand we are getting increasingly frustrated with the few farmers who disregard the positive changes happening, the social/cultural shift in the industry, and continue to farm how they have always farmed. They are not a true representation of what the industry is – but because that is all you hear in the media that is the unfortunate perception that New Zealanders are making. Farmers who used to be toasted as the pillar of the community are now being shredded by environmental advocates, scientists turned politicians, and the media; I cannot tell you how disheartening that is. As I drive around my farm and look at my oxidation ponds

and erosion planting, then come home to process the data collected on my soil to make sure I am meeting my targets, I turn to the newspaper and read about how horrible dairy farming is for New Zealand – sometimes it just makes you wonder ‘Why the hell am I doing all of this’. It is amazing how misinformation and cherry picking of data can blow holes in your morale. We are better than this, farmers, environmentalists, scientists, media, and the public alike. We have become lazy consumers of information and just believe the first thing we are told without cross-examining the evidence. This makes arguments emotional, because they’re not based on fact. To be fair, I am guilty of being manipulated by what is presented to me, be it reports on the Middle East or politicians telling me what is good for our

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FINALE The easy to drive, good looking, well furnished Altima Ti fronts up with lots of comfort and space. Some will miss the V6 of the Maxima but more will appreciate this car’s economy and road manners!

issan has a virtual swarm of new models. For joining the recent Pulsar and Pathfinder line-ups are the Altima tested today, the sporty Juke Turbo and soon, new X-Trails and Qashqais As well there’s likely to be a new Micra not too far away, meaning a vehicle range that caters for most wants and needs. Including current Maxima owners and others who still prefer spacious 4-door cars to the ever increasing popularity of higher riding, SUVs/Crossovers. For indeed the Altima, which has been very successful in the US, replaces the Maxima. While they’re pretty much the same size, the Altima has a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine rather than a V6. So it also lines up against the likes of the Camry, Mazda6, Malibu and Mondeo. Expectedly there’s a Nissan family look, particularly from the front. Overall it’s both modern and shapely. The entry level ST is well set up with gear, including Bluetooth, a 5-inch touch-screen, trip computer, dual-zone air-con, keyless entry/start and 16-inch alloys. It costs $43,990. Meanwhile the Ti, as driven, which costs $53,290 is expectedly even better equipped. It has a larger 7-inch centre screen including sat-nav and rear-view camera, parking sensors, a nine-speaker Bose sound-system, leather furnishings, power-adjustable front seats with memory, (not heated though) rain sensing wipers, blind-spot/lane departure warnings, xenon headlights and 18-inch alloys. The 2.5 litre four produces 127kW and 230Nm of torque, which given the Altima’s size might seem moderate. But here Nissan’s long experience with CVTs shows in how this one is so very responsive and cleverly matches the engine’s revs to the driver’s needs. Left to do its own thing for day to day driving this drivetrain combo is quiet,

flexible and very easy to live with. Yet I’m sure certainly responds quickly enough for most drivers when overtaking and with hill driving. Where depending on one’s driving style, there’s two ways of selecting “sports mode” for the CVT. One by putting the lever into DS, the other by a button on the side of the lever. With both you can tap into noticeably higher revs and 0-100km/h arrives in 9.5 seconds. On flat terrain Altima is an effortless cruiser, and the claimed fuel consumption is 7.5l/100km. As expected the cabin is wide and spacious, with plenty of room up front in all directions. The driver has lots of seat/steering adjustments to set up a preferred driving position, from which you take stock of the nicely presented dash with its clear instruments and easy to use controls and large centre touch-screen. The parking brake is foot operated. Comfort-wise, our long legged US visitors rated Altima highly, not just the front passenger seat but also how good both the space and comfort of the back seat is. They also commented very favourably on the efficiency of the rear air-con vents on a 30°C day, and how well all wind and road noise is suppressed. The only real exception was the tyres on some new, really coarse-chip. The flat-floored, wide and deep boot holds 488 litres of gear, although the hinges do intrude a little. The back seat split-folds 60/40 as well. Good also to see a full-size spare present. So while Nissan’s priority obviously is comfort (and quietness), the Altima corners tidily and predictably. Then while there’s not a lot of feedback from the electric steering, it is direct enough and there’s a feeling of sure-footedness courtesy of both the “passive torque vectoring system” and grippy18-inch tyres. The suspension is firm enough, that on some not so smooth, around town roads, larger bumps/pot-holes are felt.

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Black Sticks blow lead A last-minute goal enabled Japan to pull off a surprise 2-2 men’s hockey draw with the far higherranked New Zealand in their opening international at Mt Maunganui last night. Manabu Hatakeyama got the crucial goal for world No 14 Japan, as sixth-ranked New Zealand squandered a two-goal lead in the first half. It was far from the start to the three-game series the Black Sticks were looking for. Japan had to scrap hard with New Zealand having the bulk of the possession in the first spell. New Zealand got out to a 2-0 lead but Japan nabbed one goal back, against the run of play, and then took their goalkeeper off and won a penalty corner of their own, from which Hatakeyama delivered some Japanese delight. - APNZ

Pressure on Spurs The pressure is on Tottenham Hotspur to perform in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie against Benfica tonight. This is a big week for Tim Sherwood’s side as they look to bounce back from a thumping 4-0 defeat at Chelsea, the meeting with the Portuguese league leaders at White Hart Lane coming ahead of Sunday’s derby against Arsenal in the Premier League. Spurs capitulated in the second half at Stamford Bridge and the defeat damaged their prospects of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. - AFP

Windies take series West Indies rallied from a middleorder wobble to romp to a seriesclinching five-wicket victory over England in the second Twenty20 International of the three-match series in Barbados yesterday. Jos Buttler’s career-best 67 saw the tourists to a total of 7-152 with left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie justifying his inclusion in place of injured Sunil Narine by claiming 4-21 to earn the man of the match honours. Darren Sammy belted an unbeaten 30 off just nine deliveries to take his team to 5-155 with seven balls to spare. - AFP

Hopkins still in the ring Bernard Hopkins, already boxing’s oldest-ever world champion at 49, is looking to keep rewriting the record books when he faces Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan in April. First he wants to become the oldest unified champion, then the oldest undisputed champion and finally the first ever 50-yearold world champion. “I’ve got a chance to do something very special,” Hopkins said yesterday. “I’m not done yet. I’m trying to make history write another book on me.” - AFP

Last year for Williams He’s already been told to lose the broomstick and now Adam Scott may have to ditch his caddie as well after Steve Williams revealed 2014 will be his last year carrying golf bags fulltime. Williams and the controversial long putter have been Scott’s two most trusted allies over the past three years, helping transform the Queenslander into a major champion and heir apparent to Tiger Woods’ world No.1 ranking. Williams has decided to scale back after a celebrated career caddying for Scott, Woods, Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd. - AAP

Tim Perry and the rest of the Crusaders squad at Christchurch airport as they head to Melbourne to face the Rebels on Friday night.

Lee-Lo feels selectors’ axe By Patrick Mckendry Another week, another backline casualty for a Crusaders team searching for attacking inspiration. Centre Reynold Lee-Lo has paid the price this time as Todd Blackadder’s team prepare to play the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday. Signalled by backs coach Aaron Mauger during the week, Lee-Lo’s axing has come as no surprise and neither has the fact his team will field their third first-five in four games. Colin Slade will direct a backline including midfielders Tom Taylor and Ryan Crotty at AAMI Park; Lee-Lo is left out

of the squad altogether after the former Hurricanes player started in all three of the Crusaders’ previous matches. Taylor started at No10 in the narrow win over the Stormers in Christchurch last weekend, but moved to fullback in the second half, with Slade running the show. Slade’s quicker feet gave the Crusaders slightly more time against a pressing Stormers defence - and his ability to take a gap should ask more questions of the Rebels defence than Taylor, and before him, Tyler Bleyendaal, have been able to this season. Crotty looked comfortable at centre for the Crusaders last

year in the wake of Robbie Fruean’s heart problem, and he played well there when coming on for the All Blacks late last year. Whether he can provide the penetration the Crusaders have been lacking so far remains to be seen, but with three clean breaks and eight defenders beaten, Crotty has been by far his team’s most elusive player. Israel Dagg has been reinstated to fullback after playing on the left wing. Another feature is the naming of Fijian international Nemani Nadolo on the reserves bench. The 125kg wing scored two tries for the Crusaders Development team at the weekend

after recovering from a knee injury on his arrival from Japan. The Rebels have begun their season with a big win at home over the Cheetahs and a 32-7 defeat to the Force in Perth. However, the Crusaders have struggled against them in recent seasons. Crusaders team to play the Rebels at AAMI Park in Melbourne, kickoff 9.40pm NZT: Israel Dagg, Nafi Tuitavake, Ryan Crotty, Tom Taylor, Johnny McNicholl, Colin Slade, Andy Ellis, Kieran Read (c), Matt Todd, Luke Whitelock, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Codie Taylor, Tim Perry, Nepo Laulala, Dominic Bird, Jordan Taufua, Mitchell Drummond, Kieron Fonotia, Nemani Nadolo. - APNZ

De Villiers sounds warning over Chiefs tactics By Patrick Mckendry The Chiefs have come under fire for their allegedly illegal tactics ahead of what is likely to be a high-impact encounter against the Stormers on Friday, but rather than shoot back with his own accusations, assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge conceded ill-discipline has been a problem for his team.

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers has wasted little time in firing the first shots against the defending champions, saying he was frustrated at the Crusaders’ tactics of holding on to players at the ruck in his team’s 14-13 defeat in Christchurch last weekend, and that he was expecting more of the same at Waikato Stadium. He is vowing to start a dialogue with the referee before

the match, something he will continue if he doesn’t get the desired response. “I will be in Craig Joubert’s ear before the game in Hamilton, you can be sure about that, and if it happens like it did in Christchurch I will be on his case during the game as well,” De Villiers said in South Africa. “I disagree with the suggestion that there might be a little

bit of holding on in Hamilton on Friday. There will be a heck of a lot of holding on.” De Villiers’ outspoken approach received a cool and considered response from Strawbridge. “We’ve had a few issues the last few years at different times of the season with that aspect and we’ve worked really hard to try to eradicate it from our game,” he said. - APNZ


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In brief London saved Soward Jamie Soward has revealed a brief stint playing for perennial Super League strugglers London Broncos helped him rediscover his love for rugby league. The former NSW five-eighth made a successful debut for Penrith on Saturday, helping his new club see off Newcastle 30-8 at Sportingbet Stadium. Soward endured a torrid 2013 that saw him fall out with St George Illawarra coach Steve Price who axed him from the side following a round 12 defeat by Canterbury. “London was awesome, the coach Tony Rae was great with me, I had a really good time,” Soward said. “I am really lucky to get a second chance here and Penrith and I am hoping I can show what I can do.” - AAP

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Warriors on the defensive By Michael Brown The Warriors have some lofty goals, like all teams in the NRL, and one of them is to be the best defensive team in the competition. That quest didn’t start well last weekend when the Eels ran over and around them in a decisive 36-16 win but history shows teams who defend well enjoy successful campaigns. Having all the attacking frills is great, but teams can’t build pressure if they don’t stop points being scored. The Warriors conceded 554 points last year, at an average of 23 points a game. The

Roosters had the best defence, conceding only 325 points, and all top eight sides let in under 465 points. The Warriors were at their best defensively in 2011, when they conceded 393 points. It was no coincidence they also went on to play in the grand final. Matt Elliott’s side spent considerable time on their defence in the off-season, which made last weekend’s effort so galling, and he expects an immediate response on Saturday when they take on the Dragons at Eden Park. Elliott reacted by making two changes this week - Jerome Ro-

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pati in for Carlos Tuimavave at centre and Ben Henry comes onto the bench for Sione Lousi who has a family bereavement - but said he was tempted to make others. “There are some people who are lucky,” he said. Henry is a renowned work-

horse and defender. In his seven games last season before he suffered a serious knee injury, he averaged 28 tackles a game which was third highest behind Nathan Friend (47.1) and Simon Mannering (33). Even though he wasn’t involved in the Eels game, it was a painful experience. “It was pretty frustrating,” he said. “I was really feeling for the boys and you really want to go out and help. We need to be defensively minded. Our aim is to be the best defensive team in the NRL and that’s what we are striving to do. There are steps to do that. Week by week we have to get better.” - APNZ

Club news Allenton Outdoor Bowling Club Good Morning,  the season is drawing to a close soon but still have a few results coming in. Progressive Pairs 08/03/14 Leads.   1st. J. Smith, 2nd. B. Boothroyd. Skips.   1st. D. Thomas, 2nd. T. Sutton. The comment was ‘A real fun day was had by all’. Great to hear. Friday Triples 07/03/14 1st D. Kiddey, P. Kiddey, M. Reid. 2nd A. Crawford, J. Cartwright, S. Holdom. 3rd B. Williams, C. Dennis, J. L Smart. 4th M. Smallridge, P. Collins, G. Sparks. Our Sponsor for the day was Paterson Funeral Services for which we give our grateful thanks to. Just a little note from our rep trip to Leeston (which Mid Canterbury won) Wendy Suttie now has green jellybean chalk for marking and eats the white chalk!!!!!!   Great bowling everyone will catch you next week.

Ashburton Bowling Club Only a couple of weeks left. Next Saturday will see the last of the Sat Rollover Triples. Corner to Corner has been well supported. 185 players participated and the club gave vouchers from Netherby Meats for the final winners. This was taken out by, 1st Anne Gowan, 2nd John Lilley, 3rd George Crack, 4th John Smart, and 5th Annette Blain. I do hope you enjoy the winnings.  Last of the ladies drawn competition will be Tuesday March 18. Wear whites as usual play to start at 9 30. Bring your lunch, 3 games are to be played and bring $1. Remember Friday Toyota Triples on March 21 this is the last of the season. Tuesday March 25th we visit Cashmere Club. Bus leaves the club at 9 am, wear whites (club uniform) bring your bowls if you want to play and your lunch. It is always a great day and we play for the Friendship Trophy. Bus Fare will be $15. The following day is the Aussie Mixed pairs, more entries please. Team is 1 man and 1 lady and you play 4 bowls so don’t leave one at home as has been the case sometimes.   Closing Day is set for March 22 playing for the Bird Cup. Wear whites, stay for the trophy presentations and the club dinner which follows. Cost $10 and tickets from Hubert.  Teams for the Gala, Challenge, Prestige and Premier Trophies are on the board. These will be played on Allenton, Methven and Ashburton greens. The Harry Lee drawn triples was played Monday evening March 10; 2 games of 8 ends resulted in 1st Jo Ryk, Hubert Johnston and Russell Lowe 2 wins 13 ends 20 points. 2nd Graham Taylor, Annette Blain and Owen Gray 2 wins 12 ends 19 points. 3rd Roger Herriott, Mitch Goodall and Alison Gibbs 2 wins 9 ends and 25 points. The AGM is Sunday May 25 at 1.30pm.  Nomination forms are on the white board.  It is your club, please support it and help to keep it running smoothly. To those ill, get well soon, we are thinking of you and wish you all a speedy recovery.  I thank all those who sent me the results and made my job as publicity officer a lot easier.

If you want the results published, let me know about it as I can’t be at every game!!!

Ashburton Celtic Rugby Club News The Darryl Phillips Motor Company seniors have two new coaches appointed with Warren McKenzie (0272502502) and Phil Prendergast (0274327768) taking the helm. A huge thanks goes to Dave McCrea, who has put a lot into the seniors over the last five years. They have commenced training on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:30pm along with the senior Bs who will be coached by Stefan Brook (0272551025). This year we also have a Colts team which is training on the same nights with their coach Neville Williams (0272668419). The U18s are also on Tuesday and Thursday nights. New players to the district are welcome to come have a run, so ring the above people if you want to play at one of the top performing clubs in the district. The seniors had their first trial game against Hornby and had a win, 38/5. Congratulations to the guys who had their first game for Celtic. Sunday they have a game with MacKenzie Country at Celtic, 2:30pm start for the Mick Casey Memorial Trophy; the senior Bs play MacKenzie with a 2pm kick-off. Both teams head to Timaru on Saturday March 22 to play Timaru Celtic. The combined competition starts on 29th March with both the seniors and Bs playing Methven in Methven; the seniors playing for the Bill Welsh Memorial Cup. The Colts have a warm up game on Sunday 23 March against Ohoka at Celtic, and the season will commence on 5th April. The JAB will again have a team in every grade up to U16s and in some cases two teams. Registration night was a huge success with over 200 turning up. Coaches and managers have been appointed and practices will start soon. The season starts with a 7 a-side on 29th March with teams being split between the Celtic grounds and Allenton; the competition also starts on 5th April. This year’s Pompellier tournament is to be held in Christchurch on Sunday 18th May for U9s, U11s and U13s. For any enquiries about the JAB contact Darion Gray, 0276880647 or 3071446. Club day will be 10th May with the seniors playing Waihora. A reminder to register online, just follow the link on our web page ashburtonceltic.co.nz and also Facebook. Thanks to all sponsors who continue to support us, new and old. Finally the club would like to offer its condolence and support to the Whitcombe family.

Ashburton Horticultural Society It was pleasing to see a good number attending the recent meeting. Certificates and

trophies for the Annual Garden competition were awarded and presented by Mayor Angus McKay. Our guest speakers were Messrs Ron Andrew and Keith Dickson from Christchurch, who gave out some good advice on competition gardening and the particular points that judges look for. The social benefits of living in an attractive environment were also stressed, particularly in regard to more greening and landscaping being undertaken in urban area. There is also growing involvement of youngsters into gardening activities, which is very encouraging for the future. Premier bloom was awarded for an unnamed rose from John Hoogweg. Special raffle prizes were donated by members and the evening concluded with a sumptuous supper. The Society meets on the fourth Monday evening of each month (except for June, July and December) and visitors and new members are always welcome.

College Cricket Club You can safely say College will win the post-Christmas third grade competition this Saturday as two of their teams are competing in it, Green will take on Gold in this weekend’s final. Green got there courtesy of a win over the previously unbeaten Lauriston. Green batted first and made 118 with Connor Wilson in the runs again with 38 while Dylan Shore chipped in with 19. Green then rolled Lauriston for 67 with Harry Ferguson the stand out with four wickets for five runs off eight overs (and he’s still talking about it!), Wilson could not be kept out of the game as he picked up three wickets. Jamie Stockdale, Dylan Shore and Daffyd Philp each picked up a wicket. Gold had a much tougher battle against Methven, as Methven set a daunting target of 181. Sam Hall picked up three wickets, Harry Watson and Ben Niles got two each while Zach Naldrett, Sam Turner and Tom Ravenscroft got one apiece. Gold’s chase didn’t get off to the best start when Ravenscroft was dismissed in the second over but then Naldrett (19) and Niles (26) steadied the ship before Gareth Hunt (57 not out), and Liam O’Connor (28) got them home for the loss of five wickets.

Methven Bowling Club This week is the men’s week they have been getting on with their bowls and club champions have been found. Open Menes Fours: With two lives in hand David Isherwood and his team of Bruce Harper, Gene Pagey and Eric Maw played their way to victory. Well done to you all. The quality of this teams bowls were outstanding. So once again congratulations David, Bruce, Gene and Eric. Simon Fleetwood and Brent Mayson played each other for the second time in the singles. The first game was also very close with Simon winning that round. The final was another close game with both men playing

Simon Fleetwood was in superb form at the Methven Bowling Club, and took out the men’s open singles final over Brent Mayson. extremely well. Everyone watching was treated to a top quality game. Brent leading 20 to 19 on the final end meant both players had to hold their nerve and play the perfect bowls. Simon drew two shots which in spite of Brent’s best attempt he couldn’t remove them and Simon took out the Men’s Open singles. Congratulations Simon. You played brilliant bowls throughout this competition. The junior men are nearly at the end of their champs. Next week I should be able to report the final winners. Ladies never got their games played this week. Congratulations to ladies selected for the rep team to play Ellesmere on Tuesday; Ruth Smith, Maureen Sullivan, Raiona Isherwood, Wendy Blackwell, Wendy Suttie, Melva Middleton, Shirley Pagey, Barbara Gawn and Mary Stone. On Sunday our men’s team of Brent Mayson, David Callaghan, Noel Bilby and Jim Lattimore won the Anstiss Cup at Hampstead. Well done guys Have a good week everyone.

Tinwald Branch New Zealand Red Cross A general meeting of the Tinwald Branch was held on Tuesday March 4 at the home of Joyce Read. Mrs Read kindly showed members around her colourful garden of around 500 dahlias all standing tall and stately in bed of one colour or another which showed off that particular colour or shade. They were spectacular. After putting the umbrellas aside members went inside to  hear the follow up talk on all

aspects of dahlias. Joyce had several varieties that she had cut from her garden and spoke on each of them, amongst them included Pom Pom, Water Lily, Anemone, Decorative, Ball, Colourette which attracts monarch butterflies. Audrey Bruce thanked Joyce and presented her with a fruit tray in appreciation of her most interesting talk and the viewing of her garden and all the advice on growing and looking after these colourful flowers. President Lynette Lovett presided over the business part of the meeting, accepting five apologies. Treasurer Audrey Bruce gave the financial report. The Canterbury Mid South Area Newsletter was handed out. A report from the Committee meeting was given and several matters were discussed. The New Zealand Red Cross Annual Appeal runs from March 10 to 16 with Collection Day to be on Friday March 14. Branch is to have two collection places in Tinwald outside Sim’s Bakery and Supervalue Supermarket and members were asked to fill in the roster sheet. Red Cross Rose Day is to be held on Friday April 4 which is always looked forward to each year where a red rose is exchanged for a two dollar gold coin donation. World Red Cross Day is to be commemorated on Friday May 9 at the Tinwald Hall at 2pm with the Tinwald Branch hosting the Candle Lighting Ceremony of seven candles one each for one of the seven Red Cross Principles. Members of other branches are invited to attend. A Programme for Branch Activities for 2014 had been prepared and given out. Raffle was won by Ailsa Lovett. With no further business the meeting was closed and all enjoyed afternoon tea.


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Tinwald Women’s Golf February 11, Stroke Round Linda McClea nett 66, Teresa O’Connell net 68, Anne Dwan nett 68, Bev Jackson nett 69, Ruth Kinvig net 70, Val Prendergast nett 72, Shona Vucetich nett 73c/b, J VanderHeide c/b, J Bruhns c/b, J Peacock Nearest the Pin: No 2 Dairy Business Centre Lesley Glassey; No 6 Stables Restaurant Linda McClea; No 12 Mac & Maggies Jo Peacock; No 16 Outdoor Adventure Shona Vucetich. Two’s Jo Peacock 9 Hole all Irons Deb Ellery 40 c/b Pauline Boon

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Ashburton golfer Ken Clucas was among a field of professionals and amateurs on the Methven Golf Course yesterday, taking part in the annual seniors pro-am tournament. Teams of three, including 50 senior professionals from New Zealand and Australia played in the tournament, with proceeds going to junior sport in Methven. PHOTO DONNA WYLIE 120314-DW-237

M5 Manawatu harness Today at Manawatu Raceway

4 07805 Washington Diva (4) fr ...................S Phelan 5 0503 Concord Lass (5) fr ..........................J Curtin 6 60097 Significant Anvil (6) fr ................ J Abernethy 7 Zencara (7) fr ................................P Butcher 1 6.05pm (NZT) OUTBACK TRADERS MOBILE PACE 8 85P76 Juster Fire (21) fr .......................P Ferguson 9 95070 Aveross Outlaw (22) fr...................M Heaton $6000, 3yo+ c0 mob. pace, mobile, 2500m Lucia Bromac (23) fr .....................B Weaver 1 0668 Evening Velvet (1) fr ......................P Butcher 10 2 79427 Cut The Cards (2) fr .................. J Abernethy 11 39630 Yankee Brandy (24) fr .................. C Webber 3 3x596 Seven Blue Chips (3) fr ..................S Phelan 4 7.35pm O’FEE & ASSOCIATES MOBILE PACE $6500, 4 80984 Acton Town (4) fr .......................... C Webber 3yo+ c1, c2 with cond. mobile pace, mobile, 2500m 5 09957 Aces Fella (5) fr ............................ S Dickson 1 15P50 Courage Du Fair (1) fr .......... D Ferguson (J) 6 48522 Energizer (6) fr ..............................B Weaver 2 60040 Lola Jones fr ................................ Scratched 7 27356 Magic Daze (7) fr .................. A Poutama (J) 3 98602 Rimutoto Prince (2) fr ....................P Butcher 8 04430 Living By Chance (21) fr ............P Ferguson 4 04477 Winsome Falcon (3) fr ................P Ferguson 9 43644 Sheza Bright Star (22) fr ............. S Kane (J) 5 39658 Elsu Attack (4) fr ..............................J Curtin 10 99569 Tiger Tamer (23) fr .................. S Butcher (J) 6 60279 Cabo Wabo fr ............................... Scratched 11 57570 Travelling Man (24) fr ........... D Ferguson (J) 7 23617 Gotta Go Armbro (5) fr S Kane (J, ...........Cl) 2 6.35pm GIRL ZONE HANDICAP TROT $6000, 3yo+ 8 40441 Wyatt Earp (21) fr......................... S Dickson 9 23461 Mister Dann (22) fr J MacKinnon (J, ........Cl) c0, c1 with cond. spechcp trot, stand, 2500m 1 009PP Seymour (U3) fr ............................N Chilcott 10 68528 Jack Bates (23) fr ..........................N Chilcott 11 07035 Majors Blue Jean (24) fr................R Jenkins 2 30646 Mistress Castleton (1) fr .................S Phelan 3 40090 Successful Woman (2) fr ...............B Weaver 5 8.00pm ALLAN MCNEILL MOBILE PACE $6500, 4 569P Jed Star (3) fr ...................................J Curtin 3yo+ c1 mob. pace, mobile, 2000m 5 xP000 Innuendo (4) fr ..............................R Jenkins 1 87033 Sell A Bit (1) fr ................................J I Dickie 6 02063 Tuinfro (U1) fr ........................ A Poutama (J) 2 53656 Flyin Louie (2) fr .............................S Phelan 7 xD322 Megs First (U2) fr..........K Chittenden 3 140 Its All On (3) fr ...............................T Mitchell 8 02004 Showtime Lady (1) 30 ....................J I Dickie 4 19834 Bhappy (4) fr .................................R Jenkins 9 25579 Dancingwiththestars (2) 30 ........P Ferguson 5 51569 Raffaello (5) fr ....................... A Poutama (J) 10 10780 Best Bones (3) 30 ............... S Abernethy (J) 6 15 Civoniceva (6) fr ...............................J Curtin 11 x4755 Tumundal (4) 30 ...................... S Butcher (J) 7 97362 Pilot Officer (7) fr ...........................B Weaver 12 58754 Consentual (U1) 30 ................... J Abernethy 8 841 Sea MC (21) fr ..............................P Butcher 3 7.05pm SILVESTER CLARK MOBILE PACE $6000, 9 39658 Elsu Attack fr ................................ Scratched 10 56823 Kotare Kano (22) fr.................. S Butcher (J) 2yo+ c0 mob. pace, mobile, 2000m 1 69097 Highview Linda (1) fr ............ D Ferguson (J) 11 07744 Bettabe Fast (23) fr ....................P Ferguson 2 15252 Righteous Royale (2) fr ..................B Towers 12 33158 Classic Bet (24) fr .........................N Chilcott 3 7 Royal Kiss (3) fr..................... A Poutama (J) 13 85680 Darjeeling Bromac (25) fr .......... J Abernethy Manawatu HRC Venue: Manawatu Raceway Meeting Date: 13 Mar 2014 NZ Meeting number: 5 Doubles: 1 and 2; 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8; 9 and 10 Trebles: 1, 2 and 3; 4, 5 and 6; 8, 9 and 10

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Christchurch Greyhound Racing Club Venue: Addington Raceway Meeting Date: 13 Mar 2014 NZ Meeting number: 10 Doubles: 1 and 2; 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8; 9 and 10; 11 and 12 Trebles: 1, 2 and 3; 4, 5 and 6; 7, 8 and 9; 10, 11 and 12 1 4.27pm (NZT) SPEIGHT’S DASH C3, 295m 1 33233 Sosan 17.43 .................................C Roberts 2 58357 Ohoka Hart 17.50 ........................ L Waretini 3 53842 Criniti’s nwtd ......................................J Dunn 4 38227 Another Jewel 17.32 .................J McInerney 5 58785 Botany Jessie nwtd ...................J McInerney 6 41121 Adroit 17.18...................................R Adcock 7 11348 Motley Man 17.32 .............................J Dunn 8 8x152 Noble Fantasy 17.34 S & ................ B Evans 9 34856 Turbo Tundra 17.57 ......................... M Grant 10 55264 Starburst Benny 17.55 .................... M Grant 2 4.50pm HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANN JOPSON C3, 520m 1 76533 Homebush Violet 30.41 .............J McInerney 2 21144 Gee Cee Bee 30.70 ...................H Anderton 3 51141 Magic Emily 30.15 H &........................Taylor 4 43424 Banbit 30.57 B & .............................. T Shaw 5 47655 Bigtime Kelina 30.36 M & ..................Jopson 6 23525 Take A Trick 30.62 .............................M Flipp 7 71588 Lochinvar Camaro 30.40 ..............C Roberts 8 87341 Cawbourne Merc nwtd .................... M Grant 9 54248 Kin Nikki 30.36 ............................. L Waretini 10 32871 Jibbajabba Jewel 30.46................C Roberts 3 5.15pm KOLORFUL KANVAS STAKES C4, 520m 1 62622 Botany Kevin 30.56 ...................J McInerney 2 12553 Opawa Casper 30.20 L & ................... Wales 3 11274 Mr. Jimmy 30.81 ............................ R Adcock 4 61356 Hustler Ambition 30.58.................M Roberts 5 34344 What I Like 30.59 ......................J McInerney 6 56731 Cawbourne War 30.22 .................C Roberts 7 31753 Rambunctious 30.63 ................. A Bradshaw 8 68775 Starburst Clemmy 30.54 ................. M Grant 9 31818 Punch On Jaime nwtd ...............J McInerney

to c3 +claimer mob. pace, mobile, 2500m 1 00036 Classiebee (1) fr...................... M Neilson (J) 2 23461 Mister Dann fr .............................. Scratched 3 7889P Jonny Wilkinson (2) fr.................P Ferguson 4 23617 Gotta Go Armbro (3) fr .............. J Abernethy 5 10049 Mister Harris (4) fr ..........................J I Dickie 6 95270 Caesar’s Flame (5) fr .......... S Abernethy (J) 7 38950 Stormy Breeze (6) fr......................B Weaver 8 x0696 Beguiling (21) fr.............................T Mitchell 9 51525 Monets Daughter (22) fr ........ A Poutama (J) 10 46448 Celtic Warrior (23) fr ......................P Butcher 11 27118 Bettors Card (24) fr ........................S Phelan 12 20444 Take The Hint (25) fr ............... S Butcher (J) 13 24714 Aces N Eights (26) fr ........................J Curtin Emergency: Take The Hint 7 8.50pm DAVIS TRADING HANDICAP TROT $6500, 4yo+ c1 & faster discrhcp trot, stand, 2500m 1 85280 Pricilla P (1) fr ......................... S Butcher (J) 2 05833 Two Wishes (2) fr ...........................S Phelan 3 40001 Hector McFeckle (1) 10 ....................J Curtin 4 09012 Clifden Clowers (2) 10...................N Chilcott 5 92707 Sunbrite (3) 10 .................... S Abernethy (J) 6 19000 My Mums Astar (4) 10............... J Abernethy 7 73756 Burt Munro (5) 10...........................S Branch 8 06171 Palais Royal (1) 20 ...................K Chittenden 9 80080 Rarangi Jewel (2) 20 .....................B Weaver 10 81646 Quite Easy Damit (3) 20................T Mitchell 11 14118 Thanks Charlie (1) 30 .................. S Dickson 12 51320 Foray (1) 40........................... A Poutama (J) 13 32539 Sodeska (2) 40..............................P Butcher 14 88050 Global Invasion (3) 40 ...................R Jenkins 15 03235 Damit Invasion (U1) 40 ..............P Ferguson 8 9.15pm BETTORS DELIGHT F&M MILE SERIES MBL PACE $7500, 3yo+ f&m c1 to c2 mob. pace, 1609m 1 60040 Lola Jones (1) fr ................... D Ferguson (J)

2 87321 Galeena (2) fr ...................................J Curtin 3 55380 Silent Night (3) fr ...........................T Mitchell 4 14327 Starry Delight (4) fr.........................S Phelan 5 30570 Soul Hanover (5) fr .........................J I Dickie 6 45528 Chillysjustastrutter (6) fr ................P Butcher 7 89973 Bad Dancer (21) fr ........................B Weaver 8 38060 Fifteen Six (22) fr .................. A Poutama (J) 9 17525 Sweet Ava (23) fr ................ S Abernethy (J) 10 24174 Bettor Pack A Pistol (24) fr ...............G Small 11 02343 Chanelle Bromac (25) fr .............P Ferguson 9 9.40pm POWER FARMING PALMERSTONIAN MBL PACE $12,000, 4yo+ c3 to c6 mob. pace, mobile, 2000m 1 12165 Styx It To Em (1) fr ................ A Poutama (J) 2 67362 Shortys Desire (2) fr .......................J I Dickie 3 61306 Tactful Lady (3) fr ..........................T Mitchell 4 51525 Monets Daughter fr ...................... Scratched 5 55193 Machie Mach (4) fr .................. S Butcher (J) 6 29111 Maximan (5) fr ..................................J Curtin 7 29411 Tijuana Bromac (6) fr ....................N Chilcott 8 168x1 Major Ouch (21) fr ............... S Abernethy (J) 9 6583x Jarcullembra (22) fr .......................P Butcher 10 61627 Rocknroll Lass (23) fr .....................S Phelan 10 10.05pm ACCOMMODATION MOTEL MBL PACE $6500, 4yo+ c1 to c2 mob. pace, mobile, 2500m 1 03105 Cullies Delight (1) fr .............. A Poutama (J) 2 73290 Riverboat Sue (2) fr ................... J Abernethy 3 40258 No Liability (3) fr ................... D Ferguson (J) 4 43031 Bute Mach (4) fr ...............................G Small 5 15P50 Courage Du Fair fr ....................... Scratched 6 60279 Cabo Wabo (5) fr ............................S Phelan 7 33141 Mach Cullen (6) fr ................... S Butcher (J) 8 67534 Baileys Desire (21) fr............... M Neilson (J) 9 20444 Take The Hint (22) fr .....................P Butcher 10 50079 Showmethemoneyhoney (23) fr .......J Curtin 11 61068 Crusader Courage (24) fr .... S Abernethy (J)

Christchurch dogs Today at Addington raceway

10 65361 Opawa Jed 30.06 J & ......................D Fahey 5.35pm FLAIR NZ RACING SERIES DISTANCE HEAT NZRSdq, 732m 1 65562 Jinja Power 43.71 J & .....................D Fahey 2 4144x Know Peril 44.39 ............................G Cleeve 3 64453 Thrilling Sound nwtd S &................. B Evans 4 66621 Blushing Belle nwtd L & ..................... Wales 5 48271 Bob’s Eye nwtd .........................J McInerney 6 x3743 Thrilling Olive nwtd.......................... K Walsh 7 57634 Chill Out Ralph nwtd L & .................... Wales 8 34323 Opawa Paul nwtd L &......................... Wales 9 24426 Know Class nwtd ...........................G Cleeve 10 17752 Wagon Wheel nwtd M & ....................Jopson 5 5.55pm (NZT) FLAIR NZ RACING SERIES DISTANCE HEAT NZRSdq, 732m 1 53468 Homebush Iris nwtd ..................J McInerney 2 62588 Goldstar Bella nwtd S & .................. B Evans 3 12431 Jinjarango nwtd J &.........................D Fahey 4 58357 Court The Belle nwtd L & ................... Wales 5 77846 Opawa Anne nwtd L & ....................... Wales 6 48422 Axel Grinder 44.07 ................... A Botherway 7 11112 Opawa Tania nwtd L & ....................... Wales 8 11736 Thrilling Logic nwtd ......................... K Walsh 9 24426 Know Class nwtd ...........................G Cleeve 10 17752 Wagon Wheel nwtd M & ....................Jopson 6 6.25pm (NZT) HAPPY 68TH BIRTHDAY DAVE ROBBIE STAKES C4/5, 520m 1 12156 Opawa No Ear 30.18 J & ................D Fahey 2 23331 Opawa Webby 30.38 L & ................... Wales 3 31227 Travelling Joe 30.60 ..................J McInerney 4 14245 Deanne’s Fantasy 30.42 J & ...........D Fahey 5 32547 Wild Grove 30.41 .........................C Roberts 6 12424 Cawbourne Philip 30.34 ............J McInerney 7 32352 Russell Hart 30.03 ....................J McInerney 8 F7213 Harlem Haka 30.51 ...................J McInerney 9 37518 Cawbourne Witch 30.64 ...............C Roberts 10 31818 Punch On Jaime nwtd ...............J McInerney

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6 8.25pm TOD SEEDS MOBILE PACE $7000, 3yo+ c2

7 6.55pm SUPER PETS NZ RACING SERIES SPRINT

HEAT NZRSq, 295m 1 8F615 Star Dreamer 17.34 C & .................... Fagan 2 22467 Sahara Rama 17.09 ...................... R Adcock 3 54717 Botany Pete nwtd ......................J McInerney 4 568x8 Batiatus 17.34 ...........................R Blackburn 5 11125 Homebush Chopper 17.31 ........J McInerney 6 66642 Know Favours 17.37 ......................G Cleeve 7 31161 Pick The Tip 17.07 .......................... D Voyce 8 51475 Know Pride 17.26...........................G Cleeve 9 78526 Blue Gale Rise 17.28 ....................... B Dann 10 27653 Gorilla On Drums 17.31 ...................A Joyce 8 7.25pm SUPER PETS NZ RACING SERIES SPRINT HEAT NZRSq, 295m 1 22622 Smash Rumour 17.42 ..................... M Grant 2 63141 Excuse Please 17.35 .................. J McMillan 3 74284 Homebush Edith 17.21 .............J McInerney 4 11624 Botany Prancer 17.20 ...............J McInerney 5 38111 Dixie Lee 16.91 .........................R Blackburn 6 23654 Campaigner 17.15 H & .......................Taylor 7 24571 Know Escape 17.02 .......................G Cleeve 8 77388 Taieri Plains 17.41 C &....................... Fagan 9 78526 Blue Gale Rise 17.28 ....................... B Dann 10 66685 John Dory 17.45........................J McInerney 9 7.50pm SUPER PETS NZ RACING SERIES SPRINT HEAT NZRSq, 295m 1 57871 Pearl’s Boy 17.19 ...........................G Cleeve 2 25666 Trans Tasman 17.23 ..................R Blackburn 3 57356 Will Excite 17.36 .......................... L Waretini 4 31224 Iona Haka 17.44........................J McInerney 5 24151 Sophie’s Terra 17.10 C & ................... Fagan 6 53232 Mr. Whippy 17.17 W & ....................... Nissen 7 76652 Know Jealousy 17.29 .....................G Cleeve 8 51863 Joyville 17.69 ............................J McInerney 9 78526 Blue Gale Rise 17.28 ....................... B Dann 10 47822 Waimak Dave 17.60 ..................J McInerney 10 8.12pm SUPER PETS NZ RACING SERIES SPRINT

HEAT NZRSq, 295m 1 11123 Quedrago 17.28 C & .......................... Fagan 2 58588 Blonde Tori 17.47 ...................... A Bradshaw 3 77238 Homebush Churro 17.29 ...........J McInerney 4 52574 Know Lies 17.37 ............................G Cleeve 5 85488 Mer De Noms 17.32 ..................R Blackburn 6 14277 Sprinkles 17.33 .........................J McInerney 7 21446 Drysdale 17.17 ....................................A Lee 8 43613 Billy West 17.18 .....................M K Dempsey 9 78526 Blue Gale Rise 17.28 ....................... B Dann 10 27653 Gorilla On Drums 17.31 ...................A Joyce 11 8.38pm SUPER PETS NZ RACING SERIES SPRINT HEAT NZRSq, 295m 1 42165 Rodriguez 17.19..................................A Lee 2 44816 Yaldhurst Edward 17.38 ............J McInerney 3 784x8 Know Trust 17.23 ...........................G Cleeve 4 33461 Homebush Mayhem 17.26 ........J McInerney 5 43357 Opawa Stretch nwtd J &..................D Fahey 6 55418 Stolen Money 17.29 .......................G Cleeve 7 47746 Not A Know 17.22 ........................ A Waretini 8 33857 Team Dream 17.44 C & ..................... Fagan 9 78526 Blue Gale Rise 17.28 ....................... B Dann 10 66685 John Dory 17.45........................J McInerney 12 9.00pm SUPER PETS NZ RACING SERIES SPRINT HEAT NZRSq, 295m 1 43243 Oscar Tuivasa 17.23........................L Philips 2 85317 Another Colt 17.19 ....................J McInerney 3 86867 Speedy Kazza 17.27 .................J McInerney 4 85215 Opawa Mez nwtd J & ......................D Fahey 5 23814 Go Housie 17.03 ............................G Cleeve 6 52623 Life’s A Laugh 17.17..................R Blackburn 7 52523 Know Charity 17.35........................G Cleeve 8 11111 Terra Annie 17.22............................. B Dann 9 78526 Blue Gale Rise 17.28 ....................... B Dann 10 47822 Waimak Dave 17.60 ..................J McInerney LEGEND: fsdt - First Start Here nwd - No Win this Distance fstd - First Start This Distance 31 13 - Best Winning Time This Track

Midweek Women, March 18 Aoteoroa Cup, Coronation Medal, Senior Vets Trophy, Junior Links, LGU, National teams, Rnd 2 Longbeach Cup Draw Steward: Janice Dunlop 308 3910 Tuesday starters: Heather Trott and Gay Lane No 1 Tee 9.00 H. Ward, M. Bean, C. Emery 9.06 J. Dunlop, B. Watkins, L. Small 9.12 M. Watson, J. Ackerley, K. Shaw 9.18 R. Evans, J. McKeown, E. Langford 9.24 G. Lane, B. Cameron, J. Leferink 9.30 B. Gregory, M. Chisnall, H. Trott No. 7 Tee 9.18 R. Bennett, K. Robb, S. Simpson, 9.24 K. McRae, K. Green, K. Read 9.30 D. Engelbrecht, D. Simmons, J. Montgomery No 10 Tee 9.00 V. Moore, H. Hawksby, J. Welch 9.06 J. Guilford, S. Elliott, H. Argyle 9.12 L. Wackrow, B. Turton, H. Robertson 9.18 P. Bell, C. Trott, J. Mitchell 9.24 R. Fail, D. Hinton, A. Grant Nine Hole Men and Women’s Section Thursday March 20 Rnd 1 Heather Smith trophy - stableford Nine Hole Convenors – Carol O’Reilly 308 8758 and Wendy Smith 308 9207 Saturday March 15 LGU, National Teams report 8.20 a.m. for 8.45 a.m. start All women players welcome to join weekend ladies Club Captain – Jenny Williams 308 2081

Tinwald Golf Club March 15 Draw for a medal round to be played on Saturday. Morning players will have a clubhouse draw for an 8am start. Players are asked to report 15 minutes prior to tee off times. Business women will play the 36 hole Nancy McCormick Foursome. No 1 Tee, 12.30, E Pearce, B Smith, W Mason, R Harris. 12.36, T Clarke, N Rayner, G Rennie, J Smith, 12.42, P Marshall, B Rouse, R Wards, No 10 Tee. 12.30, P Hefford, A Pierce, B Collins, C Miller, 12.36, R Thompson, W Eddington, O Everest, A Barrie. No 13 Tee 12.30, R Bruce, T McAndrew, B Shanks, M Fechney. 12.36, D Green, C Whiting, M Fechney, R Shearer Starters duty: am B Collins; pm P Marshall, R Wards. Cards; A Marshall

Tinwald Women’s Golf March 18 Nancy McCormick 36 Hole Foursome No 1 Tee 8.30am K McAuliffe & L McClea; M Kennedy J Bruhns 8.35 A Dwan & B Harris; J VanderHeide D Bell 8.40 M Bennett & M Pawsey; J Undy & P Bell 8.45 V Prendergast & S Vucetich; B Cochrane & L Bird 8.50 D Wellman & P Ellis; S Young & B O’Neill Stroke Round 18 Holes No 10 Tee 9.30am L Glassey V Hampton P Smith 9.35 C Shanks M Moore T O”Connell 9.40 D Lowe M Smith V Cartney No 13 Tee 9.30 P McAndrew M Colville D Boon C Linney B Irvine I Divers J Smith Bradford 9hole Women Stroke Round N0 17 Tee 9.30am R O,Brien J Mooren I Ross 9.35 K Young J Cartwright M Sherriff Starters C Linney B Irvine; Cards D Bell M Colville Tea Duty AM M Sherriff PM D Sharplin

■ Softball Mid Canterbury Softball March 15 D4 Netherby v Tinwald, demons umpire D1 Rakaia v Allenton, Hampstead to umpire. Hampstead and Cubs have a bye this week. 


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Daily Events Thursday

9.30am - 12.30pm ASHBURTON TOY LIBRARY. Large variety of toys for hire. Methodist Church Hall, Baring Square East.

9.30am M.S.A. TAI CHI. Beginners and maintenance class. M.S.A. 9.30am - 12.30pm Social hall, Havelock Street. ASHBURTON METHODIST PARISH. 9.30am Goodwill shop, sale of pre-loved JEAN’S LINE DANCE. clothing. Tinwald Methodist Church. Line dance low impact, Balmoral Hall, Cnr Archibald and Jane Streets, Tinwald. Cameron Street. 9.30am - 1.30pm 9.30am - 11.30am ASHBURTON BAPTIST CHURCH. MID CANTERBURY BADMINTON. Second time round op shop. Baptist Great fun, everyone welcome. Racquets Church, Cnr Cass and Havelock Streets. can be hired. Sports Hall, Tancred Street. 10.00am METHVEN HERITAGE CENTRE.

Friday 9.00am ST DAVID’S UNION CHURCH. Real women circuit training in hall. 48 Allens Road, Allenton. 9.30am - 11.30am ST ANDREW’S ANGLICAN CHURCH TINWALD. Drop in for a cuppa and chat. Cnr Jane and Thomson Street, TINWALD.

10.00am METHVEN HERITAGE CENTRE. New Zealand Alpine and Agriculture Encounter, interactive fun for all ages. Main Street, Methven. 10.00am - 4.00pm ASHBURTON DISTRICT FAMILY HISTORY GROUP. Open for research, all welcome, upstairs 254 Cameron Street.

New Zealand Alpine and Agriculture Encounter, interactive fun for all ages. Main Street, Methven. 10.00am ST DAVID’S UNION CHURCH. Fit kidz, St David’s Union Church, 48 Allens road. Allenton. 10.45am M.S.A. TAI CHI. Exercises in the Social hall, Havelock Street. 12.50pm M.S.A. PETANQUE. Come and try Petanque, everyone welcome. Racecourse Road. 10.30am - 12noon. ASHBURTON PARENTS CENTRE PLAYGROUP Kids play, parents relax with a cuppa. Parents Centre Rooms, Netherby Shopping Centre, Chalmers Avenue. 1.00pm - 3.00pm ASHBURTON AVIATION MUSEUM. Classic aircraft on display. Ashburton Airport, Seafield Road.

1.00pm - 3.00pm ASHBURTON AVIATION MUSEUM. Classic aircraft on display including DC 3. Ashburton airport, Seafield Road. 1.00pm - 4.00pm ASHBURTON EMBROIDERERS GUILD. Own work, stitch and chat. Senior Centre, Cameron Street. 7.30pm GLENYS’ DANCE GROUP. Old time / sequence dancing. Learn to dance, all welcome. Pipe Band Hall, Creek Road.

1.30pm R.S.A. CARD SECTION. Euchre, Ashburton R.S.A. Cox Street. 2.00pm CAVENDISH CLUB. Arts and craft circle, speaker from “Annies Quilting”. 31 Tancred Street. 7.00pm ST DAVID’S UNION CHURCH. Junior youth group meet in youth room. 48 Allens Road.


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Family Notices 26 Ashburton Guardian DEATHS

GLASSON, Mervyn Joseph On March 10, 2014 peacefully at McKenzie Healthcare Geraldine. Aged 83. Son of the late Hammy and Lou Glasson. Loved brother and brother in law of Ian and Hazel Glasson, Bernice and the late Oliver Clark, the late Ron and Chris, and Trevor and Anna. Loved uncle of all his nieces and nephews. Messages to the Glasson Family, C/- Post Office, Mt Somers, R D 1 Ashburton 7771. Many thanks for the love and care he received while at the McKenzie Home. The funeral service for Merv will be held at Our Chapel, Cnr East and Cox Streets, Ashburton on FRIDAY, March, 14, commencing at 2.00pm. Followed by private cremation at Ashburton. Paterson’s Funeral Services FDANZ Ashburton

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MATHESON, Mark Ashel – On March 11, 2014 passed away suddenly, but peacefully, in his sleep, after a long and courageous battle. Loved son of the late Murray Matheson and son of Alison (Blenheim). Dearly loved brother of Susan (Hinds) and Albert (Picton). Loved brother in law of Ian Tait. Loved uncle to Glen and Jane, Rachel and Simon, Alistair, Murray and Jackie. Proud great uncle to Tom, and wee Flynn, and Lachlan. “So dearly loved and sadly missed. At peace at last” Messages to Susan Tait, 54 Gray Street, Hinds 7773. Donations to the Ashburton Branch of the Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be left at the service in memory of Mark. A service to celebrate Mark’s life will be held at Our Chapel, Cnr East and Cox Streets, Ashburton on SATURDAY, March 15, commencing at 11.00am. Followed by private cremation at Ashburton.

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6am Breakfast 9am Good Morning 10am Whanau Living 10:30 Ellen 3 11:30 House Guest 3 Noon One News 0 12:30 Emmerdale PGR Amy is thinking about yesterday, and does not want to push things with Joanie and Kyle. 0 1pm Coronation Street PGR 3 Nick sees a sign outside the unit next to the Bistro announcing a new bar. 0 1:30 Come Dine With Me 3 0 2pm Four Weddings USA 3pm Dickinson’s Real Deal 3:55 Te Karere 2 0 4:25 Ellen With guest Anna Faris. 5:25 Millionaire – Hot Seat Hosted by Eddie McGuire. 0 6pm One News 0 7pm Seven Sharp 0 7:30 F George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces George prepares to unveil his own small-space project, an accessible, multi-functional tree house within the Calvert Trust, an outward-bound activities centre for families. 0 8:30 Doc Martin PGR 0 9:35 Benidorm AO 0 10:35 One News Tonight 0

6am Creflo Dollar 6:30 Wiki The Kiwi 3 0 6:35 Handy Manny 3 0 6:55 Angry Birds Toons 3 0 7am The Looney Tunes Show 3 0 7:25 SpongeBob SquarePants 3 0 7:50 Beyblades Metal Masters 0 8:15 Sofia The First 0 8:40 Mike The Knight 3 0 8:50 Fireman Sam 3 0 9am Infomercials 10:30 8 Simple Rules 3 0 11am Neighbours 3 0 11:30 Home And Away 3 0 Noon Shortland Street PGR 3 0 12:30 Two And A Half Men PGR 3 0 1pm Jeremy Kyle PGR 2pm Bethenny 3pm Hope And Faith 3 0 3:30 Angry Birds Toons 3 0 3:35 Rated A For Awesome 0 4pm Jessie 0 4:30 The 4:30 Show 5pm America’s Funniest Home Videos 3 0 5:30 Home And Away 0 6pm The New Adventures Of Old Christine 3 0 6:30 Neighbours 0 7pm Shortland Street PGR Nate’s deceit is almost complete; Dallas’s tough love backfires; Murray preaches truth, but is tested. 0 7:30 Police Ten 7 0 8pm Motorway Patrol 0 8:30 Arrow AO 0 9:30 20/20 0 10:30 The Originals AO

11:05 Seven Dwarves AO 3 0 12:05 The Vicar Of Dibley 3 0 12:40 Going Going Gone 3 1:10 Te Karere 3 2 0 1:35 Infomercials 5:35 Te Karere 3 2 0

11:30 Police Ten 7 0 Midnight Rookie Blue AO 3 12:55 Neighbours At War PGR 3 0 1:25 Infomercials 2:25 Greek PGR 3:15 Gossip Girl PGR 3 0 3:55 Jeremy Kyle USA AO 3 4:40 The 4:30 Show 3 5:05 Neighbours 3 0 5:30 Infomercials

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6am Sesame Street 3 6:55 Pingu 3 7am Sticky TV 3 7:30 The Wild Thornberrys 3 7:55 Rugrats 3 8:25 Chuggington 3 8:35 Strawberry Shortcake 3 8:55 Bananas In Pyjamas 3 9:10 Bob The Builder 3 9:20 Thomas And Friends 3 9:30 Peppa Pig 3 9:40 Wonder Pets 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 The younger boys try to persuade Lois to let them have a mini-bike. 0 6:30 Just Shoot Me! 0

6:30 The Crowd Goes Wild 3 7am Deal Or No Deal 3 7:30 Home Shopping Noon The Doctors PGR 1pm The Test PGR Celebrities and viewers answer moral questions. 2pm MasterChef USA PGR 3 The top 16 go to culinary boot camp, and must prepare food on location, for 201 marines. 3pm The Crowd Goes Wild 3 3:30 Father Ted PGR 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 Campbell Live 7:30 Dream Factory A proposal under the Eiffel Tower for a Christchurch couple; a Palmerston North student celebrates the Hindu Festival of Colours; the Dream Team compliments morning commuters. 0 8:30 CSI AO 0 9:30 Hens Behaving Badly AO 0 10:30 The Paul Henry Show

7pm The Simpsons 0 7:30 F Family Guy PGR 8pm American Dad PGR Steve and his friends undertake a cross-country road trip to attend the funeral of Snot’s father. 8:30 Bob’s Burgers PGR 9pm South Park AO 3 9:30 House of Lies AO 10:40 Lie to Me AO 0

7pm The Crowd Goes Wild An irreverent daily sports and entertainment show. 7:30 American Idol American Idol searches the United States for the next American pop star. 9:30 Reign AO With a forced marriage approaching, Mary must consider both her heart and her nation. 10:30 The Crowd Goes Wild 3 An irreverent daily sports and entertainment show.

11:10 Underbelly – Badness AO 3 Gary and Tim make their way to Queensland to stop an underworld execution. 0 12:15 Blue Bloods AO 3 1:10 Infomercials 5am Joyce Meyer 5:30 Infomercials

11:35 Entertainment Tonight Midnight Infomercials

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

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6am Benny Hinn 6:30 Autospeed 7am Botham On The Fly 7:30 Candice Tells All 8am Travel Wild 8:30 Cash And Cari 9am Food Safari 9:30 Bath Crashers 10am The Cook And The Chef 10:30 Candice Tells All 11am American Restoration 11:30 Autospeed Noon Make My Home Bigger 12:30 iFish 1:30 Days Of Our Lives PGR 2:25 Where The Wild Men Are With Ben Fogle 3:30 Cash And Cari 4pm Rachel Allen’s Easy Meals 4:30 The Pioneer Woman 5pm International Open Home 5:30 Dear Genevieve 6pm Travel Wild 6:30 Yard Crashers 7pm Traders And Collectors 7:30 Bill’s Kitchen – Notting Hill 8:05 Rachel Allen’s Cake Diaries 8:30 Destination Flavour Japan 9:20 Shane Delia’s Spice Journey 10pm Italian Food Safari 10:30 Outland 11pm Traders And Collectors 11:30 No Ordinary Party AO

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TV THREE 6am 3 News – Firstline 8:30 Infomercials 10:30 The Shopping Channel 11:30 Entertainment Tonight 3 Noon 3 News 12:30 Dr Phil AO 1:30 The Dr Oz Show PGR 2:30 Rachael Ray 3:30 The Queen Latifah Show Interviews with Deepak Chopra, personal trainer Jeanette Jenkins, and chef Spike Mendelsohn, and a performance by Parmalee. 4:25 The Block – Sky High The teams start to realise there is time for nothing else but The Block. 5:30 The Simpsons 0 6pm 3 News

12:30 Benny Hinn 1am Cash And Cari 1:30 Outland AO 2am Rachel Allen’s Easy Meals 2:30 The Pioneer Woman 3am Rachel Allen’s Cake Diaries 3:30 Dear Genevieve 4am Travel Wild 4:30 Yard Crashers 5am Flatmates AO 5:30 Destination Flavour Japan

10am Korero Mai 3 11am Toku Reo 3 Noon Korero Mai 3 1pm Toku Reo 3 3pm Joe’s World On A Plate 3 3:30 The Backyardigans 3 2 4pm Miharo 3 2 4:30 Waka Ama Sprints 5pm Toi Whakaari 3 2 5:30 Te Kaea 2 6pm Nga Pari Karangaranga o te Motu 3 6:30 Ako 3 2

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12:30 Monk PGV 1:20 Whose Line Is It Anyway? PG 1:45 SVU MV 2:35 Law And Order MV 3:30 Hell On Wheels 16VLS 4:20 Criminal Minds 16VS 5:10 Whose Line Is It Anyway? PG 5:35 America’s Funniest Home Videos PG

Midnight Disappeared M 1am Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry? M 1:30 Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry? M 2am One Step Beyond PG 2:30 Meteorite Men PG 3:30 Deadliest Catch PG 4:30 Man v Wild PG 5:30 Meteorite Men PG

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George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, 7:30pm on TV One

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6:30 Deadliest Catch PG 7:30 Man v Wild PG Zambia. 8:30 MythBusters PG Ping Pong Salvage. 9:30 Survive That! PG 10:30 Moonshiners M 11:30 Stolen Voices Buried Secrets M Hunting Season. Noon Stolen Voices Buried Secrets M A Walk in the Park. 12:30 Nightmare Next Door M 1:30 Beauty Queen Murders M 2:30 Alaska – The Last Frontier M 3:30 Bering Sea Gold PG Don’t Tell Me to Chillax! 4:30 Deadliest Catch PG 5:30 MythBusters PG 6:30 Gold Rush – The Dirt PG 7:30 Gold Rush PG 8:30 Bering Sea Gold – Under The Ice PG 9:30 Alaska Gold Diggers PG 10:30 Porter Ridge M 11pm Fatal Encounters M

6:15 Act Of Valour 16VL 2012 Action. Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez. 8:05 Cloud Atlas 16VLS 2012 Adventure. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry. 10:55 The Making Of Snow White And The Huntsman MV 11:10 On The Inside 16VL 2011 Thriller. Nick Stahl, Olivia Wilde. 12:40 Act Of Valour 16VL 2012 Action. Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez. 2:30 Cloud Atlas 16VLS 2012 Adventure. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry. 5:20 Endure 16VL 2010 Thriller. Devon Sawa, Tom Arnold. 6:55 Lay The Favourite MLS 2012 Comedy. Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall. 8:30 Gangster Squad 16VLS 2012 Crime. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling. 10:25 Prometheus 16V 2012 Sci-fi. Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender.

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12:30 Scream Of The Banshee 18V 2011 Horror. Eric F Adams, Marcelle Baer. 2am Biography – Teen Heartthrobs PG 2009 Documentary. 2:50 Lay The Favourite MLS 2012 Comedy. Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall. 4:25 Gangster Squad 16VLS 2012 Crime. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling.

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MOVIES GREATS 6:55 The Making Of Sex And The City 2 PG 7:10 Double Jeopardy MVLS 1999 Thriller. Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones. 8:55 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin MV 2001 War. Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz. 11:05 The Legend Of Zorro MV 2005 Action. Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones. 1:15 No Country For Old Men 16V 2007 Crime. Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem. 3:20 Independence Day MV 1996 Action Sci-fi. Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid. 5:45 Gangs Of New York 16VLS 2002 Historical Drama. Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz. 8:30 Backdraft PGL 1991 Thriller. Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Rebecca de Mornay. 10:45 Michael Clayton MVL 2007 Crime Drama.

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12:45 Directors – Taylor Hackford PG 1:15 Independence Day MV 1996 Action Sci-fi. 3:35 Gangs Of New York 16VLS 2002 Historical Drama.

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

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11pm The Ultimate Fighter 1am Sky Sport – What’s On 1:30 The Crowd Goes Wild 2am Cycling – Tirreno-Adriatico (Highlights) 2:30 L Cycling – TirrenoAdriatico Stage Two. 4:30 Netball – ANZ Championship (Replay)

SKY SPORT 2 7pm Te Kaea 3 2 7:30 The Kapa The boys get their chance to shine as teams put together a haka focused on a social issue. 8:30 M The Two Escobars AO 2010 Documentary. 10:10 The Big Hit 10:40 Te Taua Moana 3 11:10 Te Kaea 3 2 11:40 Closedown

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 Most Shocking M 9:45 Law And Order MV 10:35 CSI – Miami MV 11:25 NCIS PGV 12:15 Criminal Intent MV 1:05 Whose Line Is It Anyway? PG 1:30 Most Shocking M 2:20 SVU MV 3:10 Monk PGV 4pm Pawn Stars PG 4:30 The Simpsons PG 5pm Criminal Intent MV 6pm America’s Funniest Home Videos PG 6:30 The Simpsons PG 7pm Pawn Stars PG 7:30 CSI – Miami MV 8:30 Hell On Wheels 16VLS 9:30 Criminal Minds 16VS 10:30 Law And Order MV 11:30 CSI – Miami MV

FRIDAY

6:30 Netball – ANZ Championship (Highlights) Mainland Tactix v NSW Swifts. 7am Netball – ANZ Championship (Highlights) Northern Mystics v Waikato BOP Magic. 7:30 The Netball Zone 8am Ice Hockey – NHL (Replay) Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals. 10am Rugby – Super Rugby (Replay) Reds v Cheetahs. Noon Rugby – Super Rugby (Replay) Sharks v Lions. 2pm Rugby League – Holden Cup (Replay) Panthers v Knights. 4pm Rugby League – NSW Cup (Replay) Penrith v Newcastle. From Centrebet Stadium in Penrith, NSW. 6pm Legends Of F1 Emerson Fittipaldi. Hosted by Steve Rider. 7pm Total Rugby Reflecting on the best of rugby union around the world. 7:30 L Basketball – NBL New Zealand Breakers v Sydney Kings. From North Shore Events Centre in Auckland. 10pm Legends of F1 Emerson Fittipaldi. Hosted by Steve Rider.

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8:30 Rugby League – NRL (Highlights) Round One Saturday. 9am Netball – ANZ Championship (Highlights) Central Pulse v Southern Steel. From TSB Arena in Wellington. 9:30 Netball – ANZ Championship (Highlights) Mainland Tactix v NSW Swifts. From CBS Canterbury Arena in Christchurch. 10am Anger Within A documentary about one of the great rugby icons, Jonah Lomu. Noon Football – A-League (Replay) Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Heart. 2pm Basketball – NBL (Replay) Melbourne Tigers v Sydney Kings. 4pm Sky Sport – What’s On 4:30 Golf Focus 5:30 Inside The PGA Tour 6pm The Code Life with the Adelaide Thunderbirds. 6:30 The Code Life with the Adelaide Thunderbirds. 7pm Netball – ANZ Championship (Highlights) Northern Mystics v Waikato BOP Magic. From The Trusts Arena in Auckland. 7:30 Rugby League – NRL (Replay) Eels v Warriors. From Pirtek Stadium in Sydney. 9:30 Sterlo An in-depth look at each of the NRL games from the weekend. 10:30 NRL Footy Show

FRIDAY

1am UFC 171 Countdown Johny Hendricks takes on Robbie Lawler on the 16th March 3pm SKY Arena. 2am Inside The PGA Tour 2:30 L Golf – European Tour Trophee Hassan II – Round One. From Golf de Palais Royal in Agadir, Morocco.

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Downhill rider Gareth Burgess, 17, will be competing in the under 19 grade at the Oceania Mountain Bike Championships at the Mt Hutt Bike Park starting with practice tomorrow. PHOTO TETSURO MITOMO 090314-TM-096

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An international star-studded line-up is flooding into Methven as the Mt Hutt Bike Park opens its gates to more than 200 riders for the Oceania Mountain Bike Championships. Tomorrow will provide the first training day for competitors, with riders such as worldrenowned Canterbury mountain biker Anton Cooper and Daniel O’Connell from Australia completing their first dry runs. But before they get in some

much-needed practice time, the tracks will undergo a strict inspection from UCI officials from Europe today. Mt Hutt Bike Park architect Cam Bisset had his chainsaw out to cut away sharp branches lining the track yesterday, while rolling out the tape to mark the track’s edge. “We are making sure it is all safe and ready for when the UCI connoisseurs arrive, we have got an inspector coming in from Belgium. “Because it’s a UCI race we

have pretty strict guidelines we have to meet. I feel the track is pretty close, so we are just making sure all the Ts are crossed and the Is are dotted.” The Oceania champs is the biggest mountain bike event within New Zealand shores, let alone at the Mt Hutt Bike Park which was established in 2009. The event is a vital opportunity to earn UCI points before the World Cup season. A top-class field in cross country races will compete in UCI elite, under 23 and U19 events

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along with a host of non-UCI riders. Strong Australian riders in the form of Rebecca Henderson and Jenni King are top contenders, along with Michael Crosbie in the U23 grade and U19 rider Mitch Greenway. The downhill event has attracted the best elite New Zealand riders, including Sarah Atkin, Cam Cole and Matt Walker. Bisset believed the tracks would provide some exciting challenges for all competitors. “The cross country course has

had some really good feedback from top riders, it’s quite technically challenging. “We have got a few steep sections in there, the younger ones might struggle a bit but the older ones will be lapping it up.” “And with the downhill course, it’s not super technical, but in the lower parts we have made it technically difficult in the tree section so I imagine they will be loving that.” The first official training session will be tomorrow for both downhill and cross country riders.

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