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Our People, Our Place, Our Guardian.
A review of happenings over the last decade in our world, our country and our community
The most dynamic decade in the district’s history The past decade must rank as the most dynamic in the district’s history and congratulations to the Ashburton Guardian for presenting this valuable reflection from an international, national and local point of view. Early in the decade, Census information predicted a declining population for Ashburton and that information was to be used against us, noticeably concerning for the future of our hospital. Thankfully, that information was incorrect, the hospital has survived, and flourished, as have the various communities that make up our wonderful district. People from many nationalities have made their home in the Ashburton district and our demographics are far removed from previous decades. The Local Government Act (2002) mandated that social and cultural issues rated equal to environmental and economic and we have successfully incorporated that vision. Ashburton
enters the new decade with its vibrant economy intact and a number of major projects either completed or underway. New Zealand’s largest man made lake, Lake Hood, was officially opened and plans are well underway to double its size. The Ashburton Trust Event Centre, after years of planning and fundraising, was officially opened and hosted the National Young Farmers Contest. Planning for a new stadium/ aquatic centre is well underway and the infrastructure development for a new business estate has commenced. A new wastewater treatment plant for Ashburton was completed at the time - the single most, longest infrastructure project in our history ($16m). The confidence to undertake these projects is based on our highly productive rural economy, which has seen huge changes in land use and farming practice. Much of this change is based around the availability of
water and how we maximise this precious resource in ensuing years will be fundamental to our continuing prosperity. The disastrous snow of June, 2006 highlighted not only the resilience of our various communities, but also the lack of co-ordinated government support at the social level. As a result, we have developed a Social Wellbeing Strategy that addresses many of the shortcomings apparent during that snow event and positions us to be more socially aware moving forward. The district has seen many innovative industries develop and prosper, our schools are bursting at the seams and our small communities hold a civic pride second to none. We are ideally positioned to move into the next decade. BEDE O’MALLEY Mayor
A decade of change for the Ashburton Guardian Ten years may not seem like a long time but, looking back over the past decade, it’s evident a lot can happen. It seems like it was not too long ago the Ashburton district was celebrating New Year’s Eve with a twist – the new millennium – and now, 2009 is gone and 2010 has emerged. The Ashburton Guardian itself has seen many major changes and happenings in the last 10 years. Technology has evolved significantly - from the time-consuming film cameras to easier digitals and the old computer programmes to much smarter, faster ones. Guardian Print has moved from the
back of the Burnett Street offices to its own, current location on Kermode Street and the Guardian’s paper sales have spread as far as Geraldine. And .... • The Neilsen’s report for the period July 2008 to June 2009 showed a record number of readers had made the Ashburton Guardian the best-read, regional daily newspaper in New Zealand. • The Guardian received the following associate awards at the annual New Zealand Community Newspaper Association’s awards in Auckland in March, 2009: Best Front
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Page, Young Journalist of the Year (Amanda Durry), Best Individual Advertising Portfolio (Chris Ruddle) and Best Advertising Feature/Supplement (Envy). • After more than a century of gathering news and selling advertising from it’s central Burnett Street location, the Guardian moved into it’s new offices on Level 3 of the Somerset building in October, 2008. • The first edition of the Guardian’s monthly, lifestyle magazine, Envy, was published in September, 2008 and joined the paper’s two monthly rural publications, Guardian Farming and Dairy Focus.
• On August 13, 2007, the Guardian transformed from an afternoon edition to a morning paper. • In June, 2003, the Guardian had remarkable success in the Qantas Media Awards – nominated as one of three finalists in both the Best Newspaper and Best Front Page categories. We, here at the Guardian, treasure these memories of the past as we look forward to the future. That’s why we’ve decided to put together this special tribute, full of tragedies and heartbreaks, celebrations and triumphs, for you to read, look back and remember.
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World wide fears of the new millennium causing all technology to fail and the globe brought to a stand still came to an end as the ‘ticking time-bomb’ turned out to be a false alarm.
113 died after Air France Flight 4590 crashed during take off at Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris, France. The crash was caused by a strip of metal dropped on the tarmac by another aircraft puncturing the fuel tank of the supersonic jet.
10,651 participants from 199 nations competed in 28 sports in the Games of the XXVII Olympiad. The top medal collecting country was the United States, achieving 36 gold, 24 silver and 31 bronze medals. The bronze medals were made from melted down Australian 1 and 2 cent coins which were removed from circulation in 1992.
NZ at the Olympics 151 New Zealand athletes participated in the Sydney Olympic Games. Rob Waddell won a gold medal in rowing, and bronze medals were won by Mark Todd in equestrian and Aaron McIntosh and Barbara Kendall in sailing; placing NZ 45th out of the 199 countries competing.
On July 1, TVNZ completed the 12-month phase-out of the $110 public broadcasting fee introduced in 1971. This meant that TVNZ channels became free-to-air and didn’t require subscription to be viewed.
Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, directed by Kiwi director Peter Jackson and filmed mainly in the Mid Canterbury high country, was released on December 20, 2001. It had a budget of US$94 million and reaped revenue of US$870,761,744.
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Happy New Millennium!
Ashburton welcomed the new millennium with the first local new year street party. Thousands of excited Ashburtonians turned up on East Street to celebrate a brand new era with high spirits.
After many years of service and convenience for locals, the Super Value Ashburton supermarket on Tancred Street closed its doors in January.
The Rakaia Medical Centre opened in June, built by the Ashburton District Council. Dr Penny Holdaway was the first operational GP in the centre, who is now practicing at the Gym Company Medical Centre in Ashburton. The Rakaia Medical Centre is now staffed by several highly skilled and professional doctors, nurses and administration staff.
The $6m project to revamp the Ashburton MSA was given the thumbs up in September. It involved a major renovation, moving the main entrance from Burnett Street to Havelock Street and revamping the bottlestore, bar and restaurant.
Celebrating a Century
December 20 marked the one hundred year anniversary of the Bell family’s ownership of the Ashburton Guardian.
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Biggest merger in history On January 11, the US Federal Trade Commission approved the merger of America Online (AOL) and Time Warner, to form AOL Time Warner. The merger was the largest in history, with a US$164 billion price tag.
2973 victims were mass murdered in the most deadly terrorist attack on the United States in history. 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners; crashing two of them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City, one into the Pentagon near Washington DC, and the fourth failed to reach its target, crashing in a ﬁeld in rural Pennsylvania.
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Popular radio and TV personality Selwyn Toogood died at the age of 84 on February 27. He was well known for his role as host of the famous travelling quiz show It’s in the Bag, which he hosted from its debut in 1973 until 1986.
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On December 6, New Zealand’s iconic yachtsman Sir Peter Blake died while trying to defend a crew member from pirates who boarded their ship. He was sadly shot and killed at age 53 on an expedition near the Amazon in Brazil.
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After 14 years in planning, Ashburton’s very own man-made lake was oﬃcially opened on by Rt. Hon Jenny Shipley M.P. in Huntingdon, 6km south-east of Tinwald. The 173 hectare, $40m recreational park features an eight lane international standard rowing course, a separate international standard water skiing course, together with several kilometres of canals and a large residential subdivision.
Murray Anderson Ashburton Mayor Murray Anderson was re-elected in the mayoral elections in October, beginning his third term as Mayor.
The Ashburton Trust Tennis Cenre opened in January. With 16 high grade competition level tennis courts it further improved Ashburton’s sporting image and provides a top quality venue for tennis events.
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On October 12, in the Indonesian island of Bali, 202 people were killed and another 240 injured in Indonesia’s deadliest ever act of terrorism. Members of the violent Islamist group Jemaah Islamiyah detonated a backpack carried by a suicide bomber, a large and powerful car bomb, and a small explosive device outside the US consulate. A similar attack occurred on October 1, 2005, with 23 deaths.
The 17th Commonwealth Games were held in Manchester, England from July 25 to August 4. Competitors from 72 nations participated in 17 sports, with Australia achieving the highest medal count of 82 gold, 62 silver and 63 bronze.
Helen Clark’s Labour Party government was reelected in a landslide victory in the general election for a second term. The election also showed the worst ever performance by the National Party, gaining only 27 seats in comparison to Labour’s 52. Kiwibank was formed in 2002 by the Labour-Alliance coalition and is owned by the New Zealand government. It has won awards in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 for offering the best value across a range of products, and has an average signup rate for new customers of over 300 new organisations and individuals per day.
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On February 1, Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas on re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members. The cause of the disaster was determined to be a result of damage sustained during launch when a piece of foam insulation the size of a small briefcase broke off the shuttle’s main fuel tank, striking the left wing and damaging the thermal protection system designed to protect the shuttle from heat generated upon re-entry.
End of an Era
The world-famous supersonic passenger airliner Concorde retired on November 26 after more than 34 years of service. Concorde set the record for the fastest trans-atlantic flight in history from London’s Heathrow to New York’s JFK in 1996, with a flight time of 2 hours 53 minutes, at a speed of more than twice the speed of sound (over 2150 kph). The retirement was a result of low passenger numbers, high running costs and poor economic status.
After a long time searching, highly wanted Iraq President Saddam Hussein was found and captured by US military troops on December 13, hiding under ground. Despite being armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, pistol, and bearing US$750,000 in cash, he didn’t resist capture. He was wanted for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide.
New Zealand’s population passed the four million marker in 2003, an increase of one million in thirty years and making up 0.064% of the worlds population.
In September, the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team trained at the Ashburton Showgrounds. Many locals turned up to watch the team train for the upcoming Rugby World Cup. The All Blacks placed third in the World Cup after a 40-13 win over France, and England won 20-17 thanks to a last-minute drop goal in the final against Australia to take the title.
Legendary Kiwi rally driver Peter “Possum” Bourne was tragically killed on April 30 when he collided headon with an oncoming car while on the Race to the Sky rally track at Cardrona Valley, near Wanaka.
Prostitution Law Reform Act
On June 24, a controversial bill was passed that legalised prostitution in New Zealand. It discussed the management of the location, signage and behaviour of brothels and prostitutes, without endorsing or morally sanctioning the sex industry.
Don Brash resigned from his Reserve Bank Governor position and became Leader of the Opposition on October 28 as he took over from Bill English as parliamentary leader of the National Party.
A new water feature, based on a design by Donna Simpson, was officially opened beneath the iconic Rakaia salmon sculpture by John Leadley in November.
A new Subway restaurant opened on West Street in January. It opened up a new market for Ashburton, providing fresh, healthy subs at low prices with a wide range of fillings and options to choose from - all made right in front of you as you order.
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Panic in Madrid
Terror was in the air in Spain on March 11 when 191 people were killed and 2050 injured in a terrorist attack on the Madrid Commuter Train System. It was the worst ever terrorist attack on Spain, with ten backpack bombs being detonated on four trains.
10,625 participants from 201 nations competed in 28 sports in the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad. The top medal collecting country was the United States, achieving 36 gold, 39 silver and 27 bronze medals.
Boxing Day Tsunami
December 26 saw the second largest and ﬁfth deadliest earthquake in history oﬀ the coast of Indonesia, measuring 9.1 on the Richter scale. The quake triggered massive tsunamis that wiped out the coastlines of several countries, killing over 230,000 people.
The tallest skyscraper in the world Taipei 101 opened to the public on December 31 in Taipei, Taiwan. The iconic marvel broke the Petronas Towers’ record of 452 metres, at an astonishing 509 metres, taking more than six years to build and costing nearly US$1.8b.
NZ at the Olympics 151 New Zealand athletes participated in the Athens Olympic Games. Gold medals were won by Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell in rowing, Sarah Ulmer in cycling and Hamish Carter in triathlon; silver medals were won by Bevan Docherty in triathlon and Ben Fouhy in canoeing. New Zealand placed 24th out of the 201 countries competing, a considerable improvement from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The New Zealand Qualiﬁcations Authority (NZQA) fully introduced the new National Certiﬁcation of Education Achievement (NCEA) system for secondary school students Years 11 to 13 after a two year phase in.
On December 10, New Zealand became the third country in the world after Ireland and Norway to make all indoor workplaces including bars and restaurants smokefree by law.
After 9 years as mayor, Murray Anderson was outvoted in October’s election. Pharmacist Bede O’Malley became the new mayor.
The Ashburton Trust faced a liquor licensing competition poll challenging the limited licensed trading rights that the current legislation provided. The poll sought total de-regulation of the Ashburton district to enable supermarkets and other grocery trade related stores to sell alcohol. The Trust lost the poll and the district now operates as a deregulated area for liquor licences.
Ashford Handicrafts celebrated their 70th anniversary in July. Walter Ashford, the founder, built up a Rakaia based business in kitset furniture when he designed a hand spinning wheel kit that could be used to make knitting yarn. The kits were popular, and several thousand were sold during the next few years to create yarn for socks and caps for New Zealand soldiers, sailors and airmen ﬁghting overseas in World War II.
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The decade has been dominated by hip hop and pop music on one side, and emo, indie and alternative rock on the other side. In 2001 and 2002, glam rap such as Ja Rule became popular, later evolving into crunk in the mid 2000s and in the late 2000s. In the rock world, nu metal dominated the rock charts up to 2004, with emo overtaking it around mid-decade. So called post grunge acts such as Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd and Buckcherry have been among the best-selling rock bands of the decade. Starting in 2006, teen pop such as Aly & AJ and the Jonas Brothers started to enter the mainstream from Radio Disney.
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New Artists in the 2000’s • Ashlee Simpson • Fall Out Boy • Linkin Park • Lil Wayne • Nelly • OneRepublic • Nickelback • Pink • Justin Timberlake (solo) • 50 Cent • Clay Aiken • Rihanna • JoJo • Miley Cyrus • Jonas Brothers • Three Doors Down • Chris Brown • T-Pain • Akon • Soulja Boy • Finger Eleven • Lifehouse
Artists Popular in 90s and 2000s • Mariah Carey • Green Day • Weezer • Britney Spears • Destiny’s Child • Pearl Jam • Janet Jackson • Christina Aguilera • Eminem • Limp Bizkit • Blink 182 • The Offspring • OutKast • Snoop Dogg
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The decade has created both many cinematic blockbusters, such as The Lord of the Rings series, the Harry Potter series, CG-animated films such as Shrek and The Incredibles, and cult favorites, such as Donnie Darko, Garden State and Juno. Popular genres include fantasy, remakes of old movies and popular books.
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The decade has been a battle between liberal and conservative ideologies, which have become divided between rural and urban areas. It has also been marked by the West’s opposition with Islamic extremism and the industrialization of Asia and debate on what action should be taken against global warming due to the release of fossil fuels into the atmosphere.
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Reality television became a mainstay of the industry in the 2000s, even though they have existed since the late 1980s on cable channels. Continuing the trend The Simpsons started, animated sitcoms like Family Guy and South Park continue to rise in popularity while traditional sitcoms are not as popular as they were in the 1990s. In their place came the hour-long drama, including Lost, Heroes and Grey’s Anatomy, and Reality TV, an experimental genre in the 1990s became a major part of television programming by 2001. By the late 2000s, many networks streamed their shows on the Internet, making a TV set optional for watching TV. DVD sets made it possible to watch any episode of a show whenever you wanted, similar to how VHS in the 1980s made one independent of movie theatres for movie entertainment.
Fashion in the 2000s differed in many ways from fashion in the 1990s. The slacker fashion of the 1990s, with its understated look, was looked down upon by the early 2000s and replaced with more showy clothes. The body modification trend of the 1990s became far more popular still in the 2000s, with many adopting tattoos and non-traditional body piercings. Cosmetic surgery inhancements and reductions, from botox to boob jobs it really has been a decade of the nip/tuck. Artists such as Britney Spears made the “brazen” look more popular among women in the 2000s, contrasting to the more respectable and feminine look women had in the 1990s. This trend is largely criticized as a social problem, or at least a symptom of a greater social problem.
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On April 2, long serving Pope John Paul II died at the age of 84. He was widely acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century. He was succeeded by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI on April 24. Live 8 was a string of benefit concerts that took place on July 2, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Live Aid. The concerts were in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Philadelphia, Barrie, Chiba, Johannesburg, Moscow, Cornwall and Edinburgh.
56 people were killed in several suicide bombings on three trains and a double decker bus in London on July 7. Three train stations and another bus were then attacked on July 21, but luckily with no fatalities.
From August 23 to August 30, the costliest and sixth strongest hurricane in US history wreaked havoc across the south-east states. Over 2000 people were killed with hundreds of thousands left homeless, and nearly US$100 billion worth of damage was caused.
A letter sent to Prime Minister Helen Clark on May 10 claimed that foot and mouth disease had been released on Waiheke Island. The letter writer threatened further releases unless tax reforms were made. While the letter was considered likely to be a hoax, a farm on Waiheke was quarantined. New Zealand has been free of the foot and mouth virus to date. In June-July the British and Irish Lions rugby union team toured New Zealand for the first time since 1993, suffering a 3–0 whitewash at the hands of the All Blacks. It was the first time in 22 years that the Lions lost every test match on tour.
The 2002 General Election saw Labour defeat National by over 20% in the biggest landslide victory since 1938. However, in the 2005 General Election, Labour managed to scrape through for a third term by only 2%, winning only two seats more than National. The build up to the election was heated, with the polls having Labour and National switching between first and second place twice a week on average, high tensions running between the two party leaders, election spending budgets blown, and massive policy platforms being constructed to try and achieve votes.
Public Liquor Ban The introduction of the Public Liquor Ban meant that it became illegal to consume liquor in a central Ashburton and Methven. It was introduced to enhance public safety, prevent nuisance, and reduce the number of alcohol related offences.
DesignLine Managing Director John Turton showed minister of economic development Jim Anderton one of the company’s hybrid electric buses in April. The hybrid buses use an advanced power system, running on battery power but with the addition of a small gas turbine engine and generator to keep the battery charged.
The Ashburton Lions Club did a street collection with buckets to collect money to help provide assistance for the Boxing Day tsunami survivors.
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The 18th Commonwealth Games were held in Melbourne, Australia from March 15 to March 26. Competitors from 71 nations participated in 16 sports, with Australia achieving the highest medal count of 84 gold, 69 silver and 68 bronze. It was the largest sporting event ever to be staged in Melbourne in terms of the number of teams competing, athletes competing, and events being held.
The Beaconsfield Mine collapse occurred on 25 April in Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia. Of the 17 people who were in the mine at the time, 14 escaped immediately following the collapse, one was killed, and the remaining two were found alive after five days. These two miners were rescued on May 9, a full two weeks after being trapped nearly a kilometre below the surface.
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On December 30, Saddam Hussein was executed. He was sentenced to death by hanging, after being found guilty and convicted of crimes against humanity on November 5. His body was buried in his birthplace of Al-Awja in Tikrit, Iraq on December 31.
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Three month old brothers Chris and Cru Kahui died in Starship Hospital after being admitted with serious head injuries on June 18. Their family initially refused to cooperate with police in the homicide investigation into the children’s deaths. The father, 21 year old Chris Kahui was charged with their murder. His defence was that the mother did it. After a six week trial, the jury took just one minute to acquit him.
On July 31, The Reserve Bank took the 5 cent coin out of circulation and replaced the existing 50, 20 and 10 cent coins with smaller and lighter plated steel coins. This was to reduce size and weight to make them more convenient to handle, and to reduce costs.
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Don Brash announced his resignation as the National Party leader on November 23, effective from November 27. John Key took his place as Leader of the Opposition on November 30.
Ashburton Building Society In April, the Ashburton Building Society (ABS) merged with SMC Building Society and formed the Canterbury Building Society (CBS).
On June 12, Mid Canterbury woke up to the biggest snowstorm in decades. It caused millions of dollars of damage and thousands of people were without power for days, with some being without it for weeks.
The Ashburton Public Library began opening on Sundays in May. Their Sunday hours are 1pm - 4pm.
Ashburton secured the $1.5m deal of hosting of the 2007 Harness Jewels horse racing event for Queen’s Birthday weekend. The event was so successful that Ashburton was chosen to host the event in 2009, and again in 2011.
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Three year old Madeleine McCann disappeared on the evening of May 3 while on holiday with her parents and siblings in Portugal. She went missing from an apartment while unsupervised a few days before her fourth birthday, and has still not been found. It is yet to be known if she is still alive or not.
The famous Airbus A380 made its ﬁrst commercial ﬂight on October 25 from Singapore to Sydney with Singapore Airlines. The largest passenger airliner in the world, it has 50% more ﬂoor space than the next largest airliner, the Boeing 747, and provides seating for 525 people in a three class conﬁguration or up to 853 people in all economy class conﬁgurations. The A380 has a ﬂight range of 15,200 km, and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 (about 900 km/h at cruising altitude).
On November 5, The Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on a strike that lasted until February 12, 2008. More than 12,000 writers joined the strike, whose goal was to rectify the greatly decreased pay the writers got in comparison with the proﬁts of larger studios.
Free to air television in New Zealand went digital on May 2 when Freeview was launched. Analogue switchoﬀ is planned for when 75% of households have access to digital television, or 2012, whichever is sooner.
Former Green MP Sue Bradford had a smile on her face as the anti-smacking bill was passed on May 16 with only seven MPs voting against it. The bill was to remove the legal defence of “reasonable force” for parents prosecuted for assault on their children - meaning that a disciplinary “smack” on a child became illegal.
The Lake House Restaurant opened in November in Marina Bay, Lake Hood. With interior seating for 110 diners plus external seating for a further 50 to 100 guests, three conference/function rooms, wedding catering, ﬁne dining and a bar, the Lake House is the ideal venue for any occasion.
Voluntary long term savings scheme KiwiSaver came into operation on July 2. The main purpose of KiwiSaver is for retirement savings, and aimed at improving New Zealand’s low average rate of saving.
Ashburton voted against having the chemical ﬂuoride in the town water supply in March. It was in the water supply in order to help keep teeth healthy for those who don’t brush often. It was unwanted due to potential health risks, costs, and a lack of necessity.
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Corporal Willie Apiata became the ﬁrst person to receive a Victoria Cross for New Zealand on July 26, for his bravery during the Afghanistan conﬂict in 2004 after carrying a gravely wounded comrade across a battleﬁeld, under ﬁre, to safety. Apiata has donated all of his medals, including his VC, to New Zealand.
Ending a 127 year tradition, the Ashburton Guardian became a morning newspaper in March.
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On January 11, mountaineer and explorer Sir Edmund Hillary died of heart failure in Auckland City Hospital at the age of 88. He was most famous for being the ﬁrst person ever to reach the summit of the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, in 1953. He was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most inﬂuential people of the 20th century.
Oil prices rose to its highest ever price of US$147.27 per barrel on July 11, following concern over Iranian missile tests.
11,028 participants from 204 nations competed in 28 sports in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. The top medal collecting country was China, achieving 51 gold, 21 silver and 28 bronze medals.
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The United States global ﬁnancial services ﬁrm Lehman Brothers ﬁled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on September 15. The bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers is the largest bankruptcy ﬁling in US history with Lehman holding over US$600 billion in assets, and was a large catalyst of the global recession.
On June 27, Bill Gates left his full time position of chairman and Chief Software Architect at leading software company Microsoft. He moved to work full time at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a foundation aimed to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.
182 New Zealand athletes participated in the Beijing Olympic Games, the highest number ever sent to compete from New Zealand. Gold medals were won by Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell in rowing, Valerie Vili in shot put and Tom Ashley in sailing; 2 silver and 4 bronze were also won. New Zealand placed 25th out of the 204 countries competing.
John Key’s National Party won the 2008 General Election on November 8, winning by 11% of the votes. John Key was sworn in as Prime Minister on November 19 along with his new cabinet.
Pilots of an Air New Zealand Airbus A320 lost control during a test ﬂight and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea oﬀ the coast of France on November 27, killing all seven on board. Five of the crew members were from New Zealand.
Local Rakaia MP for the National Party resigned from parliament in August following his suspension for his strong comments that damaged the reputation of the National Party.
Winslow Ltd launched the Lely robotic dairy farm in the spring of 2008. Winslow become the ﬁrst Lely Center Dealer in New Zealand. From Robotic milkers to automatic calf feeders, the full range of Lely Dairy Equipment is available through the Winslow Lely Centre.
A massive toxic ﬁre broke out at WasteBusters in the Riverside Industrial Estate in November. The cause was determined to be arson.
A heavy hail storm throughout the Ashburton district in November cost several million dollars of damage to homes and vehicles, with the number of insurance claims for damaged property skyrocketing in the days following the storm.
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US Airways Flight 1549 from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina, was ditched in the Hudson River in Manhattan six minutes after departing on January 15. While climbing, the Airbus A320 struck a flock of geese which resulted in an immediate and complete loss of thrust from both engines. All 155 occupants safely evacuated from the sinking aircraft, and were quickly rescued by nearby boats.
On January 20, Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. He became the first African-American President in US history.
Black Saturday Bushfires
Australia saw their most deadly bushfires ever from 7 February to 14 March 2009 in Victoria, killing 173 people and causing 414 injuries as a result of the fires. Over 450,000 hectares (1.1 million acres) were burnt; 2,029 houses were destroyed and 7,562 people had to abandon their homes.
Northwest Airlines Flight 253, a passenger flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan, was the target of a failed Al-Qaeda terrorist bombing attempt on December 25. A passenger attempted to set off plastic explosives sewn to his underwear as the plane, a Delta Air Lines Airbus A330, with 289 people on board. The plane made an emergency landing in Detroit without any fatalities, as other passengers restrained the terrorist.
20 year old New Zealand Warriors rugby league player Sonny Fai went missing on January 4, after being caught in a rip current while trying to save family when they got into difficulty at Bethells Beach, Auckland. Despite extensive searches his body was never found, and on August 13 Chief Coroner Neil McLean announced in the Auckland District Court that he drowned.
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Former New Zealand Pacific Party leader MP for Mangere Taito Phillip Field was found guilty on charges of bribery and perverting the course of justice on 4 August 2009. On October 6 he was sentenced to six years jail on corruption charges.
David Bain was convicted of the murders of his parents and siblings in Dunedin in May 1995. After 13 years in prison, on the afternoon of June 5 2009, a jury found him not guilty on all charges.
Canterbury Seeds Canterbury Seeds being one of the oldest seed companies in New Zealand was purchased by Winslow Ltd in October.
Home Sweet Home Lauren Ellis was proud of the gold medal she won at the Track Cycling World Cup in Beijing, China.
The Talented Mr Molly Mr Molly was getting used to the signs of affection shown by his Ashburton owners Gordon Guthrie and Mike Crequer, having won three cup races during the season.
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Famous entertainer Sir Howard Morrison died in his sleep as a result of a heart attack on September 24. He was Uncle to movie actor Temuera Morrison and Maori Arts performer Taini Morrison. Sir Howard was one of New Zealand’s leading entertainment personalities.
Police arrested 47 year old fugitive William “Billy the Hunted” Stewart on May 27. Stewart had been on the run from police in Canterbury since February. Police were called to a Mayfield farm at 1am, after a farmer disturbed an intruder allegedly trying to steal a quad bike. He was found a short distance away and arrested by police.
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