05 August 2015

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Waimea Weekly

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‘Gutless’ closure upsets The former manager of Jean Jones in Richmond Mall is disgusted at the “gutless” behaviour of her employers after she and three staff lost their jobs when the national women’s clothing store chain went into liquidation on Friday. “We had no indication whatsoever that anything was going to happen,” Tanya Rich says. “The first thing we knew was when the receivers or liquidators came in and closed the store - the mall management didn’t even know. “Three guys just walked in and said we ‘had to close the store immediately’. The way this has been handled is disgusting - they are so gutless.” Tanya says she hasn’t




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heard anything from her employers since Friday and is not expecting any good news. What makes it worse is that Tanya left her previous job just “four or five weeks ago” to take up the position as manager of Jean Jones in the Richmond Mall. “I was working at Michael Hill Jeweller and applied for this because it was a manager’s job and a step forward in my career. Everyone was really pleased for me but then this happened - I feel like I have been deceived. “It was a big blow for me and the girls. I have spoken to two of them this week and they are


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A photo taken above Richmond’s fog from Barry Page’s unmanned aerial vehicle.

Drone gives stunning view above Richmond

When the fog rolled-in over Richmond late last month Barry Page thought it would be cool to “have a look”, so he launched his unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and took this stunning photo using a remotely-controlled camera. Barry, who has been “playing around” with UAVs, or drones as they are more commonly known, for the last 10 years says conditions for were perfect for flying and photography. So he flew his drone to a height of 120m, which is the legal limit, directly above his Shelbourne St home, pointed the in-flight camera towards Nelson and clicked the shutter. “The sky was perfectly clear above and around my house and all along the Richmond Hills but it was re-

Barry Page launches his drone in Richmond. Photo: Simon Bloomberg. ally foggy over Richmond so I thought I’d like to have a look. When I saw the live view on the tablet (on the controls) with all the fog and the sun shining I thought that’s amazing. “Then I looked at it later on the big,

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