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Guilty of murder
Gavin John Gosnell, 28, was on
Tuesday found guilty of murdering
Hayden Miles, 15, in August
2011. Gosnell's bid for a
manslaughter verdict failed when
the jury, six men and six women,
confirmed a murder verdict after
more than five hours' deliberation.
The trial was an emotional one,
with court proceedings suspended
when one juror started crying.
Tears of relief and cheers from
Hayden's family and friends
greeted the verdict. Gosnell had
no supporters in the gallery. He
showed no reaction to the verdict.
He will be sentenced on June 5.
A Christchurch rebuild worker was
impaled on a steel rod earlier this
month while taking measurements
on a job site. The rod narrowly
missed his heart but skewered
three vital organs. He was lucky to
escape with his life. He was
working on the Latimer Hotel site
when he fell from a 1.9m ladder.
He was discharged from hospital
after five days and sent home to
recover. While the rod had a safety
cap on the end of it, the victim's
weight forced it down the rod. He
was supported by fellow workers
until emergency services arrived.
Christchurch Airport chief
executive Jim Boult is delighted
with the $158 million government
cash jab for tourism over the next
four years. Tourism is one of New
Zealand's largest export
industries, second only to dairy in
terms of foreign exchange
earnings. It had the potential to
improve the economies of comm-
unities nationwide, Mr Boult said.
Notorious crash site
The intersection of Orchard and
Wairakei roads near Christchurch
Airport will be ''actively'' policed
over the next few weeks to try to
stall the crash rate. Canterbury
road policing head Inspector Al
Stewart said the intersection had
been identified as a high-risk site
after eight crashes in the past two
years. The area would be targeted
following crashes and many
reports of near misses and high
speeds. Many motorists
approached intersections too fast
with little time to react to the
unexpected, he said. About half of
the 3500 crashes in the district
every year occur at intersections.
School focus on north-east
By ANNA PRICE
PROPOSALS FOR the city's exist-
ing high schools have not acknow-
ledged the soaring population in
Christchurch's north-east, an edu-
cation lobby says.
The North East Secondary Edu-
cation Committee (NESE) wants a
new co-educational school -- even
a relocated high school with a
strong learning culture, providing
a distinctive curriculum.
In a submission to the Ministry
of Education's draft education
renewal recovery programme, the
group says the school would util-
ise modern teaching methods, ICT
and resource sharing between
Spokeswoman Elissa Smith
said historically the area has
enjoyed a high proportion of
families with young children and
It has a natural catchment
with several established early
childhood centres and full primary
schools that can link for easy tran-
sition to secondary education.''
This area from Marshland Rd,
including Prestons through the
Parklands area, North Beach and
New Brighton would ensure the
new school was viable, she said.
All of these suburbs could
reach a well-placed school without
having to cross main roads.''
Secondary students from South
New Brighton would also be
included, as Aranui High moved
to become a combined campus,
Mrs Smith said.
NESE supported the rejuven-
ation of Mairehau High School,
and was in favour of Shirley Boys'
High being relocated to a site near
Ratbag's the main act
By ABBIE NAPIER
HAPPY CAMPER: Puke the pukeko will soon be leaving the sanctuary now he is healing.
IT ALL started with one homing pigeon.
When Terry and Belinda Clancy bought
their home on Christchurch Akaroa Rd, they
weren't expecting to ship a homing pigeon
back to its recently departed owner four or five
Eventually, the determined bird just had to
stay, and before long the house somehow
became a sanctuary. It is now home to a never-
ending population of wounded, disorientated,
unwanted and unloved birds.
Sanctuary food is donated mostly by the
SPCA, with expired bread also coming from
KB's Bakery Halswell. The remainder of the
costs fall to the Clancys.
The sanctuary enclosure habitats mimic the
wild as much as possible.
It is currently home to more than 50 birds.
The aim is to release or rehome as many birds
The sanctuary sees a lot of sad cases.
Pudding the white turkey was smothered
with love and ended up so overfed he still
struggles to stand.
Other long time inhabitants include Sam
and Elfie the cockatoos. Suspended from a
large tree in the garden, they squawk hellos to
visitors and play hard-to-get for apples.
Cockatoos can live to 60 years old -- a life-
time commitment. They are extremely social,
love hugs and are full of mischief.
Puke the pukeko was wild and found
injured. He is quite friendly and has no qualms
about being manhandled, strutting off on
impossibly proportioned legs and checking the
ground around Terry's feet for treats.
But it is the domesticated magpie Ratbag
who is the undoubted star of the sanctuary.
He has his own collection of signature
sounds which include hello', native bird imita-
tions, and a tendency to whoop and make his
own electronic sound effects.
He has been recorded by visitors fascinated
with his chatter and is now a captivating ring-
tone on cellphones all over the world.
Ratbag's dependence on people means he
will never be released.
He still tries to dominate Terry as the alpha
male of the household, and Terry has come off
second best to the bird's sharp beak.
I've run from this enclosure with blood
pouring down my face more than once,'' he
said. But that's magpies.''
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