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The Star: April 13, 2017

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2 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday April 13 2017 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK The Star News.....................................3-21 GO DOWN to Cranmer Square and you’ll see an incredibly moving scene. There are 3200 crosses there – the number of Cantabrians who died in the first three years of the Great War, a war that was meant to end all wars. Yesterday, reporter Bridget Rutherford and photographer Martin Hunter spoke to 104-year-old Bill Mitchell, a World war 2 vet at Cranmer Square who is leading the Anzac Day parade in 12 days. I’ve always admired the Bill Mitchell’s of this world – sent across the seas as young men to fight in battles, many of them who would never return home. For many it was an adventure; the camaraderie of being in a team, seeing new places and having a lot of fun. But that all turned to custard pretty quick, and those crosses in Cranmer Square define what war brings to many – death. – Barry Clarke The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. 359 Lincoln Rd | Addington | Christchurch 8024 CONTACT THE STAR ADVERTISERS YOUR BEST CHOICE TO GROW CUSTOMERS No.1 for Readership No.1 for Circulation No.1 for Results Contact us today to grow more customers for your business! Contact Shane at: or call 3797-100 Source: CMI Nielsen readership Thursday Christchurch Urban area 10+ Brewer describes how to make a gold medal-winning ale 25 At a Glance Unlocking the secrets of Tasmania TRAVEL OUR PEOPLE GENERAL: 379 7100 | NEWS: Barry Clarke. 364 7422. | WEB: ADVERTISING: 364 7429, | CIRCULATION/DELIVERY JOBS: 364-7451 or 7453 THIS WEEK IN CANTERBURY’S PAST This week in history saw a visit by the Prince of Wales between April 10 and 12, 1981. On April 10, 1965, Christchurch Airport becomes New Zealand’s first jet airport with the inauguration of the first regular flights to and from Australia. On April 11, 1968, The city’s worst recorded storm causes one death and widespread wind and flood damage. It was known as the Wahine storm, after the Lyttelton to Wellington ferry sank in Wellington Harbour with the loss of more than 50 lives. On April 11, 1975, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the Prime Minister of Singapore visited the city. On April 12, 1840, ships Sarah and Elizabeth land Herriot, McGillivray, Ellis, Shaw (and wife) and McKinnon (with his wife and child) who try to establish a farm at Riccarton. They are the first European settlers on the plains. On April 12, 1850, John Robert Godley, first leader of the Canterbury Association settlers, arrives with his wife in Lyttelton on Lady Nugent. On April 13 and 14, 1983, Chinese Premier, Zhao Ziyang visited Christchurch. On April 13, 1876, tightrope walker Blondin visited. On April 16, 1974, the city floods after record rainfall – 124mm (4.89in) in 24 hours. 23 Viewpoint........................ 17 Puzzles ..................................30 Gardening................32-33 Theatre/Arts......................35 Driven................................37 Sport.................................39-41 Entertainment......52-55 Cooking up carrots and yoghurt FOOD 27 LOCAL NEWS

The Star 3 News Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday April 13 2017 Cold case’s final chapter Woman laid to rest nearly a century after murder FORENSIC TESTING of bones nearly a century after St Martins woman Ellen Mouat was murdered has meant she could be laid to rest with her parents. The 40-year-old woman, known as Nellie, was murdered by her husband Frederick Mouat on February 20, 1925, in what has been described as one of the country’s most compelling cases. He dismembered and burnt her body. But police were never able to confirm the remains were hers, and many thought Mrs Mouat was still alive. Now more than 90 years later, as part of the New Zealand Police Museum’s repatriation project, she has been buried with her parents at Linwood Cemetery after testing by Otago University forensic anthropologists confirmed the remains were hers. It was the museum’s 37th, and final repatriation. A special ceremony has been held with police representatives and Mrs Mouat’s family to bury her. Her parents’ headstone in Linwood Cemetery was •From page 1 Christchurch RSA president Pete Dawson said the crosses were a poignant reminder of how many men and women were killed. “New Zealand had a population of one million people in damaged in the February 22, 2011, earthquake, so police had it restored and added her name to it. Mrs Mouat went missing from her Beckford St home on February 20, 1925. Mr Mouat also disappeared. After a manhunt he was found and charged with her murder. Detectives working on the case found hundreds of crushed and burned pieces of bone on the Mouat’s property and made 1915 and of that, 10 per cent went to fight in World War 1. Of that 10 per cent, 18 per cent did not return home.” Anzac Day dawn service MC Paul O’Connor MBE, said the crosses showed the scale of what really happened during World COMPELLING: Police, along with family members, at a ceremony to bury Ellen Mouat with her parents at Linwood Cemetery. Mrs Mouat was murdered by her husband Frederick in 1925, but police were never able to confirm the remains were hers – until now. Photo (left) from New Zealand Police Gazette, through Archives New Zealand. ​ a case against him. It was the first time police had built a murder case against someone without having a complete body. At the trial, medical experts testified the bones would have come from a woman of Mrs Mouat’s stature. But because it had not been confirmed, Mr Mouat was only convicted of manslaughter. Police believe Detective John Burt, who was working on the War 1, and in each year it went on for. The dawn service will be held at Cranmer Square on April 25 from 6am. Lieutenant Colonel Sir Walter Hugh Malcolm Ross GCVO OBE DL will be a special guest case, put Mrs Mouat’s remains in the New Zealand Police Museum after it was tried in 1926. That’s where they stayed until they were taken to Otago University last year to be tested. In July, 2015, the New Zealand Police Museum started a project to repatriate the remains of 37 people that had been in the museum’s care since the 1920s and 30s. It has now been completed. 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In Brief SNEEZE BLAMED FOR CRASH A sneeze could be to blame for a motorist crossing the centre line and colliding with two trucks near Templeton yesterday. The woman, in her 60s, was taken to Christchurch Hospital with moderate injuries. Both truck drivers were unharmed. Police said she was in the “incorrect lane” and collided with a milk tanker and grain truck at about 11.15am between Berketts and Larcombs Rds, possibly because she had sneezed. TRIO PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO MURDER CHARGE Three people charged with murdering a man in Sumner have pleaded not guilty. Cyle Robert Jetson, 20, and Deborah Jean Tihema, 38, are jointly charged with a 16-year-old who has name suppression of murdering Pierclaudio Raviola on March 23. Mr Raviola was found in the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club car park with serious head injuries on March 24 but died two days later. The trio appeared in the High Court yesterday via audio visual link from prison. They were remanded in custody for a case review hearing on June 23. A trial date is yet to be set. MORE POLICE FOR CANTY Canterbury police will have an extra 70 front line staff. Police Commissioner Mike Bush announced yesterday where an extra 880 front line officers would be based around the country, which included 70 in Canterbury. Rolleston Police Station will also have a 24/7 officer on duty. Police Minister Paula Bennett said the announcement was based under the Government’s Safer Communities package. AVON RIVER TRAIL A 12km trail for walkers, runners and cyclists is being built along the Avon River. The Avon Trail will run from Barbadoes St to Pages Rd, opening in stages from spring. The full trail is expected to open early next year. LEND ME YOUR EARS You can’t see it, but you can hear the difference! Ultra discreet hearing solution Latest technology Ready to wear in one visit Comfortable, secure fit EASY TO USE! 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