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Ka Pai home
It's a real shaggy dog tail . . .
By ANNA PRICE
'HELLO HELLO': Ka Pai, the loved golden retriever is back home with her owner Robyn Barnett after some serious hijinx
that ended with a joyful reunion -- thanks to a police search warrant in the district on another matter.
A RANGIORA detective couldn't
believe his eyes when he executed
a search warrant on an Ashley
address on Wednesday.
The family's much loved golden
retriever Ka Pai which went miss-
ing from their North Canterbury
property with her playful pup
Cashew on November 20, was in
the very room police entered with
a warrant on an unrelated matter.
I think I said I don't believe
it','' Detective Sergeant Rex Bar-
nett said. She was all excited and
wagging her tail.''
Ka Pai later sprang into the
arms of her owner, Mr Barnett's
wife Robyn later in the morning in
a joyful reunion.
Mrs Barnett was stunned.
Oh my God, I don't believe it,''
Ka Pai and pup Cashew went
AWOL on Tuesday week ago.
They're a very friendly people
dog,'' Mr Barnett said. We
suspected they were chasing
Two days later, Cashew
On Thursday morning I got up
to find Cashew standing at the
back door. I thought the mother
would be returning at any stage --
but a week later she still hadn't
turned up,'' he said.
She was microchipped, and we
checked the Rangiora and Christ-
church pounds, advertised, posted
her on Facebook, rang the Ashley
forestry workers and local pig
hunting clubs. There was no
response and no sign of the dog.
We hadn't totally given up
hope but it was causing consider-
able stress in our family. Ka Pai
had been with us since she was a
pup and is now six years old.
Cashew was the latest in her sec-
Nine days later, last Wed-
nesday about lunch time, Mr Bar-
nett and a colleague executed a
search warrant at an address in
Ashley Village on an unrelated
matter over offences in the North
Island. I had virtually given up
hope and kept thinking I would
love to find my wife's dog.''
They entered a large accommo-
dation block to search one room.
When I went into the bedroom,
there were two dogs. One was my
wife's golden retriever. It was
Ka Pai had been picked up by
another older man associated with
the complex who said he found her
wandering on the road.
He had made no attempt to
identify it or return it. However,
he had looked after Ka Pai very
well'' Mr Barnett said.
He said the dog had been
friendly and picking up stones as
he does to take to children waiting
at the bus stop and was wander-
ing around there. I took her and
delivered him home.
My wife was overjoyed.
He ran up to her and straight
into her arms.''
Booze ban breached
Two youths aged 18 and 19 were
arrested in Rangiora's Victoria
Park this week for breach of the
liquor ban in what police expect is
the start of the illegal boozing
season. Police warn that liquor
ban zones will be rigorously
enforced through summer when
traditionally they pounce on
''numerous'' breaches in public
places under the ban. Sergeant
Colin Stewart of Rangiora said the
arrests should give fair warning.
The offence carries a maximum
penalty of $10,000 -- but the
normal fine is $200.
Patrol scores burglars
Two youths who caught the
attention of a police patrol
yesterday morning wound up the
Rangiora Police cells on two
charges of burglary after sleeping
over in the Sefton Domain
building. Sergeant Colin Stewart
said the pair -- a 19 year old from
Amberley and a 20 year old from
Christchurch -- ''looked out of
place'' walking up the main road.
Sefton Domain property in
Vaughan Rd is used by Plunket
and other organisations. ''They
admitted breaking into the building
and interfering with fire safety
equipment,'' Sergeant Stewart
said. The pair were due to appear
in the Rangiora Court on
Hurunui District Council took time
out in a meeting last week to
thank two long-serving staff
members for their dedication and
commitment to their jobs and to
the district. Nelson Bateman
celebrated 25 years of service
with the water department in
Hanmer Springs and Avril
Lockhead 15 years with the library
in Amberley. Both are highly
respected members of their teams
and often praised by their
Students from Tuahiwi School
pictured in last Saturday's
Northern Outlook playing at the
Canterbury primary school' s
summer tournament in Hagley
Parkwere playing Kiwi-Tag, not
Paddy's our hero
WORKING WONDERS: North Canterbury community
stalwart Paddy Henderson, shown here with his wife
Carol, received a Kiwibank Local Hero medal at an
awards evening in Christchurch last week.
and passion for the
he was awarded a
Hero medal at the
He had been
nominated for the
accolade by Wai-
Lodge, on the back of the tremen-
dous work carried out by his team
at the Hope Cafe on the grounds
of the Rangiora Baptist Church.
From offering company and
support to socially isolated
members of the community, who
might not feel comfortable in a
mainstream cafe, to providing
budgeting help and searching for
ways to put a roof over the heads
of families displaced by the earth-
quakes, Paddy and his wife, and
the team they have pulled
together around them, work
wonders every day,'' she said.
They were the drivers behind the
Rangiora community garden and
were the ones who jolted their net-
work into action to set up the ref-
uge centre in the church hall on
the night of the September qua-
kes. I know Paddy prefers to stay
out of the limelight...but we
really felt he needed to be
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