Iraq to Ati­a­muri: the Beezneez

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

You cer­tainly couldn’t say Bri­tish ex­pats Nigel and He­len Nay­lor are bor­ing and the same can be said about the changes they’re mak­ing at the Beezneez Lodge in Ati­a­muri.

Nigel, who works as a nurse in Ro­torua Hos­pi­tal’s In­ten­sive Care Unit, and He­len, who worked for seven years as the clin­i­cal nurse spe­cial­ist at Mid­dle­more Hos­pi­tal in Auck­land, brought the Lodge of State High­way One, roughly 16 min­utes south of Toko­roa, just over a year ago.

Since then the cou­ple, who meet in the Ter­ri­to­rial Army (now called the Army Re­serve) while serv­ing in Iraq, have been clear­ing ex­ten­sive bram­ble and dumped rub­bish from sur­round­ing farm­land.

The idea is to make it eas­ier to ac­cess a stream run­ning through the prop­erty which is home to trout, eel, and fresh wa­ter cray­fish to al­low vis­i­tors to en­joy the tran­quil sur­round­ings.

They are also in the process of set­ting up a cafe at the front of the lodge, which also has its own bar and games room to en­cour­age peo­ple to stop and see what’s on of­fer.

But per­haps the most no­tice­able change is the in­tro­duc­tion of so many dif­fer­ent an­i­mals which He­len hopes lo­cals will come and learn about.

That in­cludes sev­eral milk­ing goats, horses, ducks, dogs, chick­ens, and of course Graham the turkey and his girl­friend Ice­cream.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing has got a name, they are so cool. I just want that real homely feel­ing and hope the goats will have ba­bies be­cause then we can have lo­cal kids com­ing in to have a go at bot­tle feed­ing them,’’ she said.

The cou­ple, who moved to New Zealand 13 years ago, said they plan to stay for the rest of their lives.

‘‘We lived in Pa­pakura and although we have lots of friends up there when we came down here we fell in love with the place. We are both nurses and at the end of the day we have done it for the life­style, ‘‘she said.

She said it has been a work in progress but things are start­ing to come to­gether.

‘‘Ev­ery­one goes on about Iraq and asks what we saw. Yes I have seen gun shot and shrap­nel in­juries but sick­ness and di­ar­rhoea was the worst of it, ‘‘she said.

‘‘We are more than that though and this is just an amaz­ing spot.

‘‘I think peo­ple com­ing past don’t re­alise what is ac­tu­ally here.’’ Moko Ran­gi­to­heriri’s killers have lodged ap­peals against their jail terms for killing the tod­dler.

Both David Haerewa and Ta­nia Shailer lodged an ap­peal at the Court of Ap­peal last week.

Haerewa and his part­ner Shailer, pleaded guilty to Moko Ran­gi­to­heriri’s man­slaugh­ter and were sen­tenced to 17 years in prison in June. It is thought to be the long­est prison term ever handed out for a man­slaugh­ter charge.

Arama Ngapo-lip­scombe, lawyer for Moko’s mother Ni­cola Dally-paki, said she was up­set by Sahiler’s ap­peal.

‘‘My client is ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated that the woman who killed her baby would put the fam­ily, in­clud­ing the chil­dren of Shailer and Haerewa, through an­other painstak­ing event,’’ Ngapo-lip­scombe said.

Moko’s death was caused by the sys­tem­atic tor­ture un­leashed on him by Shailer, and her part­ner, Haerewa.

Moko was kicked, thrown, dropped face first on the floor, bit­ten, stomped on, had fae­ces rubbed on his face and was de­nied med­i­cal care.

The abuse only came to light on Au­gust 10, 2015, when Shailer called for an ambulance after Moko be­came un­re­spon­sive. He died hours later.

His in­juries in­cluded fa­cial and neck con­tu­sions and abra­sions; hu­man bite marks on the left cheek, right cheek and arms; lac­er­a­tions to his chin, neck, ears and lip; haem­or­rhages to both eyes; and mul­ti­ple abra­sions and con­tu­sions over the skin of his chest and ab­domen. His bowel was also rup­tured, caus­ing in­fec­tions, mak­ing him very weak.

Haerewa and Shailer sup­ported each other’s at­tacks on Moko and the ‘‘cul­ture of vi­o­lence’’ that oc­curred within the home, the sum­mary of facts says.

The vi­cious­ness in­creased over time. Shailer was ob­served by a wit­ness bit­ing Moko and Haerewa ad­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ally at­tack­ing Moko. He said it be­came rou­tine to pick on Moko and he didn’t want him around.

A date is yet to be set for Haerewa’s ap­peal.

LUKE KIRKEBY

Sis­ters Pauline and He­len Nay­lor are ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties of the Beezneez Lodge in Ati­a­muri.

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