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Natasha Marie Harris was only 30 when she died, and her family say her excessive consumption of Coca-Cola played a part in her death. Photo / Supplied

2:35 PM Friday Apr 20, 2012

Natasha Marie Harris was only 30 when she died, and her family say her excessive consumption of Coca-Cola played a part in her death.

A food industry lobbyist has hit back at claims soft drink companies are “drug dealing”, made after the death of a woman who drank 7.5 litres of Coca-Cola a day.

Natasha Marie Harris, 30, died on February 25, 2010 after a suffering a cardiac arrest, a coroner’s inquest in Invercargill heard yesterday.

A pathologist said her main cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia, but she also had severe hypokalemia – lack of potassium in the blood – probably relating to excessive consumption of soft-drink.

Her partner, Chris Hodgkinson, is convinced Ms Harris’ consumption of about 7.5 litres of Coca-Cola every day contributed to her death.

He’s called for health warning labels to be placed on the soft drink.

Professor Doug Sellman of the National Addiction Centre said all soft drinks and unhealthy foods should be marked red under a ‘traffic light’ food labelling system.

He compared companies selling those foods without warning labels to drug dealers.

“This is being very strongly resisted by the food industry. It’s a bad idea if you’re into drug dealing. It’s just a good idea if you’re into health.”

Food and Grocery Council chief executive Katherine Rich said comparing food companies to drug dealers was unfair and offensive.

“Professor Sellman is undermining his credibility with these kinds of comments. To refer to a food company as a drug dealer is patently absurd.”

A traffic light system labelling foods for fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt content would be confusing for consumers, she said.

Information from the Australian Food and Grocery Council showed that system would give milk amber lights for fat, saturated fat and sugar, while soft drinks only got one red light for sugar, she said.

“It doesn’t work and it ends up sending out very confusing messages.

“The truth is there would not be a warning label on the planet that would have dealt with this extreme consumption. You can’t label for extremes.”

Professor Sellman said while Ms Harris’ case was “extreme”, there were thousands of people across New Zealand who were addicted to soft drinks and energy drinks.

He had encountered many people who drank up to five litres of soft drink a day.

Young people were particularly vulnerable to addiction to energy drinks such ‘V’, he said.

“There are enormous health impacts from the use of what’s being sold as legitimate food but it’s not good food. A lot of the deaths in New Zealand are the result of addictive behaviour and part of that is food addiction.”

Addictive foods and drinks usually contained high amounts of sugar and fat and a “psychoactive” substance such as caffeine, Professor Sellman said.

Addicts such as Ms Harris would start out with low level consumption and build up over time, he said.

“They It’s like the tide. It comes in and then suddenly you realise it’s high tide.”

University of Otago researcher Lisa Te Morenga said the sheer volume of water Ms Harris was consuming in the 10 litres of Coca-Cola she was drinking could have been more toxic than the huge levels of sugar and caffeine.

A person consuming up to 10 litres of any liquid a day would severely put their health at risk, Dr Te Morenga said.

“Even drinking that much water a day would be detrimental, as our maximum capacity for water is something like 4 litres a day. I certainly wouldn’t recommend it,” she said.

Dr Te Morenga is leading a Dunedin study of people who consume large quantities of sugary drinks and the corresponding risks of them developing diabetes and obesity.

She said aside from death, adverse health effects of consuming so much soft drink included diabetes and obesity.

“For someone who has a habit like that, it’s definitely an addiction,” she said.

A Coca-Cola Oceania representative, who was in the coroner’s court as an observer, told the inquest the company did not believe there was any basis for finding the consumption of Coke caused Ms Harris’ death.

“We deeply sympathise with the tragic death of Ms Harris, but we are firmly of the view her death was not due to the purchasing of Coca-Cola.”

She said medical evidence referred to other contributing factors and the “possibility rather than a probability” of the role Coke played.

Evidence on how much Coca-Cola Ms Harris drank varied. Her partner, Chris Hodgkinson, at one point claimed it was 10 litres a day, and at another point said it was five 1.5 litre bottles each day.

Other witnesses said Ms Harris would drink upwards of 4 litres of Coke a day and police said 7 litres a day was a mid-range figure of her consumption.


7.5 litres a day
@ $1.50 per 1.5l bottle*
= 5 bottles per day
= $7.50 per day
= $2737.50 per year

* Based on $3 for two on special at Countdown yesterday

Plus …

30 cigarettes
@ $13.60 a pack of 20
= $20.40 day
= $7446 a year



using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9



Chris Hodgkinson

38991 8647295165          83


his path of destiny = 83 = A call for justice.  Social justice.




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Snow in Wellington

06:30 16/08/2011

Families, schools and businesses will face more disruption today as snow causes transport chaos and power outages.

“There is some way to go here before it is all over,” MetService chief forecaster Peter Kreft said, advising that the strong, bitterly cold southerly flow was not expected to ease until Thursday.

“The maximum temperature is creeping up about a degree per day between the end of the day until the end of the week.” Unlike the last Antarctic blast that brought snow to much of the country on July 25, this event would not be over quickly, he warned.

Forecasters were keeping an eye on a large patch of snow clouds spinning around the storm system east of the South Island that was expected to push back on to Canterbury this morning.

The storm is leaving in its wake communities cut off by hazardous roads, stranded travellers, businesses facing staff absences, and parents forced to stay at home with their children because of school closures.

Many state highways around New Zealand are this morning closed, including the Desert Road and Rimutaka Hill road in the North Island and the Lewis Pass and Arthurs Pass in the South Island.

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Police have warned of treacherous driving conditions as the snow that blanketed New Zealand yesterday will turn to ice.

Flight disruptions continue, with Christchurch and Queenstown airports closed this morning, and two early flights out of Dunedin airport cancelled.

Power is out to 420 homes in Upper Hutt. About 2000 homes in South Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu and Wairarapa were without power last night. About 1000 of the homes were expected to have electricity restored by last night. Some houses are without power this morning in Lincoln, Dunsandel and Rakaia, Canterbury.

Residents in the lower North Island are being warned that more power cuts are expected today.

The Education Ministry said many schools and early childhood centres closed yesterday because of the snow, and it was up to individual schools to decide whether to open today.


Snow fell in Auckland yesterday and Wellington streets were turned white for the first time in nearly half a century.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research scientist James Renwick said the last reports of snow settling in downtown Wellington were recorded in 1976, when snow also fell in Auckland. Before that, the last reports were in the 1930s. 

Queenstown has been largely cut off from the rest of the country. No flights have left Queenstown Airport since Sunday and all roads into Queenstown and the Wakatipu Basin are either closed or require tire chains.

Queenstown weatherman David Crow, who has been monitoring weather in the resort town since 1962, said he could not recall a more vicious and prolonged snowstorm. “I can’t remember anything as heavy as this in 58 years.”

Yesterday, the warmest temperature was recorded in the Bay of Islands, where the mercury topped 12 degrees Celsius. The lowest daytime temperature was at Lake Rotoiti at St Arnaud, where temperatures fell to -2C.

Wellington Civil Defence manager Rian Van Schalkwyk urged people to stock up on essential supplies and be ready to be stuck inside their homes for a couple of days. “People should prepare for the worst, which means making sure they’re ready in the event that they cannot leave home and may be without electricity and other amenities.”

Loud thunder and lightning strikes hit the Wellington region last night and power tripped out regularly. Wellington Energy spokesman Drew Douglas said the company was “in a heightened level of preparedness”.

Electricity demand soared yesterday, exceeding that of July 25 when a similar Antarctic blast saw much of New Zealand come to a standstill. Demand peaked at 6500 megawatts at 9am on Monday, about 500MW more than for the same day last year.

The storm will also have a widespread impact on New Zealand’s economy with conditions affecting businesses in both town and country.

In Taranaki, 600 dairy farmers will have to dump milk after Fonterra decided snow-covered roads were too dangerous for its tankers yesterday.

Fonterra staff were working with farmers on disposal methods but the company did not know how much milk was involved, a company spokesperson said. Farmers would still be paid.

Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce chief executive Ken Harris said businesses would be counting the cost of the disruptions, and for some it would be a significant expense. “Staff absenteeism is up, and there are higher heating costs. It definitely has an economic impact.”



Monday August 15th, 2011

August 15th, 2011

8 + 15 +2+0+1+1 = 27 =Snow fell in Auckland yesterday and Wellington streets were turned white for the first time in nearly half a century.

27 + 8 (August) = 35 = Warning sign.

35 + 15 (15th of the month on Monday August 15th, 2011) = 50 = Climate change.




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Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010  11:30PM NZST

93:50 Full Time and in a gutsy performance, New Zealand have secured their first ever point in World Cup Finals history, with a dramatic 93rd minute equaliser from Reid, with the score ending 1-1.
93:35 GOAL NEW ZEALAND – INCREDIBLE! In the final seconds of play, Reid finds himself front and centre as Smeltz winds in a cross from the left which is rocketed home with a crunching header!!
91:33 New Zealand are clinging to a thin thread at the moment as they continue to rush forward in numbers. Smeltz has now come out to a wider position allowing Reid to drop into the box. Bizarre.

Reid scored an equalizing goal with under a minute left against Slovakia in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, securing a draw, his first ever goal on international duty and New Zealand’s first ever point in a World Cup finals match.



New Zealand defender Winston Reid earned his first international goal and his country’s first ever World Cup point with a ferocious header in front of the goal during added time against Slovakia on Tuesday. The 1-1 draw shocked the Slovaks, who seemed certain they had three points in their clutches.

[Photos: See more of Winston Reid’s shirtless celebration]

The New Zealanders, meanwhile, celebrated by ripping off their shirts — a move that earned Reid a dangerous yellow card with two matches left to play in the group stage — and generally going bonkers, as tends to happen upon scoring such a big goal. In the country’s only other World Cup appearance back in 1982, they lost all three of their matches and scored just two goals while allowing 12. So this point was something special for them — something that a yellow card for celebrating without a shirt won’t even begin to dampen. As you can see here…

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Winston Reid was born on July 3rd, 1988 according to

July 3rd

7 + 3 +2+0+0+9 = 21 = his personal year (from July 3rd, 2009 to July 2nd, 2010) = Seeing the big picture.  Putting it all together.  Connecting the dots.  Thumbnail sketch.  A bird’s eye view.  Mountain top perspective.  In the bigger scheme of things.  Seeing your place in the world.  Stepping onto the world stage.  Seeing where things stand in the fullness of time.  Body-mind-spirit.  As above, so below.  Life is for the living.  The human condition.  Human nature.  Timeless classic.  Universally appreciated. 

21 year + 6 (June) = 27 = his personal month (from June 3rd, 2010 to July 2nd, 2010) = The first.  His first goal.  The team’s first point.

27 month + 15 (15th of the month on Tuesday June 15th, 2010) = 42 = his personal day = Everybody loves Winston.

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