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Two die in crash
Two people are dead and four
are injured after their vehicle lost
control and ended up in a ditch in
Manawatu overnight. The crash
happened on State highway 56 near
Longburn, south of Palmerston
North, about 1.30am, acting
detective sergeant Shelley Ross
said. Two adult passengers died and
four other occupants were taken to
Palmerston North Hospital. Two
of the injured remained in a critical
condition. — APNZ
Crashes kill, injure
A motorist died and another is
fighting for his life after the second
of two serious crashes in Northland
yesterday. The first was at 11am on
State highway 1 near the Pakaraka
Junction, near Moerewa and the
second was at the junction of State
highway 1 and Russell Road at
Whakapara about 4pm, where two
vehicles collided. A third vehicle hit a
bank; no occupants from that car were
hurt. A male driver died at the scene
while another man had to be cut free
and in hospital in a serious condition.
Two females suffered moderate
injuries. Earlier, two vehicles had
collided about 200m west of Pakaraka
Junction. Four people were taken to
hospital. One, a woman passenger in
her 70s, was in a serious condition
with chest and seatbelt injuries.
The other three suffered moderate
whiplash and lower back injuries.
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
Bank robbery arrest
A man has been arrested over an
armed robbery at a Wellington bank
on Wednesday. Police said a 42-year-
old Porirua man was charged in
relation to the robbery of the BNZ
branch in Tawa about noon. A
man wearing a Halloween mask
had walked into the O xford Street
bank with a shotgun and demanded
money, police said. The man is to
appear in the Wellington District
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Police hunt escaper
Police in Opotiki are searching for
a prisoner who escaped from a van
while in transit between Waikeria
Prison and the Opotiki District
Court. The man escaped in the vicinity
of Church Street, Opotiki about 10am
yesterday. He is described as a male
Maori, 21, 177cm tall and of medium
build. — APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Dental records needed
Dental records will be required to
positively identify a man who died
in a fire in a granny flat in Albert
Town yesterday. The occupant of
the Lagoon Avenue home was
a 53-year-old man who uses a
wheelchair. Detective senior sergeant
Colin Blackie said police were “only
98% sure” of the identity of the man
who died. — Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 10124: 3,
5, 13, 15, 19, 24, 27, 30, 34, 37, 51, 52,
54, 55, 56, 62, 68, 71, 73, 80. Draw No
10125: 4, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 23, 24, 29, 30,
32, 44, 45, 51, 57, 58, 59, 62, 64, 68.
Miley Cyrus show ‘promotion of porn, substance abuse’
A Whangarei teenager has quit
her first job after being ticked off
for welcoming customers into a city
centre store with the words “kia ora”
instead of saying “hello”.
Monet-Mei Clarke, 17, resigned
from the Kiwi Yo frozen yoghurt store
on Cameron Street this week because
she was uncomfortable over franchise
owner Margaret Lang instructing her
not to say “kia ora” as company policy
was to say “hello”.
Monet-Mei is the eldest of the five
children of Whau Valley Primary
School principal Robert Clarke and
his wife May.
Te reo Maori is the first language in
the family home.
Because she had completed her
NCEA levels, Monet-Mei left school
two months ago and joined the staff
at Kiwi Yo.
“I’d been there four weeks and loved
working there. The people were nice.
The only problem was being told I
couldn’t use ‘kia ora’ when greeting
people other than friends or people I
knew,” she said.
“It was kind of a shock to be told
I couldn’t use the language I use all
Unsettled by her Maori identity
decided to leave.
She is looking for another retail job
and considering university study.
Ms Lang said all Kiwi Yo staff
accepted company requirements
on uniforms, greetings and other
company policies before they were
She considered it was acceptable to
rule out the use of “kia ora” because
“this is an English-speaking country”.
However, Norman Markgraaf, the
former South African who is director
of Yo Wild Ltd and chief executive
of the Kiwi Yo franchise, said he
had no problem with the use of “kia
ora” so long as it was followed by the
friendly greeting for customers laid
out in company policy. The firm has
established about seven outlets in
New Zealand since it was formed less
than three years ago.
It was about to open an outlet in
Beijing where staff would be required
to greet customers with “kia ora”
before extending a friendly welcome
Mr Markgraaf, of Auckland, said he
had been told Monet-Mei had been
reprimanded for omitting words
of friendly welcome after greeting
someone with “kia ora.”
Northland Labour list MP Kelvin
Davis said yesterday that te reo Maori
was an official language in New
Zealand, spoken daily on television
by news presenters and people of
status. “ It should not be forbidden
as a welcome when ser ving people in
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
Teen quits job over ‘kia ora’ ban
New evidence has emerged
appearing to contradict Prime
Minister John Key’s claim he
was never told by the Security
Intelligence Ser vice it intended to
release politically sensitive secret
documents to Whale Oil blogger
But this time it is Mr Key
himself who refers to having been
told about the SIS’s intention to
release the documents to Slater by former SIS
Director Warren Tucker — in video footage of
one of his press conferences.
Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics claims that
Mr Key’s office or the SIS helped Slater obtain
the documents which he then used to embarrass
former Labour leader Phil Goff.
Mr Key referred to the briefing from Dr Tucker
while being questioned about the matter during
his post-Cabinet press conference on August
8, 2011, in the days following the document ’s
Responding to persistent questioning from
then-Scoop editor Alastair Thompson and
Herald political editor Audrey Young, Mr Key
said: “ What happened is Warren Tucker didn’t
come to me, he went to his legal adviser and his
legal advisers told him this is the process they
have to follow and when he was going through
that process it was at that point he told me he’d
release it because he has to tell me that under
the no surprises doctrine.”
The footage comes after Mr Key ’s version of
events — that he was not directly briefed by Dr
Tucker on Slater’s OIA request — was backed
up yesterday by two senior public officials.
Two letters emerged yesterday — one from
Dr Tucker and another from Ombudsman
Dame Beverley Wakem — which referred to
Dr Tucker briefing the Prime Minister on the
release of the documents.
Dr Tucker and Dame Beverley both said later
that they meant they had briefed Mr Key ’s
office and not the Prime Minister himself.
Mr Key later added that he had been on
holiday at the time the briefing took place.
“I was having myself a whale of a time on
holiday in Hawaii.”
Asked if he could have been briefed by phone,
he said: “ We’ve got a full inquiry and people will
be more than happy to check my records. ”
Mr Key was still reluctant to
comment on whether anyone
in his office might have passed
information about the documents
to Mr Slater. He had not asked his
staff, “and I’m not going to do that
at the moment ”.
“At the end of the day it’s
irrelevant when we’re four weeks
out from an election.
“ New Zealanders don’t care
Mr Goff yesterday called for Cheryl Gwyn,
the Inspector-General of Intelligence and
Security, to use her powers under the Security
Intelligence Act and “put on oath anyone
relevant to the case” including Mr Key, Mr
Slater, Mr Key ’s chief of staff Wayne Eagleson
and his former senior adviser Jason Ede, who
is tagged in Mr Hager’s book as Mr Slater’s
primary Beehive contact.
“ It is much harder for a person to lie on oath
than it is in a press stand-up,” Mr Goff said.
He said Dr Tucker told him about Mr Slater’s
request for the documents on July 26, the day
he received it.
Mr Goff said Dr Tucker said he intended to
release that day, “and I hit the roof ”.
He had told Dr Tucker it was “unbelievable
you would contemplate doing anything like that
— that draws you right into the political arena”.
He said Dr Tucker then agreed to delay the
release for a week.
Mr Goff said that tallied with messages
published in Mr Hager’s book and more
recently on-line where Mr Slater indicated he
was frustrated that release of the documents
had been delayed.
Greens co-leader Russel Norman said all the
evidence was that Mr Key had been told by Dr
“The only person claiming that he wasn’t
told is Mr Key himself, four weeks out from
an election in the political heat of it all. The
evidence is all in the other direction,” he said.
Dr Norman said it was disappointing the
Ombudsman and the SIS had been dragged
into a political issue.
“The role of the SIS in politics is now
obviously very much on the agenda, and they ’ve
been dragged right into the middle of politics.
“ It’s not great for the SIS, it ’s not great for
politics.” — APNZ
Miley Cyrus’s show is porn and the
promotion of substance abuse dressed
up as pop music, a New Zealand
family advocacy group says.
Family First NZ’s Bob McCoskrie
is urging parents to protect their kids
from the 21-year-old singer following
an announcement she will play an
Auckland show in October.
Ms Cyrus’s show features a hotdog
and a tongue slide — but there have
also been reports of her wearing
an outfit covered with pictures of
cannabis leaves and of her miming
oral sex on a dancer wearing a Bill
Reviews of the Bangerz tour she
is bringing Down Under showed
featured foul language, highly
sexualised imagery, and normalised
drug use, Mr McCoskrie said.
Mr McCoskrie said part of the
former Disney star’s show advised
parental guidance — and he thought
parents should take the guidance in
advance before buying tickets.
“ Parents should save their money,
protect their children and expose them
to the far more positive messages of
celebrating their achievements, their
personality and their uniqueness.”
But Ms Cyrus has hit out at
criticisms of her show, saying her
show is empowering and brings
happiness to her fans.
“The sexual aspect of our show isn’t
targeted at men. It ’s what women
think is sexy and cool and strong,” she
Ms Cyrus announced her first
New Zealand show on Wednesday
night after announcing Melbourne,
Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth
dates in June.
Pre-sales start next Monday and all
tickets go on sale next Thursday.
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Aluminium High Grade
210 jobs go
Labour, if elected, will invest millions in
Dunedin manufacturing and fast-track the
Dunedin Hospital rebuild in a bid to restore
the city’s fortunes, Labour leader David
Cunliffe promised on a visit to the city
The Hillside Engineering Workshops in
Dunedin would be reopened using about
$5 million from a new regional development
fund, Mr Cunliffe told cheering union and
party members gathered at Hillside Road for
the announcement yesterday afternoon.
“ We’re going to do it here, we’re going to lead
the way. Let ’s go, let ’s make a positive future
for Dunedin and Otago,” Mr Cunliffe said.
The State-owned Kiwi Rail closed the
workshops in December 2012.
Labour says more than 2000 of New
Zealand’s 3000 flat deck wagons still need
replacing, and the ones sourced from China
have been low quality.
Hillside would be reopened as a “ boutique”
short-run rail manufacturer, and Kiwi Rail’s
South Island base for heavy engineering and
“ We’re going to reopen Hillside. We want
more good jobs in D unedin.
“ We’re going to work through a process
whereby the Crown helps make investments
in this plant that will allow it to regain its
position of being at the heart of D unedin’s
The “positive plan” for Dunedin would also
save Agresearch’s Invermay campus from the
scheduled downgrade in 2017.
The agricultural research centre, which is
set to lose most of its more than 100 jobs
when its genomics team shifts to Lincoln, was
important to Dunedin as a knowledge and
Dunedin Hospital would be rebuilt “as
a priority”, with an estimated price tag of
Building work would start in Labour’s first
term, the hospital retaining its full status as a
tertiary-level teaching hospital.
— Otago Daily Times
Labour promises Dunedin big boost
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Labour leader David Cunliffe vows to reopen Hillside, accompanied by Labour Dunedin
North MP David Clark, left, in Dunedin yesterday.
More than 200 employees of council-
owned infrastructure company Infracon
will be paid up to only next Wednesday
as the central Hawke’s Bay company is
placed in liquidation.
The roading contractor owned by
Tararua and Central Hawke’s Bay district
councils has lost $7.5 million over five
years, and its bank pulled funding two
weeks ago, interim chairman Roly Ellis
who is mayor of Tararua, said.
Infracon bid $2m below others in a
tender for work four years ago, it has old
machinery and its generous employment
agreements make its labour costs 15%
higher than competitors, he told Radio
The company had to be placed in
liquidation because it would be trading
The councils say in a statement at
least 210 employees will be affected in
Hastings, Waipukurau, Dannevirke,
Woodville and Palmerston North.
“Advice to the shareholders from the
interim Infracon board indicate that the
long-term prospects for Infracon remain
extremely difficult and forecasts indicate
continuing losses for the next two years,”
the councils say.
Attempts were made to restructure
the company after the bank withdrew
support but they were not successful.
Staff will be paid until next Wednesday
and it will be up to the liquidator what
happens after that, Mr Ellis said.
The court process for liquidation is
expected to take about two days and the
council will talk to the liquidator after
The councils are also trying to maintain
essential ser vices in their region.
The company fixes roads, lays pipes,
protects rivers and prepares new
subdivisions. — NZ N
Slater faces prosecution
over hacked material
Whale Oil blogger Cameron
Slater is being prosecuted for exactly
the same thing he is complaining
about — using someone else’s
private communications without
The prosecution could see
the blogger ordered to produce
in court original copies of
information used in Nicky Hager’s
Mr Slater filed a complaint with
the Privacy Commission after Mr
Hager used years of hacked e-mail and social
media conversations to write the book, which
paints a picture of a National government
which encourages attack politics through blogs.
But the commission has recently decided Mr
Slater had breached the privacy of businessman
Matt Blomfield after the blogger published
dozens of posts on Whale Oil based on a
computer hard drive he had obtained. It passed
the case to the office of the director of Human
Rights Proceedings, which is now prosecuting
him over five days in October.
Barrister Simon Judd, who is prosecuting
the case for the director of Human Rights
Proceedings, said Mr Slater was defending the
case by claiming he was a journalist and not
subject to the Privacy Act.
He said it would be argued Mr
Slater was not a journalist — and
even if he was, the material he
published on Mr Blomfield was
not a “news media activity”.
“If he’s putting stuff on the
internet about Mr Blomfield
where this is no public interest and
the stuff he is putting on is private
information, we would argue that
can’t possibly be a news activity.”
He said he believed some
material highlighted in Dirty
Politics could be sought from Mr
Slater through discovery rules because it had
relevance to the prosecution. Dirty Politics
c laimed there was an arrangement which saw
public relations specialist Carrick Graham
feeding posts to Slater’s blog attacking those
who challenged his clients. The posts included
attacks on those campaigning against alcohol,
breast-feeding, obesity and smoking.
He said it could make the case that Mr
Slater’s involvement in “public relations work
for corporates” was not an activity which was
consistent with claims he was a journalist.
Mr Judd said if the prosecution was successful
remedies could includes a financial damages
award and an order for Mr Slater to attend a
training session on privacy rights.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
costs 100 jobs
Croxley Stationery, whose stationery
brands include Olympic, War wick and
Collins, plans to cease manufacturing in
New Zealand with the loss of 100 jobs.
It has struggled to compete with lower-
cost imports in a market where the
printed word is giving way to electronic
The company would cease manufactur-
ing at its plant in Avondale, Auckland,
next year to focus on being a stationery
wholesaler, it said in a statement.
The firm grew out of the United
Kingdom’s John Dickson and Co that
opened in its first New Zealand branch
in 1920, according to the company ’s
The company is now a unit of United
States-based Office Depot Inc.
“I’m truly sorry for our staff that it has
come to this but there are a number of
external influences that have forced
our hand,” managing director David
“ We are operating in an environment
which has seen a decline in postal use
and a reduction in demand for traditional
paper based office products. E-mails have
replaced envelopes and writing pads.
“The widespread availability of cheaper
imported products is also a factor as is
the foreign exchange rate which impacts
on our ability to successfully export
products manufactured here,” he said.
The Engineering, Printing
Manufacturing Union says its members
are “gutted” by the job losses.
“They haven’t done anything wrong,
and the company feels they ’re making the
only decision they can in the economic
circumstances,” EPMU national industry
organiser Joe Gallagher said.
“ Despite good times for the primary
sector, manufacturers who create skilled,
well-paid jobs are finding it hard to
remain competitive on the export market,
so they’re moving the jobs overseas.
“ We need a government which will
take manufacturing seriously and help
companies to keep their work in New
The company will make a final decision
on the closure on September 4. — NZ N
Prime Minister John Key is given a tour of the new drug screening laboratory at the
Auckland Airport Customs Air Cargo Inspection Facility yesterday. The Government has
allocated $335,000 to Customs to enhance frontline screening at the border.
PICTURE: Getty Images
PM opens drug screening lab at Auckland Airport
Crash man critical
A 20-year-old Wairoa man trapped for
more than 12 hours in the wreckage of
his smashed vehicle in the Wharerata
Hills south of Gisborne last week, is still
in a critical condition in hospital.
His utility vehicle went over a bank on
State highway 2 during the night and
hit a tree on a descent in the Wharerata
Hills, 50km south of the city, a week ago.
He suffered extensive injuries to his legs
and was not found until the morning,
with a further difficult three-hour rescue
operation needed to remove him to a
helicopter. — APNZ-Gisborne Herald
A high-level panel has found “no adverse
effects” of fluoridation of public water supplies,
following a review of scientific evidence.
The just-released review, titled Health
Effects of Water Fluoridation: a Review of
the Scientific Evidence, was commissioned by
the Prime Minister’s chief science adviser Sir
Peter Gluckman and the Royal Society of New
Zealand president Sir David Skegg.
The review looked at the scientific evidence
for and against the efficacy and safety of
fluoridation of public water supplies, finding the
levels used in New Zealand created no health
risks and provided protection against tooth
Those councils already adding fluoride to
water — amounting to fewer than half — could
be confident about its public health benefits,
while those not currently fluoridating water
could consider it a safe and effective option, a
statement issued on behalf of the panel said.
Sir David described the process for the review
as “rigorous”, adding it included an extensive
evaluation of the scientific literature by a panel
of five experts, as well as one lay obser ver with
local body experience.
The resulting report was reviewed by three
international experts and by National Poisons
Centre director Dr Wayne Temple.
Sir David said the panel paid close attention
to the claims that fluoride contributes to the
risks of cancer, musculoskeletal and hormonal
disorders, as well as to claims that it has adverse
effects on brain development — the major
contentions about potential harm that have
A forthcoming study from the Ministry of
Health was expected to provide further advice
on how large a community needs to be before
community water fluoridation was cost-
effective, with present indications pointing to
all communities of more than 1000 people.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Fluoride safe, effective — review
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