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Man dies in smash
A 70-year-old man died and two
people received moderate injuries
after a crash between a motorbike
and a car near Thames on Saturday
afternoon. The man died at the scene
at Whakatete Bay, an ambulance
spokeswoman said. The highway was
blocked in both directions for several
hours. Police were investigating.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Red zone fire suspicious
A fire at a red-zoned property in
Christchurch is considered suspicious.
The Fire Service was called to the
property on Richmond Hill Road in
Sumner just before 6am today and
found the property was well involved,
a Fire Ser vice spokeswoman said. A
fire investigator has been called to the
scene. — APNZ
Stabbed teen recovering
A teenager who was stabbed in
the neck during a fight at a party
in Christchurch on Saturday night
is recovering well in hospital.
The 19-year-old was rushed to
Christchurch Hospital in a serious
condition with stab wounds,
including one to his neck, following
disorder in Marshland Road, Shirley,
shortly before midnight. The teen
was currently in a stable condition, a
spokesman for the hospital said. No
one has been arrested. — APNZ
P lab discovered
A suspected methamphetamine
lab was discovered at the back of
a garage in suburban Auckland.
Police were called to the address in
Te Atatu in relation to an unrelated
matter early yesterday morning
and discovered the lab along with
several occupants, police said. Two
people were helping police with the
investigation, police said. — APNZ
A Hokitika ticketholder won
the $2 million in the division one
jackpot prize of Lotto draw No 1425
on Saturday. Successful numbers
were 15, 19, 20, 28, 38, 40; bonus 17.
Strike numbers were 40, 38, 20, 28.
There was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 8. There was no
division one winner. The Winning
Wheel ticket was sold in Wellington.
The winner from Christchurch spun
(Hokitika win story, p2)
Numbers in Keno draw No 10264:
5, 6, 15, 17, 22, 24, 25, 26, 29, 35, 39,
47, 56, 58, 60, 61, 67, 70, 74, 75. Draw
No 10265: 1, 6, 7, 17, 23, 24, 26, 27, 32,
35, 41, 45, 50, 54, 55, 61, 65, 67, 70, 79.
Draw No 10266: 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 14, 27,
30, 34, 35, 37, 40, 44, 51, 52, 55, 60, 62,
72, 79. Draw No 10267: 11, 17, 29, 30,
33, 34, 35, 37, 40, 51, 52, 55, 57, 60, 61,
66, 69, 73, 74, 79. Draw No 10268: 3,
4, 7, 10, 18, 19, 20, 25, 28, 42, 50, 52,
53, 56, 60, 67, 74, 76, 78, 80. Draw No
10269: 1, 5, 9, 15, 18, 26, 27, 32, 34,
37, 38, 41, 44, 45, 48, 53, 62, 70, 77, 79.
Draw No 10270: 5, 9, 18, 20, 24, 25,
29, 30, 33, 35, 37, 40, 49, 50, 53, 61, 63,
64, 70, 71. Draw No 10271: 5, 12, 13,
18, 20, 28, 34, 35, 38, 45, 53, 57, 61, 62,
65, 66, 71, 73, 78, 80.
Family duped of $6m in Facebook scam
Staff at a Mount Roskill liquor outlet
were threatened with a long-barrelled
black pistol during a robbery on Saturday
The two staff at Melrose Wines, Beers
and Spirits were confronted just before
closing time, about 10.40pm, and robbed
of alcohol and cash.
Police have released images of two men
who they believe are responsible, both
described as Maori or Polynesian men
aged in their early 20s.
One was of medium build, about
1.78m tall, with a moustache and beard/
goatee. He was wearing a brown/mustard
camouflage jacket with big pockets on
the front and black pants.
The other man was of more solid build
but the same height, police said.
He had long, matted hair tied back, and
a moustache and beard. He was wearing
a black jersey/hoody, light grey baggy
shorts to mid-calf, and black sneakers.
Both men left the scene in a white
four-door hatchback or sedan. — APNZ
The carcases of four whitetail deer have
been found in a small section of upper
Wakatipu forest following a Department
of Conser vation 1080 drop in the area a
DOC says the number found meets its
expectations of the poison having a low
impact on the area’s whitetail herd.
A search for dead deer was carried out
across four square kilometres of the Dart
and Routeburn Valleys from September
18 to 21, about three weeks after DOC
dropped 1080-laced pellets across about
20,000ha of the Dart, Routeburn and
The search was led by Queenstown-
based Lincoln University PhD student
Kaylyn McBrearty, who begun a study of
the area’s whitetail herd earlier this year.
The number of carcases found had been
“ in the realms of what we expected”, she
The search area was effectively a sample,
and she would extrapolate the results to
assess the impact of the 1080 operation
on the area’s whitetail population as a
She had sent tissue samples to Landcare
Research for toxicology testing, and
hoped to make a preliminary report
within a month before publishing a full
report early next year.
As well as the four whitetail carcases
found in the search area, a small number
of other animals were found “by chance”,
despite not being the focus of the search.
The 12-strong search team included
members of the New Zealand
Deerstalkers’ Association’s Southern
Lakes, whose president, David Rider, said
last month members were disappointed
DOC had not used deer repellent on the
poisoned bait because of the additional
The association had wanted the
department to protect the whitetail
population because it was a “pocket of
special interest ”, Mr Rider said.
— Otago Daily Times
A sheep-farming family from Te
Kuiti lost millions of dollars after
being duped in a Facebook scam.
Members of Gerald Chambers’
family were tricked into buying
almost $6 million worth of non-
existent shares before Facebook
launched on the New York Stock
Exchange in 2012 — and are now
fighting to recover the money.
They had unwittingly been taken
in by New York-based fraudsters
who claimed to have “special access”
to shares in the social networking
company’s initial stock offering.
The scammers also convinced the
Chambers to invest more than $3m
to buy a share in a Florida apartment
complex. According to the FBI, the
fraudsters instead redirected the
money to their own accounts.
In total Chambers family members
invested about $9m and have got
back only $2m.
Gerald Chambers said he was
spearheading the family’s attempts
to recover their money, which
had been a nest egg for his three
adult children, including top long-
“ We’re going to have to fight our
way through it — and we will,” he
After realising they had lost
millions, Gerald and son Julian
took part in an audacious sting
on the alleged ringleader, Eliyahu
Weinstein, secretly taping him
making incriminating statements in
a meeting in a New Jersey hotel.
Weinstein had used the Chambers’
money to fund his lavish lifestyle,
including $6.2m worth of watches,
and a $14m collection of Jewish
Already facing a 22-year sentence
for ripping off members of his own
synagogue in a 10-year $250m real
estate ponzi scheme, Weinstein has
pleaded guilty to his part in ripping
off the Chambers family.
A second fraudster, New Jersey
businessman Alex Schleider, who
befriended the Chambers and
convinced them to invest, has also
pleaded guilty and is awaiting
“The criminal thing is still going
on,” said Gerald.
“ It will probably make a good
book,” he added.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Judge me on
hopeful Grant Robertson
is relaxed about David
Cunliffe supporters raising
the issue of him being gay
but he does not believe
it will be a factor in their
“There may well be some
people who raise that.
That ’s fine. But that ’s not
where I think I’ll be judged.
“ I’ll be judged, I’m sure,
on my ability to reflect
Labour values,” he said last
He said he was not
defined by his sexuality.
“It’s an aspect of who I
am just as I like rugby and
drink beer and a few other
Mallard has reportedly
sent an e-mail to his fellow
MP saying he would not
stay silent on the Labour
Radio Live reported that Labour Party
senior whip Chris Hipkins told MPs
to not publicly discuss who they were
supporting in the leadership race.
Mr Mallard sent an e-mail saying
he did not want to be gagged by Mr
Hipkins, and wanted to tell the public
who he backed, Radio Live reported.
However, Labour president Moira
Coatsworth told the radio station that
there were no gagging orders on MPs.
Mr Robertson, the MP for Wellington
Central, declared his intention to seek
the leadership when David Cunliffe gave
notice on Saturday that he would resign
tomorrow and seek a new mandate.
Deputy leader David Parker is expected
to become acting leader.
Mr Robertson and Mr Cunliffe were
the main rivals in last year’s leadership
contest, which was forced
by the resignation of David
Shearer who believed he
was about to lose a no-
One of the issues at the
heart of the contest is likely
to be which candidate
would have the widest
appeal to middle New
In that context Mr
Robertson’s sexuality and
Mr Cunliffe’s likeability
Mr Cunliffe led the party
to its third election loss in
a row, polling just 24.69%
Labour has now been
through four leaders while
Key has led National —
Helen Clark, Phil Goff,
David Shearer and David
Mr Robertson said the
party needed a new generation at the
He will consider going to the leadership
contest on a ticket — naming who he
would like to see as his deputy.
“Clearly that would give further shape
to the kind of leadership that I would
He agreed Jacinda Ardern was a
possibility but no decision had been
made and it was ultimately a caucus
“ What I am clear about is I think we
need a new generation of leadership.
That ’s the generational change that we
require now to meet the new challenges
that the party has got.
“ I’ve got to take some time to sit down
and listen to my colleagues, along with
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A bee expo in Dunedin on
Saturday was a hive of activity.
Beekeeper Murray Rixon,
of Mosgiel, said people were
asking questions as soon as the
expo opened at Otago Farmers’
“ We barely got the covers off
the display hive and we were
swamped with interest. People are
fascinated by how bees live and
how bees are doing. ”
Mr Rixon owns commercial
hives and rents hives for use in
domestic gardens, and helps his
customers har vest the honey.
For many southern beekeepers,
last year was “shocking” for honey
production, because after a good
Dunedin spring, the weather
“collapsed” on December18 and
heralded the beginning of seven
weeks of bad weather.
The bees, thinking it was winter,
stopped production and stayed in
the hive, sur viving on the hive’s
Unpredictable weather, and
varroa mites had changed
beekeeping from a “ laid-back,
easygoing” industry to “hands-
on” work. Beekeepers needed
to regularly treat hives for the
Genetics Otago director Peter
Dearden, of Dunedin, speaking
at the market on Saturday, said it
was National Bee Aware month
— a time to “worry” about bees.
Varroa had been attacking bees
in D unedin for the past two years
and had destroyed the feral bee
Feral bees used to pollinate
places beekeepers traditionally
avoided, such as the town belt and
high country farms. “All those
wild bees, which provided an
important ser vice, have all gone
and it is something we need to
Another invader in recent years
was clover root weevil, which fed
on clover root and destroyed bees’
“Clover is in a bad way and we
really need to worry about clover,
because it produces nitrogen for
Genetics Otago research at the
University of Otago included
honey bee genetics and bee
breeding programmes, Prof
— Otago Daily Times
All abuzz at market
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Jasmine Rixon, 10, holds a honey frame at the Bee Expo at the Otago Farmers Market in the Dunedin
Railway Station on Saturday.
With a total pay package worth
$4.1 million, ANZ New Zealand’s
David Hisco is the top-paid boss in
the Business Herald’s executive pay
His remuneration for the 2013
financial year was a 14% increase on
the $3.6m he received in 2012.
Originally from South Australia,
Mr Hisco has worked for ANZ for
more than three decades and took the
top job at the bank’s New Zealand
arm in September 2010. He guided
the ANZ’s New Zealand profit to
$1.37 billion in 2013 — up 4%.
His first role with the Australasian
lender reportedly involved sweeping
the car park at his local branch in
Edwardstown, near Adelaide.
The executive pay sur vey canvassed
disclosures in the 2013 annual
reports of New Zealand’s largest
publicly listed companies and State-
owned enterprises, as well as dairy
co-operative Fonterra. Fonterra chief
executive Theo Spierings is in the
No 2 spot with his $3.5m package,
which was 16% higher than the $3m
he received in 2012.
Fletcher Building boss Mark
Adamson is in third place on $3.3m,
followed by former Westpac New
Zealand chief executive Peter Clare,
who received a 6% pay cut to $3.1m
in the 2013 financial year.
Mr Clare resigned from the bank
last month to recover from heart
Mr Adamson’s salary could not
be compared with the previous year
as he took the helm at the building
materials and construction company
only in late 2012.
But he received a 37% larger pay
cheque in 2013 than the $2.4m salary
his predecessor, Jonathan Ling, was
paid in 2012.
Sky City Entertainment chief
executive Nigel Morrison was in fifth
place, with total remuneration of
$2.98m, up slightly on the $2.82m he
received in 2012.
Spark chief executive Simon
Moutter was in sixth place with a
$2.94m package in 2013.
As a group, the top five highest paid
chief executives in the latest sur vey
In the first executive pay sur vey
in 2005 just six New Zealand chief
executives broke the $1m threshold.
In this year’s sur vey 29 chief
executives received $1m or more.
Robert Reid, general secretary of the
First Union, said there was growing
antagonism among the public
towards executive salaries, which
many people viewed as excessive.
The pay sur vey comes as union
members at ANZ mull industrial
action over a bank proposal to place
some workers on more flexible
Mr Reid, whose union represents
ANZ staff, said many workers
at the bank would find Mr
Hisco’s remuneration difficult to
“That kind of pay is just beyond
belief for both people that work for
those organisations and also for the
general public,” Mr Reid said. “ No
one person can be worth that amount
of money. ”
Mr Hisco earned more than
$11,000 a day over the course of
the 2013 financial year, meaning he
would have earned in one week what
New Zealanders on an average salary
took roughly a year to earn.
An ANZ spokesman said Mr
Hisco was the bank’s global head of
commercial in addition to being chief
executive of its New Zealand arm.
“ His salary is determined by the
board, with around two-thirds being
variable depending on performance
against targets,” he said.
“His current salary reflects the
strong performance of the New
Zealand business, increasing our
market share and strengthening the
The spokesman said the salary
ranges for almost all jobs covered
by ANZ’s collective employment
agreement, which the bank is
currently negotiating with union
staff, are the highest in the industry.
“At ANZ we value all our people
and pay them competitively
compared to similar jobs in the
market,” he said.
Mark Ashcroft, of Auckland-
based executive recruitment firm
Seqel Partners, said New Zealand
companies competed in a global
market for chief executives and had
to pay top rates to secure the right
“The (remuneration) numbers seem
really high to those further down in
an organisation — frankly, they seem
high to everyone — but that ’s the
reality of the market.”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
$4.1m for highest paid executive in NZ
Two men were critically injured when
a motorcycle and a car collided at Waihi
The crash happened at the intersection
of Kenny and Baber Streets, about
8.20pm, a St John northern ambulance
communications spokeswoman said.
The injured men were flown by
Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter and
Auckland’s Westpac rescue helicopter to
Waikato hospital, rescue helicopter pilot
Liam Brettkelly said.
Both men, in their 20s, suffered
multiple injuries and were in a critical
condition. — APNZ
Two badly hurt in crash
Many of Auckland’s volcanic cones,
including those at the Domain and
Mount Smart, have gained official
Maori names under a Treaty of Waitangi
The cone on which Auckland War
Memorial Museum stands has reverted
to its pre-European name of Pukekawa,
and Rarotonga/Mount Smart now refers
to the hill above the sports stadium
where the Warriors rugby league club is
They are among 18 maunga to have
gained official Maori names under the
Crown’s Treaty settlement with the
Tamaki Collective of 13 iwi.
The settlement vests 14 of the maunga
in the collective, on condition they be
held in trust for the common benefit
of the iwi “and all other people of
Most will be co-governed by the
collective and Auckland Council, except
for the North Head Historic Reser ve,
which is looked after by the Department
of Conser vation, and Rarotonga/
Mount Smart, which will continue to
be managed by the council’s regional
Rarotonga, which is also the name of
the Cook Islands’ main island, is roughly
translated as “down south”. But the hill
above North Head has had its Maori
name of Maungauika reinstated.
The Hauraki Gulf has also been given
an alternate name, Tikapa Moana, and
Motuihe Island can be called either that
or Te Motu-a -Ihenga.
Maori names already in use to refer
to other prominent Auckland peaks,
such as Maungawhau for Mount Eden
and Maungakiekie for One Tree Hill,
have also become official alternates
under Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki
Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014.
But difficulties resolving which of more
than one Maori title should be used for
Mount Albert and Mount Roskill mean
they will retain their European names.
“ We didn’t want to (re-)start the musket
wars over which Maori name would win
the day,” Ngarimu Blair, one of two Ngati
Whatua representatives on the new
13-member co-governance authority,
said. — APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Maori names for volcanic cones
Ex-minister queries Maori seats
Parliament now has more Maori
MPs than ever before, prompting one
commentator to question whether
Maori seats were still needed.
Nineteen Maori MPs have been
elected in general electorates and
on party lists. Once the seven Maori
seats are included, the total number
of MPs who identify as Maori is 26
— up from 21 in 2011.
This means one in five MPs in
the new Parliament were Maori,
compared to one in seven in the
The National Party’s caucus is 15%
Maori, including two MPs likely to
be given high-ranking portfolios -
Paula Bennett and Hekia Parata.
The growing proportion of Maori
in Parliament was met with mixed
responses from Maori leaders.
Former Maori Affairs Minister
Dover Samuels said increased
Maori representation was a step
for ward, especially because many
were elected in mainstream parties.
But former Alliance MP and
Maori commentator Willie Jackson
said it meant little unless those
Maori MPs fought for Maori
“It’s only a victory if they take a
pro-Maori position with their work.
You could have 50 Maoris in there
but if they don’t act like Maori and
don’t work along kaupapa Maori
lines and advance Maori position
it’s absolutely meaningless.”
The election of 26 Maori MPs
was likely to fuel the argument
over Maori seats, established to
ensure Maori had a minimum
representation in the House.
Mr Samuels said Maori needed
to have an “informed debate” about
whether the Maori electorates were
Mr Jackson disagreed, saying
Maori seats were created to
guarantee strong advocacy for
Maori, not simply representation.
“ When you have a Maori seat, in
my view, you have an obligation to
advocate for Maori. That ’s what the
strengths of the seats are.”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A 53-year-old man who suffered a
serious hand injury in a log splitting
accident was among four people rescued
by the Christchurch Westpac rescue
helicopter on Saturday.
The accident happening in Leithfield,
North Canterbury, a spokesman for the
helicopter crew said. No further details
Earlier in the day, the crew were called
to Bowenvale Track near Christchurch,
where a 38-year-old mountain bike rider
suffered a serious head injury after falling
off his bike at high speed on to rocks.
The crew also rescued a 63-year-
old man who suffered a cardiac event
on Mount Alexander in the Hurunui
District on Saturday.
The final rescue for the day took place
at twilight in the Nelson Top Ranges
after a rescue beacon was activated.
A 20-year-old male hunter was found
bluffed and suffering hypothermia in
deteriorating weather conditions, the
helicopter spokesman said.
All patients were subsequently treated
and taken to Christchurch Public
Hospital. — APNZ
A lone Wellington yachtsman was
showing signs of hypothermia after
a snapped mast left him stranded
nearly two nautical miles from
shore last evening.
Maritime police are lauding the
vigilance of a York Bay resident
after he called police for help after
noticing the sailor in trouble near
Somes Island about 5pm.
The lone yachtsman was
intending to sail from Lowry Bay
to Somes Island and home again
when his mast snapped, police
The resident had been watching
the vessel for about 10 minutes
before realising there was a
Senior launch master constable
Paul Curd said the early call
prevented a serious incident
occurring, as the sailor was already
showing signs of hypothermia
when they arrived.
The cold and wet sailor was
delivered safely to shore with his
damaged vessel by the police launch
Lady Elizabeth IV. — APNZ
Man rescued from dismasted yacht
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