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A man has been found dead in
the back yard of a house in Waikato
following reports of disorder. Police
said officers were called to a property
on James Henry Crescent in Huntly
about 7.45pm yesterday. When they
arrived, the body of a man was found
in the yard, police said. A homicide
investigation has been launched
and police secured the scene for a
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
House fire claims life
A woman’s body was found
inside a burning house in Waikato
yesterday. The body was discovered
shortly after the Fire Ser vice
extinguished the blaze at an address
on Springdale’s Number 1 Road.
Firefighters responded to a call
about a house on fire shortly before
noon. Police and ambulance ser vices
also attended and the area was
cordoned off while fire and police
staff carried out a scene examination.
The scene was guarded overnight
and the examination resumed this
morning. No further information
was available. — APNZ
Young rider injured
An 11-year-old girl suffered head
injuries when she fell from a horse in
Ohakune yesterday. The Palmerston
North rescue helicopter was called
after the girl fell about 4.30pm. She
was stabilised by St John ambulance
paramedics and flown to Whanganui
Hospital. Earlier, the helicopter was
called to Marton after a nine-year-
old girl suffered a medical emergency
about 9am. She was flown to
Palmerston North Hospital in a
serious condition. — APNZ
Crash victim named
A 19-year-old man who died
following a crash in North
Canterbury on Tuesday afternoon
has been named. He was Aaron
Thomson-Clark, also known as Aaron
James, from Leithfield. — APNZ
Honey factor y blaze
Firefighters battled a blaze at
a honey factory near Whangarei
overnight. Fire Ser vice spokesman
Steve Smith said staff were called
to the fire on Pataua North Road
— about 30 minutes away from
Whangarei — at 10.40pm. “ It is
a honey factory, 10m by 40m, well
involved (in fire),” he said. Four fire
trucks attended. No one was injured.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 467 last
night. Successful numbers were 9, 10,
24, 40, 47, 48; coin toss, heads.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10280:
39, 49, 59, 60, 75, 76, 77, 79. Draw No
10281: 1, 8, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 27, 37,
39, 42, 49, 56, 61, 62, 64, 65, 69, 70, 73.
Draw No 10282: 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 15, 18,
22, 24, 31, 43, 50, 51, 52, 53, 57, 58, 66,
70, 77. Draw No 10283: 1, 3, 6, 9, 10,
13, 18, 21, 22, 23, 26, 32, 40, 42, 50, 54,
69, 72, 73, 76.
An elderly truck driver who
admitted he did not see a cyclist that
he ran over and killed earlier this
year has been ordered to pay $10,000
in emotional harm compensation to
the grieving family.
John William Herridge, 75, earlier
admitted a charge of careless driving
causing the death of 22-year-old
nurse Sharla Haerewa.
He was driving when his truck
hit Miss Haerewa on Lincoln Road
about 6.30am on April 2 as she was
cycling to work at Christchurch
Hospital. She died at the scene.
In the Christchurch District
Court yesterday, her father Tony
spoke of his anger at local delivery
firm Bidvest for employing such an
In an emotional victim impact
statement Mr Haerewa said he
held the company responsible for
the death of his “amazing, caring,
beautiful, loving” daughter.
He told Herridge in the dock:
“I know you didn’t wake up that
morning intending to kill but
someone but you did — that ’s the
fact, the truth.”
Judge Jane McMeeken told the
court she had seen medical records
that showed Herridge had been
assessed shortly before the incident
and there was “nothing to indicate
there were any health issues”.
The court earlier heard that
Herridge, a driver for a wholesale
food company, had missed a turn
into Hillmorton Hospital that
He turned the truck, carrying three
pallets of food weighing 1800kg,
on to Lincoln Road to drive back
towards the hospital.
But as he turned left, Miss
Haerewa, who had a front light and
a rear light over her backpack, was
pedalling in the cycle lane.
Herridge did not see her, and ran
over her and her bike, dragging
her underneath the truck for
Efforts to revive Miss Haerewa
were unsuccessful, and she died at
the scene from severe trauma to her
head and chest.
Defence counsel Mark Callaghan
said Herridge was “extremely sorry”
for the tragedy.
He said the level of carelessness
was at the “very low end of the scale”.
Judge McMeeken agreed.
She said his speed was not
excessive, but there had been a “blind
spot ” where he could not see past a
pillar of his truck windscreen.
She said his only mistake was
in failing to “ look again, and look
Judge McMeeken said Herridge’s
faulty was minor, but had devastating
She was certain the tragedy
would stay with him for the rest of
Herridge was ordered to the
family $10,000 in emotional harm
reparation and disqualified him
from driving for a period of eight
Outside court, Mr Callaghan said
the Herridge family has received
death threats “since the incident
Herridge’s wife had suffered “some
serious health issues as a result and
they’re just trying to get through it ”,
the lawyer said.
“He accepts what the court has
imposed on him. He is relieved that
he does not have to do a community
work sentence, which at his age,
may have been inappropriate,” Mr
Callaghan said. — APNZ
$10,000 payment order over cyclist’s death
International dairy prices fell
back to levels not seen since May
2012 at the overnight Global
Dairy Trade (GDT) auction,
bringing with it a fresh wave of
selling in an already weakened
New Zealand dollar.
The GDT price index dropped
by 7.3% since the last auction
to $US2599 ($3337) a tonne,
making for a 48.5% decline since
prices peaked in February.
In whole milk — the most
important product for New
Zealand dairy farmers — the
price of powder fell by 10% to
$2443 a tonne since the last
auction two weeks ago.
Last week, Fonterra said it had
revised its forecast farmgate milk
price for 2014-15 to $5.30 a kg
of milk solids from a previous
forecast of $6 a kg.
The co-operative said then that
whole milk powder prices would
need to reach $3500 a tonne by
March next year if the forecast
was to be achieved.
The price of skim milk powder
an important line for the
country’s second biggest dairy
co-operative, Westland Milk —
fell by 2.7% to an average price
$2540 ($3261) a tonne.
Price falls were across the
board. Butter milk powder prices
dropped by 11.3% to $2723 a
tonne and sweet whey powder
prices by 9.3% to $1175 a tonne.
Butter slid 6.6% to $2514 a
tonne, while anhydrous milk fat
declined 5% to $US3117 a tonne.
Rennet casein slipped 1.4% to
$8224 a tonne, while cheddar
retreated 1.2% to $3028 a tonne.
Lactose was not offered.
strategists said the New Zealand
dollar, having pushed higher to
US78.60c last night, fell to as low
as 77.80c after the GDT result.
By early morning the currency
had regained ground to trade at
Agri HQ dairy analyst Susan
Kilsby said stocks of dairy
across the globe due to Russia’s
current ban on importing dairy
products from many western
nations, and a lack of urgency
from Chinese buyers, while at the
same time global milk supplies
The Agri HQ seasonal farm
gate milk price for the 2014-15
season fell by 5c to $5.05 per
kg of milk solids following the
GDT auction, indicating that
if the latest GDT prices were
achieved across the entire season
the milk price would be just
“The volume of whole milk
powder being offered on GDT
is at its seasonal peak and buyer
demand is simply not strong
enough at present to clear the
large volumes without prices
being impacted,” Ms Kilsby said
in a research note.
“A farmgate milk price of
$5.05/kgMS means that most
farms will be barely covering
costs of production meaning
there will be virtually no cash
available for debt repayments or
discretionary spending such as
upgrading plant and equipment,”
Ms Kilsby said.
ANZ rural economist Con
Wiliams said the failure of
global dairy prices to recover
added further downside risk to
Fonterra’s already-reduced 2014-
15 milk price forecast.
Based on the auction’s outcome,
ANZ reduced its forecast for
the 2014-15 payout to $4.85/kg,
“assuming a modest bounce back
in global prices”.
“This sits well below the average
cost of production for farmers
and will have a significant impact
on discretionary spending,” Mr
Williams said. ANZ estimated
that about 70% of the dairy
sector has exposure to floating
“A lower dairy price also has
significant implications for the
wider economy and monetary
policy,” ANZ said. — APNZ
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As at 4pm October 1, 2014
a2 Milk Company
-0 .005 119.4
Auckland Intl Airpt
3.81 +0.01 214.3
ANZ Banking Gr
1.82 -0 .01 85.65
- 0 .04 24.52
Diligent BM Services
4.64 -0 .02 2.50
DNZ Prop Fund
1.73 -0 .005 4.44
9.02 -0 .03 3 .55
5.19 -0 .03 9 .53
8.75 +0.01 136.2
Fonterra Shldrs Fnd
- 0 .02 59.22
1.94 -0 .02 17.75
Goodman Prop Tr
Guinness Peat Gr
Kiwi Prop Tr
15.15 -0 .06 2.68
1.425 -0 .015 379.3
Mighty River Power
2.48 -0 .04 42.87
0.765 -0 .005 25.11
- 0 .01 25.00
0.91 -0 .01 26.05
Prop For Ind
- 0 .01 55.86
7.78 -0 .06 2.99
1.52 -0 .01 2.00
Sky Network TV
6.20 -0 .05 80 .38
- 0 .03 550.3
Steel & Tube
Summerset Gr Hldgs
- 0 .03 439.2
- 0 .03 87.20
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Trading to 10:30am,
Thursday, October 2, 2014
DECLINERS: 40 TRADED: 87
Aluminium High Grade
0.9335 0 .8824
0.5093 0 .4731
SOE bosses top $1m pay mark
Several State-owned enterprise bosses
look to have cracked the million dollar
mark, putting them towards the higher
end of this year’s Business Herald pay
Topping the list was the highest paid
Solid Energy employee at $1.46 million
for the 2013 financial year. For part of
the year the company was led by Garry
Diack who took over from Don Elder.
The coal company has needed $103m
from the Government to keep it afloat,
has shed more than 800 jobs and is
saddled with almost $400m of debt.
Labour’s State-owned enterprises
spokesman Clayton Cosgrove said the
company was a shell of what it had been.
However, despite this, the Government
has said it is prepared to continue
backing the company.
Mr Diack has since left his role as
chief executive to take up the position of
chief executive at radio communications
company Tait Communications.
One employee at Genesis Energy,
headed by chief executive Albert
Brantley, earned $1.36m, an increase of
12% on the previous year.
Genesis was listed in April this year.
The top earner at New Zealand Post,
which is headed by chief executive Brian
Roche, earned $1.3m — an increase of
26% from the previous year.
The company has also tracked steadily
over the past few years; however, it
announced this year that it would look
at cutting as many as 2000 jobs in its
mail processing centres.
Meridian Energy chief executive Mark
Binns’s remuneration was $1.1m for the
year. Mr Binns took up the role of chief
executive in January 2012.
The highest paid employee at TVNZ,
where Kevin Kenrick is the chief
executive, got $730,000, which was a
drop of 11% on the previous year, while
at NZ Lotteries, which is led by chief
executive Wayne Pickup, the top earner
took home $419,999 for the year.
APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A 57-year-old D unedin man
escaped without injury after he
drove this campervan in to the side
of a train in North Otago yesterday
Senior constable Wayne Brew,
of Hampden, said the man was
driving east along Bluff Hill Road,
Waianakarua, about 2.40pm when
he came to the railway crossing. He
started to brake, looked to the right,
but did not see the southbound train
coming from his left.
The train hit the camper van on the
passenger side, then swung the end of
the vehicle against it, before shunting
it off to the side of the road.
It took about 300m to 400m for the
train to stop.
The driver was shaken but not hurt.
The train’s fuel tank was ruptured
and the Fire Ser vice was called to mop
up diesel. — Otago Daily Times
Driver fails to see train
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Divers suspend search for boy
The base track at Mount
Maunganui where a five-year-
old boy Jack Dixon was swept
into the sea 24 hours tomorrow
will remain closed until at least
The closure comes as a massive
sea, air and land search operation
continues looking for Jack, who
had been playing with his two
cousins on a beach near the red
beacon at Mauao when a large
wave carried the three out to
sea. The two cousins managed
to clamber on to rocks but Jack
Tauranga City Council issued a
notice this morning, stating the
closure of the popular walkway
would extend into tomorrow
morning and all tracks should be
considered closed until further
Meanwhile, police divers called
off their part in the search, for
Seasoned Mount Maunganui
surf lifeguard Kent Jarman said
the divers had to halt their efforts
searching waters around the base
of the mount because visibility
was so bad.
Mr Jarman said divers could
barely see an arm’s length in front
Police, surf lifesavers and
volunteers are continuing in their
Inspector Karl Wright-St Clair
said the family was struggling
to come to terms with what
has happened. The Tauranga
Coastguard is on standby.
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
The Serious Fraud Office has been
alerted after an investigation uncovered
irregularities at a Whakatane tertiary
A newly-released report has found
Mangere’s Te Whare Wananga o
Awanuiarangi was overfunded for a
Maori tourism programme.
Broader inquiries will soon be
under way after government agencies
raised concerns about unusually high
completion rates and the behaviour of
contractors at some institutions.
The Tertiary Education Commission
(TEC) and New Zealand Qualifications
Authority (NZQA) carried out the
wananga investigation, which involved
an independent inquiry by Deloitte.
Deloitte said monitoring and oversight
of the Hei Manaaki tourism programme
The report also said there were internal
inadequacies in the wananga’s academic
The wananga also initiated a forensics
“ irregularities” relating to two Hei
Manaaki programme contractors. They
have been referred to the Serious Fraud
Among those who studied the Maori
tourism course were dozens of players
and staff from the Warriors rugby league
It was earlier reported the Warriors
took the course last year on the
recommendation of billionaire Sir Own
Glenn’s representative on the Warriors
board, Donna Grant.
Mrs Grant was also director of
the wananga’s National Institute of
“ If students are concerned about their
qualifications they should contact (Te
Whare Wananga) who will talk them
through their options,” NZQA deputy
chief executive Jane von Dadelszen said.
She said NZQA and the wananga
would co-operate to help students.
The wananga has had to pay $5.9m back
to the TEC after the Crown provided
funds for the tourism programme from
The over-funding built up when the
wananga made changes to how the
course was delivered. NZQA said it did
not approve these changes and if it had,
there would have been a drop in funding
for the programme.
“The reasons for this poor delivery
are complex and it is a combination
of inadequate academic management
underperformance and misconduct of
a small number of staff,” wananga chief
executive Professor Graham Smith
“ I am devastated that this has occurred
and we as an institution have paid
a major price for the failings of our
internal processes and the actions of
small number of those that we trusted.”
Meanwhile, some courses at Taranaki’s
Western Institute of Technology at
Taranaki were also under investigation.
The TEC and NZQA said they would
now also investigate issues including
the “rapid growth of individual courses
coupled with unusually high completion
rates” as part of broader steps to clean up
the sector. — APNZ
SFO probes $6m
A moderate earthquake has rumbled
east of Christchurch this morning.
The magnitude-3.4 shake hit at 9.58am
at a depth of 7km 10km east of the city,
Geonet said. — APNZ
A body has been found in bush between
Whitianga and Coromandel.
Detective Inspector Karl Thornton
said police were sent to an area of bush
off the 309 Road to begin a search for
a man who had been reported missing.
The body of a man was discovered
before police arrived at the scene around
Police were carrying out a scene
examination to establish the circum-
stances surrounding the death.
Body found in Coromandel bush
A foetus was found in the Christchurch
wastewater treatment plant yesterday.
Police investigating the discovery said
it was likely the mother was in the mid-
term of her pregnancy between 20 and
The Bromley plant processes sewage
from over 100 pumping stations across
Police said it was likely the foetus
entered the system between four and six
hours before it was discovered.
While there were no indications that
anything suspicious had occurred, the
woman may require medical assistance,
Police hope to identify her and confirm
she has received the care she may need.
Foetus found in wastewater plant
Thirty jobs are set to be cut at
Donaghys’ D unedin factory, leaving
workers “stunned”, and their union
representative fuming at claims New
Zealand has a “rock star economy ”.
The cuts are another hit to D unedin’s
Donaghys yesterday announced it
had begun a consultation process with
staff and unions on a restructuring that
included a proposal cutting up to 30 jobs.
Managing director Jeremy Silva said
the company was struggling in the face of
a consistently high New Zealand dollar
and competition from Asia and Europe,
the latter able to compete because of a
First Union organiser Ken Young
said the cuts had been signalled during
a recent wage round, but that did not
lessen the shock for workers yesterday.
“They knew there was something
coming. They just didn’t know it was
going to be that large.
“ It ’s a huge, huge restructure.”
Mr Young said Donaghys was
“excellent ” to work with, and a good
employer, but he questioned recent
Government claims about the economy.
“ I would like to know where the
(expletive) is the rock star economy
that the Government is talking about,
because it ’s not in manufacturing. ”
Donaghys has just under 70 staff at its
south Dunedin factory.
Mr Silva said the company had
expanded its New Zealand market —
the problem was with exports.
When the New Zealand dollar started
buying more than US70c “the writing
was on the wall”, he said.
A rise against the Australian dollar
that cut prices received by 20% was “the
straw that broke the camel’s back”.
“There’s just not a 20% margin up your
Apart from competition with cheap
Asian products, a lower euro also added
to the problem.
Four years ago, Donaghys’ exports
to Australia were 28% cheaper than
European products, Mr Silva said.
“ Now we are 15% more expensive.”
The company was proposing to reduce
or discontinue production on five of its
16 manufacturing lines, although it was
working on four new lines.
The cuts would affect the manufacture
of twines, ropes and braids.
Consultation with staff would take one
and a half to two weeks.
submissions from staff and the union
by this time next week, and a decision
would be made a week after that.
Asked if final cuts might be lower, Mr
Silva said: “I can’t answer that. We’re
going to do our best, and be as flexible
as we can.”
The company had anticipated the issue,
and was moving into high-tech areas.
“The old parts of the factory are in
trouble, but the new parts of the factory
are doing very well, and growing quite
That included a move to products for
the dairy industry.
“ We haven’t taken this review lightly
and are making every attempt possible
to continue to offer employment to as
many staff in the growing parts of the
factory as we can.”
Mr Young said once again a local
manufacturer in the Otago-Southland
area was no longer.
“ It ’s totally about the dollar. It ’s not
about the product the guys make or
anything like that.”
The union would work to reduce the
number of redundancies.
— Otago Daily Times
Dunedin factor y
sheds 30 staff
Girl, 13, stable after dog attack
A 13-year-old girl remains in a stable
condition following a dog attack in
south Auckland late on Tuesday night.
A family dog attacked the girl at an
address in Waiuku, about midnight.
She under went surgery on puncture
wounds to her head and face yesterday
at Middlemore Hospital in Kids First
Surgical, the hospital’s children ward.
Two dogs were taken from the family
home, though only one of the dogs —
a male mastiff — was involved in the
attack. The dogs remained impounded at
the Pukekohe dog pound today.
An investigation into the incident was
under way, a Waikato District Council
The attack on the girl happened just
nine hours after a 31-year-old Hamilton
woman was attacked by her five-year-
old mastiff cross. — APNZ
Unwell tramper flown out
A tramper who became unwell while
fishing in the Nelson Lakes National
Park had to be rescued by helicopter
The 42-year-old Christchurch man
was with a group of friends when they
became concerned for his well-being.
They activated an emergency locator
beacon at about 1pm.
The alert was received by Rescue
Co-ordination Centre New Zealand
in Wellington which scrambled the
Nelson-Marlborough rescue helicopter
to conduct a search.
The group was soon found in a clearing
in the Travers Valley.
The man was assessed and treated
by an intensive care paramedic aboard
the helicopter before he was flown to
Nelson Hospital for further care.
Man missing in Wellington
Police have asked the public to help
find a missing Upper Hutt man who
suffers from Downs Syndrome.
Danny Gijsbers, 20, went missing
from his home in Mangaroa Valley this
Mr Gijsbers is 1.6m tall and of medium
He was possibly wearing beige shorts
and white sneakers, and carrying a red,
black, and grey backpack. — APNZ
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