Home' Greymouth Star : October 17th 2014 Contents Auckland
A teenager has pleaded guilty to
attacking good samaritan Lucy
Knight as she inter vened during a
bag snatch outside a supermarket.
Hendrix Hauwai, 17, pleaded
guilty to aggravated wounding and
assault with intent to rob after the
incident on September 23.
This morning at the North Shore
District Court, his lawyer spoke
about the teenager’s intention to
make amends but details were
suppressed by Judge Lawrence
Ms Knight, 43, under went
surgery to relieve bleeding on her
brain after she tried to stop Hauwai
stealing a handbag from a woman
outside Countdown in Northcote.
The mother of six fell and
fractured her skull in the incident,
which happened in front of her
She was moved from Auckland
City Hospital to a brain injury
rehabilitation centre last week and
went home for the first time at the
weekend for her daughter Laura’s
A Givealittle page set up by
friends raised nearly $270,000 for
Ms Knight’s family.
Hauwai was remanded in custody
and will be sentenced in December.
Labour’s former leader David Cunliffe
says he will never run to be leader again
and has not decided whether he will
stand for Parliament in 2017.
Mr Cunliffe said that speculation he
had not completely given up on his
leadership ambitions despite pulling
out of the leadership contest was
“ I’m out. Other wise I would still be
running. I’m not running, I have no
intention of ever being leader again. I ’m
While he intended to stay in
Parliament this term, he was yet to
decide whether to stand again in 2017.
Mr Cunliffe believed he could have
won back the leadership had he stood
but denied that meant he might have
another tilt at the job.
“ I was not the person who could bring
that caucus together, so whether I could
win the primary was not the issue. I am
not intending to run for the leadership
Mr Cunliffe also returned fire against
former party leader David Shearer,
who had called on him to leave politics
altogether because of the risk he would
undermine the next leader.
Mr Shearer has accused Mr Cunliffe
of undermining both himself and Phil
Goff when he was leader, which Mr
“There was no truth to the allegations
Mr Shearer made. They were unfortunate
and a breach of caucus discipline. I wish
him well in whatever he decides to do,
but I have never undermined David
Shearer and had nothing to do with his
demise (as leader).”
Mr Shearer said he stood by everything
he had said about Mr Cunliffe “ but
I’m not going to engage in any more
comments, as we agreed at the last
Asked about former Australian Prime
Minister Julia Gillard’s comment that
failed leaders should leave politics, Mr
Cunliffe said if people were calling for
that from him “perhaps they ought to do
that in order of succession ... there are
two others ahead of me”.
— New Zealand Herald
Although a small country, New
Zealand will have “a loud voice” on the
United Nations Security Council as
it works for global peace and stability
and has a good track record in that role
Prime Minister John Key says.
Having won a seat on what Mr Key
described this morning as “by definition
the most powerful body at the United
Nations” following a 10-year campaign,
he told reporters New Zealand’s highest
priority for the next two years was “to
demonstrate to all the countries that
supported us and there was clearly a
very large number that we will do what
we said we’d do”.
“ Firstly listen to them, secondly stand
up for their issues, be an example of a
small country that can actually have a
loud voice, and most of all be part of
decision making process that leads to
peace and stability of the world”.
Promoting and maintaining peace and
stability was the council’s overarching
purpose and over the next two years
“ we’ ll be judged by our peers on how
good a job we do and that will play a
very important part into whether we
ultimately get another chance to go on
to the council”.
Mr Key said one of the factors that
helped New Zealand’s success in getting
on the council was its record when it
was last on the council in 1993-94.
He said that during a visit to New
York earlier this year he’d spoken to
delegates from the African Congress.
“The permanent representative from
Rwanda stood up and actually said to
all the African delegates you have to
vote for New Zealand. It’s the actions
of New Zealand when it was on the
council and chairing the council that
saved literally millions of people
from Rwanda. So it’s a very serious
responsibility and when you do a good
job of it that stays in the memory banks
for a very long time.”
New Zealand’s biggest challenge
during its new tenure on the council
was to work constructively with the five
permanent members, Russia, China, the
United States, the United Kingdom and
France who had the right of veto and
exercised that right frequently.
“So it’s never easy to progress things
through the council and you have a
combination of this extraordinary
responsibility but sometimes it’s not
always the easiest process to administer.”
— New Zealand Herald
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Child critical after
A child has been critically injured
in a suspected three-car crash which
left three others needing medical
treatment south of Whitianga last
night. The crash took place on Mill
Creek Road about 6pm between
Coroglen and Whitianga, the
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust
said. The child was in a critical
condition with head injuries, and
was airlifted to Auckland ’s Starship
Hospital emergency department.
sentenced for fight
Breakers forward Reuben Te
Rangi has been sentenced to 160
hours’ community work and a $1000
payment for his involvement in a
New Plymouth bar fight. Te Rangi
and fellow Southland Sharks players
Leon Henry and Shea Ili were
involved in a bar fight in late May.
The 20-year-old was sentenced to 160
hours’ community work which will
involve basic living skills training, and
he will also have to pay $1000 to the
victim of the attack. — Newstalk ZB
Tractor bucket injuries
A man suffered serious head injuries
when a tractor bucket fell on his head
in the Hauraki Plains yesterday. The
man in his late teens was working
on a farm south of Patetonga off
State highway 27 when the incident
happened shortly before, the Westpac
Rescue Helicopter Trust said. He
was in a serious condition when
paramedics arrived at the scene, a
spokesman for the rescue chopper
said. The circumstances of the
incident were not known. — APNZ
Second teen arrested
A second teen has been arrested in
relation to the murder of Michael
Patrick Griffin in Whangarei. The
17-year-old man is to appear before
the Whangarei District Court
charged with murder. Mr Griffin, 56,
was found at the rear of his Second
Avenue home with serious head
injuries at about 8am on October 5.
He later died. A 16-year-old male
appeared in the Whangarei Youth
Court and was remanded in custody
until October 23 when he will appear
in the High Court at Whangarei.
— Northern Advocate
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New Zealand United Nations permanent representative Jim McLay, centre, with Foreign Minister Murray McCully to
his right, reacts after being elected to a two year term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security
Council following secret voting at the UN General Assembly today.
Prime Minister John Key speaks to media in Auckland yesterday.
NZ’s 10-year UN
campaign pays off
McLay voted on to security council seat
authorities will be able to prove the
origins of the painful food poisoning
outbreak as a consumer backlash
against carrots and lettuce hits home.
Horticulture New Zealand and
the Labour Party yesterday blamed
cutbacks to the Ministry for Primary
Industries’ (MPI) food safety ser vice
for exacerbating the outbreak.
MPI yesterday released reports
showing a high proportion of
people suffering from yersinia
pseudotuberculosis were exposed to
lettuce and carrots.
A growers’ representative, John
Seymour of Horticulture NZ, said the
information provided to the public
and to growers was inconclusive.
“There’s no real evidence anywhere
to substantiate or pinpoint what the
cause is, by crop or source.”
Mr Seymour said a consumer
backlash was evident in anecdotal
reports from suppliers, growers and
retailers who said lettuce and carrot
sales were falling.
He said investigating the outbreak
was complex — the yersinia pathogen
could spread from animal waste into
water supplies, then into a vegetable
“Another part that complicates this
is, the food safety sector which was
part of MPI was disbanded through
cost saving. So they don’t have the
resources to do it.”
Labour food safety spokesman
Damien O’Connor said the outbreak
reinforced concerns about resourcing
at MPI and “added fuel” to Labour’s
repeated calls for an independent food
safety agency. But an MPI spokesman
said “dozens” of staff were working to
locate the source. Retailer Foodstuffs,
owner of New World and Pak ‘n Save,
said the most likely source of the
contamination was farm-based.
“In exploring our own supply chain,
should the contamination have come
from Pams lettuce, we can confirm
we have been able to narrow our
investigation down to a single paddock
from the supplier, Living Foods,” the
retailer said. The paddock has been
There have been 127 confirmed cases
of yersinia pseudotuberculosis.
— New Zealand Herald
Growers angry as lettuce sales fall in food poisoning wake
Cunliffe mulls quitting in 2017
A man suffered serious injuries when
he rode his bike into a skate bowl in
The man, in his 50s, was found upside-
down with his bike by a council worker
picking up rubbish bins early yesterday
morning, after spending a cold night
injured at the bottom.
It is believed he accidentally cycled into
the skate bowl in Morgan Park on Kenny
Street in the town, St John Ambulance
said. It could have been a drop of about
2.5m to 3m, northern communications
shift manager Norm Ngatai said.
The man was in a serious condition
with neck injuries when paramedics
arrived at the scene, he said.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was
called, but could not reach the area
because of fog, and was forced to land in
Paeroa instead, Mr Ngatai said.
The man was taken there by ambulance
before being flown to Auckland City
A spokesman for the rescue chopper
said the man was treated for hypothermia
and suspected spinal injuries before
He also claimed the man had rode his
bike into a sinkhole.
No one from the Hauraki District
Council was available to comment until
later this afternoon. — APNZ
Cold night hurt
in skate bowl
Good samaritan assailant admits guilt
A Mahia man who died after the
boat he was skippering capsized
yesterday was not wearing a
Neither were the boat ’s three
other occupants, despite there
being two lifejackets on board.
Mahia father and digger operator
Malcolm Blake, 57, was checking
cray pots off Mahia Peninsula in
a 3m aluminium boat with three
friends — a married couple and
their teenage son — when the
boat capsized about 10am. They
managed to swim to shore at the
edge of a cliff at the end of Kinikini
Road, near Mahia township.
Mr Blake is believed to have died
on the beach. A 48-year-old male
friend received spinal injuries while
his 40-year-old wife and 16-year-
old son received minor injuries.
Police, ambulance services, the
Lowe Corporation and Eastern
rescue helicopters attended after
a local alerted emergency ser vices.
Mr Blake and the 48-year-old were
winched from the rocks.
A Lowe Corporation Rescue
Helicopter spokeswoman said the
helicopter flew Mr Blake’s body
to Wairoa and the Eastern Rescue
Helicopter flew the 48-year-old to
Hawke’s Bay Hospital, where he
was reported to be in a serious but
stable condition last night.
Wairoa police senior sergeant
Tony Bates said none of the four
people on board the boat had been
wearing a lifejacket, yet said there
were two on board.
It was not known who the boat ’s
Gisborne police senior sergeant
Maui Aben said police were trying
to figure out how the boat got into
trouble and could not yet confirm
whether it had been flipped by a
Mr Blake’s aunty, who did not
wish to be named, described him as
“a very generous individual”.
“It didn’t look like they were
wearing lifejackets when I saw
them setting off this (yesterday)
morning,” she said.
“He had a heart of gold. He
used to go out and get crayfish for
people — for birthdays and special
She said he was hardworking,
good at his job and spent his spare
time fishing and catching crayfish.
“He fished all his life. He used to
be a commercial fisherman.”
She said Mr Blake’s death
would have a big impact on the
him and he comes from a big
family.” He is sur vived by a partner
and children, including a four-
The family was yesterday still
seeking clarity on the incident.
“ We’ve heard different stories
that he had a heart attack, that
the boat hit a rock. We don’t know
what has happened.”
Meanwhile, police are still
searching for another fisherman
missing after setting off in a dinghy
The body of 37-year-old Stewart
Atutahi, who was skippering the
dinghy, was found on Wednesday
afternoon in the water near Kawau
Island but 22-year-old Nicholas
Stubbs, of Warkworth, is still
missing. — Hawke’s Bay Times
No lifejackets in fatal boat flip
Weeping family members and
distraught friends of a young
fisherman still missing at sea last
night held a vigil on the shoreline
north of Auckland yesterday.
But as search boats continued
to scour the waters, the girlfriend
of Nicholas Stubbs said she was
praying for a miracle.
“Somehow the hardest day
imaginable has come ... life is
unthinkable without you,” Carissa
De Felice posted on Facebook.
She was not giving up hope of
finding Mr Stubbs alive, she said.
Police confirmed the identities
yesterday of the two fishermen who
went missing after setting off in a
dinghy near Warkworth on Tuesday
They were 37-year-old Stewart
Atutahi, from Snells Beach, and
22-year-old Mr Stubbs, from
Mr Stubbs worked at Puhoi Valley
Cheese and Mr Atutahi’s LinkedIn
profile said he also worked there as
The pair were last seen when they
set off from Martins Bay, telling
loved ones they would not be long.
The body of Mr Atutahi, who was
skippering the dinghy, was found on
Wednesday afternoon near Kawau
Brian Stubbs made a heartfelt
tribute to his son Nick yesterday.
“ He’s my only son. He’s a really
neat kid, into his outdoor pursuits,
He said through tears he wanted
to thank all of the people involved
in the search for his boy.
The pair had been out fishing
previously without any trouble.
The anxious dad and his daughter,
Janelle, spent yesterday morning at
Martins Bay as friends in fishing
boats searched offshore.
“ It’s just waiting for news. It’s
either sitting at home or sitting
He said his son could swim, “ but
not great distances”.
At least five boats, with friends
and supporters on board, were out
For much of the morning, Mr
Stubbs’ father and sister sat at a
picnic table on the grass overlooking
Martins Bay with a handful of
friends, awaiting news.
About 20 friends in fishing boats
returned to shore just before midday
where they were greeted on the
beach with hugs and tears. Several
remained there before dusk sharing
a few drinks.
School friends of Nicholas Stubbs
said they would keep searching the
sea every day until they found their
Nick Betley, 24, who went to
Mahurangi College with Mr Stubbs
said he had been out on boats
searching for the past two days.
Mr Betley described Nicholas
Stubbs as the life of the party.
“He’s just a typical, awesome
dude.” — APNZ
Tributes as anxious wait continues
Margaret Skinner believes the
solution to stopping the loss of a
large chunk of her Kamo Road
property is simple — cut down the
pohutukawa tree across the road.
But the pohutukawa is protected
and so 65 square metres of Mrs
Skinner’s land must go to make
way for the $7 million Nixon Street
grandmother will lose a large part
of her front garden, driveway and
parking area as a nearby intersection
is altered, and Nixon Street becomes
four lanes between Mill Road and
But the Whangarei District
Council cannot cut down the
pohutukawa. It is a heritage tree
listed in the district plan as the last
remaining tree of the Kensington
This prompted Mrs Skinner’s
grandchildren to write: “Growing
old with dignity? Not in Whangarei.
Our 85-year-old nana who has lived
most of her adult life in Northland
and realises that she is worth less
than a tree that grows across the
Whangarei District Council’s
senior roading engineer Greg
Monteith said: “ We don’t take it
lightly, taking anyone’s land and we
try to do it with the least impact to
all.” — Northern Advocate
less than tree’
A new government-owned
company will begin running the
schools’ payroll ser vice from today.
The new company will take
over from beleaguered Australian
company Talent2, which oversaw
the botched introduction of the
botched Novopay system.
Novopay was dogged with
problems from its inception more
than two years ago, under-paying,
over-paying or failing to pay
thousands of teachers and support
staff across the country.
A decision to transfer ownership
and management of the payroll
system to a new company, Education
Payroll Ltd, was announced by
Novopay Minister Steven Joyce in
It will take over from today.
Deputy Secretary of Education,
Payroll Services, Cathy Magiannis
said “a lot of work” had gone in to
ensuring the transition was smooth.
The ministry would work “closely
and collaboratively with the new
company to ensure it meets all of its
goals and objectives”, she said.
“I’m very pleased the majority of
Talent2 staff members who worked
on the payroll in the past have
accepted offers to work for the new
company. I look for ward to working
with them so schools have a payroll
ser vice that is enduring, fit-for-
purpose and reliable.” — APNZ
New teacher pay system takes over
A young man critically injured in
a car crash that took his passenger’s
life was transferred to Wellington
Hospital from Whanganui yesterday.
His 33-year-old female passenger
died when the car they were in went
out of control on a sharp bend and
smashed into a tree along Papaiti
Road at 1am yesterday.
The crash happened at Papaiti,
6km northeast of Whanganui
and about 1km past the Aramoho
St John Whanganui manager John
Stretton said the woman was dead
when emergency ser vices arrived on
“Both occupants were still in the
vehicle,” he said, adding that he
understood them to be locals.
A local resident said she was
woken by the sound of braking and
the car hitting the tree, as well as the
horn going off.
She had called emergency ser vices
and said she was surprised the man
had survived the smash.
Senior station officer Bryce
Coneybeer said the driver’s side
of the car had hit the tree and the
vehicle had had to be winched off it
so the occupants could be cut out.
— Whanganui Chronicle
Car winched to pull out victims
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