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Australian cricket legend Shane
Warne has been announced as the guest
of honour at next month’s Cup Day
horse racing in Christchurch.
The colourful sportsman and Liz
Hurley ’s ex, known simply as ‘ Warnie’,
is said to enjoy a flutter on the fillies.
Christchurch Casino New Zealand
Trotting Cup organisers say that one of
the world’s greatest ever spin bowlers
will “add extra value and take the
glamour to another level” at Addington
Raceway on November 11.
One of the highlights of the
Christchurch social calendar, the event
regularly attracts crowds of more than
New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting
Club marketing manager Ged Mooar
said Warne was the type of celebrity
they wanted to “take day to another
“He is a colourful character, with
a personality to fit the occasion. He
loves the horses, loves a flutter with
a dollar or two on them,” Mr Mooar
“It will certainly reach out to the wider
public. He’s obviously well known,
he has over 1.7 million followers on
Twitter. We’re rapt to have him coming
over and I know he’s looking forward
to it as well.
“He knows about our event, which
was great to hear.”
Warne, the first bowler to capture
700 test wickets, was a dominant
figure in international cricket for
more than a decade and is widely
regarded as the best spin bowler of all
Outside of the picket fence, the
father-of-three continues to lead a
high profile lifestyle that makes regular
headlines. He tours the world as a
cricket commentator and poker player,
while also raising money for The Shane
“This seemed a great innovation by
the club and I’m delighted to help out,”
Warne said in a statement.
Apart from Warne’s guest appearance,
The Christchurch Casino NZ Cup
Day organisers say they will also play
host to “an array of stars from the
worlds of fashion and entertainment ”.
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 5
Labour MP Trevor
Mallard is better
known for arguing with
Parliament ’s Speaker
than refereeing but he
will soon get his chance
to sit in the debating
chamber’s main chair
himself as Assistant
It is understood Labour
has nominated the man
often labelled the party ’s
‘ bovver boy’ for the
Assistant Speaker slot
traditionally reser ved for
an Opposition MP, and
National has agreed to it.
Mr Mallard would not
confirm it last night,
saying it was a matter for
the Leader of the House
It is a classic case
of poacher turned
gamekeeper. Mr Mallard
once described Speaker
David Carter as “a Mafia
don running his National
Party protection racket ”
— a tweet that prompted
a privileges committee
review of the use of
Twitter in the House.
He has been kicked
out of Parliament on
including twice in May
alone for interjections
about former minister
Judith Collins’ links to
Oravida and National’s
donations from Donghua
predecessor was Ross
Robertson, who retired
at the election. Mr
was “courtesy is
contagious” — a motto
Mr Mallard is unlikely to
pick up. Being Assistant
Speaker will cramp Mr
in Parliament, but he
has served as Labour’s
shadow Leader of the
House and is one of the
Labour MPs best versed
on its rules.
Mr Mallard put his
name for ward to be
Speaker by way of
protest against National’s
choice of Mr Carter and
declared it was one of
his ambitions to hold
The Speaker roles will
be formally decided
when Parliament returns
next week. Prime
Minister John Key has
already announced the
to keep Mr Carter on
as Speaker and will
Borrows as deputy.
— New Zealand Herald
Mallard gets chance
to lord over MPs
The confirmed loss of 29 jobs at
Donaghys’ south Dunedin factory, and
news of a further nine jobs to be reviewed
next year, was confirmed yesterday to
“silent ” workers.
The loss of the jobs, which had been
mooted recently, came as 29 manufacturing
positions were lost yesterday at Tasman
Insulation in Christchurch and 40 at
Wellpack in Wellington, as a high dollar
and cheap imports cut a swathe through
Economic Development Minister Steven
Joyce said last night he sympathised with
But asked what the Government
needed to do about the high dollar, he
said it was important to consider “all the
changes” in the economy, including a 3.3%
unemployment rate in Otago.
Workers at Donaghy’s heard the final
numbers yesterday afternoon, but the
members of a workforce of about 70 will
have to wait until Tuesday to discover who
stays and who goes.
Two weeks ago, Donaghys announced
it had begun a consultation process with
staff and unions on a restructure that
included a proposal cutting up to 30 jobs.
Managing director Jeremy Silva said
then 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 weak euro.
That led D unedin First Union organiser
Ken Young to question recent claims New
Zealand had a “rock star economy ”.
Mr Young said yesterday while a further
review had been discussed in general
terms, to find nine more positions under
threat was a surprise.
Asked about the announcement to
workers, Mr Silva said: “It was awful.”
That was partly because rope making as
a core product at the company was now
ended, with just a small amount of rope
and braids being produced.
“More important is the serious effect on
people and their families.”
Workers were “silent ” as they listened to
While redundancy payouts would be
“fairly decent ”, the loss of jobs would
affect some more than others, he said.
Manufacturing manager Mark Bowie
said new production lines were opening
at the factory for products from fertiliser
to veterinary medicines, but those would
require fewer workers.
Mr Bowie said he had been contacted
by other city businesses about picking up
“There is some interest out in the
The 29 jobs would end in three stages in
the next five months.
The nine to be reviewed by the end of
June next year would depend on the speed
with which new manufacturing lines
were commissioned, the success of the
factory in the next four to six months, and
movements in the exchange rate.
Charge hand Chris Smith accepted a
voluntary redundancy from his job of
more than 18 years.
Other workers had been “pretty shocked ”
at the numbers set to lose the jobs.
Mr Smith said his payout was good,
and his wife still had an income, so his
situation was not as bad as some.
“There’s nothing you can do about it. It’s
the effect of the dollar.”
— Otago Daily Times
Workers silent as job losses confirmed
Warne as Cup Day guest
Paintings came off walls and glasses
jangled in the O utram Hotel as a short,
sharp earthquake rumbled D unedin and
surrounding areas last night.
The quake, which occurred at 6.44pm,
measured 4.1 on the Richter scale and was
centred 30km west of Dunedin, at a depth of
4km. There were no reports of damage, but a
few rattled ner ves, after the shaking subsided
after a few seconds.
Outram Hotel publican Janine Falloon said
the shaking seemed to last only three or four
seconds, but felt “pretty significant ”.
She was upstairs at the time and “certainly”
felt it, while some patrons in the downstairs
bar thought a car had crashed into the
“A couple of pictures fell off the wall upstairs
and the light was doing the sway, and all the
glasses were jangling,” she said.
Callum Wilson, of Middlemarch, was in his
lounge when he heard what sounded like a
“diesel loco” outside.
He was just contemplating whether to take
cover when the shaking stopped after “seven
or eight seconds”.
“There was a lot of noise and then there was
just an abrupt small shudder and it stopped,”
“ I immediately thought it was an
There were no signs of damage, but he was
“a little bit” shaken by the experience — as
was his swimming pool.
“ We have got a swimming pool outside and
there was a tiny ripple on it,” he said.
Taieri Gorge Railways chief executive
Murray Bond said the railway line through
the gorge would be checked by staff for signs
of damage or track alignment problems
before this morning’s 9.30am ser vice.
“ I doubt with a magnitude four that we
have got anything like the track not (being)
there, but this is what we do,” he said.
The check would have been done anyway,
as staff examined the track every Friday
morning, operations manager Grant Craig
There was a brief flurry of earthquake-
related tweets after the shake, and, by 9pm
more than 1200 people had logged reports of
the earthquake on the Geonet website.
Most reports came from D unedin, but
some were from as far away as Oamaru,
Queenstown and Invercargill.
— Otago Daily Times
Quake rattles Dunedin
The Court of Appeal has quashed the murder
conviction of a Te Puke man found guilty of
killing Tauranga businessman Gary Kimura
and substituted it with manslaughter.
Witeri Ahomiro Neketai, 37, was convicted
by a jury at the High Court at Hamilton in
July 2013 of murdering Mr Kimura in 2011.
He was sentenced to life in jail in October
2013, with a non-parole period of 13 years.
Mr Kimura was knocked unconscious by
Neketai outside his Margaret Road home on
October 5, 2011, and died six weeks later in
Tauranga Hospital, on November 16 — the
victim’s 44th birthday.
His injuries included a fractured skull, injuries
to the brain, fractures to both eyesockets and
fractures to the left side of his face.
Neketai was enlisted by Joseph Russell
Rewiri, who was behind bars doing time for
murder, to collect a $30,000 drug debt from
Mr Kimura and when he refused to pay
Neketai punched him. Mr Kimura fell, hitting
his head on a concrete driveway.
He was kicked while he lay prone. His wife
Rosina discovered him lying face down in pool
of blood after the attack.
Rewiri, aka Jody Rutledge, pleaded guilty
to manslaughter after his murder charge was
He has been behind bars since February
2008, ser ving a life sentence for murdering
Peter Franklyn after gunning down his ex-
mate outside Rotorua International Stadium
in May 2006.
From prison, Rewiri sent texts to Neketai
including an instruction to “hammer” Mr
Kimura first before giving him a good talking
to, and following his visit Neketai texted
Rewiri back, saying: “Hes in a Coma cuzan jst
Rewiri received nine years’ prison for
his manslaughter conviction, to be served
concurrently with his existing life sentence.
— Bay of Plenty Times
Murder conviction downgraded to manslaughter
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