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Drowned man named
A man who died after a boat
capsized off the Kapiti Coast north
of Wellington on Saturday has been
named by police. Thomas Angove,
known as Spike, 60, of Waikawa
Beach, died as he and another man,
believed to be his son, were returning
to shore in a small boat near Otaki
Beach on Saturday afternoon. The
second man made it back to shore
safely. — NZME
Collision injures three
Three people were injured when a
bus and a car collided in peak-hour
traffic on Auckland’s waterfront
yesterday. St John said the three
people were taken to hospital with
moderate injuries after the collision
in Q uay Street about 8.15am. No
further details were available.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Fire at chicken farm
Firefighters battled to control a
large blaze at a chicken farm in
New Plymouth today. Central fire
communications shift manager Jan
Wills said emergency ser vices were
called to the scene of the fire at
5.45am. She said 10 fire trucks were
sent to the fire at a large chicken shed
on the farm. A limited water supply
made it difficult for firefighters to
control the blaze, she said. No one
had been injured. “ There are no
reports of any injury but I don’t know
about the chickens, I’m not sure if it ’s
an empty shed.” — NZME
Burned man stable
A man remains in hospital with
burns after an incident in Murupara.
The 24-year-old Murupara man
was burning rubbish on Monday
afternoon when petrol used to get
the fire going ignited, badly burning
his hands, leg and torso. A Waikato
Hospital spokeswoman said last night
the man was in a stable condition.
— N ZME -Rotorua Daily Post
Blaze at meatworks
Firefighters remain at the scene
of a fire at a Wellington meatworks
factory this morning. Central fire
communications shift manager
Jan Wills said emergency ser vices
were called to the fire, at the Taylor
Preston meatworks on Ngauranga
Gorge, just after 6.30pm yesterday.
She said although no-one was
injured staff were evacuated from
the building. Ms Wills said at the
peak of the blaze 22 fire trucks
were in attendance. She said it was
“extremely difficult ” for firefighters
to access the source of the fire, which
was located within a wall in the
factory. Firefighters had the blaze
under control by midnight, she said.
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Toddler died in hot car
Lighting an open fire in parts of
Northland from Saturday could lead to
a minimum $800 bill as fire authorities
warn they will despatch a helicopter at
the first sign of smoke as the region’s fire
The warning comes after firefighters
spent several days dousing a suspicious
blaze at Pouto, south of Dargaville,
and managed to save a pine plantation
south of Kaikohe from another
However, the Northern Rural Fire
Authority, which is in charge of fire-
prone Northland, is holding off with
imposing a total fire ban. Principal rural
fire officer Myles Taylor said the fire
danger was approaching “tipping point ”
but he was keeping his options open in
case rain arrived in the next two weeks.
Meanwhile, no new fire permits would
be issued. Anyone who already held a
permit had been informed that every fire
would be treated as unpermitted after
A restricted fire season, which means
a permit is required for any fire other
than barbecues or hangi, has been in
force in Northland since December
8. Whangarei-Kaipara followed on
January 10. From Saturday, Mr Taylor
said fire trucks and a helicopter would be
dispatched at the first sign of smoke at
the fire starter’s cost. If it was windy two
helicopters would be sent.
The cost of operating a helicopter
is about $2000 an hour. Even if the
chopper was not needed a call-out cost
about $800. Fighting fires in Northland
over last summer cost slightly less than
$500,000, while the cost of fighting a
large fire at Pouto last summer was about
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Dairy product prices rose in the latest
Global Dairy Trade auction, bolstered by
gains in whole milk powder and rennet
The GDT average winning price
increased 1% to $US2758 ($3590), up
from $2709 two weeks ago. Some 31,326
tonnes of product was sold, down from
33,669 tonnes of product two weeks ago.
ANZ Bank economists this week
downgraded their forecast for Fonterra’s
farmgate milk price to $4.35 per
kilogram of milk solids in the current
season, below the dairy exporter’s current
expectation for a payout of $4.70/kgMS.
The bank said dairy prices will probably
recover more gradually from last year’s
halving as other producers, including
domestic Chinese production, ramp up
supply, and that New Zealand’s currency
will stay persistently strong, cutting into
Whole milk powder gained 3.8%
to $2402 a tonne, while rennet casein
rose 3.3% to $8159 a tonne. Skim milk
powder added 1% to $2389 a tonne, and
butter advanced 0.1% to $3564 a tonne.
The Agri HQ seasonal farm gate milk
price for the 2014-15 season increased
by 10c per kg milksolids to $4.40 per kg
milksolids following the latest auction.
This is comparable with Fonterra’s
current forecast for the season of $4.70/
Butter milk powder dropped 6.4%
to $2559, while anhydrous milk fat fell
5.0% to $4286 a tonne.
Cheddar shed 4.3% to $2961 a tonne,
while sweet whey powder dropped 4.1%
to $1155 a tonne.
Lactose was not offered at the latest
There were 113 winning bidders out of
169 participating bidders at the 12-round
auction. The number of qualified bidders
rose to 677, up from 671 at the last
auction. — NZ ME
Police say they may be able to today
name the toddler who died after
apparently being left in a car on a hot
The boy ’s mother, a senior
Whanganui Hospital staff member, is
believed to have mistakenly thought
she had dropped her 16-month-old
off at daycare last Friday.
A police spokeswoman said police
should be able to name the boy
this afternoon and also might also
be able to reveal more about the
circumstances surrounding his death.
It was a difficult balance for police to
deal with the “devastated family” and
the public, she said.
A Whanganui District Health
Board spokeswoman would not add
any new information today when
asked for comment.
A source said yesterday the toddler
had been due to be dropped off at the
nearby Noah’s Ark Early Learning
Centre on Friday morning.
It was only later that the staff
member realised the toddler was still
in the mother ’s car, which she had
parked in the hospital car park that
The daycare centre was reported to
have tried to contact the staff member
Police said they were notified of the
boy ’s death by the hospital on Friday.
“A post-mortem examination was
completed at the Wellington Hospital
on Saturday and further tests are
under way,” Detective Inspector
David Kirby said yesterday.
“Officers are also speaking with the
baby’s family and hospital staff. Police
are not looking for anybody else as a
result of the death.
“Any death of a child is always
tragic. However, it is too early in the
investigation to comment on what
happened and what the outcome of
the investigation will be.”
Noah’s Ark centre manager Jackie
Hall declined to confirm if the
toddler went to the centre. She said
she could not make any comment on
A woman posted a message on
the centre’s Facebook page offering
condolences to staff and the boy ’s
family, to which Noah’s Ark staff
replied: “ Thank you for your kind
Parents of children enrolled at
Noah’s Ark refused to comment.
A Whanganui DHB spokeswoman
confirmed a “sudden and tragic” death
occurred in the Whanganui Hospital
grounds on Friday.
“O ur thoughts are with the family in
this time of grief,” she said.
The spokeswoman declined to to
confirm whether the mother of the
toddler was an employee of the DHB,
or whether the woman was working
while the baby was in the car.
However, staff at Whanganui DHB
were understood to have been sent
an e-mail saying the death involved a
senior medical staff member.
The e-mail said the boy ’s death was
not related to hospital treatment.
It warned that media would be
looking into the story, and encouraged
staff to protect the staff member
involved from the media.
Forgotten baby syndrome is
the term coined to explain the
phenomenon of babies dying after
being left in cars.
At the trial last July of an Australian
daughter died after being left in a car,
a memory expert said 200 children
had died worldwide over the past
15 years from the phenomenon, The
Melbourne Age reported.
— N Z ME-Wanganui Chronicle
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Daycare centre tried to contact child’s mother
The Government should be
looking at what assistance it
can offer farmers in areas of the
country suffering from extremely
dry conditions, Labour leader
Andrew Little says.
The Government says it has
no immediate plans to declare
drought but officials are keeping a
close eye on conditions.
Mr Little told TV3’s Firstline
this morning that from what he
had seen, it was “intensely” dry in
some areas of the country.
He said he hoped the Ministry
for Primary Industries would be
looking at what assistance it could
provide to farmers during the dry
“ When you hear news of
farmers now rapidly destocking
would of thought there was a case
there to look closely at it, and to
provide whatever assistance is
available to farmers.”
Mr Little said if farmers were
de-stocking, it would have an
impact on their incomes and their
“ You know it’s going to come
to an end at some point but
you want to assist the farmers
through the very difficult time,
make sure they can pay their
staff and keep their outgoings
going until the moisture comes
Areas of south and mid-
north Otago and Wairarapa are
suffering from what many have
dubbed the “big dry”, as soaring
temperatures and a lack of rainfall
so early in the summer season
take their toll.
Yesterday Primary Industries
Minister Nathan Guy spoke to
farmers in Canterbury.
He said while conditions were
a concern, there were no plans to
declare a drought just yet.
“At this stage the Government
is not planning to classify this
event as a medium-scale adverse
event, but we will continue to
keep a close watch,” Mr Guy
“ District or regional groups
need to make a formal request
for any such a declaration and at
this stage this hasn’t been deemed
“This threshold would be
reached when the lack of rainfall
has an economic, environmental
and social impact on farming
businesses and the wider
community,” Mr Guy said.
He said farmers in the region
were “hopeful” of rain soon, and
reminded rural communities that
support was available through
Government agencies, including
the Inland Revenue Department.
“ I would urge farmers to make
use of the good advice and
support available from their local
Rural Support Trusts. They are
doing a great job of coordinating
farming communities and
providing information,” Mr Guy
“ It is a tough situation for many
with this coming on top of a
lower dairy payout. However, I
know that farmers are resilient
and have come through many
challenges like snowstorms,
earthquakes and commodity price
fluctuations before.” — NZME
Labour urges help for farmers
PICTURE: Getty Images
A cow drinks from a water trough on a farm enduring dry conditions.
Front-line police officers are
worried that they are not receiving
enough training with their guns, with
their live fire training being replaced
with video simulator exercises.
Figures released to Radio New
Zealand show the number of police
firing their weapons in training each
year has plummeted since the video
simulators were introduced in 2012.
In 2011, police officers received
training on Glock pistols and
Bushmaster rifles 13,000 times.
The following year, only 5000 live
firearms assessments were conducted
as police introduced video simulators.
In 2014, it was 7500.
While police have said the
simulators offer “realistic real-
life” offender scenarios, the union
which represents officers, the Police
Association, said frontline police
Vice-president Luke Shadbolt said
while simulators have their place,
they should not replace training with
“ With the simulators you don’t get
used to the sound, the recoil and the
muscle memory of actually using a
proper functioning firearm. It ’s the
lack of the physical side of live firing
that the staff are commenting on.”
Mr Shadbolt said the Police
Association wants live fire training to
return to pre-simulator levels.
“ We need to maintain good levels of
live firing so that the staff are actually
familiar with handling firearms and
how they react when you use them in
“ We’ve had comments back from
a number of staff and I think issues
have been raised with police, as well as
by staff, about the fact that, especially
(with) staff who aren’t familiar with
handling firearms on a regular basis,
the live firing is actually extremely
beneficial for them.”
New Zealand First police
spokesman Ron Mark said there was
no substitute for firing real guns.
“It’s one thing shooting in a
nice-warm environment in an air-
conditioned room at a target on a
wall that is actually a video with a
weapon that doesn’t actually kick like
a real weapon.
“It’s something totally different to
be out in the wind and the rain and
be blown around with dust in your
eyes and being asked to put rounds
down the range and hit the target
that you’re aiming at,” Mr Mark
Labour’s police spokesman Kelvin
Davis said police officers needed
to be training with their guns, not
playing elaborate video games.
“ My son spends way too much time
on an X-box in his bedroom and he
can probably outperform the average
“ But I’m concerned for the safety of
the New Zealand public; it ’s essential
police officers receive adequate
training with firearms.”
But not everybody agrees that
simulators are not a suitable
alternative to live firing.
National MP Judith Collins has
undertaken both live firing training
and video simulator exercises in her
former role as police minister. She
said the video simulators offer more
“One of the things on the live-range
is that you’re just shooting straight at
a target, a target that is standing still.
And that ’s actually not the way it is
in real life.
“So the simulator actually gives
an opportunity for police to have
moving targets - people coming in
and out of the picture, which in some
cases I think is more realistic. So I’m
sort of slightly bemused by what the
Police Association says on that,” Ms
Woodhouse declined to comment on
the reduction in firearms training for
police, saying it was an operational
matter. — NZ N
Police worry simulators replacing firearms training
Iraq military help
‘price we pay’
Prime Minister John Key
says New Zealand’s likely
military contribution to the
fight against Islamic State
“ is the price of the club”
that New Zealand belongs
to with the likes of the
United States, Australia,
Britain and Canada in the
intelligence alliance known
as Five Eyes.
In his strongest hint
yet that the Cabinet will
approve a deployment
of troops to train Iraqis alongside
Australians, Mr Key in an inter view with
the BBC drew heavily on New Zealand
pulling its weight as part of “a club”.
“ Ultimately are we going to say we are
going to be part of a club like (we) are
with Five Eyes intelligence?
“Are we ultimately going to be able
to rely on members of those clubs to
support us in our moment of need?”
he said in an inter view with Taranaki-
born BBC journalist Lucy Hockings in
“And we do know that when it comes
to the United States and Canada and
Australia and Great Britain and others
that we can rely on them.” If New
Zealand did not have the resources to
fly someone out of a country or have the
resources to help a citizen in another
part of the world, others
“Even if the contribution
is small — of course it
will be proportional —
there has to be some
contribution,” he said.
“It is the price of the
New Zealand has
belonged to the Five Eyes,
an intelligence alliance that
began in 1946 between the
US and Britain.
New Zealand used to
belong to the Anzus security alliance
with the US and Australia until 1985 due
to New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy.
It signed the Wellington Declaration
with the United States in 2010 and the
Washington Declaration in 2012 to
symbolise closer diplomatic and defence
Mr Key indicated yesterday that a
decision would be made about mid-
February after Cabinet had considered
Mr Key visited London en route to
Bosnia and Herzogovina to chair an
executive meeting of the International
Democrat Union of centre right parties.
He will then attend the annual World
Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,
with Trade Minister Tim Groser.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Buying out bad loans and other poor
investment decisions helped slash an iwi
group’s Treaty of Waitangi settlement
from $66 million to $16 million, an
inquiry has found.
But the trust group in charge of the
remaining money says it will not take its
founding trustees to court to recover the
money because of the cost and “ongoing
damage to the reputation of the trust
and the iwi”.
The Tuwharetoa Settlement Trust was
set up in June 2009 to handle a share
of the landmark “Treelords” settlement,
which was the largest treaty settlement
at the time.
The $66m was the iwi’s financial share
of the wider central North Island forest
settlement and was intended to provide
“ benefits to our hapu and whanau for
generations to come”.
While it still receives an annual
income, boosting its bottom line, the
reality of the bad decisions were laid out
in the inquiry’s findings, detailed in the
trust ’s latest annual report.
It found $9m went through bad
investments with another $11m in
grants and administration payments
which came in for criticism.
The poor decisions included the trust ’s
late arrival in a collapsing business
plan to develop a golf course, a sports
academy, residential sections and a hotel
The inquiry, commissioned by the trust,
found the trust bought $10.3m in bad
loans on land worth $6.4m from a bank
and a finance company after pressure on
iwi members who had given personal
guarantees for the debt.
It was described as an “imprudent
investment ” which breached the trust
deed and trustees obligations, the
It also found hopes for collecting on
the personal guarantees for the debt
were damaged after those who had
provided assurances found they would
not be chased for the money.
There was also criticism for a loan to
bail out a “dilapidated” hotel, of which
the iwi is expected to lose $556,000.
The inquiry found only a single-page
loan document existed, appeared to have
been signed after the loan was made and
Another $2.175m was lost in a
geothermal project which was in financial
trouble at the time the money was loaned,
bringing questions over whether “prudent ”
trustees would have made the investment.
There were also payments to contractors
and management “ without proper
process and accounting for amounts
which are not adequately justified”.
The inquiry found due to such a lack of
documentation around the contracts it
was unable to find whether trustees had
breached the trust deed.
An additional $29m was paid to
individual hapu groups at a time
when the trust did not have a proper
understanding of its finances.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
‘Bad calls’ cut
$66m to $16m
Two fake charity “monks” and a
“nun” have left New Zealand — but
others from a begging syndicate are
applying for visas to come to New
Police said the trio, who were
under investigation, left Auckland
for Australia last Thursday and
authorities across the Tasman have
been alerted to the alleged scammers.
They had been the subject
complaints for targeting
pedestrians on Queen Street and
using aggressive methods to solicit
for cash donations.
Immigration New Zealand
yesterday said it had received visa
applications from other members
of the “Blessings” syndicate.
“(Immigration) officers in New
Zealand have been in regular
contact with their colleagues in
China and we can now confirm
that our offices in China have
received applications by suspected
or confirmed members of the
Blessing scam,” the agency’s area
manager, Michael Carley, said.
“ Participants have been known to
dress as monks or nuns and try to
persuade their victims to hand over
money or jewellery in return for
‘ blessings’. ”
Investigations are still ongoing
and no decision had yet been made
on whether the visas of the three
will be cancelled.
They had been issued with two-
year multiple-entry visitor visas
because they said they wanted to do
some sightseeing in the country.
“But in any event their
circumstances will be carefully
considered before they will be
allowed to return to New Zealand,”
Mr Carley added.
Mr Carley said a number of
visitor visa applications from China
nationals suspected to be involved
in the scam had been declined.
Richard Chambers said he was
pleased the three individuals had
left the country.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Fake monks head to Australia
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