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Puppy owner sentenced
A puppy was badly hurt when it
fell off the back of its owner’s utility
vehicle and was dragged along a
road. Temtem, a five-month-old
staffordshire terrier crossbreed,
had to be seized by the SPCA and
euthanised last year after suffering
injuries that included a flesh wound
so deep it exposed a broken bone.
Temtem’s owner, Jarrod Wharekawa,
37, was sentenced to 200 hours’
community work and to pay $637
when he admitted two charges in the
Tauranga District Court this week
for failing to protect his puppy from
significant injury and for keeping
the puppy alive when it was suffering
unreasonable pain or distress.
— N ZME -New Zealand Herald
Police have confirmed a body pulled
from the water off an Auckland beach
on Monday was that of swimmer
Johnny Faitaua. The 24-year-old Glen
Eden man was swept away at O’Neill
Bay last Thursday.
— N ZME-New Zealand Herald
Truck crash closes road
A truck crash yesterday left the
Napier-Taupo Road closed for a
few hours. The driver was taken to
hospital with a concussion and in a
moderate condition after his vehicle
rolled about 6pm north of Te Pohue,
near the Mohaka bridge. Police said
the truck, believed to be carrying
fertiliser, came off the road before
hitting trees and landing upside down
in a ditch. The road was clear by 9pm.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Hay shed fire
Firefighters battled to control
Plymouth this morning. Central
fire communications shift manager
Jan Wills said emergency ser vices
were called to the scene of the fire
on Wortley Road just before 6am.
She said five trucks were working to
control the fire. — NZ ME
Bridge climber arrested
A man who crawled more than
20m up a road bridge arch over the
Waikato River in Hamilton has been
brought down safely. The incident
closed the Victoria Bridge at the
south end of the city’s central business
district from 11.15am as firefighters
scaled the underside of the bridge to
retrieve the 32-year-old. The man was
arrested and taken into custody.
— N ZME -New Zealand Herald
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 483 last
night. Successful numbers were 7, 10,
22, 31, 42, 43; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10728:
54, 55, 61, 62, 65, 67, 73, 79. Draw No
10729: 1, 4, 6, 8, 14, 16, 19, 20, 25, 43,
50, 54, 57, 59, 65, 69, 71, 73, 75, 79.
Draw No 10730: 3, 6, 12, 15, 21, 24,
32, 33, 40, 42, 47, 53, 54, 55, 62, 63, 72,
74, 75, 76. Draw No 10731: 1, 12, 14,
18, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 37, 40, 48, 52, 58,
61, 62, 68, 69, 75, 79.
Mortgage war heats up as more banks cut rates
A former Central Otago policeman,
sentenced yesterday for intentionally
making an intimate recording of
another person, stood before the court “a
thoroughly broken man”, his lawyer said.
Judge Kevin Phillips said he was
granting the man final name suppression
to protect the victim.
The defendant had earlier pleaded
guilty to the charge, which arose after he
used his police-issued iPhone to film a
teenager showering. He was off duty at
the time and resigned from the police
soon after the charge was laid.
Appearing in the Alexandra District
Court yesterday, the man was sentenced
to nine months’ intensive super vision
and 150 hours’ community work for
what the judge described as “serious and
The defendant will be super vised
regularly by a probation officer and one
of the conditions of super vision is that he
not have any contact with people under
the age of 16, except in the presence of
an “approved and informed adult ”.
He also has to attend a psychological
assessment and have treatment and
counselling as directed.
Throughout the 90-minute sentencing,
the defendant stood impassively in the
dock, his eyes downcast.
— Otago Daily Times
Unions have rejected a call from
Finance Minister Bill English for further
restraint in wage increases because of the
The Public Ser vice Association says
its members have borne the brunt of
belt tightening in the wake of the global
financial crisis and now expect “to get
our cut ”.
The Council of Trade Unions says the
low-inflation environment is better for
businesses, making pay rises for staff
Mr English made his call for continued
restraint after new inflation figures
released by Statistics New Zealand
showed inflation was just 0.8% in the
year to December, driven largely by lower
In the final three months of 2014, New
Zealand experienced negative inflation
— the consumer price index fell by 0.2%.
Mr English said yesterday that over
the past four years, the average wage had
increased from about $49,500 to $55,000
and pay was still expected to outpace
“But if inflation remains low, the dollar
value of future wage increases may be
smaller than previously expected. This
is particularly true in the public sector.
Lower inflation means the Government
will have to work even harder to control
its spending to get its books back in
surplus, so public sector wage rises will
remain restrained. ”
PSA national secretary Erin Polaczuk
said it looked as though Mr English
expected public ser vants to continue to
bear the brunt of the financial crisis.
‘”He is basically trying to get a budget
surplus by cutting into the wages of our
Public sector wages had been falling
behind the private sector for some time.
“This is the year that our members are
looking for a pay increase. They have
taken the brunt of the global financial
crisis for too long. We are meant to be a
bit of a rock star economy, we are meant
to be improving and we have a high
expectation that we are going to get our
cut this year.”
Seven major government agencies and
many other smaller organisations are due
to enter pay talks with the PSA this year.
The labour cost index measured an
increase in public sector pay of 1.2% in
the last June year. The private sector rose
by 1.8% .
CTU economist Bill Rosenberg said
low consumer price rises are not a reason
for low wage increases.
“People are due a catch-up in a growing
economy where real wages have not
grown as fast as the economy can afford.”
That was particularly true for low and
middle-income earners who had had
lower increases in incomes and faced
“Lower prices for petrol, diesel,
vehicles, computers and other items also
reduce costs for firms, making pay rise
more affordable. ”
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
staff on hunt
for pay rise
The mother of a toddler thought to
have died in a hot car at Whanganui
Hospital collapsed in distress moments
after her little boy was raced to the
emergency department, a witness says.
The woman, a senior staff member
at the hospital, is believed to have
accidentally left the 16-month-old boy
in her car when she went into work last
Friday under the mistaken belief she had
dropped him off at daycare.
It was only later that she realised the
toddler was still in the car, which had
been parked in the hospital car park that
A witness who was at the hospital
described the distressing scenes as the
child was discovered.
“All the doctors came running out ”
to where the mother “must have been
racing with her son”, the woman, who
did not want to be named, said.
“The poor lady, she didn’t even make it
up the steps, she got carried in soon after
her son was taken through the waiting
“S he was wheeled through in a
wheelchair. It wasn’t quiet . . . she was
clutching her chest and screaming. It ’s
just a scene that I will probably live with
The witness said the hospital needed
to provide a private waiting room for
similar cases, as “pretty emotional” staff
had to wait for news of the outcome in
the public waiting room.
“ It’s pretty horrible,” she said.
The toddler had been due to be dropped
off at the nearby Noah’s Ark Early
Learning Centre on Friday morning,
and it is believed the centre had tried to
contact the clinician.
Company director Kristie Cate said the
centre would not be speaking to media
“at this stage” as a police investigation
was under way.
“ We’re grieving,” she said.
She handed out a written statement
saying it would not be releasing any
details of the family concerned.
“O ur thoughts and love is with the
family at this tragic time,” she said.
Police and the hospital have remained
tight-lipped about the incident.
A Whanganui District Health Board
(DHB) spokeswoman declined to
answer questions relating to what type
of work the mother did at the hospital
and what types of hours she worked.
The hospital would not make any
comment on the incident because “it ’s a
police matter”, she said.
A police investigation into the incident
is ongoing, but police would not release
any further details about what happened,
or the child’s name.
A police spokeswoman said it was
too early in the investigation to know
whether any charges would be laid.
The temperature inside a car can
more than double within just 30 to 45
minutes, and quickly become unbearable
for a child, Paediatric Society of New
Zealand president Dr David Newman
“ Most vehicles heat up very rapidly in
the sun — even on a relatively mild day
of 21degC, the internal temperature of
a vehicle can get to around 49degC in
about half to three-quarters of an hour,”
Dr Newman said.
“ Whether the car is light or dark
makes only a difference of a few minutes
to the time that it takes to get to the top
temperature, and maybe only a couple of
degrees. Cracking the windows down a
bit makes no substantial difference.
“ In hotter conditions, the inside of
a car can get to 60degC, and that ’s
unsur vivable for adults, let alone
children, if you’re in there long. ”
Such heat “is dangerous to biological
systems in children and in adults”, Dr
Newman said, with children struggling
once their core temperature hit
38.5degC or above.
Once core body temperature reached
41degC “we’re in serious trouble”, Dr
Newman said, as vital organs began to
The temperature in Whanganui hit
26degC on Friday, Metser vice said.
Dr Newman said it was much more
dangerous for children to be left in a car
because they heat up three to five times
faster than an adult.
There were about 37 cases of children
dying in hot cars in the United States
each year, he said. Around half were
cases where parents forgot their child
was in the back seat. Figures were not
immediately available for New Zealand.
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
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The latest round of mortgage wars
is heating up, with three more banks
cutting interest rates in the fight to
A week after BNZ and Kiwibank
had trimmed some fixed-term rates,
ASB, ANZ and the Co-operative
Bank have now announced cuts.
Industry commentators expect
more to follow suit in the battle
for the lucrative home loan market,
with mortgage holders set to save
thousands of dollars in repayments
and potentially shave years off their
But the banking sector is also being
accused of price gouging to generate
extra profit, with claims banks are
unfairly levying thousands of dollars
in additional charges on some low-
equity borrowers then blaming the
fees on the Reser ve Bank’s loan to
value ratio (LVR) limits.
This month, Kiwibank cut its two-
year rate by 20 basis points to 5.55%
for borrowers with at least a 20%
Days later, BNZ said it was cutting
its “special” three-year rate to 5.59%
for home buyers with at least 20%
equity — down from the bank’s
previous 5.99% rate.
Last week ASB reduced its three-
year special rate from 5.85% to
5.59%. Yesterday it emerged ANZ
had moved to match Kiwibank’s
two-year special, down 20 points,
with ASB following suit last night,
effective from today.
Meanwhile, the Co-operative Bank
has cut its standard rates across the
board, but low-equity borrowers will
still incur a “premium” charge.
Many banks are also offering cash
sweeteners in a bid to lure first home
buyers or customers from rivals while
the official cash rate is low.
Mortgage Link West broker Stuart
Wills said the home loan market was
“crazy” with banks cutting rates. But
he accused banks of levying unfair
charges on customers refinancing,
then blaming the LVR rules.
executive Kirk Hope said under
the LVR limits, existing customers’
refinancing was still classed as new
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
It is unlikely a mystery object that
killed an Otago man will ever be fully
identified, a coroner says.
Coroner Richard McElrea has
found that Rutger Telford Hale, 22,
died after being struck in the head
by a small solid object that fell from
The object has never been found or
identified, despite an extensive search
and scientific analysis of residual
material in the vehicle.
In his findings Mr McElrea said Mr
Hale was driving his Subaru Legacy
station wagon on State highway
6 towards Albert Town, early on
October 24, 2013.
Mr Hale was travelling with his
Alaskan partner Danielle Oylear,
who was the front seat passenger.
Mr McElrea said as Mr Hale’s
car travelled past the Te Awa Road
intersection onto the Maungawera
Hill, an oncoming vehicle came
around the corner.
It was a dark and rainy night and
as the vehicles came level with each
other an “unidentified object ” passed
through the windscreen and out
of the rear window of the Subaru,
striking Mr Hale on the right side of
his face and head.
As the car reached the top of the
hill Ms Oylear saw her partner was
“slumped” in the driver’s seat and the
vehicle was not slowing down, so she
attempted to take the wheel, and lift
Mr Hale’s foot off the accelerator, Mr
However, the car left the road
ending up in a ditch, and when
emergency ser vices arrived Mr Hale
The driver of the other vehicle at
the time of the accident has never
been identified by police.
In his findings Mr McElrea noted
that Ms Oylear said something
“didn’t seem right” about the other
vehicle on the road at the time of the
She said as the oncoming vehicle
drew level with the Subaru she saw a “
an object flying towards the Subaru”.
“It was about the size of a tissue box
or brick and seemed to me to be beige
“ My instant thought was somebody
threw something but I would have
seen an arm or a window down or
seen a person.
“ I put my arm up in an instinctive
reaction and heard a loud noise,
which I would describe as a ‘crash-
thump’ and when I opened my eyes
I could see the windscreen was badly
In his findings, Mr McElrea said
Mr Hale’s “most unusual” wound was
semi-circular and about 80mm in
He said the object was possibly
made of stainless steel, was man-
made, had a “sandpaper rough”
surface and was coated in soil.
It was unlikely a stone or rock had
been thrown up from the side of the
road, or that the wound had been
caused by a gunshot, Mr McElrea
“I find to a high degree of probability
that the source of the object was the
oncoming utility vehicle and it is
likely to have slid off the deck of that
“The object did not disintegrate and
despite an extensive scene search, was
“It is unlikely that the object will
be full identified without significant
new evidence being made available to
recommendations. — NZ ME
Mystery killer object unlikely to be identified
Russians serenely sail in to NZ. . .
One of the world’s biggest
super yachts arrived in Auckland
At 134m, the $423 million
Serene, owned by Russian vodka
tycoon Yuri Schefler, is longer
than a rugby field and is within
the biggest dozen privately-
owned super yachts afloat.
Mr Schefler is understood to be
holidaying here for several weeks
aboard the vessel.
Mr Schefler avoids publicity and
stays away from his homeland
after falling out with Russian
president Vladimir Putin.
of SPI Group, which produces
and distributes Stolichnaya vodka
and other labels once owned by
the Soviet Union.
Mr Schefler made a powerful
enemy in Mr Putin, who
launched a campaign to wrest
control of Stolichnaya back to the
state soon after coming to power
An arrest warrant for Mr
Schefler was issued in 2003. He
has not lived in Russia since early
Forbes magazine put his net
worth at $US850m a decade ago.
Details from yacht charter
websites show Serene, built in
2011, has a helicopter hangar,
two helipads and a submarine
hangar. There is an under water
viewing space and the vessel has
12 luxurious state rooms for 24
guests who are tended by up to
The owner’s suite boasts an
exterior hot tub on its terrace.
This state room has a centred
oversize California king bed,
walk-in dressing area and en
suite bathroom. It has its own
lift which links to a “sea cabin’’
on deck two, with a private
Behind the owner’s suite is a
salon, lounge bar and library with
There is an internal seawater
swimming pool, a hot and a cold
jacuzzi plus jet stream swimming
pool on the sundeck.
The vessel has a cinema, a
library and an indoor climbing
wall for children.
Serene can be chartered, from a
basic fee of $2.4m a week.
Last August, Microsoft founder
Bill Gates and family were
spotted off Sardinia after hiring
the boat for a week.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
The 134m, $423 million Serene glides into Auckland yesterday.
Govt eyes major RMA changes
The Government has outlined its
plans to dramatically reform the
Resource Management Act, armed
with new research which shows
environmental regulations add
$15,000 to the cost of a new home
and $30,000 to the cost of a new
The high-level reforms were
designed to reverse the skyrocketing
price of housing in New Zealand,
which the Government has blamed
squarely on the costs, delays and
uncertainties caused by the laws
governing how the country’s
environment is managed.
In a speech in Nelson last evening,
Environment Minister Nick Smith
said overhauling the RMA was
critical to addressing housing supply
and affordability and encouraging
economic growth, while also
managing the environment.
He outlined 10 areas for change,
which he aimed to have passed into
law after full consultation by the
end of the year.
Dr Smith’s speech coincided
with the release of a working paper
commissioned by Treasury and the
Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment (MBIE).
The paper by Motu Economic
and Public Policy Research said
a number of housing projects had
been abandoned because of the
delays and uncertainties in the
For projects which proceeded,
regulations such as height limits
added $30,000 in extra costs to
each new apartment.
Councils’section size requirements
and urban design considerations
added an extra $15,000 to the cost
of a new home.
The authors of the report said
it was based on responses by
developers, 90 per cent of whom
had been affected by delays or
uncertainties related to regulation.
Dr Smith said the importance of
more affordable housing would be
specifically recognised in the act.
Under current RMA rules the
development of low-cost housing
was “near-impossible” because
the act was used to constrain land
supply and push up section prices,
meaning that most new houses
were pitched to the higher end of
“ If the section costs $250,000,
nobody is going to put a modest
$150,000 building on it,” Dr Smith
The minister said councils would
be required by law to free up
sufficient land for development in
order to keep pace with growth.
The RMA reforms could already
be passed into law with the support
of the Act Party, but National
wanted broader support for the
The Labour Party was lukewarm
about the proposals, saying they
were light on detail.
Leader Andrew Little said the
changes amounted to “tinkering”
and would not increase the number
of affordable homes “or knock a
dollar off the cost of building a new
“ While Labour
proposals, this is not a silver bullet
to fix the major problem of a lack of
affordable homes,” he said.
Mr Little said it was critical that
changes to benefit housing were not
used as a smokescreen to undermine
Dr Smith’s proposals came after
earlier reforms stalled during the
last Parliamentary term because of
a lack of support.
Dr Smith said changes to the
purposes and principles, known as
section 6 and 7, were “essential”.
The amendments were still
being worked out, but Dr Smith
wanted economic growth, urban
development and management of
natural hazards to be added to these
At present, these sections provided
for protection of coastlines,
landscapes, historic heritage, lakes,
rivers and vegetation.
“The idea that the only
consenting is protection of nature is
naive,” Dr Smith said.
Other proposals included cutting
down on the number of RMA
plans, instead of having a different
plan for every district and region,
and speeding up the plan-making
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Blacklist for risky
Dangerous tourist drivers whose rental
vehicle contracts have been cancelled
will be blacklisted in a Q ueenstown
trial to prevent them from getting back
behind the wheel.
Representatives from rental vehicle and
tourism industry associations plan to set
up a “shared information network” to
alert companies about problem drivers.
A meeting will be held in Q ueenstown
next month to look at how the network
could work, potentially using e-mail and
The regional blacklist would prevent
the highest risk drivers hiring another
vehicle, Rental Vehicle Association
(RVA) chairman Barry Kidd said
“ We’re trying to close the loop.
“ What we’re thinking is those people
are probably in the country for a
relatively short period of time.
“The immediate risk is they ’ll pick up
a rental vehicle from somewhere else.”
Shared information would likely include
the driver’s name, nationality and driver
licence details, Mr Kidd said.
In August, it was reported the RVA was
investigating establishing the blacklist.
At present, tourist drivers deemed
unsafe — but who do not meet the
criteria required to be charged, enabling
police to forbid them to drive — can have
their contracts with rental companies
But there is nothing preventing them
from hiring a vehicle from another
Concerns that sharing information
could breach the Privacy Act appeared
to be unfounded, Mr Kidd said.
The RVA had reviewed its contracts
and while, on balance, no changes
were required, changes had been made
to make it “explicit” that information
would be provided to other companies.
Advice had also been provided to other
companies who used their own contracts.
Mr Kidd said before the trial began,
all rental companies in the resort would
be engaged over the next three to six
Depending on the results, it may be
rolled out nationally, or remain only in
“ We want to involve all of them (rental
“ We can’t make people get involved,
but we’re hoping (with) a combination
of encouragement, coercion and pressure
from the local community they ’ll want
to be involved.
“ It really requires the community to get
behind it and the operators to buy into
the system which will help make the
local community safer.”
— Otago Daily Times
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