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Dead rider named
A motorcyclist killed in a collision
in Hamilton on Friday night has
been named by police as local man
Wayde Anthony Thomas. Police said
two motorcycles collided in Temple
View, killing 34-year-old Mr Thomas.
“The rider of the second motorcycle
suffered serious to critical injuries in
the crash and is currently being treated
in Waikato Hospital,” Inspector Dana
McDonald said. Neither rider was
wearing a crash helmet. — NZM E
Body in river identified
Police have confirmed the body
found in the Waikato River yesterday
is the 23-year-old reported missing
on Saturday. Hepisipa Tupou tried
to swim across the river near Jellicoe
Drive in Hamilton on Saturday night.
Mr Tupou’s family saw him slip below
the surface while another man was
attempting to rescue him. Indications
were that he was not a strong
swimmer, police said. — NZ ME
Burned woman critical
The 29-year-old woman who
suffered serious burns outside a
Dunedin ser vice station has been
transferred to Middlemore Hospital’s
burns unit. The Dunedin woman
was a voluntary patient of Wakari
Hospital’s mental health ser vice and
an investigation into her care would
take place, Southern District Health
Board adult mental health ser vices
clinical leader Dr Brad Strong said.
Emergency ser vices were called to
the ser vice station on the corner of
Taieri Road and Ber wick Street at
7.25pm on Monday. The woman
remains in a critical condition.
— Otago Daily Times
Car vandalism spree
Six teenagers have been referred
to Invercargill police’s Youth Aid
after at least 18 cars were damaged
in Invercargill overnight. Senior
sergeant Darryl Lennane said police
were called to Gladstone about
12.40am today where a vehicle
had its tyres slashed. Officers then
identified a further 17 vehicles with
similar damage in the area. Five boys
and a girl aged between 13 and 14
believed to be responsible were later
located in central Invercargill by
police. — NZ ME
Fake grenade scare
A suspicious item prompted
the evacuation of Tauranga Port
yesterday and sparked a call-out for
police and the Defence Force. A
routine x-ray of a container at the
port showed an item that appeared
to be a grenade. The Defence Force
later confirmed the item was a
realistic-looking replica German
stick grenade. — N ZM E
Numbers in Keno draw No 10752: 6,
10, 15, 21, 23, 24, 30, 32, 35, 37, 39, 45,
46, 50, 55, 58, 61, 71, 74, 76. Draw No
10753: 5, 8, 10, 17, 20, 30, 31, 33, 39,
46, 48, 49, 52, 54, 55, 58, 64, 67, 69, 76.
Draw No 10754: 1, 6, 15, 16, 18, 24,
27, 28, 33, 34, 45, 50, 53, 54, 63, 67, 69,
71, 72, 77. Draw No 10755: 2, 3, 4, 12,
16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 28, 34, 35, 39, 40, 43,
46, 51, 52, 58, 65.
Catton labelled ‘ungrateful, traitor’
A Canterbury builder has today
admitted assaulting cricket star Jesse
Ryder outside a Christchurch bar two
The 39-year-old man was initially
charged with assault and injuring with
reckless disregard for the safety of Ryder
who was in an induced coma for nearly
three days after the assault.
He was due to stand trial in March
but today he pleaded guilty in the
Christchurch District Court to an
amended charge of assault with intent to
His name suppression was continued
by Judge Stephen O’Driscoll today until
he is sentenced in May.
The man’s 22-year-old nephew earlier
admitted charge of assault following
the altercation with the controversial
cricketer outside a Merivale bar on the
night of March 28, 2013.
He will also be sentenced on May 6.
Both men have been remanded on bail.
The trio had shared a drink at the
Aikmans bar on the night Ryder was there
with Wellington Firebirds team-mates.
Ryder spent almost three days in a
coma and several months recovering
before he was back playing cricket.
Judge O’Driscoll called for a pre-
sentence report which would assess the
older man’s suitability for a sentence of
The builder’s defence counsel Jonathan
Eaton, QC, said his client was “quite
willing” to participate in a restorative
justice conference with Ryder.
Previous comments by Ryder on
meeting the men who assaulted him were
now historic, Mr Eaton said, and now
there “might be water under the bridge”
and more clarity around the facts, Ryder
may have a different view. — NZ ME
The prayers of a grieving family were
answered yesterday afternoon when
a body believed to be that of missing
teenager John Wakelin was found in the
surf at Wainui Beach, about 3km south
of where he went missing.
John, 19, and his brother Paul Wakelin,
23, were lost at Makorori Beach, 12km
north of the city, on Saturday morning.
The older brother was found within half
an hour but despite an extensive search
since Saturday, no sign of John had been
found until about 4.30pm yesterday.
“A man surfing at Wainui, opposite the
primary school, came across a body in
the waves,” search co-ordinator sergeant
Greg Lexmond said.
“A nearby resident saw him make the
discovery and went down to assist.
“ Together they got John out of the
water,” he said.
A formal identification process has
been conducted to confirm the identity.
“ We believe it is John Wakelin,” Mr
The family were advised immediately
after the discovery.
Close family friend Russell Holmes
says finding John was a “massive relief ”,
for the immediate family, the boy’s wider
family and friends.
“John has been returned to them and
that will certainly assist them with the
grieving process. ” Funeral arrangements
are being finalised today.
“The family will make an announcement
tomorrow on when the two boys will be
farewelled,” Mr Holmes said.
Mr Lexmond says finding the missing
teenager was also a massive relief for all
those involved in the search and for many
more people in the Gisborne community.
“It cannot take away the shock of the
tragedy for the family, but everyone is
hugely relieved John has been found. ”
A rahui put in place on the Makorori
and Wainui beaches at the weekend will
remain in place until this weekend.
— NZ ME -Gisborne Herald
Broadcaster Sean Plunket has
labelled author Eleanor Catton an
“ ungrateful hua” over her criticism of
the Government and her perception
that New Zealand suffers from tall
“ You are bagging all of us,” Plunket
said on Radio Live this morning. “ I
don’t see you as an ambassador for our
country, I see you as a traitor. ”
He said she was an “ungrateful hua”
— a Maori slang word.
condemned on social media, amid
confusion about what Plunket had
“Did Sean Plunket just call Eleanor
Catton an ‘ungrateful whore’?” TV3
reporter David Farrier wrote in a
series of tweets.
“People like Sean Plunket make me
hate New Zealand, not fiercely smart
“ Welcome to New Zealand, where
old men talk down to younger smarter
Arts commentator Hamish Keith
also queried the comment, saying
on twitter: “Halfway through his
disgusting rant Plunket calls Eleanor
Catton and “ungrateful whore” or am
I mishearing that.”
Film-maker Julia Campbell also
questioned the comment, writing,
“Did Sean Plunket really call @
Eleanor Catton an ungrateful whore?
Is this journalism???”
“Eleanor’s been over in India
bagging New Zealand,” Mr Plunket
said on his morning show.
He then went on to tell Catton to
stick her comments “where the sun
“ Now Eleanor, you say we’re
dominated by politicians, you’re
lucky enough Eleanor, to live in
a democracy where people get to
vote, so the Government and the
Parliament and the make-up of the
Parliament represents the people of
New Zealand, so basically you are
bagging all of us.
“S he talked about tall poppy
syndrome, if you stand out you will
be cut down. Well, I’m only having
a crack at you now because you’re
being such an ungrateful hua Eleanor
Media Works spokeswoman Rachel
Lorimer confirmed the term Mr
Plunket used was “ungrateful hua”.
Ms Catton had slated New Zealand
as a country led by “neo-liberal,
profit-obsessed, very shallow, very
money-hungry politicians who do not
care about culture”.
The Luminaries author, who won
the Man Booker Prize, also took a
swipe at the “tall poppy syndrome”
and New Zealanders’ attitudes
towards individual achievement.
Her outburst drew a response
from Prime Minister John Key, who
said yesterday he was disappointed
at Catton’s lack of respect for his
Government and claimed the author
was aligned with the Green Party.
But the New Zealand Book Council
has defended Catton’s right to express
her political views and said it was
hard being a writer in New Zealand.
Catton was speaking at the Jaipur
Literary Festival, and said she was not
happy at being seen as an ambassador
for her country. Her comments were
reported on the Live Mint news
Mr Key said he did not think
what most people thought of the
Government. “I’m disappointed if
she doesn’t have respect for the work
we do because I have tremendous
respect for what she does as a writer,”
NZ Book Council chief executive
Catriona Ferguson said it was difficult
to be a writer in New Zealand.
“ We are a small country and it
is a limited industry,” she said.
“ When a writer does make it on the
international stage that ’s really big
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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Invercargill woman Averil
Gardiner has 21 days to dispose
of 22 of the cats at her city
home after a district court judge
found charges against her proved
Neighbours and the Invercargill
City Council have been trying
since 2011 to persuade Gardiner
to give up most or all of her
estimated 25 or 26 cats.
Last year she was charged with
breaching a council bylaw by
failing to comply with a notice
instructing her to reduce the
number of cats to no more than
three, and also faced a Health Act
charge of allowing cats to create a
After a judge-alone trial, Judge
David Saunders told Gardiner:
“The time has come for reality to
sink in”, convicting her, fining her,
and ordering her to dispose of all
her cats bar three.
Sarah McKenzie, who appeared
for the council, said the SPCA
was available to “take the cats
away tomorrow ” (today), but
Gardiner’s counsel, Simon Claver,
said Gardiner had approached a
cat-fostering group which needed
three weeks to find homes for the
After the hearing, neighbours
said they were pleased but were
sceptical Gardiner would comply
with the order.
“This has been going on for
four years come June. We’ ll
believe it when we see it,” Katrina
Gardiner, who consistently hid
her face from media cameras
during the one and a half-day
trial, stared ahead and showed no
emotion as Judge Saunders gave
The prosecution called five
witnesses — a council compliance
officer and four neighbours — but
Gardiner did not take the stand
or call any witnesses.
In brief submissions, Mr Claver
argued Judge Saunders should
dismiss the charges because the
section of the bylaw relating to
when the council could issue a
compliance notice was confusing,
and because the section of the
Health Act the prosecution
was relying on related only to
commercial premises, not homes.
Judge Saunders rejected those
submissions, saying the notice
to comply under the bylaw was
correctly issued and the Health
Act must refer to homes as well as
many other types of premises.
He was satisfied from the
evidence Gardiner had many cats
on her property and her lack of
control had created a nuisance for
On the charge of breaching the
bylaw he fined her $400 — the
maximum penalty available is
$500 — and ordered her to pay
court costs of $130.
He also ordered her to pay $750
towards prosecution costs, saying
it was fair she paid something.
Ratepayers and taxpayers had
been “hit with a double whammy ”
as ratepayers were funding the
prosecution and Gardiner was
receiving legal aid for her defence,
On the Health Act charge he
ordered her to pay court costs of
$130 and said the best outcome
was for her to comply with the
He warned if she did not
comply, further charges could be
laid and she could face non-
compliance fees of $50 a day, plus
a significant contribution towards
Earlier in the day, neighbours
gave evidence about their issues
with the cats since Gardiner
moved into Thurso Street, north-
east Invercargill, in June, 2011.
The issues included cats fighting,
faeces deposited on their lawns
and gardens, seedlings uprooted,
cats spraying inside and outside
homes, and cats entering homes
and sleeping there or eating other
Ms Robertson and another
neighbour whose name was
suppressed spoke of their
cats becoming stressed when
Gardiner’s cats ganged up on
them outside. Ms Robertson’s cat
became so stressed it regularly
coughed up fur balls, while the
other neighbour and his wife
decided to have their elderly cat
A third neighbour, whose name
was suppressed, said several
neighbours decided to trap the
cats one night, hiring traps from
the council. About eight were
caught and taken to SPCA but
she understood Gardiner got
them all back.
She said Gardiner did not
comply with a notice to reduce
cat numbers. “ It was just so
frustrating. We can’t enjoy our
property — our own property.
And it ’s been going on for years.”
— Otago Daily Times
22 cats must go, judge tells woman
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Averil Gardiner, on trial over the large number of cats she keeps at her Invercargill home, covers her
face from a television camera in the Invercargill District Court yesterday. Beside Gardiner is lawyer
Labour leader Andrew
Little has begun broadening
Labour’s image as as the
“ jobs party,” not just a party
for working labour, but for
especially small business,
and for those who want to
be their own boss.
Small business — “the
engine room of job growth”
would be a priority for
Labour as it developed
policy over the next two
He made the pledge this
morning in his first state of the nation
speech since being elected Labour leader
He also said that dealing with
inequality would be a priority.
Small businesses were responsible for
nearly a third of New Zealand’s economy
last year, and 41% of jobs created last
year were in firms with fewer that 20
The biggest long-term challenge
for New Zealand was where the next
generation of wealth creation would
“ Not because wealth creation is an end
in itself but because a good quality of
life for all of us needs strong economic
“The truth is stark,” he said. “ Doing
what we are doing today wont support
the standard of living we as New
Zealanders want in the future.
“As a country we need to do things
differently. That is going to take courage.
“Government can provide some of
the leadership to make a difference but
nothing will change unless we are all
in it together.” Besides small business,
the three other issues he planned
to give speeches on in the coming
months were housing affordability,
unlocking Auckland’s gridlock to make
it an internationally competitive city and
developing a manufacturing sector fit for
the 21st century.
He delivered his speech to a breakfast
audience of business people, party
activists and MPs at Auckland’s
Mr Little was deliberately light on
policy although he said the super fund
would invest in promising local start-up
firms, that zero hour contracts would
be banned, and he promised New
Zealand would again have the lowest
unemployment rate in the developed
world as it had 10 years ago — it’s ninth
today at 5.4%.
“ When people have jobs, they have
dignity, they have self-respect, and their
families have the best future,” he said.
“The Labour Party I lead is about jobs,
good jobs, skilled jobs, well-paid jobs.
That ’s what a good fair and wealthy
society is based on and that ’s what
Labour stands for.”
Last December in his first major
speech outside Parliament Mr Little
announced that finance spokesman
Grant Robertson would head a Future
of Work Commission to look at the
changing nature of work.
Today he said there were
huge opportunities for
the economy in having a
stronger small business
sector — “ in having more
businesses that are nimble,
flexible and innovative”.
He promised less red
tape and fewer hurdles for
people wanting to start
their own business.
Mr Little also focused on
inequality. He referred to
an OECD report of last
year that concluded that
income inequality from
1985 to 2005 had knocked 10 points off
New Zealand’s growth.
“ It ’s a vicious circle; more inequality,
slower growth, more inequality.
“ We have to break that cycle if we want
Right now many New Zealanders did
not have a good enough quality of life
and the number of children living in
poverty had increased by 20,000 since
National came to power in 2008.
“Those children would fill 95 primary
school halls and 40% of them come from
Mr Little drew on his experience as a
former EPMU union boss and positive
dealings he had had with Air New
Zealand and Fonterra to accentuate his
connection with business.
In 2005 the EPMU had worked closely
with Air New Zealand to find a way to
keep engineering jobs in New Zealand
that were heading overseas, and they
kept 300 in New Zealand and Air New
Zealand benefited from productivity
“As a union leader, I was always
conscious that wealth had to be created
first before it could be shared,” he said.
During his time as national secretary,
Fonterra embarked on a project to
increase the productivity of their plant
They had realised that for every 1%
increase in time that their plant was
operational, they could add $100 million
to their bottom line.
“The upshot was they gave frontline
responsibility and they increased the
incomes of those workers — the jobs
were actually more satisfying at the end
of it. ” Too often the Government saw
work as transactional, as though hiring
people was like buying or selling a
product, he said.
“ Well it’s not. At its best, like it was at
Fonterra, it’s about shared purpose.
“That ’s the philosophy we need to
bring to Government. ”
Speaking to reporters after wards, Mr
Little would not be drawn on changes
to Labour policies that small businesses
might oppose such as abolishing the
90-day trial period for new workers and
increasing the minimum wage.
There was three years to the election
and all policies would be reviewed by the
party in time.
His speech was about setting direction.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Trouble has again hit the Melilla
The Korean-flagged ship with
a chequered history nearly ran
aground in Otago Harbour last
night after its engines failed.
A crew of eight and a Port Otago
pilot were on board as the ship
went to leave the harbour for
South-east Asia to be scrapped.
It had been tied up at the Birch
Street wharf for nearly two years
after being seized by the Ministry
for Primary Industries.
The ministry has spent
hundreds of thousands of dollars
on berthing costs for the 73m
factory stern trawler and to
fumigate the vessel after it was
found to be infested with rats
Three of its senior officers were
found guilty last year of illegal fish
Earlier this month, the owner of
the company which tendered for
the vessel, Dennis Nisbet, said the
vessel was “still in pretty good nick
for its age”.
Last night he said due to the
quick action of the crew, anchors
were deployed before the vessel
He was on board last night to
assess what happened but said it
was not a major incident.
Port Otago chief executive Geoff
Plunket said the vessel lost engine
power in the cross channel near
Deborah Bay and Otakou and
“Both tugs were used to refloat
the vessel and the main engine was
The vessel was then able to travel
under its own power back to Beach
Mr Plunket said the situation
would be reviewed today.
“ We need to understand what
happened and whether it can safely
He could not comment further
until the review had been
completed. — Otago Daily Times
Police hunting a tracksuit-clad man,
captured on camera with a stolen safe
full of cash, have appealed to the public
to help identify him.
The safe was stolen from an office the
Hollywood Bakery at Henry Rose Place
in Albany during a burglary on Saturday,
North Shore police have worked
through several different lines of inquiry
to try and identify the caught on CCTV
cameras carrying the safe, but these have
all now been exhausted. The thief left in
a stolen car which was later recovered.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Troubled vessel strikes hiccup
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Korean-flagged Melilla 201 is helped by a pilot vessel and two Port
Otago tugs in Otago Harbour near Aramoana last night.
Thief makes off with safe
Police are searching for a man who
escaped police custody in Nelson.
Chassy Duncan, 25, has been on the
run for a month after police tried to
arrest him for breaching bail conditions.
A warrant for his arrest for escaping
custody has been issued and police
believe he is in the Nelson area.
Police said Duncan is Maori, about
188cm tall and has tattoos on both arms.
A police spokeswoman said Duncan
was on electronically monitored bail
when on December 28 police tried to
arrest him for breaching the conditions
of his bail and he escaped. — NZ ME
Police hunt Nelson escaper
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