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Young girl drowns
A 19-month-old girl has drowned
in Dargaville after police say she was
found unresponsive by her mother in
the family swimming pool. Maxine
Billie Welsh’s family discovered the
toddler was not in the house and
found her in the pool about 8.15pm
on Monday. The pool was in the
back yard, which police said was
not fenced. Police spokeswoman
Sarah Kennett said family members
attempted to resuscitate the girl
but were unsuccessful. Emergency
ser vices staff then attempted to
resuscitate the girl for an hour. It was
unclear who was at the house at the
time but it was believed both parents
were present, she said.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Man’s leg crushed
A young man’s leg was crushed under
a tractor yesterday. He was flown
to hospital by a specialist team. The
Waikato Westpac rescue helicopter
ser vice said it was dispatched to
transfer the man to Waikato Hospital
about 2pm. The man had initially
been flown to Gisborne Hospital
after the accident but needed to be
flown to Waikato Hospital for further
treatment. — NZ M E
A person was injured in a
motorcycle crash in Tokoroa. A
St John northern communications
spokesman said the ser vice was
called to the scene on Balmoral
Drive at 1.09pm yesterday. He said
one person was taken to Tokoroa
Hospital with moderate injuries.
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
Body washed up
A body found in the shallows at
Cable Bay in Northland is believed
to be that of an Auckland diver
who went missing on January 8.
Two people on the beach made the
discovery on Tuesday afternoon.
Police attended the scene but had yet
to release any further information.
Auckland man Rangi Roydon
Tapu, 25, has not been seen since
he vanished while free diving about
50m off shore.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Dead man named
Police have named a man found
dead in the centre of Whangarei
last week as 41-year-old Reuben
Jesse Kawiti of Whangarei. He was
found unresponsive by a member
of the public on Bank Street,
between Cameron Street and Vine
Street, shortly after 3am on Friday.
The matter is being treated as an
unexplained death and has been
referred to the coroner.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
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PM warns against taking keys from tourists
One person is dead following a forestry
accident involving a digger at Port
Waikato this morning.
Emergency ser vices were notified of
the accident off Klondyke Road, Port
Waikato at 8.17am, police northern
communication shift Inspector Chris
Police were working to formally identify
the person and notify next of kin.
A Fire Ser vice spokesman said the
accident involved a digger and was on a
As the accident was not on a public
road, but on a work site, Work Safe
would handle the investigation.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
A Dutch forensic scientist has defended
the analysis she carried out in The Hague
which detected Christine Lundy’s brain
tissue on Mark Lundy’s shirt.
The Crown alleges the tissue got there
when Lundy allegedly bludgeoned to
death his wife Christine, 38, at the
family’s Palmerston North home in
Lundy, 56, has pleaded not guilty to
murdering his wife and the couple’s
seven-year-old daughter Amber.
His defence team today continued
cross-examining the Dutch expert who
testified it is more probable than not
tissue found on Lundy’s shirt came from
his wife’s central ner vous system.
Laetitia Sijen is head of the human
biological traces department at the
Netherlands Forensic Institute in The
Her forensic work often involves
analysis of RNA, which is used to infer
where a DNA sample comes from.
She explained that if a person is shot
several times, RNA analysis can help
determine which bullet went through
the liver, kidney or lung.
The court has previously been told
Dr Sijen tested slides brought to the
institute by the police officer in charge of
the crime scene, detective senior sergeant
She did these tests in the presence of
a forensic expert attached to the defence
An Environmental Science Research
forensic scientist has already testified the
slides contained samples from two small
stains — which matched Mrs Lundy’s
DNA — found on a polo shirt belonging
The shirt was found inside-out in a suit
bag in Lundy’s Ford Fairmont by police
examining the car days after his wife and
daughter’s bodies were discovered on
August 30, 2000.
One stain was found on the left sleeve,
the other on the shirt pocket.
Dr Sijen had testified her analysis of
the sleeve sample show markers for the
presence of brain tissue were obser ved in
seven out of 12 tests, or 58%.
She said this meant “it’s more probable
than not that it’s central ner vous system
Lundy’s defence counsel David Hislop,
QC, questioned Dr Sijen about the
complex biological markers she uses in
her RNA analysis.
He said her results were “somewhat
speculative” and suggested there was
something wrong with the reliability
of the marker the scientist had used to
detect brain RNA.
“ You don’t accept that there is
something inherently wrong with that
particular marker?” he said.
“No,” Dr Sijen replied.
“I don’t agree that the markers are not
The trial continues. — NZ N
She came to New Zealand to
recover from depression brought on
by her partner’s death in a motorcycle
Instead, Chia-Fang Chu’s grief has
been compounded by the death of
her father in a collision brought on
by a “momentary lapse of attention”
on unfamiliar roads.
The 39-year-old Taiwanese tourist
admitted charges of careless driving
causing death and careless driving
causing injury when she appeared
in the Christchurch District Court
Chu had been driving her family
to Christchurch Airport after a
fortnight tripping around the scenic
South Island when she failed to see a
stop sign on February 18.
Her 66-year-old father Fu-Hwa
Ju — who had suggested the holiday
to try to help Chu recover from
her partner’s death — died in the
collision with a four-wheel-drive
vehicle near Templeton.
Chu’s mother, Mei-Yu Chu Yeh,
received rib injuries, pneumothorax,
liver laceration and a fractured
scapular. Chu’s two children, her
cousin and her child were uninjured.
In court yesterday, Chu’s lawyer
Josh Lucas said the accident
had been a “momentary lapse of
attention” and a mistake that could
have been made by any nationality,
including New Zealanders.
Judge Tony Couch remanded Chu
on bail until Friday.
It comes after a horror period on
the roads involving foreign drivers.
Twelve people died in crashes
caused by overseas licence holders last
year, according to provisional New
Zealand Transport Agency data.
There have already been several
fatal crashes and more near-misses
this year — including eight deaths
in as many days last month.
In response, New Zealanders have
been taking the law into their owns
hands and dispensing vigilante
Police are aware of five occasions
where concerned motorists have
taken keys off rental car drivers.
But legal experts, police, the
Ministry of Transport, the Rental
Vehicle Association and even Prime
Minister John Key have warned
against the practice.
Dr Chris Gallavin, dean of law at
University of Canterbury, described
raking keys off drivers as “highly
“ You’re exposing yourself to trespass
actions in civil law, allegations of
theft, and the prospect of things
escalating to the level of being
assaulted, or assaulting somebody.”
He believes police might soon
make a “symbolic arrest ” to send a
signal that the practice will not be
Mr Key said yesterday that New
Zealand drivers were just as bad
as tourist drivers, if not worse. He
added members of the public should
never take the law into their own
The vice-president of the Rental
Vehicle Association, Mark Righton,
agreed. — NZ ME
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PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Dunedin businessman Joe Jiang believes allowing visitors to drive in New
Zealand without any driving test is detrimental to all parties.
Chinese-born Dunedin businessman
Joe Jiang says Chinese visitors should be
tested before driving on New Zealand
Mr Jiang, 35, who was the interpreter
for a Chinese national who caused a fatal
vehicle crash 14 months ago, has made
the call for compulsory testing after
becoming concerned about the recent
spate of vehicle injury crashes caused by
Associate Transport Minister Craig
Foss says there is always more to be done
to improve driver safety but is giving
no indication there will be significant
changes to foreign driver licensing.
Mr Jiang, who grew up in Shandong
province, China, has lived in New
Zealand for 16 years and is director of the
Chinese-language New Zealand South
Island Chinese Newspaper. He believes
there are too many differences between
driving regulations and conditions in
New Zealand and China for it to be
safe to let Chinese visitors drive in this
country without prior testing.
In China, traffic travels on the right,
making it difficult for visitors to New
Zealand to adapt quickly to driving on
the left, Mr Jiang says. Many Chinese
visitors do not know enough English to
read New Zealand road signs, and they
encounter unfamiliar road markings
such as double yellow lines, he says.
New Zealand highways can also
be much narrower than the Chinese
equivalent, causing Chinese drivers to
misinterpret the road’s status. Because
most roads have only one lane in each
direction, some drivers think it is a
minor road and therefore acceptable to
stop on the road to take pictures, he said.
Nationwide, about 6% of crashes
involve a foreign driver. But that figures
is 24% in Q ueenstown-Lakes and 37%
By 2020, it is expected an extra
850,000 visitors a year will be coming to
New Zealand. China will account for a
third of that growth. The Government
hopes that by then Chinese visitors will
be spending $1699 million a year here, a
Mr Foss said New Zealand’s approach
to visiting drivers was consistent with
other countries such as Australia,
Canada, Great Britain, the United
States, France and Germany.
“ We recognise that many people
are concerned with poor driving
behaviour on challenging roads in and
around popular tourist destinations,
particularly in the lower South Island,”
Mr Foss said.
A number of tourist-focused safety
initiatives were already in place, but
“there is always more to be done”, he
“The visiting drivers signature project
is already considering more rumble
strips, median barriers, laybys and rest
stop areas throughout the lower South
Island.” — Otago Daily Times
After 22 years in custody Teina Pora
is in a good position to move for ward
with his life of freedom, his lawyer
The Privy Council yesterday upheld
Mr Pora’s appeal and quashed his
convictions for the 1992 rape and
murder of Susan Burdett.
The decision means that Mr Pora
is a free man. His parole conditions
immediately fall away.
The news was broken to Mr Pora
by his support team, which includes
private investigator Tim McKinnel
and lawyers Jonathan Krebs and
Ingrid Leary, about an hour before
the decision was announced by the
Privy Council last night.
Mr Krebs told Radio New Zealand
this morning that since Mr Pora was
released on parole last April he has
reintegrated into society.
“He has been subject to some
conditions, they’ve gradually relaxed
as he’s become more comfortable in
Mr Pora had a job and a network of
friends, Mr Krebs said.
Delivering the decision, Lord Kerr
said evidence from two medical
experts that Mr Pora suffered from
a form of foetal alcohol spectrum
disorder — and in their opinion that
could explain why he made what is
now believed to be false confessions
— w as a big factor in the outcome.
The condition meant Mr Pora
would have had a very low IQ —
that of a child’s — when he was
inter viewed by police, at age 17.
“The board concluded that the
opinions of these experts called
seriously into question whether the
confessions could indeed be regarded
as reliable,” Lord Kerr said.
“Since they were the central and
critical evidence at both his trials, it
was concluded that there was a risk
of miscarriage of justice if Mr Pora’s
convictions were to be allowed to
“The board decided, therefore, that
those convictions had to be quashed
and that Mr Pora’s appeal be allowed.”
The board will now give an
opportunity for submissions to be
made — over the next four weeks
whether another retrial should
The Privy Council would not accept
evidence put for ward by Mr Pora’s
legal team regarding serial rapist
However, Mr Krebs said this did
not weaken their position, “not a
jot ”, if a retrial was ordered for Mr
He said providing evidence for an
appellant court, especially the Privy
Council, was more difficult than
calling witnesses in a regular trial.
If a retrial was not ordered the
issue of compensation would then be
looked at, Mr Krebs said.
Labour Party justice spokeswoman
Jacinda Ardern said the case should
have been closed years ago and
Labour had been calling for a
Criminal Cases Review Commission
— a n independent body to deal with
c laims of wrongful conviction and
miscarriage of justice — for several
Labour Party leader Andrew Little
told 3 News an independent review
system was the way for ward.
He said the problem with the
current system was that it was
difficult to get new evidence before
an appeal court.
Jim Burdett said he knew “for years”
that Mr Pora did not kill his sister.
Speaking on Radio New Zealand,
Mr Burdett said a meeting with
Mr Pora was a possibility, but the
decision would be left to Mr Pora.
“ It ’s Teina’s call really, it’s up to
He said he felt sad for what Mr
Pora had been through.
“ My feeling is that it’s a sad state
of affairs for someone to spend his
whole adult life in jail for something
he didn’t do.”
He did not want to see Mr Pora go
through another retrial.
Assistant Police Commissioner
Malcolm Burgess said police
would take time to “fully consider
the judgment and expected to be
consulted by Crown Law regarding
any Crown submissions on retrial”.
He cited a comment from the Privy
Council in relation to Mr Pora’s
confession: “In the present case it is
clear that none of the police officers
exerted pressure on Pora. Indeed,
they were, if anything, fastidiously
correct in their treatment of him. ”
Police Association president Greg
O’Connor, who called for an inquiry
last year because of significant and
growing concern among rank and file
police officers about the case, said he
was not surprised the convictions had
“O bviously there is still a way to go
and some more decisions to be made.
The reason I’m not surprised is, of all
the cases that have become subject to
considerable review, this one stood
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Pora ‘set up for good life’ — lawyer
Dam buster’s medals auction hits a snag
A protector of New Zealand
heritage has stepped into the
plans of New Zealand “dam
busters” veteran Les Munro to
auction his war medals in London
to raise money for a Royal Air
Force memorial in the city.
The 95-year-old from Tauranga
is the last sur vivor of the pilots
who took off for the attack on
German dams, later immortalised
in the film The Dam Busters.
One of only two New
Zealanders to take part in the
World War Two raid, he is to
auction his medals to raise money
for the upkeep of the Bomber
Command Memorial that
commemorates his comrades who
London auction house Dix
Noonan Webb said Mr Munro
had decided to auction his awards
and other items there on March
25. They are expected to fetch
£40,000 ($81,800) to £50,000.
The money will go to the
Royal Air Force Benevolent
Fund, guardian of the memorial
at Green Park in London that
commemorates all the 55,573
dead of Bomber Command,
including 1679 New Zealanders.
But the Ministry for Culture
and Heritage, following inquiries
yesterday, said its approval for
export under the Protected
Objects Act will be needed if the
medals are sold to a non-New
“The ministry will contact the
auction house in this case to let
them know,” a spokesman said.
“ In determining an application
to export, the chief executive
must consult two or more expert
Mr Munro said he was unaware
of these rules concerning the
medals, which are already in
London awaiting the auction.
As a member of the elite 617
Squadron, Mr Munro took off
for the raid in May 1943, but
was forced to turn his Lancaster
bomber back after flak destroyed
the plane’s communications
He became a key figure in the
history of 617 Squadron.
He took part in important
precision raids and on the eve of
D-Day played a central role in
an operation which fooled the
German forces into thinking
that an invasion fleet was sailing
towards Calais, rather than
The former squadron leader
said: “My reasons for donating
my medals and my flying
logbooks to the RAF Benevolent
Fund and, more particularly, the
Bomber Command Memorial,
were prompted by my visit to the
memorial in May 2013.
“I could not help but think
of the cost of its ongoing
maintenance and, with the
feelings of the descendants of
those 55,573 in mind, believe that
every effort should be made to
maintain the memorial in the best
“It was a tragedy that it was
some 67 years before the loss of
55,573 lives, while ser ving on
Bomber Command during World
War Two, was finally recognised. ”
The medals to be offered include
his Distinguished Flying Cross,
Distinguished Ser vice Order and
Companion of the NZ Order
of Merit, along with his flying
When asked if he was missing
his medals, Mr Munro said,
“ I haven’t had the occasion to;
I happen to have alternatives
(miniatures of the originals).
“The family have all got a copy
of the miniatures and also I
have arranged for the logbooks
to be re-printed, so this is the
immediate family who have
He said he now thought of
his air force missions only
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Last sur viving “dam busters” pilot Les Munro at home in Tauranga
Dairy product prices rose in the latest
Global Dairy Trade auction, as gains
in the price of butter and cheddar
outweighed declines in the price of
anhydrous milk fat, whole milk powder
and rennet casein.
The GDT average winning price rose
1.1% to $US3374 ($4471), from $3366
at the previous auction two weeks ago.
Some 22,094 tonnes of product was
sold, down from 22,957 tonnes two
After the latest GDT auction, the Agri
HQ seasonal farm gate milk price for
the 2014-15 season has increased by 5c
per kilogram milksolids to $4.75/kgMS.
This is comparable with Fonterra’s $4.70/
kgMS forecast which the company
reconfirmed last week.
“The small increase in the milk price
forecast was brought about by a slightly
stronger NZX Dairy Futures market,
which improved the price outlook for
the remainder of the season,” Agri HQ
dairy analyst Susan Kilsby said in a
“ Milk intakes have not fallen quite
as quickly as previously anticipated
and Fonterra has replaced some of the
product that was earlier removed from
Cheddar rallied 10.8% to $3377 a
tonne, while butter milk powder climbed
6.8% to $2681 a tonne, and skim milk
powder increased 5.9% to $2935 a tonne.
Butter rose 2.5% to $3912 a tonne.
Rennet casein slipped 0.7% to $8694 a
tonne, while whole milk powder fell 1%
to $3241 a tonne. Anhydrous milk fat
declined 2.2% to $4237 a tonne.
Dairy prices edge higher
Two southbound lanes on
Auckland’s Southern Motor way
have been closed after a steel frame
on a truck hit the Penrose bridge,
leaving debris stewn across the road.
Police are waiting for two
large struts to be cleared before
reopening the lanes from the crash,
which Inspector Chris Tate of the
police northern communications
centre said happened at 8.08am.
Although nobody is believed to
have been injured, one motorist
driving in the other direction said
he saw a damaged car.
Only one southbound lane
remains open, while the salvage
operation to removed the wrecked
frame gets under way.
Auckland commuter Jeff He
was horrified when a truck driver
apparently ignored a flashing
warning light on the Southern
Motor way this morning, ramming
its over-height steel load into the
“I couldn’t believe it, the driver
should have stopped,” said Mr
He, who was four cars behind the
truck as two large steel trusses were
dragged off it and strewn across two
southbound lanes of the motor way.
“The steel frame on the truck is
taller than the bridge and came off.
“Before the bridge there was a
warning strobe light, it was flashing
before the truck hit it.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Truck hits Auckland motorway bridge
An 11-year-old boy has been pulled
off his bicycle and bashed in a daylight
attack in Christchurch.
The boy is reported to have been
cycling along Vanguard Drive towards
Buchanans Road about 6.15pm. As
he cycled along the footpath next to
Broomfield Common, a man walking
towards him is alleged to have pulled
him off his bicycle and assaulted him.
The boy managed to break free and cycle
home. — NZ ME
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