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Truck fire delays traffic
A truck that caught fire early
today is causing traffic delays on
State highway 27 near Morrinsville.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
scene just after 3am, where they found
a truck and trailer were well alight,
northern fire communications shift
manager Steve Smith said. The truck
driver was not injured. — NZM E
An elderly man has died in
Northland after what police said was
a tragic accident involving a firearm.
Emergency ser vices were called to an
address in Mahuta, Kaipara District
about 4.30pm yesterday to attend to
the 74 year-old victim. Police said
the deceased man’s wife was at home
at the time and was very distressed.
Baby death probe closed
The investigation into 16-month-
old Mace Caldwell’s death on
Whanganui Hospital grounds is
closed. Detective Inspector Dave
Kirby could not confirm potential
charges, but said the case was “going
to be for warded” for legal opinion.
It is believed Mace died after his
mother left him in a hot car when
she went to work, accidentally
forgetting to drop him at his daycare
on January 16.
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Police are looking for a 15-year-old
girl who has been missing for a week
and a half. Rose Page Lewis left her
Whanganui home on the morning of
Friday, February 27 and was dropped
off at a Porirua petrol station that
afternoon. Police believe she may
have tried to hitch a lift to Hawke’s
Bay. She has distinctive blonde hair
and police have concerns for her
welfare. — N Z ME
Christchurch Lotto win
A ticket sold in Christchurch
has won its holder $1 million in
division one of Lotto draw No 1448
on Saturday. Successful numbers
were 1, 2, 6, 24, 26, 30; bonus 15.
Strike numbers were 26, 1, 30, 24.
There was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 3. There was no
division one winner. The Winning
Wheel ticket was sold in Rangiora.
The winner from Auckland spun for
Numbers in Keno draw No 10908:
51, 56, 60, 61, 70, 71, 73, 80. Draw No
10909: 1, 3, 6, 10, 21, 31, 32, 37, 40,
43, 44, 45, 59, 61, 67, 70, 71, 73, 76, 77.
Draw No 10910: 13, 17, 22, 33, 39, 40,
43, 49, 50, 51, 54, 56, 57, 59, 61, 63, 67,
68, 69, 77. Draw No 10911: 5, 10, 23,
26, 30, 37, 48, 53, 54, 56, 58, 59, 62, 64,
66, 67, 73, 74, 75, 80. Draw No 10912:
2, 11, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 29, 32, 34,
35, 40, 41, 42, 46, 47, 49, 51, 54. Draw
No 10913: 7, 8, 12, 17, 21, 27, 31, 35,
37, 42, 43, 44, 45, 52, 54, 57, 67, 70, 72,
76. Draw No 10914: 1, 4, 5, 15, 22, 27,
37, 46, 47, 50, 51, 54, 57, 69, 71, 73, 74,
76, 77, 79. Draw No 10915: 2, 4, 6, 9,
10, 14, 23, 32, 37, 41, 42, 46, 48, 54, 55,
60, 63, 72, 73, 79.
Flag panel members paid $640 a day
The wife of a 69-year-old Auckland
man, looked on in horror as he slid down
a bank and over a cliff while tramping
the Milford Track, a witness said.
George (Clyde) Little was killed while
walking on a steep section of the track
near Mackinnon Pass, the highest point
on the Milford Track, about 11.30am
Mr Little and his wife Jill were part of
a 32-member Rotary tramping group,
staying at Department of Conser vation
huts in Fiordland National Park.
The group included people from across
New Zealand and Australia, and one of
the leaders was Otago Regional Council
chairman Stephen Woodhead.
Mr Woodhead said Mr Little was
walking towards the end of the group,
with his wife and two of the group’s
other leaders acting as “tailing Charlies”
to ensure no-one was left behind.
“The track is in good condition at that
point. We know he was walking single-
file with his wife behind him.
“ He slipped down a sloping rock face
and then there was a drop-off.
“S he saw him pop over and he
disappeared quickly. It must have
been horrifying for her.” The drop was
estimated to be between 100m and
Mr Woodhead said it had been raining
during the morning but it was just
beginning to clear.
He did not believe weather or track
quality were factors in the accident.
“ We have no idea how it happened.
“ We don’t know whether he tripped or
whether he had a medical event.
“ It ’s just a complete and utter shock to
the group. ” The cause would have to be
determined by the coroner, he said.
Mr Woodhead described the couple as
“reasonably quiet ” but keen trampers.
“They were a nice couple.”
Ultimate Hikes general manager
Noel Saxon said people on one of his
company ’s walks encountered the group
soon after the accident.
“O ur guys came across some packs
on the side of the track and they knew
there was something going wrong off the
He understood the Rotary group had
a locator beacon, which was activated
when the accident happened.
Mr Saxon said the man’s companions,
none of whom were injured, were
shocked and distressed after the tragedy.
A rescue helicopter was sent to the area
with a medic and winch operator, and
both Mrs Little and Mr Little’s body
were flown to Te Anau.
Tour organiser Peter Vollweiler, of
Waihola, said he had organised the tours
for the past 30 years and said about
17,000 people had walked the track
without any fatalities.
“ Most of them (trampers) are middle-
aged.” — Otago Daily Times
First prize in New Zealand’s Maori
performing arts festival has been won by
performance group Te Kapa Haka o Te
Whanau a Apanui from the Mataatua in
the eastern Bay of Plenty.
Over 1800 performers, 1200 workers
and 400 volunteers supported the Kapa
Haka performing arts festival, which is
held every two years in a different region
in New Zealand.
Te Matarae i Orehu from Te Arawa,
Rotorua and Opotiki Mai Tawhiti from
Mataatua, eastern Bay of Plenty, were
both placed second.
Nine teams made it to yesterday’s finals.
They competed in seven compulsory
disciplines including whakeke (entry),
moteatea (traditional chant), waiata-
a-ringa (action song), poi, haka,
whakawatea (exit) and te reo (language).
The festival was sold out with a capacity
audience of between 6000 and 8000
each day and it continued as rain fell on
Saturday. — NZ N
A panel of high-profile New
Zealanders charged with selecting
a shortlist of new flag designs will
each pocket $640 a day.
The 12-person panel includes
reality television doyenne Julie
Christie, businessman Rod Drury,
and Nicky Bell, chief executive of ad
agency Saatchi and Saatchi.
Panel members will receive
$640 per day worked. Chairman
John Burrows, the former deputy
chancellor of the University of
Canterbury, will receive $850 per
The group was chosen from names
nominated by a cross-party group of
MPs. Payment to members was set
in keeping with the Cabinet Fees
Framework, the Government said.
Administered by the State Ser vices
Commission, the framework sets
fees for statutory and other bodies
in which the Crown has an interest.
The flag panel will meet early this
month and seek public opinion from
May to June.
Members of the public would be
invited to submit flag designs and
the panel will shortlist designs to
be put to the public in a referendum
later this year.
A spokeswoman for the body
overseeing the flag referendum was
unable to say how many days each
panel member would work.
There would be up to 14 panel
meetings across two years, as well as
Assuming the members work an
average of two days per week from
May until the first referendum
towards the end of the year, they
would be paid almost $36,000.
A budgeted allowance for the panel
and its work was up to $465,040 over
the 2014-15 and 2015-16 financial
years. O verall, the flag referendum
process is expected to cost $25.7
million, of which $17.3 million is
for the two referendums and the
remainder for public consultation.
More money will need to be found
for postage and processing costs if
voter turnout exceeds 70%.
The first referendum will be done
on a preferential voting system so
voters could rank the designs in
order of preference.
The most popular would go up
against the current New Zealand
flag in a second referendum next
Writer Kate de Goldi is the
deputy chair. Other members are
Lieutenant-General Rhys Jones,
Beatrice Faumina, Sir Brian
Lochore, Stephen Jones, Peter Chin,
Malcolm Mulholland and Hana
The cross-party panel has MPs
from all parties bar NZ First which
declined because it objected to the
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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A serial fraudster has scammed one
of the country’s top judges out of more
James David Stewart, 31, will be
sentenced in the Auckland District
Court later this month for an offending
spree that took place between July and
October in 2013.
Stewart has pleaded guilty to seven
charges of accessing a computer system
for a dishonest purpose — ripping off
eight victims for more than $200,000 in
an elaborate bank fraud over the course
of a few weeks.
One of those victims was Justice
Rhys Harrison — one of eight Court
of Appeal judges who preside over the
second-highest court in New Zealand.
Justice Harrison was made a Q ueen’s
Counsel in 1994 and appointed as a
High Court judge in 2001, before taking
up his current position in 2010.
But on July 15, 2013, he found his
ANZ account $42,259 lighter than it
should have been.
Court documents were released, but a
judge ruled the way Stewart drained the
money could not be published until after
The defendant was due to be sentenced
earlier this year but the hearing was
deferred to another date to assess
the possibility of a restorative justice
It could have pitted the powerful judge
against Stewart in an over-the-table,
super vised conversation but it was later
deemed unsuitable for such a meeting.
Though a significant sum, the stolen
funds were only about 10% of the
Judicial salaries and allowance as of
October 2012 put a Court of Appeal
judge’s yearly wage at $415,000.
A ministry spokesman said the judge
was not keen to discuss the case.
“Justice Harrison advises me he is
unable to comment publicly on the
sentencing process,” the spokesman said.
During his career as a judge, Justice
Harrison had presided over dozens of
fraud cases, many more serious than the
one in which he became a victim.
In 2009, former All Black Doug
Rollerson was convicted but freed
without penalty by Justice Harrison for
his part in a complex scam which cheated
sport organisations out of charity money.
The judge said there was no point in
imposing a fine because the defendant
had not profited from the crime.
Justice Harrison was not as sympathetic
in the case of Colleen Margaret Gray,
66, and Bruce Kenneth Gray, 65, who
siphoned $30,000 from a decile-one
school in Otara. The couple appealed
their home detention sentences last year
but abandoned the appeal when the
judge warned them they might end up
Stewart will also be sentenced on other
charges after stealing a car at the end of
Police later found him with drugs and
drug paraphernalia in the car and laid
further charges on which he will also be
sentenced later this month.
It is understood, the defendant has
previous convictions and he made the
news in 2003 as a teenager when he
climbed the roof of a Napier church
during a drunken escapade.
He told the court he had been taking a
shortcut home and ended up climbing a
drainpipe on to the roof of the Methodist
Stewart kicked a fire escape door,
smashing a glass panel window and was
jailed for six weeks and fined $172.
He faces a maximum jail term of seven
years on the fraud charges. — NZ ME
The Trans-Pacific Partnership
Agreement was labelled a “dirty
deal” and an attack on democracy
as 1500 protesters rallied in
Dunedin’s Octagon to voice their
displeasure on Saturday.
The protest, part of a national
day of action across 23 centres,
including Hokitika, drew MPs,
city councillors and health
professionals to join forces
in Dunedin to oppose the
Not even the threat of rain
deterred the large crowd from
marching along George Street,
carrying placards and shouting
slogans such as: “ TPPA, no way!”
and “TPPA, taking people’s
power away ”.
Like other critics of the
proposed trade agreement
— planned for 12 countries
including New Zealand the
United States, Japan, Singapore
and Australia — the protesters
slammed the deal as an attack
on democracy and a “corporate
They were also concerned
negotiations had been shrouded
in secrecy. Once the crowd arrived
in the Octagon the protesters
listened to speeches, poetry and
Dunedin-based Green Party
co-leader Metiria Turei said the
TPPA was a “dirty deal” and
an attack on New Zealand’s
environment and “fundamental
democratic rights to determine
for ourselves what happens in our
“This land belongs to us. It
doesn’t belong to John Key or
Steven Joyce,” she said.
The Green Party had challenged
the Government to release the
cost-benefit analysis of the trade
Public Health Association
member Dr Alex Macmillan said
the TPPA would take away access
to affordable medicines through
“Pharmac fights for fair
and affordable medicine for
everyone and big pharmaceutical
companies do not like that.”
It would also take away New
Zealand’s right to limit the power
and harm of “big tobacco and big
alcohol” and limit the country’s
ability to fight climate change.
Dunedin City Councillor Jinty
Mac-Tavish was concerned it
would limit the power of local
government when it came to
Many commentators believed
the TPPA would restrict the
ability for both local and central
Government to take into account
non-financial measures when
procuring goods and ser vices.
“So, if we want to improve
environmental standards through
our procurement or we want to
favour local (businesses), that
may be more difficult, or it may
not be possible if the TPPA is
The Dunedin march came as
protesters gathered in up to 23
centres, including all of New
Zealand’s largest cities.
Supporters of the TPPA,
including New Zealand’s
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said
the deal would deepen economic
ties and open up trade, boost
investment flows, and promote
closer economic and regulatory
— Otago Daily Times-NZME
March against ‘dir ty deal’ done in secrecy
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Protesters march towards Dunedin’s Octagon as part of national action against the Trans-Pacific
Labour leader Andrew Little has
given supporters a hint that they can
vote for Winston Peters in Northland,
but he rejects any comparisons to
National’s “dirty deals” in Epsom.
Mr Little said yesterday the by-
election now appeared to be a
two-horse race between the New
Zealand First leader and National
candidate Mark Osborne.
He said Labour’s candidate,
Willow-Jean Prime, would continue
to campaign and he would travel to
Northland to support her.
But he added that Labour voters
should “think carefully about how
they exercise their vote” if they
wanted to “send a message” to the
“The reality is that there are two
polls in a row that show there’s a
competition between the two front-
runners, in this case National and
New Zealand First. And it’s usually
typical for a by-election, the race ends
up coming down to the two front-
runners. I can’t ignore that reality,
nobody else can.
“ In the end, by-elections are a
referendum on the government of
the day. If Northlanders feel they’ve
been neglected and they can’t get
their roads fixed and those sorts of
things then they’re going to have to
think about how they cast their vote
in a way that sends a message to
Mr Little’s comments echoed Mr
Peters’s slogan for his Northland
campaign, which is “Send Them a
Mr Osborne said he had expected
Labour to back Mr Peters, but he
was surprised Labour had taken this
approach so early in the campaign.
A TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll
yesterday showed Mr Peters and Mr
Osborne tied on 36%. Ms Prime
was well behind on 20% If Labour
pulled Ms Prime from the race, 51%
of Northland voters would back
Mr Peters and 37% would back Mr
Osborne, the poll said.
Mr Little said yesterday: “ This is
a by-election where the voters have
one vote and it ’s an area that has been
routinely neglected by the National
Party and National Party MPs.”
Ms Prime told Radio New Zealand
this morning that she had since
spoken to Mr Little and did not
believe he was asking her to “pull
back” from her campaign.
“ What Mr Little is saying is that
there is a choice that voters are going
to have to make, and that we are not
pulling our candidate from this race.
I am the Labour Party candidate for
“There are 11 candidates in this
by-election so there are a range of
options that people have. The leader
and my party are backing me — they
are not pulling me from the race.”
Ms Prime refused to comment as to
who she believed voters should cast
their vote for.
“ I don’t go out there in Northland
and tell voters how to vote. I will not
tell people how should they vote. ”
Mr Little this morning repeated
his statements suggesting Labour
supporters “send a message” to the
government by voting for Mr Peters
in the Northland by-election.
Speaking to Newstalk ZB, Mr
Little stopped short of endorsing Mr
Peters outright, but said voters should
take note of the poll results, which
showed the New Zealand First leader
and National candidate Mr Osborne
“The polls are saying one thing at
the moment, there’s two clear front
runners. If people want to send a
message to the government, then
they’re going to have to cast their
Mr Little said that Ms Prime was
a strong contender who had declared
first in the by-election race.
“The truth is, other things come
along, other personalities come along,
the polls are telling us that there are
two front runners and it’s not ours.”
He denied the stance indicated a
deal had been made between NZ
First and Labour.
“There are no discussions taking
place between NZ First and Labour
or me and Winston,” Mr Little said.
“ What ’s happened has happened,
and you’ve got to respond to the
information you’ve got. ” — NZME-
New Zealand Herald
Little drops Peters by-election hint
An expert defence witness is giving
evidence today in the Lundy double-
murder trial and is expected to challenge
evidence given last week by an expert
The jury in the trial has been told tests
on the marks have shown evidence of
The Crown’s case is the tissue belonged
to Mark Lundy’s 38-year-old wife
Lundy has denied killing her and their
seven-year-old daughter Amber, who
were found dead in their Palmerston
North home on August 30, 2000.
Dutch forensic scientist Laetitia Sijen
told the court last week she arrived at her
conclusion that brain matter was present
on the top based on tests performed on
RNA in the sample.
RNA indicates which part of the body
cells came from — different to DNA
which would indicate who the cells
Professor of molecular medicine
Stephen Buston, from Angela Ruskin
University in Cambridge, England, told
the court today there was on average 17
pieces of RNA in each cell.
He said he was initially surprised to see
that tests were performed on the RNA
years after the tissue was deposited on
the shirt because he did not realise the
RNA would last for so long.
He had since discovered it was possible,
but great care was needed to be taken
with the samples, including how they
If the RNA was degraded, results
might not be reliable, he said.
“ If you get a result you need some
additional information to make sure it ’s
The samples were initially tested by
Texan pathologist Rodney Miller, who
was scheduled to give evidence by audio-
video link today, but the link to the United
States failed. His evidence is now expected
to take place tomorrow. — N Z ME
Lundy brain matter
Prime Minister John Key has
refused to respond to claims by
the former GCSB director of
“mass collection” of data on New
Mr Key, speaking to Radio New
Zealand this morning, said he
did not understand what former
Security Bureau director Bruce
Ferguson meant by the term.
“I don’t even know what he means
by that, so there’s no point in asking
me the question.
“I can’t tell you what ’s in Bruce
Ferguson’s head and what he means
“The law is very clear about what
it allows us to do when it comes
to New Zealanders, and all the
advice I’ve had is that we are 100%
Mr Key said he did not agree
that New Zealanders had a right
to know whether their e-mails,
text messages and personal data
was being gathered by a state
“ Well, as a general rule the answer
to that should be no — but it
depends on the circumstances,” he
Mr Key told Radio New Zealand
the law did not allow spying
on New Zealanders, except in
special conditions, and the advice
he’s received is that those legal
requirements were being met.
“ Where we go and collect
information there’s always a very
good reason for that,” he said.
Asked again to confirm whether
there was mass collection of
New Zealanders’ data, the Prime
Minister said: “I’m not going to
agree with that, I’m not agreeing or
“I don’t even have a clue what you
mean by that. ”
Kim Dotcom told Radio NZ that
he found Mr Key’s response to
the spying claims “incredible” and
He said one million New
Zealanders visited the Pacific
islands each year, and their private
data was being collected by the
GCSB and handed over to the
United States National Security
“That is the definition of mass
sur veillance,” he said.
Mr Dotcom said he believed the
mass sur veillance operation was
going on in New Zealand as well.
He called for Mr Key to resign in
light of the spying revelations.
“The evidence couldn’t be clearer,
and John Key should therefore
resign as Prime Minister.”
An 11-year-old boy suffered serious
injuries after hitting a pole while riding
a motorcycle in Thames yesterday.
spokesman said staff were called to the
accident about 3pm.
“ He fractured his pelvis, his femur
and maybe an arm,” the spokesman
The boy was flown to Waikato Hospital
in a serious condition.
He was not riding in an event at the
time, the spokesman said. — NZ ME
Young rider injured
Key mum on spying claims
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