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A magnitude 3.8 earthquake shook
Christchurch overnight. The quake
at 3.03am was centred 10km south
of the city at a depth of 13km. More
than 900 people from as far away as
Dunedin and Wellington reported
the quake on the Geonet website.
The Mercalli intensity, which
measures how strong the quake feels
on the ground, was 5. It followed
another 3.8 magnitude quake 10km
south-east of Christchurch on
Sunday at 4pm. — NZ ME
Live grenade found
A live grenade was found at a
recycling centre in Richmond, near
Nelson. Police said a staff member
at the Richmond Green Waste
Recycling Centre called police after
they found the rusty grenade in a
pile of dirt, about 1pm. The area
was cordoned off until the Defence
Force bomb disposal squad arrived
from Christchurch. The grenade was
eventually detonated about 9.20pm.
Death not suspicious
Police are satisfied foul play was not
involved in the death of a man whose
body was found in the grounds of St
Mary’s Catholic Primary School in
Great North Road, in Avondale, west
Auckland, on Easter Sunday. They
have named him as Clarrie Henry, 50.
Police found injuries on Mr Henry’s
body but a post-mortem examination
left them satisfied there were no
suspicious circumstances. — N ZME
A ticket, sold in Dunedin, won its
holder $1 million in division one of
Lotto draw No 1452 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 1, 2, 7, 9, 17,
32; bonus 15. Strike numbers were
1, 9, 7, 32. There were three Strike
Four winners, from Canterbury,
Waitara and Auckland, each taking
home $113,134. Powerball number
8. There was no division one winner.
The Winning Wheel ticket was
sold in Tolaga Bay. The winner from
Dunedin spun for $125,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11020:
2, 12, 14, 19, 20, 21, 30, 32, 37, 38, 41,
44, 45, 49, 57, 60, 64, 70, 78, 79. Draw
No 11021: 2, 7, 11, 16, 17, 25, 27, 31,
33, 37, 41, 46, 49, 53, 56, 60, 66, 68, 73,
79. Draw No 11022: 6, 11, 12, 16, 19,
29, 32, 37, 39, 53, 56, 61, 64, 65, 66, 68,
69, 75, 77, 79. Draw No 11023: 3, 6, 9,
13, 17, 21, 27, 29, 40, 48, 51, 52, 57, 58,
60, 64, 66, 71, 73, 75. Draw No 11024:
8, 12, 14, 17, 20, 21, 27, 31, 33, 35, 39,
40, 43, 45, 46, 49, 52, 72, 76, 80. Draw
No 11025: 9, 10, 14, 17, 18, 20, 24, 25,
30, 35, 39, 42, 45, 49, 52, 53, 60, 67, 70,
77. Draw No 11026: 3, 4, 8, 12, 13, 23,
34, 40, 43, 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 69, 71, 72,
75, 77, 79. Draw No 11027: 10, 12, 13,
21, 23, 25, 28, 29, 30, 34, 35, 45, 52, 55,
56, 60, 62, 70, 73, 76. Draw No 11028:
3, 13, 15, 18, 27, 30, 37, 38, 45, 46, 48,
54, 59, 60, 62, 64, 66, 67, 70, 72. Draw
No 11029: 2, 3, 5, 13, 14, 19, 25, 26, 28,
38, 45, 46, 49, 52, 55, 59, 61, 64, 78, 79.
Draw No 11030: 9, 17, 26, 35, 38, 40,
42, 45, 46, 48, 53, 55, 61, 62, 65, 66, 75,
76, 77, 79. Draw No 11031: 2, 4, 5, 7,
9, 13, 15, 16, 25, 29, 37, 39, 44, 45, 50,
55, 62, 66, 77, 80.
$NZ poised for parity with $A
A man who fell from a boat that
capsized in Manukau Harbour on
Thursday evening remains missing.
The 74-year-old man was one of two
men in an 5m boat that overturned while
crossing the Manukau Bar via the south
channel about 5pm on Thursday.
People on a nearby boat managed to
pull one man from the water unhurt, but
the elderly man did not surface.
Both men were believed to have been
wearing lifejackets at the time.
Yesterday a spokesman from the
Auckland maritime police unit said the
search for the missing man had been
The man was among a group of family
and friends out fishing together. The
people in the boat that rescued the other
man were friends of the missing man and
his family. — NZME
Boatie still missing
New Zealand’s richest man, Graeme
Hart, is understood to be planning to
float most of Carter Holt Har vey in
what could be the biggest initial public
offering (IPO) this year.
Mr Hart’s Rank Group bought CHH
almost a decade ago and has been car ving
up the business since, with the Carters
outlets and timber products the last piece
of the company to be sold.
The building supplies division with
exposure on both sides of the Tasman
could, according to one market source,
raise as much as $1 billion based on
earnings multiples but subject to price
Brokers Credit Suisse First Boston and
First New Zealand Capital are believed
to be working on the float, which could
hit the share market around the middle
of the year.
In an IPO, Mr Hart would be expected
to retain a cornerstone stake of about
30% in the business, which is comprised
of more than 50 Carters Building
Supplies businesses in New Zealand,
Woodproducts New Zealand and
Woodproducts Australia. Brands include
Pinex and Laserframe.
Last year it was reported CHH’s
building supplies business was for
sale after taking combined charges in
2011 and 2012 of $393.8 million in
impairments on its underperforming
timber and plywood businesses across
the Tasman on earnings of around
In 2006 Mr Hart paid $3.6b for Carter
Holt Har vey, which was then comprised
of forests, farms and a pulp and paper
division as well as the building supplies
and timber products part of the business.
In 2013 Mr Hart finished offloading all
30 Carter Holt Har vey farms that were
converted from forests in Rotorua and
Bloomberg ranked Mr Hart at 145 on
its billionaires list last year with a fortune
of $US8.4b ($11b), down $US342m for
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
The New Zealand dollar traded near
parity with the Australian dollar and
may break through $A1 should the
Reser ve Bank of Australia cut its cash
rate as expected today.
It was at A99.37c at 8.30am in
Wellington. The local currency traded
at US75.50c from 76c yesterday.
Traders see a 75% chance that
Australia’s central bank will cut
its cash rate a quarter point to a
record low 2% after its meeting
today, to revive an economy hurt by
a slump in iron ore and coal prices
and a downturn in resources sector
investment. That would widen the gap
with New Zealand’s official cash rate
to 1.5 points, lifting the appeal of the
New Zealand dollar.
“S hould the RBA cut its policy
rate today, it seems highly likely that
parity will be hit,” Raiko Shareef, a
strategist at Bank of New Zealand,
said in a note.
The local dollar surged in the
US on Friday after Department of
Labour figures showed the world’s
biggest economy added 126,000 jobs
in March, well below expectations
of a 245,000 increase and the
weakest since the end of 2013. The
unemployment rate was unchanged at
5.5%. Still, in trading today, the local
unit gave up much of its gains against
New Zealanders have already been
making the most of the strong dollar,
with visitor numbers reaching record
highs, and that trend looks set to
Bloomberg recorded the New
Zealand dollar at A99.78c yesterday
afternoon, the closest the currencies
have been since the local dollar was
floated in 1985.
The has risen to the edge of parity
with its usually much stronger
Australian counterpart as the
economies of the countries separate.
New Zealand’s economy is doing
well out of Asian demand for
agricultural products while Australia
is struggling with the end of the
global commodities boom as China’s
Migration statistics show that
1.2 million New Zealanders holidayed
in Australia last year, and some flight
companies have reported booking
boosts of 25% so far this year, with a
40% increase to some States.
While the tourism industry expected
even more New Zealanders to travel
to Australia, economists warned of
downsides for those returning home
and for exporters facing financial
losses in the country’s second largest
Institute of Economic Research
Eaqub said the two biggest impacts
of the potential parity would be for
those holidaying in Australia and
New Zealanders returning here from
across the ditch.
“ New Zealanders going to Australia
to visit for a holiday . . . things are
going to be quite a bit cheaper,” he
“Theoretically it used to be for every
$A1 you got only 80c, but now you are
going to be getting, roughly speaking,
20% more for your money.”
Mr Eaqub said New Zealanders
returning from Australia would feel
“ For those coming back to New
Zealand they ’re going to have less
money when they transfer their
savings and income across than they
previously would. ”
There would also be an adverse
impact on exporters, who would have
the absorb the price of the dollar shift,
at least in the short term.
Finance Minister Bill English said
the strong dollar would be tough
for exporters sending their goods to
“ We expect it will have some impact
but these are very resilient businesses,”
Prime Minister John Key told TV3
the strong dollar was a “double-edged
“In a lot of ways it’s a point of
celebration because it shows that our
economy is doing well,” he said.
Exporters often have an importer
component and markets would fix
prices, he said.
Labour finance spokesman Grant
Robertson said the high dollar
would mean incomes would stay
lower for longer, making it harder for
New Zealanders to make use of the
exchange rate on overseas trips.
“There’s no point in being able
to spend relatively more money at
Surfers’ Paradise if you don’t earn
enough to save for the air fare.
“The real parity we need to work
towards is parity of incomes. That ’s
when it’s time to have a parity party.
But the higher our dollar is, the lower
our incomes are.”
Mr Robertson said the real problem
was the Reser ve Bank was forced to
keep interest rates higher to stop the
housing crisis from exploding.
“ If the Government stopped sitting
on its hands and built more houses,
(Reser ve Bank governor) Graeme
Wheeler would have more scope
to lower interest rates and take the
pressure off our dollar.”
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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Aluminium High Grade
Martinborough’s vineyards will
get a third native bush falcon to
keep the scare tactics going with
Project organiser Jane Lenting,
from Palliser Estate vineyard, said
the new falcon, named Quentin,
would arrive later this month
from Rotorua’s Wingspan Birds
of Prey to join the five-month-old
falcons Honour and Pari, which
arrived in November.
Quentin will replace Hohoro,
which was killed by a stoat.
The project uses raptors born
in captivity in Rotorua, then
transported to Wairarapa as
young birds yet to imprint on
It is part of a conser vation
project between the Rotorua
sanctuary, Department of
Conser vation and Escarpment
Vineyard, to bring the birds back
to the district, with the bonus of
providing effective pest control
Ms Lenting said Quentin was
one of three birds rescued from
eggs from Kaingaroa Forest.
As the sanctuary had taught
Quentin to hunt, it would arrive
able to feed itself.
Ms Lenting said Honour and
Pari were doing well in their
environment and doing what was
She had removed their locator
However, people had contacted
her with sightings of Honour
and Pari, which seemed to have
taken a special liking to Palliser’s
Clouston vineyard at the end of
“I am still giving them
supplementary food every second
day at Escarpment vineyard and
they ’re taking about a third of
what they need.”
She was now reducing the
quantity based on uneaten food.
“They are increasingly wild.
“The female — Honour — used
to tolerate me approaching to
about 3m or 4m, but now she flies
off as soon as I arrive, unless I am
well away from her feed table.”
She said providing Quentin
to their project was a “vote of
confidence” for their work and a
Normally Wingspan would
release birds like Q uentin at
Kaingaroa School east of Taupo,
where the children provided
supplementary food until the
falcon become fully wild and
headed off into the forest to live.
She said as Quentin was not
hack released, it would not
imprint on the Martinborough
landscape and might not stay
around. “But we hope that the
abundant food in Martinborough
will tempt him to stay.”
— NZ ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
Talon-ted newbie joins air defenders
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age/Supplied
Wingspan Bird of Prey Centre trainer Andrew Thomas with a male native bush falcon called Quentin.
Quentin will be transported to Martinborough late this month to join two other falcons to catch prey
around the vineyards.
One dead on
This Easter weekend had the second
lowest road toll on record and was the
first with the new lower alcohol limits
for drivers in effect.
One person died on the roads between
4pm on Thursday and 6am today.
National road policing operations
manager Inspector Peter McKennie
said one death was a tragedy, but overall
police were pleased.
The tally for injury crashes was not
available to police today, but the low
road toll meant road safety messages
were getting through to drivers, he said.
The policing strategy and messages
were similar to previous years, but the
lower drink-driving limits were a new
factor that may have assisted in the low
toll, Mr McKennie said.
From December 1 last year, the alcohol
limit for drivers aged 20 and over was
lowered from 400mg of alcohol per litre
of breath to 250mg.
“The early indications are that people
are adjusting to that change in the drink
drive limit,” he said.
“ We’re getting fewer people at the
court-level offence than what we’ve
Mr McKennie said he had spoken
to people who had travelled from
Wellington to Auckland on the weekend.
“They’ve found overall driver behaviour
was very good, with very few incidents
of people driving recklessly and unsafe
behaviour, which is very promising.”
Mr McKennie said he wanted the
messages from the holiday weekend to
carry through to everyday driving.
“ It ’s not just about holiday weekends.
We want people to get this embedded
in their everyday driver behaviours,” he
“ It ’s getting people to pay a high level
of attention to their driving at all times. ”
One person died at the scene of a two-
car collision in Canterbury on Saturday
The crash happened on State highway 8
between the Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre
and Mount Cook Road. A second person
was flown to Christchurch Hospital in a
A second death on the roads is unlikely
to be included in the official road toll,
after a truck driver died at the wheel in
Auckland on Saturday.
The man was in his 50s, and was
believed to have died as a result of a
medical event about 10am on Waipa
Last year’s Easter road toll was five,
from a reported 95 injury crashes.
Three people were killed on the roads
in 2013 over the Easter holiday period.
The only fatality-free Easter recorded
was in 2012. — NZME
The high end of Queenstown’s hotel
market just got higher.
Luxury hotel Eichardt’s confirmed
yesterday it would take the penthouse
apartment in a yet-to-be-built $6
million development next-door on
Guests will be charged $10,000
per night — suggested to be New
Zealand’s most expensive hotel suite.
Demand from “ ultra-high net
worth” visitors means Eichardt’s
owner Imperium will take two further
suites in Skyline Enterprises’ adjacent
The 240 square metre penthouse
suite, with 100 square metre balcony,
features a commercial grade kitchen
for use private by private chef, two
suites with ensuites, a sauna, spa and
A $10,000-a-night fee is eye-watering
even by Queenstown’s standards.
A “chalet stateroom double” room
at Blanket Bay, where actor Sir Ian
McKellen and the late comic Robin
Williams stayed, in peak season costs
almost $3400 per couple.
Deluxe suites at Matakauri Lodge —
a favourite of web entrepreneur Kim
Dotcom — can costs $2550 a night.
A lodge suite at Taupo’s exclusive
Huka Lodge, meanwhile, can cost
$3865 per night.
Eichardt’s — owned by Imperium
Capital Group’s Andrew Cox —
already charges $1950 a night for lake
Mr Cox said in a statement: “ They
(rich guests) choose Q ueenstown
because it offers them what money
can’t buy — a unique experience to
share with their networks that melds
understated luxury, safety, food, wine
and activities that no other destination
in the world can compete with. ”
Private jet landings at Queenstown
airport have soared from 180 in 2013
to 239 last year — including American
pop star Katy Perry in December.
But the Corporate Jet Ser vices
terminal at Queenstown airport has
reached capacity and some pilots are
being asked to “drop and go” at busy
Skyline’s building — featuring
high-end retail stores and office space
on the ground and first floors — is
expected to be finished early next year.
Eichardt’s intends to open a bistro
restaurant on the ground floor of the
Imperium Capital Group bought
Queenstown’s The Spire Hotel last
year. — Otago Daily Times
$10,000 a night for planned penthouse
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Eichardt’s Private Hotel in Queenstown’s Marine Parade.
A fire at a Wiri factory last night caused
no significant damage, the company says.
John Frear, general manager sales
and marketing of towbar manufacturer
Best Bars in Bolder wood Place, said
firefighters brought the fire under
control soon after it started just after
“ We are just going through assessing
the impact to our production and any
effect on customers, but we don’t foresee
anything significant,” he said.
He said the fire started in the pre-
treatment part of the factory where
metals were treated with a range of
caustic and acid chemicals.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Little damage from blaze
Conser vation group Sea Shepherd
has come to the aid of the crew of
a poaching vessel that sank off the
coast of west Africa.
The Sea Shepherd ships Bob
Barker and Sam Simon were
rescuing the crew of 40 who were
able to disembark from the ship
Thunder before it sank.
Sea Shepherd has been pursuing
the ship for four months.
Captain of the Bob Barker, Peter
Hammarstedt, said: “ When my
chief engineer boarded the Thunder
in the hours leading up to the
sinking, he was able to confirm that
there were clear signs that the vessel
was intentionally scuttled.
“Usually when a vessel is sinking,
the captain will close all hatches so
as to maintain buoyancy. However,
on the Thunder, the reverse was
done — doors and hatches were tied
open and the fish hold was opened.
It is an incredibly suspicious
situation, to say the least.”
No one was reported injured,
according to Sea Shepherd.
The crew of the Thunder has been
supplied with food and water, and
will now be received by the Sam
Captain of the Sam Simon, Sid
Chakravarty, said, “ With the safety
of my own crew also in mind, we
will now take every precaution to
ensure that the crew of the Thunder
is retrieved from the lifeboats
The Thunder is one of six vessels
called the “ bandit 6” by Sea
Shepherd that are known to engage
in illegal, unregulated, unreported
fishing of vulnerable toothfish in
the Southern Ocean.
Mr Hammarstedt told Radio
New Zealand this morning that his
ship had been tracking the Thunder
for 110 days since finding it fishing
illegally in Antarctic waters.
Bob Barker was about 800m from
the ship when it put out a distress
call, and the crew began getting
The captain of the Thunder
claimed it was struck by a cargo ship
in the early hours of the morning.
He said when the Bob Barker
arrived on the scene the Indonesian
crew members appeared to have
been taken by surprise by the
sinking, but the officers on board
had suitcases packed.
Mr Hammarstedt said he had no
doubt the ship had been scuttled.
“ We’ve been reporting to interpol
and the Ministry of Primary
Industries in New Zealand every
day. They were at the end of their
fuel and I’m confident that the
captain of the Thunder thought
he’d rather see the physical evidence
that was on that vessel go down
with that vessel.”
The crew of the Thunder had been
segregated from the Sam Simon’s
own 20 crew, because they had been
violent towards the Sea Shepherd
crews in the past.
He told Radio NZ the crew would
be taken to the nearest port in the
Gulf of Guinea and handed over to
authorities. — N Z ME
Sea Shepherd says
poachers scuttled ship
A toddler who almost drowned
on a Waikato farm is now fighting
for his life in hospital.
The two-year-old boy suffered an
“ unthinkable accident ” on Thursday,
a family friend said on a Givealittle
page set up to raise funds for the
Hunter McGillivray is now in
paediatric intensive care at Starship
Hospital and his condition was very
serious, Karen Berger posted on the
“ Hunter’s family are vigilantly
watching over him as he battles for
Ms Berger said the latest update
from his parents, Nan Lapmoon
and Dan McGillivray, was that
Hunter was doing well but had a
long way to go as his lungs were very
sick. He was a strong, determined,
Ms Berger said she was asked to
set the page up to help the family
with day-to-day costs while they
were at his side in hospital. More
than $3300 has been raised already.
Emergency ser vices were called
to the farm at Te Poi at 11.30am
on Thursday, and Hunter was
treated at the scene before being
flown to Waikato Hospital. He was
transferred to Starship later that
night. — NZ ME
Boy fighting for life after farm mishap
A pedestrian who was believed to have
sustained head injuries in a hit and run
incident last week has been identified,
It comes after police issued an appeal
for information on Sunday after a
rental car was returned with a badly
damaged windscreen and bonnet. It
was believed the young male driver had
struck a woman on Great North Road at
Avondale, Auckland, about 1.30pm last
The woman had now been identified,
detective sergeant Kevin Blackman said
A member of the public had contacted
the inquiry team with information, and
the woman met with police yesterday
The woman suffered some injuries
in the incident, but they were not life-
threatening, Mr Blackman said.
She had been offered medical assistance.
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