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A man is dead after a head-on
collision between two vehicles in
Waikato today. The crash happened
on Hauraki Road near State highway
2, not far from Kerepehi, about
5.20am, police said. The driver of
one of the cars died and a man
and woman from the other vehicle
suffered minor injuries. — N ZM E
Hitchhiker hit by van
A hitchhiker was seriously injured
after being hit by a van in the Bay
of Plenty yesterday. The 30-year-old
Asian woman was hitchhiking on
Jellicoe Streeet, near the intersection
of Oroua Street, in Te Puke when
an east-bound vehicle left the road
and hit her about 11.52am, police
said. The woman was in Tauranga
Hospital in a serious condition, police
said. The elderly driver was suspected
of suffering a medical condition and
was also taken to hospital in a serious
condition. — NZME
Blackberries trap man
A missing Hawke’s Bay man
whose crashed car was found empty
yesterday — sparking a frantic search
along the Napier-Taupo Road — was
found trapped in blackberry bushes.
Aaron Vandenburg had fallen down a
nearby bank and was found just after
8.30pm “entangled in blackberry
bushes”, police said. The 23-year-old’s
blue Audi was discovered stuck in a
fence with a flat tyre by his friends
near the Te Haroto summit on State
highway 5, after he failed to return
home from Rotorua on Monday
night. Rescuers had to cut away the
bushes to free him.
— NZ M E -New Zealand Herald
Forestry worker injured
A forestry worker is in a serious
condition at Gisborne Hospital
after being struck by a falling tree
on Monday in a forest inland from
Tolaga Bay. The accident happened
late in the morning in a block at the
end of the Tauwhareparae Road. The
man, 38, suffered injuries to his chest
and a shoulder and is in a serious but
— NZ ME -Gisborne Herald
Human remains found
The family of missing Dutch tourist
Ken Boogers have been notified after
human remains were discovered at
Farewell Spit. Police said a member
of the public reported finding the
human remains on Monday, about
8km along Farewell Spit. Mr Boogers
was last seen on March 21 in the
Wharariki Beach area of Golden Bay.
A post-mortem examination and
DNA testing will be carried out to
try to establish the remains’ identity,
police said. — NZM E
Numbers in Keno draw No 11088: 1,
10, 11, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 32, 33,
34, 48, 49, 51, 57, 58, 62, 69. Draw No
11089: 9, 12, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25, 38, 41,
42, 43, 44, 45, 48, 50, 52, 64, 67, 68, 71.
Draw No 11090: 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 24,
30, 32, 48, 50, 52, 53, 55, 56, 59, 61, 62,
65, 73. Draw No 11091: 6, 8, 10, 21,
22, 25, 30, 32, 34, 35, 40, 41, 44, 47, 55,
60, 71, 75, 76, 78.
PM apologises after waitress accuses him of bullying
Work Safe NZ has laid a charge over
the death of Peter Grayland in a burn-
off on a high country station in early
Mr Grayland, 52, of Alexandra,
a former policeman and St John
paramedic, died on September 3 while
carrying out a controlled burn-off on
Northburn Station, near Cromwell.
A Work Safe spokesman said the
prosecution followed an investigation
into the incident.
The the charge, laid under the Health
and Safety in Employment Act, was of
failing to take all practicable steps to
ensure an employee’s safety.
The spokesman declined to identify
who had been charged, as the matter
was yet to come before the court and
he said “the party” charged might seek
The case will be called in the Alexandra
District Court on May 19.
Following the incident, police said Mr
Grayland and another man had been
carrying out the burn-off and the co-
worker lost contact with Mr Grayland
as the burn-off progressed. The co-
worker became concerned and contacted
emergency ser vices.
Mr Grayland’s widow, Rose, declined to
comment yesterday on the prosecution.
Northburn Station owner Tom
Pinckney was overseas and could not be
contacted for comment.
— Otago Daily Times
A decline in the number parents hiring
car seats from Plunket for their newborns
has prompted the child welfare charity to
stop the ser vice.
Plunket will phase out the rental and
retail ser vice over the next 12 to 18
months, chief executive Andrea McLeod
told Radio New Zealand.
“The number of Plunket car seat sites
has declined from 283 at its peak in the
1980s, to 72 today.
“ Despite efforts to make the ser vice
sustainable, sites across the country have
been closing as they can no longer afford
to operate. The majority of these sites
only operate part time, a few hours a day,
several times a week,” she said.
“The decline indicates families’ needs
The car seat and capsule hire was
started in 1981.
Sur veys at the time suggested just 20%
of children were buckled in, Radio NZ
That number has now jumped to 93%.
Ms McLeod said Plunket focuses on
preventable injuries among children,
such as slips, falls, burns and cuts.
car seat service
Prime Minister John Key has
apologised to an Auckland waitress
who accused him of harassment and
bullying after he pulled on her pony-
tail on repeated occasions.
In an anonymous article on the
left-wing website The Daily Blog, the
waitress said Mr Key behaved like a
“schoolyard bully” when visiting her
unnamed cafe in the last six months.
She said he later apologised by
giving her two bottles of wine.
A spokeswoman for the Prime
Minister confirmed that Mr Key had
apologised to the woman.
“It’s a familiar cafe which he
regularly visits with Bronagh and both
have a good relationship with those
who work there,” the spokeswoman
“His actions were intended to
be light-hearted. It was never
his intention to make her feel
uncomfortable and he has apologised
In the article, the waitress said Mr
Key began frequenting the cafe at
which she worked before the general
election in September.
“In the beginning, the first time
he pulled on my hair, I remember
thinking to myself he’s probably just
trying to be playful and jolly, seeing
as the general consensus of most who
meet him is ‘he’s such a nice guy ’.
“The next time he came up behind
me and pulled my hair I was annoyed.
Great, I thought, this wasn’t just a one-
off. Despite my obvious annoyance I
didn’t comment on his behaviour.
“It then happened yet again when
he next visited the cafe and again I
didn’t respond verbally, but everything
about my body language screamed ‘I
don’t like that ’.”
She said that despite her obvious
annoyance, Mr Key continued to
touch her hair on visits to the cafe
with his wife Bronagh in February
“ I stood with my back to him filling
water glasses, and he pulled my hair
before once again pointing the blame
at Bronagh. I couldn’t believe it, he
was still persisting and by now he
had definitely got the message that
I was not enjoying it — that seemed
to be why he was enjoying it so damn
much. It had really crossed the line by
this point and I didn’t need to tell him
to stop because now Bronagh herself
was already telling him to stop what
During a visit on March 26, the
waitress said she threatened to
physically stop him from pulling her
“As he made his way out the door
I said after him, ‘Please stop or I will
actually hit you soon!’ He’d made it
clear that he just didn’t care.”
She added: “Everybody knew that
I didn’t like it, I really didn’t like it.
I felt powerless and tormented and
I stepped out the back and I cried
frustrated tears. ”
Mr Key returned to the cafe soon
after and gave her two bottles of his
own brand of pinot noir and said:
“This is for you, sorry, I didn’t realise.”
The waitress said his comment
was “almost more offensive than the
harassment itself ”.
She said she kept the red wine only
because she wanted evidence of his
“ John seemed to think that his job
demanded less professionalism than
that of a waitress, yet he’s the one
that ’s running our entire country.
“ I’m telling this story because I’m
the only one who can and it seems he
needs reminding that he’s not a god,
he’s just a man.”
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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Labour’s animal welfare spokesman Trevor Mallard meets three-month-old Ebony at the Otago SPCA
in north Dunedin yesterday.
Puppy farms and dog fighting
were topics Labour’s animal
welfare spokesman Trevor
Mallard sank his teeth into at
the SPCA Otago in D unedin
Mr Mallard visited the shelter
with Dunedin South MP Clare
Curran and Dunedin North MP
During the visit, Mr Mallard
asked SPCA Otago business
development manager Kirsty
Thomson if the shelter had any
dogs from puppy mills.
A puppy mill breeds puppies
for sale, typically on an intensive
basis and in conditions regarded
Ms Thomson said the shelter
had adopted out a corgi which
had been at a string of “puppy
farms” and the shelter once had
an old shih tzu with bad hips
from too much breeding.
As the shelter received no
complaints about either dog, no
action was taken, she said.
“ We can only investigate if an
official complaint is made and
people don’t tend to call us with
enough information to act,” Ms
Mr Mallard said people
breeding puppies on farms to sell
in pet shops and on-line was an
issue around New Zealand.
A set of rules needed to
be established on what was
acceptable with dog breeding, he
“In quite bad conditions, with
animals that are often inbred
and not well looked after,
because it’s underground, you’re
never quite sure of the extent of
it,” he said.
Ms Thomson said it was the
same with dog fighting. It
could be happening but “firm”
information was needed before
the SPCA could take action.
Mr Mallard believed dogs were
being stolen for use in fights, or as
bait in dog fighting.
“ It makes me sick to the
stomach,” he said.
The Animal Welfare
Amendment Bill was before
Parliament and he was concerned
about the slow speed of its
implementation to protect
animals from cruelty.
“The minister (for Primary
Industries Nathan Guy)
has a discretion to defer
implementation for up to 15 years
and it seems we don’t need to take
Giving farmers seven years
to change their practices
was reasonable, he said. The
bill is open for submissions
until October 4 and proposes
amendments to the Animal
Welfare Act 1999 to improve
the enforceability, clarity, and
transparency of the New Zealand
animal welfare system.
— Otago Daily Times
Ill-treatment of dogs hidden, Mallard says
A young man has been discharged
without conviction following the
tragic death of his father at a ser vice
station in Taranaki last year.
Yesterday Auckland man Brendon
Lee Charles Bell, 23, appeared in the
High Court at New Plymouth for
sentencing, after he pleaded guilty to
one charge of assault.
This comes after the death of his
father, Reginald John Bell, in March
Bell was originally charged with
manslaughter to which he pleaded
not guilty, but the charge was then
reduced to assault, to which Bell
pleaded guilty on March 6 this year.
In his sentencing notes, Justice
Paul Heath said Bell and his father
had attended a tangi in Waitara on
March 1, 2014.
“After wards the two of you and
other family members, went into a
bar in Waitara where alcohol was
“ Your father got into an argument
with another patron. Commendably,
you stepped in in an endeavour to
stop a possible fight.”
Justice Heath said when Bell and
his father left the bar about 9.30pm,
his father was intoxicated.
Bell then drove his father to a ser vice
station at Waitara, and once the pair
arrived a fight developed about the
earlier altercation at the bar.
The argument turned into a
“pushing match” and Bell struck his
father once, causing him to fall to the
ground, Justice Heath said, although
he acknowledged that Bell had acted
He said Bell then walked away for a
few seconds, went back to his father,
grabbed him under the armpits and
dragged him along the ground for
approximately 3m to 4m, before
dropping him to the ground.
“As a result of being dropped from
about shin height, your father’s head
hit the concrete forecourt. This is the
incident that gives rise to the assault
charge,” Justice Heath said.
Bell’s father was conscious when
he was transported to Taranaki Base
Hospital, but his condition quickly
He was later flown to Wellington
Hospital and put into a medically
induced coma and on life support
following an operation.
Justice Heath said he remained on
life support for about two weeks,
before he was taken to Auckland
Hospital for palliative care.
He was eventually taken off life
support, and died at Middlemore
demonstrated “real remorse” for his
“ It is plain that you demonstrate
real remorse for your actions and it
is equally plain that you will feel the
same way for the rest of your life.
“ You have imposed upon yourself a
life sentence of a very different sort to
that which any court can order.”
He said it was unusual for someone
to be discharged without conviction,
especially when a death was involved.
Justice Heath said while he could
not excuse Bell’s actions, his reaction
was understandable and his remorse
Justice Heath acknowledged the
presence of members of Bell’s family
“I have never seen a case before
in which all close family members
support an application for discharge
without conviction when someone
“None of them blame you for your
father’s death. I have no doubt that
you will continue to blame yourself
even though you should not.”
Justice Heath discharged Bell
without conviction. — NZ ME
Man discharged over his dad’s death
Fifteen butchers and three company
directors have been prosecuted for the
illegal use of sulphites and sulphur
dioxide in raw meat.
The Ministry for Primary Industries
(MPI) laid charges after an operation in
the greater Auckland area in 2013 where
samples of meat were taken for sulphites
and sulphur dioxide analysis, compliance
operations manager Gary Orr said.
The cases were heard in the Manukau
and Auckland District Courts late last
year, and early this year and resulted
in fines ranging from $350 to $4500,
depending on the scope and severity of
“ MPI takes food safety very seriously
and our Food Act officers put in a great
deal of effort to ensure the public can be
confident that food available for purchase
in New Zealand is safe and suitable,” Mr
Sulphites and sulphur dioxide are food
additives used as a preser vative in some
The additives were only permitted in
specified food products, such as sausages,
with maximum permitted levels specified
and not allowed to be used in raw meat.
Foods containing sulphites/sulphur
dioxide can cause serious reactions in
certain individuals who were sensitive to
them, Mr Orr said.
The illegal use of additives breaches
the Food Act 1981 and could result in a
fine of up to $5000 for an individual or
$20,000 for a body corporate. — N Z ME
A professor who says Gloriavale
tried converting him as a boy says
the secretive community is feeling
“tremors” after the well-publicised
departure of several members in
Gloriavale’s leaders want to close
a public road near their Haupiri,
West Coast compound, claiming
community members were victims
of vandalism and vilification.
Last month, the “Ben Canaan”
family of 14 fled the commune
and last night another escapee,
a 22-year-old known as Julia,
spoke out on television about the
Massey University history
Professor Peter Lineham said
Gloriavale Christian Community
members feared the outside world
but were not bad people.
“ When one person leaves, it sends
tremors through the community
and makes a lot of other people
consider, is it for them?” he said on
Newstalk ZB this morning.
Prof Lineham said Gloriavale’s
elders had for some time been
seeking to further cloister the
Prof Lineham said Gloriavale was
in fact quite integrated with the
West Coast economy, even though
employment at the commune’s
enterprises was limited to church
The professor said banality and
drudgery probably typified most
aspects of life inside the compound.
“ What goes on inside is probably
mostly incredibly boring, very
heavy regimentation of all aspects
Prof Lineham said the group was
unique in New Zealand, and had an
“They tried to convert me when I
was a boy at school.”
He declined the offer.
An estimated 22 people have left
Gloriavale in the past two months.
A woman known as Julia said she
was shunned and banished after
leaving the community about three
“I felt like I was getting suffocated.
I needed to be myself,” she said on
Campbell Live last night. “ We’re
told that the outside world’s evil,
nobody loves us. ”
Contacted today, a Gloriavale
said nobody was
immediately available to comment
but to call back later. — NZME
‘tremors’ — professor
A woman, whose identity is suppressed,
was the first person to give evidence at
the inquest into the deaths of Bradley
and Ellen Livingstone today.
Bradley, nine, and his sister Ellen, six,
were shot dead by their father Edward
Livingstone at a home in the Dunedin
suburb of St Leonards, shortly before
10pm on January 15 last year.
Edward Livingstone, 51, was later
found dead in the front bedroom of the
house at 9 Kiwi Street. A shotgun lay
next to him. He did not have a firearms
The woman said she contacted police in
August 2013 because she was concerned
about Edward Livingstone’s “obsessive”
behaviour and an apparent breach of a
protection order preventing him from
contacting Katharine Webb, his former
wife and mother of Bradley and Ellen.
Livingstone had contacted Mel Foot,
Ms Webb’s neighbour, repeatedly and
the woman was concerned for her safety,
The woman had also obser ved
Livingstone “creeping” around Ms
Webb’s house, which she believed was a
breach of the protection order.
The woman said she could not
remember who she spoke to at the
police station but it was someone in the
“ I can’t remember my exact terms but I
told them how creepy Edward was. ”
She could not recall what police had
told her they were going to do.
Ms Foot had told the woman that
Livingstone had threatened to kill his
family with an axe and then burn their
The woman did not relay that
information to police because it was
“ I didn’t tell police about the threat . . .
as it wasn’t told to me.”
She instead “constantly” encouraged
Ms Foot to contact police and make a
“ I felt it was was something that was
very important. I didn’t feel police were
getting the full picture.”
The woman said Ms Foot later told
her she had complained to police, but
she was not present when the call was
Yesterday, Ms Foot told the court she
contacted police and told them about
Livingstone’s threat to kill his family, but
the complaint was not followed up.
Lawyer Robin Bates, who is acting for
police at the hearing, argued Ms Foot
had not contacted police and therefore
there was no complaint to follow up.
He told the inquest there was a
record of a call being made to police on
August 8 from Foot ’s phone about
The woman agreed it was likely she
made that call.
Mr Bates said there was no record of
any other call from Foot complaining
Asked whether it was possible Ms Foot
never contacted police, the woman said:
“I would like to believe that is what she
She conceded Ms Foot might have
told her she placed the call to police so
she stopped bugging her about it.
“There’s always the possibility it (the
call) didn’t happen,” the woman said.
— Otago Daily Times-NZN
Father of 24 killed
One of the children of slain Iraqi New
Zealand Kadhem Chilab Abbas fears
other family members will be next to die.
Kadhem Chilab Abbas, 42, and a father
of 24, was killed last Friday in the Iraqi
city of Tikrit. It is believed he died in an
explosion from a rocket fired by Islamic
“We are inpain,and half of us may not
even live,” his daughter Wjdan Khadem
Chilab said last night at the family home
She said she had also lost an uncle and
a cousin to Isis forces in December. Their
mother was currently in Iraq, overseeing
Mr Abbas’s burial.
She feared her brothers would be next
as they tried to take revenge.
Originally from Basra, Mr Abbas and
his family came to New Zealand as
refugees in 2003. They settled in Napier
before he returned to Iraq in June to
volunteer for a civilian army in the fight
against the extremist Islamist group.
His 14 New Zealand family members
were last night watching video footage
of his remains being returned to his
village in Iraq.
His daughters, Hanan Khadem Chilab
and Wjdan, said he was due to visit New
Zealand just two days before his death.
A relative called them early on Saturday
to say he had been killed. It was Wjdan’s
“They said to me, your dad’s dead. I
didn’t believe him,” Wjdan said. “ We
opened the army ’s Facebook page and
there were messages saying peace be
upon him, he is martyred. ”
Hanan had been told by relatives Mr
Abbas was driving near an oil refinery
when an explosion from a rocket,
believed to be fired by Isis fighters,
ripped through the car he was in.
“A rocket hit my dad’s car. His head
exploded — only a small part of him
Their 18-year-old brother, also a soldier,
found his father’s remains, a piece of him
about the size of a forearm.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
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