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Rider critical after crash
A motorcyclist was critically
injured when his bike crashed into
a fence in Whanganui last night.
Police were called to the crash on
Heads Road about 6.50pm. The
motorcyclist was the only person
involved in the crash. He was
taken by ambulance to Whanganui
Hospital. — NZ ME
Man’s finger severed
A 19-year-old Tauranga
man severed his finger when it
accidentally went into the blade of
a band saw yesterday. The man was
flown by rescue helicopter from
Tauranga Hospital to Waikato
Hospital for specialist surgery to
re-attach the finger to his right hand.
The man had been operating the
band saw at his workplace when the
incident happened. — NZ ME
Robber wields bottle
A family with two young children
was confronted by a man wielding
a broken bottle in a “disgraceful”
robbery yesterday. Police said the
man approached the family after
they parked their camper van in
the Countdown supermarket car
park in Levin about 3pm. “He
demanded money and the couple,
who had two young children with
them at the time, feared for their
safety and handed over some of their
belongings,” detective sergeant Peter
Vine said. The man then fled to a
nearby vehicle driven by another
person, possibly a female. — NZ ME
Murder accused named
A Northland man accused of
murder after a fatal fight can now be
named. Interim name suppression for
Paul Edward Harris, 50, lapsed when
he appeared in the High Court at
Whangarei yesterday. He entered a
plea of not guilty through his lawyer
Arthur Fairley and was further
remanded in custody to reappear for
a bail hearing on May 6. Harris is
accused of murdering 29-year-old
Joseph Rowland Keogh near Kaitaia
on April 11. A trial date is yet to be
set. — NZM E -Northern Advocate
Car rolls into water
A couple managed to escape as
their parked car rolled off Birkenhead
Wharf and into the water last night.
The pair were about to go for a walk
when their vehicle careered down a
slope about 9pm and “went into the
tide”, Inspector Willie Taylor said.
It is believed the couple were in the
car initially, but managed to get out
before it went under. Mr Taylor said
the pair were not badly injured, “just
embarrassed”. The car was pulled
from the water later in the evening.
— NZ M E -New Zealand Herald
Numbers in Keno draw No 11124:
34, 37, 40, 42, 44, 54, 64, 78. Draw No
11125: 4, 6, 10, 13, 17, 22, 29, 32, 34,
40, 42, 51, 58, 59, 65, 68, 69, 70, 75, 76.
Draw No 11126: 1, 7, 14, 20, 22, 24,
35, 37, 44, 45, 47, 52, 59, 64, 69, 72, 73,
74, 79, 80. Draw No 11127: 12, 14, 30,
36, 37, 40, 41, 46, 50, 55, 57, 60, 61, 63,
66, 67, 71, 72, 74, 75.
Deal to end McDonald’s ‘zero hour’ contracts
The Hastings District Council
has been fined $29,500 and
ordered to pay reparation of
$65,000 after a four-year-old boy
was killed in a tractor-mower
Uetaha Dahtanian Ransfield-
Wanoa died on October 8,
2013, when he was run over by
a council mower at Kirkpatrick
Park in Hastings.
The council pleaded guilty in
February to breaching the Health
and Safety in Employment Act
in relation to the incident and
was sentenced in the Hastings
District Court yesterday by Judge
The council accepted it failed
to take all practicable steps to
ensure its employee did not harm
Last year Ross David Pollock,
the driver of the tractor, pleaded
guilty to driving a vehicle
dangerously and on July 11 was
sentenced to six months’ home
detention, 100 hours’ community
work, disqualified from driving
for three years and ordered to pay
The senior driver — who and
been with the council for 13
years — expressed his regret
and said he was “full of sadness”
during his sentencing, after
retiring from council duties a
Later, Pollock, who had no
previous convictions and a clean
appealed the period of driving
The three years’ disqualification
was quashed and a period of 18
months’ imposed in lieu.
— N Z ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Fine, reparation order for
council over mower death
A man has been banned from
owning livestock for 20 years
after failing to provide six calves
with sufficient food.
The farmer said he accepted
the ban but claimed authorities
wanted to make an example of
him and he was mostly a good
The Ministry for Primary
octogenarian Lester Donald
Maungatapere, near Whangarei,
was convicted of failing to meet
the calves’ physical and health
“ Two calves star ved to death,
one was put down and three
were removed from the property
to mitigate their suffering and
improve their health,” MPI said
in a statement.
MPI said Mr Johnstone was
fined $7500 and ordered to pay
$2379 veterinary costs and $130
court costs in the Whangarei
District Court this month.
Mr Johnstone was charged after
MPI staff visited his properties
in 2014 to inspect skinny calves
after a complaint.
The Ministry said its staff found
several animal welfare issues on
Mr Johnstone’s properties and
did what they could to mitigate
the animals’ suffering.
“The issues include a mob
of skinny weaner calves in a
paddock without grass or water,
an emaciated young cow having
difficulty standing, which had
to be put down, and finding
two calves that had died from
Mr Johnstone said he was
advised not to fight the charges.
Mr Johnstone said two droughts
in the region and a shortage of
hay had made life difficult for
He said “everybody” had one or
two sick animals.
“ We all have an odd beast get
crook and something happens,”
“ We’ve got no hospital for sick
cattle. But they ’ve got a hospital
for sick people.”
He had mixed feelings about
MPI inspectors, but he said he
accepted MPI had a job to do.
He said he would not appeal
and would pay the fine as
ordered. He was now busy selling
his animals. He expected his son
to take over the farm.
“I want to retire. I want to go
on a cruise, on a boat. I ’ve worked
hard all my life.”
Mr Johnstone will be 102 years
old before he is eligible to own,
control or have any authority
over production animals.
MPI said the court heard
Johnstone had a history of similar
offending and was disqualified
from owning or managing stock
for two years in 1997. — NZ ME
stock for 20 years
McDonald’s and Unite Union have
reached an agreement that will see
the end of zero hour contracts.
Workers at the fast food chain will
be guaranteed 80% of the average
hours worked over a three-month
Unite national director Mike
Treen called the agreement
“Now all the of the major fast food
chains have committed to ending
zero hours. This is the culmination of
a decade-long campaign for secure
hours by Unite Union,” he said.
“It will be welcomed tens of
thousands of workers in the fast
food industry and hundreds
thousands more who will ultimately
benefit in other industries. It
represents a fundamental shift in
the employment relationship of
the most vulnerable workers in the
Planned strikes at McDonald’s
stores around the country have
been called off, but some planned
gatherings would still go ahead as a
“ victory celebration”.
Mr Treen said the agreement had
not been finalised but the union
was convinced “there is goodwill
on both sides” and a spokesman for
McDonald’s said security of hours
would be included in the collective
“ We know that having security of
hours is important to our people,
which is why on April 13 we
announced that a guarantee of hours
would be formally written into
our employment agreements,” the
“Since April 13 we have been
working through the technical
detail with Unite, along with other
elements of the agreement.
“ From October 1, all McDonald’s
employees will be offered 80%
security of hours, up to a 32-hour
weekly cap, based on the average of
the previous fixed quarterly worked
Mr Treen said the union thanked
the public for their support in this
Unite called on the Government to
turn this decision into law for other
workers in the country. — NZ ME
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Support for changing the flag has
dropped with only a quarter of those
polled in the latest Herald-Digipoll
sur vey wanting a change, compared to
40% a year ago.
Asked if it was time for New Zealand
to design a flag for itself, 25% said “yes”
and 70% said “no”.
Just after Prime Minister John Key
announced plans for a referendum a year
ago, 40% supported a change while in
2010 more than half were in favour.
The latest poll, of 750 eligible voters,
was taken from April 17 to 26, when
there was a lot of media coverage of
Anzac Day commemorations and
the RSA criticised the timing of the
referendum in the centenary year of the
RSA chief executive David Moger said
yesterday the poll reflected the feedback
the RSA had received and was a “massive
shift” from last year.
“ I’m sure the commemorations and
people realising the enormity of what
has been achieved under our flag is really
coming to the fore.”
Dean Knight, a constitutional law
lecturer at Victoria University who
supports change, said he expected
support to lift when the alternative
designs were released.
“ I think the numbers will vary
dramatically once people see a range of
The flag consideration panel made
up of New Zealanders from a range
of fields is expected to start public
consultation this month and produce a
shortlist of four designs by the end of
The silver fern was the front runner for
an alternative flag in the poll, preferred by
45%. In second place was the Southern
Cross with 18% support.
Almost 80% believed the first
referendum in December should ask
if the flag should change rather than
waiting to pit the current flag against an
alternative in a second referendum next
March. The poll has a margin of error of
plus or minus 3.6%.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Support for change falls from 40% to 25%
A meals on wheels driver says
he is “now certain” the Southern
District Health Board and Compass
Group simply assumed volunteers
would subsidise the ser vice if it was
Long-ser ving volunteer Dr Terry
Hearn, of Dunedin, will quit if the
health board votes to privatise southern
hospital kitchens at its meeting next
“ I am now certain that the assumption
was made — whether causally or
deliberately — that Compass could
continue to rely on volunteer drivers and
allow them to subsidise its profits.
“The unwillingness of Compass and
the Southern District Health Board to
be open and frank about this issue I find
both insulting and distressing.
“ In the absence of honesty and
clarity around this issue — and with
the greatest of reluctance — I have no
option but to withdraw from the meals
on wheels scheme and find some other
avenue in which I am not surreptitiously
called upon to help line the pockets of a
private commercial operator. ”
Dr Hearn, a historian, is one of a
group who believe that by volunteering
they would be subsidising a multi-
national corporation. Meals on wheels
drivers give not only time, but pay for
Compass managing director Glenn
Corbett yesterday declined an inter view,
a spokesman saying he had no further
Age Concern Otago executive officer
Susan Davidson said Compass Group
contacted the organisation a few days
ago saying it would work with volunteers
to try to resolve the concerns.
Meanwhile, Health Benefits Ltd, the
Government entity that developed the
deal with Compass, has admitted the
cost of the business case has blown out
to $4.1 million.
Responding to an Official Information
Act request, HBL said the cost had
increased by $1 million because of
“delays and the need to satisfy requests
for further information”.
Labour’s health spokeswoman Annette
King said the cost of the business case
was excessive and showed HBL had
failed to reduce health costs.
“That is health dollars.
“The whole (HBL) project has been a
failure, particularly the food project.”
As well as financial cost, it was
important to remember the significant
personal cost for the kitchen workers
enduring years of uncertainty, Mrs King
The Ser vice and Food Workers’ Union
has threatened possible legal action
against the southern board, and Mrs
King said that should prompt the board
to reject the proposal, as it could not
afford a legal fight.
Some boards had rejected the proposal,
and Southern should do the same.
“I think they need to stare it down and
get some courage.”
Adopting the HBL Compass contract
made sense only for boards that had
previously outsourced to Compass, Mrs
King said. — Otago Daily Times
Meals on wheels volunteer vows no Compass ‘subsidy’
Seventy-odd years after a
chance encounter on a tram
in Dunedin, Dawn and
Cecil Turner on Wednesday
celebrated their 65th wedding
Mrs Turner (nee Fullerton)
was working in retail and Mr
Turner was a carpenter when
they met on a Dunedin tram all
those years ago.
“ He was after me,” Mrs
Turner, 83, said.
Four years later, they
married at the Andersons
Bay Presbyterian Church,
just around the corner from
Waverley — the suburb that
would be their home for more
than 60 years.
Mr Turner, 87, built their
house in Belford St, where
they lived until their recent
move to the Frances Hodgkins
Retirement Village in St Clair.
The couple have six children
and eight grandchildren,
making for some “crowded”
Daughter Sue Gavegan,
who lives in Dunedin, was at
the tea celebration at Frances
Hodgkins. “I say well done to
them. They ’ve done pretty well
to still be looking this good
after 65 years.”
The couple is now looking
for ward to 70 years of marriage.
— Otago Daily Times
Chance meeting lasts a lifetime
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Cecil, 87, and Dawn, 83, Turner who celebrated their 65th
wedding anniversary at Frances Hodgkins Retirement Village in
Dunedin on Wednesday.
Rush-hour traffic on the northbound
lanes of Dunedin’s Southern
Motor way ground to a halt yesterday
morning after a truck and trailer unit
jack-knifed near the Oval.
The road was closed for about two
hours, causing significant delays for
Southern district command centre
deployment co-ordinator senior
sergeant Brian Benn, of D unedin,
said the truck and trailer crashed into
a median barrier about 8.20am. The
road was busy but no other vehicle
was damaged. “ There was significant
traffic congestion,’’ he said.
Inquiries by the police commercial
vehicle investigation unit were
continuing. Police organised grit to be
spread over the resulting oil spill. A
Fire Ser vice southern communications
spokesman said about 100 litres
of diesel and oil was spilled on the
highway. A St John spokesman said an
ambulance attended but the driver was
Tr a ffi c was initially backed up to
Lookout Point, he said. Detours
were in place from about 8.45am to
about 10.45am, when the truck was
removed. — Otago Daily Times
Truck crash blocks motorway
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Double murder trial delayed
A man accused of killing two women
at Ashburton’s Work and Income office
last year has had his trial delayed.
Russell John Tully faces eight charges
in relation to the shootings, including
the murders of Peggy Noble and Leigh
He is also charged with the attempted
murder of Lindy Curtis and Kim Adams.
Tully was brought into the High
Court at Christchurch this morning,
surrounded by four Corrections officers,
Newstalk ZB reported today.
He was due to stand trial in just over
a week, but this was abandoned this
morning. A new date has yet to be set.
All other details surrounding the
nature of the hearing have been
Tully will reappear in court later this
month. — NZ ME
A large fire in a mechanical workshop
in Henderson has been contained.
Fire Ser vice northern communications
manager Colin Underdown said the
building was well alight when the first
crews arrived shortly after 5am today.
“The fire was in the rear of the
building,” he said.
It took several crews more than an
hour and a half to contain the blaze.
Workshop blaze contained
Young hunter numbers
shoot up by 70%
The number of young duck shooters
has increased by more than 70% in the
past 14 years.
Duck shooting season kicks off
tomorrow, with most regions reporting
healthy numbers of ducks thanks to a
late burst of rain in the past month.
Fish and Game’s Don Rood said a
young shooter was classed as between 12
and 18, but those aged under 16 could
hunt only under the direct super vision
of an adult.
“ In 2000, there were 1804 junior
whole-of-season licences sold. In 2014,
there were 3097. This is in line with
adult licence sales. In 2000, there were
30,159 licences of all kinds sold. In 2014,
36,962 licences of all kinds were sold. ”
Huntly duck shooter and world clay
target shooting champion Jon Beddis
first went duck shooting with his
father when he was seven years old. He
obser ved until he was 10 and has not
looked back since. He did the same with
his son, Mitchell, 17.
“ I just went out with dad of course
and got addicted at a fairly young age. I
went out with him when I was seven and
started shooting when I was 10.”
Mitchell and daughter, Emma, 15 —
who began joining them two years ago
were always at his side, along with
Mr Beddis’s friend Russell Woods and
his two children, Jack and Emma.
Mr Beddis believed it was a great
bonding experience for parents and their
“(Mitchell) just wanted to come out
with dad, he just loves it. It ’s awesome,
we love it out there. ”
Duck numbers appeared to be on the
up around the country, he said.
In Taranaki, a good breeding season
and relatively strong duck numbers have
allowed the season to stay at eight weeks
with a 10-bird daily bag limit for mallard
and grey ducks.
Duck numbers were returning to
normal in the Auckland-Waikato region
after floods in the past few springs.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Home detention in death case
A woman has been sentenced to home
detention and community work in
relation to the death of a Lower Hutt
man earlier this year.
At the High Court in Wellington
today, Kelly Kirk, 39, was visibly upset
as Justice David Collins sentenced her to
eight months’ home detention, and 160
hours of community work.
Kirk earlier pleaded guilty to one
charge of wilfully attempting to per vert
the course of justice.
Kirk’s charge relates to the death of
Adam Watkins, 39, who died from
gunshot wounds at at his home in Taita,
in Wellington, in February.
Kirk’s daughter, Darryll Kirk, 19, was
charged with Mr Watkins’s murder. She
has pleaded not guilty.
Two others have also been charged in
relation to Mr Watkins’s death.
Kyle Barnden, 29, who is understood
to be Darryll Kirk’s boyfriend, has been
charged with suppressing evidence,
while Vaughan Anderson, 40, has been
charged as an accessory after the fact.
As Darryll Kirk faces trial next year,
details of today ’s sentencing were
suppressed by Justice Collins. — NZ ME
The Otago University Tramping Club
has extended its sympathies to the family
and friends of missing student tramper
and club member Allison Willen and
thanked searchers for their efforts so far.
While she is a club member, Miss
Willen, 20, of Akron, Ohio, was not part
of a club trip when she went missing in
bad weather on the Gillespie Pass track
in Mount Aspiring National Park on
Police and Wanaka volunteers have
temporarily suspended the search for
Miss Willen, known as Ally, whose name
was released on Wednesday afternoon.
Miss Willen joined the tramping club
at the start of the semester, but was on
a private tramping trip at the weekend.
Sergeant Aaron Nicholson said the
search had been suspended to allow river
levels to recede. — Otago Daily Times
Search for tramper suspended
A police crash expert told a court he
believed Blessie Gotingco was hit by
a car while she was walking along a
suburban footpath — but it was also
possible she may have been hit while
crossing the road.
Sergeant Blair Atkinson of the
serious crash unit completed a “forensic
mapping” of the North Shore street
where the mother of three was allegedly
run down on May 24 last year.
He pointed to a tyre track and the
spread of her personal belongings as
evidence a car had mounted the kerb
and mowed her down.
The Crown says the 28-year-old man
charged with Mrs Gotingco’s rape
and murder was behind the wheel and
deliberately drove his silver BMW into
After the collision it is alleged he
bundled her into the car and took her
back to his apartment complex nearby
where he raped her, slit her throat and
stabbed her to death.
In opening his case, the defendant —
who has name suppression but whose
image can be published — admitted he
hit Mrs Gotingco, but claimed it was an
Mr Atkinson said the “debris spread”,
which included the victim’s lunchbox
and her shoes, and an impression on the
grass verge of Salisbury Road, suggested
she had been hit while walking on the
However, under cross-examination
by the defendant, who is representing
himself, Mr Atkinson admitted looking
at the placement of a victim’s belongings
was notoriously unreliable in determining
the point of impact in a crash.
Mr Atkinson also accepted there was
nothing in the evidence to suggest it was
specifically the defendant ’s car that had
veered off the road.
When asked whether broken bones in
Mrs Gotingco’s left leg pointed to the
possibility she was crossing the road and
hit side-on, the witness confirmed it was
one potential scenario.
Yesterday, the jury also heard from
neighbours of the defendant and a young
girl who lived near the crash scene,
who described hearing a “high-pitched
scream” on the night the Birkdale
woman went missing.
Detective Shane Page completed an
investigation of the defendant ’s vehicle
after it had been seized.
He told the court there were cuts and
scratches in the leather of the passenger
seats in the back of the car, as well as
blood in many areas.
Foam had been removed from the seat
squabs and a passenger seatbelt was cut
short, he said.
Another officer, constable Nathan
Burtenshaw, was sent to the apartment
to check rubbish bins.
“ In the orange bags I found foam
material with what appeared to be blood
stains and hair matter,” he said.
He also found a piece of seatbelt and
The trial, before Justice Timothy
Brewer and a jury of seven men and five
women, is scheduled to last three weeks.
Officer believes Blessie
run down on footpath
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