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Body on beach
A man’s body has been found on a
beach at Mission Bay, Auckland, this
morning. Police are making inquiries
to identify the man and locate next
of kin. A post-mortem examination
will be carried out today. — NZ ME
Child swallows coin
A young boy was flown to Starship
Hospital after swallowing a $1 coin.
The child was taken to hospital
from Onetangi, Waiheke Island, by
the Westpac rescue helicopter on
Thursday. The helicopter trust said
the coin became lodged in his throat
and he was in a moderate condition
when taken to hospital. — NZ ME
Quad bike fatality
A man has died in a quad bike
accident near Marton. The man,
believed to be in his early 30s
and the father of young children,
died while working on a property
on Tutaenui Road. The accident
happened on Monday afternoon.
The man was using an automatic
quad bike on the farm and was
going downhill when the accident
happened. The bike had a spray unit
full of liquid and was towing a trailer
which was believed to have had
containers of liquid. The Palmerston
North rescue helicopter attended but
the man died at the scene.
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Hamilton measles cases
The Waikato District Health Board
is dealing with a measles outbreak
affecting two members of the same
family who attend two different
Hamilton schools. One student
attends Hillcrest High School and
the other Berkley Normal Middle
School. Waikato DHB medical
officer of health Dr Anita Bell said
the Hillcrest High student was not
thought to be infectious while at
school and no quarantine measures
were in place. However, the Berkley
student was at school while infectious
but with no symptoms and the
school will put quarantine measures
in place over the next couple of days.
— NZ M E -New Zealand Herald
Truck, taxi collide
A rubbish truck overturned in
central Wellington early today after
a collision with a taxi. The incident
occurred at the intersection of
Wakefield Street and Tory Street
about 4am, police said. No one was
injured, central police communications
shift Inspector Ken Climo said. Heavy
recovery equipment was able to right
the rubbish truck. “The worst part of
a rubbish truck going over is cleaning
up all the rubbish. I’m not sure if
rubbish has come out of this one
though.” — NZME
Numbers in Keno draw No 11172:
10, 14, 22, 31, 32, 33, 35, 37, 38, 40, 46,
48, 50, 51, 53, 57, 61, 64, 65, 67. Draw
No 11173: 1, 7, 19, 20, 23, 34, 36, 40,
43, 45, 47, 53, 59, 60, 68, 71, 75, 76, 77,
78. Draw No 11174: 3, 14, 19, 23, 24,
25, 29, 31, 32, 36, 50, 54, 56, 58, 59, 60,
61, 71, 75, 76. Draw No 11175: 5, 7,
13, 16, 19, 24, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 44, 47,
52, 53, 54, 62, 70, 72, 75.
Govt accused of surplus con job
An Auckland financial adviser has
admitted stealing nearly $3 million.
Andrew Robinson appeared in the High
Court at Auckland this morning where
he pleaded guilty to four charges of theft
by a person in a special relationship and
one of dishonestly using a document, laid
after a joint investigation by the Serious
Fraud Office and Financial Markets
The hardest hit of the four victims was
Strategic Planning Group, a company
for which Robinson was previously a
The court heard it was ripped off for
more than $2.2m by the defendant
between July 2010 and December 2012.
Robinson stole the investor funds to
repay other investors and to cover some
business and personal expenses, it is
Today he accepted the figure of
$189,000 for personal expenses but the
business expenses alleged by the Crown
to be more than $250,000 was in dispute.
The figures would be ironed out at
a hearing next month, after which
Robinson will be sentenced.
Justice Simon Moore declined bail and
remanded Robinson in custody pending
sentencing. — NZ ME
admits $3m theft
Changes to immigration rules to
help meet demand for the 5000 more
construction workers needed to rebuild
Canterbury have been largely welcomed
by a workers’ union.
However, the Engineering, Printing
and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) has
also sounded a warning over the pressure
such an influx of workers will put on an
already stretched housing supply.
Woodhouse is to change immigration
policy to make it easier to bring in and
keep migrant workers involved in the
An estimated 5000 extra construction
workers will be needed between
December last year and the peak of the
rebuild in December next year.
“ We need to remove barriers to
employers recruiting migrant workers
when New Zealanders are not available
to do the work,” Mr Woodhouse said.
The new changes will extend the
maximum length of Essential Skills visas
for lower-skilled workers from one year
to three years, and allow holders of the
visas working in Canterbury to change
employers without more paper work.
An accreditation scheme for labour hire
companies that employ migrant workers
on the visas will also be introduced, in an
attempt to stop exploitation.
EPMU, the union for workers in the
Canterbury rebuild, said it generally
approved of the changes.
“This gives migrant workers who are
coming to a new country and participating
in a hugely important rebuild project
to have more job security, training, and
protection from exploitation,” EPMU
construction organiser Ron Angel said.
“Currently, migrant workers are
vulnerable to mistreatment from cowboy
operators exploiting 90-day trials to
make a quick buck off the backs of
construction workers. This change should
help those workers.”
However, Mr Angel said the supply
of housing was already a major problem
in Christchurch and an inflow of more
workers would only worsen that.
“ We are also interested in the changes to
accreditation for labour hire companies.
There has been a massive increase in the
number of these companies operating in
Christchurch since the quakes.
“Their entire focus is temporary, short-
term work, so it will be interesting to see
how they demonstrate a commitment to
training and upskilling workers. ”
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Labour leader Andrew Little says
the Government is guilty of gross
deception in the election campaign,
accusing it of knowing it could not
meet its promised surplus in the
current financial year but continuing
to promise it.
the biggest political deceptions in
a lifetime,” he said in a pre-budget
speech to the Wellington Employers’
Chamber of Commerce.
Mr Little said that National knew
after the statutory opening of the
books (Prefu) a month before the
September 20 election that “deep
down . . . they could not generate a
budget surplus in this budget year”.
“There wasn’t enough milk money.
There wasn’t enough oil money. And
as a result there wasn’t enough tax
money. But their promise was clear
their good economic stewardship
would see us in surplus.”
Last year’s budget, Bill English’s
sixth, forecast a $372 million
surplus for the current year but that
was downgraded in December’s
half yearly update to a deficit of
$570 million. He still hoped a surplus
could be achieved.
But last week Mr English confirmed
that next Thursday ’s budget will
forecast it even higher deficit than
that — the actual deficit will not be
known until October.
Mr Little said National’s promise
“to return to surplus in 2014-15” sat
proudly as its top commitment in its
“They made that promise knowing
about the current state of government
“They made that promise knowing
the Government ’s revenue projections
were worsening. ”
Mr Little argued that the economy
was suffering from over-reliance
on dairy and that the John Key-led
Government should have directed
investments into a more diverse range
of economic activity.
“A different J K, John F Kennedy,
once said that the best time to fix the
roof is when the sun is shining. But
our J K would rather leave the hole
and take credit for the sunny day.”
Mr Little said the economy was
facing major headwinds including
a $7 billion hole caused by falling
milk prices, an economy that
was dangerously reliant on old
commodities, a property market in
Auckland that was out of control and
regions that had been neglected.
When National came to office, the
economy was in a drought-induced
recession before the global financial
crisis but Labour had left the country
well positioned to face it.
After the GFC, during a period
of high commodity prices and
superior returns “should have been
the very time to introduce measures
to incentivise and direct investment
into a more diverse range of economic
Mr Little said that while National
like to tell a simple story about its
economic stewardship in Government,
what had really happened was that. —
New Zealand was well prepared
for the GFC and the earthquakes.
Earthquake recovery artificially
boosted New Zealand’s economic
Record dairy prices carried the
economy for a while.
Long-term fixes had been ignored.
“O ur economy has to be so much
more than milk and houses,” he said.
“The untold millions that speculators
have poured into Auckland housing
could have been so much more
useful to New Zealand in productive
He said the deep structural problems
faced in New Zealand did not have
any quick fixes.
“Anyone who tells you other wise is
“ Tackling New Zealand’s problems
takes commitment, perseverance,
vision, and the willingness to take
risks,” he said.
“ Doing the right thing for New
Zealand requires focus, not focus
A responsible Government would
deliver a surplus, a solution to the
housing crisis, vibrant regions, and a
plan to diversify the economy.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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DECLINERS: 19 TRADED: 98
Aluminium High Grade
‘One of the biggest political deceptions in a lifetime’ says Little
A treasured Greytown heirloom
will go under the hammer to save
the life of a family member with a
Nikki Regnault, who has
multiple sclerosis, needs to have
stem cell treatment in Asia to try
to halt the advance of a disease
she has been fighting for 19 years.
The Greytown community have
rallied with auction items for the
Greytown Lions and Lioness
Annual Quiz night this Friday,
which will include a rare 19th-
century print of a sur veyor’s map
of Greytown, passed down to the
Regnaults over four generations.
The lithograph print, entitled
Guide Plan of Greytown
(Wellington-Wairarapa), is dated
January 1896 and was prepared
by Greytown sur veyor Thomas
The Cyclopedia of New
Zealand, 1897, describes
how Drummond created an
“exceedingly useful plan of
Greytown and surrounding
settled in Greytown in 1887 and
was described as being in “fairly
lucrative private practice” in
Wairarapa, married with a small
The map is a detailed “who’s
who” of landowners’ names from
Featherston to Carterton, such
as Knowles, Maunsell, Waterson,
Pharazyn and Ticehurst — the
family the Regnaults are related
to. The National Library also
holds a copy. Wayne Regnault,
Nikki’s husband, said the map
had come via the Ticehurst
side of the family, his great-
grandfather on his mother’s side.
Mr Regnault said the idea was
that the map would keep passing
down the family but “if it goes
towards saving a family member’s
life, that ’s a greater purpose”.
“That ’s the reality for Nikki,
with MS. It ’s not kind. We’ve
got to pull out all the stops to
get there and we definitely need
He said they had never had the
map valued, because they had
never been of a mind to sell it.
“ We’ve kept the map to
ourselves. It hangs in our lower
lounge, a nice, quiet place. We go
to when we want a bit of peace.
“So it ’s most definitely a wrench
(to part with it), it doesn’t sit
He said they were hopeful Nikki
was going to “get through life”
but the disease has “moved into a
“S he’s an amazing fighter, she
puts a great picture on, but there’s
lots behind the scenes. We have
to go to Singapore.”
The cost of treatment would
be about $200,000 over three
— NZ ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
Heirloom for sale in bid to save life
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age
Wayne Regnault, of Greytown, with a 19th-century print of a sur veyor’s plan for Greytown. His family
is placing the print up for auction to raise money to send his wife Nikki to Singapore, for stem cell
treatment for her multiple sclerosis.
A prominent conser vationist is
reflecting on his good fortune he
was out of his utility vehicle chasing
a possum when someone shunted it
off the road and over a 100m bluff
into Otago Harbour.
Otago Peninsula Trust Taiaroa
Head operations manager Hoani
Langsbury said he left his Ford
Courier parked on the side of
Harington Point Road on Monday
night, so he could “take care” of a
possum he had spotted as part of his
predator control operation.
While he was down the bank
about 7.45pm preparing to shoot
the pest, he heard a loud bang on
The possum was given a reprieve
when Mr Langsbury ventured
back to the road to see what had
When he reached the spot, there
was a hole in the fence and his
vehicle was gone, he said.
Fragments of broken tail-lights,
and tracks down the bank, led
him to believe it had been hit by
a passing vehicle, which shunted
it through the wire fence, down a
75-degree bank and over a 25m cliff,
leaving his vehicle at the bottom of
There was no sign of the culprit,
so Mr Langsbury called police to
report the incident, then walked
A police investigation began
yesterday morning and a boat was
used to search for his vehicle.
In the cold light of day, Mr
Langsbury said the possibilities of
what could have happened started
to flood through his mind.
He said it was very fortunate he
was not in the vehicle, or on the
bank below it, when it was shunted
through the fence.
“ I have done predator control
through that area for the last three
years, regularly had the ute parked
on the side of the road, and been
sitting in it with a spotlight looking
for stoats or possums.
“ I’d only hopped out of the vehicle
last night because I saw a possum.”
He said the vehicle was parked
“safe and clear of the road” with its
park lights on, and he was surprised
it had been hit.
At that time of night there was
little traffic and at least one and a
half lanes of road were left for other
“ I think it was an accident.
Someone probably came around the
corner a bit too quickly. ”
Senior constable Lox Kellas, of
Portobello, said Mr Langsbury was
lucky to be alive.
“ It would have been travelling
fairly quickly down the bank and
then it becomes a vertical drop.”
Mr Kellas said the vehicle would
be recovered within the next few
days when the weather improved.
The incident was probably a hit
and run, but he was keeping an
open mind to the idea it may have
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
The part of Harington Point Road where Otago Peninsula Trust Taiaroa Head operations manager Hoani
Langsbur y’s vehicle was shunted over the bank. Inset: Mr Langsbury, right, speaks to senior constable Lox
Kellas, left, and Department of Conservation ranger Lyndon Perriman.
Arsonist lost his
senses — judge
A Featherston man who set fire to
his home and watched it burn while
drinking wine on the lawn has been
convicted of arson.
Timothy John Grindlay, 38, had
previously pleaded guilty to setting fire
to the Revans Street house he owned
with his ex-wife.
Grindlay, an architectural designer,
and his ex-wife began building the
house in 2010, with her parents taking
out a $300,000 mortgage to fund
the development when the couple
were unable to raise finance for the
After separating in 2011, they
continued to work on the house together
to complete it.
The day before the fire, the pair were
working on the house and his ex-partner,
who lives elsewhere, left about 3pm.
In the early hours of December 2,
Grindlay poured accelerant into the
bedrooms, and opened all the doors and
windows and set fire to the house.
When his ex-wife texted to tell him
the fire alarm had been activated, he led
her to believe it was under control.
He then changed his clothes and
watched the house burn.
Nobody was injured and police arrested
and charged Grindlay that morning.
In the Masterton District Court
yesterday, Judge Barbara Morris said the
arson had caused “huge emotional and
financial grief to your ex-wife and her
Judge Morris said in deliberately
setting fire to the house he had acted
inexplicably and in a “crazed fashion”.
The fire had caused considerable
damage to the uninsured house, Judge
“ You had changed clothes and sat on
the lawn and watched it burn while the
Fire Ser vice put it out.”
She acknowledged Grindlay had been
under a lot of stress at the time and had
removed gas bottles from inside the
house which could have caused more
“ You were under huge pressure for a
long p eriod of time and on that night
you simply lost your senses.
“ I don’t consider that it was out of
spite, for as the saying goes, it would
have been cutting off your own nose. I
consider that you simply lost your mind
for a short time when the pressure got
too much. ”
He was lucky the victims were not
seeking retribution by seeing him
imprisoned, she said.
In sentencing Grindlay, she took into
account the fact he had continued to
make payments towards what she called
“a complete financial mess”.
“ You’ve done all you can since this
occurred to make good this loss.”
However, she also took into account
the arson was premeditated and put lives
Judge Morris sentenced Grindlay to six
months’ community detention between
7pm and 7am and ordered him to pay
reparation of $60,000.
He was also placed under super vision
for a period of nine months and ordered
to attend alcohol and drug programmes
as directed by probation.
— NZ ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
A Hamilton businessman suffered
head injuries and abrasions after busting
two men breaking into his shop late
Waikato detective senior sergeant
Mark Greene described the 6.50pm
“prolonged assault” by the two
offenders as a “cowardly attack on an
outnumbered victim going about his
Mr Greene said the 31-year-old had
earlier closed the dental premises and
was disturbed by the men after they had
broken in to the rear of the building.
The victim was robbed of his cellphone
and wallet and left with a number of
injuries including a laceration to his
scalp, suspected hand fracture and other
abrasions. He was treated at the nearby
medical clinic on Davies Corner.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Burglars bash businessman
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