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Crash victim named
Police have released the name of
the D unedin woman killed in a crash
last Tuesday. She was 64-year-old
Julie Simmonds. Ms Simmonds died
when the Honda Jazz she was driving
collided with a butcher’s truck near
the Big Kuri Creek bridge, just north
of Hampden, about 11.30am.
— Otago Daily Times
No penalty over death
An Auckland man has escaped
any penalty after accidentally killing
his two-year-old son in a driveway.
Preventive Aido Ikimanahetau
Feleti, 35, was discharged without
conviction in the Manukau District
Court last week after being charged
with careless driving causing
death in September last year. Te
Manawa Whetuki Renata, known
as Whetuki, suffered critical injuries
when he was hit by a vehicle
reversing up his Papatoetoe driveway
on the evening of April 9, 2014. The
boy’s mother Emma Renata rushed
him to Middlemore Hospital in her
car but the boy was pronounced dead
half an hour later. — NZME
Cameras help in arrest
Sur veillance cameras helped
police arrest a 21-year-old man who
allegedly assaulted two American
tourists in Paihia. Daniel Tito, of
Waitangi, appeared in the Kaikohe
District Court last Friday on
two charges of injuring and was
remanded on bail to reappear on June
23. The two American tourists were
attacked outside their backpackers
accommodation in Paihia early on
January 3. Detective senior sergeant
Rhys Johnston said the inquiry was
assisted by CCTV cameras installed
throughout the town in an effort to
curb alcohol fuelled violence.
— NZ M E -Northern Advocate
Crash cuts power
Tr a ffi c is flowing freely along
Dominion Road in Auckland after a
car hit a power pole and power lines
earlier today. Police said emergency
ser vices were called to the scene on
Dominion Road in Mount Roskill
about 3.30am after a car struck a
power pole and power lines across
the roadway. The driver was not
injured, police said. — N ZM E
Greens make change
The Green Party has dropped its
long-ser ving chief of staff as its
new co-leadership team looks to
refresh the party’s management. Ken
Spagnolo, who has held the role for
eight years, will not have his contract
renewed. He will be replaced by the
party’s communications director
Andrew Campbell next week.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
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Quarry law change calls grow
Police are treating a house fire in Wakari,
Dunedin, last night as suspicious.
The Fire Ser vice and police attended
the Crichton Street blaze after being
alerted by neighbours just before 7pm.
A witness said the fire “ was like a wee
explosion” when he heard it from his
family’s nearby property.
“I had a look outside and I saw (the
house) was on fire,” Cameron Wright,
“ We have an elderly neighbour, so we
went to see she was all right.
“Then when we were outside, the
windows started smashing.
“The smoke, the smell was everywhere
— it was so strong.”
A Fire Ser vice spokesman said the
house was “well involved” by the time
No one was inside.
Cameron said the owners of the
property arrived soon after and were
adamant the fire was not an accident.
Investigations into the cause would
begin today. — Otago Daily Times
The digger driver buried under 1000
tonnes of rubble is Murray Taylor, the
owner of the company that runs the
Police have confirmed the search for
56-year-old Mr Taylor, an owner of
Heathstock Haulage, is now a recovery
operation A 25-strong team led by
police with specialist support from
alpine cliff rescue, Work Safe New
Zealand and Mines Engineering will
continue the operation today, after the
incident about 10.40am yesterday at
the Heathstock Haulage quarry on
A cliff face collapsed, with huge rocks,
some weighing as much as 15 tonnes,
landing on Mr Taylor’s 65-tonne digger.
Mr Taylor, a life-long North
Canterbury man, lives at nearby
Balcairn with his wife Jill.
A Waikari local, who did not wish to
be named, said Mr Taylor was a “decent,
“ He’s going to be very well missed in
the community,” she said.
“A very respected man, and was always
helping others wherever he could.”
When the local ser vice station burned
to the ground in 1996, he brought in a
digger to help with the recovery.
“That was the sort of guy he was.”
Mr Taylor was company director of
Heathstock Haulage which operated
out of the Limeworks Road quarry.
He also operated the lime operation
from the quarry which he leased from
Hurunui District Council. — NZ ME
PICTURE: Westpac Rescue Helicopter
Excavators move rubble after a 65-tonne digger was buried in a landslip at a north Canterbur y quarry yesterday. Only the
boom arm of the buried digger is visible under the right-hand machine.
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The Government is being urged
to tighten health and safety laws in
quarries after a large rock fall which
trapped digger driver Murray
Taylor in North Canterbury.
Mr Taylor was engulfed in rocks
and debris at Pyramid Valley
Engineering limestone quarry in
This follows the deaths of two men
in quarry accidents earlier this year
and the Council of Trade Unions
wants to see the government
strengthen protections for quarries.
“ Every worker should be confident
that they can complete a day ’s
work and return home uninjured,”
president Helen Kelly said.
The Government promised to
reform health and safety laws in the
aftermath of the Pike River Mine
disaster — the biggest shake-up
in 20 years — but quarries are not
included in the changes.
Ms Kelly said health and safety
representatives were not asked for
their opinion when the law was
being drawn up, and they might
have provided advice that saved lives.
Prime Minister John Key said the
Quarry Association wanted to be
excluded from the law changes so
policies could be made specifically
for the industry.
“ We need to continue to work
with the quarry industry to make
sure the settings are right . . .
because there are different risks in
quarries,” he said today.
Mr Key said he stood by the
Minister of Labour’s decision not
to include quarries in the reforms.
The health and safety reform
bill is being looked at by a select
committee, which in May was given
another six weeks to work on it.
The lack of enforcement of safe
practice in the quarry industry has
been slammed as “outrageous” after
it was discovered about half of
quarry managers do not hold the
required licence to operate a site.
Radio New Zealand spoke with
the chief executive of the Aggregate
and Quarry Association Roger
Parton this morning following calls
for the industry to implement more
stringent health and safety laws
after the third major incident at a
quarry this year yesterday.
Mr Taylor was buried under
a mountain of rubble at the
on Limeworks Road on North
The operation to retrieve the
man’s body could take days, police
Inspector Corrie Parnell said.
The incident followed the deaths
of two other quarry workers who
were killed in accidents in March
and April this year.
Morning Report’s Susie Ferguson
said an Official Information Act
request revealed at least 700 quarry
managers were operating without a
B grade manager’s ticket.
Mr Parton guessed there was
somewhere upward of 1300
quarries operating in New Zealand
but said this was not a reflection
of an industry standard problem
because many of these quarries
were very small and not part of the
Ms Ferguson said the fact there
was no oversight from within the
industry on these smaller quarries
“That ’s Work Safe’s responsibility,”
Mr Parton said, admitting it was
“not a good look” for the industry.
Changes to tighten safety
regulations in mining was passed
in 2013 after the 2010 Pike River
mining tragedy, but quarries were
exempt following lobbying from
Mr Parton said this was because
a lot of the regulations would not
have been realistic for quarries
at the time, but the industry was
working toward stricter regulations.
“If we had been embraced by the
legislation we would have been
unable to meet it simply because of
the numbers of quarries,” he said.
“It was easier at that stage to leave
us out of regulations and work
through that in a little bit longer
Mr Parton said many of the initial
laws passed in 2013 did not apply
to quarries, such as regulations
about working underground and
dealing with coal.
“ We have given an amended set
of regulation to the Government
and to Work Safe and hopefully
that will be put through as this
new legislation going before
parliament. ” — NZN-NZME
Digger driver caught in fall owned quarry
Couple anxious as sick son’s residency in balance
The mother of a sick boy, whose
visa to remain with the family is
in limbo, says they did not return
to New Zealand for free health
Mrs Jo-Lene Mahon, 33, holds
a permanent resident visa and is
married to German-born Andreas
Mahon, 32, a New Zealand
citizen by descent because his
father is a New Zealander.
Their plan to return to New
Zealand to raise their family after
living three years overseas hit a
road block after Immigration
New Zealand granted permanent
residency to only one of their two
Their older son, three-year-
old Liam, was diagnosed with
Williams syndrome, a non-
hereditary genetic condition, and
Immigration NZ thinks he may
be a burden on the health system.
Liam was born in Malaysia, but
the family had been in Germany
for the last two and a half years
where her second son Nolan, one,
“ We didn’t come here for the
free health care because we
already had that in Germany,
where in fact it ’s a better health
care,” Mrs Mahon said.
“ We made the decision to come
to New Zealand because it is our
home, or we thought of it as our
home and we love it here. ”
Mr Mahon, who also holds
German citizenship, has been a
New Zealand citizen since birth
after his father applied for it.
He first moved to New Zealand
in 2004, but returned to Germany
to work in 2012, and had always
intended to return here.
Liam does not qualify for New
Zealand citizenship because
Mr Mahon became a citizen by
descent, and this cannot be passed
on to his children.
He has been issued an interim
visa while his case is being
Immigration NZ area mnager
Michael Carley said: “If
Immigration NZ is not initially
satisfied that an applicant has an
acceptable standard of health,
we must refer the matter for
assessment to an independent
medical assessor for their opinion.
“ People not in good health may
be granted a medical waiver if
the person meets all the other
requirements for approval of their
The pair met in Auckland in
early 2007 when she was working
as a writer on a working visa and
him as a design engineer and got
married on Waiheke Island at the
end of 2008.
They have thought of New
Zealand as their home ever since,
but being an expat family meant
they have moved back to both
countries of their birth to spend
time with their families.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Andreas Mahon and wife Jo-Lene with their two sons, Liam, left, and Nolan.
The Southern District Health
Board may be given its marching
orders and a commissioner installed
to sort out its problems.
The board has until Thursday to
respond to Health Minister Dr
Jonathan Coleman’s proposal to
consider appointing a commissioner
under the New Zealand Public
Health and Disability Act, it was
A commissioner would have
the powers and functions of the
board, except for procedural aspects
relating to meetings, a letter from Dr
Coleman to chairman Joe Butterfield
“Based on the board’s previous
history of failure to deliver on its
annual plan expectations, I do not
have confidence that the current
governance arrangements are suitable
for overseeing the strategic plan or
delivering on the changes required in
Southern DHB,” he wrote.
The board’s financial situation
“ worsened considerably” in recent
months despite it being overseen by
a Crown monitor and intensively
monitored by the National Health
Board, the May 28 letter says.
“ Before I make a decision I am
providing an opportunity for the
board to comment on the concerns
raised and my intention to consider
appointing a commissioner to the
DHB to replace the current board.”
Dr Coleman’s letter says he is
“committed” to the plan to redevelop
In a short statement, Mr Butterfield
said he had “every confidence” in the
“ I will be working through the
process with the Minister of Health
and I will not be commenting further
until I have spoken to the minister,”
Mr Butterfield said.
Through a spokesman, chief
executive Carole Heatly declined to
Board member Richard Thomson
declined to comment when contacted.
The proposed action follows months
of uncertainty after Dr Coleman
confirmed in February he wanted to
replace Mr Butterfield with a new
chairman, but no appointment was
In the meantime, proposed cuts
to head off a projected $42 million
deficit in 2015-16 met opposition
and put pressure on Dr Coleman and
local National MPs.
About 1700 people attended
meetings in Central Otago last month
to protest against possible reductions
to D unstan Hospital ser vices.
Annette King yesterday urged Dr
Coleman to make a decision quickly,
because southern health ser vices were
suffering from his “indecision”.
“ I just hope that if he’s going to do
it, he doesn’t dilly-dally round for the
next few months.
“This has drifted, and it ’s drifted
at the expense of more money going
into the deficit and no resolution of
the issues that you face,” Mrs King
She urged Dr Coleman to examine
underlying problems, as there were
no quick fixes.
“There is something inherently
wrong in the funding. It can’t just
be the management of the board
or other wise why hasn’t the Crown
monitor found it?”
Association of Salaried Medical
Specialists executive director Ian
Powell had mixed feelings about
the proposed action, saying it would
only work if the right person was
He expected Dr Coleman would
go ahead and install a commissioner,
because: “If the board had anything
to say to convince the Minister, they
would have said it previously”.
The senior doctors’ union’s main
concern was the difficult relationship
between senior management and the
rest of the DHB workforce.
“I think it ’s a risk (installing a
commissioner). Clearly something
had to be done. But we would have
preferred that it had been some level
of inter vention to address the senior
“That may well be the objective that
the minister has, but it’s a very round-
about way of doing it.”
— Otago Daily Times
Southern health board may be sacked
Synlait cuts milk price
Rakaia-based Synlait Milk has issued a
low farm gate milk price for the current
season but managing director John
Penno says he expects prices to start
improving by early next year.
Synlait pitched its first forecast for
2015-16 at $5.50 kg of milk solids and
revised downward its estimate for the
season just passed to $4.40-$4.60 from a
previous forecast of $4.50-$4.70.
Last month, Fonterra forecast a $5.25
farm gate milk price for 2015-16 season,
and lowered its 2014-15 price to $4.40
“ We are not really saying anything
different to anyone else. We think that
$5.50 is our best estimate but we are
estimating a long way for ward,” Mr
“The exchange rate is better than it
was 12 months ago, and we believe
that commodities prices will begin to
improve early in calendar 2016,” he said.
“ We are not expecting an improvement
any time soon, but certainly the market
Mr Penno said low prices would
slow down, or perhaps halt, growth in
world production, which would allow
underlying growth in consumption to
He said the small recovery in
commodity prices seen earlier had “not
delivered the stability (we) had hoped
“ We’re very aware of how financially
tough this current season is for our
suppliers. We are confident commodity
prices will recover over time and our
2015-16 forecast milk price assumes we
will see the beginning of this recovery
from the current low prices,” he said.
“The global oversupply is being met
by soft demand across the board. This
creates a lot of uncertainty in an already
volatile market, so it will remain a fragile
environment for the immediate future. ”
Factors contributing to the global
oversupply include Russia’s ban on dairy
imports, the removal of dairy quotas in
Europe and low demand from China.
Mr Penno said Synlait has deliberately
started advance rates higher than usual
to assist farmers with cash flows through
the early spring. They will return to
normal levels based on the forecast milk
price soon after.
Retrospective payments to suppliers
for the current season remain unchanged
until the final payment in October.
On a corporate level, Mr Penno said
the company was continuing to increase
its infant formula volumes in line with
it strategy of focusing on value-added
Last week’s Global Dairy Trade (GDT)
auction registered a decline in prices for
the sixth time in a row. The GDT price
index dropped by 4.3%, driven mostly by
declines in butter and anhydrous milk
fat. — NZME
A Hawke’s Bay winner will make
history as the last person to spin Lotto’s
Winning Wheel on live television.
While a question mark still hangs
over the lucky recipient ’s identity — it
is known the ticket was bought from
Andrew Spence Pharmacy in Napier on
Saturday, May 30, and has since been
claimed at another store.
Owner Andrew Spence was informed
the winning spinner would go to air on
July 4 — the last to beam into living
rooms throughout New Zealand.
“I was notified (on Friday) it will be the
last televised Winning Wheel as Lotto is
discontinuing it,” he said.
“ We hope the lucky winner is one of
our regular players and wish them lots
of enjoyment and pleasure from their
Although Peter Dunkerley Pharmacy
unofficially claimed the title of Luckiest
Lotto Shop in New Zealand, Andrew
Spence’s pharmacy had been blessed
with good fortune over the years. The
latest win caps a remarkable run for the
store which has sold 10 division one, 73
division two, one Big Wednesday and
four Powerball winning tickets.
In 2005 it sold a $12 million winning
ticket and three years later a $4.2 million
Big Wednesday ticket.
It has been a decade since New
Zealanders first landed in the limelight
with a chance to win $100,000 to $1m
by spinning the colourful wheel — but it
was never meant to last forever.
Information about the Winning
Wheel’s demise was distributed to
retailers so they could begin informing
It was also posted on-line at My Lotto
but today an official announcement
will be made nationwide.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Prime Minister John Key has
hinted National is considering a
limited form of a “warrant of fitness”
for rental houses likely to include
insulation and smoke alarms.
Yesterday he said the Government
had got advice on the matter
and he believed there was more
the Government could do for
He said there was broad agreement
about the need for insulation and
smoke alarms in as many houses as
The issue came to the fore after
a coroner’s finding into the death
of Emma-Lita Bourne, two, said
it was partly down to a damp,
cold State house. That house was
insulated but the family could not
afford to run heating.
Mr Key said he did not believe
National had sat on its hands
over the issue, saying it invested a
significant amount in revamping
run down State houses and in home
insulation schemes targeting low
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Minimum standards for rentals on way
Tourists in icy crash
Six Chinese tourists escaped injury
when a Nomad Safaris four-wheel-drive
vehicle skidded on ice and rolled on
Coronet Peak Road near Queenstown
The vehicle, which was travelling uphill
in a convoy of three vehicles heading to
Skippers Canyon, flipped on its side. It
came to rest on the grass verge with its
nose pointing precariously down a steep
Constable Daniel Andrew,
Queenstown, said it appeared the driver
had lost control on the icy road.
The cause is being investigated.
“If the trees hadn’t been there I suppose
it might have been a little bit different.”
Nomad Safaris co-owner Amanda
Gatward-Ferguson said the tourists
continued with the tour. The driver did
not carry on with them. “ The main thing
is nobody was injured.”
— Otago Daily Times
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