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decided to go to court to
challenge the Government ’s
interpretation of “right
of first refusal” in light of
budget moves to free up
surplus land in Auckland
But in a bid to avoid
souring their relationship
with the Government,
the tribes are inviting the
Crown to join them in
seeking clarification of the law.
The tribes have asked the law firm
Russell McVeagh to seek an urgent
meeting with the Solicitor-General
Mike Heron to discuss the possibility of
a joint approach to the courts.
The announcement of the joint action
follows a meeting yesterday between
13 iwi with interests in and around
Auckland and Housing Minister Nick
Smith and Treaty Negotiations Minister
Dr Smith said after the meeting with
iwi it had been very constructive and
there had been no talk of legal action.
He said there was a possibility of the
Government forming partnerships
with the collective and individual iwi
to develop housing in parallel with
the process announced in the budget
involving private developers.
Some Treaty of Waitangi settlements
which are passed into law — give
individual iwi the right of first refusal
when the Government wants to dispose
of land in its area, or rohe, and some do
But the Government
does not believe it has
to give any iwi the right
of first refusal in relation
to the land in question
in Auckland because a
clause in its agreement
with the collective allows
the Housing Minister to
dispose of land if in the
minister’s opinion “the
disposal is to achieve or
assist in achieving the
Crown’s social objectives
in relation to housing
or ser vices related to
A statement issued today in the name
of Ngarimu Blair for Ngati Whatua
and Tukoroirangi Morgan for Waikato-
Tainui said they were 100% behind the
Government ’s goal to ensure more safe,
warm, attractive and affordable homes
are built in the Auckland region “as soon
But an issue had arisen over the right
of first refusal when land was to be used
for private housing developments.
They said they had learned from
differences of opinion over the
interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi
that it was “much better to resolve
differences of opinion early as we look
for ward through the 21st and 22nd
The applicants will be Ngati Whatua
Ngati Whatua in this case comprises
the Ngati Whatua Ropu entity — a
grouping of Ngati Whatua Orakei, Ngati
Whatua o Kaipara and Te Runanga o
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Monday, June 15, 2015 - 3
Man found dead
An investigation is under way in
Oamaru after police discovered
the body of an Oamaru man in
a shopping block on the corner
of Arun and Hull Streets late on
Saturday afternoon. Police went to
the site — which contains Danny ’s
Butchery, Lego Addiction and
Kelly’s Cakes — after next of kin
raised concerns about a 47-year-old
man, detective senior sergeant Colin
Blackie said yesterday. The identity of
the man has not been released.
— Otago Daily Times
Minor burns in fire
A person has suffered minor burns
in a house fire in Motueka last night.
Fire Ser vice spokesman Andrew
Norris said five crews were called
just before 7pm. The blaze was well
involved when firefighters arrived.
The fire was not being treated as
suspicious, he said. — NZ ME
Man pinned by car
A man was seriously injured when
Manurewa yesterday. The incident
occurred about 2.30am, police said.
The man, in his 30s, suffered serious
injuries. After the incident the car
was driven away and police found it
dumped nearby. — NZME
Two minor earthquakes hit
central parts of both main islands
today. In North Canterbury, a 3.7
magnitude, light intensity, 40km
deep quake was centred 40km east
of Amberley, according to Geonet.
The quake happened about 3.03am.
In the central North Island, a
much shallower, 3.5 magnitude,
16km deep quake was centred
20km north-west of Taihape about
6.40am. — NZME
Lotto win shared
Two tickets, sold in Christchurch
and Motueka, shared the division
one prize in Lotto draw No 1462
on Saturday. Each won $500,000.
Successful numbers were 9, 12, 17,
20, 35, 38; bonus 34. Strike numbers
were 9, 12, 20, 35. There was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 6. There was no division
one winner. The Winning Wheel
ticket was sold in Wellington. The
winner from Christchurch spun for
Numbers in Keno draw No 11300:
3, 8, 10, 15, 28, 29, 31, 32, 40, 41, 45,
48, 49, 64, 67, 68, 69, 74, 75, 79. Draw
No 11301: 4, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 22, 25,
32, 43, 47, 48, 50, 54, 60, 65, 67, 68, 73,
74. Draw No 11302: 4, 8, 10, 14, 16,
25, 29, 30, 31, 33, 45, 52, 54, 60, 62, 69,
70, 71, 75, 80. Draw No 11303: 4, 8, 9,
14, 28, 29, 31, 34, 35, 42, 57, 61, 64, 65,
69, 71, 72, 74, 77, 79. Draw No 11304:
8, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 28, 32, 34, 38,
54, 55, 56, 63, 67, 68, 69, 73, 75. Draw
No 11305: 1, 2, 6, 10, 15, 17, 19, 21, 25,
41, 43, 46, 49, 53, 55, 58, 64, 67, 71, 73.
Draw No 11306: 2, 7, 8, 14, 16, 18, 26,
27, 39, 46, 47, 53, 58, 62, 64, 66, 68, 73,
74, 78. Draw No 11307: 2, 4, 19, 27,
29, 34, 36, 40, 46, 50, 56, 58, 63, 64, 65,
70, 72, 73, 77, 80.
Key denies knowing of boat people payments
Whitebait farming is under way
in New Zealand.
National Party supporter Sir
Wira Gardiner, the husband
of Education Minister Hekia
Parata, is about to start selling
farmed whitebait to restaurants,
the Sunday Star Times reported
The company, Premium
Whitebait, has signed a contract
with Mahurangi Technical
Institute in Warkworth, which
developed the technology to
breed whitebait in captivity, to
take the venture to market.
Premium Whitebait chief
executive Jeremy Gardiner, Wira
Gardiner’s son, said he expected
the first product would hit the
market around September or
“Initially it will primarily
be restaurants, just because it
will take a while for volumes
to start to increase. Eventually
as volumes increase we’ ll
sell through retail and other
Farmed whitebait sales set
The oldest of two boys accused of
killing dairy owner Arun Kumar
will not testify for his own defence.
Lawyer Julie-Anne Kincade
opened her case for the boy in
the High Court at Auckland
this morning. The 14-year old is
charged with murder and assault
with intent to rob.
“The defence case is that (the
boy) did not have the knowledge
or intention to commit the
charges that the crime says that
he did,” Ms Kincade said.
He did not act with murderous
intent, she said.
“ We know that Mr Kumar died,
but that was never anticipated,
planned or contemplated by (the
accused),” she said.
Ms Kincade said the court
will hear from a clinical
neuropsychologist, Dr Valerie
McGinn, who works primarily
Dr McGinn will testify about
the state of mind of the accused.
Ms Kincade told the jury the
doctor had spent time analysing
the boy ’s history, and would tell
the court he suffered from a brain
“ Dr McGinn will tell you
about the types of tests she
has administered, and her
interpretation of the results
of those tests, based on prior
knowledge and experience,” Ms
The defence has also called a
video analyst and members of
the boy ’s family to testify in his
defence. — N Z ME
‘suffered brain injury’
Prime Minister John Key says
he has no knowledge of whether
Australian officials paid people-
smugglers to turn around a boat of
asylum seekers who were trying to
reach New Zealand.
The asylum seekers have claimed
that crew members on the boat were
paid by Australian border patrol
officials to turn the boat back to
Australian Prime Minister Tony
Abbott has not confirmed or denied
Mr Key said this morning he found
out about the alleged payments
through the media.
“I don’t have any knowledge or
information or anything other than
what I’ve seen in the paper,” he told
Radio New Zealand.
discussed the boat of asylum seekers
with their Australian counterparts,
he said, but only in relation to its
movements and its capabilities.
The Prime Minister’s only advice
was that the asylum seekers were
attempting to reach New Zealand
and that the crew and the boat were
capable of making it from Indonesia
to New Zealand.
“It was only around the logistics of
the boat, nothing else,” he said.
Asked what he thought about
paying off people-smugglers, Mr
Key said: “I can sort of see the
argument both ways. On one hand
there is the issue of flooded boats —
and you don’t want that happening.
“But I think the counter-argument
of course would be that my view and
I think most people’s view of people-
smugglers is a very poor one.
“These people that prey on people
that are in a very difficult position,
who are vulnerable and who are
“So if you start paying them
yourselves you are paying people that
are we don’t have a high regard for.”
He would not comment on whether
it was acceptable practice because
it was currently a “hypothetical”
Mr Key reiterated that he had no
advice that any New Zealand official
knew of any potential payments to
the crew of the boat.
The boat was carrying 65 asylum
seekers and was believed to have set
off from West Java on May 5.
After it was turned around by
Australian border patrol, it crashed
on to a reef on a remote island in
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NZ masons celebrate 125 years
The 77th grand master of Freemasons New Zealand, John Litton, and his
wife, Diana, at the restored grave of the first New Zealand grand master,
Henry Thomson, at Linwood Cemetery in Christchurch yesterday. The grave
was nearly destroyed in the Christchurch earthquakes, but Freemasons
restored the gravesite and yesterday gathered to acknowledge the service
of Mr Thomson, who was installed as the country’s first grand master in
1890. Mr Thompson also ser ved as Mayor of Christchurch 1878-79 and was
Member of Parliament for the then Christchurch North electorate from
1881-84. Mr Litton placed acacia in remembrance, as traditionally done
at funeral services of Freemasons. Also to celebrate, the Freemasons gave
$192,000 in scholarships to 28 of the country’s A-grade university students.
The first lodge opened in New Zealand in 1842 but the Freemasons take their
date from 1890, when Mr Thomson was installed as the first grand master of
the newly constituted Grand Lodge of New Zealand.
The bosses of New Zealand’s biggest
companies enjoyed an average pay rise of
10% last year, their biggest bump since
The increase for those at the top dwarfs
the 3% of growth for the average wage
and salary earner in the year to June
The Business Herald’s executive pay
sur vey shows a return to double-digit
growth for bosses, up from a more
modest 4% in 2013.
A record 11 executives received at
least $2 million in 2014 — the highest
number to do since our sur vey began a
The top spot was retained by ANZ
New Zealand’s chief executive David
Hisco, who received $4.27m in 2014 —
up about $250,000 from the year before.
Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings
is snapping at Hisco’s heels on $4.18m,
although his pay rise of $660,000 in
2014 was not enough to dethrone the
Fonterra last week announced a review
of its head office structure as the business
comes under pressure from falling global
Mr Spierings was also the second
highest paid New Zealand executive in
The No 3 in this year’s survey —
Fletcher Building boss Mark Adamson
on $3.73m — is also the same as 12
A fresh face, however, has emerged
at No 4 with Ebos managing director
Mark Waller earning $3.48m in 2014
— his final year at the company ’s helm.
Mr Waller held the reins at Ebos
for 27 years and oversaw tremendous
growth but stepped down from the top
position last September.
His 2014 pay packet was the biggest
he has received, up almost 60% on what
he received in 2013, although only just
higher than his 2012 remuneration.
Sky City Entertainment ’s Nigel
Morrison, who earned $3.24m in 2014,
also enjoyed his best pay packet since he
joined the casino operator in 2008.
Diligent Board Member Ser vices boss
Alex Sodi may not have made the top
five but his $1.94m — or 174% — pay
rise was larger than any of his colleagues.
Mr Sodi’s pay dipped to $1.12m in
2013 but last year’s $3.07m was still
close to $300,000 more than he earned
in 2012. He was replaced as chief
executive earlier this year.
Other big risers in 2014 include
Meridian Energy’s Mark Binns, whose
remuneration of $1.86m was up 70%.
energy executive Doug
Heffernan’s pay of $2.18m was up
by 68% during 2014 — his last year
heading Mighty River Power.
While many got double or even triple
figure pay growth, no New Zealand
company heads managed to crack the
$5 million mark like four bosses did in
That year Westpac’s George Frazis,
Nuplex’s John Hirst, Telecom’s Paul
Reynolds and Fonterra’s Andrew Ferrier
were all paid in excess of $5m.
However, this year we may see pay
back at those levels.
Mr Hisco, already New Zealand’s
highest earner, could expect to get
another pay increase in 2015, given
his additional appointment as ANZ
Group’s global head of retail banking in
The South Australian — who has
been with the company for more than
three decades — is seen by some as a
contender for ANZ’s top job, where he
would preside over the entire banking
If he does ascend to that role, Mr
Hisco’s pay would likely more than
double, with present boss Michael
Smith earning $A10.44m last year.
Of Mr Hisco’s fellow banking chiefs
only Westpac ’s Peter Clare features in
the sur vey at $2.98m.
ASB’s Barbara Chapman and BNZ’s
Anthony Healy likely earn comparable
However, Mr Healy had not worked a
full 12 months by BNZ’s reporting date
in September. Ms Chapman’s salary
is not broken out from remuneration
tables of ASB’s Australian parent CBA.
— NZ M E-New Zealand Herald
Big bosses get 10% pay rise
Ministry denies shooting charges
The Ministry of Social Development
has pleaded not guilty this morning
to charges over the deadly Ashburton
Work and Income shootings.
The charges were brought by Work
Safe New Zealand in March after an
investigation into the shootings last
September, in which two workers died.
The charge under Section 6 of the
Health and Safety in Employment Act
alleges the ministry failed to take all
practicable steps to ensure the safety of
its employees while at work.
Work and Income (Winz) is a ser vice
delivery arm of the ministry.
Russell John Tully, 48, has been charged
with murdering Work and Income
front-counter workers Peggy Turuhira
Noble, 67, and Susan Leigh Cleveland,
55, on September 1 last year.
He is also accused of attempting to
murder two other staff members —
Lindy Louise Curtis, 43, who was shot
in the leg and badly injured, and Kim
The Ministry of Social Development
entered a plea of not guilty to the breach
in the Wellington District Court this
A case review hearing will be held in
Wellington on August 6 at 10am.
The ministry’s lawyer Brent Stanaway
told the Wellington District Court the
trial could take up to two weeks. No date
is yet set for the trial. — NZME
From bread to crumbs
as truck tips over
A truck driver who is alleged
to have fallen asleep at the wheel
escaped without injuries after
toppling his bread truck in the
early hours on State highway 2.
Emergency ser vices were called
about 3am on Saturday, where
the Tip Top bread truck had
tipped on its side, near East
Carterton fire chief Wayne
Robinson said the driver, from
Wellington, was travelling north
on an overnight bread delivery
run when he was believed to have
fallen asleep at the wheel and
veered into the southbound lane.
Mr Robinson said the truck
had probably rolled after the
driver tried to correct himself,
with the vehicle ending up lying
on its right side across the double
left-hand lane. “He had clearly
lost control,” he said.
“Thankfully, there was hardly
any other traffic at that time.
“Anyone coming the other way
would have got a hell of a fright
to see a big truck stretched across
the road. ”
By the time firefighters arrived,
the driver had escaped from the
vehicle, unhurt but “extremely
“ He was pretty disappointed in
himself . . . and his delivery had
turned from bread into crumbs,”
Mr Robinson said.
“Aside from that, he was
“ He was very, very lucky.”
The truck itself sustained only
minor damage to the driver’s side
and was later towed from the
Firecrews from Carterton and
Masterton spent “about an hour”
c learing the road of debris from
the crash, and traffic was reduced
to one lane until the truck was
A police officer at the scene said
no alcohol or drugs were involved
in the crash.
A man is to appear in court
on careless driving charges.
Woman, 73, bashed at home
A man has been charged after a
73-year-old woman was left with a
fractured face when she was assaulted in
her Auckland home.
The man, 23, allegedly assaulted the
woman late last night after he attempted
to enter her Glen Eden home.
About 11pm neighbours noticed a
suspicious man loitering in the woman’s
driveway, police said.
They saw lights on inside the home,
went to investigate and saw a man
inside, where he was allegedly assaulting
the elderly woman.
The neighbours chased the man away
and called police.
Officers searched for the man using a
dog unit, and he was found and arrested
shortly after. He has been charged with
aggravated assault and burglary.
He is to appear in the Waitakere
District Court today.
Detective sergeant Alisse Robertson
said these types of incidents were rare
and thanked the woman’s neighbours for
“ We know that the rest of the
community, particularly the elderly, will
have been very alarmed to hear of this
and we hope they will be reassured that
the alleged offender has been arrested
The woman’s family was grateful for
the public concern and was supporting
the woman, police said.
She was receiving medical treatment
for facial fractures and scratches.
Earlier a spokesman for Waitemata
District Health Board said the woman
was in a stable condition at North Shore
Hospital. — N Z ME
Man badly beaten in Te Kuiti
A man has suffered serious head
injuries after an assault last evening.
Te Kuiti police are appealing for
information from the public following
the assault, which police said was serious.
The man was found by chance
shortly after 7pm on Rora Street
when police responded to a separate
incident, detective senior sergeant Mike
“O ur officers arrived to deal with some
locals fighting near the main street and
came across an injured man lying a short
distance away on Rora Street.
“ He has suffered serious head injuries
and was taken to Waikato Hospital in a
serious condition. ”
The scene was secured overnight and
would be cordoned off today while
a scene examination took place, Mr
The road will still be open to one way
traffic. — NZ ME
Young women rescued
Three young women have been
rescued from the Kaimai Range
by Tauranga police and search
and rescue volunteers.
The women aged 19, 20 and
21 entered the ranges from the
end of Whakamaramara Road
about 10.30 yesterday morning,
intending to complete four-hour
round trip walk to Ngamuwahine
Family members contacted
police just before 5.30pm
concerned the women had
not returned and could not be
contacted by cellphone.
The women were found at
8.40pm by search and rescue
volunteers not far from where
the group had left their vehicle,
senior sergeant Glenn Saunders
said. — NZ ME
Man winched to safety
A man was winched 40m above
a Wellington forest to get the
medical treatment he needed
It took the Life Flight Westpac
rescue helicopter crew 30 minutes
to locate the man, in his 60s, who
had suffered a heart problem
while walking on the Mackenzie
The man was near the Butterfly
Creek area of the track when
emergency ser vices were called
Crewman Julian Burn said 80
to 90% of the track was covered
in a thick canopy, presenting a
number of issues for the rescuers.
“It was quite a difficult place
that the patient had gone for a
walk, it ’s heavily forested with a
lot of canopies,” he said.
“It took us 20 to 30 minutes of
flying around to find him, even
though we knew where he was.”
Mr Burn said an intensive
care paramedic was able to be
winched down through a gap in
the thick canopy, and spent about
15 minutes stabilising the man
before he was winched back to
He was flown to Wellington
Hospital in a serious condition.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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