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An earthquake rattled the South
Island this morning. The magnitude
4.3 quake was 15km deep, and was
centered 45km north-west of Twizel,
Geonet said. Geonet described the
quake as “moderate”. — NZ M E
Staff at a Waikato meat plant
were evacuated after an ammonia
leak today. The leak occurred in the
engine room of Affco’s Horotiu
plant, just south of Ngaruawahia,
about 5am, northern Fire Service
communications shift manager
Megan Ruru said. Firefighters
managed to isolate the leak and used
two portable fans to ventilate the area.
Ammonia is a poisonous, pungent-
smelling colourless gas. Ngaruawahia
and Pukete firefighters attended.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Woman hurt in fall
A woman was flown to hospital
with back injuries after falling 4m
last evening. Paramedics were called
to the scene of the accident at a farm
near Kihi Kihi, just out of Hamilton
about 5.45pm yesterday, after
46-year-old woman fell in a shed, a
spokesman for the Rotorua-based
Bay Trust rescue helicopter said. The
woman was suffering from suspected
spinal injuries. She was treated by St
John paramedics at the scene before
the helicopter was called in. The
woman was in Waikato Hospital in a
serious condition. — NZ ME
Murder trial postponed
The trial for the man accused of
murdering Whanganui man Whetu
Hansen has been postponed for a
week. Mr Hansen went missing on
November 24, 2013. His body has
not been recovered. A 56-year-old
Palmerston North man appeared in
court charged with his murder on
May 20 last year. His trial was due to
begin yesterdayin the High Court at
Palmerston North, but Justice Alan
MacKenzie told the assembled jury
panel they were unable to start “for
various reasons”. The jury was chosen
but told to come back on Monday.
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Armed hold-up at bar
A robber brandishing a sawn-off
shotgun held up the Kuripuni Sports
Bar and TAB in Masterton on
Sunday, leaving bar staff traumatised.
The robbery happened at 8.25pm, as
staff were closing up. Police said the
robber gained access to the building
by concealing himself behind a back
door, and then forcing his way in.
Once inside, he threatened four
staff, forcing them to hand over the
weekend’s cash takings.
— NZ ME -Wairarapa Times-Age
Numbers in Keno draw No 11364: 1,
3, 11, 18, 20, 25, 34, 37, 38, 42, 48, 50,
57, 62, 64, 66, 67, 68, 74, 76. Draw No
11365: 7, 13, 22, 23, 24, 26, 39, 41, 42,
49, 50, 52, 54, 59, 62, 64, 72, 76, 78, 79.
Draw No 11366: 2, 4, 8, 11, 14, 15, 19,
20, 27, 35, 36, 38, 43, 47, 51, 55, 62, 67,
77, 79. Draw No 11367: 1, 6, 8, 11, 15,
17, 27, 31, 33, 42, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 65,
70, 74, 75, 80.
Govt ’s Saudi OIA delay slated
A young boy was flown to hospital after
falling from a jungle gym at a Waikato
The Auckland rescue helicopter was
called out to Waerenga School in
Waikato, after a five-year-old boy fell
2.5m from a jungle gym, and landed on
Intensive care flight paramedic Marcel
Driessen said the boy had fallen off a
wooden structure in the playground, and
landed on bark.
“On arrival he was in the back of the
ambulance. We made sure he was stable
and moved him into the back of the
The boy was taken to Auckland’s
Starship Hospital in a serious condition,
“Later in the day we were able to catch
up with him and his mum and he was
due to be discharged, so thankfully he is
doing fine now.” — NZME
Boy hurt in fall
A 27-year-old man appeared in court
today facing charges relating to the
death of a two-year-old girl in Hawera
The Hawera man was granted interim
name suppression and remanded on bail
without plea when he appeared before
Judge Chris Sygrove this morning.
He has been ordered to appear in the
High Court at New Plymouth on Friday,
Police allege the man caused the death
of the child by an unlawful act, namely
an assault, and thereby committed
The man was arrested after emergency
ser vices attended a Hawera address late
on Friday night. Ambulance staff were
unable to revive the child at the scene.
A post-mortem examination was
completed over the weekend and the
coroner has been notified of the death.
Name suppression for the victim also
continues. — NZ ME-Stratford Press
The Government is delaying
releasing information about its
dealings with the wealthy Saudi
businessman to whom it has given
more than $11 million.
It has accused the former Labour
Government of misleading the
businessman but remains vague
about its own interactions, Radio
New Zealand reported.
In 2009 the National Government
excited Saudi exporters when it
signalled an end to the ban on live
sheep exports — but then went on to
extend it the following year.
Now Minister for Primary
Industries Nathan Guy has put off
the release of the relevant documents,
saying officials are still working on
Labour’s David Parker said the
Government was abusing the
Official Information Act.
“ It shows this Government to be
without principal and to be totally
expedient, so they’ll do things which
are unprincipled if they think it ’ll
help and I just think that that just
undermines the reputation of New
As well as giving Hamood Al-Ali
Al-Khalaf $4m, the Government ’s
paying for a demonstration farm and
abattoir at his Saudi desert property.
Mr Guy said the farm would
showcase New Zealand’s expertise
in areas such as animal health.
But nearly all the lambs born there
have died; the Green Party says they
Foreign Minister Murray McCully
said that was unfortunate.
“The sheep that went up, that were
flown up, were a smallish number
that were identified as a pilot because
this is unfamiliar territory, this is a
different environment and yup, it’s
really, really unfortunate that they
didn’t have a good lambing season. ”
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
is refusing to release information
about the lambs’ deaths, saying
animal welfare at the farm is Mr
Al-Khalaf ’s business, not New
Zealand’s. — N Z N
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Aluminium High Grade
Ngapuhi’s Sonny Tau has been forced
to stand down as chair of the iwi’s
settlement negotiation body Tuhoronuku
while he faces an investigation into
allegations he was carrying kereru.
Well-placed Ngapuhi sources reported
Mr Tau was rolled during a meeting that
went to midnight last night at which
only three of more than 20 Tuhoronuku
members had supported him.
Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson
confirmed he was advised this morning
that Mr Tau had “either voluntarily or
compulsorily” been stood down until an
investigation into him was resolved.
The Department of Conser vation is
investigating after Mr Tau was caught
carrying several kereru on a flight from
Invercargill back to Northland.
Mr Finlayson believed the stand down
was temporary but Mr Tau’s position
was a matter for Tuhoronuku to decide.
It was “a sensible thing” for Mr Tau to
stand down during that investigation, he
“ I think it’s wise to stand to one side.
We don’t want sideshows and I think
it ’s important to focus on the things
that matter. Getting a just and durable
Ngapuhi settlement is what matters to
He did not expect it to affect settlement
negotiations, saying there were plenty of
people in Ngapuhi who wanted settlement
and it had a large negotiating team.
“ It’s never about one person. I’m very
enthusiastic about the negotiation, let ’s
get on with it.”
Tuhoronuku is the body the Crown
has recognised as having the mandate
to negotiate for Ngapuhi — a mandate
that is challenged by some iwi including
Mr Tau was not immediately available
for comment today but has earlier
apologised for his actions, saying he had
made a mistake.
Hunting kereru carries a penalty of up
to $100,000 fine or up to six months’
in jail. There is also a rahui on hunting
kereru across much of Northland.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A suspicious fire in one of
Oamaru’s historic buildings on
Sunday is being investigated by
police and a fire inspector.
Part of the empty Oamaru
Freezing Works building on the
Oamaru foreshore was damaged
by a fire, reported about 10.30am
by a member of the public who
Detective Warren D uncan said
it could have been smouldering
for some time, possibly a couple
of days beforehand.
Yesterday, Mr Duncan and
Queenstown-based fire inspector
Paul Glanville were on site
attempting to establish the cause
of the fire and whether it was
After wards, Mr Duncan said
the fire was suspicious, and
further investigation was needed
to find a cause.
“ We would be very interested
to hear from anyone who may
have seen smoke coming from
the area over a couple of days
(before the fire was reported) or
seen any activity in the area of
the building over the weekend,’’
The fire in one of the wings at
the rear of the building damaged
wooden roof supports, walls, an
access sliding door, roofing iron
and stored timber. The Oamaru
Fire Brigade attended for about
The building is unoccupied, but
used for storage.
The Oamaru stone freezer
building, opened in February
1886, is one of Oamaru’s major
historic buildings and thought to
be New Zealand’s oldest sur viving
freezing works, Heritage New
Zealand says. It has a category 2
It was in disrepair and there
have been various proposals to use
The relatively unaltered state of
the freezer building makes it an
important example of an early
freezing works complex.
Built by the New Zealand
Refrigerating Company as a
freezer and store on a site close
to the railway line and the port,
it was designed by Oamaru
architect Thomas Forrester.
Sheep for the works were
slaughtered at the company’s
Eveline Refrigerating Works,
5km north by rail.
The works closed after the
company built a new processing
plant at Pukeuri, which began
operating on March 5, 1914.
— Otago Daily Times
Old freezer building fire suspicious
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Fire inspector Paul Glanville investigates the blaze in the historic freezer building on the Oamaru
Bomb threat man
‘unfit to plead’
A Jetstar passenger accused of making a
bomb threat on a flight to Christchurch
is mentally unfit to plead to charges, a
psychologist has found.
The man, who was today given interim
name suppression in the Christchurch
District Court, was charged after the in-
flight incident in March.
After his arrest, defence lawyer Rupert
Ward ordered an independent psychiatric
report to evaluate his client ’s fitness to
plead to the charge.
Today, Mr Ward told the court the
report suggested the man, who also faces
charges of indecent assault and criminal
harassment, is unfit to plead.
Judge Paul Kellar remanded the accused
on bail until a hearing under section 14 of
Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired
Persons) Act 2003.
Judge Kellar ordered a second
psychiatric report to be compiled and
made available for the hearing, on
August 6. — NZME
The Green Party is calling on the
Government to release details over
how many new State houses will be
created by selling State housing stock
to overseas buyers.
The Government plans to sell
thousands of State houses to social
housing providers by 2017, and
Horizon Housing, a not-for-profit
charity based on Australia’s Gold
Coast, has expressed interest in
buying more than 400 of them.
Prime Minister John Key told
Morning Report yesterday he was
open to the possibility of selling State
houses to an overseas-based company
He said there were potential
benefits in the sale, but it was unclear
exactly what Horizon was proposing.
“There may well be advantages of
social housing providers with links or
different ser vices they can provide,”
Mr Key said. “Can’t rule that out
. . . just don’t know what other things
they particularly do.”
He said the Crown would go
through a final tendering process.
“Ultimately someone will be selected,
hopefully on what they bring to the
But Greens’ co-leader Metiria
Turei said selling State housing to
Australian interests was not the
“The New Zealand State housing
stock was built, and is being built, for
the most vulnerable New Zealand
families,” she said.
“There is no evidence that an
Australian agency — with no history
in New Zealand — is committed
to providing State housing, social
Ms Turei said the most efficient
way to provide more homes for
vulnerable New Zealanders was for
the Government to build them.
Labour Party leader Andrew Little
said he did not think many taxpayers
would be happy to pay an Australian
organisation to run New Zealand’s
social housing programme.
Mr Little said the Government
must be desperate if it was
considering selling State housing
stock to overseas buyers.
“ I’m surprised now that things have
got so desperate for the Government
that they are now looking for an
Australian buyer,” Mr Little said.
It was the Government ’s job to
provide State housing, he said.
“They can’t find any other New
Zealand buyer to do it so now they ’ve
gone offshore and you kind of have
to wonder, will it stop at Australia?
Will there be other potential overseas
buyers from other countries who they
will look to?
“This for providing housing
and housing support to our most
vulnerable? No, that doesn’t stack up
He said community housing
provider Horizon Housing might
be a not-for-profit group, but it was
essentially just a property manager
“I’m not quite sure what it is about
our current set-up, and Housing New
Zealand in the 80 years that it has
been doing the job, that has changed
that means we have to hand it over to
Mr Little said the real value was in
“Once we sell that land to overseas
buyers we will never get it back, and
this at a time when we have the
lowest level of home ownership since
Budgeting Ser vices
Trust ’s chief executive Darryl Evans
said the Government should commit
to working with local housing groups.
He said the State houses should be
retained in New Zealand ownership,
so families had security of tenure.
Housing New Zealand Minister
Bill English has said the Government
would sell to anyone who could
improve the lives of tenants. — N Z N
Calls for details on State housing plans
Payment penalty for posting poo
A real-estate agent who sent poo in
the post to a business rival has been
discharged without conviction in the
Auckland District Court.
The mystery of who the excrement
belonged to, though, will never be solved.
Grant Campbell Tucker, 58, previously
pleaded guilty to a charge of posting a
noxious substance (namely faeces), while
a count of using a telephone to offend
The discharge was conditional on two
payments of $750 — one to the victim
and one to charity — for offending that
Judge Claire Ryan called “impetuous
It is understood the incident came
about over a long-running stoush
between Tucker — a director of
Netrealty — and John Charles Wills,
who is a director of Custom Residential.
Both companies sell properties in some
of Auckland’s most desirable suburbs,
but in an e-mail sent to NZME when
charges were laid, Tucker said the bad
blood was “not about turf ”.
“It’s about ethics, integrity and
honesty,” he said.
Judge Ryan said there was a complex
context to the incident, which had seen
him leave the company after successfully
taking a dispute to the Real Estate
Also in the background was the
breakdown of his relationship with his
then-partner. The judge said she had
attacked him with pepper spray, for
which she appeared before the court.
In February 2014, he received a
package containing a glass jar full of
faeces from an unknown sender.
Tucker assumed it was from his former
employer, from whom he had received
correspondence shortly beforehand.
The court heard how he glad-wrapped
and bubble-wrapped the jar and sent it
back to where he believed it had come
On its way there, the glass smashed
and the stinky contents “seeped out ”.
Mr Wills’s lawyer David Beard said
his office received a package in a courier
bag along with a letter bearing Tucker’s
“It was opened on the steps of the
Auckland Central Police Station with
myself and a constable and . . . I was
gagging over the side, with tears in my
eyes,” Mr Beard said.
“ I’d just been to the High Court that
morning, so I was all dressed up in the
black suit, the works, with haz-mat
Posting a noxious substance attracts a
maximum penalty of a $5000 fine but
Mr Beard believed it was a more serious
“ What ’s the difference between
sending that and a package of smallpox?
It’s noxious, it hurts people, it ’s full of
bacteria, it’s harmful,” the lawyer said.
“ In 16 years I’ve never seen anything
like this in my career, and I have to deal
with some interesting people. ”
Tucker’s lawyer Ron Mansfield said the
lawyer might have been more “robust ”.
It is understood police did not have
the contents of the package analysed
because of health and safety concerns
and it was subsequently destroyed.
In considering his application for a
discharge without conviction, Judge
Ryan outlined the defendant ’s various
health issues. He had a heart defect, a
metal plate and screws in his ankle and
elements of bipolar to his character.
Tucker will now have to go before
the Real Estate Agents’ Disciplinary
Tribunal. — NZ ME
over milk price
A pit bull dog was shot dead by a
member of the armed offenders squad
after it was set on a police dog in
Wellington last night.
Police were in Wainuiomata about
8.15pm, when a patched Rebel
motorcycle gang member was seen
speeding past a nearby address,
senior sergeant Brett Simon from the
Wellington district command centre
Officers suspected the man may have
had a warrant out for his arrest, Mr
“A short pursuit was undertaken, which
The motorcycle was later tracked
down by a police dog, and was found
abandoned, he said. The dog later tracked
police to another address.
When police arrived at the house, a pit
bull was released on the police dog, Mr
The pit bull was shot by a member of
the armed offenders squad, and taken to
the vet where it later died.
The police dog had suffered minor
injuries from the incident, Mr Simon
Police were yet to speak to the man on
the motorcycle, and had also not spoken
to a man who was at the address where
the altercation took place. — NZ ME
Police shoot dog
The supermarkets and Fonterra
are blaming one another for
the price of milk after Labour’s
David Shearer asked why the cost
had risen over the past two years
and Londoners could get cheaper
milk than New Zealanders.
Mr Shearer used consumer
price index figures which
showed the cost of two litres of
milk was up from $3.19 in May
2013 to $3.45 last month — an
8% increase. He said that was
unacceptable given global milk
prices had halved since 2011 and
farmers were getting much less at
the farm gate.
The full statistics show the cost
in New Zealand has dropped
about 5% over the past year and
was well down from 2010 to
2012 when it hovered between
$3.60 and $3.70.
However, Mr Shearer said
the cost of milk in Britain and
Australia had dropped 16% over
the past two years — Australians
paid about $2.47 and the British
just $1.90 for two litres. Milk is
also exempt from the equivalent
of GST in those countries.
Mr Shearer said somebody
was “creaming it ” from the high
prices and it was not the farmers,
who got just 38c a litre last year,
down from 73c a year earlier. “It
seems per verse that Coca Cola is
now more affordable than fresh
coincide with the start of the
review of competition in the
dairy industry. In 2011, the
commission held a review of
the domestic milk market, but
ruled out inter vention saying
there was enough regulation and
competition at retail level not to
require price controls.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
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