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Otago crash claims life
One person is dead following
a crash involving a single vehicle
in Otago this morning. The crash
happened on State highway 1 near
the intersection of Hillgrove-Moeraki
Road in Hampden, Otago, police
said. The road was down to one lane
while police investigated. No other
details were available. — N ZM E
Smash kills woman
A woman is dead after a crash
between a car and truck on State
highway 1 near Cambridge yesterday.
Police said the crash happened at
3.07pm about 3km west of Waikato
town Cambridge. The victim
was a 63-year-old woman from
Cambridge. The investigation into
the crash is continuing, police said.
Hunter’s body found
The body of a hunter who went
missing in the Coromandel has
been found. Police said the body of
50-year-old Scott Grant Driver, from
Kaimarama, was located near his
home, at the bottom of a bluff last
evening. Police became concerned
for Mr Driver’s safety after he failed
to return home from an overnight
hunting trip yesterday. Searchers’
concerns grew after they found Mr
Driver’s two pitbull terrier dogs he
had taken with him. — NZME
Slain man named
The man found dead in an
Auckland home on Wednesday
morning was a 19-year-old from
Whanganui. Police have named the
murder victim as Shane Paul Hawe-
Wilson. A 35 year-old Balmoral
man accused of the murder appeared
in the Auckland District Court
yesterday where he was remanded in
custody and granted interim name
suppression. He is to reappear in the
High Court at Auckland on July 22.
An earthquake rattled the Tararua
district early today. The magnitude
4.2 quake at 5.09am was 50km deep,
and was centred 20km north-east of
Pongaroa, Geonet said. It described
the quake as “light”. — NZME
Antarctic explorer dies
An Antarctic explorer has died
while on one last adventure in
Machu Picchu, Peru. Malcolm
Gordon Laird, 80, died on June 21
while on holiday with his wife of 40
years. Mr Laird, a sedimentologist,
led a geological team mapping
a previously unexplored area in
Antarctica. Subsequently, Laird
Plateau and Cape Laird were named
after him. — NZME
Numbers in Keno draw No 11376:
14, 15, 16, 20, 34, 36, 41, 45, 48, 52, 54,
55, 56, 58, 59, 62, 64, 65, 68, 71. Draw
No 11377: 1, 9, 10, 15, 17, 19, 20, 30,
38, 43, 44, 49, 51, 53, 57, 64, 67, 70, 76,
79. Draw No 11378: 4, 5, 13, 19, 26,
27, 28, 34, 36, 46, 48, 49, 52, 59, 62, 63,
65, 66, 72, 76. Draw No 11379: 1, 2, 5,
6, 16, 21, 25, 27, 29, 30, 34, 36, 48, 51,
52, 56, 67, 69, 75, 79.
Deaths stun town
A 25-year-old woman is in custody
after the death of a 67-year-old man in a
“tragic” family dispute, police say.
A boy aged nine, a relative of the
woman now in custody, was among the
victims of the stabbing spree.
The incident spilled over into a
neighbouring Johnsonville property on
Wednesday night where another woman
was stabbed, Detective Senior Sergeant
John Van Der Heuevel.
The woman has not yet been charged
and is in being kept in a separate
hospital from two victims who were also
hospitalised. One of the victims admitted
to hospital was the nine-year-old boy
and the other a 45-year-old woman.
Police investigating the homicide said
two women aged 42 and 64 were injured
but discharged from hospital yesterday
and were receiving “appropriate support”.
A woman from the Broderick Road
house called police about 8.30pm on
With help from a police dog, the
alleged assailant was located a short
distance from the address.
The man died shortly after police
arrived in the neighbourhood.
Mr Van Der Heuevel expected a post-
mortem examination to be conducted on
the man today.
“ Four of the victims, including the dead
man, are family members and are known
to the woman in custody,” Mr Van Der
Resident, Daniel Quarterman, said a
house only a few metres away was where
singer Matthew John Hall was murdered
“At the time when that happened the
police said it would be extremely unlikely
for another murder at a neighbour’s
house. It’s happened again.” Another
resident Cody Bridge and his friend
Vinny Rattan were shocked to see police
cars head up Broderick Road.
“ I knew all of sudden it was something
serious,” Mr Rattan said.
“ It ’s usually a quiet neighbourhood.
You don’t expect something like this
to go down. I’m just wondering if one
person has done four people damage.”
Mr Bridge said there were no signs of
tension in the street before the homicide
He said the leafy street was the scene of
frequent petty crime, mostly cars being
Broderick Road resident Vivienne
Whitford said she saw a lot of ambulances
and police cars outside her house and
up the road. She also saw police officers
running to a house on the corner.
“ I heard a siren coming up the road
and next thing there were heaps of them
outside the house here and going further
up the road.”
Local MP Peter Dunne said he was
aware of the incident and was “shocked”.
“All I know is one person is dead and
a number are injured and I’m obviously
shocked, it ’s not good news.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said
the incident was a “real tragedy”.
“O ur thoughts go out to the relatives
and friends of the family involved in the
homicide in Johnsonville last night.
“Cases such as these reflect the real
tragedy our staff deal with and I want
to thank all those involved for their
professional response,” he said.
Mr Van Der Heuevel said police were
still keen to hear from people who were
in the neighbourhood at the time.
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PICTURE: Ashburton Guardian
Police and St John staff outside the Thomson Street, Tinwald, property in which three children and an adult were found
The woman who died in an
Ashburton house with three
children has been named as Cyndi
Born in the Cook Islands Ms
George moved to Ashburton about
five years ago to work.
Police believe the deaths of Ms
George and three young children in
Tinwald last night were accidental.
District commander Inspector
John Price said police believe that
gas caused the deaths.
A car was believed to have been
running in a garage with internal
access to the house, he said. That
door was open when police arrived
at the scene.
Police believe the woman was the
mother of the three preschool aged
children, but they are still working
to confirm their identities.
More details have emerged about
what happened inside the Thomson
It is understood the house is
heated by a heat pump and does not
have any in-built gas facilities.
The woman was found in the
hallway and the children in a
A source close to the family said
there were no obvious signs of harm
on the woman or her children.
A section of Thomson Street
remains cordoned off and under
police guard today.
Red and white police emergency
tape marked the prohibited area,
that runs for a block between
Wilkin Street and Manchester
Street and was manned by police.
Even a New Zealand Post postie
was turned away from the section
of the street.
A blue police van with a large
trailer parked outside the property
about 9.20am and officers were
seen in protective clothing entering
Tributes are flowing on social
media from family and friends —
many who were hearing the news
of the deaths via social media
“God please comfort my family
for our loss. F ly high my aunty and
three little cousins,” Ms George’s
niece Eireene Atingakua wrote on
She posted a photo of the family
and was letting relatives and friends
know the details of their deaths.
“ Rest in loving peace my beautiful
aunty Cindy George and our baby
cousins. Unbelievable and shocking
that yous (sic) have left us too early.”
Alana Kavana said: “Rest in Peace
Cindy and your adorable children.
Definitely taken away too early
but you are in the Lords arms now.
Condolences to the family.”
Ms George’s friend Christine
Isamaela said she was “so shocked”
to hear the disturbing news.
Another friend said news of Ms
George’s death was hard to accept.
It is understood Ms George has
three preschool-aged children and
is separated from their father, who
also lives and works in Ashburton.
Police were still working to
confirm he children’s identities.
Tony Vainerere, the Pacific
community liaison at Presbyterian
support and leader of the Cook
Island community, said he knew
Ms George well.
“She was a nice person. She was
bubbly and really outgoing.
“Last time I spoke to her was
last Friday — I met her at the
supermarket and we had a chat. She
seemed well. It ’s so unfortunate this
has happened. Very tragic.”
The deaths were very hard on
the family and the “tight knit ”
community of Cook Islanders in
Ashburton, Mr Vainerere said.
“But our people always come
together at times like this,” he said.
Ms George was born in the Cook
Islands and moved to Ashburton
“four or five years ago” to work at
the meatworks, Mr Vainerere said.
But she had been a full time
mother for the last couple of years,
to her three kids.
“It will be hard not to see her
around town. We’ll miss seeing the
smiles on the children’s faces —
unfortunately we won’t be seeing
them again. It’s very hard for the
community to take.”
Ms George’s ex-husband, the
father of her children, has also
posted a tribute on social media.
“Love you so much,” he wrote
alongside a photo of two small
Mr Price said there were no signs
of trauma on the deceased.
The father of the children is also
a local and he is receiving support
from police and other agencies.
He was separated from the
children’s mother, Mr Price said.
The community was rallying
behind the family and they were
receiving plenty of support, he said.
— NZ ME-Ashburton Guardian
Second tragedy hits hard
Two Northland MPs and a
conser vation group are accusing
cabinet minister Nick Smith of
misleading Parliament on the law
governing the export of swamp kauri.
Dr Smith was standing in for the
Minister for Primary Industries
during question-time in the House
on Wednesday and fielded questions
from the MP for Te Tai Tokerau
Kelvin Davis and New Zealand First
leader Winston Peters.
Conser vation groups in the north
alleged the ministry was allowing
the export of raw swamp kauri logs
and slabs, c lassed as stumps, car vings
and table tops, which they said was
contrary to the provisions of the
Mr Peters held up a photo of a
large log in the House and asked the
minister why he was saying that such
logs were finished products.
“Anyone with half a brain can see
they are not,” he said.
Dr Smith replied: “ The law that
was passed defines stumps of kauri
including up to 4m or 5m of the
lower portion. ”
But the Northland MPs said the
law said nothing of the sort.
The Forests Act 1949 defined an
exportable swamp kauri stump as the
root section of the tree, and a portion
of trunk from the ground-line, no
longer than the tree’s diameter.
The act made no mention of lengths
The ministry confirmed to Radio
New Zealand earlier this week
the logs pictured on the website
of shipping company Oceanic
Navigation were between 4.6m and
The logs weighing up to 40 tonnes
each were exported to China in 2013
While it has provided information
about the length of the logs, the
ministry has so far not supplied
further details, including inspection
certificates, and the name of the
The Northland MPs said the logs
could not have been legal exports,
because the diameters of the logs
were nowhere near their length.
Mr Davis said going by the photos,
and the figure of a man standing
nearby one of the logs, it was clearly
not 4.6m in diameter.
“So somewhere along the line the
ministry, or Customs, are not doing
their job,” he said.
The ministry said the stumps in
question included material from
above and below ground and the
exports were legal.
Media have asked for all the export
records held by the ministry and
its contractors relating to the logs
and other shipments of ancient
The Northland Environmental
Protection Society, which has been
challenging the ministry for some
years over the way it regulates
the export trade, said Dr Smith’s
comments in the House gave no
cause for confidence.
President Fiona Furrell said she
believed Dr Smith had either
misinterpreted the law, or been
poorly advised by MPI officials.
“They possibly believe that (the
legality) to be true,” she said. “But
they really do need to look at the law
because what he (Dr Smith) said in
the House was completely untrue
and from my perspective, misled the
Mr Peters and Mr Davis agreed.
Mr Peters said the Forests Act was
amended in 2004, but its definition
of a swamp kauri stump had not
“Dr Smith misinterpreted the law;
left out the principal parts of the
2004 amendment legislation, which
prohibits the export of logs in the
way that he was excusing. He simply
got it wrong, and he has misled the
House,” he said.
Mr Peters said there was no need
for a moratorium on the export of
swamp kauri as some had suggested.
He said what was needed was for
the ministry to enforce the law as
parliament had intended. — N ZN
MPs say Smith got swamp kauri rules wrong
Leaked TPP draft shows
big impact on Pharmac
A leakedTrans-Pacific Partnership
draft suggests the United States is
demanding increased protections
for pharmaceutical companies,
restricting access to lower-cost
generic drugs that agencies such as
The draft copy of the intellectual
property chapter of the trade
agreement as it stood on May
11, before the Guam negotiating
round, includes what is known
which would prevent regulators in
TPP countries approving generic
versions of drugs whenever there
were unresolved patent issues, the
Washington-based Politico website
The draft would make linkage
mandatory, as it is in the US,
allowing drug companies to fend
off generics by claiming patent
infringements, the website reported.
It cited Heather Bresch, chief
executive of generic drug maker
Mylan, as saying mandatory patent
linkage would amount to “a recipe
for indefinite evergreening of
The issue of generic drugs is
sensitive in New Zealand because
takes advantage of the availability
of generic versions of medicines to
reduce the cost to Kiwis.
Generics are made after a brand-
name drug comes off patent and
typically when the developer’s right
to keep research secret expires.
Prime Minister John Key and
Trade Minister Tim Groser have
both said Pharmac’s ability to
access cheaper versions of drugs
would not be compromised by the
Mr Key said last month there
was “no chance of that and no
suggestion of that ” and he was
“quite comfortable that our capacity
to have Pharmac, and the benefits
New Zealanders enjoy because of it,
will be preser ved”.
The Politico report says the
provisions in the draft TPP
have implications for so-called
biologics, the next big thing for
drug companies, which are hugely
expensive to develop and tackle
conditions including rheumatoid
arthritis, hepatitis B and cancer.
It cited Doctors Without Borders
policy director Rohat Malpini as
saying his organisation deemed the
TPP “the worst-ever agreement in
terms of access to medicines”.
Politico also cites US trade
officials saying the draft may not
sur vive into the final form of the
agreement because of the degree of
compromise required to get all the
signatories on board.
Mr Groser said this week he
expects that with US legislators
granting President Barack Obama’s
administration fast-track approval
powers, the 12 nations’ negotiators
will put their real cards on the
table after several years of shadow-
The TPP agreement is being
negotiated by New Zealand,
Australia, the United States,
Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Chile,
Peru, and Mexico. — NZ N
Double murderer Scott Watson
has been refused parole because
he poses a risk to the safety of the
Watson appeared before the
Parole Board for the first time
He is currently ser ving a life
sentence for the 1998 New Year’s
Day murders of Ben Smart and
Olivia Hope in the Marlborough
Sounds. He became eligible for
“The board has declined to
release Mr Watson on parole as it
considers he remains an undue risk
to the safety of the community,” a
spokesman said.“ The board will see
Mr Watson again in 12 months’
The full written reasons for the
board’s decision will be provided at
a later date. The board would not
be making any further comment, it
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Scott Watson denied parole
‘Ponytailgate’ complaints upheld
The Press Council has upheld several
complaints against the country’s biggest
newspaper, saying there were elements
of subterfuge in the way it covered what
became known as ponytailgate.
It said there seemed to have been no
clear distinction between journalism and
public relations when the New Zealand
Herald sourced an inter view with a
waitress who had her hair pulled by
Prime Minister John Key.
In April the Herald published an article
about Amanda Bailey, the waitress at
the centre of the controversy, over her
reaction to Mr Key persistently pulling
Ms Bailey later published in a blog
that she had been misled about the
nature of the inter view she had given
to the Herald’s then-columnist Rachel
Nine people complained expressing
concern that Ms Glucina may have
used subterfuge in dealing with Ms
One of the complainants, Giovanni
Tiso, was pleased at the ruling, Radio
New Zealand reported today.
Mr Tiso said while the Press Council
did not have any power to enforce its
rulings, its decision will be influential in
The council said it found there were
elements of subterfuge in the Herald’s
dealings with Ms Bailey along with a
failure to act fairly towards her.
The council also found a breach of the
conflict principal by columnist Rachel
Glucina, for failing to disclose her
connections to the cafe owners.
The Press Council is concerned
with promoting media freedom and
maintaining the press in accordance
with the highest professional standards.
In its view, the New Zealand Herald
had fallen sadly short of those standards
in this case. — NZN
Black Widow’s son avoids jail
The son of “Black Widow ” murderer
Helen Milner, found guilty of punching
and stomping ex-All Black Justin
Marshall outside of a Q ueenstown strip
club, has today escaped jail.
Adam Kearns, 23, was sentenced in the
Invercargill District Court this morning
to a period of four months’ home
detention and 250 hours of community
work after he was earlier found guilty by
jury of assault with intent to injure.
The assault, described by Judge Michael
Turner as “unprovoked, alcohol-fuelled
street violence”, came after Kearns
and Marshall had both been inside a
Queenstown bar drinking in separate
groups into the early hours of Good
Friday last year.
Kearns claimed that Marshall picked
up his beer and drank from it. He
remonstrated with the former rugby
player who either did not hear him or
ignored him, the trial heard.
Once they left, they had words on
Shotover Street with Kearns telling
Marshall: “ You think you’re the f— man,
well, you’re not.”
A scuffle broke out and Kearns and his
mate, Tai Samuel Neilson, 25, who last
year was sentenced to five months’ home
detention for his role in the assault,
started attacking Marshall.
Both men were then seen on CCTV
footage punching, kicking, and stomping
on the 81-test halfback and Sky Sports
rugby commentator while he was on the
The trial heard that Marshall had
curled up to protect himself from the
The assault ended with a female
motorist saw the incident, stopped her
car, and confronted Kearns and Neilson.
Marshall suffered bad bruising to
the back, head and body, as well as
lacerations, and a large contusion under
the left eye.
In his victim impact statement,
Marshall said he now feels “vulnerable”
in public and when walking in crowds.
Kearns narrowly escaped a jail term
earlier this year after he was caught dealing
cannabis and in possession of a gun.
Judge Turner described the assault
as “unprovoked, alcohol-fuelled street
He noted that Kearns had changed
his circle of friends and gave him some
discount for personal factors, relating to
his upbringing and his mother’s murder
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