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PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Otago Sled Dog Racing Association president Nigel Voice with Siberian
huskies Soldier, Willow, Amundsen, Aleut, Bonar, Dolly, Ruby and Byrd
head for the finish line.
Forest race ‘sled dog heaven’
There were more dogs than humans
at the Central Otago sled dog race at
Naseby Forest at the weekend.
About 150 dogs and more than
60 people took part in the two-day
forest sled dog race in the Maniototo,
organised by the Otago Sled Dog
Both days involved race heats with
teams of two to eight dogs and one
“musher” on wheeled rigs, as well
as races involving mountain bikes,
scooters and runners, all pulled by
On Saturday, St Bathans resident
Tania Spencer, who completed the
two-dog rig class race with Siberian
huskies Mosin and Nova, said the race
was “so much fun”.
The track was quite bumpy with ice
and a little bit of snow, but you had
to trust the dogs because they knew
where to “dart between the icy bits”.
Invercargill resident Daryn
Chalmers finished a six-dog rig class
race, with Cruz, Rusty, Thor, Bruse,
Kelsa and Ethan, all mixed breeds.
It was his first “real racing season”
and he loved it, he said.
In the top spots of the 13km rig
races was Nigel Voice (eight dogs),
Daryn Chalmers (six dogs), Rose
Voice (three dogs), and Lloyd George
In the 7km rig races were Paul
Maydon (six dogs), Aaron Anderson
(three dogs) and Tania Spencer (two
Organiser and association secretary
Rose Voice said both days were
fantastic, combined with “ideal
conditions” making it “sled dog heaven”.
Mrs Voice raced with her “rare”
Canadian Eskimo dogs and said
racing meant putting “a lot of trust ” in
She had received “absolutely
fantastic” feedback from spectators
and participants, and was already
planning next year’s race.
They plan to have more space for
spectators to come and watch and a
coffee cart to make it “much more
accessible” for everyone.
— Otago Daily Times
Hui shows support
Queenstown Airport has set a
record for international passenger
arrivals, but not without some
Queenstown Airport Corporation
chief executive Scott Paterson said
there were more jets than the eight
“stands” at the bustling terminal
late on Saturday afternoon, after
one plane arrived late and another
It was the first time 11
international flights have landed
— and taken off again — in
All were scheduled to arrive
between 12.35pm and 3.15pm.
“At one point in the afternoon
the runway was closed because we
had a plane on it. I don’t think we
delayed any arrivals,” Mr Paterson
“There was one on the runway
and there were two at hold points
on the apron. For everyone to then
move, we needed a plane to push
As predicted last week, those 11
international flights brought in
a record number of international
passengers for a single day — 1585
The previous one-day record, set
last Monday, was 1540 passengers
on 10 trans-Tasman flights.
The 1366 people who left on the
return flights on Saturday notched
up a departing record.
Two private jets also landed
on Saturday, as well as the usual
domestic flight movements.
New Zealand Customs
Queenstown manager John Parker
was pleased with how the airport ’s
new $17 million terminal coped.
Customs had 15 staff working
on Saturday in the six arrival
processing booths and three
departure booths. At peak times,
some people waited 45 minutes.
“The new airport layout worked
very well,” Mr Parker said.
“The new area gave us more room
to be able to move the people
through a little bit more smoothly
than the old layout.
“ We didn’t have any real issues or
He said Ministry for Primary
Industries detector dogs and x-ray
machines also worked well.
Customs’ search areas in the new
terminal should be completed in
the next few weeks.
Mr Paterson said there were “flow
issues” within the terminal — the
flow of people from check-in,
through security and customs to
boarding the aircraft — that the
airport will work on.
The airport hit capacity, in
terms of jet stands, for several
hours on Saturday, which he said
strengthened its argument it needs
more space to expand.
“For us to have more stands, we
need more space.”
In the 12 months to the end of
May, the airport had 1.39 million
passenger movements, up 11.5% on
the previous period.
But July and August are the
busiest months for international
arrivals, as Australians descend on
the resort, often for ski holidays.
An average of 59 direct flights a
week are scheduled to arrive from
Australia’s east coast during the
peak winter months, which is seven
more landings a week than last
The biggest boost is from Jetstar’s
three times a week ser vice from
the Gold Coast, which started last
December. — Otago Daily Times
Record day at Queenstown Airpor t
PICTURE: Queenstown Airport Corporation-Otago Daily Times
Queenstown Airport stands fill up on Saturday, in this view from the air control tower.
A hui held in Kaikohe saw almost 100
kaumatua and kuia support Sonny Tau
continuing as chairman of the Ngapuhi
Runanga after it was announced he
would face charges of hunting and
killing kukupa, or kereru, and possessing
the protected bird.
At the hui held on Friday at the Te
Runanga a iwi o Ngapuhi office, called
together at a day ’s notice, Mr Tau said
he would step aside as chairman of Te
Runanga a iwi o Ngapuhi if it was the
wish of his elders, but over whelming
support from attendees meant Mr Tau
would be continuing his leadership, the
runanga said in a statement.
On the same day of the hui it was
announced Mr Tau would appear in the
Invercargill District Court on Friday,
July 24 facing charges for hunting/killing
kukupa — as kereru are known in the
north — and possessing the protected
birds. Mr Tau was allegedly found with
kukupa in his possession at Invercargill
Airport on June, 16.
“The hui ended with all kaumatua and
kuia giving their full support to Mr Tau
continuing in the role as chairman of Te
Runanga a iwi o Ngapuhi after charges
had been laid earlier that day. ” The
furore around the alleged offences led
to Mr Tau stepping down as chairman
of Tuhoronuku, the body given mandate
by the Crown to negotiate the Ngapuhi
Treaty settlement, but critics said Mr
Tau should also step down from other
leadership positions, including Ngapuhi
“An individual who cannot respect rahui
and the kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of
another iwi is not a leader that should
be empowered to lead,” Ngati Hine
chairman Waihoroi Shortland said last
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
New Zealand’s 2014-15 wool
season ended last month with
what is expected to be the smallest
percentage of the clip sold through
auctions in at least seven years, as
more farmers were attracted to the
premium prices and protection from
commodity price volatility offered in
The auction system’s share of wool
is expected to continue to shrink. An
estimated 464,000 bales are expected
to come up for auction in the 2015-
16 year, down from 480,000 bales
in 2014-15 and 493,000 bales
in 2013-14, according to Wool
Ser vices International executive
Malcolm Ching, who is on the roster
committee which estimates wool
bale supply for the auctions. Mr
Ching said the committee has been
forced to revise down its estimates in
recent years to reflect declining sheep
numbers and an increased amount
of wool circumventing the auction
New Zealand has probably rounded
out its smallest annual wool clip in six
years this season, reflecting the lowest
sheep flock in more than 70 years,
dry conditions and an increased focus
on meat producing breeds of sheep.
The amount of wool that is going
through the nation’s auction system is
also declining as farmers are seeking
higher returns from direct contracts,
said Mr Ching, who estimates about
half the nation’s wool passed through
auction this season. That compared
with 59% of wool which headed to
auction in 2012-13, according to
data from farmer-owned industry
organisation Beef and Lamb New
“There has been a bit of a shift in
how farmers are looking to sell their
wool and some farmers are choosing
to move their wool away from the
auction system,” Mr Ching said. A
small shift away from auctions began
in the 2013-14 season, “whereas in
the 2014-15 current year there has
been a huge shift, it has widened a lot
The move away from auction is
being driven by organisations such as
wool marketer Merino New Zealand
which aims to insulate wool from
commodity price swings by setting
up direct supply agreements with
companies such as New Zealand
outdoor clothing brand Icebreaker,
British knitwear brand John Smedley
and Italian manufacturer Loro Piana.
Farmers pay 4% of their revenue to
the marketing body which aims to
deliver higher prices to the farmgate
NZ Merino moved into strong wool
in December when it inked a three-
year deal with Landcorp Farming
to manage its annual coarse wool
clip of 15,000 bales, some of which
has since been contracted to Danish
luxury slipper brand Glerups and
the company is prepared to let the
remainder of its clip be sold through
traditional channels until the wool
marketer can secure further deals.
“ We are trying to play a long game
here,” Landcorp chief executive
Steven Carden said. “ We are prepared
to stand behind them for an extended
period of time as they develop those
markets rather than give them supply
one year and pull it the next year. We
are trying to future proof our business
by trying to secure as much of our
business out of that commodity
swing as we can.”
Strong wool marketer Wools of
New Zealand is also eschewing the
auction system through its direct-
to-scour programme with WSI
and through supply contracts with
companies such as British upholstery
Farmers who take up such contracts
are betting on getting premium stable
prices, while manufacturers benefit
from having a trail back through
environmentally friendly processes
to a farm which they can showcase to
customers, said WSI’s Ching.
“The direct selling options have to
provide better returns to farmers to
warrant them shifting to it because
a lot of these direct selling options
come with some form of levy factor
to assist the entities that are trying
to develop these better methods get
through the development phases,”
“ Farmers will only wear those
costs for so long and unless they see
positive results from it, they will move
away from supporting it and drift
back to more traditional methods. ”
Wool season ends with auction sales well down
New Zealanders are paying more
than they should for their table honey
because of the high prices fetched
overseas for manuka varieties, a leading
honey producer says.
All available table honeys were being
bought to blend and sell as expensive
manuka honey in overseas markets, Peter
Bray, managing director of Canterbury-
based Airborne Honey, said.
“There’s a gold rush mentality out
there,” he said.
Honey providers wanted to be able to
supply a reasonably priced quality table
honeys to supermarkets.
However, the everyday monoflorals
and bush honeys were being diverted
for blending to make manuka honeys,
which fetched higher prices overseas.
This resulted in the New Zealand
average retail price of a 500g jar of
honey rising to about $10 — when
it should be around $6 under normal
Mr Bray said his company regularly
surveyed supermarket prices and it was
obvious how these had soared since
manuka had become “famous”. His
company was advocating for transparent
and internationally credible quality
standards for manuka honey.
The Primary Industry Ministry’s
interim guidelines for producers were
not compulsory and did nothing
to prevent other honey varieties,
particularly honeydew, rewarewa and
darker bush honey from being blended
into honey that was then labelled and
sold as authentic manuka honey.
Only some honey jar labels show
“ blends” or “multifloral honey ” to
indicate the honey is a mix of different
A ministry spokesman said the interim
guide for manuka honey published
last year was a successful step towards
clearing up labelling requirements,
including a description of “a manuka-
Meanwhile, a two-year scientific
research programme was under way
to develop a definition for monofloral
The ministry said consumers with
concerns about labelling or product
health claims should contact the
company to see what kind of quality
assurances they had to guarantee the
New Zealand exported $187 million
of honey in 2014, which was 30% more
than the previous year.
The rise in value was driven by an 8%
increase in volume to 17,600 tonnes and
prices increasing for all honey types, due
to strong world demand.
The chief executive of exporter 100%
Pure New Zealand Honey, Sean
Goodwin, disputed that blending was
carried out in New Zealand to produce
He said New Zealanders were paying
more for their honey on the back of
“ We are seeing increased demand for
all types of honey in New Zealand.
“Unfortunately, like dairy and wine
and meat, overseas consumers are
prepared to pay more and a lot is being
“However, plenty of suppliers are just
as focused on the domestic market.”
Supermarket chains owner Foodstuffs
reported that both locally and globally,
the demand for honey was outstripping
supply, and this would drive prices up.
Foodstuffs spokeswoman Antoinette
Laird said a 500g jar of Pam’s manuka
honey sold for $9.99 in Pak’nSave and
for $10.49 in New World supermarkets.
The Honey Centre in Warkworth sells
a 500g jar of manuka honey for $18.95
and multiflora for $11.95.
One of the biggest suppliers to the
New Zealand market is Arataki Honey.
“Our sales are going up but we have
plenty of stock to supply the market,” its
Rotorua operation managing director,
Russell Berry, said.
“ We are concerned not to run out and
encourage any importation of honey,
because there is high risk of bringing in
bee diseases, which will kill our industry.
“New Zealand is getting good prices
not only for manuka but also for multi
flora and clover varieties.”
— N ZM E-New Zealand Herald
Fresh claims have been made
against a woman wanted by police
who left the country with her
But police say moves to extradite
Simone Wright, 39, from Australia
are still some way off.
Ms Wright left New Zealand
earlier this year with partner Paul
Bennett allegedly on board a stolen
yacht. The pair had been wanted by
police to answer charges of sexual
Bennett is also wanted over alleged
fraud, including a complaint from
a Queenstown man that he was
defrauded to the tune of $250,000.
Bennett was arrested by Australian
police on historical fraud charges
related to alleged offences from
when he was Russell Crowe’s
personal helicopter pilot — after the
damaged yacht limped into Sydney
Harbour in February.
He is due to stand trial on the
Australian charges in February next
But Ms Wright, an Australian
citizen, was allowed to walk free and
has been living with her mother in a
central coast suburb north of Sydney.
Kolmer said officers were now
reviewing fresh complaints from
other New Zealanders who alleged
they had been defrauded by the
“ We have had complaints come
to the forefront that hadn’t been
raised before through the fact that
they (Ms Wright and Bennett) were
always in the news,” he said.
Detectives had recently travelled
across the Tasman to inter view Ms
Wright, who is still wanted for an
alleged sex assault on a teenager in
There were no restrictions on her
movements in Australia, where
she had been seen by neighbours
coming and going from her mother’s
Although police wanted to see her
face charges in New Zealand there
were strict procedures they had to
follow, Mr Kolmer said.
“It’s still a very active inquiry
with the New Zealand Police and
hopefully we’ ll come to a successful
conclusion at some point in time in
regards to a prosecution.”
He was unable to give a date
when she might return to New
Zealand. But it was likely Bennett,
a New Zealand citizen, would face
immediate deportation once the
Australian legal system had dealt
— N ZM E -New Zealand Herald
Fresh claims against wanted Australian woman
A bullion trader who prosecutors
say ran a “bogus, fraudulent
scheme” has been sentenced to
three years and nine months in jail.
It was revealed last month that
Robert Kairua, 55, had pleaded
guilty to theft charges as well
as those for making false
Kairua, according to a summary
of facts, made false statements
in brochures regarding his
experience and qualifications as
well as the nature of the trading,
misappropriated $370,0000 and
invested funds contrary to investor
Holdings NZ, ran the gold and
silver trading website Bullion
Buyer and was investigated by the
SFO when he told some investors
in 2012 they would not be getting
their money back.
When the company
liquidated, it was revealed investors
were owed $2.7 million.
The following year the SFO laid
17 Crimes Act charges of theft by
a person in a special relationship
and 12 charges of false statement
by a promoter.
Kairua has now pleaded guilty to
13 of the 17 theft charges, and 9
of the 12 false statement charges.
The rest of the charges have been
In the Auckland District Court,
Kairua represented himself and
detailed the background to the
Kairua said he was “well and
truly duped” by his former trader
Elijah Geldman, who was jailed in
the United States for an unrelated
firing Geldman in
September 2011, Kairua took
over the trading himself but was
inexperienced in dealing with
“I’m not a conman your honour.
I haven’t run away ... I’m not
hiding assets,” Kairua told Judge
But Nick Williams, for the
SFO, said the gold trading “was a
bogus, fraudulent scheme” from
Williams said Kairua tried to
cover up trading losses by using
new money to pay other investors
in a Ponzi-type scheme.
“He has his eyes open as this was
happening,” Williams said.
Judge Field, in sentencing
Kairua, said the losses arising out
of the offending was some $2.2m.
While he was duped by
Geldman at the beginning, Kairua
“ became responsible for the
running of the company ”, Judge
“The time must have come when
you knew the company could not
continue operating in the way that
“That is the time you should have
called a halt and you did not.
continued taking money from
people and continued promoting
the company,” the judge told
There was no doubt the offending
was premeditated and even if there
was the option for home detention,
the circumstances demanded a
prison sentence, the judge said.
After giving Kairua a discount
of 11 months for his guilty plea
and four months for previous good
character, Judge Field sentenced
Kairua to three years, nine months
During the Auckland District
Court hearing, Judge Field
acknowledged the distress the
offending caused Kairua’s victims.
“I hope that for them this could
personally distressing road for
them,” he said.
John Fraser, whose family lost
the $340,000 they had invested
with Bullion Buyer, said he was
“ very happy ” with the outcome.
“I don’t like to see anyone put in
prison,” Fraser said, “ but as long
as he’s not stealing other people’s
money and ruining their lives I
think it’s a positive thing.”
— N ZM E -New Zealand Herald
Bogus bullion trader jailed
A Kaitaia school bus driver has resigned
after eight years behind the wheel
over his frustration at the behaviour of
children he carries, with the final straw
an assault by a teenager.
The man, in his late 60s, who the
Northern Advocate has agreed not to
name, said getting walloped across the
head last month was the final straw after
enduring verbal abuse, foul language
and disgusting behaviour from a small
minority of young bus users.
He said it was a disappointing way
to finish, but saw no other option after
he was allegedly assaulted by a teenage
passenger last month. And he has no
regrets about his decision.
The man said there had been some nice
times over the last eight years, but at
other times he had hated the job.
He had not been injured, but the
company that employed him had reached
the conclusion that there was nothing it
could do, he said. A lawyer had given
him similar advice. The company the
man worked for declined to comment
on his issues at this stage.
The assault was prompted by the
driver’s refusal to pick up a secondary
school student as his bus was already
closed and leaving the bus stop. A friend
of the teenager left behind then punched
the driver when the boy was getting off
The irony was that the teen who
allegedly assaulted the driver was not
entitled to ride on the bus as he had left
school, the incident reinforcing his view
that young people no longer seemed to
face consequences for their actions.
“They can do what they like,” he said.
“The way some of them behaved was
shocking. They ripped the seats, burned
them with matches, dropped mandarin
skins, apple and pear cores, chips and
other rubbish, damaged the seats with
graffiti, left condoms on the windows.
It was disgusting. It’s disappointing that
it ’s ended like this, but it had to come
sooner or later,” the man said.
“The company did what it had to do,
but it could only do so much. Basically it
was left to me to sort it out, and what’s
the point? I decided to leave and enjoy
the rest of my life. A number of people
told me they were disappointed that I
was leaving, but that ’s the way it goes.”
He had not reported the assault to the
police as he felt the teen would only
receive “a slap with a wet bus ticket ”.
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
School bus driver quits over
frustration at pupils’ behaviour
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