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Cow killed in crash
A cow was killed when it wandered
on to a south Auckland road today
and was struck by a car, which
flipped. The wandering beast was hit
by a car about 6.50am on Mill Road,
Bombay. The cow died, but the driver
of the car and a passenger were not
seriously injured, police said. There
were no delays to traffic. — NZ ME
Brazen bank hold-up
A brazen bank robber wearing
stubbies has robbed an Auckland
bank. Police are now hunting for the
man and a green Subaru stationwagon
he is believed have used to flee from
the Waiuku branch of ASB Bank
yesterday. The man entered the bank
with a scarf covering his face about
1.50pm. He approached a teller and
indicated he had a firearm, before
asking her to put money into a wine
cooler bag. The teller complied, and
the offender left with an undisclosed
sum. The offender was described as
Maori in his mid-20s, about 1.8m tall
and of thin build.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Bus crash man named
The Reporoa and New Zealand
Targa Rally communities have paid
tribute to a man killed in a crash this
week. Rally enthusiast and retired
dairy farmer Graham John Marshall,
73, from Taupo, died after the car he
was driving struck a Mana Bus on
State highway 5 near Ohaaki Road
about 4.50pm on Wednesday.
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
A motorcyclist killed when he
crashed head-on into a truck in
the Waikato on Tuesday has been
named. Hamilton man Allan Lloyd
Tugby, 59, died in the crash on State
highway 1 at Piarere, near Tirau.
Police confirmed the motorcycle
crossed the centre line and collided
with the truck travelling in the
opposite direction. The man then fell
off his bike before it burst into fire.
The truck driver was shaken but not
hurt. — NZ ME
Flight lands safely
Emergency ser vices were called
to Invercargill Airport yesterday
after concerns about the hydraulics
of an incoming plane. Appliances
from Invercargill were called to the
airport just before 11am and other
stations were put on alert. Fire
Ser vice southern communications
shift manager Rewai Grace said
firefighters were told of a “problem”
with the flight. An Air New Zealand
spokeswoman said the de Havilland
Dash 8-300 from Wellington to
Invercargill landed safely at 11.15am.
— Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 11432: 2,
10, 12, 13, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 31, 32, 39,
44, 45, 46, 53, 56, 62, 69, 74. Draw No
11433: 4, 5, 13, 17, 20, 21, 27, 36, 38,
39, 40, 44, 53, 54, 56, 58, 67, 68, 73, 80.
Draw No 11434: 1, 7, 19, 20, 21, 27,
32, 34, 46, 49, 50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 62, 65,
67, 71, 78. Draw No 11435: 2, 4, 9, 11,
14, 15, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31, 35, 36, 42, 44,
47, 49, 56, 58, 75.
Labour moots flexible business tax
A 24-hour suppression order protecting
the identity of a man accused of
murdering a Christchurch toddler name
has been extended for four days.
A 22-year-old man appeared in the
Christchurch District Court yesterday
charged with assaulting and killing
15-month-old boy Ihaka Paora Braxton
Stokes on July 3.
Judge David Saunders granted name
suppression so the man — who police
say was known to Ihaka who suffered
blunt force injuries including broken
bones in the alleged assault at a house in
Truman Road, Bryndwr — can tell his
parents of his predicament.
But the suppression order was extended
until 10am on Tuesday. It will lapse then
unless an application to the High Court
is made to extend it.
Defence lawyer Phil Shamy also made
a bail application yesterday.
Bail, which was opposed by police, was
refused by Judge Stephen O’Driscoll.
Statutory suppressions restrict the
reporting of bail hearings.
The man has been remanded in
custody without plea to appear at the
High Court in Christchurch on July 31.
Name secret in
baby death case
A drunk man had to be pulled from
the gap between a fence and wall after
becoming stuck while trying to take a
The man, who was in his late teens
or early 20s, was walking home when
he found himself in a tight spot about
“He was taking a shortcut between
George Street and Great King Street,
obviously climbing over a wall, and got
stuck,” senior sergeant Craig Brown said.
The man fell and hit his head before
getting stuck in the gap.
A member of the public saw the man’s
predicament and contacted police.
The Fire Ser vice was called to assist
police with freeing the intoxicated man,
Mr Brown said.
Senior station officer Mark Leonard,
of D unedin, said the man was freed by
firefighters using a line tied in a “sewer
“ We used a Fire Service line and used
a sewer knot, which goes under both
arms,” he said.
“It’s the way to vertically raise someone.”
One appliance attended and was at the
job for 15 minutes.
“It’s just a good thing he didn’t fall head
first,” he said.
Mr Brown said the man was “reasonably
appreciative” after being freed.
— Otago Daily Times
The Labour Party wants a more
flexible tax system for businesses,
which would allow companies to pay
as they earn instead of predicting
their annual income.
The proposal is Andrew Little’s first
policy since becoming leader after
the election, and was aimed at giving
small businesses more control over
when they paid their tax.
He launched a discussion document
on the policy at a speech to the Hutt
Valley Chamber of Commerce this
“This proposal gives business owners
the option to pay up to 100% of their
tax through regular withholding
payments, at the rate they set
themselves,” Mr Little said.
“Alongside this, I’m also announcing
that we would be scrapping late
penalties for provisional tax and
increasing the threshold for when
provisional tax applies, from $2500 to
At present, provisional tax rules
require a business to estimate, in
advance, its taxable profits for the year
and pay tax in three large instalments
over the year.
“If they guess wrong, they can be
faced with a big bill at the end of the
year which can push a small business
to the wall,” Mr Little said.
“Under Labour’s proposal,businesses
will have the option of choosing to pay
their tax through regular instalments
at a rate they can adjust. This means
businesses can align their payments to
suit their circumstances.
“ F lexible tax for business is about
giving our businesses more control
over how they pay tax. That ’s how
we will help them do well, grow and
The Labour leader said the tax
change would “take the handbrake
off ” many small businesses and
remove the fear factor for companies
which had seasonable or variable tax
It implemented, it would not be a
compulsory measure and businesses
could choose to stick with the current
Labour would be seeking feedback
from businesses before finalising the
policy ahead of the 2017 election.
Mr Little spoke about the
“ worrying” domestic and international
threats to New Zealand’s economy,
from plummeting dairy prices to
uncertainty in China and the euro
The Government needed new
approaches to respond to these
challenges, he said, and one of the
best ways to do this was to back
small businesses — which employed
38% of the workforce — to “ become
the engine of job growth in New
The policy received some positive
Act Party leader David Seymour
agreed with Labour’s criticism of
the “archaic ” tax rules, though he felt
provisional tax should be ditched
“Small business people have long
complained that paying tax based on
the previous year’s earnings, rather
than this year’s can create a cash flow
nightmare,” he said.
“ Provisional tax is out of date and
unnecessary in the age of digital
financial transfers. The IRD needs to
recognise its impact on the cash flows
of small businesses.”
PWC tax and private business leader
Geof Nightingale said Labour’s policy
was “worth considering”.
“ While tax pools have assisted
businesses manage provisional tax for
a decade now, this idea would provide
another sensible option to take the
sting out of getting provisional tax
wrong,” he said.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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518 +3 17.15
563 –1 0.43
DNZ Prop Fund
1023 +3 25.48
719 +1 102.8
830 +2 387.0
Fonterra Share Fund
473 +3 45.41
174 +1.5 59 .61
Goodman Prop Tr
125 +2 20.60
316 +1 2.94
171 +1 136.2
Kiwi Property Gr
1527 +3 65.11
464 +1 6.73
Metro Perf Glass
Mighty River Power
420 +1 3.78
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Orion Health Gr
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425 –2 5.04
126 –1 19.30
Sky Network TV
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Steel & Tube
275 +11 59.42
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385 –5 29.29
Trade Me Gr
339 +2 414.2
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Friday, July 17, 2015
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An escaped pig on the trot
along a suburban Auckland road
yesterday was rounded up by its
household friend — a chocolate
labrador named Bailey.
Police received calls from
members of the public who
spotted the wandering swine on
Hobsonville Road about 9.30am.
Shortly after wards, a dog
managed to round it up and put it
back in its paddock — so quickly
council officers did not see it
Hobsonville Road resident
Steph Jury said the quirky porker
belonged to her landlord and is
quite a character.
The pig — which Ms Jury has
fondly nicknamed Ryeeena —
manages to sneak out of her
enclosure every couple of days
in Houdini-style escapes and
sometimes got into the house if it
was left open.
Ms Jury says her eight-year-old
labrador Bailey is friends with the
cheeky pig and managed to get it
“It wasn’t until my friend saw
my dog out there running around
trying to round her up that she
realised the pig had got out.
“I think that ’s why nobody
knew where it was because
my dog got her back into the
paddock, which she does because
they ’re friends. The dog sits down
there every day when I’m at work,
on the other side of the fence,”
Ms Jury said.
The paddock Ryeeena was kept
in was “really secure” but the pig
still managed to get out.
The owner checked the gates
every night when she came to
feed the pig but she still managed
just gets through, Ms Jury said.
Labrador Bailey had never been
a farm dog before Ms Jury moved
to the 0.8ha lifestyle block more
than a year ago.
“I don’t know how she’s
managing to put pigs back in
paddocks but she is amazing.
“(Ryeeena’s) really friendly. I
got out there onto the deck and
call Ryeeena and she just comes
running. She’s pretty cool,” she
Staff at Hobsonville Veterinary
Clinic said despite the event
unfurling just 200m from their
clinic, they had not caught a
glimpse of the rogue pig.
Auckland Council’s manager
for animal management
Tracey Moore said council
staff received a call from police
communications just before
10am, with reports that a large
pig had been spotted on the
“An animal management officer
went out to investigate, and
patrolled the surrounding area
Ms Moore said despite the
search, the officer did not see any
pigs on the loose. — NZME
Pig rounded up by concerned friend
Ryeeena, the female pig, on Hobsonville Road, in Auckland, about 9.30am yesterday.
Federated Farmers says
top management should
be leaving Fonterra Co-
operative Group if results
do not start improving in
the next couple of years.
The comment, from
dairy chairman Andrew
Hoggard, was in response
yesterday by the world’s
largest dairy exporter that
it will cut 523 jobs to save
up to $60 a million a year
on its payroll in the first
swathe of a major review of
Mr Hoggard said he
hoped the job losses were
part of a wider strategy to
redirect resources in new
areas rather than a knee-
jerk reaction to cut costs
as dairy prices continue to
“ Fonterra has had a history
of knee-jerk reactions like
that where it gets rid of a whole bunch
of people and then two years later hires
them back again, or rather having got rid
of people with institutional knowledge,
they hire new graduates who can’t do as
good a job,” he said.
But Fonterra’s group director of co-
operative affairs Miles Hurrell denied
the job cuts were a knee-jerk reaction
and were signalled as early as March.
“That was the first announcement and
clearly we’ve seen the market retract
since then,” he said. “ It ’s important to
note while we’re talking staff cuts today,
the programme is wider than head count
reductions and covers the end-to-end
of the business and what is needed to
generate more value for shareholders. ”
Mr Hoggard said farmers have
invested a lot of money in Fonterra in
the past decade and expected within the
next two years for the decisions made by
top management on where that money
was invested to start paying off.
“ If we don’t, you’d have to say getting
rid of a lot of mid-level people were the
wrong ones to go. It should be the people
at the top making those decisions that
pack their bags. It we don’t see some sign
of improvement and those investments
start to pay off in the next couple of
years, then some serious
calls need to be made. ”
company said it had
with affected staff and they
will leave in September.
The redundancies will incur
a one-off cost of between
$12m and $15m. Mr
Hurrell said while the job
cuts are global, most of the
affected staff are in New
Zealand and mainly in the
human resources, finance
and information systems.
Fonterra has more than
18,500 staff globally and
11,500 in New Zealand.
The company declined
to break down the staff
reduction by unit.
Consultation will begin
on August 5 with staff in
the rest of the business
sales, consumer, marketing,
research and development,
and safety, food safety and quality, group
resilience and risk, property, procurement
and change management.
Fonterra would not reveal how many
further job cuts are expected.
Mr Hurrell said there was no freeze
on hiring in the interim but they were
being careful that any new staff are in
areas where they want to drive harder
and that the roles cannot be offered to
those losing their existing positions.
Newly-elected Fonterra Shareholders’
Council chairman Duncan Coull
said Mr Spierings and his team were
employed to make decisions that were
“The focus at this time needs to be on
ensuring that our affected staff receive all
the support they require,” he said.
Mr Spierings revealed last month the
major review of the business would
lead to hundreds of its staff being laid
off as it redirected funds into sales and
marketing roles to drive up returns.
The review, undertaken by an internal
management consultancy McKinsey
and Co, was started in December when
it became clear the global dairy market
was not recovering as quickly as hoped.
House-hunters based in China
made up more than half the visitors
to New Zealand’s top Mandarin
property sales website, most only
looking in Auckland.
Sam Yin, founder and chief
executive of Auckland-based real
estate portal Hougarden, which
means backyard in Mandarin,
yesterday released his data on the
496,575 people who visited the site
in February, March and April.
Of those, 53% (262,042) were
people who were based in China,
compared with 45% (223,607) of
people who were based in New
Zealand. Another 1.5% (7498) were
based in Hong Kong, Mr Yin said.
But he said that many of the
offshore visitors left the site after
viewing one page suggesting “that
fears of offshore speculators may be
“ It’s obviously a lot harder for
overseas Chinese to buy property
here than it is locals. It confirms that
there is interest, but not necessarily
hard cash coming from overseas.”
Overall, 78% (388,470) of people
searched for Auckland properties.
Among the top 22 key words
searched for were: subdivision, rental
property, investment, weatherboard,
full section, double Grammar zone,
university, land bank and Rangitoto.
The data was for activity from
February 1 to April 30, a similar
timeframe to the leaked Barfoot and
Thompson data that Labour received.
Auckland CBD was the top suburb
searched for (8.5% of searches),
followed by Remuera, Albany, Epsom,
Glenfield, Flat Bush and New Lynn.
The audience included 50.2% women
compared with 49.8% men.
Most visitors used a desktop to look
at the site.
Mr Yin said the key words gave
a picture of a community putting
down roots and searching for
“The recent debate over the level of
foreign Chinese property buyers is
ignoring the high interest and activity
of New Zealand resident buyers.
“O ur site statistics show a high level
of engagement from Chinese in New
Zealand and given the fact they live
here, they are much more likely to
be the buyers seen at auctions then
“Anecdotal stories of vanloads of
Chinese buyers being ferried from
the airport to buy houses and then
being shipped out again may be
true in isolated cases, but the period
analysed is also the high point for
Chinese tourism to New Zealand,
and many Chinese from China
coincide buying property here with
holiday trips, so there’s every reason
to think the numbers for that period
are likely skewed by this.
buying here from China either want
to move here, have children coming
to university here, or have a similar
connection to New Zealand.”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Half of property site hits from China
Officials were given permission
to increase Southern District
Health Board commissioner Kathy
Grant ’s pay to compensate for the
risk to her reputation from making
Labour health spokeswoman
Annette King said the disclosure
in newly-released papers was proof
the Government was using Mrs
Grant to do its “dirty work”.
The evidence pointed to “extreme
cuts”, which would be highly
unpopular, she said.
Publicly, the Government and
Mrs Grant have been vague when
asked about changes planned to
southern health ser vices.
Ministry of Health advice to
Health Minister Dr Jonathan
Coleman was disclosed under the
Official Information Act.
Parts of the papers were blanked
out before release.
While the Government approved
the top-up, it is the cash-strapped
board that pays Mrs Grant ’s
$1400-a -day remuneration.
“The personal risk to Ms Grant ’s
reputation is similarly high, as
finding a more sustainable solution
to improve the DHB’s financial
position in a short period of time,
will ultimately impact her own
professional standing,” the paper
“ Ministry officials propose that
you seek an exception to the fees
framework to allow Ms Grant to
be paid a fee of $1400 per day up
to a capped limit of $180,000 per
annum, which is outside of the
range for a group 4, level 1 body.”
Information on the State Ser vices
Commission’s website shows a
maximum daily pay of $1062 in
Mrs Grant yesterday rejected the
claim she was installed to carry out
the Government ’s “dirty work”, and
said she had been open all along
about needing to make changes.
The problems would not be solved
within her 18-month term but the
“ way for ward” would be identified,
Mrs Grant said.
Her first day on the job was
June 18, when she fronted a press
conference in Dunedin with Dr
Coleman. He said there were no
plans to axe local health ser vices or
make short-term changes.
He said the commissioner had
plenty of time to analyse the
situation. Pinpointing the exact
deficit level was the first step.
“The first thing I want is some
certainty over what the deficit
number should be — and that ’s
fluctuated wildly over the past year,”
he said on June 18.
That task appears to be harder than
Dr Coleman had hoped, however.
Last Saturday it was revealed the
commissioner and her team were
having difficulty determining
the true deficit projection — it
fluctuates between $30 million and
$42 million — because of a lack of
staff and out-of-date equipment.
— Otago Daily Times
Commissioner’s pay includes
reputation risk compo
The Manawatu Gorge will remain
closed today due to a rock fall.
Engineers would reassess whether
the section of State highway 3 could
be opened at 5pm today, New Zealand
Transport Agency said.
Motorists can take the alternative
route on Saddle Road or Pahiatua Track.
Slip closes Manawatu Gorge
523 jobs go at dairy giant
A bomb scare at Whangarei Primary
School forced teachers who were
preparing term work in their classrooms
to have an early home time yesterday.
Police rushed to the school mid-
afternoon after receiving a call relating
to a bomb planted somewhere on
the site and an alleged demand for
Four teachers and a caretaker working
there during the school holidays
were evacuated while police searched
classrooms and grounds. Nothing
suspicious was found. Standing on Cross
Street in pouring rain waiting for the all-
clear, the teachers described what they
believed to be a hoax call as “very silly
and a nuisance . . . we’ve got lots of work
One, who asked not to be named, said
she was surprised — “to say the least ” —
when an officer came into her classroom
and asked her to leave. “ I’m glad it
happened in the holidays,” she said.
The school and adjacent footpaths were
loosely cordoned off during the scene
search. A police spokeswoman said the
incident did not amount to much, and
most of the personnel called to the scene
were stood down about 3.30pm.
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
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