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A man was taken to Auckland City
Hospital with stab wounds after an
altercation in the central city last
night. Police were called to a Vincent
Street property after reports of an
altercation between two men. One
allegedly stabbed the other twice,
in the back and under his arm. A
police spokeswoman said the victim
was initially “ unwilling” to speak to
police but was now co-operating. The
men knew each other. There was no
risk to the public, the spokeswoman
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
More than 100 people felt an
earthquake that hit 25km east of
Nelson this morning. Geonet said
the magnitude 4.2 quake happened
at 8.52am at a depth of 75km. On
Geonet, 156 people have reported
feeling the quake. — NZ ME
Police are hunting an offender who
threatened a Hastings petrol station
attendant with a pistol on Sunday
night. The robbery at BP Flaxmere in
Swansea Road happened at 10.50pm
when a man entered the shop as two
staff members were closing up. Police
said the robber approached one of
the staff members, pointed a small
black pistol at him and demanded
cash and cigarettes. The staff member
handed over cash and a carton of
cigarettes and the offender ran off.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Orchard worker crushed
A 37-year-old orchard worker
suffered severe pelvis injuries after he
was crushed by a tractor yesterday. The
man was flown to Tauranga Hospital
from Waiotahi, near Opotiki, after a
tractor was started in gear, causing it
to lurch forward and drive over him.
The rescue helicopter was called to the
scene at 8am. — NZM E
Elderly driver dies
A 96-year-old Northland woman
has died after a crash in the Bay of
Islands. The woman, who was the
driver, suffered head injuries and
multiple fractures in the accident on
Puketona Road, just east of Puketona
quarry, about 5pm on Friday. Police
have yet to release her name.
— N ZME-Northern Advocate
Crash driver identified
A motorist who died in a fatal crash
near Ashburton on Friday night has
been named by police. Terry Henry
Munday, 63, died after it appears he
failed to negotiate a moderate bend
on Grahams Road, Tinwald about
11pm. He was the only one in the car
and died at the scene. — NZM E
Numbers in Keno draw No 11476:
33, 39, 42, 50, 52, 67, 76, 80. Draw No
11477: 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 22, 28, 41, 43,
45, 46, 54, 61, 64, 66, 70, 72, 73, 75, 78.
Draw No 11478: 8, 9, 10, 14, 16, 18,
19, 21, 24, 29, 31, 32, 33, 51, 53, 54, 58,
68, 69, 76. Draw No 11479: 3, 10, 12,
13, 14, 18, 20, 24, 32, 40, 43, 45, 49, 50,
65, 66, 68, 71, 74, 79.
Medicine cost up with TPP
Westpac has denied that a mass
restructuring is under way with hundreds
of jobs on the line.
First Union general secretary Robert
Reid said he had received a tip that
hundreds of Westpac staff faced losing
their jobs “but the bank is still denying
that it is large-scale”.
“There (is) some restructuring and
some redundancies we know that are
happening in some of the branches and
we’re involved in that, but it’s nowhere
near the numbers that some media are
mentioning,” Mr Reid said.
“ We have asked Westpac and they
have denied some of the numbers being
mentioned — 600, 700 or 800 — they
have denied that there’s anything like
that either going on, or in the wind.
“Possibly there’d be around 20 or
30 involved that we’re aware of at the
Westpac spokesman Chris Mirams
said some restructuring was under way,
but he denied it was major.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Bank jobs in doubt
A doctor acting as a psychiatrist
in Waikato has pulled off the “most
complex identity fraud” the health board
has ever seen, Health Minister Jonathan
An inspection into the Waikato District
Health Board’s mental health ser vice was
announced this week following the arrest
of the man working as a psychiatrist.
Dr Coleman said the DHB mental
health ser vices would be formally
inspected under section 99 of the Mental
A man working as a psychiatrist at
Waikato DHB appeared in Hamilton
District Court on Saturday on a possible
identity fraud charge.
Dr Coleman said the inspection would
find if the DHB was “up to scratch”.
“They will be held to account if things
are found to be deficient,” he said.
“ We’ve got to know the exact details.
From what we’re hearing it’s the most
complex identity fraud that they ’ve ever
This is the third incident at the Waikato
DHB this year — former patient Nicky
Stevens was found dead in March after
leaving the mental health centre and
two people scaled a wall to escape just a
Dr Coleman said further action
including a wider-range inquiry —
might be taken after the inspection if it
He said the inspection was also about
holding the Medical Council to account.
“They ’ve had three serious incidents
this year. Each one of those would
be unfortunate; when you put them
together we’ve got to have an inspection
to give people assurance that the ser vices
are at the quality that the public expect
and deser ve.
“Things can go wrong in mental health.
In the end we’ve got to get that assurance.
I’m not drawing any conclusions in a
The man in question has been remanded
in custody to reappear in the Hamilton
District Court on Monday.
The man allegedly used legitimate
documents and referees belonging to
another man with the same name, Stuff.
He used a qualified doctor’s genuine
medical certificate in India, and the
man’s former colleagues as referees to
vouch for his work, it was reported.
The real psychiatrist works in
Naper ville, Illinois, Stuff said.
The alleged fraudster was vetted by the
Medical Council of New Zealand and
granted a vocational registration, Stuff said.
Council chairman Andrew Connolly
told the website: “ The Medical Council’s
concern is that the doctor may have
obtained registration he was not entitled
“ We believe the documents we have are
legitimate documents. The question we
will need to answer is, was he entitled to
use these documents? If not, how did he
obtain them and what steps do we need
to take as a council to prevent anyone else
attempting the same thing?” — NZME
seen by DHB
Prime Minister John Key has
conceded New Zealand will have
to pay more for some medicines
under the Trans-Pacific Partnership
but he says patients will not be
Mr Key said despite the probability
that some medicines would cost more
the deal was still in the country’s
best interests, Radio New Zealand
Trade ministers from the 12
countries negotiating the TPP are
meeting in Hawaii this week trying to
put the finishing touches on the deal.
Mr Key rejected criticism the deal
would be bad for New Zealand,
saying by opening up other markets
this country’s exporters would
But he said there was a high
probability patents on medicines
would be extended under the deal.
“That means the Government will
have to pay for the original drug
rather than the generic for a little bit
“But for consumers that won’t make
any difference because, you know, on
subsidised drugs you pay $5 for your
prescription so the Government may
incur slightly more costs there.”
Mr Key rejected suggestions that
if Pharmac was having to pay more
for drugs it might delay bringing
expensive drugs into the country.
“ You’ve got to remember under the
Pharmac model they always make
sure that there are a variety of drugs
and often not just one.
“ I mean if you take, you know, drugs
for a condition that ’s quite common
they often have about three on the
list. They don’t just have one,” Mr Key
But Green Party co-leader James
Shaw said extending patents and
making medicines more expensive
would have an impact in New
“ It means that we may have to wait
longer. It means that there may be
some medicines that simply aren’t
available, that won’t become available
or if they do become available that
they ’re available at the market prices
which is eye-wateringly expensive,”
Mr Shaw said.
Labour leader Andrew Little said at
the very least it would cost the New
Zealand taxpayer a lot more money.
“ Now we don’t know, that ’s a
pretty vague statement by the Prime
Minister. A couple of months ago
he was saying, and Tim Groser was
saying, they would protect the rights
of Pharmac and protect the Pharmac
“ Now it looks like they ’re going
back on that undertaking. ”
Trade Minister Tim Groser and his
counterparts from 11 other countries
will meet in Maui, Hawaii tomorrow
to finalise the agreement, which is
now widely tipped to get over the line.
The TPP has been negotiated since
March 2010 and includes countries
representing about 40% of world
The deal includes intellectual
property rights, foreign investment
rules, labour and environment
standards, procurement policies,
competition, and disputes procedures.
Labour announced its position last
week, saying it would support the TPP
only if several conditions were met,
including allowing a ban on foreign
purchases of residential property and
the protection of Pharmac.
It said that if such conditions were
not met the deal would undermine
New Zealand’s sovereignty. — N ZN
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The rarest gull species in the
world is getting a much-needed
assist thanks to stepped up rat-
trapping efforts on Henley Island.
The man-made island at Henley
Lake is the first urban area in the
world where the black-billed gull
has nested with a total of 100
there last spring after the island
was reshaped by diggers.
A small team of Forest and
Bird Society members worked
yesterday morning to rebait
the traps on the island after
discovering that the rare gull eggs
and babies were killed by rats last
The team included Joanna
McVeagh, Colin Shore and his
granddaughter Shylo Davis.
“ We have to get the island ready
prior to nesting which could start
as early as September,” Mr Shore
“ We want to concentrate the
trapping heavily at the start and
then hopefully we will find less
and less rats in our traps.
“Zero per cent is preferable.
“There are eight traps altogether,
“DOC (the Department of
Conser vation) provides the traps,
we provide the manpower. ”
Mr Shore’s 17-year-old
granddaughter, a student at
Te Kura, the Correspondence
School, said it was a novelty that
the black-billed gulls were nesting
in an urban area.
She said she was happy to help
keep the rats at bay.
“It’s good because we get to help
the gulls and they ’re the rarest
gull species in the world,” she
Mr Shore said when they
checked the traps yesterday there
was a ratineach one. “They
hadn’t been checked for a few
months, but because nesting
season is coming up, the checks
will be more regular.”
Ms McVeagh, a field officer
for Greater Wellington Regional
Council, said the black-billed gull
population found only in New
Zealand has declined more than
75% over the past 30 years.
“ Last spring there were about 50
pairs of gulls,” she said.
“They tried nesting on Henley
Island, but they abandoned the
“They can’t fight off the rats by
themselves, they ’re only small
birds after all. But we’re working
to set up the traps, rebait them,
and working bees are planned for
early August to manually remove
weeds on the island because the
gulls will nest only in really open,
clear spaces like this.”
Forest and Bird, working with
the Henley Trust, DOC and
Masterton District Council, will
resume predator control and
removal of weeds to see if the
gulls will return to nest there.
— NZ ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
Trappers fight to save rarest gulls
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age
Colin Shore and granddaughter Shylo Davis, 17, are trapping rats on the island where the critically
endangered blackbilled gulls nest at Henley Lake.
A motorist who drove his car
between two oncoming vehicles — a
utility vehicle passing a stock truck
— w alked away uninjured from
the resulting three-vehicle crash in
Central Otago yesterday.
All three drivers were “very lucky
indeed” to escape serious injuries in
the crash, which happened about
8.40am at Shingle Creek, between
Roxburgh and Alexandra, constable
Lance Davies, of Roxburgh, said.
They were the sole occupants of the
The utility vehicle, driven by a
51-year-old Cromwell man, was
travelling south in the passing lane,
overtaking the stock truck, driven by
a 35-year-old Riverton man, when
both vehicles were “clipped” by a
Toyota car travelling in the opposite
“The car was also overtaking traffic
but the car driver failed to see the
two oncoming vehicles, for whatever
reason; maybe the camber of the road,
or a dip in the road,” Mr Davies said.
The 17-year-old youth drove
between the oncoming vehicles. The
utility driver moved over, taking
evasive action to avoid a head-on
After hitting the two oncoming
vehicles, the car rolled several times.
The youth and stock truck driver
were uninjured and the utility driver
received minor injuries. He was
checked at a medical centre before
returning home, Mr Davies said.
The utility vehicle and car received
Crews from the Roxburgh and
Alexandra Fire Brigades attended the
Several people witnessed it and an
investigation was continuing, he said.
— Otago Daily Times
Crash drivers ‘very lucky’
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Emergency ser vice personnel at the scene of the Shingle Creek crash.
More leaked documents
reveal the funding of
district health boards could
be in for a shake-up.
The funding review shows
DHBs could have money
withheld if they miss
targets and boards may
need to bid for shares of
funding pools, Radio New
Zealand reported today.
Yesterday details were
revealed of a review
General of Health Chai
Chuah, which advocated
taking the control of DHBs away from
Senior health officials have said
proposals to change the funding
structure — outlined in a three-page
document — will pit board against
board and be highly destructive.
The proposed changes are being
described as “the 1990s in drag”.
The document is a precis by the
Director-General of Health’s office of
a fuller review led by former Treasury
Secretary Murray Horn. It has been
sent to all DHB chairmens and chief
executives, but they have not been shown
the fuller reviews.
The review reveals the Ministry of
Health would hand out funds to DHBs
on achievement of planned milestones.
If those targets were missed the money
would be withheld, and would then go
to other providers.
Four pools of funding would also
be created under the plan, which the
minister-appointed Canterbury DHB
chairman, Murray Cleverley, said he
would find difficult to operate within.
“There are some things under the
funding that I would find it more
awkward and more challenging to deliver
the outcomes that are expected of us.
“I like to be judged on my
outcomes, and I think most
district health boards, be it
governors or managers, or
the staff, like to be judged
on their outcomes rather
than inputs, and if you were
splitting up the funding
model, that actually was
three or four buckets of
money, rather than one for
example, I would find that
more difficult to operate in.”
Labour Party health
King, said the proposal
was sketchy and would
create uncertainty for DHBs and people
working in the health sector.
“ DHBs which try to plan ahead for
their ser vices are going to find that some
of their funding is now contestable to
everybody and anybody that wants to
put up a plan for some of their money.
“ How they ’re going to be able to plan
those ser vices, provide the workforce to
provide those ser vices is a mystery to
Chairmen and chief executives from
about half the country’s health boards
met in Wellington yesterday to discuss
their response to the document, as well as
proposed changes to DHB governance.
They are due to give their view to the
Director-General of Health next week.
Mr Chuah said the reviews were for his
consideration and no decisions had been
made on the recommendations.
Otago University professor of health
policy Robin Gauld said contestable
funds would create winners and losers in
the public health system.
He told Morning Report most
countries were moving away from
competition in health ser vices and
towards collaboration in an open and
honest way, and setting up competition
would undermine that process. — NZ N
Plan ‘1990s in drag’
Police seize $4m from gang
Two people arrested as part of
raids targeting the Head Hunters
gang are Mount Eden prison
inmates, Corrections Minister Sam
At 6am today police launched
raids across the upper North Island
targeting the Head Hunters gang
and detained detained 10 people.
Mr Lotu-Iiga said the arrests of
two Mount Eden inmates would
be included in a review of private
prison company Serco’s operations
at the remand facility, Radio New
The Department of Corrections
has taken over the Auckland
prison’s management while a string
of allegations of violence and illegal
activity are investigated.
“The review needs to take these
arrests into account and look into
. . . what the facts of what ’s going
on in Mount Eden prison,” the
Operation Sylvester had been
running for some time, with police
already seizing weapons ahead of
today ’s raid.
Police said they expected the
seized items to be worth a total of
Nearly 180 officers carried out
this morning’s raids at more than
30 properties across Auckland.
Searches were also carried out in
Huntly, Ruakaka and Tauranga.
Nine men and one woman were
been arrested and face charges
including manufacture and supply
of methamphetamine, possession
of firearms and money laundering.
Most were due to appear in the
Auckland District Court today.
Police were also speaking with
a number of people in Waikato,
Waitemata, Bay of Plenty and
At least 16 cars, including a 1958
Ford Fairlane and a 1964 Ford
Thunderbird, were being seized
under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Police were planning to seize assets
thought to be worth an estimated
$4m, including bank accounts and
Armed police were this morning
at the gang’s well-known Marua
Road building in Ellerslie, called
the Fight Club.
Police said the armed offenders
squad had been deployed “at several
locations” as a precaution.
Detectives from the Organised
(OFCANZ) were leading today’s
operation, assisted by officers
from Auckland City, Waitemata,
Counties Manukau, Bay of Plenty,
Northland and Waikato police
Police said the raids were a
phase of Operation Sylvester, an
investigation into alleged large-
scale production and supply of
Woodhouse said today’s actions
were part of a strategy to disrupt
“They are a scourge, all gangs
that act outside the law and believe
they can do so with impunity
need to know the police and the
government are going to take this
very, very seriously.” — NZN
Serco could still be considered
to deliver social ser vices, Social
Tolley has indicated.
The British company is in the
midst of a rolling controversy
regarding its running of Mount
Eden prison and incidents of
From yesterday, a Corrections
Department management team has
taken over the day to day running
of the prison for the immediate
In June, Mrs Tolley said she
would be open to private operators
being contracted to provide more
social ser vices. Asked about Serco,
she said: “If they can deliver great
results for people, why not?”
This morning Mrs Tolley was
asked if she still held the same
view, given the Mount Eden prison
actually the quality of the contract
is the really important thing. So in
the case of private providers we will
want to see a bit extra. And with
any provider we want to make sure
there is good control there.
“ I think I would be worried
about any provider who was not
performing well. And we’ve got a
number of those — whether they
are private or NGOs.”
Serco, which has also been
awarded a contract to run the new
$270 million jail for 960 men at
Wiri in south Auckland, is looking
at running child ser vices in the
Labour’s Kelvin Davis, who
has been raising questions about
Serco’s prison operations, said
those comments were “frightening”
and showed the Government
was committed to privatisation,
regardless of evidence.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Serco may get social service contracts
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