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A fast-charging station for
electric cars will be a “brilliant ”
development for Dunedin, an
electric car owner says.
Milton landlord Alex
Gillanders bought an electric
car about a year and a-half ago,
as soon as he calculated how
much it would save him on
petrol and maintenance fees.
Plus, Mr Gillanders said, “we
can see the problems coming
up with climate change — and
coming up very quickly”.
His wife and foster son are
also sensitive to petrol and
diesel fumes, he said.
For their foster son — who
has a rare genetic condition
that, among other things,
requires he get a lot of rest
— c ars have been helpful in
getting him to sleep.
“If it looks like he’s sleeping,
then we just trundle around
the countryside for a while,” he
Mr Gillanders has been
limited in how much he could
use the electric car, because the
charge lasted about only 100km.
One time, on a trip from
Milton to D unedin, the car had
used half its charge by the time
they got to Green Island, he
said. “So we thought, shall we
turn around and go home, or
shall we go on?”
Another time, he ran out of
charge in Waihola and had to
get a friend to pick him up.
“It’s really frustrating to buy a
really nice vehicle that ’s cheap
to run, and there’s not a single
charger you can put it in.” That
could all change when a new
fast-charging station opens in
Dunedin later this year.
Charge Net New Zealand
mechanical ser vices director
Nick Smith made the
announcement at an Otago
Chamber of Commerce energy
committee event on Monday
“I think I can say now that
we have a commitment to open
the first fast-charging station
in Dunedin before Christmas,”
Mr Smith said.
The company planned to open
75 fast-charging stations over
the next three years across New
Zealand, he said.
Dunedin was poised to be the
first in the South Island.
Charge Net NZ’s first station
is set to open in Albany in the
next few weeks, about 140km
from the first fast-charging
station in New Zealand, which
opened in Whangarei last year.
Charge Net NZ’s stations
would allow many electric car
owners to charge their vehicles
in less than half an hour.
Mr Smith said the number
of electric cars had “exploded”
in Whangarei since the fast-
charging station opened there.
That explosion is what Mr
Smith and his colleagues are
hoping for in every town where
they open a station, including
All that was left to work out
was where, exactly, D unedin’s
charging station would go.
“ We’re just waiting to hit the
— Otago Daily Times
Electric car era charging ahead
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Margaret and Alex Gillanders and their foster son Xavier Thomas, eight, with their electric car. The charging station; the charging
plug; and plugged in to the Gillanders’ car.
Shootout compo back to court
of the New Zealand Herald
An 80-year-old accountant who owes
Inland Revenue about $500 million
wants the High Court to approve his
proposal to pay $1000 a week off the
If John George Russell’s bid fails,
it places him one step closer to
bankruptcy, which the tax department
appears intent on pursuing.
Russell, a former merchant banker
who lives in Kawakawa Bay, is best
known as the governing mind behind
a template that the Court of Appeal
called a “ blatant tax-avoidance scheme”.
According to that same court, the
accountant established an “elaborate,
maze-like structure of companies,
partnerships and trusts” and provided
advice on how others could avoid tax
through their participation in the
Only 1% of the $500m bill is core tax,
the rest being penalties and compound
In 2003 Russell was issued a $75m
bill when $15m earned by companies
between 1985 and 2000 was reassessed
to him personally.
Almost a decade passed before Russell
exhausted his challenges to this and the
debt continued to accrue interest and
penalties over that time.
Inland Revenue in April issued
bankruptcy notices to Russell, who has
previously proposed to pay $1000 a
week back off the debt.
Although the tax department rejected
the offers, the octogenarian yesterday
applied for the High Court Court to
rule on debt plan to approve the
His lawyer, Simon Judd, told Associate
Judge Hannah Sargisson that Russell
had no assets in his own name and
that Inland Revenue would not recover
anything by bankrupting him. It was
better for a creditor to get $1000 a
week than nothing and Judd said there
was not even a hint that Russell had
concealed expensive assets.
IRD lawyer Pauline Courtney said
the court could take more than just
commercial considerations into account
and argued “public interest ” factors
Bankruptcy would remove Russell’s
ability to ser ve as a director of
companies or as a tax agent, Courtney
She pointed to a recent Court of
Appeal decision that said it was
reasonable for Inland Revenue to reject
the proposal because there remained
a prospect that the Official Assignee
opaque” affairs would produce a greater
recovery of the debt.
The appropriate decision would be
to decline the application over the
compromise, Courtney submitted.
Associate Judge Sargisson reserved
High Court to
rule on $500m
An innocent man injured in a motorway
shootout will appeal the High Court ’s decision
to throw out his bid for compensation.
Richard Stephen Neville launched legal
proceedings claiming $1.4 million after he was
sprayed with shrapnel and glass shards when
shots were fired by a police armed offenders
squad member during the 2009 incident on an
Police were pursuing rifle-wielding car thief
Stephen McDonald, who was in the back of
the plaintiff ’s truck at the time. But the case
made headlines primarily because courier driver
Halatau Naitoko was killed by a stray police
Justice Geoffrey Venning released his
judgement two weeks ago, striking out Mr
Neville’s claim because there was “no reasonably
arguable cause of action”.
Yesterday the former blacksmith said he had
made the “difficult decision” to file appeal papers
Mr Neville said he now had three barristers
dealing with the matter.
For the recent hearing, he provided an affidavit
to the High Court at Auckland saying the
actions of the police gunman — known only as
Officer 84 — amounted to gross negligence or
recklessness. His shot went through the front
windscreen of the vehicle but Crown lawyer
Peter Gunn, acting on behalf of the Attorney-
General, said that was clearly an accident.
Justice Venning agreed the action could not
succeed because “the plaintiff cannot establish
that Officer 84 knew at the time he fired the shot
it was unsafe nor that it would cause death or
severe injury to the plaintiff ”.
Even if that was the case, the judge said the
scenario did not reach the threshold for the
purpose of section nine of the New Zealand Bill
of Rights Act, relied on by the plaintiff.
“ While the seriousness of Mr Neville’s injuries
must not be discounted, countervailing factors
such as the emergency situation faced by the
police and the officer’s duty to take action to
protect members of the public also need to be
weighed,” Justice Venning said.
“The police identified Mr McDonald as
presenting a risk to life and the public in general
and in that sense the actions of shooting at him
can be seen as proportionate.” A date for the case
to be heard by the Court of Appeal has not yet
been set. — NZME
of the Otago Daily Times
Australia’s mining downturn
is set to deliver a ‘’real blow ’’ to
Dunedin’s economy, with the
closure of the Esco foundry
and the loss of dozens of jobs.
Staff at Esco D unedin were
told yesterday the foundry
would close by the end of the
year, with the loss of 34 jobs.
Esco products division
president Jeff Kershaw, of
Portland, in the United
States, said in a statement the
decision reflected a downturn
in Australia’s mining industry
which showed no sign of
Esco D unedin site manager
Dean Taig confirmed the job
losses but declined to comment
when contacted yesterday.
Mayor Dave Cull said
the announcement was “a
real blow ’’ for the city. “Our
engineering companies are,
from my understanding, of a
very high quality and they have
some highly skilled jobs. Any
job is a loss, but highly skilled
ones are worse, so it is a blow.’’
He had been given no
indication the closure was
imminent, but was not sure the
council was in any position to
“I would have thought that if
it were something the city had
an influence over, they would’ve
come to the city and said
something about it.’’ The only
positive could be the struggles
some other engineering firms
in Dunedin faced in trying to
recruit skilled staff for certain
positions, he said.
“I just hope that those other
engineering firms can soak up
those 34 (job losses),’’ he said.
Commerce chief executive
Dougal McGowan declined
to comment, saying he was
not aware of the details of the
Mr Kershaw said the company
was aware of the impact the
“ very difficult ’’ decision to close
would have on the community,
as well as the “disappointment ’’
it would cause.
The decades-old foundry
was previously owned by Farra
Engineering, which sold it to
Aust Cast in mid-2007.
The foundry was then run
by Aust Cast ’s D unedin
subsidiary, Newlcast, until both
were bought by Esco — which
supplies truck bodies and other
parts for the mining industry
— in 2010.
Mr Kershaw said the decision
to buy came at a time when
mining markets were “quite
different ’’ and local capacity
was needed to meet customer
demand in Australia.
“Now we are faced with a new
market reality in the midst of a
mining downturn,’’ he said.
Esco’s international network
of foundries was operating “at
less than optimal levels’’, and
excess capacity issues needed to
be addressed, he said.
Dunedin’s foundry would
capital investment to expand
its limited floor space and
accommodate other operations,
The high cost
manufacturing in the city
meant it was “just not practical’’
to do so, he said. “It is truly a
shame, considering the positive
attitude and work ethic of the
Dunedin workforce that this
operation has to be closed.’’
34 jobs to go
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