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Those responsible for classifying books
need to be very careful before censoring
books in New Zealand and should err on
the side of freedom of speech over a ban,
Labour ’s arts and culture spokeswoman
Jacinda Ardern says.
Her comments come after an interim
restriction was put on Ted Dawe’s Into
the River book for teenage boys.
It means the book is now banned from
sale or supply until after the Film and
Literature Board of Review meets to
decide on a permanent classification for
A challenge by Family First director
Bob McCoskrie came after the Censor’s
Office removed the previous R14
classification on the book, making it
Ms Ardern had not read Mr Dawe’s
book and a final decision on the book
was still being considered.
“ I think there is a reason for us to
be concerned. It ’s something that ’s
happened very rarely in New Zealand
and for good reason. So we should be
somewhat alarmed about this decision,”
Caution was needed when it comes to
curtailing freedom of speech, she said.
“ We haven’t seen that in New Zealand
for more than a couple of decades.”
It was “counter intuitive” that a book
which had won a NZ Book Award
would be banned, she said.
“ We would be very concerned about
books that should be enjoyed for having
been awarded from being stopped from
being put into our schools or stopping
children reading those books. So I hope
this isn’t a final decision.”
There were other “challenging” books
read by teenagers, such as Catcher in the
Rye and A Clockwork Orange, she said.
Asked about the involvement of Family
First, she said she hoped any decision
on the books had nothing to do with
lobbying by any political organisation.
Education Minister Hekia Parata
said she did not know the detail of the
decision, but it should be up to parents
to decide what books were suitable for
“ I absolutely believe in the right of
choice and the choice to read a book —
Meanwhile, Family First said today
it had only requested the latest review
because it wanted the R14 restriction to
be reinstated, and had not intended the
book to be taken off the shelves.
“ We’re not calling for it to be banned
and we never have,” Family First
national director Bob McCoskrie told
Radio New Zealand.
“ We’d just like an age restriction in the
same way that a movie has an R16 or
His group was satisfied with the R14
rating given to the book in the first
“ If you want to blame anyone for the
book being banned, blame the censor ’s
office because they went against due
process,” he said.
Mr McCoskrie said his complaints
were driven by the book’s “strong sexual
content ” and “foul language”, stating
that it “used the c-word nine times and
f-word 17 times”.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A 59-year-old man has been
arrested and charged with arson
in regards to a fire at Glen Massey
School on Sunday.
A Waikato police spokesman
confirmed this morning that the
Glen Massey man will appear in the
Hamilton District Court today on a
charge of arson.
He has also been charged over
four incidents involving the
smashing of school windows in
The man faces four charges of
intentional damage of the school
dating back to July.
The school’s most historic building
— a 100-year-old building now
being used as a classroom — was set
on fire just after 7am.
However, resident Jeremy King,
who is on the school’s board of
trustees, was alerted to the burglar
alarm going off and headed straight
there with his 11-year-old son Jabin
Together the pair managed to grab
the school’s fire hose and pulled it
through a window and out to the
blaze and helped douse it until
emergency services arrived shortly
Mr King said at the time he was
proud of his son for getting on with
“He kept a cool head, he got a fire
extinguisher while I was ringing
111, we tried that and it lasted
about three seconds so we got the
hoses after that. Jabin was on the
School principal Tim Howard
said six of the school’s windows
had been vandalised since March.
However, they had recently invested
in CCTV cameras which he’d
hoped would help in an arrest.
The school was still understood
to be closed today as they made
alternative arrangements for pupils
in the smoke-affected classroom.
The fire had begun outside the
classroom with an item being lit
near the rear entrance.
— New Zealand Herald
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 3
Injured boy dies
The boy who was injured when
he fell from a Hawke’s Bay school
window in May died in hospital
yesterday. “ The parents of nine-
year-old Aryan Banerjee, who was
critically injured following a fall
from a Taradale School window in
May, wish to advise that tragically
Aryan passed away earlier today,
Hawkes Bay Hospital said in a
statement yesterday. His father said
Aryan died peacefully in his parents
— N ZM E -New Zealand Herald
Truck driver airlifted
A man in his 60s was airlifted to
hospital after a roading repair truck
rolled down a steep embankment in
the Turakina Valley, north-west of
Hunter ville in Rangitikei yesterday
morning. Police and Fire Service
vehicles from Mangaweka and
Hunter ville were able to get the
injured driver out of the wreckage
and back up to the road. He was
treated by St John Ambulance
staff. Th e patient, a Feilding man,
was airlifted to Palmerston North
Hospital in a stable condition.
It is understood the accident
occurred as he was turning round
to dump soil down the bank.
The Palmerston North Rescue
Helicopter was sent to the scene
because of the distance to hospital
and the potentially difficult
extraction of the patient from the
vehicle. — NZME
Bright Food eyes
Silver Fern Farms
Bright Food is understood to
be the party which has been in
negotiations with Silver Fern
Farms to take a stake in the New
Zealand meat company. Bright
is a wholly government-owned
enterprise. But the negotiating
vehicle is understood to be one of
Bright’s four listed subsidiaries.
One of those subsidiaries — Bright
Dairy and Food — took a majority
stake in Canterbury milk processor
Synlait Milk for $82 million in
2010. Late last week, speculation
suggested the proposed deal would
be announced yesterday. But Silver
Fern Farms has refused to make
meaningful comment, simply saying
the capital raising is ongoing.
— N ZM E -New Zealand Herald
A small quake has shaken residents
near Gisborne early this morning.
The magnitude 3.6 quake hit 15km
south-west of Te Araroa just after
2am, Geo Net said. It was measured
at a depth of 36km and was
described as “ light ”.
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Two managers of popular Auckland Indian
restaurant chain Masala have admitted paying
workers as little as $2 an hour.
Joti Jain, 42, pleaded guilty to 15 immigration
and exploitation charges at Auckland District
Court this morning.
She was the main target of a Ministry of
Business Innovation and Employment sting and
her name and full facts of her offending were
suppressed until today.
Court documents show that between 2009 and
2014 Jain significantly underpaid four employees
and strung them along with the promise of letters
which would help them obtain a visa.
Gagandeep Singh worked as a waiter at the
Bucklands Beach and Mission Bay premises for
nearly a year while in New Zealand unlawfully.
He worked up to 11 hours a day, sometimes
seven days a week, and was paid $250 after a
week of unpaid “training”.
Jain gave Mr Singh a letter offering him the
position of assistant manager, working 30-
40 hours at $15 an hour, when there was “no
intention” that would be the case.
He eventually left in 2013 after having
effectively been paid $2.64 an hour during his
Jointly charged with Jain was 36-year-old
Rajwinder Singh Grewal, who managed the
Bucklands Beach Masala.
He pleaded guilty to five charges this morning
and, like his co-defendant, faces up to seven years
imprisonment or a $100,000 fine.
In September 2014, Fijian national Bimal Roy
Prasad answered a newspaper advert for a chef.
Grewal contacted him and took him to the
Mission Bay restaurant to meet Jain.
But because it was so busy, he was asked to go
and help in the kitchen.
Mr Prasad asked if he had a job but was told
to return the following day to help the company
cater for a large function.
After working for more than nine weeks, he was
In more than one case, workers were told to
submit timesheets indicating they were working
about 30 hours a week, when in reality it was
usually more than double that.
A waitress known only as Robin worked
for $3 an hour at the Takapuna restaurant for
three months before she was told she was being
transferred to Mission Bay.
When she queried the decision with Jain, she
was told to visit her Remuera house for a meeting.
But when she got there, Jain did not want to
discuss the matter instead asking her to spend the
next 11 hours cleaning the house.
When Robin finished working at Masala in
May 2013 she was owed nearly $25,000 in wages
and holiday pay.
It is understood the prosecution will seek more
than $58,000 in reparation from Jain.
Her former partner Rupinder Singh Chahil,
43, faces six charges relating to allegedly false
documentation but has pleaded not guilty.
Grewal and Jain will be sentenced next month.
— New Zealand Herald
Restaurant workers paid
as little as $2 an hour
Rajwinder Singh Grewal
The son of a New Zealand resort
owner living in Vanuatu has been
charged with murdering a local man
in what police describe as a vicious,
drunken fight over a girl.
Vanuatu police allege Ned Lowe, 18,
beat Roger Kamisak with a piece of
wood, stabbed him and ran him over
with a car. His body was later found
in a burned-out car.
The death has sparked widespread
disorder on Tanna Island, with the
victim’s friends and relatives allegedly
behind two arsons that have destroyed
the Lowe family’s resort, sending the
family into police protection.
Ned Lowe is the son of Hugh and
Stellah Lowe, who own and run
The teenager has been charged with
intentional homicide and has twice
appeared in court, but has not entered
He is being detained at the Port Vila
Correctional Facility until he goes on
trial for murder, police say.
Blood samples from the scene are
being processed in Australia, and
legal proceedings have been delayed
until the results are returned.
Mr Kamisak and Ned Lowe were
drinking together on a beach with
a young woman, understood to be
Lowe’s girlfriend, on July 17 when a
fight broke out, Vanuatu police Chief
Inspector George Twomey said.
“The background of the whole thing
was they were fighting over a girl. The
girl was present at the time.
“The wounds were believed to have
come from the wood and there was
also knife wounds. ” The victim was
also run over with a car, he said. “It
was very, very vicious. It happened
when they were drunk.”
Mr Twomey said Mr Kamisak’s
family reported him missing, and his
body was found in the accused’s car,
which had been set on fire, on July 18.
Police believe the next day his family
and friends burned down six of the
units at Tanna Lodge.
On August 14, locals allegedly
set fire to the remaining buildings,
causing about $2 million damage and
causing guests to flee.
During that incident, 21 Australians
were evacuated to Port Vila and the
police and army were called in.
Mr Twomey said the Lowe family
had to be taken from the resort to the
police station for protection.
One person has pleaded guilty to
the arsons, and 12 others have been
“There was a lot of tension on the
island. If something like this happens of a significant nature they want to
deal with things in their own way,” he
said. “It’s hard to believe something
like this happened on Tanna Island.
People have a lot of respect for the
expats, especially with what they are
doing for business. ”
A spokesman for the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs would not comment
on the case. “ The New Zealand High
Commission in Port Vila offered
consular assistance to the lodge owner,
a New Zealand citizen. The Ministry
cannot comment further.”
Following the arsons, a meeting was
held between police and chiefs of
local tribes to try to restore order to
the island. — New Zealand Herald
NZ teen charged with murder in Vanuatu
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
The fire had begun outside the classroom with an item being lit near
the rear entrance.
Man arrested over Waikato school arson
Syrian refugees will be screened and those
in polygamous marriages or who were directly
involved in the conflict in Syria will not be taken
by New Zealand, Immigration Minister Michael
The Government yesterday announced it will
take a further 750 Syrian refugees over the next
three years, including 600 in an emergency intake
above New Zealand’s usual quota of refugees.
New Zealand would take those recognised as
refugees on the grounds of persecution on the
basis of religion or ethnicity by the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Mr
“Once those checks have been done there are
some other filtering processes, including people
with polygamous marriages or who have been
involved directly in the conflict. They will be
excluded as well.”
Polygamy is illegal in New Zealand.
Immigration New Zealand would work with the
United Nations to select suitable refugees for New
Zealand, Mr Woodhouse said.
Immigration officials will travel to Lebanon in
October and December to carry out those checks
and the first refugees are expected in January.
“Obviously there is an over whelming need and a
limit to what New Zealand can do. What we want
is to make sure we get people who are in serious
need and who can settle here.”
As well as the UNHCR and Immigration NZ
checks, the Security Intelligence Service screens
potential refugees to ensure they are not a security
Immigration New Zealand would work with the
Red Cross to decide which centres the refugees will
be re-homed in, Mr Woodhouse said.
Prime Minister John Key said most of the Syrian
refugees would be settled in Wellington because
there was already a Syrian community there and
the housing demand in Auckland meant it was
difficult to find housing for them.
Mr Woodhouse said it was possible family
members of those Syrians already in New Zealand
could be taken under the numbers.
Efforts will be made to find jobs for them after
research in 2012 found less than 40 per cent of
refugees had full-time work five years after arriving
in New Zealand, Mr Woodhouse said.
The Government put in place a new strategy two
years ago to try to improve that but the numbers
are still less than 45%.
Mr Woodhouse said he did not expect the Syrian
intake to disadvantage other refugees and the
Government was putting in an extra $48.8 million
to cover the extra services needed.
The reason for the extra numbers was so refugees
from other countries did not miss out, he said.
“Generally our quota programme does focus on
regions closer to home, in Bhutan, Burma, Nepal,
the Americas. That ’s where the majority of refugees
recently are from. That ’s a consequence of our Asia-
There are calls for the quota to be permanently
lifted to at least 1000, although Mr Key was
cautious about that. Mr Woodhouse echoed Mr
Key ’s caution.
The Mangere Resettlement Centre was being
upgraded to allow it to cater for up to 196 refugees
at any one time — and up to 300 in an emergency
case such as a mass arrival of asylum seekers. All
refugees spend six weeks at the centre after arrival
where they are given language, health and education
support. — N ZM E-New Zealand Herald
Strict screening for Syrian
refugees coming to NZ
It would be up to police to decide
whether to investigate a former
French spy who recently confessed
to bombing the Rainbow Warrior,
Prime Minister John Key says.
However, Mr Key said there was
no remaining tension with France
over the bombing, which took place
more than 30 years ago.
think it has been
has happened is not that contested
now from what I can see, and in
the end, like all these things that
happen sometimes in life you
have to try and put them behind
you,” Mr Key said.
“Theoretically, if there was to be
any follow-up from that it would be
a matter for the police to determine
whether they believe if there was a
case that they would want to pursue.”
Mr Key was speaking after the
Sunday programme on TV One
broadcast an inter view with Jean-
Luc Kister, who confessed to
planting both bombs on the hull of
Kister also apologised to the
family of Portuguese photographer
Fernando Pereira who was killed
in the explosion, as well as to
Greenpeace and the people of New
The bombing, which killed Pereira,
rocked New Zealand and shocked
the world. It was State-sponsored
terrorism and those who carried
it out were never properly held to
Alain Mafart and Dominique
Prieur, who acted as a support team,
were the only two caught of a dozen
agents. They were sentenced to 10
years’ jail but were both back in
France within three years.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Police to decide whether to investigate French spy
Family First never
wanted book banned
A responsible lending initiative
developed in Dunedin could be a model
for other cities.
Presented at the Public Health
Association Conference in D unedin
yesterday, it sparked interest from
delegates from around New Zealand.
Salvation Army Gambling Ser vice
counsellor Chris Watkins said Dunedin
social sector groups called a meeting
with 37 lending businesses to talk about
It was a first step to developing a
memorandum of understanding, which
six lenders had signed so far.
“It was the first time in New Zealand
that lenders sat down with a bunch of
social ser vice workers and started talking
about sustainable debt,” Mr Watkins said.
A nationwide responsible lending code
was introduced in June, but the D unedin
initiative involved a stronger and more
practical undertaking to the community,
“D unedin is the kind of town where
people look after each other. We would
like the lenders to think carefully about
who they lend the money to.”
Some lenders were more receptive than
others, and it partly depended on whether
they were locally owned, or a branch
office of a national or even international
A delegate from South Auckland asked
how retail stores could be targeted to
make them more responsible in lending
money to people to buy expensive
Mr Watkins said retail stores used
the lenders who also made loans in the
Co-operation between social sector
groups had been vital to the project, he
said. His co-presenter was Jerry Banse, of
Te Roopu Tautoko Ki Te Tonga.
Mr Watkins said the initiative was
sparked by his anger at hearing stories
from clients about irresponsible lending,
including an instance of a lending firm
wanting to lend double the amount
requested. — Otago Daily Times
Lending initiative a
model for other cities
Two people were taken to hospital
after a chemical spill in Invercargill
The spill occurred in the morning,
but emergency ser vices were not called
until 2.30pm, when staff members at
the Blue River Dairy factory in central
Invercargill became ill.
Southern fire communications shift
manager Andrew Norris said the fire
ser vice was called to the Nith Street
factory at 2.30pm.
Units from Invercargill and a
hazmat command unit attended, with
personnel using gas detectors to
check the site was safe.
Mr Norris said it was discovered
a mixture of chemicals had created
the gas in an incident in the
Two people were taken to hospital by
ambulance for a check-up, and the site
was fully evacuated.
The factory, on the site of the former
Invercargill town milk treatment plant,
processes sheep milk into cheese, butter,
milk powder and infant formula.
In February, the Blue River company
and processing plant was sold to
Chinese company Blue River Nutrition
HK. — Otago Daily Times
Two hospitalised after
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