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to be fixed
A reform of the coronial system is to
be tweaked after concerns were raised
that reporting overseas suicide bombings
would be made illegal.
A wide-ranging amendment to the
Coroners Act contains changes to how
suicides can be reported, among other
Currently, the law prevents anyone
from publishing details relating to a
death suspected of being self-inflicted.
If a coroner confirms the death is a
suicide, only the fact of that finding and
a few details such as name, address and
occupation can be published.
This restriction aims to prevent copycat
The amendment currently before
Parliament would loosen New Zealand’s
strict laws around suicide reporting by
allowing a death to be called a “suspected
suicide” before a coroner’s ruling.
However, it raises the penalties for any
breaches and extends restrictions on
what details can be published.
Lawyer Graeme Edgeler has also
pointed out that, following changes
to the drafting as a result of select
restrictions on publication would be
extended to historical and overseas
That would make it criminal to report
overseas suicide bombings or historic
events such as the suicides of the
September 11 terrorists.
“Of course, this is one law police have
never enforced. The law change probably
won’t change this. Sky will not cancel its
broadcasts of CNN or BBC World for
fear the reporting will break the law,” Mr
Edgeler wrote in an opinion piece this
“If no one is prosecuted for doing
these things without first obtaining an
exemption from the chief coroner, and
no one — including the MPs writing
this law — really wants them to be
charged, wouldn’t it be good if our laws
didn’t call them criminals?”
Despite those concerns, the legislation
as drafted passed its second reading on
However, on Wednesday a spokesman
for Justice Minister Amy Adams
confirmed there had been a drafting
mistake and there was no intention to
extend reporting restrictions to overseas
“There was an inadvertent drafting
error during the select committee process
and this will be fixed in the Committee
of the Whole House stage. ”
Labour has supported the suicide
provisions, but is opposed to the bill
because of a number of other changes.
The party’s justice spokeswoman
Jacinda Ardern said those included
narrowing the scope or recommendations
to those that directly correlated with the
cause of death.
“There was a way I think that probably
you could have made sure there was
relevancy without precluding a coroner
from drawing in things that are
Another objection was about the
removal of the obligation for mandatory
inquests into deaths in custody.
Labour also objected to a change which
would remove the coroner’s ability to
look into deaths in hostile actions, unless
it is ordered by the Attorney-General.
Ms Ardern also said the law change
missed the opportunity to introduce
new requirements to require agencies to
respond to coroners’ recommendations.
Ms Adams said the changes reduced
duplicate and unnecessary investigations
of certain deaths, and coroners were best
placed to decide whether an inquest was
Between 3000 and 3500 sudden deaths
are investigated by coroners each year.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A Mosgiel family could be
about $20,000 out of pocket after
a 20-foot shipping container
with all their possessions was left
stranded at Lyttelton Port.
Kim Webster and her
Blenheim-born husband, Mer vyn,
and their nine-year-old daughter
moved to Mosgiel recently after
10 years in the United States.
The shipping container, sent
from Wyoming and brokered
by relocation company Swift
International Logistics Ltd,
contains everything they own,
including furniture, clothing
and toys. It is still held in
Christchurch after 18 days.
Mr and Mrs Webster paid New
Jersey-based Swift International
$12,700 to organise the relocation
and pay the shipping company,
but it failed to do so and shipping
company Vanguard Logistics
Ser vices refused to release it.
“ I kind of liken this to a death
in the family,” Mrs Webster, 51,
said. “ You go through the same
stages, you know, the grief, the
sadness and the anger.
“It’s just so frustrating.
“(My husband’s) belief in
human nature has crashed down
For a fortnight, they tried to get
answers from Swift International
and all the while the shipping
company was charging a holding
fee at Lyttelton of $65 a day.
“ We’ve spent days . . . calling
(Swift International) . . . every 20
minutes. I made 21 phone calls
on October 8. I had one five-
minute conversation (with the
company director and) she said
she was ‘trying’.”
The couple had been unable
to speak to anyone at Swift
International for about 10 days.
Mrs Webster eventually paid the
release and holding fees, another
$3346, but there were still storage
and on-road costs of $2560 to get
the container from Christchurch
The family had to borrow
money to make the payments.
To make matters worse, when
the container was opened at
Christchurch, spiders were found
inside and it had to be fumigated,
incurring more delays and storage
Mrs Webster was hopeful the
family’s possessions would be
on their way in the coming days
but said Labour Weekend might
delay it further, resulting in more
The family had rented a house
but were using a borrowed couch
and a bed for their daughter. Mr
and Mrs Webster were sleeping
on an air bed.
Vanguard Logistics Ser vices
(NZ) spokesman Sam Ratnam
said the customer had to pay to
release the goods to ensure costs
did not fall to the company.
“The bottom line is, the
customer needs to contact (Swift
Vanguard Logistics Ser vices
“ would do everything in our
power” to help the customer. If
the broker paid, the customer
would be credited, Mr Ratnam
Swift International did not
answer calls yesterday and did not
respond to an e-mail.
— Otago Daily Times
Stranded container costs mounting
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Mosgiel resident Kim Webster is fed up with having to sleep on an air bed after a shipping container
full of her family’s possessions was held up at Port Lyttelton.
Kiwi gets approval to fly
Kiwi Regional Airlines has received
regulatory approval to fly the week
before the airline takes to the skies.
Chief executive Ewan Wilson said the
Civil Aviation Authority air operating
certificate allowed the airline to operate
commercially, reaching the requirements
to operate large aircraft as a commercial
Mr Wilson said the company was the
first airline in more than a decade to be
issued such an approval by the CAA.
It was not unusual the certificate came
so close to the airline’s start date of
next Tuesday, as the process involved a
“proving flight” a week before the take-
That was done on Monday.
Mr Wilson described gaining the
certificate as “a huge achievement ”.
The airline’s scheduled flights include
direct flights between Dunedin and
Queenstown, Dunedin and Nelson, and
Nelson and Hamilton.
Mr Wilson said bookings for the
flights between Dunedin, Nelson and
Hamilton were “just superb”.
For Dunedin to Q ueenstown, however,
they were “poor” at this stage.
While it was early in the airline’s
launch, aircraft would shift to other
routes if routes were not profitable.
— Otago Daily Times
Dunedin cycleway plan
faces budget blowout
A massive budget blowout could be in
store if Dunedin is to get the complete
cycle network it was promised, it has
Future cycleway builds in the city were
likely to cost “three to four times” more
per metre than first thought, meaning
lucrative government grants might not
be available for much of the network.
The revelation was delivered at
yesterday ’s D unedin City Council
infrastructure ser vices committee meeting
by the council’s infrastructure and
networks general manager Ruth Stokes.
The type of cycleways D unedin wanted,
and the type council staff believed were
best for the city, were of a higher quality
than many which had been planned and
built to date, she said.
controversial South Dunedin Cycleway
Network had shown the public wanted
and used the high-quality shared
pedestrian/cycle paths that had been
built in Victoria Road, Royal Crescent
and Portsmouth Drive.
Adjusting future plans to ensure that
higher quality was ubiquitous across the
city’s future cycle networks had resulted
in the sharp rise in estimated costs, she
The result was Dunedin’s central city
cycle network, which had been budgeted
to cost $9.4 million, would now cost
That network included. —
Connections from the one-way
system’s cycle lanes being built by
the New Zealand Transport Agency
to George Street, Logan Park, the
university and other central city areas.
A city-to-harbour link, likely to be
either a bridge or underpass, possibly
near the D unedin Chinese garden.
Th e North-east Valley cycleway.
“ We now know that a per-metre cost
is three to four times what we thought it
might be in 2011,” Mrs Stokes said.
That meant there was no way all three
parts of the central city package could be
completed within the budgeted $9.4m.
Staff had prioritised the “connections”
part of the plan as being most important,
and estimated that section alone would
now cost $9.25m.
“ We’re going for the principle of let ’s
do one thing and let ’s do it right.”
The flipside, though, was that the
funding for the other two sections of the
central city cycle network were now not
The original budget included a $3m
grant from the Government ’s urban
cycleways fund, which would now be
used entirely for the central connections.
The other $6.25m would be joint-
funded by the DCC and NZTA at a
ratio of 41% for the DCC, and 59% for
the NZTA. Those ratios would change
to 42% and 58% respectively next year.
Mrs Stokes said there was now a risk
the harbour link and the North-east
Valley cycleway may not attract grants
from the urban cycleways fund, leaving
them funded entirely through the DCC
and NZTA joint funding model.
— Otago Daily Times
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