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Nurofen to stop marketing pain-specific range
The Fire Service says a “lapse of
judgment ” by two staff members
caused it to lose $52,000 in a scam
The service announced it had
lost the money in a Turkish-based
Fire Ser vice chief executive
and national commander Paul
Baxter said internal and external
auditors found no breach of Fire
Ser vice computer systems and no
collusion from employees.
“The investigation found our
procurement and expenditure
approval policies to be perfectly
sound, but in this case they simply
weren’t followed,” Mr Baxter said.
“As a result, we will be running
refresher courses on relevant
policies and also providing
training on cyber risks.” He said
a review of all overseas financial
transactions this year confirmed
the so-called “whaling” attack was
a one-off incident.
Mr Baxter claimed “appropriate
action” had been taken relating to
the two staff members, but would
not go into more detail.
“The scam involved e-mail
correspondence, ostensibly in the
chief executive’s name, to order
the transfer of funds to a Turkish
bank account,” the Fire Service
Whaling scams target high-level
executives, using e-mail addresses
similar to employee addresses, to
make it appear as though they ’re
requesting the funds.
Te Wananga o Aotearoa also
fell for a whaling scam this year,
and was working to retrieve the
money after its chief financial
officer transferred about $118,000
to an offshore bank account in the
In September, Internal Affairs
sent a warning about the fraud,
saying five other companies had
also been involved.
The new Emerson’s Brewery
begins to take shape in D unedin.
Brewery manager Chris O’Leary said
construction at 80 Anzac Avenue was
on track and there was a “roof shout ”
on site on Friday to celebrate the roof
“ We’re looking pretty good. ”
The contractors and subcontractors
had been “fantastic” and the new
brewery was expected to open to the
public in July next year.
Bricklaying company Hugh Madden
Ltd had laid more than half the 30,000
bricks against the walls.
The biggest challenge of the building
work was getting windows made,
because of the extra demand generated
by the Christchurch rebuild.
The next milestone would be the
installation of the windows, which was
expected to happen by early February.
The stainless steel tanks at the back of
the brewery would be full of beer by
As well as a brewery, the new site
would include a cellar door and a
taproom and brewery restaurant.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Brewery building moving along
‘Lapse of judgment ’
behind Fire Service
The Commerce Commission has given
Nurofen New Zealand three months to
change the packaging of its pain-specific
range. The call follows an investigation
in Australia that found the products’
ingredients were the same.
The commission said it had reached an
agreement with Nurofen’s manufacturer
Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand)
Limited under which it will stop New
Zealand sales of its migraine pain,
period pain and back pain products in
their current packaging by March next
The commission is investigating
concerns that the packaging of the
specific pain range is misleading and
deceptive. The New Zealand company
has co-operated with the commission
following legal action in Australia in
which Reckitt Benckiser (Australia)
Ltd admitted the products breached
Australian consumer law. The Federal
Court of Australia ruled that the
company had engaged in misleading and
deceptive conduct by representing that
each product in the range was specifically
formulated to treat a particular type of
pain when the products are identical.
In both countries, the products cannot
be supplied in their current packaging
beyond March next year.
Under a temporary arrangement, the
products will be sold with amended
labels disclosing that the products are
equally effective in the treatment of
other forms of pain.
The commission’s investigation is
expected to be completed early next
Nurofen NZ said it had been working
closely with the commission and will
now put more information on its
specific-pain packaging. — NZ ME
A Wellington teenager who tumbled
100m down a cliff and lived to tell the
tale is now up and about just 18 days
after the fall that left him with a broken
neck and five fractures in his back.
After spending just 10 days in
hospital, where he had been expected
to be recovering for months, Max
Hurd, 17, is back in his own home and
Max was on a family walk with his
uncle and cousins near the Deliverance
Cove track in the Wairarapa on
December 5, a day after his birthday
and the day before he was due to start
at a Manawatu equestrian school, when
the accident happened.
After making a bet with his uncle, he
decided to run up a hill, but once he
made it to the top, he became ill and
started to vomit.
Moments later, he fell for wards
and lurched off the cliff, as his uncle
watched on in horror.
Max was airlifted to hospital from the
track in a very serious condition, leaving
his family fearful he would never walk
Fortunately, his spinal cord was not
torn, meaning he would be able to walk
again. Doctors just did not think it
would be quite so soon.
After having rods surgically inserted
to support his spine, Max was released
“Recovery is going slow at the moment
but it is on the up and there have been
no bumps along the way,” he said.
“Hopefully it ends sooner than later
but it is going better than expected, so
that it pretty good.”
After the fall, which he has no memory
of, Mr Hurd woke up in hospital with
a group of people peering over him and
assessing his condition.
He described it as a moment of sheer
frustration and anger but also one that
was quite “interesting”.
“I was quite annoyed because I was
meant to start at equestrian school, but
it was interesting because there were all
these people hovering around me,” he
“My mum and dad were both there
and it was nice to see them. That was
about the only good thing at that
Despite the speed of his recovery, Max
will still have to wear a neck brace 24/7
for six weeks, but after he has recovered,
the teenager plans to continue pursuing
his dreams of becoming an equestrian
“It just depends on whether the school
accepts me. I need to heal, and by the
time I have healed, the course will have
already started and it depends if they will
let me start late or not, and it depends
on if there is any accommodation
available at the school,” he said.
“If I have to wait another year then I
guess I will just have to find something
to do in the meanwhile.”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
The owners of 22 business units
are suing the building products
company James Hardie for
negligence and breach of the Fair
Trading Act over its Titanboard
product, which was used in
commercial buildings from the
They are to join a leaky homes
lawsuit being brought by the law
firm Parker and Associates.
The law firm says 80 owners
of properties clad with James
Hardie’s Harditex or Titanboard
material have now joined the
legal action, ahead of a potential
deadline at the end of the year.
From December 31 there is a bar
on claims being submitted based
on work which was done more
than 15 years ago.
When the class action was first
announced in August, James
Hardie said it would “vigorously
defend any allegations made
against its products”.
Parker and Associates’ suit is the
second leaky home class action
to be launched this year after
Adina Thorn Lawyers launched
a case against plaster cladding
New Zealand has yet to develop
legislation for class actions, with
representative suits evolving
through court rules rather than
legislation and leaving a lack
of clarity around some of the
procedural rules, which can lead
to protracted litigation.
An Auckland man charged by the
Serious Fraud Office of trying to bribe
an Auckland Council employee has been
found not guilty.
Johnson Yuejun Li, 48, was charged
with one count of corruption and bribery
of an official. The SFO alleged he offered
a $1000 cash bribe with the intention to
influence an Auckland Council planner
in November 2013 when he was seeking
consent for an application to subdivide a
The matter was referred to the SFO.
The council employee promptly
reported the alleged attempted bribe in
accordance with the council’s protocol
and although the sum involved was
not overly significant, the offence of
attempted bribery was the primary
concern, the SFO said in March.
Commenting yesterday after the
verdict was handed down, SFO director
Julie Read said: “ The SFO’s role as
lead investigating agency in relation
to corruption and bribery matters is to
protect New Zealand’s reputation as a
safe place to invest and do business. The
only way New Zealand will retain its
good reputation is to bring matters to
our attention if employees are concerned
about possible unethical practices. The
SFO will present it to the court to
“The staff member involved in this case
did absolutely the right thing in reporting
this to her manager, who took immediate
action and followed all the appropriate
steps,” Auckland Council chief operating
officer Dean Kimpton said.
“ We also support the SFO’s approach
on these matters, and today ’s court
decision changes nothing when it comes
to policies and procedures in place at the
council to stop any form of bribery.
“Staff remain alert and aware of their
responsibility to report anything that
could be perceived to be a bribe.”
He said Auckland Council was
committed to keeping New Zealand’s
public sector one of the least corrupt in the
world and staff were thoroughly trained
on what to do in these circumstances.
owners join leaky
SFO bribery charge dismissed
A man with a machete tried
to rob the Value Liquor store in
the Waikato last night, but a staff
member grabbed the weapon.
The offender dropped the
machete and ran away. Police are
now appealing for sightings.
happened on Arapuni Street in
Putaruru, about 50km north-
west of Rotorua. — NZ ME
Machete robbery foiled
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