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Truck-car smash fatal
A person has died after a logging
truck collided with a car on State
highway 1 near Oakleigh, south
of Whangarei, this morning. The
Fire Ser vice, police and ambulances
raced to the accident at 7.15am on
Smeetons Hill, south of Portland
Road. One person in the car died
at the scene. Police said there were
no other injuries. The crash blocked
both lanes of the highway for a time.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Man crushed to death
A man died yesterday after a stack
of panels fell on him at a factory in
Huntly. A worker at the Z petrol
station described seeing a lot of
police at the Metrapanel factory,
across the road from her workplace,
followed by a hearse a little later. A
St John spokesman said ambulance
staff were advised of the accident at
2.43pm and arrived shortly before
3pm. “Unfortunately one patient
was declared deceased at the scene.”
Police Inspector Jason Greenhalgh
confirmed the death had happened
at a factory at 15 Tregoweth Lane
— the address of the Metrapanel
factory. Work Safe New Zealand was
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Body found on beach
A helicopter has recovered a
body found at Boulder Beach on
the Otago Peninsula. Police were
first called to the remote beach at
2pm yesterday after a member of
the public found the body. Senior
sergeant Shona Low, of the southern
district command centre, said the
body was recovered about 6.30pm.
A helicopter was used because access
to the site was difficult, she said.
Police would not release any further
information until the person had
been formally identified.
— Otago Daily Times
Collision claims life
One person has died in a collision
between a motorcycle and a van in
central Hamilton yesterday. Police
and ambulance ser vices were called to
the scene on the corner of Clarence
and Tristram Streets about 4.30pm.
A St John spokesman confirmed
one person had died and two others
were taken to Waikato Hospital with
minor injuries. — NZ M E
North Island tremors
Geonet reported two “ light ”
earthquakes yesterday in the North
Island. One at 1.13pm 15km south
of Dannevirke was registered at a
magnitude 3.5 . One, a minute later,
15km south-east of Rotorua was
registered at a magnitude 5.3.
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Cruelty convictions after dogs encouraged to attack goats
A motorcyclist has died after hitting a
power pole near Feilding.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
crash, on a rural road on the outskirts
of the Manawatu town, just after 10pm
A man in his 40s died at the scene, a
police spokesman said.
The serious crash unit is investigating.
Rotorua District Court Judge James
Weir has died suddenly in his home.
His body was found by his daughter
about lunchtime on Sunday.
According to Bay of Plenty coroner Dr
Wallace Bain, a forensic post-mortem
examination was carried out yesterday.
“ We have learned that in the last
few days Judge Weir has probably had
several mini-strokes, which haven’t been
recognised as that, and my preliminary
view is he had another one which caused
him to fall through a glass door,” Dr Bain
Judges Chris McGuire, Jocelyn Munro
and Alayne Wills held a special sitting
in the Rotorua District Court at 9am
yesterday to pay their respects to Judge
In a statement, Rotorua police said
there was “nothing at this stage to
indicate the death is suspicious, but a
post-mortem examination will be carried
out today to determine cause of death”.
Rotorua lawyer and former New
Zealand Law Society president Jonathan
Temm extended his sympathy and
support to Judge Weir’s family and
He said most of those in the Rotorua
legal community knew the judge and had
appeared in front of him.
Judge Weir had presided over Rotorua
courtrooms for 15 years.
Mr Temm said, like all judges, Judge
Weir had a high caseload.
Last year he was appointed chairman
of the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing
Authority. — N ZM E-Rotorua Daily Post
Two men encouraged their dogs to
attack live goats, in what have been
described as vicious and repeated
Richard McKee, 34, and James
Manukau, 27, have been convicted
of wilful ill-treatment of an animal
resulting in the death of the animal.
In the Gisborne District Court
yesterday McKee was sentenced to
100 hours’ community work, three
months’ community detention, and
ordered to pay reparation of $1000.
Manukau was sentenced to 100
hours’ community work and ordered
to pay reparation of $500.
The convictions came after
investigation into the pair in August
2013 when McKee posted a video
to Facebook which showed him
restraining an adult male goat while
encouraging two pitbull type dogs to
attack the goat.
In the video, the dogs bite the
goat ’s face, lips, nose, and neck for
several minutes while McKee laughs
and shouts encouragement to the
dogs. The goat eventually dies after
McKee cuts its throat.
A veterinarian said the dogs inflicted
significant violence on the goat,
and McKee had encouraged this,
prolonging the suffering and slow
death of the goat, the SPCA said.
Three more videos were uploaded
to Manukau’s Facebook page
showing McKee baiting a second
goat while Manukau filmed him.
When officers searched their
homes, four videos of the incident
They show McKee dragging a goat
by its right hind leg — the animal
appeared to have an open fracture in
the femur — while pitbull type dogs
attack the goat.
The goat ’s screams can be clearly
Three dogs repeatedly bite the goat
on the neck and face. The goat tries
to flee but collapses on its fractured
Both men could be heard
enthusiastically encouraging the
In one video, McKee is seen cutting
off the goat ’s head and throwing it to
“This case is an example of an
alarming increase in what you could
call ‘recreational cruelty’, ” the chief
executive of SPCA New Zealand,
Ric Odom, said.
“This tends to feature young men
and the subjects of their cruelty are
usually so-called pest species, like
possums, goats, and rabbits. They
often film themselves doing it and
then post the videos on You Tube
or Facebook. Sometimes they justify
their behaviour by saying the animals
are ‘ just pests’.
“L et ’s be very clear about this: New
Zealand legislation is designed to
protect all animals against this kind
of abuse. Even though the act of
hunting and killing an animal is a
lawful activity in New Zealand, once
an animal has been ‘captured’ for the
purpose of killing it, people are legally
obliged to kill it in such a way that the
animal doesn’t suffer unreasonable or
unnecessary pain or distress.
“The recently passed Animal
Welfare Amendment Act has
strengthened these obligations by
creating specific offences for the
reckless and wilful ill treatment
of wild animals. It is simply
unacceptable to encourage dogs to
attack a wild animal that has been
captured and we will vigorously
investigate anyone who does so.”
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Construction has begun on New
Zealand’s first “pod” hotel next to
It is believed the new
prototype hotel will be the most
technologically advanced in the
country when it opens later this
The Jucy pod hotel will be made
up of hundreds of fibreglass and
steel capsules, to provide low-cost
accommodation for travellers to
the Garden City.
The 282-bed “micro hotel” will
take 10 months to construct, and
is designed to new earthquake
standards. Plans are under way
for similar hotels for Queenstown
Each pod will feature unique
technology which allows a
traveller to control their own stay,
Jucy boss Tim Alpe said.
Tourists will be able to check
in, open and secure their rooms
using a new smartphone app.
Each pod will have a latest-
generation tablet where guests
will be able to wirelessly manage
their room, travel itinerary and
purchase entertainment on
“Another (new app) will allow
travellers to book . . . local tourist
attractions direct, download all
of their bookings and take the
information with them,” Mr Alpe
The money-savvy will be able to
pick up a room for $30 overnight
or $20 for a two-hour stay
The side-entry pods would
be 2m long, 950mm high, and
1050mm wide, a spokesman said.
The hotel will form part of a
new retail development, Spitfire
Square, adjacent to the airport. It
is expected to be ready by mid-
2016. — NZME
‘Pod’ snooze hotel for Christchurch
Construction has begun on a Jucy Snooze hotel next to Christchurch Airport that will feature the
option for people to sleep in pods.
finance spokesman, Grant
Robertson, is heading
to Paris to pursue new
economic policy ideas as
the party looks to refresh its
platform this year ahead of
the 2017 general election.
His attendance at a
Future of Work Forum
the Organisation for
and Development comes as the daily
political newsletter, Politik, reports Mr
Robertson as taking a keen interest
in Denmark’s “flexi-security” model,
which pays workers who lose their jobs
a relatively generous, time-limited form
of unemployment benefit in exchange
for greater ability to hire and fire quickly.
Politik reports that Labour’s Future
of Work Commission, the engine
room for the party’s economic policy
redevelopment, is “ looking seriously” at
the Danish policy, although there is less
enthusiasm for “universal basic income”
policy, which Finland is currently
implementing and pays all citizens a
basic income irrespective of whether
they are in work or not.
“ I think that the universal basic income
has got a long way to go before anyone
could legitimately say it was an answer
but the ideas that lie behind it are really
important, which is providing that
income security at a time of volatility,”
Robertson told Politik editor Richard
Labour is also focusing on the growing
trend towards automation of a far wider
variety of both blue and white collar jobs
than in the past, and at what education
and training policies would help people
find work to replace the jobs that are
The findings of the Future of Work
Commission were due for publication in
November this year, Mr Robertson said.
The outcome will be
pivotal to the formulation
of more electable policies
than Labour has taken
to the past two general
elections, which included
a higher pension age and a
capital gains tax on all but
the family home.
“All over the world
countries are grappling
with how to ensure the
future of work is fair and
prosperous for all, and they
will be sharing those ideas at the forum,”
Mr Robertson said in a statement ahead
of his departure for Paris and for a series
of meetings in London.
“The rapidly changing nature and
experience of work, driven by the forces
of automation and globalisation, will
have a fundamental effect on New
“A New Zealand Institute of Economic
Research study earlier this year found
that 46% of jobs in the New Zealand
economy will cease to exist in the next
two decades. There is a real risk of
growing inequality if we do not actively
manage this change,” he said.
“ While this kind of disruption is scary
there is great opportunity for New
Zealand in the new economy if we are
“This means looking at how we
ensure access to technology, high
quality and responsive education and
training systems, and greater income
Politik also reported that Mr Robertson
is willing to listen to local governments
seeking regional development through
public-private partnerships, to which
Labour is generally opposed.
“I would be very, very rigorous in my
analysis of those kind of developments
because I think we have seen them go
wrong, but we’ve seen with roading that
you can do it well,” he told Politik’s Mr
Harman. — NZME
An elderly pedestrian who was
killed by a wayward car in Oamaru
was not a local, police say.
The 67-year-old man died and five
others were injured after a vehicle
drove on to a footpath colliding
with three pedestrians and then two
cars on the corner of Thames and
Eden Streets in Oamaru at 11.30am
Senior sergeant Craig Sew Hoy, of
Oamaru police, said the man who
died was yet to be formally identified
and next of kin were still being
He was not a local Oamaru man but
was from Otago, Mr Sew Hoy said.
The man and the two injured
pedestrians were not related and were
strangers to each other, he said.
A 70-year-old woman was taken to
Dunedin Hospital, while a 13-year-
old female was treated for injuries at
All three drivers involved in the
crash were taken to Oamaru Hospital.
Mr Sew Hoy said police were still
determining the cause of the crash
and it was far too early to say if there
would be any charges.
“ horrendous” scene as the car
ploughed into walkers on the packed
footpath on Eden Street about
Nigel Newman, of Christchurch,
described seeing a light green Honda
Jazz, driven by an elderly man, hit
two pedestrians at speed.
Mr Newman, who was on the
footpath at the time of the crash, said
the man had driven from the public
toilets on Eden Street.
“He’s come up off the road, through
the footpath and hit a lady and
another gentleman as well, carried on
through the footpath and taken out a
couple of cars which has stopped him
I guess,” Mr Newman said.
“By the time he hit the footpath he
was flying — he must have had a turn
A local businessman described
hearing loud bangs and screams as
the vehicle hit pedestrians and then
collided with the two vehicles.
Another bystander, who did not
want to be named, said the street was
“packed” at the time of the crash near
the town’s main bus stop.
A number of businesses, cafes and
shops are located at the intersection.
“There were people everywhere . .
. it was pretty horrific. It’s a wonder
there wasn’t more (people hit),” the
“ It ’s the most horrendous thing I’ve
After swer ving back on to the
road, the speeding vehicle continued
through the lights, and collided with
a dark grey and lime-green Mazda 2
travelling south on Thames Highway
and then a northbound white Toyota
Oamaru caregiver Wendy Fisher
said the Honda Jazz appeared out of
nowhere when it slammed into her
“ I was driving south on a green
light, minding my own business ...
and the next minute ‘boof ’ it was all
over red rover,” Ms Fisher said.
“ I was absolutely gobsmacked and
he just started pushing me into the
other lane. ”
She described the scene as “ just
carnage” and believed the male driver
had been seriously injured.
“All I can say is it just happened so
fast,” she said.
“I got out (of the car) and, being
a carer, I was looking around for
anywhere I could go to help, but a
couple of ladies came over and told
me to stay put.”
Her vehicle bore the brunt of the
impact and she believed that, had
it not, the Honda Jazz would have
crashed straight into the driver’s side
of the Toyota Camry.
“I personally think, if I didn’t get the
brunt of it, the lady in the white car
that was going north, she wouldn’t be
here today,” she said.
“I suppose at the end of the day, I’ve
probably saved a life, maybe. ”
After returning home with her
partner, she started complaining of
headaches and back pain and was
taken to Oamaru Hospital to be
State highway 1 was reduced to one
lane in each of the north and south-
bound directions and police cordoned
off an area of Eden Street.
The scene was cleared and road fully
reopened by 4.50pm.
— Otago Daily Times
Fatal crash witnesses recount ‘carnage’
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Emergency services at the crash scene in Oamaru yesterday.
Woman in te reo complaint
admits assaulting man
An Auckland woman who claimed she
was punched for speaking te reo outside
a bar has admitted assaulting the man
who allegedly hit her.
Shona Louise Maiden approached
media claiming she had five teeth
knocked out by a man outside the 123
Casino Karaoke Bar, in Howick after
New Year’s celebrations there, but was
less than candid about her own role in
Maiden, of European and Maori
descent, said she said “ka kite ano” (see
you later) to people standing outside the
pub and was confronted by Ernest Opai
who asked why a “palagi” would use such
The Howick mother of four said he
then punched her several times —
knocking out five teeth, cracking her top
plate and leaving her unable to eat.
But just days after she went public
with her allegations, police said CCTV
footage of the incident told a different
“The version of events given by the
46-year-old female is not substantiated
by this footage.
“A decision has been made to prosecute
(her) and a 43-year-old male,” police
Maiden was due to appear in the
Manukau District Court on an assault
charge this morning but the court today
confirmed the matter had been heard
She pleaded guilty to attacking Opai
and will be sentenced in March.
The defendant faces up to six months
in prison or a $4000 fine.
Opai will appear in the Manukau
District Court tomorrow on a charge of
male assaults female. — N Z ME
The cyclist injured on Tamaki Drive in
Auckland today ran into the back of a car
when it stopped at a pedestrian crossing,
Senior sergeant Dale Simeti said the
injured cyclist was travelling in a pack
of three riders heading towards the city
when the car in front of them pulled up
at a crossing in Mission Bay to allow a
pedestrian to cross the road.
“The cyclist has run into the back of
a vehicle which has stopped in front of
him,” Mr Simeti said.
The accident happened in the main
Mission Bay shopping precinct just
He said the cyclist did not see the car
The force of the impact sent to the
cyclist hurtling to the road. The injured
rider was taken to hospital. — NZ ME
Cyclist hits car
Dick Smith chief executive quits
The receivers of Dick Smith
Holdings have appointed retailing
veteran Don Grover as interim
chief executive after the departure
of Nick Abboud and have begun
an advertising campaign to sell the
indebted consumer electronics chain.
James Stewart, Jim Sarantinos
and Ryan Eagle of Ferrier
Hodgson said in a statement that
Mr Abboud, installed by former
owner Anchorage Capital Partners,
resigned last night. Mr Grover,
a former chief at Retail Fusion
Brands and Dymocks Group as
well as holding various operational
roles at Australian retailer David
Jones, will assist the receivers and
managers to run the business “as
they work through the realisation
and restructuring opportunities for
the group and seek to sell it as a
going concern”, they said.
suspended from trading on the
ASX last week after its banking
syndicate withdrew support and
put the company in receivership.
Secured creditors are owed about
$A140 million and unsecured
creditors about $A250 million.
The takeover of venerable food
Group by Thai rice baron Varapong
Supachok kept banks from the door
but also saw the stakes of minority
shareholders slashed by almost half.
The Herald reported in December
Hansells, with turnover of nearly
$150 million, had run into financial
trouble, with the company ’s banker
ANZ threatening mid-year to tip
the company into receivership.
The bank was placated after
Supachok, a major supplier of the
company, introduced capital to pay
off $31.8m owed to ANZ.
Supachok, whose Thai businesses
make the Alfa brand of rice bran
oil, has since moved to reside in
Companies office documents for
the mid-year capital restructuring
have only just been filed. Shares in
the company were nearly doubled,
with the new issue taking Supachok’s
holdings from 40.7% to 69.6%.
The issue heavily diluted other
shareholders, who saw their stakes
reduce by nearly half. Present
managing director Ross MacKenzie’s
43.5% stake shrank to 21.8%.
Hansells, founded in Masterton
in 1934 by a chemist called
Hansen and an entrepreneur called
Maunsell, became famous for
its range of pre-mixed and pre-
prepared goods, including Jungle
Juice and Vitafresh.
Documents show the company —
which employs 350 people in New
Zealand — had recorded losses of
$7.5m in 2014 widening to $8.6m
MacKenzie expressed optimism
2016 would see a turnaround in
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Hansells stakes slashed by half
Offender out soon
A former Havelock North Primary
School teacher, Charles John Michael
Harter, 64, who was sentenced in 2014
to three years and four months in prison
for molesting nine female pupils, is to be
released on parole this month.
One of his conditions of release is that
he is not allowed to enter attempt to
contact his victims or enter Hawke’s Bay
without the written consent of his parole
officer. He is to remain at an undisclosed
location in the Wellington region.
acknowledged the trauma and hurt that
he had caused to the victims and their
families and would respond readily to
any restorative justice initiative.
Arrested on August 11, 2014, Harter
pleaded guilty on September 2 that year
to nine charges representing offences
on each complainant dating back to the
start of the school year in February.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
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