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Teenager swept away
A teenager who drowned in a
New Plymouth river yesterday was
attempting to cross it when he died.
Local Jaden Peterson, 17, was swept
away in the Waiwhakaiho River.
Police were called just after 4.30pm
and his body was located almost an
hour later about 200m downstream
from where he was last seen.
Body found after capsize
A search for a person missing after
an inflatable boat capsized in Otaki
River, claiming the life of a man,
resumed today. The body of a middle-
aged man was recovered yesterday
after the boat carrying the pair
overturned about 1.40pm. A shoreline
search failed to find any sign of the
missing person after a waterborne
search had to be suspended because of
rough conditions off the Kapiti Coast.
Three men armed with metal bars
have robbed a McDonald’s restaurant
in Huntly. Police say the balaclava-
wearing trio entered the drive-through
restaurant just after 3am today and
stole cash before fleeing on foot. No
one was hurt in the robbery and police
were scanning CCTV footage for
clues and were conducting a scene
examination. — NZN
An armed offenders squad
deployment at an Invercargill house
ended with the sole occupant in
custody. Police were called to a
Oteramika Road address yesterday
and said the 40-year-old occupant
co-operated with officers. Smoke
seen at the address was related to
a car fire connected to the police
investigation. — N Z N
Four robbed at gunpoint
Four pedestrians were robbed at
gunpoint early yesterday. Police
say the group was walking on Rose
Street in Christchurch when a red
car pulled up ahead of them. Two
people got out and approached the
group on the footpath while two
others remained in the car. Police
say a gun was then pointed at the
pedestrians who had their phones
and bank cards stolen. — NZ ME
Young man safe
An Auckland man who disappeared
on Saturday has been found. Tiuke
Mahoni, 19, went missing with his
phone turned off and no sign he
had spent money from his bank
accounts, prompting police to put out
a missing person alert yesterday. He
has now been located safe and well,
police say. — NZN
Numbers in Keno draw No 13660:
49, 52, 53, 54, 64, 74, 76, 80. Draw No
13661: 2, 7, 16, 18, 27, 32, 33, 34, 35,
36, 42, 44, 45, 47, 52, 53, 61, 63, 72, 73.
Draw No 13662: 1, 3, 4, 5, 10, 13, 15,
19, 27, 30, 32, 35, 43, 48, 49, 52, 55, 61,
67, 80. Draw No 13663: 1, 7, 10, 12,
15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 30, 34, 40, 42, 52, 64,
65, 66, 67, 73, 74.
Trump kills TPP with a smile
Labour leader Andrew Little
has further distanced Labour
from the Maori Party while also
dismissing Hone Harawira’s Mana
Movement as “irrelevant ”.
Speaking at Ratana Pa near
Whanganui this morning, Mr
Little all but ruled out forming a
post-election coalition with the
Maori Party or Mana Movement,
which have agreed to work
together to win back Maori seats.
Mr Little said Labour would
work with parties which had “a
practical set of ideas of what can
be done” for Maori.
The Maori Party had been “shackled” to the
National Party for nine years, and National had
failed Maori, he said.
“ Why the Mana Party would want to now
shackle itself to the Maori Party is entirely up
to them, but they are totally irrelevant.”
Opposition parties are today holding political
talks at the Ratana Pa, the first big Maori event
of the year. Labour, Greens the New Zealand
First and Gareth Morgan’s Opportunities Party
walked on to the pa together. The National-led
Government and the Maori Party attended the
Ratana commemorations yesterday.
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell made
a strong pitch for the Ratana vote
yesterday, saying that the long
Labour-Ratana relationship was
Ratana and the Kingitanga
movement has become strained
in the last year. In a rare move,
members of the Kingitanga
movement walked on to the pa
yesterday alongside the Maori
Party and the Mana Movement.
Mr Flavell urged Ratana to back
the Maori Party as the Kingitanga
movement had, and called for a
“One Maori” movement.
Asked how he would compete with a unified
Maori movement, Mr Little said he was not
threatened by Mr Flavell’s comments.
Mr Little also criticised Prime Minister Bill
English’s comments at Ratana yesterday. In his
first visit as Prime Minister, Mr English told
Ratana members to “reawaken the spirit of
enterprise” among Maori because Government
had “reached the limits of what government can
do — government grants, programmes, more
public ser vants.”
That was a message of failure, Mr Little said.
“There’s plenty more we need to do and plenty
more we can do,” Mr Little said.
— N ZM E-Wanganui Chronicle
Mana irrelevant — Little
With the stroke of his pen and a smile, United
States President Donald Trump lived up to his
promise of killing the Trans-Pacific Partnership
between America, Australia, New Zealand and
nine other Pacific nations.
The TPP was originally billed as the gold-
standard in free trade deals and a strategy to
blunt China’s dominance in the Asia-Pacific.
But just three days after the TPP’s champion,
former president Barack Obama, moved out of
the White House Trump, sitting in the O val
Office, signed the executive order to withdraw
the US from the TPP.
It is a major blow to Australian Prime
Minister Malcolm Turnbull as the TPP was the
key plank of the nation’s trade policy.
“ Everyone knows what that means, right?”
Trump said at the signing ceremony.
“ We’ve been talking about this for a long
time. It’s a great thing for the American
A slimmed down TPP, without the US, could
emerge, although China is expected to move in
and fill the hole left by America.
China was not invited to join the TPP.
Australian Trade Minster Steven Ciobo, who
is in the US, said on the weekend he had been
speaking with remaining TPP nations “on ways
to lock in the benefits from the TPP” without
The TPP has had a long history.
Negotiations began more than eight years
ago and Australia’s Prime Ministers during
the period — Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, Tony
Abbott and Mr Turnbull — all threw their
support behind it.
Hillary Clinton, as US Secretary of State, said
during a speech in 2012 in Adelaide the TPP was
the “gold standard in trade agreements” while
Obama sided with his usual foes, Republican
members of Congress, in an attempt to make
the TPP a reality.
The release by Wikileaks of Clinton’s
presidential campaign chairman John Podesta’s
e-mails showed the internal debate among
Clinton’s advisors about whether she should
support or oppose the TPP.
With her Democrat rival Bernie Sanders
and Republican frontrunner Trump opposing
the TPP, Clinton made a surprise move by
announcing an anti-TPP stance.
There was hope in Australia and other TPP
nations Clinton would win the election and
in the final weeks of Obama’s term he would
push it through Congress, but that ended with
Other TPP members were: Canada, Japan,
Singapore, Mexico, Chile, Vietnam, Peru,
Brunei and Malaysia.
Trump said today he was pursuing what he
calls “fair trade”, not free trade, and he has
China and Japan in his sights.
He called out Japan, a TPP member, for
making “it impossible to sell” US cars in Japan.
“ If you want to sell something into China and
other countries it ’s very, very hard,” Trump told a
meeting of chief executives of some of America’s
biggest companies earlier this morning.
“ In some cases it’s impossible. They won’t even
take your product.
“ But when they do take your product they
charge you a lot of tax.
“ I don’t call that free trade. What we want is
In Australia, Opposition trade spokesman
Jason Clare said Mr Turnbull’s credibility was in
little better shape than the “dead” TPP, with the
prime minister declaring the deal was pivotal to
his economic plan.
“ It ’s over. Donald Trump has killed the TPP,”
Mr Clare said in a statement.
“ It ’s time for Malcolm Turnbull to wake up
and move on, and develop a real economic plan
In the meeting with company heads, including
Australian Dow Chemical chief executive
Andrew Liveris who was appointed as one of
Trump’s key advisers, the president laid out his
plans to cut regulations for businesses in the US
and slash the company tax rate from 35% “down
to anywhere from 15% to 20%”.
“ What we want to do is bring manufacturing
back to our country,” he told Mr Liveris and the
chief executives of other companies including
Ford, US Steel and Lockheed Martin, said.
He said companies that moved factories out of
the US and then tried to sell its products back
to America would be punished with a “very
major border tax”. — AAP
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United States President Donald Trump holds up the executive order on withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership after signing it
in the Oval Office of the White House .
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Animal-rights advocate Stephen Brassett, left, holds chihuahua Piccolo and sweater
knitter Robyn Elliman holds pugalier Jake at SPCA Otago in Dunedin yesterday.
Jerseys to keep dogs warm on their travels
A sloppy kiss from an energetic dog in
Dunedin yesterday was direct thanks to a
Dunedin woman for sharing her “special
talent ” for the sake of animal welfare.
After pugalier Jake was fitted with a new
sweater, it wagged its tail frantically and
licked the face of the knitter, Dunedin woman
Jake is on the “ longest walk” expedition
with his owner Stephen Brassett, 34, and
Mr Brassett began pulling his “rickshaw
camper” on a journey across New Zealand
starting at SPCA Southland in Invercargill
earlier this month.
He was in D unedin yesterday visiting SPCA
Otago in Opoho.
The aim of the expedition was to inspire
New Zealanders to support animal welfare
organisations, such as the SPCA.
“ My main goal is to help people work out
ways they can help,”Mr Brassett said.
He encouraged people to find an animal
welfare organisation they would like to align
themselves with, and contact it to find a way
to work together.
Mrs Elliman knits sweaters for animals and
gives them to SPCA Otago to sell.
“ I wanted some way to help SPCA and
the best thing I could think of was to knit
something that would be popular to sell and
raise money. You’ve got to do something.”
Mrs Elliman gave knitwear to Piccolo and
Jake yesterday to help them keep warm, as
cold weather continued to hit the south.
The aim of the expedition was to walk about
25km a day.
Jake was a “bag of energy” and walked it all,
but the “fragile” 11-year-old Piccolo retired to
the “cosy ” rickshaw, after walking about 5km a
day. — Otago Daily Times
Police officers have been fined
more than $160,000 in just nine
months, for almost 800 speeding
In the year to September 30,
776 police vehicles were pinged
for speeding, 64 of which were
travelling more than 50kph over
the speed limit.
Police Association president
Chris Cahill said most officers
who were fined accepted they were
in the wrong.
“The reality is when you’re on the road as many
hours of the day as police officers are, there are
going to be times they ’re over the speed limit.
The majority are just a little bit over.
“Unless they can justify that for emergency
reasons they have to pay. But we are only
Mr Cahill doubted that any of the tickets
issued to officers travelling more than 50kph
over the limit were for non-emergencies.
There were 632 police vehicles caught speeding
between January and September in 2015, 475 of
which were waived.
A police spokeswoman said police travel
between 85 and 90 million kilometres every
year, with more than 3000 vehicles on the road.
“Ideally, we’d like the number of infringements
to be zero. However, given the high mileage
travelled by police vehicles, how often we are
on the road (24/7), and the size of the fleet it
is going to happen from time to
“ Policing is unique in that it
requires officers to travel at higher
speeds in some circumstances to
respond to urgent situations. In
cases where police officers have
a legitimate need to respond
urgently, tickets are waived.”
When officers are ticketed for
speeding, it is followed up and an
explanation is sought, the police
“ If the speed is not found to
be justified in the circumstances, the driver
responsible is required to pay any infringements
“ Where there are serious breaches of police
driving practice, officers may face a range of
disciplinary actions. This for example may
include retraining, suspension or downgrading
of their driver status. ”
Police could not clarify whether the total
amount owed in fines this year included the 541
tickets that were waived in 2016.
“Police are just as accountable for their
driving as any member of the public, and we
both demand and expect high standards. In
any case where speed is not justified, we accept
responsibility for this,” the spokeswoman said.
“ We appreciate that we have a responsibility
to model good driving behaviour and drive
safely as we enforce the law for other motorists.”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
The victims of a fatal truck crash in
Tararua district were a Gisborne man
and his seven-year-old son.
Aaron Bruce McDonald, 37, and his
son Cruz were killed when a truck left
State highway 2 about 5km north of
Norsewood about 12.30am yesterday.
The road was closed for much of the
day with diversions in place, but was
reopened in the late afternoon with a
speed limit of 30kph in place.
Inspector Dave White thanked drivers
for their patience and contractors for
their “mammoth job” in clearing the
road, especially with heavier than normal
traffic due to the Wellington anniversary
day public holiday.
Their deaths will be referred to the
coroner and police are investigating the
cause of the crash. — NZN
Police racking up
Man, son die
in truck crash
A man who stopped to offer a ride to a
hitchhiker was savagely beaten and left
on the side of the road as his attacker
took off with his vehicle.
Police are investigating the incident,
which occurred on State highway 2, near
Wairoa, on Sunday night.
The man, in his 60s, was on his way
from Gisborne to Napier when he
stopped to pick up a hitchhiker about
10.30pm, Fairfax reported.
The driver’s stepson said his stepfather
suffered severe injuries and was due to
undergo eye and facial surgery.
“This has really hit us for six,” the
“ He is just the loveliest bloke whose
life’s work has been about helping others.
It’s just unfathomable that someone
would have done this.
“ It ’s unbelievable.”
The driver is recovering at Hawke’s Bay
Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in
Hastings. However, family members said
they were not expecting their father to
get out of hospital any time soon.
A police spokeswoman said they were
looking into the incident.
— N ZME -Hawke’s Bay Today
Police are waiting for toxicology
reports as the look into a series of events
that ended with the death of a 24-year-
old pedestrian near Matamata.
The foreign national, who had been in
New Zealand for about eight months,
was struck by a car on State highway 27
on Saturday night.
Detective sergeant Jason Perry says the
man, who lived on a local farm, had been
socialising with friends in Matamata
earlier in the night.
His car was found in a ditch on the
road a short time after he left his friends,
It’s believed he had decided to walk
about 10km back to the farm.
“As he has been walking north along
State highway 7 towards Waharoa he has
been struck from behind by a vehicle,”
Mr Perry said.
Police were called but the man died at
While the driver returned a negative
breath test, police said they were still
waiting on toxicology reports for the
dead man. — NZN
Alcohol may be
road death factor
Ailing mum finds air
ticket transfer costly
It is the same seat on the same flight but Jetstar
would not let the husband of a sick woman take
her seat without paying $248 first.
Auckland mother Caroline Gray spent a total
of $140 for two return tickets so she could take
her four-year-old son Benji to Splash Planet in
Hastings next month.
After being struck down by life-threatening
bilateral pneumonia earlier this month, doctors
told her she could not fly for up to three months.
Ms Gray, who spent 11 nights in hospital
four in the intensive care unit — contacted
Jetstar hoping to simply transfer her ticket into
her husband’s name so he could take Benji on
the special outing instead.
But, Jetstar would not do it without a “fare
difference” charge of $248 — nearly $150 more
than the cost of the original tickets for her and
her son combined.
“They said, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’ll be able to
change that for you,’ and even said they’d waive
the change fee. But then they mentioned, ‘You
only need to pay for the fare difference. ’
“I wondered, ‘But why? It ’s the same flight, the
same ticket, the same seat ’. ”
A Jetstar spokeswoman said the airline had
offered to refund Ms Gray in the form of
vouchers, consistent with its compassionate
policy, but she had declined.
She said because Ms Gray wanted to change
the name to her husbands at a time closer to the
flight than originally booked there were “fewer
seats (which were) more expensive”.
“ To change the name on a booking, customers
are charged a change fee and the fare difference.
Under the circumstances we have offered to
waive the change fees, which is about $170, and
apply only the fare difference.
“All airlines have fare differences,” she said.
The fare difference is the difference between
the price the customer paid and the updated
price of the fare at a later date.
Ms Gray said Jetstar staff informed her she
would “basically need to rebook the ticket ”.
She also said before Jetstar would consider
changing the name she was forced to produce
a specific doctor’s certificate detailing why she
was unable to fly.
Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin
said the airline was probably within its rights to
ask for the extra money.
“It will be in the ticketing terms and conditions.
However, morally it seems unfair. The family
has paid for a ticket, it shouldn’t really matter
who flies. Perhaps a small admin charge.”
Ms Chetwin acknowledged Jetstar had made
an offer but said the airline did not seem
concerned with “bad PR as it continually upsets
passengers”. — NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
A Hastings mother has been spared jail after
causing a car crash which killed her eight-year-
Kim Crous was sentenced in the Napier
District Court this morning, after pleading
guilty to careless driving causing death, and two
charges of careless driving causing injury.
She received six months’ super vision, and has
been disqualified from driving for a year.
Ms Crous was checking Google Maps on her
smartphone while driving along the Hawke’s
Bay Expressway, when she ploughed into a
vehicle which had stopped for road works in
April last year.
She was on her way to a play date for her
two children in Bayview and was using her
cellphone as a navigation aid.
James Crous was wearing a seatbelt, but broke
his neck and died at the scene. Her five-year-old
daughter and a passenger in the other car were
also injured. — N ZM E-Hawke’s Bay Today
Woman spared jail for crash killing son
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