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Compatriots of a Czech tramper
who fell to his death on the
Routeburn Track last winter have
left a plaque in his memory near
the spot where he died.
Eight members of Queenstown’s
Czech and Slovak Club walked
part of the track on Friday and
Saturday to install the plaque for
The 27-year-old died on Ocean
Peak, near Lake Mackenzie,
on July 28 after he and partner
Pavlina Pizova became
disoriented in bad weather and
Honorary consul for the Czech
Republic Vladka Kennett, of
Glenorchy, said the plaque was
placed at a point known as
Ocean Peak corner, where the
track begins to descend to the
“It was quite moving.”
They had found themselves
imagining what it was like for the
couple as they tried to cross the
terrain in waist-deep snow during
“ We reflected upon the fateful
trip of Pavlina and Ondrej, trying
to rationalise their thoughts and
The couple’s families and club
members hoped the plaque would
ser ve as a reminder to people to
“always respect the mountain
environment of New Zealand”,
Mrs Kennett said.
The group, which spent Friday
night at Routeburn Flats Hut,
was lucky with the weather, as
heavy rain held off until members
returned to Glenorchy.
Following Mr Ondrej’s death,
Ms Pizova spent two nights in
the open and was rescued after
spending 24 days alone in the
Lake Mackenzie warden’s hut.
— Otago Daily Times
Memorial left for Czech tramper
PICTURES: Vladka Kennett-Otago Daily Times
Surrounding the newly installed plaque (inset) to Czech tramper Ondrej Petr, by the Routeburn
Track on Ocean Peak, are Pavel Hornik, front left, Lada Nobilisova, Roman Cepa, Veronika Fejfarova,
EditaVihanova and Lukas Nechuta, all of Queenstown, and, back, David Sanc, of Auckland, and Vladka
Kennett, of Glenorchy.
Police pair bashed
Two police officers were injured after
being attacked early today by a man
wielding a metal pipe in Huntly. They
needed hospital treatment and one
remains in Waikato Hospital. They
had stopped a car on Paki Street after
its driver initially refused to pull over
and used pepper spray and a taser
when the driver became aggressive and
assaulted them. A male passenger then
attacked the pair from behind with
the pipe. The 30-year-old driver was
arrested. The passenger fled. — NZ N
Search teams are combing the
Waikato River for a man who went
missing overnight. Police received a
call about 3.10am today saying the
21-year-old had been seen entering
the river near Grantham Street
in Hamilton. A police boat was
launched soon after but failed to
locate him. — NZN
Search scaled down
The search for a missing man on the
Kapiti Coast has been suspended. A
search was conducted from Waikawa
Beach to Paraparaumu after a small
inflatable boat capsized in the Otaki
River mouth on Monday. One body
was found on Monday and searchers
were looking for a Caucasian man
in his 30s. “ There will be a limited
search of the shoreline at low tide for
the next few days,” Inspector Dave
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
A group of hunters are stuck in
Southland after a couple of bridges
were washed out. A group of 10 will
camp about 10km north of Piano
Flat until tomorrow, when it is
expected the bridges will be repaired.
Police did not have concerns for the
group’s safety. — NZ ME
Election date ‘shortly’
Prime Minister Bill English will set
the election date within weeks. There
was speculation he would name
the day at his post-cabinet press
conference yesterday. “ That ’s not the
case, but I do expect to announce it
fairly shortly once I’ve had a chance
to inform my caucus colleagues,”
he said. Q uestioned about what
“fairly shortly” meant, he said the
announcement would be made in the
next few weeks. — NZN
New Conser vative leader
The Conser vative Party has a new
leader, L eighton Baker, 18 months
after Colin Craig resigned amid a
scandal involving his former press
secretary. Mr Baker is a former farmer
who now runs his own building
company in Christchurch. — N ZN
Numbers in Keno draw No 13664:
32, 34, 37, 46, 48, 54, 58, 59. Draw No
13665: 5, 6, 7, 13, 18, 20, 21, 25, 29,
36, 38, 40, 43, 45, 46, 49, 51, 52, 55, 78.
Draw No 13666: 3, 7, 11, 12, 14, 17,
18, 22, 29, 30, 31, 41, 42, 45, 47, 48, 51,
52, 53, 60. Draw No 13667: 3, 5, 6, 20,
22, 27, 32, 34, 36, 37, 42, 45, 46, 54, 58,
61, 64, 75, 77, 78.
Minimum wage rises 50c/hour
Thieves have broken into about 20
vehicles in one night in Gore, stealing a
large amount of cash and belongings.
The crime spree took place on Monday
night and yesterday morning with the
thieves smashing windows and opening
the unlocked doors of cars parked on
roads and private properties, sergeant
Clint Wright said.
The thefts from the vehicles took place
on 13 different streets. — NZ N
Thieves hit cars
An Auckland State house tenant
has escaped eviction for growing and
smoking marijuana for pain relief, RNZ
The station said Ida Murrie, 61, was
arrested last year for growing cannabis in
her Housing New Zealand home.
“ Ms Murrie struggles to walk. She said
she was in constant pain and cannabis
provided relief,” RNZ said.
It said police charged her and Housing
NZ started proceedings to evict her, but
the agency changed its mind after she
met with them.
“ It went a lot better than I thought it
was going to go,” Murrie told RNZ.
She told the station she could stay “as
long as I give them a guarantee there
will be no illegal activities or smoking
of drugs on the property or growing or
anything like that and they’ll do three-
monthly inspections for a year”.
She still faces one charge of cultivating
cannabis. — NZ ME
Almost 120,000 people are in line
for a pay rise when the minimum
wage goes up to $15.75 on April 1.
Officials have also calculated that
the 50c an hour minimum wage
rise will cost taxpayers an extra
$29.4 million a year.
It will deliver $65m a year in higher
wages for the 119,500 people now
earning below $15.75 an hour —
implying that private employers will
have to pay about $35.6m extra on
top of the extra cost to taxpayers.
The 3.3% increase from the current
minimum of $15.25 a year is at the
high end of expectations, considering
that consumer prices rose by only
0.4% in the year to last September.
Business NZ urged the Government
to keep increases to “no greater
than inflation as measured by the
consumers price index” until a full
review of the minimum wage policy.
The country’s biggest union, E tu,
said the minimum should have been
raised to equal the “ living wage” of
$19.80 an hour, a rate calculated by
the Living Wage movement as the
wage required for “the necessities of
life” including housing.
“The 13th annual Demographia
international housing affordability
sur vey, which compares housing
prices to incomes in 406 metropolitan
housing markets put Auckland near
the top due to extremely expensive
prices but modest pay packets,” E tu
campaigner Mat Danaher said.
The 3.3% increase means the
minimum will rise faster than average
hourly wages, which rose 1.7% in the
year to September from $29.29 an
hour to $29.78.
But the median wage — where half
of all wage and salary earners get
above that level and half earn below
it — rose faster, by 2.9% from $22.83
an hour in June 2015 to $23.49 at last
count last June.
The minimum increase to $15.75 an
hour keeps the minimum at 67% of
the median, the same as last year.
Workplace Relations Minister
Michael Woodhouse said the 50c
increase struck “the right balance
between protecting our lowest paid
workers and ensuring jobs are not
The “starting-out ” and training
minimum wage rates will also
increase, from $12.20 to $12.60 per
hour, remaining at 80% of the adult
The adult increase is the fourth
successive 50c increase. The rate was
raised from $13.75 to $14.25 in April
2014, then to $14.75 in 2015 and
$15.25 last year.
Low wage earners have welcomed
the rise, but say it will not help their
struggle to make ends meet.
University student Caroline works
38 hours a week for minimum
wage to support her studies, RNZ
An extra 50c an hour would not
help her much. She relied on her
partner’s income to pay the bills.
The hope of finding a higher-paid
job once she got her degree kept her
going, she said.
“ I don’t know what it would be like
having that kind of feeling all the
time, knowing it ’s not going to get
Earning minimum wage made her
feel she was worth less than colleagues
who earned more.
Employers should pay a living wage,
not a minimum wage, unions said.
Some companies and organisations
like councils have adopted a living
wage of $19.80.
Council of Trade Unions president
Richard Wagstaff said making
incremental adjustments to the
minimum wage did not lift workers
out of poverty.
The way the minimum wage was
calculated needed to change, he said.
“If it was set to two thirds of the
average wage that would be far fairer
rate of pay and mean there weren’t so
many working poor.”
Business New Zealand chief
executive Kirk Hope said some
employers could not afford to pay a
living wage. It would push up other
Increasing the minimum wage to
$19.80 was roughly a 20% increase
without any increase in productivity.
It would mean consumers would have
to pay more, he said.
“ We’d probably rather see taxes
reduced on incomes for those earning
minimum wage or changing the
threshold so they kept more of what
they earn,” he said.
The CTU said that would let
employers off the hook from paying
decent wages as well as adding
pressure on public ser vices that helped
create a fairer and more equal society.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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Labour leader Andrew
Little has emerged from
his Ratana visit unscathed
and confident his party’s
relationship with the
influential Maori church
has been restored.
Unlike last year, when
Labour was accused of
taking Maori for granted,
Mr Little’s comments were
“ well received”,
Church leadership said.
The fireworks were instead
provided by economist
and Opportunities Party
leader Gareth Morgan. At
a usually respectful event,
Morgan prompted a war of
words with New Zealand
Peters by calling him a
racist and an “Uncle Tom”.
That provoked Peters into
calling him a “toothless
sheep” and a “thinned-
down Kim Dotcom”.
The Ratana event marks
the birth date of the church’s founder
Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana and is the
traditional start of the political year. Bill
English made his first visit as Prime
Minister on Monday and Opposition
parties took their turn yesterday.
Mr Little arrived at the pa near
Whanganui under pressure to restore
Labour’s relationship with the Ratana
Church. The Maori Party, which recently
won the support of the Kingitanga
Movement, made a strong
pitch for Ratana’s support
earlier, calling for a “One
Speaking on the pa, Mr
Little he said he took
the relationship between
seriously. Rather than
simply turn up for the
headline event, his MPs
had been meeting with the
church regularly over the
last 12 months.
He wooed the church’s
pledging to financially
support its centennial
celebrations in 2018
Government. Ratana was
“an important figure in
the history of Maoridom”
and were “entitled to some
support”, he said.
Mr Little also pledged
both Ratana and Maori
generally, saying a Labour
Government would help improve
Maori home ownership rates, which are
currently about 25%.
Green Party co-leader James Shaw also
spoke yesterday. He said the Green Party
had made great strides in its relationship
A third of the Green caucus were now
Maori and the party’s vote had tripled
within the Maori electorates, he said.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Wanganui Chronicle
Paul and Jayne Dew bought their house outright using a communal funding
A couple have just bought their first
home in Whanganui outright using
an alternative banking system.
Jayne and Paul Dew moved to the
River City a year ago, and began
renting a three-bedroom home for
$285 a week.
However, they have now bought
a house in Dublin Street without
incurring a single dollar of interest,
thanks to a communal funding
scheme called Saving Pools.
The scheme involves a group of
people getting together and depositing
money into the Saving Pool and then
taking turns to access the accumulated
funds on an interest-free basis.
While most people buy their home
with a loan from the bank — and then
pay interest on the loan, meaning the
house costs them much more than the
initial purchase price — the Dews will
only have to pay back the sum they
borrowed to complete the purchase.
The scheme was launched in New
Zealand in 2007 and modelled on the
JAK Members Bank in Sweden which
started in 1965. In New Zealand it is
organised by the Living Economies
The Dews got involved five years ago
when they started attending Saving
Pools communal meetings hosted by
the Living Economies. The following
year they joined a group under the
Wairarapa-based Saving Pool.
Mrs Dew said there were 12
members in the group when they first
joined and now there are 18.
“ We didn’t know anyone in our
group from a bar of soap, and it does
take a lot of trust,” she said. “ Before
joining, we got to know everyone by
attending lots of meetings and pot
luck dinners.” S he said a member
could only join if everyone in the
group was happy.
“It ’s really important that the
combination of personalities works.”
Living Economies outline the risks of
losing money but advise the pools on
appropriate security measures.
Payments from the pool’s accounts
need two signatories, or will have
other security measures in place.
Peter Luiten,associate of Living
Economies, said there were almost 40
pools in New Zealand.
Mr and Ms Dew said they hadn’t
had any problems with their group
and kept up regular communication
“A lot of the people in our group,
we would never have had met before,
but coming together we now have a
diverse range of skills,” Mrs Dew said.
“Once a member wanted to take out
a loan from the pool to move houses,
but the group was able to resolve the
problem without money — someone
had a trailer and others offered
labouring ser vices.”
The couple have also encouraged
some of their 10 children to join.
The Dews say that once they have
repaid what they borrowed for their
house, they will stay in the scheme
and make use of it again.
“It ’s a weight off our shoulders that
we wouldn’t be paying thousands of
dollars in interest to the bank,” Mrs
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Home bought interest-free
An arrest warrant has been issued for
a man charged with illegally taking his
daughter out of New Zealand and sailing
to Australia after he failed to appear in a
New Zealand court.
Alan Langdon, 49, was due to appear
in the Te Awamutu District Court today
after he allegedly took six-year-old Que
on the voyage across the Tasman in a 6m
catamaran without permission.
The pair sailed from Kawhia Harbour
in Waikato on December 17 and turned
up in Ulladulla, New South Wales,
almost a month later.
He had said he was originally heading
to the Bay of Islands but damage to
his rudder and unfavourable weather
conditions forced him to make the
2200km journey across the Tasman Sea.
RNZ reported a warrant for his arrest
was issued today after police told the
magistrate they had made efforts to ser ve
him with a summons. — NZN
Work load stresses school principals
Primary school principals and
deputies are suffering high levels of
stress and burnout because of heavy
workloads and a lack of support, a
sur vey has found.
Commissioned by teachers’ union
the New Zealand Educational
Institute, the study found around
72% of principals and their deputies
worked more than 51 hours per
week with 25% working more than
Even during term breaks, half
worked more than 25 hours a week.
NZEI president Lynda Stuart
says this was compounded by a lack
of professional support from the
Ministry of Education or school
board trustees, who employ the
“This situation is not sustainable
and places significant health risks
on the people leading our schools,”
“ It ’s now a major health and
safety risk that the government
must address. ”
In addition to the workloads, the
school heads reported being most
stressed about their inability to
focus on teaching programmes as
well as the extra red tape associated
with new Government initiatives.
This led to work-family conflict
among principals and deputies that
was 2.2 times the rate of the general
population and burnout 1.7 times
the general population, the study
Ms Stuart said the Ministry
of Education needed to act to
supported the study’s
recommendations that school
heads be given opportunities
to access professional support
networks and mentoring.
Despite the stresses, the study also
found the principals and deputies
were generally positive abut
their jobs and reported a higher
job satisfaction than the general
The study undertaken last year
by Australian Catholic University
sur veyed 398 primary principals,
or 20% of New Zealand’s total, and
145 deputy and assistant principals.
Ex-of ficer on
A former police officer has appeared
in an Auckland court accused of
inappropriately accessing personal
information during his time in the force.
The 34-year-old faces 21 counts of
accessing a computer system for a
dishonest purpose having appeared in
the Auckland District Court today.
The charges resulted from a long-
running investigation into the man’s
conduct during his time as a police officer,
Auckland city district commander Jill
He has name suppression and will next
appear in the Auckland District Court
on February 15. — NZN
A man facing serious drug charges who
allegedly removed his electronic bail
monitoring bracelet and went on the run
from police has been arrested.
Jayden Mills was located by police in
Okura, north of Auckland yesterday
after 105 days on the run.
He will appear in the District Court on
a number of charges. — NZ ME
Kiwi Rail warning over track work
People are being warned to
stay off railway tracks as work on
the Christchurch to Picton line
Kiwi Rail says it is working
with police, as more people are
putting themselves at risk while
the main north line rebuild gains
“Because the line hasn’t been
operating people have become
complacent, and we are having some
real problems with people accessing
the railway line,” Kiwi Rail’s South
Island network ser vices manager
Jeanine Benson said.
“Activity on the line is increasing
as our rebuild efforts gear up, and
there will be vehicles and the
possibility of work trains using it in
the near future.”
People have also been seen
walking across bridges.
“ Not only is this not safe, it is also
illegal is go into the rail corridor
without permission,” Ms Benson
People using level crossings on the
line also need to be vigilant, Track
Safe Foundation manager Megan
“People need to remember to
always look out for trains. Trains
are deceptively quiet and they can’t
stop in a hurry or swerve to avoid
anything on the tracks. ”
Track work south of Lake
Grassmere is continuing and is also
under way between Hundalee and
the Waiau River this week.
On-line bullying worries half of parents
Half of the country’s parents are
worried their children are more
likely to be bullied on-line than
they are in a playground, according
to a sur vey.
A report by Norton Cyber
Security has found that many
parents are concerned that bullying
does not stop when their child
“As long as your child is connected
to a device, a bully can connect
to them,” vice-president of the
Norton’s consumer business unit,
Gavin Lowth, said.
The report said only 10% of New
Zealand parents have reported
cyber-bullying of their child.
However, the report says this
figure is likely wrong as it may be
under-reported, as many parents do
not recognise the signs of cyber-
More than two-thirds of parents
allow their children to access the
internet before they are 11, despite
having numerous concerns.
Children may stay silent about
cyber-bullying as they ’re worried
about losing devices and access to
the internet, or that their parents
will embarrass them or make the
problem worse by contacting the
bully’s parents or the school.
Parents were also concerned about
programs or a virus (58%).
Disclosing too much personal
Being lured into meeting a
Do something on-line that
makes the whole family vulnerable,
embarrassed, or may affect future
with job or university prospects.
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