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An 80-year-old Waikouaiti
actor stuck his neck out to “try
something new ” and became the
latest face of Mainland Cheese.
Des Tipa watched the premiere
broadcast of the latest Mainland
Cheese advertisement with his
wife, children and grandchildren
at his Waikouaiti home on
In the commercial, Mr Tipa
plays Jack, who reassures his on-
screen granddaughter Rose, who
is ner vous about leaving New
Zealand for her “big OE”.
“ I gradually get her around to
where she is happy to leave,” he
In the advert, he compares his
granddaughter’s upcoming travel
to how she hated blue cheese
until she tried it.
The encouragement continues
when he impersonates “Mr
Tortoise”, who always “sticks his
neck out” to try something new.
The 30-second commercial ends
with the slogan: “It’s good to try
During the “several takes” of the
commercial, the two actors had to
eat slices from about 30 rounds of
He liked the taste of blue cheese
but his co-star, Emily Laurich, of
Auckland, did not.
Mr Tipa would eat the cheese
but Ms Laurich would spit it out
Mr Tipa’s wife, Myra, said her
husband was in a “fit of giggles”
after the commercial aired on
The commercial was filmed in a
farmhouse in Q ueenstown on a
Sunday in June last year.
Mr Tipa had been a member
of the East Otago Drama
and Musical Society since its
inception in 2009.
He landed the role after talent
scouts e-mailed the society
searching for male actors aged
between 70 and 80.
He travelled to Queenstown
twice for auditions and was
“caught in snow ” on the way —
the detour adding about 100km
to the journey.
The commercial was fun and
worth the effort.
Mr Tipa had appeared on
television once before — the
Maori Television singing contest
Maorioke about 10 years ago.
He sang I Left My Heart in San
Francisco by Tony Bennett but
failed to progress past the first
Mr Tipa follows the fine
tradition of Otago men in
Bryan Woodhouse, better
known in Omakau as Ginge,
featured in an advertisement last
year and the late Kevin Corcoran,
of Cromwell, was one half of a
duo in the Good Things Take
Time series for more than 10
years. — Otago Daily Times
Meet the new face of cheese adver t
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Actor Des Tipa, 80, of Waikouaiti, is the new face on a Mainland Cheese commercial in which he
impersonates a tortoise to calm his granddaughter’s ner ves.
Temuka cannabis bust
Eight hundred cannabis plants
have been seized in a raid on a
sophisticated growing operation
in Canterbury. Two kilograms of
har vested cannabis head were also
found at the property in King Street
in Temuka, detective senior sergeant
Richard Quested said. Another 40
cannabis plants were also found
in a shipping container at another
property outside Temuka. Police have
charged a Temuka man. — NZ N
Fire engulfs shops
A fire ripped through the upper
level of a block of shops in the
Auckland suburb of Pakuranga
today. The block houses a bottle
store and pub. The fire started in the
mezzanine and upper levels of the
shops about 5.15am, the Fire Ser vice
said. The extent of the damage was
not known. — NZ ME
North Shore’s Long Bay College
is closed for the day after a fire
tore through the school’s art and
technology block. The fire started
about 2.30am today and by the time
firefighters arrived the block was
well alight. School principal Russell
Brooke said on the college’s Facebook
page it would be closed. — NZN
Child abuse extradition
A New Zealand man allegedly
involved in a worldwide paedophile
ring is to appear in the Brisbane
Magistrates’ Court today accused
of abusing a gay couple’s adopted
son. The 42-year-old was extradited
to Australia yesterday following his
arrest in August last year. Cairns
couple Peter Truong and Mark
Newton were jailed for 30 and 40
years respectively in the United
States in 2013. — AAP
Former lawyer struck off
A former Auckland lawyer has
been struck off after admitting
misappropriating $237,000 of client
funds. Warren Richard McFie had
also admitted overcharging a client
$42,417 over a 17-month period.
McFie voluntarily surrendered his
practising certificate in 2015 and was
recently sentenced in the Auckland
District Court to 12 months’ home
detention and 150 hours’ community
service. — NZN
Fuel station ram raid
Police are seeking seven people
who disguised themselves in hoodies
during a ram raid at a Waikato petrol
station. Two stolen cars were used
in the incident at the Mobil station
in Huntly at 4.15am on Wednesday.
The sole employee was unharmed.
Numbers in Keno draw No 13784:
47, 52, 53, 54, 58, 66, 73, 76. Draw No
13785: 3, 5, 14, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 29,
36, 37, 42, 47, 49, 56, 59, 62, 63, 65, 79.
20, 21, 24, 26, 28, 34, 41, 48, 53, 61, 71,
72. Draw No 13787: 2, 7, 9, 11, 23, 24,
26, 28, 31, 36, 40, 44, 49, 50, 51, 53, 57,
61, 68, 70.
Govt denies lowering water standards
A man has died at Bluff ’s port after
being run over by a loader.
Emergency ser vices were called to
South Port to assist the 54-year-old man
at 1.45am today, but he died at the scene
a short time later, police say.
Safe New Zealand is
investigating and his colleagues are being
offered counselling. — NZ N
Police Commissioner Mike Bush has
admitted he was convicted for drink
driving while off duty in 1983.
Mr Bush today said he was waiving his
privacy rights under the Clean Slate Act
after being asked by media whether he
had any convictions.
He said as a 23-year-old off-duty
constable in Auckland, he had been
caught and pleaded guilty to drink
He had been fined $250 and disqualified
from driving for six months.
“ I didn’t lose my job at the time
because it wasn’t until 1991— eight
years after it happened — that the then-
commissioner of police made it clear that
subsequent drink-drive convictions for a
police officer could place their career in
jeopardy,” he said in an official blog post.
He had disclosed the conviction to
the State Ser vices Commission when
applying for the deputy commissioner
and commissioner roles, he said.
Mr Bush said it had been “extremely
poor judgment ” and he was still sorry.
“ It is something I deeply regret and
have reflected on ever since,” he said.
His name and occupation were
reported in an Auckland newspaper at
the time, he said.
“ I have always been prepared to talk
about it if asked.” — NZN
The Government is rejecting
claims by clean water activists that
it is lowering the standard for safe
swimming so it can achieve its new
Environment Minister Nick Smith
announced yesterday the goal was
to have 90% of lakes and rivers safe
for swimming by 2040 at a cost
of $2 billion to central and local
government and farmers.
The plan is backed by national
requirements for stock to be fenced
out of water ways and there are new
rules on sewage that councils must
It was immediately attacked by
the Greens, clean water groups and
some scientists who said the safe
swimming standard being used
— 540 E. coli per 100ml of water —
was much lower than the previous
standard of 260 E. coli.
They said it would mean more
contamination in rivers and a greater
chance of people becoming ill from
swimming in them.
Dr Smith has issued a statement
saying they are wrong.
“Claims by some organisations
that the Government ’s proposed
standards for improving water quality
are lower, and accept a higher chance
of infection, are wrong,” he said.
“The 2003 Ministry of Health
guideline of not swimming when
the level exceeds 540 E. coli/100ml
Dr Smith said there was confusion
because standards for wadeability
and swimmability are being mixed
“The 260, 540 and 1000 E. coli
annual medians are all in respect of
the wadeable standard,” he said.
The Government ’s critics have
also seized on the swimmable target
being based on meeting the water
quality standard for 80% of the time.
Dr Smith said a 100% target would
not be realistic. — NZ N
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Aluminium High Grade
Tamehana Huata has been found
guilty of the manslaughter and injuring
with intent to injure his two year old
stepson Matiu Wereta at their home in
Flaxmere in October 2015.
The jury verdict was returned at the
High Court in Napier today after six
hours of deliberations.
Emergency ser vices were called to
the home to find Matiu unconscious
with numerous marks on his body and
a serious head injury on the morning of
The boy died in Hawke’s Bay Hospital
as a result of the serious head injury two
The Crown’s evidence presented to the
jury last week was that the serious head
injuries, which led to the death of Matiu,
were caused by blows to the head, not by
him falling into a brick wall as claimed
by the defence.
The jury began deliberations at 2pm
yesterday and at 5pm the judge allowed
the jurors to go home for the night and
resume again at 9am today.
Huata had been in a relationship with
the toddler’s mother, Eranna Tiopira,
for several months. She referred to him
as Matiu’s stepfather and said during
Huata’s two-week trial that he and
Matiu had a close, loving relationship.
Tiopira is still in a relationship with
Huata, and is five months pregnant with
She left her Flaxmere home for work at
8.45am that morning. Matiu and Huata
were both feeling sick so were staying at
home watching cartoons on television.
When she left the house Matiu was
fine. When Huata text messaged her
at 10.17am to say he and Matiu were
having a shower, he was still fine.
But when Huata rang her at 10.51am
he told her Matiu was unconscious and
unresponsive. For some reason Huata
had put a nappy and onesie on Matiu
while he was in this condition.
Tiopira rushed home. An ambulance
was called. Matiu was rushed to hospital
but could not be saved.
He had suffered a severe head injury;
the sort of injury medical experts told the
court usually seen in car crash victims.
Huata had various versions of how
Matiu had sustained the injuries. He
said he had banged his head on the
shower door, had banged his head
against the hallway walls as he walked
from the shower to the living room, and
had banged his head when hitting the
living room floor, or a brick wall in the
Matiu had bruises and what appeared
to be three bite marks, on his cheek,
shoulder and chest.
Huata himself described the mark on
Matiu’s chest as a bite mark. As did
ambulance officers and medical experts
brought in as Crown witnesses, though
they could not say with 100 per cent
certainty that they were bite marks.
Huata acknowledged there was no
marks on Matiu before he had a shower,
and they he noticed them while dressing
Matiu after wards. But he denied making
When inter viewed by police while
Matiu was dying in hospital, Huata said
he had slapped the boy, but had not hit
Pushed as to how the marks might have
come to be there, he said he had no idea.
Then he mentioned stray “aggressive”
cats that sometimes entered the house,
but he fell short of suggesting a cat was
responsible, saying “I’m not blaming no
Huata’s lawyer Russell Fairbrother,
QC, called Miami-based Fintan
Garavan, a forensic pathologist formerly
based in Auckland, who said Huata’s
explanations for Matiu’s death may
seem unlikely but sometimes the most
unlikely things occur.
Messrs Garavan and Fairbrother both
made references to the Titanic, and the
fact that its sinking was thought an
Matiu’s death was “a freak accident ”,
Mr Fairbrother told the jurors.
Crown prosecutor Steve Manning
urged them to use their common sense.
Huata was not a monster, he said. He
was a sick and tired 17-year-old at home
looking after his partner’s toddler. He
snapped and lashed out, he said.
Huata will be sentenced next month.
— NZ N-Hawke’s Bay Today
St John staff formed a guard of
honour for Kingston Flyer driver
Russell Glendinning following his
memorial ser vice in the Lumsden
The man who turned the Flyer
into an attraction known around
the world died on Tuesday and
hundreds of people turned out to
pay their respects yesterday.
Friends, family and Lumsden
residents pack d the hall for
the ser vice, during which Mr
Glendinning was remembered as a
kind, funny and loyal man.
Celebrant Peter Gibson said
people from all over the world had
sent messages of condolences.
Many of Mr Glendinning’s
friends and family shared tales of
his early years, his dedication and
involvement in the community and
his time spent on the railways.
More than a dozen St John staff
attended the ser vice, in uniform.
St John representative Kelvin
Perriman said Mr Glendinning
volunteered for St John for more
than 40 years and took on many
roles in that time.
He estimated Mr Glendinning
spent more than 150,000 hours
volunteering for St John.
“ He would always be available.”
After the ser vice, friend Shirley-
Anne Monaghan said the number
of people who made the trip to
Lumsden for the ser vice was a
testament to Mr Glendinning. The
humble and modest man touched
many people’s lives, she said.
His 49-year-long career in the
railway industry started when
he was 14, scrubbing toilets and
tackling other tasks.
Mr Glendinning earned his steam
locomotive driver’s ticket at 22,
launching him into a career that
would take him around Otago and
He started his journey with the
Kingston Flyer in 1971 when it
became a tourist attraction, and in
1975 he was made a Member of
the Most Excellent Order of the
British Empire (MBE) for ser vices
to tourism and railways.
It was announced yesterday the
steam train had been bought by a
consortium of local investors, much
to the delight of the people gathered
at yesterday ’s ser vice.
Many friends said he had always
had an interest in trains, often
commenting he had done what he
wanted to do since he was five —
Mr Glendinning retired from the
Flyer on April 29, 2002, an event
celebrated with a special run of the
train. — Otago Daily Times
Veteran Kingston Flyer driver farewelled
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Mourners gather as Russell Glendinning’s coffin is carried from the
Lumsden Memorial Hall.
Migrant employer rules lauded
The Human Rights Commission is
praising a Government move to crack
down on employers exploiting migrant
workers — but says it hopes new rules
are just the start.
Woodhouse announced yesterday the
Government was bringing in a “stand-
down” period that would ban employers
who exploited migrant staff from
recruiting migrant labour for periods of
time. He said depending on the severity,
employers who incurred an employment
standards-related penalty from April
would be barred from recruiting migrant
workers for between six months and two
“ It is simply unacceptable that
those employers who exploit migrant
workers are still able to recruit from
the international labour market,” Mr
The rules would not affect non-
compliance at the “very minor end” of
the scale and migrant workers already
employed at offending companies would
be allowed to work out the rest of their
Human Rights Commissioner Jackie
Blue welcomed the move.
She said there was an urgent need for
systems to better monitor and deal with
“ Penalising those employers who
show disregard for our employment and
immigration laws is a positive first step,”
she said. “ It sends a strong message.”
But migrant exploitation was a
complex issue that required a multi-
faceted response, Dr Blue said.
“ We are keen to see that these
new measures are just the start of
actions aimed at addressing what is
a significant problem, particularly in
our dairy, horticultural, hospitality and
international education industries.”
Feroz Ali, 46, last year became the
first person in New Zealand sentenced
for people trafficking after bringing 15
Fijian workers illegally into the country
and subjecting them exploitative
working conditions on farms in the Bay
A report released the same week
found migrant worker exploitation was
widespread in some industries in New
Zealand. — NZN
Warehouse to cut 130 jobs
The Warehouse Group expects to
shed a net 130 jobs, or about 1.1%
of its workforce, in an effort to
save up to $20 million a year after
slimming down the structure of
its retail model to try to strip out
The country’s biggest listed retailer
has been consulting with staff at its
store support office in Auckland and
some regional centres over the past
few weeks as part of an overhauled
business structure that will bundle
its stationery and “Red Sheds” into
one division and its Noel Leeming
and Torpedo 7 groups into another.
The Warehouse’s store teams have
not been part of the process, which
seeks to whittle down leadership
into its two new arms and move
support systems of the existing
brands to be group-wide, it said.
Chief executive Nick Grayston
said the company expects about a
net 130 roles to go, and anticipates
annual savings of $15m to $20m,
with a one-off restructuring bill of
between $10m and $13m.
“ Discussions with team members
are ongoing with a view to
supporting those who are impacted
through a redeployment process,”
Mr Grayston said.
“ We will be doing everything we
can to support our team members
during this time.”
The Warehouse signalled it
wanted to strip out “significant
cost ” by cutting duplication across
the groups when announcing the
new structure last month.
The Warehouse employs more
than 12,000 people, according
to its website. Its wage bill rose
to $456.7m in the year ended
July 31, 2016, from $439m a year
earlier, while its performance
based compensation jumped up to
$23.1m from $8m in 2015.
Mr Grayston said the savings from
the restructure would not show up
until the 2018 financial year with
savings in salaries and reductions
in other areas including external
provider and operational costs, and
other overheads. — NZ N
RNZAF’s ‘grand old lady’ on show
A vintage plane dubbed “the
grand old lady” of the RNZAF is
about to go on public display after
being restored to its original glory.
When North American Har vard
NZ1015 takes part in the 2017 Air
Tattoo at Ohakea at the weekend,
it will sport the same wartime
camouflage as when it was rolled
out of the factory in 1942.
The restoration of the American-
designed two-seat aircraft was
led by flight lieutenant Stuart
Anderson and carried out by
RNZAF personnel and civilian
contractors at Ohakea.
Mr Anderson said it had been a
challenging but highly rewarding
process. “It took three and a half
years to take the aircraft apart
and make sure it met the civilian
specifications. The decision to go
with the camouflage scheme is
significant in that it was important
for us to pay homage to the wartime
history of the aircraft.” — NZN
The inquiry into petrol prices will delve
into fuel company finances to determine
whether New Zealanders are paying a
fair price at the pumps.
Energy Minister Judith Collins has
released the terms of reference for the
inquiry she announced earlier this
She made the call after it was revealed
that company margins — the difference
between what they pay for petrol and
what they sell it for — had widened over
“ We need to know why this is
happening and determine if what people
are paying at the pump is reasonable,
or whether the companies are making
super-profits,” she said today.
The inquiry would take “an in-depth
look at fuel company finances” to get
Ms Collins described the inquiry as
“technical” but said she expected “some
obser vations” to be made about regional
The inquiry will be conducted by the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment, with consultants helping.
Ms Collins said the four big companies
— Z Energy, BP, Mobil and Gulf — had
all assured her they will co-operate fully.
Firm fined over
toxic fish kill
A chemical cleaning company has
been hit with a $39,000 fine for a toxic
discharge that led to a significant number
of fish being killed in Paeroa.
Chemwash Hamilton Ltd was
prosecuted by Waikato Regional
Council over the discharge through the
stormwater system to a local stream.
It was convicted and fined in the
Auckland District Court this week.
The council said it was alerted by residents
to a large number of distressed and dead
eels and native banded kokopu fish in a
tributary that flows to the Ohinemuri
River. Staff traced the contamination back
to a retirement village where Chemwash
had stripped the roof ready for repainting.
Investigations manager Patrick Lynch
said the incident last February was
avoidable. — N ZN
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