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Divers recover body
Police divers looking for a man
reported overdue from a dive off
the North Canterbury coast have
recovered a body. The body was
recovered yesterday in the Motunau
area, where the man, one of a group
of three, had gone for a dive off a
boat on Sunday morning. He failed
to resurface, sparking a search. Police
were awaiting formal identification
of the body before releasing further
details. — NZ N
Police name driver
A man killed after a car struck a
pole on a highway near Ashburton
has been named by police. Anthony
Dennis Copper wheat, 24, died when
the vehicle crashed on the Methven
Highway about 3.30am. Police said
Mr Copper wheat was originally
from Britain but had been living
in Methven. No one else had been
involved, a police spokeswoman said.
Farming death name
A man who died in a farm accident
has been named. Douglas Russell
Brown, 60, of Waikato was killed
last Wednesday in an accident with
farming equipment on Plantation
Road, Rangiriri. Work Safe New
Zealand is investigating and the
death has been referred to the
coroner. — N ZM E
Crash sparks blaze
A person was freed from a car
which hit a house in Auckland,
causing a fire. Emergency ser vices
were called to the Manukau Road
scene about 5am today. A police
spokeswoman said firefighters had
managed to free the person from the
car and had extinguished the blaze.
The injured person was taken to
hospital with moderate injuries, she
said. — NZN
House fire investigated
Investigators are headed to the
scene of a blaze which damaged
an Invercargill home. Four fire
trucks were called to Ettrick Street
about 8pm yesterday and found the
building well ablaze. Firefighters
managed to keep the flames from
spreading to a neighbouring building
a metre away and no one was hurt.
A team of investigators and police
would be on the scene today, the Fire
Service said. — NZN
McDonald’s held up
Police are investigating a robbery
at a McDonald’s in west Auckland.
Police said the restaurant on Lincoln
Road in Henderson was robbed
about 6am yesterday. The offenders
took cash and fled, and no one was
injured. — NZ ME
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46, 47, 52, 54, 67, 73, 74, 75. Draw No
13829: 2, 6, 7, 16, 22, 24, 28, 40, 41,
42, 44, 45, 46, 48, 51, 54, 64, 65, 69, 70.
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68, 70, 71. Draw No 13831: 2, 7, 11,
20, 23, 25, 27, 28, 33, 37, 38, 43, 46, 47,
55, 65, 67, 69, 74, 80.
Featherweight chickens earn commission ire
An elderly man died after an uneven
footpath caused him to fall off his
The man was driving down Buckland
Road in Papatoetoe, Auckland, about
He drove across a driveway that was
uneven, which caused his scooter to tip.
He hit his head on the pavement and
was unable to be revived despite CPR
being performed at the scene.
A police spokesman said they were not
able to release details about the man’s age
or name. — NZME
Overseas scammers are using fake
e-mail addresses similar to those of well-
known universities to try to swindle New
Zealand companies out of expensive
electronic equipment, police have
Using a fake address, the scammer will
order goods such as hard drives, camera
equipment, computers and phones and
ask the supplier to ship the items to a
New Zealand freight company.
The freight company is then instructed
to for ward the goods to an overseas
The supplier is then left out of pocket
when it bills the relevant university,
which has no knowledge of the order.
Detective sergeant Michael Cartwright
said police have received reports from
several businesses who have been
targeted by the scam.
All of those businesses have avoided
falling victim, as they have checked the
legitimacy of the order.
However, Mr Cartwright said
companies should be aware they may be
He said poor English in the initial
e-mail is a common identifying factor
and the e-mails will often have false
phone numbers and e-mail addresses on
People who receive an e-mail similar
to those described should immediately
contact the relevant university to check
the legitimacy of the request before
sending any goods. — NZ N
Two chicken producers have fallen
foul of the Commerce Commission,
receiving warnings for overstating
the weight of their birds.
Inghams Enterprises and Tegel
marinade when writing the weight
of their chicken on packaging, a
move that was probably misleading,
the commission said.
“ In our view, consumers were likely
to believe the size prominently
displayed on the chicken was a
representation about the weight of
the chicken itself without stuffing
and marinade,” commissioner Anna
In the example of a size 20 chicken,
the commission said its information
showed stuffed and marinated
chicken had a weight range of 1.9kg
to 2.1kg displayed.
However, the weight range of the
chicken itself was typically a paltry
1.6kg to 1.7kg.
investigative feather ruffling had
paid off with the Poultry Industry
Association of New Zealand
agreeing to review its relevant
Inghams and Tegel
indicated they would change their
labelling, the commission said.
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A Labour Party reshuffle is on
the cards, but it would not be
a big one, according to leader
The party caucus selected
Jacinda Ardern as their new
deputy, to succeed Annette King,
today, offering an opportunity for
Mr Little has confirmed Grant
Robertson will retain the finance
“Given my commitment that
Grant Robertson will be the
finance minister in the next
Labour-led government I can
assure you I’m not changing the
finance portfolio allocation,” he
Ms Ardern, who is currently
Labour’s justice, culture and
heritage, children and small
business spokeswoman, said there
are a few “gems” she doesn’t want
to let go of.
“Children and child wellbeing is
certainly up there,” she said.
She is likely to keep hold of
that portfolio, with Mr Little
responding, “I listen to my deputy.”
The newly-minted Mount
Albert MP was unanimously
selected by her caucus in a vote
this morning to choose Annette
Ms King announced last week
she would stand down as deputy
in the short-term, paving the
way for her retirement at the
Ms Ardern was the only
candidate for the vacancy and
says she is grateful for her party’s
“I had an opportunity to
touch base with everyone before
the vote and had some great
conversations and feel really
buoyed by the support the team’s
giving me for this job,” she said.
Ms Ardern did not see her
popularity overtaking that of her
She was confident Mr Little
would remain preferred prime
minister in the polls leading up to
“I won’t be (preferred). I’m here
to be the deputy to Andrew Little,
to campaign hard to see Labour
change the government and to
see Andrew as Prime Minister of
New Zealand,” she said.
“As deputy my job will be
to support him and that ’s
wholeheartedly what I’m
committed to doing. ”
Mr Little was not concerned
either and said they would be
presenting a team front on the
“There’s only one leader of the
party. That’s me and we are a
team and we are campaigning
together to win Government on
September 23,” he said.
Ms Ardern represented a
new generation in the Labour
leadership, but she said it was the
party’s policies and not her that
would attract younger voters to
“ We have the ideas that will
make a difference for them. I
think it ’s that that will bring the
voters out,” she said. — NZ N
Labour reshuffle expected
New Labour Party deputy leader Jacinda Ardern with leader Andrew Little after her selection this
Veterans of the Korean War will
gather one last time tomorrow for
a final parade before the national
association representing them ceases
Wally Wyatt, 89, who ser ved in
K Force with the 16th Field
Regiment said the decision to close
the NZ Korean Veterans’ Association
was because the group had lost the
battle against old age.
The average age of the vets is now
late 80s and early 90s.
“I ’m sad in some ways, but it ’s
an inevitable thing, and it ’s like
everything in life,” Mr Wyatt said.
“Everything has to finish
somewhere along the line, and it is
better to finish when there’s two or
three people around rather than wait
until there’s just one person left, and
he says, ‘God, what ’s happened to
About 200 people, including 50
veterans of the war will march
outside the Auckland National
Museum to mark the winding up of
Those attending the final parade
will include Phil Goff and the Chief
of Army Major General Peter Te
Aroha Emile Kelly.
Mr Wyatt is the national treasurer
of the association, and for the past
25 years, he was also the editor of its
newsletter, K Force Despatches.
“We put a list in each time of the
numbers that were dying, and it’s just
going bang, bang, bang, bang,” he said.
Mr Wyatt, from Auckland, said the
association still had about 300-400
members, but most could not attend
meetings or events because they
could not walk, were sick or in rest
The closure of the association,
started in 1956, was mooted two
years ago when members voted for it
to be wound up.
“It’s all because of one fact, we’re all
getting older. No other reason for it,”
Mr Wyatt said.
He said, however, that some regional
branches, including Auckland, will
continue to operate despite the death
of the national body.
About 3800 New Zealanders ser ved
in K Force and 1300 in Royal New
Zealand Navy deployment.
More than 30 lost their lives, 79
were wounded and one was taken
The war ended in 1953, but a
reduced New Zealand contingent
remained in a garrison role until it
was withdrawn in 1957.
Chang Soon Cha, consul-general
of Korea to New Zealand, said it
was sad to witness the association’s
end, which had acted as a central
gathering point for those who ser ved
“ More than six decades have passed
since the Korean War. However, time
has not diminished the respect and
appreciation we, Koreans feel for the
veterans,” Mr Cha said.
“On behalf of the people and the
government of the Republic of
Korea, I would like to pay a sincere
gratitude to all New Zealand Korean
War veterans who gave their ser vices
for our future.
“Thanks for the sacrifice and
friendship, which have been a
valuable foundation to strengthen
our two countries’ bond and co-
Diane Lee, Korea-NZ Cultural
Association spokeswoman, said
even after the association closes, the
contributions of the “ brave Kiwis”
will be remembered by Koreans.
“ What they have done for our
homeland . . . it will live on in our
hearts, not just this generation but
many generations to come,” Mr Lee
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Korean War vets gather for last parade
The Government has a lonely road
ahead as it campaigns on a policy of
increasing the pension age.
Prime Minister Bill English announced
yesterday eligibility for national super
would go up from 65 to 67 in 2040, with
changes phased in from 2037.
It would not put legislation through
Parliament until next year, which meant
if National lost the September election it
would not happen.
The Government is justifying the move
by saying the cost of super is going up
and people are living longer — it is
estimated that by 2040 they will be living
three years longer than they are now.
There will be no other changes — the
pension would not be means tested and
the rate would stay the same.
Labour campaigned on raising the age
in 2011 and 2014, but leader Andrew
Little scrapped the policy after the last
He is standing firm on that.
National’s flip flop on superannuation
will hit a generation of younger workers
and unfairly penalise those who already
struggle to work to 65, Mr Little said.
“This decision hits the generation that
has had to pay for their tertiary education
and are missing out on buying their own
home because of the housing crisis. Now
they will have to wait two years longer to
get their superannuation.
“ I have spent 20 years of my life
working with people who struggle to
get to 65 now before they retire because
of the physical nature of their work;
that hasn’t changed. Now Bill English
wants them to wait another two years.
Life expectancy may have changed, but
bodies still wear out at the same rate,
they always have done. It ’s not right, the
case does not stack up.
“This is about giving the appearance of
doing something when it ’s really nothing
at all. It’s totally political. They have even
pushed out legislating for this until next
year and it doesn’t take effect until 2040.
“ If this was about affordability, there’s
one thing Bill English could do and
give people a sense of comfort and
that ’s resume contributions to the New
Zealand Superannuation Fund which
is now $20 billion short thanks to
“This is a ham fisted, clumsy and a
completely botched piece of decision-
making which is the hallmark of Bill
“ Labour’s policy is very clear. There will
be no change. A Labour government
I lead will keep the age of entitlement
at 65 and we will re-start contributions
to the New Zealand Superannuation
Fund,” Mr Little said.
“ We might have a longer life expectancy
but bodies still wear out and if you’re
doing heavy, physical work for most of
your working life you are starting to
wear out in your 60s,” he said.
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters, who has built a reputation
for protecting national super, has not
rejected the Government ’s policy
He said the Government was trying to
look responsible while not actually doing
“The only safeguard that the
superannuitants of this country have,
uniquely, remains New Zealand First,”
Government ally the Act Party did not
like the policy.
Leader David Seymour described it as
“ inter-generational theft ”.
“ People under 45 will pay more and
more tax for unsustainable baby boomer
superannuation before having the same
snatched away,” he said.
Another Government ally, United
Future leader Peter Dunne, wants the
Government to introduce his party’s
Flexi Super policy, which would let
people choose when they take up
The Maori Party did not respond
but has been pushing for the age to be
lowered for Maori, arguing their life
expectancy is shorter.
The policy is likely to feature in any
post-election negotiations Mr English
has after the election, but he would not
speculate on what the outcome might be.
He said he was happy to have the
policy tested at the election, believed it
would have broad public support, and
that other parties might come around to
“I think they’ll be waiting to see how it
plays out with the public,” he said.
English stumbles on super again: Little
Court blocks exhumation
The partner of a young
Christchurch father who died six
years ago has lost a legal bid to have
him dug up and cremated.
Cheyenne Rana Biddle wanted to
exhume the body of her long-term
partner, Jamie Robert Pooley, who
died on May 14, 2011, so he could
be cremated and returned to his
She took her bid to the High
Court in Christchurch, applying
for legal permission to exhume Mr
Pooley on the basis that the 27-year-
old father-of-three, who was buried
in a family plot at Memorial Park
Cemetery in Christchurch, always
wanted to be cremated.
Mr Pooley ’s whanau denied the
claims, did not want him disturbed,
and objected to her application in a
civil trial last year.
Now, in a judgment released
yesterday, Justice Gerald Nation has
denied Ms Biddle’s application.
“ When I heard the news, I just
broke down in tears,” Mr Pooley ’s
sister Frances said. “ We’re really
happy, it ’s over whelming. It’s been
such a big struggle over the last four
years or so, with what my family has
had to go through, so we’re all so
glad it ’s over.”
Justice Nation was satisfied that
there had been no breach of tikanga
protocol, or Maori custom, in
the arrangements of Mr Pooley ’s
funeral by his whanau.
The judge also noted that what
Ms Biddle was seeking, and what
she said she and Jamie had agreed
to, itself “involved a departure from
“ It was normal, in accordance with
tikanga, for a deceased to be buried
rather than cremated. Cheyenne
had also acknowledged that Jamie
had, through burial, been returned
to Papatnuku, the Earth Mother,
and had accepted that exhumation
would, itself, be a breach of tikanga.”
Justice Nation, in his judgment,
said that while Ms Biddle had
later made an issue about claimed
breaches of tikanga, it had not
seemed to be particularly important
to her at the time.
The dead man’s mother, Charlotte
Pooley, passed away in hospital
just weeks after giving emotional
evidence at his trial.
She was buried in the family plot
at Memorial Park Cemetery in
Christchurch, alongside her son.
Yesterday’s decision meant they
could lie side-by-side in peace,
“The first thing I did when I found
out the news was to grab both of
their photos and say, ‘ We’ve done it,
you guys can stay together’. It ’s just
a huge relief,” she said.
Ms Biddle, as administrator of the
estate of Mr Pooley, who did not
have a will, also sought ownership of
Maori weapons belonging to Pooley
— two taiaha (close-quarters staffs)
and one tewhatewha (long-handled
club) — taonga which Ms Biddle
wanted made available “for his sons
However, Justice Nation also
denied that application. — NZ ME
A vessel from Indonesia has been
ordered to leave New Zealand
waters after it was deemed to be
Industries made the D L Marigold,
which arrived in Tauranga on
March 4, leave within 24 hours on
It was scheduled to stay in New
Zealand waters for nine days, but
was found to have barnacles and
tube worms on the hull by MPI
“The longer the vessel stayed in
New Zealand, the greater chance
there was for unwanted marine
species to spawn or break away
from the ship. So we had to act
quickly,” MPI’s border clearance
director, Steve Gilbert, said.
The vessel will go to Fiji for
cleaning and is due to return to
New Zealand to finish discharging
a shipment of palm kernel expeller.
Dirty ship ordered out of NZ waters
over cancer case
A woman was not told for four years
that she had cancer, by which time it was
too late to save her, a report has found.
Health and Disability Commissioner
Anthony Hill described the care that the
Waikato District Health Board provided
the woman as “seriously suboptimal”.
He said the DHB held primary
responsibility for “the pattern of errors”
in the case, the main cause of which was
“a systems failure”.
He made a series of recommendations
and said the DHB should provide a
written apology to the woman’s family
for the failings that had been identified.
In May 2009, the woman, then 46
and suffering abdominal pain, had her
appendix removed in a public hospital.
A histology from the appendix showed
she had a tumour.
A junior doctor acknowledged the
pathology report, but it was not seen by
the operating surgeon and no follow-up
treatment was arranged.
In 2012, the woman complained of
lower abdominal pain to her GP, who
referred her to the hospital.
Over the next 14 months, as she
deteriorated, she was seen by different
There were suggestions that her
symptoms could be explained by
endometriosis, but cancer could not be
In month 13, an obstetrician-
gynaecologist, Dr F, asked for a general
review of the woman.
During the review, a registrar noted
the missed 2009 result, but there was no
evidence that this was referred to Dr F.
The woman was later seen by a general
surgeon, Dr H, who reviewed her case
and noted the 2009 finding.
Further tests showed the tumour
had spread and it was only then that
the woman she was informed of her
However, her condition was such that
she was not able to have surgery. She was
referred to palliative care and died.
Rotting whales carcases are still washing
up on New Zealand shorelines almost
one month after the mass stranding of
more than 700 animals at Farewell Spit.
Department of Conser vation Golden
Bay operations manager Andrew
Lamason said staff did their best during
the stranding to get as many of the
carcases as possible up on the dunes and
This included collecting more than 180
dead whales from an area of about 500m
using a digger and moving them further
up Farewell Spit to a nature reser ve not
open to the public.
However, the sheer scale of the
stranding meant DOC was not going to
be able to to get all of the carcases.
“ We knew this was going to happen,
and we warned other regions, and slowly
but surely bodies are turning up,” he said.
If the carcase turns up in a remote
location, DOC will try to leave it to
nature, but if it needs to be shifted it ’s
up to the local DOC office to come up
with a plan.
However, the rotting carcase could be
toxic to pets. “Go and have a look, and
have a smell, but definitely do not touch.
Don’t allow pets near it. Dogs can get
very, very ill from eating whale carcase.”
About 300 pilot whales died in the
Golden Bay area in February in what was
the largest mass stranding on the New
Zealand mainland since records have
In 1918 on the Chatham Islands, about
1000 whales beached themselves and
450 in Auckland in 1985. — NZ N
Glove may be clue
Police are hoping a glove found at an
Auckland quarry following an assault on
a woman will help them find the attacker.
Police say the woman woke up in the
quarry at Riverhead to find a softball
bat-armed man standing over her on the
morning of February 26.
Yesterday, police released a photo of a
black glove found at the scene, with the
brand Stanley on it, along with other
unspecified items. The gloves appeared
to be sold only by the Warehouse, but
it was possible other retailers were on-
selling them, detective senior sergeant
Kim Libby said. — NZ N
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