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Death on rail tracks
One person has died after being
hit by a train at the Ranui Station in
west Auckland. Emergency ser vices
were called to the scene just before
7am today, police say. Metcalfe
Road was closed between Pooks and
Ranui Station Roads while police
investigate. — N Z N
Nelson lakes area shaken
A series of earthquakes have
provided an early morning wake
up in the upper South Island. Four
quakes, ranging from magnitude
4.6 down to 3, were recorded as
hitting the Nelson lakes area today.
The strongest struck about 4.14am,
30km north-east of St Arnaud at a
depth of 7km. More than 300 people
reported feeling it, mostly around
Nelson and Motueka. — NZ N
A 56-year-old man charged with
murdering his wife sobbed during
a video link to the Rotorua District
Court yesterday, saying he had never
been arrested before. He is accused of
murdering her at Taupo’s Five Mile
Bay on Easter Saturday. He has name
suppression until his appearance in the
High Court at Rotorua on May 10.
Judge Maree MacKenzie remanded
him in custody so a report could be
prepared into his fitness to stand trial
and suppressed case details. — N ZN
Remand over killing
The man charged with the murder
of mum-of-two Chozyn Koroheke
appeared in the Auckland High
Court yesterday. The 22-year-old has
not yet had a lawyer assigned to him
so the appearance was adjourned.
His interim name suppression will
continue until his next appearance on
May 3. A woman charged with being
an accessory was bailed until the May
appearance. She also has interim
name suppression. — N ZM E
A body found off the Tauranga
coast has been named as Simon
Francis Neil Oliver, 53, from
Maketu. His body was found on
Monday afternoon near Pudney
Rock. Late on March 31, Mr Oliver’s
car was discovered submerged in the
Kaituna River, between Tauranga
and Maketu. — N ZN
Two tickets, sold in Queenstown
and Hamilton, won $500,000 each
in division one of Lotto draw No
1639 last night. Successful numbers
were 1, 2, 11, 26, 28, 34; bonus 8.
Strike numbers were 34, 28, 2, 26.
There was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 9. There was no
division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 14004:
8, 11, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 41, 48, 51,
53, 57, 58, 63, 67, 69, 72, 76, 77. Draw
No 14005: 1, 3, 4, 6, 11, 13, 21, 22, 27,
31, 40, 45, 49, 50, 58, 64, 67, 68, 70, 73.
Draw No 14006: 3, 5, 20, 25, 26, 28,
30, 32, 33, 36, 39, 45, 49, 52, 53, 63, 64,
69, 73, 80. Draw No 14007: 5, 9, 10,
16, 18, 21, 35, 38, 39, 40, 47, 49, 58, 63,
67, 70, 73, 74, 75, 79.
Teacher banned after affair with student
A leading consumer watchdog is
joining forces with similar groups in
the United Kingdom and Australia
to investigate complaints about ticket
Complaints about ticket resellers have
been on the rise both here and overseas,
with reports of tickets being sold up to
20 times the original price, Consumer
NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said.
One Auckland woman paid $1000 for a
VIP Adele ticket only to find out she had
been sold $100 stall seats, and that was
just one recent example, she said.
Another issue is sites adding fees to
the ticket price on sites like Viagogo and
A sur vey by Consumer NZ has been
started on its website. — NZ N
Ticket mark-up probe
Police have arrested a man after two
women were shot in Rolleston last night,
leaving them seriously injured.
An area on Newtons Road was
cordoned off after reports at 10pm of
The two women were in Christchurch
Hospital with serious injuries.
Police said the shooter was known to
the victims. After a search this morning,
they arrested a 23-year-old man in
relation to the shooting.
He will also face a charge of aggravated
robbery after an armed robbery at the
Ashburton Hotel on Racecourse Road
Inspector Corrie Parnell said armed
police took the man into custody after
searching a property in Rakaia about
Mr Parnell said properties across the
Canterbury region would be examined
as part of the investigation.
The man allegedly entered the hotel at
11.20pm and fired a shot before taking
There were about five people in the
premises at the time and no one was
The hotel was closed overnight and
Ashburton were examining the scene
today. — NZ ME
A teacher has been banned from
the classroom after having a sexual
relationship with a Year 13 student,
discovered only when the girl’s
mother checked her phone bill.
Complaints Assessment Committee
has kicked the disgraced teacher out
of the profession saying he failed to
maintain professional boundaries
and abused his position of power and
The teacher, who cannot be identified
after extensive suppression details were
imposed by the committee, remains
in an intermittent relationship with
the teenager, a liaison regarded as
reprehensible by the disciplinary body.
The committee heard the teacher,
who previously taught at a secondary
school in the lower North Island,
was in a sexual relationship with
the student, sent hundreds of text
messages to the student late at night
and in the early hours of the morning
and counselled the student without
In August 2015 the girl’s mother
discovered phone charges for 472
text messages and four phone calls
between the pair on a bill. When
confronted her daughter admitted the
pair were having an affair.
The next day the teacher resigned
and never returned to the school.
The teacher admitted to the committee
the affair had taken place, that it was
serious misconduct and appropriate his
registration was cancelled.
relationship had adversely effected the
student affecting both her learning
Calling the behaviour of the teacher
reprehensible, the committee said
he took advantage of a vulnerable
student ultimately causing harm. It also
considered his continuing relationship
with the student an aggravating feature.
It found it was a clear case of
serious misconduct and cancelling
his registration was the appropriate
penalty for the abuse of power.
However due to his dire financial
situation with the Official Assignee
instigating the No Asset Procedure,
the committee made no order for
costs as there would be no means to
enforce payment. — NZ ME
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The spirit of 1981 New Zealand
movie Goodbye Pork Pie — and
its more recent remake — was
strong among the occupants of
the 60 Minis who crammed the
Octagon, in D unedin, yesterday.
The group roared into the city as
the end of the trip from Kaitaia
to Invercargill neared.
The Pork Pie Charity Run
emulates the trip taken by the
stars of Goodbye Pork Pie, raising
money for charity along the way.
Mini owner Alex Harman,
of Wellington, said his taste
for Minis came from his father
Shane, who also owned one.
Alex Harman’s 1972 Mini
Clubman required a quick engine
change in the days before he
left for the run, after its former
The trip’s highlight was “just
being with all the Minis”.
“It’s not every day you see 60-
odd Minis in a row.”
Event spokeswoman Tracey
Brake said yesterday ’s run started
in Alexandra, and would end in
The event this year was raising
money for Kids Can, which
partners with low decile schools
to provide children with food,
clothing and basic healthcare.
Ms Brake said the event was
on target to raise more than
$200,000. This year was capped
at 60 cars, and registrations filled
within four hours of opening.
— Otago Daily Times
Mini madness descends on Dunedin
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Mini driver Alex Harman takes a break as the Pork Pie Charity Run parks up in the Octagon yesterday.
Spark is doing away with the public
telephone network and replacing it with
a next-generation IP-based network, it
The telco said the new network, to be
progressively rolled out in the next five
years, would bring together all voice
communications: Landline, mobile,
video or data-based.
network (CCN), as it will be known, will
require significantly less infrastructure
than the old network, and Spark said it
would be doing away with some 1300
tonnes of equipment.
There has not been an upgrade to the
public switched telephone network
(PTSN) for some 30 years.
Spark chief operating officer Mark
Beder said it was a significant, essential
upgrade to the oldest network and would
provide a future-proof platform for the
latest voice technology.
It would also allow Spark to deploy
new ser vices.
“ We’ve been talking about doing this
for over a decade now and many other
countries are also in the process of
retiring their PSTNs, so it’s great to
finally be able to get on with it here,” Mr
Maintaining the current network was
becoming harder as it aged, with some
components no longer manufactured.
“ We’ve bought every second-hand part
we can source from around the world
and people with the skills to maintain
the technology are harder to find.”
Mr Beder added that although the
project was a massive technical and
logistical undertaking, it would be
largely invisible to customers.
“The vast majority of customers won’t
need to do anything and their existing
phones and devices will continue to work
normally when they switch from the
PSTN to the new IP-based network.”
However, some customer devices such
as low-speed dial-up ser vices such as
some medical and house alarms, old Sky
decoders and old Eftpos terminals may
Mr Beder said Spark would work
with vendors and customers to make
the transition as easy as possible, but
some customers may need to talk to
their alarm companies and third-party
The new network also has implications
for emergency ser vices as it may affect
the way emergency calls are made.
Spark had already met with emergency
ser vices and Mr Beder said they had a
positive reaction to the planned changes.
The Family Court’s top judge has
taken the unusual step of publicly
defending his court against claims it
is failing women and children who
are victims of violence.
Principal Family Court Judge
Laurence Ryan said an independent
group called Backbone Collective,
which aims to reduce high rates of
violence against women, had based
some of its claims on inaccurate
Formed in March, the Backbone
Collective’s about 550 female
members say their top priority is
to correct unfair treatment by the
Family Court towards women.
It has sent politicians and court
officials a list of 160 questions,
including claims court rulings are
placing children in danger from
abusive men and that women are not
getting a fair hearing.
However, Judge Ryan said about
60,000 applications were lodged
with the Family Court every year
and yet the Backbone Collective had
put together questions based on the
experiences of only 10 women.
“As the Principal Family Court
Judge, it particularly concerns me
that Family Court judges are being
painted unfairly as uncaring and
unprofessional and as putting people
in harm’s way,” he said.
“This risks undermining public
confidence in the courts. ”
He said the collective had made
a number of flawed assumptions,
including saying the Family Court is
c losed and secret.
“ In fact, the Family Court has been
increasingly open to news media
since law changes in 2004 and 2008,
and many of its proceedings can be
reported publicly,” he said.
He rejected a claim the court was
not accountable or independently
monitored, saying every decision is
open to appeal.
He also said the court was able to
consider ways to protect women’s
safety from a violent partner by
preventing contact between them
when a father was getting custody
access to his child.
Other concerns about family
law raised by the collective were
matters more appropriately discussed
by politicians in Parliament
rather than the courts, which are
independent bodies that administer
rulings but do not create laws, he said.
Family Court defends record on women
Labour leader Andrew
Little has pledged to
reduce immigration by
“tens of thousands” if he
becomes prime minister in
September, but he has not
put a figure on just how
On the back of new
designed to encourage
more highly skilled and
highly paid migrants, Mr
Little revealed his own plans to give
“ locals a chance first ”.
Mr Little’s plan to cut migrants would
also affect the work visa scheme.
“That 70,000 net inflow of migrants —
we cannot continue to do that. It has to
be tens of thousands less than what we’re
doing at the moment,” he told Newshub
“Six thousand work visas are issued for
people to do labouring work and we’ve
got 15,000 out-of-work labourers. That
doesn’t make sense.”
That policy has won support from
former National leader and
Reser ve Bank governor
“It is harder said than
done but there are ways in
which you could get that
back quite substantially,
I think, and I think we
he told the
“I think the very
programme has not worked
for the benefit of the New
Zealand economy or New
National’s policy, announced by
Woodhouse, included new remuneration
bands for work visa applicants which
will alter the definition of highly skilled
workers, time limit and extension
restrictions for those who fall outside
the threshold and tightening of work
regulations for partners of skilled
The policy will only affect new visa
applicants after implementation, which
is expected to follow public consultation
next month. — NZN
Mental health inquiry rejected
The Health Minister has rejected
calls for an inquiry into mental
health ser vices, despite a new
report finding more than 90% of
respondents were frustrated by the
The People’s Mental Health
Review collected stories from 500
people about their experiences with
mental health ser vices.
It found 464 had problems
accessing or working in mental
health ser vices, while only 36
reported positive experiences.
It called for an inquiry into mental
health ser vices, an urgent funding
boost and an independent body
be set up to provide oversight of
the sector and received widespread
backing from Opposition parties.
However, Minister Jonathan
Coleman denied there was a need
for an inquiry.
“O verall the sector provides high
quality mental health ser vices for
New Zealanders,” he said.
While acknowledging increased
demand for all health ser vices, he
said the Government had already
increased mental health and
addiction ser vices funding from
$1.1 billion in 2008-09 to over $1.4
billion for 2015-16.
Leader of the Opposition Andrew
Little disagreed, saying the mental
health system was broken with
60% more people wanting to access
mental health ser vices now than in
“As I have criss-crossed the
country, talking to people, the huge
concern about our mental health
ser vice has been astounding,” he
Mr Little and Green Party health
spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter
said the National Party had eroded
$1.7 billion in funding from the
sector and an inquiry was the only
way to get to the bottom of the
New Zealand First health
spokeswoman Barbara Stewart said
people were falling through cracks
in the system.
A coalition of health professionals
behind the Yeswecare.nz campaign
says the Government needs to
spend $1.85b more on health
ser vices and was in “wilful denial
about the mental health crisis”.
agreement between families,
patients and the workforce that
mental health ser vices are broken,”
Yeswecare.nz organiser Simon
“ When the Government plays
politics with health, people suffer
— a nd in the case of mental health,
people die. ” He said there were 535
suspected suicides in mental health
care in the last four years. — NZ N
NZDF civilian staff plan action
Hundreds of civilian staff in the
New Zealand Defence Force are
preparing to take industrial action
The Public Ser vice Association
says the issue is the NZDF ’s refusal
to negotiate their pay as part of
a new collective employment
The PSA represents about 600
of the defence force’s 2000 civilian
staff. National secretary Glenn
Barclay said its members had not
taken the decision lightly and
industrial action was the last resort.
“ NZDF civilian staff take their
jobs very seriously,” he said.
“ But some of our members have
not had a pay rise for three years,
and many are paid up to $10,000
less than their equivalent roles at
There will be two hours of
Palmerston North today, at
tomorrow and at Devonport
Ferry Terminal in Auckland next
Thursday. As well, staff at Kauri
Point in Auckland will not answer
phones or reply to e-mails next
Wednesday. — NZ N
Inflation at highest in five years
Rising petrol prices, and the
annual rise in cigarette and tobacco
tax has lifted inflation to its highest
in more than five years, Statistics
New Zealand says.
The consumer price index rose
2.2% in the year to the March
quarter, Statistics NZ said today.
It was the highest increase since
the September 2011 quarter, which
was affected by the rise in GST
from 12.5 to 15%.
cigarettes and tobacco, CPI
increased only 1.5%.
Housing prices continued to
increase, and were up 3.3% in the
March 2017 year, with newly built
houses up 6.7%, and rentals up
Transport prices made the second
largest upward contribution, up
3.5%, while petrol, up 12%, was
partially offset by falls in other
private transport ser vices such as
vehicle relicensing fees. — NZ N
Tomahawk used in dairy robbery
A man has used a tomahawk to smash
a glass display during a robbery at a
Police say the man entered the Tahuna
On the Spot Dairy in Muritai Street
just before 5pm yesterday, carrying the
He threw a bag at the shop owner and
demanded the money from the till.
After smashing the glass display, he
took cash from the till and cigarettes
from a cupboard behind the counter.
Detective Dean Schroder says the
dairy owner was able to lock himself in
the rear of the store and was not injured.
The man ran from the shop, heading
south along Muritai Street. He is
described as 25 to 30 and of solid
build, and was wearing a grey hooded
sweatshirt with distinctive designs on
the chest and dark track pants. — NZ N
A search has resumed for a man missing
after his eight-year-old daughter was
discovered treading water in Auckland’s
A drifting, empty 3.6m aluminium
dinghy was discovered in the harbour
yesterday afternoon, sparking a search
involving four coastguard vessels, two
helicopters and Auckland Airport’s
The pair had been fishing and more
than two hours later and in darkness, the
eight-year-old was found in the water
and taken to Middlemore Hospital.
Her rescuers could not see her but
found her because she had been calling
out, coastguard spokeswoman Georgie
The girl had been in the slightly choppy
water for about two hours and separated
from her father for about one hour before
she was found, she said.
She was released from hospital
overnight, police said.
The search will resumed this morning
for the girl’s 52-year-old father.
A coastguard aeroplane and the police
Eagle helicopter were used in the search
as well as the police launch Deodar.
One person has serious injuries after
their car flipped on Browns Bay Road in
Emergency ser vices were called to the
scene just after 7.30pm.
Four fire trucks were initially sent after
a caller said the car had hit a house and
flipped, northern fire communications
shift manager Megan Ruru said.
It did not appear the car had actually
hit the house. One person was trapped
was extricated by the jaws of life, she said.
The patient was in a serious condition
and another had moderate injuries, a
spokeswoman from St John said.
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