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Truck driver killed
A truck driver was killed after
the logging truck they were driving
flipped near the Waikato town of
Waitomo. The crash happened at
10.46am after the truck went off Te
Anga Road in the King Country and
flipped, according to police.No other
vehicles were involved. The driver
was trapped under the vehicle at the
scene near Appletree Road, before
the Natural Bridge. — NZ N
Train victim identified
Police have named the teen
who was killed by a train in west
Auckland. Keenan Matthes, 16, was
jogging with headphones on when
he was crossing the track at Ranui
Station yesterday morning. Security
footage revealed he had been
unaware the train was coming, police
said. His death would be referred to
the coroner, and police and Victim
Support were assisting the family,
police said today. — NZ N
Three hurt in smash
Three people have been taken to
hospital, one in a serious condition,
after a two-vehicle crash near the
Taranaki town of Stratford. The
incident happened on Mountain
Road in Ngaere about 5pm
yesterday. Police say the road, part
of State highway 3, has reopened
and inquiries into the cause of the
collision are continuing. — NZ N
Sailor on drugs charges
A Royal New Zealand Navy sailor
has been accused of drug offences
and will appear before a court-
martial next month. The three-day
court-martial will begin at Fort
Takapuna on Auckland’s North
Shore on May 1. The sailor faces
charges under the Misuse of Drugs
Act. The Defence Force would not
release any further details. — NZ N
Whiteware stars go
Fridges, washing machines and
televisions will no longer come with
star ratings to show how energy
efficient they are. The Energy
Star label comes from the United
States’ Environmental Protection
Agency and is licenced locally by
the Government ’s Energy Efficiency
and Conser vation Authority. EECA
efficient products manager Eddie
Thompson said the star label was no
longer necessary as regulations have
now stopped the worst performing
products from being sold. — NZ N
Boy found safe
A boy reported missing in Hawke’s
Bay has been found safe and well,
police say. Blair Crabtree, nine, went
missing from his Hastings home
early yesterday. — N Z N
Numbers in Keno draw No 14008: 1,
5, 12, 14, 17, 28, 42, 43, 44, 46, 48, 59,
61, 62, 66, 68, 72, 74, 76, 78. Draw No
14009: 6, 13, 16, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 38,
41, 44, 50, 52, 54, 62, 63, 71, 73, 74, 76.
Draw No 14010: 2, 6, 7, 21, 23, 30, 34,
35, 41, 47, 60, 63, 67, 71, 72, 73, 75, 78,
79, 80. Draw No 14011: 4, 9, 13, 18,
30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 42, 46, 48, 49, 50,
51, 58, 64, 69, 73.
KFC fast food workers to strike
A St Heliers woman has been charged
with causing the death of Remuera
grandmother Jeanette Grice in a crash in
Mary Cross, 67, has been charged
with two counts of careless driving, one
causing the death of Mrs Grice and the
other causing injury to her husband,
Mrs Cross could be punished with a
maximum of three months in prison or
a $4500 fine for each charge.
She appeared in the Auckland District
Court last week but did not enter a plea.
Mrs Grice was hit by a car and killed as
she walked with her husband along the
footpath outside Palmers Garden Centre
in Remuera on December 4.
She was flung into a bush by the car
and died at the scene. Her husband was
knocked out for about 10 minutes and
suffered cuts and bruising.
Mr Grice at the time that his wife’s
death had been painful for the entire
family and all of her friends, but the
outpouring of love had brought them
together and given them strength.
Mrs Cross will next appear in court
next month. — NZ ME
The Lower Hutt woman charged with
importing a drug linked to euthanasia
has appeared in court on another charge
of assisting suicide.
Susan Dale Austen, 66, appeared in the
Wellington District Court this morning.
Her lawyer requested the new charge
be adjourned until May 12.
She will then make a plea on the drugs
charges at the same time.
Dale, a Lower Hutt teacher, was
charged in October last year with
having twice imported a controlled drug
She has been remanded on bail.
Several members of euthanasia
advocate group Exit in New Zealand
packed out the courtroom.
Police have been criticised for their
operation targeting the group after they
used a breath-testing check point to
gather information on people attending
a euthanasia meeting in Lower Hutt in
The Independent Police Conduct
Authority is looking into the
investigation. — N Z N
Workers from Restaurant Brands
chains KFC, Pizza Hutt, Carls Jr and
Starbucks are due to strike following
failed pay negotiations.
Yesterday Restaurant Brands
announced a $26 million profit, and
its chief executive was awarded a $1
million bonus, but rejected a request
for a 10c an hour pay rise for workers.
These workers will strike tomorrow
over what they have called “a very
“This is a stark example of the
growing gap between rich and
poor and Unite Union members
at Restaurant Brands are taking
action to close the gap a little bit.
While Restaurant Brands have been
paying huge bonuses and dividends
and buying up large overseas,
their workers are over worked and
underpaid,” Unite national secretary
Gerard Hehir said.
The union also wants increases
over three years that will move shift
super visors, skilled and experienced
staff towards a living wage.
“They are qualified and experienced
workers who can run a store on their
own: managing staff, managing a
retail store and a food production
facility. They deser ve a living wage
and Restaurant Brands can afford to
pay them (that),” Mr Hehir said.
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PICTURE: Mountain Scene
Carpenter “Andy” thought landowner would not mind if he built a tree hut on private property.
He has one of the best views in
Queenstown and the cheapest
But one thing Australian
carpenter Andy admits he does
not have for his tree house is
permission from landowner Peter
Mr Clark is furious and says
he will take a chainsaw to the
tree, off Sunshine Bay ’s Arawata
“ It’s a multi-million-dollar piece
of land and I’m sick and tired of
people trespassing and using it
how they like,” he said.
“This guy’s obviously one of
those people. I ’ll go up with a
chainsaw and cut the thing down,
whether they ’re in it or not.”
Queenstown’s Mountain Scene
newspaper approached Andy on
Tuesday night, after a reader’s
The 20-year-old, who did not
want to reveal his surname, said
he had been living in the tree
house for three weeks.
He said he had tried to contact
the landowner but failed. Naively,
he thought the owner would not
“It’s an amazing view to wake
up to every morning and a bit
of an adventure. They were
throwing the material out from
work so I wanted to put it to
Andy said he took a week off
work to build the tree house.
It has carpet, insulation and a
Mr Clark, also Australian, gave
the Department of Conser vation
and Queenstown police both
He says DOC should fence
the track. He said when he
complained to police yesterday
afternoon he was told no crime
has been committed.
“They said they don’t want to be
sending officers into a situation
where they don’t know what
they ’re going into.
“They told me to go instead —
a man in his 60s. What are the
A police spokeswoman said
issues between landowners
and neighbours are generally
considered “civil matters”.
Police can get involved if
trespassed people refuse to leave.
The tree house is the second
built on the down-low in
Glazier Glenn Raymond built
a hut on a willow island in Lake
Queenstown’s council regulatory
boss Lee Webster says unlawful
builds are the landowner ’s
responsibility. — Mountain Scene
Tree house trespasser angers landowner
The entire RNZAF fleet of eight NH90 helicopters has been restricted after a
mid-air emergency over Cook Strait.
A fleet of Royal New Zealand Air
Force NH90 helicopters on restricted
duties after an engine fault are costing
the taxpayer more than the aircraft they
replaced, New Zealand First says.
The helicopters would not be flying
over risky terrain until the cause of a
fault, which resulted in an emergency
landing on a private Marlborough
airstrip on Sunday, is found, the air force
chief announced yesterday.
The grounding forced the cancellation
of a visit to Kaikoura by Health Minister
Jonathan Coleman and Civil Defence
Minister Gerry Brownlee.
They were scheduled to make several
announcements on the visit before their
transport was pulled.
Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies said
the fleet was not a dud but NZ First
defence spokesman Ron Mark said they
The helicopters each cost $86 million.
“The NH90s cost $1182 an hour to
fly and that is 2.5 times more expensive
than the Iroquois they replaced. They ’re
also unreliable, chewing through $3.3m
worth of spares in just two years,” Mr
“ We could have bought 16 US Marine
Corps UH-1Y Venom or several dozen
UH-60M Blackhawks for the price of
eight NH90s. Because NH90s are so
costly, they can’t be put into harm’s way
or fly off ships at sea, defeating their
The NH90 involved in the incident
near Blenheim is still at the airstrip while
engineers pull out the failed engine.
It will be sent first to Sydney then
probably back to France for a deeper
analysis of the cause.
Mr Davies said the flights involving
the helicopter would not take place
in areas where an immediate landing
was not possible in an engine-related
emergency — meaning flights over
water, mountains or built-up areas
would not happen for three to four
Nine people were on board when the
“textbook” emergency landing was made,
Mr Davies told RNZ.
“ If you do have a problem with one
you can put it down in a reasonably
controlled manner. By all accounts it was
a textbook recovery.
“The NH90 is a remarkable aircraft,
it ’s been doing a fantastic job for New
Zealand but we’ve got to take a safe
approach to this.” — NZN
A Christchurch dairy worker has
defended himself with a fire extinguisher
after four men, some armed with baseball
bats, stole ice-cream, police say.
Officers were called to the Division
Street Dairy in Riccarton last night
following the report of the ice-cream
“It is believed at least two of the
offenders, with their faces covered, have
entered the dairy armed with baseball
bats,” police said in a statement.
“The shop attendant has used a fire
extinguisher to protect himself.”
No one was injured and police are still
investigating. — N Z N
Falcon cleans up at awards
The presenter at the recent Falcon
Club Nationals’ prize-giving in
Cromwell, jokingly suggested that
Wanaka’s Daphne L edger wood should
just stay seated up the front of the room.
It would have saved her the
frequently-repeated walk from her
table to collect the seven trophies won
by her immaculate 1965 Ford Falcon
Sprint two-door hard-top coupe at the
event held over Easter.
“It was pretty eye-boggling,” Mrs
Ledger wood said. no -one was prouder
to see her accepting the awards than
her husband Jim.
An avid Ford collector, he had been
searching the world for this rare model
for 10 years, finally finding it a year ago
and giving it to his wife.
Parting with “not that far short of
$100,000” for the Ford was money well
spent as far as Mr Ledger wood was
Bought new by a Ford company
employee, the car’s originality was
forever cemented by the factory-fitted
extras he ordered.
It is the only one of its kind built
with the 1956 Ford colour Fiesta Red
and Soft White interior. A further
13 factory options include a Sprint
steering wheel, bucket seats and
console, and dual exhausts.
The Ledger woods are members of
the Otago Early Ford Falcon Club and
enjoy travelling to Ford events.
It was Mr Ledger wood who took
the wheel for the Easter trip to the
nationals as the Ford Sprint ’s 289cu
in (4.7-litre) V8 engine, with factory-
installed triple carbs, was “pretty
powerful”, Mrs Ledger wood said.
Some of Mr Ledger woods’ Fords are
displayed at Wanaka’s Warbirds and
Wheels museum and although the
Sprint may end up there, it will always
have Mrs Ledger wood’s name on its
“S he’s a keeper,” he said, of the car.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Wanaka’s Daphne Ledgerwood displays the seven trophies her 1965 Ford Falcon Sprint two-door hard-top coupe won
at the recent Falcon Club Nationals in Cromwell.
New Zealand’s lawyers say
accusations that they and
Family Court judges are leaving
women and children vulnerable
to violence are not true and
It comes a day after the Family
Court’s top judge also took
the unusual step of publicly
defending his court.
The Law Society’s Family Law
chair Michelle Duggan said
Judge Laurence Ryan had been
right to reject claims by lobby
group, Backbone Collective,
that judges and lawyers were
The collective has
politicians and court officials
a list of 160 questions, which
included claims court rulings
placed children in danger from
abusive men and that women
were not getting a fair hearing.
Ms D uggan said the Family
Court acted fairly and impartially
and did not aim to please
everyone, but rather protect the
interests of children.
“The Family Court process is
a fraught and combative process
and often there are no winners
just exhausted participants,”
she said yesterday.
She said the collective’s
questions and sur vey were not
scientific and depicted Family
Court judges and lawyers
“Many questions are not in fact
questions; they are statements
which make assumptions and
then ask respondents to agree,”
“Any resulting report will have
Claims by the collective that
the court was secretive were also
not true because its decisions
are available online and can be
appealed to the High Court,
while the media is also able to
report on cases, she said.
The Law Society also
continued to advocate for
change to the Family Court,
such as raising concerns about
how people can access legal
aid, counselling and mediation
Formed in March, the
Backbone Collective’s about 550
female members aim to reduce
rates of violence against women.
The mysterious “senior officials”
coming to Q ueenstown for a
conference this weekend are the
heads of agencies involved in the
Five Eyes spy network, according
to an unconfirmed report.
NZME says it believes they
include Federal Bureau of
Investigation director James
Comey and Central Intelligence
Agency director Mike Pompeo.
There has been speculation
for the last two days about the
identity of the visitor or visitors,
since it was reported police were
mounting an extensive security
operation in the Q ueenstown
Former US President Barack
Obama was the favourite pick,
but that was shot down when
authorities said no former or
current head of state was coming.
Prime Minister Bill English’s
office said on Wednesday the
government was hosting a
conference which would be
attended by “a number of senior
officials” from overseas.
New Zealand’s GCSB is part
of the Five Eyes sur veillance
network which involves the
US, Australia, Canada and the
A spokeswoman for Mr
English declined to comment on
the NZME report. — NZ N
The body of a middle-aged woman was
recovered from Wellington’s waterfront .
Police were called to Queens Wharf
about 6.30am today where a body was
discovered floating in the water.
Police said the death was being treated
as unexplained but at this stage there
appear to be no suspicious circumstances.
Body in harbour
Govt ’s pay
Just days after hailing the government ’s
$2 billion pay settlement for care workers,
unions are voicing serious concerns about
its new Pay Equity Bill.
Workplace Relations Minister Michael
Woodhouse released a draft of the bill
yesterday and asked for public feedback.
He did not have to wait long to find out
what the unions think.
The bill sets up a framework for
resolving future pay equity claims, which
depend on comparing wage rates in
The Council of Trade Unions said it
needed to be “fundamentally reviewed”
because it limited the way comparisons
could be made.
“This bill, as it stands, will trap many
low-paid women on discriminatory pay
rates,” CTU president Richard Wagstaff
The Public Ser vice Association said it
had serious concerns.
“It is very disappointing that just two
days after the jubilant celebrations by care
and support workers, the Government
has released proposals to slam the door
on future claimants,” PSA national
secretary Erin Polaczuk said.
“If Kristine Bartlett were to lodge
her equal pay claim against Terranova
using this framework, she would not
have achieved the great result they were
Mrs Bartlett filed the claim that led to
the pay settlement.
Ms Polaczuk said if she had filed it
under the Pay Equity Bill, she would
have been restricted to comparisons
within the aged care sector which was
poorly paid across the board. — N Z N
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