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A man has been taken into custody
after allegedly trying to get a
Christchurch driver out of their car
with a fake pistol, only to be stopped
by members of the public. Police say
the 46-year-old stood in front of a
car on Pages Road, demanding the
driver get out about 3pm yesterday.
The driver of the car then got out
and disarmed the man, while other
members of the public managed to
hold him until police arrived. — NZN
Smash victim named
A man who died in a Hawke’s
Bay road crash in which one of the
cars involved did not stop was Ross
Leslie Hallgarth, 54, of Hastings.
Mr Hallgarth was the driver of one
of two vehicles in the incident on
York Road in Hastings about 11am
on Saturday and he died at the scene.
Recover y grants start
A new $1 million business recovery
grants programme for earthquake-
affected businesses in Kaikoura,
Hurunui and Marlborough began
yesterday. The business grants
scheme is intended to support local
businesses until State highway 1
reopens. — NZ N
Key on Air NZ board
Former Prime Minister John Key
has been tapped to join the board
of Air New Zealand, his first public
appointment since stepping down
on December 5. The September
appointment icoincides with the
departure of Paul Bingham, the
airline’s longest-ser ving director.
Car occupants warned
The occupants of a car escaped with
a warning from police after cannabis
was found in their vehicle last week.
Senior constable Tanya Grant, of
Balclutha, said a Mazda vehicle was
stopped near Clutha Vets on State
highway 1 for a general infringement.
Police noticed a ‘’strong smell’’ of
cannabis and a small amount of the
plant was found in a search. The
occupants were let off with a warning
and the plant subsequently destroyed.
— Otago Daily Times
Lesson for camper
A tourist in Wanaka now knows to
avoid camping on private property.
On Wednesday, the man was spoken
to by police for camping on private
land in Mount Aspiring Road
used by a horse trekking business.
The man set up his tent near a ‘’no
camping’’ sign and left, to come back
and find his gear had been taken. He
later retrieved it from the Wanaka
police station. — Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 14052:
37, 40, 44, 55, 61, 73, 79, 80. Draw No
14053: 4, 12, 20, 22, 23, 27, 31, 35, 36,
37, 39, 44, 48, 55, 57, 63, 68, 69, 77, 79.
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39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 51, 52, 54, 55, 63,
72, 75, 79. Draw No 14055: 10, 12, 21,
24, 26, 29, 32, 39, 45, 51, 52, 53, 56, 58,
59, 61, 68, 71, 73, 75.
A huge Maori claim for customary
rights over the entire coastline “ looks
like a stunt ” and should not be
taken seriously, Prime Minister Bill
The claim has been lodged in the
High Court at Rotorua by Maanu
Paul, co-chairman of the Maori
Council, on behalf of all Maori,
“The Government has been in
charge since 1840. They ’ve made a
mess of our water, they ’ve made a
mess of our environment, our clean
green image is about to be destroyed
and we’ve had a gutsful,” he said.
Mr English told reporters it was
very difficult to progress a claim like
“These claims are being made
by people who I think know that
they can’t pass the test,” he told
“It looks like a bit of a stunt to me.
I think they ’re designed to attract
attention and I don’t think they
should be taken seriously.”
The application wants recognition
of customary marine title and
protected customary rights over the
coast and the entire foreshore and
territorial waters of New Zealand.
Under the Marine and Coastal
Area Act 2011 claims had to be filed
within six years; applications closed
on Sunday. One hundred and fifty
claims for ownership, for thousands
of kilometres of New Zealand’s
coastline were filed in high courts
around the country.
Mr Paul, who lives in Ohope, said
it was his duty as a member of the
New Zealand Maori Council to
protect all Maori.
am doing, I have applied just in case
Maori who have customary rights
failed to apply by the due dates,” he
Mr Paul said rights guaranteed
under the Treaty of Waitangi “could
have been extinguished” if he did not
take this action.
Te Arawa Lakes Trust chairman
Sir Toby Curtis said when Maori
made claims like this it was easy to
think they were “silly buggers” but he
agreed with Mr Paul.
“The Maori want to be part
of the environment — the care,
maintenance and protection of it,”
Sir Toby said there was a difference
between a Pakeha and Maori sense
“It’s not so much an ownership, it ’s
more custodial,” he said.
“New Zealand is a resource to pass
on to the next generation, not just
Maori fishing rights were virtually
non-existent until the 1992 Fisheries
Claims settlement when they were
given $150 million, and a 20% quota.
“That was partial recognition, but
the Government retained the rights
to make laws, this time we want full
and exclusive rights,” Mr Paul said.
“Some people may think I’ve gone
off the green train, but the facts
are the facts, we are destroying our
livelihood, we are destroying our
environment, we are destroying the
lifeblood, because that is water.
“ I have black-haired brown-eyed
mokopuna and I have blonde-haired
green-eyed grandchildren, and I
want them both to share in the
legacy I create for this country.”
The Crown has begun negotiating
directly with those likely to have
Anyone is able to object to a claim
within 20 days of it being advertised.
— NZ N-Rotorua Daily Post
Huge Maori claim looks like stunt—PM
The Waihao Downs farmer who died
after a quad bike crash near Waimate at
the weekend was less than 50m from his
He was Paul Stephen Dee, 46, of
Yesterday, his wife, Julie, said he had
been on his way home to his family.
“I just want to encourage people to live
life like it ’s precious. You never know
when you’re going to lose that family
time and I just want to encourage every
single father in the country to go and
watch their kids play soccer, or take them
to the lake, or take them swimming,” she
“Paul did that a lot recently. It gives
me so much pleasure to think of all the
wonderful things he did with us.”
She thanked people for “just the
support and love” since the death of her
husband, the father of their two children,
Connor, seven, and Erin, five.
“ When people pull together, it’s
amazing the support they can provide
for one small family,” she said.
Mr Dee’s brother, Mike, said he was a
family man and “a fantastic bloke”.
“He was sort of larger than life. It’s
going to be — and it is — pretty tough.”
The brothers grew up with many of the
same interests and “any opportunity I
got I’d go up there and we’d go hunting
together, all that sort of male stuff,” Mr
“It was great.
“It would end up just being another
adventure in the life of Mike and Paul.
“There are going to be times when,
even now, I’ll have little moments and
think, ‘Mate, this is just way too soon’.
There are still a-million-and-one things
I wanted to do together.”
The crash happened shortly before
midnight on April 28.
— Otago Daily Times
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Liquefaction clues sought from 1931 quake
An international team of researchers
is looking to the 1931 Hawke’s Bay
earthquake to provide clues to help
improve liquefaction assessment.
Research of recent New Zealand
current assessments overestimate
the severity of liquefaction impact
in certain soil types, Auckland
University senior lecturer Dr Liam
The team in Hawke’s Bay comes
Auckland University, engineering
consultancy Tonkin and Taylor,
Virginia Tech and Texas University.
The researchers are using historical
information, and have been collecting
photos, published accounts, reports
and data available in the geotechnical
Dr Wotherspoon said researchers
have developed a database of
locations where liquefaction occurred,
and did not occur, as a result of the
quake, which killed 256 people and
devastated the region.
“Photos of building damage often
also show the ground surrounding
these buildings, and in turn that
has shown little or no evidence of
liquefaction,” he said.
The next step is doing advanced
testing at a number of parks,
reser ves and schools around Napier
and Hastings to get detailed
characteristics of the soil there.
Researchers will use traditional soil
investigation techniques alongside a
new method that provides detailed
information on the stiffness of the
soil, if the soil is saturated or not, and
how this changes with depth.
Dr Wotherspoon said all this work
was the first piece in the puzzle.
Further testing would also be carried
out to assess how much the ground
shook and how deep the groundwater
was at the time. — NZN
The “wannabe” elite soldier who
turned up at an Anzac Day as an
SAS trooper has admitted he is a
fake and has spoken about being
a military imposter.
“ I was very stupid,” Rob Clark,
43, said. “I’m well aware I may be
He also admitted he had
allowed people to think for years
he was in the elite military unit
when his military record was a
few years in the NZ Army in
the early 1990s and no postings
Mr Clark, 43, of Kaukapakapa,
was photographed attending the
Takapuna Grammar dusk ser vice
on Anzac Day with an SAS beret,
regimental tie and a rack of 15
medals showing ser vice around
He also wore a copy of the
United States Navy Presidential
Unit Citation — upside down.
The award was presented to
those members of the SAS
ser ving in Afghanistan from
October 2001 to March 2002
for “extraordinary heroism and
outstanding performance of duty
But the award was as fake as
the image Mr Clark portrayed on
Mr Clark said the presidential
citation was knocked up by a
mate during a drunken evening.
The friend had said “he could
make them in his basement and
produced two on the spot ”.
He claimed the tie had been
given to him years ago and
other details around the image
he presented at the Anzac Day
ser vice were able to the bought
Mr Clark claimed it was the first
time he had turned up wearing
the medals and carrying the beret
but admitted he had spent years
allowing people to think he had
ser vice with the SAS.
Mr Clark said: “If you say
you’re a ‘trooper’ then people
automatically assume you’re in the
He said the term “trooper” was
one people associated with SAS
soldiers and he had done nothing
to clear up the confusion “over
“I’ve never lied about my
ser vice. People have just gained
an assumption. You say you’re a
‘trooper’ and people go away and
that ’s when the Chinese whispers
He said the medals showing
his ser vice had cost about $700
and he had bought them from
NZ Medals Ltd, which trades in
real and replica medals including
offering a ser vice to have them
Mr Clark claimed he presented
himself as an SAS soldier as part
of an elaborate scheme to expose
what he called profiteering from
the sale of medals and military
He said he had eventually
intended to write a book about it.
This was a different story than
what he said at the weekend —
that he was entitled to wear the
medals and was not “at liberty”
to reveal details of his ser vice. He
went on to insist he had ser ved
with the SAS.
By then, NZDF had confirmed
his ser vice record as limited to a
few years in the early 1990s with
no overseas ser vice.
The act of wearing medals
which have not been earned is
prohibited under the Military
Decorations and Distinctive
Badges Act 1918. The law says
a maximum $500 fine and up
to one month in prison can be
There is only one known
conviction under the Act and that
was former Otaki Returned and
Ser vices Association president
Don Moselen, who wore three
medals he had not earned to
Anzac Day parades.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
SAS imposter says he was ‘stupid’
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Rob Clark has admitted misleading people to thinking he served with the SAS.
Willie Jackson has been
appointed as Labour’s
Maori campaign manager
for the September election,
just hours after the party
hosed down a stoush
over his position on the
Mr Jackson is placed
21st on the 74-strong list,
which is a winnable place
but Labour will have to
do better than the 25% of
the party vote it gained in
He came to Wellington
yesterday to confront party
chiefs, wanting a higher
place, but they did not give
in and released the list this
Shortly after that the
party announced Mr
Jackson’s appointment in a
“ Willie was asked to
take on the role due to
his ability to connect with
a demographic of Maori
voters who are typically
younger and part of a new
generation,” it said.
Mr Jackson says he is
going to campaign hard in
all the Maori electorates.
“ It’s crucially important
for Maori to enrol and
vote,” he said.
Labour holds six of the
Maori roll seats and the
Maori Party holds the
Mr Jackson was shoulder-tapped by
party leader Andrew Little to stand for
Labour and promised a winnable slot on
the list, so he changed his mind about
possibly standing for the Maori Party.
But when the list was given to
candidates at the weekend he discovered
he was at 21 and behind two other
Maori candidates, Willow-Jean Prime
and Kiri Allan.
Mr Little has confirmed the list was
delayed because Mr Jackson “and a
few others” were unhappy about their
“ Willie was disappointed, I talked to
him about it and it ’s a winnable place,”
he told RNZ.
“The list isn’t about just one person
and now everybody has
accepted their positions.”
Mr Little is playing down
the controversy over it.
“Most people don’t give
a toss about this stuff,” he
“I’ve got the list I wanted,
I’m proud and excited to
be leading such a capable
and dynamic group of
For Mr Jackson to get
into Parliament at 21,
Labour will have to win
about 27% of the party vote
in the September election.
In 2014 it won 25%, of
the vote and got 32 MPs
27 electorate and five
list, and is currently polling
The highest-placed new
candidate is policy adviser
Mallard, who have up his
electorate seat to go on the
list, is in the danger zone
at 32 while former Police
Association president Greg
O’Connor is well down at
The number of list MPs
a party gets depends on its
share of the vote on election
night, and the number of
electorate seats it wins.
The list already has one
casualty: Sue Moroney quit
on Sunday because she had
been given an unelectable
place on it.
Labour’s top 30 for the election.
Andrew Little 1, Jacinda Ardern 2,
Grant Robertson 3, Phil Twyford 4,
Megan Woods 5, Chris Hipkins 6,
Carmel Sepuloni 7, David Clark 8,
David Parker 9, Stuart Nash 10, Priyanca
Radhakrishnan 11, Raymond Huo 12,
Iain Lees-Galloway 12, Jan Tinetti 14,
Aupito William Sio 15, Willow-Jean
Prime 16, Damien O’Connor 17, Jenny
Salesa 18, Kris Faafoi 19, Kiri Allan
20, Willie Jackson 21, Clare Curran
22, Ruth Dyson 23, Poto Williams
24, Louisa Wall 25, Michael Wood
26, Ginny Andersen 27, Jo Luxton 28,
Deborah Russell 29, Liz Craig 30; 32
Trevor Mallard 32, Tamati Coffey 34,
Greg O’Connor 40. — N Z N
Higher list spot ruled out
Pilot survives crash
A person has been rescued after a
helicopter crash into the Pauatahanui
Inlet in Wellington.
Police, ambulance, Fire Ser vice and the
Coastguard pulled the uninjured pilot
to safety after the craft plunged into the
Porirua harbour just after 11.30am.
Police said only one person was in the
helicopter when it went down.
A witness said he saw the half-
submerged helicopter about 1km off the
shore at Browns Bay in Porirua.
Crash pair critical
A crash on the Waikato Expressway
at Pokeno has left two people with life-
threatening injuries and another in a
The expressway, part of State highway
1 east of Pukekohe, was closed in both
directions after the single-vehicle crash
about 6.40am today.
The road was closed until late this
morning while the crash was investigated.
Dead man named
A 60-year-old man found dead on
Papamoa Beach in Tauranga has been
named by police.
The body of local man Paul Charles
Schiphors was discovered by a member
of the public off Karewa Parade on
Thursday morning. According to a death
notice, Mr Schiphorst was a father of
seven. Police say the death has been
referred to the coroner. — NZ N
Quake rescuer gets ACC cover
A Christchurch builder who
developed post-traumatic stress
disorder after helping rescue people
in the 2011 earthquake has won a
court case to get ACC coverage.
William “Bill” Toomey saw a
person dying in front of him and
several dead bodies while helping
emergency ser vices in the aftermath
of the February 2011 quake.
He had driven into Christchurch
with an employee after the quake
to see if he could help rescuers,
emptying his other work van and
giving the keys to St John.
Using his building skills, Mr
Toomey helped firefighters drill
through a concrete floor at the
PGC building, gave advice to
emergency ser vices about the
building’s structure and comforted
a woman who was crushed.
He said while rescuing people
from the rubble, at times he feared
he would not be able to make it out
alive himself, according to court
Several hospital admissions later,
he was diagnosed with PTSD and
was unable to work for a period of
more than two years.
declined to pay him for the time
he could not work, saying his injury
could not be covered as a work-
related accident because he had
volunteered to help.
A subsequent review upheld that
But in a newly-released decision,
the Auckland District Court has
allowed the appeal of that decision,
saying Mr Toomey had effectively
been co-opted by emergency
ser vices to use his skills during the
“ Whether or not he fits precisely
within the category of an agent, he
was certainly under the direction
of the Fire Ser vice,” Judge Nicola
“He was ‘working’ as a builder
as co-opted, and not a mere ‘non-
working volunteer to the accident ’.”
She said Mr Toomey was entitled
to legal costs and back payment,
with the parties expected to work
out the sums.
Govt paying for stadium study
The Christchurch Stadium Trust,
which owns the temporary AMI
Stadium in Addington, will undertake a
pre-feasibility study on a new stadium,
It was originally hoped to be ready for
the 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour.
Today, the Government has announced
it will fund a “pre-feasibility study” into
Christchurch’s new sports stadium.
In his last act as Greater Christchurch
Regeneration Minister, Gerry Brownlee
said the Crown would fund a study for
the “multi-use arena”.
The pre-feasibility study should ensure
a new stadium “does not become a
burden to ratepayers”, he said.
In the central city blueprint, three city
blocks bounded by Hereford, Tuam,
Madras and Barbadoes Streets were
designated for the stadium.
Under the cost-sharing agreement, the
Government would pay for the land and
the Christchurch City Council would
pay up to $253 million to build the
Last year Mr Brownlee declined to
pursue a business case for the stadium,
saying it would be a waste of money
until the council stated clear support for
The stadium was originally projected
for completion in 2017, but the council
has decided it will not fund the project
until after 2020, Stuff said.
The Government has purchased
most of the designated land and is in
negotiations over the remaining parcels.
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel
said with the decision to demolish
Lancaster Park, the council could
consider the opportunities for the arena-
designated land. — N ZN
Seven-hour strait crossing
A three-hour Cook Strait crossing
turned into a seven-hour ordeal for a
ferry caught in a storm that hit the lower
While damaging winds hitting the
Wellington region prompted the
Interislander company to cancel its
strait-crossing on Sunday night, the
Bluebridge ferry Straitsman departed
from Picton to the capital about 7pm.
A spokesman for Strait Shipping,
which operates the ferry, Ed Menzies,
said the vessel was caught out by the
early arrival of a powerful southerly.
To make the trip more comfortable for
passengers in the rough waters, the boat
master had to change course, he said in
“(This) avoided the worst of the swell
but did mean the journey took seven
hours,” he said. “At no point during the
crossing was anyone in any danger. ”
The company ’s 2.30am trip out of
Wellington yesterday did not take any
passengers, he said.
One passenger told Fairfax media
people aboard were sick during the
rough crossing, but credited the captain
with doing “an excellent job in what I’m
sure were very trying circumstances”.
Woman missing on Otago Peninsula
Searchers are combing the tip of
the Otago Peninsula for a woman
who went missing in heavy rain and
wind over the weekend.
Dunedin’s Nicola Hedley, 36,
went missing from an address in
Harington Point about 2am on
“ Police are concerned for Nic’s
welfare given the heavy rain and
the less than ideal conditions at the
time,” sergeant Richard Panting
said in a statement.
Search and rescue teams were
searching Harington Point and surf
lifesavers were also searching the
water. — NZ N
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