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Ditch crash claims life
A man is dead after a car rolled
into a ditch off a Southland road.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
crash on the Riverton-Wallacetown
Highway about 5.45am today. Police
said the driver, the sole occupant of
the car, died at the scene and his next
of kin were being notified. — N ZN
Child killed by truck
A seven-year-old has died after
being hit by a truck in Gisborne,
St John says. Emergency ser vices
were called to the crash on Russell
Street in Whataupoko about 3pm
yesterday. A St John spokesman said
the child had died after being struck.
Russell Street is currently cordoned
off at the intersections of Richardson
Avenue and Fox Street. — NZ N
Farmer hit by train
A Bay of Plenty farmer is in
hospital in a critical condition after
colliding with a train while riding
a motorcycle. The 60-year-old man
received serious leg and head injuries,
in the incident yesterday afternoon.
The Trustpower TECT helicopter
was dispatched from Tauranga to
a rural property near Pongakawa.
The man was stabilised before being
flown to Tauranga Hospital. — NZ N
Fears for motorcyclist
The family of a man who failed to
return from a motorcycle ride in south
Auckland are concerned for his safety.
Timothy John Watkins, 58, headed
out for a ride on Monday morning
and has not been seen or heard from
since. He rides a grey 2015 Triumph
Thunderbird Storm, registration
A9ZDH. He was thought to be in the
Clarks Beach area. — N ZN
Police say the woman whose body
was found by a hunter in bush near
Thames had not been seen in nearly
three months. Ann Louise Bunning,
56, was found dead at Te Puru Forks
on April 26. She had last been seen
at the Te Puru Holiday Park on
January 30, police said yesterday.
Police say the death has now been
referred to the coroner. — NZ N
Woman hurt in fall
An elderly woman is in hospital with
moderate injuries after falling down a
manhole in south Auckland yesterday.
St John northern communications
spokeswoman Jennifer Porter said
the incident happened on Coxhead
Road, Manurewa, and the woman
was taken to Auckland City Hospital
by ambulance. She had been pulled
from the manhole by fire crews and
taken to a waiting ambulance, fire
Megan Ruru said. — NZME
Numbers in Keno draw No 14056:
1, 7, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 23, 28, 29, 31,
38, 40, 53, 55, 57, 59, 63, 72, 79. Draw
No 14057: 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 20, 23, 25, 30,
40, 42, 48, 52, 54, 65, 66, 67, 69, 72, 78.
Draw No 14058: 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 16,
20, 27, 29, 33, 38, 42, 47, 48, 51, 57, 68,
69, 72, 80. Draw No 14059: 3, 6, 7, 9,
10, 13, 17, 18, 35, 36, 49, 54, 55, 60, 61,
65, 66, 75, 77, 78.
Media merger declined
The site of a 100-year-old hotel in
Whakatane will be sold in June.
One of the town’s most well-known
buildings, the Commercial Hotel at
39-45 The Strand, was built in 1917.
The original hotel was demolished in
1939 and rebuilt in the art deco style, but
a corner section was preser ved and given
The 1939 building, which has housed
a BNZ bank, public bar and storage, has
become derelict and earthquake-prone.
The bar closed in 2015. — NZN
Old hotel for sale
The man charged with the murder of
mother-of-two Chozyn Koroheke can
be named for the first time.
Turiarangi Tai, 22, this morning
pleaded not guilty through his lawyer in
the High Court in Auckland to murder
and unlawful posession of a firearm.
Another woman charged with being
an accessory appeared alongside the
man and was granted interim name
Ms Koroheke, also 22, was fatally shot
at close range on April 4 in Pakuranga
Heights, in what is believed to have been
a domestic incident.
Police have also charged Tai’s 47-year-
old father. The woman is understood to
be a friend of the accused killer.
Earlier in the investigation police
arrested three other people on unrelated
The men, aged 27, 30 and 30, have been
charged with unlawful possession of a
firearm. — NZME
Newspaper jobs in jeopardy, says Fairfax
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DECLINERS: 29 TRADED: 94
Aluminium High Grade
The Commerce Commission has
failed to grasp the realities of modern
media in declining a merger between
Fairfax and NZME, the media
It has rejected the merger bid
between New Zealand’s two main
news media chains, saying it would
have concentrated media ownership
and influence to “an unprecedented
The commission released its final
decision on the proposed Fairfax-
NZME merger this morning, after
It confirmed its preliminary decision,
released in November, saying its views
since then were “ largely unchanged”.
“This merger would concentrate
media ownership and influence
to an unprecedented extent for a
democracy,” commission chairman
Mark Berry said.
“This level of influence over the news
and political agenda by a single media
organisation creates a risk of causing
harm to New Zealand’s democracy
and to the New Zealand public.”
Fairfax owns many of New
Zealand’s metropolitan newspapers,
including the Sunday Star-Times,
The Press and The Dominion Post;
magazines including Cuisine and NZ
House and Garden, and the website
Stuff. NZME owns the New Zealand
Herald, regional and community
papers and a stable of radio stations,
including Newstalk ZB and ZM.
The companies had argued that a
rapidly changing media market driven
by digital technology was eroding the
economics of their businesses and
they needed to merge to sur vive in
the long term.
They said the biggest issue was the
emergence of Facebook and Google
as news competitors.
In an e-mail to staff, Fairfax chief
executive Greg Hywood said the
commission’s “failure to grasp the
commercial and competitive realities
of modern media is disappointing”.
“ We are disappointed by this
decision and will now take the time to
carefully review the NZCC’s reasons
for the decision. This decision does
nothing to address the challenge of
the global search and social giants,
which produce no local journalism,
employ very few New Zealanders,
and pay minimal, if any, local taxes.
We believe that the NZCC has
failed New Zealand in blocking two
local media companies from gaining
the scale and resources necessary to
aggressively compete now and into
outset is the NZCC seemed to be
fixed in its assumption that the
relevant competitive marketplace
was restricted to only traditional
media. No amount of market data,
comparable decisions or studies from
similar markets overseas could move
them from that,” he said.
NZME chief executive Michael
Bogg told RNZ the company
was disappointed by the decision
and Fairfax was “as surprised and
disappointed as we were”.
He believed the commission was
wrong about the effect a merger
would have on the plurality of voices.
“They seem very focused on these
couple of newspaper organisations
— which obviously have some strong
digital sites — but there’s the likes
of RNZ, there’s the likes of TVNZ,
Mediaworks and others who, every
day, are competing on the quality
and competing on the diversity of
At the commission’s own media
conference to announce the decision,
there were at least 10 different media
microphones visible on the podium,
Mr Bogg said.
considering the decision in detail.
“Appeal definitely is (an option). We
have 20 business days to make that
decision,” Mr Bogg said.
Alternatively, NZME could be
interested in buying some of Fairfax’s
smaller assets if it divested them, he
Both companies have threatened to
cut back their investment in front-
line journalism if the merger was
knocked back, including regional and
Dr Berry said the commission
recognised that both companies
faced a challenging commercial
“However, the commission disagreed
with some of the scenarios they put
for ward about their respective futures
without the merger,” Dr Berry said.
view, without the
merger NZME and Fairfax will
be increasingly focused on their
on-line businesses as their print
products diminish in number and
comprehensiveness over time.”
There was a “real chance” a merger
could have extended the lifespan of
some newspapers, Dr Berry said.
“ However these benefits do not, in
our view, outweigh the detriments
we consider would occur if it was to
A merged entity would have
employed more editorial staff than the
next three largest mainstream media
organisations combined, he said.
Including its radio network, it would
have had a monthly reach of 3.7
million New Zealanders.
The commission was originally due
to give its decision in mid-March
but delayed doing so twice, after
the two companies provided extra
Jobs — including those of journalists
will be lost in further rounds of
cost-cutting, especially in the regions.
“We believe — no, we know —
that the rapid dismantling of local
newsrooms and journalism at scale
in this country is inevitable if this
merger does not proceed,” Fairfax and
NZME editors warned in an open
letter to the Commerce Commission
in November last year.
“ It’s not going to be Auckland and
Wellington and Christchurch that
suffer; it ’s going to be Marlborough,
Nelson, Timaru, Manawatu, Taranaki
the smaller places,” Fairfax’s chief
editor Sinead Boucher told the
commission last month.
Fairfax cut the Marlborough
Express to three days a week last
month. It could be a sign of things to
come for daily papers elsewhere.
NZME has already sold off all its
newspapers south of Whanganui. Its
five remaining regional papers could
end up being sold or closed.
Outside investors — including
overseas funds — may make offers
for a stake in NZME, which is listed
on the NZX. Fairfax Media’s parent
company in Australia (also reportedly
the target of a takeover there) will
have to decide whether to retain the
New Zealand wing of the business.
Fairfax and NZME may now
seek to merge with other media or
technology companies with more
The E Tu union has welcomed the
decision by the commission, which it
said recognised there were more than
just commercial interests at stake.
Senior industrial officer for the union
Paul Tolich said any concentration of
the media industry would probably
lead to a decline in diversity, the
quality of news gathering and the
reporting of opinions.
“The commission has cited these
factors in its decision which is a real
turning point in the commission’s
approach to commercial decision-
making,” Mr Tolich said.
“ Formerly the driver has been pure
market forces. However, this decision
recognises there are other values to
consider in relation to this merger. ”
He said the decision acknowledged
monopolies were unacceptable in
the media because of its role in
democracy. He said it recognised the
role of competition among media in
promoting news quality and diversity.
Mr Tolich said he expected the
decision would spur a realigning of
media ownership in New Zealand
particularly within the print and radio
Coalition for Better Broadcasting
chairman Peter Thompson said it was
the right decision.
“ I think it would have created an
unprecedented level of editorial power
and media concentration in our news
sector. That was deeply problematic
for civil society and democracy.”
AUT media ownership analyst
Merja Myllylahti said there was no
winner in the decision.
“The merger would not have been a
salvation for the companies. There was
no guarantee this merger would have
solved their fundamental revenue
“The decision is in the public interest
as no one single company controls
most of the on-line and print news in
New Zealand. However, there will be
negative consequences including job
cuts, potential closure(s) of businesses
and recycling of content. We may
see rapidly emerging news deserts in
regions.” — NZME
International explorer Mike Horn
left Dunedin yesterday after a recent
kite ski traverse of the Antarctic, but
plans to return later this month to a
city he calls his “second home”.
“ It’s one of my favourite cities
because the people are so friendly and
helpful,” Mr Horn said yesterday.
His ice-strengthened, multimillion-
dollar aluminium yacht Pangaea has
been moored at Birch St Wharf since
early last month.
Mr Horn was fulfilling a lifelong
dream when he recently completed
a 5100km, 57-day traverse of the
Antarctic, including visiting the South
Pole, by kite ski.
It is understood to be the longest
kite ski journey across the Antarctic.
South African-born Mr Horn, 50,
who lives in Switzerland, travelled
elsewhere in the South Island
while visiting Dunedin, including
Queenstown and climbing 2819m
high Mount Earnslaw, in Mount
Aspiring National Park.
He had been “amazed” by the
landscapes of southern New Zealand,
and was impressed by the country’s
success in protecting its “natural
Before he left for Sydney, Mr Horn
said he would fly back to Dunedin in
about three weeks.
He would spend more time in the
city, and would then be based in
Glenorchy, working with a French
television crew, filming an outdoor
sur vival programme based on climbing
A second programme would also be
shot in the south.
— Otago Daily Times
Explorer plans to return
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
International adventurer Mike Horn leaves Dunedin on his
ice-strengthened aluminium yacht Pangaea yesterday afternoon.
Housing NZ properties
vacant after meth use
Nearly 400 Housing New Zealand
properties are vacant because
they are deemed unfit to live in
because of methamphetamine
contamination, official figures show.
But the number from March 31
this year has almost halved from
last year, when 688 properties were
contaminated with the drug, also
known as meth or P.
The State entity, which owns
64,068 residential properties, says it
has a zero-tolerance policy towards
Of the 393 meth-hit vacant
properties, the biggest clusters are
in cities — 147 in Auckland, 33
in Christchurch, 27 in Hamilton,
22 in Tauranga, 19 in Palmerston
North, 14 in Lower Hutt, 13 in
Porirua, 13 in Rotorua and 10 in
Taking the latest REINZ median
residential figures, the national
properties could be worth at least
$214 million and $130 million in
“As the country’s largest landlord,
Housing NZ has placed greater
focus on identifying homes where
P may be used or may have been
used in the past (rather than just
cooked),” Housing NZ says.
“ Housing NZ has a zero-tolerance
approach to the use or manufacture
of P or any other illegal activity
in our homes. O ur organisation
is working closely with other
government agencies, our tenants
and communities to beat the use of
this drug in our properties.”
Meanwhile thousands of people
are waiting for State houses.
Ministry of Social Development
figures showed that at the end of
March, 4865 applicants were on
the housing register, prioritised by
need and assessed as being eligible
for social housing. A further 1289
applicants were on the transfer
register, already in social housing,
but asking for and eligible for
transfer to another property.
Housing NZ is the main provider
of social housing.
Its chief operating officer, Paul
Commons, said contaminated
property numbers had been
relatively stable in the past three to
six months but he would rather the
393 empty houses were being used
by the more than 4000 people on
the social housing list.
“The number of labs is declining.
There’s only a handful. The
contamination of our homes is
caused by heavy drug use, not
manufacturing,” he said.
Housing NZ was more likely to
suffer from meth use than other
landlords simply because it was
New Zealand’s largest housing
owner and provider, with 185,000
people living in its properties, Mr
“It’s a problem not unique to us
as a landlord. We make it clear we
are intolerant to drug use in our
homes. We work closely with the
police. We’d prefer not to have
this problem. It ’s a terrible social
People could suffer symptoms not
unlike lead poisoning from living
in contaminated houses, he said.
Symptoms could include rashes,
fatigue and shortness of breath.
Searchers find woman’s body
The body of missing Dunedin
woman Nic Hedley was found
Her “devastated” family released
a statement last night saying they
were “saddened” by the 36-year-
A police spokeswoman said Ms
Hedley’s body was found in the
Harington Point area about 4.40pm.
Until a post-mortem examination
was completed, police would be
treating the death as unexplained,
Ms Hedley was reported missing
on Sunday after she was last seen
about 2am in Harington Point, on
Family spokeswoman Anna
Leask said Ms Hedley was a “much
loved” mother of three who had a
wide network of friends and family.
“ We were saddened by the news
that the search teams found the
body of our beautiful girl Nic.”
The family was “grateful” for
everyone’s support and the hard
work that went into the search
effort. — Otago Daily Times
A Dunedin dairy owner will continue
to stock tobacco despite having a rifle
pointed at him in a daylight robbery
The owner of Halfway Bush
Convenience Store, who does not want
to be named, was confronted in his
store by a masked man with a rifle, who
demanded money and tobacco, about
The man pointed the rifle at him
and walked behind the counter to take
money from the cash register.
The register contained fewer notes
than usual because several customers
had withdrawn cash with electronic
transactions before the robbery, he said.
After the man took the cash, he began
taking tobacco from the cabinet behind
the counter. At this time the shop phone
The ringing phone was near a door
behind the counter, which leads to a
The store owner knew his mother, who
was out the back, would come to answer
the phone so he yelled at her to “stay
The man then fled with an unknown
amount of money and tobacco.
The shop had been robbed twice since
the family bought it about eight years
ago. — Otago Daily Times
Robber points rifle in
Dairy prices up again at auction
Dairy product prices have again
advanced at Fonterra’s Global
Dairy Trade auction, increasing for
the fourth consecutive time amid
The GDT price index climbed
3.6% from the previous auction two
weeks ago and the average price to
$US3166 ($4570). Some 22,633
tonnes of product was sold, down
from 22,927 tonnes at the previous
The whole milk powder price rose
5.2% to $US3233 a tonne.
“ Buyer demand was robust,” Agri
HQ dairy analyst Susan Kilsby said
in a note.
“There was strong participation in
the auction by buyers from north
Asia,” she said.
“A lack of profitability in China’s
own dairy farming sector has
limited expansion of some farming
operations and is expected to have
some impact on their domestic
At the latest GDT auction, butter
milk powder soared 21.8% to $1859
a tonne, while rennet casein jumped
10.4% to $6775 a tonne.
Anhydrous milk fat gained 4.7%
to $US6185 a tonne, while cheddar
added 4.6% to $3666 a tonne.
Butter increased 1.1% to $4911
a tonne, while lactose rose 1.1% to
$941 a tonne.
Bucking the trend, skim milk
powder slipped 0.9% to $1982
($2858) a tonne.
Skim milk powder “prices remain
under pressure due to the massive
stocks of this product that have
built up in Europe”, Miss Kilsby
said. — NZN
The Manawatu Gorge road
remains on target to reopen in
a fortnight, with contractors
reporting good progress on clearing
the second of two slips.
highway 3, has been closed since
April 24 because of the slips.
The smaller one at the Ashhurst
end of the gorge has been cleared.
NZTA highway manager Ross
I’Anson says about 2000 of the
3500 cubic metres of material that
fell at the Woodville end have been
removed. Once the rest is taken
away, net fencing will be put up to
stabilise the slip face.
“ While the gorge is closed for slip
removal contractors will be carrying
out routine maintenance works to
improve driver experience once the
gorge is open,” Mr I’Anson said.
“It’s still expected that the gorge
road will reopen by May 18.”
The Pahiatua Track and Saddle
Road are alternative routes and
Mr I’Anson said motorists were
reminded to be patient and drive to
the conditions. — N Z N
Good progress on clearing Manawatu Gorge slips
Rules set for
The Government has brought in an
outside expert to lead an inquiry into
how a devastating blaze in Christchurch’s
Port Hills was handled by fire authorities
Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne
yesterday announced the terms of
reference for a review into the response
to the fires that destroyed homes and
prompted hundreds of evacuations in
Alan Goodwin of the Australasian Fire
and Emergency Authorities Council has
been named as the head of the review.
The review will look at the Fire
Ser vice’s readiness and planning, the
complete handling of the fires and the
It would not look at wider issues and
other agencies, including the cause of the
blaze, a fatal helicopter crash during the
event, or the civil defence response —
largely because these are being reviewed
by other agencies. The terms of reference
also rule out reaching conclusions about
“potential fault or liability” in connection
with the fires.
The Insurance Council said it paid
about $18 million in about 160 claims
after the fire. At the time civil defence
said at least nine homes had been
destroyed. — N Z N
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