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Train kills pedestrian
A person is dead after being hit
by a train in the Waikato town
of Tokoroa. The pedestrian was
struck on the railway line on Bridge
Street this morning, St John says.
Emergency ser vices were called to
the scene just before 6am. No further
details were available. — N ZN
A motorcyclist died after colliding
with a utility vehicle near Lake
Matahina in the Bay of Plenty on
Tuesday. The accident happened
about 4pm on Galatea Road, near
Lake Matahina, about 32km from
Whakatane. — NZ N
Baby murder charge
A 40-year-old Turangi man has
been charged with murder after
the death of his nine-month-old
daughter more than a year ago.
The death happened in the central
North Island town on March 12
last year. Detective senior sergeant
Matt Cranshaw said the man was
in custody to appear in the Taupo
District Court next Wednesday via
video link. — NZ N
Murder case arrest
A 54-year-old man has been arrested
in Northland as part of a murder
investigation after the death of John
Henry Harris last October. The man
was arrested in Tinopai and will appear
in the Whangarei District Court
today. Mr Harris, 37, died at the St
John ambulance station in Whangarei
after being dropped there with a
gunshot wound to the chest. The
man was located yesterday as police
executed search warrants in Tinopai
and in Dargaville. Methamphetamine
chemicals and equipment were located
in Tinopai and a meth lab was found
in Dargaville. Two arrests were made
in those matters. — NZ N
There is concern for the well-being
of a Canterbury man who has not
been seen in a week, police say. Rhys
Hunter Williams, 42, from Leeston,
was last seen on May 10 and his
disappearance is out of character. He
is a 175cm tall Caucasian man and
may be in a green Toyota Corona with
the registration TK6404. — N ZN
An Auckland player scooped the
$1 million first division prize in last
night ’s draw. The winning ticket
was sold on My Lotto to a player
from Franklin. Winning numbers in
draw No 1647 were 9, 10, 11, 12, 28,
30; bonus 16. Strike numbers were
12, 9, 28, 10. There was no Strike
Four winner. Powerball number 8.
Division one was not struck.
Numbers in Keno draw No 14116:
44, 50, 54, 60, 66, 69, 71, 76. Draw No
14117: 1, 6, 15, 20, 22, 30, 32, 39, 44,
51, 56, 62, 64, 65, 66, 69, 71, 76, 78, 80.
Draw No 14118: 2, 5, 9, 11, 12, 14, 18,
20, 29, 38, 40, 43, 45, 47, 58, 59, 63, 68,
73, 80. Draw No 14119: 1, 2, 4, 5, 10,
18, 29, 31, 33, 40, 43, 45, 48, 49, 54, 56,
57, 59, 64, 78.
Low to no job security in aged care — survey
A 47-year old police officer charged
with murdering his wife last month
has appeared in the High Court at
Ben McLean made a brief appearance
in court via video link from Christchurch
He has been charged with murdering
Verity McLean and attempting to
murder Garry Duggan.
Defence lawyer Bill Dawkins wanted
six weeks to gather all of the necessary
forensic evidence before entering pleas.
Justice Gerald Nation remanded
McLean in custody until July, when he is
expected to enter pleas. — NZ ME
A canoe intentionally sunk in south
Taranaki in the mid 1860s may have
been recovered and taken away, Nga
Rauru Kitahi kaumatua Potonga Neilson
Since late last year, he has been hearing
rumours the waka came to the surface
of Lake Moumahaki in a recent flood,
was recovered and then taken away on a
The lake, originally called Rotoroa,
is inland from Waverley and between
Braemore and Omahina roads.
Mr Neilson said two waka were
intentionally sunk in it during the
“scorched earth” raids of Major-
General Trevor Chute in 1865. In them
British troops were sent up the Patea,
Whenuakura and Waitotara rivers,
burning crops and villages as they went.
There were several villages around the
lake, Mr Neilson said.
Waka were used to move around on
it. When the soldiers came, some waka
were damaged or destroyed and others
were left floating around for a while. Two
were deliberately sunk.
Their owners intended to go back and
get them when the land was returned to
them. But that did not happen.
Nga Rauru people asked for the lake
and the land around it in their Treaty of
Waitangi claim. They got only the bed of
the lake back.
Getting access to it across privately-
owned land has made it difficult to
retrieve the waka.
Mr Neilson has been told they were
there until recently. Someone saw them
from the air, still sitting on the lake bed,
side by side.
“They ’re not lost, just waiting. They
have owners,” he said.
Mr Neilson wants to talk to the person
who retrieved the waka, and may let
them keep it. He did not want to involve
police. —N Z ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Only a third of home based aged
care workers have a guaranteed
minimum hours work each week, a
sur vey has found.
The 2016 aged care workforce
sur vey was released yesterday,
undertaken by AUT,
confirmed the shortage of workers
in aged care in New Zealand which
was noted in 2014.
Home and community-based
health care assistants appear to
have less work and job security than
residential aged care workers.
There are also raft of health
and safety issues from the 2014
sur vey which are still problematic,
including physical and verbal abuse
from patients, emotional distress,
workload and environment, and
insufficient policy, the authors say.
Almost 1500 responses were
counted in the sur vey, 96% of were
women, 82% European, 13% Maori,
with non-NZ European, Pacific,
Chinese and Filipino making up the
At the time of the sur vey, the
minimum wage was $15.25 an hour
and more than 46% of respondents
earned between $15.26 and $16.99
per hour, 5% earned less than
minimum wage, and 36.5% earned
exactly the minimum wage.
Over half of respondents were the
main income earner in their home.
However, a pay equity settlement
was reached last monthwhich was
expected to give about 55,000 low-
paid care workers a big wage increase.
Workers’ union E tu says the
sur vey paints a picture of an industry
“plagued by stress, insecure hours,
and inadequate pay ”.
“Current pay rates in no way
reflect how stressful and emotionally
draining this important work often
is,” home support worker and union
delegate Tamara Baddeley said.
She earns $16.15 an hour despite
having worked in the industry for 17
“ When people find out what we
get paid, they wonder why we don’t
just chuck it in and do something
that gives us a better wage and more
family time. We do the job because
we enjoy the job and we care about
our patients.” — NZN
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The moral of this story is:
“Don’t leave your laptop with an
Dunedin mother Leah Harper
is more than $950 out of pocket
after her daughter accidentally
bought tickets to Ed Sheeran’s
Dunedin concert from a scalping
website on Tuesday.
Ticketmaster put pre-sale
tickets to the concert on-line at
2pm on Tuesday.
Mrs Harper said she had been
logged on to her laptop for over
an hour, trying to buy four $159
tickets to the show.
But at 3.20pm, the website was
still processing her order and
she had to leave to attend an
She left the laptop in the care of
her 11-year-old daughter.
“ Nothing was coming up, so she
decided to have a look and see if
she could get tickets elsewhere.
“S he typed in Ed Sheeran
tickets and the Viagogo website
popped up at the top of the list. ”
Viagogo is an on-line ticket
marketplace for buying and
selling tickets to live events.
“All of my details came up pre-
existing in the computer as soon
as she put my name in.
“She sort of assumed it was all
Long story cut short, she ended
up with three tickets for $1223,
which should have only cost $90
each, she said.
The money came out of her
bank account immediately.
Mrs Harper said her bank
could not stop the transaction,
so she made a number of phone
calls and e-mails to the Viagogo
website, asking for her money
“ Viagogo e-mailed back saying
the only way to get my money
back was to re-list the tickets on
their site and sell them again.
“That ’s appalling. It’s really
“ If you tell them it ’s an 11-year-
old child and they ’ve made a
mistake, there should be some
comeback on this.”
Mrs Harper said her daughter
“S he thought she was helping.
She thought I’d be so excited.
“ But when I saw what had
happened, I thought, ‘Oh no.’
“The moral of the story is, don’t
leave your daughter with the
The Major Events Management
Act 2007 makes it illegal to on-
sell a tournament ticket for profit
in New Zealand, and scalpers can
be fined up to $5000.
However, it is restricted to
major international events, such
as the Rugby World Cup or
Cricket World Cup.
Re-selling or scalping tickets to
concerts, entertainment events or
one-off matches is a legal practice.
— Otago Daily Times
Scalpers leave fan $950 out of pocket
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Leah Harper is angry a ticket-scalping website is refusing to return her money after her daughter
accidentally bought price-inflated tickets from it.
Work available at Hokitika
Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand’s
biggest meat company, plans to close its
plant at Fairton in what is the first move
to address its processing over-capacity
since China’s Shanghai Maling took
control at the end of last year.
Sheepmeat processing at the plant has
slumped in the past decade, reflecting
a regional decline in sheep numbers,
as land was converted to dairying and
grape growing, the company said in a
About 500,000 lambs were slaughtered
at the facility north of the Canterbury
town of Ashburton last season from
“consistently” more than one million
prior to 2010, it said.
Silver Fern Farms told some 370
workers affected by the closure yesterday
but rumours had already been swirling
and New Zealand First issued a
statement last week asking if closure was
There would be potential transfer
options to other plants in the region, the
“ While we believe the pace of land-
use change has slowed considerably, we
expect sheep numbers to consolidate
around current levels rather than expand
in the foreseeable future,’’ chief executive
Dean Hamilton said.
‘’It makes economic sense to
consolidate this volume at our nearby
Pareora site which has the capacity to
process the combined numbers.
“ Pareora is a large multi-species plant,
an hour down the road in Timaru,” he
“Consolidating at one plant will
provide a longer season with higher
staff retention rates. We have recently
invested $7 million at Pareora to add to
Silver Fern voted last year to sell a half
stake in the business to Shanghai Maling
for $267m and the original co-operative
of farmers now owns the remaining half
stake, although Shanghai Maling has
the casting vote on key strategic issues.
The meat processor posted a loss of
$30.6m last year in what it called a “ very
challenging year across the industry”.
The tie-up enables Silver Fern to tap
Shanghai Maling’s supply chain and
parent Bright Food’s wholesale and
retail networks to distribute into China.
Mr Hamilton said Silver Fern expects
to have “230 available roles at our plants
in Belfast and Pareora, as well as at
Hokitika, and further roles at our sites
around the country as the new season
NZ First leader Winston Peters said
“ it ’s a damn disgraceful way to treat loyal
“ When NZ First challenged Silver
Fern Farms’ cowardly managers last year
about closures like this, they responded
with one hollow denial after another.
Now what do we have today, 277 people
getting the boot that will likely affect
some 1000 family members.’’ — NZN
Family First is set to lose its
The group was first notified by
the Charities Registration Board in
2013 that its charitable status was in
That was because the group
advocated a controversial point of
view, seen as lobbying for a political
The decision was challenged in
court, and in 2015 the High Court
ordered the board to reconsider its
The High Court decision did not
rule on whether or not Family First
was a charity.
It is understood that decision has
now been reconsidered, and that the
formal notification process is under
way to tell Family First it is being
deregistered as a charity.
Deregistration means it cannot
claim tax exemptions for donations,
and usually means the Inland
Revenue Department will no longer
allow donors to claim tax rebates for
donating money to it.
A Department of Internal Affairs
spokesman said the department
could not confirm or deny the
deregistration before speaking with
Family First. However, in a statement,
the spokesman said Family First
would remain a registered charity
while any court action was under way.
“ We can’t comment while this process
is under way but a final decision will
be made by the independent Charities
“The board’s reasons for its final
decision will be publicly available.”
Family First national director Bob
McCoskrie said the organisation
would be going straight to its legal
team and instructing them to take
the matter back to court.
“It may go as high as Supreme
Court, because we’re not going to lie
down on this one.
“It should be disturbing to all
New Zealanders that a charity that
researches and speaks up on an issue,
which is deemed incorrect by the
political elite, is in danger of being
“ I’m sure there’ll be some people
celebrating the fact that Family First
is going to be deregistered.
“ My warning to them is that one
day a Government that disagrees
with their view may come gunning
Mr McCoskrie said lobbying was
part of Family First ’s work, and did
not stop it from also being a charity.
“ We’re charitable because we don’t
make a profit. We rely purely on
“The problem is the Charities Board
is not being consistent, because if it
was, there’d be a whole lot of other
groups that should be panicking.”
Mr McCoskrie said Family First
was fighting the decision on principle,
as being deregistered as a charity
would not stop its work.
He said people who donated would
not stop donating purely because the
tax rebate was cancelled.
Greenpeace has previously fought
through the courts to remain a
The Supreme Court decided in
2014 that it was allowed charitable
status, after the organisation was
previously dismissed for being too
political and staging protests that
were illegal. — NZ ME
Family First set to lose charity status
McLaren driver in court over crash
A top global software executive
was the driver of a half-million-
dollar McLaren supercar that
rolled and crashed on an Auckland
motor way recently.
Heng Loon Chee, 56, appeared
briefly in the Auckland District
Court yesterday for a registrar’s
He entered no plea to a charge
of driving in a dangerous manner,
after the black McLaren he was
driving hit a median barrier on the
North-western Motor way near
Point Chevalier and rolled off the
road on April 22.
One person was taken to hospital
with minor injuries.
While Chee was listed as a sales
manager in court documents,
inquiries have discovered he is an
executive at Massachusetts-based
multinational computer company
Dell EMC, a subsidiary of Dell
Chee, who has not replied
to requests for comment, lives
in Auckland and works at the
company ’s New Zealand office.
executive profiles, Chee had “more
than 20 years of experience in
Asia-Pacific management roles
at leading technology companies
including IBM, Hewlett Packard,
Sun Microsystems and Horizon
Education and Technologies”.
It is unsure if Chee owned the
McLaren or was taking it for a
test-drive from a nearby McLaren
dealer. McLaren Auckland refused
to comment on whether the car was
part of its fleet.
Chee, who faces a maximum
penalty of three months’ jail or a
$4500 fine if convicted, will appear
in court again later this month.
He was remanded at large.
A man who went blind in one eye
after missing out on appointments
because of a southern ophthalmology
ser vice in crisis has questioned
whether planned improvements will
fix the situation.
Koby Brown said last year he was
meant to be seen by a specialist every
six months, but delays meant it took
10 months, in which time he lost the
sight in one eye.
Mr Brown, 23, had been diagnosed
three years before with juvenile
glaucoma, a hereditary condition.
Yesterday, the Southern District
Health Board apologised to 23 people
who lost some of their sight.
The apology came after an
independent review showed
ophthalmology departments in
Dunedin and Invercargill lacked
capacity to deal with patient numbers.
The board said overdue patient
numbers would be zero by September.
Mr Brown said it was “all well and
good” hearing what the SDHB was
going to do.
Having gone to the Invercargill
Hospital it was evident some work
had been done.
The ser vice there had moved, and
more people had been employed.
“ But the thing is, the backlog is so
great at the moment that even though
they ’ve employed more people, it’s
just they ’re not going to catch up very
Mr Brown, who works on a Mataura
farm, said it was good to see the board
was finally acknowledging there was a
“ But from reading the report,
and the findings of the report, this
problem should have been brought up
at least three or four years ago.”
Asked whether the board’s apology
helped, Mr Brown said he had heard
“apology after apology ”.
“ To me, no apology is good without
any follow up.”
It was evident something was being
done, but it was not being done
He did not believe the board
would get the overdue list to zero by
“I’ve lost a big part of my life out of
it,” he said of his experience with the
Mr Brown said he hoped his sight
would not get worse, but from his
understanding built up over the last
few years “it probably will”.
“ I’m never going to get the sight
back in my other eye unless they come
up with some sort of dramatic medical
breakthrough.” — Otago Daily Times
Eye loss brings apology
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Koby Brown, who lost the sight in one eye last year.
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
The McLaren super car is loaded on to a recovery truck after it rolled
in an accident on the North-western Motor way in Auckland recently.
Charges have been dropped
against a man arrested in New
Zealand’s biggest cocaine bust.
Gonzalo Rivera-Pavon, 30, was
arrested last July along with two
others after Customs found 35kg of
cocaine inside a 400kg diamante-
encrusted horse head statue that
arrived by plane from Mexico.
Charges were withdrawn by the
Crown during a hearing at the
High Court of Auckland today.
Rivera-Pavon was due to stand
trial next week alongside Mexican
national Augustini Suarez, 44, and
a 56-year-old American Ronald
Cook Senior. — NZN
Horse head cocaine charges dropped
Myrtle rust has been found in a
Taranaki plant nursery, the Ministry for
Primary Industries has confirmed.
Symptoms of the devastating fungal
infection were found on young plants
in a nursery in Waitara on Tuesday, and
MPI confirmed the presence yesterday.
Like the nursery in Kerikeri, movement
controls have been placed on the
Taranaki property, MPI’s myrtle rust
response incident controller David Yard
Last week plant nurseries at risk of
myrtle rust infection in Kerikeri were
placed under legal control by MPI.
The fungal plant disease was located in
a Kerikeri nursery in early May, before
spreading to a neighbouring residential
garden. — NZ N
Wickliffe on parole
One of New Zealand’s most high-
profile criminals has been granted parole.
Dean Wickliffe, 68, is one the country’s
longest-ser ving prison inmates, has spent
more than half his life behind bars.
He is ser ving a life sentence for the
manslaughter of Wellington jeweller
Paul Miet during an armed robbery, a
sentence originally imposed in 1972.
Wickliffe has been released and recalled
to prison five times between 1987 and
2011. His last release was on May 9, 2011.
Last year he was denied early release as
the Parole Board felt he posed an undue
risk to the community.However in a
decision released this morning, the board
revealed it had granted Wickliffe parole
after a hearing on May 17. — NZME
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