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A forklift driver was injured when
a vehicle tipped for ward in Bluff
yesterday. A Fire Ser vice spokesman
said the machine “tipped and
rolled” for ward at the wharf about
7.45pm, injuring the forklift driver.
Firefighters from Bluff Volunteer
Fire Brigade helped St John staff.
The extent of the injury was not
known. — Otago Daily Times
Car rolls into ditch
A woman was taken to D unedin
Hospital with moderate injuries
yesterday after the car she was in
rolled into a ditch. St John said
two ambulances were sent to State
highway 1 between Waikouaiti and
Waitati about 9.40am.
— Otago Daily Times
Manslaughter trial set
It will be a year before a man
accused of manslaughter by running
a woman over at Taupo’s Acacia
Bay stands trial. In the High Court
at Rotorua Justice Graham Lang
remanded Adrian Ngamotu, 54, in
custody until his trial on May 14 next
year. Ngamotu denied causing the
death by manslaughter of Lisa-Anne
Ngamotu on May 8 at Taupo and
assaulting Logan Gillard on the same
date. A case review hearing was set
for July. — NZN
Orcas die on beach
Five orcas are dead following a
stranding in the Bay of Plenty. The
Department of Conser vation says
four of the killer whales were already
dead when it was notified about
the stranding at Cape Runaway
on Wednesday afternoon. While
local people managed to refloat
the smaller of the two remaining
animals, the larger died before a
seven-strong DOC team from
Whakatane arrived. — N ZN
Myrtle rust reaches 20
Three more properties in Taranaki
have been infested with myrtle rust,
taking the national total to 20. The
three properties are private gardens,
the Ministry for Primary Industries
said yesterday. The geographic break-
down of locations is 16 in Taranaki,
three in Northland and one in
Waikato. As well as private gardens,
they include nurseries, retailers and
distributors and an orchard. — N Z N
The disappearance of a Christchurch
man who has been missing for four
days has led to concerns for his
welfare, police say. Michael Craig
McGrath, 49, was last seen at his
Halswell home on Sunday night. He
is 1.8m tall and of average build, and
is possibly on foot. — N ZN
Numbers in Keno draw No 14148:
49, 50, 60, 62, 69, 72, 77, 80. Draw No
14149: 4, 13, 17, 22, 23, 24, 26, 33, 34,
39, 41, 52, 55, 57, 58, 59, 67, 72, 73, 78.
Draw No 14150: 9, 13, 19, 22, 26, 27,
30, 37, 42, 45, 50, 52, 61, 62, 63, 65, 68,
69, 72, 75. Draw No 14151: 3, 6, 8, 9,
10, 15, 18, 20, 27, 40, 46, 51, 55, 57, 61,
62, 69, 72, 77, 79.
Media giants appeal merger ruling
A man has died after driving into a
parked car in Palmerston North.
The accident happened on suburban
Ferguson Street last evening, police say.
They are investigating the crash and
were unable to speculate on reasons for
the crash, or confirm the victim’s details.
Car crash fatal
An Auckland man who murdered and
sexually violated his elderly neighbour
has been handed an indefinite jail term.
Jaden Lee Stroobant, 21, was sentenced
to life in jail and given preventive
detention at the High Court at Auckland
Stroobant earlier admitted to killing
69-year-old Cun Xiu Tian in her Te
Atatu home in January last year and
sexually violating her as she lay dying.
term for killer
NZME and Fairfax are heading to
the High Court and appealing the
Commerce Commission’s rejection of
their merger proposal.
The regulator believed the merger
between the two media companies
would likely lessen competition —
specifically in Sunday newspapers,
on-line news and community
newspapers in 10 regions.
The commission, which released
its final decision earlier this month,
was also of the view that the deal was
not of enough public benefit that it
should be allowed.
Both companies are now challenging
its ruling in the High Court.
NZME owns the NZ Herald,Herald
on Sunday, nzherald.co.nz website,
a range of regional newspapers,
Newstalk ZB and entertainment
radio stations, while Fairfax owns
stuff.co.nz, the Sunday Star-Times
and other metropolitan and regional
newspapers. The companies wanted to
merge as traditional revenues decline
so they could better stand up to the
likes of Google and Facebook, which
are taking an ever increasing share of
the on-line advertising market.
NZME chief executive Michael
Boggs said when the merger was
rejected that it had been an exciting
prospect for both businesses and their
He said NZME’s strategic focus
continued in six key areas: Growing
audience reach, retaining print
revenue, returning radio revenue to
growth, growing new revenue streams,
ensuring effective cost management
and developing people and talent.
Berry said when rejecting the
merger proposal that the regulator
recognised that NZME and Fairfax
face a “challenging commercial
But he disagreed with some of the
scenarios put for ward by NZME and
Fairfax about their respective futures
without the merger.
“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,” Dr
In their notice of appeal to the High
Court, NZME and Fairfax said the
commission had failed to take into
account, or give sufficient weight to,
the number, variety and nature of
other small small and large, local and
international media organisations that
provide online New Zealand news.
The appeal also says the commission
wasn’t allowed to take plurality into
account in rejecting their application,
and that even if it could, it gave the
issue too much weight.
NZME and Fairfax are also
appealing on the grounds that the
decision was procedurally unfair
by granting anonymity to many
submissions opposing the application
and breached natural justice by not
telling NZME and Fairfax in a timely
manner how it would assess the deal
against a likely counterfactual.
The regulator rejected the application
earlier this month, saying the merged
entity’s competitors would not be able
to constrain it in any real way from
making cost-cutting decisions that
reduce quality and plurality “and that
it didn’t regard promises to maintain
current levels as a sufficient safeguard
on future editorial decisions”.
The commission had already rejected
the merger in a draft determination
in December, prompting Fairfax
and NZME to work overtime to try
to convince the regulator it had got
it wrong in its draft determination
to reject the deal over fears their
aggregated soft power wasn’t worth
the economic efficiencies from laying
off staff, cutting duplication, and
pooling their resources in a more
The media pair have hired the
Queen’s Counsel whose Court of
Appeal arguments helped secure
authorisation of a competition-killing
merger in the wool-scouring sector.
They have hired David Goddard
to appeal the commission’s rejection
of their planned merger, hoping
his pedigree in the Cavalier wool-
scouring authorisation will win the
backing of the courts. — NZ ME
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New Zealand has finally entered
the space age with the world-first
successful launch of an orbital
rocket from a private pad, but it
did not quite reach orbit.
United States-New Zealand
aerospace company Rocket Lab
announced yesterday afternoon
it had successfully launched its
Electron rocket from the remote
Mahia Peninsula, between Napier
and Gisborne on day four of a
10-day launch window.
“ Made it to space. Team
delighted. More to follow!” the
company, run by Invercargill-
born chief executive and founder
Peter Beck, announced on Twitter
The rocket reached space but
it did not reach orbit and, while
it maintains the flight puts it in
good stead, it will now investigate
what went wrong.
The launch makes New Zealand
just the 11th country to launch an
orbital rocket, but the first from a
It is a major milestone in the
development of New Zealand’s
space industry, Economic
Development Minister Simon
Bridges said, congratulating those
involved. “It is the first visible sign
of a space industry in New Zealand
and is an achievement Rocket Lab
and all New Zealanders can be
proud of,” he said.
“ We hope the launch will
encourage others to come to
New Zealand and enjoy the same
attractive features that Rocket
Lab is taking advantage of,
including good access to orbits,
clear skies, a skilled workforce
and an innovation friendly
The second sign of a space
programme came in yesterday ’s
budget, which included $15
million over four years to fund the
Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment as New
Zealand’s “ lead space agency ”.
Electron is designed to carry
small satellites into low orbit
cheaper than current alternatives
and yesterday ’s launch is planned
to be the first of three test flights.
The launch came after setbacks
earlier in the week, including
having to pull out of Wednesday’s
attempt just 12 minutes before
launch as weather closed in.
Prime Minister Bill English
earlier said if the launch was
successful it could have an
ongoing impact on the industry
and the region.
“And it ’s all been driven by a boy
from Invercargill who has this
incredible set of skills, ranging
from raising finance, running a
complex organisation, holding
international negotiations and is
technically brilliant,” he said.
NZ joins space age with spectacular rocket launch
The first successful launch of Rocket Lab’s test rocket from Mahia Peninsula yesterday.
Long terms for
Three people guilty of attacking a
teenage woman who was later found
unconcious and nearly dead in the Dome
Valley have each been sentenced to more
than 12 years’ jail.
Julie-Ann Torrance and Nicola Jones
were in March convicted of the attack
during a High Court at Auckland trial.
Prosecutors said they laughed and
egged on co-accused Wayne Blackett as
he unsuccessfully tried to snap the then
19-year-old woman’s neck in May 2016.
Blackett then hit the woman repeatedly
in the head with a hammer before she
was left for dead on a roadside highway
north of Auckland. He pleaded guilty at
the start of the trial.
Today in the High Court at Auckland,
Justice Christian Whata sentenced
Torrance to 16 years and seven months
in prison and Jones to 13 years and one
Blackett was sentenced to 12 years and
seven months in prison.
Because of the level of violence and
depravity in the attacks on the young
woman, Justice Whata directed that each
one of the trio must ser ve at least half
their full sentences. — N Z N
Labour has scorned the budget,
calling it “an irresponsible election
bribe” that falls far short of what ’s
needed to fix health, housing or
Party leader Andrew Little kicked
off the budget debate in Parliament
holding up a dollar coin.
“For all National’s talk about tax
cuts, the reality is that a single cleaner
on a minimum wage will get just $1 a
week extra — it ’s the One Dollar Bill
Budget,” he said.
“The big winners of this budget are
the top earners who take home most
of the tax benefits.”
Mr Little said the Government was
short-changing health and education,
and the budget had hardly anything
in it for housing.
“At a time when 50,000 people can’t
get treatment because their hospital
can’t afford it, this is a squandered
opportunity,” he said.
On health, Mr Little said district
health boards would not have enough
money to address mental health
shortfalls, and the Government did
not know where the spending would
go: “ This is a fudge.”
He said there was nothing of
substance to address the country’s
most urgent issue — the shortage
of housing, and criticised the 1.3%
school operation grants increase as
“ Labour is committed to fixing the
housing crisis, clearing our roads of
gridlock and fixing the $1.7 billion
hole in health,” Mr Little said. “(This)
is not a budget for the future, it’s a
budget for September 23.”
Prime Minister Bill English was
“On a sunny day in New Zealand,
here comes Labour like cold, wet
rain,” he said.
Mr English ran through the
economic good news in the budget.
“ We’re going for ward, 3% growth
for the next five years . . . this is better
than the good old days,” he said.
“There are fewer people on benefits,
the highest ever number of people in
Green Party co-leader James Shaw
said the Government was big on
announcements and short on results.
“This is a tax cut for the rich in
disguise,” he said. “A family on
$127,000 gets an extra $33 a week,
a family on $24,000 an extra $5.34 a
Mr Shaw said there was nothing
in the budget to dampen housing
speculation or “rampant investment ”.
“After nine years of a National
spend as much time sitting in traffic
as they do on vacation . . . nine years
is a long time to put your trust
in a Government that is big on
announcements and short on results. ”
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters said that for the Government,
Finance Minister Steven Joyce’s
budget speech had been “the longest
suicide note in history”.
“This won’t cut it,” he said. “ There’s
nothing in it for the regions except
utter neglect . . . and all the spending
is over four years, it ’s just an attempt
to confuse people with big figures.”
Mr Peters said economic growth
was actually running at 2.8% and 2%
of that was generated by population
“ Take that out and it’s 0.8% — the
lowest in the OECD,” he said.
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa
Flavell said his party had gained
millions of dollars for Maori causes
and challenged Labour’s Maori MPs
to say what they had achieved.
“They ’ve achieved nothing, zilch,
zip, zero,” he said. “ This budget is all
about whanau, and the Maori Party’s
huge footprint is all over it.”
said it was a good thing that the
Government had, at last, given
taxpayers some relief.
But it had not done nearly enough
and should have given all its forecast
Mr Seymour said increases in the
accommodation supplement would
be snapped up by landlords unless
more houses were built.
United Future leader Peter Dunne
supported the budget and contrasted
the optimism of the government and
its support parties with “the barrage
of negativity from the other side”.
descriptions of it ranging from a
“modest carrot ” for voters to a missed
opportunity for equality.
The Public Ser vices Association
called it a predictable election year
Mr Joyce denied suggestions
that the change coming into effect
until after voters go to the polls on
September 23 made it a bribe.
He said the only other date suitable
for such major change was October 1
but system changes at Inland Revenue
meant that was not feasible.
PSA national secretary Glenn
Barclay said the budget lacked
purpose beyond re-election and
families and workers deser ved better.
The Council of Trade Unions also
took aim against what it saw as a
budget that lacks vision.
“This budget could have done so
much,” president Richard Wagstaff
said highlighting health, housing,
pay equity, poverty and restarting
contributions to the new Zealand
Superannuation Fund as areas he
wanted to see explored further.
Budget brings tax breaks for families
Stranded locos removed
The rail line closed by November’s
Kaikoura earthquake is inching closer to
reopening after cranes began lifting two
stranded locomotives off the tracks.
The two 102-tonne locomotives had
been forced to halt in a tunnel near
Hapuku, north of Kaikoura, on the
morning of the November 14 quake and
had been stranded on the line since.
The train’s mix of supermarket supplies
and car parts were removed in December,
while its 23 wagons were lifted out and
taken to Christchurch earlier this month.
Kiwi Rail group general manager
Todd Moyle said the removal of the
locomotives was an important step in
the line’s reopening.
“ More than 40% of the work needed
to get freight moving again is now
complete,” he says.
“The Main North Line is an important
part of our network and before the
earthquake more than a million tonnes
of freight was moving over the line each
Yesterday, the first of the locomotives
was lifted off the lines and placed on
to a 132-tyre transporter to be taken to
The second locomotive will be placed
on to a transporter today.
Kiwi Rail engineering manager Peter
Dautermann has described the task of
removing the engines as a “massive job”.
State highway 15 near Whangarei is
closed following a fatal crash between a
truck and another vehicle.
Maungatapere, 11km east of Whangarei,
this morning and has forced police to
close the road near the intersection of
Otaika Valley and Cemetery Roads.
Cordons are in place and the road is
closed until further notice. — NZ N
One dead in crash
Gory jewellery made from “crow
and squirrel legs” with “bones sticking
out ” detected by a biosecurity beagle
has prompted fresh warnings from
Ministry of Primary Industries hound
Clawson sniffed out the package from
Britain while it was on Auckland’s
International Mail Centre conveyor belt.
“The items posed severe biosecurity
risk to New Zealand,” MPI detection
technology manager Brett Hickman said.
“The untreated (crow) feathers and
flesh could have contained diseases such
as avian flu, or unwanted hitchhikers like
ticks or mites. ”
Mr Hickman said his team sometimes
animal hides that
commercially treated, but to find animal
remains so fresh, with the bone exposed,
was very rare.
MPI will now hold onto the package
unless the recipient pays to treat it within
28 days. “ If we don’t hear anything, it will
be destroyed,” Mr Hickman said.
He said he hoped the seizure would
help remind people to read up on New
Zealand’s strict biosecurity rules.
Proposed laws giving victims of
domestic violence access to flexible work
hours are well-intentioned, but need
to be revised before they are passed by
parliament, the Law Society says.
The body representing New Zealand
lawyers yesterday made its submission
to a committee examining the Domestic
Violence Victims’ Protection Bill.
“As currently drafted, the bill is likely
to give rise to unintended consequences,
including the risk of intrusion into
Victoria Casey, QC, said.
In cases of domestic violence, how,
when and to whom private information
is revealed are sensitive and complex
questions, the Law Society said in its
By requiring victims to provide
highly sensitive personal information
to employers, it may instead create a
barrier that stops them seeking help, it
“The bill does not provide sufficient
guidance on how to balance the privacy
and best interests of victims with
employers’ legal obligations to provide
protective measures in the workplace,”
Ms Casey said.
The Law Society also said domestic
violence victims would find it harder
to access flexible working arrangements
from their employer using provisions
in the proposed bill, rather than the
existing Employer Relations Act.
This is because under the proposed
bill they would have to provide reasons
supporting their application for flexible
working hours, the society said.
It instead called on the committee
examining the bill to consider whether
the needs of these workers can be
better met by the existing Employment
Relations Act. — NZ N
Lawyer to pay back Ponzi profits
The Supreme Court has dismissed
an appeal from a Wellington lawyer
who wanted to keep profits of more
than $450,000 he made from New
Zealand’s biggest Ponzi scheme in
In a judgement issued today,
the Supreme Court has upheld
liquidators’ claims for $454,047
from Hamish McIntosh.
In April 2007, Mr McIntosh put
$500,000 into investment ser vice
Ross Asset Management and
was provided reports showing his
investment had risen to $954,047.
Before it was discovered that
RAM was committing fraud and
the company was placed into
receivership, and then liquidation,
Mr McIntosh was paid out his
investment plus the fictitious
Mr McIntosh appealed to the
Supreme Court to keep his profit
from RAM following an order
from the High Court to return it
to the company’s liquidators for
distribution to creditors.
The Supreme Court decided,
by majority, that Mr McIntosh
should receive only his initial
investment back, under sections of
the Companies Act and Property
An appeal by creditors to receive
some of his $500,000 was dismissed.
Between June 2000 and September
2012, RAM founder David Ross
reported false profits of $351 million
from fictitious securities trading. He
fleeced at least 700 investors out of
$100 million and was jailed for 10
years and 10 months in 2013. —
Calls to revise
domestic violence bill
A former Napier politician who is due
to be retried for the murder of his wife
in Canada may have his case dismissed
because of “unreasonable delay ”.
Peter Beckett is charged with the
second-degree murder of his wife Laura
Letts-Beckett at Arrow Lake in British
Columbia on August 18, 2010.
He stood trial in front of a Supreme
Court jury last year but they could not
reach a unanimous verdict and a mistrial
The case is down to be reheard from
Beckett, who ser ved on Napier City
Council from 1998 to 2001 before
leaving to live in Canada, is accused of
pushing Ms Letts-Beckett off a boat
in order to collect inheritance and
insurance money, along with their house.
Defence lawyer Alix Tolliday said
there is precedent to drop charges for
delays in criminal courts as set out by
a landmark British Columbia Supreme
Court decision last year, Kamloops This
There are now strict timeframes in
which a case has to be heard, with
“ unreasonable delay”
anything more than 30 months from the
time a charge is laid until completion of
Beckett has been in custody for almost
six years, after being charged on August
Ms Tolliday said disclosure matters
and delays because Beckett represented
himself for much of his time behind bars
were “concerning”. — N Z N
Delay may help NZ man
escape murder trial
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