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Paraplegic man saved
A paraplegic was rescued by a farm
worker from a major house fire in
Kaituna, Banks Peninsula, yesterday.
The man, who is believed to own the
property, is lucky to have sur vived the
blaze which consumed the wooden
100-year-old property quickly. Six
fire crews from Akaroa, Lincoln,
Little River and Christchurch
attended. Little River chief fire officer
David Irving said the fire started in
the roof about 10.35am. — NZM E
Shop attendant bashed
A Palmerston North liquor store
attendant was hit with wooden,
slasher-like weapon during a robbery
on Saturday but escaped serious injury,
police say. Four people were involved
in the robbery, which happened just
before 7.30pm. The offenders took
cash and tobacco products before
fleeing in a stolen car. — N ZN
Pedestrian badly hurt
A person was taken to hospital
with serious injuries yesterday after
being hit by a car in Takapuna. A
police spokesman said emergency
ser vices were called to the crash, at
Lake Road on Auckland’s North
Shore, just after 3pm. The injured
person was taken to Auckland
Hospital. — NZ ME
Dairy robbed again
Police are examining security
camera footage of an aggravated
robbery at a Christchurch dairy
which has been targeted several times
in recent months. The footage shows
a person holding what appears to
be a firearm entering the Woolston
Discounter on Ferry Road on Sunday
night. The offender is seen taking
items and then fleeing. The dairy is
near Woolston Night ‘n’ Day, which
has also been robbed several times in
recent months. — N Z N
Firefighters quelled a blaze
threatening a home in Auckland’s
Mount Wellington yesterday. The
garage of the large, single-storey villa
on Barrack Road was well ablaze
by the time four trucks and 16
firefighters arrived about 11.30am.
No one was reported to be inside at
the time, a Fire Ser vice spokesman
said. He said it appeared the cause
was electrical. — NZN
Fire guts rural home
Investigators were probing a fire
which gutted a rural Taranaki home.
More than 20 firefighters were
called to the scene of the blaze near
Opunake about 3am yesterday. The
house was left “severely damaged”
but no one was injured, a Fire
Ser vice spokesman said. — N Z N
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Company sought to save pineapple lumps
A man is dead after a car struck a tree
in the rural Canterbury community of
Emergency ser vices were called to
the crash on Easterbrook Road about
One man died at scene, a St John’s
spokesman said. — NZ N
Car crash fatal
The Inspector-General of Intelligence
and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has
expressed concern over United States
President Donald Trump’s statements
about torture and the leak of highly
sensitive information to the US media.
In an inter view with Newsroom,
she said those issues had increased
the importance of safeguards around
New Zealand’s intelligence-sharing
relationship with other countries.
Earlier this month it was reported Mr
Trump had shared classified information
with Russia that was considered too
sensitive to share with the Five Eyes
partners, including New Zealand.
Last week, British police briefly
stopped sharing information about the
Manchester bombing after information
was leaked to the US media.
“I think it ’s an issue that the agencies
are very aware of, and will be looking at,”
Ms Gwyn said.
Referring to Mr Trump’s statements,
she said he had talked about torture and
that he thought it was effective.
“ Who knows whether that might lead
to anything or might not, but to me it
signals that the New Zealand agencies
must have their own protections in
place, they must have their own practices
and policies around how they share
intelligence, how they work together
with other agencies to make sure that
they are not somehow drawn into
unlawful activity,” she said.
Work on developing guidelines on
intelligence sharing, already under way,
should make sure New Zealand agencies
were not “inadvertently complicit” in any
unlawful activity carried out by others,
Ms Gwyn said.
“I think that ’s going to be really
A spokesman for the minister
responsible for the SIS and the GCSB,
Chris Finlayson, told Newsroom “ it
remains in our national interest to
continue to work closely with the US on
security and intelligence matters”.
Famous sweets pineapple lumps,
jaffas and Pinky Bars could continue to
be made in New Zealand if Cadbury’s
owner can find another confectionary
company to take over their production
by the end of the week.
Owner Mondelez International
confirmed in March the Cadbury
factory in D unedin would shut down
in early 2018, ending 150 years of
operation in the city and the jobs of
about 300 staff.
But the union representing workers
at the factory, E tu, says there was still
a “glimmer of hope” some of the axed
jobs could stay in New Zealand — if
another manufacturer could be found
to step up before Friday.
“Mondelez has called for expressions
of interest for a new or current
confectionary company to produce
some Cadbury products locally, such
as pineapple lumps,jaffas, Buzz Bars
and Pinky Bars,” it said.
The call for potential buyers had to
end on June 2 in order to allow for a
“seamless transition when production
ends”, the company said.
“ While to date, we haven’t received
any expressions of interest from
potential investors wanting to
establish a local factory to make these
products, we are urging any interested
parties to reach out to us now,” a
Mondelez spokeswoman said.
E tu national director of industries
Neville Donaldson said while nothing
had been agreed, the situation
represented a rare chance to save jobs.
“Mondelez hasn’t made any commit-
ment beyond checking the possibilities,
but there is a glimmer of hope for our
dedicated members,” he said.
The announcement of the closure
prompted large public outcry,
protests, including calls for boycotts
of Cadbury products and a petition.
Mondelez is planning to move
production to Australia and said with
70% of Dunedin product exported,
including across the Tasman, the
factory was too expensive to keep
running. — NZN
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Alwyn Isaacs’ faith in humanity
has been restored by a man who
believes in karma.
The 80-year-old Dunedin
pensioner was left reeling on
Saturday, after finding her Mazda
2 up on blocks outside her
Middleton Rd home after thieves
stole her wheels and tyres. Her
plight prompted a public outcry
until Midway Motors managing
director Chris Henderson
stepped for ward, offering her
replacements worth about $350
free of charge. He delivered on
the promise yesterday, much to
Mrs Isaacs’ delight, but said he
was just doing what was right.
“I believe in karma. What goes
around comes around.
“ We are a small community in
Dunedin and I am in a position
where I can help, so I did.”
Mrs Isaacs said the gesture
was “absolutely mar vellous” and
restored her faith in people.
“There’s still some good people
around in the world, isn’t there?”
Her neighbour, Mavis Pere,
agreed, coming out on to the
street to thank Mr Henderson
when she saw him arrive
“ What a wonderful thing for
you to do,” she told him.
Police were still investigating
the theft. Senior sergeant Brian
Benn said information had been
received from members of the
public and was being followed up.
In the meantime, Mr Henderson
said Mrs Isaacs would be “good
for a few kilometres now ”.
“ We’ve got a smile back on her
face and taken care of some stress
— Otago Daily Times
Wheely kind gesture
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Midway Motors managing director Chris Henderson fits a new wheels and tyres to Alwyn Isaacs’
Mazda 2 in Dunedin yesterday.
A Kaipara amateur historian is under
investigation for taking human remains,
in a bid to prove his theory that Maori
were not the original settlers.
Noel Hilliam claims a race of white
Celtic settlers arrived 3000 years before
Maori, RNZ reported today.
Mr Hilliam admitted having taken
human remains from the Pouto foreshore
but said they came from hangi pits, not
Maori burial grounds.
That caught the attention of
Heritage New Zealand, which is now
Senior archaeologist Frank van der
Heijden said it was a criminal offence
to damage an archaeological site, and
carried a potential penalty of $60,000.
Mr Hilliam said he was forced to take
the remains because no one would issue
him a permit.
“ I got sick and tired of the system and
this is why I went ahead. I wanted to
know the origin of these people.”
An article on Mr Hilliam’s theory,
published in the Northern Advocate, has
been removed from the paper’s website.
Editor Craig Cooper issued an apology.
He admits the paper did not check the
source and regretted the story had been a
catalyst for some people to infer political
or racial motives.
Mr Cooper said in his apology that
Northlanders — and New Zealanders
should be open to debate about the
past, the present and the future. But he
said there was a right way to encourage
any such debate, and the paper did it the
Mr Hilliam was disappointed in Mr
Cooper’s apology, and said there was too
much political correctness.
He declined to reveal the name of the
forensic pathologist in Edinburgh he
said he consulted, and said the person
had since passed away. RNZ also asked
to speak to someone at Edinburgh
University, but Mr Hilliam said his
contact was a freelancer.
Local kaumatua Ben de Thierry said he
was shocked by Mr Hilliam’s claims, and
supported the investigation by Heritage
Mr van der Heijden said if a member
of the public came across human remains
they should call authorities.
“ What people really should do if
human remains are discovered, they need
to be covered up if possible and reported
to local police, Heritage NZ and tangata
whenua as well, and they can assist with
the . . . appropriate removal according to
their tikanga. ” — NZN
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Olive Ford celebrates her 104th birthday yesterday.
At 104, Olive doesn’t feel a day over 100
It can be hard to break old habits —
and at 104, Olive Ford has more than
For example, when visitors arrive, she
has always made them a cup of tea.
Even though she recently moved
into Mossbrae Residential Home, she
has remained fiercely independent,
to the point that when people come
to visit, she still gets up to put on the
Mrs Ford (nee Larkins) said she was
slowly getting out of the habit.
“I ’m like my mother. I don’t take
“But it ’s nice to have someone else
bring me a cup of tea now and then.”
She celebrated her 104th birthday
yesterday, and when asked if she was
beginning to feel her age, she said she
did not feel a day over 100.
When you reach 104, each day
becomes a milestone, so she made the
most of the birthday celebrations she
had with family at the weekend.
She said she was delighted to catch
up with her three daughters, seven
grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren
and five great-great-grandchildren,
and was equally pleased to catch up
with some friends she had not seen for
many, many years.
Mrs Ford was living independently
in her own home until Christmas last
year, when she had a bout of ill health,
and it was decided she should have
someone else run around after her.
Being so independent, she resisted it
at first, but when she came around to
the idea, she was adamant she did not
want to live with family.
She moved into Mossbrae this year.
The staff there mar vel at her self-
reliance and sense of humour.
She is certainly not shy about
sharing her secret to longevity.
“Good food, jolly hard work on a
farm and looking after yourself. That ’s
“It ’s been a lovely life for me. ”
— Otago Daily Times
Corrections says convicted fraudster
Joanne Harrison worked for the
department before she stole $720,000
as a Ministry of Transport manager
and an investigation is continuing.
Harrison last year
fraudulently taking money from
ministry accounts she controlled while
working as a general manager between
2011 and 2016 and was sentenced to
more than three years’ jail.
Today, a spokesman for the
Department of Corrections said an
investigation had found Harrison had
also been employed in recruitment by
the department in December 2008
on a temporary four-month contract.
“A full internal audit of Joanne
Harrison’s work during her time
with Corrections was immediately
undertaken and is continuing.
“Once the audit is completed,
the department will act on any
recommendations or findings. ”
The Department of Conser vation
also sought legal advice after
discovering Harrison had been
investigation into an “employment
matter” for the department in August
last year, during the fraud period.
A spokeswoman last week said
Harrison had not finished the report
and had not had a lead role in the
Auditor-General Martin Matthews
was stood down last week over his
handling of Harrison’s case.
He was the head of the Ministry of
Transport when Harrison defrauded
Political party leaders had expressed
concern about why it took so long
for her fraud to be detected, and why
three whistleblowers were apparently
The whistleblowers believe they
were made redundant because they
tried to bring it out into the open
and the State Ser vices Commission
confirmed last week it would
investigate their treatment.
The Ministry of Transport has also
launched a fresh investigation over
the allegations, with RNZ reporting
Harrison also kept a friend on the
payroll for 10 months despite them
not turning up or doing any work.
Fraudster Harrison worked for Corrections
Synlait forecasts $6.50 payout
Dairy company Synlait Milk is
forecasting a payout of $6.50 per
kilogram of milk solids for next
season and says it is expanding into
The NZX-listed company today
said the 2017-18 forecast would
be welcome news to its farmer
suppliers following a difficult start
to the previous season.
“ We start the season with some
confidence that supply and demand
are more balanced, and this forecast
reflects an expectation of dairy
prices remaining at current levels,”
Synlait chief executive John Penno
The company will release an
update on its 2016-17 forecast,
set at at $6.25 earlier this year, in
June and will declare a final price in
Last week, the country’s biggest
dairy company Fonterra also
increased its forecast farmgate
payout to $6.50.
In a separate announcement,
Synlait said it had also bought 100%
of the shares of Auckland-based
New Zealand Dairy Company,
which is currently constructing a
canning operation in Mangere.
“The facility will be infant formula
capable, and will enable Synlait to
substantially lift its blending and
canning capacity,” the company
“Having a second blending and
packaging site will also begin to
mitigate some risk we have faced
as a single-site manufacturing
The company currently processes
dairy out of its Canterbury facility,
with most of its suppliers in the
The Auckland investment
$56.5 million to expected be
put into the plant once it is
commissioned in October. — NZ N
Sports drink needs more sugar: MPI
A sports drink company says it
is astonished food authorities are
demanding it put five times more
sugar in its product if it wishes to
continue calling itself an electrolyte
But the Ministry for Primary
Industires says the demand is based
on the best available science and is
in accordance with Food Standards
Australia and New Zealand
These require an electrolyte sports
drink to contain five times more
sugar than that found in SOS.
It has warned SOS it has until
August 31 to change its labelling.
However, SOS’s founders argue
the standards are outdated and
there are no similar requirements
under World Health Organisation
and US and European Union food
“(MPI’s) reliance on discredited
science means that people looking
to rehydrate after exercise are being
exposed to far higher levels of sugar
than necessary,” SOS co-founder
Tom Mayo said.
The company said MPI’s request
was in conflict with current medical
campaigns aimed at encouraging
people to reduce their daily sugar
It also said the New Zealand food
standards formula for sports drinks
was due to be reviewed with the
science behind the WHO’s oral
rehydration guidelines showing
“ high levels of sugar are no longer
needed for hydration”.
MPI food risk assessment
manager Roger Cook disagreed.
The WHO guidelines did not
refer to sports drinks but to
products designed to rehydrate
seriously ill patients, who would
suffer diarrhoea if they drank too
much sugar, he told TVNZ.
“The science (for sports electrolye
rehydration drinks) very clearly says
that you need to have that high sugar
content to actively encourage the
transfer of the water from the gut
across to the bloodstream,” he said.
“None of the recent science we’ve
seen is in conflict with that. ”
Mr Cook said SOS can either
change its packaging label or, if it
has compelling scientific evidence
backing its claims, to present them
to MPI or FSANZ. — NZN
Tight-knit show family loses three teens
One of three siblings killed in a
horror crash near the New South
Wales-Queensland border was due
to celebrate her 18th birthday a day
Marina Pink, 17, her sister
Destiny, 15, and older brother
Jack, 19, died instantly in a three-
vehicle fiery collision on the Newell
Highway near Boggabilla at sunrise
The trio was driving in convoy
with their father, who was ahead
of them in another vehicle, as they
made their way back from Dubbo
to their home near Beenleigh in
Jack was driving north in a Pantech
truck full of furniture when he
collided head-on with a southbound
fuel tanker. His sisters died when
their car then collided with the
tanker and burst into flames.
It has emerged that Marina, one
of seven children, should have
celebrated her 18th birthday today.
The Pink family works with the
travelling show circuit, Showmen’s
Guild of Australasia secretary John
Davis said. “ It ’s devastating. They
were fifth-generation show people.”
The siblings’ father, Glenn, was
found by emergency crews collapsed
on the road after turning back on
hearing of an accident. — AAP
A former Waikato Catholic priest
convicted and jailed for molesting young
boys in the 1970s and 80s has today
admitted further historic offending.
Father Mark Mannix Brown pleaded
guilty to four representative charges
when he appeared today in the Hamilton
The former priest was jailed for 15
months in 1995 for indecently assaulting
two altar boys in the early 1980s.
The now 74-year-old was with the
Hamilton diocese at the time.
While he has not re-offended since
being jailed, he hit the headlines 11
years ago when he took in serial child-
molester Howard Vivian Kitching.
Despite Corrections Department
psychologists warning the Parole Board,
Kitching, who had a brain injury and was
showing signs of reoffending, and Brown
were allowed to live together on Mount
Eden Road, Auckland, just 700m from
Three Kings School.
In June last year a further 11 charges
were laid involving three new victims
who were abused between 1973 and
The Crown laid four representative
charges of indecent assault on a boy
aged 12 to 16, attempted sodomy and
indecent assault on a male.
The charges involve three victims who,
at the time, ranged in age from six to
16. Brown was remanded on bail until
sentencing in July. — NZ M E
$27m prize claimed
A Thames couple have claimed the
mega $27 million lottery prize won at
The Powerball prize — New Zealand’s
fourth biggest — has left the winners
over whelmed, breathless and in tears.
“ It still doesn’t seem real,” the winner
said. “I keep crying every time I think
The lucky couple, who wish to remain
anonymous, play Lotto every week.
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