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Hutt City councillors
keep free meals
Hutt City councillors have voted
down a proposal to scrap free meals
at council meetings. Councillor
Campbell Barry put for ward a motion
for councillors to provide their own
meals instead. Mayor Ray Wallace
voted against the motion when it was
put to a vote last evening. The motion
narrowly failed by six votes to seven.
Body found in
A body has been found by police
divers in Waitemata Harbour, but
police will not confirm it is that of
missing man Tevita Kava. Mr Kava,
29, from Mangere, fell overboard
from a charter boat in Auckland ’s
inner harbour on June 3. A search on
water and land, involving the Police
Maritime Unit, Eagle helicopter,
Land Search and Rescue, Coastguard,
the Harbourmaster, Navy and
volunteers, on June 4 and 5, failed to
locate him and the search was called
off onJune6.Thebodyof a man was
discovered in the water near Te Atatu
at about 9.30am yesterday morning.
Police are unable to confirm the
identity until formal identification has
been completed. — N ZN
Police release name of
fatal crash victim
Police have released the name of
the man who died following a traffic
accident in Rotorua on Saturday.
Joseph Sebo Wiremu, 49, died
following the accident on Broadlands
Road. The investigation into the cause
of the accident is ongoing, police say.
Veterans’ Support Act
to be reviewed
Legislation covering the way war
veterans are looked after is going
to be reviewed to make sure it is
working the way it is supposed
to. Auckland law professor Ron
Paterson has been appointed to lead
the independent review. Veterans’
Affairs Minister David Bennett says
the review will look at whether the
Veterans’ Support Act is meeting its
purpose. — NZ N
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Labour wants to cut migration by
up to 30,000 migrants a year while
still attracting “exceptional” workers,
but the Government says their plan
will stifle growth.
Party leader Andrew Little released
his policy yesterday after weeks of
speculation, declaring migrants make
New Zealand a better place but a
better balance needs to be struck.
His plan includes blocking the
ability to work before and after study
for those in “low-level” courses while
introducing 1000 Exceptional Skills
Visas for those with special talents
and 1500 Kiwi Build construction
visas targeting tradespeople.
“ We’ve always sought to manage
immigration to match our economic
needs with our capacity to cope with
population growth,” Mr Little said.
“ We reviewed the system from top
to bottom and found several areas
were being abused and not delivering
the results Kiwis expect.”
The new visa proposals have been
welcomed by Business New Zealand
but there are fears cuts in other areas
would hurt the economy.
And the Government agrees.
“The policy you’ve seen today
reflects a view among the opposition
parties that the best way to deal with
these challenges is to shut down
the growth, choke the international
education industry, deprive the
construction industry of the skills
that it needs,” Prime Minister Bill
He took aim at the plan to slash
10,000 visas for students enrolled
in low value courses and limit the
ability of students to work while
they are in New Zealand, saying 70
to 80% of students only stay for the
duration of their study.
Under Labour limits would also
be placed on post study work visas
which the party sees as a loophole
to longer-term work visas resulting
in up to 12,000 fewer visas each year.
The policy also targets 8000 visas
through a New Zealand-first plan
to train New Zealanders to fill
skills shortages and only issue visas
for migrants in regions affected by
specific skills shortages.
Alongside that, the Kiwi Build
visa would only allow construction
firms to hire international workers
if they also employ a New Zealand
But Mr English also took aim at
that, noting apprenticeship uptake
rates are already high and arguing it
cuts construction visas.
“They ’re talking about 1000 to
1500 Kiwi Build visas. Mate, who
thinks you can build 100,000 houses
with another 1000 people, that ’s
completely unrealistic,” Mr Engilsh
Business NZ chief executive Kirk
Hope fears some employers will
struggle to find workers if they can
not rely on immigration.
“The more restrictions that are
placed on lower-skilled migrants
coming here, the harder it will be for
the economy to grow,” he said.
But he welcomed the policy as a
win for the construction industry.
Federated Farmers also backed the
plan which they believe acknowledges
rural New Zealand needs support to
tackle labour shortages, but warned
changes to labour market testing
could be stressful for employers and
employees. — N ZN
Labour to target exceptional workers
International visitors are
likely to be touring the
country in electrically-
powered camper vans by the
end of the year.
New Zealand’s biggest
camper van operator, THL,
says its first electric vehicles
(EV ) should be ready by
next summer and they
will change the customer
Chief executive Grant
Webster says driving the vehicles will
feel like being whisked along on a magic
carpet when compared to driving the
current diesel camper vans.
THL’s move to EVs is helped by
camping grounds already being well set
up with 15V amp power sockets to re-
charge vehicle batteries.
The number of foreign visitors has
jumped by 20% in the last two years but
THL has opted for better fleet utilisation
rather than a big increase in the number
of vehicles it has on the road.
“ We haven’t built new motorhomes
at the same rate as new visitor arrivals
. . . we are looking long term
to be sustainable in the
fleet size that we have. That
means we have been able to
get maximum utilisation in
peak season. ... and better
It has also tapped into the
supply of privately-owned
camper vans through its
“My way ” platform.
Following the Airbnb
model, THL now connects
owners with tourists wanting to rent
THL’s American subsidiary has just
launched the platform in the United
Webster says THL is looking at ways
it can expand into more international
markets. It already has major operations
in Australia, UK and the US. It is
currently starting a franchise operation
“ We look with admiration at what
Mainfreight has done, our challenge is
how we use our IP in these markets.”
Electric future for NZ
Lotto players are being warned to take
a second look at the website address
before buying tickets on-line.The
organisation e-mailed players last night
reminding them to only use the official
website to buy tickets and to check
“ We recommend that you do not
provide any account information or
personal information to sites with any
alternative URLs,” the e-mail said.
Players can confirm they are on the
official website by checking the URL
address is https://mylotto.co.nz.
Either the text in the address bar, or
the bar itself, should be green, should say
“New Zealand Lotteries Commission”,
and should have a padlock icon next to
“It’s always safest to either type in the
URL yourself or use a bookmark you’ve
created, rather than clicking links in an
e-mail that is not from My Lotto,” the
e-mail said.”If you think you may have
entered your details into an imitation
website, we recommend you change
your password on My Lotto and on any
other websites where you use the same
password.” — New Zealand Herald
Lotto players warned to check
website before buying tickets
The naval tanker HMNZS
Endeavour will dock at Devonport
Naval Base for the last time today.
The 7300-tonne South Korean-built
ship was commissioned into the Royal
New Zealand Navy in April 1988, and
its chief role was refuelling ships at sea
and supporting other naval ships on
The Endeavour could carry 5000
tonnes of fuel — also having the
ability to refuel helicopters hovering
over the deck — and carry food for
support missions in the Pacific Islands.
Along with the Pacific and
Antarctica, it operated in south-
east Asia, including a four-month
deployment this year.
It is the third ship of this name to
ser ve in this country’s navy, named
after James Cook’s ship on his first
voyage to New Zealand.
It was announced last year that
another South Korean-built tanker
had been commissioned, which will
cost taxpayers $493 million.
The new 24,000-tonne vessel, which
will be specially-built to operate in icy
conditions in the Antarctic, will be
delivered in 2020.
It will be able to carry and refuel
helicopters and transport bulk goods.
HMNZS Endeavour will be
welcomed into Devonport at 11am on
Tuesday. — NZ N
HMNZS Endeavour decommissioned
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Police divers are searching
Arapuni Lake today as part of the
investigation into the mysterious
disappearance of Waikato mother
Richmond, 42, disappeared from
her Arohena home south-east of
Te Awamutu on the morning of
July 31 last year.
The silver Ford Ranger ute,
registration HKD553, that she is
believed to have been driving, has
not been found.
sergeant Ross Patterson said
the national dive squad was
today searching areas of the lake
“that require further investigation’’.
‘ Waikato search and rescue team
and investigators are also on site,
working together during this
phase,’’ he said.
“Despite our extensive inquiry
we still hope to find her, though
we now believe she is dead.
“ We are still keen to hear from
anyone who has information
relating to Kim’s disappearance, as
we are committed to bringing her
Richmond and her partner Corey
Jefferies had been at a social at the
Arohena Hall on the night of July
30 to watch the Chiefs versus the
Hurricanes Super Rugby semifinal.
Jefferies was the last out of
the hall, about 10.30pm, and as
one of the trusted members of
the community who had a key,
he locked up the building on
The couple drove back along
the winding rural road to their
Mangare Road home where it’s
believed Jefferies and Richmond,
dressed in a Highlanders jersey,
watched the second semi-final in
the wee hours of July 31, between
the Highlanders and the Lions.
It is not clear why, but some time
later Richmond drove off in her
The 42-year-old mother-of-three
has not been seen since.
Richmond, a former Bay of
Plenty table tennis champion who
was mad on sports and had been
competing in triathlons for two
years, was a devoted mum. She was
fit and strong, despite suffering
severe hearing loss in recent years.
By all accounts she and Jefferies
were a “normal’’ couple.
Described as happy and hard-
involved in the community and
highly regarded by other Arohena
No one can explain the
whereabouts remain a mystery,
despite a massive search by
police, land search and rescue, the
police Eagle helicopter, a specialist
dive squad who searched a lowered
Lake Arapuni, Richmond ’s
extended family and dozens of
people from the community.
No clues were found. To make
matters worse it was freezing cold
on the night, with howling wind
— N Z ME -New Zealand Herald
Divers search lake for woman
Hidden in a historic hut in
Antarctica among penguin
excrement, dust, and mouldy
papers, an 118-year-old painting
has lain almost perfectly preser ved
for about a century until
researchers discovered it last year.
How the watercolour by
Dr Edward Wilson ended up in
the hut at Cape Adare remains
a mystery, but the New Zealand
Antarctic Heritage Trust is
delighted at the find, which has
been kept confidential until now.
Paper conser vator Josefin
Bergmark-Jimenez said she got
“such a fright’’ when she found the
painting that she jumped.
She had been cleaning a paper
portfolio collected from the bunk
in one of two historic huts the trust
is restoring at the cape.
“I opened it and there was this
gorgeous painting. I got such a
fright that I jumped and shut the
portfolio again,’’ she said. “I then
took the painting out and couldn’t
stop looking at it — the colours,
the vibrancy, it is such a beautiful
piece of work. I couldn’t believe it
Wilson died with Captain Robert
Falcon Scott and three others on
their return from the South Pole
Born in 1872, Wilson is much
celebrated in his hometown of
The painting is labelled 1899 Tree
Creeper and has the initial “T ’’ on
it. It depicts a tree creeper bird.
It was found in September, but
has been kept confidential until
now to allow the team to focus on
restoring all of the 1500 artefacts
from Cape Adare.
It was not immediately clear
who the artist was, given that two
expeditions had based themselves
at Cape Adare, said the trust ’s
programme manager for artefact
conser vation, Lizzie Meek.
As the trust worked to identify
the artist, Bergmark-Jimenez
attended a lecture at Canterbury
University on Wilson.
“The presenter showed some of
Dr Wilson’s artwork. As soon as
I saw his distinctive handwriting,
I knew he had painted the Tree
Creeper. This made sense as there
was also a 1911 newspaper article
from the Lyttelton Times in the
papers and Scott ’s party went to
Antarctica via New Zealand.’’
Meek said Wilson was a
“ He was not only a talented
painter, but a scientist and a
medical doctor who was an
integral member of both of Scott ’s
expeditions to the ice. ’’
Bergmark-Jimenez is not
surprised the painting sur vived in
such excellent condition.
“ Watercolour paintings are
particularly susceptible to light
so the fact this work has spent
more than 100 years tightly
packed between other sheets of
paper in completely dark and cold
conditions is actually an ideal way
to store it.’’
Meek said how the painting came
to be in the hut is still a mystery.
“It’s likely that Wilson painted
it while he was recovering from
tuberculosis in Europe. Clearly,
he could have taken the painting
to Antarctica on either of Scott ’s
expeditions but we think it ’s more
likely the artwork travelled with
him in 1911, and somehow made
its way from Cape Evans to Cape
The trust ’s permit to collect
artefacts stipulates that all of the
items must be returned to the
site following conser vation, in
accordance with the site’s status as
an Antarctic Specially Protected
Area (ASPA). This will happen
once the huts have been restored.
Finding the painting is a
poignant reminder of the inspiring
legacy the early polar explorers left
behind, said general manager of
communications and operations
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
118-year-old painting found in Antarctic hut
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Josefin Bergmark-Jimenez with the painting.
The Government has set a
target and announced a plan to
dramatically reduce the number of
cot deaths in New Zealand.
The sudden unexpected death in
infancy rate is 0.7 in every 1000
babies born and 1.59 for every 1000
Coleman wants it to come down
to 0.1 in every 1000 births, which
would mean cutting the rate from
reduction of 86%.
“ We know that babies are at the
greatest risk of SUDI in their first
10 months, and that rates are higher
for Maori babies,” he said today.
“The national SUDI prevention
programme will target two of the
biggest preventable risks, which are
being exposed to tobacco smoke
during pregnancy and having the
baby sharing a bed.”
The Government is putting an
extra $2 million into the programme,
taking its annual budget to $5m.
From September, safe sleep baby
boxes or wahakura will be provided
to families that need them.
Dr Coleman said although it was
known that it was safest for a baby
to sleep in a bassinette or cot, that
did not happen in some families.
There will be a new anti-smoking
programme which he says has been
effective in trials.
“More needs to be done to address
our SUDI rate, and by adopting this
evidence- based approach it’s hoped
that real and meaningful change
can be achieved,” he said.
Government sets cot death reduction target
Snow is falling, swells are getting
higher, and wild weather is disrupting
flights as storms hit the country.
A southerly blast is making its way
up the country this week, lowering
temperatures and bringing snow and
wild winds to some areas.
From today an active front will
begin to cross the South Island,
moving north and followed by a blast
of cold air.
It is preceded by strong west-to-
northwest winds picking up in the
south of the South Island as the day
wears on and overnight.
Air New Zealand is warning
high winds in
Queenstown may affect flights, and
recommends people keep an eye on
the website to see if their flight is
delayed or cancelled.
Several flights between Auckland
and Queenstown and D unedin have
already been delayed, and a flight
between Auckland and Tauranga has
Three flights into Christchurch
have been delayed as well.
Strong wind warnings are out for
Wairarapa, Hawke’s Bay, coastal parts
of Southland, Clutha and D unedin,
Nelson, Banks Peninsula, and the
Port Hills of Christchurch.
Severe gales with gusts up to
120kph are forecast.
High winds in Q ueenstown caused
disruption to travel today.
Council is warning on social media
snow is falling on Crown Range
Road, saying drivers must have snow
chains fitted between Eastburn Road
and Chain Bay One.
There are also reports of surface
flooding on Cardrona Valley Road.
Snow is forecast on numerous
roads, including the Desert Road,
Lewis Pass, Arthur’s Pass, Lindis
Pass, Haast Pass, Milford Road, and
the D unedin to Waitati Highway.
Te Met Ser vice has also warned of
big swells around the country.
— N ZM E-New Zealand Herald
Wild weather brings snow,
flooding to South Island
Two schoolchildren, aged eight
and 10, have been hit by a car
mounting the footpath in Waiuku,
The siblings suffered moderate
injuries and were taken to hospital
after the driver lost control of
their car on Hamilton Drive this
morning, says senior sergeant Dave
The children’s family had been
informed, he said. — N ZN
hit by car
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