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Factor y fatality
A woman died in a factory accident
early today. Emergency ser vices were
called to a cool store on Williams
Street in the Hastings suburb of
Mahora at 2.15am. The worker
is understood to have died after
becoming trapped in machinery. She
died at the scene. Work Safe New
Zealand had been notified.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Vehicle crash fatal
A crash which closed State
highway 26 near Thames was fatal,
police say. The single vehicle accident
on the stretch of the highway known
as the Paeroa Kopu Road happened
just after 8pm yesterday. Police late
last night confirmed the single-
vehicle crash claimed the life of one
person. — NZ N
Divers locate vehicle
Police divers have located a car
they believe was driven by missing
Arohena woman Kim Richmond
during a search of Lake Arapuni, in
Waikato, yesterday. They located the
2014 silver Ford Ranger utility Ms
Richmond was thought to be driving
prior to her disappearance on July 31
last year. Specialist equipment will
be brought in today to recover the
vehicle. Ms Richmond’s family has
been informed. — N ZN
A man sought by police to face a
number of theft charges has been
arrested in Canterbury. Michael John
Hughes, 36, is due to appear in the
Christchurch District Court today.
Police said in late May that they
were looking for Hughes for alleged
offences in different South Island
locations. — N Z N
Ser vice station robbed
A service station employee received
hand injuries when trying to stop a
robbery in Kumeu yesterday. Two
men entered the ser vice station
about 6.10am, one armed with a
screwdriver, before attempting to take
cigarettes and cash. In trying to stop
one of the men, the employee received
hand injuries. Police have arrested a
16-year-old and are looking to locate
the other man, who fled in a stolen
1994 Honda Civic. — N ZN
$9m Lotto win
A ticket sold in Pukekohe won
$9 million in Lotto and Powerball
last night. The win comprised $1
million from L otto division one and
$8 million from Powerball division
one. Successful numbers were 3, 6, 7,
13, 36, 40; bonus: 35. A ticket sold
in Rotorua ticket won $500,000 in
Strike 4. Winning numbers were 3,
6, 13, 40. Powerball number 6.
Numbers in Keno draw No 14228:
47, 58, 60, 62, 67, 69, 76, 79. Draw No
14229: 4, 6, 9, 11, 15, 16, 23, 45, 51,
53, 54, 58, 62, 65, 66, 69, 70, 71, 72, 75.
Draw No 14230: 1, 6, 7, 15, 19, 23, 24,
30, 33, 34, 43, 44, 47, 61, 62, 65, 66, 67,
75, 79. Draw No 14231: 3, 11, 13, 17,
21, 26, 29, 30, 37, 39, 42, 47, 61, 68, 69,
73, 75, 76, 77, 80.
Banks no-show at paternity case
Rural mental health
Three men have been found guilty of
fraud and deception relating to one of
the biggest pokie machine frauds in the
Michael O’Brien, Paul Max and Kevin
Coffey were charged with obtaining
by deception, when influencing or
controlling grants from pokie gambling
machine profits, totalling $11.5 million,
from 2009 to 2013.
In the High Court at Wellington
today, O’Brien was found guilty on five
charges, Max on three and Coffey — a
former Department of Internal Affairs
employee, who had name suppression
until the judge delivered his verdict —
on one charge.
The charges, which they all denied,
related to a scheme to set up a trust to
operate pokie machines in clubs and bars,
including controlling where gambling
machine profits could be distributed, and
invoicing racing clubs for lobbying for
grants on their behalf.
O’Brien, a Blenheim-based harness
racing personality, set up Bluegrass
Holdings Ltd to operate 144 pokie
machines and was the unseen hand
His involvement was concealed from
the Department of Internal Affairs,
which regulates the gaming industry, as
it considered him unsuitable because of
his conflicts of interest.
He was found guilty of five charges of
deceiving Internal Affairs, two relating
to Bluegrass and three relating to gaming
His father Patrick — the former
chairman of Harness Racing NZ — was
removed from the trial by Justice Robert
Dobson soon after it began in February
due to ill-health, but today the court was
told he will face charges on July 31.
Justice Dobson considered bail but
remanded all three in custody until
sentencing on July 13. — N Z N
There has been a struggle in trying
to ser ve John Banks with papers in
a paternity case against him, a court
Antony Shaw, 47, has asked a court
to let him apply for a declaration that
the wealthy former politician is his
But no one appeared for Mr Banks
at the first hearing in the case in the
High Court at Auckland today.
Mr Shaw ’s lawyer, Lowndes
Lethbridge, said while the former
mayor had been ser ved papers in
April, he had never been officially
given the court date.
An affidavit given to the judge said
there had been “difficulties” in trying
to get the documents to Mr Banks,
and Justice Timothy Brewer ordered
that all future correspondence could
be sent to his lawyer instead.
Justice Brewer also asked whether
there was any evidence Mr Banks
had resisted getting a DNA test,
saying it would avoid “enormous cost
ramifications” of a court case.
Ms Lethbridge said Mr Banks had
not co-operated with earlier attempts
to get a test.
Courts cannot compel someone to
give DNA in a paternity case.
The matter will return to court again
later this month.
Mr Banks, a former cabinet minister
and two-term Auckland mayor, has
three adopted children.
Mr Shaw resides in Japan with his
wife and son and has reportedly been
pursuing the paternity issue since the
If the case is successful, the former
politician could be declared Mr Shaw ’s
next of kin with legal implications
relating to potential claims against
Mr Banks’s will.
The court action follows years of
uncertainty around the identity of Mr
Shaw ’s real father.
Mr Shaw, an English language
teacher who now lives in Japan with
his wife Noriko and son Kent, says
the case is not about money.
He simply wants certainty about his
ancestry for him and his family.
“ Mr Shaw has taken this step for
no other gain than to have certainty
about, and a declaration as to,
paternity,” Ms Lethbridge, said.
“ Mr Shaw wishes to have the details
of his biological father recorded on
his birth certificate — which details
at this stage remain blank — and
for his son to know who his paternal
grandfather is with certainty.”
She added that taking court action
against Banks had been a “harrowing
and difficult experience” for her client.
“ Mr Shaw feels he has been left with
no option other than to pursue the
matter through the courts.”
Ms Lethbridge said her client
applied for a legal declaration of
paternity against Mr Banks late last
Mr Shaw, who has lived in Japan
for the last two decades, attended
Mount Albert Grammar and grew up
believing his mother’s Asian partner
was his father.
His mother is alleged to have had
a relationship with Banks in the late
1960s while working as a nurse in
She eventually told Mr Shaw about
his parentage in 1999 and he tried to
meet Mr Banks in the early 2000s
during a trip home from Japan to ask
the then mayor “are you my father?”,
a 2001 women’s magazine article
The meeting never happened,
culminating in today ’s
University of Otago law professor
Mark Henaghan said paternity cases
like this were rare.
They were more usually taken by
women under the Family Proceedings
Act for child support purposes.
Prof Henaghan said applicants
would need to produce strong
circumstantial evidence to prove the
two parents had been in a sexual
relationship at the relevant time, often
in the form of sworn affidavits and
DNA tests could conclusively
eliminate someone from paternity.
And although a person could not be
compelled to take a DNA test, a court
could draw “adverse inferences” if they
refused. — N Z ME
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The Government says it understands
the “ups and downs” of life on the farm
and it ’s putting an extra $500,000 into
rural mental health ser vices.
Federated Farmers recently released
figures showing the suicide rate among
farmers is higher than the national
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman
and Primary Industries Minister Nathan
Guy announced the funding at the
opening of Fieldays yesterday.
“Farming can be a very isolated
occupation. It’s important they and their
families know they aren’t alone if they
need someone to talk to.”
The money will go towards 20
workshops for rural health professionals
treating people at risk of suicide and
more support for younger rural workers.
programmes are already operating.
Close call as yacht blown on to beach
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
Guy Garey and other Broad Bay people inspect his yacht Lily B for damage yesterday after it ran
aground at Broad Bay in Tuesday night ’s blustery conditions.
An Otago Peninsula resident
is counting his blessings after
his yacht was left undamaged
when it was swept on to rocks at
Broad Bay during Tuesday night ’s
Guy Garey said he was called
by neighbours early yesterday
advising him his yacht Lily B had
run aground on the beach below
Sandpiper Street overnight on
“ It dragged it ’s anchor and that ’s
that,” he said.
“The Coastguard got right on to
it and helped me out.”
The ensuing low tide left it high
Mr Garey said his steel-hulled
yacht was undamaged.
He was awaiting the high tide
to refloat it.
“ I’m just glad it ’s steel instead of
fibreglass,” he said.
“ If it had been fibreglass we
would have had real problems. ”
Last night, his wife, Christine
Garey, said the yacht was
refloated at high tide with no
She praised the Coastguard for
— Otago Daily Times
Police Minister Paula
Bennett has put the public
officers in danger after
to tighten firearm controls,
the Police Association says.
Chris Cahill said Ms
for ward by the law and
order select committee,
and had “appeared to bow
to the pressure of the gun
“The minister’s concern
about over the top rules
and restrictions on hunters
and shooters ignores the
reality that New Zealand
is awash with firearms and
the majority of them are
Ms Bennett yesterday
responded to the report
accepting only seven of 20
to stop criminals getting
their hands on guns.
cepted include bringing
in firearm prohibition
orders, and to review
penalties in the Arms Act.
The Government will also
clarify that gang members
or prospects must not be
considered “fit and proper”
to possess firearms.
orders are used with
three Australian States
and are mostly targeted
including the Hells Angels
In New South Wales, anyone ser ved
with a firearm prohibition order faces
heavy penalties for possessing firearms,
cannot knowingly be in the company
of people with firearms, and cannot
knowingly reside at or visit a location
where there are firearms.
recommendations from the select
committee’s near year-long inquiry. The
committee inquiry had caused concern
among some gun owners and widespread
changes would have been a controversial
issue in election year.
Rejected recommendations include
requiring police to record serial numbers
of all firearms upon renewal of licence or
inspection, requiring a licence to possess
ammunition, and making dealers keep
records of ammunition sales.
Ms Bennett also declined to act on
the recommendation to investigate the
creation of a category of
rifle and shotgun.
national board member
Katie Milne said the
would have done little to
stop firearms getting into
the hands of criminals.
“The farming community
is frustrated with poorly
to real problems that
simply burden law abiding
citizens,” Ms Milne said.
“ We are pleased to see the
Government has listened
and is directing attention
to where it should be.”
spokesman Stuart Nash
said he believed Ms
Bennett had “got it 100%
right”, and backed the
same recommendations he
had come to believe were
As a member of the select
committee he had received
a large amount of feedback
after the recommendations
were released, including
through public meetings.
Mr Nash said he came
to realise many of the
not help keep guns out of
the hands of criminals.
He said in documents
obtained by Labour under
the Official Information
Act police had admitted
officers’ understanding of
the law around firearms
was lacking, and this came
down to a lack of funding.
Seymour said it was a relief
to learn Bennett would
reject most recommendations, that
went “far beyond” targeting illegal gun
Ms Bennett said the committee report
was well intended, but she thought many
recommendations would unduly affect
legal firearm users.
“ Nobody wants firearms getting into
the hands of violent gang members but
we also don’t want over-the-top rules
and restrictions to be placed on hunters
and shooters who manage their firearms
Ms Bennett announced two additional
Government recommendations, includ-
ing the power to suspend licences
pending a decision on revocation, and
for police to improve consultation with
the firearms community.
She said further consultation would be
carried out before Cabinet is asked for
approval on changes later this year.
Brake bungle led
A steel-laden Kiwi Rail train derailed
in 2013, closing the line to the
Glenbrook steel mill for three and a half
days, because workers failed to complete
an important brake test, an investigation
The Transport Accident Investigation
Commission had released its report into
the crash, which damaged 28 wagons
and caused extensive damage to the rail
line at Mission Bush.
Shortly after leaving Glenbrook for
Mount Maunganui the train, with three
locomotives and 36 wagons, split apart
between its sixth and seventh wagons on
a downhill stretch of rail.
“ Within a matter of seconds, the rear
portion of the train ran into the for ward
portion, causing (a) derailment,” the
TAIC report said.
Investigators found the train’s brakes
had been working only on the three
locomotives, not the wagons, and that
a link connecting the sixth and seven
wagons was not secured properly.
They said rail workers did not perform
the brake test that should have been
carried out once the third locomotive was
added. It also found the train was able
to depart with the “wrongly configured
brake control system” because there was
no mechanical interlock to prevent it
recommendations because Kiwi Rail had
already implemented safety measures
following the derailment.
It said key lessons from the incident
included ensuring train drivers and
examiners comply with basic operating
rules, staff communicate effectively and
shift workers take actions to remain alert
while on the job. — NZN
64 employers facing
immigration fraud probes
More than 60 employers are being
investigated by Immigration New
Zealand for alleged immigration
The figure emerged yesterday
spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway
asked Immigration Minister
Michael Woodhouse how many
employers were being investigated,
or were marked for investigation
for potential immigration fraud.
Mr Woodhouse replied he had
been told Immigration NZ was
investigating 64 employers. “ There
are also nine employers being
prosecuted by Immigration NZ
who are currently before the courts.’’
Mr Lees-Galloway also asked
Mr Woodhouse to break down the
businesses under investigation by
industry, but that was turned down.
To do so would take staff too long
and he was “not prepared to commit
the resources required to respond’’,
Mr Woodhouse said.
It was revealed yesterday e-mails
from Immigration NZ staff in
India, obtained by the Labour Party
under the Official Information
Act, expressed concern about an
in which Indian education
agents, New Zealand educational
institutions and New Zealand
employers were all making money
from Indian students.
Some students had threatened
self-harm and were sleeping in cars
because they did not earn enough
to buy food.
Immigration NZ visa ser vices
manager Jock Gilray said cases of
students threatening self-harm and
sleeping in cars still “happen on
occasion but is not believed to be
Labour has been shining a
spotlight on immigration, this
week announcing a plan which is
expected to cut net migration by
20,000 to 30,000 a year.
overhaul targeted low-skilled
workers and students it considered
were exploiting a “ back door to
Leader Andrew Little announced
the policy after criticising the
National Government for record
high net migration, which has seen
more than 70,000 people a year
settle in New Zealand than are
leaving each year.
The main target of Labour’s
policy will be those in low-skilled
positions which Labour believes
could be done by New Zealanders
who were not in work and migrants
trying to settle in Auckland rather
than the regions. — NZ ME
An over whelming number of
voters want a royalty charged on
exported bottled water, an opinion
poll has shown.
The Newshub poll showed nearly
90% favour a royalty — an opinion
shared across party supporters. Of
the National voters polled, 88%
said yes to a royalty, as did 85% of
Labour supporters, 91% of Green
Party supporters and 89% of New
Zealand First supporters.
At present companies can take
water from springs and aquifers
for no charge other than a small
payment for a consent.
The issue blew up earlier this year
when a petition was presented to
Parliament asking for a moratorium
on bottled water exports.
The Government had been
reluctant to do anything, but in
March it said it would review
the situation and asked an expert
advisory group for a report on water
pricing. — NZN
Voters want bottled water royalty
moves to dump
Police will begin sifting through
rubbish at a landfill site as they look for
signs of a Christchurch man Michael
Mr McGrath, 49, was reported missing
on May 23.
Today, the search for him moved to the
Kate Valley landfill site at Waipara, with
police and 20 army troops set to comb
Police continue to hold grave concerns
for his safety with his brother saying his
disappearance is deeply out of character.
Operation Renovation, as the hunt
for Mr McGrath is called, has already
Christchurch houses and the search of
water ways by police divers.
Pictures taken by a security camera at
the New World supermarket in Halswell
at 12.38pm on May 19 are among the
last sightings of Mr McGrath.
He was last seen two days later at his
home in Checketts Avenue in Halswell.
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