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Space could be the key to a
free trade deal between New
Zealand and the United
States and an agreement
could be closer than the
English has played down
New Zealand’s chances of
being early to the table for
an agreement after the US
withdrawal from the Trans-
Pacific Partnership but the new US
ambassador is more hopeful.
Scott Brown arrived in Wellington
this week to take up his post, presenting
his credentials to Governor-General
Dame Patsy Reddy in a ceremony at
Government House on Wednesday.
He said recent events including his
being just the second ambassador
appointed by the new administration and
last month’s visit by Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson speak for themselves in
terms of how the US sees New Zealand
as a partner.
He is hoping to get guidance soon on a
deal between the two countries, likely to
be a bilateral or trilateral agreement as Mr
Brown, like President Donald Trump, is
a not a fan of multi-national agreements
like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“(We) felt that the more countries
you get involved in a trade deal you lose
that one-on-one, one-on-two kind of
approach where you can get a better bang
for your dollar,” he said.
The fact 31,000 Americans call New
Zealand home, including successful
businessmen Peter Thiel and Julian
Robertson — both who Mr
Brown called “dear friends”
are also likely to help
the bid for expanded trade
But it is the opportunities
in space innovation that Mr
Brown seems most excited
about for the relationship
between the two nations.
“ You have a space agency
that ’s developing and you
have rocket launches. That ’s
amazing. I can’t wait,” he said.
He is expected to visit Rocket Lab on
the Mahia Peninsula next week.
“I know Elon Musk and I know what
he’s doing in Space X and what Rocket
Lab is doing here. Somebody who
started from nothing and now it ’s an
international sensation — people are
going to want to come here,” he said.
Mr Brown is a Trump man. He has
known the President for seven years and
was given his first choice as ambassador
based on what he believes is Mr Trump’s
trust in him.
“I’d love him to come here and see what
I see, absolutely. He’s a little busy right
now but I’m hopeful before the end of his
eight-year term,” he said, laughing and
checking that reporters picked up on his
hopes for the president ’s career.
The 57-year-old ambassador has
already thrown himself into his hobbies
in New Zealand, spending his first day in
His wife, television reporter Gail Huff,
has joined him for the post. They have
two adult daughters, country music singer
Ayla and vet student Arianna. — N ZN
The organisation representing the
country ’s landlords has welcomed
contamination standard, saying
it means less pressure to increase
rents and more homes for tenants.
The Government announced the
new standard yesterday.
It sets a significantly higher
threshold than the previous
guidelines, which led to months
of confusion and what are now
considered to have been needless
The NZ Property Investors’
Federation says the new standard
of 1.5mcg per 100sq cm is still
conservative and protects people
from any ill effects.
“Fewer rental properties will
become unavailable due to
the presence of a low level of
meth contamination,” said the
“In addition, the pressure to
increase rental prices due to the
financial cost of meth testing and
decontamination will be reduced.”
Minister Nick Smith says the
new standard is “a huge step
for ward” that will save millions
in unnecessary decontamination
“The new standard results from a
better understanding of the health
risks,” he said.
It will be legally enforceable
when legislation is passed by
Parliament later this year. — N ZN
Landlords welcome P house standard
A second man has been charged
with the murder of Levin man
Palmiro MacDonald, 15 months
after he went missing in March last
Central district police said a
28-year-old man has been charged
with murder and will be appearing
in the Palmerston North District
Mr MacDonald’s murder has been
the subject of a large 15-month
His remains were discovered in the
Mangahao Dam area of the Tararua
Foothills on Sunday October 9 last
Another 28-year-old man has
already been charged with Mr
MacDonald’s murder and is
currently before the court.
“This investigation has been an
extensive and complex inquiry and
we hope that this additional arrest
will bring further relief to Palmiro’s
whanau and friends,’’ says detective
sergeant Peter Vine.
“I would like to acknowledge the
dedication of our investigation
team who have continued to
work endlessly to establish what
happened to Palmiro and to find
some of the answers his whanau
are looking for.’“ We would also
like to thank the members of the
community who contacted Police
and provided information which
has assisted with our investigation.’’
Police are still investigating and
welcome any further information.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Second murder charge in nomad case
Police have been cleared of wrongdoing
after they shot a armed man who had just
shot and wounded a police dog while he
hid under an Auckland house.
Shane Shortcliffe — wanted by police
on 25 serious drugs and firearms charges
was spotted in a car in Manurewa in
Shortcliffe was known to carry firearms
so police armed themselves as they
searched for him, a report released by the
Independent Police Conduct Authority
He was tracked by a dog handler to a
basement underneath a house.
The police dog was sent in and bit
Shortcliffe, who then pointed a pistol at
the dog and its handler.
Believing he was going to be shot, the
dog handler shuffled into a firing position
and fired two shots at Shortcliffe.
Shortcliffe responded with one shot,
which hit the dog and caused a minor
A second officer crawled under the
house and both officers repeatedly called
for Shortcliffe to put his gun down.
When Shortcliffe pointed his pistol at
the second officer the officer fired one
shot at him.
About an hour later, Shortcliffe
surrendered. He had gunshot wounds
to his chest and upper arm and dog bite
injuries to his lower body.
First aid was immediately provided and
he was taken to hospital.
IPCA chairman Sir David Carruthers
says police were justified in shooting
Shortcliffe in the dark, low basement.
“S hortcliffe presented a very real risk
of death or serious bodily harm to the
officers,” he said.
Counties-Manukau police district
commander Inspector Julia Lynch
says officers sometimes “encounter
confronting and dangerous situations” and
in this instance responded professionally
Shortcliffe was sentenced to 17 years
in prison for firearm and drugs charges.
Police cleared of
A Nelson school that lost a large
quantity of mountainbikes, camping
gear and outdoor equipment in a
burglary has had most of it returned.
Nayland College was burgled last
week and police inquiries have resulted
in the majority of the property being
A 19-year-old Hamilton man has been
charged with receiving the property and
is due to appear in the Nelson District
Court on Friday.
Police say the investigation is ongoing
and other people of interest have been
identified.’ In a separate case, the
execution of a search warrant at a Nelson
address has led to the recovery of some
The items are believed to be linked to
a commercial burglary in which more
than $9000 worth of tools were taken.
A 32-year-old man is in custody and
is due to appear in the district court
on Monday charged in relation to the
burglary and stolen property.
Police say inquiries are continuing to
locate all the property. — NZ N
School gets stolen property back
The fight against myrtle rust has
stepped up, with legal restrictions put in
place to stop affected species and green
waste out of an area in Taranaki.
The number of infections found across
the country grew to 46 last week, the
vast majority being in Taranaki, but
there have been cases identified in Bay
of Plenty, Northland and King Country.
Ministry for Primary Industries myrtle
rust response incident controller David
Yard says to help control any spread of
myrtle rust from the most infected area
around Waitara, MPI has imposed a
controlled area extending 10km out
from the known infected properties.
“ It is illegal to move any plants or
trees belonging to the myrtle family
(pohutukawa, manuka, rata, ramarama,
Lilly Pilly, eucalyptus) and any garden
waste, fruit like feijoa or guava, or
prunings from those plants out of this
area,” he said.
Mr Yard said during the colder winter
months, myrtle rust symptoms are
suppressed and it is proving difficult to
get a good measure of exactly where the
disease is present and the scale of the
“ We could be dealing with an extensive
outbreak, but there remains some
possibility we may only have a small
level of infection that could ultimately
“Until the weather warms up and
any infection present becomes much
more visible, we need to do everything
possible to contain and destroy it in the
areas we know about. ”
He said garden waste should be
disposed of within the controlled area
— su ch as at the Waitara transfer station
or the New Plymouth landfill.
Myrtle family plants can still be
bought and planted within the zone, Mr
There are no restrictions on plant
movements or planting anywhere else in
There is no known method for
controlling myrtle rust in the wild, other
than applying fungicide in very small
areas. — NZ N
to stop myrtle rust
A “new front door” has been created
for people who want mental health
support and advice.
On Wednesday the new 1737 number
was launched, which is free to call from
any landline or cellphone, 24 hours a
day, seven days a week.
“ Research shows that four digit
numbers are easy to remember and
that they attract a wider range
of people who may feel other specific
lines are not suited to their needs,”
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman
“These helplines (for gambling,
alcohol and drug, and depression) will
still be accessible through the same
phone numbers, but 1737 creates a new
implementation of the early mental
health response ser vice continues a
scheme which will provide faster and
more appropriate support to people
who need social or psychological help
when they call 111.
The aim is to put appropriate calls
through to mental health professionals,
avoiding unnecessary police callouts.
“In line with international trends,
here in New Zealand we’ve also
for mental health and addiction
services in recent years,” Dr Coleman
“ We know that about 47% of New
Zealanders will experience a mental
health issue during their lifetime —
and one in five will meet the criteria for
a mental health diagnosis in any given
year.” — NZN
Free phone line for
mental health support
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