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The country’s third
medical school should
not be in the Waikato
as it will be too costly
and will not benefit
rural New Zealand, the
Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Auckland
The country has two
schools, in Auckland
and Otago, the leaders
of which have already
attempted to pour cold
water on the joint bid
by the University of
Waikato and Waikato
May 31 and a decision
from the government
on whether to back it is
University of Auckland
the Government needs
to “ignore the hype”
around the planned new
He said it will require
millions of dollars in
investment that, unlike
Auckland and Otago,
has no medically related
subjects ranked in the
top 500 in the world.
“A third medical
school, originally touted
for Wellington, is about
the least efficient way
imaginable of providing
more rural health
professionals,” he said.
“The issue for New
Zealand is not the
number of medical
graduates but rather
where they practise.
“Setting up a new
especially a postgraduate
programme, would be an
extremely expensive way
of addressing this issue.”
The two existing
medical schools are
responding already to
the increased demand
for doctors, Prof
Waikato DHB chief
executive Dr Nigel
Murray said all questions
put to them
Treasury and the
Ministry of Health had
been responded to.
Grants from the
Council for $3.3 million
for projects on reducing
delays for cancer
diagnosis and improving
outcomes for Maori
children admitted to
hospital have already
been approved for the
nascent Waikato medical
school. — NZN
PICTURE: Waitaki District Council
A derelict boat that had been lingering unattended in Oamaru Harbour is lifted out of the
water and on to the back of a truck.
Derelict boat pulled from harbour
Ivor Edward Steven Treacher’s 38ft
recreational boat Sylvia, which has no engine
and is unseaworthy, was removed from the
water by the Otago Regional Council on
ORC legal counsel Peter Kelliher said the
council’s harbourmaster “noted the poor
state of the vessel” during an inspection of
Oamaru Harbour last October.
It is believed Mr Treacher left New Zealand
A Waitaki District Council spokeswoman
said the boat had been there for at least five
An ORC spokesman said the Sylvia was
now in storage.
— Otago Daily Times
Chained up and used as a punching
bag, an intellectually compromised man
thought he was going to die.
The 34-year old made the claim during
a video inter view played to a jury in the
High Court at Rotorua trying Leneith
Moeke, 36, and Gene Karauria, 29, on a
raft of charges.
These include kidnapping, assaults
with a weapon and intentionally
described as having the mental age and
capabilities of a young child.
Questioned about the role Karauria
played, the 34-year-old man claimed
she hit him at least six times with a
tomahawk and whacked him on the
arms and back with a steel whitebait
“My arms went numb, everything
went blurry, I couldn’t stand because
I was dizzy, she was calling me a
Another time she hit him with a pole
because he mowed a crooked line in the
lawn, he said.
He claimed she had stabbed him at
least four times with a pocket knife
calling him a “nark”.
“There was just me and her in the
shed, I was chained up, couldn’t move
because the chain was too short.”
He spoke of a rope being tied
around his neck before being punched,
slapped and kicked because he had
asked to go to the toilet and for food.
“She (Karauria) shoved dried bread in
my mouth saying if I wanted to live like
a dog I could eat like a dog.”
He maintained she forced him to
strip, poured cold water over him,
tied him up, leaving him without a
Beginning his testimony late yesterday
the man told of meeting Moeke while
living on the streets.
“I thought he was a good fella but I
He said the two worked together
kiwifruit picking but his money went
to Moeke who had taken his eftpos
The trial continues.
‘Father of Auckland’ painting sold
The first test results from seven of
Van Leeuwen Dairy Group’s farms
have returned negative for cattle disease
The bacterial disease has previously
been confirmed on two VLDG
properties in the Waimate district, the
first time the disease had been detected
in New Zealand.
In an update on Monday, response
incident controller Eve Pleydell said
two further rounds of testing would be
required on those seven farms before
they could be declared free of the disease.
Results were pending for the remaining
seven VLDG properties.
Good progress was made during
the weekend, as laboratory teams
continued to test thousands of milk and
blood samples from VLG farms and
neighbouring properties, Dr Pleydell
To date, 2610 samples had been
received. Nine of the 62 neighbouring
properties had so far tested negative.
Dr Pleydell said it was important
to find out if the disease was already
occurring in other parts of the country.
The Ministry for Primary Industries
was working with regional veterinary
laboratories, Massey University and
animal industry bodies to collect and
analyse samples, including milk from
cows with mastitis, discard milk and
routine bulk milk samples.
The first samples from the regional
laboratories would be arriving at MPI’s
animal health laboratory, at Wallaceville,
One of the rumours circulating was
the disease had come from imported
At a public meeting last week, MPI
specialist incursion investigator Tom
Rawdon said he personally believed it
was a “red herring”.
World Wide Sires New Zealand
general manager Hank Lina said MPI
had confirmed there was no evidence
that resistance had developed to
mycoplasma in imported bovine semen.
“ MPI’s validation that imported semen
was not the cause of the mycoplasma
outbreak is bittersweet. We’re naturally
delighted to have this confirmation
of our standards and systems, but our
hearts go out to the Van Leeuwen family,
who are living through a farmer’s worst
nightmare,” he said.
Meanwhile, a new diagnostic test for
M. bovis, developed in Australia, is being
used in both Denmark and Finland to
investigate the prevalence of the disease.
Dr Nadeeka Wawegama, a research
fellow at the University of Melbourne
who has developed the test that could
detect both sub-clinical and clinically
infected cattle, said a few other countries
had also shown interest in using the test.
When contacted to ascertain the effect
of the disease in Australia, Dr Wawegama
said Dairy Australia confirmed in 2006
M. bovis was in some dairy herds and it
was considered a “significant ” pathogen.
Once confirmed, the infected dairy
cattle were culled, as there were was no
It was also done to prevent the spread
to the herd and milk from the infected
cattle could also not be used on calves,
so the economic loss was “very big”, she
Mycoplasma bovis — which does
not infect humans and presents no
food safety risk — can cause mastitis,
abortion, pneumonia and arthritis.
Studies suggested at least 50% of
Australian dairy herds were affected by
subclinical mastitis, at a cost to industry
of more than $60 million a year.
— Otago Daily Times
Blind and vision
impaired Aucklanders are
getting a detailed guide
on how to use their sense
of touch to sort out their
Organisers say the
guide, Feeling Rubbish,
is the first of its kind in
“As Aucklanders, we
intend to make more
than a blind bit of
difference by dealing with
our waste responsibly,”
Paul Brown, from the
Auckland branch of
Blind Citizens NZ, said.
The guide received an
Auckland Council grant
and was written with the
help of blind and vision
impaired members from
It is available in audio
CD, braille, large print
and electronic formats.
To help further
distinguish soft plastics
from composites, samples
of rubbish have been
made to help people
identify the different
types of packaging and
waste by touch, and
where to put them.
Cr Penny Hulse
said the council was
committed to supporting
community groups who
shared the goal of zero
waste by 2040.
A painting of the man known as the
“ Father of Auckland”, Sir John Logan
Campbell, has sold at auction for
Produced by Louis John Steele,
possibly in 1903, the work is a national
treasure, International Art Centre
director Richard Thomson says.
Last night’s auction was the painting’s
first public appearance since it was
Its whereabouts had been a mystery
for the past 50 years until the owner
offered it for sale through the art centre
Campbell’s many deeds included being
a BNZ founding director and Auckland
mayor, and he gifted Cornwall Park to
the people of New Zealand.
A second painting at the auction by
Charles Goldie of a Maori chief sold
for $530,000, well above the estimate,
while a second Goldie was under
Goldie is the most significant painter
of Maori subjects in New Zealand art
history. He studied under Steele, who
had earlier arrived in Auckland in about
1886, aged 44, and began taking a great
interest in painting portraits of Maori
chiefs and elders. — NZ N
Mentally disabled man
‘chained up like dog’
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