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Cocaine haul remands
Four men have appeared in the
Tauranga District Court after police
seized a record haul of cocaine
estimated to be worth $20 million.
Customs and police uncovered
46kg of the drug on Wednesday.
Australians Matthew Scott, 44 and
Benjamin Northway 35, Croatian
Mario Hubulin, 45, and 46-year-old
Serbian national Deni Cavallo face
a combined 20 charges. They were
remanded in custody without plea to
December 4. — N ZN
Plunge injuries fatal
A woman has died in hospital after
the vehicle she was in went off a cliff
in south Taranaki. Emergency crews
were called to Waitotara Valley Road
early on Sunday. The 21-year-old
passenger had been thrown from
the vehicle after it veered off the
road and down a steep bank. She
was flown to Wellington Hospital
but died two days later, police said
yesterday. — NZ N
Fatal fall ‘preventable’
The death of a crew member on
a bulk carrier 125km east of New
Zealand last year was preventable.
On November 3 last year, a crew
member on the New Legend Pearl,
sailing between Bluff and Marsden
Point, was changing a hoisting wire
on one of its cranes. The wire snagged
and the crew member, trying to fix it,
lost his balance and fell to the deck,
8m below. The Transport Accident
Investigation Commission found it
was likely the locking mechanism for
the safety harness was not engaged
properly, or the harness was not
suited for the task. — NZN
Pedestrian, cyclist toll up
Pedestrian and cyclist deaths have
been a big contributor to this year’s
road toll. To date, 318 people have
been killed on New Zealand’s roads,
compared with 272 this time last
year. Thirty-two pedestrians have
died, compared with 24 in 2015 and
21 this time last year. Sixteen cyclists
have died; three had been killed by
this time in 2015 and four in 2016.
A warning has been issued against
eating or collecting shellfish from
the Taranaki-Waikato coastline
following the discovery of paralytic
toxins. The warning from the
Ministry for Primary Industries
covers Oakura northward to the
south head at the Manukau Harbour
entrance. It also applies to the Bay of
Plenty coastline from Rogers Road
at Pukehina Beach to Opape. MPI
also warned cooking shellfish does
not remove the toxin. — NZ N
Numbers in Keno draw No 14792:
53, 55, 56, 60, 67, 68, 70, 80. Draw No
14793: 2, 10, 16, 18, 23, 26, 28, 31, 36,
38, 40, 52, 53, 54, 57, 58, 67, 77, 79, 80.
Draw No 14794: 1, 2, 13, 15, 16, 20,
25, 29, 35, 42, 45, 47, 55, 56, 58, 61, 65,
66, 68, 71. Draw No 14795: 1, 2, 4, 6,
8, 15, 16, 18, 24, 41, 44, 47, 51, 52, 53,
56, 57, 60, 73, 75.
No new leads in McGrath investigation
The names and important information
of 12,000 British soldiers who ser ved
in the 19th century New Zealand Wars
have been released by Victoria University
after extensive research.
The research drew on records held by
the National Archives in London and is
the first database of what will grow into a
larger publicly accessible resource.
Macdonald says it has take a long time
for the New Zealand Wars to be officially
recognised because they reveal a violent
“The 1860s wars were bloody and harsh
events. This side of our history is not easy.
But it is surely time for New Zealanders
to know what happened here, in the
places where we live,” Prof Macdonald
said. “ The identification of these soldiers
provides an opportunity for our past to
be fully understood and remembered —
not just because history tells a story but
because it is the story that makes us who
She said about one in five stayed as
“soldier settlers” . — NZ N
NZ Wars troops’
Failing to pay incorrect wages, holiday
pay and keep correct records has cost
a prominent Chinese New Zealand
newspaper more than $140,000.
The breaches were discovered at
the Asia Pacific Times — whose sole
shareholder and managing director is
Zhishen (Oscar) Cui — following a
Labour Inspectorate investigation.
The newspaper failed to pay the
minimum wage, keep holiday or leave
records in order and one worker had a
$50,000 “premium” demanded in order
to secure employment.
Labour Inspectorate regional manager
Natalie Gardiner says the practices are
“completely unlawful” in this country.
“These are significant breaches of New
Zealand employment law, including
some of their employees’ most basic
rights,” she said.
The Employment Relations Authority
found three Chinese employees of
Educasia Media Limited, which owned
the newspaper, were underpaid more
than $30,000 in minimum wage and
$6000 in holiday pay.
Of the $54,000 in penalties, $28,800 is
to be awarded to the affected employees.
As a result of the penalties, Educasia
Media Limited will be placed on the
stand down list, preventing them from
sponsoring new visas to recruit migrant
labour for two years. — NZ N
Police have searched a home, had
diving teams check local water ways
and even turned over a landfill, but
admit they are no closer to solving
the mystery of missing man Michael
The 49-year-old builder from
Christchurch has not been since
May and although Operation
Renovation was wide-ranging,
Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney
said no significant developments
have arisen since August.
The investigation remains active
and is being worked on by a
dedicated team of detectives, he said.
“This is a long-term investigation
and one that Canterbury police are
determined to resolve,” he said.
“Myself and the team come to
work each day with the goal of
solving Michael’s disappearance and
providing answers for his family.
“No stone will be left unturned.”
Mr Sweeney said while he
appreciates the public interest and
the assistance to this date, due to
the nature of the investigation police
will be unable to regularly provide
detailed accounts of continuing
Mr McGrath was last seen at his
home on about May 21 and his
disappearance was described as out
of character. — NZ N
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What was a chance for rejuvenation has resulted in most former
ministers holding on to their main areas of expertise, with all
other MPs except the first-termers picking up largely minor
portfolios. SAM SACHDEVA of Newsroom comments.
As far as reshuffles go, it
was a little under whelming.
Granted, National leader
Bill English may feel he has
reason to retain confidence
in his frontbenchers; after
all, as he keeps reminding
us, National was and is the
largest party in Parliament
following the election.
Yet what was a chance for
rejuvenation has resulted
in most former ministers
holding on to their main
areas of expertise, with
all other MPs except the
first-termers picking up largely minor
It feels like an attempt to mix continuity
with change, similar to the needle
English tried to thread when taking over
from John Key as Prime Minister and
placating restless backbenchers.
One beneficiary of the reshuffle is
Judith Collins, who has jumped from
16th to ninth in National’s rankings and
picked up the transport portfolio — a
particular focus for the new Government.
Ms Collins’s resurgence may reflect
a desire to keep her from fomenting
mischief internally while in opposition,
but it is also an acknowledgment that
her attack-dog approach may come in
handy on the cross-benches (a fact Mr
English noted when saying: “I think Phil
Twyford will find her way of business
Taking on Ms Collins’s police
portfolio is Chris Bishop, who may have
considered himself unfortunate to miss
out on a ministerial role last term.
Mr Bishop turned Hutt South blue
at the election, and has been elevated
to a high-profile role taking on Police
Minister Stuart Nash.
Similarly, Todd Muller has picked
up climate change and Crown-Maori
relations rules, having been on the cusp
of a ministerial position last term.
One of the notable losers is Nick
Smith, who has lost his housing-related
roles and instead taken on the relatively
lesser forestry and aquaculture portfolios.
Mr English insisted Dr Smith had
performed well in Government, but the
change suggests National is aware it
needs someone more convincing to take
on Mr Twyford (a job which has fallen
to Michael Woodhouse).
There are some other interesting
decisions: Mr English has created a
separate mental health role, held by
Matt Doocey, perhaps a recognition
of the pressure his Government came
under regarding strains on the mental
Amy Adams has picked up workplace
relations and safety from Mr Woodhouse,
with Mr English praising her “crystal-
clear legal mind” and saying she could
keep a check on the Government ’s
This reshuffle may reflect a holding
pattern. While Mr English claimed to
be unaware of any pending departures,
it seems likely a handful of senior MPs
will choose to stand down before the
election, creating space for other rising
stars. He confirmed giving portfolios to
more junior MPs was in essence a test of
their ability to make the step up.
As to National’s approach in
opposition, it seems sensible to not
expect any goodwill, with Mr English
making attacks on the Government
and warning it could not expect an easy
“ You should expect more tension
and more pressure in the Parliament,
and particularly through the select
committee process. Because we are the
dominant select committee party. ”
“And that is going to make a difference
to how everything runs —
it’s not our job to make this
place run for an incoming
Government that is a
ministers among his ranks,
Mr English and company
may enjoy making life
difficult. However, a more
constructive approach will
be needed if National is to
somehow seize power back
at the next election.
Bill English: National security.
Paula Bennett: Children; women;
Steven Joyce: Finance; infrastructure.
Gerry Brownlee: Foreign affairs;
fisheries; land information.
Simon Bridges: Shadow leader of
the House; economic and regional
Amy Adams: Justice; workplace
relations and safety (including Pike
Jonathan Coleman: Health; sport and
Chris Finlayson: Shadow Attorney-
General; Commerce; GCSB; NZSIS.
Judith Collins: Transport; revenue.
Michael Woodhouse: Housing; social
Nathan Guy: Primary industries.
Nikki Kaye: Education.
Todd McClay: Trade; State ser vices.
Paul Goldsmith: Tertiary Education;
arts, culture and heritage.
Louise Upston: Social development.
Anne Tolley: Nominated for Deputy
Nick Smith: Forestry; aquaculture.
Maggie Barry: Conser vation.
Alfred Ngaro: Courts; community and
voluntary sector; Pacific peoples.
Mark Mitchell: Defence.
Nicky Wagner: Disability issues.
Jacqui Dean: Tourism; small business.
David Bennett: Food safety; racing;
Tim Macindoe: ACC.
Jami-Lee Ross: Senior whip; local
government; associate transport.
Barbara Kuriger: Biosecurity; rural
communities; junior whip.
Matt Doocey: Greater Christchurch
regeneration; mental health; third whip.
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi: Internal
affairs; associate police.
communications and digital media;
Jonathan Young: Energy and resources.
Joanne Hayes: Whanau ora; associate
Ian McKelvie: Seniors, veterans.
Simon O’Connor: Corrections.
Jian Yang: Statistics; Associate ethnic
Andrew Bayly: Building regulation;
Chris Bishop: Police; youth.
Sarah Dowie: Early childhood
Brett Hudson: ICT; government
digital ser vices.
Nuk Korako: Treaty of Waitangi
negotiations; Maori development.
Todd Muller: Climate change; Crown-
Parmjeet Parmar: Science
Shane Reti: Data; associate health.
Alastair Scott: Customs; associate
Stuart Smith: Civil defence;
Warbirds over Wanaka has
announced the return of one
of the most popular attractions
from previous shows, the North
American T-28 Trojan aircraft, 14
years after its last appearance at
the international air show.
Warbirds over Wanaka general
manager Ed Taylor said to
celebrate 30 years since the very
first air show organisers were
“trying to bring back a number
of aircraft and acts which have
thrilled the crowds over those
The T-28 Trojan was produced
during the 1950s and was first
used as a military trainer aircraft
by the United States Air Force
and United States Navy.
During the 1960s, the T-28
was successfully employed as
a counterinsurgency aircraft,
primarily during the Vietnam
The Trojan confirmed for
Wanaka in 2018 is owned by New
Plymouth pilot Brett Emeny,
a regular visitor to the Wanaka
show. Mr Emeny will be flying
the Trojan and will also be behind
the controls of the Catalina flying
boat and is an integral part of the
Yak-52 aerobatic display team.
— Otago Daily Times
Crowd-pleaser booked for air show
One of Warbirds over Wanaka’s most popular attractions, the North American T-28 Trojan aircraft, is
returning for the 30th anniversar y air show next year.
The New Zealand Government is
offering to help Australia resolve the
Manus Island refugee crisis and has
reiterated its offer to accept up to 150
“I really hope Australia does take
up our offer, we are here to help,”
Immigration Minister Iain Lees-
Galloway said today.
“ We would like to work with
Australia to help find a compassionate
solution to this.”
About 600 refugees have barricaded
themselves inside the now closed
camp on Manus Island, off the coast
of Papua New Guinea, fearful they
will be attacked by locals if they
They have no power, no water and
mosquitoes are causing concerns
Iranian Behrouz Boochani said
New Zealand was his best chance of
resettlement. “ We are asking New
Zealand to seriously have negotiations
with the Australian Government to
take us from this prison,” he said.
“O ur message is to put pressure on
the Australian Government to accept
the offer. We have been here for more
than four years.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
will discuss the Manus Island
situation when she meets Australian
counterpart Malcolm Tu rnbull in
Sydney on Sunday.
Mr Lees-Galloway would not
comment on the way the crisis is
“ It ’s a challenging situation for
Australia. They face issues that we
don’t in New Zealand,” he said.
Australian authorities say alternative
accommodation on the island is ready
for the refugees.
New Zealand’s offer to take 150
refugees in Australia’s offshore
detention centres was first made in
It has been rejected several times
on the grounds that it would offer
refugees a back door into Australia
and could be used as a marketing ploy
by people smugglers. — NZ N
NZ offers to help with Aust refugee crisis
Lack of unity in tackling Port Hills blaze
A lack of co-operation between
fire agencies and decisions made on
the ground contributed to the Port
Hills fires raging out of control
earlier this year, an investigation
The fires, which began as two
separate blazes on Marley’s Hill
and Early Valley Road raged
between February and April over
the equivalent of 1600 rugby fields
and took 66 days to put out by 300
firefighters. Nine homes were lost
and one person, helicopter pilot
Steve Askin, was killed in a crash
while fighting the flames.
The findings of an independent
review into the blaze, led by the
Australasian Fire and Emergency
Ser vices Authority Council’s Alan
Goodwin, were released today.
There was confusion as the
various agencies that would tackle
the fires operated under different
command and control structures
local council, Department of
Conser vation, rural, and urban
fire authorities — and a “solid,
holistic joint strategy was not truly
achieved” as there was a disconnect
between urban and rural fire
managers, he said.
compounded by the darkness,
among those involved on the
fire ground from all responding
agencies as to what information
had been given to the public and
in a command and control process
back to those in management
The large number of 111 calls
further compounded the problem,
Mr Goodwin said.
The review found it was the
correct decision to stand down
firefighters on the first night of the
fire, even though it flared back up
at 2am the next day. Water supply
issues also restricted the response.
The command structure has
changed since the Port Hills fires,
it was noted, with the merging of
fire agencies to become Fire and
Emergency New Zealand.
Fire and Emergency NZ chief
executive Rhys Jones says an action
plan will address the findings,
especially around effective response
and management of major fires, and
informing the community properly
during an event.
“The Port Hills fires were one
of the biggest and most complex
in New Zealand’s history . . . the
review found that while firefighters
from across the agencies did a lot of
things well, there are areas we need
to improve,” he said.
The report also noted that the
Marley’s Hill fire was suspicious,
and still subject to a police
investigation, while the Early
Valley Road fire has been declared
The incident controller from
the fires says the situation was
“ unprecedented in New Zealand’s
history” in terms of its impact
and while mistakes were made,
managers were determined not to
put firefighters in harm’s way.
Speaking after the issue of the
report into the 66-day blaze
from February to April, Richard
McNamara said the Marley ’s Hill
and Early Valley fires, which joined
to become one large blaze, “moved
faster than you could run”.
“So the difficulty was if you were
putting firefighters into these
difficult circumstances, you would
have been signing their death
warrants,” he said.
Mr McNamara said decisions
made in the face of uncertainty
led to mistakes, and homeowners
whose property had been destroyed
had been apologised to and
communication with the public was
lacking, but safety for firefighters
“Lives will always matter over
bricks and mortar. ” — NZN
Council drops sex worker bylaw
thinks the issue of sex workers in a
residential area can be “addressed in
other ways”, rather than imposing
The idea of creating a bylaw,
which would have regulated street-
based sex work, was dismissed by
Instead the council will set up
a community working group,
working with the New Zealand
Prostitutes’ Collective, to find ways
to encourage sex workers not to
work in residential areas.
Manchester Street residents,
north of Bealey Avenue, have
complained about street-based sex
workers in the area since the 2011
Sex workers used to work south
of Bealey Avenue, but were forced
out of the area when the city was
cordoned after the 2011 earthquake.
They are reluctant to move back
there because of roadworks.
The council’s head of strategic
policy, Helen Beaumont, realised
residents would be upset over
It had become clear during
investigations that a bylaw created
under the local government act
would be very difficult to effectively
enforce, she said.
The police were initially willing
to assist council by enforcing a new
bylaw and regulating street-based
sex work, but had withdrawn their
“ We think the issues can be
addressed in other ways,” Ms
“ We’ve been looking closely at
what has worked in Auckland and
are working with the New Zealand
Prostitutes’ Collective, the police
and social agencies on ways we
can encourage the street-based sex
workers to relocate.” — NZN
Solar panel firm warned over savings claim
Claims from a solar panel retailer
that solar installation would result
in a property being sold twice as
fast has resulted in a warning from
the Commerce Commission.
The commission believes New
Zealand Home Ser vices Ltd may
be in breach of the Fair Trading
Act over unsubstantiated claims
solar systems can increase property
values and lead to a property being
sold twice as fast.
NZHS has been asked to
substantiate these claims, which
also include the claim that a solar
system can generate a return of over
“ In our view the materials
provided were of varying degrees
of reliability, were from overseas
sources not relevant to the
representations made about the
New Zealand market, or were
created or compiled after the
representations were made,” the
commission’s head of investigations
Ritchie Hutton said.
NZHS has since removed the
claims from its website. — NZ N
The Government has given an assurance
that its fees-free tertiary education policy
and student allowance increase is on
track to be implemented on January 1
It will deliver one year of tertiary
education without any fees and a $50 a
week boost to student allowances.
The full programme of three years’ fees-
free tertiary education will be rolled out
Education Minister Chris Hipkins said
planning for the first year has been fast-
tracked so it can come in on January 1.
“Cabinet has given the go-ahead for
detailed implementation planning,” he
“Officials have already started work.”
Mr Hipkins said he knew students and
tertiary education providers were keen to
know the full details.
“ We will make sure they get the
information they need in a timely way
in the meantime they can rest assured
that the first year of fees-free study will
kick in next year. ” — NZN
on way: Hipkins
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