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Man dies near Akaroa
Police and ambulance staff were
called to the Le Bons Bay area near
Akaroa after a man died. A police
statement says the emergency staff
were called about 2.15pm yesterday.
It appears the man may have been
operating machinery when he died,
but the circumstances of his death
are still to be confirmed. — NZ N
A motorcyclist has been taken to
hospital with critical injuries after
a crash with a car in Christchurch.
Police and ambulance were alerted
just before 6.30pm yesterday to
the incident at the intersection of
Brougham Street and Selwyn Street
in the central city. — NZ N
Crash victim Korean
A South Korean student studying
in Q ueenstown has been named
as the person who died in in a
two-car crash in Christchurch. She
was Hyunseo Lee, 30. The crash
happened in Worcester Street,
Linwood, on October 31. Three
other people were injured. — N ZN
Plunge victim named
Police have named the woman who
died after her vehicle went off a cliff
in south Taranaki as a 21-year-old
Canadian. Angelika Melisa Loukas
was thrown from her vehicle when it
veered off the road and down a steep
bank on Waitotara Valley Road early
on Sunday, October 29. Ms Loukas,
who lived in the valley, was flown to
Wellington Hospital but died two
days later. — NZ N
Two fi refighters have minor
injuries following a fire in south
Auckland yesterday. Fire crews
rushed to the house on Henwood
Road in Mangere shortly after 5pm.
The two firefighters were injured
by an explosion near the rear of
the property. Both were checked
by ambulance staff but required no
further medical assistance. The fire
was contained by 6.30pm. — N Z M E
Assaults may be linked
Indecent assaults in Havelock North
and Napier may have been done by
the same young man, police say. The
incidents occurred at 8.45am (Napier)
and 9.55am (Havelock North) on
Sunday. In Napier, a woman walking
on Burns Road was assaulted by a
young man who then ran towards
Battery Road. In Havelock North, a
woman on Iona Road was indecently
assaulted by a man before he fled
down Breadalbane Road. Police said
officers were checking if there was a
connection between the incidents.
Numbers in Keno draw No 14808: 2,
10, 17, 20, 26, 33, 34, 39, 47, 48, 50, 53,
55, 58, 62, 64, 65, 68, 71, 76. Draw No
14809: 3, 7, 13, 15, 26, 30, 34, 39, 44,
47, 48, 55, 56, 66, 68, 69, 71, 73, 78, 80.
Draw No 14810: 11, 14, 23, 29, 30, 41,
43, 45, 46, 47, 51, 53, 55, 66, 67, 69, 73,
75, 77, 80. Draw No 14811: 5, 7, 12,
19, 21, 23, 24, 28, 29, 42, 46, 50, 51, 57,
60, 61, 68, 71, 74, 79.
Ardern planning talks with key leaders at Apec
Paid parental leave will increase
to 22 weeks from July next year
and to 26 weeks from July 2020,
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has
It is 18 weeks at present, and
Labour failed in the last parliament
to increase it despite having majority
The government used its financial
veto to kill the bill put up by MP Sue
That bill has been resurrected and
will be introduced to parliament this
This time it will be passed quickly.
Ms Ardern said because it had
previously gone through the process
the Government blocked it at its
last legislative stage — it did not need
the same treatment as a new bill.
“This is a key part of our families
package and one all three parties
of Government have been proud to
support because it’s the right thing
to do,” she said.
“ We want children to have the best
start in life — evidence shows that
having a parent at home as long as
possible to care for a child provides
a huge benefit for that child’s
carries the cost of paid parental
leave, and Ms Ardern said increasing
it would cost $325 million over the
next four years.
“It’s what we budgeted for and fits
within our fiscal plan,” she said.
Unions and the advocacy group 26
for Babies praised the Government.
“No matter what people do for
work, families should come first,”
said CTU secretary Sam Huggard.
“ Having new parents returning
to work when they are rested and
feel ready is better for workplaces
spokeswoman for 26 for Babies, said
the group was ecstatic.
“ From nurses to Playcentre, from
unions to Unicef, governments have
always had clear advice that the right
thing for babies is time at home to
bond with their families,” she said.
Govt increases paid parental leave
David Bain and his wife Liz Davies
have welcomed their new baby daughter
into the world.
Their baby daughter, who was born
on September 30, has been named after
Bain’s murdered sister Arawa.
The couple, who had their first son
in 2014, named their daughter Sophie
Arawa Carolyn Davies.
Arawa Bain died at 19 when she was
killed along with her sister Laniet, 18,
younger brother Stephen, 14, and their
parents at their Dunedin home on June
The Bain family had a tradition of
incorporating a parent ’s name into
the names of their children, with
Stephen’s second name being Robin,
after their father, Laniet ’s second name
after mother Margaret, while David’s
original middle name was Cullen, after
his mother’s maiden name before she
married husband Robin.
David Bain, now 45, changed his name
to William David Cullen Davies this
In 1995, Bain was found guilty of the
murder of his parents, brother and two
sisters, but was acquitted in a retrial in
2009. Last year, a report by Ian Callinan,
QC, found Bain was not eligible for
compensation because he “ has not
established his innocence on the balance
However, he received a voluntary
payment of $925,000 from the
Government last year. — NZ ME
New Zealand has been replaced by
Vietnam to co-host a Trans-Pacific
Partnership meeting with Japan at the
Apec summit this week.
With the former
Government working with Japan
to push through the new 11 nation
agreement the prime minister had
been expected to co-chair the meeting
alongside Japanese Prime Minister
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s
hopes to renegotiate controversial
investor-State dispute settlement
clauses, something Japanese officials
have said could cause the deal to
TPP leaders will be hoping to
finalise the agreement when they
meet Apec in Da Nang, Vietnam on
Ms Ardern believes there could be
support from other nations to block
ISDS clauses, which allow foreign
investors to sue governments, from
There will be exemptions between
Australia and New Zealand after the
two nations agreed to a side letter, Ms
Ardern revealed on Sunday after her
meeting in Sydney with Australian
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
She could also have support from
Canadian Prime Minister Justin
Those two hit it off during a Skype
conversation after Ms Ardern became
prime minister and they are expected
to have a formal bilateral meeting at
Ms Ardern’s schedule has room
for a dozen or more formal bilateral
talks, as well as informal pull-asides
through the week she is away.
“ It’s not often you bring together
your neighbours within a region and
at the beginning of my leadership it ’s
an opportunity for me to strengthen
those individual relationships,” she
She is so far keeping quiet on who
those meetings will be with other
than to hint she is prioritising nations
where trade talks are “acute” and some
to whom she has spoken to since
becoming prime minister.
Foreign Minister Winston Peters
and Trade Minister David Parker will
also travel to Vietnam while Associate
Trade Minister Damien O’Connor
will take Mr Parker’s place in the
Philippines where the delegation is
attending the Asean and East Asia
As well as formal leader retreats
and meetings Ms Ardern will attend
a Remembrance Day breakfast with
Mr Turnbull, speak at a women’s
roundtable event being hosted by
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet
and speak on resource efficiency and
sustainable growth at the Apec chief
There is little time for fun in the
packed agenda but Ms Ardern will
take part in the official Apec silly
shirts family photo and attend a gala
dinner marking 50 years of Asean
co-operation. — NZ N
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The man who punched, kicked and
stomped his partner to death in a
20-minute beating has been convicted
Robert Roupere Hohua, 36, admitted
killing Marie Rose Harlick at her
Opotiki home in November last year.
He claimed to be guilty of the lesser
charge of manslaughter; that he never
meant to kill Harlick, or was unaware
the injuries inflicted were likely to kill
The jury which heard the evidence in
his six-day trial in the High Court at
On the charge of murder, the jurors
took four and a half hours to reach the
Family of Harlick, some of whom had
flown from Australia, filled the seats in
the public gallery.
They shouted “yes” on hearing the
jury foreman’s answer, an outpouring
of emotion nearly 12 months after
Ms Harlick was killed.
The evidence in the trial was largely
uncontested, the key issue was whether
Hohua had murderous intent during
the fatal assault on Ms Harlick on
November 22, 2016.
The couple had been in a “tumultuous”
relationship for around two years and
raised a toddler, Vivienne, together.
But the couple were not living together.
This was because Hohua was on bail for
an earlier violent attack on Ms Harlick
As part of his bail conditions on the
charge of assault with intent to injure,
Hohua was not allowed to go within
100m of Ms Harlick.
A bail curfew meant Hohua had to be
at another Opotiki address between the
hours of 7pm and 6am.
Despite these strict conditions, the
couple had been drinking together with
friends in the hours leading up to Ms
This was at a house on Wellington
Street where Ms Harlick was ser ving a
sentence of home detention.
Just before his 7pm curfew, Hohua
returned to his bail address on Windsor
Street with Vivienne, who was 19
months old, and others he was drinking
But about 9.30pm, Hohua became
worried Ms Harlick was being unfaithful
to him and returned to Harlick’s home
on Wellington Street, pushing the
toddler in the stroller.
When Ms Harlick did not answer the
door, Hohua became angry and smashed
a window to let himself in.
Ms Harlick walked in the back door
but was too drunk to answer Hohua’s
This “enraged” Hohua who punched
ms Harlick in the face once or twice.
She was knocked to the ground and
“probably unconscious at this point ”, the
Neighbours called 111 at 9.58pm and
heard Hohua shout, “Get up before I kill
He kept punching, kicking and
stomping Ms Harlick in an assault
which dragged on for about 20 minutes.
Hohua then dragged her into the bath,
where he cleaned the blood off her face.
Her body was left under the running tap
while Hohua went to check on Vivienne,
who was crying in the stroller.
He then moved Ms Harlick on to a
mattress in a bedroom and covered her
with a blanket.
Vivienne was later found by police
under the blanket, beside her dead
Two police officers, who were tied up at
another incident when the 111 call was
made, arrived at the Wellington Street
house at 10.24pm.
Hohua fled and was tasered during the
arrest. The police found Harlick inside
the bedroom, unresponsive.
A post-mortem examination revealed
a long list of injuries inflicted during
the “eruption of rage”, which is how the
Crown described the beating, including
bruises, cuts and fractures to both sides
of her jaw.
She bled to death, internally, after a
stomp or kick to her stomach ruptured
an artery. —N Z ME-Rotorua Daily Post
Robert Roupere Hohua and Marie Rose Harlick.
A person has died after a utility vehicle,
light truck and cyclist crashed on State
highway 3 in Bell Block, New Plymouth
The driver of the utility vehicle died
at the scene when the three vehicles
collided just south of Airport Drive at
9.20am. The road was closed while the
serious crash unit investigated. — N Z N
Three-way smash claims life
Four male teens have been arrested
and charged with aggravated robbery
following an incident at the Sunbeam
Milk Bar in Gore last month.
A 16-year-old, two 15-year-olds and a
14-year-old have all been charged with
aggravated robbery and will appear in
Invercargill Youth Court on Friday,
A fifth, a 12-year-old male, has been
referred to Youth Aid.
A worker in the Coutts Road dairy
was left with a cut hand after he was
allegedly attacked by three males, one
carrying a machete. — NZN
Four arrests over armed hold-up
Govt reviews charter schools deals
The Government is reconsidering
contracts for six new charter schools
signed before the election.
New Education Minister Chris
Hipkins says the National-led
government signed the contracts
in the weeks before the election in
breach of pre-election conventions.
“This was in clear contravention of
pre-election protocols that prohibit
one government committing a
future government in the run-up to
an election,” he said in a statement.
“I ’ve asked for urgent advice
on the status of those contracts
and won’t be making any further
comment on the matter until I’ve
All parties in the new Labour-
led Government oppose charter
schools and Mr Hipkins said
anyone involved in establishing
a school knew “a change of
government would mean change
But Act leader David Seymour
who was responsible for charter
schools before the election — said
the new schools had already been
budgeted for since mid-2016.
“All of that takes time, I don’t feel
that the excuse frankly that he’s
trying to make cuts water,” he said.
spokeswoman, Nikki Kaye, said
clarity was needed from the
Government about what would
“These sponsors have spent time
and money securing contracts with
the Crown and preparing to open
these schools. They deser ve better
than this,” she said.
Earlier this week Mr Hipkins
indicated all existing charter schools
would also be reviewed individually
to see if they can be integrated into
the rest of the education system, or
whether they would be shut.
Boy’s roof fall
A Palmerston North family is
shattered over the death of their
“miracle baby’’ after he fell through the
roof of a school building, fracturing his
Eight-year-old Justin Reid was playing
with his big brother Lucas and several
friends on Saturday at Cloverlea School
when he gained access to the roof of a
His aunt Kim Murphy said it was not
clear how Justin ended up on the roof.
But being little, the family assumed
he had been given a boost by one of the
“Apparently some other teenagers were
on the roof too, so we assumed he was
coaxed up there.’’
Shortly after 4pm, Justin fell through a
Perspex strip in the corrugated iron roof
and landed on his head.
Realising his little brother was
unconscious, Lucas, 10, called for help.
St John ambulance crews rushed to the
scene within 30 minutes.
“He was brought to A and E straight
away and they ran some scans,’’ she said.
“It was clear pretty quickly how serious
the injuries were. ’’
The little boy, who was described by
his aunty as a “ loving, witty’’ child, was
put on life support at Palmerston North
Hospital’s intensive care unit.
With a fractured skull and severe brain
injuries, the family could only hope he
would pull through.
But when he was pulled out of sedation
yesterday to enable doctors to see how
his brain was reacting to the trauma, the
family was told he was brain dead. They
made the decision to turn off life support
His aunt said the circumstances around
the fall seemed out of character for
Justin, who was afraid of heights.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Alexandra scrub fire contained
Firefighters monitored a hillside
in central Alexandra overnight
after a large scrub fire that came
within 150m of homes.
The blaze was brought under
control about 5pm, after breaking
out just above Gillaly Way in
Bridge Hill about 3pm yesterday.
The fire was under control last
night, but would be monitored
overnight for safety reasons,
Alexandra chief fire officer
Russell Anderson said.
The cause of the fire was
unknown, though it was not
thought to be fireworks-related.
Police were treating it as
suspicious and Fire and
Emergency New Zealand was
The area is dry after a long
period with little rain.
Five crews, from Alexandra,
Clyde, Omakau, and rural
fire staff from Alexandra and
Blackstone fought the fire.
Senior sergeant Ian Kerrisk, of
Alexandra, reminded residents
there was still some risk of fire
due to the dry conditions, and a
restricted fire season remained in
place. — Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Firefighters battle a scrub fire on Bridge Hill in Alexandra late yesterday afternoon.
Ex-FBI agent fights for
sexually abused youngsters
A retired Federal Bureau of
Investigation agent has dedicated
his career fighting for children who
have been sexually abused, and he
knows all too well what they are
Jim Clemente, a former New York
City prosecutor, is in Christchurch
to share his story on sexual abuse,
and his experience which led him
to get justice for others.
He is a guest speaker at the South-
South Institute’s Building Bridges
International Conference about
male sur vivors of sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse statistics in New
Zealand say that one in three girls
will be abused, and one in seven
boys, but Mr Clemente knows that
is not the true number.
“ I don’t think we ever have an
accurate picture of how many kids
are victimised,” he said.
Despite sexual abuse being
spoken about more, he knows that
on average people wait 20 years to
speak out, and some up to 30 years.
Mr Clemente, a sur vivor of child
sexual abuse himself, waited 10
years before he felt he could speak
“ I was 15, and I couldn’t speak
those words to my parents, I didn’t
know this could happen to a boy. ”
Mr Clemente, who has dealt
with thousands of child sexual
abuse cases, wants parents to speak
to their children and make them
aware this is an issue.
“By giving children access to the
internet you give them access to
the world, and you give the world
access to them. It’s a target rich
environment for offenders,” he
“ We think by keeping them
sheltered we’re protecting them,
we’re actually making them
unaware there’s a problem.
“It’s important that parents have
a calm, reassuring and loving
approach (to sex), if you want to
prevent it you have to empower
(children) with the language and
with the opportunity to talk back
and forth to you.” — NZN
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