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Woman dies in crash
A woman is dead, a child is critically
injured and a man and a child have
minor injuries after a car crashed near
Matamata in Waikato. The single-
vehicle accident happened about 2pm
on State highway 27 near Pohlen
Road yesterday, police said. — N Z N
Smash injures three
Three people were injured in a crash
in Ruakaka. One person suffered
serious injuries while two others
had moderate injuries, police said. A
Fire and Emergency New Zealand
spokesman said the ser vice was called
to a two-car crash at 3.40pm yesterday
on State highway 1 in the Whangarei
district. He said one person was
trapped in a vehicle. The crash
occurred between Doctors Hill Road
and Mountfield Road, about 1km
north of Waipu Golf Club. — NZM E
Elderly woman attacked
An elderly woman has been
seriously assaulted in her Palmerston
North home, the second time she
has been attacked in three months.
The 71-year-old had her bank card
and vehicle taken during the attack
in her Church Street home on
Friday morning, police said. It was
confirmed she was also the victim of
an aggravated burglary in October.
They are appealing for sightings of a
stolen red Toyota Corolla. — NZ N
Tremors near Seddon
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake near
Seddon on Saturday morning was
followed by a 3.6 tremor in the
evening. The first “moderate” quake
struck 20km south of the town
about 8.12am at a depth of 11km,
according to Geonet. At 6.51pm a
magnitude 3.6 was recorded, centred
25 km south-east of Seddon at depth
of 18km. — NZN
Death rocks family
The D unedin family and friends
of Renee Hodgkinson have been
“shattered” by the drowning of the
24-year-old in Thailand. The former
Columba College pupil’s body was
found floating off Phi Phi Island
on January 4, where she had been
holidaying. Yesterday the family
released a statement through police
saying they were seeking privacy.
— Otago Daily Times
$1m Lotto win
A ticket sold in Wellington won
$1 million in division one of L otto
draw No 1714 on Saturday. Successful
numbers were 10, 13, 15, 19, 33, 40;
bonus 32. Strike numbers were 19, 40,
13, 33. There were two winners, from
Whangarei, each pocketing $200,000.
Powerball number 1. There was no
division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 15056: 1,
4, 14, 19, 22, 27, 33, 37, 41, 42, 49, 52,
55, 58, 59, 69, 70, 71, 74, 75. Draw No
15057: 3, 13, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 30,
32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 45, 46, 55, 63, 65, 78.
Draw No 15058: 3, 14, 15, 16, 21, 23,
27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 48, 54, 55, 60, 63, 64,
67, 76, 78. Draw No 15059: 16, 20, 22,
26, 28, 37, 38, 39, 43, 45, 49, 50, 52, 54,
57, 59, 70, 71, 77, 78.
Kiwibank Anderton’s legacy
A woman killed by a falling tree in
Rotorua during Friday’s storm has been.
Trish Butter worth was killed when a
large oak tree fell on her car on Arawa
Street as a storm battered the North
Island. The coroner is investigating her
death. — NZ N
Tree victim named
Grace Adams flew to Texas from New
Zealand to meet a prophet. But instead,
she was hit, faced threats of unwanted sex
and was locked up alone for four months.
Ms Adams has spoken for the first time
of her ordeal at the Branch Davidian
religious cult as part of CBS News’s
Secrets of Waco documentary, which
marks 25 years since the sect ’s deadly
stand-off with law enforcement in Waco,
Cult leader David Koresh had made
a name for himself worldwide by the
1990s, grabbing the attention of a
29-year-old Ms Adams.
“I was very excited about meeting this
prophet,” she told CBS.
However, after arriving with her
21-year-old sister, Ms Adams found
things were very different.
Women were expected to have sex with
Mr Koresh, with some as young as 12
forced to have intercourse.
Ms Adams was so frightened about the
prospect that she offered herself to Mr
Koresh but instead was placed in solitary
confinement under 24-hour sur veillance
and fed from a bowl.
“I was treated like a prisoner . . . My
mind did get messed up,” she said.
Ms Adams was eventually let go after
four months, but spent more than two
weeks in a psychiatric ward before flying
back to New Zealand.
In 1993, more than 70 Branch Davidian
followers were killed, including nearly
two dozen children, in a 51-day stand-off
between the cult and law enforcement.
Ms Adams’s sister, Rebecca, had
remained behind and was killed in the
blaze that destroyed the compound.
Sur vivors said lanterns knocked over
by federal tanks started the fire but
government reports concluded the
followers ignited the fatal blaze.
The event remains one of the deadliest
confrontations between federal law
enforcement agents and civilians in
United States history. — NZ N
for first time
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
has described former deputy prime
minister Jim Anderton, 79, who died
in Christchurch’s Cashmere View
Hospital, as “a towering figure in the
Labour movement ”.
Ms Ardern said the country had lost
a man of integrity, compassion and
dedication to public ser vice.
“Jim Anderton devoted much of his
adult life to public ser vice and to the
ideals of the Labour movement,” she
“He was a towering figure in the
Labour movement for several decades.
He will be remembered as someone
who stood up for his principles
and for the people he represented.
His integrity during difficult times
marked him out as a true leader.
“He never gave up on the values of
the Labour movement, and worked
tirelessly to bring it back together
through the years of the fifth Labour-
Many of the policies of the recently-
elected Labour-led Government are a
“ vindication” of former deputy prime
minister Jim Anderton’s political
views and his legacy.
Jim Bolger, who was National Party
leader when Mr Anderton formed
the New Labour Party and later the
Alliance Party, said no one in politics
now believed in the extreme free-
market approach that led Mr Anderton
to quit the Labour Party in 1989.
Mr Bolger later agreed to chair
Kiwibank, which Mr Anderton drove
through the Labour-led Cabinet in
2001, and said the bank would outlive
“I think Kiwibank is one of his big
legacies,” he said.
“I think it has been very influential
in banking in New Zealand and it
will, I hope, continue to be so.”
Several people linked with political
parties founded by Mr Anderton,
whose died early yesterday morning,
made that point yesterday, and praised
him as a “man of principle” and
He had helped keep alive a tradition
of left-wing views, through his
refusal, in 1989, to support the sale
of the Bank of New Zealand, and
his subsequent resignation from the
Labour Party, and founding of the
New Labour Party and the Alliance
Party, they said.
Former Alliance Party co-leader
Victor Billot, of Dunedin, said Mr
Anderton’s courageous resignation
and his founding of the New Labour
Party and the Alliance Party had
made a “very major impact” on New
His “major achievement ” had been
that he “really stopped” the Labour
Party’s then drift towards being a
“right-wing, free-market ” party, and
his “personal leadership” had been
influential “at a critical time” in the
“ He pulled New Zealand politics
back towards the middle ground.”
A former deputy prime minister in
the Clark government, Mr Anderton
had proved as politically influential,
in the long term, as some prime
His views and those of the Alliance
had been “vindicated” in many of
the policies adopted by the recently-
elected sixth Labour government,
although the Alliance favoured more
rapid policy progress, Mr Billot said.
Critics had once attacked Mr
Anderton as “Stalinist ” and a “ loony
He was far from a radical left-
winger, and was a man of traditional
Labour beliefs, a committed Catholic
and former businessman and exporter,
Mr Billot said.
University of Otago Emeritus Prof
Jim Flynn, a former Dunedin North
Alliance Party candidate and long-
ser ving former member of the party’s
national executive, was “very sad” to
hear of Mr Anderton’s death.
“ Jim Anderton was always a highly
principled advocate of people in New
Zealand that he felt got a raw deal —
I call them ‘dispossessed’,” Prof Flynn
Many of the policies adopted by the
recently-elected Government show
“ he’s been vindicated”.
Over the years, Mr Anderton had
contributed to the Labour Party
becoming more recently a “centre-left
“ Before it was a centre-right party,”
Prof Flynn said.
Political columnist and former New
Labour Party candidate Chris Trotter,
of Auckland, said many current
government policies had a clearly
“Andertonian” ring to them.
Mr Anderton’s resignation from
the Labour Party, and his success
in later being repeatedly re-elected
to Parliament, and in founding
the Alliance Party, had indirectly
contributed strongly to the policies
adopted by the current Government,
He had also given a voice and a
political home to the marginalised
and dispossessed of New Zealand
politics, particularly many young
people, in the 1980s and 1990s,
who otherwise could have become
disillusioned and turned their backs
on politics altogether, Mr Trotter
parliament at the 2011 election.
After a failed bid at the Christchurch
mayoralty, he became involved in
the successful campaign to have the
Last year, he became a Companion
of the New Zealand Order of Merit
for his ser vices as an MP.
— N Z N-Otago Daily Times
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Aluminium High Grade
The reopening of State
highway 1 north of Kaikoura
was delayed today as high seas
overnight pushed the temporary
seawall blocks on to the road.
The wall is still at only half the
height it will be once fully built,
at Ohau Point.
The south side of Goose Bay
to Peketa reopened at 7am. The
northern section reopened at
Earlier, southbound traffic
from Blenheim was advised to
use the alternative route — State
highways 63, 6, 65 and 7 and
back on to State highway 1 at
Stormy seas close Kaikoura road
PICTURES: New Zealand Transport Agency
There will be dramatic
changes across the country’s
workplaces in 2018, with
employees set to get better
pay and entitlements.
Christie Hall and William
Fussey of EY said in a joint
article that employment
law amendments planned
by the new Labour-led
Government would create
“fundamental changes” to
the country’s workplaces.
In particular, the rise of
the minimum wage by 75c
to $16.50 an hour from
April 1 would be at the forefront of
many employers’ minds, the authors said.
Along with this, the Labour Party has
committed to implementing changes
to the Equal Pay Act to give women
in female-dominated industries better
access to collective bargaining and court
processes for settling claims.
Paid parental leave is also set to be
extended from 18 to 22 weeks from
July 1, while there are growing calls for
employers to address pay equity and
family benefits outside of the legislative
“ Employers are increasingly under
pressure to diversify their workforce,
ensure their senior leadership roles
attract sufficient female talent, and to
publish information about their gender
pay gap and diversity policies,” Ms Hall
and Mr Fussey said.
The proposed changes come with
the rise of the “gig economy ” —
characterised by short-term contracts
and freelance work — easier global
mobility and the increasing focus on a
diverse and inclusive workforce.
Under Labour, contract workers,
too, look set receive further statutory
protections to bring them more in
line with employees, while employees’
collective bargaining rights are also to be
The EY authors said the Government ’s
plans to modify trial periods — adding a
provision that they must provide reasons
for dismissing new employees — could
“ Lawyers will be locked out of the
dispute resolution process, compensation
will be capped and referees’ decisions
will not be open to appeal. If instituted,
this will mark a fundamental change
to the current system and additional
complications to the employment
dispute resolution regime.”
On their own, the proposed
changes were “piecemeal” rather than
representing a sea change. However,
“together they will create fundamental
changes in the way we are responding
to significant global trends in workplace
Employment law specialist Max
Whitehead said there would be “dramatic
changes to employment in 2018”, which,
in the simplest terms, would be good for
employees and not so for employers.
“The changes will be
particularly hard on small
employers and are likely
to force employers to find
alternative ways to get
work undertaken.” Many
small businesses may have
to shut up shop altogether,
Mr Whitehead said.
“The new equal pay and
new pro-union bargaining
laws will cause an earning-
envy culture where the
work load will increase
dramatically.” As a result,
significantly more resources
would be needed for employment
dispute resolution bodies such as the
Employment Relations Authority and
“ We understand that law firms are
already planning to increase their
employment law departments,” Mr
He estimated the changes would only
start to impact the country’s economy
and productivity in 2019.
Council of Trade Unions president
Richard Wagstaff countered these
apprehensions, stating the pro-worker
changes would, in fact, improve
productivity and ultimately deliver
economic benefits to New Zealand.
“These are things that will be good for
working people and I don’t subscribe to
the idea that what ’s good for working
people is bad for business. In fact, what ’s
good for working people can generate
better employment relations and higher
productivity,” he said.
“The current employment standards
we have in New Zealand have us
performing very badly in the workplace.
By any measure, our productivity is not
only very low it’s actually falling, which
is of great concern to working people
and the businesses they work for.”
There was an outcry from business
interests when the Employment
Relations Act was introduced under
Helen Clark’s Government in 2000,
with concerns that greater collective
entitlements would be bad for business,
Mr Wagstaff said.
“ Yet what happened? We had the
lowest unemployment for a generation.
That sort of scaremongering is totally
misplaced and is totally discredited by
our recent history. ”
Mr Wagstaff added that working
people would spend any extra income
they made in New Zealand thus
benefiting the economy, unlike surpluses
accumulated by the most wealthy, which
was generally spent overseas.
In its November Economic O ver view,
Westpac said it expected unemployment
to rise in 2018, mainly due to the
“sluggish economy ”, but to fall again from
late 2019 as a result of the Government ’s
plan to borrow more and spend more,
thus stimulating the economy over time.
Police are seeking the help of the
public to find a missing woman who has
dementia and an intellectual disability.
Elisapeta Solia, 66, lives in Pakuranga
Heights, Auckland, and has been
missing since Saturday.
Solia, from Samoa, speaks very little
She was last seen at 7am at her home
wearing a jacket and hat or beanie, the
colour of clothing is unknown.
Solia is of medium build and is 165cm
tall with shoulder length hair.
Previously Solia has disappeared but
turned up kilometres from home at
Auckland Airport, and the Otara and
Police have concerns for her safety
given her condition. — NZ ME
Dementia sufferer missing
A motorcyclist is in a critical condition
after a crash in Selwyn District, hours
after two motorcyclists were injured in a
crash in the same district and one died
on Banks Peninsula.
The critically injured motorcyclist was
involved in a crash at the intersection
of Waimakariri Gorge Road and
Waddington Road at 6.25pm yesterday,
Earlier two motorcyclists thought to be
travelling in convoy crashed in Selwyn
district near Christchurch. That accident
happened on Old West Coast Road, near
Redmonds Road, about 2.45pm.
One motorcyclist suffered serious
injuries and the other had moderate
A 24-year-old male motorcyclist died
after colliding with a car on Banks
Peninsula. That accident happened on
State highway 75, the Christchurch-
Akaroa Road, at Duvauchelle, about
9.40am yesterday. — NZ N
Airbnb steps up customer security
Airbnb has recently introduced
new security systems and tools to
help fight against fake listings and
scammers in an attempt to protect
The global on-line hospitality
ser vice issued a statement after a
media article was run about a group
who lost nearly $5000 to scammers.
The host and listing from the scam
has since been removed from the
Airbnb platform, with the company
claiming to have made a number
of changes to tackle “fraudulent
activity and bad actors”.
“ We recently introduced new
security tools to help tackle fake
listings and educate our community
about staying safe online, including
more education to users on how to
“ Fake or misrepresented listings
have no place in our community,”
an Airbnb spokesman said.
The statement said that there are
warnings on every page to prevent
customers from taking a wrong
turn to a hack site.
Airbnb advise people to protect
their payment by never transferring
money or communicate outside of
the Airbnb website or app.
The group has a “trust and safety”
team which works on protecting
the Airbnb community 24/7 by
preventing fraud and permanently
removing people if necessary.
“ We have a real-time risk detection
system that uses machine learning
and predictive analytics, instantly
evaluating hundreds of risk signals
to flag and then stop bad actors and
scams before anything happens,”
the statement said.
Over 260 million people have
used Airbnb and it claims negative
experiences are “extremely rare”.
“The most important thing to
know is that as long as you stay on
the airbnb.com platform and only
send money through Airbnb, you
will always be protected.”
Hawke’s Bay hospital at capacity
Hawke’s Bay Fallen Soldiers’
Memorial Hospital in Hastings
is operating at capacity and is
cancelling some elective surgeries
in coming days.
Demand for hospital ser vices has
been unrelenting since Christmas,
with a record 170 people being
seen at the emergency department
on New Year’s Day, acting chief
executive Sharon Mason said.
The previous record was 169 in
July last year.
The busy emergency department
has increased the number of acute
surgeries, forcing the hospital to
cancel some elective surgeries in the
early part of next week.
“ We apologise to everyone
affected by this, but we need to
maintain a safe hospital which we
can only do by releasing some of
the pressure,” she said.
It says people with minor injuries
and illnesses should see a general
practitioner and leave the emergency
department for emergencies. The
hospital is expected to remain at
capacity next week. — NZ N
Driver seriously hurt in tree crash
A man remains in Dunedin
Hospital with serious injuries after
the car he was driving hit a tree on
Princes Street yesterday.
A police spokeswoman said
emergency ser vices were called to
the crash scene about 4.10am after
a Holden Commodore hit a large
tree on the edge of the O val near
the Maitland Street intersection.
The car was headed towards
South Dunedin and there were
skid marks for about 100m on the
road and over two traffic islands. It
appeared speed was a factor in the
Princes Street was closed
between Andersons Bay Road
and Grosvenor Terrace for several
hours while the Serious Crash
The road reopened about 10am.
Police inquiries are continuing.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A Holden Commodore lies mangled after hitting a tree at the Oval
on Princes Street yesterday.
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