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The Ministry for Primary
Industries says the bacterial
cattle disease Mycoplasma
bovis is present on a farm in
the Ashburton area, bringing
the total number of infected
properties to 14, and says it is
testing 30 other farms that have
a connection to the affected
Mycoplasma bovis is commonly
found in cattle globally, including
Australia. It does not infect
humans and presents no food
safety risk, but can have serious
effects on cattle, including
mastitis, pneumonia, arthritis
and late-term abortions. In July,
MPI said the disease had been
detected in a dairy herd in South
Canterbury, the first known
outbreak in New Zealand, on
two of 16 farms belonging to Van
Leeuwen Dairy Group. Around
4000 cows have been culled and
thousands of tests completed.
Milk sampling prior to
Christmas revealed a suspected
positive result on the farm in the
Ashburton area, the ministry’s
response incident controller
David Yard said in a statement.
There has been no sign of any
illness in any of the approximately
600 animals on the property
but the “affected farm and an
associated property have been
under controls since Christmas
Eve as a precautionary measure.
No animals or other risk goods
such as used farm equipment
have been allowed on or off the
property during this time and
these controls stand,” Yard said.
MPI is also testing another
Ashburton area farm that had
previously returned inconclusive
results. As yet, this farm is not
regarded as positive, although it
is under control just in case, he
The ministry has previously said
it had completed 60,000 tests
across 220 trace properties and
800 secondary trace properties,
and has culled 4800 cattle from
seven infected herds.
Dairy NZ said the
announcement “is not the news
we wanted as we enter 2018”,
however it is important that
all farmers quickly establish
biosecurity practices that reduce
the risk of the disease getting
onto farms. Among other things,
boundary fencing should be
secure and double fencing two
metres apart will prevent nose-
“ We are still hopeful that
M bovis can be controlled and
ultimately eradicated from New
Zealand. But to do so, everyone
who works with cattle in New
Zealand has a part to play in
helping with this response,”
Dairy NZ chief executive Tim
Public meetings will be held
on January 11 in Methven
and Ashburton to outline the
situation, MPI said.
Cattle disease found
on Ashburton farm
PICTURE: Hawke’s Bay Today
Searchers look for a woman who went missing after rescuing children in the Clive River
estuary, in Hawke’s Bay yesterday.
Searchers looking for missing woman find body
Searchers looking for a woman presumed
drowned in Hawke’s Bay have found a body.
Police said divers looking for a woman
missing at Haumoana Beach since yesterday
found the body at 6.35am, shortly after
resuming their search this morning.
A woman disappeared yesterday and was
believed to have drowned at Haumoana
Beach in Hawke’s Bay trying to save a child.
The woman was the mother of at least
one of two girls, reportedly aged five and
eight, who were swimming at the mouth
of the Clive River at Haumoana yesterday.
It is believed one of the children got into
difficulty and the woman went into the water
to help her.
The children were treated in hospital
Detective senior sergeant Martin James said
the body was found metres from the inlet spit
where the woman went missing yesterday.
The body has yet to be identified and more
details would be released today, a police
Police, and surf lifesaving teams scoured the
area yesterday. Mr James said the riverbed
dropped off at this point, with dense mud
at the bottom.The lower water levels and
improved light conditions helped search
teams find the body this morning.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
The Otago Chocolate Company
is on the verge of signing a lease
on a large waterfront building,
as plans to expand the crowd-
funded business begin to fall into
In November, Ocho’s Pledge
Me drive raised the maximum
$2 million allowable within two
days of being launched.
Since then, a new waterfront
factory site has been identified
and orders placed in Italy
Ocho director Jim O’Malley
also assured the more than 3200
people who bought shares as part
of the campaign they would be
hearing from Ocho as soon as
the paper work verifying their
transactions was completed by
“They are still finishing off anti-
requirements,’’ Dr O’Malley said.
Shareholders would, in time,
receive documents recording
their stock purchase and
setting out that they had voting
rights proportionate to their
He warned shareholders not
to expect a short-term dividend
“ We will be ploughing all
revenue back into the enterprise,
but anyone who has bought
stock, that stock will be going
up proportionately to the size
of the company, and we imagine
most stockholders would be
happy with that.’’ Dr O’Malley
said he wanted to see Ocho
eventually making 20 tonnes of
product a week.
“If we were at 20 tonnes,
we would need around 80
“Conser vatively speaking, I
don’t think that ’s even a difficult
Ocho, which makes just 100kg
of chocolate each week at its
Vogel Street premises, has made
a start on gathering customers
for that extra production.
Supermarket owner Foodstuffs
is interested in taking at least
one tonne of chocolate a week,
a figure Dr O’Malley was
confident could be increased
“ To meet their demands alone,
we think we would have to get
to 10 tonne a week.
“ We think we could achieve
that growth organically,’’ he said.
Ocho hoped to sign its lease
and be granted consents as soon
as possible to meet its target of
manufacturing in its new factory
The new machinery was
expected to be delivered by May,
with the new factory being set
up in June and July. An internal
refit would be the first job.
“ We are working out details
now, such as access and
guarantees of rent and that sort
of thing,’’ Dr O’Malley said.
“A t fi rst it will be manufacturing
alone, but it will be laid out in
around the outside, then there
will be a tourism operation at
the end.’’ Ocho sources its Fair
Trade cocoa beans from Papua
New Guinea and Samoa, and
intends to obtain beans from the
Solomon Islands in the future.
discussions with suppliers about
buying more beans and hoped to
be able to continue to source all
its raw product from the Pacific,
Dr O’Malley said.
— Otago Daily Times
Otago Chocolate Company
plans Dunedin expansion
Names resembling an official title or
rank are banned in New Zealand but that
has not stopped people from trying to
name their child Justyce or Ida-Qween.
The Department of Internal Affairs has
released its annual list of names that were
declined in 2017 and the list is full of
variations of royal titles.
Prince was the most declined name with
four people attempting to register their
child under the name followed by Royal
and Royalty on three and Saint and Duke
The rest of the 36 long list were variations
of different titles, including five different
spellings of Justice and four different
spellings of both Prince and Royal.
The roman numerals for two, three and
four were also rejected, alongside the
punctuation marks, full-stop and slash.
Registrar-General of Births, Deaths
and Marriages Jeff Montgomery says the
family have an opportunity to present
their reasons for the name and a name
may be allowed in one circumstance when
it was disallowed in another.
“Less than 1% of babies have their
proposed name considered but the name
of any baby born and registered in New
Zealand must comply with New Zealand’s
rules, regardless of the nationality of the
parents,” Mr Montgomery says.
A name or combination of names must
not cause offence to a reasonable person,
be unreasonably long, or include or
resemble an official title or rank. — N ZN
Corrections will not confirm whether John
Vogel will receive compensation but continue
to defend that the decision for him to be in
solitary confinement was his own.
The Corrections Department acknowledged
convicted murderer Vogel was kept in solitary
for longer than the statutory maximum period,
but that he had requested it.
Vogel was ser ving a life sentence for murder
in 2000 when he pleaded guilty to three prison
disciplinary charges relating to his drug use, a
Corrections spokesman said.
The spokesperson told NZ Newswire that
Vogel appeared before a Visiting Justice for
sentencing, and the prisoner himself requested
a period of cell confinement of 21 days to be
This was in excess of the statutory maximum
of 15 days.
A Visiting Justice is a District Court Judge
or other qualified person, independent of
Corrections, who is appointed to conduct
disciplinary hearings and appeals relating to
offences against prison discipline.
The Corrections response comes after a
United Nations committee said Vogel should
get compensation for unlawful solitary
During his solitary confinement Vogel
was kept in a cell for 23 hours a day, had no
access to a television or radio and was not
allowed to make any telephone calls or receive
He had asked to be put in confinement to
help him deal with his drug addiction but
stated the conditions made him feel vulnerable,
and argued he was deprived of “liberty and
humanity” under the New Zealand Bill of
Vogel’s lawyer, Peter Ellis, lodged a complaint
with the United Nations Committee Against
Torture in 2015 and last month received an
advanced copy of their decision that said the
confinement contravened international human
The Corrections spokesman said the
UN committee’s recommendation will be
considered by the Government but made no
mention of possible compensation. — N Z N
Corrections considers UN report
on solitary confinement
Swimmers have been told to avoid
Acacia Bay in Lake Taupo because of a
wastewater spill caused by human error.
Taupo District Council says an unknown
quantity of material entered the lake at
the stormwater outlet off Wily Terrace,
It happened after contractors failed to
restart the pump after routine checks the
Signs have been put up warning people
not to swim in the bay and will remain in
place until water sampling results show it
is safe to go back into the water.
Chief executive Gareth Green says it’s an
“ unfortunate and unacceptable situation”
and the council is upset that human error
has caused an environmental issue.
into Lake Taupo
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