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A lack of regulation
around the sale of hives
on Trade Me could put
the bee population at risk
The number of
registered hives has
doubled in the past five
years. By law, beekeepers
and their hives must be
registered. One of the
reasons behind that is
so that the hives can be
tracked, particularly if
they carry pests.
Auckland man Allan
Johnston, who bought
a small colony on Trade
Me from an unregistered
buyer, told RNZ he felt
ripped off by his purchase.
Although plenty of
people in the beekeeping
community do follow the
rules, Sara McMillan,
president of the
Club, said there was no
requirement for sellers on
Trade Me to provide their
registration numbers. She
said the spread of diseases
like American foulbrood
disease and the varroa bee
mite were a deadly threat
to the bee population.
Trade Me team leader
James Ryan said the
auction site was open to
changing its processes, if
it was clear beekeepers
need to be more
transparent. — RNZ
Run over after brawl
One person is fighting for their
life in hospital and another is badly
hurt after being run over by a car
following a street brawl in Auckland.
Police have closed part of Tripoli
Road in Panmure following the
incident about 1.30am on Saturday.
There was a fight on the street near
the intersection of Hobson Drive,
police say. “D uring the incident a
car has hit the crowd, injuring two
people,” they said in a statement.
Both were taken to Auckland
Hospital, one in a serious condition
and the other critical. “It’s too early
to establish if the driving through
the crowd was a deliberate act.
Certainly the person would have
been aware of the fact they ’d hit
some people,” senior sergeant Matt
Rogers told Newshub. — NZ N
One dead in scooter
A truck and scooter collision in
Castlecliff, Whanganui has left a
man in his 20s dead. Police and
emergency ser vices responded to
the incident at an intersection at
11.13am yesterday. In Otago, an
86-year-old woman died after
a Mini and a Nissan four wheel
drive collided at an intersection in
Alexandra, bringing the 2018 road
toll to 21.
Canterbury cricketer Ken McClure
has been sentenced for an assault
charge. The 23-year-old pleaded
guilty in November to assaulting
a man in Hanmer Springs on
September 10. After wards, he made
himself temporarily unavailable for
representative cricket, requesting that
he be allowed to take time out of the
game to reflect on his circumstances
and to undergo counselling. At
sentencing yesterday, McClure was
given 200 hours community work, 12
months super vision and will provide
financial reparation to the victim.
MENZIES, Johnny. —
January 20, 2016.
We all miss you Dad,
Today we all feel sad.
Lots of good memories,
From Irene, John,
Brian and families.
Ph 768 0250
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will
have the support of a more baby-friendly
Parliament, if and when she brings her
new baby to work.
In one of his first speeches as Speaker,
Trevor Mallard said he wanted a more
family-friendly Parliament that encourages
parents to bring their children to work.
The following day he was in the Speaker’s
chair holding Heeni, the baby girl of
Labour MP Willow-Jean Prime, while the
paid parental leave bill was being debated.
Ms Prime has also been breastfeeding
her baby in the chamber, a practice that
has been allowed for 30-odd years, but has
been a regular sight only this parliamentary
The change has seen Parliament become
a place where the presence of MPs’ babies
and children is not simply tolerated in
Parliament, but encouraged.
Mr Mallard has already approved
four applications for up to one week of
compassionate leave to MPs wanting
to bond with their newborns. Each
application has to be approved by the
Speaker on a case-by-case basis.
Staff, known as the parliamentary storks,
are now regularly bringing babies to their
mothers in the debating chamber, because
caregivers do not have direct access to the
The swimming pool in the parliamentary
gym no longer has a ban on children,
and now there is a weekly session where
mothers or caregivers can take young
babies for a swim together.
The Parliament House atrium, too, has
had a ban on children lifted.
Ms Prime, who also has a daughter
turning three next week, said the Speaker ’s
encouragement was a revelation.
“ It’s made a huge difference. It has meant
I have not had to choose between taking
on the role as an MP and having a family,
and for that I’m so grateful.’’
She said her mother Nandy makes
frequent use of the family room next to the
debating chamber that is equipped with
a bathroom, change-table and sleeping
basket, and toys.
``The important thing about that space
is that it’s so close to the House, so if they
need you or you need them, you’re right
At least five MPs have babies under one
year old: Prime, Kiri Allan, Simon Bridges,
Kris Faafoi and Chris Penk.
Parliament has come a long way in terms
of being family-friendly.
In 1970, Labour’s Whetu Tirikatene-
Sullivan brought her baby to work, then in
1983 National’s Ruth Richardson brought
her baby to work (after giving birth during
recess) and a special breastfeeding room
was organised for her.
Then in the 1990s, the childcare centre
In 2002, former National MP Katherine
Rich breastfed her baby Georgia in the
House. She said both her children were
welcomed at Parliament and there was
never a shortage of people to hold, cuddle
and give advice. — New Zealand Herald
MPs’ children now welcomed
Insurers have moved to cover
of stolen cars, amid a rise in meth-
IAG, New Zealand’s largest insurer
whose brands include AMI, State
Insurance, NZI and Lumley, changed
its policy last year to cover such
methamphetamine and its associated
problems have been ongoing for
quite some time now,” an IAG
“It’s important we provide options
so customers can ensure they have
the right amount of cover should they
suffer sudden accidental damage due
The insurer had 15 meth-related
vehicle claims last year.
It only provides cover for sudden,
accidental damage — for example,
when a car is stolen.
“ We do not provide cover for the
insured or anyone they lend the
vehicle to when smoking meth in
Michael Burke, executive manager
motor claims at Vero — New
Zealand’s second largest general
insurer — said claims for meth in
cars were rare, but the clean-up costs
could sometimes be so high that a
contaminated car had to be written
off: “As with any other damage, the
vehicle owner would need to be able
to prove that they could not have
known about or predicted the damage
and that it wasn’t caused by them or
someone else covered by the policy. ” .
relations manager at AA Insurance,
said it also covered customers if
they had a car stolen and needed
damage rectified — including meth
contamination. — NZ Herald
Insurers cover car methamphetamine contamination
New Zealand is six months away
from a third undersea internet cable as
construction to put it in place begins
next week, RNZ says.
The new Hawaiki internet fibre cable
will connect New Zealand and the
Pacific Islands to the United States and
Broadcasting, Communications, and
Digital Media Minister Clare Curran
said it was an exciting development for
The 15,000km fibre-optic cable would
give New Zealanders faster and better
internet, she said.
“This is about future proofing New
Zealand’s economy, it ’s cementing our
place in the region as a country that
has resilient international connectivity
where there is competition.”
The cable would also increase the
country’s ability to stay connected
even when disaster strikes, Ms Curran
But she expected broadband prices for
consumers to stay relatively the same, at
least in the short term.
New Zealand’s section of the cable
will be linked through Mangawhai
Dan Kenealy, the captain of the
Responder, the ship in charge of laying
down the cable, told RNZ there were
different levels of protection around the
fibre cable, depending on how close it
gets to the shore.
The biggest risks to laying it down
were the weather and fishing traffic in
The cable is scheduled to go live by
June this year. — RNZ
Work starts on third
undersea internet cable
Police believe a French tourist missing
in the Hawke’s Bay may have been in a
car park in the Haumoana Reser ve as
early as January 10.
Pierre Padulet was last seen in the
car park on January 12 but he was seen
sleeping in his vehicle and cooking in the
“Local residents had noticed a build-
up of rubbish and his car seemingly
abandoned, leading to the call to police
on the afternoon of January 13,” a police
statement said yesterday.
Searches of the area to date have failed
to locate the 32-year-old Paludet.
“ We continue to liaise with his France-
based family who are increasingly
worried about Pierre.
“ His lack of contact with them is
described as completely out of character.”
Missing tourist slept in car
As Kim Dotcom gets ready for
his Queenstown wedding today, the
entrepreneur’s lawyers are apparently ser ving
“a multibillion-dollar damages claim” against
the New Zealand Government.
On the sixth anniversary of the raid on the
Coatesville mansion where he lived, Dotcom
took to Twitter to castigate the Government.
“ Today, 6 years ago, the NZ Govt enabled
the unlawful destruction of Megaupload and
seizure of my global assets. I was arrested for
the alleged online piracy of my users. Not
even a crime in NZ. My lawyers have ser ved
a multi-billion dollar damages claim against
the Govt today,” he tweeted.
Dotcom says by getting married on the
anniversary of the raid, he is turning January
20 into a “day of joy”.
Dotcom and fiancee Elizabeth Donnelly’s
wedding was originally planned for November
but he has marked most anniversaries of the
raid with a special event.
On its first anniversary, he launched the
Mega business, for instance.
In the 2012 raid, Dotcom and three others
were arrested in New Zealand on behalf of
the FBI, which was carrying out a worldwide
operation targeting his file-sharing business
Megaupload, at the time consuming 4% of
the globe’s internet traffic.
Even though Dotcom was facing claims of
criminal copyright violation — later found
to not be a crime here — the police used
the anti-terrorist Special Tactics Group in a
helicopter assault on the Coatesville mansion.
He and others arrested face decades in
jail if successfully extradited to the United
States and convicted on copyright, money
laundering and other charges.
Dotcom has always denied any illegality.
Govt for billions
Fire crews, including three helicopters with
monsoon buckets, were needed to fight a large
grass fire at Jacks Point, near Queenstown, last
Volunteer fire crews from Queenstown,
Kingston, Arrowtown and Frankton all
attended the blaze which started in an area
called The Preser ve, at the southern end of the
Jacks Point subdivision and golf course near
Lake Wakatipu, just before 6.45pm.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand southern
shift manager Daryl Ball, said the fire was
largely under control by about 8pm and most
of the fire crews and the three helicopters were
stood down. — Otago Daily Times
Calls for beehive
Crews tackle Queenstown blaze
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1. About how long does a Cook Strait giant weta live: 2 years, 5 years or
2. Edith Cresson was which country’s PM from 1991 to 1992?
3. What is another name for hypertension?
4. What does an ikebanist arrange?
5. Which creature’s name can go in front of crab, plant and monkey?
6. Edwin Hubble was concerned with which branch of science?
7. Which cereal can survive in the widest range of climatic conditions:
wheat, rice or barley?
8. What was patented in 1903 by Italian merchant Italio Marcione: ice
cream cone, spaghetti or the first electric pizza oven?
9. Which shaggy, horned wild cattle live in the Tibetan mountains?
10. Who was the first woman to be deputy prime minister of New
ANSWERS: 1. 2 years, 2. France, 3. High blood pressure, 4. Flowers, 5. Spider, 6.
Astronomy, 7. Barley, 8. Ice cream cone, 9. Yaks, 10. Helen Clark.
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