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Crash survivor critical
A woman has been critically
injured when her vehicle left the
road and ended up in a Counties
Manukau paddock early today.
e crash happened on Buckland
Road near Tuakau just before 3am,
police said. A northern ambulance
communications spokesman said the
woman, in her 20s, drove through
"a couple of fences" before ending
up in the paddock. She was taken to
Middlemore Hospital. --- APNZ
Two hurt in smash
Two people were trapped after
a crash in Tauranga yesterday.
Inspector Shawn Rutene said
emergency services were noti ed of
the crash at Pyes Pa about 2.40pm.
Two logging trucks and a car
collided, trapping one of the truck
drivers and a person in the car. Both
su ered moderate injuries.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Trial set over boy's death
Two teenagers face trial over the
death of Stephen Dudley, 15, at an
Auckland school rugby training
session. Stephen was allegedly
assaulted after training on June 6. He
was rushed to Auckland City Hospital
but died a short time later. Two youths
aged 15 and 17 were charged with
manslaughter. ey appeared in the
High Court at Auckland yesterday,
where they were committed for trial.
e trial is set for February 10.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Murder charge laid
A man has been charged with the
murder of a man who died after
being run over north of Gisborne
last week. Mark Anthony Paaka, 40,
of Tolaga Bay, died last ursday
night. A 51-year-old man, previously
arrested and charged with assault,
has now been charged with murder,
police said. He is to appear in the
Gisborne District Court tomorrow.
--- APNZ-Gisborne Herald
A Blenheim doctor has been banned
from practising for 18 months. Dr
Ravi Kiran Reddy Tamma was
working for Marlborough After
Hours GP Services when he saw a
female South Korean vineyard worker.
She complained of a urinary tract
infection when he "inappropriately
and/or unnecessarily" touched her
genitals without the use of gloves. He
then changed his notes to cover up
the inappropriate examination, the
Health Practitioners' Disciplinary
Tribunal ruled. Dr Tamma, who has
since returned to India, must also
have a chaperone present whenever
he sees a female patient over the next
three years. --- APNZ
Big Wednesday draw
ere was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 420 last
night. Successful numbers were 2, 13,
29, 30, 35, 46; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9548: 11,
15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 28, 31, 37, 39, 46,
47, 51, 60, 65, 70, 72, 74, 79. Draw No
9549: 4, 7, 16, 18, 23, 24, 25, 29, 32, 34,
38, 39, 49, 55, 56, 62, 70, 76, 77, 80.
IPCA to probe 'roast busters'
Struggling broadcaster Media
Works will take on a new life
tomorrow after a recapitalisation
exercise that will reduce the
company's debt from more
than $700 million to about
$100 million while radically
altering its television content
e receivers for Media
Works Group, Michael
Stiassny and Brendon Gibson
of Korda Mentha, con rmed
the settlement of the sale and
newly-constituted Media Works
Holdings (MWH), will occur
e receivership was announced
in June, but was immediately
backed with a rescue plan.
e settlement will see the
removal of all Fox network
programming from TV3 and
TV4 including prime time
cartoon show e Simpsons,
with the biggest impact on TV4,
which screens seven hours of Fox
material daily, but the new entity
will no longer have a so-called
"output deal" in which it buys all
the programming o ered by any
Instead, MWH will be
picking and choosing between
programmes o ered by CBS,
NBC Universal, Sony Television
and, if it can agree on terms, a
selection of Fox material.
"Full output agreements
are outdated and don't make
commercial sense in the New
Zealand market," Media Works
TV chief executive Paul Maher
said. "We want the advantage of
selecting the international shows
that work for us.
" e new arrangements free up
budget to increase Media Works'
investment in local programming,
which makes up 55% of TV3's
prime time schedule," Mr Maher
Four of TV3's top 10
programmes are made in New
Zealand: e Block, X Factor, 7
Days, and Jono and Ben at Ten,
with detective drama Bones the
only Fox programme in that list,
Police drama NCIS, a CBS
show, ranks seventh, while three
others are British productions:
Grand Designs, Kevin's Grand
Designs, and e Graham Norton
Show, the latter already bought
on the spot market along the
US version of X-Factor and the
Grand Designs shows. --- NZN
TV3 loses Fox
shows in shake-up
Black swans run over by a boat,
a pet sheep bashed and set on re,
fowl found stu ed in a chest of
drawers, and an eight-week-old
puppy with its tail cut o by a
pair of scissors --- just some of
the incidents which have topped
the SPCA's 2013 list of shame.
e appalling acts of animal
abuse are just "a few of the
grievously inhumane" incidents
the charity dealt with this year.
" ese cases, and worse, are
unfortunately all too familiar
to SPCA inspectors at centres
around New Zealand," SPCA
chief executive Ric Odom said.
"Our inspectors are then
tasked with the heart-breaking
job of determining whether the
animals in question are able to
be rehabilitated, released or re-
homed --- or, as a last resort, have
to be euthanised as a result of this
abuse or neglect."
In most instances, the cost of
investigating and prosecuting
these cases is met by the SPCA,
which said costs often run into
the tens of thousands of dollars.
e Government picks up the
bill only if a case goes to jury trial.
" e SPCA's work is almost
entirely funded by donations,
sponsorships and legacies of
generous New Zealanders and
the SPCA is enormously grateful
to those individuals, groups and
organisations. Without their
support, we simply could not do
the work we do," Mr Odom said.
He encouraged people to
donate during this week's SPCA
About seven black swans were
run over on Tauranga Harbour
by a family in a jetboat at speed,
leaving several of the protected
birds struggling and injured
in its wake. Video footage
of the Boxing Day incident
was released in February, and
shows the boaties laughing and
checking if the camera was
A 36-year-old man was ned
$3500 in May after admitting to
purposely running the boat over
Two teens were jailed in
October for stealing a pet lamb
and later dumping it with a
smashed head and setting it on
re outside its Dunedin home in
July, as well as a number of other
While a man pleaded guilty
in April to animal cruelty and
neglect, after keeping pigeons
and a chicken locked in drawers
in a disused shed. --- APNZ
Horror tales in SPCA
list of shame
Police Minister Anne Tolley has
referred the police handling of the
"roast busters" to the Independent
Police Conduct Authority after
meeting with Police Commissioner
Peter Marshall this morning.
Ms Tolley said she had asked the
IPCA to investigate it, in particular
the police questioning of a 13 year-
old girl in 2011.
She was one of four young women
who spoke to police about the group
in 2011 and 2012.
"Parents of young girls need to have
con dence that complaints to police
about sexual assault are investigated
thoroughly and appropriately," Ms
"As minister, I can't delve into the
details of a police investigation ---
politicians cannot interfere in police
"But the IPCA does have the
power to carry out an independent
assessment of the details surrounding
these events, and I believe this is the
right course of action to ensure the
public has con dence in the police on
"I would again urge any young
women who have been a ected to
come forward and talk to police as a
rst step in gathering evidence which
can be used to bring people to justice."
Until last night, police had said they
had been unable to bring prosecutions
against the young men because they
were yet to receive a formal complaint
by any victims.
One of the girls who complained in
2011 told 3 News she was angry no
charges were laid.
She was left traumatised, and after
she plucked up the courage to tell her
family two weeks later, her parents
took her to police to lay a complaint
saying she had been sexually assaulted
by two young men.
"I had a video interview where I had
to act out what had happened with
dolls. It was traumatising."
e now-15-year-old girl said the
line of questioning centred on the
clothes she was wearing and why she
had chosen to go out with the group.
"I can't believe nothing was done,"
She felt it was her word against the
"roast busters". Her brother also gave
police the names and addresses of the
Waitemata district commander
Superintendent Bill Searle apologised
this morning to the 15-year-old.
He said he was distressed with
the suggestion by the young woman
that police questioning of her was
"I'm conducting a review of the case
and we'll look very carefully about
what was said and done by the police
o cers dealing with this girl."
Police would supply di erent
o cers to the original investigating
o cers for future interviews, he said.
Even though the behaviour was
"immoral and repugnant", police had
to deal with evidence, Mr Searle said.
Sometimes, even if there was a
formal complaint, there might not be
enough evidence to take the case to
court, he said.
Mr Searle said police appreciated it
was di cult for young girls to come
forward in cases of a sexual nature.
"However, it is an important
component of the overall evidence
and does contribute to the overall
evidence if these girls do come
forward and provide statements."
Mr Searle said he would co-operate
with any inquiries that were launched
into the police handling of the case.
Mr Searle said that over the next
few days he would nd out why he
was given the incorrect information.
He refuted a suggestion there was
a "culture of disbelief " of sex victims
within the police.
"I think what's happened here is the
police o cers have done their very
best and we'll need to see if their very
best was good enough or we'll need to
Police had been in the process of
re-contacting the victims over the last
couple of weeks, "to see if we could
take it any further", he said.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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A digger at the Waiariki
Institute of Technology's Waipa
campus caught re yesterday.
No one was in the
and construction head of
department John Kelly said.
When newspaper sta arrived
at the scene the digger was
engulfed in ames. Fire ghters
quickly had the blaze under
control as sta and students
watched from about 30m away.
e blaze happened about
3.15pm. --- Rotorua Daily Post
PICTURE: Rotorua Daily Post
Fiery end for digger
Charities are bracing themselves
for an in ux of more than 40,000
struggling families who cannot a ord
to ser ve Christmas dinner or put
presents under the tree this year.
e Salvation Army expects a third
more New Zealand families will need
their help this year compared to last,
as lower-income households grapple
to recover from the recession and
adjust to rising living costs.
Major Pam Waugh said high
demand last Christmas and the
number of people using the year-
round services indicated need was
Last year people had to be turned
away after 30,000 families had been
"Over the last three years we've seen
a steady increase of demand for our
services," she said. "For a lot of our
families, to get their basics covered
like rent, food and their power bills
paid, that takes a huge proportion of
"(Debt) takes the next priority and
stu like children's Christmas presents
are way down the budget."
Last Christmas, queues outside the
Auckland City Mission snaked for
a block as people lined up for food
parcels and gifts for their children.
In the fortnight before Christmas
Day, 2500 parcels were donated to
needy families, missioner Dianne
"Every Christmas in the last ve
years has been busier . . . so, given the
volumes of people coming to us at the
moment, there will be a greater need
this Christmas," she said.
Both organisations said the high
demand was due to economic recovery
not trickling down to lower socio-
economic groups, welfare reforms and
rising living costs.
However, the demographic of those
requiring help was changing.
"We're now seeing families coming
through who are working but have
had their hours reduced, or they may
have lost an income and that's putting
pressure on them," Mrs Waugh said.
For single mother Julie Finemore
of Glen eld, the rising rent, grocery,
water and power costs leave little to
plan a Christmas for her four children.
Seeking assistance meant she could
give her children a hearty meal and
presents on Christmas Day.
"I'm a solo mum on the bene t and
there are lots of people like me out
there in hard times," she said.
She rst got Salvation Army help
in 2011 and said although Christmas
was about spending time with her
children, aged three, 10, 15, and 17,
it was special being able to have extra
"I do get a little bit embarrassed
asking for help, but every kid deserves
a decent Christmas, it doesn't matter if
you're poor or you're rich."
--- APNZ-New Zealand
Tough Christmas tipped
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Julie Finemore, with Liam Jansen, three, the youngest of four, is glad the
Salvation Army can help.
Trustpower has reported an 8% decline
in rst-half underlying earnings as it
faced lower hydro-generation and a
competitive retail environment.
Underlying earnings, which strip out
one-time items, fell to $68.9 million
in the six months ended September
30 from $76.2 million a year earlier,
the Tauranga-based company said in a
Net pro t rose 11% to $77.2m due to
a $10.1m gain in the value of the group's
interest rate hedges. Revenue declined
4.6% to $418.7m.
" e group operating performance was
satisfactory given lower New Zealand
generation production and a challenging
retail environment, where pressure on
margins and lower customer demand
was experienced," chairman Bruce
"Despite the current challenging New
Zealand electricity environment which
includes intense retail competition, an
oversupplied generation market and
regulatory uncertainty, the board is
con dent that Trustpower is well placed
to regain earnings momentum once
the Snowtown stage two wind farm is
completed and other quality renewable
generation and irrigation development
opportunities are able to be progressed."
e board declared a rst-half dividend
of 20c per share, unchanged from a year
e shares fell 1.2% to $6.70, and have
shed 20% this year.
Trustpower reported a gain in
electricity customer numbers to 218,000
from 206,000 a year earlier, and a 10,000
gain in its telecommunications service
customers to 48,000.
e company gained 10,000 gas
customers when it bought Energy
Direct New Zealand for $17.1m in July.
Trustpower said work at its Snowtown
stage two wind development in South
Australia is progressing ahead of
schedule and on budget,
It also has applications for close to
1000MW of production from three
developments in each of Victoria, New
South Wales and South Australia.
If it is successful in its joint proposal
for the Ruataniwha scheme alongside
Ngai Tahu, the company expects it will
have to invest between $50m and $60m
of the total $265m cost of the project.
Trustpower earnings dim
A long-awaited report looking at the
slope stability of the Port Hills above
Christchurch has identi ed 36 areas
of "mass land movement" since the
e Christchurch City Council
commissioned GNS Science to complete
the report in response to changes in the
stability of slopes in the area following
the 2010-11 quakes.
e Canterbury Earthquakes 2010-
11 Port Hills Slope Stability: mass
movement stage one report released
yesterday details investigations of 36
areas in the Port Hills where mass land
movement has occurred.
e report assesses the nature of
hazards and if these hazards pose a risk
to life, homes and critical infrastructure.
"Mass movement" describes slope
instability from the movement of
signi cant volumes of soil and/or rock,
Mike eelen, general manager of the
council's strategy and planning group,
e report, he said, will give
a ected Port Hill landowners with a
preliminary level of knowledge on the
slope stability of the area in which their
property is sited.
e council this week sent letters to
landowners in the 36 a ected areas to
let them know their property is located
either completely, or partly, within the
areas of slope instability identi ed in the
A total of 134 homes are located in
the worst zone, with 53 of them being
deemed green zoned and therefore
could be occupied.
" e information in this GNS Science
report, and further investigations
in subsequent stages of the project,
will provide the council with more
information about these areas when
making decisions on consenting, land
use and infrastructure planning and
development," Mr eelen said.
" ese areas will need to be managed in
a di erent way to reduce the likelihood
of causing additional instability.
" is could include stricter control
of earthworks, surface and subsurface
water control, vegetation clearance and
retaining walls in the Port Hills. ese
will be addressed by changes to the
"For property and landowners looking
to repair and rebuild, we want to assure
them the council will continue to
process consents in these areas, but for
future development we are likely to
need them to provide more site-speci c
geotechnical information than we do at
e council has been working with
the Engineering Advisory Group and
the Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment (MBIE) to produce
guidance for engineers working on
foundation solutions for some of these
"We understand that Port Hills
property owners face ongoing
uncertainty and delay, but decisions
involving people's lives and homes
need to be well informed, and based
on good quality and su cient scienti c
information and advice," Mr eelen
Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel
hoped the report will give residents
further information which will help
them understand what has happened to
land stability on the Port Hills as a result
of the quakes.
"Many residents will want further
information," she said.
"We are planning public meetings for
people most a ected, and council sta
will be available to meet with people
one on one to discuss what the report
ndings mean for them." --- APNZ
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Earthquake-a ected houses teeter in
Port Hills slope stability assessed
Former Cabinet Minister
Kate Wilkinson is quitting
e three-term Wai-
makariri MP will not seek
re-election next year, Radio
New Zealand reported.
She said it was a
privilege to have served
her constituents over the
past eight years, especially
following the Canterbury earthquakes.
Ms Wilkinson said it
is now time to consider
fresh challenges and
She rst stood for the
seat in 2005 and served
as Labour Minister until
resigning last year in the
wake of the Pike River
Royal Commission report.
She was removed from
cabinet in a reshu e early
this year. --- APNZ
Wilkinson quitting politics
A 78-year-old man has been own
to Wellington Hospital with serious
injuries after he fell o a ladder in
Featherston re chief Colin McKenna
believed the man was from Wellington
and said he had "injured himself quite
seriously" while doing a job for his
Fire ghters were called to Johnston
Street, Featherston, just after midday to
arrange a landing site for the helicopter.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Man injured in ladder fall
About a dozen of the Tachikawa Forest
Product workers have been able to nd
work but getting a job before Christmas
will be as rare as "hens' teeth", a union
First Union wood secretary Rawiri
Daniels said those who had found work
had only been able to secure temporary,
casual or seasonal work.
" ere are a lot of people looking for
work already, these men are de nitely
keen and motivated," Mr Daniels said.
"We understand about a dozen have
got di erent forms of work. To get
permanent work by Christmas is almost
like hens' teeth. It's a very di cult, tight
He said First Union handed out food
vouchers to its members yesterday. e
workers have also been advised of what
they can expect as a redundancy payout
but Mr Daniels said that would be
con rmed in a couple of weeks by the
receiver, Korda Mentha.
News that Tachikawa Forest Products
was in nancial trouble broke on
October 18 and a week later it was
con rmed sta had lost their jobs.
e receivers plan to sell the business
and are considering whether it is viable
to continue operating while it is for sale.
First Union represents about 90 of the
mill's 130 workers.
Mr Daniels said the majority of the
workers were experiencing "stressful"
times. But he said any considering
moving to Australia should reconsider.
"Australia is no golden bullet. At this
stage the work over there is compressing
as well. It's not what it's made out to be."
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Few jobs for mill staff
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