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e Taumarunui community is
being advised not to be concerned
following the discovery of a body.
A 57-year-old was arrested and
charged with murder, and appeared
brie y in the Taumarunui District
Court yesterday. He was remanded
in custody. e investigation was
launched after the discovery of the
shallow grave in Ongarue, about
20km north of Taumarunui. e
dead man was believed to be in his
late 50s. --- APNZ
A man has died after his
motorcycle collided with a truck
in Porirua. e accident happened
on Titahi Bay Road at 12.15pm
yesterday, when a truck and trailer
unit slowed to turn right across
the southbound lane of Titahi Bay
Road. As the truck began to turn, it
collided with the motorcycle, killing
the 36-year-old rider. --- APNZ
Assaulted man improves
e condition of man who was
seriously assaulted in Auckland city
last night has improved. e man,
in his early 40s, was attacked inside
an apartment block on the corner
of Hobson Street and Albert Street
shortly before 11pm. He was taken
to Auckland City Hospital with life-
threatening injuries, but police say he
improved overnight. A man has been
arrested and will appear in court
today. --- APNZ
One hurt in fire
One person was injured in a house
re in west Auckland yesterday.
e re broke out in a two-
storey house on Makora Road in
Massey at 9.50am, northern re
communications shift commander
Steve Smith said. Four people were
in the house but escaped. One was
given CPR at the scene. e re was
not deemed suspicious, Mr Smith
said. An ambulance spokeswoman
said one person was treated at the
scene and another was taken to
Waitakere Hospital in a moderate
condition. --- APNZ
Slain woman named
A dead woman was last seen
dropping her children o at school
two days before her body was found.
Police yesterday revealed the results
of a post-mortem examination on
37-year-old Rongmei Fan, known
as Mei, whose body was found by
a friend in her Miramar house on
Sunday afternoon. She had su ered
injuries consistent with a violent
attack. Ms Fan was killed after she
was last seen on Friday, November 8.
Police are appealing for anyone who
saw Ms Fan after then. --- APNZ
Big Wednesday draw
ere was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 421 last
night. Successful numbers were 13,
17, 20, 22, 27, 29; coin toss, heads.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9562: 1,
8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 23, 28, 38, 43,
45, 47, 49, 56, 71, 75, 77, 80. Draw No
9563: 1, 8, 12, 14, 19, 23, 29, 33, 35, 42,
43, 53, 55, 56, 59, 64, 69, 70, 72, 79.
Strike breaker bill defeated
A 46-year-old man who burned
his ve-year-old son's face with a
fan heater because the youngster
accidentally scorched the carpet
has been jailed for almost seven
Before he was taken into
custody to begin his lengthy
stint behind bars, he made
an emotional plea to family
members in the Christchurch
"I'm very sorry for what I've
done to my son," he said. "One
day I hope to stand in front of
you and apologise properly."
e man cannot be named
after a judge granted nal name
suppression after a request from
the youngster's family who want
his identity protected.
e unemployed man earlier
admitted a charge of causing
grievous bodily harm with intent
to dis gure the boy during the
attack on July 20 this year.
It happened at the family
home in the Shirley area of
Christchurch when police say the
boy accidentally knocked over a
fan heater, which made a burn
mark on the carpet.
e man then lost his temper
and "took hold of the heater and
forcibly pushed the hot metal
protective grill at the front of
the heater on to the boy's face,
causing deep burns to his facial
skin," according to the police
summary of facts.
e boy was left with severe
third-degree burns to the right
side of his face, from his eyebrows
to his chin, as well as his ear.
Detective sergeant Darren
Folau, of the police child
protection unit, earlier described
it as a "horri c" case.
But he was amazed by the boy's
Judge Alistair Garland said
sentence on the burning charge
had to send a "clear message that
o ending of this kind will not be
e man was sentenced to
six years, 11 months in prison
in total, including for his 24th
driving while disquali ed
conviction and two charges of
receiving stolen property.
Judge Garland sentenced him
to ve years, ve months' jail on
the burning charge, plus an extra
14 months on the driving charge,
and another four months on the
two receiving charges.
In granting him nal name
suppression, Judge Garland said
the interests of protecting the
child's identity outweighed the
public interest in knowing who
he was. --- APNZ
Prison for man who
burned son's face
Kaitaia businessman Daniel
Luke Taylor, 37, a youth leader
with the Latter Day Saints, has
been sentenced to ve years
and seven months jail for sexual
His victims told the High Court
at Whangarei this morning
the fact he was preaching in
church made it more di cult to
complain about his actions.
Taylor had pleaded guilty to
sexual o ending against boys and
About a dozen family members
of the victims and their supporters
were present at the sentencing,
while Taylor sat composed with
eyes xed towards the judge.
He admitted to nine charges on
September 26 --- more than 11
months after he was arrested ---
and was remanded in custody for
e charges included six of
indecently assaulting a boy
aged between 12 and 16, one of
indecent assault on a boy under
16, one charge of indecent assault
on a boy aged over 16 and one
of attempted sexual connection
with a boy under 12.
He previously faced 19 charges
in relation to sexual assaults on
both teen and pre-teen boys
between 2007 and 2011.
Two victim impact statements
have been read out in court by
the mother of an abused boy and
by a man who read it on behalf of
e victims said they felt guilty
about what had happened and
felt shy and embarrassed to tell
A man could not control his
emotions in court when the
second of the two victim impact
statements were being read out.
He left the court crying with his
rough his lawyer, Arthur
Fairly, Taylor apologised to all
those he had a ected.
e Crown is asking for a
minimum non-parole period,
saying a great deal of harm had
been done by Taylor's o ending,
there was a clear breach of trust
and that he came to know the
victims through church.
A foster parent for Child, Youth
and Family and vice-president of
the Kaitaia Business Association,
Taylor initially denied the
charges and was supposed to
stand trial in Whangarei in
October this year.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Church youth leader
jailed for sex offences
A members' bill which sought to
allow the use of strike breakers has
been defeated at its rst reading,
Radio New Zealand reported today.
e bill, in the name of the National
Party's Jami-Lee Ross, would have
repealed the part of the Employment
Relations Act that prevents the use
of volunteers, contractors or casual
employees during a strike or lockout.
Mr Ross told Parliament last
night that his bill would create more
exibility for employers and put a
stop to drawn-out strikes.
Labour MP Andrew Little said
it was the bill of a fascist National
Party which would allow employers
to replace workers to starve them
e legislation was defeated with
a tie of 60 votes, with only the
National and Act parties supporting
it. --- NZN
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Picton will remain as
the southern terminal for
the inter-island ferries,
Transport Minister Gerry
Brownlee announced today.
Shifting freight and
passenger services to
Cli ord Bay, 35km south of
Blenheim was estimated to
cut the road-ferry journey
between Wellington and
Christchurch by almost an hour and a
half and shorten the rail trip by nearly
However, local business owners said
the move would be devastating for
Over the past year the Ministry of
Transport-led expert team had been
studying whether Cli ord Bay could
be delivered as a fully privately funded
project, Mr Brownlee said.
"We have been delivered a thorough
and robust report which clearly shows
Cli ord Bay is not commercially viable
as a fully privately funded project, and
the level of investment required at
Picton over the next decade to extend
its life would be substantially less than
e project team estimated a
ferry terminal at Cli ord Bay could
be delivered by 2022, at a cost of
$525 million, leaving a gap the
have been required to
ll to induce private
sector investment in the
construction and operation
of the terminal.
e study also found
Picton's facilities were not
expected to fail or become
constrained due to asset
age or condition, or growth
in freight volumes, over the
next 30 years.
e level of investment required at
Picton by its owner Port Marlborough
over the next decade to extend its life
and adapt its facilities was approximately
half the cost estimated in 2012.
A number of signi cant nancial risks
would exist in the development and early
operating phase of a ferry terminal at
Cli ord Bay, Mr Brownlee said.
"While it was expected these would
be manageable, mitigation and
management cost would have fallen to
"In the end, the government cost,
remaining risks, and the lack of a
compelling constraint at Picton have
led us to decide the Cli ord Bay option
should be set aside at this time.
"I hope this announcement will
provide some planning certainty for
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Secret details of the United States-
Paci c trade agreement have been
leaked showing New Zealand in serious
dispute with US negotiators on many
ese include internet freedom, access
to a ordable medicines, protection of
New Zealand industrial innovation and
ownership of native plants and animals.
After three years of intense negotiation
and with political calls for an agreement
by Christmas, New Zealand and the US
are still far apart in key areas.
e British-based Wikileaks organisa-
tion has obtained the crucial "intellectual
property" chapter of the Trans-Paci c
Partnership agreement and released it
exclusively to the Herald and Mexican,
Chilean, US and Australian media.
e leaked chapter, marked "TPP
Con dential", was produced and
circulated to chief negotiators at the
end of negotiations in Brunei in August.
Insiders say there has been little progress
in two meetings since then.
e 95-page draft includes some
of the agreement's most contentious
issues, such as copyright, patent and
It contains more than 250 references
to New Zealand supporting or opposing
particular clauses. In about 60 cases,
New Zealand supports the US position.
But in most cases the US and New
Zealand are opposed to each other's
proposals, usually with several other
countries agreeing with New Zealand.
Intellectual property is especially
important to Hollywood and US
pharmaceutical, biotechnology and
entertainment corporations, which
have a strong in uence over the Obama
Administration's trade policy. eir
in uence is seen throughout the draft
A large section reveals the battle
between the US pharmaceutical lobby
and countries such as New Zealand that
want to continue to buy cheaper generic
medicines. e US negotiators have
inserted several pages of measures to
help maintain and extend the dominant
position of big pharmaceutical
companies. Only the US supported
these proposals while Australia, Peru,
Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Malaysia,
Singapore and Brunei opposed them in
New Zealand is the lead nation for a
series of alternative proposals to "adopt
and maintain measures to encourage the
timely entry of pharmaceutical products
to the market". Canada, Singapore,
Chile, Malaysia and Vietnam join New
Zealand in proposing rules that would
avoid blocks to generic medicines.
Since this text was written US Trade
Representative Michael Froman has
publicly proposed giving developing
countries a phase-in period if they accept
the US-promoted pharmaceutical rules,
but this would give no relief to New
Other areas of dispute are provisions
that would require internet service
providers to enforce copyright of behalf
of foreign corporations, including
closing down their customers' accounts;
overseas royalty payments on all books,
music and movies for 20 years longer
than at present; restricting cheaper
parallel importing; imposing penalties
for breaking "digital locks" such as
regional zones on lawful DVDs; allowing
plants and animals to be patented; and
allowing "diagnostic, therapeutic and
surgical methods for the treatment of
humans or animals" to be patented.
ere is also dispute over agricultural
A target of Christmas for concluding
the agreement was set by President
Barack Obama last year and was
recon rmed at the TPP leaders' meeting
in Bali in October.
However the wide di erences evident
between the US and New Zealand mean
someone would have to back down on
national interest provisions --- or the US
back down --- for there to be any prospect
of the agreement being concluded. More
than 100 issues are unresolved.
A coalition of groups, ranging from
Internet New Zealand to Trade Me and
the Library Association, have opposed
the agreement. e Fairdeal Coalition's
spokeswoman Susan Chalmers said the
New Zealand negotiators have been
sticking up for the country and called on
the Government to support them.
"If New Zealand caves on the
intellectual property chapter," she said,
"it will face inevitable economic, cultural
and social losses that in the long-term
will likely outweigh any gains from
improved agricultural access."
An earlier Wikileaks release of US
embassy cables showed former New
Zealand chief TPP negotiator Mark
Sinclair privately telling visiting US
State Department Deputy Assistant
Frankie Reed in February 2010 that
there were "a number of areas sensitive
to New Zealand" in the TPP talks and
pharmaceuticals were "bound to be a
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
NZ, US at odds in trade battle
Rob Cope has a pretty cool
Although, his 1.5m fridge has been
dragging the chain a bit on their
hitchhiking tour of the South Island.
"I've had some funny reactions," Mr
Cope admitted yesterday.
"A couple of cockies picked me up
in Invercargill and said: 'If you start
spouting Jesus at us you're back out
on the road'. en they handed me a
bottle of Speight's.
"But most people have just laughed.
e fridge doesn't put many people
o picking me up. It ts in a
stationwagon, ute or people mover.
But, even if someone's going past in a
Mini, I'll still put my thumb out, for a
laugh," he said.
"It's a Simpson, made in Australia,
though, unfortunately. It probably
wasn't the best choice for a New
e 40-year-old Wellington builder
and Simpson are touring the South
Island to promote Mr Cope's recently-
published book, Men Wanted For
"It's about my experience of
manhood and what it means to be a
man. Men hide behind masks. New
Zealand is a desert full of masked
men bumping into each other and
pretending not to be lost."
Mr Cope has a daughter and two
sons under 10, who inspired his
"I want my sons to have something
better than I did. Our model of
manhood is broken and we need to
x it. It has led many of us to anger,
depression, anxiety, broken marriages
and strained relationships with fathers
we barely know."
He has also established men's
communication groups in the North
"We just sit around a camp re and
take our masks o and talk about man
He set o from Wellington on
November 1, travelling down the West
Coast to Invercargill, before arriving
in Dunedin at 2.30pm yesterday.
Mr Cope and Simpson leave
Dunedin on Saturday and hope to be
back in Wellington by the end of next
ey then plan to go hitch-hiking
through the North Island.
--- Otago Daily Times
Hitchhiker's cool companion
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Rob Cope, of Wellington, and his travelling companion, Simpson, after
arriving in Dunedin yesterday.
e Government is being tipped to sell
down its stake in Air New Zealand early
next week ahead of a referendum asking
the public if it supports partial sales of
e Government owns 73% of the
national carrier and has said it wants to
reduce its stake to 51%, but has yet to
name a timeframe.
Several market sources spoken to today
said there was an expectation that the
deal would be done before a referendum
asking New Zealanders if they support
the Government selling up to 49% of
Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power,
Genesis Power, Solid Energy and Air
Postal voting for the non-binding
referendum opens on Friday November
22 and closes on December 13.
" e smart money is on something to
kick o early next week," one market
Another market player said that he
had heard it could happen before the
e decision to sell is backed up by Air
New Zealand's strong performance on
Its shares have had a good run in the
last year rising 34%.
Yesterday they closed up 1c at $1.67,
valuing the company at $1.833 billion.
At that share price the sell-down stake
would be worth about $400 million.
Market players have said the shares
would be snapped up because of strong
appetite for the company.
e sale is expected to be done in the
form of a block trade where one or more
investment banks would buy up the
stake and then on-sell it to others in an
o market deal.
ose type of deals are typically not
announced to the market until after they
have been completed.
New Zealand institutional investors
and brokers are expected to be at the
front of the queue for the shares because
of the Government's promise to ensure
at least 85% of the assets are sold to New
Sources said the Crown had yet to
appoint a company to manage the sales
Investment banks typically get up to
two weeks to put together a pitch for
selling an asset but that could be reduced
to as little as two hours for Air New
Government departments must follow
a tender process but a source said that
could overcome by the Government
picking a company from its pre-selected
panel. at panel includes Goldman
Sachs, Macquarie, First NZ Capital,
Deutsche Bank, UBS, Craigs Investment
Partners and Forsyth Barr.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Air NZ sale tipped
A retired policeman and a
chartered accountant are among
55 New Zealanders eeced for
$1.7 million by a Malaysia-based
Despite being humiliated, a
woman who lost $18,000 has
decided to speak out in a bid to
save others from the same fate.
"I want to stop other people
being caught up in this the way
I was," she said.
e woman, who holds several
university degrees, made three
payments, the rst in July.
"By August, the penny dropped.
I know it's my own fault this has
happened. I didn't get dreadfully
upset or anything, because I just
thought, 'Well, you've been silly.'
I'm not as much ashamed as
embarrassed and humiliated."
Detective senior sergeant
Aaron Pascoe said that the scam
had been running since at least
April, involving a scratch-and-
win-style ticket from a travel
rm in Malaysia. Victims "win"
more than $US150,000, and then
contact the company to arrange
getting their prize.
ey are told they must pay
money to "release" their prize,
including local taxes and legal,
insurance and court fees to
"prove the money is not from
illicit o ending".
"It kind of seems reasonable
to people. ere's two distinct
groups --- people who never
ever pay the second amount
and people who are hellbent on
following through with it."
Mr Pascoe, head of the
Auckland nancial crime unit,
said some had lost more than
$200,000 while others had paid
the rst fee and realised they had
been swindled. Sadly for others,
they could not be convinced they
were getting ripped o .
"It's infuriating. It's very
frustrating when you're talking to
people who just won't believe it's
a scam," Mr Pascoe said.
Among the victims was an
accountant and an elderly man
who was a police o cer for more
than 30 years.
"It's beyond understanding.
ese are intelligent people."
e woman victim scratched
her card and "won" the second
prize of about $US170,000. Over
the next few weeks, she spoke
to two men from the company
about collecting her prize.
ey convinced her they were
a reliable company. "Foolishly
I believed them. Foolishly, also,
I ignored the warning on the
Western Union form about not
sending money to people one
didn't know personally.
"A few months ago, I'd heard
about this happening to someone
else and I thought, 'Oh, how silly'.
"If only I had read it as critically
then as I am now, I might have
seen through this deception."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A third man has admitted his role in
the aggravated robbery of two foreign
tourists at the Waiotapu hot pools near
Michael William Absolum, 33, pleaded
guilty to one charge of aggravated
robbery when he appeared in the
Rotorua District Court yesterday.
He is charged along with Blake John
Lee and Jade Raymond Mellow, who
have both also pleaded guilty to the
aggravated robbery of the two tourists,
a 20-year-old Swiss man and a 26-year-
old Korean woman. Absolum was
remanded on bail to December 16 for
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
A man who had a warrant out for his
arrest was discovered under a Hastings
house after crashing his car following a
lengthy police pursuit.
Gary Karangaroa, wanted for failing
to appear in court on rearms charges,
was spotted by police in a Mercedes and
failed to pull over when they activated
sirens --- leading to a chase through the
centre of town and outskirts on Tuesday.
e pursuit came to an end when he hit
the left rear of a van at the Southampton
Street West and Charles Street
roundabout. Karangaroa appeared in
the Hastings District Court on Tuesday
afternoon, facing charges of reckless
driving, failing to stop for police, driving
while disquali ed, possession of utensils,
possession of cannabis, possession of
ammunition, possession of a restricted
weapon and threatening to kill. He did
not enter any pleas and was remanded in
custody by consent.
Karangaroa is to appear in court today.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Fugitive captured after chase
Robbery role admitted
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