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Pieces of the car in which Rutger
Hale was killed by a mystery object
near Lake Hawea last month are to be
sent to forensic experts in Auckland for
Despite extensive roadside searches
and a public appeal for information,
police have been unable to identify
the object which smashed through the
windscreen of Mr Hale's car and struck
him as he drove up the Maungawera Hill
on State highway 6 early on October 24.
e object exited through the
rear windscreen and has not been
Detective sergeant Brian Cameron,
who is leading the investigation into Mr
Hale's death, said on the advice of the
Institute of Environmental Science and
Research (ESR), police were removing
some portions of the vehicle's interior
the object came into contact with as it
ew through the car.
ose portions would be sent to ESR's
physical evidence team in Auckland for
examination, "in a bid to identify the
nature of the object".
Police have been talking with "a
number" of drivers of white utilities,
after Mr Hale's partner, Danielle
Oylear --- who was in the passenger
seat --- reported seeing such a vehicle
travelling past in the opposite direction
about the time the object came through
Mr Cameron said some of those
drivers had been eliminated from
the inquiry as they were not on
the road when the accident happened.
Others had been identi ed as being
on the road at the time, but "no-one
has come forward and said 'I'm missing
anything', so to that degree we've
been unable to advance it any
Police remained "very keen" to hear
from the driver of a vehicle towing a
shing boat which pulled over at the
top of the Maungawera Hill to let a
white utility past, as well as any other
drivers who were in the area.
" e focus has been on this white
ute, but we're interested in hearing
from anyone who was driving along
that portion of road at the time ... or
indeed anyone who might have picked
"We clearly want to get to the bottom
of what's occurred, rstly to see if we
can prevent it from happening again,
but for the family it leaves a lot of
unanswered questions that they need
to resolve so they can move forward."
--- Otago Daily Times
A teacher has been censured
for professional misconduct that
included suggesting a threesome
with two boys.
e Teachers' Council's
complaints assessment com-
mittee charged the teacher
with serious misconduct over
an inappropriate relationship
with a Year 13 student from the
e New Zealand Teachers'
Disciplinary Tribunal's agreed
statement of facts detailed
that after recently separating
from her husband, the teacher
invited the student to live with
her, knowing that he was to
be a pupil at the school she
e teacher also communicated
with the students in an
discussing personal matters with
them and making statements
to the e ect of "oh I love you
and care about you and I'll see
you after school", the decision
She hugged and kissed him
and once suggested a threesome
with him and another boy while
they were in her bedroom.
e teacher also had a photo
of herself on her cellphone
engaged in a sex act with her
husband, which was seen by the
She also lay on a bed to watch
movies with one of the boys,
hugged and kissed them and
fell asleep with them, the agreed
statement of facts said.
e student boarded with the
teacher in 2010, and he was also
enrolled in the school she taught
at. e teacher told the tribunal
she accepted she hugged and
kissed the student frequently.
However, she now realised it
was inappropriate in the context
of his being a student of the
At the time, she saw her
interaction with him in the
context of her treating him the
same way as she treated her own
children, the agreed statement
of facts stated.
e teacher told the tribunal
there was nothing romantic or
sexual about her relationship
with the student and said the
photo of her and her husband
was seen accidentally when one
of the students was borrowing
She told the tribunal she
realised her behaviour was
inappropriate and blurred
"I can only repeat that I was
professionally naive to allow
a student to live with me and
enrol at the school where I was
"I failed myself, my family,
the school and the teaching
profession by not ensuring that
the appropriate professional
distance between me and
these two school students was
e teacher told the tribunal
she would like to keep
"My CV, ERO reports and
appraisals show that I am a
highly e ective classroom
practitioner. I think I have a
great depth of knowledge, skill
and experience that I can
contribute to the education
e teacher was suspended
from the school in May 2010
and she resigned two months
later. She gave a voluntary
undertaking to the complaints
assessment committee that
December that she would
not teach from that date
forward, until the tribunal
had given her permission to do
so. e tribunal said she had in
e ect, been suspended from
teaching from May 2010, in
excess of three years.
e suspension of her
practising certi cate ended on
October 30 this year.
Conditions have been imposed
on her practising certi cate,
supervision and guidance
programme at any school or
education institution which
employs her in the future.
Police unable to identify object that killed driver
Dunedin trolley racers Team Zoom
Car Wash set a record time at the
Auckland Domain last weekend and
cleaned up the $10,000 top prize.
Manager Jason Greig said the team
returned to Dunedin early yesterday
after beating 40 teams to win the
2013 Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix on
"Now it's all done and dusted, it
is sinking in and the elation is just
e team set a record time of
45.56sec in their non-motorised
trolley on the 650m winding downhill
track in front of about 80,000
"We averaged 16.9m a second,
which equates to 60.84kph. We were
cruising. We beat the second place by
1.6sec, about 28m."
On the record run, the brakes failed
on driver Paul Wrigley, he said.
"Our driver wanted a little more
movement in the brake pedal so we
loosened them o and when he came
to go down the hill, there was virtually
nothing there --- we don't know what
happened . . . we watched the footage
from his helmet camera and at quite a
speed, he somehow squeezed through
the smallest of gaps between some
trolleys at the bottom."
At the last big corner, the trolley
"slid out", but Mr Wrigley managed to
"He managed to correct it and bring
it back around. In the footage, it looks
like he is drifting. He is at full opposite
lock in the steering and he icked it
back --- we don't know how he did it."
Before the race, a 'Crapillac' body kit
covered the trolley to fool the crowd
and was discarded when it entered a
"car wash" in a pre-race skit to reveal
the sleek red racer.
"When we came out of the car wash,
the crowds just went "woah" because
they weren't expecting it. It was really
Some of the prize money would be
donated to a Dunedin soup kitchen
and the rest would be reinvested in
defending their title at the next grand
prix, Mr Greig said.
Team owner Richard Cathro said
the trolley would be displayed at
the Dunedin Ice Stadium from the
weekend. --- Otago Daily Times
Clean sweep for car washers
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Team Zoom Car Wash Richard Cathro, left, Regan Wilson, Martin Pokorny, Matt Canaday, Jason Greig, Rodney
Wells and Guillaume Leclancher with the Red Bull Grand Prix winning trolley in Dunedin yesterday.
e Chinese Government may be
looking to limit the number of infant
milk formula brands sold in China.
e retail market for infant formula in
China is a multi-billion dollar industry,
and New Zealand's dairy industry has
tapped into it.
In response to a question on the rst
day of the Global Food Safety Forum in
Dunedin yesterday, Export NZ executive
director Catherine Beard said, while she
could not say that it was de nite, she had
heard the Government was looking to
consolidate the number of brands.
is would not just potentially a ect
New Zealand but would be a global
issue. Anybody operating in that space
would be very wise to look at spreading
their risk into other areas of Asia and
not have all their hopes pinned on one
market, Ms Beard said.
Before the Fonterra contamination
scare earlier this year, the Chinese
Government was looking to raise the
standard of the domestic market and
new rules came out in March this year.
e possible consolidation would be the
second wave of changes, she said.
Not surprisingly, the Fonterra asco,
which turned out to be a false alarm, was
referred to by speakers at the three-day
forum. Its about 160 delegates are from
China, the United States, Australia and
Moves were afoot in New Zealand
to "probably raise standards" as well.
While Ms Beard did not know whether
standards would be raised for infant
milk formula, she would not be surprised
if there were some moves to do that, she
New Zealand did have to protect its
reputation and not just the dairy industry,
but all food and beverage producers.
If they wanted to have a reputation for
high quality products, they had to "walk
the talk" and if that meant more robust
regulations, "maybe that's a good thing",
In his opening address, Primary
Industries Minister Nathan Guy said the
contamination scare put New Zealand's
food safety systems in the international
e country's task was to redouble its
e orts to assure consumers of the safety
of New Zealand's products and food
Already, Fonterra had released its
own investigation into what happened
and the co-operative had committed to
making changes, while the Government
had two inquiries under way.
"Our systems were tested by this
particular incident. We are determined
to learn from what happened and take
the opportunity to improve overall
systems," he said.
Holding those inquiries were an
important way of "proving to the
world" how important food safety
was to New Zealand, he said.
--- Otago Daily Times
may go sour
Kiwibank was picked as the next
target for a legal claim over fees because
of the high proportion of its customers
who have already registered and level
of unhappiness expressed by those who
have come forward, the lawyer fronting
the action says.
Auckland solicitor Andrew Hooker
said it had already had 6000 Kiwibank
customers register since it launched
the Fair Play on Fees Campaign
in March this year and that number
could double by the time it les the
Hooker said compared to its customer
numbers Kiwibank had a high
proportion of those who had registered
to join the court action.
Comments received from Kiwibank
customers also revealed a high level of
unhappiness, he said.
"Some of the comments people were
making . . . they were really annoyed."
Mr Hooker said many had switched
their accounts to Kiwibank to support
the New Zealand-owned bank. " ey
thought that Kiwibank was going to
save them from fees."
Mr Hooker said there was a perception
that Kiwibank was di erent and had
been set up to take on the Australian-
But instead it "seemed to be
mimicking" the Australian-owned
banks, he said.
Aucklander Leanne Briggs, who along
with her husband Sydney, is the lead
plainti in the case against Kiwibank
said she had set up a joint account at
Kiwibank six and a half years ago to
"give them a go". Over that time the
couple were hit with 100 default fees
totalling almost $2000. She quit the
bank last year to return to ASB.
"It was just getting out of hand."
Ms Briggs who was charged a $10
default fee when her account went
into overdraft by 2c after a mortgage
payment came out, said it got so bad
she could not tell her husband.
"I felt like I couldn't keep up with it."
Ms Briggs said when she asked
the bank if she could have an overdraft
it told her that was only possible
if she switched her mortgage to
A spokesman for Kiwibank said it had
no comment to make on the legal case.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Kiwibank may face legal claim over fees
e Reser ve Bank doubts its curbs on
mortgage lending at high loan-to-value
(LVR) ratios will have a material counter-
productive e ect on house building.
Builders have complained that the
central bank's moves to halve the amount
of lending banks do at LVRs above 80%
have had a chilling e ect on demand
for new builds, undermining the widely
acknowledged need to boost the supply
side of the housing market.
But governor Graeme Wheeler,
releasing the bank's six-monthly nancial
stability report yesterday, said: "We will
keep monitoring the situation but it is a
very small percentage of new lending and
housing starts are growing strongly."
High LVR loans to fund new housing
represented only 2% or 3% of new
Prices of existing houses in Auckland
and Christchurch were running ahead
of the cost of new builds, he said, and
building consent issuance was climbing
and already 50% above its level at the
trough in 2011.
Mr Wheeler said it was too soon to
assess the impact of the LVR curbs on
house-price in ation.
e early evidence, six weeks since the
curbs came into e ect, was that banks
had signi cantly reduced high LVR
But they were still working through the
pipeline of approvals extended before the
Pricing di erentials between interest
rates for high and low LVR loans had
emerged of about 50 basis points, deputy
governor Grant Spencer said.
ASB economist Daniel Smith said
that while there were many anecdotes
of a drop-o in the number of buyers
in the market and lower sales volumes,
data for October suggested sales volumes
were largely unchanged from September.
ASB's seasonally adjusted estimate of the
change in turnover between September
and October was just minus 0.2%.
e Reserve Bank has estimated that
the LVR curbs will shave about 30 basis
points o the extent to which it will need
to raise interest rates over the next year.
But it reiterated yesterday that current
nancial market pricing would still imply
mortgage rates climbing to about 7% to
8% within the next two to three years.
Even in an environment when
mortgage rates are at multi-decade lows,
debt-servicing costs --- interest and
principal --- are about 14% of disposable
income. While that is down from a peak
of over 16% in 2008 it remains high by
standards of the past 30 years.
e increasing share of high LVR
lending over the past 18 months,
combined with the high level of
household debt (relative to incomes)
could make the nancial system more
vulnerable to a rise in interest rates, the
bank said, particularly if borrowers had
not allowed for interest rate increases in
their nancial planning.
For a representative new entrant to the
housing market it forecasts the debt-
servicing ratio to climb from about 34%
of disposable income now to around
Westpac economist Michael Gordon
said that while the Reserve Bank gave
no indication that it was exploring the
use of limits on debt-servicing ratios as
a macroprudential tool, he would not
be surprised if the issue comes up in the
Several other countries that imposed
LVR limits had also resorted to debt-
servicing ratio limits in recent years,
he said, including South Korea,
Canada and most recently Israel.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Rules will not slow
building --- Wheeler
Prime Minister John Key has called o
his planned visit to the Philippines and
will instead try to visit at a later date.
Going ahead with his trade delegation
now would put too much pressure on
the Philippines Government at a critical
time of dealing with Typhoon Haiyan,
he said yesterday.
Mr Key o ered to postpone the trip
after Typhoon Haiyan devastated some
parts of the Philippines and displaced
thousands from their homes. He was
due to visit Manila with about 30
New Zealand businesspeople after
attending the Commonwealth Heads
of Government (CHOGM) meeting in
Sri Lanka this weekend.
"A visit next week would place undue
pressure on the Philippines Government
at a critical time of the relief and
recovery phase. New Zealand knows
from recent experience in Christchurch
how demanding responding to a large-
scale disaster is and we don't wish to
distract from these e orts."
Mr Key has also announced a further
$2.3 million contribution to the
Philippines Red Cross to help deal
with future natural disasters, on top of
the $2.15 million already announced to
assist with the aftermath of Haiyan.
A Royal New Zealand Air Force
Hercules will leave for the Philippines
in the next few days, carrying disaster
relief supplies, and Mr Key said New
Zealand would stay in close contact to
o er further help where needed.
Mr Key will leave for CHOGM
tomorrow night before travelling
to ailand for a trade delegation.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Key calls off trip
e Ministry for Primary Industries has
issued a warning over a sports supplement
containing a controlled drug.
Acting director-general of the
Ministry for Primary Industries Scott
Gallacher said MPI had been noti ed
by police that samples of the product
called Craze Performance Fuel Dietry
Supplement had been tested and found
to contain the substance N-ethyl-alpha-
ethylphenethylamine, also known as
is is an amphetamine analogue
and a class C controlled drug.
Mr Gallacher said the potential health
e ects of consuming it were untested and
"However, I am taking a precautionary
stance and warning all consumers not
to consume Craze product on the basis
that the product is a food for human
consumption which contains a controlled
drug and therefore may pose a risk to
Anyone who has Craze in their
possession should dispose of it or take it
to their nearest police station. --- APNZ
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