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Buses destroyed in fire
Five buses have been destroyed
in a suspicious re in suburban
Wellington early today. Emergency
services were called to the Go
Wellington bus depot in Karori's
Ranelagh Street, about 3am, senior
sergeant Mark Clausen of central
police communications said. e
re totally destroyed ve buses of
the 21 parked in the depot. It was
believed the re was deliberately lit
as the buses were not used over the
weekend, Mr Clausen said. --- APNZ
A Christchurch medical facility was
seriously damaged in a suspicious
re overnight. e Fire Ser vice was
called to the large wooden building
on Bealey Avenue about midnight,
southern re communications shift
manager Andrew Norris said. e
building was "well involved" by the
time re crews arrived, he said.
A man was critically injured when
his motorcycle struck a sheep on a
road south of Hastings on Saturday.
e 35-year-old man su ered neck
and spinal injuries in the crash on
Middle Road at Poukawa about
5.30pm. e man was own to
Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital in
Hastings. --- APNZ
Woman found safe
A 19-year-old woman for whom
police had held "grave concerns" has
been found safe and well. Dominique
Pepi-Foster was thought to be in the
company of Je ery Makapi Rapana,
31, who had bail conditions stating
he should not associate with her.
Police said they left a Manurewa
address together after a domestic
incident last week. Police said on
Saturday she had been found at a
Papatoetoe property. Rapana had
been taken into custody for breach of
bail. --- APNZ
$10m Lotto win
An Auckland ticketholder is
$10 million richer after sharing the
division one prize and picking up
the Powerball prize pool in Lotto
draw No 1380 on Saturday. e two
successful division one tickets were
sold in Wellington and Flat Bush
(Auckland), and won $500,000
each. e Powerball prize was
$10,180,673. Successful numbers
were 4, 8, 9, 18, 25, 28; bonus 5.
Strike numbers were 4, 9, 25, 18.
ere was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 4. e Winning
Wheel ticket was sold in Hastings.
e winner from Waikato spun for
$100,000. In the promotional draw a
$25,000 win went to Murchison.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9568: 1,
8, 11, 16, 27, 28, 30, 37, 38, 44, 50, 54,
56, 60, 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 75. Draw No
9569: 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 23, 33, 38, 40, 42,
50, 55, 62, 63, 65, 68, 70, 72, 76, 78.
Draw No 9570: 1, 3, 4, 9, 16, 17, 19,
22, 24, 32, 33, 34, 37, 49, 58, 64, 68, 74,
76, 78. Draw No 9571: 5, 9, 11, 12, 15,
19, 20, 30, 34, 38, 42, 43, 47, 48, 54, 56,
58, 68, 69, 80.
Convicted livestock killer Ewen
Macdonald has a second chance
at securing his liberty next week.
e Parole Board has today
revealed that a hearing on
whether Macdonald, 33, is
ready for release will be held in
Christchurch next Monday.
e Feilding farmer was
acquitted of murdering his
brother-in-law Scott Guy in a
high-pro le trial last year.
After a jury found him not guilty
of murder, he was sentenced in
September last year to ve years
imprisonment for a crime spree
targeting neighbouring Feilding
Macdonald pleaded guilty to six
charges, including the slaughter
of 19 calves with hammer
blows to their heads, the theft
and killing of two trophy stags,
emptying a neighbour's main
milk vat of about 16,000 litres
of milk worth tens of thousands
of dollars, and burning down a
e charges were not revealed
to the murder trial jury, partly
because they would have been
Macdonald had already served
more than a year in prison while
He was denied parole last
December after the board found
it was not satis ed he no longer
posed an "undue risk to the safety
of the community".
e parole board con rmed
today that his second parole
board hearing will be held at
Christchurch Men's Prison next
APNZ understands Macdonald
will be represented at the hearing
by a lawyer. He was not legally
represented during his rst parole
Mr Guy, 31, was shot and killed
at the end of the driveway of his
Feilding home in the pre-dawn
darkness of July 8, 2010.
Macdonald parole hearing
Two police o cers who assaulted a
woman in her Auckland home have been
discharged without conviction.
Court documents show constables
Brent Liddle and Gerard Russell avoided
conviction in the North Shore District
Court in April, Radio New Zealand
Russell was also found guilty of trespass.
In December 2010, the o cers visited
the property after the woman was
involved in a minor car crash, and entered
the house when nobody answered the
ey arrested the woman after Russell
forced his way into her bedroom.
e woman then brought a private
prosecution against the pair.
Judge Lawrence Hinton found the
o cers acted in good faith, but did not
have permission to be in the house and
the arrest constituted assault.
ey were ordered to pay the woman
$7000 in reparation payments and $8000
in court costs. --- APNZ
A Christchurch police o cer told a
suspected drink driver that any charges
would go away if she performed oral sex
on him, a court heard today.
Senior constable Gordon Stanley
Meyer, 45, today admitted a corruption
and bribery charge at the High Court in
He also pleaded guilty to an indecent
assault of an 18-year-old woman he
groped while giving her a lift between
pubs while on duty in his marked patrol
Meyer, who has since resigned from
the police, has been protected by name
suppression since the incidents in 2011.
But he can be named for the rst time
today after pleading guilty at the High
He was remanded on bail at a North
Island address until he is sentenced next
Defence counsel Jonathan Eaton
con rmed today that Meyer had resigned
from the police.
Justice Graham Panckhurst remanded
him on existing bail conditions to
December 19 for sentencing. --- APNZ
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Passengers on a steam train
excursion from Paekakariki to
Whanganui got more than a
gentle ride on a piece of history
when a car crashed and rolled just
a few hundred metres in front of
e car crashed on a bend in
Whanganui about 3pm yesterday,
hit the kerb and landed on its side
on the railway line.
Just 500m away, the steam
train from Paekakariki which
had brought passengers to
Whanganui for the afternoon,
was heading towards the crash
Dozens of people lined Heads
Road to catch a glimpse of the
Ja 1271 engine, and watched as
a police patrol car sped away to
warn the train sta that the line
e train waited for about half
an hour while police and train
sta assessed whether it was safe
for it to pass.
As a tow truck pulled the car o
the line, the train inched through
on its way back to the Taupo
Whanganui Fire Service station
o cer Bryan Coskerie said the
driver of the car had lost control
on the bend.
"He hit the kerb and landed on
his side partially on the railway
line, as the steam train was
coming along," Mr Coskerie said.
e male driver, the sole
occupant of the car, was taken
to hospital and was in a stable
condition last night.
Local residents who witnessed
the crash said they had heard the
"He'd lost control of that car
well before the bend," one man
--- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Trouble on tracks as car stops train
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Emergency workers clear the car o the track near Whanganui as the train waits.
Justice Minister Judith Collins says
the treatment of sexual assault victims
has reached a tipping point and there
is a real move to stop blaming victims.
Her comments yesterday came after
thousands of protesters throughout
the country on Saturday marched to
demand an end to "rape culture".
Speaking on TVNZ's Q and A
programme, Ms Collins said the
public was right to be disgusted by the
behaviour of a group called the "roast
busters", who bragged on-line about
having sex with drunk and underage
She agreed society had reached a
tipping point about the way victims
"I think there's a real move to say
that we should stop blaming victims."
She said questions would always be
asked about whether anything could be
done to prevent the crime.
" e best place obviously is to
prevent it, but it's also about trying
to take the blame o victims and
encouraging them to come for ward.
"I think if more victims were able to
come for ward and to have their stories
told and the o enders to be confronted
with that, we might have fewer people
who think it's all right to do this sort
of thing to someone else."
Ms Collins said rape was nothing to
do with what a victim wore or did.
"Having said that, unless we actually
address those issues, and unless we
actually stand up to that sort of
abusive comment to victims, then
we will continue to see those sorts of
behaviours spoken about in that way."
She said embarrassment was part of
what stopped victims coming forward.
"It's an incredibly humiliating thing
for anyone to have to talk about, and
it's not as though it's a crime where
someone, say, breaks into your car and
" ese people break in as such and
what they do is they take something
away from that person --- they take
their dignity and they essentially e ect
their soul. And this is a crime that lives
with a victim every single day of their
Ms Collins is looking into proposals
by the Law Commission that would
increase protection for complainants in
e changes include providing a
support person for young complainants
giving evidence in court, and giving
complainants notice if their previous
sexual history was going to be
discussed in court.
"I would never ever suggest for a
moment that whatever is proposed, in
terms of our court processes, would
ever take away the feeling of being
re-victimised, for a victim who has to
relive what has happened.
"But you can't have a rape case occur
if the victim can't actually say what's
happened. It's very di cult for anyone
to defend themselves, and I don't want
to see miscarriages of justice on either
Ms Collins was looking at restorative
"What we know is that quite a lot
of those people who do complain to
police as victims of sexual assault are
actually assaulted by people who are
close to them --- either partners, former
partners, friends, family members.
"Sometimes they don't want, those
victims, to have to go to court. ey
also don't want to necessarily see the
accused end up in jail for up to 20
years, because rape is treated extremely
seriously in this country.
"What thy do want is they want
abuse to stop, they want the o ender
to confess to what they've done, to
acknowledge the harm that they've
caused and to help give back that
"I think it's that loss of dignity which
continues to live with the victim
Any change in court processes would
go to Cabinet this year before being
passed into law next year. --- APNZ
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Union organiser Glenda Alexander speaks at a rally against rape and "victim blaming" at the Museum Reser ve, in Dunedin, on Saturday.
Tipping point over sex assault victims' treatment: Collins
A seven-week-old baby was taken to
hospital in serious condition yesterday
after falling out of a cot.
e little girl was own from the
Coromandel to Auckland's Starship
Hospital by rescue helicopter about
Helicopter intensive care ight
paramedic Russell Clarke said it appeared
the girl's brother had been "over-excited"
and had tipped over the bassinet.
e baby fell out and hit her head.
She was taken to Starship Hospital in a
serious but stable condition. --- APNZ
Opposition parties are
warning of damage to the
national interest, higher
fares and even a second
taxpayer bailout after the
Government put another
slice of Air New Zealand
on the block.
e Government will
sell 20% of its stake in the
airline today and tomorrow,
days before a $9 million
public referendum begins
on whether New Zealand's
power companies and airline should be
State-owned Enterprises Minister
Tony Ryall said the time was right for
the Government to reduce its 73%
ownership because the company was
trading at a ve-year high. He dismissed
suggestions the timing was cynical,
saying it had been signalled at the
election two years ago.
Labour leader David Cunli e
described the sale as "desperate, arrogant
stu " which gave a "two- ngered salute"
to New Zealanders because it was being
done immediately before a referendum
on the issue.
He cited the previous sale of Air NZ
in 1989, which resulted in a $880m
government bailout in 2001 after a failed
venture with Ansett Australia.
"Last time Air New Zealand was
privatised it was a disaster. Now, history
On this occasion, the Government will
retain a 53% stake in the company. Mr
Ryall said no more would be sold, and
a 2% bu er was needed for Air New
Zealand employee share schemes.
He said he would not speculate about
the Government's liability if Air NZ
" e shares are at a ve-year high,
which indicates there's a lot of market
interest and market sentiment in the
performance of Air NZ."
Labour and the Greens also warned
of damage to New Zealand Inc, saying
the airline was tied up with the country's
national identity and
tourism brand and the sale
would make the company
prioritise private pro ts
more than national interest.
Green co-leader Russel
Norman said it could lead
to reduced regional services
or higher fares.
Unlike the power
company o ers, the Air
NZ shares will be sold to
investment banks which
will work with brokers to
sell them to investors over
Mr Ryall promised "hand on heart"
that 85% of the shares would go to
local investors, though he said the
Government could not stop New
Zealanders selling them.
Prime Minister John Key, in Sri Lanka,
said the size of the domestic population
and competition were a greater in uence
on fare price than a change in an airline's
e Green Party said the sale would
result in private investors taking a major
share in the national carrier before New
Zealanders got the chance to have their
say in the referendum on asset sales.
Voting begins on Friday.
"Private ownership of our national
airline has historically been very bad for
New Zealand taxpayers and businesses
and poses real risks for Air New
Zealand's brand," Dr Norman said.
"Private investors nearly bankrupted
Air New Zealand in the early 2000s
and taxpayers had to resuscitate this
critical public asset. Private investors
will take a big share in the airline again
and will seek bigger pro ts from it."
e Government's "risky" sale would
force the company to prioritise private
shareholders' pro ts rather than act in
the national interest, Dr Norman said.
"National is foolishly ooding the
market with shares for foreign buyers in
order to avoid the asset sales referendum
where New Zealanders will have the
chance to vote no to further sales."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Air NZ sale
David Cunli e
Chorus has withdrawn guidance on
what it is likely to pay shareholders
for the present nancial year, a move
one market commentator says is an
attempt by the embattled infrastructure
company to soften up investors for a
e NZX-listed company previously
indicated it would pay 25.5c per share
for the 2014 nancial year, but withdrew
this guidance this morning.
"At this time of unprecedented levels of
of investment by Chorus, withdrawing
dividend guidance is a regrettable but
necessary step in light of the ongoing
uncertainty Chorus face," chief executive
Mark Ratcli e said.
Communications Minister Amy Adams
asking Chorus to indicate how it plans to
respond to the Commerce Commission
cutting wholesale broadband prices by
When the regulator made this
announcement earlier this month,
Chorus said the move would hit its
earnings before interest, tax, depreciation
and amortisation (ebitda) by
$142 million each year.
Chorus' revenues are linked to these
broadband prices and the company
claimed the decision would lead to a $1
billion funding shortfall.
Mr Ratcli e said earlier this month it
meant Chorus "simply will not be able
to borrow the sums of money we need to
make up to a $3b investment in the UFB
(the ultra-fast broadband network)".
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Chorus tips dividend cut
Work and Income New Zealand
has apologised to a woman with a
debilitating medical condition for
placing her on a bene t requiring her to
Carolyn Gane was denied a supported
living payment, previously known as an
invalid's bene t, despite having her GP's
recommendation and was instead placed
on jobseeker support, previously known
as the sickness bene t.
Jobseeker support is for people who can
work but are temporarily unable to do so,
and requires them to seek employment
while receiving bene t payments.
e 49-year-old Hamilton mother
of four is afraid to leave her house in
case she has an "embarrassing accident"
caused by medical problems with her
bowel, and was gobsmacked when Winz
deemed her t for work.
Ms Gane was diagnosed with
diverticular disease in 2008 and irritable
bowel syndrome in December. e
conditions cause her pain and to lose
control of her bowel with little warning,
and as a result she rarely leaves her house
in Hamilton East in case she is caught.
"I don't even set foot outside my house
unless I have absolutely no stomach
pain," she said. "If they think I can just
get out there and work when I have all
this going on, it's a joke.
"I can't even sit in a cafe and have a cup
of co ee with my family or friends for
the fear something might happen. What
kind of job do they expect me to do?"
A medical certi cate supplied to
Winz in July meant she had short-term
exemption from nding work, but last
month Ms Gane's condition worsened
and her GP, Dr Tiwini Hemi from the
Tuhikaramea Medical Centre, deemed
her unable to work in the longer term.
She used the medical report to apply for
the supported living payment.
A letter from Winz said Ms Gane
did not meet the medical credentials to
qualify for the bene t and would remain
on jobseeker support.
Winz Waikato regional commissioner,
Te Rehia Papesch, said Winz had made
an error and would be re-examining Ms
Gane's case. "We should have spoken to
her GP to clarify some of the points in
the medical certi cate when assessing her
supported living payment application,
but we didn't and I apologise to Ms Gane
for the frustration this has caused."
Ms Papesch also said Ms Gane did
not have any "current work obligations"
because of her condition.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Winz apologises to sick
woman put on wrong benefit
A man has su ered head injuries while
felling pine trees in Hawke's Bay.
e 43-year-old was hit by a branch
at a forestry block near Raupunga this
e Lowe Corporation rescue
helicopter crew winched him up 50m
through pine trees due to the steep
terrain, and then ew him to Hawke's
Bay Regional Hospital in Hastings.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Falling branch strikes man
ree people have
been killed on the roads
this weekend, including
a young woman who
crashed into a tree after
eeing from police in
e 21-year-old woman
died after crashing into
a tree and two men
were killed when their
rolled on rural roads on
e last fatality came
after a police pursuit in
the Whanganui suburb
of Gonville on Saturday
from Whanganui, was
killed in the crash. e
driver died instantly
and six passengers were
injured when the car
crashed into a tree at
an intersection about
Gibson said the woman
had been stopped by
police and processed for
excess breath alcohol
earlier in the evening.
Police said the highest
speed reached during the
pursuit was 90kph ---
almost twice the posted
speed limit of 50kph.
Ms Nelson-Boyd was
killed instantly when the
car hit a tree.
passenger and ve
passengers in the back
su ered moderate to
serious injuries injuries,
none of them life-
ey were being treated
at Whanganui Base
Hospital. --- APNZ
Woman falls 15m
A 22-year-old woman was seriously
injured after falling 15m on to rocks at
Piha, near Auckland, yesterday.
e woman was taken to Auckland
Hospital by rescue helicopter after
falling from the walking track at Lion
Rock about 2.30pm.
Intensive care ight paramedic Russell
Clarke said Piha Surf Life Saving club
members stabilised the woman before
she was transferred to hospital in a
serious but stable condition. --- APNZ
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