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Plane clips cow
A pilot was forced to make a hasty
landing after colliding with a cow
yesterday. Police said emergency
services were put on standby at an
air eld in Feilding, after a top-
dressing plane hit the cow during
take-o from an airstrip in Pahiatua,
about 40 minutes away by road.
Police central communications acting
shift commander Bruce Mackay said
when the pilot realised the plane was
damaged he was instructed to land in
Feilding. "It touched down without
any real issue," Mr Mackay said of
the landing about 6.30am. It was
understood the cow died. --- APNZ
Wall crushes man
A man is dead after a wall fell on
him as he worked in his Blenheim
garden on Saturday. Inspector Simon
Feltham said the 62-year-old man
died before emergency ser vices arrived
at the home in Murphys Road shortly
before 3pm. He had been doing work
on the wall, which was part of a water
feature. Family members were home
at the time. e man's body was taken
to Blenheim Hospital. Police would
not release further information about
the death or the man's name until all
his family members had been noti ed.
Blaze in office block
Eight re crews in central
Wellington were this morning
ghting a blaze on the sixth oor of
the Vodafone building at Midland
Park. Central re communications
shift manager Murray Dunbar said
emergency services were alerted at
6.29am. Further details were not
available, Mr Dunbar said. --- APNZ
Fertiliser factory fire
A blaze at a Hastings fertiliser
factory was fuelled by the presence
of sulphur, the Fire Ser vice said. e
re, reported shortly before 8.30am
yesterday, broke out in the corner
of the Ballance fertiliser factory on
Maraekakaho Road, Fire Service
central communications acting shift
manager Craig Dally said. e blaze
took about an hour to get under
control. --- APNZ
ere was no division one winner
in Lotto draw No 1381 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 14, 26, 28,
30, 37, 40; bonus 23. Strike numbers
were 37, 14, 26, 30. ere were two
Strike Four winners, from Mount
Maunganui and Auckland, each
taking home $685,354. Powerball
number 1. ere was no division
one winner. e Winning Wheel
ticket was sold in Bucklands
Beach, Auckland. e winner from
Whitianga spun for $100,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9582: 2,
7, 9, 10, 28, 29, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37, 41,
42, 43, 55, 57, 63, 65, 68, 75. Draw No
9583: 3, 7, 9, 10, 18, 19, 27, 34, 35, 37,
39, 42, 45, 54, 55, 56, 59, 62, 68, 77.
Draw No 9584: 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 27,
34, 41, 46, 52, 53, 57, 59, 65, 71, 72, 73,
74, 76, 79. Draw No 9585: 6, 19, 20,
21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 40, 48, 50,
56, 59, 62, 65, 67, 75.
No takers for 'liar for hire'
A sitting Whanganui district
councillor has been arrested on a
Whanganui District Council
member and noted legal high
protester Jack Bullock was one
of 17 people arrested on drugs
charges late last week.
Bullock, 23, was arrested on
Friday as part of Operation Valley.
He was charged with possession
of cannabis and will appear in
the Whanganui District Court
on December 3.
Detective senior sergeant Dave
Kirby today said he could not
comment about whether Bullock
was involved in Operation Valley,
but on his Facebook page the
councillor yesterday afternoon
posted about his arrest.
"Not an ideal situation, but it is
what it is, I'm putting my hand
up (turned name suppression
down) and I am dealing with the
situation as I will over the next
" anks to my loving and
caring family and friends for
their support through this tough
It was not clear whether this
post was made before or after
media contacted him.
--- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Councillor on dope charge
e propeller that fell o the
inter-island ferry Aratere in
Cook Strait has been found.
e company hired to recover
the propeller, Seaworks, found it
on Saturday morning, Kiwi Rail
Spokeswoman Sophie Lee said
she could not yet con rm its
"Seaworks seem fairly con dent
that they'll be able to recover it,"
It would take about two weeks
to prepare equipment for the
retrieval, which would also
depend on weather conditions,
Ms Lee said.
e Aratere, which recently
under went a $54 million revamp,
lost the propeller during a
crossing on November 5.
e ferry was expected to be out
of service for up to six months,
reducing Interislander's freight
and passenger capacity over the
summer. --- APNZ
Ferry propeller found
An on-line ad for a professional
"liar for hire" has had no takers yet,
but its creator hopes an unfaithful
partner or a job applicant with a
dodgy CV might make use of the
e ad on auction site Trade Me
o ers "glowing truth-distortions" for
a fee of $50.
Suggested uses include job or at
references, a ruse for skipping work,
or an alibi to use with a suspicious
spouse or partner.
e listing said customers would
have a phone consultation to discuss
speci c details about their situation.
"Your le will then be assigned
a dedicated number and e-mail
address. Once the job is complete I
will endeavour to provide you with a
transcript of the conversation/e-mail
e 33-year-old Christchurch man
behind the service, who wanted to be
known only as Mark, said he decided
to do it after reading about a similar
He works full-time and is hoping
to eventually build the service into a
"I'm trying to be enterprising and
think of something outside the box,
so I thought, why not?"
Mark had been surprised by the
lack of response so far, but believed
that demand for his service will pick
"I thought there would be more
cheating people. I thought maybe
someone might get in touch."
As for his quali cations, it all
comes down to "knowing how and
when to bull---" and keeping "cool as
Mark said he had sought advice on
how to avoid legal pitfalls, and his ad
said he would not impersonate real
people or companies.
He seems untroubled by the ethical
issues, saying he would only be
telling "white lies".
"You have to not really think too
much about the ethics involved," he
"We all tell little white lies, and
we've all probably lied on our CV a
little bit in our past. So if I'm doing
it for other people that don't actually
know me, then it would actually be a
Mark said he would screen his
clients during the consultation call,
and would turn down jobs he was
"I have pretty good boundaries if
things are just going a little bit too
far." --- APNZ
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Safe's secrets revealed at last
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Vault technician Justin Legg, of Dunedin, in the safe he opened at the
former Chief Post O ce last week.
e mystery of an old Dunedin vault
has been cracked.
" is was one of the hardest," vault
technician Justin Legg said of the
former Dunedin Chief Post O ce
For the past 20 years, the Dunedin-
based contractor has travelled around
the South Island opening locked safes
and has a 100% record he was keen to
But the Princes Street vault, which
along with the Post O ce closed
its doors in 1994, was his most
challenging yet, he said.
His task was made harder as the
steel and copper door, made to resist
gas torching, had at some stage
been retro tted with newer locks,
possibly in the 1980s. Because those
locks were o -centre to the dial, the
turning mechanism could not be
blown o or the contents would be
Each four-wheel combination
lock had up to 100,000 possible
combinations, he said.
An investigation hole, courtesy of
several diamond-tipped hardened drill
bits, was drilled through the 12cm-
is enabled a exi-scope to show
him the inside working of the lock
"If we didn't have the scope we
would be stu ed, because if we
damaged the lock we would be locked
out of it."
e hole enabled him to work
out he was dealing with two high-
grade American-made four-wheel
Another hole was then drilled near
the lock, and the scope put back in so
he could watch the inner mechanisms
of the turning lock, courtesy of a small
e process was repeated for
the second lock, and he and
a representative from Arrow
International were then able to open
the vault door.
What was inside?A crowbar and
some old papers, not a bad haul for a
10-hour job of safecracking.
e area had been converted into a
temporary store and smoko room for
workers on the multi-million-dollar
e holes of the vault would be
lled and repainted, new keys made
for the caged door and possibly
there would be an upgrade to a new
electronic lock. Case closed.
--- Otago Daily Times
Rutger Hale did not
particularly like hot, sunny
So cool, breezy conditions
at Lake Hawea yesterday
were perfect for his memorial
Mr Hale, 22, died a month
ago --- early in the morning
of October 24 --- when an
unidenti ed object ew
through the windscreen of his
car on the road between Lake
Hawea and Wanaka.
Mr Hale's passenger and
partner, Danielle Oylear, 25,
was yesterday joined by about
40 friends and relatives for an
informal ceremony on the lake
shore. She had brought some of
Mr Hale's ashes south after his
funeral in Auckland last month.
Great uncle Pete Phillips, of
Makarora, recalled Mr Hale
growing up as "your typical,
cheeky little Maori boy" who
had been lucky enough to
have found happiness with
Ms Oylear. In thanking police,
emergency services and others
who had helped Ms Oylear, Mr
Phillips referred to the "riddle"
of Mr Hale's death.
way he did."
Ms Oylear, from Alaska,
explained how the couple
had decided to settle at Lake
Hawea just weeks before Mr
Hale's death: "We came here
and it felt like home."
She said when Mr Hale
discussed death, he told her:
"My time's going to come, and
there's nothing I can do about
it."She thanked the community
for supporting her, saying
Mr Hale "left me in the best
A karakia was conducted by
Jeremy van Riel and those in
attendance threw peony roses
into the lake.
Head of the police inquiry
detective sergeant Brian
Cameron did not return calls
late last week.
--- Otago Daily Times
Bereaved partner left
in 'best possible place'
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Rutger Hale's partner Danielle Oylear is comforted by Janine
Man in dog box after row
A man who smashed his
girlfriend's window literally
consigned himself to the
doghouse --- which is where
police found him.
Joshua Rawlins, who appeared
in the Masterton District Court
last week on charges of wilful
damage, had tried to hide in a
neighbour's dog kennel after an
argument with his girlfriend.
Pleading guilty to a charge of
wilful damage, the 18-year-old
from Carterton was ordered to
pay for the repair of the window,
when he appeared before Judge
Police prosecutor sergeant
Garry Wilson said Rawlins was
at his girlfriend's Carterton home
on August 25, when he became
angry and was asked to leave.
"You became aggressive and
punched a window, shattering
the glass," Judge Walsh said.
Police found Rawlins hiding in
a dog kennel on a neighbouring
property, he said.
e sergeant requested the
court order the defendant pay
$290 for the repair of the window.
Lawyer Frank Minehan said
his client was not in a good state
of mind at the time and was
remorseful for his behaviour.
From the dock, Rawlins o ered
instalments of $100 a week. "He
now has an income coming in."
Judge Walsh convicted Rawlins
of wilful damage and ordered he
pay reparation of $290 and court
costs of $130.
Long-service leave for District Court
judges has increased from 65 days every
ve years to 100 days.
e entitlement took e ect in
September and was negotiated in 2008
--- but has only just come to light.
It was part of a package of conditions
negotiated with Labour's Attorney-
General, Sir Michael Cullen, but signed
in 2009 by National's Chris Finlayson,
Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie
Doogue said last night.
It means a judge can take ve
consecutive months' leave every ve
years, in addition to seven weeks of
Justice Minister Judith Collins came
across the entitlement as part of her
work to increase the e ciency of the
In general, District Court judges
with more than ve years' service are
available to sit for only 158 days of
the year after deductions are made for
weekends, statutory holidays, annual
and long-ser vice leave, days for writing
judgments, and non-sitting activities
such as attending conferences.
Family Court judges with more than
ve years' service are available for only
141 sitting days.
"It does clearly put some stress on the
court process," Ms Collins said.
"What's going on here clearly needs
to be taken into account when we are
looking at trying to get cases heard in a
Asked about the conditions of judges,
she said: "I think that they are generous
terms of service but given the separation
of powers (between the Government
and the judiciary), that is not something
I would want to go into detail on and
comment on, other than (to say) they are
Sir Michael Cullen said he had little
recollection of approving the long-
service upgrade. But he said it would
have taken account of increased stress of
the job and it allowed judges to catch up
on what was going on in the legal world,
in the same way as academics took
Ms Collins is writing to Finance
Minister Bill English seeking an
investigation by the Productivity
Commission into the courts system.
e caseload in some courts is
declining, she said, but there is no
commensurate reduction in clearance of
we can't be much faster in our courts. It
does not make sense that we have the
same number of judges as we did back
in 2008 and yet we are not getting the
productivity that we would expect out of
"I think it is important that we look at
the Legal Services, the judicial services,
the court sta and what services they've
got and what they provide, but it is not
credible to simply say the answer always
has to be more judges when we have
substantial reductions in the volumes of
work going into the courts."
Ms Collins is also close to getting
Cabinet sign-o for a major reform of
the court system, including measures that
will allow greater use of electronic records,
and will require heads of Bench for
di erent courts (such as, Environment,
Employment, District, High) to set
targets for delivery of judgments and
giving the public access to information
on the progress of reserve judgments.
If the Cabinet signs it o today, the bill
could be introduced this week.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Judges' long-service leave soars
Ewen Macdonald has
today been denied parole,
for the second time.
e Parole Board
said it was not satis ed
Macdonald no longer
risk to the safety of the
Macdonald still has two
years and four months until
his sentence end date of
April 6, 2016. He will be
seen again by the board in
e board had informed the registered
victim of its decision.
Kylee Guy declined to comment after
the decision was released.
e 33-year-old, who was acquitted of
murdering his brother-in-law Scott Guy,
today learned that he would not yet be
freed from prison after two and a half
years behind bars.
After a jury found him not guilty
of murder at high-pro le trial in
Wellington, Macdonald was sentenced
in September last year to ve years'
imprisonment for a crime spree targeting
neighbouring Feilding farms.
Macdonald pleaded guilty to six
charges, including vandalism of a new
house that Scott and and his wife Kylee
were building, 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 110-year-old whare.
e charges were not
revealed to the murder
trial jury, partly because
they would have been
e father of slain
farmer Scott Guy says
the community would be
concerned if Macdonald
Macdonald rst appeared
before the Parole Board in
December, but was denied
parole because it believed
he still posed a risk to the community.
A psychiatric report said he displayed
narcissistic traits and had an over-
controlling personality which relied
excessively on denial and repression to
cope with and avoid anger.
Mr Guy's father, Bryan Guy, told
Radio New Zealand's Morning Report
that farmers in Feilding would not want
to see him return because Macdonald
told lies and has a vengeful nature.
Mr Guy said he will have to see
Macdonald eventually if he is paroled
because he is his grandchildren's father,
but the family will not be actively
seeking contact with him.
Macdonald was eligible for parole after
serving 20 months, which included the
time he spent in custody after his arrest
in April 2011.
Macdonald's brother-in-law Mr Guy
was shot dead in the driveway of his
Feilding farm in July 2010.
Macdonald is the ex-husband of Mr
Guy's sister, Anna. --- APNZ-NZN
ACC is recommending broad cuts
to levies, including reducing rates for
employers and self-employed people by
Chairwoman Paula Rebstock said the
proposal comes after feedback from
a public consultation on levies was
e recommendations are made to
the Minister for ACC, and if approved
by the Government would apply from
ACC is proposing reducing the work
levy, which is paid by employers and
the self-employed and covers injuries at
work, by 17%.
A 15% cut is proposed for the earners'
levy, which is paid by all employees and
covers workers who are injured outside
ACC's submission summary said 46
people made submissions on the earners'
levy, many of whom thought clubs,
cyclists and sportspeople should be
levied to pay for their injury costs.
is showed a "general lack of public
knowledge on the operation of the ACC
scheme", the report said.
ACC has also recommended an
across-the-board cut of at least 5% for
car owners, after originally proposing
cutting fees only for owners of cars that
met certain safety standards.
But feedback had called for all car
owners to bene t from the improved
position of ACC's motor vehicle
account, so the cuts would be extended
across the board.
But under a proposed risk rating
system, owners of safer classes of cars
would get a greater bene t.
e registration fee would reduce for
all types of cars by at least 5%, but if the
risk rating system is introduced, the total
reduction across all car owners would
e motor vehicle account is funded
by levies on petrol as well as the vehicle
registration fee. e petrol levy is not
proposed to change.
Levy cuts for motorists would apply
from October 1 to allow time for the risk
rating to be introduced.
Motorcycle owners would not be
included in any levy cuts, despite a
"vocal and unanimous" response to the
proposals from riders.
"Many motorcycle owners would like
us to recommend lower motorcycle
levies. But these levies are already heavily
subsidised by car owners, who contribute
72% of the cost of supporting injured
motorcyclists," Ms Rebstock said.
"If we charged motorcycle owners
the full cost of motorcyclists' injuries,
it would make owning and riding
a bike una ordable. is is because
motorcyclists are much more likely to
get injured or su er severe injuries in
a crash, because of their lower level of
Ms Rebstock said the levy cuts were
made possible by ACC's improved
nancial position, which means the
scheme is on track to be fully funded ---
with enough assets to meet its liabilities
--- by 2019.
"We're not quite there yet. Although
we achieved a surplus last year, the
scheme's liabilities still exceed its assets
by $2.3 billion. But we're con dent our
recommended levy cuts are sustainable."
A Mount Maunganui man su ered
burns to more than 30% of his body
in a workplace accident in Mount
He was taken to Tauranga Hospital
after being injured while welding before
being airlifted to Middlemore Hospital's
National Burns Centre. e 32-year-old
remains there in a stable condition.
Mount Maunganui ambulance o cers
were called to Porter BR and SL
Limited in Macrae Avenue at 2.20pm
on ursday where they treated the man
for serious burns to his arms, legs and
neck, shift manager Gary Bishell said.
"O cers worked on the man for around
20 minutes to stabilise him before he
was taken to Tauranga Hospital then
own to Middlemore Hospital," he said.
Sta said they had heard about the
"unfortunate accident" but could not
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Burns victim serious but stable
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