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United Future leader
Peter Dunne says he
has been vindicated by a
new report on the Henry
Inquiry into the leak of a
report on the country's spy
But Labour said Mr
Dunne has not been
vindicated by a privileges
committee report into
the handing over of
Parliamentary records to
the David Henry inquiry.
e committee yesterday
issued its report into the unauthorised
release of information to the inquiry into
the leak of a report on the Government
Communications Security Bureau.
e inquiry was given communication
records, in particular between Mr Dunne
and the journalist who was leaked the
e committee said it was unacceptable
the inquiry was so readily given that
Mr Dunne said the privileges
committee report justi ed his refusal to
co-operate with an inquiry, but Labour
Grant Robertson MP says the Henry
report failed to do the one thing it was
asked to do.
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters maintained Mr Dunne was
behind the leak.
Mr Peters told Radio
New Zealand's Morning
Report he believed Mr
Dunne was a serial-leaker
and the committee's
ndings do not put Mr
Dunne in the clear.
e committee yesterday
issued an initial report
on the "unprecedented"
events that led to records
of e-mails between Fairfax
reporter Andrea Vance and
ministers including Mr
Dunne, along with phone
logs and swipe card records,
being released to the Henry Inquiry.
e report found worrying "failures on
many levels" in the way that information
Mr Dunne resigned after refusing
to release to the inquiry the content
of some e-mails between him and
Ms Vance sent in the days before
Ms Vance's article about the main
ndings of the Kitteridge report which
revealed potentially illegal spying by the
Government Communications Security
Bureau. Ms Vance's article appeared
days before the scheduled release of the
Mr Dunne said he welcomed the
ndings that it was unacceptable that
the Henry Inquiry was handed private
information, despite having no formal
powers to demand it.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 3
Woman suffers burns
A Turangi woman su ered burns
to her hands and arms and her house
was destroyed after the kitchen
caught alight from an unattended
cooking re. Fire Ser vice Taupo area
manager Hamish Smith said three
re trucks and a water tanker were
sent from Turangi and Taupo re
stations at 1.35pm on Monday to
the blaze which destroyed the house.
e woman was admitted to Taupo
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Collision victim named
e driver killed in a collision
on the Aoraki/Mount Cook Road
on Saturday was Taewook Kim,
police say. e 26-year-old from the
Republic of Korea died instantly
when the vehicle he was driving on
State highway 80 did not give way at
the intersection with State highway
8, and pulled out into the path
of another vehicle. e passenger
in the dead man's vehicle, Jeogsu
Kim --- no relation --- was own to
Christchurch Hospital. He is still in
a critical condition. --- APNZ
Black salve warning
New Zealand's medicines
watchdog has warned against the
use of black salve --- a product
promoted for treatment of skin
problems --- after a person su ered a
severe necrotic lesion from using it.
Medsafe said black salve and related
products worked by "burning away"
and destroying the skin. After its
use, a thick black scab formed on
healthy and potentially diseased skin.
ere was no scienti c evidence the
products were e ective in treating
disease conditions and they were not
regulated in New Zealand, Medsafe
said. e products have also been
promoted for treatment of skin
cancer. --- APNZ
Lawyer struck off
A Christchurch lawyer has been
struck o for misconduct after he
hid a personal interest in a company
that did a property deal with a trust
he represented. e Lawyers' and
Conveyancers' Disciplinary Tribunal
found Murray Ian Withers guilty
of three charges of misconduct laid
by the Law Society's Standards
Committee. --- APNZ
Apology to ratepayers
e Auditor-General has apologised
unreser vedly to the people of Kaipara
for the failure of Government
auditors to spot an $80 million debt
blowout at the local council. Lyn
Provost told a crowd of about 300
yesterday the council got out of its
depth developing a sewerage scheme.
"However we found no evidence
of corruption or criminal activity.
Incompetence is not a crime." She
said it was not in her power to say
who should pay the debt.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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9603: 5, 6, 10, 15, 17, 19, 24, 35, 36, 37,
39, 42, 43, 51, 55, 57, 68, 69, 72, 78.
Education Minister Hekia
Parata says New Zealand's slide
in international rankings which
measure achievement in maths,
science and reading is not a
Government failing because the
students who sat the tests were
not products of its National
Standards system, but were
New Zealand plunged in all
three categories in the OECD
league tables, which were the
result of testing 15-year-olds
in 65 countries including 4000
young people in New Zealand.
Experts said the rankings were
not the most important part
of the report, but the scale of
the fall was still damaging for
a government which has put
student achievement at the heart
of its education policy.
e Programme for Inter-
national Study Assessment (Pisa)
report, released last night, showed
that, since the last testing period
in 2009, New Zealand had fallen
in ranking from seventh to 13th
in reading, 13th to 23rd in maths,
and seventh to 18th in science.
Ms Parata said that the
focused on an evidence-driven
school system and therefore it
took the Pisa results seriously.
e improvement in Asian
countries' performance had
contributed to New Zealand's
fall, but Ms Parata also identi ed
other factors such as a major shift
in the curriculum in the last three
years and under-investment
in teachers' skills, which the
Government was addressing.
Labour education spokesman
Chris Hipkins said: "It's a
wake-up call to the whole
education system but also to the
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Parata denies Govt at
fault in rankings drop
e Government has cut its
estimated earnings from partial
asset sales from up to $7 billion
to as low as $4.6 billion.
Finance Minister Bill English
said the Government's half-
year economic and scal update
this month would revise the
estimated range of proceeds from
the sales to $4.6b to $5b.
at is lower than Treasury's
estimate in 2011 that proceeds
from the sales, including Solid
Energy, would be $5b to $7b ---
with the $6b mid-point range
assumed in Treasury forecasts.
Excluding Solid Energy from
the sales, the estimated proceeds
were between $4.4b and $6.1b.
"So we are on track to be within
that range," Mr English said.
Mr English gave the revised
estimates before Parliament's
nance and expenditure select
" e revised assumption of
share sale proceeds is based on
Solid Energy clearly being in no
position to be sold anytime soon,
and it takes account of other
developments and the results of
share o ers to date," he said.
" is is cash the Treasury
expects taxpayers to receive,
which can be invested in new
priority public assets without the
Government having to borrow
from overseas lenders."
e partial sales of Mighty River
Power, Meridian Energy and Air
New Zealand raised almost $4b.
e Government plans to sell
shares in Genesis Energy in the
rst half of next year, subject to
market conditions. --- APNZ
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Conservative leader's moon landing confusion
Conservative leader Colin Craig
says he has "no idea" whether man
has walked on the moon, adding it
is "what we're told" and he is "sort
of " inclined to believe it.
His comments came after it
emerged last week he has no
formal position on chemtrails --- a
conspiracy theory that suggests the
trails left by aircraft are chemicals
that have been deliberately spread.
Mr Craig was asked about the
moon landing conspiracy --- which
suggests the Apollo moon landings
were faked by the US government
--- by Radio Live host Marcus Lush
"I don't have a belief or a non-
belief in these things, I just don't
know," Mr Craig replied.
Asked again, Mr Craig said he had
"no idea" whether man had walked
on the moon.
" at's what we're told. I'm sort
of inclined to believe it. But at the
end of the day, I haven't looked into
it. And I know there's some very
serious people that question these
He went on: "I'm happy that they
can think that. I'm not going to
judge any of these things without
Mr Craig also addressed his
position on chemtrails, saying he
had not had a chance to look into
People had found his response
honest, he said.
"I simply said I don't know, and I
think it's a long time since people
have had a politician honest enough
to say, 'Look, I don't know'."
He said chemtrails may be relevant
in America "or wherever the issue
is" but the issue was not relevant to
On the Ask Colin page of the
Conser vatives' website, he said:
"Our party has no formal position
on chemtrails. I am aware of the
theory that chemicals are being
released at high altitude for some
nefarious purpose but don't know
whether there is any truth in this or
e Ask Colin page does
not address the moon landing
Mr Craig's comments attracted
numerous comments on Twitter
User Lu Leigh suggested: "Why
don't we just put Colin Craig on the
moon. at's all the proof and relief
us normal people need."
Hazel Phillips wrote: "Ask not
if you believe in Colin Craig, but
whether Colin Craig believes in
Twitter user ginblossom wrote:
" ere should be a Colin Craig
Advent Calendar. You get a quote,
plus a Nurofen for the pain that
comes with hearing his voice."
Blogger Martyn Bradbury said:
"How on earth can Colin Craig
make John Banks look preferable?"
Act Party leader John Banks will not
seek re-election in the 2014 general
e news was posted to the Act website
by president John Boscawen soon after
e message was posted almost an
hour before an 11am press conference
with the two men at Parliament.
Mr Boscawen said Mr Banks had
decided after 36 years of public service
to spend more time with his family and
on private interests.
e decision comes less than 24 hours
after the High Court ordered that Mr
Banks must stand trial on allegations of
He will remain as Epsom MP and Act
leader until the election.
Mr Boscawen said the Act board would
soon open nominations for candidates to
stand at the election.
"We have a number of very talented
potential candidates and we expect to
name our key candidates, including a
new candidate for Epsom, by the time of
our annual conference in early March."
Epsom has been held by Act since
2005. Since 2008, Act has supported the
" e importance of this has been
recognised by the voters of Epsom,
who have continued to elect an Act MP
throughout this time," Mr Boscawen
said. --- APNZ
Act leader to stand down
e High Court has
ruled embattled Act Party
leader John Banks should
stand trial on electoral
fraud charges next year
but the trial will probably
be fast-tracked so it can
be completed before
campaigning for the
general election begins.
e Green Party is calling
on Mr Banks to resign,
saying his political career is all but over.
e Greens said Mr Banks's reputation
has been severely damaged.
Co-leader Metiria Turei said Mr
Banks was not suited to parliament and
needed to go.
Justice Paul Heath recommended the
trial be given priority, saying it could
have an impact on next year's election.
He indicated it could take place in the
High Court as early as the rst quarter
of next year.
Mr Banks appealed to the High
Court over District Court Judge Phil
Gittos's committal hearing decision that
he should face charges of ling a false
e charges relate to donations Mr
Banks solicited and received from
controversial internet millionaire Kim
Dotcom and casino company Sky City
which were later declared as anonymous
in the electoral return he signed for his
2010 Auckland mayoralty campaign.
Mr Banks's lawyers argued that Judge
Gittos made several errors of fact in
his ruling. While he acknowledged
those errors in his decision yesterday,
Justice Heath said they did not have
"any material e ect" on Judge Gittos's
decision to commit Mr Banks for trial.
" e critical part of the judge's
decision was based on Mr Banks
receiving the donations, knowing they
had come from both Mr Dotcom's
interests and Sky City and with an
intention that they not be disclosed in
Justice Heath also agreed with the
lawyers for Mr Banks and the Crown
that the trial should take place in the
High Court rather than the
District Court as originally
ordered by Judge Gittos.
is was because if Mr
Banks were convicted,
the Epsom electoral seat,
which he still holds, would
be declared vacant and
also because of the Act
Party's con dence and
supply agreement with the
He also noted the
outcome of the trial could conceivably
have an impact on the result of the
For the same reasons he said the case
should be given priority as it would be
undesirable to have it near to polling day.
He understood it could be held in the
rst quarter of next year depending on
whether Mr Banks chose trial by jury or
before a judge alone.
Justice Heath also pointed out Mr
Banks still had the option of challenging
his committal for trial under section 347
of the Crimes Act. at would allow
lawyers for the Crown and Mr Banks
to put new evidence before a judge who
would make yet another decision on
whether he should go to trial.
"I imagine that's an option Mr Banks
will take," legal expert Graeme Edgeler
said. "But, given what the judge has said,
and we've now got a District Court and a
High Court judge saying there's enough
evidence here, this is a matter for trial.
It's unlikely to work."
Mr Banks was lying low. A spokesman
said he was considering the judgment
and consulting with his lawyers before
A spokeswoman for Prime Minister
John Key said that as the matter was
still before the courts, it would not be
appropriate for him to comment.
Act President John Boscawen also
refused to comment.
Former Act leader Richard Prebble
said while the media had tried Mr Banks
and found him guilty, the answers Mr
Banks had given to questions about the
donations "seem totally credible".
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A student-built "super car" which
reaches 100kph in under four seconds
will compete in an international
design competition in Australia next
e car, built by 13 Canterbury
University mechanical engineering
students in their nal year, has been
undergoing tests at the Wigram Air
Force Museum in Christchurch.
Final tests on the car, which was
shipped to Melbourne last week for
the Formula Society of Automotive
Engineers' Australasia design
competition on December 12, "went
as good as we hoped", university
spokesman Bruce Robertson said.
Ten students and two sta will travel
to the event. Six students will drive
in various events with other team
members providing technical and
e events include an endurance
race, autocross race and acceleration
Abby Neave, will be behind the
wheel for the acceleration and
"She has done a considerable
amount of driver training and has
proved herself very capable behind the
wheel," Mr Robertson said.
Raising enough funds to get to the
competition, which is being held
at Victoria University, was another
hurdle the team had to overcome.
" e nancial implications are heavy,
especially considering students are
generally broke. However we have
found a number of sponsors, including
the UC Mechanical Engineering
Department and a range of external
sponsors such as the Institute of
Professional Engineers New Zealand,"
" ey are very enthusiastic to
support this project as they see how
powerful it is as a means of boosting
the ability and competitiveness of
design focused engineers in our
country." --- APNZ
Students' 'super car' for
e team of engineering students with the "super car".
e Government Communications
Security Bureau head, Ian Fletcher,
yesterday acknowledged there was no
protection of New Zealanders' data
stored in servers overseas from lawful
interception by spy agencies in those
He and the head of the Security
Intelligence Service, Warren Tucker,
both gave Parliament's Intelligence
and Security Committee an assurance
that their respective agencies were not
involved in mass collection of New
Zealanders' data. Neither did it use
other countries nor allow itself to be
used by other countries to get around
domestic laws prohibiting spying on
But Mr Fletcher explained that the
Five Eyes intelligence alliance (US,
Britain, Canada, Australia and New
Zealand) did not a ect each country's
ability to conduct surveillance of
New Zealanders' data stored in their
When questioned by Labour leader
David Cunli e, Mr Fletcher said he
had "no reason to believe there is any
particular targeting of New Zealanders'
But he gave more information about
the intelligence alliance than has been
heard before at Parliament.
He said that, under the original
agreements, each partner would have
bits of its work that it would not share.
But he gave an important caveat.
"None of this impedes the sovereignty
of Parliament here or in our partners
to pass laws that provide for domestic
lawful interception. So each country
does not provide a kind of sovereign
Hypothetically, he explained, if he
were to send Dr Tucker an e-mail and
Dr Tucker's e-mail server was based in
Country A and Mr Fletcher's was based
in Country B, the e-mails would be
subject to the laws of New Zealand and
both countries, and could be lawfully
intercepted in either.
Many of Greens co-leader Russel
Norman's and Mr Cunli e's questions
were based on leaked documents by a
former US National Security Agency
contractor suggesting there had been
mass collection of metadata by the NSA
of US citizens and in Britain.
Dr Tucker revealed that SIS agents
had been deployed to Afghanistan in
August last year following a spike in
Defence Force casualties.
He sent SIS personnel to Kabul and
to the Provincial Reconstruction Team
in Bamiyan up until their withdrawal in
April this year.
"NZSIS made a material di erence to
that deployment and almost certainly
Dr Norman said last night that even
though he disagreed with New Zealand
being in Afghanistan, he supported the
deployment of the SIS there to help
keep them safer.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Offshore data not protected from spies: GCSB boss
Gas-launched sponge rounds
are the newest tactical option
available to police o cers.
e XM1006 "sponge round"
became available to Auckland,
Wellington and Christchurch
armed o enders squad (AOS)
and national Special Tactics
Group (STG) o cers on
e rounds, which have a
high density sponge nose, can
be red up to a distance of
e nose has a large surface
area designed so the rounds
will not penetrate on impact,
police national tactical groups
Bruce Dunstan said.
" e sponge round provides
specialist police sta with an
e ective tool that can help
resolve dangerous incidents
from a safe distance, where
previously rearms may have
been the only remaining
" is supplements the variety
of tactical options that are
already available to us during
callouts, as the rounds provide
a mid-range option that helps
enhance sta and public safety."
e sponge round is designed
to be red from a 40mm gas
launcher, a product already used
by the STG and AOS.
It can be used at "extremely"
close range with no increased
risk of injury, police said, as the
40mm projectile was designed
to spread its energy across 4.5
times the surface area.
"While the round does
cause pain, bruising and
abrasions, there is a wealth of
international medical evidence
that shows the risk of serious
or life-threatening injury is
extremely low," Mr Dunstan
However, if it helped police
to resolve an armed situation
safely without using rearms,
its use was justi ed, he said.
e round would not be
replacing other tactical options.
"While the sponge round is a
welcome addition to the range
of tools currently available,
it's important to stress that no
single tactical option is always
necessarily fully e ective."
New police weapon
e XM1006 "sponge round" launcher and projectiles.
Dunne claims vindication
e search for a 79-year-old sherman
missing since a boat capsized o the
Kaikoura coastline yesterday morning
resumed at rst light today.
A large team of searchers were joined
by police divers yesterday afternoon and
the divers were back in the water at 7am
Shorelines searches were also under
way, police said.
e missing man has been named as
local man Auguste Robin Reinke.
e body of his companion, Ronald
Clarence Monk, 75, of Kaikoura, was
found on the shoreline near their
upturned boat yesterday morning.
More than 20 people, boats, a xed
wing aircraft and a helicopter were
involved in yesterday's search for Mr
Reinke, police said.
e pair set o in a 5m boat about 7am
yesterday to check cray sh pots. About
8.15am another boat found their semi-
submerged vessel in Whaler's Bay, near
Kaikoura, police said. --- APNZ
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