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Second body recovered
e body of a second sherman
who had been missing since a boat
capsized o the Kaikoura coastline
on Tuesday morning has been
recovered. e body of Auguste
Robin Reinke, 79, was recovered in
Whaler's Bay shortly before 11am
yesterday, not far from where his
companion Ronald Clarence Monk,
75, was found on Tuesday morning.
Police said the body was spotted
from the air and recovered by police
divers. --- APNZ
Man found dead in river
A 67-year-old man was found
dead in the Tokomairiro River on a
rural Milton property on Tuesday.
Acting sergeant Steve Gri ths, of
Balclutha, said it appeared the man
had fallen down a bank and into
the river. He was found by a family
member just before 1pm.
--- Otago Daily Times
Crash victim critical
A truck driver whose vehicle was in
a collision with a freight train near
Auckland yesterday is in a critical
but stable condition. e man, in his
early 60s, was own to Auckland
Hospital after the crash occurred in
Kumeu, north-west of Auckland,
where he underwent surgery. e
crash happened at the Boord Crest
crossing, near the intersection of
Trotting Course Road and Waitakere
Road at 10.24am. Police said the
truck was shunted about 60m along
the railway line. --- APNZ
ree people were rescued from a
boat drifting in the Hauraki Gulf
early yesterday. e tourists took a
small sailing cutter from Ostend on
Waiheke Island about 5.30pm on
Tuesday and were reported overdue
at midnight. e police launch
Deodar and the Coastguard began
a search, but the boat was not found
until after 4am. Police maritime
unit senior constable Garry Larsen
said the drifting boat was seen by a
sherman, who alerted Deodar. "We
retrieved them and took them back
to Waiheke," he said. --- APNZ
Boat towed to safety
Boaties are being warned to check
their gear before going out on the
water after a rescue near Matakana
Island on Tuesday night. e battery
on a 5m Mako boat died just after
7.30pm and the vessel with four
people aboard had to be towed in
by the Tauranga Coastguard. A
spokesman said all aboard were ne.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Big Wednesday winner
ere was one division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 424 last
night. e winner takes home $7
million in cash, two luxury vehicles,
a boat, and cash towards a bach and
travel. Successful numbers were 9,
17, 21, 30, 40, 41; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9604: 7,
11, 15, 16, 19, 25, 29, 34, 41, 47, 48, 53,
58, 59, 62, 67, 69, 70, 74, 77. Draw No
9605: 1, 2, 4, 8, 17, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33,
34, 36, 40, 46, 48, 51, 56, 63, 65, 76.
Labour to lift super age to 67
A zoning review in Christchurch's Port
Hills has resulted in 237 properties being
reclassi ed from green zone to red zone,
and 33 going from red to green.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Minister Gerry Brownlee made the
announcement today, saying it would
give property owners certainty and
provide options for people to move on
from areas posing a serious risk to life.
Zoning in the Port Hills is based on
life risk from rock roll or cli collapse.
Owners of eligible properties in the
residential red zone may decide to accept
a Crown o er to purchase the a ected
e Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Authority (Cera) completed the zoning
review following a Court of Appeal
judgment released earlier this week in
regard to a legal challenge by the Quake
e Court of Appeal found that Cera's
zoning process was lawful, and that
the Crown needed to review any o ers
made to owners of uninsured properties
and vacant land to ensure they were
consistent with the purpose of the
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act.
Mr Brownlee conceded he was
conscious it had been a long and
frustrating wait for Port Hills property
"We had to wait for clari cation from
the courts about our zoning process, and
we needed to make absolutely sure the
nal zoning decisions are correct, not
just for those who live in the area now,
but to protect people in the future.
"Some of the property owners had
indicated they wanted their land zoning
to change from its initial status. But
many did not actively seek a review, and it
is these people who may be surprised by
the outcomes of today's announcement.
"Since last evening, Cera has been
endeavouring to call all property
owners who asked for a change to their
property's zoning, or whose land zoning
has changed, to advise them of the
outcome." --- APNZ
237 Port Hills
More than 50 jobs at Unilever's only
New Zealand factory could have been
saved if the government provided more
support for manufacturers and exporters,
a union says.
Unilever New Zealand yesterday
announced the planned closure of
its Petone manufacturing site, which
produces laundry powders for Australia
and New Zealand.
e site will close by the end of 2015
if a proposal is approved by parent
Under the plans, production will
be shifted to Australia and 58 New
Zealanders will lose their jobs.
e Engineering, Printing and
Manufacturing Union (EPMU) said
the closure had been in the pipeline for
a while and the news did not come as a
surprise to workers.
However, the union said it was
disappointing to see local jobs go to
"We believe these jobs could have
been saved if the government took
an active approach to supporting our
manufacturers and exporters," EPMU
manufacturing industry organiser Louisa
Unilever says it is facing declining
demand as customers move towards
liquid detergents and away from powders.
Closing the Petone factory is the only
viable option, Unilever says.
"Like all manufacturers in New
Zealand, Unilever is competing in
a global marketplace and we must
continually make improvements to
ensure sustainable growth," Unilever
Australia and New Zealand chief
executive Clive Sti said.
Under the proposal, production will
continue for 18 months, followed by
a decommissioning period of between
three and six months.
e company has been producing
laundry powders at the Petone site since
Union members at Unilever will receive
redundancy packages. --- NZN
58 jobs go
Labour would raise the age
of eligibility for New Zealand
Superannuation to 67, make Kiwisaver
compulsory for employees and
increase the Kiwisaver contribution
rate if voted into power.
Labour Party deputy leader
David Parker told members of the
superannuation industry his party
was not afraid to tackle the age
of eligibility issue despite it being
"I am willing to deal with the age of
eligibility for superannuation. is is
not populist politics."
Mr Parker said the Census data
released this week backed its
decision. He pointed to the number
of people in the 50 to 59 age group
increasing by 22% since 2006 to
"Although the total population
increased, fewer people are under 15
than in 2006 and this reinforces the
need to address superannuation."
Paying for superannuation cost
more than all bene ts combined and
within two years he expected it to
exceed the annual spend on education.
Labour has proposed raising the
age of eligibility for New Zealand
Superannuation from 2020 increasing
it two months at a time to reach 67
But Mr Parker said he was also
mindful of the need to protect
people who could not work beyond
65 --- especially given that many of
those people were typically Labour
He said it hoped to continue to
support those who could not work
after 65 in their normal occupation.
"We are not going to force people to
work in a lower occupation. It will be
on the basis of need."
He estimated 5 to 10% of those aged
between 65 and 67 would be in that
e party would also make
Kiwisaver compulsory for those in
employment. It would be optional for
the self-employed and those without
e National-led Government
put o automatically enrolling all
employees in Kiwisaver because of the
Mr Parker said it would not drop
Kiwisaver's incentives after making
the scheme compulsory despite the
added costs associated with keeping
Labour would also look to change
the default setting from conservative
to an age-appropriate one --- a
decision which the Government
recently decided against.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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"Find me" she said, before
slipping away into the dawn of
New Year's Day, never to be seen
"Yeah, I'll nd you," he said,
before realising all he had to go
o was her rst name, Katie, and
the fact she was from "DC" ---
Reese McKee, 25, is hoping the
magic of Christmas and the power
of social media reunites him with
the mystery woman he met in
Hong Kong last New Year's Eve.
e Wellington man said he was
in Hong Kong when he ran into
the mystery woman after they had
both become lost earlier in the
e scenario was similar to the
movie Serendipity, he said.
"I was just walking around and
admiring the lights and found this
girl just crying on the side of the
"I went and tried to help her
out. She was lost. She'd lost all her
"I just cheered her up. I sort of
have this undeniably bad sense
of humour that no one can resist
ey went out drinking later
and eventually reunited with her
friends before parting ways at 6am
on New Year's Day, he said.
Although he never got a contact
number or e-mail address, Katie's
nal words, "Find me", stuck with
After meeting Katie, Mr McKee
said he spent weeks searching for
her. "But it was pretty fruitless
because I had nothing to go o .
"I got the idea to use Facebook
in June but the timing wasn't
right. I think this time of year
people have hope for the magic (of
"If nothing else, it would just be
great to get in touch with her and
say, ' ank you'. To say, 'Hi, how
are you doing?'."
He hoped a Facebook campaign
he launched earlier this week
would renew his faith in the world.
" e amount of positive
feedback and comments that are
owing, it's boggling."
e page had been shared with
more than 4000 people, with
comments ranging from "Oh
my god Reese that's ridiculously
freaking cute," to "this is so sweet I
can feel diabetes setting in".
Aside from her rst name, the
only identifying details he had of
Katie was a photo of her he found
on his phone the next morning.
Mr McKee conceded he is a
"a bit of a realist" and would not
be surprised if Katie was seeing
someone else. However, he was
" e chances are billions to one,
but I like those odds.
"Even if I could just nd her and
say thanks, because it's been a life-
changing year and it all started
that night, really." --- APNZ
Christmas magic hope in love story
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Reese McKee in Wellington with a photo he took of Katie on New Year's Eve.
Communications Minister Amy
Adams has opened re on Vodafone,
saying the telecommunications giant
silently backed the so-called "copper
tax" coalition but left consumer
groups and smaller New Zealand
rms to front the campaign.
Vodafone, which publicly distanced
itself from the Coalition for Fair
Internet Pricing following pressure
from the Beehive, has con rmed it
undertook to give nancial support
to the campaign.
e coalition claimed a victory last
week when the Government accepted
it did not have parliamentary support
for legislation to overrule a Commerce
Commission ruling to cut wholesale
copper-based broadband charges by
$10 per month per consumer.
e charges are paid by retail
internet companies to copper
network owner Chorus which is
using the cash to partly fund the
roll out of a new ultrafast broadband
(UFB) network under a contract with
News of the cuts fuelled expectations
that consumers should see cheaper
internet prices when they take e ect
in December next year.
But Ms Adams said consumers
"shouldn't be getting too excited
about the prospect of prices falling as
a consequence of this any time soon".
She noted big telecommunications
companies had given no more than
vague indications of savings for
Between them Telecom and
Vodafone have about 80% of the
e coalition's media strategy is
overseen by public relations adviser
Matthew Hooton and fronted by
Consumer NZ chief executive Sue
Chetwin and Telecommunications
Users' Association chief executive
Paul Brislen. Its members include
smaller retail internet companies.
One of those, Orcon, has promised
to pass on $7.50 of the commission's
$10 cut to consumers.
"If the coalition had come out saying
'keep the copper price low so that
Vodafone and others can make bigger
margins' I doubt the media would
have had quite the same attraction to
running their lines," Ms Adams said.
"But the reality is that if you follow
the money trail, those are the parties
that stand to do well from it."
Vodafone external a airs general
manager Tom Chignell said he had
"no expectation" his company would
use the cut to boost its pro t margins.
He initially con rmed Vodafone
had provided nancial support to
the coalition, paying for a report by
economic consultancy Covec.
However late yesterday, after Ms
Chetwin said Vodafone "had not paid
a cent" to the coalition, Mr Chignell
said while Vodafone expected to
pay for the report, it had not been
invoiced and had not paid.
"We do want to pay it so it's certainly
my intention to make sure we pay
because that's what we undertook
to do." He said Vodafone had been
"reasonably open" about its support
for the coalition.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Adams takes swipe at Vodafone stance
Completing the national ultra-fast
broadband network rollout could
yet require more taxpayer funding,
despite Communications Minister
Amy Adams's insistence there
should be a deal possible to get
the project back on track within its
current $1.35 billion funding.
Speaking to journalists at
Parliament, Ms Adams said she
believed there were a number of
options for shoring up the "sizeable
shortfall" identi ed in a report
by Ernst and Young Australia in
Chorus's ability to fund its portion
of the government-assisted UFB
" ere are changes within that
scal envelope that won't a ect the
timing (of the rollout)," Ms Adams
said. at includes "timing of
payments, structuring of payments,
some of the speci cs of the build
requirements that don't a ect
service provision or the timeframe".
However, she would not rule out
the possibility that the exhaustion
of all such avenues, the government's
agent in the UFB build, Crown Fibre
Holdings, could come looking for a
top-up from government co ers.
"At this stage, our expectation
is the CFH will work through a
solution within those parameters,"
Ms Adams said. "If something
changes, they can back to us and we
can address that at that time, but
that's not my expectation."
She would not be drawn on
company Chorus's options for
meeting the majority of the shortfall,
which appear to include raising new
capital or foregoing dividends.
"We asked Ernst and Young to
give advice about the steps they
(Chorus) can and should be looking
at to address that gap. I'm optimistic
they will be able to meet all of that
themselves." --- APNZ
Chorus may need more taxpayer aid
Phil Nisbet was admitted
to hospital with what
he thought was a nasty
reaction to an insect bite on
the day his wife is accused
of rst trying to kill him, a
court heard today.
Helen Milner, 50, is
standing trial for the
May 4, 2009 murder of
Christchurch truck driver
Mr Nisbet, in a case that police originally
ruled as suicide.
She also denies two charges of
attempting to murder her second
husband weeks before.
On April 15, 2009, Mr Nisbet, 47, felt
sick at work and thought he was going
to faint, and was rushed to hospital.
A doctor who saw him that morning
spoke on the fourth day of Milner's High
Court murder trial in Christchurch that
he presented at the city's main hospital
complaining of an insect bite.
His wife was with him, and he
"appeared anxious", Dr Shamil Haroon
told the jury via video link from England
e Crown alleges that Milner was
determined to kill her husband and cash
in a $250,000 life insurance policy.
It is alleged she plotted the best way
to do it, asking friends and workmates
for views on poisoning methods, and
o ering to pay a hitman $20,000.
e Crown alleges she killed him, most
probably by slipping up to 50 crushed
tablets of antihistamine drug and
sedative Phenergan into his food, then
smothering him with a pillow before
faking his suicide.
Dr Haroon noted that Mr
Nisbet had been weeding
his garden two days before
he saw him on April 15
when he thought he was
bitten by an unknown
He reported pain and
swelling on his shin and
knee the next day, before
feeling weak and nauseated
Hospital testing found little wrong
with Mr Nisbet, who had a clear chest,
normal pulse rate, no shortness of
breath, and no visual symptoms, while
neurological exams appeared normal.
Mr Nisbet said he had felt dizzy,
nauseous, and hot and cold at work,
feeling like he was going to faint.
He and Milner admitted he was
"of a nervous disposition", and had
experienced a similar reaction an insect
bite while on holiday in Australia the
Dr Haroon said there was a small,
circular, slightly raised, red area around
his shin but had made no direct note of a
sting or bite mark on his skin.
Otherwise, he could nd nothing
wrong with Mr Nisbet and so sent him
home later that morning.
e Crown alleges that once they got
home, Milner went out and bought more
of the drug Phenergan at a pharmacy
under a false name.
She is accused of giving him more of
the drug, making him feel unwell, which
resulted in another rush to hospital.
e trial continues. --- APNZ
'Insect bite reaction'
linked to killing
Wellington Zoo is making a home
for four Tasmanian devils which are
due to arrive there this week.
e arrival the devils --- following
a seven-day stint in quarantine ---
will mark nearly 100 years since
the species was last housed at the
A specially-constructed exhibit
within the zoo's Australian walk-
through precinct "Neighbours"
will house the three males and one
female when they arrive.
e zoo is a partner of the save
the Tasmanian devil programme,
which was established in 2003
in response to a rare contagious
cancer that decimated Tasmanian
their numbers in the wild by
e programme, which involves
institutes and zoos around the
world, and was set up by the
Tasmanian Government, has
enabled the number of Tasmanian
devils living in zoos and wildlife
parks across Australia to reach 550.
A man "entrenched in the top tier" of an
organised criminal syndicate was among
those arrested in a record-breaking
$120 million drugs bust and denied bail,
a court has heard.
More than 330kg of the class B drug
pseudoephedrine was seized in Operation
Ghost which police say is enough to
produce $100m of methamphetamine.
e haul is the largest of its kind in
New Zealand and the drugs, a cold
and u medicine known as Contac NT,
which is legal in China, are believed to
have been smuggled through the borders
in a shipping container.
Homes, cars and cash worth up to
$20m were also seized as the Organised
and Financial Crime Agency of New
Zealand (Ofcanz) led raids on 40
properties in Auckland and Waikato.
Most of the 24 people arrested yesterday
as a result of the 18-month investigation
appeared in the Manukau District Court
at the same time as the police held a
press conference at the nearby Ofcanz
Interpreters for the Mandarin,
Cantonese and Korean languages were
needed, although all of the accused are
permanent residents or citizens of New
Most of the 17 defendants were
released on strict bail conditions which
included surrendering passports, night-
time curfews, not having contact with
fellow accused or not using cellphones.
Judge Jane Lovell-Smith declined to
grant bail for the two men whom the
police asked to be kept in custody.
Che Eng Tan, a 43-year-old from
Takapuna, denied the charges and said
nothing was found when police searched
his house, according to his lawyer, John
He is facing 16 charges of possession
to supply pseudoephedrine and another
16 charges of supplying the class B drug,
which carries a maximum sentence of 14
years in prison.
Mr Anderson said the Operation
Ghost evidence relied almost exclusively
on intercepted phone conversations and
messages and surveillance, so his client
would not be able to interfere with
But Judge Lovell-Smith declined bail
on the basis of police allegations that
he was "entrenched in the top tier of an
organised criminal group", as a conduit
between international connections
smuggling pseudoephedrine into
New Zealand and the local "cooks" of
She also declined bail for Guo Pei
Chen, 42, who lives in the Duxton Hotel
He was also charged with 16 counts of
supplying pseudoephedrine, including
23kg of the methamphetamine precursor
in one alleged case.
Judge Lovell-Smith noted the police
allegations that he was supplying
"signi cant volumes" of the drug and
"vast sums of cash" as a key gure in the
Seven other defendants will appear in
the Manukau District Court today to
apply for bail.
Four other individuals were arrested
in October as part of the investigation
when 267kg of Contac NT was seized.
Another 64kg was discovered yesterday,
as well as 425g of methamphetamine,
and further arrests were likely.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Dozens nabbed in
$120m drug bust
New home for Tasmanian devils
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