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Woman, horse killed
A woman who died after her
car crashed into a horse on a rural
road near Christchurch has been
named as Diana Clair Morton, 56.
Both she and the horse died at the
scene, on the corner of Birchs Road
and Leadleys Road, just north of
Lincoln, about 9.45pm yesterday.
Her husband, a passenger in the
car, received minor injuries and was
treated at the scene. e horse had
been in the middle of the lane, and
police have not yet established where
it came from. --- APNZ
Teen pair fight for lives
Two teens hit on Bay of Plenty
roads over the weekend continue to
ght for their lives. A 17-year-old
mother and a 16-year-old pedestrian
were taken to Waikato Hospital
after being hit in separate road
incidents on Saturday. A hospital
spokeswoman said today the pair
remained in critical conditions in the
intensive care unit. e 17-year-old
was hit by a car allegedly driven by
her partner after attending a birthday
party early on Saturday. Later that
morning, the 16-year-old was struck
by a bus carrying tourists on Old
Taupo Road. Police said he su ered
serious head injuries. --- APNZ
Cow killed in crash
A cow was killed after standing
in the path of a truck yesterday. e
light truck hit the cow on State
highway 2 near the intersection of
Burma Road, south of Hastings
shortly after 6am today, police said.
e driver was in shock, but was not
physically hurt. e truck, though,
crashed into a ditch on the side of
the road. --- NZN
Woman dies at pool
A woman who died at a public
pool in Wellington yesterday has
been identi ed as Motuiliu Groom,
49. Ms Groom was aqua-jogging in
the main pool at the council-owned
Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre
in Kilbirnie when the incident
happened about 6.40am. E orts by
lifeguards and swimmers to revive
her were unsuccessful. After the
incident, Wellington City Council
said Ms Groom appeared to have
su ered a "tragic medical problem".
Fire claims life
A fatal farm re which claimed
the life of a 36-year-old man is
understood to have been started by a
burning candle. Police said the man
died after his makeshift shelter on a
paddock in Marton in the Rangitikei
district burned down on Wednesday
night. e owner of the property, on
Hawkestone Road, reported the re
to police yesterday morning, and the
man was found dead shortly after
10.30am. e re is not believed to
have been suspicious. --- APNZ
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Tens of thousands of workers have
been sacked under the 90-day-trial
period, with many let go because
they "did not t in".
Figures published by the Ministry
of Business, Innovation and
Employment show about 69,000
employers took on at least one new
sta member in 2012 under the
legislation, Fairfax media reported
It is not known how many
workers were dismissed during
the 90-day-trial period, but the
gures revealed 27% of employers
said they had red at least one new
employee during or at the end of
is means at least 18,000 people
lost their jobs in the rst three
months of employment last year,
with the actual gure likely to be
When asked why they had
dismissed sta , most employers
said that it was because they were
unreliable or had a bad attitude.
Other reasons included employees
not having the necessary skills, not
getting on with colleagues, and not
e law has been widely criticised
by unions and the Labour Party,
which has said it will repeal it if it
is elected next year, NZN reported.
But Hospitality New Zealand
Wellington president Jeremy Smith
praised the trial period, claiming it
had been positive for both employers
Mr Smith, who owns several bars
and hotels, said he had hired "dozens"
of sta he would not otherwise have
Because of the transient nature of
hospitality, it was often di cult to
check references so a trial period
"levelled the playing eld".
Recruitment worker Sam Clemens
was red from his job last month
just before his 90-day-trial period
Despite being headhunted for
the job, meeting all his targets and
getting along well with other sta ,
a strained relationship with a senior
manager meant he was let go.
Although he believes he was
unfairly treated, Mr Clemens is a
supporter of the legislation and can
see its bene ts.
But loosening up the rules to
allow employees more leeway to
bring disputes when they believed
they had been unfairly treated was
needed, he said.
Former Stokes Valley Pharmacy
employee Heather Smith, who won
a court battle after being dismissed
under the trial period in 2009,
believed it was too easy for employers
to exploit the law.
ey could use the legislation to
hire several sta and then get rid of
the rest when they found the one
they wanted, she said.
Je Sissons, the Council of Trade
Unions general counsel, said that
more than two years after the law
was introduced, workers were still
contacting the union complaining
they had been red unfairly while on
a trial period.
If an employer went through a
proper and robust hiring process,
there was no need for a trial, he said.
Labour Minister Simon Bridges
believed the legislation was working
In 2012, more than 131,000 people
were employed on a trial period and
nearly a third of all employers who
used the trial period said they would
not have hired their most newest
sta member without it, he said.
Early next year, the ministry
intended to publish research in
which employees were sur veyed, he
said. --- NZN
ousands sacked under new law
An accident south of Ashburton
this morning has resulted in a
least one fatality.
A car travelling north appears
to have hit a truck carrying a
house about 11am.
e same truck and trailer had
earlier in the morning caused
signi cant tra c congestion in
the centre of town.
A police o cer at the
roadblock con rmed the
accident had resulted in at least
However, he was unable to
con rm any further details.
--- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
Ashburton accident fatal
A man who allegedly tore
victims' teeth out with pliers is
set to face trial in Wellington
His charges include using pliers
to pull out a total of 12 teeth
from three separate victims, two
of whom are his ex-wives.
e charges are injured with
intent to injure and assault with
intent to injure. He has also been
charged with rape and unlawful
e 53-year-old Upper Hutt
man, whose name is suppressed to
protect the identity of his victims,
was arrested in December 2012
and will face trial in May next
year. e man has denied the
According to the police
summary of facts for the case,
the man would often produce the
pliers during sex, putting them
in the women's mouths against
their will. e charges are dated
between 1988 and late-2011.
His rst victim, who he went
on to marry, was 20, the summary
said. It was her rst serious
"He would drive the victim to
the Petone boatsheds and park
at the rear of them, where they
would indulge in sexual activity.
"On one of these occasions the
defendant held the victim down
in the back of the car and, using a
pair of pliers, removed six of the
victim's bottom teeth. (She) was
unable to prevent the defendant
pulling her teeth out."
She went on to have the rest
of her teeth professionally
e following year, the
man assaulted her again, the
summary said with a screwdriver,
attempting to pry her wisdom
" e victim su ered signi cant
pain during the incident. She
told the defendant to stop but he
continued his attempts without
It is alleged the man also raped
his rst wife in 1993, after giving
her "an unknown form of pain
medication along with alcohol".
Ten years after divorcing her
he met his second wife, in 2005.
ey met on a dating website in
September, the summary said. It
is claimed he rst assaulted her
that December, although the
couple remained together until
" e defendant told the victim
that her teeth looked terrible
and ugly . . . (and) said he could
pull the teeth out because he had
done it before.
"He grabbed her and squashed
her down towards the oor. He
grabbed the victim's head with
one hand and with his other used
" e defendant managed
to pull out four of the victim's
He met his third victim on-
line in 2011, the summary said.
On two occasions during sex he
removed teeth, it is alleged.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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A private member's bill put forward
by Labour MP Phil Go would
require foreign buyers of farmland to
demonstrate that their investment would
create more jobs or otherwise bene t
the economy more than a New Zealand
Mr Go 's Overseas Investment
(Owning our Own Rural Land)
Amendment Bill was drawn from
Parliament's member's bill ballot
"Foreign purchasers simply wanting to
speculate in a country that has no capital
gains tax and who have no expertise in
farming only in ate farm prices.
at hurts New Zealanders wanting to
buy their own farms," Mr Go said.
His bill represented a signi cant
toughening up of the Overseas
Investment Act's rules around approving
the purchase of rural land over and above
additional "economic interest" criteria
introduced by Finance Minister Bill
English three years ago.
Mr English introduced regulatory
rather than legislative changes during
public concern over the purchase of 16
dairy farms owned by the Crafar family
to Chinese interests. ose changes
gave ministers discretion to turn down
applications to buy large amounts of
farmland for economic reasons.
" at power has not been exercised
by the National Government," Mr Go
said. "My bill allows foreign investment
in rural land only where it delivers
bene ts over and above what a New
Zealand investor could produce.
"If an investor can prove they will
contribute signi cant job creation and
increases in exports, then the investment
can be approved."
ose restrictions would apply to
purchases of land of 5ha or more.
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman
said the bill would be an improvement.
"Obviously the Greens would go further
and basically say that foreigners can't buy
rural land over 5ha."
rough a spokesman, Mr English said
the current legislation already included
the test Mr Go was talking about.
" is was con rmed by the High
Court in the Crafar farms case."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Farm buyers face new rules under Goff bill
When Dave Logan was a child in
the 1960s he was scared by Doctor
Who's greatest enemy, the Daleks.
Now he has one in his home.
Mr Logan was a fan of the original
Doctor Who series, created in the
early 1960s, and has always wanted to
build one of the robot-like aliens.
His chance came four months ago
when he found blueprints to build a
scale replica of the creatures on the
"It was kind of one of those 'because
I can' things. When the rst Doctor
Who series came out it was really
freaky, especially because television
was really new. It was an iconic, scary
"It was one of those things I had
stuck in my mind as something I
would like to build one day."
e Dalek, over 175cm tall and
weighing about 90kg, now sits by the
Logan's front door and has become a
talking point for friends and family,
and strangers visiting the house.
Mr Logan spent "at least" 120 hours
over four months building his Dalek.
"I'm not a builder by trade, it took
a lot of thinking through the angles
and things. Sourcing the materials was
tricky and quite expensive.
"I would get home from work at
about 5 or 6 o'clock and disappear
into the garage. My wife, Donna,
sometimes wouldn't see me until
e main body of the Dalek was
built using 18mm particle board with
parts made of 9mm and 3mm MDF.
Other materials included plastic,
copper, brass, expanded aluminium
mesh, aluminium pieces for
strengthening and polystyrene domes.
e head was built from a barbecue lid
which Mr Logan stumbled across in
a shop and happened to be the exact
size he needed.
"It's been a lot of improvisation and
those moments when you wake up
in the middle of the night and think,
'Oh, that's how I'm going to do it'."
Mr Logan's creation even has a voice
modulator kit so users can say the
famous "exterminate" catchphrase and
sound exactly like a Dalek.
e Dalek has been listed on Trade
Me with a starting bid of $1500.
Mr Logan said he had a set price in
his mind he wanted to reach and if the
bids did not hit that limit, he would
keep the Dalek.
"You can't put a price on it. It's a bit
like art, whatever it is to someone is
how much it will be worth."
Donna Logan said when her
husband rst said he was going to
build a Dalek, she was a bit sceptical
but watching it come to life had been
"It was a labour of love. He put so
much work into it it's a bit sad he's
trying to sell it but he may build
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
PICTURE: Bay of Plenty Times
Omokoroa man Dave Logan has built his own Dalek.
Doctor Who fan's DIY Dalek
e cameraman at the centre of the
teapot tape saga is suing Prime Minister
John Key for defamation.
Mr Key's lawyer Peter Kiely con rmed
to NZ Newswire that he has received
defamation proceedings led by Bradley
"Mr Key is and will be defending the
alleged defamation," Mr Kiely said.
Mr Key is being sued for $1.25 million,
Mr Kiely said. e alleged defamation
arises out of comments made in the
aftermath of the so-called "teapot tape"
saga that dominated headlines ahead of
the 2011 general election.
Mr Ambrose left a microphone on
a table in a cafe following a photo
opportunity with Prime Minister John
Key and Act MP John Banks during
the 2011 election campaign, and their
conversation was recorded without their
knowledge. No court hearing dates have
yet been set. --- NZN
Key sued over 'teapot tape' saga
e panel looking at New Zealand's
constitutional arrangements says it did
not nd strong support for republicanism
in the 120 meetings it held and 5259
written submissions it received.
It said one grouping wanted a
republican model and thought an elected
president would better re ect democratic
But another body of opinion suggested
that under the system of constitutional
monarchy, with the Queen as head of
state, New Zealand has had a stable,
Change was not desirable in the eyes
of that grouping because there was no
certainty that another model would
operate as e ectively.
" e panel did not identify strong
support for a change to a presidential
republic," the panel's report said.
e Constitutional Review Panel has
and its main recommendation is that
the "conversation" about New Zealand's
constitutional arrangements continue.
e panel says there was no broad
support for a written constitution but
suggests there could be good in putting
the di erent parts of the constitution
into a single law.
On the issue of the Treaty of Waitangi,
the panel wants the Government to
examine options for the future role of the
treaty. It also wants a treaty education
In identifying subjects for further
discussion the panel points to potentially
far-reaching issues such as requiring
all laws to be consistent with the New
Zealand Bill of Rights Act.
e panel also suggests discussion on
extending the rights covered by the act
to include economic, social and cultural
rights, property rights and environmental
rights. At present, protections under
the Bill of Rights include democratic
and civil rights, freedom of expression,
freedom of religion, protections against
discrimination, and protections against
unreasonable search and seizure.
e panel was set up under the terms
of the con dence and supply agreement
between the Maori Party and National.
Its work has been overseen by Deputy
Prime Minister Bill English and Maori
A airs Minister Pita Sharples.
e panel was co-chaired by Sir Tipene
O'Regan and Emeritus Professor John
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
for NZ republic
Concern over NZ
fighters in Syria
New Zealanders are ghting
against the Assad regime in Syria
and could pose a serious terror
risk when they return home, it
has been reported.
More than one New Zealander
is believed to be involved with
the rebel ghters, and are being
monitored by New Zealand spies.
e Security Intelligence
Service is said to be worried
about their potential to develop
into home-grown terrorists when
they return to New Zealand,
3 News reported. It said the
ghters could pose a "very real
risk" on their return.
Spy boss Warren Tucker, who
heads the SIS, revealed this week
that his agents are keeping tabs
on New Zealanders in Syria and
other war-torn countries.
concern is a small number of
New Zealanders interested in
travelling for the purposes of
ghting in troublespots such
as Somalia, Yemen, and more
worryingly, Syria," he's quoted as
e war in Syria --- estimated
to have cost almost 126,000 lives
--- has attracted al Qaeda, which
is now active on the ground in the
Middle Eastern country, which
has been caught up in a brutal
civil war between President
Bashar al-Assad's regime and
rebel forces attempting to oust
him from power.
" is poses new and very real
risks to our domestic security
environment should these
individuals return home," Mr
Tucker said. --- APNZ
broadband contracts could
be changed to ensure the
project is not at risk but the
embattled lines company
is not expected to get any
more money than what is
already budgeted for the
ister Amy Adams said yesterday she
had been given an initial report from
consultants Ernst and Young Australia,
which the Government asked to look
into whether Chorus could deliver on
its broadband contracts if Commerce
Commission cuts to internet pricing
came into e ect.
ese prices --- which the regulator
last month said should be cut by 23% ---
concern what Chorus charges internet
retailers like Vodafone or Orcon for
access and services over the copper
e preliminary conclusion from
Ernst and Young was that copper price
changes will have a signi cant impact on
Chorus's nancial position.
Without further action, Chorus was
at risk of not meeting its UFB and rural
broadband contractual commitments,
Ms Adams said. Chorus shares hit a
new low following the announcement,
closing down 5.5c yesterday at $1.38.
When the Commerce Commission
announced the price cut last month,
Chorus claimed the decision would
lead to a $1 billion funding shortfall.
Ms Adams said Ernst and Young had
indicated that even if Chorus had made
changes within its business, the Crown
would need to act to keep the UFB
project out of danger. "If the Crown did
nothing there is a risk (to
UFB), the Crown has to
do something," she said.
Ms Adams said she still
expected Chorus to meet
"a signi cant part" of the
funding shortfall itself and
expected the company to
meet with Crown Fibre
Holdings to talk about any
changes which could be
made to UFB contracts.
CFH is the body in charge of the
Government's $1.35b investment in
" e rst step we will have to do is
get Crown Fibre Holdings to talk with
Chorus about the changes that could
be made within the contract, that aren't
going to a ect (UFB) build footprint or
build time, and come back to us to see
if they can nd a way through on that
basis," Ms Adams said.
" ere's a number of options they
could look at --- for example, the timing
of payments (to Chorus), the structuring
of payments, some of the speci cs of the
build requirements which do not a ect
service provision or timeframe," she
Ms Adams said CFH was still required
to work within its " scal envelope" for
the UFB project of $1.35b. At this stage
she did not anticipate CFH needing to
come back to the Government and ask
for more Crown funds.
e size of Chorus's shortfall was still
being nalised and would be outlined in
Ernst and Young's nal report, due next
Chorus chief executive Mark Ratcli e
has said it would "engage immediately
with Crown Fibre Holdings with regards
to opportunities within the contract".
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Mark Ratcli e
e resumption of the Helen Milner
murder trial has been delayed this
Day ve of the trial, where Milner is
accused of fatally poisoning her second
husband Phil Nisbet, 47, on May 4,
2009, was due to start at 9.30am today.
But after several delays, the jury has
been told to take a break and come back
to the High Court in Christchurch at
Milner denies murder, as well as two
charges of attempted murder.
Yesterday, Milner told grieving family
members she had uncovered a sordid
secret life of her late husband in the
weeks after his death.
Phil Nisbet, described as an easygoing
Christchurch truck driver who lived for
his two sons, died on May 4, 2009, in
what was rst treated as suicide.
His wife, arrested for his murder more
than two years later, told Mr Nisbet's
distraught family of nding a tucked
away briefcase which seemed to unveil a
mysterious double life.
Milner, 50, allegedly told Mr Nisbet's
sister Lee-Ann Cartier that she had
found evidence suggesting Mr Nisbet,
47, had worked as a male prostitute,
fathered a string of illegitimate children,
and had been having a airs behind her
"I was very shocked. He wasn't the
sort of person to have an a air, because
he wouldn't be able to lie and get away
with it," Ms Cartier said on day four
of the High Court murder trial in
e death was initially treated as
a suicide, but was later referred to a
coronial inquest. e trial is before
Justice David Gendall. --- APNZ
Murder trial delayed
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