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A group of friends started an epic
journey down the Waikato river
yesterday morning to raise money
for a Bay of Plenty boy with a rare
form of bone cancer. e four friends
from the Omanu surf lifesaving club
in Mount Maunganui have already
raised around $35,000 for 10-year-
old Harrison Mundy and hope to
raise more for the Papamoa boy by
the time they nish their stand-up
paddle boarding journey from Lake
Taupo to the Port of Waikato.
A green tinge has returned to
Tauranga's coastline as sea lettuce
invades the region's beaches. e
bloom has begun washing up at
Mount Main Beach again after a
big dumping in November and has
been spotted in large amounts o the
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Faulty switch causes
civil defence warning
A software glitch caused by a faulty
switch has been revealed as the
likely cause of the false activation
of the Eastern Bay of Plenty's Civil
Defence warning siren network last
week. Numerous tests of each stage
of the warning system have been
carried out by the managers of the
system to replicate the error and nd
the root cause.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
A climate scientist is predicting
rising temperatures could transform
Hawke's Bay, making it home to
wheat crops, raisin producers and a
growing number of Australians. Jim
Salinger says average temperatures in
the region are predicted to increase
2.5degC by 2090, turning it into a
largely frost-free part of the country
which would be more prone to
droughts, heatwaves and strong
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Fatal workplace accident
Police and labour inspectors are
investigating a workplace accident
yesterday in which a man died
after falling from a motorbike.
e 17-year-old from Napier
was working on an orchard at
Twyford, near Hastings, when
the accident occurred at 11.30am.
Labour inspectors from the
Ministry of Business Innovation
and Employment are investigating
the incident and the police Serious
Crash Unit is investigating on behalf
of the coroner. --- APNZ
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A woman who plied a 13-year-old boy
with alcohol before holding him down and
having sex with him has been sentenced to
three years and nine months in prison.
Cecelia Rona Hale was appearing before
Manukau District Court after earlier
pleading guilty to two counts of sexual
connection with the boy in July last year
and to selling him cannabis in the months
Earlier this year, Hale, 32, bore the
teenager's child, which was taken
into Child, Youth and Family (CYF)
According to the police summary of facts,
the teenager and his family moved to Hale's
neighbourhood of Manurewa, in early 2012.
Hale, who was 30 at the time of the
o ending, became friends with the boy's
mother and her son went to intermediate
school with him.
On July 1 last year, Hale was at the boy's
house. His mother's boyfriend was due to
visit so she o ered for the youngster to stay
at her place.
ere she gave him alcohol and sometime
that evening asked if he wanted to have sex.
e boy, now 14, declined and left for bed
but the older woman followed him. When
she reached her bedroom door, she removed
her underwear and lay on her bed.
She held the boy down by his arms and
they had "rough sexual intercourse", the
e boy stayed at Hale's house the next
two nights and they engaged in several
e summary also said that Hale supplied
the boy with cannabis at least once between
April and October 2012.
She denied the o ending when
interviewed by police.
When Hale's lawyer Irene West applied
for bail Judge Anna Johns, said she was
addressing the matter as she would if it was
a male o ender.
"If you switched this around there's no
question about bail being granted."
e case highlighted a disparity in the
law of rape, which makes it impossible for a
woman to be accused of the crime.
Justice Minister Judith Collins initially
said she would seek more information on
the law but later said there was not a gap
in the law, that required legislative change.
"Rape and unlawful sexual connection are
part of the de nition of sexual violation.
e same maximum sentence of 20 years
imprisonment applies to this o ending,"
e case came to light after the child told
his principal about two-thirds of the way
through the 2012 school year.
e principal said the boy was "very
aware" of his situation and determined
he wanted the contact with Hale to end.
Woman jailed for sex with 13-year-old boy
A neighbour saw lights on in Phil
Nisbet's bedroom unusually early on
the morning his wife Helen Milner
phoned emergency services in a
hysterical condition and said she had
found him dead, a court heard today.
Milner, 50, is accused of killing Mr
Nisbet, 47, before making his death
on May 4, 2009 look like suicide.
On the eighth day of her
murder trial in the High Court
at Christchurch, a neighbour on
Checketts Avenue in Halswell told
how she noticed the lights on at
4.20am, about 90 minutes before
" e house was lit up like a
Christmas tree," Karen Carey told
She thought "something was
wrong" because when she got up
early early morning to tend to her
aviaries, only a small box window
light would be on when Mr Nisbet
was getting ready for work.
Later that day when she was told
Mr Nisbet had died, she asked what
time it happened, thinking it must
have been about 4.20am.
She spoke to Milner that night
who told her she had dozed on
the couch, before waking, going to
bedroom, turning on the lights and
nding Mr Nisbet dead in bed at
Mrs Carey told the jurt she replied:
"Helen, you couldn't have turned the
lights on at 5.50am, the lights were
on at 4.20am."
Milner "ignored her" and changed
the topic, she said.
Under cross examination by
defence counsel Rupert Glover, Mrs
Carey accepted the fence was taller
than she was, but stressed she could
see her neighbour's property clearly
from the aviaries in her backyard.
Mr Glover suggested the bedroom
had thick drapes which meant she
could not have been able to tell if
the lights were in on. Mrs Carey said
that was wrong.
Milner denies murdering 47-year-
old Mr Nisbet, her second husband,
by giving him a fatal overdose of
the antihistamine and sedative
Phenergan, and possibly nishing
him o with a pillow over his face.
She also denies attempting to kill
him twice on April 15, 2009.
Mrs Carey told the court she had
been a close friend of Milner's and
popped over for co ee and chats.
She said that during one visit Milner
and one of her sons were discussing
what to put in Mr Nisbet's water
bottle to drug him so he would drive
over Otira Gorge in the Arthur's
Pass while on his delivery run.
"I said 'don't be so stupid, nobody is
worth going to jail for'," Mrs Carey
"I just thought she was being silly
and I told her not to be so stupid.
e Crown says Milner was
unhappy in her marriage and
motivated to murder by the prospect
of cashing in the $250,000 life
She plotted the best ways to kill
her husband --- buying drugs under
false names, asking friends for views
on poisoning methods and even
o ering to pay $20,000 for a hit man
to kill Mr Nisbet, it is alleged.
e trial, before Justice David
Gendall, continues. --- APNZ
Live power lines and a large number of agitated
bees posed problems for motorists and emergency
services following a fatal crash in Waikato this
Police have warned those travelling between
Tauranga and Hamilton to expect delays as
emergency ser vices worked to clear the scene.
e man who died was driving a ute carrying
beehives which overturned when it smashed into
power pole on State highway 29 near Matamata.
Acting senior sergeant Dale Smith of Waikato
Police said the crash occurred about 1.45am, and
was rst noticed by a truck driver who realised the
ute had disappeared from the road behind him.
" e driver of the truck and trailer unit noticed
a large utility pull in behind him from a lay-by
and follow him over the Kaimais, the vehicle then
continued to tail him through Te Poi when he
noticed a bright ash in his rear view mirror.
"Turning his truck and trailer unit around, the
driver found a severely damaged utility upside
down with a power pole fallen on top of it," Mr
"To compound issues, not only were there live
power lines posing a risk, the utility had been
carrying a load of beehives and the inhabitants of
these hives were understandably agitated."
Emergency services sta worked with power
company employees to make the scene safe
enough for emergency services to treat the driver,
however he could not be saved, Mr Smith said.
e driver was the only person involved in the
"State highway 29 is expected to be closed
for several hours as work goes on to recover the
driver's body and remove the vehicle and smashed
power pole," he said.
"An o duty police o cer, who is also a
beekeeper, was bought in to assist with the
recovery of the hives with several of the attending
emergency ser vice personnel having experienced
Drivers travelling between Tauranga and
Hamilton should expect delays, Mr Smith said.
Diversions were in place. --- APNZ
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Linesmen work at the scene of the crash.
Angry bees hamper fatal crash recovery
Fonterra's unit price slumped by 60c
or almost 10% after the co-operative
warned of a big cut in its dividend and
a sharp drop in its earnings for the
But by late morning the units, which
o er investors access to Fonterra's
dividend ow, were trading at $5.50 ---
equal to its issue price and the lowest
ever traded price since they debuted
on the NZX in November 2012.
Fonterra earlier maintained its
forecast payout farmgate milk price
at $8.30 per kg of milk solids for
2013/14, against market expectations
of an upward revision, and cut its
dividend forecast for the year to 10c
from an earlier forecast of 32c.
e co-op also said its earnings
before interest tax would fall to about
$500 million to $600 million in the
July 31, 2014 year, down from $1
billion a year earlier.
Economists had expected an upward
revision to the forecast --- which
would still be a record if it comes to
pass --- thanks to very high Global
Dairy Trade auction prices.
e estimated full-year dividend
will deliver a forecast cash payout
to farmers of $8.40 --- down from a
previous forecast of $8.62.
Chairman John Wilson said milk
powders were continuing to sell at
very high prices because of the strong
global demand and limited supply.
Just four months into the season, the
co-operative was in an "extraordinary"
situation, with the gap between prices
for milk powders compared to cheese
and casein being greater than ever.
e forecast farmgate milk price,
which is calculated under the
Fonterra's milk price manual, is based
on processing and manufacturing milk
powders. e calculation is also based
on the costs involved in production for
an e cient manufacturer of Fonterra's
size and scale.
"However, Fonterra's actual asset
base includes a number of cheese and
casein manufacturing plants which
means that we are not able to maximise
pro ts from these plants in the current
environment," Wilson said.
In abnormal circumstances, the
board had the discretion to pay a lower
farmgate milk price than that speci ed
under the manual.
"Today's forecast is our best estimate,
but given the current volatility it may
change over the course of the season,"
"As a result of this volatility, the
board has also lowered the dividend
forecast for the 2014 nancial year to
10 cents per share," Wilson said.
At $8.30, the farmgate milk price
forecast will be 70c per kg below the
theoretical farmgate milk price of $9
per kg calculated in accordance with
Chief executive eo Spierings said
Fonterra would maintain its nancial
discipline and not pay the milk price
out of borrowings.
Fonterra is required to consider its
Farmgate Milk Price every quarter
as a condition of the Dairy Industry
e board has also approved an
increase in the Advance Rate schedule
of monthly payments to farmer
shareholders. e December payment,
paid in January 2014, will be increased
by 30c to $5.80.
Fonterra processes its milk into two
main product streams --- powders, such
as whole milk and skim milk powder,
and other products, including cheese,
casein, milk protein concentrate,
nutritionals, and liquid milk.
" is season, we have devoted the
maximum possible volume of milk
to whole milk powder and skim milk
powder streams to maximise payments
to our farmers," Spierings said.
"However, we have not been able
to lift powder production above the
current 70% level as we are limited
by the nature of Fonterra's existing
production facilities in New Zealand,"
he said. " at is why the remaining
30% of milk is being converted to
cheese and casein which are currently
generating lower returns."
e current strong prices for milk
powder are being driven by increasing
levels of demand from China, and
emerging economies in Asia and
Fonterra Shareholders' Council
chairman Ian Brown said the
announcement to hold the forecast
farmgate milk price below the milk
price panel's recommendation and
lower the dividend to 10c was a
practical decision "given the unusual
market conditions". --- APNZ
Fonterra's unit price slumps 60c
Taxpayers are footing the bill for
Hone Harawira's trip to attend
Nelson Mandela's memorial ser vice
in South Africa.
e Mana Party leader left the
country at 2pm yesterday for Perth
from where he was scheduled to y
across the Indian Ocean to South
Africa last night.
His o ce yesterday con rmed that
funds for the eight-day trip would
come out of the Mana Party leader's
budget. Mr Harawira travelled alone
and will return on Wednesday next
He said he was going to pay his
respects on behalf of the anti-
Springboks tour movement of 1981
in particular, and all those others who
marched against apartheid over the
years and have supported Mandela
in his drive for freedom.
A government delegation led
by Prime Minister John Key and
including Opposition Leader David
Cunli e, Maori Party co-leader Dr
Pita Sharples, former Prime Minister
Jim Bolger, and former Foreign
A airs Minister Sir Don McKinnon
will also attend the funeral.
Although he won't be involved in
any of the o cial proceedings, Mr
Harawira insisted that New Zealand's
representation at Mandela's tangi
required individuals who were more
re ective of what the Nobel Peace
Prize laureate stood for.
"He was an icon of our age, a leader
whose relentless struggle against
oppression will never be forgotten.
He rose above persecution to lead his
nation. It shouldn't be a surprise that
those involved in his struggle want to
attend his tangi," Mr Harawira said.
He was disappointed not to be
approached by the Government
to go to the funeral because he felt
that the ve-person New Zealand
delegation excluded anyone who
took part in protests against the
Springboks rugby tour in 1981.
"As a leader of the Patu Squad, and
as one of the key leaders of the anti-
apartheid movement of 1981, I'm
going to carry their best wishes and
their verses to the tangi of Nelson
Mandela," Mr Harawira said. "I
think it's important that somebody
goes who's not representative of
this National Government, which
has never been supportive of the
aspirations of the black people of
South Africa and was staunchly
supportive of apartheid at the time."
Dr Sharples said yesterday that
he would represent protesters
at the o cial memorial service
for Mandela, but Mr Harawira
did not believe Dr Sharples
was the right person for the job.
--- New Zealand Herald
Taxpayers foot bill for
Scienti c advances in DNA testing has led to the
arrest of a man almost 23 years after an alleged rape
Whangarei detectives travelled to Taumarunui,
in the King Country, yesterday and interviewed
a 47-year-old man who was charged with sexual
violation by rape, abduction and threatening to kill
a 19-year-old woman on January 4, 1991.
Following questioning by detective sergeant
Aaron Crawford and Detective Wayne Pirret the
man was also charged with the sexual violation of
another 19-year-old woman in Whangarei, during
e man has been remanded in custody. Police
said future appearances would hopefully be heard
in the Whangarei District Court.
Mr Crawford said the charges relating to 1991
were a result of DNA analysis.
" rough scienti c advancement it has meant this
case has been reopened and led to an arrest," Mr
"In cases like this we are not going to give up or
stop trying. We will go to great lengths to apprehend
those who commit these terrible crimes."
He hoped the arrest brought reassurance to the
victims and the Whangarei community.
In a report printed in the Northern Advocate on
January 4, 1991, police appealed for information
after a man and a woman had walked down Vine St
from outside Pips nightclub to Ca er Park, Water
At the time detective sergeant John Payne said the
woman's attacker allegedly threatened her but had
his arm around her shoulder, giving the impression
they were on friendly terms.
ey had then gone down Water Street, through
Forum North and to Ca er Park rose gardens and
possibly into Second Avenue before doubling back
to the park.
Police alleged the woman was attacked at the back
of the rose gardens near a bridge connecting the
park and Second Avenue.
On the way to the park the driver of a vehicle
stopped in Water Street and the driver had spoken
to the pair. --- APNZ-Northern Advocate
DNA leads to 1991 rape charge
e pilot of a helicopter that crashed in North
Canterbury this morning is dead, police said.
e pilot was the only person in a Robinson R22
that crashed just before 9.30am, inland from State
highway 1 near Domett, south of Cheviot.
e helicopter had been spraying in the area, and
the incident was called in to emergency services by
the loader driver.
e pilot was pronounced deceased by ambulance
sta at the scene. No details of the deceased are
available at this stage. --- APNZ
Helicopter pilot dies in crash
Corrections is trying to
prevent prisoners from
stockpiling fruit after
inmates were found to
have made an alcoholic
drink out of it before a
major riot at Spring Hill
concoction also contained
hand sanitiser, which
has now been removed
from all New Zealand
executive Ray Smith
told Parliament this
morning that gang-
related o enders had
been consuming an
alcoholic substance for
a long period before the
eight-hour riot, the worst
in a New Zealand prison
in 15 years.
e substance was
believed to have been
made out of an alcoholic
hand sanitiser and
e violent melee
involved 23 prisoners and
Mr Smith said that as a
result of the riot, alcohol-
based sanitiser had now
been removed from all
Prisoners were also
banned from having more
than seven pieces of fruit
at once. ey were given
two pieces a day with
their meals, but could
also buy more.
Mr Smith said limiting
the supply of potentially
was a problem in New
Zealand prisons and
Sta had considered
initiatives to limit the risk
by reducing the amount
of sweeteners that were
given to prisoners,
because they could be
used to make alcohol.
Sta had also
considered putting holes
in any plastic bags given
to prisoners so they could
not be used to store
Reviews have found a
number of factors led to
the riot, including a high
concentration in high-
risk prisoners at the time.
--- New Zealand Herald
sparks prison riot
Beleaguered MP John
Banks will face a judge-
alone trial next year.
Banks is facing
allegations that he led
a false electoral return
during his failed run for
the Auckland mayoralty
He appeared in the
High Court at Auckland
this morning for a
criminal callover, where
the nature of his trial was
His trial was xed for
May 2014, and was set
down for 10 days.
Judge Justice Brewer
granted Banks' counsel's
request for a judge-alone
trial, saying he thought it
It was his rst court
appearance since a judge
ruled he should stand
trial over the allegations,
in which he is accused of
recording two donations
from Kim Dotcom as
Banks announced last
week he would stand
down as Act Party leader
in March because of the
Banks sat in the public
gallery as his case was
called, prompting the
judge to ask why he was
not in the dock.
As his lawyer began to
address the court Justice
Brewer interrupted him
to say: " ere's no one in
Banks was called by
his lawyer to stand in
the dock, anked by a
Dressed in a navy pin-
striped suit and tie, Banks
did not say anything
but stood calmly facing
the judge, occasionally
looking over at the
Banks was reluctant
to comment when
approached by media
"I told you last week
that I'd be making no
further comment, and
I'm making no further
Pushed further he said:
"Understand the meaning
of no. I told you last week
I'd be making no further
comment, except wishing
you all a very merry
Christmas." --- APNZ
Banks to face
trial next year
One man has died after
a vehicle crashed into a
power pole in Waikato
Police said the man was
driving at the time on
State highway 29 near
" e vehicle involved
has struck a power pole,
overturned and killed
the male driver. No other
persons are involved,"
e crash occurred at
Police said early this
morning diversions were
in pace at the intersection
of State highway 29 and
Te Poi township, and
State highway 29 and
ey were unable to
say if alcohol had been a
factor in the crash.
e police serious crash
unit were investigating
the incident. --- APNZ
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