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Cold night for tourist
A 25-year-old French tourist spent
a cold and wet night in the bush near
the Routeburn Track on Tuesday
night. Police said the man failed to
meet at a prearranged point after
walking the Lake Sylvan Track and
a search was initiated. Other tourists
alerted police to the Frenchman's
whereabouts at 8.30am yesterday.
Other than being "cold and wet", the
man was ne, senior sergeant Craig
Brown said. It appeared the man had
walked in the wrong direction and
become lost, so he "hunkered down
for the night", Mr Brown said.
--- Otago Daily Times
Security guards robbed
Security guards at a Lower Hutt
mall were robbed at gunpoint
yesterday, police say. e two guards
were returning to a security van at
Queensgate Mall in Lower Hutt
about 4.15pm when three men
wearing balaclavas allegedly robbed,
assaulted and threatened them with
weapons. e assailants drove away
in a stolen red Honda Odyssey. It
was found abandoned nearby about
15 minutes later. ere was no
indication of how much money was
taken. --- APNZ
Cash case found empty
A case that contained cash stolen
in an armed robbery in central
Whangarei has been found with
nothing inside. e black case,
believed to have contained a large
sum of money, was stolen by a
balaclava-disguised robber who
pointed a pistol at an Armourguard
security van o cer on Tuesday
afternoon. Police said one man
confronted the guard and a second
acted as the getaway driver of a
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Dead cyclist named
Police have released the name of
the cyclist killed in a collision with
a truck at the intersection of Stanley
Street and Parnell Rise, Auckland
on Tuesday afternoon. He was John
Tangiia, 37, of Auckland. --- APNZ
Old bones recovered
Human skeletal remains found
on a property at the northern end
of Anaura Bay, north of Gisborne,
were recovered by police yesterday.
Detective senior sergeant Craig
Scott said the remains were found
by builders working on a property.
ey would be dated in Gisborne.
"It's believed at this stage they had
been there for a considerable period
of time. ey are possibly pre-
European," he said.
--- APNZ-Gisborne Herald
Big Wednesday draw
ere was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 429 last
night. Successful numbers were 8, 16,
20, 25, 35, 40; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9674: 4,
17, 26, 27, 29, 34, 35, 37, 38, 45, 46, 48,
56, 57, 59, 64, 65, 69, 71, 77. Draw No
9675: 5, 7, 10, 11, 16, 19, 23, 28, 35, 37,
40, 43, 60, 62, 63, 66, 70, 73, 76, 77.
Fonterra faces Danone action
Another Ashburton resident is on the
hunt for a cat shooter.
Allenton resident Sam Hall spoke
out in anger yesterday after reading the
heartbreaking story on January 2 about
the fatal shooting of a Creek Road pet
cat in the days following Christmas.
Mr Hall, who lives near residents whose
cat died of an air ri e pellet wound, said
his own cat Croozer had also fallen
victim to two shootings in recent years.
" e rst shooting he was lucky and
pallet went in his shoulder and Croozer
was sent home all right but with pellet
still in him. e second time he was not
so lucky as he was shot in his leg and
shattered his bones," Mr Hall said.
Croozer under went rigorous treatment,
but managed to get back to full health.
Mr Hall said he had a strong inkling as
to who was responsible for the shooting,
but because he or Ashburton police
could not nd any evidence, the shooter
remains at large.
Although it is unknown if the two
incidents are linked, Mr Hall hoped
further publicity of cat shootings in
Allenton would help catch the o ender.
Sergeant Janine Bowden, of Ashburton,
said investigations into the cat shooting
on Creek Road after Christmas were
stalling after speaking to relevant
neighbours in the area, including those
who may have been suspected by Mr
Hall. A lea et drop by the dead cat's
owner in the area also failed to dig up
e Christmas shooting was the second
time the Creek Road resident had one of
her cats shot within 14 months.
"With the two incidents we have
looked at the projectiles which we found
to be di erent and the bullets used were
from di erent weapons," Ms Bowden
said. --- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
e nning of dead sharks will
be completely banned by 2016, the
Government has announced.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith
and Primary Industries Minister Nathan
Guy this morning released the National
Plan of Action for Sharks which lays
out the Government's objectives for
managing shark populations for the next
In November, ministers proposed a ban
on the nning of dead sharks.
ey initially proposed that the ban
would be applied to all species by 2016.
e deadline has now been brought back
to October 2015 for all species except
blue sharks due to an overwhelming
Around 45,000 submissions were
received on the proposal.
is was likely to cause some
controversy because blue sharks were
one of the most vulnerable species to the
Finning of live sharks was banned
in 2009, but shers are still able to cut
ns o dead sharks and throw away the
e new regime requires shing
companies to release sharks alive or
bring them ashore with ns attached for
New Zealand is among the world's top
20 exporters of shark ns, most of which
are sent to Asia to be made into a popular
delicacy or traditional medicines.
ere are 113 species of shark in New
Zealand waters, though it is mostly blue
sharks that are nned after being caught
in tuna long-lines.
Only seven species are completely
protected under the Wildlife Act: great
whites, basking shark, deep water nurse
shark, spine-tailed devil ray, manta ray,
whale shark, and oceanic whitetip shark.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Fonterra will "vigorously defend"
court action French food giant
Danone is bringing against it in the
wake of the botulism scare and says it
is con dent of its position.
Danone announced today it
launched legal proceedings against
Fonterra and has ended its supply
contract with rm.
e Paris-based company is
initiating proceedings in the High
Court at Auckland and arbitration
proceedings in Singapore "to bring
all facts to light and to obtain
compensation for the harm it has
su ered," over the dairy giant's whey
protein concentrate recall.
Danone --- which is the parent
company of infant formula
manufacturer Nutricia --- put the cost
of last year's recall at 350 million euros
($575 million) when it announced its
third-quarter results, while Fonterra
recognised a contingent liability of
just $14 million in its own accounts.
Danone wants compensation from
Fonterra for both the losses it su ered
as a result of last year's botulism scare
and the harm caused to the French
food giant's reputation.
Asked the amount of compensation
the French rm is seeking, a
spokeswoman said the a air had
caused "serious damage to the Danone
"Danone anticipates a free-cash-
ow loss of 300m euros for the scal
year 2013. Secondly, the recall had a
signi cant impact in terms of brand
reputation and Danone will be seeking
a fair compensation for that. e total
damages will be quanti ed at the time
of the trial," the spokeswoman said.
Fonterra, in a statement today, said
it was "disappointed"with the action.
Fonterra had been in ongoing
commercial discussions with Danone
and was disappointed that they have
resulted in legal action.
"Fonterra will now work through the
detail of Danone's claims. It continues
to be con dent in its position and will
vigorously defend any proceedings.
Fonterra stands by its track record of
having world-class food safety and
quality standards, quality systems,
and robust testing regimes across
all its manufacturing facilities," the
Danone also said this morning
it would terminate existing supply
contract with Fonterra and make "any
further collaboration contingent on
a commitment by its supplier to full
transparency and compliance with the
cutting-edge food safety procedures
applied to all products supplied," it
"As a leading food company, Danone
makes food safety an absolute priority
and is committed to working only
with suppliers that share and respect
the same demanding professional
standards," it said.
Fonterra wrongly suspected in
August last year that 38 tonnes of
whey protein --- used to make a range
of products including infant formula
manufactured by Nutricia --- had
been contaminated with a botulism-
e whey protein was ultimately
cleared as a false alarm but not before
a recall of baby formula products amid
fears that children could be harmed.
Nutricia, which is the Australasian
subsidiary of Danone, was hit hard by
the contamination debacle.
It was forced to recall 67,000 cans of
its Karicare baby milk brand in New
Of the eight customers a ected by
Fonterra's recall, the company agreed
to a commercial outcome with all
of them except Danone, including
extending supply contracts for the
next 10 years and agreeing to volume
In December, Fonterra chief
executive eo Spierings said months
of talks with Danone over losses
from the recall had failed to reach a
commercial solution but he expected
any court action would show the New
Zealand company has no liability in
"So it (Danone) su ered a signi cant
. and it feels that it was
Fonterra's actions that contributed to
this and Fonterra should therefore be
contributing more to recognise that in
terms of recompense than Fonterra is
strictly obliged to legally and in order
to do that it's maximising leverage to
emphasise its position by this action,"
" ere would be many more millions
of dollars involved from a point of
view of the value of the supply contact
than perhaps (Fonterra's) strict legal
liability and in that sense Danone
is acting to get Fonterra to be more
forthcoming . . . at the end of the
day, this is going to be very much a
question of how much it values its
relationship with Danone," he said.
NZX-listed units in the Fonterra
Shareholders' Fund were trading at
$5.74 shortly before midday, down
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Residents and tourists in Kurow
were left biting their tongues
when asked to describe what
they thought about a suspected
arson attack on the town's most
prominent summer tourist
Kurow Museum and
Information Centre co-ordinator
Carron Cossens said local
residents were "shattered" and
angry after the township's "Hay
family" was destroyed by re
Every December for more than
20 years, the hay bales, decorated
like people and children's
characters, have appeared in the
centre of town, this year attracting
hundreds of tourists during
the Christmas and New Year
Ms Cossens said a lot of "rich
language" had been used to
describe what people thought of
"People are absolutely shattered
and that's the best word I can
"I think it is really about
trashing the work of volunteers as
much as it is about destroying an
icon for our area."
She said the loss of the "Hay
family" would impact on tourism
in the town.
"People were stopping to to
photograph themselves there,
then heading to the shops to have
e Slee family, from Kurow,
had been involved in the annual
decoration of the hay bales for
more than 20 years, and Janina
Slee said the incident was "really
Mrs Slee said she and about
nine other volunteers had spent
about ve hours painting and
stacking the hay bales, which were
this year decorated to look like
the Minions from the Despicable
e bales were to have come
come down at the end of the
month, so the Hay Family would
not return until next year, she
Kurow Volunteer Fire Brigade
deputy chief re o cer Richard
Neho said the re brigade was
rst called to the re at 3am, and
spent two hours extinguishing
ames, but was called back at
7.45am, after the ames
He said that volunteers spent a
total of six hours ghting the re
and used about 16,000 litres of
e cause of the re was not yet
known, he said.
--- Otago Daily Times
Vandals destroy Kurow attraction
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
Hannah McKenzie, 17, from Christchurch, comforts Charly Light, two, from Christchurch, after
Kurow's "Hay family" attraction was burned down yesterday
e "Hay family" before the vandals struck.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith
says he aims to establish a record
number of marine reserves around
the coast this year as protecting the
o shore environment becomes his
Dr Smith said that if he successfully
signed o eight reser ves within this
nancial year "it will be an all-time
e minister yesterday released
reports which showed the value of
two marine reser ves in Nelson. Some
sh stocks such as blue cod had
increased by a factor of 40 in Tonga
Island marine reserve over 20 years.
Cray sh stocks had increased by a
factor of seven.
Dr Smith has already approved ve
reserves on the West Coast of the
South Island, a reser ve in Akaroa
Harbour and another in the sub-
Further protected areas are planned
in Kaikoura, known for its whale-
watching industry, and in Otago,
home to New Zealand sea lions,
yellow-eyed penguins and the
northern royal albatross.
Consultation has also begun with
Auckland Council on plans for its
marine environment, which could
lead to further protected areas around
the city's coastline.
most of the
Department of Conservation's focus
has been on protecting land.
But because 70% of this country's
native species were found in the
ocean, Dr Smith said he was placing
more emphasis on o shore projects.
" e marine environment is the
new frontier for conservation and
it's an area I do want to make more
progress this year," he said.
e National-led Government has a
goal of having 10% of New Zealand's
waters covered by marine reserves.
e addition of the new reserves
would mean that 9.56% of its
territorial waters --- the area out to 12
miles from the coast --- was protected.
is gure was considered
misleading by some.
Green Party oceans spokesman
Gareth Hughes said that if the entire
Exclusive Economic Zone was taken
into account, just 0.41% of New
Zealand waters was a no-take zone.
In comparison, a third of New
Zealand's land was protected by
Mr Hughes has tabled a bill that
would establish a reserve in the
Dr Smith said greater research was
required on the economic losses and
conservation gains of the proposal,
which would be the the world's
largest no- shing zone.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Smith wants more marine reserves
A 72-year-old American man appeared
in an Auckland court yesterday for
allegedly importing millions of dollars
worth of methamphetamine into New
e man was questioned by Customs
o cers when he arrived in Auckland
from Bangkok on December 28.
He was arrested after Customs
o cers searched his baggage and
allegedly found about 6.2kg of a white
crystalline substance in the lining of
e substance tested positive for
methamphetamine, with a street value
of between $3 million and $6 million,
He appeared in the Manukau District
Court yesterday and was remanded
in custody until his next scheduled
appearance in March.
e case draws similarities with
two separate arrests of United States
nationals, aged 70 and 55, for importing
methamphetamine into Australia last
week, Customs said.
A 68-year-old Auckland man was
arrested in November last year after
he arrived into New Zealand from
Papua New Guinea carrying 1.5kg of
methamphetamine concealed inside two
bags he had been given.
e maximum penalty for importing
class A controlled drugs into New
Zealand is life imprisonment.
It was concerning that criminal
syndicates appear to be targeting older
people to carry signi cant amounts of
drugs across borders, Customs manager
investigations Maurice O'Brien said.
"It's important the public is aware that
such criminal operations exist and people
who, either knowingly or unknowingly,
carry these drugs end up bearing the full
brunt of the law.
"Customs urges passengers not to
carry any items on behalf of others when
travelling to or from overseas without
being fully aware of the contents. And
if you receive an o er that sounds too
good to be true, it probably is --- and not
worth the risk," he said.
A statement from the New Zealand
Customs Service said during the busy
summer period, with high passenger
volumes and many people taking a
holiday, Customs operates in full force
at international airports. It "remains
focused both at the front line and behind
the scenes on disrupting the illicit drug
trade." --- APNZ
US man, 72, accused
of P smuggling
Goodman Fielder employees facing
redundancy had expected the sale of the
company's meats division but were led
to believe a Hamilton processing plant
where they work would remain open,
First Union says.
If the sale of the meats business to Hellers
goes ahead, work will shift to Christchurch
and a processing plant in Hamilton that
employs 125 people will close.
Goodman Fielder said the company
was consulting employees a ected by
the decision. ey would be redeployed
within the business where possible.
ose who could not be moved into
other jobs at the company would be
"Our experience with other closures has
been that most people who have sought
to work elsewhere within Goodman
Fielder have generally been able to do
so," the managing director of Goodman
Fielder NZ, Peter Reidie, said.
" e key is preparedness to move,
which is understandably a challenge."
A Hellers representative said yesterday
there could be up to 50 jobs available for
workers. First Union general secretary
Robert Reid said Goodman Fielder had
indicated 40 jobs --- mainly in bread
manufacturing --- were available.
Mr Reid said workers had been led
to believe the Hamilton facility would
"People left for their Christmas
holidays thinking that they were coming
back to their jobs. In less than two weeks
this has changed dramatically."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
workers --- union
Police have con rmed that
two people were killed in a ery
three-vehicle crash in Manawatu
Investigators had been struggling
to piece together what happened
due to the extensive damage at the
crash scene on State highway 1
between Sanson and Foxton.
Two large trucks and a car were
involved in the crash, which
occurred just after midnight.
One person was con rmed dead
yesterday but their gender was
In a statement this morning,
police con rmed that two people
had been killed. ey were
believed to be a 51-year-old
woman and a 20-year-old man,
both from Levin.
"We are still working through the
formal identi cation process and
the crash investigation is ongoing,"
senior sergeant Nigel Allan said.
"We are only 48 hours into this
tragic event and we don't yet have
all the answers but are working to
establish the events leading up to
State highway 1 resident Greg
Perry said yesterday that the
vehicles burst into ames after a
"It instantly went up in ames.
e ames were up to the power
"I thought there might have been
ammables on board because I
heard some loud explosions."
Mr Perry said the occupants of
the car had no chance of sur vival.
" e people in the car would
not have had a chance and no
emergency services could have got
--- APNZ-Manawatu Guardian
Two confirmed dead in fiery smash Auckland
A lung cancer drug which can replace
chemotherapy treatments has been
added to the Government's list of
Pharmac announced today that lung
cancer drug Tarceva, which can be used
to treat aggressive cases of the disease,
had been approved for funding from the
beginning of the year.
Tarceva is part of a large group of
targeted cancer medicines --- tyrosine
kinase inhibitors (TKI) --- which o er
su erers an e ective, less toxic and
more convenient treatment option to
chemotherapy, the agency said.
People with lung cancer who also
had a particular genetic sequence
responded very well to treatment with
Pharmac deputy medical director
Dilky Rasiah said treatment with TKIs
could make a big di erence for lung
cancer su erers.
"Usually when a new cancer drug
or class of drugs becomes available, a
three or four month improvement is
considered a good advance."
Data for TKIs showed the amount of
disease-free survival time for su erers
--- which is the main marker used to
measure cancer treatment bene ts ---
was nine to 12 months," Dr Rasiah said.
New drug for cancer sufferers
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