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Crash driver flees
Police are still seeking the driver of
a car which ed from a crash scene
on the wrong side of the motorway
early yesterday, leaving behind an
injured pregnant woman. e woman
su ered minor injuries and was
discharged from hospital yesterday.
Police said a silver Subaru spun out
of control in the city-bound lanes
of the North-western Motor way,
between Lincoln Road and Te Atatu,
about 4am. e Subaru and the
pregnant woman's vehicle collided,
causing damage to the front and rear
of her car. Police said the Subaru
then left the scene. --- APNZ
Collision kills boatie
A Northland boatie is dead after
his dinghy was apparently run down
by a yacht near Opua wharf. It is
thought the 68-year-old was rowing
provisions out to his boat when he
was hit by a 12.8m yacht heading
into Opua under motor about
8.30am yesterday. e man's body
was taken to Bay of Islands Hospital
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Police hunt intruder
Police are searching for a man
after a home invasion in central
Whanganui. e incident occurred
overnight on Friday and the o ender
ed when detected by the occupant.
e o ender was described as a male
Maori, about 20, about 1.78m, of
solid build with short dark curly hair
about 1cm in length, and a medium
complexion. Clothing found nearby
is believed to belong to the o ender.
--- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Dozens of re ghters were
called to a large industrial blaze in
Taranaki yesterday. A Fire Service
spokeswoman said the 100 square
metre Taranaki By-Products building
on Kohiti Road, Okaiawa, was
engulfed in ames when re crews
arrived shortly after 11.45am. Nine
pumping appliances and several
auxiliary vehicles were involved in
putting out the re. No-one was
injured. --- APNZ
Two share Lotto
Two tickets, sold in Dunedin and Te
Aroha, won their holders $500,000
each in division one of Lotto draw
No 1388 on Saturday. Successful
numbers were 10, 12, 22, 30, 31, 39;
bonus 2. Strike numbers were 31, 10,
22, 30. ere was one Strike Four
winner, from Mangawhai, taking
home $351,333. Powerball number
2. ere was no division one winner.
e Winning Wheel ticket was
sold in Papatoetoe. e winner from
Auckland spun for $150,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9680: 2,
8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 24, 29, 35, 36, 41, 44,
46, 49, 55, 57, 60, 63, 66, 73. Draw No
9681: 3, 7, 12, 17, 19, 23, 24, 25, 30,
31, 35, 54, 56, 57, 58, 63, 67, 70, 74, 76.
Draw No 9682: 10, 13, 14, 25, 33, 38,
39, 41, 42, 44, 45, 47, 50, 52, 64, 68, 69,
71, 73, 74. Draw No 9683: 4, 5, 6, 7,
15, 19, 26, 28, 34, 45, 54, 56, 57, 64, 65,
67, 72, 73, 74, 80.
Conservative Party leader admits smacking children
An man accused of exposing himself to
other passengers on Auckland trains has
been banned from riding the city's rail
Before a registrar in the Auckland
District Court today, Conrad Shannon
Courtney, 36, entered no pleas to two
charges of performing indecent acts on
Kiwi Rail trains.
e charges carry a maximum penalty
of two years' jail.
He was bailed until next month and,
for now, cannot travel by train.
" at's ne I can catch the bus,"
He must also live at a Glen Eden
Court documents show the alleged
indecency happened on December 12
and 21. Police have said on those dates,
Courtney sat close to young women,
before exposing himself and performing
Outside court Courtney told APNZ
he planned to plead not guilty to both
charges. He said he was riding the
train on the days the alleged o ences
happened but has not exposed himself or
committed any indecencies.
" ere's no evidence or anything like
He said facing charges was "a little bit
weird". --- APNZ
A New Zealand man who has been
sentenced in Australia to more than
eight years jail on incest and sex charges
will be deported despite his family not
e man, who has name suppression,
pleaded guilty in Melbourne to the
charges against his daughter, who was
aged under 16, Radio New Zealand
His mother, siblings, ancee and
another daughter all live in Australia.
e man, in his 40s, had been living
in Australia for 19 years, but will be
deported back to New Zealand after a
tribunal upheld a decision to revoke his
e tribunal made its decision despite
nding he has a relatively low chance of
reo ending, Radio NZ reported.
Prison Reform Society chairman Peter
Williams, QC, told the station isolating
the man from his support network would
make it harder for him to rehabilitate
Justice Minister Judith Collins said
New Zealand would do the same as
Australia in the same position.
She said he was a very serious criminal
who would be monitored when he
arrives. --- APNZ
Conservative Party leader Colin
Craig has admitted that he smacks his
children if they misbehave, despite the
law being clear there is no justi cation
for the use of force as part of parental
or caregiver discipline.
His party is a possible coalition
partner for National after this year's
general election and Mr Craig said
were he in the position to he would
want to negotiate repealing the so-
called anti-smacking law that came
into e ect in 2007.
e legislation removed the defence
of "reasonable force" for parents
prosecuted for assault on their
During an inter view on RadioLive
today, Mr Craig was asked if he would
start to smack his own children if the
law was reversed.
"I occasionally do it now," he replied.
Mr Craig told APNZ he did
not expect any backlash from the
Polling by Curia Market Research
of 1000 respondents last year covered
the issue of whether the law banning
smacking should be changed to
smacking being a reasonable form of
correction, with 77 per cent agreeing,
Mr Craig conceded that did not
necessarily mean the same numbers
of parents were ignoring the law and
smacking their children.
e law as it stood was too
"ambiguous" because it said police
would not prosecute a parent for a
smack unless it was in the public
interest, Mr Craig said.
He said the physical discipline of his
own children was technically against
the law if police saw it in the public
interest to prosecute. "And how would
I know what they think?"
He said mostly his discipline
consisted of "a ick of a nger on the
back of a knuckle".
"It hurts for a moment," he said.
e vast majority of discipline he
used was not physical, he said.
A police spokesman said they were
satis ed that Mr Craig's comments on
radio this morning did not "amount
to disclosure of an o ence".
"Police do not intend being drawn
into a political debate on this issue in
an election year."
University of Auckland Associate
Professor of Law Bill Hodge said even
if police did not prosecute anyone
could bring a private prosecution
against Mr Craig if they believed he
was breaking the law. --- APNZ
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Tropical Cyclone Ian has cleared
Tonga leaving in its wake the death of at
least one person and the destruction of
e category 4 cyclone brought winds
of up to 270kph as it passed over the
Paci c island nation.
A Ministry of Foreign A airs and
Trade spokesman said an initial damage
assessment indicated there had been
signi cant damage to infrastructure and
shelter on the Northern Ha'apai islands.
Local authorities had estimated up to
70% of housing on two islands had been
destroyed or damaged.
A Royal New Zealand Air Force P3
Orion was in Tonga helping with aerial
damage assessments, the spokesman
Foreign A airs Minister Murray
McCully yesterday announced that
New Zealand would make $50,000
immediately available to respond to
speci c requests for assistance.
ere were 144 New Zealanders
registered with the ministry as being in
Tonga, but to date there had been no
requests for consular assistance from in
the a ected area.
Oxfam New Zealand spokeswoman
Lucy Oakshott earlier said the lack of
communication was making it extremely
di cult to know how bad the situation
"We can't get hold of anyone. We're
well established there and we have lots
of contacts but we can't get hold of
It was anticipated water and sanitation
would be high on the list of priorities
and Oxfam had an engineer ready to go
"Ha'apai gets a lot of their water from
wells and what happens in situations like
this is the sea rises up and it goes into
the water supply and contaminates it,"
Ms Oakshott said.
Tonga Red Cross head Sione
Taumoefolau said a woman had been
killed in Lifuka, a small island within
He said it was not yet known exactly
how the woman died, however there had
been reports of major damage to homes
and buildings in Ha'apai. --- APNZ
Police and Department
of Conservation sta are
investigating a re which
continues to burn on Motuariki
Island in Lake Tekapo.
About 80% of the island, which
was about 500m in diameter, has
been burned by the re, which
started about 6pm on Saturday.
Lake Tekapo deputy chief re
o cer Debbi-Kaye Gardner said
the blaze had shocked residents,
as Motuariki Island had spiritual
and historic signi cance to many
people in the area.
"It has di erent meaning
for di erent people and locals
are pretty stunned. Even quite
toughâ€º ened re ghters were
moved by it," she said.
It was believed a camp re had
been lit on the island, despite
a re ban on the DOC reserve
land, which is vegetated with
old pines and native plants and
inhabited by lizards. DOC South
Canterbury district partnerships
acting manager Sally Jones said
police and the department were
investigating the cause of the
It had been reported that
three Christchurch construction
workers from the United
Kingdom lit a camp re on the
island, but Ms Jones could not
con rm that.
e re was likely to smoulder
for days and possibly weeks, she
DOC would keep a close eye
on the island, to make sure sparks
did not spread across the lake to
"It may be safe to smoulder,
given that it's an island
surrounded by deep lake water.
"Although it's not close to the
shore, there is always a risk in
high wind of it sparking on the
shoreline, so we will keep a very
active eye on that, with the help
of Coastguard and locals in the
community," Ms Jones said.
She praised the e ciency of
Lake Tekapo re ghters, others
from various rural re crews
in the area and Lake Tekapo
residents who responded to the
" ey were amazing. ey were
at the island within 40 minutes
and were pumping water from the
lake. e locals rallied together
and got their own boats to go
over and helped out where it was
safe to do so," she said.
A helicopter with a monsoon
bucket was also used on Saturday
night, but the island's dense
covering of pine needles in
certain areas meant parts of the
re could not be extinguished
from the air.
e island was inspected
yesterday, but it was not safe for
re ghters to stay there.
Emergency services were also
alerted to a large blaze o State
highway 75 near Birdlings Flat, in
Canterbury, about 2pm.
It was initially feared holiday
homes in the area were in the
Ten re appliances tackled the
blaze. --- Otago Daily Times
Island fire blazes on amid investigations
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Pine trees on Motuariki Island in Lake Tekapo burn through the night as re engulfs the DOC reser ve
land on Saturday.
e parents or guardians of young
people before the courts could have
bail conditions imposed on them
as well as their children, such as
not drinking alcohol and having to
reside at a particular address, under a
private members' bill in the name of
Northland MP Mike Sabin.
Another bill drafted by Mr Sabin
would change laws about the right to
silence in cases when the victims are
children or the mentally impaired.
ey are two of four private
members' bills developed by Mr
Sabin in the members' ballot.
Parliament's rules allow only one
bill per MP, so the other three are in
the names of colleagues and should
one be drawn, he will take it over.
e former police o cer and rst-
term MP says he drafted the bail bill
for parents after feedback from Youth
Court judges and police.
"One of the challenges that the
judges have is that they can put
conditions on the children who are
in front of the court but they can't
do anything with the parents or
guardians who ultimately let them
e Children, Young Persons
and eir Families (Parent's
and Guardian's Responsibility)
Amendment Bill would allow the
Youth Court to set bail conditions
for parents and guardians in a bid to
prevent re-o ending.
Mr Sabin believed at least half of
the responsibility for youth o ending
was down to adults making sure
their children were being properly
Mr Sabin's bills have been approved
by the National Party caucus for
support at rst reading should any be
drawn from the ballot.
"To me being an MP is not
su cient. You've actually got to
look at ways in which you can add
value and what I have tried to do is
identify where there are gaps, and as
backbencher I try to develop policy
and the legal framework to achieve
change in that area."
e Evidence (Inference from
Silence) Amendment Bill is in the
name of list MP Alfred Ngaro, and
would make controversial changes
around the right to silence for
crimes committed against children
aged under 12 or against a mentally
e Local Government (Freedom
of Access) Amendment Bill is in
the name of Coromandel MP Scott
Simpson, and seeks to address the
situation in Occupy protests in 2011
in which protesters set up camps
on council land, but which he says
were di cult to deal with under the
e fourth bill is in the name of
senior whip Louise Upston. e
Employment Relations (Safe and
Healthy Workplaces) Amendment
Bill sets out a legal framework
for drug and alcohol testing in
workplaces instead of relying on case
law. --- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Reform targets parents of accused
An arson attack which
signi cantly damaged four
classrooms and destroyed a
toilet block at an Auckland
primary school has left the
school community "angry and
e deliberate blaze at Richmond
Road School in Ponsonby was set in
the early hours yesterday morning,
with re ghters called to the scene
e re --- which was described
as "signi cant" by the Fire Service
--- quickly took hold, igniting in a
toilet block before moving through
a classroom and spreading to
the roof. Smoke and ames were
able to travel easily through the
ceiling void as there were no re
breaks built into the school, re
e toilet block was "destroyed",
and the rst classroom signi cantly
damaged, with three other
su ering smoke
damage. It was thought the roof
which covers the entire block may
need to be completely replaced.
Principal Stephanie Anich said
the arson had come as a shock to
the school community.
"Obviously we are really angry
and disappointed that someone
would do that to our school," she
"But on the other side, we've
already got a plan in place, and
new classrooms are on their way.
e children will have classrooms
to go into (when they return from
Ms Anich said as it was the
holiday period most, if not all, of
the pupils' work had been taken
home, and had luckily not been
ruined by the re.
"From that perspective it's a bit of
a positive," she said.
e four re damaged classes
will be replaced with temporary
prefabricated classrooms, to be
situated on playing elds at the
school, which as 359 pupils.
Building work on permanent
replacement classrooms could take
up to a year.
Ms Anich said it was too early
to know the full cost of the blaze,
but an assessment would be made
Tony Coleman, from the
Ministry of Education's early
response team Building Solutions,
said classroom one, closest to
where the re started, was a
"complete write o ".
"Classrooms two, three and
four, there's smoke damage right
throughout the ceiling cavities," he
Shattered and blackened windows
were visible from the street, while
corrugated metal roo ng could be
seen twisted and burnt.
Mr Coleman said it could take
up to a year for the building to be
Temporary classrooms will be
installed in the next couple of
weeks before the new term begins
on February 7, he said.
Meanwhile, investigators have
determined the re was deliberate,
and say it is being treated as arson.
Lead re investigator at the scene,
Russell Dickson, said his team
knows what caused the re, but that
information would not be released
as a criminal investigation was
being carried out by police.
Anger over school torching
e head of the Film and Literature
Board of Review has broken ranks with
his board to express strong reservations
about an award-winning children's book.
Into e River by Ted Dawe is laced
with detailed descriptions of sex acts,
coarse language and scenes of drug-
taking. e book came to public attention
after it took top prize at last year's New
Zealand Post Children's Book Awards.
Award organisers hastily sent "explicit
content" stickers to booksellers after the
After concerns --- including some
shops refusing to stock the book --- were
reported, the Film and Literature Board
of Review was ask to consider restricting
Into the River to certain age groups.
In September, the board decided the
book should be sold with a warning that
it was suitable for readers aged 16 years
e O ce of Film and Literature
Classi cation ruled people might be
o ended but the book would remain
"unrestricted", though it recommended
the book be read by a mature audience.
is week, it emerged that the
chairman of the board of review, Dr Don
Mathieson held serious reservations and
would have preferred the book to have
had an R18 rating.
Mathieson asked that his "dissenting
opinion" be posted on the Department
of Internal A airs website with the
One of Mathieson's concerns is that
the book portrays sex with a 13- or
14-year-old as normal.
"It is injurious to the public good
to normalise, as the book does, sexual
intercourse by young teenagers," he said.
"Into the River also portrays girls as all
too ready for sexual activity. Drug taking
is also presented as the kind of thing
that a modern young teenager does; if
you don't do it, it is likely you will be
disapproved by your schoolmates.
" e book is full of language that is
highly o ensive to the public in general."
Mathieson said the book had little merit
in relation to social matters, and if not
restricted, was likely to cause "serious
harm to at least some persons under the
age of 18".
At the time of the board of review
decision, author Ted Dawe said the
board had "come down squarely in
support of the book's literary values".
Family First national director Bob
McCoskrie, who lodged the complaint
about the book, said it was disappointing
a restricted work was an award-winning
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
over racy book
A 73-year-old Auckland man
remains in a serious condition
after a high-speed crash at Taupo
Motorsport Park on Friday night.
Tony Sturm was own to Waikato
Hospital with serious pelvic and
A hospital spokeswoman said he
was in a serious condition in the
hospital's high dependency unit.
e racing car driver's red 1960s
MGB Roadster was "totally
wrecked" in the crash, the track's
chief executive Geo Langham
"It was built as a racing car with
full roll cage. If it wasn't, he'd be
MG Club captain Darryl
Bretherton said the car had rolled
"Tony Sturm is one of the best
drivers in our series --- he's been
racing a long time. Everything
he's done has always been about
common sense." --- APNZ
Crash driver remains serious
e search for a 49-year-old boatie who
disappeared after falling into Wellington
Harbour a week ago has been suspended.
Uikili Peniamina and a 29-year-old
companion were in a small dinghy o the
mouth of the Hutt River when they fell
into the water just after 5pm, last Sunday.
ey were retrieving a shing net that
had been set 20m from the shore.
Mr Peniamina was not wearing a
lifejacket at the time.
His companion was able to make it
back to shore.
Senior launch master Barry Hart of the
maritime police said navy divers with
sonar equipment searched the harbour
yesterday, but found no sign of the man.
e navy divers had now returned to
" e navy phase of the search has been
suspended at this time," Mr Hart said.
e investigation had been handed
back to Lower Hutt police, he said.
It was not known whether the man
was an experienced boatie, and there had
been no indication he knocked his head
when he fell.
Alcohol was not believed to be a factor
in the incident, police said. --- APNZ
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