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Tot drowns on farm
A two-year-old girl has drowned
in a duck pond on a Southland farm.
e toddler was found at the Otapiri
property about 8.40pm yesterday,
police said. She went missing about
6.30pm. Police o cers performed
CPR but she could not be revived.
Family and farm workers searched for
about an hour before reporting her
disappearance to police. --- APNZ
Tractor mishap fatal
A 67-year-old Motueka man
was killed when the tractor he was
driving rolled at a Lower Moutere
property yesterday. e incident
happened about 8.25am when the
man was mowing an apple orchard.
Workers were unable to free the
man who was pinned underneath
the tractor. Meanwhile a 38-year-old
man su ered serious leg laceration
when a tractor rolled on a farm in
northern Hawke's Bay. --- APNZ
Baby dies after fall
A three-month-old boy has
died in Starship Hospital after
sustaining serious injuries at his
home in Southland. He was own
to Auckland from Southland
Hospital after a reported fall at his
home in Riverton. Police said this
morn ing they would continue their
investigation. Emergency services
were called to the house at 7.35pm
on Monday. --- APNZ
Drunk boy charges
ree people have been charged
with giving alcohol to a nine-year-
old who was lmed drunk at a
Hamilton skatepark. Two men, aged
20 and 27, and a 25-year-old woman,
have been charged with supplying
alcohol to minors. All three will
appear in the Hamilton District
Court on January 28. --- APNZ
Children saved from fire
A child is in hospital after two young
children were pulled from a burning
car in a Palmerston North supermarket
car park yesterday. A passer-by rescued
the children from the vehicle after it
burst into ames while their mother
was collecting a prescription from
a nearby pharmacy. e pair, along
with an older child and their mother,
were taken to hospital. Two children
were treated and discharged while a
third remains in hospital in a stable
condition. --- APNZ
Attempted murder count
Former Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-
election candidate Maurice Wairau
has been charged with attempted
murder. Wairau, 37, appeared in the
Hastings District Court on charges
of attempted murder, intentional
damage, aggravated burglary and
injuring with reckless disregard.
He did not enter any pleas and was
remanded in custody to the High
Court next month.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
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9, 11, 16, 18, 24, 25, 27, 30, 38, 41, 48,
54, 58, 60, 62, 66, 67, 71, 79. Draw No
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31, 37, 38, 54, 63, 64, 68, 69, 72, 76.
Executor clears Horan over fraud claims
driveway near Matata, 24km north-west
e incident occurred at a property on
Herepuru Road, about 9.40am.
St John ambulance communications
team manager Norm Ngatai said the
eight-year-old boy was reported to have
fallen from a utility vehicle and was
subsequently run over.
He was taken to Whakatane Hospital
with serious injuries.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Boy run over
Two thieves have stolen thousands
of dollars worth of groceries from
supermarkets and shops across Auckland
by lling trolleys and running out of the
store --- past other shoppers and sta
trying to stop them --- to their getaway
Police have released images of the men
they believe are behind the thefts in a bid
to identify and arrest them.
So far, ve shops have been targeted
across Auckland, as well as a west
Auckland ser vice station where the
trolley bandits allegedly put $92 of petrol
into a car and drove o without paying.
It is estimated that in each of the ve
incidents, the thieves pinched between
$500 and $1000 worth of grocery items.
Constable Marisa Cox said the men
walked into the stores with an empty
shopping trolley or basket. ey then
walked around, lling the carriers with
assorted grocery items before running
out of the entrance doors without paying.
" e o enders ll their trolleys with
general grocery items. However, they did
hit one store for hams and meat products
--- this one was just before Christmas,"
Ms Cox said.
" e pair decamp driving either a white
Mazda Familia vehicle with incorrect
number plates attached, or a grey Nissan
e rst theft was on November 13
just before 9pm. e other four occurred
between December 7 and 27, between
lunchtime and 4.45pm.
Ms Cox said the a ected store owners
did not want their locations published,
but the majority of the thefts happened
at supermarkets. "We have good CCTV
footage of the two o enders; however, at
this point we have no idea who they are,"
Ms Cox said.
" e trolleys are completely full of
groceries and sometimes they take two
trolleys full of groceries."
e men are described as being Maori
or Paci c islanders in their 30s or 40s.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Independent MP Brendan Horan
has been cleared of any wrongdoing
following an investigation into
allegations he took money from the
accounts of his late mother.
In his nal determination dated
October 1, 2013, the executor
of Olwen Horan's estate John
Buckthought says an investigation
into the claims found no evidence
which enabled him to nd any claim
against Mr Horan.
Mr Horan, who was expelled from
New Zealand First in December 2012
after his half-brother Mana Ormsby
claimed he had inappropriately used
their mother's bank cards, has come
Mr Horan said he was not ruling
out defamation proceedings against
one or more parties.
He said he planned to remain as an
independent MP, and would contest
the Tauranga electorate seat at this
year's general election.
At the time of his expulsion, NZ
First leader Winston Peters said that
after seeing "substantive" information,
he had no con dence in Mr Horan's
ability to continue as a MP.
It was later revealed Mr Horan had
allegedly used a parliamentary phone
to regularly call a TAB betting line.
" ere have been systematic,
defamatory attacks on me and I'm sick
of it. ese were ludicrous, frivolous
allegations. I have been completely
exonerated and knew I always would
be," he said.
Mrs Horan, 87, who died on August
3 last year, signed her original will less
than two months earlier on June 20,
and on July 2 hand wrote a codicil to
her will authorising her nephew and
to recover some monies received from
her daughter and Mr Horan.
In the codicil, Mrs Horan stated
she wanted any monies loaned to
them or taken by "misadventure" to be
Mr Horan's lawyer Paul Mabey,
QC, said Mr Buckthought and
independent accounting experts fully
investigated Mrs Horan's estate and
the fraud allegations.
Mr Mabey said it was not a case
of the parties settling to save money
as reported by some news media in
October 20-21 but his client was
cleared of any wrongdoing.
Mr Horan has since been paid his
$40,000 share of his mother's estate
without any deductions.
Mr Mabey said there had been no
legal challenge to that nding.
"Mr Peters continues to make
unjusti ed remarks about Mr Horan's
expulsion from NZ First, and alleged
wrongdoing but nothing Mr Peters
says is evidence of anything," Mr
Mr Horan said he had no plans to
return to NZ First even if he asked
to do so, nor would he join any other
political party despite approaches to
"Since becoming an independent
MP I don't believe in political parties
any more, and I think it is far better
for the constituents of Tauranga that
I continue to do so, he said.
Mr Peters said he stood by
everything he said at the time he red
He would not be drawn on his own
political plans and said he was not
interested in anything Mr Horan had
to say.---APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
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e Government has
defended its decision
to award an $8 million
ferry-building contract to
a Bangladesh company
rather than a local boat
builder as the "best value
for money" option.
Minister Steven Joyce said
the di erence between
the New Zealand tenders
and the successful bid was
" e numbers here were
just too big to bridge,
whatever way you want to
cut it. If we were to prefer
New Zealand suppliers
at any cost, it would be
a recipe for economic
disaster," Mr Joyce said.
Twelve shipyards from
China, New Zealand,
Poland and Singapore
submitted tenders for the 43m vessel.
e new ferry, a replacement destined
for the New Zealand territory of Tokelau,
is capable of carrying 60 passengers and
50 tonnes of freight.
Bangladesh rm Western Marine
Shipyard was eventually picked by the
Ministry of Foreign A airs and Trade to
build the ferry.
New procurement rules which came
into e ect in October last year were
designed to make it easier
for smaller New Zealand
companies to tender for
Labour's spokesman for
Shane Jones said the
contract showed the new
rules were merely "lip
"It is bizarre New
Zealand's boat building
industry was good enough
for Oracle Team USA but
is not good enough for the
Paci c Islands," Mr Jones
of NZ Marine Peter
Bus eld yesterday said
the Government's new
procurement rules ignored
any economic gain from
having the vessel built here.
Mr Joyce disagreed.
"To suggest that you go
out and spend $14m more
and you get an economic bene t, is a
pretty tough call."
Government procurement came down
who could deliver the best value for
taxpayers' money, he said.
"In this particular case, it's my
understanding that Mfat went over
and above their obligations to try and
negotiate a successful tender with a New
Zealand company," Mr Joyce said.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
New rules 'lip service' --- Labour
Peter Bus eld
e market has taken Fonterra's
latest food scare "in its stride" and
an analyst said any reputational
damage would depend on
how the issue was treated in
international media in the coming
Dairy co-operative Fonterra on
Monday night issued an urgent
recall of four of its fresh cream
products over fears it may contain
the e.coli bacterium.
Almost 9000 bottles of Anchor
and Pams branded cream, which
have been distributed to shops
and food service outlets across the
North Island, are a ected by the
Fonterra Brands NZ managing
director Peter McClure said signs
of e.coli were discovered during
standard testing on Monday
It is the second piece of bad
news for New Zealand's biggest
exporter this week and follows
French food-processing giant
Danone ling proceedings against
Fonterra in an attempt to gain
compensation for losses it says it
su ered as a result of the botulism
false alarm. Units in the NZX-
listed Fonterra Shareholders'
Fund closed up 5c at $5.68. ey
rose another 3c to $5.71 today.
Hamilton Hindin Greene
director James Smalley said
yesterday the market appeared
to have taken the news "within
its stride" and the situation was
di erent from the botulism scare.
Unlike last August's botulism
crisis, this food scare is restricted
to New Zealand. It also does not
involve milk powder, which is a big
export product for the dairy giant.
However, Mr Smalley said
the scare could cause Fonterra
reputational damage depending
on how the issue was picked up
by foreign media.
e news received coverage
yesterday on the Wall Street
Journal website and Chinese news
agency Xinhua, which said: "New
Zealand's food safety regime was
in the spotlight again" as Fonterra
recalled "yet another product".
"Hopefully this time (Fonterra)
will do a better job, maybe
putting it into perspective," Mr
Federated Farmers' dairy
chairman Willy Leferink said
Fonterra's recall showed its
quality assurance systems worked.
"While the timing is far from
ideal given what went on last year,
this is a voluntary recall initiated
by Fonterra's own testing. I hope
it shows our consumers that a
company owned by thousands of
farmers does put food safety rst."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Market takes cream recall 'in its stride'
PICTURE: Getty Images
A milk tanker leaves Fonterra's Takanini plant in Auckland. Fonterra has recalled 8700 bottles of cream
contaminated by e.coli, the second scare for the company in recent months.
e Accident Compensation
Corporation is to can a health
and safety training programme it
said yesterday, after activist group
the Taxpayers' Union highlighted
almost $20 million in spending on
the training which generated few
e union released documents
detailing the corporation's spending
since 2003 on the programme to
train employees in health and safety
Beginning in 2003, the money was
paid to the Council of Trade Unions
(CTU), employers' group Business
NZ and private training provider
However, the documents showed
the $19m spent "did little, if anything,
to reduce workplace accidents",
Taxpayers' Union executive director
Jordan Williams said.
e documents released under the
O cial Information Act showed
reviews of the programme showed
its net e ect in reducing injuries were
"small in size and were inconsistent in
direction to be considered e ective".
ACC analysis found that over the
time the programme was working
there was a reduction in claims even
in workplaces where no safety or
workplace activity has occurred.
e analysis suggested that even if
the training was responsible for half
of the reduction in accidents, at best
only 16c in every dollar spent did any
good, or in other words, 84c in every
dollar was being wasted.
e documents reveal that Business
NZ and the CTU worked together
with ACC to create the venture and
doubts about the value of the scheme
had existed since at least 2008.
"Business NZ and the CTU
have created a nice little earner for
themselves," Mr Williams said.
"It's a disgraceful example of big
corporate and union welfare chewing
through taxpayer cash."
ACC spokeswoman Stephanie
Melville said the corporation decided
late last year "that the training
programme wouldn't be continued
past its current contract".
"While the training programme did
provide some value, it did not meet
our level of expectations, nor deliver
value for money."
CTU secretary Peter Conway
denied the programme was a waste
of money, saying workplaces were
safer with trained health and safety
ACC-funded health and safety
representative training was "hugely
valued by both employees and
employers and is a good investment
towards confronting our health and
"Independent evaluation of the
course undertaken in 2008 was
very positive. We know that it
delivers value for money --- trained
representatives are more likely to
recognise hazards, and to know what
kind of action to take to help mitigate
the risks of those hazards," he said.
"It is always hard to show that
that this kind of preventative course
reduces accidents per se, as it is
di cult to quantify the value, this will
always be an issue. But, a workplace
is safer with a trained rep and that
is what the CTU and ACC want to
Labour's ACC spokesman Iain
Lees-Galloway questioned why
the corporation was announcing its
decision on the programme at the
same time as the Taxpayers' Union's
attack, suggesting ACC Minister
Judith Collins may have had a role in
co-ordinating the timing of the two
He said the review of the programme
appeared to be "politically motivated".
"Injury prevention programmes
have been under attack the whole time
National has been in Government.
is re ects their short term focus on
cost cutting with little interest in the
potential for long-term savings.
"E ective health and safety training
is integral to well-functioning
modern workplaces. When corners
are cut there can be disastrous
consequences, as we saw with Pike
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
ACC axes safety training programme
All Black Steven Luatua last
night apologised after appearing
in an on-line video in which he
poured alcohol down a man's throat
as part of a social media craze that
challenges people to drink.
"#Neknominate" involves some-
one videoing themselves sculling
an alcoholic drink and "calling out"
--- or "neknominating" --- a friend
e video is then uploaded to
social media and the nominated
person is pressed to keep the
chain going and post a video of
themselves downing a drink as well.
In one video All Blacks and Blues
forward Steven Luatua pours a beer
down the throat of another man,
who spills the beer down his chin
as he drinks and is cheered on by
others in the room. e 22-year-old
player said it was a poor decision to
become involved in the game which
occurred at a private function.
He said he was unaware of what
the game itself involved and did not
condone irresponsible or dangerous
Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan
said it was a disappointing error of
"I've spoken to him about it and
he's deeply apologetic. It's very
uncharacteristic of him as he is a
great role model and has always set
a good example to others."
e craze has quickly gained
popularity. A "Neknominations
NZ" Facebook page, started less
than a week ago, had almost 6500
"likes" last night.
Alcohol Healthwatch director
Rebecca Williams said the
"worrying" game was promoting
excessive and quick consumption of
alcohol, made even more troubling
due to the element of competition.
"To me it could very well end in
something quite tragic," she said.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
All Black sorry for drunk video
A small pod of pilot whales that
beached on Farewell Spit yesterday is
back in the water.
e eight whales are what is left from a
group of 13 that became stranded on the
Golden Bay site yesterday --- ve died
last night and in the early hours.
e large mammals were coaxed into
the water at high tide today, shortly after
10am, and were currently oating in
shallow water close to the beach.
Department of Conser vation o cials
and Project Jonah volunteers who are
at the spit have their ngers crossed the
pod will begin swimming back out to
e group of about 39 have formed a
human barrier between the whales and
the shore, to help keep them in the water.
"As the tide goes out we will walk
out with it and move them further
down the tidal platform," DOC Takaka
conservation services manager John
He said the whales had been grouped
together in the waist- to chest-deep
water in a bid to make them feel more at
ease and encourage them to swim back
out to open water.
"It's just getting them to move in a
particular direction," Mr Mason said.
" ey tend to be disorientated and just
mill around or just sit there passively. We
have got to get them to move, and that's
what's going to happen in the next hour
or so, hopefully."
It was estimated nearly 70 whales
made their way to the south end of the
spit yesterday morning. Although 13
were stranded, 55 managed to make
their way into deeper water. Last week
27 pilot whales had to be put down after
becoming beached at the spit. A further
12 had already died from natural causes
after being stranded. --- APNZ
Whales back in water
A logging company has been
ned $60,000 and ordered to pay
reparation of $75,000 following
the death of a forestry worker in
Rotorua last March.
Robert Epapara was hit and killed
by a tree felled by another crew
member in the Waione Forest near
Lake Rotoiti on March 26.
Complete Logging Limited, was
sentenced in the Rotorua District
Court yesterday for the for health
and safety failings which led to Mr
e company had previously
pleaded guilty to one charge
under the Health and Safety in
Employment Act of failing take
all practicable steps to ensure Mr
Epapara was not exposed to the
risk of injury during tree felling
operations. --- APNZ
Worker's death costs company $135,000
IHC will investigate the death of a
disabled teenager who drowned in a
bath at a Palmerston North respite care
Detective senior sergeant Craig
Sheridan said the 15-year-old boy
drowned at the facility last Friday
"Despite everyone's best e orts to
resuscitate him they were unsuccessful.
He was pronounced dead at Palmerston
North Hospital about 12.50am,'' Mr
" e police are investigating on behalf
of the coroner. at includes a few things
including interviewing all the people
that were present and involved with the
care of the young man.''
It had yet to be determined who found
the boy, Mr Sheridan said.
His family members were not doing
well and were being supported by Victim
Support, he said.
e Ministry of Health spokeswoman
said the boy was in the care of Idea
Services, an IHC subsidiary, when the
e ministry w as noti ed of the death
on Saturday morning and was awaiting
the results of the police investigation
before deciding what, if any action to
take, she said.
IHC spokeswoman Paula McArthur
would not say whether an Idea Services
employee was supposed to be looking
after the boy when the drowning
IHC would be conducting its own
investigation into the incident, which
occurred at a respite home, she said.
IHC to probe
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