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Two men escaped injury when a tractor
and a logging truck and trailer unit collided
14km south of Balclutha yesterday.
Constable Deidre Mills, of Balclutha police
said the tractor and truck and trailer unit
were southbound on State highway 1 when
they collided at Kaihiku shortly before noon.
It appeared the tractor, towing a bale
wrapper, was turning right into a farm
driveway while the truck was attempting to
e 23-year-old Irishman driving the
tractor and the 34-year-old Winton man
driving the truck were uninjured but taken
to Clutha Health First for a check-up.
e road was reduced to one lane for more
than six hours while emergency services
and contractors, aided by machinery from
Dunedin and Owaka, cleared the scene.
--- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Emergency ser vices attend the scene after a logging truck and trailer unit and a tractor collided on State highway 1 south of
Balclutha shortly before noon yesterday. e damaged tractor is at right.
Drivers unhur t after truck, tractor collide
e median salary for information and
communications technologies (ICT) workers
has risen to $80,000 a year --- an increase of
more than $5000 in the past six months, a
survey has found.
e ICT remuneration report by
recruitment rm Absolute IT, said the base
median hourly rate for IT workers also
increased 6.3% to $85 an hour.
Absolute IT director Grant Burley said
growing con dence in the ICT industry is
stronger than the wider economy.
e average salary increase over the past
12 months in New Zealand was about 3%,
compared with a 6.7% increase in the median
base IT salary since June 2013, he said.
" is shows the e ect that the improved
economy has had on the con dence of
both job seekers and employers ... with an
improving economy employers can a ord
to pay their sta more and sta have more
options to consider," Burley said.
e key areas of change are focusing around
salary increases and additional bonuses being
o ered to employees, the report said.
"With the improving economy meaning
there are more and more opportunities
opening up in the New Zealand ICT
Industry, allowing your sta more room and
training to grow, can make all the di erence
when attracting and retaining talent." Burley
added. Regionally, Wellington still holds the
highest median base remuneration for IT
workers at $85,000, followed by Auckland
at $80,000. Christchurch and Waikato/BOP
are seeing steady increases in their median
base remuneration and are now sitting third
equal on $70,500.
"We know that remuneration is important
when attracting the best ICT talent, however
it is also clear that this can be o set by the
additional training, bene ts and bonuses an
employer can o er," Burley said.
e median bonus in the IT sector remained
steady at $6000, but the report found that
fewer workers are receiving additional
e ICT remuneration report is
based on data from more than 30,000
anonymous entries into IT Salaries
website itsalaries.co.nz and analyses
remuneration by skill-set, industry and sector.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
ICT workers' salaries rise
Fire ghters have successfully removed a
drum leaking a hazardous chemical from
a ship berthed at Port Taranaki.
e 209-litre drum was removed from
the Poavosa Wisdom about 7pm using
one of the ship's cranes and secured
in a special container for disposal at
a hazardous wastes dump in New
e ship's crew and re ghters involved
in the incident underwent chemical
Five crew members and three port sta
involved with the gas leak response went
to Taranaki Base Hospital for observation.
None was seriously a ected, hospital
spokeswoman Sue Carrington said.
Several o shore oil supply vessels
evacuated from Port Taranaki were
allowed back to their berths.
e drum holds aluminium phosphide,
which gives o toxic fumes when it comes
into contact with water.
e area was evacuated early this
afternoon, with crew, port workers and
residents told to leave after an alert was
received just after 1pm.
e road to the port was closed 500m
Fire crew donned level four gas suits
to work on stopping the leak level four
is the highest risk level and o cers
with equipment to assist breathing were
lowered into the ship's hull.
Fire Service media o cer Cameron
Gillespie said a change of wind
direction to onshore meant re
engines on the wharf had to be moved.
Earlier the gas was heading out to
Mr Gillespie said there had been
communication problems for the Fire
Service because most of the Poavosa
Wisdom's 21-strong crew don't speak
e Poavosa Wisdom is carrying wheat.
Finance Minister Bill
English says he wants
Google, Apple and
Starbucks and other
multi-nationals to pay
more tax and hopes the
issue will be raised at
economic talks this week.
Mr English is among
2500 political, business
and academic leaders
attending the World
annual meeting in Davos,
e minister said that
getting corporates to pay
their fair share of tax
"We're very keen to
see them pay more tax.
e tricky bit is that
it requires combined
he told Radio New
"A whole range of
countries are going to
need to agree on tax
rules for companies
like Google and Apple
and Starbucks and any
number of corporates
that you can think of.
"I would certainly
hope that's going to be
discussed at this forum
because it's going to need
a lot of people including
businesses to see that it's
unacceptable." He said
the small amount of tax
paid by large companies
unpalatable to taxpayers
who had "shelled out
billions of dollars" to
underwrite some of the
large corporations during
Although Google and
other companies had
local o ces in New
Zealand, their tax bills
were believed to be out
of proportion with their
reported sales in this
e Labour Party said
last week that "aggressive
tax avoidance" by
digital giants, including
Facebook, was costing
the taxman millions of
dollars each year.
--- APNZ-New Zealand
more tax from
A Wellington liquor
store duty manager who
referred to a customer
as 'Miss Piggy' and sent
her an e-mail calling her
"rude and self-important"
has lost his case for unfair
John Chan was sacked
from his job as a weekend
manager for Miramar
Liquorland in July last
year after a number of
penning a rude e-mail
to a customer who had
complained about him.
e "disparaging and
belittling" e-mail sent
to the woman told her
that he regretted she left
before he could serve her
because he would have
asked her to leave the
He also referred to
the Aaron Gilmore
controversy, saying he was
reminded of when the
politician "acted rudely
and attempted to have an
for not immediately
attending to his needs".
Mr Gilmore was
forced to resign from
Parliament last year after
he apparently insulted a
waiter and threatened to
have him sacked during
a National Party regional
conference in Hanmer
When Mr Chan's boss
Mark Satherley pulled
him up on the rude
e-mail, he hit back saying
he was being bullied and
intimidated, and branded
the customer 'Miss Piggy'.
"After your repeated
threats to dismiss me I
believed that I no longer
had my job, so in response
to viewing Miss Piggy's
complaint which you
posted to me, I replied to
her directly," Mr Chan
But the Employment
ruled that Mr Chan
was not being bullied by
his bosses, and was not
"He expressed no
remorse for the e-mail.
He attempted to put the
blame for his conduct
on his employer and on
the customer herself for
having complained about
his behaviour towards her
in the rst instance," the
ERA said in its decision.
"I have no hesitation in
nding his employer was
justi ed in dismissing
him." --- APNZ
loses case for
e stepbrother of Katikati teen Ricky
Pettigrew, who died in a crash at Labour
Weekend, has been charged with his
manslaughter and other drink-driving
Mr Pettigrew, 16, was a rear-seat
passenger in a sedan allegedly driven by
his step-brother Colt Arthur Murcott,
18, which lost control and slammed
into a tree on Hikurangi Road, Katikati
about 1am on October 28.
e Year 11 Katikati College student
and promising rugby player died at the
Police allege Murcott was driving with
an excess blood-alcohol reading and ed
Murcott faced one count of
manslaughter, two counts of reckless
driving causing injury and failing to
ascertain injury following a crash when
he appeared in the Tauranga Registrar's
He also faced two counts of driving
with an excess blood-alcohol causing
bodily injury to two other persons.
e bodily injury charges relate to
two other teenage boys who were also
passengers in the vehicle.
Murcott's lawyer Craig Tuck sought an
adjournment until next month to enable
him to seek more disclosure from police
before his client entered pleas.
Murcott was remanded on bail
to reappear in the High Court
at Rotorua on February 13.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
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