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United Future leader
Peter Dunne says he has
moved on from last year's
leaking scandal and is
prepared to work with
the Government after
this year's general election
should National be voted
But New Zealand First
leader Winston Peters said
any deal done between the
parties before an election
result was known, smacked
of desperation of National leader John
Key wanting to retain power.
Mr Dunne resigned as a minister
last year after refusing to fully co-
operate with an inquiry over how a
report by Rebecca Kitteridge into
the Government's spy agency the
Government Communications Security
Bureau was leaked to the media.
However, he regained his ministerial
portfolios after the Government
outlined its Cabinet reshu e yesterday.
Mr Key said an inquiry's failure to
rule Mr Dunne out as a suspect in the
leaking scandal was "very much a 2013
Today, Mr Dunne told Radio New
Zealand that he had moved on from the
events of last year.
"I have always kept
con dences that have been
given to me, nothing has
changed in that respect."
It was more important
to focus on the election
and party policies than
revisiting the Kitteridge
report leak, he said.
Mr Dunne said he had
been able to work with Mr
Peters in the past and did
not rule out the possibility
of doing so again.
" e important thing about all these
sorts of arrangements is that parties will
never agree absolutely on policy but
they do agree on a broad direction, on
a way for ward and I think that making
that work is important," he said this
But Mr Peters told Radio NZ it was a
"dangerous move" by Mr Key to reinstate
Mr Dunne as a minister because he was
a "serial leaker".
Mr Dunne has the Internal A airs
portfolio, and regained his associate
health and associate conservation roles.
He also held the revenue portfolio
before his resignation, but that job is
staying with Todd McClay.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 3
Ditch crash claims life
A man died after crashing his car
into a ditch in Manawatu yesterday.
e crash occurred about 5.30pm on
No 1 Line Road, near Tiakitahuna,
just west of Palmerston North. Police
said the man died at the scene of the
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Crash survivor critical
A 25-year-old man was critically
injured when his utility vehicle hit
a pole south of Auckland yesterday.
Police said the incident occurred
on Port Waikato Road near Tuakau
about 10am. e man was in a
critical condition when emergency
services arrived and he was own to
Middlemore Hospital. --- APNZ
Quad bike mishap
An Owaka man was own to
Dunedin Hospital after a quad bike
rolled in the Catlins yesterday. Police
said a 44-year-old man was riding on
hilly farmland when the bike rolled
about 3.30pm. e man crawled
150m to get cellphone coverage,
before texting a relative for help.
Emergency services were called to
the farm at Jacks Bay, about 10km
south-east of Owaka, shortly after
4pm. e man su ered a suspected
broken hip. --- Otago Daily Times
Armed man arrested
An armed man has been arrested
in Oamaru following an armed
o enders squad callout early today.
Police were called to an address in
Wansbeck Street, Oamaru, about
4.30am following reports a man
had broken into a business with
a rearm. Police evacuated the
business and closed a section of State
highway 1 in Oamaru. e man was
arrested by Oamaru police before the
squad arrived, police said. No one
was injured. --- APNZ
Fire in shops
Fire ghters are dampening down
hot spots after a block of shops
caught re in Invercargill today.
Southern re communications
shift manager Karl Patterson said
a call about the blaze at the shops
in suburban Windsor was received
about 4am. "My understanding
is that of the eight shops,
approximately half were involved
in re." e blaze is being treated
as suspicious, along with another
overnight --- a vehicle set on re in
Gladstone. Police are investigating
both res. --- APNZ
An 18-year-old Rotorua man has
appeared in the Whakatane District
Court charged with sexual violation
by rape following an incident in
Ohope early on Sunday. Teina
Ariki Rongonui did not enter a plea
yesterday. He was bailed under strict
conditions to February 12.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Numbers in Keno draw No 9700: 2,
3, 10, 14, 19, 20, 24, 26, 32, 50, 53, 54,
57, 61, 66, 67, 75, 76, 77, 80. Draw No
9701: 4, 6, 11, 15, 21, 34, 42, 43, 46, 50,
51, 52, 53, 55, 60, 69, 73, 77, 79, 80.
Audit inquiry clouds award nomination
A speeding driver clocked at 207kph
has been made to sell his car by his angry
Corey Ennis, 21, was disquali ed from
driving for nine months and ordered
to carry out 80 hours' community work
when he was sentenced in the Timaru
District Court yesterday.
He was caught driving his Nissan
Skyline at more than twice the legal
speed limit on Seadown Road on January
e o cer who nabbed him, senior
constable Alister Doonan, said at the
time it was the fastest speed he had
recorded in his 30-year career.
He said neither Ennis, nor a second
person in the car --- thought to have
been Ennis's brother --- had the correct
licence to take the wheel.
e freezing worker was said to be
"quite upset" about his conviction, with a
family member, who did not want to be
named, saying he regretted his actions.
Ennis's parents have "put their foot
down" and told him to get rid of the car,
the family member told APNZ.
"He's been made to sell the car."
However, Ennis has denied police
claims he was showing o at the time he
was clocked, telling One News he was
"trying to sort out" the vehicle and "get
it running" properly. --- APNZ
sell his car
Police are trying to track down the
owner of an Auckland rental property
bought for almost $1 million last year
which was destroyed by the young
tenants after a series of wild parties.
Neighbours say the previous
92-year-old owner, who lived in the
three-bedroom home on Forrest Hill's
Marsh Avenue for several years before
she died in 2012, would "turn in her
grave" if she saw it now.
It has been left with smashed windows,
holes in the wall and ceiling, ripped
furniture and a damaged letterbox.
Four young men are thought to have
lived in the house for about four months
and residents say they were constantly
having parties, doing burnouts on
the road, yelling obscenities at people
walking past and letting o reworks.
On one occasion, the police dog team
was called and a helicopter was seen
shining lights over the home.
e toilet was blocked and a neighbour
said the tenants had been defecating on
Callum Burson said he called the police
and noise control several times after the
noise woke up his two-year-old son.
"It's just disgusting, they were out of
control. I do shift work and would come
home at four in the morning and they'd
still be raging. Every neighbour on the
street hasn't been sleeping for months."
Another neighbour, who did not want
to be named, said she heard windows
being smashed on Friday night and it
appeared the tenants had moved out by
Yesterday, the home was still in a state
with thousands of dollars' of damage.
Most of the windows and doors were
wide open and a hole in the living room
wall exposed much of the kitchen.
e 1034 square metre section was
overgrown and piled with rubbish,
clothing and empty bottles and cans.
Public records show Linwei Yang
bought the 1950s weatherboard house
for $920,000 in March.
A police spokeswoman said they were
aware of the damage and the neighbours'
concerns. ey were trying to get contact
details for the owner to determine
whether he wants to lay criminal charges.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Maori language stalwart Dame
Iritana Tawhiwhirangi has been
named as one of three nalists for
the Kiwibank New Zealander of the
Year awards, despite facing questions
over spending of taxpayer money.
e nomination comes as
education o cials prepare to report
to Minister of Education Hekia
Parata on spending by Dame Iritana
and daughter Lynda Tawhiwhirangi
of Te Kohanga Reo National Trust
Maori Television's Native A airs
claimed in October Dame Iritana had
signed o spending by her daughter
on a wedding dress, a Trelise Cooper
dress and a cash withdrawal. Dame
Iritana and her daughter also faced
questions over spending at Porirua
Mall near their homes on weekends
at Noel Leeming, Bunnings and e
e network of kohanga reo
receives about $79 million in
e awards body and its major
sponsor Kiwibank were aware of
the inquiry but said Dame Iritana's
position as a nalist recognised her
Awards' manager Glyn Taylor
would not name the judges when
e chief judge listed on the
awards' website, veteran journalist
Cameron Bennett, said: " ere
was a large panel of us who
considered the nominees. She's a
very distinguished New Zealander
and had made an enormous
"We'll be crossing that bridge
when we come to it regarding the
audit and the ndings."
Kiwibank spokesman Bruce
ompson also said Dame Iritana's
contribution across her life was
Dame Iritana is a lifetime member
of the trust, and a director of
subsidiary Te Pataka Ohanga, which
issued the credit cards.
She did not return messages last
e awards are held on February 26
--- weeks after the report is expected
to be released by Ms Parata.
e two other nalists for the New
Zealander of the Year award are
Northland health campaigner and
GP Dr Lance Sullivan, and Catriona
Williams, leader and fundraiser for
e Catwalk Spinal Cord Injury
Trust. --- APNZ
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New Zealand First leader
Winston Peters says the
Prime Minister is trying
to manipulate voters with
a series of backroom deals.
John Key announced
yesterday which parties he
could work with after the
election including, for the
rst time, New Zealand
Mr Key said he would
prefer to work with his
current support partners
after the election, but
could also work with the
Conservative Party and
possibly New Zealand
But Mr Peters said
he would not make any
announcements before the
election about who he will
or will not work with.
"NZ First is going to have
a long conversation and
countless meetings around
the country with the public
of New Zealand and then
consult its membership and its MPs
post-election --- after the people, in a
democratic sense, have rst spoken," he
told Radio New Zealand today.
" at's a critical sequence, the people
should speak rst not the politicians
trying to manipulate the outcome
behind the public's back."
He said the time for talking about
forming governments should be
immediately after the election and not
Mr Key's stance is a reversal of his
stance at the past two elections.
Outlining which parties National
could work with, Mr Key said he would
prefer to continue working with Act, the
Maori Party and United Future after
this year's election but could add Colin
Craig's Conser vative Party.
However, he would not rule out NZ
"It's not like it was in 2008 and 2011
where, if he'd held the balance of power, I
would have rung the leader
of the Labour Party and
said you're now the prime
minister because we're not
going to deal with the guy.
"A few things have
changed since then," Mr
An arrangement with
NZ First was not the
most likely pairing but
possible. However, a range
of alternatives could be
formed, including National
government, with NZ First
abstaining on con dence
Mr Peters said National's
support base in terms
of minor parties was
crumbling and Mr Key's
comments were "a brazen
attempt to manipulate the
election in advance".
"We're not going to be
involved in breaking down
MMP or gerrymandering
in an old boys' arrangement
like the past.
"We are interested in a discussion with
the public on critical issues and with our
party voters and members and after that,
when the people have voted, then we'll
look at what we have to do."
Mr Key yesterday ruled out working
with Labour, the Greens and Mana,
"on the basis that there is insu cient
common ground to achieve a stable and
successful working relationship".
Labour leader David Cunli e said
Mr Key's announcement on potential
partners was "the dance of the desperate
all over again".
Mr Key's comments on NZ First were
"very interesting" given he ruled Mr
Peters out six years ago, saying it was a
matter of principle not policy.
Mr Cunli e said Labour could
work with any other party other than
National, Act or the Conservatives
although any talks with Mr Dunne
were very unlikely.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Housing New Zealand tenants Lara Elliott and Shane Wilson with their dog Mischief in Dunedin
yesterday. e couple are relieved their dog has escaped the tough new Housing NZ regulations on dog
e leash has shortened as the
Government tightens its policy
on dogs in State houses.
Housing New Zealand
documents released under the
O cial Information Act revealed
a plan to allow dogs to live at a
state house only "in exceptional
Housing NZ considered dogs
a "barrier to independence" that
made it di cult for tenants to
"move on", the document revealed.
It estimated about 40,000 dogs
lived at State houses in New
Zealand in 2012.
About half of Housing NZ
tenants in New Zealand owned
a dog and about 38% of the dogs
were there without Housing NZ
An Housing NZ executive
team agreed last November any
tenant who kept a dog without
permission after being warned
could be issued with a 90-day
A tenant would need written
permission from Housing NZ to
keep a puppy of a permitted dog.
If a puppy was kept without
permission, a "notice to remedy"
would be issued to remove the
animal, a document said.
Housing NZ tenant Chanel
Brogan, of Wakari, said she was
"gutted" when Housing NZ
declined her request to get a dog
She had planned to rescue a dog
destined to be put down.
"I'm a grown adult --- I feel
discriminated against," she said.
Housing NZ tenant Lara
Elliott, of Andersons Bay, said
she rescued her dog Mischief as
a puppy while living in private
Mischief was registered and
microchipped and Ms Elliott got
permission seven months ago
from Housing NZ for the dog to
move with her into a State house.
Stopping her from having a dog
would be "devastating", as she had
muscular dystrophy and a dog was
comforting for her.
be heartbroken. ey are a part
e Housing NZ documents
said a dog could be kept if it
assisted a person with a disability
or was "important to therapy for
a mental illness or other chronic
e document revealed Housing
NZ deemed some dogs a "health
and safety risk".
Between July 2011 and June
2012 there were 37 "dog-related
incidents", including one leaving
a Housing NZ sta member and
four contractors requiring medical
Housing NZ lower South Island
manager Kate Milton said tenants
were discouraged from owning
Dunedin Dog Rescue manager
Michelle Hagar said it was
"disheartening" an Housing
NZ tenant could be refused
dog ownership. A petition had
been started asking Housing
NZ to change its dog policy to
allow tenants to own registered,
microchipped and desexed dogs.
e petition had been organised
to ask the Government for the
policy change, she said.
--- Otago Daily Times
Many State house dogs face eviction
A Blu sherman has told the
Invercargill District Court it is
usual for shermen in the town to
take family members and friends
on recreational shing trips aboard
commercial vessels, whether or not
they have the necessary authorisation
from Maritime New Zealand.
Yesterday, Brandon Mason Leask
was the second prosecution witness
to give evidence in the case against
Gloria Davis, of Blu , who is facing
10 charges laid against her and her
company after the sinking of the
shing boat Easy Rider in March
Eight people --- two crew members
and six passengers --- drowned when
the boat was hit by a rogue wave
and sank in Foveaux Strait during a
muttonbirding trip to the Titi Islands.
One crew member was rescued.
Davis is sole director of AZ1
Enterprises Ltd and widow of the
boat's skipper, Rewai Karetai. e
charges involve the safe operation
of the vessel and include causing or
permitting a ship to be operated in
a manner which caused unnecessary
danger or risk to persons on board
and operating a ship knowing
it did not have the appropriate
Davis has denied the charges and
a trial began on Monday before
Judge John Strettell. It could last two
Mr Leask said he had known Mr
Karetai for many years and helped
him do work on Easy Rider after the
boat was given to Mr Karetai and
Davis in early 2011.
e intention was to use Easy Rider
as a commercial cod shing boat, but
it had to be signi cantly upgraded
rst to pass a safety survey.
Mr Leask said he had an inshore
launch master's certi cate --- known
as a skipper's ticket --- but Mr
Karetai did not, although he had
many years' shing experience. e
plan was for Mr Leask to skipper the
boat alongside Mr Karetai.
Easy Rider passed its survey and
was registered as a shing boat in
Mr Leask said he went on two runs
with Mr Karetai to test new gear,
but decided before any commercial
voyages had been taken not to skipper
"I didn't want to wreck the
friendship. I didn't think (the
arrangement) was going to work out.
ere's only one skipper on a boat."
Davis, who is representing herself
with help from Jodie Harvey, a
McKenzie Friend (an assistant who
does not need to be legally quali ed),
asked Mr Leask about his knowledge
of trips by Maori families to the Titi
He said he made annual trips in the
1970s and 1980s with members of his
family on shing boats owned by his
father and others.
New safety rules came into force 16
years ago which require commercial
shing vessels to be resurveyed to a
higher standard if their owners wish
to carry passengers, or require vessel
owners to apply for an exemption to
Easy Rider was not registered to
carry passengers and no exemption
had been applied for.
Davis asked Mr Leask whether
he had taken passengers on his own
shing boats within the past 16
years. She said she wanted to nd out
whether it was usual practice for boat
operators to do so.
"Even if that is the practice, it
doesn't make it legal," Judge Strettell
said, adding Mr Leask did not have
to answer the question if he thought
it might incriminate him.
e court has appointed Je Walker
as an amicus curiae (friend of the
court) to provide advice to both
Davis and Maritime New Zealand.
Mr Leask said he had occasionally
taken family members out to sh for
cod or oysters.
He believed it was safe to do that
provided he had enough lifejackets
and a large enough liferaft to cater for
the number of people aboard.
--- Otago Daily Times
Taking family, friends on fishing vessels common
Dunne's return labelled
a dangerous move
Labour has o cially dropped
its policies of having the rst
$5000 of earnings tax-free and of
removing GST from fresh fruit and
vegetables, leader David Cunli e
said this morning.
e policies were adopted in the-
run up to the 2011 election under
then-leader Phil Go but Mr
Cunli e's immediate predecessor
David Shearer in his rst major
speech as leader almost two years
ago indicated that the policies
would be dumped.
Labour estimated the policies
would cost the Government about
$1.5 billion a year in lost revenue.
Mr Cunli e said there was new
evidence that items such as fresh
fruit and vegetables were mainly
consumed by people who could
a ord more and there were better
ways to give relief to families were
less well o .
He said the tax-free zone, while
simple, would have delivered the
same relief to top income earners
as well as those struggling to make
ends meet and Labour wanted
better targeted measures.
"While these were worthwhile
policies, we believe there are better
ways to help struggling families,"
Mr Cunli e said.
Mr Cunli e said agship
policies of introducing a capital
gains tax and a staged raising the
superannuation age of eligibility
from 65 to 67 would remain but
would be tweaked.
He said the media and public
would have to "wait and see"
whether he would announce
on Monday that Labour would
extend Working for Families to
Labour had a range of "game-
changing" plans that would
help New Zealanders who were
being squeezed by the National
Government's lopsided and unfair
policies, he said. He would outline
those in his "state of the nation"
speech on Monday.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Labour abandons tax plans
David Cunli e
'Brazen attempt to manipulate election'
Monday's 6.2 magnitude earthquake
caused an agricultural chemical spill on a
Palmerston North farm, resulting in one
man being sent to hospital.
e Fire Service was called to the farm
at Awapuni about 8pm after reports of a
strange odour coming from a garage used
to store fertiliser. Agricultural chemicals
had fallen over due to the earthquake. A
man complained about having sore eyes
and di culty breathing and was taken to
hospital by ambulance. --- APNZ
Chemical spill on farm
Easy Rider court trial
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