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ree hurt in crash
ree men were admitted to
hospital after a Toyota atbed truck
travelling to Whanganui in wet
conditions left the road and smashed
into a power pole on State highway 4
just past Western Line at 2.15pm on
Tuesday. e truck's three occupants,
one man in his 30s and two men in
their 40s, were taken to Whanganui
Hospital. ey had minor injuries and
were discharged on Tuesday night.
--- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
South Island re crews were kept
busy overnight responding to two
suspicious blazes. Southern re
communications shift manager Karl
Patterson said the rst occurred in
Ranfurly at the Centennial Milk Bar
at 7.20pm. Four trucks from Ranfurly
and Naseby were called to the re
at the old art deco building. e
building also operates as an art deco
museum. e building was well ablaze
when re ghters arrived. e second
re was reported about 5.45am today
at two ats opposite the Linwood
Bowling Club in Christchurch. e
ats, believed to be unoccupied, were
severely damaged. --- APNZ
A man has appeared in court
following an armed break-in at an
Oamaru supermarket early yesterday.
A 62-year-old appeared in the
Dunedin District Court yesterday on
one charge of aggravated burglary,
three charges of presenting a rearm,
one charge of using a rearm to
prevent arrest and one charge of
possession of an o ensive weapon.
He was remanded in custody until
tomorrow. --- APNZ
A farming supply store in
Southland was evacuated yesterday
after a chemical spill. A Fire Service
spokesman said three sta members
were told to seek medical attention
after coming into close proximity
with the spill at RD1 Winton, on
the Winton-Hedgehope highway,
but none was thought to have been
badly a ected. e Fire Service was
contacted about 10.45am to help
clean up the spill and was there for
about 90 minutes. It was not known
what the chemical was. --- APNZ
Digger hits gas main
Several businesses in Warkworth
shut early for the evening yesterday
after a digger hit a gas main.
Fire ghters asked businesses near the
damaged main to close about 4.30pm
so it could be repaired safely. ere
were no residential evacuations, a Fire
Service spokesman said. --- APNZ
Big Wednesday draw
ere was no division one winner
in last night's Big Wednesday draw
No 431. Successful numbers were 6,
7, 16, 29, 34, 40; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9702: 8,
12, 17, 21, 22, 28, 29, 32, 36, 39, 42, 43,
45, 46, 50, 51, 59, 64, 79, 80. Draw No
9703: 1, 6, 10, 21, 23, 25, 31, 34, 39, 42,
44, 50, 57, 59, 61, 62, 64, 69, 72, 78.
Norway Labour's model for oil law
e man who controversially
said he could predict the
Canterbury earthquakes is now
linking the Eketahuna quake
with a recent series of whale
strandings at Farewell Spit.
Ken Ring, the self-proclaimed
long-range weather forecaster,
gained infamy after the
Canterbury earthquakes by
claiming he could predict
aftershocks by analysing lunar
In recent days he has taken
to Twitter to show his support
for a theory linking whale
strandings and underwater
seismic activity to on-land
On Tuesday, Mr Ring tweeted
to his 4500 followers: "Farewell
Spit is the EXACT same
latitude as Eketahuna. We say
whales strand due to underwater
earthquakes. Strandings =
However, Science Media
Gri n labelled the theory
"pseudoscience" and said it was
a "long bow to draw to suggest
one thing triggers the other".
--- APNZ- New Zealand Herald
Ken Ring links whale
plight to earthquake
e Government will spend
$359 million over the next
four years to help lift student
achievement in New Zealand
Prime Minister John Key made
the announcement in his rst
major speech of of election year,
delivered at a west Auckland
business club, Radio New
e money will be primarily
be spent on trying to improve
the performance of teachers
and principals, by paying more
to those seen as excellent
ose teachers and principals
will expected to be role models
not only for their own schools,
but for a community network of
Mr Key said there are still some
details to be worked through but
he expects the rst new roles to
be established next year.
Before the speech, the
said it had wanted to see better
ways to support students and
parents in lower socio-economic
e Post Primary Teachers'
Association said it had wanted
targeted resources for the most
vulnerable students, and changes
to the decile funding system
and the sta ng formula for
secondary schools. --- NZN
PM unveils policy
to boost schools
Labour is eyeing the Nor wegian
model for regulating the oil and
gas industry including stronger
environmental safeguards and steeper
Leader David Cunli e yesterday
said Labour supported deep-sea oil
and gas exploration "in principle"
but would pass laws to toughen up
However, Labour would not
immediately halt existing exploration
programmes such as Texan company
Anadarko's exploration of the
Taranaki and Canterbury basins.
His comments were in line with
those of his deputy, David Parker,
late last year which followed mixed
messages from the party, with
economic development spokesman
Shane Jones extolling the bene ts
in terms of jobs, while other MPs
such as Phil Twyford attended anti-
Mr Cunli e yesterday said New
Zealand's law did not require
world's best practice in deep-sea oil
exploration, "so we will be changing
the law so it does and we will expect
future consents to meet those
Labour was looking to other
countries for a model for its regime.
"One country that we do respect
highly is Norway. ey have a lot of
experience in terms of o shore oil
drilling and they have good standards
both for environmental management
and also for the way they deal with
the nances which ow from it."
Energy and Resources Minister
Simon Bridges says New Zealand's
regulation is already at world's best
But Mr Parker said Norway's
model di ered from New Zealand's
in that it involved audits or rigorous
government checks that companies
were complying with rules rather than
"taking it on trust" as New Zealand
Labour would also look to ensure
the parent companies of oil and gas
companies operating in New Zealand
were "on the hook" for clean-up bills
in the event of a spill. He would
not comment on possible changes
to the nancial treatment of oil and
gas companies but in Norway the
industry faces e ective taxes of 78%.
Mr Bridges said late last year the
Government received combined taxes
and royalties from oil companies of
about 42c in the dollar. In Norway,
the gure was higher because "if you
sink a well in Norway, chances are
you'll nd oil or gas".
"We're not in that position," he
" at would be a great position to be
in and we would reassess our royalty
regime were that the case."
Prime Minister John Key said
Labour's support of deep-sea
exploration put it at odds with
potential coalition partner the
Greens co-leader Russel Norman
said while his party opposed deep-sea
oil exploration "that doesn't mean we
can't work together".
"It will clearly be one of the issues
on the table if we're in a position to
negotiate after the next election. We'll
just have to negotiate .
negotiating strength will depend on
the election outcome."
Mr Cunli e said the Greens were
aware of Labour's position and "we
have processes where we can agree to
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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reat over jandal
e news got worse for former Masterton
mayor Garry Daniell yesterday after he was
told his 90-year-old Daniell's Building in
Queen Street would have to be demolished.
Hours after receiving news from engineers
the building should come down in the wake
of Monday's magnitude 6.2 earthquake,
Mr Daniell learned a 4m length of plaster
attached to a nearby building he also owns
had come adrift, crashing on to a veranda
Onlookers who saw the plaster crashing
down about 10am said the noise was similar
to a car crash while shop owners nearby
thought it could have been the sound of
e plaster that peeled o the old Toomath
Building landed on a veranda roof, preventing
it crashing to the footpath below.
Geonet website recorded a 2.8 magnitude
quake about the same time as the plaster
came away from the building, although that
may not have been the reason for the material
peeling o .
Mr Daniell said the material that fell o the
old Toomath Building was "a very super cial
piece of plaster".
It had formed part of repairs that had
been made to the building after the 1942
earthquake that damaged many Masterton
buildings, especially in Queen Street.
Regarding the Daniell's Building, Mr
Daniell said he accepted it would have to be
demolished and would soon call for tenders
for the work.
As owner of many other buildings in the
town, including commercial buildings, Mr
Daniell said "all tenancies" had been checked
since Monday's earthquake and no other
He said Masterton was in an "incredibly
fortunate" situation as many of the once
earthquake-prone buildings had been
replaced either by Lands Trust Masterton or
by developers such as David Borman and the
late Florus Bosch.
"People should be thankful they don't live
in Australia, seeing their homes destroyed by
bush res or huge oods," he said.
Masterton District Council chief
executive Wes ten Hove said inspections
of the Daniell's Building revealed damage
caused to the upstairs interior walls, which
necessitated a section 124 notice being
He said the exterior of the building had
posed no problems and, although the notice
led to evacuation of the tenants, the council
was happy to allow "managed access" in order
for them to retrieve their belongings.
Demolition of the Daniell's Building will
mean several tenants of shops on the ground
oor will have to move out.
e shops would fall victim to demolition
even though they were very strongly built and
had not su ered any damage.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Historic building to come down after quake
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age
Daniell's Building in Masterton's Queen Street, which was declared a dangerous building
after the 6.2 Eketahuna earthquake on Monday.
An on-line retailer selling
jandals has been surprised by
a cease and desist letter from
lawyers informing him the word
"jandal" was trademarked.
e on-line discount apparel
sells a surplus of the footwear on
But company director Chris
Atkins said it received a lawyer's
letter on Tuesday saying it was
breaching a trademark by calling
Mr Atkins said they have been
threatened with legal action if
they do not remove all references
to "jandals" on the website
"Like most Kiwis I guess we
just thought jandals were a
common word like t-shirts or
hoodie. It's a massive surprise
to us, and we've got 50,000
people on Facebook and it's a
huge surprise to everyone that's
Chris Atkins said the company
was now considering other
possible names like thongs or
ip- ops. --- NZN
Major banks are "stress-testing"
mortgage borrowers to ensure they will
be able to meet repayments when higher
interest rates hit.
Higher-than-expected in ation data
for December has prompted some
economists to call for the Reserve Bank
to increase the o cial cash rate at its
rst review of the year next week.
If that doesn't happen an increase
in March is seen as very likely and
economists are predicting an increase of
125 points by the end of the year.
at would push the OCR up to 3.75%
and could mean banks lift their oating
interest rates to about 7%.
On a $300,000 mortgage that would
increase monthly mortgage payments by
more than $200.
In Britain, pending mortgage rate
increases have prompted its nancial
market regulator to introduce new rules
in April forcing lenders to "stress test"
potential clients to see if they will be
able to a ord potentially higher monthly
Banks here say they already test
borrowers' lending capability.
A spokeswoman for the BNZ said it
was common practice for New Zealand
"As a responsible lender we've been
applying a similar type of 'stress test' for
a number of years now.
"When calculating a customer's ability
to service their loan, we use a standard
interest rate, which is higher than the
" is rate is regularly reviewed and is
based on analysis of historical rates as
well as interest rate forecasts."
e bank would not reveal the rate as it
was commercially sensitive.
Westpac said it also built in a bu er.
"As a responsible lender our decisions
are based on a range of factors, including
a bu er in the borrower's capacity to
repay a loan. Big banks 'stress test'
mortgage borrowers in the event of
future rate increases," a spokesman said.
ANZ said its prospective clients had to
complete a budget to ensure they could
a ord the new lending.
" e applicant's income must be
su cient to cover all commitments,
including the proposed home loan.
is includes the application of a
margin to ensure that the applicant's
income will still cover all commitments
should interest rates increase," it said.
" is margin is reviewed regularly and
adjusted taking into account market
Shaun Drylie, ASB's general manager
of products and strategy, said it used
a projected long-term interest rate to
assess a ordability.
Massey University banking expert
David Tripe expected banks to account
for some margin in increased rates but
said it was hard to know how much they
would build in.
"I don't necessarily have con dence
that common sense overrides market
imperative," he said.
As of November last year, $140 billion
of New Zealand's total $189 billion
residential mortgage debt was on either
oating or xed for less than one year.
Dr Tripe said he expected it to take a
while for any problems to emerge from
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Banks 'stress-test' new borrowers
charter school ads
Taxpayer money set aside for
education has been used to drive
enrolments at controversial
charter schools through radio
and newspaper advertisements.
A handful of places remain
at some of New Zealand's rst
charter or "partnership" schools
with just a few weeks left until
the schools open.
But the decision by some to use
Government start-up money to
buy adverts has been questioned,
and comes as the Government
con rms extra money will be
needed for the State-funded,
privately run schools.
Vanguard Military School in
Albany has spent around $16,000
of its Government establishment
fund to run radio and newspaper
adverts. Radio adverts promise
students daily physical education
Te Kura Hourua O Whangarei
Terenga Paraoa, sponsored by
He Puna Marama Charitable
Trust, and Te Kura Hourua ki
Whangaruru, sponsored by Nga
Parirau Matauranga Trust, have
also used local newspaper adverts.
Vanguard chief executive Nick
Hyde said the school had about
only 16 positions left to ll, with
a target roll of 108.
He expected those to ll shortly.
e school is sponsored by
Advance Training Centres
(ATC), the military prep school
Mr Hyde manages in Rosedale,
and he said many families and
children were seeking discipline.
"It's something they don't have
presently, and they're looking
forward to having that."
from Waiuku in the south to
Riverhead in the north, and Mr
Hyde said the adverts were a
reason for that diversity. About
1% of the school's $1.6 million
establishment payment, or about
$16,000, had been spent on the
adverts, he said.
"I think you'd be naive to think
that any new school would
not have to advertise, and we
budgeted a certain amount and
said, 'Look, people need to know
what we're doing'."
However, Angela Roberts,
president of the Post Primary
Teachers' Association (PPTA),
queried whether such spending
She said steps such as working
with truancy o cers were likely
to be more e ective at reaching
the most vulnerable students.
Education Minister Hekia
Parata said it was up to schools
to determine how best to spend
their establishment payment. Ms
Parata said the $18.95m set aside
over four years for the rst round
of partnership schools would not
" e original estimate that was
made was done on the basis of
the types and number of schools
that might nally be approved
without knowing in advance."
South Auckland Middle
School, a school for years 7-10
in South Auckland which will
emphasise Christian values in its
teaching, has enrolled 110 out of
a target roll of 120.
e remaining places are at Year
10, and Alwyn Poole of sponsor
Villa Education Trust said they
may be lled in time for opening.
Natasha Sadler, curriculum
director for Te Kura Hourua ki
Whangaruru, said her school's
concern was that it might have
too many students. Newspaper
adverts were used, but
recruitment was mostly through
word of mouth.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Left coalition ahead in poll
e main parties of the left
have a slight edge over National
in the latest political poll.
National is still the most
popular party in the Roy
Morgan poll, taken before Prime
Minister John Key's Tuesday
announcement on who he would
and would not work with, but its
support has fallen 1.5% to 43.5%.
is puts National 2.5 points
behind the combined total of
Labour (up three points to
33.5%) and the Greens (down
two points to 12.5%).
National's coalition partners
the Maori Party and United
Future were both up half a point,
with the Maori Party on 2% and
United Future on 0.5%. Act still
does not register.
New Zealand First, which
was not ruled out as a possible
coalition partner by Mr Key for
the rst time in three elections,
is down one point to 4%, below
the 5% threshold needed for
without an electorate victory.
Another prospective partner for
National, the Conser vative Party,
is up 0.5 point to 2.5%.
e only other party to
register was Mana, down half a
percentage point to 0.5%.
As yet, Kim Dotcom's Internet
Party is not registering.
Poll spokesman Gary Morgan
says the election would be too
close to call based on the result
of the poll, which sampled 1509
people between January 6 and
January 19. --- NZN
Marine creature identified
e strange-looking salp which was pulled up by a sherman
o the Northland coast.
A New Zealand sherman
was left ba ed when he pulled
in a completely see-through
shrimp-like creature o
Northland's east coast.
Stewart Fraser said he was
shing about 70km o the
Karikari Peninsula with his
two sons when he spotted the
translucent creature oating
near the surface.
"I was in two minds whether
to haul it in, but curiosity got
the better of me and I decided
to take a closer look," he said.
"It felt scaly and was quite
rm, almost jelly-like, and you
couldn't see anything inside
aside from this orange little
blob inside it."
He said it was like nothing he
had ever seen before and had
no idea what it could be.
Deborah Cracknell, from the
United Kingdom's National
Marine Aquarium said
the creature was a marine
invertebrate called Salpa
maggiore (Salpa maxima).
Niwa's primary scientist for
biodiversity and biosecurity
Dennis Gordon said the
creature was a type of salp,
which moves through the ocean
by contracting and pumping
water through its gelatinous
Salps played an important
role in the food chain because
they were able to feed on the
smallest organism which were
captured in internal lters.
ey were also an important
food source for some sh, sea
turtles and seals, and were far
more nutritious than jelly sh.
Panic suspected in fatality
Mark Lundy's lawyer has to pay for ights
back to New Zealand out of his own pocket
despite the Crown spending more than $40,000
ghting his appeal in London.
e Attorney-General denied legal aid
funding for David Hislop, QC, and Malcolm
Birdling to prepare for the Privy Council
hearing to appeal against Lundy's convictions
for murdering his wife Christine and daughter
His convictions were quashed by the Law
Lords and Mr Hislop, based in London, now
plans to return to New Zealand to represent
Lundy at a retrial scheduled to be held in
Wellington in June.
But he will have to pay for the return ights
himself, despite legal aid being approved for the
second trial, which could last up to eight weeks.
Figures show the Crown Law O ce spent
$33,703 on return ights for three lawyers
arguing to uphold Lundy's convictions at
the Privy Council hearing last June, while
accommodation for the three-day hearing in
London cost another $8247.
Ross Burns, until recently a senior Crown
prosecutor in Auckland, has joined the Lundy
defence team and con rmed Mr Hislop would
pay his own way from the United Kingdom.
"We've been granted legal aid but that won't
cover his fares to come back. I think the reason
for that is he's not a New Zealand-based lawyer,
so I can understand why that hasn't been
funded," Mr Burns said.
"So he's had to cough up a bit out of his own
While taxpayer-funded legal aid was declined
by Attorney-General Chris Finlayson, QC, for
the Privy Council appeal, funding is approved
for the double murder retrial. is was at the
standard rate of $159 an hour for Mr Hislop,
Mr Burns, Dr Birdling --- who was staying in
the United Kingdom --- as well as Julie Anne
Kincaid, another former Crown prosecutor in
Mr Burns said the defence team had to present
the Justice Ministry with a "case plan" to get
pre-approval for time spent on preparation for
the trial and other court appearances.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Lundy lawyer pays own way
A ve-year-old girl killed when
the motorcycle she was riding
hit a fence may have panicked
while on the machine, a coroner
said. Sarah Mellisa Joanne
MacDonald was killed in April
2012, while riding the 50cc bike
on her family's Nelson farm.
Coroner Carla na Nagara said it
appeared the little girl panicked
before hitting the wire strand
fence. She had been wearing a
helmet. --- APNZ
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