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A woman blackmailed a man who
slept with her younger sister and
then told police he had raped her.
Mother-of-two Moetahi Walker, 27,
pleaded guilty to blackmail when
she appeared in the Queenstown
District Court on Monday. e kapa
haka performer and masseur had
demanded $6000 from the 39-year-
old Turkish man, after he had slept
with her 18-year-old sister. Walker
accused him of rape and threatened to
call the police, telling him he would
lose his job, be sent to prison and then
be deported. When the man refused
to pay, she reported him to police on
Christmas Day. Walker faces up to 14
years in prison when she is sentenced
next month. --- Otago Daily Times
Death not suspicious
e death of a person in the south
Auckland suburb of Flat Bush on
Monday is not suspicious, police
say. A Fire Service spokeswoman
said they were called to the address
on Coachman Drive shortly before
6pm. A person at the address was
not breathing when emergency
services arrived. CPR was performed
but the person could not be revived.
Police said the results of a post-
mortem examination conducted
yesterday con rmed the person died
of natural causes. --- APNZ
Repairs spark fire
A day of home repairs almost
turned to disaster for a Bay of Plenty
man. Fire ghters were called to a
house on Cherry Way, Bethlehem,
about 12.40pm yesterday after smoke
was seen coming from the house.
Fire Service Tauranga senior station
o cer Phil Price said the owner
was doing some maintenance to the
outside of the house using a heat gun
when a small re started. " rough
the cracks it set re to the timber
inside the wall. ere was a small re
in the roof space inside the house," he
said. e building paper caught re
but the owners managed to put it out
before re ghters arrived, Mr Price
said. --- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
An earthquake described as strong
by Geonet struck about 60km south
of Tuatapere, at the bottom of the
South Island, last evening. e
4.5 magnitude quake, which was
only 6km deep, struck at 8.54pm.
ere were no immediate reports of
damage. --- APNZ
A restaurant food and beverage
manager who took a teenage youth
on work experience out drinking
and later booked into a hotel where
he sexually molested him has been
sentenced to three years' jail. Kelly
James Gillan, 40, of Dunedin, was
convicted at the end of his trial
in the Dunedin District Court in
December. --- Otago Daily Times
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46, 52, 53, 60, 61, 69, 75, 78. Draw No
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45, 47, 50, 58, 59, 69, 71, 72, 73, 80.
Poker pierces toddler's tongue
Army medics pitched in to help rescue
ser vices after a nasty head-on smash
near their base outside Christchurch
ree people were trapped after two
cars collided near Burnham Military
Camp on State highway 1 about 1.30pm.
Police say initial inquiries indicate
that a rental car travelling north, with a
sole female occupant in her 70s, drifted
across the centre line into the path of a
southbound rental car, believed to have
been occupied by two French tourists.
Fire ghters had to cut all three people
out of the two severely damaged cars.
e army medics rushed to the scene to
help until St John paramedics arrived, a
Fire Service spokesman said.
e tourists were own to Christchurch
Hospital with serious injuries in
two helicopters. ey are were in a
stable condition. e passenger in the
southbound vehicle was taken to hospital
by ambulance. She, too, is in a stable
condition. --- APNZ
3 hurt in smash
A Labour MP has suggested the
government should threaten Facebook
with closure if it does not pay its fair
share of tax.
ere is a worldwide controversy over
tax avoidance by multi-national internet
sites like Facebook and Labour's revenue
spokesman, David Clark, says it is time
for the government to get tough.
He last year released gures showing
Facebook's New Zealand arm paid
$14,500 tax on revenue of $427,967 in
2012, while Google paid $109,038 on
revenue of $4.4 million.
Now he has told 3 News the
government should talk to Facebook
about its tax a airs and have a "credible
threat" as back-up.
" e government should always have
in its back pocket the ability to ban
websites," he said.
Finance Minister Bill English is not
taking him seriously.
"Frankly that sounds nuts," he said.
When Mr Clark rst accused the
government of letting Facebook and
Google "get away with it" the revenue
minister at the time, Peter Dunne, said
the only way to deal with the problem
was through an international tax regime.
He said he would be working with
other countries on that. --- NZN
A two-year-old boy's tongue was
pierced by a wrought iron re poker
in a "freak accident" in Hanmer
e boy's mother, who was visiting
Hanmer with her son, heard him
screaming from another room
about 11.30am, a Westpac rescue
helicopter spokesman said.
She found a wrought iron re
poker had gone right through her
"It's actually been impaled in his
"We don't know how he's done it
--- he may have just fallen down," the
"His mum heard him scream, but
we can't work out how he's actually
created the force to impact it, so
we're not sure. It's one of those sort
of freak accidents."
Miraculously, the rest of the boy's
mouth was unscathed.
"It could have occluded his whole
air way and he could have been dead,
so it's always better than that," the
e boy had been "really good"
despite the injury.
"He was obviously screaming to
start o with, but by the time we got
there he was calm and he was quite
e mother had also coped well.
"She was quite happy --- obviously
a few things going on, but she
was good because if she started
panicking, he probably would too.
So she did a great job."
e boy was given pain relief and
was own to Christchurch Hospital
to get the poker removed.
e helicopter was also called to
the Motukarara Raceway, on Banks
Peninsula, where an 80-year-old
woman had been struck by the wheel
of a sulky about 2pm on Sunday.
e helicopter spokesman said the
woman had been in the birdcage ---
the area where jockeys get on and o
their horses or sulkies --- because she
had a horse in a race.
"She was hit very lightly by a sulky
that was turning around. She was
knocked to the ground. It wasn't
high-impact or high-speed or
e woman fractured her leg in the
She was in "a bit of pain" but was
"relatively stoic" as she was own to
Christchurch Hospital. --- APNZ
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Easy Rider sinking trial
War vets unfairly
treated, says MP
War veterans have had nearly 7000
disability claims declined because
their service records have been lost or
misplaced, an opposition party says.
NZ First says it was "a total disgrace"
and party leader Winston Peters wants
an independent inquiry.
MP Andrew Williams, the party's
veterans a airs spokesman, says it was
not the veterans' fault.
"It has been acknowledged by the
Defence Force that the veterans have
been let down by the incompleteness of
the records," he said.
"Many are now in their senior years,
they should have the support they need
and this issue shouldn't be allowed to
Mr Williams yesterday tried to
present evidence on the veterans' plight
to parliament but was blocked by the
Ministers said he had not followed the
usual process of circulating it in advance
of a request to table it. --- NZN
PICTURE: Getty Images
Lorde arrives at Auckland International Airport this morning.
'Overwhelmed' Lorde back for gig tonight
Singer-songwriter Lorde was
swamped by fans and media
when she arrived home to
Auckland this morning after a
whirlwind week in Los Angeles
which saw her become a global
e 17-year-old took the
time to meet adoring fans, sign
autographs, pose for photographs
and talk to the media, despite
being "very tired" after a long
Air New Zealand sta
performed a haka on the
tarmac when her plane touched
down and signs were displayed
on the airport's noticeboard
congratulating her on her success.
Lorde did not initially see
the haka so they were asked to
perform it again and she watched
from the window of the aircraft
and waved to the performers on
the tarmac, a spokeswoman for
the airline said.
A loud cheer rang out when
Lorde emerged from the arrivals
gates wearing casual clothes
and dark sunglasses. She was
accompanied by her bandmates
and parents Sonja Yelich and Vic
Asked what it had been like to
win two Grammy Awards, for
Song of the Year and Best Solo
Pop Solo Performance, she said it
had been less daunting than when
she picked up four New Zealand
Music Awards last year.
"I feel like I was more, like,
freaking out when I won my New
Zealand Music Awards to be
honest. Like, it's super cool but it
becomes like a normal thing once
you're among it."
Lorde, who has spent the last
few days mingling with some
of the world's most famous
musicians including Sir Paul
McCartney, said the person she
had been most impressed by was
pop diva Beyonce.
Asked what it was like to have
become something of a national
hero, she said "I did gain like
200,000 Twitter followers".
e North Shore teenager
appeared overwhelmed as she
was chased through the airport
by camera operators and fans
holding autograph books. But she
took the time to have a chat with
many of those who came to meet
her, including 15-year-old Cara
"It was so cool. She's so pretty,
she's stunning. I got some sel es
with her, which was amazing.
"I just told her how amazing she
was and congratulated her. She
just said 'thank you' and she was
Lorde left the airport in a
She will hardly have time to rest
ahead of her show at Auckland's
Silo Park tonight, which was
arranged after she pulled out of
the weekend's Laneway Festival
in order to attend the Grammys.
Tonight's show is expected to
sell out. --- APNZ
Economist Geo Bertram who has
accused power companies of price
gouging claims a report from the
Electricity Authority saying New
Zealanders have not been paying
enough for their power, is wrong.
Yesterday the authority isued
an analysis that it said showed
customers have been paying too
little for power in the past and
current prices are fair.
But Dr Bertram says that was true
only because the model allows for a
10% return on capital, Radio New
Zealand reported today.
When the electricity network was
set up there was no expectation that
electricity generation would turn a
But Dr Bertram later changes
turned generators into pro t-driven
companies, which are now charging
unreasonably high prices.
He said the Government needed
to step in with stronger regulation to
bring power bills down.
Electricity Authority chief
executive Carl Hansen said the
analysis was trying to address two
He said the report was not an
appropriate type of analysis for
addressing issues about whether
current charges were appropriate or
Mighty River Power chief executive
Doug He ernan accepts some low-
income families struggle to pay their
power, but says it was not as simple as
saying prices were too high.
He told Morning Report the
government needed to address the
issue that some families do struggle
with paying their bills, including
Because they may not be unable
to a ord new appliances which are
more e cient, he said they end up
using more electricity. ose families
also often miss prompt payment
Mr He ernan said the industry was
looking at new technologies to help
with this, including pre-paid power.
Mr Hansen said: " e results re ect
the fact that, prior to the 1990s, New
Zealand governments treated water
as a free resource and did not fully
account for the cost of capital, so they
built very costly hydro generation
plants. It is a myth that the old hydro
plants were low cost for New Zealand
as they often had very high capital
costs that more than o set their low
e report acknowledges that
residential consumers' charges
have more than doubled in real
(in ation-adjusted) terms over the
past 40 years. But it found that
back in 1974, residential consumers
were meeting less than half the cost
of the power they consumed while
commercial ones were paying close
to full whack.
It was not until 1990 that
households were covering the cost of
generating the power they used and
were still getting it delivered to them
over the national grid and local lines
networks for free.
Residential power bills have since
been pushed up by the unwinding
of prior cross-subsidies, increased
natural gas costs, the rise in GST
in 2010 and most recently the need
to recover the cost of major capital
expenditure on the national grid.
Authority accused of rewriting power price history
e sole survivor of a boat capsize in
Foveaux Strait, which claimed the lives
of eight others, told a court yesterday he
heard the screams of the only child on
board just after a massive wave swamped
the vessel in the middle of the night.
en the screams were cut o , Dallas
Reedy, 46, now of Balclutha, told the
Invercargill District Court.
Mr Reedy, who spent 18 hours in the
water clinging to a plastic container
before he was rescued, was a deckhand
on board the shing boat Easy Rider
when it went down early on March
15, 2012. e boat, skippered by his
long-time friend, Rewai Karetai, was
steaming to drop six passengers o at
the Muttonbird Islands before heading
out on a commercial shing trip.
Mr Karetai's widow, Gloria Davis,
the sole director of AZ1 Enterprises
which owned Easy Rider, is facing 10
Maritime New Zealand charges against
herself or her company to do with the
safe operation of the vessel.
She has denied the charges and a trial
began before Judge John Strettell last
Evidence has already been heard that
Mr Karetai took passengers on Easy
Rider when he was not permitted to
do so, overloaded his boat, stored too
much equipment on the deck above the
boat's centre of gravity, and did not carry
enough lifejackets for all on board.
He did not hold a skipper's certi cate
and left port while a routine safety
inspection of his boat was under way but
He also left port at night when the
weather forecast was for strong winds
and rough seas, although several
witnesses have said the conditions, while
unpleasant for those on board, would
not have been beyond the operational
capabilities of the 11m Easy Rider.
Mr Reedy said Easy Rider left Blu at
8pm on March 14. Just before midnight,
two people were asleep on bunks below
decks, four were in the wheelhouse and
Mr Reedy and two seasick passengers
were on deck.
Odin Karetai, seven, was in the
wheelhouse asleep on his father Paul's
knee, he said.
ere were six adults' lifejackets on
Easy Rider. Mr Reedy said everyone but
himself was wearing one as he had given
his to Boe Gillies.
"I was the second biggest man on board
and Boe was bigger than me and needed
a big lifejacket."
Mr Reedy said Odin was wearing a
child-sized lifejacket which he had not
seen on board Easy Rider before.
"I listened to midnight radio news. I
heard the announcer say it was 12.03am.
en a rogue wave hit from the starboard
side. I could hear it coming before I saw
it. It was an unnatural noise like a jet
e huge wall of "black water as far as
the eye could see" was so big he could
not see the wave's crest, Mr Reedy said.
It crashed over the wheelhouse and
swamped the deck.
"Peter Bloxham said to get the dinghy
o the deck. e boat was listing, then it
ipped in 10-15 seconds.
"A second rush of water washed me
o the boat into the sea. I heard the wee
guy Odin screaming, then the scream
was cut o . I didn't see him or any of the
others after that."
Mr Reedy said he managed to get up
on to the upturned hull. He banged
on it many times but there was no
response. He climbed up the hull and
wedged himself beside the propeller
where he remained for about two and
a half hours.
"I heard a hissing noise and knew the
boat was going down. I jumped into the
sea. A red plastic petrol container popped
up beside me. I didn't see anything else
from the boat --- no wood or anything."
He said he tipped petrol out of the
container, a di cult task as he was trying
not to get seawater into the container.
Petrol went in his eyes and he could not
see well after that.
His tracksuit pants and gumboots
came o when he jumped into the sea
and later he took his heavy jacket o .
Mr Reedy estimated he was about 5km
from a nearby island. He swam for 45
minutes to an hour but did not seem to
be making any progress. At that point,
he decided to stay where he was and
used the string from his sweatshirt hood
to tie the container to his hand.
A search for Easy Rider began about
noon the next day after it failed to
rendevous with a helicopter which
was to lift passengers' gear on to the
Sometime the next afternoon, Mr
Reedy saw a plane.
"I ripped my undies o and waved
them at the plane, but the pilot didn't see
me. After a while I tied my hood string
(attached to the container) around my
neck so if I went unconscious at least my
head would stay out of the water."
He saw a helicopter and another plane
before spotting a boat about 20m away.
He yelled and waved the container to
attract attention and was rescued.
Gloria Davis is representing herself but
has assistance from Invercargill lawyer
Je Walker, who has been appointed a
friend of the court.
Asked by Mr Walker if he knew Mr
Karetai did not hold a skipper's ticket,
Mr Reedy said he did not.
"I took it for granted he did. I didn't
ask him about it. It's not the sort of
thing you do --- ask your boss if they are
quali ed. I wanted a job. Asking him if
he had a ticket might have scared him
Mr Walker: "Was there anything abut
his seamanship which made you think
he might not have a skipper's ticket?"
Mr Reedy: "Just the opposite. I felt he
was a rst-class sherman. I would have
sailed with him anywhere."
He said before the rogue wave hit
there was nothing about the trip or the
conditions which caused him concern
and that he had never seen such a wave
in his 10 years at sea. "Never. Not once."
Mr Walker asked Mr Reedy about a
safety brie ng Mr Karetai had conducted
before Easy Rider left Blu .
Mr Reedy said everyone gathered
in the wheelhouse and Mr Karetai
explained where the emergency locator
beacon, radio and liferaft were located.
Everyone was told to wear lifejackets on
deck and not to go near the railings.
Judge Strettell asked Mr Reedy if he
thought Easy Rider was overloaded
when it left Blu .
Mr Reedy: "It's a question I've asked
myself in the months since. We were
fully loaded. In hindsight, we could have
been overloaded, but at the time I just
thought we were making the most of the
Davis asked Mr Reedy if he would
have got on Easy Rider if he had had
thought it was unsafe and overloaded,
and Mr Reedy replied he would not.
e trial continues today.
--- Otago Daily Times
Budget date set
Finance Minister Bill English will
deliver this year's budget on ursday,
May 15, he said today.
e National-led Government's sixth
Budget would "remain focused on
delivering sensible policies that support
a more competitive and faster-growing
economy, more jobs, higher incomes and
opportunities for New Zealand families,"
he said in a statement.
" e Government remains on track to
surplus next year and we will then have
choices that we simply don't have while
we are running de cits.
"Budget 2014 will be about building
on that success and ensuring the bene ts
of a stronger economy are locked in for
New Zealanders and their families."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Harawira hits back over Key claims
e shame over Parliament
non-attendance rests on the
Prime Minister's shoulders, Hone
e Mana Party leader said Prime
Minister John Key's criticism of his
record of attendance at Parliament
was "petty" and he was one of
Parliament's hardest-working MPs.
Mr Key yesterday said the public
paid a lot of money for MPs to
attend Parliament and while there
were always reasons why they might
miss the House, "I think there's
been a situation where some MPs,
frankly, have taken the mickey and
they've treated the place with not
"Hone Harawira's an obvious
one. You go and have a look at the
number of days he was here in the
2011-13 period . . . not very many,"
Mr Key said.
Mr Harawira today said the
Prime Minister had been absent
from Parliament more days than he
had last year.
"I think that the shame sits on
his own shoulders, because having
named me, he then refused to tell
the media how many days he's out,"
he told Radio New Zealand.
"I don't feel ashamed about the
things I've done.
"Every absence that I've had
from Parliament has been formally
approved, formally requested and
were all for parliamentary purposes.
"I have no intention in changing
the way in which I act to suit John
"I can be in Parliament every
single day of the week, but the
reality is, I don't get to speak on
every single bill and because I don't,
what would people have me do? Sit
in Parliament and do nothing?"
Mr Harawira said his electorate
expected him to be actively
canvassing issues including asset
sales, treaty settlements, water
rights, tobacco, State housing,
pokies, alcohol and drugs.
He was yesterday asked about
reports he was absent from
Parliament for 68 days last year.
Mr Key's remarks were "just a
continuation of his petty bickering
about my going to South Africa,"
Mr Harawira said.
is year sees the introduction
of a register of attendance at
Parliament for MPs who now face
penalties of at least $295 a day for
each unexplained absence after
Meanwhile, Mr Key's own chief
whip Louise Upston refused to
release records of National Party
MPs absences from Parliament.
e only party to release
attendance records yesterday was
the Green Party.
A Labour Party spokesman said
Labour did not believe it was
appropriate to release its MPs'
attendance records because the
leave was often applied for "for
various personal reasons".--- APNZ
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