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A coroner is calling for more safety measures
at raceways after a 19-year-old motorcyclist
died almost a month after he lost control at
high speed and slammed helmet- rst into a
Experienced rider Cameron Peter Jones
was seriously injured when his 600cc
Suzuki motorcycle crashed on a corner
during a warm-up lap for the NZ Superbike
Championships at Timaru International
Motor Raceway on January 15, 2012.
He died of severe traumatic brain injury in
Christchurch Hospital on February 10.
In his ndings, released today, Coroner
Richard McElrea said Mr Jones was riding
at a speed of 230-250kph before braking for
a left-hand bend and losing control.
Mr Jones's bike left the track and slipped on
a wet grass verge. e bike and rider became
separated, with Mr Jones passing over a
gravel trap, designed to slow vehicles, before
slamming into a tyre barrier.
He struck the barrier head and back rst,
with his legs in the air, some 73m from where
the bike left the track. e force of the impact
shattered his helmet.
e rider following Mr Jones told the
inquest the teenager had braked too late for
the corner and his rear wheel had locked up.
Mr Jones released the brake, but his bike still
left the track.
Jones braked again on the grass, but was
"thrown from the bike violently". He all but
cleared the gravel trap before slamming into
the tyre wall.
Mr McElrea found the likely cause of the
crash was loss of control due to a temporary
front brake failure.
He made a number of safety
recommendations to the South Canterbury
Motorcycle Club, which organised the event,
and the South Canterbury Car Club, which
owns the raceway.
Mr McElrea urged them to consider air
fences rather than tyre barriers on the corner
where the crash occurred, when the track is
being used for bike racing.
Air fences could be hired for more than
$10,000 an event --- an amount which Mr
Jones's father commented was far less than
the cost of intensive care for his son.
Mr McElrea also recommended the
clubs ensure the gravel trap was adequately
maintained and checked, and consider
measures to make the grass less slippery, such
as removing moisture. He made the same
recommendations, on a broader basis, to
national body Motorcycling NZ.
Marlborough man Timothy Shand, 63,
died when his Nissan four-wheel-drive
vehicle left the narrow, unsealed Port Ligar
Road near his home on February 18 last year.
Coroner Ian Smith found Mr Shand had
been passing a council tractor and mower,
which had pulled over to the side of the road,
when the right wheels of his Nissan went o
the edge of the road.
He was thrown from the vehicle as it rolled
140m down a steep bank before coming to
rest in a stand of trees.
Reports by police and council said the
road was challenging, but noted both drivers
were familiar with it. Mr Smith made no
recommendations. --- APNZ
Coroner urges race track
Helen Clark tipped as
candidate for UN top job
Former Prime Minister Helen
Clark has been tipped as a possible
candidate for the United Nations'
top job, the UK's Guardian
Miss Clark, New Zealand's rst
elected female prime minster, is in
her second term as the head of the
UN developmental programme.
In an interview with Guardian
women's editor Jane Martinson,
she discusses the role of secretary-
general and the signi cance of
having a woman take on the job
for the rst time.
Despite speaking candidly about
her image in the media and what
she calls"gender-based criticism",
the 63-year-old does not disclose
whether she s directly interested
in the role.
" ere will be interest in
whether the UN will have a rst
woman because they're looking
like the last bastions, as it were.
"If there's enough support for
the style of leadership that I have,
it will be interesting," she said.
Miss Clark said she chose to
ignore scrutiny around her looks
relatively early on in her career.
" ere was a lot of very gender-
based criticism. You know 'Your
voice is too low, your teeth are
crooked'. ey don't like your
hairstyle, they don't like your
"In fact, they don't really like
anything about you, and maybe
this all adds up to (the notion)
that they don't really like a woman
doing what you're doing.
"But, you know, if you found
all that hurtful then you're
probably not going to be able to
survive these jobs. You have to
be able to dismiss it, and I seem
to have developed a style, where
(journalists) always knew that I'd
get to a point and say 'move on',
you know, 'get over it'," she said.
Miss Clark also gave her take
on the political landscape in New
Zealand, commenting on the
fact there were fewer women in
Government than when she was
" ese battles never go away,"
Miss Clark said. --- APNZ
e uproar over a Hamilton
retailer using the term "jandal"
to sell ip- ops highlights
the blurred line between a
trademarked name and a generic
term, an intellectual property
On-line retailer Lastseason.
co.nz was last week served with
a letter asking the Hamilton-
based company to stop using the
term jandal to advertise footwear
on its website, as it was in breach
of a trademark.
e retailer argued that jandals
is a generic term for everybody
to use, and that raises questions
about whether the trademark
can be enforced, James and Wells
Intellectual property lawyer Gus
" e purpose of a trademark
is to be distinctive of a supplier,
not descriptive of the goods.
erefore, trademarks are one
area of law where a registered
rights owner can be a victim
of its own success," Mr Hazel
Sandford Industries Ltd, which
brought the jandal trademark in
1995, recently sent the cease and
desist letter to Lastseason.co.nz.
e term jandals is said to be
a derivative of Japanese sandals.
Mr Hazel said this case
resembles his own rm's court
action challenging the term
Batts, contending that it is
part of everyday New Zealand
language --- used to describe
"Once a word becomes 'a
common name in general
public use for a product or
ser vice in respect of which it
is registered' --- that is, generic
--- it can in fact be revoked
from the trademarks register in
New Zealand," Mr Hazel said.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Uproar over 'jandal' term
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