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Crash victim critical
A person was critically injured when
the car they were driving crashed
into a tree in Tai Tapu, south of
Christchurch, early today. Ambulance
southern communications centre
team manager Janet Taylor-Murphy
said they were called to the scene on
Tai Tapu Rd at 2.14am. e person,
the only occupant, was trapped and
had to be cut from the wreckage.
Police and the Fire Service also
attended and the person was taken to
Christchurch Hospital. --- APNZ
Girl struck on road
A 10-year-old girl hit by a car
while riding her bicycle on a rural
north Waikato road yesterday is still
ghting for her life this morning.
e primary school pupil was
not wearing a helmet when she
pulled out of a friend's driveway on
Morrison Road, Pukekawa, and into
the path of a car being driven by an
elderly man on the 100kph road. She
was own to Starship Hospital in
Auckland. --- APNZ
Child neglect conviction
A jury has found a couple guilty
of wilfully neglecting a 10-week-
old baby boy. e couple, who have
name suppression, had been on trial
this week in the Napier District
Court for neglecting to seek medical
treatment for the young child,
who was found to have a number
of fractures when he was taken to
hospital in early April 2011. e
jury returned its verdict yesterday
following the three-day trial. e
couple was remanded in custody for
sentencing in March.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Tears at factory closure
e Waimate Knitwear factory is to
close at the end of February,with the
loss of 11 jobs. Managing director
Steve Mulqueen said the closure
was due to an unreliable yarn supply
which had caused a loss of sales and
cash ow problems. When sta were
informed of the closure on Monday,
"we were all crying", he said. Sta
said they knew the business was
trading poorly, but news of the
closure was still a shock, especially
for those who would lose two jobs in
one family. --- Otago Daily Times
Hang glider pilot hurt
A man was injured after his hang
glider crashed in a eld in Reporoa.
A rescue helicopter was called to a
Reporoa rugby eld on Wednesday
afternoon where a 45-year-old man
crash landed in a paddock with
his hang glider. He was treated by
paramedics and own to Rotorua
Hospital. e helicopter was called out
again to y a 17-year-old girl from the
Waireke Falls in the Kamai Ranges on
Wednesday night. She slipped and fell
on to rocks hurting her hip and leg.
She was own to Tauranga Hospital.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Numbers in Keno draw No 9718:
55, 57, 60, 62, 66, 67, 72, 76. Draw No
9719: 2, 3, 6, 7, 12, 19, 24, 28, 30, 33,
44, 50, 62, 63, 65, 66, 71, 72, 73, 74.
Pora wins Privy Council hearing
A Dunedin man and woman have been
remanded on bail to next month by a
Dunedin District Court registrar after
an alleged crime spree on Wednesday
evening that included a woman being
dragged along a Dunedin supermarket
Christine Daphne McLaren, 21, of
Dunedin, is charged with robbing a
woman of a handbag and contents on
She is also jointly charged with Grant
Robert Butler, 23, of Dunedin, with
stealing a bottle of Opal Nera liqueur,
and one GPS and charger, valued at
$120, on Wednesday.
Sergeant Nathan White said police
were called to the Countdown
supermarket in central Dunedin at
5.50pm on Wednesday when people in a
Honda Accord allegedly tried to snatch a
handbag from a woman who was loading
groceries into a car.
"Without stopping their car, the
o enders have tried to grab the bag . . .
the woman has held on to her bag (and)
had subsequently been dragged along the
ground by the vehicle."
Sergeant Matt Scoles said the bag-
snatch victim su ered minor abrasions
and managed to retain her wallet after
it fell out of the handbag during the
Mr Scoles said about an hour later
alcohol was allegedly stolen from a car
parked outside of Cableways Tavern in
Mr White said the o enders drove
from Mellor Street at speed and police
stopped the Honda Accord soon after
and apprehended a man and woman.
--- Otago Daily Times
Auckland's housing market is now
so out of control that prices are higher
than Melbourne for the rst time ever,
according to Labour.
e party's housing spokesman Phil
Twyford said global nancial ser vices
rm UBS has calculated that at the
end of the December quarter, average
Auckland house prices were $A648,176
($692,070), compared to Melbourne's
" anks to our rampant housing
market and overvalued exchange rate it
is now more expensive to buy a house in
Auckland than it is in Melbourne," Mr
"Owning a house is now out of reach
for tens of thousands of New Zealanders
and loan to value ratios are making it
even harder to save for a mortgage.
"With interest rates set to rise soon, it's
going to be even more di cult."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
cost more than
Susan Burdett's brother has
welcomed the Privy Council's decision
to hear Teina Pora's appeal, more than
20 years after he was rst imprisoned
for murdering and raping her.
e Judicial Committee of the Privy
Council announced overnight that
the appeal would be heard during the
Northern Hemisphere autumn with
the precise dates to be con rmed.
Its statement said the committee
had to decide whether it should
admit and consider fresh evidence
raised by the appellant, and whether a
substantial miscarriage of justice was
caused by the failure of the appellant's
counsel to raise material points at trial
and/or in the Court of Appeal.
Ms Burdett's brother Jim Burdett
welcomed the decision.
"I'm pleased that it's happening
because I think that the truth will
come out at this stage.
"I think Teina Pora's innocent and
the sooner his innocence is proven
and the poor guy gets out of jail then
the sooner the police start looking for
who actually did do it."
Mr Burdett said he found Pora's
"Not his rst trial, which was that
strange confession, but the second
trial didn't make sense to me."
Pora's lawyer Jonathan Krebs told
APNZ he found out the appeal had
been allowed early on Wednesday
morning but was not allowed to tell
his client until this morning.
"He was absolutely ecstatic," Mr
Krebs said. "He's waited a long
time. He did the natural reaction of
pumping the air with his st and said
it was awesome and said thank you."
Mr Krebs said the Privy Council had
indicated the hearing would be held
in October but he would be applying
for it to happen sooner, "simply for
the fact that Teina's been in custody
for so long".
Pora's legal team raised ve grounds
for appeal, Mr Krebs, who is working
on the case for free, said.
Two were accepted --- one relating
to the safety of Pora's confession,
and the other around a speci c piece
of evidence relating to serial rapist
" e confession was central to the
prosecution case but we believe it
was a false confession and all of the
circumstances of the confession ---
the way it was obtained and special
features relating to Teina --- are all
grounds which go to our argument.
" e second ground is a very narrow
point relating to a feature of Malcolm
Rewa's o ending. Malcolm Rewa
has been convicted of raping Susan
Burdett but the evidence we want
the Privy Council to consider was not
allowed to be given at Teina's trial.
It is evidence that suggests it was
unlikely that Rewa would ever have
had a second person present."
One of the grounds for appeal
turned down by the Privy Council also
related to Rewa, another related to a
pair of ear-rings and a third related
to the relationship between a couple
of gangs. e two grounds that were
accepted were the most important,
Mr Krebs said.
Private investigator Tim McKinnell,
who has been working on the Pora
case since 2009, told Radio New
Zealand the defence team still had
months of hard work ahead to prepare
for the appeal.
However it would now be much
easier to obtain information from
police, which had been an ongoing
"One of the di culties with a
case like this is that the Criminal
Disclosure Act hasn't applied,
we've been relying on the O cial
Information Act and Privacy Act to
obtain information from the police.
at has been very, very di cult at
times and we have waited many, many
months and continue to wait months
for information we have asked for.
" e Criminal Disclosure will assist
us in that regard, and the injection of
Crown Law will help that process as
Police said they would discuss the
decision with Crown Law before
determining the next steps and had
no further comment.
Pora was convicted in June 1994 as
a party to the rape and murder of Ms
Burdett on the basis of confessions.
In 1995, DNA evidence linked the
attack on Ms Burdett to Mr Rewa.
Mr Rewa was eventually convicted of
the rape of 27 women, including Ms
In 1999, the Court of Appeal
quashed Pora's convictions as a result
of the DNA evidence implicating Mr
Rewa and evidence that Mr Rewa
e appellant was convicted again at
his retrial in 2000 and his appeal to
the Court of Appeal was dismissed.
e Privy Council said the judgment
would almost certainly be reser ved.
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Two drivers have been cut out of their
respective vehicles with the jaws of life
following a head-on crash near Taupo
e collision occurred on State
highway 1 between Taupo and Turangi,
near the Motutere Bay Holiday
Park, about 7.30am, a Taupo police
Northern re communications shift
manager Jaron Phillips said both drivers
were in serious condition and the Fire
Ser vice extracted them with the jaws of
Two rescue helicopters were sent to the
scene, he said.
Neither vehicle was carrying passengers.
A shaken driver has escaped
injury in a dramatic truck crash
near Christchurch that has
highlighted post-quake road
access for heavy vehicles.
e Jackson's Cranes and
Haulage truck was carrying a
McMillan Drilling digger from
Lyttelton to Christchurch, via
Gebbies Pass, shortly before noon
yesterday when it rolled on to its
side while navigating a bend on
the approach to Governors Bay.
e driver was said to be shaken
but uninjured. e road was
closed to remove the truck and
Investigating o cer senior
constable Graham Flynn said the
slope of the road on the bend and
the sheer weight of the load were
thought to be the biggest factors
in the crash.
"I think (the truck operators)
have taken all safety precautions
to try and deal with this but
of course one of the problems
we've had since the earthquakes
has been the accessibility to
Christchurch because there is no
Evans Pass any more so for loads
like this, it's the only road they
can travel," Mr Flynn said.
"If they were to repair Evans
Pass (Sumner Road) they
wouldn't have so far to go to
get into Christchurch (from
Lyttelton). e only way they can
travel is around through Gebbies
Pass and until that road is
recti ed we may even be looking
at more of this kind of thing
Mr Flynn said it had been
fortunate the truck did not roll o
the road and down into the gully
below the road.
"I think they were extremely
lucky to come to rest the way they
have. Much more and they would
been completely tipped over."
e investigation was yet to be
completed but early indications
were that no charges would be
laid over the incident.
Witness Nicky McCaughan was
cycling with three friends when
the "surreal" drama unfolded, as
the truck tipped just 10m in front
"I was biking past going up the
hill and he was coming down
the hill to turn the corner but in
order to do that he had to come
right across the other side of the
the road to allow him to be able
to do that," she said.
"He was just coming down,
taking it very slowly and coming
right round the corner and the
bend was too sharp and too steep.
e whole back trailer just went
ip and his cab just went bang,
Mrs McCaughan said she spoke
to the driver after he climbed free
from the cab and he told her he
had taken trucks with big long
trailers around that stretch of
road before and they had come
close to tipping over.
--- APNZ- e Star
Truckie escapes injury in dramatic crash
PICTURE: The Star
e truck and the digger after the accident on Gebbies Pass yesterday.
A grim warning to be prepared for a
bigger rates bill has been issued by the
Christchurch City Council.
e city council is over budget and
predicts it will be $9.4 million in the red
If it cannot nd another way of reducing
costs, earthquake weary ratepayers could
be facing a 9.3% rate increase instead of
the budgeted 6.5% increase.
Finance committee members will
consider the report on Tuesday at their
rst meeting for the year.
e report says the cash operating
de cit remains the "main nancial
concern this year".
"If the de cit cannot be found from
operating savings or increased revenue
in the next six months, options to fund
it include increasing rates for 2014-15
by 2.8% over next year's current draft
planned increase of 6.5%."
e culprits it identi es are the
consents debacle and indemnity
insurance, earthquake related rates
remissions and legal costs and interest
But nance committee chairman Raf
Manji has down played the warning.
"It's just really stating the obvious ---
if we can't nd the savings then this
could result. Sta are just being prudent
and advising of the rami cations of the
current predicament," he said.
"I have categorically instructed sta
that they are to keep the rates increase
within the budgeted gure.
"A small amount of belt tightening will
deliver signi cant savings," he said.
He could not state speci cally where
" ey are everywhere," he said.
However the news comes as no
surprise to former city councillor and
chairwoman of the nance committee
She said it is a direct result of the
Crown manager Doug Martin was
brought in by the Government in July
after International Accreditation New
Zealand (Ianz) revoked the council's
" at $5m for the building consent
asco was a direct cost not planned in
the council budget. I would be surprised
if it could be found by savings in other
areas," she said.
Last July she said the nance committee
had looked at the same problem but had
decided to see if it would improve with
"We discussed this and the wisdom
of the committee decided to see how it
would pan out. e sta felt that if some
areas were under, which some of the
earthquake budgets are, it may even out.
Personally I would look at how there
could be cost savings but the view of the
committee was to keep an eye on it," she
said. --- APNZ- e Star
Easy Rider and its skipper Rewai
Karetai were operating within the
law when the vessel left for the
muttonbird islands almost two years
ago, Mr Karetai's widow Gloria
Davis told the Invercargill District
e 11m shing boat capsized after
being hit by a massive wave soon
after midnight on March 15, 2012.
Eight people, including Mr Karetai,
were drowned and one person, crew
member Dallas Reedy, was rescued
18 hours later. All but Mr Reedy were
Davis is the sole director of AZ1
Enterprises, which owned Easy
Rider, and has denied 10 Maritime
New Zealand charges against herself,
or her company, to do with the safe
operation of the vessel.
e trial began last week before
Judge John Strettell.
Over six days, prosecution witnesses
have told how the Easy Rider was not
registered to carry passengers, was
overloaded, and did not carry enough
lifejackets for all on board. Mr Karetai
took charge of the boat when he did
not hold a skipper's certi cate, left
port while a routine safety inspection
of his boat was under way but not
completed, and decided to depart at
night when the poor weather was
Yesterday it was Davis's turn to open
her case. She is representing herself
with assistance from Je Walker, who
has been appointed a friend of the
court, and Jodie Harvey, a "McKenzie
Friend" (an assistant who does not
necessarily need to be a lawyer).
Davis said she would not be giving
In an opening address which
lasted no more than a minute, she
acknowledged loved ones who died
in the tragedy and spoke a few words
"Easy Rider was operating within
the law (on that voyage). No rules
were broken. Rewai was quite entitled
to take a trip with his whanau and
Maritime New Zealand seems to be
using me as a test case," she said.
No Maritime NZ rules applied
when commercial shing boats were
used for their owners' personal use,
"and my witnesses will con rm that",
Margaret Wind, of Auckland,
managing director of Maritime
Management Services Ltd and a 21-
year veteran of the maritime industry,
said her company had delegated
authority from Maritime NZ to put
in place safe ship processes for New
Zealand vessels, including Easy
Easy Rider was registered as a
shing vessel. On its last voyage, Mr
Karetai planned to drop six people
o on the muttonbird islands before
starting a commercial shing trip.
Answering questions from Mr
Walker, Mrs Wind said "the rules
are silent" about using commercial
vessels for pleasure trips --- in fact the
guidelines for boat owners allowed
e guidelines said owners and
non-fare-paying immediate family
could use a commercial vessel for
pleasure, provided they were not on a
Exactly what that meant, or how
the guideline should be applied, had
not been clari ed, despite the issue
being discussed for many years, she
"I would think most commercial
boats are used for pleasure. It's the
psyche of New Zealand. Whether
that use is right or wrong, it's never
Davis's last witness is engineer and
naval architect Harry Stronach, of
Banks Peninsula. e trial will probably
nish today. --- Otago Daily Times
Easy Rider owner says trip was legal
PIC TURE: Otago Daily Times
Gloria Davis who is defending
Easy Rider safety charges, arriving
at the Invercargill District Court
Shocked neighbours bound two
seriously burned men in plastic
wrap after a rural Northland
shed in which police suspect
methamphetamine was being made
exploded in ames.
One, a 49-year-old, later died. e
other Northland man, aged 26, is
in a stable condition at Middlmore
Hospital in Auckland.
e drama began when a loud
explosion startled residents and
scattered stock on lifestyle blocks
near the junction of Opouteke and
Takitu Roads at Pakotai, 50km
north-west of Whangarei, about
7.45pm on Wednesday.
More explosions followed and
ames several metres high produced
a dense pillar of black smoke from
the shed and a utility vehicle which
caught re beside it.
Next door neighbour Kathy
Bartlett, one of the rst on the scene,
described it as "like Guy Fawkes".
e burning shed was about 30m
from a house alongside the vast
Opouteke Forest, where thousands
of hectares of pine trees await
harvest in dry summer weather.
e house is occupied by a woman
who has lived there for many years
and man who moved in about three
months ago. e two men in the
shed did not live on the property.
While another neighbour went
to call 111, Ms Bartlett helped the
woman from the house deal with
the burned men.
Local residents there to see what
caused the explosions and re
described the pair's burns as "horri c"
and "a nightmare". ey said the
burns were the worst they had seen.
Ms Bartlett and others bound
burned limbs with plastic wrap
and tried to calm the men before
Kaikohe re ghters, St John
ambulance and about six carloads
of police starting arriving about
8.30pm and the re was brought
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
P lab blast victim dies
e government will soon start talking
to the Christchurch City Council about
what to do with red zone land that
cannot be built on, Prime Minister John
Key said today.
e nal settlement date for
homeowners in the at-land residential
red zone who have accepted Crown
o ers on their properties is Friday, and
some have decided to stay where they
Mr Key said about 7000 people
accepted the Government's o er to buy
their properties and about 130 did not.
" e big issue now is what happens to
the land in the future," Mr Key said.
"We'd like to engage in discussions
with the council and the local
community about what might happen
next. I anticipate we will embark on that
over the next few months."
Mr Key says the land could be used for
"Maybe one day in years to come
people might be able to build on it again,
when techniques change, but maybe
they'll never be able to build on bits of
it that are too subject to liquefaction," he
" at's what we will be talking about."
About 70 of the red zone property
owners will not meet the deadline to
move out of their homes.
Mr Key says the government could
technically acquire the land under the
Public Works Act but he does not want
to use the legislation.
"If we can work around that, we
Mr Key said property owners who
would not shift would nd the future
" ey won't get insurance and it's hard
to see that it would be easy to sell those
properties." --- NZN
Quake land could be
used for parks: Key
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