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Two hurt in plane crash
Two people su ered serious injuries
when their top-dressing plane
crashed in Hawke's Bay today. e
plane came down on an airstrip
on an Otane property, south of
Hastings, after clipping some trees
on take-o about 6.15am, central
re shift manager Craig Dally said.
Fire crews had extricated the pair
from the plane, he said. Ambulance
o cers told the Fire Service the pair
were seriously injured. --- APNZ
Chainsaw attack probe
A man was treated at Tauranga
Hospital for a serious cut to his
ribcage following an altercation
involving a chainsaw yesterday. Police
were called to Rangiruru Road,
south of Te Puke, at 11am to reports
of a serious assault. e altercation
involved two men who were known
to each other, and occurred on a
rural property where there were
several people. Police said during the
argument one of the men, aged 37,
su ered an injury to his back.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Man killed at quarry
A man who died at Matatoki
Quarry yesterday is believed to have
been hit by a truck. Emergency
services were called to Matatoki
Quarry Road, near Kopu, just after
1pm. A Westpac rescue helicopter
spokesman said on arrival at the
scene the crew doctor went to help
ambulance paramedics and was told
the man was dead. e matter was
being dealt with by Work Safe New
Zealand, police said. A sta member
from quarrying company H G Leach
and Co had no comment. --- APNZ
Drowned woman named
Police have named a 43-year-
old One Tree Point woman who
drowned after saving her children
from surf at Ruakaka Beach near
Marsden Point in Northland. She
was Fiona Eileen Gooder. Police
said when the children got into
trouble in the water at Ruakaka
Beach about 11.30am on Saturday
the woman and a friend had gone in
to rescue them. e friend and the
children had reached the shore, but
the woman had got out of her depth.
A tourist dragged her on to the
beach but when St John paramedics
arrived, the woman was dead.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Petrol blast burns man
A 20-year-old man was taken to
Dunedin Hospital with moderate
burns yesterday after petrol vapour
exploded in a University of Otago
chemistry department laboratory.
e man sustained burns to his
hands and face, a St John spokesman
said. Fire Ser vice sta called for the
ambulance at 3.19pm. e laboratory
was not damaged, a Dunedin City a
Fire Ser vice spokesman said.
--- Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 9726: 6,
8, 15, 16, 19, 21, 23, 30, 33, 35, 43, 45,
47, 52, 58, 61, 63, 73, 75, 80. Draw No
9727: 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 16, 17, 25, 30, 34,
35, 36, 38, 47, 49, 53, 55, 62, 78, 80.
Key mum on party favours
Prime Minister John Key expects to
be greeted by protesters when he and
other politicians call at Waitangi's Te
Tii Marae tomorrow.
e marae where politicians
traditionally go for a pre-Waitangi
Day powhiri has been the scene of
angry and sometimes violent protests.
While last year's most notable
tussle was between kuia Titewhai
Harawira and Ani Taurua over who
would accompany Mr Key on to the
marae, he yesterday said feelings
would almost inevitably run high
when he arrives.
"It is Waitangi after all and you
always have a group of protesters
there who will want to make a lot of
noise while the camera's on. It's a bit
sad but it's the way it operates." Mr
Key understood a hikoi protesting
against deep-sea drilling was likely
to arrive at the marae at the same
time as him and he was aware of
plans for another protest.
However, he expected any protests
would be short-lived.
"As soon as (the media) pack up
and go somewhere else, they go
home and actually it's a nice family
day at Waitangi and it's actually
usually a nice family day around the
rest of New Zealand. I think there
are lots of New Zealanders who
would say, 'Why don't we have that
all the time?'."
Mr Key expected Mrs Harawira,
mother of Mana Party MP and
leader Hone Harawira, to again
accompany him on to the marae
where he would have two main
messages for Maori.
e rst was that National had been
good for Maori and had delivered
very strongly over the last ve years.
e second point would be around
Treaty settlements, particularly those
around the Far North.
" ere's a settlement on the table
now. I know Ngapuhi are very keen
to get that settlement over the line.
I think in what is one of the poorest
parts of the country, it can make
a tremendous di erence. ere's
hundreds of millions of dollars that
could be used in that economy to
really better the Maori people of the
Far North so we're going to be really
actively encouraging them to settle
Labour leader David Cunli e and
his colleagues arrive at Te Tii shortly
after Mr Key and his ministers.
Mr Cunli e said in his rst visit
to Waitangi as Labour leader he
was looking forward to "setting a
very positive tone in terms of our
discussion with Ngapuhi and to
continuing it with Maori generally".
He believed Labour's relationship
with Maori was moving on from
the ill feeling over its foreshore
and seabed legislation, which led to
Tariana Turia leaving Labour and
the formation of the Maori Party.
With Mrs Turia and Maori A airs
Minister Pita Sharples signalling
their intention to retire, "I don't think
it's any coincidence that there's the
opportunity to open a new chapter".
Nine Green Party MPs will be
attending, led by co-leader Metiria
Turei. NZ First leader Winston
Peters will also be there with
MPs Tracey Martin and Andrew
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Protesters at powhiri just part of day: PM
Police have named the man who
drowned after he was sucked into a
Darryl Rolton, 54, of Christchurch,
died in the Maruia Falls after he and
another man were sucked into a chute
about 6pm on Saturday.
His 55-year-old companion was pulled
from the water by onlookers and taken to
Nelson Hospital with moderate injuries.
A search by police, volunteers, kayakers
and the police dive squad on Sunday
found Mr Rolton's body.
His death has been referred to the
coroner. --- NZN
National will leave decisions about
endorsement of other parties possibly
as late as the election campaign, Prime
Minister John Key said yesterday,
although he is still coy about when
that will be.
He said that would have been so
no matter who had won the Act
leadership and Epsom selection.
Novice politician Jamie Whyte was
elected Act leader at the weekend
and David Seymour Act's Epsom
candidate for this year's election, to
replace MP John Banks.
Asked to explain why National
would consider Act if it was polling
0%, Mr Key said at his post-Cabinet
press conference: " at's a really
good question and put it to me two
or three weeks before an election. I'll
have a much clearer idea of what their
polling is like."
However, he made the point
that Act's win in Epsom in 2008
"e ectively got National over the
line" --- the electorate seat allowed
it to bring in four more MPs for its
3.65% of the party vote nationwide,
despite polling below the 5%
at suggests that all things being
equal, voters in Epsom will get a
direct message that it is in National's
interests for it to elect an Act MP.
"I am quite keen to be as transparent
as I can be prior to the election."
Under questioning, Mr Key would
not be drawn on the fact that National
could gain an advantage backing
Act in Epsom even if its party vote
remained at 0% because it could
create an overhang.
If Act polled zero and was entitled
to none of the 120 MPs allocated
under the party vote result, but it won
Epsom, Parliament would increase by
a seat to 121, which would boost the
numbers in the right-wing bloc.
Mr Key hinted that if the election
were held before the G20 summit in
Australia in mid-November it would
be well before that --- meaning late
September or October.
He indicated he would not want it
so close to the summit that the issue
of who was Prime Minister had not
"If we had an election exactly around
that time, would New Zealand . . . be
sure to be represented by the Prime
Minister?" he said when asked what
factors would determine the date.
Asked if that meant he was
suggesting an election before the
G20, he said: "Or after."
He told his weekly post-Cabinet
press conference that it would be
preferable not to leave the country
to attend the high-powered meeting
of the world's most powerful 20
economies, which Australia has
invited New Zealand to attend this
Describing the G20 as a "com-
plicating factor", Mr Key dodged
questions about exactly when the
election could be, but was lukewarm
on attending an international meeting
during the course of an election
"You can do anything you want to
do, but I just don't think that's likely,"
However, the situation is all the
more complicated by the fact that Mr
Key has invited several of the world
leaders heading to Brisbane to make
ying visits to New Zealand around
the time of the G-20, including US
President Barack Obama.
If they arrive before election day,
their presence could be criticised as
designed to in uence the election,
while also requiring much of the
Prime Minister's and other senior
politicians' campaigning time.
If held after the G-20 meeting, a
four- to six-week election campaign
would push polling day into
Christmas or beyond.
Under the Electoral Act, the latest
date for the election is around mid-
January, but conventional wisdom
dictates that is a terrible time to hold
a general election. Voters are likely
to be disengaged or antagonised
by an election at that time and too
many voters would be out of their
normal electorates on holiday, which
would require them to cast special
votes, and would likely a ect voter
Mr Key said he would announce
the election sooner rather than later,
reasoning there was little political
advantage in announcing the date
"I don't know exactly when it will
be," he said. "I know a few dates that
might work, but I don't have an exact
Responses from world leaders to
the invitations to visit are likely to
be deciding factors. Even attending
the G20 immediately after a general
election could be di cult.
If there was a "complicated"
outcome, requiring coalition-building
and a two week minimum wait for
the nal count of special votes, there
might not be clarity as to who should
attend, Mr Key or the only other
serious contender, Labour leader
David Cunli e.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Prime Minister John Key
says he would be prepared
to talk with Winston
Peters about a ministerial
role if the National Party
needed New Zealand First
as a coalition partner after
this year's general election.
His comments follow a
TV3 Reid Research poll
that found a majority of
voters thought Mr Key
should work with Mr
Mr Key told TV3's Firstline today
something would have to be o ered if
his party needed Mr Peters' support and
he was prepared to be part of a coalition
But he said a role such as foreign
minister, which Mr Peters took up under
the Labour-led Government, was a lot
of hard work.
"Murray McCully's out of
the country far more than
he's actually in the country
and that takes its toll."
Mr Peters might be more
comfortable with a racing
minister role, he said.
But he said no deals were
going to be set in stone this
long before the election.
"We've had one political
poll and fair enough, they
are what they are, but they
do move around an awful
lot and when I say that, you take very
small changes and if your next research
poll has National on 45.3% and NZ
First on 4% or 4.5%, all the dynamics
"So we'll do a lot of second guessing
between now and election day."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
PM would offer Peters
e discovery in Dunedin of a
World War One soldier's paybook
has delighted his 92-year-old
Pat Heckler, of Waikouaiti,
drove to Dunedin yesterday to
retrieve the paybook issued to her
father, the late John Preston, of
"It's terri c. I'm a great hoarder
and this is just astonishing," she
Mr Preston, a sheep farmer,
served as a gunner in England.
His paybook recorded his "net
daily rate" of two shillings and
sixpence (half a crown) for "active
service in the eld".
In 1914, the average New
Zealand wage for a 58-hour week
was 16 shillings and ninepence,
and in 1918 the average wage for
a 52-hour week was £1 10s 6p.
Mr Preston's paybook was found
in a box, tucked underneath a
staircase inside the old Reed
Building in central Dunedin just
Max Bennett found the box
and its historic contents while
clearing part of the building
for Dunedin developer Lawrie
ere was little else in the box,
just a bit of rubbish, he said.
Mrs Heckler was thrilled to
be given the paybook yesterday,
having heard Mr Forbes talk
about its discovery on a 39
Dunedin News programme
She is the last surviving child
from Mr Preston's rst marriage.
Her older brother, John Preston
junior, was killed in an accident
in the Manuka Gorge about
11 years ago, and their mother,
Florence, died at a young age in
Mr Preston remarried and had
four other children, Mrs Heckler
said. He died many years ago, she
"When he came back from
the war, he went farming at
Flag Swamp and was a farmer
his whole life. His father was a
farmer, and the family home was
Centrewood in Goodwood," Mrs
She remembered watching
her father play billiards at the
Palmerston RSA, where she and
her brother were told to "be quiet
and not make any trouble".
Mr Preston was a quiet man,
but loved talking about history,
Mrs Heckler said. "He was a great
storyteller; you could never get
him o the stories of the past."
--- Otago Daily Times
Great War soldier's paybook returned
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Waikouaiti resident Pat Heckler, 92, is thrilled to be given her late father's World War One paybook,
which was recently found under a staircase in the Reed Building in Dunedin.
American oil company Anadarko
says its maiden New Zealand deep
sea exploration well failed to nd
commercial quantities of oil or natural
Drilling of the Romney 1 well in the
Deepwater Taranaki Basin --- about
160km o the Raglan coast --- began in
November but was found to be "water-
bearing" after reaching its total depth of
4619m, the Texas-based rm said in a
" ough the well, drilled by the state-
of-the-art drilling ship Noble Bob
Douglas in 1550m of water, did not
encounter commercial quantities of oil
or natural gas, the data collected from the
well will be very useful in determining
future activity," the company said.
e rm said the Romney 1 well would
be abandoned and plugged in accordance
with New Zealand regulations.
Anadarko spokesman Alan Seay said
the Noble Bob Douglas would now
move to another exploration site in the
Canterbury Basin o the Otago coast.
e US company's New Zealand
exploration programme has been
controversial, with environmental
groups questioning the safety of deep
sea drilling in the wake of BP's Deep Sea
Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
Questions have also been raised over
this country's ability to respond to a
A otilla of protest boats has shadowed
the Noble Bob Douglas during its time
o the North Island's west coast.
Anadarko had a 25% interest in the
Gulf of Mexico oil prospect in which the
Deep Sea Horizon was drilling.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Anadarko fails to find oil
e takeover of Synlait Farms in
Canterbury by Shanghai Pungxin, a
Chinese company, has been approved by
the Overseas Investment O ce.
e owners of 99.6% of shares gave the
deal their support --- believed to be the
highest acceptance of any takeover in
New Zealand since the Takeovers Code
was introduced in 2000, Radio New
Zealand reported today.
e deal between Shanghai Pungxin
and Synlait Farms remains conditional
until Chinese regulators give their
approval for the transfer of funds out
of China, but Synlait Farms says that
should be merely procedural and there
will probably be a quick decision by
Shareholders will be paid $2.10
per share and the company will now
compulsorily acquire the remaining
0.4% of the shares belonging to people
who did not support the deal.
Shanghai Pengxin will now have a stake
of 74% in 13 Synlait Farms properties
south-west of Christchurch, to add to its
16 North Island farms formerly owned
by the Crafar family and now managed
by Landcorp. --- NZN
Synlait Farms takeover gets nod
A Kawerau man has admitted
plunging a knife through a
relative's neck as he sat eating
omas Edward Ray, 32,
pleaded guilty in the High Court
at Rotorua today to murdering
23-year-old Gareth Lardelli
Kaipara in Kawerau on January
10 last year.
According to the Crown
summary of facts, the pair were
related through Ray's adoptive
mother and they had known
each other for more than 20
On the afternoon of the
murder Mr Kaipara and Ray
were drinking together at Ray's
Holyoake Crescent home.
About 8pm Ray, his mother,
nine-year-old nephew and Mr
Kaipara sat at the dining table
to eat. Ray got up, took a large
stainless steel knife from the
kitchen and pushed it through
Mr Kaipara's neck. He died at
Defence lawyer Bill Lawson
told the court a psychiatric
assessment would be provided to
the judge before sentencing.
Justice Graham Lang also
ordered a pre-sentence report
including a drug and alcohol
He remanded Ray in custody
for sentencing on March 28.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Man admits murder
A man found dead in a Whakatane
lagoon yesterday has been identi ed as
60-year-old local man Christopher John
Mr Erlbeck was located about 3.30pm
face down in the Awatapu Lagoon on
Awatapu Drive close to a 1.5m vertical
bank. His electric wheelchair was also
found in the water.
Inquiries are continuing into how Mr
Erlbeck died but there are no suspicious
circumstances and the matter has been
referred to the Coroner. --- APNZ
A tractor driver struck from behind
by a truck on State highway 3 south of
Kai Iwi yesterday su ered only minor
injuries, according to Whanganui
Early reports said he had serious
head and suspected spinal injuries with
concussion after he was cut from the
tractor by a Whanganui re crew.
e man was kept overnight but not
admitted to a ward.
He was mowing the roadside verge
when he was struck from behind by
a Hall's truck at 10.19am and pushed
down a slight incline.
e 54-year-old was trapped in the
tractor for 45 minutes until cut free by
Two St John ambulances and two re
trucks attended the accident, which
backed up tra c in the north and
southbound lanes on State highway 3.
--- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Tractor driver hurt in crash
A Rangitikei house being renovated
by new owners burned to the ground
yesterday while they were out.
e plume of smoke from the house
at Bonny Glen, between Turakina and
Marton, could be seen from Whanganui.
e alarm was raised about 11am, and
half of the house had already collapsed
by the time the Fire Service arrived,
Whanganui area manager Bernie Rush
Fire ghting was hampered by the lack
of water, and two extra tankers were
Fire trucks from Whanganui, Marton
and Bulls battled the blaze. Police also
e occupants of the house had left
that morning, Mr Rush said. No one was
at home when the re broke out.
e blaze spread across grass and into
trees and there was nothing left of the
house except a pile of iron.
Neighbour Jim Richards saw the smoke
while driving home from Palmerston
North. At rst he thought it was his
house that was burning.
He said the Cornfoots Rd house had
been bought about six weeks ago and the
new owners were doing a lot of work on
it. e owners had two little girls, he said.
--- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Fire razes rural house
Fire crews were kept busy throughout
Auckland overnight as they battled two
ey were rst called out just before
11pm to a two-storey warehouse re on
Hannigan Road in St Johns, northern
re communications shift manager Tania
About 20 appliances were called to the
40m by 40m building, which was "fully
involved" when re crews arrived.
Crews have stayed at the scene through
the night and were still there dampening
down hot spots, Ms Matthews said.
Fire inspectors would arrive at the
scene this morning to work out the cause
of the re.
In the second incident, crews were
called to a large boat re at a boat yard
on Akatea Road in Glendene, about
11.40pm, Ms Matthews said.
Twelve appliances were needed to
extinguish the blaze on the 10m boat.
At one point the re was endangering a
nearby boat, she said.
at blaze was not considered
Nobody was injured in either re, Ms
Matthews said. --- APNZ
Blast victim stable
A man severely injured in a re that
killed another man after a suspected P
lab explosion in Northland last week is
still in a stable condition in an Auckland
e 26-year-old Northland man was
own to Middlemore Hospital after
the explosion on Wednesday at Pakotai,
50km north-west of Whangarei.
Arthur Bruce Cornelius, 49, who was
also severely burned, died in Whangarei
Hospital on ursday.
Detective Inspector Kevin Burke said
yesterday that no charges had yet been
laid but police would speak to the blast
A man and woman who lived on the
rural property where the explosion took
place were helping police with inquiries.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
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