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A motorcyclist died in a crash in
Nelson last night. e rider was killed
in the collision with another vehicle
on Wake eld Quay, about 11pm,
police southern communications
Inspector Peter Hegarty said. It was
not known whether the motorcyclist
was male or female, he said. --- APNZ
ree shermen were rescued
from their sinking boat after the
vessel struck rocks o Blu harbour
overnight. e skipper and two crew
members made an emergency call
over marine radio before boarding the
shing boat's liferaft about 3.15am.
e 13.4m shing vessel Ayson struck
rocks and later sank near Sterling
Point, at the entrance to Blu
harbour, while returning to port. Blu
Coastguard vessel, NZ Aluminium
Smelter Rescue and the South Port
NZ vessel Takitimu responded to the
emergency. e three were picked up
by the Coastguard and returned to
Blu while the Takitimu recovered
some otsam, police said. --- APNZ
Police name dead man
e driver who died after his car
rolled and burst into ames on
State highway 1 40km south of
Christchurch on Wednesday has
been named by police as 68-year-
old Michael Francis Sheahan. Brave
motorists tried to free Mr Sheahan
after his people-mover crashed into
a ditch and caught re at Dunsandel
about 9am. He died on his way to
hospital. --- APNZ
Hay bale crushes man
A man's chest and pelvis were
crushed when a 700kg hay bale fell
on him north of Auckland yesterday.
e Auckland Westpac rescue
helicopter was called to Kaipara
Flats, near Warkworth, about 9.50am.
e man, in his 50s, had been loading
a truck with the hay bales when two
fell. One landed on him, crushing his
chest and pelvis. e man was own
to Auckland Hospital in a serious
condition. --- APNZ
Takeaway shop blaze
A sh and chip shop in Ashburton
was gutted by a re overnight. e
chippy, on Creek Road, went up in
ames about 4am. e re caused
serious damage to the takeaway,
Fire Ser vice communications shift
manager Riwai Grace said. Fire
investigators will examine the scene
today. --- APNZ
Big Wednesday draw
ere was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 433.
Successful numbers were 3, 6, 12, 21,
30, 36; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9730: 2,
11, 20, 22, 23, 24, 28, 30, 34, 35, 37,
42, 45, 46, 55, 56, 60, 63, 77, 79. Draw
No 9731: 2, 4, 6, 17, 20, 28, 31, 32, 37,
38, 47, 49, 53, 54, 59, 60, 67, 70, 77, 79.
Draw No 9732: 4, 5, 6, 16, 18, 20, 24,
28, 34, 35, 40, 41, 45, 52, 53, 60, 64, 71,
72, 77. Draw No 9733: 5, 6, 10, 11, 17,
21, 23, 27, 30, 32, 34, 41, 46, 48, 49, 52,
54, 61, 70, 72.
Kitten left in plastic bag shocks SPCA
O al was spilled across a road after a
truck trailer rolled south of Auckland
e Fire Service was noti ed at 9.30am
that a trailer carrying o al had detached
from a truck and trailer unit and rolled
near the Hingaia bridge in Karaka,
northern re communications shift
manager Jaron Phillips said.
e road was blocked while the mess
was cleaned from the road.
" ere's some concern that o al may
be leaking into drains and water ways. It's
quite close to the Pahurehure Inlet."
e rest of the truck was ne and there
were no reported injuries, Mr Phillips
e Auckland Council pollution
response team had been alerted.
A man will appear in court today
charged in connection with a central
Auckland bar ght that left a 25-year-
old man ghting for his life in hospital.
e 22-year-old labourer from Napier
was arrested on Fort Street after the
3.20am incident at Cassette Nine on
He has been charged with intent to
cause grievous bodily harm.
e injured man, who is believed to
have su ered head injuries, was taken
to Auckland City Hospital in a critical
He has not yet spoken to police.
"Witnesses to the dance oor incident
were able to alert the bar manager and
sta followed a man who left the bar
for a short time so were able to provide
valuable information to us," detective
senior sergeant John Sutton said.
"Being able to monitor real-time
CCTV footage in the area enabled
sta in our district command centre to
dispatch o cers to a Fort Street car park
promptly which resulted in the 22 year-
"Once again, as if any further proof was
needed, this event shows nothing good
happens in the city after 3am."
It was originally reported by police and
ambulance that the injured person was a
woman. --- APNZ
Man fights for
A four-week-old kitten found in
a tied up plastic bag at Mair Park
has shocked the Whangarei SPCA
which wants people to take unwanted
animals to its drop-o boxes.
e grey male kitten was found
alive recently, but had such bad
deformities in its two front legs that
it had to be put down.
e deformities would have been
from birth, Whangarei SPCA centre
team leader Andrea Honeybun said.
stand. He just couldn't hold himself
ere's no reason the kitten had to
su er the ordeal of being stu ed into
a plastic bag which was then tied,
Ms Honeybun said.
" ey could have left him in the
drop-o box at the front door. ere
are drop-in boxes for people to put
unwanted pets if they don't want to
see us," she said.
ere were two drop-o boxes for
cats and kittens at the front door of
the Whangarei SPCA, as well as a
puppy drop-o box (not for dogs)
in the carport. Unwanted pets could
also be taken to any SPCA branch.
"We'd like to reiterate to the public
that there are drop-o boxes, as well
as forms they can ll out --- they
don't have to put their name, just
where the kitten came from so we
don't re-home it to the same area,"
Ms Honeybun said.
is will prevent situations like last
Tuesday, she said.
"It was very distressing, especially
for the lady who found him," Ms
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
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Minister Chris Finlayson
has refuted suggestions
that a settlement invitation
with the country's largest
tribe was a "cash o er".
During his Waitangi Day
speech yesterday, Prime
Minister John Key held
out the prospect of an
advance payment against
the eventual settlement for
He challenged the tribe to
put aside their di erences
to enable that and said
he was keen to see a deal
struck this year.
He noted other iwi had
previously received similar
Chairman of Ngapuhi's
runanga Sonny Tau
welcomed the o er but
said it would seek a nal
settlement of as much as
$600 million --- four times
bigger than the landmark
Tainui, Ngai Tahu or
Mr Key's response was:
"You've got to dream big but it doesn't
mean we'll be writing a cheque for that
is morning while on Radio New
Zealand Mr Finlayson refuted that the
settlement invitation was a "cash o er".
"What we have said, is if and when
the mandate is recognised, we will start
negotiations and that one way in which
we could do it is deal with the nancial
side rst and then deal with cultural
matters later on.
"It's no di erent to what I've said to
other iwi around the country --- there's
no cash o er," Mr Finlayson said.
"It's really nothing more than, as it
were, a call to arms. Lets get on with it
guys, lets see if we can work through the
Mr Finlayson said he'd been working
"very hard" on the mandate.
"I'm getting to a position where I
should be in a position to recognise a
mandate in the next little period.
" en I'll say to people, 'Right, if you
want to negotiate, lets get going'. I've
got a team of Crown negotiators ready
Ultimately, whether Ngapuhi wanted
to settle was up to them,
"It will be a very hapu-
centric negotiation. is is
a very complex, a very large
iwi, and a one-size- ts-all
negotiation will not work."
Ngapuhi sub-tribe leader
Rudy Taylor also spoke
to Radio NZ and said
there was currently a split
between the iwi.
"It's not about the money,
it's about resolving the
issues that we have in terms
of di erence between the
Divisions arose around
the corporate nature of the
di erent runanga in the
iwi and an income stream
from a previous deal with
Sealord, he said.
chairman did not speak
for a united iwi, Mr Taylor
"As the chairman of
the runanga Ngapuhi,
Sonny Tau, he's got to feel
con dent that he's got the
rapport of the people, and
yet that's the opposite."
Pita Tiipene, spokesman for
Kotahitanga, the hapu-based collective
which opposes the runanga's dominance
of talks with the Government, criticised
the o er as a political ploy.
"Clearly the minister and the
Government is trying to force Ngapuhi
into a settlement and today was another
step in that direction. ere are political
motivations, it's so the Government can
say that they're well on track to settle
Ngapuhi before the elections and really
there's been no genuine and honest talks
with the people of Ngapuhi."
Cash was a secondary issue to getting
the settlement right.
" is will eventually end up in litigation
if the Government continues to try and
force a round peg into a square hole."
Labour leader David Cunli e said the
o er was a "slightly super cial way to
solve this issue".
"Some more deep conversations with
the Government helping to facilitate
dialogue between the hapu and the iwi
might be useful without wanting to
intrude on what is actually an internal
matter." --- APNZ
David Cunli e
e initial trauma may be over
but experts say earthquake-weary
Christchurch residents will endure at
least six years of "man-made" stressors
as the region battles bureaucracy.
A Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Authority (Cera) draft document on
their psychosocial plan for the city
says anxiety and stress will continue
to dog the population due to ongoing
battles with insurance, land issues,
changes to schooling and problems
rebuilding homes and businesses.
Experts call these secondary
stressors or "man-made stressors"
which go on far longer than the
initial disaster and the report says
they will be a major feature in the
next six years of recovery.
e report points to international
research which timeframe for
psychosocial recovery is at least ve
to 10 years --- but mental health and
relationship issues emerge during the
Relationships Aotearoa clinical
manager Julie Grenfell said it is
unfamiliar bureaucratic systems
which are causing the majority of the
"It's the school systems, the mergers,
EQC, insurance companies --- these
enormous systems which people
have not dealt with before. ey are
di cult to deal with because they
are not part of normal life like birth,
divorce, marriage and funerals," she
e draft Community in Mind
Greater Christchurch Strategic
Psychosocial Plan predicts secondary
stressors will make it di cult for the
region to re-establish normality and
a ect mental health.
If not dealt with, the report said,
the economic cost to New Zealand
would cover "many generations".
"Secondary stressors typically
persist for longer periods of time and
inhibit people's ability to re-establish
routines and return to a sense of
normality," the report said.
is would be problematic for
children who lived through the
aftermath of the earthquakes.
"It is widely accepted in academic
and medical literature that the e ects
of trauma are carried by children
throughout life and continue to
impact on their general health and
well-being . . ." the report said.
Massey University's joint centre for
disaster research associate professor
Sarb Johal said secondary stressors
can be more harmful than the initial
disaster because they erode well-
being over time.
"It's like a tap dripping. For a day
or two it doesn't make too much
di erence. But over time the ground
below will erode and water will seep
through causing damage which can't
be seen. But not only that it uses up
the resource, the water, and so your
have less to deal with things," he
He said it was di cult to predict
how long secondary stressors will
plague the city.
"What we do know is that in Kobe
earthquake ( Japan) is ve years later
people are still having housing and
insurances issues and businesses are
struggling with not only population
movements but insurance also," he
He said even the quality of roads
could be deemed a secondary stressor.
Tolerance would be required, he
said. "Recovery goes at multi speeds
--- everyone has their own. For some
people they have moved on and
don't want to be reminded of that
period. But others are very a ected
--- for example people in the eastern
suburbs are confronted with it daily
when they travel on the roads."
He said more stressor will emerge
as people settle into new area and the
city attracts new people.
" ere will be a whole new category
of people coming into the city
attracted by the rebuild or as rebuild
workers and it will take some time for
them to integrate," he said.
Canterbury District Health Board
public health specialist Dr Lucy
D'Aeth said families needed to make
sure secondary stressors did spread
too much into home life.
"We need to nurture our
relationships --- don't think that it
can wait until after the house is built.
If you haven't had a good laugh with
your children, don't wait until your
house is built," she said.
e draft plan encourages
"positive spontaneous actions" and
"self-organising responses" in the
community like that of Gap Filler
and neighbourhood events to combat
A Cera spokeswoman said cabinet
are yet to endorse the document and
it is currently out for consultation.
Funding was also being sought to
respond to psychosocial issues at the
same time, she said.
--- APNZ- e Star
Bureaucracy battles add to long-term quake stress
Labour MP Shane Jones is bristling
over what he says are insults dished out
to Northland by Finance Minister Bill
Mr English said in last week's nance
and expenditure select committee that
Northland's lack of jobs and economic
growth was largely due to a regionwide
lack of aspiration.
With a jobless rate of nearly 10%, the
region seemed to have a culture and
a climate where aspiration had been
killed o , Mr English said. Government
intervention had boosted that culture, he
Mr Jones, Labour's Maori A airs
spokesman, said he believed Mr English's
widely reported comments had been
mean spirited, derogatory of Ngapuhi as
well as the region and, coming only days
before Waitangi Day, "would appeal to
He said the comments undermined
e orts being made by Northland iwi,
leaders and business to develop the
He said the accusation of "an aspiration
de cit" was doubly insulting coming
soon before the signing of a treaty
settlement between the Government
and Ngati Kuri, taking place at Cape
Far North-based Green MP David
Clendon said Mr English "got it half
right" in saying government inter vention
had "disempowered rather than helped"
"But if anything has killed aspiration, it
would be the very policies that National
has overseen," Mr Clendon said.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Jones hits out at 'insults'
A University of Otago research
breakthrough could lead to the
creation of new "life-saving" anti-
e Sir John Walsh Research
Institute research, led by
Dr Brian Monk, and working
with colleagues at the University
of California San Francisco,
discovered the structure of a key
cell membrane protein, which
allows fungus to grow.
Knowing the structure of the
protein, which was also involved
in growing resistance to anti-
fungal drugs worldwide, could
result in "better targeted" drugs
that "hopefully give the organism
no chance of surviving".
is was signi cant as
1.4 million people died annually
due to fungal infections made
worse by co-infections with
tuberculosis and Aids or by
medically induced immune
Fungal infections such as thrush
also a ected premature babies, the
elderly, females of reproductive
age, individuals with dry mouth
and terminal cancer patients,
Dr Monk said.
" is is a huge area that really
needs to be worked on, because
the drugs we have are not
particularly e ective.
"If you get a systemic fungal
infection, that's one that spreads
throughout your body and gets
to your organs, your chances of
surviving it are about 50% or 60%."
Having drugs that more
e ectively targeted the fungal
protein molecule also meant it
could take longer for organisms
to develop resistance.
Dr Monk's research team was
now searching for drugs to take
advantage of the discovery. "What
we would like to have is really
cheap simple drugs that will have
a long life.
" at is rather than having
resistance occur after a few years,
maybe they might last 50 or 100
years," he said. Dr Monk said
his research team's discovery
paralleled a recent achievement by
Prof Greg Cook's team in Otago's
department of microbiology and
Prof Cook and his colleagues
published the structure of a
membrane protein essential for
bacter ia to generate energy, a
nding which opened the way
to developing new classes of
e importance of both
discoveries was highlighted by
the fact less than 0.5% of protein
structures so far determined
worldwide were for membrane
proteins. --- Otago Daily Times
Otago research could be lifesaver
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
e University of Otago's Dr Brian Monk shows the structure of a cell membrane protein, which is a
target for anti-fungal drugs.
A 10-year-old who crashed her
bike into a car has shown the rst
signs of recovery after a week in a
Samantha Robertson's family
have kept a bedside vigil at the
Starship hospital in Auckland for
seven long days.
Yesterday, they were rewarded ---
she spoke for the rst time.
Her father, John Robertson, said
the relief of seeing his only child
stirring was almost over whelming.
"She's doing well. She's slowly
coming back to us. We're really
chu ed. It's indescribable, really."
e start of the road to recovery
comes as cycling advocates renew
pressure on Mayor Len Brown
to prioritise bikeway projects for
Auckland, claiming there is too
much talk and not enough action.
Samantha was not wearing a
helmet when she accidentally
overshot the end of a friend's
driveway on ursday last week
and rode straight into the path of a
car on a 100kph road in Pukekawa,
66km south of central Auckland.
Doctors started reducing her
anaesthetic on Wednesday night
after seeing positive results in an
MRI scan that day.
Yesterday, she started to wake up
and communicate with people ---
much to the relief of her father,
who has described the days since
the accident as a parent's worst
Samantha mostly rested yesterday,
he said, but had shown signs of her
Samantha su ered severe head
injuries and signi cant wounds to
her legs, right shoulder and elbow.
It was not yet clear whether
Samantha had su ered any lasting
A police spokeswoman said it
was too early to determine whether
charges would be laid in relation to
the collision. Mr Robertson said he
did not know the full details of the
crash, but there was "absolutely" no
animosity towards the driver.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Girl stirs from coma after cycle crash
e driver of a rental van carrying
six Chinese tourists which collided
with a stationwagon on the
Northern Motorway near Dunedin
last month appeared in the Dunedin
District Court on Wednesday,
charged with dangerous driving
Fei Hao, 40, a tourist from
Shanghai, pleaded guilty and was
convicted, ordered to pay $10,000
emotional harm reparation, and
disquali ed from driving for 12
e court was told Hao was
driving north, near Butlers
overbridge on State highway 1, just
before 1pm on January 28.
He had ve passengers, including
two children aged eight and nine.
Approaching a sweeping right
bend, Hao pulled out to overtake a
truck and trailer unit.
Because it was a blind corner, he
did not have a clear view of the
road ahead and could not see the
stationwagon heading south.
He crashed into the front of
the stationwagon, resulting in its
driver, the sole occupant, sustaining
fractured neck vertebrae, a fractured
pelvis, a fractured thigh bone and a
Spoken to by police, Hao admitted
being at fault and said he believed
he was safe to overtake.
Counsel John Farrow said Hao
had researched the New Zealand
road rules before coming here.
He had been following the truck
for some time and believed he had
room to overtake. When he realised
the other vehicle was coming, he
attempted to drop back behind the
truck but was not able to do so in
Hao was genuinely remorseful.
Judge Kevin Phillips said the
victim was seriously injured. He
would be in hospital for at least
the next eight weeks. His recovery
would take a long time. He lived
alone. His vehicle was so damaged
he no longer had transport.
e judge took into account
Hao, as a tourist, was driving in
unfamiliar conditions and had
studied New Zealand road rules.
--- Otago Daily Times
Tourist admits crash fault
After a trial in the Invercargill District
Court lasting 12 days, Simon Robert
Hawkins, 30, of Wanaka, was found not
guilty by a jury this week on 22 charges
of stealing stock and other farm items.
e items, including hundreds of deer,
merino wethers and hoggets, as well
as deer velvet, hard antler and barley,
were taken from from Cri el Deer Ltd,
Cri el Station or West Wanaka Station
owner Grant Cochrane between January
1, 2005, and December 1, 2011, and had
a collective value of almost $300,000.
Hawkins was charged jointly with
Dean omas Herd, 37, the former
manager of Cri el deer farm, now of
Motueka. Herd pleaded guilty last year
to dozens of charges and is awaiting
On the opening day of the trial, Crown
counsel John Mr Young said Hawkins
believed the animals he had arranged to
be sold or killed belonged to Herd ---
who had an arrangement to graze them
on Mr Cochrane's properties --- and
were being sold legally.
An Invercargill court sta member
said no date had yet been set for Herd's
sentencing. --- Otago Daily Times
A Catholic church on Bethlehem Road
in Tauranga was destroyed last night in a
Senior sergeant Carl Purcell said the
re was being treated as suspicious and
police were guarding the scene.
Tauranga senior station o cer Nigel
Liddicoat said re ghters were called to
the church about 10.45pm yesterday to
nd it fully ablaze.
ree crews fought the re until
about 1am and the last crew left about
e church was destroyed.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
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