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Crash kills unborn child
e unborn child of a woman who
was seriously injured in a car crash in
Whangarei last night has died. e
pregnant woman and a teenage boy
were rushed to hospital following
a two-car collision on Whangarei
Heads Road about 9.20pm. Two
other people were injured, but their
conditions were less serious and they
were not taken to hospital, police
said. e teenage boy was own to
Auckland's Starship Hospital by
helicopter. --- APNZ
Dead driver identified
A man who died after crashing
his car near the Bay of Plenty town
of Katikati on Saturday has been
identi ed as Gordon Walker, 77. Police
came across Mr Walker's crashed
car, about 4km north of the town on
State highway 2, while on their way
to another car crash. Mr Walker, of
Katikati, died at the scene. e second
crash, about 5km away, involved two
cars and was less serious. One woman
was taken to hospital after being found
unconscious at the scene. --- APNZ
Trike crash injures two
Two motorcyclists were hurt, one
critically, when a large three-wheeled
motorcycle crashed and rolled near
Motueka on Saturday night. e
Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter
was called to Mariri, just south of
Motueka, about midnight. e trike
left the road and rolled before coming
to rest in a ditch. One of the riders
was own to Nelson Hospital in a
critical condition. e other, su ering
moderate injuries, was taken to
hospital by ambulance. --- APNZ
Two saved from fire
Two people were rescued from a
re in a Wellington night shelter
last night. e blaze broke out in an
upstairs room of the Taranaki Street
property about 9.15pm. Two people
were rescued and treated for minor
smoke inhalation at the scene, central
re communications shift manager
Dave Meikle said. e re was caused
by an electrical fault. --- APNZ
Two share Lotto
Two tickets, sold in Tauranga and
Flat Bush, south Auckland, shared
the division one prize in Lotto
draw No 1392 on Saturday. Each
winner receives $500,000. Successful
numbers were 16, 17, 20, 35, 37,
39; bonus 7. Strike numbers were
35, 20, 37, 16. ere was one Strike
Four winner, from Invercargill,
taking home $758,976. Powerball
number 9. ere was no division one
winner. Winning Wheel tickets were
sold in Havelock North, Matakana
and Hamilton. e winner from
Wellington spun for $125,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9736: 2,
7, 14, 15, 16, 22, 27, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34,
36, 38, 46, 50, 62, 73, 77, 78. Draw No
9737: 4, 5, 6, 10, 14, 17, 19, 23, 28, 37,
42, 43, 44, 46, 51, 55, 56, 57, 58, 60.
Draw No 9738: 7, 11, 13, 14, 15, 19,
25, 29, 33, 35, 36, 42, 51, 54, 55, 59, 61,
67, 69, 75. Draw No 9739: 2, 7, 12, 13,
18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 41, 46, 49, 50, 51,
61, 63, 69, 72, 76.
125 jobs go in factory closure
A Wellington motorway has
reopened after a multi-vehicle
crash blocked the southbound
lane near Porirua.
Six cars and one motorcycle
were involved in the crash at
6.40am on State highway 1,
about 1km south of Porirua,
senior sergeant Marc Clausen of
police central communications
Nobody was seriously injured,
with most of the occupants
requiring no medical treatment.
However, the motorcyclist
and a woman who was six
months' pregnant were taken
to Wellington Hospital for
precautionary medical checks.
Police said the motorway had
been cleared and was fully open
as at 7.45am.
ey had earlier asked
motorists to delay their travel
or take alternate routes, through
Tawa or over the Haywards
e cause of today's crash was
not yet known. --- APNZ
Pile-up closes road
e discovery of a man's burned
body at a Palmerston North
property is not being treated as a
homicide by police.
e man, in his late 60s, was
found at residential property in
Russell Street on Friday evening.
A woman in her mid-30s, who
was related to the man, was also
found at the house with stab
wounds to her face and body.
Police said the pair were part
of a large family who lived at the
Police spokeswoman Sara
Stavropoulos con rmed this
afternoon the matter was not
being treated as a homicide
Relatives of the woman, who
had undergone two rounds of
surgery for her injuries, were
supporting her in hospital.
She was in a serious but stable
condition, Ms Stavropoulos said.
" ey are completely devastated
with what has happened," she
A post-mortem examination
on the man's body, which was
removed from the house about
noon on Saturday, was performed
today. A scene examination was
It is understood children were
in the property at the time of the
Police were called to the
family's Russell Street house on
Friday evening after neighbours
reported yelling. --- APNZ
Man's death not homicide
About 125 jobs looks set to go
at a Hamilton meat factory after
Goodman Fielder con rmed the
closure of the plant, a union says.
Workers at the factory which makes
the Kiwi Bacon and Huttons brands
in Frankton were called into a meeting
at 7am today with Goodman Fielder
NZ managing director, Peter Reidie,
where the news was con rmed, First
It comes weeks after sta at the
factory were warned that 125 jobs
could be cut from the facility by the
Australasian food company.
Goodman Fielder announced on
January 8 it had agreed to a proposal
to sell its meat business to Hellers.
" ere was a combination of
disappointment and relief among
workers," First Union general
secretary Robert Reid said.
"While workers were disappointed
to hear the news that the site would
close and they would be make
redundant, there was also relief that
after a month of waiting the nal
decision had been made."
Mr Reid said the union, which
represents 96 of the a ected sta ,
would work closely with the
company and Government agencies
to ensure workers receive full
support throughout the closure and
Mr Reid said employees had put up
four alternatives to the closure but
the company rejected them. He said
the shutdown was a tragedy for the
"You'll always get a few who will be
able to nd work straight away but it's
still a tight labour market in Hamilton
and in the Waikato and we know that
we'll actually be having to work very
closely with our members and to
provide them all sorts of assistance."
e company has previously said the
sale should be completed by the end
of March this year.
In a statement, Goodman Fielder
con rmed it will sell its New Zealand
Meats business to Hellers, following
the completion of consultation with
employees and the unions.
"An alternative proposal to
purchase the meats business was
presented during the consultation
period by a consortium, supported
by First Union. e proposal was
duly considered by Goodman
Fielder, however, the proposal
was unsatisfactory on a number
of grounds, including a failure to
demonstrate that they had the
requisite nancial capacity to
conclude a deal," the company said.
All employees made redundant
by the move, will be given the
opportunity to ll vacancies at other
Goodman Fielder facilities across the
country, as well as Hellers.
"Employees who are not able to
be redeployed will receive their full
redundancy provisions as well as an
employee assistance programme,
outplacement programme and careers
workshop," the company said.
e factory in Frankton will be
closed, with current meat processing
activities moved to Hellers sites in
Auckland and Christchurch.
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e jury has been empanelled in the
murder trial of Christchurch prostitute
Ngatai "Mellory" Manning.
Mauha Huataki Fawcett, 26, denies
murdering Miss Manning on or about
December 18, 2008.
Her badly beaten body was found in
the Avon River the next day, and the
brutality of her death shocked police
investigating the case.
e trial at the High Court in
Christchurch is set down for six weeks,
with about 100 witnesses likely to be
called to give evidence.
Fawcett con rmed to the court today
that he will defend himself.
e trial, before Justice David Gendall,
had previously been delayed after
Fawcett dismissed his defence counsel
Craig Ruane and told the court he
wanted to conduct his own defence.
Mr Ruane has been appointed amicus
curiae, or friend of the court, to provide
assistance and advance legal arguments
on Fawcett's behalf during the trial.
A jury of six women and six men were
empanelled this morning.
Justice Gendall told the jury that
Fawcett had chosen to represent himself
and that he was well within his rights to
He said it was unusual for a defendant
to conduct their own defence, but
stressed the jury "shouldn't think
anything ill of that".
e judge reminded the jury that
Fawcett does not have to prove anything,
but it was instead up to the Crown to
prove beyond reasonable doubt that he
was guilty of killing Miss Manning.
"Keep an open mind right to the end.
Don't jump to conclusions early," Justice
e trial will now begin with the
Crown's opening address. --- APNZ
Mellory Manning murder
accused to conduct
Australian supermarkets are dropping
New Zealand-made products even if
an alternative cannot be sourced locally,
producers say, as concerns increase
about whether the patriotic shut-out
on foreign goods could expand to more
New Zealand food and beverage
makers said Australian supermarket
chains Coles and Woolworths were
competing to be the "most Australian"
company and this was leading to extreme
measures to "de-list" foreign tenders.
One major exporter said that
the supermarkets, in uenced by a
fervent Buy Australia campaign, were
eliminating more New Zealand products
"by the day".
Australian Prime Minister Tony
Abbott refused to intervene in the
supermarket shut-out after Prime
Minister John Key raised the issue in a
high-level meeting in Sydney yesterday.
Mr Key said the bans on New Zealand
products appeared to breach the spirit, if
not the terms of the trans-Tasman closer
economic relations (CER) agreement.
Labour leader David Cunli e said Mr
Key had not negotiated hard enough and
that the campaign was a contravention
of CER because each country was
required to treat the other's products the
same as their own.
Mr Abbott said that companies
a ected by the Buy Australia campaign
could make a complaint to the Australian
So far the ban had a ected New
Zealand-made cheese, frozen foods and
vegetables which were sold under the
"house brand" labels.
Export NZ spokeswoman Catherine
Beard said house brands were the
easiest goods to exclude but Australian
supermarkets would nd it more
di cult to get rid of popular brands such
as Watties. Coles upset its customers
when it removed New Zealand-made
Mainland Cheese from its shelves in
But Food and Grocery Council chief
executive Katherine Rich said some
branded products were now also being
knocked o shelves and local exporters
were getting nervous that the shut-out
could spread more widely.
She said cereal exporters and non-food
manufacturers such as toilet tissue and
hair product makers were worried.
Coles and Woolworths made up 80%
of the Australian retail market. If the
campaign was sustained, it could cost
New Zealand business hundreds of
Ms Rich said frozen food producer
Talleys has had 40 products removed
from shelves and replaced by Australian
products. Suppliers also discontinued 10
Talleys products, despite the fact that
local suppliers could not replace them.
Talleys joint managing director
Michael Talley said his company had
exported 900 tonnes of frozen spinach
a year to Australia until it was blocked.
" ey no longer have items in their
brand range merely because there is no
He added: " e items for their policy
of buying only Australian is being
expanded by the day."
e company's meat, sh, vegetables
and shredded cheese products had been
Mr Talley backed a formal complaint
under the CER agreement and said his
company had already provided a legal
opinion to the Government.
Some suggested that New Zealand
should ght back by shunning
e Labour Party's food safety
spokesman, Damien O'Connor,
said New Zealand should introduce
country of origin labelling so that New
Zealanders could know if they were
buying Australian products and "return
Countdown, which is a Woolworths
brand, was reported to be facing a
backlash from some New Zealand
shoppers who felt it was disloyal.
Buy New Zealand Made spokesman
Scott Wilson said his organisation
would not become more aggressive
or outspoken in response to the
Buy Australia campaign. It worked
with a separate organisation known
as Australian Made. Both groups
encouraged local buying but did not
support the exclusion of foreign produce.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Australian patriotism alarms NZ exporters
should strongly censure
Japan after one of its
whaling vessels entered
New Zealand's waters,
the Green Party says.
e Shonan Maru
No 2, which provides
security for the Japanese
whaling eet, entered
New Zealand's 200
nautical mile exclusive economic zone
(EEZ) on Friday.
Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd
said the Japanese ship had been tailing
its protest vessel, the Steve Irwin,
after a recent clash in which two ships
collided. e Sea Shepherd vessel
docked in Dunedin to refuel early
Foreign Minister Murray McCully
said it was disappointing the Japanese
vessel had entered New Zealand's
EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone).
" e Japanese Government is well
aware of New Zealand's opposition
to whaling in the Southern Ocean
and our strong preference that ships
from its whaling eet do not enter our
"While the Japanese vessel has a
right to pass through our EEZ, it is
disappointing a request not to do so
Mr McCully said he did not expect
the vessel to enter New Zealand's
territorial waters, which extend 12
nautical miles from the coast.
Green Party oceans spokesman
Gareth Hughes said it was "o ensive"
that Japanese whalers were in New
Zealand waters. He called on the
Government to lodge a formal
"Murray McCully needs to do more
than just express disappointment; he
needs to send a strong diplomatic
message to Japan that their whaling
vessels are not welcome in New
e Steve Irwin's
Chakravarty, said the
Japanese ship was
making a mockery of
New Zealand's request to
stay out of the EEZ.
"We urge Minister
McCully to uphold New
Zealand's strong stance
against the Japanese
whaling eet's operations
and demand that the whaling security
vessel leaves New Zealand waters
e New Zealand-based spokesman
for Japan's Institute of Cetacean
Research, Glenn Inwood, said vessels
had a right to enter other countries'
He said Japanese vessels had
respected the request to remain
outside New Zealand's waters before
the Sea Shepherd group's "violent
However, the Japanese needed to
defend themselves to ensure the safety
of their crew and vessels.
"In light of Sea Shepherd's
continuing violence on the high seas,
including deliberate acts of ramming,
it's important that the Japanese
monitor the group's vessels and their
Once the Sea Shepherd vessel Steve
Irwin nishes refuelling in Dunedin,
it will head back out to the Southern
Ocean to rejoin the anti-whaling
Meanwhile, Sea Shepherd claims the
Japanese harpoon ship Yushin Maru
No 3 brie y entered the Australian
whale sanctuary near Macquarie
Island, within Australia's EEZ, while
tailing the protest ship Bob Barker on
Saturday night. If con rmed, the half-
hour incursion could be in breach of a
2008 Australian court injunction that
declared Japan's whaling operation to
be in violation of Australian law, the
group said. --- APNZ
Call to censure Japan after intrusion
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Captain Siddarth Chakravarty, on a Dunedin wharf, talks about the
adventures of the Steve Ir win in the Southern Ocean.
A safety warning has been issued
after a faulty are fell into an Auckland
garden last night.
A resident in Paritai Drive, Orakei,
"received a fright", police said, when a
burning are landed in his garden, lling
it with an intense red ame and smoke.
An investigation found the remains
of a parachute are which had
malfunctioned and fallen to the ground,
without the parachute deploying, police
"Parachute ares are normally launched
to a height of about 300m, and descend
slowly by parachute while burning with
an intense red ame, Auckland city
police said in a statement.
"In this case it appears that the are
was launched from land and fell into
the residents garden after the parachute
e origin of the are was last night
However, it was sheer luck it did not
cause a re or injury, police said.
"Marine ares should only be used at
sea and for real emergencies." --- APNZ
Distress flare warning
Bob McCoskrie says he
is not alone in resigning
as a marriage celebrant
over concerns about
gay marriage, but other
celebrants say they're not
aware of resignations over
Mr McCoskrie, the
Family First national
director, has not renewed
his licence as a celebrant because he
rejects the state de nition of marriage,
he announced on his blog.
Referring to the passing of the
Marriage Amendment Act, the post said
the "act of cultural vandalism" rammed
through by politicians had prompted
him to resign as a State-sanctioned
He would still perform marriage
ceremonies for couples, but they would
have to go to a local registry o ce to
make the union legal.
"But it would be wrong of me --- and
perhaps even hypocritical of me --- to
allow myself to be appointed by the State
to carry out that duty while rejecting the
distorted de nition that the state has
adopted," he said.
Mr McCoskrie told APNZ he was
aware of other celebrants who had
adopted the same stance, and said he had
been "overwhelmed with support" since
announcing his decision.
Auckland celebrant Kathrine
Fraser, immediate past-present of the
Celebrants Association of
New Zealand (CANZ),
said a survey at the time of
the law change found most
celebrants were in favour
She said it had also been
made clear that while
celebrants were empowered
to marry couples, they were
not compelled to marry
anyone they did not wish to.
Couples generally looked for a
celebrant who they connected with and
who shared their outlook, so a same-
sex couple was unlikely to choose a
celebrant who was uncomfortable with
gay marriage, she said.
ere was plenty of choice for same-
sex unions, particularly as all civil union
celebrants had been given the opportunity
to transition to being marriage celebrants
with the change in law.
Celebrant Rei Hagan, co-chairwoman
of CANZ Waikato branch, said she was
not aware of any celebrants who had
resigned as a result of the law change.
"I haven't heard of a single person
resigning for that reason. Not one."
She also was not aware of any celebrants
who had concerns about being required
to marry same-sex couples.
Figures from the Department of
Internal a airs show 361 same-sex
couples married in New Zealand
between August 19, 2013, when the new
law came into force, and December 19.
Gay marriage law prompts
Two re ghters have narrowly escaped
serious injury after a water tanker they
were travelling in rolled near Cambridge.
e pair are believed to have sustained
minor injuries in the incident, which
took place on Te Miro Road about
ey managed to free themselves from
the New Zealand Fire Ser vice vehicle
before emergency services arrived.
A specialist heavy rescue tender which
had been deployed from Hamilton was
then stood down, Fire Service northern
communications shift manager Paul
It is not yet known what caused the
water tanker to roll, Mr Radden said.
e vehicle was not on its way to a job at
the time, he said. --- APNZ
Firefighters escape injury in tanker crash
A man was found fatally burned and a woman stabbed at this
Russell Street, Palmerston North, house.
A 71-year-old woman who
su ered a leg injury while
tramping near Nelson took 10
hours to reach a hut before help
could be raised.
e woman from Alaska was
injured on the Moss Pass in the
Nelson Lakes National Park
about midday on Friday, a Nelson
Marlborough rescue helicopter
She then spent about 10 hours
descending to the D'Urville River
Valley with help from members
of her tramping party.
e woman sought shelter at
the George Lyon Hut while
members of her party walked
out to raise the alarm. e rescue
helicopter was dispatched about
e woman was assessed and
own to Nelson Hospital for
e rescue was immediately
followed by a medical emergency
at Kaiteriteri Beach, west of
e helicopter ew a 59-year-
old Kaikoura man to hospital
after it was called to the beach
about 8.55pm on Saturday.
Injured tramper flown out
Baby dies after smash
e youngest of two children
injured in a serious crash near
Whakatane yesterday has died.
Whakatane sergeant Yvonne
Parker said the baby, believed to
be four months old, was own to
Starship Hospital last night but
has since died.
e crash happened on the
ornton Bridge, on ornton
Road near East Bank Road and
West Bank Road about 2pm
A doctor, who was one of
the rst people at the scene of
the crash, worked on the baby
for close to an hour on the
bridge and continued during
the ambulance journey to the
e baby was one of four people
in a car that collided head-on
with a small truck.
A four-year-old girl was airlifted
to Tauranga Hospital while the
driver and front seat passenger
were taken to Whakatane
Hospital by ambulance.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Boy admits assault
A 16-year-old schoolboy
has today admitted assaulting
Auckland teen Stephen Dudley
on the day a manslaughter trial
over the teen's death was to begin.
e more serious charge against
the 16-year-old has been dropped
after the guilty plea was entered
in the High Court at Auckland
Stephen, 15, died after a school
rugby training session on June 6
He was taken to Auckland City
Hospital after being assaulted at
training and died a short time
e 16-year-old was bailed
until March, when he will be
sentenced. A pre-sentence report
was ordered and the teenager's
name suppression will continue
until the sentencing.
An 18-year-old still facing a
charge of manslaughter will still
head to trial on an allegation of
His name remains suppressed
and the trial is likely to be heard
in June. Until then he is on bail.
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