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A man has died in a forklift
accident yesterday in Whangarei.
Police and Work Safe New Zealand
are investigating the death. e
24-year-old man died at the scene
after the forklift he was driving
rolled. e accident occurred about
10.45am. e matter has been
referred to the coroner. --- APNZ
Collision claims life
One person has died and another
injured in a serious crash south of
Auckland last night. e collision
between a car and a truck occurred
on State highway 2 at Mangatawhiri
shortly before 10.30pm. One
person died at the scene, ambulance
northern communications shift
manager Ptrece Gosney-Payne
said. A second person sustained
moderate injuries, but was not taken
to hospital. Diversions were in place
at the junctions with Koheroa Road
and State highway 1 overnight, but
have now been removed, police said.
Two men have been arrested for
allegedly pointing a gun from their
vehicle at another man in suburban
Christchurch on Sunday. Police
were called to the incident after a
man waved down a passing patrol
car and reported that the occupants
of a utility vehicle had pointed a
sawn-o shotgun at him in Wainoni
about 7.15pm. e pair, aged 17 and
19, were arrested. ey will appear
in court tomorrow charged with
unlawful possession of a rearm.
Disease closes pound
e Whanganui District Council
has temporarily closed its dog pound
as a precaution following an outbreak
of canine parvovirus. Two puppies
at the pound developed parvovirus
last Wednesday, and at the weekend
three older, larger impounded dogs
also came down with the virus.
Jonathan Barrett, council's deputy
strategy and development manager,
said canine parvovirus was a severe
viral infection which caused a sudden
onset of profuse, smelly, bloody,
diarrhoea,vomiting and fever. is
could lead to severe dehydration and
death. e puppies and dogs with the
virus had been put down. e pound
would be closed while sta carried
out a thorough cleaning process.
--- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Sea lion killed in net
A critically endangered New
Zealand sea lion has died after being
caught in a shing net, Forest and
Bird says. A report issued by the
Ministry for Primary Industries
said the death happened between
January 27 and February 2 near
the Auckland Islands squid shing
grounds. --- APNZ
Numbers in Keno draw No 9740: 6,
10, 18, 25, 30, 31, 35, 38, 39, 41, 44, 47,
48, 52, 58, 64, 72, 73, 77, 79. Draw No
9741: 8, 12, 15, 16, 21, 23, 25, 28, 36,
37, 39, 44, 51, 52, 60, 62, 64, 74, 76, 80.
Sex worker tells of Mob 'tax'
Telecom is contacting some Xtra
e-mail users as it applies the latest in a
series of security enhancements to the
An additional encryption setting called
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), will soon be
the new standard default connection for
all Yahoo Xtra mail accounts.
Telecom said it would be helping users
who access the service via a third party
e-mail client, such as Microsoft Outlook
for PCs or Android for mobiles, to
update their settings.
SSL secured a user's information
and e-mail messages,
communications more private as they
moved between the user's browser/device
and Yahoo's ser vers, Telecom retail chief
executive Chris Quin said.
But it was important for customers
take their on-line security as seriously as
possible, he said.
"We're continuing to look at what we
can do to enhance Xtra mail so our users
can have more con dence in the service
to get on and do more on-line.
" at said, while we'll do all that we
can to keep customers protected via their
e-mail portal, these security updates will
not prevent the ongoing circulation of
spam," Mr Quin said.
"Nor will it prevent Kiwis from clicking
suspicious links contained in e-mails
which can perpetuate spammers' activity.
Together, we need to work to keep all of
us safe on-line."
E-mail users should be careful to
regularly update account settings with a
strong, di cult to predict password and
refrain from using the same password for
their on-line banking, their e-mail and
their Twitter account.
E-mails containing suspicious links
should be immediately deleted, even if
they're received from known and trusted
contacts, Mr Quin said. --- APNZ
Labour and the Greens are rejecting
a report which says the electricity
market works better than their proposed
Labour and the Greens are trashing a
report which says the electricity market
is more e cient than their proposed
alternative would be.
e report was commissioned by
Business NZ and carried out by Sapere
It concludes the market is highly
competitive and e cient, and better
able to meet the country's need than
the restructured version the opposition
parties are proposing.
eir agship policy would insert a
State-owned agency to buy power from
the hydro companies and distribute it
at a price they say would be much lower
than it is now.
Business NZ chief executive Phil
O'Reilly says it was a "rigorous analysis"
of a sector that was often poorly
understood by consumers.
e Greens say every family in New
Zealand knows something is wrong
when prices keep rising even as demand
"I'm not surprised that a report
commissioned by the electricity
companies' lobby group says power
prices are justi ed," the party's energy
spokesman, Gareth Hughes, said.
"Prices have doubled in 15 years --- even
though most of our power is produced at
very low cost."
Labour's David Shearer said the
industry is desperate to cling to its
pricing model and the report cannot
hide the truth.
"Power prices are too high . . . the
market is failing and all the reports in
the world won't change that."
Labour and the Greens say their
version would save households $300 a
year. --- NZN
Mongrel Mob members were "all
over" Manchester Street the night sex
worker Ngatai "Mellory" Manning
was killed, a fellow prostitute told the
High Court in Christchurch today.
e woman, whose identity is
suppressed, said she was working on
the street on the night of December
18, 2008, the night the Crown alleges
Ms Manning was raped, bashed and
stabbed at a Mongrel Mob gang
pad before her mutilated body was
dumped in the Avon River.
Gang prospect Mauha Huataki
Fawcett, 26, has denied Ms Manning's
murder, claiming police pressured him
into making false confessions that he
was present when she was killed over
a drug debt.
e Crown alleged Fawcett, known
as "Muck Dog", either took part in
the killing or was there as a party to
In evidence read to the court before
Justice David Gendall and a jury of
six men and six women today, the sex
worker said she knew Mellory only by
her rst name.
She said she was working as a
prostitute on December 18.
"Suddenly the Mob were all over the
street, hitting up all the girls for $20
each," the woman said in her brief of
She said Mob members would come
up to her "after a job" demanding a
ey said they were the Mongrel
Mob and that they owned the street,
she said. She was to pay the Mob $20
for each client, she had.
e woman said a street worker
called Holly who she knew was
associated with the Mongrel Mob
pulled up in a dark coloured four-
door car with tinted windows and
told her to get into the vehicle. She
"I thought if I got in the car no-one
would see me again."
e street worker said she had met
the "Mob guys" about four months
before Mellory died, and recognised
Fawcett as "Muck Dog".
Another street worker, whose name
is also suppressed, said in evidence
that the Manchester Street red light
area was divided into four sections
--- one of which was designated as a
Mongrel Mob area.
"I didn't like the Mob," she said. "I
tried to stay neutral."
e trial is expected to take six weeks,
with about 100 witnesses scheduled
to give evidence. --- APNZ- e Star
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A top police gangs expert yesterday
explained to the jury how Mongrel
Mob prospects try to impress gang
bosses with acts of violence in order to
Kelvin Holden, a serving o cer with
the Criminal Intelligence Section of
police, has worked with many Mongrel
Mob chapters, including Aotearoa.
He knew that Fawcett, or "Muck
Dog", was a prospect, or a soldier, for the
Christchurch chapter in 2008 and was
pushing to become a patched member.
Fawcett had even got the English
bulldog --- a Mongrel Mob symbol ---
tattooed on the right cheek of his face in
the months before Ms Manning's brutal
Mr Holden said the patch was "highly
valuable" to gang members, who must
put the brotherhood ahead of family,
partners, or work.
Prospects, regarded as being "down
the food chain", must prove themselves,
often by carrying out beatings, or by
doing standover work of prostitutes or
Violence was critical to gang culture,
Mr Holden told the jury.
If anyone crossed them they had "no
hesitation" in turning to violence.
Prospects were also expected to take
the rap for crimes in order to protect
patched members from arrest, Mr
Holden said. --- APNZ
Jury told of gang
New Zealanders who travel to Syria
to ght with rebel forces against the
Assad regime are being misinformed
by recruiters over social media, a
Syrian living in Auckland says.
e comments came after Prime
Minister John Key yesterday revealed
"a small group" of New Zealanders
are ghting in anti-Government
forces in Syria, while others have had
their passports cancelled to prevent
them reaching the war-torn country.
ere was a fear such ghters could
become radicalised by terrorist groups
operating in Syria, such as al Qaeda,
and could pose a threat when they
return to New Zealand, Mr Key said.
Syrian national Husam al-Diery
said some New Zealanders who want
to ght with rebel forces had been
misinformed by recruiters.
" ey're not Syrians the ones that
do go, they get in uenced by social
media, as it does on many people,
it kind of gives o this notion
that if we do not rise now we will
be oppressed forever, and they go
thinking they're truly going to ght
for a noble cause," Mr al-Diery told
Radio New Zealand's Morning
Report. "Unfortunately it's .
"Who is really ghting for a noble
cause in Syria? ere's so many
people ghting for di erent personal
gains and di erent political gains,
that you don't really know who you're
ghting with any more."
Meanwhile, Ali Akil of Syrian
Solidarity New Zealand, revealed
that two brothers had been prevented
from leaving New Zealand as they
tried to make their way to Syria.
"According to my sources, their
parents are the ones who called up and
asked for them to be stopped,"he said,
accusing Mr Key of "scaremongering
and providing twisted information
for political gain".
e brothers were the only people
he had heard of who had attempted
to join the rebel forces, he said.
"John Key has suggested very few
people have (gone to Syria), and
mentioned they have gone there to
ght against the Assad regime which
is actually something that we should
honour them for, not strip them of
their rights for," he told Morning
He questioned why Mr Key would
"criminalise" those who decide to
ght against Bashar al-Assad's
regime, which is known to have used
chemical weapons against civilians.
" e New Zealand Government has
actually sent our own New Zealand
soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan to
liberate them from dictators, or so we
were told. Isn't it ridiculous to now
criminalise those who choose to do
exactly the same thing in Syria?"
He added: "New Zealanders have
been taking part in con icts around
the world, including those who have
joined Israeli forces, yet we have
not heard of their passports being
Mr Akil said such actions by the
Government would be more likely to
radicalise young, disillusioned Kiwis
than ghting in Syria.
"I think what radicalises people
is injustice, and that's exactly what
John Key has done in this case. It's
stripping people of their rights." ---
Would-be Syrian fighters 'misinformed'
e Prime Minister is being accused
of taking a big risk in revealing that a
handful of New Zealand citizens have
had their passports cancelled for wanting
to ght alongside rebel forces in Syria.
Mr Key told reporters on Monday that
a small number of people involved with
anti-government groups in Syria have
been stopped before leaving the country,
while others who have made it to Syria
are being tracked.
He said while it is not illegal for
someone to go to a war zone, authorities
will step in if they believe an individual
is at risk or could be radicalised by the
Intelligence and policy analyst Paul
Buchanan said the revelation shows
intelligence agencies in New Zealand
are doing their job however it is a risky
move to make such information public.
"He's now alerted others of the same
persuasion that their organisations
have been in ltrated, that there may be
informants in the Muslim community
that are revealing the identities of those
who want to join the Syrian con ict."
Ali Akil of Syrian Solidarity New
Zealand said fears people could become
radicalised are based on racial prejudices
and it shouldn't be up to the Government
to decide if people should join the rebels
"I believe that the freedom of these
individuals, whether they would like to
go to Syria or any other country, they
are entitled to take their own decision.
I think what people want to do is what
radicalises people more than actually
allowing people to go."
Labour Party foreign a airs
spokesperson David Shearer said the
decision to cancel passports is surprising.
He said it would be justi ed if that
action was going to be a threat to New
Zealand, but people have a right to
choose what con ict is right or wrong.
A senior lecturer in international
relations at the University of Melbourne,
David Malet, said cancellations
of passports in Australia had been
counterproductive because they
antagonise people. --- NZN
seen as risky
PICTURE: Bay of Plenty Times
e truck and a school bus after the collision resulting in injuries to several children and serious
injuries to the truck driver.
Emergency services were called
to a crash involving a school bus
south of Te Puke this morning.
e collision between a light
truck and a full school bus
happened about 8.20am on State
highway 2 near Te Matai Road.
ree pupils received minor
bumps and cuts while the driver
of the truck was trapped and
needed to be freed, police said.
He was thought to have
moderate to serious injuries.
e crash occurred close to
the school and pupils had been
walked the remaining distance.
Police closed the section of
State highway 2 from Rangiruru
Road and Te Matai.
e injured children are
understood to be receiving
treatment from parents and Te
Matai School sta as emergency
e intersection is a well-known
black spot for crashes.
Tr a c was backed up along the
highway after the crash.
Western Bay of Plenty head of
road policing senior sergeant Ian
Campion con rmed a school bus
and a light truck collided outside
Members of the Commercial
Vehicle Investigation Unit
(CVIU) are now at the scene and
investigating as contractors work
to clear the road.
e diversions had been
removed by noon.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Children hur t in school bus crash
Housing New Zealand has
apologised to a family of seven
who lived in a tent for ve weeks as
they waited for a house to become
available in Tauranga.
e family, including ve children
aged from two to 11, have been
living in a two-bedroom tent next
to the Wairoa River, just outside
Bethlehem, since December 13.
ey have had to use the public
toilets across the bridge and bathe
in the river.
Housing New Zealand yesterday
o ered them a home after Maori
Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell
e mother of ve, who wanted to
be known only as Kylie to protect
the identity of her children, said
the family moved from Rotorua for
work and health reasons. Initially
they stayed with a family member
but moved out after the situation
"Long story short, it was just got
"We thought we would come this
way (to Tauranga), as my partner
works on the boats, and it was a
chance for him to get to know his
dad, who had been absent from his
"And healthwise for my kids and I,
we have really bad eczema and my
breathing was terrible with asthma,
it was worse over there with the
e mother said she had applied
for more than 15 rental houses
through Trade Me but had not
heard from any of the landlords she
"So my best option was Housing
New Zealand, but they hadn't even
made a home visit to us," she said
"I'm going to do anything for my
e girls were starting to moan
about not having hot showers, she
"It's a three-compartment tent,
so us and baby on one side and
the four children on the other side,
with the kitchen in the middle."
Housing New Zealand regional
manager Darren Toy acknowledged
sta could have visited the family
An apology had been made to the
family for the delay, Mr Toy said.
Yesterday, Kylie and her family
were o ered a four-bedroom
" e property is the rst suitable
property we've had available, and
has only just become vacant," Mr
"It needs some repairs, but we're
fast-tracking these and hope the
family can move in before they are
There was high demand for
Housing New Zealand homes in
Tauranga, so it could be difficult
to find properties quickly, he
"Especially larger properties.
However, we are in the process of
building six new, large properties
which at this stage should be
available by May.
" is will go some way to help
e family's former Rotorua rental
property owner, Gareth Hobson,
said he was surprised to hear about
their struggles in Tauranga.
"She was an awesome tenant.
ey never missed a payment and
made the house their own."
Mr Flavell said he was made
aware of the family's situation
after a friend saw Kylie's post on
"Luckily, something has fallen
through with another family so
they (Housing New Zealand) were
able to o er a house.
"Hopefully, this is an isolated
incident, there could be other
people in the same situation that
don't put their hand up."
Kylie said yesterday: "We are
so grateful to have been o ered a
house, but there was no indication
of when we would be able to move
"I hope it doesn't take too long."
In total, 87 people are on Housing
New Zealand's Tauranga waiting
list. --- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
live in tent
Archaeologists have dug up New
Zealand's oldest school, revealing
200-year-old toys, pencils and parts of
e school was attached to the
country's rst mission station, which
stood at Hohi Bay (now Marsden Cross
Historic Reserve) in the Bay of Islands
from 1814 to 1832.
After two years of eld work,
University of Otago archaeologists
excavated the mission, which is believed
to be the house of European missionary
Artefacts including glass, buttons,
jewellery, smoking pipes, fragments
from plates and cups, coins and
gun ints were found.
"We uncovered signi cant
archaeological features that have added
to our understanding of the Hohi
mission and the people who lived
and worked there --- as well as those
who were a ected by the mission,"
University of Otago anthropology and
archaeology associate professor Ian
Smith said. --- NZN
Ian Smith and Angela Middleton at the dig uncovering New Zealand's oldest
Archaeologists dig up oldest school
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