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Smash injures man
A man has been rushed to hospital
with suspected neck or spinal
injuries after a crash on Waikato
roads this morning. e man and his
colleague were on their way to work
when they took a corner too fast and
crossed the centreline into the path
of an oncoming vehicle, police said.
e road workers were travelling
north on the Hukanui Road when
the collision occurred near the
intersection with Glen Lynne
Avenue about 5.30am. e people in
the southbound car were shaken but
unhurt, but the front-seat passenger
in the northbound car was knocked
unconscious and had to be cut from
the wreckage, police said. --- APNZ
Passenger badly hurt
A person was seriously injured in a
head-on crash near Te Whaiti in the
Bay of Plenty yesterday. Police were
alerted to the crash involving two
vehicles on old State highway 38 at
3.26pm. One passenger was seriously
injured while three others sustained
minor injuries. No other details were
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Crash victim named
Police have released the name of a
man who died following a three-
vehicle crash in New Plymouth
yesterday. He was Bruce Atkin, a
62-year-old Canadian national who
was living in New Plymouth. e
crash occurred just before 7.30am
at the intersection of Egmont and
Bishop Roads, and involved a truck,
a car and a motorcycle. Mr Atkin
was the sole occupant of the car.
Preliminary indications suggested
the car had pulled out into the path
of an oncoming truck. Neither the
truck driver nor the motorcyclist
were injured. --- APNZ
A man has been taken to hospital
with burns after his lawnmower
exploded in Auckland yesterday.
Emergency services were called to a
Mangere address just before 11am.
e man su ered serious burns to his
body and was taken to Middlemore
Hospital in a serious condition.
A Fire Service spokesman said
re ghters attended the incident
brie y. It was not clear what caused
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Boy hurt in fall
A ying fox tourist attraction on
Waiheke Island will reopen today
after a 10-year-old boy seriously
injured his back when he fell 6m to
the ground. e accident happened
when the young tourist stepped o
the ying fox platform about 11.20am
yesterday. He was own to Starship
Hospital and was in a stable condition
last night. A Work Safe spokesman
said it was investigating. --- APNZ
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Motorist climbs into runaway truck's cab
A jury in the trial of a woman accused
of fatally stabbing her boyfriend has
failed to reach a verdict after 10 hours'
Juliette Anne Gerbes, 21, has been
on trial in the High Court at Napier
this week after pleading not guilty to
e jury retired to consider their verdict
at midday yesterday before retiring for
the day at 5pm.
ey resumed deliberations at 10am
yesterday but the jury was dismissed by
Justice Cli ord at 3pm after failing to
reach a unanimous or majority verdict.
e Crown alleged Gerbes stabbed her
boyfriend Christopher Jones in the early
hours of October 13, 2012.
Mr Jones died at Hawke's Bay Hospital
Gerbes denied causing the fatal wound
and said Mr Jones pulled the knife into
Gerbes was remanded on bail. A retrial
will now be scheduled.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Hung jury in fatal
School principals say Novopay is still
struggling to pay teachers properly, with
an average of almost six teachers at every
school a ected by incorrect payments.
A survey this week of 714 principals,
conducted by the Principals' Federation,
found 72.7% of principals had no
con dence the system was on track to
becoming an e ective payroll tool.
It also found an average of 5.89 sta
per school were paid incorrectly in the
latest pay round, while two thirds of
schools still had unresolved problems
from last year.
Principals' Federation president Philip
Harding said he expected the rst pay
round of the year to be challenging, but
the error rate was "way beyond anything
He was also disappointed by the
number of problems that remained
unresolved from last year.
"We cannot ignore this direct feedback
from schools, which tells us that the
Novopay saga is far from over."
Earlier this week, Novopay Minister
Steven Joyce said 0.69% of sta
complained about the latest payroll
period on February 5. He said 234 sta
were not paid, 107 were overpaid, and
175 underpaid. at was higher than
the acceptable error level de ned by the
Novopay technical review last year.
"Early indications are that there was no
particular software error that caused the
non-payments. It appears at this stage to
be due to a range of data entry errors."
Mr Joyce said the result underlined
the high level of complexity as school
years changed over, and considerable
administrative changes needed to be
made. --- APNZ
A member of the public prevented
a potential tragedy when the driver
of a 29-tonne truck su ered a
medical event on a busy expressway.
Emergency services received a
call about 7am on Wednesday by a
motorist concerned that the driver of
a truck carrying a digger had fallen
asleep behind the wheel, Waikato
district road policing manager
Inspector Freda Grace said.
" e truck was heading south
towards Rangiriri on the Waikato
Expressway section of State highway
1 and as the motorist spoke to the
emergency call taker they described
the truck travelling at low speed
but causing massive damage to
the barriers separating north and
southbound tra c.
" e motorist had tried to wake
the driver by tooting but got no
response," Mrs Grace said.
While the truck continued
travelling at 20kph, the motorist
got in behind the rear of the larger
vehicle and activated hazard lights to
act as a warning to following drivers.
As the lanes merged into one the
truck crashed into a concrete barrier
before entering into a large area of
road works, Mrs Grace said.
e collision slowed the truck
down enough for a motorist to enter
the cab of the truck and apply the
As police o cers arrived they
realised the truck driver was not
asleep, but experiencing medical
issues and an ambulance was called.
Police were looking into the
circumstances of the crash and
deciding how to best recognise the
actions of the members of the public
who intervened, Mrs Grace said.
"We have reports of the 29-tonne
Mitsubishi Shogun truck being
involved in a collision near Hampton
Downs and other motorists seeing
it weaving across the road and
damaging wire rope barriers.
"When you consider the risks
posed to other motorists, let alone to
the roading contractors working on
the road works at Rangiriri, we could
very easily have been dealing with a
e truck driver was assessed by
paramedics at the scene and is now
recovering, Mrs Grace said
"In line with this police urge all
road users who have known medical
conditions to ensure they familiarise
themselves with the symptoms
and management practices to keep
themselves and others safe on our
roads." --- APNZ
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PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Double X Aviation co-owner and pilot Peter Meadows, of Queenstown, beside his Aero L-29 Del n
military jet aircraft, newly-based at the Wakatipu Aero Club, Frankton.
A rare Cold War bird of
prey from Czechoslovakia has
nested half a world away, in
e camou age-painted Aero
L-29 Del n military trainer,
with a red Soviet star on its tail,
is a striking sight in the eet of
white private civilian xed-wing
propeller planes also parked at the
Wakatipu Aero Club, Frankton.
It sits there like a wolf in a ock
e aircraft is the pride and
joy of Peter Meadows, a pilot
of 30 years, who moved the
jet with his wife Brenda and
"New Zealand's rst certi cated
adventure aviation business" to
the lakes district from the Bay of
Plenty. He has been busy setting
up shop in Queenstown since late
"It's really nice to y, really
smooth, no pistons and valves"
Mr Meadows said.
" e jet's like a big hair-
dryer, with seven great big
amethrowers giving that thrust."
e company he co-owns,
Double X Aviation, had in its
ranks a Soviet trainer Yakovlev
Yak 52, a North American AT-6
Texan or Harvard, and a Boeing
Stearman biplane for scenic thrill
"But we felt we needed jet
aircraft to o er something unique
to visitors to New Zealand and
the public," he said.
e two-seater L-29 was one of
3000 trainer-light attack aircraft
built for Warsaw Pact countries
between 1963 and 1974.
ZK JET was for sale in the
United States in 2012 and it was
perfect for their ambitions, Mr
"It looked the part; what you see
spare engine with it."
e machine was dismantled
for shipping, then reassembled
over several weeks in New
Zealand, with all parts checked
and recerti ed to Civil Aviation
It now sees action when Mr
Meadows takes clients on a
whirlwind tour of the Wakatipu
basin, cruising at 500kph with the
occupants feeling up to 4G in the
Wives, daughters and girlfriends
bought most gift vouchers for
ZK JET ights, as it was
something original to give to the
man who had everything, he said.
American commercial and
aerobatics pilot Mike Mangold
will test the mettle of the L-29
when the three-time Red Bull
World Air Race champion sits
in its cockpit for the jet race
of the Warbirds Over Wanaka
international air show at Easter.
--- Otago Daily Times
Cold War bird of prey nests in Queenstown
has con rmed it received
$1 million to $2 million
from a liquor company,
but denies the payment
was one of those Labour
MP Shane Jones has
alleged the supermarket
chain demanded from its
After Mr Jones's claims
in Parliament this week,
industry sources have said
payments of up to $2m
were made to Progressive
by liquor suppliers to
ensure their products
remained on supermarket
Progressive's con rmation
came yesterday as Prime
Minister John Key gave
his backing to a Commerce
into Mr Jones's claims.
Mr Jones picked a ght
with one of Australasia's
Woolworths, this week
when he alleged in the
House that its subsidiary Progressive
Enterprises was using standover tactics
to force retrospective payments from
New Zealand suppliers.
Progressive Enterprises managing
director Dave Chambers, who has
rejected Mr Jones's allegations, yesterday
said his company had recently negotiated
payments of $1m to $2m from a local
alcohol supplier which he would not
But the payment was "nothing about a
retrospective charge . . . it was about a
change in the deal".
" ere was an agreed change between
the two parties to the way trade was
done with an unintended consequence
that valuations as had been intended
didn't come about.
"So when that was realised, that was
raised between the parties and then
agreed that, okay, that wasn't in keeping
with the deal and so the deal was
squared up. I'm very comfortable with
our position on that," he said.
Leading alcohol suppliers yesterday
refused to comment.
Earlier, Mr Chambers
said Progressive would
co-operate fully with
"If any MP or supplier
has questions or concerns
about our business they
are welcome to contact us
directly to discuss them."
Mr Jones claims suppliers
had told him they had been
called to meetings with
the supermarket chain's
managers, who demanded
recompense for losses
incurred last year.
"And if they don't pay
these cheques, they are
being told no shelf space
into the future."
Mr Jones set out his
allegations in a letter to the
Mark Berry said it was
taking steps "to ascertain
the basis of the allegations
and whether the behaviour
is a breach of the
He urged anyone with information
relevant to the allegations to come for ward.
Both Mr Jones and Food and Grocery
Council chairman Pierre van Heerden
called for the commission to grant
anonymity to any suppliers who came
forward as the commission's Australian
counterpart did when it investigated
similar allegations there last year.
e commission has yet to decide
whether to start a formal investigation
but Mr Key yesterday said it would be
"a good idea".
Commerce Minister Craig Foss also
e ectively pressured the commission
to conduct an investigation. He had
written "to bring it to their attention so
that I'm kept informed of their activity
in this space".
Mr Jones's letter of complaint to the
commission was deemed so sensitive
that Parliament's Clerk of the House
took the rare step of refusing to publicly
release it yesterday after it was tabled in
the House due to the risk of defamation
from Progressive Enterprises.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Progressive 'entitled to payment'
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters said he believes Kim Dotcom
is telling the truth in claiming the
Prime Minister knew about him well
before the day before the raid on his
mansion but has not fronted up with
any evidence for it.
Mr Peters yesterday con rmed
that he had met Mr Dotcom three
times in the past two years after Mr
Dotcom approached him.
He said the pair rst met to
discuss Mr Dotcom's residency and
subsequently Mr Dotcom contacted
him again after the discovery that the
GCSB had unlawfully spied on him.
Asked whether he believed Mr
Dotcom was correct to claim Mr Key
knew of him well before the raid, Mr
Peters said he did.
"Kim Dotcom is telling the truth
about that matter."
Mr Key has repeatedly claimed he
did not know about the raid on Mr
Dotcom until the day before Mr
Dotcom's arrest in January 2012.
"I think (Mr Dotcom) had seen
my public comments that there was
no way the Prime Minister of this
country, the head of the SIS and
GCSB, could not know. ere is no
way anywhere in the western world
where that is even remotely possible."
He said Mr Dotcom had
rst contacted him through an
intermediary after Mr Peters put
out a press statement objecting to
immigration rules applying in Mr
Dotcom's case. "I went out and found
out what his side of the story was.
And funnily enough, things are not
what they seem on that point."
Pushed further he said, " ere's a
lot more to come out."
However, he stopped short of saying
he was now on Mr Dotcom's side in
the matter. He was not now lobbying
for Dotcom. "Most certainly I have
not, and will not be, but if someone
wants to put their side of the story
that says I'm wrong, I'm happy to
hear them out."
Asked why he had dismissed Mr
Key's claims about the three visits as
"a crock of crap" yesterday, he said the
allegation was that he had visited Mr
Dotcom three times in one year. It
was over two years.
He said Mr Key must now reveal
his "informant" and was concerned
he was being spied on.
" is is a surveillance matter and I
want to know more about it."
He said he had not visited Mr
Dotcom because he was concerned
about his political plans. "Unlike
every other party, we are content to
rely upon our own devices, our own
Green Party co-leader Russel
Norman had visited to try to talk
Mr Dotcom out of standing in the
election in case it resulted in a wasted
vote that would favour Mr Key.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Peters wants PM to reveal 'informant'
Media industry veteran Paul Norris
has died today after battling a long
Mr Norris started his long career in
the media industry in 1964 in England
where he worked on the Sunday Express
and later at the BBC, according to the
NZ on Screen website.
He returned to New Zealand in 1987
to a role at TVNZ as the director of news
and current a airs.
He was credited with pairing up
newsreaders Judy Bailey and Richard
Long, who fronted One News together
for 15 years.
Mr Norris was also behind the rise
of Paul Holmes and had a hand in
recruiting him, NZ on Screen said.
After about 10 years at TVNZ, Mr
Norris moved to the academic world,
heading the New Zealand Broadcasting
School in Canterbury, a role he stayed in
for 16 years.
During that time and until recently,
Mr Norris has been a noted media
commentator, writing about media
ownership, media ethics and changes in
public broadcasting, NZ on Screen said.
e mother of tortured Rotorua
three-year-old Nia Glassie will be
released from prison after being
e Parole Board released its
decision yesterday, which said Lisa
Michelle Kuka did not pose an
undue risk to the community and
that she would be released from
prison on April 7.
Kuka started her nine-year
sentence for the manslaughter of
her daughter on February 4, 2009.
Her then-partner, Wiremu Curtis,
and his brother Michael were
sentenced to life imprisonment for
the little girl's murder.
Nia Glassie died on August 3,
2007, from head injuries after being
She had been subjected to
ongoing abuse, usually when her
mother was out at work, including
being put in a clothes dryer, hung
on a clothesline and spun around,
used in wrestling moves, having
objects thrown at her and being
subjected to cold baths.
Kuka did not take baby Nia to
hospital, and was found guilty of
manslaughter on the basis she failed
in her duties as a parent protect her
and provide care.
e Parole Board's decision
said Kuka had completed several
programmes while in prison
and had worked on the external
grounds crew and was regarded as
an exemplary worker.
More recently she had been
engaged with the "release to work"
programme for several months.
"Her behaviour is described in
exemplary terms," the decision said.
A psychological report assessed
her as being at a low risk of
reo ending and the board said she
had made "signi cant progress"
over the latter half of her sentence.
"She has demonstrated awareness
of situations that may pose a risk
if she were to be released and has
adequate plans and strategies to
deal with them."
Prior to her release she will be
allowed home leave to give her the
opportunity to spend time at her
e board imposed several
conditions on her release,
including that she not have any
communication or contact with her
children without the approval of
her probation o cer.
She is also not to reside with or
have any child under the age of
16 stay with her overnight, and is
to complete alcohol and drug and
other treatment as required by her
probation o cer.
She is also not to associate with
her co-o enders.
Kuka was denied parole last year
when the board determined she still
posed an undue risk.
Nia was the youngest of Kuka's
six children. Her death appalled the
nation and prompted calls for more
to be done to combat child abuse.
Nia Glassie's mother freed on parole Auckland
A marketing company has been
ordered to pay $120,000 for sending up
to 500 spam messages via e-mail and text
messages --- the largest penalty imposed
for sending spam in New Zealand, the
Internal A airs Department says.
e civil case was brought against
Auckland company Image Marketing
Group (IMG) by the department under
the Unsolicited Electronic Messages
It was heard in the High Court at
e company had sent out 519,545
messages to New Zealand e-mail
addresses by IMG in December 2009.
In 2010 IMG targeted New
Zealanders again during 21 e-mail
advertising campaigns, which promoted
sales of the company's database products
for between $1000 and $2000, the court
Nearly 45,000 text messages were sent
to Vodafone and Telecom mobile users
over a period of a month in 2009.
e department took action against
the company after receiving about
500 complaints from the public. IMG
admitted that the messages sent to these
people were spam.
Electronic messaging compliance team
leader Toni Demetriou said the result
was an excellent outcome.
"IMG must now stop sending
any further spam to New Zealand
electronic addresses. is is a clear win
for consumers who are sick and tired of
receiving unwanted messages via e-mail
"I encourage people to report electronic
spam to us so that we can take action
to stop this disruptive and unwanted
activity," he said.
e IMG text messages were sent from
an Australian mobile number to New
Zealand mobile users. ey contained
a hyperlink to a website promoting
a mobile phone antenna booster, the
When address holders sought to
unsubscribe by replying to the messages
they were charged the usual fee for
sending a text message. IMG also sold
a database of about 50,000 e-mail
addresses to a third party. --- APNZ
Hefty fine for spam
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