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Woman loses legs
A 37-year-old woman who was
hit by a truck in Auckland has lost
both her legs, police say. e incident
occurred at Countdown supermarket
in Grey Lynn on Sunday morning.
"A truck with its tray down reversed
into a woman, trapping her against
the tray and a wall. e force took
one leg o and severely damaged
the other which needed surgical
removal," senior sergeant Gary
Barber said. He said it was too early
to say whether charges would be
laid. e woman was in a serious but
stable condition last night. --- APNZ
Driver cheats death
A crash caused by a truck and trailer
trying to avoid an oncoming car
straddling the centre line closed State
highway 1 for over eight hours. e
driver of the car narrowly escaped
death when the truck rolled over the
top of his car. He then allegedly took
his bag from the wreckage and started
walking away before police arrived.
e accident occurred at 7.20am on
Sunday near the Maromaku turn-o ,
south of Kawakawa. e car, driven
by a 25-year-old Aucklander, ended
about 20m from the truck. e driver
su ered minor injuries.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Assault victim improves
A man left ghting for his life with
severe head injuries after an assault
at a party following the Auckland
nines rugby league tournament is
now awake. e 23-year-old was
taken to hospital critically ill after he
was attacked at a Bellwood Avenue,
Mount Eden, property about
8.15pm on Saturday. Police revealed
last night the man's condition had
improved dramatically. "He's awake
and has spoken with medical sta ,
his family and police," spokeswoman
Noreen Hegarty said.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Attacker on camera
A man accused of assaulting an
elderly Northland resident has
been caught on camera. A man
broke through the ranch slider of
a sleep-out at a Parakao property
near Whangarei with another man
on ursday at 2.15am. A 71-year-
old man woke up and went to
investigate. He was assaulted and
the pair stole his car. at night,
the silver Mazda Tribute SUV was
involved in a petrol drive-o at
Kerikeri. CCTV footage caught one
of the two alleged o enders about
9am at the station. --- APNZ
Boy hurt at pool
A boy who hit his head diving
into a concrete swimming pool
on Sunday was own to hospital.
A rescue helicopter was called to
Galatea to y the 11-year-old boy to
Rotorua Hospital. His injuries were
described as moderate.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
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Norman defiant over Craig claim
A union representing workers at a south
Auckland steel mill sold to an Australian
steelmaker says more than 70 jobs will be
lost when it closes in 2015.
Fletcher Building has announced it has
sold Paci c Steel to BlueScope Steel,
Australia's largest steelmaker, in a $120
e deal will mean Fletcher's steel mill
at Otahuhu will shut its doors by the end
e Australian company will build a
billet caster at its Glenbrook mill south
of Auckland operated by its NZ Steel
unit, spending about $50 million on the
new plant, it said.
Until then, Fletcher will continue to
operate the Otahuhu mill and supply
BlueScope with billet on commercial
terms, Fletcher said.
" ese are tiny plants on a world scale
and this is how you allow manufacturing
to survive here," Philip King, Fletcher's
investor relations manager, told
" e competition comes from imports."
e rolling mill and wire mill at
Otahuhu will remain open with the steel
Fletcher chief executive Mark
Adamson said most of the Paci c Steel
rolling mill and wire drawing workers
will be o ered work by BlueScope.
But the Engineering, Printing and
Manufacturing Union says that more
than 70 jobs will be lost.
" ese are high-value, skilled jobs,
and it's a blow to our members and
their community to lose them," said Bill
Newson, EPMU national secretary.
He said there may be a chance for
workers to retrain and it will work with
Fletcher to explore options.
He said the job losses were an
indictment of the government's failure to
support jobs and manufacturing in New
Jobs to go
after Paci c
A New Zealander has died in an
underground rockfall accident at an
Wayne Fowlie, 59, had been working
at Central Norseman Gold's Harlequin
mine, 200km south of Kalgoorlie, in the
Gold elds region, when he was killed
early on Saturday morning.
e father-of-three, grandfather, and
long-distance runner was just months
after from retiring to a plot of land he
had bought back in his homeland, e
West Australian reported.
"He was one of the nicest guys in
town," neighbour Sharne Pietersen told
"Everybody knew him. He would give
you the shirt o his back."
Mr Fowlie's daughter Mindy received
the news while on holiday.
She posted a tribute photograph of her
dad on Facebook yesterday.
Mr Fowlie's son Trent, who also lives in
Kalgoorlie, was stunned to hear his dad
On Saturday, he posted on Facebook
that he had "just received the worst
news" and was alerting other family
members that his dad had died in a
"Don't know a lot of details but am
trying to get some. R.I.P dad, you will be
missed." e WA Department of Mines
and Petroleum sent inspectors to the site
on Sunday while mine operations were
halted for an investigation to be carried
One friend, Sharne Pietersen Douglas
said Mr Fowlie was "a great guy".
"(He) always managed to cheer me up
and was one of the most genuine people
I've ever met." --- APNZ
e Conservative Party leader, Colin
Craig, says he will make a decision
soon about whether to go ahead with
steps to sue the Green Party co-leader
Russel Norman over comments about
Mr Craig's views on gays and women.
Dr Norman says he stands by
what he said at the Big Gay Out in
Auckland earlier in February that Mr
Craig thinks a woman's place is in the
kitchen and a gay man's place is in the
"I'm going to stand my ground. It's
very important in a democracy that
politicians can speak their mind in
a responsible way. I believe that is
exactly what I've done, and so we will
stand our ground."
Mr Craig told Morning Report it
was time to raise the level of political
"I don't see why we should have
one standard for the public of New
Zealand that suddenly politicians are
exempt from. So look, he's crossed the
line and he won't apologise. We'll take
the next step."
Colin Craig said his party picked
its battles and has so far got about
eight retractions for statements it was
Dr Norman is standing by the
comments and says he will defend
them in court if need be.
Mr Craig's lawyers had given Dr
Norman a deadline of Friday to
apologise and issue a retraction, or be
sued for defamation.
Dr Norman said if Mr Craig wanted
to enter Parliament, he needed to
accept the criticism that will come
his way, because that was just part of
robust political debate in a democracy.
A University of Canterbury law
professor, Ursula Cheer, says the
comments may be defamatory if they
suggest Mr Craig is homophobic or
sexist, but he will not win a court
case if Dr Norman can establish his
comments are true.
Professor Cheer also says there was
a political discussion defence.
"It is recognised by the law that
freedom of expression is very
important, especially in relation to
things like elections. e electors have
to know where the parties stand and
politicians are expected probably to be
a bit more robust than others."
Mr Craig has put up his credentials
as a cook specialising in meat dishes to
try to disprove claims by Dr Norman
that Mr Craig believed a woman's
place was in the kitchen.
Mr Craig's lawyers yesterday sent
Dr Norman a letter claiming he had
defamed Mr Craig for comments
he had made at the Big Gay Out
and demanded a public apology and
Dr Norman said hit out at Mr
Craig, saying running to the lawyers
whenever he was criticised would
have a chilling e ect on free speech
and political debate.
"Colin Craig now has a track record
of making allegations of defamation
if someone says something about his
views that he does not like. I don't
want robust political debate to be
chilled by the potential actions of
Mr Craig defended his decision to
take action, saying his party's policies
made it clear he believed women
should choose for themselves whether
they stayed at home or worked.
His own life was evidence of that ---
his wife had been his business partner
for the past 15 years, and he cooked
about six times a week including
"I know how to cook. I'm pretty
famous for my roasts and other meat
type of dishes. I'm not going to claim
I'm an expert on salads, but I do them
pretty well too."
He also believed gay people could
choose how to live their lives. He
acknowledged it was an election year
and robust debate was to be expected.
However, he found Dr Norman's
comments o ensive. He would
decide whether to take further action,
including going to the courts, after
receiving Dr Norman's response.
Prime Minister John Key said he had
never bothered suing in his political
career and observed Mr Craig would
need a phalanx of lawyers to deal with
the ak if he made it into Parliament.
"What a waste of time. It's a matter
for him but if I took legal action
every time I thought somebody had
wronged me, my lawyers would be
ere is a higher threshold to prove
defamation in a political context
after the Court of Appeal upheld
a defence of quali ed privilege for
political expression in a case David
Lange took. --- APNZ-New Zealand
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Labour MP Clare
Curran is calling for the
to reject a suggestion by
Chorus it o er its own
pricing analysis to speed up
the decision on copper wire
Chorus, the tele-
operator spun out of
Telecom in 2011, yesterday
put an alternative proposal
e Wellington-based company says
the regulator should use the existing
network con guration as a hypothetical
equivalent operator to determine the
value of assets and level of operating cost
at their current replacement cost, rather
than using bre-only and bre/wireless
Ms Curran, Labour's associate ICT
spokeswoman, said it was an issue of
trust and New Zealanders were already
wary of Chorus.
" e company does not have a great
track record for e ciency or competence
when it comes to rolling out the ultrafast
Chorus made the proposal as a
submission on the commission's
work to set a nal price for what the
network operator could charge for
ser vices on its copper lines, to nd
the true cost of the service rather than
relying on international experience as a
e review was broken into two parts.
e regulator sought views on how
to set the methodology in valuing the
unbundled copper local loop (UCLL)
ser vice, which lets retailers
rent the lines for voice and
broadband services. e
second part related to the
unbundled bitstream access
(UBA) service, which gave
internet service providers
access to the network
switchgear on the copper
Chorus also supported
aligning the timetable
for the UCLL and UBA
processes to ensure the nal pricing
principle can be set by December this
year, when the company is expected to
adhere to the new regulated prices.
Last year, the Commerce Commission
proposed cutting the network operator's
pricing on its copper line services, which
Chorus says has left a $1 billion hole
in the funding to nance rollout of
the Government-sponsored ultra- fast
Ms Curran said any recommendations
Chorus made which involved "trust us to
come up with the right answers" should
be regarded with scepticism.
" e bottom line for the commission
is clear. A ordable prices for consumers,
a competitive industry and an e ciency
network in copper and bre. If Chorus
can't deliver those things, then they're in
the wrong game," she said.
Chorus is negotiating with Crown
Fibre Holdings over the building of the
network, but Communications Minister
Amy Adams has indicated the Govâ€º
ernment expects the company to ll
most of the $1 billion hole.
--- Otago Daily Times
Giving her age as ''a good
three-quarters of a century'',
the Westwood horsewoman is a
veteran of all 22 Otago Gold elds
Heritage Trust cavalcades.
Nothing, not even broken bones,
has been known to deter her from
taking part in the annual event,
traversing the Otago hinterland.
Riding since she was a toddler,
Mrs Harland has been involved
with horses all her life and in
most facets --- from breeding and
showing, at rodeos, mustering and
Pre-cavalcade bad luck has
dogged her in recent years but
despite nursing hefty injuries, she
is not fazed.
Two years ago, she hobbled
along with a broken, but
unplastered foot, and lamented
her inability to dance in the
woolsheds at night.
en there was the time she had
to have CPR performed on her
during a cavalcade.
Before this year's event,
Murphy's law struck again.
She had an accident around
Christmas --- nothing to do
with horses, she quickly added
--- tearing the ligaments in her
knee and foot when she slipped
Despite hearing ''crack, crack,
crack'' and suggestions of a
hospital visit, she did not seek
treatment for several weeks.
''I said, 'I'll be all right' so I just
kept going. I iced it and I put it in
long socks and things like that,''
she said matter-of-factly.
Mrs Harland is accompanied
on this year's cavalcade by her son
Gavin Fox and daughter-in-law
Vicky, taking part in the Tussock
Creek light wagon trail.
Yesterday, on the ride from El
Dorado, inland from Waikouaiti,
to Shag Valley Station, she was
riding on a cart pulled by Lily but
she hoped to ''ride when I can''.
Asked whether she intended
putting her dancing shoes on at
night, she said: '' ey'll have to
give me petrol down my throat
and I'll be right.''
She has a more comfortable cart
this year than her usual model,
dubbed ''the Rickshaw''.
e best part about the
cavalcade was the people she met,
the comradeship, and the country
she got to ride through.
''I love just getting out. ere's
no telephone, there's no tv, and
it's nice and it's social because you
haven't got those distractions,''
However, she missed her
partner, the late Gordy McCraw,
a legend on the light wagon trail.
--- Otago Daily Times
Cavalcade veteran set for another
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Gavin and Vicky Fox and Brenda Harland, right, share a moment during the Tussock Creek light
wagon trail yesterday.
An 18-year-old who shot a
crossbow bolt through a cat's head
would su er "extreme hardship" if
his name was ever to be published, a
judge has ruled today.
e Wainuiomata teenager was
charged with ill-treating an animal
under the Animal Welfare Act after
the incident last October.
Earlier this month the charge was
withdrawn after he completed court-
ordered tasks and police granted
At a hearing in the Hutt Valley
District Court today to rule on
permanent name suppression,
Judge Bill Hastings said the man
had submitted to the court that the
incident was a mistake.
He said in the submission he was
ring at a target in his backyard when
the cat, Moomoo, wandered into the
e bolt lodged into the cat's head
and he ran o .
Judge Hastings said the 18-year-
old handed himself into police when
a yer appeared in his letterbox about
" is indicates to me that he did not
mean to hit the cat," Judge Hastings
e man attended a restorative
justice meeting with Moomoo's
owner and was described by police
as being exemplary in completing his
In deciding on permanent name
suppression, Judge Hastings took
the man's age and that he had a clean
criminal record into account.
" e cat is alive. He has made peace
with its owner."
e matter had received worldwide
media attention, with reports written
in the New York Post and the
Hu ngton Post, Judge Hastings said.
He was satis ed that publication
of the man's name, address and
occupation would result in extreme
hardship and ruled on permanent
e police prosecutor did not
oppose name suppression.
e man's lawyer Colin Ross said
the case had "gone viral", which was
an unexpected result of the case.
He said his client had concerns if
his community learned he was the
one to have shot Moomoo.
Earlier, Wellington Cats Protection
League president Susan McNair said
name suppression sent the wrong
message about animal cruelty.
"If you can get away with it, what
does that say to the next person? It's
like 'I can do whatever I want. I don't
have to pay anything, nobody's going
to know it was me'.
"People should know who he is so
they can let him know how disgusted
they are in him."
After the incident, Moomoo had
to have surgery at Massey University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital to
remove the crossbow. --- APNZ
Cat shooter's identity to remain secret
Commission has received
several complaints from
suppliers about their
dealings with supermarket
yesterday came as Prime
Minister John Key said
any formal inquiry would
be "very healthy" and
establish whether claims
of standover tactics by the
company stacked up.
In Parliament last week, Labour MP
Shane Jones said Countdown and its
owner, Progressive Enterprises, had told
some suppliers to make payments to
cover the chain's historic losses on their
products or they would be removed from
e commission has now had an
o cial complaint from Mr Jones and
is assessing whether to initiate a formal
inquiry. It said last week that suppliers
could come forward with information in
A commission spokesman
said the watchdog had
now had "a small number
of complaints regarding
behaviour by Countdown
towards their suppliers"
since Mr Jones raised the
" ese complaints will
be assessed alongside the
complaint made by Mr
Mr Key said yesterday
that his Government had
encouraged the commission to begin a
"My view is it's very healthy to have the
inquiry. Let's have a look and see what
comes out of it."
A Countdown spokeswoman yesterday
said it would "participate fully with
any inquiry from the Commerce
Commission". e company would have
to see the detail of the concerns raised
Manning's DNA was found on a
knife recovered just metres from
where her body was dumped in a
Christchurch river, a court heard
e second week of the sex
worker's murder trial is under
way in Christchurch with expert
Mongrel Mob gang prospect
Mauha Huataki Fawcett, 26,
denies murder and is representing
himself at the High Court with the
assistance of an amicus curiae.
He claims police pressured him
into making false confessions
that he was present when Miss
Manning, 27, was killed on or
about December 18, 2008 over an
e Crown says Fawcett --- then
20 --- either took part in the killing,
or was there as a party to her
Miss Manning's partially naked
body was discovered oating in the
Avon River the day after she was
ESR forensic scientist Jayshree
Patel told the jury of six men and
six women that a knife found on
the murky riverbed had her DNA
It was 110 times more likely to
have come from her than anyone
else, Dr Patel said.
Other swabs taken from her
body found DNA linked to two
di erent men --- an unknown
male, known as 'Male B', and a
client she entertained on the night
e trial, before Justice David
It will hear from more than 100
witnesses and is set down for
another ve weeks.
In his rst police interviews,
Fawcett described how Miss
Manning was taken to the gang
pad at Galbraith Avenue, Avonside,
where she was raped, bashed and
Fawcett initially told police that
Mongrel Mob gangsters barked
like dogs and gave Nazi salutes as
they carried out the fatal assault.
She was then dumped in the river
Fawcett later backtracked from
his earlier version of events, saying
he was not present during the
attack. --- APNZ
Murder victim's DNA
found on knife
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