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A 26-year-old diver has been
admitted to hospital with cuts to his
torso after being struck by a boat
propeller. e incident happened
at Te Kaha near Opotiki, about
4.30pm yesterday. e Napier man
was taken by companions to shore
and attended by local St John sta ,
before a rescue helicopter ew him
to Rotorua Hospital for treatment.
One person was injured after a
car crash about 8.45am yesterday
in Rotorua. Police said it involved
three cars near the intersection
of Hemo and Old Taupo Roads.
Police northern communications
centre shift Inspector Lou Alofa
said one person was trapped but
emergency services were able to free
them without cutting them out of
the vehicle. St John said one person
was taken to Rotorua Hospital with
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Quake refugees stay close
Most Christchurch city residents
who ed the devastating 2010 and
2011 earthquakes have stayed in
the greater Christchurch area, new
gures show. While the the number
of people living in Christchurch
city has dropped 2% since the
last Census in 2006, the outlying
Waimakariri district to the north
has grown by 7000 people (16.7%),
and Selwyn district to the south and
west, is up 11,000 (32.6%).
--- APNZ- e Star
Sex assault denied
A Hastings man has pleaded not
guilty to charges relating to the
sexual assault of an 87-year-old
woman in her home. e 29-year-
old man appeared in the Hastings
District Court yesterday where
he entered not guilty pleas to
three charges of unlawful sexual
connection. A charge of injuring
with intent to injure was laid in place
of a wounding charge, to which a not
guilty plea was also entered. e man
was granted continued interim name
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Hastings police are searching
knifepoint before being chased
by members of the public and
Hastings' City Assist patrols. Just
before 2pm on Monday the o ender
entered a synthetic high stockist
and brandished a knife at the female
shop attendant, who handed over
synthetic cannabis and cash. e
man ed, eluding his pursuers. e
o ender was Maori or Polynesian,
in his early 20s, about 1.76m tall, of
stocky build and black collar length
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Numbers in Keno draw No 9756: 2,
3, 10, 13, 17, 21, 22, 25, 33, 40, 41, 44,
45, 46, 64, 68, 70, 72, 76, 78. Draw No
9757: 1, 6, 9, 11, 14, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24,
30, 31, 46, 64, 65, 69, 71, 72, 77, 78.
Woman caught driving 'incredibly drunk' --- twice
A man was taken to Tauranga Hospital
with suspected brain injuries after a crash
on Ohauiti Road.
Emergency services were called to
the scene of the single car crash at the
intersection of Ohauiti and Rowe Road
about 7.30pm yesterday.
A St John spokesman said the man was
taken to hospital in a serious condition
with possible brain injuries.
It was unclear what the man crashed
into, he said.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Brain injuries suspected
Breast examination images of more
than 3000 South Island women have
been lost due to an IT server failure but
no patients have been put at clinical risk,
Southern DHB says.
District Health Board chief executive
Carole Heatly disclosed the data
loss before Parliament's health select
She said letters had gone out to the
a ected women and their GPs today.
"We've had an IT server failure which
resulted in some lost images of breast
examinations. All of the images have
been reported on by a senior doctor and
the results have been led in the patient's
" e patients and the GPs have been
informed of the results so there's no
clinical risk to these women.
"However, in the spirit of open
disclosure, we've written to every woman
a ected and to their GPs to rst and
foremost apologise and to reassure them
that their images, whilst lost from the
server, have been reported on by a senior
clinician and those reports have been
retained in their case notes." A DHB
spokesman con rmed more than 3000
women had been a ected. --- APNZ
A woman was caught drink-
driving twice within six hours after
having her keys con scated by a Mid
Canterbury highway patrol o cer at
the rst o ence.
Senior constable Mark Harker of
Selwyn said the woman was rst
stopped for her erratic driving on
State highway 1 in Ashburton about
2.30pm on Friday. She went on
to fail a breath test with a 930mg
reading --- the legal limit is 400mg
--- before opting for a blood test.
e o cer suspended the woman
from driving and took her car keys.
Much to his surprise, Mr
Harker received a call from the
communications centre to say the
same car had been seen six hours
later, swerving over the highway near
He pulled her over south of
Dunsandel about 8.30pm, where she
was found to have a reading more
"She was swearing, unsteady on her
feet," Mr Harker said.
"She had no regard for any
other law-abiding road users and
was self-obsessed on getting to
Mr Harker said police were now
trying to get to the bottom of how
she was able to start the car again.
He believed the woman had gone
on to drink more alcohol after
being nabbed in Ashburton, due to
her increased excess breath alcohol
"I would say she has carried on
drinking after leaving the Ashburton
police station. You would think the
reading would have gone down to
maybe 400 or 500 after she has been
released six hours later. Where what
or how we don't know."
Police had impounded the woman's
A 38-year-old Timaru woman will
appear in the Christchurch District
Court on March 4 charged with
driving while suspended and driving
with excess breath alcohol for the
third or subsequent time.
--- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
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e Court of Appeal
has ruled that the police's
search warrants on internet
entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's
Coatesville mansion were
valid. Although "defective
in some respects", the court
ruled no miscarriage of
However, the court agreed
with a previous High Court
decision that the removal
of clones of electronic
items to the United States
was not authorised.
In its decision, released
today, the Court of Appeal upheld in
part the Attorney-General's appeal
against the High Court's decision which
found the search invalid.
"In deciding that the search warrants
were valid, the Court of Appeal accepts
that they were in form defective in
some respects, but the defects were not
su cient to mean that the warrants
should be treated as nullities," the court
"Mr Dotcom and the other respondents
would have understood the nature and
scope of the warrants, especially in light
of their arrest warrants, which were not
defective, and the explanations given to
them by the police when the
properties were searched.
In these circumstances
no miscarriage of justice
In relation to the clones
of electronic items removed
from Dotcom's property,
the Court of Appeal found
this was not authorised.
" e court is satis ed
that the Solicitor-General's
direction given under
the Mutual Assistance
in Criminal Matters Act
1992 applied to the clones
and that their removal was
therefore in breach of the terms of the
e High Court ruling, by Chief
High Court Judge Helen Winkelmann,
opened the way for internet tycoon Kim
Dotcom to challenge Federal Bureau of
Investigation evidence at his extradition
hearing, e ectively creating a mini-trial
and making his removal to the United
States less certain.
It was thought to be the nal decision
in a legal argument over whether the FBI
would have to prove at the extradition
hearing that it has the evidence to back
up its charges.
is now appears less certain.---APNZ
A 27-year-old naval rating has
pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of
trainee teacher Tarun Asthana.
Grenville David McFarland, of
Mount Roskill, entered the plea in
the High Court at Auckland this
Mr Asthana su ered a fatal
head injury after he was punched
by McFarland and struck his
head on the pavement outside a
central Auckland McDonalds on
November 4 last year.
An agreed summary of facts
outlining the events of that morning
was read to the court.
It said that McFarland had been on
weekend leave and gone to various
nightclubs before he and a friend
went to the McDonald's restaurant
in Britomart about 4.50am.
ey had consumed alcohol
throughout the night, however
had done so sensibly and were not
intoxicated, the court was told.
ere they met up with a group
of young women who they had met
earlier that night.
As he was waiting for his meal to
arrive, McFarland dropped his drink
on the ground.
Mr Asthana, who was also waiting
for a meal, turned towards him and
began clapping slowly, inviting others
to join in.
Mr Asthana then approached
McFarland and shook his hand,
which the defendant accepted as a
Shortly after wards, Mr Asthana
picked up a drinking straw from the
counter and blew a piece of paper at
a woman who was with McFarland.
"What the hell?" she said to Mr
"You're just standing there looking
good, if it was anyone else I would
not have done it," he replied.
After receiving her order, the
woman went and sat with other
friends. Mr Asthana then approached
her and he began complaining about
ser vice in the restaurant.
"He was loud and beginning to
attract attention," she said.
Outside the restaurant, Mr
Asthana smacked the woman on the
bottom with an open palm, which
she described as "bloody hard". She
swore at him and told him not to
She told police he thought he was
funny and was being a "smart a---".
McFarland, who was standing at
a nearby bus stop eating his food,
heard the altercation and was upset
He put his food on the ground
and walked towards Mr Asthana
and said, 'You're being a ******* ****',
and punched him once on the left
side of his face with "signi cant
force", resulting in him falling to the
Mr Asthana struck his head heavily
on the ground and was unconscious.
He was placed on life support at
Auckland Hospital, where he was
pronounced brain dead.
His life support was turned o
about 72 hours later.
McFarland was granted bail ahead
of his sentencing on April 29.
Naval rating admits fatal punch charge
Kim Dotcom is facing calls to pay
$500,000 in debts by creditors who have
watched him appear to embrace again an
e internet tycoon has pledged to
pay the money owed by his company
Megastu for the operation of his
e money has been owed since the
January 2012 raid on his mansion by
police, which saw him and three others
arrested to face extradition to the United
States on accusations of copyright
Mr Dotcom said yesterday he would
pay every cent of the debts but did not
currently have the money.
A lack of funds was also cited in the
recent exit of Wayne Tempero, Mr
Dotcom's longtime bodyguard, who was
being paid half of what he had been paid
before the raid.
Creditors' frustrations have soared
in recent months amid a high-pro le
marketing campaign for his Good
Times album, helicopter trips to the
Rhythm and Vines music festival and a
weekend at Huka Lodge.
A spreadsheet on the court le dated
January 23, 2012 stated there were
80 creditors owed between $69 and
Documents lodged with the High
Court at Auckland during 2012 show
$634,000 of debt was declared by Mr
Dotcom's lawyers, who tried to get
access to money seized in the raid to pay
the debts. Opposition by police kept the
money tied up, with the courts accepting
in August 2012 that there was no "legal
ability"to release Mr Dotcom's restrained
funds to pay debts of Megastu , now
called called RSV Holdings.
e courts released just $104,000,
which was money held in Megastu 's
bank accounts at the time of the raid.
Creditors have pointed to apparent
recent indulgences by Mr Dotcom as
raising frustration with bills for work at
the mansion still unpaid.
West City Electrical's Neil Stratful
said he was among many creditors who
had not been paid.
Court documents show that amount
was $52,027 as of February, 2012.
"Kim has said once this is all dealt
with he is wanting to pay every cent
to everyone he owes money to. I think
morally he wants to put everyone right."
Mr Dotcom's lawyers put a letter from
Mr Stratful before the court in 2012,
when seeking funds to be released,
in which the electrician said he owed
money to suppliers for materials used
during work at the mansion.
"We now nd ourselves in a very
uncomfortable situation with creditors
to me sending me nal demand letters
asking for payment."
Mr Stratful said yesterday: "He doesn't
want to be shareholder of a company
that doesn't pay its bills. He doesn't want
to fold and let it fall over."
Donna Richmond, of Auckland
Inground Pools, questioned whether Mr
Dotcom had the money available now to
pay their bill.
About $5000 of the $5727 bill was still
outstanding after $673.54 was released
by the courts.
She said it was galling to hear Mr
Dotcom declaring he would like to
support Team New Zealand when his
company still owed $5000.
"When we heard that bold claim, we
joked that we thought our name should
be on the side of the boat. Because it's
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A seized Korean deep-sea
shing trawler professionally
fumigated after being found to
be infested with rats and lice
has cost taxpayers $150,000
during its extended Dunedin
Revelations of illegal shing,
human rights and employment
abuse, and the infestation have
dogged Melilla 201, which
docked in Dunedin almost a year
e vessel was seized in May
and remained the subject of an
application to the courts to be
sold, a Ministry for Primary
Industries spokesman said.
e vessel was seized under
section 207 of the Fisheries Act,
the ministry believing the vessel
to have been been involved in
unlawfully discarding quota
species sh into the sea.
During Melilla's nine-month
stay in Dunedin the ministry
had spent $150,000 on berthage,
maintenance and security costs.
e spokesman con rmed
reports the boat was infested
with rats and lice and had to be
"Since taking control of the
vessel, part of the monthly
maintenance costs has been pest
detection and control," he said.
e ministry would apply to
the courts for recovery of all
expenditure associated with
holding and maintaining the
vessel, he said.
A ministry application to the
Christchurch District Court for
the vessel to be sold pursuant to
the Search and Surveillance Act
2012 had yet to be decided by the
Witnesses had also provided
A conclusion to the defended
hearing in relation to charges
against o cers aboard Melilla
201 was scheduled for June.
e charges relate to two shing
trips during 2011, the same year
the vessel and its sister ship,
Melilla 203 --- which is also
berthed in Dunedin --- became
embroiled in claims from their
Indonesian crews of unpaid
e trawlers are owned by
Taejin Fisheries, which is based in
Pusan, South Korea.
--- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Melilla 201 remains at the Birch Street wharf after it was seized by the Ministry for Primary Industries,
in May.Seized ship costs taxpayers $150,000
Double murder accused Mark Lundy
has appeared in the High Court in
e review hearing of his case was held
ahead of a retrial into allegations that he
killed his wife Christine and seven-year-
old daughter Amber, 14 years ago.
Last year Law Lords at London's Privy
Council quashed his convictions and
ordered the retrial.
In 2002, Lundy was convicted of
murdering Christine and Amber and
was sentenced to a jail term of at least
He appealed to the Privy Council,
which unanimously ruled to quash his
convictions and a retrial was ordered.
Lundy was released on bail last October.
e Greens are calling for an
investigation into allegations of a
possible multi-million dollar fraud at
an independent South Island health
Southern District Health Board
(DHB) was questioned in Parliament's
Health Select Committee today about
its long-running dispute with Dunedin-
based GP organisation South Link
e dispute concerns whether $5.3
million of savings from contracts ---
a gure that could be as high as $15
million with interest since the 1990s ---
had to be returned.
Southern DHB chairman Joe
Butter eld told the select committee the
DHB had received legal advice in 2010
that fraud may have occurred.
However, acting on legal advice, the
DHB had not noti ed police.
Green Party health spokesman Kevin
Hague said Mr Butter eld could give
no real answer why the suspected fraud
had not been referred to police for
" e public needs to have con dence
that health funds are actually being used
for the intended purpose. ere can be
no con dence at all that this money ---
somewhere between $5.2m and $15m
--- has been used appropriately.
"It seems inexplicable that concerns
around possible fraud were not tested
through some kind of legal action."
A young Olympic snowboarding
hopeful who was killed in a ery
car crash on Sunday would have
celebrated his 18th birthday today.
e "completely devastated"
family of Hamish Bagley said they
were still in shock after his death
on the Lindis Pass in Otago, which
had left them planning a funeral
instead of an 18th birthday bash.
His father Roy, who was in the
United States when the crash
happened, said the news had come
as "a hell of a shock".
However, he said the family had
been "absolutely blown away" by
the messages of condolence and
tribute that has poured in from all
around the world, from friends and
colleagues of the snowboarding
Hamish had been on the
o cial long list of potential New
Zealand competitors for the Sochi
Olympics, but was not selected for
the nal 15.
"We've had huge support from
all over the world. Hamish has
touched so many people that we
probably didn't realise."
Mr Bagley said quite a few of
the international Olympians
competing at Sochi had been in
"We're getting all sorts of tributes
and wonderful support and feelings
through social media, and it's quite
Speaking from his Arrowtown
home, Mr Bagley described his son
as a quiet achiever, prepared to give
anything a go, but who never blew
his own trumpet.
"He just got on with his work,
and it's quite lovely to see that he's
nally getting a bit of coverage for
what he achieved in his nearly 18
years," he said.
"I have always been proud of my
son. As a sports person he's always
had a good, honest attitude to his
sport and given it everything, and
it's now nice to see that people are
coming out and supporting what he
did and expressing their pleasure of
having known him and competed
against him, and with him."
Mr Bagley said the family had
been inundated by messages from
his son's friends, and said it was
helping in part with the pain of
"I guess if you have to go through
this as a parent, and you nd this
out, it gives you pride in a horrible
time," Mr Bagley said.
Hamish, who was also a keen
skateboarder, died when he was
thrown from his car as it left the
road on the Lindis Pass on Sunday
night. e car rolled down a bank
and exploded. --- APNZ
Grieving family 'blown
away' by condolence calls
Countdown's hardball tactics with
suppliers as alleged by Labour MP
Shane Jones last week are nothing
new, a former supplier says.
Wanaka couple Cyril and Rachel
Ashby said they were dumped by
Countdown's owners, Progressive
Enterprises, after refusing to make
a payment to the company to keep
their Parisettes brand gourmet
salad dressings on its supermarket
shelves in the late 1990s.
"We were a very small company,
but we did manage to break into
the Foodstu s group and eventually
"We always found Progressive
more gnarly to deal with than
Foodstu s," Mr Ashby said.
About 15 years ago, the couple
received a phone call from the
Enterprises grocery manager they
had been working with.
"(She) lauded our product in one
breath and and in the next said:
'To grow your brand we require an
amount of money' --- which was in
the thousands of dollars.
"We were just absolutely
" ere was no prospect of carrying
on as we had been, and we were
summarily dumped overnight."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Supermarket supplier recounts dumping
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