Home' Greymouth Star : February 25th 2014 Contents Greymouth Star
e minimum wage will go up
50c to $14.25 an hour from April 1
this year, Prime Minister John Key
announced yesterday afternoon.
e increase is ahead of
expectations of a 25c rise, but
remains well short of the $18.80 an
hour living wage campaigners say is
needed to feed two adults and two
children in New Zealand.
Mr Key said advice considered
by Cabinet when it made its
decision yesterday was that the
increase would result in a "relatively
negligible" loss of jobs.
However that advice also said a
rise to $14.50 an hour would result
in the loss of about 2300 jobs.
Council of Trade Unions
economist Bill Rosenberg said the
increase was "unfair given several
years of stagnating wages, an
economy that is starting to grow,
and widespread concerns about
how that growth will be shared".
" is minimum wage increase
goes little distance to addressing
the inequalities in society."
Mr Rosenberg said the minimum
wage was the only way other than
through the taxes and bene ts the
Government had to ensure wage
and salary earners, particularly
those on low incomes, bene ted
from a growing economy.
"A more e ective system of
collective bargaining would be
a much fairer way to spread the
economic bene ts to the majority
of the workforce while re ecting
the situation that each industry is
Mr Rosenberg said that in ve
years, Mr Key's government had
raised the minimum wage by 14%
including the increase announced
today. After in ation, the increase
over ve years was just 3%.
" e Government has been
saying people should expect wage
rises. e minimum wage review
was a missed opportunity to ensure
that everyone from the lowest paid
upwards gets a decent increase
after several years of hard times,"
Labour MP Darien Fenton said
the Government had "once again
blown an opportunity to give
workers on the minimum wage a
decent pay rise".
"Today was the perfect time for
John Key to send a message that in
his 'rock star' economy, the low paid
can expect a fair share.
"He didn't. Instead he's singing
from the same old National
songbook and some 200,000
workers will still be taking home
less than $15 an hour."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 5
A purple heart framed by rainbow beads
marks the end of Harrison Mundy's
" e purple heart was the last bead,"
his mum, Hayley Mundy, said from their
Papamoa home, weaving a long and heavy
beaded rope through her hands.
" at's for no more chemo or operations,"
she adds, gently placing the heart and other
beads on the co ee table.
Mrs Mundy and husband Allan were at
Harrison's bedside when he died at home on
Sunday, February 16.
"In the end he had to go," Mrs Mundy
says. "He was sick and just couldn't hold on
anymore. He knew that it was okay to let go."
Each bead on the long and colourful rope
sitting on the table represents an operation
or medical treatment Harrison endured in his
often public ght against cancer. Mrs Mundy
was not sure how many beads there were.
Eleven-year-old Harrison died a week ago
and was be farewelled in a funeral service at
Holy Trinity Church and reception at Omanu
Beach Surf Lifesaving Club yesterday.
Harrison was training for the Omanu
Sticks hockey team in June last year when he
fell, complaining of pain to his little nger
and arm after wards.
e sporting injury resulted in the diagnosis
of Ewing sarcoma --- a rare form of cancerous
tumour that grows in bones or soft tissue
Harrison spent months in and out of
Auckland's Starship Children's Hospital,
braving debilitating chemotherapy and
His battle became a public one, sparking
fundraising events that rallied people
Mr Mundy said his boy never gave in.
"He never complained, right up to the
end. He just took it in his stride, which was
wicked," Mr Mundy said.
"It's quite sad to think now, you know, we
were so blessed. He had a lot to do with us
getting through this.
"If he complained or was upset --- it cuts
your heart strings. But we were spared from
that. He put on a good front for us. at's
how empathetic he was. It was dire but he
never let it show."
Mr Mundy said Harrison was laughing and
joking, "right up to his second-to-last day ---
full-on belly laughs".
Four weeks ago, not long after Harrison
celebrated his 11th birthday, the Mundys
found out the cancer a ecting the tumour on
his spine had spread to the rest of his body.
"Itwas soquick---justontheturn ofa
dime," Mr Mundy said. "One day he was
happy, jumping around and the next he was
. . . in hospital."
Doctors told the Mundys their only child's
chance for survival had dropped dramatically.
"But as a parent, even with a 0.1%, you are
going for that. Running toward that light
at the end of the tunnel," Mr Mundy said.
"We were told it was a case of prolonging
rather than curing. So we aimed to prolong
Mr and Mrs Mundy brought Harrison
rough Mr Mundy's work as a teacher at
Mount Maunganui College and lifeguard
with Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and Mrs
Mundy's job at House of Travel Papamoa,
the family were inundated with support.
Mr Mundy said they were deeply
appreciative of the love and generosity
It was Harrison's legacy to knit together so
many di erent circles of society "and I hope
it continues, not just for us but for the whole
As well as a race up Mauao and an expedition
of stand-up paddleboarding the Waikato
River, a friend of Harrison's arranged and
cooked his own barbecue outside Te Puke
New World to fundraise. He gave all the
money to Harrison in a little pink pig.
Other friends have written letters to Mr
and Mrs Mundy.
" ese are 10 and 11-year-olds not just
saying, 'We're sorry to hear .. .' but writing
full-on letters, articulate, beautiful letters,"
Mr Mundy said.
ose gestures helped brighten the family's
journey over the past seven months, the
is year would have been Harrison's rst at
intermediate. Instead, his old school friends
from Omanu Primary School honoured their
friend by singing Bruno Mars' Count On
Me as his body was brought into the funeral
A large crowd attended the ser vice, with
many people from Mount Maunganui
College, which was closed for the day.
A balloon release at Omanu surf club and
a traditional paddle out to sea followed the
service. --- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Last step in long journey
Chorus dials back copper
spending for savings
Analysts are divided over
Telecom's Spark rebrand and
foray into internet tv with some
labelling it a "bold approach" and
others a "minor distraction".
Telecom announced last week
that it would change its name
and spend $20 million launching
a new Net ix-style television
service called Showme TV.
First NZ analyst Greg Main
said it was a big call for Telecom
to imply that its brand had little
value and did not re ect its future
or resonate with the younger
market but he believed they
would pull it o .
"While there may be some
execution risk we factor in little
risk of Telecom dropping the ball
during the transition."
Forsyth Barr analyst Blair
Galpin questioned in his
report whether Spark signalled
reworks or zzle.
" e decisions by Telecom
to change its name to Spark
and develop an on-line content
service have attracted signi cant
media attention. From our
perspective these are minor
distractions requiring minimal
investments by Telecom."
Macquarie analysts questioned
whether the move would provoke
Sky TV into entering the
" is product looks set to pitch
Telecom in direct competition
with Sky on the television front.
While telcos haven't always been
strong at executing in media
space, this endeavour seems an
opportunity worth trying.
"But let's hope they haven't
poked a bear, and that Sky stays
out of the telco space."
Craigs Investment Partners
analyst Arie Dekker said the
rebranding was consistent with
Telecom's overall approach to be
a lot bolder but said it also raised
" e level of investment
suggested means that Telecom
clearly intends to get some
reasonable content. However,
exclusive content is going to be
Mr Dekker said without
exclusive premium content he
viewed the move as a "risky
venture" because the barriers to
entry were low for library content
and Telecom would be at risk of
others entering the same market.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Chorus, the network operator
spun out of Telecom in 2011, will
clamp down on investing in its
legacy copper lines to help drive
some $400 million in savings
over the next six years as it looks
to ll a $1 billion funding hole to
build a nationwide bre network.
e Wellington-based company
is rolling out several initiatives to
mitigate the impact of looming
enforced price cuts, which will see
less re-investment in the copper
lines, the introduction of new
unregulated revenue streams, and
operational cost cutting which
will likely include job losses.
Chorus is targeting capital
expenditure savings of between
$300m and $350m up to and
including the 2020 nancial year,
which will limit the amount of
network spending outside the
government sponsored ultrafast
broadband and rural broadband
initiative schemes, and reduce
the amount of proactive
e company also hopes to
generate additional annual revenue
of between $10m and $15m
from providing non-regulated
wholesale products, and achieve
annual operational cost savings of
between $20m and $30m.
As a consequence of the
reduced capex, Chorus will
forgo annual growth revenue
of between $100m and $150m
through the six-year period that
would have been generated by
"We are managing for cash --- if
there are investment opportunities
where we can secure something
like full cost recovery up front,
then we'll look at those," chief
nancial o cer Andrew Carroll
told analysts at a brie ng. "In
situations when managing for
cash where payback is two or
three years away, we just don't
have that exibility --- it's a trade-
o between value and cash."
Chorus yesterday said it will
not pay an interim dividend in
response to the regulatory threat,
which prompted auditor KPMG
to tag the company's accounts as
facing "signi cant uncertainties"
that could impact on the value of
its network. --- APNZ
An Oamaru antiques store owner
says he chased a woman shoplifter on
foot along a highway, then narrowly
dodged a punch by her tattooed
"It made a quiet afternoon a real
adrenaline rush," Arthur's Antiques
joint owner Tim Arthur said yesterday.
"But I wondered that night why my
legs were sore."
Mr Arthur, 56, was in his North End
shop about 3.30pm on Sunday when
a woman wandered in and started
Shortly afterwards, a man with a 9cm
iron cross tattooed on the back of his
head and neck entered the shop, he said.
e man began staring into a locked
jewellery cabinet, trying to distract the
"It was pretty suspicious, and pretty
obvious," Mr Arthur said.
"He was trying to distract me by acting
suspicious right under my nose."
e woman left and Mr Arthur walked
to where she had been, quickly spotting
a kerosene lamp was gone, he said.
He went out on to ames Highway
and saw her walking north to another
As soon as he yelled out to her to
stop, she started running, but he said he
caught up and told her she had taken
She swore at him, denied it and
refused to open her bag, continuing to
do so until Mr Arthur said she had been
caught on a security camera.
"She went back to the shop, unloaded
the lamp from her bag and I told her
and the man to stay put, and started to
phone the police," Mr Arthur said.
As Mr Arthur blocked the shop
entrance, the man ran at him, swinging
a punch which Mr Arthur just dodged,
the st brushing his clothing, he said.
e o enders, estimated to be in their
mid-40s, ran into Witham Street.
But Mr Arthur had done his detective
He took the number plates of all
the vehicles parked in the North End
By 5.30pm after police had left and
he had shut shop, the only vehicle left
was a black car which "took o in hurry"
A woman pushing a pram came up to
him and said she had seen the whole
incident, but Mr Arthur did not get her
e police were last night continuing
--- Otago Daily Times
Store owner chases shoplifter, dodges accomplice's punch
Two backpackers who caused
more than $60,000 damage to six
Queenstown businesses earlier
this month have been convicted
of intentional damage.
British tourists Kim Noar, 23,
and Gregory Day, 25, admitted
swinging on a sprinkler system
pipe at Nomads hostel on
Valentine's Day. e pipe broke
and hundreds of litres of water
ooded through the Church
Street backpackers' rst oor
common room and into ve
other businesses below in the
Noar and Day pleaded guilty in
the Queenstown District Court
yesterday and were each ordered
to pay $1775 in reparation each,
to cover the businesses' insurance
e pair had initially applied for
diversion but, after discussions
with insurance rms, police
decided the level of reparation
was too high. e conviction
leaves the pair liable for civil
claims by the insurance rms.
Day was due to leave the
country for Melbourne at 4pm
yesterday and Noar for Asia this
"I accept it was not a deliberate
action on your part to damage
the pipe," Judge Michael Turner
"However, you have pleaded
guilty on the grounds of
recklessness that when during
your festivities you swung on the
pipe, you must have appreciated
that damage could have been
caused to the pipe but carried
on regardless." Lawyer Sonia
Vidal told the court Noar and
Day, who were working for
accommodation at Nomads,
had been to each business and
apologised in person.
" ey are very remorseful
for their actions and had no
appreciation their foolishness
would have this impact," Ms
Fire ghters were called to
Nomads shortly after 4am on
February 14, when water ooded
through the budget hostel and
down into Cup and Cake, Devil
Burger, Below Zero Ice Bar,
Cowboys Bar, and a convenience
Attempts to contact owners
of a ected businesses a ected
yesterday were unsuccessful.
--- Otago Daily Times
over shops' flooding
changed story over
A month after telling police he
took part in the brutal murder of
Christchurch prostitute Mellory
Manning, Mongrel Mob prospect
Mauha Fawcett backtracked on
"It just feels like it's so easy for
the Mob to get me. It's just been
really hard on me for the last few
weeks. e Mob can kill me any
time," he later told police.
Mauha Huataki Fawcett, 26,
known within gang circles as
'Muck Dog', denies murder and is representing
himself with assistance from an amicus curiae at
a High Court trial in Christchurch.
He claims police pressured him into making
false confessions that he was present when city
sex worker Miss Manning, 27, was killed on or
about December 18, 2008 over an alleged debt.
On Friday, Fawcett claimed police o ered him
protection from the Mob, a safehouse, a gang
bulldog tattoo removed from his right cheek,
and a cash reward if he helped lead them to
Miss Manning's killers. He also claimed police
"coached" him into a confession.
e Crown says Fawcett --- then 21 --- either
took part in the killing, or was there as a party
to Miss Manning's murder.
Her mutilated and partially naked body was
discovered oating in the Avon River the day
after she was killed.
Over the next nine months,
Fawcett was interviewed ve
times by police, who initially
treated him as a potential source
It was not until August 2009
that he was formally interviewed
and he confessed to being present
when Miss Manning was bashed,
raped, and stabbed.
But he later backtracked from his
earlier version of events, saying he
was not present during the attack.
During a third formal interview,
on September 19, 2009, he told Detective
Inspector Tom Fitzgerald that another mobster
killed Miss Manning.
e four-hour interview was played in its
entirety to the jury today.
In the recording, Fawcett is initially reluctant
to speak, fearing the gang will get him for
But Mr Fitzgerald urges him to tell the truth
and get the story straight.
"I never hit her, Tom," Fawcett tells the senior
"You told us you did. Why did you include
yourself in that then?" Mr Fitzgerald asks.
"I just felt that if I put myself in there, then
maybe I can just stay away from the rest of the
Mongrel Mob," the murder accused replies.
e trial, before Justice David Gendall,
continues. --- APNZ
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