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Prince George will be in tow as the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
visit New Zealand next month,
Kensington Palace has announced.
William and Kate will visit
Auckland and seven other centres
after they arrive on April 7.
Details of the royal visit, including
the dates of the visit and events they
will be attending, were announced
in London overnight by Kensington
e Duke and Duchess will
be based at Government House
in Wellington but will also visit
Auckland, Hamilton, Cambridge,
Christchurch, Dunedin, Queens-
town and Blenheim.
Prince George will stay at
e royals will leave for Australia
on April 16.
Prime Minister John Key said
New Zealanders would have a great
chance to see the royal family.
"It's a pretty good geographic
spread, with four South Island and
four North Island centres included in
the itinerary," he said this morning.
"We're trying to make it as easy
as possible for them to have regular
family time with their son, while
acknowledging thousands of New
Zealanders will want to take the
opportunity to meet them."
e Royal New Zealand Plunket
Society said it was delighted it would
be part of the New Zealand leg of
"Plunket books are a treasured kiwi
keepsake and we will be presenting
eir Royal Highnesses with a
Plunket book and Plunket blue
bear for Prince George. It's lovely to
think that he will be a Plunket baby,"
Plunket New Zealand President
Tristine Clark said.
A Plunket nurse and about 10
Plunket families will meet the
couple at Government House in
Wellington on April 9 and join in
a Plunket parent support group
with young children the same age as
"It will be wonderful for eir
Royal Highnesses to experience
what it's like to be part of one of
these groups and talk to other
parents going through the same
experiences," Mrs Clark said.
e Queen reportedly gave special
permission for the two heirs to the
throne to travel on the same plane
so Prince William and Kate could
bring baby George on their three-
week tour Down Under.
" e Queen has to give permission
for it to happen and Her Majesty has
given permission for it to happen,"
Prince William's private secretary
Miguel Head told reporters in
"Indeed, Prince William travelled
with his parents when he was a very
similar age to New Zealand and
Australia back in 1983, so there is
precedent for this."
After touring New Zealand
the royal family will visit Sydney,
Brisbane, Uluru, Adelaide and
Canberra. Melbourne, most notably,
misses out, AAP reported.
Where the Royals will travel in
Wellington --- Monday, April 7
Wellington --- Wednesday, April 9
Blenheim --- ursday, April 10
Auckland --- Friday, April 11
Waikato --- Saturday April 12
Dunedin and Queenstown -
Sunday, April 13
Christchurch --- Monday, April 14
Wellington --- Wednesday, April
16*No public engagements Tuesday,
April 8 and Tuesday, April 15.
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Two companies have been ned
$50,000 each and their directors
given non-custodial sentences for
draining a protected wetland on the
Aupouri Peninsula to extract swamp
kauri. e sentences on Raymond
Bird and his company Sovereign
Station Trustee and Gary Beckham
and Mangonui Development and
Civil Construction were handed
down by the Environment Court
after charges were laid by the
Northland Regional Council.
Passenger services on a section of
track where a train derailed early
yesterday morning will continue
to run more slowly than usual for
the next few days. Two people were
injured when a near-empty train,
carrying only the driver and a train
manager, came o the tracks near
West eld junction in Otahuhu just
before 2am on Sunday.
An Australian tourist su ered
spinal injuries in a whitewater
rafting incident near Rotorua
yesterday. e 26-year-old injured
her back after going over a set of
falls on the Kaituna River. e
Rotorua-based Bay Trust Rescue
Helicopter was dispatched to
Okere Falls just after 11am, and
the woman was own to Rotorua
Hospital for treatment and
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Missing man named
e identity of a man missing in
the Nelson Lakes National Park
has been con rmed as German
national Christian Ulf Erik Prehn,
19. Police became concerned for Mr
Prehn's safety following reports of
an abandoned trampers pack on the
side of the Travers Saddle area in
the last week. --- APNZ
Animal carcasses, broken
televisions, old cars and household
waste are being dumped in
Dunedin's forests. Illegal rubbish
dumping, which can cost culprits
$7500, has become an increasing
problem for Wenita Forest
Products Ltd. Chief executive
David Cormack said over the last
18 months his sta had discovered
a wide variety of waste, in growing
volumes, on forestry land at
Brighton, Berwick and Waihola.
--- APNZ-Otago Daily Times
A 47-year-old mother, attempting to save
her son, drowned yesterday near Mahia in
northern Hawke's Bay.
Detective Jason ackeray, of Wairoa Police,
said the local woman's "motherly instincts"
kicked in as she rushed to help her distressed
boy, believed to be about 10, in the waves near
the small town of Opoutama just after 1pm.
"One of the woman's children went and
got mum to say her other young one was in
"She just jumped in and tried to do her best.
We would all do the same for our kids, it's a
He said, when police arrived at the scene,
paramedics were already trying to revive her.
St John Heretaunga territory manager
Brendon Hutchinson said the boy was able to
make his way back to shore, while two people
nearby attempted to rescue the woman before
performing CPR until emergency services
arrived about 1.30pm.
"Tragically, she had already died when St
John paramedics arrived at the beach despite
their best e orts to revive her."
Detective ackeray said conditions at the
beach were unusually choppy on an otherwise
calm and remote stretch of the coast.
"It's normally quite safe, there are no known
rips --- it really depends on which direction
the wind is coming from."
Mahia Beach Motels and Holiday Park
manager Melanie Isher wood said the two
rescuers who attempted to save the mother
were staying at the camp site. " ey are pretty
shocked and upset by everything.
"We had a big southerly swell (yesterday)
and when we get a southerly it can a ect that
side of the bay."
Mrs Isher wood said the 47-year-old had two
young sons and expected the small community
to be in "shock" for some time.
"It's usually such a safe swimming beach, but
obviously the conditions turned a bit."
Mr ackeray said the drowning would hit
the community hard and was similar to last
year's double drowning near Iwitea.
Last November's double drowning shook
the beachside settlement of Iwitea, west of the
Mahia Peninsula, when Sage Wi Smith, 22,
and Kustom Michael Soljah Blandford, 7, died
trying to rescue a relative swept out to sea.
A local woman said the tightknit community
would support the family and added that
the 47-year-old mother was originally from
Napier and had a sister living in Opoutama.
e Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter
also responded to the incident but were not
"Paramedics were already working on her
when we arrived but by then she had sadly
already passed away," a spokeswoman said.
e woman's body was taken to Wairoa and
the death referred to the coroner.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Mum drowns trying to save son
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Prince William and Kate with baby George.
Prince George to
to New Zealand
A major grocery chain is unable to
guarantee bananas will be available
on shelves this week, as a nationwide
New Zealand has the highest rate of
banana consumption in the world per
capita, but that was expected to take a
hit with supplies expected to be down
30% this week.
Mechanical problems forced a
shipment of New Zealand-bound
Dole bananas to return to the
Philippines, sending grocery chains
scrambling to source an already
weather-a ected supply.
Foodstu s retail general manager
Alan Malcolmson yesterday con rmed
"we are expecting a shortage''.
"I am anticipating a couple of
weeks, maybe three weeks at the
e grocery giant, which operates
New World, Pak n' Save and Four
Square brands, had sourced Bonita
bananas from South America, which
normally make up only a small
number of its banana stock, to alleviate
"We have people on the ground
endeavouring to get as many bananas
as we can but when a whole shipload
gets turned back on top of a shortage
through weather conditions it make it
very hard . . . but we will get through,''
Mr Malcolmson said.
He said bananas were not a big
money earner for the New Zealand-
owned company "it is a lead product
and we like to have bananas on shelves
But asked if customers could expect
bananas to be on shelves 24/7,he replied
"I can't guarantee that''.
"It is depending on the logistics of
how many bananas we can get though.''
Peter Hendry, chief executive of MG
Marketing, Foodstu s' main banana
supplier, said the supply of bananas for
this week would be down 30% due to
the vessel breaking down.
A new shipment was expected to
arrive in Auckland on Friday, with
supply to retail expected to be back to
normal from next Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for Australian-
owned Progressive Enterprises, which
operates Countdown, Fresh Choice
and Super Value brands, said "we'll
be doing our best to manage stock
centrally to ensure any impact to
customers is kept to a minimum''.
Countdown sourced bananas from
both the Philippines and Ecuador but
was expecting some impact as a result
of the shipment delay.
Veggie Boys co-owner Marty
Hay said the independent fruit and
vegetable store noti ed its customers
of the shortage this week.
e shortage had forced the store,
which operates four outlets, to
temporarily raise prices from $1.99 a
kilo to $2.49 a kilo.
"We are getting through, it is
tight. But customers have been very
understanding.'' --- APNZ-Otago
Nationwide banana shortage looms
Labour leader David Cunli e used an
"agent arrangement" to take donations to
his leadership campaign last November
and is refusing to say whether he has
disclosed individual donors in the MPs'
register of nancial interests or whether
they were disclosed as being from a trust.
e returns for the Register of
Pecuniary Interests were due last Friday,
and Mr Cunli e said his return met both
the rules of the register, which requires
disclosure of donations of more than
$500, and those of the Labour Party,
which said all donations would be
He refused to say how he had met
both rules, or whether he had declared
donations as from a trust rather than the
But he con rmed his campaign was
run through an "agent arrangement"
rather than taking donations directly.
He sought a legal opinion before ling
his return and defended the use of trusts
in such circumstances, saying there was
"nothing illegal about trusts".
"In the event donations are made to a
trust, the trustee will have information
about donations which a candidate or
campaign team won't have.
"So if there is a trust involved, it will
be the donations of the trust to the
campaign that are declared, as per the
rules. If there is a trust, trustees owe
obligations of con dentiality. ere's
nothing new about that."
Of his rivals for the job, Shane Jones
said he had disclosed all donations of
more than $500, and the donors, and
Grant Robertson said he did not receive
any individual donations of more than
e register will be published within
In 2005, Labour changed electoral
nance rules to stop National ltering
large anonymous donations through
trusts. Donations made through a trust
must now be disclosed separately if larger
than the disclosable limit of $15,000
to a party, or $1500 for an individual
He said there was "nothing at all" to
embarrass him in his return.
"It does appear there is a di erence
between the rules of the party and
the rules of the Pecuniary Interests
Register. MPs are bound to satisfy
both. I'm con dent that to the best of
my knowledge I have done so, and the
results will be in public view to the extent
required by the Pecuniary Interests
Mr Cunli e also said Labour was
likely to raise the issue with the standing
orders committee, a cross-party group of
MPs which decides on the rules for the
"It's quite clear that having primary-
style elections is new and not something
that has been explicitly forseen before in
the register rules. It does raise a number
of legal technicalities over the match
between internal party rules and the
rules of the Standing Orders. It would be
better for everybody if they were aligned."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Cunliffe used agent to take
donations for campaign
A former North Island mayor and
lawyer allegedly helped a property
developer conceal his identity, allowing
the man to borrow millions of dollars
from the now-failed Belgrave Finance
in "forbidden related-party loans", the
High Court has heard.
Hugh Edward Staples Hamilton
is accused of 17 charges of theft by a
person in a special relationship as well as
charges of false statement by a promoter,
and Companies Act charges of making a
false statement to a trustee.
Hamilton, a former partner of DAC
Legal who advised Belgrave until its
2008 receivership, pleaded not guilty to
all the charges he faced this morning in
the High Court at Auckland.
e case is being jointly prosecuted by
the Serious Fraud O ce and Financial
Markets Authority and follows the 2008
collapse of Belgrave.
According to the Crown, Hamilton
allegedly helped former property
developer Raymond Scho eld arrange
the purchase of Belgrave in 2005 so that
the man's identity and control of the
company was hidden.
e purpose of this was to allegedly
allow Scho eld to borrow from the
company either directly or through other
companies he controlled.
Scho eld was charged alongside
Belgrave directors Shane Buckley and
Stephen Smith in September 2011,
with the SFO alleging the defendants
misrepresented how investors' money
would be used. e trio were also charged
by the FMA for allegedly making untrue
statements in o er documents.
It was alleged that, in substance,
Scho eld acted as a Belgrave director.
Buckley and Smith have pleaded guilty
to charges they faced and been jailed,
while Scho eld was granted a stay on
the proceedings he faced because he was
su ering from terminal cancer.
e Crown alleged this morning
that Hamilton was "party to a scheme"
involving the trio.
" e Crown alleges that Hamilton
was party to a scheme ... in which Mr
Scho eld would acquire Belgrave,
conceal his connection to the company
and funds from the investing public
to make loans to Mr Scho eld and
entities connected to him in breach of
the Belgrave Debenture Trust Deed,"
Crown lawyer Nick Williams told the
court this morning.
"Because of Mr Hamilton's help, Mr
Scho eld was able to borrow large
amounts of money using debenture
investor's funds in what were in truth
forbidden related party loans," Williams
is was all hidden from investors and
the trustee of the failed nance company
and Mr Scho eld's involvement was
never revealed in Belgrave's o er
documents, Williams said this morning.
According to the Crown, between
August 2005 and December 2007
Belgrave loaned about $18 million to
companies associated with Scho eld
Of this amount, it is alleged Hamilton
assisted with loans of $12.6m.
Investors were owed $20.5 million
when Belgrave failed.
Hamilton's trial is set down for eight
weeks before Justice John Faire.
In his early 60s, Hamilton is a former
Waipukurau lawyer and served as mayor
of Central Hawke's Bay for six years.
He was Waipukurau Rotary Club
president, Central Rugby and Sports
Club chairman and was made a Member
of the New Zealand Order of Merit in
the 1997 Queen's Birthday Honours.
In May last year the New Zealand
Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary
Tribunal ordered the former lawyer
be struck o the roll of barristers and
It followed the New Zealand Law
Society bringing charges of misconduct
Hamilton has not held a legal practising
certi cate since 2011, the same year
in which he was facing bankruptcy
proceedings due to an unpaid debt for
the purchase of a Wellington brothel
--- New Zealand Herald
Former mayor helps
developer conceal identity
A spate of motorcycle fatalities has
prompted police to warn riders to reduce
speed and an expert claims motorists can
be "twits" after at least four riders were
killed and several critically injured in as
In the latest crash, a 45-year-old
motorcyclist was killed when he hit the
back of a 10-tonne tractor trailer as the
unit turned into a driveway on a rural road
near Morrinsville on Saturday morning.
Less than 90 minutes later at 11am
another motorcyclist on a charity ride at
Ohinewai, east of Huntly, was critically
injured when he failed to round a bend
and crashed into a wire fence.
e accidents come a day after a
mechanic in his 60s was badly injured
when his motorbike and a car collided in
Four days earlier, on February 24,
Christiaan Minnee, 36, died in hospital
after colliding with a turning ute at
Tamahere in Waikato, and on February
20, 72-year-old Jack Barnes of Hamilton
died when his motorcycle and a car
collided on the Brynderwyn Hills south
e year's rst fatal motorcycle crash
happened in Taupiri at 10pm on January
4, when Auckland-based Chinese
national Shixun Jiang, 24, crashed into
an oncoming car as he tried to overtake
tra c on State highway 1B.
Speaking after Saturday's death on the
Morrinsville-Walton Road, Waikato road
policing manager, Inspector Freda Grace,
said police were concerned at the number
of motorcyclist fatalities this year and
urged riders to be cautious.
" e circumstances of this crash mirror
those of a crash earlier last week that
claimed the life of another rider and
appears to be another avoidable tragedy,"
Mrs Grace said speed appeared to
be a factor in both Waikato crashes on
New Zealand Motorcycle Safety
Consultants chief executive Allan
Kirk said motorcyclists must always be
prepared for the worst to happen.
"It's an equal amount of stupidity and
unfortunate luck that comes into these
crashes," Mr Kirk said.
" e driver simply doesn't see them
for a variety of reasons. erefore the
motorcyclist has to be able to second-
guess what that driver is going to do. In
other words, be prepared for right twits."
Mr Kirk, who has been riding for 50
years, said New Zealand had a problem
because many riders aged over 40 lacked
" ey're what we call born-again bikers
who came back into riding.
" ey were quite capable of controlling
a bike in the old days, but bikes these days
have improved so dramatically that now
the bike can outride the rider. And these
guys are getting into trouble."
Mr Kirk said many older riders did only
about 2000km every year during summer,
and that was not enough riding experience
" ey tend to lose the edge."
xation, in which riders focused
too long on something they wanted
to avoid and instead ran into it
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Speed behind biker
deaths, say police
Prime Minister John
Key says he will consider
the Act Party's proposal
to make burglary a three-
strikes o ence.
e policy, announced
over the weekend by new
Act leader Jamie Whyte,
would create a separate
regime to the existing
three-strikes law, which
applies to serious violent
Mr Key told TVNZ's
Breakfast today he would
look at the three-strikes
Mr Key said law and
order was an important
issue to both National
and Act. --- APNZ
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