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Shot man critical
A man was critically injured when
he was shot at a Manukau address
early this morning. Police said the
man received a gunshot wound
at an address on Conifer Grove
in Takanini about 2.15am. He
was taken to hospital in a critical
condition. No further details were
immediately available. --- APNZ
Former lawyer Davina Murray's
appeal against her conviction and
sentence for smuggling contraband
to a prisoner has been dismissed.
Murray was convicted and sentenced
to 50 hours community work for
smuggling an iPhone, cigarettes and
a lighter to her client Liam Reid in
Mt Eden Prison. She had defended
the charges, and when found guilty
unsuccessfully sought a discharge
without conviction. --- APNZ
UCOL sta strike
UCOL sta went on strike today
for a pay rise after months of
negotiations and other industrial
action has not resolved the
negotiating stalemate. e strike
takes place between 1pm and 3pm
at each of the polytechnic's three
campuses in Whanganui, Palmerston
North and Masterton. e Tertiary
Education Union's local branch
president Tina Smith said that since
2010, UCOL had given pay rises
that add up to 5.6% but over the
same time, in ation rose 8.3%.
A driving instructor was critically
injured when a car being driven by
a teenage girl collided with a truck
on the outskirts of Te Awamutu
yesterday morning. Emergency
services were called to the crash on
State highway 3 about 10.35am.
Inspector Freda Grace said a driving
instructor who was a passenger in the
young woman's car su ered serious
injuries and was taken to Waikato
Hospital. He was initially trapped in
the wreckage and had to be cut free.
e drivers of the car and truck were
not seriously injured but were taken
to Waikato Hospital for a check-up.
A man was seriously injured
when he fell 6m while canyoning
in Coromandel on Sunday. e
Westpac Rescue Helicopter was
called to the Kauaeranga Valley
about 7.45pm after the man su ered
various injuries in the fall. He was
winched to safety and airlifted to
Auckland City Hospital in a serious
condition. --- APNZ
Conservatives leader Colin Craig
has backed down from a legal
dispute about his comments on
homosexuality, saying it would be too
expensive and time-consuming.
Mr Craig con rmed this morning
that he would start defamation
proceedings against Greens co-leader
Russel Norman, but with a narrower
scope than originally planned.
Mr Craig would rst seek a retraction
from Dr Norman regarding his
statements about the place of women
in New Zealand. A claim against
Dr Norman's comments on gays
would be delayed.
e Green Party has con rmed it
will defend the case, and questioned
Mr Craig's reasons for backing out of
a debate on the place of homosexuals
in New Zealand.
In a speech at the Big Gay Out in
February, Dr Norman had described
Mr Craig as someone who "thinks a
woman's place is in the kitchen and a
gay man's place is in the closet".
e Conser vatives leader said in a
statement today that Dr Norman's
comments demonstrated a cavalier
and reckless disregard for the truth.
Mr Craig planned to split the
defamation claim into two stages
"in the hope of fast-tracking a court
He hoped to get a declaration before
the general election.
Dr Norman's lawyer Steven Price
told Mr Craig's legal team last week
that if a case went ahead, he planned to
seek all of Mr Craig's correspondence
which related to homosexuality,
including personal emails.
Mr Craig said today: "Given
the extensive debate around the
rede nition of marriage, this is
many hundreds, if not thousands
of documents, and would result in
prohibitive costs and time delays."
Mr Craig was one of the most high-
pro le opponents of a law change to
legalise gay marriage last year.
A Greens spokesman said it was
"interesting" that Mr Craig had
backed out of a legal battle about his
comments on gays and questioned
whether cost and time was the real
reason for delaying the claim.
e party has been advised that
defending the case was likely to cost
It will launch a campaign today to
raise money for Dr Norman's legal
fees. --- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Labour leader David
Cunli e has come
clean about the trust
set up to handle his
donations during the
leadership contest last
year, naming three
donors but saying two
others were not willing
to be named so their
donations would be
Mr Cunli e has also
said that using the trust
for the campaign was a
lapse in judgment.
He said the three
donors willing to be named were
Selwyn Pellett, Perry Keenan and Tony
Gibbs, who gave a combined total
of $9500. Mr Pellett, a businessman,
is a longstanding Labour supporter
who has donated to the party and Mr
Cunli e in the past.
Mr Gibbs is a businessman and
former right hand man to Sir Ron
Brierley. Perry Keenan is a New
Zealander who is now senior partner
at the Boston Consulting Group in
Chicago. Mr Cunli e worked for the
Boston Consulting Group prior to
He said other donors had given a
total of $8300 but were not willing to
" at is their legal right. I respect
their decision and can't control it. In
their case, the trust will be returning
their donations to them." He said he
did not know who those donors were,
or whether they were individuals or
Mr Cunli e said it was an error of
judgement to use the trust. It had
meant he did not have to disclose
donations in the Register of Pecuniary
"I don't think in
hindsight that a
trust structure fully
represented the values
I would like to bring
to this leadership.
Decisions that were
made to set up the
trust could have been
better. I have learned
form that and am
now making sure I
do whatever I can to
He said if returning
those donations left
any shortfall in his
campaign funding, he
would cover the amount out of his own
pocket. He estimated his campaign
cost about $20,000. e spending cap
set by Labour was $30,000.
He said his former electorate
chairman, Greg Presland, was the main
trustee of the trust. His wife, Karen,
had also assisted in the campaign and
was involved in discussions to set up
the trust, but was not a trustee. He said
he was not personally either a trustee
or a bene ciary of the trust, but it was
used to pay his campaign debts.
Mr Cunli e said he was con dent
the trust arrangement did meet with
the requirements of the Labour
Party's rules, and the register of
pecuniary interests. e Labour Party
rules had speci ed donations would be
con dential, and the donors had given
on that understanding.
" is was the rst time the Labour
Party has run a leadership campaign
and in the course of it we learned a
thing or two about the rules that we
need to iron out." He said he believed
the rules around donations should be
tightened and would support that in
an upcoming review."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
David Cunli e
Craig backs down from legal dispute with Russel Norman
A severely burned Dunedin man wants
to thank those who helped him as his skin
Shannon Taylor, 22, of Port Chalmers,
was in the back yard of a friend's house
in Port Chalmers, working underneath a
Ford Falcon station wagon with the motor
He said he had incorrectly wired the fuel
pump, which caused a spark, ignited fumes
and created a '' ame ball'' at the rear of the car
and he had caught re.
"I rolled out and I ran up and down the path
trying to put myself out.''
e screams of his friend's girlfriend alerted
two people to act and "save my life''.
After hearing the screams, Port Chalmers
Pool super visor Lyndon Johnston emptied a
re extinguisher on the station wagon and a
neighbour, Tracey Loach, put Mr Taylor in a
He had severe burns and ner ve damage to
the left side of his body but the cold shower
stopped more skin melting.
"It could have been a lot worse. I could have
lost a lot more skin.''
e second-degree burns had left no skin
on his left arm and hand, which could be
permanently damaged and require skin grafts,
"I can barely sit up or walk. I can't do
In hospital, he was woken by nightmares of
" ashbacks of ames''.
He had fallen out of bed three times
yesterday attempting to walk and lacked the
energy to attend a meeting with his pregnant
partner and midwife.
Mr Taylor hoped to be discharged from
hospital for the birth of his second child in 10
He was philosophical about the "freak
"I would have done things di erently but
you can't turn back time and what's happened
has happened and there will be a lot of
recovery.'' --- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Shannon Taylor in Dunedin Hospital yesterday.
action saves burns
More than 5000 properties are without
power as strong gales continue to batter the
South Island, trapping car occupants, lifting
roofs and bringing down trees and power
e MetService has issued strong wind
warnings for Christchurch, the Banks
Peninsula, coastal Kaikoura and the Otago
Peninsula north to Oamaru.
Severe southwest gales with gusts of up to
140kph are expected in some areas.
e winds have brought down trees and
powerlines, causing power outages for
thousands of people in the Christchurch
Power company Orion's website said 5276
customers were without power as of 11.30am
e gales have also kept re ghters busy,
with more than 50 wind-related incidents
since this morning.
Most were for downed trees and power
lines, smashed windows, ying trampolines
and lifting roofs.
Southern re communications shift
manager Karl Patterson said four people had
been trapped in vehicles by downed lines this
e occupants of one car on Hoon Hay
Road waited for re ghters to remove fallen
lines from their car about 9am. e lines
turned out to be telecommunications cables
and the occupants were uninjured.
Occupants of another car faced a terrifying
45 minute wait after a live 11KV power line
came down on their car in Kainga about
"Obviously the people had to remain in
the vehicle until the power could be isolated
... I'd say it would be very terrifying," Mr
e power was isolated and the occupants
were uninjured, he said.
Mr Patterson said the wind had started
picking up this morning and the incidents
peaked by about 10am.
"It wasn't too bad overnight but after
6.30am it started kicking o . Akaroa and
Lyttelton took a bit of a hammering rst
thing this morning --- it was predominantly
roofs lifting or parts of roofs lifting, loose
roo ng iron, that sort of thing."
Trees had come down on houses in
Halswell and Strowan and power lines in
In Heathcote Valley, a shed roof had blown
o and landed on a neighbour's roof.
Roo ng iron had also lifted from homes
in central Christchurch, Hillsborough,
Lyttelton, Burwood, Phillipstown, Merivale,
Birdling's Flat, Aranui, Bishopdale and New
Windows had also been smashed by gales.
e conservatory windows of a Cashmere
home were blown out, and in Cass Bay, a sun
room was blown apart and a roof ew o and
smashed a neighbour's window.
Trampolines had also caused havoc, with
one landing on power lines in Southshore
and another ending up on a garage roof in
e MetService said severe southwest gales
could gust up to 120km/h in Otago before
easing this evening.
On the Banks Peninsula, the gales could
gust up to 140kph before spreading to coastal
Kaikoura this morning and easing tomorrow
Strong winds are also expected in the lower
North Island today.
e MetService has issued strong wind
warnings for coastal Wairarapa and
Wellington, where southwest winds are
expected to rise to severe gales, gusting
120kph, this afternoon.
e winds should ease tomorrow morning.
5000 without power as gales batter east coast
It is one of the most anticipated
arrivals of the year --- but Maori
royalty have rejected an o er of a visit
by Prince William because not enough
time was given.
e Duke of Cambridge will tour
New Zealand next month with his wife,
Kate, and their baby, Prince George.
e visit to New Zealand, then
Australia, will be the rst public
engagement for the eight-month-old.
But it was con rmed yesterday that
a trip to Turangawaewae had been
cancelled by King Tuheitia.
Prime Minister John Key said the
decision was made solely by the Maori
King's advisers, but the King's o ce
made no comment.
"My understanding is the palace
o ered King Tuheitia's people an
opportunity for the Prince to visit.
ey were o ered a 90-minute slot.
at was longer than pretty much
any other engagement they have and
King Tuheitia's people decided that
was not long enough and on that
basis, they rejected him actually
It is understood the slot would not be
long enough for proper protocol to be
carried out during the visit.
Mr Key said: "It's a matter for them
to decide their own thing, but in the
end Prince William has a fairly tight
timetable ... I would have thought 90
minutes was quite generous.
"I think it's a shame he's not going,
but that was a decision solely made by
King Tuheitia's people."
e royal visit, from April 7 to 16,
will be the Duchess' rst trip to New
Zealand and Prince George's rst
big appearance abroad. e Queen
has given special permission for both
heirs to the British throne to travel
on the same aircraft, as royal protocol
usually dictates that direct heirs travel
Prince George --- whose rst royal
tour mirrors the trip made by his father
with Charles and Diana, the Prince
and Princess of Wales, in 1983 --- will
be accompanied by a full-time nanny,
currently being recruited.
Aides have arranged a "hub and
spoke" travel plan for the tour, based
on the couple's desire to spend as
much time with their son as possible.
--- New Zealand Herald
Maori King rejects Prince
William visit as too short
An American-based rm has expressed
interest in setting up a charter school in
But opponents of the schools say overseas
organisations should not be publicly
funded to run schools --- potentially for
pro t --- in New Zealand.
e Government is working towards
more charter or "partnership" schools
beyond the ve which started this year.
Applications for the next round, to open
next year, close next Tuesday and o cials
will not say who is interested until then.
But the NZEI and PPTA education
unions say Ministry of Education sta have
con rmed an unnamed United States-
based company has expressed interest.
Overall there have been 18 formal
"indications of interest", including from
those who missed out last time.
"I can con rm that an overseas
organisation has made an inquiry, but
whether that will translate into an
application I honestly don't know.
"We had quite a few overseas
organisations last time making inquiries."
NZEI national secretary Paul Goulter
said the union was "absolutely alarmed" at
the prospect of a US-based rm starting a
charter school here.
" e American education system is
clearly in disarray ... I don't think New
Zealanders want private companies
beating the path towards New Zealand's
Education Minister Hekia Parata said
she had not been told of any intention by
an international business or group to apply
to establish a school. --- APNZ
United States firm shows interest in NZ schools
Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the
Government is waiting to see how the Ukraine
situation develops over the next few days before
considering recalling New Zealand's ambassador
Asked about the possibility this morning, Mr
McCully said: "Let's just wait and see how things
emerge over the next few days".
" at's something we would consider if we
thought the circumstances required it. It's not on
our agenda at the moment."
Mr McCully said Russia's Ambassador to
New Zealand Valery Tereshchenko expressed
his country's point of view when he met Foreign
Ministry o cials yesterday, "and I think in
Moscow we've had similar indications of the
Russian viewpoint which of course is that there's
no invasion going on".
Mr McCully said further sanctions would be
"getting ahead of the game at the moment".
"What we most need at the moment is a
period of de-escalating the tensions rather than
ramping them up by inventing new things to
do to each other and I'm rather hoping we
might see a period of quiet later on today rather
than another step in the wrong direction."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
NZ to wait before recalling ambassador
If gang prospect
Mauha Fawcett knew
who killed Mellory
Manning he would have
given them up to police,
he told court today in an
"My life is on the line
here ... I've got nothing
to gain from the Mongrel
Mob," Fawcett said on
day 17 of his murder trial
in the High Court at
Fawcett, 26, known
within gang circles
as 'Muck Dog',
denies murdering the
Christchurch sex worker.
He is representing
himself in court with
assistance by an amicus
Fawcett claims police
pressured and "coached"
him into making false
confessions that he
was present when Miss
Manning, 27, was killed
on or about December
18, 2008 over an alleged
e Crown says Fawcett
--- then aged 21 --- either
took part in the killing,
or was there as a party to
her brutal murder.
Her mutilated and
partially naked body was
discovered oating in the
Avon River the day after
she was killed.
Today, a former
Mongrel Mob member
was recalled to court to
be cross-examined by
e witness, who has
name suppression, had
earlier said Fawcett had
told him he'd been at the
Galbraith Ave gang-pad
when she was killed and
that he had stabbed her
Fawcett denied making
a confession to murder.
e witness again
said that he had, and
claimed that Fawcett had
even showed him court
paperwork which backed
up his story.
"You also told me ...
your life was on the line
with the Mongrel Mob,"
the witness said.
"You were fearing for
your own life, what they
would do to you. What
did I tell you back then?
Give them up."
Fawcett replied: "If
would've put them up
there all right. I've got
nothing to gain from the
Fawcett told Justice
David Gendall that he
was not happy with how
his amicus curiae, lawyer
Craig Ruane, cross-
examined the witness
last time, and that's why
he wanted the witness
"My life is on the line
and in this witness' hands
and he's coming in and
accusing me of this. I
did not say that to this
e witness stuck by his
He went on to tell
the court that the day
Miss Manning's body
was found, there was a
meeting called at the
"freaked out", stole one
of the gangster's cars, and
disappeared, he claimed.
"You know, he couldn't
handle the pressure."
e trial continues.
have given up
killer 'if he
e family of a
Masterton toddler are
holding a bedside vigil as
they wait to see if their
two-year-old will survive
serious head injuries he
su ered in an alleged
Caleb Skinner, two, was
airlifted to Auckland's
Starship Hospital from
Masterton last night in
a drug induced coma
following an alleged
assault at his George
Caleb's mother, Joanne
Smith, told the Times-
Age she was at work
when she received a call
to say her son had been
taken in hospital in a
A man known to the
family has been arrested
and charged with
assaulting the child. He
is yet to appear in court
today as police are still
trying to piece together
"I'm really worried.
Caleb has tubes coming
out of him. I can't believe
someone has hurt my
Caleb was born with a
serious bowel problem
and has undergone
surgery in the past to try
and correct the problem.
Ms Smith said she was
devastated her son had
"I just can't believe it."
Caleb's father, Daryll
Skinner, said his son was
a ghter but he was also
very concerned about
the toddler's current
"He's sedated because
there is too much
bleeding from the brain
at the moment. He's
on machines which are
breathing for him. He
did recognise me and
responded when he did
wake up for a short time
but he's sedated again
now. It's not good."
Mr Skinner said Caleb
was covered in bruises.
"I'm really annoyed.
He's got a serious head
injury he might not
survive and bruising all
over his body."
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