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P lab near police HQ
Wellington police have raided a
drug lab in an upmarket central city
apartment just metres from their
district headquarters. Police executed
a search warrant in an apartment in
Chews Lane, between Willis and
Victoria Streets, shortly after 5am
today. Senior sergeant Simon King
said a clandestine lab was discovered
and the apartment was evacuated.
Fire ghters decontaminated
four occupants and several police
o cers. e Victoria Street end of
Chews Lane is directly opposite
the Wellington police district
headquarters. --- APNZ
Man falls to death
A former Ashburton man has died
in a South Korean hospital after a fall
from a building. A spokesman for the
Ministry of Foreign A airs and Trade
con rmed they were aware of the
death of a New Zealander in Korea,
and consular sta from the ministry
and the New Zealand Embassy in
Seoul were providing support and
assistance to the family. Members
of the man's family travelled to
Korea, where he had been living and
working, to be by his hospital bedside.
He died early yesterday from his
injuries. e circumstances around the
fall were unclear.
--- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
A light aircraft crashed at Ardmore
Airport in Auckland yesterday.
Northern re communications
shift manager Paul Radder said the
Beechcraft 76 crashed on landing
about 4.30pm. Two people were on
board but were not hurt, he said. "It
appears the landing gear collapsed on
landing." Fire crews from Papakura,
Manurewa and Papatoetoe responded,
Mr Radder said. ere was no re and
no major fuel spill. --- APNZ
Crash cuts Kaikoura link
State highway 1 north of Kaikoura
was closed for several following a
serious crash yesterday. e head-
on crash happened about 4pm
at Mangamaunu and involved a
four-wheel-drive vehicle and a
camper van. e male driver of the
camper van was own to Wellington
Hospital in a serious condition. His
female passenger was unhurt. e
sole occupant of the four-wheel-
drive was own to Christchurch
Hospital, also in a serious condition.
Both men had to be cut from their
vehicles. --- APNZ
Drowned woman named
e 47-year-old mother who
drowned near Mahia last weekend
attempting to save her son and
another boy has been named as
Suzanne Faye Rowse. Police said
the Mahia woman died in rough
sea conditions at Blue Bay near
Opoutama. e boys were unharmed.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Numbers in Keno draw No 9788: 1,
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39, 40, 42, 45, 51, 70, 73, 79. Draw No
9789: 4, 6, 16, 21, 23, 24, 29, 31, 44, 45,
47, 49, 50, 53, 59, 61, 68, 72, 73, 78.
Injured kitten thrown out with rubbish
A hearing scheduled for the teenager
who killed young Ashburton mother
Sina Solomona has been postponed.
e now 17-year-old, who has name
suppression, was scheduled to appear in
the High Court at Timaru today but that
hearing has now been put o for at least
It is the latest delay after the teen was
scheduled to appear on February 14 for
sentencing, following his guilty plea last
October to charges of murder and sexual
violation by unlawful sexual connection.
e courts would not say why the
hearing has been postponed.
Ms Solomona was found in a pool
of blood at the back of her Cass Street
home in Ashburton on December 15,
2012. --- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
Murder case put off
A Facebook page designed to identify
so-called police "snitches" in Oamaru has
been brought to the attention of police.
e Oamaru Snitch Page went on-line
on March 3, and urged people to post
names of people who may have provided
police with information on criminal
activity in the town.
e page included photographs and
slogans such as "snitches get snitches",
and "snitches are a dying breed" above a
picture of two guns.
Although the police were made aware
of the page on Wednesday, senior
sergeant Jason McCoy said so far no
complaints had been made.
"Police will act on any matters which
are unlawful, however. We encourage
anyone who is concerned about a
particular social media page to report it
to the administrators of that social media
"As in any situation, if a person has
concerns about their own safety or feels
threatened, they should always contact
police." --- Otago Daily Times
e Taupo SPCA is asking for
help to nd the person who taped an
injured kitten inside a box and put it
out in the rubbish.
Had it not been for an alert worker
at Taupo's land ll, who heard the
kitten crying, the box would have
been fed into the land ll's compactor.
Taupo SPCA animal welfare
inspector Ian Hill said the kitten,
dubbed Buttons was brought into
the SPCA's animal centre by one of
the land ll workers.
"She was found just minutes before
being fed into the compactor,"
he said. "Her crying alerted the
Buttons was found taped up inside
a cardboard box with severe injuries
which included a broken and
infected rear leg, broken tail and one
of its front claws ripped out.
Mr Hill said the address where
the parcel was picked up by the
rubbish truck was not recorded so
an o ender could not at this stage
However, he said there were severe
penalties within the Animal Welfare
Act for deliberate cruelty, with pet
owners obliged to seek veterinary
attention for injured animals. e
penalty for deliberate cruelty is up to
one year's imprisonment, a ne of up
to $50,000, or both.
Mr Hill said the SPCA welcomed
information as to how the kitten
came to be injured, inside the box
and in the rubbish.
" is mindless act has caused
severe distress to this small kitten
and if the owner of the animal had
asked the SPCA for assistance it
would have been given."
A vet has treated Buttons' leg
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
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Respectful attitudes to sex would
become a core part of sex education
in schools under an overhaul
recommended to the Government.
e revamp would aim to broaden
the subject beyond a narrow focus
on the physical mechanics of sex and
e proposal has come from
Parliament's health select committee
after a cross-party inquiry which
found New Zealand's high teenage-
pregnancy rate was partly the result
of inconsistent and sometimes non-
existent sexual and reproductive
lessons in schools.
Sex education is mandatory, but the
18-month inquiry found programmes
were "fragmented and uneven",
parents were able to keep children
out of them and classes often focused
on physical aspects of sex.
e select committee recommended
that the Government give all schools
two years to create programmes that
meet Ministry of Health standards.
e Education Review O ce
would monitor whether schools
were meeting the needs of students
of all cultures, ethnicities and sexual
Cabinet ministers said yesterday
that they would "partially accept" the
e committee made 130
recommendations for changes to
sex education and to healthcare,
maternity care, alcohol abuse,
nutrition and early intervention
e Government accepted 55
recommendations, partially accepted
54, noted 14 and rejected seven.
Committee chairman and National
MP Paul Hutchison said he was
encouraged by the Government's
overall response and was optimistic
it would adopt the sex education
"Given the issues with the
Roastbusters case and other recent
cases, there's a growing view that we
need to do this. I would hope that the
Government will look to the evidence
and then form a basis of action."
Others were sceptical.
Family Planning chief executive
Jackie Edmonds said it appeared
the Government had no intention
of requiring the ERO to monitor
whether schools were meeting
students' needs in sexual health and
e inquiry found that the ERO
had been "very passive" in monitoring
Labour health spokeswoman
Annette King said the Government's
response was a "two- ngered salute"
to two years of hard work because
it did not commit to deadlines
and half-heartedly accepted the
Late last year, Prime Minister John
Key said the Government would
have to tread carefully in expanding
sex education in schools because
some parents felt it would cut across
their responsibilities, while others felt
more education would enable young
women to know their rights.
Dr Hutchison said the Government
would have to consult parents and
"I think this area needs to be made
acceptable to the majority of parents
and students so that they will regard
human reproduction and health as a
normalised part of general education,
rather than putting their head in the
sand over it."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
e Electricity Authority will
investigate contradictory pricing claims
in the sector, saying it is "unacceptable"
for energy retailers to blame other parts
of the sector for price increases.
Both Genesis Energy and Contact
Energy have announced price increases
from April to o set increased costs from
higher transmission and distribution
fees. However, lines and distribution
companies say the new prices exceed the
additional costs imposed on consumers.
In one case, network provider
Wellington Electricity has said it
expects the impact of its price increase
on the average customer to be around
4%. Wellington Genesis customers
have been told prices will rise 5.8%,
while Contact said it expects a 7% price
increase in the region. Contact said
network and transmission costs make up
40% of a customer's bill.
e Electricity Authority said it is
working to improve the quality of
retail price information available, and it
would be investigating the contradictory
claims made by the di erent parts of the
"It is unacceptable that di erent parts
of the electricity industry blame each
other for price increases," authority
chief executive Carl Hansen said. "Our
role as an independent regulator is to
promote the long-term interests of
electricity consumers, and this starts
with consumers being given the facts
about matters of signi cant interest to
State-owned Genesis, which is
preparing to be partially privatised next
month, expected an average increase of
3.6% nationally, while Contact expected
to pass on an average increase of 2.6%
e investigation comes after the
authority said earlier this year that
energy companies were absorbing nearly
twice as much new costs as they were
passing on to customers because of
increased competition in the market.
Analysis from the industry regulator said
costs facing a theoretical stand-alone
retailer had risen faster than residential
prices since September 2010, when its
pro-competition agenda started to get
into full swing.
During the Contact's rst-half
earnings presentation last month, chief
executive Dennis Barnes said lines
companies were sti ing power company
"One of the biggest inhibitors to
that innovation is how the network
companies are structured and how they
structure their tari s," Mr Barnes said
at a media brie ng in February. " ere
are 29 network companies with many
thousands of di erent network tari s.
"Remember that network charges
about half the bill. We are only about
one-third of the retail electricity bill. If
those network tari s are not adjusted in
the same way, then it's very di cult for
one-third of the bill to drive a behaviour
e Electricity Networks Association,
which represents the country's 29
Contact's claims, saying independent
analysis by PWC showed combined
generator-retailer portion of a typical
domestic bill was 52% and that Contact
was misrepresenting the situation to
draw attention away from its pro ts.
Power price blame
e popular Restart container
shopping mall in Christchurch,
that popped up in the wake of
the devastating earthquakes
which attened the central city,
is being moved to allow space for
Retailers on the northern side
of Cashel Mall are being moved
to a combination of Crown-
owned and private land in a retail
precinct area bounded by Oxford
Terrace, Cashel Street, Plymouth
Lane and Lich eld Street.
It will allow permanent retail
precinct development to take
place in the existing mall area,
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Minister Gerry Brownlee
"Restart Mall, with its clever
use of brightly coloured freight
containers, has become an icon
for the recovery in Christchurch,
a place for locals to gather, shop,
and be entertained, and a very
popular destination for tourists,"
Mr Brownlee said.
"As the new retail precinct
develops and permanent buildings
are built on space Restart Mall
currently occupies, there is a need
to nd a new location, and I'm
thrilled the Government could
play a big part in making this
e arrangement means the
mall will initially be able to
operate for a year on the Crown-
owned land, with potential for it
to be extended to a second year.
e Crown is providing
support for the relocation of the
mall in the form of a
$1.27 million grant to the
Restart the Heart Trust.
Trading is due to end in the
existing northern part of the mall
in late April, and contractors
will work to have the retailers
operating from the new site as
soon as possible.
"We're delighted that retailers
in the northern part of the mall
will now be able to trade for at
least another 12 months," Restart
the Heart Trust chairman John
"Our retailers have shown
remarkable patience as we have
worked through the planning
process and I have nothing but
admiration for their commitment.
"Everyone knows how tough
retail can be, and when you don't
have the critical mass of o ce
workers around you it's not
"But these retailers are
committed to being in the central
city --- in the face of other
overtures and options they have
wanted to stay in the heart of
Prime Minister John Key said
the pop-up mall had "worked
incredibly well" for Cantabrians,
who appreciated being able to
come back into the city after the
quakes. --- APNZ
Christchurch container mall on move
Christchurch's popular container mall is on the move to allow redevelopment in the central city.
School sex education revamp proposed
Bill English says the
Government is not in the
process of selling Solid
Energy's West Coast
mines to the Indian
Government, but indicated
that they had been looking
around for a bargain.
India's steel minister
visited New Zealand
recently, and the Indian
press reported that
Beni Prasad Verma met
Energy and Resources
Minister Simon Bridges in
Wellington in late January.
Solid Energy revealed
to MPs yesterday it had
been discussing selling its
West Coast mines to the
Indians, but the matter
was now 'government to
Mr English told Radio
New Zealand today the
Government was not
ruling anything in or out.
e challenge was trying
to preserve jobs on the
Coast, and a valuable
export, when Solid Energy
was struggling due to at
or falling coal prices.
coalminer's farms in
Southland were for sale,
and were best run by
farmers, but otherwise "we
are not in any sale process".
" e company has not put
anything up for sale," Mr English said.
Asked if he could categorically rule
out a sale before the general election
later this year, Mr English said it had
"not been raised as an
People indicated an
interest in assets when a
company was in distress
and "they may be able to
get them really cheaply".
However, the Green
Party warned yesterday
of possible plans for
backdoor privatisation of
wouldn't rule out selling
chunks of Solid Energy's
operations to foreign
public sector companies,
which amounts to
Catherine Delahunty said.
" e Government
should stop passing the
buck and front up to New
Zealanders about any plans
to sell Solid Energy assets.
"Once the Indian
Government or Indian
public sector companies
get their hands on Solid
Energy's coalmines or
rights to mine, they will
develop these resources
in their shareholders'
interests, not those of New
West Coast-Tasman MP
Damien O'Connor said
National would not put
money into developing
He also noted that
Indians had been major investors
in Pike River Coal. Pike River was
part-owned by two Indian companies,
Gujarat NRE and Saurashtra.
It took less than 20 minutes for the
Mongrel Mob to pluck sex worker
Ngatai "Mellory" Manning o the
street and drive her to a nearby
gang pad where she was raped,
bashed, stabbed and murdered
before her body was dumped in a
river, the Crown alleges.
But murder accused Mauha
Fawcett yesterday rubbished the
"Impossible," he said during his
closing address on day 19 of his
High Court trial in Christchurch.
He denied having anything to do
with the killing.
e 26-year-old former gang
prospect who was known within
gang circles as "Muck Dog", 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
e Crown says Fawcett --- then
21 --- either took part in the killing,
or was there as a party to the brutal
Miss Manning's partially naked
body was discovered oating in the
Avon River the day after she was
Yesterday, the Crown said Fawcett
was supposed to carry out the hit,
but when the time came, he could
not do it.
During a series of police
interviews, he implicated himself in
the killing, saying he had been there
while others carried out the vicious
fatal assault, the court heard.
He told police during one
interview that he had shut his
eyes and hit her with a crudely-
fashioned metal pole weapon.
Mobsters barked and said "Sieg
heil" as they killed her, he claimed.
But Fawcett, who has been
conducting his own defence with
help from an amicus curiae, lawyer
Craig Ruane, said during his closing
address that he had lied throughout
the police interviews.
"I stupidly implicated myself into
a serious crime," he said.
"I lied. People lie for many things
. . .butIdidnottakepartinthis
He highlighted evidence from the
Crown that said Miss Manning
was picked up from her spot on
Manchester Street at 10.43pm.
Police later established that
it would have taken around six
minutes to drive to the Mongrel
Mob's gang-pad at Galbraith
Avenue. Since the Crown says she
was probably dumped in the river
about 10.59pm, it meant gangsters
had just 10 minutes to rape and kill
"Impossible," Fawcett said.
"I was never at the gang pad. I
didn't take part in this. It's all just a
made up theory."
e trial has heard that semen
found on Miss Manning's body
belonged to an unknown person,
known as 'male B'.
After the closing addresses
yesterday, Justice David Gendall
sent the jury home for a three-day
e judge will give his summing
up on Monday before the jury
begins its deliberations. --- APNZ
Crown case 'impossible' says
Manning murder accused
Cabinet Minister Paula Bennett is
denying she has passed information to
political bloggers, but will not release
communication records from her o ce.
Newstalk ZB sought the records
after the Prime Minister admitted last
month he had had contact with bloggers
including, Whaleoil's Cameron Slater.
Social Development Minister Paula
Bennett is adamant she has not passed
on any information.
However she has turned down an
O cial Information Act request
covering such communications not
because the information does not exist,
but because checking the records would
involve too much work.
Ms Bennett says she has not passed on
any information, but is not making the
same assurance about her sta .
"Well I'm con dent that I haven't but
I'm not sure what every sta member
does every day.
"It's just so irrelevant to be honest.''
Dead pedestrian named
e pedestrian run over and killed
yesterday has been named. Sharyn
Sunman, 64, died in hospital after
being hit by a car in Hamilton yesterday
morning. e driver involved in
yesterday's incident was co-operating
with police, but it was too early to say
what, if any, charges may result from
the investigation, a police spokeswoman
said. --- APNZ
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