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Grinder stuck in chest
Sta at a Dannevirke medical
centre were shocked when a man
walked in with an angle grinder
embedded in his chest. e 47-year-
old local man su ered serious
injuries about midday yesterday
when the grinder kicked back.
He was driven to the Dannevirke
Medical Centre and doctors
and walked into the emergency
department. He was own to
Wellington Hospital for surgery, and
last night was in a stable condition.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Boy's death inquiry
Otago police have impounded a
vehicle for forensic and electrical
testing following the death of a seven-
year-old boy on Friday. e boy has
been named as Jonathan James Kerr,
of Milton. e accident happened at
a logging site in the Manuka Gorge
area but police said the death was not
the result of a logging accident.
--- Otago Daily Times
About half a tonne of cheese
from an Oamaru factory is being
recalled because of a listeria scare.
Whitestone Cheese announced
on Friday the recall of some of its
Windsor Blue cheese, three weeks
after the bacteria listeria was found to
have contaminated the product. e
Ministry for Primary Industries said it
was satis ed the public was informed
as soon as possible. No illness
associated with the products has been
reported. --- Otago Daily Times
Authorities are investigating
suspicious res in the South Island
early yesterday. Fire Service southern
communications spokeswoman Lyn
Crosson said crews responded to
three res in the Picton township
just after 3am. Two were on boats
parked on trailers, and one was
a campervan, she said. All three
vehicles sustained damage. A fourth
suspicious re was reported about
7am in Ashburton in an unoccupied
church on Cass Street. Police and
re investigators were probing the
incidents, she said. --- APNZ
Four share Lotto
Four tickets, sold in Invercargill,
Otago, New Plymouth and
Pukekohe, shared the division one
prize in Lotto draw No 1396 on
Saturday. Successful numbers were
3, 6, 8, 18, 28, 35; bonus 23. Strike
numbers were 28, 18, 8, 6. ere was
no Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 10. ere was no division one
winner. e Winning Wheel ticket
was sold in Henderson. e winner
from Hamilton spun for $200,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9792: 2,
4, 8, 10, 17, 19, 22, 27, 31, 34, 38, 42,
45, 51, 52, 66, 68, 69, 71, 75. Draw No
9793: 2, 11, 12, 14, 15, 26, 34, 35, 38,
43, 45, 46, 50, 52, 55, 60, 63, 64, 70, 77.
Draw No 9794: 6, 7, 9, 23, 24, 27, 33,
34, 37, 40, 41, 42, 43, 49, 55, 72, 74, 75,
76, 78. Draw No 9795: 4, 5, 13, 19, 21,
22, 23, 33, 35, 45, 53, 55, 61, 62, 64, 65,
67, 70, 74, 80.
Greens would link MPs to median wage
Nearly $3 million will be poured into
a programme for New Zealand's at-risk
students over the next four years, the
Government has announced.
Education Minister Hekia Parata
yesterday said $2.7m in funding would
be rolled out for the initiative, designed
speci cally for students attending Te
Kura --- the Correspondence School,
over four years.
"Young people who can't or won't
attend their local school, either because
they have been expelled or they are
habitual truants, are enrolled in Te Kura,"
Ms Parata said.
"A number of these young people often
remain disengaged from learning, and
do not gain any quali cation, and we are
determined to change that."
e programme, designed by Te Kura,
aims to build student interest in learning
through a work-placement or job
shadowing opportunity. --- APNZ
$3m boost for
Work and Income o ce sta are
breaking into applause or sounding
hooters when bene ciaries nd work.
e celebrations have been labelled
patronising and embarrassing but Work
and Income claims clients enjoy them.
Solo mother Candice Benson was
stunned to see a round of applause erupt
after a jobseeker at Work and Income's
Lower Hutt o ce found work on
"One of the clients got up to leave and
people just erupted into applause," Ms
Benson said. "He looked like he was
trying to get out of there pretty swiftly,"
Ms Benson conceded there could
be positive intentions but job seekers
already felt "humiliated and degraded"
and had complex reasons for needing
Ms Benson is seeking work while
caring for her young son.
A man who requested anonymity said
his mother was applauded at a Hutt
Valley o ce when she found a job. He
said his mother thought it "weird" as she
did not know the sta , although it was
probably intended as a positive gesture.
Wellington regional spokesman Mike
Freeman said sta asked clients for
permission before celebrating.
Green Party welfare spokeswoman Jan
Logie said the practice was mortifying
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
e Greens will push for legislation
to lock MPs' and ministers' pay rises
or even cuts to the same dollar
amounts ordinary New Zealanders
Co-leader Russel Norman said his
party would seek a law change to
ensure "that MPs' salaries are part
of the solution to rising inequality,
rather than part of the problem".
Last year, MPs' base salary rose
2.2% or almost $3000 a year while
the median income rose by just
But Dr Norman said the
Authority was e ectively obliged
under current law to link MPs' pay
to that of top earners.
"All percentage increases do is
widen the gap between the middle
and the top . . . MPs and ministers
have a vested interest in widening
inequality so we want to change
Under the Greens' policy the
Remuneration Authority would be
obliged to raise or cut MPs' salaries
by the same nominal or dollar
amount as annual changes in New
Zealanders' median income.
"Only when middle New Zealand
is better o should MPs' salaries
increase," Dr Norman said. "If
middle New Zealand is in a worse
situation, MPs should not get big
e Greens had not discussed
the policy with ally Labour but
Dr Norman hoped public pressure
could force the law change even
without the Greens as part of the
He cited the party's success in
"forcing other parties into line"
over declaring MPs' expenses
and also in getting their home
insulation scheme put in place by
But Labour leader David Cunli e
was no more than lukewarm on the
Greens' pay proposal.
" e primary principle is that MPs'
salaries shouldn't be set by MPs
themselves --- the Remuneration
Authority is the appropriate body to
do it," he said yesterday.
"I personally have no problem with
them looking at median wages as a
key indicator but I think a broader
debate is required before we sign up
to one indicator alone."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Labour leader David
Cunli e is defending his
leadership following a
period where he has been
dogged by accusations he
is "tricky" while former
rivals for his job Shane
Jones and Grant Robertson
scored signi cant hits in
e Government has
labelled Mr Cunli e
as"tricky" after his use of a
trust to shield the identity
of donors to his leadership campaign last
year was revealed.
As he faced further heat last week over
his late declaration of an investment trust
and also over his involvement in helping
one of his donors buy a luxurious holiday
home in Omaha, Shane Jones succeeded
in getting the Commerce Commission
to look into allegations of anti-
competitive behaviour by supermarkets
and Grant Robertson revealed Justice
Minister Judith's Collins's apparent
endorsement of a company on whose
board her husband serves while on an
o cial visit to China.
Yesterday on TVNZ's Q and A
programme Mr Cunli e admitted he
could have handled the trust issue better.
"I made a decision that balanced the
rights of donors to con dentiality and
the fact that we'd met all the rules ---
both of the party and of Parliament
--- with the fact that New Zealanders
have a high expectation to know."
Mr Cunli e said he took responsibility
for the use of a trust to shield the identity
of donors, "but it was a way of making
sure I was distant from donors".
At the time, "it was an internal
party matter not something under the
Electoral Act and it was felt that that was
an appropriate balance".
He said he regretted not
being upfront about the use
of the trust sooner.
"I think it was seen as
a legal matter not as a
political matter and it
should have been and I've
already said I've learned
that lesson and moved on."
He denied he had been
overshadowed by Mr Jones
and Mr Robertson in
"I'm very proud of both
Shane Jones and Grant Robertson. ey
are both excellent MPs and they've both
been scoring hits."
"I do not believe it is all about the
leader. I think it's about the team too. So
we have one mission, we have one team,
we are working to victory."
Meanwhile, Mr Cunli e indicated
that a "digital bill of rights" one of the
ideas in an internal digital strategy paper
mistakenly sent from his o ce to the
Government, was likely to be pursued by
"Labour thinks New Zealanders should
have the right to access the internet,
secondly that we should have the right
to be free from blanket surveillance
from the GCSB for example. We want
to write some of those into law so that
we can ensure New Zealanders move
towards a world where their online
world is protected."
However, the right to access the
internet would not mean a guarantee "to
put a laptop in every home".
"It means there would be a free point of
access. It would build on things like the
people's network of computer terminals
in public libraries. We'd see how perhaps
we could expand that."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
David Cunli e
A Wanaka woman has unveiled
plans for a whisky distillery in the
Desiree Reid told the Otago
Daily Times at the weekend she
sold her South Canterbury dairy
farm and moved to Wanaka last
year with the intention of creating
a new business from the ground
Her company, Zescent, now
has a detailed application for
resource consent in front of the
Queenstown Lakes District
Council and she hopes, with the
blessing of the Cardrona Valley
community, to be making whisky
"If everything went really, really
well, it would be fantastic if it was
open by December.
"But the community has to look
at it and see if they want it.
the community at the end of the
e main ingredients for the
distillery would be water from
the Pisa Range and a special sort
of barley, which might even be
grown by Cardrona farmers.
Ms Reid has an agreement to
purchase 3.5ha of land opposite
the entrance to the Cardrona
A traditional copper whisky still
is due to arrive from Edinburgh
at the end of the year, and a
Scottish born and educated
distiller is waiting to start work.
Ms Reid says she started
milking cows when she was 12.
She gained a rst-class degree in
business from Massey University
and became a Nu eld Scholar in
She was the youngest-ever
elected owner representative
on the Fonterra Shareholders'
Council --- representing South
Canterbury and North Otago
from 2006 to 2012.
Ms Reid said six months
travelling on the Nu eld
scholarship opened her eyes to
the possibilities available in New
Zealand, and that led to her
decision to leave dairying and
follow her passion for whisky.
"I always loved whisky and
I always wanted to make
something special that ends up in
the consumer's hands."
Ms Reid says her plan is to
produce "proper" whisky in the
proper Scottish way, and therefore
it might be 10 years before she
has whisky to sell.
"Making something properly,
traditionally from scratch,
and having it end up in the
consumer's hand for them to love
and enjoy, that's why I made the
e complex would consist of a
264 square metre distillery with
two oors of fermenters and
stills, as well as a grain silo and
water cooling tower, a 200 square
metre bond store for the nished
product, and a 252 square metre
museum, shop and tasting room.
While whisky will be the
main part of the business, Ms
Reid intends using another still
to produce fruit liqueurs and
perfumes from roses she plans to
grow on site.
--- Otago Daily Times
Whisky distillery plan for Cardrona
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Desiree Reid, 35, owner of Zescent Ltd, on the Cardrona Valley site where she hopes to build a whisky
e jury in the Ngatai "Mellory"
Manning murder trial have been told
not to read anything into the fact her
accused killer has represented himself
Mongrel Mob prospect Mauha
Huataki Fawcett denies murdering
Miss Manning, 27, in 2008.
Fawcett, 26, has been conducting
his own defence with assistance of an
amicus curiae, lawyer Craig Ruane,
throughout the four-week trial at the
High Court in Christchurch.
He claims police pressured and
"coached" him into making false
confessions that he was present
when Miss Manning, 27, was raped,
bashed, and stabbed on December
18, 2008, at a Galbraith Avenue
Mongrel Mob gang pad over an
e Crown says Fawcett --- then
21 and known within gang circles as
"Muck Dog" --- either took part in
the killing, or was there as a party to
Miss Manning's brutal murder.
Her partially naked body was
discovered oating in the Avon River
by a kayaker the day after she was
Justice David Gendall began
summing up the evidence for the
jury of six men and six women this
"You are the sole judges of the
facts," he said.
ey must set aside any feelings of
sympathy and prejudice and ensure
their decision is not swayed by
emotion, the judge said.
e onus of proof, whether the
charge is proved beyond reasonable
doubt, lies with the Crown, he said.
Commenting on Fawcett's
unusual decision to represent
himself on such a serious charge,
Justice Gendall said that, like any
defendant, he had an "absolute
right" to do so.
"You are not to read anything in
that decision or to think anything ill
Justice Gendall also directed the
jury on the alternate possible verdict
e Crown accepts that Fawcett
was not necessarily the main killer,
but was at least party to the murder,
and therefore guilty of murder.
e Crown says it is a clear case of
murder, and not manslaughter.
Fawcett simply contends he was not
at the gang pad that night.
He says he had nothing to do with
the death, or in disposing of the body,
and that he had lied throughout his
But the judge said if the jury nds
Fawcett not guilty of murder as a
party, then they should go on to
consider whether he is guilty of
manslaughter as a party.
e jury will begin its deliberations
at the conclusion of the judge's
summing up. --- APNZ
Judge plays down murder accused's own defence
Four men had to be restrained at a
party in Christchurch after taking a new
and dangerous drug with the nickname
e emergence of the NBOMe
group of drugs has doctors and nurses
at Christchurch Hospital worried,
with one of the men currently in
intensive care with kidney and cardiac
e four men, in their 20s, had taken
the synthetic LSD at a party in the city
last night and quickly became agitated
Police were called after they were
involved in a violent disturbance and had
to be restrained before they were taken
to Christchurch Hospital's emergency
One of the men su ered kidney and
cardiac complications and remained
in a serious but stable condition in the
cardiothoracic intensive care unit.
e other three appeared to have
escaped permanent harm and were
Clinical sta at the hospital said little
was known about NBOMe drugs or
their potential toxicity in humans.
e drugs were powerful hallucinogens
and were related to amphetamines so
had the potential toxicities of both
classes of drug.
ere had been one recent death
associated with an NBOMe drug in
Australia and others overseas.
e drug 25B-NBOMe, also known as
N-Bomb or synthetic LSD, is sold as a
white powder in capsules.
Recreational doses were measured in
tiny microgram quantities so estimating
a safe versus a dangerous dose was
extremely di cult.
Emergency clinicians advised drug
users and the public to avoid any drug
sold as an NBOMe type because of the
potential for serious harm. --- APNZ
New drug worries medics
A man accused of attacking a Kawhia
police o cer has pleaded guilty to a
charge of assault.
Jackie Maikuku, 21, appeared in the
Hamilton District Court today to face
assault charges against constable Perry
Gri n on January 11 last year.
rough his lawyer, Kerry Burrows,
he entered a guilty plea to the charge
of assault with intent to obstruct Mr
Gri n in the execution of his duty.
e court is yet to hear an agreed
summary of facts about the matter
which has been stood down until early
Judge David Ruth said Maikuku had
been in custody since his o ending last
year. He said it was likely Maikuku will
be sentenced today and will be released
to go home.
e charges stem from an incident in
which Maikuku allegedly attacked Mr
Gri n, who had tried to arrest him on
several matters including breaches of
community work, intensive supervision
and reckless driving.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Attack on officer admitted
Police say two men seen
speeding away in a boat from a
re at Cecil Peak have denied any
e scrub re caught hold on
the lower slopes of Cecil Peak,
directly across Lake Wakatipu
from Queenstown Bay, at 8pm
It is now under control and rural
re crews and helicopters from
Queenstown's council and the
Department of Conservation are
on the scene, dampening down hot
Police spoke to two men who
disembarked from a boat in
Queenstown Bay last night.
" e boat was seen speeding away
from the area," senior constable
Chris Blackford said.
" ey were spoken to but denied
any involvement. Inquiries are
A total prohibited re season is in
force across the Queenstown Lakes
Once the cause of the re is
established, if those responsible
can be identi ed, they will be liable
for the costs of ghting the re,
the council's operations general
manager Ruth Stokes said.
e large re sent smoke billowing
across the bay.
Before dark last night a helicopter
was used to inspect the blaze and
the surrounding area to check that
no-one was in the vicinity.
Ms Stokes said no re crews were
sent to the site last night because
the risk to life from ghting res
in the dark outweighed the need
to bring the re under control,
given its remote location and the
ere is no suggestion that the
landowner had been responsible for
the blaze, and everything else was
speculation at this point, she said.
An aerial inspection at rst light
assessed the re as being well under
DOC's incident controller Mark
Mawhinney says the prevailing
calm and humid conditions last
night and forecast for today had
minimised risk that the re would
have spread overnight.
e peak is not home to any
houses or residents but is the site
of a newly unveiled high-altitude
golf tee o cially opened by Prime
Minister John Key last week.
--- Otago Daily Times
Pair deny involvement in
Lake Wakatipu scrub fire
A heated honeymoon disagreement
resulted in an Indian couple being
escorted from an Air New Zealand ight
at Queenstown Airport.
Sergeant Blair Du y of Queenstown
police said the aircraft had been due to
depart about 9am on Saturday when
cabin sta became concerned about a
"verbal dispute" between the newlywed
husband and wife.
e 23-year-old man had been
speaking aggressively and his wife, 21,
had become emotional and was crying.
e aircraft captain requested the two
passengers be taken from the ight, and
they were escorted away by police.
e husband then spent about ve
hours in a cell at the Queenstown police
station while police continued their
Mr Du y said the couple, who had
earlier spent two nights in Queenstown,
had been heading for Rotorua on
Saturday morning. ere had been a
"verbal dispute" but no physical assault
e man had been charged with
threatening behaviour, but was allowed
to leave after being given a pre-charge
e man had been co-operative and
was remorseful for his actions.
Sometimes people could be adversely
a ected by the strains of extended travel
and spending considerable time in
con ned areas, he said Mr Du y, who
had earlier gone to the airport to speak to
the couple, said he later drove them back
for a ight to Auckland on Saturday
evening. --- Otago Daily Times
pair off flight
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