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Attack victim dies
e man injured in an alleged
assault at New Brighton has died,
police say. Alfoed Utapo Waterhouse,
20, had been in Christchurch
Hospital's intensive care unit with
critical injuries following an alleged
assault in Beresford Street in the
early hours of Sunday, March 2. He
died in hospital on Sunday. A 20-year
old Christchurch man appeared in
court on Monday, March 3, charged
with injuring with intent, and was
remanded on bail to reappear on
March 24. A second man, aged 30,
appeared on an assault charge on
Friday and was remanded on bail to
tomorrow. Police are now considering
laying additional charges against the
primary o ender. --- APNZ
Police divers have found the body
of a Whanganui man who went
missing in the Whanganui River
on Friday afternoon. He was Shaun
Robert McIvor, 46. His body was
found by divers about 1.30pm on
Saturday and police said his death
had been referred to the coroner.
--- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
An 82-year-old woman was taken
to hospital after a head-on crash
police say was caused by another
vehicle failing to give way on a
one-lane bridge. e smash occurred
on Purerua Road, north of Kerikeri,
about 12.50pm yesterday. A police
spokesman said the woman, driving
a Holden Barina, had been heading
home towards Purerua when she
saw a Mitsubishi utility vehicle
approaching just before a one-way
bridge. She had the right of way, but
slowed to a near stop. e driver of
the utility vehicle did not see her,
leading to a head-on collision, police
said. e woman was shaken but
su ered only minor injuries. e
other driver was unhurt.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Bashed tot brain damaged
A Masterton toddler allegedly
bashed so hard he nearly died will
have brain damage but doctors still
do not know the extent, his father
says. Caleb Skinner, two, is slowly
improving but doctors have told
his parents he will not fully recover
from his injuries. A 39-year-old man
accused of assaulting Caleb appeared
in court last week. He was granted
interim name suppression and was
remanded in custody by consent to
reappear on March 13.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Child falls down bank
A four-year-old child fell 6m to
10m down a rural bank near Tikokino
in Hawke's Bay last night. Emergency
services responded to the accident
about 8.10pm on Matheson Road.
e youngster received minor injuries.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Numbers in Keno draw No 9796: 5,
9, 10, 13, 14, 24, 27, 29, 40, 43, 46, 48,
51, 53, 57, 60, 65, 66, 72, 75. Draw No
9797: 10, 18, 20, 28, 30, 32, 36, 37, 39,
42, 44, 46, 47, 50, 53, 54, 62, 63, 64, 78.
Murder probe not over, despite conviction
A 27-year-old man was hit and killed
by a truck and trailer unit on State
highway 3 in the Rangitikei last night.
e crash happened just after 10pm
near the Wanganui Road intersection
in Turakina. e truck driver and other
witnesses gave rst aid to the man but he
died a short time later at the scene.
e truck driver was unhurt but was
shaken from the incident.
O cers are in the process of formally
speaking to him and other witnesses.
Early indications suggest the man was
attempting to hitchhike to Whanganui
and stepped into the path of the truck.
ousands of New Zealand passports
are stolen each year and are a target for
criminals and international fraudsters
because of their state-of-the-art security
features and strong international
Last year 2117 New Zealand passports
were reported stolen with slightly more
being taken here than overseas as thieves
attempted to use them for travel and
Department of Internal A airs general
manager of passports David Philp said
the number stolen represented 1.66%
of the total passports issued each year,
which had declined from 3.24% in
2008. Once a passport was reported
stolen, it was cancelled and could not
Mr Philp said the New Zealand
passport was one of the most secure
in the world and therefore generally
received a lower level of scrutiny on
"Fraudsters and thieves target the New
Zealand passport because of its high
security reputation and the trust other
countries have in it."
New Zealand passports have in the past
been stolen and tampered with so the
names and details of the New Zealand
citizens remained legitimate but the
photographs were of other people.
ere has been criticism internationally
that not enough countries use an Interpol
database to check if passports being used
are stolen --- but Immigration New
Zealand was unable to verify how often
it used the system.
Immigration New Zealand would only
say it had access to Interpol through the
Border operations manager Karen
Urwin was con dent robust systems were
in place to detect the use of false or stolen
passports. In 2012-13 Immigration's
passenger processing system stopped
1696 people boarding and detected 36
e system validates passengers' travel
to or through New Zealand by screening
its database against an airline's system
before travellers are allowed to board.
Passengers can be stopped from boarding
because an alert has been recorded against
their name or passport number, they do
not have the required visa to enter New
Zealand or the passport they are using is
recorded as being lost or stolen.
Ms Urwin said high-risk passengers
were identi ed by a team at Auckland
Airport that pro led and analysed
information through the airline
reservation system and the department's
own information systems.
If a passenger was identi ed as
high-risk, they were intercepted and
interviewed by an Immigration sta
member to decide whether they could
continue with their travel.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
e Mongrel Mob prospect accused
of murdering Christchurch woman
Ngatai "Mellory" Manning has been
found guilty by a jury in the High
Court at Christchurch.
A jury of six men and six women
took just under six hours over two
days to return its unanimous verdict
at the High Court in Christchurch
Fawcett, known within gang circles
as "Muck Dog", denied murdering
Miss Manning, 27, on December 18,
But the Crown said the 26-year-old
either took part in her brutal slaying
at a gang pad that night or was party
e prostitute was picked up
by gangsters at her usual spot at
Christchurch's red light district in
what the Crown alleged had been
a pre-planned and well-organised
hit by the Aotearoa chapter of the
Mongrel Mob where Fawcett would
earn his gang patch.
She was driven the short distance to
the Mob's pad at Galbraith Avenue.
ey took her inside a shed, turned
up loud music, before raping her and
beating and stabbing her with various
Once she was dead, they stood
around her mutilated body and
shouted 'Sieg heil' and barked like
dogs, the four-week trial heard. e
Crown contended that mobsters,
including Fawcett, dumped her naked
body in the Avon River a few hundred
Miss Manning's partially naked
body was discovered oating in the
Avon River by a kayaker the day after
she was killed.
It was the third prostitute murder
in the city in as many years. but its
brutality shocked senior, experienced
Fearing the gang would dob him
in to police or else take him out over
fears he would talk to police, Fawcett
ed the city.
Over a series of police interviews,
he incriminated himself in the killing,
but later backtracked. e Crown
alleged he also made a confession to a
former Mongrel Mob member, saying
he had stabbed Miss Manning once.
During the trial he conducted his
own defence, with assistance by an
amicus curiae, and said he had lied
throughout the inter views. He also
claimed police had pressured and
"coached" him into making false
Fawcett, who has a British bulldog
tattooed on his face, said he had not
been at the gang pad that night and
denied having anything to do with
her murder but the jury today rejected
his version of events.
ere were gasps of "yes" from a full
public gallery as the jury's verdict was
Justice David Gendall thanked the
jury for for their work.
Fawcett will be sentenced on May 1.
Police today con rmed the
investigation into Miss Manning's
death remains open.
"It's very clear in evidence of this
trial that there were other people
involved in this murder and we
certainly intend to bring those
people to justice," investigation head
Detective Inspector Greg Williams
said as he welcomed the verdict.
"Firstly, I'd like to say that I think
the verdict this morning will bring
some measure of relief to the family
of Mellory. But I stress also this is an
"We continue to gather evidence.
As you are aware we do have a full
pro le of one of the o enders, and I'm
con dent that eventually that person
will be identi ed."
He thanked the public who came
forward and gave information in
the case, whose "huge contribution
cannot be underestimated".
" is has been a ve-year
investigation for our team and the
result we got today has really come
about by the methodical, logical and
hard work of my core investigation
team so I want to pay particular
tribute to them.
"To the family of Mellory Manning,
I know Mellory's death has created
a huge whole for the family but I
want to pay particular tribute to their
courage and patience through this
Outside court Miss Manning's
brother Rob said he was "absolutely
ecstatic" with the outcome.
"It's exactly what we were hoping
for. It's just huge relief. ere were
a lot of butter ies going on in the
courtroom, from our side anyway, so
yeah, just really happy."
He said the guilty verdict provided
some closure, but because the
investigation remains open it's just
the " rst step".
He and his mother Sharon sat
through much of the evidence and
admitted some of it had been hard to
"Even in the most gruesome movies,
there's nothing like the injuries she
sustained," Rob said.
"It's terrible what happened to her.
I didn't know the full extent of what
happened and obviously we heard
a bit of the injuries there, and it's
hard to think of us growing up, and
her being my sister. It's not nice for
But they endured the evidence
to "get answers on exactly what
He praised police for an "amazing
job" in getting the "right result" today.
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Fawcett guilty of slaying
Early election avoids
clashes, PM claims
Prime Minister John Key
has claimed a potential
clash with the G20 summit
in Australia is behind his
decision to set the election
two months earlier than
usual, but his political
rivals say he is going early
to avoid a voter backlash
from rising power prices
and mortgagerate rises.
Mr Key yesterday
announced September 20
as the election date, saying
the possibility of protracted
coalition talks and a clash
with the G20 summit in
his decision on the date.
He said if the election
were held later, it could also
jeopardise proposed visits
to New Zealand by several
world leaders, possibly
including United States
President Barack Obama,
around the G20 summit.
However, Green Party
co-leader Russel Norman
said voter turnout was
more important than a G20 summit,
and the colder weather in September
would detract from that. He said Mr
Key was simply attempting to have an
election before the impact of mortgage
interest-rate increases and electricity
price rises was felt.
"He's trying to go early by getting in
ahead of those big impacts on household
prices. Democracy trumps all else
and the key thing is to maximise the
opportunity for New Zealanders to
participate, and you (do that) holding it
in warmer weather."
Labour leader David
Cunli e said he was happy
with the election date
and did not expect colder
weather to put Labour
voters o . "We are ready,
we are up for this. It's game
Mr Key said potential
interest rate rises were
not a factor in choosing
the date. He believed that
under MMP, a September
date made more sense as
a matter of course because
it did not clash with big
such as Apec, and allowed
time for a new Government
to settle in before the
He also believed NZ First
leader Winston Peters
should be more transparent
about his preferences for
a coalition before voters
went to the polls.
"If NZ First holds the
balance of power, goodness
knows how long it could
take for (Winston Peters)
to actually decide what he's going to do."
Mr Peters said he noticed the Prime
Minister spent much of his brie ng
talking about New Zealand First but
"he's never talked to us".
Mr Key said he had make it clear in
the weeks before the election if National
wanted voters to support another
candidate in an electorate such as
Mr Cunli e did not rule out similar
arrangements, but said they were not on
the table at the moment.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
David Cunli e
A string of National Party high- yers
have been entertained by the milk
exporter at the centre of a con ict of
interest row involving Justice Minister
Judith Collins and her husband, a
director of the company.
Labour has promised more
questions in Parliament today on
Mrs Collins's visit to the o ces of
milk and scampi company Oravida
in China, made during a taxpayer-
funded visit as part of her justice
Mrs Collins has staunchly stood
by her view there was no con ict
and she stopped to "have a cup of
tea on the way to the airport". It was
revealed yesterday the trip followed
an invitation from Oravida chairman
Stone Shi two weeks earlier.
Mr Shi asked Mrs Collins two days
after a reception at the company
headquarters which saw Mr Shi
mixing with Cabinet ministers, party
president Peter Goodfellow and
current and former National MPs.
e links between the company and
party are laid out on the company
website and date back to March
2011, when the Trade Minister spoke
at an Oravida-sponsored lunch.
en, in August 2011, Mr
Goodfellow and Auckland Central
MP Nikki Kaye attended a function
to celebrate the company's purchase
of its waterside headquarters.
Electoral Commission records
show donations worth $56,600 paid
to the National Party three months
later and continuing to the present.
Mrs Collins's husband, David
Wong-Tung, became a director in
October 2012, the same month Mr
Shi played golf with Prime Minister
Oravida said the men "enjoyed the
event so much that they pledged to
meet again on the golf course in early
2013 in Queenstown".
A spokeswoman for Mr Key said
yesterday the planned rematch never
took place but the Prime Minister
had played "on a couple of other
occasions in National Party 'golf
days', where Mr Shi has been one of a
large number of people playing".
Trade Minister Tim Groser and
former Deputy Prime Minister Sir
Don McKinnon, also chairman of
the business-oriented NZ China
Council, attended a promotional
milk-drinking in Shanghai in April.
But it was the October 7, 2013,
opening of the Auckland o ces
which saw the largest turnout of past
and present National politicians.
Dame Jenny Shipley and Sir
Don, both of whom have business
links to China, attended, as did Mr
Goodfellow. Also there was Mrs
Collins, who cut the ribbon opening
the o ce, and Police Minister Anne
Melissa Lee, Paul Goldsmith and
National-turned-Act politicians John
Banks and Don Brash also attended.
Mrs Tolley said she was attending
to show support for the export sector.
Mr Goodfellow, a director and large
shareholder in Oravida supplier
Sanford, said the appearance of a
large number of National people was
"unco-ordinated". "I don't know who
Oravida invite to their functions."
He said China was a prominent
market into which New Zealand
rms, such as Oravida, sought to
export. e market had been created
by the free trade agreement struck by
"What National has done is
to attempt to use that free trade
agreement to really drive jobs
creation and exports and imports
Labour's Grant Robertson said
there was an "extensive network of
connections between the National
Party and Oravida".
He said Mrs Collins' trip was a
clear breach of rules which said there
should not be the appearance of a
con ict of interest.
"Judith Collins needs to apologise
and John Key needs to ensure his
ministers don't act like this."
Otago university political scientist
Dr Bryce Edwards said the
Government was "highly pragmatic"
and "whatever works is what's
"Judith Collins in her dealings
with this milk company has been
epitomising that," he said.
Mr Wong-Tung said: "I don't want
to talk about Oravida."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Milk company hosted string of top Nats
New Zealand's oldest tea
company, Bell Tea, is set to close
its Dunedin factory next month,
ending more than 100 years of tea
production in the city.
Bell Tea and Co ee Company
chief executive Mark Hamilton
travelled to Dunedin yesterday to
tell the factory's 10 sta the cost
of earthquake strengthening and
other required work --- estimated
at more than $1 million --- meant
its operation was no longer viable.
Sta were "shocked" when
they were told about the plan
yesterday, but were more
understanding when they were
told the decision was due to sta
safety, Mr Hamilton said.
Consultation over the plan
would nish on ursday next
week, but in "all likelihood" the
factory's 10 jobs and equipment
would be shifted up to Auckland,
If the sta wanted to relocate
they would be guaranteed jobs
at its East Tamaki factory, which
now has 180 sta and produces
the majority of its tea.
Closing the factory was a "tough
decision" given it had invested
"a lot of money here over the
years" --- including spending a
signi cant amount of money in
new machinery ve years ago ---
and its long history in the city.
"Dunedin has been producing
Bell tea since 1898 and in that
plant since 1924, so it's been
going on a long time with a lot of
history," he said.
e decision comes after
a review of the earthquake
standards of its buildings was
prompted by Christchurch's
February 2011 earthquake,
which destroyed its Christchurch
building, which housed six sta .
e company went in with
the intention of upgrading
its Dunedin factory --- which
was found to be less than the
minimum of 34% of new building
standard for earthquake strength
--- but the extra work required to
meet re regulations and other
standards, meant it was going to
cost "well over $1m".
He was keen to point out there
would be no interruption for its
customers and the product would
stay New Zealand made.
"We are fortunate . . . that we
have got an Auckland facility that
is producing exactly the same
product so we are able to keep
our production in New Zealand
by transferring our equipment to
" e majority of our tea
is already produced on our
Auckland line --- that's
approximately three million tea
bags per day."
e Dunedin factory produced
tea for the South Island market.
Tea brands produced by Bell Tea
and Co ee Company in Dunedin
included Bell Tea and some of the
Bell Tea and Co ee Company
was founded by Norman Harper
Bell, who was born in Melbourne
and gained his expertise in the
tea industry with the Robus Tea
In 1894 arrived in Dunedin and
joined R Wilson and Company
and in 1898, the trademark Bell
Tea was registered.
In 1905, having dissolved the
partnership with R Wilson and
Company, and purchased Bell Tea
and other trademarks, Norman
Harper Bell and two new partners
commenced trading as the Bell
Tea and Co ee Company.
--- Otago Daily Times
Bell closing Dunedin tea factory
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
e Bell Tea and Co ee Co building in Hope Street, Dunedin.
New Zealanders will vote
on whether New Zealand
gets a new ag during the
next Parliamentary term,
Prime Minister John Key
announced this morning.
Mr Key said in a speech
at Victoria University that
the design of the current
ag symbolised a colonial
and post-colonial era
whose time has passed.
"I am proposing that we take one
more step in the evolution of a modern
New Zealand by acknowledging out
independence through a ag," he said.
A cross-party group of MPs would be
formed to recommend the
best referenda process and an
independent steering group
would ensure the public
was consulted and able to
contribute design ideas.
He said it was important
a new ag design had input
from the public and that
a ag that united all New
Zealanders was chosen.
Mr Key said it should not
be presumed the ag would
change, and retaining the current design
was a possible outcome. He would like
to see the referenda process completed
during the next Parliamentary term.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Key plans vote on flag
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