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Collision claims life
One person has died following a
collision between a car and a truck
in Invercargill. e collision occurred
about 12.50pm yesterday at the
intersection of Boundary Road and
Motu Rimu Road, southern police
communications shift Inspector
Peter Hegarty said. e police
serious crash unit, the Fire Service
and ambulance sta attended, he
said. --- APNZ
Smash kills man
One man has died and another
person is injured following a crash
between a van and a logging truck
on State highway 30 south of
Rotorua. Police diverted tra c along
Apirana Road at Horohoro while
the scene was cleared of debris. e
crash was between Apirana Road
and Collier Road. Ambulance north
communications team leader Olive
Taylor said a man in his 50s died
and a patient was taken to Rotorua
Hospital by St John ambulance with
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Police case put off
A scheduled court appearance of a
Queenstown police constable facing
an o ensive language charge has
been postponed. Constable Jenny
McNee, charged earlier this month
after an internal investigation into an
alleged incident involving a local taxi
driver, had her rst appearance in the
Queenstown District Court yesterday
adjourned. It has been rescheduled
for May 27. In a statement two
weeks ago, Otago rural acting area
commander Inspector Andrew Burns
con rmed the 43-year-old McNee
remained on leave without pay.
--- Otago Daily Times
Cow hit by train
A freight train has hit a cow
and derailed south of Masterton,
cancelling ser vices to Wellington this
morning. e northbound freight
train struck the animal about 5am
today on tracks at Waingawa, causing
the front wheels on one of the
wagons to fall o , Kiwi Rail said. e
driver was not injured in the crash,
which was described as a minor
derailment by the company. However,
it a ected commuter services to the
capital, which were cancelled until
the track was cleared and any damage
assessed. Bus replacements were in
place. --- APNZ
Hercules tyre bursts
Wellington airport was closed
brie y yesterday after a Royal New
Zealand Air Force Hercules burst
a tyre on landing, Newstalk ZB
reported. Airport spokesman Greg
omas said the runway was closed
so ground sta could inspect for
any damage. He said the debris was
removed and the airport was open
within ve minutes with everything
fully operational. --- APNZ
Numbers in Keno draw No 9810:
50, 52, 57, 60, 61, 64, 67, 70. Draw No
9811: 2, 3, 7, 10, 11, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36,
39, 57, 58, 60, 61, 64, 67, 68, 74, 77.
Labour tumbles in poll
A High Court judge has
reserved his decision on whether
twice-convicted murderer and
rapist Teina Pora will be granted
Pora, 38, has spent 21 years
behind bars for the 1992 rape
and murder Susan Burdett in
He was present in the High
Court at Auckland today as his
lawyer Jonathan Krebs argued
for his release ahead of his Privy
After hearing from Mr Krebs
and Crown lawyer Matthew
Downs, Justice Lang reserved his
Legislation means all discussion
today is suppressed.
Last week the Court of Appeal
ruled it didn't have jurisdiction to
grant bail and referred the matter
back to the High Court.
Mr Krebs has said pursuing
bail for Pora, who also has a
parole hearing set for the end
of the month, was important as
a successful result would enable
him to be free of conditions set
on his sentence.
At his rst trial in 1994, Pora
was found guilty of the murder of
Ms Burdett, who was beaten with
a softball bat in the bedroom of
her south Auckland home in
Pora had confessed to police
but a retrial was ordered as
doubts began to emerge about
However at the retrial in 2000,
Pora was again found guilty.
Outside court Mr Krebs said
today's hearing was "fair and
It took place 21 years to the day
since Pora was taken into custody.
"It hadn't occurred to him that
it was 21 years since he went to
the police station," Mr Krebs
said. "We re ected on that and
saw the irony to a degree of today
being the day that we made a bail
application." --- APNZ
Pora bail decision reserved
Labour's support has sunk nearly six
points and it is polling only 29.5% in
the Herald-Digipoll survey.
e popularity of leader David
Cunli e has fallen by almost the same
amount, to 11.1%. at is worse than
the 12.4% worst rating of former
leader David Shearer.
National could govern alone with
50.8% if the poll were translated to an
e popularity of John Key as Prime
Minister has climbed by 4.6 points to
66.5%. at is his best rating since the
election but not as high as he reached
in his rst term when he often rated
more than 70 against Phil Go .
e increases in support for National
and the Greens since December put
them at their highest ratings since the
Crashing below 30% will be a bitter
blow for Labour six months before the
election. No party in the six elections
held under MMP has been able to
lead a government without polling in
the high 30s or in the 40s.
e Greens are up 2.3 points to
13.1% and with Labour would muster
a combined 42.6%.
New Zealand First is down slightly
to 3.6% but leader Winston Peters's
ratings as preferred Prime Minister
at 6.5% suggest the party could still
top the 5% threshold required to get
MPs under MMP without requiring
an electorate seat.
Other polls have shown a decline
in Labour's fortunes this year but
today's is the rst to have Labour in
the 20s since Mr Cunli e took over
the leadership from Mr Shearer in
September last year.
In the survey in the immediate
after-glow of Mr Cunli e's election,
Labour polled 37.7% and had enough
support parties to form a government.
But Mr Cunli e had a halting start
to the political year with controversy
over baby bonus details in his state of
the nation speech and publicity over
donations to his leadership campaign.
Polling began on March 6, amid
the fallout over his use of trusts for
But it continued through last week
when Mr Key condemned minister
Judith Collins for her failure to
declare a dinner in Beijing with her
husband's business associates.
Among the smaller parties, Act under
new leadership is up marginally and
registering enough support for one MP.
e Conser vatives with 1.3% would
bring in two MPs if they won an
electorate seat. Mana and the Maori
Party are slightly down, but the
leaders of both are expected to keep
their electorate seats.
e percentage of voters who think
the Government is moving in the
right direction rose to 52.9% from
46.6% in December and the number
who think it is not has fallen from
43.2% to 34.8%.
After seeing the poll results last
night, Mr Cunli e said that the issue
of the donations and the trust had
a ected the party's polling but he did
not believe it would be lasting.
"It hasn't been the easiest couple of
weeks but I'm sure we will bounce
back o that."
He believed the gap would close as
the election neared.
Mr Key said the poll was a
con rmation that a majority of New
Zealanders believe the country is
heading in the right direction "but
clearly there is a lot more work to be
done if we are to create the jobs and
increase the living standards that New
Zealanders want to see".
Asked if the issue of Mr Cunli e's
of Ms Collins non-declarations
would have a ected the poll, he said:
"Voters weigh up a great many factors
when considering who to support but
I continue to believe the strongest
motivation is when a political party
is focused on the issues that really
matter to voters."
e poll of 750 eligible voters was
conducted between March 6 and
March 16. e party vote gures are
of decided voters only.
A total of 11.4% were undecided. e
margin of error is plus or minus 3.6%.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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David Cunli e
To overcome poverty, we must
rst "overcome our poverty of
vision", the Archbishop of York, Dr
John Sentamu, urged in Dunedin
In a hard-hitting address to a
University of Otago symposium on
poverty, Archbishop Sentamu, the
second-highest ranked bishop in the
Church of England, warned poverty
was growing in parts of the developed
world, including Britain.
Poor people in some developing
countries were being "robbed twice",
Some big multi-national
corporations were not paying fair tax
rates in those countries, he said, and
some corrupt o cials were also lining
their own pockets at the expense of
Such manipulative tax practices
and other abuses were reducing the
funding which the poor should be
receiving for healthcare, education and
other ser vices, as well as to support
local jobs and a more sustainable
economy, he said.
"To overcome poverty, we've got to
overcome poverty of vision."
"Every person matters and none is
Archbishop Sentamu's keynote
address began a one-day symposium,
titled Poverty, Global and Local, at
the University of Otago yesterday
He gave his talk, titled Tackling
Poverty: How can Churches have a
long-term impact? to about 50 people
at St Margaret's College, a university
college of residence.
Poverty was a major worldwide issue,
and in Britain he urged a return to
the vision of inclusive social justice
that had inspired the founders of the
British welfare state.
Although British residents were
in real terms now four times better
o than they were in 1948, many
people were nevertheless experiencing
poverty and social exclusion.
He emphasised the importance of
the Church of England acting locally,
as well as internationally, and also
highlighted the importance of the
campaign for a living wage in Britain,
including in his home city of York. It
was the rst city in Britain to adopt
a living wage policy and he noted
the living wage campaign was being
promoted in New Zealand.
Despite the size and complexity of
poverty issues, he remained optimistic
about promoting the "wonderful
message of Jesus" and the Church's
role in giving a voice for those made
"invisible and voiceless" by poverty.
e world was "so beautiful and
wonderful that everyone should be
He has been made a Fellow of St
Margaret's College, and is spending
two weeks in Dunedin as the Harold
Turner Visiting Fellow at the
university's Centre for eology and
Public Issues. --- Otago Daily Times
Church leader targets pover ty
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
e Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, highlights the need to ght
against poverty, during a symposium yesterday.
A Christchurch woman, who
kindled the hearts of romantics
worldwide after marrying her
wartime sweetheart following
70 years of separation, has died.
Bernie Bluett, 88, moved
from Britain to New Zealand
during World War Two after
her disapproving parents failed
to pass on love letters from Bob
Humphries, now 90.
ey met as children when
Mr Humphries' family, from
London, holidayed in Mrs
Bluett's home town in North
e pair dated in their late
teens but Bernie joined the
Royal Air Force and Bob
was enlisted in the army. e
soldier wrote to his sweetheart
--- but unknown to either of
them, Bernie's parents did not
pass on the letters.
After two years of silence,
Bernie married a New
Zealand RAF pilot, Roy
Bluett, who she had cared for
as a military nurse. She and
her husband then moved to
Christchurch, where they had
Bernie's husband died 12
years ago and Bob's wife, Beryl,
died in 2012. e pair reunited
after Bernie's daughter Robin
put them in touch.
Bernie then moved back to
Britain to marry her sweetheart
last year at St John the Baptist
Church in Pawlett, Somerset.
"Needless to say, he is a
hopeless romantic and so am
I," she said of their reunion.
Her son-in-law Paul Hudson
said Bernie su ered a heart
attack earlier this month. Her
funeral is set for today.
Her three children --- Robin,
who lives in Christchurch,
Mark from Sydney, and
Graham, from the United
Kingdom --- would all be at
"Mark's been staying with her
new husband Bob --- they're
both military people," Mr
Bernie had been living on
borrowed time, he said.
"It wasn't that long ago
that she'd been in Princess
Margaret (Hospital in
"She told me that if she had
six months of happiness with
Bob that would be really good.
She ended up having 10."
Bernie had always longed to
repatriate back to Britain, Mr
"In the end I think we were
all very happy that she was
"She'd often said to us that
she'd like her ashes scattered
back in Appledore --- I think
that was her favourite place ---
where she grew up.
very happy end to her life. She
would have turned 89 in April,
Bob turned 90 a couple of
e funeral was expected to
be held in Pawlett, at the same
church she and Bob married in
"It'll be Doris, the same
minister that married them,"
Mr Hudson said.
Bernie's nephew, Richard
Moore Bluett, said his aunt was
"obviously smitten" with Bob.
"And if you can be doing that
at 87, there's still hope for a lot
of us I think." --- APNZ
Last chapter in war time love story
Bernie Bluett married her long lost sweetheart Bob
Humphries in Devon England in July last year. e couple had
lost touch during World War Two but managed to catch up
again after 70 years.
A Waikato farmer had to walk 45
minutes for help after she was stung at
least 50 times in the head by wasps when
she stepped in a nest on a remote block
of land north-west of Taumarunui.
A "really, really sore" Janet Kelland last
night spoke from her bed at Taumarunui
Hospital after the ordeal which began
about midday yesterday on the farm she
e 56-year-old was walking up the
fenceline of a paddock, checking that an
electric fence was free from weeds and
Moments later she stepped in a "big
hole of wasps".
" ey just attacked me . . . I'm covered
in stings. I probably got stung at least 50
times on my head --- and on my right
leg, I would just hate to think."
Unsure what to do next, Ms Kelland
whipped o her shirt --- which she
believed was attracting more wasps ---
and threw it to the ground.
" ey were following me and they
were quite angry so I just went into the
bush and rolled in the bush. I wouldn't
want to go through it again."
She was able to get on her quad bike
and drive a short distance in the direction
of the farm house. However, she had to
leave it and walk the rest of the way --- a
trek which took 45 minutes.
She had to stop walking often because
of the immense pain in her legs. She
made it to a creek and splashed water on
the stings, providing some brief relief.
"(I was thinking) I just got to keep
focused on my breathing and keep
calm," she said.
"I was actually quite surprised that I
did make it (to the farmhouse) because
it was one hell of a walk out of there.
But I just kept focused. You just do it,
On the walk home she managed to
phone St John which sent an ambulance
and also alerted the rescue helicopter.
Ms Kelland was own in a stable
condition to Taumarunui Hospital,
where she spent last night.
She hoped to be released today.
Pilot Dan Harcourt was one of
the crew which ew Ms Kelland to
He said she was extremely agitated and
in considerable pain when he rst saw
her at the farmhouse.
It was not their rst meeting. Mr
Harcourt has twice before own Ms
Kelland to hospital, both times after she
fell o her horse.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Wasp swarm attacks farmer
Fonterra's chairman John
Wilson says Government
ministers must not be put
o visiting New Zealand
companies or meeting
Chinese o cials in China
by the controversy over
Justice Minister Judith
Collins's meetings with
Mr Wilson is in Beijing
for a visit by Prime
Minister John Key, who
will arrive today to front
up to China's leaders,
China's State media, and
Fonterra's clients over the
false contamination scare
Mr Key's visit follows a
week of media attention
on Ms Collins's visit to
Oravida's o ces last year,
and a dinner with Oravida
bosses Stone Shi and Julia Xu, as well
as a Chinese border o cial. Ms Collins's
husband is a director of Oravida and she
is close friends with Mr Shi and Ms Xu.
Asked if he was concerned that the
controversy over Ms Collins's visit would
deter other ministers from visiting
exporters or o cials, Mr Wilson said
New Zealand's ministers had travelled
to support trade for decades.
" at needs to continue.
" e visibility of leadership here in
this market is important. While we as
businesses work very hard to understand
the market, the government to
government relationship is so important.
It does reinforce and enable us to grow
our businesses here."
Fonterra will host a function today for
its clients in China to meet Mr Key. Mr
Wilson said it was not embarrassing to
the company that Mr Key had to make
a special trip to defend New Zealand's
food safety record and would be armed
with recent court charges laid against
"It is very important to
have the Prime Minister
up here. For all of us that
operate in business in
markets such as these, we
do everything we can to
ensure we build on our
past reputation. But this
is also a government to
is is a dynamic market,
and the expectations of
consumers here for food
safety are at levels higher
than we see anywhere else
in the world."
Chinese consumers had
picked up that message,
partly because Fonterra's
sales data was very strong.
Fonterra has accepted the
charges the Ministry for
Primary Industries had laid
against it, and Mr Wilson
said he would have like to see those
charges laid earlier so the matter could
have been addressed more quickly.
He believed China's consumers had
appreciated its honest response to the
"Fonterra absolutely respects the food
safety systems we have in New Zealand.
ey are among the best in the world."
However, Fonterra had been in
China for 40 years and had built up
strong relationships with o cials, local
companies and consumers.
"It's always important to recognise what
occurred. It's important to acknowledge
that for those mothers we created some
uncertainty for a short period of time."
However, he said it was time to move
Mr Wilson said the reason it had
accepted responsibility was because the
charges were in line with what its own
review had found relating the processing
of the whey concentrate and the delay in
notifying the companies' top bosses.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Fonterra boss backs
ministers over trade
A spate of dengue fever outbreaks in
the Paci c has sparked a health warning
for New Zealanders travelling there.
Holidaymakers were advised to
take extra precautions to avoid being
being bitten by mosquitoes, Auckland
Regional Public Health Ser vice
It comes as 35 cases of dengue fever
have been con rmed in Auckland so far
this year, it said, with 24 of those cases
originating from Fiji.
Fiji has recorded more than 10,000
cases of dengue fever, with 11 deaths,
e disease has also emerged in French
Polynesia, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
Zika virus, which is similar to dengue,
is widespread in French Polynesia, with
cases also found in New Caledonia and
the Cook Islands.
Another similar virus, chikungunya,
has recently caused an outbreak in Papua
Dengue fever symptoms begin with a
high fever and severe headache. Nausea
and vomiting are common, as are joint
and muscle pain.
ere is no vaccine for dengue fever,
Zika or chikungunya. e only way to
prevent infection was to avoid being
bitten by mosquitoes, ARPHS said.
Dengue fever warning
e judge in the South Canterbury
Finance fraud trial has declined an
application by the defence to stand
Justice Paul Heath is the sitting judge
in the High Court trial of former SCF
chief executive Lachie McLeod, 50, and
two of the company's former directors,
lawyer Edward Sullivan, 72, and
accountant Robert White, 70.
Yesterday's hearing was held after the
head of the Serious Fraud O ce (SFO)
told a conference prior to the trial
beginning that they were lucky to have
Justice Heath as the trial judge.
Justice Heath yesterday afternoon told
the Timaru court he had considered all
the evidence and had decided to dismiss
the application, and the trial would now
In what has been described as New
Zealand's biggest fraud trial so far,
McLeod, Sullivan and White have all
denied a $1.6 billion fraud.
e trial before Justice Heath alone
is set down for three to four months
and is a document-heavy case, with the
Crown relying heavily on the evidence
of paper work.
A total of 40 Crown witnesses,
including former SCF employees,
people involved in transactions with
various companies, and forensic or expert
witnesses, are expected to be called.
e start of the trial was delayed for
an hour last Wednesday morning over
concerns that a comment made the
previous week by the boss of the SFO
could have led to a perception that
Justice Heath was biased towards the
SFO director Julie Read referred
to Justice Heath as "our judge"
while speaking at the 13th Annual
Corporate Insolvency and Restructuring
Conference in Auckland.
Lawyers for the three accused, Pip Hall,
QC, Bruce Squire, QC, and Jonathan
Eaton, QC, wanted a delay to the start
of the trial in order to look more closely
at the issue and to see if the judge should
consider stepping down from presiding
over the trial.
Justice Heath said it was "extraordinary"
to think anyone would possibly think he
would be anything other than impartial.
He declined to recuse himself, saying
proceedings should continue, and if
defence counsel wished, they would be
given time to formally pursue the matter
further. --- APNZ
SCF judge stays on case
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