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Unborn baby dies in crash
A woman lost her unborn child
and is in a serious condition after
the car in which she was a passenger
crashed near Waipukurau in Hawke's
Bay. e woman, who was 38 weeks
pregnant, was one of two passengers
in the car when it crashed just after
2pm yesterday. Police said the driver
helped drag a woman and a male
from the wreck moments before
it caught re. Initial investigation
suggested the car left the road on a
corner before " ying" across a ditch
and hitting a tree. e woman was
in Hawke's Bay Hospital in a serious
condition, while the other passenger
and driver were in a stable condition.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
17 years for murder
A Warkworth man who killed his
ex-partner two days before Christmas
last year has been sentenced to life in
prison. Gene Hepana, 40, murdered
Jasmine Cooper, 26, at her Te Hana
home on December 23. Hepana
pleaded guilty in the High Court at
Auckland in February. At the same
High Court yesterday, Justice Graham
Lang imposed a minimum non-parole
period of 17 years, taking into account
Hepana's previous convictions and
lack of remorse. --- APNZ
Crash victim named
e man killed in Monday's crash
was seen as "the backbone" of the
Rotorua Martial Arts Academy.
Allen Anderson, 63, died instantly
in the crash involving his van and
a logging truck on State highway
30 near Horohoro just after 5pm.
He had been on his way to training
in Ngakuru with his 11-year-old
granddaughter, Kaylin, who received
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Jobs go in merger
About 40 jobs will go from the
former Farmlands head o ce in
Hastings after its merger. Members
of the South Island's CRT and the
North Island's Farmlands voted to
merge in February last year. Sta
were warned last month jobs could
go. Many sta had seen the writing
on the wall and had already left the
Hastings o ce; there had been 120
working there before the merger, an
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
A prominent entertainer who
assaulted his ex-partner has
been granted permanent name
suppression and a discharge without
conviction. e man appeared
for sentence in the Auckland
District Court yesterday. During
an argument with his ex-girlfriend
the man kicked her in the thigh
and struck her arm, leaving her with
minor bruising. e court heard the
man and his ex-girlfriend were still
friends. --- APNZ
Numbers in Keno draw No 9812: 1,
2, 4, 11, 17, 25, 28, 32, 38, 40, 41, 51,
52, 58, 59, 61, 66, 69, 74, 75. Draw No
9813: 1, 2, 16, 17, 22, 32, 33, 36, 37, 42,
46, 47, 51, 53, 60, 71, 72, 74, 76, 79.
Heat on Collins
Labour Leader David Cunli e
has unveiled a suite of policies
intended to boost forestry and
wood processing including
a "pro-wood" policy for new
government buildings, tax breaks
for investment in new processing
plant, and special loans for tree
Mr Cunli e announced the
package while speaking to the
Forestwood Conference in
Wellington this morning, saying
they were intended to move the
industry's focus from "volume to
"Forestry and wood processing
are critical industries for the
economic upgrade New Zealand
desperately needs, especially in
the regions", Mr Cunli e said.
"Our focus on investment,
innovation and industry will see
an upgrade in the industry to
create better jobs that pay higher
wages where they are desperately
Labour's plan includes a tax
break for new wood processing
Finance spokesman David
Parker said the proportion of
New Zealand's forestry products
exported as higher value
processed goods was decreasing
and the policy was intended to
"A targeted tax incentive is
needed to overcome the increased
risks which wood processors face
in a small economy. is will
encourage the substantial capital
investment needed to maximise
value from our wood industry."
Labour's plan is to double the
depreciation rate for investment
in new processing plant from
15 to 30% a year. Modelling
provided to Labour suggested
that would result in $40 million to
$80 million in additional annual
investment in the industry.
Labour's "pro-wood" Govern-
ment procurement policy, a softer
version of the "Wood First"
policy advocated by some in
the industry, is based on former
Forestry Minister Jim Anderton's
requirement that all government-
funded project proposals for new
buildings up to four storeys high
"shall require a build-in-wood
option at the initial concept/
request-for-proposals stage (with
indicative sketches and price
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
'pro wood' policy
Two New Zealand boys are
among 251 victims of a massive
international on-line child
pornography ring busted in the
New Zealand police con rmed
the two boys, aged 12 and 13,
were among the victims of the
members-only on-line network
which had more than 27,000
Fourteen men had been arrested
in the US, but there had been
no arrests here, a New Zealand
police spokesman said.
No one in New Zealand would
face charges over the child porn
ring, which had links to victims
in Australia, Britain, Canada and
" e New Zealand police
received information from US
authorities that New Zealand
children had been victimised
by a US-based on-line child
exploitation group," detective
senior sergeant John Michael
"During our investigation
police identi ed two young male
victims in New Zealand, aged 12
and 13, that had been exploited
and were able to take steps to
ensure their safety," he said in a
US authorities said it was one
of the largest such operations
uncovered, Agence France-
e website's victims --- 243
boys and eight girls, lived in in
ve foreign countries and 39
American States, o cials said.
Authorities said the victims,
were, for the most part, boys
between the ages of 10 and 17.
e organisation was "one
of the largest known on-line
child exploitation operations
in history", Department of
Homeland Security chief Jeh
Among the suspects taken into
custody was Jonathan Johnson,
27, the administrator of the
website, which operated out the
southern State of Louisiana,
If convicted, Johnson faced 20
years to life in prison, Kenneth
Allen Polite, US Attorney for
the eastern district of Louisiana,
e illicit website operated on a
hidden service board on the Tor
network from about June 2012
until June 2013, when Johnson
e Tor network is set up to
conceal user's location, making
it possible to maintain on-line
Authorities said the website
contained more than 2000
shared webcam-captured videos
of mostly juvenile boys enticed
by the website's operators to
produce sexually explicit material.
NZ boys in global
child porn ring
Minister on run, says Labour
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Justice Minister Judith Collins
faces another grilling in parliament
today as opposition MPs continue
to claim she is trying to hide her
activities in China.
ey are focusing on the distance
she travelled to visit the Shanghai
headquarters of Oravida, a company
selling New Zealand products in
China, which she has described as
"popping in for a cup of tea on the
way to the airport".
It has been revealed that involved
a round trip of at least 60km in the
opposite direction from the airport.
Ms Collins's husband, David
Wong-Tung, is a director of Oravida
and opposition MPs are claiming
her visit breached cabinet's con ict
of interest rules.
She denies that and she's been
cleared by the Cabinet O ce, but
Labour and New Zealand First are
still hounding her.
Grilled in parliament yesterday
about "popping in for a cup of tea"
she said it was her rst visit to
"I was being driven around. I had
no idea where I was," she said.
Ms Collins said New Zealand's
ambassador to China had assured
her it was possible to "pop in" at the
She also continued to deny
knowing who paid for the dinner
she went to in Beijing attended
by Oravida's owner Stone Shi and
a senior Chinese border control
"I haven't asked," she said, telling
reporters it would be extremely
impolite to do so.
Ms Collins will not name the
o cial, saying it would be a
diplomatic blunder if she did.
"Her inability to answer basic
questions shows she is still trying
to hide her dealings with her
husband's company," Labour's Grant
"From the beginning she has
sought to mislead and not tell the
full truth about her visit."
Mr Robertson said he would "most
certainly" be on her case again in
NZ First leader Winston Peters is
questioning Ms Collins's assertion
that Oravida's business was not
discussed at the dinner.
"Ms Collins surely does not expect
New Zealanders to swallow the
ction that she went to a dinner
in China as a senior New Zealand
minister and dined with a senior
Chinese border o cial but did not
talk at all about Oravida's business,"
Present at the dinner in Beijing
were two executives from Oravida,
one of her senior advisers Margaret
Malcolm and a Chinese border
control o cial.
Ms Collins has insisted there
was no talk about business, or any
problems Oravida might have had
importing milk products after a
botulism scare at Fonterra in New
Zealand last year.
In Parliament yesterday, Mr Peters
asked her how she could be so sure, if
there were language barriers between
her and the o cial.
"Can she con rm therefore that
she and Margaret Malcolm are
uent in Mandarin and therefore
able to understand everything that
was said during the dinner?"
Ms Collins replied: "No, I can
however, assure the member that
I am uent in English and I can
understand when someone's talking
to me in English --- normally."
She said neither she nor Ms
Malcolm speak Mandarin, and the
only thing she talked about New
Zealand being a great place to visit.
Ms Collins was asked by reporters
again later who footed the bill for
the dinner and said: "Well, actually,
I've already said I didn't pay for it.
Margaret Malcolm didn't pay for
it. e taxpayer didn't. I don't know
who did and I haven't asked."
In reply to a question that that
meant Oravida or a Chinese o cial
paid for the dinner, and how did that
not add to the perceptions that it
was a con ict of interest, Ms Collins
said: "Well, actually it doesn't."
Labour Party leader David Cunli e
called on the minister to come clean.
"Who paid for the dinner? Who was
the Chinese o cial? Why did the
ambassador not attend? What was
Asked why it was important who
paid, he replied: "Because, were there
Acting Prime Minister Bill
English said it was up to Ms Collins
to answer those questions.
"She was at the dinner; she knows
the relationships and what would be
regarded, you know, as hospitable
Mr English said it was very
common for a minister to attend a
dinner, and to have someone else
pay. He said, in fact, at a dinner
where a minister is promoting New
Zealand's interests, it would be very
unusual for them to pick up the tab.
Mr Cunli e said Ms Collins was
"on the run".
"Ministers who are on the run
can't stay running forever and there's
much more to come out on the
Collins story. Labour is aware of
other matters which will be brought
to the public attention in due course."
e Easy Rider with skipper Rewai Karetai.
e widow of the skipper at the helm
of the Easy Rider when it sank in the
Foveaux Strait in 2012, claiming eight
lives, has been held partly responsible for
its sinking, according to a court ruling
e boat, which was skippered by Rewai
Karetai, who did not hold a current
skipper's certi cate, was taking six
passengers o at the Muttonbird Islands
before heading out on a commercial
shing trip when the accident happened.
Mr Karetai's widow, Gloria Davis, the
sole director of AZ1 Enterprises which
owned Easy Rider, denied 10 Maritime
New Zealand charges against herself
or her company to do with the safe
operation of the vessel.
During the trial earlier this year in
Invercargill District Court, the Crown
called the sinking a "preventable
Today, Judge John Strettell has released
his reserved decision which ruled in
Maritime New Zealand's favour.
e judgment said that since Davis
retained a position of authority within
the company, she was responsible for the
Easy Rider being used by an unquali ed
operator, which meant it had failed its
It said she had an obligation to inquire
as to who was skippering the boat, and
how it passed its safety audit.
But given she failed to do so, either by
knowing it had failed the safety audit,
or by consciously declining to make
inquiries because she was "concerned as
to the possible result".
" e consequences of which was that
Easy Rider put to sea without having
passed its safety audit," Judge Strettell
He rejected arguments that the fault
and accountability should lie solely with
Mr Karetai as the physical operator of
the boat, saying that more than one
person can be an operator, and legally
accountable for the company and the
operation of the boat.
It also found that Davis failed "to
take all practicable steps"to ensure no
contractor or subcontractor were placed
in a harmful position while working on
board the vessel.
As as director of the company, she also
permitted it to be operated in a manner
which caused unnecessary danger or risk
to those on board.
Judge Strettell said that despite Davis,
and the company, having responsibility,
he added: " at is not to say that
the court does not have considerable
sympathy with Ms Davis and the
situation she found herself in, but that
is an issue properly to be considered and
dealt with at sentencing."
A sentencing date has not yet been
Only one person survived the Easy
Rider tragedy in March 2012.
Dallas Reedy, 45, spent 18 hours in
the water, clinging to an emptied petrol
container, before being rescued.
e bodies of Shane Ronald Topi, 29,
Boe Taikawa Gillies, 28, John Henry
Karetai, 58, and Peter Glen Pekamu-
Bloxham, 53, were recovered.
But the bodies of Mr Karetai, 47, Paul
Jason Fowler-Karetai, 40, David George
Fowler, 50, and Odin Nirvana Karetai,
seven, have not been found.
Maritime New Zealand welcomed
the guilty verdicts, with director Keith
Manch saying they should send a strong
message to operators in the shing
" e decision to prosecute Ms Davis
was not taken lightly, given she has
already su ered greatly as a result of the
incident," he said.
"However, the sinking of the Easy
Rider was the worst maritime disaster, in
terms of loss of life, since the sinking of
"As such, it was very important that
action was taken that re ected the extent
of harm --- the loss of eight lives --- and
the very real responsibilities of those
operating in the maritime sector."
A majority of New Zealanders do not
believe it is time to change the national
ag, a Herald-Digipoll survey has
public referendum, the silver fern was
by far the most popular design, the poll
Asked if they felt the time had come
for New Zealand to design a new ag
for itself, 52.6% of those surveyed said
"No"and 40.6% said "Yes".
Prime Minister John Key last week
outlined plans for a referendum on
a new national ag during the next
parliamentary term. Voters would
choose whether to keep the current ag
or choose from a handful of new designs.
Labour and the Greens are supporting
e survey found that women,
Aucklanders, and older people were
more likely to support the status quo,
which has been the national ag for
more than a century.
e Returned Services Association has
been the most outspoken opponent of
a new ag, saying soldiers died ghting
under the Union Jack and Southern
But the survey showed that younger
people also questioned whether the
time was right for the country to move
on from its British roots --- more than
50% of 18 to 39-year-olds voted against
Public opposition to a new national
ag has grown signi cantly in the past
four years. When the same question was
asked in 2010, during a New Zealand
Herald campaign for a new ag, 52% of
respondents felt the time was right for a
change and 44% did not.
A group of eminent New Zealanders
will be asked to create a shortlist of new
ag designs before the 2017 election,
with public input.
Mr Key said he hoped that the process
would nd a design as distinctive and
unifying as Britain's Union Jack or
Canada's maple leaf.
"If we choose well, it will become
internationally recognisable in a way
that our current ag is not, despite more
than a hundred years of use."
His preference was for the silver fern
on a black background. e symbol was
worn by national sports teams and was
also car ved into the gravestones of New
Zealand soldiers killed in battle.
e silver fern was also the most
popular choice of all age-groups
sur veyed in the poll, with 42.9% saying
it was the national symbol which they
most wanted to have incorporated into
a new ag.
e Southern Cross was the second
most popular option, closely followed
by the koru, which was popular with the
younger generation. e Southern Cross
was preferred by people over 65.
e poll of 750 eligible voters was
taken between March 6 and 16. It has
a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5%.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Most back NZ Union Jack flag
e Rolling Stones are postponing the
rest of their shows in Australia and New
Zealand following the death of Mick
Jagger's longtime girlfriend L'Wren
An announcement was posted on the
band's 14 On Fire tour website, detailing
all shows, including tonight's Perth
concert, would be rescheduled.
Scott, a fashion designer, was found
dead in her $6 million Manhattan
apartment this week.
"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie
Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank
all of their fans for their support at this
di cult time and hope that they will
fully understand the reason for this
announcement," the announcement said.
Australian and New Zealand
promoters asked ticket-holders to hold
on to their tickets until further notice.
"A new schedule of dates is presently
being worked on and will be advised
as soon as possible. Information will
be made available via rollingstones.
com and frontiertouring.com as soon as
Jagger, who arrived with his bandmates
in Perth on Monday for the rst leg
of the Rolling Stones Australasian
concert tour, was "completely shocked
and devastated" by Ms Scott's death, a
He was expected to y to New York to
grieve with friends and family, although
no o cial announcement has been
Ms Scott, 49, sent her assistant Brittany
Penebre a text message at 8.30am on
Monday (New York time), asking her
to come to her ninth oor Chelsea
apartment at 10am, but when Penebre
arrived, she found the designer dead.
e New York Medical Examiner's
O ce will determine a cause of death,
but the initial investigation points to
Scott taking her own life, police sources
Her fashion empire was reportedly
crumbling with a $US6 million
($NZ6.95 million) debt and last month
she cancelled her London Fashion Week
show at the last minute. --- APNZ
(Mick Jagger tells of loss, p9)
Stones' tour put off
A new milk factory at Glenavy
will start its rst processing season
later this year with more milk than it
Chinese-owned Oceania Dairy was
aiming at 130 million litres for its rst
season, but now has contracts with 46
suppliers for the supply of 170 million
e drying tower for the
$214 million plant on a 38ha site
at the corner of State highway 1
and Cooneys Road has reached its
maximum height, with a focus now on
associated buildings and tting out.
Being built for Chinese company
Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group,
it is on target for completion in time
to take milk in August.
e factory will operate at about 65%
of capacity in its rst year, producing
30,000 tonnes of milk powder.
e rst milk supply agreement
was signed late last year with dairy
farmers Aad and Wilma van Leeuwen
representing a group of foundation
suppliers covering 20 farms.
After that, there had been strong
supplier demand from farmers in
the South Canterbury-North Otago
region. Oceania identi ed farms
within a radius of 50km from the
Glenavy factory as its home collection
e agreements were for a minimum
supply period of three years.
Once the plant moved to full
production by 2016-17, it would
employ about 70 people, process
300 million litres a year and produce
47,000 tonnes of milk powder for
export to China to be used in infant
formula. --- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Oceania Dairy's new milk processing factory at Glenavy has reached its
maximum height, with the focus now on tting it out so it is ready to start
New dairy plant on target
A woman who was found with critical
injuries at a Feilding house has died.
e 49-year-old woman, who had been
in Palmerston North Hospital since last
ursday, died yesterday morning in the
presence of her family, police said today.
Her death was being treated as a
homicide and investigators had a clear
understanding of the woman's movements
in the days leading up to the incident.
A post-mortem examination was being
done today and the results would help
police understand her injuries and how
they may have been sustained.
e woman was found severely injured
at her home last ursday night.
Woman's injuries prove fatal
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