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Smash claims life
An elderly woman died in
a head-on smash north of
Wellington yesterday. Police central
communications senior sergeant
Marc Clausen said two cars collided
head-on just after 1pm at Manakau
in Horowhenua. e accident
happened on a 100kph stretch of
State highway 1 at the intersection
of Gleeson Road. It appeared a
Toyota car crossed the centreline
and collided head-on with a
Mitsubishi four-wheel-drive. ere
was one occupant in each vehicle. An
84-year-old woman in the Toyota
died at the scene while an 80-year-
old man from the Mitsubishi
su ered minor injuries. --- APNZ
Cow kicks man
A man was own to hospital with
head injuries after he was kicked in
the head by a cow in Hawke's Bay
yesterday. e Lowe Corporation
rescue helicopter crew was called
after the 18-year-old man was kicked
by a dairy cow at Ashley Clinton. He
was taken to Hawke's Bay Regional
Hospital. --- APNZ
Crash victim named
Rotorua police have named the
man killed in a car crash on State
highway 5 south of Rotorua on
Sunday. He was Michael John
Cambridge, 66, of Blenheim. e
driver of the other car is in Waikato
Hospital with serious injuries.
Rotorua police expect to lay charges.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Two Australian tourists were
rescued from Lake Rotorua last
evening after a kayaking trip to
Mokoia Island was hit by high
winds. e pair, in their early 20s,
had paddled to the island in kayaks
rented from Mana Adventures on
the lakefront. ey were returning
to shore when their boat took on
water and sank. Rotorua police
detective sergeant John Wilson said
they were in the water for about two
hours before they were rescued and
brought to shore about 6pm.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Wrong turn sparks search
Police have found a couple who got
lost while driving from Palmerston
North on Monday night. e pair
took a wrong turn o State highway
57 and ended up driving along
Mangahao Road in the Tararua
Range before running out of petrol.
After spending the night in their
car, they started walking towards
Mangaore village and were picked
up by a passing motorist about 3pm.
Once in Mangaore they spoke to
police sta from the Palmerston
North search team which wase
looking for the couple. ey were
taken to Palmerston North hospital
for a check-up. --- APNZ
Numbers in Keno draw No 9826: 8,
9, 11, 12, 14, 17, 20, 24, 28, 35, 45, 46,
47, 50, 55, 58, 67, 72, 76, 77. Draw No
9827: 7, 9, 16, 21, 28, 31, 34, 35, 38, 44,
46, 48, 55, 59, 62, 67, 68, 74, 75, 77.
Fonterra profit plunges 53%
Jetstar has added 15,000 extra
international seats between Australia and
Queenstown this winter, in addition to
the increase in winter ights announced
by parent airline Qantas two months ago.
e jump in Jetstar ights from
Australia's two largest cities during
July and August was welcomed by
Destination Queenstown and the
Queenstown Airport Corporation.
A temporary marquee will be set up at
the airport to cater for more arrivals.
Jetstar head of New Zealand Grant
Kerr said Melbourne-Queenstown
services would rise from four times a
week to daily and Sydney-Queenstown
from three to ve a week.
e extra winter ser vices, operated by
Jetstar's eet of 180-seat Airbus A320
aircraft, would begin on July 1 and end
on August 31. --- Otago Daily Times
Coverage of the situation in Ukraine
has been biased, according to Russia's
ambassador to New Zealand.
e comment comes after Russia
annexed the region of Crimea from
Ukraine in a referendum earlier this
Western nations, including New
Zealand and the United States,
responded to the move with sanctions.
Tereshchenko told Radio New Zealand
that coverage had been biased.
"Every day I read the New Zealand
papers and I can see one-sided treatment
of the situation because New Zealand
papers use Western agency sources.
"I didn't see any article or any report
from Russian agencies for balanced
Russia wanted stability in the region
and had no plans to invade Ukraine, Mr
ere was a deep internal crises in
Ukraine when Russia moved into
Crimea, he said.
Crimea was historically a Russian
territory until 1954, when the Soviet
leadership gave it to Ukraine, Mr
"And nobody at the time asked
Crimean people (if ) they want to be
Ukrainian or not. at's why now we can
say we correct that historical mistake."
Fonterra has posted a 53% drop
in interim net pro t as high dairy
commodity prices and capacity
constraints hit the dairy co-op's
Net pro t for the six months
to January 31 was $217 million,
down from $459 a year earlier, the
Fonterra said total revenue for the
six month period rose 21% to $11.3
billion, while normalised earnings
before interest and tax (ebit) fell 41%
While high dairy prices are a
boon for farmers, the cooperative's
earnings are negatively impacted
because it has to purchase the milk
at the higher rates before processing
it into consumer products like milk
Strong milk production means
Fonterra is also facing capacity
constraints in its milk powder
"We processed as much of this
milk into the higher returning milk
powder product streams as we could,"
chief executive eo Spierings
said. "However, our current asset
footprint meant that around 25%
had to be processed into cheese,
casein and other non-reference
commodity products which earned
negative returns over the period."
Spierings said volatility was "a fact
of life" in the dairy industry.
"We are very focused on delivering
a consistently strong farmgate
milk price, as well as stable and
growing earnings over the medium
to long term," he said. "Higher
dairy commodity prices have put
increasing pressure on margins
in our consumer and food service
businesses. We had to strike a
balance between passing on rising
costs immediately or continuing to
build our market presence to secure
Fonterra reiterated its record
forecast cash pay-out of $8.75.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Two key players in the
$90,000 Ernst and Young
review of Te Kohanga
Reo National Trust have
contradictory views about
what the terms of reference
allowed the review to do.
e Ministry of
Education says the terms
of reference were worded
with the explicit purpose
of looking at the trust's
subsidiary company, Te
Pataka Ohanga (TPO) and
the money it got from the
But the Ernst and Young
partner who conducted the
review, Grant Taylor, told
said he would have looked
at TPO if the terms of
reference had made that
e review e ectively
cleared the trust of major
wrongdoing but did not
look at TPO.
e terms of reference
were agreed in October last
year between Education
Minister Hekia Parata,
Maori A airs Minister Pita Sharples
and Te Kohanga Reo National Trust
after claims of misspending were aired
on Maori Television's Native A airs.
Labour Party leader David Cunli e has
accused Ms Parata of deliberately setting
the terms of reference to prevent the
review looking into dubious expenditure
of TPO, which sparked the review in the
But Ministry of Education deputy
secretary Andrew Hampton said the
terms of reference, which he advised on,
had been deliberately worded to include
spending by TPO from monies it had
received from the national trust.
" e terms of reference were
constructed in a way which explicitly
included TPO to the extent to which
it received Crown funding," he said
yesterday. " at was agreed by the trust
and ministers . . . and there's
an explicit provision No 6."
Provision No 6 states
that an objective of the
review is to "establish
what, if any, public funding
provided to Kohanga Reo
National Trust may have
been provided to Te Pataka
Asked if he believed the
review was to cover money
paid from the ministry to
the trust then to TPO, he
said, "that was the purpose
of the provision. It was
a classic 'follow-the-
e rst that the
ministry knew that Ernst
and Young had not looked
at TPO was on January
28, when it received the
Mr Hampton said an-
other fact to bear in mind
was a parallel investigation
being undertaken into
TPO by the Department
of Internal A airs.
" ey have the ability
to access bank account
records and the like and we know they are
taking several months to complete their
report so we are con dent they are doing
a thorough job," Mr Hampton said.
"Until you have the Ernst and Young
report lined up with the Charity Services
report lined up with the SFO (Serious
Fraud O ce) report, you won't actually
have a full picture.
" e ministry advised Ms Parata the
reason Ernst and Young did not look
at TPO was because as an independent
but 100% subsidiary of the trust, and not
funded by the ministry, it was not subject
to the review."
Mr Taylor yesterday declined to say
if or why he thought TPO money was
private money and not public money but
he said there was no clear de nition of
where the line was.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
David Cunli e
Careful attention to detail
and some delicate manoeuvring
proved crucial yesterday for the
successful removal of a 19th
century worker's cottage from near
the Dunedin Gasworks Museum.
Fulton Hogan heavy haulage
division sta began preparing
for the move early yesterday and
by 3.30pm the operation had
reached a delicate stage.
e house was on the back of a
heavy-haulage truck-trailer and
power wires crossing the street
were being lifted out of its way.
e truck then had to be
manoeuvred along a narrow
section of the street, with only a
few centimetres of clearance on
Heritage campaigner Ann
Barsby recently "went out on a
limb" and pledged about $14,000
of her own money to save the
cottage, which had been donated
by the new owner of the land it
e house has been moved a
couple of blocks from Braemar
Street to its new temporary home.
Some conservation work will be
undertaken on the house, and it is
hoped to later shift it back close
to the museum.
In the late 19th century there
were many such workers' cottages
in the street, but this cottage, built
in the 1880s or 1890s, was the
last to survive.
Museum volunteer Peter Mason
said it was "great" the cottage had
been saved, and the move had
gone quickly and smoothly.
Fulton Hogan heavy haulage
manager Mark McNeilly
said meticulous planning
and specialised equipment
--- including the use of a remote-
controlled house trailer capable of
carrying 40-tonne houses --- had
played a key part.
Energy infrastructure rm
Delta had also played a key role
by moving power lines out of the
way, he said.
--- Otago Daily Times
Delicate move for old cottage
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Dunedin Gasworks Museum volunteer Peter Mason takes a close look as a 19th century worker's
cottage starts its journey from its Braemar Street, south Dunedin, site yesterday afternoon.
Helpline services for smokers,
gamblers and other groups are
being merged into a new national
"telehealth"service --- possibly with a
simple 111-style number.
e Ministry of Health is expected
to issue a request for proposals for
the new ser vice in the next few days
to integrate the current dedicated
lines for smoking, gambling, alcohol,
drugs, depression and poisons with
the existing Healthline, where
registered nurses provide free phone
advice on any health condition.
e new system is expected to cut
health costs by diverting more people
to general practitioners, or helping
them to help themselves, rather than
calling an ambulance or turning up at
hospital emergency departments.
But the non-government agencies
that run the existing helplines are
worried that the upheaval could add
an extra step before callers reach the
specialist ser vices they need.
It also threatens the jobs of the
existing 50 to 60 sta at Lifeline in
Auckland that operate the depression
and gambling helplines, 59 at
Quitline in Wellington, 15 at the
alcohol and drug line in Christchurch
and eight at the National Poisons
Centre in Dunedin.
e biggest existing service,
Healthline, operated by a subsidiary
of the Australian state-owned health
insurer Medibank, employs more than
100 people on the helpline service,
some in a Wellington call centre and
some registered nurses working from
home around the country.
Lifeline chief executive Jo Denvir
said Lifeline would bid for the new
service but expected sti competition
from Medibank and others. ere
were 32 responses to an initial request
for information last year and the
ministry met with 19 organisations.
e ministry initially planned to
include the Immunisation Advisory
Centre in the new service, but centre
director Dr Nikki Turner said o cials
had agreed to let health professionals
keep ringing the centre directly,
although public calls may be directed
through the new number.
Dr Marewa Glover of Auckland
University's Tobacco Control
Research Centre said an advantage
of the new service was that it would
probably run 24 hours a day, but a
disadvantage would be adding an
extra step to reach help.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Helplines to merge into single service
It was a race that made New
Zealand history, as two men
triumphantly paddled across a
Hamilton lake in giant pumpkins
e maiden voyage of the over-sized
orange vegetables was the brainchild
of Morrinsville man Tim Harris to
promote the city's Great Pumpkin
Carnival this weekend.
While pumpkin rowing is not well
known to most New Zealanders, it is
a popular sport in the United States,
where Mr Harris came across the idea.
Yesterday he hollowed out a 550kg
pumpkin, which he has been growing
since October, and lowered it into
Hamilton Gardens Turtle Lake by
tractor before jumping aboard and
paddling frantically across the water.
He roped in friend Sam Elton-
Walters to be his competitor.
It was Mr Elton-Walters who
proved the stronger, narrowly beating
Mr Harris to shore in front of an
Mr Harris will be hoping to have
better luck in his bid to claim the
heaviest pumpkin title when the
carnival opens its gates at 10am on
Sunday. --- APNZ
Pumpkin race first in country
Sam Elton-Walters, left, and Tim Harris paddle in hollowed-out pumpkins
to promote Hamilton's Great Pumpkin Carnival this weekend.
Search crews will comb coastline around
the northern part of the Coromandel
Peninsular and the barrier islands today,
hoping to nd a small plane that went
e home-built aerobatic biplane took
o from Ardmore air eld near Auckland
at 11.25 yesterday morning and dropped
o the radar shortly afterwards.
A number of sighting reports from the
public were being followed up, and the
search today would focus on the areas
mentioned, while consideration would be
given to any new information received,
Rescue Co-ordination Centre search and
rescue mission controller Greg Johnston.
e Auckland rescue helicopter will
conduct a coastline search of the top
part of the Coromandel Peninsular and
the barrier islands while an RNZAF P3
Orion will be searching an area to the
north and east of Great Barrier Island.
e 53-year-old male pilot from Mount
Wellington was the only person on board
the distinctive blue and white plane.
e alarm was raised by his partner
who became concerned for his safety.
It is was believed the light aircraft had
a potential range of around 300km in
its fuel tank, which would have run out
about 1.30pm, Mr Rendle said, contrary
to earlier reports of a 700km range.
It was initially ying in a north-easterly
direction towards Ponui Island.
One of Hawke's Bay Hospital's
patients symptomatic of the H1N1
virus was last night ghting for her
life and in a critical condition in the
intensive care unit.
e woman in her 50s
remained sedated, ventilated and
She is one of eight people to be
con rmed or suspected to have
H1N1, also known as swine u,
at Hawke's Bay Hospital since the
end of February.
In the wake of an H1N1 in ux,
local medical o cials are preparing
for what has been labelled an
"early" u season across Hawke's
ey are encouraging those who
show symptoms of the virus to see
their physician in an e ort to stop
an epidemic, similar to 2009.
Ministry of Health statistics
show that 2009's H1N1 epidemic
infected 780,000 New Zealanders.
Virologist Dr Lance Jennings said
the anti-viral medicine sold under
the name Tami u was the most
e ective way to combat H1N1.
He said Tami u is also the most
widely stocked u medicine in
New Zealand and urged parents to
immunise their children and elderly
people to seek the jab.
H1N1 had been included in the
vaccine since 2009 and in 2010 the
Ministry of Health said the 2009
pandemic had the highest rate of
infection in school-age children,
with one in three a ected.
e South Canterbury town of
Geraldine has also experienced
an outbreak of H1N1 similar to
Recently, North America has
experienced a severe u season,
while Queensland in Australia has
also had double the cases of H1N1
patients this summer.
e Hawke's Bay District Health
Board is battling the onset of
the early u season by starting its
Come on the Bay Get Immunised
campaign to help ght any potential
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Virus victim critical
e European Union's
consideration of a free trade
agreement with New Zealand is a
"signi cant development", Prime
Minister John Key says.
e presidents of the European
Council agreed to take steps
towards deepening the relationship
with New Zealand, including a
possible free trade deal, at a meeting
in e Hague.
e EU is New Zealand's third
largest trading partner, worth more
than $16 billion in annual trade of
goods and services.
Mr Key said Europe's
consideration of a trade deal was a
"signi cant development".
"We've always said a free trade
agreement is the obvious next step.
We're not there yet, but the issue is
now on the agenda --- and that's a
"We're going to come back to this
in 2015 to take decisions on what
to do next."
Mr Key said that Europe was
a long-standing close friend and
"We share common interests,
values and history. However, we
can't a ord to be complacent,
especially given the shift in
economic gravity to Asia.
"We've agreed to consider our
options for refreshing our trade and
economic relationship over the next
Mr Key said New Zealand had
been struggling to make progress
in free trade agreement (FTA)
negotiations with the EU for a very
" at puts New Zealand in an
unusual position because there are
only six countries who are part of
the World Trade Organisation
who are either not in negotiations
or haven't negotiated an FTA
with Europe," he told Radio New
e relationship with Europe was
broader than just trade, Mr Key
"We're also working to conclude
a new partnership agreement which
will provide a blueprint for all
aspects of our relationship well into
the 21st century.
" e EU's decision to upgrade its
diplomatic mission in Wellington
is a positive demonstration of its
commitment to the relationship.
I look forward to welcoming the
EU's rst resident ambassador in
Wellington," Mr Key said.
EU free trade move hailed
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