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Young riders collide
Two young boys were injured after
colliding head-on while riding their
motorcycles on a property north of
Rotorua. e brothers, aged seven
and nine, su ered serious leg injuries
after the crash in a paddock on a rural
property south of Mamaku yesterday
afternoon. ey were own separately
to Rotorua Hospital for treatment.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Crash sur vivor critical
A 57-year-old Papamoa woman
injured in a crash in Tauranga
on Saturday remains in a critical
condition at Waikato Hospital.
e woman is being treated in the
hospital's intensive care unit. She
su ered serious head injuries when
the motorcycle she was a passenger
on crashed into a tra c light pole at
the intersection of Cameron Road
and 15th Avenue about 5pm on
Saturday. e motorcycle's rider, was
taken to Tauranga Hospital with
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
e driver of a truck and trailer
that rolled in the Kaimai Ranges
was last night trapped for more than
half an hour after a section of State
highway 29 gave way, Tauranga
police said. Emergency services and
Bay of Plenty Regional Council sta
were called to the intersection of
State highway 29 and Poripori Road
at 4.30pm when the Hamilton-
bound tanker rolled down a 2m bank
of the southern side of the highway
and into a ditch. e truck, carrying
non-toxic dairy by-products rolled
after a section of road "gave way",
senior sergeant Cameron Anderson
said. --- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
A strong earthquake centred near
Waipukurau rocked the North
Island yesterday and was felt as far
north as Hamilton and as far south
as Marlborough. e magnitude
5.2 tremor occurred at 2pm, and
was centred 14km south-east of
Waipukurau at a depth of 40km.
More than 2000 people submitted the
quake as "felt" to the Geonet website.
ere were no reports of damage.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Arrest warrant in killing
An arrest warrant has been issued
over the killing of a homeless man
in Auckland. Police say Maqbool
Hussain su ered a violent death
in the suburb of Balmoral on the
weekend of March 22 and 23. ey
now have a warrant to arrest 28
year-old Justin Vance Turner for Mr
Hussain's murder. Turner is Caucasian
with noticeably olive skin, short black
hair, brown eyes, comparatively bushy
eyebrows and a prominent nose. He is
176cm tall, of medium build, and has
a neck tattoo of a dog wearing a spike
collar. --- APNZ
Numbers in Keno draw No 9838: 6,
11, 15, 20, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 42, 43, 59,
62, 64, 65, 66, 67, 75, 78, 79. Draw No
9839: 5, 6, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29, 32,
33, 40, 41, 43, 46, 55, 57, 61, 62, 70.
Whaling ruling welcomed
Radio New Zealand's Morning
Report stalwart Geo Robinson has
had his last day on air lled with
tributes following more than 30
years in journalism.
Mr Robinson joined the NZBC in
Dunedin in 1970 after emigrating
from Britain in 1965 and working in
He joined the Morning Report
team in 1975 when the programme
was introduced and, apart from
three years reading news on the then
commercial network, has been there
A special tribute show on Radio
NZ today included audio from
Mr Robinson's foray on Morning
Report, when he lled in for a
colleague on June 6, 1975.
Mr Robinson announced his
retirement last November, telling
listeners he chose today's date
for his last day as it is the report
programme's 39th birthday, "we
started on the rst of April, 1975".
"Apart from a couple of years
reading the commercial news, I've
been with the report programme all
the way through."
Veteran radio reviewer Clark
Isaacs described Robinson on the
programme today as a consistent
performer who had been "a able
(and) even-handed" throughout his
Mr Robinson's co-host Simon
Mercep said Radio NZ had received
hundreds of e-mails commemorating
Robinson since he announced his
"Dear Geo Robinson, for
thousands of hours of enlightenment,
entertainment and above all, an even-
handed approach to everything, we
are very grateful," an e-mail from
listened Gordon Cooper read.
"Best wishes for your retirement
Geo , I don't know what I shall do
in the mornings now. ank you for
the best mornings a person could
have, you will certainly be sorely
missed by a multitude of listeners, all
the best," Joanne Jenkin wrote.
" ank you Geo for setting the
highest benchmark of New Zealand
journalism, your professionalism,
equanimity, and the high regard
shown to all of those you speak with
or report on is a privilege for listeners
to share," another e-mail read.
Mr Robinson described the
tributes as "very humbling" and a
tribute to receive.
His retirement was past of a larger
shake-up of the national broadcaster.
Mr Mercep is also due to step down
from the show, moving to a revamped
afternoon show and current host Jim
Mora joins Mary Wilson on evening
Auckland-based Guyon Espiner
will replace Mr Robinson on
Morning Report and will be joined by
Wellington journalist Susie Ferguson.
In 2005 Mr Robinson was awarded
an honorary doctorate in literature
by Victoria University of Wellington.
He was also was given a special
award for outstanding contribution
to radio in New Zealand at the 2007
New Zealand Radio Awards.
Before signing o for the last time,
Mr Robinson thanked his family
and co-workers for the support they
had given him during his career.
"(And) to the listeners, for without
you we wouldn't be here and we do
what we do for you, so you are the
really important ones."
He said he was allowed to choose
the bird call for the show.
"My favourite birdcall, the kokako."
After its call, Mr Robinson said:
"Goodbye." --- APNZ
Radio NZ stalwart signs off
e search for a homemade biplane
which disappeared near Auckland with
the pilot aboard on March 25 has been
Daroish Kraidy's home-built aerobatic
plane disappeared from radar detection
shortly after it took o from Ardmore
Searchers have been looking for any
sign of the plane since then but the
Rescue Co-ordination Centre New
Zealand said today it had suspended the
RCCNZ search co-ordinator Geo
Lunt said the entire search operation had
been extensively reviewed and based on
all known information including reports
from the public no new areas of interest
had been identi ed.
" e decision to suspend a search is
not taken lightly, it is obviously a very
di cult time for the family and our
sympathies are with them," he said.
"Unfortunately at this stage we have
covered all likely scenarios without any
sign being found of the aircraft. We had
an excellent response from the public
in this operation, which has guided
our searching, and we would like to
acknowledge this assistance. If we receive
new information that indicates we
should look at other options, the search
can be resumed at very short notice."
put on hold
Foreign A airs Minister Murray
McCully has welcomed an
international court's decision that
Japan's whaling in the Southern
Ocean is illegal but has warned Japan
could still try to sidestep it.
e International Court of Justice
overnight found Japan's Southern
Ocean whale hunt is illegal under
Delivering its judgment on
Australia's case against Japan, which
saw evidence presented during
a three-week hearing last year,
the court found Japan's whaling
programme in the Antarctic failed
to meet the conditions for scienti c
whaling under regulations set by the
International Whaling Commission
(IWC), the body charged with the
conservation of whales and the
regulation of whaling.
It was ruled that no further permits
for scienti c whaling should be issued
under Japan's scienti c whaling
In a 12-4 majority judgment,
the United Nations court sided
with Australia, nding that Japan's
programme fell short of following
scienti c methods, Associated Press
" e court concludes that the
special permits granted by Japan for
the killing, taking, and treating of
whales . . . are not 'for purposes of
scienti c research'," presiding judge
Peter Tomka said.
Attorney-General Chris Finlayson
gave evidence on behalf of New
Zealand during the court case in the
Hague in July last year.
He told the court that Japan was
wrongly interpreting article eight of
the whaling convention, which deals
with scienti c permit whaling.
"Under Japan's interpretation . . . the
convention is solely a vehicle for the
optimum utilisation of whales through
commercial whaling --- nothing more
than an industry cartel," he said.
Mr McCully said today that the
court had ordered Japan to cease
whaling under one programme but
he warned it could try to put together
a new programme that would meet
some of the tests the court had
"We hope that won't happen and
in the short term it won't because
this is going to take a bit of working
through," Mr McCully told National
" is judgment .
. is very rm
and very clear but it still does leave
Japan with a decision to make after
they've digested this, which is to look
at whether they try to devise a new
programme which is scienti cally
based that embarks upon whaling
in the Southern Ocean again. Our
task is to make sure that we carry
out a diplomatic conversation that
dissuades them from embarking on
Prime Minister John Key told
3 News that with 16 judges on the
panel at the International Court
of Justice, the decision was "very
"I think it's more comprehensive
than probably even we had hoped it
e International Fund for Animal
Welfare (IFAW) described the
decision as a major victory for whale
conservation and international law.
IFAW's global whale programme
director Patrick Ramage said it
meant whales in the Southern Ocean
sanctuary would be fully protected
from commercial slaughter conducted
under the guise of science.
"We respectfully urge Japan, Iceland
and Nor way, the last three countries
still killing whales for commercial
purposes, to accept that whaling has
no place in the 21st century and to
act in compliance with the judicial
precedent set by the court today."
Sea Shepherd Australia chairman
Bob Brown said the nding vindicated
"a decade of courageous actions by
Captain Paul Watson and his crews".
"All across Australia people will
be celebrating this win due to Sea
Shepherd and their huge public
support for protecting whales in this
country that led to the Australian
Government to take this legal action."
Earthrace Conservation founder
Pete Bethune, who was at the court for
the original case said: "I am absolutely
thrilled. Today will go down in
history as a great day for whales, for
conser vation and for justice."
Speaking to reporters later, Mr
McCully said he hoped that Japan
would realise that it was "game over".
He said it was important to give
the Japanese Government time
to consider the judgment and to
continue diplomatic discussions.
"I just don't want to encourage
anything that is going to cause the
Japanese Government to think about
a new programme." --- APNZ
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Residents of Fordlands in
Rotorua are rejoicing after an
abandoned, derelict, "eyesore" of a
house was burned to the ground.
e derelict house at 29
Bellingham Crescent was
intentionally set alight as part
of a New Zealand Fire Training
Centre exercise for new recruits
e Rotorua District Council
recently agreed to purchase the
property, which had become a
dumping ground for household
rubbish, old mattresses, broken
furniture and other waste, with
the intention of clearing it.
New Zealand Fire Training
Centre manager Alan Cleator
said burning the house provided
22 trainee re ghters with a
controlled re experience and at
the same time quickly cleared the
"I think it's a win, win. It's
good for us, our recruits get
valuable experience in a safe and
controlled environment, and it's
good for the council and the
community who want to see the
building gone," he said.
In the past recruits have had to
go as far as Taupo or Putaruru
to get a similar experience, Mr
Cleator said. e recruits were
in their 11th week of a 12-week
training course and were sent into
the building in groups to practice
partially putting out the re.
"It's like your mother saying
the kettle is hot; you never
know how hot until you stick
your nger on it. It's the same
with the recruits, no matter how
many tests they've done, how
much they've learned, real life
experience is invaluable."
e remains of the house were
fully cleared yesterday, he said.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Eyesore razed in training exercise
PICTURE: Rotorua Daily Post
rilled Bellingham Crescent resident Natasha Te Au and trainee re ghter Hayden Palmer. e
derelict house at 29 Bellingham Crescent, Rotorua, was set on re for trainee re ghters.
After ying into Wanaka for the day
with hopes of adding to his classic
motorcycle collection, Auckland's
Vector Arena boss Stuart Clumpas
went home a happy man.
Mr Clumpas was among about
800 registered bidders at an auction
of some 60 classic cars, motorcycles,
aircraft and transport memorabilia
--- worth an estimated $2.5 million
--- at Wanaka Airport's Warbirds and
Wheels museum on Sunday.
His winning bid of $16,000 for
a 1949 BSA Goldstar motorcycle
was just short of what he had been
prepared to spend at the auction,
which was attended by several
"I come to these auctions with a top
line in my head and I stick to that and
itwasabitbelowthat,notmuch. . .I
know what they're (Goldstars) worth
and this is fairly priced and it's in very,
very good condition."
Mr Clumpas, who ew in from
Auckland for the auction with some
pilot friends, said he had "a few " bikes
in his collection and rode all of them.
Neil Campbell, chief executive of
Webb's Auction House, which ran
the event, said there had been about
$470,000 worth of sales, including
those which were still conditional.
e auction was a rst for his
company in the South Island and
attracted a lot of interest from outside
the region --- particularly Northland
and Auckland --- and overseas.
At least three items were sold to
o shore buyers, Mr Campbell said.
ere were some surprises, with a
1942 Willys Jeep selling for $29,000,
well above its price guide which was
between $18,000 and $22,000.
Some of the more expensive
items also attracted strong interest,
such as the $210,000 top bid for a
1937 Packard Victoria Convertible.
However, the o er was not enough for
the owner to part with the vehicle.
A rare 1924 Model C Rickenacker
Roadster was passed in at $60,000
and a 1941 Harvard-T6 Texan
aircraft valued between $170,000 and
$190,000 attracted no bids.
Warbirds and Wheels marketing
manager Ed Taylor was keen for the
venue to host another auction.
--- Otago Daily Times
Auckland bidder happy buyer
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Vector Arena director Stuart Clumpas, of Auckland, with the 1949 BSA
Goldstar motorcycle he bought for $16,000 at a classic car, motorcycle and
aircraft auction at Wanaka's Warbirds and Wheels museum on Sunday.
Climate Change Minister
Tim Groser says the dream
of building a bach on the
water's edge has become
even more unrealistic after
a major report con rmed
projections of half a
metre of sea-level rise this
century and predicted that
storms now considered rare
and freakish could become
Panel on Climate Change's
report, signed o by more than 2500
experts, said most countries, including
New Zealand, were unprepared for
human-in uenced global warming of
between 2degC and 4degC this century.
It found harmful climate change
was already being felt in rich and poor
countries in the form of extreme weather
and food shortages, which had the
potential to worsen military and political
con ict on the hardest-hit continents.
But the greatest climate-related threats
to New Zealand were rising oceans and
more frequent and intense ooding.
ese phenomena were expected to
threaten coastal development, especially
between Northland and the Bay of
Mr Groser said even if carbon
emissions were reduced, some changes
were unavoidable and New Zealand had
to be prepared to adapt. "I really think
40 years ago someone like me might
have dreamed of having a bach right on
the beach, just above high-
water mark. No way would
I want to do that these
" ere is a very strong case
for avoiding development
on the absolute coastline
just above the high-water
mark," he said.
e minister said it was
unlikely that Government
policy on adaptation or
reducing emissions would
change as a direct result
of the report, but he had
asked his o cials for advice. While some
critics urged central government to give
more guidance to councils, he said it
was up to each region to decide how to
deal with the various e ects of climate
e IPCC analysis predicted oceans
around New Zealand would rise by
50cm by the end of the century, or to
a higher level if the Antarctic ice sheet
melted more quickly than expected.
e Ministry for the Environment
advised council planners to consider a
sea level rise of 50cm to 80cm by the
2090s, and then 10cm for each following
decade. e coastal policy statement said
all seaside developments should have a
timeframe of 100 years.
Victoria University climate scientist
James Renwick said even a rise of 10cm
tripled the likelihood of an inundation
event. "And we are expecting something
like a metre of rise this century."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
When Auckland accountant
Cissy Chen disappeared from her
Auckland home 16 months ago,
police were certain she had been
ey believed her body had been
buried in a park or reserve near her
North Shore home, or dumped in a
waterway. ey were con dent they
would nd her.
Last night they said that they had
--- in a waterway in a reserve near
her home in Torbay.
Detective Inspector Bruce
Scott said the discovery of Ms
Chen's body was a breakthrough,
but an arrest was not expected
immediately. " ere is plenty of
work still to be done."
He would not be drawn on
suspects or a motive for the
Ms Chen was last seen on
November 5, 2012, after leaving the
accountancy rm she worked at.
She drove to home, parked her car
and went inside.
Her partner, Yun Liu, known as
Jack, reported her missing at 9.30
that night. He said she had left the
house to go walking at 5.30 and
had not returned.
He usually walked with her,
but told police he had injured his
leg so had stayed home. He has
remained in contact with detectives
and is understood to have been co-
Initial searches of green areas
near Ms Chen's home yielded
no clues. Police appealed for
sightings of her and of a white
2002 Nissan Pulsar station wagon
that they said was "crucial" to the
Soon after Ms Chen disappeared,
Mr Scott said the investigation
team believed she was killed at or
near her property.
at belief was based on the
fact that no trace of Ms Chen
was found, and no sightings were
reported when she disappeared
despite the fact it was a busy Guy
On Monday last week, police
got the break they were hoping
for when a contractor mowing the
lawns at the Totaravale Reserve
found a ribcage and skull in a drain.
Most of the rest of Ms Chen's
remains were found nearby.
Mr Scott said: " e area that
Cissy's body has been found in
was well known to both Cissy and
her partner. ey lived nearby and
used to walk regularly around the
"We're now working through
the information gathered from
last week's scene examination, and
an area canvass of residents in the
neighbourhood is also under way."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Cold-case killing breakthrough
with court action
Conservative Party leader Colin Craig
has con rmed he will proceed with
defamation action against Green Party
co-leader Russel Norman.
Mr Craig's lawyers led papers with
the court yesterday.
His legal team will seek a retraction
from Dr Norman for his comment that
Mr Craig thought women should be in
A Green Party spokesman said Mr
Craig's decision to press ahead with the
case was disappointing because it was a
diversion from more important issues in
election year. Dr Norman is appealing
for public donations to fund his defence.
Depending on the outcome of the case,
Mr Craig may consider legal action on
another comment by Dr Norman about
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A 22-year-old man was shot in the
chest by another member of his hunting
party yesterday in a remote area of bush
near Motu in Bay of Plenty.
e shot man was one of a party of
three men from the Hamilton area. He
was own to Rotorua Hospital where he
is now in a critical condition. --- APNZ
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