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Dead cyclist named
Police have named a 22-year-
old cyclist killed under a truck in
Christchurch yesterday. Police said
initial inquiries had found cyclist
Sharla Phyllis Haerewa and the truck
were both travelling towards the city
on Lincoln Road when they collided
about 6.30am. Ms Haerewa, a student
nurse from Christchurch, died at
the scene. e truck turned left from
Lincoln Road into an unnamed road
opposite Domain Terrace, but turned
directly into the path of the cyclist,
the front of the truck striking the
cycle, police said. e truck continued
around the corner, knocking the
cyclist from her bike and dragging
the cycle nearly 40m before stopping.
Police were considering whether
charges would be laid against the
driver, a man in his 70s. --- APNZ
Fall injuries fatal
A man injured in a fall at Speight's
Brewery earlier this week has died.
Ralph Ashenhurst, 48, of Port
Chalmers, died in Dunedin Hospital
about 11am yesterday, police said.
e death would be referred to the
coroner. --- Otago Daily Times
Sex charges stay sought
e former principal of a
Northland Christian school charged
with sex crimes against boys dating
back almost 40 years has requested
a stay of prosecution because the
alleged o ences were so long ago.
Raymond George Melrose, 68,
appeared in the Kaikohe District
Court yesterday and was remanded
on bail to a Paihia address until July
31. --- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Woman hit by forklift
A woman has been taken to
Tauranga Hospital with moderate
leg injuries after being hit by a
forklift at her Mount Maunganui
workplace. St John district
operations manager Jeremy Gooders
said sta were called to the Owens
Place business about 10.40am. e
20-year-old was taken to hospital
with moderate leg injuries, he said.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Fire on Fonterra truck
A re broke out on a Fonterra
truck and trailer unit yesterday in
the Kaimai Ranges. Emergency
ser vices were called after the truck
broke down about 8.30am on State
highway 29 in the lower Kaimais.
e re was put out by re ghters
and the vehicle was later towed away.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Big Wednesday winner
A ticket sold in Takaka has won
its holder the division one prize in
Lotto draw No 441. e prize pool
includes $5.6 million in cash, two
luxury vehicles, a boat, travel and
funds towards a bach. Successful
numbers were 13, 20, 31, 33, 36, 45;
coin toss, heads.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9842: 2,
5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 21, 22, 26, 33, 34, 36,
44, 46, 51, 57, 67, 70, 74, 78. Draw No
9843: 5, 11, 13, 17, 21, 28, 31, 32, 33,
35, 37, 44, 47, 48, 59, 61, 69, 70, 74, 77.
New fruitfly discovery in Whangarei
Australian mining giant BHP Billiton
does not expect coal prices to rise any
time soon. Coal prices have fallen
sharply in the past 18 months with
China, the United States, Canada and
Russia ooding the steel-making market,
and new player Indonesia swamping
the energy market, the company's
coal president Dean Dalla Valle said
yesterday. "It's tough out there. It's
hard to see any relief in the short term,
certainly when you have such strong
supply," he said at a business lunch.
Adding to the coal market's di culties
were high operational costs in Australia,
Mr Dalla Valle said. BHP paid 1.5 times
more for a truck operator in Queensland
than in New Mexico, he said. "We must
always remember that the world sets our
prices and Australia sets our costs," he
said. --- AAP
BHP expects coal
prices to stay low
Insurance companies have paid out
more than $11 billion in settlements
to date as a result of the Canterbury
Insurance Council chief executive Tim
Grafton said the gure was reached
at the end of February and comprised
$7.3b in commercial pay outs and $3.7b
in residential claim settlements.
" e $11.1b paid to date is a signi cant
contribution to the economy of the region
as its money in business bank accounts,
residents who have cash settled, homes
that have been repaired or rebuilt, as well
as community and public organisations
that can continue their work.
" is demonstrates the very real
progress that is being made to settle
claims and enable the residents and
businesses of Canterbury to get back on
Of the $7.3b of commercial claims
settled to date, $642 million was paid
out in 2014 --- the equivalent of $10.9
million a day just in the rst two months
of this year, Mr Grafton said.
" at means over three-quarters of all
commercial claims have now been settled
and reinforces the value of insurance in
helping the business sector to quickly
recover from what was one of the biggest
insurance disaster events globally."
Of the residential claims, $226m was
paid out during the rst two months
of the year, at a rate of $3.8m a day, Mr
Grafton said. --- APNZ
Biosecurity o cials
investigating the discovery of a
second male Queensland fruit y
caught in a surveillance trap in
e insect was collected from a
Ministry for Primary Industries
routine surveillance trap on
Tuesday and formally identi ed
It follows the discovery of
another fruit y in Whangarei in
January which triggered a massive
surveillance programme which
included setting up a controlled area
with restrictions on the movement
of fresh fruit and vegetables, which
cost taxpayers $1.6 million.
MPI deputy director-general
compliance and response Andrew
Coleman said the insect was trapped
in the Parihaka area of Whangarei,
about 400m from where a single y
was found in January this year.
"However all our information at
this stage tells us this detection is
a new nd and not related to the
"Queensland fruit y has been
found four times in New Zealand
previously, including the January
Whangarei detection. In all these
earlier cases, increased trapping
found no further ies," Mr Coleman
Up to 120 MPI and Quality Assure
sta worked on the biosecurity threat
in Whangarei after a single male
Queensland fruit y was found in a
garden in the Riverside-Parihaka
area, on January 21.
e operation was nally declared
over on February 8 after no more
fruit ies were found following two
weeks of trapping, fruit sampling and
testing. at operation cost $1.6m.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
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authority that gets most
of its funding from the
public purse paid $500,000
into and out of a lawyer's
trust account controlled
by chief executive John
Tamihere on the day he
settled the purchase of
the family's $1.3 million
Auckland home, according
to documents obtained by
the New Zealand Herald.
e document recording
the April 2008 transaction
using money from the
Waipareira Trust is headed
"residential land purchase" and gives the
address for the family property.
It shows a "Te Whanu (sic) O
Waipareira Trust advance" for $500,000
was paid into the "Tamihere Children's
Trust" held with Corban Revell lawyers
on April 18, 2008. e money was paid
out again the same day into an unknown
BNZ account. at day was recorded as
the settlement date for the house sale
although the title did not change hands
until May 7, 2008.
Mr Tamihere did not reply to messages
about the payment and whether it was
declared. Trust spokesman Joe Lose
said e-mailed questions could not be
answered "on legal advice".
e payment emerged during
investigations into the collapse of
a housing development, in which
Waipareira Investments Ltd invested
and lost an estimated $2.5 million.
e development company, West
Harbour Holdings, is in liquidation
and involved in legal action with Mr
Tamihere which is heading to court in
e legal action focuses on a loan to
Mr Tamihere which is also linked to the
purchase of the Te Atatu home.
e case focuses on who lent Mr
Tamihere the money --- West Harbour
Holdings or, as Mr Tamihere claims, the
company's director and former friend
ree weeks before the loan, the
Corban Revell trust account received
$500,000 from Waipareira
Trust, it has been learned.
Grant, of Waterstone
Insolvency, said the
payment emerged during
investigations into the
"We are aware that the
Waipareira Trust appears
to have advanced the funds
to Mr Tamihere's trust."
Mr Grant said he
believed the money had
been returned to the
e Waipareira Trust
receives $14m of taxpayer
money to provide health and social
Financial accounts led with the
Charities Commission show no sign of
ey also do not include the "notes to
the nancial statements" where "related
party transactions" are usually recorded.
Waipareira Trust's accounts stated
the absent notes are "an integral part of
these nancial statements" but o er no
explanation for leaving them out.
A spokesman for Internal A airs said
the Charities Commission expected
nancial statements to comply with
Inquiries show the standard includes
an expectation that "related party
matters" are declared.
Ricky Houghton, who was a Waipareira
Trust board member for 21 years and
treasurer for 15 years, contrasted the
payment with measures taken when he
borrowed $30,000 for a truck.
He said the payment was made after
a management report to the trust board,
which voted on making the loan at a
meeting at which he was not present.
He had to stand down from the board
during the period of the loan, which was
made at commercial rates and secured
against his house.
It was fully disclosed in nancial
returns as a "related party transaction"
--- declaring the closeness of the
arrangement, he said.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A Dunedin mother is angry
her car was ticketed while she
was undergoing an emergency
Kerry-Lee Charlton says a
Dunedin City Council parking
warden ticketed her car in
January when it was was parked
outside Dunedin Hospital while
she gave birth to her second son.
She wrote to the council asking
to have the $70 nes remitted,
but was told her "circumstances
do not allow for the nes to be
waived", she said.
She and her partner, Shawn
Hurring, arrived at the hospital
about 6.30am and parked as close
as possible, she said.
At 9am, her partner fed the
meter to avoid a ticket, but when
it came time to feed the meter
again "things had gone to c--p",
"I ended up having an
emergency C-section and there
was just no way either of us could
get down there and do anything."
e situation had made her
"really angry and . . . it's wrong",
In 2012, the council decided to
set tougher criteria for maternity
patients to have parking tickets
Council acting customer
services agency manager Brendan
Shea said nes could be waived in
emergency situations, but matters
were dealt with on a case-by-case
He rejected Ms Charlton's
claims, said there was no record
of payment being made and she
was parked in a P30 park for "half
"It's such a high-use area and
. . .tositononeofthose(P30
parks) for half a day, we don't see
as reasonable," he said.
e area was "clearly" marked
P30 and could not have been
mistaken as any other type of
e council's stance might be
"seen as tough and heartless, but
it is what it is", he said.
Had Mr Hurring and Ms
Charlton been parked in a park
other than a P30 and made some
payment, then the council would
likely waive the ne, he said.
Ms Charlton said she was
certain her partner had made
some payment, although she
was not sure whether the couple
parked in a P30 space or not.
She intended to ght the
council about the nes because of
"the principle of it".
--- Otago Daily Times
Parking ticket while giving bir th 'wrong'
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Pine Hill mother Kerry-Lee Charlton is "really angry" the Dunedin City Council will not consider
waiving the parking tickets she got while undergoing an emergency Caesarean section.
A Hastings woman diagnosed
with terminal cancer will travel to
Germany for treatment after raising
$30,000 in 10 days.
Kirsty Porcer, 42, will y to
Germany on Saturday to begin
full body hyperthermia --- the rst
New Zealander to undergo the
e mother of two broke the
$30,000 threshold on the Givealittle
website yesterday after being
inundated with donations, many of
them anonymous. Mrs Porcer said it
was "amazing" to hit $30,000.
"I was in tears again. I didn't think
it would be possible, but the response
has been overwhelming."
Media ran stories on Mrs Porcer's
plight and the result was an
overwhelming response from the
public with her Givealittle fund
increasing by $11,000. By Sunday it
had reached $20,500.
As word spread, Mrs Porcer had
received anonymous donations to
the tune of $1000 and found "piles of
money" in her letterbox.
"I've been energised by the whole
experience. I have literally quartered
the amount of painkillers I was on
because I'm so excited," she said.
"According to the medics at the
hospital, that was 'it' for me. But
this is a second chance. I'm forever
grateful. I'm going to beat this."
e former Havelock North farm
girl was diagnosed with breast cancer
in July 2012. In January doctors told
her the stage four breast cancer had
mestasised to her bones, including
her hips, legs, knees and spine.
e cost of the treatment in
Germany would be about $100,000
and thanks to the generous o er of
a loan, which will be repaid using
money raised through Givealittle,
Mrs Porcer was preparing to leave
New Zealand and undergo three
weeks of the "hands-on" treatment.
"I've got a million things to do
over the next few days," Mrs Porcer
She planned to check into hospital
next Monday and begin treatment
on Tuesday. Hyperthermia treatment
involves the controlled heating of
cancer a ected areas of the body.
She would stay at the hospital with
her sister, who had been learning
German for a year.
Mrs Porcer was last in Germany in
1992 for the German beer festival.
is would be a "slightly di erent
trip," she said.
A sky couch would accommodate
her during the ight because the
tumours in her spine made it
uncomfortable to sit.
Mrs Porcer planned to return in
early May " t as a ddle".
She acknowledged the support of
her mother, who would be looking
after her children during the three
weeks she underwent treatment.
"Mum is not well herself, but
she's been looking after me and my
children for the last 22 months."
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Donations give cancer mum 'second chance'
Two men have today been jailed for
killing a 48-year-old Auckland man over
a bit of cannabis.
Trevor Tafutu, 35, and Simona
Liatoa, 34, had earlier admitted the
manslaughter of Michael Roberts,
who was also known as Michael Lance
Rapata. He su ered a fatal heart attack
after an assault at his ree Kings home
in February 2013.
In the High Court at Auckland today,
Tafutu was sentenced to six years and 10
months' prison and Liatoa was jailed for
ve years and 10 months.
e pair also admitted charges of
aggravated robbery and male assaults
Tafutu, Liatoa and a third man were
drinking when they decided to go to
Mr Roberts' house to get cannabis. ey
decided to use violence if necessary.
On arrival, Mr Roberts's partner
opened the door. Liatoa grabbed her
shoulders and Tafutu punched her on
e pair found Mr Roberts in his
lounge where Tafutu began punching
him. Liatoa then joined in.
After the assault the pair stole four
tinnies of cannabis and left. Mr Roberts
managed to stagger to a chair, where
he died of a heart attack the assault
e Crown suggested the home
invasion was gang related, but Justice
Geo rey Venning said he thought it
was "basically two thugs who had been
drinking" and were looking to obtain
drugs for free.
" is sort of behaviour is not to be
tolerated in our country."
Both Tafutu and Liatoa had previous
violence convictions and Tafutu was still
subject to release conditions from a jail
sentence at the time.
e judge accepted Liatoa played a
secondary part in the home invasion and
said he had participated in a successful
restorative justice meeting with Mr
Liatoa also told a pre-sentence report
writer he never saw himself as someone
who would take a life and he was truly
Tafutu's restorative justice meeting
did not go so well and his pre-sentence
report said his o ending suggested he
held little regard for the rights of others.
Justice Venning declined to impose a
minimum non-parole period on the pair.
Pair jailed for man's
death over drug
Benefits cut over travel
More than 21,000 bene ciaries
have had their bene ts cut for
going on unapproved overseas trips
in the last nine months.
Social Development Minister
Paula Bennett has released the
rst gures since new rules
were introduced under which
bene ciaries who are expected to
be job hunting can not receive a
bene t while overseas, unless the
trip is for compassionate or health
reasons. Where travel is allowed,
bene ts will be paid for only up to
Since the rules kicked in on 15
July last year, about 21,000 people
have had their bene ts cut for
taking overseas trips --- adding up
to $10.5 million.
e gure includes about 1750
people who went on more than
one trip --- 191 went on three trips
during that period. About 11,200
were on the job seekers' bene t
while 4800 were single parents.
Ms Bennett said the gures were
" e new rules recognise
bene ciaries should be ready
and available for work --- not
prioritising travel. Every day we
hear stories of how people can not
live on the bene t. Today you're
hearing that literally thousands can
not only live on it but can a ord to
travel overseas as well."
e rule is monitored by
information sharing between
Customs and the Ministry of Social
Development. Almost 5000 people
have also had their bene ts cut o
completely because they had not
contacted Work and Income within
eight weeks of leaving the country.
Under the rules,bene ciaries in the
job seeker category can go overseas
only if it is for compassionate or
health reasons. Bene ciaries who
do not have work obligations, such
as single parents with very young
children, can go overseas for up to
28 days a year without their bene t
If Work and Income has not been
told of a proposed overseas trip,
that person's bene t will be stopped
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Fire ghters were busy dealing
with a chemical spill in the
Tauranga suburb of Greerton
e spill at the Mainstream
yard in Maleme Street has been
contained and was being dealt with,
a Fire Service spokesman said.
e spill was about 10 to 20 litres
and re ghters cleaning it up were
dressed in bright orange hazardous
e call for help came in a
6.52am and re ghters were still
at the scene late this morning, the
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Chemical spill in Tauranga suburb
A media stand-up brie ng by Labour
leader David Cunli e had to be cut short
yesterday afternoon after a man in a car
stopped and shouted a tirade of abuse at
Mr Cunli e and the assembled media
e man pulled his car alongside the
press pack on the side of the road outside
Mr Cunli e's electorate o ce while
beeping his horn.
"F--- you, f--- Labour, f---
unemployment," he shouted.
As a member of the media asked
another question, the man continued
to shout, saying, "F--- you man, there's
no future, New Zealand's dreaming and
you're a dreamer."
He added that National was no better.
"We may as well have a coalition of the
f---wits. F--- you all."
He went on to say that the unions
were dead "and you destroyed them.
Unemployment is not working."
Mr Cunli e stayed silent throughout
the abuse before joking, "I was going to
say the local National Party is alive and
well. I hope that's not the candidate for
East Coast Bays."
Mr Cunli e called an end to the
brie ng, and the man drove away.
David Cunli e
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