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Elderly driver killed
An elderly man died in a collision
on the outskirts of Hamilton
yesterday. e 84-year-old died when
two cars collided at the intersection
of Cherry Lane and State highway 1,
Tamahere, about 4.20pm. e elderly
man was the sole occupant of a
vehicle turning on to State highway
1 from Cherry Lane, senior sergeant
Gael Mockford said. --- APNZ
A man has sawn o his ngers in
a farm accident near Napier. e
34-year-old's ngers were accidently
sawn o while operating a skillsaw
at Puketitiri, a statement from the
Lowe Corporation rescue helicopter
said. He was own to Hawke's Bay
Regional Hospital. A spokeswoman
for the rescue helicopter did not
know how many of the man's ngers
had been severed. He was later
transferred to Hutt Hospital for
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Hunter hurt in fall
A hunter from Feilding was
taken to Whanganui Hospital after
falling down a bank and driving
to a Westmere garage for help.
Ray Stevens, who owns Double S
Motordrome, said the man, in his
60s, showed up at the garage about
12.45pm on Wednesday with a "big
gash" in his head and "damage in
his neck". An ambulance was called
and the man was taken to hospital.
e man was in a "serious, but stable
condition" and was transferred to
Wellington for further examination.
--- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Rampage charges denied
A man accused of a rampage at a
petrol station, allegedly threatening
to blow it up, setting re to a car and
assaulting several people, has pleaded
not guilty. Devon Alexander Ryan
faced a raft of charges including
arson, threatening to kill, assault by
stabbing, and unlawfully taking a
motor vehicle, when he appeared
in the Hamilton District Court
yesterday. e 13 charges relate to
an incident at the BP Whitiora in
Hamilton on March 18. Ryan was
remanded in custody to May 12.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Plummer threat sequel
A Dunedin man has been warned
for allegedly threatening netball coach
Norma Plummer. Last month it was
revealed police were investigating
a threat made by a New Zealand
fan against the West Coast Fever
head coach on her personal website.
Police were told of the threat via their
Australian counterparts. Yesterday,
a police spokeswoman con rmed
inquiries were complete and the
"matter has been resolved". A 49-year-
old Dunedin man was formally
warned in relation to the incident, she
said. --- Otago Daily Times
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55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 63, 71. Draw No
9845: 4, 12, 14, 27, 32, 33, 34, 39, 42,
43, 44, 45, 48, 49, 63, 64, 67, 68, 71, 76.
Power prices still rising, says Labour
An Auckland man who paid a
former gol ng buddy hundreds of
thousands of dollars in "grossly"
overcharged legal fees says the ordeal
has cost him health and almost
everything he owns.
Alan Wilson, 71, and his wife Min,
67, sold their home, business and
other belongings to pay lawyer Eion
Castles more than $1 million to sort
out a dispute over a leaky home.
But Mr Castles charged them
almost $600,000 too much. He billed
them $1,030,000, well above the
$436,000 cost assessors estimated
his work would have cost.
Mr Castles was found guilty of
overcharging, struck o the Law
Society register, and ordered to repay
However, Mr Wilson, speaking for
the rst time about the case, is not
con dent of getting any money back
because Mr Castles was declared
bankrupt after the hearing.
"As far as we're concerned we're not
in a good place at all," Mr Wilson
e small two-bedroom cottage
in Northcote is a long way from the
family home in Remuera they sold
to pay for the legal fees.
"We've sold a lot of stu and we're
going to have to sell more because
the chances of getting a house that
will accommodate all the stu we
have in storage and around the place
is not very likely."
ey had had " ve or six years into
knowing we'd been duped" but were
"It's certainly taken its toll on both
of us. My wife continues to work
which is not a situation we want at
all. We're not where we should be. I
attribute the fact I have cancer to the
He got sick after the money
problems began in 2009 and says the
stress of losing things he and his wife
had worked hard for had contributed
to his ill-health.
Despite all that he tried not to be
"I'm bitterly disappointed in
what we thought was a friendship
collapsing. We try not to be angry,
it's not healthy to be angry, but it's
very di cult to move on now we
have some nality and know there's
no good way out of this."
Mr Wilson said he had been given
a death sentence from cancer.
"I might last ve years, I might last
one but my wife enjoys great health
and will probably go on for a long
time but just not on much money."
e couple were trying instead to
concentrate on what they did have
and enjoy it.
"We have the support of our family
and wonderful friends who have
done amazing things for us and are
so grateful for that."
A group of close friends set up a
givealittle page after the Wilsons
were left with virtually nothing. One
of the friends who set up the page,
who asked not to be named, helped
them start the legal battle once he
and his wife realised the amount they
were being charged was too high.
"We smelled it . . . and we said that's
wrong, and they still had $11,000 to
pay and they had nothing."
About $8400 had been raised by
yesterday and the friend hoped for
more. "What we would love to get is
enough money to buy them a small
unit to live in."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Friend's betrayal takes toll
Prime Minister John Key said he
expects power prices rises would be
kept to a minimum once major grid
upgrades are complete.
e Labour Party said the
Government's Power Switch
campaign has made very little
di erence to people's power bills, and
prices were continuing to go up.
Mr Key said overall power prices
have gone up a little over 20% in
the ve years National has been in
" at 20-odd is largely made up
from increases that have to be passed
on because of the reinforcing and
upgrading of the network," he says.
"Now if in the end we've completed
that task, for the most part, then
that should at least see power price
increases at a minimum."
Mr Key said the best thing the
Government could do for the public
was to make sure the power market is
Energy Minister Simon Bridges
also said the advice he had suggested
that power prices would not increase
by much in coming years and
customers could still make signi cant
A report commissioned by the
Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment says the scheme
has increased the number of people
changing their provider but has failed
to promote competition or bring
retail electricity prices down.
However, Mr Bridges said there
were some savings the report did not
"It's not capturing, for example,
probably the biggest phenomenon
of the last three or four years, which
is the ad hoc discounting that
companies are doing. Contact's a very
good example of it --- 22% discount
for paying on-line and on time. at
makes a very signi cant saving."
Labour energy spokesman David
Shearer said for some people who
switched providers there had been
some impact but the idea of the
campaign was to bring prices down
and overall the scheme "has made
very, very little di erence --- in fact
people's prices still continue to go up".
However, Mr Shearer told Morning
Report Labour would not scrap the
scheme now that it exists.
e $15 million scheme was used
to create the What's My Number
website and develop the Consumer
Power Switch site.
Despite the report's ndings,
Consumer New Zealand said
electricity companies are doing deals
to keep customers from switching, by
o ering them incentives to stay.
Chief executive Sue Chetwin says
people should continue to shop
around to get better deals.
"It is quite competitive out there,"
she said, "so if you do have a word
with your retailer, if you think you're
paying too much, you might nd you
can do a deal." --- NZN
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Oscars lost in fire
Anguished owners of belongings
stored in a Wellington storage unit razed
by re this morning have gathered at the
scene of the blaze to learn the fate of
Central re communications shift
manager Jan Wills said the re broke
out at the Kiwi Self Storage facility
in Kilbirnie's Rongotai Road, near
Wellington Airport, about 12.45am.
It was classi ed " fth alarm" --- the
most extreme end of the Fire Service's
Martin Cahill said he had some boxes
of books and items that belonged to his
parents inside the storage facility. "I just
want to nd out how it started."
His items were at "ground zero" and
would be completely destroyed, he said.
Chris Vee, who owns a bridal store in
central Wellington, said she had all her
stock in one of the storage units.
She had yet to learn whether the
gowns were damaged by the ames, but
they would be almost de nitely smoke
damaged she said.
No neighbouring properties were
threatened by the re. ere were no
reports of anyone being in the building,
however a re ghter had been treated
for minor heat exhaustion, Ms Wills
e origin of the blaze and how it had
spread so quickly was unknown.
Neighbour Tere Harrison said she was
woken by sirens about 1am. She said she
was not too worried about the ames.
However, her house over whelmingly
smelled of smoke.
Many units contained classic cars, she
said. "I don't know the owners, but we
see them drive out every weekend."
Wellington Fire Service assistant area
commander Paul Smith said ames were
still burning, more than seven hours
after the re started.
"We're in defensive mode --- that
means the guys are on the outside
basically using aerial appliances putting
some water on the re."
It was a complex job with a large
number of combustible material and
passageways, he said.
" e guys have had a lot to deal with
and they've done a really good job so far."
Everything inside the a ected units
was destroyed, he said.
A re investigator was at the scene, but
would need to wait until the last ames
were extinguished before being able to
get near the unit, "which could be some
time yet", Mr Smith said.
Crews were preparing to pull the roof
o the unit to direct water on the ames
still blazing inside, he said.
"If that plan works then we'll advance
that along through the building."
e biggest problem they were facing
was the roof and the walls were still
intact and re crews could not get to the
ames, Mr Smith said.
About 80 re ghters are working on
containing the re, he said.
"We'll be here probably for the rest of
the day at least."
ere were concerns part of the unit
could collapse --- which crews were
avoiding as a result, Mr Smith said.
It was the biggest re Wellington had
seen for a long time, he said.
A Wellington Airport spokeswoman
said the re had not a ected ights.
A cinematographer who worked on Sir
Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy,
Alex Funke, feared a couple of Oscar
Awards have been lost in the blaze.
"Where that smoke right there is," he
said, pointing to the unit most damaged.
e awards were for the Two Towers
and Return of the King.
He believed the Academy would be
able to replace them.
"But it's not quite the same thing, is it?"
Mr Funke said there were also some
Bafta awards in the unit.
"But more important is all my camera
equipment that was in there."
He did not realise the units did not
have sprinklers until today.
Mr Funke did not know how much
the items were worth but "a great deal of
"It's very upsetting, you put stu in a
storeroom and you say 'Well, it's safe,
nobody's going to steal it, it's never going
to burn down' --- well obviously next
time put it in a place with sprinklers."
Mr Smith said they were waiting on
heavy machinery to open up the unit.
ere was a danger the top storey unit
would collapse down to the bottom
storey, which so far had not sustained re
damage, he said. "It's just too dangerous
to get our crews near there now."
Fire ghters had attempted to pull back
the roof, but the heat had beaten them
Temperatures could reach up to
1000degC inside the building, he said.
It was still not known what was being
stored in the units and emergency
ser vices were urging nearby residents
and businesses to close windows and
doors and stay inside.
If anyone was concerned for their
health they should call an ambulance,
Mr Smith said. --- APNZ
Fire crews pump water on to the burning storage units early today.
Cinematographer Alex Funke outside the storage complex today. He believes
Oscars were lost in the re.
e Ministry of Business,
Employment and Innovation has
been forced to backtrack on a policy
which o ered sta the opportunity
to dob in colleagues to a tip-o line
run by UK-based Crimestoppers.
e Public Service Association
(PSA) received a " urry" of e-mails
from disgruntled sta members
when the policy was introduced on
ey were concerned that
whistleblowers were contacting a
company associated with the police.
Crimestoppers is a private
company that works with New
Zealand Police by passing on details
of crimes that have been given to
them by someone who wants to
Workplace Integrity Line, run by
Crimestoppers, is for employees to
anonymously call to provide details
of wrongdoing by fellow sta
PSA national secretary Brenda
Pilott wrote to the ministry's
chief executive David Smol and
questioned what problem MBIE
was seeking to solve by using the
"It is our experience that issues
relating to serious wrongdoing,
harassment, bullying or
discriminatory behaviour are best
dealt with internally using robust
systems and processes," her letter
Ms Pilott asked for a copy of
the agreement the ministry and
Crimestoppers had signed.
e union had received a "very
strong reaction from sta ",
including one e-mail from an
employee who wrote: "It sounds too
dumb to be true," she said.
"We were just concerned that they
were taking this rather odd step of
outsourcing this to essentially a
crime tip line rather than having in
place their own procedures and we
felt that they shouldn't have done
Since Ms Pilott had written to Mr
Smol, the ministry had rescinded
the policy while they get advice and
speak with the union, she said. She
was not aware of other government
departments using the line.
Other unions spoken to were also
unaware of the line being used by
industries in the private sector.
MBIE's deputy chief executive
strategy and governance Catherine
Williams said the ministry valued
its 2494 sta and wanted to support
them if they came across suspected
wrongdoing. e tip line aimed "to
give sta more options about how
they choose to raise concerns".
Labour Party state services
spokeswoman Maryan Street said
it was an "extraordinary" use of a
hotline. "I would like to know what
problem they thought they were
solving, because it seems to me they
are creating another one."--- APNZ
Staff backlash forces ministry to
hang up on dob-in workmate hotline
Dunedin South MP Clare Curran
has again been forced to deny she is
the electorate MP aligned with Kim
Dotcom's Internet Party.
Ms Curran was originally outed as an
MP who had visited the internet mogul
but in her role as Labour's associate ICT
spokeswoman, she could have been seen
as just doing her job.
Speculation has abounded about Mr
Dotcom's claims he has signed up an
electorate MP to stand for his party in
the September 20 election.
Justice Minister Judith Collins is the
latest to suggest Ms Curran was that
electorate MP but when approached
by the Otago Daily Times with the
question, Ms Curran replied: "Judith
Collins, don't you just love her?
"I can categorically state it's not me.
I have been con rmed as the Labour
candidate in Dunedin South.
"Can you imagine the constituents of
Dunedin South hearing Clare Curran
was standing for the Internet Party? e
Ms Curran said she was "tribal Labour"
and warned it would be ill-advised for
any electorate MP to believe he or she
could gain enough votes in their own
capacity to win an electorate for the
Internet Party. --- Otago Daily Times
An Epsom property believed
to house a clandestine meth-
amphetamine lab has been raided
by armed police this morning.
Auckland city police communi-
cations manager Noreen Hegarty
said a search warrant at the the
Manukau Road property was
executed just after 5.30am.
It is believed there was a
clandestine methamphetamine lab
at the property, she said.
"A preliminary examination has
located chemicals and components
of a lab and a scene examination is
ree people had been spoken to
at the address, however there had
yet to be any con rmed arrests.
No children were at the address,
Ms Hegarty said.
Manukau Road between
Green eld Road and Pah Road
were closed by police while the
warrant was executed.
ey would be closed until the area
was deemed safe, Ms Hegarty said.
Fire Service and ambulance sta
were also at the scene. --- APNZ
Police raid clandestine drugs lab
Armed o enders squad members and
Napier police with a dog team were
conducting house to house searches for a
man who held up a Kiwibank-Postshop
outlet in Marewa this morning.
Police said in a statement that the
robbery occurred at 9am when a man
approached a sta member in the
Kennedy Road shop with a rearm
and demanded money. Some cash was
handed over and the man ran from the
No one was harmed during the robbery,
but shop sta were very shaken.
Police say the robber was seen shortly
after on a bicycle on Douglas McLean
Avenue with another person, also on
a bike. Police have been combing the
Marewa and Maraenui surburbs.
Members of the armed o enders squad
have been searching houses in Maraenui
after clothes apparently used in the
robbery were dumped in an empty house.
e robber was wearing red shorts, a
black top and a black and white bandana
over his face.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
A Queenstown bank worker has
been charged over allegations of
a long-running $400,000 fraud
in which money was paid into
Police said a 29-year-old
woman, who previously worked
at the town's branch of the ANZ,
has been charged with using a
computer system for a dishonest
purpose and ve representative
charges of theft by a person in a
It is alleged the o ending, which
involved setting up ctitious
accounts, occurred between August
2010 to July 2013 and totalled more
e woman is due in the
Queenstown District Court on
"No further comment can be
made by police as this matter is
now before the courts," detective
Matt Jones, of Queenstown police,
said. --- APNZ
Bank worker charged over $400,000 fraud
e tragic deaths of two Dunedin
children shot by their father Edward
Livingstone earlier this year could have
been prevented if New Zealand and
Australian police shared information
on criminal convictions, TVNZ has
Livingstone killed his two children
Bradley, nine, and Ellen, six, at their
mother's home in Dunedin in January,
before turning the gun on himself.
TVNZ reported last night that
Livingstone had previously been
convicted for arson in Sydney, after
trying to burn down his then-girlfriend's
house when she broke up with him.
e incident occurred 30 years ago.
He also assaulted a atmate during the
same incident, ripping the phone from
his girlfriend's hands to prevent her from
calling police, TVNZ reported.
New Zealand judges were unaware
of Livingstone's past conviction and
behaviour when he appeared before the
courts for twice breaching a protection
order against his ex-wife, Katharine Webb.
ree months before Livingstone
shot his children, the 51-year-old was
discharged without conviction for
breaching a protection order against his
family for a second time.
In his judgment at that time, Judge
Stephen Coyle said Livingstone's
estranged wife, Katherine Webb, felt
"constantly harassed" and feared for her
safety and that of her children.
Justice Minister Judith Collins said
Livingstone's past conviction showed
"an attitude about getting your own way
that would be very concerning".
However, knowledge of the conviction
in Australia may not have made any
di erence. --- APNZ
Deaths 'avoidable if police
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