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Pole crash claims life
e 36-year-old passenger in a
vehicle has died after it crossed
the centreline and crashed into a
concrete power pole in eastern Bay
of Plenty. e accident happened as
the south-bound vehicle negotiated
a moderate left-hand bend on Reid
Road, Taneatua early last night,
police said. Emergency ser vices were
called about 6.30pm. ere were
two occupants, and the 33-year-old
driver was taken to Whakatane
hospital with moderate injuries.
Police said both alcohol and speed
were contributing factors. --- APNZ
Dead driver named
e contractor killed when a
fertiliser spreader overturned near Te
Anau on Tuesday has been named.
He was Leslie William Cain, 58, of
Te Anau. Mr Cain was working on
a farm in the Key area, about 20km
east of Te Anau, when the accident
occurred about 12.30pm.
--- Otago Daily Times
Plane clips loader
A light plane has clipped a loader
and crashed in Feilding, injuring
two people. It is believed the plane
crashed after clipping the heavy
machinery at the end of the runway
at Feilding aerodrome about 5pm.
spokeswoman Anita Halbert said
two people were injured. It was
not clear if they were both in the
aircraft, she said. Both were taken to
Palmerston North Hospital, one in a
serious condition and the other with
moderate injuries. It was not known
if the plane was taking o or landing.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
e police bomb squad converged
on Whenuapai yesterday when a
suspicious package was delivered
to the Auckland RNZAF base,
ahead of the royal visit. An area
of the base was cordoned o and
expert explosives o cers were
called to check the package. It was
later con rmed that the package
contained clothing and had been
delivered to the base by mistake. It
was destined for another address.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A 29-year-old Australian man
was denied entry to New Zealand
at Queenstown Airport because he
was on his country's sex o enders'
register. Senior constable Chris
Blackford said the man was refused
entry at 9.20pm on Tuesday by the
New Zealand Immigration Service
and was put on a ight back to
Australia. --- Otago Daily Times
Big Wednesday draw
ere was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 442 last
night. Successful numbers were 7, 9,
16, 17, 18, 19; coin toss, heads.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9856: 1,
10, 12, 14, 21, 23, 25, 26, 29, 35, 44, 49,
51, 52, 55, 62, 67, 71, 79, 80. Draw No
9857: 8, 9, 16, 24, 27, 32, 39, 41, 42, 46,
56, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67, 68, 70, 73, 76.
Toyota recalls 40,000 cars in NZ
A gang member will appear in court
today after a month on the run ended
with his discovery under a bed this
e 44-year-old gang member had
failed to appear in court on charges
relating to drugs, shoplifting, theft of
motor vehicle and breach of court release
Warrants for his arrest had been issued
from the Auckland, Whangarei and
Kawakawa police received information
that the man was in their area and this
morning found him hiding under a bed
at a house in Moerewa.
He would appear in the Kaikohe
District Court today, police said.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
A toddler has been hit and killed in a
driveway in Auckland
e 23-month-old boy was hit by
a reversing vehicle in a driveway in
Papatoetoe about 6.30pm yesterday,
Police were noti ed that the boy was
taken to Middlemore Hospital by a
family member but could not be revived.
He was pronounced dead at hospital
just after 7pm.
Counties Manukau police road policing
manager Inspector Neil Fisher said it
was a tragic loss for the family.
"Police are in the process are
interviewing family members and
neighbours to determine exactly what
happened. It's a distressing and deeply
regrettable situation for everyone
involved," he said.
It would take some time for police to
form a clear picture of how the accident
occurred and they could not comment
e accident occurred less than
two weeks after 18-month-old Mila
Tamihana died after being hit by a
vehicle in the driveway of her west
Mila was hit at the top of a shared
driveway at her home in Massey.
She was found about 10.20am on
March 28 with critical injuries.
Family members rushed the little girl
to hospital but doctors could not revive
her and she died two hours later. An
investigation into Mila's death is ongoing.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Up to 40,000 vehicles are being
recalled by Toyota New Zealand as
part of a global recall by the Japanese
More than six million of the brand's
vehicles are being recalled after faults
were found in mechanisms a ecting
the steering wheel column and the
e recall is being stressed as
precautionary by Toyota New
Zealand's general manager of
customer services Spencer Morris.
ere had been no reported
accidents or incidents related to the
recalls in New Zealand or elsewhere
because of the faults, he said.
Between 30,000 and 40,000 vehicles,
produced between 2004 and 2010, are
expected to be recalled, from around
100,000 cars sold in that period.
Editor of motoring website e Dog
and Lemon Guide, Clive Matthew
Wilson, said the faults were a result
"In the early 21st century Toyota
came up with the brilliant idea
of making one part that would t
millions and millions of cars, and also
built parts relatively cheaply in order
to maximise pro ts at that time, and
now that policy has come back to bite
them," he told Radio New Zealand
However, Mr Morris said that
criticism was "overly simplistic".
" ere's many factors that cause
recalls," he said, denying these latest
faults were caused by cheap parts.
"During the period that Clive talked
about we grew quite quickly and we
moved a lot of production o shore,
so yes, we did make some mistakes,
but the failure rate on the parts we're
talking about in this recall is extremely
low and this is a precautionary
measure," he told Radio NZ.
"What we want to do is x the
problem before it leads to something
Customers had reported failures to
the company and that's how it had
identi ed the problems, Mr Morris
If motorists noticed a warning light
illuminated on their dashboard they
should take their car into the dealer
immediately. Others had noticed their
car horn was not working, he said.
Toyota's RAV4, Prado and Hilux
models produced between June 2004
and December 2010 and sold as
new, are a ected by the spiral cable
recall. e spiral cable is a wire which
connects the steering wheel-mounted
Around 7500 Yaris vehicles
produced between January 2005 and
August 2010 and sold as new are
a ected by the seat rail recall, where
there is a potential for the springs
used in the seat locking mechanisms
to break if the seat is frequently
One hundred Yaris vehicles with
tilt/telescopic steering adjustment,
produced between September 2005
and February 2009, are also a ected,
as are 1037 used imported Ractis and
Toyota New Zealand sta are
working through model numbers and
will contact owners a ected.
From Tokyo, Toyota said it would
call back 6.39 million vehicles globally
after uncovering ve di erent faults
involving parts ranging from steering
e world's biggest car maker said
it was not aware of any crashes or
injuries caused by the glitches, which
were found in 27 Toyota models
including the RAV4 and Yaris
Toyota said faults were also found
in the Pontiac Vibe and the Subaru
Trezia, two models it built for General
Motors and Fuji Heavy Industries.
e car maker did not say now
much the recalls would cost, and it
was not clear if the faults stemmed
from Toyota's suppliers or its
In total, about 2.34 million of the
vehicles to be recalled were sold in
North America. Another 810,000
were sold in Europe. --- APNZ
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Body found in
A woman found dead inside a crashed
car at Whakamarama, near Tauranga,
yesterday has been con rmed as that of
missing woman Kelly Ann Sinclair.
e 25-year-old was last seen late on
Sunday night by a friend in Katikati,
and was planning to drive from there to
She was reported missing by her family
A car matching the description of her
blue 1997 Audi A3 was found crashed
down a bank o State highway 2 at
Whakamarama yesterday, with a body
Today, police con rmed it was Miss
Sinclair's. An investigation is under way
to establish the cause of the crash and
when it occurred, police said.
Initial investigations indicated the
vehicle was moving in a direction away
from Tauranga back towards Katikati
when it crossed the centreline and left
the road, police said.
e car was found down a steep
embankment on the other side of a stand
of trees, hiding it from view from the
According to a colleague at e Porch
bar in Waihi Beach, who did not want
her name used, Miss Sinclair worked
during the day on Sunday and had
planned to attend a sta meeting at 3pm
on Monday but did not show up.
Di King, a friend of the family, had
known Miss Sinclair for about 20 years
and said she was an ambitious, hard
working young woman who was well
liked and respected.
It was out of character for Miss Sinclair
to stay out of contact with her mother
for so long, which had worried the tight-
knit Waihi Beach community, Mrs King
said. --- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
e Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge were greeted by
crowds of well-wishers this
morning under grey skies in
ey joined o cials at a wreath-
laying ceremony at Seymour
Square to commemorate 100
years since the outbreak of the
World War One.
Kate wore a blue, cotton
Alexander McQueen coat,
clinched at the waist with pleats
at the back.
William had war medals
displayed on the left lapel of his
navy suit jacket.
"Oh my God, she's wearing
blue!" was a comment heard above
the near-rock star euphoria for
the royal couple's arrival.
High pitched shrieks and yells
of delight welcomed them to
Cameras and cellphones were
hoisted high above the heads to
capture a regal peek.
Children hoping to catch a
glimpse of the glamorous couple
are sitting on top of their parents'
shoulders, while other people
have chosen to take a perch in
some of the larger trees around
One couple standing on step
ladders --- "Who's laughing
at our steps now?" --- relay a
commentary of their lofty view.
"She's wearing a blue shirt with
high collar jacket."
Another adds: "He has a medal.
No hat. He has a comb-over, I
e royal couple met 10 veterans
and paid their respects to the
fallen World War One soldiers.
e Last Post echoed round the
e RSA ode was read in Maori
and in English, and Marlborough
Girls' College Year 12 students
Olivia Burns and Alice Scho eld
sang the national anthem as a
helicopter droned overhead.
Isla Read, seven, was left
trembling with excitement after
the princess accepted a bouquet
of owers from her.
"My legs are shaking," the
Springlands School Year 3 pupil
told her mum, Moira Maher.
Isla told the Duchess: "Nice to
Kate, who took her time
shaking hands and exchanging
pleasantries with the adoring fans,
replied: "Nice to meet you too."
She then thanked her for the
bouquet of lilac posies.
Ms Maher said: "It's really
exciting for Isla. It'll be
something to remember the rest
of her life."
ey watched the royal
wedding three years ago and were
delighted to see them in the esh.
"It's very special --- and great for
World War Two veteran Wilton
Sterritt was one of 10 serviceman
who met the Duchess today.
"Just beautiful," he said.
Mr Sterritt, who gave his age as
over 90, brought a special photo
to show the royal couple today.
"It's the Duke of Edinburgh
at the (Christchurch)
Commonwealth Games in 1974."
e photograph shows a much
younger Mr Sterritt with a
relaxed looking Prince Phillip.
"I was on the organising
committee (for the
Commonwealth) Games. I had to
show him around all the shooting
While Mr Sterritt --- who was
a naval seaman --- acknowledged
the photo was a hit with Kate, he
confessed to not being too aware
of the conversation when asked
what they discussed.
"I've got short memory," he
laughed. --- APNZ
Royals charm Blenheim
PICTURE: Getty Images
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, talks to war veteran Wilton Sterritt after the wreath-laying
ceremony at the Blenheim War Memorial today.
Labour has rebu ed a
proposal by the Green Party
to present both parties as a
coalition Government in
waiting during in the run-
up to the September 20
Labour leader David
Cunli e indicated such a
could have posed problems
negotiations with other
parties, such as New
e Greens did not have
a formal coalition with the
three-term Helen Clark
with a less extensive
support agreement and no
Mr Cunli e said last
night he envisaged that
Labour would try to
negotiate a formal coalition
agreement with the Greens
after the election, but
until then he would be
referring to a "Labour-
led Government," not a
"Labour-Greens Government" --- or a
"Green-Labour Government" which
had also been raised.
"I'm the leader of the Labour Party and
my job is to maximise the Labour Party
vote," he said.
" e Labour Party will be the core of
the incoming government working co-
operatively with the Green Party who
are our longstanding friends.
But Labour would quite possibly be
working with other parties as well "and
whatever the coalition arrangements
are, they need to be able to spread across
more than two parties".
He said it was important to maximise
the reach "all the way from the greenest
end of the green spectrum right to the
political centre and cross-over voters
and, in order to do that, it is important
that they have their brand and we have
our brand, and they have their policies
and we have our policies."
Asked if he had a preference for
a coalition agreement or a support
agreement (which National uses with
the Maori Party, Act and United Future),
Mr Cunli e said: "We, I imagine, would
work towards a coalition agreement but
after the election what we have said
is that while we are happy to discuss
process to ensure a smooth transition, we
will not be negotiating policy towards a
formal coalition until we know what the
wishes of voters are."
Greens co-leader Russel
Norman said he was
disappointed Labour had
turned down the proposal.
e proposal had largely
been about the language
they used to describe their
"It was to present as a
Government in waiting,
if you like, so that voters
would have a clear
understanding of what the
alternatives were. at was
at the heart of the idea."
He said the Greens
have long wanted
proportionality in cabinet
positions as well.
He acknowledged that
National often used the
government in derogatory
tones but believed it could
be turned into a positive to
show coherent parties that
disagreed on some issues
but had a way of working
If Labour had accepted
the proposal, Dr Norman
said there would also have
been more joint policy launches, such as
the launch on power policy last year.
"I think it fair to say that they are less
Dr Norman said it was clear that
Labour could not form a government
without the Greens and Labour's voted
wanted it to form a coalition with the
A genuinely new forward-looking
government would need a strong Green
" e stronger the Greens are there, the
more progressive will be."
Polling suggests the Labour would not
be able to form a government without
the support of both the Greens and New
e Greens are committed to getting
rid of National. New Zealand First
could work with Labour or National
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters entered a con dence and supply
support agreement with Labour after
the 2005 election on the condition
that the Greens were not part of
He has not said he would de nitely
take the same position as 2005 if he held
the balance of power this year, but when
Mr Cunli e said last month he might
talk to New Zealand First rst after the
election, that unnerved the Greens.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
David Cunli e
A piping contractor has copped a
heavy ne over the 2011 Onehunga
water pipe explosion which killed
a woman and left another worker
In the Auckland District Court
yesterday, Canadian Paci c Ltd
was ned $55,250 in relation to the
June 4, 2011, explosion.
Watercare Services Ltd employee
Philomen Gulland, 48, died and
engineer Ian Winson su ered
horri c injuries and later had both
legs amputated above the knee.
Another ve workers su ered
injuries including fractures, head
wounds, lacerations, puncture
wounds and post-traumatic stress
Judge Robert Ronayne last year
found Canadian Paci c guilty
of two Health and Safety in
Employment Act charges.
He accepted it was not possible
to say with certainty what caused
the explosion, but it was probably
natural gas leaked from Vector's gas
pipes to the water pipe. is ignited
the gas and caused an explosion.
e judge found Canadian Paci c
had failed to identify the hazard
of explosive gas, did not carry out
atmosphere testing or monitoring
either before or during "hot work"
such as welding and did not instruct
its employees to follow Watercare
Ser vices' restricted area procedure.
In a statement, Work Safe New
Zealand general manager of
investigations Brett Murray said
the explosion was a tragic reminder
of the risk of working in areas where
there is potentially an explosive
atmosphere and the importance of
proper monitoring and planning.
"Canadian Paci c had a duty to
seek out and monitor hazards. It
should have identi ed the potential
hazard of explosive gas and planned
to deal with it appropriately.
" e company should have known
of the potential risk and carried out
proper atmosphere testing before
and during the work."
Judge Ronayne did not order
reparation, because although the
charges were proven, there was not
enough evidence to conclude that
Canadian Paci c's failings caused
contracted Canadian Paci c to do
work on the water main, was last
year ned $81,000 and ordered to
pay $315,000 reparation over the
same incident. --- APNZ
Contractor fined over
pipe blast fatality
Police investigating a suspicious re
at a Wellington self-storage unit have
released CCTV footage of a person they
want to speak to.
e Kiwi Self Storage building in
Lyall Bay went up in ames last Friday,
destroying and damaging items stored
Police say they are now seeking a
person seen carrying a red 25-litre tank
and wearing a white t-shirt over a black
hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a
white cap with the words Vodka Cruiser
A scene examination has been
completed and police con rmed the re
began after an apparent explosion in a
Samples from the scene had been sent
for forensic testing for any accelerant
that may have been used.
ere was extensive re damage to
the top oor of the building with more
moderate water and smoke damage to
ground oor units.
"We now believe that his was a
malicious, deliberate and pre-planned
" e occupier of the unit where the
blaze started is assisting police with
our inquiries but we need the public's
assistance to help identify the person
shown," detective senior sergeant Grant
" e scene examination has revealed
that an explosion has occurred but we are
awaiting forensic results to determine if
the explosion caused the re or the other
" e re has a ected a large number
of people who have lost many items
valuable to them and we encourage
them to contact us," he said. --- APNZ
Storage complex blaze arson
e man charged with murdering Cissy
Chen made a brief court appearance
Her partner Jack Liu, listed on
court documents under his full name,
Yun Qing Liu, was assisted in the
North Shore District Court dock by a
e 57-year-old's lawyer Ian Tucker
did not seek name suppression for Liu,
nor did he ask for bail. But he indicated
he would make a bail application soon.
Judge Roy Wade remanded Liu in
custody until April 30 when he will
appear in the High Court at Auckland.
e judge told Mr Tucker he could ask
for the matter to be called earlier if he
wished to apply for bail earlier.
Ms Chen's brothers travelled
from China and attended the court
appearance, anked by police sta .
Ms Chen, 44, was last seen on
November 5, 2012, after leaving the
accountancy rm she worked at and
driving home. --- APNZ
Slain woman's partner charged
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