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Young woman run over
An 18-year-old woman su ered
a broken arm and leg injuries when
she was hit by a truck in Otago this
morning. e crash happened on
State highway 85 near Palmerston,
50km north of Dunedin, about
7.10am. Inspector Murray Hurst of
police southern communications said
the woman had been on the road
when she was hit by a truck. "I don't
know if she was hitchhiking or on a
push-bike or anything, but she was
on the road and got hit," he said.
Child shot with airgun
An eight-year-old girl is in
Hawke's Bay Hospital after being
shot in the stomach with an air
ri e by another child. e incident
happened at an address on State
highway 2, just north of Wairoa, on
Sunday, ambulance sta said. Wairoa
police sergeant Aubrey Ormond said
the child was accidentally shot with
an air ri e by another child. Police
had yet to speak to the other child
involved in the shooting and were
still looking into the circumstances.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
A man trying to leave for Australia
was stopped at Queenstown Airport
yesterday and charged with using
a false passport. e 43-year-old is
now being held in police custody
and has not made an application
for bail. It is understood he will be
transferred to Invercargill Prison
and is scheduled to appear in court
on April 28. Court documents show
the man also faces a charge of assault
with intent to injure, in relation to an
incident in August last year in which
a man was allegedly punched in the
head and ribs. --- Otago Daily Times
A man was treated by St John
ambulance sta after a crash between
a car and truck on State highway 2,
south of Te Puke, yesterday. e car
the man was travelling in became
wedged between a barrier and the
truck at the intersection of State
highway 2 and Rangiuru Road about
1.45pm. Early reports suggested
the man was trapped in the car but
responding re ghters were later
stood down as the man was able to
get out of the vehicle. Police said the
man was not seriously hurt.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Electrical fault blamed
Fire investigators have identi ed
an electrical fault as the cause of
a blaze which destroyed a Gore
business on Sunday night. Southland
Fire Ser vice area commander Bruce
Stubbs said two re investigators
completed an investigation at
Livestock Supplies Ltd yesterday
and identi ed the origin of the re
in the building's main switchboard.
--- Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 9866: 1,
42, 43, 60, 66, 72, 73, 79. Draw No
9867: 1, 2, 9, 12, 16, 17, 21, 22, 32, 35,
42, 46, 61, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 72, 80.
Key photo in Oravida advert 'not endorsement'
An 11-year-old girl has been found
safe and well after she went missing from
her home in west Auckland overnight.
Police began searching for the girl after
she left her home in Massey on foot
shortly after 5pm yesterday.
e girl did not return and police said
her disappearance was out of character.
Inspector Peter Raynes of police
northern communications said the girl
was found safe and well at an address
about 7am. --- APNZ
A 34-year-old man has been charged
with arson over a huge re that destroyed
part of a Wellington storage facility.
e Kiwi Self Storage building in
Lyall Bay went up in ames on Friday
two weeks ago, destroying and damaging
items stored there.
Police this morning said they had
arrested a Johnsonville man yesterday
He will appear in the Wellington
District Court today charged with arson.
O cers had searched the man's
property and seized a car believed to be
relevant to the investigation.
Detective senior sergeant Grant
Ferguson said an investigation team had
been engaging with the community and
collecting evidence and information.
An alleged o ender was also captured
on CCTV footage at the storage unit
and appeared to have changed clothing
to avoid detection.
"It is pleasing to be able provide the
large number of victims who have
lost many valuable items, both in the
monetary and sentimental sense, with
the reassurance that someone will be
held accountable for this arson," Mr
Police were still seeking sightings of a
light blue 1994 Daihatsu Charade which
was in the suburbs of Johnsonville and
Kilbirnie, particularly around the storage
unit, between 12am and 1am on Friday,
"We continue to seek the public's
assistance with this investigation
as I believe they will hold valuable
information about the movements of
the o ender on the night of the re," Mr
Ferguson said. --- APNZ
Prime Minister John Key says
Oravida's scampi is "tasty" but
the company's use of his photo in
advertising does not constitute an
endorsement of the product and
does not breach any rules.
Oravida, which is owned by Stone
Shi, a substantial National Party
donor and close personal friend to
Justice Minister Judith Collins, is
using a picture of Mr Key in an ad in
a Chinese magazine.
Ms Collins recently faced claims of
a con ict of interest after it emerged
she visited Oravida's Shanghai o ces
and also had dinner in Beijing with
Mr Shi and a senior Chinese border
control o cial during an o cial visit
is morning, Mr Key said he
believed he had eaten Oravida's
scampi during his own recent visit
"It was probably Oravida's scampi
that the (NZ) ambassador served us
when we were in China. It was tasty."
However, advice received by
his o ce on Oravida's use of his
picture in its advertising was, "it
wasn't promoting or endorsing the
"It was in an ad, companies from
time to time do do that, if it breaches
the rules we tell them to stop doing
Mr Key's picture appeared in the
corner of a full page ad for Oravida's
scampi and was spotted on the back
cover of an in- ight magazine by
a New Zealand businessman on a
domestic Chinese ight.
A spokeswoman for Mr Key said
that if the attached picture had the
Prime Minister holding a scampi
and the text said, 'PM John Key says
Oravida's scampi is great, and you
should buy it', then that would be a
e company has previously used
on its website a picture of Mr Key
playing golf with Mr Shi.
Ms Collins whose husband,
David Wong Tung, is on Oravida's
board, was also snapped visiting
Oravida's Shanghai o ces during
her ministerial visit to China last
year and her picture was used on the
Labour MP Grant Robertson
said: " e bottom line is they're
not supposed to do this and they've
already been told not to do it.
"What it speaks of is an unhealthily
close relationship between Oravida
and the National Party."
Despite being caught out using
pictures of Mr Key and Ms Collins
in the past, Oravida kept doing it,
"because they keep being encouraged
by the National Party --- they're
continually in situations where they
are given access to ministers".
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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John Key was the
drawcard for a Maori
Party fundraiser where
diners were told they could
"chat con dentially" with
the Prime Minister after
making a $5000 donation.
e invitation for the
event at Auckland's
exclusive Northern Club
told "15 specially selected
leaders" that "John Key will
change seats so that you
will be on either side of
him or directly opposite for
ease of conversation".
Maori Party MPs Tariana Turia, Te
Ururoa Flavell and Pita Sharples were
also present at the April 2 four-course
e event has been described as
inviting accusations of "selling access" to
the Prime Minister, but Mr Key's o ce
is defending it.
A spokeswoman for Mr Key said: " e
Prime Minister has attended a number
of functions for the Maori Party and
the other parties we have relationships
with. It doesn't signify any deal, it simply
illustrates a good relationship with
parties we work with."
She said the wording of the invitation
was a matter for the Maori Party but Mr
Key was comfortable with it.
"At fundraising events the PM often
changes seats in order to meet as many
people as possible."
e Maori Party is also defending the
Maori Party president Naida Glavish
said there was a close relationship with
the National Party, which sought out
a coalition deal in 2011
when it did not need to.
"We were having a
fundraiser and asked if
he would be a dinner
speaker. at's all it was.
at just signi es to us the
generosity of John Key."
She said it did not shut
out coalition options this
"As far as the Maori Party
and National, we are sitting
at the table of government.
If someone else was the
government, we would
still be asking to sit at the table of
Ms Glavish con rmed seating was
changed to move Mr Key around. "We
can't control who he speaks to after the
Asked if the $5000 "donation" price tag
was a lot of money, she said: "It is for
" at is the sort of fundraising we need
to do to nancially prepare ourselves for
the upcoming election."
e minimum $75,000 raised compares
well against the $100,000 raised by the
Maori Party for the 2011 election.
e meeting was exposed by Maori
Television's Native A airs show, which
last night showed footage of guests
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira
was stunned to hear of the dinner after
comments criticising a proposed Mana-
Internet Party deal.
"Our dealings with (tycoons Kim)
Dotcom and Gareth Morgan have been
very open and we haven't received a
cent." --- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A District Court judge has
upheld an appeal by Dunedin ACC
claimant Dr Denise Powell against
being required to sign an ACC
consent form in a case with "serious
rami cations" for ACC.
Two just-released decisions from
the District Court say ACC acted
unlawfully when it told two clients
they must sign a consent form
gathering private information or face
having their claims cut o .
One case involved Dr Powell,
a member of ACC lobby group
Acclaim Otago, and the other a client
with a traumatic brain injury.
Judge Grant Powell heard both
cases, upheld both appeals and
awarded costs against ACC.
Peter Sara, a Dunedin lawyer
specialising in ACC work, estimated
that there were "hundreds of
thousands" of ACC consent forms
which had now been found to be
ACC claimants had been forced to
sign the forms, known as ACC 167,
which had now been found to be not
in keeping with ACC's own laws, he
Mr Sara said that insisting that
everyone sign an unmodi ed ACC
167 form had been part of an
"obsession with compliance" at ACC,
and the corporation now faced a
It would be a "wrong move" for
ACC to appeal the court judgments,
and the corporation would be viewed
more positively if it admitted it had
made some mistakes but was now
A key priority for ACC should
now be to identify any claimants
who had been disadvantaged by
their unwillingness to sign the 167
form, including people who had been
removed from ACC coverage, he said.
ACC senior media adviser
Stephanie Melville said in a statement
that the ACC 167 "consent to collect"
form was "usable and not illegal".
e court found the form ACC was
asking clients to sign "went beyond
statutory requirements, and therefore
ACC could not decline entitlements
simply because a client declined to
sign the consent form", Ms Melville
e court had upheld ACC's right
to collect medical and other records
that were or might be relevant to
"We are amending the relevant
processes to address the matters
raised by the court," she said.
Dr Powell welcomed the court
nding, which had brought a positive
end to "a slow process" involving her
appeal over having to sign a form
which impinged on her rights to
informed consent over her medical
Judge Powell said the appellant had
been injured in an accident in 1989,
and had for some time previously
signed an ACC 167 consent form
which she had modi ed to allow her
to be advised which medical records
were being accessed and for what
e judge said that ACC law
authorised ACC to "obtain medical
and other records that are or may
be relevant to the claim", but the
consent form used a broader term
involving "information", which was
"considerably more extensive" than
the medical record data speci ed in
e appeal decision would have
"serious rami cations" for ACC,
and "it will be important that a new
consent form is developed as quickly
as possible", he said.
Prime Minister John Key told
TV3's Firstline today that while it
was an "operational matter" for ACC,
he understood the ACC167 form
was not illegal.
"So, therefore it's not a big privacy
breach as people might say."
However, it was illegal for ACC
not to process a claim if a claimant
refused to sign the form.
"So it's not the form that's illegal
--- apparently that's totally legal, as
I'm advised --- it's just the fact that
they're not paying out or processing
a claim if you won't sign that form."
Mr Key said it was not unusual
for people to test their rights in the
" is is a couple of claimants who
have said, 'Well, we don't think that
should be the case --- we should be
able to keep our medical records away
from ACC, or whatever it might be,
by not accessing or authorising them
through that form.'
"People test that, and that's what the
courts are there to do --- to determine
whether the law does allow this or
doesn't allow that."
Mr Key denied it was a black mark
on ACC Minister Judith Collins.
"Not at all. e reality is that people
their rights in the courts."
--- Otago Daily Times
ACC actions unlawful: judge
Prime Minister John Key has sworn o
having symbolic cups of tea with Act in
Epsom this election, but has as good as
endorsed Act candidate David Seymour
by agreeing to be guest of honour at a
fundraising dinner for him next week.
e $200-a-head dinner is next
Wednesday night. Mr Seymour is
hoping for at least 100 guests.
Act has been a support partner of
National for two terms now and Mr Key
has already said National could work
with the party again. e dinner is an
e ective signal to the electorate to vote
for the Act candidate but give National
the party vote.
Gaining an electorate seat eliminates
the need for a party to cross the 5%
threshold in order to get extra MPs.
Last election Mr Key's symbolic cup of
tea with Act candidate John Banks was
derailed by the furore over a recording
device left on their table by a cameraman.
Meanwhile, the Act Party is today
expected to announce that former MP
Kenneth Wang is the party's new deputy
leader to new leader Jamie Whyte. Dr
Whyte's opponent for the leadership,
John Boscawen, proposed Mr Wang
become deputy leader.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Dinner endorsement for Act
Former paratrooper and British
Red Devils member David
Benfell is used to confronting his
Having served in Iraq,
Afghanistan and Northern
Ireland, he surprised his friends
and family by announcing he was
going to do another skydive ---
ve years after a horri c crash
landing that left him with major
injuries and a prognosis he might
never walk again.
e crash landing occurred
during his 235th freefall jump
while a member of the Parachute
Regiment's Red Devils display
team near Devon, England, in
e accident resulted in a
serious back injury, which ended
the 35-year-old's military career.
He was warned he might never
walk again, despite nine hours of
surgery by a top British surgeon.
Mr Benfell, who lives in
Brook eld, said: " ere were a
lot of contributing factors to my
accident, including the weather
conditions, but at the end of the
day I came in very low and fast
and hit the ground with a big
"I shattered my back in two
places and broke all the ribs in my
left side, and couldn't move or feel
my legs for quite a while. I was
paralysed from the waist down for
months," he said.
But the gutsy New Zealander
was determined to beat the odds
and spent the next 18 months
learning to walk again. Last
month he took his rst free-fall
jump, at Parakai, since the crash.
Mr Benfell has physical scars
and four titanium screws in the
middle of his lower back, and
walks with a limp as constant
reminders of his freak accident.
Before becoming a Red Devil,
he was a member of the British
Parachute Regiment from 2003,
saw active duty in Iraq, did two
tours of Afghanistan and served
in Northern Ireland.
Between 1997 and 2001, he
was in the NZ Army's Infantry
Regiment before heading overseas
and deciding to join the British
Army and training to be a
Mr Benfell said he had an
amazing surgeon after the
accident and he also credited
his recovery to the help of the
British Army, which supported
him through his rehabilitation,
and two British charities --- Help
for Heroes and On Course
"I consider myself so lucky to be
even walking again," he said.
Following a period of
rehabilitation in the United
Kingdom, he returned to
Tauranga. He now co-edits
New Zealand Outdoor Hunting
magazine and is a keen hunter.
Since the accident, he has also
learned to dive and play golf.
Mr Benfell said that when he
told his parents and close friends
of his plans to go skydiving again
they knew not to try to dissuade
"I never dreamed I would be
able to jump again and when I
stood at the door of the plane
I thought to myself, 'What the
hell are you doing?' e rst 10
seconds of the jump was pretty
emotional and I was freaking out.
Memories of my accident came
ooding back, but I managed to
push through my fears and when
I landed safely I was so relieved
and elated," he said.
Mr Benfell said one jump soon
turned into ve within two days
and he hasn't looked back. "I
have regained my con dence and
conquered my fear," he said.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Skydive hero conquers fears
PICTURE: Bay of Plenty Times
Former paratrooper and former Red Devils member David Benfell made his rst freefall skydive after a
serious back injury ended his army career.
Convicted sex o ender Stewart
Murray Wilson has been denied parole,
with the Parole Board noting concerns
over his release proposal.
Up until the time of his hearing, he was
not co-operating with authorities but
in a decision released today, the Parole
Board said there has been a change in
his attitude, including working with a
psychologist and indicating he wanted
to return to the house in the grounds of
Whanganui Prison to live.
Wilson went before the parole board
on April 2.
He was released from prison in
September 2012 to live in the house
on prison grounds but was recalled in
April last year after breaching his parole
His sentence nishes on December 1
next year. Wilson's next parole hearing is
in three months. He was jailed in 1996
for 21 years for serious sexual and violent
o ending against women and children
involving cruelty to children, stupefying
adults and bestiality.
--- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Wilson denied parole
A young man brandishing a knife held
up a Dunedin dairy yesterday afternoon.
Police were called to the Shiel Hill
Foodcentre after a shopkeeper reported
being robbed at knifepoint about 2pm.
e o ender --- believed to be aged
between 17 and 20 --- entered the dairy
and demanded money and cigarettes
from the sole female worker.
Owner Jesse Cha said his wife ran
and locked herself in a backroom when
confronted by the o ender.
Before eeing the Highcli Road store,
the o ender took pouches of tobacco,
Mr Cha said.
His wife was " ne", he said.
Footage of the incident had been given
e dairy was cordoned o for several
hours as police, including a dog handler,
swarmed the area looking for the
o ender. --- Otago Daily Times
e replacement ferry for Kiwi Rail's
trouble-plagued Interislander service
has resumed sailing this morning after a
week out of action.
e Stena Alegra su ered a gash in its
hull during "extreme weather conditions"
at the Wellington ferry terminal on
Tuesday last week.
e ship had been due to resume sailing
at 5pm yesterday, but repairs took longer
than anticipated and the ship's rst
sailing was delayed until 3.30am today.
e Stena Alegra has run into trouble
twice since it began sailing in January as
a temporary replacement for the Aratere,
which lost its propeller during a Cook
Strait crossing in November.
Less than a week after it made its rst
Cook Strait crossing, the Stena Alegra
broke down after su ering a partial loss
of power while leaving Wellington.
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