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Prosecutor struck off
A police prosecutor who admitted
drug charges has been struck o as
a lawyer. Timothy Sarah was jailed
for four years last year after he was
convicted of charges of supplying
and possessing methamphetamine,
and dishonestly using the Police
National Intelligence Application.
Yesterday, the New Zealand Lawyers'
and Conveyancers' Disciplinary
Tribunal struck Sarah o the roll
of barristers and solicitors of the
High Court of New Zealand. Sarah
had worked as a prosecutor in the
Auckland District Court. --- APNZ
Woman robs shop
An elderly shopkeeper was
pushed to the ground in a robbery
in Rotorua yesterday. It occurred
about 2.45pm when a lone woman
entered Cato's on Eruera Street,
police said. e woman left the store
with an unknown sum of cash. No
weapon was involved. e o ender
was described by police as a light-
skinned Maori, possibly in her 20s,
about 157cm tall, with light brown
hair to around her shoulder.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Shot girl home
An eight-year-old girl shot in
the stomach with an air ri e by her
brother has been discharged from
hospital. e girl was taken to Wairoa
Hospital with an abdominal injury
after she was shot by her 12-year-
old brother at a property just north
of Wairoa, on Sunday afternoon.
She was transferred to Hawke's Bay
Hospital on Sunday night. She was
discharged yesterday afternoon.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Truck thief flees
A Whangarei teenager accused of
unlawfully taking a truck in Auckland
has absconded from the care of Child,
Youth and Family. e 16-year-old
was arrested just south of Whangarei
late last month after allegedly slipping
into Mainfreight's Otahuhu depot
and driving o in a Scania truck. He is
facing one charge of unlawfully taking
a motor vehicle and one of burglary.
In the Youth Court at Whangarei
last week he was remanded into CYF
custody. While waiting to be own
from Auckland to Rotorua that day he
did a runner and yesterday a warrant
for his arrest was issued.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Crash injures two
Two teenagers have been admitted
to hospital after their utility vehicle
crashed into a tree at Raupunga,
south of Wairoa yesterday. e crash
happened just before 12.30pm. e
18-year-old female driver su ered
head injuries and a 14-year-old boy
su ered leg and pelvis injuries. Both
were taken by ambulance to the
Ruapunga Rugby Ground, and then
own by helicopter to Hawke's Bay
Regional Hospital. --- APNZ
Numbers in Keno draw No 9868:
64, 65, 67, 68, 70, 73, 74, 79. Draw No
9869: 1, 6, 9, 16, 18, 19, 22, 25, 27, 31,
36, 37, 42, 44, 53, 60, 64, 76, 77, 80.
Speeding consequences hit home
Man denies murder
Drugs flung before
car chase crash
Dairy product prices extended
their slide to a 14-month low
in the latest Global Dairy Trade
auction, paced by whole milk
powder, raising speculation
Fonterra Co-operative Group's
forecast record milk payout may
not be sustainable.
e GDT price index dropped
2.6% to $US4047 a tonne, from
$4124 a tonne two weeks ago,
the fth straight decline and
the lowest since February 2013.
Some 36,549 tonnes of product
was sold, down from 39,653
tonnes two weeks ago.
In February, Fonterra raised its
forecast payout to farmers to a
record $8.65 per kg of milk solids
for the 2013-14 season, saying
the company used its discretion
not to raise the forecast by
the further 70c implied by the
manual used to calculate the
Farmgate Milk Price. Since
then, the GDT price index has
dropped almost 20%. In March,
Fonterra forecast New Zealand
milk volumes would rise 7.5% to
1.57 million kgMS this season.
" e record dairy price run has
come to an end," Nick Tu ey,
chief economist at ASB, said in
a note yesterday. " is season's
boost (in volume) is coming
from the incentive that Fonterra's
$8.65 milk price forecast is giving
to farmers to crank the handle
on production. Not surprisingly,
prices have fallen in response to
ASB is now expecting the milk
payout this season to recede back
to $8.50 per kgMS.
In the latest GDT auction,
whole milk powder fell 1.6% to
$3990 a tonne. Rennet casein
fell 4.3% to $10,630 a tonne
while cheddar fell 3.3% to $4273
a tonne. Skim milk powder
dropped 4.4% to $3969 a tonne
and butter declined 4.9% to
$3832 a tonne.
Butter milk powder fell 8.6% to
$4075 a tonne and milk protein
concentrate declined 7% to
$7824 a tonne. Lactose was not
o ered at the event.
e New Zealand dollar was
trading at US86.43c immediately
before the 2.50am release. It
dropped as low as 86.24c but has
since recovered and was recently
trading at 86.40c.
ere were 148 winning bidders
out of 199 participating bidders
at the auction over 12 rounds.
e number of quali ed bidders
rose to 764 from 756 at the last
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Neighbours of a suburban
Napier street woke to the sound of
crunching metal and brick as a man
smashed his car into his own living
Police and emergency services
responded to the house on Bedford
Road, near the corner with Latham
Street, about 11.20pm on Sunday
after the man's new Ford Falcon
utility vehicle ploughed through the
lounge of his home.
"I was upstairs and I heard him
(driving) down the road, the next
thing I heard was this ripping and
tearing," one neighbour said. " en I
heard this thump and crack before the
really loud sound of metal on brick.
"He narrowly missed the parked
cars before he (went) across the lawn
and fence and smashed right into the
lounge. ere was water spraying out
everywhere, he had obviously hit a
pipe or something as well."
Acting senior sergeant Clint
Adamson said the man, by his own
admission, was travelling at 120kph
in a 50kph zone towards the roads
intersection with Latham Street.
Mr Adamson said the man was
processed and would be facing
drink-driving charges and possibly
further driving charges.
e man would not comment
because of impending legal issues.
"I thought it was an earthquake,"
a female neighbour said. "I went to
check on my young one and then
went over and saw the damage. It's a
miracle no-one was injured."
She said a woman and child were
in the house struck by the vehicle.
e woman, believed to be the man's
partner, was lying on the couch in the
lounge and had only moments prior
to the crash left to have a shower.
"Everyone came rushing out in
their pyjamas. It was all a little bit
light-hearted because luckily no one
was hurt," a neighbour said.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
$NZ KIWI DOLLAR ($NZ1)
$NZ KIWI DO
NEW YORK (US$/OUNCE)
NZX50 CONSTITUENTS market
As at 4pm April 15, 2014
a2 Milk Company
ANZ Banking Gr
36.35 -0.15 29.62
Auckland Intl Airpt
1.76 -0.005 1.20
5.45 -0.02 10.75
Diligent BM Services
4.33 +0.28 42.31
DNZ Prop Fnd
9.55 +0.05 0.52
9.70 +0.10 734.4
Fonterra Shldrs Fnd
4.93 +0.01 2.59
Goodman Prop Tr
Guinness Peat Gr
2.24 +0.005 35.02
Kiwi Prop Tr
1.135 +0.005 0.21
13.15 +0.03 2.50
Michael Hill Intl
1.34 +0.01 0.72
Mighty River Power
3.39 +0.01 0.52
1.11 +0.04 98.11
Prop For Ind
1.29 +0.005 0.18
8.26 -0.04 12.48
Sky Network TV
6.40 +0.01 598.2
Steel & Tube
3.00 -0.06 0.02
Summerset Gr Hldgs
2.685 +0.02 2680
3.93 -0.02 1778
Vital Hlth Prop Tr
37.20 -0.20 104.7
29.00 +0.55 55.15
3.89 +0.01 2.96
Trading to 10:30am,
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
RISERS: 24 DECLINERS: 12 TRADED: 81
Aluminium High Grade 1,833.50 1,840.50
Great Britain GBP
JPY 93.440 86.760
United States USD
New Zealand Post has warned the
Government its mail volume is falling
faster than it anticipated last year when
it negotiated a new deed of settlement.
Under that deed, the Government
agreed the postal service could reduce its
mail deliveries to three days a week from
July 2015, Radio New Zealand reported
In the last nancial year New Zealand
Post delivered 63 million fewer letters
than the year before, a much bigger
slump in deliveries than it had forecast.
In a letter to its shareholding ministers
the company says it will be increasingly
di cult to operate commercially, even
within the additional exibility provided
by the new deed.
e company is also considering the
future of its service accepting payments
for third parties, such as power
companies, as more and more people
switch to paying their bills on-line.
NZ Post chief executive Brian Roche
said it was simply making ministers
aware of the challenges the company
Mr Roche told Radio NZ's Morning
Report programme the three-day-a-
week plan will not change for now.
"We can de nitely guarantee it
through to 2016-17. We're not saying
there are any changes in our planning
"But our marketplace, similar to many
other industries, is in a very volatile state
so although our mail business is actually
under real pressure we do have two other
businesses in the form of packages and
e letter to Government makes clear
on-line business is having a bigger and
faster impact on some of its traditional
Although the rise in buying on-line
and has led to rapid growth in the
delivery of parcels, Mr Roche says it
was a competitive market and will not
fully ll the gap left by the decline in the
delivery of letters.
e Labour Party is urging the
Government to get its departments to
use New Zealand Post for mail deliveries
in an e ort to o set the decline in the
company's business. --- NZN
--- NZ Post
SOE facing tough times
Sir Owen Woodhouse died yesterday,
aged 97, and tributes have been paid to
the "father of ACC" across the political
Sir Owen, former president of the
Court of Appeal and World War Two
veteran, is best known for his role as
chairman on the Royal Commission
on Accident Compensation in 1966
and 1967, producing the Woodhouse
Report, which recommended the no-
faults scheme New Zealand has today.
Former Prime Minister Sir Geo rey
Palmer said Sir Owen was a lifelong
friend and had been his mentor
throughout his legal career.
"I owe him a great deal.
" e thing about Woodhouse was he's
had the broadest range of experience
anyone could ever have. He didn't just do
law. He had great human compassion, a
wonderful social conscience and a great
feeling for people. He wasn't some dry,
desiccated, black-letter lawyer. He was
a man of astonishing intelligence and
Sir Owen served in the navy in World
War Two including commanding a
torpedo boat in the Adriatic Sea for
which he was decorated. Sir Geo rey
said he was also an intelligence
o cer and worked with the partisans
in Yugoslavia during the German
occupation. He then embarked on a long
and distinguished legal career, rising to
president of the Court of Appeal from
1981 to 1986. He was appointed to head
the Law Commission by Sir Geo rey in
Sir Geo rey said his report on ACC
was among the most groundbreaking
legal reforms New Zealand had seen.
"It was a brilliant, innovative and
revolutionary document. He wrote every
word of that report."
Sir Owen's great-nephew Seeby
Woodhouse remembered his great-
uncle with a ection and said he had
written an autobiography ve years ago.
"He was always sharp as a tack. Every
time you'd have a debate with him he'd
pick you apart piece by piece. He had a
magni cent sense of humour."
Prime Minister John Key said Sir
Owen's life exempli ed public service
and duty to his country. "He leaves a
genuinely important legacy."
Council of Trade Unions head Helen
Kelly said the "father of ACC" should
be thanked for introducing community
responsibility, complete rehabilitation
and comprehensive entitlements.
Sir Owen lived in Remuera and
continued to speak publicly about ACC
throughout his life, most recently in
2012, when he pushed for a return to
the pay-as-you-go scheme of funding
accident compensation rather than full
He became a Knight Commander of
the Order of the British Empire in the
1981 Queen's Birthday Honours and in
2007 was made an additional member
of the Order of NZ --- the country's
highest accolade. He was awarded the
Distinguished Service Cross in 1944 for
his ser vice in the Adriatic.
Parliament last night marked Sir
Owen's death with a minute's silence.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
'Father of ACC' dead at 97
Sir Owen Woodhouse
It is a long, hard road to become a
professional concert musician.
Southern Sinfonia violinist Karla
Norton has made a big shift in gear
and swapped air brakes for music
e former Auckland truck-
driver and roadworker moved to
Dunedin last month to take up the
2014 University of Otago Southern
Sinfonia performance scholarship.
"I worked on Auckland motorways
for two years, as a lollipop sign stop-
go girl and a truck driver. It was all
overalls, dayglo gear, hard hats and
safety harnesses," Ms Norton, 24, said
"I had to get my heavy tra c licence
for the job."
She was proud of what she had
achieved, both in music and outside
" ere are a lot of skills involved in
tra c management that cross over
into music. ings like people skills,
organisation and management," she
"I enjoyed the work and it is
de nitely a skill, but I think I'll stick
to music, for now. I can always go
back to it, I guess."
Ms Norton worked nightshift on
the roads and was a contracted player
to the Southern Sinfonia and Opus
Orchestra, in Waikato.
She will hold the performance
scholarship until next March and
complete a post-graduate violin degree
with the university's department of
"Everyone has been so welcoming
here, in Dunedin. I'm going to spend
the year studying and practising,
mostly focusing on the classics, and
play as much as possible with the
--- Otago Daily Times
Several strings to Karla's bow
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Truck driver turned violinist Karla Norton in Dunedin yesterday.
plea for help
Justice Minister Judith
Collins's Beijing dinner
with Oravida boss Stone
Shi and a senior Chinese
border control o cial
came after the company
made a formal request to
New Zealand ministers to
intervene with the Chinese
Government over import
Oravida's request was
made in a letter last
August to Trade Minister
Tim Groser and Primary
Nathan Guy obtained by
New Zealand First.
e letter from Oravida
managing director Julia
Xu sets out the company's
"consternation" over the
Fonterra botulism scare
and "some thoughts as to what you may
do to assist exporters such as us who
have been greatly a ected by this".
It refers to a new testing regime
instituted by Chinese authorities after
the scare and how this was a ecting
exports of Oravida's fresh milk.
It urges New Zealand ministers to
"help us navigate through this di cult
time" by "working with the Chinese
Government to remove this new testing
Two months later while on an o cial
visit to China, Ms Collins dined in
Beijing with Ms Xu, Mr Shi and the
senior border o cial who she still
refuses to name.
NZ First Leader Winston Peters said the
letter and other documents showed "two
Cabinet ministers rushed to do exactly
as Oravida asked, including obtaining
taxpayer funds to get special help for Ms
Collins's husband's company".
Ms Collins's husband, David Wong
Tung, serves on Oravida's board.
Mr Peters said other New
Zealand rms faced the
same problems as Oravida
after the botulism scare,
"but they did not get this
same level of help".
He said it was time Prime
Minister John Key "took
action" over the a air,
"unless he places more value
on the political donations
the National Party receives
Oravida donated $56,000
to National in 2011.
In Parliament yesterday,
Mr Peters asked Ms
Collins: "Does she not
understand that her
arranged meeting with
that o cial was a serious
con ict of interest and
a corrupt abuse of her
Ms Collins, who has been increasingly
de ant about the matter in recent days,
lashed out at Mr Peters and his long-
time partner Jan Trotman, a former
pharmaceuticals industry executive.
"I would say to that member that
if he is worrying about corruption, I
think he should consider a Member of
Parliament who asks questions in this
House and written questions to help his
girlfriend in her position with a major
Blogger Cameron Slater, a friend of
Ms Collins, recently compiled a series
of parliamentary questions asked by
Mr Peters between 2001 and 2007
over issues around Pharmac funding of
drugs produced by Ms Trotman's former
company. But Mr Peters dismissed the
suggestion he had asked those questions
to bene t Ms Trotman's business.
Ms Trotman said Ms Collins's bid to
drag her into the a air was "o ensive
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Questions are being raised about how
far the police collection of DNA should
Under New Zealand law, the police
can take DNA from people they plan
to charge and match it against samples
from unsolved crimes.
Collections of DNA were expanded by
the government in 2009 which said it
was critical for ghting crime.
ousands of samples are taken from
suspects every year and they can be taken
from anyone facing prison, Radio New
Zealand reported today.
Nessa Lynch, from Victoria University,
is taking part in a three-year research
programme looking at the collection and
retention of DNA.
She says there were good arguments
when dealing with a suspected violent
or sexual o ender because of de nite
public safety issues.
But she said there were fewer
arguments for taking DNA from people
due to be charged with a minor o ence.
Dr Lynch said there were no reliable
statistics which can pinpoint DNA
samples as being the sole reason behind
later convictions. --- NZN
Questions over DNA collection
NZ man killed in
Yemen drone strike
A New Zealander was killed by
a United States drone attack in
Yemen in November, it has been
e Ministry of Foreign A airs
and Trade today con rmed the
death of the New Zealander,
believed to have died in a
counter-terrorism operation in
"We do not propose to discuss
the details of the operation. We
never discuss the details of such
activity," the spokesman said.
" ere was no New Zealand
involvement in, or prior
awareness of, the operation."
e Australian reported the
New Zealander was a dual
Australian citizen, and a "foot
soldier" for al Qaeda in Yemen.
e ministry spokesman said
next of kin had been informed,
and media were asked to respect
Last year Prime Minister
John Key said during debate of
the controversial amendment
to the GCSB legislation that
New Zealanders with links to al
Qaeda were known to be training
e man, who e Australian
said went by the name Muslim
bin John and fought under the
alias Abu Suhaib al-Australi,
was killed alongside another
as Christopher Harvard of
ey were reportedly killed in a
US Predator drone strike on ve
al Qaeda militants travelling in
a convoy of cars in Yemen, e
e incident happened on
November 19 but their identities
had only just come to light.
A man accused of murdering
a homeless man in Balmoral
pleaded not guilty when he
appeared in the High Court at
Auckland this morning.
Justin Turner, 28, appeared
before Justice Graham Lang.
Turner is charged with the
murder of Maqbool Hussain,
46, whose body was found in
a makeshift shelter behind a
disused shop on Dominion
Road on March 24. Turner
was remanded in custody until
September 15. --- APNZ
Police say that three people are
lucky to be alive after a police
pursuit ended with a car crashing
into a creek in Waikato early
e occupants of the eeing car
allegedly threw a large quantity
of drugs from the vehicle during
established the car was stolen
during a routine stop in the
Hamilton suburb of Dinsdale
shortly before 2am.
"O cers instructed the three
occupants to get out of the car
but the 35-year-old male driver
has instead elected to ee the
scene at speed," Mr Malcolmson
A police pursuit followed.
At one point the car did a
u-turn and an object was thrown
from a window.
Police said the recovered 28g
package tested positive for
e car then did another u-turn
and the driver lost control.
" e car has then crashed down
a 3m bank, coming to rest on its
side in a creek," Mr Malcolmson
e driver tried to ee but was
tracked by a police dog.
He was later taken to Waikato
Hospital with a cut to his face
from the crash and and a number
of dog bites.
A female passenger was also
taken to hospital for check-up.
Neither were considered to be
A third person in the car was
e driver faces a variety of
charges including unlawfully
taking a motor vehicle, failing to
stop, resisting arrest, assaulting
police and failing to stop," Mr
e passengers both face
charges of unlawfully getting
into a motor vehicle.
A decision was yet to be made
on drugs charges. --- APNZ
A savage dog attack on more than
50 lambs at a Waimate property has
highlighted an issue of dog control in
the Waimate district.
Two American pit bull terriers savaged
53 sheep in a leased paddock at the
Waimate Racecourse early on Saturday.
irty-nine died at the scene. Another
14 were assessed as at risk and were
yesterday awaiting their fate.
Waimate District Council dog control
was called to the "horri c" scene about
8am on Saturday.
Dog control o cer Karen Buchanan
said a tan-coloured pit bull was still
attacking the sheep when they arrived.
It was shot in the act, while a white pit
bull, which escaped their grasp, was later
surrendered by its owner and put down.
Most of the victims of the attack were
lambs, worth about $85 each. One two-
tooth ewe, worth $120, was also mauled.
Under the Dog Control Act 1996,
the owner of the two dogs is liable for
any costs for the damage caused by
the attack. For a district with about
3000 registered dogs, the numbers of
wandering dogs and attacks were high,
Mrs Buchanan said.
Semi-retired farmers Tim and Errol
Kennedy were still in shock yesterday
after the "unbelievable" attack on their
stock. ere were 85 sheep in the
paddock at the time. e couple run
about 300 in total.---Otago Daily Times
39 lambs die in dog attack
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