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Collision kills driver
One person was killed in a crash
between a car and a truck and trailer
in North Otago early today. e
car's driver was killed in the collision
on State highway 1 near Herbert,
between Oamaru and Palmerston,
Inspector Lindsay Turner of police
southern communications said. Police,
re ghters and ambulance sta were
called to the scene about 4.20am.
e highway was closed while an
investigation was carried out. One
lane of the highway had reopened by
mid-morning. --- APNZ
A police o cer was admitted to
hospital with serious injuries after
he was surrounded and assaulted by
a group of people in east Auckland
overnight. Police were called to a
report of a large number of people
ghting in the Glen Innes town
centre about 12.15am today. e
rst o cer to arrive on his own was
surrounded and assaulted by a group
of people on the forecourt of the
Mobil ser vice station on Apirana
Avenue. He su ered a serious cut
to the back of his head. Police said
two males were helping police with
inquiries. --- APNZ
A 39-year-old woman has been
taken to Tauranga Hospital after
she was hit by a car while riding
her bicycle yesterday. Police said the
woman was struck about 8.05am
at the intersection of Oceanbeach
Road and Omanu Way in Mount
Maunganui. e woman was taken
to hospital with moderate injuries.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Crash driver serious
A motorist was own to hospital
after colliding with a logging truck
near Nelson. e crash occurred on
the Rai Saddle on State highway 6
just before 2pm yesterday. e female
motorist was trapped in her vehicle
following the crash and had to be
freed by emergency services. She
was in Nelson Hospital in a serious
condition, Tasman district police
communications manager Barbara
Dunn said. e logging truck did not
lose its load. --- APNZ
Attack dog put down
A dog which attacked an elderly
man and another dog in Ashburton
earlier this week has been voluntarily
euthanised by its owner. e man
was walking his Maltese dog in
the Creek Road area on Monday
morning when the attack occurred.
Both the elderly man and the dog
required treatment for wounds.
--- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
Big Wednesday draw
ere was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 443 last
night. Successful numbers were 2, 9,
19, 21, 28, 31; coin toss, heads.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9870: 1,
3, 12, 15, 17, 22, 26, 27, 32, 37, 38, 42,
54, 55, 60, 62, 63, 66, 67, 80. Draw No
9871: 1, 2, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 23, 28, 44,
47, 48, 56, 58, 61, 66, 69, 74, 75, 79.
Wild weather wreaks havoc
Ghurkas in NZ for exercise
Police are urging motorists to
drive carefully during the Easter
and Anzac holidays, with bad
weather forecast for many parts
of the country.
A reduced speed tolerance of
4kph will be enforced during the
extended holiday period from
4pm today to Monday, April 28.
National manager road policing
Superintendent Carey Gri ths
said the extended campaign was
logical given many people were
taking the 10 days o and would
be travelling in greater numbers.
Police would be out in force
targeting speed, distraction and
"We know that people make
mistakes on the road, but that
shouldn't cost you or someone
else life or limb. e reality is
that the speed you are travelling
at is what determines whether
you have time to react to those
mistakes --- or whether you
become another crash statistic,"
Mr Gri ths said.
"People have a simple choice
whether or not to speed, and
there is irrefutable evidence that
reducing your speed by even
small amounts can make all the
di erence in whether you walk
away from a crash or are carried
Last year three people were
killed in three fatal crashes
during the Easter holiday period.
e lowest road toll for Easter
was zero in 2012.
Mr Gri ths says the goal of
road safety agencies is for a repeat
of 2012's result, and Queen's
Birthday weekend last year, when
there were no road deaths and
"Since 1956, more than 560
people have been killed and
14,600 injured in crashes on
our roads on Easter weekends
--- with 2012 the only exception
when no one died. It would be
outstanding if we were able to
repeat that result this weekend
--- and beyond. at will mean
fewer crosses marking our
roadsides, fewer families grieving
and fewer New Zealanders left
with life-altering injuries."
motorists to plan their trip and
ensure they are well rested before
travelling. ose in large centres
should also prepare for tra c
congestion and delays, and those
towing or driving a heavy vehicle
should pull over regularly to let
others pass. --- APNZ
4kph speed tolerance back
Gales and heavy rain are causing
chaos in the upper North Island
today, with the wild weather forcing
the closure of Auckland's Tamaki
Drive and cutting power to thousands
e atrocious conditions are being
fuelled by ex-cyclone Ita, which is
battering Northland and Auckland as
it sweeps down the country.
e Metservice said winds had
gusted up to 129kph at Cape Reinga
in Northland, and up to 128kph in
Auckland. Heavy rain had also been
falling in both regions, including
torrential downpours of up to 10mm
In Auckland, extensive ooding up
to waist height in places forced the
closure of Tamaki Drive, from the
Strand to Kohimarama Road, from
Pictures posted to social media show
large waves crashing over the seawall
onto the road and inundating parked
cars. e ooding has knocked over
rubbish bins, with the oodwaters
strewn with debris.
e high tide arrived at 8.42am and
would recede over the next few hours,
as police and re ghters dealt with
ooding in the area.
Auckland Council spokesman
Glyn Walters said the city's civil
defence and emergency management
bunker had been activated as the
council dealt with reports of surface
ooding, downed trees, power cuts
"We've got about 15,000 people
without power and a lot of reports of
debris and trees down," he said.
"As far as we're aware, by far the
worst a ected road is Tamaki Drive.
We've not had any other reports of
major road problems."
Mr Walters warned there would also
be localised surface ooding "all over
At Devonport on the North Shore,
a trimaran apparently broke free of
its moorings and washed ashore. e
yacht was perched precariously on the
footpath and foreshore of the beach.
Fire ghters in the north of
the country have been " at tack"
responding to wind damage this
morning, with west Auckland and
the North Shore apparently worst
Northern re communications
operations manager Eric Smith said
there had been a lot of calls to trees
down on roads or power lines. ere
had also been calls to roo ng tiles
Lines company Vector was
scrambling to restore power to
customers across Auckland.
Downed trees on lines were
continuing to cause di culties this
morning, with outages in Greenhithe,
Totaravale, Kumeu, Helensville,
Hat elds Beach, Maraetai, Northcote,
Stanmore Bay, Remuera, Massey and
More than 109 tra c lights were
out across the city, and drivers were
warned to take care.
e New Zealand Transport Agency
said winds had gusted up to 98kph
on the Auckland Harbour Bridge,
and there were reports of surface
ooding on some sections of the city's
Metservice meteorologist Daniel
Corbett said the wild weather was
still piling in "and there's still a lot
more to come".
"With the main front sweeping
slowly now down across Northland,
the centre of the tropical low is sitting
to the west of the country, and that's
got some thunderstorms wrapped
around it," he told APNZ.
" e centre will stay west of the
country, but it's this big boomerang-
shaped sweep of rain that will spread
down to the rest of the country."
e wild weather would peak in
Auckland late this morning before
sinking down to central New Zealand
by this afternoon and evening.
Eastern areas of the South Island
would get their worst weather tonight
and overnight into tomorrow.
"Today is the worst of the ugliest
looking part of the Easter weekend. It
does get better --- but that's not hard
after an ugly start."
Rainfall in Auckland and Northland
had been heavy, with more than
111mm at Kerikeri and 30mm at
Auckland Airport over the last 24
"We've had some heavier bursts of
rain in these tropical downpours that
have been coming in across these
northern areas --- easily 5mm if not
close to 10mm per hour, or even more
In Wellington, strong winds
gusting to 120kph, and possibly
140kph in exposed places, were
e wild weather has already
brought damage to the capital,
with slips blocking a road in Karori
and forcing the evacuation of two
buildings in Oriental Bay.
e rst slip came down from
the hillside behind an apartment
building on Oriental Parade about
9.30pm yesterday. A water main
also burst, and two buildings were
A second slip blocked Nottingham
Street shortly before 6am today.
Further south, heavy rain was
expected from about midday.
Mr Corbett said Christchurch could
get 50mm of rain while the Nelson
ranges were due to get up to 200-
" at is bound to give the potential
for possible ooding, landslips, that
of rain as that north-easterly piles in
with the gales." --- APNZ
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Dotcom wins assets back
Cars, cash and property seized
from Kim Dotcom by police in
the 2012 raid at his Coatesville
mansion could be returned to
him within 14 days.
When police raided the
Dotcom Mansion in January
2012 they seized $6 million
worth of luxury cars --- including
15 Mercedes-Benz, a pink 1959
Cadillac and a Rolls-Royce
Phantom --- and $10 million
from nancial institutions.
ey also took a number of
personal items belonging to
Dotcom and his wife Mona.
e property was seized under
a foreign restraining order made
by the United States District
Court two days before the raid.
However yesterday an order
was made in the High Court
at Auckland declining a police
request to e ectively extend the
order so Dotcom's assets could be
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Joe Karam has been awarded
$535,000 in a defamation case against
two men who launched an "all-out
assault" on his reputation because of
his support for David Bain.
e on-line comments by Kent
Parker and Victor Purkiss accused
Mr Karam of being dishonest in his
motivation for helping Mr Bain after
he was cleared in 2009 of murdering
ve members of his family.
Some of the remarks compared
him to a Nazi leader, and one
used his name to coin a word ---
"Karamalisation" --- to describe how
he allegedly misrepresented facts.
Mr Karam said the public campaign
against his integrity was the "worst
four years" of his life, and Justice
Patricia Courtney said she believed
the former All Black.
In her ruling, released yesterday, the
judge identi ed about 50 defamatory
statements published on Facebook
and on a private website by Mr Parker
and Mr Purkiss --- members of the
Justice for Robin Bain group --- to
which there was no defence.
She ordered Mr Parker to pay
damages of $350,500 and Mr Purkiss
to pay $184,500.
She further punished the men by
awarding indemnity costs against
them because they "behaved
egregiously" in choosing to use the
defence of truth at the trial last
Mr Purkiss did not attend it, but
Mr Parker admitted under cross-
examination by Michael Reed, QC,
that he could not prove his claims.
e legal bill could be $500,000
according to Mr Karam, bringing
to about $1 million the cost to the
defendants. at would make it one of
the largest defamation damages and
cost awards in New Zealand history.
Mr Karam said if the pair did not
pay him, he would take bankruptcy
proceedings against them.
Justice Courtney's judgment noted
evidence of Mr Karam's "integrity,
generosity and altruism".
Mr Karam said the men had made
"an all-out assault on me (in) an
attempt to show that I'm shonky".
He and Fairfax NZ had earlier
agreed to settle defamation claims,
on a con dential basis, arising
from articles on stu .co.nz that
drew attention to the websites that
contained the defamatory comments
by Mr Parker and Mr Purkiss.
At the trial, Mr Reed laid out the
case that the comments conveyed
that Mr Karam lacked integrity, was
dishonest, was motivated to support
Mr Bain for nancial gain and had
defrauded the legal aid system.
One of the posts compared Mr
Karam's campaign to free Mr Bain
to Nazi propaganda, while another
coined a new word to describe Mr
Karam's knowledge of the case.
"Karamalisation equals to 'fudge the
facts'," was one of the 50 comments
which Justice Courtney said was
defamatory and without defence.
In awarding costs (yet to be
decided) and damages, the judge said
Mr Karam had enjoyed a "positive
and signi cant reputation" before
becoming involved in the Bain case,
with success in sport and business.
She accepted his evidence of the
great distress the comments had
caused him and Mr Reed's description
of the defamation as a "full-scale
assault on Mr Karam's reputation".
"He described the period during
which these statements were posted
as the worst four years of his life and I
believe him," the judge said.
"Few aspects of Mr Karam's
reputation were left untouched."
Justice Courtney also ordered that
all defamatory messages be removed
from the websites.
Mr Purkiss could not be reached for
comment yesterday as he now lives
in England. It is understoond the
defamation case was a factor in the
break-up of his marriage.
Mr Parker posted the judgment on
his website and said yesterday that
he had "learned a lesson" to be more
careful in the future.
However, he planned to appeal
against the decision and said he could
not a ord to pay the $350,500 in
damages awarded against him.
He believed they were too high for
comments posted on a website with a
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Huge defamation win to Karam
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
David Bain and Joe Karam after the Bain retrial verdict outside the High
Court in Christchurch.
Justice Minister Judith
Collins was under pressure
on two fronts yesterday,
facing further questions
over both the Oravida
con ict-of-interest saga
and widespread fresh
privacy issues in her ACC
However a determined
Ms Collins last night said
she was con dent Prime
Minister John Key would
continue to back her and
that her place in Cabinet
It emerged this week that
Oravida, the company she,
her family and the National
Party have close links
with, formally requested
assistance from ministers
in overcoming obstacles to
its milk exports to China
after the Fonterra botulism scare last
Amid revelations that ACC was
handing thousands of clients' case details
to recruitment agencies, Ms Collins
was also pushed to identify the senior
Chinese border control o cial she and
her friend and Oravida boss Stone Shi
dined with in Beijing in October during
her ministerial visit just weeks after the
company made the request.
In the House, Labour MP Grant
Robertson asked her whether the o cial
worked for China's Administration of
Quality Supervision, Inspection and
Quarantine (AQSIQ). e agency last
year left thousands of tonnes of New
Zealand meat exports sitting on Chinese
whar ves through a paper work problem.
e Opposition claims that Ms Collins's
dinner with the border control o cial
was intended to help Oravida get its
milk into China.
However Ms Collins, who denies
Oravida's milk imports were discussed
at the meeting, once again said it was "a
private dinner for which I do not have
Mr Robertson later said Ms Collins
"had the opportunity to rule out that
the o cial at the meeting was from the
agency responsible for letting Oravida's
goods into China".
"She didn't do that. I
think we can make a fairly
safe assumption that is
exactly where the o cial
was from and that raises
the con ict of interest
because we know that
Oravida were lobbying to
try and get their products
But Mr Key said whether
the o cial worked for
AQSIQ was "not relevant
and that's the advice I've
had from the Cabinet
If it was proved that
border control issues were
discussed at the dinner,
"that would be a problem,"
Mr Key said.
"But I don't think that's
going to be the case."
With just another day
in Parliament before the
Easter weekend which looks likely to rob
the Opposition's attacks of momentum,
Ms Collins said: "I have the con dence
of the Prime Minister and I have the
con dence of the people I work with.
"I am going nowhere."
Ms Collins said she was unaware
Oravida was having any problems
getting its products into China at the
time of the dinner.
at was in spite of her husband
David Wong Tung being on Oravida's
board and the fact Mr Shi and Oravida's
managing director Julia Xu were "close
"My close friends get to see me on
rare occasions because I am working
most of the time and when I am with
my friends we're talking about things
that are fun things, not about problems
Her husband had not considered
resigning from the company despite
taunts from Labour MP Trevor Mallard
on Twitter that he would be gone by
Meanwhile,Mr Key con rmed Oravida
had received several thousand dollars in
taxpayer-funded compensation after the
botulism scare. However, the decision to
award that compensation was not made
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
on two fronts
A Labour Government
policy to favour New
Zealand suppliers when
the government buys goods
and ser vices Labour leader
David Cunli e said this
In a speech this morning
setting out Labour's policy
for the manufacturing
sector, Mr Cunli e
announced "a national procurement
policy that favours Kiwi-made, so
New Zealand manufacturers enjoy the
same advantages as their international
e policy would ensure an additional
$200 million a year worth of work
was kept in New Zealand "rather than
sending that work overseas".
" is measure alone will create around
2000 jobs. Australia, Canada and the
United States have all enacted similar
policies --- it just makes sense."
Mr Cunli e said the policy would be
enacted in a way that was compliant
with World Trade Organisation rules.
"We will also give manufacturers a
stronger voice in trade negotiations,
and make it a priority for negotiating
teams to keep the sector informed. New
Zealand manufacturers have legitimate
concerns that New Zealand's trade
agenda is too dominated by opening
markets for commodities."
" at exposes us to
the risk that free trade
agreements allow into New
products that are below
New Zealand standards."
In supporting material,
Labour said that would
require government bodies
take a 'NZ Inc' cost/bene t
approach when tendering
"Rather than merely
considering the e ect on
their own bottom lines, government
bodies will have to consider the wider
economic and scal impacts when
Labour said that submitters to its joint
manufacturing inquiry last year pointed
out "that they are frequently undercut
when bidding for public contracts by
overseas suppliers whose products aren't
up to New Zealand standards and, so,
cost more in the long-run".
Mr Cunli e also said the accelerated
depreciation regime already announced
for the wood processing sector would also
apply to the advanced manufacturing
e policy encourages investment in new
plant and equipment by allowing rms to
claim tax breaks on the investment faster
than they otherwise could.
Mr Cunli e said the policy would be
extended to other sectors "as it can be
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Labour launches pro-NZ
David Cunli e
e man charged with the murder of
Wellington mother Mei Fan, 37, is her
estranged husband Michael Preston.
Preston, 59, was arrested and charged
with Ms Fan's murder yesterday. He was
also charged with breach of a protection
order in relation to the fatal November
He appeared in the Wellington District
Court before Judge Kevin Glubb today.
Ms Fan, who has two children with
Mr Preston, was found stabbed to death
in her Miramar home by concerned
friends, two days after she died.
Police believe her killer had been
wearing a disguise, and could have left in
di erent clothes to what he entered her
Brussels Street home in on November 8.
Ms Fan and Preston's children are aged
eight and nine.
Last night, Ms Fan's boyfriend at the
time of her death Tani Hoyhtya, said
from Vietnam news of an arrest had
come as a relief.
"It's happy news, I've been waiting for
Mr Hoyhtya, who works for the United
Nations, had decided to propose to Ms
Fan and move to New Zealand to start a
family with her.
Police said this morning in a statement
the investigation into Ms Fan's death
had been complex and involved many
"Our motivation throughout has been
to bring justice for Mei and her children
and they have remained at the forefront
of investigator's minds."
Preston has been remanded in custody
without plea. He is due to reappear at
the High Court next month. --- APNZ
Husband on Fan murder charge
Tekapo has been invaded by
soldiers from a Ghurka regiment,
at the military camp for training
they cannot get in their home
More than 160 soldiers and
support elements from 1 Royal
Gurkha Regiment (1RGR) have
arrived in the South Island for
the military exercise Paci c Kukri
2014, a biennial exercise hosted
by the New Zealand Army.
e main body of personnel
from 1RGR arrived through
Christchurch airport last week
and are now training in Tekapo.
e exercise is focused on live
ring and will take place in the
Tekapo military training area
throughout April until May 8.
--- Otago Daily Times
A medal gifted to a Ngapuhi
chief in 1806 feared to be lost
to his descendants forever
after it was sold at auction in
Sydney is on its way back to
New Zealand after Te Papa and
the Auckland Museum joined
forces on the winn ing bid.
It has been revealed the
two museums made the joint
purchase of the engraved silver
taonga given to Bay of Islands
chief Te Pahi by Philip Gidley
King, the third Governor of
New South Wales.
Nothing was known of its
whereabouts until it resurfaced
in Sydney more than 200 years
after Te Pahi was killed by
British whalers in 1810.
It was auctioned this week
for more than $A300,000
($325,000) despite e orts
by descendants to halt
Relative Hugh Rihari said his
whanau were concerned that if
the medal was auctioned o it
would be lost to them for ever.
ey had even considered legal
action to halt the sale.
A shared guardianship
relationship will be arranged
between the two museums and
Te Pahi's descendants.
Te Papa spokeswoman Cherie
McQuilkin con rmed the
purchase yesterday afternoon
and said it was made after
consultation with the iwi.
Mr Rihari, a Ngapuhi
kaumatua, was delighted to
hear the news.
e engraved silver taonga was given to Bay of Islands chief Te
Pahi by Philip Gidley King, the third Governor of New South
Museums unite to buy back medal
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